Butte stays perfect; Wildcats take down Toros in four sets

The Butte College Roadrunners stays perfect on the 2017 season a they knocked off Chabot College on a day when the Butte family celebrated their 50 year anniversary. The Roadrunners were 31-21 winners for the second straight weekend and go to 3-0 on the season.

The Chico State volleyball team got in the win column in CCAA play with a four-set victory over Dominguez Hills. The Wildcats are now 7-5 overall (1-1) in CCAA.

Today’s NFL schedule has the 49ers in Seattle taking on the Seahawks while the Raiders host the Jets.

(AP) — Clemson moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, jumping Oklahoma and closing in on Alabama after beating a team ranked in the Top 15 for the second straight week.

The Tigers received 15 first-place votes, the most the defending national champions have received this season, and 1,446 points Sunday after beating Louisville 47-21 on the road. Alabama remains No. 1 with 45 first-place votes and 1,504 points.

Oklahoma slipped one spot to No. 3. The Sooners received the remaining first-place vote.

Penn State moved up a spot to No. 4, flip-flopping with No. 5 Southern California. Oklahoma State rose three spots to No. 6, its best ranking since late in the 2013 season.

Washington is No. 7 and three Big Ten teams round out the top 10: Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

MLB-CUBS-CONTRERAS

Cubs C Contreras serves suspension against Cardinals

UNDATED (AP) — Cubs catcher Willson Contreras’ two-game suspension for his argument with umpire Jordan Baker has been reduced to one game, and he served the penalty in the finale of their weekend series against the Cardinals.

Contreras and pitcher John Lackey were ejected in the fifth inning of Friday’s 8-2 win. Contreras threw down his mask in anger after he was thrown out, and it bounced up and hit Baker’s leg.

Contreras and Lackey also were fined by Major League Baseball. Contreras appealed the punishment.

Alex Avila replaced Contreras at catcher for Sunday’s game. Contreras had started each of the last two games behind the plate.

NFL-IRMA

Week 2 in the NFL starts with Irma ceremonies

UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their games Sunday with tributes to those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who grew up in St. Petersburg and played at the University of Florida, carried the state flag onto field.

The Jaguars and first responders held a giant American flag during the national anthem.

Both teams and the Miami Dolphins, who play at the Los Angeles Chargers, wore “ONE FLORIDA” decals on their helmets.

LPGA-EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Nordqvist beats Altomare in playoff to win Evian major

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Anna Nordqvist beat unheralded American Brittany Altomare in a playoff under driving rain and hail at the first extra hole to win the Evian Championship on Sunday.

Nordqvist sank a 4-foot putt for bogey 5 on the soaked 18th hole while 102nd-ranked Altomare had a six.

The 30-year-old Swede earned $547,500 for winning her first major since the 2009 LPGA Championship. Her victory ensured 10 different major winners in the last two seasons.

Nordqvist and Altomare both shot 66 for 9-under totals of 204. It was a 54-hole event after weather-affected play Thursday was scrapped.

Second-round leader Moriya Jutanugarn (juh-TAN’-uh-garn) of Thailand and two-time major winner Lydia Ko of New Zealand fell out of the playoff by dropping shots on the 18th.

TENNIS-DAVIS CUP

Tsonga sends France into Davis Cup final

LILLE, France (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrapped up a Davis Cup semifinal victory for France against Serbia by defeating Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday.

France reached an unassailable 3-1 lead and will face either Belgium or 28-time champion Australia in the final. The Australians led 2-1 in Brussels before Sunday’s reverse singles.

France qualified for its first final since losing to Switzerland in the title match three years ago.

F1-SINGAPORE GP

Hamilton wins Singapore GP as title rival Vettel crashes

SINGAPORE (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has won the Singapore Grand Prix and extended his championship lead on Sunday, while title rival Sebastian Vettel lost huge ground after crashing out on the first lap.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo prevented a Mercedes 1-2 by finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who placed third.

Vettel can have little complaint as he seemed to cause the first-turn mayhem, despite starting from pole position. The crash caused a domino effect, taking out his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

Having started from fifth, on one of the toughest tracks in Formula One for overtaking, Hamilton could not believe his luck. The field opened up perfectly for the British driver to seal his third straight win, seventh of the season and 60th overall.

He now has a commanding 28-point lead over Vettel with just six races remaining.

