<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 24 Sep 2016 23:53:58 -0400Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:53:58 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kaep Joins High School Protest]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:38:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Castlemont+Football.jpg

High school students in the East Bay are following Colin Kaepernick’s lead and helping to shine a light on issues of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States — this time by lying down during the National Anthem.

Since August, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken to kneeling before games – something he did alongside the Castlemont High School football team in Oakland on Friday.

When the first strains of the National Anthem floated across the field and Kaepernick knelt, the Knights lay on the ground with their hands up in the air.

"It's basically showing our vulnerability ... them being the authority and the power, and us being the citizens," said protest organizer and senior player Jadan Starks.

Head coach Edward Washington supports his team's actions.

“Black men and brown men have been assassinated unarmed, hands on the ground,” he said. “We had to protest and stand against this because it's not right."

Friday’s protest sparked last week when the team knelt during the National Anthem and tweeted out a picture of it. Kaepernick retweeted the photograph and it went viral, sparking a conversation between him and the school.

“He had reached out through a fraternity brother and a mutual friend and he was like, ‘I want to come over and talk to the kids,’” Washington said.

And that's exactly what Kaepernick did, catching the players by surprise.

“This is your family, these are your brothers,” he told the team. “I look at all of you as brothers. I see your strength, I see your power, I see your courage, your confidence.”

Speaking to the athletes in their locker room before the game, Kaepernick said he attended their game to stand – or kneel as the case may be – in solidarity with them.

“The same way you’ll took a stand and stood with me, I had to come out here and stand with you’ll,” he said.

Kaepernick also encouraged his rapt audience to “lift each other up” because “that’s what this is about.”

He also assured the Castlemont students that their actions, thoughts and words have value – both on and off the football field.

“You are important. You make a difference. This matters. Everything you do matters,” Kaepernick stressed.

Earlier in the week, a school band of roughly 155 middle and high school-goers from the Oakland Unified School District knelt as they played the National Anthem before an Oakland A's game on Wednesday.

San Francisco’s Mission High School football team has also decided to take a knee at every game in the season that features the National Anthem. The Bears are slated to face Millbrae’s Mills High School Saturday.

According to Castlemont coach Bryan Parker, this is just the beginning of a movement among young students and athletes, and those who motivate them.

"We want to keep a dialogue going ... getting rid of the dehumanization of black and brown people all around the country, but specifically in Oakland," he said.

School officials plan to continue working with community leaders, politicians and law enforcement, going forward.

Social unrest has rocked the U.S. this week. Police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte have spawned massive demonstrations and even riots. Amid this social landscape, Kaepernick’s ongoing protest has sparked a maelstrom of conflicting reactions.

His face will grace the cover of Time magazine next month, but he has also received death threats and a recent poll reflects his unenviable achievement of being the most disliked player in the National Football League.

Closer to home, the athlete has had not only the 49ers head coach Chip Kelly in his corner, but even a muralist, who created artwork on the side of an Oakland wall, reminding Kaepernick, “We got your back.”

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<![CDATA[Anthem Protests Spread to Colleges, WNBA Player Sits]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:19:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/colinkaepernick3.JPG

Liberty guard Brittany Boyd sat on the bench with her head bowed during the national anthem before a WNBA playoff game.

Hours earlier, college football players for Michigan and Michigan State, along with a group of students at North Carolina, raised their fists during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner on Saturday. 

Since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem before NFL preseason games, citing racial injustice and police brutality, his movement has slowly spread across fields and courts in the U.S. On Saturday, college athletes and professional athletes joined together to follow his lead after a week punctuated by riots in Charlotte, North Carolina , and the killing of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Boyd had sat on the bench during the anthem at the team's last home game on Sept. 13, too. Her New York teammates stood, arms locked with their heads bowed before their WNBA playoff game with Phoenix. Mercury players Mistie Bass and Kelsey Bone kneeled, just as they had done during their first-round playoff game. Bass was inspired that younger athletes were joining an effort that until this weekend, had been mostly led by the pros. 

"I think it shows that the younger generations are about this and they did it together," she said. "They are understanding what is going on in our society. It's perfect because they are so caught up in their phones. To see them standing up for social injustices and wanting things to be right in their communities I think is awesome." 

Three Michigan State players — Delton Williams, Kenney Lyke and Gabe Sherrod — held their right fists in the air while standing on the sideline before the No. 8 Spartans hosted No. 11 Wisconsin.

