<![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 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:21:46 -0400 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:21:46 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Giants Player Diagnosed With MRSA]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:58:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mrsa+daniel+fells+ny.jpg

The Giants scrubbed down their locker room, meeting areas and training rooms out of an abundance of caution this week after tight end Daniel Fells was diagnosed with MRSA, a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant staph infection that can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or sharing towels, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Fells, a 32-year-old tight end signed by the Giants last year after stints with half a dozen NFL teams, including the Patriots, was placed on injured reserve Monday with an ankle injury. Doctors treating him for that issue discovered the staph infection, which turned out to be MRSA.

MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is notoriously difficult to treat because it has become resistant to many antibiotics traditionally used to treat staph infections.

While one type of MRSA occurs primarily in hospitalized populations, another form occurs in healthy people -- and can spread easily through cuts and abrasions, skin-to-skin contact and sharing facilities or certain equipment.

The infection may become life-threatening, causing complications in one's bloodstream, lungs, heart, bones and joints. It is diagnosed by checking a tissue sample or nasal secretions for signs of drug-resistant bacteria.

In a statement Tuesday, Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said, "We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists. Those protocols are being followed carefully."

Fells caught just six balls for 60 yards in two active games for Big Blue this season. His condition Tuesday wasn't immediately known; he had been hospitalized Monday, though it wasn't clear if he had been discharged.

Though the Jets and Giants share a home stadium, they use different practice facilities and locker rooms so Gang Green wasn't expected to be affected by Fells' diagnosis.

Two years ago, three players with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers contracted MRSA during an outbreak at one of the team's training facilities. One of the players, Carl Nicks, a high-profile guard in the league, had to permanently step away from football because of the illness. The infection also ended the career of Lawrence Tynes, a former Giants kicker who was diagnosed with MRSA during his tenure with the Bucs. The third player affected recovered and remains with the team.

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Sports Companies Dispute Allegations of Unfair Betting]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:29:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/FanDuel.jpg

Two companies in the booming, unregulated world of online fantasy sports issued statements Monday after recent allegations that employees may have access to insider data that could allow unfair, highly profitable bets. 

In the statement posted on FanDuel's website, the company said that despite "recent attention on industry employees," FanDuel — as well as a second sports site, DraftKings — valued "the integrity of the games we offer to our customers."

"Both companies have strong policies in place to ensure that employees do not misuse any information at their disposal and strictly limit access to company data to only those employees who require it to do their jobs," the statement said.

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<![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Yankees' CC Sabathia Checking Into Alcohol Rehab ]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:52:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sabathia+rehab+center.jpg

Yankees' CC Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason, the pitcher said Monday in a statement released by the team.

In the statement, the 35-year-old Sabathia said he was seeking "the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease."

He said he wanted to thank the Yankees organization for "their encouragement and understanding."

Sabathia's move comes the day before the Yankees take on the Houston Astros in a critical one-and-done AL Wild Card game. It's the team's first postseason appearance since 2012.

“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series," the 2007 AL Young Award winner said. "It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player."

Sabathia said it was difficult to publicly share his decision, but he didn't want to "run and hide." He also asked for privacy for him and his family.

“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you," Sabathia added. I want my kids -- and others who may have become fans of mine over the years -- to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do."

Sabathia was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA this year, slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. After returning from the disabled list and using a tighter brace, the portly left-hander was 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in five starts and got the win against Boston that week that clinched the Yankees' return to the postseason following a rare two-year absence.

Sabathia, who helped New York win the 2009 World Series during his first season in the Bronx, is signed through next season. His deal includes a 2017 club option that would become guaranteed if his left shoulder doesn't get hurt.

"I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness," Sabathia said. 

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<![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 4]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:19:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491476626.jpg See the top photos from week 4 of the NFL.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Lose Heartbreaker to Redskins ]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:19:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Redskins-Win.jpg

Sam Bradford finally completed some deep balls -- four of them in all -- but another terribly slow start plagued the Eagles in a 23-20 loss to the Redskins at FedEx Field.

