<![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, 29 Aug 2015 19:35:16 -0400 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:35:16 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Eagles Fans Gear Up At Xfinity Live]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:17:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles-Fans-Xfinity-Live.jpg Eagles fans are getting ready to watch the third pre-season game on the big screens at Xfinity Live. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal reports on how fans are feeling about who should play in the upcoming game.]]> <![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[IndyCar Racer Justin Wilson Remembered at Race]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:11:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gettyimages-170552690-justin-wilson-dies.jpg

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Justin Wilson prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America.

Wilson died Monday from a head injury sustained when he was struck by debris during an IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Many drivers at Road America placed decals on their cars in memory of Wilson. The rear bumper of the No. 52 car driven by Joey Gase, an organ donation advocate, featured a large picture of Wilson and a testimonial from his brother and fellow racer, Stefan.

Justin Wilson's organs were donated.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers' Vin Scully Will Return ]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:47:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+7.49.21+PM.png

It happened in an instant, but it may just be the best news Dodgers fans have received in quite some time.

In between the top and bottom half of the second inning of the opening game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, team Owner Magic Johnson appeared on the jumbotron in a prepared video stating that he had an announcement for the fans.

Suddenly, Johnson's image gave way to ABC Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel who revealed cue cards that read, "Vin Scully will be back for at least one more season."

The crowd at Dodger Stadium immediately erupted as the Hall of Fame broadcaster was shown on the screen.

Scully, who turns 88 in November, has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 and next season will be his 67th with the team. Scully currently holds the longest streak of any broadcaster in all of sports to be with one team.

"I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said. "There's no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all our friends.

There was much speculation over the past few weeks as to whether or not Scully would return. Scully has taken a lesser role with the team in recent years, opting to not travel to the east coast and on most away games.

However, Scully has always said that if he was healthy enough to call the games and felt like he was still effective, then he would continue to remain in the booth.

Scully's year-by-year announcement means he will return to the booth in 2016, and beyond will still be in question. More than likely, Scully will continue to call games in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Arizona for SportsNetLA.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Get Ready to Take on the Packers]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:20:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011742143_1200x675_515257411863.jpg The Eagles are 2-0 this preseason and their next test will come at Lambeau Field against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. CSN Philly's John Clark says Eagles coach Chip Kelly would not commit to starting Sam Bradford at quarterback.]]> <![CDATA[PAL Receives Biggest Donation in History Care of Sixers Owner]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:36:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Joshua+Harris+Sixers+Owner.JPG It’s being called the biggest donation in the history of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League - $3.5 million. It’s courtesy of 76ers owner Joshua Harris.

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<![CDATA[Backboard-Shattering 76ers Legend Dies]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:44:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/174*120/ap-darryl-dawkins-76ers.jpg

Chocolate Thunder has gone back to Lovetron.

Longtime 76ers center Darryl Dawkins died Thursday at the age of 58.

The cause of death is said to be a heart attack, according to Dawkins' family. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

A Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest spokesperson confirmed to Comcast SportsNet that Dawkins died there on Thursday.

"It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack," his family said in a statement. "Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart."

One of the most popular players in the history of the Sixers franchise and the NBA, Dawkins was the first player drafted by an NBA team straight out of high school when he left Maynard Evans High in Orlando, Fla. for the Sixers as the No. 5 overall pick in the 1975 draft.

Known as “Chocolate Thunder,” a nickname bestowed by Stevie Wonder, Dawkins claimed he was from the planet Lovetron. During the NBA offseason Dawkins said he returned to his home planet to practice “interplanetary funkmanship.”

Certainly some of the dunks Dawkins threw down as the Sixers battled the Celtics and Lakers for the NBA title were interplanetary. Dawkins was famous for shattering two backboards, which ushered in new technology to prevent the shattered glass.

The first of Dawkins’ epic dunks came at Kemper Arena in a game against the Kansas City Kings in November, 1979. Replays famously show Dawkins rising to throw down a two-handed tomahawk with the Kings’ Bill Robinzine ducking for cover as the glass splintered.

Dawkins named his dunk, “The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam.”

