<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usTue, 25 Apr 2017 21:24:03 -0700Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:24:03 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Group Buying Miami Marlins: Reports]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:26:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/042517+jeb+bush+derek+jeter.jpg

A group led by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a deal in place to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, according to published reports.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that a person with knowledge of the deal said the group won the bidding for the team.

An MLB source told The Miami Herald that there's an agreement in place but it's pending MLB approval and other details need to be worked out.

The team is owned by Jeffrey Loria. The Marlins had no comment Tuesday.

The deal could take months to conclude, but Bush will be the "control person," the Herald reported.

"I think Jeb and Jeter are just fine. I think they'll be great owners and I believe this community is ready for new ownership of the Miami Marlins," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told reporters Tuesday.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president.

Loria, the former Montreal Expos owner, bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, now part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group.

Loria has been an unpopular owner among many Marlins fans, and some local residents, after the team used hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build Marlins Park. The team also hasn't made the postseason since 2003, when they won the World Series.

"It's a great facility, it's just too bad, we just need a good team to fill it up and also put some of the negative and the bad taste that we may have in our mouths away and I think that will go with the new ownership group," Gimenez said.



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<![CDATA[Video: Kobe Bryant Performs Funny Slam Poetry]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:05:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-poetry-Steve-Urkel.png

Just over a year after Kobe Bryant hung up his basketball shoes and left with a 60-point performance, the 38-year-old claimed a new title: the most famous Steve Urkel poet of all time.

That's one title/record that will surely never be taken from Bryant as long as he lives.

On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, Bryant went on and put together the most unusual and unpredictable performance of his life. Dressed in the stereotypical garb of slam poets, a black turtle neck, a stubble-faced Bryant emotionally and confidently performed a poem about the internal struggle of Family Matters nerdy character "Steve Urkel" and his suave alter-ego "Stefan Urquelle."

Both characters were played by Jaleel White, and the star of the mid-90s sit-com surely had to enjoy one of the greatest basketball players of all time paying tribute to his characters.

Whether or not he wrote the poem, Bryant poignantly performed the act and had seemingly practiced the bit long enough to get the timing right and pull off the punchlines.

Poetically, Bryant's line uttered the most famous phrase of the show and the character: "Did I do that?"

Since his retirement, the five-time NBA champions and former LA Lakers star has been involved in a host of projects including starting a multi-million dollar investment fund, movie making and children's programming on the topic of basketball.

While the other projects may be impressive, Bryant's "Steve Urkel" poetry slam is without a doubt the most surprising thing he's done since retiring--possibly ever.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Drop Opener to Giants]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:47:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/Dodgers+Drop+Opener+to+Giants+.png

The best rivalry in baseball is back. 

The San Francisco Giants scratched across two runs and then held on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, in the first game between the longtime rivals this season. 

The game may have marked the first contest between the two clubs of the 2017 season, but it appeared as if we'd entered into a time machine and went back four years as pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Matt Cain were locked into a good old fashioned pitcher's duel. 

Cain (2-0) got the best of the Ryu (0-4) as the right-hander pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. 

Ryu recorded his first quality start of the season, allowing jut one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts in six solid innings, but it was not enough to earn his first victory since August of 2014.

"It was the best outing that I've had ever since the surgery," admitted Ryu to reporters after the game. "I limited them and gave up the least amount of runs. I really wanted to make sure they didn't get extra bases or home runs off of me." 

San Francisco nearly scratched a run across off Ryu in the bottom of the first inning, but right fielder Yasiel Puig gunned down Brandon Belt at the plate in what will surely be a Top 10 play on Sports Center later Monday night.

The Giants first run of the game came on some small ball in the bottom of the second. Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third on a groundout by rookie Christian Arroyo, who made his MLB debut on Monday.

One batter later, Joe Panik brought Crawford home with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Adam Liberatore pitched in his first action of the 2017 season, and struggled as he recorded just one out over the first three batters he saw, and was charged with a run when Hunter Pence singled home Panik off Josh Fields.

Sergio Romo faced his former team for the first time as he pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth in his return to AT&T Park as a member of the visiting Dodgers.

"I was just happy I went to the right dugout," he joked after the game.

The Dodgers scored a run in the top of the eighth when Chris Taylor beat out a double play allowing Chase Utley to score, but the rally would end there, as Taylor was thrown at second base by Buster Posey a few pitches later.

Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season, but the game ended in unfathomable fashion as Justin Turner was picked off at second base after getting caught in no-man's land. 

"That was a bad baseball play," said Turner after the game. "I got a good secondary lead to third base, and just got caught."

The loss marked the sixth straight defeat for the Dodgers at AT&T Park, dating back to last season.