 

23 Was Not To Be As Tribe Falls

By Chandler Guadagjnin

23 consecutive wins was just not in the cards for the Cleveland Indians as with a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, the Tribe saw their record setting win streak snapped at 22 games.

The Indians sent right-handed starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer, to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jason Vargas. Cleveland would strike first on a Edwin Encarnacion sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. However, Kansas City would draw even almost immediately. With one out in the top of the second, Alcides Escobar would take  3-2 pitch over the wall for a solo homer. The Tribe would jump out in front in the bottom of the third, on a Jose Ramirez 2-run home run; making it 3 to 1.

The Royals would show their tenacity though, putting up single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th; with the knock out blow coming off the bat of Lorenzo Cain, scoring Alex Gordon with two outs in the 6th, making it 4-3.

There it would stay as Royals reliever Mike Minor would shut the door on the Indians for the first save of his long career.

As the last out was recorded, it was surreal scene as Cleveland fans gave the Indians a standing ovation, while tipping their caps.

With the loss, the Indians drop to 91 and 57. On the flip side, with the victory, the Royals rise to 73 and 74.

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High School Football for Week 3; Indians continue record streak

High School Football Friday Night…..

River Valley @ PV  KpaySports app and KpaySports dot-com 7:30pm

Yuba City @ Chico High @ Chico State

Oroville @ Corning

Red Bluff @ Orland

Durham @ Colusa

East Nicolaus @ Pierce

Live Oak @ Gridley

The Chico State men’s and women’s soccer teams open CCAA play in San Diego this weekend. The Chico women, winners of three in a row will take on UCSD at 7pm tonight while the men, losers of two straight will take on the Tritons at 4:30pm.

Both squads are at San Marcos on Sunday with the women playing at 11:30am and the men at 2pm

The Chico State Volleyball team takes a 6-4 record into their conference opener tonight versus Cal State Los Angeles. Match begins at 7pm at Acker Gym. The Wildcats host Dominguez Hills at 7pm on Saturday.

The Chico State Cross Country teams are at the UC Riverside Invitational. Racing begins at 8am tomorrow morning.

The Butte College Roadrunner football team will help their school celebrate their 50-year anniversary by hosting Chabot College tomorrow at 1pm. Our pre game comes your way at 12:35pm with Mike Wessels on the call. You can listen to the game right here on the KpaySports.com and also on KpaySports app and AM-1290 KPAY.

(AP) — Baseball’s longest winning streak in 101 years continues.

The Indians have extended their American League-record winning streak, making it 22 straight with a 3-2 comeback over the Royals. Newcomer Jay Bruce won it with a double in the bottom of the 10th, one day after smacking a three-run homer.

Jose Ramirez led off the bottom of the 10th with his 50th double of the season before Bruce came through with his biggest hit since joining Cleveland from the Mets.

The Royals were one strike from a 2-1 victory when Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) lined an opposite-field double off the wall in left field, bringing home the tying run. Alex Gordon almost made a leaping catch at the fence to end the winning streak.

It’s the longest major league winning streak since the 1916 Giants won 26 in a row.

Checking out the other major league finals:

— Boston’s 6-2 win against Oakland keeps the Red Sox three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East. Andrew Benintendi had three hits and three RBIs to back Drew Pomeranz, who held the Athletics to one run and five hits over six innings. Pomeranz is tied for the league lead with 16 wins, joining teammate Chris Sale and Indians hurlers Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer.

— Aaron Judge crushed a pair of three-run homers and Gary Sanchez added his 31st round-tripper of the season as the Yankees ripped the Orioles, 13-5. Judge leads the American League with 43 home runs and is six away from tying Mark McGwire’s single-season rookie record set 30 years ago. Todd Frazier delivered a three-run shot while New York was scoring six times in the first inning.

— Chicago’s lead in the NL Central is three games over St. Louis and Milwaukee after Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo sparked the Cubs’ 14-hit attack in a 14-6 mauling of the Mets. Heyward belted a three-run homer and Rizzo was 3-for-4 with a solo shot and two RBIs. The Cubbies outscored the Mets 39-14 in a three-game sweep after the Brewers held them to just three runs in Milwaukee’s three-game sweep last weekend.

— A.J. Pollock drove in four runs for the second straight day and J.D. Martinez homered for the 10th time in 11 games to lead the Diamondbacks’ offense in a 7-0 shutout of Colorado. Zack Godley scattered five hits over eight innings to help Arizona open a five-game edge over the Rockies for the NL’s top wild-card spot with 15 games left. The Rockies lead Milwaukee and St. Louis by 2 1/2 games for the final wild-card slot.

