Warriors take on Lakers at Staples

By Mike Baca

The 32-2 Golden State Warriors travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers  tonight at the Staples Center. The Warriors are trying to win their third game in the last four days. The Lakers have won only 8 games all year and may have to do it without Kobe Bryant who is listed as day-to-day. Game time tonight is 7:30pm

 (AP) — Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton has the cast off his passing hand, and coach Marvin Lewis says it’s possible he could be AJ McCarron’s backup when the Bengals host Pittsburgh in the playoffs on Saturday night. Dalton broke his right thumb while making a tackle in a 33-20 loss to the Steelers on Dec. 13. McCarron is preparing to start his fourth straight game in Dalton’s place.

(AP) — Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin says running back DeAngelo Williams is day-to-day for Saturday’s wild-card game against Cincinnati. The 32-year-old Williams injured his right leg in Sunday’s season-closing win over Cleveland. He’s tied for the NFL lead with 11 rushing touchdowns.

(AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has brought in Paul DePodesta, a baseball executive and analytics expert with 20 years of major league experience, to be the NFL team’s new chief strategy officer. DePodesta has been a longtime aide to Sandy Alderson and the Mets’ vice president of player development and amateur scouting.

. (AP) — Tom Coughlin (KAWF’-lihn) says he may not be done coaching a day after stepping down as the New York Giants head coach. The 69-year old thanked the organization and his players, among others, for his 12 years as the Giants coach. Coughlin won two Super Bowls during his tenure, but the Giants have posted three straight losing seasons.

(AP) — Free agent slugger Mike Napoli and the Cleveland Indians have finalized their $7 million, one-year contract. The Indians are hoping the 34-year-old can add some much needed right-handed power. He has 204 career homers. Napoli hit .224 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs with Boston and Texas in 2015.


Mike Baca and JB Mathers talk about Chico/Humboldt men’s hoops

Thursday night the two long time rivals Chico State and Humboldt State renew acquaintances in Arcata in another installment of one the West Coast’s best basketball rivalries.

The voices of the respective teams Mike Baca for Chico State and JB Mathers talked about the match-up on this mornings BitOBaca Show


Dubs and Kings win; Raiders apply for relocation

(AP) — Draymond Green became the second Warriors player ever to post three straight triple-doubles and Golden State rolled to its 35th straight regular-season home win, 111-101 over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 30 points apiece and Marreese Speights had a season-high 15 off the bench to help the Warriors sweep the season series from Charlotte.

But the night belonged to Green, who had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to join Tom Gola in 1959-60 as the only Warriors players ever to get triple-doubles in three straight games. The last player in the NBA to do it was Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who had a four-game streak last season.


(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings took advantage of Kevin Durant being out of the lineup to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-104 on Monday night.

Durant missed the game with a sprained right big toe. His status is day-to-day, but coach Billy Donovan said before the game that he didn’t consider it serious.

Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 19 assists and nine rebounds, Marco Belinelli scored 21 points and Rudy Gay added 16 for Sacramento.

Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City, but he made just 2 of 15 shots in the second half.

Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, Anthony Morrow had a season-high 20 points and Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

Jeremy Lamb each scored 22 points for the Hornets. Charlotte has lost a season-high four straight games.

(AP) — The Oakland Raiders have officially filed an application to relocate the franchise to the Los Angeles area.

The Raiders filed the papers Monday night to go back to Los Angeles for the second time. The team left Oakland following the 1981 season before returning from Los Angeles in 1995.

Owner Mark Davis wants to partner with the division rival San Diego Chargers to build a stadium in Carson. The Chargers and St. Louis Rams also filed a relocation application Monday night.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to build a stadium in Inglewood.

The league’s owners will vote next week in Houston on whether to allow any of the three teams to move.



49ers win finale; Tomsula fired


(AP) — Jim Tomsula has been fired by the San Francisco 49ers after one disappointing season, just more than two hours after the season finale.

Elevated from his defensive line coaching duties in an unconventional, surprising promotion by CEO Jed York last January, Tomsula went 5-11 as the Niners missed the playoffs for the second straight season. They were 8-8 a year ago in then-coach Jim Harbaugh’s fourth season before his “mutual” parting with the franchise, as the team described it.

San Francisco rallied for a 19-16 overtime victory against St. Louis in Sunday’s season finale at Levi’s Stadium, where the home team got booed again.

(AP) — Phil Dawson kicked a 23-yard field goal 11:33 into overtime for his fourth of the game, and the San Francisco 49ers held off the St. Louis Rams 19-16 on Sunday in what was Jim Tomsula’s last game as coach.

