Green vs Hart

This past weekends All-Star Saturday Night may have been one of the best the NBA has seen. From Klay getting revenge on Steph, to the amazing display during the dunk contest, it was hours of entertainment on a slow sports weekend. Forgotten may be the challenge that actor Kevin Hart sent out to Warrior Draymond Green for a shootout, that Draymond accepted. What was all fun and games, turned into to a good battle, check it out…

Super Sophomores and meticulous game planning lead to big Wildcat Win

Rarely does a first place showdown live up to its billing,  Friday night was the exception. Behind 41 points from sophomores Isaiah Ellis and Corey Silverstrom and a well devised and executed defensive game plan against the sharp-shooting UC San Diego Tritons, the Chico State Wildcats vaulted into first place in the CCAA with a 77-71 win.

The victory moves the 9th-ranked Wildcats to 19-3 overall and 13-2 in the CCAA putting the Cats in the driver’s seat for their third conference title in five years. Ellis scored 20 of his career-high 26 in the second half and Silverstrom scored 12 of his 15 in the second stanza, which included a sequence where he railed a three from the top of the key to put the Cats up six, and then picked the pocket of a Triton and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up giving Chico an 8-point lead with two-and-a-half minutes to go.

The game had everything…. drama, competitiveness and stakes. The winner not only put themselves in position for the CCAA title, but also solidified their spot in the Western Regional rankings with March Madness fast approaching.

Coming into the game Chico knew the potency of the Triton offense. Their ability to stroke the three was a vital part of their arsenal. Chico’s version of the no-doubles defense worked like a charm, holding the Triton sharp-shooters to 5-for-17 from three point range. Drew Dyer, who victimized the Cats in Chico’s visit to La Jolla last year, was held to 13 points and ONLY attempted TWO three-point shots. Dyer came into the game shooting 51 percent from three point range and had made 65 THREES on the year. Everywhere the savvy veteran turned there was a Chico defender in his face.  Chico was switching screens with constant flawless rotations.  It wasn’t just one guy doing the job. Robert Duncan had the majority of the covers, but we also saw Silverstrom, Ellis, Tanner Giddings, Jalen McFerren, Nate Ambrosini, Tyler Harris……heck even Chris Magalotti got switched out on him. Every time he “thought” he had a look the Wildcats would close out beautifully, hand in face, up against him.

It was stellar ball denial and close-outs.

Hopefully when the Wildcats woke up from their dreamy slumber this morning they realized yesterday’s gone, and all that matters is today. The Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes are lying in wait. The Yotes are playing some great ball and they are looking to make a late push to get into the CCAA Conference Tourney after struggling early in the campaign. This is not the same team that stumbled out of the gate.

I would be really surprised if a Greg Clink coached team isn’t ready to go tonight. He is so good at re-focusing his group and living in the present.

It’s a big day for Chico State Athletics. The Chico State baseball team plays a double-header against Academy of Art looking to avenge their first loss of the season yesterday. The double-dip starts at 12 noon. Chico State softball takes on 19th-ranked Sonoma State in Rohnert Park after splitting yesterday’s double-header. And Chico State basketball is on Newstalk 1290 KPAY tonight at 5:06 with the women at 5:30 and men at 7:30.

Hit the LISTEN LIVE links above to listen to Chico State baseball at noon and also Chico State basketball at 5:06. Mitch Cox will provide Wildcat softball updates during the Chico State baseball broadcasts.

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The Chico State Wildcats baseball team looks to continue their impressive early season start with a three game series that opens today against the Academy of Art Urban Knights from the Pacific West Conference.

The D-II series comes on the heels of last weekend’s impressive three game sweep of the Point Loma Sea Lions, a series in which the Wildcats held the visitors to three runs in three games. Wildcat pitchers also only yielded four walks in 28 innings.

To listen to Chico State Wildcat baseball on Friday at 2pm and on Saturday at Noon……just HIT THE LINK BELOW

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FIRST PLACE SHOWDOWN in La Jolla ! Chico and UCSD tangle tonight !

The Chico State Wildcat men and UC San Diego men’s basketball teams have been on a collision course for several weeks, tonight they meet for the only time during the regular season in a match-up that could determine the regular season champion in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

UCSD comes in at 18-3 overall and (13-2) in the CCAA, while the Cats are also 18-3 overall and (12-2) in CCAA play. Both squads are three games clear of their closest pursuers which means the winner of tonight’s match-up at Rimac Arena has a leg up for the regular season conference title.

