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Pleasant Valley Football completes Great Revenge Tour capturing D-II North Section Title over Foothill.........
Orland Trojans win D-III title with another great performance........host Clear Lake on Friday in State Playoffs........
Josh Jacobs' burst leads Raiders to 40-34 win over Seattle........
49ers shut-out New Orleans winning their 4th straight.......
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PV and Orland capture Section Titles; Chico State Hoops wins CCAA openers

The Pleasant Valley Vikings capturing their 5th North Section Title in the last seven full seasons and 9th overall.....

The Vikings embarked on what was known as The Great Revenge Tour. The had lost earlier this year 38-20 to 

Enterprise easily handled the Hornets last week.....earlier this season they lost to Foothill 35-7 only to turn the tables

on Saturday 10-3. The Vikings now get ready for the State Playoff Semis in the 4AA bracket as they take on Escalon 

on the road at 7:30pm on Friday night.

 

The Orland Trojans complete an undefeated regular season and run through the North Section playoffs as

they captured the Division III North Section Title beating University Prep from Redding 33-19.

Grant Foster ran for four TD's in the win that secured the Trojans their first Section Title in 13 years.

With the Title and an undefeated 13-0  record Orland secures a home game taking on Clear Lake in a 5A State Playoff

Semifinal 

 

The Chico State men's and women's basketball opens CCAA play with impressive wins on Saturday.

The women put up 85 points and shot a blistering 52 percent as they took down Stanislaus 85-70. Chico

had struggled scoring all year, but that wasn't a problem in their CCAA opener. Chico was 10-of-21 from

three point range. They will take on Cal State LA on Thursday at Acker Gym....

 

The Chico State men found their defensive footing in shutting down Stanislaus 64-55.

The Cats were giving up 80 points through their first four games, three of which were losses,

but Chico shut down the Warriors....holding them to 36 percent shooting. Chico also dominated

the board 50-38. True freshman JoJo Murphy continued to shine with 17 points and 8 rebounds...

Cats move to 2-3 on season 1-0 CCAA

 

 

The 49ers handed the Saints their first shutout since 2001 with a 13-0 victory in Santa Clara.  It snaps the longest active scoring streak in the NFL of 332 straight games, which ranks fourth all-time.  The Saints' last scoreless game was also against the 49ers 21 years ago.  Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 222 yards and a touchdown for the Niners, who have won four straight and now sit alone atop the NFC West at 7-and-4.  Seattle is a game back at 6-and-5 after losing to the Raiders on Sunday.  Andy Dalton finished 18-of-29 for 204 yards for New Orleans, which slipped to 4-and-8 with the loss.  Alvin Kamara was held to just 13 rushing yards and lost two fumbles in the setback. 

 

 

 Jacobs capped off a dominant game with the longest run of his career and finished with 229 yards and a pair of scores.  Derek Carr helped send the game to OT after connecting with Foster Moreau on a five-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes left in regulation.  Las Vegas improved to 4-and-7.  Geno Smith threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns, but was also intercepted twice and fumbled in the loss.  Rookie Kenneth Walker the Third rushed for a pair of scores as Seattle dropped to 6-and-5.  The Seahawks are now one game behind the 49ers for first place in the NFC West.

 

 

The United States is hoping to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup on Tuesday in Qatar.  After ending each of its first two games in a draw, the US needs to beat Iran in order to get out of the group stage.  The US is third in Group B with two points after playing Wales to a 2-2 draw and England to a scoreless draw.  Timothy Weah leads the team with one goal.  Iran is coming off a 2-0 win over Wales and has three points. 

 

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 The Chiefs, Dolphins and 49ers all extended their winning streaks during Week 12 action on Sunday.  KC cruised past the Rams 26-10 for its fifth straight victory.  The Chiefs continue to lead the AFC at 9-and-2.  Miami also won its fifth straight after beating Houston 30-15 at home.  The Dolphins and Bills are tied atop the AFC East at 8-and-3, but Miami currently holds the tiebreaker.  Out west, the 49ers handed the Saints their first shutout loss since 2001 with a 13-0 victory in Santa Clara.  The Eagles moved to 10-and-1 with a 40-33 win over the Packers on Sunday Night Football. 

