<![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, 01 Jul 2015 11:22:33 -0400 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:22:33 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Barwin Hosts Football Camp for Kids]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:18:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Connor-Barwin-Football-Camp.jpg In Phoenixville, Eagles star Connor Barwin held his first annual football camp for nearly 200 kids.]]> <![CDATA[New Executive Leads Phillies]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:20:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Phillies+John+Middleton+Andy+MacPhail.jpg

The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Andy MacPhail to be their next President of Baseball Operations, the team announced in a news conference Monday. MacPhail will assume the role in October following the 2015 season.

Effective immediately, MacPhail will serve as a Special Assistant to current president Pat Gillick until he succeeds Gillick in October.

"He's been around the game for a long time, and four or five heads is better than one. Certainly, I'm going to be looking [to MacPhail]," Gillick said. 

"I am extremely flattered," MacPhail said at the press conference. "The game has probably evolved two times over since [I last worked in baseball], so I'm very grateful for the opportunity to spend three months with Pat to get me up to speed about how the game and the organization has evolved."

A two-time World Series champion, MacPhail has a great reputation when it comes to leading baseball teams.

“An executive's past performance is indicative of future success,” said Phillies ownership partner John Middleton.

Most recently, MacPhail was President of Baseball Operations of the Baltimore Orioles, a position he held from the 2007 season until 2011. Previously, MacPhail led the Minnesota Twins to two titles in 1987 and 1991 as the team’s general manager. He then served as president and CEO of the Chicago Cubs from 1994 to 2006.

“My three main functions are to read, to watch and to listen," MacPhail said. 

MacPhail will be tasked with turning around a Phillies team that currently owns the worst record in baseball. 

"Any team that devotes itself to a rebuild is rewarded in the end,” he said. "I’ve been known as deliberate and patient, and I think that’s because I want to collect as much information as I possibly can. The way the game is constructed today, everyone’s got a shot. It’s going to happen, it’s just a question of when it will happen.”

The move is the most recent in what is expected to be a flurry of changes atop the organization. Last Friday, former manager Ryne Sandberg announced his resignation. The team is also expected to make a decision about whether to move on from General Manager Rubén Amaro, Jr. in the near future.

MacPhail comes from a family of baseball executives — his grandfather, Larry, was a longtime front office member with the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees and his father, Lee, served as President of the American League after nearly two decades as a general manager.

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<![CDATA[Rain Turns Tri-Rock Triathlon Into Duathlon]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:31:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010958775_1200x675_472745027606.jpg The Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon drew hundreds of athletes to Fairmount Park Sunday to bike and run.]]> <![CDATA[Marlins' Stanton Out With Fracture in Hand]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:59:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478685206.jpg

The Miami Marlins will be without the services of Giancarlo Stanton for the foreseeable future due to a fracture in his left hand.

Stanton suffered the injury during Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The slugger grimaced following a strikeout in the ninth inning, and trainers checked his hand in the dugout afterwards.

Stanton is expected to miss four to six weeks with surgery pending. Miami has brought up Cole Gillespie to take Stanton's place on the roster. Ichiro Suzuki figures to be the main beneficiary in terms of playing time.

Stanton currently paces Major League Baseball in home runs and figured to be a lock for participation in the Home Run Derby. The outfielder was also one of the leading vote-getters for starting gig in the All-Star Game itself. But both of those events would now seem to be out of reach for the injured star.

The Marlins gave Stanton a 13-year $325 million contract in the off-season, which represented a major commitment and risk by the team. Stanton is one of the best players in the game, but has struggled to play a full season in his MLB career.

Miami now may turn into sellers and move pieces such as Dan Haren and Mat Latos. Both pitchers are set to be free agents, and the team is 15 games under .500. A playoff appearance is unlikely without Stanton's bat to help an already quiet offense.

The Marlins will take on the Dodgers again on Saturday as they look to end a five-game losing streak.

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<![CDATA[Future NBA Stars' Fashion Sense Shines at Draft]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:47:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBA+suit+3.jpg

One of the NBA's biggest nights provides the stars of the show a chance to display their best (and sometimes wildest) suits.

