DAILY LINKS: Chargers reportedly to exercise option to move to L.A. next month

Chargers expected to exercise option for L.A. move, sources say – ESPN
Barring a miracle, the San Diego Chargers are expected to exercise the team’s option to move to Los Angeles in 2017, sources told ESPN’s Jim Trotter.

During the NFL owners meetings in January, in which the league approved the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles, the Chargers were granted the option to relocate to L.A. with a deadline of Jan. 15, 2017.

Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has to alert the league that he intends to exercise that option by next month’s deadline.

It sounds like the Chargers are leaving… – Bolts from the Blue
The thought process is that the Chargers, just as was rumored before Election Day, were going to leave San Diego if the vote came in at less than 50%. Seeing as how that is exactly what happened, they’re ready to move on.


VIDEO: Chargers Look To Get Back To .500 With Win Against Tampa Bay
Joe Tutino and Jay Paris break down what the Chargers need to do to beat the Buccaneers and get back to .500 on the season.

UCSD falls 2-0 in NCAA soccer semifinal – San Diego Union-Tribune
Tenth-ranked UC San Diego, with 10 Californians and a Polish defender in its starting lineup, lost 2-0 on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., to top-ranked Wingate of North Carolina, which opened the match with nine foreign-born players from four different nations.

Harden, Rockets snap Warriors’ 12 game win streak in 2 OTs – Sports Illustrated
James Harden notched his fourth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Warriors 132-127 in double overtime Thursday night to end Golden State’s 12-game winning streak.

AUDIO: Lee Jenkins On Why LeBron James Is SI’s Sportsperson Of The Year
Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins on why LeBron James was chosen as SI’s Sportsperson of the year, the impact of his foundation and why Tyronn Lue called him out during the NBA playoffs.

SDSU faces tricky game at Loyola Chicago – San Diego Union-Tribune
It is part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge that was resurrected last season against the wishes of many of its coaches. In Loyola, the Aztecs get a largely unknown team that everyone assumes they’ll beat and that could seriously dent their NCAA Tournament aspirations if they don’t.


VIDEO: Steve Fisher: “We Have To Take Care Of Ourselves, And Not Ask For Help”
As the Aztecs prepare for Loyola-Chicago, head coach Steve Fisher says his team is well aware of how last year’s struggle in non-conference ultimately hurt SDSU’s NCAA Tournament chances.

Can NFL keep pushing back on reviews for penalties after no-call costs Vikings? – USA Today
It makes sense to limit the number of reviews to prevent games from becoming unreasonably long. Plus, there’s built-in subjectivity to many penalties – judgement calls such as whether a blocker “materially” restricts a pass rusher to justify a holding call or, in the case of the hit on Bradford, whether a defender “forcibly” makes contact to the quarterback’s head.

But in a high-leverage situation, in a game with playoff implications, on national TV no less, wouldn’t it make sense to have some mechanism to correct a seemingly obvious error?


VIDEO: Denzel Perryman On Challenge Of Jameis Winston & Korey Toomer’s Impact
Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman on the challenges in facing Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, how much he’s grown since they faced off in college and Korey Toomer’s quick impact on the Chargers defense.

Patriots say Rob Gronkowski likely out for season due to back surgery – Sports Illustrated
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery on Friday and will likely miss the rest of the season, the team announced.

The team initially believed the injury was not as serious and he would return quickly, but Gronkowski is now expected to miss eight weeks. The team would not officially rule him out for the season yet, but said they did not expect him back.


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