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<![CDATA[UCLA Football Player Arrested on Suspicion of Robbery]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:55:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-ucla-football-player-ishmael-adams.jpg

UCLA football player Ishmael Adams was arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbery, police said.

The 21-year-old defensive back is accused of using force to take a cellphone from an Uber driver, UCLA officials told NBC News.

University police say Adams was arrested on campus about 3:30 a.m. after the driver, who allegedly suffered minor injuries in the incident, called police.

Adams was being held on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

No further details were provided.

Adams' arrest came while the 13th-ranked Bruins were beginning preparations for their season opener Saturday against Virginia at the Rose Bowl.

Adams became a stalwart of the Bruins defense backfield after he started all 13 games for the Bruins last season and in 2013.

In 2014, he returned his two interceptions for touchdowns. He was tenth on the team with 41 tackles and posted a season-high seven tackles in two games.

In 2013, he led the team with four interceptions.

Bill Redell, who coached Adams' at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, believes the incident may have been a misunderstanding

"Great kid, great character, big leader at Oaks Christian on the campus, in the classroom on the football field," Redell said.



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<![CDATA[Sox Fan Buries World Series Champions Hat at Wrigley]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+view.jpg

One White Sox fan may have jinxed — or perhaps reverse jinxed — the Cubs this year by burying a Sox treasure at Wrigley Field.

Allison Horne of ESPN and 120 Sports tweeted a photo of a White Sox "2005 World Series Champions" hat sitting atop some fresh cement at Wrigley Field. According to Horne, a Sox fan who worked on the recent renovations at Wrigley Field is responsible for the trick.

The photo does not indicate where the hat is buried in the ballpark, but perhaps the Cubs will want to leave it there as a good luck charm. So far, it seems to be working just as well as Cubs manager Joe Maddon's tricks, which included the promise of a Sunday night pajama party following the historic game against the L.A. Dodgers.

A similar incident happened in 2008 at Boston's Fenway Park, where a Yankees fan buried a David Ortiz jersey in the ballpark. The jersey was later located and removed from the cement with a jackhammer.



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<![CDATA[Kobe and Shaq Talk About Past]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:15:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-on-Shaq-podcast.jpg

Kobe Bryant appeared on Shaquille O'Neal's podcast, which was released on Monday morning, to talk about the up and down relationship the two shared from 1996 to 2004.

"I'm not a nostalgic person," Bryant said early into the conversation. Then, O'Neal and Bryant spent about 30 minutes sharing insights into the unique relationship the pair shared more than a decade earlier as teammates in Los Angeles.

O'Neal stated a multitude of times that he does not hate Bryant and verbally shared that he thought the feeling was mutual. Bryant offered the analogy of Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan playing together with both players in their prime, which would likely have ended with Chamberlain and Jordan butting heads because neither player wanted to relinquish the title of being the alpha male. Ultimately, both O'Neal and Bryant saw their split as something that made sense in retrospect, but that did not necessarily mask that both missed out on a tremendous opportunity to win more titles together.

"I definitely did not want to leave LA," O'Neal admitted after hearing an audio clip asking for a trade out of LA.

Perhaps the most telling part of the podcast came when the Lakers' former center claimed not to remember saying several of quotes he heard on his own show. Memories warp, and the mind often restructures the past. In this instance, both Bryant and O'Neal had transformed into a pair of two old pals reminiscing about good old times. Meanwhile, reporters present at those old times would swear that neither O'Neal nor Bryant wanted anything to do with one another when the pair split up in 2004.

Somewhere in between, Bryant mentioned a time when he went after O'Neal and tried to get in a fist fight with the gargantuan being. Bryant said he went home and quickly realized that he probably had a few screws loose after that day. Where Bryant acknowledged his unique brand of crazy, O'Neal credited the shooting guard for his lack of fear and his follow through.

"Whatever [Bryant] said he was going to do, he was going to do it," O'Neal said in admiration.

However, O'Neal would go to the Miami Heat, where he went on to win a title without Bryant. Bryant said he felt joy for O'Neal when the big man won in South Beach but only because he knew it would push him to get five or more. O'Neal provided Bryant with motivation. On the other hand, O'Neal openly admitted he was not happy getting  passed by Bryant, who famous sat at the podium with a wide smile and said, "It means I got one more than Shaq."

Now older and wiser, the pair reflected back at the good times they shared. Both said that the 2001 Championship team had to be the best in the bunch. That year, the Lakers swept the Western Conference before losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals to Allen Iverson's Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers would rattle off four straight wins and set a playoff record with a 15-1 postseason mark. The record still stands, and O'Neal predicted that it would not be touched for another 30 years.

Of course, Bryant met questions about retirement and his future with crafty dodging. The 20-year professional said he was "excited" about the upcoming season and refused to say if it would be his final season. With regards to his future after basketball, Bryant pointed to his recent film, Muse, and said he had interest in continuing to build his company and work on "storytelling that inspires people."

Before time ran out on the interview, O'Neal took a moment to proclaim their partnership as "the most dominant 1-2 punch in Laker history."

O'Neal added, "I just want to say I love you, brother." To think, it seems like only yesterday that the world wondered if these two would embrace on Christmas Day.



