6/26 Morning Mighty: How’s A.J. Preller doing after 75 games?

San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller

Padres’ rally falls just short in series finale – Padres.com
The Giants needed all the offense they could summon. Trailing, 7-0, after six innings, the Padres roared back against San Francisco starter Chris Heston (8-5) and three relievers to narrow the deficit to 9-8. San Diego’s sixth-run eighth inning, highlighted by Matt Kemp’s two-run homer, put a scare into the Giants. But they scored four runs in the eighth to cruise to victory.

Is Pat Murphy A Major League Bust? – Mighty 1090
It hasn’t even been two weeks, and it seems as though Padres Manager Pat Murphy and the San Diego media are already starting to chirp at each other about the team’s performance, which has seemingly gotten worse since Bud Black was replaced.

How’s A.J. Preller doing after 75 games? Byrnes was fired at this point last year. – Gaslamp Ball
A.J. Preller is avoiding most of the blame for the Padres’ poor first half, so far, but he needs a winning streak just as badly as Pat Murphy does. At this point, Preller’s roster is more expensive than what Josh Byrnes had last season, but producing similar results.

2015 NBA draft grades: All 30 teams from best to worst – USA Today
With the 2015 NBA draft officially in the rearview mirror, here’s a look at how each team fared based on their selections, trades and overall progress. It seems Lakers fans will have a lot to cheer about in the upcoming seasons.

Stevie Johnson On “Showtime” Offense, Philip Rivers & More – Mighty 1090 (video)
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson talks to Annie about why he thinks the Chargers will have a “showtime” offense, working with Philip Rivers and more.

Baseball squad makes history with first openly gay pro – Associated Press
Baseball history was made in Northern California wine country Thursday night when the sport’s first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to a 7-0 victory during his first start with the 22-man team that is part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs. The right hander struck-out 11 players and allowed three hits over nine innings.

FIFA Needs A Miracle – The New Yorker
Headline-grabbing indictments and extraditions are not enough to save FIFA; they must be followed by a long, boring to-do list of best practices for good governance. Such organizational reforms, however, will require a sweeping change to the culture of FIFA and its soccer federations, united in support of the sport rather than their own interests. Though miracles can and often do happen in soccer, that would almost certainly trump them all.

The Case Against The Confederate Flag Is Also The Case Against The Washington NFL Team's Nickname – VICE Sports
On June 23, Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder’s lawyers went almost unnoticed as they petitioned the U.S. District Court. Their argument: to overturn the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision that the epithet R******* is disparaging to Native Americans—and therefore can’t be trademarked, per federal law. Despite decades of protest and legal action by various Native groups and plaintiffs, as well as the growing disapproval of politicians, pundits and the public, owner Dan Snyder has made it clear he will fight to the bitterest possible end. Whether or not he wins this appeal, the arguments will rage on.


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