Up Next:

Once again, Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound after a loss against rookie LHP Ty Blach. First pitch is at 7:15PM PST. 



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<![CDATA[Aaron Hernandez Suicide Letters Released to Family]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:28:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/aaronhernandezfeuerherdIB.jpg

Three suicide notes that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez allegedly left in his cell before killing himself last week were handed over to his family Monday, the Worcester County District Attorney's office confirmed.

A lawyer for Hernandez's fiancée filed a motion earlier Monday in Bristol County Superior Court seeking the release of the letters, which the district attorney had previously refused to release to the family.

"The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one's final thoughts," George Leontire, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer said.

Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said the letters were emailed to Leontire on Monday after Judge Thomas McGuire ordered their release. Jarvey confirmed one of the letters was addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez and another to the couple's daughter.

The third letter was left for Kyle Kennedy, Hernandez's friend and fellow inmate, Kennedy's lawyer said Monday.

Attorney Lawrence F. Army Jr. said his client has not yet seen the letter, but will request that it be turned over to Kennedy as soon as possible. 

“My client is obviously saddened by the loss of his friend, Aaron Hernandez,” Army said. He said the two were not cellmates.

Army said he met with Kennedy briefly on Monday, and his client is “no longer on suicide watch,” though he was moved to a protective unit after Hernandez’s death “as a standard precaution.” He said he will be meeting more with his client in the coming days, and will provide updates as the case develops. “For now, we will have no further comment.”

Kennedy’s family also issued a statement Monday, saying their thoughts are with Hernandez’s family and their son, and asking for privacy.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted in two other killings just days before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in the early morning hours of April 19.

Investigators said Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks. They said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

Authorities said investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible in Hernandez's cell.

Additonally, law enforcement sources tell NBC Boston that Hernandez was found with the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead. The Bible passage reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer are seeking to preserve records related to Hernandez's death, including Hernandez's prison cell video recordings and all of his property, medical and mental health records.

Jenkins-Hernandez has also filed court papers indicating that she may sue over the supervision Hernandez received while in prison. The filing argues that authorities had a legal duty to provide safety and protection from personal injury to inmates in state custody.

Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. on March 18 and no one entered until a correction officer observed him around 3 a.m. the following day and forced his way in, according to investigators.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.



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<![CDATA[Discover Your Dodgers: Ross Stripling]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:15:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ross_Stripling_Short_Interview_1200x675_928064579751.jpg

NBC LA Sports Reporter, Michael Duarte, asks Los Angeles Dodgers' reliever, Ross Stripling, some hard-hitting questions about Game of Thrones, Taylor Swift and the College World Series.

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<![CDATA[Ross Stripling Interview]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:14:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ross_Stripling_Short_Interview_1200x675_928064579751.jpg

NBCLA Sports Reporter, Michael J. Duarte, interviews Los Angeles Dodgers' relief pitcher Ross Stripling about sports, his relationship with Michael Wacha and stock tips.

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<![CDATA[Gobert's Return Ignites Utah in Game 4]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:56:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/AP_17113861802007.jpg

Rudy Gobert gave the Jazz the spark they needed.

Gobert had 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Utah Jazz evened their best-of-seven series with the Los Angeles Clippers at two games apiece after a 105-98 victory in Game 4 on Sunday.

Joe Johnson didn't start, but he was the best player on the court at the finish, scoring 26 points off the bench, including 11-in-a-row at one point in the fourth quarter.

Game Four on Sunday marked the first full game of the series that the Clippers were without All-Star forward Blake Griffin.

Griffin will miss the remainder of the NBA Playoffs after he was diagnosed with a torn plantar plate injury in his right big toe on Saturday morning.

The Jazz played the second half without their lone All-Star, as Gordon Hayward was sent home at halftime with flu-like symptoms from food poisoning.

Without Hayward, the Jazz found offense through Johnson, and wide-open three-pointers from Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles. Hood had 18 points in place of Hayward and Ingles chipped in eight points. 

Chris Paul finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing with 27 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Jamal Crawford had his best game of the series, scoring 25 points off the bench.

DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers and Raymond Felton chipped in 11 off the bench.

The team what won the battle in the paint has won all four games of the series so far. After controlling the middle thanks in part to the absence of Gobert in Games 2 and 3, the Clippers were outscored 36-to-58 in the painted area in Game 4.

The summary of Game 4 will likely be missed opportunities for L.A. as they led by seven points in the fourth quarter, until Johnson scored 11 straight points to wipe away the #Clippers lead. 

Up Next:

Game 5 is Tuesday night at Staples Center on 7:30PM PST on TNT. 



