<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:44:57 -0500 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:44:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 16]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:27:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/460752128.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the sixteenth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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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[Seahawks' Sherman on Facing Cardinals' Peterson]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:45:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/AP197367378072.jpg Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman is once again playing at the top of his game, and responds to the chatter about facing another shut-down corner in Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson.

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<![CDATA[U.S. to Bid for 2024 Olympics]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLMD-aros-olimpicos-juegos-olimpicos-olympic-rings-getty-images-470969827.jpg

The U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to bid for the 2024 Olympics, hoping to bring the Summer Games back to America after a 28-year absence.

The USOC board heard presentations from four candidate cities Tuesday — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington — and voted to enter a field that already includes Rome and either Hamburg or Berlin, with Paris likely to join.

A decision on which city the U.S. will put forward for a bid is expected next month.

The United States hasn't hosted a Summer Games since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

The country's last two tries have been flops, with New York (2012) and Chicago (2016) each finishing fourth in voting. The USOC chose not to bid for the 2020 Games, which will take place in Tokyo.

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<![CDATA[Deion Sanders' Ex, Pilar, Sentenced to 7 Days in Jail]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:52:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pilar-sander.jpg

After hearing from witnesses and attorneys for Deion Sanders, District Judge Ray Wheless found Pilar Sanders in contempt for failing to return her children after her visitation as ordered in the divorce decree and for taking possession of them when she shouldn’t have.

He ordered her to be jailed 30 days, but then suspended and probated that sentence for one year.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Kobe Bryant Surpasses Jordan]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:53:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Kobe-Bryant-passes-Jordan-points_12-14-14.jpg

On Sunday evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kobe Bryant further cemented his place in basketball lore by becoming the third greatest scorer in NBA history.

Bryant passed Michael Jordan's total of 32,292 points in the first half of Sunday's game at Target Center. Only needing nine points on the day, most expected Bryant would surpass the required total before halftime, and Bryant did not disappoint.

Though Bryant missed his first three shots and the Minnesota Timberwolves were consistently putting a hard double team on the Lakers' star, the 19-year veteran began to slowly solve the defensive riddle.

After eight scoreless minutes on Sunday, Bryant's first two points on the night came from the foul line. By the time the first quarter ended, Bryant had four points on five shots, but he did not appear to be in any particular hurry to pass no. 23 on the all-time scoring list.

Instead, Bryant was happy to chaperon the Lakers to a three point lead after one quarter. In the second quarter, Bryant would return from his rest and immediately launch a three-pointer. Bryant took the ball on a turnaround jump shot to pass Jordan, but the ball went in and out. On the next possession, Bryant would head to the free throw line and sink two free throws.

Bryant moved to third all-time on the NBA scoring list, and Jordan dropped to fourth.

The game was momentarily halted as Bryant received hugs and congratulations from his teammates. The Timberwolves' PA announcer congratulated the 36-year-old and the fans in attendance applauded in appreciation. For a night, Minnesota felt like the home of the Lakers again.

With Jordan out of the way, Bryant is still a long way behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Malone's total of 36,928 points and Abdul-Jabbar's total of 38,387 points would likely require Bryant to play past the summer of 2016, when Bryant's current contract is set to retire.

On Sunday in Minneapolis, no. 24 passed no. 23 on the all-time scoring list, as Bryant further solidified his case for being the greatest Laker of all time in the city where the Lakers were born.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 15]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:22:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/460466000.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the fifteenth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Eagles' McCoy on Playing Sunday Night]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:12:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP383450712423.jpg Philadelphia Eagles' star running back, LeSean McCoy, ran for 159 yards and a touchdown in a convincing win against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. McCoy looks to continue that trend against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, where he always seems to come though for the Eagles.

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<![CDATA[Philly Team Wins Pop Warner Championship]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:22:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic_football_with_stripes.jpg Philadelphia's own Northwest Raiders defeated Connecticut's New Britain Raiders to take home the Pop Warner football crown.]]> <![CDATA[Hey Eagles Fans! The #SNF Bus Is in Town]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:56:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snf-bus-fortworth.jpg

Eagles fans can get fired up for the Birds Sunday Night Football on NBC showdown against the division-rival Cowboys by getting on the Sunday Night Football bus.

