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  • Spencer Pulley poised to become Chargers' starting center

    Spencer Pulley poised to become Chargers' starting center

    Vanderbilt University, tucked inside of Nashville, is regarded as one of the top universities in the country, churning out a pair of U.S. vice presidents, countless business executives and academics. It also produced Chargers offensive lineman Spencer Pulley, a three-time member of the SEC Academic...

  • Chargers agree to deal with rusher Melvin Ingram

    Chargers agree to deal with rusher Melvin Ingram

    The Chargers entered their final week of organized team activities under a cloud of bad news. Their top pick, wide receiver Mike Williams, wouldn’t be on the field with his new teammates until training camp at the earliest, a lower back problem making Chargers fans nervous about the team’s No....

  • Denzel Perryman finds his voice in the middle of the Chargers' defense

    Denzel Perryman finds his voice in the middle of the Chargers' defense

    In conversation, the “oomph” isn’t really present in Denzel Perryman’s voice. The Chargers middle linebacker, the man tasked with relaying play calls, lining up teammates and breaking huddles, has a smooth alto when talking without a helmet covering his face. “I’m just trying to earn my stripes,”...

  • Chargers sign rookie defensive back Ryan Reid

    Chargers sign rookie defensive back Ryan Reid

    The Chargers added another rookie to their secondary Thursday, signing Ryan Reid. In his senior season at Baylor, the 5-foot-11 Reid intercepted three passes while earning a place on the honorable mention All-Big 12 team. He joins a crop of rookie defensive backs that include Rayshawn Jenkins,...

  • Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams won't return till training camp at earliest

    Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams won't return till training camp at earliest

    When the Chargers selected wide receiver Mike Williams with their first-round pick, it seemed as if they were getting a fairly well-known commodity. The Clemson product would be a big target for Philip Rivers, and the kind of talent who should be able to make an early impact for a quarterback known...

  • Korean-born kicker Younghoe Koo is trying to stick with Chargers

    Korean-born kicker Younghoe Koo is trying to stick with Chargers

    The football shot through the air and through the uprights on the Chargers’ first day of rookie minicamp, with Younghoe (pronounced Young-way) Koo briefly posing, his left foot planted and his right foot in the air. This is what a kicker looks like. But Koo, an undrafted free agent out of Georgia...

  • 'Lot of learning' for Chargers rookies on first day of camp

    'Lot of learning' for Chargers rookies on first day of camp

    Chargers coach Anthony Lynn didn’t exactly heap praise on first-round draft pick Mike Williams after his first on-field work as a member of the team Friday morning. According to Lynn, Williams “showed up.” According to Lynn, Williams “caught a few balls.” And according to Lynn, “Mike was fine.”...

  • Chargers' Desmond King, Rayshawn Jenkins have something to prove when rookie camp starts Friday

    Chargers' Desmond King, Rayshawn Jenkins have something to prove when rookie camp starts Friday

    Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and quarterback Philip Rivers both cracked jokes at defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s expense before the team began the last day of the draft, a drawn-out three-day ordeal. Before Saturday rolled around, the Chargers and their draft board left Bradley and the defensive...

  • Chargers and Mike Williams reach agreement on four-year deal

    Chargers and Mike Williams reach agreement on four-year deal

    A year ago, the Chargers entered rookie minicamp without first-round pick Joey Bosa under contract. They entered training camp in the same predicament. And it wasn’t until the final days of August when the team and Bosa finally reached a deal. History, at least on this front, won’t be repeating...

  • Chargers' preseason schedule is set, with dates and kickoff times

    Chargers' preseason schedule is set, with dates and kickoff times

    We already knew the Chargers would play Seattle for their first game at StubHub Center. We already knew that the game would be on Aug. 13. And, Tuesday, we got the final piece of the puzzle, with the NFL announcing a 5 p.m. start time for the Chargers’ debut in Los Angeles. The Chargers’ first...

  • The Rams' preseason schedule is set, with dates and kickoff times

    The Rams' preseason schedule is set, with dates and kickoff times

    Kickoff times are set for Rams preseason games. The Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Chargers and Green Bay Packers were already known as Rams opponents, but the NFL on Tuesday released all dates and kickoff times for every preseason game. The Rams play host to the Cowboys on Saturday, Aug. 12...

