<![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 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:30:10 -0500 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:30:10 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NFL Commissioner Testifies at Super Bowl Seats Trial]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:42:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/super+bowl+xlv+temp+seats.jpg

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified in a video deposition played Wednesday at the North Texas Super Bowl seats trial in Dallas federal court.

Goodell said he relied on people under him who provided assurances that temporary seats were being installed as planned for Super Bowl XLV in Arlington.

"Everyone was fully aware of the consequences and the need to address the issue," Goodell said in the August 2013 recording.

Goodell said he did not mention seating concerns for fans at a Feb. 4, 2011, press conference, two days before the game, because he was still under the impression the seats would be ready.

"My comments were very brief and I was there to answer the questions from the media," he said.

By game time about 1,200 sets were still not approved by city inspectors. Approximately 400 fans who never got seats that day were taken to a club below the seating area where they watched the game on TV. They were allowed on the field after the game.

One of those fans is plaintiff David Wanta, a Wausau, Wis., school teacher. Wanta testified Wednesday that he took out a $5,000 loan at his credit union and used savings that upset his wife, to see his beloved Green Bay Packers in the 2011 Super Bowl.

He and plaintiff Ken Laffin paid $800 for each of their tickets. They flew from Madison, Wis., to Denver and then to Oklahoma City, where they rented a car because icy weather that year made the rest of the trip impossible by plane.

At the game they were blocked from entry and corralled in a fenced area with other angry fans whose seats were not ready.

Wanta testified he never would have made the trip if he'd known he would end up watching the game on television.

But an attorney for the NFL questioned Wanta on the $7,245 in total expenses he claimed for the trip. It included $320 in taxi cab fares, $565 in food, $800 of incidentals and $1,000 for events other than the Super Bowl.

Wanta said he purchased Packers clothing and wanted to make the most of the disappointing experience since they made the long trip.

The NFL has already settled with hundreds of other fans, offering refunds and trips to subsequent Super Bowls. In opening statements an NFL attorney said these plaintiffs made excessive demands.

The Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones were responsible for temporary seat construction at the stadium for the 2011 Super Bowl. Jones and the team are not defendants in the lawsuit, but Jones is expected to be a witness in the trial.

NFL officials have said icy weather before the game was a big factor in failing to have all the seats ready but that the league accepts responsibility for what went wrong. Goodell repeated that in the deposition heard Wednesday.

"Ultimately it's our responsibility," Goodell said. "It is our responsibility to put the event on and make sure fans have a positive experience."

The trial could last two weeks. The threat of freezing weather ended Wednesday's session at 1:30 p.m.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn told jurors to return at 1 p.m. Thursday after the threat of icy roads has passed. Goodell's video deposition will continue Thursday.



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<![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Photos From MLB Spring Training 2015]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:22:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mlb-thumb-AP295592811108_3.jpg See photos from Major League Baseball's 2015 spring training as teams ramp up for the upcoming season.

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<![CDATA[DeLorean Time Machine Giveaway]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:07:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/179*120/GettyImages_52521392.jpg

Great Scott! One lucky museum-goer could own their very one "Back to the Future" DeLorean time machine, but there’s a catch.

“Back to the Future Part II” predicted the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015 and if that prediction holds true, one fan could become the owner of their very own DeLorean time machine automobile.

Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois, says it is prepared to give away a 1981 exhibition model DeLorean, valued at $85,000, should the Cubs become champions for the first time in more than 100 years, according to their website.

The year 2015 was depicted in the 1989 cult film "Back to the Future Part II," which saw Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly travel to the future, then back to the past (well, an alternate present, if you want to get technical), then really back to the past. For Cubs fans, the film’s bold World Series prediction has been something to look forward to.

The giveaway is part of a contest scheduled to begin March 21. The contest ends one day before the 2015 World Series game and anyone who visits the museum is eligible to win.



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<![CDATA[White Sox Legend Minnie Minoso Dies]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:59:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/minnie+minoso+sox.jpg

White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, affectionately known as the "Cuban Comet," died Saturday night at 90 years old.

Minoso died of natural causes related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The Cuban-born Minoso was the first black player for the South Side baseball team. He is a nine-time All-Star outfielder and Gold Glove winner.

