Rough day for the Wildcats…..

Rough day for the Chico State Wildcats…..Chico State women’s soccer team sees their season end in West Regionals falling 3-0 to Concordia (Portland) Great season for the Chico State women as a mad dash at end of season got them into NCAA party πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Both the Chico State men and women fall in their season openers. The men commit 16 TO’s and fall to Concordia-Irvine 82-78. Isaiah Ellis led Cats with 15p/6r. Chico will face Biola on Saturday at 4:35pm on AM-1290 KPAY.
The Chico State women coughed up a 14-point 4th quarter lead and lost to Dominican 83-81. Senior Whitney Branham led the Cats with 27. Chico committed 28 turnovers in the loss. Chico is in action tomorrow at 1:50pm in AM-1290 KPAY

Saturday’s broadcast schedule…..

1:50pm-Chico State women’s basketball vs Notre Dame de Namur Β on AM-1290 KPAY, Kpay.com and Kpay app

3:35pm-Butte College football vs Sacramento City on KpaySports app & right here on KpaySports dot-com

4:35pm-Chico State men’s basketball vs Biola University on AM-1290 KPAY, Kpay.com and Kpay app

 

Photo courtesy of ChicoWildcats.com

Lynch appeal denied; record setting temps for start of Fall Classic

(AP) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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 β€” the young diarist who died in the Holocaust β€” wearing a jersey of city rival Roma.

(AP) β€” 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) β€” 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.

 

 

 

Giants Must Improve in 2018

ByΒ Chandler Guadagnin

If a 64 and 98 record is any indication, the San Francisco Giants must drastically improve if they hope of competing in 2018.

A few things must happen for such a change to occur. One, the bullpen has to be better; and two, outfield offensive production must increase.

Before going nuclear on the bullpen, one must remember that before the season even began, the Giants lost key relief pieces, such as Will Smith to injury. San Francisco’s high-end closer, Mark Melancon, also fell prey to the injury bug-missing most of the year. This season San Francisco’s pen ran to the tune of a 3.91 ERA. If that weren’t enough, they seemed to give up the runs at crucial junctures of the game. If the Giants get everyone back healthy, look for San Francisco’s bullpen to not only have better outings, but be a strong suit of this team moving forward.

The outfield is a whole other animal. Exempting Jarrett Parker and Michael Morse, the Giants kept their starting outfield healthy for the entirety of the season, and yet mainstays like Denard Span and Hunter Pence could not produce the needed output of their positions. Giants outfielders hit for a combined triple slash of .250/.308/.373 . According to MLB.com, if the Giants outfield was its own team, they would rank-in all of Major League Baseball-19th in batting average, 29th in on-base-percentage, and last in slugging.

Thankfully, there are plenty of outfielders on the open market this offseason that would upgrade San Francisco’s outfield. Here are my two best offseason options for the Giants, when it comes to upgrading the outfield.

1. The Giants Reel in a Marlins Outfielder

The Miami Marlins have one of the outfields with the biggest upside. Outfielders that the Giants should target include Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. It has been reported that San Francisco was linked to Miami’s mashing outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. However, the Giants would have to back up the truck for such a swap. They would have to create a trade package that would send names such as Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, or Brandon Crawford to the Sunshine State. Therefore, it would do more damage than good for the Giants’ playoff hopes to trade for Stanton. In contrast, Ozuna and Yelich would be much more conservative options.

Last season, at the age of 26, Marcell Ozuna posted a triple slash of .312/.376/.548 to go along with 191 hits and 37 home runs in 159 games. In 2017-in his age 25 season- Christian Yelich, recorded a .282/.369/.432 slash line with 170 hits and 18 home runs in 156 games.

2. The Giants Wade into the Waters of Free Agency

Notable 2017 outfield free agents include Jay Bruce, J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain. Each of these players, at one time in their careers have shown that they can excel on the big stage.

In the 2017 ALDS with Cleveland, Bruce played in all 5 games, going 5 for 18 with a double and two homers. In the regular season with the Mets and Indians, Jay Bruce hit to the tune of a .254 average with 67 extra base hits and 101 RBIs in 146 games. By the official end of the 2017 season, Bruce will have played out a 7-year/$63 million contract. Bruce will be 30 at the beginning of the 2018 regular season.

After being acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the deadline, J.D. Martinez helped to carry the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason. In 7 games of postseason experience, Martinez has batted .259 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs. In 119 games this year, Martinez boasts a .303 average with 45 long balls and 104 RBIs. The end of the 2017 season, will mark the end of Martinez’s 2-year/$18.5 million pact. Martinez will be 30 to start 2018.

