DAILY LINKS: Antonio Gates Announces Intention to Return in 2017

Antonio Gates Announces Intention to Return in 2017 – Chargers.com
With rumors swirling whether or not Sunday would mark his final game in the NFL, Gates announced his intention to return for another year donning the lightning bolt. Only one touchdown catch from tying Tony Gonzalez for the most by a tight end in NFL history, number 85 said he plans to play in 2017 regardless if he achieves the record or not in the Week 17 finale.

PODCAST: 2017 Chargers Head Coaching Candidates
Ben Higgins and John Gennaro debate which of the head coaching candidates the San Diego Chargers should pursue to replace Mike McCoy, then wonder if them being in Los Angeles makes a difference in their search, and finally deal with the terrifying realization that McCoy might not be fired at all at the end of this season.

Melvin Gordon Absolutely Should Not Play vs. Chiefs – Bolts from the Blue
Unfortunately, early in week 13 at the Carolina Panthers, Gordon tried to recover a fumble early in the game and ended up needing to be carted off the field looking for all the world like a player that had seen his last snap of the 2016 season. Now, as we sit four days out from the Chargers’ last game of the season, Gordon is being discussed as a game-time decision. This is ludicrous. The Chargers have been eliminated from the playoffs and there is nothing good that can come from winning their last game let alone risking the health of a key player to do so.

Hoffman’s path to the Hall of Fame – San Diego Union-Tribune
Trevor Hoffman is headed to the Hall of Fame. Eventually.

Eighty years of voting trends says his induction is an inevitability even if the early returns from this year’s ballots are beginning to indicate Hoffman may have to wait another year before punching his ticket to Cooperstown.

Phil and Jeanie — basketball’s ultimate power couple — call it quits – ESPN
As the years went by, Jackson focused in on the Knicks and Buss focused on the Lakers. He would come to Los Angeles when he could, and she would see him in New York when she attended board of governors meetings, but friends say it got harder and harder to find time to connect.

Xolos win friendly over Atlas at Mesa College – San Diego Union-Tribune
It was another professional soccer match in San Diego. This time it was at San Diego Mesa College in an intimate setting with the Tijuana Xolos beating Atlas of Guadalajara 3-1 in the preseason friendly between teams from Mexico’s top-flight league.

No. 21 Oregon hands No. 2 UCLA first loss on Dillon Brooks’s game winner – Sports Illustrated
Oregon knocked off previously undefeated UCLA on a late game winner by Dillon Brooks.

Brooks took the ball at the top of the key with the clock running down and the Ducks trailing by one. He pulled up from the right wing and drained a three for the 89–87 lead.

UFC Parting Ways With Broadcaster Mike Goldberg: Jim Rome And Other Possible Replacements – Forbes
In a pre-UFC 207 media scrum, Dana White announced that UFC 207 will be Goldberg’s final broadcast with the company, per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. Flo Combat’s Jeremy Botter is reporting that sports talk show host Jim Rome is White’s target, and that negotiations between them are ongoing.


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