<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:17:40 -0800 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:17:40 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hornets Swarm Lakers 104-103]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:05:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jeremy-Lin-Lakers.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their three-game road trip with a 104-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. In a fiery game that started out as a competitive contest, the Lakers did not return for the second half with the correct level of sharpness, rallied back in the fourth quarter but ultimately threw the game away late.

For the first half, Lakers guards Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson helped LA to 50 points. Lin led the team with six assists at the intermission, and Clarkson led LA in scoring with 11 points at halftime. Carlos Boozer managed 10 points and eight rebounds, which would eventually lead to the forward's 10th double-double of the season.

For the Hornets, Al Jefferson lived up to his well-earned reputation and led all scorers with 13 points at the break. Mo Williams, who has been a catalyst for the Hornets since joining the team at the trade deadline, matched fellow backcourt mate Gerald Henderson with seven points and four assists.

With the game tied at 50-50, the Lakers came out flat and fell behind by double digits. Henderson led the home side with eight points in the third quarter, but all five of the Hornets' starters made at least one basket in the period.

Down 11 points less than five minutes into the second half, the Lakers fought back to trim the lead to only four points by the end of the third quarter. Clarkson, Boozer and Lin led the rally and combined for 14 of the Lakers' 20 points in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Lakers earned another boost from Lin. The Lakers' backup point guard took the initiative early in the period to keep the Lakers close and even tie the game a couple times. However, Lin wasn't perfect. He committed three horrendous errors--the last of which took the air out of the Lakers' late rally.

Clarkson, who returned to the game with slightly fewer than four minutes remaining, got a couple open looks from behind the three-point line, but the rookie could not hit. Lin's late trio of turnovers combined with Clarkson's long-range misses hurt the Lakers' chances and lost the game ultimately.

Eventually, the one-point loss only looked that close due to late missed free throws by the Hornets and a futile made three-pointer by Lin at the final buzzer.

On the whole, both Lin and Clarkson played well. Clarkson finished with 19 points and four assists, while Lin led all scorers with 23 points and added eight assists and six rebounds. Boozer finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds despite not playing any of the fourth quarter.

Next, the Lakers play the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Hit Road, Hornets on Tuesday]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:39:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-hit-road-Charlotte.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers took an early flight to North Carolina on Monday morning to prepare for a daunting three-game road trip that involves the Lakers playing in three different cities over four nights.

First up, the Lakers meet the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday evening. At 24-33, the Hornets boast a considerably better record than the Lakers (16-42), but the Hornets have only won six games against the Western Conference. Tuesday's game in Charlotte promises to be competitive even if the Lakers enter with only 10 healthy bodies. Nick Young's status is listed as questionable, but considering he has yet to practice or even take part in shootaround, the natural scorer will likely sit out Tuesday's contest.

If Young misses Tuesday's game, he will have missed four games due to a sore left knee. The Lakers are 2-1 without their sixth man following the All-Star break.

After Tuesday's game wraps up, the Lakers will catch a flight to Miami and arrive in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Wednesday night, the Lakers and "El Heat" will meet in a Noche Latina contest that will feature Miami's Latin themed jerseys. Even with Chris Bosh out, Goran Dragic and the Heat do not promise any gifts to the Lakers. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back and shorthanded, the Lakers would be lucky to stay competitive in South Beach.

To cap off the road trip, the Lakers will turn up in Memphis to face the hometown Grizzlies. The Memphis Grizzlies may not create headlines off the court, but on the court, only two teams have better records in the NBA this season: Golden State and Atlanta. The Grizzlies may not draw huge ratings, but Memphis is dominating the regular season and built for the playoffs. Seeing the Grizzlies in the NBA Finals would not be a shock to anyone who has seen this team in action.

Before Miami and Memphis, however, the Lakers will tip off their three-game road trip in Charlotte on Tuesday evening. Since it is an East Coast game, the Lakers and Grizzlies will start the clock at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.



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<![CDATA[Photos From MLB Spring Training 2015]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:22:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mlb-thumb-AP295592811108_3.jpg See photos from Major League Baseball's 2015 spring training as teams ramp up for the upcoming season.

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<![CDATA[Avid Fans Gather for Chargers Stadium Meeting]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:22:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chargers+fans+at+public+forum.jpg

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer read to a group of students at Balboa Park Monday morning to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The mayor read "Oh The Place You’ll Go" to a group of elementary school students.

If only financing a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers could be that easy. But on Monday, Faulconer’s stadium advisory group heard many ideas from fans at a public meeting at Qualcomm Stadium.

Though a rally was scheduled for 5 p.m., enthusiastic fans got it started early with chants of "Save our Bolts" in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. The blue and gold-clad supporters filled the lot with signs, Bolts gear and costumes to show how much they want the Chargers to stay in San Diego.

Former Charger Nick Hardwick was out there leading the cheers.

The meeting with the group lasted two and a half hours with a long line of speakers allowed 90 seconds each. While the committee may walk away with a handful of ideas, they were more than assured of San Diegans' passion for their team.

"I don't got a great plan. I don't got the solution. All I got is a lot of spirit, want to show it want everyone in here to feel it," saad Ryan Read.