"Whether somebody salutes, puts the hand over their heart or does something else, everybody has a choice to make," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio added after the Spartans' 30-6 loss. "Our young people are in college, and I can promise you one thing, that when the flag is presented in some respect, I guess it becomes much more important now. It's not just, oh by the way, we'll just stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'

"All I can do is try and lead the best way I can, and be positive and accepting to our football team and our players," the coach added.

Several players for No. 4 Michigan also had their fists up before facing Penn State in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Among them were Khalid Hill, Mike McCray, Devin Bush, Elysee Mbem-Bosse and Jourdan Lewis.

Most college conferences play the anthem before the teams take the field. The Big Ten is among the exceptions.

The University of Michigan is 6 miles from Eastern Michigan University, where chanting students marched on the field Friday night after the school's 27-24 victory over Wyoming. The students were protesting racist graffiti on the campus earlier in the week.

"We have great respect for our students engaged in the constructive efforts underway to address the issues we face," Eastern Michigan President James Smith said in a statement Saturday.

Before North Carolina hosted Pittsburgh, students wearing black shirts remained seated with fists raised. Some 60 to 70 black and white students participated.

Nebraska players Michael Rose-Ivey, Daishon Neal and Mohamed Barry also kneeled before the No. 20 Cornhuskers' game at Northwestern.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was Kaepernick's coach for four seasons in San Francisco. Last month, Harbaugh said he supported Kaepernick's motivation to speak out but took exception to his method.

After Saturday's game, Harbaugh said he had been thinking a lot about the issue the past couple of weeks and that he supports his players. 

"This is something that's not going away. It's going to keep happening," Harbaugh said after the Wolverines' 49-10 victory. "It's not something that's going to keep them out of heaven. So I'm not going to worry about it. As long as it doesn't keep them out of heaven for supporting their minds, I support it."

Kaepernick was at a high school football game on Friday night. He spoke to players from Castlemont High School and joined them on the sideline before the game. A photo by former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison on Twitter shows Kaepernick kneeling while the rest of the team laid on their backs with their hands up during the anthem.

Saturday's gestures came a day after it was announced that Tommie Smith and John Carlos will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama. The raised-fist salutes by the American sprinters on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics became a political flash point.

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<![CDATA[Smart Football Helmets]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:14:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Smart+Helmet.jpg The Friday night lights will illuminate high school football stadiums across the country this evening -- while new helmet technology is shedding light on one of football's long-time concerns: Concussions.

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<![CDATA[LeBron James Executive Produces New Sitcom for NBC]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:45:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-588692562-LebronJames.jpg

Gentrification is a phenomenon affecting nearly every major U.S. city, and apparently NBA champ LeBron James sees it material ready made for television.

Alongside "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, James is co-producing a new sitcom about a white family moving into a predominately black neighborhood in Cleveland. NBC has picked up "There Goes the Neighborhood" through a script contract with penalty, penned by "Community" veterans Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan and "Powerless" star Ron Funches. 

"There Goes the Neighborhood" must hold a special place in James' heart, as it’s set in his team's city. With its community-centric bent, the sitcom may even prove that "Cleveland is great for the whole family," as James humorously insists in the 2015 film "Trainwreck."

James appears to be on a roll both on and off the court.  Springhill Entertainment, James' company co-led by partner Maverick Carter, also sold a sports medical drama to NBC last week. "There Goes the Neighborhood" will be James’ fifth turn as an executive producer.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Utley Makes Ridiculous No Look Play For Dodgers]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:20:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Utley+ridiculous+play.png

In case you haven't seen every defensive play in the book from Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, here's another one for the future Hall of Famer's collection.

The Dodgers were hosting the Colorado Rockies at the Ravine on Thursday night in the opening game of a four-game series, the final homestand at Dodger Stadium.

There were two outs in the top of the fourth inning and the Rockies were threatening to add to their 3-1 lead. Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood was at the plate, and he hit what appeared to be a routine ground ball to Utley at second base.

Only Utley bobbled the ball, but he somehow stayed with the play and tossed the ball behind his back without looking to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for the final out of the inning.

Check out the videos of the play below, the first, complete with the legendary Vin Scully on the call, and the second, a zoomed in replay. Enjoy.

As he came into the dugout, Utley told his manager Dave Roberts that he was sorry for bobbling the ball, and that he should have made the play more cleanly.

