Chargers….ESPN-Magazine Profile of ‘Battle for LA’ between Chargers and Rams ownership….Article says Stan Kroenke met with Dean Spanos in August 2013 discussing joint venture to acquire land in LA….Spanos was not proactive…so Kroenke bought 60-acre tract at Hollywood Park on his own…Sources say Kroenke became ‘ruthless’ in his dealings with NFL about LA market…Spanos was laid back ‘abider’……Report that Eric Grubman-VP-NFL also made a private bid on Hollywood Park land but Kroenke won out with higher price…..Insinuaiton that Grubman ‘betrayed’ Spanos by speaking up at owners meeting talking about the Kroenke sight compared to Carson sight…..
Angry owners meetings…..NFL owners spoke out about history of Al Davis suing the league ‘burned his bridges’ and would never let him into LA market…..Sources say Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stood up at owners meetings and said it was time for owners to have ‘Big Balls’ and take Hollywood Park offer…..Owners said Jerry Richardson tried to ‘bully’ other owners into Carson project…..Roger Goodell told owners-slurring 3-teams…. “if they were elite franchises they would not be trying to move”-making reference to Chargers-Rams-Raiders…..
After Carson project was rejected-Spanos felt he was ‘stabbed in the back by owners’….and was despondant for days…..had to sulk back to San Dieog and try and work a deal……Spanos so upset he could not-would not look Kroenke in the eyes at the NFL press conference announcing LA deal.
Hall of Fame…NFL Writers voting on candidates elected not to put WR-Terrell Owens into the Hall because he was so ‘disruptive’ as a player on 4-clubs.
NFL…Rules Committee looking at proposal to widen the football fields by 4-yards as a way to open up game and cutback on violent hits and concussions.
NFL…Rejects Appeal of Bengals LB-Vontaze Burfict-3 game suspension for violent hit that caused severe concussion to Steelers WR-Antonio Brown.
Giants..Hire-Martin Mayhew-Director of FB Operations..former GM-Lions.
Buffalo…Police expected to file aggravated assault charges against Bills RB-LeSean McCoy for bar fight-injured badly 2-off duty officers.
Seahawks…Sign FA-WR-Jeff Fuller-CFL-Calgary Stampeders-6’4-had 233-receptions in 4Y in Canada.
Carolina…Release S-Roman Harper…WR-Jerricho Cotchery in salary cap moves.
Colts..Open contract extension talks with QB-Andrew Luck-will offer him 20M per season.
Hamilton Ticats-CFL…Sign top WR-Chad Owens of Toronto Argonauts…Argos lost QB-Trevor Harris to Ottawa in free agency on Wednesday.
USC…Athletic Director Pat Haden rushed to hospital from Heritage Hall-will have medical procedure-on going heart problems.
USC…Beginning search for new AD-want to talk to Scott Barnes-currently AD-at-Pitt…Greg Byrne-AD-Arizona….
Aztecs…Lose DL-coach Osia Lewis-Vanderbilt University-SEC announces hiring..had been at SDSU 5-years.
California…Hire Jake Spavitol at Off Coor-had been at Texas AM.
Padres…..Giants longtime coach Tim Flannery deletes Tweet in which he ripped Padres fans who had been criticizing him….Flannery wrote “Fan base in San diego allow front office to field an inferior product…..Padres starting lineup of Rule 5-guys no one wanted to protect…..Said Padres fans should demand better from owners……San Diego owners ran he and Bruce Bochy out of town….Don’t have to apologize for 3-rings in 5-years.
Padres..Hire ex-Dodgers P-Hideo Nomo-Advisor Baseball Operations on Pacific Rim….similar job to Moises Alou-Advisor for Latin America.
Pirates..Sign FA-P-Cory Luebke-had 3-elbow surgeries with Padres…FA-P-Eric O’Flaherty-ex Orioles-A’s
Dodgers…Put 3B-Alex Guerrero on trading block…signed Cuban to (28M) deal two years ago…hit (.233) last year.
Dodgers..Sign 2B-Brandon Hicks-ex Giants.
Angels..Signs FA-P-Javy Guerra…former Dodgers-White Sox
Braves..Sign FA-P-Carlos Torres-just released by Mets
Red Sox…Open talks with FA-P-Neal Cotts-ex White Sox…Franklin Morales-ex Rockies
White Sox….Open contract talks with unsigned FA-SS-Ian Desmond-Washington Nationals…
Ozzie Guillen…Hired to manage in Venezualan winter league…been out of base since Marlins firing in 2012
Steve A-Smith…ESPN in studio host sued for defamation by officials of Jackie Robinson West-Little League-Chicago-stripped of title for using overage players….Smith accussed leager directors and parents falsifying age and residential documents and knowingly cheating in 2014 World Series.
NBA…All Star Weekend ahead of us….Golden State Warriors (48-4) on track to win 76-games this year-NBA all time record.
Houston…Report Rockets are working with Agent Dan Feagin to trade Dwight Howard to another team…Howard plans on opting-out as free agent.
Houston..Coach JB Bickerstaff calls Rockets a ‘broken team’…no chemistry.
Miami….F-Hassan Whiteside-suspended 1-Game for flagrant elbow foul.
Suns..F-Markieff Morris faces fine for giving home fans ‘the finger’ as they booed him coming off the court.
New Orleans…Wife of assistant coach Monty Williams killed in auto accident.
Knicks..NY Post reports Coach Derek Fisher was involved in a love triant with Tim Hardaway-both dating ex-wife of Matt Barnes
Charlotte…F-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-tears labrum for 2nd time this season-major surgery coming.
USD-L-Santa Clara (74-71)…USD gets off to (11-2) start-loses lead…Broncos hit 9-3’s..51-fouls-49 free throws in game………Toreros (8-16)
USD-at-USF….Saturday mathcup in West Coast Conference.
San Diego State-Air Force….Aztecs (18-7)…(11-1) in Mountain West Conference-Saturday.
LAKings-L-New York Islanders (5-2)…NY scores 3G in first 14-Minutes….Kings (32-18-3)
Ducks-L-Columbus (4-3)…Blue Jackets score 2G during shootout…….Anaheim won 7-of-9…and 9-of-12
Kings-at-Rangers…..LA continues East Coast Road trip on Friday.
Kings…Send D-Christian Erhoff-to Ontario Reign-AHL…..callup G-Pete Budaj-injury to G-Jon Quick.
Ottawa…Opens trade talks with Tampa Bay over suspended lst round pick Jon Drouin.
Red Wings-Columbus…Detroit opens trade talks to acquire D-Fedor Tyutin
Leafs…NHL fines Nazim Kadri (5,000) for throat slashing sign in game.
Boston…G-Malcom Subban-surgery-fractured larynx-will be out 3-months.
Bill Christian-Dave Christian…..Won US Hockey Gold Medals..1960 and 1980 teams-father and won putting Gold Medal uip for auctions….Auctioning off jerseys and memorabilia to raise money for 5-kids going to college.
Gulls….Open East Coast road trip playing Charlotte Checkers both Friday-Saturday night.
ATT-Pebble Beach Pro-Am…1st round…..(63)..Chez Revie-had 5-birdies and an eagle on a 7-hole span…….64-Cam Smith….65-Freddie Jacobson….66-Justin Rose….68-Phil Mickelson….71-Jordan Spieth