<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:58:56 -0400Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:58:56 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NFL to Develop 'Educational Training Video' for Touchdown Celebrations]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-619305294_master.jpg

The National Football League wants to show players how they should celebrate touchdowns during a game.

The league is preparing a training video to show players which types of celebrations are allowed.

Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, said on Twitter Wednesday that the league is developing an educational training video, with the goal of giving the players “clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations.”

Vincent, a former player, clarifies that the videos are not new celebrations rules but they are for "clarity and consistency for both the official and the player."

But not everyone is happy about the idea.

Former Cowboys player Martellus Bennett ripped NFL in a Twitter rant on Thursday.

He said the NFL wants the players to be robots and not individuals and compared the way NFL promotes logos to the way NBA promotes players.

Along with the training videos, the committee is also exploring ways to take dangerous hits out of the games.

"We'll communicate this to our coaches and players with video examples of flagrant hits that may result in ejection or suspension," Vincent announced in a series of tweets.



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<![CDATA[White House Announces New England Patriots' Visit]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:11:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/what-ap.jpg

It's official: the White House has announced when the New England Patriots are visiting after the team's historic comeback Super Bowl win.

The Patriots will meet President Donald Trump on April 19, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Thursday.

A number of star players have already stated they won't be visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., including Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, LaGarrette Blount and Dont'a Hightower.

Before the team's Super Bowl win against the Atlanta Falcons, Bennett announced that he wouldn't go to the White House if the Patriots won.

"America was built on inclusiveness not exclusiveness," he tweeted.

Blount's announcement was made on "The Rich Eisen Show" after the Pats' win.

"I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that," Blount said.

Running back James White said he was considering skipping the event, but would make a decision after the team was invited.

Star quarterback Tom Brady previously said his teammates are allowed to skip their trip to the White House, but added that they're missing "a great experience."

Brady missed his team's 2015 White House trip during the Obama administration, but said his absence "never was a political thing."

Trump has frequently mentioned his friendships with Brady, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, including on the eve of Election Night during a visit to New Hampshire.



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<![CDATA[USA Dominates Puerto Rico to Win First WBC Title]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:38:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*127/AP_17082181722984.jpg

America's pastime is back in the hands of the United States.

Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and Marcus Stroman threw six shutout innings as the United States dominated Puerto Rico, 8-0, to win their first ever World Baseball Classic Title.

It was a patriotic night at Dodger Stadium as the Americans outplayed the undefeated Puerto Ricans in every facet of the game, avenging a 6-5 loss in the quarterfinals last Friday in San Diego.

"We were prepared since we've already played them once," said Pittsburgh Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen. "They got us the last time, we made mistakes in that game, but today, no mistakes were made. That's something we keyed on and we were able to do it. We made history today."

Kinsler got the scoring started for the United States when the Detroit Tigers second baseman teed off on a four-seam fastball from Seth Lugo in the third inning to give the Stars and Stripes and early 2-0 lead.

Earlier in the day, Kinsler sounded off on how Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries play the game, telling The New York Times, "I hope kids watching the World Baseball Classic can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico or the Dominican plays. That's not taking anything away from them. That just wasn't the way we were raised."

The United States didn't give Puerto Rico a chance to celebrate on Wednesday night as Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman had a no-hitter through six innings.

"I love pitching in these moments," said Stroman. "I love the atmosphere. I feel like the bigger the game, the more I'm able to get up, the more effective I am. I truly try to pride myself on being a big-game pitcher. This was probably one of the biggest if not the biggest game I've ever pitched in."

Stroman is of Puerto Rican descent, but ironically, opted to play for the United States over Puerto Rico in the WBC tournament. His mother, who is Puerto Rican, was harassed on social media earlier in the week for her son's decision to pitch for Team USA. 

"It definitely added a little fuel to the fire," said Stroman, who was named MVP of the tournament. "This is our first win. We've had a few early exits in the past. So each and every guy came into this with one goal, and that was to win it. I love these guys. It was an unbelievable experience, and I'll be back in four years to defend the title." 

Angel Pagan broke up the no-hitter with a double down the left field line to leadoff the top of the seventh. It was one of only three hits Puerto Rico would have on the night.

Andrew McCutcheon was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Brandon Crawford had a pair of RBI of his own as the U.S. hoisted the WBC trophy for the first time in it's fourth installment.

