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Several North State schools with some big early season match-ups in high school football tonight. AM 1340 will carry the Paradise and Foothill showdown at 7:30pm tonight.


It is THINK PINK and Breast Cancer Awareness night as the Chico State men's and women's soccer teams host Cal State Stanislaus at the Chico State Soccer Complex tonight. Cal State Stanislaus is in town with the men playing at 4:30 and women at 7. On Sunday the Sonoma State Seawolves come to town. Men at 11:30am and the women at 2pm.


Chico State Cross Country is in Palo Alto at the Stanford Invitational this weekend going up against Division I powers. Its a great test for both squads. And, the Chico State Volleyball team takes their 10-1 record on the road as they begin a 5 game road trip in San Diego and San Bernardino. The Cats will be tested on this five game roadie as they will not return home until at October 12th.....


Butte College, Giants and A's follow in today's KPAY.COM sports report with Mike Baca





(AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is apologizing to
fans for having to use replacement officials during a lockout of
regular refs. The impasse led to three weeks of questionable calls
- and one that cost the Green Bay Packers a win.
     Goodell made his comments Thursday during a conference call
about 12 hours after the referees' union and league agreed on a
tentative deal that will allow the regular officials to return
beginning with Thursday night's Browns-Ravens game.

You can hear that game on 101.7 FM/AM 1340.
     Goodell says: "Something like this, it's painful for everybody.
Most importantly, it's painful for fans. We're sorry to have to put
fans through that."
     He added: "Sometimes you have to go through something like that
in the short term for the right agreement for the long term."
     The deal was struck two days after Seattle's chaotic last-second
win over Green Bay in which the replacements missed a call.


(AP) - The San Francisco Giants have informed
Melky Cabrera's agent they won't bring the suspended outfielder
back at any point this postseason.
     Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement before Thursday's
finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco's final
regular-season home game.
     Bochy says the NL West champion Giants will move forward into
the best-of-five divisional series with the 25 players they have.
Cabrera's suspension takes him through the first five games of the
playoffs, so he would have been eligible in the NL championship
series if San Francisco advanced.
     The All-Star game MVP, batting an NL-leading .346, was suspended
Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone text. Last Friday, Cabrera
asked to be removed from contention for the NL batting crown,
saying he had no wish to win a tainted title.






ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that a deal is near between the NFL and the NFLRA on a new deal. Mortensen says an "agreement in principal is at hand." and that the regular NFL officials could return as early as this Sunday.


George Kottaras hit a 3-2 pitch into the right field seats giving the A's a big 3-2 win over the Rangers last night in Arlington. The A's trail Texas by 4 game with eight games left to play. Oakland will play five of their remaining eight games against Texas.


Tim Lincecum was lit up by familiar faces in the Giants 7-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Lincecum allowed a three-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt, who has now hit 5 home runs in 14 career at-bats agaist Lincecum. The Giants lost to Arizona 7-2 on Tuesday night.


The Northern California High School Foootball media poll was released. The defending section champion Paradise Bobcats were the top team in the poll as they get ready for a showdown this Friday night against Foothill. Both teams are 3-1 on the season. You can hear the game on AM 1340 at 7:15 on Friday night.


The Butte College Roadrunners are 4-0 and now they are getting some national recognition. ranks Butte at number 10 in the country in their lastest poll. The Roadrunners take on Modesto this Saturday on AM 1340.






It was not only a bad call, it may have been the most egregious call in the history of regular season football. A hail-mary heave by Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was caught by Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings. Interception ! Right ? Not so fast.



One of the replacement officials ruled that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate of the Seahawks had caught the ball for a touchdown. Video clearly showed Jennings catching the ball at its apex, only to have Tate try and wrestle the ball away.



Amazingly after a video replay, the replay officials agreed with the on-field replacement referees giving Seattle a disputed 14-12 win.


Chico's own Aaron Rodgers was disgusted by the call




The replacement officials were feeling the heat already, its now become a pressure cooker.


