Chargers-Broncos…Thursday Night Football…San Diego (1-4)…Denver (4-1)…Philip Rivers leads offense averaging (373YPG)…Offset by horrible defense-allowing (375YPG)…Chargers defense allowed 17TD in 5-games-tied for worst in NFL…Defense has given up 65-Plays of Plus 10-yards in 5-games..San Diego #27 in pass defense…Chargers have 11-turnovers in 5-games-2nd most in NFL.
Chargers…Coach Mike McCoy on “Death Row”…Team is (5-16) last two years…(9-22) since middle of 2014-season….(0-10) vs AFC West over last two years…(1-9) vs Broncos last 4-years…McCoy (6-14) vs AFC West teams….Chargers (3-13) last 2-years in games decided by a TD or less.
Broncos….Start QB-Trevor Siemian-missed 2-weeks with bruised shoulder joint….Denver living off its defense…allowing just (301YPG)…Broncos allowed just 9TD in 5-games…Denver leads NFL with 19-sacks this yer..has 10-takeaways also…
Chargers…K-Josh Lambo apologized to teammates for ‘laughing incident’ after Raiders-game-says people misconstrued what happened.
Raiders…Las Vegas Senate votes (16-5) to approve allocation of 750M in Hotel Tax money to build NFL stadium for Raiders.
Jets..WR-Eric Decker-placed on IR-needs surgery for torn rotator cuff.
Steelers..WR-Sammy Coates-possible fracture of hand
Redskins…TE-Jordan Reed-put back into concussion protocol.
Chiefs..LB-Justin Houston cleared for on field workouts-coming off knee surgery
Saints..S-Erik Harris-torn ACL
Lions…DT-Hloti Ngata-sprained shoulder
Browns..OG-Joe bitonio-sprained foot
Carolina..QB-Cam Newton-cleared practice after concussion treatment.
Steelers..Sign FA-RB-Karlos Williams-ex Bills.
Jets..Sign FA-CB-Nick Marshall-ex-Jaguars
Ravens..Sign FA-OT-Billy Turner-ex Miami
Chicago…Ex-Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says QB-Jay Cutler is not a leader.
Browns..Bring in ex-Baylor coach Art Briles-to serve as consultant
Padres…Fire President-CEO Mike Dee without detailing reasons….Sources tell CW-6 Dee was let go because of the continued actions of suspended GM-AJ Preller….and a power struggle with owner Ron Fowler…Sources say Dee fashioned himself as not only the lead baseball executive but also on baseball side…Dee made Petco Park a ‘destination point’ in Gaslamp with continued improvements…also made more than 20M a year in non-baseball events for ownership….Dee was criticisized for business dealings…the O’Malley family left as part owners after just 1-year of interaction with Dee…Dee held responsible for the firing of Bud Black…and the hiring of ‘rogue GM’ AJ Preller, who was suspended…held responsible too for mishandling of Bud Selig honors and foulups during the All Star festitivities…Also fired was VP-Ryan Gustafson-who handled business operations and tickets…On baseball side, longtime exec Randy Smith was also terminated-had been with club for 25Y including stretch as a GM-was a senior advisor
Padres…Interesting names surfacing as candidates include Dan Duquette-President of Baltimore Orioles..Joe Garagiola-Junior-currently at MLB-and former President of Arizona Diamondbacks….Jerry Colangelo-former NBA executive and founder of the Diamondbacks..and Jim Steeg-former NFL-Chargers executive.
Dodgers-Washington…Game 5-of playoff series tonite…Rich Hill-vs-Max Scherzer-winner moves on to face the Cubs in National League championship series.
Toronto-Cleveland..Game 1-of American League championship series is Friday…Jays won 4-of-7 games vs Tribe this season.
Rockies..Fire 4-coaches from Walt Weiss staff-including Tom Runnell..Rene Lacheman
Colorado..Interested in talking to Bud Black about Rockies managerial job.
Royals..P-Chris Young-surgery oblique injury
Mets..P-Matt Harvey surgery for nerve compression in shoulder successful…has regained feeling and blood flow in pitching hand.
San Diego State…F-Max Hoetzel-reinjured knee in practice…transfer from Indiana has had 3-injuries to same knee.
Aztecs…Get 23-1st place votes to win Mountain West Conference title….Nevada-New Mexico picked to finish 2nd-3rd…..Trey Kell-G-selected 1st team preseason all conference….Tiki Caesar-Gill-F-transfer from Missouri-picked ‘Newcomer of Year’…F-Jalen McDaniels-picked as preseason freshman of year.
Lakers…Preseason record falls to (2-2)…1st round pick Brandon Ingram continues to struggle…(now (5-21) shooting and (2-9) on 3’s.
Pelicans…New Orleans C-Anthony Davis-out 3W-sprained ankle.
Kings-L-San Jose (2-1)…G-Martin Jones 21-saves for Sharks.
Maple Leafs-L-Ottawa (5-4)..1st round pick Austin Matthews 4-goals in Leafs debut
Edmonton-W-Calgary (7-4)..Connor McDavid 2-goals for Oilers
Blues-W-Blackhawks (5-2)..Vlad Tarasenko 2G-for Blues
NHL…Thursday Night schedule…Ducks open with 4-games on road-at Dallas…Washington-Pittsburgh-Sidney Crosby will not play with concussion symptoms…Montreal-Buffalo
Kings..G-Jon Quick leaves opening night game after 1st period-possible groin injury making a save.
Buffalo..Star forward Jack Eichel to miss 6W-severe ankle sprain
Penguins..Hi scoring Sidney Crosby goes thru practice after clearing concussion protocol
Boston..C-Patrice Bergeron-groin..Andrew McQuaid-shoulder..Kwan Miller-fractured hand-will miss opening of season.
Edmonton…Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky hired as VP-Edmonton Entertainment Group-operating new Rexall Place Arena.