<![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 Apr 2015 20:19:54 -0400 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:19:54 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[USOC Says It Won't Drop Boston Olympic Bid]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:48:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/470969827.jpg

The U.S. Olympic Committee is standing behind Boston's Olympic bid despite a published report suggesting it might drop the city's push for the 2024 games if public support doesn't improve.

The U.S. Olympic Committee, which chose Boston as its city to nominate for the summer games, issued a statement denouncing the Wall Street Journal story claiming the bid could be pulled. The report, published Tuesday, cited people familiar with the U.S. Olympic Committee's plans.

"We believe that Boston can and should lead America's bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we are absolutely committed to our partnership with Boston 2024 and their innovative concept for hosting the Games," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. "Any suggestion that we are considering alternatives is simply not true."

Poll numbers have shown falling public support for the 2024 games in Boston. But the organization Boston 2024 says it believes it can turn that support around.

"Boston 2024 has enjoyed the unequivocal support of our partner, the United States Olympic Committee, since we were designated in January," Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey said. "Boston 2024 and the USOC will conduct polls from time to time during this bid process to ensure we are on track to win a majority support. In fact the IOC requires it. We welcome this initiative and we are confident that all polling over the coming months will reveal a significant increase in public support as we continue to inform and engage the people of Boston and Massachusetts about the long-term and sustainable benefits of the Games."

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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[Phillies' New Burger Features 9 Patties, 2,200 Calories]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:38:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Citizens+Bank+Park+Wayback+Burgers+Triple+Triple+CBP+Burger+Cheeseburger.jpg

Got a craving for one of the biggest burgers around? Look no further than the home of the Phillies.

On Tuesday night, the Phillies revealed the “Wayback Triple Triple” cheeseburger available this season at Citizens Bank Park

The super sandwich from the Newark, Delaware-based Wayback Burgers packs 2,200 calories -- more than the daily recommended value -- and 61 grams of saturated fat (if you can get the whole thing down) into one bun, nine beef burger patties and nine slices of cheese plus one slice of tomato and some lettuce.

The Phillies announced the culinary creation will be available at the Alley Grill during Phillies home games. The team has yet to finalize the price for the behemoth burger.

Other burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches will also be available at three Wayback Burgers ballpark locations (behind Sections 120, 135 and in the Left Field Plaza).

Other new items on the menu include Phillies Wine from Chaddsford Winery, milkshakes and floats at the Turkey Hill Creamery and new Phillies Topped Dogs.

The lesson here, go to the ballpark hungry and leave happy, even if the Phillies don't win.

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<![CDATA[What's New at Citizens Bank Park]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009900476_1200x675_420543555720.jpg Citizens Bank Park is showcasing its new features, food and more for the upcoming Phillies season on Tuesday. ]]> <![CDATA[Browns GM Suspended 4 Games for Texting]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:51:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cleveland-Browns-Ray-Farmer.jpg

The NFL sent a tough message to Browns general manager Ray Farmer for texting.

However, the league didn't delete any of Cleveland's precious draft picks.

Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for sending text messages to the sideline during games last season. The league announced its punishment on Monday, ending an investigation that hung over the franchise during yet another turbulent offseason and threatened to undermine the Browns' upcoming draft.

Farmer, who acknowledged sending the messages weeks ago, will not be paid during his suspension. The league said his ban begins on midnight of the Sunday preceding the Browns' first regular-season game and will end immediately after the fourth regular-season game. Farmer cannot be involved in any club matters and is prohibited from being at the team's offices, practice facility or games, the league said.

"I respect the league's decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions," Farmer said in a statement released by the Browns. "Accountability is integral to what we are trying to build and as a leader I need to set the right example. I made a mistake and apologize to Jimmy Haslam, (coach) Mike Pettine, our entire organization and our fans for the ramifications. Learning is a big part of who I am and I will certainly be better from this situation."

The Browns were also fined $250,000, but that's pocket change considering what they could have lost.

Cleveland has 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including two in the first round (Nos. 12 and 19) and six of the first 115. The Browns, who went 7-9 last season, could be positioning themselves to make a run at one of the top quarterbacks, and losing any assets would not only have weakened their bargaining power, but prevented a team with several holes from adding young talent. The Browns haven't been to the playoffs since 2002 and have had just two winning seasons since 1999.

