<![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 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:13:54 -0400 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:13:54 -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[NBC10 Becomes Eagles' Official TV Station]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:01:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NEW_Eagles_NBC10_1200x675.jpg

Philadelphia Eagles fans want to know every move the team makes and NBC10 is now their source for unrivaled, all-access Birds coverage as the team's official television station.

NBC10 will deliver the most robust football coverage Iggles fans have ever seen — stretching from the NFL draft through the postseason.

Fans will be where the action is from inside Novacare, in the locker room, on the road and in the front office to ensure they know how every hit, pass and play will change the season.

"The Eagles are an institution in Philadelphia and we are proud to be 'The Official Television Station of the Philadelphia Eagles,'" said Valari Staab, President of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "Between new game day programming, weekly team-focused shows and preseason games, NBC10 will be the home for wall-to-wall Eagles coverage and we couldn't be more excited about our new partnership."

NBC10 will televise four preseason games starting in mid-August through the start of the regular season in September.

  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
    Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens
    Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
    Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets
    MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

* Dates to be decided at a later time.

Pregame, halftime and postgame specials on each preseason game day will provide exclusive insight into how Chip Kelly's recharged offense is performing and whether the team will make it to the Super Bowl.

Special Eagles coverage on NBC10 begins April 30 at the NFL Draft in Chicago, Illinois. NBC10 and Comcast SportsNet will air four nightly specials highlighting the team's picks and new competition fanning out across the league.

Once the regular season begins, fans will be delivered weekly programs like "Eagles Game Plan" and "Inside the Eagles," plus several special shows providing a progress report on the team.

Eagles fans can depend on NBC10 News, fans can depend on NBC10.com to get instant updates, commentary and analysis on the Eagles no matter where they are.

The Eagles' move to NBC10 represents the second major Philadelphia sports team to call the station home and highlights the station's commitment to local sports coverage, management says. The station took over as the broadcast partner for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014. For the first time in its history, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run will be televised in its entirety on NBC10 this May.

From kickoff to the final down and beyond, count on NBC10 to be your local source for unmatched Philadelphia Eagles coverage.

<![CDATA[LA Kings' Stoll Arrested for Drugs]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 04:08:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/179*120/460177104.jpg

It’s been a rough week for the Los Angeles Kings. Not only were the reigning Stanley Cup Champions eliminated from the NHL Playoffs, but now news has broken that their star center, Jarret Stoll, has been arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine and MDMA.

Las Vegas Metro police arrested Stoll on Friday at the MGM Grand hotel for drug possession. The 32-year-old hockey player was relaxing at the Wet Republic pool when he was taken into custody for possession of cocaine and MDMA, a more pure form of the drug Ecstasy.

Stoll was released from jail on a $5,000 bond later in the evening and a hearing has been set for Saturday. According to the Clark County police, the NHL and the LA Kings have been made aware of the situation. When contacted regarding the incident, an LA Kings spokesperson said that they are aware of Stoll’s arrest and are “actively investigating” the matter and had no further comment.

Stoll completed the final year of his contract this season with the Kings and is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Off the ice, Stoll is the long time boyfriend of sportscaster and “Dancing with the Stars” host Erin Andrews. The pair have been dating since 2013, and recent reports had the couple engaged. No word yet on whether or not Andrews was with Stoll at the time of his arrest or if anybody else was with Stoll at the scene.

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<![CDATA[Abdul-Jabbar Has Heart Surgery]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/173*120/AP120126058268.jpg

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery Thursday after being admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with cardiovascular disease this week, Abdul-Jabbar said in a statement released by the University of California Los Angeles' Health Science Department.

The Basketball Hall of Fame member's surgery was a success and he was expected to make a full recovery, Dr. Richard Shermin, UCLA's chief of cardiac surgery, said in the statement.

Abdul-Jabbar thanked his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA and said he was "looking forward to getting back to normal activities soon."

He asked that support for him go toward people in the community who may also be suffering from various health issues.

No other information was available.

<![CDATA[Flyers Fire Head Coach 'Chief']]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:05:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Craig+Berube+Flyers.jpg

Craig Berube has been fired as coach of the Flyers.

The 49-year-old former Flyers enforcer replaced Peter Laviolette in the fourth game of last season and took the Flyers to a third-place finish in the Metropolitan Division with a 42-27-10 record (94 points).

