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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.

 

All Sports-All the Time

By Chandler Guadagnin

If you can’t get enough sports, there is no need to worry. KPAY Sports is proud to announce that in addition to broadcasting 2017 Chico Heat Baseball live, the station will air archived games from local sports teams. These games include High School Football, Butte College Football, Chico State Basketball and Baseball, as well as Chico Heat Baseball.

Listen now on the KPAY Sports App and www.kpaysports.com. Follow KPAY Sports on social media:

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Chico Sweeps Simpson; Dubs done in by three ball

The Chico State Wildcats baseball team finished off a four-game sweep of the Simpson University Red Hawks on Monday with convincing wins of 7-1 and 11-0.

Chico’s pitching was stellar all weekend, but particularly good on Monday with Casey Costello tossing five innings of 1-hit shut-out baseball in the first game of the double-dip. Cam Greenough dominated the Red Hawks in the night-cap tossing five innings and striking out 12.

The Wildcats (6-2) outscored Simpson 32-2 in the series and now get ready for The Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Wildcats will play Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday afternoon at 12 noon PST with our pre-game coming your way at 11:40am. Saturday the Cats take on St. Mary’s from Texas with first pitch slated for 4pm. Both of these games can be exclusively heard on the KpaySports app, right here on KpaySports.com and ChicoWildcats.com.

The series finale against the host institution, Central Missouri State will be on Sunday morning at 7:40am and can be heard on the app, website and AM-1290 KPAY.

(AP) — Nikola Jokic got his second career triple-double and the Denver Nuggets tied an NBA record with 24 3-pointers while shocking the Golden State Warriors 132-110 on Monday night.

The Nuggets tied the 3-point mark set by the Rockets in December against New Orleans. They missed two 3-pointers in the final minute, and Jamal Murray passed up an uncontested 3 to dribble out the clock. They finished 24 of 40 from beyond the arc.

The Warriors were just 8 of 32 from long range, including 1 of 11 by Stephen Curry.

Jokic set career highs in rebounds (21) and assists (12) to go with 17 points, and rookie Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 27 points, including six 3s. Will Barton added 24 points and Jameer Nelson had 23.

(AP) — A person briefed on the discussions tells The Associated Press that Madison Square Garden has lifted its ban of Charles Oakley.

The person who spoke to the AP on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the discussions were to remain private says the former Knicks star who was arrested at a game last week is welcome back at the arena.

Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Oakley on Friday, two days after the former power forward had an altercation with security guards while attending a game.

But the sides reconciled quickly, helped by a meeting Monday at NBA headquarters with Commissioner Adam Silver and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. Jordan and Oakley were teammates in Chicago before Oakley was traded to New York, where he became a fan favorite with the Knicks from 1988-98.

(AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will be out at least six weeks following knee surgery.

Love had the operation on his left knee Tuesday in New York. The Cavs said he will be sidelined approximately six weeks, which would have him returning by April 1. The playoffs start later that month.

The 28-year-old had complained of soreness and had swelling in his knee following Saturday’s win over Denver. Love is averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who are in Minnesota to play their second-to-last game before the All-Star break.

Love, who recently missed some games with back spasms, has been having his best season with Cleveland. Following two seasons of drama and trade rumors, he has blended in with stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Love’s absence will put further stress on Cleveland’s depth and could force general manager David Griffin to make a major move before the Feb. 23 trading deadline.

(AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has added three new members of his coaching staff.

Shanahan announced Monday that Mike McDaniel will be the team’s new run game specialist, Mike LaFleur will be wide receivers coach and Taylor Embree will be offensive quality control coach.

McDaniel and LaFleur both worked in Atlanta with Shanahan when he was offensive coordinator for the Falcons.

Embree is the son of 49ers assistant head coach and tight ends coach Jon Embree.

 

Biggs Captures Division V Title in thrilling fashion over Fall River

What a game.

