DAILY LINKS: USA falls to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier

United States falls to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier – USA Today
Jurgen Klinsmann insisted Tuesday’s 4-0 drubbing in Costa Rica was the lowest point of his career as United States head coach.

Klinsmann’s side was taken apart by a rampant home side, with goals from Johan Venegas, Christian Bolanos and two from Joel Campbell consigning the team to its second straight loss to begin the final stage of World Cup qualifying.

AUDIO: Scott Kaplan: “Dean Should Exercise His Option For LA”
Scott explains why Chargers owner Dean Spanos needs to exercise his option to LA and put all the pressure on local politicians.

Chargers, mayor ‘touch base’ – San Diego Union-Tribune
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chargers stadium point man Fred Maas met Tuesday in what was described as an opportunity to “touch base” after the Nov. 8 defeat of the team’s stadium plan.

“It was about keeping the lines of dialogue open,” mayoral spokesman Matt Awbrey said. “The Chargers and mayor’s office have enjoyed a pretty positive relationship over the past couple months. This was to say we want to keep … a level of positive communication.”

AUDIO: Herm Edwards On Chargers Red Zone Issues And Start Of The Jared Goff Era
NFL analyst Herm Edwards on the Chargers red zone issues, the start of the Jared Goff era and why the Tennessee Titans are becoming a dangerous team.

VIDEO: Hunter Henry On Chargers Mindset At The Bye & His First Nine Weeks In The NFL
Chargers tight end Hunter Henry on the team’s mindset as they head into the bye week and perspective on his first nine weeks in the NFL.

Chargers waive injured C Chris Watt – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers waived the former third-round pick Tuesday with a failed physical designation, a source said. Watt appeared in 50 games at Notre Dame, including a streak of 47 straight, 34 of which he started. Maybe it was that mileage. Maybe it was just poor luck. But despite Watt’s efforts, his body did not allow him to grow into the NFL role the Chargers envisioned.

AUDIO: Herschel Walker: “DJ Pumphrey Has Been Incredible”
Legendary College RB Herschel Walker gives his thoughts on DJ Pumphrey, Melvin Gordon and running backs in the NFL today.

Report: Bucks, Grizzlies, Mavericks stop staying at Trump-branded hotels – Sports Illustrated
The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe.

There are Trump-branded hotels in New York and Chicago that some NBA teams choose to stay at on trips to face the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls.

Padres weigh decision on bringing back Jay – MLB.com
The Opening Day trio of Melvin Upton Jr., Matt Kemp and Jon Jay gave way to a quartet of rookies by season’s end. Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski impressed for much of the second half, before prospects Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe got their first taste of the big leagues in September.

Now, the Friars are faced with a bit of a dilemma. Upton and Kemp are out of the equation, having been dealt before last season’s Trade Deadline. But Jay is a free agent, and the Padres are mulling a potential reunion.

VIDEO: Gulls Snap Skid, Win Two At Home Over Manitoba
Voice of the Gulls Craig Elsten breaks down San Diego’s two wins over the Manitoba Moose, and previews what’s ahead in the AHL.

Oklahoma’s Charles Walker Leaves The Team To Prepare For The NFL – Deadspin
Walker, a redshirt junior, is projected to go somewhere on Day 2 of the NFL draft, thanks in large part to a breakout season last year that saw him rack up six sacks and 10 tackles for loss, particularly impressive because they came from the DT position. But he hasn’t played this season since suffering a concussion on Oct. 1. The Oklahoman reports that it was at least his third concussion of his college career.


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