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  • 11 Apr
    Residents of San Diego will today vote on whether or not to build a new stadium for the Chargers. The outcome could have wide reaching effects on the future of the franchise, with a possibility of moving the team out of the city if the proposals are rejected. It has been a confusing process from the start, and any outcome is likely to offer more questions than firm answers. However, this is what we know so far. WATCH: Graham hurdles defender Jimmy Graham scored two touchdowns in week nine but it was his hurdle that caught the eye. What is the proposal? Ballot Measure C - the official name for the vote proposes that a new, Super Bowl ready stadium would be built to replace the ageing Qualcomm Stadium, the current home of the San Diego Chargers.The facility would also be used as a trade centre and music venue, available 300 days a year, according to team executives.The stadium would require $1.8 billion, raised by increasing the hotel taxes from 12.5 per cent to 16.5 per cent, as well as $650m pledged by the NFL and Chargers owner Dean Spanos.There is also a separate proposal - Ballot Measure D - which, if passed, gives the Chargers organisation the right to build the stadium but without any public funds. This measure would still raise taxes on hotel occupation, to be used for the construction of the convention centre. Chargers fans have been kept in the dark regarding the franchises future What are the conditions of the vote?To pass, there must be a two-thirds majority in favour of the Chargers stadium plans. However there is potential that, should over 50 per cent of the public vote yes, this may be enough, as the Californian Supreme Court can lower the voting threshold.Who is for/against?Obviously the Chargers are pushing for the move, but they have garnered the support of Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Measure C is also backed by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Downtown San Diego Partnership. The San Diego Taxpayers Association is staunchly against the proposal, claiming that Spanos has spent $5m on a popularity campaign. Current opinion polls would indicate that only 45 per cent of voters would approve Measure C, which would not be enough for a stadium change in the city. Opinion polls suggest only 45 per cent of residents will vote in favour of a new stadium What are the potential outcomes?If the majority is achieved, the Chargers would look to build a stadium in East Village, the largest urban neighbourhood in Downtown San Diego. The increase in tax is predicted to raise $1.15 billion, enough to cover the remainder of the stadiums bill. If the proposals are rejected, but still achieve over 50 per cent of votes, the franchise may look to take legal action and force the bill through.Lower than a 50 per cent result and the chances of the organisation leaving the city increases dramatically. The Chargers have the option of joining the Rams in Los Angeles, but this would need to be agreed by January 2017, and it is clear that a ground share would be neither sides preference. The Chargers have a loyal fan base in San Diego, and a move to a new city would likely mean starting again Moving in with the Oakland Raiders is also an option, as is replacing the Raiders if they were to go Las Vegas. There is even the outside possibility that the Raiders could end up in San Diego if the Chargers left for Los Angeles. However a rejection of the vote doesnt confirm the team moving. They have a contract in Qualcomm until 2020, and even then could negotiate a rolling deal to stay, if it proved to be the best option in the short term.Ultimately the decision is still up in the air, whatever the vote. However the outcome will provide an important gauge for Spanos on the future of the NFL in San Diego. Also See: Officials confusion over Bills field goal Seahawks hold on to beat Bills NFL week nine highlights RESULT: Week 10 game choice Wholesale Jerseys China . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. Baseball Jerseys From China . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. . 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Theyre saying our schedule is pretty tough, said running back Dare Ogunbowale. We look on it as an opportunity to do some special things.The talent is certainly there at Camp Randall Stadium in Paul Chyrsts second year as head coach.The backfield is loaded with the senior duo of Ogunbowale and Corey Clement leading the way. The offensive line figures to take a step up after injuries plagued the unit last season, forcing Wisconsin to rely heavily on younger players.Wisconsin is looking for a new starting quarterback with Joel Stave gone, but either Bart Houston or Alex Hornibrook should benefit from having a year to study the system run by the offensive-minded Chryst.On defense, the linebacking corps could be one of the Big Tens best, led by outside `backer Vince Biegel.Hes got great pass rush, hes got great strike. He is instinctive, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said. Hes got a lot of ability as a football player.Biegel and his teammates will have to withstand the rigors of Wisconsins toughest schedule in years.The final six games begin with a trip to Iowa and a night home game against Nebraska. November starts with a trip to Northwestern, which is always a tough place for the Badgers.Six wins in the opening nine-game gauntlet of 2016 could be considered a smashing success for Wisconsin.Were not looking at it like, `Damn, this is going to be a hard year, offensive lineman Dan Voltz said. Were looking at it as we have a lot of opportunities to beat a lot of good teams and set ourselves up to have a fantastic season.Some other nuggets and notes on the Badgers:GETTING DEFENSIVEWilcox, the former Southern California defensive coordinator, has promised not to make major changes to the 3-4 scheme, though the Badgers do have to replace three starters in the secondary, including both safeties.ddddddddddddCLEMENT TIMEClement is looking to rebound from a tough 2015 season, when he was limited by a sports hernia and the aftereffects of surgery, as well as an off-field issue in November. The spotlight isnt as bright on Clement this preseason, and he wont be needed to handle a big workload with Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal also likely to get snaps. But Clement, by far, is Wisconsins most explosive runner. A healthy, productive Clement will help an offense that will get a new starting quarterback.QB COMPETITIONHouston and the left-handed Hornibrook were competing to take over as the next signal-caller for the steady Stave, a four-year starter. Houston, a senior, as more experience than Hornibrook, a redshirt freshman.But the bottom line is that we have to get both Bart and Alex ready to play because one will be the starter and one will be one play away from being that guy, Chryst said.KEY GAMESThe season starts with LSU at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Badgers also get the Buckeyes at night on Oct. 15 at what should be an especially raucous Camp Randall Stadium.SEASON OPENERSept. 3 at Lambeau against the Tigers is a marquee showdown on the first weekend of the season. Former Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda makes his debut in the same job with LSU after leaving for Baton Rouge in the offseason.PREDICTION: 8-4.---AP freelance writer Dennis Semrau contributed to this story.---Online:AP College Football site: Genaro Armas at: ' ' '