Dawson came through after Greg Zuerlein’s 48-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Dontae Johnson, giving San Francisco the ball back with 4:49 to play.

Blaine Gabbert passed for 354 yards and a 33-yard touchdown for the 49ers (5-11), who avoided their worst finish since 4-12 in 2005.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher finished 7-9 for his fourth straight losing season running the team.

(AP) — Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes, Kansas City sacked Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr six times, and the Chiefs held on for a 23-17 victory Sunday to give them a franchise-best 10 straight wins entering the postseason.

The Chiefs were awaiting the result of the Denver-San Diego game to learn their playoff fate. If the Broncos win, they’ll head to Houston as the fifth seed. If the Chargers win, the Chiefs win the AFC West for the first time since 2010 and will host Pittsburgh in the first round.

Regardless, the Chiefs (11-5) are somehow in the dance after a 1-5 start.

The Raiders (7-9), who accounted for two of those victories, had the ball with 1:34 left. But Carr was sacked one last time, and the clock expired before they came close to a go-ahead touchdown.





21st-ranked Chico State men ready themselves for toughest trip of the year

By Mike Baca

The 21st-ranked Chico State Wildcats men’s basketball team notched two wins to ring in the new year setting up a couple of titanic tilts this week against two of the three teams they share first place with in the CCAA.

Chico disposed of Cal State Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve with a 73-55 win. The Cats suffocating defense forced the Golden Eagles to run through their offense multiple times, while also getting back in transition preventing easy buckets for CSLA.  Chico State had four players in double figures led by Corey Silverstrom’s 18 points. An emphasis for the Wildcats was to keep the Golden Eagles off the boards, which Chico did out-boarding CSLA 40-26.

On Saturday the Wildcat men traveled to Carson to take on the Dominguez Hills Toros. Dominguez came into the game as the best 3-point shooting team in the league, knocking down 42 percent of their perimeter tries. While the Toros shot 42 percent from downtown in the game, Chico held the hosts to 14-of-44 shooting from two point range, holding Dominguez Hills to 34 percent shooting for the game. Chico won the game 78-64 withTanner Giddings having the best game of his Chico State career. The senior dominated the paint scoring a career high 20 points grabbing 12 boards and blocking 4 shots.

Chico State will rest for a couple of days before making the difficult trek to Arcata to take on long-time rival Humboldt State on Thursday before heading down to Pomona on Saturday. This week marks the most difficult and maybe the most important week of the regular season.

Chico State, Humboldt State, Cal Poly Pomona and UC San Diego are in a four-way tie for first place in the CCAA with records of 5-1. Not only will the games be difficult  but the travel from Arcata to Pomona is the toughest of the conference season.

In Humboldt the Wildcats must muzzle an electric offense that is averaging nearly 90 points a game. The Lumberjacks are rolling despite, what appeared to be a crippling injury to returning power forward Calvin Young II who tore his ACL weeks before the season started. Five players average double figures for the Jacks, led by senior Rocky Brown who is scoring 20 points and grabbing 9 boards a game. Returning freshman of the year Malik Morgan is having another great year averaging 12 points and 5 assists a game all while shooting 51 percent. While Humboldt is giving up 75 points a game it is a mere footnote when you consider the potency of their offense. The Wildcats defense will be tested in one of best environments in the CCAA.

The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos tasted defeat for the first time this year on Saturday night as the UC San Diego Tritons tripped them up on Saturday in La Jolla. The Broncos had won 12 straight fell at Rimac Arena.

Senior Jordan Faison may be the best player in the league. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the CCAA since he donned Bronco colors. He is averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds all while shooting 62 percent from the field. Faison also patrols the middle in that stingy match-up zone, a staple of  Head Coach Greg Kamansky’s club.

Pomona has never been flashy, but they have always been good. The buy-in from their group is a reason why they have won multiple West Region titles, are a perennial NCAA Tournament team and have won a National Title. More than any other team in the CCAA the Broncos take advantage of opponents’ mistakes. They will rarely beat themselves and they feast on team’s impatience on the offensive end. You take a bad shot, you will pay. This year’s Broncos scored 75 points a game while giving up only 60 points a contest. Considering the reduced shot clock and the faster pace to games, giving up 60 points a game is a tremendous feat.

Chico plays Pomona on Saturday night in a battle between the two teams that have been  the most consistent winners in the CCAA over the last four years.

On both Thursday and Saturday the Chico State men will air at 7:15pm on Newstalk 1290 KPAY, also right here on KPAYSports.com and ChicoWildcats.com