Vin Scully: The Man Behind The Mic

By Chandler Guadagnin

All my cards on the table I am about the biggest Giants fan you will ever meet. That said, I am a huge Vin Scully fan. I have so much respect for the man.

Edward Vincent ‘Vin’ Scully has been the voice of the Dodgers for 67 seasons. Scully began broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. In that same year. the Dodgers roster featured the likes of Duke Snider, Lou Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Don Newcombe, and Jackie Robinson. Scully, now 89 years old, is putting the finishing touches on a broadcasting career that has spanned from the managing days of Connie Mac to the launch of the Google search engine and beyond. Even more amazing is the fact the Connie Mac was born during the Civil War. Over his almost seven decades of broadcasting, Vin has called 20 no hitters and three perfect games.

Furthermore, Scully has attributes which can not be quantified. Scully’s knowledge of the game is one that cannot be matched. A voice so eloquent that it would even make math homework seem interesting. Not to mention, the humility with which he carries himself, never putting himself above anything else; that is the Vin that the baseball world has come to know and love. Vin’s final broadcast will come from within the confines of AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, October 2, 2016, the 80th anniversary of the first baseball game that Vin Scully was present for. Though, Scully’s storied career may be drawing to a close, the flame of his legacy will never be extinguished.

Giants Finish Season With Crucial Series VS Dodgers

By Chandler Guadagnin

With three games left in the regular season, the Giants take on the Dodgers in possibly the most crucial series of the year. The Giants currently sit one game behind the New York Mets for the top Wild Card spot and one game clear of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card slot with a magic number of two. Any number of Giants wins and/or Cardinals losses amounting to two will punch the Giants ticket to the Wild Card Game.

In game one of this final trio of games, San Francisco will send Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face off against the Dodgers’ Rich Hill. Game two will feature Clayton Kershaw and a pitcher yet to be named. The final game of the year will matchup Dodger hurler Kenta Maeda with a not yet specified Giants pitcher.

The New York Mets will conclude their season on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. St. Louis finishes their season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW SEPT 29

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW

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This week our panel breaks down some of the exciting games from last Friday night including the dramatic Battle for the Axe between Willows and Orland. We also discuss the Yreka upset of West Valley and look at Chico’s win over Fortuna.

We will also preview Friday night’s games including a pair of good ones in the North State between Corning and Anderson and West Valley and Lassen.

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Giants keep pace while Kaepernick goes after Hillary and Trump

 

(AP) — Buster Posey homered for his 1,000th hit, Hunter Pence also went deep one batter later and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Crawford tripled twice for San Francisco, which remained a half-game behind the Mets for the top NL wild card and one game up on the Cardinals for the second spot.

Matt Moore (12-12) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, rebounding from his worst start this season.

Posey and Pence hit consecutive solo shots, the fifth time the Giants have had back-to-back homers this year. Each player drove in two runs on the night. Conor Gillaspie added a two-run homer in the eighth.

(AP) — Rookie Jefry Marte hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14) held the A’s to one unearned run in eight innings. After going 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his first five starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1, Nolasco has gone 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts.

The Angels had 12 hits, seven for extra bases. Right fielder Kole Calhoun had two doubles and a triple for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven games.

The A’s dropped to 67-90, giving them consecutive 90-loss seasons for only the second time in Oakland history (1977-79). The A’s have lost seven of eight.

Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-9) continued his difficult rookie season for the A’s. He was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk.

(AP) — San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has become a key figure in a growing protest against racial inequality, had a harsh assessment of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a day after the first presidential debate.

“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”

Kaepernick also responded to a statement Trump made during an August radio interview in which he said Kaepernick’s anthem protest wasn’t “a good thing” and that the athlete might want to find a country that works better for him.

Kaepernick said it was “a very ignorant statement, that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country.”

By Luke Reid

@http://www.chicowildcats.com

It’s taken a total of five days for the Chico State men’s golf team to put to rest any talk that this might be a “down” year for the program. The Wildcats wrapped up their second
tournament of the season with a second-place showing at the Western Washington Invitational Tuesday. Saturday, they won the Saint Martin’s Invitational just down the road in Olympia.

They may have lost their head coach and four key components to last season’s run to the NCAA Championship medal/match play final, but the Wildcats have not lost their mojo.

