49ERS BEAT SEATTLE; KEEP DIVISION HOPES ALIVE
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.