Each year, it seems, draft picks step up their fashion game, and the 2015 NBA Draft, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, was no exception. 

Take Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, from the University of Arizona Wildcats. While he was selected 23rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, the attention might have been focused on his red and black checkered pants.  The color scheme was a perfect fit for the Blazers, but the match was short-lived. He was traded soon after to the Brooklyn Nets.

Devin Booker wore a bright blue suit as his name was called by the Phoenix Suns, who took him with the 13th overall pick. His orange tie matched the Suns hat he donned on stage for the photo opportunities.

Perhaps one of the most animated players, Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell, pointed above as he wore a red and white suit with a checkered shirt (although Buckeye fans would call the suit "scarlet"). He was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, so he didn't quite match his new team's color scheme. 

Breaking away from bright colors and going toward patterns, Karl-Anthony Towns wore a gray, black, and white chevron-patterned suit jacket. The former University of Kentucky Wildcat, who was selected first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, broke from tradition by showing up without a tie.

Now that the draft is out of the way, the players can focus on basketball.  The 2015-16 season will start on October 27.

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<![CDATA[The 2015 NBA Draft First Round Picks]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:37:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-478518558.jpg The first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, has concluded. Click through to see who will be making their professional debut in the 2016-2017 season.

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<![CDATA["They Don't Own Everything": Yankees Fan Takes on MLB]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:36:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/yankees+shirts+mlb.jpg

The man behind the iconic Yankee Stadium "roll call" is preparing for a legal fight against the union representing the players he cheers.

"Bald Vinny" Milano, the leader of the stadium's "Bleacher Creatures," makes his living designing and selling baseball t-shirts. But this week the MLB Players Association demanded that he "cease and desist" from selling certain shirts on his website, including one commemorating Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit.

"I think they have really overstepped their bounds," the father of two from Bellmore, Long Island, said.

The union has taken issue with shirts relating to current Yankees players, claiming the designs infringe on MLB copyrights.

Among the shirts the union wants Milano to stop selling is the one with the word "McCannimal" for catcher Brian McCann and another that reads "Teixecutioner" for Mark Teixeira.

In a statement, MLBPA spokesman Greg Bouris said "the Players Association has the responsibility to protect the rights of its licensees and the players."

According to Milano, the players nicknames and shirt designs are all his own and do not infringe on any copyright.

"They don't own everything," Milano said from his sales table outside Yankee Stadium. "I'm creating my own stuff and they can't claim ownership on things that I create." 

Milano has yet to respond to the MLBPA, but for now, continues to sell the t-shirts he says are most popular with his customers. He's been selling shirts like them for more than a decade.

"I will fight because that's who I am," he said.

Milano received support as he hawked his shirts before and after Wednesday's game.

"I think they should give these little guys a chance," fan Leo Clark said.

"How can MLB shut everybody down and makes money for themselves?" asked fan Jim Mooney. "I have no problem with what this guy is doing."

<![CDATA[Little League World Series Champs Sue League Over Stripped Title ]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:44:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/tlmd_jrw_stage_igram.jpg

Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Little League International seeking answers after the league stripped the team of its championship title earlier this year.

The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, aims to force Little League to “provide the information it would not voluntarily disclose” to JRW.

According to an investigative report from Henderson Adam LLC, the group representing JRW, the law firm sent Little League a series of letters asking for “all relevant information” surrounding the league’s decision, but Little League “refused to be transparent.”

“Given the refusal by Little League to meet with JRW, its failure to provide notice and the opportunity to be heard, and its refusal to be transparent and provide material information regarding its decision to strip JRW of the title, JRW was compelled to file suit,” the report states.

Little League in February stripped the young team of its Little League World Series national championship title after officials determined the South Side team added top suburban players in violation of residency rules.

"This is a heartbreaking decision," Little League International President and CEO Stephen D. Keener said in a statement. "What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome."

In addition, team manager Darold Butler was suspended from Little League activity and Illinois District 4 Administrator Michael Kelly was removed from his position, Little League International spokesman Brian McClintock said in a statement.

McClintock said an investigation revealed that Butler and Kelly knowingly violated rules by using a falsified boundary map for their 2014 tournament and used players who didn't qualify because they lived outside the team's actual boundaries.

