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Redemptive Weekend has Wildcats primed for rivals….

After a disastrous eight day stretch which saw the Chico State Wildcat men’s basketball team lose games by 18 (Dominguez Hills) 18 (San Marcos) and 23 (UC San Diego) the Cats got their groove back this past weekend at Acker Gym with solid wins versus Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona.

With the wins the Cats are now 11-5 overall and 8-4 in the CCAA. The Cats now ready themselves for their arch-rivals Humboldt State who come to town Saturday night. Humboldt started the season 0-6 in CCAA play but have  gone 3-3 in their last six conference contests with wins over Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills and a road win against San Marcos. They also had a near misses against conference co-leaders San Diego and Pomona.

The Chico State women look to stay undefeated at home and look to sweep the season series from Humboldt State when they host the Jacks at 5:30 on Saturday. Chico is 7-0 on their home floor and are coming off of home wins against San Bernardino and Pomona. Chico extended some payback versus the Coyotes and Broncos after losing to both teams in early December.

Chico is led by the conference’s leading scorer in senior Whitney Branham who is averaging 18.8 points per game. In mid-November the Wildcats beat Humboldt 77-67. The Lumberjacks struggled early but won seven straight games from November 25th thru January 5th. Chico and Humboldt come into the Saturday match-up tied for the 3td in the CCAA with records of 8-4.

The women play at 5:30 with the men taking the floor at 7:30. You can listen on AM-1290 KPAY also on the KpaySports app and also right here on KpaySports.com

Celebrate New Year’s with 24 hours of Chico State Baseball Glory…….

We bring you an encore presentation of our celebration of great Chico State Baseball.

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day we will bring you 24 hours of some of the best Chico State Baseball games from the past 20 years including rebroadcasts of National and Regional Championships. You can hear the games right here on the KpaySports.com and the KpaySports app that you can download for FREE in the app store……..

 

Our schedule….

12:00am-2:42am  CHICO vs UCSD 2014 West Regional @La Jolla

2:43am CHICO’s RALLY AT RALEY vs Sonoma State in 2012

3am-7am CHICO vs POMONA in the 2017 CCAA TOURNEY

7am-10:19am Dalton Erb 1-hits SONOMA in 2016

10:20am-10:40am CHICO rallies in 9th winning 1997 National Title

10:40am-11am CHICO STATE BASEBALL MUSICAL MONTAGES

11am-1:34pm CHICO vs FORT HAYS 1997 Regional Final @NETT

1:34pm-2pm CHICO wins the 1999 National Title over Kennesaw

2pm-6pm CHICO vs ASHLAND at 2006 D-II World Series (thriller)

6pm-9pm CHICO vs MONTEVALLO at 2006 D-II World Series

9pm-11pm CHICO beats SONOMA to win 2004 West Region Title

11pm-11:30pm CHICO walks off MESA STATE 2005 (Ryan Martin)

11:30pm-12:00pm CHICO beats UCSD in 2014 West Region Final

Merry Christmas Chico State Baseball Fans !!!

21 years of Chico State Wildcat baseball dominance will be celebrated on Christmas Day. We will look back and replay some of the great games in the history of the Wildcat baseball program.

Starting at midnight on Christmas we relive some of the best regular season and post-season games in the history of this illustrious program.

Chico State has won two National Championships, 9 West Region Titles and 9 CCAA Championships since 1996.

Here is our broadcast schedule…..

12am-3:20am:  Dalton Erb shuts down Sonoma throwing a complete game 3-hitter and striking out 11 Seawolves

3:20am: Chico State beats Sonoma in a pivotal 2000 match-up on game-winning walk single by Ryan Webb

4:00am-7:00am:  Chico State beats East Bay to win the 2016 CCAA Conference Tournament Championship

7:00am-11:00am: Chico State knocks off Cal Poly Pomona in the 2017 CCAA Championship Tournament to advance to the title game.

11:00am-3:00pm: Chico State takes on Ashland at the 2006 Division II College World Series. This classic game would go 13 innings and would feature several big moments.

3:00pm-6:00pm: Chico State wins their 1st West Region Championship outlasting Fort Hays State at Nettleton Stadium in May of 1997.

