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Report: Giants Make Offer For Stanton

By Chandler Guadagnin

Jake Montero, a reporter for knbr.com, has just published an article on the station’s website, claiming that the San Francisco Giants have indeed submitted a proposal to the Miami Marlins, for the services of prized outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The offer was first reported by The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal. As part of the deal, the Giants would pick up the majority of the salary left on Stanton’s contract. Stanton still has 10-years and $285 million left on his pact. The exact details of the trade proposal are not known; however, it is speculated that the player headlining the deal is RHP Johnny Cueto, who recently opted into the four years remaining on his contract. Another possible trade piece could be RHP Jeff Samardzija.

What is being deemed the “Stanton Sweepstakes” has been a hot topic since the team was rumored to, and eventually bought, by a Derek Jeter-led investment group. Miami has publicly stated that they are looking to downsize their payroll by a significant sum.

This trade would put the Giants above the luxury-tax threshold for the third straight year, which has considerable consequences. If this trade does indeed go through, look for the Giants to unload some payroll in the coming months.

Other teams considered to be top candidates for a Stanton trade are the Red Sox, Cardinals, and Dodgers. It is worth noting that Stanton has a complete no trade clause and could veto a trade to any team. Stay locked to kpaysports.com for the latest on this unfolding story.

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Finally for 49ers…..

AP- The 49ers finally earned their first win of the season as C.J. Beathard threw for 288 yards and two TDs in a 31-21 victory over the stumbling Giants. Beathard also ran for a TD after connecting on an 83-yard TD to Marquise Goodwin and a 47-yarder to Garrett Celek (SEH’-lihk) in the second quarter. San Francisco gained its first win under coach Kyle Shanahan in a game that only heightened speculation that the 1-8 Giants might replace head coach Ben McAdoo.

(AP) — The New Orleans Saints have extended their winning streak by crushing an AFC playoff contender.

Mark Ingram scored a career-best three touchdowns as the Saints won their seventh straight game, a 47-10 pounding of the Buffalo Bills.

The Saints blew the game open by scoring on five of their first six possessions. New Orleans finished with 298 yards rushing and 32 first downs, with Ingram providing 131 yards.

Drew Brees (breez) also ran for a TD and was 18 of 25 for 184 yards and no interceptions to help the Saints stay perfect since an 0-2 start.

The Bills slipped to 5-4 with their second straight loss and didn’t reach the end zone until after the two-minute warning.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys’ offense looked anemic in its first game without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas gained just 233 total yards and was shut out over the final 51 minutes of a 27-7 loss in Atlanta.

Adrian Clayborn set an Atlanta record with six sacks, the second most in NFL history. Matt Ryan tossed a pair of short TD passes after Tevin Coleman’s one-yard run gave the Falcons a 10-7 halftime lead.

Both teams are 5-4

Also in the NFL:

— The Rams were winners in their first home game in a month. Robert Woods grabbed two of Jared Goff’s three touchdown passes during the third quarter of a 33-7 rout of the Texans. Woods caught a 94-yard TD pass to break it open before Sammy Watkins and Woods made TD catches 19 seconds apart late in the third quarter. Woods had eight receptions for 171 yards for the 7-2 Rams, who are off to their best nine-game start in 16 years.

— Case Keenum threw touchdowns to four different receivers while the Vikings built a 35-17 lead in a 38-30 win at Washington. Keenum was 21 of 29 for 304 yards and TD passes to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, David Morgan and Jarius Wright. Minnesota picked up its fifth consecutive win, improved to 7-2 and dropped the Redskins to 4-5.

— Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as the Patriots crushed the Broncos 41-6 to match their own AFC record with their 12th consecutive road victory. Brady was 25 of 34 passing for 266 yards as New England improved to 7-2. Dion Lewis scored on a 103-yard kickoff return and added a seven-yard rushing TD to help the Pats send the 3-6 Broncos to their fifth straight loss.

— Chris Boswell drilled a 33-yard field goal as time expired to push the Steelers past the Colts 20-17. Ben Roethlisberger’s 32-yard completion to Antonio Brown with 35 seconds left set up the late kick that gave the 7-2 Steelers their fourth straight victory. Roethlisberger had 236 passing yards and threw a pair of scoring passes in the second half after Indianapolis took a 17-3 lead.

— The Packers won for the first time since losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Brett Hundley threw for 212 yards and a touchdown in a 23-16 triumph over the Bears. Ty Montgomery had a 37-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to help Green Bay end a three-game skid and improve to 5-4. Nick Perry had three sacks of rookie Mitchell Trubisky, who threw for a season-high 297 yards and hit Josh Bellamy for a 46-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

— The Lions are also 5-4 after Matthew Stafford connected on 17 of 26 passes for 249 yards and three second-half touchdowns in a 38-24 comeback over the winless Browns. Detroit quickly fell behind 10-0 and didn’t take the lead for good until Stafford lofted a 29-yard, tiebreaking touchdown to Eric Ebron (EE’-brahn) early in the fourth quarter. The Browns slumped to 0-9 despite rookie Deshone Kizer, who ran for 57 yards and a touchdown while completing 21 of his 37 passes for 232 yards and a TD in his best game of the season.

