Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday

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………..(Baseball)………….

Padres…GM-AJ Preller comments on 3-player deals in 24-hours.
..Actions speak louder than words..Owners put us in great position
..Our plan-accumulate talent-start win-ability to add pieces
..Don’t know about other teams finances-our owners have given us
..We carefully planned for acquisitions like this
..These are the right moves for right now for San Diego
..Mike Clevinger surgery opened up a slot-we had a need
..We have young guns coming but we have to control their innings
..Dinelson Lamet-we have to see innings from him in spring training
..If the right pitchers were available for slots 1-2..we had to look
..Blake Snell-competitor..fierce competitor
..Yu Darvish-Fits in with this group-competes-great 1-and-half years
..Ha Kim-Scouts on ground watching him in Korea for 7-years
..This opens doors for Padres in Korea-Japan have 2-superstars
..This makes the Padres relevant in Pacific Rim.
..Next-round out this roster…Shuffle bullpen

Padres…Lose minor league coach Tony Tarasco-spet 5Y with organization -headed to Mets as 1st base coach.

Angels..Sign FA-C-Juan Graterol-ex Twins
Dodgers..Justin Turner dialogue continues-wants 3Y-deal..2Y-offer

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(MLB)

Cubs..President Jed Hoyer under fire for saying Yu Darvish trade was not about ‘finances’….Criticized for not getting any of Padres top minor league pitchers in trade.

Cincinnati..Report that FA-P-Trevor Bauer is asking for a (5Y-180M) contract-worth 37M per year to become top paid pitcher in baseball.

Mets..Hire Tony Tarasco as 1st base coach…Spent past 5Y-as minor league coach with Padres

Chicago..Longtime WGN broadcaster Jack Rosenberg passes away (94Y)

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(Roster Moves)

Yomiuri Giants-Japan..Sign FA-1B-Eric Thames-ex Nationals-Brewers
Mariners..Sign FA-P-Jim Yacabonis-ex Orioles

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………….(Football)…………..

Chargers…Practice without 9-starters-preparing for Chiefs game.
Chargers..QB-Justin Herbert says Coach Anthony Lynn-“leader of men”
Chargers..Coach Anthony Lynn says Herbert “bigger presence in locker room now”

Rams..Sign FA-QB-Blake Bortels-ex Jaguars-Broncos
Rams..Activate OT-Andrew Whitworth from IR-knee surgery-could be ready for playoffs.

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(NFL)

Browns-Steelers…Game will be played Sunday-not moved despite outbreak Covid virus in Browns ranks.

Browns..Shutdown facility on Wednesday after coach-staff member and player test positive.

NFL..TV ratings for season…1-New Orleans (13R)…2-San Diego (10.3R)..3-Buffalo (9.3R)..4-Seattle (9.2R).

NFL Union…Salary cap space for off season…1-Jacksonville (77M)..2-Jets (72M)…3-Colts (54M)…4-Patriots (61M)…..Worst cap situations…Saints (95M) over….Eagles (71M) over…Atlanta (24M) over

New England..Coach Bill Belichick says Jets owner Adam Gase ‘good coaching job dealing with Sam Darnold’

Jets..Coach Adam Gase…’doing job till someone tells me different’.

Chiefs..Coach Andy Reid says QB-Patrick Mahomes..TE-Travis Kelce..WR-Tyreek Hill won’t play against Chargers

Steelers..Mason Rudolph will start at QB-vs-Browns..Ben Roethlisberger to rest

Vikings..RB-Dalvin Cook leaves team-father died of diabetes

Washington…QB-Taylor Heinicke takes 1st team snaps-could start on Sunday

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(Roster Moves)

Carolina-New England…expressing interest in just released Washington QB-Dwayne Haskins.

Bills..workout FA-WR-Ken Stills-ex Houston
Ravens..Sign FA-S-Jayson Kearse-ex Lions
Packers..Sign FA-DT-Damon Harrison-ex Seahawks

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(Injuries)

Colts..OT-Anthony Constanzo to miss rest of season-ankle surgery
Vikings..IR-OT-Riley Reiff-Covid issues
Jets..IR-RB-LaMichal Perine-Covid test
Jets..IR-RB-Frank Gore-lung injury
49ers..IR-K-Robbie Gould-Covid test
Tampa Bay..IR-KR-Kenjon Barner-Covid issues

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(College Football)

(Bowl Schedule)..Thursday
Armed Forces Bowl..Tulsa-vs-Mississippi State
Liberty Bowl..Tennessee-vs-West Virginia
Arizona Bowl..San Jose State-vs-Ball State

(Bowl Scoreboard)

Cotton Bowl..Florida-L-Oklahoma….Sooners led (41-13) in 4th quarter at Press time…Oklahoma defense 3-inercpetions in 1st quarter off QB-Kyle Trask..QB-Spencer Rattler 3TD in first half…..RB-Rham Stevenson (176R) in blowout win.

