<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:22:11 -0500 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:22:11 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: Tom Brady Dresses Up for Turkey Day Surprise]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:47:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tom+Brady+102915.jpg

Looks like the New England Patriots' star quarterback couldn't resist having a little bit of fun on Thanksgiving.

Tom Brady posted a funny video of him hiding in a pile of leaves in a turkey costume, and then popping out to surprise his young children.

We can't decide what's more precious: his children's reactions or the fact that Brady goes "gobble gobble." 

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<![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Philly Fans Embarrassed by State of City's Teams]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:29:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sad+Eagles+Fan.jpg After the Eagles' horrible loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving, many Philadelphia sports fans may see this as the final straw for the season. NBC10’s George Spencer reports after talking to some fans who were not happy about the results of Thursday’s game.

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<![CDATA[Jahlil Okafor Speaks Out for First Time]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:24:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012916136_1200x675_575380035862.jpg For the first time, 76er’s Rookie Center Jahlil Okafor is speaking out about the fight he got into outside a Boston nightclub.]]> <![CDATA[A's Pitcher Hosts Syrian Refugees]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/172*120/DSC_15321.jpg

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his activist girlfriend Eireann Dolan, both natives of Illinois, hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a special guest.

The idea of whether to accept Syrian refugees has become controversial as of late, as some critics fear that terrorists could slip in as desperate families seek safe shelter from their war-torn homeland.

But the couple shunned those worries, and instead decided to act how they think all Americans should.

“Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home,” Dolan wrote on Instagram. “We thought we'd officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving.”

Her photo shows women in hijabs and a young boy wearing a Cubs baseball cap seated around a festive table, dotted with Pepsi, flowers and cranberry sauce.

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A’s spokesman Ken Pries told NBC Bay Area on Friday the power couple hosted the dinner on Wednesday and have no personal connection with the refugees. The city of Chicago and the mayor helped put them in contact with the group, he said.

“It was obviously a very nice gesture," he said.

The couple has made nice gestures before.

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The A’s kicked off LGBT Pride Night in June, which sparked some homophobic reaction, such as season ticket holders indicating they wanted to sell their tickets.

Dolan, who said she has two “super gay” moms, and Doolittle offered to buy any unwanted tickets up to $3,000, and donate the tickets to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.

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<![CDATA[Great-Grandma, 102, Plays Baseball]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:33:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/102-year-old-grandma-baseball.gif

“Keep your eye on the ball.”

A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.

The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.

But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.

One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.

"I taught them everything they know," Sellaro says.

Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.

But long before they were playing in the big leagues, their training began in a quiet La Jolla cul-de-sac. Sellaro was there dealing out advice “since the first time we picked up a bat, I think,” said Bradley.

“I think that was about two days after we started walking,” quipped Kyle. "It’s been a long time."

Back then, the Zimmers and their friends would keep the wiffle balls within easy reach. However, as they grew, the balls soon started flying across streets, over fences and into neighbor’s yards.

“We've had to extend the home run line,” said Eric Zimmer, the players’ dad. “It used to be the curb, and then it was the sidewalk, then it was the neighbor’s roof.”

The annual Thanksgiving game has become less competitive with fewer rules, but their favorite part remains the same.

“Anytime you can say you have a grandma who's 102 years old and showing you how to hit a wiffle ball in the backyard, it's pretty special,” said Bradley. “So having her down here has been awesome. It's something that we really cherish and look forward to every year."

Sellaro used to travel long distances to watch her great-grandsons play, but as traveling becomes harder, she shows her support by watching their games on TV or online.

In person, though, the batting coach instincts kick back in.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” she says, pointing at Kyle. “And that goes for you, too.”

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<![CDATA[Brett Favre’s Number Retired]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:37:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-56396130+%281%29.jpg

The Chicago Bears will head into a hostile Lambeau Field Thursday night to face the Green Bay Packers, and even though they won’t have to face Brett Favre, the legendary quarterback’s presence will still be a big part of the evening.

That’s because the Packers are retiring Favre’s jersey at halftime of the Thanksgiving showdown.

