<![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, 26 Nov 2014 23:33:21 -0500 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:33:21 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[High School Blitz]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS_Sports_Txt.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 12]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:20:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/459467122.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the twelfth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday Spotlight]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:55:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP747099438720.jpg New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has had a stand-out first season, and recalls that he has always been ready for the Sunday spotlight.

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<![CDATA[High School Blitz - Nov. 21 Playoff Edition]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:55:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008723575_1200x675_362092099996.jpg On a cold night, teams in Pennsylvania and South Jersey battled to move on in the playoffs.]]> <![CDATA[Buffalo Bills Hitch Rides Aboard Snowmobiles]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:53:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KRAIG+URBIK1.JPG

Up to seven feet of snow wasn't going to stop the Buffalo Bills from flying out to Detroit for Monday’s game against the Jets — even if some players needed a novel way to get to the Bills’ stadium and a bus to the airport.

“Just texted with a Bills player who was picked up on a snowmobile to head to his game,” tweeted Albert Breer, national reporter for the NFL Network. “So in 10 years of covering the NFL, that’s a first.”

The game was supposed to have been played in Buffalo on Sunday, but was moved to Detroit because of the deadly storm.

The blizzard dropped 85 inches of snow on Buffalo, enough to bury Snookie, Jim Kelly and even Yao Ming.

On The MMQB, Peter King describes the planning that went into the "snowmobile rescues."

"I have covered the NFL for 30 years, and I must say I have never heard an NFL executive say he hoped a snowmobile would come up big for his team in advance of a game with big playoff implications," he wrote.

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<![CDATA[Jose Canseco Pranks Everyone with Finger Hoax]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:56:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP565783519558.jpg

Looks like Jose Canseco gave everyone the finger. 

The former Major League Baseball player took to Twitter at the end of October to announce that he had shot off his middle digit and had it reattached during surgery. Last week, Canseco claimed that the mangled finger fell off during a poker tournament because it had been “very loose” and “smelling really bad.” He also said he would be selling the thumb and gun that shot it off on eBay a few days later.

“Maybe I will make it a package the chrome 45 caliber Remington with the finger both for sale a package deal," he tweeted on Nov. 17.

But despite continuing to post on social media about the plan, Canseco reportedly will not be selling his appendage to the highest bidder—it was all just a prank.

When TMZ reporters followed up about the details of the unique eBay sale, Canseco finally admitted it was all a hoax, the site reported. He said he thought of the whole plan when he saw a fake finger in a Halloween store. 

What remains true, NBC Sports reports, is that the prankster did shoot off his finger but had it successfully reconnected with surgery.

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<![CDATA[Tips to Kick Asphalt: Marathon Tips]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:30:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Philadelphia-Marathon.jpg Tips that will surely help you reach your personal goal at the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon or any race you run.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Rice in China to Promote NFL]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:33:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/rice-horz.jpg

San Francisco 49ers legendary wide receiver and NFL Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice is in China trying to entice the world's most-populous country to tune into NFL football on every given Sunday, according to reports.

An NBC News crew captured Rice in the moment in Beijing, where NFL officials are "demystifying the game" by "putting footballs in [Chinese peoples'] hands."

On Sunday, Rice put on a clinic, which one young fan described as "the greatest football experience of my life."

There is also already a flag football league in Beijing, but NBC noted the country is "with little history of contact sports like American football."

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<![CDATA[Canseco May Sell His Shot Finger, Gun on eBay]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:57:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jose-Canseco-1.jpg

Jose Canseco says he's parting with his finger forever — for a price.

The former major leaguer tweeted Monday that he'll sell his detached digit, along with the gun with which he accidentally shot it off. He tweeted last week that the operation to reattach the finger had failed, and it had fallen off during a poker game.

Canseco said he is also selling the chrome-plated .45-caliber handgun he was cleaning when he accidentally shot off the middle finger on his left hand.

In a series of tweets posted Friday afternoon, Canseco said his finger fell off during a poker game Thursday night, even after he had it surgically reattached. (Warning: The below tweets might seem disturbing to some.)

