SABERCATS AT LOS ANGELES
Time: 5 p.m. Sunday
TV/radio: CSNBA; 1050-AM
SaberCats update: San Jose (10-4) has some serious momentum, having knocked off previously unbeaten Arizona last weekend. Winners of eight of their last nine games, the SaberCats can lock up the Pacific Division championship and a first-round playoff home game with a win. ... The defense rolled against the defending ArenaBowl champion Rattlers, forcing seven consecutive turnovers at one point. Arizona's top-ranked offense was shut out for the second and third quarters. Previously, the Rattlers hadn't had that occur in any quarter this season. ... Rookie quarterback Nathan Stanley has led San Jose to three straight wins with a 14-3 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio since Russ Michna went on injured reserve. ... Linebacker Francis Maka has recovered a fumble in each of the past two games, including one last week for a touchdown. He was named AFL MVP for Week 16 in a fans vote.
KISS update: Los Angeles (3-11) is going through expansion-year struggles, losing 10 of its last 11, with the latest 64-46 to Spokane. ... Veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia's latest stop in the AFL is L.A., which acquired the 19-year veteran three weeks ago from Jacksonville as part of a three-team deal. Garcia, who owns most of the league's career passing records, has played for 11 AFL teams, including the SaberCats at the start of the 2013 season. ... The offense ranks last in the AFL, averaging 38.1 points per game. ... On defense, linebacker Beau Bell has been a force and is tied for the AFL lead in sacks with 12.5.
-- Bay Area News Group