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Solarte leads Friars’ fun night in Milwaukee – Padres.com
Yangervis Solarte homered twice and drove in four runs as the Padres thumped the slumping Brewers in the opener of a four-game series, 13-5, at Miller Park on Monday.

Melvin Gordon’s Mother Is Strictly By The Numbers – Mighty 1090
Melvin Gordon rushed for the second-most yards in FBS history last year at Wisconsin. He was an All-America, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the 15th overall pick in the draft. But if looking for his mother at the preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, don’t expect a No. 28 jersey.

Melvin Gordon returns to practice, says he’s fine – ESPN
Melvin Gordon told reporters he needed a day “just to get myself back right,” returning to practice on Monday for Day 5 of the San Diego Chargers’ training camp.

Gordon said he feels fine. He joined the rest of his teammates in San Diego’s third straight workout in full pads. The Chargers are scheduled for an off day on Tuesday.

PODCAST: Around The Town With Coach Kentera – What Should Preller, Padres Do Now? – Mighty 1090
Coach Kentera and Mighty 1090 multimedia journalist Andrew Burer discuss the Padres conservative approach at the trade deadline and what the team should do moving forward.

Big deal if Bolts’ Butler bouncing back – San Diego Union-Tribune
Butler’s ability to again be the player that earned that contract is crucial to not just the 2015 season but the makeup of the interior of the Chargers defense for years to come. There is a team option on his contract after 2016 that at the time the deal was signed seemed like a virtual certainty to be exercised. Not going forward with the deal’s final four years would mean the Chargers paid $20 million for three subpar years.

AUDIO: LaDainian Tomlinson: “The Hall Of Fame Did The Right Thing” – Scott & BR
Scott and BR filled in as hosts of the Jim Rome Show yesterday, and they’ll do the same today. They had on LT yesterday to talk about the Hall of Fame’s reversal, and decision to allow for Junior Seau’s daughter to speak live at this weekend’s event.

Longtime Red Sox Jason Varitek could end up as Padres manager – Over the Monster
The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported on Sunday that there “is a feeling” Varitek could head west, as former Sox COO Mike Dee is now president of the Padres, and Varitek was a “favorite” of his. It was assumed years before Varitek ever took on any kind of off-field role, even while he was still playing, that managing could be in his future if he only wanted the gig.

VIDEO: Dropping Knowledge – Preller Was Right To Stand Pat At Trade Deadline – Mighty 1090
Dan Sileo says A.J. Preller and the Padres ownership group was right to stand pat at the trade deadline.

Stevie Johnson sees Chargers energizing his career – The O.C. Register
Johnson’s second cousin is San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, and the former Riverside King and San Diego State star (and 2014 NBA Finals MVP) showed up at Sunday’s training camp workout to watch Stevie work.

VIDEO: Jason Verrett Interviews Stevie Johnson On Being Covered By Jason Verrett & Working With Rivers
Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett interviews teammate Stevie Johnson on what it’s like to be covered by Jason Verrett, how the offense is coming along under Philip Rivers and the “Aliens” wide receiver group.

Judge rules in favor of St. Louis for Rams stadium – Bolts from the Blue
Yesterday, a judge ruled that St. Louis can use public money to build an NFL stadium to keep the Rams in town without the need for a vote. What does it mean for the San Diego Chargers?

Chargers Get An Off Day Tuesday, And They Need It – Mighty 1090
The Chargers held their fifth practice of training camp Monday, and today, players will get their first day off. Monday’s practice was spirited, feisty – even chippy, at times — which is the way it gets as camp winds on and players get sick of hitting one another (and instead, want to put their hands on an opponent).

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