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Salvage Series With D-Backs]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:56:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Dodgers+salvage+series+with+AZ.png

One inning was all they needed. 

The Dodgers scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning as they came back to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-2, on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

The Dodgers managed to salvage a game in the three-game series in Phoenix, avoiding the sweep after allowing back-to-back double-digit runs to the D-Backs on Friday and Saturday.

Brandon McCarthy, easily the Player of the Game for Los Angeles, started off the fifth inning with a leadoff walk, Joc Pederson also received a free pass, putting the go-ahead run at the plate in reigning NL Rookie of the Year, Corey Seager.

Seager drove a double to the gap in left-center, scoring both McCarthy and Pederson on the play to tie the game.

Two batters later, Adrian Gonzalez plated two on an RBI double off the wall that just missed getting out of the ballpark.

One pitch later, the ball did leave the ballpark as Grandal crushed a changeup over the wall in right-center to give the Dodgers a 6-2 lead, capping off the comeback and the monster inning for the Boys in Blue.

McCarthy (3-0), has been a savior for the Dodgers below average season so far. The lanky right-hander allowed just two runs, a first inning homer to Paul Goldschmidt, on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven strong innings.

Outside of Clayton Kershaw, McCarthy has been the best starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He has had three quality starts in his first four appearances and is undefeated with a 2.25 ERA on the young season.

Sergio Romo bounced back from a rough outing in the first game of the series, by pitching a scoreless ninth, securing the victory for the Dodgers.

Up Next: 

The Dodgers (9-10) renew their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants as they clash at AT&T Park on Monday night in their first series of the 2017 season. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) will square off with RHP Matt Cain (1-0) at 7:15PM PST. 



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<![CDATA[Diamondbacks Blow Out Dodgers...Again]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:02:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Maeda+4+homers.png

Yasmany Tomas homered twice and David Peralta hit a team-record four doubles, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 11-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Chris Herrmann and Jake Lamb each hit a two-run homer for Arizona. Peralta scored three times and Tomas drove in his third run by drawing a bases-loaded walk as part of a three-run seventh inning.

Arizona improved to 8-1 at home and 12-7 overall, with wins in five of its last seven games. The Diamondbacks' home record is the best after nine games in franchise history.

The Dodgers (8-10) have lost five of six, but Kiké Hernandez hit a home run to leadoff the game. 

 

Herrmann homered off starter Kenta Maeda (1-2) in the fourth, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-2 lead on the way to their fourth straight win over Los Angeles this month.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Unravel in Nightmare 8th Inning]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:40:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Dodgers+Unravel+in+8th.png

The Dodgers had the lead entering the eighth inning…

and then the floodgates opened!

The Diamondbacks blew the roof off Chase Field, literally, as they scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-5, on Friday night in Phoenix.

The Dodgers led 5-4 entering the bottom of the eighth thanks to the offensive exploits of Joc Pederson and Corey Seager.

Pederson was celebrating his 25th Birthday and celebrated by going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Seager knocked in the team's first three runs, including a two-run home run in the first inning.

A.J. Pollock would answer with a home run of his own in the bottom half of the first, as the two teams took turns tying the game before the Dodgers took the lead on a pinch-hit solo homer by Chris Taylor in the op of the seventh.

 

With one of the best bullpens in baseball needed to record just six remaining outs, the Dodgers thought they had the game won, but the levee broke open in a nightmare bottom of the eighth.

Arizona batted around in a 45-minute eighth inning, sending 14 batters to the plate against four different Dodger relievers.

"That was very uncharacteristic," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts of his bullpen. "You have to give those guys credit over there, they got the big hits when they needed."

Ross Stripling allowed three hits and two earned runs, Luis Avilan walked the only two batters he faced, and right-hander Sergio Romo suffered the worst of the group, surrendering five runs on two hits with three walks and a balk, in his worst outing of the season.

"I messed up right there," Romo said of the first balk in his MLB career. "I've been doing this a while now, it's not the first time i've been hit around."

Josh Fields recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning, but by then the damage had been done and the Diamondbacks were on their way to a blowout victory.

In total, the Dodgers walked five batters in the nightmare eighth inning, the most in a single inning since 1975.

Up Next:

Kenta Meda heads to the mound on Saturday opposite LHP Robbie Ray who they faced last week in Los Angeles. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Clippers Rally to Beat Jazz in Game 3]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:41:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/Clippers+Jazz+Game+3.png

The Clippers turned the tables on the Utah Jazz.

After the Jazz overcame an injury to one of their best players to stun the Clippers in Game 1 of the first-round NBA Playoffs series, Los Angeles overcame the loss of Blake Griffin to shock Utah, 111-106 in Game 3. 