 

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Two of the NFL's most historic franchises are set to face one another when the Indianapolis Colts host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.  The Colts are coming off a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to fall to 4-6-and-1.  The Steelers will be looking to bounce back from their recent loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett leads the team with over 14-hundred yards passing and three touchdowns, but has also thrown eight interceptions.  Pittsburgh is currently last in the AFC North at 3-and-7.

 

(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Rams are taking another hit to their depleted offense.  Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay said Sunday that wide receiver Allen Robinson the Second suffered a season-ending foot injury and will need surgery.  Robinson missed the team's loss to the Chiefs with the injury and McVay announced he will miss the rest of the season as a result.  The Rams are already playing without top wideout Cooper Kupp and have been missing quarterback Matthew Stafford for several games. 

 

(Miami, FL)  --  NFL star Odell Beckham Junior is making headlines after he was escorted off an American Airlines flight in Miami on Sunday.  Police said the flight crew tried to wake him as he appeared "to be coming in and out of consciousness."  A statement added Beckham was initially asked several times to exit the aircraft and fasten his seatbelt, which he refused.  The plane was evacuated and Beckham eventually got off the plane when asked by officers.  The wide receiver is currently a free agent after winning a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams last season.

 

(Undated)  --  Several changes are coming when the penultimate College Football Playoff Rankings are released on Tuesday.  Four top-10 teams lost over the weekend including two in the top-five.  Second-ranked Ohio State is sure to fall after getting blown out by rival and third-ranked Michigan 45-23 in Columbus.  TCU will likely climb to third behind the Wolverines, while USC is poised to jump into the top-four.  Eighth-ranked Clemson and ninth-ranked Oregon were also upset.  The next CFP Rankings will be released on Tuesday with Selection Sunday set for December 4th.

 

(Madison, WI)  --  The Wisconsin Badgers are finding their replacement at head coach.  Athletic director Chris McIntosh announced Sunday that the University is hiring Luke Fickell as its new football head coach.  Fickell had led Cincinnati over the past six seasons and helped the team reach the College Football Playoff last season.  This year, the Bearcats went 9-and-3 in the regular season.  Fickell replaces Paul Chryst, who was fired by Wisconsin in the middle of the season.

 

(Tempe, AZ)  --  Phoenix product Kenny Dillingham is returning to Arizona State.  The 32-year-old has been named the new head football coach at ASU.  Dillingham replaces Herm Edwards, who was fired during this season.  He takes over a Sun Devils team that just finished 3-and-9 on the year.  Dillingham spent this season as the offensive coordinator at Oregon.  He also coached under Mike Norvell at both Memphis and Florida State after the two worked together previously at ASU. 

 

(Undated)  --  Saturday's college football rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is setting new TV records.  "The Game" in Columbus, Ohio drew more than 17 million viewers on FOX, making it the most-watched college football game of the season.  It's also the sport's most-watched regular-season game in eleven years.  Michigan beat Ohio State 45-to-23, the second straight win over its Big Ten rival. 

 

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago White Sox are bolstering their starting rotation.  Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the team has signed right-handed starter Mike Clevinger.  The deal is a one-year contract worth at least eight-million dollars.  The 31-year-old missed all of 2021 after having Tommy John surgery in November of 2020, but he went 7-and-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 22 starts with the San Diego Padres last season.

 

(Qatar)  --  The United States is hoping to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup on Tuesday in Qatar.  After ending each of its first two games in a draw, the US needs to beat Iran in order to get out of the group stage.  The US is third in Group B with two points after playing Wales to a 2-2 draw and England to a scoreless draw.  Timothy Weah leads the team with one goal.  Iran is coming off a 2-0 win over Wales and has three points.

Chico Women Beats Holy Names to wrap up Non-Conference Schedule

 

The Sharks are in Seattle to take on the Kraken tonight. Puck drops at 6:30pm

Warriors host Clippers. We will have the game on DELAY at 10pm

Both games on KpaySports 1290

 

The Chico State Women knock off Holy Names 71-52. Chico moves to 3-2 and will host Stanislaus on Saturday. Women at 1 with the men playing at 3.

 

NFL TRIPLE-HEADER ON THANKSGIVING

9:30am Buffalo vs Detroit

1:30pm NyGiants vs Dallas

5:20pm New England vs Minnesota

Chargers Chiefs highlight Week 2 in the NFL.......

