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San Diego Shocker: Chargers Plan to Bolt

Sources say team is moving to Los Angeles after 56 years

(Newser) - A shocker for San Diego fans: The Chargers are planning to move to Los Angeles, saying farewell to San Diego after 56 years in the city, sources tell ESPN . Insiders say the team has scheduled a Thursday morning staff meeting in which the move will be announced. NFL commissioner Roger... More »

NFL Player Fined $10K for Watching Daughter Dance

Eric Weddle didn't ask permission to skip halftime meeting

(Newser) - A San Diego Chargers safety has been fined $10,000 for "conduct detrimental to the team" during the Dec. 20 game against Miami. What did he do that was so detrimental? Watched his daughter dance in the halftime show, USA Today reports, calling it "one of the more... More »

NFL Could Have an LA Team in a Year: Report

Rams, Chargers, Raiders possibilities to move

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams? The LA Chargers? How about the Raiders? Southern California football fans may be in luck: An insider tells Pro Football Talk that Los Angeles could have its own team, or two, in the next 12 to 24 months. The Chargers, Raiders, and Rams—all of which... More »

Ex-NFL Player, 29, Commits Suicide

Paul Oliver dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound, say police

(Newser) - The sports world is turning mournful eyes to Georgia, where former San Diego Charger Paul Oliver died Tuesday night from what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 29. The Union-Tribune reports that the incident occurred in his Marietta home in the presence of his wife and two... More »

Inside the Fight for Junior Seau's Brain

How the NFL directed Seau's brain to the NIH

(Newser) - An in-depth report from Frontline and ESPN's Outside the Lines describes the fight for Junior Seau's brain following his suicide last year—a fight that ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, who are working on a book and documentary about brain injuries in football, call "a... More »

Manti Te'o Picked by Chargers

Notre Dame linebacker was victim of girlfriend hoax

(Newser) - A second-round pick in the NFL draft might be getting more attention than any player who went in the first round. That's because it's Manti Te'o, the former Notre Dame linebacker caught up in the bizarre girlfriend-who-didn't exist hoax from earlier this year. The San Diego... More »

Eagles' Reid, Bears' Smith Among Slew of NFL Firings

'Black Monday' sees Romeo Crennel, Norv Turner, and more exit

(Newser) - The NFL regular season ended yesterday, and that means today the heads were rolling. A slew of big-name coaches are out of jobs after lackluster seasons, ESPN reports. Including…
  • Andy Reid : To the surprise of exactly no one, the coach who won more games than any other in Eagles history
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NFL Investigates Chargers for Cheating

Team allegedly spotted using 'Stickum'

(Newser) - A sports team has been accused of using a banned substance—and for once, it's not performance enhancing drugs. No, the NFL is investigating reports that the San Diego Chargers used "Stickum," which, as its name implies, is a sticky substance designed to help players grab and... More »

NFL Gets First Female Ref

Shannon Eastin to officiate amid lockout

(Newser) - With NFL referees locked out since June amid a collective-bargaining dispute, a new batch of officials will be calling the shots in upcoming games—and for the first time, one of them is a woman. Shannon Eastin, who has refereed small-college and high school games, will officiate at a Green... More »

Junior Seau's Brain to Be Checked for Damage

Brain injuries associated with other players' early deaths

(Newser) - Doctors will inspect Junior Seau's brain for any evidence of injury from his football days, following an agreement with his family. Several early deaths among football players have pointed to brain injury, the Los Angeles Times notes. "The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they... More »

Essayist Quits as NFL Fan After Seau Death

'I'm out,' writes Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates

(Newser) - The medical examiner in San Diego confirmed today that Junior Seau committed suicide with a gunshot to the chest, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . The family has not decided yet whether to donate his brain to researchers to see if he suffered damage from football. Seau's former wife told... More »

Seau Is 8th Member of 1994 Chargers to Die

Championship team hit by tragedy time and time again

(Newser) - Junior Seau’s death is just the latest tragedy in the sad history of the 1994 San Diego Chargers. That team—the only Chargers team to make it to the Super Bowl—has seen seven other deaths. CNN has the rundown:
  • 1995: Linebacker David Griggs, 28, dies in a
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Cops Confirm Junior Seau's Death Is Suicide Investigation

Handgun is found nearby

(Newser) - The details are filling in on the death of NFL great Junior Seau at age 43. These from the San Diego Union-Tribune , AP , and TMZ .
  • Suicide: San Diego police confirm it's a suicide investigation. Seau's girlfriend called 911 about 9:30am after she found him unconscious inside a
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Chargers Kicker Caught Taking Sideline Leak

Nick Novak confesses to peeing mid-game

(Newser) - A missed kick wasn’t the only embarrassment for the San Diego Chargers’ Nick Novak in a game this weekend. CBS cameras provided a shot of the man peeing on the sidelines, the New York Daily News notes. When reporters asked Novak about the incident, he wasn’t bashful. “... More »

Cash Rains Down on Chargers Fans —They Return It

Good will triumphs after server trips, loses money

(Newser) - Antidote to rowdy sports fans stories: A server at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium tripped on a stair, showering nearby fans on those sitting in two lower sections with about $1,000 in cash. “All my customers began screaming over the railing to the people below: ‘That’s... More »

No Charges for Merriman in Tequila Incident: DA

'Insufficient evidence' against Chargers linebacker accused by reality-TV star

(Newser) - San Diego’s district attorney said today there is “insufficient evidence” to charge NFL star Shawne Merriman in an alleged domestic dispute with reality-TV star Tila Tequila, the Union-Tribune reports. “I’m happy,” said Chargers linebacker Merriman, 25, who was arrested early Sunday at his suburban home.... More »

Tila: I'm Allergic to Booze; Bartender: Truth, More Like

Reality star savages NFL player via Twitter

(Newser) - Reality star Tila Tequila turned to Twitter today to tell her side of Saturday’s run-in with NFL star Shawne Merriman, writing that she’s “allergic” to alcohol and so couldn't have been drunk at the time he allegedly choked her. She also takes a jab at Chargers linebacker... More »

I Didn't Choke Tila Tequila: Merriman

Chargers linebacker says reality-show star was too drunk to leave safely

(Newser) - Shawne Merriman denies choking Tila Tequila and says he was trying to keep her from leaving his home because she was so drunk he was worried she would hurt herself, the Los Angeles Times reports. The San Diego Chargers linebacker released a statement after being arrested yesterday when the reality-TV ... More »

Chargers Player Arrested in Tila Tequila Beating

Shawne Merriman accused of choking her

(Newser) - Police arrested San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman today after he allegedly choked his reality-TV star girlfriend, Tila Tequila, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. She signed a complaint charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment, and said he choked her when she tried to leave their house this morning. Tequila,... More »

NFL Playoffs Feature Rematches

Each game this round is a rematch, but don't expect similar results

(Newser) - All four match-ups for next weekend's NFL playoffs are been-there, done-that this season, but the outcomes aren't necessarily givens, USA Today reports:
  • Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco's interceptions helped the Titans as much as Kerry Collin's 80-yard touchdown drive in defeating the Ravens, but Flacco's seen a lot of play since
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