Minoso made his debut at Comiskey Park in 1951, and his play time with the team spanned four decades. He was named as a candidate for induction into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2012 but was denied last year.

In tweet after his death, the White Sox said, "Minnie Minoso -- Mr. #WhiteSox -- has died. Tears of sadness are falling for a great man."

The Minoso family confirmed the death Sunday afternoon in a statement to the press.

"Minnie lived a full life of joy and happiness, surrounded always by friends and family," the family said. "It is during moments like these that love matters most. Minnie enjoyed nothing more than to be at the ballpark cheering on his White Sox. For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile."

Minoso appeared in a total of 1,835 career games over 17 major-league seasons with Cleveland, the White Sox, St. Louis and Washington.

Minoso's influence reached far beyond the baseball stadium. As the first black Major League player in Chicago, he served as an inspiration to countless young people, including President Barack Obama.

"Minnie may  have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of black and Latino young people, Minnie's quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could," the president said in a statement.

Governor Bruce Rauner called Minoso "a trailblazer, a leader and an extraordinary baseball player."

In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Minoso's "infectious enthusiasm forever solidified his place as a Chicago icon for the ages."

The Chicago Cubs also released a statement expressing their condolences for the White Sox.

"Having recently lost one of our all-time greats Ernie Banks, we share the heartache with the White Sox organization and fans everywhere who were blessed to enjoy the talent, heart and passion of Mr. White Sox," the North Side team said. "He will be forever known as an electric offensive player and great ambassador for the game of baseball."

According to the Chicago White Sox, Minoso once talked about wearing his Sox uniform till the day he died -- and even afterward.

"When I die, I want to be playing baseball," Minoso said. "Truly. They don't bury me without my uniform. If I die, I die happy because I was wearing No. 9 for the White Sox."



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<![CDATA[Ex-Knick Anthony Mason Dies at 48]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:34:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/22815mason.jpg

Anthony Mason, one of the Knicks’ most popular players of the 1990s who had one All-Star season during a 13-year pro career, has died following a massive heart attack, the team said Saturday. He was 48.

According to multiple reports and league sources, Mason had been fighting for his life after undergoing multiple surgeries over the last few days. Veteran NBA writer Peter Vescey broke the news Wednesday about Mason.

The Springfield Gardens, Queens, native was a bruising power forward with a no-nonsense demeanor on the court, and he had a fan-pleasing blue-collar work ethic. He came up from the minor leagues and also played overseas before finally making the NBA.

Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95, a season after helping the Knicks reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 1973. The Knicks lost to the Rockets in seven games.

On Saturday, Anthony Mason Jr. issued a statement following his dad's death.

"Overnight New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother - but more than anything our father. ... As you all would expect our father - Big Mase - put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue," he said.

"Pops we've got to let you know we love you and know you'll always be with us," Anthony Mason Jr. said.

Figures from Mason's past took to Twitter to express their grief.

"We gonna miss u brother," tweeted Charles Oakley. 

"A great athlete and true gentleman. He will be missed," wrote the Rev. Al Sharpton.

When Don Nelson succeeded Pat Riley in 1995-96 as the Knicks' head coach, Mason was at the center of a full-blown controversy. Nelson decided to make Mason the focal point of the Knicks’ attack, going away from perennial All-Star and the face of the franchise, Patrick Ewing. Nelson’s move was unpopular with Ewing and other Knicks and led to his removal as head coach only 59 games into his first and only season in New York.

“For Nelson to do that was amazing," former Knicks great Bernard King told NBC 4 New York. “Patrick was still a dominant player in the league at that time. While Anthony was a very good player for the Knicks, Patrick was still one of the best players in the league."

Mason was later traded to Charlotte in the famous Larry Johnson deal that helped key the Knicks’ success in the late 1990’s, culminating with a trip to the NBA Finals in 1999, where the Knicks lost to the Spurs. That was the first of Tim Duncan's five title teams.

Mason later played for Riley in Miami, becoming an All-Star in 2001 as an injury replacement for Grant Hill.

-- Mitch Lawrence contributed to this report.

