For the third time this off-season the San Francisco Giants swung and missed on a prospective free agent.
Jon Lester informed the Giants brass last night that he would not sign with them, instead opting to sign a 6-year deal worth 155 million dollars with the Chicago Cubs.
The miss by the Giants means the team that has won three of the past five World Series Championships has come up empty in their pursuit of Pablo Sandoval, Yasmany Tomas and Jon Lester. The Giants now move on to Plan D as they look for reinforcements and upgrades on a team that has confounded baseball experts since their first title in 2010.
WARRIORS HOST ROCKETS LOOKING TO EXTEND STREAK
The Golden State Warriors will look to extend their winning streak to a franchise best 14 straight games as they host the Houston Rockets tonight at the Oracle. The Warriors may have to do it short-handed as center Andrew Bogut is nursing knee tendenitis and may have to miss the game. The streak has propelled the Warriors to the best record in the NBA sitting at 18-2. Eight of the Warriors 13 wins have come on the road. Game time tonight is 7:30pm
The Chico State Wildcat men opened their 2014-2015 basketball season with two wins at the Ron Logsdon Tournament in Rohnert Park on the campus of Sonoma State. The Wildcats easily disposed of Pacific Union last Friday 104-62. All ten players who made the trip scored for the Cats with five players in double figures. On Saturday the Wildcats beat Alaska Anchorage 74-64. The Wildcats were led by sophomore Robert Duncan who scored 18 points. The Wildcat freshman played a huge roll in the game as they scored 17 straight points during a decisive 17-7 run in the second half.
The Wildcat men will host Willam Jessup University on Tuesday November 25th at Acker Gym. A game you can hear on the Newstalk-1290 KPAY and online at KPAY.com
CHICO STATE SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL WITH BIG WEEKENDS
The Chico State men's soccer team is in Arcata as they get ready to play two big west region matches on
the North Coast. Today (Thursday) the Wildcats take on BYU-Hawaii and on Saturday the Cats will play Holy Names.
Chico comes into the contesnt ranked as the number 5 team in the latest NCAA Division II men's soccer poll with a record of 3-0-1.
The Chico State women's soccer team will be in San Rafael on Friday taking on Dominican University. The Wildcats are 2-1-1 after sweeping a pair of home matches last week against #24 Seattle Pacific and St. Martin's University.
The Wildcat Volleyball team opens up their CCAA home schedule with a couple of big matches at Acker Gym hosting Cal State East Bay on Friday night and then Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7pm. Chico is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in CCAA play after splitting a couple of tough road matches last weekend. The Cats were able to out-distance Pomona in five sets last Friday, but falling to UC San Diego on Saturday in four sets.
(AP) — Pinch-hitter Matt Duffy delivered a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants narrowed their gap in the NL West, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Wednesday.
The Giants pulled within two games of the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost at Colorado 16-2. The contenders each have 10 games left.
Pablo Sandoval walked with one out, Brandon Crawford singled and pinch-hitter Brandon Belt walked, setting up Duffy. Crawford had four hits.
Sergio Romo (6-4) pitched one inning, and Duffy batted for him. Santiago Casilla got his 17th save.
(AP) — Justin Morneau tied a season high with six RBIs, including five as part of an eight-run first inning against spot starter Carlos Frias, and the Colorado Rockies routed the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 16-2 on Wednesday.
Morneau hit a three-run homer and a two-run single in the opening frame as the last-place Rockies chased Frias (0-1) from the game after two outs. Morneau and Carlos Gonzalez are the only Rockies players to drive in five runs in an inning.
Charlie Blackmon went 5 for 5, including a solo homer, as the Rockies took two of three from the Dodgers. Los Angeles began the day with a three-game division lead over San Francisco.
Morneau had three hits and a sacrifice fly, raising his average to .320 and leaping over Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the NL batting lead.
Jorge De La Rosa (14-11) gave up two hits in six scoreless innings to improve to 10-2 at home this season.
The Chico Nuts are on a roll and they look to continue their stellar play at their Father's Day Classic Tourney.
The five-day ten team tournament features two divisions that will meet for the Tournament title on Sunday.
The Nuts are winners of seven-in-row after sweeping double-headers last weekend against the Humboldt Eagles and the Sacramento Stingers. The Nuts used come-from-behind rallies in each double-dip to complete the perfect weekend.
Chico opens play tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:45pm against the Petaluma Leghorns. Tomorrow's early game pits Yolo Post 77 and Walbeck Baseball at 5pm.
A full schedule of game begins on Thursday with contests starting at 8am and finishing up with a game played at 8:45pm. All games will be played at Doryland Field, except for the 5th and 4th place games being played at Butte College on Sunday at 9am and 11:30am.
Admission is 5 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for kids.
GIANTS WIN STREAK SNAPPED AGAINST NATS
(AP) Ian Desmond had a career-high five RBIs and Stephen Strasburg won his third straight decision for the Washington Nationals in their 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Denard Span added a triple and two doubles to help the Nationals win for the eighth time in 10 games. Desmond had three hits and Jayson Werth drove in two runs.
San Francisco had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Strasburg (6-4) allowed four hits over six innings and retired his final 10 hitters. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, improving to 3-0 against the Giants with 29 strikeouts in 25 innings.
Nationals starters have struck out 52 and walked one in their last seven games.
Ryan Vogelsong (4-3) retired 10 of 11 batters during one stretch and pitched into the seventh. But he gave up six runs and nine hits, ending his three-game winning streak.
A'S DROP LID LIFTER VERSUS ANGELS
(AP) — Mike Trout drove in a run with a double that originally was ruled a homer, Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Monday night in the opener of a series between the top two teams in the AL West.
The Angels' fourth straight victory reduced Oakland's lead 3 1/2 games, but it did not come without some controversy.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by first base umpire Bob Davidson in the fifth inning for arguing after a call was overturned on replay: Trout's towering drive to right field was touched by a fan at the top of the 18-foot wall. Originally ruled a two-run homer, Trout was awarded an RBI double.
Richards (6-2) allowed a run and four hits, struck out four and walked none.
WILDCATS BEAT MONTEREY BAY BY 4 STROKES IN BERNARDINO
Sophomore Lee Gearhart carded a final round 68 to lead the Chico State men's golf team a great win at the Coyote Classic in San Bernardino. Gearhart's 68 was good for the tourney indivdual title helping lead the Wildcats to the team title at the Arrowhead Country Club. The win was the second of the season for the Cats and their second win at the Coyote Classic in the last three years.
Photo courtesy Chico State Athletics at ChicoWildcats.com
LEE GEARHART WAS DIALED IN AS HE SHOOTS A 68 LEADING THE WILDCATS TO VICTORY AT COYOTE CLASSIC
The Wildcats are ranked 7th in the nation in Division II men's soccer. The Wildcats will tee it up at the Sacramento State Intercollegiate Cup on March 3rd and 4th at the Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove.
The Chico High girls soccer team knocked off West Valley in the North Section Division I playoffs. Izi Chinchay, Shelby Hiler, and Sophia Leiker all scored goals. The Panther girls will face Paradise after their 2-0 win over #2 seed Pleasant Valley. That match will be at 12 noon at Chico High on Saturday.
In the Division II semis Orland's girls beat Sutter 3-0.
The top-seeded Pleasant Valley boys soccer team was a 5-1 winner over #5 Foothill. In Division II Orland knocked off Gridley 3-1 and in Division III Willows was a 7-3 winner over Los Molinos.
GIRLS BASKETBALL (PLAYOFFS)
Lassen beats Gridley and will take on top seeded Anderson on Thursday.
#5 West Valley beat Colusa and will take on Wheatland on Thursday.
#11Central Valley upset #6 University Prep and will travel to #3 seed Willows on Thursday.
#7 Winters beat #10 Sutter and will 2-seed Corning, who had a bye.
#1 Durham had a bye, they will play #8 seed Tulelake who beat Los Molinos. Durham and Tulelake play on Thursday night.
#12 Fall River stunned the #5 Biggs girls and will take on #4 seed Hamilton who beat Quincy.
#3 Mt. Shasta beat #14 Williams and will play #11 seed Etna who knocked off #6 Portola.
And, the #10 seed Modoc beat #7 Pierce. Modoc will face #2 seed Weed on Thursday.
Division VI (ALL GAMES WEDNESDAY NIGHT)
#8 Princeton hosts #9 American Christian
#5 Maxwell hosts #12 Chester
#6 Redding Christian hosts #11 Burney
#7 Big Valley hosts #10 Hayfork
BOYS BASKETBALL (PLAYOFFS)
Division IV (WEDS GAMES)
#5 West Valley will host #12 Yreka
#6 Wheatland will host #11 Central Valley
#7 Anderson will host #10 Willows
#1 Corning, #2 Gridley, #3 Orland and #4 Sutter all have BYES
Division V (WEDS GAMES)
#5 Quincy will host #12 Fall River
#4 Durham will host #13 Biggs
#3 Weed will host #14 Williams
#6 Modoc will host #11 Portola
#7 Hamilton will host #10 Trinity
#2 Mt. Shasta beat #15 East Nicolaus on Tuesday night and will play winner of Hamilton/Trinity
#8 Tulelake beat #9 Los Molinos on Tuesday and will play #1 Liberty Christian on Friday night.
Division VI (THURSDAY MATCH-UPS)
#1 Chester hosts #8 Mercy
#4 Big Valley hosts #5 Redding Christian
#3 Maxwell hosts #6 Greenville
#2 Paradise Adventist hosts #7 Loyalton
GIANTS NAME OPENING DAY STARTER
Bruce Bochy has named Madison Bumbarner as the San Francisco Giants opening day start in Arizona on March 31st. In naming MadBum the starter Bochy was choosing the Giants lone starter who finished above .500 last year. Bumgarner was 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA. He was also named to his first All-Star team. The Giants open the regular season in Arizona.
Rarely does a Senate Bill garner this much attention in the sports world. But, if Arizona Governor Jan Brewer doesn't veto Senate Bill 1062 the state of Arizona could lose the Super Bowl in 2015.
The game has already been awarded to Glendale but there is increasing talk that if Brewer signs the bill into law then the NFL could pull the plug on the nation's biggest football game.
Senate Bill 1062 was passed by the Arizona House and Senate and awaits the Governor's signature. This week Arizona's Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake urged Brewer to veto the bill, but she has not given any indication of what she will do.
The bill would allow business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples based on the grounds of "religious freedom."
There is precedent for yanking a Super Bowl from a state. In 1993 the NFL pulled the Super Bowl from Phoenix after Arizona voters refused to authorize Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday a holiday. Eventually voters approved the holiday and Tempe was awarded the 1996 Super Bowl. It is believed Arizona missed out on 100 million dollars by losing the 1994 Super Bowl.
The Arizona Republic newspaper says the tourism industry is concerned about the residual economic impacts of the law if Brewer signs it into law. The Super Bowl is due to be played in Glendale in 2015. There is fear in Arizona that if the Brewer signs the bill, the NFL will do as they did in 1993 and pull the Super Bowl from Arizona
PHOTO COURTESTY Chico State and the Chico-ER's Jason Halley
WILDCAT POINT GUARD GIO ESTRADA DISHES OUT 7 ASSISTS AND HITS A HUGE THREE IN OT AS CATS TAKE DOWN 12TH RANKED SAN BERNARDINO
BY Luke Reid-Chico State Sports Information
The Chico State men's basketball team took a nasty fall on Friday night. But the Wildcats weren't trippin' Saturday.
Chico State beat 12th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino 86-82 in overtime behind a trio of 20-point scorers. Amir Carraway finished with 22 points, Jordan Semple 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Rashad Parker poured in 20 points and five assists.
Carraway, fouled on a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left, calmly cashed in on three free throws to tie the game and send it into extra time. He hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of overtime and the Wildcats held on behind Parker's six straight free throws down the stretch.
(Special thanks to Jason Halley of the Chico Enterprise-Record for the photos. Check out Jason's photo galleries from all four games this weekend at www.chicoer.com. Also check out his videos synched up with Mike Baca's play-by-play HERE.)
Chico State sustained one of its toughest losses in the Greg Clink era against UC San Diego Friday night, but with Saturday's win still solidified its hold on third place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) over the weekend. At 15-5 overall and 11-5 in the CCAA, the Wildcats lead Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State L.A. and San Francisco State by two games with six to play in the regular season. That lead was only one on Thursday.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHICO'S EXCITING OVERTIME WIN VERSUS SAN BERNARDINO
Jordan Semple with two of his 21 points as the Cats tie game at 24-all
The Wildcats Sean Park with the bucket and harm on this sequence giving Chico a one-point lead
Jordan Semple sets up Chris Magalotti for a dunk giving Chico a 32-31 lead
Jordan Burris had a monster game for San Bernardino. He scored a season high 31 points and torched the
Cats from the perimeter all night long. This three-pointer gave the Coyotes a 38-34 lead
San Bernardino's Juan Martinez goes coast-to-coast for a bucket to tie the game at 56
Lacy Haddock creates and Juan Martinez rails a three for the Coyotes to them a 61-60 lead
Amir Carraway gets fouled shooting a left baseline three point shot with San Bernardino leading 70-67 with 10 seconds left. Carraway would make all three free throws
Carraway knocks down a three on the first possession of OT
With Chico State up 79-77 the Cats Giordano Estrada rails this three from the right baseline giving Chico an 82-77 lead with a 1:35 left
Cal State San Bernardino slipped to 17-3 overall and 14-2 in the CCAA despite Jordan Burris' 31 points – the most scored by a Coyote since 2009.
However, Burris missed a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left – serenaded by the Chico State track & field team's Twister Sister tune "You're not gonna make it," – after Jordan Barton's bucket inside cut the deficit to 70-67.
Clink called Carraway's number and Kirby Gardner fouled him on a three-pointer from the left-hand corner.
After Carraway made the first two, Cal State San Bernardino Head Coach Jeff Oliver called a timeout in an attempt to ice him. No dice. Carraway canned the third and Lacy Haddock's long two-pointer at the buzzer was off-target.
Cal State San Bernardino shot a staggering 59 percent in the first half to build a 43-39 lead. But as those track athletes in the northwest corner of the gym must have know, that fast start wasn't sustainable. The Coyotes were 9-of-25 in the second half and Chico State caught them just before the finish line.
The Wildcats will hit the road for two weekends in a row before wrapping up the regular season at home against rival Humboldt State on Feb. 28 and conference co-leader Cal Poly Pomona on March 1.
MAKE IT SEVEN IN-A-ROW FOR THE WILDCAT WOMEN WITH TENSION FILLED TWO POINT WIN AT HOME
BY Rory Miller-Chico State Sports Information
Never mind the dismal win-loss record. Throw out the idea that just because the Cal State San Bernardino women's basketball team came into Acker Gym Saturday having lost five straight, it would be easy pickings for the red-hot Chico State Wildcats. For the second time this season, the Coyotes gave the 'Cats all they could handle, and it took a McKenzie Dalthorp layup with three seconds left to give Chico State an exciting 74-72 victory and run the Wildcats' winning streak to seven.
HEAR Dalthorp's GAME-WINNING lay-up right here......
Chico State improved to 15-5 overall with Saturday's victory, remaining in a three-way tie with Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills for second place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with an 11-5 conference mark. Cal State San Bernardino suffered its sixth straight setback to slip to 4-15 on the season and 3-13 in CCAA play.
Dalthorp matched her career high with 20 points on the night to go along with seven rebounds for the Wildcats. Annie Ward contributed 15 points, while Jazmine Miller posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Analise Riezebos chipped in with 10 points and eight boards, as Chico State shot 50.8 percent from the field.
It took awhile for the two teams to get untracked offensively, needing six minutes to split the first 20 points of the contest. The Wildcats then mounted a 14-4 run – highlighted by three Dalthorp baskets – to go up 24-14. San Bernardino responded by scoring 15 of the next 19 points to move in front 29-28. The Coyotes were still up 31-30 when Ward and Courtney Hamilton converted layups in the final minute to give the 'Cats a 34-31 halftime lead.
The game was tied at 46-all with 10:37 to play when Cal State San Bernardino went ahead and slowly built a 56-50 lead. Chico State whittled the deficit to one, only to see Alexcia Mack of the Coyotes hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to extend San Bernardino's advantage to 65-59. Ward drained a 3-pointer and baskets by Miller and Dalthorp once again pulled the 'Cats to within a point, but with 2:12 remaining, the Coyotes were hanging on to 69-66 lead.
Chico State then roared out in front – Miller delivered a bucket off an offensive rebound, Hamilton made good on a fastbreak layup, and Miller drained a pair of free throws – to give the Wildcats a 72-69 lead with 19 seconds to play. San Bernardino needed just six ticks of the clock to tie up the contest, courtesy of a 3-pointer by Mack. Chico State took over possession, and Hamilton's jump shot failed to fall – but Dalthorp was there to grab the offensive board and convert what would be the game-winning layup. A desperation shot by Mack at the buzzer was off the mark, and the Wildcats escaped with the 74-72 victory.
Chico State will hit the road for its next four games. The Wildcats face two of the top teams in the CCAA next weekend, taking on Cal State L.A. on Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday. Both contests are scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m.
THE BUTTE COLLEGE ROADRUNNER MEN WRAP UP GVC WITH ROAD BUZZER BEATER
After three crushing losses at the buzzer in the pre-season there is no way Butte College men's head coach Russ Critchfield could have envisioned his team winning LIKE THIS to win a conference crown. But, with the conference title hanging in the balance Jamal Davis' lay-up with :02 seconds left secured the Runners 12th straight win and their 8th straigh conference win, wrapping up the Golden Valley Conference title in Susanville against Lassen.
Critchfield this a fun team to coach. Adding that his club's resilence is what makes them special
Critchfield says the 12-game winning streak is the longest of his career and says this group is not only fun to coach because they are winning, but because of how they have matured over the course of a season.
(AP) — Football players at Northwestern are spearheading the formation of a first-of-its-kind union for college athletes.
Outgoing Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter joined union leaders Tuesday in Chicago to announce the creation of the College Athletes Players Association.
He says the NCAA currently dictates conditions. He says athletes need "a seat at the table" to guarantee safeguards against injuries and to ensure adequate financial compensation.
The first step is to apply for certification by the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of Northwestern football players. The hope is to be successful, then look toward other schools.
United Steelworkers official Tim Waters spoke alongside Colter. He says the key issue is whether college football players are employees. He says if they're deemed employees, they have the right to organize.
SUPER BOWL TEAMS PEPPERED WITH QUESTIONS
(AP) — Normally media day at the Super Bowl is held at the stadium in which the game will be played. Not this year. Because of the cold they have moved today's event to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, which is the home of the NHL Devils. This is the event in which legitimate reporters mix with all sorts of wannabe reporters who wind up asking some of the most inane questions possible.
MEDIA MEMBERS SWARM AROUND BRONCOS QUARTERBACK PEYTON MANNING DURING MEDIA DAY
AFC Champion Denver was first up with the whole thing taking up the entire morning.
(AP) — The Homeland Security Department is sending hundreds of employees to help with security at this weekend's Super Bowl.
Customs and Border Protection will screen cargo bound for MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, including stadium hotdogs, beers and souvenirs set to be sold at the game.
The Transportation Safety Administration is deploying teams of Federal Air Marshals, security screeners, behavioral detection officers and canine teams to screen people and bags headed to the game.
The Coast Guard and border protection officers will keep an eye on the waterways and airspace near the stadium, while other border protection officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be watching for vendors selling knock-off NFL gear.
Homeland Security has helped with Super Bowl security since the massive agency was created more than a decade ago.
CHICO STATE'S JAZMINE MILLER IS NAMED THE CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS THE CATS GET A ROAD SWEEP OVER 14TH RANKED POMONA AND RIVAL HUMBOLDT STATE
COURTESY: RORY MILLER-CHICO STATE SPORTS INFORMATION
Every basketball team has a "go-to" player that can kick-start an offense encountering an unwelcome scoring drought. Luckily for the Chico State women's basketball team, they have several shooters that can lift the squad out of the doldrums, but one player in particular always seems to provide much-needed points on demand. Sparking the Wildcat offense is what Jazmine Miller has done nearly her entire career, and last week the senior guard once again filled up the hoop with a pair of double-digit scoring performances as the 'Cats posted huge road wins over Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State. Miller's efforts were significant enough that she has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 20-26.
Tuesday's announcement marks the second time in the last three weeks that Miller has earned conference Player of the Week honors.
All told, Miller averaged 17.5 points a game, connecting on five 3-pointers and going 10-for-12 from the free throw line. In addition to being the Wildcats' top scorer in both contests, the Fairfield native also contributed a combined 13 rebounds, seven assists and two steals as Chico State extended its current winning streak to three and jumped back into the heart of the CCAA postseason race.
Thursday against Cal Poly Pomona, Miller hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points plus six assists in the 'Cats' convincing 85-73 victory over the No. 14 Broncos. Saturday versus Humboldt State, three late buckets by Miller – including a key 3-pointer – helped the Wildcat wipe out a 12-point deficit midway through the second half to record a come-from-behind 69-66 win over the host Lumberjacks.
Miller is currently averaging a team-high 13.4 points a game and is 12th among CCAA players in scoring. She alsoranks third in the conference in free throw percentage (86.2 percent) and sixth in 3-pointers. Miller, who earlier in January became just the 10th player in the program's history with 1,000 career points, needs just eight points to move past Michelle Pietka and into ninth place on the Wildcats' all-time scoring list.
Miller and the Wildcats are back at Acker Gym this weekend, hosting Sonoma State on Friday and San Francisco State on Saturday.
UNBEATEN RECORD ON THE LINE TONIGHT FOR SHOCKERS
(AP) — Fourth-ranked Wichita State puts its unbeaten record on the line tonight with a home game against Loyola of Chicago. The Shockers start the night with a record of 21-0. The Ramblers out of Chicago are 8-12. The last time these schools met in men's basketball was during the 1989-90 season when the Shockers, who lead the series 18-9, won.
In the lone game tonight involving two ranked schools, seventh-ranked Michigan State is at No. 15 Iowa. The Spartans of MSU are 18-2 while Iowa is 16-4.
Completing tonight's schedule of games, 11th-ranked Kentucky is at LSU and 20th-ranked Creighton is entertaining St. John's.
WARRIORS WELCOME THE WIZARDS TO ROARACLE
(AP) — It's a seven-game schedule in the NBA this evening. The Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers have a game on the West Coast as they are facing the Lakers in Staples Center. The Pacers lead the East and the Central Division with 34 wins against nine defeats. The Lakers are well below .500 and have lost their last four straight.
The Southwest Division leading Spurs are facing the in-state rival and second-place Rockets in Houston. The Spurs top the Rockets, who have lost two straight, by five games.
Portland can gain some ground on idle Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division. The red-hot Thunder won their eighth straight last night and in doing upped their lead over the Blazers to 2 ½ games. The Blazers are facing the Grizzlies this evening in Portland.
The Golden State Warriors can also gain some ground in their battle with the Clippers for first place in the Pacific Division. L.A. has the night off and a four-game lead over the Warriors. This evening. Golden State is home to Washington.
The remaining games this evening feature the Cavaliers at home to the Pelicans and Orlando at Detroit.
ROADRUNNERS HEAD COACH JEFF JORDAN HOISTS THE STATE TITLE PLAQUE AS
BUTTE WINS THEIR SECOND STATE AND NATIONAL TITLE IN SIX YEARS !!!
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD (JASON HALLEY)
CHICOER.COM to purchase game and celebration photos
By Mike Baca
In a season of many peaks and few valleys the Butte College Roadrunner Football team has captured their second state and national championship in the last six years. With their 28-13 win over Fullerton on Saturday at Cowan Stadium the Roadrunners captured the state title and a co-national championship. It was their first such feats since the magical 2008 season.
Jeff Jordan's team strengths were on full display on Saturday as they pressured Fullerton throughout the afternoon. The performances of tight ends Bo Brummel and Richard Murphy proved pivotal all day as they both caught critical touchdown passes in the win.
Butte running attack was able to keep Fullerton honest as the Roadrunners gained 221 yards on the ground with Robert Frazier rushing 20 times for 86 yards. Thomas Stuart made the most out of his 13 completions going 13-of-23 for 203 and 3 touchdowns. Richard Murphy had 5 receptions for 143 and a touchdown while fellow tight-end Bo Brummel had four catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns.
Defense once again keyed the Butte win with numerous pressures and four interceptions, two of which came from London Muse with one of them returned for the game-clinching score.
Thomas Stuart hits Richard Murphy with this 69 yard touchdown pass to give Butte an early 12-0 lead.....
Facing a 4th and 10 from the Fullerton 14 yard line Stuart hits Bremmel for a big score giving the Roadrunners a two score lead....
The Roadrunners sealed the deal with under a minute to go as London Muse returns an interception 52 yards for a score sending nearly 5000 fans into a frenzy.....
The Roadrunners finish the season 12-0 and will share the national title with East Mississippi.
CHICO STATE MEN MOVE TO 7-1 WITH DECISIVE WIN OVER CAL STATE STANISLAUS
By Mike Baca
The Chico State men's basketball team extended their home winning streak to 14 andt their season win streak to six with an 88-67 win over Cal State Stanislaus. The Wildcats avenged the only loss they had suffered this season with dominant second half performance on their way to victory.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICOWILDCATS.COM
CHICO'S RASHAD PARKER POSTED A CAREER HIGH 31 POINTS AS THE CATS BEAT STANISLAUS FOR
6TH STRAIGHT WIN.
Chico's Rashad Parker scored a career high 31 points as hit 8-of-13 from the field while knocking down five three-pointers and going 10-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Chico's dominance was helped by how closely the game was called as the teams were whistled for 44 fouls with Chico converting 29-of-34 from the free throw line. The Wildcats got another great performance from Jordan Semple. The junior from Arcata scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. The Cats Sean Park, who was held scoreless in the first half, busted loose in half number two scoring all 14 of his points in the second half.....
The Wildcats were beaten by the Warriors in mid-November 80-78 in overtime, but this time turned the tables. A big reason why was the turn-around on the boards. When the two teams met in Turlock Stanislaus out-rebounded the Cats 47-36 while garnering an astonishing 20 offensive boards. This time the Cats would out-board Stanislaus 30-21 holding the much bigger Warriors to only 8 offensive rebounds.
Its now time to hit the books for the Cats as they will take finals this week and then have a mandatory seven-day break from hoops over the holiday break before returning to action on January 3rd against CCAA power Cal State San Bernardino in Southern California.
49ERS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT WITH 33-14 WIN OVER THE BUCS
FRANK GORE RUSHES FOR OVER 1000 YARDS AGAIN FOR THE NINERS
(AP) — Vernon Davis caught a touchdown pass for the fifth straight game and Michael Crabtree scored his first TD since returning from injury to help the San Francisco 49ers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14 on Sunday.
The victory was the fourth straight for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (10-4), who pulled away for good with a 10-minute, fourth-quarter drive that produced a field goal. Kendall Hunter put it well out of reach, scooping up a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and diving 2 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
Tampa Bay got within 20-14 on Mike Glennon's TD pass to Tim Wright on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Bucs (4-10) didn't get the ball back until after Kaepernick used 17 plays to march the 49ers 77 yards into position for Phil Dawson to kick one of his four field goals.
HIDE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN; RAIDERS GIVE UP 56 IN LOSS TO CHIEFS
JAMAAL CHARLES SCORES FIVE TOUCHDOWNS AS THE RAIDERS DEFENSE HITS A RECORD BREAKING LOW
(AP) — Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game, Alex Smith threw five TD passes and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31 on Sunday to clinch at least a wild-card spot.
The Chiefs (11-3) became the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series.
Charles gained 215 yards from scrimmage as the Chiefs put up the highest point total allowed in Raiders' history.
Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while sharing time with Terrelle Pryor. Oakland (4-10) lost its fourth straight game.
WARRIORS LOSE TO SUNS; MARK JACKSON LOSING PATIENCE
(AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns won their fifth straight game, holding off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors 106-102 Sunday night.
Bledsoe added eight rebounds and eight assists, Goran Dragic scored 21 points, and Channing Frye added 20 for the Suns.
Curry scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and Klay Thompson added 19 for the Warriors, who have lost three of four. David Lee added 18 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double.
Golden State trailed by as many as nine in the third quarter, but pulled to within 76-75 on Curry's 3-pointer that capped a 10-2 Golden State run.
Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson questioned his team's resolve in his post-game chat with reporters.
"You've got to call it what it is. If you are able to talk about how great they are, then certainly when they're bad, they got to be able to take it. They need to own it and get better." He added, "Us coaches see it. Everybody sees it, but I don't see anybody in uniform with the same passion as they guys sitting in suits and ties on the bench. Enough is enough."
Curry may have summed it up. "I know we are a good team, but you can't call yourself a good team when you are 13-12."
GAY SHINES IN KINGS DEBUT; SACRAMENTO KNOCKS OFF ROCKETS
(AP) — Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto, leading the Sacramento Kings past the Houston Rockets 106-91 Sunday night.