"It was a fun and great experience," said Crawford after the game. "Just to be on this team and around all these guys. They're All-Stars, Gold Glovers, Silver Sluggers, all that on this team. It was a lot of fun for me just to be a part of it, but the winning makes it even better."

The Americans relished their victory underneath a downpour of confetti on the field. Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer carried a bald eagle statue on the stage for the trophy celebration and acknowledged the team had their sights set on winning it all before the tournament began.

"We wanted to get the U.S. back on top of the baseball world," he said. "We did that."

Lugo, a New York Mets minor league pitcher, took the loss for Puerto Rico, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in four innings. Entering the game, Lugo was 2-0 in the tournament, but Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games.

Before the game, Puerto Rico had printed up t-shirts that read "WBC Champions," and reportedly had plans for a return flight to San Juan and a parade pre-scheduled.

That preemptive arrogance irked Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

"Do you want the truth? Before the game, we got a note that there were championship shirts made, a flight, and a parade, and it wasn't for us," said Jones. "That didn't sit well with us."

Most of the 51,565 fans in attendance chanted "USA! USA! USA!" as they draped themselves in American Flags. After the game, United States' manager Jim Leyland said this would be the last time he would put on a baseball uniform and dedicated the game to our country's military

"This is for the men and women who serve our country."



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<![CDATA[Globetrotter Guests on Class' Famed Handshake Line]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:18:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+Harlem+Globetrotter+Handshake+THUMB.jpg

North Carolina grade school teacher Barry White Jr. greets each member of his 5th grade class with a personalized handshake every morning. Video of White delivering these handshakes went viral earlier this year. Today, the teacher had another surprise for his students when Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin showed up to deliver the handshakes. McClurkin has played with the Harlem Globetrotters for six seasons, and in addition to delivering the famous handshakes, he also offered the students some sage advice: listen to your teachers.

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<![CDATA[Blond Ambition: Puerto Rico Baseball Team, Fans Dye Hair]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:22:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-655812566.jpg The Puerto Rican national baseball team is showing their unity at the World Baseball Classic through blond bonding. Players are sporting bleach-blond locks, inspiring fans to dye their own hair. What began as a joke among team members has turned in to a phenomenon that is causing a shortage of hair dye at beauty supply stores and pharmacies across the island.

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<![CDATA[Former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause Dead at 77: Report]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:52:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-369988.jpg

Jerry Krause, known as the architect of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty in the 1990s, has passed away at the age of 77, the Chicago Bulls confirmed Tuesday. 

Krause, who won six championships during his successful tenure with the Bulls, was a member of the Bulls' front office for 18 seasons.

“The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,” Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the ’90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family.”

A Chicago-native, Krause was hired by Reinsdorf to oversee the construction of the team's roster before the 1985-86 season. In his tenure, he drafted players like Horace Grant, traded for players like Scottie Pippen, Bill Cartwright and Dennis Rodman, and ultimately helped the team to one of the most successful runs in sports history as they won six championships in eight seasons.

“I owe a lot to Jerry. If it weren’t for him bringing me to Chicago in 1985, I probably never would have been a Bull,” Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in a statement. “He had a great eye for talent, and his ability to build a team is unrivaled. He’s one of the best the league has ever seen."

Even with all that success, there were always tensions between Krause and the two biggest stars in Chicago, as Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson frequently butted heads with the G.M. Krause did not attend Jordan's Hall of Fame induction in 2009, and he frequently chastised Jackson in the press during their rocky relationship.

Jordan released a statement to CNBC Tuesday saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends.”

Jackson echoed Jordan's statement, saying Krause's death is "sad day for the Chicago Bulls and the entire NBA community."

"He was a man determined to create a winning team in Chicago - his hometown," Jackson said. "Jerry was known as 'The Sleuth' for his secrecy, but it was no secret that he built the dynasty in Chicago. We, who were part of his vision in that run, remember him today."

*In the original version of this story, it was incorrectly stated that Scottie Pippen was drafted by the Bulls, when in fact he was acquired in a draft-day trade in 1987*



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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Downs Netherlands to Advance to WBC Final]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:24:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Puerto+Rico+-+WBC.png

Puerto Rico came into Monday’s World Baseball Classic semifinal game against The Netherlands with an undefeated record, and they’ll carry that unblemished mark into Wednesday’s title contest as they notched a 4-3 extra innings triumph.

