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Take a quick look around the NFL and tell me who’s the best quarterback this season. Andrew Luck? Sure, he’s having a sensational year, posting stellar stat lines to go along w...(full article)

The past springs to life on an 80-inch flat-screen in a family room in Reno, Nevada. The television is extra-large because the woman watching it is battling macular degeneration...(full article)

Dwight Freeney has played in two Super Bowls, once lifting the Lombardi Trophy in the Miami rain. He has more sacks than all but 20 men who have ever played in the NFL and will one...(full article)

SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers is excited, which means he is talking the way he plays. The words come fast, emphasized with hand gestures and sound effects. During a seven-minute windo...(full article)

Dick Enberg opens the door to the Fox Sports San Diego broadcast booth and smiles like a three-time lottery winner.   "This is what I love coming to every day," he says.   He loo...(full article)

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Jottings on Baseball's Unwritten Rules

The Padres don't have a no-hitter in franchise history. You probably knew that, but it's one of those factlets that always surprises someone. The Padres have played 7,313 games ...

Nothing Fowl About Chargers' Win

The Seahawks were in the oven far too long, but properly basted, they still proved tasty. The Chargers devoured them like so many medieval gluttons and eventually finished off thei...

How Chargers Handled Seahawks' Mighty D

SAN DIEGO --- The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks brought the most-feared defense in the NFL to San Diego Sunday. Far from running and hiding, though, the Chargers were happ...

0-2 Start Means Disaster for These 4 Teams

If you want to be playing meaningful football at the end of the season, 0-2 isn’t a very good place to start. I’m not exactly revealing a state secret by suggesting that team...

Chargers Prepare to Start Like They Finished

GLENDALE, Ariz — In the last game of the NFL season’s first weekend, in the stadium where five months from now the season’s final game will be played, the Charger...

Seau Fable Aside, Football Good for You

The family of Junior Seau has opted out of the NFL concussion lawsuit settlement. The deal grants the survivors of victims of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative bra...

The Timing is Right for Philip Rivers

SAN DIEGO — Jake Delhomme saw it coming. Last summer, I had a phone conversation with the former NFL quarterback, who’s now training racehorses in Louisiana and raising his two...

Alarm Rings Late on Lane's Pitching Career

More than six decades ago, a right-hander from Mobile, Ala., climbed the mound at Cleveland Stadium. He would throw seven innings that August day in 1948, relying on guile over ...

Pads Can Make History and Get Better

Kim Ng should be the next general manager of the San Diego Padres not because the game has never had a woman general manager, and not because the glass in the game's ceiling is so ...

Getting Our Heads Around Pitchers' Safety

It’s not the most chic look in the world, but that doesn’t appear to be something Alex Torres is particularly concerned with at the moment. The Padres reliever took the mound ...

MLB Should Spit Out the Chew

Four hours before the Padres gathered in right field as an homage to Tony Gwynn, there was an equally salient image in the team's clubhouse.   It greeted you as soon as you st...

Chargers Quietly Confident in AFC West

From appearances, the Chargers’ offseason seems rather tame. There were no expected starters signed in free agency. The draft was fairly status quo, with only a trade up in t...

6 NFL Playoff Teams Ready to Tumble

One of the most difficult things to achieve in the NFL is sustained success. Even for the most-hyped "can't-miss" squads out there, the bottom is seemingly always threatening to fa...

Gwynn Turned Science of Hitting Into Art

If you're not old enough to remember, you may not believe it, but there was a time when Tony Gwynn was an incredible athlete, not just in the sense that he had the freakish hand...

Gwynn Incomparable on Field, Better Off It

When I was very young, we went to the Cleveland Museum of Art. There, I saw a woman standing in front of a painting, and she was actually crying. I don’t recall it being a sad ...

Tony Gwynn Will Forever Be Mr. Padre

Tony Gwynn has died at the age of 54. In the sense of both baseball and San Diego, though, his legacy is that of an immortal.   It’s a word that only the game of basebal...