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<![CDATA[Cubs Rock Pajamas After No-Hitter]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:39:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-486027192.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were already preparing for a pajama-themed plane ride home from Los Angeles on Sunday night, but pitcher Jake Arrieta ensured that it would be a party as he tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers.

Predictably, the evening got fun in a hurry for the Cubs.

To start with, Arrieta arrived at his postgame press conference wearing a mustache-onesie. Here is a picture of the garment, along with the catcher that called Arrieta’s no-hitter:

Anthony Rizzo chimed in with his emoji-themed pajamas, and he was joined by several of his teammates, including Addison Russell and Kris Bryant:

 

Onsie trip LA✈️CHI

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Some players, including outfielder Matt Szczur, went with the Superman look:

 

#teamonesies #nohitter

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While others, including relief pitcher Tommy Hunter, celebrated by sporting their favorite school’s colors:

Of course, it wouldn’t be a night without seeing what the architect of the pajama party had up his sleeve, and manager Joe Maddon didn’t disappoint as he channeled his inner Maverick and went with the Top Gun look:

Now everybody please gather for a group photo:



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<![CDATA[Arrieta Throws No-Hitter in 2-0 Cubs Victory ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:40:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-486005752.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were on a four game losing streak, but their best pitcher was at his best Sunday as Jake Arrieta pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The no-hitter is the first in Arrieta’s career and the first for the Cubs since the 2008 season, when Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Houston Astros in a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It is the 14th no-hitter in Cubs team history. 

Arrieta only faced 29 batters in the game, with one walk and a Starlin Castro error giving the Dodgers their only baserunners of the game. Arrieta struck out 12 batters total and struck out seven of the 10 batters that reached 0-2 counts against him in the contest.

While everyone in the stadium and on social media was buzzing, there was one person in the ballpark that was apparently unaware that Arrieta was on the verge of history. 

"Everyone know what was going on except Justin Grimm," Maddon said. "He had no idea it was a no-hitter, even after the game concluded." 

The victory gives the Cubs a five and a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Pittsburgh Pirates also lost on Sunday afternoon, moving the Cubs to within five games of the top wild card spot.

The game marks the first time that the Dodgers have been no-hit at Dodger Stadium since Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter for the Atlanta Braves in April 1994.



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<![CDATA[Jake Arrieta Throws No Hitter Against Dodgers ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:29:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-31+at+12.27.06+AM.png

For the second time in nine days, the Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit by an opposing pitcher.

Jake Arrieta threw the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history on Sunday night as Chicago defeated the Dodgers 2-0 avoiding a three-game sweep.

"It's hard to put into words right now," Arrieta set in a postgame press conference where he was dressed in pajamas with mustaches on them for the plane ride home. "Hugging my teammates and seeing how excited they were was very special."

Arrieta was devastatingly brilliant, allowing just two runners to reach base, one via an error, and the other a walk over nine hitless innings.

Arrieta was nearly as dominant as the last no-hitter thrown inside the confines of Dodger Stadium when Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 Rockies hitters and walked none on June 19th of last year.

Arrieta struck out 12 and got a lot of help along the way from his defense.

"Defense was really good behind me all night," Arrieta said of his teammates. "Addy [Addison Russell] with a great play, and Castro with a great play on a line drive. I was able to make it hold up and finish it off."

Arrieta became the first Chicago Cubs' pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano on September 14, 2008 against the Houston Astros at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The 29-year-old also became just the third opposing pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, and the first to do so since Kent Mercker in 1994.

It's the first no-hitter thrown by the Cubs this season and the sixth in the Major Leagues this year. The Cubs were on the receiving end of a no-no on July 25th, when Cole Hamels, now a member of the Texas Rangers no-hit Chicago at Wrigley Field while pitching for the Phillies.

Arrieta thought he lost his no-hit bid early in the game with no on and one-out in the bottom half of the third. Third baseman Kiké Hernandez hit a hard one-hopper at second baseman Starlin Castro that bounced off his glove.

Hernandez was safe on the play, but the official scorer, Jerry White, deemed the play an error on Castro, despite the fact that both teams believed it was a hit.

"Initially, I thought it was a hit," Arrieta stated. "It wasn't until an inning or two later that I realized it was ruled an error. Even if it was ruled a hit, I would have kept the same mindset."

Kris Bryant two-run home run in the first inning off Dodgers starter Alex Wood for the only runs on the game. Wood allowed two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of work.

"He was ahead of every single hitter," Wood said of Arrieta's performance. "He can beat you in a lot of different ways. We might see them again, and I think we'll be ready the next time."

Both Castro and center fielder Dexter Fowler finished the game 3-for-5 with a double.

Arrieta meanwhile, continues to state his case as a Cy Young candidate. With the victory, Arrieta leads the majors in wins with 17, and finishes the month of August 6-0 with a 0.43 ERA. Add tonight's no-hitter to the resume and one cannot argue against the right-hander being a leading candidate at the moment.

"This was not surprising at all," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Arrieta's achievement. "His skill, his drive, combined with instruction, makes him one of the best pitchers in the game."

Much like a Rocky movie, Arrieta won over the Dodger Stadium crowd as fans in attendance rose to their feet and roared in excitement and appreciation as Arrieta struck out the side in the ninth.

