<![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-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 09:50:12 -0700Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:50:12 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Choice]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:38:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/08-09-2017-roggin-the-choice.jpg

It's time to make The Choice!

Each week one contestant advances and one is eliminated and your vote matters. 

Pick your favorite contestant each week, you can vote here once per day and on Fred Roggin's Facebook page. Each week's winner will be revealed Sunday at midnight on Going Roggin.

After a month long submission process, Fred Roggin opened the doors to our studio to find the best untapped talent in southern California. Now we’re down to the top 16 contestants on The Choice. 

They’ve never done this before. You’ve never seen anything like this before.

Not only do you get to witness our contest unfold on Going Roggin, your vote helps decide who moves on each week. 

Who moves on? Who wins? The Choice is yours! 

The Choice Contest Official Rules

August 12, 2017 – December 18, 2017 

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:  No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. The Choice Contest (“Contest”) will begin on August 12, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT and end on December 18, 2017 at 12:30 A.M. PT (“Contest Period”).  All times in the Contest refer to Pacific Time (“PT”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.  Contest is subject all applicable federal, state and local laws. Entries will be accepted until September 4, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States (“U.S.”) residents who are physically located in the KNBC geographic viewing area in the counties of Los Angeles, Kern, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Ventura in the state of California (collectively, the “KNBC Geographic Viewing Area”), and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, as of the start of the Contest Period, and can legally work in the U.S. as of the start of the Contest Period.  Entrants must have a valid U.S. Social Security Number and/or a valid U.S. personal tax identification number. Entrants may not participate in the Contest if they are members of any guild, union or other organization that may prohibit/restrict them from participating in this Contest and/or that would restrict, would require payment, enable a third party to have the right to oppose such entrant’s participation in this Contest, or interfere with entrants’ ability to enter into agreements with Sponsors or their designees, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Entrants may not participate in the Contest if they have previous professional media experience and such experience may disqualify entrants at Sponsors’ sole discretion.  Entrants must be willing to voluntarily submit to and complete a background check. Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include KNBC, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 2120, Universal City, CA, 91608, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10012 (collectively, “Sponsors”) and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest. Each entrant agrees this is a Contest and not an employment opportunity. Each entrant agrees this is not a paid opportunity. Entrants must be available for any interviews and/or on-air tapings on such dates and times specified by Sponsors in their sole discretion and as outlined in these Official Rules.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period, you will be required to submit an original video (“Video”) on the following theme: “Why I should be the next panelist on Going Roggin” (‘Theme”). Video must not be longer than thirty (30) seconds in length.  If Video exceeds (30) seconds in length, only the first (30) seconds will be judged.

Video must have been taken by you, and you must have the permission of any person who appears or is identified in the Video. If any minors appear in Video, the entrant must be that minor’s parent and/or legal guardian. Professional Videos with watermarks are not eligible.

To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period: (1) visit NBCLA.com/sports (“Website”); (2) upload your Video to the Website; and (3) complete the entry form which includes your Video, Video title, full name, and email address (the “Entry”).

All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned. You must submit the Video (collectively referred to herein as the “Submissions”) as part of your Entry to enter and be eligible for the Contest.  By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Submissions and to incorporate the Submissions in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity.  Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsors and that the Sponsors' reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Submissions will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract.  If any Submissions contain material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or if any Submissions do not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsors’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, such Submissions (and the related Entries) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration and/or deleted from the Website. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.  Sponsors shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Submissions. If the use of the Submission incurs excessive fees, including but not limited to Guild payments, Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify such Submission (and the related Entry).

Sponsors may choose to broadcast on-air and/or display on the Website, a selection of Submissions as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to the posting of such entrant’s name and Video on the Website and/or on the Show’s social media pages, including but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Entries must be received before September 4, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest. You may enter once during the Contest Period. Multiple entries received from any person or email address beyond this limit will void all such additional Entries. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including but not limited to illegible handwriting, are void and will not be accepted.  Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval. 

PRIVACY: Entrants will have the opportunity to receive information from Sponsors and selected partners by checking the appropriate box(es). If, at any time, you no longer wish to receive materials from Sponsors or our partners, please go to our privacy policy, located at http://www.nbcuniversal.com/privacy, or the applicable partner’s privacy policy and follow the procedures indicated.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF FIRST ROUND FINALISTS, SECOND ROUND FINALISTS, THIRD ROUND FINALISTS, FOURTH ROUND FINALISTS, FIFTH ROUND FINALISTS, AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER: There will be three (3) rounds of judging: round 1: initial judging to determine the First Round Finalists Entries (defined below); round 2: judging to determine Second Round Finalists (defined below); round 3: public voting and judging to determine Third Round Finalists (defined below) and Fourth Round Finalists (defined below) and round 4: judging to determine the Fifth Round Finalists (defined below) and Grand Prize Winner (defined below). JUDGES (DEFINED BELOW) ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM VOTING BASED ON THE FOLLOWING: RACE, GENDER, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, CITIZENSHIP OR ANY OTHER BASIS PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR REGULATION.

Voters (defined below) are encouraged to vote based on merit and in accordance with the Judging Criteria and the voting rules and without regard to the impermissible categories listed above. If it is brought to the attention of Sponsors that a Voter has voted using any criteria other than the Judging Criteria, or otherwise in violation of these Contest Rules, his/her vote will be disqualified.       

Round 1: Initial Judging for the First Round Finalists: Beginning on or about September 5, 2017, one (1) or more qualified judges selected by Sponsors (“Judges”) will review all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period and select up to forty (40) first round finalists (“First Round Finalists”, each a “First Round Finalist”) based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Personality (33.4%), Ability to Articulate (33.3%), and Knowledge of Relevant Subject Matter (33.3%). The selection and review process may occur on a rolling basis as Entries are received. In the event of a tie, the Initial Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied entrant who received the highest points from the Initial Judges for Personality to advance to Round 2: Second Round Finalists. In the event a tie remains, an additional tie breaking judge will judge the tied Entries using Judging Criteria, to determine which of the tied Entries will advance to Round 2: Judging to Determine the Second Round Finalists. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than forty (40) Finalists (or none at all) or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Finalists will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability, and, except where prohibited, Publicity Release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) within three (3) days of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification.

Round 2: Judging to Determine the Second Round Finalists: On or about August 30, 2017, Sponsors will contact each First Round Finalist and conduct an interview (e.g., on Skype, by phone, or in-person) (“Interview”), after which Judges will select up to sixteen (16) second round finalists (“Second Round Finalists,” each a “Second Round Finalist”) based on the Judging Criteria. The interview process may occur on a rolling basis. In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than sixteen (16) Second Round Finalists (or none at all), or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors may require and potential Second Round Finalists must be willing to voluntarily submit to and complete a background check as a condition of continued eligibility. Noncompliance within the Sponsor specified time period will result in disqualification.

Round 3: Public Voting and Judging to determine the Third Round Finalists and Fourth Round Finalists: Second Round Finalists may be asked by Sponsors to keep the outcomes of Round 3, Round 4, and Round 5 confidential until the Show episode air-date specified by Sponsors. The inability to comply with these confidentiality obligations may result in the disqualification of such Second Round Finalist. Each Second Round Finalist will be randomly assigned a seed and will compete “bracket-style” on-air on “Going Roggin” (the “Show”) according to their seed assignment and the chart below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Host Fred Roggin will ask each Second Round Finalist one (1) or more questions on-air (the “On-Air Debate”) and will judge each Second Round Finalist based on the Judging Criteria.

On-Air Debates


Taping Dates & Times

Voting Periods

Announcement Date

On-Air Debate 1 (“OOD 1”)

Seed 1 v.  Seed 16 

September 7, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 9, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 14, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 16, 2017

On-Air Debate 2 (“OOD 2”)

Seed 2 v. Seed 15

September 14, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 16, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 21, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 23, 2017

On-Air Debate 3 (“OOD 3”)

Seed 3 v. Seed 14

September 21, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 23, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 28, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 30, 2017

On-Air Debate 4 (“OOD 4”)

Seed 4 v. Seed 13

September 28, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 30, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 5, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 7, 2017

On-Air Debate 5 (“OOD 5”)

Seed 5 v. Seed 12

October 5, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 7, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 12, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 14, 2017

On-Air Debate 6 Seed 6 v. Seed 11 (“OOD 6”)

Seed 6 v. Seed 11

October 12, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 14, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 19, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 21, 2017

On-Air Debate 7 (“OOD 7”)

Seed 7 v. Seed 10

October 19, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 26, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 28, 2017

On-Air Debate 8 (“OOD 8”)

Seed 8 v. Seed 9

 October 19, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 26, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 28, 2017

On-Air Debate 9 (“OOD 9”)

Winner of OOD 1 v. Winner of OOD 2

October 26, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 28, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 2, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 4, 2017

On-Air Debate 10 (“OOD 10”)

Winner of OOD 3 v. Winner of OOD 4

November 2, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 4, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 9, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 11, 2017

On-Air Debate 11 (“OOD 11”)

Winner of OOD 5 v. Winner of OOD 6

November 9, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 11, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 16, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 18, 2017

On-Air Debate 12 (“OOD 12”)

Winner of OOD 7 v. Winner of OOD 8

November 16, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 18, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 22, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 22, 2017

Each On-Air Debate will also be posted on the Website for public viewing and voting during the applicable Voting Period (as outlined in the chart above). During the applicable Voting Period, visitors to the Website (“Voters”) may vote for their favorite Second Round Finalist (the “Public Vote”) according to the Judging Criteria, voting rules, and procedures established by the Sponsors, which will be posted on the Website (“Vote”). Visitors will be limited to one (1) Vote per day, but Sponsors reserve the right to change the limit on the number of Votes allowed, in their sole discretion. Visitors may submit their Vote on either Facebook or the Website. Notification regarding any such change to the Vote limit will be announced on the Website.  The eight (8) Second Round Finalists with the higher score in each individual On-Air Debate, based on the Public Vote (50%) and the Judging Criteria (50%), will be deemed the third round finalists (“Third Round Finalists”, each a “Third Round Finalists”). The four (4) Third Round Finalists with the higher score in each individual On-Air Debate, based on the Public Vote (50%) and the Judging Criteria (50%), will be deemed the fourth round finalists (“Fourth Round Finalists”, each a “Fourth Round Finalist”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists.