“It was such a sight,” Julius Erving told The Philadelphia Inquirer after the game in 1979. “Glass was everywhere. Robinzine was under the basket and he was trying to get out of the way, he was running. And Darryl was in shock.”

Three weeks later Dawkins busted up a backboard at the Spectrum with a dunk he named the “Get-Out-of-the-Waying, Backboard-Swaying, Game-Delaying, If-You-Ain’t-Grooving-You-Best-Get-Moving Dunk.”

He had piles of names for his dunks, such as, "The Rim Wrecker," "The Go-Rilla," "The Look Out Below," "The In-Your-Face Disgrace," "The Cover Your Head," "The Yo-Mama" and "The Spine-Chiller Supreme."

Dawkins’ autobiography, Chocolate Thunder: The Uncensored Life and Times of Darryl Dawkins, chronicled his on-and-off court exploits with Julius Erving and detailed why he was so popular with his teammates and the fans.

It also documents the wild potential Dawkins’ NBA contemporaries raved about. At times opponents saw an unparalleled talent without the consistency to match. Former Penn star Dave Wohl, who played in the NBA against Dawkins and then coached him with the Nets, wrote an article for Sports Illustrated about Dawkins in April 1988.

The title: “Did Darryl Dawkins, Sir Slam, fail to live up to the great expectations of his fans and his NBA coaches? A former coach searches for answers.”

“There were times when he teased us with a hint of how he could dominate a game,” Wohl wrote. “And we went home in awe and yet sad because we knew of no spell to make it happen more frequently. But few players could make us feel that way even once.”

Wohl also captured Dawkins’ ability to bring humor to any situation. Once, Wohl wrote, coach Billy Cunningham stopped practice to yell at Dawkins because he was not giving it his best effort. Dawkins, chagrined, hung his head and promised the coach he would do better.

“And then as [Cunningham] walked away, [Dawkins] tripped him.”

Cunningham, like everyone else at practice, broke up laughing, Wohl wrote.

But lest anyone believe Dawkins was simply a larger-than-life character, don’t be fooled by his fun demeanor. Dawkins, a 6-foot-11 athlete, averaged 13.4 points and eight rebounds per game from 1977 to 1981 for the Sixers. He helped the team reach the NBA Finals in 1977, 1980 and 1982 and came well known for a fight he had with Portland’s enforcer Maurice Lucas during the ’77 Finals.

That fight left Sixers teammate Doug Collins with a scar under his left eye.

“Darryl swung at [the Blazers'] Bobby Gross and hit me,” Collins remembered. “I was the unintentional recipient. But later on, when Darryl and Luke squared off, it looked like something out of the 1920s, like John L. Sullivan bare-knuckling at halfcourt.”

Dawkins owns the seventh-best shooting percentage of all-time, hitting at a 57.2 percent clip. He also led the NBA in fouls three times.

However, prior to the 1982-83 season, the Sixers acquired Moses Malone and traded Dawkins and fellow center, Caldwell Jones. Dawkins went to divisional rival New Jersey for a draft pick that turned out to be Leo Rautins, and the Sixers won the NBA Championship.

From 1982 to 1987, Dawkins played for the Nets and averaged a career-best 16.8 points per game during the 1983-84 season. It was during the playoffs that year that Dawkins, Michael Ray Richardson and Buck Williams stunned the defending champion Sixers in the first round of the playoffs. Dawkins shot 58.7 percent from the field and connected on 14 of 16 free throws during the five-game upset.

But Dawkins could never get over the hump to win a championship. After the Sixers, his best chance came in 1989 when he appeared in 14 games for the champion Pistons, but injuries kept Dawkins on the sidelines. Following the 1989 season Dawkins played in Italy until 1994 before attempting a comeback with the Nuggets and Celtics.

After a stint in the CBA in 1995-96, Dawkins retired at age 39, save for a stint in the IBA for the Winnipeg Cyclones. He then turned his attention to coaching.

In recent years, Dawkins lived in the Allentown, Pa. area in South Whitehall Township. He has coached the Lehigh Carbon Community College men's basketball team since 2009 and also coached in the newest version of the ABA as well as the USBL team in the Lehigh Valley.