"I felt it. I think baseball fans are really good at being aware of those types of situations and how rare it is for those things to happen," Arrieta said of the atmosphere in the final inning. "I was very aware and grateful that the fans were aware – on their feet, and enjoying the moment."

After striking out Chase Utley on a breaking ball in the dirt to end the game, Arrieta was mobbed by teammates near the mound as the pile was pushed all the way to the visiting dugout.

"I asked Dan Haren after the game, 'How did I get the last three outs?'" Arrieta joked. "Everything happened so fast, the sequences happened so quickly, I had a hard time replaying how the outs were made."

Adding insult to injury on their otherwise stellar season, the Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit twice in a nine-game span. Houston Astros right-hander Mike Fiers threw a no-no against the Boys in Blue on Aug. 21 at Minute Maid Park.

"I'm certain there is going to be no negative impact on the Dodgers," Maddon said. "It's just another loss."

It is the first time in the history of the Dodgers franchise that Los Angeles was no-hit twice in one season.


Game Notes:
The Dodgers became the first team since the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 to be no-hit twice in the same season and the shortest in National League history.

Mike Fiers (Astros), Hishashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Cole Hamels (Phillies), Chris Heston (Giants) and Max Scherzer (Nationals) are the other pitchers to have thrown a no-hitter this season.

The major league record for most no-hitters in a season is seven, set four different times.


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<![CDATA[Braves Fan Fell to His Death Doing 'Favorite Things': Family]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_400180067339.jpg

The Atlanta Braves fan who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game was doing what he loved when his life ended abruptly, his family said Sunday.

Gregory Murrey, 60, landed in an area of the stands behind home plate in the seventh inning of the Braves' game against the New York Yankees Saturday night.

"The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves," according to a family statement read by his son Jason to NBC affiliate WXIA.



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<![CDATA[Plucky Peraza Helps Dodgers Beat Cubs 5-2]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:29:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-29+at+9.22.16+PM.png

It was a day of firsts for Dodgers rookie second baseman Jose Peraza on Saturday.

Peraza, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, recorded his first career RBI and multi-hit game while stealing the first two bases of his big league career.

"I've been playing a lot more relaxed," Peraza said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity and that things turned out so well tonight."

Peraza finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in a rare start at second base and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 for their fifth consecutive win.

The 21-year-old speedster from Venezuela provided the Dodgers with just the spark they needed after a lifeless first six innings against Jon Lester.

Lester (8-10) was coruscating for the Cubs for six innings, but ran out of gas in the seventh. Carl Crawford led off the inning with a single to left field, and stole second three pitches later.

"Balls are finding holes right now," Lester said of the seventh. "You give up two infield hits, then Ethier sneaks one through, and you get a couple of balls that fall in front of outfielders. The good thing is I don't have to go back to the drawing board because my stuff was there."

A.J. Ellis singled, to put runners on the corners, and Peraza doubled home Crawford. One batter later, Andre Ethier would hit a two-run single up the middle, putting the Dodgers in front for good and knocking Lester out of the game.

"It's that time of year where it doesn't matter what it takes to win the game," Ethier said of his game winning hit. "You just have to go out there and do it."

The two-time World Series champion that was signed by the Cubs as a free agent in the offseason, allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings.

Mat Latos took the mound for the first time in 16 days as the big right-hander who was acquired from the Miami Marlins at the trade deadline was demoted to the bullpen over the past two weeks.

"It was pretty tough not throwing for so long," Latos said of the layoff. "To be able to throw against a team like that, that's won 21 out of 25, you definitely have to have you’re A game."

Latos kept the Dodgers in the game, but allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate in the fifth inning by way of a balk. It was Latos fifth career balk, and one of the last plays he made on the night.

"It was questionable call. I think they got it wrong," Latos said of the balk. "I didn't want us to lose the game because of something like that, and I'm glad it didn't cost us the ballgame."

All in all, Latos was efficient in his return, allowing two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings.

Five different Dodgers' relievers pitched 4.1 scoreless innings as J.P. Howell (5-1) earned the win and closer Kenley Jansen shut the door in the ninth for his 27th save of the season.

Peraza immediately made his impact on the game when he led off the third inning with a single. Latos bunted Peraza to second, and Peraza then stole third, flashing his break-neck speed.

"I always prepare myself before the game and look for the right moments to steal," Peraza said through a translator.

Peraza would score one batter later thanks to an infield single by center fielder Enrique Hernandez.


You make the call:

After a wild pitch moved Kris Bryant to third base with one out in the second inning, Addison Russell hit a foul ball into the stands that Carl Crawford reached into the bleachers to grab for the out. Bryant tagged and scored on the play, essentially trading a run for an out. Would you have caught the foul ball or let it go out of play?

Game Notes:
The Dodgers became the first team in the major leagues to eclipse 3 million fans in attendance, the fourth consecutive year they have reached the milestone.

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<![CDATA[IndyCar Racer Justin Wilson Remembered at Race]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:11:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gettyimages-170552690-justin-wilson-dies.jpg

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Justin Wilson prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America.

Wilson died Monday from a head injury sustained when he was struck by debris during an IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Many drivers at Road America placed decals on their cars in memory of Wilson. The rear bumper of the No. 52 car driven by Joey Gase, an organ donation advocate, featured a large picture of Wilson and a testimonial from his brother and fellow racer, Stefan.

