Best 15 Minutes–Thursday
Chargers…Cold War about to become Heated Battle…..24-hours after Chargers announce they will work with JMI to build stadium adjacent to Petco Park-fallout begins
County Commissioner Ron Roberts-pessemistic….says Dean Spanos demanded the City-County coalition put another 200M into Mission Valley sight-would have brought local contribution to 550M…..rejected by City-County…Roberts says land acquisitions-toxic cleanup of sight….potential lawsuits and a public vote-could drag stadium project out to 2024….said Mission Valley was legitimate sight-that could have been opened in 2019……Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he seriously doubts Chargers-JMI can purchase the land they need in a timely fashion.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the 350M-local contribution is ‘off the table’ and will not be used towards downtown stadium-convention center annex. Faulconer says he will propose a June vote to build a 549M-annex to the Bayfront Convention center using Hotel Tax money.
JMI…Sources say the cost of the hybrid Stadium-Annex proposal has increased to 1.7B…..Proposal is to increase Hotel Tourism Tax from 10.5 to 15% thru public vote…..Proposing money goes directly to the city….which would mean it would be only a 50-Plus-1 margin for approval-rather than 66% majority…..City lawyers say they cannot propose that….JMI to meet with Corey Briggs-Donna Frye to discuss their initiative that calls for Hotel Tax raise to the city coffers-with money redirected to Convention Center annex…and just land made available to Chargers-who would have to pay for Stadium themselves…..Briggs-Frye have 68,000-signatures already.
Interviews…Teams spending Wednesday-Thursday interviewing prospective players….Running-Lifting workouts begin on Friday for OL-RB…..Saturday-QB-WR-TE…..Sun DL-LB….Monday-DBs.
Alabama..RB-Derrick Henry-shows up at combine (247lbs).
California..QB-Jared Goff says he will throw for scouts at combine.
Memphis QB-Paxton Lynch confirms he will do full workouts
Cowboys…QB-Tony Romo has decided to have another surgery on his collarbone-broken 3X…No decision whether it is ‘plate surgery’ to just shaving of collarbone area.
LA Rams…NFL grants Rams to bring entire roster of players, coaches and staff to Manhattan Beach-March 4th to discuss move of franchise to LA….Coach Jeff Fisher steps aside from Competition Committee to concentrate on franchise move.
Washington…Redskins will give QB-Robert Griffin III-permission to talk to other teams about restructuring his contract to facilitate a possible trade.
49ers…GM-Trent Baalke says QB-Colin Kaeperneck will not be traded-Coach Chip Kelly wants him on roster.
Denver…GM John Elway to talk to Peyton Manning this week about his future…Broncos offer DT-Malik Jackson 10M-per year extension before free agency starts…Will franchise tag-LB-Von Miller (14.8M)….Have opened talks with QB-Brock Osweiler.
Browns…New coach Hue Jackson says Johnny Manziel “Behaviour will not be tolerated-Team will take a stand-Move On” shortly….says team needs to be convinced troubled WR-Josh Gordon “fits in” after his off field problems.
Giants…Former Coach Tom Coughlin may work for NFL League office on the Madden Committee-working with Rules Committee
Colts..Release WR-Andre Johnson (41R-4TD) last year.
Eagles..Release LB-DeMeco Ryans
Saints..Release CB-Brandon Browner
Nebraska…Mike Riley hires longtime NFL exec Billy Devaney to become Director of Football Operations-Personnel…Devaney worked for Chargers-Rams-Redskins-Falcons-49ers in scouting and was Asst GM-San Diego-GM-Rams.
Padres…..Full 60-man roster goes thru first workout on field…Manager Andy Green ‘won the room’ after passionate speech in first team meeting….Talked about new day-new culture-rise up-lead-take ownership of this team.
Padres…Sign FA-P-Greg Reynolds-ex Colorado Rockies (7.01) ERA..pitched in Japan.
Padres…Devise workout plans for backups Brett Wallace and Skip Schumaker…were ranked 1-2 in pinch hitting last season.
