<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:13:01 -0700 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:13:01 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lakers Legends Return For Byron Scott]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:59:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Byron-Scott-Lakers-Head-Coach-7-29-14.jpg

Byron Scott hit the right notes in his first press conference as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers: "We'll play hard every single night and we'll come ready to defend--every single night."

On Tuesday, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak introduced Scott as the Lakers' "first choice" despite the process taking nearly two months since Scott first interviewed with the team. Before the three-time champion as a Lakers' player was afforded the microphone as the Lakers' coach, however, the team surprised the audience with three Lakers legends: Jamaal Wilkes, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The larger-than-life figures and personalities sat in the front row in support of the hire during Scott's press conference. However, before Johnson and the gang took their seats, they took a moment to sing words of encouragement for their former teammate.

"We wish we could put on the uniform for you and help you, but we're here supporting you and will support you throughout," Johnson said to Scott, whom he regularly works out with. When the former band of Laker teammates took a moment to pose for pictures with Scott, Johnson exclaimed, "Boy, Showtime's back, baby!" to capture the excitement and jubilant energy of the reunion.

Then, Scott explained what this moment meant for him: "This has been a dream of mine for so long. It's a dream come true to be sitting here talking to you guys (the media) today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers."

"The passion and love I have for this organization is second to none, and the only thing I regret is that Dr. Buss is not here today," Scott said with his eyes watering up at what the Lakers and Dr. Buss had meant to his life.

Scott admitted that he had to hold back tears while meeting with Jeanie Buss and reminiscing about the Lakers' late owner. The coach who prides himself on toughness, though, was doing his best to control his emotions since his children and grandchildren were present.

With regard to the length of the hiring process, Scott explained that he had always been a patient guy, so he insisted the length of the hiring process did not bother him. However, Scott did take a trip to the Bahamas to get away from fans constantly pestering him about when he would be hired and whether he would be hired. Scott admitted that the fans' questions took a "toll after a little while."

Scott insisted, however, "The waiting really didn't bother me."

The newest Laker coach insisted that the team had a competitive roster, but he had plenty of work to do, especially on one side of the ball.

"The main thing I have to do right away is establish ourselves as a defensive basketball team," Scott said. "First thing Magic taught me when I got into this league is that we win championships by defending every single night. That's the one thing we can control."

Asked how he would hold players accountable, Scott offered a simple explanation of what made him so effective as a disciplinarian coach.

"They don't it, I take them out the game. It's pretty simple," the coach explained his method of accountability. "Again, you get beat on the defensive end--and I've don't this my whole career--guys, they understand, you're not doing what you're supposed to do out there, there are consequences. The only thing you can really control with players is their minutes. That gets their attention."

For a team that was constantly criticized and ridiculed for its inability to play defense a season ago, the message Scott delivered struck a chord. After two years under Mike D'Antoni, who was widely considered a one-dimensional coach, Scott's defensive emphasis was a welcomed return to values the fan base has been yearning for.

As if Scott had not already played the correct notes to reignite fans' passions, Scott also took a jab at the crosstown rivalry brewing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I don't think LA has gone to the Clippers yet, anyway. This is still a Laker town--period," Scott emphasized. "We have two teams now, one that has about 17 banners and one that doesn't have any yet, but the rivalry is getting pretty good. But this is still a Laker town."

Above all, the message Scott delivered in his first press conference as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was defense. After two seasons of D'Antoni, Scott sang the perfect tune to get fans excited. Unfortunately, the season does not start for another three months.



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<![CDATA[Video: Dodgers' Kershaw Throws Baseballs at Jimmy Kimmel’s Head]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:27:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/dodgers2014-30.jpg

Okay, so the baseballs Clayton Kershaw tossed were only the cushiony type used in t-ball but it was still Clayton Kershaw throwing them from 10 feet away. It’s like a muffin being shot out of a cannon, it could get ugly.

And, it got ugly, right on Jimmy Kimmel’s face:

 

Technically, Kershaw did knock the apple off Kimmel’s dome. And, just like he does on the mound, the lefty got the job done while making the other guy suffer in the process.
 



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<![CDATA[Magic: Scott Hiring Marks "Great Day" for Lakers Fans]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:58:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Hire-Byron-Scott.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former player Byron Scott Tuesday as the team's new head coach Tuesday morning during a news conference at which ex-teammates praised the organization for believing in the Southern California native.

The team announced the hiring, confirming several weekend news reports, in a post on the team's web site Monday night. Scott was formally introduced as the team's coach at a news conference Tuesday with team officials and former teammates at the Lakers' training center in El Segundo.

"This is a great day for all the former Lakers and Lakers fans all over the world," said former teammate Magic Johnson. "We're excited. We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you."

The hiring marks an end to what General Manager Mitch Kupchak called "an extensive and thorough search" after the departure of coach Mike D'Antonio and the team's worst season since moving to Los Angeles in 1960.

"We're proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach," said Kupchak. "Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward."

Scott was the Lakers' starting guard on three championship teams in the 1980s. He takes over one of the NBA's most-storied franchises, which has been in decline since winning its 16th league title in 2010.

The Lakers' woes dropped to new lows last season when the injury-plagued team finished with the league's sixth-worst record at 27-55.

"I'm just thrilled to see my good friend and my running buddy back where he belongs," said Abdul-Jabbar. "Hopefully, this is the point where things start to turn around.

"It's great that LA takes care of its own."

Scott, the franchise's 25th head coach and a graduate of Morningside High School in Inglewood, comes back to LA after several coaching stints over 13 NBA seasons. He guided the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002, losing to  the Lakers, and 2003, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. He was selected as the  NBA's coach of the year for the 2007-2008 season when he was with the New  Orleans Hornets.

