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<![CDATA[‘Redskins’ or ‘Redhawks’? Activists Spread Name Change Rumor]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:12:51 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866004686.jpg

Washingtonians were nearly fooled by an "elaborate hoax" conducted by a Native American rights group saying the Washington Redskins had been renamed.

In a far-reaching hoax, a group created several fake web pages. On one web page sporting a Washington Post banner that looked strikingly like the D.C. publication’s actual website, activists posted a wishful, but false, article saying the football team was changing its name.

"This morning the Washington football team made a surprise announcement that the franchise is changing its controversial name from the Redskins to the Redhawks," the page read. It was posted to a URL that also, at first glance, could appear to be legitimately related to the Washington Post: washpostsports.com.

Over 14,500 people shared the fake story on Facebook after it surfaced Wednesday.

The activists also set up a website that resembled the Washington Redskins' official page. The top banner says "Go Washington Redhawks!"

The Washington Redskins confronted the rumors over Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

"This morning, the Redskins organizations was made aware of fraudulent websites about our team name," the Twitter statement said. "The name of the team is the Washington Redskins and will remain that way for the future."

Later, Peggy Flanagan, a Native activist from Minnesota, tweeted that the article and fake website were an "elaborate hoax."

Washpostsports eventually posted a disclaimer at the top of the article, saying the website is a "parody" that wasn’t endorsed by the Washington Post.

"This website was created by Native advocates created to help us all imagine how easy and powerful changing the mascot could be," the disclaimer said, before linking to a press release.

A native activist group, Rising Hearts, was behind the hoax, according to the press release. That group plans to host a rally on Saturday asking Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change a name they call racist.

"As a native person that grew up in Washington D.C.," Medina-Tayac, who helped organize the hoax, said. "Seeing that mascot was deeply offensive." He says he is of Piscataway heritage.

"We had to get the issue back in the news," Medina-Tayac, who was born in the Washington, D.C. area said.

It would appear they were successful. A number of news outlets covered the hoax, including USA Today, ESPN and the Washington Post. Organizers say they’re happy with the public response, which was supportive.

"People were overwhelmingly excited," Medina-Tayac said.

Changing the Redskins name would be easy, Medina-Tayac said, because it's only a four-letter difference between Redskins and Redhawks.

"Who are they rooting for? Are they rooting for the team or are they rooting for that severed head?" Medina-Tayac asked.

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<![CDATA[St. Joe's Player Returns to Basketball Court After Stroke]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:37:59 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Avery_Marz_Comback_To_The_Basketball_Court.jpg

Avery Marz, a player on the Saint Joseph's University women's basketball team, suffered a stroke that sidelined her basketball life. NBC10's Matt DeLucia shows us how she made a comeback to the court to play for Hawks.

<![CDATA[NFL Network Suspends Faulk, 2 Others Over Allegation]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:21:10 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NFLAP_17257826351257.jpg

The NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and two other former NFL players-turned-analysts on Monday, after they and a former network executive were alleged to have sexually harassed a female colleague.

Faulk and fellow on-air analysts Ike Taylor and Heath Evans, along with former executive producer Eric Weinberger and former network analysts Donovan McNabb, Warren Sapp and Eric Davis, were named in an updated lawsuit against NFL Enterprises by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the network.

An amended complaint in the lawsuit, originally filed in October in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Faulk and Evans of having groped Cantor while she was at the network, while it accuses Taylor and McNabb of having sent her sexually inappropriate communications.

NBC News reached out to Faulk, Taylor, Evans, McNabb, Weinberger and Davis for their responses to the allegations and was attempting to reach Sapp.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Pitcher Arrested on Domestic Assault Charge]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:42:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-667818360.jpg

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright, 33, was reportedly arrested Friday night in his Tennessee home and charged with domestic assault.

According to NBC Sports Boston, a statement attributed to the Wright family released by Wright's lawyer confirms that the knuckleball pitcher was charged with domestic assault, but states that he did not "raise his hand at anyone."

According to the statement, Wright was arrested following a verbal argument. "Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident," said the statement. "We are working together as a family to make our relationship stronger, and we ask that we respect our privacy as we do."

