DAILY LINKS: Rams, Chargers talk about potential L.A. move

Rams talking to Chargers about potential L.A. move – NFL.com
With the Chargers stadium ballot measure failing earlier this month, the team now must decide whether or not to continue to seek options to remain in San Diego or exercise the option of joining the Rams in Los Angeles.

The deadline for a decision to relocate to L.A. must come by January 15 — the Oakland Raiders would then have that option should the Chargers decline.

Kevin Demoff, Rams’ chief operating officer, told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport the Chargers and Rams are discussing a possible deal involving the Chargers making a decision to move to Los Angeles.

ACEE: Chargers keep working on L.A. – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers having this Sunday off provided no break in what has become the norm – Sunday reports tying the Chargers to L.A. This week’s reports confirm the Chargers are at least holding discussions about a potential move to join the Rams in Los Angeles.

An NFL.com story carried the ominous headline “Rams talking to Chargers about potential L.A. move.” The story itself essentially said just that the Rams would not be an impediment to the Chargers joining them in their Inglewood stadium, which is slated to open in 2019.

VIDEO: Chargers Should Exercise Their Option To L.A.
The Chargers are on the clock, says Scott Kaplan. Which is why Dean Spanos should exercise his option to move the team to Los Angeles.

Pollution, altitude could make Azteca Stadium ‘devastating’ for Raiders, Texans – USA Today
Azteca Stadium sits at 7,280 feet above sea level, higher than Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High, which is by far the NFL’s most-elevated venue at 5,280 feet. The height, plus the atmospheric conditions of Mexico’s capital, could cause significant issues for the players.

“Azteca Stadium is the worst place to ever play a sporting event,” former United States national team soccer star Eric Wynalda told USA TODAY Sports.

3 things we learned from SDSU’s loss to Wyoming – San Diego Union-Tribune
Long is not going to second-guess himself or anybody else publicly. Nor should he. It’s over. The Aztecs lost any chance to host the MW title game. They likely won’t finish the season in the nation’s Top 25 for the first time since 1977.

It looks as if the result came down to one play, but of course it didn’t. There were 142 plays from scrimmage in the game. A lot of big ones. Unfortunately for the Aztecs, the last play will be the most remembered.

Jimmie Johnson wins record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship – USA Today
Jimmie Johnson won his seventh NASCAR championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, besting Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards in the third edition of the elimination-style Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Johnson came into the race with six career titles and was going for his record-tying seventh to put him in an exclusive club that for years contained only Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Padres add 4 prospects to 40-man roster – MLB.com
With the Winter Meetings on the horizon, the Padres added four prospects to their 40-man roster on Friday, protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft.

Right-handed pitchers Walker Lockett and Jose Ruiz, shortstop Javier Guerra and outfielder Franchy Cordero had their contracts selected by the team.

Fourtress – SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls (6-5-1-0) won their fourth consecutive game as they defeated the San Jose Barracuda (5-4-0-2) 4-0 in front of 7,931 fans at Valley View Casino Center. The Gulls concluded a four-game homestand (4-0-0), and is now 6-2-0 on home ice.

The night belonged to San Diego goaltender Matt Hackett, as the London, Ontario native made 37 saves in San Diego’s first shutout of the season. The victory marked Hackett’s fifth career AHL shutout.

SDSU plays Cal in its recruiting hotbed – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego State will play No. 25 Cal on Monday night in one of the first college basketball games at the Golden 1 Center, the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. It is the first time the Aztecs have played in Sacramento in 22 years and just the second time in 60 years.

No recruiting territory has been more fertile for Coach Steve Fisher and his staff in recent years than the state capitol, where they have found five players since 2010, including the No. 4 scorer in school history, the No. 12 scorer, a five-star prospect, and the current team captain. And they just missed on two others.

As U.S. Soccer Weighs Jurgen Klinsmann’s Future, He Says, ‘I’m Not Afraid’ – New York Times
Jurgen Klinsmann, whose status as coach of the United States men’s national team is under intense scrutiny, said Sunday night that he was “very comfortable” with his position and that he believed those calling for him to be fired were “being disrespectful” and “ignoring the facts” about his tenure as the team’s leader.

Katie Ledecky wins race by a full minute, shatters records – Sports Illustrated
Just five days after winning a 1000-yard race by 35 seconds, the Olympic swimmer won a 1,650-yard freestyle NCAA race at Ohio State on Sunday, breaking the collegiate record time by a hefty 20 seconds and her own American record by 10 seconds. The margin of victory in the race? A whopping minute.


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