<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:11:48 -0800 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:11:48 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hanley Ramirez Reportedly Signs with Red Sox]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:37:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/163*120/han+ram.jpg

Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez is in Boston Monday to reportedly finalize a five-year, $90 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Also, according to CBSSports.com, the deal came together by Ramirez’s willingness to play other positions including the outfield.

Ramirez decided to hit the free agent market instead of accepting the Los Angeles Dodgers $15.3 million qualifying offer earlier this month. He also leaves a gaping hole at shortstop that the Dodgers will have to fill through free agency if they’re looking for a player to make an immediate impact. 

The 30-year-old ends a productive, but injury plagued, two-plus years in a Dodgers uniform after joining the club in a 2012 trade with the, then, Florida Marlins. Ramirez compiled splits of .299/.365/.512 with 43 home runs and 172 RBIs as a Dodger. He also finished eighth in MVP voting after the 2013 season as the key cog on that team’s 42-8 run and an NL West Division title.

Ramirez returns to the organization that signed him as a 16-year-old out of Samana, Dominican Republic. He made his Major League debut with the Red Sox as a 21-year-old in 2005.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Falter Late, Lose in Overtime]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:34:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Kobe-Bryant.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity and fell to the Denver Nuggets in an overtime loss on Sunday night at Staples Center.

"It was ugly. I mean, they shot terrible. We shot terrible," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "If you win it, it's not that ugly."

The reason they didn't win was tough to swallow.

"Defensively, we did a pretty good job all night long," the defensive-minded coach said after the game. "[It was] definitely tougher to take [this loss]. The effort was there, and the things that we talked about yesterday were all there."

Scott said, "We just kind of blew it, basically, at the end."

The "end" Scott was likely referring to was the end of regulation rather than the overtime. Time and again, the Lakers allowed Kobe Bryant to take the ball in his hands and attempt to go one-on-one in isolation against an opponent. Bryant, who was 6-10 for 16 points through the first three quarters, went 3-11 for seven points over the final nine minutes of regulation. The Lakers only scored 11 points in the quarter and gifted the Nuggets an overtime session.

To be fair, Denver did not fare much better. Although they distributed their shots, the Nuggets only scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

In the overtime period, Nuggets' point guard Ty Lawson put on the jets and scored four points to finish the night with 18 points and 16 assists. The entire Lakers' team only racked up 15 assists. Former UCLA Bruin Aaron Afflalo also added four points in the extra session, as the Nuggets made four shots in overtime, and the Lakers made two shots in overtime.

Bryant was 4-14 after going into isolation mode down the stretch and in overtime, but Coach Scott persisted that the team got good shots but just did not make them. The problem, of course, was that the team was not involved in most of those shots. Despite having Jeremy Lin on the court, Bryant would accept the in-bounds pass in the back court, make his way into the front court and look to shoot. That was the Lakers' offense down the stretch, and frankly, the results were pathetic.

Lin, who finished with 17 points on 15 shots, had a respectable outing and shot over 50 percent from the field. In the third quarter, the point guard did not miss a single shot, going 5-5 and scoring 11 points. As a reward for his hot hand, Lin only managed two shot attempts in the fourth quarter. On several possessions, the point guard did not even touch the basketball.

"We kind of got away from things...just sharing the ball," Lakers guard Nick Young said after the game. "At times, we fall into relying on [Bryant] a lot."

Young did not overtly blame Bryant for the loss, taking blame for "standing around" and not demanding the ball. Young, however, was likely not in the best position to "demand" the ball considering the streaky shooter missed 10 of his 12 shots on the night.

Still, this loss stung more, and Young summarized the feelin: "We felt we had this one tonight. We just let it slip up."

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 12]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:20:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/459467122.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the twelfth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday Spotlight]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:55:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP747099438720.jpg New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has had a stand-out first season, and recalls that he has always been ready for the Sunday spotlight.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Beats USC 38-20 in Battle for LA]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:30:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141122-ucla-bruins-usc-trojans-victory-bell-november-22.jpg

The No. 11 UCLA Bruins beat the No. 24 USC Trojans 38-20 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, extending the Bruins’ winning streak in the Los Angeles rivalry to three.

Brett Hundley passed for 326 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score, and Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington caught scoring passes as the Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) confirmed their Los Angeles supremacy and closed in on the Pac-12 South title with a one-sided romp over their biggest rivals at a festive Rose Bowl.

Paul Perkins rushed for 93 yards and a score for UCLA, which hadn't won three straight over USC since 1998.

Pasadena police said 23 arrests were made at the Rose Bowl, including 11 for drunk in public and two for assaults. However, there were no serious injuries, police said.

USC fans began to trickle out of the stadium in the fourth quarter.

After five consecutive wins down the stretch of a slow-starting season, UCLA can advance to the Pac-12 title game with a victory over Stanford on Friday.

Cody Kessler passed for 214 yards for the Trojans (7-4, 6-3), who struggled mightily against UCLA's inspired defense.

The winning team was awarded the Victory Bell, a 295-pound bell originally hung atop a Southern Pacific freight locomotive.

The bell was given to the UCLA Alumni Association in 1939. In 1941, it was taken by a group of USC students.

A year later, the student body presidents of both schools signed an agreement providing that the winner of the football game would keep possession for the next year, a tradition that has continued.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Coach Explains Lineup Philosophy]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:12:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/La-Lakers-Boozer-Lin.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers have won a couple games in a row, and the plan for the 2014-15 season is clearer to see than it was two wins ago. The Lakers started 1-9, but even if this is period of winning is a temporary euphoria from having Nick Young back, the team is displaying more promise than the 1-9 start hinted.

The Lakers are not an eight-win team or close to it. At 3-9, they're on pace for 20 wins, but even that mark would be a massive underachievement considering the Lakers' recent road trip.

With two games in the bag and a clean sweep of a three game road trip in his sights, Lakers coach Byron Scott deserves credit for sticking with the same unit through the best and worst of times. Also deserving praise, starters Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin have responded positively to the coach's confidence after inconsistent starts to the season. Both played well in Atlanta to start the current winning streak.