Round 4: Judging to Determine the Fifth Round Finalists and Grand Prize Winner: The four (4) Fourth Round Finalists will be randomly paired up by Sponsors and will compete in pairs in an On-Air Debate (the “On-Air Debate Semifinals”). The first pair of Fourth Round Finalists will compete in On-Air Debate Semifinals currently scheduled for November 30, 2017. The second pair of Fourth Round Finalists will compete in On-Air Debate Semifinals currently scheduled for December 7, 2017. The Judges will judge the Fourth Round Finalists based on the Judging Criteria and select one (1) Fourth Round Finalist from each pair (“Fifth Round Finalist”, collectively the “Fifth Round Finalists”) to compete in the final On-Air Debate (the “On-Air Debate Finals”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. The two (2) remaining Fifth Round Finalists will compete in the On-Air Debate Finals currently scheduled for December 14, 2017. The Judges will judge the Fifth Round Finalists based on the Judging Criteria and select one (1) grand prize winner (“Grand Prize Winner”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. Grand Prize Winner will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign Contest Documents within three (3) days. Noncompliance within Sponsors’ specified time period will result in disqualification.

PRIZE:  There will be one (1) grand prize awarded (“Grand Prize”) to the Grand Prize Winner. Grand Prize consists of one (1) appearance on the Show and the potential opportunity to appear on future episodes of the Show as a contributor.

Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of Grand Prize is zero dollars ($0). Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize may vary. Any difference between ERV and ARV will not be awarded.

Sponsors will determine and will be responsible for all details of Prize in their sole discretion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute Prize (or portion thereof) with a similar prize (or prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Grand Prize Winner. Prize cannot be transferred by Grand Prize Winner or redeemed for cash and is valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Grand Prize Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Grand Prize Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion. 

Second Round Finalists, Third Round Finalists, Fourth Round Finalists, and Fifth Round Finalists must be able to travel on such dates as specified by Sponsors in their sole discretion from September 2017 through December 2017 and as outlined on the chart above (or on such other dates designated by Sponsors).

RECORDING: Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose to record and/or broadcast the On-Air Debates and/or Submissions of all Second Round Finalists on the Show. If Sponsors, in its sole discretion, elects to incorporate any such audio and/or video recordings (the “Recordings”) into Show or other television shows, the Recordings will not be considered an employment opportunity, and Second Round Finalists will not be entitled to compensation or credit thereof. Sponsors will determine the nature of the Recordings in their sole discretion. If the Recordings are broadcast, such broadcast will be at a time, for a length of time, and on a date determined by Sponsors in its sole discretion. Second Round Finalists may be required to return completed and signed appearance releases, confidentiality agreements and such other documents as may be required by Sponsors prior to their On-Air Debate on the Show and/or Grand Prize Winner and participation in the segment or rehearsal, if any. Failure of Second Round Finalists to complete and execute these documents in a timely manner, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, may cause On-Air Debate opportunity and/or Prize to be forfeited. The content of the Recording as, and if, finally exhibited and the number of exhibits and re-airs thereof, if any, will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Second Round Finalists will not have a right of review, notice, or approval of the content of the Recordings or any exhibition or exploitation thereof. Sponsors has the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify First Round Finalists, and cause Prize to be forfeited, and remove Second Round Finalists from the Show at any time, if any behavior of any Second Round Finalist is deemed by Sponsors to be disruptive or if it may or does cause damage to person, property, or reputation of Sponsors or if it otherwise violates the policies of Sponsors, or if Second Round Finalists do not follow the directions of Sponsors at all times. These Official Rules and the Contest itself are neither a contract nor an application for employment.

CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by Prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as Grand Prize Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on Website and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsors’ sole discretion. At Sponsor’s request, potential Grand Prize Winner must be willing to sign an affidavit attesting that such entrant meets all of the foregoing eligibility requirements and possibly undergo a background check conducted by Sponsor.

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsors reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules.  Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsors to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsors (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules.  Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules).  In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsors reserve the right to select Grand Prize Winner in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension.  Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted at Website.  Sponsors may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Contest, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion).  Sponsors reserve the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

DISPUTESThe Contest is governed by, and will be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, and the forum and venue for any dispute shall be in New York, New York. If THE controversy or claim is not otherwise resolved through direct discussions or mediation, it shall THEN be resolved by FINAL AND binding arbitration administered by JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., in accordance with its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures or subsequent versions thereof (“JAMS Rules”).  The JAMS Rules for selection of an arbitrator shall be followed, except that the arbitrator shall be experienced and licensed to practice law in new york.  All proceedings brought pursuant to this paragraph will be conducted in the County of new york.  THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the name of the Grand Prize Winner, available after December 30, 2017, visit NBCLA.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by February 30, 2018 to: The Choice Contest Attn: KNBC Sports, 100 Universal City Plaza Building 2120 Universal City, CA 91608. 

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Entrants are providing information to Sponsors and not to Facebook.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Legal residents of the KNBC Geographic Viewing Area who are 18 or older. Begins August 12, 2017 and ends September 4, 2017. Limit 1 entry per person. To enter, and for Official Rules, odds, and prize details, visit http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports/The-Choice-439265273.html. Sponsors: KNBC and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

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<![CDATA[Special Coverage: It's World Series or Bust for Dodgers]]> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:14:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/parallax-tn-GettyImages-810034452.jpg

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<![CDATA[Ron Cey on Tommy Lasorda: a 'Father Figure' to Team ]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:40:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ron_Cey_on_Tommy_Lasorda_1200x675_1053167171916.jpg

Former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Ron "The Penguin" Cey had a few things to say about former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who celebrated his 90th birthday at Chavez Ravine on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. 

"I think his biggest asset in baseball was being able to identify talent, and he pretty much surrounded himself with those people and worked with them hard," Cey said.

Lasorda managed the team for two decades from 1976 up until 1996, leading the Boys in Blue to two world series championships. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 during his first year of eligibility as a manager.

Cey said Lasorda was a father figure to the team who worked diligently with his players.

"He worked very hard to hone our skills and he deserves a lot of credit for that," Cey said.

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<![CDATA[Bellinger Gets Party Started as Dodgers Win Division]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:23:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Bellinger+belts+no+39+in+clincher.png

Pop open the champagne, it's time to celebrate!

The Los Angeles Dodgers won their fifth consecutive National League West Division Title as they defeated the rival San Francisco Giants, 4-2, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Cody Bellinger got the party started with his N.L. record 39th home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning, and the Dodgers never looked back.

The historic home run set a new National League rookie record for homers, as Bellinger passed Frank Robinson and Wally Berger for the most in NL history by a rookie in a single season. Only Mark McGwire (49) and Aaron Judge (45) have more.

San Francisco got the scoring started when they struck first off Rich Hill in the first inning.

Gorkys Hernandez led off the game with a bunt single, and then scored two batters later on an RBI single by Buster Posey.

Hill got the run back however when he hit his first double since 2007, a bullet to the gap in left-center that scored Logan Forsythe.

Three batters later, Bellinger blasted a three-run shot to right field to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

Hill (11-8) pitched well after the first inning, surrendering just one run on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in six strong innings. Hill is 5-2 with 2.45 ERA in 11 career starts against the Giants.

Jeff Samardzija (9-15) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4 and 1/3 innings.

Kenley Jansen allowed a solo shot to Pablo Sandoval to lead off the ninth inning, but recorded his 40th save of the season, joining Eric Gagne as the only other Dodger to have 40 or more saves in three separate seasons.

Yes, clinching the division was a foregone conclusion, but after racing out to the best record in baseball through the team's first 120 games, the Boys in Blue hit a roadblock over the last month, losing 16-of-17 and 20-of-25, recently.

Nonetheless, Los Angeles has reason to celebrate. Not since the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007-11 has a Major League team won five straight division titles, and it's the first time in franchise history a Dodger team has done it.

In order to do it, they had to persevere through preseason injuries to Andre Ethier and Scott Kazmir, not to mention midseason injuries to Andrew Toles, Julio Urias, and Clayton Kershaw.

All the while, the Dodgers showcased a crop of relatively unknown talents like Chris Taylor, Rich Hill, and top prospect Cody Bellinger.

The MLB regular season is a marathon long rollercoaster ride filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, happiness, and heartbreak.

The Dodgers have every reason to celebrate their achievements and their perseverance, but tomorrow the focus is about one thing: the postseason.

Five straight playoff appearances are great, but L.A. fans are hungry for a title and the team's first World Series appearance since 1988.

Happy Birthday Tommy Lasorda

The Dodgers celebrated the 90th birthday of Hall of Fame manager and mayor of Blue Heaven on Earth, Tommy Lasorda in a pregame celebration prior to the game.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was on hand in addition to former and current players. Video board tributes featuring Vin Scully, Kirk Gibson, and Mike Scioscia were played throughout the game.

Up Next:

It's a marquee matchup of lefties on Saturday at the Ravine as LHP Madison Bumgarner squares off with LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu at 6:10PM PST.

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<![CDATA[The Chargers Are Here to Stay]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:04:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DeanSpanosGettyImages-607575460.jpg

Recently, reporter Don Banks suggested the NFL is considering moving the Chargers back to San Diego. But the team is here to stay for the long run.

"We are committed to and confident of the long-term success of two teams in Los Angeles," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Think about this logically for a moment — the NFL is one of if the most powerful entity in all of American sports. When the league makes a decision like moving a franchise to another bigger market, the due diligence necessary for that process has been completed.

Granted, the NFL did not want to vacate that market in San Diego, however due to stadium issues, Chargers owner Dean Spanos decided it was time to relocate the team after a 15 year battle with the city. The Rams were awarded the first opportunity to relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The NFL finance committee — made up of a group of influential owners – rejected that notion last January on Spanos' attempt at a stadium plan with the Oakland Raiders in Carson. He later moved the Chargers to Los Angeles in March of 2016.

After settling in on a temporary home for the Chargers at the Stub Hub Center — which can host over 27,000 fans — Spanos has expressed excitement and anticipation for his franchise’s long-term future in Los Angeles.

The Chargers have sold out their season tickets to fans, and have added a wait list for future season ticket packages. Even though the attendance was over 25,000 fans for the Miami Dolphins game, the organization remains optimistic that the process to win over Los Angeles will come in due time, along with moving into the new Inglewood stadium with the Rams in 2020.

Banks, on the other hand, is convinced that the team will move back to their San Diego home sooner than later.

"I can tell you this, there are people in the league — including the commissioner — they did not want to see San Diego forsaken. They would rather there be a team in San Diego. If there's anything viable that they could find to put the league back in to San Diego, I think they will be in that camp strongly," Banks said.

It makes zero financial sense for the league and the Chargers to move back. The team has invested millions into their current facility in Costa Mesa as well as into upgrading Stub Hub Center. If they did move back, the Bolts would still have no new stadium to call their own in San Diego. With plans of finding a permanent site to for practices and office space in the future, the team will remain in the City of Angels for a long time.