Scott's most recent coaching position was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team he coached from 2010-13.

"I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family," said Scott. "I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in LA and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfill the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves."

Scott, 53, played 14 seasons in the NBA, 11 with the Lakers. In his final  season as a player, 1996-97, he was a teammate of Kobe Bryant, then a rookie. Bryant has expressed support for Scott.



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<![CDATA[Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield Together Again]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:42:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_Rapid_Fire_07272014_1200x675_313091139765.jpg Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield reunited, does it feels so good? Plus, will Johnny Manziel be more like Tim Tebow or Andrew Luck? And is a NBA mid-season tournament, a good idea? Mark Willard from 710 ESPN Radio and Jeff G from Power 106 join Fred Roggin to answer these questions and more on this week’s edition of Rapid Fire. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 27, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Billy Cub… You’re better than that]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:36:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_Cubsmascot_07272014_1200x675_313089603744.jpg A group of fans decided to make a new mascot for the Chicago Cubs, Billy Cub. But why would you pick the Cubs out of all teams? Fred Roggin explains the situation and why these fans should be better than that. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 27, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[The Kerri Cannon]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:18:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_InsideStory_0727_1200x675_313085507715.jpg The Kerri Cannon is a new machine that Asics has created to simulate the power of beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh-Jennings. Mario Solis has the inside story on the surprisingly intimidating device. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 27, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[NFL Bringing 2 Teams to LA?]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:18:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_NFLINLA_0727_1200x675_313080899779.jpg The NFL is thinking about building a stadium in LA and bringing in two teams. Which two would you want? Fred Roggin sits down with Jeff G from Power 106 and Mark Willard from 710 ESPN Radio who believes, “The NFL is going to be here at some point”. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 27, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Rafael Garcia: What’s in my Locker?]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:08:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_mylocker_0727_1200x675_313071171984.jpg LA Galaxy midfielder Rafael Garcia gives you an inside look at his locker. Garcia went to Canoga Park High School and also played soccer at Cal State Northridge. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 27, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Dodgers Make Statement in Sweep of Giants ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:04:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/sf+sweep.jpg

On May 7, the Dodgers hosted the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in a four-game series with a chance to move up from third place and erase their rivals 2 1/2 game lead in the NL West.

The season was barely 35 games old but, even then, Dodger manager Don Mattingly felt the need to prove a point.

"We have to establish that we can play with them. They have a good club and we knew they were going to be tough," Mattingly said before the May series.

They didn't.

The Giants won three out of four, left town with a 4 1/2-game lead in the division and buried the Dodgers deeper into their third place hole.

The Rematch

The Dodgers went to AT&T Park July 24 for a three-game series trailing the, then, first place Giants by 1 1/2 games and their big three starters lined up: Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The closed-door, early season "come-to-Jesus" team meeting, Mattingly calling out his players for being soft and their warp speed erasing of a nine-game Giants division lead before the All-Star break would mean nothing if they couldn't stand up to the bully on the block. 

They did.

The Dodgers not only swept the series to reclaim first place and a 1 1/2 game lead, they won each game in a different, equally impressive manner.

Game 1 was the offense. The Dodgers pounded out 15 hits, including a franchise record tying five triples, and scored eight runs in a dominating 8-1 victory. Greinke (12-6) went seven innings, only allowed four hits and struck out 10 to pick up the win. 

Game 1 was Kershaw (12-2). On Saturday, the fastball, the curve, the devastating slider, all of it worked. He tossed a complete game, three-hitter. The one shocking moment came in the bottom of the fifth when he walked Michael Morse. He has 15 all season in 112 1/3 innings. Kershaw also lowered his Major League leading ERA to 1.76 and joined Greinke in the 12 win club. He got some help from Adrian Gonzalez who went 3 for 5 with an RBI. 

Game 3 was the complete package. Down, 2-1, in the fifth the Dodgers went to work. Gonzalez swung and missed at a ball in the dirt for strike three, which was also the second out in the inning. But, he was smart enough to run to first base and force a throw to get him out. Giants catcher Buster Posey obliged and made the throw. Problem for him was, Dee Gordon was on third. As soon as Posey released the ball to first, Gordon raced home. If the return throw to home beat him, the inning was over. Instead, Gordon slid in safely to tie the game, 2-2.

His teammates then clutched up. Hanley Ramirez singled home Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford followed with a triple to score Ramirez, which gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers have come up big in those spots all season. As a team, they're hitting .261 with runners in scoring position and two outs, that's tops in the majors.  

Posey hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to, 4-3.

But, Dodger relievers J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson and closer Kenley Jansen picked up Ryu, who went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. They combined to shut the Giants out the last three innings to preserve the win. Jansen provided the exclamation point by striking out Brandon Crawford on a 96 MPH fastball. Ryu joined Greinke and Kershaw by picking up his 12th win and Jansen got his 30th save, good for second in all of baseball.  

You’d have to say it was the first series that LA's record-setting $234 million payroll earned their money. Sure, the club has won games but in that series, in that environment and against that team, they earned it.

However, there are a couple of points Dodger fans need to be aware of before they consider the Giants done. First, they beat newly acquired Jake Peavy, who came into the start with a career 14-2 record and 2.21 ERA against the Dodgers. He wasn't bad in Sunday's outing but he'll likely be better the next time around.

Second, the Giants are not the same team without center fielder Angel Pagan. It's clear they miss his speed and precense at the top of the order, much like the Dodgers would without Gordon. They'll be a much improved team once he returns The Dodgers can count on it.