The Clippers rallied from a 14-point third quarter deficit without one of their best players as Griffin left the game with a right big toe injury in the second quarter and did not return. 

Without Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan picked up the scoring slack. Paul led the way with 34 points and 10 assists, including nine straight points as the Clippers went on a 15-0 run late in the fourth quarter.

Joe Johnson finally ended the run with a two-point basket with 1:52 remaining, but the damage had already been done, and the Clippers iced the game away with free throws.

DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 13 rebounds in Griffin's absence as the Clippers take home-court back in the series.

Gordon Hayward had the best game of his limited playoff career, scoring 40 points including 21 in the first quarter.

George Hill had 26 points in the loss.

Initial x-rays on Griffin's toe were negative, and many fans in Utah will say things are now even after Jazz center Rudy Gobert went down with a knee injury in Game 1 and has missed the last three games.

Griffin will undergo further testing to determine the extent of the injury to the big toe, but his reaction before entering the locker room suggests it could be severe after he pounded his first repeatedly in frustration before heading back for X-rays.

Up Next:

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series will be on Sunday, April 23, at 6:00PM PST in Salt Lake City. 



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<![CDATA[Blake Griffin Out for Playoffs With Big Toe Injury]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:15:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Blake+Griffin+Injury.png

The Clippers curse might be back. 

Blake Griffin left Game 3 of the first-round playoff matchup with the Utah Jazz in the second quarter after injuring his right big toe on a play at the basket, and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.

The team announced Saturday morning that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. At the time of the injury, the team said it was a bruised toe. X-rays at the arena were negative, but he was re-evaluated after the game.

The Clippers trailed by as many as 14 in the game, but had cut the lead to four points when Griffin left the game and headed to the locker room for X-rays. 

Los Angeles sports fans might remember that Dodgers' second baseman Logan Forsythe injured his big toe earlier in the week on a hit by pitch against the Rockies. 

Initial X-rays on the big toe were inconclusive, but further testing revealed a fracture and Forsythe was placed on the disabled list and will be out at least two weeks. 

Fans were hoping that the Clippers recent curse where anything that can go wrong does go wrong in the NBA Playoffs had not reared its' ugly head with Griffin and we hoped he would be able to return to the series for Game 4. 

However, Griffin showed signs of frustration in his initial reaction to the injury. After coming out of the game and visiting team trainer, Jasen Powell, Griffin repeatedly pounded his seat before heading into the locker room.

Griffin famously injured his left quadriceps muscle in Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers last season and did not return for the playoffs. His injury came just minutes after point guard Chris Paul left the same game with a broken finger.

Here's the play Griffin was believed to be injured on: 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[ 8 Most Famous Winners of the Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:34:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Scretariat.jpg For just two minutes of the year, a one and one-quarter mile track becomes the center of high-stakes American horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky.

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<![CDATA[Father and Son Set Atlantic Crossing Record]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_ATLANTIC_CROSS_RECORD_042117-149280286850000001.jpg

Nico and Vittorio Malingri arrived in the Guadeloupe port town of Pointe-a-Pitre on April 20. The journey took 11 days, one hour and nine minutes after leaving Dakar, Senegal, in their sailboat, setting an Atlantic crossing record between those two ports.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Medalist Will Claye Embarks on Music Career]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:13:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IMG_66532.JPG

Will Claye has earned three medals as a track and field athlete for Team USA. His most recent success came at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when he brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. 

Since returning from the Summer Games, Claye has continued to compete at the highest level on the track but wanted to make sure all his time wasn't consumed by training and competition.

He has been working on something he has been passionate about since he was a child, music. When he was young, it was singing in the church choir or making a mixtape on a boom box.

Now, as an Olympic medalist, new opportunities have presented themselves for Claye, including a chance to record his own album.  

The result is "Look What You Created," a hip-hop album with 12 tracks of music Claye says "will put you in a good mood."


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<![CDATA[The Top Horses Contending to Race the 2017 Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:15:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-648033112_master.jpg As the official start of the Triple Crown nears, here's a look at the top 10 highest ranked horses.

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<![CDATA[2017 NFL Schedule: LA Rams and LA Chargers Home Games]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:27:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LA-Chargers-schedule-2017.jpg

On Thursday, the NFL released the 2017 schedule for every team, which of course included the LA Rams and the LA Chargers.

Yes, LA has two NFL teams again, and before the two teams can share the new stadium in Inglewood, the Rams will continue to play home games at the LA Memorial Coliseum, while the Chargers will play at the far more cozy Stubhub Center in Carson, which is being marketed as a unique fan experience unlike any other in the NFL considering the stadium only has seating for 27,000 fans.