Plans remain for marketing the new Inglewood stadium for the price of two teams and 16 games a year to be played, along with the extensive entertainment complex surrounding the venue. Remember the naming rights will also be negotiated for the new stadium. The NFL's vision of a two-team plan in the second largest media market remains intact.

Photo Credit: Dean Spanos]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers' Melvin Ingram On the Best Start of His Career]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:58:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chargers-melvin-ingram-image-2017-09-22+%281%29.jpg

The gritty Los Angeles Chargers defense has played with passion this season, with one man alongside Joey Bosa possibly on his way to making a Pro Bowl appearance.

Linebacker Melvin Ingram has 2.5 sacks heading into week 3, and he has shown how much he's mastered the new defense. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has raved about Ingram's intellect and passion for the game. While Ingram and the defense see Bradley as an Obi-Wan Kenobi, soaking up his every word.

"He's a players coach, he knows how to communicate with us," Ingram said of Bradley. "He's a great coach, he's know how to break it down for us in simple terms for us to make plays."

Ingram enjoys playing at StubHub Center, and has the second highest productivity of any edge rusher in the NFL.

"I feel like everyone (on this team) is motivated. It doesn't take one person to motivate the group," Ingram said on Friday.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has been thoroughly impressed with Ingram thus far.

"He's a heck of a player. He gives you everything he's got every play," Lynn said. "He's stepping up and becoming a leader."

Ingram studies the game intensely every week, and understand the importance of a win for the Bolts and how to obtain it.

The Chargers have not started their season they way they envisioned, but they have an opportunity to pick up a victory Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We just have to come out and cancel every aspect of their offense, whether it's the run or the pass," Ingram said.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been known to beat teams with his arm, but lately he's tried to beat teams with his legs. The Chargers defense will have their work cut out for them, and Ingram doesn't seem phased by Smith.

"We just have to rush the quarterback consistently. That's it," Ingram said.

Beside being a top notch linebacker, Ingram introduced us to his other passion, which is music. Many athletes turned artists have come and gone. Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O'Neal made his mark in the rap world, and many years later other athletes such as Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Von Belle and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damien Lillard (aka Dame Dolla) released projects.

Unlike those athletes, Ingram is also a producer. The Roc Nation represented artist has co-production credit on his latest EP "Reap What You Sow.”

The preparation Ingram puts in on the football field is matched is his studio sessions. He's all about representing his “Lifestyle,” which happens to be the lead single off of his EP.

"All of the prep, passion and intensity is all of that when you're putting your heart into something. It's all the same. My music speaks for itself," he said. "I feel like I'm the most talented athlete in music, period."

Ingram's favorite quarterback to sack is everyone who's on the Bolts’ schedule this season. He is off to the best start of his career, and the balance that he displays on and off the field, is a sure sign of great things to come for Ingram’s lifestyle.

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<![CDATA[French to Skip 2018 Olympics If N. Korea Tensions Continue]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:11:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Un-ano-Winter-Olympic-Games-Juegos-Olimpicos-de-Invierno-Pyeongchang-Corea-del-Sur.jpg

France has become the first nation participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to express doubts about going, given the ongoing tensions with North Korea, Reuters reported.

If the nuclear crisis deepens and "our security cannot be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home," French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said Thursday on French radio. But "we're not there yet," she added.

The games are being held in February just 50 miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, currently trading threats — also involving the United States — after the north's recent nuclear and missile tests.

"Safety and security is one of the most important aspects of Games preparations," a spokesman for the organizing committee told Reuters in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Padres To Expand Protective Netting at Petco Park]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:39:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/Padres+Netting+At+Petco+Park.JPG

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s tour of big league ballparks brought him to San Diego’s Petco Park on Thursday night. Foremost on his … and everyone in baseball’s … mind was the awful incident at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

A young girl was hit in the head by a foul ball traveling at 105 MPH. She was still in a New York hospital when the Commissioner addressed the media in San Diego.

“That type of accident is upsetting for all of us that work in the game. You saw it in the players on the field,” said Manfred. “Believe me; believe me, equally upsetting for people who work in front offices around the league. Safety in our ballparks has been a constant agenda item for us over the last couple of years.”

The accident has once again brought up the issue of netting behind home plate at big league ballparks. As of now Major League Baseball “recommends” that teams install netting from dugout to dugout behind home plate, which is around 70 feet. But there is no rule or mandate that ballparks need to to conform to that recommendation.

MLB is not going to have a hard and fast rule about ballpark netting even after the accident in New York but is trying to work with each ball club to try and do something more.

“I think it’s important to understand that each individual ballpark has quirks,” said Manfred. “My view is that the best way to address this issue is to allow the clubs to handle it as a local matter.”

That means all 30 Major League Baseball franchises will still have the ability to determine how much safety netting they have at their stadiums.

“I don’t want my willingness to have the issue be handled locally to me mistaken as a lack of focus on this issue,” said Manfred. “It’s been something that we have talked to the clubs on an ongoing basis over the last two years. I think I’ve elected a process that will be the most effective over the long haul in terms of getting the best safety situation we can get in our 30 ballparks.”

Before the 2017 season the Padres extended netting from dugout to dugout at Petco Park. In a statement the franchise said it is going to expand the protective netting even more moving forward:

"Following several months of planning, the San Diego Padres announced that they will install additional netting during the offseason at Petco Park that will extend to the end of each dugout. The increased safety measures will be in place prior to Opening Day in 2018 when the Padres host the Milwaukee Brewers on March 29. The Padres will continue to proactively evaluate all safety practices at Petco Park to ensure the security and well-being of our fans at the best ballpark in America."

The Padres are one of 11 teams that have plans to expand netting. MLB is facing mounting pressure to further protect fans sitting close to the field. On Thursday U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote a letter to Commissioner Manfred urging MLB to expand netting in the off-season. The letter reads, in part:

“It is clear that fans are virtually defenseless when foul balls go into the stands. The solution is clear: extend the nets protecting the fans. I appreciate the steps that Major League Baseball and individual teams have taken, and hope that all teams will commit to extending their safety netting in the off season. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the steps being taken to encourage common sense safety measures at ballparks.”

Back in May, Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. of Brooklyn has introduced a bill to the NY City Council that would require any stadium there with at least 5,000 seats have netting from home plate all the way to the foul pole.

<![CDATA[Rams Hold On to Defeat 49ers in Shootout ]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:04:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Goff+and+Rams+hold+on+to+beat+Niners+.png

This isn't last year's Rams.

Todd Gurley scored three first half touchdowns, and Sammy Watkins scored two in the second half, as the Los Angeles Rams held on to defeat the rival San Francisco 49ers, 41-39, on Thursday Night Football at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara.

The revamped Rams offense was on full display on primetime as Jared Goff threw three touchdowns for 292 yards in his return to his hometown.

"I was Really pleased with Jared tonight," said Rams head coach Sean McVay, who also calls the plays on offense. "I thought he made great decisions with the football. I thought Jared managed the game extremely well, distributed to his playmakers, gave guys a chance down the field — you look at Sammy and Robert coming away with over 100 apiece. And, really, those are the kinds of things we expect from him."

Both Robert Woods and Watkins both had over 100 receiving yards as Woods had six catches for 108 yards, and Watkins had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

"I felt like we were just out there playing — like I didn’t know numbers or whatever," Woods said of his and Watkins’ performances. "We were just going out there and making plays, just doing our assignment and the ball was finding us. Jared put up some nice balls for us to catch and I think we’re doing that."

Gurley had five catches for 36 yards and a score and had over 100 yards rushing with two touchdowns on the ground.

"We just got in a rhythm," said Gurley. "Everybody was getting going. We were able to have a little success running the ball and then we opened up the passing game. So it just felt good to be out there and execute as an offense."

Los Angeles became the fastest team to score this season when starting on defense after Neckell Robey-Coleman intercepted Brian Hoyer's first pass of the game, returning the ball to the San Francisco three-yard-line.

"Oh the first play? Yeah that was lit," Robey-Coleman said with a laugh. "The first play was great — broke on the ball, got a good read on the quarterback, the D-line got a good rush, and I came away with an interception. I feel like that set the tempo for the night."

One play later, Gurley rushed up the middle for the first touchdown of the game, as the Rams took the lead just 12 seconds in.

Last season, the Rams were shutout in San Francisco at Levis Stadium, but they quickly turned the tables on Thursday night.

On the ensuing San Francisco drive, the Rams had appeared to stop the Niners, forcing a punt, but defensive back Blake Countess jumped offsides on the punt, handing the 49ers a new set of downs.

Brian Hoyer made the most of his second chance as he scored on a nine-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.

The scramble by Hoyer was the first touchdown of the season for the 49ers after they failed to find the endzone in their first two games of the season against the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.

Gurley scored his second touchdown of the quarter and of the game when he caught a pass from Jared Goff and scurried seven yards to the endzone to put the Rams up 14-7.

Gurley got the hat trick right before the half when he took the toss from Goff and beat the San Francisco defense to the left pylon for the score.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again as the 49ers found out when they handed the ball off to Carlos Hyde on three straight possessions at the goaline. After a third down and goal stop by the Rams defense, San Francisco went for it on fourth down and Hyde finally broke through the Mob Squad for the score.

Sammy Watkins scored his first touchdown in a Los Angeles Rams uniform when he caught a slant from Goff to put L.A. back up by 14 points.

San Francisco would respond right away as the game suddenly became a shootout in the second half.

After a deep 50-yard completion to Marquis Goodwin just before the end of the quarter, Brian Hoyer found tight-end Garrett Celek in the endzone for the touchdown.

Watkins scored his second touchdown of the game when he caught a pass from Goff over the middle, carrying defenders on his back as he wrestled and reached for the goaline.

San Francisco would not go quietly into the Bay Area night as they quickly responded with a touchdown from Hoyer to Trent Taylor that once again put the 49ers within a single score.

On the ensuing kickoff, Pharaoh Cooper fumbled the ball on the Rams 25-yard-line, and the 49ers recovered, putting them in business for the game-tying score.

San Francisco did indeed score on another goaline run by Hyde, but were unable to tie the game as the two-point conversion was intercepted by defensive lineman Michael Brokers.

Hyde finished with 25 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns and Hoyer threw for 332 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

After an onside kick was recovered by San Francisco, it appeared that the 49ers were primed and ready for the game-winning score.

However, the comeback was not meant to be as lineman Aaron Donald sacked Hoyer on 4th and 20 to secure the victory for the Rams.

"We just knew we needed to make a big stop,” said Donald after the game. “We had given up a lot on defense and their offense was putting up points. So, it felt good to get those three and outs, and come off the field, and close the game out."