The SNF bus will be making various stops in the area including stops in Center City, South Philly and South Jersey as it gets Birds fans fired up for the game that will likely decide who wins the NFC East.

Here are some of the spots where and when you can catch the bus.

3 to 6 p.m. - Eagles pep rally featuring drum line and Swoop, the Eagles mascot
Where: Ronald McDonald House at 3925 Chestnut Street in West Philly

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club
Where: 2901 Bridge Street

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Xfinity Retail Store in the Quarry Center on Township Line Rd., in Havertown, Pa.

4 p.m. to kickoff - Xfinity LIVE!  in South Philly

The bus will also be making other surprise appearances around the city and region this weekend. So keep your eyes open and if you see it, tweet #SNF to @SNFonNBC.

Can't get to the us? Be sure to tune into Sunday Night Football on Sunday night on NBC10 starting with Football Night in America at 7.

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<![CDATA[NFLer Hill Probed for Sex Assault]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:51:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sammie-hill-getty.jpg

The Tennessee Titans say they are aware police are investigating a sexual assault allegation involving defensive lineman Sammie Hill.

"We will let the police investigate the allegation, and we will provide any assistance they need," the Titans said in a statement Monday. "We have discussed the matter with Sammie, and we will continue to gather facts."

Atlanta Police Department spokesman John Chaffee wrote in an email that a woman told police she had been sexually assaulted by Hill and they are working with the woman for more information.

The woman apparently contacted Houston police first. Spokesman Victor Senties confirmed to The Associated Press that Houston police took a report Friday from a woman alleging she had been sexually assaulted in Atlanta and forwarded that to police there.

Hill, who played at Stillman and a West Blocton, Alabama, native, is a six-year veteran in the second year of a three-year deal with Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 328-pound Hill has started 12 games this season.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 14]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:08:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/460128832.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the fourteenth week of the 2014 NFL season.]]> <![CDATA[Patriots' Vince Wilfork on Team Spirit]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 14:32:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP136950174591.jpg As one of longest tenured New England Patriots player on the roster, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork continues to be a leader and speaks to how the collective mindset of the team helps them persevere throughout the long season.

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<![CDATA[Hernandez Wants Trial Evidence Out]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 13:17:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/b5be81e2cbc24dfe9245749f34341294.jpg

Lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez want evidence from the 2012 double homicide case against him to be excluded at his January trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, who is scheduled to go on trial next month in the Lloyd case, has also pleaded not guilty in the 2012 fatal shootings of two men after a chance encounter at a Boston nightclub.

His lawyers filed a motion Wednesday to exclude evidence from that case from his trial in the Lloyd case. They also asked to exclude seven other "bad acts" listed in the prosecution's Oct. 31 notice, including:

  • Guns allegedly purchased in Florida and transported via Oscar Hernandez.
  • A May 18, 2013, incident outside a nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • A rifle, magazine, and ammunition found in a duffel bag inside a vehicle in Hernandez's garage.
  • A .22-caliber ammunition found inside Hernandez's residence.
  • A .22-caliber pistol found in the woods in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
  • The shooting of Alexander Bradley in Florida on Feb. 13, 2013.
  • A TMZ photograph that shows Hernandez holding a gun.

Hernandez's lawyers argue in the motion that the alleged "bad acts" are irrelevant to any issue before the jury in the Odin Lloyd murder case. They also argue that the value of that evidence would be "substantially outweighed by the risk of undue prejudice to Hernandez and would divert the jury's attention from the charged offense - the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd. Finally, the TMZ photograph cannot be properly authenticated."

[CLICK HERE to read the full motion.]

The motion also references 22 other "bad acts" cited by the prosecution, and asks that the state be ordered to file a detailed order of proof describing "the evidence it seeks to elicit on each such topic and the purported legal basis for admissibility in order to provide the defendant with fair notice and an opportunity to take an informed position with respect to such evidence."

Hernandez's lawyers go on to say that the 30 alleged "bad acts" the prosecution seeks to present evidence about in the January trial "encompass a cornucopia of alleged activities including other shootings, gun trafficking, firearms possession, drug use, a drunk driving arrest, a 2009 photograph, and even a fender-bender."

