USA Soccer advances in Copa America

USMNT Striker Clint Dempsey

Why did USA get so lucky in group play at Copa America? – USA Today
Saturday night’s 1-0 victory for USA over Paraguay was enough to book a place in the quarterfinals and avoid the embarrassment of an early exit, yet even that looked to come with the accompanying poisoned chalice of a last eight showdown with Brazil.

However, within a couple of hours, former Group A leader Colombia decided to rest 10 of its regular starters and failed to gain the point it needed to solidify the top spot, losing 3-2 to Costa Rica in a major upset.

Friedrich K’s 9 but Padres drop rubber game –
Despite a stellar performance by Christian Friedrich in his return to Colorado, the San Diego Padres moved to 1-20 in series-ending games for the season on Sunday. In games that are not the final game of a series, the Padres are 25-18 so far this season.

Padres’ draft brings ‘big influx of talent’ – San Diego Union-Tribune
A number of years from now, the Padres’ 2016 draft could be viewed as a turning point or, to some extent, another opportunity squandered. In the immediate future, the organization should gain a tangible boost.

The Padres on Saturday concluded the three-day draft with a total of 43 selections — 24 pitchers (including eight left-handers), two catchers, 10 infielders and seven outfielders. They wound up with 27 college players and 16 high schoolers.

VIDEO: Antonio Gates On His Relationship With Philip Rivers
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates on why he’s impressed with what he’s seen in the defense and why no one knows him quite like Philip Rivers.

Chargers Agree to Contract Extension with Keenan Allen –
After his spectacular 2015 campaign was cut short due to injury, and heading into the final year of his rookie contract, the San Diego Chargers decided to lock up Keenan Allen with a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2020.

Sidney Crosby wins Conn Smythe trophy as NHL playoffs’ MVP – USA Today
Sidney Crosby was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL playoff MVP after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup with a 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks. And that decision, by an 18-person panel made up of members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, was largely based on Crosby’s overall game in the postseason.


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