<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:57:28 -0400 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:57:28 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 3]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/455677434.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the third week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:16:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Jeter's Rousing NY Sendoff in New Ad]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:09:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Derek-Jeter-Day007.jpg

Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York"  is a soothing sound to Yankee fans, accustomed to hearing it over the Yankee Stadium speakers when the Bombers win a home game.  But another signature Sinatra song may soon take its place in Yankee lore alongside that classic.

A new Gatorade commercial uses  "My Way" to say goodbye to the Captain, as it shows Derek Jeter exiting a cab near the stadium and feeling the love from New Yorkers in the streets of the Bronx before buttoning up his No. 2 jersey and stepping onto the field to the roar of the crowd.

Even the most bitter Mets fans may find themselves wiping away a tear at the rousing commercial shot in iconic black and white, and hardcore Bombers fans may need an entire box of tissues. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Angels Beat Mariners, Win AL West]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/455630948.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when Oakland lost to Texas about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

The Angels had already secured a playoff spot Monday. They have won 12 of 14.

Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.

Los Angeles' surge broke up a pitchers' duel between Wilson and Seattle rookie James Paxton, who traded zeros until the seventh.

Wilson (13-9) earned his third straight victory in intimidating fashion, striking out seven and allowing just four baserunners in a major improvement from recent starts. He escaped his only jam in the seventh, stranding two runners.

Paxton (6-3) yielded four hits and had eight strikeouts for the Mariners, who have lost six of eight. Seattle managed just one hit and is two games behind Kansas City and Oakland for the second AL wild card.

Paxton kept the Mariners in contention until his teammates made two errors and reliever Danny Farquhar flopped in the seventh inning.

After Kendrick's one-out single, Denorfia thought about diving to catch Freese's drive, but instead pulled up and allowed it to roll past him to the right-field wall. Austin Jackson then double-clutched the ball while retrieving it, and Kendrick scored easily.

Farquhar relieved Paxton with two outs and two runners on, but Cron mashed his 11th homer into the fake rock pile behind center field. Kole Calhoun followed with an RBI double as the Angels batted around.

Paxton was even more dominant than Wilson, retiring 17 of the Angels' first 18 hitters. Paxton allowed only two bouncing singles in the first six innings while striking out Mike Trout three times.

Trout also struck out to end the seventh, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the AL lead with 173 strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias headed back to Seattle for an MRI after feeling stiffness in his elbow. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Elias is probably done for the season.

Angels: Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup after feeling a bit sore following his return from a shoulder injury Tuesday. The cleanup hitter likely wouldn't have started anyway against a tough left-hander.

UP NEXT

Two aces meet in the series finale when Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.14 ERA) takes on Jered Weaver (17-8, 3.50).



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<![CDATA[Vikings Bar Peterson From All Team Activities]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/186722617.jpg The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Charles Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

One of the MLB announcers couldn't resist using a Barkley-ism to call it: the pitch was just "turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.



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<![CDATA[Orioles Clinch AL East With 8-2 Win]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*131/455561388.jpg

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.

With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Afterward, the Orioles converged behind second base, fireworks soared in the outfield and streamers sprayed throughout the crowd.

It was Baltimore's ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series.

The franchise has enjoyed a rebirth under the guidance of manager Buck Showalter, whose 1,254th victory thrust him past mentor Billy Martin into sole possession of 36th place on the career list.

Baltimore is 42-23 in a division that includes the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, the free-spending New York Yankees and pitching-rich Tampa Bay. The Orioles led by only four games on Aug. 6 before going on a 27-11 run.

The clinching victory featured an unlikely list of contributors, not at all unusual for a team that often delved deep into its 25-man roster. Ubaldo Jimenez was making his first start in a month; Pearce has morphed from a bit-player to a key starter; and Paredes didn't join the team until Aug. 28.

Pearce provided the Orioles with the lead for good with a three-run drive off Drew Hutchison (10-12) in the first inning. Pearce has 18 home runs this year, one more than he had in 290 games as a part-timer from 2007-13.

Paredes hit a solo shot in the second to make it 4-2. It was his second homer in 10 games with Baltimore.

In addition, newcomer Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run triple in the seventh for a 7-2 lead. De Aza came to the Orioles in an Aug. 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Jimenez (5-9) survived a rocky start to limit the Blue Jays to two runs and two hits over five innings in his third start since July 5. After signing a $50 million, four-year deal in the offseason, Jimenez struggled with his control for much of the season, sprained his ankle in a parking lot before the All-Star break and ultimately lost his place in the rotation.

