Expectations High Again For Chargers Going Into 2014

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 SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com/AP) — The San Diego Chargers’ bandwagon is ready to roll.

With baseball’s Padres heading toward their eighth straight year of missing the playoffs, the Chargers are set to own San Diego, at least until having to share the spotlight with Steve Fisher’s San Diego State men’s basketball team starting in November.

Fans are stoked again after their beloved Bolts got hot in December, got some big help from other teams — and even an official’s missed call — to end a three-year playoff drought. They won a game in the postseason for the first time since 2008 before the magic ran out against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the divisional round.

Getting back to the playoffs won’t be easy. The Broncos loaded up after their embarrassing Super Bowl loss to Seattle and the Chargers play the NFC West, including the Seahawks at home in Week 2.

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Raiders CB Hayden To Start Season On PUP List

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ALAMEDA (CBSLA.com/AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday with a stress fracture in his right foot.

The move is the latest setback to Hayden since being drafted 12th overall in 2013 with general manager Reggie McKenzie’s first first-round pick in Oakland.

“We didn’t feel like he was going to be ready,” coach Dennis Allen said. “We feel like he’s still a couple of weeks away from actually being ready to be out there practicing and playing football.”

Hayden, who played college at Houston and was drafted in the first round by Oakland, has struggled to get on the field because of a variety of ailments. He missed the entire offseason and part of training camp his rookie season recovering from abdominal surgery related to a surgery for a near-fatal…

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Clippers Send Dudley To Bucks For F Delfino, C Raduljica

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MILWAUKEE (CBSLA.com/AP) — Small forward Jared Dudley is going to the Milwaukee Bucks.

A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the seven-year veteran has been dealt to Milwaukee by the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Carlos Delfino and backup center Miroslav Raduljica. The Clippers are also receiving a future first-round pick.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced by the teams. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.

Dudley averaged 6.9 points last year in his only season with the Clippers. He had previously spent four years with the Phoenix Suns, and one year apiece in Charlotte and Toronto.

Delfino signed as a free agent last year with Milwaukee but never played a game because of a foot injury.  The 7-foot-1 Raduljica averaged 3.8 points in 2013-14.

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Former NBA Star Stephon Marbury Finds New Life In China

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Stephon Marbury was the fourth overall pick in the 1996 draft, and the two-time all star went on to have what most would consider a successful career.

But something never quite clicked between Marbury and the NBA. In 2010, he decided to play in China, where he quickly became a star. He’s now a two-time CBA champion, has his own statue in Beijing, and is about to star in a Chinese play about his first season overseas.

Marbury recently spoke to Kristine Leahy about his past in the NBA, and his new life in China.

Marbury also took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and passed it on to his Chinese teammates:

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Dodgers’ Big Inning Leads To 9-5 Win Over Dbacks

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PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball’s replay review system worked well for the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night in their 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers plated six runs in the fourth inning thanks in large part to two overturned out calls and cruised to their 11th win in 15 games against Arizona this season.

With the game tied at 2, the Dodgers hit five consecutive singles off Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (3-9) in the fourth. The Dodgers led 4-2 when A.J. Ellis singled to center field. The throw beat Carl Crawford to home plate, but an umpire- initiated review on whether catcher Miguel Montero was blocking the plate led to the crew to see that the ball was in his other hand. The initial out call was overturned.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly came out of the dugout with a purpose. He later said he intended to challenge the out call…

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The Sky Is The Limit For Chargers’ Keenan Allen In 2014

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By Dave Thomas

CBS Local Sports presents 32 Players in 32 Days, a daily feature focusing on one impact player from each NFL team.

Keenan Allen – WR – #13
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 211 pounds
Age: 22
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
College: Cal
Experience: 2 years

When Vincent Jackson left a couple of years back and took his talents to greener pastures (to the tune of some $55 million) in Tampa Bay, many fans of the San Diego Chargers likely wondered just who quarterback Philip Rivers would go to when directing the Bolts down the field via the passing game.

If before the 2013 season you would tell Bolt fans that Cal rookie Keenan Allen would become the “go-to” guy for much of last season, many may have scratched their heads a time or two.When all was said and done last season, Allen…

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Clippers’ Head Coach Doc Rivers Agrees To Contract Extension Through 2019 Season

Yes Doc! I’m so ready for my Clippers to take over this season!

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday announced head coach Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract that will keep him with the team through the end of the 2019 season.

The team posted the news to Twitter at 9 a.m.

Special terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This is an important day for this organization,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.”

Rivers, who took over as head coach in June 2013, lead the Clippers to the best record in franchise history (57-25, .695) and a second straight Pacific Division Title.

“Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that…

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