Canseco was apparently unaware that a bullet was in the chamber when he was cleaning the gun, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Mark Reddon told NBC News.

"It was a serious hand injury," but not a serious medical injury, Reddon said. "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Canseco began his long major-league career in the 1980s with the Oakland Athletics before going on to play for the Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and other teams.

He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career. After retiring, he also competed in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Tony Hawk Rides Hoverboard]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:28:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-17+at+3.26.35+PM.png

The hoverboard is reality, and Tony Hawk has taken a spin on it.

The pro skateboarder tested the $10,000 prototype Hendo Hoverboard after husband and wife Greg and Jill Henderson launched a Kickstarter to fund it. 

In the video, Hawk performs a few tricks on the board, which hovers an inch off the ground and uses magnets, though he also ends up falling several times.

Hawk had caught attention for another hoverboard video earlier this year — a fake video made by Funny or Die that featured the skateboarder, musician Moby and others riding boards high into the sky, in a prank for which Hawk eventually apologized.  

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 11]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:04:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/458986756.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the eleventh week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Reggie Wayne Talks Special Bond With T. Y. Hilton]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:30:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-16+at+2.09.54+PM.jpg Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, now in his 14th season, has mentored third year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who's an emerging star in the league. The players discuss their special bond ahead of the Colts- New England Patriots showdown Sunday night. ]]> <![CDATA[Canseco Says Shot Finger Fell Off]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:47:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jose-canseco-getty.jpg

Jose Canseco’s struggle with his shot finger continues.

The former baseball star accidentally shot himself in the finger while cleaning what authorities say was a large-caliber handgun last month, but in a recent series of tweets, Canseco says the procedure to save his finger apparently didn’t work.

In the tweets, he details how his finger fell off Thursday night during a poker game.

(Warning: The below tweets might seem disturbing to some)

Canseco shot a finger on his left hand, apparently unaware that a bullet was in the chamber, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Mark Reddon said.

"It was a serious hand injury," but not a serious medical injury, Reddon told NBC News. "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Canseco began his long major league career in the 1980s playing for the Oakland Athletics, before going on to play for the Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and other teams.

He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career and after retiring also competed in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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<![CDATA[As Temps Cool, NBC10 High School Blitz Heats Up]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:04:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008660126_1200x675_358713923656.jpg It's playoff high school football action in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.]]> <![CDATA[Phillies' Montgomery Gives Update on Cancer Battle]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:15:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008658316_1200x675_358629955626.jpg Phillies president David Montgomery speaks in public for the first time after having surgery to remove cancer in his jaw.]]> <![CDATA[NFLer's Parents Slam Cops on Arrest]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:25:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/familyMcDonald.jpg

The parents of 49ers football player Ray McDonald spoke publicly for the first time since prosecutors decided not to charge the defensive end with felony domestic violence, criticizing the police for the information they released, saying it caused their 30-year-old son to get "slaughtered by the lynch mob."

Speaking to NBC Bay Area by phone on Friday, LaBrina McDonald said she and her husband, Ray McDonald Sr., were tired of keeping quiet. McDonald Sr. said the police released information in "bits and pieces" to make everyone think that his son "attacked" his pregnant girlfriend when "that was totally wrong." He chastised the police, saying they didn't have the "full facts."

"We are a very close family and we come from a close knit community," added LaBrina McDonald. "And we know our son. To hear and read all those things that folks are saying and prejudging — it's heart-breaking. We had to grit our teeth and bite our tongues until this was all done and over."

The San Jose police responded to media requests for a response to the criticism Friday by issuing a three-paragraph statement citing the mandatory disclosure of the California Public Records Act, which include police reports.

"Based on the overwhelming request by various media outlets for police records regarding the Ray McDonald case, the San Jose Police Department complied with state law," police said.

The statement also added that police are "very cautious and sensitive about the information we provide to the media and the public because we do not want to interfere with an active and ongoing investigation. Many times we are precluded from sharing very intimate details about an investigation because we must allow the investigators to conduct their followup investigations."

