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Wildcats take down Jacks in CCAA Opener while women find podium in Cross Country

The Chico State men’s and women’s basketball teams disposed of Humboldt State on Saturday night in the CCAA opener for both teams in Arcata. The women used a career high 31 points from Whitney Branham as she knocked down 7-3 pointers giving the Cats a 70-58 win. Chico (1-2; 1-0 CCAA) was finally able to hold on to a double-digit 4th quarter lead after letting a couple of big leads get away in their season opening Sonoma State Tournament.

The Wildcat men got a 20 point 4 rebound 4 block and 4 steal performance from Isaiah Ellis and took down the Jacks 70-58. Chico jumped out to an early lead despite struggling offensively early. Despite the many missed shots, Chico’s defense would put the clamps down on the Lumberjacks early, holding them to 26 1st half points.
With the win Chico is now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCAA.

Both the Chico State men and women get ready for their home openers on Wednesday. The women host Holy Names at 5:30pm on Wednesday while the men take on Dominican at 7:30. Both games can be heard on the Newstalk 1290 KPAY, the KPAY sports app and right here on KpaySports.com

The Chico State volleyball team saw their season come to an end despite a spirited run through the CCAA Championship Tournament. The Wildcats took down San Marcos on Thursday and then swept Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday, avenging early season losses in both cases, but the Cats ran into perennial power San Bernardino in the title tilt Saturday. After taking the first set, the Cats would fall in four. It was another great late season run for the Cats who finish their season at 17-14

Both the Chico State men’s and women’s cross country teams finish in the Top-10 at the National Championships in Evansville, Indiana. The women gritted their way to another 4th place podium finish. Sometimes athletes get in “the zone” and for Karlie Garcia, of the Wildcat women’s team, she found it. In only her second race of the season Garcia had the best NCAA Championships finish in the history of the Wildcat program finishing in 11th place. The solid senior class did great again with Hannah Dorman finished 16th, Alex Burkhart 42nd and Haley Kroll 65th.

The 4th place finish was far from a certainty. With 1000 meters to go the Cats were in a struggle for the final spot on the podium with defending national champion Grand Valley State and Alaska Anchorage, who beat the Cats at the regional two weeks ago. Chico was able to hold off those two powers for the hardware and a podium finish.

For the men Kyle Medina finished his Chico State career in style with a 4th place nationals finish. But, the Cats were plagued with injuries that struck during the race and made the possibility of a top-4 finish nearly impossible.
Three runners either didn’t meet their expectations because of injury or had to drop out of the race completely.
Still, the Wildcats were able to garner a 9th place finish. It is their 18th top-10 finish in the last 19 years.

The Butte College Roadrunner saw their football season come to an end with a 44-21 loss to Fresno City on Saturday. The Roadrunners finish the year at 5-6.

It was Almond Bowl Part II and for the Pleasant Valley Vikings that was not a good thing. For the Chico High Panthers it was glorious. For a program that had to watch the Viking Nation celebrate a state championship last year, the Panthers were able to sweep the 2017 regular season and post-season match-ups in dominant fashion.

The Panthers controlled the line of scrimmage running for 311 yards on 48 carries. Pleasant Valley couldn’t run the ball as they were held to 7 rushing yards on 17 carries. The 28-7 Chico High win was after a 23-3 win during the Almond Bowl on October 20th. The Panthers will play in the Section Title game this Saturday against Shasta High.

*PHOTOS courtesy of ChicoWildcats athletics at ChicoWildcats.com

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

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

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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

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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.

Raiders and 49ers fall; Giants sputter against Birds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES 

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

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

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

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

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

Butte College Cruises; NCAA Tournament whittles Sweet Sixteen

TWO DOMINANT WEST REGION PROGRAMS GET READY TO TANGLE AT NETTLETON STADIUM TONIGHT

(By Mike Baca) The Butte College Roadrunners moved to 9-1 in Golden Valley Conference play and 17-4 overall with a 7-0 win over the Shasta Knights on Thursday afternoon.

Tevin Cadola twirled a gem throwing a 4-hit  complete game shut-out striking out 11. Cadola wiggled out of a bases-loaded second inning jame to pick up his 6th win of the season. Dominic Visentin hit a 3-run first inning home run that highlighted a four run frame. The Roadrunners have now won 8 in a row and will play a double-header at 12 noon today in Redding against Shasta.

