NBA stars call for an end to violence

VIDEO: NBA stars call for an end to violence – ESPN
Four of sports’ biggest stars used the opening moments of Wednesday night’s ESPYS broadcast as a call to promote social change.

Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took the stage together at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and urged their fellow athletes to be active socially.

Padres’ Pomeranz drawing interest from Rangers, others – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Padres’ current station is such that, with the exception of All-Star first baseman Wil Myers, the club is open to dealing anyone on its roster. That includes Pomeranz, who entered in the bottom of the fourth Tuesday and proceeded to throw a scoreless inning. In fact, the chatter surrounding the southpaw will only intensify after his cameo on a national stage.

AUDIO: A.J. Preller: “It’s Going To Have To Be A Strong Package To Consider Trading Pomeranz”
Padres GM AJ Preller joined Scott and BR to talk about his thoughts on MLB All Star week in San Diego, the three minor league Padres performance in the Futures Game, he updates the progress on Tyson Ross & Cory Spangenberg, the interest in trading Drew Pomeranz and Wil Myers’ performance in the Home Run Derby.

VIDEO: A Look At The Tony Gwynn Museum At Alesmith With Tony Gwynn Jr.
Tony Gwynn Jr. takes us behind the scenes of the Tony Gwynn museum at Alesmith and discuss what his father would have thought of the honor and what memorabilia means the most to him.

Stop-and-go offense defines Padres’ first half –
Five days in, the 2016 season was already a roller-coaster ride for the Padres. After being shut out in their opening series against the Dodgers, the Padres scored 29 runs over the next two games — their highest total ever for a two-game stretch.

That roller-coaster ride continued through the entirety of the first half. And while the Padres have certainly put forth their share of highlights — many of which have come courtesy of Melvin Upton Jr. — the reality is that they sit well out of reach of the Giants (18 1/2 games) in the National League West.

Retro brown-and-gold BP jerseys a hot seller at MLB All-Star FanFest – ESPN
More merchandise was sold at Major League Baseball’s All-Star FanFest in San Diego over the past five days than at any All-Star Game in the past 16 years, which is as long as the league has kept that data.

So many retro brown-and-gold batting practice jerseys and hats — a nod to the history of the host San Diego Padres — were sold that sales blew by the previous records set in San Francisco in 2007 and New York in 2008.

SDSU’s Shepard takes his shot at NBA – San Diego Union-Tribune
On the surface, it’s seems ludicrous that an undrafted rookie could make the 15-man roster of a team that reached the NBA Finals last month and is the prohibitive favorite to win it next season after adding free agent Kevin Durant. Take a closer look, and you see why Winston Shepard and agent Aaron Goodwin decided to cast their lot with the Dubs.

British Open: Looking to extend Royal Troon streak, Americans off to a good start – USA Today
On the past six occasions the British Open has come to Royal Troon, an American left with the Claret Jug.

The Stars & Stripes are in line to make it seven.

Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas are the early clubhouse leaders at Royal Troon in the 145th British Open.

AUDIO: Scott Lewis On Why Chargers Fans Should Vote For Chargers Plan & Citizen’s Initiative
Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis on Citizens’ plan qualifying for the November ballot and why Chargers fans should vote for it as well as the Chargers initiative.

Court denies Tom Brady’s request for rehearing, suspension stands – Sports Illustrated
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Tom Brady’s request for a rehearing on Wednesday. Barring an appeal to the Supreme Court, Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate controversy will stand.


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