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.

A’s Primed for History while Giants Deal Death-Blow to Rivals

The Oakland A’s are one win away from the most improbable of season recoveries. With a win they will win the AL West and could have home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs. A loss, and the A’s would play in a one game playoff on Friday against either the Baltimore Orioles or the New York Yankees.

The San Francisco Giants delivered the death-blow to the Los Angeles Dodgers playoff hopes. With their 4-3 win, the Giants knocked the Dodgers out of the playoff contention. The Giants and Dodgers finish their regular seasons today at 4pm on Fox Sports Chico 101.7 FM/AM 1340. The Giants will open the playofffs at home on Saturday against either the Cincinnati Reds or the Washington Nationals at AT & T Park.

Chico State volleyball is on the road for game three of a five match road-trip. They are in Turlock taking on the Stanislaus State Warriors. Chico enters the match 10-3 on the season.

49ers Roll; SF Giants are getting ready to party

AP) – The San Francisco 49ers cruised to a 24-3
road victory over the Arizona Cardinals last night and took firm
control of the NFC West at the halfway mark of their season.
Alex Smith threw touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree and Randy
Moss to help the Niners build a 24-0 lead.
Smith connected on 18 of 19 passes. That’s an NFL record for
most completed passes with just one incompletion.
The Niners defense lived up to its No. 1 ranking, holding
Arizona to just seven yards on the ground. And they didn’t yield a
TD for the fourth time in five games.
The Cardinals’ fourth straight loss after a 4-0 start drops them
two games behind 6-2 San Francisco in the division race.

(AP) – For the second time in three years, San
Francisco city officials are gearing up for a ticker-tape parade to
celebrate the Giants’ World Series victory.
Plans for the Wednesday event were being made as the city
cleaned up after a rowdy World Series celebration turned violent in
some neighborhoods and police arrested three dozen people.
City Hall says the parade will take a slightly different route
from the one that followed the Giants’ 2010 championship. Instead
of the financial district, the parade will start at the foot of
Market Street.
Mayor’s Office spokesman Francis Tsang said the new route is
safer and affords better views than the previous route.

CHICO STATE MEN’S SOCCER GETS READY FOR POST-SEASON
Courtesy Chico State Athletics; chicowildcats.com

CHICO – On the heels of its third consecutive North Division title, the Chico State men’s soccer team has earned the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament. And for the fourth time since 2008, the Wildcats’ first round opponent will be Cal State Dominguez Hills, this season’s host school of the four-team tourney. The ’Cats and the No. 3 seed Toros will take the pitch for their first round match Friday at 7 p.m. at Toro Stadium in Carson.

Chico State finished the regular season with a 9-2-5 overall record, using a 12-match unbeaten streak to grab the top spot in the North Division with an 8-1-5 mark and reach the postseason for the fourth time in Head Coach Felipe Restrepo’s five years at the helm. The Wildcats are currently the No. 4 ranked team – and the top CCAA school – in the NCAA West Region rankings.

Cal State Dominguez Hills heads into the tournament 10-6-1 on the year and ranked No. 6 in the West Region. The Toros finished second to Cal State L.A. in the CCAA South Division standings with a 10-5-0 conference mark.

The Toros beat Chico State in the only regular season meeting between the two teams. Dominguez Hills topped the Wildcats 3-1 Sept. 9 at University Soccer Stadium. The Toros also hold a 12-9-1 advantage in the all-time series with Chico State.

The Wildcats are 1-1-1 against Dominguez Hills in their three CCAA Tournament matchups. The two teams tied 1-1 in the 2008 semifinals, with the Toros advancing by winning a 5-3 shootout. Dominguez Hills downed Chico State 3-0 in the 2010 semis, but last season the ’Cats returned the favor, knocking off the Toros 3-0 to advance to the CCAA Tournament championship match.

The tournament’s other first round men’s match features No. 1 seed Cal State L.A. (ranked 5th in the West) against No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus (currently 8th in the West Region rankings) Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles, last year’s CCAA Tournament champion, finished the regular season 11-3-3 overall and 10-2-3 in conference to capture the South Division crown; Stanislaus is 9-4-3 on the season and finished second to Chico State in the North Division with a 7-4-3 conference mark.