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The Oakland Raiders completed a spirited comeback downing the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31 in Oakland on Sunday. Trailing 31-21 in the 4th quarter, Carson Palmer threw his third touchdown of the day  setting up Sebastian Janikowski's 43 yard field goal as time expired giving the Raiders the win.


The 49ers laid an egg in Minnesota. Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Rudolph and the 49ers could not get on track as they fell to the Vikings 24-13. The Niners are now 2-1 on the season a full game behind Arizona in the NFC West.


Butte College came back from a 21-6 deficit on Saturday to beat Delta College 33-21. The Roadrunners defense stepped up big holding Delta to no points and only two first downs in the second half, while registering 8 sacks in the come-from-behind win. Nelson Fishback threw for three TD's and ran for two more as the Roadrunners stay perfect at 4-0.


Chico State Volleyball is now 10-1 on the season as they swept Sonoma and San Francisco State at Acker Gym. The Wildcat men's soccer team had a thrilling win in Sonoma on Friday, while the women fell at Humboldt on Sunday evening their record at 4-4.


Tonight, its Green Bay and Seattle on Monday night football. You can hear the game on 101.7 FM/AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico.







There is a full slate of high school football games tonight including the Eastern Athletic League openers for both the Paradise Bobcats and the Pleasant Valley Vikings. Game time is at 7:30 and can be heard on AM 1340.


The Butte College Roadrunners get ready for their showdown with Delta College in Stockton tomorrow, while both the Chico State men's and women's soccer teams are in Rohnert Park to take on Sonoma this afternoon. Chico State volleyball is home to Sonoma State and San Francisco State this weekend, looking to build on their 8-1 record.


The Giants and A's were both winners. The Giants magic number to clinch the NL West is 3, while the A's are tied for the top spot in the American League wildcard.


49ers are in Minnesota Sunday at 10am looking to go to 3-0, while the Raiders look for their first win at home against Pittsburgh. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers play Monday night against Seattle





The Oakland A's try and snap a 3-game losing streak as they take on the Detroit Tigers this morning in Motown. Last night Justin Verlander picked up his 15th win of the season and Miguel Cabrera hit is 41st home run of the year as Detroit knocked off Oakland 6-2. Game time this morning is 10am, as the A's look to avert the sweep. Oakland sits in the second wild-card spot in the American League 1/2 game behind Batimore.


The Giants magic number for clinching the National League West is 5. Matt Cain pitched 8 innings of 4 hit ball and the Pablo Sandoval hit a first inning three-run home run to stake Cain to a 3-0 lead as the Giants beat Colorado for the third straight night 7-1. Today is get-away day in the series as the Giants host the Rockies for a 12:45 start. Our pre-game show on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 comes your way at 12:15.


The San Francisco 49ers are looking to go to 3-0 as they take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in Minneapolis. Its the return of Randy Moss to the Metrodome where he starred for several seasons with the Vikings. Although his role has been a small one so far, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers know that Moss may have to play a bigger role as the season goes on. Harbaugh says he doesn't feel he will have any problem with Moss complaining about not getting the ball.


Its a critical weekend for the Raiders. After getting blasted by Miami 35-13 last week, Oakland has to pick up the pieces against AFC power Pittsburgh this Sunday. The Raiders will need Darren McFadden to play a much bigger role than he did in Miami where the star running back accounted for only 39 total yards.


Butte College takes on Delta College in Stockton on Saturday as they look to go to 4-0. Butte is coming off of a 70-3 whipping of Shasta last Saturday. In high school football, Eastern Athletic League play begins with a marquee match-up at Asgard Yard. The (2-1) Paradise Bobcats take on the (2-1) Pleasant Valley Vikings. We will have the game on AM 1340 tomorrow night at 7:30 with our Rick Prinz pre-game coming your way at 7:15


Chico State Volleyball is off to a tremendous start and they look to continue their hot streak. The Wildcats will be hosting Sonoma State and San Francisco State at Acker Gym this Friday and Saturday. Both matches begin at 7pm. The Wildcats enter the weekend with an 8-1 record and are (2-0) in CCAA play.


