<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 28 Apr 2017 16:12:31 -0400Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:12:31 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Day 2 of NFL Draft in Philly]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:22:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020531701_1200x675_931836483768.jpg

NBC10’s Pamela Osborne has reactions to the Eagles Thursday night pick and tells us what is coming up for Day 2 of the NFL Draft on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

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<![CDATA[What You'll Find at the Massive, Outdoor NFL Draft in Philly]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:38:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/draftday+157.jpg A tent-by-tent (pre-draft) look at the NFL Draft "Experience" on the Ben Franklin Parkway starting Thursday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Vai Sikahema's Polynesian Football Luau]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:15:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Vai+Sikahema+Polynesian+Hall+of+Fame.JPG

Vai Sikahema and the #NBC10Mornings crew discuss the Polynesian Luau, hosted by the Polynesian Cultural Center, and featuring Vai Sikahema in some different garb than his normal suit and tie.



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<![CDATA[Blog: Summer-Like Conditions for NFL Draft, Penn Relays]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:55:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/EVENT+3+DAYS3DAY.jpg Scheduling big outdoor events for the end of April can be tricky when it comes to the weather. It's still springtime which can bring large temperature swings and the threat of spring storms. But this time around, Mother Nature seems to be on board with nice and unusually warm conditions for the Penn Relays and the NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[2017 NFL Draft in Philly by the Numbers]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:34:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/draft1200.JPG Check out our by the numbers breakdown of the NFL Draft Experience along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Group Buying Miami Marlins: Reports]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:26:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/042517+jeb+bush+derek+jeter.jpg

A group led by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a deal in place to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, according to published reports.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that a person with knowledge of the deal said the group won the bidding for the team.

An MLB source told The Miami Herald that there's an agreement in place but it's pending MLB approval and other details need to be worked out.

The team is owned by Jeffrey Loria. The Marlins had no comment Tuesday.

The deal could take months to conclude, but Bush will be the "control person," the Herald reported.

"I think Jeb and Jeter are just fine. I think they'll be great owners and I believe this community is ready for new ownership of the Miami Marlins," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told reporters Tuesday.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president.

Loria, the former Montreal Expos owner, bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, now part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group.

Loria has been an unpopular owner among many Marlins fans, and some local residents, after the team used hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build Marlins Park. The team also hasn't made the postseason since 2003, when they won the World Series.

"It's a great facility, it's just too bad, we just need a good team to fill it up and also put some of the negative and the bad taste that we may have in our mouths away and I think that will go with the new ownership group," Gimenez said.



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<![CDATA[Tips to Kick Asphalt: Blue Cross Broad Street Run]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:16:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/broad-street-run.jpg Tips that will surely help you reach your personal goal at the 2017 Blue Cross Broad Street Run.]]> <![CDATA[Aaron Hernandez Suicide Letters Released to Family]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:28:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/aaronhernandezfeuerherdIB.jpg

Three suicide notes that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez allegedly left in his cell before killing himself last week were handed over to his family Monday, the Worcester County District Attorney's office confirmed.

A lawyer for Hernandez's fiancée filed a motion earlier Monday in Bristol County Superior Court seeking the release of the letters, which the district attorney had previously refused to release to the family.

"The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one's final thoughts," George Leontire, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer said.

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Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said the letters were emailed to Leontire on Monday after Judge Thomas McGuire ordered their release. Jarvey confirmed one of the letters was addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez and another to the couple's daughter.

The third letter was left for Kyle Kennedy, Hernandez's friend and fellow inmate, Kennedy's lawyer said Monday.

Attorney Lawrence F. Army Jr. said his client has not yet seen the letter, but will request that it be turned over to Kennedy as soon as possible. 

“My client is obviously saddened by the loss of his friend, Aaron Hernandez,” Army said. He said the two were not cellmates.

Army said he met with Kennedy briefly on Monday, and his client is “no longer on suicide watch,” though he was moved to a protective unit after Hernandez’s death “as a standard precaution.” He said he will be meeting more with his client in the coming days, and will provide updates as the case develops. “For now, we will have no further comment.”

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Kennedy’s family also issued a statement Monday, saying their thoughts are with Hernandez’s family and their son, and asking for privacy.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted in two other killings just days before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in the early morning hours of April 19.

Investigators said Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks. They said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

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Authorities said investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible in Hernandez's cell.

Additonally, law enforcement sources tell NBC Boston that Hernandez was found with the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead. The Bible passage reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer are seeking to preserve records related to Hernandez's death, including Hernandez's prison cell video recordings and all of his property, medical and mental health records.

