DAILY LINKS: Chargers season all but over following another blown lead

Chargers’ season all Bucced up – San Diego Union-Tribune
A flawed, injury-torn team did enough Sunday, as it often does, to tease what it can be. It controlled much of a game. It held a fourth-quarter lead. But then, for the fifth time this season, it lost that late edge, leaving no mystery as to why a 28-21 loss to the Buccaneers spelled the end to playoff aspirations.

VIDEO: Depressed Chargers Locker Room On Costly Loss To Tampa
Hear from a depressed Chargers locker room, including Joey Bosa, Melvin Gordon, Denzel Perryman and Matt Slauson on the costly 28-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and how they expect the team to respond after their playoff chances evaporate.

How the San Diego Chargers Can Make the Playoffs – New York Times
With 65 games remaining, there are about 37 quintillion different ways the N.F.L. regular season could end. How many of those put the Chargers in the playoffs? Less than 1%.

VIDEO: Mistakes Doom Bolts, Who “Find Ways To Lose”
Find out what went wrong in the Chargers costly 28-21 loss to the Buccaneers, hear from a down and out Bolts locker room, including Joey Bosa, Dwight Lowery, Matt Slauson and Denzel Perryman and find out what the team and fans have to look forward to.

3 Worst Things: Chargers blow another 4th quarter lead – Bolts from the Blue
Once again, the San Diego Chargers headed into the 4th quarter of a home game with a lead, and once again the team ended up with a loss. This time, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaving as victors.

VIDEO: Aztecs Win MWC Championship, Will Face Houston In Las Vegas Bowl
Aztecs Head Coach Rocky Long talking winning the Mountain West Conference in back-to-back years, and facing Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.

3 thoughts: Loyola 65, SDSU 59 – San Diego Union-Tribune
If the Mountain West wasn’t a one-bid league before Saturday, it might be now, extinguishing the at-large aspirations of New Mexico and quite possibly SDSU. The Lobos had to play at Illinois State without leading scorer Tim Williams and lost. The Aztecs had everybody available at Loyola Chicago but had the predictably flat performance on a Saturday afternoon 1,735 miles from home in a half-empty gym against a team picked seventh in the Missouri Valley.

Padres Non-Tender Tyson Ross, Alexi Amarista
In a surprising move, the San Diego Padres declined to offer arbitration to Starting Pitcher Tyson Ross on Friday. Ross was the team’s Opening Day starter in 2016 but missed the entire season with injury after that game.

Also headed for free agency after being non-tendered by the Padres is longtime utility infielder Alexi Amarista.

Why your team should sign Tyson Ross – Beyond the Box Score
At this time last year, Tyson Ross was a highly coveted pitcher, but the Padres stood pat all winter and didn’t trade him. Then the injury happened and they had to cut him. Ross’s overall outlook all depends on how well his rehab and subsequent recovery go. Shoulders are tricky, but he didn’t have a torn labrum or rotator cuff surgery, which are harder to come back from.

Padres land prospect Avila, send Norris to Nats – MLB.com
The Padres continued their youth movement Friday, parting ways with catcher Derek Norris in exchange for Nationals pitching prospect Pedro Avila.

A 19-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, Avila was rated as Washington’s No. 23 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. Since signing with the Nats in 2014, he owns a 2.93 ERA with 10.58 strikeouts per nine innings over 34 career Minor League appearances.

Jeff Fisher isn’t going anywhere, signing two-year extension, and neither are Rams, who fall to 4-8 – Los Angeles Times
After his team’s seventh loss in eight games, Fisher confirmed that he’d signed a new deal. Neither he nor the Rams would reveal terms, but it is believed to be for two years.

“I am expecting to be the coach of the franchise,” Fisher said after a defeat that dropped the Rams’ record to 4-8.

The Rams also confirmed that General Manager Les Snead had received an extension. Terms were not released.

Fisher is in the final season of a five-year contract that pays him about $7 million a year. Sunday’s loss makes him 31-44-1 with the Rams, with four games remaining in the season.

Tiger Woods sees positives despite shooting 76 – USA Today
Woods played 72 holes without issue and unleashed some max effort swings when he wanted to. The club twirls were back. His swing was “awesome,” as more than one player said, as they emphasized the speed and power and effortless action Woods presented. His haunting chipping woes are gone. He made 24 birdies – against six double bogeys and eight bogeys – and shot 73-65-70-76 to finish at 4 under.

Report: Cam Newton benched for violating team dress code – Sports Illustrated
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the team’s first drive of Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks, due to what the team’s radio broadcast called “disciplinary reasons.”

Ashley Stroehlein of WBTV later added more color, reporting that Newton violated the team’s dress code by not wearing a tie.


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