Pressed into service because the Orioles played a doubleheader Friday, Jimenez issued four walks in the first two innings. But he bounced back to retire his last 10 batters.

Orioles fans have until Friday to register for a ticket lottery online. Winners will be notifed next Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Radisson Suspends Minnesota Vikings Sponsorship]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:51:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/adrian-peterson-indicted_1200x675_328790083813.jpg

The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.

In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children."

Radisson says it's suspending its limited sponsorship of the Vikings "while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."

Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences.

Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The running back says he was using a form of discipline his father used on him as a boy.

A Vikings spokesman says the team has "respectfully honored" Radisson's request.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA["Not a Child Abuser": Adrian Peterson Apologizes]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:10:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_adrian_peterson1.jpg

Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson, considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched for Sunday's 30-7 home loss to the New England Patriots. He had not commented publicly since news broke on Friday that he had lashed the boy with the switch earlier this summer, causing an unspecified injuries.

"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser," Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement issued through his agency and posted to his Twitter feed. "I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.

"No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said they had decided to bring back Peterson for practices and Sunday's game at New Orleans "after significant thought, discussion and consideration." The Wilfs said they want to let the legal process play out before making any more definitive decisions on Peterson's future with the only NFL team he has ever played for.

"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child," the Wilfs said. "At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing."

Peterson faces an initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he will try to delay the arraignment until next week after Hardin returns from a vacation out of the country.

Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument "is cause for concern."

Hardin said Peterson used a switch because that was the way he was brought up by his parents in Palestine, Texas, and the NFL star agreed.

"I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen," Peterson said. "I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate."

The Vikings decided not to play Peterson against the Patriots, moving swiftly after a week in which the NFL came under heavy scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The Vikings clearly see Peterson's case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend. Cook was initially suspended by the team before being reinstated with pay. But the Vikings barred him from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.

Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.

The NFL is looking into Peterson's case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league's new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice's initial punishment.

The Vikings' decision to reinstate Peterson comes on the same day the NFL announced that three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault."

"I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct," Peterson said. "Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person."

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<![CDATA[Golfer Wins Trip to Space After Hole-in-One]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/455429326.jpg

An English golfer scored a trip into space by sinking a rare hole-in-one at a tournament on Sunday.

Andy Sullivan made the shot at the 163-yard, 15th hole at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, The Associated Press reported.

XCOR Aerospace, an Amsterdam-based company that sponsored the tournament, offered a 100,000-euro ($129,238) seat aboard a commercial flight into space to the first player to make an ace on the 15th hole, according to Golf.com.

The reward was aimed at promoting the company's space trips, which are set to open to the public beginning in late 2015.

"I'm not sure yet,” Sullivan said when asked if he would take the trip, Golf.com reported. "I'll see what the missus says."

Sullivan finished third at the KLM Open, two shots behind winner Paul Casey.



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<![CDATA[High School Blitz: Sept. 12]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:29:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008102567_1200x675_328893507615.jpg A great Friday night for high school football from South Jersey to the Philly burbs.]]> <![CDATA[Vai Sikahema Up for Hall of Fame]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sikahema.jpg

NBC10 News anchor Vai Sikahema is already a hero to plenty of Philly sports fans (take that goalpost). And, he is one of the all-time greats in the Nintendo classic Tecmo Super Bowl.

But soon, he could also be a hall of famer.

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame recently named Vai, a two-time Pro Bowler in an eight year NFL career that wrapped up with the Eagles, a finalist for enshrinement into the Hawaii-based hall.

Vai, who is proud of his Tongan ancestry, joins 24 other football greats with Polynesian ancestry on the list of nominees.

“It is a tremendous honor to be nominated with so many outstanding men, not simply athletes, but very accomplished men,” Vai said. “Among the nominees is a university chancellor, a former candidate for governor in the state of Maryland, business leaders, an NFL executive and successful coaches.”

Vai, a Brigham Young University alum, is also quite accomplished himself going on to a successful career as a sportscaster then news anchor, introducing kids without parents to potential adoptive parents through "Wednesday's Child" segments and also serving a leader in the Mormon community.

“It's gratifying to represent Polynesia, our rich history with football and that our posterity know that we also got it done in the classroom as well.”

Will Vai make the Hall? The class of 2015 will be announced next month.



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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 2]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:47:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/455466872.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the second week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Slugger Hit in Face by Ball]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:48:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP517762681764.jpg

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was taken to a Milwaukee hospital after being hit in the face with an 88 miles per hour fastball Thursday night.

Stanton, who is a top candidate for the National League MVP award, was batting in the top of the fifth inning when a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers came up high and hit Stanton just below his left eye.

