<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 21:51:37 -0700Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:51:37 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kershaw Inching Closer, Ethier Makes Rehab Start]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:19:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Scott+Kazmir+Injury+Update.png

Welcome to another article on the rotating door that is the Dodgers disabled list this season. Since we last met, Los Angeles has set a new MLB record with 27 different players on the disabled list in a single season, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox.

The team placed left-handed pitchers Brett Anderson (blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck) on the disabled list on Sunday to set the record.

The Dodgers currently stand atop the NL West clinging to a two-game lead over the rival San Francisco Giants. Things could get interesting this weekend as L.A. hosts the best team in baseball in the Chicago Cubs, and the Giants face the worst team in the league in the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park.

Here's the latest injury updates:

Clayton Kershaw (herniated disc): The three-time Cy Young Award threw another 60-pitch bullpen session on Friday and said he felt good afterwards. He said he would face hitters next week and could make one rehab appearance before being activated in early September. 

Trayce Thompson (Lower back injury): Thompson is losing traction as he tries to recover from two fractures in his lower back. He still has not swung a bat and is expected to meet with the doctor next week. He likely won't be able to make a rehab appearance and could be added to the team's roster once it expands.

Andre Ethier (fractured right tibia): Ethier made his first rehab appearance with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday and went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. He's scheduled to make another start on Saturday but could also join the  big league roster once the minor league season ends.

Louis Coleman (right shoulder fatigue): Coleman has thrown three shutout innings in three rehab games with the Oklahoma City Dodgers and could be activated when rosters expand in September if not sooner.

Alex Wood (left posterior elbow soreness): Wood threw from 90-feet on flat ground on Wednesday and said he feels good. He is expected to return in mid-September in a relief role.

Chris Hatcher (strained left oblique): Hatcher was moved to the 60-day disabled list on July 20th and is not expected to pitch again this season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (left elbow tendinitis): In a stunning turn of events, just three days after announcing he would not return to pitch again this season, Dave Roberts said that Ryu has begun to pick up a baseball and will start throwing in the next few days. It's encouraging that he wants to try and return, but we won't hold our breath just yet.

Scott Van Slyke (Right Wrist irritation): Van Slyke was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, likely ending his season. There's still a chance Van Slyke can return before the year ends, but with the 60-day DL move, it's possible Van Slyke opts for surgery on his ailing wrist.

Josh Ravin (Right Triceps Soreness): Ravin landed on the disabled list on Sunday Aug. 14 for the second time this season, but his triceps injury isn't considered to be serious. The earliest he can come off the DL is Aug. 29, but it's more probable that he returns to the team when rosters expand after Sept. 1.

Brandon McCarthy (Right hip stiffness): McCarthy threw a bullpen session on Friday and received treatment after. There's still no timetable on his return, or if he's been able to work through his command issues. It's doubtful he'll be ready for a rehab start before the minor league season ends, so we expect McCarthy to throw a simulated game in Arizona before coming off the DL. 

Brett Anderson (blister): Anderson also threw a bullpen session on Friday and said he felt no ill-effects of the blister that surfaced in his last start. He expects to be back in September and like McCarthy, will probably throw a sim game in Arizona before being activated. 

Scott Kazmir (neck irritation): Kazmir was also placed on the 15-day disabled list for precautionary reasons, his first stint on the DL this season. Kaz complained he was unable to rotate his neck far enough to see the plate, but it is not considered serious and he expects to start when he is eligible to be activated off the DL on Sept. 8.



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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Cousin Fatally Shot]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:48:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Aldridge0825.JPG

A woman was shot to death while pushing a child in a stroller on Chicago's South Side, police said Friday, and family identified the victim as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

The 32-year-old woman, whom family identified as Nykea Aldridge, was apparently the unintended victim of a gang shooting, police said. She was walking around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two males approached another male and opened fire, police said.

Several hours after his cousin was shot, Wade sent out a tweet about the killing.

Pastor Jolinda Wade, Dwyane's mother, identified Aldridge as her niece. Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones confirmed Aldridge is Dwyane's cousin.

"This is one particular time our family wished we didn't have to be speaking to the media about anything," Jolinda Wade said. "(I) just sat up on a panel yesterday, (with ESPN wesbite) The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that we would be the ones ... actually living and experiencing it."

Aldridge was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where she was pronounced dead. A relative took custody of the child, police said.

Jones said Aldridge is a mother of four and had just had a baby. Jones said she and her family had recently relocated to the neighborhood and she was on her way to register her kids at school when she was shot. 

It was not immediately clear which school Aldridge was going to, but the shooting happened close to Dulles School, which was partially blocked off as police analyzed the scene. 

"She loved God, loved her family," Jones said. "Just like everyone else, just wanted a better life, to live a better life. This is tragic because now it struck home with us. Something has to be done. This has got to stop."

Wade called the killing senseless and said the Wade and Morris families were in a "sensitive, grieving place."

"She wasn't bothering anybody, just going to register her kids in school — and bullets that fly around have no name decided to find its way to her head," she said.

Wade said this is the second child her sister, Aldridge's mother, has lost to gun violence. 

Wade asked for prayers and said she will continue to be proactive in the community.

"We're still going to help and empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head," she said. "And all of our young people out there, senselessly shooting each other."

Two men are being questioned as persons of interest and an investigation is ongoing, police said.

Dwyane Wade decided to join his hometown bulls this summer, and has been a longtime supporter of the South Side, where his foundation has been active. In November, after Chicago police released video of Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting on the South Side, Wade wrote the teenager’s name on his shoes for an NBA game, along with the hashtag "#justice."



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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress Arrested for DWI: Police]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:34:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jeffress-mug.jpg

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels placed Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list Friday, saying the pitcher was unable to perform after spending the night in jail after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 28-year-old was booked into the jail at 5:13 a.m. His bond was set at $500.

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The Rangers released a statement earlier in the day saying they are "aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning" and are "in the process of the gathering information."

Friday afternoon, Daniels sat before the media and discussed what he knew about the incident, but admitted there was still much to get their hands around.

Daniels said Jeffress' being put on the restrictive list was because he didn't sleep and would physically be unable to perform Friday night. He added that it was not a suspension related to an allegation of drug use or the arrest, and said that Jeffress would likely be back on the active roster Saturday.

Jeffress was suspended for 50 games in 2007 after testing positive for drugs — reportedly for marijuana — after being given a warning for his first offense. He was suspended for 100 games in 2009 for a third failed test.

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If Jeffress fails another drug test, he faces a lifetime ban. Daniels said Friday afternoon he wasn't sure if alcohol was on the list of drugs considered by Major League Baseball.