— Luke Weaver allowed just an unearned run while tossing two-hit ball over six innings of the Cardinals’ 5-2 win over visiting Cincinnati. Tommy Pham homered, stole two bases and had two RBIs as the Redbirds won for the ninth time in 12 games. Jose Martinez added a go-ahead, two-run single.

— The Nationals were 5-2 winners over Atlanta as Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk) held the Braves to a pair of runs and four hits while striking out seven over six innings. Adrian Sanchez had a big two-run double in the sixth, a half-inning after Ozzie Albers hit a two-run homer to get the Braves within 3-2.

— The Astros’ magic number to win the West is down to three after Brad Peacock worked six innings and Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double in a 5-2 win over the Angels. Peacock held Los Angeles to three hits, including Luis Valbuena’s solo homer. The outcome leaves the Angels three games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth.

— The Twins pulled out a 3-2 win over Toronto on Byron Buxton’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th. Jose Berrios was in line for his 13th win after pitching into the sixth, but the Blue Jays tied it on Justin Smoak’s ninth-inning blast.

— Kyle Seager collected three RBIs and Yonder Alonso lined a three-run double to lead the Mariners’ 10-4 romp over Texas. Seager blasted a two-run homer and Nelson Cruz added a solo shot to help Seattle pick up its third straight win and stay 3 ½ games out of an AL playoff spot. Cruz provided four of the Mariners’ 11 hits.

— Homers by Rhys Hoskins, Jorge Alfaro, Freddy Galvis and Cameron Perkins led the Phillies’ 10-0 rout of the Marlins. Hoskins is the fastest player in major league history with 18 home runs, doing it in just 34 games since his recall on Aug. 10.

— The White Sox enjoyed a laugher as Avisail Garcia went 5-for-5 with a career-high seven RBIs in a 17-7 assault on the Tigers. Yoan Moncada scored five times and had four of Chicago’s 25 hits.

MLB-NEWS

Bosox, Indians fortify bullpen

UNDATED (AP) — Both the Indians and the Red Sox have activated a key member of their pitching staff.

Andrew Miller worked a scoreless inning Thursday after returning to the Indians’ active roster. Miller hadn’t pitched since Aug. 21, when he pulled himself from an appearance in Boston and went on the DL for the second time with tendinitis in his right knee. Miller has a 1.62 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings over 49 appearances this year.

The Red Sox have activated left-hander David Price and plan to use him out of the bullpen. Price went on the 10-day disabled list July 28 with an inflamed elbow. Manager John Farrell said Thursday that Price looked good in two simulated games.

Also in the majors:

— Houston outfielder Jake Marisnick could be out for the season after breaking his right thumb while sliding headfirst into second base on Wednesday. The team says Marisnick will need surgery and will be out six to eight weeks. He is batting .243 with 16 homers and 35 RBIs in 106 games for the Astros.

— Astros starting pitcher Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) was given a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine from Major League Baseball for throwing a fastball over the head of Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena in retaliation Wednesday. Valbuena homered in his previous at-bat and angered Fiers by flipping his bat. Fiers has declined to appeal the suspension, a punishment that does nothing more than push back his next start and cost him some money.

NFL-TEXANS/BENGALS

Texans top Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) — Deshaun Watson is 1-0 as an NFL starting quarterback.

Watson had a 49-yard touchdown run and accounted for 192 total yards as the Houston Texans earned a 13-9 win at Cincinnati. He was 15 of 24 for 125 yards and no interceptions while also running five times for 67 yards on his 22nd birthday.

Watson’s TD broke a 3-3 tie late in the first half. He also led a 13-play drive that ended with Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 42-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining.

The 1-1 Texans limited the Bengals to 295 total yards, including 82 on 24 carries. Houston finished the game without cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson due to injuries.

The Bengals are still looking for their first touchdown of the season, settling for three field goals Thursday after being shut out by Baltimore last Sunday. Andy Dalton completed 20 of his 35 passes for 224 yards.

NFL-NEWS

Beckham practices

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Giants could have their top deep threat on the field for Monday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. practiced on a limited basis Thursday for the first time since spraining his left ankle more than three weeks ago. The three-time Pro Bowler took part in some individualized drills and followed that by participating in some team drills.