6:00pm-9:00pm: Chico State punches their ticket to the 2006 National Championship game by knocking off Montevallo University in Montgomery, Alabama.

9:00pm-11:00pm: Chico State beats Sonoma State in Pueblo, Colorado to capture the 2004 West Region Title. It would be Chico’s 5th trip to the Division II World Series in eight years

11:00pm-11:29pm: Chico State vs Mesa State 2005 West Region winners bracket game (Ryan Martin WALK-OFF winner)

11:30pm-12:00am: Chico State beats UCSD in La Jolla to win the 2014 West Region Baseball Title and punch their ticket to Cary, North Carolina

 

Giants Go Longo, Acquire Third Baseman

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants filled in a hole in their infield, acquiring third baseman, Evan Longoria, for Denard Span and three of their top 30 prospects: Christian Arroyo (1), Matt Krock (25) and Stephen Woods (29).

Previous to trading for Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval was slotted to be the Giants everyday third baseman. Last season, in 156 games, Longo hit for a .261 average, an OPS of .737. He slammed 20 home runs and tallied 86 RBIs. On the defensive side of the ball, Longoria posted a fielding percentage of .968; only committing 12 errors in 1,240 defensive innings. Longoria is 32 years old.

Last season for the Giants, Span recorded a batting average of .272, a slugging percentage of .427, and going 12 for 19 in stolen base attempts. Span, 33, was entering the last year of a three year contract with San Francisco.

Christian Arroyo, the Giants number one prospect, had an injury shortened 2017. He split his time between Triple-A and the Big League club. Arroyo, previously considered to be the Giants third baseman of the future, hit .192, slugging three long balls, and getting on base to the tune of .244. in 34 games with the Giants. In 28 contests, with the Sacramento River Cats, he hit .380, with 4 homers and 16 RBIs. Arroyo will be 23 this season.

Matt Krock, ranked 25th in the Giants farm system, spent the season with Single-A Advanced San Jose. In 25 games, the left-hander went 4 and 9 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He struck out 105 while walking 66. He will be 23 in 2018.

Stephen Woods played 2017 with Single-A Full Augusta. The righty went 6 and 7  in 23 games with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He struck out 113 and walked 64. He is entering his age 23 season.

Following this deal, San Francisco is still in the hunt for an outfielder, starting pitcher, and bullpen help. Now that Denard Span is a Tampa Bay Ray, the Giants will most likely be in the chase for not just one, but two outfielders.

This deal is not the first, nor will it be the last of the Giants 2017 offseason. Mark my words, the Giants are just getting started.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com and www.milb.com

Yankees Win Stanton Sweepstakes

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Stanton Sweepstakes have finally come to an end. After months of swirling rumors, the Marlins have struck a deal with the Yankees to send Giancarlo Stanton to New York. When this process began, Stanton was believed to either be headed to the Giants or Cardinals. However, Stanton had all of the leverage because of the no-trade clause in his deal. As a result, Stanton vetoed the trade destinations of San Francisco and St. Louis. Stanton, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, stated that his number one trade destination would be the Dodgers. However, when that trade did not materialize, Stanton’s camp came out with a new list of teams to whom he would OK a trade. The teams on the list included the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.

Almost immediately after the new list broke, talks between the Marlins and Yankees began to intensify. As part of the deal the Yankees will pick up $260 million of the $295 million left on Stanton’s pact. In return for Stanton the Marlins will get Starlin Castro and pair of low-level prospects.  Here is a visual breakdown of the deal:

Stanton joins an outfield of Brett Gardner and AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge. Stanton adds his behemoth bat to a Yankees’ team that led Major League Baseball in 2017 with 241 homeruns. Giancarlo, who hit a Marlin’s franchise record 59 homers last season, is slotted in a lineup with rookie phenom Aaron Judge. Judge, himself, slugged 52 homeruns in 2017. Reportedly, the Yankees plan for their outfield is to rotate the outfielders between defense and the DH position. Below is the Yankees projected lineup in 2018:

Long story short, if you are a fan who enjoys watching baseballs disappear into the night, this is the team for you. Introducing your 2018 AL East Champions.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Via Ken Rosenthal

Dubs continue winning on the road; A’s stunned by ballpark decision

The Golden State Warriors are now 5-0 on their six-game road trip after disposing of the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Playing without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors Kevin Durant stole the show. Durant scored 35 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing off 10 assists. His first triple-double of the season. The Warriors move to 20-6 on the season and will finish up their road trip in Detroit on Friday night.