Jeffress and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Rangers before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. He last pitched for the Rangers on Tuesday where he gave up one hit and one run in one inning of work in a 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

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<![CDATA[Cancer Patient Takes Field at Dodgers' Batting Practice]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:41:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/08-26-2016-dodgers-cato-leukemia-1.JPG

A die-hard Los Angeles Dodgers fan who is battling leukemia got an experience that most fans only dream about.

Marcus Cato was on the field to watch the team's batting practice Thursday night before their game against their rivals, the San Francisco Giants.

The arrangement was set up by a non-profit group, DKMS, that helps fight blood cancer.

Cato is a former high school baseball player, so he knows his way around a baseball field. He met players, took a few photos with the Dodgers and received some autographs.

The experience also carried special significance because he turned 21 just a few days ago.

"The fact that I'm here, Dodger Stadium, on the field -- it's very exciting," said Cato, wearing a Dodgers cap. "I didn't think I'd ever get an opportunity to do this.

"I'm still ecstatic. I'm so excited to be able to watch this and see all the guys."

Cato, who wants to study business at Fresno State , was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in May, and is in desperate need of a bone marrow donor. Since he is biracial, it is more difficult for him to find a donor who is a match.



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<![CDATA[Emotional Dodgers Nearly No-Hit by Matt Moore]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:10:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Moore+loses+no+hitter.png

Maybe the Dodgers do miss A.J. Ellis.

Just hours after the team announced they had traded away their most popular and longest tenured teammate, the emotional Dodgers were nearly no-hit by Matt Moore as the San Francisco Giants salvaged their series with Los Angeles, 4-0, on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

"It's hard to lose a guy like that before the game," said Corey Seager who had the game's only hit. "There might have been some emotions spilling over into the game. It's one of those things that you'd like to put behind you, but it's human nature to miss a guy like that."

San Francisco acquired the lefty Moore at the MLB trade deadline in order to thwart the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who are last in the league at hitting left-handed pitching.

"They acquired him for a reason and we've had our struggles against left-handed pitching but everyday is a different game," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "I'm sure we're going to see him two more times. If he throws like that, we're going to have our work cut out. We need to make adjustments."

On Thursday, the Giants plan of attack was realized, and boy was it a beauty.

Moore (8-10) was one out away from history when rookie Corey Seager sliced a single to right field to end the no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning.

"You're still going up there and competing, you're still trying to get on base, still trying to win a game," Seager said of his approach in that final at-bat. "He was really good tonight. Tip your hat to him."

After a pitching change, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy brought in closer Santiago Casilla who made one-pitch for the final out of the game.

"He was excited to have a chance at it, but he knew he was coming out," Bochy said after the game. "He showed some signs of frustration giving up the hit there, but he pitched his heart out tonight.

Otherwise Moore was absolutely dominant against the Dodgers. Allowing just one hit with three walks and seven strikeouts in 8 and 2/3 innings of fantastic pitching. Moore threw a career-high 133 pitches on the night, the most in the Major Leagues this season.

"He had everything working tonight and saved us from getting swept," Bochy said of Moore's performance. "We had to win today, this game was bigger than any game we've had all year."

Moore's bid for history would have also been a historic moment for the San Francisco Giants organization as they could have set an MLB record for five consecutive seasons with a no hitter (Matt Cain – 2012, Tim Lincecum -2013, Lincecum -2014, Chris Heston -2015).

"Probably the fifth inning or something I realized I hadn't given up a hit," Moore said of when he knew he was chasing history. "I threw one before in the minor leagues in Double-A, but nothing like this. Overall it was a fun day."

The victory salvaged the three-game series as San Francisco chases the Dodgers for first place in the NL West and also was the first win of the season for Moore as a member of the Giants. The 27-year-old is now 1-3 in five starts with the Giants since the trade deadline.

"I'm happy. You never want to get sweeped under any circumstances," Moore added. "No-hitters are a personal milestone and achievement. Just in general to have an opportunity for a complete game, that's what pitchers want. It's going to be a happy flight home."

Ross Stripling (3-5) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings. It was the first time the rookie right-hander faced San Francisco since he threw 7.1 no-hit innings on April 8 at AT&T Park in his MLB debut.

Joe Panik hit a two-run home run off Stripling in the top of the fourth as San Francisco never relinquished the lead after that. 

"That swing he took right there was so smooth. You could tell by the trajectory it was going out," Moore said of Panik's homer. "I've only been here three weeks, but the way he's been playing past couple weeks has been very big for our club."

San Francisco now trails the Dodgers by two games in the NL West heading into a three-game series at AT&T Park with the worst team in baseball, the Atlanta Braves.

Adrian Gonzalez's 17-game hitting streak was snapped just one-game shy of tying his career-high.

"He was pitching away from what he was doing in the past and we were not ready for that," Gonzalez said of Moore. "Whether we got a hit in the first or the ninth, we got a hit. We won the series and lost a game that's how we look at it."

The Dodgers have now lost six of their 13 games to the Giants in their head-to-head matchups this season.

Moore's no-hitter would have been just the second no-hitter in the Major Leagues this year following Jake Arrieta who threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on April 22nd. 

Players of the Game:

Matt Moore: One-hitter.
Joe Panik: Two-run home run.
Corey Seager: Broke up no-hitter with two outs in 9th.

Three Takeaways:

1. Moore is Money: San Francisco Giants starter Matt Moore was just one out away from history before a bloop single by Corey Seager ended his run at baseball immortality. Not only was Moore one-out away from throwing the first no-hitter of his MLB career, but it would have been the first no-hitter by the Giants over the Dodgers in 101 years (Rube Marquard). It would have also given the Giants five no-hitters in five consecutive seasons, breaking an all-time baseball record. 

2. Thank You, A.J. Ellis: It was a bittersweet day for the boys in blue as the organization and the fans said goodbye to catcher A.J. Ellis. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully announced to the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium that Ellis had been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Carlos Ruiz and fans erupted in boos as they said goodbye to one of the team's most popular players.

3. Sellout: 53,300 fans came out to witness the Dodgers-Giants rivalry firsthand as Dodger Stadium hosted it's fifth sellout crowd of the season on Thursday.

Up Next:

Giants (69-57): San Francisco returns to the comfy confines of AT&T Park where they will open a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.

Dodgers (70-56): Los Angeles welcomes the best team in baseball in the Chicago Cubs for a three-game weekend series starting on Friday. Bud Norris will start the opener at 7:10 PM ST.

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<![CDATA[Dodger Players and Coaches React to Ellis Trade]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:17:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Ellis+Trade+Teammates.png

Baseball is a business, but that doesn't mean it's not emotional or personal at times.

Such is the case with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team announced on Thursday that they had traded popular catcher A.J. Ellis to the Philadelphia Phillies for Carlos Ruiz.