While Scott has stuck with the same starting lineup since the start the season, fans have wondered why Ed Davis has not cracked the starting five or how Ronnie Price was not inserted into the lineup when Lin was visibly struggling to get involved. In particular, both those players offer better defense that their counterparts.

Luckily, NBC Los Angeles and a couple others caught Scott a day before he took off on the three-game road trip and asked the coach to provide greater insights into his lineups.

Within the context of Ronnie Price starting much of the preseason, had Scott internally gone back and forth with starting Price and moving Lin to bench?

"I've thought about it. So far, it's not the time."

On why he hadn't made changes to the starting lineup despite the slow start:

"Because, then, I'm abandoning everything that I believe in as far as giving these guys a chance to work together. Ten games or 11 games--that's not enough. So, then, I'll be going against everything that I truly believe in. I think guys need time to jell as a unit, and again, two months is not enough, three months is sometimes not enough...San Antonio have been together forever."

How long in an 82-game season before you can start make changes?

"Two or three months, from training camp on. After that, I think you might have to make changes because certain guys aren't getting it or they just don't gel, and you have to make some changes, put those guys on the bench. They may be better coming off the bench than they are starters. All those things, I have to take into consideration, but I have to give these guys a chance as well."

Less than a month into the season, Scott made it clear not to hold your breath on changes to the Lakers' starting five: Lin, Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Boozer, Jordan Hill.

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<![CDATA[Buffalo Bills Hitch Rides Aboard Snowmobiles]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:53:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KRAIG+URBIK1.JPG

Up to seven feet of snow wasn't going to stop the Buffalo Bills from flying out to Detroit for Monday’s game against the Jets — even if some players needed a novel way to get to the Bills’ stadium and a bus to the airport.

“Just texted with a Bills player who was picked up on a snowmobile to head to his game,” tweeted Albert Breer, national reporter for the NFL Network. “So in 10 years of covering the NFL, that’s a first.”

The game was supposed to have been played in Buffalo on Sunday, but was moved to Detroit because of the deadly storm.

The blizzard dropped 85 inches of snow on Buffalo, enough to bury Snookie, Jim Kelly and even Yao Ming.

On The MMQB, Peter King describes the planning that went into the "snowmobile rescues."

"I have covered the NFL for 30 years, and I must say I have never heard an NFL executive say he hoped a snowmobile would come up big for his team in advance of a game with big playoff implications," he wrote.

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<![CDATA[Jose Canseco Pranks Everyone with Finger Hoax]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:56:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP565783519558.jpg

Looks like Jose Canseco gave everyone the finger. 

The former Major League Baseball player took to Twitter at the end of October to announce that he had shot off his middle digit and had it reattached during surgery. Last week, Canseco claimed that the mangled finger fell off during a poker tournament because it had been “very loose” and “smelling really bad.” He also said he would be selling the thumb and gun that shot it off on eBay a few days later.

“Maybe I will make it a package the chrome 45 caliber Remington with the finger both for sale a package deal," he tweeted on Nov. 17.

But despite continuing to post on social media about the plan, Canseco reportedly will not be selling his appendage to the highest bidder—it was all just a prank.

When TMZ reporters followed up about the details of the unique eBay sale, Canseco finally admitted it was all a hoax, the site reported. He said he thought of the whole plan when he saw a fake finger in a Halloween store. 

What remains true, NBC Sports reports, is that the prankster did shoot off his finger but had it successfully reconnected with surgery.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Add to Bullpen in Four-Player Trade]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:34:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/peralta+copy.jpg

The Los Angeles Dodgers took their first step this off season to fixing a problematic bullpen by adding veteran right-handed reliever Joel Peralta in a four-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday.

The Dodgers also received minor league pitcher Adam Liberatore in exchange for pitchers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

The Peralta acquisition is not exactly a long-term solution for the Dodgers, as he’ll be 39 years old when Spring Training starts in 2015.

Peralta also didn’t exactly light the world on fire last season with his 3-4 record and 4.41 ERA. What the 10-year big league veteran has done, however, is become more durable with age. Peralta has pitched in an average of 74 games and 67 innings per season since tuning 35 years old.

The Dodgers are definitely looking into the future by adding Liberatore to the trade.

It’s not clear if, or when, or how, the 27-year-old will fit into the mix on the big league team but he just finished up his best season in 2014 with a 6-1 record and 1.66 ERA for the Rays Triple-A Durham squad. He was named the organization’s top minor league reliever.

Dominguez, 23, pitched in just five games for the Dodgers in 2014, giving up eight earned runs in 6 ⅓ innings. The hard throwing right-hander suffered through shoulder inflammation toward the ends of last season.

In two minor league seasons with the Dodgers Harris, 20, was 9-9 with a 4.69 ERA. He finished the 2014 year with Class-A Great Lakes.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Add to 40-Man Roster]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:52:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/lee+copy.jpg

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, added pitchers Zach Lee and Chris Reed and outfielder Scott Schebler to the organization’s expanded 40-man roster.

What that does is make all three, technically, Major League players and even if they are assigned to a minor league club, which is the most likely scenario, it moves their names up the list of potential call ups to the 25-man Major League team should they be called upon.

Lee, 23, ended this past season in Triple-A Albuquerque with a 7-13 record with a 5.18 ERA and is rated by Baseball America as the Dodgers fourth-ranked prospect.

The right-hander was the team’s top pick in the 2010 draft and named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2013. With the Dodgers bullpen still in need of a makeover, it’s quite possible Lee could be in the running for a long reliever spot come Spring Training.

Reed finished last season with a 4-11 record and a 4.26 ERA between stops in Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. The 24-year-old also made the all-star team as part of the Lookouts.

The minors are for development not numbers but Reed’s 9-31 record and 4.12 ERA in four minor league seasons is a bit of an eyebrow raiser.