The Dodgers left Los Angeles two weeks ago as the hunter. They return to Chavez Ravine Monday as the hunted.

We’ll see if after a couple of home cooked meals they’re still hungry for October.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Triple-A Prospect Ignites Brawl ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:53:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/aebb.jpg

The Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliates for the Dodgers and Rockies, respectively, rumbled on Saturday in a bench-clearing brawl.

It got ugly and spilled into the first couple of rows behind home plate.

See for yourself:

 

What you don’t see in the video are the minutes before the chaos began. Multiple reports say Isotopes shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena didn't appreciate being brushed back by pitcher Mike Bolsinger early in the at bat. 

It, apparently, started Friday night when Arruebarrena, who the Dodgers have signed to a five-year, $25 million contract, took nearly 40 seconds to cross home plate after hitting a three-run homer. 

Ten were ejected and the Aces won the game 7-3.

 



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<![CDATA[Over 25,000 Compete in SF Marathon]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:05:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/marathon_preps_sf2.jpg

Thousands of people from all over the country winded their way through the streets of San Francisco bright and early Sunday to compete in the city's annual marathon.

The first race started at 5:30 a.m., and the route kicked off and finished along the Embarcadero, with stops through the Marina, Golden Gate Bridge, the Park and the Presidio--tracing the northern part of the city.

There were temporary closures and transit changes, as more than 25,000 people laced up for the race.

"It does frustrate me a little bit because it does get very crowded--it's already crowded sometimes for the ballgames," runner Rachel Amaya said. "But it does get crowded."

"I did not know there was a lot of stuff going on, but I’m used it being from LA," runner Chad Eichten said. "And there is always stuff going on, so you just figure out ways around it."

The marathon's conclusion was around 1 p.m.

A Berkeley woman won the San Francisco Marathon for the second year in a row, and a man from Reno, Nevada earned his first win.

Anna Bretan finished the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 47 minutes and 50 seconds, according to race officials.

That is just slightly longer than the two hours, 42 minutes and 25 seconds it took the mother of three to win the race in 2013.

Bretan also, notably, was the women's winner of the 2012 Oakland Marathon.

On the men's side, race officials report August Brautigam beat his competitors by crossing the finish line in two hours, 32 minutes and 16 seconds.

But just a few hours later, more sports fans will head to the city, as the San Francisco Giants try and avoid the sweep against their division rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cal-train is adding extra capacity for riders coming to the city for the game--or for people attending a late afternoon soccer match with the San Jose Earthquakes at Candlestick Park.

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<![CDATA[Byron Scott Coaching Lakers]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:36:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Hire-Byron-Scott.jpg

After three interviews, fan frustration, wild speculation and a drawn out coaching search that resulted in unbelievable rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly agreed to terms with Byron Scott to become the team's head coach.

The deal is for four years and $17 million, ESPN Los Angeles reported.

The Lakers told NBC4 an announcement would be made when the deal was struck.

The calendar read April when Mike D’Antoni vacated the position, but the Lakers immediately made it clear that they were in no hurry to find a replacement. Nearly three months later, however, fans were losing patience and some NBA analysts were simply losing their heads.

In the week leading up to Scott being offered the Lakers’ coaching gig, ESPN’s Bill Simmons went on a national radio show and proclaimed that it was “obvious” that the Lakers were waiting around to see whether Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers would step away from that franchise’s toxic ownership situation.

Not for the first time, a baseless story about the Lakers found legs and garnered national media attention.

More likely, the Lakers’ front office maintained a consistent dialogue with Scott as it worked to fill out the Lakers’ roster. With a parade of Ed Davis, Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer contract signings and media presentations complete, the Lakers’ roster was all but set when news of Scott being offered the vacancy seeped through the cracks and onto the scrolling headlines at the bottom of the screen.

On Friday, ESPN was first to report that Scott and the Lakers were engaged in negotiations. The LA Daily News then reported that Scott was offered the position late Thursday night.

With the Lakers’ roster almost set—rookie Jordan Clarkson and swing man Wesley Johnson remain the only players not yet signed—the front office methodically moved forward from the roster to the coach. Scott, who was portrayed as the front runner for the months leading up to the announcement, finally received the expected phone call and appeared to move quickly to accept the position and begin negotiating terms.

Worth mentioning, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne earlier reported George Karl earned a great deal of consideration from the Lakers’ front office. Ultimately, Scott was the Lakers’ top choice, and they got their man.

Previously, Scott led the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals twice and received NBA Coach of the Year honors with the New Orleans Hornets. As a player, Scott was a notable member of the “Showtime” Lakers and won three championships in the 1980s.

In his final NBA season, Scott served as Kobe Bryant’s rookie mentor, and Bryant explicitly endorsed Scott when asked whether he would like to see the 53-year-old patrolling the sidelines at Staples Center.

With Scott agreeing terms, the Lakers now have a near complete roster and a head coach.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Hire Byron Scott as Head Coach: Report]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:52:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/byronscott.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly hired Byron Scott as the team's new head coach.

ESPN.com reported Saturday that the two sides have agreed to terms on a four-year, $17 million contract.

Scott won three titles as a Lakers player during the team's "Showtime" era with Magic Johnson. He played in the NBA for 14 seasons, most with the Lakers.

ESPN reported that the Lakers verbally offered Scott the job Thursday.

Scott was previously head coach of the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to- back seasons. He was named NBA coach of the year in 2008 with the Hornets.

Scott has the endorsement of Lakers star Kobe Bryant. The two were teammates in 1996 during Bryant's rookie season.