The Chico State Volleyball team has their home opener as they continue conference play this weekend.....They host Dominguez Hills tomorrow late afternoon

at 5pm and CSLA at 2pm on Saturday.

Chico looking to catch fire as they sit 2-7 overall and 0-2 in CCAA play.

 

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Big night at Chico State's Soccer Stadium on Saturday as the Wildcat men's and women's soccer teams are part of a docu-series produced by LG Electronics for the NCAA Championship Channel as both the men's and women's teams take on Humboldt State. 

A documentary film crew spent Monday through Wednesday on campus at Cal Poly Humboldt and will film at Chico State beginning Thursday morning through the end of Saturday night's matches. They will capture the history, characters, and current student-athletes that make up this great rivalry between California's northernmost state schools.

Women are 2-1-2 play at 430pm while the men are 3-2-1 play at 7pm

The Chico State women enter Saturday's contest with a record of 2-1-2, while the men are 3-2-1. Chico State's women are 20-9-6 all-time against Cal Poly Humboldt, having won seven straight against the Lumberjacks at home. Ironically, Wildcats head coach Kim Sutton has coached in all 35 of those matches. She was the head coach at Humboldt during that program's first six years of existence, from 1995-99, before making the move to Chico State.

Fans are encouraged to be equally generous and bring nutritious food items, hygiene items, and/or can openers, or to make a monetary donation to Chico State's Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, the front door to the Basic Needs Project. A table will be set up near the entrance to the stadium to accept donations with information about how to give online as well.

 

 

 

The Chiefs are welcoming the Chargers to town for an AFC West clash.  Kansas City hosts Los Angeles tonight at Arrowhead Stadium.  The Chiefs are looking to improve to 2-and-oh after running past the Cardinals 44-21 in Week One.  Patrick Mahomes threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns in the victory.  Meanwhile, the Chargers opened the season with a tight 24-19 win over the Raiders.  Khalil Mack stepped up with a strip sack of Derek Carr to secure the win for Los Angeles.  The Chargers ruled out wide receiver Keenan Allen for tonight after he suffered a hamstring injury against Las Vegas.  Cornerback J.C. Jackson could make his debut for the team as he's listed questionable to play. 

 

 

 

 The 49ers are hosting a divisional rival in their home opener.  San Francisco takes on the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon at Levi's Stadium.  The Niners opened the season with a 19-10 loss to the Bears.  On Wednesday, San Francisco placed defensive lineman Jordan Willis on the injured reserve and promoted defensive lineman Kemoko Turay to the active roster.  The 49ers also signed running back Marlon Mack, wide receiver Willie Snead the Fourth and cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. to the practice squad. 

 

>>Raiders Host Cardinals In Home Opener

 

(Henderson, NV)  --  The Raiders are looking to bounce back as they near their home opener.  Las Vegas hosts the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Allegiant Stadium.  The Raiders lost to the Chargers 24-19 in Week One.  On Wednesday, Las Vegas signed wide receiver Keelan Cole to the active roster and placed wideout DJ Turner on the injured reserve.  The Raiders also signed center Billy Price and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman to the practice squad. 

 

     The Chiefs are welcoming the Chargers to town for an AFC West clash.  Kansas City hosts Los Angeles tonight at Arrowhead Stadium.  The Chiefs are looking to improve to 2-and-oh after running past the Cardinals 44-21 in Week One.  Meanwhile, the Chargers opened the season with a tight 24-19 win over the Raiders.  The Chargers ruled out wide receiver Keenan Allen for tonight after he suffered a hamstring injury against Las Vegas.  Cornerback J.C. Jackson could make his debut for the team as he's listed questionable to play.

       The Chargers and Chiefs are each missing a starter for their divisional clash.  Los Angeles ruled out wide receiver Keenan Allen on Wednesday after he suffered a hamstring injury in Week One.  Allen had caught four passes for 66 yards against the Raiders, but exited the game in second quarter.  Meanwhile, Kansas City ruled out starting kicker Harrison Butker with an ankle injury.  Butker had injured his left ankle during a kickoff against the Cardinals.  Matt Ammendola is expected to be activated from the practice squad to handle kicking duties. 