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Jenkins-Hernandez has also filed court papers indicating that she may sue over the supervision Hernandez received while in prison. The filing argues that authorities had a legal duty to provide safety and protection from personal injury to inmates in state custody.

Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. on March 18 and no one entered until a correction officer observed him around 3 a.m. the following day and forced his way in, according to investigators.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.



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<![CDATA[Final Phase of Road Closures for NFL Draft Begins]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NFL-Draft-Experience.jpg

The final phase of street closures for the NFL Draft is set to begin early Tuesday morning.

If your commute brings you anywhere near the Art Museum, Eakins Oval or the Ben Franklin Parkway, give yourself a little extra time this week.

PHASE 4 - FULL EXTENT OF ROAD CLOSURES

Closures from 4/25 at 6 a.m. to 5/1 at 5 a.m.

 Full List of Road Closures:

• 21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street

o Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)

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• 22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street

o Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)

 

• 23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway

o Local access only

 

• 24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place

o Local access only

 

• Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive.

o Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street

 

• Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

 

• Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street

o Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street

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• Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway

o Local access after peak AM rush hour

 

• Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue

o Local access after peak AM rush hour

 

• Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street

o Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only

o Eastbound open from 21st Street

 

• Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street

o Local access only (residents)

 

• I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed

 

• The following streets be designated “local access only” west of 22nd Street:

 

o Wallace Street

o Mt. Vernon Street

o Green Street

o Judson Street

o Brandywine Street

PHASE 3

Closures from 4/24 7 p.m. to 5/1 5 a.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway closed from 20th Street to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Martin Luther King Drive will remain open to 24th Street

Eastbound Spring Garden Street will remain open from 31st Street to 24th Street

Kelly Drive will be closed at Fairmount Avenue with traffic detoured onto Fairmount Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue

Traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp starting April 24 at 7 p.m. due to the closure of the outer lanes on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue. Those who want access to the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the north side must exit onto Fairmount Avenue, turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue and proceed southbound on 25th Street onto Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive.

PHASE 2

Closures from 4/19 6:00 a.m. to 5/2 11:59 p.m.

Inner lanes (inbound and outbound) of Benjamin Franklin Parkway closed from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.

UPDATE: These closures will begin at at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, instead of midnight as previously announced.

PHASE 1

Closures from 4/10, 12:01 a.m. to 5/7 11:59 p.m.

Spring Garden Street westbound closed at Pennsylvania Avenue.

The right two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps closed for the building of the theatre.

The westbound center roadway of Benjamin Franklin Parkway maintained two lanes from 20th Street to Eakins Oval. The left lane of Benjamin Franklin Parkway closed from East Eakins Oval to Spring Garden St. and continues to southbound Kelly Drive, where it opened up to three travel lanes.

Southbound Kelly Drive dropped one lane between 25th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

 

Parking Restrictions:

No parking on 2400 Pennsylvania Avenue (south side angle parking only) from 4/5 to 5/8

The rest of the parking restrictions go from April 25 to May 1, the city said:

- Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street only)

- Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)

- 20th Street between Vine & Callowhill Streets (east side of street only)

- 21st Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)

- 22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)

- Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

The three day football frenzy ends April 29 but closures will be in place until Monday, May 1. Admission to the event will be free to the public. For more information on the NFL Draft, visit their website. 

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<![CDATA[ 8 Most Famous Winners of the Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Scretariat.jpg For just two minutes of the year, a one and one-quarter mile track becomes the center of high-stakes American horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky.

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<![CDATA[Father and Son Set Atlantic Crossing Record]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_ATLANTIC_CROSS_RECORD_042117-149280286850000001.jpg

Nico and Vittorio Malingri arrived in the Guadeloupe port town of Pointe-a-Pitre on April 20. The journey took 11 days, one hour and nine minutes after leaving Dakar, Senegal, in their sailboat, setting an Atlantic crossing record between those two ports.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Medalist Will Claye Embarks on Music Career]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/IMG_66532.JPG

Will Claye has earned three medals as a track and field athlete for Team USA. His most recent success came at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when he brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. 

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Since returning from the Summer Games, Claye has continued to compete at the highest level on the track but wanted to make sure all his time wasn't consumed by training and competition.

He has been working on something he has been passionate about since he was a child, music. When he was young, it was singing in the church choir or making a mixtape on a boom box.

Now, as an Olympic medalist, new opportunities have presented themselves for Claye, including a chance to record his own album.  

The result is "Look What You Created," a hip-hop album with 12 tracks of music Claye says "will put you in a good mood."


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<![CDATA[The Top Horses Contending to Race the 2017 Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:15:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-648033112_master.jpg As the official start of the Triple Crown nears, here's a look at the top 10 highest ranked horses.

