Pelicans run away from Kings, 113-97

By George Devine, Sr.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Kings were neck-and-neck with the New Orleans Pelicans, but the visitors broke away, scoring 36 points to the home team’s 23 in the final frame. The visitors won, 113-97, snapping a four-game losing streak.

A key factor was Tyreke Evans, who scored 25 points and contributed 12 assists to lead the Pelicans’ assault. 13 of his points were in the fatal fourth. Anthony Davis chipped in with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon each had 17 points, and Holiday also had 10 assists.

For Sacramento, DeMarcus cousins had 14 points and 14 boards, and Isaiah Thomas had 21 points. The key stat that hurt, though, was turnovers — a particular malady for the Kings of late — which tonight amounted to 22.

BYU hopeful in bowl game against Washington

By George Devine, Sr.

As the teams prepare for the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, the Cougars of Brigham Young University feel confiden in opposing the Huskies from the University of Washington. Both teams finished their regular season schedules with 8-4 records, considerably better than the standard for bowl eligibility. This will be BYU’s ninth consecutive postseason game. “We feel we’re playing a fantastic opponent,” said coach Bronco Mendenhall, “the best postseason opponent in nine years! Washington will play very hard. Washington plays very fast and they are very strong defensively; I expect them to be tough!”|

When asked what effect the game would have on the 2013 experience for his team, Mendenhall said, “I’m already considering the season a success,” pointing to the tough opposition his players faced in their regular schedule opponents. “I’m very proud of my team,” he remarked, singling out senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy. “He kept his word. He graduated in four years and kept his commitment”, acknowledging the fact that the Reno native could have chosen otherwise by entering the draft.

Van Noy himself said, “I just want to make plays and be a difference maker,|” acknowledging that the Huskies have “great receivers and running backs, and a quarterback that can throw!”

Oddsmakers expect the game to be decided by as few as three points. Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, December 27.

This will be the twelfth installment of the game, and the last to take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Beginning in 2014 the contest will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. From that year through 2019 the game will be played by opponents from the Pac-12 and Big 10.

Huskies to face Cougars in Fight Hunger Bowl

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Heading into their first ever Fight Hunger Bowl appearance, the Washington Huskies were hit a blow to the stomach that would have erupted Mt. St. Helens again.

Head Coach Steve Sarkisian, who was hired prior to the 2009 season, replacing Tyrone Willingham, who was fired after going 0-12 during the 2008 season left the program and headed to the University of Southern California as head coach.

Sarkisian is eventually being replaced by Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, but during the bowl game, the Huskies will be coached by Marques Tuiasosopo, who led the Huskies a Rose Bowl victory over the Purdue Boilermakers and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on January 1, 2001.

The Huskies, who enter the game with an 8-4 record will face the Brigham Young Cougars, who also enter the game with an identical 8-4 record.

Bishop Sankey is the Huskies leading rusher, as the junior out of Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep High School topped the 1,000 yard plateau for the second year in a row, gaining 1,775 yards after gaining 1,439 yards in his sophomore season.

Senior Keith Price is the Huskies quarterback, and enters the game with 216 completions out of 330 attempts with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.

The senior out of Compton, CA was named All PAC-12 Honorable Mention, and was a captain for the second consecutive season.

This is the fourth consecutive bowl game for the Huskies, who are just the second team in the last 50 years to have gone from a winless season to four bowl games in five seasons, joining the 1982 Florida Gators.

Penalties and turnovers doom Raiders

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By Jeremy Kahn

Entering halftime, things looked to be going well for the Oakland Raiders, but unfortunately things did not end that way for the Silver and Black.

Two huge turnovers and 12 penalties did not help the hapless Raiders, as the San Diego Chargers outscored their longtime rivals in the second half 16-3 and defeated them 26-13 at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers, who are playing for their playoff lives won their third straight, their longest winning streak of the 2013 season.

Philip Rivers put the Chargers up for good with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, as the veteran found former CAL star Keenan Allen for a four-yard touchdown pass.

Ryan Mathews gained 99 yards for the Chargers, as he eclipsed his career high with 1,111 yards on the ground.

Chargers kicker Nick Novak kicked four field goals for the victors, as the two rivals from old American Football League split their season series, with each team winning on their home turf.

