DAILY LINKS: USD’s Kris Bryant wins NL MVP Award

Kris Bryant

Cubs’ Kris Bryant near unanimous National League MVP – USA Today
With the Chicago Cubs’ overwhelming success this season and Kris Bryant’s central role in it, the main question in the National League MVP race was not whether he would win the award but by how much.

The answer: near unanimously.

MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes – FOX Sports
The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations.

Under the current rules, teams on Sept. 1 increase their 25-man active roster to the entire 40-man roster. The new limit likely would be 28, and the rules would permit teams to swap out players, though not on a daily basis, one source said.

Bethancourt can succeed as pitcher/hitter hybrid – MLB.com
A lifelong catcher, Bethancourt is slated to play winter ball in his native Panama, as he begins his transition to an unprecedented utility role. Bethancourt will spend time at catcher, he’ll spend time in the outfield, and — here’s where things get interesting — he’s going to pitch.

AUDIO: Peter King: “To Move The Chargers To Los Angeles, Everyone Knows The Chargers Would Be No Better Than The Clippers”
From Sports Illustrated as well as The MMQB, Peter King gives his thoughts on if the Chargers moved to LA, why Vegas may not be good for the Raiders and Terrell Davis vs. Gale Sayers.

Luke Kuechly’s Tears Hit Hard – Deadspin
Why is it so unsettling that Luke Kuechly cried? This is a sport where players suffer brain injuries every single game, yet Kuechly’s apparent concussion and subsequent reaction as he was carted off the field has completely overshadowed the Panthers’ win, in a way that doesn’t happen when someone is merely knocked unconscious, or even taken off on a spinal board.

VIDEO: BR – Chargers Must Learn To Put Teams Away
Billy Ray Smith breaks down what the Chargers need to do better at after their bye week, particularly their red zone offense and defense.

L.T. headlines San Diego Hall hopefuls – San Diego Union-Tribune
LaDainian Tomlinson on Wednesday joined three other men with San Diego ties among the 26 modern-era semifinalists for the Hall’s Class of 2017.

Tomlinson, who played for the Chargers from 2001-09, is in his first year of eligibility. He joins former Chargers head coach Don Coryell, Lincoln High alumnus Terrell Davis and Torrey Pines High alum John Lynch as semifinalists.

Freshmen Leaf and Ball lead No. 16 UCLA past San Diego 88-68 – FOX Sports
T.J. Leaf had 26 points and 10 rebounds and fellow freshman Lonzo Ball added 13 points to help No. 16 UCLA defeat San Diego 88-68 on Thursday night.

Thomas Welsh had 12 points and 11 rebounds as one of six players in double figures for the Bruins (3-0), who failed to top 100 points for the first time this season. They averaged 110.5 points in victories over Pacific and Cal State Northridge.

AUDIO: Eric Wynalda On Lackluster Effort By USMNT & If Klinsmann Should Be Fired
Fox soccer analyst Eric Wynalda on lackluster effort by USMNT’s in their World Cup Qualifier and who should replace Jurgen Klinsmann when he’s likely fired.

Houston clamps down on Lamar Jackson, No. 3 Louisville in rout – USA Today
No. 3 Louisville saw its College Football Playoff chances severely damaged if not outright dashed with a stunning 36-10 loss at Houston on Thursday night.

The Cardinals (9-2), who are No. 5 in the CFP rankings, had a chance to impress the selection committee and the nation with a nationally televised game against a quality opponent. Instead, the Cardinals laid an egg.


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