<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Sports News, Photos, and Scores for the Padres, Chargers and More]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Fri, 29 May 2015 07:47:38 -0700 Fri, 29 May 2015 07:47:38 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Battle For Many Raiders Jobs Will Be Tougher]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 05:34:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/jackthecoch.jpg

Over this offseason, the Raiders have set the bar higher.

A new coaching staff, led by Jack Del Rio, and general manager Reggie McKenzie have tried to bring in more talent via free agency and the draft. The team has spent millions to upgrade the roster.

The upside, of course, is obvious. Better players make more plays and more plays equal more victories.

But there’s another benefit, too, says Del Rio. Bringing in new, talented players creates a higher level of competition even for the good players from 2014 who remain with the team. It can give a team a sharper edge.

Running back Trent Richardson may not be able to beat out Latavius Murray, but Murray no doubt will work a little bit harder in ongoing organized team activities (OTAs), the upcoming minicamp and full training camp that begins in July to make certain the job is his.

Malcolm Smith may not be able to beat out Sio Moore at an outside linebacker spot, but Smith’s presence certainly will get Moore’s attention. And at tight end, there’s no way that holdover Mychal Rivera hasn’t heard footsteps in the form of Clive Walford, the acclaimed third-round choice from Miami.

This week, Del Rio said the competition is exactly what he and his staff want.

“We feel like we have a more competitive roster going into camp,” he told the media this week. “It’s still very early. I think there are some definite battles that will take place throughout spring and into the summer camp before we get into September. That’s a good thing. It’s a good thing to have a little bit of depth, a good thing to have competition. We certainly want to create as much competition as possible and we feel like we’ve done a pretty solid job with that.”

The second of three OTA sessions concluded Thursday. The third runs from June 1-4. Mandatory minicamp will be June 9-11.


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<![CDATA[Super Bowl 50 Practice Facilities, Team Hotels Revealed]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 05:33:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/06-04-2014-super-bowl-50-logo-skyline.jpg

We don't know which teams will be playing in Super Bowl 50, but we now know where they'll be practicing when they get to the Bay Area for the Feb. 7, 2016, game.

One team will take over Stanford Stadium and the other team will run its pre-Super Bowl plays at San Jose State's Spartan Stadium.

Of course, the big game will be at Levi's Stadium.

"To be a part of it is something we're very proud of," SJSU Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier said.

The fields, equipment and weight room on campus will be used by a potential Super Bowl champion.

"This is a brand new field that was put in a year and a half ago, so it is state of the art," Bleymaier said.

The Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee also announced the team hotels, which will be the Santa Clara and San Jose Marriotts.

"We're going to be putting the red carpet out for our part of it," said Scott Knies, executive director for the San Jose Downtown Association. "It really makes sense when you talk about having the teams down near the stadium, practice facilities near them."

Knies said all of the hotels in San Jose are already booked through Super Bowl week.

"We really think it's going to be millions once you consider all the hotels and all of the facilities, the restaurants," he said of the expected money generated by Super Bowl-related visitors and events.

The host committee recommended the venues, but the NFL Football Operations and Events Departments made the final decision.

Ian Cull contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Bulls Fire Head Coach Tom Thibodeau]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 12:33:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/205*120/Thibodeau_2014.jpg

The Chicago Bulls have parted ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau, the team announced Thursday.

The move comes after the Bulls ended their season with a blowout 94-73 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center earlier this month.

Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said the move was intended to bring the team back to its culture of trust.

"Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership," Reinsdorf said in a statement. "When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required."

“Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans,” the statement read. “I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.”

Earlier reports indicated clashes between the coach and management. Thibodeau has two years and $9 million remaining on his contract with the team. 

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Thibodeau thanked his players, staff, fans and Reinsdorf.

"We are proud of our many accomplishments, fought through adversity, and tried to give our fans the full commitment to excellence they deserve," he said.

President Barack Obama tweeted his support for the head coach Thursday, saying he thinks "he did a great job" and he's "sorry to see him go."

Thibodeau has 21 years in the NBA as an assistant coach and was named the head coach in Chicago in 2010.  During his five seasons at the helm of the Bulls, Thibodeau’s teams compiled an overall record of 255-133, the second-best mark in the NBA over that span. 

Tensions mounted between Thibodeau and the front office during his tenure as squabbles over playing time and offensive strategy turned the relationship between the two sides into a sour and tense one. Things came to a head during the 2014-15 season as Thibodeau refused to make Doug McDermott, whom the Bulls acquired for two draft picks during the 2014 NBA Draft, a regular part of the team's rotation. 

"When Tom was hired in 2010, he was right for our team and system at that time, and over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach,” Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed."

With the change at the head coaching position, the Bulls are believed to be interested in Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. Reports have also circulated that they could target Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry when the team is done playing in the NBA Finals. 

Forman did not name Thibodeau's replacement.

"Quite simply, we're going to be looking for the right fit; the right fit for our individual players, the right fit for our team, the right fit for our organization," he said at a Thursday afternoon press conference. "We'll be looking for somebody who's a leader, whose got great communication skills, whose got an excellent knowledge of the game of basketball, someone that's an open and creative learner."

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<![CDATA[Sharks Hold Press Conference to Introduce New Coach]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 13:26:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/peter-deboer.jpg

The San Jose Sharks plan to hold a 1 p.m. press conference to introduce their new head coach Peter DeBoer.

DeBoer's previous experience includes head coaching stints with New Jersey and Florida.

Read more from CSN Bay Area.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Beat Ducks 5-2 ]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:31:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blackhawks-Ducks-G6-5.jpg

Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.

Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in the second to help the Blackhawks hand the Ducks their first regulation loss of the playoffs. Andrew Shaw had two goals in the third, and Corey Crawford finished with 30 saves.

The Blackhawks improved to 31-0 when leading after two periods and erased some of the sting from Monday night's 5-4 overtime loss. Game 7 is Saturday night in Anaheim.

Patrick Maroon and Clayton Stoner scored for the Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 18 saves.

Anaheim caught a break when Jakob Silfverberg brushed up against Crawford's glove on Stoner's first goal of the playoffs at 1:57 of the third, trimming Chicago's lead to 3-2. There was no call on the play and Crawford threw up his hands in exasperation after Stoner's big slap shot went into the net.

But Crawford quickly put the play behind him, hanging tough while the Ducks made a frantic push for the tying goal. He got some help from Keith when the two-time Norris Trophy winner swept a shot away from the goal line about 3 1/2 minutes into the period.

Shaw finally got the Blackhawks some breathing room when he beat Andersen with a nifty backhander high into the net with 3:32 left. Andrew Desjardins made a nice hustle play to get the puck over to Shaw for his third playoff goal.

Shaw then added an empty-netter in the final minute as Chicago improved to 7-1 at home in the playoffs.

The Blackhawks' biggest stars stepped up during a key stretch in the second, led by another terrific all-around performance for Keith. Shaking off the Ducks' plan to wear down Chicago's top four defensemen, Keith had his fourth multipoint game of the playoffs.

The defenseman picked up his first assist of the night when he made a long pass ahead to Kane, who touched it to a streaking Saad. The rugged forward then skated in and beat Andersen at 8:23 of the second, sending a charge through the crowd of 22,089.

The team with the first goal has won each of the first six games in the series.

Keith connected with Hossa for a pretty score at 10:41, patiently waiting while the winger got open for the other side of the net. He got his 14th assist of the playoffs when Kane made a dazzling move to get past Matt Beleskey and then managed to squeeze a shot past Andersen with 7:52 left in the second.

Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks to the win in Game 5 after they blew a 4-2 in the final 2 minutes of regulation.

Anaheim appeared to be looking for its own big comeback when Maroon scored a power-play goal at 14:13 of the second. It was Maroon's seventh of the playoffs.

Stoner then scored in the third, but Keith, Crawford and Shaw stepped up to turn away the rally. 

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<![CDATA[Mayor, Chargers Chairman to Begin Stadium Negotiations]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 12:26:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/stadium-proposal-051815.jpg

Negotiations on the plan to build a new Chargers stadium in San Diego will begin next week between the San Diego Mayor and the Chargers Chairman, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

According to Tony Manolatos, a spokesman for the Citizens Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG), Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos plan to meet on June 2 to negotiate a game plan for the proposed 65,000-seat facility that would replace San Diego’s aging Qualcomm Stadium in the Mission Valley area.

For its part, CSAG announced a financing plan for the stadium last week. The plan included a $1.1 billion price tag for building the new stadium, with the Chargers contributing $300 million of that figure. The plan also banks on the city selling 75 acres of public land for $225 million.

Now, at this point, city leaders and the Chargers will work out a deal to eventually present to voters.

Last week, Faulconer said he wants to have an agreement with the team approved by a public vote although the CSAG recommendations do not require new taxes or a 2/3 vote to move forward.

The hope is that the new stadium will keep the Bolts in San Diego and stop the team from moving to Carson, Calif., where they could share a stadium with the Oakland Raiders. A complex land transaction was completed on May 19 that would allow for the construction of the joint stadium in Carson.

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<![CDATA[Ex-49er McDonald Arrested Again]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 06:40:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/th-may-25-ray-mcdonald-mug.jpg

Ex-San Francisco 49ers lineman Ray McDonald was arrested for the second time this week on Wednesday afternoon, this time for violating a restraining order, according to the Santa Clara Police Department.

McDonald violated a restraining order for being at a home where he wasn't supposed to be, authorities said, although his attorney vigorously contends that his client never received the paperwork ordering him to stay away from his ex-fiance.

Detectives took him into custody at a Togo's sandwich shop on Tasman Drive, where an employee at the sandwich shop described McDonald as flustered.

Shirin Dashti, a Togo's employee, said when McDonald came into the shop he looked distraught, "a little bit angry and upset."

Police said the restraining order McDonald violated was issued as a result of his domestic violence and child endangerment arrest on Monday in Santa Clara at an apartment he leases for his ex-fiance and newborn baby.

McDonald's attorney, Steve Defilippis, said his client was never served with the restraining order.

"I had confirmed that with him yesterday, well before any of this was an issue, and the only paperwork that he was given when he left the jail was the booking sheet, no restraining order," Defilippis said in an e-mail to NBC Bay Area.

"The only reason he was at the apartment, which is in his name, was that he was there to meet my investigator to let him in to be able to examine the allegedly broken door. My investigator had already confirmed that the complaining witness was in Santa Cruz, and would not be at the apartment," Defilippis explained in the e-mail.

McDonald immediately left the area when police called him and told him a complaining witness had seen his care at the apartment, Defilippis said.

The mother of the alleged victim told reporters on Tuesday that McDonald was drunk when she called authorities on Monday.

McDonald was later arrested at the San Jose home of retired 49er Justin Smith on suspicion of assaulting a woman who was holding the couple's baby. Hours after the arrest, McDonald was also released by the Chicago Bears, who had given his career a second chance following his domestic violence arrest last year while with the 49ers.

McDonald was seen leaving the the Santa Clara County Jail late Wednesday and declined comment before getting into an Aladdin Bail Bonds car.