In other NFL news:

— The Ravens have placed running back Danny Woodhead on injured reserve with a hamstring injury suffered in the first quarter of Baltimore’s season-opening shutout of Cincinnati. Coach John Harbaugh said Woodhead would miss “multiple weeks” and would be a candidate to return later in the season.

— Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has a hamstring injury that has kept him out of practice, jeopardizing his availability for the upcoming game at Pittsburgh in a shortened week.

— Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin has a herniated disk in his back that likely will need season-ending surgery. Doctors have advised Mauldin to have surgery, but the linebacker will get a second opinion before making a decision.

NHL-NEWS

Bruins sign Pastrnak to 6-year, $40 million deal

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed forward David Pastrnak to a six-year contract worth $40 million.

The Czech native established career highs with 34 goals, 70 points and a plus-11 last season, three years after being taken in the first round of the NHL draft. Pastrnak has produced 59 goals and 123 points in 172 career games.

Also in the NHL:

— Capitals star Alex Ovechkin (oh-VHEHC’-kihn) has released a statement through the team expressing frustration about the league’s decision to skip the Olympics. The six-time NHL goal-scoring champ said he loves his Caps teammates as much as he loves his native Russia, adding that players should not have to be in position to make this choice. The league announced in April that it wouldn’t send players to South Korea this winter.

— Jets forward Bryan Little has agreed to a six-year, $31.7 million contract extension that will kick in next season. The 29-year-old Little had 21 goals and 26 assists in 59 games for the Jets last season.

— The Wild have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent left wing Marcus Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh) on a four-year, $11.5 million contract. The 26-year-old Foligno was acquired June 30 in a trade with the Sabres.

— Senators forward Clarke MacArthur has failed his training camp physical examination. MacArthur sustained a concussion during training camp last year and failed a baseline test in January before being activated in April. He helped Ottawa come within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals last spring, scoring three goals and nine points in 19 games.

— The Maple Leafs have re-signed free-agent defenseman Roman Polak to a professional tryout. The 31-year-old Polak suffered a serious leg injury during the playoffs after scoring four goals and 11 points in 75 regular-season games with the Leafs.

— The Blues say former defenseman Noel Picard (pih-KAHRD’) died last week at 78 following a long battle with cancer. Picard played six of his eight NHL seasons with St. Louis and is pictured in the famous shot of Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring a Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1970.

PGA-BMW Championship

Leishman leads

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Marc Leishman had 10 birdies in his opening round of 9-under 62 to grab a two-stroke lead in the BMW Championship.

The Australian ran off seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch in the middle of his round and matched his best score on the PGA Tour.

Jason Day was 7 under for his last 11 holes to close out a 7-under 64. Jamie Lovemark and Charley Hoffman also opened at 64, Jordan Spieth (speeth) had a bogey-free 65 and Phil Mickelson shot 66.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-VILLANOVA-BOOTH RETURNS

NCAA title game top scorer Booth returns healthy for Nova

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova guard Phil Booth is healthy and ready to play after missing almost all of last season with a knee injury.

Booth was the leading scorer in Villanova’s national championship victory over North Carolina. Booth’s knees have hurt for two years. But coach Jay Wright says his star guard is ready to go for his junior season.

CHAD CURTIX-SEX CHARGES

2 settle lawsuit against ex-MLB baseball player Chad Curtis

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two of four young women who alleged former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis inappropriately touched them have settled a federal civil lawsuit against him.

Terms of the settlements weren’t included in court documents filed Thursday and damages are expected to be determined Oct. 12. Portions of the case against Curtis involving the other two young women are pending.

Earlier this year, all four women settled with Lakewood Public Schools and its board of education in western Michigan for $575,000.

The women allege Curtis inappropriately touched them when they attended Lakewood High in Barry County. He was a volunteer coach in the weight room. Curtis was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2013 and is in prison.

Curtis played for six teams, including the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.

 

Indians Sweep Tigers, Make History

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Indians etched their names in the Baseball history books, accomplishing what no other American League team before had done: win 21 straight games.

With the win over Detroit, the Tribe surpassed the record of 20 straight “W”s set by the 2002 Oakland A’s and tied the modern day Major League set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

The Indians sent Mike Clevinger to the hill; he was opposed by Tigers’ righty Buck Farmer. Detroit would draw first blood, as in the first inning, a 2 out RBI double off the bat of Jeimer Candelario, staked Detroit to a 1-0 lead. However, in the bottom half of the inning, a leadoff double and one out walk brought up Jay Bruce. On a 1-1 pitch, Bruce launched an opposite field 3-run home run, to put the Indians up 3-1. The Indians would not look back as they would tack on a run in the third and another in the 7th to tame the Tigers 5-3.

