USA advances with win over Ecuador in Copa America

Clint Dempsey

3 things we learned from the USMNT beating Ecuador 2-1 in Copa America – SB Nation
The United States men’s national team is heading to the Copa America semifinals after a wild 2-1 victory over Ecuador, featuring red cards for both teams. A potential match against Lionel Messi and Argentina awaits, but the Americans will have to face their opponent — whoever it is — very shorthanded.

LeBron James wasn’t going to let these NBA Finals end – USA Today
After the Warriors trimmed a 24-point deficit to nine by the end of the third quarter, James essentially decided to take over the game in an incredible manner that served notice that regardless of Steph Curry’s back-to-back MVP awards, he is still the best basketball player on the planet.

Ayesha Curry shreds the NBA after Game 6: ‘Absolutely rigged for money’ – For The Win
Steph Curry was ejected for the first time in his NBA career late in the Warriors’ 115-101 Game 6 loss to the Cavaliers.

Steph threw a fit (and his mouthguard), but his wife, Ayesha, absolutely tore apart the NBA in a tweet following the ejection. She straight-up said that the NBA is rigged, doing all it can to get a Game 7.

Padres can’t overcome Nats’ blasts, drop opener – MLB.com
Bryce Harper launched a go-ahead homer in the top of the third inning, and the Nationals kept mashing, using a trio of big flies to beat the Padres, 8-5, Thursday night at Petco Park.

Padres right-hander Erik Johnson — making his Petco Park debut after being acquired in the James Shields trade — allowed five runs over six frames, including the three homers, each of which came with two strikes.

VIDEO: Jon Jay Talks Tony Gwynn, Socks, And Getting Off To A Hot Start
Center Fielder Jon Jay talks Tony Gwynn, the commemorative socks he wears of #19 every game, playing Center Field at Petco and his hot start to the 2016 season.

Padres sign Edwin Jackson to minor league deal – San Diego Union-Tribune
Jackson is expected to report to Triple-A El Paso. The Padres’ big-league club lost James Shields to a trade, while starters Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Cesar Vargas and Robbie Erlin all are on the disabled list.

The current rotation consists of left-hander Drew Pomeranz, rookie Colin Rea, minor league signee Christian Friedrich, former Chicago White Sox prospect Erik Johnson and Rule 5 pitcher Luis Perdomo.

AUDIO: Tony Gwynn, Jr.: “First Time I Had Ever Seen My Dad Show Any Type Of Real Emotion”
On the 2nd anniversary of his dad’s passing, Tony Gwynn, Jr. reflects on the stories he hears along with his favorite All-Star experiences.

Chris Watt recovering from knee surgery – San Diego Union-Tribune
Sources said that the Chargers guard-center underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this month. He is a candidate to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, although there is hope that might not be necessary. His recovery timetable from the procedure is not overly extensive, as he works to resume football activities without limitation this summer.

AUDIO: Philip Rivers On Melvin Gordon & Why The 2016 Chargers Offensive Line Can Be Special
Chargers QB Philip Rivers on why he watches film of past games, why he feels the offensive line can be special and what he’s seeing from Melvin Gordon.

SDSU basketball gets commit from Adam Seiko – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego State’s basketball program landed an oral commitment from a 6-foot-4 junior guard who averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 rebounds for his high school team, and who isn’t rated as a Top 100 prospect by any of the major recruiting services. However, Adam Seiko fits the Aztecs basketball program perfectly because of his defense.

Broncos’ Von Miller declares he won’t play in 2016 under franchise tag – USA Today
The Super Bowl MVP on Thursday morning posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts that there is “no chance” he plays the 2016 season under the franchise tag the team placed on him in March.

This Was Ali – Deadspin
One of the things worth looking at is the way Ali was able to draw non-fans, including lots of women and kids, to the sport. Obviously, he looked good, he was fun to watch and listen to, and he had an extraordinary gift for promotion. (And not just self-promotion; all his opponents were elevated by his hype.) But there’s more to it than that.

 

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