Others came with a plan. Anthony Moratta told the group he spent a month on his that would "generate revenue in the billions of dollars for here." 

The fans were asked to weigh in on two categories: stadium location — either Mission Valley or downtown — and stadium financing ideas.

One fan suggested there should be a $3 surcharge on everything, from ticket sales to concessions.

"We're determined to make sure this team doesn't leave. We're all fighting together to send a message to the NFL, to the city, to the Chargers, that San Diego's not the place you want to leave and this city is ready to fight for its team," said David Agranoff with SaveOurChargers.org.

But will the fans opinions carry much weight as the advisory committee works to come up with a plan within a self-imposed 90-day time frame?

“Most important for me, is that we have a plan with real numbers attached to it. That’s what’s been missing in this dialogue for the last 10 years,” said Faulconer.



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<![CDATA[Is Lin a Good Fit For Lakers?]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:25:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jeremy-Lin-3-3-15.jpg

Jeremy Lin has not always covered himself in glory since joining the Los Angeles Lakers via trade in the summer of 2014. Playing next to Kobe Bryant proved to be a challenge for the 26-year-old, and his worst night came against his hometown Golden State Warriors on Nov. 16 when he finished with zero points in 22 minutes.

For the first 20 games of the season, Lin started every game and averaged 11.9 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game. Although Lin shot 46 percent from the field, he turned the ball over 2.7 times per game and never quite looked comfortable next to Bryant in the backcourt.

Lin's move to the bench did not exactly instill confidence in the point guard, and his play suffered. In his first 33 games off the pine, Lin's production and minutes dipped. Lin averaged only 8.9 points to go along with 4.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game. In only 22.2 minutes per game, the point guard averaged 2.1 turnovers per game as a backup for Ronnie Price and, later, for rookie Jordan Clarkson.

Entering the All-Star break with the Lakers stumbling to a 13-40 record, Lin did not look like a guy the Lakers would look to re-sign. However, a week off provided the Torrance-born kid new perspective on his basketball life. Following the break, Lin looks like the player the Lakers hoped for when they made the trade to acquire him.

In the five games following the break, Lin is averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Adding to the growth in stats, Lin is averaging 0.6 turnovers per game and has yet to commit more than one statistical error in a game.

To reward Lin's improved production and efficiency, Lakers coach Byron Scott provided the Harvard graduate with added minutes, especially in the fourth quarter.

"The ball is given to me basically every possession of the fourth quarter," Lin said after Sunday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I'm the quarterback of everything going on. Wasn't able to get the job done."

While Lin did not lead LA to victory on Sunday, his 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds helped LA keep the scoreline respectable. In two of the Lakers' last four games, Lin has been the best player of the team. Lin probably made that case twice in the first 50 games of the season. However, if he manages to continue on this level of form, the Lakers may start thinking the point guard may be worth bringing back next season.

If Lin can quarterback the Lakers down the stretch and show consistency for the final 24 games, the Lakers may be wise to bring back Lin, even if it is only to play in a backup role. If nothing else, Lin is about the only Lakers' point guard not to get injured over that past three years.

While not alone in playing for his future, Lin has been afforded a rare opportunity of playing point guard for the Lakers down the stretch. How he handles the extra pressure and responsibility should determine if Scott and the Lakers want Lin around beyond the current season.



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<![CDATA[DeLorean Time Machine Giveaway]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:07:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/GettyImages_52521392.jpg

Great Scott! One lucky museum-goer could own their very one "Back to the Future" DeLorean time machine, but there’s a catch.

“Back to the Future Part II” predicted the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015 and if that prediction holds true, one fan could become the owner of their very own DeLorean time machine automobile.

Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois, says it is prepared to give away a 1981 exhibition model DeLorean, valued at $85,000, should the Cubs become champions for the first time in more than 100 years, according to their website.

The year 2015 was depicted in the 1989 cult film "Back to the Future Part II," which saw Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly travel to the future, then back to the past (well, an alternate present, if you want to get technical), then really back to the past. For Cubs fans, the film’s bold World Series prediction has been something to look forward to.

The giveaway is part of a contest scheduled to begin March 21. The contest ends one day before the 2015 World Series game and anyone who visits the museum is eligible to win.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Stormed by Thunder]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:42:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Thunder-3-1-15.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakere came into Sunday's contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder with the possibility of extending their three-game winning streak to a season-high of four games. Even without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant available due to injuries, the Thunder had no interest in rolling over for the Lakers.

D.J. Augustin led the Thunder with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists to give the Thunder a slight cushion in the race for the playoffs. Westbrook underwent facial surgery after taking a blow to the face in Oklahoma City's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

With the stars out for the visitors, Serge Ibaka, Enes Kanter, Nick Collison and the Thunder's supporting cast stepped forward and took care of the lackluster Lakers.

To be fair to the Lakers, they were without Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Ronnie Price, Julius Randle and Steve Nash for Sunday's game. Young is the only player on the aforementioned list expected to return this season, as the Lakers' sixth man is suffering with a sore left knee.

