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San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates

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Philip Rivers On Return Of Antonio Gates “He Can Still Catch!” – Mighty 1090 (video)
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on the boost of having Antonio Gates return to the team following his four-game suspension, and what he’s hoping for on Monday Night Football versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL on way to L.A., but questions remain – San Diego Union-Tribune
Lots of interesting stuff in this article from Kevin Acee, including that the NFL would be willing to negotiate a stadium deal with the city of San Diego without the Chargers ownership involved (as they did for the Patriots in the past).

How Much Will (Should) Antonio Gates Play vs. Pitt? – Mighty 1090
Future Hall of Fame TE Antonio Gates has rejoined the San Diego Chargers after his suspension, right when the team needs him most. Now, the question is, how much can they lean on Gates on Monday night?

Do the San Diego Chargers run too much shotgun? – Bolts from the Blue
Mike McCoy said that the San Diego Chargers would run less plays out of the shotgun formation this season, but that was before his offensive line was decimated.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates Is Back And You Can Thank Shannon Sharpe For Motivating Him – Mighty 1090 (video)
After his first practice of the season, Antonio Gates spoke to the media about how the experience affected him, and why former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe gave him some added motivation.

 

The inaugural San Diego Gulls season is almost here! Get ready by checking out the song that will be playing at the Valley View Casino Center each time the Gulls score a goal at home:

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San Diego opens its season this Saturday, October 10 against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit’s affiliate) at its new home arena, Valley View Casino Center. There are still a few tickets left, but act fast to get yours!

 

USA vs. Mexico – What Does It Mean For Klinsmann?
Darren Smith and Jordan Carruth welcome Mark Zeigler to the Unnamed Soccer Podcast, and talk about what Saturday’s game means for the future of U.S. Soccer (and its coach).

For U.S. and Mexico, there’s a lot more than a soccer game on the line – L.A. Times
There will be more than just regional bragging rights at stake on Saturday when USA takes on Mexico at the Rose Bowl. Also on the line is a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, an important tune-up for the 2018 World Cup.

Tempers flare as Arrieta, Cubs shut out Pirates, advance to NLDS – USA Today
When Cubs rookie right fielder Kyle Schwarber drove in a run in the first inning, the Cubs believed the game was over. When Schwarber hit a towering two-run homer that landed in the Allegheny River in the third inning, the 3-0 lead looked like an absolute rout. The Pirates could have brought boat paddles up to the plate, and it wouldn’t have made a difference.

Antonio Gates Returns, Chris Watt To Guard? – Mighty 1090 (video)
Get the latest on all the returning (healthy) players at Chargers practice on Wednesday, and find out why Chris Watt could see some time at guard.

A coach comes out of the closet – USA Today
Chris Burns, an assistant for the Division I Bryant University men’s basketball team, takes USA Today Sports behind his decision to publicly reveal that he is gay

LeBron James stopped to take a selfie with some little fans in the middle of a game – SB Nation
Good job, LeBron.

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