  • NFL releases completion of 2017 preseason schedule

    NFL releases completion of 2017 preseason schedule

    The Rams open their preseason with a Saturday, Aug. 12, evening game against Dallas at the Coliseum. The Chargers open the following evening at StubHub Center against Seattle. The Rams’ other preseason home game comes on Aug. 26 against the Chargers in a 5 p.m. matchup. The Chargers’ other home...

  • Second-round draft gamble paid off for the Chargers

    Second-round draft gamble paid off for the Chargers

    Tom Telesco and the Chargers had no particular plans to be a “winner” during last week’s NFL draft. The winning, Telesco said, matters only on Sunday. Nevertheless, the team got good reviews for their seven-round haul that included wide receiver Mike Williams, guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney,...

  • Chargers send a message they're ready to compete now with draft picks

    Chargers send a message they're ready to compete now with draft picks

    Philip Rivers, who in the eyes of so many people, himself probably included, is the quarterback of the San Diego Chargers, took the stage at his team’s new home Saturday morning to a massive amount of adoration. Chants of “Hall of Fame” faded in time for Rivers and two of his children to announce...

  • Chargers select two offensive linemen on second day of draft

    Chargers select two offensive linemen on second day of draft

    Everything changed for Forrest Lamp when he was 10 years old. For his entire life, people probably made jokes about his first name, people probably shouting “Run, Forrest. Run,” and told him that “life is like a box of chocolates.” But the summer after he turned 10, the script literally got flipped....

  • Joe Mixon is a controversial choice by Bengals in second round of the NFL draft

    Joe Mixon is a controversial choice by Bengals in second round of the NFL draft

    Playmakers from either side of the Los Angeles college football rivalry — and either side of the line of scrimmage — learned their futures Friday on the second day of the NFL draft. USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was taken in the second round by Pittsburgh, and UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau was...

  • New Chargers receiver Mike Williams has been to the brink and back

    New Chargers receiver Mike Williams has been to the brink and back

    The worst-case scenario flashed through Dabo Swinney’s mind as the Clemson coach watched star receiver Mike Williams get carted out of Memorial Stadium, his body strapped to a backboard and his neck in a cervical collar, in the 2015 season opener against Wofford College. “My first thought was,...

  • Defensive end Joey Bosa joins Chargers for workouts

    Defensive end Joey Bosa joins Chargers for workouts

    Standout defensive end Joey Bosa joined the Chargers for workouts Monday after being away the first two weeks of the voluntary offseason program to work out with a personal trainer in Florida, general manager Tom Telesco confirmed during a predraft news conference at StubHub Center. But first-year...

  • Chargers GM Tom Telesco hopes to excel at NFL draft, spreadsheets and all

    Chargers GM Tom Telesco hopes to excel at NFL draft, spreadsheets and all

    Every NFL general manager needs a system. In the buildup to the NFL draft, years of in-person scouting, hours of film study and mountains of notes about details large and small need to be distilled down to an easy-to-navigate list, ranking the football players that’ll best help your football team....

  • Chargers get some help from NFL schedule maker

    Chargers get some help from NFL schedule maker

    Since moving to town three months ago, the Chargers have been in desperate need of a visibility push. The NFL just gave them one, shoving them right over the Rams. In releasing its 2017 schedule Thursday, the league pushed the Chargers forward into the spotlight while leaving the Rams hanging on...

  • Get ready for chaos when the Rams and Chargers host games at the same time

    Get ready for chaos when the Rams and Chargers host games at the same time

    If freeway traffic gets bad enough, does it actually move backward? We could find out this NFL season when, in the rarest of scheduling rarities, the Rams and Chargers will play simultaneous home games at the Coliseum and StubHub Center, respectively. That hasn’t happened in the same market since...

  • Chargers will open the season with a Monday night game in Denver

    Chargers will open the season with a Monday night game in Denver

    The Chargers’ “Fight for L.A.” — the slogan they’ve used as the rallying cry in their move from San Diego to Los Angeles this offseason — will get about as good a start as the team could’ve hoped. With immense pressure to win right away as they enter a new market, the Chargers’ 2017 schedule begins...