When searching for positives in the loss, the Lakers did manage to continue sharing the ball. Jeremy Lin, in particular, continued his strong play following the All-Star break. Lin would finish as the Lakers' leading scorer and leading assist man with 20 points and eight assists to go along with six rebounds.

Starting shooting guard Wayne Ellington also continued his strong play by stepping up to help a short-handed and inexperienced backcourt. Ellington finished with 12 points, six assists and six rebounds to lead the starting unit.

As a team, however, the Lakers never found their groove on Sunday and never led in the contest. Although the Thunder did not gain true separation until the fourth quarter, the Lakers did not threaten the Thunder for the entire second half.

When the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read "Lakers 101, Thunder 108."

Next, the Lakers take an early Monday morning flight to Charlotte to play the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.



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<![CDATA[White Sox Legend Minnie Minoso Dies]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:59:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/minnie+minoso+sox.jpg

White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, affectionately known as the "Cuban Comet," died Saturday night at 90 years old.

Minoso died of natural causes related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The Cuban-born Minoso was the first black player for the South Side baseball team. He is a nine-time All-Star outfielder and Gold Glove winner.

Minoso made his debut at Comiskey Park in 1951, and his play time with the team spanned four decades. He was named as a candidate for induction into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2012 but was denied last year.

In tweet after his death, the White Sox said, "Minnie Minoso -- Mr. #WhiteSox -- has died. Tears of sadness are falling for a great man."

The Minoso family confirmed the death Sunday afternoon in a statement to the press.

"Minnie lived a full life of joy and happiness, surrounded always by friends and family," the family said. "It is during moments like these that love matters most. Minnie enjoyed nothing more than to be at the ballpark cheering on his White Sox. For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile."

Minoso appeared in a total of 1,835 career games over 17 major-league seasons with Cleveland, the White Sox, St. Louis and Washington.

Minoso's influence reached far beyond the baseball stadium. As the first black Major League player in Chicago, he served as an inspiration to countless young people, including President Barack Obama.

"Minnie may  have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of black and Latino young people, Minnie's quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could," the president said in a statement.

Governor Bruce Rauner called Minoso "a trailblazer, a leader and an extraordinary baseball player."

In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Minoso's "infectious enthusiasm forever solidified his place as a Chicago icon for the ages."

The Chicago Cubs also released a statement expressing their condolences for the White Sox.

"Having recently lost one of our all-time greats Ernie Banks, we share the heartache with the White Sox organization and fans everywhere who were blessed to enjoy the talent, heart and passion of Mr. White Sox," the North Side team said. "He will be forever known as an electric offensive player and great ambassador for the game of baseball."

According to the Chicago White Sox, Minoso once talked about wearing his Sox uniform till the day he died -- and even afterward.

"When I die, I want to be playing baseball," Minoso said. "Truly. They don't bury me without my uniform. If I die, I die happy because I was wearing No. 9 for the White Sox."



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<![CDATA[NFL in Inglewood: Reality?]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:25:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_NFL_INGLEWOOD_1200x675_406159939932.jpg Now that the Inglewood City Council has approved a new football stadium, will it really happen? And what the odds the Chargers and/or Raiders end up in Carson? Fred Roggin, Tim Cates and Kurt Helin forecast the chances. Originally aired on Going Roggin, February, 28, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Spring is in the Air for Dodgers and Angels]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:15:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_SPRING_TRAINING_1200x675_406157379768.jpg Mario Solis hit up spring training with the Dodgers and Angels as they opened camp last week. Originally aired on Going Roggin, February 28, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Don't Shoot the Messenger]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:10:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_MEDIA_CONVO_1200x675_406158403761.jpg Marshawn Lynch doesn't want to talk, Kevin Durant said he only does because he has to. Do athletes even need the media anymore? And are locker room interviews an invasion of privacy? The Executive Director of the NBA Players Association thinks they are. Fred Roggin opens up the discussion with Kurt Helin of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk and Tim Cates of 570 KLAC. Originally aired on Going Roggin, February 28, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Crazy Lakers and Movie Madness]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:00:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_RAPID_FIRE_0226_1200x675_406155843819.jpg They might be losing, but the Lakers are still having fun, Snoop Dogg throws his son a movie-themed birthday party and lots more. Fred Roggin welcomes Tim Cates of 570 KLAC and Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com for this edition of Rapid Fire. Originally aired on Going Roggin, February, 28, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Ex-Knick Anthony Mason Dies at 48]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:34:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/22815mason.jpg

Anthony Mason, one of the Knicks’ most popular players of the 1990s who had one All-Star season during a 13-year pro career, has died following a massive heart attack, the team said Saturday. He was 48.

According to multiple reports and league sources, Mason had been fighting for his life after undergoing multiple surgeries over the last few days. Veteran NBA writer Peter Vescey broke the news Wednesday about Mason.

The Springfield Gardens, Queens, native was a bruising power forward with a no-nonsense demeanor on the court, and he had a fan-pleasing blue-collar work ethic. He came up from the minor leagues and also played overseas before finally making the NBA.

Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95, a season after helping the Knicks reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 1973. The Knicks lost to the Rockets in seven games.

On Saturday, Anthony Mason Jr. issued a statement following his dad's death.