Schebler is rated by MLB.com as the Dodgers ninth-best minor prospect and he’s proved it on the field. Schebler has shown that he’s a legitimate power hitter by blasting 28 home runs in Double-A in 2014, after hitting 27 the year before in the High-A California League. But, just like a power hitter Schebler strikes out way too much. He’s whiffed 250 times in the past two seasons combined.

At 24 years old Schebler is at the age when teams decide if a player will be part of the future, or a placeholder for the next crop of younger talent.

Schebler will have a shot to show what he’s made of in 2015 with his new promotion.

The Dodgers now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

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<![CDATA[Kings' Voynov Charged in Domestic Violence Case]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:05:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lafile-slava-voynov-la-kings.jpg

Suspended Los Angeles Kings player Slava Voynov was charged Thursday with felony domestic violence about one month after the 24-year-old defenseman's arrest.

Voynov was charged with corporal injury to a spouse. The charge includes an allegation of causing great bodily injury.

The Russian player has maintained his innocence since the October arrest at a Torrance hospital, saying a language barrier led to a misunderstanding of what took place. Voynov's wife was hospitalized after authorities said she suffered injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck.

Voynov, named to the 2014 Russian Olympic hockey team, was drafted by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He is in the second of a six-year contract with the 2014 Stanley Cup champions and one of four Kings to play in all 82 games last season.

His arrest at the hospital occurred after Redondo Beach police responded to the neighborhood where Voynov and his family reside. Authorities had received a report that a female "could be heard screaming" for about 20 minutes, according to a police statement.

Police did not receive a response at the couple's home. They were later contacted by Torrance police regarding a hospitalized woman.

A court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 1. Voynov posted bond shortly after his arrest.

Voynov has been suspended by the league from all club activities since the arrest. The league's collective bargaining agreement allows for the suspension of a player during a criminal investigation.

Unlike the NFL and NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball do not have policies specific to domestic violence. Penalties are usually handed out at the discretion of the commissioner on a case-by-case basis.

"We maintain our support of the NHL’s indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov," the Kings said in a statement. "As an organization we will continue to closely monitor the developments of the legal proceedings and work in partnership with the NHL to determine the proper course of action in the future."

The case follows other recent domestic violence investigations that involved high-profile professional athletes, including NFL running back Ray Rice. The Rice case and video of the assault in a casino elevator led to a new NFL policy regarding domestic violence offenders.

<![CDATA[Lakers Get Second Road Win in Houston]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:37:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Rockets-Kobe-Bryant_11-19-14.jpg

On Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers continued to play competitive basketball despite playing their second road game in as many nights, and the Lakers came away winners for only the third time in the 2014-15 season.

With Dwight Howard ruled out due to a strained right knee at the last moment, the Lakers went inside early and often. At the half, the Lakers had outscored Houston 24-14 in points in the paint. By the final buzzer, the Lakers held a 38-20 advantage in that category.

Defensively, the Lakers were packing the paint and preventing Houston from getting layups and fast break points. However, Houston took advantage of the Lakers' poor three-point defense. The Rockets made nine of their 19 shot attempts from the outside in the first half, and Kostas Papanikolaou was especially lethal off the bench.

The Greek national made four of his five shots from long distance to help Houston to a two-point lead at the halftime intermission.

In the second half, the James Harden came to life. After only scoring only four points in the first half, Houston's star player scored 13 points in the third quarter to provide the Rockets with a five-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

The deficit was partially due to Bryant struggling from the field in the third period. Bryant only made two of his 11 shots in the quarter, but he did find Jordan Hill on three straight baskets. Also Bryant was able to get to the foul line and entered the final quarter with 20 points and six assists.

As such, the Lakers were within striking distance on the road entering the fourth quarter.

At the start of the final period, the Lakers looked to Carlos Boozer for points. Boozer made five of nine shots in the first half, but he missed on three straight shots to start the fourth quarter. Combined with the Rockets hitting their 15th three-pointer of the night, the Lakers fell behind by seven points.

Immediately, Lakers' coach Byron Scott brought back Hill and Bryant. Approaching the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter, the Lakers had already taken the lead behind a flurry of baskets from Nick Young. From there on out, the see-saw battle began.

Bryant continued to struggle with his shot in the fourth quarter and Harden continued to heat up. The Rockets stretched their lead to five-points at the two-minute mark.

Bryant, who had missed three of his four shots in the quarter, made a fall-away jump shot from the top of the key and got fouled in the process. After the free throw, the Lakers were within two points with 1:43 to play in the game. At the one-minute mark, the Lakers trailed by only one, as the chase was on.

Then, Wesley Johnson stepped forward and made a crucial steal on Harden before finishing at the rim and completing the three-point play. With the play, the Lakers took a two-point lead that they would never relinquish.

Bryant would finish with a game-high 29 points, and the Lakers won 98-92. Next, LA will travel to Dallas in the hopes to sweep the road trip. 

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Hopes Lakers "Suck Forever"]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:29:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban2.jpg

What does Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban think about the struggling Los Angeles Lakers franchise? He wants it to stay that way - forever.

In a radio interview with NBC4's Fred Roggin on The Beast 980, Cuban shared his thoughts about several topics in the world of sports, including the competitive balance in the NBA.

Asked if the deep-pocket Lakers, who were 1-9 before the start of Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, should change their strategy to acquiring marquee players, Cuban had this to say:

"As far as the Lakers, I think there's going to be a lot of teams that are going to be focusing and saying, 'Look, I've got a ton of cap room. Free agent A, B and C, why don't you guys come together and come play for me?' LA has always been considered a destination, so maybe they feel that's a valid strategy. I don't know. But you know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever."

Cuban may have crushed the hearts of Laker fans, but he was careful not to step on Kobe Bryant's toes.

Citing the advancement of medical science and the benefits of diets, Cuban said he thinks the aging franchise player is "young" at 36.

"Even though Kobe's got a lot of mileage on his body, he's not what we would consider old anymore," Cuban said. "Kobe is still going to be a beast because he's just got that mental fortitude and that desire to win."