In the opening round of the CCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament, No. 1 seed Sonoma State (15-2-1, 11-2-1 CCAA) takes on No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona (10-4-3, 8-4-3 CCAA) Friday at 11:00 a.m., with No. 2 Cal State Stanislaus (15-3-0, 11-3-0 CCAA) squares off against No. 3 UC San Diego (13-2-2, 11-2-2 CCAA).

Goodell apologizes for replacement refs; No post-season for Melky

(AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is apologizing to
fans for having to use replacement officials during a lockout of
regular refs. The impasse led to three weeks of questionable calls
– and one that cost the Green Bay Packers a win.
Goodell made his comments Thursday during a conference call
about 12 hours after the referees’ union and league agreed on a
tentative deal that will allow the regular officials to return
beginning with Thursday night’s Browns-Ravens game.
You can hear that game on 101.7 FM/AM 1340.
Goodell says: “Something like this, it’s painful for everybody.
Most importantly, it’s painful for fans. We’re sorry to have to put
fans through that.”
He added: “Sometimes you have to go through something like that
in the short term for the right agreement for the long term.”
The deal was struck two days after Seattle’s chaotic last-second
win over Green Bay in which the replacements missed a call.

(AP) – The San Francisco Giants have informed
Melky Cabrera’s agent they won’t bring the suspended outfielder
back at any point this postseason.
Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement before Thursday’s
finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco’s final
regular-season home game.
Bochy says the NL West champion Giants will move forward into
the best-of-five divisional series with the 25 players they have.
Cabrera’s suspension takes him through the first five games of the
playoffs, so he would have been eligible in the NL championship
series if San Francisco advanced.
The All-Star game MVP, batting an NL-leading .346, was suspended
Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone text. Last Friday, Cabrera
asked to be removed from contention for the NL batting crown,
saying he had no wish to win a tainted title.

Agreement for refs appears close; A’s get big win; Timmy struggles

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that a deal is near between the NFL and the NFLRA on a new deal. Mortensen says an “agreement in principal is at hand.” and that the regular NFL officials could return as early as this Sunday.

George Kottaras hit a 3-2 pitch into the right field seats giving the A’s a big 3-2 win over the Rangers last night in Arlington. The A’s trail Texas by 4 game with eight games left to play. Oakland will play five of their remaining eight games against Texas.

Tim Lincecum was lit up by familiar faces in the Giants 7-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Lincecum allowed a three-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt, who has now hit 5 home runs in 14 career at-bats agaist Lincecum. The Giants lost to Arizona 7-2 on Tuesday night.

The Northern California High School Foootball media poll was released. The defending section champion Paradise Bobcats were the top team in the poll as they get ready for a showdown this Friday night against Foothill. Both teams are 3-1 on the season. You can hear the game on AM 1340 at 7:15 on Friday night.

The Butte College Roadrunners are 4-0 and now they are getting some national recognition. JCGridiron.com ranks Butte at number 10 in the country in their lastest poll. The Roadrunners take on Modesto this Saturday on AM 1340.

Raiders win….49ers Struggle and Giants Clinch

The Oakland Raiders completed a spirited comeback downing the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31 in Oakland on Sunday. Trailing 31-21 in the 4th quarter, Carson Palmer threw his third touchdown of the day setting up Sebastian Janikowski’s 43 yard field goal as time expired giving the Raiders the win.

The 49ers laid an egg in Minnesota. Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Rudolph and the 49ers could not get on track as they fell to the Vikings 24-13. The Niners are now 2-1 on the season a full game behind Arizona in the NFC West.

Butte College came back from a 21-6 deficit on Saturday to beat Delta College 33-21. The Roadrunners defense stepped up big holding Delta to no points and only two first downs in the second half, while registering 8 sacks in the come-from-behind win. Nelson Fishback threw for three TD’s and ran for two more as the Roadrunners stay perfect at 4-0.

