12/23 TMM: SDSU comes up short vs. #2 Kansas

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Aztecs fight, but ultimately fall 70-57 to No.2 ranked Kansas: San Diego State lost 70-57 to No.2 ranked Kansas but showed fight, and is confident heading in to conference season.

 

Jason Verrett a top Pro Bowl alternate – San Diego Union Tribune
The buzz back in training camp was how Jason Verrett was on the cusp of being an elite NFL cornerback, if not one already. It was obvious to onlookers. Teammates knew it. Coaches knew it. Officials within the organization knew it. On Tuesday, he was honored as such.

NFL backs away from funding BU brain study; NIH to fund it instead – ESPN
The NFL, which spent years criticizing researchers who warned about the dangers of football-related head trauma, has backed out of one of the most ambitious studies yet on the relationship between football and brain disease, sources familiar with the project told Outside the Lines.

Philip Rivers & Jason Verrett on Charles Woodson and the Raiders home finale – Mighty 1090 (video)
Philip Rivers discussed what made Charles Woodson so great and recalled his most memorable moments against the Raiders in Oakland and Bay Area native Jason Verrett on growing up idolizing Woodson and his favorite moment in the Black Hole.

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‘Who is Friggin’ Tougher than Charles Woodson?’ – The MMQB
Heisman winner. Defensive Player of the Year winner. Super Bowl winner. All-Decade Team (2000s) cornerback. Twice the NFL interception king. Tuck Rule Game combatant. And the only player in NFL history with at least 50 interceptions and 20 sacks. Oakland’s going to give their future Hall of Famer a hell of a send-off on Thursday.

Matsuda, Padres’ Mateo likely to play in Japan – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Padres recently have expressed interest in Japanese free agent Nobuhiro Matsuda, but according to a source, the club is now under the impression the third baseman will return to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

The Hawks, Matsuda’s longtime team, reportedly have offered him a five-year deal, well beyond anything he would receive from a major league club. The Padres have not made a formal offer, a source said.

Aztecs try for school record 11th win in Hawai’i – Mighty 1090 (video)
San Diego State football will try to set a new school record with 11 wins by beating Cincinnati in the Hawai’i Bowl.

11-year-old LeBron James Jr.’s latest highlight reel is astounding – For The Win
Just like his father once was, LeBron James Jr. is so special at such a young age that he’s already grabbing the attention of the nation.

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