 

       The Broncos are losing their leader in the secondary.  Denver placed star safety Justin Simmons on injured reserve due to a quad injury.  Simmons suffered the injury in Monday night's 17-16 loss to the Seahawks and will miss the next four games for the Broncos.  In a corresponding move, Denver signed cornerback Essang Bassey to the active roster and signed safety Anthony Harris to the practice squad.  Simmons had only missed six defensive snaps since the start of the 2018 season.

 

       One of the NBA's premier voices is weighing in on the league's punishment given to Phoenix Suns' owner Robert Sarver over toxic workplace culture.  In a tweet Wednesday, LeBron James said the league got it wrong.  Sarver was handed a one-year suspension and a ten-million-dollar fine after an investigation showed he used racial slurs, made sexual-related comments to women in the workplace, and engaged in harsh treatment of employees during his 18-year tenure.  James added there's no place in the league for that kind of behavior.

 

        Julio Rodriguez is joining some rare company as he continues his rookie campaign.  The Mariners outfielder stole his 25th base of the season on Wednesday, making him the third rookie in MLB history to reach 25 steals and 25 home runs.  The 21-year-old matched Chris Young, who did it with the Diamondbacks in 2007 and Mike Trout, who did it with the Angels in 2012.  Rodriguez also homered in the win over the Padres, upping his season total to 26 long balls.  

 

      Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina have made history.  The Cardinals starting pitcher and catcher started their 325th game together on Wednesday, breaking the MLB record for most games started by a battery pairing.  Wainwright and Molina passed former Tigers Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan, who made 324 starts together between 1963 and 1975.  The Cardinals pairing made their first start together in April of 2007.

 

      Nestor Cortes picked up his 10th win of the season as the Yankees swept their two-game set with the Red Sox.  New York came away with a 5-3 victory in Boston.  Gleyber Torres led the way at the plate for the Yanks after going three-for-five with an RBI.  Brayan Bello was charged with the loss after allowing three unearned runs over five innings of work.  Connor Wong went one-for-two with an RBI double for the Sox, who fell to 69-and-74.  The Yankees improved to 87-and-56 and remain atop the AL East. 

 