Dodgers…Sign FA-P-Jamey Wright-had been with LA-Texas-Milwaukee-Cubs
Angels…3-way trade with Reds-Blue Jays stalled-not because of knee injury last year to OF-Michael Saunders-who would go to Halos…but because of injury issue of prospect Reds would get in the Jay Bruce deal…Cincinnati would get key minor leaguer from both Angels-Blue Jays.
Orioles..Sign FA-OF-Dexter Fowler-ex-Cubs-Rockies-Astros.
Braves..Sign FA-P-Carlos Portundo-Cuba-(29Y)
Rangers…Slugger Josh Hamilton given stem-cell injection in knee-will be out 2-months-miss start of season-may not play till June…..P-Yu Darvish told it will be mid-May before he can start.
Yankees…Alex Rodriguez checks into camp during rainstorm..coming off 33HR-comeback season.
Yankees..P-Aroldis Chapman returns to camp-still facing possible MLB discipline-tells reporters “I didn’t hurt anyone’ about his domestic abuse case.
Texas…Failed 1st round pick Matt Bush-checks into camp after serving 3-years in prison…attempting baseball comeback….”My past full of mistakes”.
ESPN…Calls the Albert Pujols-Angels contract and the Padres-Matt Kemp contracts ‘worst albatrosses in baseball’….Pujols owed (6Y-165M)….Kemp (4Y-82M).
Aztecs-W-Wyoming…SDSU (14-1)-wins MWC title…7th regular season crown under Steve Fisher….Trey Kell (24P)…State hits 9-3’s….SDSU now (21-7) on season…
SDSU…Searching for big man to recruit…looking at (6’10) JUCO-F-Kavell Bigby-Williams-Gillette Community College-native of England…(7’–C) Lloyd Allen-San Diego City College.
USD-Gonzaga….Toroeros host (21-7) Bulldogs tonite…USD (8-19) coming off a (91-33) hammering at BYU over the weekend.
Lakers-L-Memphis (128-119)….Matt Barnes (25P)..Mike Conley (24P) for Grizzlies-put 6-in double figures….Memphis hit 13-3’s…shot (56%) from floor….Lakers hit 17-3’s but lost…LA (11-48)
Clippers-L-Denver. (87-81)..Ken Faried (21P-11R)…Clippers scored only 39P-lst half…..LA (37-20)
Golden State-W-Miami…Steph Curry (42P)-Klay Thompson (33P)..Warriors (51-5)
Spurs-W-Sacramento…San Antonio (48-9)…Tony Parker (23P)
Oklahoma City-W-Dallas…Kevin Durant-Russ Westbrooke combine (48P)..Thunder (41-16)
Cavs-W-Charlotte..Kyrie Irvin-LeBron James (46P) together..Cleveland (41-15)
NYKnicks…Interim coach Kurt Rambis criticizes players-“Too many accepting losing”
San Diego Gulls-L-Stockton (4-3) OT-Shootout….Gulls lost despite 50-shots on goal…Heat goalie Kevin Poulin (47-saves) plus 3-in shootout……..Gulls won 6-of-9
Ducks-W-Sabres (1-0)…..Frederik Andersen 26-save shutout…….Anaheim (14-1-1)
Kings-Edmonton….Thursday night matchup….Oilers headed for 7th straight year out of playoffs…team has just (178-wins-532-games) played in that span (178-278-76)….Coach Todd McLelland-threatens roster shakeup at trade deadline “Addition by Subtraction”
NY Rangers…F-JT Miller fined for fighting with taped knuckles.
Penguins…Put D-Ben Lovejoy on IR-with shoulder injury.
San Jose..F-Scott Hannan-announces retirement after 16Y-NHL
Washington..Drug possession charges agaisnt Mike Richards-set aside-arrested possession of painkillers last summer at Manitoba border.
NASCAR….Drivers head into Atlanta for this weekends Atlanta 400.
NASCAR…Stewart-Haas team announces it will switch from Chevy to Fords in 2017.
Formula 1…Propose closed cockpits to shield drivers from debris after deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi last year.
PGA…Rory McIlroy-Ricky Fowler head field for Honda Classic as tour goes to Florida.
Tiger Woods…Post video of him swinging a 9-iron-disputing report he cannot walk-stand because of back issues.