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49ers road woes continue; Rodgers and Pack sacked by BirdGang

(AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, including one to Calvin Johnson early in the fourth quarter, and the Detroit Lions beat the San Francisco 49ers 32-17 on Sunday.

The Lions (6-9) have won five of their last seven games, perhaps giving coach Jim Caldwell a chance to keep his job for a third season.

The 49ers (4-11) have lost three straight and five of six under first-year coach Jim Tomsula.

Detroit took advantage of several mistakes for San Francisco’s defense and special teams.

Stafford’s 1-yard TD pass to Johnson gave Detroit a 12-point lead one play after Tramaine Brock was called for pass interference in the end zone. During the drive, the 49ers were flagged for being offside or in the neutral zone for the seventh time to set a single-game high by an NFL team this year, according to STATS.

(AP) — Arizona sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns on Sunday in a dominant 38-8 victory that clinched a first-round playoff bye for the streaking Cardinals.

Carson Palmer threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona (13-2).

In all, the Packers were sacked nine times in by far their most one-sided loss of the season. Dwight Freeney had three and Calais Campbell 2 1/2. Cory Redding rambled 36 yards with one of the fumbles for a score, Jerraud Powers took another five yards for a touchdown.

The Packers (10-5) have a half-game lead over Minnesota in the NFC North with the Vikings facing the New York Giants Sunday night.

Green Bay is home against Minnesota in its regular-season finale next Sunday.

Redskins clinch NFC East; Manning denies doping allegations

 

(AP) — The Washington Redskins owned a 5-7 mark just three weeks ago, but they are NFC East champions today.

Kirk Cousins threw for a season-high 365 yards and four touchdowns as Washington rolled to its third consecutive win, a division title-clinching 38-24 triumph at Philadelphia. Cousins tossed his first two scoring strikes to Jordan Reed, who had nine receptions for 129 yards. DeAngelo Hall put the Skins in control by returning DeMarco Murray’s fumble 17 yards for a TD late in the third quarter about 1 1/2 minutes after Murray’s four-yard touchdown got the Eagles within 23-17.

The outcome eliminates the Eagles and New York Giants from NFC playoff race.

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Detroit to take on the Lions. The Niners come into the game with a 4-10 record.

(AP) — Peyton Manning is vehemently refuting a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis.

Manning called the allegation “complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.”

The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air Sunday and was shared in advance with the Huffington Post.

British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent.

(AP) — Frank Beamer has won his final game as Virginia Tech’s head coach.

Michael Brewer threw for 344 yards and a touchdown in a 55-52 triumph over Tulsa in the Independence Bowl. Isaiah Ford had 12 receptions for 227 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown grab while the Hokies were building a 45-21 lead in the first half.

The 7-6 Hokies reeled off 38 straight points, capped by Greg Stroman’s 67-yard punt return.

The 69-year-old Beamer announced in November he would retire following the season. He finished with a 238-121-2 record at Virginia Tech over 29 seasons.

In other bowl game finals:

— Myles Gaskin broke a third-quarter tie with an 86-yard run and finished with a season-high 181 yards and four touchdowns to help Washington beat Southern Mississippi 44-31 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Gaskin was named the game’s MVP after gaining 170 yards on 17 carries in the second half.

— Luke Falk threw two touchdown passes to lead Washington State to a 20-14 victory over Miami in the snowy Sun Bowl at El Paso. Erik Powell added two field goals to help the 9-4 Cougars win a bowl games for the first time since the 2003 Holiday Bowl.

— Ross Martin kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime before Griffin Oakes missed a 38-yard attempt to send Duke to his first bowl victory in 54 years, 44-41 against Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Shaun Wilson had 282 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils, including a 98-yard kickoff return.

— Chase Litton went 23 for 34 for 218 yards and one touchdown as Marshall earned its 10th win this season by beating Connecticut 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Nick Smith had three field goals for the Thundering Herd, including a 32-yarder with 1:44 to play.

Warriors grind out win over Cavaliers in Finals rematch

(AP) — Draymond Green had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors got defensive in their NBA Finals rematch against Cleveland, beating the Cavaliers 89-83 on Friday.

Stephen Curry added 19 points and Klay Thompson had 18 for the Warriors, who improved to 28-1 by winning their 32nd straight regular-season home game. Instead of doing it with 3-pointers, defending champion Golden State maintained its edge over Cleveland by limiting the Cavaliers to 32 percent shooting.

LeBron James scored 25 points to lead the Cavaliers. They had their six-game winning streak snapped.

A’s target five possible relocation sites

(AP) — Oakland is pitching five sites as potential homes for a new stadium for the A’s.

The Oakland Tribune reported Thursday  that it had obtained a city report submitted to team officials in November that identified the five sites. They include two on a college campus and one at a U.S. Postal Service facility.