Owner Jimmy Haslam, who has remained supportive of Farmer, has said the team is committed to finding a franchise quarterback. The team signed free agent Josh McCown , backup Thad Lewis and is waiting for Johnny Manziel to be released from rehab.

During its investigation, the league said it found no evidence that Haslam or other team executives knew about the texts.

Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations, said Farmer used a cellphone on "multiple occasions" during games in 2014. League rules prohibit teams from using any electronic devices beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of a game. The rule forbids communication to the sidelines, coach's booths, locker room or any other club-controlled areas. The only exceptions are the league-issued tablets coaches use for still photos.

The texting inquiry was just one of several issues to hound the Browns this winter. Along with Manziel's trip to rehab, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had a messy departure and troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended by the league for at least one season for multiple drug violations.

Throughout the inquiry, Haslam professed his loyalty to Farmer, who was promoted in February 2014 when team president Joe Banner and GM Michael Lombardi were fired.

"We accept the league's ruling," Haslam said. "Ray made a mistake and takes full responsibility for his role in violating the policy. It is critical that we make better decisions. Ray has tremendous integrity and I know has great remorse for what occurred. We are all committed to learning from this and making the Browns a stronger and better organization."

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<![CDATA[Autistic Boy Forced to Remove His Letter Jacket]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:40:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/LetterJacket.jpg A mother is outraged after her son's school forces him to remove a varsity letter jacket because special-needs athletes aren't allowed to wear the letters.]]> <![CDATA['Concrete Charlie' Remembered At Private Funeral]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:10:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP050204012830.jpg Famly and close friends gathered to say goodbye to Chuck Bednarik, one of the most legenday Eagles of all time, on Friday in Bethlehem. "Concrete Charlie" passed away at age 89 over the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Family, Friends Say Goodbye to Eagles' 'Concrete Charlie']]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:13:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP669916360130.jpg Family and close friends will gather Friday for hall-of-famer Chuck Bednarik's private funeral service. Fans and former players including Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said goodbye to "Concrete Charlie" Thursday at a public viewing.

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<![CDATA[Former UNC Coach, Dean Smith, Leaves $200 to Former Players]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/80261754.jpg

Every letter winner who played for former North Carolina basketball coach, Dean Smith, was granted with a heart-warming suprise a month after his death: $200 dollars from his estate.

A letter sent to 180 players was sent from Smith's trustee, stating: "Each player was important and special to Coach Smith and when he prepared his estate plan, Coach wanted to reach out to each of his letterman. Accordingly, Coach directed that following his passing each letterman be sent a two hundred dollar ($200.00) check with the message 'enjoy a dinner out, compliments of Coach Dean Smith.'

Smith, who died at age 83 last month, went 879-254 in his years at North Carolina, landing him in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. However, Smith was also known for the compassion he had for his players.

In 1965, Smith helped a black North Carolina graudation student, Howard Lee, purchase a home in an all-white neighborhood during segregations. A year later, Smith intergrated the Tar Heels, recruiting Charlie Scott, who became the first African-American scholarship player in the school's history.

Serge Zwikker, who played for Smith from 1993-1997, told ESPN: "My wife opened the letter and handed it to me. At first  I didn't know what it was, but when it hit me, it put a tear in my eye. Even after he passed, he was still all about this players."

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin Basketball Player Accidentally Admits Crush]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-26-at-5.37.13-PM.jpg

Cattywampus. Onomatopoeia. Antidisestablishmentarianism. For Nigel Hayes, University of Wisconsin  basketball forward, these are the words of a modern love letter.

Hayes answered reporters covering the NCAA March Madness tournament with these arbitrary words in a press conference a couple days ago, stumping everyone in the room.  Hayes originally joked that he wanted to break up the monotony of the stenographer’s job with some unique words.

A reporter kicked off the latest news conference asking Hayes if he wanted to say anything to the stenographer, Debra Bollman, before they began, in which he responded: “syzygy”.

A hot mic then picked up Hayes whispering to his teammate, “God, she’s beautiful.” His eyes lit up when he heard laughter in the room. He asked Bollman, “Did you hear that?” She responded “yes” before Hayes covered his face with his hands in embarrassment.

