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Philip Rivers to enter free agency, ending 16-year career with Chargers

38-year-old has played entire career with ChargersPossible destinations include Buccaneers and PanthersPhilip Rivers has ended one of the most enduring relationships in the modern NFL, announcing he will leave the Los Angeles Chargers after 16 years.In…

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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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San Diego Chargers reportedly to announce move to Los Angeles

ESPN.com reports Chargers announce move to LA, citing league sourcesMove comes months after voters rejected tax increase for new stadiumThe Chargers appear ready to leave San Diego, their home of 56 seasons, for the potentially more lucrative but crowd…

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Head coaches Kubiak, McCoy and Kelly end tenures as NFL season wraps up

Gary Kubiak leaves Broncos season after Super Bowl victory49ers fire head coach Chip Kelly and GM Trent BaalkeChargers part ways with Mike McCoy with LA move under considerationTwo NFL head coaches have been fired on the final Sunday of the regular sea…

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Do the San Diego Chargers really have the NFL’s worst behaved fans?

A report shows the highest rate of game-day arrests at NFL stadiums isn’t in Philly or Oakland but, contrary to reputation, in sunny San Diego. Can it be true?

The scene at Qualcomm Stadium is loud and booze-soaked, but you’d be hard-pressed to guess you were at the NFL’s most belligerent stadium for its most belligerent affair of the year.

Earlier this year, the Washington Post for the first time compiled game-day arrest records from across the NFL. It arrived at a surprising conclusion: more people are arrested at San Diego Chargers games than anywhere else.

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Sport picture of the day: Flying Panthers

Casey Hayward of the San Diego Chargers lunges for a tipped pass against Devin Funchess #17 and Kelvin Benjamin #13 of the Carolina Panthers during the Chargers 28-16 loss at the Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina. Continue reading…

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NFL weekend predictions: Cowboys to seal NFC East title against Giants

The Cowboys can take revenge on the only team to have beaten them this season, and go for San Diego, Arizona, Washington, San Francisco and Seattle

Some people spend a whole lifetime striving for greatness. Others are simply born with it. We can only assume DrUHomes falls into the latter category. Last week was the third time they have ever taken part in our Pick Six contest – and the second in which they have called every single game correctly.

Related: Why the Oakland Raiders’ stunning turnaround could be bittersweet for fans

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NFL weekend predictions: Falcons to check Chiefs’ postseason push

The NFC South-leading Falcons should have too much for Kansas City – and expect the 49ers to top the Bears thanks to Colin Kaepernick’s good recent form

Last week I messed up. A copy-and-paste error led to me failing to recognise fully half of the contestants who had correctly called all six games correctly in week 11, and for that I can only apologise. Well, that and belatedly seek to make amends. Congratulations to FatSamurai, Flattery2 and especially to Angchan – to whom this has somehow now happened twice in the same season. Sorry!

Five others matched their achievements in week 12, so please remain on your feet, ladies and gentlemen, as we offer bobajob86, DSizzle2013, FraserAH, onestepforward and Steve Mansfield an equally rapturous round of applause. And then plonk yourself down in your comfiest chair, and get to picking this weeks games.

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NFL weekend predictions: Chargers to end Texans’ perfect home record

Fourth-quarter collapses have cost San Diego dear this season, but they have enough to beat the Texans. Plus, choose Baltimore, Oakland and Green Bay

A belated Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Seeing as this column was written before the Turkey Day games, I’m going to need you to delete as appropriate from the following two options:

Related: Cowboys hold off late Washington rally for 10th straight victory

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NFL weekend preview: Beckham and Giants to push past sinking Eagles

A bye week should tip things in New York’s favour against their NFC East rivals, and expect wins for Baltimore, Miami, Carolina, Tennessee and Denver

Some people just never learn. People like me, apparently. Despite being caught out by a tied game in week seven, neither I nor anybody else taking part in our Pick Six contest thought to predict one in week eight. So that’s no perfect scores for anybody. Honestly, what were we thinking?