The Flyers lost in a seven-game, first-round playoff series to the New York Rangers, who eventually won the Eastern Conference.

This season, the Flyers took numerous steps backwards, missing the playoffs while finishing sixth in the division (12th overall) with a 33-31-18 record (84 points). Berube’s two-year record was 75-58-28.

In recent weeks, Berube, who was known as "Chief" in his playing day, seemed resigned to his fate. It was reflected in his voice and facial expressions during several interviews with reporters, although he said publicly he felt he'd return next fall.

To the very end, he insisted his team was better than it had performed and agreed with general manager Ron Hextall that the roster didn’t need to be gutted.

“I still do,” Berube said when asked if he believed in his team. “It’s a fine line between winning and losing. It really is.

“A lot of it’s mental. It’s just a fine line. Injuries, different things that come up. It’s a fine line. There’s good hockey players here, and a group of guys that believe in themselves and like each other and are hard workers.”

No single factor was responsible for Berube’s firing, yet one word summed up the season: inconsistency.

If anything, a combination of factors, many of which lie at the feet of former GM Paul Holmgren, placed Berube in a no-win situation, similar to Laviolette. He takes the fall for management.

The Flyers for the second consecutive year were cash-strapped by the salary cap, unable to make significant improvements where they were needed most — on defense and a scoring winger.

This season’s group remained largely unchanged from last with the notable absences of power forward Scott Hartnell (traded) and veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who didn’t play a single game for the Flyers because of blood clots in his legs and lungs before being moved at the trade deadline to Chicago.

As much as the Flyers sorely missed Hartnell’s offense, it was Timonen’s absence on defense and especially the penalty kill that undermined whoever coached this club.

Berube’s club underachieved in several areas:

• 10 road wins, the fewest since 1972
• 43 games decided by one goal (15 wins)
• A team average of 2.56 goals a game, worst since 1969-70
• A 3-11 shootout record
• A 27th overall ranking on the penalty kill
• A 29th overall ranking in road penalty killing
• Just three wins among 34 games when trailing after two periods

“Our road record is the biggest thing for me,” Berube said recently. “When you look at the road and different things on the road that have happened — not enough scoring, shootout losses, PK at times.”

Starting in 2010-11, the Flyers twice had consecutive seasons with a franchise-record 25 road victories. That’s how far they’ve fallen since.

The bulk of the Flyers' problems winning on the road can be traced to low-scoring games in which their penalty kill gave up a decisive goal that the Flyers weren’t able to offset either on the power play or at even strength.

Five-on-five scoring (138) was down throughout the team. Claude Giroux didn’t score an even-strength goal on home ice until the 36th game here.

The Flyers had seven 20-goal scorers in Berube’s first season as coach and just four this season — just three heading into March.

Also, a number of younger players — Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and Matt Read — failed to take another step in their development. That said, Hextall needs to realistically evaluate whether there is that "next step" for any of these players from an offensive standpoint or if this is as good as it gets.

Obviously, not all of this can be blamed solely on the head coach. It’s expected the Flyers' entire coaching staff will be overturned, with the possible exception of Joey Mullen. His power-play units were again ranked among the NHL’s top five (finished third).

Berube’s club struggled in almost every facet of its game.

What does it say when starting goalie Steve Mason, who missed significant time with injuries, finished with a losing record yet was third in save percentage (.928) and seventh in goals-against average (2.25).

Mason won just two games on the road this season, solely because the Flyers seldom gave him any goal support.

Despite suggestions by some that Berube and Mason had issues with each other or this was somehow tied to goalie coach Jeff Reese’s departure, it simply was untrue as Mason and others said.

Yet the fan base turned against Berube because of such and his handling of Vinny Lecavalier, a misfit from the get-go who should never have been signed given the abundance of centers.

Berube’s firing likely had its roots in the fact the Flyers were maddeningly inconsistent in their game-to-game performances. Hextall railed numerous times about the club’s “lack of consistency.”

Throughout the season, the Flyers continually rose to the occasion against teams better than themselves, then seemed disinterested against teams below them in the standings.

The Flyers were 12-2-4 over their final 18 games against teams in the playoffs. Conversely, they also lost 12 straight against non-playoff clubs at season’s end.

