DAILY LINKS: Brad Hand perfect in All-Star homecoming

An All-Star homecoming for Hand – Padres.com
Brad Hand knows a thing or two about pitching on the Marlins Park mound. The Padres All-Star was perfect in his return on Tuesday night.

Miami ASG drama: It ain’t Cano-ver until 10th! – MLB.com
During the pregame ceremonies of the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, Robinson Cano caught a ceremonial first pitch from Juan Marichal as part of a tribute to eight Latin-born Hall of Famers. In the 10th inning on Tuesday, Cano built upon his own legacy with a home run off Wade Davis that lifted the American League to a 2-1 win over the National League.

The All-Star Game went to extra innings but half the crowd was already gone – USA Today
If the 2017 All-Star Game were a postseason contest, it would have been mega-tense: A low-scoring game with plenty of baserunners, some nifty defensive plays, relievers walking tightropes. But the 2017 All-Star Game wasn’t a postseason game, and the All-Star Game no longer impacts postseason games (for the best, certainly). And in the context of a thoroughly meaningless exhibition like this one, a long, low-scoring game hardly makes for thrilling entertainment.

Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor trade insults as press tour begins – ESPN
The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor spectacle is officially underway. Mayweather, boxing’s former pound-for-pound king, and McGregor, the UFC’s biggest superstar, launched their joint promotional tour on Tuesday inside Staples Center. McGregor (19-3 in MMA) promised a quick knockout of the undefeated boxer and poked fun at Mayweather’s “TMT” sweatshirt. The Irishman graced the stage with a full suit, which had the words “f— you” embroidered into the pinstripes.

AUDIO: Brian Kenny: “Why Are People Angry With Sabermetrics?”
MLB Network’s Brian Kenny discussed the use of sabermatrics in baseball, why the Astros are set up for greatness the next 15 years and why he thinks he could manage today.

AUDIO: Boog Sciambi: “San Diego Is The Perfect Place For The All Star Game”
From ESPN Radio Boog Sciambi joined Scott and BR to talk about Monday night’s Home Run Derby, why he thinks San Diego is the best host for the All Star Game and the game returning to an exhibition.

AUDIO: Winston Shepard On Playing In Hungary & Getting A Chance With The Atlanta Hawks
Former Aztec Winston Shepard discussed his experiences playing in Hungary, getting a chance with the Atlanta Hawks and why he had a blast playing for Steve Fisher at SDSU.

SDSU pursuing bigs as July recruiting period opens – Union Tribune
The Aztecs have made offers to more than a dozen players in every position, but the focus this month is clearly on bigs. They filled the void the last two springs with fifth-year seniors, most recently 7-foot-1 Cal transfer Kameron Rooks, and the priority for new coach Brian Dutcher’s first prep recruiting class is to break that habit by landing some young posts who will be around for more than one season.

Calvin Johnson: Lions’ losing was factor in retirement decision – ESPN
A year after retiring, Calvin Johnson has admitted playing for the Detroit Lions was a factor in his decision to walk away from the NFL.

Novak Djokovic isn’t happy with Wimbledon decision to postpone his match – USA Today
Novak Djokovic is never one to hide his feelings or to take the so-called politically correct opinion if it goes against what he believes. Such was the case Tuesday at Wimbledon after the second seed finally moved into the men’s quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino of France. Their fourth-round match was postponed from Monday as it was meant to follow the epic five-set marathon won by Gilles Muller over Rafael Nadal that went to near darkness on Court 1.

Chris Paul says trade to Rockets was good for Clippers: ‘It was time for a change’ – CBS Sports
The landscape of the NBA’s Western Conference changed dramatically when Chris Paul was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets just before the free agency period began earlier this offseason. In an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Paul said that he felt a change was the best thing for both himself and the Clippers organization.

Memo to Padres: Growing pains support no ‘blank check’ – Union Tribune
As the second half prepares for flight, the core question at the heart of the Padres rebuild becomes: How long will fans remain tolerant ticket-buyers? How long can a franchise bank on the park’s sexy, bay-side profile and fancy menu? When does the “we’re building young” and “help is on the way” lose traction? At some point, winning matters.

Gulls 2017-2018 regular season schedule announced – Sandiegogulls.com
Gulls, primary AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL), will open the season on the road for the first time in club history on Saturday, Oct. 7 versus the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes) at Tucson Arena (7:05 p.m. PDT). The Gulls will return home after the single-game trip at Tucson to host the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) on Friday, Oct. 13 for the Home Opener at Valley View Casino Center (7 p.m.).

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