DAILY LINKS: Tiger Woods returns to Torrey Pines

Farmers Insurance Open picks: Tiger Woods leads star-studded Torrey Pines field – CBS Sports
How will the weather affect the festivities? Remember last year when Snedeker shot a 69 in 9,000-MPH winds (approximately) when nobody else could muster better than par? It was one of the rounds of the year from a strokes-gained perspective. The weather is soggy and cold again this year, which means this could play more like an Open Championship than the U.S. Open it once hosted.

Poinsettia Bowl ends after 12 years – San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego Bowl Game Association on Wednesday announced it is discontinuing the Poinsettia Bowl. The group’s other postseason game, the Holiday Bowl, will continue.

Qualcomm Stadium workers to be laid off following Chargers team move to LA – 10 News
First San Diego loses its football team, now more than a thousand San Diegans are slated to lose their jobs and the city will be out more than a million dollars following the Chargers move to Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Tiger Woods On Returning To Torrey And The PGA Tour
Tiger Woods discusses returning to the PGA tour after a 17 month absence and being back at Torrey Pines.

Tiger Woods’ return creates buzz, but will he win again? – USA Today
The winner of 79 PGA Tour titles, including 14 major championships, hasn’t won anywhere in the world since the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, his fifth win that year en route to his 11th PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

VIDEO: Darren & Marty On Tiger’s Return, Rivers Gesture & Why MLS Isn’t Filling Chargers Void
Darren Smith and Marty Caswell discuss the buzz surrounding Tiger Woods’ return to Torrey Pines and the PGA tour, why MLS isn’t about filling the Charger void and why they’re not watching the Pro Bowl.

Sportscasting icon Brent Musburger will retire after Jan. 31 game – The Washington Post
The 77-year-old broadcaster, a folksy fixture at sports events for nearly 50 years, will call his last game — a college basketball game between Kentucky and Georgia — for ESPN on Jan. 31.

Musburger plans to start a sports-handicapping business there with his family and, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, will have a sports handicapping show on Sirius XM Radio.

AUDIO: Darren Smith: “The One Time I Worked With Brent Musburger…”
Darren Smith shares a story about working with Brent Musburger during the NBA Finals

VIDEO: The Party Is At Torrey!
Scott Kaplan previews all the fun you have no idea about at the Farmers Insurance Open. Now that the rain has finally stopped, get out and enjoy beautiful Torrey Pines!

Padres’ Luis Urias rising on prospect lists – San Diego Union-Tribune
Amid the commotion, arguably the fastest riser was one who predated Preller’s hiring. Luis Urias, still only 19, has surged on prospect lists and recently was ranked No. 6 in one of the sport’s deepest systems by Baseball America. A precociously gifted hitter and a versatile defender, the 5-foot-9 second baseman is impressing evaluators both outside and within the organization.

AUDIO: Andy Green: “I Have The Hardest Time Conceding That 2017 Isn’t Going To Be Good”
Padres manager Andy Green returns to the program for an offseason report as we are just a few weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Peoria.

Padres switch healthcare providers after 36 years – San Diego Union-Tribune
For the first time since 1981, when Tony Gwynn was drafted and Ozzie Smith dazzled at Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres have a new healthcare provider.

The organization’s contract with Scripps Clinic expired at the end of 2016. UC San Diego Health, led by new head team physician Catherine Robertson, has become the Padres’ medical arm.


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