Justin Wilson's organs were donated.



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<![CDATA[Quakes Shake 10-Man Galaxy To Win Cali Clasico 1-0]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:16:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+10.58.23+PM.png

The intensity was at a fever pitch as the Los Angeles Galaxy took the field at Avaya Stadium to renew their rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes in the third chapter of the California Clasico.

One goal was all the Quakes needed to dispatch of their rivals as Shea Salinas' headed in a rebound in the 19th minute and San Jose defeated the LA Galaxy 1-0 on Friday night.

The victory was overshadowed by a controversial red card booking two minutes into the second half as Galaxy defender Leonardo was ejected from the game for taking down Quincy Amarikwa outside the box.

"I think the entire officiating crew didn't do a good job," LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. "I don't even know if it's a foul and he's not the last player – Omar's there – and it's a bad piece of officiating."

The man advantage was all the help the Quakes needed to hang on to the victory in the second half, posting their fourth straight shutout win as the Quakes continue to climb the Western Conference table.

The loss snapped the Galaxy's four-game winning streak, and their first two-game road winning streak in over two years. LA's loss means their stranglehold on the Supporters' Shield standings take a significant blow.

"We deserved to lose the game the way we played," Arena continued. "We played a crappy first half. We played better with 10 players than we did with 11."

The quakes got on the board when Marvell Wynne sent a cross into the center of the box where Amarikwa outjumped Gyasi Zardes, heading the ball on target. Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made a leaping save, but he tipped the ball right to Salinas who had escaped the clutches of Omar Gonzalez and was easily able to head it into the open net.

"I think we were a little bit sloppy because we didn't deal with the first ball and the follow up he was free also," Ricketts said. "I think we fell asleep on that play."

Despite stellar defense by the Quakes on reigning MVP and current Galaxy captain, Robbie Keane, the game took a major turn when Leonardo was booked by the head official after bringing Amarikwa down.

"First and foremost congratulations to San Jose," Keane said. The goal that they got was a good goal. No problem with them. I do have a problem when you've got a referee who thinks it's all about him instead of actually all about the players."

Replay showed that there was hardly any contact on the play, and that Omar Gonzalez's presence near Amarikwa's left should have negated that the takedown would have led to an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Nonetheless, the Brazilian born defender was shown red and booted from the game by referee Jose Carlos Rivero.

Super-sub Alan Gordon entered into the game for the final 15 minutes in hopes of finding the equalizer for the Galaxy. Gordon is no stranger to the LA vs. SJ rivalry as the famed forward has played for both the Quakes and the Galaxy during his career.
 



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<![CDATA[Kershaw K's Cubs in Utley's Homecoming]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:19:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+9.26.40+PM.png

Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 14 batters and Chase Utley scored and knocked in a run in his Los Angeles homecoming as the Dodgers won their fourth straight game, 4-1 over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The 14 strikeouts were Kershaw's 11th double-digit strikeout game this season, tied for the most in his career. Kershaw leads the major leagues with 236 strikeouts on the season, just 12 shy of his career-mark of 248 set in 2011.

"The Cubs are known to strikeout or hit homers," Kershaw said of the high strikeout total. "An out's an out, it doesn't really matter how you get it. Leading the league in outs is good though."

Kershaw (11-6) allowed one run on three hits in eight dominant innings. His only blemish came on a home run to Anthony Rizzo, just his fourth home run surrendered to a left-handed hitter.

Rizzo's rocket shot travelled 441 feet to dead center and was the longest homer allowed in Kershaw's career. The solo blast was also the first run allowed by Kershaw at Dodger Stadium since July 3.

"He hit it really far," Kershaw joked. "He's a good hitter. It was 3-2, I challenged him and he made me pay. As long as it's a solo homer, I'm okay."

Kershaw is unbeaten in his last 10 starts posting a record of 6-0 with a 0.92 ERA with nine strikeouts and just eight walks.

"It's really pick your poison when you face Kershaw," Cubs' catcher Miguel Montero said after the game. "Fastball, breaking ball, curveball – he's effective with all three and doesn't make too many mistakes. He's the best lefty in the game and the best pitcher as well. He's nasty."

The Dodgers middle infield duo of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley put the Dodgers on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Rollins hit a one-out single and scored two pitches later after a triple to the gap by Utley.

Utley finished 1-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored in his homecoming. Utley grew up a Dodger fan in nearby Pasadena.

"It's no secret that I grew up watching the Dodgers play," Utley said. "Being from Southern California, I was a big fan so wearing a Dodgers uniform is pretty special. It was pretty cool."

LA put up three in the third inning thanks to some haphazard pitching by Jason Hammel. After a leadoff walk to Utley, Adrian Gonzalez singled to give the Dodgers runners at first and second with no outs.

Hammel (7-6) threw a wild pitch that bounced off Montero's chest and into his glove. Montero threw to third to catch Utley, but his throw went wild allowing Utley to score. One pitch later, Gonzalez took third on another wild pitch by Hammel.

The Cubs right-hander made allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. It was Hammel's 25th start of the season and he seems to be struggling down the stretch posting a 5.44 ERA over his last seven starts.

"It had the feelings of a good pitchers' duel," Hammel said. "Kershaw was locked in from the first pitch, and I felt good too. But I was kind of the first one to blink."

Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless ninth for his 26th save of the season. Jansen is 26-for-28 in save opportunities this season.

Game Notes:
During a break in the second inning, the Dodgers announced in a prepared video that Vin Scully would return to the broadcast booth to call Dodger games in 2016.

Yasiel Puig was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game and the Dodgers recalled Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Fernando Rodney made his Chicago Cubs debut after being acquired from the Seattle Mariners on waivers on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Vin Scully to Return to the Booth in 2016]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:18:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+7.49.21+PM.png

It happened in an instant, but it may just be the best news Dodgers fans have received in quite some time.

In between the top and bottom half of the second inning of the opening game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, team owner Magic Johnson appeared on the jumbotron in a prepared video stating that he had an announcement for the fans.

Suddenly, Johnson's image gave way to ABC Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel who revealed cue cards that read, "Vin Scully will be back for at least one more season."

The crowd at Dodger Stadium immediately erupted as the Hall of Fame broadcaster was shown on the screen.

Scully, who turns 88 in November, has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 and next season will be his 67th with the team. Scully currently holds the longest streak of any broadcaster in all of sports to be with one team.

"I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said. "There's no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all our friends.

There was much speculation over the past few weeks as to whether or not Scully would return. Scully has taken a lesser role with the team in recent years, opting to not travel to the east coast and on most away games.

However, Scully has always said that if he was healthy enough to call the games and felt like he was still effective, then he would continue to remain in the booth.

Scully's year-by-year announcement means he will return to the booth in 2016, and beyond will still be in question. More than likely, Scully will continue to call games in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Arizona for SportsNetLA.



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<![CDATA[LA Galaxy Look To Keep Rolling in Cali Clasico]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:12:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+7.08.59+PM.png

The third and final regular season installment of the Cali Clasisco kicks off on Friday night as the LA Galaxy take on the San Jose Earthquakes at 8:00PM PST from Avaya Stadium.

The Galaxy are coming off a 5-1 thrashing of the NYFC last Sunday at StubHub center, a game that renewed the coast-to-coast NY/LA rivalry.

That game featured a bevy of all-stars as some of the best players in the world were on the pitch at the same time. Spain's David Villa, Italy's Andrea Pirlo, England's Frank Lampard and team USA's Max Diskerud all suited up for NYFC.

Los Angeles featured their own all-star team of international soccer stars as Ireland's Robbie Keane, Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos, England's Steven Gerrard, Brazil's Juninho and USMNT star Gyasi Zardes all were in the starting XI for the Galaxy.

Every member of the Galaxy's front four found the back of the net with team captain Keane, netting two goals and an assist, giving him 15 goals on the season, good for fourth in the MLS.

Keane connected on a brilliant goal to open the second half in the 54th minute. Giovani dos Santos sent a through ball down the right side of the pitch that Keane took in stride with no defenders around him and easily chipped the ball over the outstretched arms of Josh Saunders.

Keane returned the favor in the 67th minute when he found Dos Santos in stride streaking down the right hand side of the field. Gio had a two-on-one with Sebastian Lletget as Saunders sprinted towards him, but cleverly switched the ball to his left foot and chipped it up and over Saunders for the game's third goal.

Lletget would get his goal just minutes later when a three-on-one break led by Steven Gerrard went to Zardes, back to Gerrard, to Lletget for the pin-ball like goal.

Second half substitute, Dan Gargan was called for a foul in the box on Patrick Mullins in the 79th minute, leading to a penalty kick that was easily converted by Villa for his 16th goal on the season.

The Galaxy struck back less than sixty seconds later, catching NYFC napping after a goalkeeper kick. Robbie Rogers sent a cross from inside the six-yard box to Keane at the far post for the Irishman's second goal of the game in the 81st minute.

On Friday, the most heated rivalry in the MLS renews as San Jose and LA have hoisted seven MLS trophies between them.
To add intrigue, both teams are on a hot streak and might be the two best teams in the league at the moment. The Galaxy are on a four-game winning streak, including two consecutive road victories. San Jose is equally on fire having won three straight games on the road against playoff contenders.

The game will air live on UniMas.



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<![CDATA[Great Moments of the 1984 LA Olympics]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:16:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/carl-lewis-1984-olympics-la.jpg Los Angeles hosted the XXIII Summer Olympics in 1984 and even drew then-President Ronald Reagan, former governor of California, to open the ceremonies. The United States ultimately took home 83 gold, 61 silver and 30 bronze medals

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<![CDATA[Venues of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:15:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/1237602_10.jpg The 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles held prominent events at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Pauley Pavilion and other venues around the area. As we prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London, we can take a look at what these venues are used for now.

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<![CDATA[Red Alert: Dodgers Sweep Cincinnati With 1-0 Win]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:47:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-27+at+8.33.02+PM.png

Zack Greinke found himself again posting zeros in a game that his offense was giving him little to no run support on Thursday.

Thankfully, one run was all Greinke and the Dodgers bullpen needed as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 1-0 win at Great American Park.

Greinke (14-3) allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings lowering his Major League-leading ERA to 1.61 on the season. He also recorded nine strikeouts while working his way out of multiple jams throughout the game.

The Dodgers head back to Los Angeles salvaging the last three games of a road trip that saw them lose the first five, their longest losing streak of the season.