Tuesday it was Serge Kiriluk leading the way with a 4-under par 68, including an eagle on his final hole of the day. That briefly pulled the Wildcats into a tie with the University of British Columbia. But UBC – last year’s NAIA Championship runner-up and the No. 3 team in the NAIA national rankings – responded with an eagle of its own and won by two shots at 6-under par.

Chico State, the 5th-ranked team in Division II, finished at 4-under par, four shots clear of third-place Concordia (OR). Tenth-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay finished tied for fourth with Victoria (BC) at 5-over par.

The Wildcats have now finished first or second in 14 consecutive tournaments.

Kelley Sullivan shot a 73 Tuesday and nabbed his second consecutive top-10 finish by tying for sixth among 96 individuals. It marked the sophomore’s best finish in seven career starts.
Kelley Sullivan snagged his second straight
top-10 finish Tuesday.
Cole Chavez carded a 74 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for ninth and notch his first career top-10 finish. Kirluk climbed 21 spots up the leaderboard during his round of 68 to finish in a tie for 14th. That is the sophomore’s top collegiate finish.

Colby Dean (73-71-74) tied for 23rd and TJ Kathrineberg (78-77-76) tied for 69th.

 

The Wildcats will be back in action this Monday and Tuesday for their lone home tournament of the season – The InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic – at Butte Creek Country Club.
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Breaking Down A Possible Three Way NL Wild Card Tie

By Chandler Guadagnin

With the NL Wild Card Game scheduled for October 5, the San Francisco Giants are currently in a three way tie, with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, for two Wild Card spots.

To resolve this issue, the Mets and Cardinals would play on October 3 to determine the first Wild Card team. The loser of the Mets-Cardinals game would head to San Francisco to play the Giants on October 4 to determine the second Wild Card slot.

The winner of the Mets-Cardinals game would host the winner of the October 4 game in the NL Wild Card game.

A tie for the Wild Card game has never occurred since its inception in 2012.

Sep 21 High School Football Preview Show

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW

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Our local panel of experts breaks down Week 5 games as Pleasant Valley takes on Napa, Chico hosts Fortuna, and The Battle for the AXE as Orland battles Willows.

We also break-down last week’s 22-0 win by West Valley over Shasta and Foothill’s 40-6 win over Lassen. Willows moves to 4-0 as they dismiss Williams 42-8

MIKE BACA- KPAYSports @BitoBaca and @KPAYBacaSports on twitter

TJ HOLMES- Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes

JOSEPH SHUFELBERGER- CHICOER @JShufelberger on twitter

ROSS FIELD- Action News 12 & 24 @rossfield1224

JEFF LARSON- Paradise Post @jtlarson

LEE CARRELL- Action News 12 & 24 @CarrellLee on twitter

Raiders and 49ers fall; Giants sputter against Birds

(AP) — Cam Newton threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers overcame four turnovers to beat the San Francisco 49ers 46-27 Sunday in their home opener.

Newton threw two TD passes to Kelvin Benjamin and one each to Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess to pass Jake Delhomme for most TD passes in franchise history with 122.

Blaine Gabbert threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in the loss. Gabbert pulled the 49ers within 34-27 late with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald, but threw two interceptions in the game’s final five minutes.

Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson scored his first career touchdown when he scooped up Carlos Hyde’s fumble and returned it 9 yards to give Carolina a 7-3 lead.

(AP) — Justin Hardy caught a deflected 8-yard touchdown pass to break a tie midway through the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Oakland Raiders 35-28 Sunday.

Matt Ryan threw three TD passes, but got a little lucky on the go-ahead one in the fourth quarter. His third-down throw to Tevin Coleman was broken up, but the ball bounced high in the air and Hardy caught it in the end zone to put Atlanta (1-1) up 28-21.

The Raiders (1-1) appeared to have tied the game on the next drive when Amari Cooper caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr.

But officials ruled Cooper went out of bounds voluntarily before making the catch, although the Raiders contended he was pushed by Desmond Trufant.

Oakland coach Jack Del Rio then decided to go for it on fourth-and-2, but Jalen Richard was stopped on a 1-yard gain.

(AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is “still a lot of work to be done” before the NFL considers Las Vegas as a possible destination for a franchise.