NBC4 has reached out to the Lakers for comment.



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<![CDATA[Reinsdorf Hospitalized in New York]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:49:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Reinsdorf+Smart.jpg

Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was hospitalized Friday night after an "episode of light-headedness," the Chicago White Sox said in a statement.

Reinsdorf's "episode" required medical attention during his stay in Cooperstown, New York. He was taken to Bassett Medical Center where he will stay overnight "as a precautionary measure."

"All tests tonight indicate that he is fine," the team said in a statement. "He is coherent, is resting comfortably and is communicating with his doctors and medical staff."

He is expected to be released Saturday morning.

Reinsdorf is in New York to attend this weekend's Hall of Fame induction of former White Sox star Frank Thomas.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Show They're a Triple Threat in Win Over Giants ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:47:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/hanpg+copy.jpg

If Yasiel Puig performs like he did Friday night, he may stay in center field permanently.    

He started there for the first time this season and responded by going 4 for 5 with a double and three triples in an 8-1 win against the Giants at AT&T Park.

“It’s a really good stadium, actually, to hit triples, just hit them into right-center. You hit them, basically, where they can’t get them,” Puig told SportsNet LA afterward.

The only other Dodger player to get three triples in a game is Jimmy Sheckard in 1901.

Puig also scored two runs and had two RBIs.

The team hit five triples in the game, three coming in the fifth inning when they blew the game open by turning it into their own track meet.

Dee Gordon hit the first triple to drive in Zack Greinke and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Puig followed with a triple to drive in Gordon. After singles by Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp hit a 3-0 fastball off the wall in the gaping hole in right-center field putting the Dodgers up, 6-0.

“It was fun to watch,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the game.

The Dodgers knocked Giants starter Tim Lincecum (9-7) out in that fifth inning after he looked sharp through the first four, striking out six batters. But, in the end, he only went 4 ⅓ innings, allowing six runs on nine hits to take the loss.

His counterpart Greinke went seven innings, gave up four hits and struck out 10 to pick up his NL tying 12th win of the season.

Puig was one of five Dodgers with multi-hit games.

Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs to retake the NL lead with 67.

The Giants got on the board in the ninth against Paul Maholm.

Tyler Colvin drove in Joaquin Arias with a bases loaded single to make it 8-1, but Tony Abreu followed by flying out to Puig to end the game.

Despite the loss the Giants still hold a 1/2 game lead in the NL West. 
 



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<![CDATA[Garcetti Meets With U.S. Olympics Committee]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:32:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/0613-olympics.jpg

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday traveled to Colorado Springs for a U.S. Olympics Committee briefing about the United States bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

Garcetti met with the USOC "o discuss how we can present the strongest possible bid for our nation," he said in a statement.

Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are also in the running to be the U.S. bid. The four candidates were selected in June, the USOC said in a statement.

Sports executive Casey Wasserman and two LA officials accompanied Garcetti to represent the city.

The USOC will likely make a decision on whether or not to bid, and which city to select, in early 2015, the organization said.

A U.S. Olympics in 2024 would mark the first time the country has hosted the summer international competition since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Los Angeles has hosted the Summer Olympics twice before, in 1984 and 1932.

Host cities are required to provide at least 45,000 hotel rooms, an Olympic Village with rooms for 16,500 people and a 5,000-person capacity dining area and space for 15,000 media and broadcast representatives. The city must also have an international airport able to handle thousands of international travelers per day, public transportation to venues and roadway closures. 

City News Service contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Offer Coaching Job to Byron Scott: Report]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:14:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/byronscott.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers appear close to hiring a new head coach Friday, with reports that the team has offered the position to former Laker Byron Scott.

Scott won three titles as a Lakers player during the team's "Showtime" era with Magic Johnson. He played in the NBA for 14 seasons, most with the  Lakers.

ESPN reported that the Lakers verbally offered Scott the job Thursday, and that he and the team are in negotiations.

Scott was previously head coach of the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans  Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to- back seasons. He was named NBA coach of the year in 2008 with the Hornets.

Scott has the endorsement of Lakers star Kobe Bryant. The two were teammates in 1996 during Bryant's rookie season.

The Lakers have been searching for a coach since the April resignation  of Mike D'Antoni, who led the team to a 67-87 record in just under two seasons. D'Antoni resigned at the end of April.


 



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<![CDATA[The Puig Experiment Could Work for the Dodgers ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:39:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/yp+as+game.jpg

I was all set to write about Don Mattingly’s foolish move Wednesday against the Pirates putting Yasiel Puig in center field for an inning.

Why take the all-star right fielder out of his comfort zone and open the possibility that he’s the answer to the Dodgers center fielder problem.

It was Mattingly who told ESPN that Puig plays "out of control most of the time," and "scares the other outfielders," because he goes so hard (No ambulances were called Wednesday, so you’d have to consider it a success).

And, since I said Matt Kemp is the team’s best option at that spot, surely the skipper wouldn’t go completely the other direction and put the glove-totting battering ram in center, risking the lives of his other outfielders.

Then I remembered I could watch videos on the very medium this story is posted on.

I’ve seen Kemp and Puig play just about every game this season, but I also looked at last year’s games to do an eye test on the two.

Kemp is a great athlete. When healthy, he moves his 215 pound frame gracefully, like he did making a game-saving catch last season against the Giants. But, when Kemp sees he can’t get to a ball, he looks like he’s jogging on the sands of Hermosa Beach.

For Puig, not getting there is not an option.