"It was looking bad for a little bit," Greinke said. "You hope to do better on a road trip, but we're still in first place. That's important."

Some unfamiliar faces closed the game out for the Dodgers as reliever Chris Hatcher pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the hold, and former Atlanta Braves closer Jim Johnson, worked the ninth, recording his 10th save of the season.

Both Johnson and Hatcher have struggled for the Dodgers this season with each right-hander posting ERAs of over 5.00. However, with regular relievers Pedro Baez, Juan Nicaso, Luis Avilan and Kenley Jansen working overtime this week, Hatcher and Johnson were the only arms available out of the pen.

If anything, the clutch pitching should give both relievers confidence as the Dodgers move into the stretch run with a division title on the line.

Reds' starter Anthony DeSclafani (7-10) pitched well against Los Angeles for the second time in his last three starts. DeScalafani allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.

"It's fun to go against Greinke," the rookie said. "I knew I had to do my best. It was tough on the hitters today going against him."

DeSclafani's only mistake came in the second inning when Justin Turner, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig all hit consecutive singles to load the bases. DeSclafani was able to get Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal to hit into a double play, but the run scored on the play, the only run that would cross the plate the entire day.

LA's three-game sweep was their first in Cincinnati since July of 2009, but the Dodgers did not leave the Queen City without cause for concern.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez left the game in the fourth inning after he fouled a ball of his right knee. He was immediately replaced by Scott Van Slyke and is listed as day-today.

Right fielder Yasiel Puig was also severely injured in the game as he legged out an infield single in the top of the ninth inning. Puig came up lame, reaching for his left hamstring after the play. He too, was immediately removed from the game, and there is cause for concern that Puig could miss significant time with the injury.

Puig missed 38 games earlier in the season because of the left hamstring injury, and recently missed three games on the current road trip after injuring his right hamstring in Oakland.

Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick is still on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury of his own, and is expected to make a rehab start this weekend.

Game Notes:
After three days off in the last 11 days, the Dodgers will play 23 games in the next 24 days of the season. With rosters expanding on September 1st, there is talk within the organization of bringing back Mike Bolsinger as a sixth starter the remainder of the season.

The Reds turned five double plays in the game, the most they've turned since April 8, 2003.

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<![CDATA[Terrell Owens: "I Can Play Right Now"]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:43:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TERRELL_I_CANT_STILL_PLAY_1200x675_513781827579.jpg T.O. tells Fred Roggin there is no doubt he can play football right now and explains why he’s not on the field. Originally aired on Going Roggin, August 22, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Files Suit Against Bulls Star Derrick Rose]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:17:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-458331240.jpg

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, claiming he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her.

The unidentified woman, who says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, says she was drugged at a Beverly Hills home and later attacked at her apartment.

Rose denied the woman's claims in a statement he released late Thursday.

"I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," he said. "I am not going to comment other than to say - I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by TMZ Wednesday and made public Thursday, says the incident took place in August of 2013.

Rose’s spokesperson, Lisa Cohen, said on behalf of his legal team that the lawsuit is “nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete" and called the claims "outrageous."

"Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago," she said. "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated."

Cohen also claimed this is the third attorney the woman has hired in an attempt to sue Rose.

The Chicago Bulls released a statement on the issue Wednesday.

"We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts,” the team said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Rose’s agent could not immediately be reached for comment.



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<![CDATA[MAP: LA 2024 Olympics Venues]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:51:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/01-08-2015-olympics-1984-la-coliseum.jpg

If Los Angeles gets to hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics, where would the events be held?

LA24, the group working to bring the games back to the city, released a bid book with nearly two dozen proposed venues clustered across the Southland, including in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Westside, Griffith Park and one outlier in Ventura County.

Click on the locations to see where the games could take place.



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<![CDATA[Terrell Owens Explains Painkiller Overdose]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:45:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TERRELL_PAIN_KILLERS_1200x675_513780803751.jpg Terrell Owens talks with Fred Roggin about his painkiller overdose in 2006 and tells him what really happened. Originally aired on Going Roggin, August 22, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[T.O. Says There's No Way Tom Brady Didn't Know]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:47:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TERRELL_DEFLATE_GATE_1200x675_513782851587.jpg Terrell Owens sits down with Fred Roggin to explain why it was impossible for Tom Brady to be unaware that the footballs were deflated in the AFC Championship Game. Originally aired on Going Roggin, August 22, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Terrell Owens Doesn't Care About Making the Hall of Fame]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:49:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TERRELL_HALL_OF_FAME_1_1200x675_513782851977.jpg One of the greatest football players of all time, Terrell Owens, tells Fred Roggin exactly why he doesn’t care about being in the NFL hall of fame. Originally aired on Going Roggin, August 22, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Dodgers Go Deep in 7-4 Victory Over Reds]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 23:04:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/scott+van+slyke.jpg

A trip to Cincinnati could be just what the Doctor ordered for the ailing Dodgers.

After a five-game losing streak, Los Angeles has now won two consecutive games against the Reds, awakening their slumping bats from their stupor.

Scott Van Slyke, A.J. Ellis and Yasiel Puig each hit home runs in a five-run fourth inning as the Dodgers went to deep to defeat the Reds 7-4 on Wednesday night at Great American Ballpark.

