San Diego asks Supreme Court to review Chargers stadium measure

San Diego Chargers downtown stadium

Schimpf pulls double HR duty in twin bill –
The Padres have homered in a franchise-record 18 consecutive games, and Ryan Schimpf has played no small part. He’s gone deep seven times during that stretch — more than anyone else on the team, including Matt Kemp, who has homered in four straight.

Padres Sign Cuban OF Prospect Jorge Ona For $7M
As expected, the San Diego Padres have reportedly signed top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona one day after he was cleared as a free agent by Major League Baseball.

By those that have seen him, Ona has drawn comparisons to Yasiel Puig. At 6’2″ and 200 lbs at 19 years old, the young Cuban has shown the ability to hit for average and power, and has a plus-arm that could fit into right field at Petco Park one day.

Padres extend HR streak to 18, fall to Cards –
Since he was traded in December, Jedd Gyorko has done nothing but rake against his former team, and his mastery of the Padres continued on Wednesday.

The Cardinals third baseman launched a pair of homers and drove in all three runs in a 3-2 victory over San Diego, as St. Louis completed a doubleheader sweep. Gyorko, who also homered in Game 1, has now gone deep in five straight games against the Padres — joining an elite group consisting of Barry Bonds, Chipper Jones, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols.

VIDEO: Matt Bush On Road From Padres To Prison To Rangers & Turning His Life Around
Former Padres first round pick Matt Bush discusses his tumultuous path from the San Diego Padres, to rock bottom in prison to another chance with the Texas Rangers and trying to turn his life around. “I got fed up with living my life the way it was going. It was headed nowhere.”

Is Andrew Cashner About To Be Traded?
San Diego Padres General Manager A.J. Preller has done a good job of getting maximum value via trades, getting back huge returns for Fernando Rodney and Drew Pomeranz (not to mention Craig Kimbrel) recently.

Now, with Andrew Cashner coming off an excellent start against the San Francisco Giants, it is rumored that he is about to do it again.

AUDIO: Fred Maas: “Are We Going To Be One Of The Big Cities With Incredible Tourist Complexes In Their Downtown Or Virginia Beach?”
Chargers Special Adviser Fred Maas joined Scott and BR to share his thoughts on the UT’s new poll, why he thinks local leaders have a lot of misinformation and why he thinks the tourism industry projections are wrong.

City asks Supreme Court to review stadium measure – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith sent a letter Wednesday to the California Supreme Court seeking its help in settling the question of whether a two-thirds majority is needed to pass two November ballot initiatives related to a Chargers stadium and downtown convention center annex.

AUDIO: Jim Brown: “It Was Never About Money, It Was Always About The Performance And Your Social Consciousnesses”
The Legendary Running Back talks about athletes’ obligations to a community, LeBron James and what defines Jim Brown.

The Battle at Kickoff Returner –
In addition to his duties returning punts, Travis Benjamin will get a look at kickoffs as well. He has returned 18 over his four year career, averaging 26.0 yards per return including an 86-yarder in 2013. The speedster isn’t the only WR in the running for KR though as Javontee Herndon, Isaiah Burse and DeAndre Reaves look to make a case as well.

PODCAST: Is Club Tijuana’s Hot Start An Illusion?
Unnamed Soccer Podcast: Jordan Carruth and Darren Smith give thoughts on Tijuana’s hot start PLUS opinions on Klinsmann, England, MLS, NC Battalion and Albion Pros.

Toss SDSU’s hat into the Big 12 expansion ring – San Diego Union-Tribune
You won’t see the Aztecs on most lists, and they continued to decline comment about Big 12 expansion Wednesday. Don’t be deceived. Bowlsby and SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk have remained close since their days in the Pac-10 – Bowlsby at Stanford, Sterk at Washington State – and for the past few years the latter has quietly and actively lobbied the former, pitching the San Diego market, the Pacific time zone to expand national broadcast windows, the ascendant fortunes of SDSU football, the school’s rising academic profile, California’s fertile recruiting landscape, the enticing void created by a (possibly, probably) departing NFL team.

Anti-doping leaders call on IOC to ban Russia immediately from Rio Olympics – USA Today
Pressure intensified Wednesday on the International Olympic Committee in the midst of one of the largest sports doping scandals ever when anti-doping leaders from 14 nations called upon IOC President Thomas Bach to ban Russia’s Olympic Committee and its athletes from the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.


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