<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-usTue, 25 Sep 2018 20:27:08 -0400Tue, 25 Sep 2018 20:27:08 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Does Gritty Represent Philly?]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:43:23 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Does_Gritty_Represent_Philly.jpg

Love him or hate him, there's no denying that everyone is talking about the Philadelphia Flyers' new mascot Gritty. Is he the right mascot for the Flyers and Philly? We take a look.

<![CDATA[Gritty, the Flyers New Mascot, Debuts]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:51:47 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gritty+Flyers+MAscot+Thumb.jpg

The Philadelphia Flyers' new furry mascot, Gritty, made its debut in front of a group of kids at the Please Touch Museum on Monday.

Photo Credit: Ben Solomon/Philadelphia Flyers]]>
<![CDATA[Tiger Woods Wins Tour Championship for First Victory in 5 Years]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:57:50 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_28_29.Still003.jpg

Tiger Woods is a winner again, capping off one of the most remarkable comebacks in golf history.

<![CDATA[Defense Holds Up, Eagles Beat Colts in Wentz's Return]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:22:20 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Carson-Wentz-vs-Colts-Lead-Photo.jpg

This is one of those games where you're not sure how the Eagles won it, but after you catch your breath, you're sure that somehow they did.

Which is the sign of a good team.

Here are my 10 Instant Observations from the Eagles' sloppy but ultimately impressive 20-16 win over the Colts on Sunday at the Linc.

1. This is the kind of game a championship team wins. There were so many opportunities for the Eagles to lose this one. So many times where sloppy play, turnovers, penalties and mistakes gave the Colts opportunities. But when the clock read 0:00, somehow the Eagles had done enough to win. Despite two Carson Wentz turnovers in the red zone, despite 10 penalties for 110 yards, despite terrible field position all day, despite letting the Colts drive inside the 5-yard-line in the final minutes, the Eagles escaped the Linc with a win and found their way to 2-1 despite not yet playing a complete game on both side of the ball. This was an impressive win because of what the Eagles had to overcome. Nothing came easy Sunday. But one thing we learned about the Eagles last year is that if you fight and battle for 60 minutes, you’re going to give yourself a chance to win, and the Eagles did exactly that on Sunday afternoon.

2. The strange thing about Carson Wentz’s performance in his first game in 9 ½ months is that he didn’t show any rust in the first half, but he looked out of sorts in the second half. You’d think it would be the other way for a guy coming off an ACL rehab who hadn’t played since December. Wentz in the first half looked comfortable and nimble, and even with a depleted corps of skill guys, he was 14-for-20 for 165 yards a touchdown and no INTs before halftime. It was after halftime that he made a couple very bad, very uncharacteristic Carson Wentz plays, turning the ball over twice in the red zone in the third quarter on a terrible interception and a bad fumble. You would think it would be the other way. But the bottom line is Wentz wasn’t perfect, and maybe he was a little rusty, but he clearly trusts the knee, wasn’t thinking about the knee, moved around beautifully in the pocket and looked every bit like a healthy quarterback. Everything else can be fixed.

3. The Eagles’ tackling was much better Sunday than last weekend, and that was huge. The Colts are a team that likes to dink and dunk and try to get the ball quickly into the hands of their receivers with high-percentage passes, then looks for mistaches and missed tackles. You have to tackle well to stop an offense like that, and the Eagles did.

4. Loved the production from the running backs. Here are the Eagles without Jay Ajayi and without Darren Sproles and they run the ball 35 times for 152 yards and added six catches for 54 more yards. Duce Staley really did a beautiful job mixing up Wendell Smallwood (52 rushing, 35 receiving), Corey Clement (55 rushing, 19 receiving) and Josh Adams (30 rushing). To get that kind of production out of a decimated position group on a day when your quarterback is playing for the first time in 9 ½ months is remarkable.

5. How about Dallas Goedert? This was the Dallas Goedert we’ve been waiting to see, and he was as advertised. The rookie caught seven passes for 73 yards and his first NFL touchdown and just looked really solid in every aspect of the game. This kid is the real deal.