"Overnight New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother - but more than anything our father. ... As you all would expect our father - Big Mase - put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue," he said.

"Pops we've got to let you know we love you and know you'll always be with us," Anthony Mason Jr. said.

Figures from Mason's past took to Twitter to express their grief.

"We gonna miss u brother," tweeted Charles Oakley. 

"A great athlete and true gentleman. He will be missed," wrote the Rev. Al Sharpton.

When Don Nelson succeeded Pat Riley in 1995-96 as the Knicks' head coach, Mason was at the center of a full-blown controversy. Nelson decided to make Mason the focal point of the Knicks’ attack, going away from perennial All-Star and the face of the franchise, Patrick Ewing. Nelson’s move was unpopular with Ewing and other Knicks and led to his removal as head coach only 59 games into his first and only season in New York.

“For Nelson to do that was amazing," former Knicks great Bernard King told NBC 4 New York. “Patrick was still a dominant player in the league at that time. While Anthony was a very good player for the Knicks, Patrick was still one of the best players in the league."

Mason was later traded to Charlotte in the famous Larry Johnson deal that helped key the Knicks’ success in the late 1990’s, culminating with a trip to the NBA Finals in 1999, where the Knicks lost to the Spurs. That was the first of Tim Duncan's five title teams.

Mason later played for Riley in Miami, becoming an All-Star in 2001 as an injury replacement for Grant Hill.

-- Mitch Lawrence contributed to this report.

Longtime New York columnist Mitch Lawrence continues to write about pro basketball, as he’s done for the last 22 years. His columns for NBCNewYork.com on the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the NBA, along with other major sports, appear twice weekly. Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Beat Bucks 101-93]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:41:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Bucks-wayne-ellington.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers won again on Friday night, as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-93 at Staples Center behind a balanced effort that resulted in six players scoring in double figures.

With the victory, the Lakers won their 16th game of the season but continued to hold the fourth worst record in the NBA. On social media, fans were livid with the victory, as it moved the team further from guaranteeing a top-five draft pick. If the Lakers don't finish with a top five pick, they lose their top draft pick as part of the Steve Nash trade.

"At the end of the day, we are competitors," guard Wayne Ellington said after the win. "We're not coming out here trying to lose any game."

Ellington missed all six of his shots in the first three quarters before catching fire and hitting six of seven shots for 14 points in the fourth quarter. Quick to heap praise onto his teammates, the 27-year-old out of the University of North Carolina credited Jeremy Lin with finding him to get him going.

Off the bench, Lin played an efficient game and finished with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds with no turnovers. Lin would finish the game, and the 26-year-old earned due praise from his coach after the game.

"What I saw tonight was a guy who was aggressive, just playing the way we asked him to play," Lakers coach Byron Scott said after the game. "He's had an up-and-down season, just like a lot of our guys have, but in the last few games, he's really starting to get into a little bit of a groove. I think he's played extremely well."

While Lin took over finishing duties, Jordan Clarkson continued to display positive signs as a starting point guard. The 22-year-old rookie followed up on his career-high night against the Utah Jazz with a team-high 16 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds. On the night, Clarkson only missed two shots and only turned the ball over once.

Friday's game, however, came down to the final 12 minutes after the Lakers allowed an early 10-point lead transform into an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter. Tenacious defense and balanced scoring helped the Lakers out-score the Bucks 36 to 21 in the final 12 minutes to run away with a victory. Having Ellington catch fire certainly didn't hurt the cause.

Next, the LA Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon in an early 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time start at Staples Center.

Notes: Nick Young missed his second straight game with a sore left knee. The Lakers are 3-0 since Carlos Boozer moved back into the starting lineup. Everyone won tacos.



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<![CDATA[Earl Lloyd, First Black NBA Player, Dies at 86]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:14:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP861620179640.jpg

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86.

Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.

Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.

"The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court," West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. "When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to equality in America."

Lloyd helped the Syracuse Nationals win the 1955 NBA title, joining teammate Jim Tucker as the first black players to play on a championship team.

The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 regular-season games in nine seasons with Washington, Syracuse and Detroit. He missed the 1951-52 season while serving in the U.S. Army.

Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 as a contributor, Lloyd was 22-55 as Detroit's coach in 1971-72 and the first nine games in the 1972-73 season.

Lloyd, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, lived in Crossville, Tennessee. 



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Spring Training Underway]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:25:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Solis_Spring_Training_Noon_Web_1200x675_405201475567.jpg The Dodgers are ready for Spring Training in Arizona. Mario Solis reports for the NBC4 News at Noon Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Eagles Acho Taking Va. Teen to Prom]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:52:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/228*120/2015-02-26_1345.png

A Loudoun County, Virginia, teen got the surprise of a lifetime Friday when Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho agreed to take her to prom.

Back in January, Hannah Delmonte reached out to Acho on Instagram and asked if he would take her to prom if she got 2,000 retweets on Twitter, Comcast SportsNet Philly reports. But Acho upped the ante -- Delmonte had to reach 10,000 retweets.

And she did.

Delmonte's post received over 17,000 retweets, far surpassing her goal.