Chico State Volleyball is now 10-1 on the season as they swept Sonoma and San Francisco State at Acker Gym. The Wildcat men’s soccer team had a thrilling win in Sonoma on Friday, while the women fell at Humboldt on Sunday evening their record at 4-4.

Tonight, its Green Bay and Seattle on Monday night football. You can hear the game on 101.7 FM/AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico.

Paradise and PV both open league play; Giants and A’s both win

There is a full slate of high school football games tonight including the Eastern Athletic League openers for both the Paradise Bobcats and the Pleasant Valley Vikings. Game time is at 7:30 and can be heard on AM 1340.

The Butte College Roadrunners get ready for their showdown with Delta College in Stockton tomorrow, while both the Chico State men’s and women’s soccer teams are in Rohnert Park to take on Sonoma this afternoon. Chico State volleyball is home to Sonoma State and San Francisco State this weekend, looking to build on their 8-1 record.

The Giants and A’s were both winners. The Giants magic number to clinch the NL West is 3, while the A’s are tied for the top spot in the American League wildcard.

49ers are in Minnesota Sunday at 10am looking to go to 3-0, while the Raiders look for their first win at home against Pittsburgh. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers play Monday night against Seattle

Giants Magic Number sits at 5

The Oakland A’s try and snap a 3-game losing streak as they take on the Detroit Tigers this morning in Motown. Last night Justin Verlander picked up his 15th win of the season and Miguel Cabrera hit is 41st home run of the year as Detroit knocked off Oakland 6-2. Game time this morning is 10am, as the A’s look to avert the sweep. Oakland sits in the second wild-card spot in the American League 1/2 game behind Batimore.

The Giants magic number for clinching the National League West is 5. Matt Cain pitched 8 innings of 4 hit ball and the Pablo Sandoval hit a first inning three-run home run to stake Cain to a 3-0 lead as the Giants beat Colorado for the third straight night 7-1. Today is get-away day in the series as the Giants host the Rockies for a 12:45 start. Our pre-game show on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 comes your way at 12:15.

The San Francisco 49ers are looking to go to 3-0 as they take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in Minneapolis. Its the return of Randy Moss to the Metrodome where he starred for several seasons with the Vikings. Although his role has been a small one so far, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers know that Moss may have to play a bigger role as the season goes on. Harbaugh says he doesn’t feel he will have any problem with Moss complaining about not getting the ball.

Its a critical weekend for the Raiders. After getting blasted by Miami 35-13 last week, Oakland has to pick up the pieces against AFC power Pittsburgh this Sunday. The Raiders will need Darren McFadden to play a much bigger role than he did in Miami where the star running back accounted for only 39 total yards.

Butte College takes on Delta College in Stockton on Saturday as they look to go to 4-0. Butte is coming off of a 70-3 whipping of Shasta last Saturday. In high school football, Eastern Athletic League play begins with a marquee match-up at Asgard Yard. The (2-1) Paradise Bobcats take on the (2-1) Pleasant Valley Vikings. We will have the game on AM 1340 tomorrow night at 7:30 with our Rick Prinz pre-game coming your way at 7:15

Chico State Volleyball is off to a tremendous start and they look to continue their hot streak. The Wildcats will be hosting Sonoma State and San Francisco State at Acker Gym this Friday and Saturday. Both matches begin at 7pm. The Wildcats enter the weekend with an 8-1 record and are (2-0) in CCAA play.

The Chico State men’s and women’s soccer teams hit the road. Both squads are at Sonoma and Humboldt. The women (4-2) overall (2-2) in CCAA play will play their matches at 12:30 on Friday in Rohnert Park and 11:30 on Sunday in Arcata. The men (3-2-1) overall and (2-1-1) in CCAA play will take on Sonoma Friday afternoon at 3:00pm. The Chico men will not play Humboldt, as the Lumberjacks cancelled their season after an alcohol-related incident involving their men’s soccer team last month. All matches can be followed on the Sonoma and Humboldt Athletics websites.