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Joseph Tsai

Is Joe Tsai San Diego’s “Sports Savior”? Ben Higgins Interviews The Seals Owner
Ben Higgins had a chance to chat with Seals owner Joe Tsai this week about starting up the San Diego’s new lacrosse team, where is passion for the sport began, and the possibility of a new arena in San Diego.

Who believes in the Patriots? Almost everyone, actually – ESPN
Tom Brady stood at the lectern after winning his eighth straight divisional-round playoff game, wearing a black ski cap on his head, smiling patiently as he listened to a question attempting to summarize the sentiments of his haters, who are apparently numerous.

Kevin Kietzman joined Scott Kaplan: “Mahomes Is Better Than Brady Right Now…The Patriots Don’t Win This Game”
From WHB 810 in Kansas City, Kevin Kietzman joined Scott Kaplan to tell him why Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will beat Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Ben & Woods: Padres Nation Is Up In Arms
Ben & Woods discuss what set Padres fans off the other day, and get into a conversation about why the Padres are not looking to make a splash this offseason.

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson makes history, shoots 12-under 60 in first PGA Tour round of 2019 – USA Today
Phil Mickelson was on fire Thursday in his 2019 PGA Tour debut. In the first round of the Desert Classic, Mickelson was on 59-watch until the final two holes. Despite coming up short on carding his lowest round ever on Tour, Mickelson’s 12-under 60 at LaQuinta Country Club was the lowest opening round of his career and his lowest round in relation to par.

Torrey Pines South work to begin after Farmers Open; holes will be closed – Union Tribune
As early as Feb. 9, the city’s golf division is expected to begin a $14 million renovation of the South Course’s irrigation system, as well as all of the bunkers, tees and areas surrounding the greens. According to Mark Marney, the city’s golf manager, the work is scheduled to carry on through the end of September, and it will have a significant impact on how golfers experience the course that hosted the 2008 U.S. Open and is preparing for a return of that major championship in June 2021.

Unnamed Soccer Podcast – Paul Arriola: “It’s Definitely Different”
USMNT’s Paul Arriola joins the Unnamed Soccer Podcast to explain the biggest differences training under Gregg Berhlater. Find out the latest with the team in San Diego and more!

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If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock – Sports Illustrated
No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the idea, said it would continue to discuss the issue with its players along with “smaller items” related to proposed rules changes that were presented Monday.

Journalist in Ghana who helped expose FIFA corruption shot dead – USA Today
An investigative journalist in Ghana who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police said Thursday. His employers said he was assassinated.

Kyrie Irving Apologized, but Will It Help the Celtics? – The Ringer
The guard called former teammate LeBron James to express regret for the friction that led to his move to Boston. But it’s still unclear how much that sentiment will help his relationships with his young teammates.

San Diego Sports Association
73rd Annual Salute to the Champions
Join us as we celebrate San Diego’s top athletes and icons at the 73rd Annual Salute to the Champions Dinner, featuring Breitbard Hall of Famers Steve Fisher, Meb Keflezighi, Terry Norris, and more! Salute is hosted by the San Diego Sports Association on Thursday, January 31st at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.

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