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Georgia Captures National Title with dominant 4th quarter......
Klay Thompson and Warriors take on Ja Morant and Memphis.....LISTEN LIVE 4:30pm on KpaySports 1290 and 102.9 FM........
Late flurry fizzles as Kings lose 5th straight........
Raiders and Bengals kick-off 1:30pm on KpaySports 1290 and 102.9 FM this Saturday......
49ers take on Cowboys on Sunday at 1:30pm right here on KpaySports......
Chico State Basketball shut-down because of COVID protocols......hoping to return to action this week against San Marcos and Cal State Los Angeles........
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Georgia captures first title since 1980......

 

  The Georgia Bulldogs are national champions after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in Indianapolis.  Kelee Ringo returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown to seal the deal for the Bulldogs.  Stetson Bennett threw two touchdowns, including a go-ahead score to Adonai Mitchell to give Georgia the lead for good.  It's the first national championship for the Bulldogs since 1980.  Bryce Young threw a touchdown and two interceptions in the loss.  Cameron Latu caught a touchdown for Alabama, which was unsuccessful in its defense of last year's national title.

 

-The Warriors head to Memphis tonight as Klay Thompson's return continues. Warriors come in with a record of 30-9. You can hear the game on KpaySports 1290 at 4:30pm with the pregame and 5pm tip-off from Memphis 

 

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Vikings are undergoing major changes.  According to multiple reports, the team is parting ways with General Manager Rick Spielman and Head Coach Mike Zimmer.  Zimmer was hired in 2014 and helped the Vikings reach the postseason three times in his tenure.  Spielman was hired by Minnesota in 2006 and eventually promoted to general manager in 2012.  The Vikings finished the season with an 8-9 record and missed the playoffs.

 

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears are parting ways with Head Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace.  Multiple reports confirmed the team will move in a different direction after the Nagy and Pace-led Bears finished the season with a 6-11 record.  Nagy was hired in 2018 after serving as offense coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs the year before.  Pace was hired as general manager in 2015 and was the youngest general manager in the NFL at the time.

 

(Miami, FL)  --  The owner of the Miami Dolphins is taking personal responsibility for firing the team's head coach.  Stephen Ross said he made the decision to let Brian Flores go.  Flores went 24 and 25 in three seasons with the team.  Ross said "key dynamics of our football organization weren't functioning at a level" where they needed to be.  He added the move to get rid of Flores was "in the best interest" of the team.

 

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman is announcing his retirement, after four seasons with the team.  The announcement comes a day after the Giants finished 4-14 this season.  Gettlelman issued a statement saying "We obviously have not had the on-the-field success I expected, and that is disappointing."  Meantime, the fate of the team's head coach Joe Judge has yet to be determined, while there are reports he is expected to stay put. 

 

(King County, WA)  --  Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith is in some hot water.  Smith was arrested for suspicion of DUI early Monday morning, according to King County District Court records.  He was arrested around 2 a.m. and was released at around 9:30 a.m after posting bail.  Smith started three games for the Seahawks this season when Russell Wilson was injured.  He led Seattle to a 1-and-2 record over that span. 

 

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The College Football Playoff is staying at four teams, for now.  Leaders of the CFP failed to reach an agreement about expanding the field beyond the current setup of four teams.  The possibility of more teams being added is not totally out of the picture yet, as things could be agreed upon before the end of the current 12-year contract, which is set to expire in 2025.  Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says that the 10 FBS commissioners voted, but did not come "close to unanimity." 

 

(Tampa, FL)  --  Tom Brady's head coach wants him to take home some hardware.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said it would be a "travesty" if Brady doesn't win MVP.  The 44-year-old Brady has thrown for a league-leading 5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.  As a result, Brady led the Buccaneers to 13-and-4 record and an NFC South Division title.  He also set an NFL record with 485 completions this season. 

 

(Undated)  --  Another top quarterback is entering the transfer portal.  USC QB Jaxson Dart entered the portal on Monday, becoming the latest collegiate star to possibly be on the move before next season.  Dart split time under center with Kedon Slovis last season for the Trojans.  He threw for 1,353 yards, nine touchdowns and five picks over six games of action.  The decision comes after Caleb Williams entered the portal last week and could possibly reunite with Lincoln Riley at USC.  ESPN reports the Trojans are among the top schools under consideration for the Oklahoma QB. 

 

(Irving, TX)  --  The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame are announcing the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame class.  The class consisted of 18 players and three coaches selected from a national ballot of players and coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision, divisional ranks and NFF Veterans Committee.  Players elected include Champ Bailey, LaVar Arrington and Andrew Luck.  The three coaches selected were John Luckhardt, Billy Jack Murphy and Gary Pinkel.  The group will be officially inducted on December 6th during the NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

ALMOND BOWL 50 TONIGHT ON KPAYSPORTS 1290 !!!!

--It's the 50th installment of the Almond Bowl tonight as the Chico High Panthers take on the Pleasant Valley Vikings. So many memorable match-ups and great games....tonight should be another. Chico is 6-1 while PV is 4-3. LISTEN LIVE tonight at 7:30pm on KpaySports 1290 !

 

 

     The Chico State men's and women's soccer teams hosting two matches this weekend of old CCAA foes. San Francisco State is in town today

as the women play at 4:30 while the men take the pitch at 7pm. On Sunday Both the Wildcat squads will host Sonoma State, BUT because of the

downpour that is expected the matches will be played at Pleasant Valley High School's turf field. It will also be Senior Day for the Wildcats as the men's and women's  teams honor their seniors.....