Muncy and Dodgers take down Giants

Max Muncy homered twice and drove in three as the Dodgers doubled up the Giants 6-3 in Los Angeles. Joey Gallo added a three-run homer for the Dodgers, who improved to 11-and-4 against the rival Giants this season. Tyler Anderson tossed seven innings of three-run ball as he moved to 14-and-3. Craig Kimbrel closed it out for his 22nd save. Lewis Brinson homered to lead off the game and Brandon Crawford also went deep for San Francisco, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. Jarlin Garcia suffered the loss. The Atlanta Braves racked up 13 hits in a 10-9 win over the A's in Oakland. Vaughn Grissom had four hits and two RBI, while Matt Olson homered and drove in three. Jesse Chavez earned his third win out of the bullpen, and Kenley Jansen picked up save number 32. The Braves are tied with the Mets for first place in the NL East. Oakland hit three home runs in the losing effort, and Joel Payamps was charged with his fourth loss. The A's have dropped five of their last six. The Steelers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception with a special ceremony. During halftime of the December 24th game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh will retire the number-32 jersey of Franco Harris. The former running back is only the third Steeler to have his number retired, joining Ernie Stautner's number-70 and Joe Greene's number-75. Team president Art Rooney the Second said "the Immaculate Reception marked the turning point in franchise history." (Lake Forest, IL) -- The Chicago Bears are moving forward with their plan to build a new stadium in Arlington Heights. The team released conceptual plans for a potential domed stadium in the Chicago suburb on Tuesday. The plans include a 326-acre development that would include restaurants, hotels, and office spaces, among other amenities. The Bears are promising to not seek public funding for the stadium itself, but are looking for help with the rest of the development. Chicago can end its lease at Soldier Field as early as 2026. (Washington, DC) -- Former Washington general manager and team president Bruce Allen testified before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday. An NFL spokesperson released a statement saying "The Committee is continuing to investigate the decades-long workplace misconduct at the Washington Commanders and the NFL's failure to address it." Mr. Allen's testimony is "important for the Committee to fully understand these serious issues and advance reforms to protect workers in the future." (Undated) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide are still the number one team in the nation according to the latest coaches poll. Alabama received 57 first place votes after winning its first game of the year. Georgia and Ohio State swapped places in the rankings. The Bulldogs are now second and the Buckeyes are third. Clemson remains fourth in the country, while Michigan climbed one spot in the rankings to round out the top five. (Undated) -- The 76ers are adding a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year to their frontcourt. ESPN reports Philadelphia is signing center Montrezl Harrell [[ mon-TREZ ]] to a two-year, 5.2-million dollar deal, with a player option for the second year. Harrell joins the Sixers after splitting last season between the Wizards and Hornets. The 28-year-old averaged 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds through 71 games. (El Segundo, CA) -- Patrick Beverley is settling some concerns about playing next to Russell Westbrook. After being recently traded to the Lakers, Beverley said Tuesday that he is "super excited" to play with Westbrook. The two have notably had their conflicts in years past, with Beverley colliding and injuring Westbrook's knee during the 2013 NBA playoffs. Now, Beverley says he's looking forward to being teammates with someone who plays with a similar "competitive spirit" and grit to his game. (Undated) -- The defending NBA champions are looking to fill some roster spots ahead of training camp. The Athletic reports Golden State are bringing in several free agents for workouts this week. Among that group are Ben McLemore, Elfrid Payton, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kenneth Faried. Those players could earn an invitational to training camp with a chance to make the team's roster. (Seattle, WA) -- Sue Bird's basketball career is coming to an end after the Storm were eliminated from the WNBA playoffs. Seattle lost to the Las Vegas Aces 97-92 in Game Four of their semifinals series. Bird provided eight points and eight assists in her final game in the league. The 41-year-old won four WNBA titles and finished as the league's all-time leader in assists and games played. Bird spent her entire WNBA career with the Storm. (San Diego, CA) -- The Padres are giving an update on their suspended star shortstop. San Diego announced Tuesday that Fernando Tatis Jr. underwent a successful surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. The 23-year-old is expected to recover in 4-to-6 months, but that won't factor into his return to the Padres. Tatis is serving his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. (Queens, NY) -- The Semifinals are shaping up at the US Open. On the men's side, fifth-seeded Casper Ruud make quick work of Matteo Berrettini in a three-set victory. Nick Kyrgios [[ KEER-ee-oss ]] was ousted in a five-set thriller against Karen Khachanov [[ ka-chuh-naav ]]. Ruud and Khachanov are set to meet in the semis. On the women's side, American Coco Gauff was ousted in straight sets by Caroline Garcia. Fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur continued her strong run with a straight-set win over Ajla Tomljanovic [[ EYE-la ]]. Garcia and Jabeur will square off in the semis.

Dodgers take down Giants while A's trade pitching pieces as deadline nears.....

 

 

     Freddie Freeman knocked in two runs as the Dodgers beat the Giants 8-2 in San Francisco.  Freeman went 3-for-5 at the plate and mashed his 36th double of the season.  Max Muncy and Trea Turner each homered for Los Angeles, which improved to 69-and-33.  Caleb Ferguson got the win in relief after starter Andrew Heaney allowed one run over four frames.  Logan Webb took the loss after surrendering six runs over five innings of work.  Wilmer Flores went deep for San Francisco, which fell to 51-and-52. 


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 The MLB Trade Deadline is this afternoon.  It will be the final chance for teams to buy and sell as playoff pushes and visions of the future occur.  The big name rumored in discussions is Nationals outfielder Juan Soto.  The Dodgers, Padres, and Cardinals are reportedly interested in the All-Star.  Trading has already begun in the MLB, as the Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Brewers.

 

(Undated)  --  The Astros are making some moves ahead of the MLB trade deadline.  Houston acquired first baseman Trey Mancini in a three-team trade with the Orioles and Rays.  The Astros dealt outfielder Jose Siri to Tampa Bay and got back minor league pitcher Jayden Murray.  Houston also sent pitcher Chayce McDermott to Baltimore.  ESPN reports the Astros are also trading for catcher Christian Vazquez in a deal with the Boston Red Sox.

