DAILY LINKS: Chargers pour ‘tens of millions’ into Stub Hub Center

Chargers spending ‘tens of millions’ to make new home NFL-ready – Union Tribune
The Chargers, in conjunction with stadium and league officials, have worked furiously for months to upgrade and adjust the facility to accommodate the larger crowds expected for football, from adding seats, parking, concession stands and restrooms to a massive expansion of the press box. The bleachers in the second deck on the east side of the stadium were replaced by tip-up seats and moved to the berm on the north side, adding 1,000 seats. A new section of upper-level bleachers, which will seat 330, was erected in the southeast corner of the stadium. The Chargers are paying for the bulk of the renovations and upgrades, which Spanos estimated to be in the “tens-of-millions-of-dollars” range.

The 43 luxury suites have been renovated with new seats, furniture, community tables and engineered hardwood floors instead of dated carpet. The Chargers are paying for the bulk of the renovations and upgrades, which Spanos estimated to be in the “tens-of-millions-of-dollars” range.

VIDEO: Antonio Gates On Chippy Practice vs Rams & His Health Going Into Season 15
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PODCAST: Ken Whisenhunt On Keenan’s Tackling Ability, Cardale Jones’ Speed & When He Knew Warner Was A Hall Of Famer
Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on why he’s impressed by Keenan Allen’s tackling ability, Bolts offensive line, when he knew Kurt Warner was a Hall of Famer and why he’s not concerned with Philip Rivers’ commute.

Tottenham Wants to Be the NFL’s Premier League Team – Sports Illustrated
As for the NFL putting a team in the U.K., its 10-year partnership with Tottenham is another step toward that end. Next year, in time for both the Premier League and NFL seasons, Spurs will open their new 61,000-seat stadium in North London, replacing venerable White Hart Lane. There will be plenty of distinctive features to the venue—its own microbrewery, and acoustics like a concert hall—but the most distinctive is that it will be fully customized for both soccer and the NFL.

PODCAST: Rebecca Lowe Joins The Unnamed Soccer Podcast
NBC’s Rebecca Lowe previews the 2017/18 Premier League season. Find out her prediction for the top 4, the futures of Tottenham and Liverpool plus what to expect from the Machester clubs this season.

Quail Hollow connection grows deeper for McIlroy, Fowler – ESPN
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler own plenty of parallels here at Quail Hollow Club this week. Each won his first career PGA Tour title on this course — McIlroy in 2010, Fowler in ’12. Each has been good but not great this year, at least by their standards, combining to win just one tournament. And each entered this week brimming with confidence, largely based on those parallels, playing the PGA Championship on familiar turf with momentum based on recent results.

PODCAST: Charley Hoffman: “I Didn’t Hit Enough Fairways And Couldn’t Attack The Course”
PGA Golfer Charley Hoffman joined Scott and BR to talk about his 1st round at the PGA Championship, why he is not worried about being 8 back from the lead and his struggles with the Quail Hollow golf course.

VIDEO: Food Fights: Who Makes The Best Fish Taco In San Diego?
Season two of Food Fights with Scott & BR is back! To get it started, the boys test out some of the best fish tacos in San Diego, from Puesto to The Brigantine to Nati’s in Ocean Beach. Watch and find out who is crowned this year’s champion!

Green goes out of the box in summoning Hand – Padres.com
Brad Hand’s two-month-long scoreless streak came to an end Thursday afternoon. It went out with a loud — and somewhat unexpected — bang. The Padres southpaw — unscored upon in 24 innings since June 10 — surrendered three runs in a 10-3 loss to the Reds. But it was Hand’s introduction to the game that drew the most scrutiny. With one out and men on first and second, righty reliever Kirby Yates worked the count to 2-2 on Reds slugger Joey Votto. Yates was about to toe the rubber for the next pitch, when manager Andy Green popped from the dugout and called for Hand.

Myers hits 23rd homer, but ‘pen falters in loss – Padres.com
One swing from Scooter Gennett on Thursday and the Reds had a series win, and Brad Hand had an impressive scoreless streak crash and burn. It was Gennett’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning that helped lift Cincinnati a 10-3 victory over the Padres to take three of four games in the series at Great American Ball Park. Wil Myers got San Diego on the scoreboard with one out in the fourth inning by hitting a 2-1 fastball to right field for his 23rd homer of the season.

Running back Juwan Washington relishes role in Aztecs’ backfield – Union Tribune
Running back D.J. Pumphrey’s absence from San Diego State’s backfield this season means everyone else gets to take a step forward. Senior running back Rashaad Penny steps into Pumphrey’s role as the featured back. And sophomore Juwan Washington steps into Penny’s backup spot. “I think he and Juwan will be fantastic in those roles,” SDSU offensive coordinator Jeff Horton sad. “I think these two guys will come hand-in-hand. My job is to continue to develop Juwan.”

Thursday’s best from NFL preseason: What you need to know – ESPN
Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had a spectacular debut for the Bears, completing his first 10 passes against the Broncos. Elsewhere, the projected starter at middle linebacker for the Dolphins was injured. NFL Nation reporters recap the day, bringing you what you need to know from training camps and preseason games across the league.

Reports: Suspension Likely for Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott – Sports Illustrated
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is likely to be suspended by the NFL for multiple domestic violence incidents, according to multiple reports. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that there’s an expectation Elliott will be disciplined, with the standard for domestic violence cases being six games. Pro Football Talk reported late Thursday that Elliott was highly likely to face a suspension, citing a source who called that fate “definite”. It remains unclear exactly what duration of time he may sit out as a penalty.

Warriors host Cavaliers as part of Christmas lineup – ESPN
The Golden State Warriors will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the centerpiece Christmas Day game for the third consecutive season, the NBA revealed Thursday, along with the rest of its high-profile Dec. 25 schedule. As the defending NBA champions, the Warriors get the reward of being home at Oracle Arena on Christmas and will host the game at 3 p.m. ET, tipping off a tripleheader on ABC.

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