Roberts was stunned, but expected nothing less from his veteran second baseman.

"First thing he said was 'I can't believe I missed the ball,'" Roberts said. "He makes this crazy no look pass to first base, and instead of acknowledging the greatness of that play he says he should have made it a lot cleaner."

Utley himself didn't have any answers either.

"It was maybe a little instinctual and maybe a little lucky," he said smiling.

Part of me wants to believe that the 37-year-old bobbled the ball on purpose in order to wow us with his jaw-dropping no-look out, but knowing Utley, he really was more frustrated he had to do what he did.

Utley was also named the Los Angeles Dodgers recipient of the annual Roy Campanella Award on Thursday. The 11-year honor is given to the Dodger player that best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher who played for the Dodgers.

No play exemplifies that spirit and leadership than the remarkable one he made in the game on Thursday night. Utley will be presented the award by members of Campanella's family on Saturday night before the game.

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<![CDATA[Kaepernick Graces Time Magazine]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:31:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/kap-kneel.jpg

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick graces the cover of Time magazine next month, at the same time a new poll shows he’s the most disliked player in the National Football League.

This dichotomy of pride and disdain mirrors the country's reaction to Kaepernick’s controversial decision to not stand during the National Anthem at football games this summer.

Some support his stance, which he said is meant to highlight the issues of police brutality and unfair treatment of people of color in the United States.

"He's shedding light on a situation that is heinous, it shouldn't happen in this country," 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said. 

In his most detailed comments on the issue to date, Kelly on Thursday said he stands behind Kaepernick's ongoing protest.

"You look at what's going on in Tulsa and Charlotte in the last two nights — it's an issue that's in the forefront of our country," Kelly said. "It needs to be addressed. It needs to be taken care of because it's not right."

Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is also following the quarterback's lead. When her colleagues stood for the Pledge of Allegiance at Tuesday's council meeting, she sat down.

"Part of my motivation for sitting in solidarity with him is to say, 'What you're doing is good. Don't worry about the haters because we need to stand up for justice,'" Kaplan said.

A kneeling Kaepernick is the featured Oct. 26 cover of the prestigious magazine. And the piece gives the quarterback credit for inspiring a national conversation “beyond the world of sports.”

However, Kaepernick has faced plenty of criticism with some even making death threats in response to a civil protest they deem unpatriotic.

A poll last week of Americans by E-Poll Marketing Research revealed that Kaepernick was "disliked a lot" by 29 percent of the 1,110 people polled, more than any of the more than 350 players asked about in the survey.

In the dislike category, Kaepernick finished ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (22 percent), Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh (21 percent), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (13 percent) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10 percent). In August 2014, the last time the poll was taken, Kaepernick was only "disliked a lot" by 6 percent of the population.

However, among African-Americans, Kaepernick has never been more popular.

The poll shows 42 percent of African-Americans now say they like the 49ers quarterback "a lot," while only 2 percent dislike him "a lot." Two years ago, only 16 percent of African-Americans said they liked Kaepernick "a lot," while 3 percent disliked him "a lot."

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<![CDATA[Sacramento Mayor Attacks Protester]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sacto+suspect+mug.jpg

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson scuffled with a protester armed with a pie Wednesday night, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor's office.

"He was defending himself," said spokeswoman Crystal Strait, who was attending the same dinner event where the attack occurred. "The man came up to him and grabbed his arm and basically punched him with a pie. The mayor was defending himself and his family. He felt threatened."

After the protester, identified as 32-year-old Sean Thompson, threw a store-bought pie in the mayor's face, he said something to Johnson, which prompted the mayor to tackle Thompson and strike him, Strait said.

The incident prompted calls for ambulances and the fire department to the scene.

Erika Bjork, a witness, said the former NBA star was standing near her at Wednesday night's outdoor event at Sacramento Charter High School when he was hit.

Bjork said the mayor looked shocked and swung at the man multiple times, but she didn't see him land any punches. She said Johnson then wrestled the man to the ground, and mayoral staff and a police officer pinned him down.

A Sacramento police officer assigned to the mayor’s security detail called for additional assistance and was able to restrain the assailant without incident, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

Thompson sustained a minor injury and was transported by the Sacramento Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

Johnson sent a tweet at 10:12 p.m. saying, "Appreciate everyone. I'm doing fine. Thank you to Sac PD for being there. Be safe everyone."