Ellis was a fan favorite and spent the better part of nine seasons with the Dodgers. He is a voice of leadership in the locker room and a mentor to many. He was the personal catcher and best friend of three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP Clayton Kershaw, and beloved by the front office.

"It was a tough decision on a personal level," Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said before the game. "I wrestled with this trade for days."

That's why the trade sent ripple effects through the Ravine on Thursday as players and coaches shed tears along with heartfelt goodbyes to their friend and teammate.

"It's a tough day for everyone. I'm a little shocked," Justin Turner told reporters from his locker. "On a personal level AJ is a great friend of mine both on the field and off the field. I've spent a lot of time with him and built a friendship with makes this a lot harder." 

Ellis agreed and went as far as anointing Turner the new leader of the Dodgers.

"Justin Turner is the new heart and soul of this team," said Ellis. "He's the new leader and has become the voice of this club, not just in the clubhouse but on the field."

Ellis was the longest tenured Dodger on the roster entering Thursday as he spent the better part of 13 seasons with the organization and nine with the Major League club. He said his tenure in particular was something he was very proud of.

"To almost be a 10-year Dodger was something I was really proud of," a tearful Ellis said from the Dodgers dugout as he sat in front of reporters. "It's tough. This is really hard. Dodger Stadium is the greatest office in America and not to be able to call it home anymore is really tough."

Ellis was emotional in his exit interview with the media as he recanted the moment that he received a vague text message from the front office telling him to meet at the stadium hours before the game. 

"It's amazing how fast things can change. I was at the park shooting basketball with my kids and an hour later you have to pick things up and move your life," Ellis said. "It's hard for me, and even double as hard for my wife and kids. It's our family members who are left to pick up the pieces."

After calling his wife and agent, the next person he contacted was Kershaw. Luckily, his best friend was still at the stadium and the battery mates met in the dugout where emotions spilled over.

"I texted Clayton and had him meet me here in the dugout," Ellis recalled. "Not much was said. He was shocked. It hit us both simultaneously and we both cried. To know that I might not ever get to catch him again is the most devastating thing. It's very difficult. I'm almost out of tears now."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts seemed just as shocked as anyone and credited Ellis with making him a better manager and person in his inaugural season with Los Angeles.

"When a guy like A.J. Ellis gets traded it's impactful. AJ has a away about him that's infectious," Roberts said. "He's contributed a lot to the culture that's here and the winning environment. He helped me grow as a first year manager and I hope I helped him grow as a player. Being around him made me better. When he's gone, it's a big blow."

"I lost a good friend in the clubhouse," Adrian Gonzalez added. 

The blow will be most felt by Ellis and his family as he heads to Philadelphia on Friday to meet his new teammates. Leaving behind a team that is built for a deep postseason run without him. Nonetheless, Ellis will still be cheering on his teammates from afar in their quest for their first World Series title in 28 years.

"There's nothing like wearing a Dodger jersey. Nothing like it in sports," Ellis added. "I love the Dodgers. I love Los Angeles. Baseball is funny. I have nothing but respect."



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis for Carlos Ruiz]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:54:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/163*120/AJ+Ellis+Trade.jpg

They say you can’t really miss someone if they don’t go away.

Dodger fans will certainly miss catcher A.J. Ellis after the Los Angeles Dodgers traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in a swap of backup catchers.

In exchange for Ellis, the Dodgers acquire veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz as they make the push for their fourth consecutive National League West Division title and perhaps their first World Series birth since 1988.

Ruiz is a native of Venezuela and has played his entire career with Philadelphia after he made his debut with the team in 2006. He won five NL East Division championships with the Phillies, two NL Pennants, and one World Series Championship in 2008.

Ruiz, 36, joins fellow Dodger teammates Chase Utley and Joe Blanton as three of the active eight players on in the league to play on the Philadelphia World Series Title team.

Ruiz is batting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games this season, but he’s been hot since the All-Star Break smacking .340 in 47 plate appearances.

Unfortunately for Ruiz, he was relegated to a backup role behind Cameron Rupp this season, and will keep the same position behind Yasmani Grandal despite the fact that Ruiz owns the second best WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of any catcher in Phillies history with 21.7.

Acquiring Ruiz is a modest improvement at the backup catcher position for the Dodgers, especially against left-handed hitters. However, the loss of Ellis will be felt greater than just the occasional day behind the plate.

Ellis,35, was one of the most popular players on the team, and was beloved by ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw and Ellis have their lockers located next to each other in the Dodger clubhouse and are likely each other’s best friends on the team.

According to Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times, Ellis said that Kershaw was “shocked” when he told him and that the two men shared a good cry together. Not being able to catch Kershaw again was what Ellis called “the most devastating thing.”

“It’s a really sad day for me,” he told reporters on Thursday. “Rips your heart out. I’m almost out of tears now.”

The eight-year veteran of the Dodgers was batting .194 and is a free agent at the end of the season and it was unlikely the team was going to re-sign him as they were grooming minor league catcher Austin Barnes for the backup role. It’s possible the Dodgers pick up the final option on Ruiz’s contract if he performs well down the stretch, but he can also be a free agent at the end of the season.

In addition to Ellis, the Dodgers sent Class-A Rancho Cucamonga pitcher, Tommy Bergjans, to the Phillies in addition to a player to be named later. Philadelphia send cash to the Dodgers to cover the difference in the two catchers’ contracts.



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<![CDATA[Hill Delivers in Debut as Dodgers Defeat Giants]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:37:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Justin+Turner+homers+against+Giants.png

Good things come to those who wait. 

Rich Hill made his long awaited Dodger debut on Wednesday night and did not disappoint as the left-hander threw six scoreless innings, outdueling Johnny Cueto, and Los Angeles extended their lead in the NL West to three games with a 1-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. 

The Dodgers had to wait over three weeks on Hill to make his debut as he was immediately placed on the disabled list with a blister on his left hand after he was acquired at the trade deadline.

"It was great to get back out there. I've emphasized to stay within the moment and execute one pitch at a time," Hill said of his return. "It sounds cliche, but if you can do that it's extremely beneficial."

Hill (10-3) delivered in his first taste of one of baseball's best rivalries as he threw six shutout innings with no walks and three strikeouts as he stood in the spotlight of a pressure-packed pennant race.

"You can feel the passion that's out there," Hill said of pitching in the rivalry in the heat of a division race. "Fans come to see effort and for me, that's what I like to bring out there to the environment. It was extremely exciting. The intensity overall was a lot of fun."

Cueto (14-4) had a no-hitter through 3 and 1/3 before Justin Turner broke it up like a branch in autumn with a solo shot to left field, providing the only run of the game.

