Chico State opens 8-game roadie versus the Gators LISTEN LIVE HERE !

The Chico State Wildcats open a four game series and an 8-game road trip in San Francisco today against the San Francisco State Gators. You can hear today’s game on this page by clicking the LISTEN LIVE icon on this page or the STREAMING banner to the left.

Chico comes in 28-14 on the season and is clinging to a one game lead in the North Division of the CCAA over Monterey Bay. The Cats are 1.5 games clear of Cal State East Bay and 3.5 clear of Sonoma State. Chico’s magic number to clinch a spot in the post-season is FIVE. Any combination of Chico wins and Sonoma losses totaling five clinches a spot in the CCAA Conference Tournament for Chico.

We are on the at 2:35pm with our pre-game with first pitch at 3pm.

Saturday’s double-header can also be heard here at 12 noon with pre-game at 11:45am. Sunday’s series finale is also at 12 noon with pre-game at 11:45am.

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Warriors eliminate Houston; Giants sweep Padres

 WARRIORS DUMP ROCKETS; ADVANCE TO 2ND ROUND

(AP) — Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday night in Game 5.

Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.

So much for Jason Terry’s guarantee there would be a Game 6 back in Houston.

Without their MVP, Curry’s fellow Splash Brother set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games. Thompson says the Warriors are getting contributions from everyone without Curry in the line-up…..

Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games while starting in Curry’s place this series. Livingston says the Warriors are riding high moving into the second round…..

James Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.

VERLANDER SHINES IN TIGERS WIN OVER A’S

 (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched impressively into the seventh inning, J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus shuffled his lineup before the game, moving J.D. Martinez from fifth to second in the batting order as he switched spots with Justin Upton. The moves paid off when J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the second inning. Victor Martinez added a three-run shot of his own in the sixth.

Verlander (2-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, his third straight quality start since allowing seven runs against Pittsburgh on April 11.

Sonny Gray (3-2) lasted only two innings in the shortest start of his big league career. He allowed four runs, two hits and four walks, throwing 65 pitches.

GIANTS SWEEP PADRES SALVAGE HOMESTAND

(AP) — Brandon Belt was a homer short of the cycle and drove in five runs, Hunter Pence drove in a pair on three hits and the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep by beating the San Diego Padres 13-9 on Wednesday.

Jeff Samardzija (3-1) went 5 2/3 innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single for the Giants, who won their fifth in six games.

Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford, Trevor Brown and Gregor Blanco also drove in runs for the Giants, who reached a season high in runs. Pence and Matt Duffy each had three hits.

Padres starter Andrew Cashner (1-2) couldn’t get out of the third inning, giving up six runs — three earned — on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out a pair.

 

Warriors win; Curry to have MRI on Monday morning

The Golden State Warriors have taken a commanding three-games-to-one lead in their quarterfinal NBA Playoff series versus the Houston Rockets but all the talk after the game was about a player who only scored six points.

The Warriors 121-94 win was dampened by an apparent knee injury to Steph Curry on the final play of the first half. Curry slipped on a wet spot on the floor and had his knee lock and twist as time expired in the second stanza. He tried to play in the third quarter but thought better of it after testing the knee at halftime.

The Warriors blew the game wide open in the 3rd with a 41 point quarter, with Draymond Green and Klay Thompson combining to hit seven three’s in the quarter.

The Warriors can close out the series on Wednesday at The Oracle in Oakland. Curry will undergo an MRI today in the Bay Area to determine the extent of his knee injury.

The San Francisco Giants let a chance to sweep the Miami Marlins slip by the boards as they wasted a bases loaded no out chance in the bottom of the 8th. The Marlins would emerge victorious with a 5-4 win. The Giants are now 2-5 on their current 10-game home stand.

The Oakland A’s dropped their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Despite solo home runs by Chris Coghlan, Khris Davis and Josh Reddick the A’s fell 6-3. After winning their first seven game away from home the A’s have dropped two in a row.

The Chico State Wildcat baseball and softball teams wrapped up the home portions of the regular seasons with impressive series wins over Sonoma and San Francisco State, respectively.

The Wildcat baseball team got a stellar performance from Dalton Erb who twirled a three-hit shut out striking out 11 in Chico’s 6-0 win over Sonoma. The Cats took three out of four from the Seawolves and moved into first place in the CCAA, one game clear of Monterey Bay and 1.5 games clear of East Bay.

The Wildcat softball team took three of four from the Gators and now ready themselves for the CCAA Softball Championship Tourney. The Wildcats finish the regular season with a 36-12 record and now play Sonoma at the conference tourney later this week.

 

Warriors and Kobe Bryant

By. Michael Vislosky

The final night the NBA season last night was something special. The Golden State warriors did something that many people didn’t think would happen for years in breaking the Chicago Bulls win record, and Kobe Bryant went out like no one ever has, not even the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan.

The Warriors season was magical. The winning streak to start the season, ending the almost 20 year streak of futility in San Antonio, the MVP making 400 3’s, winning 73 games, and doing this while missing their head coach for a huge chunk of the season was remarkable. As a die hard Bulls fan my entire life, I never expected the Bulls record to be broken so soon, but I do not think I could imagine a better team doing it. The love that you can see this team shares for one another and the fun they have on and off the court is the reason why they were able to do this and why look out NBA for years to come.

I was never a huge Kobe Bryant fan when I was younger. I thought he was cocky and very arrogant. Then came a time when I realized something, I don’t like him because he is the closest thing to Michael Jordan there might ever be and in my eyes there could never be another Michael. I watched him and saw the things that I used to see Michael do when I was a kid, and saw how he and Michael talked about each other in interviews and realized as a Michael fan, I have to respect Kobe.