Gay added five rebounds and four assists. He finished 10-for-20 shooting in a dazzling home debut for the Kings, who had lost eight of their past 10 games.
DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and eight assists to help Sacramento hold on to the lead for most of the final three quarters.
James Harden twisted his left ankle early in the third quarter but finished with 25 points, and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 10 rebounds while battling foul trouble in a disappointing end to Houston's cramped three-game road trip. The Rockets lost at Portland on Thursday and won at Golden State on Friday.
ENTERPRISE COMES BACK FROM 14 DOWN TO CAPTURE D-II NOR-CAL TITLE
By Mike Baca
Their fans and supporters clamored for it all season long, so when Enterprise, the small school from the North Section had a chance to prove itself on the big stage they made the most of it. Coming back from a 14-0 deficit the North Section's Enterprise Hornets knocked off Manteca High 27-21 to advance to the state title game next weekend in Carson at the Home Depot Center against Chaminade High.
Enterprise had to keep their wits about them after falling behind by two touchdowns. But the Hornets relied on that solid defensive front and their running game to forge in front and hang on for the win.
Enterprise is only the second North Section school to play for a state title. Hamilton High earned their trip to the title game in 2008 before eventually falling in the title match-up.
49er Frank Gore stiff-arms a defender on one of his many productive carries on Sunday
(AP) — Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining and the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday.
Frank Gore broke a 51-yard gain with just more than four minutes left to set up the go-ahead 11-play, 76-yard drive as the 49ers (9-4) kept the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-2) from clinching the NFC West on San Francisco's home field.
Dawson's fourth field goal of the day gave him 20 straight converted field goals, a franchise record topping Joe Nedney's 18 consecutive in 2006-07.
Russell Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson and Marshawn Lynch ran for an 11-yard score for Seattle, denied a franchise-best sixth road victory.
The 49ers are unbeaten at home against the West since losing to the Seahawks on Oct. 26, 2008.
The Oakland Raiders fall to the New York Jets 37-27 on Sunday. Despite a long TD scamper from Marcel Reese the Raiders could not contain Geno Smith and the Jets offense. The 37 points was a season high for New York.
WILDCATS WIN FOUR GAMES IN EIGHT DAYS DURING DIFFICULT STRETCH
Why was THIS GUY smiling ? 24pts 5 Rebs 3 Assists and 2 Steals against his rival THAT'S WHY !
The Chico State men's basketball team capped off a stellar eight days of basketball by beating Sonoma State on Saturday night in Rohnert Park. Despite getting off to a slow start the Cats would get rolling late in the first half thanks for a flurry of three-pointers from guard Rashad Parker. The senior was mired in a 4-for-28 shooting slump from long distance before heating up against the Seawolves....
Parker finished with a season high 23 points. Sean Park would pace the Cats with 24, matching his career high. Park, who was limited to only 12 minutes in Friday night's win against San Francisco State, also contributed 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Fellow senior Amir Carraway chipped in with 14 as the Cats moved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in CCAA play.
The 79-68 win over Sonoma State capped off a stretch where the Wildcats knocked off the 8-2 Dominican Univeristy Penguins, the 9-2 Seattle-Pacific Falcons, and the San Francisco State Gators, who were averaging 87 points a game, but managed a mere 50 in a 67-50 loss to the Cats on Friday. Chico looks to avenge their only loss of the season when they host Cal State Stanislaus this Saturday night from Acker Gym. Game time will be at 7pm with our pre-game show at 6:35.
CHICO STATE WOMEN GET FIRST CCAA WIN
The 11th ranked Chico State women salvaged the final game of their Bay Area road-trip with a 65-58 win over the Sonoma State Seawolves. The CCAA season had not been kind to the Wildcats, who found themselves 0-2 in the CCAA play for the first time in years. Chico held a 59-58 lead with under a minute to go but forced back-to-back turnovers and converted free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.
Analiese Reizebos had a great game for Chico State scoring 9 points and pulling a career high 15 rebounds. Jazmine Miller led the Cats in scoring with 16. Chico will host Cal State Stanislaus on December 21st at Acker Gym. They will try and get some pay-back for one of their two CCAA losses.
PROMINENT SKIPPERS WILL BE ENSHRINED
(AP) — Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. Torre became the fifth manager to win at least four World Series titles. La Russa won championships with Oakland and St. Louis. Cox led Atlanta to one championship and 14 straight division titles.
The announcement was made Monday at the winter meetings. They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, 300-game winners, are among the newcomers to the writers' ballot, with results announced Jan. 8.
GRONK DONE FOR THE YEAR
Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski tears his ACL and MCL on this hit by Cleveland Browns Safety TJ Ward
(AP) — A person familiar with the injury tells The Associated Press that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL and damaged MCL.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the team made no announcement. There was no word on when surgery would be done.
Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday when he was hit on the right knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception.
Gronkowski missed the first six games this season after forearm and back surgeries. In the next six games, he led all NFL tight ends with 37 catches and 560 yards receiving. On Sunday, he had two catches for 32 yards.
DOC HANGS EM UP
(AP) Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia.
The 36-year-old right-hander signed a one-day contract Monday to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He made the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Orlando.
Halladay played for the Phillies from 2010-13, finishing with two injury-plagued seasons. He won an NL Cy Young Award in 2010, throwing a perfect game that season and a no-hitter in his first postseason game.
Halladay was 203-105 with an ERA of 3.38 in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.
COLIN KAEPERNICK AND VERNON DAVIS CELEBRATE A TOUCHDOWN IN NINERS MONDAY NIGHT WIN
(AP) — Colin Kaepernick completed 15 of 24 passes for 235 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions Monday night as the San Francisco 49ers broke a two-game losing streak with a 27-6 win over the Washington Redskins.
Kaepernick outperformed Robert Griffin III in the first matchup of two of the game's young, agile quarterbacks, both of whom have struggled this season after breakout years in 2012.
Kaepernick threw two touchdowns to Anquan Boldin and one to Vernon Davis. Boldin finished with 94 yards on five catches. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh says it was a game the Niners needed....
The 49ers improved to 7-4, tied for second with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.
Griffin was 17 for 27 for 127 yards and threw one interception for the Redskins. He was sacked four times.
The Redskins fell to 3-8.
CHICO STATE WOMEN OPEN CCAA PLAY
The Chico State women's basketball teams opens up CCAA play with a game tonight against the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors. Chico is off to a 4-0 start and coming off an impressive 77-67 win over the Tampa Spartans at the Sonoma Elsie Darling Classic. Wildcats senior point guard Courtney Hamilton was named the tournaments MVP after nearly notching a triple-double (9pts, 8 rebs and 10 assists.)
The Wildcats had double-digit leads throughout the second half, but saw Tampa cut the deficit to four at 66-62 with just under three minutes to go. In desperate need of a bucket, the Wildcats turned to their senior shooting guard Jazmine Miller, who had the ball with the shot clock running down....
Chico will take on Stanislaus tonight at 7pm with our pre-game on Newstalk 1290 KPAY coming your way at 6:35pm. You can also hear the game on KPAY.com and ChicoWildcats.com
BANGED-UP WARRIORS BEGIN FOUR GAME ROADIE
The Warriors will not use injuries as an excuse but you certainly couldn't blame them if they wanted to. Golden State has lost three in a row and will be short-handed again as they take on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in the Bayou tonight. Already dealing with injuries to Andre Iguodala, Toney Douglas, Jermaine O'Neal, and Festus Ezeli, the Warriors will have to play tonight without Andrew Bogut who has been suspended for tonight's game for his role in Saturday night's skirmish against Portland. Game time is 5pm
What a weekend !! Tonight is the start of the North Section High School Football playoffs, while tomorrow is the biggest game to date for the undefeated Butte College Roadrunner football team. Here is a full run-down of the high school football playoff match-ups tonight.
#8 Quincy vs #1 Maxwell
#5 Etna vs #4 Chester
#6 Portola vs #3 Fall River
#7 Weed vs #2 Biggs
#8 Williams vs #1 Colusa
#5 Hamilton vs #4 Willows
#7 Pierce vs #2 Durham
#6 Winters vs #3 Trinity
#8 Yreka vs #1 West Valley
#7 Lassen vs #2 Sutter
#6 Wheatland vs #3 Central Valley
#5 Corning vs #4 Orland
#6 Pleasant Valley vs #3 Chico @Asgard Yard
#5 Foothill vs #4 Shasta
*For more on these high school football playoff match-ups listen to our KPAY High School Football Preview Show
You can hear it in the KPAY Sports News items section here on KPAY.com
KpaySports had a chance to talk with Butte College Roadrunner head football coach Jeff Jordan this week to talk about their big game with SF City College on Saturday.......
The Chico State men's soccer team knocked off Seattle Pacific 1-0 and advanced to tomorrow night's NCAA West Region semi-finals against UC San Diego. The Wildcats will play at 7pm and you can follow all the action at ChicoWildcats.com or you can listen to Chico State Basketball on Newstalk 1290 KPAY at 7pm and we will give you updates during out Chico State Basketball broadcast.
Wildcat volleyball is in Southern California. They will take on Dominguez Hills tonight and Cal State Los Angeles tomorrow. The Cats are on a three-match winning streak.
The Chico State men's basketball team takes on Cal State Stanislaus tomorrow night at 7pm in Turlock. Our pre-game comes your way at 6:35pm on 1290-KPAY and KPAY.com
WARRIORS WIN THRILLER AT ORACLE
(AP) — Andre Iguodala made a baseline jumper as time expired to lift the Golden State Warriors to a thrilling 116-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Russell Westbrook's 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining put the Thunder ahead after they trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter. Warriors coach Mark Jackson called a timeout to regroup, and power forward David Lee inbounded the ball from near half court.
Iguodala caught the ball and extended over Thabo Sefolosha for the winning shot, sending the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 into a frenzy. He sprinted toward half court and was mobbed by teammates.
Iguodala finished with 14 points and nine assists.
PANTHER DEFENSE SHOVES 49ERS AROUND AS FIVE GAME WINNING STREAK IS SNAPPED
(AP) — Drayton Florence's interception in the final minute sealed a 10-9 victory for Carolina on Sunday to snap the San Francisco 49ers' five-game winning streak and give the Panthers their fifth straight win.
Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining that held up as the Panthers (6-3) twice shut down Colin Kaepernick on last-ditch drives with swarming defense.
DeAngelo Williams broke two tackles for a 27-yard touchdown run late in the first half that pulled Carolina within 9-7. Gano missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal in the third period, but came through later.
San Francisco (6-3) got the ball back with 5:25 left at its 1, then again with 1:02 to go.
Phil Dawson kicked a season-best 53-yard field goal among his three for the 49ers, who lost tight end Vernon Davis and rookie safety Eric Reid to concussions.
The Oakland Raiders had their chances but come up short and fall to the New York Giants 24-20. Both the Giants and Raiders are 3-6 on the season.
CHICO MEN WRAP UP REGIONAL TITLE WITH A 1-2-3 PERFORMANCE
For the 10th time in the last 12 seasons the Chico State men's cross country team is the best in the west. The Wildcats took home the team title in the 2013 West Regionn Championships from Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Washington. Once again Isaac Chavez displayed his dominance by winning the 10K race by 37 seconds over his teammate Johnny Sanchez. Dayne Gradone finished third, giving Chico State a 1-2-3 finish. Albert Cisneros finished sixth while Phil Graber finished in 22nd place in the 130 runner-field. The Cats now head prepare for the National Championship at the same Plantes Ferry Course on November 23rd.
WOMEN GET EDGED OUT BY ALASKA-ANCHORAGE IN CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL FINALE
The women's cross country team came within an eye-lash off winning their second straight regional title. Alaska Anchorage edged out the Cats 36-to-39. Ayla Granados finished fifth, while her teammate Sara Mikesell made a late charge finishing seventh. Rebekah Barha finished 11th. All three runners garnered All-West Region honors. The Wildcat women now prepare for the National Championship back in Spokane on November 23rd.
CHICO WOMEN FIND THEIR FOOTING IN 28 POINT-WIN IN SEASON OPENER
Despite a slow start the Chico State women's basketball team displayed their dominance in an 88-60 win over Dominican University on Saturday in San Rafael. Chico trailed 22-16 nearly 12 minutes into the game before finding their offensive rhythm. A late first half scoring flurry by Analise Riezebos gave Chico a 36-31 lead.
The Cats would extend that lead in the second half thanks to the hot shooting of Jazmine Miller, who scored 20 points and hit 5-straight three-pointers.
Hannah Womack scored 18 of her game high 23 in the second half
Riezebos would score 18 on 9-of-10 shooting. Courtney Hamilton ran the show dishing off 11 assists. The Wildcats will play their home opener on Tuesday at Acker Gym when they take on Fresno Pacific. Game time is at 7pm and you can hear the game on Newstalk 1290 KPAY with our pre-game show at 6:35pm.
MEN CLAMPED DOWN ON HOLY NAMES TO WIN SEASON OPENER
The Chico State men started their season is style with a 75-43 trouncing of Holy Names on Saturday. Chico darted out of the gate with a stingy defensive effort holding the guests to a 14 point output in the first half.
Sean Park scored a game high 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Chico also got contributions from their bench and Head Coach Greg Clink looked at several different combinations in the blow-out win. The Cats will open CCAA play this Saturday on the road when they travel to Turlock to take on Cal State Stanislaus. Game time is at 7pm with our pre-game at 6:35pm on Newstalk 1290 KPAY.
ALMOST A C-NOTE AS ROADRUNNERS RIP FOOTHILL; STAY PERFECT
The Butte College Roadrunner football team is now one step closer to an undefeated regular season after a complete annihilation of Foothill College 84-7. The Roadrunners scored early and often as their defensive unit suffocated Foothill at every turn. The Roadrunners will play the marquee game of their regualar season this Saturday against San Francisco City College. Game time is at 1pm at Cowan Stadium.
BUTTE MEN DROP FINAL TWO GAMES AT LOS POSITAS TOURNEY
The Butte College men's basketball team went 1-2 in the Los Positas Tournament in Livermore over the weekend. The Roadrunners beat DeAnza 78-74 on Thursday, but fell to Chabot in the winners bracket game on Friday 79-64. Butte then lost on the consolation match-up 82-79 to Siskiyous. The Roadrunners head to the Mendocino College Tourney this coming weekend.
After an 86 year wait the Sox have won three titles in the last 10 years
RED SOX CLOSER KOJI UEHARA JUMPS INTO THE ARMS OF CATCHER DAVID ROSS AFTER THE FINAL OUT
By Mike Baca
The fans of the Boston Red Sox are still celebrating their team's World Series Championship. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinlas last night 6-1 en route to their 8th franichse title and their third championship in the last 10 years.
The Red Sox did it with a band of bearded mis-fits who came together as a group after the April Boston Marathon bombings that shocked the country and New England. The Sox, who suffered thru a 93 loss season in 2012, made whole-sale changes entering the 2013 campaign. The new faces and energy led to a 97 win season and a spirited post-season run.
David Ortiz was named the series MVP after hitting .688 in the six-game series.
Big Papi was walked four times in last night's game, three of them intentionally. Papi says this Red Sox team was a special group....
The Red Sox busted the game wide open in the third inning when Shane Victorino slammed 2-1 pitch from Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha off the Green Monster in left field.
That swing would provide all the runs the BoSox would need in winning the 2013 title.
One of the great local story lines to the Red Sox victory was the stellar play of former Chico Outlaw Daniel Nava.
Nava was a stand-out for the Red Sox all season long providing a dependable bat all over the John Farrell's line-up card. Nava hit .308 this year, good for eighth in the American League. Nava recounted his amazing journey last night in an interview moments after the game on the MLB Network.....
The Red Sox and their fans will celebrate their championship with a duck-boat parade on the Charles on Saturday morning at 10am est
WARRIORS TROUNCE LAKERS AS THOMPSON SCORES CAREER HIGH 38
(AP) — Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a spectacular shooting performance, and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94 in their much-anticipated season opener Wednesday night.
Thompson finished 15 of 19 from the floor, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, to lead the Warriors to the runaway win. Golden State led by 19 at the half, 33 at the end of the third quarter and 35 early in the fourth.
David Lee added 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Stephen Curry had 10 points and six assists as the Warriors trounced a rebuilding Lakers team playing without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
Jodie Meeks scored 14 points and Pau Gasol had 12 points and seven rebounds for an overmatched Lakers team playing on back-to-back nights. Los Angeles beat the Clippers on Tuesday night in their season opener.
COUSINS LEADS KINGS TO OPENING NIGHT WIN IN SACTOWN
(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 14 rebounds to give Sacramento fans plenty more to cheer about than just having a team as the Kings won their season-opener 90-88 over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Greivis Vasquez added 17 points and Isaiah Thomas had 16 off the bench to cap a celebratory night in Sacramento as the Kings opened a new era just months after nearly moving to Seattle.
Ty Lawson scored 20 points but missed a potential tying shot in the closing seconds for the Nuggets, who started off Brian Shaw's tenure with a loss. Shaw took over for last season's coach of the year George Karl, who was fired after a first-round playoff loss to Golden State despite winning 57 games in the regular season.
SHARKS LOSE HEART-BREAKER AT STAPLES
(AP) — Anze Kopitar scored on a power play 2:32 into overtime after setting up Justin Williams' tying power play goal with 7:39 left in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied from behind three times Wednesday night to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3.
Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll also had goals and Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals, helping the Kings win for the eighth time in 11 games.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who finished the first month of the season 10-1-2 and set a franchise record for wins in October. Antti Niemi made 19 saves in the finale of a 3-2 road trip.
NEWSTALK 1290 KPAY will carry the 2013 ALMOND BOWL on Friday night with our pre-game at 7:30
CAN SONNY GRAY TAKE THE A'S TO THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ?
The Oakland A's send 23 year-old Sonny Gray to the mound tonight as they play the Detroit Tigers for the second straight year in a Game 5 of the American Divisional playoff. The task will not be easy as the A's will have to face Tigers ace Justin Verlander for the second time in the series and for the second time in a Game 5 of the divisional playoff.
Bob Melvin explained his decision to by-pass 40 year-old Bartolo Colon in favor of the youngster Gray....
Melvin says Sonny Gray is the guy the Athletics want on the mound.....
Melvin says this doesn't mean they don't have confidence in Bartolo Colon. He says they feel confident in what
Gray will bring to the table in Game 5
We are just a few hours away from seeing if The Kid can get the A's to the ALCS
(AP) — Tramaine Brock intercepted Matt Schaub's first pass of the night and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, Schaub threw three interceptions in all before the embattled quarterback got replaced in the fourth, and the San Francisco 49ers pounded the Houston Texans 34-3 on Sunday night.
Colin Kaepernick threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis
And, Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a score in his second straight impressive prime-time game. The 49ers (3-2) are right back in the NFC West race with Seattle after the Seahawks (4-1) lost at Indianapolis. Each team has beaten the Texans (2-3) and lost to the Colts, and Seattle still must visit San Francisco on Dec. 8.
Anthony Dixon added a 2-yard touchdown run for the NFC champions, while Brock had a second interception and nearly a third.
PRYOR RUNS WILD ON CHARGERS AS RAIDERS WIN LATE NIGHT AFFAIR
(AP)-Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown as the Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 27-17. Pryor got the Raiders (2-3) off to a fast start in the latest starting West Coast game in NFL history with a 44-yard touchdown pass on Oakland's first play from scrimmage. The Raiders then used four forced turnovers, a goal-line stand, Woodson's 25-yard return of Danny Woodhead's fumble
and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to beat the Chargers (2-3). Philip Rivers had his third 400-yard passing game of the season, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.
RODGERS AND THE PACKERS BEAT THE LIONS
Chico's Aaron Rodgers found things a little more difficult this time around against the Detroit Lions. But, in the end Rodgers and the Packers were 22-9 winners at Lambeau. Rodgers was 20-of-34 and threw for 274 yards and a touchdown. The Packers offense struggled early but found their footing in the second half. The Lions had to play without their all-everytthing wide receiver Calvin Johnson who was sidelined by injury.
CAREER MINOR-LEAGUER STEPHEN VOGT IS MOBBED AFTER GAME-WINNING HIT SATURDAY NIGHT
The Oakland A's get ready for Game 3 in Detroit this morning coming off of a dramatic win in Game 2 on Saturday night. Career minor leaguer Stephen Vogt delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th giving Oakland a 1-0 win.
The A's and Tigers play Game 3 this morning at 10am.
BUCS ONE WIN AWAY FROM NLCS
(AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are one victory away from winning a postseason series for the first time since the 1979 World Series.
Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in best-of-five NL division series.
Alvarez pulled a grounder into right field that scored pinch-runner Josh Harrison from second base.
Russell Martin followed with a sharp RBI single for an insurance run against reliever Kevin Siegrist, who took over after Carlos Martinez faltered. Martinez took the loss.
Mark Melancon (meh-LAN'-sehn) picked up the win despite allowing Carlos Beltran's tying home run in the top of the eighth.
Charlie Morton is set to start for the Pirates in Game 4 Monday afternoon 12:07pm Pacific time against rookie Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah).
DODGERS POUND BRAVES; MOVE A STEP CLOSER TO NLCS
(AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers hammered Atlanta 13-6 in the other NL division series game. Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) and Carl Crawford homered for the Dodgers, who now own a 2-1 series lead. Uribe hit a two-run homer while Crawford's was a three-run shot.
The teams combined for 19 runs and 24 hits in the four-hour, one-minute tussle.
Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) each had three hits and scored three times on a big night at the plate for the Dodgers, who matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. Brooklyn beat the New York Yankees 13-8 in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series.
The Dodgers send out 13-game winner Ricky Nolasco Monday night at 6:35pm when they go for the clincher. The Braves go with veteran Freddy Garcia in what is a must-win game for them.
BIG PAPI'S TWO HOMERS SEND BOSOX TO TAMPA WITH 2-0 LEAD
The Boston Red Sox can wrap up their ALDS series against the Rays this afternoon. Boston will send Clay Bucholz to the mound today up 2-0 in their best-of-five series. The Red Sox beat Tampa 7-4 on Saturday behind a big day from David Ortiz. Big Papi not only went yard once........
Game time for Game 3 is 3:07pm Pacific time.
ROADRUNNERS ROLL TO 5-0 WITH 68 POINT EFFORT IN MODESTO
The Butte College Football team exerts their dominance again with a 68-40 trouncing of Modesto this weekend. Butte runs their record to 5-0 and has bye this coming weekend. They will travel to Santa Rosa on October 18th.
CHICO STATE VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER RECAPS....
The Chico State Volleyball team split a pair of matches on the road. The Cats swept San Francisco State on Friday only to fall to Sonoma State in straight sets on Saturday. The Wildcat women are 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the CCAA.
For the Chico State women's soccer team if they didn't have bad luck, they would have no luck at all. The Cats fell on Friday at home 2-1 in overtime to Cal State San Bernardino. And then lost at San Francisco State on Sunday on the road 1-0. The Wildcats are now 4-5-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the CCAA.
The Chico State men's soccer team had a great weekend. They swept the weekend disposing of San Bernardino 3-0 on Friday and then scoring a 1-0 win over San Francisco State on the road on Sunday. The Wildcat men are 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the CCAA.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES
Gridley 36-26 over Anderson
Enterprise 56-48 over Chico
(Izzy Matthews 371 yards rushing 4 TD's for Hornets)
The Chico State men's and women's soccer teams are hosting PACK THE HOUSE night at University Stadium.
The Wildcats will take on Cal State San Bernardino. The women are 4-3-1 on the season and will play at 4:30pm, while the men are 6-2 and will play 7pm.
Chico State volleyball is on the road this weekend. The Cats play San Francisco State tonight and Sonoma State tomorrow. Both matches start at 7pm.
(AP) — The brother of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was stabbed to death in San Francisco after the team played the San Francisco Giants says he swung a chair at the suspect during a fight.
Robert Preece told KGO-TV (http://bit.ly/1768pC5) that he was protecting his brother after another group of people came up behind them. He described the chair he swung as an aluminum beach chair that was a gift from his father from Dodger Stadium.
Preece's brother, Jonathan Denver, was stabbed to death on Sept. 25 after attending the Dodgers-Giants game. Police have said Denver's group, many wearing Dodgers garb, got into a shouting match over the Dodgers with the suspect, 21-year-old Michael Montgomery.
Montgomery's father has said his son acted in self-defense. Montgomery has not been charged.
The Oakland A's get ready to take on the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of their American League Divsional Playoff.
The A's will send 18 game-winner Bartolo Colon to the hill against 21 game-winner Max Scherzer. Last year Oakland lost to the Tigers in the divisional playoffs in 5 games.
The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders will both be playing in prime time on Sunday night. The 49ers are the featured game on Sunday night game on NBC as they take on the Houston Texans. Game time is at 5:30. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers were originally scheduled to play at 1:05pm on Sunday, but because the Oakland A's playoff game on Saturday night, crews need time to prepare the playing surface for football. So, the game has been pushed back to 8:30pm. The NFL Network will televise the game at 8:30pm
TERRELLE PRYOR (far left) AND HIS RAIDER MATES DROP TO 1-3 AFTER LOSS TO SKINS
(AP) — Robert Griffin III threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the third quarter to help the Washington Redskins overcome an early 14-point deficit to beat the Oakland Raiders 24-14 Sunday for their first win of the season.
David Amerson returned an interception for another score for the Redskins (1-3).
Washington looked ready to extend the worst start for the franchise since 2001 when they fell behind 14-0 after the first quarter thanks to a blocked punt touchdown and a scoring pass from Matt Flynn.
But the much-maligned Washington defense allowed the Raiders (1-3) no more points, taking advantage of an offense that was without starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor the entire game and starting running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece for most of it.
GIANTS WRAP UP SEASON WITH WIN OVER PADRES
(AP) — Hunter Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Francisco Peguero hit his first career home run leading off the ninth to tie it as Huston Street (2-5) blew his second save in 35 chances.
Tony Abreu followed with a single and advance to second on Street's wild pitch. Brandon Belt walked and both runners advanced on a passed ball.
After Buster Posey was intentionally walked, Pence singled to center to end the game.
Sergio Romo (5-8) pitched the ninth for the win as the Giants finished in a third place tie with the Padres, 16 games behind the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jedd Gyorko hit a grand slam, Nick Hundley homered for the Padres.
GIANTS LOCK UP PENCE FOR 90 MILLION
PENCE WANTED TO STAY WITH GIANTS AND HE GETS HIS WISH
Pence and the Giants have finalized a $90 million, five-year contract, a deal that keeps the outfielder off the free-agent market.
The announcement was made at a news conference before Sunday's season finale against San Diego, the Giants' final game as defending World Series champions.
Pence began the day with a .282 average, a career-best 27 homers and 96 RBIs. He was on track to become the first Giants player to appear in every regular-season game since Alvin Dark played in 154 in 1954.
The two-time All-Star was acquired from Philadelphia in July last year and was credited with being instrumental in San Francisco's second title in three years.
A'S GET READY FOR POST-SEASON WITH 9-0 SHUT-OUT IN SEATTLE
(AP) — Sonny Gray threw five shutout innings in his final start before the playoffs, Oakland had a pair of four-run innings and the Athletics closed out the regular season with a 9-0 win over Seattle in Eric Wedge's final game as Mariners manager.
The A's now turn their attention to the AL Division Series against Detroit that will begin Friday in Oakland, while Seattle enters the offseason with another managerial search on the docket.
Oakland gave a few of its starters the finale off, while some others made cameos before getting a rest before beginning the postseason. Jed Lowrie, Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes all sat Sunday, while Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Chris Young were lifted early.
It didn't matter who was hitting against the Mariners. The A's scored four times in the second inning, all charged to Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez, and four more times in the fifth.
STANFORD WINNING BY AIRING IT OUT
PRESSURE DEFENSE STYMIES COUGARS AS CARDINAL STAY PERFECT
(AP) — For all the brute force Stanford shows, from its jumbo "elephant" package of offensive linemen to its bruising running backs, there is an element of the Cardinal offense that often goes overlooked.
They have a group of sneaky fast wide receivers that are more than happy to go deep on cheating defenses.
That ability was on full display Saturday night when the fifth-ranked Cardinal routed Washington State 55-17 thanks in part to Kevin Hogan being able to throw over the top of the Cougars defense.
Hogan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, all three scores of at least 30 or more yards. He found Devon Cajuste for touchdowns of 57 and 33 yards in the first half and hit Michael Rector on a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
CAL GETS CRUSHED AND THEN KICKS OFF BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
(AP) — California has kicked defensive end Chris McCain off the squad for conduct detrimental to the team.
Coach Sonny Dykes announced the move Sunday, a day the Golden Bears lost 55-16 to Oregon to fall to 1-3 on the season.
McCain was supposed to be one of Cal's best defenders this season. But he and his teammates have struggled so far in Dykes' first year, allowing 181 points in the first four games of the season.
McCain has 11 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble this season.
