Warriors hit road for Texas two-step

The Golden State Warriors take on the Dallas Mavericks as they open up a mini two-game roadie in Texas. The Dubs sit at 29-1 and play a Mavericks team that has struggled lately.  On Thursday the Dubs play the Houston Rockets in a re-match of last year’s Western Conference Finals.

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The Butte College men’s basketball team (10-5) led won their second straight game at the Siskiyous Tournament in Weed beating Umpqua College from Oregon 93-80. Trey Foster led the Roadrunners with 27 points. Michael Shoemaker chipped in with 16. Butte will play Lane College at 1pm today looking to sweep all three games at the Siskiyous Tourney.

The Pleasant Valley Vikings boys basketball team moved to 8-4 with a 36-30 win over Franklin High at the Oak Ridge Tournament. Kyle Lindquist led the Vikings with 16 points. PV will play Shasta in the consolation final today at 5pm.

The Chico High boys were 69-57 winners over Grants Pass at the Enterprise Tournament on Tuesday. Ryan Prott led the way for the Panthers with 21 points. Chico closes out play in the Enterprise Tourney taking on Petaluma at 2:30 this afternoon

The Chico High girls basketball team moved to 9-2 with a 54-42 win over Cloverdale at the West Coast Jamboree. Ali Petersen scored 18 to pace the Panthers. Jessi Mickow had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Chico. The Panthers will play Albany this afternoon at 4:30pm

Butte men knock off Sac City in OT; women fall in thriller to Yuba

By Mike Baca

ROADRUNNER MEN OUTLAST SAC CITY

The Butte College Roadrunner men’s basketball team moved to 9-5 on the season with a 90-83 overtime win over Sacramento City College on Monday.

The Roadrunners trailed by two with six seconds left before Josiah Wood hit two free throws to send the game into the extra session.

Michael Shoemaker led the Roadrunners with 18 points. Butte will take on Umpqua College today at the Siskiyous Tournament in Weed.

ROADRUNNER WOMEN FALL TO YUBA

The Butte College women’s basketball team fell to Yuba College 90-88 on Monday night at Cowan Gym.  With the loss the Roadrunner women fall to 1-10 on the season.

HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS SCORES

The Chico High Panthers boys basketball team fell to Central Catholic High at the Enterprise Tournament on Monday night 69-64. The Panthers will take on Grants Pass from Oregon as they continue tournament play today.

The Chico High girls basketball team moved to 8-2 with a 73-32 win over Turlock Christian at the West Coast Jamboree. They will play Cloverdale later this afternoon at 5pm.

The Oroville High girls basketball team got a win at the Clark Cochran Christmas Tournament in Ketchikan, Alaska beating Hutchinson High 32-22. With the win the Tigers move to 6-5 on the season. They will play in the semi-finals of the tournament tonight at 7:30pm

 

Warriors blitz past Kings despite Casspi’s career night

(AP) — Stephen Curry overcame a slow start to score 23 points as part of his sixth career triple-double and the Golden State Warriors won for the 29th time in 30 games this season, 122-103 over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Curry added a career-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists, Klay Thompson scored 29 and Draymond Green had 25 for the Warriors, who have won 33 straight regular-season home games. Thompson said Steve Kerr had to give the Warriors a pep talk at halftime…..

Omri Casspi scored a career-high 36 points, tying Mike Bibby’s team record with nine 3-pointers for Sacramento. But the Kings still lost their 11th straight against their Northern California rivals.

Kings star center Demarcus Cousins was ejected from the game in the early third quarter after arguing with officials over picking up his fifth foul. The Warriors countered his ejection with a 16-0 run and the Kings would never get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Warriors look to move to 29-1 against Kings tonight at Oracle

By Mike Baca

The Golden State Warriors look to stay perfect tonight as they take on the Sacramento Kings at the Oracle in Oakland. The Warriors (28-1) take on a Kings squad that limped through another home game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Head Coach George Karl walked out of his post-game presser last night muttering, “i’m frustrated” after his squad repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with turnover and bad possessions down the stretch in a 98-94 loss to Portland on Sunday night.

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The Warriors await the return of Steve Kerr to their bench after his off-season back surgery led to health ailments that stretched into the regular season. The Warriors are perfect at home and look to continue the best start in NBA history as they host their neighbors to the north.

Game time is at 7:30pm on CSN Bay Area

Dave Henderson passes away after massive heart attack

 

Dave Henderson hits this home run against Donnie Moore in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS with the Red Sox down to their final strike.

(AP) — Former major league outfielder Dave Henderson has died at 57 after suffering a massive heart attack.

Henderson was best known for his home run in the 1986 AL Championship Series for Boston. With the Red Sox one strike from elimination in Game 5, Henderson hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth against the California Angels to send the series back to Boston. The Red Sox won Games 6 and 7 to advance to the World Series.