  • Chargers re-sign running back Branden Oliver

    The Chargers have agreed to re-sign running back Branden Oliver, the team announced Thursday. Safety Adrian Phillips, who started six games last season, also signed his exclusive rights tender. Oliver, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Buffalo before the 2014 season, missed...

  • Chargers heading to Costa Mesa for training camp

    The Chargers will hold training camp this summer near their new Orange County home, the team announced late Tuesday. Camp will take place at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex, a center that has six fields that normally houses youth soccer and flag football. The site previously served as the home...

  • Chargers' Keenan Allen expects to be ready for the start of training camp in July

    There’s a better than average chance that Keenan Allen, the Chargers wide receiver, will look at the television screen during a NCAA Tournament broadcast and start dreaming. He won’t, though, be imagining a reality where he’s catching alley oops instead of spirals. That dream hasn’t existed since...

  • Chargers' Chris Hairston tries to console San Diego fans as team continues transition to L.A.

    As people shuffled by with hot dogs smothered with messy red chili and bright orange cheese sauce, Chris Hairston posed for pictures with fans and signed the shirts of employees. Tuesday morning, Hairston and two Chargers teammates, joined by John Spanos, the team’s president of football operations,...

  • Chargers release former starting tackle King Dunlap

    The Chargers are releasing veteran tackle King Dunlap. Dunlap, who started all 46 games he appeared in over four seasons with the team, was arrested this summer for violating a restraining order. He was also due a $500,000 roster bonus later this week. Dunlap became expendable when the Chargers...

  • Chargers agree to deal with safety Jahleel Addae

    The Chargers have agreed to a deal to keep free-agent safety Jahleel Addae with the team for the near future. Addae, the team’s starting strong safety, was a priority signing for the Chargers this off-season. The team also placed the franchise tag on edge rusher Melvin Ingram. Addae, 27, has started...

  • Chargers to release former first-rounder D.J. Fluker and two others

    The Chargers are releasing former first-round pick D.J. Fluker, a move that gives a massive boast to their salary cap situation while creating more holes on their offensive line. The team is also cutting veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers and wide receiver Stevie Johnson. The three moves give the...

  • Chargers looking to improve with low-key moves

    When the first ball is snapped inside the delightfully intimate StubHub Center and the Chargers really become Los Angeles’ team, they’ll have an opportunity to truly build a fan base and a buzz around the team. In the meantime, they’re kind of stuck. Still working out of offices that say “San Diego...

  • Chargers will seek to prevent season tickets from being sold on secondary market

    The Chargers will attempt to prevent some season-ticket holders from profiting on the limited supply of tickets this coming season. In an announcement Thursday that seat selection at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center will begin in the next week, the Chargers say they reserve “the right to enforce...

  • Chargers aren't worried about their limited salary-cap space

    After the NFL’s salary cap for the 2017 season was set at $167 million, anyone interested in finding out how much room the Chargers have  to sign free agents would’ve needed to move their eyes from north to south to find Los Angeles’ new team near the bottom of the spending list. With roughly...

  • Chargers put franchise tag on free-agent linebacker Melvin Ingram

    The Chargers have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on their top free agent, edge-rushing linebacker Melvin Ingram, the club announced Monday. Ingram, provided he signs the tender, will make north of $15 million next year — money that’ll be fully guaranteed. He and the Chargers can work on...

  • Chargers head to combine with few needs that can be met by the draft

    When the Chargers’ coaching, scouting and front-office staffs head to Indianapolis this week for the NFL scouting combine, some of the biggest areas where they need improvement won’t be on the field being put through the wringer. “Injury prevention” won’t put its hands on the artificial grass and...

  • Ballmer and Kroenke representatives have discussed bringing Clippers to Inglewood

    Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke, two of the richest owners in professional sports, have had multiple discussions about the Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers in the sports and entertainment district Kroenke is building in Inglewood. Five people with knowledge of the conversations...

  • The Chargers' Anthony Lynn has surrounded himself with head-coaching experience

    The large glass windows inside the American Express Club at StubHub Center offered a picturesque pitch that the Los Angeles Chargers will turn into their home field. Across the room is a private bar, cold beer on tap. To the left, there are private restrooms and a kitchen capable of churning out...