 

(Oakland, CA) -- The Oakland A's are sending starting pitcher Frankie Montas to the New York Yankees in a six-player trade.  The A's are also including relief pitcher Lou Trivino.  New York is giving up four prospects including left-handed pitcher Ken Waldichuk.  Pitchers Luis Medina and JP Sears along with infielder Cooper Bowman are heading to the A's.  Team officials say Waldichuk and Sears will start out in Triple-A Las Vegas.  Montas has 109 strikeouts in 104 and two-thirds innings pitched so far this season.


(Undated)  -  Cleveland Browns' new quarterback Deshaun Watson is being suspended for six games by a federal judge over sexual misconduct allegations.  NFL Network reports a U.S. District Judge issued the ruling this morning over violations of the league's personal conduct policy.  The judge was appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association as an independent arbiter in the case.  More than two-dozen women filed lawsuits against Watson claiming harassment and assault.

 

(Oxnard, CA)  --  The Cowboys are taking a hit to their receivers room.  ESPN reports wide receiver James Washington will undergo surgery after fracturing his right foot in training camp.  Washington is expected to miss 6-to-10 weeks due to the injury.  Dallas is already short-handed in camp as receiver Michael Gallup is on the physically unable to perform list.  Washington had signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys this offseason after spending the past four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

(Undated)  --  The NBA is looking deeper into the Knicks pursuit of free agent guard Jalen Brunson.  According to ESPN, the league is investigating possible tampering charges involving New York's signing of the former Dallas Maverick.  Teams were not allowed to make contract with an agent or a player to discuss a deal prior to 6pm Eastern on June 30th.  Brunson agreed to a four-year, 104-million-dollar deal with the Knicks that night.  The NBA increased the penalties for tampering in 2019 by raising the maximum fine for teams to 10-million-dollars, suspending team executives, forfeiting draft picks, and possibly voiding contracts. 

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     LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman says Tiger Woods turned down an offer between 700 and 800-million-dollars to join the controversial Saudi-backed tour. 

     Norman told Fox News that Woods is a needle mover.  Woods has been outspoken about his support of the PGA Tour and has been critical of players leaving to join LIV Golf.  Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka [[ KEP-kuh ]] are among the big names to make the move.

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     Deebo Samuel is officially signing a three-year contract extension with the 49ers.  NBC Sports Bay Area says the deal could be worth more than 73-million-dollars with incentives, and keeps Samuel in Santa Clara through the 2025 season.  Samuel had a breakout 2021 season with 77 catches for more than 14-hundred yards and 365 rushing yards.  He scored a combined 14 touchdowns rushing and receiving.  Both the Niners and Raiders continue training camp this week.

 

(Undated)  --  The 49ers are among the NFL's most valuable teams.  That's according to a new ranking from Sportico that lists the Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable team in the league at 7.64 billion dollars.  The average NFL team is worth 4.65-billion dollars according to Sportico.  The ranking lists the Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Giants and 49ers as the rest of the top five most valuable franchises. 

 

 

(Anaheim, CA)  --  The Athletics are taking on a division foe as they continue their road trip.  Oakland faces the Angels tonight in Anaheim.  The A's come off a series loss to the White Sox, but have won four of their last six games.  The club sends southpaw Cole Irvin to the mound for the series opener.  Opposite him is right-hander Noah Syndergaard for Los Angeles.  The A's sit last in the AL West at 39-and-65. 

 

(Sacramento, CA)  --  The NBA world is mourning after the loss of one of its historical figures and pillars for the league.  Bill Russell passed away on Sunday at the age of 88.  The Sacramento Kings released a statement after his passing saying that Russell was a storied champion and a fierce advocate for civil rights and social justice.  In the 1987-88 season, Russell had a brief stint with the Kings as the team's head coach.  He initially signed a seven-year contract, but both sides parted ways after 58 games.  After that, he had another short period as the franchise's general manager.

 

 

 

 

Chico State Baseball prepares to host CCAA Tourney; Wildcat Softball hits road for Regional

 

POSTSEASON IS HERE AS CHICO STATE GEARS UP

FOR BIGGEST GAMES OF THE YEAR

 

     The Chico State Wildcat baseball team will host Cal State Dominguez Hills on Wednesday afternoon in what is, in essence a play-in game in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament. 

     This new format is single elimination in the first round with Chico hosting the Toros at 3pm (2:45pm pre-game on KpaySports 1290 and the KpaySports app) with the night-cap pitting 4th-seed Sonoma State against Cal State San Bernardino.