After Years of Perseverance, Reinvention

Not so long ago, when the game had all but given up on him, Jason Lane was driving through the night with his baseball gear in the trunk, bound for an Independent League town he...

The Baffling Draft Case of Adam Muema

How and why did former San Diego State running back Adam Muema go from an enticing NFL draft prospect to a subject of utter bafflement? “He was talking for the longest time abou...

All Cuban Ballplayers Not Created Equal

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NFL Playoffs Mean Playing With Pain

We hear stories about players who can’t get out of bed Monday morning during the regular season. During the playoffs, they struggle to merely adjust their pillows. There are no s...

Chargers Shutting Out the Naysayers

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Mind Finally Clear, Rivers a Serious Threat

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The Legendary Life of Jerry Coleman

SAN DIEGO — Jerry Coleman, a two-time war hero who became one of the most endearing figures in Padres history, passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 89.   Coleman d...

Chargers Bolt Past Bengals

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Chargers Refuse to Fall Off Tightrope

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Chargers' Chance at Being Super? .5 Percent

One-half of one percent.   Dr. Jim Lackritz’s 37 years of professorial work at San Diego State in statistics tell him that’s the chance the Chargers have of winning three stra...

Time For Rivers to Build His Legacy

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The Most Unlikely Playoff Team

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Broncos Not Sole Losers in Chargers' Upset

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Sleepy Offense Toughens Broncos' Playoff Road

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The Maturation of Manti Te'o

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Chiefs Feeling the Pain After Loss

Derrick Johnson is a few answers into some verbal gymnastics. He is balancing the agony of what used to be the league’s best defense coming up helpless at home while trying to ig...

Chargers Bring Down Mighty Chiefs

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Manning's Ex-Coach Can't Stop Star Pupil

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Rivers on Fire - and Burning Opponents

It wasn’t more than a month ago that Philip Rivers was on a lengthy guano list. He wasn’t close to being on mine, but I couldn’t help listening. I can’t h...

This Time Defense Lets Cowboys Down

SAN DIEGO — Same old Cowboys. Every big win seems to be followed by a frustrating loss. And, as was the case Sunday, a surprising loss. The Cowboys were rare road favorites headi...

Chargers' Revitalized Rivers on the Upswing

Now 15 minutes into his workout on the elliptical at the San Diego Chargers' complex and a little short of breath, head coach Mike McCoy paused and made sure to be very clear with ...

Chargers Have No Excuse for Weak Finish

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'Who I Ain't': Friends Recall Seau's Decline

The average NFL career lasts 3.5 years. Junior Seau, one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the NFL, played for twenty—and San Diego, where he starred most of those ...

1 Certainty in Te'o Questions: He's No Seau

The comparisons aren’t surprising, but they are foolish, premature and lazy. Rookie Manti Te’o shares certain qualities with the late Junior Seau: He plays the same po...

Arrest That Wasn't Should Jolt Mathews

So Ryan Mathews doesn't have a current problem with the law. He still has a problem. And that is this: the idea that he would be busted for involvement in an altercation outside ...

Te'o Earning Respect From Chargers

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As baseball's halfway point approaches, so too does the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Within the next couple of weeks, clubs will ask themselves some difficult questions, as they de...

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For a team whose one free-agent signing came more than two months ago in the form of a 36-year-old outfielder who figures to get perhaps 100 plate appearances – that would ...

Chargers' Dielman Out for 2 Weeks

Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman, who stayed in Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets with a concussion and suffered a grand mal seizure as the team flight descended...

Diamondbacks Sweep Padres

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San Diego Sports News

Runner-up finish continues La Jolla

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Poll: Chiefs' scare factor

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Ex-Charger battled breast cancer

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On RG platoon and pro-Succop pre-Bo

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said he's "very pleased" with the team's right-guard platoon....

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