"My first at-bat he pounded me in with fastballs, so on that at-bat he threw slider-slider and then threw a third one in a row that he left up," Turner said of his home run. "I just barely got enough of it to get out, but I'm happy it did."

The blast was Turner's team-high 24th of the season, the most of his career and ties him with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout for 31st in the Major Leagues.

Turner's run would turn out to be all the Dodgers needed as Hill and four relievers combined to shutout San Francisco the remainder of the way.

"I was hoping we would score a lot more," Turner joked after the game. "Tip your cap to Rich [Hill] and the bullpen. They came in and did an unbelievable job."

Pedro Baez, Adam Liberatore, Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen combined to hold the Giants to just one hit over three scoreless innings of relief. For Jansen, he picked up his second straight save, his 37th save of the season, and first one-run save since June.

Cueto was the hard-luck loser, allowing just the one run on four hits with six strikeouts in six strong innings of work. The loss was Cueto's first in the month of August.

"It's part of the game. There's nothing you can do when you lose one to nothing," Cueto said after the game through a translator. "You just have to keep on grinding and keep your head up."

However, the night was all about the return of Hill who gave the 44,000 fans in attendance their first taste of the soft-throwing southpaw.

"This was the first time I had a chance to see him pitch in person and up close," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "As much energy there was in the ballpark tonight, Rich rasied that level of intensity even more." 

Fresh as the first beam of a sun, Hill earned his first victory in a Dodger uniform in his first game on the mound since he threw a few pitches on July 17th. The last full start Hill made was on July 7th when he allowed one run on three hits in six innings against the Houston Astros. 

Hill was acquired alongside his teammate Josh Reddick at the MLB trade deadline for three pitching prospects and is undefeated in his last nine starts overall, posting a record of 7-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

"I wasn't that surprised. I've seen it all year," Reddick said of Hill's outing. "That goes to show the kind of competitor he is after not pitching for so long to go out there and shutout a lineup like those guys."

Adrian Gonzalez had a single in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 17 games.

Corey Seager saw his 14-game hitting streak snapped, and San Francisco outfielder Angel Pagan went 0-for-3 and saw his season-high 19-game hitting streak get snapped.

The Dodgers recorded their MLB-leading 12th shutout of the season and their first 1-0 victory over the Giants since July 20, 2011 at AT&T Park.

Los Angeles and San Francisco are now tied at six wins apiece through the teams first 12 head-to-head matchups. They will meet seven more times over the next month in a sprint to the finish in the National League West. 

"Now is the time to put your foot on the pedal and keep going," Turner said of the Dodgers three-game lead in the division. "You don't ever want to relax with those guys. We have to keep working hard every day."

Players of the Game:

Justin Turner: Game Winning Home Run
Rich Hill:
Six shutout innings
Kenley Jansen: 37th Save. 

Three Takeaways:

1. E is for 'Eephus': Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill tried to throw a 52 MPH eephus pitch past Angel Pagan in the top of the fifth inning. The pitch was a ball, but it surprised Pagan.

2. The Bold and the Beautiful: Dodgers super utility player Kiké Hernandez celebrated his 25th birthday today and made a guest appearance on the CBS Soap Opera "The Bold and the Beautiful." Hernandez played himself and the episode is expected to air on Sept. 12 when the Dodgers play the Marlins in Miami.

3. Third Base: Justin Turner needs just four more home runs to join an elite list of Dodger third baseman with 30 or more home runs in a single season.

Up Next:

Giants (68-58): Matt Moore takes the mound for the first time against the Dodgers wearing a Giants uniform for San Francisco on Thursday.

Dodgers (71-55): Rookie Ross Stripling will make another spot start as LA goes for the sweep on Thursday in the finale of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry at 7:10 PM PST.

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<![CDATA[New Name for White Sox Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:47:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/us+cellular+field+GettyImages-520000826.jpg

Chicago White Sox fans will have a new corporate name attached to their home stadium next season, as the team has sold naming rights for their ballpark to Guaranteed Rate, the team announced Wednesday.

The stadium, currently known as U.S. Cellular Field, will become Guaranteed Rate Field on Nov. 1 as part of a new 13-year contract that the White Sox signed with the mortgage company, according to a statement released by the club.

"We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field," chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in the statement. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the name change during a board meeting, the statement said. Financial terms of the deal between the White Sox and Guaranteed Rate were not disclosed.

The White Sox retained an option under the team’s lease for the ballpark, which could extend the deal an additional year through 2030.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to be part of the White Sox family," president & CEO of Guaranteed Rate Victor Ciardelli said. "It really is a dream come true to have the Guaranteed Rate name on a hometown Chicago ballpark."

"We love this city and its baseball fans, and couldn’t be happier to partner with an iconic team and a legendary owner in Jerry Reinsdorf," Ciardelli added. "We look forward to many great years of White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field."



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<![CDATA[Walsh Jennings, Ross Answer Your Questions]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:21:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kerri_walsh_jennings_apri_q_and_a_1200x675_750327363778.jpg Volleyball stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross, coming off their bronze medal win in Rio, answer your questions.]]> <![CDATA[Lakers Sign Yi, Ingram, Black]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:11:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Lakers-sign-Brandon-Ingram.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers completed and confirmed a trio of expected signings on Wednesday, when Tarik Black joined Brandon Ingram and Yi Jianlian in putting ink to paper in the same week.

With the three latest signings, the Lakers are now carrying 15 players, which is the maximum number allowed by the NBA. As such, the Lakers have effectively filled their roster.

At point guard, the Lakers have D'Angelo Russell, who is in his second year, with crafty veterans Marcelo Huertas and Jose Calderon backing up the youngster. Brazilian Huertas came over from Spain a year earlier, while Spaniard Calderon arrived via trade earlier in the summer.

Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams continue as the team's primary options at shooting guard for the second year running, and Nick Young is still on the roster. Earlier in the summer, Young told the LA Daily News he had been mending broken fences with Russell over an infamous video leak, but Young's future with the team remains in serious doubt.

At small forward, the Lakers signed Luol Deng to be the starter over the summer, and the 31-year-old expects to be as important as a veteran presence in the locker room as he does as a versatile player on the court.

Ingram, who was the Lakers' no. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, expects to be the backup behind Deng, with second-year Anthony Brown providing depth.

At power forward, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. expected to split minutes, but the addition of Jianlian complicates matters. The Chinese international can either slot into a center role or play as a stretch power foward, but minutes at both positions expect to pose a problem.

In truth, the Lakers have a backlog of big men. Timofey Mozgov came to the Lakers on a four-year contract and expects to be the starting center. Black's signing expected to make him the backup center, but Jianlian may steal minutes at the spot.

Also, rookie Ivica Zubac showed promise in the NBA Summer League, but the likelihood of the 19-year-old Croatian center seeing meaningful minutes during the 2016-17 season is low.