Up Next:

Los Angeles will have the next 10 days off to prepare for the Cowboys as the Rams head to the "House that Jerry Built" at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, October 1, at 10:00AM PST.

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<![CDATA['I Did It': Oakland Champion Andre Ward Retires From Boxing]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:27:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/andre+ward+sergei+kovalev.jpg

Light heavyweight world titleholder Andre Ward on Thursday announced plans to "walk away from the sport of boxing."

Oakland's pound-for-pound king said that he is retiring because his "body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport." That, in turn, has dimmed his "desire to fight," Ward said in a statement.

"If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting," he wrote.

Having defeated Sergey Kovalev in June, Ward retired with a 32-0 record.

Thanking God for helping him do all that he's done, for as long as he has, Ward also expressed gratitude for "wonderful people" he met along the way and who have become his "friends for life."

Ward continued: "To the sport of boxing – I love you. You’ve been by my side since I was (10 years old). You’ve taught me so much. You’ve humbled me. You’ve promoted me. I’ve sacrificed a lot for you, but you’ve given me more than I ever thought possible."

He credited the sport for providing him with a "platform" and transforming him into a "champion" who was able to take care of his family. 

"As I walk away from the sport of boxing today, I leave at the top of your glorious mountain, which was always my vision and my dream," Ward wrote.

"I did it. We did it."

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Avoid Sweep in Philadelphia]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:26:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Dodgers+avoid+sweep+of+PHI.png

Have no fear, Andre is here!

Andre Either hit a pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, avoiding the four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon at Citizen's Bank Park.

The come-from-behind victory for the Dodgers snapped the team's four-game losing streak and guaranteed at least a share of their fifth consecutive National League West Division title.

The Dodgers lowered their Magic Number to a single game and can clinch the division as soon as Friday at home at Dodger Stadium against the rival San Francisco Giants.

In all four games of the series, a team has jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

On Thursday, it was the Dodgers who struck first in the first inning after a leadoff single by Chris Taylor.

One batter later, Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on his right hand, injuring his thumb on the play. After the game, X-rays were negative, but the third leading hitter in the N.L. might miss a few games this weekend.

"Any time you get hit in the hand, it's scary," Turner, who is day-to-day, said after the game. "The fact that I was able to stay in was a good sign. But we needed to get the X-rays anyway, just to make sure."

Yasiel Puig scored Taylor two batters later with a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers added another run in the top of the third thanks to an error by rookie Rhys Hoskins.

Trailing 2-0, Philadelphia rallied off Dodgers' starter Kenta Maeda in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Williams hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot that tied the game.

Maeda didn't make it past the third inning as he did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in just three innings.

After the game, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts announced that Thursday was Maeda's final start of the season and that the Japanese right-hander would transition to the bullpen for the final two weeks of the season.

Hoksins, the fastest in MLB history to hit 18 home runs, did not hit a home run in the series, but continued to be an offensive threat as he hit a two-run double off reliever Josh Fields in the bottom of the fifth to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead.

That's when the Dodgers mounted their comeback as Curtis Granderson hit his 25th home run of the season in the top half of the sixth when he sent a 89MPH fastball from Mark Leiter Jr. into the seats in right field.

Granderson is starting to break out of his slump, hitting two home runs with a double, three RBI, and two runs scored in the series.

One inning later, it was Andre Ethier who played the role of hero as he crushed a 94PMH fastball from relief pitcher Ricardo Pinto to opposite field, over the wall in left-center that tied the game at 4-4.

Ethier and veteran Adrian Gonzalez are both auditioning for a role as a left-handed pinch-hitter off the bench for the postseason roster.

"I'm just trying to be a baseball player," said Ethier. "It has been tough the last two years injury-wise. I think the one thing that has helped me over the last two years is having a lot of spring training and a lot of preparation with offseason and coming back after years. I'm taking the same frame of mind after the last two injuries to come back the same way in September."

After Ethier's homer, Taylor followed with a triple and scored on an RBI fielder's choice from rookie Cody Bellinger to give the Dodgers the lead.

Rookie Walker Buehler was the pitcher of record and earned the first Major League victory of his career.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 39th save of the season.

Despite the three consecutive losses in the series, the Dodgers have still won 10 of the last 15 meetings with the Phillies.

Up Next:

Rich Hill heads to the mound on Friday at Dodger Stadium with a chance to clinch the N.L. West on the line. RHP Jeff Samardzija starts for the San Francisco Giants with first pitch scheduled for 7:10PM PST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…

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<![CDATA[Lakers Photos: Behind the Scenes]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:48:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/2-Brandon-Ingram-at-Staples-Center-11-20-16.jpg Shahan Ahmed shares select images from the 2016-17 season, the summer that followed, the arrival of Lonzo Ball and the NBA Summer League

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Lakers Announce Which Company's Logo They'll Wear on Jerseys]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:17:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lakers-jersey-GettyImages-831075740.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday an advertising deal with online- and mobile-shopping company Wish that will place a patch with the retailer's logo on the front of players' jerseys.

"We are thrilled to welcome Wish as a new partner of the Los Angeles Lakers," said Tim Harris, the team's president of business operations and chief operating officer. "When it came to the jersey patch, knowing its prominent placement, our goal was to partner with an innovative and ambitious global company. Wish more than checks that box."

The patch — which will be on the upper left of players' jerseys, opposite the Nike logo — will make its debut Sept. 30 when the Lakers open the preseason against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Honda Center in Anaheim. The patch will also appear on jerseys for the minor league South Bay Lakers and on jerseys for the Junior Lakers.

According to the team, the advertising deal with Wish will also include "in-arena fan engagement, social and digital activation," and the team will partner with the company on Southland "community initiatives." Team officials described the deal as "multi-year partnership."

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Bullpen Implodes Again in Loss to Phillies]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:20:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Altherr+burns+Dodgers+again.png

Momma, there goes that man. 

Aaron Alther knocked in four runs and the Philadelphia Phillies continued to send shockwaves through the baseball world as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, for their third straight win on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Entering the four-game series, the Phillies had the worst record in baseball and the Dodgers had the best record in baseball, but you couldn't tell on the field as Altherr and the Phillies have beat up on the Boys in Blue all week long.

After the Dodgers scored two early runs on Monday and Tuesday, it was the Phillies who jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to back-to-back RBI hits from Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp in the second inning.

"I got two strikes on Joseph put threw a bad breaking ball," said starting pitcher Alex Wood of the two early runs allowed. "If I execute I probably get him out. Those were the only two bad ones I threw."

Chris Taylor cut the lead in half when he hit an opposite field home run in the top of the third inning for his 21st long ball of the season.

The game remained tight until the top of the seventh when the Dodgers rallied to take the lead.

Chase Utley continued his homecoming in Philadelphia with a leadoff triple, and scored a few pitches later on a pinch-hit RBI double from Enrique Hernandez.

Four batters later, rookie Cody Bellinger belted a two-run double down the right field line that put the Dodgers in front, 4-2.

The lead would not last long as less than 24 hours after Pedro Baez allowed four runs in the seventh inning to cough up the lead, it was reliever Ross Stripling's turn to implode out of the Dodgers bullpen.

After a leadoff walk to Rhys Hoskins, Altherr hit a game-tying two-run home run off Stripling.

"Obviously, the leadoff walks got us," said Dave Roberts following the loss. "I felt good with Ross [Stripling] coming in, but to come in and walk the first hitter and then hang a breaking ball, it's a new ballgame." 

Altherr has homered in three consecutive games against the Dodgers including a grand slam off Clayton Kershaw on Monday.

One batter later, Tommy Joseph hit the go-ahead homer off Stripling as the Phillies went back-to-back to take a 5-4 lead.

The Dodgers did not give up as Austin Barnes led off the top of the eighth inning with a walk, stole second, and then advanced to third on a passed ball.

Utley brought Barnes home with a fielder's choice groundball to first base that tied the game at 5-5.

However, the Dodgers continued to be haunted by their bullpen and Altherr as Luis Avilan allowed a leadoff walk to Cesar Hernandez, and then put runners on second and third after he threw the ball into center field on a groundball back to the mound.

"We've done it all year," said Roberts about putting Luis Avilan in the game to face that part of the Philadelphia lineup. "That's a part of the order that he matches up well with, but to walk the leadoff guy to start, and then field it and make a bad throw to the shortstop, unfortunately they capitalized on it."

After an intentional walk to Hoksins loaded the bases, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts brought in setup man Brandon Morrow to face Altherr.

The move backfired as once again Altherr made the Dodgers pay, this time with a two-run single off the right field wall that put the Phillies in front for good, 7-5. 

Altherr went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored.

Both starting pitchers did not factor in the decision as Alex Wood pitched well, allowing just two runs on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts in six strong innings.

"I thought tonight my command was the best it's been," added Wood following the game. "I'll build off these starts and I'll keep going from there."

Entering the game, Wood was 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 13 games against the Phillies in his career.

Philadelphia starter, Jake Thompson also did not factor in the decision, surrendering just one run on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work.

Phillies' closer Hector Neris picked up his 23rd save of the season in his third consecutive appearance against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles has lost 20 of their last 25 games and have lost their first series at Citizen's Bank Park since 2011.

Overall, the Dodgers had won six straight series against the Phillies, a streak that was snapped by the loss on Wednesday night.

The Dodgers Magic Number to clinch their fifth consecutive National League West Division title remains at two games, but could drop to a single game if the San Diego Padres defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Up Next:

Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Dodgers on getaway day against RHP Mark Leiter Jr. for Philadelphia. First pitch will be at 10:05 AM PST and the team will fly back to Los Angeles after the game.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum]]>
<![CDATA[Lakers Announce 2017-18 Training Camp Roster]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:06:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Lakers-training-camp-roster-2017-18-Lonzo-Ball.jpg

A week shy of the start of training camp, the Los Angeles Lakers revealed their 2017-18 training camp roster, which hints heavily at the final team roster.

Technically, the Lakers have 14 of their 15 roster spots filled with one full-time spot up for grabs. In reality, one of those non-guaranteed contracts belongs to Andrew Bogut, whose signing the team made official ahead of the press release announcing the attendees of Luke Walton's second annual boot camp.

Walton, who is in his sophomore season as head coach of the Lakers, previously has a relationship with Bogut from the coach's time as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors from 2014 to 2016. The strong feeling is that Bogut has that final spot barring an injury, even if the team may not openly admit it.

At an ESPNLA interview event on Tuesday evening, Walton all but confirmed that Lonzo Ball would be a starter by calling the rookie the best point guard on the roster. However, the coach remained coy on who his other starters would be in an attempt to promote competition.