— The Titans earned their fourth straight win by knocking off the Bengals 24-20 on Marcus Mariota’s (mar-ee-OH’-tahz) seven-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 36 seconds to play. Murray ran for two touchdowns and Mariota finished with 264 yards passing as Tennessee improved to 6-3 with their longest winning streak since 2009. Cincinnati took its only lead at 20-17 on a 70-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green with 5:03 left before Tennessee stayed tied with Jacksonville atop the AFC South at 6-3.

— The Jaguars have their first three-game winning streak in four years after Josh Lambo nailed a 30-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining in overtime to complete a 20-17 decision over the Chargers. Lambo also extended the game with a 34-yard kick to cap a wild final two minutes of regulation that included a fumble, two interceptions, a taunting penalty and a roughing the passer infraction. Chargers rookie Austin Ekeler fumbled while trying to run out the clock with a three-point lead, and Blake Bortles threw two interceptions while trying to rally the Jaguars in the final two minutes.

— Ryan Fitzpatrick beat his former team and the Buccaneers ended a five-game skid by downing the Jets 15-10. Fitzpatrick led two long scoring drives and Charles Sims scored on a six-yard run to put Tampa Bay ahead 15-3 with just over six minutes remaining. Josh McNown was 23 of 39 for 263 yards and one interception for the 4-5 Jets, who didn’t score a TD until Robby Anderson’s 38-yard grab in the final minute.

T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-POLL

AP Top 25: Miami jumps to No. 2 behind Alabama; Oklahoma 3rd

UNDATED (AP) — Miami Hurricanes football players have spent much of their recent postgame news conferences complaining about a lack of respect and recognition. They got some on Sunday, ascending to second in The Associated Press poll after blowing out previous No. 3 Notre Dame.

The 9-0 Hurricanes climbed five spots in the poll and are one of just four unbeaten teams in the top 25. They also picked up four first-place votes, while No. 1 Alabama claimed the other 57.

The Crimson Tide are 10-0 following Saturday’s fourth-quarter rally against Mississippi State.

Oklahoma moved up two spots to third and Clemson stayed fourth as they try to gain one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Wisconsin is fifth, followed by Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. The Tigers climbed four places to sixth after beating the Bulldogs, who fell from second to seventh.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE-JONES OUT

Butch Jones out as Tennessee’s football coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Butch Jones is now the former head football coach at Tennessee, dismissed with two games left in the regular season.

The move comes amid a 1-5 skid that includes Saturday’s embarrassing 50-17 loss to Missouri. The Vols have fallen to 4-6 after being ranked in the AP preseason poll.

Jones went 34-27 overall and 14-24 in the SEC over five seasons, leading the Vols to bowl victories each of the last three years.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Celtics get 12th straight win

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics were able to run their winning streak to a dozen games despite the absence of Kyrie (KY’-ree) Irving due to a facial fracture.

Al Horford returned from a two-game absence and delivered 21 points in the Celtics’ 95-94 downing of the Raptors. Horford looked good in his first action since suffering a concussion.

Jaylen Brown added 18 points for the Celts, who remain perfect following an 0-2 start. Terry Rozier helped fill in for Irving with 16 points off the bench.

Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:

— The Rockets had three players score at least 20 points in a 118-95 thumping of the Pacers. James Harden contributed 26 points and 15 assists, Eric Gordon had 21 points and Clint Capela added 20 and 17 rebounds.

— Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Avery Bradley added 24 in Detroit’s 112-103 victory over the Heat. Andre Drummond grabbed 17 rebounds for the 10-3 Pistons, who are second to Boston in the East and off to their best start since 2005-06.

— Paul George scored 37 points and Russell Westbrook added 27 to lead the Thunder past the Mavericks 112-99. George and Westbrook combined to score 32 of the Thunder’s 39 points in a decisive third quarter and helped Oklahoma City win without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams.

T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

Cardinals win 1st game under Padgett

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Cardinals have opened the post-Rick Pitino era by grinding out a home win against unheralded George Mason.

Deng Adel had 20 points and the 16th-ranked Cardinals won David Padgett’s debut as interim coach by downing the Patriots 72-61. Darius Perry and Jordan Nwora combined for 22 points in the second half to help Louisville pull away after George Mason led by six with 12 minutes remaining.

The Cardinals looked tentative for nearly 30 minutes in its first regular season contest since Pitino was fired last month in the wake of a national federal investigation of corruption in college basketball.

In other top-25 action:

— Third-ranked Arizona rolled to a 103-78 win over UMBC behind Allonzo Trier’s 30 points. DeAndre Ayton added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the 2-0 Wildcats.

— Hamido Diallo scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half before fifth-ranked Kentucky held off Vermont 73-69. P.J. Washington had a career-high 16 points for the Wildcats, who managed to hang on after missing seven of their last eight shots.

— No. 12 Miami rolled to an 89-55 win as D.J. Vasiljevic scored 16 points and Jacquan Newton added 14.

— Carsen Edwards scored a career-high 25 points and Vince Edwards added 15 points with 12 rebounds as No. 20 Purdue routed Chicago State 111-42.