The Biggs Wolverines were ready to celebrate. With 6:04 remaining they had just completed a 9-minute drive to grab a 21-7 lead over the defending Division V champion Fall River Bulldogs.

But the heart of a champion should never be underestimated. The Bulldogs would drive 60 yards in 2:55 seconds to cut the deficit to 21-14. Then, after recovering an on-side kick the Bulldogs were trying to pull off one of the great comebacks in North Section Championship history. With no timeouts the Bulldogs had a 1st and goal from the Biggs 7 yard line. After a couple of runs nudged the ball to the 3, Fall River’s chances looked to be dim after a fumbled snap. What would follow would be some of the most dramatic North Section Championship football in years.

Check out the video below as we provide the play-by-play as heard right here on KpaySports.com and the KpaySports app……

Giants keep pace while Kaepernick goes after Hillary and Trump

 

(AP) — Buster Posey homered for his 1,000th hit, Hunter Pence also went deep one batter later and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Crawford tripled twice for San Francisco, which remained a half-game behind the Mets for the top NL wild card and one game up on the Cardinals for the second spot.

Matt Moore (12-12) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, rebounding from his worst start this season.

Posey and Pence hit consecutive solo shots, the fifth time the Giants have had back-to-back homers this year. Each player drove in two runs on the night. Conor Gillaspie added a two-run homer in the eighth.

(AP) — Rookie Jefry Marte hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14) held the A’s to one unearned run in eight innings. After going 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his first five starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1, Nolasco has gone 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts.

The Angels had 12 hits, seven for extra bases. Right fielder Kole Calhoun had two doubles and a triple for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven games.

The A’s dropped to 67-90, giving them consecutive 90-loss seasons for only the second time in Oakland history (1977-79). The A’s have lost seven of eight.

Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-9) continued his difficult rookie season for the A’s. He was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk.

(AP) — San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has become a key figure in a growing protest against racial inequality, had a harsh assessment of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a day after the first presidential debate.

“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”

Kaepernick also responded to a statement Trump made during an August radio interview in which he said Kaepernick’s anthem protest wasn’t “a good thing” and that the athlete might want to find a country that works better for him.

Kaepernick said it was “a very ignorant statement, that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country.”

By Luke Reid

@http://www.chicowildcats.com

It’s taken a total of five days for the Chico State men’s golf team to put to rest any talk that this might be a “down” year for the program. The Wildcats wrapped up their second
tournament of the season with a second-place showing at the Western Washington Invitational Tuesday. Saturday, they won the Saint Martin’s Invitational just down the road in Olympia.

They may have lost their head coach and four key components to last season’s run to the NCAA Championship medal/match play final, but the Wildcats have not lost their mojo.

Tuesday it was Serge Kiriluk leading the way with a 4-under par 68, including an eagle on his final hole of the day. That briefly pulled the Wildcats into a tie with the University of British Columbia. But UBC – last year’s NAIA Championship runner-up and the No. 3 team in the NAIA national rankings – responded with an eagle of its own and won by two shots at 6-under par.

Chico State, the 5th-ranked team in Division II, finished at 4-under par, four shots clear of third-place Concordia (OR). Tenth-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay finished tied for fourth with Victoria (BC) at 5-over par.

The Wildcats have now finished first or second in 14 consecutive tournaments.

Kelley Sullivan shot a 73 Tuesday and nabbed his second consecutive top-10 finish by tying for sixth among 96 individuals. It marked the sophomore’s best finish in seven career starts.
Kelley Sullivan snagged his second straight
top-10 finish Tuesday.
Cole Chavez carded a 74 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for ninth and notch his first career top-10 finish. Kirluk climbed 21 spots up the leaderboard during his round of 68 to finish in a tie for 14th. That is the sophomore’s top collegiate finish.

Colby Dean (73-71-74) tied for 23rd and TJ Kathrineberg (78-77-76) tied for 69th.

 

The Wildcats will be back in action this Monday and Tuesday for their lone home tournament of the season – The InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic – at Butte Creek Country Club.
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