While the signings of Black, Jianlian and Ingram came as no surprise, they more importantly signify the conclusion of free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers. Like it or not, the Lakers' roster appears to be set.



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<![CDATA[Gold Medal Water Polo Team Returns From Olympics]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:30:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rio_olympics_water_po_webf_48.jpg The U.S. women's water polo team, with a roster of Southern California athletes, returns home after winning gold in Rio. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Beat Giants in Battle for NL West]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:30:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/187*120/Rob+Segedin+2nd+homer.png

Let the battles begin.

Adrian Gonzalez knocked in three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their lead in the NL West to two games, with a 9-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the opening game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. 

The longtime rivals played the first of nine games against each other in the next 30 days in what will likely decide the winner of the division.

The Dodgers took that ever-important first step on Tuesday by vanquishing their enemy and ace Madison Bumgarner, guaranteeing themselves at least a share of first place when the series ends on Thursday.

"He's one of the elite pitchers in baseball," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of beating the Giants ace. "Anytime you can get some runs across against Madison Bumgarner you're doing something right."

Gonzalez stayed as steady as the olympic flame, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI, extending his hitting streak to a team-high 16 games. The first baseman is batting .410 with seven doubles, six homers and 19 RBI during the streak.

"We've just been taking it one game at a time and our focus has been on to win the game at hand," Gonzalez said of the division race with San Francisco. "I know they've had a tough second half, but we just have to keep playing baseball, keep winning games, and we'll see where it ends up."

Corey Seager scored the Dodgers first run of the game in the first inning after his 35th double of the season. The Rookie of the Year candidate collected his third consecutive multi-hit game, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored as he lengthened his hitting streak to 14 games.

Seager scored three runs for the second consecutive game, and became just the fourth Dodgers in franchise history joining Sandy Amoros (1954), Bill Russell (1969) and Steve Sax (1982) to do so in back-to-back games.

Soon-to-be-father, Rob Segedin, sent a rocket to left field in the second inning as he homered for the second consecutive day. The lefty-killer who debuted against former Cy Young Award winner David Price, can now add Bumgarner to his list of lefty conquests.

"It's nice to see a guy perform and get rewarded," Roberts said of Segedin. "He's taken this opportunity and run with it. He's added energy and enthusiasm."

Another rookie, Andrew Toles, also homered for the second straight game when he went deep for a two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth inning. Minor league teammates, Segedin and Toles, both hit the first home run of their MLB careers in Cincinnati on Monday and both hit their first big league homers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

"I hit one, he hit one. He hit one, I hit one," Toles said of the back-and-forth with Segedin. "I went to the bathroom so I didn't get to see his tonight, but I heard it. I guess it's just luck. We're just trying to stay up here to be honest with you."

Bumgarner (12-8) labored like a giant throughout the game, allowing runs in four of the five innings he worked. The former World Series MVP struggled, surrendering five runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in just five innings pitched.

"I thought I made some pretty good pitches, but sometimes you just have to give other guys credit," Bumgarner said of his start. "Sometimes it's just not gonna go your way."

The four-time All-Star nicknamed "MadBum" fell to 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA against the Dodgers in four starts this season. 

"It doesn't make a difference what team it is, you never want that to happen," Bumgarner said of his record this year against the Dodgers. "I don't take some losses better than others."

Meanwhile, Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers most reliable starting pitcher this season, survived the San Francisco assault and earned his team-leading 13th win of the season, as well as a $1.75 million bonus for making his 25th start and surpassing 140 innings pitched.

Despite being tossed to and fro like a ship in a rough sea, Maeda (13-7) bowed, but did not break as he battled through multiple jams, escaping with just three runs allowed on six hits and four strikeouts in five innings pitched.

"Overall I just didn't have a good feel for my pitches control and command wise," Maeda said of his start through a translator. "I knew that if I kept the game close, my teammates would pick me up and they sure did."

Maeda tied fellow Japanese star, Hideo Nomo (1995) for the third most wins by a Dodger rookie and is 5-0 in his last six starts. 

Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored an extended his season-high hitting streak to 19 games as San Francisco has lost seven of their last nine games.

"We kept answering back, but we just couldn't finish the deal," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We have to put this behind us and keep fighting. There's a lot of baseball left."

Denard Span hit a solo shot off Kenley Jansen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for San Francisco. Jansen retired Pagan on the next pitch to earn a four-out save, his 36th of the season.

The NL West now lies before Los Angeles like an open palm, with two more games against their reeling rivals, the Dodgers can take a stranglehold on the division with wins on Wednesday and Thursday.

Players of the Game:

Adrian Gonzalez: 2-for-4 with three RBI
Corey Seager: 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored.
Angel Pagan: 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

Three Takeaways:

1. The Record You Don't Want to Have: The Los Angeles Dodgers tied a Major League record on Tuesday when they placed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list (neck). The move meant that the team has placed 27 different players on the disabled list this season, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox.


2. Here's to you Mr. Robinson:
It's been a whirlwind 24 hours for rookie Rob Segedin. After hitting his first Major League home run of his career on Monday, Segedin headed straight for the hospital in Los Angeles where his wife, Robin, is due to give birth to their first son, Robinson, later Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Segedin started in right field and homered as an encore against the Giants on Tuesday.

3. Two Streaky: Dodger teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager each extended their hitting streaks on Tuesday to 14 and 16 games, respectively.

Up Next:

Giants (68-57): San Francisco sends All-Star Johnny Cueto to the mound to even the series tomorrow.

Dodgers (70-55): Rich Hill will make his Dodger debut when he starts on Wednesday at 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Back From Rio, Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:58:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/feigen-lochte-conger-bentz.jpg

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.



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<![CDATA[NFL Return to Coliseum Also Brings Back Grandstand Brawls]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:55:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-rams-fight.jpg

Something else returned to Los Angeles with the Rams: NFL stadium brawls.

"When you include alcohol, adrenaline, especially football, things like that tend to happen. It's pretty foreseeable," said attorney and NFL fan Armen Yeghiayan, whose Coliseum seating Saturday turned out be right in front of where a fight broke out during the second quarter of the Rams-Chiefs game.

On homecoming day a week earlier, Los Angeles Police reported ejecting seven from the Coliseum and arresting three.  Week two LAPD ejected "several," but made no arrests, said Officer Mike Lopez.

Yeghiayan said he had concerns for the safety of his girlfriends, and also for a significant number of children in the area.

"The security of fans attending our games is the top priority and we have a comprehensive security operation in place for game days," reads in part a statement issued by the Rams organization.  "After each game, we review any incidents and work with our security partners to improve the fan experience and deliver a safe and enjoyable gameday for guests."

