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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

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.

Chico State men’s golf dominates in Sonoma; Wildcat soccer hosts Warriors

For the 3rd straight year the Chico State men’s golf team wins their season opening tournament. The Wildcats easily out-distanced tournament host Sonoma State and winning by 17 strokes. The 20th ranked Wildcats shot rounds of 296-301-297 posting the best score of the day on Tuesday.

 

Chico shot the lowest score in each round of the tournament in knocking off runner-up and four time defending event champ and host Sonoma.

The Wildcats Kelley Sullivan and Colby Dean both finished 1-2 in the tournament with Sullivan capturing medalist honors.

For more on Chico State’s season opening win go to

http://www.chicowildcats.com

The Chico Wildcats men’s and women’s soccer teams will host Stanislaus State tonight at the Chico State Soccer complex. The women will try and break a two-match losing streak at 4:30. The men will try and get their first home win as they take on the Warriors at 7:00pm. The Wildcat men are coming off of two-game sweep against UCSD and San Marcos last weekend.

(AP) — Going, going … Gone!

Another home run in Major League Baseball Tuesday evening, but this wasn’t just any long ball.

Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit MLB’s record 5,694th home run of 2017, breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera, which cut the Royals’ deficit to 5-2, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.

It was the 17th of the night and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.

There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.

Power subsided after the start of drug testing with penalties in 2004. The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.

When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.

Also in MLB games Tuesday evening:

(AP) — Charlie Blackmon had a two-run double in the second inning for his first career 200-hit season, but the contending Colorado Rockies couldn’t hold the early lead and lost 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

The Rockies’ lead over the Brewers for the second NL wild card dropped to one game after Milwaukee won at Pittsburgh.

Hunter Pence hit a game-ending sacrifice fly with Colorado playing a five-man infield, with Carlos Gonzalez making an incredible diving catch. Pence followed up his two-run homer in the fifth as San Francisco grabbed the opener of a short two-game series between NL West opponents.

— Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam against Alex Wilson, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8. Detroit trailed 3-0 in the third inning, then took an 8-4 lead into the seventh, when Ryon Healy hit a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias, who bobbled the ball for an error as Lowrie scored.

— Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings to win for the first time in six starts, Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in the game in which Alex Gordon hit a record-setting home run.

— Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit his 28th home run and the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to a season-high seven by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1. For Cubs manager Joe Maddon, it was his first trip back to Tropicana Field in Tampa, where he managed for several years.

— Chase Anderson had eight strikeouts in six innings, Domingo Santana homered and the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight day, 1-0. The Brewers won for the ninth time in 11 games, keeping pace in the NL Central and wild-card races.

— Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs to reach 101 rbis for the season and Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon chipped in with two hits apiece as the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-2. The Nationals have clinched the Eastern Division title in the National League.

— J.T. Realmuto homered in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-4 after rallying for three runs in the ninth against former teammate A.J. Ramos. With one out, Realmuto hit a 1-1 pitch from Paul Sewald (0-6) into the Mets’ bullpen for his 17th homer. Miami trailed 4-1 in the ninth before coming back against Ramos, who faced the Marlins for the first time since they traded him to New York on July 28.

— Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the game’s lone run on a wild pitch by Brad Brach in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox used six pitchers to silence the Baltimore Orioles’ bats in a 1-0 victory. Boston has won 10 of 13 to move a season-high 23 games over .500 (87-64) and draw closer to clinching a postseason berth. The Red Sox started the day with a three-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

— CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying hits and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 to ensure their sixth straight series win. With their ninth victory in 11 games, the Yankees remained three games behind AL East-leading Boston and opened six-game lead over the Twins for the top AL wild card. At 84-67, the Yankees are 17 games over .500 for the first time since September 2015.

— Rhys (rees) Hoskins had four RBIs, including a tiebreaking, three-run double off Pedro Baez in seventh inning that led the Philadelphia Phillies over Los Angeles 6-2 and prevented the Dodgers from moving closer to the NL West title. Los Angeles’ magic number to clinch its fifth straight division title remained at three. The Dodgers have lost three consecutive games and 19 of 24.

— Dexter Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the St. Louis Cardinals knock off the Cincinnati Reds 8-7. Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong also connected for St. Louis, which was swept by NL Central-leading Chicago over the weekend and had dropped four of five overall. Juan Nicasio (4-5) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Tyler Lyons got two outs for his third save.

— Jose Altuve homered, Alex Bregman hit an RBI double and the AL West champion Houston Astros extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Collin McHugh (3-2) allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings for Houston. It was the right-hander’s first outing since detaching a fingernail on his pitching hand Sept. 8.

— Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice fly broke a tie in the eighth inning, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 to boost their slim playoff chances. The Rangers won their second straight after a five-game losing streak and pulled within 3½ games of Minnesota for the second American League wild card.