The Red Sox reportedly wrote in a separate statement that they are aware of the incident and taking it seriously.

"Both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this," wrote the club, which declined to comment further.

Wright's arrest will be reviewed by the MLB and the Players Association, reports NBC Sports Boston.

Wright is one of two active knuckleball pitchers currently in the MLB. He has been with the Red Sox since his MLB debut in 2013.

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<![CDATA[Student Helps Dallas Marathon Winner Cross Finish Line After She Collapsed]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:55:32 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/new-dallas-marathon.jpg

The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon had an unexpected ending in the women's division with the winner struggling to reach the finish.

Chandler Self won the women's division of the marathon with an unofficial time of 2:53:58, but not without help.

Self collapsed a few times as she approached the finish line of the race. 17-year-old Ariana Luterman, from Greenhill Academy, was running for the elite high school relay alongside Self and helped her cross the finish line.

"Right when I caught up with her at the [relay team's] 2.5-mile mark, I told her: 'Just so you know, the high school relay is out here to compete with you guys. I'm going to be your pacer. We're going to get you that win,'" Luterman said in recalling the the moments before Self started to lose her strength to the Dallas Morning News.

"I just couldn't help but think she worked so many months. You can be training years for a marathon," Luterman said in an interview after the race.

"As soon as we got to the finish line, I pushed her out in front of me so she could cross the tape before I did."

Self ended the race grasping for the finish line and was immediately taken by marathon staff for treatment. Self was treated and came back moments later to give post-race interviews. 

Self recalled Luterman telling her, "You can do it. You got it, come on girl. The finish line's right there we can see it."

"She was so encouraging," Self said. "I knew she was right, and I wanted it so bad and this was just a dream for me." 

When asked about the heroic finish, Luterman said she's sure Self would've made it across without her. Still, she said she felt lucky that she was placed in the right place at the right time.

“More than anything, I think I showed people there are opportunities everywhere. There are opportunities to help everyone everywhere," Luterman said. 

Helping others has been a driving force in Luterman's life for several years. 

After competing in her first triathlon at age seven and her first adult triathlon at age 10, Luterman found a way to use her platform as a young elite athlete to benefit others. 

At just 12, she started Team Ariana to raise money for Vogel Alcove. The Dallas based organization provides free child development services for homeless children. In five years, Team Ariana has raised more than $150,000 for Vogel Alcove and helped several other local charities. 

Meanwhile, the men's winner is a familiar name, Keith Pierce, who won the 2016 marathon. Pierce is a cross country and track coach at McKinney Boyd High School.

He defended his title running the 2017 marathon in an unofficial time of 2:27:17.

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<![CDATA[Army Navy Fans Ready for Snow in Philadelphia]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:41:59 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Army_Navy_Fans_Ready_for_Snow_in_Philadelphia.jpg

Ahead of the Army Navy game, the city is waiting on snow. Fans tell NBC10s Drew Smith they are adding layers to their planned outfits.

<![CDATA[Eagles Nation Shows Up in California]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:35:02 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles_Nation_Shows_up_in_California.jpg

The Eagles are in California this weekend, and there's no shortage of birds fans that followed them out there. NBC10's Steven Fisher caught up with some fans to see why they took the trip.

<![CDATA[Will Team USA Compete in the 2018 Winter Games?]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:49:44 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/teamusa2.jpg

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently said it was an "open question" if U.S. athletes would compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because of concerns over North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to comment.

<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn: I'm Not Representing Trump at Olympic Games]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:11:48 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lindsay-Vonn-Estrella-Esqui.jpg

American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn is making it clear she'll be representing her country, but not her president, when she participates in the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

"Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony."

Vonn added, "I want to represent our country well. I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that."

Vonn is attempting to capture her second gold medal in Pyeongchang. She revealed to CNN she would decline an invitation to the White House if she were to win gold at the games.

"Absolutely not," she said. "No. But I have to win to be invited. Actually I think every U.S. team member is invited so no I won't go."

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<![CDATA[Russia Banned, But 'Clean' Athletes Can Compete in Olympics]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:00:04 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_02_09.Still003.jpg

"Clean" Russian athletes will be invited to take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year, though they will be required to compete under the Olympic flag.