LANE KIFFIN IS SHOWN THE DOOR IN LAND OF THE TROJANS
(AP) — Southern California has fired Lane Kiffin, ending the coach's tumultuous tenure a few hours after the Trojans lost 62-41 at Arizona State.
Ed Orgeron was picked as USC's interim head coach by athletic director Pat Haden later Sunday. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) have eight games left on their 13-game schedule.
Orgeron was Kiffin's assistant head coach and the former Mississippi head coach.
Haden fired Kiffin at the Trojans' private airport terminal when the team plane returned from Arizona early Sunday morning, but not before a 45-minute meeting in which Kiffin tried to change Haden's mind. The Trojans matched the most points allowed in school history in their seventh loss in 11 games.
ROADRUNNERS CRUSH DELTA; MOVE TO 4-0
The Butte College Roadrunners moved to 4-0 on the season with a 45-3 blasting of San Jouquin Delta College on Saturday at Cowan Stadium. The Roadrunners punishing defense stopped Delta in their tracks, and the Butte offense flourished in scoring over 40 points for the fourth straight game. Butte has now outscored their opponents 200-31 this season. They travel to Modesto next Saturday to try and move to 5-0.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES FROM FRIDAY NIGHT
Central Valley 45 Chico 42
Paradise 46 Pleasant Valley 26
Enterprise 40 Red Bluff 0
Orland 40 Gridley 14
Hamilton 45 Portola 17
Shasta 54 Foothill 14 Durham 25 Quincy 18
Biggs 45 Esparto 13
Las Plumas 21 Oroville 10
Chester 14 Burney 6
Sutter 35 Wheatland 0
Corning 20 Willows 0
West Valley 28 Turlock 7
CHICO STATE SOCCER SPLITS MATCHES ON SO-CAL ROADIE
The Chico men's and women's soccer teams both split their weekend CCAA series in Southern California.
Both the men and women fell to Cal State Los Angeles on Friday night, but both rebounded for hard-fought wins against Dominguez Hills on Sunday. The men go to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA. The women go to 4-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the CCAA.
VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO FOUR-SET THRILLERS TO NATIONALLY RANKED POWERS
Tough losses for the Chico State volleyball teams this weekend. Knowing it would be one of their toughest weekends of the year, the Wildcats put up quite a fight. But, in the end they lost in four sets to 20th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino and 10th-ranked UC San Diego. The Wildcats fall to 6-6 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA.
PAYBACK FOR CHICO STATE WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Another fine showing for the Chico State Cross Country teams at the Stanford Invitational. The Wildcat women exacted a bit of revenge on the Simon Fraser Clan. Just two weeks after losing to The Clan at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, the Wildcats responded by beating their regional rival 51-61 in Palo Alto. The women were led by Ayla Granados who finished second amond non-Division I runners at 22.14. Sara Mikesell finished fourth at 22.26. In the unofficial overall standings compiled by the Chico State Sports Information Department the Wildcats finished 5th out of 26 teams competing in the event, including decisive wins over D-I opponents USF, UC Davis and North Dakota State.
CHICO STATE FINISHES 3RD AT STANFORD INVITE; BEATING 13 DIVISION-I FOES
For the second straight year the Chico State Men's Cross Country team has finished third at the Stanford Invitational. The Wildcats' Isaac Chavez once again had a great run finishing sixth overall finishing the eight kilometers in 24:35 just mere seconds behind Stanford stand-out Erik Olson. As a team, in numbers compiled by the Chico State Sports Information Department, the Wildcats finished behind Stanford and Division-II Colorado Mines. The Wildcats out-ran 13 of the 14 Division-I schools in the field including 15th-ranked UC Davis.
(AP) — Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the San Francisco 49ers' defense stepped up without some of their stars in a 35-11 rout over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.
Anquan Boldin had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gore had 153 yards on 20 carries and a 34-yard score for San Francisco (2-2), which was outscored 46-10 the previous two games. Navarro Bowman had two of the 49ers' five sacks with a strip leading to a fourth-quarter scoring run by Anthony Dixon.
The Rams (1-3) had an overtime win and tie against San Francisco last year, and took the early lead Thursday before falling flat. Greg Zuerlein banged in a 40-yard field goal off the right upright to end a nine-game scoring drought in the first quarter, but the 49ers answered with 28 straight points.
PRYOR STILL ON THE SIDELINES AS RAIDERS GET READY FOR SKINS'
(AP) — Terrelle Pryor returned to the practice field for the Oakland Raiders three days after sustaining a concussion but is not participating in team drills.
Pryor was in uniform Thursday and took part in stretching but did not have a helmet and mostly watched backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin run practice during the portion open to the media.
Pryor was knocked out of Monday night's loss in Denver in the fourth quarter and did not practice Wednesday. Pryor has said it would be difficult to start Sunday's game against Washington if he did not practice Thursday.
BYE WEEK FOR RODGERS AND THE PACK
Chico's Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have an early bye week this year. The Pack are still trying to lick their wounds after blowing a 30-14 second half lead in Cincinnati last week.
PAGAN'S BLAST GIVES GIANTS SERIES OVER DODGERS
(AP) — Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning to give San Francisco a win in what might have been Tim Lincecum's final outing with the club, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Thursday night.
Pagan's fifth home run in an injury-shortened season was surrendered by losing pitcher Paco Rodriguez (3-3) and plunked off the top of an ambulance parked just beyond the fence in left field.
Lincecum struck out Yasiel Puig three times among his six Ks but missed a win against the NL West champion Dodgers. Santiago Casilla (7-2) earned the victory with a 1-2-3 eighth, while Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 38th save.
Lincecum is wrapping up a $40.5 million, two-year contract that paid him $22 million this season. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in seven impressive innings.
SUSPECTS FATHER POINTS FINGER AT DECEASED DODGER FAN
(AP) — The father of a man accused of fatally stabbing a 24-year-old Dodgers fan in San Francisco says his son told him it was self-defense.
Marty Montgomery told the Lodi News-Sentinel on Thursday that his son, Michael Montgomery was jumped during a fight and he stabbed Jonathan Denver in self-defense.
San Francisco police say that 21-year-old Michael Montgomery was arrested on suspicion of homicide in the stabbing death of Denver Wednesday night.
Montgomery's father said his son told him by phone that during the fight, Denver hit his son over the head with a chair, and in self-defense, his son stabbed Denver.
Montgomery told his father that Denver, who was wearing Dodgers apparel, yelled, "Giants suck," at Montgomery's friend who was wearing a Giants hat when Denver and others hit his son and their friends without warning.
ROADRUNNERS LOOK TO CONTINUE THEIR DOMINANCE
The Butte College Roadrunners look to move to 4-0 when they host San Jouquin Delta College at Cowan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Roadrunners has blasted their opponents by a combined score of 155-28 through their first three games of the season. But, the year gets a little bit tougher now as they enter conference play. The Roadrunners are ranked #1 in Northern California and #2 in the state. Game time is 1:00pm
TASK GETS TOUGHER AS WILDCATS HOST TWO NATIONALLY RANKED CCAA FOES
The Chico State Volleyball team hosts two ranked teams this weekend at Acker Gym. The first place Wildcats are 6-4 overall and 3-0 in the CCAA. Chico is coming off of a road sweep against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay last weekend. Chico hosts Cal State San Bernardino tonight at 7pm. The Coyotoes are ranked #20 in the country. UC San Diego comes to town tomorrow for a 7pm match. They are ranked #10 in the country. Both matches begin at 7pm. IF you can't make it to Acker you can follow the action on the Chico State LIVE STATS webpage.... http://www.sidearmstats.com/csuchico/wvball/xlive.htm
CHICO STATE SOCCER TEAMS HIT THE ROAD
The Chico State Soccer teams hit the road. The men and women are in Southern California. Today they play Cal State Los Angeles and on Sunday they take on Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Wildcat men are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA. The women are 3-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the CCAA. Tonight's matches from LA begin at 4:30 with the men's match and 7pm for the women. You can follow all the action on Cal State Los Angeles website LIVE STATS.
CHICO STATE CROSS COUNTRY AT THE STANFORD INVITE
The Chico State Cross Country teams are at the Stanford Invitational. The men are ranked #4 in the country while the Chico State women are #8. Some members of the squad will be competing in Folsom at the Willow Hills Open as well. Its been two weeks since the Wildcats shined at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle where they bested several high profile Division I programs. The Wildcats will once again be competing against their Division I brethren at the Stanford Invite.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW
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BUTTE VOLLEYBALL HOSTS BUTTE CLASSIC
Butte College Volleyball will be hosting the Butte Classic at Cowan Gym today with matches at 3pm and 5pm.
The Butte College men's soccer team looks to get their first win of the season in Modesto, while the women look to even their overall record as they host Shasta at 2pm
49ERS LOOK TO FLY HIGH AGAINST THE ST. LOUIS RAMS TONIGHT !!!
(AP) — The Thursday NFL game is being played in St. Louis tonight as the Rams entertain the 49ers. Coming in each team has a record of 1-2. The 49ers opened the season with a win over the Packers before dropping games to Seattle and Indianapolis. The Niners were outscored 56-10 in those games. The Rams opened up with a win over Arizona before losing to Atlanta and Dallas.
The record between these two teams is 62-62-and-3. The series goes back to the days with the Rams were located in Los Angeles.
UGLY INCIDENT MARS GIANTS WIN OVER DODGERS
The San Francisco Giants knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers last night 6-4. Barry Zito, in what may have been his final start in the Giants uniform pitched 5 innings to pick up the win. Tony Abreu's second inning bases-clearing triple gave the Giants a 3-0 lead.
(AP) — Police have arrested two people in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan during a fight near San Francisco's AT&T Park after the Giants' 6-4 win over the Los Angeles team. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr the victim was wearing Dodgers gear when he and the group he was with got into an argument with another group, which included a person wearing a Giants hat. Suhr said the two groups exchanged insults about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry before the argument escalated, and the young man was fatally stabbed.
Stadium security and fan behavior came under scrutiny when another Dodgers-Giants matchup saw a Northern California paramedic severely beaten in March of 2011. Bryan Stow, a Giants fan, suffered a traumatic brain injury after a beating by two men dressed in Dodgers gear following the home opener between the two longtime rivals in Los Angeles.
BUD WILL RETIRE AFTER 2014 SEASON
(AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) has announced that he will step down and retire in January 2015. The 79-year-old has repeatedly said since 2003 that his retirement was imminent.
Selig bought the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970 and moved the team to Milwaukee. He was part of the group that forced the resignation of former commissioner Fay Vincent.
Selig took over as acting commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992, in his role as chairman of the executive council. He repeatedly said he would not take the job full time but was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998. He agreed to new contracts in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012
IOC SAYS THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH RUSSIA'S STANCE ON GAYS DURING OLYMPICS
(AP) — The International Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns over Russia's law banning gay propaganda. The chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, Jean-Claude Killy (zhawn klawd KEE'-lee), said the IOC doesn't have the right to discuss the laws that are in place in the country hosting the games, "so unless the (Olympic) charter is violated we are fully satisfied."
Russia has come under scrutiny as the next host of the Olympics because of the law passed this summer outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors," which many worry may apply to gay athletes and visitors to the games.
YASIEL PUIG HOMERS TO CENTER AS DODGERS NIP GIANTS 2-1 IN SERIES OPENER
(AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu and two relievers combined on a five-hitter that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Matt Kemp hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the sixth inning for the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig also homered after getting hit by a pitch from Giants starter Matt Cain earlier in the game.
Carl Crawford added three hits for the NL West champions, who have won three straight.
Tony Abreu homered for San Francisco. The Giants got just one runner past first base and were held to no more than one run for the third time in four games.
VARGAS SHUTS DOWN A'S
(AP) — Jason Vargas earned his second shutout of the season with a four-hitter and Howie Kendrick homered, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
The Athletics, who clinched their second straight division title Sunday, remain a game behind the Red Sox for the best record in the majors following Boston's 8-3 loss at Colorado.
Vargas (9-7) threw 110 pitches, retiring 15 consecutive batters at one point and striking out five en route to his fifth shutout and 10th complete game in 153 career starts. The left-hander, who was acquired from Seattle last December for slugger Kendrys Morales, is 3-3 with a 4.64 ERA in his last nine outings after missing almost two months because of a blood clot near his armpit.
Griffin (14-10) gave up three runs and five hits over five innings.
PRYOR STILL A QUESTION MARK AFTER CONCUSSION ON MONDAY NIGHT
(AP) — Terrelle Pryor is not practicing for the Oakland Raiders two days after suffering a concussion late in a loss to the Denver Broncos.
Backup Matt Flynn worked with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday as the Raiders (1-2) prepared to play the Washington Redskins (0-3) on Sunday.
Pryor is not able to practice or attend meetings until he is cleared by doctors. He got hurt late in Monday night's loss in Denver when he was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard while running a quarterback draw. The play was determined to be legal because Pryor was a runner between the tackles.
Pryor remained in for two plays before being taken to the locker room by doctors.
49ERS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS DEFENSIVELY
(AP) — Carlos Rogers understands a key piece of San Francisco's defense is missing with the absence of Aldon Smith, yet the veteran cornerback is determined to make sure it never becomes an excuse for the team's recent poor play.
The 49ers are moving forward without their star linebacker and sacks leader as he begins rehab for substance abuse and an indefinite leave from the team.
While everybody in the locker room is rooting for his recovery, his fellow defenders are now focused on getting the most from the guys who will take over for him: Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier, among others.
A defense that has been dominant stopping the run ranks a surprisingly low 29th in the league, with opposing offenses running against the NFC champion Niners at every chance.
MARK JACKSON RAISES THE BAR ON HIS WARRIORS
(AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson decided to take action when he saw that his players wrote a number on the whiteboard at the team's practice facility a few weeks ago signifying a goal of at least 50 wins this season.
He erased it.
With training camp set to start Saturday, Jackson says he viewed the number as a target on his team and a limitation on its potential. Instead, his message to players is to stop talking and "make it happen."
Blending all the talent together will be Jackson's job this season. The same bold and boisterous coach who promised a playoff berth two years ago and didn't make good on it is suddenly leading a team coming off a thrilling run to the Western Conference semifinals and hoping to contend for a championship.
SHAQ SAYS HELLO TO THE CAPITOL CITY
(AP) — Shaquille O'Neal has apologized to all Sacramento Kings fans for his verbal jabs during his playing career and is promising to restore the franchise to its winning ways as a minority owner.
Declaring the new name of the city "Shaqramento," O'Neal took several steps to explain his past swipes at his introductory news conference Tuesday. He said he was only trying to rile up people and market the game when he called the franchise the "Sacramento Queens" while winning three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.
O'Neal also offered insight into his role with the Kings and the vision of new majority owner Vivek Ranadive. He says he'll be a mentor to center DeMarcus Cousins and help the team build the NBA's first "indoor-outdoor arena."
KPAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW DEBUTS THIS WEEK
KPAY unveils their High School Football Preview show this week. You can hear the show exclusively on KPAY.COM. You will get news, notes and previews of the Friday night high school football match-ups from the guys who bring you the scores and watch all the games each week. We will utiilze the expertise of beat reporters from the Chico Enterprise-Record, The Paradise Post, KRCR-Channel 7, Action News Channels 12 & 24 and The Redding Record Searchlight. Kpay's Mike Baca will moderate the exchange as we help get you ready for Friday night football. Our first installment will come your way on Thursday afternoon on KPAY.COM
PEYTON MANNING SETS AN NFL RECORD BY THROWING 12 TD'S IN DENVER'S FIRST THREE GAMES
(AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns Monday to lift the Denver Broncos to another easy victory, 37-21 over the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos (3-0) have outscored opponents 127-71 this season.
Manning hit Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for a score apiece.
The quarterback's 12 TD passes are an NFL record for the opening three games, breaking Tom Brady's mark of 11 in 2011. Manning has yet to throw an interception this year.
Oakland's Terrelle Pryor finished 19 for 28 for 281 yards but played catch-up from the start. Oakland (1-2) trailed 17-0 before Pryor hit Denarius Moore for a 73-yard score.
Four plays later, Manning connected with Thomas for a 13-yard score to push the lead back to 17.
ALDON SMITH ENTERS BAY AREA REHAB FACILITY
(AP) — The San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker Aldon Smith on the reserve non-football injury list Monday as he enters rehab for substance abuse and begins what team CEO Jed York has termed an indefinite absence.
San Francisco didn't immediately announce a corresponding roster move.
Smith played Sunday and had five tackles just two days after he was arrested and jailed Friday morning on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. Smith apologized after the 27-7 home loss to the Colts, and now his team moves forward without him heading to St. Louis on Thursday.
Smith had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 in Miami shortly after the 49ers lost in the NFC championship game.
He is expected to remain in the Bay Area for treatment.
ATHLETICS KEEP WINNING IN ANAHEIM
(AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer, Brandon Moss added a two-run shot and the Oakland Athletics kept rolling toward the postseason with their fifth straight victory, 10-5 over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Tommy Milone pitched into the sixth inning and Seth Smith had an early RBI double for the AL West champion A's, who have won 11 of 13.
Seven A's drove in a run at the Big A as Oakland (94-63) moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 with the majors' second-best record, just behind Boston (95-62).
Howie Kendrick homered and hit a three-run double for the Angels, who have lost two straight after winning 21 of 28. They hadn't lost by more than three runs since Sept. 3.
GIANTS AND DODGERS RENEW RIVALRY AT&T
The San Francisco Giants get ready to wrap up their 2013 season by taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers from AT & T Park tonight. The Giants will miss the post-season after winning the World Series in 2012. The Dodgers are preparing for the post-season after winning the National League West for the first time since 2009. The Dodgers still have an outside shot of garnering home field advantage throughout the National League Playoffs, but still trail Atlanta and St. Louis by two games with six games left to play.
Shaquille O'Neal is joining the ownership group of the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings announced Monday that O'Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings will introduce the four-time NBA champion at a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento.
O'Neal tormented the Kings during the height of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, even dubbing the franchise the "Sacramento Queens." He also handed Sacramento its biggest blow by rallying the Lakers from a 3-2 deficit to win the 2002 Western Conference finals.
O'Neal retired after the 2010-11 season and has worked as an analyst for TNT the last two seasons.
ANDREW LUCK GETS THE BEST OF JIM HARBAUGH AND THE 49ERS
(AP) — Andrew Luck threw for 164 yards and ran for a 6-yard touchdown while facing college coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time, and the Indianapolis Colts defeated the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 win Sunday.
Trent Richardson scored a 1-yard touchdown on his first carry in his Colts debut after being acquired on Wednesday from the Browns. He was drafted two spots behind top pick Luck at No. 3 last year.
Ahmad Bradshaw added a 1-yard TD run in the final minutes, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a pair of field goals before missing a 51-yarder early in the fourth.
It was Colin Kaepernick's first home loss at Candlestick Park as a starter.
There were few bright spots for Kaepernick as San Francisco struggled to establish a passing game with tight end Vernon Davis sidelined by a hamstring injury.
SMITH TAKE INDEFINITE LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO ADDRESS SUBSTANCE ISSUES
(AP) — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York says linebacker Aldon Smith will miss Thursday's game at St. Louis and perhaps sit out longer following his arrest Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession.
York expects Smith will seek treatment on his own, but the 49ers won't interfere, saying "I think Aldon is going to take steps on his own." Smith started and had five tackles in a 27-7 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
Smith is a key pass rusher and sacks leader for the 49ers, and coach Jim Harbaugh had said leading up to Sunday that the NFL would decide how to punish the third-year pro, who turns 24 Wednesday.
Smith apologized after the game to the team, organization, his family and "everybody I let down," but didn't field questions.
RAIDERS GET READY FOR PEYTON AND BRONCOS
The Oakland Raiders know it will be an uphill battle when they take on the Denver Broncos tonight. The Raiders are coming off of a 19-9 win at home over Jacksonville, while the Broncos have been dominant in their two wins over Baltimore and the NY Giants. Peyton Manning has thrown 9 touchdown passes in Denver's two games.
THE A'S OUTDISTANCE BIG SPENDING RANGERS AND ANGELS AGAIN !!
(AP) — The Oakland Athletics are AL West champions again.
The A's clinched their 16th AL West title and 26th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City on Sunday. Oakland was playing the Minnesota Twins.
With the Twins batting in the third, word started to circulate around the Oakland Coliseum of Justin Maxwell's two-out grand slam that beat the Rangers in the 10th inning to seal the division title for the A's. Some players kept glancing at the manual scoreboard in left field before the ending of the Royals-Rangers game was shown on the video board between innings.
It was quite a different scene than a year ago, when the A's won the AL West on the final day of the regular season by beating Texas.
YOENIS CESPEDES SPRAYS CHAMPAGNE AS THE ATHLETICS CELEBRATE THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT AL WEST TITLE
GIANTS PUT A DAGGER INTO YANKEES POST-SEASON PLANS ON MARIANO'S DAY
(AP) — After honoring Mariano Rivera and celebrating Andy Pettitte, the New York Yankees saw their AL wild-card hopes dim Sunday with a crushing 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The Yankees held a 50-game pregame ceremony and retired the No. 42 of Rivera, who announced during spring training that this will be his final season. Pettitte said Friday he also is leaving, and he started off with five hitless innings in what likely was his final Yankee Stadium start.
But Ehire Adrianza tied the score in the sixth with his first career home run. Leaving to standing ovations and a curtain call after Pedro Sandoval's leadoff double in the eighth, Pettitte (10-11) watched Tony Abreu hit a go-ahead double off David Robertson.
In danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, the Yankees dropped four back of Cleveland for the second AL wild card with six games left.
ROADRUNNERS TROUNCE SHASTA IN A MATCH-UP THAT IS FAR FROM A RIVALRY
The Butte College Roadrunners felt confident going into their Saturday night match-up with the Shasta Knights. That confidence was well placed after a decisive 65-0 win over their North State foes. The Roadrunners pass rush suffocated the Knights, not allowing for any cohesiveness offensively. Butte was able to score at will by punishing Shasta up front and building a 44-0 halftime lead.
The task gets more difficult for the undefeated Roadrunners as they face Delta College this Saturday at Cowan Stadium. Game time is 1pm
WILDCATS DO WORK ON THE ROAD AND STAY UNDEFEATED IN CCAA
It was a great weekend for the Chico State Volleyball team. The Wildcats hit the road to face Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. Chico gutted out a five-set win on Friday against the Otters and then bounced back for a four-set win over East Bay on Saturday. Chico now sits at 6-4 overall and 3-0 in the CCAA. Chico State will be home this weekend against Cal State San Bernardino on Friday and UC San Diego on Saturday at Acker Gym.
CHICO STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER SETTLE FOR A TIE ON THE WEEKEND
The Chico State Soccer teams played their CCAA home openers this weekend to mixed results. The Wildcat women played to a thrilling tie on Friday night. Chico trailed the Tritons 2-0 mid-way through the second half only to score two late goals to tie the match up. The tying goal scored in the 88th minute to preserve the tie. The Cats dominated for much of the evening, but couldn't take advantage of the numerous scoring opportunities. The Chico women fell on Sunday in overtime 1-0 to Cal Poly Pomona. The Chico State women's soccer team is now 3-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the CCAA.
14TH-RANKED MEN WIN OVERTIME THRILLER ON SUNDAY TO SPLIT THE WEEKEND
The Chico State men's soccer team lost their home opener on Friday 1-0 to UCSD. The Wildcats got off to a sluggish start and could not really recover. They were able to rebound with a 1-0 overtime win versus Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday. The Cats move to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA. Both the men and women hit the road for tough match-ups with Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills this coming Friday and Sunday.
Its Week 3 of the high school football season. Here are some of the match-ups tonight.
Oroville vs Pleasant Valley @Asgard Yard
Central Valley vs Enterprise
Hamilton vs Durham
Willows vs Orland
Live Oak vs Gridley
Las Plumas vs Anderson
Red Bluff vs Corning
Nevada Union vs Chico High @Asgard Yard
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ROADRUNNERS LOOK TO FEND OFF KNIGHTS UPSET BID
The Butte College Roadrunners head to Redding to take on the Shasta Knights on Saturday. The game is scheduled for a 6pm kick-off. The Roadrunners are ranked #2 in the state and #1 in Nor-Cal. Butte has run rough-shod over both Feather River and Siskiyous, winning by scores of 45-14 in both games. Shasta is looking to re-capture the magic from the Ricky Ray years and sees a chance with one of the best teams in the state on their home field.
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HOME SWEET HOME FOR WILDCAT SOCCER THIS WEEKEND
The Chico State men's and women's soccer teams have their CCAA home openers tonight. They will both take on UC San Diego. The men play at 4:30 while the women take the fielf at 7pm. The men are 4-0 and are ranked #14 in the country. The women are 3-1 and look to get their second CCAA win. If you can't make it out to the match, you can follow the action on the Chico State athletics website. Click "Live Stats" to follow all the action.
The Wildcat volleyball team hits the road for a couple of matches this weekend. Tonight they are in Seaside taking on the Otters of Monterey Bay. On Saturday they travel to Hayward to take on Cal State East Bay. Match times begin at 7pm. You can follow the action with live stats on the respective athletic websites for both Monterey Bay and East Bay.
LUCK AND RICHARDSON MAKE THEIR WAY TO CANDLESTICK POINT
The San Francisco 49ers had to change their game plan for the Indianapolis Colts mid-week. With Trent Richardson being traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Colts, all of a sudden Indy has a running game. The Niners are trying to bounce back after a demoralizing 29-3 loss to Seattle last Sunday night. The Colts come in with a record of 1-1 as well. Kick-off slated for 1:15pm on Sunday.
TALL ORDER FOR RAIDERS IN MONDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN
The Oakland Raiders will have the toughest of tasks as they take on the Denver Broncos on Monday night. The Raiders disposed of the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9 last Sunday, while Denver went into MetLife Stadium and beat up on the New York Giants 41-23. The Raiders will have to pressure Peyton Manning into mistakes if they expect to hang with Denver in this one. Kick-off will be Monday night at 5:30.
MAGIC NUMBER IS 4 FOR ATHLETICS
The Oakland Athletics magic number to clinch the American League West is 4 after last night's 8-6 win over the Twins. Coco Crisp hit his 21st home run to break a 6-all tie and give the A's the win. Any combination of A's wins and Rangers losses totaling 4 this weekend nets the Athletics their second straight AL West title.
GIANTS AND YANKEES MEET IN NEW YORK
The San Francisco Giants head to Yankee Stadium to take on the fading Yankees. The Giants got a gem pitching performance from Madison Bumgarner at Citi Field against the Mets yesterday afternoon. MadBum pitched 7 innings of 4-hit ball while striking out 10 as the Giants got a 2-1win. Tonight Tim Lincecum (10-13) goes against
C.C Sabathia (10-13) in game one of the three game series from the Bronx.
(AP) — Marshawn Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 14 and two yards and added a seven-yard TD reception in the second half, Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter and the Seahawks dominated the San Francisco 49ers in a 29-3 win Sunday night.
The game was delayed 60 minutes late in the first quarter when thunderstorms blew through the area. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.
Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, making up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle's receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.
RAIDERS WIN THEIR HOME OPENER
(AP) — Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland's defense held Jacksonville out of the end zone until the closing minutes, as the Raiders won their home opener 19-9 over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Terrelle Pryor ran for 50 yards and threw for 126 in his first home start for the Raiders (1-1), and Marcel Reece scored on an 11-yard run to help Oakland bounce back from last week's late loss in Indianapolis. Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals.
Playing the depleted Jaguars offense sure helped the cause. Jacksonville (0-2) came within 2:53 of becoming the first team since the 2006 Raiders and Buccaneers to fail to score a touchdown in the first two games.
Oakland strong safety Tyvon Branch and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew left the Raiders' 19-9 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday with ankle injuries.
Branch got hurt rushing Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne in the first quarter and had to be helped off the field. Coach Dennis Allen said after the game the injury looks to be "significant."
Week 2 of the NFL season wraps up tonight at the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Both teams lost in week 1 and will look to avoid an 0-2 start.
ATHLETICS SWEEP TEXAS; EXTEND LEAD IN AL WEST TO 6.5
(AP) — Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the chasing and slumping Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win Sunday.
Oakland took a commanding 6½-game division lead with two weeks left after the final regular-season series between the AL West's top two teams. The A's have won five in a row and 13 of 16 overall.
Texas is 2-11 in September after beginning the month with a two-game division lead. The Rangers lost their sixth in row, all at home — this was their first winless homestand of at least six games since moving to Texas in 1972.
The Rangers and Tampa Bay are tied for the two AL wild-card spots in a rapidly tightening race. Texas starts a four-game series at Tropicana Field on Monday.
GIANTS AND PENCE TAKE SERIES FROM PLAYOFF-BOUND DODGERS
(AP) — Hunter Pence hit two more home runs, pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Sunday.
Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost three of four to San Francisco, and the magic number to clinch their first division title since 2009 remained at four after second-place Arizona won.
Pence has 19 RBIs in six games. He drove in three, a day after his grand slam and career-high seven RBIs led the Giants to a 19-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.