The Marlins slugger collapsed in the batter’s box and emergency workers carted him off the field. Stanton appeared to be bleeding from the face as he was taken away from the field.

Stanton's father was at the game and came on the field while his son was treated, and left with him in the ambulance.

The Marlins said Stanton had x-rays and a CT scan at a Milwaukee hospital. He suffered facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage, the team said. He returned to Miami Friday for further evaluation.

"We’re trying to win games here, we’re not trying to hurt anybody, we’re not going after anybody, you know one pitch got away and ended up hitting him in the face, and I feel terrible," Fiers said after the game.

The player who replaced Stanton, Reed Johnson, came to the plate after a lengthy stoppage of play for Stanton to be cared for and was hit in the hand as he turned to avoid the first pitch thrown at him, which was high and tight.

The benches cleared and the Marlins’ Casey McGehee was visibly angry and had to be restrained on the field. McGehee was ejected and Marlins manager Mike Redmond was also ejected from the game as both teams were on the field.

"I just, for them to think that it was intentional, it’s beyond me and something I would never do," Fiers said.

Stanton tweeted on Friday that he was appreciative of the support he had received from his fans.



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<![CDATA[10 Questions: Phillies Legend Greg Luzinski]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/phillies-AP090807035051.jpg

Do you know your number? Phillies slugging legend Greg Luzinski went from home-run hero to World Series champ to Phillies Wall of Famer to ballpark barbecuer.

That journey has kept Luzinski, a Chicago-area native nicknamed “The Bull” during his playing days, in Philly for most of his adult life. Now at 63, he is playing a new role for Philly sports fans: cholesterol awareness spokesman. A strange turn for the namesake of Bull’s BBQ.

The Bull spoke to NBC10 about his food, his playing days and his health as he prepared to join drugmaker AstraZeneca in free screenings along Ashburn Alley for National Cholesterol Education Month Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

What has drawn you to (and kept you in) Philly?

I was always really received very well by Phillies fans and I had a great time in my 11 years in Philadelphia – the Phillies were my team. When the new ballpark came about (in 2004) the whole theme of the ballpark was being fan friendly. Being close to the fans, it seemed kind of natural to be able to be continually surrounded by them with the barbecue out in the outfield. I’ve spent most of my life here in Philadelphia. My kids were born and raised here and still continue to live in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. I do go to Florida in the wintertime, but you know, it’s just to get away from the harsh winter.

How did Bull’s BBQ come about?

The whole theme of food (at CBP) was local foods from around Philly and if you walk through Ashburn Alley you can see that that’s there. I think they wanted to create a closer relationship with fans -- the way the ballpark was built and the nearness of the players to the field. And Philly has always liked that.

What’s your favorite dish at Bull’s BBQ?

Well turkey legs, roast turkey to ribs, obviously, pulled pork meat. It’s hard to pick a favorite, that’s why we have platters with two or three different items.

BBQ and low cholesterol don’t always go hand in hand, how did you come about being a spokesman for cholesterol awareness?

I’ve had some problems with (cholesterol) and, obviously, I’m under doctor’s care for it. When the cholesterol education people came to the Phillies I was a fine candidate to participate in the screening from 5 to 8 in left field. It’s something that is silent -- no signs, no symptoms of high cholesterol -- you simply need to get it checked and know your number. Hopefully, if we can get people screened through the screening, they will be aware of their cholesterol number and if it’s high do something about it.

What are some things you’ve changed in your life since you’ve become aware of your cholesterol situation?

Trust me it’s not easy. I’ve battled weight problems basically all through my life so trying to change the diet is probably the hardest thing to do and that’s a continual process… By going and being screened and going to a doctor definitely helped – being in a physician’s care.

What can you share with others about cholesterol?

It think the whole key is the awareness factor. Most people aren’t ware that their cholesterol is high and they don’t go to these screenings -- a simple screening that doesn’t take more than a couple minutes. Obviously high cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease -- that’s our ticker. We are just trying to get the baseball fan and all Americans to take a simple test and know their number so they can take care of it.

To baseball, which young Phillies players stand out to you?

I think the bullpen has probably been the best of the youngsters you might say. Maikel Franco just came up so we get to see what he has. Cody Asche has been up and done pretty well for his first year. Like I said, the bullpen has been tremendous -- (Ken) Giles has filled in that 8th inning spot. Hopefully they can build on that for the future with a blend of veteran players and some younger players they can put something together for next year.

So a guy known as a slugger, pitching is what catches your eye with the current team?