Case in point, the catch at Citi Field in New York earlier this season. Puig had no business catching that ball. If anyone should’ve, it was the center fielder but Puig has shattered the logic of conventional baseball thinking.

Puig goes after balls like there’s a plane ticket back to Cuba waiting if he doesn’t make the catch. He’s just a better athlete than Kemp, Ethier and Van Slyke put together. I still don’t think he’s the Dodgers long-term solution but it’s July 25th. Their season ends in two months, the club has five outfielders but nobody to play center.

Maybe the Puig experiment could work.

I doubt Mattingly will send him back out there anytime soon with an actual game on the line, especially with a pivotal three-game series starting today against the San Francisco Giants.

But, the "wild horse" may be seen running around the middle of the outfield again before the season ends.  
 



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<![CDATA[Bonds Supporters Launch Campaign to Build "Barry Bronze" Statue]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:39:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP954965539457.jpg

Barry Bonds fans are pushing for a "Barry Bronze," an eight-foot statue in honor of the controversial former slugger.

Supporters launched a Kickstarter campaign Thursday and need $60,000 for the project. Organizers said they have a sculptor lined up ready to create the proposed bronze statue. As of Thursday night, they have raised just about $5,400.

No word yet on where this possible statue would be placed.

Among the rewards offered to those who pledge: for $125, a chance to “vote on the pose we choose for Barry Bronze - Fingers to the sky? Home run swing? You make the call! (Plus t-shirt, sticker & pin)”

The organizer said he came up with the idea after the former San Francisco Giants left fielder was not inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.



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<![CDATA[Manchester United Beat Galaxy 7-0]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:39:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Manchester-United-Galaxy-Wayne-Rooney-7-23-14.jpg

On Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, 86,432 fans witnessed Manchester United, one of the most storied soccer clubs in the world, destroy locals LA Galaxy 7-0.

Less than 15 minutes into the contest, Spanish midfielder Juan Mata made a pacey run and appeared to be fouled on the edge of the box. However, before the referee or any other players could react, forward Danny Welbeck pounced on the loose ball and converted the opportunity, which went in off the left post.

From that point forward, Manchester United had its way with the hometown LA Galaxy.

For Manchester United, Wednesday night served as the first match of the preseason and a first look at legendary manager Louis van Gaal taking the reins at the storied club amid its identity shift. Although Dutch striker Robin van Persie was not with the squad due to a late run in the World Cup, Van Gaal featured both of the United’s new signings in Wednesday’s starting eleven.

Luke Shaw started at left back and Ander Herrera started in central midfield. With Van Persie not available, veteran midfielder Darren Fletcher was provided the captain’s armband for the Red Devils.

In his first match in charge, Van Gaal earned a victory, but, more importantly, he provided insight into squad tactics he intends to utilize in the upcoming season.

Defensively, United played the first half in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Herrera and Fletcher playing in the holding positions and Rooney responsible for defensive duties on the left wing. Mata continued to play centrally regardless of whether the Red Devils were on the ball or off it.

On the right side, Valencia was the player charged with playing as a traditional right midfielder and patrolling the length of the sideline. Welbeck, the opening goal scorer, led the line and did well to press the ball.

A couple minutes shy of halftime, Rooney scored from the penalty spot after a Galaxy defender handled the ball. Then, at the stroke of halftime, Rooney found the ball at his feet off a defensive error, and United's superstar sloppily found a way to extend the lead to 3-0.

After halftime, the game was academic.

Youngster Reece James would score twice in the second half to make it 5-0, as the gap between Major League Soccer and the English Premier League was apparent. Before the final whistle blew, Ashley Young added two late tallies to make it 7-0 and an utter embarrassment. Even with a second rate side playing the entire second half, the English giants dominated possession and left little doubt.

Only Fletcher and Herrera remained on the pitch in the second half for the visitors, and United’s captain shifted into the defense. For the Galaxy and MLS, Wednesday night was a humbling and embarrassing experience. For Van Gaal and the Red Devils, the preseason could not have gotten off to a better start.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers' Tough Guy Beckett Returns from DL]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:20:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/451779698.jpg

Josh Beckett's in the wrong sport.

He should be a football player. They're the only athletes I can think of who could suffer the same physical ailments Beckett has dealt with the past two years and still perform at a high level.

The right-hander's fortitude is unquestionable. He already proved his mettle by returning this year from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Now, he's dealing with an injured left hip. And, it's not just the type of soreness that makes your face scrunch when getting out of bed. According to MLB.com, the hip has a torn labrum and two cysts. For most normal human beings that would require a cane just to get from the couch to the bathroom. For Beckett, one good Cortizone shot and he's ready to take the mound Tuesday against the Pirates and throw 90-plus MPH fastballs to guys who make a living swatting at them.

He'll return from the 15-day disabled list with a chance to give the Dodgers a series win against a potential playoff team. It's a series they need to win, for a number of reasons. Manager Don Mattingly will turn to Beckett to get it done.

But, here's the thing: He's not healed. The former World Series MVP has decided to pitch through the pain for the rest of the season.

"Hopefully, I can make it through. I think here in another month I can get another shot if I have to. I'm not really looking forward to that, but if that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do," Beckett told Dodgers beat writer Michael Lananna.

No big deal. He's already down a rib from his thoracic surgery.

Ok, so Beckett lost the rib, but he gained a no-hitter. He doesn't throw as hard, but he's fourth in the NL with a 2.26 ERA. He won't win a Cy Young, but he's won respect around the league.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers' Gordon Joins Hall-of-Fame Company]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/dg+as+game.jpg

So, the video below is all about Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig video bombing Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo.