Since the Rams returned to Southern California first, let's take a look at their schedule first.

The Rams open Week 1 of the 2017 season (Sept 10) at home against the Indianapolis Colts, followed by another home game against the Washington Redskins in Week 2 (Sept. 17).

Then, the Rams head up to San Francisco for Week 3, followed by a trip to Dallas for Week 4.

The Seattle Seahawks come pay a visit in Week 5 (Oct. 8), while the Rams will go up to Washington State in Week 15. Similarly, Jared Goff and company will host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7 (Oct. 22) before heading out to the desert in Week 13.

The Rams also have home games in Week 10 against the Houston Texans (Nov. 12), Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints (Nov. 26) and Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles (Dec. 10).

The Rams will conclude their 2017 NFL regular season on Dec. 31 at home against the San Francisco 49ers.

Chargers 2017 Schedule

The LA Chargers will play their first home game on Sept. 17 against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2, after starting their season on the road against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.

Similar to the Rams, the Chargers also finish the regular season at home on New Year's Eve, but LA's newest team will likely struggle to create a home environment considering the Oakland Raiders will be coming to town.

Other home games for the Chargers:

Sept. 24 - Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 1 - Philadelphia Eagles
Oct. 22 - Denver Broncos
Nov. 19 - Buffalo Bills
Dec. 3 - Cleveland Browns
Dec. 10 - Washington Redskins

In addition, the Rams and Chargers will play a preseason game at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 26.

Notes: The Rams have a bye week in Week 8, while the Chargers have their bye week in Week 9.



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<![CDATA[ME to Release Hernandez's Brain After Lawyer's Accusation]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:58:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/baez1.jpg

The stunning suicide of Aaron Hernandez led to another surprising turn -- a fight over his brain.

Hernandez's family wants his brain to be studied by the Boston University CTE Center for a brain disease found in some football players. While state officials have now said they would release the brain to the family, that announcement wasn't made until after accusations from the former New England Patriots tight end's lawyer.

"It is our position that they are holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally," attorney Jose Baez said.

Baez added that BU's CTE Center is "the finest lab in the country," and said medical examiner's office does not have the same level of expertise.

BU's CTE Center refused to comment on the matter Thursday.

"If it's not preserved properly, they won't be able to take proper specimens and we won't be able to get the information and the knowledge we want," said Baez. "It is literally a destruction of evidence issue."

The Medical Examiner's office released a statement saying the brain was being kept because it was part of the investigation into Hernandez's death and could require further analysis. But just hours later, just as quickly as the tension escalated, it seemed to come to an end.

When the Worcester County District Attorney's Office announced that Hernandez's death had officially been ruled a suicide, it added that the state would do as the family asked.

"Now that the cause and manner of death have been determined, the brain will be released to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center as Mr. Hernandez’s family wishes," DA Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement.

Baez says the family hopes the brain can be examined to help future athletes, and to shed any more light on his client's death.

"We need to specifically do everything possible to find out what happened," Baez said. "Why not? Doesn't everyone want to know?"

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<![CDATA[Kershaw Strikes Out 10, Dodgers Snap Losing Streak]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:10:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/Kershaw+strikes+out+10+in+victory.png

The Dodgers can finally put up the victory sign.

Scott Van Slyke hit his first home run of the season and Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game losing streak, with a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on USC Night at Dodger Stadium.

Trojans' head coach Clay Helton helped the Dodgers embody the Spirit of Troy as the Boys in Blue rallied from an early one-run deficit in the first inning. 

The start of the game was delayed a couple minutes as Rockies' starter Tyler Anderson exited the bullpen late and took his time walking down the first base line to the visitor's dugout.

Kershaw, was not amused as he stepped off the mound and stared down Anderson before throwing the first pitch of the night. The gamesmanship shown by Colorado worked, as Kershaw struggled to start the game.

"That was one of the more disrespectful things I've ever been a part of," said a visibly upset Kershaw about the incident. "I really didn't appreciate that. The game starts at 7:10, it's started at that time for a long time. Just go around or finish earlier."

After a leadoff walk to Charlie Blackmon, Kershaw allowed back-to-back singles to D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado before settling in and getting out of the inning trailing only, 1-0. 

"I was fortunate to get out of that with only one run," said Kershaw. "That first inning could have sprouted out of contol, and I'm thankful I got out of that for sure."

Van Slyke tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with his first home run of the season on a cut-fastball from Anderson that he drilled to left-center.

The Dodgers outfielder has struggled at the plate this season, hitting .118 with a paltry .176 slugging percentage entering Wednesday's contest.

