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First Stop, 'Trail Angels'

Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune

Frigid Padres Reach Absolute Zero

Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune

What Happens When Teams Start 0-3

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

NFL's Olive Branch to San Diego

Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO - The biggest bench coach in baseball is leaning against the dugout railing at Petco Park, bat in hand, sunglasses in place, talking about his great new gig and his manag...(full article)

Someone rings a metal triangle and a couple dozen people dressed in colorful hiking clothes make their way from a backyard covered in backpacking gear to the dining room. This even...(full article)

We suspected the Padres were going to be a bad team. Maybe really bad. We didn’t know their futility would this soon inspire faint moaning and poetry. As in, n000 000 000 000...(full article)

Apropos of absolutely nothing, nope, nope, I was wondering on Thursday morning: What does the average baseball team that starts the season 0-3 end up doing at the end of the year? ...(full article)

Provided you want the Chargers to stay in San Diego, the downtown stadium proposal the team will make public this week appears to be a good deal. To be clear, that is a resoundingÂ...(full article)

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The NFL Scouting Combine is over. Now the biggest two weeks of the offseason can begin. The next 10 days will set the table for the next six months of NFL overanalysis. The biggest...

Stadium Fiasco Looms in San Diego

Sun. Surf. Sand. Balboa Park. Torrey's cliffs. Seals, orcas and pandas. The Coronado Bridge. Forget it. We are rarely more San Diego than when we are deciding on a way to get somet...

San Diego Chargers? Slim and None

How to explain San Diego? A lifelong resident shrugged. “Eighth-largest city in the country,” he said. “One runway.” He meant one runway at Lindbergh Field, the internation...

A Split Decision by Chargers

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Why Raiders Make Sense for San Diego

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Dream or Nightmare? San Diego Raiders

As long as you have an imagination, you’re never alone. But lately I’ve been picking up an unusual number of bothersome mental houseguests. My guess is, if I do dream, perchanc...

Nobody in L.A. Wants Chargers

The Rams haven't even been here a week, and already they are risking a penalty for too many men on the field. The Chargers need to get out of the their huddle, and stay out. The Ch...

Chargers Would Be Extras in L.A. Show

So the Chargers now face the choice of staying in a place where they are beloved or moving to a place where they would have to rally – fourth-quarter, two-minute-drill style â€...

San Diego Zapped Coming and Going

San Diego has just lost the football team that it had since 1961. It lost it to Los Angeles. If it gets a replacement for that team, it will get the Raiders. This is the rough equi...

Spanos Should Try New Approach: The Truth

Dean Spanos is a liar. That’s what I have determined after reading all of the schlock being slung by the San Diego Chargers and their owner’s minions regarding his attempted mo...

NFL Tells St. Louis to Stuff It

It's done. By a 30-2 final vote of his peers, Stan Kroenke is getting his wish. The Rams are destined for Inglewood, Calif., and once again St. Louis will not be a NFL city. Our ...

Chargers Left Running in Place

The Chargers are staying in San Diego. For now. The disgruntled county residents were, in essence, given conditional approval by NFL owners on Tuesday night to move to Los Angeles ...

Raiders Used, Discarded in L.A. Machinations

So it turns out after years of finagling, deal-making, deal-breaking and bribe-taking all around, the NFL has declared the Oakland Raiders to be nothing more than the league’s of...

NFL to L.A. Not All About the Money

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Seeking Trump Card in L.A. Fight

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San Diego, Don't Get Nostalgic Just Yet

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At the very least, the two decades the National Football League has gone without Los Angeles has taught the league a thing or two about the process of getting back. No matter what,...

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Disney Exec Tilts Balance in NFL L.A. Saga

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Raiders Optimal Choice for L.A. Relocation

Imagine, if you will, that you’re a Los Angeles sports fan. Life isn’t too bad. The Kings have won two Stanley Cups since 2012. The Clippers are exciting, with Chris Paul and...

Rivers' 503 Yards Not Enough

Philip Rivers joined the very rare 500-yard club with a tremendous passing performance at Lambeau Field. But it was the three yards he and the San Diego Chargers couldn't get that...

Steelers Walk Off on Gutsy Tomlin Call

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No Defending Browns' Inept Defense

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There is nothing quite so hilarious as watching NFL owners chatting with each other on the sideline while wearing team-issue ball caps to look more like the common man and less lik...

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3 Teams, 3 Cities Joust Over L.A.

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Athletic advocates are urging Washington State to release basketball transfer Valentine Izundu so he...