I’m around the team a lot. That stuff happens all the time. Those two have yet to find a practical joke opportunity they don’t like.

What you’re really seeing, though, is how players can be like attention needy five year olds when they’re not in a game, always getting into things they’re not supposed to. In this case, it’s a national broadcast that affects Rizzo’s career, which you can clearly see they’re concerned about.

But, Dodgers fans don’t laugh. Puig and Han-Ram are only able to pull off their stunt because they’re both nursing left hand and left wrist injuries. Neither suffered broken bones but both have battled nagging injuries all season. That's a big concern, especially since they’re, arguably, the two most important position players in the team’s push for a repeat division crown.

Anyway, despite the clowning session at her expense Rizzo plows through her liveshot and 22 seconds into the video she presents this obscure, yet amazing, nugget about Dee Gordon. Check it out.

To put that in perspective, Rickey Henderson is a Hall-of-Famer, Raines and Lofton could one day land in Cooperstown, Coleman was, but the numbers, the best base stealer in baseball for six seasons and then there’s some guy named Gerald Young.

It’s still up in the air whether Gordon’s career will go the path of the former four, or the latter but it's pretty impressive any way you slice it.

Respect to Gordon for the accomplishment and to Rizzo for not throwing the microphone at Ramirez and Puig.



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<![CDATA[WNBA Coach Michael Cooper has Tongue Cancer]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:24:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP13030709140.jpg

Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team.

He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday.

The 58-year-old coach is expected to miss about two weeks, with assistant coach Karleen Thompson filling in. Atlanta plays at Minnesota on Tuesday.

"I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," Cooper said. "I know the team will be in good hands with coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon."

Cooper is in his first season with Atlanta. His team leads the Eastern Conference with a 15-6 record. He coached the East to a 125-124 overtime victory at the WNBA All-Star game Saturday.

Cooper won five NBA titles as a shooting guard with the Los Angeles Lakers during the "Showtime" era from 1978-90. As a coach, he won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and one NBA Development League championships with Albuquerque.

After his second run with the Sparks, Cooper was hired as the women's coach at Southern California. He resigned in March following an 11-20 season, his first losing mark in four seasons.



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<![CDATA[Pau, Redskins, and Sponsor Logos in NBA]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:56:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_Rapid_Fire_07202014_1200x675_310326339583.jpg What is Pau Gasol’s legacy in LA? Will Sponsor logos go on NBA Jerseys? Will the Redskins name be changed? Brian Kamenetzky from Landolakers.com and Daily News Columnist Jill Painter sit down with Fred Roggin to discuss that and more on this week’s edition of Rapid Fire. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 20, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Mascot Madness]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:58:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_MascotMadness_1200x675_310326339787.jpg Are mascots enjoyable or are they just getting in the way? Fred Roggin welcomes Brian Kamenetzky from Landolakers.com and Daily News Columnist Jill Painter to weigh in on whether mascots are a positive or negative in sports. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 20, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Dodgers' Crawford Selected to AFL Hall-of-Fame]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:18:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/166*120/cc+dugout.jpg

Carl Crawford’s a long shot to make the big league Hall of Fame but he can now count himself among the best to ever play in the Arizona Fall League.

Crawford and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday were selected Sunday as the 35th and 36th members of the AFL Hall of Fame, as reported by MLB.com.

They’ll be inducted in November.

In 2001, the current Dodgers left fielder was a young, up-and-coming speedster playing for the Maryvale Saguaros in a league known as the stomping ground for future major league stars.

Crawford balled out. He hit .386 with nine stolen bases in 17 games before joining Team USA in the World Cup in Chinese Taipai.

He’s done pretty well since making his Major League debut in 2002. in 12-plus seasons, the four-time All-Star is a .291 career hitter with over 1,800 hits and his 118 triples lead all active players.

He also holds company with Ty Cobb as the only players to hit over 100 triples and steal 400 bases before their 30th birthdays.

Holliday went through the league in 2002 and 2003 and killed it both times.

In 35 AFL games he hit .316 with four homers 21 RBIs and 20 runs scored. In the majors Holliday’s has made six All-Star teams. He’s also hit 258 career home runs and holds a .309 career average. Holliday won a World Championship with the Cardinals in 2011.  



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Gear Up for Pennant Push]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:24:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/452084572.jpg

The All-Star break is done.

Vacations, for those who didn’t make the team, are over. The chase for a playoff spot is on.

The Dodgers start the second half riding a two-game winning streak and a one game lead over the Giants in the National League West.

It's fitting that their first post-break opponent is the Cardinals, the same team that gave LA a 9-0 spanking in Game 6 of the NLCS last year to end their season.

A rematch would be great for baseball and both teams are expected to provide it.

But, if the Dodgers plan on making it back, their general Ned Colleti and manager Don Mattingly will need to get under the hood and do some tinkering to get their blue hot-rod of a team running smoothly.

There are some areas in the motor they should pay special attention to.

Center field: The Dodgers need a center fielder. Badly! Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke are fine athletes and certified big leaguers. But, running down balls in the gaps is not their strong suits. Yasiel Puig is a ball hog in the greatest sense but watching him track a fly is similar to Google maps being confronted with road closures. It’s all over the place. The good news for the Dodgers: they already have a center fielder in Matt Kemp. The bad news: most defensive stats show he’s been awful this year. According to FanGraphs advanced metrics, Kemp’s last in range runs (-14.5) and ultimate zone rating (-16.4). Basically, both stats say his defensive woes have led to approximately 14 to 16 more runs being scored by Dodger opponents than if he wasn’t out there. Still, Kemp’s their best option. He’s a two-time Gold Glove winner for a reason. He may have lost a step but he’s looked healthy and more confident with more playing time. If the Dodgers don’t trade his $160 million contract to another team, then the move should be to put their best center fielder back in center field.