The Eagles surged ahead in the second half thanks to three TD passes, two of them bombs, by Bradford. But a defense which had held Washington in check all afternoon didn't have one final drive in it, allowing the game-winning TD from Kirk Cousins to Pierre Garcon with 26 seconds left.

Debuting kicker Caleb Sturgis' misses were sorely felt in this one. He failed on a 33-yard field goal at the end of the first half and on his first extra-point attempt. Those four points would have been helpful on Washington's final drive.

The Eagles limp back home 1-3. The Redskins are 2-2.

Another sluggish start

Bradford was 7 for 13 for 161 yards and three TDs directly after halftime, but had another extremely slow start. He did not complete a pass in the first quarter, and entered halftime 5 for 10 for 75 yards with three sacks.

The Eagles have been sluggish in the first half of three of their four games this season. Dropped passes, missed assignments by the offensive line, bad play-calling ... it all came back to haunt the Eagles on Sunday.

One strange call by Chip Kelly stuck out: After Bradford's 30-yard completion to Nelson Agholor in the second quarter gave the Eagles momentum and possession in Redskins territory, a double-reverse from DeMarco Murray to Agholor was fumbled. It was just like the Dallas game, when Malcolm Jenkins' long fumble return and momentum was negated by a fumble on the very next play.

QB report

Bradford was 0 for 3 in the Eagles' first three games when attempting passes 20-plus yards downfield. Against the Redskins, he completed four of them. He hit Agholor for 30 yards in the second quarter, connected with Riley Cooper on a 62-yard touchdown, completed a 31-yarder to Jordan Matthews, and hit Miles Austin in stride for a 39-yard TD.

Bradford needed that downfield success because he was taking on a depleted, suspect secondary, and in the first half he looked 100 percent benchable. Few would have questioned Kelly if he removed Bradford after his statuesque presence in the first half led to several sacks.

But the QB bought himself some more time with an admirable second-half performance.

Try out some more kickers

Sturgis' misses loomed large. The field goal and the PAT were both gimmes.

The Eagles reportedly worked out six kickers last Monday. Don't be surprised if they do so again Monday.

Key injuries

Jason Peters, Mychal Kendricks, Byron Maxwell and Brandon Bair all left with injuries. None of them returned.

Peters aggravated the quad issue he suffered in the Week 3 over the Jets. Matt Tobin shifted from right guard to left tackle with Peters out and Dennis Kelly stepped in at right guard for Tobin.

Kendricks aggravated his hamstring injury on the Eagles' first defensive series. Maxwell (quad) was also hurt on that drive.

Bair left with a groin injury.

Lane Johnson stayed on the ground after an extra point attempt, but walked off under his own power and returned to the game.

Bradford limped off the field after a second-half series but had his right ankle taped and didn't miss a play.

Red-zone defense

All that will be remembered was the inability of the defense to prevent the game-winning TD, but red-zone D was a strength for the Eagles until the final drive.

Washington drove 77 yards on 13 plays in its opening drive but had to settle for a field goal. Later in the first quarter, the 'Skins again reached the Eagles' 20 but were forced to kick.

After the Eagles tied the score at 13 midway through the third quarter, a nine-play Redskins drive ended at the Eagles' 15.

The importance of the Eagles' limiting the 'Skins in the condensed area was shown in the fourth quarter when they clung to a four-point lead.

The Redskins' first touchdown was set up by a ticky-tack pass interference call in the end zone against rookie cornerback Eric Rowe, who replaced the injured Maxwell. Rowe did not appear to interfere much with the receiver, but he got his head around late and made slight contact. A lot of times, that play goes uncalled. But a rookie who is late to track the ball doesn't get the benefit of the doubt, it appears.