During this unprecedented streak, Cleveland has recorded a +104 run differential. In these 21 games, the Indians have led at the end of 185 of 189 innings.

The Indians now set their sights on the overall Major League record, of 26 consecutive games, set by the 1916 New York Giants.

The Cleveland Indians will attempt to make it 22 in a row when they send Josh Tomlin to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jakob Junis. First pitch is set for 4:10PM PT.

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Pats open NFL season; Panik carries Giants; Dodgers in a free fall

The NFL season gets underway tonight as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the World Champion New England Patriots. The Patriots are defending their 5th Super Bowl title after January’s stunning rally to beat the Atlanta Falcons.

The Oakland Raiders have high hopes with a healthy Derek Carr and numerous weapons on the offensive end as they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans in their season opener on Sunday.

The 49ers have a new regime with new GM John Lynch and new head coach Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers will host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

(AP) — Doug Fister gave up one run over seven innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Wednesday night, a day after the teams played a 19-inning marathon.

It was the second straight win for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who moved four games ahead of the second-place Yankees. New York’s game at Baltimore was rained out.

Playing just 18 hours after completing a victory that lasted six hours and ended on Hanley Ramirez’s bloop single, the Red Sox took charge with a four-run fourth that was capped by Bradley’s homer.

Fister allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked three, improving to 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.50 ERA.

Joe Biagini was tagged for five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— Joe Panik completed a torrid series with five more hits and Johnny Cueto threw five effective innings, helping the San Francisco Giants beat Colorado 11-3 to snap a 10-game skid against the Rockies at Coors Field. Panik wore out Rockies pitching by going 12 of 15 — setting a Giants record for most hits in a three-game series.

— Alex Avila knocked an RBI triple in the ninth inning, capping a duel between Jose Quintana and Gerrit Cole and lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday night. After Cole limited Chicago to two hits over eight innings, Avila scored pinch-runner Leonys Martin from second base with a drive to the right-field corner off reliever Daniel Hudson.

— Gio Gonzalez and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins for the eighth consecutive time, winning 8-1 Wednesday night. Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings but needed 101 pitches. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 31st homer, and Michael A. Taylor added his 14th. Washington increased its lead in the NL East to 18 games over second-place Miami.

— The last-place Cincinnati Reds have completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers. Rookie Luis Castillo struck out 10 in his final start of the season, and Zack Cozart and Jose Peraza homered in the Reds 7-1 win on Wednesday. The playoff-contending Brewers have lost four of five.

— Carlos Carrasco allowed three hits in a complete game, giving the Cleveland Indians their 14th straight win in a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Cleveland equaled its longest winning streak in franchise history and also won its 10th straight road game as the right-hander lost his shutout with two outs in the ninth inning when Adam Engel homered.

— Sean Manaea pitched six-plus innings of shutout ball and Khris Davis homered as the Oakland Athletics snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels, locked in a tight wild card race, were trying for their seventh series sweep and second against the A’s this year. Los Angeles is among five teams competing for two wild card berths.

— Eduardo Escobar had three hits and collected three RBIs, Brian Dozier and Ehire Adrianza both homered, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-6 this afternoon. Minnesota ended a three-game skid streak and moved into a tie with the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild-card spot.

— Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double during Atlanta’s five-run second inning against Cole Hamels and the Braves held off a rally to beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 and split a doubleheader Wednesday night. Nomar Mazara had a two-run homer in the nightcap for Texas, which won the first game 12-8 behind four hits from Elvis Andrus. The Rangers are two games behind the Twins in the race for the second AL wild card.

— Robert Gsellman pitched well in a winning return from the minors and Travis d’Arnaud homered to help the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Wednesday night in a game shortened to six innings because of rain. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3 for 3 with an RBI single and scored twice. New York took two of three from the last-place Phillies.

— Salvador Perez homered twice as the Kansas City Royals broke open a close game to rout the Detroit Tigers 13-2 on Wednesday night. The Royals broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh, then scored seven in the eighth. Jason Hammell got the win.

— Wednesday night’s game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles has been postponed by rain. The teams will attempt to finish their three-game series on Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The teams split the first two games of the series.