     The winner of the Chico and Dominguez match-up will take on Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday at 3pm. The winner of the Sonoma and San Bernardino game will play the top-seed and regular season champion Monterey Bay at 11am tomorrow morning.

     Chico State comes into the conference tourney winners of five-in-a-row after a 5-game losing skid. The Wildcats have one of the most potent offenses they have ever assembled with a team batting average of .344 and on-base percentage of .444, the best numbers in the CCAA. The Wildcats have uncharacteristically struggled defensively this year and come into the tournament with the worst fielding percentage in the field. 

     The Wildcats and Toros split their four-game series at Nettleton Stadium a month ago with the Wildcats salvaging a split with a thrilling 14-11 walk-off win after scoring six runs in the 9th capped off by a Jacob Jablonski three-run blast to center.

     Chico feels they are in a good position to punch their ticket next week to the West Regional Tournament, but a loss on Wednesday to the Toros would leave their fate up to a regional committee and to other West Region conference tournaments, hoping there aren't huge upsets. You can watch all the CCAA Tournament games on the CCAA Network with KpaySports Mike Baca calling the play-by-play for every game.

 

WILDCAT SOFTBALL OPENS REGIONAL PLAY ON THURSDAY

 

     For the sixth straight year the Chico State Softball team has advanced to the West Regional. The Cats look to make a run through the tournament and give themselvels a chance to play for a National Championship in Denver, Colorado. The sub-regional pits the Wildcats versus Dominguez Hills. Chico split their regular season series versus the Toros, but was eliminated the CCAA Tournament last week by Dominguez in a 6-5 loss.

     The other teams on Chico's side of the eight-team regional bracket are Concordia and Azusa Pacific. Chico suffered narrow losses against both teams this year. The Wildcats at 36-15 are making their 9th trip to the Regional since Angel Shamblin took over the program in 2010. You can follow all the action on the Chico State Athletics website which will provide links to live stats and live video of the games. 

 

GIANTS POUND ROCKIES

 

(AP) — Alex Wood pitched into the sixth inning and didn’t allow an earned run, Brandon Belt had an RBI double in his return to the lineup and the San Francisco Giants won their ninth straight against the Colorado Rockies, 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Curt Casali added three hits and two RBIs for San Francisco, which has won four straight since losing five in a row.

“Promising last couple of games,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “You can see how valuable it is to have very competitive at-bats at the bottom of the lineup to turn the lineup over.”

Wood (3-2) lost his previous two starts. He got into jam in the first inning before getting Elias Díaz to strike out looking, and the left-hander also fanned Garrett Hampson looking to end the fourth with a runner on second after the Rockies scored an unearned run.

Wood allowed seven hits and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings while throwing 104 pitches – more than he threw in any game last season.

“It felt really good to hit that mark,” Wood said. “My slider is usually a good groundball pitch for me typically and to be heater dominant and changeup dominant and have that many groundball outs and not allow extra-base hits was really nice.”

 

A'S AND TIGERS SPLIT ODD DOUBLE-DIP

 

Tarik Skubal was planning to head to the mound for the day’s first pitch. Then he realized the Detroit Tigers were the visiting team at Comerica Park and Oakland’s Frankie Montas would be on the rubber.

“Thank God someone mentioned it before the game, because I almost ran out there for the top of the first inning,” Skubal said. “Montas and I would have both been on the mound. It was weird, but that’s baseball.”

Skubal led the Tigers to a 6-0 win in the opener of a unique doubleheader Tuesday caused by Major League Baseball’s lockout. With the Athletics as the visiting team in the second game, 25-year-old Adrian Martinez pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings to win his major league debut, a 4-1 Oakland victory.

In a matchup of last-place teams, Detroit ended a 27-inning scoreless streak in the opener. Oakland (12-19) then won for the second time in 12 games and sent the Tigers (9-21) to their seventh loss in eight games.

Miguel Cabrera singled in the ninth inning of the second game, tying Wade Boggs for 30th with 3,010 hits.

Skubal (2-2) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked three. Jonathan Schoop homered and scored twice on a day he raised his batting average from .139 to .157.

