<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Sports]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 17 Mar 2018 21:45:17 -0400Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:45:17 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Half-Court Shot Wins Free Chicken for Arena]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:38:29 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Half-Court_Shot_Wins_Free_Chicken_for_Arena.jpg

A very talented Sixers season ticket holder was a hero at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night as he hit a half-court basket to win free Chick-Fil-a for all!

<![CDATA[Nova Gets Ready to Take on Alabama]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:40:14 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nova_Gets_Ready_to_Take_on_Alabama.jpg

Number one seed Villanova is moving forward after making winning against Radford look easy. Now, the team will take on Alabama.

<![CDATA[Why Your Pre-Schooler Is Leading Your March Madness Bracket]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:00:47 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/msrshallpup.jpg

Most people didn’t have Marshall upsetting Wichita State in the men’s NCAA Tournament — that is, unless you have a pre-schooler who happens to watch “Paw Patrol.” Find out how a cartoon pup may have your kid winning your bracket.

<![CDATA[Why a 4-Year-Old Is Winning Your Office Pool]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:08:27 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/marshall-pawpatrol-split.jpg

The answer to winning your NCAA office pool might be to watch more "Paw Patrol." 

While No. 13 Marshall's historic 81-75 win over the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers shocked the world, the fact that the Thundering Herd were on a roll didn't surprise kids who picked the team to go all the way thanks to Marshall the pup from "Paw Patrol." 

It's well-known that some people make their bracket picks based on mascots or school logos. After the Thundering Herd caught fire from the three-point range late in Friday's game for the upset victory, some joked on Twitter that their bracket took a hit and maybe they should have listened to their kids.  

In "Paw Patrol," a 10-year-old character named Ryder leads a pack of rescue pups in training to help those in distress in a town called Adventure Bay. Each dog is “ inspired by real-world jobs like a firefighter, police officer, and construction worker,” according to the show’s website.

The pups all have corresponding vehicles and catch phrases. Marshall is a clumsy Dalmatian pup who has a firefighter hat and fire truck with a ladder. His signature line is “let’s fire it up.” 

The victory was the West Virginia school's first NCAA Tournament win in program history, 31 years after its last appearance.

"Paw Patrol" took to the airwaves for Nickelodeon in August 2013. The show's Twitter account has not yet weighed in on how fired up it was by the attention. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Nickelodeon
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<![CDATA[Loyola Celebrates Buzzer-Beater March Madness Upset Win]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:52:53 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/6A+VO+LOYOLA+TSE+-+00003719_31288943.png

What a victory. The Loyola Ramblers are making headlines nationwide after a dramatic upset win by the No. 11 seed over the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes in the NCAA Tournament Thursday.

An unexpected three-point buzzer-beater lifted them to March Madness victory and it's just what fans in Chicago were looking for.

Social media was buzzing after the game, with plenty of focus on guard Donte Ingram, who hit the game-winning shot.

He's being called a March icon, after picking the perfect spot to sink that final basket - standing on the March Madness logo as he sealed his team's 64-62 victory.

The 6 feet 6 inches tall senior is one of six players from Illinois on Loyola's roster, and a proud graduate of Simeon Career Academy, a Chicago Public School on the city's South Side.

"It's a great feeling," Ingram said after the game. "I thank Marcus you know, for making that pass. Any one of us could have hit that shot but I was just fortunate enough to be in that position. When I seen the shot and I had space, I was confident."

Chicago Public Schools gave Ingram a shoutout on Twitter after the game, while plenty of other notable names - including former President Barack Obama - joined in on social media to cheer for the Ramblers.

But for one of Loyola's biggest fans - Thursday's victory came as no surprise.

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the team's 98-year-old chaplain, prays with the players before the games and gives them scouting reports during the day.

She was in Dallas to see the team's dramatic win and she said she was more thankful than shocked.

"Thank God, thank God you did it, because we knew we would do it," Sister Jean said after the game.

"When we were in the locker room ahead of the game we just knew that we would do this," she continued, adding, "Our team is so great and they don't care who makes the points as long as we win the game."

Sister Jean was already well-known on campus, but she's now a national celebrity - and she said she's already praying for the second round.

Loyola will face No. 3 seed Tennessee next on Saturday, fighting for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.

<![CDATA[Jon Dorenbos Brings Magic, Eagles Coach to Stage]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:21:23 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jon_Dorenbos_Magic_Show_March16.jpg

Former Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos is preforming magic at the Sugarhouse Casino and he got some help from Eagles Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson.

<![CDATA[Pa. Baseball Player Fired After Assault Video Surfaces]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:17:28 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Danry+Vasquez+beating+video+still.jpg

A minor league baseball player for a Pennsylvania team has been fired after a video was released showing him beating his then-girlfriend inside a Texas baseball stadium in 2016.

