Report: Chargers intent on keeping Philip Rivers

April 28, 2015 – 10:34 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Philip Rivers

Whether or not the San Diego Chargers look to move on from the Philip Rivers era has been one of the biggest stories of the NFL’s offseason. With the 2015 NFL Draft just a few days away, we may finally have an answer for what San Diego plans to do.

A report on Tuesday from Mike Garafolo claims that the Bolts are intent on keeping Rivers and working on a long-term contract extension with him. As we have been told repeatedly from sources within the Chargers’ organization, the team wants to keep Rivers and sign him to an extension that would allow him to retire with the franchise.

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2015 NBA Draft final early entries list

April 26, 2015 – 11:31 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Karl-Anthony Towns

The deadline for underclassmen to make themselves eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft has passed and now we know what this year’s class will look like. A whopping 44 collegiate players gave up further eligibility to enter this year’s draft and that comes on top of the seniors already eligible and a stout crop of international players. This year’s draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 25.

Below you will find the full and final list of every underclassman who has made himself eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Report: Chargers, Eagles trying to land Mariota

April 23, 2015 – 9:44 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Marcus Mariota

A new report claims that both the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles are attempting to maneuver into position to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline claims that both teams are attempting to move up for Mariota, but that they may have to work out a three-way deal that involves the Cleveland Browns to make it happen. That is where we get skeptical, since it’s no secret that the Browns are interested in Mariota as well. Cleveland holds the 12th and 19th picks in the first round, so they could be the power brokers on draft day.

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Kris Bryant off to strong start in first week

April 22, 2015 – 1:43 am by Hickey

Cleveland Indians v Chicago Cubs

Last Friday, Kris Bryant made the most hyped debut in Major League Baseball since pitcher Stephen Strasburg was called up by the Nationals in 2010. (Must be something about playing your college ball in San Diego).

From an offensive standpoint, Bryant’s first game was a flop — he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. But now that the MLB Network live look-ins for every at-bat have vanished, he’s acquitting himself very well.

Through his first five starts, Bryant is batting .333 (6 of 18) with 6 RBI, a .454 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage. And he he has only struck out one time since his debut whiff-o-rama.

So how do Bryant’s first five games compare to some of the other more hyped prospects of recent vintage? We’re glad you asked. And that baseballreference.com exists to help us figure that out for you.

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Here’s some rain for the Kris Bryant call-up celebration parade

April 17, 2015 – 2:09 am by Hickey

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Much-ballyhooed prospect Kris Bryant is receiving his big-league call-up from the Cubs on Friday. Bryant is so ballyhooed, in fact, that he is making people remember that ballyhooed is a word.

The arrival of arguably the most hyped prospect since Bryce Harper is a cause for celebration on the North Side. Cub haters, which is to say White Sox fans who need a life, which is to say all White Sox fans, will gladly point out that Bryant is merely the latest Next Big Thing for the Cubs. It’s a lineage that dates back to another third base prospect, Gary Scott, and has been carried on through the years by such names as Brooks Kieschnick, Corey Patterson, Mark Prior and Felix Pie.

It’s not the greatest legacy. Typically your best chances of succeeding when you’re the top prospect in the Cubs system is to do your work elsewhere, like Rafael Palmeiro.

Personally, I’m not worried about Bryant. His success at every level, from college to Triple-A, has been overwhelming. But there is still a way in which this scenario can have a Very Cub Ending.

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2015 NBA Draft early entries list

April 15, 2015 – 5:08 pm by Ryan Phillips

Karl-Anthony Towns

The 2014 NBA Draft is still months away, but with the college basketball season over we’re starting to get a look and what this year’s draft class will look like.

Below is an updated list of early entrants who have declared themselves available for this year’s draft, which will take place on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The list includes international players who have declared themselves eligible, along with collegiate underclassmen.

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Sources: Philip Rivers would rather retire than play in L.A.

April 14, 2015 – 1:28 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Philip Rivers

As the San Diego Chargers continue to do their due diligence on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a new reality has emerged for the franchise. We have been told exclusively by two sources inside Chargers headquarters that quarterback Philip Rivers has not been shy in telling people he would rather retire than move to Los Angeles with the team.

We have been told that the actual city of Los Angeles isn’t the issue, but Rivers has no desire to uproot his family for a few years to play there. Rivers and his wife Tiffany have seven children and they have a great life in San Diego. He has no desire to play in a city without them and he’s not going to move them. If the Chargers were definitely going to be in San Diego for the long-term, Rivers would have already worked out a contract extension with the franchise. As it stands now, he is playing out the final year of his deal and will see what happens with the team’s stadium deal.

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Detroit Tigers off to historically torrid start

April 12, 2015 – 11:29 pm by Hickey

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For Detroit Tigers fans of a certain age, a fast start to the regular season is nothing new.  In 1984 the Motor City Kitties rocketed out to a 35-5 record through the first 40 games, a feat which has never been duplicated.

It is unlikely a team is soon going to duplicate that feat, but this year’s Tigers are certainly looking capable of matching that season’s total of 104 wins. Detroit is 6-0 through the first week of the season, which is hardly unprecedented in baseball annals. The dominating manner in which they are doing so, however, is.

The Tigers have scored 47 runs while only allowing 16, giving them a plus-31 run differential. That’s seven runs better than the mark of the ’84 team, which won its first eight games before dropping one.

That run differential puts Detroit in even headier company when compared to the six teams that finished with a winning percentage over .700 in the post-Dead Ball Era.

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