6. I know a lot of people were looking at this game as kind of a referendum on how much Doug Pederson misses Frank Reich. Beyond the fact that it’s not really fair to base any sort of conclusion on one game, I think what the Eagles were able to do Sunday – control the clock for 40 ½ minutes, pile up 379 yards, scored 20 points and win the game without Ajayi, Sproles, Alshon Jeffery, Mack Hollins and Mike Wallace -- speaks volumes about Pederson and his ability to tailor the gameplan to the weapons he has .

7. It was encouraging to see Jason Peters get through the game healthy and very productive in the run game especially. After he left that Bucs game early and coming off a season-ending injury last year, he needs to string together a series of healthy, productive games, and this was a real positive start for him.

8. Seeing the Colts open the third quarter with a 29-yard pass to a wide-open T.Y. Hilton a week after the Bucs opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown makes me wonder about the Eagles’ mental prep at the start of halves. Those are both uncharacteristic type of plays and I just wonder if the Eagles are coming out of the locker room with the intensity they need. In both games, the defense played better as the game went along. But those initial plays are something to look at.

9. Nelson Agholor finished with just four catches for 24 yards, but I don’t care what his numbers are. He is such a competitor, and the play he made to dive over Malik Hooker and past the sticks for a six-yard gain on 3rd-and-5 on the game-winning drive was just huge. One of the biggest plays of the game. Agholor makes such an impact even when he’s not putting up huge numbers. He’s a winner.

10. Despite the win, these penalties are getting to be a problem. The Eagles were called 10 times Sunday for 110 yards and that’s 27 penalties for 266 yards after three games. That’s way too many. I know the league is calling a lot of things closer this year, but that number has to come down.

<![CDATA[Wentz Wagon Rolls Into The Linc]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:07:20 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wentz_Wagon_Rolls_Into_The_Linc.jpg

Fans are filled with nothing but excitement as they anticipate Carson Wentz running out of the Eagles tunnel. Just few hours away from the star quarterback taking his first snaps of the 2018 NFL season.

<![CDATA[Wentz, Defense Lead Eagles to 20-16 Comeback Win Over Colts]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:21:19 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Carson-Wentz-Lead.jpg Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass on his first drive in nine months, Wendell Smallwood ran in from the 4 for the go-ahead score and the Philadelphia Eagles defense held on for a 20-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. ]]> <![CDATA[Game of the Week: Cardinal O'Hara vs. Archbishop Carroll]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:52:54 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Game_of_the_Week_OHara_vs_Carrol.jpg

It was a Catholic school showdown in Delaware County.

<![CDATA[2018 High School Blitz: Week Three]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:37:56 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2018_High_School_Blitz_Week_Three.jpg

Another Friday night under the lights. Here are the best high school football highlights from across the region.

<![CDATA[Legendary MLB Scout Don Welke Dies at 75]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:57:42 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Don+Welke+IMG_3576.jpg

Don Welke, the Vice President of Scouting Operations for the San Diego Padres, has died, the team confirmed Thursday.

Welke, who began scouting for major league baseball with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, worked in the league for more than 50 years.

At some point in his long career, Welke worked for the following: the Texas Rangers, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Baltimore Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Kansas City Royals and the Team USA Olympic baseball team.

He joined the San Diego Padres in 2014.

San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler described Welke as a dear friend who was invaluable to the Padres' front office.

"He was a legend in the baseball world," Seidler said in a written statement. "Don was a super scout and a super guy, and we will miss him greatly.”

Padres Executive Vice President & General Manager A.J. Preller described Welke as a visionary.

"Don had a tremendous career in baseball, both as a talent evaluator and in the relationships that he built," Preller said. "Beyond his accomplishments, Don was a loyal and generous friend. Everyone whose lives he touched were better for having known him."

A native of Illinois, the 75-year-old Welke had three children and made his home in San Diego. 