Jean Machi (3-1) pitched one inning. Sergio Romo closed for his 35th save in 39 chances.
Paco Rodriguez (3-3) gave up Pill's homer.
CHICO MEN SHINE ONCE AGAIN AGAINST DIVISION-I FOES
The Chico State men's Cross Country team had an impressive showing in the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle. The Wildcats Isaac Chavez was edged out at the tape and finished 2nd overall in a primarily Division I field. Chavez finished with a time of 23:52.43 seconds. Phil Graber finished in 5th place. Because of new Division I rules, the Wildcats were not scored as a team, but if they were there is a strong possibility they would have finished a close second to the University of Washington in the overall standings. The Chico State men are ranked No. 1 in the West Region and No. 4 in the nation.
The Chico State women's Cross Country team finished third in the Sundodger. Ayla Granados finished fifth to lead the way for the Wildcat women.
WILDCAT SOCCER TEAMS COMPLETE FIRST CCAA ROADIE OF THE YEAR
The Chico State men's soccer team stayed perfect by winning both of their matches over the weekend. Knocking off Cal State East Bay and Cal State Stanislaus to move to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in CCAA play. The Chico State women split their CCAA match-ups, upending East Bay, but falling to Stanislaus on Sunday. Both the men and women play in their home openers this weekend as they welcome both UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona this Friday and Sunday.
CHICO STATE VOLLEYBALL SPLITS THEIR FOUR MATCH-UPS AT SONOMA TOURNEY
The Chico State Volleyball team split their four matches at the Seawolf Spike Tournament. The Wildcats knocked off Dominican on Sunday 3-games-to-1 but then fell in straight sets to Hawaii Pacific. Chico State is now 3-4 on the season as they get ready for the CCAA openers this weekend.
ROADRUNNERS SHUT DOWN EAGLES; GEAR UP FOR KNIGHTS
The Butte College Roadrunners took awhile to get their offensive footing, but once they did the Eagles from College of the Siskiyous was in deep trouble. The Runners didn't score until mid-way through the second quarter, but it was the start of quite an onslaught as they ripped the Eagles 45-14. Butte is now 2-0 on the season and they get ready for a North State showdown against Shasta. The game will be played in Redding on Saturday night.
(AP) — Todd Helton homered to move within three hits of 2,500, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Monday night.
Juan Nicasio tossed six shutout innings and added an RBI single, and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies.
Buster Posey singled and reached base for the 49th straight game against Colorado.
The Rockies began a nine-game, 10-day homestand with a strong performance against lefty Barry Zito (4-10), who has struggled away from home this season. His numbers didn't improve in his short outing at Coors Field.
Zito allowed five runs and nine hits and struck out one in four innings in his second start since being put back into the rotation. He is 0-8 with a 9.61 ERA on the road this season.
A'S KNOCK OFF TIGERS TO OPEN ROAD TRIP
(AP) — Coco Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, and the Oakland Athletics beat Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 8-6 on Monday night.
Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland's two-run sixth inning. Crisp also had a solo homer during his three-hit performance.
A.J. Griffin (11-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, but managed to win for the first time since July 29. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his previous four starts.
49ERS TRADE POPULAR HARALSON TO SAINITS
(AP) — A person with knowledge of the trade says the San Francisco 49ers have sent linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints, who are in desperate need at the position as a pair of would-be starters are sidelined with knee injuries.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because neither team had announced the trade. It wasn't clear what compensation the 49ers would receive in return.
Haralson departed San Francisco team headquarters Monday night after saying his goodbyes before the team began a late practice, acknowledging that he had been traded while providing no further details other than, "I'm outta here."
Saints outside linebacker Will Smith will be sidelined for the season with a knee injury, a person familiar with the situation said. Victor Butler also is recovering from knee surgery that will sideline him most or all of the season.
The Mercury News first reported the trade was with New Orleans.
ROSTER CUT DOWN DAY; MAEHL STILL WITH EAGLES
(AP) — NFL rosters need to be cut down to a 75-man limit by today so there will be a flurry of decisions made by team general managers. Former Paradise High and Oregon Ducks product Jeffrey Maehl is still on the roster for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is hoping to make the squad for a team in need of receivers. The last of the pre-season games will be completed Thursday, then GM's will have until Saturday to get the rosters down to 53 for the start of the season.
DAY TWO OF THE US OPEN
(AP) — Top-seed and 2011 champ Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) takes the court tonight as part of the Day 2 action at the US Open. He'll be trying to continue his recent success at Flushing Meadow where he's reached the last three finals and been a semifinalist for the past six years.
Roger Federer's schedule was thrown off by a rain out last night, so the five-time champ is now set to open play today. Federer will be appearing in his 56th consecutive Grand Slam event, tying the men's record held by Wayne Ferreira. Federer's seventh-seed is his worst since 2002.
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) is also on today's schedule.
(AP) — Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer homered, Jose Tabata hit a three-run double, and the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 on Thursday night.
Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead, two-run double to start a seven-run fifth and matched his career high for RBIs in a season with 85. Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez added sacrifice flies and Tabata had a three-run double in his second plate appearance of the inning.
Marco Scutaro had a tying two-run single in the fourth for San Francisco after scoring in the third on Buster Posey's sacrifice fly.
Giants right-hander Matt Cain left in the fourth inning after getting hit on his pitching arm on a line drive by Sanchez. He sustained a contusion on his forearm and X-rays were negative.
X-RAYS NEGATIVE AS CAIN TAKES COMEBACKER OFF PITCHING ARM
(AP) — Right-hander Matt Cain left his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night after getting hit in the pitching arm on a line drive by Pittsburgh's Gaby Sanchez.
The Giants said he suffered a contusion on right forearm and X-rays were negative.
Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy hustled out to check on Cain, who walked off the mound to the dugout on his own moments later Thursday night. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Guillermo Moscosco relieved with the Giants trailing 3-1.
Cain, who had been on a nice roll since the All-Star break, threw 64 pitches, 40 strikes.
BRAUN ADMITS P.E.D. USE AND LYING TO FANS AND FRIENDS
(AP) — Ryan Braun is admitting taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.
The suspended Milwaukee slugger says in a statement released by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.
Braun says, "It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately."
Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011. But his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.
Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample, his teammates and Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg), saying: "I have no one to blame but myself."
49ERS SIGN FORMER SEAHAWK
(AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick's backup, signing nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract Thursday.
While Colt McCoy had appeared to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job coming into training camp, neither he nor Scott Tolzien have separated themselves. Even rookie B.J. Daniels has been deemed a contender, though clearly Wallace now will get a chance with little time to prepare before the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay.
Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans, had his contract terminated by the Saints on Monday.
San Francisco waived wideout Ricardo Lockette, who worked out with Kaepernick in Atlanta for a stretch this offseason along with departed A.J. Jenkins.
RAIDERS HOPING TO GET A LOOK AT FIRST ROUND PICK HAYDEN
(AP) — D.J. Hayden finally gets the chance to answer the critics who thought the Oakland Raiders made a risky bet when they drafted him 12th overall in April.
Hayden will make his exhibition debut for Oakland on Friday night against the Chicago Bears in his first game action of any kind since a near-fatal practice collision ended his college career last November and raised questions about his future in the NFL.
Hayden has been limited most of training camp after undergoing abdominal surgery in May to heal scarring from the original injury. He was not cleared for any contact until last Friday and has had just one padded practice before taking the field against the Bears.
Hayden last played a game Nov. 3 for Houston against East Carolina. He was injured days later.
(AP) — Jeff Mathis hit an early home run, then lined a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that bounced off Giants center fielder Andres Torres and sent the Miami Marlins over San Francisco Giants 6-5 Sunday.
It was 5-all in a back-and-forth game when Ed Lucas led off the eighth with a single against Sandy Rosario (3-1). With one out, Mathis hit a liner to left-center and the ball dropped in front of Torres' dive and caromed off him.
Chad Qualls (4-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.
Hector Sanchez singled with one out in the ninth before Buster Posey grounded into a game-ending double play.
Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford homered for the Giants.
A'S POWER PAST CLEVELAND
(AP) — Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo homered in the fifth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Sunday.
Jed Lowrie, batting leadoff for only the third time this season, had two hits and scored twice for Oakland. Josh Donaldson drove in three runs as the A's pulled within a half-game of AL West-leading Texas.
Young hit his 11th home run off Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir (7-6) to break a 3-all tie in the fifth. Three pitches later, Callaspo followed with his sixth homer and first since being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in late July.
Ryan Raburn homered for Cleveland, which has lost six of its last seven in Oakland.
Dan Otero (2-0) retired five batters for the win in relief of starter Tommy Milone.
Grant Balfour pitched the ninth.
AROD PLUNKED AND THEN HOMERS AS YANKS RALLY PAST BOSOX
(AP) — Ryan Dempster might receive a few thank-you cards from major leaguers this week, players who've been embarrassed by steroid use in baseball.
Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Boston's 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees, leading to the ejection of manager Joe Girardi. Dempster's first pitch of the at-bat went behind A-Rod's knees, and the next two were inside before the fourth hit the Yankees third baseman. The benches and bullpens emptied following the plunking, but order was quickly restored without further incident.
Rodriguez got the better of Dempster four innings later, hitting his 649th career homer to pull within 11 of tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. It sparked a four-run rally that allowed the Bombers to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 lead.
It marked the second time A-Rod has been hit by a pitch since receiving a 211-game suspension for his participation with Biogenesis, a shuttered anti-aging facility that sold performance-enhancing drugs to major leaguers.
Brett Gardner had the game's key hit, a bases-loaded triple that allowed the Yanks to take the rubber match of the series.
The loss cuts the Red Sox's lead in the American League East to one game over Tampa Bay.
DENVER'S VON MILLER FACES SIX GAME SUSPENSION FOR VIOLATING NFL'S DRUG POLICY
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting this morning that Pro-Bowl Denver Broncos Linebacker Von Miller will be suspended for his team's first six games. Sources tell Mortensen that the suspension is a result of Miller violating the league's substance abuse policy. Mortensen says Miller is in the process of trying to negotiate the suspension down to four games.
(AP) — Jason Dufner's win at the PGA Championship yesterday made him the third first-time winner at the majors this year. He joins Masters champ Adam Scott and U.S. Open winner Justin Rose as winners of the big four events. Phil Mickelson was the only repeat winner at majors with his come-from-behind win at the British Open.
The first-time winner phenomenon is not unique to this year. Dufner is the 15th champion in the last 19 majors who had never won the big one.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson was in the hunt during the final round. An early eagle pulled him to within a shot of the lead, but that's as close as he got. Still Stenson finished third, giving him two runner-up finishes and a third in his last three events -- the British Open, the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.
ATHLETICS OUTLAST BLUE JAYS
(AP) — Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Sunday.
Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick, who homered five times in the first two games of the series, was moved up to fifth in the order but failed to connect again. He went 1 for 3 with two walks.
Facing left-hander Darren Oliver (3-3) with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth, Callaspo hit a drive to deep left. Emilio Bonifacio almost made a leaping catch at the wall, but the ball ticked off the side of his glove. A second run scored without a play at the plate when shortstop Jose Reyes dropped Bonifacio's relay throw. The Athletics wrap up their series against the Jays with the series finale this morning with the first pitch at 9:37am
ORIOLES POUND GIANTS; NOW 15 GAMES BACK IN LAST PLACE
(AP) — J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Adam Jones added a three-run shot in the ninth and the Baltimore Orioles pounded the San Francisco Giants 10-2 on Sunday.
Hardy's 21st home run of the season gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Four players drove in a run in the eighth, Jones hit his 24th homer and every player in Baltimore's starting lineup finished with at least one hit.
Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence each hit RBI doubles off Bud Norris in the first for San Francisco's only runs.
Matt Cain (7-8) retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced. He struck out five and walked one in seven innings, allowing only an RBI single by Nate McLouth in the sixth before Hardy's homer.
ALEX RODRIGUEZ FACES A 211 GAME SUSPENSION FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; HE WILL APPEAL
(AP) — It was a busy day even by Alex Rodriguez's standards.
The New York Yankees third baseman was activated from the disabled list, met the media before Monday's game against the White Sox in Chicago, made his season debut and produced a bloop single in his first at-bat. He also was suspended for the remainder of this season and all of 2014, although he'll be able to play until his appeal is heard.
Rodriguez and 12 other players have been given lengthy suspensions by Major League Baseball after an in-depth probe into the closed Biogenesis anti-aging clinic. All but Rodriguez have accepted their suspensions, but he opted to appeal his suspension and remain on the active roster.
A-Rod received the harshest suspension.
Commissioner Bud Selig says Rodriguez had used testosterone as well as human growth hormones. Selig also stated Rodriguez engaged in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner in its investigation.
Rodriguez held a news conference before taking the field for the Yankees' game against the White Sox in Chicago. He wouldn't deny using PEDs, saying during the news conference that "when the time is right, there will be an opportunity to do all of that. I don't think that time is right now."
Rodriguez is expected to file an appeal by Wednesday. It will be at least a week before the appeal is heard, and several more weeks before an arbitrator renders his decision. If the 211-game penalty is upheld, his lost pay could range from $30.6 million to $32.7 million, depending on when exactly the suspension is served.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) and Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera are among 13 players to receive 50-game suspensions on Monday for their connection with Biogenesis of America. All three were All-Stars this season, with Cruz leading Texas in homers and RBIs, and Peralta serving as Detroit's second-best hitter behind Miguel Cabrera.
Others agreeing to 50-game bans include Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Philadelphia pitcher Antonio Bastardo, Seattle catcher Jesus Montero and New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin.
MLB also cleared Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia, saying its inquiry found no violations by the players linked to Biogensis in media reports. Gonzalez says he has no lingering sense of animosity toward baseball .
GIANTS KNOCK OFF BREWERS 4-2
CHAD GAUDIN SHINES AGAIN AS THE GIANTS TAKE GAME ONE OF A FOUR-GAME SERIES
(AP) — Pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur's broken-bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
Brandon Belt had three hits for the Giants, who won for the fourth time in six games. Hunter Pence walked three times and stole two bases.
Santiago Casilla (5-2) pitched the eighth for the win, while John Axford (4-5) took the loss. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.
Juan Francisco hit a home run and drove in two for the Brewers, who have lost four of five. Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy each had two hits.
Giants starter Chad Gaudin gave up a run on four hits over 6 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out eight.
Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg went six innings, allowing an unearned run on seven hits.
RAIDERS FIRST ROUND PICK PARTICIPATES IN PRACTICE
(AP) — Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will not play in Friday's preseason opener against Dallas.
Hayden suffered a slight hamstring pull in training camp on Monday but Oakland coach Dennis Allen said the decision to hold the rookie cornerback out was related to Hayden's recovery from offseason abdominal surgery.
The 12th overall pick in this year's draft, Hayden has practiced every day but has been wearing a red jersey normally reserved for quarterbacks and kickers because he has not been cleared for contact yet.
Hayden underwent surgery in late May to remove scar tissue from his abdominal region. That operation came months after a near-fatal practice injury that ended his college career at Houston early.
REID PREPARES FOR CHALLENGES OF THE NFL
(AP) — Every time Donte Whitner looks at rookie Eric Reid he's reminded of what it was like to be a safety selected in the first round competing for a starting spot.
Whitner, San Francisco's savvy strong safety, had quite the Week 1 opponent after being taken eighth overall by the Buffalo Bills back in 2006: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Reid, the former LSU standout for whom the 49ers traded up to draft at No. 18, is hoping to start against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the regular-season opener Sept. 8.
And when San Francisco hosts Denver in his first preseason game Thursday night, Reid might even get a few snaps against another former NFL MVP: Peyton Manning.
CHICO'S AARON RODGERS LOSES HIS BEST PASS PROTECTOR TO TORN ACL
BRIAN BULAGA (75) COULD BE LOST FOR THE SEASON
The Green Bay Packers are looking for answers after losing their best offensive lineman to a torn ACL on Monday. Brian Bulaga protects Aaron Rodgers' blind-side and was injured during a practice session. Its a devastating loss for the Packers whose offensive line is not considered a strength. Rodgers came to rely on Bulaga's ability to keep pass-rushers away from his blind-side. The Packers will now have to piece their line together as they get ready for the season opener in a month. Practice was canceled once Bulaga went down.
OBAMA HONORS GIANTS; GIVES TEAM PEP TALK AFTER WOEFUL HOMESTAND
The San Francisco Giants were honored today by President Barack Obama for their 2012 World Series Championship. Obama praised the Giants organization's work in the community and their commitment to healthy eating choices at the ballpark. The President also told the Giants not to be discouraged by their 46-58 record saying, "you guys are a second half team." The Giants currently sit 10 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West and just finished a 3-7 home-stand where they were swept by the Cubs. The Giants are in Philadelphia on Tuesday where they will take on the Phillies looking to turn their season around.
ATHLETICS LEAD WEST BY 6 GAMES AFTER SERIES WIN AGAINST ANGELS
(AP) — Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) drove in four runs on his most productive day since winning the Home Run Derby, and the Oakland Athletics rallied from five runs down to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Sunday.
Cespedes snapped an 0-for-13 funk with a two-run double in the third inning, added an RBI single in the fifth and then doubled in Josh Donaldson as part of a five-run sixth.
Eric Sogard added three hits and two RBIs, and Brandon Moss also drove in a pair of runs for Oakland. The A's (62-43) moved a season-high 19 games over .500 and extended their lead to six games over Texas in the AL West.
Erick Aybar doubled and tripled for the Angels.
GIANTS GET SWEPT BY CUBS
(AP) — Travis Wood homered and pitched four-hit ball over seven innings in helping the Chicago Cubs complete a three-game sweep in San Francisco for the first time in 20 years, beating the Giants 2-1 Sunday.
Welington Castillo also homered for the Cubs, who won their third straight and five of seven.
Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for the Giants, who have lost four straight and seven of eight.
Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-seh-cum) (5-11) had two hits in addition to pitching seven innings. He gave up two runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out 10.
Wood (7-7) allowed an unearned run while walking four and striking out seven. Wood was 1-4 over his previous nine games.
RAIDERS LOOK TO McFADDEN FOR A BOOST
(AP) — Darren McFadden hopes that going downhill will be just the tonic to revive his career with the Oakland Raiders.
Back in a familiar offense that suits his running style perfectly, McFadden is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2012 campaign and return to the big-play back he was for the two years Hue Jackson ran the Raiders' offense.
Oakland switched schemes after Jackson was fired as coach following the 2011 season, returning to the same zone blocking system under coordinator Greg Knapp that McFadden struggled with early in his career. Those struggles returned and McFadden had one of the worst years ever for a Raiders back.
With new coordinator Greg Olsen bringing back a power running system, the Raiders are hoping to see the old McFadden.
JONATHAN VILLAR SLIDES HOME WITH THE WINNING RUN AS THE ATHLETICS FALL COUGH ONE UP TO ASTROS
(AP) — Rookie Jonathan Villar scored the winning run from second base in the ninth inning when catcher Derek Norris had a passed ball and then made a bad throw on the same play to give the Houston Astros a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Houston ended a 10-game losing streak against the A's this season and a six-game skid overall.
The Astros trailed 4-2 entering the ninth before Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer off closer Grant Balfour (0-2) to tie it.
Justin Maxwell hit an infield single to start the inning and advanced to second when Balfour attempted to make a throw to first from his knees and bounced it in the dirt for an error.
The homer by Dominguez bounced off the wall in left-center as Coco Crisp desperately tried to climb to grab it.
GIANTS SPLIT DOUBLE-HEADER WITH CINCINNATI
BUSTER POSEY SLIDES IN SAFELY ON PABLO SANDOVAL'S RBI DOUBLE IN GIANTS 5-3 WIN
(AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double to help Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) earn his 1,500th win as a manager, and the San Francisco Giants split a straight doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-3 victory in the nightcap Tuesday.
Hunter Pence hit an RBI single, Gregor Blanco had a sacrifice fly, and Brandon Belt added an RBI groundout in San Francisco's first win in six tries against the Reds this season after being outscored 34-6 in the first five meetings — including 11-0 on Monday night and 9-3 in the opener Tuesday. The Reds had 10 hits after combining for 32 in the first two games.
The teams were forced to make up a July 4 rainout at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati batted last and wore home uniforms as the visiting team.
WORLD SERIES CHAMPS SET TO VISIT COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
(AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will honor the San Francisco Giants at a ceremony saluting their victory in the 2012 World Series.
The team will visit the White House on Monday. The president will also honor the team for its community service work.
The Giants swept the World Series in October, defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game after being nearly knocked out in the playoffs. It was their second title in three seasons.
But Obama didn't predict that finish.
On the campaign trail last year, the longtime Chicago White Sox fan predicted a World Series between the White Sox and the Washington Nationals.
AROD BACK IN FOLD AS BIOGENESIS CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS HIM
(AP) — Alex Rodriguez has reported back to the New York Yankees' minor league complex, three days after he was diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps on the final day of his injury rehabilitation assignment.
Rodriguez, under investigation by Major League Baseball for his reported ties to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs, did not speak with reporters when he arrived in a SUV shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The third baseman, who turns 38 on Saturday, had been recovering from hip surgery in January. He hit .250 (8 for 40) with two homers and eight RBIs in 13 minor league games before the leg injury.
New York said A-Rod was being sent to Tampa for "for rest and treatment." The Yankees have not said whether they intend to send him on another rehab assignment.
WRIGLEY RENOVATIONS SET FOR COUNCIL VOTE
(AP) — Chicago's City Council is set to consider a proposed $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes a massive Jumbotron in left field.
Aldermen are scheduled to give the final vote on the project Wednesday.
The vote comes one day after it got crucial approval from a City Council committee and the alderman whose ward includes the ballpark.
Under the deal, the Chicago Cubs agreed not to erect outfield signs in addition to a Jumbotron in left field and another sign in right field. The plan also includes improved facilities for the players in the bowels of the 99-year-old ballpark and a hotel across the street.
The Cubs say they need advertising revenue from the signs to pay for the renovation.
HGH TESTING BEFORE NFL OWNERS AND PLAYERS
The NFL and players union are meeting Wednesday in Washington in an attempt to reach agreement on testing procedures for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.
Both sides already have closed in on conducting a population study that has been a key demand by the players before HGH testing is implemented.
The labor agreement that ended the NFL lockout in 2011 requires the league gain union approval before testing players for HGH. The union says it favors testing, but has reservations about the appeals process. The union also has concerns about the way discipline will be handed out, and wants to collectively bargain that issue.
An email obtained by The Associated Press from the NFL Players Association on Monday indicated that the league and the NFLPA have jointly hired a doctor to conduct a study on NFL players to determine an accurate threshold for a positive HGH test. The email was sent by the union to players, in part to explain that the study requires them to have blood drawn during their physical when training camp begins. The email said the blood samples will only be used for the study, which would mean further blood tests for players once an overall agreement is reached.
Supplemental HGH is a banned substance that is hard to detect and used by athletes for what are believed to be a variety of benefits, whether real or only perceived — such as increasing speed and improving vision.
Among the health problems connected to HGH are diabetes, cardiac dysfunction and arthritis.
(AP) — The post-game comments rolled in last night after the revelation that Milwaukee's Ryan Braun had been suspended yesterday afternoon by baseball for the rest of the season for "violations" of baseball's drug program. Perhaps the quote from Seattle pitcher Joe Saunders summed it all up when he said, "I think everybody's frustrated, especially the players. I think we all feel a little bit cheated."
ESPN's Jayson Stark says Braun faced an even longer suspension.....
ESPN's Jayson Stark says Braun's lies will make it very tough for the former MVP to rehabilitate his image.....
ESPN Investigative Reporter TJ Quinn says Anthony Bosch from Biogenesis provided MLB investigators damning evidence.....
ESPN Investigative Reporter TJ Quinn says Braun had no mercy towards his accusers.....
ESPN Investigative Reporter TJ Quinn says his sources tell him MLB has an even stronger case against Alex Rodriguez....
Former big-league pitcher Rick Suttcliffe says on ESPN last night that Ryan Braun lied to his face.....
Former big-league pitcher Curt Schilling says the stain of PED use hurts the game and its competitive balance....
AP baseball writer Ron Blum says there now implications for the other 19 players on the Biogenesis list with Braun copping a deal with Major League Baseball.....
The suspension is costing Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, about $3 million and the final 65 games of the season. In a statement he admitted to making some mistakes in the past and that he is willing to accept the consequences.
BRAUN EXPLAINING IN 2011 HOW HE WAS THE VICTIM IN THE SAMPLING PROCESS
Baseball attempted to suspend him for an elevated testosterone level following that MVP season, but he got off on a technicality.
Now fans are left asking the question, who will be suspended next? Speculation has been as many as 20 players may be hit with a suspension following baseball's investigation of a Florida clinic accused to distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
REDDICK'S BLAST CARRIES A'S PAST ASTROS
(AP) — Josh Reddick put Oakland on top with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Athletics remained perfect this season against the Houston Astros with a 4-3 victory Monday night.
Chris Young hit a solo homer for the A's, who are 10-0 against their new AL West foes this season and 15-1 all-time.
Houston took an early 3-0 lead thanks in part to Oakland tying a season high with three errors. Young's shot cut the lead to one in the seventh before Reddick's drive to right field off Wesley Wright (0-4) made it 4-3.
Young also tripled for another big game in his hometown.
Three of Young's nine homers this season have come at Minute Maid Park, and he's hit eight home runs with 30 RBIs in 22 career games in Houston.
LINCECUM GETS SHELLED; GIANTS DROP OPENER OF FOUR-GAME SET TO REDS
(AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched a seven-hitter for his sixth career shutout, beating Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 11-0 Monday night for his first victory at AT&T Park and No. 100 with the Cincinnati Reds.
Arroyo (9-7) struck out six and didn't walk a batter in his 15th career complete game, a 108-pitch gem that ended in 2 hours, 45 minutes. Derrick Robinson ended it with a tough catch in deep center.
Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo homered in the second inning off Lincecum, pitching for the first time since his no-hitter at San Diego.
Jay Bruce also hit a solo homer, Todd Frazier added a three-run double and Robinson, a late addition to the lineup, had three hits
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS ARE NBA SUMMER LEAGUE CHAMPS
(AP) — Ian Clark scored 33 points and hit seven of 10 3-pointers to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 91-77 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the championship game of the NBA's Vegas Summer League on Monday night.
Kent Bazemore added 18 points and five assists to help the Warriors finish summer league play 7-0.
Marcus Morris had 17 points and six rebounds for the Suns, who finished 6-1. Archie Goodwin scored 18 points for Phoenix.
It was the first time the NBA has crowned a champion in the 22-team summer league.
Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas was named MVP of the league, while Clark was named MVP for the title game.
IMPROBABLE VICTORY AT THE BRITISH FOR LEFTY WITH A BLISTERING 66 ON SUNDAY
PHIL MICKELSON CELEBRATES HIS 5TH MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HIS TEAM
(AP) — Phil Mickelson put on a masterful back-nine charge to shoot a tournament-low 5-under 66 and win the British Open. Lefty birdied four of the final six holes on the difficult back nine at the hard, fast Muirfield layout to finish at 3-under par. Mickelson called it the best round of his career....
Mickelson sees his name engraved on the claret jug, adding the British Open championship to his three wins at the Masters and a PGA Championship title......
MICKELSON HUGS HIS CADDIE "BONES" AFTER DRAINING A BIRDIE PUTT ON 18
Lee Westwood was poised to finally win his first major title, with a two-shot lead to start the final round. But the 40-year-old Englishman struggled from the outset and continues to go winless in the big events. He shot 4-over 75 to finish four shots back of Mickelson. That left Westwood tied for third with Masters champ Adam Scott and Ian Poulter at 1-over par.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson's 1-under 70 was good for second place, three shots back of the winner.
GIANTS WIN SERIES BUT DIAMONDBACKS SALVAGE SERIES FINALE
A PERFECT RELAY CUTS DOWN BUSTER POSEY AT THE PLATE IN GIANTS LOSS ON SUNDAY
(AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly and a double against All-Star Madison Bumgarner, Cody Ross added a late two-run single.......... and the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks held off a late rally by the San Francisco Giants for a 3-1 win Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak with their first victory of the second half.
Randall Delgado (2-3) won in his first career start at AT&T Park, and Goldschmidt's first-inning sac fly got things going against the inconsistent defending World Series champions. Arizona threw out Buster Posey at the plate in the sixth.
A day after stranding 13 baserunners and going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, the D-backs did just enough against Bumgarner in the 10-game winner's first outing after the All-Star break.
Ross singled in the eighth as Arizona won for just the fourth time in 16 road games.
The Giants are now 5.5 games out of first in the NL WEST as they open a four-game series with Cincinnati tonight.
A'S WIN BEHIND ANOTHER GEM FROM BARTOLO COLON
(AP) — Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and center fielder Chris Young robbed Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) of a home run to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Sunday.