While it's not yet known whether Hayes’ “soliloquy” will help him get a date with Bollman, he can at least say he's made her day more interesting.

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<![CDATA[Should College Athletes Be Paid?]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:13:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009864791_1200x675_418589763817.jpg Should college athletes be paid? Vai Sikahema discusses that topic with a professor from Drexel University.]]> <![CDATA[Devon Still: Leah's Cancer in Remission]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:45:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Devon+and+Leah+New.jpg

After months of treatment, constant updates on social media and nationwide support, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared the news he hoped to hear for over a year. His daughter, Leah's cancer is officially in remission.

"Today we received news from Leah's oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling," Still said in an announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page.

Still and his daughter have captured the hearts of millions of people nationwide since she began to receive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in June. Leah, who had a tumor removed from her abdomen back in September, completed her latest course of chemotherapy last month.

"It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt!" he said in his post.

Devon Still, a Delaware native and former Penn State Nittany Lion, was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals in August of last year. But the Bengals re-signed Still to their practice squad in order to help him pay for his daughter’s medical treatment after she was diagnosed with cancer.

The Bengals have said Still is considering a one-year deal to play next year. 

Still’s No. 75 jersey quickly became the team’s top seller after the Bengals decided to donate proceeds from his jersey sales to the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and pediatric cancer care and research. More than $1 million have been raised from sales of the $100 jersey, according to the AP. 

Still has kept his followers updated on his daughter’s progress through social media.



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<![CDATA[Coach Chip Kelly Talks Eagles]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:36:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kelly0.jpg

Eagles coach Chip Kelly sat down with reporters Wednesday at the NFL Owners' Meetings in Arizona to discuss his team.

He spoke about his quarterback situation, being in charge of the Birds and draft picks.

Kelly's comments came a day after owner Jeffrey Lurie broke his silence about off-season moves including giving Kelly more power and the flurry of moves that dispatched Pro-Bowl players LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin.

"I've lived through a lot of division championships, a lot of playoff appearances, a lot of final four appearances," Lurie said. "But our goal is further than that. We want to deliver a Super Bowl.

"It's very difficult to get from good to great. It's a gamble to go from good to great because you could go from good to mediocre with changes. Chip had a vision of how we could get from good to great."

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<![CDATA[New York Yankees Pay Homage to "The Sandlot" in New Ad]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:10:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brett-Gardner-Yankees-Rangers-0729.jpg

The New York Yankees are paying homage to classic baseball movie “The Sandlot” with a recreation of its famous Babe Ruth scene.

The ad, which stars Brett Gardner as the innocent Smalls who unknowingly plays with a ball signed by the legendary Ruth, was posted to MLB.com Tuesday.

C.C. Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Didi Gregorius also make appearances in the spot.

Watch the video below:

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<![CDATA[Source: Eagles Could Release Evan Mathis]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:54:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/evan-mathis-eagles-usa.jpg

If the Eagles can’t find a trade partner for left guard Evan Mathis, they could be just as willing to show him the door as they were two years ago for DeSean Jackson.

Mathis, who was on the trade block last offseason and is back there again, might be cast off into the free-agent waters if the Eagles can’t deal him, according to a source close to the situation.

Right now, the source said, the team is “actively looking” to deal the 33-year-old lineman. Head coaches and executives from all 32 NFL teams are at the luxurious Arizona Biltmore resort this week for the annual owners meetings. It’s an informal environment outside of the meetings but business can be consummated.

If traded or released, Mathis would follow in the footsteps of LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, Jeremy Maclin, Cary Williams, Todd Herremans and Trent Cole as high-profile cap casualties sent packing this offseason as head coach Chip Kelly overhauls the roster in his first season with total personnel control.

If he’s released, Mathis hopes the Eagles pull the trigger soon, the source said, while other teams still have money left to spend on this year’s free agent crop.

The source said the decision to shop Mathis is completely Kelly’s and added that the Eagles are either looking to save money or continue to rebuild the roster around a younger nucleus -- or both.

They could also be irked by Mathis’ repeated attempts to have his contract reworked. Mathis carries cap hits of $6.5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016 as part of the five-year, $26.7 million extension he signed March 19, 2013, after choosing to rejoin the Eagles instead of bolting for the Ravens’ offer.