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<![CDATA[Eagles 2017 Schedule Released]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:06:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/238*120/uspresswire-eagles-football-helmet.jpg

The NFL released its 2017 regular-season schedule Thursday night.

The announcement came at 8 p.m. EDT.

The Eagles will kick off the season in Washington and wrap up the season at home on New Years Eve against Dallas.

The first home game for the Eagles will be Sunday, September 24 as they host the New York Giants.

The Birds will play five primetime games, including a Christmas night home game against the Raiders.

Philadelphia's bye will fall on week ten. 

Here's a look at the full line-up:

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<![CDATA[ME to Release Hernandez's Brain After Lawyer's Accusation]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:58:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/baez1.jpg

The stunning suicide of Aaron Hernandez led to another surprising turn -- a fight over his brain.

Hernandez's family wants his brain to be studied by the Boston University CTE Center for a brain disease found in some football players. While state officials have now said they would release the brain to the family, that announcement wasn't made until after accusations from the former New England Patriots tight end's lawyer.

"It is our position that they are holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally," attorney Jose Baez said.

Baez added that BU's CTE Center is "the finest lab in the country," and said medical examiner's office does not have the same level of expertise.

BU's CTE Center refused to comment on the matter Thursday.

"If it's not preserved properly, they won't be able to take proper specimens and we won't be able to get the information and the knowledge we want," said Baez. "It is literally a destruction of evidence issue."

The Medical Examiner's office released a statement saying the brain was being kept because it was part of the investigation into Hernandez's death and could require further analysis. But just hours later, just as quickly as the tension escalated, it seemed to come to an end.

When the Worcester County District Attorney's Office announced that Hernandez's death had officially been ruled a suicide, it added that the state would do as the family asked.

"Now that the cause and manner of death have been determined, the brain will be released to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center as Mr. Hernandez’s family wishes," DA Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement.

Baez says the family hopes the brain can be examined to help future athletes, and to shed any more light on his client's death.

"We need to specifically do everything possible to find out what happened," Baez said. "Why not? Doesn't everyone want to know?"

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Team Up to Bid for Miami Marlins: Report]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:26:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Derek+Jeter-523131404.jpg

He's a New York icon, but Derek Jeter has apparently set his sights on a baseball future in Florida.

The Yankees great and former presidential candidate Jeb Bush have teamed up to bid for the Miami Marlins, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Citing people familiar with the sale, the paper reported that the future Hall of Famer and the former Florida governor had combined their once-competing bids for the club. There are a number of other potential bidders and no guarantee the team will be sold.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president. 

A deal could also potentially reunite Jeter with another Yankee icon, Marlins manager Don Mattingly. 

The Yankees are due to retire Jeter's number and unveil a plaque in his honor in Monument Park next month.



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<![CDATA[Gronk Crashes Spicer's White House Press Briefing]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:02:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000005668542_1200x675_924518979806.jpg
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski takes time out from the team's visit to the White House to interrupt White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's press briefing.
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<![CDATA[Patriots' Gronkowski Crashes White House Press Briefing]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:08:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/wh9.jpg

Rob Gronkowski crashed the White House press briefing on Wednesday, drawing laughs from the surprised press corps.

Press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing had been going on for about 20 minutes when the tight end opened a door and poked his head around the corner of the dais.

“Sean, you need some help?” Gronkowski said. 

“I think I got this, but thank you,” Spicer responded.

“You sure?” Gronk persisted.

Gronkowski's surprise appearance got a loud laugh out of the assembled media. Spicer kept his composure, though, quickly returning to the subject at hand.

"That was cool," Spicer, who is a big Pats fan, said with a laugh. "How do you follow that?"

Gronkowski's New England Patriots were at the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for their Super Bowl victory.



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<![CDATA[NFL Players React to Death of Aaron Hernandez]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:58:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/aaron-hernandez-juicio-4.jpg

Current and former NFL players were shocked by the death of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning.

Some of them took to Twitter to post about Hernandez's death.

Claude Pleon, a player for the New York Jets tweeted, "R.I.P Aaron Hernandez."

Former San Diego charger Antonio Cromartie tweeted, "I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow."

Isaiah "Ike" Reese, a former player for the Philadelphia Eagles tweeted, "Aaron Hernandez, #HeGone!!!!" but later deleted the tweet and added, "Tweet has been deleted, completely insensitive on my behalf. Was caught up in my emotions for a moment there, no excuse, I apologize to ALL."

Former Pittsburgh Steeler player Ike Taylor tweeted, "#RIP Aaron Hernandez...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide... #prayingfor ... GOOD MORNING TO ALL..."

Hernandez was found hanging from his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.

He was later pronounced dead at UMass Leominster Hospital.



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