8/26 TMM: Harper, Umpires help Nationals defeat Padres

Nationals OF Bryce Harper gets a hit against the San Diego Padres.

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Gyorko belts 2 homers in loss to Nationals – Padres.com
Jedd Gyorko brought hit number of home runs for the month of August up to 5, and his RBIs for the month up to 16, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough for the Padres to be competitive in the first game of the series against the Nationals because…

Padres cry foul after Harper gets foul call – Padres.com
This awful, awful call by the home plate umpire, which was proven to be a missed call with every replay angle available, cost the Padres 4 runs late and the game. Starting pitcher James Shields voiced his anger at the missed call after the game.

Jason Verrett On Blocking Out The Hype, Consistency & Matching Up Vs Keenan Allen – Mighty 1090 (video)
Jason Verrett didn’t play against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, but he’s still the most talked-about player from the San Diego Chargers training camp and preseason. He talked with Marty Caswell about ignoring the hype.

Te’o sidelined, not by a foot – San Diego Union-Tribune
The worst part about the preseason? No injury reports. Chargers LB Manti Te’o might miss Saturday’s game against the Seahawks because he’s “banged up”, but this article never explicitly states what the injury is, just what it isn’t (another broken foot).

D.J. Fluker Recollects Surviving Hurricane Katrina – Chargers.com
D.J. Fluker was a resident of New Orleans, and 14 years old, when Hurricane Katrina hit the city. Ten years later, he tells his story.

Gulls Head Coach Dallas Eakins Talks About The Upcoming Season – Mighty 1090 (video)
The inaugural season of hockey is almost here for the San Diego Gulls. Head coach Dallas Eakins talks with Annie Heilbrunn about the makeup of his team and what’s to come…

Sweetwater Valley winning, playing kids’ game – San Diego Union-Tribune
Sweetwater Valley, an all-star team made up of nine 12-year-olds and four 13-year-olds from Bonita and Chula Vista, will play again Thursday after winning yesterday. They are two victories from becoming the third team from the South County in seven years to win the U.S. Championship.

Sileo: Preseason Is Cash Grab For NFL, At Players’ Expense – Mighty 1090 (video)
The NFL’s preseason seems like a waste of time, and an unnecessary risk for players and teams, but the truth of the matter is that those games aren’t going anywhere because owners make quite a bit of money on them.

Clippers fined $250,000 for offering DeAndre Jordan endorsement deal with Lexus – SB Nation
Curious to see an NBA team offering endorsements as part of their free agent presentations, and getting caught. Who told the league? How often does this go on? Is this simply a case of a fairly new owner and GM not knowing the rules?

Catching Up with Krazy George, Inventor of the Wave – VICE Sports
Where was ‘the wave’ invented, why was it invented, and how? Even if ‘the wave’ at sporting events is something that annoys you, the story behind it is still pretty cool.

The Meaning of Serena Williams – New York Times
A detailed look at the most dominant athlete in sports today, and maybe the most dominant athlete in sports ever.

Curt Schilling really likes posting on Facebook about Muslims being bad – SB Nation
ESPN suspended Curt Schilling for saying one bad thing about Muslims, ignoring that Curt Schilling says bad things about Muslims pretty much constantly.

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