<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 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 Oct 2014 00:08:46 -0400 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:08:46 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI in Maryland]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:58:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_080212_phelps20i.jpg

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with DUI and other charges in Maryland early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday afternoon, Phelps pleaded for forgiveness on Twitter, writing, "I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility... I am deeply sorry."

Police say Phelps was clocked driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone on southbound Interstate 395 leaving Baltimore.

An officer then followed Phelps' white 2014 Land Rover through the Fort McHenry Tunnel on northbound Interstate 95, said Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Phelps was speeding and crossing double lines in the tunnel, they said.

The officer stopped Phelps just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Authorities say he appeared to be under the influence and failed a series of field sobriety tests. Phelps was cooperative during the process, they said.

Phelps was arrested around 1:40 a.m., TMZ first reported. He was charged with DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines, and was later released.

The swimmer posted a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon, apologizing for the incident. "I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," he said in part. "I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history with 22 medals: 18 gold, two silver and two bronze. He won an unprecedented eight gold medals in eight events at the Beijing Games in 2008, and returned to win four more golds at the London Games in 2012.

The swimmer said after the London Games that he was finished with competitive swimming. But he recently returned to the pool, competing in significant championship events this summer. He has not yet confirmed his plans for the Summer Games in Rio in 2016.

Phelps has been charged with DUI previously. In November 2004, he was stopped by state troopers in Salisbury, Maryland, after failing to stop for a stop sign. He was 19 at the time.

In that case, Phelps pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. He was fined $250 and was ordered to serve 18 months probation.

During an interview with Matt Lauer on "Today," Phelps called the event an isolated incident and said he had "let myself down and my family down... I think I let a lot of people in the country down."

Phelps faced further controversy when a photograph surfaced in February 2009 showing him with a water pipe used to smoke tobacco or marijuana.

Phelps publicly apologized and admitted that the image, taken at a student party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic. The brouhaha surrounding the photo resulted in the swimmer losing Kellogg's as a sponsor and a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.

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<![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:16:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Wrigley Field Renovation Begins]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wrigley_reno_.jpg

Construction on the $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project officially went into high gear Monday.

The Chicago Cubs wasted zero time between the end of the baseball season last week and the start of construction.

Over the next six months, workers will expand the bleachers in both outfields, push the stadium's footprint further onto both Waveland Avenue and Sheffield, and lay the foundation for seven new outfield signs along with a 2,400 square foot video scoreboard in right field. The Red and Purple parking lots will also be excavated to make room for underground players' locker rooms and lounges.

Some fans are excited about the changes but others are worried about losing the historic venue's character.

"I don't want to see it get too doctored up with too much commercial-ness, but I appreciate what they're trying to do. I support the Ricketts," a Cubs fan told NBC 5 near the stadium.

"I just think the neighborhood feel of the ballpark's going to be greatly diluted, or maybe disappear," another fan said.

A pending lawsuit looms over the project. Eight nearby rooftop owners are suing the city claiming the project violates their profit-sharing agreement with the team.

The first phase of renovations is expected to completed by Opening Day 2015.
 

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<![CDATA[Jets' Geno Smith Curses at Fan]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:33:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Geno-Smith-Lashes-Out-0925.jpg

Geno Smith completely lost his cool — and maybe a bit of his grip on the Jets' starting quarterback job.

Frustrated after a third straight loss and calls for his backup increasing, Smith was caught by a TV camera yelling an expletive at a heckler in the stands as he walked off the MetLife Stadium field following a 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"Before we start this off, first of all I want to apologize if any kids saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field," Smith said to open his postgame news conference. "I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it's a part of my learning process."

Smith had two more turnovers as chants of "We Want Vick!" echoed throughout the stadium at times, perhaps none louder than after he was intercepted by Darius Slay in the fourth quarter.

"That stuff, to me, is B.S.," wide receiver Eric Decker said of the chants.

Asked what he thought when he heard the calls for Vick, defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was blunt.

"Shut up," Richardson said. "If that's the case, produce a child who can come and make it to the NFL and let's see what he's got. Other than that, just shut up."

Vick didn't get into this one, and coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Smith will start again for the Jets (1-3) next Sunday at San Diego despite his struggles.

"No, I'm not going to replace him," Ryan said. "I feel good about Geno. I think he will get it turned (around). He's a tough, resilient young man. I think we're going to win. We'll win soon."

Smith was 17 of 33 for 209 yards, including an 11-yard TD pass to Decker, but threw an interception and lost a fumble — giving him seven turnovers in four games.

That's what has many fans frustrated, tired of the mistakes being made by the second-year quarterback.