Dawkins is survived by his wife Janice, three children and a step-daughter.

"More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career as the inimitable 'Chocolate Thunder,' he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father," the family said in a statement. "We ask that the public please respect our privacy as we grieve his loss."

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<![CDATA[Woman Files Suit Against Bulls Star Derrick Rose]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-458331240.jpg

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, claiming he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her.

The unidentified woman, who says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, says she was drugged at a Beverly Hills home and later attacked at her apartment.

Rose denied the woman's claims in a statement he released late Thursday.

"I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," he said. "I am not going to comment other than to say - I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by TMZ Wednesday and made public Thursday, says the incident took place in August of 2013.

Rose’s spokesperson, Lisa Cohen, said on behalf of his legal team that the lawsuit is “nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete" and called the claims "outrageous."

"Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago," she said. "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated."

Cohen also claimed this is the third attorney the woman has hired in an attempt to sue Rose.

The Chicago Bulls released a statement on the issue Wednesday.

"We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts,” the team said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Rose’s agent could not immediately be reached for comment.

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<![CDATA[McDonald Indicted on Rape Charges]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:03:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/th-may-25-ray-mcdonald-mug.jpg

Former San Francisco 49’ers and Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was indicted on Wednesday on one count of rape and on one count of violating a restraining order by a Santa Clara County Grand Jury, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

McDonald, who was signed by the Bears in March and released by the team after new domestic violence allegations surfaced against him a few months later, was accused of raping an intoxicated woman at a party in December 2014. The incident caused the 49’ers to release him, with the team citing a series of poor decision-making as the reason for the decision.

McDonald’s former teammate Ahmad Brooks was also indicted for his role in an incident at the same party, the newspaper reported.

If convicted on the rape charge, McDonald faces a maximum of eight years in prison, with another year possible with the restraining order violation charges.

<![CDATA[ESPN Pulls Former Red Sox Star From Air After Posts Compare Muslims Extremists to Nazis]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:50:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/138886369.jpg

ESPN has pulled Curt Schilling from the air after the former Red Sox and Phillies star posted a photo comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis on his social media accounts.

The photos, posted Tuesday, were deleted and Schilling apologized. ESPN announced that the company has removed Schilling as a broadcaster for the Little League World Series "pending further consideration.”

"Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," ESPN said in a statement.

Schilling issued an apology on Twitter, saying he understands his suspension and that the situation is "100% my fault." 


 He has also apologized to some online commenters individually.

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<![CDATA[NFL Files New Argument in Tom Brady Appeal]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:47:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tom-brady-patriots-nfl.jpg

The NFL filed a new argument Monday in the Tom Brady appeal.

The letter, sent to Judge Richard Berman, questions the NFL Player's Association presentation during a hearing last week in which the NFLPA submitted a list of 19 examples of rulings in which a court vacated an arbitration award.

The NFLPA suggested those cases set legal precedent for the judge to throw out the NFL's decision to suspend Tom Brady for four games in response to his alleged role in Deflategate.

The NFL says those cases are not similar to the Tom Brady case.

Another hearing is set for next week in Brady's appeal. 

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<![CDATA[NFL Says Hit on Bradford Wasn't Dirty]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Terrell-Suggs.jpg The NFL said that Terrell Suggs should not have been penalized for a hit on Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford in Saturday's preseason game. Comcast SportsNet's John Clark explains the controversy.]]> <![CDATA[Olympic Gymnastics Coach Suspected of Molestation]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:55:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149434037.jpg

An Olympic gymnastics coach was arrested early Monday morning in Indianapolis on suspicion of child molestation, a spokeswoman for an Indiana prosecutor's office told NBC News.

Marvin Sharp has not formally been charged, said Marion County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Peg McLeish, adding that her office is sharing its investigation with federal authorities.

NBC affiliate WTHR reported that the investigation began with a complaint from a female gymnast at Sharp's Gymnastics Academy, and that USA Gymnastics is cooperating with the investigation. On Sunday evening, detectives searching for child pornography removed computers and other electronic devices from Sharp's home, the station reported.