With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, Eddie Rosario launched a fly ball to center field that was hauled in by Jurickson Profar. After Profar caught the ball, Carlos Correa took off from third base and scored the winning run to send Puerto Rico to the final of the tournament.

With the victory, Puerto Rico has now won all seven games that they have played in so far in the tournament, and they will now face either Team USA or Japan in the final on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Puerto Rico also made it to the championship game in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but they fell to the Dominican Republic at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Correa played a huge role for the Puerto Rican squad in the game as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the triumph. Carlos Beltran and Javier Baez also had two hits apiece for the team, and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 with a run scored.

For the Dutch side, they got a big performance out of right fielder Wladimir Balentien, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored, but it wasn’t enough as their Cinderella run through the tournament came to a crashing halt.

The game got off to a great start for the Netherlands squad as they were staked to a 2-0 lead by Balentien’s home run, but Puerto Rico answered right back. Correa, a star for the Houston Astros, launched a two-run home run of his own to tie things up and give his team some momentum.

TJ Rivera hit a home run of his own in the bottom of the second to put Puerto Rico ahead, but the Netherlands wouldn’t go away quietly. Balentien scored the game-tying run in the top of the fifth inning, but the Dutch squad was unable to take the lead as a relay throw from Angel Pagan to Baez nailed Jonathan Schoop at the plate to keep things tied up.

The game would remain tied until extra innings, and the Puerto Rico squad got a huge lift from pitcher Edwin Diaz. Under Classic rules, the Netherlands started the 11th inning with runners on first and second, but Diaz was able to induce a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and give Puerto Rico a chance to win in the bottom of the frame.

That ultimately was all the team needed. With runners on first and second, Yadier Molina laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third, and Baez was then intentionally walked. Rosario then stepped up to the plate and drilled the first pitch he saw into center field, driving in Correa on the sacrifice fly to finish off the game.

Wednesday’s championship game will air on MLB Network, and first pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central time.



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<![CDATA[Trump Addresses Kaepernick Free Agency in Kentucky Speech]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_POL_TRUMP_KENTUCKY_KAEP_032017-149005705094200001.jpg

President Donald Trump discussed free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20.

"There was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don't want to pick him up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," he said. "Do you believe that?"

Trump added that he would report that news to the "people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag, right." 

 
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<![CDATA[Trump Reminds Louisville Fans Their Basketball Team Lost]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:05:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_TRUMP_HOOPS-149005682814400001.jpg

During a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, President Donald Trump reminded local basketball fans their beloved Louisville Cardinals lost in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

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<![CDATA[FBI Director Comey Explains Why He's Not a Patriots Fan]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:07:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_James-Comey-walk-through.jpg

After U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas thanked FBI Director James Comey for finding Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey, Comey explained why he's not a fan of the New England Patriots.



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<![CDATA[Craziest March Madness Cinderella Teams]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:23:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-57199007.jpg As March Madness sweeps across the country, take a look back to some of the greatest upsets in NCAA Men's Basketball history.

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<![CDATA[Villanova Fans Surge North for Next March Madness Match-Up]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:56:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019881565_1200x675_900949059895.jpg

Scores of Wildcats are trekking to Buffalo, New York to cheer on the men's basketball team as they prepare to take on Wisconsin in the next March Madness match up.

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<![CDATA[Cubs World Series Win Cost Chicago Over $18M in Expenses]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:55:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-621152150.png

The total cost of the Chicago Cubs’ historic dash to become World Series champions cost the city a total of $18.8 million, a city official confirmed to NBC 5.

The biggest expense was the overtime required for police officers who were working more shifts, Molly Poppe, a city spokeswoman said Friday.

Home games in Chicago during the World Series cost the city $14.7 million and an additional $84,000 was spent on overtime for Office of Emergency Management personnel, according to Poppe.

Cleaning up after the games and festivities cost $742,000, the city said, and the colossal Cubs victory parade cost $2.5 million in overtime.

The city confirmed last November the Cubs would foot the $388,000 bill to clean up and repair Grant Park.



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<![CDATA[Gymnasts Asked to Sign Card for Accused Abusive Doctor]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:54:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Gymnastic-doc-sexual-abuse.jpg

One afternoon this past autumn, Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages asked her young athletes to sign a card to the team doctor, Larry Nassar, NBC News reported.