Goodell spoke before the Minnesota Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, three days after a Nevada oversight committee voted to recommend spending $750 million in public money on an NFL stadium. The project is being discussed to lure the Raiders away from Oakland.

Goodell says it is ultimately up to the owners to decide if Las Vegas is a viable city to host the NFL. He says he is still evaluating whether having a team play in a casino-filled city is a good idea.

As for Oakland, Goodell says “I think there’s a solution, but it takes the community to help identify it.”

(AP) — Alex Reyes pitched seven dominant innings in his third major league start, fellow rookie Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals moved up in the tight NL wild-card race, blanking the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday.

The Giants dropped one game behind the New York Mets for the top wild-card spot. The Cardinals closed within one game of San Francisco.

St. Louis split this four-game series, winning the final two. The Giants finished up a 2-5 homestand, and have won just one series at AT&T Park since the All-Star break.

Reyes (3-1), considered one of the majors’ best pitching prospects, hasn’t disappointed since he was called up from the minors on Aug. 9 when Michael Wacha went on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort.

Reyes gave up four hits, striking out six with two walks. Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.

Diaz hit his 16th homer, a two-run drive in the third off Albert Suarez (3-4). The Giants and the first-place Dodgers open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium tonight. Los Angeles leads the NL West by 5 games over the Giants with 13 games left to play.

AP) — Khris Davis homered twice, giving him 40 for the season, and the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 5-2 on Sunday to keep the Rangers from moving closer to the AL West title.

Davis is the first A’s player to hit 40 homers since Jason Giambi had 43 in 2000. Davis has 10 homers in 15 games against the Rangers.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the magic number for the AL-leading Rangers (88-62) to clinch the division title remained at five games. Seattle and Houston, who were playing against each other Sunday, started the day tied for second in the AL West.

While already guaranteed consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2007-09, the A’s (66-83) won two of three in Texas to wrap up a 6-1 road trip in which they scored 65 runs.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES 

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The 13th ranked Chico State (4-2-1, 0-2) women’s soccer team suffered a couple of tough losses to open CCAA play falling to San Francisco State 2-1 on Friday and 1-0 to Monterey Bay on Sunday.

The Chico State (1-3-2, 0-1-1) men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to San Francisco State on Friday as the Gators scored a goal with only 26 seconds left to upend the Cats. Chico and Monterey played to a scoreless draw on Sunday.

The Chico State volleyball team rolled to a couple of victories at home this weekend sweeping both Cal State East Bay and Monterey Bay. The Wildcats now sit at 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA

The Butte College Roadrunners moves to 2-1 with a 20-10 win over Chabot on Saturday night. Quarterback and Chico High product Clayton Welch ran for two scores in the first half and threw a 25-yard toss to CJ Walker in the 3rd quarter. Butte’s defense held Chabot to only 80 yards rushing.

The Roadrunners are home this weekend hosting San Mateo at 1pm.

Giants Beat Cards; Cubs Clinch Central

(AP) — Fist-pumping Johnny Cueto pitched a five-hitter and retired his final 17 batters, and the San Francisco Giants gained ground in the playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

The Cardinals’ loss clinched the NL Central title for the Chicago Cubs.

Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, Cueto (16-5) had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth and Angel Pagan followed with an RBI single. Denard Span added a two-run single in the seventh for San Francisco.

The Giants gained a game on the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who are ahead by four after losing at Arizona.

San Francisco also moved a game ahead of the Mets in the chase for the top NL wild card and two games up on the Cardinals.

St. Louis opened a 10-game road trip, its last of 2016.

AP) — Major League Baseball has given Padres general manager A.J. Preller a 30-day suspension for his conduct during the trade of All-Star pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox.

The commissioner’s office did not elaborate on what Preller did wrong in a deal that also sent right-handed prospect Anderson Espinoza to the Padres. MLB said it interviewed individuals from both clubs and submitted its investigation to Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Jets rally to beat Bills in Buffalo

(AP) — Matt Forte scored three touchdowns and Ryan Fitzpatrick finally solved Rex Ryan’s defense, leading the New York Jets to a 37-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.

Forte’s 3-yard run put New York ahead 27-24 with 2:12 left in the third quarter. He sealed the win by patiently waiting for a seam to open before scampering into the end zone from 12 yards to put New York up 37-24 with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter.