When approached by reporters, McDonald said, "Don't you all have anything better to do? Didn't the Warriors win? You all should be there."

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<![CDATA[Report: Sharks Hire New Head Coach]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:14:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/peter-deboer.jpg

The San Jose Sharks will hire former New Jersey and Florida coach Peter DeBoer to replace the departed Todd McLellan.

A person familiar with the search said Wednesday that DeBoer will be formally introduced later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hire yet. ESPN first reported the move.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Sharks sent out a media invitation to introduce the team's "new head coach" on Thursday at 1 p.m.

DeBeor replaces Todd McLellan who left the team in April after the Sharks didn't make the playoffs, the first time since 2003. DeBoer was one of McLellan's assistants for Team Canada at the World Championships.

DeBoer took over in New Jersey the following season, and led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.

New Jersey missed the playoffs in 2013 and 2014 and DeBoer was fired 36 games into the 2014-15 campaign after a 12-17-7 start, Comcast Sports reported.

Before that, DeBoer was the head coach of the Florida Panthers for three seasons and was fired in 2011 after missing the playoffs all three seasons.

Still DeBoer has won coach of the year of the award, twice, in Ontario, Canada.

McLellan spent seven seasons in San Jose and most recently has been the head coach in Edmonton. He is also co-owner of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rivers On His Chargers Future: "I'll Listen To Anything"]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:10:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/165*120/GettyImages-460816037.jpg

The theme of the Chargers off-season has been, in a word, "Uncertainty."

Uncertainty about the team's future in San Diego. Uncertainty about the team's ability to work with local government to get a stadium deal done. Uncertainty about the ability of the head coach to win big games. And, of course, uncertainty about the quarterback.

The future of Philip Rivers is up in the air. For a few months the speculation about whether or not he was going to stay on as the Chargers quarterback ... or if he even wanted to stay put ... took on a life of its own.

The Chargers were rumored to have put Rivers on the trade block (something GM Tom Telesco repeatedly denied), and that Philip would not sign a contract extension after his deal ended at the end of the year.

Throughout it all, Rivers stayed quiet. On Tuesday, the first day of the Bolts' organized team activities, Philip talked about his off-season and cleared up a few things about his future in San Diego.

"I'm willing to listen to anything," said Rivers when asked if he would be open to the franchise opening contract talks before training camp starts in July. Philip then explained why he's been silent for the last couple of months, and reassured Chargers fans that he has not closed to door on staying in San Diego beyond the 2015 season.

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<![CDATA[Matt Kemp Leads Padres' 10th Inning Rally]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 23:02:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-474819462.jpg

Matt Kemp broke open a pitcher’s duel with a three-run double in the 10th inning, starting a four-run inning that led to a 4-0 win over the Angels in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

“It felt good, I needed a big hit right there,” said Kemp, who was just 3-for-25 over the past week heading into the game. “I haven’t done very much the last two or three weeks. The team needs me.”

Derek Norris followed with a single to score Kemp and cap the scoring. Kemp and Norris both had a pair of hits for the Padres (22-25). Albert Pujols had two hits for the Angels.

The rally saved a solid performance from Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne, who struck out five and didn’t walk a batter over six innings. Dale Thayer got two outs in the ninth to get the win.

Both teams made some tremendous plays on defense. Will Venable robbed Mike Trout of a potential home run in the third inning with a leaping catch at the fence. An inning later, Angels third baseman David Freese made a big play on a line drive by Will Middlebrooks with the bases loaded.

The two teams play again in Anaheim on Wednesday night. 

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<![CDATA[Chargers Missing a Few Pieces for Workout]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:37:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/1st+Day+Chargers+2015+OTA.jpg

For their first Organized Team Activities (OTA) of 2015 the Chargers claimed nearly perfect attendance. Only a trio of veterans missed the workout at the team's training facility in Murphy Canyon on Tuesday.

Left tackle King Dunlap, tight end Antonio Gates and safety Eric Weddle were not on the field. Weddle is not attending the optional training sessions as a form of protest. He's unhappy because, in his estimation, the team has not worked hard enough to sign him to a contract extension.

Weddle's current deal expires at the end of the 2015 season. Gates also has an expiring contract but not seeing him at OTA is not uncommon. He typically spends this time of year with family and, let's be honest, it's not like that guy needs the extra work.

Dunlap also has personal matters to attend to. The Chargers were aware they would be absent. Without him the Bolts moved right tackle D.J. Fluker to left tackle, something they have done in game situations in the past, and put recent signee Joe Barksdale at right tackle. There is speculation that, when Fluker is there and the entire line is intact, Barksdale will stay at right tackle with Fluker moving inside one spot to play right guard.

Chris Watt and Trevor Robinson both worked at center with the first team while Orlando Franklin is the left guard.

Only one player was not working during the main drills. Rookie 2nd round pick Denzel Perryman, the inside linebacker from Miami (FL), worked with trainer James Collins on one of the side fields. That's where players with injuries typically spend time during practice.

A Chargers spokesperson told NBC 7 SportsWrap it was unsure what, if anything, was wrong with Perryman, but the spokesperson said it likely was not anything too serious.

<![CDATA[Chargers Respond to Potential Lawsuit]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 15:28:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CITY_STADIUM_PLAN_PKG-GENE_CUBBISON_1200x675_449640515862.jpg

A group of San Diego Chargers fans, along with former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre, believes it is possible to block the team from moving to Los Angeles by filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League

(You first read NBC 7 SportsWrap’s report on the story here).

It’s a move that would only be considered if a stadium deal in the team’s current home cannot be reached. Upon hearing about the idea of the potential anti-trust suit, the Chargers responded with this statement:

“You're joking, right?”