— Myles Powell scored 18 points and Angel Delgado chipped in 17 points and 11 boards in No. 23 Seton Hall’s 75-65 victory over Monmouth.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Devils outscore Hawks

UNDATED (AP) — The New Jersey Devils continue to shed their reputation as a dull hockey club that relies on traps and solid goaltending.

Miles Wood recorded his first career hat trick and had an assist as the Devils outscored the Blackhawks 7-5 in Chicago. Rookie Nico Hischier (HEE’-shur) had a goal and two assists for the Metropolitan Division leaders, who have won back-to-back games since a 2-0-2 skid.

Andy Green, Taylor Hall and Brian Gibbons also scored to back Keith Kincaid, who finished with 39 saves to help New Jersey improve to 11-4-2. The Devils also top their division with 61 goals.

The Blackhawks lost for the third time in four games despite defenseman Jan Rutta’s one goal and two assists.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) provided the lone shootout goal in the Capitals’ 2-1 verdict over the Oilers. Dmitry Orlov scored in regulation and Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots in Washington’s fifth win in six games.

— Third-period goals by Melker Karlsson and Joel Ward allowed the Sharks to come away with a 2-1 win at Los Angeles. Ward scored on a long defecltion off his skate with 7:10 remaining to send San Jose to its sixth win in seven games.

— The Lightning also picked up a 2-1 win at Anaheim, thanks to J.T. Brown’s tiebreaking goal in the third period. Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST’-nih-kahv) also scored for Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 28 shots in Tampa Bay’s fourth win in a row.

NASCAR-PHOENIX

Kenseth’s win keeps Kezelowski in championship contention

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kenseth and Brad Kezelowski were the big winners at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday.

Kenseth won for the first time this season in what might have been the second-to-last Cup race of his NASCAR career. He does not have a job lined up for next year and said he’ll take a break at the start of the season.

Kenseth passed Chase Elliott with 10 laps remaining, denying Elliott the final berth in next week’s championship race. Had Elliott hung on for the win, he would have qualified for the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Instead of Elliott, it will be Kezelowski competing with Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for the championship next Sunday at Homestead. Truex finished third at Phoenix, Harvick was fifth and Busch seventh.

F1-BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

Vettel wins

SAO PAULO (AP) — Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has won the Brazilian Grand Prix, overtaking pole sitter Valtteri Bottas on the first lap and leading most of the way.

Vettell is trying to lock up second place in the standings after Lewis Hamilton clinched the drivers’ title two weeks ago.

Bottas finished second with Kimi Raikkonen (KEE’-mee RAY’-koh-nehn) of Ferrari taking third.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SCHWAB CUP

Sutherland takes season title with victory in finale.

PHOENIX (AP) — Kevin Sutherland had two reasons to celebrate after winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club.

Sutherland won for the first time in 78 starts on the PGA Tour Champions circuit. He also claimed the $1 million season title after entering the season finale ranked fifth in points.

Sutherland closed a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh (VEE’-jay sing). Bernhard Langer finished five shots back and missed a chance to win the season title for the fourth straight year despite winning the first two playoff events.

PGA-OHL CLASSIC

Kizzire gets first PGA win, Masters berth

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Patton Kizzire has won his first PGA Tour title by beating Rickie Fowler over 36 holes on the final day of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Kizzire closed with rounds of 66-67 for a one-shot victory over Fowler. Kizzire finished at 19-under and earned a spot in the Masters.

TENNIS-FED CUP FINAL

United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The United States won its 18th Fed Cup title and the first since 2000 with a 3-2 win against Belarus.

CoCo Vandeweghe (VAN’-deh-way) and Shelby Rogers beat Aryna Sabalenka (sa-bah-LEHN’-kuh) and Aliaksandra Sasnovich (al-ihk-SAN’-drah SAS’-noh-vihch) 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles. Vandeweghe won each of her two singles matches and teamed with Rogers to crawl out of a 2-5 hole in the second set.

 

 

Giants May Trade Roster Mainstays

By Chandler Guadagnin

San Francisco Giants’ vice president of baseball operations, and former general manager-Brian Sabean- was recently featured on a podcast. When asked about the Giants offseason moves thus far, and moves yet to come. Sabean stated that:

“We’re coming to the realization that to do what we need to do, to be competitive to start the year, and hopefully let that roll into also making some moves at the deadline is that we’re going to have to make some tough choices. We may have to move some payroll which may mean moving some people that we perhaps under normal circumstances would not. It’s really a deep exercise and we’re not done with the deep dive yet as to how we best go about it.” -Heard on the TK Show

Sabean also mentioned the luxury tax as a concern. San Francisco comes off a season in which they were 64-98. From the very beginning, it was speculated that the Giants would undergo drastic changes this offseason; however, the vocalization of those pursuits by the Giants front office, make it a reality.

Buckle up. It’s going to be a long offseason.

Quote courtesy of: http://www.knbr.com/2017/11/11/brian-sabean-giants-may-move-players-they-wouldnt-trade-under-normal-circumstances/

Rough day for the Wildcats…..