MLB-NEWS

Red Sox star Pedroia says why such a fuss over sign stealing

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia says he doesn’t think he did anything wrong when he tried to steal signs from the New York Yankees.

The 34-year-old Pedroia said Wednesday that he’s been doing that in baseball since junior high school.

Pedroia and several teammates were accused of using an Apple Watch to relay signals of opposing catchers. Baseball has no rules against stealing signs, but doesn’t allow the use of technology in the endeavor.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the AL East-leading Red Sox admitted to Major League Baseball that they used the watch to relay the signals to Boston players. The allegations were levied by the Yankees to MLB.

Pedroia says players know that stealing signs is part of the game and doesn’t understand why there’s been such a fuss.

In other MLB News:

— The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio from Philadelphia in exchange for minor league infielder Eliezer Alvarez. The 31-year-old Nicasio had joined the Phillies last week on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is 3-5 with a 2.79 ERA in a National League-leading 67 games this season. Nicasio is a free agent at the end of the season and would not be eligible for postseason play.

IRMA-SPORTS

Dolphins’ opener against Bucs postponed until Nov. 19

MIAMI (AP) — The NFL says the Miami Dolphins’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be postponed until Nov. 19 because of Hurricane Irma.

The game can be moved to Week 11 because that had been a bye week for both teams. NFL officials earlier announced the game would not be played in Miami this week, and then decided against moving it to a neutral site.

Both teams had said switching the game to Nov. 19 was less than ideal because it means playing the entire season without a break.

NFL-NEWS

NFL, NFLPA review of film, records shows no Brady concussion

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union have found no evidence of deviation by New England’s medical staff from the league’s concussion protocol regarding Tom Brady last season.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday that Brady released his medical records for review as part of the process. McCarthy said the review also identified no evidence that Brady sustained a concussion or reported signs or symptoms consistent with one in 2016.

In other NFL news:

— Ezekiel Elliott has practiced fully for the first time since leaving the Dallas Cowboys for a lengthy — and ultimately unsuccessful — appeal of his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case. The star running back will play in the opener at home against the New York Giants on Sunday night essentially because of the timing of arbitrator Harold Henderson’s decision. Henderson backed the NFL process that concluded Elliott used physical force last

— Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been cleared from concussion protocol and coach Sean McDermott says he will start in the season opener against the New York Jets on Sunday.

— New York Jets safety Rontez Miles will be out against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday while continuing to recover from a serious eye injury.

— No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky will open the season as the Chicago Bears’ No. 2 quarterback. Also, the Bears have released oft-injured linebacker Lamarr Houston.

— New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was back on the field and stretching with his teammates for the first time since injuring an ankle more than two weeks ago. Beckham’s status for the game has been in doubt since the injury. He rode a stationary bike Monday while the team stretched.

— Wide receiver James Jones has retired following a nine-year NFL career spent mostly with the Green Bay Packers. Jones announced his retirement on a video posted on Twitter by the Packers on Wednesday. He played in 62 games over eight seasons with the Packers.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

Memphis LB Jackson Dillon out for year with shoulder injury

UNDATED (AP) — Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

Tigers coach Mike Norvell announced the severity of Dillon’s injury Wednesday. Dillon hurt his shoulder last week during the Tigers’ season-opening 37-29 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Dillon, a fifth-year senior from Ringling, Oklahoma, had played in only one game last season due to a knee injury. He made a combined 31 starts for Memphis from 2013-15.

Norvell said Memphis plans on checking to see if the NCAA will grant Dillon a sixth season of eligibility.

In other college football news:

— No. 22 Florida will be without freshman receiver James Robinson indefinitely because of a heart issue. Coach Jim McElwain made the announcement Wednesday after practice, saying “something” showed up in Robinson’s echocardiogram. McElwain added that Robinson will see heart specialists and “we’ll take every precaution to help him as he moves forward.”

The 6-foot-4 Robinson was suspended for the season opener against Michigan following an Aug. 21 marijuana possession citation. He also was cited for marijuana possession during his official visit to Ohio State in January. McElwain took a chance by signing Robinson, who was considered one of the top-15 receivers coming out of Lakeland High School.

NBA -PACERS-SIMON SAYS

Pacers owner denies report about possibly suing Lakers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon is denying a report that the team might sue the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with Paul George.

The NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 last week for violating league rules and there was a report that the Pacers were considering legal action, too.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Simon said the Pacers agreed with the league’s decision and that the team simply wanted to move on.