Longtime New York columnist Mitch Lawrence continues to write about pro basketball, as he’s done for the last 22 years. His columns for NBCNewYork.com on the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the NBA, along with other major sports, appear twice weekly. Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Phillies Prospect Eat, Live and Yoga -- Together]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/philly+prospects.png Spring training is not just about drills and sharpening your baseball skills. For some players, it's about realizing a lifelong dream -- making it to the major leagues. Comcast SportsNet's John Clark spent the day with several young Phillies hopefuls.

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<![CDATA[Earl Lloyd, First Black NBA Player, Dies at 86]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:14:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP861620179640.jpg

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86.

Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.

Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.

"The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court," West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. "When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to equality in America."

Lloyd helped the Syracuse Nationals win the 1955 NBA title, joining teammate Jim Tucker as the first black players to play on a championship team.

The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 regular-season games in nine seasons with Washington, Syracuse and Detroit. He missed the 1951-52 season while serving in the U.S. Army.

Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 as a contributor, Lloyd was 22-55 as Detroit's coach in 1971-72 and the first nine games in the 1972-73 season.

Lloyd, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, lived in Crossville, Tennessee. 



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<![CDATA[Eagles Acho Taking Va. Teen to Prom]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:52:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/228*120/2015-02-26_1345.png

A Loudoun County, Virginia, teen got the surprise of a lifetime Friday when Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho agreed to take her to prom.

Back in January, Hannah Delmonte reached out to Acho on Instagram and asked if he would take her to prom if she got 2,000 retweets on Twitter, Comcast SportsNet Philly reports. But Acho upped the ante -- Delmonte had to reach 10,000 retweets.

And she did.

Delmonte's post received over 17,000 retweets, far surpassing her goal.

Acho dropped by Woodgrove High School in Purcellville on Friday and surprised Delmonte with a customized Eagles jersey with the number 15 and the word "prom" written across the back.

Acho also plans to play piano and sing Delmonte a song on the night of the prom, according to Comcast SportsNet Philly. Prom is scheduled for May 9, according to the school's calendar.

Check out her priceless reaction in the video above.



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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Son of NFL Long Snapper Sings National Anthem]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:48:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP828165311104.jpg

Forget football! The 2-year-old son of Cincinnati Bengals' long snapper showed he is ready for the stage when he belted out the National Anthem at a high school basketball game.

The NFL player, Clark Harris, held son Trent's hand as he led him to the court for the tot's performance.

Decked out in a blazer and with hair reminiscent of his father's mane, Trent sang in front of a packed gym ahead of a matchup between the Southern Regional High School and Pinelands Regional High School boys' basketball teams.

Clark's wife and proud mom, Jessica, posted Trent's rendition to YouTube, captioning the video: "My sons first performance!! ... I'm so proud!!!" 

Watch the full video below.



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<![CDATA[NFL Stadium Proposals ]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:41:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/carson-stadium.gif

Ever since the Rams and the Raiders left Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, there have been attempts to bring an NFL team back to the city.

The football league approved an expansion franchise for Los Angeles as early as 1999, but no agreement was reached and a team went to Houston. The NFL requires a three-quarters vote of the 32 teams for any team to move.

There are now four proposals on the table. Here they are:


Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to Share a Stadium

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have announced that they will together pursue a new home at a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, in Los Angeles County,  but only if both teams cannot find alternatives in their home markets. The stadium, which would require voter approval, would have more than 72,000 seats and with 18,000 parking spots, room for tailgating. It would be built on the site of an old municipal landfill at the intersection of the 405 Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. Right now, the Jets and the Giants are the only NFL teams to share a stadium.

Meanwhile negotiations over a new stadium for the Raiders in the Bay area could be facing a 30-day deadline, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Oakland Mayor Libby Scaaf has said she would be wiling to spend taxpayer money to help pay for a new stadium, which could total up to $300 million, according to columnists Phil Matier and Andy Ross. But issues over using public money could be insurmountable, they report.


Replacing Hollywood Park Racetrack

Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, wants to build a new $2 billion stadium on the site of the now closed Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, California. The proposal is for an 80,000-seat stadium, 6,000-seat performance venue, 300-room hotel, and 1.5 million square feet of retail, office and residential space.

The developer, not the public, would pay for the cost of building the stadium, according to a consultants' report.

The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved the plan on Feb. 24.