The combinations and lineups tested during the preseason will ultimately determine the rotations, but one would expect that Ball will look to build chemistry with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, as all five appear to be clear starters. Larry Nance Jr. may challenge Randle should he fit in better with Ball and the starters, but all five of those spots seem secure on the eve of training camp.

In all, the Lakers have 20 players coming to camp with one full time roster spot and one two-way contract up for grabs. The two-way contract allows teams to take on two extra part-time players that are also assigned to the team's minor league affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

The official LA Lakers training camp roster

Under new NBA rules, each team is allowed to sign two extra players to two-way contracts. After a strong Summer League, point guard Alex Caruso claimed one of those highly coveted two-way contracts, and the likes of Briante Weber, Stephen Zimmerman and V.J. Beachem face an uphill climb to beat out Vander Blue for that second two-way contract.

Blue is the reigning MVP of the NBA Development League, which re-branded to the G-League after earning a sponsorship from Gatorade. So, the guard is the favorite to secure that extra contract, and Blue's strong play in a championship winning campaign in the 2017 Summer League surely helped the cause for third-year guard out of Marquette. 

With Gunnar Peterson hired as Director of Strength and Endurance Training for the team, the trainer to the stars likely has a few new drills to contribute to the four-days of stamina building exercises that include two workouts a day on the first three days of camp.

Peterson recently added Josh Wright and Adi Vase as assistants to his staff, and the team hired Kristen Andrews as a new manager of Nutrition and Wellness. Andrews was previously the Sports Performance Dietitian for the LA Galaxy.

The coaching staff has one minor edit from Walton's first season on the bench. Brian Shaw retains his position as the Associate Head Coach with assistants Mark Madsen, Brian Keefe, Jesse Mermuys and 2017 Summer League champioin Jud Buechler all returning. Assistant Theo Robertson is no longer with the team, and Miles Simon, another former University of Arizona Wildcat, comes in to join fellow former Tucsan residents Mermuys, Buechler and Walton.

Of course, none of this is earth shattering news, but now, it's official.

The Lakers have their athletic staff, coaching staff and training camp rosters all set. Next, Monday is Media Day, Tuesday is the start of camp, and the Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, Sept. 30th in Anaheim to tip-off preseason.

The announcement of the 2017-18 Los Angeles Lakers training camp roster is only the beginning.

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Rams Look to Sharpen Defense This Week]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:05:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/487111712.jpg

Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was about serious business when he approached the podium at a Tuesday press conference.

Phillips immediately addressed the problem with his defense like a secretary of state during a crisis. His no-nonsense approach was direct and to the point. With over 40 years of experience in the NFL, why not address the elephant in the room regarding his team's lack of run-defense?

The Rams allowed an unprecedented 229 yards of offense by the Washington Redskins on Sept. 17. Phillips is known for being a defensive guru -- especially with this Rams defense that was already assembled. There were no excuses by Phillips who assumed responsibility immediately.

"Well, it's all on coaching, number one," Phillips said. "If we didn’t play well, it's me."

With the mental errors that took place against Washington by the Rams, it is a case for concern. It could be that the Rams players are still getting accustomed to playing in a 3-4 defense versus a 4-3 defense. With Aaron Donald only playing a handful of snaps, the defensive rhythm was a bit off. With Robert Quinn converting to outside linebacker and Alec Olgetree converting to the new 3-4 defense as outside linebacker, this will take some time to adjust.

"The two inside guys have played linebacker, but they haven’t played a 3-4," Phillips said. "And even the safeties knowing where to fill in run defense, those kind of things. It just took some live-action time."

Washington exposed some flaws against the Rams front seven that the Colts weren't able to, due in large part to the Colts appearing aloof on offense. Washington was much stronger, focused, and their offensive line didn't budge as much as expected.

The Rams defense has some rhythm issues. However, each week Phillips is determined to get the errors corrected now, while it's still early in the season.

Moving forward, the Rams have a short week as they face the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night in Santa Clara. A high note for this powerful Rams defense is the 49ers haven't scored a touchdown in eight quarters, and are currently 0-2.

How confident is Phillips in Donald's ability to make a quick turnaround this week? 

"He seemed to feel good. Like I said, he was in a lot better shape than – he was in football-type shape, which was good," Phillips explained. "That’s why we were able to play him. We wanted to go about 25-30 plays, but he was ready to go. I just think the feel for the game is important for him, too." 

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Blow Another Lead in Loss to Phillies]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:13:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Pedro+Baez+Blows+Another+Lead.png

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. 

Pedro Baez blew another lead and the Philadelphia Phillies came from behind for the second straight night to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Citizen's Bank Park.

For the second straight game the Dodgers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to an opposite field home run for Yasmani Grandal.

The long ball was Grandal's first since September 5th, and his 20th home run of the season.

"Yasmani is doing a much better job the last couple games of staying in the strike zone," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "When he does that, it can really benefit us."

Grandal became the sixth member of the Dodgers 20-homer club this season joining Chris Taylor (20), Corey Seager (20), Justin Turner (21), Yasiel Puig (26), and Cody Bellinger (38).

One inning later, Curtis Granderson hit an RBI double to right field that scored Cody Bellinger.

Granderson has been atrocious at the plate since he was acquired from the New York Mets on Aug. 19, but appears to be showing signs of life as he homered on Monday and doubled on Tuesday.

"I like the way he stays in the strike zone," said Roberts of Granderson lately. "When he starts putting the bat on the ball, there's going to be some production. I thought his at-bats were good tonight."

Yu Darvish made his 30th start of the season for the Dodgers and pitched well for the first five innings.

Darvish did not factor in the decision, allowing just one run (none earned) on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings.

"I felt like my body was heavy today," Darvish said after the game. "It was a battle throughout the game. I wish I could have completed the sixth inning."

Darvish also recorded his 200th strikeout of the season in the game.

With the Dodgers leading 2-1 entering the seventh inning, manager Dave Roberts went to struggling right-hander Pedro Baez, as the experiment continued.

"I felt that was his inning," said Roberts of the decision. "It was the bottom part of the order. I just felt that you got to run him out there and give him an opportunity to get three outs."

Baez allowed a triple, a hit batter, and a walk before he issued a four-pitch walk that tied the game with two outs and the bases loaded.

"I've been having trouble with the command of my fastball," said Baez of his outing. "I did shy away from my secondary pitches. It hasn't been a good stretch. I've never been through a stretch like this, but I'm going to continue to work hard to get out of it."

One batter later, Rhys Hoskins, continued the hot-start to his career as he hammered a bases-clearing, three-run double off Baez that gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead.

Baez has an ERA of 22.50 in the month of September and has struggled with command repeatedly for the last two months.

"Where Pedro was a few weeks ago, versus where he is now, he's in a different spot and I think you have to take your best 25 when it comes to potentially getting a postseason roster together," said Roberts. "There's a point where production has to come through. Especially where we're at in the season. It was a tough night."

One inning later, Aaron Altherr homered for the second straight night as he took reliever Brock Stewart deep to add an extra insurance run.

The Dodgers drop to 12-6 at Citizens Bank Park since 2012 and are in jeopardy of losing their first series there since 2011.

One more loss on Wednesday or Thursday and the Dodgers streak of six straight series wins over the Phillies, the longest active streak in MLB, will be snapped.

Andre Ethier made a rare start in left field for Los Angeles. Granderson started in right field, and Yasiel Puig had the night off.

The game was delayed 30 minutes because of rain.

The Dodgers Magic Number remains at three, with a chance it could drop to two if the Arizona Diamonbacks lose to the San Diego Padres later in the evening.

Postseason tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 10:00AM at Dodger stadium and online at Dodgers.com/postseason.

Up Next:

Alex Wood heads to the mound in the third game of the series against RHP Jake Thompson. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05PM PST.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Finish Roster, Reportedly Signing Andrew Bogut]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:56:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Andrew-Bogut-signs-Lakers-1-year.jpg

According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a $2.3 million veteran-minimum contract with 32-year-old free agent center Andrew Bogut.

The Aussie 7-footer was the no. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and started for the Golden State Warriors when they won the NBA title in 2015. After being traded to Dallas in the summer of 2016 to help create the salary cap space required to sign Kevin Durant, Bogut eventually found his way onto the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Unfortunately, Bogut suffered a broken leg as a member of the Cavs, but the big man has reportedly recovered from the injury and provides the Lakers a second center capable of starting, or at least a legitimate backup center known for rim protection and inteligent play.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Bogut's contract is not guaranteed, but the likelihood of Bogut making the Lakers' roster is high. With the Lakers already at 14 guaranteed contracts, Bogut's arrival signals the completion of the 2017-18 NBA roster for the Lakers less than a week shy of Media Day, which signals the start of training camp.

Lonzo Ball and Tyler Ennis are the two true point guards on the Lakers' roster, along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart as the other natural guards.

Brandon Ingram and Corey Brewer are the two true small forwards, but Luol Deng's best chance to get time may come at that position. Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. expect to split time at power forward for the third year in a row, while rookie Kyle Kuzma should be begging for minutes off the bench.

At center, the Lakers have a logjam of Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac and rookie Thomas Bryant, with Bogut likely to step in front of second-year Zubac on the depth chart. Bryant is a 20-year-old rookie, so one would expect him to spend considerable time with the South Bay Lakers, LA's re-branded NBA G-League team.

With Bogut, the roster would be set at 15 players, with point guard Alex Caruso already holding one of the two new two-way contracts with the team. LA still has one two-way contract to give out, and Vander Blue is probably the best bet to secure that spot considering he was the NBA Development League MVP in 2016-17.

Bogut, of course, spent time with Lakers coach Luke Walton when Walton was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors from 2014 to 2016, so the coach being familiar with the player likely played a role in the decision to bring Bogut in. The partial guarantee on the contract, though, effectively protects the Lakers against any potential injuries the center may suffer in training camp or preseason.

If Bogut can remain healthy, though, one would imagine the Lakers have their 2017-18 NBA roster set.

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<![CDATA[Kershaw's First Grand Slam Allowed Costs Dodgers]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:49:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/172*120/Kershaw+allows+grand+slam.png

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Chris Taylor hit an inside-the-park home run to start the game, but Clayton Kershaw surrendered a grand slam late, as the Philadelphia Phillies upset the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. 

Taylor broke out of his most recent 0-for-15 slump with a little bit of luck from the outfielder guard rail as he hammered the second pitch of the game off the rail in left-center and the ball ricocheted into left field and away from two Phillies outfielders allowing CT3 to easily run around the bases for a leadoff, stand-up, inside-the-park home run.

Taylor rounded the bases in a speedy 15.40 seconds, the third fastest trip around the bases this season. The inside-the-park home run was also the first for the Dodgers since Aug. 20, 2011 at Coors Field when Trent Oeltjen did it for the Boys in Blue.