The post-Saturday review has yet to finish, said Joanna Hunter with Rams Corportate Communications, noting that the Rams do not return to the Coliseum until Sept. 18.

Similar to Dodger Stadium and other sports venues in Los Angeles, the Rams use a blend of private security and law enforcement officers inside the Coliseum, the cost is paid by the Rams.  Outside in the surrounding neighborhoods, the Los Angeles Police Department assigns an even larger contingent of on-duty officers, more than 200, many on temporary loan from other assignments. City officials are pressuring the Rams to cover that cost as well.

Yeghiayan said the first responder to the brawl was a private security officer, who did not initially attempt to break up the fight. Uniformed LAPD officers responded from as far away as the Coliseum field level, and it took them some time to get through the crowd, according to Yeghiayan.

Fights in the seating area were becoming a growing concern during the waning days of the last generation of NFL football in the Coliseum, when the Raiders were making their home in Los Angeles. The Rams had left 15 years earlier for Anaheim, and later St. Louis.  They returned to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on an interim basis until 2019, when a new stadium in Inglewood is scheduled to be ready.

"Given the price of a ticket," Yeghiayan said,"there should definitely be a lot more security."



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<![CDATA['Final Five' Set to Tour US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:20:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16236682575231.jpg

The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

"I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

"She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

"There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

"Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

"Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

"It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 



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<![CDATA[Wheels Up in Rio: SoCal Olympians Return Home]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:45:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-591637620.jpg

Southern Californian Olympians returned home this week after nearly a month wrapped up in the excitement and competition of the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Below, a collection of some of their messages as they left Brazil.



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<![CDATA[Rams Secondary Can Be 'a Million Times Better']]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:28:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/04-29-2016-rams-helmet-generic-1.jpg

Cornerback E.J. Gaines said early in training camp that the Los Angeles Rams could have the best secondary in the league, even after losing starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Rodney McLeod in free agency.

That certainly has not been the case through the Rams' first two preseason games, but the addition of Gaines to the first unit could mark a turning point toward that goal.

Working extensively with the starters Monday, Gaines was able to build on his productive outing against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Gaines played most of the second quarter with the second unit and finished with four tackles.

"It felt good, man. It was exciting to get out there," Gaines said.

A pulled hamstring limited Gaines' activity during the first few weeks of practice at UC Irvine. His return to game action Saturday nearly one year after he suffered a season-ending Lisfranc fracture in his foot was nearly derailed by a sprained ankle, but Gaines felt as if he could go after participating in pregame warmups.

"E.J.'s first time back, I was really pleased with what we saw out of E.J.," coach Jeff Fisher said. "He went out and made some really big-time tackles, which was kind of reminiscent of the E.J. we had a couple years ago."

Gaines, who had 70 tackles and two interceptions as a rookie in 2014, was expected to start opposite Jenkins last season. Trumaine Johnson replaced the injured Gaines and had a team-high seven interceptions, leading the Rams to use their franchise tag on him.

Jenkins signed with the New York Giants, leaving Gaines, nickel back Lamarcus Joyner and free-agent addition Coty Sensabaugh competing for the vacancy at corner.

The resulting uncertainty has been evident so far in the preseason. Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott was 10 of 12 for 139 yards and two touchdowns starting in place of Tony Romo in the opener.

And Kansas City's Alex Smith went 9 of 12 for 137 yards and one touchdown last week. Both quarterbacks took advantage of open receivers. Joyner and Sensabaugh were unable to make plays on the scoring throws.

The defense hasn't allowed a point in the second half so far, allowing the Rams to stage second-half rallies to win both preseason games, but has yet to intercept a pass.

"Is the glass half-full or is it half-empty? Well I'd rather see no points given up in the first half than I would the second half because your starters are playing in the first half.

"Too many big plays, too many explosive plays. Not enough plays on third down, not enough turnovers by our standards," Fisher said. "We need to get better. The corner position still is up in the air, the other side, be it Lamarcus or Coty or E.J."

Gaines didn't try to deflect the criticism aimed at the secondary. When asked how much better they can be, Gaines said: "Man, a million times better than we have shown in the preseason so far."

The focus for the secondary this week will be on starting fast, Gaines said, while he is still trying to adjust to the speed of the game.

"You can't really simulate that out here on the practice field, but getting out there in the preseason will do me good," Gaines said.



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<![CDATA[Los Angeles Football Club Stadium Renderings]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/233*120/08-23-2016-lafc-stadium+%281%29.jpg The Los Angeles Football Club's new 22,000-seat stadium will be at the site of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

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<![CDATA[Raisman Says Yes to Date]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:46:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WEB+RAW+UNDERWOOD+ASKING+ALY+FB+-+00001703.jpg

Aly Raisman caught the attention of many with her incredible performance at the Rio Olympics, especially Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, who hopes to snag a date with the gymnast the next time she’s in San Jose.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Raisman watched a recorded video of Underwood congratulating her hard work at the Olympics, and took the opportunity to ask her out on a double date with long snapper Andrew East the next time she’s in San Jose.

East also happens to be married to 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Raisman’s friend.

Raisman giggled and said she would go out with him.

In September, Raisman and the Final Five team will be in San Jose for their champions tour. Maybe Underwood will make an appearance and snag Raisman for that date.

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<![CDATA[LA City Council Announces 8/24 as 'Kobe Bryant Day']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:53:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-Day-8-24-LA.jpg

Will Kobe Bryant go into the Hall of Fame wearing the No. 8 or the No. 24?

Los Angeles City Council members decided not to pick one or the other and instead opted to honor Bryant's early years donning the no. 8 en route to three NBA titles and also the no. 24, which collected two NBA championships, simultaneously.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, which can be abbreviated as "8/24," will be "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles when Councilman Jose Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Curren Price introduce a resolution at Wednesday's LA City Council meeting.

Bryant is having a busy week, as the 37-year-old rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, revealing a $100 million venture capital firm that bears his name.

Then, Tuesday, Aug. 23 is Bryant's 38th birthday.

On Wednesday, the "Black Mamba" will get a belated birthday present of sorts when he is honored by the City of Angels for his contributions on the court, as well as his philanthropic efforts off the court. Bryant has championed the fight against homelessness as well as the created a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need. Over the course of his public life, Bryant has been involved in numerous charitable causes and regularly volunteered to help "Make-a-Wish" for sick kids.

"Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant's 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and 'Kobe Bryant Day' is the City of Los Angeles' way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles," Huizar said in a statement. "For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe's incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we'll gather to say, 'Thank you, Mamba.'"

Bryant expects to be present at LA City Hall on Wednesday morning.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Offense Erupts for 7 Home Runs]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:36:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/A-Gon+3+Homers.png

"I love this ballpark!" – Adrian Gonzalez. 