Jackie Robinson West officials have previously denied the team violated any residency rules or recruited outside players.

Jackie Robinson West has set up a fundraising page to raise money for the team.

In a statement, Little League International said it hadn't had the opportunity to review the petition and said it would be inappropriate to comment. Still, the League said its rules and regulations allow it to impose any penalties it deems appropriate.

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<![CDATA[Another SI cover for Warriors MVP Stephen Curry]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:09:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/stephhalf.PNG

Warriors MVP Stephen Curry will be featured on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated, the magazine announced on Tuesday.

The Warriors have now been featured on a Sports Illustrated cover five times this season and seven times since 2013.

Curry has now been featured on the cover five times, including three during the Warriors championship season. He was featured on back-to-back regional covers during the playoffs, once after the Western Conference Semifinals against the Grizzlies and then before the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers.

Subscribers and newsstands in Oregon, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona will receive the Curry cover, which is available starting Tuesday.

The other regional cover features fellow Under Armor rep Jordan Spieth, who won the US Open on Sunday.

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Former MLB outfielder Darryl Hamilton has died, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide, according to police in the Houston suburb of Pearland.

KPRC-TV in Houston reports that Hamilton, 50, was found dead in the foyer of a home and that a woman, identified as 44-year-old Monica Jordan, was found in another part of the home.

Investigators said, according to KPRC, that it appears Jordan shot Hamilton multiple times before turning the gun on herself.

Police said the couple are the parents of a 14-month-old baby who was inside the home at the time of the shooting and was not harmed. The child is now in the custody of Child Protective Services, KPRC reports.

"What we know at this point is that at about 4:45 p.m. we did receive a 911 call from a third party who was not on scene," police said. "When the officers arrived they did find a deceased male and a deceased female inside. At this point there's no indication that there was a struggle and there was a firearm involved."

Hamilton played 13 years in the majors, including a short stint with the Rangers in 1996. He spent most of his professional career with the Brewers before retiring after two seasons with the Mets. According to MLB.com, Hamilton batted .291 with 1,333 hits, 707 runs scored and 454 RBI in his 13-year career.

Since ending his playing days, Hamilton has been working as an analyist for the MLB Network.

The investigation into the murder-suicide is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Nats' Scherzer Pitches No-Hitter]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20150620+Scherzer.jpg

Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.

Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A letdown? Yeah, a little.

"I mean there is, just because you're so close, one strike away from a perfect game,'' he said. "But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there's nothing better."

Pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was all that stood between Scherzer and pitching's ultimate achievement. Tabata fouled off three 2-2 deliveries, then seemed to slightly drop his left elbow and got nicked.

Scherzer immediately grimaced as the ball ricocheted to the ground. The crowd at Nationals Park seemed stunned, too, and surely many wondered whether Tabata leaned into the 86 mph pitch with his elbow protector to get hit.

"He tried to throw me a slider inside,'' Tabata said. "The slider, no breaking. I stayed right there and it got me."

"That's my job. I got to get on base whatever the situation,'' he said.

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had a different view.

"His elbow was a little bit in the strike zone. That's what I saw in the videos. But it's happened,'' he said.

Scherzer came within one strike of throwing the 22nd perfect game in major league history since 1900.

If anything, Scherzer's teammates seemed to take the near-miss harder than he did.

"I got down into a squat and just, I don't know, I wanted to cry,'' right fielder Bryce Harper said. "To be able to see a perfect game, be a part of that, would've been awesome.''

Said Nationals manager Matt Williams: "He hit him with the baseball. It's difficult when that happens.''

As to whether he thought about discussing the play with plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, Williams said, "I think that's irrelevant at this point. The last thing I'm going to do is walk onto the field and mess up Maxie's rhythm. That would be a crying shame. I ain't doing that.''

Scherzer (8-5) retired Josh Harrison on a deep fly to left for the final out and was swallowed up by jubilant Nationals near the mound.

"Pretty easy to do,'' Scherzer said of keeping his cool. "Probably took two seconds. I realized I lost the perfect game. You just move on. Finish this thing out.''