The response came in an email to NBC 7 SportsWrap from Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani, speaking on behalf of the franchise. In follow-up correspondence Fabiani refused further comment.

The words he chose to use would likely suggest the team either does not believe there to be any possibility of filing an anti-trust suit against the NFL in this situation, or believes the issuance of an anti-trust suit would have no impact on the franchise’s ability to move to the Los Angeles market.

NBC 7's Gene Cubbison spoke with political and legal experts on Monday afternoon and will have more on this story on NBC 7 News at 6:00 and on www.nbc7.com.

<![CDATA[Aztecs Get Favorable Draw for NCAA Tournament]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 14:23:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SDSU+trophy.jpg

The Aztecs had to win the Mountain West Conference Tournament to get in to the NCAA Tournament. They did that by going through the loser’s bracket, winning the title on Sunday afternoon before bussing 10 and a half hours home to San Diego from Reno, NV.

“We ended up getting back around 4 a.m., 4:30,” said Junior OF Spencer Thornton. “I got in my bed around 5:00. It was pretty rough, but I’m glad to be here.”

Having to wake up three hours later to find out where you’re playing in the NCAA Tournament sure beats a quick turnaround to take a final exam. On Monday morning the Aztecs learned they’re playing as close to home as they possibly could without hosting the tournament.

SDSU will head to the Lake Elsinore Diamond, home of the Padres’ Single-A minor league affiliate, on Friday night to face U.C. Santa Barbara, the number one seed in the quadrant. USC and Virginia are the other two schools in the regional, meaning the 4th-seeded Aztecs have a shorter trip than any of the top three seeds.

“Far enough away to call it an away game,” said head coach Mark Martinez, who wants to play to one of his team’s strengths. “We had one of the better away records in the nation this year. But it’s close enough to where we can get some support from our home town and hopefully get a big contingent up there to go beat Santa Barbara on Friday and throughout the whole weekend.”

The Aztecs went 17-5 on the road and 4-1 in neutral site games but just 19-15 at home, so calling it a road trip is a solid way to go. The opening game will not be an easy one. SDSU will likely run up against UCSB ace Dillon Tate, who is in the conversation for the number one overall pick in June’s MLB Draft.

Tate was electric this season, going 8-4 and striking out 100 hitters in 95.1 innings. But, Tate faded down the stretch, showing fatigue in his first year as a starting pitcher. Gauchos head coach Andrew Checketts, who also serves as the pitching coach, held Tate out of the Big West Conference Tournament to get his ace rested for regional play. Santa Barbara’s overall staff ERA of 2.39 was third-best in the nation.

The Aztecs think their arms are on par with the Gauchos, led by juniors Mark Seyler, who went 9-2 with a 2.80 ERA this season.

“Our pitching staff lines up just as good in a regional setting,” said Martinez, “so we’re just as good on the mound. We’ll have to find a way to generate some runs.”

That’s an area where the Aztecs have the advantage. SDSU ranked 29th in runs scored; UCSB sits 124th. Still, the Aztecs will not be the favorite in any game they play in Elsinore. That means they have the rest of the field right where they want them.

“With our backs against the wall,” said junior RHP Bubby Derby, “that’s when we’re most dangerous.”

This is the third straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Aztecs. The program was built up by late head coach Tony Gwynn, who passed away almost one year ago, just after his team was knocked out of the regionals in Lafayette, LA. If this is the year the Aztecs finally break through and make their first trip to Omaha and the College World Series … well, it would have been awesome if Tony could have seen that.

Then again, maybe he will. Watch the video to see how the Aztecs believe that they will win for Gwynn.

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<![CDATA[Bolts Season Ticketholders Eye Federal Litigation Bid]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 11:58:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Qualcomm-Chargers-Stadium.jpg

It'll take attorneys as well as contractors to get a new stadium built for the Chargers.

But if that stadium isn't built in San Diego County, there’s a chance project could wind up in court.

Do Chargers season ticketholders have rights that give them legal standing along with the team, NFL, city and county taxpayers?

They’re investors in a commercial product subject to federal anti-trust provisions.

And some – including Dan Jauregi, AKA “Bolt Man” – are consulting with former city attorney Mike Aguirre as to whether they could file litigation if the Chargers were to abandon this market.

As Aguirre explained to the City Council during a May 1, 2006 hearing while endorsing a Qualcomm Stadium amendment: "I think it's important that the Chargers emphasize to their agents, officers and employees that they need to understand that this means they can negotiate (market) their team within the county of San Diego -- but not beyond there."

But that’s drawing dissent from current city attorney Jan Goldsmith, who defeated Aguirre for re-election several years ago, after the two have long since made up their personal differences.

In a series of tweets directed at NBC 7'S Derek Togerson over the weekend, Goldsmith claimed a legal waiver approved by Aguirre bars the city from enforcing its Qualcomm lease if the Chargers leave the county -- which they seem poised to do with preparations for a stadium in Carson, across the county line.

But Aguirre says that doesn't keep season ticket-holders from filing their own lawsuit in federal court alleging antitrust violations, and that maybe even the city could.

"(Ticketholders) themselves are not prohibited by anything,” Aguirre told NBC 7 in an interview Monday. “ So there's nothing the city could do to waive any of their rights."

Now in private practice representing utility ratepayers, Aguirre added this perspective: "Every contract has to be interpreted in the context of what the words meant at the time … it was nothing that said 'Gee, in 2015 you can play us off against Carson and thereby evade the antitrust laws."

As for the apparent disconnect become his legal reasoning as Goldsmith’s?