Rough day for the Chico State Wildcats…..Chico State women’s soccer team sees their season end in West Regionals falling 3-0 to Concordia (Portland) Great season for the Chico State women as a mad dash at end of season got them into NCAA party 👏👏👏
Both the Chico State men and women fall in their season openers. The men commit 16 TO’s and fall to Concordia-Irvine 82-78. Isaiah Ellis led Cats with 15p/6r. Chico will face Biola on Saturday at 4:35pm on AM-1290 KPAY.
The Chico State women coughed up a 14-point 4th quarter lead and lost to Dominican 83-81. Senior Whitney Branham led the Cats with 27. Chico committed 28 turnovers in the loss. Chico is in action tomorrow at 1:50pm in AM-1290 KPAY

Saturday’s broadcast schedule…..

1:50pm-Chico State women’s basketball vs Notre Dame de Namur  on AM-1290 KPAY, Kpay.com and Kpay app

3:35pm-Butte College football vs Sacramento City on KpaySports app & right here on KpaySports dot-com

4:35pm-Chico State men’s basketball vs Biola University on AM-1290 KPAY, Kpay.com and Kpay app

 

Photo courtesy of ChicoWildcats.com

Lynch appeal denied; record setting temps for start of Fall Classic

(AP) — Marshawn Lynch’s appeal of his one-game suspension for shoving an official has been declined and the running back will miss Oakland’s game this week at Buffalo.

The NFL announced Tuesday that appeals officer James Thrash upheld the one-game ban without pay. Thrash was appointed by the league and the NFLPA.

Lynch will not be allowed to be with the Raiders until Oct. 30.

Lynch was suspended for coming off the sideline during a scuffle in the second quarter and then shoving a game official during Oakland’s 31-30 victory over Kansas City last Thursday night. The ban will cost him more than $100,000 in salary and per game roster bonuses.

 

(AP) — Temperatures are expected to hit the triple digits at Dodger Stadium today, where L.A. and the Houston Astros meet for Game One of World Series. Game time is 8:09 p.m. Eastern Time, and it could be the warmest World Series ever.

Dodgers ace and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will get the start against Houston lefty and 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

An October heat wave slugged Southern California on Monday, with the temperature reaching 104 degrees shortly after lunchtime in Chavez Ravine. It was still blazing when the Dodgers and Astros showed up at Dodger Stadium for brief late-afternoon workouts that stretched into the early evening.

(AP) — The hearing where Tiger Woods is expected to enter a diversion program for intoxicated drivers has been moved from Wednesday to Friday. No reason was given for the change.

The 41-year-old superstar golfer is scheduled to plead guilty to reckless driving in Palm Beach County, Florida.

In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and attend DUI school along with other conditions.

Woods was arrested May 29 when officers found him unconscious in his parked Mercedes-Benz. A toxicology report showed he had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers, a sleep drug and an anti-anxiety drug but no alcohol in his system.

(AP) — Prestigious Pebble Beach will host its first U.S. Women’s Open in 2023 and the U.S. Open in 2027.

The premier events will be USGA championships Nos. 14 and 15 at the picturesque course along the Monterey Peninsula.

Pebble last hosted the U.S. Open in 2010. The course has hosted five U.S. Opens in all, four U.S. Amateurs, two U.S. Women’s Amateurs and one PGA Championship during its 98-year history.

Pebble already is set to host the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open Championships.

(AP) — A 25-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged in connection with a car crash that injured five people, including New England Patriots rookie linebacker Harvey Langi and his wife, Cassidy.

Police say Kevin Conroy, of Millis, is charged with drug possession, negligent operation and possession of an open alcohol container.

Police say Langi was stopped at a traffic light in Foxborough on Oct. 13 when Conroy’s Jeep, going 50 mph, rear-ended him. The force pinned Langi’s car between the Jeep and the car in front of him.

Langi is an undrafted free agent from Brigham Young.

(AP) — The flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games has been lit in the ruined birthplace of the ancient Olympics.

An actress playing an ancient pagan priestess lit the torch in front of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, despite a cloudburst that disrupted today’s ceremony.

It launched a long torch relay that will culminate with the winter Games opening on Feb. 9.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said, “Now it will be up to Pyeongchang to keep the dynamism for the last three months of preparations”. He says, “They are very well under way, the stage is set for the winter athletes of the world and we are looking forward to a successful and great Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.”

(AP) — A top Tokyo Olympic Games organizer is pledging to keep water clean and safe at marathon swimming and triathlon venues where E. coli bacterial contamination was detected during the summer.

Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto tells the Associated Press that officials have tried various measures at the Odaiba Marine Park venue. Muto says tested have been conducted on the problem using two layers of underwater screens, which he says could keep out 90 percent of E. coli inflow to the venue.

He says that adding a third layer of the screens could prove even more effective.

(AP) — The British government has decided doping cheats should not face criminal prosecutions.

Sports minister Tracey Crouch says sanctions for drug offenses should be left to sports governing bodies to enforce. It follows a government review examining the merits of criminalizing doping.

Crouch says “it was right that we looked into the case for criminalizing doping,” adding that “the strong consensus is that it would not necessarily aid the fight against drug cheats.”