Photo Credit: San Diego Padres
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<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Donates $10M After Workplace Probe]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:12:57 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mcAP_18057828367198.jpg

A seven-month investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct allegations within the Dallas Mavericks organization was released Wednesday afternoon confirming "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization" over two decades.

Key among the findings were allegations of improper workplace conduct toward 15 female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching and forcible kissing, and allegations of improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde.

Hyde's inappropriate conduct was said to include inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers.

Additionally, there were two acts of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee.

The allegations are part of a 43-page investigative report by Lowenstein Sandler that was released Wednesday afternoon. The NBA's response to the report was released at the same time.

Investigators said Ussery engaged in a pattern of harassment and that included unwanted touching and massaging, inappropriate comments and forcible kissing and that he found a number of ways to touch and "compliment" women on their appearance. The investigation substantiated claims made by 13 people between 2000 and 2015. Many of the claims were determined to be credible because many women told colleagues about the misconduct when it happened and many contained common threads, even among women who didn't know each other. Ussery denies inappropriate contact and sexual comments but did admit that he complimented women and massaged one woman's shoulders. He also admitted to having one sexual conversation with one woman but added that she initiated it.

“We did a lot of things of wrong. And I wasn’t there to oversee him [Ussery]. And so yeah, everybody has every reason to question me, but I just wasn’t there and that was my fault," said team owner Mark Cuban.

According to the report there was no evidence Cuban knew of Ussery's behavior or that anyone told him about the behavior, but the same can't be said about Hyde's alleged behavior.

The report said 14 current and former employees said Hyde looked at pornographic material on his computer, laptop and phone; another 50 employees said they heard about his alleged behavior. Nine employees said Hyde's monitor was moved against a cubical wall so fewer people would see what he was looking at and seven said he'd made unwanted sexual advances.

Sexually explicit images were found on Hyde's computer when it was searched in 2008 as part of a lawsuit. Lawyers for the team notified Cuban who sent a  "very strongly worded email" to Ussery and Pittman "telling him to stop it or he'd get fired."

In 2011, a condom was seen falling out of Hyde's pants. The incident was recorded on surveillance video and Cuban was notified. According to the report, Cuban said not to make a bigger issue out of it than it was and to put Hyde on probation and warn him of termination should it happen again.

Sometime between 2011 and 2013 Cuban said, "this bullshit with Chris Hyde is going to end," when it was believed Hyde was taking kickbacks from a ticket broker.

In 2014 Hyde allegedly "behaved inappropriately" with a new female employee; Cuban said to fire him.

On Hyde, Cuban told ESPN in a taped interview that aired Wednesday, "Obviously this was a huge mistake on my part. I mean, I was under the impression that he had the first issue with the pornography was resolved and obviously it wasn’t. And I said if anything out of the question happens again, well, what was three years earlier and I hadn’t had any follow up beyond being told that he was being -- from my perspective there weren’t any issues. It was stupid on my part," Cuban said. “I messed up. I should have just fired him on the spot. It was just a huge mistake. There’s just no way to downplay it and if someone were to show me from another company and asked me to read it I would say you can’t make a bigger mistake because that destroys the whole culture of your organization.”

As a result of the investigation, Cuban said he's ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees and has pledged to contributed $10 million to organizations committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.

“The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing — the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.”

The investigation recommended a number of changes be made at the organization, including increasing the number of women on staff and in leadership positions; Enhancing a formal reporting process for victims of misconduct; Implementing regular employee surveys on workplace culture and expanding and improving the human resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating allegations of workplace misconduct.

"The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that 'we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following' the publication of the Sports Illustrated article," the league said in a statement.

The league is also requiring the Mavericks provide them with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation; Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee; Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

During a taped interview with ESPN, Cuban got emotional discussing how he felt reading the reports and details of what the women who worked for the team went through.

“Just the pain that they went through at my company. It was the same way I felt when I stood in front of Mavs employees for the first time after this came out. I apologized to them. It just never in my wildest dreams that I think that this was happening and it was right underneath me. The pain that people went through, the pain that people shared with me as this happened, the tears that I saw. It just hurt and the way I felt was nothing compared to the way they felt. I mean, I, you know, I guess just my nature, I mean recognizing I made a mistake, learn from it, and then try to fix it.”

