DAILY LINKS: Major League Soccer looking to expand into San Diego

Spanos no fool, just a coward – San Diego Union-Tribune
Dean Spanos did what every coward eventually does. He took the easy way out. He walked away rather than continue to engage a solution. In essence, it got too hard for daddy’s little boy.

If his proud declaration to “Fight for L.A.” goes anything like his pathetic fight for a way in San Diego, the Rams have nothing to worry about.

AUDIO: Jim Rome: Will The Chargers’ Embarrassment Stop?
First thing’s first: Carson is not Los Angeles. And even Carson doesn’t seem thrilled that the Chargers are on their way.

Fans boo Chargers’ logo, Jeff Cumberland at Lakers-Clippers game – ESPN
The Chargers’ first public presentation in their new city didn’t go over so well Saturday.

During Saturday’s game against the Lakers, the Clippers showed the new Los Angeles Chargers logo on the video screen, and the Staples Center crowd promptly booed.

After a few seconds, the screen cut to Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland, who briefly waved but was also booed.

AUDIO: Philip Rivers Says Goodbye To San Diego
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers says goodbye to his beloved fan base and his conflicted emotions in moving to Los Angeles.

Chargers exit may help San Diego, if its leaders are wise – San Diego Union-Tribune
For San Diego, this boils down to how wisely its elected leaders decide what comes next for the 166 acres occupied by crumbling Qualcomm Stadium, now that the Chargers say they will move to Los Angeles. This is prime real estate in the center of Mission Valley, with its own trolley stop and near three freeways.

MLS chief Don Garber still hopeful on St. Louis, San Diego, Miami expansion – ESPN FC
The announcement that the NFL’s San Diego Chargers would be moving to L.A. has created a sporting vacuum that MLS hopes to exploit, especially with an investor group that reportedly includes San Diego Padres lead investor Peter Seidler, private equity investor Mike Stone, and retired Qualcomm executive Steve Altman.

“We have spent a lot of time down there [in San Diego],” Garber said. “There is a good group that’s come together. We know the investor prospects well, and I’ve been there quietly. I’ll be down there for the U.S. game, and I think it would be a great MLS city.

VIDEO: Thank You San Diego For Donating Your Chargers Gear To Alpha Project
Thank you for those of you who came by the Valley View Casino Center Friday to donate your Chargers gear to Alpha Project which distributes clothes to the homeless. If you couldn’t make it, visit www.alphaproject.org to learn more information on how you can help.

San Diego Companies Refuse to Move Chargers to L.A. – NBC San Diego
As of Sunday night 22 movers based in San Diego had vowed not to move the Chargers north and more are expected to sign on in the coming days. An email is being sent to as many movers as Charles can think of.

VIDEO: Aztecs Win Big In Malik Pope’s Return
With the return of Malik Pope, San Diego State cruised to a 74-55 win over Utah State and improved to 2-3 in the Mountain West Conference. Pope scored nine points, and added five rebounds, an assist, and steal in 23 minutes. Hear from him, Matt Shrigley (14 pts, 5-7 FG), and Coach Fisher after the win.

Wil Myers inks six-year, $80 million extension with Padres – ESPN
Myers, a first-time All-Star in 2016, has agreed to a six-year extension with the Padres, club sources told ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

Fox Sports, which first reported the agreement, says the deal is worth more than $80 million.

The deal is pending a physical. Myers, who primarily played first base in 2016, had been eligible for arbitration.

Yangervis Solarte picks up two-year deal with Padres – Hardball Talk
The Padres announced a two-year deal with infielder Yangervis Solarte on Friday night, with club options through 2020. Solarte was entering his first year of arbitration with San Diego and will be covered through his final season of arbitration and first year of free agency should the Padres choose to exercise his options.

Thomas Wins Sony Open, Sets PGA Tour’s 72-Hole Scoring Record – Golf.com
Challenged only by the record book, Justin Thomas won the Sony Open on Sunday with the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history.

Thomas capped off his wonderful week at Waialae that began with a 59 with his second straight victory. He two-putted birdie from 60 feet on the par-5 18th and closed with a 5-under 65 to set the record at 253.

MLK Day Viewer’s Guide: Cavaliers Vs. Warriors Highlight Big Day – Sports Illustrated
The NBA has a full slate of games scheduled for Martin Luther King Day. What should you watch for and which ones are most worth your time? Our Viewer’s Guide will catch you up on all you need to know.


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