“I’m trying to keep it simple,” Ellis said of his homer. “ When you are in a limited playing time and in a limited role, you just want to go up and have a quality bat every time. I’m just trying to hold the fort down for Yaz.”

David Holmberg got hammered by the Dodgers for the second time in his last three outings. The left-hander allowed six runs on 7 hits in just 3.2 innings of work. In two total games against the Boys in Blue, Holmberg has allowed 13 runs on 12 hits, with six homers in just 5.2 innings of work.

Brett Anderson earned his second victory against the Reds in 11 days, holding Cincinnati to three runs on five hits over 6.2 innings. Anderson could have kept Cincy scoreless if not for a two-out error by Chase Utley extended the seventh inning, allowing three runs to score.

“It was a weird game,” Anderson said of the start.” It was one of the most satisfying/frustrating games I’ve been in. Through the first six it was pretty good, but I couldn’t get out of the seventh. Hopefully we can finish on a high note tomorrow.”

Déjà vu? Luis Avilan entered into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning for the second straight night to face Jay Bruce in a crucial situation. On Tuesday, Avilan struck out Bruce with the bases loaded and two-outs, on Wednesday, with runners on first and second and two-outs, Avilan again struck out Bruce with a 94-MPH fastball over the heart of the plate.

“Brett did an amazing job,” Dodgers’ catcher A.J. Ellis said. “He ran into the skids there in the seventh, but fortunately our bullpen picked him up.”

The Dodgers tacked on a valuable insurance run thanks to Adrian Gonzalez’s double to the gap in the top of the ninth inning. Yasiel Puig scored from first on the play, giving LA a three-run lead.

Kenley Jansen finally recorded his 25th save of the season in his third appearance over the past week. Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close the door on the Dodgers 69th win of the season.

Bizarre Moment:

Kike Hernandez hit a broken-bat, groundball double to the shortstop in the sixth inning. Hernandez’s bat shattered and the barrel went flying towards Ian De Jesus Jr. who had to jump over the oncoming obstacle, allowing the ball to roll past him and into left field.


Game Notes:

Yasiel Puig extended his hitting streak to nine games with his two-run home run in the fourth.

On this date in 1939, the Dodgers and Reds became the first televised Major League Baseball game. TV Announcer Red Barber called both games of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. The game was broadcast on W2XBS (NBC TV) and only 400 people in the New York area with television sets were able to watch the game.

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<![CDATA[McDonald Indicted on Rape Charges]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:03:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/th-may-25-ray-mcdonald-mug.jpg

Former San Francisco 49’ers and Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was indicted on Wednesday on one count of rape and on one count of violating a restraining order by a Santa Clara County Grand Jury, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

McDonald, who was signed by the Bears in March and released by the team after new domestic violence allegations surfaced against him a few months later, was accused of raping an intoxicated woman at a party in December 2014. The incident caused the 49’ers to release him, with the team citing a series of poor decision-making as the reason for the decision.

McDonald’s former teammate Ahmad Brooks was also indicted for his role in an incident at the same party, the newspaper reported.

If convicted on the rape charge, McDonald faces a maximum of eight years in prison, with another year possible with the restraining order violation charges.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Silence Lamb in 5-1 Victory Over Reds]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:57:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-485211214.jpg

Justin Turner and Jimmy Rollins both hit two-run homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

After a week of offensive struggles amidst an eight-game road losing streak, the Dodgers bats bounced back in the “hitters friendly” park located alongside the Ohio River.

“We needed this very badly,” Rollins said. “Losing 5 games in a row and losing two games late, we haven’t been playing good baseball, at least at the plate. It was important to come out here and get some hits and get the win.”

The Dodgers jumped out to the lead thanks to back-to-back doubles by Rollins and Yasiel Puig to start the game.

Rollins was the player of the game for Los Angeles going 2-for-4 with a double, home run, and two RBIs.

“We needed a big hit,” Rollins said of his homer.” You can’t let a team hang around too long; they find ways to win, at least lately against us.”

Alex Wood (9-8) picked up his second win in a Dodgers uniform, both against Cincinnati, after the left-hander held the Reds to three runs in a 5-3 victory in Los Angeles on August 14th. Wood showed significant improvement on Tuesday, throwing five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

“You always want to stay in the game,” Wood said when asked if he wanted to come out of the game.”But it was a good win tonight. I’m excited we’re back in the win column.”

The left-hander allowed just one run on four hits with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

“Middle to the end of August, its go time,” Wood continued. “Hopefully we’ll continue to do what we did tonight and put some more W’s in the win column.”

John Lamb (0-2) lost to the Dodgers for the second time in 11 days after a 5-3 loss in Los Angeles. Lamb faired a little better on Tuesday allowing three runs on five hits in five innings, but still took the loss, his second of the season.

“Without a doubt I’d like to take the club deeper into the game,” Lamb said. “It’s definitely a learning experience. I can learn what pitches to throw, but then I have to execute them. I’m learning to continue to make pitches and apply the pressure. Walks have come back to bite me in the butt. It’s preached at the lower levels trying to get here. I’m learning to stay in the moment.”

Todd Frazier knocked in the Reds only run of the game and finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Frazier leads the Majors in two-baggers with 38.