Thompson was arrested on a felony charge of assaulting a public official and will be booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

He was not immediately available for comment and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.

There were nearly 200 people, including high school students, attending the  event.

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<![CDATA[Kaepernick Reports Death Threats]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:47:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/kap-kneel.jpg

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has received death threats amid his growing protest movement against racial injustices and police brutality.

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem at 49ers games. Since he started the demonstration last month, the protest became a national story, and other NFL players, along with U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe, have joined in.

“One of the things I’ve noticed throughout this is there’s a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “And people want to take everything back to the flag, but that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking racial discrimination, inequalities and injustices that are happening across the nation.”

The quarterback has slowly amassed support from colleagues, veterans and President Barack Obama, who said Kaepernick has a right to protest.

Kaepernick, who spoke to reporters Tuesday from the 49ers' locker room, referred to the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40, an unarmed black man killed Friday by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether a civil rights violation occurred during the fatal shooting.

“You have a situation like Terence Crutcher, where his car was broken down and he was looking for help and got murdered,” Kaepernick said. “That’s a perfect example of what this is about. I think it’ll be very telling what happens with the officer that killed him."

Kaepernick on Tuesday also said he will donate $100,000 in each of the next 10 months to organizations that work toward goals consistent with his message of fighting racial inequaly. He said a website will also be set up to track where the money is donated, and how it is being spent.

Kaepernick has already promised to donate the first $1 million he earns this season to charity. Kaepernick is slated to make at least $12.3 million this season.

Support for Kaepernick's movement has been challenged by critics who believe the protest is unpatriotic and disrespectful to law enforcement officials.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[US Gymnasts' Doctor, Accused of Abuse, Fired From Univ.]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Gymnastics-Beam.jpg

A doctor who for 20 years treated some of America's Olympic gymnasts has been terminated from his post at Michigan State University amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, NBC News reported.

Dr. Larry Nassar was terminated Tuesday after the school said it learned he was violating "certain employment requirements" brought about after a recent graduate in 2014 lodged a misconduct complaint, which did not result in any charges.

Two more gymnasts, one of them an Olympic medalist who has not been named, recently accused Nassar of having molested them, prompting an undisclosed number of other women to make complaints against Nassar, prosecutors said.

Nassar, the team doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, has denied any abuse through his legal team and has not been charged with a crime. His new attorney, Matt Newburg, had no comment on his firing.

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<![CDATA[Cutler, Trevathan Will Miss Time With Thumb Injuries]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:31:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-596412892.jpg

The Chicago Bears had to play part of Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles without quarterback Jay Cutler, but it appears that was just a preview of events to come.

In his press conference on Tuesday, Bears head coach John Fox revealed the Cutler suffered a sprained thumb during the game against the Eagles, but he did say that the injury will not require surgery.

Another very important Bears player did not get so lucky. Fox also revealed that linebacker Danny Trevathan, the team's big free agent acquisition during the offseason, will undergo surgery to repair a thumb injury and will miss a significant amount of time.

Fox did say that Trevathan's injury will not be season-ending, but did not say when exactly he would be back in the fold.

Earlier on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said that the Bears were preparing to be without Cutler for a "lengthy period":

Cutler suffered at least an aggravation of that thumb injury during Monday’s game, but apparently it wasn’t new. According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Cutler actually suffered a thumb injury in the Bears’ Week 1 loss to the Houston Texans, but practiced through the injury all week long and played the first two and a half quarters of Monday’s game with the injury.

According to Cutler, he aggravated the injury on Monday when he was sacked by Eagles defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao. That sack caused Cutler to lose a fumble, and he only made two more throws, a bad incompletion and an interception, before he was removed from the game in the third quarter.

If Cutler is out for a significant period of time, the Bears will likely start Brian Hoyer in his place, at least in the short-term, but it’s unclear what their plans would be for a longer-term solution if one is necessary.

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<![CDATA[Bear-ly a Problem: Eagles Beat Bears 29 to 14]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:37:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ap-carson-wentz-ryan-matthe.jpg

Maybe last week wasn’t a fluke. Maybe it wasn’t just because they played the Browns.

Maybe they have something here.

In his second professional game, Carson Wentz, the rookie from North Dakota State, led the Eagles to a 29-14 win over the Bears on Monday Night Football. Wentz didn’t put up the same numbers as last week, but still got the job done.