To come full circle, according to ESPN Stats and Info, it was the first leadoff inside the park home run for the Dodgers since current manager Dave Roberts did it on Aug. 9, 2003.

The creative home run was also Taylor's 20th of the season, making him the fifth Dodger with 20 or more home runs this season.

Five different players ties the franchise record set in 1979 and 2000, and the current team could break the record if Yasmani Grandal goes deep one more time before season's end as the catcher is currently stuck on 19 long balls this season.

The Dodgers went back-to-back in the first inning as third baseman Justin Turner crushed a curveball from Nick Pivetta three pitches later to give the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead.

"We got ahead early, but those guys hung in there and got the big hit when they needed it," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told reporters after the game. "It was a surprise to all of us. He [Kershaw] usually finds a way to make that pitch to get out of the inning."

Kershaw cruised through the first five innings of the game before he ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth.

"I thought he pitched really well tonight," continued Roberts. "In that sixth inning, that leadoff walk got him, and then another walk."

Kershaw uncharacteristically walked a pair of Phillies hitters around a single by Freddy Galvis and was just one pitch away from getting out of the inning unscathed.

"Obviously we were being careful with Hoskins," said catcher Austin Barnes of the walk to Rhys Hoskins that loaded the bases. "He [Kershaw] left it over the plate and he [Altherr] made us upay for it."

Unfortunately, that pitch was not what he wanted as he hung a slider over the heart of the plate to Aaron Altherr and the Phillies' left-fielder hit a game-winning grand slam off the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

"It was just a bad slider," said a visibly frustrated Kershaw after the game. "I made some bad pitches. I probably should have pitched better."

It was the first grand slam allowed in Kershaw's career, and the one mistake was all it took for Kershaw (17-4) to get the loss, allowing all four runs to come on one pitch, scattering four hits with two walks (both in the 6th inning) with six strikeouts in six innings.

"We had the lead and I blew it and we lost," Kershaw said matter-of-factly. "Need to go back to the drawing board and get ready for the next one."

Despite allowing two home runs to the first two batters of the game, Pivetta (6-10), got the win, beating Kershaw by allowing just two runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

Curtis Granderson broke out of a bad slump with a solo home run in the top of the ninth for his 24th home run of the season. All three Dodger runs came on solo home runs.

Hector Neris gave up the homer to Granderson, but struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season.

The Dodgers Magic Number remains at four, but could be lowered if the Arizona Diamondbacks lose to the San Diego Padres later in the evening. 

Up Next:

Yu Darvish takes the mound on Tuesday opposite RHP Aaron Nola in the second game of a four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05PM PST.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum]]>
<![CDATA[Free Tacos After Chargers Losses]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:31:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/elpollogrillfreetacos.PNG

A local Mexican restaurant owner, devastated at San Diego's loss of the Chargers, decided to give customers a free taco every time the team loses a game. 

"It's coming out of my own pocket but that's how much this story means to me," said Victor Lopez, owner of El Pollo Grill in Bonita. "It's part of the healing process for fans like me." 

Lopez says he was a lifelong Chargers fan while the team was in San Diego.

Once the owner of the team, Dean Spanos, made the decision to move the Chargers to Los Angeles, Lopez said he felt frustrated and wanted to do something to "get back at Spanos" by giving out one free taco for each person that comes in the day after a loss. 

Many people poured into the restaurant on Bonita Road Monday after the Chargers lost to the Dolphins Sunday. 

"I came out here because I support anyone who doesn't support the Los Angeles Chargers," said Mercury Hornbeek, who enjoyed a free beef taco Monday. 

Anyone who wants a free taco must say the secret words to the cashier, 'Spanos Taco' for a taco of their choosing. Lopez added he will be offering them for the rest of the season. 

Lopez added more people have actually been coming to the restaurant since he made the decision. He does not believe it will hurt his business financially. 

<![CDATA[The Vault: Tommy Lasorda and Frank Sinatra]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:27:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/VAULT_LASORDA_SINATRA_1200x675_1048753219883.jpg

Legendary Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda is just days away from turning 90 so we're going back to Opening Day 1981 for a candid moment with Tommy and his friend Frank Sinatra. Originally aired on Going Roggin, Sunday, September 17, 2017.

<![CDATA[Los Angeles Chargers Fan Photos]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:57:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-831186316.jpg Chargers fans show their support for the Bolts.

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<![CDATA[Rams Fans in Their Sunday Best]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:50:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-845364734.jpg Check out images of some of the Rams' died-hard fans sporting their Sunday best.

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<![CDATA[Ceremonial First Pitches at Dodger Stadium]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:37:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/07-31-2017-dodgers-kershaw-first-pitch.jpg From the adorable Kershaw siblings to a determined looking Danny Trejo, we have a collection of some of this season's best ceremonial first pitches at Dodger Stadium.

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Roggin's Heroes: Sept. 17, 2017]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:06:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Roggins_Heroes_September_17_2017_1200x675_1048900163536.jpg

 The best of the best in Southern California high school football for the week of Sunday Sept. 17, 2017.

<![CDATA[The Challenge]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:06:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/09-06-2016-challenge-logo-small.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Zimmerman Blasts Two Homers as Dodgers Fall in D.C.]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:32:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Zimmerman+homers+.png

Almost doesn't count.

Los Angeles came within 10 outs of sweeping the Washington Nationals in the Nation's capital, but Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth and the Dodgers dropped the finale of the series, 7-1, on Sunday night.

Washington entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 1-0, but after a leadoff walk from Anthony Rendon, followed by a single for Daniel Murphy, Zimmerman sent a slider from Ross Stripling into the seats in center field for the game-winning homer.

Stripling came on in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu in the bottom of the fifth inning, and escaped a bases loaded jam, but was not so fortunate in the sixth.

Ryu did not factor in the decision, but matched Stephen Strasburg pitch-for-pitch through the first five innings of the game.

The Korean leaft-hander allowed just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 4 and 2/3 scoreless inning.

Strasburg was better, allowing just one run on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six strong innings.

The Dodgers only run of the game came in the second inning when Logan Forsythe hit an RBI double off the glove of center fielder Michael A. Taylor that scored Yasiel Puig.

Washington added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by Anthony Rendon and in the eighth on another homer by Zimmerman.

Not to be outdone, left-hander Adam Lind hit a pinch-hit two run home run to put the game out of reach. 

The loss was only the 18th time the Dodgers have blown a lead of any kind this season, the fewest in MLB.

The loss snaps the Dodgers four-game winning streak and evens the season series with Washington at three games apiece.

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost earlier in the day, lowering the Dodgers Magic Number to clinch the National League West to four games. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will take the train over to Philadelphia after the game where Clayton Kershaw will start against RHP Nick Pivetta of the Phillies at 4:05PM PST on Monday.

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark Tenally]]>
<![CDATA[Gates and Tomlinson Both Celebrate History at StubHub]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:27:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/AP_17260802874433.jpg

Antonio Gates made history at StubHub Center in the third quarter Sunday, catching a seven-yard pass in the end zone from quarterback Phillip Rivers to surpass the mark for most touchdown catches by a tight end.

Gates broke the record previously held by Tony Gonzalez who retired after his 17th season in 2013.

Ironically, this happened on the same day that his former teammate LaDianian Tomlison received his Hall of Fame ring during halftime at StubHub Center. Gates, a 15-year tight end vet made history of his own during the game and ensured his place in Canton, Ohio whenever he decides to hang up his jersey, which could be at the end of this season.

"I was a basketball star, I never imagined I'd be up here talking to you all about a football record," Gates explained after the game. "It goes to show you that God's plan always trumps your plans."

He is truly a man of faith and dedication. The 2003 undrafted free agent worked extremely hard in order to be make the team. By his second season, he set a record for touchdowns in a season with 13. He's elevated his game every year since, and revolutionized the tight end position.

"It's finally coming to an end," a relieved Gates said. "Six weeks of hearing about it, when are you going to break the record? Now. the opportunity present(ed) itself, and still being able to give our team a chance to win, I can't tell you... because it was a bittersweet moment. Even though we were still able to move forward in the game, you still want to get a win."

It was the 85th scoring connection between Rivers and Gates, that ties them for second-most by a quarterback-tight end duo with Jerry Rice and Steve Young.

"It was awesome. Too bad it didn't happen in a win, but it was awesome," Rivers said. "Its a lot of touchdowns, a lot of years, a lot of tight ends that have played in this league. Certainly a special accomplishment for him. I'm just thankful that I could be a part of a lot of them -- not all of them, but a lot of them."

Gates joked in a post-game press conference that he welcomed all of his team to celebrate with him -- except Rivers. He said he told Rivers to stay away from him because he didn't want to get emotional during that time.

Now Gates and the Chargers can put that mark past them, and solely focus on getting more wins this season in a goal to make the playoffs.

Chargers former running back LaDianian Tomlison was honored at halftime, with his Pro-Football Hall of Fame Ring on the field in front of over 25,000 fans.

He's a five-time Pro-Bowler and four-time All-Pro, rushed for 13,684 career yards and 145 touchdowns in 11 seasons. He spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers and two seasons with the New York Jets.

Tomlinson currently works as an analyst on the NFL Network and serves as a special advisor to the Chargers with community development.

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<![CDATA[Gurley's 2 TD's Not Enough For Rams in Loss]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:33:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/Gurley+Leap.png

The teacher is still the master over the pupil.

The Redskins ran all over the Rams as Washington won their first game of the season, defeating Los Angeles, 27-20 on Sunday afternoon at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Rob Kelley rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries before he was knocked out of the game with a rib injury in the second quarter.

The loss of Kelley didn't seem to matter for the Redskins as Chris Thompson filled in nicely with three carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Thompson got the Redskins their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter when he capped off a 6-play, 65-yard scoring drive, scampering seven yards for the score.

Todd Gurley fumbled on the following possession and the Redskins were in business inside the redzone. The Rams defense would hold Washington to a field goal, giving Gurley a chance at redemption.

Gurley made the most of his second chance as he punched in the Rams first touchdown when he ran up the gut from the one-yard line with 9:59 remaining in the half.

The four-play, 75-yard drive, was highlighted by a 69-yard pass from Goff to rookie Gerald Everett that set the Rams up on the Washington six-yard line.

Thompson would give the Rams a punch in the gut to end the first half, when he broke fee for a 61-yard touchdown run that put the Redskins back up by 10.

Aaron Donald returned to the team earlier in the week, and made his first start with the Rams after a month long holdout that lasted most of training camp.

Donald led the defense in the second half as the Rams held the Redskins scoreless, striking first on a highlight worthy catch and run by Gurley.