The Chico State men's and women's soccer teams hit the road. Both squads are at Sonoma and Humboldt. The women (4-2) overall (2-2) in CCAA play will play their matches at 12:30 on Friday in Rohnert Park and 11:30 on Sunday in Arcata. The men (3-2-1) overall and (2-1-1) in CCAA play will take on Sonoma Friday afternoon at 3:00pm. The Chico men will not play Humboldt, as the Lumberjacks cancelled their season after an alcohol-related incident involving their men's soccer team last month. All matches can be followed on the Sonoma and Humboldt Athletics websites.






Hamilton City's Kyle Lohse moved the St. Louis Cardinals a game and a half ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the chase for the final National League Wildcard spot. Lohse pitched seven innings of shut-out baseball and also had an RBI double in the Cardinals 4-1 win over the Houston Astros.

The San Francisco Giants now have a magic number of 7 to clinch the National League West. Tim Lincecum pitched 6.1 innings of shut-out baseball and Marco Scutaro had three hits and 2 RBI's to lead the Giants to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants play game three of this four game series tonight. Matt Cain will take the hill. Game time is 7:15 with our pre-game coming your way at 6:45 with Kruk and Kuip.

The A's were pummelled by the Detroit Tigers 12-2. Rookie pitcher A.J. Griffin lost his first game of the season. The A's still hold the top spot in the AL Wildcard





The San Francisco Giants magic number is now 8 in the NL West. With the Giants 2-1 win on Monday night they are inching ever so closer to the divisional title. Madison Bumgarner pitched six strong innings allowing only one run and Hunter Pence had a tie-breaking single in the sixth giving the Giants their winning margin. Game two of the four-game set  is tonight at AT & T Park. Game time is 7:15. You can hear Kruk and Kuip on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 at 6:45.


Peyton Manning had a disastrous first quarter and spent the rest of the game trying to pull his Broncos out of the hole. Manning's three interceptions set the tone for a 27-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Despite a spirited 4th quarter comeback, Denver could not get that one big stop defensively to get the ball back, allowing the Falcons to salt the game away.


The Raiders try and pick up the pieces this Sunday at home against the Steelers. With a loss the Raiders would fall to 0-3. The 49ers are riding high after their big win on Sunday night against the Lions, they take on the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday morning. Game time is 10am.


Friday night sees the Paradise Bobcats traveling to Asgard Yard to take on the Pleasant Valley Vikings. Both teams will come in with records of 2-1. Butte College brings their 3-0 record into a showdown with Delta College in Stockton. Game time is 1pm. Mike Wessels has your pre-game on Fox Sports Chico at 12:45pm



The San Francisco 49ers are serving notice that they are a force to be reckoned with in the NFC. Another dominant defensive effort against a Super Bowl contender has the Niners sitting at 2-0. The 49ers stymied Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions all night in a 27-19 win at Candlestick Point.


The Raiders figured the Miami Dolphins would be an easier match-up, and that they would have a chance work out some of those early season inconsistensies.......they figured wrong. The Dolphins ran all over the Raider defense in a 35-13 win in South Florida. The Raiders host the Steelers next week.


The Giants are inching ever closer to a NL West Title. Even though they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-2, the Giants magic number for clinching the west is 9. They open a four-game set against the Rockies tonight at AT & T. You can hear the game on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 at 7:15pm


Despite losing the Orioles 9-5 the Oakland A's still sit three games clear in the American League Wildcard. Oakland took two of three from the birds as they ready themselves for the final two weeks of the season.


The Butte College Football team destroyed the Shasta Knights on Saturday 70-3. The Roadrunners would score three touchdowns in a :31 second span to put the game out of reach. The Roadrunners are now 3-0 and venture to Stockton to play Delta College next Saturday.


Chico State men's and women's cross country shine at the WCC Preview in Portland on Saturday. The Chico State men's soccer team finished second overall, beating division I foes Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, St. Mary's and Santa Clara. Two-time All-American Isaac Chavez finished 5th in the loaded field. The Wildcat women finished third overall.