Chico keys tonight hinge on their ability to defend the potent multi-faceted attack of the Tritons. Senior Drew Dyer is having a great year hitting 51 percent of his three’s and he has made 65 treys on the year. The Tritons have had contributions up and down their roster after losing two starters to injury during the year.

The Wildcats have a starting five that all average in double figures. The defending CCAA Player of the Week Robert Duncan leads the way averaging 15 points and better than 6 boards a game.

Its’ the only time they will meet during the regular season, but with a conference tournament and a possible West Regional in the offing, it may not be the last time the Wildcats and Tritons tangle.

Its an early serving of March Madness on February 12th…..

HIT THE LISTEN LIVE TAB FOR CHICO WILDCATS BASKETBALL BEGINNING AT 5:06PM TONIGHT ON NEWSTALK-1290 KPAY !!!

 

Looking Forward to NFL 2016

By. Michael Vislosky

The 2015 NFL season is over and with it possibly one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Peyton Manning with the help of an amazing defense won the second Super Bowl of his career. The quarterback who most people believe will be the face of the NFL for years to come, lost and reverted back to some of his childish behavior after. Now some 4 days after the season we look forward to next year and what that will bring.

The firings and hirings have been done and one coach who was fired will be here in California coaching the San Francisco 49ers. Chip Kelly will bring his up tempo offense to Santa Clara but who will be the quarterback? Will Colin Kapernick get to prove his doubters wrong? In my opinion, I do not think he will. This is for better or worse, Blaine Gabbert’s job at this point. Let’s not forget he was a top 5 pick just a few years ago so there is potential there. Chip Kelly’s offense may be just what he needs.

The 2016 season will also bring football back to LA. The Rams will be playing at the Los Angeles Colesium for the next couple seasons, and hope that they themselves bring a quarterback with them. The trade for Nick Foles last offseason did not work out as planned and has some LA greats asking for Mr. Manning to play one more year. I think Foles has potential, and having a running back who has one heck of a career in front of him will help immensely.

Last but not least, I have to talk of my team, the New York Jets. Yes the season ended in the worst way I could have imagined, but next year beams a bright light. After they sign Ryan Fitzpatrick and lock up the defensive line, they will most likely lose their starting backfield. My hope is that they draft a running back and some offensive line help, and if they do, they should be in the playoffs. They will have a tougher schedule this year and much more travel as they play the NFC West, but as a fan I have never felt more confident in the future of a team as I do this one.

I wish that I could wake up tomorrow and it was September, but I guess I will just have to wait patiently as the days go by. That patience will then be rewarded as the New York Jets will be holding the Lombardi trophy after they defeat the Arizona Cardinals 24-14 to win Super Bowl 51. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the MVP, and Fitz Magic will become the trend throuout the world. Continue reading Looking Forward to NFL 2016

Kings lose AGAIN; Ezeli goes under knife; Donaldson gets paid

(AP) — LeBron James recorded his 40th career triple-double while Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Sacramento Kings 120-100 on Monday night.

James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season. The four-time MVP didn’t play the fourth quarter.

Irving was 13 of 21 from the field and tied his career high with 12 assists. J.R. Smith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points.

Cleveland went ahead early in the game and steadily built its lead against the listless Kings, who have dropped eight of nine.

Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi led Sacramento with 16 points each.

(AP) — Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

The defending NBA champions said Ezeli’s operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.

Ezeli, averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.23 blocks in 40 games with 11 starts, last played Jan. 25 against San Antonio before missing the last five games with soreness in the knee.

The Warriors host Houston on Tuesday night.

 

(AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the agreement had not been completed. The progress toward a deal was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada.

Donaldson and the Blue Jays had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing. The 30-year-old third baseman had asked for a raise from $4.3 million to $11.8 million and Toronto had offered $11.35 million when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month.

Acquired from Oakland in November 2014, Donaldson made the AL All-Star team for the second straight season in 2015. He led the majors with 122 runs, topped the AL with 123 RBIs, and hit .297 with 41 home runs to help the Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time since winning consecutive World Series in 1992 and ’93.

(AP)- Coach Rick Pitino says he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about allegations by an escort that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team’s dormitory.

University President James Ramsey Friday announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban for the men’s basketball team after the school’s investigation into allegations revealed violations did occur. Pitino has said he did not know about the incidents and that athletic director Tom Jurich does not believe he was aware of the activities.

Pitino said Tuesday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” if Jurich “thought for one second I had 1 percent of hearsay in this case, I would have been gone a long time ago.”

The university investigation is ongoing and it’s unclear if more self-imposed penalties are possible.

