DAILY LINKS: Devin Watson carries SDSU past USD in City Championship

VIDEO: Devin Watson Carries Aztecs Past Toreros In City Championship
Postgame sound and highlights from the Aztecs 66-57 City Championship win over the Toreros at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Hear from Aztecs head coach Brian Dutcher, and guards Devin Watson and Jeremy Hemsley, plus Toreros head coach Lamont Smith and forward Isaiah Pineiro after the game.

SDSU stadium idea is impressive, just lacking – San Diego Union-Tribune
Kudos to SDSU for now affixing a $250 million price tag to its 35,000-seat stadium. It is a big number. But at least it is far more realistic than the $150 million estimate the university previously proffered.

But Wicker also acknowledged the university will now “test and validate” its plan.

That means they have to see what donors are willing to do, what financing can actually be acquired, what realistic revenue streams might be.

VIDEO: Here’s What The SDSU West Stadium Proposal Looks Like
SDSU Athletic Director John David Wicker breaks down what the university’s proposed stadium will look like, and what it will include, as part of the potential SDSU West expansion at the Mission Valley site.

Eric Reid: NFL’s Social Justice Donation “A Charade,” With Plan To Shift Money From League’s Other Charitable Causes – Deadspin
Eric Reid confirmed that the NFL’s $89 million commitment to social justice causes isn’t as directly positive a move as it might seem—telling Slate on Thursday that the league presented players with a plan to make the donation by diverting money from other charitable ventures, like breast cancer awareness and the monthlong celebration of the military that is “Salute to Service.”

AUDIO: Kevin Frazier: “Fans Would Go To A Playoff Game In LA Because It’s A Town Of Frontrunners”
Kevin Frazier from Entertainment Tonight joins Dan Sileo on Thursday morning to share his thoughts on Eli and the Giants, the NFL’s reception in Los Angeles, Chip Kelly to UCLA, Lonzo Ball, and more.

The Giants Are Going For Giancarlo Stanton – Deadspin

Stanton and his agents met with executives from the San Francisco Giants Thursday night, when they were expected to make their case to the 28-year-old outfielder to approve a potential trade. Stanton has a full no-trade clause, and effectively has full say over where he goes. The meeting was first reported by South Florida radio host Craig Mish, and subsequently confirmed by multiple reporters. And per MLB tampering rules, the meeting wouldn’t have been allowed without the Marlins’ approval.

AUDIO: Jon Heyman: “I Think The Padres Are Serious About Hosmer”
MLB Insider Jon Heyman on why the Padres are serious in their interest in Eric Hosmer, the likelihood of Giancarlo Stanton being traded and what teams are in the running for Shohei Ohtani.

Voting trends favor Hoffman for HOF in 2018 – MLB.com
Should Hoffman — arguably the second-best closer in baseball history — be enshrined in Cooperstown? That’s the question posed to 400-or-so voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. A year ago, 74 percent said yes, putting him agonizingly close to the 75 percent required for induction.

Rivalry Night in Ontario – SanDiegoGulls.com
The Gulls continue their season-long five-game road trip tonight (7 p.m., Mighty 1090-AM) as they take on Southern California rival Ontario Reign for the fourth time this season and the second meeting at Citizens Business Bank Arena. San Diego (7-10-1-0, 15 pts.) will be looking to snap out a three-game losing streak and return to their winning ways, while Ontario has won its last four games.

Tiger Woods finishes with three-under 69 in promising opening round at Hero World Challenge – Golf.com
Playing a competitive round for the first time in 301 days, Woods opened with a mixed-bag three-under 69. He hit big drives through the breeze and made long putts. He chunked chips (twice) and fist-pumped (also twice). He cussed like he used to in his world-beating heyday. Most important, though, he looked healthy. He didn’t grimace after swings or gingerly bend down to pick up his ball. He joked with playing partner Justin Thomas on the tee box and in the fairway yet still exhibited his signature steely stare.



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