The 30-year-old righty struck out 10 in his second straight dominant performance, and was cheered by a crowd of 41,104.

Scherzer got help from his infield in the late innings.

In the eighth, shifted second baseman Danny Espinosa barely threw out Pedro Alvarez from shallow right field to end the inning.

"I got to that ball and just knew I had to get rid of it quick,'' Espinosa said. "I was able to get him.''

Leading off the ninth, third baseman Anthony Rendon ran hard to catch a foul pop by Gregory Polanco, and wound up bent over the dugout railing.

In his previous start, Scherzer took a perfect game into the seventh at Milwaukee and finished with a one-hitter and 16 strikeouts. The lone hit was a leadoff single by Carlos Gomez just beyond reach of Rendon, who was playing second base.

Scherzer turned in perhaps the most magnificent consecutive starts in the majors since Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Cincinnati in 1938.

Scherzer threw his third career shutout. He had one in 219 lifetime starts before these two in a row.

"My last few starts, this is some of the best baseball I've thrown,'' he said.

Signed to a $210 million, seven-year contract in the offseason after leaving Detroit, the 2013 AL Cy Young winner pitched the second no-hitter in Nationals' history. Jordan Zimmermann threw one against the Marlins last year to end the regular season.

"He's just an unbelievable pitcher, unbelievable clubhouse guy, and he's worth every penny he gets,'' Harper said.

It was the fourth no-hitter in the city's baseball history. Walter Johnson and Bob Burke threw them for the old Washington Senators.

This was the second no-hitter of the season. San Francisco rookie Chris Heston did it June 9 against the Mets.

Scherzer's gem marked the second major feat in the big leagues in two days. On Friday night, Alex Rodriguez got his 3,000th career hit for the Yankees.

Scherzer threw 106 pitches, 82 for strikes. He was throwing fastballs in the upper 90s and used a wicked slider in lowering his ERA to 1.76.

The Pirates twice hit balls to the warning track in his first time through the order.

Harper hit his 23rd homer and drove in two runs. He had missed two games after straining his hamstring.

Francisco Liriano (4-6) took the loss.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Safety Gives Back to Kids at NJ Alma Mater]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:15:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/229*120/Malcolm+Jenkins+Eagles+Football.JPG Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins returned to Piscataway High School for his annual football camp.

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<![CDATA['Rally Squirrel' Tries to Take Out Utley at Phils Game]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:40:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Squirrel+Phillies+Dugout+JC.jpg

It looks like the St. Louis Cardinals brought another mascot with them to Citizens Bank Park Friday night: the Rally Squirrel.

A gray squirrel stole the show at the game by climbing up the protective net behind home plate before taking a jump to the top of the Phillies dugout more than 10 feet below. The furry rodent then leapt into the dugout sending players like Chase Utley scurrying.

The Cardinals are known to be friendly with gray squirrels after one ran across home plate during the 2011 National League Division game against the Phillies in St. Louis. The Phils went on to lose the series.


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<![CDATA[WATCH: Golden State Warriors Victory Parade]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:26:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/new-dubs-front.jpg

The city of Oakland opened its arms to an estimated million revelers on Friday, showering the beloved Golden State Warriors with love and adoration after the basketball team won the NBA championship.

Fans began lining up along the parade route as early as 5 a.m., if not earlier, and public transportation swelled to capacity to carry the thousands of fans to the Lake Merritt area stretching the the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, where the route ends.

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About 1 million people attended the parade and rally, police said. The event went relatively smoothly, although three people were shot a few blocks from the site of the rally. Police could not confirm whether the shooting had anything to do with the Warriors rally.

The crowds went wild for the team favorites, inlcuding the Curry family, who have earned the title of being the Bay Area's "first family."  Warriors guard Steph Curry, his pregnant wife and adorable toddler, Riley, rolled through on a double decker bus, carrying the championship trophy.

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But Curry would be the first to admit that the team didn't beat the Cleveland Cavaliers all alone. His teammates, including Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala, and others received shouts and whoops of congratulations, too.

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The Warriors had not won a championship since 1975.


Missed Friday's parade and rally? Watch a full replay of the Warriors victory parade here.

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