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Stadium-Seeking Chargers Helped by City Aid

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
San Diego — The San Diego Chargers were paid nearly $3.3 million by the city to play at Qualcomm Stadium from 2006 through 2013, thanks to rent credits and reimbursements from a settlement that made the stadium compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Without the ADA settlement and rent credits, the Chargers would have owed the city nearly $23 million during that span, according to figures provided by the city.

Final figures for the 2014 season haven’t been calculated. Rather than pay $3 million rent, the Chargers likely will make around $250,000, according to city estimates.

The Chargers are threatening to move to Los Angeles if they don’t get a new stadium.

An advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer has already recommended that a new stadium be built near the old one in Mission Valley, not downtown as the Chargers want.

The advisory group is due to announce its financing recommendations sometime next week. The group has said it is trying to find funding sources that are agreeable to the voters, the city and the team.

A spokesman for Faulconer said the mayor would not comment on the Chargers’ lease.

Whether the Chargers stay or go, their bank account has been enriched during the last two decades through their deals with the city.

The city’s Financial Management Department provided figures that show that before rent credits and the ADA settlement, the Chargers would have owed $22,700,874 in rent from 2006-2013.

Instead, the city paid the Chargers $3,266,813.

The last time the city made money from the Chargers was 2006, when the team paid net rent of $20,369. Income from two home playoff games was just enough to offset the rent credits and ADA money.

The Chargers receive the city’s cut of concessions plus various credits, including property taxes and the cost of printing parking passes and a luxury suite for Qualcomm.

Patriots Release CB Arrington

Foxborough, Mass. — Cornerback Kyle Arrington has been released by the New England Patriots.

Arrington, 28, spent the last five seasons in New England, playing in two Super Bowls. An undrafted free agent out of Hofstra who didn’t stick with two other teams, he moved up from the Patriots’ practice squad in 2009 and started 56 games for them.


Simon, Dimitrov, V. Williams 
Win at Italian Open

Rome — Gilles Simon of France took advantage of a few key double-faults by Jack Sock and rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win Monday in the opening round of the Italian Open.

Sock was up a break in the second set until his usual commanding serve deserted him. The 12th-seeded Simon quickly leveled the set and then jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker with the help of two double-faults by Sock.

Tenth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov also played cleanly in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland. Dimitrov had only 11 unforced errors to Janowicz’s 31. A semifinalist last year, Dimitrov improved to 9-3 on clay this year.

Also on Campo Centrale — the main stadium — 13th-seeded Sara Errani, last year’s runner-up, used her consistency to wear down Slovakian veteran Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 7-6 (4).

College Basketball

Suspended Duke Guard
Transferring to Maryland

College Park, Md. — Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon will play his final season at Maryland.

Coach Mark Turgeon announced the addition of Sulaimon on Monday. The Houston native said on Twitter that he is “blessed and honored for the opportunity.”

Duke coach Mike Krzyzyewski kicked Sulaimon off the team Jan. 29 — one day after losing at Notre Dame — for being “unable to consistently live up to the standards” of his program.

Sulaimon averaged 7.5 points, 2 rebounds and 1.8 assists while coming off the bench in all 20 games prior to his dismissal. He started 33 of 36 games as a freshman, then bounced in and out of the starting lineup in 2013-14.

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