"He hasn't had a lot of luck this year," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts onVan Slyke's struggles. "For him to elevate to the pull side and get that homer, that was big for us."

The game remained tied into the fifth inning before the Dodgers learned to "fight on," passing the baton along to the tune of three runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Newly recalled infielder Chris Taylor kicked things off with a double, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kershaw. Kershaw was safe at first on an error on the play, and moved to third on an RBI double by Kiké Hernandez.

"It's nice to get off on a good foot," said Taylor. "It takes a lot of pressure off, now I can relax and just go out there and play." 

Taylor went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored in his season debut after he was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game. 

Corey Seager followed Hernandez with an RBI single and Hernandez scored two batters later on fielder's choice groundout to short by Adrian Gonzalez.

Seager reached a milestone in the game, becoming just the sixth player in NL history since 1920 to have 200 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBI, 50 doubles and 30 HR in their first 200 career games.

Despite allowing two runs at Dodger Stadium for the first time in his last 10 starts, Kershaw (3-1) was excellent once again, allowing just five hits, with one walk and 10 punchouts in seven strong innings.

"'Really solid' is the way to describe his outing," said Roberts. "They put together some good at-bats against him. He really didn't have his rhythm tonight." 

It was the 52nd time in Kershaw's illustrious and decorated career that he struck out 10 or more.

Kenley Jansen entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning and worked his way out of a jam before throwing a perfect ninth inning for the save. It was Jansen's fourth save of the season and second consecutive of the four-out variety. 

The Dodgers (8-8) improved to 3-8 when facing a left-handed starter this season with two of those wins coming against Anderson of the Rockies. The other victory was last Saturday night against Patrick Corbin of the D-Backs.

Notes: The Dodgers placed 2B Logan Forsythe and OF/IF Rob Segedin on the 10-day DL before the game, recalling Chris Taylor and OF Brett Eibner before the game. Colorado OF, Carlos Gonzalez, left the game with a bruised right hand after getting hit by  Kershaw fastball in the fourth inning. X-Rays were negative.

Up Next:

The Dodgers have an off day on Thursday before traveling to the Desert for a rematch with the Diamondbacks. Alex Wood is slated to start on Friday night opposite RHP Taijuan Walker at 6:40PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Team Up to Bid for Miami Marlins: Report]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:26:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Derek+Jeter-523131404.jpg

He's a New York icon, but Derek Jeter has apparently set his sights on a baseball future in Florida.

The Yankees great and former presidential candidate Jeb Bush have teamed up to bid for the Miami Marlins, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Citing people familiar with the sale, the paper reported that the future Hall of Famer and the former Florida governor had combined their once-competing bids for the club. There are a number of other potential bidders and no guarantee the team will be sold.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president. 

A deal could also potentially reunite Jeter with another Yankee icon, Marlins manager Don Mattingly. 

The Yankees are due to retire Jeter's number and unveil a plaque in his honor in Monument Park next month.



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<![CDATA[Gronk Crashes Spicer's White House Press Briefing]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:02:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000005668542_1200x675_924518979806.jpg
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski takes time out from the team's visit to the White House to interrupt White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's press briefing.
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<![CDATA[The Vault: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:20:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ROGGIN_VAULT_GLOW_1200x675_924619331828.jpg

Fred Roggin dives into the Vault and manages to get knocked around by the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Get your GLOW on as we go back to 1985. Originally aired on Going Roggin, April 15, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Patriots' Gronkowski Crashes White House Press Briefing]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:08:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/wh9.jpg

Rob Gronkowski crashed the White House press briefing on Wednesday, drawing laughs from the surprised press corps.

Press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing had been going on for about 20 minutes when the tight end opened a door and poked his head around the corner of the dais.

“Sean, you need some help?” Gronkowski said. 

“I think I got this, but thank you,” Spicer responded.

“You sure?” Gronk persisted.

Gronkowski's surprise appearance got a loud laugh out of the assembled media. Spicer kept his composure, though, quickly returning to the subject at hand.

"That was cool," Spicer, who is a big Pats fan, said with a laugh. "How do you follow that?"

Gronkowski's New England Patriots were at the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for their Super Bowl victory.



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<![CDATA[NFL Players React to Death of Aaron Hernandez]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:58:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/aaron-hernandez-juicio-4.jpg

Current and former NFL players were shocked by the death of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning.

Some of them took to Twitter to post about Hernandez's death.

Claude Pleon, a player for the New York Jets tweeted, "R.I.P Aaron Hernandez."

Former San Diego charger Antonio Cromartie tweeted, "I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow."