Gurley caught a screen pass from quarterback Jared Goff on the Washington 18-yard-line and then proceeded to hurdle a Redskins' defender has he dove for the pylon for the score.

The Rams used some trickery midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game when punter Johnny Hekker faked the punt, and delivered a strike to receiver Josh Reynolds for the huge first down pick up on fourth and six.

The Rams would tie the game on a 40-yard field goal for Greg Zuerlein, but a final minute touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Ryan Grant put the Redskins up 27-20 with just over a minute left to play.

On the ensuing drive, Jared Goff threw an interception to Foster that sealed the deal.

Up Next:

Los Angeles will have a short week ahead of them as they head to San Francisco to renew their rivalry with the Niners on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 PM PST.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers Come Up Short 19-17 Against Dolphins]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:22:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-848582896.jpg

The Los Angeles Chargers came up short in the fourth quarter in a 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins in their regular season debut at StubHub Center.

On 4th and 5, Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey nailed a 54-yard field goal that gave them the lead.

This is the first regular season home game for the Chargers in Los Angeles since 1960.

After 56 years of playing in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, owner Dean Spaonos decided to move his franchise to L.A. after last season. Spanos struck a deal with Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke to play in his Inglewood stadium, scheduled to be ready in 2020. For the next three years the Chargers will play at the nearly 30,000 seat Stub Hub Center in Carson.

The Chargers defense played very well throughout the game, setting the tone, however the offense continued to struggle and didn't assist themselves with several penalties that killed them on their first two drives of the opening quarter.

The Chargers returned home after a close loss to the Denver Broncos 24-21 last Monday night at Mile High Stadium. The Chargers were determined to bounce back after a good week of practice, ready to face the Miami Dolphins.

Miami had not played a regular season game due to the conditions of Hurricane Irma, and flew out to Los Angeles early to practice.

The Dolphins showed no signs of rust as head coach Adam Gase decided to keep their offense simple with QB Jay Cutler, as RB Jay Ajayi did most of the heavy lifting on the ground. The Bolts defense stood up masterfully, preventing a touchdown opportunity and allowing Miami to settle for a 30-yard field goal, and a 3-0 lead.

Later in the second quarter the Bolts offense woke up, and with solid runs by Brenden Oliver and two key catches by Keenan Allen that landed them in the red zone, Gordon bulldozed his way through to score the team's first touchdown of the day for the 10-3 lead.

Adam Gase challenged a crucial play in the third quarter, and won the decision. The Dolphins kept their drive alive, as Cutler avoided pressure and found Kenny Stills on the right side of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown reception.

Rivers continued to pick apart the Dolphins' defense as he found Henry and Allen driving down the field.

No target was more significant than finding Gates in end zone for the touchdown and the all-time record. Gates surpasses Tony Gonzalez on the All-Time list for most touchdown receptions for a tight end. It was the 85th time that Rivers connected with Gates for a touchdown, tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice for second-most in NFL history.

The Chargers had one last opportunity for victory. With just over a minute remaining, Rivers marched the Chargers down the field. With just 19 seconds left, Koo missed the game-winning field goal. The Chargers have now lost two straight and now must get ready for their AFC West rival in the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday.

*Gates' caught his 900th career reception pass in the second quarter. He's only the 22nd play in league history to reach 900 receptions.

Photo Credit: Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers Looking for Regular Season StubHub Center Win]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:49:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LA-Chargers-Philip-Rivers-Aug-13-17.jpg

The Los Angeles Chargers will play their first regular-season game at StubHub Center Sunday after losing both preseason games in the 27,000-seat stadium with crowds nearly 6,000 short of capacity.

Attendance Sunday is expected to be larger than the preseason games. The Chargers, who are sold out of season tickets, released a limited number of team holds for the game against the Miami Dolphins, which are available, along with verified resale of season ticket member seats, at the Chargers website.

The Chargers will try to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2008 after losing their opener to the Denver Broncos, 24-21, Monday night. They appeared to have tied the game on a 44-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo, on the rookie's first NFL field goal attempt, but Denver called a time out just before the kick with five seconds left. The second kick was blocked.

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates needs one touchdown catch to become the NFL's career leader among tight ends. Gates is tied with Tony Gonzalez at 111. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw to Gates three times against the Broncos, with Gates catching six- and 11-yard passes.

The game is the season opener for the Dolphins, whose planned season opener last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Miami Gardens, Florida was postponed because of Hurricane Irma.

"It will be exciting for our guys to just finally stop practicing and play a game," said coach Adam Gase. The Dolphins practiced in Oxnard at the Dallas Cowboys training camp facility adjacent to the River Ridge Golf Club Wednesday through Friday.

The Los Angeles Rams, who practice in nearby Thousand Oaks at California Lutheran University, sent what Gase described as "a whole bunch of"' equipment, making "it easy for our guys to get things rolling before our stuff got here." "Everybody's been great and making sure we're taken care of," Gase said. "It just seems like all hands were on deck to help us out."

Jay Cutler will be making his debut as Miami's quarterback, four months after signing with Fox Sports to become an analyst on NFL broadcasts. Cutler signed with the Dolphins in August after starter Ryan Tannehill tore his left ACL in the first non-contact practice of the season, sidelining him for the season.

The Chargers added two players to their 53-man active roster since Monday's loss.

Defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi was added to the active roster after completing a four-game suspension without pay issued Dec. 12 for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Defensive end Whitney Richardson was waived to create a spot on the roster for Palepoi.

Rookie cornerback Michael Davis was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, replacing receiver Geremy Davis, who played against the Broncos Monday, the same day he was promoted from the practice squad.

The Chargers will commemorate their return to Los Angeles after 56 seasons in San Diego by having Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Ron Mix and four of his teammates from the 1960 Los Angeles Chargers recognized on the field in the first quarter. They will present the organization with an original 1960 team-signed football.

LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers career rushing leader, will be presented his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime. Tomlinson's Pro Football Hall of Fame bust was flown in from Canton for the ceremony.

Tomlinson is a special assistant to owner Dean Spanos, helping to further develop fan engagement and community relations programs. The national anthem will be sung by Jordin Sparks, the 2007 "American Idol" winner.

Before Sparks sings the national anthem, 125 service members representing the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Navy will take the field, holding red, white and blue ribbons, paying tribute to the flag.

As the anthem concludes, two F-35 Lightning II jets from Edwards Air Force Base will conduct a flyover, traveling south to north above StubHub Center.

Army Sgt. Gus Orozco and Air Force Lt. Col. Ed Reynolds Jr. will be honored during pregame ceremonies as the Military Heroes of the Week.

Orozco has served in the Army for more than 12 years, including a 2007 deployment to Iraq. He is veteran affairs commissioner in the president's cabinet at Cal State Long Beach.

Reynolds has served more than 22 years in the Air Force, amassed 5,000 flying hours, including 640 combat hours in 147 missions. He oversees "Wings Over Wendy's," a program where veterans convene weekly at a Wendy's restaurant in West Hills.

Pregame ceremonies will also include the presentation of a donation from the Chargers to Maj. Mike LaSorda from the Los Angeles Air Force Base to support its family recreation and youth programs.

The donation is being made in connection with the Chargers recognition of Monday's the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Air Force as a separate branch of the military. The base in El Segundo is the home of the Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center.

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<![CDATA[Rams Looking for First 2-0 Start in 16 Years]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:53:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jared-Goff-LA-Rams-LA-Chargers.jpg

The Los Angeles Rams will try to get off to their first 2-0 start since 2001 when they play host to the Washington Redskins Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The game matches Rams coach Sean McVay against the team that employed him from 2010-16, including as offensive coordinator from 2014-16. McVay also worked with Washington coach Jay Gruden on the coaching staffs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 and the Florida Tuskers of the short-lived United Football League in 2009.

"Jay's a guy (that's) been so good to me," said McVay, who guided the Rams to a 46-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday in his debut as an NFL coach. "I'm looking forward to seeing a handful of guys. We'll have our conversations and then we'll go play a football game and then we'll shake hands and it will be like anything else."

Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald will make his 2017 debut with the Rams after missing training camp as he sought a contract extension. Donald reported to the team's training facility Sept. 9, but did not play against the Colts.

Donald will start but McVay did not say how much he would play.

"He came in in good shape, he's looked good, looks fresh, looks like the Aaron Donald that you guys are accustomed to seeing," McVay said Friday in his final meeting with reporters before the game.

"He was doing everything that he could while not being here to make sure that when this opportunity presented itself, he would be ready to go and help his teammates out and try to be a positive thing that helps us win football games."

Washington opened the season with a 30-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday and is trying to avoid its second consecutive 0-2 start.

The game will include a celebration of the return of the Olympics to Los Angeles.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will light the Coliseum's cauldron, joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Casey Wasserman, chair of LA 2028, the Games' bid committee, Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson, and IOC board members Larry Probst, Anita De Frantz and Angela Ruggiero.

Johnson lit the Coliseum cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics.

Olympic gold medalists Lisa Fernandez (softball), Paul Gonzales (boxing) and Paralympian Alma Rodriguez (basketball) will participate in the coin toss.

Ron Brown, a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. men's 400 meter relay team who was a Rams receiver from 1984-89 and in 1991, will be honored during the game.

The game is the Rams Hispanic Heritage Game.

The national anthem will be sung by Jackie Cruz, who plays Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales on the Netflix women's prison drama "Orange Is the New Black."

The drumline, marching band and drill team from the Santee Educational Complex in South Los Angeles will perform at midfield during halftime. The band will perform the "Marcha De Zacatecas," a Mexican patriotic song. A ballet foklorico dance group in its traditional costumes will perform to accompany the band.

Fidel Vargas, president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, will receive the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award prior to kickoff. The fund will receive a $2,000 donation in connection with the award.

Five thousand towels and 4,000 temporary tattoos embodying the artwork of graffiti and tattoo artist Mister Cartoon will be given to fans visiting the Corona Beach House.

Kristy Sandoval will begin painting a mural in the Corona Beach House at 10 a.m.

Retired Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Octavio Sanchez, an Iraq War veteran, will be honored during the game. Sanchez is now an ambassador for UCLA's Operation Mend, which provides charitable medical services to wounded service members and their families.

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<![CDATA[Trojans Escape Texas in 2006 Rose Bowl Rematch]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 02:08:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Chase+McGrath+wins+it+in+OT+for+USC.png

No. 4 USC Trojans escaped with a 27-24 double overtime win, in front of 84,714 fans at the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday night. 

The game was truly measured by defense, penalties, 4th downs, overtime heroics that had a recipe for a classic. 