“It felt good to win,” Skubal said. “Their guy was really good, so I was just trying to give us a chance to stay in the game and get some late offense.”

Under MLB’s original schedule announced last year, Detroit was to have played three games at Oakland from April 4-6 in its second series of the season. But the first week was postponed by the lockout, and MLB rescheduled one of the games as part of a doubleheader at Comerica Park while keeping Oakland as the home team. The other games are to be played as a doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum on July 21, what was to have been an off-day during the All-Star break.

Detroit wore its white home uniforms despite batting first, while the A’s wore green tops and gray pants. The Tigers reverted to the home team in the second game.

In the first game, Montas (2-3) allowed four runs, six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus and left fielder Chad Pinder collided in the fifth while trying for Willi Castro’s shallow fly ball. Both players required attention from athletic trainers and remained in the game.

“It’s scary when you are running out there, because you have the worst-case scenario running through your head,” Kotsay said. “Luckily, Elvis’ shin — the one that hasn’t needed surgery — just grazed Chad’s temple. Our trainers took every precaution, and Chad passed all the concussion tests.”

Castro reached on the single to put runners on first and second with no outs, and Tucker Barnhart’s bunt single loaded the bases. Derek Hill’s sacrifice fly ended Detroit’s scoreless streak, and Robbie Grossman beat out a potential double-play grounder as Castro scored.

Schoop homered to make it 3-0 in the sixth, and Jeimer Candelario hit a three-run double in the seventh off Kirby Snead.

“I thought I was pretty good, to be honest,” Montas said. “That’s still a lineup of major league hitters. No bad hitters get to this level.”

In the second game, Alex Faedo (0-1) gave up two runs and four hits over five innings in his second major leage start. Jed Lowrie hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Kevin Smith had an RBI single. Cristian Pache added an RBI single in the seventh and Luis Barrera a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Martinez (1-0) struck out Javy Baez in the first inning and retired Cabera in the second.

“I knew I was in the big leagues when I was facing players like that,” Martinez said through a translator. “You know they are in the lineup, but it is different when they are in the batter’s box.”

Martinez struck out three and walked none.

“That was just a great performance by Adrian,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “He comes up here for his first major league start and attacks the zone right away. That’s what you want to see from a kid.”

Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Lou Trivino . Eric Haase struck out, Robbie Grossman forced in a run with a walk and Austin Meadows popped out.

“We need today to be encouraging and we’re going to make it encouraging,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “We had a really good first game and we gave ourselves a chance in the second one. We can’t ask for much more than that.”

 

You can listen to the Tigers and A's game on DELAY tonight at 11pm on KpaySports 1290 and 102.9 FM 

 

WARRIORS LOOK TO OUST MEMPHIS AND MOVE ON TO WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

 

Memphis’ chances of staving off elimination are even tougher now.

The Golden State Warriors put the Grizzlies on the brink of the offseason after they rallied late in Game 4 on Monday night to grab a 3-1 series lead as Memphis star Ja Morant sat out with a sore right knee.

Morant is doubtful for the remainder of the postseason after an MRI and further evaluation revealed a bone bruise on his injured knee, the team announced Tuesday night. The NBA’s Most Improved Player winner and All-Star guard had been averaging 38.3 points a game.

The Warriors now head to Memphis needing one victory to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2019 — when they lost in the NBA Finals before missing the last two postseasons.

That’s been a long wait for a franchise that won three championships in the last decade.

“Wednesday is going to be the hardest one yet,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “It always is, the closeout. We have to put this behind us and put together a good game plan.”

Even without Morant, Memphis still led for all but 45.7 seconds of Game 4 before Golden State rallied for a 101-98 victory. It was the first time Memphis had been held under 100 points this postseason.

“We’re back home,” Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. said. “We’ve got our fans. It’s going to be loud, so we’re excited to get back home and go play again, man. We have another chance to play. They’re a good team. We obviously know how the game went. Yeah, we get another chance at it.”

And that “it” is pushing this series back to San Francisco for Game 6 on Friday.

 

KPAYSPORTS 1290 and 102.9 FM will carry tonight's GAME 5 immediately after the conclusion of Chico State Playoff baseball at 6:45pm tonight.....

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

March is Madness...and KpaySports is there

 

March Madness comes to KpaySports

 

     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. 

     
 

 

 

 

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