The McDonalds decided to speak out after the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced Monday that it wouldn't prosecute the 49er, who was arrested Aug. 31 after a birthday party he threw himself at his San Jose home.

The police news release at the time cited "visible injuries" to a woman officers accused McDonald of harming, but an internal DA memo released this week showed there was "insufficient evidence" and conflicting testimony to charge him with any crime.

There was indeed a fight, the prosecutors noted, where McDonald told his then 10-weeks-pregnant girlfriend she was an "unfit mother." But when the punch flew, both McDonald and the woman said she threw it, according to the document.

McDonald "grabbed her neck" to remove her from the house, which "resulted in a visible injury," the memo says. The action was used to restrain her, according to the documents. She told police that she was "fighting back." The prosecutor's memo describes the injuries as "seemingly minor" and characterizes the fight as a scuffle, "rather than an attack."

"He only restrained her," Ray McDonald Sr. said. "That was it."

Neither parent would not comment on their son's relationship with the woman at the center of the fight. They would not identify her, and would not answer whether she and their son still intended to get married. "You'll have to ask Ray," LaBrina McDonald said.

Ray McDonald told CSNBayArea that he was "doing stuff to try to better our relationship... because we do care about each other, love each other."

It was the "visible injuries" line that irks the McDonald parents, who own an insurance company in Florida and have one other child, a 32-year-old daughter.

"This basically led the public to believe that he hit or attacked her," the family said in a statement first issued to the Mercury News. "The fact that no additional information was given in this press release, in our opinion was very irresponsible and leads us to question the integrity of the ranking individuals that approved this press release."

READ: Ray McDonald Parents Statement on San Jose Police

NBC Bay Area was the second news outlet to obtain that statement and also an exclusive video interview with both parents from the airport on Friday as the couple was heading to Jamaica to celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary.

LaBrina McDonald said that it was hard as a mother to watch her son's name be tarnished — a son she described as laidback, a "big teddy bear," a "Mama's boy," and a talented piano player. 

Since she's a "big talker," LaBrina McDonald said it was especially hard for her not to tell her friends what happened from her son's point of view that night. Ray McDonald Sr. said it was his son who counseled them "to be patient," saying that soon, "the truth will come out."

For the McDonald parents, they are only too happy that there were no charges filed against their son.

"He's a loving person," LaBrina McDonald said. "Just because he makes a lot of money and is a defensive lineman doesn't mean he's a bad person." 

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<![CDATA[Patriots' N-Word Thank You Tweet ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New+England+Patriots+Twitter+N+Word.jpg

The New England Patriots is apologizing after its Twitter account publicly thanked a user whose handle contained a racial slur. 

As the team was thanking its one million Twitter followers with automated digital custom jerseys, a Twitter account containing the N-word also received a jersey.

The Patriots have since deleted the tweet, and the account with the N-word has since been deleted.

The team also apologized to fans shortly after as the tweet went viral.



NECN reached out to the New England Patriots for comment and have not yet heard back. 

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<![CDATA[Some High School Football Teams Using Inadequate Helmets]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:16:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Riddell.jpg University research suggests certain helmets that high schoolers in the Philadelphia region are wearing put children at a higher risk for a concussion. For more than a month, the NBC10 Investigators have asked 271 local high schools for their records to see which helmets they are using. NBC10's Harry Hairston reports. You can also check for your child's school in the interactive map embedded below.

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<![CDATA[Hernandez Trial Move Denied]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:57:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/b5be81e2cbc24dfe9245749f34341294.jpg

A judge has denied a motion by defense lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez seeking to change the location of his trial, saying there is no reason to believe he won't be able to get a fair trial in the Boston area.

Hernandez's attorneys had argued that pre-trial publicity would make it hard for the former football star to get a fair trial in Bristol County. They said the jury pool had been "poisoned" by prejudicial pretrial publicity and suggested moving the trial "outside the Boston media market" to  Hampden County or Worcester County.

However, Judge E. Susan Garsh disagreed with the arguments made by Hernandez's attorneys.