In other NBA news:

— The Atlanta Hawks have signed guards Quinn Cook and Josh Maggette and forward Tyler Cavanaugh. Cook, from Duke, played five games with Dallas and nine games with New Orleans as a rookie last season. He averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 assists. Cook is a two-time All-Star in the NBA G League. He was the 2016 G League Rookie of the Year.

NHL-FLAMES-BENNETT

Calgary Flames sign forward Sam Bennett to 2-year contract

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames signed forward Sam Bennett to a two-year contract Wednesday with an annual average value of $1.95 million.

The 21-year-old Bennett had 13 goals and 13 assists in 81 regular-season games last season, and added two goals in four playoff games.

Selected by Calgary in the first-round pick of the 2014 draft, he has 31 goals and 32 assists in 159 career NHL games.

LPGA-WIE-EVIAN

Wie withdraws from Evian, recovering from appendicitis

UNDATED (AP) — Michelle Wie has withdrawn from The Evian Championship as she recovers from surgery to remove her appendix.

The 27-year-old Wie withdrew from the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Ottawa Hunt before the final round Aug. 27 and had the surgery that night at Ottawa Hospital. The Evian Championship, the final major of the LPGA Tour season, begins Sept. 14 in France.

WORLD LONG DRIVE

Justin James wins Volvik World Long Drive Championship

THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Justin James won the Volvik World Long Drive Championship, beating Canadian Mitch Grassing in the final round.

After Grassing failed to find the grid on all eight of attempts in the two-round final, James — needing only to put one of his last four balls on the grid at the minimum 270 yards — hit a 435-yarder on his first shot in the second round to take the $125,000 top prize.

The 27-year-old James is from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

TENNIS-US OPEN

No Rafa vs. Roger at US Open: del Potro beats Federer in QF

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer was unable to set up his first U.S. Open match against Rafael Nadal.

Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Juan Martin del Potro in four sets.

The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament where Federer and Nadal have never met. Del Potro will face Nadal in the semifinals.

Madison Keys has made it an all-American women’s final four at the U.S. Open.

The No. 15 seed beat Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time.

She will face No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe on Thursday night in the second semifinal, after ninth-seeded Venus Williams faces unseeded Sloane Stephens.

The Americans hadn’t had all four semifinalists at the U.S. Open since 1981, when Tracy Austin beat Martina Navratilova for the title. Chris Evert and Barbara Potter also made the semifinals.

The last time it happened at any Grand Slam tournament was at Wimbledon in 1985, with Navratilova and Evert joined by Zina Garrison and Kathy Rinaldi.

The U.S. Open is guaranteed its first all-American final since Serena Williams beat Venus in 2002.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL- JUD HEATHCOTE-TRIBUTE

Michigan State to pay tribute to coaching icon Heathcote

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State’s basketball team will wear patches throughout the upcoming season to honor former coach Jud Heathcote.

The Feb. 10 home game against Purdue also has been named the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game.

Heathcote died Aug. 28 in Spokane, Washington, at the age of 90.

Heathcote retired in 1995 after a 19-year career at Michigan State. He led the Spartans and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, won three Big Ten titles and appeared in nine NCAA tournaments. He got his start as a head coach in college at Montana in 1971.

A public memorial service is scheduled Sept. 23 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane.

 

Butte rolls Santa Rosa; Martinez makes history in LA

The Butte College Roadrunner football team opened the 2017 season with a 51-0 trouncing of Santa Rosa on Saturday afternoon at Cowan Stadium.

New Butte quarterback Easton England threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Roadrunners jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and didn’t look back.

Butte’s defense suffocated the BearCubs intercepting three passes and sacking them five times. Butte moves to 1-0 and now faces Laney College on Friday night in Oakland. You can hear the game on AM-1290 KPAY and the KpaySports app at 7pm on Friday with our pre-game at 6:35pm

(AP) — J.D. Martinez and the Arizona Diamondbacks try to continue a pair of impressive streaks against the major league-leading Dodgers tonight.

Martinez homered in his final four at-bats during Monday night’s 13-0 victory against Los Angeles, including the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

The Diamondbacks will go for their 12th straight win when the series resumes at 10:10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Zack Greinke gets the ball for Arizona, while Hyun-Jin Ryu tries to cool off Martinez and company.