The Giants know about Lorenzo Cain’s production in the postseason first hand. In 31 playoff games and a World Series Championship, Cain has slashed .295/.376/.377 to go along with 8 extra-baggers and 9 RBis, This year with Kansas City, he hit an even .300, with 15 taters and 26 stolen bases. His 2-year/17.5 million contract will expire at the end of the World Series. Cain will be the eldest of the three to enter the 2018 season at the age of 31.

Of course, there are other free agents and more options for the Giants’ front office to explore. Only time will tell if the Giants were successful this winter.

The Giants will open the regular season, on March 29th, on the road against the Dodgers.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com and baseball-reference.com

 

Almond Bowl Oct 20th, 7:00pm | University Stadium

Join Mike Baca as he broadcasts LIVE from University Stadium in Chico on October 20th.

KPAY SPORTS will cover the varsity football game between Chico High and Pleasant Valley High starting at 7:00pm PDT.

The Chico Nissan Hyundai car giveaway will be during the half-time period. If you still need tickets, you can get them through high school athletes, parent representatives, Tuesday evenings as at local Round Table Pizza, & Chico Nissan Hyundai.

ALMOND BOWL – CAR GIVEAWAY
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Former Chico State Star talks about harrowing run for life in Vegas

Dave Mallas is considered one of the great Chico State baseball players of all time. As a member of the 1997 National Championship Wildcat baseball team, he was instrumental in the Wildcats bringing home the crown for the first time in school history.

Entering his 14th season as head baseball coach at Los Angeles Valley Community College, Mallas was looking to spend a celebratory birthday weekend in Las VegasΒ for his wife, Ginger, a former Chico State soccer player. What the Mallas’ would experience though, would change their lives forever.

For Mallas the deadliest modern mass shooting in the nation’s history is tempered by the fact he has great friends, a loving family and an extended family that lives the motto…..

ONCE A CAL ALWAYS A CAT

In an exclusive interview Mallas spoke with KPAY about how he got out of the music venue and how fortunate and lucky he considers himself…..

Matt Cain to Make Final Career Start Today

ByΒ 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

MLB Renames WS MVP Award for Willie Mays

By Chandler Guadagnin

On Friday Morning, Major League Baseball announced that effective immediately, the World Series Most Valuable Player Trophy will be renamed, the Willie Mays Most Valuable Player, for the Giants great.

MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, issued the following statement:

“Major League Baseball is thrilled to honor Willie Mays on our game’s biggest stage and in a manner that befits his many contributions to the sport. Since making ‘The Catch’ on Sept. 29, 1954, Willy has been a part of World Series history. This annual recognition will forever celebrate the life and career of a legend of the national pastime.”

The World Series MVP Award was first handed out in 1955.

In a career that spanned 22 years (1951-1973), the Hall of Famer, Mays, amassed 3,283 hits-523 doubles, 140 triples and 660 homeruns. In addition, Willie tallied 1903 RBIs and posted a slash line of .302/.384/.557.

Willie Mays’ Career accomplishments include:

  • 1954 World Series Championship with Giants
  • 1954 Rookie of the Year Award
  • 20 time All-Star starter (19 straight selections; 24 selections overall)
  • 12 straight Gold Glove Awards
  • 2 time NL MVP Award

The San Francisco Giants retired Willie Mays’ number 24 in 1972.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com and www.mlb.com

MLB Commissioner Statement courtesy of: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/256686298/world-series-mvp-award-renamed-for-willie-mays/

 

49ers Rally but come up short; Wildcat soccer hosts Gators

PV LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACKΒ 

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) β€” 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) β€” 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 Β½ 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:

β€” 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 Β½ 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” The Angels are 2 Β½ 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.

β€” 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 Β½ games behind Minnesota in the wild-card race.

β€” 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 Β½ games behind the Indians in the battle for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.

β€” 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 Β½ games behind the Dodgers in the race for home-field advantage in the National League playoffs.

β€” 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) β€” 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:

β€” 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) β€”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:

β€” 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 1Β½ sacks.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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:

β€” 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.

β€” 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) β€” 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;

β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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 3Β½ games of Minnesota for the second American League wild card.

β€” 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.

β€” 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) β€” 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:

β€” 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.

β€” 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.

β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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:

β€” 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.

β€” 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) β€” There will be a second Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2021 β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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) β€” 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.