It’s back to the drawing board for the Oakland A’s the Peralta Board of College Trustees voted in closed session to cease discussions with the A’s for a joint venture to build a baseball stadium.

The 35-thousand seat stadium was going to be in downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt. The community college district owns the land and halted talks with A’s officials. The decision was said to have “shocked” A’s officials who were looking forward to a dialogue with the trustees about the proposed ballpark.

(AP) — The Cleveland Browns have fired top executive Sashi Brown, but are keeping coach Hue Jackson for another season despite a 1-27 record.

Brown was named the team’s top executive by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam during an overhaul following the 2015 season. He was relieved of his duties on Thursday.

In announcing the dismissal, Jimmy Haslam said Brown was told the team “is going in a new direction.” Haslam also announced Jackson will remain as coach for next season.

Brown’s firing is not unexpected since Cleveland is 0-12 for the second straight season with Brown in charge. The team passed up a chance to draft quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts and Cleveland has shown little sign of improvement since Brown took over.

Brown had no experience in evaluating players as he primarily handled the team’s salary cap before he was promoted.

NFL-SAINTS-FALCONS

Saints visit Falcons in key NFC South matchup

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons host the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Thursday night game.

The NFC South matchup has serious playoff ramifications. The 7-5 Falcons desperately need a win over the 9-3 Saints to have a realistic shot at a second straight NFC South title.

In a 14-9 loss to Minnesota last week Atlanta failed to score a touchdown for the first time in nearly two seasons — a major embarrassment to a team that led the league in scoring a year ago.

NBA-MEXICO CITY

Nets and Thunder meet in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Brooklyn Nets meet in Mexico City Thursday night.

The game will be the 25th in NBA history South of the Border, the most for any country besides the United States and Canada. It’s also the first since a 7.1 earthquake on Sept. 19 killed over 300 people, most of them in the capital.

The invisible opponent is the altitude. Sitting at 7,350 feet above sea level, Mexico’s capital is at a far higher elevation than Denver — the NBA’s highest venue at 5,280 feet.

RUSSIAN DOPING

Russia PM: State will never admit “false” doping charges

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev) says the state will never acknowledge the accusation of state-sponsored doping that prevents the Russia team from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics because it considers it false.

Speaking at a Cabinet session on Thursday, he also argued that the International Olympic Committee decision on Tuesday to ban the Russia team from the Winter Games in South Korea for anti-doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games had political underpinnings. He said the move was taken in order to influence public opinion in Russia ahead of the March 18 presidential election.

Medvedev says the Cabinet will support Russians who want to compete as neutral athletes at the games in February.

RUSSIAN DOPING-ZUBKOV

Olympic panel details Sochi bobsled champion’s doping case

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — An Olympic disciplinary panel says “powerful” evidence proved that two-time bobsled gold medalist Alexander Zubkov took part in the 2014 Sochi Games doping conspiracy.

In its full decision published on Thursday of a Nov. 24 verdict, the IOC disciplinary panel chaired by Denis Oswald detailed why it disqualified Zubkov and banned him for life from the Olympics.

The verdicts states one sample had “an abnormally high level of salt” and two scratched bottles were tampered with. Laboratory staff added salt to clean stored urine that was swapped in for steroid-tainted samples during the games.

The panel says similar evidence exists in seven more cases from Russia’s Sochi bobsled teams.

FIGURE SKATING-GRAND PRIX FINAL

Chen finishes 1st in short program at Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Nathan Chen finished first in the men’s short program at the Grand Prix Final on Thursday, the last major international competition before the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Skating to “Nemesis,” the American opened with a quad lutz, triple toe loop combination and added a quad flip and a triple axel for 103.32 points.

Japanese skater Shoma Uno fell on the landing of a triple axel and was second with 101.51 points, followed by Mikhail Kolyada of Russia with 99.22.