He also hit a tiebreaking, solo home run in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the ’86 World Series, but the Red Sox blew a 5-3 lead and a chance to win their first championship in 68 years, a drought that would continue another 18 years.

Henderson played in 575 regular-season games during that span, hitting .275 with 84 homers, 123 doubles and 322 RBIs. Henderson was an All-Star in 1991.

49ers road woes continue; Rodgers and Pack sacked by BirdGang

(AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, including one to Calvin Johnson early in the fourth quarter, and the Detroit Lions beat the San Francisco 49ers 32-17 on Sunday.

The Lions (6-9) have won five of their last seven games, perhaps giving coach Jim Caldwell a chance to keep his job for a third season.

The 49ers (4-11) have lost three straight and five of six under first-year coach Jim Tomsula.

Detroit took advantage of several mistakes for San Francisco’s defense and special teams.

Stafford’s 1-yard TD pass to Johnson gave Detroit a 12-point lead one play after Tramaine Brock was called for pass interference in the end zone. During the drive, the 49ers were flagged for being offside or in the neutral zone for the seventh time to set a single-game high by an NFL team this year, according to STATS.

(AP) — Arizona sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns on Sunday in a dominant 38-8 victory that clinched a first-round playoff bye for the streaking Cardinals.

Carson Palmer threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona (13-2).

In all, the Packers were sacked nine times in by far their most one-sided loss of the season. Dwight Freeney had three and Calais Campbell 2 1/2. Cory Redding rambled 36 yards with one of the fumbles for a score, Jerraud Powers took another five yards for a touchdown.

The Packers (10-5) have a half-game lead over Minnesota in the NFC North with the Vikings facing the New York Giants Sunday night.

Green Bay is home against Minnesota in its regular-season finale next Sunday.

Redskins clinch NFC East; Manning denies doping allegations

 

(AP) — The Washington Redskins owned a 5-7 mark just three weeks ago, but they are NFC East champions today.

Kirk Cousins threw for a season-high 365 yards and four touchdowns as Washington rolled to its third consecutive win, a division title-clinching 38-24 triumph at Philadelphia. Cousins tossed his first two scoring strikes to Jordan Reed, who had nine receptions for 129 yards. DeAngelo Hall put the Skins in control by returning DeMarco Murray’s fumble 17 yards for a TD late in the third quarter about 1 1/2 minutes after Murray’s four-yard touchdown got the Eagles within 23-17.

The outcome eliminates the Eagles and New York Giants from NFC playoff race.

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Detroit to take on the Lions. The Niners come into the game with a 4-10 record.

(AP) — Peyton Manning is vehemently refuting a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis.

Manning called the allegation “complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.”

The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air Sunday and was shared in advance with the Huffington Post.

British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent.

(AP) — Frank Beamer has won his final game as Virginia Tech’s head coach.

Michael Brewer threw for 344 yards and a touchdown in a 55-52 triumph over Tulsa in the Independence Bowl. Isaiah Ford had 12 receptions for 227 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown grab while the Hokies were building a 45-21 lead in the first half.

The 7-6 Hokies reeled off 38 straight points, capped by Greg Stroman’s 67-yard punt return.

The 69-year-old Beamer announced in November he would retire following the season. He finished with a 238-121-2 record at Virginia Tech over 29 seasons.

In other bowl game finals:

— Myles Gaskin broke a third-quarter tie with an 86-yard run and finished with a season-high 181 yards and four touchdowns to help Washington beat Southern Mississippi 44-31 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Gaskin was named the game’s MVP after gaining 170 yards on 17 carries in the second half.

— Luke Falk threw two touchdown passes to lead Washington State to a 20-14 victory over Miami in the snowy Sun Bowl at El Paso. Erik Powell added two field goals to help the 9-4 Cougars win a bowl games for the first time since the 2003 Holiday Bowl.

— Ross Martin kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime before Griffin Oakes missed a 38-yard attempt to send Duke to his first bowl victory in 54 years, 44-41 against Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Shaun Wilson had 282 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils, including a 98-yard kickoff return.

— Chase Litton went 23 for 34 for 218 yards and one touchdown as Marshall earned its 10th win this season by beating Connecticut 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Nick Smith had three field goals for the Thundering Herd, including a 32-yarder with 1:44 to play.

Warriors grind out win over Cavaliers in Finals rematch

(AP) — Draymond Green had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors got defensive in their NBA Finals rematch against Cleveland, beating the Cavaliers 89-83 on Friday.

Stephen Curry added 19 points and Klay Thompson had 18 for the Warriors, who improved to 28-1 by winning their 32nd straight regular-season home game. Instead of doing it with 3-pointers, defending champion Golden State maintained its edge over Cleveland by limiting the Cavaliers to 32 percent shooting.

LeBron James scored 25 points to lead the Cavaliers. They had their six-game winning streak snapped.