 

(AP) — The Italian soccer federation says a passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before matches this week to condemn the acts of anti-Semitism by Lazio fans and to keep alive memories of the Holocaust.

The FIGC also says a minute of silence will be observed before Serie A, B and C matches this week, plus amateur and youth games over the weekend.

Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico with images of Frank — the young diarist who died in the Holocaust — wearing a jersey of city rival Roma.

(AP) — Russian authorities say next year’s World Cup will cost $600 million more than previously planned.

There was no immediate explanation from organizers or the Russian government for the latest cost rise, published in a government decree today and signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Costs have risen by 34.5 billion rubles ($600 million) to 678 billion rubles ($11.8 billion), the decree states.

Of that, 57.6 percent comes from the federal budget. There is another 13.6 percent from regional government budgets, with a further 28.8 percent from “legal entities,” a category which can include both private and state-run companies.

(AP) — Dave Sarachan, the top assistant to Bruce Arena, will be the interim coach for the United States when the Americans play an exhibition at European champion Portugal on Nov. 14.

Arena quit Oct. 13, three days after the Americans lost 2-1 at 99th-ranked Trinidad and Tobago and failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup. The rest of Arena’s staff will remain on for next month’s game.

The U.S. doesn’t have a competitive match until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and is expected to overhaul its program during the more than five years it has to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati hasn’t said whether he intends to run for a fourth four-year term in February.

 

 

 

Giants Must Improve in 2018

By Chandler Guadagnin

If a 64 and 98 record is any indication, the San Francisco Giants must drastically improve if they hope of competing in 2018.

A few things must happen for such a change to occur. One, the bullpen has to be better; and two, outfield offensive production must increase.

Before going nuclear on the bullpen, one must remember that before the season even began, the Giants lost key relief pieces, such as Will Smith to injury. San Francisco’s high-end closer, Mark Melancon, also fell prey to the injury bug-missing most of the year. This season San Francisco’s pen ran to the tune of a 3.91 ERA. If that weren’t enough, they seemed to give up the runs at crucial junctures of the game. If the Giants get everyone back healthy, look for San Francisco’s bullpen to not only have better outings, but be a strong suit of this team moving forward.

The outfield is a whole other animal. Exempting Jarrett Parker and Michael Morse, the Giants kept their starting outfield healthy for the entirety of the season, and yet mainstays like Denard Span and Hunter Pence could not produce the needed output of their positions. Giants outfielders hit for a combined triple slash of .250/.308/.373 . According to MLB.com, if the Giants outfield was its own team, they would rank-in all of Major League Baseball-19th in batting average, 29th in on-base-percentage, and last in slugging.

Thankfully, there are plenty of outfielders on the open market this offseason that would upgrade San Francisco’s outfield. Here are my two best offseason options for the Giants, when it comes to upgrading the outfield.

1. The Giants Reel in a Marlins Outfielder

The Miami Marlins have one of the outfields with the biggest upside. Outfielders that the Giants should target include Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. It has been reported that San Francisco was linked to Miami’s mashing outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. However, the Giants would have to back up the truck for such a swap. They would have to create a trade package that would send names such as Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, or Brandon Crawford to the Sunshine State. Therefore, it would do more damage than good for the Giants’ playoff hopes to trade for Stanton. In contrast, Ozuna and Yelich would be much more conservative options.

Last season, at the age of 26, Marcell Ozuna posted a triple slash of .312/.376/.548 to go along with 191 hits and 37 home runs in 159 games. In 2017-in his age 25 season- Christian Yelich, recorded a .282/.369/.432 slash line with 170 hits and 18 home runs in 156 games.

2. The Giants Wade into the Waters of Free Agency

Notable 2017 outfield free agents include Jay Bruce, J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain. Each of these players, at one time in their careers have shown that they can excel on the big stage.

In the 2017 ALDS with Cleveland, Bruce played in all 5 games, going 5 for 18 with a double and two homers. In the regular season with the Mets and Indians, Jay Bruce hit to the tune of a .254 average with 67 extra base hits and 101 RBIs in 146 games. By the official end of the 2017 season, Bruce will have played out a 7-year/$63 million contract. Bruce will be 30 at the beginning of the 2018 regular season.

After being acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the deadline, J.D. Martinez helped to carry the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason. In 7 games of postseason experience, Martinez has batted .259 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs. In 119 games this year, Martinez boasts a .303 average with 45 long balls and 104 RBIs. The end of the 2017 season, will mark the end of Martinez’s 2-year/$18.5 million pact. Martinez will be 30 to start 2018.

The Giants know about Lorenzo Cain’s production in the postseason first hand. In 31 playoff games and a World Series Championship, Cain has slashed .295/.376/.377 to go along with 8 extra-baggers and 9 RBis, This year with Kansas City, he hit an even .300, with 15 taters and 26 stolen bases. His 2-year/17.5 million contract will expire at the end of the World Series. Cain will be the eldest of the three to enter the 2018 season at the age of 31.

Of course, there are other free agents and more options for the Giants’ front office to explore. Only time will tell if the Giants were successful this winter.