The Chico State Wildcats (17-6; 7-4 CCAA)  host the UC San Diego Tritons (20-8; 10-6 CCAA)  at Nettleton Stadium tonight in game one of a three-game showdown CCAA series. Chico State has captured 9 of the last 19 west region championships, while the Tritons won titles in 2009 and 2010.  You can hear the game by hitting the LISTEN LIVE button at the top of this page, you can also listen to Chico State baseball tonight at 5:35pm on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and the KPAY Sports app that you can down load for free in the app store.

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(AP) It’s been 31 years since Villanova played its so-called “perfect game” against Georgetown to win the 1985 NCAA title. The Wildcats weren’t perfect against Miami, but they were plenty good enough to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009.

In South Regional play, second-seeded Villanova shot 63 percent from the floor and 18 of 19 from the free throw line in eliminating Miami 92-69. Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-chee-dee-ah-KOH’-noh) and Kris Jenkins combined to make 9 of 13 from behind the arc to score 21 points apiece.

That sends the Wildcats to the Elite Eight and a Saturday game against Kansas for a shot at the Final Four. Top overall seed Kansas defeated Maryland 79-63 to reach the South Regional final behind Perry Ellis’s 27 points. Wayne Selden Jr. added 19 in the Jayhawks’ 17th straight victory.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — At the West Regional, second-seeded Oklahoma placed five players in double figures in the Sooners’ 77-63 win over Texas A&M. Jordan Woodard scored 22 points and Buddy Hield (HEELD) had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sooners, who now play Oregon in Saturday’s West regional final.

Top seed Oregon eliminated fourth seed Duke 82-68. Dillon Brooks led the Ducks’ scoring parade with 22 and added five rebounds and six assists. Fellow forward Elgin Cook added 16 points in help Oregon to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007.

*Photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics at http://www.chicowildcats.com

Super Bowl 50 approaches; Dubs roasted by Obama; Cats’ and Runners in action

By Mike Baca

President Barack Obama honored and roasted the Golden State Warriors at the same time during an official White House visit for the World Champions on Thursday.

Obama jokingly poked fun at the 45-4 Warriors for not being the best single season team yet, instead praising Steve Kerr for  being part of the 1996 Chicago Bulls who won 72 games, a number the Dubs are chasing during this campaign.

Obama also poked Steph Curry for being a great shooter but not having the “prettiest” jump shot on the team, instead laying that honor on fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson.

It was a joyous day for Warriors fans who waited 40 years to see their team capture a title.

SUPER BOWL

The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers are getting ready for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara. The NFC champion Panthers are 5.5 point favorites

LOCAL SCHEDULE

The Chico State baseball team opens a three game series today as they take the Point Loma Sea Lions. Point Loma was a West Regional participant last year. The first game of the series is at 2pm this afternoon on KPAYSports.com with pregame at 1:45. Tomorrow’s 11am double-header is on Newstalk 1290-KPAY and KPAYSports.com

Chico State basketball is hosting Cal State East Bay tonight and Monterey Bay tomorrow. The Wildcats are 16-3 overall and sit one game behind UC San Diego for first in the CCAA. The Wildcat women have won three in a row and looking to climb up the CCAA standings against East Bay team that is the second best defensive team in the CCAA giving up only 52 points a game. You can hear the games on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and KPAYSports.com at 5:06pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Butte College baseball (1-1) is in Yountville at Napa Valley today at 2pm and then plays a double-dip tomorrow at 10am. Butte College softball opens their season at noon with a double-header against Yuba College tomorrow. The Roadrunner basketball teams host Shasta College tomorrow with men at 4pm and women at 6pm.

Chico State men prevail in Double OT; Home teams reign supreme in NFL Playoffs

By Mike Baca

The Chico State men’s basketball team is in a tie for first in the CCAA after gritting their way through two games this weekend without top scorer and rebounder, Robert Duncan.

The Cats knocked off San Francisco State 60-51 on Friday in a grind-it-out affair sweeping the season series from the Gators. Saturday night saw the Cats trailing for most of the game against a Sonoma State team that had beaten them in late December behind the super-human effort of James Davis (33 points/30 in the 2nd half) in Rohnert Park. On this night it was the Wildcats who would outlast Sonoma and Davis winning in Double OT 75-70. It marked a big weekend for the Wildcats showing they could win two tough games against tough opponents without Duncan.

Corey Silverstrom scored 21 on Saturday and Jalen McFerren scored 18 as Chico moves to 14-3 overall, 12-3 against Division-II opponents and 8-2 in CCAA play. The Cats are in a flat-footed tie with UC San Diego who stumbled at Monterey Bay on Saturday. Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona both sit one game back after Humboldt split their weekend match-ups and Pomona was stunned on back-to-back nights on the road versus Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills.