If allowed to introduce all of even much of that evidence, they said, the prosecution "will have succeeded in transforming a murder trial into a wide-ranging, collateral attack on the defendant's personal history, character, lifestyle, and propensities."

Hernandez is scheduled to go on trial on Jan. 9 for the killing of Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's North Attleborough home in June of 2013.

<![CDATA[Daughter of NFL Great Shot Dead]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:00:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sharneen-Shawn-Norman.jpg

Dallas police are investigating the shooting death of Sharneen “Shawn” Norman, the daughter of former famed Dallas Cowboys player Pettis Norman.

Norman said he and his daughter are incredibly close and after not hearing from her for several days, had asked police to enter her apartment at the DP&L Flats in downtown Dallas.

Once inside investigators found Norman dead from a gunshot wound. Police are calling it a homicide.

In an interview with NBC 5, Pettis Norman worked to keep his composure while describing the phone call he received from police.

"He said, 'I really shouldn’t do this over the phone, but we’re in here and she’s here. She’s deceased,'" Norman said. “My world….” Norman trailed off.

Norman said his daughter had recently moved back to Texas from New York where she worked as a music executive for a record company. Now living in Dallas, Shawn Norman was working for her family business.

"She was my first baby. We had a great relationship. From the moment she was born, she was a daddy’s baby," Pettis Norman said fondly of his daughter.

"I want them to know she was a loving person. She loved to have fun with people, laugh with people. She had a big laugh," he said.

Investigators are releasing little information about the circumstances surrounding Shawn Norman’s death and will not say if they have any suspects.

Pettis Norman said it doesn’t appear anyone forced their way into his daughter’s apartment and said police are searching for surveillance video to see who could’ve entered the building around the time of her death.

Norman said he’s choosing not to be angry, instead focus on what possible facts he can gather to move forward.

"So I’m not angry. Obviously I’m very hurt my daughter’s not here, but there’s no need for me to be angry because that’s not going to solve the problem," he said.

Anyone with information is ask to call Dallas police.

<![CDATA[Charles Barkley Would Pay to Meet Pope Francis in Philly]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:34:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/charles+barkley+2014.jpg

Former Sixers star Charles Barkley is Baptist, but the NBA Hall of Famer is willing to put down dollars to meet Pope Francis when the Roman Catholic Church leader is in Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families.

"Hey, you know what?" Barkley asked sports radio host Mike Missanelli during an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic on Nov. 25. "If they said, I could donate X amount of money to a charity and I got a chance to meet the pope, that would be worth it."

"I [would] try to give him some daps," he said. "The pope has got to have a cool handshake."

Sir Charles'  conversation with Missanelli made headlines after he aired his support of the Ferguson grand jury decision and his disdain for the looters — calling them "scumbags."

"Three or four witnesses, who were black, said exactly what the cop [Darren Wilson] said," Barkley told Missanelli. "We can't pick out certain incidents that don't go our way and act like the cops are all bad."

Weighing in on the strife in Ferguson, however, overshadowed his enthusiasm for Pope Francis' visit in one of his adopted hometowns.

"I'm not even Catholic, I'm Baptist," he continued. "It is kinda like when you meet the president, whether you are a republican or a democrat, you respect the office of the presidency."

'That would be something on your bucket list to meet the pope," Barkley said. "It would be really cool to meet the pope." 

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<![CDATA[Phillies Pitcher's $6.9M Rittenhouse Condo]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:51:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/jon+papelbon+bedroom.jpg

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is selling his 4,200-square-foot Rittenhouse condominium for $6.9 million just over two years after acquiring it.

The lush space offers services similar to a hotel with a 24-hour concierge, business center and a fitness center. The fiery reliever acquired the lavish condo in 2012 for two million less than his current asking price.

The condo at 1706 Rittenhouse had been recognized as one of five finalists to compete for Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence: The Americas Competition in 2011.

“1706 Rittenhouse is simply in a class by itself in Philadelphia luxury residential properties,” said the property’s listing.

The building offers 31 apartments -- just one per floor.