     The women enter the weekend 7-3-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the CCAA while the men are 4-8 overall and 3-3 in the CCAA.

 

     The CCAA Cross Country Championships are in San Marcos tomorrow as the nationally ranked men's and women's teams look to keep one of 

the most amazing and longest streaks of success going.....The women have won 13 straight conferenece titles while the men have won 19 in a row.

Their dominance is a true dynasty in collegiate running as the Wildcats look to springboard to the West Regionals in Monmouth, Oregon in two weeks.....

 

 

     The Los Angeles Dodgers are still alive in the NL Championship Series after snapping out of their hitting funk while getting an outstanding performance from six relievers.

     Chris Taylor slammed three home runs and drove in six as the Dodgers clobbered the Braves, 11-2 in Game 5, sending the series back to Atlanta. Taylor belted two-run homers in the second and fifth innings before delivering a solo shot. He overshadowed teammate AJ Pollock, who provided a solo shot and a three-run blast.

     Taylor had four of the Dodgers’ 17 hits, while Pollock, Trea Turner and Cody Bellinger had three apiece.

     The LA bullpen limited Atlanta to three runs while striking out nine over 8 1/3 innings. Dodgers relievers allowed their team to rebound after starter Joe Kelly left with an injury in the first inning, shortly after giving up a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman.

     Losing pitcher Max Fried (freed) was lifted with two out in the fifth, charged with five runs and eight hits.

     Game 6 is Saturday in Atlanta.

     Braves slugger Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR’) struck out as a pinch-hitter after being cleared for COVID-19.

     Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is done for the season following a hamstring injury sustained in Wednesday’s loss.

 

ALCS-ASTROS/RED SOX

HOUSTON (AP) — It will be Luis Garcia starting for the Astros against Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series on Friday.

Astros manager Dusty Baker announced his pitching selection Thursday afternoon as his team holds a three-games-to-two lead in the series. García started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first inning before leaving with no outs in the second because of discomfort in his right knee.

 

 Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds remaining as part of his 45-point performance in the Warriors' 115-113 triumph over the Clippers. Damion Lee hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:55 remaining and scored 11 points off the bench for Golden State. Paul George had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Clippers’ season opener.

 

Chico State hits road in Cross Country and Soccer while Volleyball hosts SoCal squads.....

The Chico State men's and women's Cross Country teams make their way to Bellingham, Washington for their final tune up race before

CCAA action begins. The women are ranked 2nd in the West and 14th in the Nation. The race gives the Wildcat women a second bite of the apple against

Simon Fraser who out-distanced them at the SF State Invite a few weeks ago. It also gives Head Coach Gary Towne a final look at his runners and who will carry the mantle in conference meets.....

For the Chico State men a great barometer as they take on a tough Simon Fraser squad as well......the perrenial power in Chico State is ranked number one in the West and 5th in the country.

  Two-time All-American Wyatt Baxter will make his season debut for Chico State after missing the first two races with an injury; and the team will be covering 10 kilometers after opening the season with consecutive 8k races. 

 

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The Chico State Volleyball will host two CCAA squads from Southern California. CSLA is in town tonight with Dominguez Hills tomorrow.

The matches at Acker Gym begin at 5pm. Chico is 5-9 overall and 1-5 CCAA. Fans are welcome to the event.

 

-Venue capacity is limited to 50% of the listed capacity for each facility.

-Spectators must follow campus health and safety guidelines: symptom check and mask indoors; mask outdoors where physical distancing cannot be achieved.

-Spectators will be limited to seating areas (bleachers and stands).

-At the end of the competition, spectators are asked to leave the venue immediately and wait outside the venue to greet participants.

No spectators are allowed in team areas, including the playing area, bench, hallways, athletic training room, locker rooms, etc.

 

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After breaking a 6 match losing skid with a thrilling 1-0 win last Sunday the Chico State men's soccer team  hits the road for a couple of big

matches this weekend. Chico takes on Monterey Bay in Seaside today at 4:30pm. Chico enters the match 2-6 overall  and 1-1 CCAA.

The Chico State women feeling good hitting the road as well taking on the Otters of Monterey at 7pm tonight. Chico is off to a great start

in their 2021 campaign with a record of 5-1-2 overall and 1-0-1 in CCAA action.

Both teams will head to Dominguez Hills for matches on Sunday

 

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Butte College Football has a bye this weekend......they resume play next week when they play at Santa Rosa next Saturday afternoon....

 

-Enterprise (5-0) @ PLEASANT VALLEY (2-3)   LOST Rancho Cotate 46-33

-Chico (4-1) @ Red Bluff (3-2)  WON 57-25 Yuba City Dion Coleman 8 touchdowns !

-East Nicolaus (1-3) @ Paradise (3-1)  WON 21-13 Durham 

-Colusa (5-1) @ Durham (2-3)  LOST 21-13 Paradise

-Orland (4-1) @ Lassen (0-4) WON Corning 30-0 

-Oroville (0-4) @ Corning (0-5) LOST 30-0 Orland 

-Gridley (2-2) @ Sutter (4-1) WON Live Oak 49-0 

-Las Plumas BYE 

Giants Clinch West with record 107 wins.......

(AP) — The San Francisco Giants finally won the NL West without needing to wait for the rival Dodgers' result on the season’s final day, pounding the San Diego Padres 11-4 for a franchise-record 107th victory to top the 1904 New York team. Logan Webb did it all in leading San Francisco to its first division crown since 2012. Buster Posey had an incredible day, too. Webb walked off to a standing ovation when replaced in the eighth after allowing three straight singles. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter while pitching seven-plus stellar innings, and also hit a two-run homer in the fifth to clear the fences for his first time in his career.