Far too often, veteran leaders, such as Wayne Simmonds and even Mason himself, said the club was mentally unprepared after such losses.

From a management standpoint, that had to weigh heavily against Berube in Hextall’s mind.

The club appeared mentally incapable all season of coming from behind as evidenced by just three wins after the second period. The year before, they won 11 games in the third period alone. Obviously, the team lacked for confidence.

“Last year, we had this mojo going in the third period where we were coming from behind and we knew we were going to,” Berube said. “This year, we didn’t have that mojo.”

Taken as a whole, the brunt of the problem lies in the Flyers' failure to significantly upgrade a slow and aging defense which has shown significant defensive liabilities in front of its goaltenders for three years now.

In today’s NHL, the offense begins with the defense’s ability to start quickly out of its own end. The Flyers often didn’t hit full stride until well past the red line.

Hextall fired defensive coach John Paddock last summer and replaced him with Gord Murphy. Still, the defense was no better than before.

A number of high-profile coaches are expected to be available this summer.

Detroit’s Mike Babcock heads the list, as his contract is up. Yet his $5 million price tag might be a stumbling block. Also, Babcock’s culture in Detroit has always been European heavy. The culture here is radically different.

Among the more realistic possibilities — assuming some are available if released — Todd McLellan, whose name has been mentioned repeatedly in recent weeks with the Flyers; Dave Tippett, who could bring goalie coach Sean Burke to his next club; Ken Hitchcock, Dan Bylsma, Claude Julien, Randy Carlyle, Kevin Dineen and Peter DeBoer.

And what about former Flyers coach John Stevens, who is slated to someday succeed Darryl Sutter in Los Angeles, or Jeff Blashill, a rising star in Grand Rapids, who has been waiting patiently behind Babcock?

There’s also Carolina assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour.

Hextall opted to back out of attending the IIHF World Championships with Team Canada this spring in the Czech Republic.

He has a larger and far more difficult task to tackle right here in Philadelphia.

And it began today with Berube’s firing.

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<![CDATA[Ex-NFL Player Strangled Cellmate: Coroner]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:38:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lawrence-phillips-2005.jpg

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips killed his cellmate by strangling him, authorities said Thursday.

The Kern County Coroner released the new details in the homicide of Damion Soward, 37, at the Kern Valley State Prison. The coroner’s report states that Soward died of neck compression asphyxia.

Phillips, 39, is charged with Soward’s murder and is currently being held in a segregation unit at the prison.

Phillips is already serving a 31-year sentence for multiple charges, including spousal abuse and auto theft, officials said.

Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He was drafted 6th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 1996 NFL Draft.

He only played in 25 games and scored 12 touchdowns for the Rams, but also had short stints with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

In 2005, jurors convicted Phillips of choking a former girlfriend twice in San Diego, once into unconsciousness. He was also convicted of hitting three teenagers with his car in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Philadelphia Eagles Partner With NBC10]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:08:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Lincoln+Financial+Field+Eagles+NBC10.JPG SkyForce10 was over Lincoln Financial Field Thursday evening as a special announcement was on the big screen: The Philadelphia Eagles are in a new partnership with NBC10 and Comcast SportsNet. The trio will bring the Birds home to you like never before.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Eagles Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos Hikes It to NBC10's Keith Jones]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:03:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010053682_1200x675_429378115672.jpg Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos tosses the football to NBC10's Keith Jones as we announce the new partnership between the Eagles and NBC10.]]> <![CDATA[Calgary Flames Defeat Vancouver Canucks 2-1]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/469873146.jpg

Defenseman Kris Russell scored with just under 30 seconds remaining in the third period, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.

David Jones also scored for the Flames, who were down 1-0 entering the third period. Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots in the Flames' first playoff game since 2009.

Bo Horvat opening the scoring for Vancouver midway in the second period. Jannik Hansen and Alexander Edler assisted on the play.

Vancouver hosts Game 2 on Friday night.

Russell's shot from the point found its way through traffic after a dominant shift by the Flames that had the Canucks hemmed in deep.

Eddie Lack made 28 saves for Vancouver, which is back in the postseason after missing out last spring for the first time in six years.