The Giants will open the regular season, on March 29th, on the road against the Dodgers.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com and baseball-reference.com

 

Former Chico State Star talks about harrowing run for life in Vegas

Dave Mallas is considered one of the great Chico State baseball players of all time. As a member of the 1997 National Championship Wildcat baseball team, he was instrumental in the Wildcats bringing home the crown for the first time in school history.

Entering his 14th season as head baseball coach at Los Angeles Valley Community College, Mallas was looking to spend a celebratory birthday weekend in Las Vegas for his wife, Ginger, a former Chico State soccer player. What the Mallas’ would experience though, would change their lives forever.

For Mallas the deadliest modern mass shooting in the nation’s history is tempered by the fact he has great friends, a loving family and an extended family that lives the motto…..

ONCE A CAL ALWAYS A CAT

In an exclusive interview Mallas spoke with KPAY about how he got out of the music venue and how fortunate and lucky he considers himself…..

Matt Cain to Make Final Career Start Today

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants have announced that Matt Cain will take the mound for the final time today, starting against the Padres. On Wednesday, Cain announced that he would retire at season’s end.

Cain began the season as a starter, but has since moved to the bullpen due to the rocky year he has produced. This year, Cain owns a 3-11 record with a 5.66 ERA, striking out 71 and walking 48.

Originally drafted by San Francisco, Cain has spent 13 seasons with the organization, helping the team to three World Series Championships. The undisputed pinnacle of his career came on June 13, 2012 against the Houston Astros. On that day, Matt would accomplish what no other Giant had done before: pitch a perfect game.

Here’s a look at Cain’s career statistics:

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

MLB Renames WS MVP Award for Willie Mays

By Chandler Guadagnin

On Friday Morning, Major League Baseball announced that effective immediately, the World Series Most Valuable Player Trophy will be renamed, the Willie Mays Most Valuable Player, for the Giants great.

MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, issued the following statement:

“Major League Baseball is thrilled to honor Willie Mays on our game’s biggest stage and in a manner that befits his many contributions to the sport. Since making ‘The Catch’ on Sept. 29, 1954, Willy has been a part of World Series history. This annual recognition will forever celebrate the life and career of a legend of the national pastime.”

The World Series MVP Award was first handed out in 1955.

In a career that spanned 22 years (1951-1973), the Hall of Famer, Mays, amassed 3,283 hits-523 doubles, 140 triples and 660 homeruns. In addition, Willie tallied 1903 RBIs and posted a slash line of .302/.384/.557.

Willie Mays’ Career accomplishments include:

  • 1954 World Series Championship with Giants
  • 1954 Rookie of the Year Award
  • 20 time All-Star starter (19 straight selections; 24 selections overall)
  • 12 straight Gold Glove Awards
  • 2 time NL MVP Award

The San Francisco Giants retired Willie Mays’ number 24 in 1972.

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

MLB Commissioner Statement courtesy of: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/256686298/world-series-mvp-award-renamed-for-willie-mays/

 

49ers Rally but come up short; Wildcat soccer hosts Gators

PV LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK 

Tonight the Pleasant Valley Vikings look to get back on track as they host Napa at Asgard Yard. The Vikings held a 21-6 lead over River Valley last Friday night but were out-scored 42-7 over the final 26 minutes of the contest. Kick-off is set for 7:30 and Mike Vislosky will have the call on the KpaySports app and

http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/KPAY

 

CHICO STATE SOCCER LOOKS TO KEEP IT GOING

The Chico State men’s and women’s soccer teams host San Francisco State tonight at the Chico State Soccer Stadium. Both teams are coming off of wins on Wednesday versus Stanislaus State.

The women broke a 2-match conference losing streak to move to 4-3 overall and (1-2) in the CCAA. The men extended their defensive scoreless streak to 291 minutes with a 2-0 win over the Warriors. Chico moves to 5-2 overall and (3-0) in the CCAA.

The men’s match begins at 4:30 with the women playing at 7.

SULLIVAN HONORED FOR FANTASTIC WEEK

Kelley Sullivan was named the CCAA Golfer of the Week with his splendid performance at the Sonoma State Invite this week. Sullivan and the Wildcats outdistanced all-comers this week, beating Sonoma by 17 strokes, Monterey by 20 strokes and 8th-ranked Cal Baptist by a whopping 43 strokes. Sullivan took medalist honors for the 20th ranked Cats.

ROADRUNNERS HIT THE ROAD

The Butte College Roadrunner football team looks to stay perfect on Saturday as they travel to San Mateo. The Roadrunners knocked off Chabot last Saturday holding Chabot scoreless in the 2nd half. Butte is 3-0 on the season and will look to get a big road win. Game time is 1:00pm on Saturday with the pre-game at 12:35pm. Mike Wessels has the call on the KpaySports app and

http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/KPAY

49ERS RALLY BUT COME UP SHORT

(AP) — Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Todd Gurley ran for two TDs and caught another to help the Los Angeles Rams put up another big offensive performance with a 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.

The NFL’s lowest-scoring team last year looks like a completely different outfit this season under first-year coach Sean McVay thanks to vastly improved play by Goff after a rough rookie season as the No. 1 overall pick.