Kroenke has partnered with Stockbridge Capital Group and is the first NFL team owner to control a site large enough for a new stadium. The Rams are playing at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, but are unhappy with the conditions. The Inglewood proposal will put pressure on St Louis to reach a deal for a new stadium or watch the team return to Southern California, where it played from 1946 to 1994.

Farmers Field

The Anschutz Entertainment Group or AEG agreed in 2012 to build a football stadium at the L.A. LIVE complex downtown and renovate the Los Angeles Convention Center. In October, the city granted AEG a six-month extension. AEG plans to commit $600,000 to development, but it is also offering alternatives to a stadium, meaning a large hotel might be built in its place.
 
Grand Crossing

Developer Ed Roski Jr., the president of Majestic Realty Co., in 2008 announced plans to build an $800 million stadium in the city of Industry near the interchange of the 60 and 57 freeways. The project is being called Grand Crossing.



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<![CDATA[Boston Olympics Criticism OK: Mayor]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:02:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Walsh+Olympics.jpg

It's now OK for city workers to criticize Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics, thanks to a change to the city's deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced the change Tuesday, saying that the agreement with the USOC had been revised to remove any language discouraging city employees from criticizing the Olympic bid. Walsh had earlier defended the stipulation, which civil liberties advocates had criticized.

The Boston Globe reported last month that the "joinder agreement" between the city and the USOC banned city employees from badmouthing the 2024 Olympic bid. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said the agreement was a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech.

"This revised agreement is the result of positive negotiations with the United States Olympic Committee to reach a consensus that accurately represents how Boston is moving forward with our Olympic bid," Walsh said in a statement.

"I want to thank those who have already offered their thoughts on Boston's bid and I continue to encourage all residents, including city employees, to share their opinions over the coming months. My top priority is to ensure an open and transparent process, and it is important that any proposal is shaped by the input and ideas of people from every neighborhood in order to offer the greatest benefit to our city," Walsh continued.

Walsh's statement characterized the original ban on employee criticism of the Olympic bid as "boilerplate language that all cities have historically signed regarding city employees and their participation in the Olympic process."

Rich Davey, Boston 2024's CEO, said the new agreement "will strengthen Boston's efforts to work with communities to build a stronger Olympic bid."

The next citywide Olympic discussion is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Condon School Cafeteria in South Boston. 

Additional citywide meetings are scheduled for March 31, April 28, May 19, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.



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<![CDATA[Top Sports Photos 2015]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:30:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP504914195557.jpg Click to see dramatic sports photos from the NFL, to basketball, baseball and more.]]> <![CDATA[Wash. NFL Football Team: Canceling Trademark Violates Free-Speech]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:54:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/1104-redskins-generic.jpg

Lawyers for the Washington NFL football team are telling a judge that the team's free-speech rights will be infringed upon if a federal panel's decision to cancel the team's trademarks is allowed to stand.

A board of the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office ruled last year that the trademark of the "Redskins" should be canceled because the name is disparaging to Native Americans.

The team is suing in federal court in Alexandria to have the board's decision overturned. In court papers filed Monday, the team says the law barring registration of disparaging trademarks is unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

The government has intervened in the civil lawsuit to defend the law's constitutionality. Government lawyers say the law doesn't ban disparaging speech; it just denies the protection of a federal trademark.
 

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<![CDATA[Social Reaction to Chargers-Raiders Stadium News]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:33:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chargers+raiders+stadium+rendering+13.jpg

News that rival professional football teams the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders are joining forces on a proposal that could have them share a Southern California stadium surprised many when it broke late Thursday.

By Friday, some players and officials had taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the plan to build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, California, if the teams' efforts to construct their own new venues in their respective hometowns fall through.

Here's a look at some of the reaction seen so far:  

Shareece Wright, starting cornerback for the Chargers tweeted: 

Kevin Faulconer, mayor of San Diego had a four part message to share: 

Shawne Merriman, former Chargers linebacker said: 

Corey Liuget, the defensive end of the Chargers said: 



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<![CDATA[SoCal City Wants Joint NFL Stadium]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:08:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/carson-stadium.gif

A $1.7 billion NFL stadium next to one of the busiest highways in America could draw two California football teams to Los Angeles, if their cities don't provide them better facilities at home.

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders support the proposal, revealed Thursday, to build a 72,000-seat arena next to the 405 Freeway in Carson that would host both teams. Each has been in protracted negotiations with their respective cities to build more modern accommodations than the 1960s-era stadiums they play in now.

