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SAN DIEGO -- Yes, that was LaDainian Tomlinson taking a handoff from Philip Rivers on Saturday. Bennie Logan Jersey . Too bad it wasnt like it used to be, when Tomlinson would find either a big hole or the end zone. "We did a handoff for old times sake but it was at walkthrough pace so it wasnt full speed or anything," said Tomlinson, who retired 13 months ago and visited the San Diego Chargers training camp as part of his job with the NFL Network. New coach Mike McCoy asked L.T. to speak to the team after its first practice in pads. The former star running back then taped an interview with Rivers. "It was a great feeling, really," said Tomlinson, who played nine mostly brilliant seasons with the Chargers before finishing his career with two seasons with the New York Jets. "Mixed emotions because I started to get that feel of putting on the pads again but truly knowing that I dont need to put on pads anymore. Its over. But it was great seeing some of my olds teammates, really, Philip and Antonio (Gates) and Nick Hardwick and Eric Weddle. So many guys that I went to battle with and now seeing them as leaders of this football team." He said he talked to the players about making a commitment to themselves and each other, "and dont worry about what everybodys saying in terms of where the Chargers are going to finish in the AFC West. It really depends on what they want out of themselves and if they commit to each other and come to work every single day and think about each other, they will exceed expectations." McCoy replaced Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers missed the playoffs for the third straight season. "Its great to have a guy like that come in," McCoy said. "To have one of the greatest Chargers of all time speak to the team, he just talked about what it meant to be a Charger and how fortunate we all are to be here and kind of the way we need to approach the game." Rivers said Tomlinsons pep talk "was solid. He and I briefly talked and it was weird having him out here, not in uniform. It was more weird for him, I bet, just because its like going back in time, like, Yall still here? Hardwick, me and Gates, were still doing the same thing weve been doing. Hes great. It brings back memories seeing him out here." Rivers said it was a little different being interviewed by Tomlinson, "but it was cool. It was very comfortable because its a guy you stood there and talked to and handed the ball to many times." Tomlinson was the NFLs MVP in 2006. Hes fifth on the all-time list with 13,684 yards rushing and third all-time with162 touchdowns. His 145 rushing touchdowns are second-most in history. He also passed for seven touchdowns. Tomlinson signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Chargers on June 18, 2012, and then announced his retirement. Tomlinson said he likes the change in regimes and that the Chargers have to improve on offence. Playing behind a dreadful line last year, Rivers was sacked 49 times and committed 22 turnovers, giving him 47 turnovers in two seasons. Running back Ryan Mathews, who replaced Tomlinson in 2010, was hurt and continued his fumbling problem. He ran for only 707 yards and one touchdown before finishing the season on injured reserve. "It seems to be a refreshing start. Everything is a new beginning for the Chargers and I think theyre approaching it that way," Tomlinson said. "Obviously the key is the rebound of the offensive line. They have to be able to protect Philip Rivers. Being sacked 49 times last year is way too many for your franchise quarterback. "If they can get their offensive line to jell, and if Ryan Mathews can stay healthy and give them some production in the running game, the defence is going to take care of themselves. Theyre going to be good," Tomlinson said. The Chargers rushed for only four touchdowns last year. By comparison, Tomlinson set NFL records with 28 touchdowns rushing and 31 touchdowns total during his MVP season of 2006. "The run game controls the entire game," Tomlinson said. "Whenever youre able to run the football and then put it in the end zone, that really wears the defence down. If youre not able to do that, typically things arent going too well for you. But I think its an area of focus for the San Diego Chargers, getting their running game going, getting Ryan Mathews going and I think they will have more rushing touchdowns this year." Mathews has had an uneven three seasons. "I think he would tell you hes at a crossroads in his career. I think this season is going to determine whether Ryan Mathews continues to be a Charger or if he moves on somewhere else," Tomlinson said. "I think he would tell you, absolutely he wants to be here. But has to make that commitment on the field, in the weight room, in the classroom and also, off the field. Tomlinson said hes impressed with Teo, the rookie from Notre Dame. "The natural leadership qualities obviously are there. I see a really bright guy that knows the game of football and has really great fundamentals. Probably not the most athletic linebacker, but he makes up for it because hes such a smart guy. I think Manti Teos going to have a really good, long career and I think hes going to do some great things for the Chargers defence." Tomlinson said the biggest adjustment for Teo will be playing on third down. "Thats the hardest thing for any rookie. Heck, it was hard for me when I first came into the league, because the game is different on third downs," Tomlinson said. "Its like its two separate games. Theres first and second downs, and then theres third downs. The different blitz packages, who hes covering, and remember, the Chargers defence, they play multiple coverages. Thats one thing that Manti Teos going to have to get used to is playing multiple coverages." Teo reportedly has the bestselling jersey among rookies. Tomlinson said he was at Disneyland last week and saw someone wearing a No. 50 Teo jersey. "It made me proud to see San Diego being represented in that way," Tomlinson said. Teo was in pads for the first time since Notre Dames blowout loss to Alabama in the BCS national championship game. "Its been a little while since weve all been in pads Its nice to get to concentrate on football," Teo said. "It feels good."Eric Berry Jersey . - Chris Tierney snapped a tie with a power-play goal late in the third period as the London Knights rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Erie Otters 5-3 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday. Dee Ford Jersey . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. http://www.chiefsfootballpro.com/Chiefs-Len-Dawson-Jersey/ . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Almost in the shadow of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, No. 3 South Carolina and No. 4 Louisville played a game that was about entry into a select club.South Carolina is already in, just as its coach is enshrined among select company in the building across the highway from the MassMutual Center. Louisville is not yet in the club. The Cardinals have championship aspirations -- but not yet championship expectations.Connecticut, Notre Dame and South Carolina have those expectations.And after South Carolinas 83-59 win Sunday, that is how it is going to stay for now.I think our players really enjoy, they focus in a little bit more, when the competition is a little stiffer, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said of the high-profile matchup. So it was great to see them come out and play this way and rise to the level of a competitive basketball team.Were still in search of who we want to be on both sides of the ball.Possessing both the potential and personnel to be a lot of things on both sides of the ball, that ought to worry the rest of the country.Sunday started as if two participants thought it was a Hall of Fame audition. South Carolinas Kaela Davis and Louisvilles Asia Durr traded long jumpers as both teams shot better than 70 percent from the field for much of the first quarter. South Carolina has played that game before and won against a top-tier opponent. It opened the season by scoring 92 points in a win at Ohio State while shooting the Buckeyes out of their own arena. Even with Aja Wilson limited by foul trouble that night, Davis and Allisha Gray took on all comers.But that wasnt how South Carolina went about it Sunday. They didnt give Durr a chance to grow her legend in a duel.At Ohio State, Davis outscored the nations leading scorer. Against Louisville, the Gamecocks collectively silenced the rising star.We knew a lot goes through her, Staley said of Durr. Shes a big part of what they do and the flow of how they want to play. So it was really key to us to make her work for everything, maybe deny her some touches and kind of crowd her space a little bit.Durr hit the fourth shot of her torrid start with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter. That 3-pointer tied the score at 13. She hit her fifth field goal with just over one minute remaining in the third quarter. In the time between those baskets, South Carolina outscored Louisville 48-28.In what remained of the first quarter and through the entirety of the second quarter, Durr took two shots and missed them both. Nor did she get to the free throw line. When South Carolinas Bianca Cuevas-Moore picked up early fouls, freshman Tyasha Harris came in and suffocated Durr.Making sure that they made her work really hard for it and put other people in positions to shoot the ball for them, Staley said of the plan. And maybe they werent ready to be the main focal point of their offense, because Durr has been that for the first couple of games of the season.Mariya Moore tried with some success to hit those shots for Louisville. Briahanna Jackson hit a couple off the bench. In foul trouble, Myisha Hines-Allen couldnt help. But in a second quarter that separated the teams and a third quarter that settled matters, Louisville looked like a team without answers on the offensive end. Nothing came easy.That it was Harris who was so instrumental is notable. A highly touted freshman from the same Indiana high schoool that sent Kelly Faris to Connecticut, Harris, in her fifth game, played the way complementary pieces must for championship contenders. Phillip Gaines Jersey. She played South Carolina defense.The first thing I learned was drop-cross-run, said Gray, the transfer from North Carolina who spent last season practicing with South Carolina. We dont slide anywhere. Its easy to guard your opponent when you run and sprint to the space to beat your opponent.Staley said after the game that she wasnt satisfied with the defense, that there was too much gambling and not enough discipline. Tell that to Louisville coach Jeff Walz after his team shot 38 percent with 17 turnovers.I just thought the pace of the game, I thought we controlled that, Staley said. I thought Louisville wanted to play a little bit quicker from the games that Ive seen this year. They wanted to get up and down a little bit more. There were a lot of fouls in the game, so a lot of stoppage of play, which I think benefits us, because we can be more calculating offensively in what were trying to do. And thats to get the ball inside to our bigs.Ah yes, those bigs. The day didnt go perfectly for South Carolina, either. In a game with a lot of the aforementioned whistles, both Davis and Gray ended up on the bench in foul trouble for stretches of the pivotal second quarter. But while the Gamecocks collectively stifled their opponents on the defensive end, Wilson and Alaina Coates combined to outscore the Cardinals 10-9 on their own in the period.In a disappointingly empty arena, it wasnt difficult to make out Walzs instructions to his team as the game wore on. So much of it was centered around Wilson and Coates. About blocking them out every time the ball went up. About watching out for the high-low sets when Wilson would feed the ball to Coates on the block. About running the offense that limited their ability to dictate terms in the paint.Coates finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Wilson had 17 points, five assists and two blocks. South Carolina finished with 40 points in the paint and 17 more rebounds than Louisville.Hines-Allen on the court would have helped. But not to that degree.Theyre two of the best posts in the game, Walz said. [Coates] has a motor like I havent seen in a long time. ...She doesnt worry about who [theyre] playing. She just does it right because thats what youre supposed to do. I watch them on film, theyre up 30 at half, and shes sprinting the floor every single time.Asked if he thought South Carolina was really 24 points better than his team, Walz said no. Hes probably right. But the roles are set for now.Louisville has been to the Final Four, of course. The Cardinals have made that trip more often than South Carolina and played for the championship, something the Gamecocks have yet to do. But in each case, Louisville reached the semifinals as a surprise, a team that broke the bracket.To do that once, let alone twice, is a feat worthy of celebrating, an indication both of what Walz can do with time and what players can do with the same. There is a reason people will remember the game against Baylor forever. But such runs arent blueprints for the future.You dont build a program to be the one that pulls off the upset. You build it to be the favorite.Louisville is getting there. 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