Mayo Bowl..Wisconsin-W-Wake Forest (42-28)..Badgers defense 4-interceptions…QB-Garrett Mertz 3-TDs passing-rushing.

USC..star S-Hufanga Talanoa files for NFL draft
Stanford..OT-Foster Sarell files for NFL draft
Texas..QB-Sam Ehlinger-shoulder injury in Alamo Bowl game

AP-Coach of Year…Jamey Chadwell-Coastal Carolina wins award…Tom Allen-Indiana finishes second…Luke Fickell-Cincinnati is third in voting

Boise State..Interview Andy Avalos-Def Coord-Oregon
Boise State..Asks permission interview USC Off Coor-Grahame Harrell

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…………………….(Basketball)………………….

Lakers-W-San Antonio (121-107)…LeBron James-Anthony Davis combine (46P)…Dennis Schroeder (21P)…Wes Matthews (18P) off bench….Spurs coach Greg Popovich ejected from game…..Wednesday night

Clippers-Portland….LA led (88-62) in 3rd quarter at Press Time…Paul George (13P) in first half…Blazers Damian Lillard-CJ McCollom started (3-14) shooting early in game..Wednesday game

NBA…Confirms Christmas Week Covid tests…495-tests of players-coaches-zero positive tests

Pistons..F-Blake Griffin-put in concussion protocol
Portland..F-Zach Collins-second surgery on ailing ankle

Denver..Longtime consultant Donnie Walsh-retires (79Y)

USD-USF…Toreros (1-3) open WCC play on road vs Dons
Aztecs…Open MWC play on Saturday vs Colorado State..SDSU (6-1)

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……………(Hockey)……………

LA Kings…Open training camp on Thursday..36-payers…including young goal scorers Lias Anderson..Jarrent Dolan..Sam Fagemo…Rasmus Kupari.

Kings…GM-Rob Blake press conference as camp opens:
..Rasmus Kupari-Tyler Madden cleared full practice coming off surgery
..Top draft pick Quentin Byfield will practice with team for 2-weeks once WJC are over
..European imports Carl Grandstrom-Sam Fagemo will have edge having played in Sweden
..NHL yet to decide what happens to rosters of AHL or eligibility of junior players if OHL cancels season
..AHL-Ontario Reign will play home games at Kings practice rink in El Segundo
..We must get more goal scoring from our top two lines
..Jeff Carter completely healthy off season surgery

Ducks…44-players open training camp on Thursday led by 12-members of San Diego Gulls.

Ducks…GM-Bob Murray press conference:
..Top pick Trevor Zegas will have chance to make team after WJC..or go to San Diego
..Waiting word from NHL if 1st round pick Jamie Drysdale-Jacob Perrault can play in AHL
..Really important 2nd-3rd year pro score goals-take next step as pros
..Young San Diego Gulls-time to move up
..Gulls set up in own backyard-very important to us..develop winning culture
..Will carry 3-goaltenders with big club
..56-game schedule-Getting out of gate quick important

Washington..Signs FA-D-Zdeno Charra (43Y)…legendary Boston Bruins captain.
Arizona..Coyotes sign FA-F-Derrick Brassard-ex Islanders

Flyers..F-Nico Heschier to miss start of camp-leg injury
Montreal..D-Christian Folin signs with Vaxjo-Sweden
Tampa Bay..D-Ryan Callahan-retires-back injury

AHL..Board of Governors votes to open season February 5th…with training camps opening mid-January…Yet to decide on number of games to be played….No decision on whether some AHL teams will suspend operations.

AHL…Report that NHL teams in Canada who have AHL affliates will move them into their NHL buildings…Toronto brings Marlies in house…Winnipeg will move Manitoba Moose into building….Montreal transfers Laval into Bell Centre…Ottawa to bring Belville team into Senators rink…AHL will likely do 4-team All Canadian Division

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……….(General)…………..

English Premier League
..Hot Spur-Fulham…game cancelled because of Covid outbreak

..Liverpool-Tie-Newcastle…United goal Karl Darlow 5-key saves for Newcastle in surprising (0-0) tie…Liverpool had opportunity to move 5-points head in the standings.

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