DAILY LINKS: USA’s Chloe Kim Wins Gold Medal in Halfpipe

USA’s Chloe Kim Wins Gold Medal in Halfpipe – Sports Illustrated
American snowboarder Chloe Kim won her first Olympic gold medal on Tuesday in the women’s halfpipe competition.

Kim, 17, scored a 93.75 on her first run and topped that on her final run, after she had already clinched gold, with a score of 98.25. She sealed the gold medal when China’s Jiayu Liu failed to top her 89.75 on her final opportunity.

Gold medalist Chloe Kim wins Twitter, too – Washington Post
Before the Olympics, Kim’s Twitter account hovered around 10,000 followers. Until her event started Tuesday morning in South Korea — and in the coveted prime time slot on NBC Monday night — she still had fewer than 15,000 followers.

But even as she progressed through the competition, she kept tweeting…even during the competition.

Shaun White soars in thrilling halfpipe competition, and it was only qualifying – USA Today
All that mattered was advancing to the Olympic halfpipe final. But with the top riders in the world all in one place, the one-upmanship couldn’t be avoided.

In a thrilling qualifier at Phoenix Snow Park on Tuesday, it was Shaun White who came out on top and a field of talented snowboarders who set the stage for a showdown in the final on Wednesday.

AUDIO: Ted Leitner: “Since X Thames Left, They Haven’t Had A Go To Guy”
Voice of the Aztecs joined Scott and BR to talk about the Aztecs rough season, the loss at Nevada, if the team is soft and why he thinks they are losing this season.

Seven story lines to watch in Padres spring training – San Diego Union-Tribune

But the Padres will field a major league team this year that has shown it will give its all under manager Andy Green.

And there are some captivating subplots to track over the next six weeks as they prepare for that aim.

No fewer than three positions are up for grabs. Depending on the whereabouts of Chase Headley come opening day, there could competition for as many as four everyday jobs.

Fernando Tatis Jr. is not the only new name coming up, and Headley is not the only old name coming back around.

We might find out who Wil Myers is, and we might find out what Hunter Renfroe can be.

It’s spring. San Diego can believe whatever it wants about its baseball team, which last season had a major league- worst run differential of minus-212.

AUDIO: Kevin Acee Discussed Joining The Padres Beat
UT’s Kevin Acee discussed why he’s giving up his role as columnist and joining the Padres beat.

Torres placed on MLB’s restricted list – MLB.com
Padres reliever Jose Torres has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list and will not be in camp Wednesday when pitchers and catchers are slated to report to Spring Training. The club offered no further details, other than to say the situation is not baseball-related.

The 24-year-old left-hander was set to compete for a place in a crowded San Diego bullpen. Instead, his absence leaves a place open on the club’s 40-man roster.

AUDIO: Rich Hill: “Our Vision Is The College World Series, And Omaha Nebraska”
USD Baseball Coach Rich Hill joins the program on Monday morning to give a 2018 college baseball preview as his Toreros get set to begin the season this weekend at Fowler Park.

Kevin Durant’s Defensive Player of the Year Candidacy Isn’t Perfect, but It’s Real – The Ringer
Like the Warriors as a whole, though, regular-season accomplishments mean little. What makes KD the most important defensive presence in the league will show itself in the postseason.

Largest Crowd Of The Season Watches San Diego Sockers Beat Sonora 7-3
The Pacific Division champion San Diego Sockers (14-3) followed up winning the title on Friday with a 7-3 win over Sonora (11-7) on Sunday before the largest crowd of the season of 3,827 at Valley View Casino Center.



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