"He's got to keep his composure, no matter how frustrated he gets," Richardson said. "But it happens."

Despite the skid and the struggles, the Jets players insist they still believe in Smith as the starting quarterback.

"One hundred percent, yeah," Decker said. "It's hard to see him take, really, all the criticism. It's not just him. Everyone is doing this together. ... We've got to make some plays for him, take some pressure off him."

Matthew Stafford got the Lions up and down the field — even without Calvin Johnson being much of a factor.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and the Lions overcame Johnson being limited by an ankle injury. Jeremy Ross and Eric Ebron caught scoring passes for the Lions, who are off to a 3-1 start for the second straight season. Stafford finished 24 of 34 for 293 yards, and appeared unfazed by his top receiver being in and out of the game.

Johnson was clearly impeded by his injured ankle, which had him questionable for the game. He had just two catches for 12 yards, but Golden Tate picked up for him, catching eight passes for 116 yards.

"We knew Calvin was going to be limited today and we were hoping to not have to use him unless it was an emergency," wide receiver Golden Tate said. "I think we responded well."

The Jets, who made it close on Chris Johnson's 35-yard run with 6:58 left, fell to 1-3 for the first time in Ryan's six seasons as coach.

New York stayed in it by scoring on its first possession of the second half, an 11-yard touchdown from Smith to Decker midway through the third quarter that made it 17-10.

But the Lions reclaimed control on Stafford's 1-yard run for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Detroit a 24-10 lead. Stafford's run — upheld by video review — capped a 14-play, 90-yard scoring drive.

"We have the ability," Decker said. "It's about executing the plays. Period."

NOTES: On New York's next possession after Slay's interception, former Jets safety James Ihedigbo had a strip sack of Smith on New York's next possession. The fumble was recovered by Darryl Tapp. ... Jets WR David Nelson (left ankle) and S Calvin Pryor (thigh) left and didn't return. CB Antonio Allen also had a significant limp after the game. Lions RB Joique Bell was being evaluated for a head injury, while running back Theo Riddick and fullback Montell Owens left with hamstring injuries. Neither coach had any updates.

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<![CDATA[Chip Kelly Sends Flowers to Devon Still’s Daughter ]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Devon-Still-and-Daughter.jpg

Chip Kelly may be all-business on the football field, but the Eagles head coach proved to be a true class act off the gridiron after he showed his support for an NFL player and his young daughter who is battling cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Kelly sent a gift basket and flowers to 4-year-old Leah Still Friday after her successful operation. Leah’s father, defensive tackle Devon Still, posted a photo of the gift on his Instagram page, thanking Kelly and the Eagles.

Still and his daughter have captured the hearts of millions of people nationwide as she continues to receive treatment at CHOP. The Delaware native and former Penn State Nittany Lion was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals in August. However, 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.

After the Bengals decided to donate proceeds from his jersey sales to the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and pediatric cancer care and research, Still’s No. 75 jersey quickly became the team’s top seller.

Still has kept his followers updated on his daughter’s progress, posting a video of a pep talk he gave her prior to her surgery.

Still later announced Thursday a surgeon at CHOP was able to remove her tumor, lymph nodes and right adrenal gland where her cancer originated. He also stated however that his daughter’s battle was far from over, as doctors still need to remove the cancer from her bone marrow.

 



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<![CDATA[Jeter's Nephew Tips Hat]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:09:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-26+at+9.59.36+AM.jpg

There were many emotional moments during Derek Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night, but the most adorable was a simple tip of the cap from his young nephew.

Little Jalen was there in the stands and watched as his famous uncle hit the walk-off single that would end his reign in the Bronx.

The Captain’s biggest fan grabbed the brim of his Re2pect cap and tipped it to Jeter. It’s a moment you can watch over and over again.

Jeter plans to play three more games, but Thursday night was his last at shortstop.

When the Yankees head to Fenway Park in Boston, Jeter plans to be the designated hitter.



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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter Through the Years]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:14:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/153334595.jpg A look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Captain's career.

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter's Last Game at Yankee Stadium]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:46:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/456108670.jpg As if on cue, the rain let up, a rainbow came out and Derek Jeter began his final home game with one more jolt.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 4]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:23:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/455677434.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the fourth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Keith Olbermann Rips Derek Jeter in 7-Minute Rant]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jeter+olbermann.jpg

ESPN's Keith Olbermann ripped Derek Jeter in a 7-minute rant Tuesday, saying the future Yankees hall-of-famer is "not the greatest person in human history," much less the best to grace the diamond.