 

(AP) — Russell Wilson overcame a shaky start to throw for two touchdowns and run for a third and the Seattle Seahawks rebounded from back-to-back losses by beating the San Francisco 49ers 28-21. The Seahawks went three-and-out on their first five drives of the game and appeared in danger of their first three-game losing streak in a season in nine seasons with Wilson at quarterback before he found his groove. Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left with a calf injury at halftime and rookie Trey Lance threw two TD passes in relief in the second half.

 

 

     The Chico State Men's Soccer team with a thrilling win on Sunday breaking a six-match losing streak with a goal with 35 seconds left in regulation

to beat Cal State San Marcos 1-0.

Chico's losing streak stretched to six after a 3-0 loss to San Bernardino on Friday night. After some lineup changes the Cats played much 

better but were still struggling to find the back of the net. Miles Rice changed that in the final minute on Sunday.....he took a deflected pass about

15 yards from the right post and ripped a left-footed rocket past a defender and goal keeper

Chico takes on Monterey Bay and Dominguez Hills on the road next weekend.

 

     Chico State Women's Soccer celebrated head coach Kim Sutton's 250th career win on Friday with a 2-1 win over San Bernardino.....goals and

glory tougher to come by on Sunday against San Marcos as both teams fired off shots against each other but played to a scoreless draw.

Chico had 23 shots....10 on goal....while San Marcos had 12 shots. The Cats are 5-1-2 overal and 1-0-1 in CCAA play.....Chico will play their 

next three CCAA matches on the road.

 

     The Chico State Women's Golf team wraps up a furious 4 week stretch with their fourth tournament as they play in the Sonoma State Invitational.

The Cats got off to a great start at the RJGA Shootout in Arizona......stumbled on the final day and finished 12th. The Cats look to finish out fall portion

of the scheudule with two great rounds against CCAA and Great Northwest Conference squads.....

 

     The Chico State Vollebyall dropped a pair of CCAA match-ups on the road this weekend. The Cats fall to San Marcos on Friday in four sets and Cal State East Bay in four sets on Saturday. Chico is now 5-9 overall and 1-5 in CCAA play. Chico will host Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills this weekend

 

     Chico High Panthers move to 4-1 with a 57-25 win over Yuba City on Friday night. It was a night that Sophomore Dion Coleman will not soon forget.

Coleman added to his already incredible touchdown tally with EIGHT touchdowns in the blowout win. Coleman now has 18 touchdowns through four games. He missed the Panthers first game due to COVID exposure. 

Paradise gets a big win on the road versus Durham....beating the Trojans 21-13.

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Chico State men's and women's golf chase season opening wins......

   

 

      The Chico State men's golf team sitting in third place entering the final round of the Sonoma State Invitational at the Valley of the Moon Golf Club in Santa Rosa.
The Wildcats shot two rounds of 288 and are 16-over par as a team only 
one shot back of Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State San Marcos.
Christopher Colla is tied for 8th at -1 for the tournment.
Wildcats play their final round today....

 

     The Chico State women are sitting in 6th place 13 shots off the lead as they
get ready for today's final round of the Sea Lion Invitational in San Diego.
One of the great stories for Chico State is true freshman Trinity 
Hernandez who shot a 74....two over par and is only one shot off the lead
tied with four others going into today's final round.
Acadaemy of Art sits atop of the leader board with a two stroke lead.

 

     It was a dominant performance by the Chico State women's soccer team
as they trounce Holy Names 10-1 at University Soccer Stadium
yesterday afternoon. The Cats outshot Holy Names by an amazing 36-2
margin. Amanda Nunes and Emily Billena each scored two goals as eight
different Wildcats scored goals. Chico moves to 3-1 on the season and 
will play at Dominican University in San Rafael on Thursday.

 

     The CCAA has announced that Chico State freshman Cross Country
runner Brayden McLaughlin is the CCAA Runner of the Week.
McLaughlin helped lead the Wildcats to an easy win over the field
in the Chico State's first meet of the year in San Francisco this past 
weekend. McLaughlin covered the eight-kilometer course through Speedway 
Meadows in Golden Gate Park in 24:37.9, finishing behind only Simon Fraser's 
Aaron Ahl while leading a dominant winning effort by Chico State.

Rahm Wins US Open with birdies on 17 & 18


     (AP)--Ten players were within two shots of the lead in the final round of the U.S. Open when a game of musical chairs broke out. Suddenly, everybody started missing — except Jon Rahm. The 26-year-old Spaniard, the only player who didn’t drop a shot on the back nine, zoomed up the leaderboard as major champions and can't-miss prospects were squeezed by Torrey Pines' toughened up South Course. “You see all those great names,” Rahm said, “and to myself I thought whoever wins this one is going to be the one who won a U.S. Open with a star-packed leaderboard.” 

 

     (AP) — None of the chaos that unfolded Sunday at the U.S. Open was going to make anyone forget the putt Tiger Woods made on the 18th hole to force a playoff he won on a broken leg the first time the event was held at Torrey Pines in 2008. But this one was memorable for reasons of it’s own, including the two sloping left-to-right putts Jon Rahm made for birdie on the final two holes to win his first major championship. Torrey was so tough it took karma _ and a lot of it _ to crown this new champion.

 

     SAN DIEGO (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen has repeatedly put himself in contention at majors with his syrupy swing and easygoing nature. The South African did it again at this year's U.S. Open, building a two-shot lead after a birdie at the 10th hole. When Jon Rahm birdied his final two holes, Oosthuizen needed a birdie in his final two to tie. Instead, he bogeyed the 17th hole after pulling his tee shot left into a canyon and came up a shot short. Oosthuizen finished second in a major for the sixth time since winning the 2010 British Open.