Chico only plays one game over the next 12 days as they travel to San Diego to take on Cal State San Marcos on Thursday. Chico beat the Cougars in early December after McFerren buried a 60-foot heave as time expired giving Chico an improbable 83-82 win. You can hear the game on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and right here on KpaySports.com

The Butte College Roadrunner men’s basketball team lost their first road game of the Golden Valley Conference season. The Shasta Knights nipped the Roadrunners 71-61. Butte was led by Josiah Wood with 23 points.

Butte only trailed by one at the break but went eight minutes without a bucket to start the second half and that would doom them. Butte now sits at 12-7 overall and 1-1 in the GVC

(AP) — The AFC and NFC championship game matchups are set. The Denver Broncos will be home against the New England Patriots, and the Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals.

The Broncos have advanced by rallying in the fourth quarter of a 23-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers led 13-12 with less than 10 minutes left when cornerback Bradley Roby punched the ball from Fitzgerald Toussaint’s arms before teammate DeMarcus Ware recovered at the Denver 35. Peyton Manning led a methodical drive into the end zone as C.J. Anderson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run before Demaryius (deh-MAR’-ee-uhs) Thomas caught the 2-point conversion for a 20-13 lead with three minutes remaining.

Pittsburgh’s last opportunity to tie the game ended on Ware’s sack of Ben Roethlisberger on the next drive. Brandon McManus iced the victory with his fifth field goal of the game, a 45-yarder with 53 seconds left. The five field goals tied an NFL playoff record.

Manning was victimized by several drops, yet he was able to complete 21 of his 37 throws for 222 and no interceptions. Anderson finished with 72 yards on 15 carries.

Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards, with Martavis (mahr-TAY’-vihs) Bryant grabbing nine passes for 154 yards as the featured receiver in place of the injured Antonio Brown.

The Broncos are in the AFC title game for the second time since 2005. They had lost three of their four previous divisional playoff games.

In Sunday’s NFC divisional game, the Panthers carried a 31-0 lead into the second half before holding off the Seattle Seahawks 31-24. Carolina built its lead on two touchdown runs by Jonathan Stewart, a TD pass by Cam Newton, a pick-six by Luke Kuechly (KEEK’-lee) and a 48-yard field goal by Graham Gano (guh-NOH’).

However, the Panthers couldn’t move the ball in the second half, allowing the Seahawks to close their deficit. Russell Wilson threw two of his three touchdown passes to Jermaine Kearse before Steven Hauschka’s (HOWSH’-kahz) 36-yard field goal got Seattle within a touchdown with 1:12 remaining. The Seahawks’ rally ended when the Panthers recovered the onside kick.

Stewart finished with 106 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Panthers, including a 59-yard burst on the first play from scrimmage. Newton completed 16 of his 22 passes for 161 yards and no interceptions.

Wilson’s two interceptions led to 10 Carolina points. Kearse finished with 11 receptions for 110 yards, and Wilson was 31 of 48 for 366 yards.

The Panthers are in the NFC title game for the fourth time, and first since 2005.

In all four divisional playoff games this weekend the home teams prevailed.

(AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope held his own against Stephen Curry for most of the night, scoring 20 points as the Detroit Pistons handed the Golden State Warriors their second loss in three games, 113-95 on Saturday.

Much of the pregame talk centered around how well Caldwell-Pope might be able to defend Curry. The Golden State star scored 38 points, but Caldwell-Pope gave the Pistons a boost offensively. The Warriors (37-4) reached the midway point of the regular season a win short of the best 41-game start in NBA history. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls started 38-3.

Detroit retired Ben Wallace’s No. 3 jersey at halftime, and by that time the Pistons led 65-49 on a raucous night at the Palace.

The Warriors have a showdown match-up against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in Cleveland. Golden State knocked of the Cavs in 6 games to capture the 2015 NBA FINALS Championship in June and also beat Cleveland in Oakland on Christmas Day.

(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Omri Casspi added 17 points and the Sacramento Kings stopped the Los Angeles Clippers’ 10-game win streak with a 110-103 victory on Saturday night.

J.J. Redick scored 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and reserve Jamal Crawford added 20 points for the Clippers, who were tied with the idle Spurs for longest active win streak in the NBA.

Chris Paul, who finished with 15 points, hit two free throws that drew the Clippers to 104-101 with a minute left. Rajon Rondo turned the ball over on a bad pass, but his former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce missed a 3-pointer for Los Angeles and Rudy Gay grabbed the rebound. Gay got fouled and made the first and missed the second, leaving the Kings ahead 105-101.

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