DAILY LINKS: Aztecs stay alive with best performance of the year

Aztecs blast Broncos, reach MW semis – San Diego Union-Tribune
You wouldn’t recognize the team playing Thursday night in the quarterfinals against a third-seeded Boise State team that beat it by 12 two months earlier. You wouldn’t recognize the 3-pointers raining from the heavens, the 21 points off offensive rebounds, the three charging fouls drawn (which might have equaled its season total), the extra pass, the grit, the hustle, the moxie, the swagger, the sense of purpose, the sense of destiny.

But March is all about momentum in college basketball, and San Diego State magically, miraculously has it after blasting Boise State 87-68 in Thursday’s late quarterfinal at the Thomas & Mack Center.

‘Soccer City’ could net $2.8 billion annual impact to local economy – 10 News
An independent report from the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) said the plan, which calls for a mixed-use stadium and development of surrounding land, could have an annual economic impact of $2.8 billion.

The plan could also add more than 25,000 jobs to the area, according to the report.

Initial estimates also indicated a $3.7 billion economic impact and the addition of more than 41,000 jobs during the construction phase of the project, the report said.

AUDIO: Landon Donovan “If Both Sides Really Want To Make A Deal A Deal Will Get Done”
American Soccer legend Landon Donovan joined Scott and BR to talk about last week’s MLS watch party, the new report that claims the FS Investors plan would have a $2.8 billion economic impact on San Diego and where the negotiations are with SDSU now that Elliot Hirshman announced his resignation.

VIDEO: Let’s Finally Do Something In San Diego
The soap opera continues for San Diego as the city, FS Investors, and SDSU try to figure out the best plan for the Mission valley Site. Scott Kaplan breaks it down.

ACEE: Manchester’s vision for new Q is wonderfully distracting – San Diego Union-Tribune
The stated goal of the Manchester group is to bring the NFL back to San Diego. Believe them. But to have a shot at that end, they first need to slow down the only project currently on the table, one that has a fair amount of favor at city hall.

As brilliant as this idea could be to land an NFL team, it could be just as brilliant a ploy to sink SoccerCity.

VIDEO: Darren Balsley On Weaver, Capps Deliver & Competition For The Starting Rotation
Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley on what Jered Weaver adds, Carter Capps’ delivery and competition for the starting rotation.

PODCAST: Gulls In Flight S2E24: San Jose Showdowns/Tyler Morley
After an epic pair of showdowns between the top two teams in the AHL Pacific Division, Gulls in Flight is back with a full recap and more! Join Craig Elsten and B.J. MacPherson from the Mighty 1090 podcast studio for a look at three wild games over the weekend and through the week, as the Gulls went 2-0-1 while trimming the Pacific lead to three points.

VIDEO: The Gulls Are One Of The Best Teams In The AHL
Voice of the Gulls Craig Elsten breaks down the state of the Gulls, and their chase with the San Jose Barracuda for the Pacific Division crown.

Los Angeles Chargers Agree to a 4-Year Deal With Russell Okung – Bolts from the Blue
If Okung even plays like last year, this deal is well worth it. If he plays to his ceiling, this is a steal. He’s a good player and would’ve been the best player on the Chargers offensive line last year. So the team filled a big need today.

NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs described in court filings – Washington Post
The court filing reveals that the teams dispensed painkillers and prescription-strength anti-inflammatories in numbers far beyond anything previously acknowledged or made public. In the calendar year of 2012, for example, the average team prescribed nearly 5,777 doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and 2,213 doses of controlled medications to its players, according to a March 2013 internal document from Lawrence Brown, the NFL-employed medical adviser who oversees its drug issues.

Those numbers could average out to about six to seven pain pills or injections a week per player over the course of a typical NFL season, but sports medicine experts noted that it’s unlikely the drugs were distributed evenly over the entire roster and just as unlikely that team logs represent the full extent of medications players seek out to manage pain.


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