The Fred Roggin Show interview can be heard on The Beast 980’s website, by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Josh Shaw Cleared to Play Football for USC]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:29:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lafile-usc-football-player-josh-shaw.jpg

Josh Shaw has been cleared to play football for USC after prosecutors declined to files criminal charges against him, the school's athletic director announced Tuesday.

Shaw, a senior defensive back and co-captain, had been suspended since he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles in a preseason fall.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said that it will not file domestic charges against Shaw after he jumped from a balcony following an argument with his girlfriend in late August.

USC also conducted its own internal investigation of Shaw.

"Based on these investigations and their conclusions, and the 10-game suspension Josh has served for code of conduct violations, we have made the decision to reinstate him," said USC athletic director Pat Haden.

Haden said coach Steve Sarkisian can decide whether to use Shaw in the Trojans' final two games of the regular season.

"I’ve welcomed Josh Shaw back to the team. I’m now in the process of evaluating how Josh can contribute to the team’s success," Sarkisian said in a statement Tuesday.

The No. 19 Trojans (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) will play their crosstown rivals, the No. 9 UCLA Bruins, on Saturday.

The Trojans likely could use Shaw's help in their patchwork secondary, where Shaw's absence has forced the Trojans to use untested youngsters.

USC's starting cornerbacks are junior Kevon Seymour - Shaw's roommate - and rising freshman Adoree Jackson, while underclassmen Chris Hawkins, John Plattenburg, Leon McQuay III and Jonathan Lockett have received extensive playing time along with senior safety Gerald Bowman.

But Shaw hasn't practiced with the Trojans since training camp, and it's unclear whether he is in game shape, let alone fully versed in the Trojans' defensive playbook.

With several years of heavy NCAA sanctions finally nearing an end, USC strived to stay out of the district attorney's investigation to avoid any suggestion that the school was influencing the process. The school also reportedly worried that Shaw's legal representation could complicate his eligibility, but apparently decided those concerns were unfounded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Candlestick Seats Torn Out, Piled Up All Over Stadium]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:21:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/candlestick-chairs.jpg

Last year, the 49ers began selling pairs of Candlestick Park seats, giving first priority to season ticket holders.

Judging by the pictures captured by NBC Bay Area's helicopter on Monday, the supply has outweighed demand. Hundreds of discarded seats could be seen piled all over the place inside the now-defunct stadium.

Also on Monday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee revealed the future of Candlestick, the site of which is slated to become an "urban outlet" mall, featuring an African diaspora-themed market, movie theaters and 6,000 homes.

Proceeds from the chair that were sold were to benefit San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department youth programs.

Demolition of the storied venue is expected to begin this winter.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Get "Swaggy P" Back Vs. Hawks]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:50:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Nick-Young-returning-Lakers-at-Hawks.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers have started the 2014-15 season 1-9 and are desperate for an infusion of energy to resuscitate the season. With a challenging three-game road trip kicking off on Tuesday night in Atlanta, the Lakers will finally have Nick Young available against the Hawks.

Young, who led the Lakers in scoring in 2013-14, underwent thumb surgery after suffering a fracture in training camp. With Kobe Bryant unable to play for all but six games of the 2013-14 season, Young led the Lakers with 17.9 points per game and even hit the 40-point mark on a couple occasions.

"Swaggy P" can score -- fact.

Whether drawing laughs in the locker room or drawing fouls on the basketball court, Young adds spirit and chemistry to a team that desperately needs it. His fun personality is infectious, and his scoring ability is essential for the Lakers to lighten the load on Bryant. Through 10 games, Young has been sorely missed in practice and in games.

"He's an energy giver. He's one of those guys when he's on the floor and in practice, there's a lot of energy and he enjoys the game," Lakers coach Byron Scott said on Tuesday morning. "He enjoys a certain passion that you have to enjoy being around. He's not an energy taker. That's a plus. Obviously, the fact that he can beat people off the dribble and create shots for himself and create shots for his teammates. All of those things help as well. I'm anxious to see him out there."

Young will make his return off the bench, a role he played for the majority of the 2013-14 season. Whether he moves into the starting unit remains to be seen, but the 29-year-old expects to play alongside Bryant for long stretches. While other Lakers may not be willing to pry the ball away from Bryant, Young has a history of shooting regardless of who else is on the court.

As odd as it may sound, the Lakers are desperate for a guy who will not look to pass the ball to Bryant. Young is definitely that guy, and the Lakers could have used him 10 games earlier.

The Lakers and Atlanta Hawks tip-off at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Rice in China to Promote NFL]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:33:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/rice-horz.jpg

San Francisco 49ers legendary wide receiver and NFL Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice is in China trying to entice the world's most-populous country to tune into NFL football on every given Sunday, according to reports.

An NBC News crew captured Rice in the moment in Beijing, where NFL officials are "demystifying the game" by "putting footballs in [Chinese peoples'] hands."

On Sunday, Rice put on a clinic, which one young fan described as "the greatest football experience of my life."

There is also already a flag football league in Beijing, but NBC noted the country is "with little history of contact sports like American football."

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<![CDATA[Canseco May Sell His Shot Finger, Gun on eBay]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:57:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jose-Canseco-1.jpg

Jose Canseco says he's parting with his finger forever — for a price.

The former major leaguer tweeted Monday that he'll sell his detached digit, along with the gun with which he accidentally shot it off. He tweeted last week that the operation to reattach the finger had failed, and it had fallen off during a poker game.

Canseco said he is also selling the chrome-plated .45-caliber handgun he was cleaning when he accidentally shot off the middle finger on his left hand.

In a series of tweets posted Friday afternoon, Canseco said his finger fell off during a poker game Thursday night, even after he had it surgically reattached. (Warning: The below tweets might seem disturbing to some.)

Canseco was apparently unaware that a bullet was in the chamber when he was cleaning the gun, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Mark Reddon told NBC News.

"It was a serious hand injury," but not a serious medical injury, Reddon said. "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Canseco began his long major-league career in the 1980s with the Oakland Athletics before going on to play for the Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and other teams.