"Perhaps he -- we -- could have a chat, and he could become a little more familiar with the record,” Aguirre said, “and we could get on the same wavelength."

The issue is now getting buzz in print, online and social media.

The Chargers, not in so many words to NBC 7, indicate they’re not taking all this seriously.

This response from the team’s special counsel Mark Fabiani, in a Saturday evening email to Togerson: “You’re joking, right?”

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<![CDATA[Bears Release Ray McDonald]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 13:48:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/th-may-25-ray-mcdonald-mug.jpg

The Chicago Bears rolled the dice on signing defensive end Ray McDonald after a history of domestic abuse accusations and arrests, and on Monday their gamble didn't pay off as the team released McDonald following a domestic violence arrest

"We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear," Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said in a statement. "He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."

McDonald, who played for the San Francisco 49'ers under Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, was released by the team last season after he was arrested for assault in California. 

That arrest (the charges were eventually dropped because of insufficent evidence) was one of several brushes with the law that McDonald has had over the past few years. He also was accused of sexual assault last year, and he was also arrested for DUI and charged with failing to appear in court on the charges. 

When the Bears signed McDonald, team chairman George McCaskey said that McDonald's case was one of "bad judgment" and that he believed that the lineman was a changed man. 

<![CDATA[2015 French Open: Best Moments]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:32:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eugenie-Bouchard-26-May-2015-2.jpg See photos from Roland-Garros, the 2015 French Open Tennis Tournament.

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<![CDATA[Padres Offense Has Moment of Catharsis]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 16:46:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-474655986.jpg

Since beating the Nationals 8-3 at Petco Park back on May 14, the Padres had not played very well. They lost seven of their next eight games, scoring a total of 13 runs while being shut out three times.

Frustration bubbled over on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The Padres got a grand slam in the first inning from Justin Upton and never stopped swinging in an 11-3 win over the Dodgers.

Upton's slam was the fourth of his career. Interestingly, three of them have come against L.A. Justin also had a 2-run double in the second inning, giving him 6 runs batted in for the day and pumping his season RBI total up to 35 (4th-best in the National League).

Dodgers starting pitcher Carlos Frias had a miserable day. After surrendering Upton's slam, Frias allowed four more runs in the second inning on Upton's double and a 2-RBI single by Derek Norris.

In the 3rd inning Frias was touched up for a solo home run by Will Middlebrooks. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly brought his pitcher's day to a merciful end in the 5th inning. The final line for Frias: 4.0 IP, 12 hits, 10 earned runs, no strikeouts.

The Padres didn't need a fantastic start from James Shields, but they got one anyway. Shields threw six scoreless innings but gave up three runs in the seventh. Shields walked away with his sixth win of the year (against no losses) and even had a single at the plate.

In fact, every Padres starter had a hit. Will Venable had four of them. The Padres tied their season-high with 20 hits in the game. Now, what San Diego fans would like to see is that carry over to the 3-game series with the Angels that starts Monday in Anaheim.

Instead of scoring 11 one day then one or two the rest of the week, breaking it up and getting four or five every night would be a good way to go.

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<![CDATA[Is a Chargers Move To Los Angeles Legal?]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 11:30:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-457517872.jpg

For quite some time now, the Chargers have been laying the ground work for a move to Los Angeles if the team and the San Diego government cannot come to an agreement on a new stadium in either Mission Valley or Downtown.

Carson is calling. Inglewood could be, too. But one major issue could prove to be an obstacle too large to overcome: Moving a football team from San Diego to L.A. might not be legal.

Chargers fans are dedicated to keeping their beloved team in America’s Finest City, even if it means they have to sue the NFL to do it, and they have found someone willing to help them if necessary.

“The Chargers and the NFL are basically saying give us what we want or we’re going to move the team,” says former City Attorney Mike Aguirre. “That really is a violation of the anti-trust laws.”

San Diegans who have followed the last decade and a half of stadium wrangling may have memories of Aguirre being a thorn in the Chargers’ side. He says he’s always been pro-Chargers, that he’s learned from those days and sees a constructive way of moving forward.

“It’s easy to come across as being anti-Chargers,” says Aguirre. “That’s where you have to be super, super cautious to say this is not anti-Chargers, this is pro-keeping the Chargers here in San Diego.”

The meat of the idea comes from a few different places. One is the Sherman Act. Another is the anti-trust lawsuit a group of NFL players brought against the NFL during the 2011 Lockout. Another is Boltman.

“What we would like to do here is get support and feedback from the fans that this is the best option if the Chargers turn their backs on us,” said Dan Jauregui, better known to many by his alter-ego Boltman. “The beauty of all this is it is not coming from the Mayor’s office or the city or CSAG. It’s coming from the Charger fans. No political issues from the city.”

In a written statement entitled, Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures, Jauregui outlines the idea of bringing a lawsuit against the NFL:

“We strongly feel that if the Chargers continue to threaten our city and hold fans hostage after a fair and reasonable finance plan has been submitted, we will have no choice but to prepare to make our case in court under the laws that prohibit unfair competition. I have also prepared a “demand” letter to the city of San Diego, requesting they file an injunction against the NFL to protect the rights of San Diego fans by asserting the city’s rights under anti-trust law. This demand letter has not yet been served to the city. We have arrived at this point very reluctantly, but we believe as Americans we have the duty to assert our rights under the laws that require our markets to be kept open and free. The NFL cannot be allowed to use unlawful monopoly power to deprive us of what the fans have worked and sacrificed to make possible: a very successfully NFL team.”

It is extremely difficult to win an anti-trust case in America. If any current business knows that, it’s the National Football League.

