The Sacramento Kings shot an amazing 55 percent and went 11-of-19 from three point range as they knocked of the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena last night 131-127.
DeMarcus Cousins led seven Kings in double figures with 24 points as the Kings broke a five-game losing streak. For the Warriors it appeared a lost night at the arena would turn into found gold as they rallied from a 15 point third quarter deficit to take a late lead. But, the hot-shooting of Marcus Thornton and the Kings proved to be too much. Thornton scored 18 points off the bench including two back-breaking three's with under two minutes to go to ice the game.
With the win the the Kings go to 8-17 on the season while the Warriors drop to 17-9.
Four Butte College Roadrunner football players will be continuing their college careers. This week Roadrunners Geoff Swaim, Willie Creear, Robby Kendall and Jesse Warawa all signed national letters of intent to play at the next level.
Swaim, who had already agreed to be a Texas Longhorn last off-season after an official visit, made it official with his signature. He will join Mack Brown's program in Austin. Swaim is a pass catcher, but attracted Longhorn coaches on film with his ability to block and should help the Longhorns right away.
Swaim's older brother, Mychal, plays at Eastern Michigan and will be joined by Willie Creear who was a solid cover corner for the Roadrunners. Robby Kendall was a important component to the Roadrunners defensive back-field and he will be attending Sacramento State. And, Jesse Waraway was a stand-out safety for Butte and he will attend the University of Sioux Falls.
ROGER GOODELL (LEFT) SAW HIS STIFF PENALTIES AGAINST SAINTS PLAYERS IN THE BOUNTY SCANDAL VACATED BY HIS PREDECESSOR PAUL TAGLIABUE (RIGHT) IN A STUNNING NFL BOUNTY SCANDAL REVERSAL
(AP) — Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league's bounty investigation of the club.
Tagliabue, however, found that the players' conduct was detrimental to the league. He says they participated in a performance pool that rewarded key plays — including hard tackles — that could justify fines.
But the former commissioner said Tuesday that "this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization."
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma initially had been suspended the whole season, while Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove received shorter suspensions.
CHICO STATE'S MONNIE DAVIDSON-MAYS GETS READY TO GIVE CHICO STATE THEIR FIRST LEAD WITH 41 SECONDS LEFT IN THEIR STIRRING COMEBACK WIN OVER WESTERN WASHINGTON IN THE COSLET CLASSIC FRIDAY NIGHT.......
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The Chico State Women's Basketball team takes their perfect record on the road as they take on Notre Dame De Namur Wednesday in Belmont. The Cats are 6-0 having gone 3-0 in CCAA play and also beating two of the best teams in the West Region this past weekend in the Coslet Classic.
Wildcat guard Courtney Hamilton was named the CCAA Player of the Week for her efforts. Hamilton scored 16 points while dishing out 5 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds in Chico's 75-74 win over Western Washington. She also was defensively dominant in the Wildcats 89-77 win over Seattle-Pacific on Saturday night.
CHICO STATE'S JAZMINE MILLER AND HER FELLOW WILDCAT MATES WELCOME WESTERN WASHINGTON AND SEATTLE-PACIFIC TO TOWN FOR THE CCAA/GNAC CHALLENGE AND COSLET CLASSIC AT ACKER GYM
For the eighth year the Chico State Wildcat women's basketball team takes on perennial powers Western Washington and Seattle-Pacific in the CCAA/GNAC Challenge and Coslet Classic at Acker Gym this weekend. Its a special treat for Chico State hoops fans as this tournament rotates between all four participating schools every four years, and this year the Wildcats get to host the tournament. It pits the 6th-ranked Western Washington Vikings who are undefeated at 6-0. And, the Falcons of Seattle-Pacific who are 5-1. Sonoma State, from the CCAA also joins the party as they will play each night at 5:30.
The Chico State women are off to a great start at 4-0, having disposed of Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State last weekend with stifling defensive efforts. Chico State is led in scoring by Jazmine Miller. The junior is averaging nearly 15 points a game while hitting on 42 percent of her three-pointers. McKenzie Dalthorp has anchored the post scoring nearly 14 points a game and pulling down 7 boards a contents. Courtney Hamilton is Chico's point guard and she is stuffing the stat sheet, averaging 5 pts 5 assists and nearly 6 rebounds a game. Monnie Davidson-Mays provides great versatility to the Wildcat line-up as she averages 7.5 points and nearly 7 boards a game. And, with newcomer Hannah Womack (8.5 ppg) and sophomore post Analise Riezebos (9.8 rebs/game) the Wildcats are a tough match-up for any team.
