Dubs go for 53 straight; Harvey on target to get nod

(AP) — Mets ace Matt Harvey has been cleared to pitch the season opener Sunday against Kansas City. That was in doubt after on Sunday he began to feel discomfort that worsened through the night. It turns out he had a blood clot in his bladder which he’s been able to pass.

Harvey says his problems started with a bladder infection that created the blood clot.

He was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts last year after missing 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Golden State Warriors go for their 53rd straight win at home as they host the Washington Wizards at the Oracle in Oakland tonight. The Warriors have an NBA-best 66-7 record and are only 7 wins away from the all-time NBA single season wins record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1996 at 72 wins. The Warriors will play six of their final nine games at their home arena.

(AP) — Cleveland can extend its lead over idle Toronto in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings tonight. The Raptors were beaten last night by Oklahoma City, dropping them three games back of the Cavs for the top seed in the conference. Tonight the Cavaliers are playing host to Houston, a team involved in the battle for a low seed in the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Cavs by the way will not have LeBron James in the lineup as they are periodically resting their players to get them ready for the post season.

The Hornets have fallen two games back of first place Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Tonight the Hornets have a chance to pick up a half-game as they visit Philadelphia.

Chicago needs to get some wins and fast as they trail Detroit for the final playoff berth in the East by 3 ½ games. This evening the Bulls have their hands full as they are playing the Pacers in Indianapolis while the Pistons are hosting Oklahoma City. The Pacers are also involved in the battle for a low Eastern Conference seed.

Golden State is looking to go 36-0 at home this season with a game against Washington. The Warriors fabulous season shows a record of 66-7 with a mark of 31-7 on the road to go with all those home wins.

The final game of the night is in Orlando as the Magic are hosting the Nets.

(AP) — The three teams battling it out for first place in the NHL’s Central Division are all on the ice tonight. In first place, tied with 99 points apiece, are the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars with defending league champion Chicago four points back. Tonight the Stars are playing host to Nashville while the Blues are home to Colorado and the Blackhawks are at Minnesota.

Florida and Tampa Bay share first place in the Atlantic Division with 93 points apiece, with Boston five points off the lead. This evening, the Lighting have the night off while the Panthers are entertaining the Maple Leafs and the Bruins are at New Jersey.

The rest of the schedule has Carolina playing in New York against the Islanders in a game featuring teams vying for a low seed playoff berth in the East: Pittsburgh at home to Buffalo, the Red Wings in Montreal and San Jose at Vancouver.

(AP) — The semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament are tonight in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Once the biggest tournament in college basketball, the NIT now settles for schools not chosen to play in the NCAA.

In tonight’s semi’s, the first game has Valparaiso (val-pur-AY’-zoh) playing BYU with George Washington going against San Diego State in the second contest.

The championship game will be played Thursday night in the Garden.

Butte College Cruises; NCAA Tournament whittles Sweet Sixteen

TWO DOMINANT WEST REGION PROGRAMS GET READY TO TANGLE AT NETTLETON STADIUM TONIGHT

(By Mike Baca) The Butte College Roadrunners moved to 9-1 in Golden Valley Conference play and 17-4 overall with a 7-0 win over the Shasta Knights on Thursday afternoon.

Tevin Cadola twirled a gem throwing a 4-hit  complete game shut-out striking out 11. Cadola wiggled out of a bases-loaded second inning jame to pick up his 6th win of the season. Dominic Visentin hit a 3-run first inning home run that highlighted a four run frame. The Roadrunners have now won 8 in a row and will play a double-header at 12 noon today in Redding against Shasta.

The Chico State Wildcats (17-6; 7-4 CCAA)  host the UC San Diego Tritons (20-8; 10-6 CCAA)  at Nettleton Stadium tonight in game one of a three-game showdown CCAA series. Chico State has captured 9 of the last 19 west region championships, while the Tritons won titles in 2009 and 2010.  You can hear the game by hitting the LISTEN LIVE button at the top of this page, you can also listen to Chico State baseball tonight at 5:35pm on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and the KPAY Sports app that you can down load for free in the app store.

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(AP) It’s been 31 years since Villanova played its so-called “perfect game” against Georgetown to win the 1985 NCAA title. The Wildcats weren’t perfect against Miami, but they were plenty good enough to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009.

In South Regional play, second-seeded Villanova shot 63 percent from the floor and 18 of 19 from the free throw line in eliminating Miami 92-69. Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-chee-dee-ah-KOH’-noh) and Kris Jenkins combined to make 9 of 13 from behind the arc to score 21 points apiece.

That sends the Wildcats to the Elite Eight and a Saturday game against Kansas for a shot at the Final Four. Top overall seed Kansas defeated Maryland 79-63 to reach the South Regional final behind Perry Ellis’s 27 points. Wayne Selden Jr. added 19 in the Jayhawks’ 17th straight victory.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — At the West Regional, second-seeded Oklahoma placed five players in double figures in the Sooners’ 77-63 win over Texas A&M. Jordan Woodard scored 22 points and Buddy Hield (HEELD) had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sooners, who now play Oregon in Saturday’s West regional final.

Top seed Oregon eliminated fourth seed Duke 82-68. Dillon Brooks led the Ducks’ scoring parade with 22 and added five rebounds and six assists. Fellow forward Elgin Cook added 16 points in help Oregon to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007.

*Photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics at http://www.chicowildcats.com

LeBron James the Quitter

I grew up watching Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls win  six championships. I grew up watching Michael Jordan go Six for six in the NBA Finals. These factors may be part of the reason why I have never been a fan of LeBron James, could also be that he has never won anything on his own and he is the supposed face of the NBA.

I was  watching Sportscenter the other night when I saw this clip of James being asked about the Northern Iowa collapse in the NCAA Tournament. His answer was terrible. He basically said that the Northern Iowa players should quit basketball. Reminded me how he quit on Cleveland to go get his titles.

Here is a clip of what he said. You be the judge, me personally, as the supposed face of the NBA, you can’t say what he said, even if you are joking..