It's hard to blame the defense too much for that game-winning score. The Redskins held the ball for over 41 minutes of game time.

Long conversions

This was a problem. The Eagles gave up first downs to Washington on 3rd-and-19, 3rd-and-13 and 3rd-and-8, and allowed 15 yards on a 2nd-and-16 that led to another first down.

Up next

The Eagles are home for a 1 p.m. game against the struggling New Orleans Saints next Sunday.

<![CDATA[Game of the Week: Malvern vs. St. Joe's Prep]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:04:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012202400_1200x675_537784899525.jpg The game of the week would have been between Paul IV and Delran, but they postponed due to weather, so the second place winners were Malvern and St. Joe's Prep.]]> <![CDATA[High School Blitz: Week 5 Highlights]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:02:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012202364_1200x675_537785411538.jpg Football continues even through all the rain, and these are this week's soggy highlights!]]> <![CDATA[Friday Night Flashback: Phillies Talk Their Days on the Football Field]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:51:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB-+FRIDAY+NIGHT+FLASHBACK+5P+PKG+-+17-21-33-22_16900013.jpg They may be professional baseball players, but Phillies players Jeff Francoeur and Dom Brown played under the Friday night lights when they were kids. They reminisce with NBC10's Vai Sikahema.]]> <![CDATA[NASCAR Raincheck in Delaware]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:02:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TimNascar.jpg The wet weather is putting the brakes on Friday’s NASCAR events in Dover, Delaware. NBC10’s Tim Furlong reports what fans think about watching the race in the rain.

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<![CDATA[Birds Tailgate]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:48:44 -0400 ]]> <![CDATA['Deflategate' Appeal Date Set]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486084636.jpg

The "Deflategate" appeal could be heard as early as Super Bowl week, according to an expedited appeal process that was approved this week.

The NFL had asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited hearing in its appeal of a federal judge's decision to nix New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension. Brady and the union agreed with the proposed schedule.

The appeals court approved the expedited schedule on Tuesday. The schedule calls for the NFL's opening brief to be filed by Oct. 26, 2015, and Brady and the union's answer to be filed by Dec. 7. The NFL's reply brief is then due by Dec. 21.

The appeal could be heard as early as the week of Feb. 1, 2016. Super Bowl 50 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman lifted Brady's 4-game suspension earlier this month, saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dispensed "his own brand of industrial justice" when Brady was punished for using underinflated footballs in a game during last season's playoffs.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Manager Meets Obama at Hotel Gym]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:49:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/165*120/obama+red+sox+mannager.jpg

Just like any other morning on a Boston Red Sox road trip, interim manager Torey Lovullo woke up and headed for the gym at the team hotel.

Only this time, he met a new exercise partner during an unforgettable workout that was anything but routine.

When Lovullo arrived to lift weights, there was President Barack Obama pumping iron in a long-sleeve T-shirt and sweats. Lovullo introduced himself and talked baseball with Obama, who was in New York this week for his annual trip to the United Nations.

Lovullo says they had a great conversation and he asked Obama when he would be leaving town, because all the security in place was making it awfully inconvenient to come and go and even grab a cup of coffee.

After their chat, Lovullo took a photo with the president. 

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<![CDATA[Parkey Out, Eagles Sign New Kicker]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:33:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cody-Parkey.jpg

UPDATE: On Tuesday morning, the Eagles placed Cody Parkey on injured reserve and announced the signing of Caleb Sturgis.

Pro Bowl kicker Cody Parkey’s season is over with a groin injury, a league source tells CSNPhilly.com on Monday.

Per the source, the Eagles plan to replace him on the active roster with former Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis, as Parkey lands on injured reserve, ending his second NFL season after just three games.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news.

Earlier in the day, head coach Chip Kelly said Parkey got hurt during pregame warmups and said the team brought in six kickers Monday for tryouts as a “precaution.”

Kelly said Parkey's injury was unrelated to the groin injury that sidelined him for much of the preseason.