  • Chargers tackle King Dunlap arrested in Nashville

    Nashville police arrested Chargers offensive tackle King Dunlap on Friday morning on suspicion of violating a protective order, police records show. Dunlap, according to reports, was arrested at his girlfriend’s house following a neighbor’s phone call to police. The offense of which he is accused...

  • Chargers set season ticket prices for first season in Los Angeles

    Of course you’d pay more to see the Rolling Stones at a club, to hear Keith Richards’ fingers hitting the guitar strings, to see the sweat fly from Charlie Watts’ brow behind the drum kit.  Now, whether the Los Angeles Chargers are the Rolling Stones, that remains to be seen. But the NFL team is...

  • Chargers announce Anthony Lynn's first coaching staff

    The Los Angeles Chargers celebrated Anthony Lynn’s hiring with an event at the team’s temporary home in Carson. His staff? They just got a press release. Monday, the Chargers announced Lynn’s finalized staff, unveiling a mix of returning coaches with new blood. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt...

  • Chargers take their 'Fight for L.A.' to the people

    Scrolling down past a grainy video of your niece’s dance recital, your old roommate’s engagement photos and your uncle’s political manifesto, you might’ve noticed an advertised declaration of battle from this city’s newest pro sports team. The Chargers are trying to let the people of Los Angeles...

  • Letters: A super week, unless you're a Falcons fan

    What a great sporting event. I hope someday L.A. gets a pro football team. Paul Zimmelman Marina de Rey :: This time it looks like Tom Brady chose to let the air out of Atlanta’s Super Bowl victory parade. Bob Paniagua  Susanville, Calif. :: Can we all now agree that Tom Brady has no need for underinflated...

  • Like the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, we're already looking ahead to next season

    In one comment Monday, the most polarizing coach in the NFL demonstrated why he is loved by some and despised by others. “As great as today feels… we’re five weeks behind the other teams for the 2017 season,” the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick said, scarcely 10 hours after the Patriots pulled...

  • NFL: Tomlinson and Warner headline seven-man Hall of Fame class

    Kurt Warner, a quarterback who led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title and won two NFL most-valuable-player awards, and LaDainian Tomlinson, a record-setting running back for the San Diego Chargers who won an NFL MVP award, were voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Warner...

  • It just feels right to pick the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI

    There is only one certified lock in this Super Bowl prediction column. It’s going to be wrong. In my three decades on the job, I have predicted 17 Super Bowls, and been correct three times. Three. Seriously. That’s a .176 batting average, worse than even that of Carl Crawford last season, although...

  • Chargers terminate lease for Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego headquarters

    The Chargers terminated their lease with the city of San Diego for Qualcomm Stadium and Chargers Park on Wednesday, the first day they were eligible to do so since announcing their move to Los Angeles last month. To complete the departure, the Chargers paid the city an early-termination fee of...

  • Sheldon Adelson exits deal to help fund stadium for NFL's Raiders in Las Vegas

    Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson abruptly pulled out of a deal to help fund a $1.9-billion stadium for the Oakland Raiders in Las Vegas and threw into question the financing behind the team’s possible relocation. Adelson, who had earlier pledged $650 million toward the project, said in...

  • It's 'a miracle' that Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn is alive

    The fractured memory washes over Anthony Lynn in a series of gruesome snapshots. A flash of headlights. Cold asphalt. Blood pooling around him. A frantic ambulance ride. “The doctors didn’t understand how I survived,” said Lynn, 48, new coach of the Chargers. In truth, no one could explain it. ...

  • Chargers and new Coach Anthony Lynn face a huge challenge: Making themselves relevant in L.A.

    You can take the Chargers out of San Diego, but you can’t take the Chargers out of the Chargers. Days after unveiling and promptly retiring the most reviled logo in Los Angeles sports history, the new head coach of the perpetually bumbling franchise opened his introductory news conference Tuesday...

  • Anthony Lynn is ready to get to work as the new coach of the Los Angeles Chargers

    Tuesday morning at the StubHub Center crawled quietly. Its 27,000 seats were empty, save for a smattering of NFL scouts and agents present for a college all-star practice. There was no music, no tangible atmosphere. On the concourse, there sat an empty stage on which the Chargers were set to introduce...

  • Can L.A. support two NFL teams? It's a challenge

    When Dan Reeves moved the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, the owner made a prediction about his new home. “It's going to be the greatest professional football town in the country,” Reeves said. Seventy-one years later, the boast about the nation’s second-largest market remains an open...