Eric Sogard hit a two-run homer to back Colon (13-3), who struck out five and walked one. The 40-year-old right-hander, making his first start since returning from his third All-Star game, tied Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in wins while reducing his ERA to 2.52. Colon is 10-1 with a 1.46 ERA over his last 12 outings.
The 116-pitch complete game was Colon's 35th in 395 big league starts, and the shutout was the 12th of his career.
Crisp preserved Oakland's ninth shutout of the year when he pulled back Pujols' bid for his 492nd homer leading off the seventh.
STEPH CURRY SHINES ON THE COURSE AT THE AMERICAN CENTURY IN TAHOE
(AP) — Billy Joe Tolliver won the American Century Championship for the fourth time, beating fellow former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien with a par on the third hole of a playoff Sunday.
They finished regulation at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course tied at 67 in the modified Stableford format that awards graduated points for pars or better.
On the par-5 18th hole in the playoff, they had matching pars and birdies on the first two extra holes. Tolliver then took advantage of Rypien's pitch shot into the water, winning with a two-putt par from 25 feet.
Former pitcher Mark Mulder was third with 66 points, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry tied for fourth with former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler at 64.
CHICO EASTSIDE LITTLE LEAGUE ADVANCES TO STATE TOURNAMENT
The 9-10 year-old Chico Eastside Little Leaguers are Section II Champions. The boys from Chico beat McKinleyville 13-3 to capture the Section Title and advance to the State Tournament next week in San Jose.
CHICO NUTS FACE ELIMINATION GAME TODAY
The Chico Nuts lost to Yolo Post 77 in the second round of the Area 1 Tournament at Doryland Field by the score of 14-3. Ryan Dufort pitched five innings and Andrew Shipplehoute pitched four innings for the Nuts. the pitchers had seven errors committed behind them in the loss.
The Nuts play today at 3:30 against the Redding Tigers in an elimination game at Doryland Field in Chico.
The Chico Suns Blue team defeated the Orland Bearcats 8-0 in six innings of game 1 of the District 4 Junior Tournament in Orland. Wyatt Pforsich pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits and striking out seven. Matt Price went 2-for-3 with 3RBI's, and Thomas Wasson was 3x3 with a double and an RBI.
The Suns Blue will play Colusa today at 4:30.
GIANTS OPEN SECOND HALF AGAINST TEAM THEY ARE CHASING
The San Francisco Giants open the second half of the season facing the team they are chasing in the National League West. The Giants trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by 6.5 game in the NL West and will host the Dbacks in a three-game weekend series. The Giants stumbled their way into the All-Star break losing 15 of 20. Tonight begins a 10-game homestand where the Giants will take on Arizona, Cincinnati and Chicago.
ATHLETICS IN ANAHEIM OPENING SECOND HALF
The Oakland A's will be in Anaheim to take on the Angels as they start the second half in first place for the first time since 1990. At 56-39 the A's have a two-game lead in the American League West over the Texas Rangers.
CONDITIONS WREAKING HAVOC AT 2013 BRITISH OPEN...THIS TIME...TOO DRY
Conditions are tough at the Muirfield and the 2013 British Open. With dry and windy conditions there are not the customary damp conditions we usually see at an Open Championship. Tiger Woods fired a second round 71 and will be in contention over the weekend as he chases his 15th Major Golf Championship.
CITI FIELD WAS THE HOST OF THE 2013 MLB ALL STAR GAME
(AP) — The Major League Baseball season is in a holding pattern as the four-day All-Star break continues. Following last night's 3-0 win by the American League, the second-half of the season won't start until Friday.
In case you missed the action last night, the AL stars blanked the National League as Mariano Rivera was named the game's MVP. He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The American League got runs batted in from Toronto's Jose Bautista (boh-TEE'-stah), J.J. Hardy of the Orioles and Cleveland's Jason Kipnis.
The National League tops the series 43-39-2 and the win means the American League champion will have home field advantage in this fall's World Series.
THIRD MAJOR OF THE GOLF SEASON BEGINS LATER TONIGHT
(AP) — The British Open, the third major in men's golf, starts play tomorrow morning in Gullane, Scotland. The defending champion this year is Ernie Els and he's back to defend his title. The field includes all of the top players in the world, including Tiger Woods, who says his sore left elbow is feeling just fine.
The head of golf's governing body says there is no evidence of doping in the sport and emphasizes there will be no complacency in the fight to keep it drug-free. Peter Dawson says his organization is "right on the case" and that "anti-doping policies do as much as they can."
MANZIEL SAYS HE NEEDS TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS
(AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel says he missed activities at the Manning Passing Academy because he "overslept," and his absence had nothing to do with being out the night before.
Manziel left the camp for high school prospects run by the Manning family in Louisiana before it ended last weekend.
He says his eventful offseason has been at times "blown out of proportion," though he did acknowledge that he needs to make better decisions because he's such a public figure.
The 20-year-old Heisman Trophy winner faced hundreds or reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday. Wearing a dark blue suit, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore discussed his fame, decision-making and even answered a few questions about football.
CESPEDES SHOWS THE NATION WHAT THEY ARE MISSING IN OAKLAND
AN EPIC POWER DISPLAY BY OAKLAND'S YOENIS CESPEDES AS HE SHINES ON BASEBALL'S BIGGEST STAGE
(AP) — Yoenis Cespedes has won baseball's Home Run Derby, becoming the first player left out of the All-Star game to take home the crown.
The Oakland Athletics slugger beat Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round Monday night at reconfigured Citi Field, hitting the decisive drive with five swings to spare.
In only his second major league season, the outfielder from Cuba dropped his bat and raised his arm when he sent his 32nd homer of the night some 455 feet to deep center field, where it caromed off the back wall of the black batter's eye. He was swarmed by the American League All-Stars near the third base line.
The final addition to the field, Cespedes was the fourth player not selected for the All-Star game to compete in the event.
HOME FIELD FOR WORLD SERIES AT STAKE IN MID-SUMMER CLASSIC
(AP) — Baseball's Mid-Summer Classic is just hours away as the best of the National League square off against the best of the American League. The rules of the game were changed a few years ago so the contest now means that the winning team secures home field advantage during the World Series for that league.
On the mound this evening will be Matt Harvey of the Mets for the National League and Detroit's Max Scherzer for the American League.
Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and leads the league with 147 strikeouts. He becomes the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star game since Houston's Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall.
Scherzer is 13-1 and suffered his first loss of the season Saturday against Texas. He has a 3.10 ERA and his 152 strikeouts are second in the majors to the Rangers' Yu Darvish.
MLB READIES FOR MASS DRUG SUSPENSIONS; APPEALS EXPECTED
(AP) — The baseball players' association says any suspensions resulting from the sport's latest drug investigation likely won't be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator.
Union head Michael Weiner says he expects Major League Baseball will notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and the union will maintain that any discipline should not be announced until after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.
Weiner says that because of the time needed to prepare and hold hearings, the case of any player challenging a penalty won't be decided during this season.
Former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are among the players under investigation for ties to Biogenesis, a closed anti-aging clinic linked with the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
MLB EXPANDING INSTANT REPLAY FOR 2014
(AP) — Major League Baseball says it is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay for umpires' calls next year.
MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre says "we're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014."
Video review has been in place for home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but change was put off while more radical options were examined.
Speaking to the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, Torre said "we're still in the tweaking stages" and "we're not limiting ourselves."
An agreement would be needed with the unions and players and umpires.
NEIMAN SIGNS WITH ROCKIES BEGINS PROFESSIONAL CAREER
COURTESY Luke Reid-Chico State Sports Information
Troy Neiman will long be known for his exploits on the mound as a Chico State pitcher. Now he has a chance to make a name for himself in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Neiman flew to Washington last Wednesday and signed a professional contract with the Rockies and joined their Class A minor league affiliate, the Tri-City Dust Devils, in Pasco, Wash., on Thursday.
"This is all all I've been looking for since I was a kid," said Neiman in a telephone interview last Tuesday. "I didn't think it was going to happen. Now that it is happening, it's unbelievable."
Neiman put together a special senior season in 2013, going 9-3 with a 1.53 ERA. He struck out 72 in 76-plus innings of work during which opponents hit just .190 against him thanks in large part to perhaps the best changeup the program has ever seen. That followed a strong junior campaign in which the lanky 6-foot-6 righthander went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 innings of work.
Neiman finished his career with the second lowest ERA in school history (1.89) and ranks 10th in career winning percentage (.722) and strikeouts (126).
Neiman went undrafted in June but was in contact with a Rockies scout who told him they wanted to sign him once some room opened up on their roster.
"I've been throwing bullpens to stay ready," said Neiman. "And today (Tuesday) they called me and asked if I was ready to become a Rockie. I said, 'heck ya!'"
NON ALL-STAR JOSH DONALDSON IS MOBBED AFTER HIS WALK-OFF HIT VERSUS BOSTON
(AP) — Josh Donaldson blooped an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Boston 3-2 Sunday despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman.
Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his first major league start. Coco Crisp broke it up with a leadoff infield single.
Workman had pitched only once in the majors, getting roughed up over two innings in relief at Seattle. He became the third rookie in four days to pitch no-hit ball into the sixth inning of his first big league start — Houston's Jarred Cosart and Cleveland's Danny Salazar did it in their major league debuts.
Donaldson hit a tying, two-run homer off Workman in the seventh, then singled with two outs in the 11th. Matt Thornton (0-4) lost in his Boston debut.
GIANTS DROP SERIES FINALE AGAINST SAN DIEGO; STILL WIN SERIES
(AP) — Carlos Quentin hit one of San Diego's four home runs and drove in three runs as the Padres routed Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 10-1 on Sunday, a day after being no-hit by Tim Lincecum.
Nick Hundley had a homer among his three hits and Chris Denorfia and Will Venable also went deep as the Padres avoided a four-game sweep by the defending World Series champions heading into the All-Star break.
The Padres had been outscored 23-3 in the first three games of the series, including a 9-0 loss Saturday night when Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter. San Diego won for just the fourth time in 20 games.
Zito (4-7), who went to high school in San Diego, had another road misadventure.
HOME RUN DERBY AT CITI FIELD IN NEW YORK IS TONIGHT
Home run derby is tonight at the festivities surrounding Major League Baseball's Mid-Summer Classic commence. Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and David Wright of the New York Mets are the home run derby captains. Wright has chosen Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies, Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cano has chosen Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers, and Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics.
The derby is tonight with the All-Star Game tomorrow.
WONDO SHINES AGAIN AS USA TOPS CUBA 4-1
Chris Wondlowski was back at it as he scored two goals in the second half as the United States knocked off Cuba in CONCAF play 4-1. The two goals give the Chico State product five goals in two matches as the former Wildcat makes his case for being part of the World Cup team next year.
(AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit his first home run since May 21, and All-Star Madison Bumgarner settled down to allow just four hits in seven innings as the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 Thursday night in a matchup of the worst teams in the weak NL West.
The defending World Series champion Giants, who snapped a four-game losing streak, have been in a free-fall since June 15. They had lost 19 of 24 games coming in and were a season-high 10 games under .500. They started the night two percentage points behind the Padres and ended it by jumping past San Diego into fourth place.
Bumgarner (10-5) allowed two runs on three hits in the first inning and then retired 14 in a row before Carlos Quentin singled with two outs in the sixth. The lefty struck out six and walked one.
The Oakland A's open up a three-game weekend series with the Boston Red Sox tonight. The A's are home after a good road trip where they went 4-2 taking two of three from both the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jarrod Parker gets the ball for the A's while Boston counters with John Lackey. First pitch 7:05pm from Oakland.
(AP) — The Golden State Warriors are a team that prized free agents have avoided for most of the last two decades, nothing more than loveable losers with a faithful following and an ambiguous name on the NBA map.
Maybe no more.
Calling it "a transformative moment for our franchise," general manager Bob Myers says Andre Iguodala's addition demonstrates that Golden State is now a desirable destination. The Warriors formally introduced Iguodala on Thursday, nearly a week after he agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal despite more lucrative offers.
Iguodala says he wanted to come to the Bay Area because he believes in the franchise's vision, which he saw firsthand when the Warriors knocked out his Denver team in the first round of the playoffs.
(AP) — The Sacramento Kings are taking over basketball operations of the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns under a new shared partnership between the two teams.
Bighorns owner Herb Santos Jr. will remain in control of business operations in Reno as part of the agreement announced Thursday. The move will allow the Kings to groom players and coaches — and oversee roster moves — in an affiliation similar to minor league teams in baseball.
The partnership is the seventh of its kind between NBA and D-League teams.
The Kings and Bighorns have been tied together since Reno's inaugural season in 2008-09. Last season, Reno also was affiliated with the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz. New affiliates for both teams will be announced later this summer.
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FORMER CHICO STATE PRODUCT CHRIS WONDLOWSKI NETS A HAT TRICK AS THE UNITED STATES ROLLS BELIZE 6-1
STORY COURTESY ESPN.COM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Maybe next time they'll spell Chris Wondlowski's name correctly.
The striker scored a first-half hat trick in a 6-1 victory for the U.S. men's national team over Belize in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday night.
Wondolowski, who plays for Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes, sported an extra "W" on the back of his red and white jersey for the first international meeting between the two teams.
Landon Donovan added a goal and two assists, becoming the first player with at least 50 career goals and 50 assists for the U.S. national team.
Costa Rica defeated Cuba 3-0 in an earlier match Tuesday at Jeld-Wen Field. The 12-team Gold Cup, which includes national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, is played every two years.
Wondolowski is the third American to score three goals in a Gold Cup match, joining Donovan and Brian McBride. The United States has won four Gold Cups since the tournament's inception in 1991. Mexico has won the past two.
"It's just great to get the start, especially in front of some great fans, and they provide such an atmosphere that makes it exciting and it makes you want to go out there and play," Wondolowski said.
And as for his jersey?
"I heard there was a lot of W's in there," he laughed. Indeed, his jersey read "Wondowlowski."
The U.S. men were coming off a 6-0 rout of Guatemala in San Diego on Friday, an international friendly to warm up for the Gold Cup. Donovan scored twice, extending his American record to 51 international goals.
That was Donovan's first match after a five-month break from the national team. He was not included on rosters for the U.S. team's June World Cup qualifying matches.
Wondolowski scored his first international goal against Guatemala.
"I think Wondo realizes, 'Every time I'm on the field I have an opportunity, and I need to take advantage of it,'" U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann said.
Belize was making its first Gold Cup appearance. The Jaguars, as they are known, qualified for the competition with a fourth-place finish in the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana.
The U.S. struck early when Wondolowski knocked in a rebound off Belize goalkeeper Shane Orio in the 12th minute.
The United States relentlessly peppered Orio with shots and he made a dramatic save when Joe Corona fired at him in the 27th minute. But Wondolowski was able to get another one past him in the 36th minute to make it 2-0.
Belize scored on a penalty kick two minutes later when Elroy Smith fed Ian Gaynair for the header to beat U.S. goalkeeper Nick Ramando.
But Belize, a team made up of a mix of amateur and professional players, lost steam after the goal, coach Andrew Mork said.
"It didn't last long enough," Mork said. "And that really turned the game around for us."
Wondolowski added a third goal in the 40th minute.
The United States took a 4-1 lead in the 58th minute when Stuart Holden scored with an assist from Donovan, giving him 50 for his career.
Donovan got another when he passed to Michael Orozco for a header in the 72nd minute to make it 5-0. He got a goal -- the 52nd of his career -- with a penalty kick in the 76th minute.
"The crowd was great, the energy was great, I thought we started really well," Donovan said. "A little disappointed to give up a goal, but I think it was a great night for us, a great night for the fans and a good start for the tournament."
The Group C teams next meet on Saturday in Salt Lake City, with the U.S. facing Cuba followed by Belize against Costa Rica at Rio Tinto Stadium. The winners and runners-up from each group, and the two top third-place finishers, advance to the knockout round. The tournament concludes July 28th at Soldier Field in Chicago.
It was the first visit to Portland for the U.S. men's team since 1998. Attendance was announced at 18,724.
STORY COURTESY OF CBSSPORTSLINE.COM
ALEX RODRIGUEZ AND RYAN BRAUN COULD BE FACING LONG SUSPENSIONS IN THE BIOGENESIS CASE
On the heels of a report that Major League Baseball is going to interview Alex Rodriguez on Friday about his alleged links to Biogenesis comes a bombshell.
Brewers star Ryan Braun refused to answer any questions in a June 29 interview with MLB about his alleged connection to Tony Bosch and the Miami clinic, according to ESPN's Outside the Lines.
And it gets bigger. From ESPN.COM
Commissioner Bud Selig's office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week's All-Star break, several sources told Outside the Lines.
The report also says the commissioner's office is shooting for more than simply the "first offense" punishment of a 50-game suspension because it's possible multiple offenses have been committed by several of the players involved.
This kind of sweeping suspension spree would be unprecedented when it comes to any major professional sport and punishments for performance-enhancing drugs. MLB already has the most strict testing program, but this is far above any investigation that has been conducted thus far.
Bosch and his attorneys have been cooperating with MLB after initially giving some pushback. But now many documents have reportedly come into the hands of MLB officials from Bosch and his clinic.
The report indicates MLB is building a case it believes is legitimate enough to suspend nearly two dozen players within the next few weeks.
GIANTS LOSE AGAIN AS PEN FALTERS LATE
MARLON BYRD'S GRAND SLAM IN THE 8TH INNING SENT THE GIANTS TO THEIR 13TH LOSS IN THEIR LAST 15 GAMES
(AP) — Marlon Byrd's two-out grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 10-6 on Tuesday for their third consecutive win.
A day after needing 16 innings to top the Giants in a game that ended at 12:42 a.m., the Mets squandered leads of 3-2 and 5-3 but held off the slumping World Series champs by scoring five times against the Giants bullpen.
Omar Quintanilla had three hits for the Mets while Byrd and David Wright added two apiece. Wright drew a two-out walk before Byrd's home run off San Francisco reliever Jake Dunning.
Marco Scutaro singled twice for the Giants but was thrown out at home trying to score from first base on Pablo Sandoval's double in the first.
THE A'S KNOCK OFF PIRATES AFTER MOSS AND STRAILY HEROICS
(AP) — Dan Straily pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Tuesday night.
A's manager Bob Melvin says Straily had his good stuff....
Straily (6-2) struck out seven and walked three in 6 1-3 innings for his second straight strong outing. Grant Balfour worked the ninth to remain perfect in 24 save chances this season. The A's have won 10 of 13.
Gerrit Cole (4-2) lost his second consecutive decision despite working seven innings for the first time in his four-week major league career. Cole allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two.
Pedro Alvarez hit his 23rd home run but Pittsburgh matching a season high with its fourth straight loss.
RARE ERROR BY CRAWFORD DOOMS GIANTS AS LOSING WAYS CONTINUE
(AP) — Eric Young scored on shortstop Brandon Crawford's fielding error with two outs in the 16th inning, and the New York Mets outlasted the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in a game that ended early this morning.
Young singled with one out and stole second. After he advanced to third on Daniel Murphy's groundout, lefty Javier Lopez entered and intentionally walked David Wright.
Crawford couldn't handle pinch-hitter Anthony Recker's grounder,
allowing Young to score and handing New York its first win in a game that went at least 15 innings after losing its first three this season.
The Giants and Mets combined to go 2-for-24 with runners in scoring position. The game lasted 5 hours, 26 minutes. It was the longest game in time and innings the Giants had played this season.
BARTOLO WINS HIS 12TH AS ATHLETICS NIP BUCS
(AP) — Bartolo Colon allowed one run over seven innings and the Oakland Athletics won for the ninth time in their past 12 games, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Monday night.
The 40-year-old Colon (12-3) shook off a tough-luck 3-1 defeat in his previous start to win for the ninth time in his last 10 outings. He outdueled Jeff Locke, who had a personal eight-game winning streak snapped. Locke (8-2) lost for the first time since his first start of the season April 10.
Colon moved into a tie for second in the majors in victories, and has the second-most wins by a 40-year-old in A's history. He allowed seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Manager Bob Melvin says Colon has been a workhorse for the A's this year.....
Coco Crisp made a diving catch in left-center to preserve Oakland's lead in the seventh off a hard-hit sinking liner from Andrew McCutchen with two men on and two outs.
(AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Golden State Warriors and Marreese Speights have reached an agreement on a free agent contract.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because teams can't announce moves until the new league year begins Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren't immediately known.
Speights should help fill the void left by power forward Carl Landry, who agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Speights averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in the final 39 games with Cleveland after coming over in a trade from Memphis last season.
He will likely come off the bench for the Warriors at both power forward and center.
(AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says the Denver Nuggets have agreed to separate sign-and-trade deals that will land them guard Randy Foye from the Utah Jazz and send swingman Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors had planned to sign Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million deal as a free agent last week. Instead, the restructured deal will give Golden State more salary cap flexibility, deliver Denver a $9 million trade exception and hand Utah another draft pick.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because teams are not allowed to confirm moves until the new league year begins Wednesday, says the original Warriors-Jazz deal remains intact.
The Warriors will clear more than $24 million by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Jazz along with the package of draft picks. Golden State is only taking back Kevin Murphy and his non-guaranteed $788,000 deal from Utah.
Yahoo Sports, which first reported the new deal, says Foye will sign a three-year contract worth $9 million.
AFTER 77 YEARS A BRIT FINIALLY GETS TO HOIST THE WIMBLEDOM CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
(AP) — A three-hour tennis match has ended 77 years of frustration for Britain.
Andy Murray has become the first British male since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon. The second-seeded Murray needed three hours and nine minutes to complete a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch). The victory comes a year after Murray was beaten by seven-time champ Roger Federer.
Murray made things interesting in the final game as he was forced to deuce after having triple-championship point. Murray later fought off three break points before finally knocking off Djokovic, who was seeking his second Wimbledon crown in three years. Murray says its a thrill especially after coming so close last year.....
Djokovic went up a break in both the second and third sets, demonstrating the tenacity that has allowed him to win six Grand Slams. He won four straight games to take a 4-2 lead in the third but said after the match he just couldn't win the big points......
Murray finished with 36 winners and just 21 unforced errors.
GIANTS CONTINUE TO STUMBLE AS DODGERS TAKE RUBBER GAME
GIANTS CLOSER SERGIO ROMO HAS A TOUGH OUTING IN LOSS TO DODGERS
(AP) — A.J. Ellis hit a three-run double in the ninth inning, All-Star Clayton Kershaw had a third straight stellar start and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Sunday. Ellis says Giants closer Sergio Romo hung a slider and he was able to hit it hard.....
Kershaw (8-5), a candidate to start the All-Star game for the National League, wasn't as sharp as he'd been in his previous two starts but still only allowed one run over eight innings. He helped the Dodgers move into second place in the West heading into a three-game series with division-leading Arizona.
Hanley Ramirez doubled and tripled to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games while rookie Yasiel Puig added two hits, including a single that started the rally in the ninth.
Giants catcher Buster Posey says the Giants have to play through these rough patches.....
Guillermo Quiroz doubled and scored for San Francisco, which has dropped 11 of 13.
A'S WIN SERIES FINALE IN KANSAS CITY
(AP) — Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs to cap a big series for Oakland, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard also went deep and the Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 10-4 on Sunday.
A.J. Griffin (7-6) rebounded from a miserable start against the Cubs to go five innings for the A's. The only damage he allowed came on solo homers by George Kottaras and Alex Gordon.
Jesse Chavez earned his first career save with four scoreless innings of relief.
Luis Mendoza (2-5) allowed five runs in the second inning for the Royals, and was yanked to a round of boos after retiring just four batters. It was the right-hander's shortest start in exactly five years — since an outing on July 7, 2008, when he was still with Texas.
HOMER BAILEY TWIRLS A NO-HITTER AGAINST THE GIANTS
BAILEY THREW HIS SECOND NO-HITTER IN A TEN MONTH STRETCH
(AP) — Homer Bailey has thrown his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Giants radio call with Jon Miller
Reds radio call with Marty Brennaman
Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer — still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later. Bailey says he leaned on his experience from last year's no-no to help him in Tuesday night's effort.....
The right-hander walked Gregor Blanco to lead off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base. First baseman Joey Votto threw out Blanco as he tried to reach third on a grounder. Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan says he needed to keep reminding Bailey to follow-through and not short-arm his pithces......
With 27,509 fans on their feet chanting "Homer! Homer!" Bailey finished it off by getting Brandon Crawford on a high comebacker, striking out Tony Abreu and getting Blanco on a grounder to third.
NORRIS BLAST LIFTS A'S TO VICTORY AND FIRST PLACE
THREE RUN BOLT GIVES A'S 8-7 WIN OVER CUBS
(AP) — Derek Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 on Tuesday night to regain the AL West lead.
Norris sent the 2-2 pitch from James Russell (1-2) over the left-center field wall for his fourth home run this season. Josh Donaldson and Chris Young also homered to put the A's a half-game ahead of Texas, which lost 9-2 at Seattle.
Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run fifth inning and Welington Castillo drove in three runs for Chicago, which twice blew a two-run lead. The Cubs are 35-46 at their season's midpoint.
Dan Otero (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for his first career win, and Grant Balfour finished for his 20th straight save this season and 38th overall.
(AP) — Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and other representatives of the team met Tuesday for two hours with free agent center Dwight Howard to make their pitch for keeping him in Los Angeles. Kupchak says in a statement that at the meeting, "we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community."
Howard's free agency had been prominent in the Lakers' minds since their season ended in a first-round playoff sweep.Howard, a seven-time All-Star, has vowed to make his decision in his own best interests, giving no indication he favored the Lakers over any other team.
The Lakers can offer a maximum of $118 million over five seasons, and other teams can offer $88 million over four years.
The Chico Nuts went 2-4 at the University of Nevada Reno Tournament, defeating the Chaffey Baseball Club and the Santa Clara Red Sox over the six day tournament. The UNR tournament is one of the most difficult 19u tournaments in the United States, with elite clubs from all over the United States.
Against Santa Clara the Nuts needed extra innings to prevail 10-4. The score was tied at seven after seven innings before the Nuts scored six runs in the top of the eighth. Michael Sanderson hit a three run home run and Andrew Shippelhoute hit a 2 run triple in the inning. Matt Henderson was 4x4, and Greg Darms was 2x3 with two rbi. Clayton Schuler pitched six innings, striking out five, and Zach Visinoni pitched the final two innings for the win.
Against Chaffey (Seattle, WA.) the Nuts jumped out in front and held on for a 6-4 win. Ryan Dufort pitched four strong innings for the win, allowing four hits, and Nick Jackson pitched the final three innings, allowing only one hit. Matt Gomes was 2x3 with an drbi, and Jackson Murphy was 2x3 with a home run and an rbi.
TODD FRAZIER CONNECTS ON A THREE-RUN HOMER TO GIVE REDS 7-0 LEAD
(AP) — Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs Monday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds out of their offensive slump to an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a game shortened to six innings because of rain.
Frazier had an RBI single and a three-run homer off left-hander Mike Kickham (0-3), who has been hit hard in each of his three major league starts.
Zack Cozart added a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double as the Reds piled up their most runs since a 12-2 win at Wrigley Field on June 11.
Bronson Arroyo (7-6) gave up a pair of hits in six innings, including Brandon Belt's homer.
Rain halted the game after the sixth. The umpires waited 1 hour, 28 minutes before calling it.
The Giants take on the Reds in Cincinnati this afternoon looking to stop their skid.
KINGS IN DANGER OF LOSING EVANS TO PELICANS
(AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have made an offer to Sacramento Kings restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because the offer was supposed to remain private. Several media outlets reported the deal was for four years and ranging between $40 million and $48 million.
Because he's a restricted free agent, the Kings will have the opportunity to match any offers Evans signs. Contracts can't be inked until July 10, after next season's salary cap is set.
It's unclear if Sacramento would match such a lucrative offer.
(AP) — One grew up in such poverty he had days when he wondered where he would find his next meal. The other is a coach's son who attended the same high school as a player whose jersey is retired in the rafters.
Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum, while opposites in many ways, are now tied together in the same backcourt. The Sacramento Kings hope that will be the case for several years to come.
On the day NBA free agency began, Sacramento formally introduced its draft picks Monday. The team touted both as players with high character and tremendous potential who will help build the foundation of the franchise's "new era," which could become even more pressing if restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans doesn't return.
NEW WARRIORS GUARD LOOKS TO SHINE IN SUMMER LEAGUE
(AP) — Golden State Warriors first-round pick Nmanja Nedovic has had a dozen different coaches in the last six years. He went through three coaches last season alone playing for Lietuvos rytas of the Euroleague, and he has never had much stability in his life or career moving around with his family.
Nedovic's next transition could be his toughest: making an NBA roster.
The point guard selected 30th overall said on a teleconference from Serbia on Monday that he has never been to the San Francisco Bay Area. He had never even been to the United States until last month.
The 22-year-old said he's not intimidated by new places or cultures and is ready to prove himself for the Warriors in the summer league.