He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career. After retiring, he also competed in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Tony Hawk Rides Hoverboard]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:28:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-17+at+3.26.35+PM.png

The hoverboard is reality, and Tony Hawk has taken a spin on it.

The pro skateboarder tested the $10,000 prototype Hendo Hoverboard after husband and wife Greg and Jill Henderson launched a Kickstarter to fund it. 

In the video, Hawk performs a few tricks on the board, which hovers an inch off the ground and uses magnets, though he also ends up falling several times.

Hawk had caught attention for another hoverboard video earlier this year — a fake video made by Funny or Die that featured the skateboarder, musician Moby and others riding boards high into the sky, in a prank for which Hawk eventually apologized.  

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<![CDATA[Storied Stadium to "Urban Outlet" ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:19:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/candlestick-edt-454299290_10.jpg

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Monday unveiled the future of the now-defunct Candlestick Park, in what developers hope will be an "urban outlet" mall, featuring an African diaspora-themed market, movie theaters and 6,000 homes - despite some objections from lower income residents who fear the gentrification of their neighborhood.

"I am overjoyed," Lee said at a news conference. "As painstaking as it was to have the Niners leave us on this stadium...We are now ready."

Candlestick Park, built in the 1950s, was decommissioned after the 49ers football team left the San Francisco stadium, nicknamed the 'Stick, for a new $1.2 billion stadium nearly 40 miles south in Santa Clara earlier this year.

Demolition of the storied venue is expected to begin this winter.

The new Candlestick development project, which is expected to largely be completed by 2017, is a partnership between Miami-based real estate developer Lennar Corp. and shopping mall operator, Macerich.

The hope for the former 49ers football stadium is to create a 500,000-square-foot “urban outlet” shopping center, which may resemble a shopping center much like Santana Row in San Jose. In a statement, Lennar and Macerich said the project is expected to create more than 3,000 permanent jobs and build 6,000 homes.  The Wall Street Journal estimated the cost would be more than $200 million.

“Rebuilding and redeveloping Candlestick and The Shipyard is helping us deliver on our promise to make sure San Francisco remains a city where families at all levels of the economic spectrum can succeed,” Lee said. “This is an important milestone in our revitalization efforts in this important community and we are bringing housing, jobs, parks, open space and economic growth through this public-private partnership and laying the groundwork for more housing for our low and middle income families.”

But Hunters' Point resident Espanola Jackson is worried that Gucci- and Armani-type stores will make her low-income neighborhood unaffordable. "This is not being built for the people here," she said. "It's being built for those people coming here."

Construction has already been underway in parts of the San Francisco's Hunters Point Naval shipyard.

Candlestick Point developers promised that 50 percent of the jobs will go to those living in Hunters Point, and they expect to demolish the park in about four months.

In a joint statement, the developers said that Candlestick Point will be one of the largest urban mixed-use projects in the United States, the companies said in a joint statement.  In addition to the "urban outlet" component, it will feature a diversity of commercial offerings, including neighborhood retailers, a restaurant village, an African diaspora-themed marketplace, movie theaters, a performance venue and hotel.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Roggin's Heroes: Week 11]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:45:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/roggins+heroes+logo+challenge.jpg Watch the best of the best in Southern California high school football highlights. Video broadcast Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 on NBC4.]]> <![CDATA[Three-Headed Monster]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:45:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/220*120/11-17-2014-crespi-challenge.jpg With the NFL taking to the air in recent years, college and high school programs have also adopted a pass-first approach. Still, no one can argue against a punishing ground attack, which is how one local high school is getting it done with a three-headed monster. Mario Solis has more in the Challenge Spotlight presented by Dodge on Sunday Nov. 16, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Lakers' Coach Upset After Loss]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:35:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Byron-Scott-Angry-11-17-14.jpg

The lousy Los Angeles Lakers have an angry coach.

Byron Scott was not happy after his team allowed the Golden State Warriors to score 136 points in a lopsided defeat on Sunday night at Staples Center. Ominously, Scott repeated "I'm getting close" twice in response to questions about making changes.

"We have some guys right now--because of some of the injuries that we have--that feel that they're almost entitled because they got to play," Scott said after the game. "Well, we're losing anyway, so I ain't got to play you."

The coach's primary gripe was the team's lack of effort, and his patience with his players was beginning to run thin.

"To me, that was a lack of effort," Scott said. "Just getting back in transition, our guys were jogging. [I] showed it to them at halftime. [I] wasn't really happy about it. We can't win that way."

At one point, the coach's frustrations got the better of him, and he even slipped out a curse word before apologizing repeatedly.

"And I have more patience, probably, than anybody, but I can't sit there and watch players that are not playing hard—period," Scott clarified his message. "You either got to suck it up and play harder or sit over there [on the bench] with us."

Scott promised that he would take dramatic steps on Tuesday in Atlanta. Although he did not expect to change his starting lineup, the Lakers' coach promised to shorten his leash and assume anyone not running hard was too tired to be on the court.

"Maybe some guys can't go eight, nine, 10 minutes straight," Scott made his thinly veiled threat. "Maybe it's two or three [minutes]. I don’t know, but if I see--in my eyes--that you're not giving that effort, then, I'll just pull guys out."

Scott said the locker room was quiet after the game. He expressed his message at halftime, but nothing changed in the second half. With nine losses in 10 games, the Lakers need anything to shock life into the season.

Scott pronging the starters with threats of being pulled may bring about a change to the life of the ball club. More likely, though, that morale boost--if it comes at all--will arrive with the personality, both on-court and off-court, of Nick Young, who expects to make his season debut on Tuesday in Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Kobe Bryant Scores 44 Points, Lakers Still Lose]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:57:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Warriors-Kobe-Bryant.jpg

Kobe Bryant was sick entering Sunday's home game against the Golden State Warriors, but everyone wearing purple and gold at Staples Center felt ill by the time the final buzzer sounded. The Los Angeles Lakers lost 136-115, and even that score was flattering to the Lakers' defensive performance. 

