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Shields great, but Padres fall in walk-off loss – Padres.com
Pedro Alvarez’s single with two outs in the ninth scored All-Star Andrew McCutchen and gave the Pirates a 2-1 win over San Diego on Monday night, their fifth win in six games moving them a season-high 14 games over .500. It was ironic that Alvarez, Pat Murphy’s son-in-law, struck the final blow.

Upton to represent Padres in All-Star Game – Padres.com
This is the third All-Star Game nod for Justin Upton. He was previously selected in 2009 and again in 2011 when he played for the D-backs. He’s hitless in four All-Star at-bats. Upton, in his first season with the Padres, leads the team in just about every pertinent offensive category and leads the team with his 694 innings played thus far.

Justin Upton On Possibility Of Being Traded & Why Team Can Turn It Around – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Padres OF Justin Upton talks with Marty Caswell about the possibility of being traded if the team can’t turn it around, why he still believes they can be a winning ballclub, and what it would mean to be an All Star.

Philip Rivers On Disappointment In Antonio Gates’ Suspension & Why He Trusts The Explanation – Mighty 1090
Philip Rivers joined The Darren Smith Show yesterday to discuss his reaction to the 4-game suspension that Antonio Gates received last week due to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. As you would expect, the QB and team captain supported his long-time Tight End as much as he possibly could.

Unnamed Soccer Show – USWNT Seals Place Among Legends – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Darren Smith and Jordan Carruth break down the USWNT’s dominating 5-2 win over Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final and discuss how this team has now sealed its place among the greatest teams in women’s soccer history.

More Americans watched the Women’s World Cup final than the NBA Finals or the Stanley Cup – SB Nation
The television ratings for the World Cup final are coming out and they are absolutely massive. So much for soccer, or women’s sports, not being a big draw in the United States of America.

Luebke suffers setback during rehab – Padres.com
Cory Luebke’s path back to the big leagues after two Tommy John surgeries has hit a snag. Luebke, currently on a rehabilitation stint with Triple-A El Paso, has returned to San Diego, where he’ll be examined Tuesday by team doctor Heinz Hoenecke after recently feeling some discomfort in his left elbow.

Scott And BR Commercial Free Uncensored Podcast #7 – Mighty 1090
Billy Ray Smith is on vacation, so Scott Kaplap is joined by John Gennaro (Hello!) for this podcast. They discuss John’s paranoia about the Chargers leaving to L.A. for Farmers Field, not Carson or Inglewood, and what the stadium situation would be like without Mark Fabiani.

Friar talk: Time running out on Padres – San Diego Union-Tribune
Time is running out for the Padres to put together a season-saving run ahead of a looming decision to become a buyer or seller at the deadline, the sort of run that this team has yet to show this season. Tick-tock.

NBA forward blames bigger iPhones for wrecking his shooting percentage – The Verge
Matt Bonner has achieved a 41.4 percentage on three-point shots during his 11-year NBA career, but during his last season with the San Antonio Spurs, he only managed to reach 36.5 percent. What happened? Well, Apple released bigger iPhones, and Bonner thinks this gave him tennis elbow.

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