The Chico State Volleyball team swept their weekend matches at Acker Gym and move to 8-1 overall on the season.

And, the Chico State men's and women's soccer teams played some exciting matches at the Univeristy Soccer Complex.  The Chico women split their matches, losing to Monterey Bay before knocking off Cal State East Bay. The men were looking for a weekend sweep, and literally came within a second of doing so. The Cats beat Monterey on Friday and had a 1-0 lead against East Bay on Sunday.....only to see East Bay score a goal with one second left to tie the match. It eventually ended in a tie.






The San Francisco 49ers stymied 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, then record-setting Matthew Stafford in Week 2.

This stingy, opportunistic defense is again making its mark as one of the league's best facing the top offenses and most prolific passers -- and that you can shake on.

The Niners denied Stafford another milestone, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards from Alex Smith, and San Francisco beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in a September showdown of NFC powers that hardly lived up to its hype.

The 49ers ran their home winning streak against the Lions to 12 games since Detroit's last victory at Candlestick Park on Nov. 2, 1975.Smith completed 20 of 31 throws for 226 yards and extended his franchise-record streak of passes without an interception to 216. He led the reigning NFC West champion Niners (2-0) to their ninth straight win in the series since the Lions' last victory on Sept. 25, 1995. Smith took a hard hand to the helmet from John Wendling late and bloodied his nose.

And no heated greeting after this one. Coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz met each other with a friendly hello and handshake during pregame warmups, then an uneventful shake and half-hug when time expired.

Frank Gore carried 17 times for 89 yards and a 1-yard touchdown, just missing his fifth 100-yard game in as many career meetings with the Lions.

Calvin Johnson caught eight passes for 94 yards, but that was hardly enough as the Lions (1-1) never got closer than the 20 until their final drive on a cool, windy night by the bay. San Francisco's secondary kept Megatron from catching a touchdown pass for the second straight matchup, forcing Stafford to rely heavily on the running game.

Another impressive outing by a defense that shut down Rodgers in a 30-22 win over the Packers last week at Lambeau Field.

Stafford finished 19 for 32 with 230 yards, one touchdown and an interception, missing a chance to become the first player in NFL history to throw for 350 yards in five straight games. Drew Brees of the Saints also did so in four consecutive games last season.

Stafford threw for 355 yards in last week's 27-23 win over St. Louis at home but also had three interceptions before halftime for the first time -- and said he couldn't do that again for the Lions to win. He never got in sync.

The 49ers dominated on both sides of the ball 11 months to the day after rallying for a 25-19 win at Ford Field to hand Detroit its first defeat following a 5-0 start. It ended with excitable Harbaugh's firm handshake and backslap that ignited Lions coach Schwartz -- and they had to be separated leaving the field.

There were some hot tempers Sunday, too. After Davis and Delanie Walker drove Cliff Avril to the sideline while blocking on a running play, Avril kicked Walker in the helmet. Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus and 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown pushed and shoved after a big hit by Patrick Willis on Johnson in the first quarter.

Smith exploited Detroit's depleted, frustrated secondary at every opportunity. On his TD, Davis easily beat Wendling, starting as regular safety Louis Delmas recovers from knee surgery.

Smith hit Michael Crabtree on the left sideline for a 17-yard gain, then Davis scored on the next play. The Lions were without rookie cornerback Bill Bentley because of a concussion sustained last week and cornerback Chris Houston with an ankle injury.

David Akers kicked field goals from 36 and 48 yards for San Francisco a week after connecting from 63 yards to tie an NFL record.

Jason Hanson finished with field goals of 38, 41, 40 and 48 yards. He also missed one off the right upright on a 40-yard attempt late in the second quarter. The Lions scored their lone touchdown on Stafford's 9-yard TD pass to Brandon Pettigrew with 1:29 remaining.

The 49ers ended their streak of 26 quarters spanning six straight regular-season games without a turnover, and 36 consecutive quarters without a lost fumble since Davis lost one Nov. 6 last year at Washington. San Francisco was trying to match the 2010 Patriots for the NFL record of seven games without a turnover.