Related: Cam Newton is right: officials treat him differently than other quarterbacks

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NFL Week 3 predictions: will Trevor Siemian grind out another win?

The Broncos look to continue their flawless title defense, while the Falcons look to soar in the Superdome. Plus, take part in our tipping contestWhat a week it has been in the NFL. First we learned that the Vikings might not have been crazy to trade f…

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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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AFC West season preview: the Broncos could well go from first to worst

Denver won the Super Bowl last season despite Peyton Manning but they could have even worse problems at quarterback this time around

Will the lack of a quarterback send the Broncos from first to worst?

Possibly no Super Bowl champion has had a shorter honeymoon than the Broncos, who were blindsided by the departure of their quarterback of the future, Brock Osweiler. While they knew Peyton Manning was probably leaving they expected Osweiler – who won several games in Manning’s absence – would keep the offense stable and allow the league’s best defense to make another Super Bowl run.

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Joey Bosa ends stand-off with San Diego Chargers and signs rookie contract

  • Player and team have been involved in public spat over deal
  • Defensive end was No3 overall pick out of Ohio State

Joey Bosa ended his month-long holdout on Monday when he signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.

The team announced the signing five days after the two sides went public in their nasty spat over payment of Bosa’s $17m signing bonus and whether the contract would have offset language. The signing also came a day after San Diego’s defense played poorly in a 23-10 exhibition loss at Minnesota.

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San Diego Chargers withdraw contract offer to first-round pick Joey Bosa

  • Defensive end only 2016 first-rounder to remain unsigned
  • Negotiations have stalled over bonus and wording of contract

The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.

The Chargers’ statement Wednesday said they believe “The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond. Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his team-mates,” the team said in the statement. “Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.

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Chargers chairman confirms: ‘Our team will play in San Diego for the 2016 season’

Dean Spanos insists he wants to keep the team in San Diego, but reports claim the Chargers have agreed to join the Rams when a new LA stadium opens in 2019

Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will play in San Diego in 2016, and he’ll work with politicians and the business community to try to resolve a long, bitter fight over a new stadium.

Related: Raiders in talks with casino mogul Sheldon Adelson over possible Las Vegas move

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Rams to return to Los Angeles with Chargers given an option to follow

The NFL will return to Los Angeles after owners voted overwhelmingly to allow a move for the Rams and the Chargers

Two decades after leaving the Los Angeles area, the Rams are coming back. On Tuesday night the NFL’s owners voted to let the franchise’s owner, Stan Kroenke, move the team from St. Louis to the nation’s second-largest market – a region that has been without a team since 1995.

In approving Kroenke’s request to transfer the Rams, the owners also gave the San Diego Chargers the first option to join Kroenke at the stadium he wishes to build in Inglewood, near Los Angeles International Airport. The one-year option would give Chargers owner Dean Spanos time to work out a deal with San Diego politicians for a new stadium in that city.

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The race for NFL in LA: Chargers, Rams and Raiders apply for 2016 relocation

NFL confirmed it received three official applications, and all team owners will vote in Houston next week on whether to allow any of the teams to move

The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation’s second-largest market after a 21-year absence.

Related: Green Bay fans are worried, but Rodgers and co insist they can get it done

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San Diego Chargers fine Eric Weddle for watching daughter perform at half-time

  • Chargers fine longtime safety for staying on field during half-time
  • San Diego coach Mike McCoy deemed fine an “organizational call”
  • Acrimony augurs end of Weddle’s nine-year career with San Diego

The San Diego Chargers have slapped free safety Eric Weddle with a $10,000 fine for staying on the field to watch his daughter perform during half-time of a game against the Miami Dolphins last week.

Weddle’s agent David Canter tweeted about the fine on Monday after the three-time Pro Bowler was placed on injured reserve against his wishes and told he won’t be allowed to travel for the team’s season-ending game in Denver. San Diego head coach Mike McCoy later confirmed the penalty, calling it an “organizational call”.

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