Chico State hosts Western Washington tonight at 7:30pm with our pre-game show on Newstalk 1290 KPAY at 7:05pm. The early game has Seattle-Pacific taking on Sonoma State at 5:30pm
Size is but one of many attributes for basketball players. Cal State Stanislaus point-guard Sam Marcus doesn't have size, but what he does have is basketball smarts, quickeness, knowledge and incredible drive. His incredible second-half play last night led Cal State Stanislaus to a 68-66 upset win over the Chico State Wildcat men.
Marcus' buzzer-beating runner in the lane was the game winner as the Warriors pulled off the stunning win over the Wildcats last night at Acker Gym. Chico State was led by Sean Park who scored 17 points
but it wasn't enough to overcome Marcus' 22 point effort, with 18 of those points coming in the second half. In fact, Marcus scored 17 of the Warriors final 23 points in the game. With the loss Chico goes to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA. They will play Simpson College next Friday night at Acker Gym.
High school basketball tournaments continue throughout the North State as both Pleasant Valley High and Gridley High host tournaments. Chico High was an easy winner over Downey High from Modesto 71-34. Pleasant Valley rolled to an easy 60-25 win over Oroville.
Today Downey/Modesto plays College Park at 4pm. Oroville will play Elk Grove at 5:30. The Vikings of Pleasant Valley will take on Washington-Fremont at 7pm and Chico High takes on Oak Ridge at 8:30pm. All games will be at Varley Gymnasium on the Pleasant Valley High campus.
The Gridley Tournament has some of the best teams from Sacramento and the Bay Area. Dublin was a 74-61 winner over Sacramento, Bullard High was a 65-60 winner over Antelope, Newark-Memorial beat host Gridley 61-30 and Salesian was a 54-42 winner over Freedom High.
Today Sacramento will play Antelope at 4pm, Gridley takes on Freedom at 5:30, Bullard will play Dublin at 7pm and the marquee match-up has Newark-Memorial against Salesian at 8:30pm.
The Golden State Warriors started their seven-game road trip in fine fashion with a 104-97 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Klay Thompson caught fire in the third quarter helping lead the Warriors to victory. Thompson scored a game-high 27 points, knocking down five three-pointers. Steph Curry registered a double-double in points and assists for the fourth straight game. Curry had 22 points and 10 assists. The Warriors are now 11-7 on the year.
The Sacramento Kings got a monster game from DeMarcus Cousins and beat the Toronto Raptors 107-100. Cousins scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
High school basketball tournaments reign supreme in the North State for the next few days. The Gridley Invitational begins today. Some of the best teams in the state from Sacramento and the Bay Area make their way to the Bulldog Tourney. Salesian in the second ranked team in the state and Newark Memorial are two of the better squads that are participating in the three-day tournament. Games begin at 4pm in Gridley.
The Pleasant Valley Invitational is at Varley Gym for the next three days. Chico High, PV and Oroville are all participating in the 47th Annual PV Tournament. Chico High plays Downey High from Modesto at 5:30 tonight. PV will take on Oroville at 7pm. Mike Wessels will bring you both the Chico and PV games on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports beginning at 5:20 tonight.
The Chico State men's basketball team resumes CCAA play tonight as they take on Cal State Stanislaus. Chico is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the CCAA. Chico is coming off of a weekend split, falling to Pomona 67-64 on Friday night, but clamping down and knocking off arch-rival Humboldt 63-48 on Saturday.
The CCAA/GNAC Challenge/Coslet Classic is tomorrow night from Acker as Sonoma State,. Seattle-Pacific and 6th ranked Western Washington make their way to Chico for the two tournament. Chico opens up against Western Washington at 7:30pm on Friday and plays SPU at 7:30 on Saturday. Sonoma will play at 5:30 both nights.
The Raiders try and break a five-game losing skid as they take on Denver in Thursday night football. The Raiders (3-9) are in full scuffle mode, while Denver (9-3) has already clinched the AFC West.