PGA TOUR-CHINA

PGA Tour signs deal to partner Chinese firm Shankai

BEIJING (AP) — The PGA Tour has signed a deal to partner with Chinese firm Shankai Sports to manage the operations of its China series for 20 years from 2018.

Shankai, a Beijing-based firm, says its new venture is receiving a 300 million yuan ($45 million) investment from Yao Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by former Houston Rockets player Yao Ming, and U.S.-based IDG Capital.

After a one-year hiatus, the PGA Tour China Series will resume next year.

The move comes as China has cracked down on golf in recent years, with authorities closing more than 100 courses in an effort to conserve water and land.

Greg Gilligan, PGA Tour’s Greater China managing director, says the closures were related to code violations and that China is supportive of the sport.

SPORTS BETTING-MARKET SCRAMBLE

Internet betting firms settle suits over NYX acquisition

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Three gambling companies have agreed to end their legal battle over the proposed acquisition of NYX Gaming by Scientific Games.

The Las Vegas-based firms hope to join forces and become a leader in the as-yet unapproved U.S. sports betting market.

But William Hill, a rival based in London, had threatened to derail the deal by using stock it owns in NYX.

On Thursday, the companies said they will end their complicated international litigation, adding that William Hill will now support the deal.

The companies anticipate the Supreme Court will legalize sports betting, creating a huge new market in the U.S.

The case was heard on Monday, but a decision may take until June.

NJ INTERNET GAMBLING-RACETRACKS

New Jersey eyes cutting horse tracks in on internet gambling

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers want to give the state’s horse racing tracks a piece of the action on internet gambling.

The state Assembly is due to vote Thursday on a bill that would authorize tracks to offer internet gambling on their premises if they reach a partnership agreement with an Atlantic City casino or an online affiliate of a casino.

Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo says it’s a way to help the struggling racing industry with new revenue.

Gamblers with internet betting accounts can already place bets from anywhere within New Jersey’s borders, and don’t need to go to a track to do so.

Supporters envision track patrons placing online casino bets between races.

The state Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on the measure.

Report: Panik Not Offered in Stanton Talks

By Chandler Guadagjnin

Last week, it was reported that the Giants official offer for the Marlin’s Giancarlo Stanton included RHP Tyler Beede, OF Chris Shaw and 2B Joe Panik.

Now,another report from veteran MLB reporter, Bob Nightingale, has surfaced. It states that when the Giants’ front office heard the report they were “guffawed”. Instead Nightingale said that ” fringe-type guys” were most likely offered. Yet just another chapter in the thriller that is the ‘Stanton Sweepstakes’.

The market has seemingly narrowed to the Giants and Cardinals.

Source: http://www.knbr.com/2017/12/04/nightengale-giants-laughed-at-report-that-theyd-trade-panik-for-stanton-would-likely-offer-fringe-type-guys/

Miami Confident Stanton Would Approve Trade to Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

The ‘Stanton Sweepstakes’ have been going on for a while now. Throughout the trade rumors, one question remains constant: will Stanton even end up on a new team? You see, Stanton has a full no trade clause. As a result, Stanton can refuse a trade to anyone, even if the Marlins want to send him off. However, it is now more probable that Stanton will be moved. He has presented a list of teams to the Marlins, to whom he would waive his no trade clause. At the top of that list are the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This morning, conflicting reports surfaced that Stanton was concerned about San Francisco and their depth after a 98-loss season. Conversely, Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network tweeted that the Miami Marlins are confident that Giancarlo Stanton would except a trade to the Giants if the opportunity presented itself.

“Sources: Giancarlo Stanton has not given formal word to #Marlins that he would accept trade to #SFGiants, but officials involved in talks are optimistic that he ultimately will. @MLBNetwork @MLB” -Jon Morosi via Twitter

The first offer that the Giants submitted to the Marlins was that they would swap Joe Panik, Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw for Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon. Later it was revealed that the Giants would rather trade for just Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins have reportedly made a counter offer to the Giants, in which they would trade just Giancarlo Stanton for the Giants trio. However, the Giants would have to fork over $250 million of the remaining $295 million on Stanton’s deal.

Stanton would allegedly like to test the Dodgers’ interest in him before he accepts a trade anywhere else.