 

 

 

Chico State Baseball Beats Point Loma; Gelfand shines again

By Mike Baca

Four pitchers combined on a 5-hit complete game shut out as the Chico State Wildcats knocked off the Point Loma Sea Lions in the opening game of a pivotal three game in-region series this weekend at Nettleton Stadium

Clayton Gelfand shined again for the Cats as he pitched six innings scattering five hits and giving up no runs. Gelfand only walked one hitter, his first in 12.1 innings on the season. Last year Gelfand was his own worst enemy at times walking a batter every two innings but he has been a more aggressive pitcher this year, pounding the strike zone and using his defense. Chico manufactured runs early with stolen bases, good reads on the bases and heads up situational hitting to grab a 4-0 lead after 4 innings.

Gelfand went six solid innings with relief help from Stuart Bradley, Torgen Soderlund and Hunter Haworth. If Chico State wants to make a post-season run a successful weekend against the Sea Lions would help. Point Loma won 33 games last year and has 21 returners  from their regional squad. Chico knows winning the series will strengthen, what they hope is a glowing resume in May.

The Wildcats will play two games tomorrow against the Sea Lions with both games on KpaySports.com and ChicoWildcats.com and at least the first game of the double-dip on AM-1290 KPAY.

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Chico State Baseball opens up three game series against Point Loma……

 

The Chico State Wildcat baseball team looks to build on their three game series sweep of Menlo with a big in-region three game set against the Point Loma Sea Lions. Point Loma returns 21 players from last year’s team that went to the NCAA West Regional. This is a good early season test for the revamped Chico State club that is riding high after two walk-off wins last week.

Game time is 2pm with the pre-game at 1:45pm

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

By Mike Baca

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

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

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

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

SUPER BOWL

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

LOCAL SCHEDULE

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

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

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

Magical season opening series as Cats sweep Oaks

 

The sample size is small but the early returns point to an exciting and fruitful 2016 Chico State Wildcat baseball season. Behind two walk-off wins and improbable comeback from six runs down the Wildcats served notice that the 2015 season appears to be an aberration, a mere blip on the screen in their storied and historic run.

After Friday’s 1-0 walk-off win over a very good Menlo College squad the Wildcats were pushed to the limit on Saturday in the first game of a double-header. Menlo jumped on the Cats early and often in the first game scoring two runs in the first and 5 more in the second. Chico found themselves down 7-1 in the 2nd. By the fifth it was 9-3, and the deficit seemed insurmountable in the 7th after Cal Berkeley transfer Lucas Erceg slugged a home run to right giving Menlo a 10-4 lead in the 7th.

With hope waning Chico State summed up some old Nettleton Stadium magic. The Cats would score two in the 7th and then four runs with two outs in the 8th highlighted by a Josh Falco bases clearing double to tie the game at 10. The game almost slipped away in the top of the 9th after a one out error allowed the Oaks to grab an 11-10 lead. Chico had the tying run on third with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the 9th, only to have Erceg air-mail a 1-2 pitch to the back-stop allowing the tying run to score.

In the bottom of the 10th, after a single and two walks, the Wildcats Dillon Kelley would hit a ground ball in the hole, Menlo got the force at second but the return throw to first was late setting off a wild celebration and improbable 12-11 win.

The Chico State Wildcats would win the night-cap 8-1 finishing off a fantastic weekend for the Wildcats.

In 2015 the Wildcats finished under .500 for the first time in 21 years. The autopsy from the disappointing season revealed that the Wildcats were lacking some key components that leads to success between the lines.

First, the Cats had virtually an entire roster that under-achieved from their 2014 West Region Championship. Second, the club lacked the necessary depth to withstand pro-longed slumps from key players.  And lastly, the Wildcats needed to canvass their squad with players that mimicked the teams of Wildcats’ past. Chico State baseball isn’t about playing perfect baseball. Wildcat baseball is about playing the game with a laser like focus and belief that you will somehow find a way if you “GRIND” it out. Grinders…..Chico State had lost that identifier in the 2015 season. On the recruiting trail, the Cats needed to find a bunch of players that would throw caution to the wind and play the game with a joy, fervor, passion and belief that made us all believers again

As I said, it’s the smallest of sample sizes. It’s a long season, there will be highs and invariably there will be lows, but when a group of players are all pulling in the same direction and play with passion and selflessness good things happen. This weekend showed the Wildcat faithful that is all is well in Wildcat Land. They showed us……..

That it’s OK to believe again.

*PHOTO AND VIDEO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS AT CHICOWILDCATS.COM