DAILY LINKS: Mayor, SDSU to meet on SoccerCity

Mayor, SDSU to meet on SoccerCity; Q could close before ’18 season – San Diego Union-Tribune
Mayor Kevin Faulconer is making San Diego State a priority as he works toward his expected endorsement of the SoccerCity plan in Mission Valley.

In much the same way he got behind the Chargers’ stadium plan last year, the mayor is expected to eventually present a series of added provisions that must be agreed upon in order for him to sign on, and he wants to address the needs of his alma mater and San Diego’s largest university in that list of caveats.

VIDEO: U.S. Defeats Defending Champs D.R. 6-3, Advances To WBC Semifinals
Manager Jim Leyland, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, and Andrew McCutchen on Team USA’s 6-3 win over the defending champs, Dominican Republic, and advancing to the World Baseball Classic semifinals in Los Angeles.

Adam Jones goes above and beyond in front of hometown crowd – San Diego Union-Tribune
Adam Jones’ robbery of Manny Machado’s bid for a seventh-inning home run not only moved immediately toward the top of a short Petco Park hits list, it allowed the Americans to continue to cling to a narrow lead over the Dominicans and ultimately just their second berth into the World Baseball Classic semifinals.

Comic-Con to take over Hall of Champions museum space – FOX 5 San Diego
The San Diego Hall of Champions announced Thursday that Comic-Con International will take over its building in Balboa Park to create a museum for the popular arts.

The financially struggling sports museum said its Breitbard Hall of Fame will be relocated later this year to Petco Park.

The plan is to mount the 153 induction plaques in the busy main concourse of the Western Metals Building, and have it open sometime during the Padres’ season.

Friedrich’s Opening Day status unknown – Padres.com
Left-hander Christian Friedrich, who led the Padres in starts last season, has been battling general arm soreness this spring, putting his status for the Opening Day roster in some doubt.

Green indicated that Friedrich simply hasn’t felt right during the first month of camp. He missed his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday and will likely miss his next Cactus League appearance, as well.

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Comeback Thriller – SanDiegoGulls.com
Max Gortz scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout to give the San Diego Gulls (37-15-3-2, 79 pts.) its ninth win in the last 11 games (9-1-1-0) in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the San Antonio Rampage (24-32-5-2; 55 pts.) at AT&T Center on Saturday night. The Gulls trailed 3-1 with 12 minutes remaining in the third period, but roared back with goals from Corey Tropp and Spencer Abbott to force overtime in one of their most thrilling wins this season.

Schimpf, Margot nearing returns, but will both be on Padres’ opening day roster? – San Diego Union-Tribune
Padres officials initially had been hopeful that Margot would return by the middle of the month. Now, opening day is just two weeks away, Schimpf and Margot having combined for 20 spring at-bats.

Schimpf, 28, has been taking ground balls and, after hitting a surprising 20 home runs as a rookie last season, is likely to break camp with the team.

The chances of Margot, 22, doing the same are more questionable. There is another consideration. Margot, the Padres’ top position-player prospect, accumulated 12 days of major league service time in his debut last September. If the Padres keep him in the minors for a little more than three weeks to begin the season, it would ensure Margot would not reach a full year of service time in 2017. Down the road, San Diego would have an additional year of club control over Margot, 22.

Former 49ers great Dwight Clark diagnosed with ALS – USA Today
Dwight Clark, the former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver known for hauling in “The Catch” from Joe Montana to secure a win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, revealed Sunday he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey found – Sports Illustrated
Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered. Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.


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