 

Butte stays perfect; Wildcats take down Toros in four sets

The Butte College Roadrunners stays perfect on the 2017 season a they knocked off Chabot College on a day when the Butte family celebrated their 50 year anniversary. The Roadrunners were 31-21 winners for the second straight weekend and go to 3-0 on the season.

The Chico State volleyball team got in the win column in CCAA play with a four-set victory over Dominguez Hills. The Wildcats are now 7-5 overall (1-1) in CCAA.

Today’s NFL schedule has the 49ers in Seattle taking on the Seahawks while the Raiders host the Jets.

(AP) β€” Clemson moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, jumping Oklahoma and closing in on Alabama after beating a team ranked in the Top 15 for the second straight week.

The Tigers received 15 first-place votes, the most the defending national champions have received this season, and 1,446 points Sunday after beating Louisville 47-21 on the road. Alabama remains No. 1 with 45 first-place votes and 1,504 points.

Oklahoma slipped one spot to No. 3. The Sooners received the remaining first-place vote.

Penn State moved up a spot to No. 4, flip-flopping with No. 5 Southern California. Oklahoma State rose three spots to No. 6, its best ranking since late in the 2013 season.

Washington is No. 7 and three Big Ten teams round out the top 10: Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

MLB-CUBS-CONTRERAS

Cubs C Contreras serves suspension against Cardinals

UNDATED (AP) β€” Cubs catcher Willson Contreras’ two-game suspension for his argument with umpire Jordan Baker has been reduced to one game, and he served the penalty in the finale of their weekend series against the Cardinals.

Contreras and pitcher John Lackey were ejected in the fifth inning of Friday’s 8-2 win. Contreras threw down his mask in anger after he was thrown out, and it bounced up and hit Baker’s leg.

Contreras and Lackey also were fined by Major League Baseball. Contreras appealed the punishment.

Alex Avila replaced Contreras at catcher for Sunday’s game. Contreras had started each of the last two games behind the plate.

NFL-IRMA

Week 2 in the NFL starts with Irma ceremonies

UNDATED (AP) β€” The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their games Sunday with tributes to those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who grew up in St. Petersburg and played at the University of Florida, carried the state flag onto field.

The Jaguars and first responders held a giant American flag during the national anthem.

Both teams and the Miami Dolphins, who play at the Los Angeles Chargers, wore “ONE FLORIDA” decals on their helmets.

LPGA-EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Nordqvist beats Altomare in playoff to win Evian major

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) β€” Anna Nordqvist beat unheralded American Brittany Altomare in a playoff under driving rain and hail at the first extra hole to win the Evian Championship on Sunday.

Nordqvist sank a 4-foot putt for bogey 5 on the soaked 18th hole while 102nd-ranked Altomare had a six.

The 30-year-old Swede earned $547,500 for winning her first major since the 2009 LPGA Championship. Her victory ensured 10 different major winners in the last two seasons.

Nordqvist and Altomare both shot 66 for 9-under totals of 204. It was a 54-hole event after weather-affected play Thursday was scrapped.

Second-round leader Moriya Jutanugarn (juh-TAN’-uh-garn) of Thailand and two-time major winner Lydia Ko of New Zealand fell out of the playoff by dropping shots on the 18th.

TENNIS-DAVIS CUP

Tsonga sends France into Davis Cup final

LILLE, France (AP) β€” Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrapped up a Davis Cup semifinal victory for France against Serbia by defeating Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday.

France reached an unassailable 3-1 lead and will face either Belgium or 28-time champion Australia in the final. The Australians led 2-1 in Brussels before Sunday’s reverse singles.

France qualified for its first final since losing to Switzerland in the title match three years ago.

F1-SINGAPORE GP

Hamilton wins Singapore GP as title rival Vettel crashes

SINGAPORE (AP) β€” Lewis Hamilton has won the Singapore Grand Prix and extended his championship lead on Sunday, while title rival Sebastian Vettel lost huge ground after crashing out on the first lap.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo prevented a Mercedes 1-2 by finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who placed third.

Vettel can have little complaint as he seemed to cause the first-turn mayhem, despite starting from pole position. The crash caused a domino effect, taking out his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

Having started from fifth, on one of the toughest tracks in Formula One for overtaking, Hamilton could not believe his luck. The field opened up perfectly for the British driver to seal his third straight win, seventh of the season and 60th overall.

He now has a commanding 28-point lead over Vettel with just six races remaining.