"Hernandez has not demonstrated by a solid foundation of fact that there exists in Bristol County so great a prejudice against him that he cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial there," Garsh said in her ruling. "Nothing about the polling proffered by the defendant provides any reason to believe that impaneling a jury in Worcester or Hampden County would be any more or less difficult.

"The reality is that the extensive media coverage of this case is not driven by local media or by any particular local interest," the judge added. "Because the defendant is an athlete from a nationally prominent professional football team, the case is of interest to people across the state, New England, ann the country."

Garsh said the court will reconsider its ruling if, during jury selection, it becomes apparent that it will not be possible to pick "a fair and impartial jury" in Bristol County.

Hernandez is set to go on trial in January for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

<![CDATA[Dad of NBA Player Wayne Ellington Killed in Philly]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:56:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wayne-Ellington-Newest.jpg

The father of Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. was shot and killed in the Germantown section of Philadelphia Sunday night.

Police responding to a car crash on the 5200 block of Marion Street just after 8 p.m. found a 57-year-old man in the driver’s seat of a 2001 Oldsmobile. The vehicle had struck two parked cars on the street, according to investigators.

The man was bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. Police rushed the victim to the Einstein Medical Center,where he died early Monday.

NBC10 confirmed Tuesday that the victim was Wayne Ellington Sr., the father of NBA player and Los Angeles Laker Wayne Ellington Jr.

“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington Jr. said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

No arrests have been made in his father's murder. Police continue to investigate.

The Lakers' general manager Mitch Kupchak also released a statement on the shooting.

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate," Kupchak wrote. "Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”

Ellington Jr., 26, was granted an indefinite leave of absence. It's unknown when he will rejoin the team.

Ellington Jr. was born in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and attended Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro as well as Episcopal Academy in Merion.

He played college basketball for North Carolina and led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship in 2009 during his junior year. He was also named the tournament's most outstanding player.

He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009. He has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and most recently, the Los Angeles Lakers. 

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<![CDATA[Eagles Dominate in Primetime Spotlight]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:45:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/panthers-eagles-helmets.jpg The birds jumped out to an early lead Monday night and went on to beat the Carolina Panthers 45-21 as they sit in first place in the NFC East.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Fan Chases Cop with Baton]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:50:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008613894_1200x675_356341827902.jpg An Eagles fan was arrested after he tried attacking an officer with a metal baton outside Lincoln Financial Field.]]> <![CDATA[49ers’ McDonald Will Not Be Charged]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:40:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP13080214223.jpg

Domestic violence charges won't be filed against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald after his felony arrest in August, the Santa Clara County district attorney announced Monday, saying there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute him.

"I am relieved that the DA's office has rightfully decided not to file charges," McDonald said in a statement issued through the team, stressing that he "cooperated fully" with the investigation. " I want to thank everyone who was supportive during this difficult time."

The District Attorney's decision - much to the dismay of a leading Silicon Valley domestic violence center - comes more than two months after McDonald's highly publicized, jealousy-fueled fistfight with his pregnant fiancee at his 30th birthday party at his San Jose home Aug. 31. Each blamed the other for the violence, and prosecutors said "verifiable witnesses" could not be found.

Also, no one had significant injuries, and McDonald's fiancee refused to let police take photos of her after she called 911 to report the attack, prosecutors noted in an internal memo released to the public. 

"The decision is clear because we have mutual fighting between two parties, each party blaming the other and there are no verifiable eyewitnesses, no one with significant injuries, and no allegation of prior domestic violence by McDonald," Supervising Deputy DA Cindy Seeley Hendrickson and Deputy DA Lindsay Walsh said in the memo. "The fact that the appropriate charging decision is clear does not make it simple or easy. Facts surrounding the incident remain unknown despite extensive investigation."

Both recommended to their boss, DA Jeff Rosen, that he not file charges.

"It was absolutely essential to release this memo," NBC Bay Area Legal Analyst Steven Clark said. "In light of all the NFL domestic violence arrests, especially the Ray Rice video and a national spotlight on the case, if they don't explain their methodology to the public, well, that would have been a big mistake."