In other MLB action:

— Justin Verlander makes his much-anticipated debut for the Houston Astros when he starts at Seattle tonight. The AL West leaders got the longtime Tigers ace last week minutes before the trade deadline, hoping he can help them win the World Series for the first time. The 34-year-old righty waived his no-trade rights to accept the deal. Verlander (10-8, 3.82 ERA) went 5-1 and his last seven starts for Detroit, striking out 56 and only once permitting more than two earned runs.

— The Cleveland Indians go for their 13th straight victory tonight, which would put them just one away from tying the longest winning streak in team history set last year. Jose Ramirez homered Monday as the AL Central leaders beat the White Sox 5-3 — on Sunday, he tied a major league record by getting five extra-base hits in a game. Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.30 ERA) starts in Chicago vs. lefty David Holmberg (2-3, 3.55 ERA).

— The Cubs will see how pitcher Jake Arrieta is feeling, a day after he left his start in Pittsburgh because of tightness in his right hamstring. Brilliant in August, Arrieta says he thinks he’ll be OK to keep pitching for the NL Central leaders.

— Odubel Herrera has an 18-game hitting streak for the Phillies. He extended the string with a pinch-hit single Monday against the Mets. The outfielder was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day after being out because of a strained left hamstring. … Pablo Sandoval is hitless in his last 33 at-bats for San Francisco. The 2012 World Series MVP for the Giants returned to the team this summer after being cut by Boston, but has just one home run and four RBIs in 27 games following another 0-fer at Colorado.

— The Yankees have only three outfielders on their roster — Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. Aaron Hicks was put on the disabled list over the weekend, leaving New York without a backup who has a lot of outfield experience. Manager Joe Girardi says the playoff contenders could use infielders Ronald Torreyes or Tyler Wade as a fill-in this week in Baltimore.

— Angels righty Garrett Richards makes his first start since April 5, when he strained his right biceps in his season debut. That was his first appearance in 11 months after an elbow injury cut short his 2016 season. Richards is set to start at Oakland.

BRAZIL-POLICE RAID

Police search house of Brazilian Olympic committee president

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police in Rio de Janeiro are searching the house of the president of the Brazilian Olympic committee.

An Associated Press photographer saw police at the house of Carlos Nuzman early Tuesday.

Police have not commented.

News portal G1 reported that police were also outside the Olympic headquarters in Rio.

French and Brazilian authorities have been working on a corruption investigation involving bribery surrounding the awarding of the 2016 Rio Games and the 2020 Tokyo Games.

BOLT-RECORD PREDICTIONS

Bolt predicts his world records could stand for 15-20 years

KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Usain Bolt says he has no regrets about retiring and is confident his world records can stand for another 15-20 years.

The only sprinter to capture the 100 and 200 titles at three consecutive Olympics, Bolt retired last month after the world championships in London.

At a promotional event in Japan today, Bolt said, “I have nothing to prove, that’s the main reason I left track and field. After you do everything you want there is no reason to stick around.”

GUT-COMEBACK

Lara Gut targets North American races for comeback

GENEVA (AP) — Former overall World Cup champion Lara Gut has targeted races in North America to make her comeback from a serious knee injury at the world championships.

“I’m back on the snow” Gut wrote in an Instagram post that included video of herself skiing again. She heads to Chile next week to train.

The 26-year-old Swiss star will skip the traditional season-opening giant slalom next month in Soelden, Austria.

Instead, the Olympic downhill bronze medalist could return Nov. 25 at a giant slalom in Killington, Vermont. The first World Cup downhill is Dec. 1 in Lake Louise, Canada.

Gut ruptured her left ACL in February by crashing in slalom warmups for the combined medal event in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The injury ensured she lost her overall World Cup title to American rival Mikaela Shiffrin.

 

High School Football start times pushed back because of heat and smoke

Numerous high school football games are being pushed back on Friday because of the scorching temperatures expected all day Friday. Making matters worse are  the fires that are choking the valley making the air quality dangerous.

Despite the unhealthy conditions there does not appear to be any plans to cancel or postpone the Friday night games. The only game that is being postponed is Trinity versus Arcata. That game has been moved to Saturday afternoon in McKinleyville.

Tonight’s High School Football Game of the Week features  Live Oak versus Durham. We will have the game at 8:30pm tonight and we will also bring you high school football on Saturday night as the Oroville Tigers host the Paradise Bobcats. That game will also come your way at 8:30pm on the KpaySports app and right here on KpaySports.com

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