The honor has been a long time coming for Favre, who spent the vast majority of his Hall of Fame-caliber career wearing the green and gold, and it’s especially appropriate that he is receiving the distinction during a game against a Bears team that he routinely tortured in his NFL career.

In 36 career starts against the Bears, Favre racked up a 23-13 record and some incredible passing numbers. He threw for 8606 yards in those 36 games, tossing 60 touchdowns and rushing for three more against Chicago during his career. Those 60 touchdowns are the most he threw against any team, and even though he did throw 42 interceptions against the Bears (also the most he’s thrown against any team), he still represented the Bears’ ultimate nemesis during his time in Green Bay.

The list of Favre’s best games against the Bears is a long one, but there are a few that certainly stand out.

Few will forget the masterful performance he had at Soldier Field in a November 1995 game, where he threw five touchdowns and racked up 336 passing yards despite playing the game with a severely sprained ankle.

A 2002 tilt against the Bears in Champaign was another Favre classic as he threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in an emphatic 34-21 victory.

Unfortunately for Chicago, Favre’s replacement in Green Bay hasn’t been an easier opponent, as Aaron Rodgers holds a 12-3 record and throws for an average of 242.5 yards per game against the Bears in his career. Oh, and he’s thrown 34 touchdowns and just eight interceptions too.

<![CDATA[Top Sports Photos 2015]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:01:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ice-Skating-AP_81832566505.jpg Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Sassy Siri Loves Philly Sports Teams]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:04:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Siri+Favorite+NBA+Team.jpg

Philadelphia sports fans have something to celebrate. Siri is joining the fan pool.

If you have an iPhone, ask Siri who her favorite NBA team, college football team, and MLB team is.

"I like to root for the underdog," Siri says.

Siri's favorite baseball team? The Phillies.

Siri's favorite basketball team is the 76ers.

And Philadelphia fans can also celebrate a new fan of the Temple Owls football team.

Thanks, Siri. Way to pour salt in our wounds.

The good news? Her favorite NFL team is not the Eagles.

This isn't the first time Siri has had snarky responses to questions. The iphone voice has a very fun response involving Cookie Monster to a simple math problem.

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<![CDATA[Durant's New Sneaker Is Taboo to Some in Prince George's]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KD8+PG+County.jpg

With his latest Nike sneaker, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant attempted to pay homage to the Maryland county where his journey to NBA all-star and MVP began, but some find it offensive.

The $180 sneaker, which goes on sale Wednesday, is called the KD8 ‘P.G. County,’ and that abbreviation of “Prince George’s” upsets some in the county. For years, using “PG” has been considered taboo.

“We would certainly prefer that it was ‘Prince George’s County,’” said Barry Hudson, the county executive’s spokesman.

The county reached out to Nike when it learned of the name.

“Actually sent a letter to Nike kind of giving them some idea of the nature of the term ‘Prince George’s County’ versus ‘PG County’ just to let them know that it is, to many in the county, a pejorative,” Hudson said.

Melvin McCray, who once coached Durant at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, said the name of the shoe makes perfect sense. Durant has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the facility where a room is named in his honor.

“Whether it’s ‘PG County,’ whether it’s ‘Prince George’s County,’ I just think we all should just enjoy the moment and just embrace it,” McCray said.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Beat Lakers, Set Record]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/178*120/Lakers-lose-to-Warriors-record-nba.jpg

The Golden State Warriors made history against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The Warriors went to 16-0 with the 111- 77 win is an old-fashioned game of blowout basketball, which marked the best ever start to an NBA season. Previously, the 1993-94 Houston Rockets held the record at 15-0.

Surprisingly, the Warriors came out shooting cold against the visiting Lakers. Not so surprisingly, the Warriors still managed to take a massive lead on a Lakers team that has the habit of falling flat on its face. For the 12th time in 14 games, the Lakers lost. This time, though, the purple and gold trailed by 19 points before the first quarter was up.

Kobe Bryant had had an awful night. He shot up air balls, he shot up bricks and he even shot up one thud-worthy attempt that stuck in between the backboard and the rim. The 37-year-old shot 1-14 from the field and looked worse than he has all season, and Bryant has not looked good this season.

