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KPAY Sports Blog Archives for 2013-09

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.

 

 

 

49ers run over Rams and Chico State soccer hits the road and Butte Football looks to continue dominance


FRANK GORE AND NINERS RUN OVER RAMS

 

 

(AP) — Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the San Francisco 49ers' defense stepped up without some of their stars in a 35-11 rout over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

Anquan Boldin had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gore had 153 yards on 20 carries and a 34-yard score for San Francisco (2-2), which was outscored 46-10 the previous two games. Navarro Bowman had two of the 49ers' five sacks with a strip leading to a fourth-quarter scoring run by Anthony Dixon.

The Rams (1-3) had an overtime win and tie against San Francisco last year, and took the early lead Thursday before falling flat. Greg Zuerlein banged in a 40-yard field goal off the right upright to end a nine-game scoring drought in the first quarter, but the 49ers answered with 28 straight points.

 

PRYOR STILL ON THE SIDELINES AS RAIDERS GET READY FOR SKINS'

 

(AP) — Terrelle Pryor returned to the practice field for the Oakland Raiders three days after sustaining a concussion but is not participating in team drills.

Pryor was in uniform Thursday and took part in stretching but did not have a helmet and mostly watched backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin run practice during the portion open to the media.

Pryor was knocked out of Monday night's loss in Denver in the fourth quarter and did not practice Wednesday. Pryor has said it would be difficult to start Sunday's game against Washington if he did not practice Thursday.

 

BYE WEEK FOR RODGERS AND THE PACK

 

Chico's Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have an early bye week this year. The Pack are still trying to lick their wounds after blowing a 30-14 second half lead in Cincinnati last week.

 

PAGAN'S BLAST GIVES GIANTS SERIES OVER DODGERS

 

(AP) — Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning to give San Francisco a win in what might have been Tim Lincecum's final outing with the club, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Thursday night.

Pagan's fifth home run in an injury-shortened season was surrendered by losing pitcher Paco Rodriguez (3-3) and plunked off the top of an ambulance parked just beyond the fence in left field.

Lincecum struck out Yasiel Puig three times among his six Ks but missed a win against the NL West champion Dodgers. Santiago Casilla (7-2) earned the victory with a 1-2-3 eighth, while Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 38th save.

Lincecum is wrapping up a $40.5 million, two-year contract that paid him $22 million this season. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in seven impressive innings.

 

SUSPECTS FATHER POINTS FINGER AT DECEASED DODGER FAN

 

(AP) — The father of a man accused of fatally stabbing a 24-year-old Dodgers fan in San Francisco says his son told him it was self-defense.

Marty Montgomery told the Lodi News-Sentinel on Thursday that his son, Michael Montgomery was jumped during a fight and he stabbed Jonathan Denver in self-defense.

San Francisco police say that 21-year-old Michael Montgomery was arrested on suspicion of homicide in the stabbing death of Denver Wednesday night.

Montgomery's father said his son told him by phone that during the fight, Denver hit his son over the head with a chair, and in self-defense, his son stabbed Denver.

Montgomery told his father that Denver, who was wearing Dodgers apparel, yelled, "Giants suck," at Montgomery's friend who was wearing a Giants hat when Denver and others hit his son and their friends without warning.

 

ROADRUNNERS LOOK TO CONTINUE THEIR DOMINANCE

 

The Butte College Roadrunners look to move to 4-0 when they host San Jouquin Delta College at Cowan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Roadrunners has blasted their opponents by a combined score of 155-28 through their first three games of the season. But, the year gets a little bit tougher now as they enter conference play. The Roadrunners are ranked #1 in Northern California and #2 in the state. Game time is 1:00pm

 

TASK GETS TOUGHER AS WILDCATS HOST TWO NATIONALLY RANKED CCAA FOES

 

The Chico State Volleyball team hosts two ranked teams this weekend at Acker Gym. The first place Wildcats are 6-4 overall and 3-0 in the CCAA. Chico is coming off of a road sweep against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay last weekend. Chico hosts Cal State San Bernardino tonight at 7pm. The Coyotoes are ranked #20 in the country. UC San Diego comes to town tomorrow for a 7pm match. They are ranked #10 in the country. Both matches begin at 7pm. IF you can't make it to Acker you can follow the action on the Chico State LIVE STATS webpage.... http://www.sidearmstats.com/csuchico/wvball/xlive.htm

 

CHICO STATE SOCCER TEAMS HIT THE ROAD

 

The Chico State Soccer teams hit the road. The men and women are in Southern California. Today they play Cal State Los Angeles and on Sunday they take on Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Wildcat men are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA. The women are 3-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the CCAA. Tonight's matches from LA begin at 4:30 with the men's match and 7pm for the women. You can follow all the action on Cal State Los Angeles website LIVE STATS.