Only $2 million of Mathis’ remaining contract is guaranteed from his signing bonus -- $1 million apiece this season and next -- so the Eagles would save $11.5 million over the next two seasons if they cut him and absorb only a $2 million dead-money hit.

Mathis’ camp has approached the Eagles twice in the past two offseasons to discuss a restructure that would pad Mathis’ salary. Both times, the source said, the Eagles rebuffed his request and responded by informing him that he would be shopped.

Teams are typically reluctant to give up draft compensation for a player they believe will be released but trades for veterans occasionally take place during the offseason.

The Saints, who are also reshaping their roster and trying to improve their defense, recently dealt 33-year old guard Ben Grubbs, a two-time Pro Bowler, to the Chiefs for a fifth-round pick. Kansas City took on $13.9 million in base salary over the next two years, none of it guaranteed. Mathis is two years older and any team that trades for him owes him $13.5 million over the next two years, also not guaranteed.

The source also didn’t slam the door on Mathis returning to the Eagles, but Kelly hasn’t shown much reluctance to get rid of veterans, even if it means eating dead money.

The Eagles have taken about $12 million in cap hits this season on Cole, Herremans, Williams, McCoy and Foles, although they’ve saved more than $60 million in future money.

Mathis made his second straight Pro Bowl last season despite playing just nine games. He severely sprained his knee in the season opener and was placed on the injured reserve list with return designation.

<![CDATA[NCAA 2015: Best Moments of the Women's Basketball Tournament]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP484474114950%281%29.jpg See the highlights, upsets, and dramatic finishes of the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball tournament here.

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<![CDATA[Utah to Sweet 16 After Georgetown Defeat]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:35:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP867223623593.jpg

Utah is headed back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in a decade.

Brandon Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright added 12 and the fifth-seeded Utes beat No. 4 Georgetown 75-64 on Saturday night.

The Utes (26-8) will travel to Houston to play the winner of Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina, between top-seeded Duke (30-4) and No. 8 San Diego State (27-8).

Utah hasn't advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2005, when the Utes fell as the No. 6 seed to No. 2 Kentucky. The Utes are making their first tournament appearance since 2009.

<![CDATA[Former Eagles Chuck Bednarik Dies]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP050204012830.jpg

Philadelphia Eagles great Chuck Bednarik, a grisly pro football hall of famer and the namesake for one of college football's most prestigious awards, died early Saturday morning at a Pennsylvania assisted living facility at the age of 89, the Eagles announced.

Bednarik died around 4:30 a.m. Saturday following a brief illness, according to a release sent out by the team.

“With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend. Philadelphia fans grow up expecting toughness, all-out effort and a workmanlike attitude from this team and so much of that image has its roots in the way Chuck played the game. He was a Hall of Famer, a champion and an all-time Eagle. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this time," said Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Bednarik was born in Bethlehem and played football for the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Eagles when he was chosen first overall in the 1949 NFL draft.

Bednarik, known as "Concrete Charlie," was one of the NFL's most fearsome tacklers and was one of of the NFL's last great two-way players. He played center and linebacker who's best known for two monumental hits during the 1960 season.

In one, in the 1960 title game, he threw a Green Bay Packers running back to the ground and refused to let him get back up as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

He's also known for his takedown of fellow hall of famer Frank Gifford earlier in the season. Gifford, a New York Giants running back, was hit so hard that he suffered a concussion and didn't play again for nearly two years. Enduring images of the tackle show Bednirak towering over Gifford and pumping his fist.

“So many of the timeless moments in Eagles history are associated with Chuck Bednarik. He played his entire career in Philadelphia, college and pro, and he lived his entire life here and in the Lehigh Valley. He was a proud competitor and a dedicated and devout family man who loved Eagles fans as much as they loved him. He left his mark on this team and will forever be a legend within this organization." said Eagles president Don Smolenski.

College football fans also remember Bednarik for the award that bears his name. The Maxwell Football Club have presented the Bednarik Award each year to the most outstanding defensive player at the collegiate level.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker leaves behind his wife of 67 years, five daughters, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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<![CDATA[Ex-76er Allen Iverson Wants Front Office Job]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:11:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/allen+iverson+nike+shoe+pulled.jpg Former Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson says he wants to be back with the team, not necessarily on the court, but as the team's talent manager.]]>