1. DEPTH EXPOSED … The Chargers first-string offense moved the ball 75 yards down the field for 3 points, and the first-string defense shut out Russell Wilson and the Seahawks for a couple of series. Then, as feared, the Chargers showed their 2nd and 3rd-string holes against a deep Seattle team in a 31-10 loss to open the preseason. Among the notable performers for the Bolts… Dwight Freeney, Steve Williams, Dan DePalma, and Fozzy Whittaker.
2. GREAT SCOTT (AND JIM, TOO)… Adam Scott and Jim Furyk shot 65’s to share the first round lead at the PGA Championship, where both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson finished with double bogeys to drop to 1-over-par. Mickelson battled back from a 3-over start to get to red numbers before his blow-up from the trees on 18. Woods started with a 2-under 33 on the back 9, only to fritter away those shots by chipping into the bunker on 9 for his double bogey.
3. ON THE ROAD AGAIN… That’s where the Padres are headed, opening a weekend series at Great American Ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres are 0-2 since losing Everth Cabrera to a season-ending suspension, but remain in 3rd place in the NL West, a game ahead of the Giants and Rockies. The Giants topped Milwaukee 4-1 yesterday behind the pitching of Tim Lincecum, while the reeling Rockies dropped their 5th straight, falling to the Mets 2-1. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have now won 17 of 18 on the road after taking care of the Cardinals again, 5-1.
4. SIBLING RIVALRY… Jeanne Buss thinks Dwight Howard never would have left the Lakers if her father, Dr. Jerry Buss were still alive. She made those comments in a radio interview with Mark Williard and Mychal Thompson in L.A. yesterday. Of course, that’s a not-so-veiled shot at her brother, Jim, who is running the basketball operations for the Lakers. Jeanne runs the business side, but many NBA observers think the Lakers would be better off if Jeanne ran the whole show with husband Phil Jackson, and Jim Buss got out of the way.
5. TOP 20 AGAIN… No, not the Aztecs or Toreros. In fact, it’s not college sports at all. The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team moved up to #19 in the latest FIFA world rankings released yesterday, the first time the U.S. has been in the Top 20 since March of 2011. Team USA also moved past #20 Mexico as the top ranked team in CONCACAF. It all shows that new coach Jurgen Klinsmann has things trending upward heading into next year’s World Cup in Brazil.