SERENA WILLIAMS SEES HER 34-MATCH WIN STREAK SNAPPED BY GERMAN SABINE LISICKI IN THREE SETS
(AP) —The stunning string of upsets at Wimbledon continues into the second week. Defending champion Serena Williams lost in the fourth round, falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Sabine Lisicki (lih-SIH'-kee) of Germany.
The loss ended Williams' career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to capture a sixth title at the All England Club.
Williams was up a break twice in the third set but Lisicki fought back both times and broke again to go ahead. She converted her second match point with a forehand winner.
In other play on a busy day at the All England Club, former champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) became the first player to reach the quarterfinals, beating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6, 6-3.
She was joined minutes later by Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who reached her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal by ousting Flavia Pennetta of Italy 7-6, 6-3. Li Na routed Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-2, 6-love to reach the quarterfinals for the third time.
Fourth-seeded David Ferrer overcame another slow start with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia.
All fourth round matches in men's and women's play are on the schedule.
CHRIS PAUL RESIGNS WITH CLIPPERS 5 YEARS AND 107 MILLION DOLLARS
Chris Paul is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The All-Star point guard agreed to a new deal on the first day free agency opened, agent Leon Rose confirms.
Paul posted a message on his Twitter account Monday morning, saying "I'M IN!!!" #CLIPPERNATION
Paul led the Clippers to their first Pacific Division title last season and his decision to stay is the second big victory for the longtime losers in this offseason, following the signing of Doc Rivers as their new coach.
(AP) — Madison Bumgarner scattered four hits over seven innings, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants ended their longest losing streak in three years with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
San Francisco had lost six straight, its longest skid since dropping seven in a row from June 26-July 1, 2010. The World Series champions had dropped seven straight road games.
Bumgarner (8-5) struck out five and walked three, improving to 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA in his last five starts. Sergio Romo pitched a one-hit ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
(AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the fourth inning, Tommy Milone overcame a rocky start to win for the first time in nearly four weeks and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Sunday.
Josh Donaldson also homered and reached base four times for the A's, who padded their AL-best home record by taking two of three in this interleague series. Oakland has won 16 of its last 19 games at the Coliseum.
Milone gave up three home runs and pitched with runners in scoring position in four of the six innings he worked, but got the win after the A's rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 5-2.
Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter all homered for the Cardinals.
CHICO SUNS KNOCK OFF HUMBOLDT
The Chico Suns Red defeated Humboldt to end a three game series in Chico on June 30. The Suns won by the score of 12-2 behind the five inning effort of pitcher Cooper Davis and a strong offensive attack. Davis pitched five innings, striking out 1 and walking none. Offensively the Suns were led by Jake Andrews with two singles and 2 rbi, Vicente Cardenas with 2 singles, a double and 2 rbi, and Justin Beth with 2 singles and 2 rbi.
THE GREATNESS OF LEBRON JAMES WAS ON FULL DISPLAY AS HEAT CAPTURE SECOND TITLE
(AP) — The Miami Heat made it back-to-back NBA championships -- and third since 2006 -- with a gritty 95-88 victory over San Antonio in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. As usual, LeBron James made it happen.
The Heat superstar poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the second straight year. With the Heat nursing a two-point lead, James secured the victory with a 19-foot jumper with 27.9 seconds left.
James would add two free throws four seconds later. James made 5 of 10 3s, all while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the L.A. Lakers in 2009-10.
LeBron says he takes pride in winning back-t0-back titles.....
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier (BAT'-ee-ay) scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami. The Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win the final two games at home.
San Antonio head coach Greg Popovich says the greatness of James and Wade was evident in the decisive Game 7.....
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebound for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game 7 since Washington in 1978.
San Antonio lost for the first time in five finals appearances.
(AP) — Pinch-hitter Marcell Ozuna's two-run single gave Tom Koehler his first victory in nine career starts, and the Miami Marlins rallied past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday night.
Ozuna's line drive to right field in the eighth inning off reliever Jeremy Affeldt (1-3) ended Koehler's struggles. After six appearances in the bullpen, Koehler (1-5) had been winless in seven starts this season — and took the loss in his lone start last year — for the worst team in the majors.
Giants starter Chad Gaudin tossed 4 1-3 scoreless innings but left the game after taking a hard line drive off his right throwing elbow. The team said he had a bruised elbow.
Joaquin Arias' RBI triple put San Francisco up 1-0 in the seventh.
(AP) — Ian Kinsler put Texas ahead for the first time with a two-run single in the seventh and the Rangers held on for a series-clinching 4-3 victory over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
Texas pulled within a game of the Athletics by winning three times in the four-game series.
Kinsler came to the plate right after Leonys Martin's hustling infield single, getting to first base ahead of Sean Doolittle (3-2) when the pitcher was taking the toss from first baseman Brandon Moss. That loaded the bases with two outs, and Kinsler hit a full-count pitch through the middle of the infield.
The game ended when Josh Donaldson was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Seth Smith's single to center.
(AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Raffi Torres to a three-year contract that will keep him off the free-agent market next month.
General manager Doug Wilson announced the signing on Thursday. Torres was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
Bringing Torres back was a major offseason priority for Wilson despite the forward's suspension for the final six games of the second round for an illegal hit on Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll.
Torres provided a spark after being acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline and had expressed a strong desire to stay in San Jose.
Torres had two goals and four assists in 11 regular season games with the Sharks and also scored an overtime goal to beat Vancouver in the first round.
AP) — The NBA championship will be determined tonight in Miami as the Heat entertain the Spurs. It's Game 7 of the Finals and with Miami's last-second, overtime win two nights ago, the Heat and Spurs find themselves matching up one final time with the winner taking home the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
To successfully defend their championship the Heat will have to do something neither team has been able to do in this series, win back-to-back games. If the Heat lose, it'll be their second Finals failure in three years. The Spurs are looking forward to the possibility of celebrating a fifth NBA championship.
The questions are many entering this game.
Can LeBron James come up with another big outing? Can his teammates provide enough support for a win? Can the "old men" of the Spurs, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee), muster enough will power to earn another title?
It all begins tonight at 6 p.m. pacific time.
(AP) — David Murphy had three hits and scored twice to snap out of a long slump, and the Texas Rangers beat the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.
Justin Grimm (6-5) trailed when he threw his last pitch, but the Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead and make him the first Texas starter this month to get a victory.
Rangers starters had gone 17 consecutive games without a win since Derek Holland beat Kansas City on May 31. The team's previous longest such stretch was 16 in a row in 1975.
Ian Kinsler had a sacrifice fly off Tommy Milone (6-7) that tied the game in the fifth before Leonys Martin raced home on a grounder with the go-ahead run.
(AP) — Gregor Blanco had a pinch hit, two-run triple in the seventh inning, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
Brandon Belt and Marco Scutaro also drove in runs as the Giants won their second straight following a three-game slide. Scutaro and Hunter Pence each had two hits.
Will Venable and Jesus Guzman each hit home runs for the Padres, who have lost two straight after a seven-game winning streak.
Madison Bumgarner (7-4) won his third straight start after allowing two runs on three hits over seven innings. He walked four and struck out eight.
Padres starter Eric Stults gave up two runs on seven hits over 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Luke Gregerson (4-3) did not retire a batter, giving up two runs on four hits. He took over for Stults after Tony Abreu singled with one.
(AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Raffi Torres to a three-year contract that will keep him off the free-agent market next month.
General manager Doug Wilson announced the signing on Thursday. Torres was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
Bringing Torres back was a major offseason priority for Wilson despite the forward's suspension for the final six games of the second round for an illegal hit on Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll.
Torres provided a spark after being acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline and had expressed a strong desire to stay in San Jose.
Torres had two goals and four assists in 11 regular season games with the Sharks and also scored an overtime goal to beat Vancouver in the first round.
LEBRON JAMES RALLIES HEAT TO INCREDIBLE GAME 6 OVERTIME WIN
(AP) — The San Antonio Spurs just couldn't put away the Miami Heat.
The Spurs led by 13 with 3:50 left in the third quarter, by five with 28.2 seconds remaining in regulation and by three with 2:42 to play. But the Heat managed to force a seventh game in the NBA Finals by scoring the last six points to beat San Antonio 103-100 in overtime.
LeBron James and Ray Allen each hit three-pointers in the last 21 seconds of the fourth quarter after the Spurs failed to come up with rebounds of missed Miami shots. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard went to the line with a chance to put San Antonio ahead 96-92 with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, but he missed the first of two free throws to give Miami new life. San Antonio guard Manu Ginobli struggled for much of the night scoring only 9 points and turning the ball over eight times.....
Allen forced overtime by draining his three with 5.2 seconds left following a huge offensive rebound by Chris Bosh.
James was outstanding down the stretch after missing nine of 12 shots in the first three periods. He scored 18 of his 32 points after the start of the fourth quarter and finished with 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 11th postseason triple-double.....
Mario Chalmers scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade finished with 14 points.
Tim Duncan scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half to help the Spurs take a 50-44 lead into intermission. But he failed to score after converting a three-point play that put San Antonio ahead 68-56 with 4:31 left in the third quarter.
Game 7 is Thursday in Miami.
PEREZ SHINES AGAIN AS GIANTS KNOCK OFF PADRES
(AP) — Juan Perez hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat San Diego 5-4 on Tuesday night, snapping the Padres' seven-game winning streak.
Perez's clutch swing came after pinch hitter Jesus Guzman gave San Diego a 4-3 lead with a two-run homer in the top half of the inning
JUAN PEREZ RBI SINGLE IN THE 8TH PROVES TO BE A GAME-WINNER FOR THE GIANTS
Buster Posey started the San Francisco comeback with a leadoff single. After Hunter Pence struck out, Brandon Belt doubled in pinch runner Andres Torres. Nick Noonan was intentionally walked and Joaquin Arias lined out to center before Perez rolled a single just past second baseman Logan Forsythe for the go-ahead score.
Belt finished with three hits to help the Giants move into a second-place tie with Colorado in the NL West.
A'S KNOCK AROUND DARVISH, BEAT RANGERS 6-2
(AP) — Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered off Yu Darvish and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics beat Texas 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Jarrod Parker (6-6) limited the Rangers to two runs and three hits over seven innings to improve to 4-0 his last five starts.
Darvish (7-3) struck out 10, increasing his majors-best total to 137, but still hasn't won in more than a month. The ace from Japan is 0-2 in his last six starts, a stretch that began with a 1-0 loss to the Athletics on May 21, five days after his last win.
Moss put the A's ahead to stay when his 13th homer led off the second. Jaso led off the next inning with his third homer and a 3-0 lead.
SPURS LOOK TO TURN BACK BRON' AND THE HEAT AND WIN TITLE NUMBER FIVE
GAME 6 IS TONIGHT WITH THE SPURS LEADING 3-2
(AP) — The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to finish off the NBA Finals and the Miami Heat this evening when the two teams square off in Miami. The Spurs took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 114-104 win Sunday night. If Miami wins tonight's outing, the seventh and final game will be played in Miami Thursday night.
A key to the game may be how Miami plays defense on Danny Green. He has become the most feared sharpshooter in the series, having already set a Finals record with 25 3-pointers.
And based on past performances, with the season on the line, it is a good beet LeBron James will come out and provide some big-time heroics for the Heat.
Should the Spurs win tonight's game, or Thursday's for that matter, they will have their fifth NBA championship.
WILL VENABLE'S CATCH SAVES GAME IN 12TH, PADS WIN IT IN 13TH
THIS CATCH BY VENABLE IN CENTER FIELD ON A BALL HIT BY JUAN PEREZ SAVED THE GAME FOR PADRES
(AP) — Will Venable made an incredible catch to save San Diego, pinch-hitting pitcher Andrew Cashner drove in the go-ahead run with a perfectly executed safety squeeze in the 13th inning, and the Padres extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Venable's diving grab on the center-field warning track with his back to home plate ended the 12th and stole a game-winning hit from Juan Perez.
Moments later, Alexi Amarista started the winning rally with a single and went to third on Chris Denorfia's single. Cashner came up to face Jose Mijares (0-1) and dropped down a bunt single between the mound and third base for his sixth career hit and second RBI.
San Diego added another run on a bases-loaded walk from Jake Dunning.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy says the team gave great effort, but just came up short....
Giants send Matt Cain to the mound tonight against Cashner for the Padres. First pitch is at 7:15pm
RANGERS POWER PAST ATHLETICS AS NELSON CRUZ HITS TWO HOME RUNS
(AP) — Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
The Rangers totaled only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors.
Cruz's second homer was a two-run shot off Jesse Chavez (1-1) on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth inning to put Texas up 7-6. It came right after Pierzynski's RBI double.
Jed Lowrie says the A's know this will be a tough competitive series as the Rangers try and claw back after a six-game skid.....
Pierzynksi also homered. Cruz added a double in the seventh to match a season high with four RBIs.
Oakland wiped out an early 3-0 deficit with a six-run fourth off rookie Nick Tepesch.
Neal Cotts (3-1) went 2 1-3 innings in relief. Joe Nathan allowed a run in the ninth before earning his 21st save.
BRUINS TAKE 2-1 LEAD IN STANLEY CUP FINALS
(AP) — Daniel Paille (PY'-ay) entered the Stanley Cup Finals with just two goals in 16 postseasons games. He's managed to double that total by netting the game-winner in each of the last two contests to help the Boston Bruins take a two-games-to-one lead over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Paille scored in the second period and Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask turned back 28 shots as the Bruins blanked the Hawks 2-0. The game was scoreless until Paille tallied 2:13 into the middle period, two nights after providing the overtime goal in Boston's 2-1 victory at Chicago. Rask says his defenseman are playing great hockey in front of him...
Patrice Bergeron (BEHR'-zur-ahn) doubled the Bruins' lead with 5:55 left in the period.
Rask posted his third shutout of the playoffs and lowered his goals-against average in the finals to 1.22. Bryan Bickell nearly ended the shutout bid, beating Rask but hitting the right post with 42 seconds left.
The Blackhawks played without forward Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah), who was scratched after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.
Game 4 is Wednesday night in Boston.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CONTINUES TODAY
(AP) — Today's schedule of play in the College World Series opens up this afternoon with North Carolina playing LSU. The Tar Heels lost their first game to North Carolina State, while LSU was beaten by UCLA.
In tonight's game, the Bruins of UCLA are playing the N.C. State Wolfpack.
The Chico Nuts made it happy day for their dads with an 8-2 over the Sacramento Stingers on the final day of the American Legion Father's Day Baseball Tournament.
As reported by the Chico-ER, Clayton Schuler drove in three runs and Andrew Shippelhoute tossed a complete game in the win.
GIANTS FINISH ROAD TRIP AT 4-5 WITH LOSS TO BRAVES
GIANTS OUTFIELDER ANDRES TORRES BOTCHED A COUPLE OF FLY BALLS THAT HURT IN A 3-0 LOSS
(AP) — Freddie Freeman singled three times and drove in one run, Julio Teheran pitched six scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday night.
Teheran (5-3) allowed seven hits and one walk. The 22-year-old struck out eight and benefited from stellar plays by outfielders Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the fourth, and by Andrelton Simmons at shortstop in the sixth that kept a run from scoring with the Braves holding a two-run lead.
Lincecum (4-7) gave up six hits and five walks in six innings. Two of his three runs were earned, and he struck out three.
Giants left-fielder Andres Torres had some problems in left field mis-playing two balls that led to runs. This miscue gave the Braves a 2-0 lead....
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save in 22 chances. Kimbrel struck out Andres Torres and Joaquin Arias before retiring Nick Noonan on a flyout.
ATHLETICS AVERT THE SWEEP WITH 10-2 WIN OVER SEATTLE
BARTOLO COLON PITCHES ANOTHER GEM AS THE ATHLETICS EXTEND THEIR LEAD IN THE WEST TO THREE GAMES
(AP) — Bartolo Colon worked seven strong innings to win his sixth straight decision, Josh Reddick homered and matched a career high with four hits, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep with a 10-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Sean Smith and Brandon Moss each homered and drove in two runs for the Athletics, who moved three games ahead of Texas in the AL West — their largest lead since ending the 2006 season four games up. Josh Donaldson also went deep. He says the A's are feeling good at the plate right now....
Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and John Jaso each drove in runs for Oakland.
Colon (9-2) allowed two runs on eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three to extend his home win streak to seven.
Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) lost for the first time since April 23, giving up four runs on a season high-tying eight
SPURS PUT HEAT ON BRINK WITH GAME 5 WIN
(AP) — If the Miami Heat are to win a second straight NBA championship, they'll need to win the last two games of their season.
The San Antonio Spurs have grabbed a 3-2 lead in the Finals by downing the Heat 114-104. Tony Parker was outstanding while playing through a strained right hamstring, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo zhih-NOH'-blee) had his finest game of the series, shooting 8-for-14 and finishing with 24 points and 10 assists. And Danny Green continued his three-point assault by hitting six of 10 from beyond the arc to finish with 24 points.
Tim Duncan chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 60 percent from the floor while holding Miami to 43 percent.
Ray Allen tried to keep the Heat close, going 4-for-4 from three-point range and contributing 21 points. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and LeBron James each had a team-high 25 points for Miami but shot a combined 18-for-44.
Of the 27 previous times the series was tied at 2-2, the Game 5 winner went on to win 20 of them.
The Spurs can wrap up their fifth championship Tuesday in Miami.
JUSTIN SMELLS LIKE A ROSE WHILE PHIL COMES UP SHORT....AGAIN
MORE HEARTBREAK FOR FAN FAVORITE PHIL MICKELSON AS HE FINISHES SECOND AGAIN
(AP) — For the first time in 43 years the U.S. Open champion is an Englishman.
Justin Rose claimed his first major championship by winning at Merion Golf Club, holding off Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. Rose closed with an even-par 70 for a 1-over total that made him the first Englishman to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
The tournament took a turn in Rose's favor on 15, where Mickelson and Hunter Mahan lost shots to fall out of a tie for first. Rose tapped in for par on 18 to maintain the lead, then waited until Mickelson missed a long birdie try on the final hole.
Mickelson bogeyed 18 for a 4-over 74 that left him tied for second with Day at plus-3. Mickelson carried a one-stroke lead into the final round before posting his sixth U.S. Open runner-up finish, extending his record.
Mickelson says he doesn't take solace in finishing second again....
Rose's final round consisted of five birdies and five bogeys. He missed a 5-footer for par at No. 3, but he sank long birdies on the 6th and 7th, then moved ahead of Mickelson with a 20-footer at No. 13.
Jason Dufner tied for the day's best round, carding a 67 to finish in a tie for fourth with Ernie Els, Billy Horschel and Hunter Mahan. Steve Stricker was in the hunt until his 76 left him five strokes back and tied with Luke Donald.
Tiger Woods completed a forgettable US Open with a 4-over 74 to finish 13-over par.
Shawn Stefani (STEH'-fan-ee) provided the shot of the day by acing the 299-yard 17th hole. He's the first golfer to make a hole-in-one in the five U.S. Opens held at Merion.
(AP) — Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 on Thursday night.
A year to the day after throwing a perfect game against Houston, Cain (5-3) was nearly flawless again. He struck out three and walked two, giving up a single to Garrett Jones in the fifth and a double to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.
Hunter Pence hit his 11th homer of the season, while Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias had three hits apiece for San Francisco, which avoided a sweep by spoiling Charlie Morton's return from Tommy John surgery.
Morton (0-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander also hit three batters while making his first major league start in more than a year.
(AP) — Nate Freiman singled home the winning run in the 18th inning against Mariano Rivera, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday for a three-game sweep.
John Jaso singled off Preston Claiborne (0-1) to start the rally.
Freiman ended the 5-hour, 35-minute game on New York's getaway day to Anaheim for a weekend series with the Angels. A day game after a night game turned into a night game after a day game.
Moments before, Rivera issued just the 39th intentional walk of his 19-year career to Jed Lowrie.
Oakland became the first American League team to play two 18-inning games in one season since the A's and Washington did so in 1971.
(AP) — The biggest adjustment for Dwyane Wade came hours before Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
It was when Miami coach Erik Spoelstra made the decision to start Mike Miller over Udonis Haslem, with the thinking that it would help thwart San Antonio's defensive schemes against LeBron James.
Instead, it served as a time machine of sorts for Wade — who found his form again, on a night when the Heat absolutely needed it most.
The Finals are now a best-of-three series that will be decided next week in Miami, thanks largely to Wade, who came up with his best game in months to carry the Heat in Game 4 on Thursday night. He had 32 points,six rebounds, six steals and four assists, and the Heat shook off an early 10-point deficit to beat the Spurs 109-93 on Thursday night.
The series is knotted at two games apiece, with Game 5 in San Antonio on Sunday.
(AP) — Spurs guard Tony Parker will play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after his availability was in doubt because of a mild right hamstring strain.
Parker wouldn't address his injury at practice Thursday other than saying he was "ready to go." The All-Star was hurt early in the second half of Game 3, which the Spurs won to take a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven series.
Parker is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 assists in the Finals.
Spurs guard Gary Neal says it's a "huge brick off our shoulders" that Parker was cleared to play.
(AP) — Thunder, lightning and heavy downpours have settled in over the Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia, suspending first-round play at the U.S. Open.
U.S. Golf Association officials called a halt to play at 8:36 Eastern, just short of two hours after the opening shot of the tournament was struck.
Thunderstorms with possible severe weather are forecast throughout the day, casting doubt on whether the first round will be completed.
The Merion Golf Club course was drenched by six and a half inches of rain over the weekend and into the early portion of this week.
Among those who got in some play before the skies opened is five-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson. He left earlier this week to fly to San Diego, where his daughter Amanda graduated from the eighth grade yesterday. Mickelson then took a late flight back last night and made it in time for his 7:11 tee time. Mickelson is even par through five holes.
The rain short-circuited a blazing start by Ian Poulter, who shot to the top of the leader board by making birdies on his first three holes.
No. 1-ranked Tiger Woods is set to play in a group with second-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Adam Scott for the first two days. Woods enters the tournament with four wins this year. He's trying to snap a five-year winning drought at major championships.
BRANDON MOSS BELTS TWO HOME RUNS AS THE A'S BEAT THE YANKEES 5-2
AP) — Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for his third career two-homer game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Moss' power stroke helped Dan Straily (4-2) win his third straight decision.
Moss hit his 10th homer in the second inning and 11th with a solo drive in the eighth. He also connected twice April 29 against the Angels. Of his five hits over 40 at-bats in his last 19 games, all are home runs.
John Jaso added an RBI double and a run-scoring single in Oakland's 10th consecutive home victory. The A's (40-27) won for the 20th time in 25 games and are off to their best start since 1990.
The A's go for the series sweep this afternoon in Oakland.
(AP) — Starling Marte had a career-high four hits and scored four times and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 12-8 on Wednesday night.
Neil Walker and Alex Presley homered for Pittsburgh. Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three hits each as the Pirates set season highs for both runs and hits.
Francisco Liriano (5-2) survived six erratic innings to pick up the win.
Joaquin Arias knocked in three runs for the Giants and Hunter Pence doubled twice but San Francisco continued to struggle on the road. The defending World Series champions have lost 12 of 16 away from home.
Barry Zito (4-5) allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings as his ERA on the road ballooned to 11.28.
The Giants try and avert the sweep today as they send Matt Cain to the mound against the Pirates. Game time is at 4:05pm
PITTSBURGH PIRATE FLAME-THROWER GERRIT COLE SHINES IN DEBUT VERSUS THE GIANTS
(AP) — Gerrit Cole took a shutout into the seventh inning of his major league debut and hit a two-run single in his first at-bat Tuesday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 victory in front of a festive crowd.
The top pick in the 2011 draft, Cole allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly touted career with a three-pitch strikeout — all 96-mph fastballs — of Gregor Blanco and struck out two overall. He did not walk a batter.
Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 3 with a home run to back Cole. Starling Marte also homered and Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin had two hits each.
The Giants got some bad news as Pablo Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his foot. Also, Marco Scutaro was hit on the pinkie with a pitch in Tuesday night's game. X-ray's were negative but training staff fears Scutaro may have ligament damage. He will not play in today's game.
(AP) — Derek Norris homered and drove in four runs and Bartolo Colon pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Coco Crisp led off the game for Oakland with a homer off CC Sabathia (6-5) before Norris and Colon (8-2) took over to lead the A's to their eighth win in 11 games.
Sabathia allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his homecoming start in front of many fans that came from his hometown of nearby Vallejo to watch him pitch.
The A's did get some bad news when star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game after the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. He is day to day. Cespedes appeared to hurt himself running out a groundout in the first inning.
THE DODGERS AND DIAMONDBACKS BRAWL AFTER A SERIES OF BEANINGS ON TUESDAY NIGHT
DODGER HITTING COACH MARK MCGWIRE GRABS MATT WILLIAMS DURING AN INTENSE CONFRONTATION
DURING THE DODGER/DIAMONDBACK BEAN-BRAWL ON TUESDAY NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM
DODGER ACE CLAYTON KERSHAW SHOUTS AT DIAMONDBACK MANAGER KIRK GIBSON
DURING TUESDAY NIGHT'S DODGER/DIAMONDBACK SCUFFLE
(AP) — Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with high pitches, sparking a heated brawl that involved players and coaches and resulted in six ejections in a game in which the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Tuesday night.
Kennedy, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire were ejected in the seventh inning after the prolonged scuffle that nearly spilled into the stands.
In the top of the seventh, Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero in the back and both teams came charging onto the field, but the scrum broke up quickly with no punches thrown.
That was payback for Kennedy hitting Puig in bottom of the sixth — the ball deflected off Puig's shoulder clipped his nose.
ITS A BATTLE OF THE BIG THREES FOR THE 2013 NBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP....GAME 1 IS TONIGHT IN MIAMI
The four-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs are in South Beach to take on the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight. The Spurs weaved their way thru the Western Conference playoffs to make it to their fith finals in the Tim Duncan era.
For the Heat it is the third straight time playing for an NBA title and the stakes couldn't be higher. For LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh it marks there best chance to cement themselves as one of the penultimate teams in NBA history. A loss in this finals and they will be considered an aging group that rode James coat-tails only to come up short, twice, when it most mattered.
Games 1 & 2 will be played in Miami and then the series shifts to San Antonio for Games 3 & 4 and if necessary Game 5.
THIS IS THE SECOND TIME AROD HAS BEEN LINKED TO PED'S
DESPITE RYAN BRAUN'S CONSTANT DENIALS HE CONTINUES TO AROUSE SUSPICION
(AP) — Major League Baseball is interviewing players linked to a Miami anti-aging clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs and has become the focus of the sport's investigation.
According to numerous reports, clinic founder Anthony Bosch has agreed to talk with MLB investigators. Players union head Michael Weiner says the commissioner's office has assured the union that "no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed."
"It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations," Weiner said in a statement.
Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') are among more than a dozen players whose names have been tied to the now-closed clinic.
The A's let a 3-0 8th inning lead slip away in Milwaukee last night as the usally reliable Athletics bullpen struggled. Yuniesky Betancourt's RBI double on the 10th inning was the game-winner as the Brewers beat Oakland 4-3. Oakland's Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') goes for his seventh victory when the A's visit Milwaukee to play the last-place Brewers in a day game at Miller Park.
Tim Lincecum was the Lincecum of old and Andres Torres second inning home run held up as the Giants beat the Blue Jays 2-1 at AT & T Park on Tuesday night. Toronto sends out 4-7 R.A. Dickey against San Francisco in a day game at AT&T Park. Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh) gets the nod for the Giants, who start the day two back of Arizona in the NL West.
(AP) — The Indiana Pacers say they've been ignored most of the season and really belong as one of the elite teams in the NBA. Tonight in Miami, the Pacers can prove that point with a victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Pacers forced the showdown game with a thorough 91-77 beat-down of the Heat Saturday night in Indianapolis. Paul George poured in a career playoff-high 28 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Roy Hibbert was a force in the middle at both ends of the court with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Afterward, Hibbert detracted from his own performance with some crude post-game comments. The NBA fined Roy Hibbert $75,000 for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6.
Hibbert issued a statement apologizing for his remarks, saying they were disrespectful, offensive and not a reflection of his personal views. Commissioner David Stern said that while Hibbert's apology is sincere, he fined him anyway.
If the Heat are to reach the NBA Finals for the third straight year, LeBron James will need some scoring help. He had 29 points Saturday night. But Chris Bosh added only five and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade had 10 in the loss. Bosh and Wade were a combined 6 of 19 from the field.
MALONE'S APPOINTMENT MADE OFFICIAL TODAY
(AP) — The Sacramento Kings have confirmed that Mike Malone will be their new coach and he will be introduced at a news conference today. Malone is the son of former NBA coach Brendan Malone and has been an assistant in the league for more than a decade. The younger Malone replaces Keith Smart, who was fired Friday.
GIANTS BREAK 7-GAME ROAD LOSING STREAK
(AP) — Chad Gaudin picked up a win in his first start in over three years and Brandon Belt broke a tie with a two-run pinch-hit double to lead San Francisco to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, ending the Giants' seven-game road skid.
