Shields’ Stuff, Stadium Saga And SDSU’s Season

Home, James, and it can’t come soon enough.
New Padres ace James Shields continues to mow through the Cactus League like Peoria seniors do their blue-plate specials. Shields was Shields once again on Sunday and he is saving something for opening day, right?
He worked five hitless innings against the Cubs, and you’re right, once that was not that big of deal.
But the Cubs are loaded with young bats and Shields still kept their offensive in hibernation.
Shields, who picked the Padres over the Cubs when shopping for a team, struck out six in another stellar outing.
Manager Bud Black said Shields was “locked in.” We’re tempted to lock up Shields until April 6 and what should be his first start in Los Angeles as a Padre. …
Is Padres slugger Matt Kemp smiling more than usual? Those tracking him as a Dodgers think just that.
But don’t overlook the NCAA tournament when finding Kemp’s reasons to smile. He’s a huge Oklahoma University fan and the Sooners advancing to the Sweet 16 hasn’t gone unnoticed by No. 27. …
Good news that Padres pitcher Casey Kelly was optioned to Triple A and come again?
After undergoing two Tommy John surgeries, being pointed anywhere but the trainer’s room is considered a plus. …
The NFL owners will get an update at their meetings this week on the San Diego stadium saga. This long running soap-opera is a hoot to watch as the rich-and-powerful try to stare each other down.
Word is the Chargers remain less than smitten with a venue in Mission Valley, especially one which might not includes every bell and whistle, according to Adam Day, the Citizens’ Stadium Task Group.
It’s not believed the Charger are going to settle for a stripped-down stadium, especially with the proposed all-everything Inglewood facility on the horizon which is expected to make every other NFL owner envious. …
Unless I missed it, San Diego State coach Steve Fisher was all class in the aftermath of his team getting demolished by Duke in the NCAA tournament’s third round.
It’s easy in a loss for a coach to play the mitigating-circumstances card. Someone has a sore knee; a player was nursing a tender hamstring; the bus was late; the alarm didn’t go off.
While a flu bug tore through the Aztecs’ traveling party in Charlotte, no one would have blamed Fisher for using that as a crutch.
But Fisher is too old-school for that. If you take the court, you are ready to go and whatever happens, happens. …
Many San Diego folks were in the desert and no, we’re not talking about the Valley of the Sun.
The BNP Paribas Open set another attendance record last week as this event has cemented its reputation as the tennis’ fifth major. It is so much more than tennis in Indian Wells, with a party atmosphere oozing from the palatial grounds which have benefited from software mogul Larry Ellison taking control.
Novak Djokovic’s three-set win over Roger Federer in the final was an instant classic.
Rancho Santa Fe’s Jelena Jankovic fell victim to Simona Halep’s rally after taking the first set. Halep prevailed, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. …
The women’s golf tour lands locally this week with the KIA Classic setting up shop at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. The Aviara course is as challenging as it is beautiful.
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