No Laker scored over 10 points, so Bryant can hardly take all the credit in the loss. Jordan Clarkson went 2-11, Nick Young shot 3-10 and Roy Hibbert went 0-4. This was a game where the Lakers' best punch would possibly give them a chance against the world champs, but the Lakers seemingly slipped and fell as the opening bell rang out.

"They're a better team than we are," Lakers coach Byron Scott said on TWC SportsNet after the game. "It's pretty much that simple."

The Warriors only needed one quarter to decide the outcome, so the game never looked in doubt. However, the Lakers did show positive signs in the second period. Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell and almost-rookie Julius Randle combined to help cut the 22-point lead down to only 16 points by halftime. Russell hit shots, while Randle bruised his way to buckets. Both players shot 50 percent from the field for the night.

Along with the other starters, Russell and Randle did not play in the fourth quarter because the Warriors led by 34 points after three quarters. Stephen Curry had already received his sendoff ovation at that stage, and the game called for emptying the bench for guys like Tarik Black and Larry Nance Jr. to get extra minutes.

Curry finished with 24 points and nine assists on 10-21 shooting. By his standards, he had a bad night in that the league's Most Valuable Player only hit four of his 12 attempts from beyond the three-point line. However, Curry sat the whole fourth quarter because the game was simply not competitive. The Warriors' largest lead on the night was 41 points.

Draymond Green also had a positive night in more ways than one. Green had a +/- of 36, which tied Curry for the best net-positive players on the team. Green finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 active minutes on the court.

"It's just another loss for us, another win for them," Scott said. "That's how I kind of look at it and just go back to the drawing board."

Next, the Warriors look to extend their record to 17 games in Phoenix on Friday night. The Lakers look to snap a four-game losing streak in Portland on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Johnson Apologizes After Criticizing Eagles Fans]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:30:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lane-Johnson.jpg

As if there wasn't enough to get on the Eagles about, offensive lineman Lane Johnson added some kerosene to the dumpster fire of an Eagles season when he made some seemingly inflammatory comments about Philadelphia fans and the lack of a home field advantage at the Linc.

The quotes come from Philly Mag's Josh Paunil who asked Johnson about fans reacting poorly at halftime during the Tampa Bay game.

"I asked about fans giving players a hard time when they walked into the locker room at halftime on Sunday against the Bucs," Paunil explained on Twitter.

Johnson's response produced one of those, "did he really say that?" moments.

"If we get down by any significant amount of points or we don't make any first downs, we're going to get booed," Johnson said. "That's just kind of how it is. It's not really home-field advantage playing here anymore. Really, that's the truth. Cats here, they really don't care."

That's some Jimmy Rollins-level call out of the Philly faithful. And much like in Rollins' case, Johnson isn't exactly wrong in what he says. But is he wise to say it? I'm not so sure.

Either way, this is some great fodder to complain about to your annoying cousin at the Thanksgiving table.

UPDATE: Johnson issued an apology in a note posted to Twitter. It reads:

"My comment about the fans was out of line and I apologize. I'm just frustrated like they are about our performance on the field. The bottom line is that we need to give them a reason to cheer by scoring and winning games. We need to EARN that home field advantage and I know that. Our fans deserve better. The Linc can rock and that's on us to make it happen."

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<![CDATA[Eagles Fans React to Blowout Loss]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:21:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012849511_1200x675_572296259943.jpg It was a miserable day at the Linc as the Eagles were blown out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal speaks to disappointed fans who share their views on the team as well as head coach Chip Kelly. ]]> <![CDATA[Eagles Suffer Tough Loss to Bucs on Home Turf]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:22:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mark-Sanchez-Bucs-Loss.jpg

For many of the Eagles’ losses this season, it would have been unfair to blame the defense.

Not Sunday.

The Eagles’ defense was absolutely shredded by the Buccaneers at the Linc.

The Birds gave up 521 yards in a 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers at home in a game the team needed to win.

To be fair, the offense wasn’t any better either. Mark Sanchez got the start in place of Sam Bradford and failed to get the offense going. He threw three interceptions, the last of which was returned for a touchdown.