 

     PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double and the Phoenix Suns overcame Chris Paul’s absence to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-114 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Paul sat out because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard missed his third straight game because of a sprained right knee. Deandre Ayton had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Suns. Cameron Payne started for Paul and had 11 points and nine assists to help the Suns win their eighth straight game. Paul George had 34 points for Los Angeles. Game 2 is on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

 

     PHOENIX (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and passed Mel Ott for 14th on the career runs list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended the Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak to 17 games with a 9-8 victory. Arizona trailed 9-2 before closing with six runs in the eighth, when Josh Rojas’ inning-ending groundout against Victor Gonzalez stranded runners at the corners. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save. Arizona is approaching the longest losing streak of the wild card era, 19 games by the Kansas City Royals in 2005.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his sixth homer in six games for the Angels, but Daz Cameron hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Detroit Tigers avoided a four-game series sweep with a 5-3 victory over Los Angeles. Ohtani’s career-best 23rd homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, tied him with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead. Miguel Cabrera had a two-run single in the fifth for the Tigers, who finished their road trip at 4-3. Michael Fulmer pitched the 10th for his sixth save, walking Ohtani with two outs before striking out Taylor Ward.

 

     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wilmer Flores had four hits, including two of San Francisco’s four home runs, and the Giants routed the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2. Brandon Crawford hit his 16th homer and Mike Yastrzemski combined with Flores for consecutive homers in the first off Zach Eflin. San Francisco has 107 home runs, tied with Toronto for the major league lead. Sammy Long, a 25-year-old left-hander who debuted June 9, won his first major league start. Long allowed two runs and four hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk. He retired 10 of his final 11 batters.

 

     (AP) — The New York Yankees turned their third triple play of the season to strand the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, bailing out closer Aroldis Chapman in a shaky outing and closing down a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Gary Sánchez spoiled Sean Manaea’s gem with a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, and Jonathan Loaisiga and Lucas Luetge turned a 2-1 lead over to Chapman in the ninth. Chapman walked Jed Lowrie and Chad Pinder on nine pitches but got a hard grounder to third from Sean Murphy for the 5-4-3 triple play.

SOURCES: Clippers fear Kawhi ACL injury as series shifts to Utah

 

 

     (AP) — All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard has a right knee injury that may keep him out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Leonard’s status hinges on what he and the Clippers learn after additional examination and treatment, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not divulged the injury.

Leonard was not listed on the injury report that the Clippers filed with the league Tuesday night. That report is scheduled to be updated Wednesday.

ESPN first reported that Leonard is dealing with the knee injury.

Leonard, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, is averaging 30.4 points on 57% shooting in the playoffs.

The injury appeared to occur with about 5:20 left in Game 4 of the series against Utah on Monday night, when he was fouled on a drive by Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich).

 

     — Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person told The Associated Press that the Suns are not certain exactly how long Paul will have to be away from the team. A second person told the AP that Paul has been vaccinated against COVID-19. That may mean that Paul, if he has tested positive, could be cleared to return more quickly than those who tested positive earlier this season before vaccines were readily available. The earliest the West finals would begin is Sunday. It depends on how long the other West semifinal series between Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers lasts.

     — A person familiar with the situation says Stan Van Gundy is out as Pelicans coach following just one season at the helm. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the move has not been publicly announced. Van Gundy was hired last October about two months before the start of a pandemic-delayed and shortened season. He coached a Pelicans squad led by All-Star Zion Williamson to a 31-41 record and New Orleans missed the playoffs. The move means Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin will be hiring his second coach in as many season after firing Alvin Gentry last summer.

 

      (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks have each won two games in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series heading into Game 5 Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Sixers have to try to win the series with Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) playing with torn cartilage in his right knee. Embiid missed all 12 shots in the second half of a Game 4 loss. Ben Simmons also continues to struggle for the 76ers. Simmons went 1-for-5 from the free-throw line in Game 4 and is just 18-for-52 in the playoffs.

     The Western Conference semifinal series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers is also tied 2-2. The Jazz return to Salt Lake City with their young star Donovan Mitchell dealing with a sore right ankle. Mitchell has hit at least five 3-pointers in five straight games. The top-seeded Jazz have lost back-to-back playoff games.

     The Clippers have confidence and a winning streak, but it’s not clear if they’ll have Kawhi Leonard. He and Paul George have each scored at least 20 points in all 11 games this postseason. They are just the third duo in NBA history to do that in a team’s first 11 playoff games and the first since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in 2003.

Utah takes 2-0 lead on Clips.....while Bucks win defensive struggle against Brooklyn

 

 

     (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points and the Utah Jazz forced nine straight misses down the stretch to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers 117-111 and take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Mitchell clinched the game with a driving shot with 43 seconds remaining but then appeared to hurt his leg slightly on a foul by Paul George with 10 seconds to play. He made one of two free throws after hobbling to the line. The guard is the first Jazz player with at least 35 points in back-to-back playoff games since Karl Malone in 1988.

 

(AP) — Jrue Holiday made a go-ahead driving layup with 11.4 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Brooklyn Nets 86-83 in Game 3 after two blowout losses in New York. Kevin Durant’s 3-point attempt to tie bounced off the rim as the horn sounded. He scored the Nets’ last nine points and finished with 30. Game 4 of the second-round series is Sunday in Milwaukee. Khris Middleton scored 35 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 for the Bucks. They won after blowing a 21-point lead.