Unlike the 2006 Rose Bowl that featured Texas QB Vince Young, USC RB Reggie Bush and QB Matt Leinart, where both teams put up exciting offensive drives from beginning to end, this game was intriguing from the final quarter into both overtimes.  

This is the first time the two schools have met since the Trojans lost to the Longhorns 41-38 in the 2006 Rose Bowl game. Quarterback Vince Young ran for over 200 yards and threw for 267 yards in that game. Historically the Trojans are 4-0 against the Longhorns, with one loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record, 4-1.

In the final quarter of regulation, Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger converted two fourth downs that keep their drive alive.

With approximately 45 seconds remaining, Ehlinger found Armanti Foreman on the right side of the endzone as the Longhorns captured their first lead 17-14.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold managed to move the ball down the field in seconds, punctuating the drive with a jump pass that is sure to make highlight reels to come. 

Freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath made a crucial field goal at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime. It was McGraft's first field goal of his collegiate career. 

Later McGrath's heroics would be needed in the second overtime, as USC’s Christian Rector forced a fumble close at the Texas goal line to give the Trojans the ball back. He nailed a 43-yard field goal that kept the Trojans undefeated at 3-0 on the season. USC hasn't won an overtime game since 2001.

The Trojans failed to convert due to two costly penalties, which set them back forced them to punt. Texas botched the snap to Ehlinger and the Trojans Christian Rector recovered the ball. To end the first quarter Texas' Anthony Wheeler sacked Darnold for a 9-yard loss that ended of the 1st Quarter.

Both the Trojans and Longhorns struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the first half. However USC continued to move the chains and Darnold escapes a sack and found Deontay Burnett in the back of the endzone for the 15 yard touchdown pass, for the 7-0 lead.Trojans got within field goal range early in the second quarter, but the 36 yard attempt was wide left.

Sam Ehlinger delivered a 28 yard pass to Colllin Johnson for the first down, and after that play the Trojans defense sacked Ehlinger three times in a row. 

Once USC looked to develop a drive, Darnold threw a costly pick to DeShon Elliott who ran it back for a 28 yard touchdown. Several plays later the Longhorns defense got lazy, and Darnold made them pay by launching a wide open pass to Jones who ran it in untouched, for a 28 yard touchdown USC ended the first half with a 14-7 lead over Texas.

Sam Ehlinger pass complete to Collin Johnson for 24 yards for the first down. Several plays later Ehlinger handed off the ball to Armanti Foreman run for a nine yard run that set up a 39 yard field goal. The Longhorns trailed the Trojans14-10 in the third quarter. 

The Trojans answered back as Darnold found his favorite target  Deontay Burnett for a 14 yard gain. Two plays later Darnold found Mitchell for a 20 yard gain, however on fourth and three the Trojans came up short and turned the ball over once again. USC was 0-for-3 on 4th down conversions.  

The Trojans lacked an offensive rhythm which has stagnated in much of the third and fourth quarters, against a Longhorns team that is offensively inferior. Major plays and stops by the USC defense kept the Trojans opportunities to score alive throughout the second half. The Trojans struggled much like they did in their first game of the season against Western Michigan. Tonight's effort looked like a complete 180 degrees from what was displayed against Stanford last week. 

Although the Trojans escaped the Coliseum with a narrow win, Helton must find a way to get their offensive flowing in a more consistent manner. Especially if they truly desire be one of the four teams in the college football playoff at the end of this season. 

The Trojans go on the road to face the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday at 12:30 PM PT. The Trojans are currently on a 12 game winning streak.

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<![CDATA[Canelo vs. GGG: Round by Round Updates]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:28:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Canelo+vs+GGG+face+off.png

Let's get ready to rumble.

We're live at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, ready to bring you up to the minute, round-by-round updates in a marquee middleweight matchup between Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Kazakhstani champion, Gennady Golovkin.

The superfight will start at around 7:50PM PST and will be for the WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring belts, all currently held by Golovkin.

If you want to watch the fight live, you can order it on HBO PPV from your television at home, or stream it on Ring TV here. 

All the undercards are complete. Alvarez and Golovkin are like two caged lions ready to go to war. We're minutes away from ring entrances. 

Main Event: Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Middleweight Championships

Round 1:

Golovkin stalks Canelo around the ring for the first minute of the round. Both boxers are feeling each other out, and the tension is palpable. Canelo lands a left hook to the body, a right upper cut and a few jabs. GGG was the aggressor, but Canelo landed the shots that scored. Round 1 goes to Canelo. 10-9 Canelo

Round 2: 

Canelo comes out of the corner the more agressive fighter to start the second. Both fighters stant toe-to-toe in the center of the ring trading jabs. Less action this round. I give round 2 to Canelo. 20-18 Canelo

Round 3: 

Golovkin says enough is enough and puts the pressure on Canelo to start round three. GGG unleashes a flurry of punches in the center of the ring, but as the round continues, there's a lot of swings and misses. Nothing clean. Last minute of the round, Golovkin chases Canelo around the ring as he seems content to take the rest of the round off. GGG wins his first round. 29-28 Canelo

Round 4: 

Canelo keeps Golovkin at bay to start the round with his quick jab. Halfway through the round, Canelo once again happily heads to the ropes, a move he did frequently in his fight with James Kirkland. Golovkin unleashes a flurry of punches against the ropes and tags Canelo! However, the Mexican fighter just shakes his head and then taunts GGG. "Come on!" he says. Final 30 seconds GGG simply chases Canelo around the ring. Round 4 to GGG for being the agressor. 38-38 Draw.

Round 5:

Canelo lands a jab to start the fifth round, but shortly thereafter retreats back to the ropes. Golovkin lands a few punches, but then comes away with a monster right hand that stuns Canelo. That's the first big power punch of the night. Canelo shakes his head back at Golovkin as if to say, "that didn't hurt me." Golovkin continues to fire away and Canelo keeps on shaking his head at him. Golovkin grins back at him. Canelo is trapped in the corner and Golovkin lands another shot before Canelo leaps forward off the ropes on the attack. The round ends in the center of the ring. Round 5 goes to Golovkin who was once again the aggressor and landed the hardest shot of the night. 48-47 Golovkin

Round 6: 

Golovkin lands a right hand to start the round and Canelo heads straight for the ropes again. Halfway through the round Canelo lands a nice uppercut and then follows with a left hook. The fighters get tied up at the 1:20 mark and Canelo has GGG in a head lock. He tries to get cute with a cheap behind-the-back shot to the head, but the referee catches him and warns him. Both fighters touch gloves and continue the round. Golovkin stalks Canelo around the ring for the final minute, but is unable to cut it off. Nice defense from Canelo to end the round. This round was close, but I give to Golovkin again for being the agressor, and for taking that cheap shot. 58-56 Golovkin

Round 7: 

Not much action in the first minute of the round. Golovkin lands a hard right that sends Canelo back against the ropes. As we wind down to the final minute of the round, GGG lands a flurry of punches. Canelo is able to get off a couple conter shots around the one-minute mark, but Golovkin scores with a flurry of shots late. Once again, Golovkin wins the round. That's four in a row on my car. 68-65 Golovkin

Round 8: 

Both boxers trade punches to start round eight. Canelo lands a hard right hand, but Golovkin barely bats an eye. Canelo stays in the center of the ring for the first two minutes of the round, but then retreats back to the ropes as Golovkin gives chase. GGG stalks him around the ring for the final 30 seconds, both boxers land uppercuts. This round could go either way, but once again I give it to Golovkin for being the agressor. 78-74 Golovkin

Round 9: 

Canelo tries to dictate the action as we start round nine. However, after 30 seconds he runs back to the ropes and Golovkin lands two hard shots. As the round continues, it's Golovkin who stalks Canelo around the ring, forcing all the action, and putting all the pressure on the younger fighter. Canelo lands a hard right with less than a minute left, but then is chased around the ring by Golovkin who keeps scoring until the bell. Round 9 goes to Golovkin, it's hard to score it any other way when he's dictating everything. 88-83 Golovkin

Round 10: 

Canelo is the aggressor to start the round. Maybe he senses he's behind and there's more urgency needed in these last few round. All of the action is in the center of the ring and Canelo lands a punch that sends Golovkin off-balance. GGG looks fatigued. Canelo lands a hard right that would probably put any other figther to sleep. Instead, Golovkin takes it and keeps coming forward. Golovkin lands a hard right and Canelo is on his bicycle. Golovkin is just relentless, he never stops, even when he looks gassed. Great round. Canelo takes 10. 97-93 Golovkin

Round 11:

Canelo runs to start the 11th round. Golovkin gives chase but he gets stung with a hard right hand and then a right-left combination from Canelo. More running and ducking and dodging from Alvarez, but this is his best round since the start of the fight. Canelo wins Round 11. 106-103 Golovkin

Round 12: 

Canelo comes out like gangbusters to start the final round. He quickly lands a couple uppercuts and is the most aggressive we've seen him throughout the fight. Just over a minute into the round, and Golovkin lands a hard right hand, followed by a left hook that wobbles Canelo and sends him back on his heels. One minute left to go and Golovkin is once again stalking Canelo around the ring. The final 10 seconds are a war! Both fighters are swinging for the fences as the bell rings. Both men think they have won. Round 12 goes to Canelo. 115-113 Golovkin. 

Judges Scorecards: 

Adalaide Byrd: 118-110 Canelo
Dave Moretti: 115-113 Golovkin
Don Trella: 114-114 Draw

Final Result: Split Decision Draw

This was one is surprising folks. The fans are loudly booing the result. The crowd is mostly pro-Canelo so perhaps they thought he won, but I believe they are honest fight fans and think Golovkin was robbed. I think GGG won a lot of people over with his relentless style, aggression and work ethic tonight. 

Both fighters are surprised with the result. Fans are chanting "bullshit," as they feel cheated by this result. A few rounds were close and could have gone either way, but for any judge to score the fight 10 rounds to 2 in favor of either fighter, especially, Canelo after he ran and stayed against the ropes for the majority of the fight is downright befuddling. 

This result is a shame. The fight was excellent, and I hope there's a rematch. On a night when two of the best pound-for-pound boxers the sport has to offer put on such a display, for it to be marred in controversy by a judge is disappointing. 

Golovkin leaves the ring with all four of his middleweight championship belts and has tied the record with his 18th title defense. One more, and he will set a new record. However, he no longer sports a perfect record of 37-0. He remains undefeated, yes, but now is 37-0-1, that "one" haunting him for the remainder of his career.

Canelo exits having squared off in the ring with a monster, one of the greatest knockout punchers in the history of the sport and he never looked close to wilting or going down. If a rematch does occur, Canelo now knows he can take Golovkin's best shot. Here's hoping there's a rematch.

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