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<![CDATA[Philadelphia Eagles Help Make Teen's Dream Come True]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:27:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011681323_1200x675_512034371929.jpg 15 year old Ryan Woodham is living with Spina Bifida but he is not letting that stop him from persuing his dreams. NBC10's Keith Jones and the Philadelphia Eagles help make Ryan's dreams come try at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp.]]> <![CDATA[Utley Feels "Lucky" to Have Played for Phillies]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:14:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chase-Utley-Tips-Hat.jpg

Chase Utley was emotional and nostalgic after learning he was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers, but he kept his statements brief at the press conference after the team announced the trade.

"There are just so many people I should thank, I just hope they know I appreciate everything," Utley said during the press conference.

Monday morning, Phillies fans were able to read Utley's full expression of gratitude in the Philadelphia Daily News. "The Man" spent over 12 seasons with the Phillies. 

"Thank you Philadelphia for taking me under your wing 12 years ago. It has been an honor and a dream come true to play for a city with so much passion. I feel extremely lucky to have played for an organization with so many incredible people.

Thank you David Montgomery for having the gift to make everyone around you feel important. I am proud to have been a part of your vision for the organization. I've played for several impactful coaches over the years, but Charlie Manuel stands alone for what he has meant to me. His patience, encouragement and faith in his team created a sense of confidence that his players will never forget. Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to my teammates, old and new. I will forever cherish the times that we had. Pat, Row, j-dub, Jroll, Howy, Vic, Chooch, Cole to name a few... Thank you for your countless hours of preparation and determination. I am honored to have shared the field with you.

Jen and I have worked with the Pennsylvania SPCA for over 10 years and we will continue to support their work for years to come. Thank you to everyone who has joined us to positively change the lives of the abused and neglected animals of Philadelphia.

Citizens Bank Park is like no other stadium. The support, encouragement and energy that all of you brought on a daily basis was empowering. We have had quite a ride together and I will never forget 2008. WFC forever!

Thanks again Philly, I will miss you.

Chase Utley"

The Phillies dealt Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 19, just under one week ago. Even though he has not played much this season, his absence was felt immediately by fans young and old.

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<![CDATA[Top Sports Photos 2015]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:12:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/topSports-AP_815986155748.jpg Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Pearl Harbor Vet Throws 1st Pitch]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:46:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/WW+II+Veterans+1st+Pitch.jpg

The oldest survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor threw the ceremonial first pitch Sunday before the San Diego Padres game at Petco Park.

Raymond Chavez, 103, who served on the U.S. Navy coastal minesweeper USS Condor, was joined by Jack Paris, who served on the U.S. Navy battleship USS Colorado and was on it in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to end World War II.

Chavez threw his pitch to reliever Kevin Quackenbush while Paris threw his to coach Dave Roberts. The crowd of more than 30,000 gave both men a standing ovation for their effort and to thank them for their service.

The Padres have a longstanding tradition of honoring the Military at home games on Sundays.

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 10-3, hampering their attempt to sweep their third series this season and second in a row.

<![CDATA[Eagles Fans Speak on Preseason Victory]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:48:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Watch-Eagles-Fan-Reaction.jpg The Eagles defeated the Baltimore Ravens 40 to 17. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal spoke to Eagles fans about the preseason victory and their expectations for the upcoming season.]]> <![CDATA[Eagles Help Young Fan's Dream Come True]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:47:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011665393_1200x675_511238211694.jpg Ryan Woodham is a teenager living with spina bifida, but also gives back by raising money for pediatric cancer research. The Philadelphia Eagles made his dreams come true by giving him a special invitation to training camp and having him interview key players. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Swiss Cliff Jumper Laso Schaller's Epic Plunge]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:16:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/schaller.jpg

Famed jumper Laso Schaller made headlines for setting "a new cliff-jump world record" when dramatic video of him plunging nearly 200 feet into a pool of water was released on Aug. 18.

But a technicality will keep the Swiss 27-year-old out of the official record books — the feat is too dangerous for Guinness.

During the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Schaller completed a 192.9-foot jump into a 26-foot-deep pool of water. Red Bull, which sponsors the event, said he set a record.

