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Philip Rivers says Chargers’ move from San Diego to LA has left him ‘numb’

  • Quarterback, who joined team in 2004, says move hasn’t sunk in yet
  • Chargers hire Anthony Lynn as head coach, replacing Mike McCoy

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has admitted the team’s controversial move from San Diego to Los Angeles has left him “numb”.

The team announced on Thursday it was leaving its home of 56 years to become LA’s second NFL team, after public officials in San Diego made it clear they were unwilling to spend taxpayers’ money to help finance a new stadium in the city. Owner Dean Spanos confirmed the Chargers would be moving in time for the 2017 season.

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San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL and billionaire owners | Les Carpenter

The Chargers are moving to Los Angeles because the city chose to put its own needs before those of a sports franchise and its wealthy backers

Sooner or later the public welfare office for sports billionaires is going to close. American cities will look at the more than $7bn of taxpayer money spent in the last 20 years on football stadiums alone and say: “Enough!”

On Thursday, the San Diego Chargers announced they will be leaving the city where they have played for the last 56 years, and will move to Los Angeles. They are doing this because the politicians and voters in San Diego did not give Chargers owner Dean Spanos the same golden gift Minneapolis and Atlanta and Seattle and all the other capitulating municipalities gave their ridiculously wealthy teams’ owners.

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Beware the walking dead: the San Diego Chargers’ $10m farewell tour

The Chargers are asking voters to help finance a $1.8bn stadium that will ensure the franchise remains in San Diego. Everyone in town knows the initiative will fail, so why is the team spending millions of dollars on it anyway?The San Diego Chargers ki…

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Roger Goodell says NFL has ‘no higher priority’ than player safety

Commissioner says negative headlines wouldn’t stop him encouraging young players to take up the game, and says: ‘There’s risk sitting on the couch’

Roger Goodell on Friday insisted there was “no higher priority” than player safety in the NFL – but said he still felt comfortable encouraging parents to let their teenage sons play football.

The commissioner, speaking in San Francisco ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, said the NFL had made “great progress” around concussion, despite a flurry of recent research that underlines the link between football and long-term health problems. Goodell said: “[The] concussion issue is something we have been focused on for several decades. We continue to make rule changes in our game to make our game safer and decrease the probability of injuries.”

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Larry Gordon, surfing visionary who created foam boards, dies at 76

Working from a California garage, Larry Gordon and his business partner Floyd Smith pioneered a new kind of board which revolutionised the sport

Larry Gordon, who revolutionised surfing when he created foam boards at his California company in the late 50s, has died. He was 76.

Gordon’s wife, Gayle Gordon, told Associated Press on Saturday that her husband died peacefully on New Year’s Day at his San Diego home after a lengthy illness.

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Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers plan shared $1.7bn LA stadium

  • Both teams discussing new deals in home towns
  • Stadium would be in Carson, south of downtown LA

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region. The proposed $1.7bn stadium would be in Carson, 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles and home to MLS’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

Thursday night’s statement says the teams have tried and failed for years to find stadium solutions in Oakland and San Diego, and without new agreements in those cities their hands will be forced. “We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason,” the statement says. “If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”

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The San Diego mystery: Americas soccer-crazy city seeks top-flight team

When the Premier League kicks off on Saturday, San Diegans will watch in droves. Later, theyll play beach soccer or drive to Mexico to watch Tijuana Continue reading…

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Tony Gwynn, Hall of Fame San Diego Padres hitter, dies at 54

Gwynn, nicknamed ‘Mr Padre’, suffered from cancer Mayor: ‘Our city is immeasurably better because of him’The Hall of Fame San Diego Padres hitter Tony Gwynn died on Monday. He was 54.Nicknamed Mr Padre, the left-hander had a 20-year career in Major Le…

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Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver dead from gunshot wound at 29

Cause of death reported to be self-inflicted, following other
high-profile suicide cases involving former NFL players

Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead on Tuesday. The cause of his death was reported to have been a self-inflicted gunshot.

On Wednesday, the Chargers released a statement which said: “Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul. He was part of our family for five years. At just 29 years old, he still had a lifetime in front of him. Right now all of our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.”

The news immediately contributed to debate on social media and in the press about the effects of head injuries suffered by NFL players. Last month, the NFL reached a $765m settlement with thousands of former players who were sueing the league over the issue.

The case of Junior Seau, a longtime Chargers star linebacker who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 43 in 2012, also focused attention on the subject. Seau’s family sued the NFL and the league’s helmet maker, Riddell. The case was covered under the settlement reached last month. Other well-known cases include that of Dave Duerson, a star safety with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants who in February 2011 shot himself in the chest, leaving a note requesting that his brain be studied.

Both Seau and Duerson were found to have been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative disease that is similar to Alzheimer’s, causing memory loss, irritability and mood changes.

Oliver, a fourth-round pick from the University of Georgia in the 2007 supplemental draft, spent four seasons in the NFL. His best season was 2010, when according to figures released by the Chargers, he made eight starts, recording 62 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble and breaking up three passes. He had not played in the NFL since being released by the New Orleans Saints during 2011 preseason.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported a police spokesman confirming that the weapon involved in Oliver’s death was a handgun. The police spokesman did not provide further details. The newspaper reported the Georgia coach, Mark Richt, as saying news of Oliver’s death was “heartbreaking”.

“I’m just, I mean I was just crushed this morning when I heard it, quite frankly,” Richt said. “I really haven’t been able to keep it off my mind.”

The San Diego Tribune reported that Oliver left a wife and two children and that his family had requested privacy.

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