Parkey, a Pro Bowl kicker as a rookie last year, struggled throughout the season. He missed an extra point and two field goals in the preseason and missed a 44-yarder in the Georgia Dome on opening day in a game the Eagles lost by two points to the Falcons.

Sturgis, 26, made 55 of 71 field goal attempts in his two years with the Dolphins, and his 77.5 percent accuracy over the two-year period from 2013 and 2014 ranked him 28th out of 31 qualifying kickers during that span — ahead of only Sebastian Janikowski, Garrett Hartley and Alex Henery.

However, he is 6 for 13 in his career from 50 yards or more.

Sturgis was the Dolphins’ fifth-round pick in 2013 after an All-American career at Florida. He’s been out of football since the Dolphins released him earlier this month.

Last year, Parkey set an NFL rookie scoring record with 150 points, most in Eagles history. He made 32 of 36 field goals, and tied former Eagles kicker Alex Henery as the third-most accurate rookie in NFL history.

In his career, Parkey is now 35 for 40 on field goal attempts for 87.5 percent. That makes him the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history among kickers with at least 40 attempts, behind only Dan Bailey of the Cowboys (90.1 percent) and Justin Tucker of the Ravens (89.7 percent).

<![CDATA[Nationals Suspend Papelbon After Scuffle With Harper]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:27:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20150927+Papelbon+Harper.jpg

The Washington Nationals suspended relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his dugout fight with outfielder Bryce Harper during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Papelbon also accepted a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for appearing to intentionally throw at the Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado Wednesday.

"The behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. "That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way."

Harper will not be in the lineup for Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, manager Matt Williams said.

Harper was returning to the dugout after flying out to right field in the eighth inning when Papelbon began yelling at the right fielder. The two exchanged words before Papelbon pushed Harper against the dugout wall and had to be separated by teammates.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Papelbon gave up a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead.

Williams said he did not see the extent of the fight until after the game. Had he known what had happened, Williams said he would not have sent Papelbon back out to pitch the ninth.

Papelbon was ejected from Wednesday's game after hitting Machado's arm. He initially appealed that suspension.

The suspensions from the league and the team mean Papelbon will not be available to pitch in the seven remaining games of the season. He will not join the team on the road trip starting Tuesday, Williams said.

The Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention in Saturday’s game.

Papelbon joined the Nationals via a trade from the Phillies in the middle of the season.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Harper, Papelbon Scuffle in Nationals Dugout]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:46:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20150927+Papelbon+Harper.jpg

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon fought in the dugout during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harper was returning to the dugout after flying out to right field in the 8th inning when Papelbon began yelling at the right fielder. The two exchanged words before Papelbon pushed Harper against the dugout wall and had to be separated by teammates.

In the bottom of the 9th, Papelbon gave up a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead.

The Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention in Saturday’s game.

Papelbon joined the Nationals via a trade from the Phillies in the middle of the season.

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<![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 3]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:17:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490376700.jpg See the best photos from professional football during Week 3 of the NFL.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Defeat Jets 24-17 ]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:47:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles-Defeat-Jets.jpg

The Eagles were winless, couldn't block or move the ball and had spent most of their first two games trying to find something remotely resembling a rhythm.

The Jets were undefeated, playing well in all phases and coming off a dominant road performance against Andrew Luck and the Colts.

And yet it was the Eagles who led the Jets during most of a 24-17 win, holding a double-digit advantage for the majority of the game.

But all of those questions about the offense? They still remain.

The Eagles won this one with defense (three second-half takeaways) and special teams (punt return TD).

They had just 232 total yards of offense and only 53 in a scoreless second half.

Key plays
Rookie inside linebacker Jordan Hicks stood out in his first start, recovering a Brandon Marshall fumble and intercepting a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass in the fourth quarter when the Jets were gaining momentum.