— Jay Bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, Austin Jackson singled four times and the incredible Cleveland Indians rolled on by beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 for their 25th victory in 26 games. Roberto Perez added a solo home run for the AL Central champions to support a strong outing by Mike Clevinger.

— The Padres’ Travis Wood went from being a punching bag to landing a few blows himself. Wood beat the Diamondbacks 6-2 with an outing that looked nothing like his recent ones. Wood was down and nearly out of the rotation after a pair of sour turns. In his last two starts, he was punished for 16 runs (15 earned), 16 hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings.

NHL-HOCKEY

Brickley leads Panthers to exhibition win over Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Connor Brickley had two goals and an assist, helping the Florida Panthers beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in a preseason split-squad game on Tuesday night.

Henrik Haapala, Michael Matheson and Denis Malgin also scored for Florida. Starting goaltender James Reimer stopped all 15 shots he faced, and reserve Harri Sateri allowed three goals on 19 shots.

Cody McLeod, Emil Pettersson and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville. Juuse Saros finished with 23 saves on 27 shots.

In other games:

— Austin Czarnik’s penalty shot goal late in the second period lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over Detroit. Ryan Fitzgerald, Danton Heinen and Teddy Purcell also scored for Boston, which received a 20-save performance from Anton Khudobin. Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for the Red Wings on 21 shots, while reserve Jared Coreau made 11 saves.

— Nick Schmaltz and Cody Franson each had a goal and an assist, powering the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Laurent Dauphin, Jan Rutta and Vinnie Hinostroza also scored for Chicago, and Anton Forsberg made 38 stops. Columbus starter Joonas Korpisalo allowed all five goals on 21 shots. Reserve Matiss Kivlenieks stopped both shots he faced.

— Jack Eichel’s (EYE’-kuhlz) goal 25 seconds into overtime lifted Buffalo to a 4-3 exhibition victory in overtime over the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Jason Pominville scored twice for the Sabres. Matt Tennyson also scored, and Chad Johnson made 14 saves. Jay McClement, Zach Aston-Reese and Olli Maatta scored for the Penguins.

NFL CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT

Lawyers: Predators targeting NFL concussion victims

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing former NFL players now eligible for payments under the league’s $1 billion concussion settlement say they’ve found evidence that unscrupulous third-party providers are trying to take advantage of players with significant brain damage.

At a hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, lawyers who represented the class of more than 20,000 former NFL players told the judge some players entered contracts with exorbitantly high interest rates for advances on their eventual claims. Others agreed to high fees.

Lawyers Christopher Seeger and TerriAnne Benedetto have been investigating groups like claims service providers and lenders at U.S. District Judge Anita Brody’s request.

They told the court one firm even touted itself as being able to coach former players on how to take neurological tests to get inaccurate results to qualify them for payments.

DOLPHINS-TIMMONS

Timmons suspended indefinitely by Dolphins after going AWOL

MIAMI (AP) — AWOL linebacker Lawrence Timmons wanted to rejoin the Miami Dolphins.

Instead, they suspended him indefinitely and traded for a replacement, moves that signal his disappearance from the Dolphins’ defense may be permanent.

The Dolphins announced Timmons’ suspension in a one-sentence news release Tuesday, a day off for the team.

They also acquired linebacker Stephone Anthony from the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018.

Anthony, who has been nursing a sprained ankle, fell out of favor with the Saints after they took him with the 31st overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Timmons’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment on the suspension. Coach Adam Gase was angered by the disappearance of the 11th-year veteran, which occurred Saturday in Los Angeles the day before Miami’s season opener at the Chargers.

NBA-MORRIS BROTHERS-ASSAULT

NBA players’ trial resumes with testimony of man attacked

PHOENIX (AP) — The aggravated assault trial of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris resumed Tuesday with the testimony from the man the brothers are accused of beating.

Erik Hood testified that his relationship with the twin brothers became strained because of a misinterpreted text message.

Hood stressed his relationship with them was not based on the Morris twins making it to the NBA.

Defense attorney Timothy Eckstein repeatedly asked Hood to answer only yes or no to his questions.

Hood also testified there was nothing “improper” happening with him and the players’ mother despite their perception that there was.

The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.

The brothers could face prison time and discipline from the NBA if convicted.

Also in the NBA:

— Doug Collins has returned to the Chicago Bulls. Just not on the sideline this time around.he rebuilding Bulls hired Collins on Tuesday to serve senior adviser of basketball operations, providing “an expert resource” for the front office and coaching staff. Collins will report directly to executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson. General manager Gar Forman and coach Fred Hoiberg remain in their jobs.

— A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham have agreed on a one-year contract worth $2.3 million.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo, has not been announced. The 6-foot-8 Cunningham spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, where he averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in about 25 minutes per game last season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CHICK-FIL-A-KICKOFF

Louisville to face Ole Miss in 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

ATLANTA (AP) — There will be a second Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2021 — the first-ever meeting between Louisville and Mississippi.