The Dodgers offense erupted for a season-high seven home runs, led by Adrian Gonzalez who hit three, and Los Angeles routed the Cincinnati Reds 18-9, to split the four-game series on Monday morning at Great American Ballpark.

Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to a season-high 15 games with home runs in the first, fifth, and seventh innings as he crushed his second mulit-homer game of the road trip, and first three-homer game since he took former Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner deep three times on April 8, 2015.

"We definitely came out swinging right off the bat and kept putting pressure on them," Gonzalez told Kelli Tennant of SportsNetLA after the game. "Thank God we're playing at this ballpark and I was able to get two cheap homers because of it."

The Dodgers hit back-to-back home runs three separate times on Monday and hit a season-high seven home runs with four coming in the top of the fifth inning. 

L.A. scored six runs in the top of the fifth, and went back-to-back twice in the inning. Rookies Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin got the home run rally rolling as they each hit the first home runs of their MLB career on back-to-back pitches from Josh Smith.

"It's great. I remember my first, we all do," Gonzalez said of the first big league homers for the boys. "That's great for them and it's always a fun environment in the dugout."

"Their teammates were very excited for those two guys to get their first career homers," added Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Three batters later, Corey Seager tied the Dodgers all-time franchise record for home runs by a shortstop when he launched his 22nd home run of the season off Smith to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

After a pitching change saw right-handed reliever Jumbo Diaz enter the game, Gonzalez greeted him with his second home run of the day, and the second time the team went back-to-back in the inning. In total, L.A. hit four home runs in the fifth, the first time they've hit four long balls in a single inning since the infamous "four home runs in a row" in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 18, 2006. 

That September in 2006 was a memorable one for the Dodgers offense as it was also the last time the team scored at least 18 runs in a game when they defeated the Colorado Rockies, 19-11, on Sept. 28.

The Dodgers made it a trifecta for back-to-back home runs when Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal went deep in the top of the seventh off Blake Wood.

Gonzalez finished 3-for-6 with three home runs and a career-high eight RBIs to lead Los Angeles.

The Reds tried to chip away at the lead throughout the game, but every time they scored, the Dodgers would answer as they left no doubt in the outcome after the six-run fifth inning.

Both starting pitchers struggled as Homer Bailey (2-2) couldn't get out of the third inning, allowing six runs on nine hits in just his fifth game back from Tommy John surgery.

Scott Kazmir didn't fair much better as the left-hander surrendered four runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout in 2 and 2/3 innings.

"Scott is fighting some physical things with his body, but right now, he hasn't hit his stride," Roberts said. "He's doing what he can, but when your body doesn't feel right, it affects mechanics. When you're physically limited and can't execute, you're frustrated."

Kazmir's short outing marked the 30th different time this season a Dodgers starting pitcher has failed to go at least five innings and the 13th time a starter was unable to complete even four innings.

"It's something that's been irritating me a little bit," Kazmir said of the physical things Roberts mentioned. "I've been fighting through it, but when you put up numbers like this, it's something you should address. I've been dealing with it for years now. I'm fully intent on making my next start."

Maybe the answer for both teams was a mystery pitcher as position player, Tyler Holt, threw a 1-2-3, four-pitch, ninth inning for the Reds and was easily the best pitcher on the day for either team.

The Dodgers seven home runs were the first time a visiting team has hit that many dingers since Great American Ball Park opened in 2003.

Los Angeles leads San Francisco by one game as they head into a three-game showdown series at Chavez Ravine on Tuesday night.

Players of the Game:

Adrian Gonzalez: 3-for-6 with three homers and 8 RBIs.
Andrew Toles:
2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBIs.
Corey Seager: 4-for-5 with a home run, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. 

Three Takeaways:

1. Rookie of the Year: Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager tied Glenn Wright (1930) for the all-time franchise record for home runs in a single season with 22.

2. Remember This? The Los Angeles Dodgers hit four home runs in the top of the fifth inning and went back-to-back on two separate occasions during the six-run frame. It was the first time the Dodgers had hit 4 HR in a single inning since the infamous "Four Home Runs in a Row" on Sept. 18, 2006.

3. A-Gone Cubed: Adrian Gonzalez tied a career-high with three home runs and hit is sixth against Homer Bailey--the most he's hit against any pitcher in his career. To put Gonzalez's hot streak in perspective, the slugger homered just four times in the Dodgers first 46 games of the season, but has hit five home runs in his last six games.

Up Next:

Dodgers (69-55): The showdown for the NL West begins as the Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series starting on Tuesday. Kenta Maeda will start at 7:10 PM PST.

Reds (53-71): Cincinnati will host the Texas Rangers in what should be another offensive onslaught.

All quotes courtesy of TWC SportsNetLA.



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<![CDATA[Kobe Bryant's $100 million Venture Capital Firm]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:33:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-NYSE-AP_16235578945497.jpg

On Monday, retired NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant turned up at the New York Stock Exchange and rang the bell to publicly reveal his three-year-old secret business project.

Apparently, Bryant has a $100 million venture capital firm with partner Jeff Stibel called Bryant Stibel. According to the firm's website, the fund has already invested in 15 companies and been involved in 50 transactions. Bryant Stibel aims to invest in technology, media and data companies, with a sports industry twist thrown in.

As the day went on, Bryant spoke about his new venture and offered a curious quote that fit Bryant's personality, yet contradicted one of his most famous quotes.

"Playing basketball, the focus is always on winning — winning championships, winning championships, winning championships," Bryant told "Squak on the Street." "Now, championships come and go... But if you really want to create something that lasts generations, you have to help inspire the next generation... That's when you create something forever. And that's what's most beautiful."

Back when Bryant was scoring points on the basketball court rather than negotiating for points in the board room, he sang a dramatically different tune.

"Friends come and go, but (championship) banners hang forever," Bryant once said

Bryant also told "Squak on the Street" that he hopes his legacy for investing overshadows his legacy for basketball, which would be tough considering the 37-year-old finished his basketball career with five NBA titles and third on the all-time points list.

One has to marvel at Bryant's energy and confidence, though. Considering his maniacal work ethic, personal connections and financial resources, one would also be foolish to doubt Bryant's ability to succeed in this second career.

After all, $100 million is not exactly a bad starting point.



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<![CDATA[Nike's Gold Medal Newborn Giveaway]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:27:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Elena+Delle+Donne+Baby+Nikes+Medal.jpg

One of Delaware's most famous athletes took home gold at the Rio Olympics and that means each baby born Saturday in her hometown hospital is taking home a pair of sweet sneakers.

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and the U.S. basketball team took home gold in dominating fashion Saturday – beating Spain by 29 points — and in honor of that big win, the parents of every child born at Christiana Hospital in New Castle County, Delaware, on the gold medal day got a special gift Sunday.