The Eagles have now lost to the Dolphins and Buccaneers at home in consecutive weeks.

Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin finished with 235 yards on the ground, the second-most ever against the Eagles. He had the biggest rushing day in the NFL of any player since his 251-yard day in 2012.

Rookie Jameis Winston threw five touchdown passes against the Eagles to five different receivers. Winston became the third quarterback since the merger to pass for five touchdowns against the Eagles, joining Eli Manning and Joe Montana.

With the loss, the Eagles fell to 4-6 and lost ground on the division-leading Giants, who are on their bye week. The Eagles are in third place in the division behind the Giants and Redskins.

The Bucs improved to 5-5 with the win.

First half
The Eagles actually got on the board first Sunday with the help of a wacky play. DeMarco Murray fumbled on the third play of the game but the Bucs' defense fumbled the ball back and the Eagles started over.

They went 86 yards on seven plays and capped the drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to Josh Huff.

Then things went down hill.

The Bucs scored their first touchdown a little later in the first quarter and ended up taking a 28-14 lead at halftime.

Winston threw four first-half touchdowns. He became the second rookie to ever throw four touchdowns against the Eagles in a game. The other was Robert Griffin III in 2012.

Meanwhile, Martin ran for 177 yards in the first half and the Bucs out-gained the Eagles 356-312 in the first half.

Turning point
After a false start from Brandon Graham gave the Buccaneers a manageable third down, Winston pitched the ball to Martin, who ran 58 yards. Winston threw a fade to Mike Evans two plays later to get the Bucs on the board and tied the game at 7-7. They scored three more touchdowns in the first half.

Key stat
The Buccaneers were 10 for 16 on third downs. The Eagles were 7 for 15.

Offensive stud
Tight end Brent Celek had seven catches for 79 yards. He was the team’s leading receiver.

Offensive dud
After Huff’s early touchdown, the wide receivers continued to be non-factors.

Defensive stud
Walter Thurmond forced a fumble in his second straight game.

Defensive dud
We’re going to go ahead and make this a team honor. The Eagles’ defense had a terrible performance going against a 4-5 team with a rookie quarterback.

Zach Ertz suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return.

Jason Peters (back) was active and started at left tackle after missing the last two games. Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder) and Ryan Mathews (concussion) were ruled out during the week for the Bucs game.

Up next
The Eagles have a very short week before traveling to Detroit to face the Lions in a 12:30 p.m. game on Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Fan Nails $20K Field Goal at Halftime ]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:20:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Field-Goal-Challenge-Winner.jpg

Sunday was a depressing day for Eagles fans as the Birds were blown out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there was at least one fan who walked out of the Linc in a good mood thanks to a field goal kick that earned him $20,000.

Tom Voelker of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania nailed a kick from the 20-yard line during halftime of Sunday’s game. Voelker won $10,000 along with an additional $10,000 donation to Brandywine Heights Middle School, a regional kindergarten through 12th grade school that Voelker selected.

Voelker is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for the Brandywine Heights Area School District, which Brandywine Heights Middle School is part of. The donation was made through Santander Bank, the official bank of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’m ecstatic! As a lifelong Eagles fan, just to be able to walk onto the field during a game was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but to have converted the kick and to know that I’ve won $10,000 for myself and $10,000 for Brandywine Heights Middle School is surreal,” said Voelker. “Santander’s Field Goal Challenge was such a fun experience and I’d like to thank Santander for the opportunity and prizes. I’m excited to bring my family on a wonderful trip to Disney World with my winnings, while the school donation will go a long way toward providing the resources necessary to make the STEM courses we’re trying to implement at the Middle School a great success.”

Just getting to kick the prize-winning field goal was a challenge in itself for Voelker. As part of the contest, he first had to answer online trivia questions about Eagles alumni just to earn a spot. He then outkicked more than 40 contestants during the Santander Field Goal Challenge Try Outs back on Nov. 5 at the Fieldhouse at NovaCare Complex, earning him the chance to win the prize money.

