8/27 TMM: Novak is ready for kicking competition

San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak

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2 home runs from J-Up lead Padres past Nats – Padres.com
Justin Upton has been one of several Padres that have turned it on offensively in the last few weeks, and he showed how locked in he was by hitting two monster home runs off of Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister in a winning effort.

Derek Norris On Growth Of Austin Hedges – Mighty 1090 (video)
Padres catcher Derek Norris talks about what type of growth he’s seen from rookie catcher Austin Hedges in a short time, and if he’d be more receptive to playing first base.

Myers takes BP for first time since surgery – Padres.com
Wil Myers took batting practice for the first time in over two months, after having surgery to remove a bone spur in his wrist, and said afterwards that he felt good. Myers was hitting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 35 games at the time he was injured.

Nick Novak: “I’m Not Taking This Lightly” – Mighty 1090
Nick Novak may face competition from young, big-legged kicker Josh Lambo this preseason, but the Chargers starting kicker is ready and believes that he has what it takes to win that competition.

Judge: I’m not sure Roger Goodell understands there is a CBA – USA Today
U.S. District Judge David S. Doty, who long has presided over NFL labor matters, is as interested as everyone else to see how things play out in the Tom Brady Deflategate case. And he apparently doesn’t have much regard for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s understanding of the collective bargaining agreement.

Corey Liuget On Growth Of DLine, Denzel Perryman On Learning Curve – Mighty 1090 (video)
Chargers DE Corey Liuget discusses what kind of progress he’s seen from Kendall Reyes and where the defensive line has gotten better. Meanwhile, rookie LB Denzel Perryman reflects on his first pre-season game and the learning curve from college to the NFL.

Russell Wilson: The Chosen One – Rolling Stone
Russell Wilson, who is expected to play at least a little bit against the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night, might be completely insane. He also might be the perfect NFL quarterback.

Chargers ILB Nick Dzubnar Credits Ice Hockey For His Physicality – Mighty 1090 (video)
Undrafted free agent rookie LB Nick Dzubnar, who played his college football at Cal Poly – S.L.O., has been turning heads at Chargers practices during the preseason. Annie Heilbrunn talks with him about where he ferocity on the field comes from.

Prep football preseason poll: Who’s No. 1? – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Union-Tribune’s sportswriters and sportscasters put their collective heads together and came up with a top 10 list for San Diego high school football teams for the upcoming season.

Kobe Bryant on past feud with Shaq: ‘I was an idiot when I was a kid’ – For the Win
Kobe Bryant was a guest on Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast, and they talked about their very famous (and very public) feud as they were leading the Lakers to multiple championships.

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