“What’s great about this issue is the NFL has already lost,” says Aguirre. “So if the city were the raise it as a serious issue and really get behind it the hope would be the NFL would see the city is serious and force everybody in to a position of, Let’s try to work this thing out.”

The case most germane to the idea came about in 2011. A group of NFL players led by Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and a few others filed a class action suit against the NFL and its 32 member teams on anti-trust grounds. Their complaint read, in part:

“The NFL Defendants comprise the only major professional football league in the United States. Together, they monopolize and/or restrain trade in, and/or have combined and conspired to monopolize and/or restrain trade in the United State market for the services of major league professional football players.”

That phrase, restrain trade in, is one of the keys here. Section 1 of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act says, in part:

“Every contract … or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal …”

That’s the verbiage that could cause serious problems for the Chargers and the NFL if an attempt is made to move the team to the Los Angeles market. The NFL lost its case in 2011 (a decision “overwhelmingly” upheld by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals) and would face a similar argument in San Diego.

According to Aguirre, restraining trade is legal if it’s done under reasonable circumstances such as a financial hardship.

“Normally what you would say is, look we can’t make money there. We can’t make a go of it. We’re not making as much as we need to keep the team going,” says Aguirre. “None of that argument can be made. (The Chargers are) making plenty of money. They’re making more money than they’ve ever made.”

According to numbers from the statistical website www.statista.com the Chargers have seen an increase in revenue every season for the last 15 years. In fact, the team’s revenues reportedly doubled from $131 million in 2001 to $262 million in 2013.

NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman has even said, “We have a healthy business. We are not losing money. We have never said that.” As a fun side note, Grubman’s Twitter handle is @EricNFLMoney.

Another reason for relocating the Chargers, says Aguirre, is the possibility of giving the San Diego market another NFL franchise.

“There’s no way for them to leave under the circumstances of the NFL saying we won’t give you another team. If the NFL were to say well we’ll give you another them, that’s a different story. They’re basically exploiting the fact that the NFL controls the number of teams. If you restrain trade it’s OK if it’s reasonable. If a monopoly restrains trade, then that’s a much more difficult case to make.”

Once again, Grubman’s response to whether or not San Diego would get an expansion team was less than favorable. He told the San Diego Union-Tribune it’s a “low probability.”

So if the groundwork for the lawsuit is there, another big question is money. Attorney fees are not cheap so who pays for it? Although it could be a taxpayer lawsuit, the taxpayers could avoid footing the bill.

“The taxpayers would not pay the legal fees unless the city council decided to invest in it and do it themselves,” says Aguirre. “Then it would be a combination of the city attorney and outside counsel. It could be structured in a lot of different ways.”

Taking this approach could get messy, and would likely be used only in a worst-case scenario to help level the playing field against the financial superiority in Los Angeles.

“It would not be requiring the city of San Diego to try to match the economic abilities of a much larger market like Los Angeles,” says Aguirre. “That’s the idea, to use all the arsenal if necessary.”

Aguirre would likely not be involved in the actual litigation. He suggests the same attorneys who helped the NFL players in 2011 take the lead on a lawsuit.

So what would be the underlying motivation of such a drastic course of action? To force the Chargers and local government to work together and truly pull out all the stops to make a stadium deal in San Diego.

“We are only trying,” says Jauregui, ”to help keep the Chargers in San Diego.”

Boltman is simply to make sure the Chargers don’t bolt, man.

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<![CDATA[Aztecs Win MWC Baseball Championship]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 19:25:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SDSU+celebration.jpg

San Diego State knows how to win in the Mountain West Conference baseball tournament. All they have to do is lose first.

For the third straight year the Aztecs dropped a game early and survived the loser's bracket to win the MWC Tourney title and the berth to the NCAA Tournament that comes with it.

The Aztecs lost their first game on Thursday, falling to Fresno St. 15-7.

“When we got on the bus that night (after the first game loss), I said we have them right where we want them,” said Aztecs head coach Mark Martinez. “Our guys responded. We got after it offensively.”

And then some. SDSU won five games over the next three days, never scoring fewer than six runs.

Tournament MVP Seby Zavala tied the MWC Tournament record with five home runs. He went 2-for-3 in the championship game on Sunday, a 6-4 win over New Mexico.

“I can’t do this without my teammates,” Zavala said. “They’re a big part of this.”

Over the last three years SDSU has played 12 elimination games at the MWC Tournament and won them all. The Aztecs learn where and who they will play in the regionals on Monday morning.

2015 Mountain West All-Tournament Team

Most Valuable Player: Seby Zavala, C, San Diego State
Taylor Ward, C, Fresno State
Lane Milligan, OF, New Mexico
Carson Schneider, P, New Mexico
Carl Stajduhar, 3B, New Mexico
Jack Zoellner, 1B, New Mexico
Jacob Erikson, P, San Diego State
Mark Seyler, P, San Diego State
Spencer Thornton, OF, San Diego State
Designated Hitter: Justin Wylie, San Diego State
Relief Pitcher: Jacob DeVries, Air Force

<![CDATA[A Very Different American Ninja Warrior Contestant]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 14:53:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Unique+Ninja+Warrior.jpg

On Monday night, the hit show American Ninja Warrior returns to NBC 7. This competition is usually going to have athletes with a background in physically demanding sports.

You'll see a lot of gymnasts, rock climbers, free runners and the like, along with martial arts masters. Dan Delano is none of those.

In fact, you'll probably think this man is the exact OPPOSITE of a finely tuned athlete. Yet he believes he can be the next American Ninja Warrior? Watch his submission video to find out!