Trailing by 13 with 4:39 in the game, Matt McGloin found Rod Streater, but Streater was unable to hold onto the ball; however the Raiders challenged the incompletion but the ruling on the field stood after it was reviewed by the replay officials.

McGloin got the Raiders all the way down inside the Chargers 10-yard line, but Marcel Reese was unable to hold to a sure touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal and the Chargers took over with :56 remaining the game.

Mike Jenkins committed a huge penalty, as he was called for taunting after he pushed Mathews out of bounds and then Allen scored six plays later.

Darren McFadden scored on a five-yard run to give the Raiders a 7-3 lead, but Mathews gave the lead back to the Chargers on a seven-yard run with 3;13 remaining in the half.

Sebastian Janikowski tied up the game with just 10 seconds remaining in the first half, as he kicked a 20-yard field goal.

Rashad Jennings led the Raiders in rushing, as he carried the ball 10 for just 45 yards, while McFadden carried the ball four times for eight yards, including that five-yard touchdown run.

McGloin ended the afternoon, going 20-for-36 with 206 yards passing and an interception.

The Raiders return home for the final game of the season against the Denver Broncos, as they look to stop a five-game losing streak and avoid going 4-12 for the second consecutive season.

Michigan holds off late Cardinal surge

 

By Daniel Dullum

Thanks to some clutch free throw shooting by Nik Stauskas, Michigan held off Stanford 68-65 Saturday in a non-conference men’s basketball contest at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Cardinal (8-3) had won seven of their last eight games going in, including a notable road win over No. 10 Connecticut on Wednesday. But they came up short in their bid for back-to-back road victories on the East Coast.

Stauskas, who led the Wolverines with 19 points, sank two crucial free throws with nine seconds remaining in the second half. Glenn Robinson III added 17 points for Michigan (7-4), which turned the ball over only eight times. Wolverines reserve Zak Irvin added 12 points.

Stefan Nastic equaled his season-high of 14 points for the Cardinal, but he fouled out with 5:24 to play. Chasson Randle, meanwhile, led Stanford with 18 points.

Stanford pulled to within one point in the second half, but could never get ahead of the Wolverines, who surged ahead at the 14:42 mark of the first half and never trailed for the remainder of the game.

Michigan’s Caris LeVert missed a pair of foul shots with 45 seconds remaining in the second half, which left the door open for a Cardinal comeback. After Grant Verhoeven made 1 of 2 free throws for Stanford with :44 showing, the Cardinal chose not to foul and Robinson’s layup put Michigan up 66-62 with 14 seconds left.

Chasson Randle’s 3-pointer cut the Cardinal deficit to 66-65 before Stauskas hit his two foul shots that gave Michigan some breathing room. Randle’s last-second 3-point attempt was short as time expired.

It was Michigan’s first game since dropping a 72-70 home decision to No. 1-Arizona on Dec. 14.

After a holiday break, the Cardinal return home on Sunday, Dec. 29, for a non-conference game against Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

Cardinal score big road win over UConn

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Stanford’s men’s basketball squad came up with its biggest road win in nearly six years Wednesday, traveling to Hartford and emerging with a 53-51 upset over No. 10-ranked Connecticut.

Chasson Randle led the Cardinal (8-2) with 22 points as Stanford scored its first win against a Top 25 team away from home since the 2008 NCAA tournament. Stanford’s seven other wins this season came against teams with a combined 32-41 record.

Josh Huestis added 13 points for Stanford, with Dwight Powell contributing 10 points and 15 boards. DeAndre Daniels led UConn (9-1) with 15 points, while Shabazz Napier had 12 points and eight assists for the Huskies.

The Huskies were 6 of 10 on 3-point shooting in the first half while building a 10-point halftime lead. But UConn cooled off in the second half, going 0-for-12 behind the arc and 5 of 31 overall while the Cardinal fought back.

UConn led 43-30 before consecutive 3-pointers by Anthony Brown and Randle ignited a 14-0 run by the Cardinal, who held the Huskies without a hoop for just over six minutes.

Stanford took its first lead at 44-43 on a three-point play by Randle midway through the second half. Shabazz Napier put the Huskies back ahead 45-44 with a jumper in the lane, and the lead then see-sawed the rest of the way.

Randle sank a jumper with 3:30 to play, putting Stanford up 52-49, and the Cardinal hung on for the win. Daniels scored on a put-back to pull the Huskies to within 52-51, but Napier missed two 3-point attempts in the final minute, and Omar Calhoun missed a 3-pointer on the Huskies’ final possession.