 

CHICO STATE CROSS COUNTRY AT THE STANFORD INVITE

 

The Chico State Cross Country teams are at the Stanford Invitational. The men are ranked #4 in the country while the Chico State women are #8. Some members of the squad will be competing in Folsom at the Willow Hills Open as well. Its been two weeks since the Wildcats shined at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle where they bested several high profile Division I programs. The Wildcats will once again be competing against their Division I brethren at the Stanford Invite.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW

 

High school football has some great match-ups around the North State tonight. We preview all of these match-ups in the first installment of the KPAY High School Football Preview Show on....right here on KPAY.COM. Copy and paste the link below to hear the show OR go to the KPAY Sports News Items on our main page to hear the show.

 

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BUTTE VOLLEYBALL HOSTS BUTTE CLASSIC

 

Butte College Volleyball will be hosting the Butte Classic at Cowan Gym today with matches at 3pm and 5pm.

The Butte College men's soccer team looks to get their first win of the season in Modesto, while the women look to even their overall record as they host Shasta at 2pm

 

49ers gear up for Rams: Zito and Giants get win against Dodgers


 

49ERS LOOK TO FLY HIGH AGAINST THE ST. LOUIS RAMS TONIGHT !!!

 

 

(AP) — The Thursday NFL game is being played in St. Louis tonight as the Rams entertain the 49ers. Coming in each team has a record of 1-2. The 49ers opened the season with a win over the Packers before dropping games to Seattle and Indianapolis. The Niners were outscored 56-10 in those games. The Rams opened up with a win over Arizona before losing to Atlanta and Dallas.

The record between these two teams is 62-62-and-3. The series goes back to the days with the Rams were located in Los Angeles.

 

UGLY INCIDENT MARS GIANTS WIN OVER DODGERS

 

The San Francisco Giants knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers last night 6-4. Barry Zito, in what may have been his final start in the Giants uniform pitched 5 innings to pick up the win. Tony Abreu's second inning bases-clearing triple gave the Giants a 3-0 lead.

 

 

(AP) — Police have arrested two people in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan during a fight near San Francisco's AT&T Park after the Giants' 6-4 win over the Los Angeles team. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr the victim was wearing Dodgers gear when he and the group he was with got into an argument with another group, which included a person wearing a Giants hat. Suhr said the two groups exchanged insults about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry before the argument escalated, and the young man was fatally stabbed.

Stadium security and fan behavior came under scrutiny when another Dodgers-Giants matchup saw a Northern California paramedic severely beaten in March of 2011. Bryan Stow, a Giants fan, suffered a traumatic brain injury after a beating by two men dressed in Dodgers gear following the home opener between the two longtime rivals in Los Angeles.

 

BUD WILL RETIRE AFTER 2014 SEASON

 

(AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) has announced that he will step down and retire in January 2015. The 79-year-old has repeatedly said since 2003 that his retirement was imminent.

Selig bought the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970 and moved the team to Milwaukee. He was part of the group that forced the resignation of former commissioner Fay Vincent.

Selig took over as acting commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992, in his role as chairman of the executive council. He repeatedly said he would not take the job full time but was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998. He agreed to new contracts in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012

 

IOC SAYS THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH RUSSIA'S STANCE ON GAYS DURING OLYMPICS

 

(AP) — The International Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns over Russia's law banning gay propaganda. The chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, Jean-Claude Killy (zhawn klawd KEE'-lee), said the IOC doesn't have the right to discuss the laws that are in place in the country hosting the games, "so unless the (Olympic) charter is violated we are fully satisfied."

Russia has come under scrutiny as the next host of the Olympics because of the law passed this summer outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors," which many worry may apply to gay athletes and visitors to the games.

Giants lose to Dodgers; 49ers get ready for Rams: Raiders look at QB options


 

 

YASIEL PUIG HOMERS TO CENTER AS DODGERS NIP GIANTS 2-1 IN SERIES OPENER

 

(AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu and two relievers combined on a five-hitter that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Matt Kemp hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the sixth inning for the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig also homered after getting hit by a pitch from Giants starter Matt Cain earlier in the game.

