IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: The skid continues for 49ers; Raiders humbled at home
THE TRIBE IS IN!: The Cleveland Indians knock off the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS to advance to the World Series. Just for a moment, it reminds us of the movie of years past, “Major League.” They do it with effective defensive plays and strong bats. It is a long-time since the Indians have been to the center stage of baseball. Next to be determined is their opponent. Wouldn’t a Cleveland-Chicago world series be provocative?
CUBS ON THE CUSP: The Chicago Cubs are but one win away after a John Lester seven-inning pitching performance and an eighth inning Javier Baez bases-clearing double help Chicago take a 3-2 series lead heading back to the Windy City. Before you open the champagne, reflect that Clayton Kershaw pitches tonight. It may come down to a Game 7. Great baseball.
WOES CONTINUE FOR 49ERS: The Buffalo Bills have all the answers in a 45-16 drubbing of the San Francisco 49ers. Colin Kaepernick goes 13-for-29 with several dropped balls. He is the second leading 49ers rusher with 66 yards on eight runs. The run defense struggles terribly. The 49ers go to 1-5 with Tampa Bay in Santa Clara on Sunday. The 49ers are now on a 5-game losing skid. A lot of questions and not many answers.
ALEX SMITH CONTINUES DOMINANCE: The Kansas City Chiefs come into Oakland and best the Raiders 26-10. It is another big day vs. the Raiders for Smith. He goes 19-for-22 for 224 yards passing. On a soggy field, the Raiders get outscored 13-0 in the second half. Kansas City’s Spencer Ware has 131 yards rushing to lead the Chiefs. Oakland finds it tough on home turf, a trend they must reverse.
BEAR RIVER GETS IT DONE: It is a nifty 27-6 win for the Bruins over Foothill. Bear River recovers 3-of-6 Foothill fumbles. Peyton Turner runs for a 40-yard touchdown. Not to be outdone, Steven Taylor scores on a 27-yard pass from back-up QB Clay Corripo. The Bruins get 20 second half points to seal it. Big game vs. Colfax looms large.
FOLSOM DOWNS NU 54-7: The Bulldogs score on every first half possession in route to a 48 point lead. Folsom shows why they are ranked high in the state and nation. It is a 622 yard performance with 322 on the ground. The Miners try to hang in there, but there are few answers for the Folsom offense. The Miners complete but two passes. The CIF has a decision coming up as to whether the Miners will stay in the highly-competitive Sierra Foothill League.
RANADIVE/PETRIE KINGSIZE SPAT: The old becomes the new. Kings owner, Vivek Ranadive claims that none of the coaches or general manager wanted to remain with the franchise purchased from the Maloofs in 2013. Geoff Petrie, former GM of the Kings, replies, “When it comes to some of the representations about myself…, it was basically, totally untrue.” So, Ranadive apologizes. Immature by Ranadive. Unnecessary. Let the past go…especially when one is trying to orchestrate a new future.
TY LAWSON LATEST BAD BOY: So much is expected of the Sacramento Kings Ty Lawson. Yet, he misses a shoot-around in Las Vegas and then misses the team’s flight for a pre-season game at the University of Kentucky. Here is the latest player overhaul for the troubled Kings. His fate and future is yet to be determined, but this is a bad starting barometer for a player of whom much is expected.
CAN IT BE MUCH WORSE?: University of Louisville’s fabled basketball program gets hit with charges that they entertained possible recruits with stripteases, sex acts and other tawdry events. Coach Rick Pitino is at the epicenter of the firestorm. Cited are 15 separate instances. The 2013 title is tarnished as two of the players involved in the allegations played for the team that season. This is a new low for recruiting. What does the NCAA do now?
SHARKS SPLIT ON ROAD: After wins in Columbus and Brooklyn, the San Jose Sharks find themselves with a 2-0 lead after two periods against the Pittsburgh Penguins. No dice. They cough up three goals and lose. One more tilt before they return home. Tonight is their final ever visit to the Joe in Detroit. It is very early. The Sharks are still finding themselves.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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With a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort, the Nevada Union football team went on the road Friday night and knocked off Napa, 33-14