<![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-usWed, 12 Dec 2018 04:13:48 -0500Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:13:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jason Kelce to Help Local Couple With Gender Reveal]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:12:35 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KelceMummersBabyAnnouncement11pmROSENFIELDPKGNEW_2159401.JPG

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce is helping a local family out with their gender reveal. Find out how.

<![CDATA[Athletes, Community Rally Around Teen Battling Cancer]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:46:45 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Anthony+Myers+Alshon+Jeffery.jpg

Anthony Myers has dominated on the football field since he was in kindergarten. The now 16-year-old old was nicknamed “the secret weapon” when he was just a tot playing flag football because nobody could catch him.

“I just like the team aspect,” Myers said of the game. “You’re playing the game you love with your brothers.”

So when Myers met the Philadelphia Eagles a few weeks back at their home game against the Giants, he was more than excited to say the least.

“It’s something I’ll never forget,” he said.

But the meeting came under tough circumstances for the Berks Catholic High School sophomore. He woke up one morning in October and immediately started having a seizure. After his mom rushed him to the hospital, the family got the worst news they could imagine. Myers was diagnosed with Stage 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer.  

Days after his diagnosis, his entire community stepped up to make sure he felt loved and supported. Susan McFadden, the parent of another Berks Catholic student, immediately jumped into action alongside other parents.

“I felt helpless,” McFadden said. “I felt like I can’t do anything about the cancer but I can do something to help them with this fight.”

The group of parents did everything they could to help the Myers family, creating a website as well as t-shirts and organizing fundraisers and social media accounts to spread his story. They coined the term, "Team 17 Strong," which has come to represent everyone's support for Myers, #17. 

But the local community members aren’t the only ones thinking of Myers. His message has spread to athletes across the country. 

Several high profile sports figures sent videos to Myers wishing him well, including Villanova basketball head coach Jay Wright, New Orleans Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone, and Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who reps the same #17 as Anthony, invited the teen and his team to the Birds' home game against the Giants.

“It took my mind off of things,” Myers said of the trip to the Linc. “It was a cool experience seeing all the players I look up to.”

As for the outpouring of support from the community, it’s not stopping anytime soon. Organizers will host a spaghetti dinner at Victor Emmanuel II in Reading on December 19. They will then host a Beef and Beer event at St. Catherine's Social Hall on January 19 which will include music, dancing, raffles, a cigar bar, and more. Both of these events will raise money for Myers. And while organizers work to plan the events, the Myers family couldn’t be more thankful.

“We use the term silver linings,” Anthony’s father, Ed, explained. “When you see a community and many good people come together to rally around someone who is having a difficult time, it rekindles the understanding of the human spirit and that many good things do happen in this world.”

And though the community realizes emotional support for Myers is paramount, the financial aspect of the disease isn’t lost on them. Some organizers put together a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Myers family in the hopes of giving Myers the chance to receive whatever medical care is necessary. 

While many parents are behind the scenes working to support the family, friends and classmates are chipping in as well. His classmates and teammates have worked together to sell t-shirts and to challenge neighboring districts to get in on the sales. Anthony says the support from everyone helps him every single day. 

“It helps me every day knowing there’s people that really care about me,” Myers said. “It shows goodness can be brought out of a bad situation.”

Myers’ most recent surgery went well, his dad said, and now the family is waiting to decide which steps to take next in his treatment.

In the meantime, Myers hasn’t stopped fighting. After being diagnosed in October, Myers was forced to take a quick break from the game he loves, but was eventually cleared to play in time for a playoff game. And what happened on his first game back in the playoffs? #17 scored not one, but two touchdowns.

Photo Credit: Ed Myers]]>
<![CDATA['My Fault': Brady Takes Blame After Pats Loss]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:54:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1070668634.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is taking his share of the blame for Sunday's last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins.

In his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" show, Brady accepted responsibility for a series just before halftime where he took a sack, which prevented the team from attempting a field goal in a game they ultimately lost by just one point.

"It was just a bad play," Brady told WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" on Monday morning. "We called a timeout on first down, we ran a couple plays. It was third down and I thought, 'OK, let's not throw an interception.' I had a couple other things go through my mind. I just took it for granted."

"You can't give away three points like that," he added. "Just a very bad play by me. That should be the foremost thing that I'm thinking. Unfortunately, it wasn't. There's no excuse. Just the reality is I can't let those things happen. It's definitely my fault."

Brady also addressed the final play of the game, a desperation play that included multiple laterals and wound up with the Dolphins scoring an unlikely game-winning touchdown.

"They made a good play," he said of the Dolphins. "It was just great execution. Everyone has those plays in their offense. It's obviously a statistical anomaly when they work. It just happened to work. It's a tough way to lose, but we all contributed in one form or another."

