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Raiders fall; Giants win finale and Chico State Cross Country dazzles at Stanford


 

RAIDERS DROP ONE TO SKINS AS FLYNN STRUGGLES

 

 

TERRELLE PRYOR (far left) AND HIS RAIDER MATES DROP TO 1-3 AFTER LOSS TO SKINS

 

(AP) — Robert Griffin III threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the third quarter to help the Washington Redskins overcome an early 14-point deficit to beat the Oakland Raiders 24-14 Sunday for their first win of the season.

David Amerson returned an interception for another score for the Redskins (1-3).

Washington looked ready to extend the worst start for the franchise since 2001 when they fell behind 14-0 after the first quarter thanks to a blocked punt touchdown and a scoring pass from Matt Flynn.

But the much-maligned Washington defense allowed the Raiders (1-3) no more points, taking advantage of an offense that was without starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor the entire game and starting running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece for most of it.

 

GIANTS WRAP UP SEASON WITH WIN OVER PADRES

 

(AP) — Hunter Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Francisco Peguero hit his first career home run leading off the ninth to tie it as Huston Street (2-5) blew his second save in 35 chances.

Tony Abreu followed with a single and advance to second on Street's wild pitch. Brandon Belt walked and both runners advanced on a passed ball.

After Buster Posey was intentionally walked, Pence singled to center to end the game.

Sergio Romo (5-8) pitched the ninth for the win as the Giants finished in a third place tie with the Padres, 16 games behind the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jedd Gyorko hit a grand slam, Nick Hundley homered for the Padres.

 

GIANTS LOCK UP PENCE FOR 90 MILLION

 

 

PENCE WANTED TO STAY WITH GIANTS AND HE GETS HIS WISH

 

     Pence and the Giants have finalized a $90 million, five-year contract, a deal that keeps the outfielder off the free-agent market.

The announcement was made at a news conference before Sunday's season finale against San Diego, the Giants' final game as defending World Series champions.

Pence began the day with a .282 average, a career-best 27 homers and 96 RBIs. He was on track to become the first Giants player to appear in every regular-season game since Alvin Dark played in 154 in 1954.

The two-time All-Star was acquired from Philadelphia in July last year and was credited with being instrumental in San Francisco's second title in three years.

 

A'S GET READY FOR POST-SEASON WITH 9-0 SHUT-OUT IN SEATTLE

 

(AP) — Sonny Gray threw five shutout innings in his final start before the playoffs, Oakland had a pair of four-run innings and the Athletics closed out the regular season with a 9-0 win over Seattle in Eric Wedge's final game as Mariners manager.

The A's now turn their attention to the AL Division Series against Detroit that will begin Friday in Oakland, while Seattle enters the offseason with another managerial search on the docket.

Oakland gave a few of its starters the finale off, while some others made cameos before getting a rest before beginning the postseason. Jed Lowrie, Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes all sat Sunday, while Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Chris Young were lifted early.

It didn't matter who was hitting against the Mariners. The A's scored four times in the second inning, all charged to Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez, and four more times in the fifth.

 

STANFORD WINNING BY AIRING IT OUT

 

 

PRESSURE DEFENSE STYMIES COUGARS AS CARDINAL STAY PERFECT

 

(AP) — For all the brute force Stanford shows, from its jumbo "elephant" package of offensive linemen to its bruising running backs, there is an element of the Cardinal offense that often goes overlooked.

They have a group of sneaky fast wide receivers that are more than happy to go deep on cheating defenses.

That ability was on full display Saturday night when the fifth-ranked Cardinal routed Washington State 55-17 thanks in part to Kevin Hogan being able to throw over the top of the Cougars defense.

Hogan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, all three scores of at least 30 or more yards. He found Devon Cajuste for touchdowns of 57 and 33 yards in the first half and hit Michael Rector on a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

 

CAL GETS CRUSHED AND THEN KICKS OFF BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER

 

(AP) — California has kicked defensive end Chris McCain off the squad for conduct detrimental to the team.