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<![CDATA[Athlete Kicked Off Team Due to Homelessness Is Offered Home]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:39:34 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/thumbnail+%285%296.png

A homeless high school football player who was kicked off of his school's team because he did not have a permanent address has been offered a home, and school officials say he'll be put back on the team. 

Jamal Speaks, an 18-year-old running back for the Ballou High School Knights, is being recruited by Temple University.

But he recently was kicked off the D.C. high school's team, as News4 reported

D.C. Public Schools officials said the District of Columbia State Athletic Association determined that Speaks was eligible to play, but they said the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCSAA) ruled that he was ineligible because they could not verify his address.

A local shelter for homeless youth, Covenant House Greater Washington, heard Speaks' story and offered him a home, they announced Wednesday. 

"After hearing that Jamal was experiencing homelessness and at-risk of losing the ability to pursue his dream of attending college and playing football, I knew that CHGW had to help," the organization's CEO, Dr. Madye Henson, said in a statement.

D.C. Public Schools said Wednesday that Speaks can now practice and play with his team.

"With the best interest of the student and the entire Ballou Knights football team in mind, we are working with DCSAA to resolve this matter as quickly as possible," the district said in a statement.

Speaks told News4 he's homeless and sleeps on friends' couches. He said his father is deceased and he doesn't have a relationship with his mother. 

Ward 8 Council Member Trayon White and local sports reporter Monet Anderson helped advocate for him. 

Photo Credit: News4]]>
<![CDATA[Elton Brand Hired as New Sixers General Manager ]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:02:15 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/ap-elton-brand.jpg

The Sixers have found their man.

The Sixers have hired Elton Brand as their general manager, sources confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the news, Brand will be elevated from his previous role as vice president of basketball operations. Brand was also already on board as the Delaware Blue Coats’ general manager.

The Sixers conducted an exhaustive search for a new GM after Bryan Colangelo resigned in June following his highly-publicized Twitter scandal. Brett Brown filled the role until the franchise made Brand the choice.

The search included external candidates such as assistant Golden State Warriors general manager Larry Harris, Utah Jazz assistant general manager Justin Zanik and Houston Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas.

The team also heavily considered in-house candidates assistant GM Ned Cohen, senior vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley and senior vice president of analytics and strategy Alex Rucker.

In the end, the Sixers went with a familiar face who is expected to operate in their desired collaborative method to run the front office.

“What I've learned is that GM job has got many facets and that it's a learned skill,” Sixers managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN last month. “It's certainly got a public-facing nature to it, but management and very strong relationships are important — and very few people who are not sitting GMs have all of those components. We have strengths in all those areas around our front office right now.”

Players on the Sixers’ roster seemed to think the organization made the right call.

Brand’s NBA career spanned 17 seasons that included two stints with the Sixers (2008-12, 2015-16). He garnered plenty of accolades over the years from Co-Rookie of the Year to being a two-time All-Star.

However, in recent years Brand shifted focus from the hardwood to the boardroom. After being named a player development consultant for the Sixers in 2016, the 39-year-old quickly worked his way up the ranks to become the team’s top executive.

“Really working in Chicago, working pre-draft, going to Utah, Vegas with the summer league team, being in those high-level meetings with Josh Harris, Dave Blitzer and Bryan Colangelo really piqued my interest,” Brand said in 2017 when he was named Blue Coats GM of turning his attention to a front-office role. “I like this. I can really work basketball instead of playing it. That’s how it started.

“ … The appeal was to get the repetitions in, transactions, and management, and day-to-day operations, trades. Just calling the shots, getting an opportunity to call the shots. People were like, ‘Oh, your name can get you the opportunity to call shots.’ I don’t want a job because of my name. I want a job because of what I can bring to the table and potential. That’s why I really want to do it.”

Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>