Carl Crawford added three hits for the NL West champions, who have won three straight.

Tony Abreu homered for San Francisco. The Giants got just one runner past first base and were held to no more than one run for the third time in four games.

 

VARGAS SHUTS DOWN A'S

 

(AP) — Jason Vargas earned his second shutout of the season with a four-hitter and Howie Kendrick homered, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

The Athletics, who clinched their second straight division title Sunday, remain a game behind the Red Sox for the best record in the majors following Boston's 8-3 loss at Colorado.

Vargas (9-7) threw 110 pitches, retiring 15 consecutive batters at one point and striking out five en route to his fifth shutout and 10th complete game in 153 career starts. The left-hander, who was acquired from Seattle last December for slugger Kendrys Morales, is 3-3 with a 4.64 ERA in his last nine outings after missing almost two months because of a blood clot near his armpit.

Griffin (14-10) gave up three runs and five hits over five innings.

 

 

PRYOR STILL A QUESTION MARK AFTER CONCUSSION ON MONDAY NIGHT

 

(AP) — Terrelle Pryor is not practicing for the Oakland Raiders two days after suffering a concussion late in a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Backup Matt Flynn worked with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday as the Raiders (1-2) prepared to play the Washington Redskins (0-3) on Sunday.

Pryor is not able to practice or attend meetings until he is cleared by doctors. He got hurt late in Monday night's loss in Denver when he was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard while running a quarterback draw. The play was determined to be legal because Pryor was a runner between the tackles.

Pryor remained in for two plays before being taken to the locker room by doctors.

 

49ERS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS DEFENSIVELY

 

(AP) — Carlos Rogers understands a key piece of San Francisco's defense is missing with the absence of Aldon Smith, yet the veteran cornerback is determined to make sure it never becomes an excuse for the team's recent poor play.

The 49ers are moving forward without their star linebacker and sacks leader as he begins rehab for substance abuse and an indefinite leave from the team.

While everybody in the locker room is rooting for his recovery, his fellow defenders are now focused on getting the most from the guys who will take over for him: Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier, among others.

A defense that has been dominant stopping the run ranks a surprisingly low 29th in the league, with opposing offenses running against the NFC champion Niners at every chance.

 

 

MARK JACKSON RAISES THE BAR ON HIS WARRIORS

 

(AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson decided to take action when he saw that his players wrote a number on the whiteboard at the team's practice facility a few weeks ago signifying a goal of at least 50 wins this season.

He erased it.

With training camp set to start Saturday, Jackson says he viewed the number as a target on his team and a limitation on its potential. Instead, his message to players is to stop talking and "make it happen."

Blending all the talent together will be Jackson's job this season. The same bold and boisterous coach who promised a playoff berth two years ago and didn't make good on it is suddenly leading a team coming off a thrilling run to the Western Conference semifinals and hoping to contend for a championship.

 

SHAQ SAYS HELLO TO THE CAPITOL CITY

 

(AP) — Shaquille O'Neal has apologized to all Sacramento Kings fans for his verbal jabs during his playing career and is promising to restore the franchise to its winning ways as a minority owner.

Declaring the new name of the city "Shaqramento," O'Neal took several steps to explain his past swipes at his introductory news conference Tuesday. He said he was only trying to rile up people and market the game when he called the franchise the "Sacramento Queens" while winning three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.

O'Neal also offered insight into his role with the Kings and the vision of new majority owner Vivek Ranadive. He says he'll be a mentor to center DeMarcus Cousins and help the team build the NBA's first "indoor-outdoor arena."

 

KPAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW DEBUTS THIS WEEK

 

KPAY unveils their High School Football Preview show this week. You can hear the show exclusively on KPAY.COM. You will get news, notes and previews of the Friday night high school football match-ups from the guys who bring you the scores and watch all the games each week. We will utiilze the expertise of beat reporters from the Chico Enterprise-Record, The Paradise Post, KRCR-Channel 7, Action News Channels 12 & 24 and The Redding Record Searchlight. Kpay's Mike Baca will moderate the exchange as we help get you ready for Friday night football. Our first installment will come your way on Thursday afternoon on KPAY.COM

Raiders Fall: Peyton Shines and Giants and Dodgers meet for final time


 

 

PEYTON MANNING SETS AN NFL RECORD BY THROWING 12 TD'S IN DENVER'S FIRST THREE GAMES

 

(AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns Monday to lift the Denver Broncos to another easy victory, 37-21 over the Oakland Raiders.

