Heat lose nail-biter; Durant inks deal with Dubs


The Chico Heat were on the brink, but in the end fell one hit short of catching the Marysville Gold Sox on Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to their rivals down the Highway 70 corridor.

Ryan McCarthy pitching 6 innings of 5-hit ball retiring 15 of 16 Heat hitters at one point to pick up his 5th win of the season.

Chico’s defense kept the game tight early as outfielders Jerome Hill and Josh Falco cut down Gold Sox base runners at third base to end the Marysville 1st and 4th innings.

The Heat could only score one run after putting their first two runners on base in the first inning. Chico’s best opportunity for a big inning came in the 7th when they had whittled the deficit to 4-2 and had runners on first and third with no one out, but Marysville reliever Tyler Waldrop escaped the jam, leaving the tying runs in scoring position.

The Marysville win moves them to 19-10 in the Great West League one game clear of Medford who lost to Portland 4-3. With the loss Chico is now 14-15 sitting 5 games back.

Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05pm. You can hear the the game on the Kpay Sports app and right here on KpaySports dot-com with our Loerke Insulation Pre-game show at 6:45

(AP) — Splash: Kevin Durant’s big move to the Golden State Warriors is done.

The Warriors formally announced the signing of the six-time All-Star on Thursday and were set to introduce him with fanfare at a news conference at the team’s downtown Oakland practice facility, where screens read, “WELCOME KD TO DUB NATION.”

Durant announced his decision Monday in a story on “The Players’ Tribune,” then Thursday marked the first day free agents could sign their deals. He joins the NBA runner-up Warriors — who rallied from 3-1 down to beat Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder in a thrilling seven-game Western Conference Finals before losing the finals in seven games to Cleveland — on a two-year contract worth more than $54 million. There is a player option after the first year.

(AP) — Ayesha Curry says she “didn’t think about the ramifications” when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Curry tells People magazine she regrets the ways she voiced how hurt she was and didn’t mean to offend anyone. She says what she wrote isn’t what she thinks about what her husband does for a living.

Stephen Curry tells the magazine he knows where his wife was coming from and adds that he’s advised her to ignore what people say, because “you’re not going to win any battles on Twitter.”

Ayesha Curry is a popular social media personality with 3.7 million followers on Instagram and 637,000 on Twitter.

(AP) — Yonder Alonso doubled and drove in two runs and Rich Hill tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts in six solid innings to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Hill (9-3) allowed three hits and one run to extend his winning streak to six games in his second start since coming off the disabled list on Saturday. Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.

The Athletics trailed by one in the second when Danny Valencia and Khris Davis singled before Stephen Vogt drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. The Athletics tied it when Marcus Semien grounded into a double play that allowed Valencia to score.

Alonso followed with his double to put Oakland up 2-1. He gave the Athletics an insurance run with an infield RBI single with two outs in the ninth.