DAILY LINKS: Mexico fumes as WBC heads to San Diego

Baseball bumbles as WBC descends on San Diego – San Diego Union-Tribune
In the wee hours of Monday morning in Guadalajara, the baseball-loving hearts of Mexico’s team and fans brimmed with pride about keeping alive their chances of qualifying for the Petco Park quarterfinals with a stirring 11-9 win over Venezuela.

Moments later, Major League Baseball released a statement that an obscure tie-breaking criteria — runs allowed per defensive inning — meant Venezuela actually advanced to a winner-moves-on showdown with Italy.

Mexico, which had been told it simply needed to win by two runs, already had celebrated on the field. The WBC’s own Twitter account and website, along with MLB Network, announced the team would face Italy on Monday for the right to travel to San Diego.

When it all changed, Team Mexico protested and fumed. Fourteen hours later, baseball announced that although the WBC’s social media accounts and MLB Network “regrettably caused confusion,” the host country officially had been forked.

AUDIO: Ken Rosenthal On Pros And Cons Of The WBC & Mexico’s Scoring Controversy
MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal on the scoring controversy that prevented Mexico from advancing in the WBC and why the tournament means different things to different countries.

World Baseball Classic: Breaking down the second round in San Diego – USA Today
After a first round packed with thrilling games and a sprinkle of controversy, the Western Hemisphere half of the World Baseball Classic moves on to San Diego’s Petco Park, where four teams will play a round-robin to determine two semifinalists. Who will end up victorious between the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and USA?

Padres Agree To Terms With Cuban LHP Osvaldo Hernandez
The San Diego Padres continued their spending spree, building up the low end of their farm system with international free agent prospects, with the signing of left-handed pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez on Monday.

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VIDEO: Dan & Joe – March Madness Begins
Dan Sileo & Joe Tutino are back with the Monday post, talking March Madness & the NCAA Tournament, the World Baseball Classic, and Steve Fisher’s future with the Aztecs.

AUDIO: Eric Weddle: “In The Middle Of OTA’s Last Year I Texted (Woodhead) And Was Like ‘You’re Gonna Be With Me Next Year!’”
Former Charger and current Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle joins Kevin Acee to talk about his scouting of friend and former Charger Danny Woodhead, what the team is building in Baltimore, the Chargers cutting King Dunlap, how much longer he plans to play football, and more.

Eric Weddle is Converting San Diego Fans to Ravens – BaltimoreRavens.com
The Ravens safety helped recruit safety Tony Jefferson and running back Danny Woodhead to Baltimore. Now he’s also luring San Diego football fans who lost the Chargers to start rooting for the Ravens.

Weddle cheap-shots Chargers on Dunlap’s release – San Diego Union-Tribune
Weddle this week ripped the Spanoses who run the Chargers — and perhaps General Manager Tom Telesco as well — when he responded Monday to a Tweet from excellent NFL writer Michael Gehlken, that the Chargers were releasing King Dunlap before a $500,000 bonus came due.

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UT’s growth and development reporter Roger Showley on the economic impact of Soccer City, challenges surrounding Manchester’s plan for developing Qualcomm and why there will be lawsuits.

UCSD falls to Chico St. in West Regional finals – San Diego Union-Tribune
For the second straight year, the Tritons fell one win short of reaching the Elite Eight, while Chico State advanced to that territory for the second time in school history.

The teams from the California Collegiate Athletic Conference played four times this season, each winning twice, and Chico avenged a loss to UCSD in the semifinal of the CCAA Tournament.

AUDIO: Steve Fisher “We’re Going To Come Back, Be The Aztecs Everyone Is Accustomed To Seeing In The Tournament”
Aztecs Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Fisher joined Scott and BR to recap the SDSU season, not being in postseason play for the first time in 10 seasons and if he will return next season as head coach.

John Elway brushes off speculation on Tony Romo, Broncos – USA Today
Told at a news conference on Monday that there was “a lot of talk” regarding the Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Elway acted incredulous. “Really? Where, among you?” he asked, gesturing to the assembled group of reporters. No, on Twitter, he was told.

Then Elway was asked directly if the Broncos would be trading for Romo, who has yet to be released by the Cowboys.

“Tony’s under contract still. Last time I checked he’s still under contract,” Elway said. “Nothing has changed since the combine. We’re excited about the two guys we have, we feel like we’re in good shape there.”


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