 

(AP) — Jorge Soler and Andrew Benintendi homered to help back Mike Minor, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 6-1. The Royals finally got to Frankie Montas, who was crisp into the seventh with eight strikeouts and no walks. He was tagged for three runs — two earned — on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Minor struck out eight and walked one while allowing three hits and one earned run over seven strong innings. Hunter Dozier hit a tying double in the seventh then Kelvin Gutiérrez followed with a go-ahead, two-run single.

 

Giants and Nationals were rained out and will make the game up as part of a double-header on Saturday

NCAA looks to Congress for help in Name Image and Likeness legislation

 

     (AP)- A federal law governing how college athletes can earn money off their fame seems like a certainty. There is no real debate among lawmakers on Capitol Hill about whether college athletes should be permitted to monetize their name, image and likeness. But less than a month before NIL laws go into effect in several states, NCAA President Mark Emmert was back in Washington renewing his plea for help from Congress. That help is unlikely to come as soon as the NCAA would like.

 

(AP) — The NFL wants to expand its international series by holding regular-season games in Germany and has launched a process to identify a partner city. Germany boasts a strong NFL fan base and is one of the world’s largest economies. That makes the country an attractive partner. The NFL has staged 28 regular-season games in London since 2007 and will play two more in October at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The NFL’s head of UK and Europe says "identifying a preferred host city is a key step in bringing regular-season NFL games to our millions of German fans.”

Nets Embarrass Bucks take 2-0 series lead

     (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 32 points in three quarters of a top-to-bottom blowout that sent the Brooklyn Nets halfway to the Eastern Conference finals with a 125-86 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks.

     Playing without the injured James Harden but showing no hint that they needed him, the Nets led by as much as 49 points and held the NBA’s highest-scoring team 34 points below its season average. Kyrie Irving added 22 points and Bruce Brown filled in nicely for Harden with 13 points and six rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks but was thoroughly outplayed by Durant in a matchup of NBA MVP winners.

And in Monday’s other playoff action:

— The Phoenix Suns cruised in the second half to a 122-105 win over Denver Nuggets. Chris Paul had 21 points and 11 assists despite recent injuries that have slowed him. The Suns had four players with 20 or more points. The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic had 22 points.

 

 

     (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff served superbly to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ons Jabeur at the French Open.

The 17-year-old Gauff lost only nine points on her serve. Gauff also had a quick match in the previous round. Jennifer Brady retired with an injured left foot after Gauff won the opening set.

Gauff will next face Barbora Krejcikova (kreh-jih-KOH’-vah). She also reached her first quarterfinal at a major by beating 2018 French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0.

In other Monday action:

— Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals and extend his streak of sets won at Roland Garros to 35.

— Novak Djokovic rallied from a two-set deficit to win for the fifth time in his career. He beat 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti of Italy, who retired with an injury two games from defeat in the fourth round at the French Open. The Serb WIll next play another Italian, No. 9-seeded Matteo Berrettini, who advanced when Roger Federer withdrew.

— American Sofia Kenin has lost in the fourth round at the French Open to Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 4, Kenin was the highest-seeded player left.

 

 

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     KpaySports is proud to announce that we will be your home for the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournment. We will be broadcasting 33 NCAA Tournament games, including the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four and title game. We will also bring you 16 Championship Week games and wall-to-wall coverage of the Big Ten Tournament.

     We will also carry the Women's NCAA Title game and the Division II National Championship.

CCAA Pulls Plug on 2020-21 Athletic Competition......

 

 

     COVID-19 WIPES OUT ENTIRE YEAR OF CHICO STATE ATHLETIC COMPETITION

Next possible Chico State sporting event could be in August of 2021

 

     It was the news nobody wanted to hear. University President's in the California Collegiate Athletic Association voted to not move forward with athletic competition for the 2020-2021 season.

     The move was not entirely unexpected but is disappointing nontheless as numerous student athletes at a dozen institutions hung on for a chance to participate during the fall and spring seasons. For many of the seniors it means their athletic careers are over and the next chapter in their lives is here.

     The CCAA is one of the largest Division II conferences in the country and this move will resonate across the athletic spectrum. The decision means the highly touted programs at Chico State will go roughly a year-and-a-half without playing sports. It also ends the careers of several exciting student athletes who provided such excitement before their seasons were abruptly ended with the Coronavirus pandemic.....

     

      *BELOW IS A LINK TO AN OFFICIAL MESSAGE FROM CHICO STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR ANITA BARKER ON TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT'S OF MEMBER INSTITUTIONS IN THE CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION*

 

https://chicowildcats.com/news/2020/12/3/general-amessage-from-anita-barker-director-of-athletics-following-todays-announcement-from-the-ccaa.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1L3MYOee4cpeOUn5ozvLZQ7ErH_U5dBXL4WThiaczReJaXALI7j6vSFjQ

Klay Thompson tears achilles lost for the 2020-21 season

 

 

(AP) — The Golden State Warriors said Thursday that Klay Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season. The team said in a tweet that an MRI done in Los Angeles confirmed the injury.

             Thompson was injured during a pickup game in Southern California on Wednesday. Thompson didn’t play at all during the coronavirus-shortened season as he worked his way back from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee. He suffered that injury during the 2019 NBA Finals.

 

 

(AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo was one quarter away from possibly winning the Super Bowl MVP before San Francisco’s fourth-quarter collapse handed the title to the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

 

That loss back in February set the tone for what has turned out to be a frustrating 2020 for Garoppolo and the 49ers. Garoppolo has been hampered by a pair of ankle injuries that have sidelined him for significant time and struggled to match last season’s production when he was able to play, raising questions about his future in San Francisco.

