- Chargers-Mayor Task Force…Hold lst meeting mid-morning..Wound up being a lecture with Mark Fabiani of Chargers telling Task Force about the failed history of past talks…Political agendas…Wasted Money…Chargers made available documents of past Stadium ideas at Qualcomm sight and East Village….Fabiani indicated Spanos Family local contributions would not equal to what other owners paid because San Diego will not charge PSL-tax fee to fans as way to help owners contribution….Chargers maintain they have every right to look at LA…Said 25% San Diego season tickets come from LA-Orange County-Inland Empire-but did not break down the exact percentage of each region…Fabiani said true cost of Stadium would now be 1.2B…City response-asking the Chargers to be open to all ideas of ways to finance the Stadium aside from a tax hike…Aaron Day-Task force chief says the stadium is just not for the Chargers use…Owner Dean Spanos on vacation did not attend the session…KGTV-10 Poll says 63% people polled against any additional taxpayer money towards stadium-29% would be willing to help finance it.
- St. Louis…Post Dispatch floats idea that NFL will help that city build a new stadium-that it is a slam dunk-Stan Kroenke would sell the Rams to a local group…NFL would allow him to buy the financially strapped Raiders-move them to LA…Kroenke will also allow a 2nd tenant to move into his Hollywood Park Stadium.
- NFL..Teams can start franchise tagging free agents..QBs would get (18.3M) on one year deal..WR ($12.7M)..RB (10.8)..OL (12.8)…DE ($14.6M)…DT ($11M)…LB ($13M)..CB ($12.9M)..S ($9.5M).
- Chargers…17-Free Agents to deal with including CB-Brandon Flowers-RB-Ryan Mathews…but none worth franchise tagging.
- Denver..Talks underway to ask Peyton Manning to take paycut ($19M) to help with salary cap…Must sign WR-Demaryius Thomas-TE-Julius Thomas
- Chiefs..Want to franchise tag LB-Justin Houston ($13M) but need to clear cap space.
- Cowboys..Don’t have cap space to franchise tag WR-Dez Bryant and Transition Tag RB-DeMarco Murray.
- Lions..Cannot franchise tag Ndomukong Suh-DT-his tag would be ($26.9M)
- Giants..Trying to decide if they tag DE-Jason Pierre Paul ($13M) because of back issues and limited cap space.
- Bills..Visit FA-QB-Josh McCown-not sign him yet.
- Colts..Release LB-Shaun Phillips.
- Padres..Private workout for Cuban-2B-Hector Olivera (30Y)..Concern though about Thrombosis-Blood Clot problem in past.
- Padres..NY Post rips San Diego..calling AJ Preller’s lineup a ‘Jigsaw Puzzle-does not fit’..Called team a ‘Lab Experiment’…says team will ‘score more-but give up more runs’ with bad defense.
- Las Vegas…Oddsmakers say the Padres will go (85-77) this year.
- Dodgers..Sign FA-P-David Aardsma-Mariners.
- A’s…Sign FA-Barry Zito-P-ex Giants
- Indians..Veteran DH-Jason Giambi retires-20Y in majors.
- Yankees..Sign FA-P-Jared Burton-ex Twins-Reds
- Tigers..Sign FA-P-Omar Duran-Athletics..had (78K-60Inn) in AA.
- Mariners..Top minor league P-Victor Sanchez-Critical condition-fractured skull-struck by water craft while swimming in Dominican Republic.
- Giants..Mourning passing Wendell Kim-longtime 3rd base coach-Passed away Alzheimer’s (64Y).
- Dodgers..Pedro Guerrero-1980s slugger-hospitalized with bleeding on brain in Santo Domingo.
- SDSU-New Mexico…Aztecs head into Pit to face Lobos..SDSU (20-6)..Lobos (14-6)…Steve Fisher has won 6X-in Albuquerque..SDSU (9-27) at Pit.
- Aztecs..Climb into AP-Coaches Poll first time since early in season..ranked 27th.
- UNLV..Memorial service for Jerry Tarkanian in Las Vegas…Hotels say they will dim the lights on Wednesday night on the Strip as an honor to Tarkanian…Called “Father Flanagan coaching Dead End Kids”…”Compared to greatness of Don Haskins-giving kids a chance”..Governor called him “Patriarch”…Senate-“Enterntained like Sinatra-Martin-Cher”….”Loved his Kids-the Game-His School.”
- NYKnicks..Buyout contract of F-Amare Stoudemire-paying off 23M of final year of deal..Mavericks-Clippers expected to bid on him.
- Milwaukee Bucks..Open buyout talks on contract of F-Larry Sanders.
- Oklahoma City..Angry Kevin Durant rips media for criticism of coach Scott Brooks-insinuating he could be fired.
- Kings-Tampa Bay..Sruggling LA was 10th in the Western Conference playoff race-trying to put a hot streak together….
- NHL..Suspends Florida Panthers D-Dmitry Kulikov-4G without pay-vicious open ice leg check injured Dallas Stars Tyler Seguin-out 6W..
- NASCAR refusing to budge about ‘group qualifying’ for Daytona 500 that led to so many wrecks over weekend.
- Danica Patrick…refusing to comment on contract with Stewart-Haas…0-wins in 82-races in NASCAR.