You can watch American Ninja Warrior, co-hosted by former San Diego State Aztecs football standout Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, at 8:00 p.m. on NBC 7.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Rally for Tom Brady]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 16:32:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/free+brady.JPG

Tom Brady is living legend to the hundreds of fans who rallied at Gillette Stadium Sunday.

"He's a good player, he does nothing wrong," said one fan.

"Tom Brady's the greatest quarterback of all time," said another.

"I'm here for him," said another. "I got the sweater - it's a little hot for a sweater, but I'll take the heat."

Heat is what they are hoping this "Free Tom Brady" rally will put on NFL officials to remove the Super Bowl MVP's four game suspension.

"We're crazy when we're unified," said organizer Paublo Munoz. "We're an amazing team - as Patriots Nation, that is - and this really shows it."

Some came from New Hampshire and Rhode Island just to show their support and purchase shirts, dawning the words "Free Brady".

After getting married earlier this month, one couple had a change of plans for their honeymoon in hopes of a change in plans with disciplinary action taken against Brady.

"God bless Brady, because we're backing him, no matter what," said new husband Paul Goodrow. "We're not going on our honeymoon until that ban is lifted." 

Last week, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he won't appeal the punishment dealt to the team. But these fans say the $1 million fine and losing two draft picks is way too harsh.

They also had some choice words for the NFL commissioner and Indianapolis Colts.

"Goodell is stupid," said a young fan.

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<![CDATA[Fan Attempts Selfie With Federer at French Open]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 07:33:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP978212670959.jpg

For Roger Federer, the menace did not come from the other side of the net.

After dispatching Colombian Alejandro Falla in straight sets, the 17-time Grand Slam winner was about to leave center court Sunday when a young man ran down the stands and made his way to the Swiss star unhindered. The fan brazenly put his hand across his shoulder to try and get a selfie with him.

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Federer looked surprised, then a bit uncomfortable as he seemed to question with a hand gesture why the security guards did not intervene. One of them finally grabbed the man and took him away.

While there was no ill intent from this fan, the incident raised concerns about security at the event and clearly riled Federer.

"I'm not happy about it. Obviously not one second I'm happy about it," Federer said, adding that he received an apology from tournament director Gilbert Ysern. "It happened yesterday in the practice, too. I think it's true for all players that you have to feel safe when we play, feel safe on the courts. It shouldn't happen too often. It's happened twice in two days and also in 2009 during the final. I think people should react more quickly. First, it should never happen."

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That was the only incident in an otherwise smooth start to the French Open for Federer, who advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Falla.

Facing a player who pushed him to five sets at Wimbledon five years ago, the 2009 champion was never threatened this time, extending his unbeaten run against the 111th-ranked Falla to 8-0.

On a sunny first day of play at Roland Garros, last year's runner-up Simona Halep also advanced in straight sets in the women's draw.

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Federer put Falla under pressure in the eighth game of the first set, breaking for a 5-3 lead when the Colombian could not handle a good backhand return. Federer shouted "come on" after earning a set point in his next service game and closed it out when Falla sent a backhand into the net.

Federer's flashy outfit, with pink shorts and a lilac shirt, was almost as eye-catching as some of the shots the former top-ranked player produced. The 17-time Grand Slam winner broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second set following a game in which he left Falla stranded with a perfectly hit defensive lob.

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Federer wrapped up the second set with another break in the ninth game. At 4-3 down in the third set, Falla called a trainer to get his right thigh massaged. The Colombian held his next serve but could not prevent Federer from breaking him in the 10th game as the Swiss unleashed a forehand attack that he returned wide.

On the women's side, the third-seeded Halep hit an ace on match point to beat Russian Evegenia Rodina 7-5, 6-4, while ninth-seeded Ekaterina Markova breezed past American wild card Louisa Chirico 6-4, 6-2.

Halep made a big breakthrough at the French Open last year, losing in final to Maria Sharapova after not conceding a set in her previous matches.

Halep, who said she is stronger than last year both physically and mentally, is bidding to become the first Romanian to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Ruzici at the French Open in 1978.

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"I have stronger body and I have improved a lot in my game," she said. "Serve is better, so I feel more confident now with my game."

Up againt Halep in the second round will be veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who defeated American Lauren Davis 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Lucic-Baroni, who won her first match at Roland Garros since 2002, upset Halep at the U.S. Open last year.

"I have not good memories from that match," Halep said. "I just was blocked and I couldn't hit the ball."

On paper, the 33-year-old Federer has a relatively easy draw until the fourth round, where he could meet 13th-seeded Gael Monfil before a potential quarterfinal with his Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka, who beat Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Federer, who achieved a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in 2009 after three runner-up finish, has not made it to the final on the Parisian clay since 2011. He lost in the fourth round last year but has been playing excellent tennis recently and has a 26-5 record in 2015. On clay, he lost in final in Rome after claiming an 85th career title in Istanbul.

Among the seeded players to advance to the second round Sunday were also No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber. The first seeded player to bow out was No. 25 Ivo Karlovic, who lost 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis.

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<![CDATA[Padres Nearly No-Hit By Dodgers]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 22:27:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*123/GettyImages-474571428.jpg

Before Saturday night's game against the Dodgers in L.A., Padres manager Bud Black tweaked his lineup again. He put Will Middlebrooks at shortstop and juggled the batting order, admitted the team needed to try and generate some offense.

This particular configuration needs to never, ever happen again.

Yangervis Solarte led off the game with a single, then Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger retired 24 straight hitters in a 2-0 Dodgers win.

Solarte was erased when Cory Spangenberg hit in to a double play in that first inning. Bolsinger only needed 92 pitches and struck out eight in his 8.0 near-perfect innings. When Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw a perfect 9th he ensured the L.A. pitching staff faced the minimum: 27 batters for 27 outs.