But Brady said he doesn't think there will be a hangover effect from the game.

"We've had a lot of tough losses every year. We've lost pretty important games. What's the difference between losing by 14, losing by 50, or losing by one? They all count the same. Our whole season's ahead of us, so let's go make the most of it."

When asked about another play where he appeared to favor his injured knee, Brady said his knee brace just dug into his knee the wrong way. 

"There's no concern. I have it braced up. I've been dealing with a little injury. It must have twisted the wrong way. No concern." 

The Patriots travel to Pittsburgh next week to take on the Steelers in their final road game of the regular season. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Goldman, Dominant Defense Leads Bears Over Rams 15-6]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:03:08 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bearsAP_18344118397136.jpg

The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams' high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL's best record.

In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet.

Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense and the NFC North-leading Bears beat the NFC West champion Rams 15-6 on Sunday night.

"Our play on defense — all I can say is wow," coach Matt Nagy said.

The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter.

Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter. And after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North, Chicago continued to close in on its first division title and playoff appearance since 2010.

"For them to go out and do it (against) a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow," Nagy said. "It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness. When you teach that and you talk about it over and over and over — as a culture, as a building, everyone together as a family — and then they do it, it lights a fire. It puts us in a great position. We do talk about one game at a time. They're gonna enjoy tonight and then we're gonna get right back in it and get ready for next week."

Coming off a shaky outing against Detroit, Goff was 20 of 44 for 180 yards with a 19.1 rating. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley ran for a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries, and the Rams' three-game win streak came to an end.

The Rams' only other loss was at New Orleans. But against the Monsters of the Midway, they managed just 214 yards.

"Really, consistently over and over I continue to put our players in bad spots," Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said. "Certainly a humbling night, but it's one you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better and move forward accordingly and that's exactly what we're going to do and that's all I know how to do. And I have to be better for our football team. This loss is on me. I didn't do a nearly good enough job for us today. I trust we will respond the right way."

The Bears (9-4) bounced back from a wild overtime loss at the New York Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games.

Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions, helping Chicago come away with the win despite a shaky effort from Trubisky.

"All 11 guys collectively going against the offense, it was going to be a big challenge for us," Mack said. "We stepped up to the challenge."

The Bears needed it with Trubisky struggling about as badly as Goff.

After missing the previous two games because of a right shoulder injury, he was 16 of 30 for 110 yards and three interceptions.

"It's hard to be down when you get such a big win like that," Trubisky said. "You've just got to put your own selfish thoughts about how you played aside. ... I'm just very proud of the way the team had my back."

Goldman broke a 6-6 tie in the opening minute of the third quarter when he sacked Goff for Chicago's first safety this season.

The Bears then used a trick play they call "Santa's Sleigh" to make it 15-6, when Sowell hauled in a 2-yarder from Trubisky on a play-action with defensive end Hicks. That made him the first Bears offensive lineman with a TD reception since John St. Clair against Kansas City on Sept. 16, 2017.

"We needed a play so they gave it to the play-maker," Sowell said.

The Rams had a big opportunity late in the third when John Johnson III returned an interception 35 yards to the Chicago 27. But Fuller picked off a wobbly pass from Goff intended for Josh Reynolds on the next play.

Los Angeles' Greg Zuerlein missed a 40-yard field goal off the right upright in the opening minutes of the fourth after making a 50-yarder earlier in the game.

Rams: CB Dominique Hatfield was taken from the field on a cart with an ankle injury in the third quarter. He was hurt on the kickoff following Sowell's TD. ... C John Sullivan was evaluated for a concussion after being shaken up blocking on a run by Gurley late in the first quarter. But he returned in the second half.
Bears: CB Bryce Callahan left the game with a foot injury late in the first half.

Rams: Host Philadelphia on Dec. 16.
Bears: Host Green Bay on Dec. 16. 

Photo Credit: David Banks/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Surf Instructor Harasses Women During NBC Shoot]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:32:08 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TOS.00_00_36_20.Still001.jpg

A Venice-based surf instructor is under fire after aggressively pulling a woman surfer's leash.

<![CDATA[Go Army, Go Navy — Great Philly Moments]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:59:09 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Army+Navy+Philadelphia+2013+Navy+Run.jpg Look back at great moments from the annual Army-Navy Game, which will be played yet again in Philadelphia this year.

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<![CDATA[Twerk Request Overshadows Historic Moment in Women's Soccer]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:40:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/adahegerbergAP_18338334003165.jpg

The first presentation of the women’s Ballon d’Or award, for the world’s best soccer player, was overshadowed Monday by a crude joke made to winner Ada Hegerberg.

Photo Credit: AP]]>