The newspaper said A’s co-owner Lew Wolff declined to discuss the sites. But he said the team was continuing to take a second look at possible stadium locations in its territory.

The A’s attempts to move to San Jose were blocked because the San Francisco Giants have rights to that territory.

Raiders need overtime to beat Chargers in possible Oakland finale

(AP) — Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime and the Raiders got a defensive stop to seal what might have been the final game ever in Oakland with a 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.

Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass and led the winning overtime drive for the Raiders (7-8), who could be moving to the Los Angeles area after the season. It also made Charles Woodson a winner in his final home game with the Raiders as he will retire after his 18th NFL season.

Philip Rivers threw for 277 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (4-11). They lost their seventh straight division game.

Warriors win 13th straight at home; Welcome Cavs on Christmas

(AP) — Klay Thompson scored 20 points, Stephen Curry added 16 with nine assists and the Golden State Warriors remained unbeaten at home this season with a 103-85 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Andrew Bogut added 10 points and 13 rebounds while Draymond Green had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Warriors (27-1) in their final tuneup before an NBA Finals rematch against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas.

Golden State led by 10 with less than 6 minutes remaining before Curry’s second 3-pointer of the game sparked a 14-5 run to help the Warriors seal the victory. It was their 13th in a row at home this season and the 31st consecutive win at Oracle Arena dating to last season — an ongoing franchise record.

Derrick Favors had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who have lost five of seven.

Chico High mom ponders lawsuit while former players and parents defend coach

The parent of a Chico High School basketball player who recently quit the team is telling KPAY that her comments were misconstrued by a Chico Enterprise-Record story on January 20th.

Nicole Roe is Derrek Gordon’s mother. Gordon left the Chico High varsity team after the Panthers win over Las Plumas on January 11th…..According to the Chico-ER story, Gordon’s mother felt her son was not wanted on the team anymore and “they” were looking for a reason to kick him off. Roe told KPAY she wanted to hold off on making a comprehensive statement NOW because of possible future litigation. She says she is still mulling over whether to file a lawsuit against Chico Unified but wants to make it clear her problems are with the Chico Unified School District; with the basketball team just PART of the problem……

Roe’s son, Gordon was suspended for three days earlier this year after he took a picture at the Almond Bowl and posted it to his Facebook page. The photo included a school official. Roe told the Chico-ER that when her son was suspended the school didn’t contact her.

Roe told KPAY that her problems extend well beyond the hoops court and that the Chico-ER story on January 20th mis-characterized her grievance. She says that she never called head coach Kirk Bruchler a racist, and that she never meant to infer that fellow players Trevon Reid and Eli Penick were leaving the team for the same reasons as her son. Chico-ER reporter Joseph Shufleberger says he stands by his story.

Reid, who was a stand-out football player at Chico High, contacted KPAY and felt it was unfair that he was made part of the story.  Now, Reid and several other former African-American players and parents are coming to Bruchler’s defense as they believe the insinuations in the article need to be rebuffed. Reid quit the team on the same day Penick and Gordon left. But, he told KPAY that he left the team so he could focus on football and it had nothing to do with the perceived problems invoked by Roe and her son.

Reid says that he is only guilty of “bad timing” in quitting, since he wanted to focus on football and Penick wanted to train and get ready for the  track and field season. Reid added that he was surprised to learn that Roe even alluded to them in the article since his situation didn’t have anything to do with  her son’s situation…..

Reid says he would have liked more playing time but understood  why other players were getting time in front of him and felt like it was better to get a head-start on football for next season rather than play basketball. He says he has been the treated differently at school since the January 20th Chico-ER article tied him to the controversy.

Reid’s mother, Crystal Johnson, said she was not happy to see her son’s name tied to the accusations and feels that her son’s situation was not clearly communicated in the initial article. Johnson said her son wanted to rest his shoulder which has been injuried numerous times in his high school football playing career. She says that Reid also wanted to focus on his wide receiver skills since he will be adapting to a new position when he plays at either Butte or a four-year school next season.

Former Chico High stand-out, Kenneth McMillan is now at Butte College. McMillan is having a great season for the Roadrunners and played two seasons for Bruchler.  He says his time with the coach was great….and feels the insinuations against Bruchler are not fair…..

McMillan and Sterling Smith were a dynamic one-two punch at Chico High. Smith is currently playing at Division I Coppin State.  He told KPAY he was mad when first hearing what was being written about  his former head coach….

Smith said Bruchler was more than fair to everyone on the team. He told KPAY that there were several different ethnicities on the squad and no one ever felt they were being treated differently…..

Smith added that Bruchler was more than a coach to him, adding that he was able to have real-life conversations that didn’t center around basketball.