But the mistake, according to Kathleen Krenek, executive director of Next Door Solutions in San Jose, was made by the prosecutors in not charging McDonald. "I don't agree with the decision," she said. "I"m disappointed." She ticked off several reasons for her dismay, including the fact that women don't need to want to press charges for charges to be filed, and it doesn't matter if the woman throws the first punch - the overal size of the "dominant agressor" should be taken into account. "It's a shame," she said. "I don't know what the message is to other women."

McDonald was arrested on a felony charge the day after the party, and spoke little to NBC Bay Area after he was released the next morning and posted $25,000 bail. He had steadfastly denied harming his fiancee.

The 49ers have kept McDonald on the field since his arrest. 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh has publicly stated he doesn't condone domestic violence, but he wanted due process to play out. On Monday, the team sent out a statement reiterating this, adding that "there will be no change in Ray's status with the team."

The two prosecutors said they interviewed witnesses at the party who said the woman struck McDonald first, and the "evidence shows injuries consistent with restraint and an ensuing scuffle rather than attack," the memo reads.

The memo did offer new details on the nature of the couple's relationship, and a rare window into the in-depth prosecutors' followup investigation that average citizens do not typically get in a standard domestic violence arrest.

"This was investigated to the fullest," Clark said. "The DA gave it the highest scrutiny. You want people to know that you're taking domestic violence seriously. But without a video, they have to be mindful that they had to prove this case in court."

McDonald and his fiancee have been dating since July 2013 and were engaged in February. As of August, the month the fight was reported, the two had lived together "on and off" for 11 months at McDonald's home. She was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of the birthday party.

During the party, women began flirting with McDonald, and he became concerned about texts he was receiving from women he met the night before, the memo says. He called the 49ers' security director, who connected him with San Jose Police Sgt. Sean Pritchard, who was in uniform, possibly on duty and whom McDonald knew from moonlighting as a 49ers security guard. Pritchard told Pritchard that he was afraid the women would show up at his home and cause problems, according to the memo.

The prosecutors noted that this relationship between the football player and the officer posed some conflict of interest problems, but added it would need to be followed up administratively within the department. The prosecutors also said this relationship did not taint the domestic violence investigation.

Some time between 1:50 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, one of the women at the party stopped by McDonald's fiancee's room where she was sleeping to say that some women were getting "too friendly" with McDonald, the report states.

The fiancee got up to confront these women. She asked one of the women to "step outside," the memo states.

McDonald got mad that his fiancee was "embarrassing" him, the memo says, and he was concerned with the "aggressive manner" that his fiancee was talking to the other woman, especially because she was pregnant.

McDonald followed his fiancee inside and began calling her names, calling her an "unfit mother," the report states, and threatening to take her baby.

Then a punch flew.

Both McDonald and his fiancee said she threw it, the prosecutors noted. The woman described it as a "single push." McDonald said she hit him "multiple times with a closed fist."

At some point they ended on the couch. She said McDonald threw her. He said they fell.

Then McDonald "grabbed her neck" to remove her from the house, which resulted in a "visible injury." She said she was "fighting back."

McDonald called Pritchard at 2:39 a.m. to say: “I need to get this female out of my house.”

She called 911 two minutes later to say: “Hello. I’d like to press for a domestic violence… My fiancé… He’s trying to pull me out of the house… He’s drunk… I think he’s calling the cops, he, he’s trying to get me out.”

Prosecutors also said there was a previous altercation at McDonald's home that also couldn't be verified. Prosecutors said the May 24 altercation amounted to a he-said-she-said over whether she fired a gun at McDonald, and the issue couldn't be sorted out because of the couple's conflicting and changing stories.

When police arrived and eventually arrested the 49er, prosecutors said, his fiancee said she did not want her boyfriend taken into custody. She just didn't want to be kicked out of the house.

Later, she sent McDonald a text, according to prosecutors: "S--- got way out of hand." 