On the other side, the defense was outstanding, giving up just one touchdown. The other came on a punt return in the fourth quarter.

After giving up just 10 points in Week 1, the Eagles have given up 14 or fewer points in consecutive games for the first time since 2012.

While the Eagles struggled to get into the end zone early, their defense held the Bears in check and Wentz and the offense did enough to leave Chicago with a win and a perfect 2-0 record. They’re tied with the Giants at 2-0 atop the NFC East.

Meanwhile, Doug Pederson became the first Eagles head coach in the modern era to win his first two games at the helm.

After taking a two-point lead into the second half, the Eagles scored late in the third on a tremendous run from Ryan Mathews to put them up by two scores. That capped off an eight-play, 68-yard drive.

On the ensuing drive, Nigel Bradham picked off a Jay Cutler pass and returned it all the way to the 2-yard line. On the next play, Wentz threw a quick pass to Trey Burton, who got into the end zone.

The game was close in the first half, but it became a blowout in the middle of the second half.

First half
Caleb Sturgis drilled a 53-yarder near the end of the second quarter to give the Eagles a 9-7 lead at halftime, tying his second-longest career field goal. He hit a 54-yarder in 2013.

Shortly before the field goal, Wentz threw an unbelievable pass to Jordan Matthews that would have been a 35-yard touchdown, but Matthews just dropped it. It was a four-point drop.

Wentz was very impressive in the first quarter, completing 15 of 24 passes for 141 yards. The Eagles were unbalanced in the first half, throwing on 24 of 35 plays.

The Eagles started off the scoring after the Bears went three-and-out on the opening drive. Wentz led the team on a 13-play, 47-yard drive that lasted 7:26, but resulted in just three points. Wentz had a chance to hit Brent Celek in the end zone, but Bears DB Bryce Callahan had a nice pass breakup.

The Bears got a touchdown early in the second quarter. The big play of that drive was a 49-yard pass from Cutler to Alshon Jeffery. Jalen Mills was in coverage and couldn’t stay with the big receiver.

That gave the Bears a 7-6 lead, but the Eagles kicked two field goals to take back the advantage heading into half.

Turning point
At the end of the third quarter, the Eagles scored their first offensive touchdown and then on the ensuing drive, Bradham had a big interception. That really flipped the game and ended it. 

Key stat
Wentz has now thrown 71 passes in his first two NFL games without an interception.

Offensive stud
Wentz was impressive again in his second NFL game. Aside from the numbers — 21 of 34 for 190 yards and a touchdown — he showed poise, the ability to move in the pocket, and made some really tough throws in the face of pressure.

Burton, who came into the game with three career catches, had five catches for 49 yards and his first-career touchdown.

Offensive dud
The offensive line didn’t have its best showing, specifically center Jason Kelce. Kelce was once a Pro Bowl player, but he doesn’t look like it anymore. Also, the receivers had a few drops, which continues to be a problem for the Eagles.

Defensive stud
Brandon Graham had a sack and was disruptive throughout Monday’s game. He’s had a very good start to his 2016 season.

Bradham had what was really a game-sealing interception in the third quarter. He dropped in coverage and caught a Cutler pass that was thrown right to him. He returned it to the 2-yard line and the Eagles scored on the next play.

Defensive dud
We’ll hand this to the cornerbacks, although the defense played really well as a unit. The Eagles just don’t have a ton of talent here. Coming into the year, Nolan Carroll was considered by most to be their best corner, but he hasn’t looked like it in the first two games. Give them some credit, though, after a quick start, Jeffery was held in check for the rest of the game.

Zach Ertz (ribs) and Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) were both ruled out on Saturday and missed Monday’s game. Pederson called them “week to week.”

The Bears were decimated by injuries in this game, losing several starters (including Cutler) throughout.

Up next
The Eagles return home with a short week to prepare for one of the NFL’s better teams in the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles shut out the Steelers in the second game of the preseason, but that doesn’t really mean anything. The Steelers game leads into an early bye week in Week 4 of the season.

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<![CDATA[Collinsworth Talks Packers, Vikings Rivalry]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Collinsworth+SNF+Preview.jpg Coming up on NBC's Sunday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings play host to the green bay packers in an NFC central match-up. SNF analyst Cris Collinsworth offers his thoughts on the rivalry between the Packers and the Vikings.