Left field: If Kemp moves then Mattingly’s back to his juggling act with what to do there. Carl Crawford is back, so it adds to the suspense of who will win the job. It was essentially Crawford's until an ankle injury knocked him out for awhile. He'll get another shot at it but don't be surprised if Mattingly settles on a Crawford-Ethier-Van Slyke combo.

Starting Pitching: We already know how ridiculously good the front three of the rotation are. Josh Beckett and Dan Haren are the wildcards. If Becket can return from the disabled list and be his first half self, and Haren can keep the homers he likes to give up to solo shots, the back half of the Dodgers staff will keep them sailing even with an inconsistent offense.

Bullpen: Kenley Jansen is still the man at the end of games. What the Dodgers need is a setup man who can hand a game over to their closer. Chris Perez and Brian Wilson have both been given chances, but they’ve both blown them. Brandon League, on the other hand, may be the guy. He’s only given up one earned run since June 16. He has a 2.09 ERA in 38 appearances and Mattingly's confidence in him is at an all-time high.

The Dodgers are also in the market for another left-handed reliever, although J.P. Howell has been dynamite. In 34 innings he’s only given up 17 hits and five earned runs. Paul Maholm has stepped up to provide long relief when called upon. The addition of another lefty will give the skipper options in the seventh or eighth inning of a one-run game in September.

The Bench: Like every team, the Dodgers have dealt with injuries and disabled list casualties. But, their bench has helped keep the team afloat. The part-timers have been led by Justin Turner. He’s been a Godsend for the club this year. Turner stepped in at third when Juan Uribe went down for an extended time, and he’s done duty at shortstop and second base. At the plate is where Turner has really come through hitting .302 (48 for 159), with three home runs and 21 RBIs. He’s been dealing with some napping leg injuries, but they shouldn’t be enough to keep him from answering the bell when his number is called.

The bright spot nobody saw coming has been Miguel Rojas. Forget the .208 batting average. The 25-year-old has dazzled with the glove. The unbelievable defensive play he made to save Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter is just one in a growing highlight reel. Rojas and Dee Gordon have become one of the most exciting double-play combinations in baseball. Even as regulars have returned from injuries Rojas hasn’t gone anywhere. He'll have to get better at the plate. At times he looks lost. If he can get that together, Rojas could turn out to be an unsung hero when the season is all said and done.

Health is the variable factor every team deals with, so no need to go there.

Watching how the season plays out should be fun, that is, if you have Time Warner Cable. But, that's whole other story in itself.



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<![CDATA[McEnroe's Son Arrested for Drugs]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:11:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kevin+mcenroe.jpg

Kevin McEnroe, the 27-year-old son of tennis champion John McEnroe and actress Tatum O'Neal, was arrested in New York City after he was allegedly caught with dozens of oxycodone and morphine pills, authorities say.

McEnroe was arrested late Tuesday after an alleged drug exchange with another suspect on East Fourth Street between First Avenue and Avenue A in the East Village, the district attorney's office said.

Police found 20 oxycodone pills and 10 morphine pills in an inner pocket in his jacket, according to the criminal complaint. 

McEnroe was arraigned on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance Tuesday and released on $5,000 bail. He's next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 16. 

His attorney declined to comment.



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<![CDATA[Mostly Positive Showing by Dodgers All-Stars ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:30:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/all+star.jpg

The Dodgers quartet of Clayton Kershaw, Dee Gordon, Zack Greinke and Yasiel Puig all played in the 5-3 win by the American League in the All-Star Game Tuesday night in Minneapolis, but not all of them showed up. 

Kershaw was in the running to start the game but NL manager Mike Matheny instead went with his guy Adam Wainwright. How you felt about the decision depends on whether you bleed Cardinal red or Dodger blue. But, Wainwright balled out the first half of the season, so it wasn’t exactly a Charlie Sheen-like situation.

Matheny might be reconsidering the pick after witnessing Wainwright’s one inning of work. It went like this: double, triple, strikeout, home run, strikeout, ground out -- 3-0 deficit. He didn't help himself by telling reporters he served one up to Derek Jeter:  

It was Kershaw's turn in the second inning. His appearance went like this: foul out, strikeout, ground out.

So, basically, the lefty made it clear that in next year's game, he's taking the mound first.

Even AL manager John Farrell was impressed.

"I think anytime you can see Clayton Kershaw pitch it's certainly a treat," he said during the FOX telecast.

One of the good moves by Matheny came in the fourth when he sent Dee Gordon in to pinch run for Chase Utley.

Jonathan Lucroy hit a double off the right field wall that bounced cleanly to Jose Bautista but it's not like it mattered. Flash scored and there wasn't really a legitimate play on him at the plate.

Gordon followed that up in the sixth with a nice defensive play robbing Michael Brantley of a hit. It's a play that only two or three other second basemen make, and they've been retired for 10 years.

Zack Greinke was so efficient that you almost forgot he pitched. He only needed 12 tosses to get a ground out and two strikeouts. It was so quick that Greinke might have even landed at LAX before the game ended.

When it comes to Puig I'm kind of glad he doesn't have a full grasp of the English language yet, so he doesn't have to answer the question: "Where is Yasiel Puig and what did you do with him?"

He had a horrble two days.

After his power outage in Monday's Home Run Derby you thought the Cuban Comet would come out and do some damage. But, he struck out three times and looked completely out of his depth at the plate.