The thirty-six-year-old shooting guard played with remarkable aggression and scored 44 points in three quarters of work, but his effort was not matched by his Los Angeles Lakers teammates on either end of the court.

In the first quarter, Bryant led the Lakers with 17 points, but the home team trailed by as many as 19 points. With that, the tone was set early. Bryant would score often, but the Warriors would score twice as often.

At the half, Bryant already had 28 points. He had launched 24 shots at that point, but the Warriors' lead hovered into the 20-point range. When the Lakers walked into the locker room, the final result was hardly in question. The Warriors were on their way to a comfortable victory, and the Lakers were about to mark their 10th game of the season with their ninth night to forget.

After 24 minutes, the Lakers had been unable to find any way to slow down Stephen Curry and the Warriors' offense. Curry had 13 points and nine assists at the intermission, and he would finish with 30 points and 15 assists despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.

Along with making five three-pointers, the Warriors' point guard put on a passing display that could easily be cut into a coaching segment designed to teach students how to play the position.

"[Curry]'s the best in the NBA right now at that position," after the game, Warriors' coach Steve Kerr said.

Bryant, who put on another individual scoring clinic, continued to target the basket in the third period without truly impacting the outcome of the game. He added another 16 points in the quarter. Unfortunately, his team continued to falter on the defensive end. Outside of Bryant, only Jordan Hill, 15 points, had even reached double figures in scoring.

The Lakers lacked balance offensively and, quite offensively, lacked defense.

After three quarters, both coaches pulled their starters. Bryant had more than half of the Lakers' points when he left the game at the end of the third quarter. He had 44 points on 15-34 shooting, 44 percent, and the other Lakers had 35 points on 12-44 shooting, 27 percent.

Had he played the fourth quarter, which would have been pointless, he would likely have hit a half-century and would have had a crack at a 60-point game. In his 19th season of chasing history with every shot, Bryant was hardly shy when it came to shooting, but the Warriors were hardly bothered by Bryant's scoring.

Lakers' coach Byron Scott threw in the towel with 12 minutes to play, as the Warriors were up by 36 points and had led by as many as 38 points. As has been the case far too often this season, the final score was an afterthought.

The Lakers fell to 1-9 on the season. Next, the team plays in Atlanta on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Nick Young expects to play his first game of the season, so at least, there is that to look forward to.


Notes: Ryan Kelly only played 5:25 before leaving with a hamstring issue. The second-year forward has been plagued with hamstring issues and has only featured three games this season. Former Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal was in attendance and sat on the court. Bryant came over and greeted his former teammate before the game and after the game. The Lakers handed out Elgin Baylor jerseys to fans, and the former Lakers' great was honored at halftime.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 11]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:04:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/458986756.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the eleventh week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Reggie Wayne Talks Special Bond With T. Y. Hilton]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:30:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-16+at+2.09.54+PM.jpg Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, now in his 14th season, has mentored third year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who's an emerging star in the league. The players discuss their special bond ahead of the Colts- New England Patriots showdown Sunday night. ]]> <![CDATA[Canseco Says Shot Finger Fell Off]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:47:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jose-canseco-getty.jpg

Jose Canseco’s struggle with his shot finger continues.

The former baseball star accidentally shot himself in the finger while cleaning what authorities say was a large-caliber handgun last month, but in a recent series of tweets, Canseco says the procedure to save his finger apparently didn’t work.

In the tweets, he details how his finger fell off Thursday night during a poker game.

(Warning: The below tweets might seem disturbing to some)

Canseco shot a finger on his left hand, apparently unaware that a bullet was in the chamber, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Mark Reddon said.

"It was a serious hand injury," but not a serious medical injury, Reddon told NBC News. "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Canseco began his long major league career in the 1980s playing for the Oakland Athletics, before going on to play for the Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and other teams.

He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career and after retiring also competed in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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<![CDATA[Japanese Fan Salutes Dodgers' Drew Butera With Awesome Sign]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:19:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*123/453603816.jpg

Drew Butera is part of the team currently in Japan for the "Japan All-Star Series", a.k.a., Major League Baseball's version of the Pro Bowl.

And, if you're not a die hard fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, or of the backup catcher, you've never heard of Drew Butera.

But, thanks to MLB's Cut4 Twitter feed we now know exactly who Drew Butera is thanks to this fan, in Japan, with a Colorado Rockies hat on.



It doesn't make any sense, but it's exactly right.

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<![CDATA[Clayton Kershaw, the Ballplayer, Wins MVP Award]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:14:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/187*120/mvp.jpg

Clayton Kershaw is not a pitcher. He’s a baseball player.

Sure, the 26-year-old won a third Cy Young Award this year for his pitching, and most people will say his mound work is why, Thursday, he won his first Most Valuable Player Award; the first National League pitcher to win both in the same season since Bob Gibson in 1968 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kershaw led the NL in just about every major traditional and sabermetrics stat you could think of for a pitcher. But, you ask any Dodger this past season who their best player was, and I’d bet you $240 million they would all say Clayton Kershaw.

How could that be when he only played in 27 games? Well, those 27 games were the difference between the Dodgers collecting playoff bonuses and being the Padres.

During the 2014 regular season Kershaw did what the best athletes in every sport do for their teams. He terrorized opponents with his all-around game. Pitchers don’t go first-to-third on a single to center against a guy who has a rocket for a right arm. A ballplayer does.

For most pitchers, a popup bunt five feet from home plate is either a foul ball, or the catcher’s responsibility. Kershaw turned one into a rally-killing, double play.

And, the lumbering lefty showed that in crucial moments he can swing it.

Those plays are not from a pitcher who shows up every fifth day, hits his 95-pitch count and calls it a day until the next charter flight into the off-season.

They’re the feats of a ballplayer. Kershaw showed his mettle to the extent that even Pirates and Marlins fans have refrained from blowing up Twitter saying Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton got robbed.