Officials made the announcement Tuesday. The game is normally held over the Labor Day weekend, though an exact date is still to be determined.

Atlanta’s other kickoff game in 2021 will pit Alabama vs. Miami.

Two games were held this year to mark the opening of $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama defeated Florida State and Tennessee beat Georgia Tech in overtime.

GEORGIA-QUARTERBACKS

Georgia’s Eason back at practice, no word on return

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is back at practice but it’s not known if he’ll be cleared to play Saturday when the 11th-ranked Bulldogs host No. 17 Mississippi State.

Eason started in 2016 as a freshman but strained a ligament in his left knee in Georgia’s season-opening victory over Appalachian State. Touted freshman Jake Fromm has played well since taking over, most notably leading Georgia (3-0) to a victory at Notre Dame in his first college start.

When Eason is ready to play, there is no guarantee he will be the starter. Coach Kirby Smart says “a lot of that is determined by how Fromm is playing. We’ll make that decision when the time comes.”

INDYCAR-SATO-RAHAL

Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato to drive for Rahal in 2018

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing next season. Sato spent just one season with Andretti Autosport and became the first Japanese winner of the 500.

Sato drove for Rahal in 2012 and nearly beat Dario Franchitti in attempting to win the Indy 500 that year. Sato crashed on the final lap trying to pass Franchitti for the lead.

The Tokyo native has made 135 starts in the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2010. He has two victories, the Indy 500 and at Long Beach in 2013, and six podium finishes. Sato competed in 90 Formula One races between 2002 and 2008 and had a career-best finish of third in the 2003 United States Grand Prix.

Sato has a strong alliance with Honda and needed a contingency plan in case Andretti moved to Chevrolet for 2018. By the time Andretti decided to stay with Honda, Sato had already agreed to a deal with Rahal.

Zach Veach will replace Sato at Andretti.

PHELPS-INTERVIEW

Phelps has ‘no desire’ to return to swimming

UNDATED (AP) — Michael Phelps says he has “no desire” to return to competitive swimming, but he’s eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake.

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press while promoting a healthy pet food campaign, Phelps said he’s excited about the birth of his second child and numerous opportunities away from the pool. It was about this time four years ago when he got serious about ending his first retirement, but he now seems very content with his post-swimming life.

His wife, Nicole, is about four months pregnant. The couple already has a 16-month-old son, Boomer.

Phelps says flatly, “I’ve got no desire, no desire to come back.” He’s attended a couple of swim meets since winning five golds and a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but says “they truly didn’t kick anything off or spike any more interest in coming out of retirement again.”

BOXER-CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT

Former boxing champ dies in construction accident

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former heavyweight boxing champ who was defeated by Larry Holmes has died in a construction accident in New Jersey.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says David Bey of Philadelphia was struck by a piece of metal on Thursday while working on a mixed-use real estate development project in Camden.

His union says the 60-year-old was a second generation pile driver.

Bey made his professional boxing debut in 1981 and he went on to defeat Greg Page in 1984 for the United States Boxing Association’s heavyweight championship.

He went 10 rounds with Holmes for the International Boxing Federation title in 1985, losing to Holmes by technical knockout.

Bey left the ring in 1994 and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame this year.

 

23 Was Not To Be As Tribe Falls

By Chandler Guadagjnin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Indians Sweep Tigers, Make History

By Chandler Guadagnin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elsewhere around the majors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MLB-NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other MLB News:

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

IRMA-SPORTS

Dolphins’ opener against Bucs postponed until Nov. 19

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

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

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

NFL-NEWS

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

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

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

In other NFL news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

Memphis LB Jackson Dillon out for year with shoulder injury

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

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

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

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

In other college football news:

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

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

NBA -PACERS-SIMON SAYS

Pacers owner denies report about possibly suing Lakers

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

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

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

In other NBA news:

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

NHL-FLAMES-BENNETT

Calgary Flames sign forward Sam Bennett to 2-year contract

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

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

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

LPGA-WIE-EVIAN

Wie withdraws from Evian, recovering from appendicitis

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

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

WORLD LONG DRIVE

Justin James wins Volvik World Long Drive Championship

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

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

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

TENNIS-US OPEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE BASKETBALL- JUD HEATHCOTE-TRIBUTE

Michigan State to pay tribute to coaching icon Heathcote

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

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

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

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

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

 

Butte rolls Santa Rosa; Martinez makes history in LA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other MLB action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRAZIL-POLICE RAID

Police search house of Brazilian Olympic committee president

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

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

Police have not commented.

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

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

BOLT-RECORD PREDICTIONS

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

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

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

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

GUT-COMEBACK

Lara Gut targets North American races for comeback

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

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

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

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

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

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