“Giving back to the communities is a core part of our philosophy,” said Michael Cleary, Head of Consumer and Business Banking at Santander. “The Field Goal Challenge is an exciting way to engage with Eagles fans and a unique way to provide funding to a local school as part of our broader commitment to education. We applaud all of the contestants who participated in this challenge and congratulate Tom for successfully kicking the field goal at today’s Eagles game. Tom was an ideal candidate given his role as an educator and we’re thrilled to present him and Brandywine Heights Middle School the $10,000 grand prizes.”

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<![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 11]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:17:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_386456190580.jpg Get an up-close look at all the best NFL plays and players from Week 11.

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<![CDATA[High School Blitz: Week 12 Highlights]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:57:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012839027_1200x675_571306564000.jpg High school football is in their playoffs, and this week’s High School Blitz games shows all the highlights from the high schools playing in the playoffs this week.]]> <![CDATA[Game of the Week]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:55:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012839038_1200x675_571306051542.jpg Timber Creek and Hammonton High School faced off Friday night for the Game of the week, and now Timber Creek is moving onto the next round.]]> <![CDATA[Atlanta Man Running Philly Marathon for Philly Non Profit]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:08:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ThadRun.jpg

One man is traveling far from home in an effort to raise money for a Philadelphia organization.

Thad Dickinson of Atlanta is traveling to Philadelphia to participate in the Philadelphia Marathon in order to raise money for Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.

“I’ve followed Red Paw on Facebook for a while, and then I thought about the Philly marathon,” Dickinson said. “But it was just a thought at first.”

Then, Dickinson says he heard the story of Short Rib, a kitten who was rescued by Red Paw after a house fire, but sadly did not survive. Dickinson says Short Rib’s story resonated with him and gave him the final push to sign up for the Philadelphia marathon, but not before he made a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the non-profit organization.

“I'm going to run 26.2 miles in Short Rib's memory and to raise funds in support of Red Paw as it continues to provide emergency assistance to injured and displaced pets like Short Rib,” Dickinson wrote on the page.

According to its website, Red Paw works together with the American Red Cross, the Philadelphia Fire Department, and the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to provide “relief and recovery” for displaced pets and their owners, free of charge.

Red Paw was started in 2011 by Jen Leary, a former Philadelphia fire fighter who saw a gap in assistance following disasters.

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<![CDATA[Friday Night Flashback Looks at Mike Quick]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:50:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012837083_1200x675_571142723746.jpg The final Friday Night Flashback looks into the history of Mike Quick’s career, and most Philly fans can remember him as a Eagles Hall of Fame wide receiver, but he wasn’t just a football player, he also played basketball.]]> <![CDATA[Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:07:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012819453_1200x675_570386499787.jpg Philadelphia Eagles players weigh in on the latest "Ask an Eagle" question. Is a hot dog a sandwich?]]> <![CDATA[Flyers Team Up to Cook for Familes at Ronald McDonald House]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:40:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Claude+Giroux+Ronald+McDonald+House.JPG Philadelphia Flyers captian Claude Giroux and several other members of the orange and black visited Philadelphia's Ronald McDonald House Wednesday to cook and serve a holiday dinner for the families staying there.

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<![CDATA[NFL's Doug Flutie Loses Both Parents on Same Day]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/flutie-AP_05060901526.jpg

Legendary Boston College quarterback and longtime NFL player Doug Flutie lost both his parents Wednesday morning.

Flutie said his father, Dick, died of a heart attack in the hospital following an illness. Less than an hour later, his mother, Joan, also suffered a heart attack, Flutie wrote in a social media post Wednesday.

"They say you can die from a broken heart and I believe it," Flutie said on Facebook. "The most important part of their 56 years of marriage was providing opportunities to their children. They were incredible parents and grandparents and my family and I will miss them both." [[351501121, C]]

Flutie's NFL career was sporadic, withhin playing 92 games and starting 66 between 1986 and 2005. During that time, he played with the Bears, Patriots, Bills and, finally, the Chargers, from 2001 through 2004. During a long NFL hiatus, he played in the Canadian Football League from 1990-97, being inducted into both the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

The quarterback is best known for his time at Boston College, during which he received the Heisman Trophy and other accolades. He threw for an astounding 10,759 yard sand 70 touchdowns in four years.