The Broncos (3-0) have outscored opponents 127-71 this season.

Manning hit Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for a score apiece.

The quarterback's 12 TD passes are an NFL record for the opening three games, breaking Tom Brady's mark of 11 in 2011. Manning has yet to throw an interception this year.

Oakland's Terrelle Pryor finished 19 for 28 for 281 yards but played catch-up from the start. Oakland (1-2) trailed 17-0 before Pryor hit Denarius Moore for a 73-yard score.

Four plays later, Manning connected with Thomas for a 13-yard score to push the lead back to 17.

 

ALDON SMITH ENTERS BAY AREA REHAB FACILITY

 

(AP) — The San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker Aldon Smith on the reserve non-football injury list Monday as he enters rehab for substance abuse and begins what team CEO Jed York has termed an indefinite absence.

San Francisco didn't immediately announce a corresponding roster move.

Smith played Sunday and had five tackles just two days after he was arrested and jailed Friday morning on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. Smith apologized after the 27-7 home loss to the Colts, and now his team moves forward without him heading to St. Louis on Thursday.

Smith had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 in Miami shortly after the 49ers lost in the NFC championship game.

He is expected to remain in the Bay Area for treatment.

 

ATHLETICS KEEP WINNING IN ANAHEIM

 

(AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer, Brandon Moss added a two-run shot and the Oakland Athletics kept rolling toward the postseason with their fifth straight victory, 10-5 over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Tommy Milone pitched into the sixth inning and Seth Smith had an early RBI double for the AL West champion A's, who have won 11 of 13.

Seven A's drove in a run at the Big A as Oakland (94-63) moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 with the majors' second-best record, just behind Boston (95-62).

Howie Kendrick homered and hit a three-run double for the Angels, who have lost two straight after winning 21 of 28. They hadn't lost by more than three runs since Sept. 3.

 

GIANTS AND DODGERS RENEW RIVALRY AT&T

 

     The San Francisco Giants get ready to wrap up their 2013 season by taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers from AT & T Park tonight. The Giants will miss the post-season after winning the World Series in 2012. The Dodgers are preparing for the post-season after winning the National League West for the first time since 2009. The Dodgers still have an outside shot of garnering home field advantage throughout the National League Playoffs, but still trail Atlanta and St. Louis by two games with six games left to play.

 

 

49ers lose to Colts; Raiders prepare for Broncos; A's Clinch West; Butte Rolls Shasta


 

 

HEY KINGS FANS, SAY HELLO TO YOUR NEW OWNER

 

Shaquille O'Neal is joining the ownership group of the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings announced Monday that O'Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings will introduce the four-time NBA champion at a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento.

O'Neal tormented the Kings during the height of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, even dubbing the franchise the "Sacramento Queens." He also handed Sacramento its biggest blow by rallying the Lakers from a 3-2 deficit to win the 2002 Western Conference finals.

O'Neal retired after the 2010-11 season and has worked as an analyst for TNT the last two seasons.

 

 

ANDREW LUCK GETS THE BEST OF JIM HARBAUGH AND THE 49ERS

 

(AP) — Andrew Luck threw for 164 yards and ran for a 6-yard touchdown while facing college coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time, and the Indianapolis Colts defeated the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 win Sunday.

Trent Richardson scored a 1-yard touchdown on his first carry in his Colts debut after being acquired on Wednesday from the Browns. He was drafted two spots behind top pick Luck at No. 3 last year.

Ahmad Bradshaw added a 1-yard TD run in the final minutes, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a pair of field goals before missing a 51-yarder early in the fourth.

It was Colin Kaepernick's first home loss at Candlestick Park as a starter.

There were few bright spots for Kaepernick as San Francisco struggled to establish a passing game with tight end Vernon Davis sidelined by a hamstring injury.

 

SMITH TAKE INDEFINITE LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO ADDRESS SUBSTANCE ISSUES

 

(AP) — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York says linebacker Aldon Smith will miss Thursday's game at St. Louis and perhaps sit out longer following his arrest Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

York expects Smith will seek treatment on his own, but the 49ers won't interfere, saying "I think Aldon is going to take steps on his own." Smith started and had five tackles in a 27-7 loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Smith is a key pass rusher and sacks leader for the 49ers, and coach Jim Harbaugh had said leading up to Sunday that the NFL would decide how to punish the third-year pro, who turns 24 Wednesday.