The good news for Puig is that if he stays healthy he'll have many more chances to erase the memories of this one. And, he did get a picture with Jeter.

Puig should be cut a little slack considering in all the previous all-star games he played in before coming to the states, Puig played with half his focus on the field and the other half trying to escape a Socialist regime.

 


 



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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter's All-Star Goodbye]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:12:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jeter-ASG-Goodbye-0715.jpg

The All-Star Game telecast opened Tuesday night with Fox’s Joe Buck surveying the impressive talent in the American League locker room as he made his way to the undisputed star among all stars: Derek Jeter. But the Yankees’ captain waved off the announcer, telling him, “We’ve got a game to play, bro.” 

His words, even if possibly scripted, offered a vintage Jeter moment: It’s never about him, it’s all about the game.
Jeter played his 14th and final All-Star contest Tuesday night, in what could be his farewell appearance before a major league-sized national TV audience, barring a Yankees playoff run. The bittersweet milestone marked the latest leg in a victory lap for the future Hall of Famer – and for baseball.
 
Like his longtime team mate Mariano Rivera, who earned a similar sendoff last year, Jeter emerged as a standout in the 1990s as the game rebounded from labor strife on the bulging backs of sluggers with a seemingly endless capacity to belt the long ball. But the home run heroics turned out to be an illusion fueled by witches’ brews, injected by cheaters who, hopefully, will never see Cooperstown.
 
Amid the cloud that hung over the game, Jeter shined, not as a slugger, but as player whose dirt-caked uniform testified to an all-out style that sent him flying into the stands after balls. His stats, especially in the post-season (a record 200 hits on the way to five World Series victories), speak to his clutch hitting. With Derek Jeter, there’s no room for illusion: What you see is what you get.
 
He gave us plenty to watch Tuesday. In the first play of the game, Jeter, at age 40 and in his 20th season, dove for a ball with the verve of a rookie. He later ran full steam as he laced a double in his first at bat and scored the game’s first run. Jeter added to his stature as one of the greatest to grace the diamond – among them his fellow shortstops Ernie Banks and Cal Ripken, Jr., who also embodied a love for the game with their ceaseless hard play and leadership, on and off the field.
 
Even amid the World Cup afterglow and the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, Jeter’s last All-Star berth on his way to his final Major League at bat provided a potent reminder of why baseball remains out National Pastime, a game equally capable of breaking hearts and sending them soaring. He transcends his storied franchise and the game, with a quiet class to which other players – and other sports – aspire.
 
Jeter is the kind of player who commands the respect of all who love baseball – even those of us who hate the Yankees. Cheers, from fans and rivals alike, filled Minnesota’s Target Field Tuesday as Jeter left the game at the top of the fourth inning.
 
Even the commercials packed an emotional punch: A spot for Jordan Brand featured everyone from Michael Jordan to Red Sox fans to Mr. Met tipping their hats to a player who helped mend his sport and will leave it stronger when he caps his career at the season’s end. Check out the clip below as baseball tips its cap to a player who wears No. 2, but ranks higher in the estimation of many who share his love – and respect – for the game.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Sterling Circus Continues]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:04:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_Sterling_1200x675_305474627833.jpg Fred Roggin welcomes AM 570’s Tim Cates and KPCC’s A Martinez to discuss the ongoing Sterling trial to decide ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. Donald Sterling may be drawing this out, but do the Clippers have time to wait? Originally aired on Going Roggin July 12, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Naked Prince, Puig and Pete Carroll]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:46:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_Rapid_Fire_0710_1200x675_305471555804.jpg Was it right for Pete Carroll to be inducted into the USC Hall of Fame? Do you want to see Prince Fielder posing naked for ESPN? Is Yasiel Puig the wrong guy for the Home Run Derby? That and more in this edition of Rapid Fire as Fred Roggin welcomes AM570’s Tim Cates and KPCC’s A Martinez. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 12, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[How To Catch a Home Run Ball]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:02:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_DodgerFilms_1200x675_305336387684.jpg Do you want to catch a home run ball the next time you are at a baseball game? Bobby Crosby is a home run catching specialist at Dodger Stadium. He sits down with Fred Roggin to talk about his skills and give some advice to fans looking to snag a souvenir of their own. Originally aired on Going Roggin July 12, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Derek Jeter Ad Creates A Buzz]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:32:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DerekJeter21.jpg
Fans, celebrities, and rivals alike, are tipping their hats to departing New York Yankee Derek Jeter in a new star-studded ad creating a buzz online.
 
The commerical honoring the all-star shortstop, who will take his final walk off the field this year after 20 seasons with MLB, debuted online Monday, part of Nike's Jordan Brand. The two minute clip has racked up more than 2 million views ahead of its scheduled on-air debut during tonight's All-Star Game in Minneapolis. 
 
The Jordan Brand ad features Jeter’s wide fan base from sports stars like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, to entertainers including Jay-Z and Billy Crystal - all paying homage to the award-winning captain. Even Boston Red Sox die-hards and New York Mets’ fanatics cannot deny their admiration for him. 
 
 
Jeter is respected not only for his talent, but also his character. “You try to carry yourself the right way. I’ve always tried to do that,” Jeter told NBC 4 New York. “I am who I am. I don’t try to be any different.”
 
The 40-year-old signed with the company in 1999, and became the first Jordan Brand-endorsed baseball player. He is one of Nike’s longest sponsored athletes, according to the Bleacher Report. The world famous brand also awarded Jeter his own RE2SPECT collection.  
 
The RE2PECT ad will debut tonight on TV during Jeter’s 14th and final All-Star game. 
 


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