DAILY LINKS: Aztecs win with just 6 healthy players

Aztecs down to 6 players in win vs SD Christian – San Diego Union-Tribune
Wearing its road darks so San Diego Christian could wear its home uniforms (that didn’t get burned), SDSU would lead by 28 and win 81-58 before what technically was a sellout at Viejas Arena but in reality was maybe two-thirds full.

The margin was technically large. In reality, like the crowd, it was something much less.

Part of that was the continued attrition of SDSU’s roster, going from 12 healthy scholarship players plus talented walk-on Ben Perez early in preseason practice to five early in the second half Wednesday after Montaque Gill-Caesar and Dakarai Allen left with injuries. Part of that, though, was a team that through three games, quite frankly, isn’t playing very well.

VIDEO: Aztecs Will Go As Far As Hemsley, Kell Can Take Them
Aztecs Guards Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley make up one of the best backcourts in the country, and if San Diego State is going to make a return to the NCAA tournament this season, it all starts with the them.

San Diego Christian Plays First Game Since Bus Accident – NBC San Diego
Even in defeat, this game was therapeutic in a way for the visitors (San Diego Christian is a NAIA school in Santee). The SDC men’s basketball team was involved in a scary bus accident Sunday morning when the Hawks were on their way back home after playing a game in Bakersfield.

A driver in a Volkswagen Jetta hit the basketball team’s charter bus and was later pronounced dead at the scene. As both vehicles caught fire, the entire SDC team and coaching staff on the bus evacuated safely with no major injuries but the team did lose many belongings including jerseys, shoes, cell phones and laptops.

AUDIO: Tom Telesco: “I See The Guys Playing Hard Week After Week, I Credit That To Mike”
Chargers GM Tom Telesco joined Scott and BR to talk about the large amount of season ending injuries the team has had, his thoughts on the offensive line play, the positives he’s seen and why Mike McCoy has done a good job.

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts is National League manager of the year – L.A. Times
Roberts, who never had managed at any level, made runners-up out of Joe Maddon and Dusty Baker, each a three-time manager of the year.

Roberts won with 16 first-place votes. Maddon, who led the Chicago Cubs to the World Series championship, finished second with eight votes. (Voting was conducted before the postseason.)

Vin Scully’s surprised reaction to earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom was fantastic – For The Win
President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday. The medal is the highest civilian honor that the president can give, and Dodgers legendary broadcaster Vin Scully was among the recipients.

AUDIO: Stephen Jones: “The Chargers Are A Special Franchise There In San Diego”
COO, Executive VP and Director of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, Stephen Jones tells us what the NFL thinks about football in So Cal along with Las Vegas plus his current team.

Inside the Dallas Decision – The MMQB
Tony Romo asked for the chance to win back his job from Dak Prescott. Cowboys executive Stephen Jones explains the difficult answer to that question.

Aztecs’ Pumphrey among Doak Walker Award semifinalists – San Diego Union-Tribune
Pumphrey leads the nation in rushing this season with 1,779 yards. The Aztecs, who play at Wyoming this weekend, have four more games remaining this season, counting the Mountain West Championship Game and postseason bowl game. He also ranks fourth in NCAA history in career yards with 6,051. Pumphrey is 347 yards away from breaking the all-time NCAA rushing record held by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (6,397).

PODCAST: Gulls In Flight S2E11: Sean Pronger LIVE!!
Hosts Craig Elsten and B.J. MacPherson talked through a big Gulls weekend sweep of the Manitoba Moose, and how a couple new key contributors helped swing San Diego’s fortunes after a five-game winless streak. Then, the boys were joined live at the front of the house by former Anaheim Ducks winger Sean Pronger, the older brother of NHL Hall of Famer Chris Pronger.

Conor McGregor sets conditions for fight against Floyd Mayweather – Sports Illustrated
“Tell Floyd and Showtime, I’m coming,” McGregor said to the crowd while on-stage at a New York City nightclub. “Tell him to go to them Showtime offices. I want $100 million cash to fight you under boxing rules cause he’s afraid of a real fight.”

Mayweather said earlier this year that he was responsible for starting a rumor that he and the new UFC lightweight champion would fight. McGregor responded to the rumor with willingness to make the match-up happen, despite having no professional boxing experience.


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