Guinness World Records no longer monitors that category “due to the obvious dangers involved and the inadvisability of sanctioning such a record,” a spokesperson said.

Though Guinness doesn't track cliff-jumping anymore, they do keep a record of who has the most Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series titles. Four-time winner Gary Hunt is the current record holder.

Red Bull, which sponsors the event, has not yet responded for comment.

Even with Schaller’s experience, there was a lot of extra preparation needed to make the jump.

His team built a platform that extended out from the top of the waterfall to clear a rock wall for the jump, according to a blog post from Red Bull. The team also explored the pool using scuba gear and placed six aerating tanks in his projected landing area to "soften" the water.

Schaller, a canyon guide and athlete by trade, regularly participates in high-dive shows, which involve jumping roughly 80 feet, 20 times in a day.

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<![CDATA[Where Do Philly's Uniforms Rank?]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:53:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/philly+uniforms.png

Philadelphia's sports teams haven't looked great on the field, ice, court or diamond recently, but they have looked great in a different way. 

In an ESPN.com feature, Philly's uniforms ranked fourth among the 20 cities with at least three major sports teams. Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago are the only cities to rank higher.

Each team's jersey was rated on a scale of 1 to 10. The Phillies scored highest among the four teams at a 9.5. The Eagles, 76ers and Flyers all scored 8s, giving the four teams an average score of 8.38.

An interesting note about one Philly team's uniform -- it hasn't seen regular season action yet. The Sixers unveiled their brand new uniforms in June. This change marks the third completely new jersey the team will wear since 2000.

The Phillies haven't had a major uniform change since 1995. The Eagles changed from Kelly Green to Midnight Green in 1996 and have not had a uniform overhaul since then. The Flyers' uniforms have remained largely unchanged since the franchise's inception in 1967.

If you're not a Philly fan, read the full feature to find out where your teams' uniforms rank.

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<![CDATA[Gymnast's New Routine for Rio '16]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:26:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/082015+danell+leyva.jpg

One look at Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva and you'll notice the changes.

"He's way better than he was in 2012," said Leyva's coach and step-father, Yin Alvarez.

America fell in love with the 20-year-old from Miami at the London Olympics, where he won Bronze in the Men's All-Around. But since then, Leyva's grown up, physically and mentally.

Now 23, and training for another Olympic run in Rio de Janeiro, Leyva is noticeably leaner, yet stronger. His teeth are adorned with braces. But maybe the most important change in Leyva, is that he's happier.

"Right after the games I was like, 'Man you have to do this, I need to do this, to prove to myself, to prove to these people,'" Leyva said. "And now I have a completely different mentality. I want to do this. I can't wait to do this."

Leyva finished a disappointing sixth at the P&G Championships last week, but was still selected for the U.S. National Team competing at the World Championships in Scotland in October.

And if you know anything about Leyva, who defected from Cuba to Miami at age one, you wouldn't count him out.

He trains six days a week at Universal Gymnastics in West Kendall, a gym owned by his parents. His face and the Olympic rings are all over signs greeting you at the gym. And he serves as an inspiration to the next generation of Olympic hopefuls who come from all over the world to train with Alvarez.

"It's always funny to see that initial reaction, when they realize, 'Wait that was you?'" Leyva said. "I'm like, 'Yeah it's me. They're like that's so cool, I saw you on TV.'"

Leyva said the youngsters inspire him too. He's increased the difficulty of his all his routines. He's also eating healthier now. The days of consuming big bowls of Reese's Puffs for breakfast are gone from his diet, though the 20-year-old Leyva loved them.

"It's not that I can't eat it, I can still put it down no problem," Leyva explained. "I just know it's not helpful, not good for me, so I choose not to."

After a shoulder injury in 2013, Leyva was off the team for the World Championships, but he bounced back. Now, he's confident he'll be there in Rio representing Team USA in 2016. 

But while Leyva isn't getting ahead of himself, his bombastic coach will.

"I [don't] believe that he's only going to be in Rio," Alvarez said. "I believe he's going to win the gold medal in Rio. This is his year. This is his time."

When he's not training in West Kendall, Leyva's spending a lot of time these days working on his next athletic endeavor: soccer. Leyva said he hopes to play professionally when he's done with gymnastics. A long shot? Sure, but Leyva's heard that before.