Horvat snapped a scoreless tie after Lack, in his first playoff start, made a couple of big saves at the other end. The 20-year-old rookie had his first shot blocked, but his follow-up on the backhand nicked off the skate of Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman in front and past Hiller.

Calgary, which won 10 games when trailing after 40 minutes in the regular season and was tied for first in the NHL with 99 third-period goals, tied the game midway in the final session. After a soft play by the Canucks at their own blue line, the Flames broke in on a quick 3-on-2 in transition, with Jones roofing a shot over Lack.

The goal came on the heels of a pair of big saves by Hiller.

Notes: Vancouver has not won at home in the playoffs since Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final against Boston, a span of seven contests. The Canucks had also lost 10 of their last 11 playoff games overall dating back to Game 6 of the series with the Bruins. ... Calgary rookie Sam Bennett — playing in just his second professional game — had a strong chance after cutting out of the corner before being denied by Lack.

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<![CDATA[Best of the 2015 NHL Playoffs]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:05:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP710209314180.jpg The 2015 NHL playoffs are officially underway. Check out these photos highlighting the best teams in the league and their quest to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Blackhawks Player Surprises Firefighters With Pizza]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:23:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/patrick+kane+pizza.png

What would you do if your favorite hockey player showed up at your doorstep with dinner?

For the guys at the Downers Grove firehouse, they did what they do best and kept their cool despite being massive Chicago Blackhawks fans.

The team has made it a trend to surprise their biggest fans in unexpected ways, and in their latest video from the “What's Your Goal” series Patrick Kane answers the call of Courtney O’Leary – whose goal was to have a Blackhawks player deliver dinner to her husband and his fellow firefighters.

“He is a wonderful husband and an amazing dad and he loves his job as a firefighter/paramedic and he absolutely loves the Blackhawks,” Courtney said of her husband Patrick O’Leary. “It’s my hope that he can be surprised in a really awesome way because no one on this planet deserves it more than he does.”

Watch the video above to see the whole surprise unfold.

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<![CDATA[Broken Bone Prompts Probe of NYPD Tactics in NBA Player Arrest]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP508863874080.jpg

The NYPD says it has launched an internal investigation into the arrest of the Atlanta Hawks player who broke a bone while being detained by police officers following last week's stabbing of an ex-Knicks player outside a popular Chelsea nightclub, authorities say. 

In a statement Tuesday, the NYPD said, "The matter has been referred to the Internal Affairs Bureau for investigation." 

Thabo Sefolosha fractured his fibula and suffered ligament damage during the arrest outside 1OAK on West 17th Street Wednesday and will miss the rest of the team's season, the Hawks said.

In a statement Tuesday, Sefolosha said he could not discuss the case "on advice of counsel," but thanked advocates for their support in what he called "a difficult time."

"I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police," Sefolosha said. "I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused."

Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic were both arrested on obstructing governmental administration and other charges after they allegedly blocked police who were attempting to set up a crime scene after Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed during a dispute outside the club. Both players have said they plan to fight the charges.

League sources previously told ESPN the NBA players' union is looking into the arrests, which were captured on video that was later posted to the gossip website TMZ. The union said it is concerned about why Sefolosha's injury, apparently sustained during the arrest, went untreated overnight.

Photos of the pair walking out of a police precinct showed Sefolosha wearing some sort of makeshift splint, and he was seen limping during a court appearance.

"The players' union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic's arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation," NBPA spokeswoman Tara Greco told ESPN. "The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves."

Sefolosha and Antic were both in town for a game later that day against the Nets; Copeland and the Pacers were set to play the Knicks. Antic said Friday that they weren't at the nightclub with Copeland.

"We don't have nothing to do with what happened with that," Antic said. "We weren't together. We didn't even see the guy and whatever happened, happened way before."

Copeland was released from Bellevue Hospital after being treated there for several days. He was stabbed in the abdomen and elbow after leaving the nightclub with girlfriend Katrine Saltara, who was also stabbed.

Police arrested 22-year-old Shevoy Bleary on assault and weapons possession charges in the attack. He was arraigned last week; his lawyer had no immediate comment after the hearing.

Sources tell NBC 4 New York that Copeland and Saltara were arguing outside the club when a woman approached and tried to intervene. Copeland then began arguing with Bleary, who also walked up to them, and Saltara and the other woman tried to break up the fight. 