The key play early that gave the Eagles some separation was Darren Sproles' jaw-dropping, video game-like 89-yard punt return touchdown in the Eagles' 21-point second quarter. Sproles bounced off multiple Jets defenders and shimmied his way up and across the field to give them a two-score lead that didn't go back to single-digits until 2:32 remained. Most long returns involve numerous key blocks, but this one was mostly Sproles.

The Eagles had been waiting for a special teams or defensive score to give the offense a much-needed boost. They scored 11 TDs on returns last season but had none in the first two weeks.

QB report
Sam Bradford did not have an impressive game, so if you're counting at home that's two decent quarters out of 12 this season.

Bradford was a check-down machine again, barely looking deep and completing just two passes of 20-plus yards. This is a real issue. Bradford appears averse to contact and is throwing the ball in the flat almost instantly. Routes just are not developing deep down the field. You want a QB to take what's given to him, but if Bradford and Chip Kelly don't open this offense up, the three-and-outs and quick drives will continue to pile up.

Bradford was 14 of 28 passing for 118 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He averaged 4.2 yards per attempt.

His TD was a 23-yard wheel route to running back Ryan Mathews.

Run game improves

With DeMarco Murray sidelined by a hamstring injury, Mathews got the start and rushed 23 times for 106 yards. Mathews rumbled for 27 yards on one first-quarter run to equal the Eagles' season-long rush.

Mathews' stone hands are becoming a problem, though. He dropped two more passes on the day to give him three on the season, and one of the drops against the Jets was a 10-yard route that Mathews could have possibly taken the distance because there was nobody in front of him.

And Mathews had a bad fumble in the fourth quarter, having the ball punched out of his arms and up into the air, where a Jets defender caught it. The Jets started that drive in Eagles territory but it ended when Hicks came up with the timely pick.

Sproles also received double-digit carries and scored a goal-line TD.

Credit the offensive line for opening up many more holes than they did the first two weeks.

Assessing the secondary
In his first action of the season, rookie cornerback Eric Rowe had a breakup on Jets WR Devin Smith and later intercepted a ball intended for him in the end zone.

Walter Thurmond made several nice plays down the field, and was impressively able to keep both feet in bounds on a fourth-quarter INT deep in Eagles territory. Thurmond possessed the ball, planted one foot and dragged the other.

Malcolm Jenkins continues to make plays and sure tackles. He's had a strong season save for two dropped INTs.

Byron Maxwell didn't have a true rebound game, but he wasn't victimized as badly as he had been in the first two weeks. Marshall had 10 catches and a TD, but most of his routes were underneath (110 receiving yards, 11 per catch).

Murray missed the game, as did Kiko Alonso (knee), Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) and Taylor Hart (shoulder).

Left tackle Jason Peters left the game in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

Starting right guard Andrew Gardner left the game with a right foot injury and did not return. Matt Tobin took his place.

Safety Chris Maragos also exited with a left knee contusion and did not return. That led to some playing time for Rowe and E.J. Biggers, who allowed an end-zone grab by Jeremy Kerley in the fourth quarter.

What's next
The 1-2 Eagles are back on the road for the third time in four weeks to face the Redskins next Sunday at 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[St. Louis Rams' Pyrotechnics Show Sets Field on Fire]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:03:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_155791848584.jpg

The matchup between the Pittsburg Steelers and St. Louis Rams was briefly delayed Sunday after a corner of the field caught fire during the pre-game festivities.

A pyrotechnics show to introduce the starters got a little out of hand and caused the turf near the end zone inside the Edward Jones Dome to briefly catch fire.

The fire was quickly put out, but both teams were forced to leave the field as crews cleaned fire extinguisher chemicals from the turf. 

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<![CDATA[ESPN Reportedly Re-Evaluating 'SportsCenter']]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:04:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sportscenter_crop.jpg

ESPN's signature 'SportsCenter' news program is reportedly undergoing changes to keep up with the 24 hour pace of online news.

