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(AP) — Mets ace Matt Harvey has been cleared to pitch the season opener Sunday against Kansas City. That was in doubt after on Sunday he began to feel discomfort that worsened through the night. It turns out he had a blood clot in his bladder which he’s been able to pass. Harvey says his problems started with a bladder infection that created the blood clot. He was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts last year after missing 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

 

The Golden State Warriors go for their 53rd straight win at home as they host the Washington Wizards at the Oracle in Oakland tonight. The Warriors have an NBA-best 66-7 record and are only 7 wins away from the all-time NBA single season wins record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1996 at 72 wins. The Warriors will play six of their final nine games at their home arena.

 

(AP) — Cleveland can extend its lead over idle Toronto in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings tonight. The Raptors were beaten last night by Oklahoma City, dropping them three games back of the Cavs for the top seed in the conference. Tonight the Cavaliers are playing host to Houston, a team involved in the battle for a low seed in the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Cavs by the way will not have LeBron James in the lineup as they are periodically resting their players to get them ready for the post season.

 

The Hornets have fallen two games back of first place Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Tonight the Hornets have a chance to pick up a half-game as they visit Philadelphia. Chicago needs to get some wins and fast as they trail Detroit for the final playoff berth in the East by 3 ½ games. This evening the Bulls have their hands full as they are playing the Pacers in Indianapolis while the Pistons are hosting Oklahoma City. The Pacers are also involved in the battle for a low Eastern Conference seed. Golden State is looking to go 36-0 at home this season with a game against Washington. The final game of the night is in Orlando as the Magic are hosting the Nets.

 

(AP) — The three teams battling it out for first place in the NHL’s Central Division are all on the ice tonight. In first place, tied with 99 points apiece, are the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars with defending league champion Chicago four points back. Tonight the Stars are playing host to Nashville while the Blues are home to Colorado and the Blackhawks are at Minnesota. Florida and Tampa Bay share first place in the Atlantic Division with 93 points apiece, with Boston five points off the lead. This evening, the Lighting have the night off while the Panthers are entertaining the Maple Leafs and the Bruins are at New Jersey. The rest of the schedule has Carolina playing in New York against the Islanders in a game featuring teams vying for a low seed playoff berth in the East: Pittsburgh at home to Buffalo, the Red Wings in Montreal and San Jose at Vancouver.

 

(AP) — The semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament are tonight in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Once the biggest tournament in college basketball, the NIT now settles for schools not chosen to play in the NCAA. In tonight’s semi’s, the first game has Valparaiso (val-pur-AY’-zoh) playing BYU with George Washington going against San Diego State in the second contest. The championship game will be played Thursday night in the Garden.

 

 

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(AP) — LeBron James recorded his 40th career triple-double while Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Sacramento Kings 120-100 on Monday night.

James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season. The four-time MVP didn't play the fourth quarter.

Irving was 13 of 21 from the field and tied his career high with 12 assists. J.R. Smith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points.

Cleveland went ahead early in the game and steadily built its lead against the listless Kings, who have dropped eight of nine.

Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi led Sacramento with 16 points each.

 

(AP) — Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

The defending NBA champions said Ezeli's operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.

Ezeli, averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.23 blocks in 40 games with 11 starts, last played Jan. 25 against San Antonio before missing the last five games with soreness in the knee.

The Warriors host Houston on Tuesday night.

 

(AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the agreement had not been completed. The progress toward a deal was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada.

Donaldson and the Blue Jays had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing. The 30-year-old third baseman had asked for a raise from $4.3 million to $11.8 million and Toronto had offered $11.35 million when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month.

Acquired from Oakland in November 2014, Donaldson made the AL All-Star team for the second straight season in 2015. He led the majors with 122 runs, topped the AL with 123 RBIs, and hit .297 with 41 home runs to help the Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time since winning consecutive World Series in 1992 and '93.

 

(AP)- Coach Rick Pitino says he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about allegations by an escort that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team's dormitory.

University President James Ramsey Friday announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban for the men's basketball team after the school's investigation into allegations revealed violations did occur. Pitino has said he did not know about the incidents and that athletic director Tom Jurich does not believe he was aware of the activities.

Pitino said Tuesday on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" if Jurich "thought for one second I had 1 percent of hearsay in this case, I would have been gone a long time ago."

The university investigation is ongoing and it's unclear if more self-imposed penalties are possible.

 

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By Mike Baca

President Barack Obama honored and roasted the Golden State Warriors at the same time during an official White House visit for the World Champions on Thursday.

Obama jokingly poked fun at the 45-4 Warriors for not being the best single season team yet, instead praising Steve Kerr for  being part of the 1996 Chicago Bulls who won 72 games, a number the Dubs are chasing during this campaign.

Obama also poked Steph Curry for being a great shooter but not having the "prettiest" jump shot on the team, instead laying that honor on fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson.

It was a joyous day for Warriors fans who waited 40 years to see their team capture a title.

SUPER BOWL

The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers are getting ready for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara. The NFC champion Panthers are 5.5 point favorites

LOCAL SCHEDULE

The Chico State baseball team opens a three game series today as they take the Point Loma Sea Lions. Point Loma was a West Regional participant last year. The first game of the series is at 2pm this afternoon on KPAYSports.com with pregame at 1:45. Tomorrow's 11am double-header is on Newstalk 1290-KPAY and KPAYSports.com

Chico State basketball is hosting Cal State East Bay tonight and Monterey Bay tomorrow. The Wildcats are 16-3 overall and sit one game behind UC San Diego for first in the CCAA. The Wildcat women have won three in a row and looking to climb up the CCAA standings against East Bay team that is the second best defensive team in the CCAA giving up only 52 points a game. You can hear the games on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and KPAYSports.com at 5:06pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Butte College baseball (1-1) is in Yountville at Napa Valley today at 2pm and then plays a double-dip tomorrow at 10am. Butte College softball opens their season at noon with a double-header against Yuba College tomorrow. The Roadrunner basketball teams host Shasta College tomorrow with men at 4pm and women at 6pm.

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