I really never thought I'd see the day I longed for the 2014 Padres offense, but that might actually be happening right now.

Padres starter Ian Kennedy was the tough-luck loser. He threw 6.0 innings and allowed only two runs. One of them came courtesy of a solo home run by Joc Pederson on a pitch that was up around his eyes.

The Padres fall to 20-24. They're in trouble of getting swept in L.A. On Sunday James Shields takes the mound against Carlos Frias.

<![CDATA[WATCH: How To Endure A Baseball Rain Delay]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 18:34:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Lobos+Rain+Delay.jpg

For most people, a rain delay at a baseball game is a great annoyance. But sometimes it becomes the source of fantastic entertainment.

Friday night at the Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament, Fresno State and New Mexico saw their game washed out so they decided to have some fun.

Each team did a skit of some kind, from re-creating a Revolutionary War battle to a grunt-filled tennis match and the final play of the Super Bowl. (See how many you can recognize)

If these guys want to stop playing baseball I'm sure they all have a future in improv. Watch and enjoy!

<![CDATA[Bears' Ray McDonald Arrested]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 00:53:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ray+mcdonald+getty.jpg

NFL player Ray McDonald walked out of a Santa Clara County jail in San Jose on Monday afternoon after posting bail for a domestic violence arrest in Northern California, The Associated Press reported.

According to Lieutenant Kurt Clarke with the Santa Clara police department, officers were called to the former San Francisco 49er-turned-Chicago Bears defensive end's home in Santa Clara just after 3:45 a.m. for a report of a disturbance. Police said McDonald was accused of physically assaulting a victim while she was holding a baby.

After the alleged assault, McDonald left the home and was arrested in the 2200 block of Terra Nova Lane in San Jose, Clarke said. 

Two San Jose police sources told NBC Bay Area on Monday that they assisted Santa Clara police with the detention.

According to the sources, McDonald was arrested at the home of retired 49ers defensive end Justin Smith. Another source said he rents an apartment in Santa Clara on Carlyle Court for his ex-fiancee and baby.

McDonald was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, police said. He was taken to the Santa Clara Police Department before being transferred to the Santa Clara County Jail.

Hours after the arrest, the Bears released McDonald, only 62 days after the defense end signed a one-year contract with the team in March.

"We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear," Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said in a statement. "He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."

McDonald was released from the 49ers in December after law enforcement officials in San Jose, Calif., began an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.

He has since sued the woman who accused him of assault, and he has not been charged in the case as the investigation remains open.

The defensive end was also tangled up in a domestic abuse case involving his fiancee last August, but he was not charged in the case.

"I feel like I didn't do anything wrong but you know, still, it's in the spotlight," McDonald told reporters at the Bears minicamp last month. "I'm just trying to move forward from it."

Also last month, Bears Chairman George McCaskey said he talked to McDonald about the incidents before signing him. 

"I made it clear to him what was expected of him if he were to become a Bear," McCaskey said. "I was confident at the end of that conversation that he'll do what needs to be done."

Reached by phone in Florida on Monday, McDonald's mother, LaBrina McDonald, told NBC Bay area that she knew nothing about the arrest.

"I'm not dealing with any more of this negative stuff," she said.

She did say that McDonald's baby, Amari, was born in March to his ex-fiance and that sometimes he visited his newborn son in Silicon Valley.

The Chicago Bears could not immediately be reached for comment. Neither DeFilippis nor McDonald's criminal attorney, Joshua Bentley, returned immediate requests for comment.

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<![CDATA[Ramona High Star Leads Nation In Scoring]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 19:19:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*130/Ash+run+3.jpg

When you think of lacrosse, no one can blame you if your mind automatically wanders to the East Coast. But if you’re looking for the nation’s leading scorer in girl’s high school lacrosse, look no further than the north county.

Ramona High School varsity lacrosse player Ashley Wright didn’t just lead the nation in scoring, she dominated the competition. The 18-year old senior wrapped up her lacrosse career with 127 goals in 23 games this season. But she’s isn’t a selfish player. Wright finished second in the county for assists with 31 as well.

Leading the Bulldogs to their first ever CIF Championship game appearance (they lost 8-7 in overtime to Pacific Ridge), Wright set herself apart on the field not just with her scoring prowess but leadership capabilities.

“She’s like a coach on the field. She’s really, really knowledgeable about the game and plays club lacrosse in the off-season. She’s very generous about sharing that skill and that knowledge with the other girl’s,” said Head Girl’s Lacrosse Coach Jim Bliss.

Bliss started the varsity CIF lacrosse team in 2009 and credited Wright with motivating her teammates saying, “She’s very demanding of her teammates and herself. Herself first, but she’s demanding of the team and the girls in a very leader like of a way where she wants them to do well.”

Added Assistant Varsity Lacrosse coach Alexandra Cavell, “When I see Ashley and the position that she played and the diversity of her positioning and how she can play both attack, obviously she’s dynamite as a goal scorer, but she’s actually just as dynamite on the defensive side.”

You would think Wright would be swamped with full-ride scholarships to play lacrosse for various schools across the country. But like many Division 1 women’s athletics, full-ride lacrosse scholarships are rare. While she did receive offers from schools around the country Wright wanted to stay close to home and be able to graduate from college financially stable. So Wright is heading to California State University San Marcos to study Kinesiology. But her lacrosse days may not be entirely over.

“I actually want to ref in it or become a coach. I feel like I would really have a good time and enjoy helping others. I help the JV team, I help the younger girls. I feel as though it’s just my second nature,” said Wright.