Smith apologized after the game to the team, organization, his family and "everybody I let down," but didn't field questions.

 

RAIDERS GET READY FOR PEYTON AND BRONCOS

 

The Oakland Raiders know it will be an uphill battle when they take on the Denver Broncos tonight. The Raiders are coming off of a 19-9 win at home over Jacksonville, while the Broncos have been dominant in their two wins over Baltimore and the NY Giants. Peyton Manning has thrown 9 touchdown passes in Denver's two games.

 

THE A'S OUTDISTANCE BIG SPENDING RANGERS AND ANGELS AGAIN !!

 

(AP) — The Oakland Athletics are AL West champions again.

The A's clinched their 16th AL West title and 26th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City on Sunday. Oakland was playing the Minnesota Twins.

With the Twins batting in the third, word started to circulate around the Oakland Coliseum of Justin Maxwell's two-out grand slam that beat the Rangers in the 10th inning to seal the division title for the A's. Some players kept glancing at the manual scoreboard in left field before the ending of the Royals-Rangers game was shown on the video board between innings.

It was quite a different scene than a year ago, when the A's won the AL West on the final day of the regular season by beating Texas.

 

 

YOENIS CESPEDES SPRAYS CHAMPAGNE AS THE ATHLETICS CELEBRATE THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT AL WEST TITLE

 

GIANTS PUT A DAGGER INTO YANKEES POST-SEASON PLANS ON MARIANO'S DAY

 

(AP) — After honoring Mariano Rivera and celebrating Andy Pettitte, the New York Yankees saw their AL wild-card hopes dim Sunday with a crushing 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The Yankees held a 50-game pregame ceremony and retired the No. 42 of Rivera, who announced during spring training that this will be his final season. Pettitte said Friday he also is leaving, and he started off with five hitless innings in what likely was his final Yankee Stadium start.

But Ehire Adrianza tied the score in the sixth with his first career home run. Leaving to standing ovations and a curtain call after Pedro Sandoval's leadoff double in the eighth, Pettitte (10-11) watched Tony Abreu hit a go-ahead double off David Robertson.

In danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, the Yankees dropped four back of Cleveland for the second AL wild card with six games left.

 

ROADRUNNERS TROUNCE SHASTA IN A MATCH-UP THAT IS FAR FROM A RIVALRY

 

     The Butte College Roadrunners felt confident going into their Saturday night match-up with the Shasta Knights. That confidence was well placed after a decisive 65-0 win over their North State foes. The Roadrunners pass rush suffocated the Knights, not allowing for any cohesiveness offensively. Butte was able to score at will by punishing Shasta up front and building a 44-0 halftime lead.

     The task gets more difficult for the undefeated Roadrunners as they face Delta College this Saturday at Cowan Stadium. Game time is 1pm

 

WILDCATS DO WORK ON THE ROAD AND STAY UNDEFEATED IN CCAA

 

     It was a great weekend for the Chico State Volleyball team. The Wildcats hit the road to face Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. Chico gutted out a five-set win on Friday against the Otters and then bounced back for a four-set win over East Bay on Saturday. Chico now sits at 6-4 overall and 3-0 in the CCAA. Chico State will be home this weekend against Cal State San Bernardino on Friday and UC San Diego on Saturday at Acker Gym.

 

CHICO STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER SETTLE FOR A TIE ON THE WEEKEND

 

     The Chico State Soccer teams played their CCAA home openers this weekend to mixed results. The Wildcat women played to a thrilling tie on Friday night. Chico trailed the Tritons 2-0 mid-way through the second half only to score two late goals to tie the match up. The tying goal scored in the 88th minute to preserve the tie. The Cats dominated for much of the evening, but couldn't take advantage of the numerous scoring opportunities. The Chico women fell on Sunday in overtime 1-0 to Cal Poly Pomona. The Chico State women's soccer team is now 3-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the CCAA.