Outfielder Danry Vasquez, 24, was released from the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Barnstormers this week when management was made aware of the video, according to a team statement released Wednesday. 

The assault happened in August 2016 inside a stairwell at Whataburger Stadium in Corpus Christi, Texas. Vasquez was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks at the time.

In the video, released this week to comply with an open records request made by NBC affiliate KRIS-TV, Vasquez can be seen striking a woman in the head four times and pulling her hair — forcing her to slip down the stairs.

The woman, Vasquez's longtime girlfriend, was hit so hard her glasses were sent flying off her face several times.

Vasquez was later arrested and charged with assault of a family member, a misdemeanor, according to court records. He entered a pre-trial diversion program, which he completed successfully, his attorney Les Cassidy told NBC10.

Cassidy said Vasquez was remorseful for the beating because it was "shameful." The victim and Vasquez had dated since they were teens and came to the United States together when he was recruited by Major League Baseball.

In the statement, Lancaster Barnstormers manager Ross Peeples said there was no choice but to release Vasquez. The Barnstormers are part of an independent league and not affiliated with any Major League teams.

“There is no choice but to sever the relationship,” Peeples said. “Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior."

Vasquez is believed to have returned to his native Venezuela.

Photo Credit: Corpus Christi Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson Dies at 90]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:17:20 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TombensonSaintsdead90_1200x675.jpg

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson died Thursday afternoon at the age of 90 after a battle with the flu, according to the Saints website.

The businessman started off as a bookkeeper for a Chevy dealership and invested his money in car dealerships, local banks, and sports teams to amass a net worth of 3 billion dollars, according to Forbes

Benson purchased the Saints and the Pelicans in 1985, and 2012 respectively. The owner played an influential part in turning both franchises around and helping with recovery relief following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

As a philanthropist, Benson donated to a number of faith-based and educational causes in the New Orleans and South Texas communities. 

"Under Mr. Benson’s direction his businesses and sports teams annually have put millions of dollars back into the community in financial support, in-kind donations, charitable appearances and the donations of goods and services." the Saints said on their website. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thanked Benson for his "legendary" contributions to the NFL and the city of New Orleans Thursday afternoon. 

"Tom loved New Orleans, where he was a generous and caring philanthropist. Within the NFL, he was a true leader among NFL owners." Goodell said in a statement.

"I know that the entire NFL family joins me in extending our most heartfelt condolences to Gayle Benson and the entire Saints organization." 

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Chris Graythen
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<![CDATA[Rookie Surfer Nails Rare Triple Barrel]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:45:03 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rookiesurfer.jpg

World Surf League rookie Griffin Colapinto accomplished a feat likened to a hole-in-one in golf at the Quicksilver Pro surfing event off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

<![CDATA[America's Largest eSports Stadium to Open in Texas]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:55:03 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/Esports+Stadium+Arlington+Exterior.jpg

If there was ever a competition to determine which city is truly the "sports and entertainment capital of the world," Arlington, Texas, would certainly be a contender.

The third largest city in North Texas is already home to AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Six Flags Over Texas, and the College Park Center (home of UTA athletics and the Dallas Wings). And the $1.1 billion Globe Life Field is set to open in 2020, elevating Arlington's status in that realm even further.

On Wednesday, city leaders announced that yet another new stadium is coming — one that will serve as a permanent home for one of the most rapidly growing sectors in all of sports entertainment: video gaming.

Arlington is partnering with Esports Venues to open the 100,000-square-foot, 1,000-seat eSports Stadium Artington in the city's existing Arlington Convention Center. The new venue will be the largest eSports stadium in the U.S., the city of Arlington said in a statement.

"We are creating the most unique and technologically advanced space available," said Ron Price, President and CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The stadium, set to open in the fall, would host local, national and international eSports competitions. The popularity of competitive video gaming is growing at an exponential pace. In 2017, the industry was valued at $493 million, and it is expected to surge to $1.5 billion by 2020.

Even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has gotten caught up in the craze. In November, he became the part owner of an eSports team.

"Being on the forefront of new ideas and setting trends is in our DNA," said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “eSports Stadium Arlington will further cement our city’s status as a national and international tourist destination. Players and fans will come here for the tournaments and they’ll stay even longer to experience everything Arlington has to offer.”

Texas already has a growing competitive gaming community. Christian Gross heads the University of Texas Arlington eSports team. He's watched gaming turn into a high-stakes spectator sport. And Dallas even has its own professional team now: the Dallas Fuel.

"These people are not playing to have a good time," Gross said. "They're playing to become better, to be the best in their field."

Under the new agreement, the City of Arlington and Esports Venues will jointly invest $10 million in the renovation project. Esports Venues will then lease the space from the city for 10 years, with an option for a 10-year renewal.