Stanford got a loose ball with 26 seconds left, and Huestis hit 1 of 2 free throws to account for the final margin of victory.

The loss snapped a 54-game home winning streak for UConn against nonconference teams going back to 2007. Connecticut was coming off its annual break for final exams and had not played in 12 days. Stanford ended a 13-day break last Saturday with a win over UC-Davis.

The Cardinal continue their road trip Saturday, traveling to Barclays Center in Brooklyn to face Michigan.

Kings lose to Atlanta, 124-107

By George Devine, Sr.

The Kings had another tough night on the road, this one even tougher than the previous evening’s loss at Charlotte. After staying in the game for the first three quarters and into the fourth, they allowed the Hawks to make a run for it and come out ahead, 124-107. In the third, the lead changed 14 times, but in the final frame the Hawks dominated 39-20 and led 117-105 with 2:49 to play. This means Sacramento is now 7-17 and Atlanta a healthier 14-12. The Kings gave up more points in this game than in any other this season.

One bright spot was the improved performance of Rudy Gay, who was only 1 of 6 and scored a mere 4 points against the Bobcats 24 hours earlier. On this night he had 22 points, trailing DeMarcus Cousins’ 28 but ahead of Isaiah Thomas’ 20.

For Atlanta, Kyle Corver was the key player, tying Cousins with 28. He made seven 3-pointers in a row and that was more than enough to make the difference in the game. Al Horford had 25 points and 10 boards. Jeff Teague contributed 18 points.

Big win for the Sharks in St. Louis

by Jerry Feitelberg

Big Win for the Sharks in St.Louis

The San Jose Sharks skated to a big win in St.Louis Tuesday night. The Sharks have had a rough stretch so far in December having won just two of seven games this month. The Sharks controlled the first period but St. Louis came back and had the momentum on their side late in the second period.

The Sharks knew that St.Louis played tougher in the third period but they played well and were able to score a goal to put them ahead 4-2 and they shut the Blues down the rest of the way. Final score 4-2

in favor of San Jose. The scoring summary follows below.

The Sharks played the final game of the regular season against the St.Louis Blues. The Blues have lost just six times prior to the game today in St. Louis but two of those losses were to the Sharks.

Jaroslav Halal in goal for the Blues while Antti Niemi tended the nets for the Sharks.

Joe Pavelski started the scoring when he put the puck in the net on a rebound with 10:22 left to play in the period. For Pavelski it was his13th goal of the year. Martin Havlat got the only assist on the play. The Sharks took a 2-0 lead when Matt Irwin scored on a rebound with 7:26 left. It was Irwin’s first goal of the year. Braun and Marleau assisted on the play. Irwin drove the net and was in position to bang in the rebound. The Sharks out shot the Blues 10-4 in the period.

Thee Sharks took a 3-0 lead with just two minutes played in the second period. Brent Burns scored his ninth goal of the year. Joe Thornton got the primary assist on the play. It was Joe Thornton’s 700th point as a Shark. Tomas Hertl got the second assist on the play. The Blues scored with 4:29 left. The Sharks

turned the puck over in their end and Kevin Shattenkirk capitalized and scored his fourth goal of the year to make it a 3-1 game. The Blues scored again with just 24 seconds left in the period. Both teams had a man in the penalty box and it was four on four when the goal was scored. The second period belonged to the Blues. 3-2 in favor of the Sharks after two periods of play.

The Sharks came back in the third period to take a 4-2 lead. Martin Havlat scored his third goal of the year with help from Justin Braun and Patrick Marleau. The score came at the 8:19 mark of the period.

The Blues tried to come back but the Sharks would not let them score. The Blues had a man advantage

with 2:01 left. It was six on four but the Sharks held them off for the win.

Final score Sharks win 4-2.

Notes- The Sharks have won all three games played against the Blues this year. They will not play again unless they meet in the playoff. The win was the 21st of the year. Their record for the year is 21-7-6 for a total of 48 points. After the game, Coach Todd McLellan said “ a win’s a win. I haven’t seen anybody play a perfect game this year no matter how many we watch. We did let the momentum get away on us,but we needed to take advantage of a team that was tired and beat up. And we did that.”

The Sharks finish the three game road trip Thursday in Los Angeles.