Acho dropped by Woodgrove High School in Purcellville on Friday and surprised Delmonte with a customized Eagles jersey with the number 15 and the word "prom" written across the back.

Acho also plans to play piano and sing Delmonte a song on the night of the prom, according to Comcast SportsNet Philly. Prom is scheduled for May 9, according to the school's calendar.

Check out her priceless reaction in the video above.



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<![CDATA[Warriors' Curry Talks Hoops, Malaria, Cauliflower]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:18:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Stephen-meets-Bo-and-Sunny-at-the-White-House.jpg

Hard to say who might have been more thrilled this week, Stephen Curry or the president of the United States, an avid hoops player himself who once called the Golden State Warriors guard the best shooter he had ever seen.

But Curry, who lives in Oakland, did not officially visit the White House on Wednesday to show Barack Obama how to make a three-pointer. He was there to speak about the president’s Malaria Initiative, something he became passionate about after visiting Tanzania in 2013 and seeing how children were affected by the disease.

"That hit home to me as we traveled through the camp to hear stories of how malaria impacted all those families," Curry told the Mercury News. A father himself, Curry said he was moved to act. He and his wife, Ayesha, have two children.

"Let's keep the fight going," he said after the meeting.

Curry for the past three seasons has donated three insecticide-treated mosquito nets for every 3-pointer he makes as part of the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign. Since he started in 2012, Curry has donated 1,599 bed nets, according to the organization.

The goal of the group is to find athletes who are willing to find “fun, creative ways” to raise awareness and money to buy a $10 bednet to combat the disease by protecting people from mosquito bites. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered more than nine million nets to families in 29 countries across Africa. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide each year.

But Curry’s charitable works don’t end with malaria. On Thursday, he and San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick are pushing the benefits of cauliflower as part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, which has been nicknamed “FNV,” a supposedly catchier title for fruits and vegetables.”

NBC Universal's Jennifer Vasquez contributed to this report.
 



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<![CDATA[Jordan Clarkson Has Career Night, Lakers Win]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:04:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Jordan-Clarkson-2-25.jpg

On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers won their second game in a row, topping the Utah Jazz 100-97 with rookie Jordan Clarkson leading all scorers and setting a new career-high with 22 points.

Through the first 43 minutes and 58 seconds, the Lakers never tasted the lead. Utah led by double digits at multiple points in the game, but the Lakers continued to rally and put forth effort. In the fourth quarter, the Jazz opened up a 13-points lead, but the Lakers again fought back late to take a lead. A sloppy finish would end with made free throws and Gordon Hayward failing to launch a potential game-tying three pointer before the final buzzer.

On the night, Clarkson had the best game of his young career. He made 10 of his 16 shots for 22 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. In addition to being a standout player on the winning team, Clarkson also provided the highlight of the night with a poster dunk over fellow rookie Dante Exum.

On the play, Clarkson stole the ball on Exum's pass and ran down to the opposite end. When Utah's first round pick challenged the Lakers' second round pick at the rim, two beat one. Not only did the rookie finish through the contact, but he also came down flexing his muscles and posing like a body builder.

In the head-to-head rookie match up, Clarkson topped Exum by some distance, as the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft finished with only three points, there assists and two turnovers.

For the Lakers, starting shooting guard Wayne Ellington also continued his development by recording the first double-double of his career. Ellington finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The 27-year-old would finish as one of five Lakers to score in double figures.

Off the bench, Ed Davis finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Hill found his jump shot to the tune of 16 points. Over all, the bench and the starters fought on the road and refused to lose despite trailing big.

From a development standpoint, Wednesday night was a step forward. Next, the Lakers host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at Staples Center.

Notes: The Lakers only committed 10 turnovers compared to 21 turnovers for the Jazz. This is the Lakers' first two-game winning streak since Dec. 14, over two months earlier. The Lakers moved to 15-41 on the season and continue to hold the fourth worst record in the NBA.



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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Son of NFL Long Snapper Sings National Anthem]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:48:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP828165311104.jpg

Forget football! The 2-year-old son of Cincinnati Bengals' long snapper showed he is ready for the stage when he belted out the National Anthem at a high school basketball game.

The NFL player, Clark Harris, held son Trent's hand as he led him to the court for the tot's performance.

Decked out in a blazer and with hair reminiscent of his father's mane, Trent sang in front of a packed gym ahead of a matchup between the Southern Regional High School and Pinelands Regional High School boys' basketball teams.

Clark's wife and proud mom, Jessica, posted Trent's rendition to YouTube, captioning the video: "My sons first performance!! ... I'm so proud!!!" 

Watch the full video below.



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<![CDATA[NFL Stadium Proposals ]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:41:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carson-stadium.gif

Ever since the Rams and the Raiders left Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, there have been attempts to bring an NFL team back to the city.

The football league approved an expansion franchise for Los Angeles as early as 1999, but no agreement was reached and a team went to Houston. The NFL requires a three-quarters vote of the 32 teams for any team to move.

There are now four proposals on the table. Here they are:


Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to Share a Stadium

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have announced that they will together pursue a new home at a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, in Los Angeles County,  but only if both teams cannot find alternatives in their home markets. The stadium, which would require voter approval, would have more than 72,000 seats and with 18,000 parking spots, room for tailgating. It would be built on the site of an old municipal landfill at the intersection of the 405 Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. Right now, the Jets and the Giants are the only NFL teams to share a stadium.