It took 46 years for another NL pitcher to be named league MVP. As far as I’m concerned the clock’s still ticking. Just like Mike Trout in the American League, the best ballplayer in the Senior Circuit in 2014 walked away with the trophy.

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<![CDATA[NFLer's Parents Slam Cops on Arrest]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:25:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/familyMcDonald.jpg

The parents of 49ers football player Ray McDonald spoke publicly for the first time since prosecutors decided not to charge the defensive end with felony domestic violence, criticizing the police for the information they released, saying it caused their 30-year-old son to get "slaughtered by the lynch mob."

Speaking to NBC Bay Area by phone on Friday, LaBrina McDonald said she and her husband, Ray McDonald Sr., were tired of keeping quiet. McDonald Sr. said the police released information in "bits and pieces" to make everyone think that his son "attacked" his pregnant girlfriend when "that was totally wrong." He chastised the police, saying they didn't have the "full facts."

"We are a very close family and we come from a close knit community," added LaBrina McDonald. "And we know our son. To hear and read all those things that folks are saying and prejudging — it's heart-breaking. We had to grit our teeth and bite our tongues until this was all done and over."

The San Jose police responded to media requests for a response to the criticism Friday by issuing a three-paragraph statement citing the mandatory disclosure of the California Public Records Act, which include police reports.

"Based on the overwhelming request by various media outlets for police records regarding the Ray McDonald case, the San Jose Police Department complied with state law," police said.

The statement also added that police are "very cautious and sensitive about the information we provide to the media and the public because we do not want to interfere with an active and ongoing investigation. Many times we are precluded from sharing very intimate details about an investigation because we must allow the investigators to conduct their followup investigations."

The McDonalds decided to speak out after the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced Monday that it wouldn't prosecute the 49er, who was arrested Aug. 31 after a birthday party he threw himself at his San Jose home.

The police news release at the time cited "visible injuries" to a woman officers accused McDonald of harming, but an internal DA memo released this week showed there was "insufficient evidence" and conflicting testimony to charge him with any crime.

There was indeed a fight, the prosecutors noted, where McDonald told his then 10-weeks-pregnant girlfriend she was an "unfit mother." But when the punch flew, both McDonald and the woman said she threw it, according to the document.

McDonald "grabbed her neck" to remove her from the house, which "resulted in a visible injury," the memo says. The action was used to restrain her, according to the documents. She told police that she was "fighting back." The prosecutor's memo describes the injuries as "seemingly minor" and characterizes the fight as a scuffle, "rather than an attack."

"He only restrained her," Ray McDonald Sr. said. "That was it."

Neither parent would not comment on their son's relationship with the woman at the center of the fight. They would not identify her, and would not answer whether she and their son still intended to get married. "You'll have to ask Ray," LaBrina McDonald said.

Ray McDonald told CSNBayArea that he was "doing stuff to try to better our relationship... because we do care about each other, love each other."

It was the "visible injuries" line that irks the McDonald parents, who own an insurance company in Florida and have one other child, a 32-year-old daughter.

"This basically led the public to believe that he hit or attacked her," the family said in a statement first issued to the Mercury News. "The fact that no additional information was given in this press release, in our opinion was very irresponsible and leads us to question the integrity of the ranking individuals that approved this press release."

READ: Ray McDonald Parents Statement on San Jose Police

NBC Bay Area was the second news outlet to obtain that statement and also an exclusive video interview with both parents from the airport on Friday as the couple was heading to Jamaica to celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary.

LaBrina McDonald said that it was hard as a mother to watch her son's name be tarnished — a son she described as laidback, a "big teddy bear," a "Mama's boy," and a talented piano player. 

Since she's a "big talker," LaBrina McDonald said it was especially hard for her not to tell her friends what happened from her son's point of view that night. Ray McDonald Sr. said it was his son who counseled them "to be patient," saying that soon, "the truth will come out."

For the McDonald parents, they are only too happy that there were no charges filed against their son.

"He's a loving person," LaBrina McDonald said. "Just because he makes a lot of money and is a defensive lineman doesn't mean he's a bad person." 

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<![CDATA[Struggling Lakers Host Solid Spurs]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:43:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Spurs-Kobe-Bryant-Tim-Duncan.jpg

Entering Friday night's game at Staples Center, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant have nearly a season worth of individual duels to reference. By the end of this 2014-15 season, Bryant and Duncan will have met 81 times, which is only one game shy of a full NBA regular season.

That type of record speaks to the pair's longevity as much as it does to their greatness.

Two years older than Bryant, Duncan entered the NBA one year after the Lakers' star. From 1997 to 2014, the duo has combined for 10 NBA titles and 13 NBA Finals appearances. Over the 17 full seasons that both Bryant and Duncan have been in the league, the NBA Finals have only failed to include either the Spurs or the Lakers four times.

What makes that accomplishment all the more remarkable is that the Spurs and Lakers both play in the Western Conference, so that means that only one of them could go to the NBA Finals in a given season. 

On Friday night, though, the Lakers and Spurs are on different ends of the spectrum, but Bryant and Duncan are still worth the price of admission. At 36 years of age, Bryant leads the NBA in scoring by averaging 27.5 points per game. A slim 38-year-old Duncan continues to average a double-double with 14.7 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, as the Spurs are coming off consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals.

As much as Friday night may be about the Lakers desperately seeking their second win of the year and the Spurs seeking their third straight win of the young season, it is about watching two of the greatest players to ever play the game go head-to-head yet again.

Polar opposites with regards to personality off the court, Duncan and Bryant are two of fiercest competitors the sport has ever seen. On Friday night, Duncan and the Spurs tip off against Bryant and the Lakers for the 78th time at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

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<![CDATA[Patriots' N-Word Thank You Tweet ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:00:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/New+England+Patriots+Twitter+N+Word.jpg

The New England Patriots is apologizing after its Twitter account publicly thanked a user whose handle contained a racial slur. 

As the team was thanking its one million Twitter followers with automated digital custom jerseys, a Twitter account containing the N-word also received a jersey.

