8/18 TMM: Chargers, Raiders might shift divisions

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Rea, Kemp help lead Padres past Braves – Padres.com
Colin Rea won for the second time in as many Major League starts and Matt Kemp and Yonder Alonso each hit solo home runs Monday night as the Padres topped the Braves, 5-3, at Petco Park.

VIDEO: Kemp Talks Cycle; Gyorko At SS; Norris Receives Award – Mighty 1090
Matt Kemp talks about hitting for the cycle; Jedd Gyorko discusses what it’s like to play shortstop for the first time in the pros, and Derek Norris receives the MLB Heart & Hustle Award.

Carmen Policy presents case for Carson NFL stadium for Chargers, Raiders – The O.C. Register
Carmen Policy characterized it as a sneak preview, and indeed the video trailer that followed his introduction promised a $1.78 billion blockbuster, coming soon to a freeway near you.

Los Angeles stadium could bring shift in NFL divisions – Associated Press
Construction of an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area could come with another change: a possible shift in division for the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers.

AUDIO: Philip Rivers On Signing New Extension And L.A. – Mighty 1090
Chargers QB Philip Rivers joins the Darren Smith show to discuss his new extension, how much LA was a factor, and why he’s so excited about the Chargers’ new core players.

Runners keep running, Norris keeps gunning – San Diego Union-Tribune
Not only is Derek Norris leading the league in runners thrown out, by a wide margin, but he’s on pace for the most runners thrown out by a Padres catcher (ever!) and one of the best numbers that modern baseball has ever seen.

Sweetwater Valley Little League Coach Fired From Day Job – NBC San Diego
Jaime Ramirez, the dugout coach for the Sweetwater Valley Little League team, was fired on Monday, the same day the team headed to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in preparation for the World Series on Thursday.

VIDEO: Chargers Teammates, Mike McCoy On Philip Rivers’ Extension – Mighty 1090
Chris Watt, Stevie Johnson, King Dunlap, Eric Weddle and Mike McCoy discuss Philip Rivers new extension and what it means for the team.

A start at shortstop doesn’t faze Gyorko – San Diego Union-Tribune
The hope, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said, is that sure hands will make up for whatever range Gyorko lacks at a position he hasn’t played since college. If so, the Padres could explore Monday’s defensive alignment – Gyorko at shortstop, Cory Spangenberg at second and Yangervis Solarte at third – a bit more as the season winds down.

Vin Scully is undecided on returning to Dodgers for a 67th season next year – Los Angeles Times
Vin Scully does not want to extend his career to the point where he is no longer an effective broadcaster. He remains the best in the business, as evidenced by weaving the mother of Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams into a story about Charles Manson last week.

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