Championships could be decided in the Tri-County Conference, Capital Valley Conference and Golden Empire League this week. The Bee’s Joe Davidson analyzes five key matchups: No. 5 Inderkum (7-0) at No. 17 River Valley (6-1); No. 6 Antelope (6-0) at No. 14 Cosumnes Oaks (4-2); No. 20 Capital Christian (6-0) at Dixon (6-1); Highlands (4-2) at San Juan (3-3); and Liberty Ranch (2-4) at Cordova (4-2).
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When the 49ers beat the Giants 16-10 last season, rookie linebacker Chris Borland came away with the Defensive Player of the Week award. Eli Manning was sacked twice , had one touchdown pass and five interceptions. Contrast that with Manning’s performance in the Giants’ 30-27 victory Sunday: no sacks, three touchdowns and one interception, 75.9 percent completion rate, 441 yards and a passer rating of 110.2. It’s his best performance of the season.
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Daniel Murphy steals an uncovered third base and goes on to score the tying run, then hits a go-ahead homer off Zack Greinke to lead the New York Mets over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 and into an National League Championship Series matchup with the Chicago Cubs. New York trails 2-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series when, with three infielders on the right side and no one near third, Murphy strolls to second on Lucas Duda’s walk and sprints to third. Travis d’Arnaud follows with a sacrifice fly, and Murphy homers in the sixth.
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A lot of people around the NBA have a soft spot for the man known as “Tuff Juice.” Wherever Caron Butler plays, he leaves teammates, team officials and even reporters fondly recalling their time with him and the positive impact he left behind. The Kings signed Butler, a 6-foot-7 small forward, in the offseason hoping he’d have the same impact in their locker room, which has been fractured for years.
A young Sacramento State football team is about to get younger. Freshman quarterback Nate Ketteringham will start for the Hornets (1-5, 0-3) on Saturday at Big Sky Conference co-leader Southern Utah (3-2, 2-0).
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