Nassar wasn't recuperating from an illness or celebrating a milestone. Instead, he had been publicly accused of molesting former patients and was the target of a fast-growing police investigation.

"She said, 'You don't have to sign this if you don't want to, but it's for Larry and it would be appreciated if we could let him know that we're thinking about him,'" said gymnast Lindsey Lemke, 21, who recalls that some team members did sign.

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<![CDATA[Villanova Advances, Beats Mount St. Mary's 76-56]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:15:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-654239968.jpg

Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and NCAA Tournament top seed Villanova shook off a slow start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's.

The Wildcats (32-3) weren't themselves for much of the first half before they opened the second half with a 21-6 run to take the first step toward defending their championship. Villanova is trying to be the first back-to-back titlist since Florida in 2007.

Since the NCAA went to seeding in 1985, No. 1 seeds are 130-0 against No. 16s. The historic upset remains elusive, but for a while it looked like it could happen inside KeyBank Center.

The Mountaineers (20-16), who edged New Orleans in a First Four matchup on Tuesday, gave the defending champions all they could handle for 20 minutes.

Freshman Miles Wilson scored 22 to lead Mount St. Mary's.



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<![CDATA[Villanova's Road to Repeat]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:19:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB+Keith+5p+nova+-+17203321_22924844.jpg

NBC10's own Wildcat alumni Keith Jones brought good luck to Villanova last year, so he's on the road following his team as they look to repeat. 


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<![CDATA[USA Gymnastics President Resigns Amid Abuse Scandal]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:47:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/steve-penny.jpg

Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.

The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee's board recommended to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla that Penny should step down. Penny offered his resignation during a previously scheduled board meeting on Thursday.

Penny released the following statement on Thursday.

“For the past 18 years, it has been a privilege to serve the membership of USA Gymnastics.  There will never be enough words to describe my tremendous respect for all of the athletes who put their hearts and souls into the sport of gymnastics every day, along with the coaches, club owners, volunteers, families, and other professionals that support them with honor.

“Throughout this time there have been many amazing moments along with challenges.  My primary objectives over the last 12 years as CEO have been to raise the bar on how USA Gymnastics serves its athletes; to build relationships that provide resources to help the organization and its membership flourish; and to build a team effort that brought the sport together around common goals.

“Among the most important priorities has been Safe Sport. We all care deeply about the safety of our athletes, which is fundamental to a rewarding experience at any level of gymnastics.  It has been heartbreaking to learn of instances of abuse and it sickens me that young athletes would be exploited in such a manner.

“I applaud the United States Olympic Committee for creating a broad SafeSport platform that has brought new awareness to the importance of this issue and provided a robust solution for the National Governing Bodies to demonstrate their passion for athlete protection. The U.S. Center for SafeSport establishes an important framework for every National Governing Body to strengthen its resolve against abuse. Everyone associated with USA Gymnastics will benefit from this advancement.

“My decision to step aside as CEO is solely to support the best interests of USA Gymnastics at this time.

“I want to thank everyone for their support over the years, especially those members who have provided thoughtful feedback as to how we could improve the organization.  I am especially grateful to the USA Gymnastics staff and everyone who has served on the board of directors over the years.  These incredible people have always acted in the best interests of the organization and challenged USA Gymnastics to seek improvements that would benefit the membership it served.”

Penny joined USA Gymnastics in 1999 and was named the organization's president in 2005, overseeing one of the greatest runs in Olympic history.

Led by national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, the women's program has become a dominant force, producing each of the last four Olympic all-around champions and team golds in 2012 and 2016. The success turned gymnasts like Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson into stars and made USA Gymnastics a magnet for big-time corporate sponsors who wanted to be aligned with its healthy, winning image.

That image took a serious hit in recent months following an investigation by the Indianapolis Star that portrayed USA Gymnastics as slow to act when it came to addressing allegations of sexual abuse by a team doctor and coaches at member gyms across the country.

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"The Board believes this change in leadership will help USA Gymnastics face its current challenges and implement solutions to move the organization forward in promoting a safe environment for its athletes at all levels," Parilla said in a statement.

Last fall, Jamie Dantzscher, a member of the 2000 Olympic team, filed a civil lawsuit in California against USA Gymnastics and former team doctor Larry Nassar.