According to The Big Lead, ESPN will cut the show's airtime in half and drop its afternoon live show.

The company is expected to lay off up to 300 people over the next few months, according to The Big Lead's sources. The changes are attributed to parent company Disney requesting ESPN to cut its budget by $100 million in 2016 and $250 million in 2017.

The network issued a statement on the matter to CNBC, saying: "ESPN has historically embraced evolving technology to smartly navigate our business. Any organizational changes will be announced directly to our employees if and when appropriate."

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<![CDATA[Female Football Player Makes a Point]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:42:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/erin+bellucci.jpg Senior Erin Bellucci, niece of former NFL head coach Eric Mangini, made the Hall High School football team in West Hartford as a kicker. She describes her experiences of being the only female on the team.]]> <![CDATA[Baby Born During Third Inning]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:54:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Petco-Park-Generic-Garske.jpg

Now this is a true love of the game.

A woman gave birth at Petco Park in downtown San Diego Thursday night around the third inning of the Padres vs. San Francisco Giants game.

The baby boy, named Levi, is the first to be born at the stadium, Petco Park officials confirmed via social media.

The very pregnant fan, who apparently did not have time to reach a hospital, had her son on a bench in the park's Palm Court Plaza. Some fans reported an off-duty nurse who happened to be at the ballpark helped deliver the baby.

The Padres rallied for the little guy, pulling off a 5-4 win in the 9th over the Giants -- an extra treat, provided his parents are San Diego fans.

The birth was announced over the loudspeaker at the ballpark to a roar of cheers from fans.

The newborn news surprised and entertained those in the stands and outside of the stadium. Many took to Twitter to talk about the ballpark birth.

“It was amazing, so amazing. It was beautiful. Go Padres!” an excited fan told NBC 7 after the game.

"He's a future Padre!" another man said.

“We were just sitting in our seats and one of our friends came back and said, ‘A baby is being born,’ and that it happened very fast and people were holding tarps around [the mother],” another Padres fan in attendance explained.

A trio of young Padres fans said the news of the baby boy being born at the ballpark was very cool.

“I’ve heard about babies being born on airplanes, but never at a ballpark,” one of the boys told NBC 7. “You’re legendary if you’re born at a ballpark.”

The enthusiastic young fans said they have big expectations for the little slugger.

“He’s legendary! He’s going to be a ball player,” said another boy.

Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski – who scored the game winning run Thursday night – was also happy to hear about the baby’s birth at Petco Park.

“Two pretty cool things that happened in one night,” Jankowski told NBC 7. “That guy might be our good luck charm. We gotta get him season tickets.”

The player said the baby is an honorary, mini member of the team now.

“That’s awesome. He’s a Padre!” Jankoswki added.

A security guard at the ballpark told NBC 7 the baby was due Friday, so the mother nearly hit a home run with the accuracy of her due date.

The San Diego Padres gave a shoutout to the newborn on the team's Twitter feed after the game, posting: "Great crowd of 31,137 were here tonight -- of course that doesn't include the baby boy that was born @PetcoPark around the third inning."

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<![CDATA[Stock Car Driver Dies After 'Medical Event' During Victory Lap]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 04:42:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-51262465.jpg

A veteran stock car driver died after suffering a medical emergency during a victory lap at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont, track officials said.

Leon Gonyo, 63, of Chazy, New York, won the speedway's final asphalt NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified race of the season on Saturday night — but never got to collect the checkered flag, NBC News reported.

Gonyo was unresponsive as he was taken by ambulance to Rutland Regional Medical Center and never regained consciousness, Justin St. Louis, a spokesman for Devil's Bowl Speedway, told NBC News on Monday.

The cause of death has not been determined. St. Louis said most of Gonyo's symptoms suggested that he suffered a stroke.

<![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 2]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 04:44:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489500840.jpg See the top photos from Week 2 NFL games.

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