Last night was something no one saw coming, not even Kobe. A season of turmoil in LA, which at times probably made Kobe wish he did not come back, was almost wiped away with what he did last night. 60 points is almost unfathomable to say for a person who was retiring. Love him or hate him, last night everyone who saw that had respect for the man.

What will the NBA give us an encore in the Playoffs? LeBron getting a championship in Cleveland,(Johnny Football will bring a championship to Cleveland before LeBron does) the Warriors going 16-0? Whatever it is, and however great it is, no one will forget what they saw last night to end the 2015-2016 NBA regular season.

Giants back in action in Colorado: A’s look to bounce back against Halos

A’S FALL TO ANGELS

 (AP) — Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season, Nick Tropeano pitched five scoreless innings in his season debut and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics and ace Sonny Gray 4-1 on Monday night.

Daniel Nava and C.J. Cron added RBI singles to help the Angels win their second straight following a 1-4 start.

Trout struck out looking twice but homered on the first pitch he saw from Gray in the sixth, a towering two-run shot that ricocheted off the right side of the bleachers just below the luxury suites in left-center field.

Gray (1-1) was sharp in his second outing but lost for just the second time in 12 April starts. He allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked three.

Tropeano (1-0) was just a little better.

GIANTS TRY AND SOLVE STORY AND ROCKIES

The San Francisco Giants are back in action tonight as they travel to Colorado to play the Rockies. The Giants will try and figure out Rockies rookie short-stop Trevor Story who has started the season with 7 home runs in the Rockies first six games.

The Giants are coming off of a big series win against the rival Dodgers. San Francisco won three of four from Los Angeles, rallying from a 5-0 deficit in Sunday’s series finale. Jeff Samardjiza gets the start for the Giants with first pitch at 5:40pm

 (AP) — The NCAA has extended its deal for the men’s basketball tournament with CBS and Turner for an additional eight years through 2032.

Eight seasons remain on the original 14-year contract.

The agreement announced Tuesday pays an average of $1.1 billion per season, up from more than $770 million under the current deal.

The extension retains the existing format, with early-round games televised across CBS and three Turner networks: TBS, TNT and truTV. The Final Four will keep alternating between CBS and Turner.

The NCAA initially agreed to a contract with the two companies in 2010, the first time every game would be broadcast live. Before that, the tournament was solely on CBS.

 (AP) — Major League Baseball will fund 30 four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships, one for each of the sport’s teams, and will contribute $1 million to the project to build a Robinson museum in New York.

As part of Tuesday’s announcement, MLB said Robinson scholars will mentor people in the sport’s youth and community programs with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, MLB Urban Youth Academies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947.

MLB previously has given more than $15 million to the foundation’s scholarship program and for the museum. The foundation assists 225 students annually. The foundation said $21 million has been raised toward the museum’s $24 million goal for construction.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that baseball wants to “reflect Jackie’s vision for our American society and positively impact future generations.”

 

Dubs reach 70; Giants win home opener

(AP)— The Golden State Warriors will have the home court advantage in any Game 7 they might play in the NBA playoffs.

In a huge victory, Stephen (STEH’-fihn) Curry scored 27 and the Warriors became the second team to win 70 games in a season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 112-101. That secured Golden State’s home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The 70-9 Warriors joined the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only teams to win 70 games. Golden State can break Chicago’s single-season record of 72 wins by sweeping the final three games, including a rematch in San Antonio on Sunday.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 18 to help the Warriors avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.

 (AP) — Gorgui Dieng had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Zach LaVine and Nemanja Bjelica also scored 18 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 105-97 on Thursday night.

The Timberwolves led for most of the game in following up their victory at Golden State by sweeping the four-game series against the Kings.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points for the Timberwolves. Bjelica made four 3-pointers and his point total was a career high.

Darren Collison had 19 points and six assists in the Kings’ third straight loss. Quincy Acy scored 17 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 and Rudy Gay finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Kings coach George Karl rested DeMarcus Cousins, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, and Rajon Rondo, who leads the NBA in assists. This was Sacramento’s 32nd different starting lineup.

 (AP) — Mat Latos gave up one hit over six innings for his first win since last July, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Thursday to give manager Robin Ventura his 300th career win.

A free agent who struggled this spring after signing with Chicago in the offseason, Latos (1-0) was stellar in his White Sox debut while striking out two and walking one.

He retired 13 of the first 14 batters and didn’t allow a baserunner until Chris Coghlan’s one-out single in the fifth — one pitch after left fielder J.B. Shuck dropped Coghlan’s foul ball.

Abreu homered on a 1-1 pitch from Oakland starter Kendall Graveman in the sixth. The White Sox slugger added a sacrifice fly during Chicago’s four-run ninth.

 (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a grand slam in the eighth, Joe Panik drove in three runs and keyed San Francisco’s comeback, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-6 in their home opener Thursday.

The Dodgers pitchers’ 31-inning scoreless streak to start the season ended in the fifth, one inning shy of the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals’ record to begin a year.

Chris Heston (1-0) worked the sixth in relief of Jake Peavy for the victory as San Francisco erased a 4-0 deficit to the delight of a sellout crowd announced at 41,940.

Bruce Bochy bested his former outfielder and now-Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in their first matchup.

In the fifth, Los Angeles finally gave up its first runs of 2016 and got to Alex Wood (0-1).

Chico State takes on East Bay for THREE on Tuesday

The toughest road trip of the year for Chico State wraps up with at least 16 innings of baseball on Tuesday. The Wildcats will finish a suspended game from March 4th  and then play two rescheduled games in Hayward on the campus of Cal State East Bay. Chico and East Bay will pick up the action at 10am with East Bay leading Chico State 5-4 in the bottom of the 8th inning. After a short break the teams will play the rescheduled double-header

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