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Chargers stadium faces higher vote hurdle – San Diego Union-Tribune
The state Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily blocked a March lower court ruling that said tax increases like the Chargers stadium initiative need approval from a simple majority instead of two-thirds of voters.

While the decision to review the previous ruling doesn’t necessarily mean it will get overturned, it’s a blow to the Chargers initiative and any similar tax increases on the November ballot because of timing.

Michael Phelps headed to Rio, becomes first male swimmer to make five Olympics – USA Today
Add yet another feather to the cap of the most decorated Olympian ever.

As if 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps needed anything else to cement his place in history. Phelps, 31, is now the first American male swimmer to make five Olympic teams in his career.

Wallace homers; Friedrich struggles in loss to O’s –
Mark Trumbo made Baltimore’s impressive June at the plate historic, launching the club’s 55th homer of the month, as the Orioles completed a two-game sweep of the Padres with a 12-6 victory Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park.

AUDIO: Drew Pomeranz: “Really Made The World Of Difference For Me Coming Here”
Padres Starting Pitcher Drew Pomeranz tells us what’s different with him this year as well as if he is paying attention to All-Star talk.

Schumaker joins Padres in front-office role –
The Padres announced Wednesday that Skip Schumaker has joined the front office as an assistant to baseball operations and player development. Schumaker was in camp with the Padres this spring before announcing his retirement on March 9. Padres manager Andy Green said that Schumaker will primarily be helping out with the Minor League system.

PODCAST: Evaluating Padres Trade Chips With Dennis Lin
Andrew Burer sits down with the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Padres beat writer, Dennis Lin, to discuss the Padres potential trade chips and what General Manager A.J. Preller might do with the roster before the August 1st trade deadline.

Donovan finds soccer-crazed home in S.D. – San Diego Union-Tribune
Landon Donovan moved to San Diego from L.A. because he and his wife, Hannah, recently had their first child and her parents, the Bartells, are prominent hoteliers here. Donovan has a goal for his adopted city: get an MLS team.

Human body parts wash up on Olympic beach in Rio – Sports Illustrated
Human body parts have been discovered on a beach near the site where this summer’s Olympic volleyball tournament will be held, the Associated Press reports.

The remains were washed ashore from the ocean and included a foot and other body parts, the AP reports. Police provided no additional details on their circumstances.


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