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 10]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:52:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/458696582.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the tenth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Marc Trestman on Bears-Packers Rivalry]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 13:05:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP856749971195.jpg While Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman is focused on snapping a two-game losing streak, he is fully aware of the history and tradition when Bears and Green Bay Packers square off Sunday night.

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<![CDATA[AP Source: Goodell Testifies in Ray Rice Hearing]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:15:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/455731344.jpg

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified for more than two hours to start Ray Rice's appeal hearing on Wednesday, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

Rice and his wife, Janay, will testify on Thursday at the offices of former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones in New York, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Jones has told both sides not to discuss details of the private hearing. The source said Goodell spent much of his testimony under cross examination by Rice's attorneys.

Rice spent nearly 10 hours at the hearing, which took place nearly two months after the former Pro Bowl running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Baltimore Ravens.

League security chief Jeffery Miller and Ravens President Dick Cass are among the key witnesses expected to testify in the two-day hearing.

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.

Rice is seeking immediate reinstatement, though it's unlikely a team would sign him this season. Rice has also filed a separate wrongful termination grievance against the Ravens.

It's uncertain how long Jones will take to make a decision, but she's not expected to make it on Thursday, the source said.

Goodell originally suspended the running back for two games. The incident occurred inside an elevator at an Atlantic City casino in February. The couple married a month later.

The league considered the video made public after the initial suspension to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to amend Rice's punishment. But Rice's attorneys are arguing he should not be disciplined twice, citing the collective bargaining agreement.

Rice's side also is arguing that he described details of the incident to Goodell when they met in June. Goodell has called Rice's description "ambiguous" while the player's representatives have maintained he gave exact details.

Jones was jointly picked by the commissioner and the players' union to hear the appeal. Though it isn't a criminal case, Jones ruled witness will testify under oath. Transcripts of the testimony will not be released publicly, the source said.

Rice, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, played in two preseason games for the Ravens this year. His last carry was a 6-yard run against San Francisco on Aug. 7.


Ray Rice arrives for day 2 of his appeal hearing.

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<![CDATA[Ex-College Football Players Accused of Sexual Battery Avoid Jail Time]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:10:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/070814+jawand+blue+alex+figueroa.jpg

Two former University of Miami football players accused of sexual battery will avoid jail time and have their charges dropped if they complete a program for first-time offenders.

Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were arrested July 8 after police say they took a 17-year-old girl to a dorm room at the school's campus, gave her alcohol and performed sex acts on her without her consent.

The pre-trial diversion program requires that Blue and Figueroa undergo sex-offender treatment classes and complete 100 hours of community service for nine months without getting into trouble, according to The Miami Herald.

Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea deal because the victim did not want to testify.

"Just as the defense doesn't want to concede to anything, the victim doesn't want to either, but I think for both sides a trial would have been devastating for everybody involved," said prosecutor Laura Adams.

The alleged act happened in the early morning hours of July 5 at the Pearson Hall dorms at 5185 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, police said.

The victim had attended a gathering with various athletes at the school's University Village where alcohol was served, reported The Herald citing a state attorney's memo. The group later went to Mr. Moe's bar in Coconut Grove where the students were served more alcohol, despite their age, and the victim became physically ill, the memo said.

The three were dropped off at the dorm building and the victim fell asleep in Figueroa's room, The Herald reported. She woke up to the men assaulting her despite her requests to stop, according to the state attorney's memo.

"The victim was physically helpless to resist," police reports said.

Blue and Figueroa claimed the acts were consensual.

"I thoroughly investigated the case, I flat out believe the police made total misrepresentations in the arrest affidavit," said Scott Saul, Figueroa's attorney.

Blue's attorney also argued that the facts of case had been misstated by police.

"There were a lot of facts in the case that were reported wrong and my client is looking forward to putting this behind him," attorney Sara Schulevitz said.

Figueroa, from Virginia, and Blue, from Boca Raton, were both sophomores and both linebackers for the Hurricanes, but they were dismissed from the team as soon as the allegations came to light.

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