Papelbon signed a $50 million contract a year before purchasing the fancy condo. No word if the sale of the condo could mean Papelbon's days in Philly are numbered.

<![CDATA[Rams Dispute Police Apology Claim Over Ferguson Gesture ]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 08:27:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP145211173245.jpg

St. Louis County police are in a spat with the Rams over whether a team official apologized after five players made a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture on Sunday in support of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Police Chief Jon Belmar sent an e-mail Monday night notifying staff that the Rams' chief operating officer called to apologize, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Kevin Demoff later said to the publication that a conversation did occur, but said he didn’t apologize for the gesture.

"I expressed to both of them that I felt badly that our players' support of the community was taken as disrespectful to law enforcement,” Demoff said. But he said that "in none of these conversations did I apologize for our players' actions."

The St. Louis County Police responded to Demoff’s comments in a Facebook post:

On Twitter, the department also posted a dictionary definition of apologize, along with a part of Demoff’s comments to the publication.

Rams tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens gave the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" signal in pregame introductions ahead of their match with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.


The St. Louis Police Officers' Association condemned the gesture, saying the players "chose to ignore the mountains of evidence” released from a grand jury that decided against indicting former officer Darren Wilson over Michael Brown’s shooting death on Aug. 9, in Ferguson, Missouri. They also demanded “a very public apology.”

The NFL said the players would not be punished. Brian McCarthy, VP of communications, said in a statement Monday: “We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation.”

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<![CDATA[LA Kings' Voynov Pleads Not Guilty]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 23:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lafile-slava-voynov-la-kings.jpg

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony domestic violence charge stemming from his arrest at a Southern California hospital where his wife was being treated for injuries.

Voynov, suspended by the NHL since his arrest, is scheduled to return to court later this month. The 24-year-old Russian Olympian, who appeared in court Monday with an interpreter, is facing a single count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury.

Prosecutors had asked that bond be increased to $85,000, but the amount remained at $50,000 after Monday's court appearance. Voynov also was allowed to have "peaceful" contact with the accuser, who provided an affidavit to the court that said she does not feel threatened by him.

He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 15. Voynov and his attorneys did not respond to a request outside the courtroom for comment after Monday's hearing, which was attended by a member of the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco.

"I'm just here to make sure all the rights of a Russian citizen are followed," said representative Evgeny Uspenskiy.

Defense attorney Craig Renetzky said when his client was charged that Voynov was "extremely disappointed" with the decision to file a case against him and "maintains his innocence."

Voynov was arrested Oct. 20 at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, where his wife was being treated for injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck that prosecutors allege she suffered during an argument with her husband the previous night. Immediately following his arrest, Voynov was suspended with pay by the National Hockey League.

Officers went to Voynov's home in the 800 block of Avenue C the night of Oct. 19 in response to a report of a woman heard screaming and crying. No one responded at the residence, but Redondo Beach officer were contacted later that morning by the Torrance Police Department regarding a woman being treated at Little Company of Mary Hospital emergency room.

If convicted, Voynov could face up to nine years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

In a statement released soon after the charge was filed against Voynov, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said, "We are aware of the actions taken today in California, which we will review and evaluate before making any decisions. Until further notice, the current terms of Mr. Voynov's suspension remain in place."

The Los Angeles Kings issued a statement saying that the team maintains "our support of the NHL's indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov. As an organization we will continue to closely monitor the developments of the legal proceedings and work in partnership with the NHL to determine the proper course of action in the future."

Voynov has been suspended by the league from all club activities since the arrest. The league's collective bargaining agreement allows for the suspension of a player during a criminal investigation.

Unlike the NFL and NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball do not have policies specific to domestic violence. Penalties are usually handed out at the discretion of the commissioner on a case-by-case basis.

The case follows other recent domestic violence investigations that involved high-profile professional athletes, including NFL running back Ray Rice. The Rice case and video of the assault in a casino elevator led to a new NFL policy regarding domestic violence offenders.

An arbitrator ruled Friday that Rice's suspension for punching his fiancee, now his wife, should be vacated immediately. The NFL said Rice, a free agent, is "eligible to play upon signing a new contract."