Forte finished with 100 yards rushing, and the offseason free-agent addition became the 13th New York player to score three rushing touchdowns in a game.

The Jets (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening loss to Cincinnati and snapped a five-game skid against their AFC East rivals.

Fitzpatrick finished 24 of 34 for 374 yards and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker.

In beating one of his former teams, Fitzpatrick also overcame the stinging memories of last year’s season finale, a 22-17 loss at Buffalo that eliminated the Jets from playoff contention. Fitzpatrick closed the loss by throwing interceptions on each of the Jets final three possessions.

The Bills (0-2) are suddenly reeling in Ryan’s second season as coach, and two years after being fired by the Jets.

Their offense sputtered in a 13-7 loss at Baltimore on Sunday, and now it was their defense that showed cracks against the Jets.

New York finished with 493 yards offense, 28 first downs and had seven drives cross midfield.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor rebounded five days after he was limited to 111 yards passing against the Ravens.

He went 18 of 30 for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Marquise Goodwin scored on an 84-yarder catch, Greg Salas scored on a 71-yard catch and running back Mike Gillislee made it close, by catching an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 remaining.

Brandon Marshall caught Dan Carpenter’s onside kick.

The Jets scored on each of their first four possessions to build a 20-7 lead. Forte scored on a 1-yard plunge, Fitzpatrick found Decker on the 5-yarder and Nick Folk hit a pair of field goals.

The Bills rallied back to score on three straight possessions spanning halftime.

Dan Carpenter began the run by hitting a 39-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the second quarter.

Then Buffalo scored twice in a span of 2:07 to go up 24-20. After Salas scored, Bills safety Nickell Robey-Coleman returned Jalin Marshall’s fumble 36 yards for a touchdown on the Jets next possession.

GOING DEEP

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis got off to another tough start. After having difficulty covering Bengals receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, Revis was burned by Goodwin on his 84-yard touchdown catch. Goodwin burst past Revis up the right sideline at midfield and had two steps on him when he caught Tyrod Taylor’s pass in stride at the Jets 35 and ran it in.

It was Buffalo’s longest touchdown pass at home in team history, and longest since Fitzpatrick hit Terrell Owens for a 98-yard touchdown strike at Tennessee on Nov. 15, 2009.

Adding in Salas’ 71-yard TD catch and Taylor became Buffalo’s fifth quarterback to throw two 70-plus yard touchdown passes in the same game, and first since J.P. Losman did it in 2006.

QUICK HEALER

Jets receiver Brandon Marshall proved to be a quick healer. It appeared as if he sustained a serious injury when his left knee twisted beneath him while cornerback Stephon Gilmore brought him down by the facemask in the second quarter. Marshall immediately grabbed his knee and lay on the field for a few minutes before getting up on his own.

Marshall returned for the next series and made an 21-yard catch after having his knee examined. The catch helped set up Decker’s 5-yard touchdown catch which put the Jets up 20-7

RETIRING NO. 78

The Bills honored NFL career sacks leader and Hall of Famer Bruce Smith by retiring his No. 78 during a halftime ceremony.

“I don’t know if I’m worthy or lucky enough for all this,” Smith told reporters before the game. He joins Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, whose No. 12, is the only number the Bills have retired.

RETWEETS

The game was the NFL’s first streamed live on Twitter as part of a $10 million-plus deal the social media company reached in April to deliver 10 Thursday night games through a mobile app. Twitter also announced its app will be available on Xbox One, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.

This is the second time the Bills have been part of a social media broadcast experiment. Last year, Yahoo averaged an audience of about 2.4 million viewers in broadcasting the Bills game against Jacksonville played in London.

 

Vegas Approves first step in bringing Raiders to the desert

An oversight committee is recommending Nevada put $750 million in public money toward an NFL stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas.

The approval Thursday from the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee is a major victory for the plan, which still needs approval from the governor and Legislature.

Stadium proponents including the Las Vegas Sands want to raise the hotel tax for a venue that’s estimated to cost $1.9 billion. They don’t want to return any profits to the public because they say they’ll make little or no money on the 65,000-seat stadium.

Proponents want state lawmakers to meet and approve the deal as soon as possible so they can pitch it to NFL owners. Three-quarters of owners must approve of any team relocation.

They’re expected to meet in January.