Well, that’s the name of the game as far as I’m concerned. That’s where it starts, it starts there on the mound with pitchers -- pitching and defense… most teams that seem to be successful aren’t just teams that hammer the ball -- it’s fine pitching with good defense.

Do you have a favorite player currently?

Not really one. I respect these guys on a day to day basis -- their highs and lows -- it’s not an easy game. It’s not as easy, trust me, as sitting there as a fan asking, ‘why did he make that play? Why did he through that strike or make that pitch?’ It’s a little more difficult than that. I respect all those guys that are out there.

What was it like playing on the successful Phillies teams of the late 1970s?

It was, obviously, a great feeling. I was fortunate enough to play with future Hall of Famers (Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton) that was a lot of fun -- we had success as a ball team. I think a lot of times that when you’re surrounded by great players they bring out the best. I was fortunate enough to put some years together – I was second a couple times in MVP voting and thought that I should have won the one. I was just happy to be there with my teammates.



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<![CDATA[Sheen Pledges $1K to Waiter Alleged Stiffed By McCoy]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_charliesheen6.jpg

Charlie Sheen isn't judging LeSean McCoy for allegedly leaving a Philadelphia waiter a $.20 tip, but he is pledging the slighted waiter $1,000.

At least that's the offer he made to Rob Knelly, the waiter at PYT in Northern Liberties, whose boss, burger joint owner Tommy Up, took to social media to Monday to call out the Eagles running back for allegedly leaving a horrible tip.

After the Eagles player and his friends left the restaurant, Up posted a photo of a receipt -- which he claimed was billed to McCoy -- on his Facebook page. The photo shows a $.20 tip on a bill that was more than $60.

McCoy called the receipt debacle "bull^*$#," according to Philadelphia Daily News sports reporter Les Bowen. He has not provided additional public comment.

Up says that posting the photo on Facebook was what his "heart told him to do." He says he wants nothing from athlete, but that an apology to his server would be "cool."

Being offered a $1,000 by Charlie Sheen is pretty cool, too.

Up posted to his Facebook page Wednesday night that they were in contact with Sheen and that the actor would be delivering a "surprise" on Thursday. They're unclear of what that surprise may be.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Ray Rice to Lose More Than Salary]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:22:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/ray+rice+cut.jpg NBC10's Jesse Gary talks about the financial backlash following Ray Rice's firing from the NFL as the reaction of Rice's former fiance.

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<![CDATA[Obama Rejected From Top NY Golf Courses: Sources]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:24:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Obama-Golfing_edited-1.jpg

President Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend, sources tell NBC 4 New York.

The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president's request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president's advance team's calls to the club managers.

Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president.

The president was in town Aug. 29, a Friday, for fundraising events in New York and Rhode Island. He had been scheduled to stay overnight in Westchester County in order to attend the Saturday evening wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass at Blue Hill Farm.

The sources said the White House advance team was giving the clubs just a day or two notice to fill the president’s open Saturday morning in New York. Of several courses contacted in New York and Connecticut, a spokesman for Fairview Country Club in Greenwich said it would have accommodated the president if he had asked. That was the only club that said it would.

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times of year for golf courses, and with membership at some area clubs exceeding $100,000, many courses may not have wanted to displace its members on a weekend when they would have wanted to play.

Spokesmen and managers at Trump National in Briarcliff Manor, Willow Ridge in Harrison and Winged Foot in Mamaroneck declined to comment.

Representatives at other leading Westchester and Fairfield County golf courses denied having any information about the president wanting a tee time during his Labor Day visit. 

On Aug. 28, White House officials announced the president was changing his plans and that he would return to Washington Friday night instead of staying over in New York.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained the change that Friday as a last-minute decision by Obama to "make the late evening flight back here home to the White House."

"He can sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family and then travel back to New York tomorrow evening to attend a private event," he said, 

Changes to the schedule resulted in the cancellation of some hotel rooms and a re-routing of police security details. The President returned to Westchester Saturday afternoon with a round-trip flight on Air Force One from Washington to New York, the second in as many days.

The White House declined to comment Tuesday. 

Political analyst Dan Gerstein said there was a time Obama would never have been turned down.

"I think he has lost that star quality he had in his first two years in office and in that 2008 campaign," he said.

Some club officials said Obama is not the first head of state who has been rejected: sources said representatives of the King of Morocco also tried and failed to secure a tee time at some of the same courses that Labor Day weekend. 

Donald Trump, an outspoken critic of the president, responded to NBC 4 New York's report by tweeting Wednesday: "If Obama resigns from office NOW... I will give him free lifetime golf at any one of my courses!"

-- Bruce Beck contributed to this report

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