Meanwhile negotiations over a new stadium for the Raiders in the Bay area could be facing a 30-day deadline, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Oakland Mayor Libby Scaaf has said she would be wiling to spend taxpayer money to help pay for a new stadium, which could total up to $300 million, according to columnists Phil Matier and Andy Ross. But issues over using public money could be insurmountable, they report.


Replacing Hollywood Park Racetrack

Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, wants to build a new $2 billion stadium on the site of the now closed Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, California. The proposal is for an 80,000-seat stadium, 6,000-seat performance venue, 300-room hotel, and 1.5 million square feet of retail, office and residential space.

The developer, not the public, would pay for the cost of building the stadium, according to a consultants' report.

The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved the plan on Feb. 24.

Kroenke has partnered with Stockbridge Capital Group and is the first NFL team owner to control a site large enough for a new stadium. The Rams are playing at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, but are unhappy with the conditions. The Inglewood proposal will put pressure on St Louis to reach a deal for a new stadium or watch the team return to Southern California, where it played from 1946 to 1994.

Farmers Field

The Anschutz Entertainment Group or AEG agreed in 2012 to build a football stadium at the L.A. LIVE complex downtown and renovate the Los Angeles Convention Center. In October, the city granted AEG a six-month extension. AEG plans to commit $600,000 to development, but it is also offering alternatives to a stadium, meaning a large hotel might be built in its place.
 
Grand Crossing

Developer Ed Roski Jr., the president of Majestic Realty Co., in 2008 announced plans to build an $800 million stadium in the city of Industry near the interchange of the 60 and 57 freeways. The project is being called Grand Crossing.



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<![CDATA[Ronnie Price: Elbow Surgery]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:31:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ronnie-Price-elbow-surgery.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers announced that Ronnie Price will undergo surgery on his injured right elbow. The surgery will take place on Wednesday, and Price expects to miss the remainder of the 2014/15 season, according to coach Byron Scott.

"He's having elbow surgery tomorrow, so he'll be out for the year," Scott confirmed at Tuesday's practice.

With Price out, the Lakers will have four players on the shelf for the remainder of the season: Price, Julius Randle, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. For practice and for games, the Lakers will only have 11 available players for the remainder of the season.

Along with losing a veteran, the Lakers are also short on point guards. Only rookie Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin remain as healthy options to bring the ball up the court, as the skinny Lakers get even thinner.

Price appeared in 43 games and started 20 of them. He averaged 5.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 22.8 minutes per game for the Lakers. Although his offensive production may not appear vital, Price provided the Lakers with an experienced point guard who was one the the coach's favorites, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

In his final appearance of the season, Price finished with three points, four rebounds, four steals and five assists in 18 minutes of game time. Players and coaches credited Price with changing the tide against the Celtics and helping the Lakers snap a seven-game losing streak on Sunday.

Price's future with the team remains unclear, as the 31-year-old was one of the last players added to the Lakers' roster ahead of training camp.



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<![CDATA[Boston Olympics Criticism OK: Mayor]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:02:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Walsh+Olympics.jpg

It's now OK for city workers to criticize Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics, thanks to a change to the city's deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced the change Tuesday, saying that the agreement with the USOC had been revised to remove any language discouraging city employees from criticizing the Olympic bid. Walsh had earlier defended the stipulation, which civil liberties advocates had criticized.

The Boston Globe reported last month that the "joinder agreement" between the city and the USOC banned city employees from badmouthing the 2024 Olympic bid. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said the agreement was a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech.

"This revised agreement is the result of positive negotiations with the United States Olympic Committee to reach a consensus that accurately represents how Boston is moving forward with our Olympic bid," Walsh said in a statement.

"I want to thank those who have already offered their thoughts on Boston's bid and I continue to encourage all residents, including city employees, to share their opinions over the coming months. My top priority is to ensure an open and transparent process, and it is important that any proposal is shaped by the input and ideas of people from every neighborhood in order to offer the greatest benefit to our city," Walsh continued.

Walsh's statement characterized the original ban on employee criticism of the Olympic bid as "boilerplate language that all cities have historically signed regarding city employees and their participation in the Olympic process."

Rich Davey, Boston 2024's CEO, said the new agreement "will strengthen Boston's efforts to work with communities to build a stronger Olympic bid."

The next citywide Olympic discussion is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Condon School Cafeteria in South Boston. 

Additional citywide meetings are scheduled for March 31, April 28, May 19, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.



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<![CDATA[Top Sports Photos 2015]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:30:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP504914195557.jpg Click to see dramatic sports photos from the NFL, to basketball, baseball and more.]]> <![CDATA[Wash. NFL Football Team: Canceling Trademark Violates Free-Speech]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:54:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/1104-redskins-generic.jpg

Lawyers for the Washington NFL football team are telling a judge that the team's free-speech rights will be infringed upon if a federal panel's decision to cancel the team's trademarks is allowed to stand.