Coach Sonny Dykes announced the move Sunday, a day the Golden Bears lost 55-16 to Oregon to fall to 1-3 on the season.

McCain was supposed to be one of Cal's best defenders this season. But he and his teammates have struggled so far in Dykes' first year, allowing 181 points in the first four games of the season.

McCain has 11 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble this season.

 

LANE KIFFIN IS SHOWN THE DOOR IN LAND OF THE TROJANS

 

(AP) — Southern California has fired Lane Kiffin, ending the coach's tumultuous tenure a few hours after the Trojans lost 62-41 at Arizona State.

Ed Orgeron was picked as USC's interim head coach by athletic director Pat Haden later Sunday. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) have eight games left on their 13-game schedule.

Orgeron was Kiffin's assistant head coach and the former Mississippi head coach.

Haden fired Kiffin at the Trojans' private airport terminal when the team plane returned from Arizona early Sunday morning, but not before a 45-minute meeting in which Kiffin tried to change Haden's mind. The Trojans matched the most points allowed in school history in their seventh loss in 11 games.

 

ROADRUNNERS CRUSH DELTA; MOVE TO 4-0

 

     The Butte College Roadrunners moved to 4-0 on the season with a 45-3 blasting of San Jouquin Delta College on Saturday at Cowan Stadium. The Roadrunners punishing defense stopped Delta in their tracks, and the Butte offense flourished in scoring over 40 points for the fourth straight game. Butte has now outscored their opponents 200-31 this season. They travel to Modesto next Saturday to try and move to 5-0.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES FROM FRIDAY NIGHT

 

Central Valley 45           Chico 42
Paradise 46                   Pleasant Valley 26
Enterprise 40                 Red Bluff 0
Orland 40                     Gridley 14
Hamilton 45                  Portola 17
Shasta 54                     Foothill 14
Durham 25                  Quincy 18
Biggs 45                      Esparto 13
Las Plumas 21             Oroville 10
Chester 14                   Burney 6
Sutter 35                     Wheatland 0
Corning 20                  Willows 0
West Valley 28            Turlock 7

 

CHICO STATE SOCCER SPLITS MATCHES ON SO-CAL ROADIE

 

The Chico men's and women's soccer teams both split their weekend CCAA series in Southern California.

Both the men and women fell to Cal State Los Angeles on Friday night, but both rebounded for hard-fought wins against Dominguez Hills on Sunday. The men go to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA. The women go to 4-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the CCAA.

 

VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO FOUR-SET THRILLERS TO NATIONALLY RANKED POWERS

 

Tough losses for the Chico State volleyball teams this weekend. Knowing it would be one of their toughest weekends of the year, the Wildcats put up quite a fight. But, in the end they lost in four sets to 20th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino and 10th-ranked UC San Diego. The Wildcats fall to 6-6 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA.

 

PAYBACK FOR CHICO STATE WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

 

Another fine showing for the Chico State Cross Country teams at the Stanford Invitational. The Wildcat women exacted a bit of revenge on the Simon Fraser Clan. Just two weeks after losing to The Clan at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, the Wildcats responded by beating their regional rival 51-61 in Palo Alto. The women were led by Ayla Granados who finished second amond non-Division I runners at 22.14. Sara Mikesell finished fourth at 22.26. In the unofficial overall standings compiled by the Chico State Sports Information Department the Wildcats finished 5th out of 26 teams competing in the event, including decisive wins over D-I opponents USF, UC Davis and North Dakota State.

 

CHICO STATE FINISHES 3RD AT STANFORD INVITE; BEATING 13 DIVISION-I FOES

 

For the second straight year the Chico State Men's Cross Country team has finished third at the Stanford Invitational. The Wildcats' Isaac Chavez once again had a great run finishing sixth overall finishing the eight kilometers in 24:35 just mere seconds behind Stanford stand-out Erik Olson. As a team, in numbers compiled by the Chico State Sports Information Department, the Wildcats finished behind Stanford and Division-II Colorado Mines. The Wildcats out-ran 13 of the 14 Division-I schools in the field including 15th-ranked UC Davis.

 

 

 

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