That's when Bleary allegedly pulled out a knife and started slashing people, cutting the 31-year-old basketball player, his girlfriend and the other woman, believed to be a friend of Bleary's.

The second woman was stabbed in the chest and the abdomen; she needed 22 stitches. Bleary allegedly told investigators he had tried to push the woman who was with him away and she ended up getting slashed. 

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<![CDATA[Bombing Survivors at Fenway Opener]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:55:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP223280750829.jpg

The siblings of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, Martin Richard, played a significant role in helping kick-off Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park Monday afternoon.

Richard's 8-year-old sister Jane, who lost her leg in the attack, sang the National Anthem alongside a children's choir from Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. In addition, their brother Henry handed the ball to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Jane and Henry's brother Martin was just eight-years-old when he was killed in the bombing on April 15, 2013. Two others died and more than 260 people were wounded when twin pressure-cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded near the finish line.

The Red Sox won their home opener with a 9-4 victory over the Washington Nationals. 

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Soldier Son Surprises Parents on Ice During NHL Game]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:05:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-04-13+at+12.12.18+PM.png

A NHL face off turned into a family embrace thanks to a special reunion staged during last weekend's game between the Anaheim Ducks and the  Arizona Coyotes.

Eitan and Ronit Urman, who have been Coyotes season ticket holders since 1996, were asked to drop the puck at the start of the game during the league's last weekend of regular season play.

As they were about to do the ceremonial puck drop, their son Dan, a U.S. Army sergeant who had been stationed in Afghanistan, made a surprise appearance on the ice.

The father ran to hug his son and both men fell on the slippery surface. But that didn't stop them from embracing as the packed rink of hockey fans cheered boisterously.

The Ducks scored a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes, leaving them with a record of 51-24-7 as they head into the NHL playoffs.

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<![CDATA[Sixth-Grader Who Won NCAA Bracket Challenge Gets Scholarship]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:34:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/holtz+family.jpg

Sam Holtz, the sixth grade boy from suburban Chicago who completed a near-perfect bracket predicting the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, will be getting a prize after all — just not the one he originally sought.

Sam made headlines when at only 12 years old he beat out 11.75 million people to tie for first in ESPN’s massive annual contest. Sam said despite overcoming the odds, ESPN officials told him he was ineligible to claim the top prize — a $20,000 gift card and a trip to the Maui Invitational basketball tournament — but now Sam will be getting his $20,000 in the form of a college scholarship from an unexpected donor.

“My parents have always taught me that if you do right, good things will happen,” Sam said in a statement. “Thank you very much, I still can’t believe how I’m actually getting this and I really want to thank you and I really appreciate it.”

Sam, who used his dad's email address to enter the contest, was ruled ineligible for the prize due to ESPN's requirement that participants are at least 18. When Ryan Blair, co-founder and CEO of ViSalus, heard Sam’s story, he decided to take the matter into his own hands.

Blair, along with his business partners Blake Mallen and Nick Sarnicola, wanted to provide Sam with a $20,000 college scholarship to further education through Project 10 Kids, the charitable arm of their business lifestyle brand. But first they had to find him.

They started posting to Facebook in an effort to get in touch with Sam and his family.

“I just spoke with my partner Ryan Blair and we decided if someone can get Sam or his parents to contact us then we will give him a $20,000 scholarship for his college tuition personally – you deserve it partner! I only scored 700 points,” Sarnicola wrote.

A spokesperson for the company said at ViSalus “the culture is about creating possibility for others, and Sam’s passion and accomplishments truly stand out."

Eventually the company was connected with the principal at Sam’s school, Lake Zurich Middle School North, who got the representatives in touch with Sam’s parents.

“[This shows] there are good people in this world, people you may never even meet,” Sam’s father Butch Holtz said upon learning of his son’s scholarship.

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<![CDATA[Stow to Throw Ceremonial Pitch]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:09:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/457858854.jpg

The San Francisco Giants fan attacked outside Dodger Stadium in 2011, is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the San Jose Giants home opener.

The San Jose team plays the Bakersfield Blaze on Thursday.

Bryan Stow was left severely brain-damaged after the attack, but he plans to get up from his wheelchair Thursday and make his way onto the field using a walker -- and then throw the pitch

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Stow $18 million from the Dodgers and his assailants in 2014.

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