After Hanson's first field goal, Kendall Hunter fumbled the kickoff return after being stripped by Tahir Whitehead and Kassim Osgood recovered. It marked the first career lost fumble in 18 games for the second-year halfback.

But Ahmad Brooks batted down a pass on third down in the ensuing series as the Lions had to settle for another field goal.

San Francisco's defense delivered again on Detroit's next series. On third-and-6 from the 20, Stafford threw down the middle of the field with nobody even close and safety Dashon Goldson jumped in for an interception.

A special teams blunder hurt the Lions late in the first quarter when Drayton Florence, another fill-in cornerback, was flagged for running into Akers. That gave the Niners first down at the 12, and Gore scored three plays later 3 seconds into the second quarter.

San Francisco's defense kept Detroit out of the end zone on the Lions' first drive despite a big penalty. Chris Culliver received a debated pass interference from the replacement officials when he tipped a pass intended for Titus Young for a 33-yard penalty.





The game was never really in doubt. The Butte College Roadrunners would score on their first drive of the game against the Shasta Knights....and they would keep on scoring for nearly three quarters. The only question was whether the Roadrunners would break their school record for points in a game at 73. And, even though they wouldn't surpass that mark, they turned in a performance that is sure to propel them to bigger and better things the rest of the season.


For the Knights, their 2-0 record came to a crashing end as they were beaten in every way imaginable.


Just minutes into the 2nd quarter the Roadrunners were up 14-0, only the put the game away in a decisive 31 second stretch with under 13 minutes left in the first half. A touchdown, was followed by an interception return for a score, which was followed by a fumble return on a kick-off for a touchdown. Turning a two-score game into a 35-0 blow-out.


Butte quarterback Nelson Fishback primarily played the first half and was 7-10 for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Derrick Seward had 6 carries for 82 yards. Butte compiled nearly 250 yards on the ground against the Knights with 10 different ball carriers getting a chance to run with the ball. 


The offensive star of the game may have been Wes McCoy who only touched the ball twice. He opened the second half with a 105 yard kick-off return for a touchdown and then late in the 3rd quarter, McCoy took the ball out of the wildcat formation and darted right up the gut for a 31 yard scamper and score..


With the win the Roadrunners stay undefeated at 3-0 while Shasta tries to pick up the pieces at 2-1. The Roadrunners will be at Delta College in Stockton next Saturday. Mike Wessels will have the call on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico at 12:45 with the Jeff Jordan Show.







(AP) - The Green Bay Packers gave Chicago
quarterback Jay Cutler a night to forget while clobbering the Bears
23-10 at Lambeau Field.
     Cutler was 11-of-27 for only 127 yards and four interceptions.
He also was sacked seven times and threw as many touchdown passes
as Packers' punter Tim Masthay.
     The Packers scored their first TD on a fake field goal. Masthay
took the snap and shoveled the ball to Tom Crabtree, who ran the
ball 27 yards for a touchdown to make it 10-0 late in the first
half. Mason Crosby hit field goals of 48, 35 and 54 yards before
Aaron Rodgers hit Donald Driver for a 26-yard touchdown pass to put
the Packers up 23-3 with 11:17 remaining.
     Tramon Williams had two interceptions and Clay Matthews recorded
3 1/2 sacks as Green Bay bounced back from Sunday's loss to San
Francisco. Chico's Rodgers finished 22-32 for 219 yards with 1 TD and

and interception.





(AP) - Jerry Blevins got Howie Kendrick to
ground into a game-ending double play with two runners on in the
ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Los Angeles
Angels 6-5 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
     Brandon Moss and Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs)
homered and Dan Straily pitched into the seventh inning of his
fourth major league start for the A's. Oakland emerged with its
11th straight road victory, matching the second-longest streak in
franchise history.
     Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) had run-scoring
singles in the ninth for the Angels, who had two runners on and
nobody out before Blevins relieved A's closer Grant Balfour and
earned his first save since 2010 in dramatic fashion.

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