Gaudin (1-1) went six innings in his first start since Sept. 28, 2009 as a member of the New York Yankees. He allowed four hits and two runs, both coming on a two-run homer by David Freese in the fourth. Gaudin is temporarily replacing Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation. Vogelsong broke several bones in his right hand May 20.
Belt slammed the first pitch from reliever Randy Choate into the gap in left-center to bring in Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco for a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Crawford began the rally with a single off St. Louis rookie Tyler Lyons (2-1).
A'S CONTINUE TO ROLL AS THEY SWEEP CHISOX
Josh Donaldson's sixth-inning sacrifice fly ended a career-best 28-inning scoreless streak by Chicago starter Chris Sale, and the Oakland Athletics beat the White Sox 2-0 on Sunday for a weekend sweep.
Jarrod Parker (4-6) hung tough in an impressive pitcher's duel with Sale to win back-to-back starts for the first time this year. The right-hander matched his season high with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings as Oakland won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Sale (5-3) lost for the first time in six starts since an April 18 defeat at Toronto. The White Sox (24-30) lost their season-high sixth in a row and matched a season-worst by falling to six games below .500.
THE MALOOFS' OVERSAW THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RUN IN KINGS BASKETBALL HISTORY, BUT THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HOLDING THE CITY HOSTAGE AND PUTTING THE FANS THROUGH FOUR YEARS OF TURMOIL, TROUBLE AND INSTABILITY
The sale of the Sacramento Kings is finally complete.
The Maloof family announced Friday that the agreement to sell the Kings and Sleep Train Arena to a group led by Vivek Ranadive (VIHV'-ehk rah-nah-DEE'-vay) closed escrow. Ranadive's group acquired a 65 percent controlling interest in the team at a total franchise valuation of more than $534 million, topping the NBA record of the $450 million that Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Golden State Warriors for in 2010.
Brothers George, Joe and Gavin Maloof thanked the NBA and Commissioner David Stern for their work in helping complete the transaction. The family also congratulated Ranadive and praised Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City Council "for their efforts and loyalty to the Sacramento community."
MALONE TAKES THE KINGS' REIGNS
(AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Sacramento Kings have reached an agreement with Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone to be their head coach.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Malone was incoming owner Vivek Ranadive's top choice. Ranadive has been a minority owner of the Warriors the past three seasons and is closing a sale with the Maloof family to buy the Kings.
Malone's hiring officially ends Keith Smart's tenure as Sacramento's coach. Smart took over for the fired Paul Westphal in January 2012 and had one year remaining on his contract.
Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.
GIANTS SALVAGE SERIES FINALE; A'S WIN SERIES
(AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth to help Barry Zito end a six-start winless stretch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Thursday to avoid a season sweep.
A day after San Francisco made three errors and two other defensive miscues, the Giants finally got to A.J. Griffin (5-4) to snap the A's six-game winning streak with their lone win in the four-game Bay Bridge Series between last year's West division champions.
Brandon Belt doubled in two runs in San Francisco's four-run sixth.
Zito (4-3) won against his former club for his first victory since beating San Diego at home April 21. The Giants improved to 7-0 in his home outings and have won 13 straight regular-season games started by Zito at AT&T Park.
The Giants open a series in St. Louis tonight. Matt Cain takes the hill for San Francisco with game time at 5:10pm
AN IMPORTANT JUNE STRETCH FACES BOTH THE GIANTS AND ATHLETICS
By Mike Baca
JOSH DONALDSON IS HITTING .330 WITH 8 HOME RUNS AND 33 RBI'S TO LEAD THE SURGING ATHLETICS
The game of baseball is easy right now for the Oakland A's. We all know baseball is not easy, but the A's seem to be effortlessly disposing of the competition in near methodical fashion. Last night's 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants was another win, in a series of victories that has pulled the A's within 2.5 games of first place Texas.
Winners of five in a row and 10 of their last 11, Oakland is riding the hot-bat of third baseman Josh Donaldson. Considered a throw-in in the Rich Harden trade to the Cubs a few years ago, Donaldson is making a bid to be an American League All-Star this season. The A's bullpen has been nails. Sean Doolittle is carving up hitters from the left side, while Ryan Cook sets them up and knocks them down from the right side. The enigmatic Grant Balfour has been closing the door enthusiastically in the ninth giving the A's reliability and efficiency out of their pen.
Oakland is riding high, and there is no indication that this Athletics team will fade or won't be applying pressure to Texas all season long.
Its a different story for the Giants. While their M.O. has been the come-from-behind win it is now starting to catch up with them. San Francisco's ever-fluctuating offensive production is compounded by a lack of consistency from their starting rotation. Matt Cain still has an earned run average above 5 despite pitching better of late. Barry Zito is great one week, bad the next. Tim Lincecum is a slot machine. His strikeouts are up, but so is his change-up most of the time. Madison Bumgarner has been Giants best, but is suffering from a lack of run support in his starts. With Ryan Vogelsong nursing a broken finger, the Giants are having to turn to their farm system, which could help them long-term just to find out what they have.
The bullpen has been hurt by the loss of Santiago Casilla as Sergio Romo's set up man. But, Bruce Bochy is piecing it together as he always does.
MARCO SCUTARO LEADS A GIANTS OFFENSE THAT LEADS THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN HITTING
The Giants just need to to survive this rough patch. Their pitching staff ranks 10th in the National League while they have the best batting average of any team in the NL. Which is the aberration ? That will likely determine whether the World Champions are here for the long haul in 2013 or whether a June swoon is on the horizon.
The Giants and A's will battle at AT & T tonight at 7:15pm
Its a familiar refrain. The San Jose Sharks make a spirited run into the post-season. Pull off a great first round win and then come agonizingly short in a decisive Game 7. Two second period goals by Justin Williams were the difference along with the spectacular goal-tending of Jonathin Quick as the defending Stanley Cup Champions move on to the Western Conference Finals against either Chicago or Detroit.
Make no mistake, the Sharks had their chances, many of them. But, Quick would not be denied. Glove saves, stick saves, sprawling saves, Quick was amazing. Dan Boyle lit the lamp nearly six minutes into the third period and the Sharks would then apply constant pressure for the remaining 14 minutes. The best chance belonging to young phenom Logan Couture with under five minutes left, but he couldn't control the moving puck and Quick made another save.
As it always does the off-season brings questions, but the Sharks have a foundation of youth and veteran leadership along with a Vezina Trophy finalist in Antti Niemi. Even though its familiar Stanley Cup Playoff disappointment, don't expect many changes. The Sharks were a mid-season slump away from being a top-three or-four seed.
Tough ending for Sharks fans, but they are used to this. They have seen this before and will be back for more in the 2013-2014 season.
KINGS DEAL SHARKS PAINFUL LOSS....SHARKS TRAIL 3-2 IN SERIES
(AP) — Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Anze Kopitar (AHN'-jay KOH'-pih-tar) and Slava Voynov scored, and Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal as the defending Stanley Cup champions won their 13th consecutive home game in dominant fashion.
Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-YEH'-mee) stopped 26 shots for the Sharks, who have played more than 96 minutes without a goal since they appeared to be taking control of the series midway through Game 4.
DENVER GETS PHYSICAL WITH WARRIORS AND SENDS SERIES BACK TO ORACLE FOR GAME 6
The Golden State Warriors designs on ending their first round playoff series against the Denver at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night were pushed against by Nuggets....literally.
For the first time in the series the Nuggets got physical with the sharp-shooters from the Bay Area and knocked of the Warriors 107-100. Denver's energizer Kenneth Faried, set the tone early by clipping Stephen Curry early, as the Nuggets made sure the Warriors felt their presence on the defensive end. Curry was held to 15 points in the game on 1-of-7 shooting from long distance.
The Nuggets jumped out to an early 14-point lead by getting out in transition. That lead ballooned to 20 points at the half and by the late third quarter the Warriors found themselves down by 22. But, the Dubs came scratching back. Jarrett Jack and Harrison Barnes led a surge that whittled the deficit to single digits mid-way through the fourth quarter and with 2:10 to go the Warriors were down 100-95 and had the ball. But, Curry missed a right wing three and Klay Thompson's right corner three moments later rimmed out. The dagger was delivered by the Nuggets Wilson Chandler on the ensuing possesion as he railed a right corner three to put Game 5 to bed.
Much of the fireworks regarding these two teams happened after the game as Warriors head coach Mark Jackson told the media that the Nuggets had a "hit out" on Curry and their brand of basketball wasn't just physical but it was dirty.
Faried says the Nuggets were tired of letting the Warriors push them around and wanted to make a statement...
Nuggets head coach was told that Jackson called his team's tactics dirty, to which Karl responded, "did Draymond Green play basketball or football at Michigan State ?"
The series has certainly taken a turn toward chippiness. Game 6 is the Oracle in Oakland on Thursday
PABLO PLAYS ROLE OF HERO, GIANTS BEAT DIAMONDBACKS
(AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left after allowing a leadoff single to Angel Pagan, the Giants' fourth hit against the right-hander. J.J. Putz (2-1) came on for Arizona and struck out Marco Scutaro, and quickly went ahead 0-1 on Sandoval.
But Sandoval drove Putz's next pitch, a hanging split-finger fastball, deep into the right-field stands to give Giants the lead and hand the struggling Diamondbacks closer his fourth blown save in nine chances.
It was San Francisco's second straight come-from-behind victory, rallying for a 6-4 win in the series opener Monday.
Sandy Rosario (1-0) recorded the last out of the eighth inning for his first career win, and Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
OAKLAND'S DOMINATION OF ANGELS CONTINUES
(AP) — Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Tuesday.
One night after outlasting the Angels 10-8 in a 19-inning classic that lasted 6½ hours, the A's had a few problems defensively but looked just fine at the plate while beating Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive time this season.
Jarrod Parker (1-4) pitched into the seventh inning and Derek Norris scored twice for Oakland.
Mike Trout drove in four runs and Mark Trumbo homered for the second straight game for the Angels. Los Angeles fell to 9-17, the worst start in franchise history.
CHICO STATE TRACK FIELD SEEKS ANOTHER BANNER IN TURLOCK
The Chico State men's and women's Track Field teams are headed to Turlock as they get ready to defend their CCAA Championships. Oliver Hanf is the women's Track and Field head coach and interim men's coach while Gary Towne is the men's and women's distance coach. They are both looking for the squads top have another impressive showing against CCAA foes.
The men have won an amazing 9 straight CCAA championships while the women have won three straight conference titles.
The series has shifted back to The Oracle as the Golden State Warriors look to build on their record-setting performance in a Game 2 win over the Nuggets. The Warriors torched the Nuggets for 131 points in a 131-117 win on Tuesday night, setting the stage for what figures to be a frenzied home crowd in Oakland on Friday night.
WARRIOR STEPH CURRY LED A RECORD SETTING SHOOTING DISPLAY IN A GAME 2 WIN IN DENVER
It wasn't only the 30-point and 13 assist peformance by Curry that grabbed everyone's attention, but it was the sharp-shooting of youngsters Klay Thompson (21 points) and rookie Harrison Barnes (26 points) that basketball fans stunned. It was the highest shooting percentage a team has shot in the playoffs (64%) since the 1991 Utah Jazz.
To build on their performance the Warriors will need to know that Denver will come out way more aggressive in Game 3 than they were in Game 2. The venerable head coach George Karl will make sure of that. Its unconscienable to think that the under-sized Warriors were able to out-rebound the bigger and more physical Nuggets 36-26. The Nuggets will make that adjustment. But, what Denver must figure out is how to defend the variety of options the Warriors throw at you. Fearing the perimeter shooting of Curry, Thompson and Barnes, the Nuggets were cheating on the wings defensively, in turn it opened up the lane allowing point guard Jarret Jack to penetrate to the rim and score or penetrate and dish once the expected collapse and rotation took place. Denver looked lost in defending both the other night. The Warriors can win this series if Denver continues to struggle and close out on shooters.
The health of Kenneth Faried is also pivotoal to the Denver chances in this series. Faried is the energizer for this Nugget team. He gives them juice and energy. He has been nursing a turned ankle and saw his first action the other night and certainly looked rusty. Denver NEEDS to "Manimal" to turn into the beast on the basketball court he has shown to be. His influence and presence not only helps his team, but it serves as spark for the Nuggets that they are able to use.
Game 3 will be a madhouse at Oracle. If the 2007 "We Believe" playoff run by the Warriors showed us anything, its that Warriors fans don't hold back when their team gives them hope.
DIVISION II WEST REGION RANKINGS ANNOUNCED...CHICO SITS AT NUMBER 2
The Chico State Baseball team (32-8) is the second ranked team in the first West Region Baseball Poll by NCAA members. The ranking determines the top six teams in the region that will compete at the NCAA West Regional on the third weekend of May. Many observers thought the Chico State Wildcats would garner the top spot in the region, but that distinction goes to the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters who check in at 30-12, but have a gaudy 18-5 record against teams with records above .500. Chico State is a rather pedestrian 12-8, but can improve on that number this weekend with four games against the 3rd-ranked team in the region Sonoma State.
The NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS are as follows
1. Monterey Bay
2. Chico State
3. Sonoma State
4. Grand Canyon University
5. Dixie State
6. UC San Diego
8. Cal State Los Angeles
The 2013 West Region NCAA Tournament field will be announced on May 12th
CHICO STATE SOFTBALL CAN CLINCH CCAA TOURNEY BERTH ON FRIDAY AT HOME
The Chico State Softball team was floundering two weeks ago. Now, they are surging after a four-game road sweep of Sonoma State last weekend in Rohnert Park. The Wildcats have a magic number of 2 as they get ready to host UC San Diego this Friday and Saturday at the Chico State Softball Complex. Two-and-a-half weeks ago the Wildcats lost 6-of-7 in the Mizuno mid-season Tournament of Champions in Turlock. It was a disastrous trip against teams they will be competing against for spots in the West Regional. But, the Wildcats have been determined since and now sit in third place, one game behind the Tritons who visit them for double-dips this weekend. The match-ups are at 11am on both Friday and Saturday. With a pair of wins on Friday the Wildcats clinch a berth into the CCAA Softball Tournament.
SACRAMENTO LEARNS MONDAY THE FATE OF THEIR BELOVED KINGS
(AP) — The NBA committee deciding whether the Sacramento Kings should be sold and relocated to Seattle will hold a meeting via conference call Monday.
An NBA spokesman confirmed Thursday that the committee, consisting of 12 league owners, will convene on a call instead of in person. Whenever the committee issues a recommendation, NBA owners will have at least seven business days to review the report before a vote can take place.
The Maloof family has had an agreement since January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to a Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has helped put together a competing counteroffer complete with a new arena plan and an ownership group headed by software tycoon Vivek Ranadiv
GIANTS FALL IN EXTRAS FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY
(AP) — Pinch hitter Will Nieves delivered a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock also drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who beat the Giants in 11 innings on Tuesday night. Didi Gregorius had two hits.
Arizona led 2-1 before Brandon Crawford hit a tying homer off David Hernandez (1-0) with one out in the ninth.
Crawford also doubled home a run in the seventh and finished with three hits.
Matt Reynolds got three outs for his second save in as many days. Reynolds has yet to allow a run in 11 1-3 innings.
Chad Gaudin (0-1) took the loss.
A'S HEAD HOME AFTER 1-5 ROAD TRIP
(AP) — Stephen Drew hit a two-run triple, David Ortiz had two hits and drove in a run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon to take a three-game series.
It was Boston's ninth win in 12 games and came after a 13-0 loss to Oakland a night earlier.
Chris Young had a three-run homer and a solo shot for the Athletics, who finished a six-game road trip 1-5. They were swept at the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend.
Ortiz is 8 for 16 since returning to the lineup on Saturday for the first time since last August. He missed 71 of the final 72 games last season and all of spring training with an Achilles tendon injury.
SHARKS MISS CHANCE FOR HOME ICE IN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS
(AP) — Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, and the Phoenix Coyotes prevented San Jose from moving up in the Western Conference standings with a 2-1 win over the Sharks on Wednesday night.
San Jose had a chance to pass Los Angeles for fourth in the West, but the Coyotes played more like the team still in the playoff hunt.
Phoenix beat Thomas Greiss for two goals in the first period and played the tight-checking style that had been so successful the previous three seasons. That left the Sharks tied with the Kings at 57 points.
Michael Stone and Keith Yandle both scored, and Shane Doan had a pair of assists for Phoenix.
Brent Burns scored and Greiss stopped 30 shots in his first start since March 6 for the Sharks, who will close the season against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday.
CHICO STATE GARNERS SPLIT OF FOUR-GAME SET AGAINST UCSD
Story courtesy Luke Reid-Chico State Sports Information
It’s nearly impossible to beat four aces, which explains why the third-ranked Chico State baseball team has yet to lose a series in 2013. Kagen Hopkins, last year’s undisputed ace but playing the role of fourth starter this season, threw seven shutout innings as the Wildcats salvaged a series split against UC San Diego with a 3-1 victory Sunday at Nettleton Stadium.
Hopkins has now compiled 20 consecutive scoreless innings (Or Eggo’s if you like, since his twitter handle is KegoMyEggo) while improving to 7-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.97. His career winning percentage of .789 (15-4) is the fifth highest in school history among pitchers with at least 18 decision.
Hopkins, Nick Baker, Troy Neiman, and Mike Botelho – the team’s current starting rotation – is a combined 25-6 with a 1.79 ERA. The fearsome foursome has held opposing hitters to a .212 batting average and boasts a combined WHIP of 0.97.
So no, Head Coach Dave Taylor hasn’t been working out. He just has four aces up his sleeves.
All of that has helped the Wildcats win seven series (five via sweep) and split the other three.
Third-ranked Chico State improved to 32-8 overall and 25-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and is now one win or one Cal State East Bay loss away from clinching its 17th postseason berth in the past 18 seasons. The top four teams in the final conference standings advance to the CCAA Championship Tournament, which the Wildcats have participated in 13 times in their 14 years in the conference.
The team’s 32 wins are the program’s most through 40 games since winning 32 in 2007 and tied for the fourth most ever. The 2002 team started 35-5, the 2000 squad started 34-6 and the 1997 team started 33-7.
Chico State got all the offense it would need in the first inning. Eric Angerer led off with a walk, and after Cody Webber reached on a wild pitch after striking out, Blake Gibbs drove in the game’s first run with a single to center. Austin Prott then peeled a single through the right side for a 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats finally added to their lead in the eighth on Jon Peters’ pinch-hit double that made it 3-0.
Morgan Yee pitched the final two frames to earn his first save as a Wildcat. He allowed a hard-luck run in the ninth after Gibbs and Ryne Clark miscommunicated on a catchable ball in right-center leading off the ninth.
Yee got a grounder to short to end the ninth, and when Eric Angerer squeezed the final out at first, the defending CCAA-Champion Wildcats’ conference lead over Cal State L.A. was officially two games with eight to play.
Chico State will play a four-game series against Sonoma State next weekend and then wrap up the regular season at home against Cal State L.A. May 3-5.
UC San Diego, the team the Wildcats tied with for last year’s conference title, was officially limited from championship contention. The Tritons, now 22-20 overall and 16-16 in the CCAA, are three games behind Sonoma State for the all-important fourth spot.
CHICO STATE SWEESP RIVAL SONOMA SURGING TOWARD PLAYOFF BERTH
Story courtesy Rory Miller-Chico State Sports Information
ROHNERT PARK – The Chico State softball team has been burned several times this season when opponents staged rallies late in the game to deny the Wildcats a victory – but Saturday in Rohnert Park, it was the Wildcats’ turn to apply some late-inning heartbreak. The ’Cats posted a pair of dramatic wins over No. 16 Sonoma State, scoring a run in the eighth inning to nip the Seawolves 2-1 in the opener of the twinbill, then in the nightcap plating three runs in the sixth inning to pull out a 3-2 win and complete the doubleheader and series sweep.
Saturday’s wins not only improves Chico State’s season record to 23-21, but moves the Wildcats into third place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings with a 20-12 conference mark. With the doubleheader loss, Sonoma State slips to 32-16 overall and into fourth place in the CCAA with a 19-13 conference record.
With Cal State Dominguez Hills completing a four-game weekend sweep of Cal State Monterey Bay – effectively knocking the Otters out of postseason contention – Chico State’s magic number for securing one of the four CCAA Championship Tournament berths is now two. Any combination of Wildcat wins and Toros losses totaling two next weekend, and Chico State will be playing in Stockton May 3-5 with a chance to win the conference tourney and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Desiree’ Gonzalez, who sat out Friday’s doubleheader, had two hits and three runs batted in Saturday to lead the Wildcats and extend her current hitting streak to 12 straight. Kelli Keefe chimed in with three hits on the afternoon, with Alex Molina and Amanda Cordeiro contributing a pair of safeties for the victorious ’Cats.
Sonoma State opened the scoring in game one of Saturday’s double dip, as Ali Palermo led off the bottom of the second inning with a double and came home on a base hit by Hayley Condon. Chico State answered in the top of the third when Keefe singled and scored on a two-out double by Gonzalez.
Pitchers Kayla McConnell of the Wildcats and the Seawolves’ Samantha Lipperd matched each other zero for zero for the next four frames, forcing the contest into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Chico State would take the lead when Gonzalez reached on an error, advanced to second on a pinch-hit single by Molina, and scored on Cordeiro’s double to left field.
Sonoma State made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth, getting the potential tying and winning run on base with two outs, but McConnell struck out Holli Brown to end it, giving the Wildcats the 2-1 victory.
McConnell improved to 7-10 on the season with the complete game win, allowing just six hits while striking out four. Keefe and Cordeiro each delivered two hits to pace the ’Cats’ six-hit attack.
Molina and Sonoma State’s Amanda Llerena hooked up in an impressive pitcher’s duel early in the nightcap – Llerna, in fact, allowed just one Chico State hit – a third inning double by Taylor Hanamaikai – through the first five frames. The Seawolves used the long ball to jump on top in the bottom of the fourth – with Vanessa Currie aboard, Palermo launched her 12th home run of the season over the left field fence, giving Sonoma State a 2-0 lead.
It stayed that way until the top of the sixth inning, when the Wildcat offense came alive. Singles by Keefe and Alli Cook set the stage for Gonzalez, who laced a two-out double to right-center to plate both runners and tie the score. Molina followed with a single to right to drive in Gonzalez to put Chico State in front 3-2.
For one of the very few times this season, there would be no late-inning drama, as Molina retired the last six Sonoma State batters she faced, setting down the Seawolves in order in the bottom of the sixth and bottom of the seventh to secure the Wildcats’ 3-2 win and completing the doubleheader and series sweep – the first time since 2004 that Chico State has swept a season series against Sonoma State.
Molina registered her 16th complete game of the year, raising her season record to 13-6. Chico State tallied six hits in the contest – five coming in the decisive sixth inning.
The Wildcats conclude the regular season next Friday and Saturday, hosting UC San Diego for a four-game series at University Softball Field. Cal State Dominguez Hills wraps up regulation play next weekend at home versus Cal State Stanislaus.
(AP) — Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh) and Chad Gaudin combined on a six-hitter, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Zito (3-1) bounced back from the worst start of big league career to defeat the Padres for the first time in nearly two years. He allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out four, walked one and did not give up run for the third time in four starts.
Posey's first home run of the season was just the 11th this year for the power-starved Giants.
Before the two-out, two-run drive off Eric Stults (2-2) in the fifth, Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford had accounted for all of San Francisco's homers. The Giants open a three game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT & T tonight. Game time is at 7:15 with our pre-game on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico at 6:45pm
(AP) — Roberto Hernandez pitched six effective innings Sunday for his first win since he was known as Fausto Carmona, and the Tampa Bay Rays complete a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with an 8-1 victory.
Hernandez (1-3) allowed one run, three hits, three walks and had seven strikeouts in his first win since Sept. 20, 2011, while with Cleveland.
The 32-year old right-hander was arrested in January 2012 in the Dominican Republic on false identity charges — as Carmona. They were dropped after he completed a work program.
Oakland starter Tommy Milone (3-1) had his season-opening three-game winning streak end.
The left-hander gave up six runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings.
(AP) — The Golden State Warriors got a double dose of bad news Sunday.
They learned All-Star forward David Lee had torn his right hip flexor, as feared, ending his season.
So, they'll have to continue their playoff series against Denver without the NBA's leader in double-doubles.
Making that task all the more difficult will be the return of the Nuggets' top rebounder and energizer, Kenneth Faried, from an injured ankle.
Faried sat out the opener Saturday, when the Nuggets edged Golden State 97-95 despite getting outrebounded 55-45.
(AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a big boost in their push for the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points. Columbus has played one more game than the Wild and two more than the ninth-place Detroit Red Wings, who are three points back in the race for the final playoff spot.
Marty Havlat, Andrew Desjardins (day-zhar-DAN') and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who needed only to take the game to overtime to clinch a ninth-straight playoff berth.
(AP) — Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam, and Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki also homered as the Milwaukee Brewers used an eight-run third inning to beat Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 10-8 on Tuesday night.
Betancourt's fifth career grand slam highlighted the seven-hit inning that chased Zito. Rickie Weeks doubled home two runs and Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run single as the Brewers sent 12 batters to the plate. Zito faced 11 of them.
Zito (2-1) had opened the season with consecutive scoreless seven-inning games. He struck out five and walked two in 2 2-3 innings and his 0.00 ERA ballooned to 4.86 ERA. Brandon Kintzler (2-0) got the win in relief for the Brewers.
The Giants had won 16 straight Barry Zito starts dating back to last year, including the post-season.
The Giants and Brewers play game two of their three game series today with the first pitch at 5:10 and pre-game coming your way at 4:40
A's have the most wins in the American League
(AP) — Josh Donaldson's eighth-inning triple drove in Josh Reddick for the winning run and Oakland Athletics overcame starter A.J. Griffin's early struggles for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Reddick drew a two-out walk off reliever Rhiner Cruz (0-1) and took off for second just before Donaldson's hit down the right field line landed just fair. Houston outfielder Rick Ankiel made a diving attempt but came up short as Reddick raced around the bases.
Eric Sogard added a career-high three hits for the A's, who have won all five games against the Astros this season.
Carlos Pena homered for Houston, which has lost four straight.
Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his second save in as many chances after Sean Doolittle (1-0) gave up Pena's tying home run.
Steph Curry goes for three point record in Portland
(AP) — Two shy of setting a new NBA standard, the question circulating around the Golden State Warriors locker room is when — not if — Stephen Curry will break Ray Allen's single-season record of 269 3-pointers during Wednesday night's finale at Portland.
With the way Curry has shot the ball this season, he's given plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
The rejuvenated Warriors point guard, with his twice surgically repaired right ankle no longer an issue, has shown just what he can do in a season of near-perfect health. He is shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and averaging almost 3½ baskets from long range over his 77 games played.
The Golden State Warriors can secure the 6th seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a win tonight. The Warriors can also secure the 6th seed if they lose, but they would need the Los Angeles Lakers to beat Houston at the Staples Center tonight.
Wildcats Finish Fifth as Conditions Tame Golfers
By Luke Reid-Chico State Sports Information
TURLOCK – With nine freshmen getting a baptism into collegiate golf on the Chico State’s men’s golf team’s 13-man roster, this season has been anything but breezy. Still, the Wildcats have persevered, hanging on to the No. 23 ranking in the nation and No. 6 spot in the West.
Tuesday’s final round of the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational at Turlock Golf & Country Club was absolutely breezy. In fact, the windy conditions resulted in high scores and frustrated golfers. But the Wildcats again persevered, shooting a 317 to hang on to fifth place in the tournament.
Chico State finished 62-over par. Host Cal State Stanislaus won at 24-over par. Cal State Monterey Bay (+26), Western Washington (+51), Sonoma State (+55) and Chico State followed the Warriors. The Wildcats nipped UC San Diego by a stroke and finished three strokes ahead of Saint Martin’s.
True freshman Lee Gearhart was Chico State’s top finisher, tying for 19th place at 14-over. It marked his fifth top-20 finish in the team’s last six tournaments. Freshman Anthony Maccioli recorded the Wildcats’ best round of the day, a 5-over par 77, and finished tied for 22nd at 15-over for the tournament.
Freshman Will Flitcroft fired a 78 on Tuesday and finished tied for 30th at 19-over par. Junior Brendan Warner (74-82-82–238) tied for 43rd at 22-over. And freshman Cody Stoffel (80-79-80–239) tied for 45th at 23-over. Playing as an individual, junior Brenden Beeg (80-87-81–248) finished tied for 68th at 32-over.
The Wildcats open the postseason portion of their schedule, which they hope will last through the NCAA Championships May 20-24, next week at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships in Paso Robles. The event gets under way Monday morning.
Hunter Pence and the first-place San Francisco Giants wrap up their road trip in Milwaukee over the next
three days. Pence's tying home run with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday
propelled the Giants to a 10-7 victory and series win over the Chicago Cubs.