The Patriots have since deleted the tweet, and the account with the N-word has since been deleted.

The team also apologized to fans shortly after as the tweet went viral.



NECN reached out to the New England Patriots for comment and have not yet heard back. 

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<![CDATA[Dodgers' Kershaw Wins NL Cy Young Award]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:21:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/kersh+4.jpg

For the second year in a row, and the third time in the last four years, Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has won the National League Cy Young Award.

The 26-year-old led the NL in wins (21), ERA (1.77), complete games (6), WHIP (0.857), strikeouts per nine innings (10.8) and ERA+ (197). ERA+ is a pitcher's adjusted earned run average based on the stadium they pitch in. 100 is the average and the higher the number above the average, the better the pitcher's season.

Kershaw was also second in the league in strikeouts (239) and second in opponents batting average (.196).

He also threw his first career no-hitter.

It was one of the most dominant regular seasons in the modern era. I had to specify "regular season" because the year came crashing to an end during the NLDS when the St. Louis Cardinals treated Keshaw like that European rocket "Philae" on the comet it landed on: they caught up to him, planted their feet and took him for a ride. In 12 2/3 innings over two outings, Kershaw gave up 11 earned runs.

Despite that, he could very well be named the league's Most Valuable Player when the award is announced Thursday.

And, it's not until next year that the Texas native starts to collect on his seven-year, $215 million contract.

At the rate Kershaw's going, the Dodgers may have gotten him on the cheap.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Lose to Pelicans, Fall to 1-7]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:48:55 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Pelicans_Anthony-Davis-Kobe-Bryant-duel.jpg

Leading up to Wednesday's contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans, the pregame talk revolved around 21-year-old electric athlete Anthony Davis.

It took Kobe Bryant all of one quarter to remind everyone why he still deserves top billing. En route to 14 points in the opening period, Bryant hit three straight three-pointers. Down by seven points early, Bryant put on a cape and rescued the Lakers. At the end of the first quarter, the Lakers led by two points despite shooting under 35 percent from the field.

Davis played his part, too. By halftime, the third-year super stud had 13 points and six rebounds.

In the third quarter, the Lakers' tired legs began to show. In a flash, the Pelicans got out to running and stretched the lead to double digits, as playing on the second night of a back-to-back began to show. Throughout the night, the Lakers failed to defend their goal and gave the home side too many easy looks inside. When the final buzzer rang, the Pelicans had 26 more points in the paint than the Lakers.

With the Lakers losing steam, Bryant tried to play hero again in the second half. This time, however, he was unable to conjure the level of magic. Bryant and the Lakers trailed by 13 points after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the Pelicans ran away with the contest. The lead would grow to 20 points, and even a couple highlight plays from Bryant had no impact on the outcome. With Ronnie Price ejected due to a hard foul above the neck, Bryant came back early and logged 36 minutes before being pulled late in the fourth quarter. The final score of 109-102 sounded closer than the second half actually was.

Bryant finished with 33 points, five assists and four rebounds, and he should remain top of the NBA in the scoring category. Davis finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, and he should retain his place at the top of the NBA in both rebounding and blocks.

The Lakers fell to 1-7 on the season and 0-4 on the road. Next, the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs come to Staples Center on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Hernandez Trial Move Denied]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:57:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/b5be81e2cbc24dfe9245749f34341294.jpg

A judge has denied a motion by defense lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez seeking to change the location of his trial, saying there is no reason to believe he won't be able to get a fair trial in the Boston area.

Hernandez's attorneys had argued that pre-trial publicity would make it hard for the former football star to get a fair trial in Bristol County. They said the jury pool had been "poisoned" by prejudicial pretrial publicity and suggested moving the trial "outside the Boston media market" to  Hampden County or Worcester County.

However, Judge E. Susan Garsh disagreed with the arguments made by Hernandez's attorneys.

"Hernandez has not demonstrated by a solid foundation of fact that there exists in Bristol County so great a prejudice against him that he cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial there," Garsh said in her ruling. "Nothing about the polling proffered by the defendant provides any reason to believe that impaneling a jury in Worcester or Hampden County would be any more or less difficult.

"The reality is that the extensive media coverage of this case is not driven by local media or by any particular local interest," the judge added. "Because the defendant is an athlete from a nationally prominent professional football team, the case is of interest to people across the state, New England, ann the country."

Garsh said the court will reconsider its ruling if, during jury selection, it becomes apparent that it will not be possible to pick "a fair and impartial jury" in Bristol County.

Hernandez is set to go on trial in January for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Boy Breaks All Kinds of Track Records]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:09:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/trackstar.JPG Ezra Frech is a 9 year old who has broken all sorts of track records. His poise and heart leave people in awe, especially after realizing the hurdles he's had to clear. Mario Solis reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Laker Ellington's Dad Shot Dead]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:56:03 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Wayne-Ellington-Newest.jpg

The father of Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. was shot and killed in the Germantown section of Philadelphia Sunday night.

Police responding to a car crash on the 5200 block of Marion Street just after 8 p.m. found a 57-year-old man in the driver’s seat of a 2001 Oldsmobile. The vehicle had struck two parked cars on the street, according to investigators.

The man was bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. Police rushed the victim to the Einstein Medical Center,where he died early Monday.

NBC10 confirmed Tuesday that the victim was Wayne Ellington Sr., the father of NBA player and Los Angeles Laker Wayne Ellington Jr.

“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington Jr. said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

No arrests have been made in his father's murder. Police continue to investigate.

The Lakers' general manager Mitch Kupchak also released a statement on the shooting.

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate," Kupchak wrote. "Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”

Ellington Jr., 26, was granted an indefinite leave of absence. It's unknown when he will rejoin the team.

Ellington Jr. was born in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and attended Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro as well as Episcopal Academy in Merion.

He played college basketball for North Carolina and led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship in 2009 during his junior year. He was also named the tournament's most outstanding player.

He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009. He has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and most recently, the Los Angeles Lakers. 

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