 

A'S BEGIN POST-SEASON PUSH VERSUS WHITE SOX

 

A's host White Sox in Best-of-Three Wildcard

LISTEN AT 11:10am on KPAYSPORTS 1290AM (CHICO)

 

     For the sixth time in the last nine years the Oakland A's are in Major League Baseball's postseason. But, unlike recent visits the A's will get a mulligan should they stumble in their first game. The A's and their loyal fan base have been tormented by excruciating exits in one-game playoffs in 2015, 2018 and 2019. This time they not only get a game to play with, but also will be hosting their first round series versus the upstart White Sox.

 

     A's manager Bob Melvin has tapped lefty-phenom Jesus Luzardo as his opening game starter, Chris Bassitt will get the ball in game two.

 

     One concern the A's have coming into this series is their suddenly slumbering offense. They have cooled off of late and even with their consistent starting rotation and exemplary bullpen they will have to score runs to make a deep run in October.

 

     The White Sox are a big surprise, but should we really be awe-struck with a franchise that sold off their pricey assets for young prospects. Those youngsters propelled the White Sox to an exciting 60 game run. Led by their elder statesman in first baseman Jose Abreu the Chisox made a run at the AL Central title. Luis Robert and Eloy Ramirez are young power bats in the middle of the Chicago line-up. On the mound Lucas Giolito has come into his own and leads a staff looking to pull an upset of the A's in the three-game wildcard round.

 

     Many experts saw the White Sox being a contender, but to say they would be a serious threat for an AL Pennant ? Not many saw that.

 

     This should be an entertaining series and if the A's advance from the three-game gauntlet their depth in the bullpen could prove to be a huge advantage in this month-long postseason where there are no days off between games. This is the year depth could lead to the hardware. 

Chico State fall sports still on target to play in the spring.....

 

CCAA PLANS TO SHIFT FALL COMPETITION TO THE SPRING

Confernece hoping to have sports compete in seven-week windows

 

LISTEN TO ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH CCAA COMMISSIONER MITCH COX

 

 

      The NCAA announced that all fall sports will be canceled this year. It means that both the spring and fall championships in the 2020 calendar year have been scrapped because of the Coronavirus pandemic. But, the chance to compete may not be lost.

 

     The California Collegiate Athletic Association (Chico State's home conference) has put plans in place to move their fall sports to the spring. Commissioner Mitch Cox told KpaySports in an exclusive interview that the best case scenario has fall and spring sports competing during a staggered seven-week schedule. 

 

     Cox says their initial plan has soccer and basketball competing at the same time with  basketball playing on Thursday's and Saturday's while soccer competes on Friday's and Sunday's. The hope for basketball is to get at least 15 games in while only playing teams in their regions.

 

     For instance, Chico State would not play teams from Southern California, they would only play teams from the north, Humboldt State, Stanislaus State, East Bay, Sonoma, San Francisco State and Monterey Bay. Tentative plans have the basketball season starting on January 21st. with an initial practice date set for January 2nd.

 

     Baseball, softball and volleyball would be played later in the spring with a staggered schedule as well. It is not known how Cross Country, Track & Field and men's and women's golf schedules fit into this model yet. 

 

     Cox says there are several factors at play including financial, logistical and of course the progression of the Coronavirus and COVID-19. A large outbreak could squash any plans to compete during the spring. Cox also says testing protocols still need to be addressed as student athletes will need to be tested on a regular basis. He says the costs associated with this testing is prohibitive and paying for these tests is still being studied at the national level.

 

     Cox says fans will not be allowed to attend events making their CCAA Network AND their radio broadcast partners vital to the spring season (KPAYSports is Chico State's flagship station.)

 

     Cox says while the fall sports will not be able to compete for a national championship, if all things go right, they will be able to compete for CCAA Conference Championship. He says it's too soon to determine whether spring sports championship plans are on the chopping block. The hope is that the country can get a handle on the Coronavirus through social distancing or a vaccine that will help the spring athletic competition format and the championship schedule can move forward. 

     

 

 

NCAA PULLS PLUG ON 2020 DIVISION-II FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS......

     

NCAA CANCELS 2020 FALL SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Several high profile Chico State sports affected......

 

     The NCAA Division II President's Council CANCELS Fall Championships and will not postpone them until the spring. Division II schools, like the Chico State Wildcats in the CCAA, can still choose to play at some point. The parameters, opponents and dates are unclear.

 

     In their statement they also doesn’t mention basketball which bridges both the fall and spring semesters in Division II. How this affects the Chico State men’s and women’s basketball teams is unknown at this time

 

     The fall sports at Chico State includes men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, cross country and volleyball. Today’s decision by Division II Presidents Council means those sports will not have an opportunity to compete for NCAA Championships in 2020. It remains to be seen if those sports join with other institutions in the West Region (Great Northwest Conference & Pacific West Conference) and try to play a season during the spring semester. 

 

     In the NCAA press release they stated they canceled the championships because of the operational, logistical an financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Local Health Officials Will Not Decide When North Section Sports Begin.......

 

BUTTE COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS REFUTE NORTH SECTION CLAIM THAT THEY CAN AUTHORIZE COMPETITION IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS 

 

 

Earlier this week North Section officials said high school sports 
can be played as long as local health officials give their approval....
It raised eyebrows after the CIF Scholastic Federation ruled 
that high school sports wouldn't be played until December at the
earliest....
    Now, Butte County's Health Director is refuting the North 
Section's claim about local control of when high school sports 
are played...