On Friday, elected officials from Carson, a city between Los Angeles and Long Beach, announced wide community support to build the huge stadium complex on an empty, 168-acre lot in the city. A local coalition, Carson2gether, backs this latest proposal to bring a team to Los Angeles.

"If you can't work it out with your cities, we welcome you with open arms here in Carson," Congresswoman Janice Hahn said at what amounted to a pep rally to show community support.

"We will give you a beautiful new stadium, we will give you fans like you've never had before," Hahn continued.

Representatives from the Chargers and Raiders didn't appear at the rally in Carson. For the most part, the local politicians and community leaders who spoke focused on the Carson community, which must approve the stadium through a ballot measure.

The teams, which have both played full seasons in LA before, stressed in a joint statement released Thursday that they were working with their current cities to "find permanent stadium solutions that are publicly acceptable."

"If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises," the teams said.

Oakland reaction: "It would be a great blow"

San Diego reaction: "That’s not how you do business

After years without an NFL team, Los Angeles suddenly has an abundant set of options with a range of backers, from a major sports development group to a current NFL owner, making a Los Angeles NFL team a likelier prospect that it's been in decades -- though certainly not a guarantee.

The National Football League has long wanted a football team in Los Angeles, a huge market for television viewers, where it hasn't had one since 1994, when the Raiders returned to Oakland. The league set up a committe on Los Angeles, according to the Chargers-Raiders statement.

The Chargers and the Raiders have both been publicly courting moves because both play in outdated stadiums -- Qualcomm Stadium and O.co Coliseum, respectively. Meanwhile, the Oakland situation is even more complicated because there have been talks about the Raiders sharing a venue with the Oakland A's baseball team at new stadiums on the same site.

Any team that relocates to LA would need its proposal approved by three-fourths of the NFL's owners, according to the Chargers-Raiders statement.

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Surprise Girl Scout]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:09:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/235*120/blackhawks9.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks have made it a habit of surprising fans in new and exciting ways, but they somehow managed to find a new one as teammates Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews brightened one little Girl Scout’s day.

Alexis got the thrill of her life when she met up with Shaw at the Palace Grill near the United Center, and from there she went to Toews’ condo with one mission in mind: to sell him boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

Watch the video to see her pitch to the Blackhawks' captain.

We’ll have to stay tuned on whether or not she gets to meet up with Patrick Sharp.


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<![CDATA[Curious Crow Videobombs Stadium Cam]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:51:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/2015-02-19_18-19-37.jpg

You might say one fan already has a bird’s eye view of Saturday’s stadium series NHL game at Levi’s in Santa Clara.

A timelapse video of the Levi's stadium being turned into a hockey arena for the upcoming San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings hockey game got a surprise cameo by one curious crow. 

The camera caught the black bird checking out the digs and crowing at the camera.

Face-off is set for Saturday night, but for this bird, face-time couldn't wait.


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<![CDATA[Phillies Spring Training Begins in Clearwater]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:55:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009550887_1200x675_401643587581.jpg About a thousand miles away, Phillies pitchers and catchers are getting down to business as they started their workouts in Clearwater. Comcast SportsNet's Marshall Harris has more.]]> <![CDATA[MCW Traded by 76ers]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:39:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009549442_1200x675_401572931709.jpg Michael Carter-Williams, a player considered the face of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise, was traded Thursday. Comcast SportsNet's John Boruk has the latest developments.]]> <![CDATA[Phillies Tickets Go on Sale]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:34:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CBPedit.jpg Phllies' single-game tickets went on sale Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Elite Jumping Horses of Cuba ]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:32:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP247924812525_CubaHorses.jpg Already renowned for fine rum and fancy cigars, Cuba is carving out a new luxury niche that is attracting Latin American elites to the communist-run island: elite jumping horses.

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<![CDATA[Free Red Sox Tickets? Pick up a Shovel in Snow-Battered Boston]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:52:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/462343178.jpg

Helping Boston shovel out from under feet of snow could score you free Red Sox tickets.

Fans who clear out five snow-buried fire hydrants sometime between now and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 could be rewarded with a pair of Sox tickets.