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<![CDATA['Big Papi' Plans to Retire]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:04:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLMD-Boston-medias-rojas-david-ortiz-red-sox-getty-images-470371776.jpg

One of Boston's most beloved athletes has announced he will be retiring after the 2016 season.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, on his 40th birthday, confirmed what many people were already talking about in a video posted to YouTube Wednesday, courtesy of The Players' Tribune.

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"I thought a lot about it and, you know, for every single one of us, athletes-wise... we run out of time at some point and life is based on different chapter and I think I'm ready to experience the next one in my life," Ortiz said in the video. "I picked this day to announce that after the next season, I'm going to be done with my career."

Nicknamed "Big Papi," Ortiz will leave the game a three-time World Series champion, at least, and holder of the Red Sox single-season record for home runs. The Red Sox designated hitter is also a nine-time All-Star.

"I would like people to remember me as a guy that was just part of the family, you know?" he said. "A guy that was trying to do the best, not only on the field, but with everyone around him."

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"It is difficult to adequately convey what David Ortiz has meant to the Boston Red Sox," says Principal Owner John Henry. 

"David's first home run in a Red Sox uniform set the tone for the rest of his career," says Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. It was a go-ahead pinch-hit home run in the top of the 14th inning against the Angels. In that summer of 2003, David became the best slugger in all of baseball and carried the team on his back for the last three months of the season - a trend we would come to see time and again throughout his career. He has been in a Red Sox uniform nearly as long as we have been here, and he has been integral in all of the successes that we have all experienced."

"David Ortiz transcends numbers, home runs, and wins," says Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. He is one of the game's greatest players - and greatest champions - and he has been there for the city of Boston through thick and thin every step of the way. He has been a pillar of our team and a pillar of our city."

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<![CDATA[Delaware Students Face Punishment for F-Word Banner]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:37:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/F+Tech+Sussex+Tech+Banner.JPG Some Cape Henlopen High School students face possible discipline after displaying a "F Tech" banner during a football game against rival Sussex Tech.]]> <![CDATA[German Stadium Evacuated After Bomb Threat]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_554879857092.jpg

A soccer stadium in Germany packed with thousands of fans was abruptly evacuated Tuesday night because of a "potential threat to spectators," police said, NBC News reported.

Authorities, however, cautioned that no explosives were found and no arrests were made as people streamed out of a Germany vs. Netherlands match — the setting of the latest scare to grip Europe following Friday's wave of attacks in Paris.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière declined to detail the threat during a news conference, adding that police "had good reasons" in shutting down the friendly game in the northern German city of Hanover.

"It would have been irresponsible to let the game proceed," added Boris Pistorius, the interior minister of the German state of Lower Saxony.

Earlier, Germany's Lower Saxony Police Chief Volker Kluwe told the nation's public broadcaster that there was "concrete evidence" that someone planned to set off explosives at the game.

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<![CDATA[Son of Patriots Player Has Cancer]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:22:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/461911932.jpg

New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder shared the sad news Monday that his infant son is battling kidney cancer.

Solder, himself a cancer survivor, made the announcement Monday night while speaking at the Above & Beyond the Gratitude Gala benefitting the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, according to the Boston Herald. The foundation is named for a Patriots player who died of non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2007.

Solder's son, Hudson, who was born in July, was diagnosed with a kidney tumor last month and has already begun chemotherapy, the Herald reports.

Solder thanked fans on Twitter Monday night and asked them to support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.

Solder himself beat testicular cancer in 2014 and remains on injured reserve. 

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Sports Conflict Continues]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/draftkings-AP_312823411334.jpg

Fantasy sports site DraftKings has filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order preventing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from enforcing the order to shut down because he said its operations constituted illegal gambling.

The cease-and-desist letter was also sent to FanDuel, another major daily fantasy sports site.

In a statement Monday, DraftKings said it believes the temporary restraining order is necessary "and warranted to protect DraftKings' business while we pursue our legal action to prevent the New York Attorney General from denying New Yorkers the right to continue playing the daily fantasy sports games they love."