Renne Sacks-Smith is the mother of Sterling Smith. She says that the accusations sound nothing like the Kirk Bruchler she knows…..

Sacks-Smith says Bruchler was always fair. She says in her basketball crazy house-hold they didn’t always agree with his coaching philosophy, but he was a good coach and a great teacher to her son….

Sacks-Smith says racism is real, but she believes, in this instance, it’s far from the truth. She adds that many parents are afraid to step forward and support the coach because they don’t want to get embroiled in the controversy. She says she felt such an injustice was being done to Bruchler that she had to step forward and defend him….

Chico High officials told the Chico-ER they can not speak on the allegations citing confidentiality guidelines. Chico High Principal Jim Hanlon says he has worked with Bruchler for 12 years and he has “unquestioned integrity.”  Bruchler said he couldn’t comment on the matter because its a student issue.

Roe tells KPAY that this is a bigger issue than basketball and says she believes there is unfair treatment at the Chico Unified School District with “racial undertones.” She adds she is still exploring her options and a lawsuit is a possibility. In the meantime, her son is still attending classes at Chico High School.

 

Giants and A’s both face daunting task

By Mike Baca

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s are in some big trouble. Both Bay Area teams find themselves down 0-2 in their best-of-five first round divisional series.

The Giants suffered their worst shut-out loss in playoff franchise history losing by a score of 9-0. Bronson Arroyo twirled one hit ball over seven innings for Cincinnati. The Giants offensive woes beging at the top as Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro have combined to go 1-for-17 in the series. Game 3 is Tuesday in Cincinnati. We will bring you the game on our sister station 101.7 FM and AM 1340 at 2:35pm with our pre-game at 2:05 with Kruk and Kuip.

The A’s lost to the Tigers 5-4 in heart-breaking fashion. Oakland coughed up three leads in falling behind 0-2 in the series. Don Kelly’s sacrifice fly was the game-winner and now the A’s head home where they hope the home crowd will give them a boost.

In Chico State sports news, the men’s soccer team runs their unbeaten streak to seven with a win on Sunday at Cal State Monterey Bay. Akwafei Ajeakwa scored the winning goal in the 55th minute for the Cats who are now 6-2-3 overall and 5-1-3 in the CCAA. The Wildcat women’s soccer team continues to struggle offensively dropping a 1-0 decision at Monterey Bay. Chico has now been shut-out in three of their last four matches. The Cats’ are now 5-7 overall and 3-7 in the CCAA.

Chico State volleyball wraps up their 5 game road trip with a win at Cal State East Bay. The Wildcats win in four sets gives them a 12-4 overall record and they are now 6-3 in the CCAA. The Wildcats went 2-3 on a tough 5-game roadie which saw them drop the first three matches, only to sweep the weekend against East Bay and Monterey Bay. Chico State returns home to take on Dominguez Hills and Cal State LA this Friday and Saturday.

The Chico State men’s golf team is hosting the Interwest Wildcat Classic at Sevillano Links in Corning today. Five of the top 15 teams in the country in Division II golf will battle it out with the Wildcats at the links course. Two rounds will be played today beginning at 8:30am and then Tuesday’s final round will begin at 8:30am.

The 49ers blew out the Bills on Sunday 45-3 as Alex Smith threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The 49ers had 621 total yards of offense registering more than 300 yards passing and on the ground. The Niners are now 4-1 on the season. The Raiders had a bye. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers blew a 21-3 lead and lost to the Colts 30-27 in Indianapolis. The Packers fall to 2-3 on the season.

In high school football the Paradise Bobcats won, what many are calling the game of the year on Friday nigth knocking off Enterprise in overtime 42-41. Tom Hays threw three touchdown passes to Johnny Porter for the Bobcats who go to 5-1 on the season. Enterprise scored a touchdown in overtime but tried going to for two points on the conversion, only to have their quarterback Zack Trueblood mis-handle the snap. Chico blew out Red Bluff and Pleasant Valley lost 55-23 to Foothill.

Butte College had a bye. They will be back in action next Saturday against Santa Rosa at Cowan Stadium.

A’s Shock Rangers while Giants get Reds

The Oakland Athletics captured the AL
West with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming
back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun the
two-time defending league champion Texas Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton dropped a fly ball in center field for a two-run
error that put the A’s (94-66) ahead 7-5 in a six-run fourth
inning. Hamilton’s Rangers (93-67) are headed to the new one-game,
wild-card playoff on the heels of just their second three-game sweep of 2012.

The wildcard match-ups are Friday. The American League match-up is
Baltimore vs Texas. In the National League it will be St. Louis taking on
Atlanta.

The Giants host the Reds on Saturday in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Matt Cain gets the ball for the Giants and Johnny Cueto will go for the
Reds.