The Rams (2-1) have also been helped by the additions of receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods and the play-calling of McVay as they have scored 107 points through three games. That’s the second-most in franchise history, trailing only the 119 by “The Greatest Show on Turf” squad in 2000.

This win didn’t come easy as the Rams nearly blew a 15-point lead, giving up two late touchdowns, fumbling a kickoff return and failing to recover an onside kick. But Los Angeles managed to stop a potential game-tying 2-point conversion and then used an offensive pass interference penalty against Trent Taylor and a fourth-down sack by Aaron Donald to stop the Niners after the onside kick.

The 49ers (0-3) scored five touchdowns after failing to get any the first two weeks but still came up short in part because a missed extra point by Robbie Gould forced them to try for 2 on their late touchdown.

This time it was a tired defense that hurt San Francisco. After facing 79 plays in a 12-9 loss at Seattle on Sunday, the 49ers appeared to run out of gas on the short week as Goff frequently had wide-open receivers, especially on third down.

All three of Goff’s touchdown passes came on third down, including a 13-yard pass to Watkins early in the fourth quarter that gave Los Angeles a 41-26 lead.

The Rams needed all that offense on a night where Brian Hoyer threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.

(AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers were one pitch away from slashing the Chicago Cubs’ lead in the National League Central. Instead, the Cubs rallied to pull 4 ½ games in front of the second-place Brewers.

Kris Bryant launched a two-run homer in the 10th inning to complete Chicago’s comeback in a 5-3 triumph at Milwaukee. The Brewers were one strike from a 3-2 victory until Javier Baez hit an RBI single. Ian Happ scored the tying run after leading off the ninth with an infield single.

Wade Davis worked in and out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to get the win.

The Brewers came back from a 2-0 deficit and took the lead on an RBI single by Eric Thames (thaymz) in the bottom of the eighth.

Domingo Santana homered for Milwaukee, which began the night one game behind Colorado for the second NL wild card.

The outcome also kept St. Louis five games off the division lead. Dexter Fowler was 3-for-5 with a two-run double and two runs scored as the Cardinals earned an 8-5 victory over the Reds to bolster their NL playoff hopes. Yadier Molina (YAH’-dee-ehr moh-LEE’-nuh) also had two RBIs to back a shaky Carlos Martinez, who was reached for four runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Checking out other major league finals:

— Colorado’s 3-0 loss to the Padres leaves the Rockies one game ahead of Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card slot, with the Cardinals just 1 ½ games off the pace. Clayton Richard silenced the Rockies over 7 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits while fanning eight. Christian Villanueva opened the scoring with a solo homer in the fifth and added an RBI single during the Padres’ two-run sixth.

— The Dodgers ended a four-game skid by scoring twice in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory over the Phillies. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier (EE’-thee-ur) tied the game with a solo homer just before Chris Taylor tripled and scored the eventual winning run on a grounder. Curtis Granderson also went deep for the Dodgers, who clinched a tie for the division crown by winning for only the sixth time in their last 26 games.

— Joe Mauer, Max Kepler, Byron Buxton and Jason Castro drove in two runs apiece as the Twins clobbered the Tigers, 12-1 to strengthen their playoff position. Mauer and Jorge Polanco each had three of Minnesota’s 14 hits, while Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-5 with three runs scored. Adalberto Mejia didn’t pitch long enough to get the win, giving up a run and four hits over 4 2/3s.

— The Angels are 2 ½ games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth following the Halos’ 4-1 loss to the sizzling Indians. Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a three-run blast in the fifth inning to lead the Indians to their 27th victory in 28 games. Cleveland received 6 1/3 scoreless innings from its bullpen after Danny Salazar made his first start since Sept. 5.

— Solo homers by Adrian Beltre (BEHL’-tray) and Shin-Soo Choo sparked the Rangers’ offense in a 4-2 win at Seattle. Carlos Gomez put Texas ahead to stay with a two-run double in the first inning. Cole Hamels surrendered just one run and three hits over eight frames as the Rangers stayed 2 ½ games behind Minnesota in the wild-card race.

— The White Sox were 3-1 winners over the Astros behind Chris Volstad, who worked 4 1/3 innings of one-run relief to pick up his first victory since 2012. Volstad entered the game after Carson Fulmer had to leave with a blister just three batters into his start. Tim Anderson stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with a homer as Chicago dropped Houston 2 ½ games behind the Indians in the battle for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.

— The Braves were 3-2 winners over the Nationals as R.A. Dickey held the NL East champs to a pair of runs and four hits over eight innings. Ozzie Albies was 3-for-4 with an RBI single to help Atlanta end a four-game losing streak and avoid a three-game sweep. Ryan Zimmerman homered for the Nationals, who are 5 ½ games behind the Dodgers in the race for home-field advantage in the National League playoffs.

— Jason Vargas combined with four relievers on a two-hitter in the Royals’ 1-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Vargas gave up the two hits over 6 1/3 innings and improved to 17-10, tying Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Boston’s Chris Sale for the AL lead in victories. Melky Cabrera singled home the lone run in the third inning.