Read KNBR Article

Information based on KNBR article: Marlins optimistic that Stanton would accept trade to Giants [report] by Jake Montero

Broadcast Schedule for KpaySports App Nov 30-Dec 4

BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR KPAYSPORTS APP & KPAYSPORTS.COM

THURSDAY November 30, 2017

9:30am Chico State vs Kennesaw State 1997 (short)

10am-2:50pm Chico State vs East Bay Hoops Men’s & Women’s Feb 2016

2:50pm-3pm Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma RALLY AT RALEY

3pm-6pm Chico State Baseball vs Cent Missou Minute Maid Feb 2017

6pm-10:35pm Chico State Basketball vs San Marcos Hoops Men’s & Women’s Feb 2016

10:35pm-11pm Chico State Baseball vs Pomona 2002 (short)

11pm-12am Chico State Baseball vs UCSD 2014 Regional (short) Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma 2000 (short)

FRIDAY

12am-5am Chico State Baseball vs SF State April 2016 DH

5am-8:36am Chico Heat vs Medford Rogues Game 2 2016 Championship Series

8:36am-9am Chico State vs Kennesaw 1997 (short)

9am-11am Chico State men’s hoops vs Dominican Nov 2017

11am-1pm Chico State men’s hoops vs Monterey Bay Jan 2015

1pm-5pm Chico State Baseball vs Pomona CCAA Tourney May 2017

5:05pm-10pm CHICO STATE @ POMONA LIVE from Kellogg Gym Mike Baca (play-by-play)

10pm-11pm Chico State women vs Bakersfield 2005

11pm-12am Chico State Baseball vs C.Missouri 2006 (short) and the Chico State vs Sonoma 2000 (short)

SATURDAY

12am-3am Chico State vs Central Missouri State MINUTE MAID PARK Feb 2017

3am-7:18am Chico State vs East Bay Hoops Men’s & Women’s Feb 2016

7:20am-8am Chico Heat vs Medford Rogues 2016 Title Game LAST THREE INNINGS…

8am-1pm Chico State vs Humboldt State Men’s & Women’s Hoops Nov 2017

1pm-3:40pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Arizona November 2017

3:40pm-4pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs SF State 1993 Tony Prescott half-court heave to win it !

4pm-6:45pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Stanford Nov 2017

6:45pm-7pm Sleepy Floyd Quarter

7pm-12am Chico State Men’s & Women’s Hoops vs Pomona Feb 2016

SUNDAY

12am-2am Chico State Men vs Hawaii Pacific NCAA Tourney 2017

2am-4:24am ALMOND BOWL 2017 Chico High vs PV

4:25am-5am Chico State Baseball vs Mesa NCAA 2005 (short)

5am-11:35am Chico State Baseball vs Stanislaus DH May 2016

 

11:35am-5pm CHICO STATE @ SAN BERNARDINO LIVE from San Bernardino Mike Baca (play-by-play)

5pm-7pm Chico State Women’s Hoops vs Seattle Pacific 2006 West Region Title Game from Bellingham

7pm-8:24pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Stanislaus 1993 NCAC TITLE GAME

8:25pm-9pm Chico State vs Central Missouri 2006 (short)

9pm-12am Chico Heat vs Medford Rogues Game 2 2016 GWL Championship Series

MONDAY

12am-12:37am Chico State Men vs Stanislaus 2014 NCAA REGIONAL FINAL Amazing comeback !

12:38am-12:49am Sleepy Floyd Quarter

12:50am-1am Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma RALLY AT RALEY

1am-4am Butte Football vs Chabot Sep 2017 Mike Wessels (play-by-play)

4am-6am Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Dominican Nov 2017

6am-9am Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma April 2016

 

 

 

KPAYSPORTS Broadcast Schedule…..

Wednesday November 29, 2017

6am-10am Chico State @ Humboldt Hoops 2017
10am-2:30pm Chico State vs Humboldt Hoops 2016
2:30pm-3pm Chico vs UCSD Baseball Regional Final 2014
3pm-6pm Chico State Hoops vs Arizona in 2016
6pm-9pm Chico State vs Central Missouri in Feb 2017 from Minute Maid Park
9pm-12am Chico State @ Stanford men’s hoops 2017