Dodgers’ reliever Luis Avilan came out with the clutch performance of the night. After a week of bullpen struggles, Avilan came out of the pen with the bases loaded and two-outs in the eighth, with Jay Bruce representing the tying run at the plate.

“I was just trying to throw strikes,” Avilan said of his mindset in that pressure packed situation. “ The last thing you want is to walk him there. I wanted to get the out as quick as I can and fortunately, I did that.”

Avilan struck Bruce out with a nasty breaking ball, that secured the lead and the victory for Los Angeles.

Game Notes:
Dodgers reliever Juan Nicasio was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game and Yimi Garcia was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.


 



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<![CDATA[$4.6 Billion: Cost of Hosting 2024 Olympics in LA]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:37:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/olympics+rings.jpg

The cost of hosting the 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles will be $4.6 billion, with a projected profit of $161 million, according to the nonprofit working to bring the international sporting event to the city.

The LA24 nonprofit released a draft bid book today that includes an August update of the budget submitted to the United States Olympic Committee in December and details how the Olympics might be run in Los Angeles.

LA 2024 Bid Book

The budget is projecting that the International Olympics Committee will contribute $1.5 billion or 31 percent of the revenue, with the domestic sponsorships and ticket revenue making up the other two thirds of the expected revenue.

The total revenue being projected is $4.8 billion, which would result in a $161 million profit for the LA24 nonprofit. The 200-page bid packet calls for the Olympics Village to be next to the Los Angeles river in Lincoln Heights -- in a Union Pacific rail yard known as the "Piggyback Yard" -- and for the Olympics Stadium to be at a newly renovated Los Angeles Coliseum.

The bid also designates sports venue clusters in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, coastal areas like Santa Monica and the area around UCLA and the South Bay. The Los Angeles City Council is expected to decide this week whether the city should officially join the bid effort -- which is being led by the LA24 nonprofit that was set up by Mayor Eric Garcetti and businessman Casey Wasserman.

The council is expected to vote tomorrow on whether to form an ad hoc committee "to oversee and coordinate the city's bid and participation in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics," according to a motion.

The seven-person panel would be chaired by City Council President Herb Wesson, with Councilman Gil Cedillo as vice chair. Other members are council members Mike Bonin, Joe Buscaino, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O'Farrell and Curren Price.

The panel is expected to meet on Friday to discuss a joinder agreement that is needed as the "first step" for the bid to the USOC to move forward.

City leaders, including Wesson and Garcetti, are being asked to the sign the agreement, which would mean that "Los Angeles will pursue the games" in the event that the USOC chooses Los Angeles as the nation's bid city, Wesson spokeswoman Vanessa Rodriguez said.

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<![CDATA[ESPN Pulls Former Red Sox Star From Air After Posts Compare Muslims Extremists to Nazis]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:50:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/138886369.jpg

ESPN has pulled Curt Schilling from the air after the former Red Sox and Phillies star posted a photo comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis on his social media accounts.

The photos, posted Tuesday, were deleted and Schilling apologized. ESPN announced that the company has removed Schilling as a broadcaster for the Little League World Series "pending further consideration.”

"Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," ESPN said in a statement.

Schilling issued an apology on Twitter, saying he understands his suspension and that the situation is "100% my fault." 

 

 He has also apologized to some online commenters individually.



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<![CDATA[NFL Files New Argument in Tom Brady Appeal]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 03:47:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tom-brady-patriots-nfl.jpg

The NFL filed a new argument Monday in the Tom Brady appeal.

The letter, sent to Judge Richard Berman, questions the NFL Player's Association presentation during a hearing last week in which the NFLPA submitted a list of 19 examples of rulings in which a court vacated an arbitration award.

The NFLPA suggested those cases set legal precedent for the judge to throw out the NFL's decision to suspend Tom Brady for four games in response to his alleged role in Deflategate.

The NFL says those cases are not similar to the Tom Brady case.

Another hearing is set for next week in Brady's appeal. 



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<![CDATA[Olympic Gymnastics Coach Suspected of Molestation]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:55:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149434037.jpg

An Olympic gymnastics coach was arrested early Monday morning in Indianapolis on suspicion of child molestation, a spokeswoman for an Indiana prosecutor's office told NBC News.

Marvin Sharp has not formally been charged, said Marion County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Peg McLeish, adding that her office is sharing its investigation with federal authorities.

NBC affiliate WTHR reported that the investigation began with a complaint from a female gymnast at Sharp's Gymnastics Academy, and that USA Gymnastics is cooperating with the investigation. On Sunday evening, detectives searching for child pornography removed computers and other electronic devices from Sharp's home, the station reported.



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<![CDATA[City Officials Meet to Discuss Future of Oakland Coliseum]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:29:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N5P+COLISEUM+DEAL+VO+-+21482516.jpg

The Oakland Coliseum might not be the home of the Raiders anymore.

Oakland government officials, the Raiders, and the Coliseum Authority will meet Monday to discuss a plan to keep the team in the East Bay.

Businessman Floyd Kephart is behind the project which includes a new stadium for the Raiders. If Kephart’s plan is rejected by people at the meeting, Oakland can pursue other options for the football team.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said the city has until the end of the year to find a solution.

He said the team is also open to moving back to the Los Angeles area. 

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