 

14TH-RANKED MEN WIN OVERTIME THRILLER ON SUNDAY TO SPLIT THE WEEKEND

 

     The Chico State men's soccer team lost their home opener on Friday 1-0 to UCSD. The Wildcats got off to a sluggish start and could not really recover. They were able to rebound with a 1-0 overtime win versus Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday. The Cats move to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA. Both the men and women hit the road for tough match-ups with Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills this coming Friday and Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local High School Match-ups and Butte College showdown with Shasta


 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 3

 

Its Week 3 of the high school football season. Here are some of the match-ups tonight.

 

Oroville  vs Pleasant Valley  @Asgard Yard

Central Valley vs Enterprise

Hamilton  vs Durham

Willows vs Orland

Live Oak vs Gridley

Las Plumas vs Anderson

Red Bluff vs Corning

 

Saturday

Nevada Union vs Chico High @Asgard Yard

 

Follow high school football scores on our twitter page @KpayBacaSports

 

ROADRUNNERS LOOK TO FEND OFF KNIGHTS UPSET BID

 

The Butte College Roadrunners head to Redding to take on the Shasta Knights on Saturday. The game is scheduled for a 6pm kick-off. The Roadrunners are ranked #2 in the state and #1 in Nor-Cal. Butte has run rough-shod over both Feather River and Siskiyous, winning by scores of 45-14 in both games. Shasta is looking to re-capture the magic from the Ricky Ray years and sees a chance with one of the best teams in the state on their home field.

 

You can follow Roadrunner football with updates from Chico Enterprise Record write Travis Souders Twitter feed

@TravisSouders

 

HOME SWEET HOME FOR WILDCAT SOCCER THIS WEEKEND

 

The Chico State men's and women's soccer teams have their CCAA home openers tonight. They will both take on UC San Diego. The men play at 4:30 while the women take the fielf at 7pm. The men are 4-0 and are ranked #14 in the country. The women are 3-1 and look to get their second CCAA win. If you can't make it out to the match, you can follow the action on the Chico State athletics website. Click "Live Stats" to follow all the action.

 

The Wildcat volleyball team hits the road for a couple of matches this weekend. Tonight they are in Seaside taking on the Otters of Monterey Bay. On Saturday they travel to Hayward to take on Cal State East Bay. Match times begin at 7pm. You can follow the action with live stats on the respective athletic websites for both Monterey Bay and East Bay.

 

LUCK AND RICHARDSON MAKE THEIR WAY TO CANDLESTICK POINT

 

The San Francisco 49ers had to change their game plan for the Indianapolis Colts mid-week. With Trent Richardson being traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Colts, all of a sudden Indy has a running game. The Niners are trying to bounce back after a demoralizing 29-3 loss to Seattle last Sunday night. The Colts come in with a record of 1-1 as well. Kick-off slated for 1:15pm on Sunday.

 

TALL ORDER FOR RAIDERS IN MONDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN

 

The Oakland Raiders will have the toughest of tasks as they take on the Denver Broncos on Monday night. The Raiders disposed of the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9 last Sunday, while Denver went into MetLife Stadium and beat up on the New York Giants 41-23. The Raiders will have to pressure Peyton Manning into mistakes if they expect to hang with Denver in this one. Kick-off will be Monday night at 5:30.

 

MAGIC NUMBER IS 4 FOR ATHLETICS

 

The Oakland Athletics magic number to clinch the American League West is 4 after last night's 8-6 win over the Twins. Coco Crisp hit his 21st home run to break a 6-all tie and give the A's the win. Any combination of A's wins and Rangers losses totaling 4 this weekend nets the Athletics their second straight AL West title.

 

GIANTS AND YANKEES MEET IN NEW YORK

 

The San Francisco Giants head to Yankee Stadium to take on the fading Yankees. The Giants got a gem pitching performance from Madison Bumgarner at Citi Field against the Mets yesterday afternoon. MadBum pitched 7 innings of 4-hit ball while striking out 10 as the Giants got a 2-1win. Tonight Tim Lincecum (10-13) goes against

C.C Sabathia (10-13) in game one of the three game series from the Bronx.

 

 

Seahawks Whack Niners; Raiders win home opener; A's move closer to AL West Title


SEAHAWKS HAMMER SAN FRANCISCO IN THE EMERALD CITY

 

 

SEAHAWKS TOO MUCH FOR NINERS

 

(AP) — Marshawn Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 14 and two yards and added a seven-yard TD reception in the second half, Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter and the Seahawks dominated the San Francisco 49ers in a 29-3 win Sunday night.

The game was delayed 60 minutes late in the first quarter when thunderstorms blew through the area. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.

Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, making up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle's receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.

 

RAIDERS WIN THEIR HOME OPENER

 

(AP) — Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland's defense held Jacksonville out of the end zone until the closing minutes, as the Raiders won their home opener 19-9 over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Terrelle Pryor ran for 50 yards and threw for 126 in his first home start for the Raiders (1-1), and Marcel Reece scored on an 11-yard run to help Oakland bounce back from last week's late loss in Indianapolis. Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals.

Playing the depleted Jaguars offense sure helped the cause. Jacksonville (0-2) came within 2:53 of becoming the first team since the 2006 Raiders and Buccaneers to fail to score a touchdown in the first two games.

            Oakland strong safety Tyvon Branch and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew left the Raiders' 19-9 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday with ankle injuries.

Branch got hurt rushing Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne in the first quarter and had to be helped off the field. Coach Dennis Allen said after the game the injury looks to be "significant."

 

           Week 2 of the NFL season wraps up tonight at the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Both teams lost in week 1 and will look to avoid an 0-2 start.

 

ATHLETICS SWEEP TEXAS; EXTEND LEAD IN AL WEST TO 6.5

 

(AP) — Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the chasing and slumping Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win Sunday.

Oakland took a commanding 6½-game division lead with two weeks left after the final regular-season series between the AL West's top two teams. The A's have won five in a row and 13 of 16 overall.

Texas is 2-11 in September after beginning the month with a two-game division lead. The Rangers lost their sixth in row, all at home — this was their first winless homestand of at least six games since moving to Texas in 1972.

The Rangers and Tampa Bay are tied for the two AL wild-card spots in a rapidly tightening race. Texas starts a four-game series at Tropicana Field on Monday.

 

GIANTS AND PENCE TAKE SERIES FROM PLAYOFF-BOUND DODGERS

 

(AP) — Hunter Pence hit two more home runs, pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Sunday.

Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost three of four to San Francisco, and the magic number to clinch their first division title since 2009 remained at four after second-place Arizona won.

Pence has 19 RBIs in six games. He drove in three, a day after his grand slam and career-high seven RBIs led the Giants to a 19-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.

Jean Machi (3-1) pitched one inning. Sergio Romo closed for his 35th save in 39 chances.

Paco Rodriguez (3-3) gave up Pill's homer.

 

CHICO MEN SHINE ONCE AGAIN AGAINST DIVISION-I FOES

 

The Chico State men's Cross Country team had an impressive showing in the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle. The Wildcats Isaac Chavez was edged out at the tape and finished 2nd overall in a primarily Division I field. Chavez finished with a time of 23:52.43 seconds. Phil Graber finished in 5th place. Because of  new Division I rules, the Wildcats were not scored as a team, but if they were there is a strong possibility they would have finished a close second to the University of Washington in the overall standings. The Chico State men are ranked No. 1 in the West Region and No. 4 in the nation.

 

The Chico State women's Cross Country team finished third in the Sundodger. Ayla Granados finished fifth to lead the way for the Wildcat women.

 

WILDCAT SOCCER TEAMS COMPLETE FIRST CCAA ROADIE OF THE YEAR

 

The Chico State men's soccer team stayed perfect by winning both of their matches over the weekend. Knocking off Cal State East Bay and Cal State Stanislaus to move to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in CCAA play. The Chico State women split their CCAA match-ups, upending East Bay, but falling to Stanislaus on Sunday. Both the men and women play in their home openers this weekend as they welcome both UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona this Friday and Sunday.

 

CHICO STATE VOLLEYBALL SPLITS THEIR FOUR MATCH-UPS AT SONOMA TOURNEY

 

The Chico State Volleyball team split their four matches at the Seawolf Spike Tournament. The Wildcats knocked off Dominican on Sunday 3-games-to-1 but then fell in straight sets to Hawaii Pacific. Chico State is now 3-4 on the season as they get ready for the CCAA openers this weekend.

 

ROADRUNNERS SHUT DOWN EAGLES; GEAR UP FOR KNIGHTS

 

The Butte College Roadrunners took awhile to get their offensive footing, but once they did the Eagles from College of the Siskiyous was in deep trouble. The Runners didn't score until mid-way through the second quarter, but it was the start of quite an onslaught as they ripped the Eagles 45-14. Butte is now 2-0 on the season and they get ready for a North State showdown against Shasta. The game will be played in Redding on Saturday night.

 

 

 

 

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