 

 

    That is Danette York. She says she doesn't know where 
the North Section got their information but said their statement
was misleading....

 

 

    She says Health Departments from all over Northern California
called their offices inquiring as to what the North Section 
was talking about....

 

 

    Just minutes after the State CIF Federation said that high 
school sports would not be played until December, the North Section
released a statement saying they would "begin league play when the 
member school districts' county health officers approve implementation
of youth sports, including high school sports."
    The statement went on to say the decision could "result in the 
removal of some sports from CIF State Championship level playoffs."
    The North Section added that "teams may compete outside
league play when the member school districts' health officers approve
youth and high school sports." 
    Ultimately local health officials will have to give their final stamp 
of approval on the start of high school athletics, but as York clearly
stated high school athletics can not start until the state gives
clearance for them to do so. The state has given no indication they 
are close to allowing youth athletics to begin any time soon. 

North Section Goes Rogue

     

 

NORTH SECTION LEANING ON HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO RESUME PLAY

 

     The Northern Section is going rogue. Just minutes after the CIF Interscholastic
Federation announced high school sports can not be played until December
at the earliest.....the North Section released a statement saying member school districts'
seasons can begin only when county health officers approve implementation of youth sports.


    Butte County officials have already said they can not make that decison and 
that its a State Health Department call. State Health officials have regulated youth 
sports since the pandemic began in Mid-March. There has been no indication from 
state officials that they will allow local youth sports in the forseeable future.

 

     One of the concerns that North Section officials are  trying to navigate is the preponderance of small schools with overlapping schedules in their region. In many cases athletes play multiple sports during the fall and spring. The belief is that this decision gives the Section

the autonomy to play sports on their timetables giving athletes the best chance to participate in sports, should the health crisis come to an end. 

 
    The North Section decision comes as young athletes ramp up for their upcoming
fall seasons. Sources tell KPAY that during a North Section call on Friday they discussed
various models, settling on a plan that has them operating separate from the CIF 
Federation. If local schools decide to operate outside of CIF oversight they relinquish
their right to play in the state high school playoffs. 

     
 

 

 

 

Butte College Suspends Fall Sports

 

California Community Colleges Athletic Seasons Suspended

 

     If the Butte College Football team is going to play, it won't be this year.

Community Colleges all over the state had their athletic seasons suspended 

by the Community College Governing Board.

     The on-going Coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible to safely plan

for athletic competition. The soccer, volleyball, cross country, golf and men's

and women's basketball seasons are also being suspended.

     The hope is that sports will return in 2021 and resume play at some point in

January. Spring sports, including baseball, softball and track-field would start their

seasons no sooner than late March.

     The Governing Board also determined that if games are played the teams 

in the Community College system would only play 70 percent of their normal 

schedule.

OAKLAND A'S BASEBALL coming to KPAYSPORTS 1290 !!!!

 

YOUR 2020 HOME FOR OAKLAND A'S BASEBALL IS 

KPAY SPORTS 1290 !!!!!

 

     The deal is done !!! KpaySports 1290 has finalized an agreement with the Oakland A's to carry all 60 games during the 2020 season.

     The A's will open the season on Friday July 24th against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Oakland. KpaySports will carry every game home and away including the post-season.

     "We are very excited to carry A's baseball. Northstate fans are hungry for sports and there is nothing like having a great team, with great broadcasters deliver it to the rabid baseball fans here in Northern California," said KpaySports Program Director Mike Baca.

     The A's are coming off a playoff season in 2019 and have several young talented stars entering the prime of their careers. Shortstop Marcus Semien was in the running for the AL MVP. Gold Glove winning third baseman Matt Chapman is coming off a fantastic campaign, while first baseman Matt Olson provides some left-handed pop in the middle of the lineup.

     On the mound the A's are excited about hard-throwing left-hander Jesus Luzardo and a stable of young power arms that should have them contending for the American League West.

     The A's will play two exhibition games against the San Francisco Giants on July 20th and 21st before opening the regular season against the Angels.

     Oakland opens the season with a 6-game homestand before hitting the road for their first road-trip of the season.

 

Baseball owners want 16 teams in the post-season

 

     Major league baseball owners have blinked in their stand-off with the Major League Baseball Players Association. After answering the players 114 game proposal for resuming the season with 50 games, owners now have proposed 76 games. But, in return owners want a playoff that includes half the league, 16 teams. The players would also not get any more money for the longer playoff season. Players have said no increases in revenues is a non-starter 

NCAA CANCELS WINTER AND SPRING SPORTS AS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC FEARS ESCALATE

 

     The Chico State Basketball team was holed up in their hotels while the Chico State Baseball team was on a bus heading to Los Angeles for a four-game series with Cal State Los Angeles. By days end, both teams would be back in their respective busses headed back to Chico with their seasons coming to a premature end as the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic hits the United States.

 

     The Wildcat men were slated to play in a 1st Round NCAA Tournament game versus Seattle-Pacific at RIMAC Arena. As of 11:30am on Thursday morning the 1st Round games were still on with teams practicing on the UCSD campus. But, less than two hours later, after widespread cancellations of Division I postseason conference tournaments. The decision was made to not only scrap the men's and women's basketball tournaments, affectionatley known as March Madness, but they also cancelled spring sports.

 

     The decision was a shock to the Chico State men's basketball team which rebounded from a 9-14 season to win 23 games and earn the 4th seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Their season ends, and so ends the career of their lone senior Justin Briggs who set a new school record for career blocked shots. Briggs was also named the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year in the CCAA.