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<![CDATA[Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Faces More Abuse Allegations]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:17:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Gymnastics-Beam.jpg

More women have accused Dr. Larry Nassar, the former doctor for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, of abuse, officials said Friday, after molestation claims against the doctor first surfaced earlier this week.

The Indianapolis Star reported Monday that two gymnasts, one an Olympic medal winner, had accused Nassar of sexually abusing them during treatment. One of the women filed a police report with Michigan State, and the other filed a lawsuit in California.

Since then, other former patients have gone to police and prosecutors with similar allegations, NBC News reports. Authorities have not said how many complaints have been logged, citing the ongoing investigation.

“We have taken multiple additional complaints,” said Jason Cody, a spokesman for Michigan State University, where Nassar has a sports medicine practice.

Nassar served as team doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015. He has not been charged with a crime. Michigan State reassigned him from clinical duties while it investigates.

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<![CDATA[Union Chief Asks Police to Stop Escorting Dolphins Until Players Stand]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:00:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16255729712420.jpg

The head of the Broward County's sheriff's union wants to end police escorts for the Miami Dolphins and is asking members to decline any assignments associated with the team in response to players taking a knee during the national anthem at a game last week.

In a letter Friday, President of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Jeff Bell called for the "immediate" end of team-sponsored escorts and demanded a code of conduct by the Dolphins and the NFL against players kneeling during the "Star Spangled Banner." 

"As a law enforcement union, we certainly encourage people to exercise their constitutional right of freedom of speech," Bell wrote. "However, in certain professions, an individual’s freedom of speech must take a back seat to the organization or government entity that they choose to represent."

The call comes after four Dolphins players — Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins and Kenny Stills — knelt during the anthem at last Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Seattle. The players were following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said he began the practice in preseason games as a silent protest to denounce police brutality and the oppression of black people in America.

"I can not fathom why the Miami Dolphin organization and the NFL would allow the blatant disrespect of the American flag and what it stands for during the national anthem. It is a privilege to play in the NFL, not a given constitutional right," Bell wrote.

NBC 6 reached out to the Dolphins for a statement Friday but the team declined to comment. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Sunday that he stands by his players.

"I don't think it was any lack of respect," Ross said. "I think everybody here, our team and our whole organization, respects the flag and what it stands for, the soldiers and everything. These guys are really making a conversation of something that's a very important topic in this country and I'm 100 percent supportive of them."

Bell added that law enforcement officials often put themselves at risk while providing escorts, and said some have lost their lives protecting the same people protesting against police officers.

"The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Local 6020 is seeking the immediate termination of all Miami Dolphin escorts until such time the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League set forth a policy that will not tolerate the disrespect of the American Flag and National Anthem during any sanctioned games or events," Bell wrote. "We no longer support an organization that values financial profit over a minimum conduct standard. What good is it to ask singers to sing the national anthem, honor guards to perform services or ask the United States Air Force to conduct fly overs during the National Anthem if the same organization will not even set a minimum code of conduct for its players? Until further notice, I respectfully ask all members of law enforcement not to work any detail associated with the Miami Dolphins unless ordered to do so."

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<![CDATA['Bikini Walk of Shame' ]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457909326_master.jpg

Some fantasy football leagues have toilet -- or consolation -- bowls to keep losers engaged when it's clear their teams are no longer in contention. In New Jersey, one group goes a step further. 

For the last two years, the loser of a league comprised mostly of pizzeria owners in Ocean County has had to walk down a highway wearing just a pair of bright pink bikini bottoms and holding a sign that reads "I suck at Fantasy Football."

Angelo Boemio, 42, made the bikini walk of shame this Labor Day, trotting along Route 9 in Toms River for 10 minutes as drivers beeped and paused to take photos, he told The New York Post

"One lady with four kids in her minivan drove back and forth five times while her kids laughed in the back," Boemio told the paper. 

He said residents called local police to report a disturbance. 

“People were calling to say there’s some weirdo in a bikini walking down Route 9, but the officers knew it was a product of fantasy loss, so they let us have our walk of shame,” Boemio told the Post. 

The league holds its draft on Labor Day, so whoever finishes last the prior year has all those months between the end of the season and September to build up dread -- or get into shape, as the loser before Boemio did. 

“Now the league is no longer about winning," Boemio said. "It’s just about not coming in last place. No one wants to be mortified.”

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