The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.,Despite one of the league’s top win-loss records in the past decade, the team’s value was unchanged in the past year at $460 million, a middling No. 18 in the league and a low No. 110 out of 123 pro teams.,Take the average league-wide team values: football is No. 1 at $2.5 billion, followed by the National Basketball Association at $1.65 billion; Major League Baseball at $1.64 billion and the National Hockey League at $620 million.,Expenses such baseball’s long season and the lower stadium costs of indoor sports juggle the rankings by “profit margin” — operation income vs. sales: football’s still No. 1, averaging 23 percent, then there’s basketball at 21 percent and hockey at 16 percent before baseball’s 9 percent.,The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.

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Winners of eight of their last nine games, Dallas' next opponent is controlled by the winner of the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles game, taking place Sunday afternoon.,So if No. 3 Chicago wins, then No. 4 Dallas will be the lowest seed left, and will travel to The Big Easy to take on the Saints.,Dallas is so dedicated to the run, facing a team that is less-than-stellar against the pass (Saints are No. 22 in pass-defense DVOA, Rams are No. 9) could be more beneficial considering Dallas can struggle in that regard and will run the ball regardless of who they are facing.,Dallas could host an NFC Championship There's only one way for the No. 4 seed to ever host a conference championship game, and that's for the No. 6 seed to pull off back-to-back upsets.,Were the Eagles to upset Chicago, then go on to upset New Orleans with Dallas also upsetting the Rams, then the two NFC East rivals would meet for the third time, back at ATT Stadium.

Nor is it likely to end well for a lot of Lakers, some of whom could be New Orleans-bound in a trade for Anthony Davis … or cut for salary cap space, like the eight of them who are on one-year deals, to bring in more free agents like Klay Thompson … or unemployed like Coach Luke Walton if Magic Johnson holds him responsible for any shortfall.,I don’t see a second-round loss going over well with Johnson, not after he read Walton the riot act seven games into the season, then, in as close as he felt like coming to reassuring everyone publicly, said Luke would, “finish this season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”,It’s still emerging with last week’s report by ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski that Magic has wanted a new coach since he took over, but has yet to convince Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Walton.,Despite his cachet, James hasn’t been a behind-the-scenes schemer … aside from all his player recruiting … although Riley, whom LeBron left high and dry, late revealed that LeBron hinted that he would like him to fire Coach Erik Spoelstra during LeBron’s first season in Miami without coming out and actually asking him to do it.,A recent report from ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has wanted a new coach since he took over in February of 2017, but has yet to convince team owner Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Luke Walton, left.

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The Green Bay Packers are not participating in this season's NFL playoffs, but that doesn't mean fans of Wisconsin football are shut out completely.,Next game: Saturday vs. Seahawks, 7:15 p.m. CT Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wears a University of Wisconsin hat as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver (Photo: The Associated Press) read more

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins once had a coach named Bob Berry, who had this opening comment after the team was eliminated from postseason consideration:

Mike Tomlin didn’t have anything nearly as dramatic to say after the Steelers were excluded from the NFL playoffs despite Sunday’s 16-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.,McCrane, who had spent time with two other teams this season, was called and practiced for the first and only time on Friday.,In addition to divisional road games in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore, they will play at New England, the New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona and San Francisco.,Their home games will be against the three divisional teams plus Buffalo, Miami, Seattle, the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts.,Roethlisberger became the seventh NFL quarterback to pass for at least 5,000 yards in a season. read more

Bill Spiller, a short, slight and stylish African American golfer, came to the Bay Area in 1948 to compete in the Richmond Open, a PGA tournament.,Spiller faded, but still finished 34th, which automatically qualified him for the following week’s Richmond Open, a PGA event.,On behalf of Spiller, Rhodes and a local black golfer named Madison Gunther, attorney John Rowell sued the PGA for $315,000 for denying the men the opportunity to obtain employment in their chosen profession.,At a tournament in San Diego in 1953, yanked from the field, Spiller challenged a high-ranking PGA official to a fistfight, then held up the tourney by blocking the first tee, either by lying down or standing in front of it.,Spiller told author Al Barkow, who wrote “Gettin’ To The Dance Floor,” an oral history of golf’s integration, that one year at the L.A. Open, he asked the starter on the first tee why all three black players in the field were in the same group.

As Christmas break has come and gone for the Buffalo Sabres, many fans may still be hoping for one last gift this year from their boys on ice — another goal scorer.,The next highest scoring player in terms of points on the team is Pominville, who benefited from playing alongside Eichel and Skinner earlier in the year.,On a team with many young players like Eichel, Reinhart and Dahlin, the 27 year old Palmieri would fit the mold of a player with veteran experience, while still being a long-term solution for a team looking for sustainability like Buffalo is.,With 18 goals and 33 points in 35 games this year, Palmieri’s production would be greatly welcomed by a team like Buffalo.,For the Sabres, nearly any player available on the market this year will be within the team’s price range.

After a weeklong exchange of flattery and pleasantries through the media, LeBron James reportedly had dinner with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis after the Lakers 112-104 victory on Friday night at Staples Center.,Some believe James secretly runs Klutch Sports Group behind the scenes, leading to speculation that the Lakers superstar could guide Davis to Los Angeles either via trade or in free agency in two years.,Shortly after those comments, James reportedly exited Staples Center and met Davis for dinner in Los Angeles.,That reported dinner between friends only threw fuel on the fire, leading fans to believe that Davis and James were meeting to discuss a coup d'état that would eventually land "The Brow" in Tinseltown.,Unlike the soon-to-be retiring Wade, and the soon-to-be free agent Anthony, Davis is in control of his own destiny and could force a move to Los Angeles either now or in two years.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers shook up their National League-championship roster yesterday, trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Homer Bailey, who threw a pair of no-hitters before three major arm operations sidetracked his career.,Last week, the Reds traded pitching prospect Tanner Rainey to the Nationals for 32-year-old starter Tanner Roark, who led the National League in losses last season while going 9-15 with a 4.34 ERA.,Story continues below video

Cincinnati didn’t know what to do with Bailey, who went 1-14 last season with a 6.09 ERA and resisted a move to the bullpen.,Wood gives the Reds another upgrade to their young rotation, which has been their biggest weakness the last two seasons.,Kemp, 34, batted .290 with 25 doubles, 21 homers and 85 RBIs last season, when he was an All-Star for the third time. read more