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<![CDATA[World Cup Hero, NJ Native Carli Lloyd to Write Book]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:57:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Carli+Lloyd+golden+Ball+Womens+World+Cup.jpg

World Cup soccer star Carli Lloyd, whose three goals in the 2015 final led the U.S. to a 5-2 victory over Japan, has a book deal.

The 33-year-old Lloyd is working on a memoir that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release in fall 2016. The publisher announced Thursday that the book, currently untitled, will cover her rise from nearly quitting soccer in 2003 and her emphasis on physical and mental strength. An edition for young readers also is planned.

Earlier this summer, the midfielder and Olympic gold medalist scored six goals in seven women's World Cup matches, including a hat trick against Japan.

In a statement released through Houghton Mifflin, Lloyd says she looks forward to sharing her thoughts on a "long journey, sometimes rewarding, sometimes challenging, but worth every moment."

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<![CDATA[Chase Utley Says Goodbye to Phillies, Fans]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:22:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011633770_1200x675_509283395970.jpg Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley has been traded to the LA Dodgers and fans react to the news.]]> <![CDATA[Ex-NFLer Injured in Apparent Suicide Attempt]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:25:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-337392.jpg

Ex-NFL quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself Tuesday in an apparent suicide attempt at a Los Angeles area motel, but survived, law enforcement sources and his former wife said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were called to a motel in Calabasas at around 8 p.m. for a welfare check, sources told NBC News. When deputies arrived they found a man, identified as Kramer, with a gunshot wound that was described as not life-threatening.

Kramer's former wife, Marshawn Kramer, told NBC News Wednesday night that Kramer suffered years of depression that she believes was the result of his time in the NFL.

"I can promise you he is not the same man I married," Marshawn Kramer said in a telephone interview.

Kramer, 50, helped lead the Detroit Lions to a 12-4 record and an NFC Championship appearance in the 1991 season. He later joined the Chicago Bears, where he spent five seasons before ending his career with the San Diego Chargers in 1999. 

SUICIDE PREVENTION: If you know someone who needs help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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<![CDATA[Phillies Send Utley to Dodgers]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:54:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chase-Utley-Tips-Hat.jpg

The Man has been traded.

The Phillies on Wednesday traded Chase Utley, the most prolific offensive second baseman in franchise history and cornerstone of the 2008 World Series title team, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and right-handed pitcher John Richy.

In Los Angeles, Utley will rejoin longtime double-play mate Jimmy Rollins, who was traded to the Dodgers in December for two pitching prospects.

Utley is due over $4 million for the remainder of the 2015 season and another $2 million in the event of a buyout of his 2016 option. He has an $11 million club option for next season.

Bothered by an injured ankle until hitting the DL on June 22 and returning Aug. 7, the 36-year-old is hitting .217 with five home runs and 30 RBIs this season, his 13th in the majors. However, since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 7, he has gone 15 for 31 (.484) with five doubles, a homer and five RBIs.

The Phillies drafted Utley out of UCLA with the 15th overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft, and he made his major league debut on April 4, 2003. Utley is a six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award recipient. He led the Phillies to the 2008 World Series championship and two National League pennants. 

Two quotes — one by him, one said about him — have become part of Phillies lore. After the 2008 championship parade arrived at Citizens Bank Park, Utley took the mic and hollered, “World f----- champions.” 

Two years earlier in Atlanta, Utley stunned the Braves by scoring from second on a groundout to the pitcher by Ryan Howard, causing the legendary Harry Kalas to exclaim, “Chase Utley, you are the man.”

Utley ranks in the top 10 in Phillies history in numerous offensive categories. He is fifth in doubles (346), sixth in home runs (233), seventh in RBIs (916) and ninth in hits (1,623). He hit .282 with a .366 on-base percentage in 1,551 games in red pinstripes.

<![CDATA[New Food Coming To Lincoln Financial Menu]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:48:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011625578_1200x675_508885059825.jpg Aramark and Lincoln Financial Field are teaming up with new local food partners this season to give fans the full football experience while watching the games.]]>