The City expects its renovation and equipment costs to be repaid through annual lease payments, plus event revenue and stadium naming rights.

"My first thought was, do we get to use virtual money to pay for it?" said Faith Bussey, President of Citizens for a Better Arlington.

The organization fought against the new Rangers stadium before it was approved. Now Bussey is preparing for battle again.

"Especially at the local level, most people don't have any idea what's going on. They don't know what their city councilman and mayors are up to, and they don't know where their money is being spent," Bussey said. "I know there are other things we could be spending our money on, better, more wisely."

But supporters argue now is the time to get into a quickly-growing game.

"We’re already such a large entertainment capital for Texas as a whole and the nation, I think this is only going to take us one step further," said Gross.

In addition to competition event space, the venue will also host gaming, retail and social spaces, as well as a broadcast studio and team training areas.

NBC5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: City of Arlington ]]>
<![CDATA[Excitement Builds for Villanova NCAA Tournament Run]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:11:46 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Villanova_Heads_to_NCAA_Tournament.jpg

The Villanova Wildcats are one of the favorites to win the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship. The No. 1 seed's journey begins Thursday in Pittsburgh.

<![CDATA[Nova Nation Sends Off Wildcats to First Round NCAA Game]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:45:29 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nova_Nation_Sends_Off_Wildcats_to_First_Round_NCAA_Game.jpg

Nova Nation gathered outside of the team's hotel to help send off the Wildcats to their first round NCAA tournament game tonight in Pittsburgh.

<![CDATA[Villanova Heads to Pittsburgh for NCAA Tournament Kick-Off]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:04:46 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Villanova_Heads_to_Pittsburgh_for_First_Round_of_NCAA_Tourna.jpg

Villanova men's basketball is in Pittsburgh to play the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday. The Wildcats are number one seed in the east division and will play 16th seed Radford University.

<![CDATA[Adam Rippon Reflects on His Olympic Moments]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:31:03 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-03-14+at+3.31.10+PM.png

Figure skater Adam Rippon became a star at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, but his rise to stardom was not without political controversy. Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. Olympic figure skater, turned down an invitation to meet Vice President Mike Pence in Pyeongchang.

<![CDATA[Watch the 2018 Winter Paralympics]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:17:37 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/slack-imgs7.jpg Watch live streams and get TV listings and schedule information for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.
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<![CDATA[Eagles Want You to Take Part in Autism Challenge]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:56:23 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia_Eagles_to_Host_Annual_Autism_Challenge.jpg

Ryan Hammond , executive director of the Philadelphia Eagles Autism Challenge, speaks about the team's Autism challegne and how you can pedal to help others.

<![CDATA['Lucky Me': Vai Sikahema Hugs Eagles Super Bowl Trophy]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:39:30 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Vai_Sikahema_Holds_Eagles_Super_Bowl_Trophy.jpg

The Eagles held a function on Tuesday night, which brought all the alumni together to get a chance to take pictures with the Eagles Super Bowl trophy. NBC10's Vai Sikahema couldn't resist hugging the Lombardi Trophy.

<![CDATA[New Phillie Arrieta Shares Handwritten Farewell to Chicago]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:34:01 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862916222.jpg

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, signed with the Phillies Sunday, posted a photo of a handwritten farewell letter to Chicago on Twitter Monday.

Read the full letter below:

"In the midst of what felt like never ending adversity and failure, I was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 2, 2013. This was the beginning of a four and a half year stretch that would forever change our lives. On the verge of walking away from the game I love dearly, Theo called, and the transformation began. I looked myself in the mirror, as well as my two year old son and pregnant wife knowing in my heart that everything was about to change.

"Chicago was our home, and will forever be a special place for my entire family. We raised our children in Wrigleyville, one of the most iconic places in all of sports. Going to work every day was an honor for many reasons from the storied history of the organization, to the high character individuals I was surrounded by year after year. Three consecutive NLCS appearances, two NL Central Titles, and a World Series Championship… the first in 108 years. Childhood dreams turned reality, thanks to so many amazing people, all holding one another to a very high standard.

"I send gracious thanks to the Ricketts family and front office for their commitment to winning at any cost. Going the extra mile to take care of our families was never taken for granted. I was lucky to have dedicated teammates that willingly shed blood, sweat, and tears to achieve our goals. I will miss going to battle with all of you, but look forward to competing on opposite sides moving forward. Lastly, thanks to all Cubs fans around the world for standing with us, and investing in us even when times were tough. You will all be missed dearly. Thanks for the memories.


The Cubs posted their own heartfelt message ealrier Monday thanking Arrieta and his wife Brittany.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at The Eagles: Brent Celek]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:19:19 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/173*120/Brent+Celek+2008+.jpg With his release from the Eagles, find out why Brent Celek was such a great player.

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