The lawsuit claims Nassar -- who worked for the organization on a volunteer basis for nearly 30 years before being dismissed in the summer of 2015 -- sexually groped and fondled the gymnasts as teenagers. Subsequent lawsuits have followed, including some that name Penny, Karolyi and her husband Bela as co-defendants because they "had knowledge of inappropriate conduct and molestations committed by (Nassar) before and during his employment, yet chose to allow him to remain unsupervised where he sexually abused plaintiff."

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Martha Karolyi retired last August and sold the training gyms at the Karolyi Ranch north of Houston to USA Gymnastics.

Nassar was fired by USA Gymnastics after Penny heard of an athlete's concerns about Nassar's conduct and went to federal authorities. The organization initially claimed it notified the authorities immediately but amended its timeline last month, indicating it conducted its own investigation during a five-week span before reporting Nassar to the FBI. Nassar is currently in prison in Michigan, where he worked for decades at Michigan State University before being let go last fall. He faces charges in both the state and federal system.

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USA Gymnastics hired a former federal prosecutor last fall to conduct an extensive review of the organization's policies in regards to potential sexual misconduct. The report by Deborah J. Daniels is expected sometime in the spring or early summer.

The gregarious Penny -- whose booming voice and penchant for wearing eye-catching shoes during big events made him stand out in a sea of gymnasts -- has denied any wrongdoing and the USA Gymnastics board of directors had remained supportive throughout the firestorm.

That didn't stop the USOC from sending recommendations to USA Gymnastics Thursday. While the USOC does not have official authority to remove heads of national governing bodies, it can apply pressure by threatening to without funding. The USOC gives USA Gymnastics a cash grant of nearly $2 million annually.

Pressure also has been building within the gymnastics community. International Gymnastics Camp, a summer camp located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, announced last week it was pulling its sponsorship of the organization until "USA Gymnastics must become the leading governing body in child safety considerations including National Team programs and club programs alike," camp director Brent Klaus wrote in an open letter on the camp's website.

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Penny's departure is not enough for some of the women who have filed suit against Nassar and the organization. Attorney John Manly, who is representing more than 70 women currently suing Nassar and USA Gymnastics, issued a letter to USOC chairman Larry Probst this weekend asking the USOC to de-certify USA Gymnastics.

The letter pointed to the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, a federal law that guarantees athletes the right to compete without discrimination. The letter pointed to misconduct by coaches as proof that USA Gymnastics "maternally inhibits these women's ability to participate in their sport."



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<![CDATA[March Madness Could Cost Employers $4B in Lost Productivity]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:29:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/collegebasketballfeuerherd.jpg

As March Madness arrives, distracted workers around the country will be paying more attention to their brackets than their work, according to a report by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, NBC News reported.

The firm estimates that more than 50.5 million American workers, or 20 percent, could participate in office pools this year. That's up 5 percentage points from last year and 9 points from 2014.

The loss of productivity in the opening week of March Madness could cost employers nearly $4 billion in lost revenue, according to the report. And each hour of the workday wasted on building brackets or watching games will cost employers $1.3 billion.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to PyeongChang: A Look Inside the 2018 Olympic Venue]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:17:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/031517+olympic+ski+jump+tower.jpg The 2018 Winter Games will begin in less than a year in PyeongChang, South Korea. Here's a preview of the Olympic host city's striking landscape, culinary tradition and more.

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<![CDATA[Villanova Begins Road to Repeat Championship]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:13:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019848812_1200x675_899328067763.jpg

NBC10’s Matt DeLucia reports from Villanova University as the Wildcats prepare to enter the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

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<![CDATA[Kidnap Victim’s Escape From Car’s Trunk Caught on Video]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:26:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/woman-escapes-trunk.jpg

A woman was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into the trunk of a car, but managed to escape—an ordeal that was caught on camera, NBC News reported.

The 25-year-old victim was abducted from outside of her apartment in Birmingham, Alabama. After telling her assailant that she wasn’t carrying cash, she was forced into the vehicle’s trunk, according to Sgt. Bryan Shelton. The woman managed to break free from the car’s trunk as her kidnapper was driving away from a gas station about six miles from the victim's home. The escape was captured on a surveillance camera at the station.

After breaking free, the gas station’s owner said the woman ran inside and called 911. According to police, the suspect was still on the loose early Thursday.



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