The move comes days after DraftKings and FanDuel filed court papers in state Supreme Court in Manhattan askiing a judge to rule on the legality of their businesses.

Earlier this month, Schneiderman ordered the fantasy sites to stop taking bets in New York, calling the companies illegal gambling sites.

But in court papers, both companies argue the opposite. They say daily fantasy sports are actually more skill-based than season-long fantasy sports, which are legal in New York. They also claim Schneiderman threatened their business partners and payment processors.

DraftKings' suit calls the cease-and-desist order "unconstitutional" and alleges Schneiderman is "misreading" New York's gambling laws, and attempting to "bully" DraftKings and its vendors into immediately shutting down its New York operations before it has a chance to defend itself.

The company says New York is home to more than 7 percent of its customers.

"The Attorney General's actions constitute a shocking overreach," the suit reads. "He has unleashed an irresponsible, irrational, and illegal campaign to destroy a legitimate industry, intending to deprive hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers of the use and enjoyment of these services."

Schneiderman's office didn't immediately respond to an email request for comment on the temporary restraining order motion filed Monday. Previously, a spokesman said the companies are operating illegally.

Fantasy sports has been a popular U.S. pastime for years, but daily contests, where winners and losers are decided in one night, rather than over the course of a season, have exploded in popularity recently. DraftKings and FanDuel have advertised heavily on the Internet and TV ahead of and during the 2015 NFL season.

The sites have come under increased scrutiny since it was revealed last month that a midlevel DraftKings employee playing fantasy football beat more than 200,000 other players, winning $350,000 on rival FanDuel. The case raised questions about insider trading after game data not publicly accessible was inadvertently posted online.

NBC's parent company, Comcast Corp., and NBC Sports are among the investors in FanDuel.

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<![CDATA[Aaron Rodgers Condemns 'Prejudicial' Comment During Moment of Silence]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:21:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/packers-comment-prejudice.jpg

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke out against prejudice after hearing an inappropriate comment during a moment of silence held to honor the Paris terror attack victims at Sunday's NFL game.

In an interview with ESPN after the Packers' loss to Detroit, Rodgers said he heard a fan make a prejudiced comment and "was very disappointed with whoever the fan was."

There were several social media accounts of fans in Green Bay saying things like "Death to Muslims" and "Muslims suck," but it is unclear if those were the comments Rodgers heard.

"It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world," Rodgers told ESPN.

The remarks weren't the only disruptors during Sunday's game. One group of fans attempted to start a "Go Pack Go" chant during the moment of silence, prompting another fan to yell for them to "have some respect," NBC Sports reports.

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<![CDATA[French Train Heroes Honored at Lakers Game]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:20:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/train-heroes.jpg

Lakers fans were on their feet Sunday night for three American heroes honored for foiling a terrorist attack on a train in Paris in August.

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, all friends since childhood, made an appearance at Staples Center during Sunday's Laker game against the Detroit Pistons.

The crowd went wild for the three who stopped a suspected terrorist from carrying out an attack on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris on Aug. 21. Spencer Stone was stabbed while he fought off the man who was armed with an AK-47.

"It was super obvious what he planned to do, so there wasn't a lot of thinking," Stone said. "I just got up and went, and we fought. Alek and Anthony helped me subdue him."

The celebration was preceded by a dark moment of silence before the game to honor those lost during Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

"You have to be ready at all times because you never know when something life changing, for better or worse, is going to happen," Skarlatos said.

Friday's deadly terror attacks in Paris were not lost on anyone at the game, least of all the three men.

Sadler wore the same Lakers shirt that he wore the day he helped stop the attack.

"It feels very personal because of what we went through," Sadler said. "To see it happen again and the people we've connected with since, our hearts go out to France, and Paris specifically."

Fans also expressed gratitude for the bravery of the three men. 

"For them to do what they did speaks volumes to their character and they're absolutely heroes for what they've done for our country and the world," Henry Wang, Lakers fan at the game, said. 

Skarlatos is competing on "Dancing with the Stars."

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