Eligible fire hydrants are those located in the city of Boston, including associated neighborhoods. Only In Boston and The Boston Calendar, which partnered with the Sox on the offer, will give out Sox tickets as long as supplies allow.

For complete information on how to participate, click here.

Meanwhile, some location fire departments are issuing challenges of their own.

If you shovel a hydrant in Natick, Massachusetts, and tweet the picture of you and the hydrant to @NatickFire with the hashtag #HydrantChallenge, you could win a Natick Fire Department sweatshirt, and dinner with the firefighters.

A similar initiative is going on in Brookline, Massachusetts. And, you could win a T-shirt. Tweet your photos to @BrooklineFD with the hashtag #HydrantChallenge.



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<![CDATA[Kobe Bryant Opens Up With NBA TV]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:35:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-NBA-TV.jpg

"It still pisses me off," Kobe Bryant said about the 2008 NBA Finals loss to the Boston Celtics in an hour-long special on NBA TV that aired Monday night. "That damn one eats at me. I wish I had that one."

Bryant would go on to win in 2009, and 2010 would provide the Lakers another shot at the Celtics in the NBA Finals. Bryant would get revenge, but apparently, the losses leave a stronger imprint.

"The Detroit one got away. The Celtics one got away," Bryant lamented. "I should have seven (rings)."

Bryant spent significant time with Ahmad Rashad in a one-on-one interview where the LA Lakers' star took a long view of his career and focused in on details to provide candid insight.

"I grew up in Los Angeles," Bryant said at one point. "They've seen me grow up from a 17-year-old kid to be a 36-year-old man."

Asked about his goals entering the NBA as a fresh-faced teenager, Bryant didn't hesitate: "It was really simple for me at the time which was, 'win as many championships as possible.' That was it."

Bryant would finish with five titles, but teammates, fans and even Bryant had to wonder how many more he could have won had he not clashed with center Shaquille O'Neal. Bryant and O'Neal would lead the Lakers to three titles and four NBA Finals before the situation became untenable.

"No," Bryant responded clearly when asked if O'Neal and Bryant were friends.

"I'm obsessive, and I believe we need to work night and day to figure out where we need to go. [O'Neal] wanted to do it a different way," Bryant explained why the partnership eventually failed. "I wasn't going to back down and neither was he."

For Bryant, his obsessive love for the game trumped almost everything else outside of it, and his desire to play with his foot constantly on the accelator derived from his duty to fans and the possibility to inspire the next generation.

"It doesn't matter if I'm sick. It doesn't matter if I have a sprained ankle," Bryant explained his mentality. "The kid that's sitting there might be the next me sitting up there watching, trying to get inspiration from that. I need to go out there and play."

"Basketball never felt like work to me," Bryant added.

With the 20th season of his Hall-of-Fame career looming, Bryant began to speak about his basketball mortality and acknowledge that the end was near.

"Even when you realize that you have to appreciate the time in the moment, it still goes by too fast," Bryant said. "At this age, you start having bigger perspective on things. The blinders come off a little bit. You get a chance to sit back and look beyond yourself."

Bryant spoke about the greats he played against entering the league in 1996, touched on the generation that came and went under his watch and now acknowledged an even younger generation of superstars emerging.

Asked if he saw himself in any of the young players, Bryant focused on former UCLA Bruin Russell Westbrook.

"Westbrook plays mean," Bryant said. "He plays mean like I did, with an aggression--that's the way I played."

For the 19-year veteran, the end may be near, but his desire to dominate on the basketball court had not softened. Looking at the greats that came before, Bryant took confidence from the players' abilities to impact the game despite having varying levels of athleticism. Ultimately, Bryant revealed that he would adjust his game but still insisted he could dominate.

"For me to look at where I am now and say 'I don't have the physical ability that I had back then' doesn't mean I can't be a dominant or a great player," Bryant explained. "There have been plenty of players in the league who haven't had that speed or that athleticism but have still been able to dominate. So, why can't I?"

The Lakers' star joked about playing with one arm if need be before sharing that he had come to peace with the end.

"When the end comes, I'm fine with that," Bryant said. "I'm not afraid of change."

"I think it's great. I think there's beauty in that," Bryant added, specifically referring to the process of decay and decline that is part of ending his career. "It's completely fine."



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