Gabriel Ynoa (ee-NOH’-uh) scattered five hits over a career-high eight innings as the Orioles topped the Rays, 3-1. Baltimore did its scoring in the first inning on Manny Machado’s two-run blast and Trey Mancini’s RBI single.

MLB-NEWS

Turner injures thumb

UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers say Justin Turner bruised his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday’s game at Philadelphia.

Turner was plunked by a 91-mph fastball from Mark Leiter. He stayed in the game and played the bottom of the first before coming out of the game.

Turner is batting .321 with 21 homers and 70 RBIs.

In other major league news:

— Former All-Star outfielder Raul Mondesi (MAHN’-deh-see) has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of embezzlement. The Attorney General’s office charged Mondesi of embezzling $6.3 million while he was mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic from 2010-16, according to the court. Mondesi was also ordered to pay a $1.3 million fine.

NFL SCHEDULE-RAMS/49ERS

 

NFL-NEWS

Report: NFL players ask league to support campaign

UNDATED (AP) —A group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league’s support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.

Yahoo Sports is reporting the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month.

The website reports Wednesday night that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, and former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin co-authored the letter.

The NFL declined comment when asked about the memo by Yahoo Sports. The players behind the letter didn’t return requests for comment or declined to speak about it, according to the website.

More NFL news:

— The Packers have lost another key player to injury with outside linebacker Nick Perry scheduled to have hand surgery. Coach Mike McCarthy says he doesn’t know how much time Perry will miss. Perry was off to a good start as the bookend to fellow edge rusher Clay Matthews with 1½ sacks.

— Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles has returned to practice, four days after hurting his left leg in their blowout win over the Cowboys. He initially feared it was a season-ending Achilles tendon tear.

— Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is expected to start Sunday against the Saints despite being limited to mostly light throwing during Thursday’s practice. Head coach Ron Rivera called Newton’s limited practice schedule during the week the “new normal” until the quarterback completely recovers from offseason rotator cuff surgery.

— A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez says the brain of the former Patriots tight end showed severe signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE can be caused by repeated head trauma and leads to symptoms like violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive difficulties. Hernandez killed himself in April in the jail cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for a 2013 murder.

T25 FOOTBALL-SOUTH FLORIDA/TEMPLE

Bulls hammer Owls

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The 21st-ranked South Florida Bulls have run their winning streak to a school-record nine by dominating last season’s American Athletic Conference champions.

Darius Tice rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns while the Bulls dominated both ends of the ball in a 43-7 rout of Temple. Quinton Flowers also ran for a pair of TDs for South Florida, which forced six turnovers and held the Owls to minus-4 yards net rushing.

The Owls’ offense managed just 85 yards and never reached the end zone. Jacob Martin scored Temple’s only touchdown, sacking Flowers and forcing a fumble that the defensive end returned 44 yards in the second quarter.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN ST-ASSAULT

Former Michigan St players waive key hearing in assault case

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three former Michigan State football players charged with sexual assault have waived a key hearing and will advance to trial.

Michigan judges typically decide whether there is enough evidence to hold a trial. But Josh King, Donnie Corley Jr. and Demetric Vance waived that hearing Thursday in East Lansing.

A woman says she was assaulted in an apartment bathroom in January.

In other college football news:

— Nebraska has fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst, citing his failure to improve “on-field performance” by the Cornhuskers. Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019. Eichorst and football coach Mike Riley have been under increased scrutiny with the continued mediocrity of the program. Eichorst hired Riley in 2014, replacing Bo Pelini.

— Second-ranked Clemson says kicker Greg Huegel will miss the rest of the season after he was injured on the last play of Wednesday’s practice. Coach Dabo Swinney explained that a defensive lineman rolled into Huegel’s leg after he kicked during a two-minute drill. Swinney says junior Alex Spence will be the kicker Saturday against Boston College.

NBA-DANGEROUS FOULS

NBA refs can rule reckless closeouts as flagrants or techs

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has announced that it is clamping down on defenders who give jump shooters no space to land, allowing referees to call flagrant or technical fouls.

Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia (ZAH’-zah pah-CHOOL’-yuh) made a similar play that injured Spurs star Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard in last season’s playoffs. Leonard sprained his ankle when Pachulia slid his foot under Leonard’s in Game 1 of Golden State’s victory in the Western Conference finals.

Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws.

NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia says the league has made the play a point of emphasis for referees in the spirit of player safety.

In other NBA news;

— The Miami Heat have signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Ultimate Software, which will have its logo on the team’s jerseys starting this season. The Heat are the 15th NBA team to strike a jersey sponsorship deal.

PGA-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Stanley opens strong at East Lake, and so does Spieth

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Stanley is the leader after the opening round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Stanley ran off four straight birdies on the front nine and finished with a 6-under 64 that leaves him two strokes in front of Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Paul Casey, Webb Simpson and Daniel Berger.

Jordan Spieth (speeth) is three shots back as he tries to wrap up the FedEx Cup. No one among the top five seeds had a lower score, keeping Spieth on track in his bid to join Tiger Woods as the only two-time winner of the $10 million bonus.