DAILY LINKS: Tiger Woods falters with late bogeys on Day 1 at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods falters with late bogeys en route to opening 76 at Torrey Pines – ESPN
The idyllic golf course on the Pacific Ocean that has been the place of so many Tiger Woods highlights over the years did not produce any such memories Thursday during his first round of 2017.

Playing in his first official PGA Tour event in 17 months, Woods looked like someone who is not in tournament form at the Farmers Insurance Open, with a smattering of errant shots on an unrelenting Torrey Pines South Course that led to a score of 76, 4 over par.

Tiger Woods needs a little time, lot of patience – USA Today
The Tiger of old, who won 79 Tour titles and 14 major championships, would have fumed after the round. But the new Tiger, father of two and now 41 with a fragile back and far too many rehab days to count, has tempered his expectations — at least for now.

Rose starts slow but blitzes par-5 holes – San Diego Union-Tribune
Justin Rose is battling even more history trying to win here this week. The last six winners of the tournament played their first round on the South Course, and since 2000, no first round leader or co-leader has won.

AUDIO: Jermaine Jones: “MLS In San Diego Is A Great Idea”
LA Galaxy and US Soccer midfielder Jermaine Jones joined Scott and BR to talk about playing in San Diego, the possible MLS expansion in San Diego and upcoming World Cup Qualifying.

Goodell: NFL “disappointed” by Chargers move – Pro Football Talk
Goodell admitted that the league is “disappointed” that the Chargers are moving. He added that the league “did some unprecedented things to try to keep the Charger in San Diego.”

He wasn’t asked to identify the “unprecedented things” the NFL tried to do. As one league source explained it to PFT, the options definitely included Rams owner Stan Kroenke writing a very large check (possibly over a series of years) to help the Chargers build a stadium in San Diego and to keep L.A. a one-team town.

AUDIO: Darren Smith: “Dean Spanos Is Pathetic”
Darren Smith sounds off on Dean Spanos after reports suggest the Rams could have offered $$ to keep the Chargers in San Diego.

PODCAST: Stop Comparing The NFL And MLS
An expansion Major League Soccer team in San Diego won’t replace the San Diego Chargers, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad thing either. It’s time for Chargers fans to stop comparing the two.

AUDIO: Jordan Morris: “I Think (San Diego) Would Be Awesome”
USMNT player Jordan Morris thinks San Diego would be a great home for a MLS franchise.

Rafael Nadal survives in five-set win to reach final vs. Federer – USA Today
Rafael Nadal will play Roger Federer in a dream matchup for the Australian Open final.

Nadal survived a tough 6-3, 5-7. 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 win against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Friday in the men’s semifinals. The match went nearly five hours.

Randy Jones battling throat cancer – San Diego Union-Tribune
Randy Jones, the Padres icon who won the franchise’s first Cy Young award, is battling throat cancer.

Jones, who turned 67 this month, was diagnosed in November and has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments since Dec. 12 at Sharp Hospital.

“Overall, I’m feeling really good,” Jones said Thursday. “They caught it early, and it hasn’t spread. It’s just in my throat. … I know I can beat this. There’s no quit in me.”

San Diego Padres: How the No Names Could Become Household Names – Friars On Base
There is no doubt that the Padres lack the big name starter. After all, Clayton Richard will get the Opening Day nod in all likelihood. But this doesn’t make San Diego any less serious about contending in 2017 and beyond.

Players such as Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and Ryan Schimpf are developing before our very eyes. Veterans Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte are returning to the club and staying for the long term. This isn’t just a roster overhaul. It’s a well thought out plan by general manager A.J. Preller and the front office unfolding on schedule.

Clippers have strong interest in adding Carmelo Anthony to Big Three – USA Today
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, the Clippers have a strong interest in adding Anthony so long as they don’t have to give up one of their Big Three of Paul, Griffin or DeAndre Jordan. Considering they have made this clear to the Knicks, the illuminating part is that the conversation didn’t die right there.

With the Knicks known to think very favorably of 24-year-old Clippers guard Austin Rivers (career-high 11.9 points per game this season), and with various combinations of trade scenarios known to include other players like veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick (who will be a free agent this summer) and super sixth man Jamal Crawford (who signed a three-year, $42 million deal last summer), it seems clear that the Knicks’ interest level in parting ways with Anthony is growing by the day.


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