Isaiah "Ike" Reese, a former player for the Philadelphia Eagles tweeted, "Aaron Hernandez, #HeGone!!!!" but later deleted the tweet and added, "Tweet has been deleted, completely insensitive on my behalf. Was caught up in my emotions for a moment there, no excuse, I apologize to ALL."

Former Pittsburgh Steeler player Ike Taylor tweeted, "#RIP Aaron Hernandez...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide... #prayingfor ... GOOD MORNING TO ALL..."

Hernandez was found hanging from his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.

He was later pronounced dead at UMass Leominster Hospital.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Can't Complete Comeback ]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:08:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Arenado+hits+2+homers.png

Nolan Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story also connected and the Colorado Rockies held off the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Greg Holland gave up two runs in the ninth inning but earned his eighth save. With runners at first and second, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end it.

Arenado hit a two-run homer into the left-field bleachers off Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) in the first.

The slugger added his sixth of the season in the fifth, sending another pitch from Ryu into the stands between the left-field foul pole and the Dodgers bullpen.

The only National League player with more homers than Arenado is Milwaukee's Eric Thames, who has seven.

Arenado added a third-inning double for his second three-hit game in his last three starts. Colorado (10-5) won its third straight and improved to 7-2 on the road.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on RBI singles by Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal, but Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end the game with the tying run on second base.

In total, the Dodgers stranded 12 men on base, and are struggling with runners in scoring position to start the season.

Logan Forsythe left the game after getting hit by a pitch on his right foot in the first inning. After the game, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said that x-ray results were "inconclusive," and that Forsythe would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Up Next: 

Clayton Kershaw will look to stop the Dodgers three-game losing streak when he heads to the mound on Wednesday night opposite LHP Tyler Anderson for Colorado. First pitch is 7:10PM PST. 



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<![CDATA[Clippers Win Game Two, Get Even With Jazz]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:24:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clippers-vs-Jazz-Game-2-DeAndre-Jordan.jpg

On Tuesday night at Staples Center, the LA Clippers polished off a 99-91 wire-to-wire win over the Utah Jazz to even up their best-of-seven series at 1-1. Both Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan finished with double-doubles for the home team in the victory.

From the opening possession, Paul came out aggressive and quickly scored the first bucket of the game. The 31-year-old veteran point guard scored seven points, grabbed a couple steals and dished off four assists in the first eight minutes of the game.

"He was great," said head coach Doc Rivers. "He was good through adversity, which I thought was really good. He got in foul trouble early, and we weathered that storm as a team"

By targeting Jordan early and often, the Clippers brought back their "Lob City" brand of high-flying, dunking basketball early in the contest.

Jordan finished the first quarter with 10 points and five rebounds to expose the Jazz's lack of height with standout center Rudy Gobert sitting out with a sprained knee suffered during Game One.

"I hope he's great. I hope he comes back in this series," said Jordan of Gobert. "But we can't worry about one person and I don't think my job changes if he's playing or if he's out. I've just got to continue to do my job and play the game of basketball no matter who's out there."

Riding the fast start, the Clippers led 29-18 after one quarter on 65.0 percent shooting from the field.

The Jazz struggled to find any early offensive rhythm, and Utah was only saved by the three-point shot. Over the first 12 minutes of the game, the Jazz hit four of their seven long-range shots and only one of their 10 two-point field goal attempts.

Everything considered, Utah could count itself lucky to only trail by 11 after the first quarter.

"We've got to do better executing our game plan, especially in the first quarter," said all-star forward Gordan Hayward. "They got a lot of stuff at the rim, easy dunks, lobs, and some of that's what they do, but we for sure have to be better."

In the second quarter, Joe Johnson entered the game off the bench and helped cut the Clippers' advantage to only five points only five minutes into the second period. Johnson, of course, hit the game winning shot in Game One of the series at the buzzer.

With Paul limited to only 13 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, the Clippers relied of Blake Griffin and Jordan to stay ahead of the Jazz. Griffin entered the halftime intermission with 13 points, while Jordan had already claimed a double-double by the break with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

As such, Utah trailed 51-42 after 24 minutes, and Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 12 points at the break.

"It was frustrating for us tonight," said Hayward. "I felt like we didn't--we didn't play our best basketball and we still hung around."

In the third quarter, the Jazz trimmed the deficit to only three points with 7:31 remaining in the period, as Utah looked set to taste its first lead of the night. However, Paul led a furious 15-6 run over the next four minutes to take a 12-point lead.

"They keep fighting," Griffin told NBC LA after the game about the Jazz. "They keep executing. I've said it over and over, but they're really well-coached. They don't panic." 

Although the Jazz put together a run to close the gap to only six points, a late flurry by the Clippers' bench provided LA with a 79-70 advantage with 12 minutes remaining in Tuesday's contest.