  • Lakers and Clippers fans join forces to boo new L.A. Chargers logo

    Lakers Coach Luke Walton wasn’t the only person in the building for the Lakers-Clippers game on Saturday who didn’t like the Chargers’ move from San Diego to Los Angeles. Most of Staples Center agreed with him. During the second quarter of the Clippers’ home game against the Lakers, the video board...

  • Chargers hire Anthony Lynn to guide team in new L.A. home

    The Chargers won nine games the past two seasons, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL. They have won four playoff games the past 22 years. They’ve never won a Super Bowl, the only championship in their 57 seasons coming in 1963 while playing in the now-defunct AFL. Los Angeles has a reputation for...

  • Winners and losers in the Chargers' move to L.A.

    The Los Angeles Chargers don’t kick off the 2017 season in their new home for eight-plus months, but there are already some winners and losers emerging from the team’s relocation north. A look at the scorecard: Winner: The Spanos family — This move makes them even richer. The Chargers were valued...

  • Letters: Hey, did you hear? The Chargers are coming

    Not sure when the Statue of Liberty was relocated to L.A., but with the Chargers joining the Rams, the words “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” should be amended to include “your losing football teams.” Mark S. Roth Los Angeles :: If an NFL team is content spending two seasons...

  • Chargers explained: Is Los Angeles getting a quality NFL team?

    Jilted fans from San Diego and St. Louis have taken to social media in recent days to congratulate Los Angeles on its accumulation of yet another losing NFL team. Sour grapes, truth, or both? The Chargers were 5-11 this season and 4-12 last, so there is more than a hint of truth. But the depiction...

  • FAA approves Inglewood stadium that Rams, Chargers will share

    The $2.6 billion stadium the Rams and Chargers will share in Inglewood took another step forward Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration approved the project after a lengthy review. The agency had been concerned the structure —  the centerpiece of Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s 298-acre sports...

  • Rams already winning the perception fight with their new roommate

    The Rams were so excited by the arrival of their new non-threatening roommate Thursday, they celebrated by hauling in a shiny new piece of furniture. Just as the Chargers officially announced their move to Los Angeles, they were casually directed to the back bedroom, the smaller one in the shadows,...

  • Chargers' task to win over L.A. is like climbing 'Mt. Everest'

    This is a Dodgers town for baseball, a Lakers town for basketball. So whose will it be in football?  The Rams have a rich history here and a one-year head start on the Chargers in their return. The Chargers might prosper, or they could sink into mediocrity and invisibility, swallowed up into an...

  • Chargers' move a risky proposition for more than just the team

    Gambling isn’t allowed in the NFL, but this Chargers relocation feels like one big roll of the dice. There’s extreme anger in San Diego, where betrayed fans are discarding their Chargers jerseys in front of team headquarters. And there’s apathy in Los Angeles, where the arrival of a second team...

  • Chill out, there is little downside to the Chargers coming to Los Angeles

    The backlash against the Chargers’ move was immediate, as a proud city that regards itself as a home of champions recoiled at the idea it had become America’s dumpster. Los Angeles had already taken in the Rams. Who was next? The Arizona Diamondbacks? The Minnesota Timberwolves? The El Salvador...

  • Double-teamed: Chargers make move to Los Angeles official

    It took 21 years for the National Football League to return one team to Los Angeles. On Thursday — a year to the day after NFL owners approved the Rams’ move to L.A. — San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos completed the saga, taking a 21-minute flight in his private jet to give the city its...

  • Timeline: Chargers' journey back to Los Angeles

    A brief, recent history of the Chargers and Los Angeles: December 2014: The Chargers say they’ll play the 2015 season in San Diego. February 2015: The Chargers and Raiders announce plans to build a privately financed stadium in Carson on the site of an old landfill. March 2015: AEG abandons plans...

  • Chargers' move to L.A. is just like their new logo: unoriginal and uninspired

    One look at the logo of the new Los Angeles Chargers tells you all you need to know about owner Dean Spanos and his motives in moving the team. It’s unoriginal and uninspired, just like his decision to uproot the Chargers from their longtime home and flee northward to escape paying for a new stadium...

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