A board of the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office ruled last year that the trademark of the "Redskins" should be canceled because the name is disparaging to Native Americans.

The team is suing in federal court in Alexandria to have the board's decision overturned. In court papers filed Monday, the team says the law barring registration of disparaging trademarks is unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

The government has intervened in the civil lawsuit to defend the law's constitutionality. Government lawyers say the law doesn't ban disparaging speech; it just denies the protection of a federal trademark.
 

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<![CDATA[Lakers Practice: Young, Sacre Injuries]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:49:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Nick-Young-Rob-Sacre.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers left the floor smiling, hopping and jumping with joy on Sunday evening after beating their rival Boston Celtics in overtime.

About 12 hours later, the Lakers met for practice in El Segundo, but the team could not muster up 12 healthy bodies. Nick Young's left knee grew to a big enough size that the team announced that the 29-year-old would see a doctor later in the afternoon.

Starting center Robert Sacre attempted to practice, but his sore left foot forced him off the court. Sacre will also visit the medicine man on Monday afternoon, and both players' statuses for Wednesday's game in Utah is to be determined.

The Lakers had 12 healthy bodies for the past couple games, which was an anomaly this season. With the healthy bodies, Lakers coach Byron Scott actually sat two players out of Friday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets. On Sunday, Scott found time for all 12 guys, but rookie Tarik Black only played four minutes.

If Sacre cannot go, Black may jump from potentially sitting out Wednesday's game to starting. If Young is unable to go, the Lakers would likely rely on Wesley Johnson to play heavy minutes. Johnson had his best game of the season against the Celtics, finishing with a season high 22 points.

However, Young would be a huge loss, as the Lakers' backup small forward finished with 19 points on Sunday, which was his highest total in over a month.

With the Lakers short on wing positions, Ryan Kelly will likely stay in the starting lineup and may even get more time on the court if Young misses Wednesday's game.

"I think most people understand that the four is more of my natural position," Kelly said after Monday's practice. "But, like I said from the beginning, the opportunity to play at the three position and also in the future to play some minutes there--the more you can do on the floor, the more valuable you are."

"I think it's more of a roster makeup," Kelly explained why he is playing out of position. "I don't think it's me having a lack of something for [the power forward] position. I think we just have a lot of bigs and we don't have a lot of wings, so we need somebody. And I'm somebody who has a little bit of ball friendliness and can play facing the basket."

The Lakers intend to practice on Tuesday before flying up to Utah.



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<![CDATA[San Diego Enters Hurry-Up Mode on Stadium Plan]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:20:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chargers+raiders+stadium+rendering+67.jpg

San Diego's mayor met with Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos Sunday and announced that a mayor's advisory committee will speed up its work on a stadium plan designed to keep the team from moving.

The committee will deliver its plan to the team within three months, which could avoid a move that would bring the Chargers to the Los Angeles area. The advisory panel's initial timeline would have brought a plan to the Chargers by the end of the year in an effort to place the proposal on the November 2016 ballot.

The plan would likely need a two-thirds majority vote approval if the proposal ends up before voters.

Spanos' one-hour morning meeting with Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the San Diego Padres' Petco Park came after a surprise announcement last week that the Chargers and Oakland Raiders are planning a joint stadium in Carson outside Los Angeles if they fail to get stadium deals in their hometowns. Both sides said the plan to spur on the work of the city advisory committee is a step forward toward reaching a deal.

Faulconer said he is committed to keeping the team but equally devoted to the city's financial standing.

"Like thousands of San Diegans, I want the Chargers to stay in our city for generations to come," the mayor said in a statement. "I explained to Mr. Spanos that we are going to work to keep the team here, but I will never support a deal that San Diego can't afford."

A Chargers statement on the meeting said that the team also remains "committed to finding a publicly acceptable stadium solution here in San Diego," but it emphasized that the team "must create other options for itself in the event that an agreement is not reached."

The Chargers have sought to replace the nearly 50-year-old Qualcomm Stadium that now stands among the NFL's oldest as other West Coast teams like the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers see sparkling new facilities. They have struggled with a City Hall that has been reluctant to part with public money for a new home.

Last week, Chargers' special counsel Mark Fabiani told the advisory group the team is "keeping a close eye" on developments in Los Angeles, which has not had an NFL team since the Rams and the Oakland Raiders abandoned Southern California after the 1994 season.

The NFL has expressed an interest in a Los Angeles franchise, but the league has no plans for expansion, meaning an existing team would need to move to Southern California. The NFL has ruled out any team move for the 2015 season, but leaves open the possibility in 2016.

Earlier this month, Inglewood's plan to build an NFL stadium at the Hollywood Park site took a step forward with the verification of petition signatures needed to place the project before voters. The 80,000-seat stadium is part of Hollywood Park Land Co.'s proposal, called City of Champions Revitatlization Project, for a development at the site of the old horse racing track.

The city clerk will forward the resolution to the council at its next scheduled meeting, set for Tuesday, but Mayor James Butts said the Inglewood council will likely hold over action on the project until its March 3 meeting. Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build the stadium on the site, which would include the stadium as part of a sprawling complex that includes homes, offices and entertainment venues.

