8/25 TMM: Upton brothers leading Padres’ winning ways

San Diego Padres Justin Upton and Melvin Upton

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M. Upton relishing fresh start on West Coast – MLB.com
One thing that has been driving the Padres into the win column lately? Improved play from Melvin Upton, who has been one of the team’s best hitters and defenders since the All-Star break. His .292 batting average in August trails only his brother (Justin Upton) and Yangervis Solarte for the team lead.

MLS Is Getting Better And The World Knows It – Mighty 1090 (video)
Darren Smith and Jordan Carruth went to watch the LA Galaxy take on New York City FC Sunday in Carson, and what they saw was a soccer match filled with some of the world’s best players. Is it time to admit that the MLS is becoming a great league?

Ross brothers reuniting in Washington, D.C. – San Diego Union-Tribune
Either months after Joe Ross was traded to the Washington Nationals, he’ll be facing off against his old team and big brother (Tyson Ross) in a series of games that both teams need to win.

It’s Opening Day In Los Angeles For The Dodgers Accelerator Program – TechCrunch
The LA Dodgers Accelerator, an accelerator program in partnership with R/GA, is kicking off its first class today in the City of Angels with 10 sports-related tech startups.

Sweetwater Valley hits again, wins again – San Diego Union-Tribune
In a stadium that was about as hostile as Little Leaguers could experience, facing elimination and looking shaky, the Sweetwater Valley Little League all-star team got back to doing what it does: Hitting and winning.

How does the NFL’s Roger Goodell stay in power? By acting like a dictator. – The Washington Post
Political science research suggests that Goodell may be taking a page from the classic autocrat’s playbook about how to stay in power.

Chargers – Cardinals Hangover: 3 Things You Need To Know – Mighty 1090 (video)
Complete with bad jokes and soap opera stares, Annie updates you on the genesis of Melvin Ingram’s sweet spin move, the lack of Chargers rushing yards and Josh Lambo’s fight to win an NFL roster spot.

Young receivers command top of SDSU depth chart – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego State football coach Rocky Long has completely remade his offensive depth chart, bumping a couple of sophomores up to the top and knocking a few well-known juniors down do to poor performance in the summer practices.

From field to front office, many believe chemistry still matters in baseball – USA Today
Does locker room chemistry matter for a baseball team when it comes to winning games? The debate in professional baseball rages on.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies – USA Today
Justin Wilson, 37, died Monday, a day after he was struck in the head by a piece of debris during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway, according to IndyCar.

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