Despite the Clippers leading from the opening whistle, a Hayward three-pointer with 5:54 remaining made it a six-point game. Down the stretch, the Clippers had to hold off a Jazz team that seemingly refused to give up.

With two minutes to play, the Jazz still trailed by only six points, but a Griffin three-pointer put the Clippers up by nine points and effectively iced the game for the home team.

"We had two days of being pretty pissed off," said Griffin of the victory. "I thought our spirit was great, and I think it carried over into the first quarter, with everybody being aggressive."

In the final minute, Jordan fouled out with 18 points and 15 rebounds in 35 minutes, but the big man's impact had already been felt at that stage. On the night, the Clippers outscored the Jazz 60-38 on points in the paint.

Paul finished with 21 points, 10 assists and three steals in the victory.

Game Three will be in Salt Lake City on Friday.



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<![CDATA[MLB Teams Are Trying to Be More Green]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:59:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_GREEN_MLB_TEAMS_1-149254839123400001.jpg

Major League Baseball teams are finding ways to save energy and reuse materials. See what your team is doing to help the environment.

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<![CDATA[D'Angelo Russell Full Exit Interview 2017]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:39:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Russell-4-17_1200x675_923758147730.jpg

Due to the passing of his grandmother, D'Angelo Russell missed the final two games of the 2016-17 LA Lakers' season and also had to do his exit interview five days after everyone else. (Recorded on April 18)

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<![CDATA[The Reasons Boston Marathon Runners Finish]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:11:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Boston+marathon+finishers.JPG

The Boston Marathon is grueling for every runner. For some, it's not about speed, it's about the accomplishment.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Drop Finale to D-Backs]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:16:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/165*120/Hatcher+Allows+Homer+to+Lamb.png

The Dodgers bullpen finally allowed a home run.

Chris Hatcher surrendered the game-winning homer to Jake Lamb and the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the finale of their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. 

"I was looking to hit a first-pitch fastball, and I got one," said Lamb of the home run. "I was just trying to be aggressive."

L.A.'s bullpen had faced 181 batters to start the season before Hatcher threw Lamb a first-pitch fastball that the left-hander deposited into the bleacher seats in right-center, breaking a 2-2 tie. It was the first high-leverage situation Hatcher has pitched in this season.

"I was trying to get ahead with a fastball up and in on him, and it leaked back middle and he hit it out of the ballpark," said Hatcher. "I didn't think he hit that good, and judging by his reaction, I don't think he thought he did either, but it left the ballpark. It is what it is."

Hatcher came back out for the ninth and was charged with a second run after David Peralta hit an RBI triple off Luis Avilan to extend the Snakes lead. Peralta finished the night 4-for-5 with two RBI.

"That's the life of being a reliever. Usually your outing is going to be dictated on one pitch," continued Hatcher. "Tonight that pitch to Lamb was the one."

The Dodgers handed starter Brandon McCarthy a two-run lead in the fourth inning before Arizona rallied for four unanswered runs to seal the victory.

McCarthy did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in five innings.

"It happened quick," McCarthy said of the two runs he allowed in the fifth. "Balls were just going where we didn't have players. All of sudden they had two runs."

Logan Forsythe knocked in the game's first run as the Dodgers finally scored with the bases loaded.

Forsythe hit a sac-fly to center field in the bottom of the second, snapping an 0-for-9 scoring drought with the bases loaded in the team's last 11 games. Despite the RBI, the Dodgers are technically still 0-for-10 in their last 11 plate appearances with the bases juiced.

Rob Segedin scored on the fly ball in his first game of the season with the Dodgers. Segedin was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day as Rich Hill was put back on the 10-day disabled list.

"Everytime you get a chance to come up here, it's a good opportunity," said Segedin. "Obviously, I wanted to be here from the start, but I'm here to help the team anyway I can."

The Dodgers learned that there's always money in the banana stand when Hernandez sent a Robbie Ray fastball into the seats in left field for his first home run of the season.

Los Angeles had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, but the Dodgers were unable to capitalize off of a leadoff double from Justin Turner, hitting three short fly balls to end the threat.

Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his second consecutive save and fifth overall on the season. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will face back-to-back left-handed starters as the Rockies come to town on Tuesday for a quick two-game series at Chavez Ravine. L.A. will start Hyun-Jin Ryu on Tuesday opposite rookie Kyle Freeland at 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Discover Your Dodgers: Rich Hill ]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:05:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rich+Hill+blister+Dodgers+Lose.png

NBC LA Sports Reporter Michael J. Duarte interviews Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher, Rich Hill.



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