Los Angeles city officials also have extended an option with the owners of Staples Center to build an 80,000-seat stadium to be known as Farmers Field downtown, next to the 10 and 110 freeway junction, provided a team commits to moving there.

The Rose Bowl and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum also could host a team, at least temporarily.
 



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<![CDATA[Lakers Beat Celtics in Overtime]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:27:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Celtics-Feb-22-15.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have a storied rivalry that accounts for heated summer meetings in the NBA Finals and icy cold encounters in the regular season.

"I enjoy this a lot more," Lakers coach Byron Scott responded when asked if he enjoyed beating the Celtics. "I'm a happy man tonight."

On Sunday evening at Staples Center, the Lakers nearly gave away the game in regulation before securing a 118-111 victory in overtime. Off the bench, Jeremy Lin and Wesley Johnson led LA with 25 points and 22 points, respectively. For both, Sunday night marked season highs in the scoring category.

However, as the Lakers' locker room celebrated the victory , one could not help but fixate on the collapse that forced the game into overtime. With 1:28 to play in regulation, the home team led by nine points after Nick Young hit a 12-foot fadeaway jumper.

Over the next 88 seconds, the Lakers would commit two turnovers and miss a free throw. With Boston holding the ball and trailing by three points, Lakers coach Byron Scott opted not to foul. Instead, Avery Bradley managed to get a clean look at the basket and hit a three-pointer to beat the buzzer.

"That's twice that I've been thinking about it, and they've hit a three to send it to overtime," Scott said about fouling to avoid giving up a three. "So, I don't know if I'll think about it next time. I might just do it."

Not for the first time in the 2014/15 season, the LA Lakers had allowed a lead to dissipate at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Lakers' defense picked up, while Lin and Carlos Boozer both chipped in four points in the extra period. Boozer, incidentally, finished as the only starter to score in double figures after failing to see the floor only one game earlier. The veteran forward would finish with 12 points and played the center position to finish the game.

Apart from Boozer, the Lakers relied heavily on their bench. Including Lin and Johnson, four Lakers scored in double figures with Young adding 19 points and Jordan Hill adding 10 points to the total. Point guard Ronnie Price fouled out in only 18 minutes of play, but the backup point guard finished with five assists and four steals. Scott credited the veteran for helping change the complexion of the game.

"I think Ronnie turned the game around," Scott said afterwards. "With his aggressiveness on the defensive end, he caused some turnovers, and the way he was playing Isaiah [Thomas], I thought he turned the game around."

In the first quarter, the Celtics jumped out to an early nine-point lead. However, with Price setting up the offense, Lin driving and Johnson playing with confidence, the Lakers managed to turn the tide and take their first lead midway through the second quarter. From there, a back-and-forth contest would ultimately be decided by five solid minutes of overtime.

Sunday's victory provided LA with its 14th win of the season, but even the fans praying for losses with the hopes of earning the best possible draft pick had to enjoy beating the hated Celtics. Regardless of the records, the Lakers always relish a victory over the Celtics, and Sunday evening featured fans, players and coaches all leaving Staples Center grinning.

Next, the Lakers play the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Chuck and the Pup]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:20:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WEB_GR_WTF_0219_1200x675_402627139576.jpg Wish you could have seen Charles Barkley in a Lakers uniform? And who would you have picked to win the Dog Show? Fred Roggin has those questions and more in this edition of Rapid Fire with Brian Kamenetzky of landolakers.com and LA Kings In-Game Host Jay Flats. Originally aired on Going Roggin, February 21, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Carson Stadium Land Purchase Not Finalized]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:10:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chargers+raiders+stadium+rendering+5.jpg

San Diego Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani confirmed to NBC's San Diego station that the land purchase for a new joint stadium for the Chargers and Oakland Raiders football teams has not been finalized.

Fabiani confirmed this in an email late Friday, a day after the announcement of the joint stadium proposal in Carson.

“The project is subject to a binding purchase and sale agreement,” Fabiani wrote in the email. “All parties are bound by the agreement.” When NBC 7 first reached out to Fabiani he said, the "land has been purchased through a binding agreement with the seller."

Friday, the City of Carson and members of organized labor gathered to celebrate a proposed NFL stadium that may soon be shared by the Chargers and Raiders. The small community is home to the 168-acres of land, which Fabiani calls “Plan B” for a new stadium for the Chargers.

According to the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office, the owner of the land is Carson Marketplace, a company based in Newport Beach. The company has owned the land since May 2008.

In a press release, the seller of the property was identified as Starwood Capital Group, a company affiliated with Carson Marketplace. Tom Johnson, a spokesperson for the company, confirmed Starwood still owns the land. In an email he said, “we are excited by the prospects for the project."

Johnson added in an email the Chargers have control over the land.

Fabiani said the sale “is not contingent on anything” and “the buyer is obligated to buy. The seller is obligated to sell. Period.”

Both teams announced they plan to continue seeking public subsidies for new stadiums in their respective home markets, but they are pursuing the Carson proposal in case they are unable to finalize any deals. In San Diego, Mayor Kevin Faulconer - who recently named a special stadium advisory board - said he was unaware the Chargers and Raiders had been planning such a move.



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