"Contrary to what you have heard, Derek Jeter is not the greatest person in human history. He did not invent baseball, he did not discover electricity, he is not the greatest shortstop who ever lived," Olbermann said at the top of his show Tuesday. "And among all the terrific players in the history of the New York Yankees is his not by any measure, number one."

Olbermann said people younger than 40 never saw the Yankees win a league championship without Jeter and the 40-year-old shortstop has always been at the forefront of their sports worlds. But, "objects in the sideview mirror may actually be smaller than they appear," he said.

Olbermann called Jeter "an excellent long-serving player, but nowhere near an immortal," and blasted the days-long -- even months-long -- send-off the all-star player has received.

The ESPN host also criticized Jeter's offensive and defensive statistics, pointed out he never won an MVP award and said that if Jeter had asked to be moved down in the lineup or benched himself at various points this year, the Yankees might be in the playoffs.

Other outlets have given the Captain a more friendly send-off.

Watch the full Olbermann rant above.  



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<![CDATA[Play of the Week]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:34:54 -0400 ]]> <![CDATA[49er Ray McDonald's San Jose Home Burglarized: Source]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:23:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP13080214223.jpg

The home of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was burglarized over the weekend, a police source told NBC Bay Area on Monday.

San Jose police would not confirm the name of the homeowner who was burglarized, as is standard protocol for victims of a crime.

But police did send out a news release over the weekend stating that officers responded to a report of a residential burglary on Saturday at 10:47 p.m. in the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive. Public records show McDonald lives on that street, in that same block.

In the statement, Officer Albert Morales said the person who called police reported "someone forced entry into the home and stole personal items." Those personal items were not disclosed.

At the time of the burglary, McDonald was in Arizona ahead of Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

The unidentified suspect or suspects remain at large, Morales said, and the investigation is ongoing.

McDonald made headlines recently over an August arrest in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident. The player, who has not been charged by the Santa Clara County district attorney and was released on $25,000 bail, called the arrest a "crazy situation" in a brief interview with NBC Bay Area. He has maintained his innocence.

The 49ers have said McDonald will remain active while he goes through the legal process.

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Seahawks Player Proposes to Girlfriend After Victory]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:33:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DeShawnShead.jpg

Seattle Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead walked off the field with not one, but two wins Sunday night when he proposed to his girlfriend following an overtime victory against the Denver Broncos.

About 30 minutes after the winning game 26-20, Shead changed into a dress shirt and slacks, and asked his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez, and some family members to join him on the CenturyLink field, ESPN reported.

Shead then popped the question on the 50-yard line, with Bruno Mars’ “Marry Me” playing on the stadium’s speakers.

When Martinez said yes, a dozen of Shead’s teammates, including cornerback Richard Sherman and linebacker Mike Morgan, ran out on the field to congratulate the couple.

Both Shead and Martinez took to social media to spread news of the engagement.

"She said yes!" Shead tweeted along with a link to a picture of the couple.

"Best day of my life," Martinez added on her own Instagram account.



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<![CDATA[LL Coach Killed by Baseball]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:58:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/richard+becher.jpeg

A 50-year-old Little League coach died after he was hit in the head with a baseball during warm-ups before a game on Long Island over the weekend, authorities said.

Richard Becher, of Holbrook, was hit with the baseball while pitching batting practice to his 12-year-old son's team before a game Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven, a baseball facility in Yaphank, Newsday reports.

According to police, bystanders were performing CPR on an unconscious Becher when officers and paramedics arrived.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.



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<![CDATA[Bears' Jared Allen on Peterson Case]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jared+allen+9-20.jpg

Chicago Bears defensive end and former Minnesota Viking, Jared Allen, spoke out about the allegations surrounding his former teammate and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

“I’ve said it all along that I have my beliefs and my opinions,” Allen said after practice Saturday, noting his focus has been on the Chicago Bears. “And that’s what they are and I live my life a certain way. I believe good people can make bad decisions. I’m not perfect so I’m not one to cast judgments on others.”

Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail last week on a charge alleging that he spanked one of his sons with a wooden switch.

Peterson was benched for last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The Vikings initially decided to allow Peterson to play while the legal process plays out in Texas, the team quickly reversed course and benched Peterson indefinitely. The organization put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning he is off the active roster while he deals with his legal affairs. 

“Obviously, they’ll have to deal with those circumstances,” Allen said. “Adrian and everybody [with the Vikings] will have to deal with that going forward. It’s a tough deal and it’s sad. I guess that’s my best answer. It was sad to hear.”

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<![CDATA[Raw: Hundreds Line Up to Exchange Rice Jerseys]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ray_rice_baltimore_ravens.jpg Hundreds and hundreds of people lined up outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland Friday to exchange the jersey of running back Ray Rice.

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