 

     When word leaked out that spring sports were cancelled it was a major gut punch to the Chico State Softball team which was ranked 2nd in the nation with a record of 19-2. A crushing blow to a team that was dominating CCAA and West Region competition. The Chico State Baseball team was having a great bounce back year and was 15-7 overall and 11-5 in CCAA play.

 

     It also ends the seasons for the highly touted Chico State men's and women's Track and Field teams as well as Chico State men's and women's golf.  

Chico State men win THRILLER over Stanislaus in CCAA Tourney Opener

 

WILDCAT MEN SURVIVE CCAA TOURNEY OPENER

 

March Madness is about surviving and advancing.....the Chico State men were the definition of that on Tuesday night.

 

Despite 21 turnovers and twelve missed free throws the Chico State men outlasted Stanislaus State in overtime 75-73. The Wildcats trailed for much of the game and at times couldn't get out of their own way, but with their CCAA Tourney life hanging in the balance the Cats made their biggest plays of the night.

 

Down eight (61-53) with under five minutes to go the Wildcats would rally with an indominable will to win. Chico would survive three point blank Warriors looks with under 7 seconds to go. Kevin Warren led Chico with 21 points. Justin Briggs scored 12 points pulled 6 rebounds and blocked four shots, while changing several other attempts with his 6'10 frame. Gritty point guard Isaiah Brooks shook off a second half tumble to score 10 points dish off 4 assists and Calvin Geraci scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 3-of-4 from deep.

 

Chico will now head to La Jolla and RIMAC Arena where they will play Cal Poly Pomona for the third time this year. The Broncos have won the previous two match-ups. A Wildcat win puts them in the CCAA title game. The game will be broadcast on KPAYSPORTS 1290am at 11:35am on Friday morning with tip-off set for 12 noon. You can also hear the game by hitting the LISTEN LIVE tab on this page. The game is also available on the KpaySports app that you can download for free in the app store and on your Amazon Alexa with the skill of "Alexa, play KpaySports dot-com."

 

CHICO STATE WOMEN SEE SEASON COME TO AN END

 

It was an amazing late season run for the Chico State women winning six in a row to secure a home playoff game, but in the end they had no answer for nearly a flawless 1st half from the Cal State East Bay Pioneers in the 1st Round of the CCAA Basketball Tournament.

 

While the Cats came out tentative, East Bay came out looking for a fight and they took it to the Wildcats building a 12-point 1st quarter lead and then stretching that lead to 47-20 by halftime.

 

The 78-53 final score was not indicative of the great year the Wildcat put together as Chico won 18 games and surged to a 4th place finish in the CCAA.

 

The game ended the amazing career of senior Madison Wong who finished her Wildcat career with 226 three-pointers. That whopping number is not only the best in Chico State history but its the most in CCAA history. She also nailed 87 three's during the 2019-2020 campaign setting a single season mark.

 

The Cats finish the season at 18-11

 

SCOREBOARD FOR STATE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SOCCER PLAYOFFS

 

Division III BOYS

#8 Pleasant Valley 58 #9 Central Catholic 55

#11 Foothill 68 #6 Palma 51

 

Division V BOYS

#1 Pierce 61 #16 Durham 46

#5 Eastside Prep 62 #12 Oroville 48

 

Division IV GIRLS

#5 Pleasant Valley 52 #12 El Dorado 46

#2 Argonaut 64 #15 Chico 49

 

Division V GIRLS

#6 Gridley 63 #11 Durham 30

#3 Monte Vista Christian 64 #14 Colusa 32

 

SOCCER

Pleasant Valley Girls 3 West Valley 0

Chico High Girls 8 Ben Holt 0

Cardinal Newman 4 Pleasant Valley High Boys 3

Encina 2 Corning Boys 1

 

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS http://www.chicowildcats.com

PV rallies to Division III title

 

LATE RALLY BY VIKING BOYS BRINGS HOME TITLE

 

     Good teams that make their free throws have chances to do special things. The Pleasant Valley Vikings boys basketball team did special things last night rallying from an early onslaught of Foothill Cougar three pointers to stun the top-seeded rival 47-45 to capture the Division III Northern Section Boys Basketball Championship.

 

     The Vikings hit 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter to seal the deal. Foothill came out early railing threes from long distance building a seven-point 1st quarter lead but the Vikings hung close. 

 

     Early in the 4th Pleasant Valley trailed 36-30 but rattled off a 12-0 run to grab a 42-36 lead and then would secure the game from the charity stripe in the waning minutes to secure the title. It was the third time the teams had played this year with Foothill taking the two previous match-ups. The Vikings were led by junior Aaron Gomez who scored 17. PV now awaits the CIF Northern Regional Playoff brackets which will be revealed on Sunday. 

 

VIKING GIRLS LEAD NEARLY WIRE-TO-WIRE TO CAPTURE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

     Sometimes the bitter taste of defeat can be provide the impetous for a crowning achievement.....for the Pleasant Valley girls basketball last year's section semi-final loss to Foothill stung, they were determined not to experience that again. 

 

     The Pleasant Valley girls led for virtually the entire game in knocking off Enterprise in the Division III North Section Championship game on Friday afternoon beating the Hornets 48-33. The Vikings were led by Cassidy King with 13 points. King was one of five juniors who start for the Vikings all of whom played in the North Section playoffs last year. 

 

     The Viking girls got to the title game with a thrilling 50-49 win this week when Christianne Carlisle hit a three-pointer with 4 seconds left to stun Foothill and advance to the title game. The Pleasant Valley girls now await their CIF Northern Regional Playoff match-up. The brackets will be revealed on Sunday

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