Bobcats dethrone Kings, 95-87

By George Devine, Sr.

A visit to Charlotte proved devastating to the Kings, who lost to the Bobcats, 95-87. The home team led in all quarters excepting the second, when each team scored 21. The game ended a three-game losing streak for Charlotte.

For the Bobcats, Kemba Walker led the scoring with 24 points and Gerald Henderson had 20. Ramon Sessions had 16 and Al Jefferson 10. Sessions was 10 for 17 from the three-point line. For Walker this was the tenth game with ten or more points; he also had 5 assists.

New acquisition Rudy Gay had only 4 points for the Kings, playing only 24 minutes. DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 17 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had 21 points.

Smith and Charles combine for huge day

By Jeremy Kahn

OAKLAND-Even though Alex Smith never played a regular season game at the Oakland Coliseum before Sunday, he definitely owned the place on this afternoon.

Smith went 17-for-20 with 287 yards passing and five touchdown passes, as the Kansas City Chiefs simply throttled the Oakland Raiders 56-31 at the Oakland Coliseum.

Besides the five touchdown passes, Smith also ended the game with a passer rating of 158.3, a perfect rating and is the second opposing quarterback to end the game with a perfect rating against the Raiders this season.

Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles turned the trick on November 3, as he also threw seven touchdown passes against the Raiders in a 49-20 Eagles victory.

The Raiders are the first team in NFL history receiving end of a perfect passer rating twice in the same season.

Things began to look bleak on the first play from scrimmage, as Smith found Jamaal Charles on a screen play and the running back raced 49 yards into the end zone to give the Chiefs a 7-0 just 22 seconds into the game.

From then on, it would turn out to be a huge day for the talented running back out of the University of Texas.

Charles caught passes eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns, and added eight carries for 20 yards and a rushing touchdown to end the afternoon with a team-record tying five touchdowns.

Abner Haynes scored five five touchdowns against the Raiders in 1961, when the Chiefs were not even the Chiefs, as they were in their second of three seasons as the Dallas Texans.

The 56 points scored by the Chiefs are the most ever allowed by a Raiders team in a game since the founding of the team in 1960.

It breaks the record of 55 that was set just last season, when the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens accomplished the feat.

Following a Sebastian Janikowski field goal, the duo of Smith and Charles was at it again, as Smith found Charles for a 39-yard touchdown to increase their lead up to 14-3 with under eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Eric Berry then intercepted a pass to make it 21-3, as he took a Matt McGloin pass 47 yards into the end zone.

On the ensuing Raiders drive, Rashad Jennings scored from one yard out to cut the lead down to 11 points.

McGloin fumbled the ball on his own 11-yard line, and it was recovered by Chiefs defensive lineman Tamba Hali.

After the fumble, Charles then caught his third touchdown of the first half, as he took a handoff from Smith and went into the end zone from one yard out to increase their up to 28-10.

Berry then ended Raiders next drive again, as he picked off his second pass of the half and returned it 49 yards to the Raiders 31-yard line.

Charles then scored his fourth touchdown in the first half, and his third receiving touchdown, as he took a Smith 16 yards to the end zone.

Jennings then made it 35-17, as he scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on a one-yard touchdown run.

After the half, the Raiders drove the right down and scored, as McGloin found Andre Holmes in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown pass.

The Chiefs then went three-and-out, and then McGloin did it again, finding Mychal Rivera for a 14-yard touchdown pass to narrow the Chiefs down to just four points.

Unfortunately, the Chiefs would have none of that, as Smith hooked up with Charles again, as Charles went 71 yards to the end zone much to the dismay of the Raiders sitting in “The Black Hole.”

Taiwan Jones then fumbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, and it was recovered by Husain Abdullah at the Raiders’ 29-yard line.

Smith then threw his fifth touchdown pass of the afternoon, a six-yard pass to Sean McGrath to increase the Chiefs up to 49-31.

After three straight possessions that ended in turnovers by each team, Knile Davis put an end to scoring, as he went over left tackle from 17 yards out.

When the day was over the Raiders committed seven turnovers, their most in a game since also committing seven turnovers against the Miami Dolphins in 1998.

McGloin ended the day going 18-for-36 for 297 yards passing with a touchdown and four interceptions.

Terrelle Pryor threw one completion in four attempts for 12 yards and an interception.