Pence has been the Giants most consistent hitter on the season providing that middle-of-the-order punch
the Giants expected of him when they acquired him from Philadelphia last season. The Giants sit at 9-4
in the National League West and will battle the Brewers over the next three days. You can hear all three
match-ups on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico. Today's game comes your way at 5:10pm with
Kruk and Kuip coming your way at 4:40pm
(AP) — Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry made seven 3-pointers to finish with 35 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past the severely short-handed San Antonio Spurs 116-106 on Monday night.
Curry hit 7 of 13 shots from beyond the arc to move within one of Ray Allen's single-season record of 269 3-pointers set in 2005-06 with Seattle. Curry added eight rebounds and five assists to help the Warriors pull away late and move a game ahead of Houston for the Western Conference's sixth seed.
Gary Neal had 25 points and five assists and Patty Mills scored 23 points for the Spurs, who rested their key starters a night after losing 91-86 at the Los Angeles Lakers.
San Antonio still had the Warriors on the brink until Curry took control.
(AP) — Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had 21 before getting ejected in the final 3 minutes and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Sacramento Kings 104-95 on Monday night.
Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans, the Kings' second-leading scorer, did not return after grabbing at his troublesome left knee following a drive to the basket late in the first quarter.
Durant hit a 3-pointer and Westbrook set up Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam during a string of 11 straight Thunder points midway through the third quarter that stretched the lead to 75-51.
Sacramento was able to cut the deficit to 11 early in the fourth quarter and force coach Scott Brooks to put Durant and Westbrook back in and close out the game.
(AP) — Jed Lowrie drove in four runs, Tommy Milone won his third straight start and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 11-2 on Monday night.
Nate Freiman added a three-run homer and Brandon Moss had three RBIs for the A's. Oakland also benefited from eight walks — four in the first inning by Houston starter Erik Bedard.
Carlos Pena had two hits for the Astros, who have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.
Milone (3-0) had a season-high six strikeouts and didn't walk a batter for the eighth time in his career.
The left-hander, who won an Oakland rookie record 13 games in 2012, pitched out of jams in the fourth and sixth before leaving following Jose Altuve's one-out RBI single in the seventh.
The improbable became reality on Friday night as the Chico State Wildcat women's basketball not only beat a very good Monterey Bay team on their home floor on senior night, but they also won their first out-right CCAA Basketball crown for the first time since 2007-2008.
THE CHICO STATE WILDCAT WOMEN CELEBRATING THEIR CCAA TITLE IN MONTEREY
The Wildcats not only had to win, but they needed San Francisco State to upset UC San Diego in La Jolla to secure the title. With four minutes left, unbeknownst to the Wildcats, the Gators were doing their part securing a 53-50 win over the Tritons. The Wildcats were on shakier ground though. The Otters were having a big offensive night against the Cats and led by as many as nine points in the second half (40-31). But, Chico would not be deterred. Relying on the guts and guile of junior point guard Courtney Hamilton, the Wildcats forged their within two. Each time the Wildcats knocked on the door, the Otters would have an answer....
The Otters Holly Holcomb hit four three-pointers in the second half. Like a great prize fight both teams would go back in forth with big shot after big shot. Jazmine Miller would hit this bucket to move the Cats within one....
Once again the Otters would answer as their senior guard Stephanie Corgel would hit a tough turn-around jumper to extend the lead back to three.....but the Cats would quickly answer....
The Wildcats would grab a two-point lead 64-62....and Monterey had the ball with a chance to tie the game.....
In overtime, Chico State would jump in front only to see the Otters answer once again. But, the Cats torrid shooting pace would be the story of the extra period, as they Cats would extend the lead to five.....
Hannah Womack would provide the capper for the Wildcats with a left baseline three...giving Chico State a 77-70 lead with two minutes to play.
The Wildcat women would win the game 84-75 and win the CCAA regular season title. Now, the second season begins. March Madness feels like it has already started, but the big prize for the Chico State women still awaits. After this week's CCAA Conference Tournament, the Wildcats will get ready for the NCAA Tournament in two weeks. The Chico State women are in a position to host the eight team NCAA Championship West Region Tournament, but they will need a deep run into the CCAA Tournament to garner consideration. The latest polls have the Wildcat women ranked 3rd in the West Region with Western Washington and Simon Fraser in front of them in the rankings.
Chico State opens play in the CCAA Tournament this week with a first round game at Acker Gym on Tuesday. The Cats will host San Francisco State at 5:30pm. Chico won both match-ups with the Gators this year but those games were not easy. The Gators pose problems with their suffocating defense and ability to stop transition points. If Chico State wins they will advance to the CCAA Tournament semi-finals in Ontario on Friday afternoon where they will either play at 12 noon or at 2:30pm......March Madness is here !!!!
NCAA DIVISION II WEST REGION RANKINGS (FEB 27th)
1. WESTERN WASHINGTON 19-3
2. SIMON FRASER UNIV. 19-4
3. CHICO STATE 20-4
4. MONTEREY BAY 17-6
5. GRAND CANYON 20-6
6. UC SAN DIEGO 18-9
7. NW NAZARENE 15-6
8. HAWAII-PACIFIC 16-6
9. ALASKA ANCHORAGE 15-8
10. ACADEMY OF ART 18-8
*The top eight teams make it into the NCAA Tournament. The Tournament field is announced on March 11th
The Chico State baseball team understands that what they accomplished over the weekend doesn't happen that often. Sweeping a four-game CCAA series on the road is a rare event, so with their four-game disposal of the Dominguez Hills Toros the Wildcats are hoping it spring-boards them toward great things in the 2013 season.
The Wildcats used hot-bats and their tremendous pitching depth to win all four over the weekend by scores of (8-3, 12-6, 3-1 and 6-2.) Chico native Austin Prott was 7-for-12 over the weekend while San Diego State transfer Cody Slader was 7-for-14 including a four hit performance in game two of the series.
CHICO STATE'S BLAKE GIBBS WAS 5-FOR-13 ON THE WEEKEND INCLUDING HIS FIRST HOME RUN OF THE 2013 CAMPAIGN. THE WILDCATS HAVE THEIR HOME OPENING SERIES THIS WEEK AGAINST NORTHWEST NAZARENE
(Photo Courtesy of Chico State Athletics)
Nick Baker provided the perfect capper for the weekend twirling seven innings of three-hit shut-out baseball striking out seven in Sunday's series finale. The Cats got splendid relief pitching from two staples in the rotation last year. Both Kagen Hopkins and Luke Barker were able to rescue their starting brethren in the first two games of the series. Hopkins pitched five innings of 2 hit baseball on Friday to pick up a win, while Barker pitched four innings of shut-out baseball in the game two of the series on Saturday. Barker has now pitched 7 innings of scoreless baseball on the season while striking out eight hitters.
Head coach Dave Taylor has a staff as deep as any staff ever assembled in the Cardinal and White and told KPAY he plans on using these arms to give the Cats the best chance to win. Chico is now 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the CCAA. They sit atop the CCAA standings with Cal State Los Angeles. The Golden Eagles swept a four game series from the San Francisco State Gators this weekend. Chico hosts Northwest Nazarene in their home opener on Wednesday. We will broadcast the entire four-game series on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico beginning on Wednesday at 2:15pm
The Chico State softball team lost three of four against the Dominguez Hills Toros, but in winning the fourth game of the series the Cats handed the Toros their first loss at home since the 2011 season. The win ended a 31-game home winning streak for Dominguez Hills. Alex Molina got her second win of the season pitching six strong innings for the Chico State Wildcats. Chico moves to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in CCAA play. The Wildcats will host San Francisco State in a four game series this Friday and Saturday at the Chico State Softball Complex. Double-headers on both Friday and Saturday begin at 12 noon.
The Chico State basketball teams played some thrillers over the weekend at Acker Gym. The Wildcat women blasted Cal State San Bernardino 81-61 on Friday, but fell for the second time this year to UC San Diego on Saturday. The Wildcats and Tritons battled for the 40 minute contest. Chico had two chances to tie or take the lead in the waning seconds but the Tritons defense turned them away. Synchro Bull's floater in the lane careened off the rim, after McKenzie Dalthorp secured the rebound and the Wildcats down 67-65, she kicked it to the right wing for a wide open three point try from Jazmine Miller. Miller's three point try hit the back rim and San Diego had pulled it out. The Chico State women are now 19-3 overall and 15-3 in the CCAA in a flat-footed tie with UCSD, but the Tritons have the tie-breaker having won both match-ups this year.
The Chico State men played two barn-burners at Acker. The men outlasted Cal State San Bernardino 67-64 on Friday. Stifling defense late a clutch play down the stretch secured the win for Chico. It was the second time this year Chico State had beaten San Bernardion this year. The Cats would then knock off UC San Diego in the weekend finale......and what a game it was. San Diego would tie the game with a James McCann three pointer with :25 seconds left at 61. The Cats would call timeout and on the ensuing possession would run the clock down before Jordan Semple would find Damario Sims at the top of the key for what appeared to be a game ending three.......he knocked it down sending the faithful into a frenzy, and sending Sims into his best impression of a human hand-glider as he ran around the court....Not so fast.
THE WILDCATS ARE PRIMED AND READY TO CELEBRATE AFTER DAMARIO SIMS DRAINS
HIS GAME-DECIDING THREE POINTER AGAINST UC SAN DIEGO ON SATURDAY NIGHT
(Photo Courtesy of Chico State Athletics)
The officials would convene and determine that Sims shot did not win the game but the clock should still have .3 of second left. By rule, a player can NOT catch a shoot a ball with .3 of a second left. The player can only tip or guide in a shot. With San Diego inbounding the ball in the back-court it would take a miracle for the Tritons, they would almost get it. James McCann would take the inbounds pass, catching it, twirling and mid-air and throwing a three-quarter court shot sailing thru the air.......it hit nothing but the bottom of the net and sending the Triton faithful into a wild celebration. Chico was in absolute stunned dis-belief. There was one problem for the Tritons. McCann didn't tip or guide the ball in, he shot it. The officials deliberated and ruled the shot should not count and the game was over. Infuriated the Tritons protested but to no avail and Wildcats would win their third in a row and have now put themselves in a position to possibly get a home playoff game in three weeks. Chico now sits at 13-9 overall and 10-8 in the CCAA.
Chico will play Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Cal State Los Angeles this coming weekend. The women play at 5:30 and the men at 7:30.
(AP) — Magic Johnson is remembering Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss as "a great man and an incredible friend."
The Twitter tribute followed news that Buss died today at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 80. He'd been hospitalized for most of the past 18 months while undergoing cancer treatment.
Under the ownership of Buss since 1979, the Lakers became Southern California's most beloved sports franchise, and became linked in the eyes of the world to Hollywood glamour.
And few owners in sports history can rival his success. The Lakers made the NBA finals 16 times since Buss bought the team, winning 10 times between 1980 and 2010. The team is now largely run by two of his six children, Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss.
Jerry Buss always referred to the Lakers as his extended family, and the players rewarded his fan-like excitement with devotion and friendship, in addition to the ten championships. Magic Johnson and fellow Hall-of-Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy formed lifelong bonds with Buss.
Courtside seats for the Lakers are the hottest tickets in Hollywood -- with Jack Nicholson and many other celebrities attending every home game.
NBA Commissioner David Stern is remembering Buss as a "visionary owner" whose impact on the league "will be felt for decades to come."
Stern also chimed in on the Sacramento Kings possible move to Seattle. The long-time commissioner says that the the league's Executive Councils will have the final say on whether the Kings move. He adds, that it is still possible the Kings stay in the Capitol City.....
The two Council's will meet in late April and hear presentations from both the Seattle-based interests and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson on the possible move by the Kings to Seattle.
CHICO STATE'S JAZMINE MILLER SCORED ALL 16 OF HER POINTS IN THE SECOND HALF OF A 54-53 WIN AGAINST THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE GATORS ON FRIDAY NIGHT. CHICO IS HOME FOR FOUR STARTING THIS FRIDAY NIGHT.(photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)
The Chico State women's basketball team continues their amazing run through the CCAA. The Wildcat women posted victories over SF State and Sonoma State this past weekend to move to 18-2 overall and 14-2 in the CCAA.
The win on Friday was a nail-biter as the Cats committed 13 first-half turnovers against the Gators and trailed 30-22 at the break.
The Cats would bolt out of the blocks in the second half with a 12-0 run to grab control of the game. Jazmine Miller scored all 16 of her points in the second half, including this three-pointers to tie the score.....
The game would be a see-saw struggle in the waning moments but Chico State's defense would prove to be the difference. Monnie Davidson-Mays would come up with two big defensive plays, including this one to give Chico State a 54-50 lead......
In the final sequence the Cats would force a Gator miss and the Wildcats would scrape by with a 54-53 win at The Swamp in San Francisco.
The women would have a much easier time on Saturday night as a stifling defense caused havoc on the perimeter forcing Sonoma State into tough shots. Turnovers would help Chico extend their lead on the Seawolves as the Wildcats would in it going away 66-48. The Chico State women get ready to host San Bernardino and UC San Diego this weekend at Acker Gym. Earliers this season the Tritons of UCSD dealt the Cats one of their two losses on the season. Both women's games start at 5:30 on Friday and Saturday on Newstalk 1290 KPAY. You can hear the games online at kpay.com.
WHEN HIS TEAM NEEDED HIM, CHICO STATE'S DAMARIO SIMS ROSE TO THE OCCASION SCORING 15 OF HIS 17 POINTS IN A DECISIVE SECOND HALF AS THE WILDCATS GET A MUCH NEEDED ROAD WIN IN SONOMA...
(photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)
"Must-win game" is an over-used expression, but the Chico State Wildcat men were in as close to a must-win situation as a team can be. After dropping a nail-biter to San Francisco State on Friday night 63-59, the Cats needed to rescue the weekend and taste victory on the road as they traveled to rival Sonoma State on Saturday.
The Cats run of near-misses on the road reached the agonizing stage on Friday as the Cats battled back from a 10-point deficit to grab a lead against the Gators. This Jordan Semple steal and assist would get Chico a little bit closer in the second half....
The Wildcats were down four when starting center Jason Conrad would chip in with a follow-up slam to get Chico State within one....
The Wildcats were looking for a defensive stop with under :15 seconds left but this Gator prayer was answered sealing the Wildcats fate....
Going into the Sonoma State game on Saturday the Cats were a woeful 1-6 on the road during this five week road trip. It didn't look good early as Sonoma would dart out to an early lead as the nearly 1900 fans in attendance would love the work put in by junior center Justin Herold.....
The Chico State Wildcats were somehow in the game despite going cold from the perimeter. After missing 13 of their first 14 three-pointers the Cats would turn to Amir Carraway who got a good look with the Cats down five....
With the intensity of the game ratcheted up a few notches the Wildcats would get great contributions from point guard Mike Rosaroso. He was a general defensive nuisance for much of the night, but he also hit this big shot to get the Wildcats even at 42....
The Wildcats would still trail by two, but Damario Sims would change that as he hit the first of two-threes on back-to-back trips down the court giving the Wildcats a 48-47 lead....
With the Cats clinging to a two-point lead the Wildcats would get this big bucket by Carraway to go up 58-54 late in the second half....
With just over two minutes left Damario Sims would put the finishing touches on an amazing second half hitting this runner off the window giving Chico State a 62-56 lead....
With the win the Wildcats moved to 11-9 overall and 8-8 in the CCAA. The Cats are in a tie for fifth place and sit only one game out of coveted fourth spot in the conference standdings. Chico plays host to UC San Diego and Cal State San Beranardino this weekend with both games starting at 7:30 at Acker Gym. You can hear both games on Newstalk 1290 KPAY. You can also hear the games on KPAY.com.
CHICO STATE'S TROY NEIMAN (PICTURED) ALONG WITH CHRIS RODRIGUEZ COMBINED ON A SEVEN INNING NO-HITTER AGAINST THE ACADEMY OF ART ON SATURDAY AS THE WILDCATS SWEEP THEIR SEASON OPENING FOUR GAME SET IN THE BAY AREA (photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)
The 9th-ranked Chico State Baseball team swept their season opening four-game set against Academy of the Art. The weekend was highlighted by a combined seven-inning no hitter on Saturday thrown by Troy Neiman and Chris Rodriguez. The Wildcats won the series finale on Sunday 8-3 and now get ready to head to Carson for their conference opening series against Dominguez Hills. You can hear those games on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico beginning at 11:45am on Friday afternoon. You can hear the games online at Foxsportschico.com
The Chico State Softball team also opens up their season this weekend as they head to Carson as well to take on the Dominguez Hills Toros. Chico State comes in at 2-3 and will play double-headers on both Friday and Saturday with the contests beginning at 11am.
The parent of a Chico High School basketball player who recently quit the team is telling KPAY that her comments were misconstrued by a Chico Enterprise-Record story on January 20th.
Nicole Roe is Derrek Gordon's mother. Gordon left the Chico High varsity team after the Panthers win over Las Plumas on January 11th.....According to the Chico-ER story, Gordon's mother felt her son was not wanted on the team anymore and "they" were looking for a reason to kick him off. Roe told KPAY she wanted to hold off on making a comprehensive statement NOW because of possible future litigation. She says she is still mulling over whether to file a lawsuit against Chico Unified but wants to make it clear her problems are with the Chico Unified School District; with the basketball team just PART of the problem......
Roe's son, Gordon was suspended for three days earlier this year after he took a picture at the Almond Bowl and posted it to his Facebook page. The photo included a school official. Roe told the Chico-ER that when her son was suspended the school didn't contact her.
Roe told KPAY that her problems extend well beyond the hoops court and that the Chico-ER story on January 20th mis-characterized her grievance. She says that she never called head coach Kirk Bruchler a racist, and that she never meant to infer that fellow players Trevon Reid and Eli Penick were leaving the team for the same reasons as her son. Chico-ER reporter Joseph Shufleberger says he stands by his story.
Reid, who was a stand-out football player at Chico High, contacted KPAY and felt it was unfair that he was made part of the story. Now, Reid and several other former African-American players and parents are coming to Bruchler's defense as they believe the insinuations in the article need to be rebuffed. Reid quit the team on the same day Penick and Gordon left. But, he told KPAY that he left the team so he could focus on football and it had nothing to do with the perceived problems invoked by Roe and her son.
Reid says that he is only guilty of "bad timing" in quitting, since he wanted to focus on football and Penick wanted to train and get ready for the track and field season. Reid added that he was surprised to learn that Roe even alluded to them in the article since his situation didn't have anything to do with her son's situation.....
Reid says he would have liked more playing time but understood why other players were getting time in front of him and felt like it was better to get a head-start on football for next season rather than play basketball. He says he has been the treated differently at school since the January 20th Chico-ER article tied him to the controversy.
Reid's mother, Crystal Johnson, said she was not happy to see her son's name tied to the accusations and feels that her son's situation was not clearly communicated in the initial article. Johnson said her son wanted to rest his shoulder which has been injuried numerous times in his high school football playing career. She says that Reid also wanted to focus on his wide receiver skills since he will be adapting to a new position when he plays at either Butte or a four-year school next season.
Former Chico High stand-out, Kenneth McMillan is now at Butte College. McMillan is having a great season for the Roadrunners and played two seasons for Bruchler. He says his time with the coach was great....and feels the insinuations against Bruchler are not fair.....
McMillan and Sterling Smith were a dynamic one-two punch at Chico High. Smith is currently playing at Division I Coppin State. He told KPAY he was mad when first hearing what was being written about his former head coach....
Smith said Bruchler was more than fair to everyone on the team. He told KPAY that there were several different ethnicities on the squad and no one ever felt they were being treated differently.....
Smith added that Bruchler was more than a coach to him, adding that he was able to have real-life conversations that didn't center around basketball.
Renne Sacks-Smith is the mother of Sterling Smith. She says that the accusations sound nothing like the Kirk Bruchler she knows.....
Sacks-Smith says Bruchler was always fair. She says in her basketball crazy house-hold they didn't always agree with his coaching philosophy, but he was a good coach and a great teacher to her son....
Sacks-Smith says racism is real, but she believes, in this instance, it's far from the truth. She adds that many parents are afraid to step forward and support the coach because they don't want to get embroiled in the controversy. She says she felt such an injustice was being done to Bruchler that she had to step forward and defend him....
Chico High officials told the Chico-ER they can not speak on the allegations citing confidentiality guidelines. Chico High Principal Jim Hanlon says he has worked with Bruchler for 12 years and he has "unquestioned integrity." Bruchler said he couldn't comment on the matter because its a student issue.
Roe tells KPAY that this is a bigger issue than basketball and says she believes there is unfair treatment at the Chico Unified School District with "racial undertones." She adds she is still exploring her options and a lawsuit is a possibility. In the meantime, her son is still attending classes at Chico High School.
JIM AND JOHN HARBAUGH HAVE LED THEIR TEAMS TO FOOTBALL'S ULTIMATE GAME
(AP) — These days, Jack Harbaugh stays away from game-planning chatter or strategy sessions with his Super Bowl-bound coaching sons.
Baltimore's John Harbaugh and little brother, Jim, of the San Francisco 49ers, have been doing this long enough now to no longer need dad's input.
Yet, the father does offer one basic mantra: "Get ahead, stay ahead." And the boys still call home regularly to check in with the man who turned both on to the coaching profession years ago, and the mother who has handled everything behind the scenes for decades in a highly competitive, sports-crazed family — with all the routine sports clichés to show for it. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh hopes the players can be the focus, not the coaches...
The Harbaugh brothers will become the first siblings to square off from opposite sidelines when their teams play for the NFL championship Feb. 3 at the New Orleans Superdome.
WARRIORS' STEPH CURRY BURIES FOUR THREE-POINTERS AS GOLDEN STATE TAKES SEASON SERIES FROM THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS WITH A 106-99 WIN AT THE ORACLE ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
(AP) — Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-99 on Monday.
Curry finished with 28 points, Klay Thompson added 18 and David Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who have beaten the Pacific Division-leading Clippers three out of the four games between the two teams this season.
There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, but Los Angeles managed only two baskets over the final 3:40 while Golden State closed on a 14-4 run.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers.
Jamal Crawford added 24 points off the bench.
(AP) — Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and the New Orleans Hornets survived a second half without Anthony Davis in a 114-105 victory over Sacramento on Monday.
Anderson scored 17 points in the second quarter, making 5 of 8 3-point attempts, when the Hornets raced to a 64-39 halftime lead.
Greivis Vasquez added 19 points and Eric Gordon had 16 points for the Hornets, who have won three of four.
Davis sat out the second half with a left ankle sprain. It is the same ankle he injured earlier in the year that sidelined him for 11 games.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points, and Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans had 16 on the day the NBA announced the team's owners had a deal to potentially move the franchise to Seattle.
CHICO STATE WILDCATS HOOPS RECAP
The Chico State women continued their amazing run through the CCAA with a couple of big road wins in Southern California. The Wildcat women gutted out a 73-67 win over second-place Cal State Los Angeles on Friday night. The Cats got 16 points from Hannah Womack, including four three-pointers as the Cats beat their closest pursuers in the CCAA.
The Wildcats made several hustle plays that led to victory including this sequence late in the game....
This three-pointer from Womack on an in-bounds play underneath the Chico bucket would be the dagger Chico needed....
Chico would bounce back the next night and take on a solid and improving Cal State Dominguez Hills program. Former Chico State coach Molly Goodenbauer had her freshman laden team coming at Chico. The Wildcats led by 17 in the first half but saw the Toros whittle that lead to one late in the game. Chico got this big bucket from Jazmine Miller to go up three with under three minutes to play....
Chico would beat the Toros 70-63 and now sit at 13-1 overall and 9-1 in the CCAA. Wildcat senior Monnie Davidson-Mays would be named the CCAA Player of the Week after her strong offensive and defensive efforts for the Cats. The Cats have a two-game lead in the CCAA over Cal State Los Angeles and Cal Poly Pomona. The Cats will play Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay coming up this weekend at Acker Gym. The women will play at 5:30 on both nights with our pre-game on Newstalk 1290 KPAY at 5:06pm both nights.
It was not a great weekend for the Chico State men as they dropped a pair of road games in tough venues in LA. The Cats suffered their most debilitating loss both physically and mentally on Friday night losing to Cal State Los Angeles 54-53. The Cats not only lost the game, but they lost two starters in the final 5-plus minutes. Jason Conrad was hit hard going for a dunk and suffered a concussion and Amir Carraway pulled his hamstring.
The Cats got off to a great start jumping out to a 13-0 lead on LA. This Rashad Parker three made it look like it might be an easy night for the Cats.....
Defense led to some offense for the Cats late in the first half as the Wildcats would grab a nine-point lead right before the break...
But, Cal State LA would clamp down as it turned into the defensive struggle one would expect from two of the best defensive teams in the country. The Wildcats would have the lead, but seven missed free throws in the second half doomed the Wildcats as they found themselves in a tie game in the waning moments....
Chico had one last chance, but couldn't take advantage of it as the clock expired.....
On Saturday the Wildcats would be missing three starters and it showed as they scored 3 points in the first 10 minutes of the game and were routed by Dominguez Hills 67-41. With the losses the Cats fall to 8-6 overall and 5-5 in the CCAA and fell into sixth place. The Cats welcome Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay to Acker Gym this weekend. Game time for the men is 7:30 on both Friday and Saturday nights.
The Butte College men were victorious on Saturday with a 61-59 win over College of the Redwoods. Kenny McMillan led the way with 23 points including 15 points from the free-throw line. The Roadrunner men are now 8-10 overall and 2-1 in the Golden Valley Conference.
The Butte College women were 55-43 winners over College of the Redwoods. Amyah Clark led the Runners with 14 points as Butte used a 14-1 break before halftime to put the game away. Butte is now 5-12 overall and 1-2 in the GVC. Both the men and women will take on College of Siskiyous at Cowan Gym on Thursday night with the women at 5:30 and the men at 7:30pm
Nothing like a happy flight home after playing Cal State San Bernardino in college basketball. But, that is exactly what the Chico State men's and women's basketball teams got to experience on Sunday morning as they basked in the glow of victory after salvaging weekend splits with wins at a tough place to play in Cousoulis Arena.
The 9th ranked Chico State women (11-1) lost for the first time this year 71-65 to UC San Diego on Friday night. They shot a blistering 67 percent in the first half 18-of-27 only to struggle with a 7-for-28 shooting performance in the second half. The Cats were also dismal from the free throw line shooting 12-for-21. But, with Saturday's gut check 62-56 win over the Coyotes on Saturday, they showed toughness and grit and grinding out a win on the second night of back-to-back on the road. Chico State clamped down defensively in the final four minutes, forcing San Bernardino into bad shots and running set plays and getting good shots on the offensive end.
The Chico State men were upended by UC San Diego on Friday as well. Falling to the Tritons 65-62. The Cats were even worse from the free throw line going 16-of-27. It was an oddity since the Cats were one of the best free throw shooting teams in the country at better than 76 percent coming into the game. But, Chico found a way on Saturday and primarily doing it with their stingy nationally ranked defense.
Chico State used a 15-4 run at the tail end of the first half to go in at the half tied at 30. Chico would build a 10-point lead in the half number two, but the Coyotes would counter with a run. The game came down to set plays and the Wildcats would run the pick-and-roll to perfection to set up this Jason Conrad dunk....
The Wildcats saw their lead whittled to one 62-61, but Amir Carraway and Damario Sims would connect on this big bucket to extend the margin....
With under a minute to go Chico State had a 67-65 lead but San Bernardino had the ball and a chance to tie or take the lead, but once again the Wildcats defense and smarts would prove to be key.....
Jordan Barton corraled the ball on the floor and it was Jordan Semple who alertly called timeout for Chico right in front of an official before San Bernardino could tie up Barton for the jump ball. The Coyotes had the possession arrow so it was a possession saving and possibly game winning play by Semple who had 14 points 12 rebounds and five block shots in Chico's win.
The Wildcat women are now 11-1 overall and 7-1 and in first place in the CCAA. The Chico State men are now 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the CCAA sitting alone in 4th place in conference. The Cats sit one game behind both San Francisco State and Cal State San Bernardino, teams they have beaten. They are now two full games behind Cal Poly Pomona.
Both the men and women head to Southern California for the second straight weekend as they will take on the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles and the Dominguez Hills Toros on Friday and Saturday nights. Game time for the women is 5:30 and the men 7:30 both nights with our pre-game shows on Newstalk 1290 KPAY at 5:06pm
STEPH CURRY'S 29 POINTS WAS NOT ENOUGH AS THE DUBS FALL IN DENVER
On Sunday night the Golden State Warriors played great basketball for 36 minutes in Denver. Sadly the final 12 minutes were disaster as the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 116-105 win over the Warriors. Steph Curry led Golden State with 29 but the Warriors couldn't hold the Nuggets, who were seemingly running a lay-up drill in the 4th quarter at the Warriors expense. Curry said turnovers buried the Warriors....
The Warriors will take on the World Champion Miami Heat on Wednesday at The Oracle. The Warriors are looking for the season sweep against the Heat after beating them in Miami in mid-December.