The bright green Nike kicks — with an orange swoosh — came with a special notice mentioning Delle Donne being born in the same hospital on Sept. 5, 1989.  It just so happens that Delle Donne is a spokeswoman for the hospital as well as Nike.

"It all starts now. 26 years ago, it started in Wilmington for a little champ just like you," read the message. "And today, Elena Delle Donne conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that could be you. Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential. Whatever you decide, get up. Get out. And get started. Life moves fast. And in these, it will move a little faster. Just do it. Unlimited future."

The hospital, which says it delivers more than 6,000 babies each year, said it gave out around three dozens pairs of sneakers. Other hospitals in other athletes' hometowns, including Delle Donne's teammate Brittney Griner's birthplace, also had similar Nike promotions.

The hospital said it's "#DelawareProud" and can't wait to see what this next generation of Delawareans accomplish.

No word yet if any of the newborns have a jump shot.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Injury Updates: Kershaw Feels '100 Percent']]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:26:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/Clayton+Kershaw+and+Rich+Hill+Injury.png

There's less than 40 games remaining in the regular season and the sprint to the finish between the Los Angeles Dodgers and rival San Francisco Giants is sure to be nothing but edge-of-your-seat exhilaration over the final two months of the season.

Can the Dodgers lock up their fourth consecutive NL West title? Or will the Giants—winners of three of the last five titles—win their first division title since 2012?

The answer to both of these questions will rely heavily on the health of both teams down the stretch as the Dodgers—the most injury riddled team in the Major Leagues—need to get fully fit in order to make a run at the postseason and beyond.

Since we last checked in on L.A.'s DL, pitchers Josh Ravin and Brandon McCarthy, both of whom just recently came off the list, were each placed back on the 15-day DL. 

Bud Norris and Adam Liberatore were activated off the DL, and Clayton Kershaw has moved closer to a come back.

Here's the updates:

Clayton Kershaw (herniated disc): Hold on to your Dodger hats, Kershaw could be ready to return to the team soon. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP threw off the mound and then flew to Cincinnati to join his team. After a bullpen session on Saturday, Kershaw told reporters that he feels "100 percent." He said there's still no timetable, but he's eligible to come off the disabled list on August 27th. That means he'll miss the series with S.F. but could be ready for the weekend set against the Chicago Cubs.

Trayce Thompson (Lower back injury): Thompson has yet to make a rehab appearance after suffering two fractures in his back before the All-Star break. The earliest Thompson can return is Sept. 9th, and the outfielder still believes he's on track to return around that date.

Andre Ethier (fractured right tibia): Ethier is still in Arizona, but is progressing nicely as he is now running the bases at 75 percent, according to manager Dave Roberts. The Skipper also mentioned that Ethier has been cleared to face live hitting in a controlled environment at the team's facility at Camelback Ranch. Ethier will stilled need to make a rehab assignment once he's ready to play again, and it's doubtful he returns before mid September.

Rich Hill (blister): Hill skipped his rehab assignment and was sent to Camelback Ranch for a simulated game on Thursday. He threw 75 pitches and according to Dave Roberts everything went well. He quickly flew to Cincinnati is could make his Dodger debut on Wednesday against the rival San Francisco Giants.

Louis Coleman (right shoulder fatigue): Coleman has still not been activated off the disabled list, but he could be activated as soon as Tuesday when the Dodgers return to L.A. for a three-game series with the rival Giants.

Alex Wood (left posterior elbow soreness): Wood underwent surgery to clean up his pitching elbow and is not expected back until mid-September. Dave Roberts announced last week that if Wood is to return, it will be in the bullpen.

Chris Hatcher (strained left oblique): Hatcher was moved to the 60-day disabled list on July 20th and is not expected to pitch again this season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (left elbow tendinitis): After making just one start at the Major League level in almost two years, Ryu was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis and subsequently moved to the 60-day DL on August 1st to make room on the 40-man roster for the team's newest acquisitions. Dave Roberts confirmed on Thursday that Ryu wont be back this season for the Boys in Blue.

Scott Van Slyke (Right Wrist irritation): Van Slyke and the Dodgers are at a crossroads. It's been two weeks since he went on the disabled list and depending on how his wrist feels one of two options are on the table for the right-handed hitter. One, if he feels better he could come off the DL this week. Two, he could undergo arthroscopic surgery on the wrist, likely ending his season.

Josh Ravin (Right Triceps Soreness): Ravin landed on the disabled list last Sunday for the second time this season, but his triceps injury isn't considered to be serious. The earliest he can come off the DL is Aug. 29, but it's more probable that he returns to the team when rosters expand after Sept. 1.

Brandon McCarthy (Right hip stiffness): McCarthy acknowledged he was headed to the disabled list after a disastrous start last Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Thankfully, there is nothing physically wrong with Mac, but clearly there is something wrong mechanically. McCarthy may make a rehab start or two to try and fix his command issues once he's eligible to return, but there won't be much time before rosters expand. McCarthy's return this season will likely come down to the shape the Dodgers rotation is in heading into September. 



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<![CDATA[Urias Silences Cincinnati in Dodgers Victory]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:52:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Urias+Plays+Role+of+Stopper.png

Tonight, we are young. 

Julio Urias threw six innings of shutout ball and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game losing streak, silencing the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0, on Sunday to take over first place in the National League West. 

The 20-year-old pitching phenom has quickly become the best starter in a rotation that has been depleted by injures over the past two months as he won his third straight decision. 

After three straight veteran starting pitchers struggled early and often, it was the youngest player on the team that played the role of stopper, allowing no runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in six innings.

In fact, Urias (4-2) was so dominant, that he did not allow a runner to reach second base until his sixth and final inning.

Chase Utley led off the game with a home run and didn't stop from there. The veteran second baseman knocked in the second run of the game in the third inning and scored a few pitches later on an RBI single by Corey Seager.

Seager extended his current hitting streak to 12 games with the base knock and is seven games shy of his NL-record 19-game hitting streak set earlier this year.

Anthony DeSclafani (7-2) lost for just the second time this season as he surrendered four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in seven strong innings for Cincinnati.

The Dodgers calmed a Cincinnati offense that had scored 20 runs in two games against them before the loss on Sunday. The Reds stranded seven men on base and were 0-for-5 in the game with runners in scoring position. 

Despite the three-game losing streak entering the game, by virtue of their victory, coupled with the San Francisco Giants loss later in the day, the Dodgers now lead the NL West by ½ game heading into the finale on Monday. 

Los Angeles can either head into their heated showdown with their rivals on Tuesday tied atop the division, or with a one-game lead depending upon the outcome of the finale of the four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Players of the Game:

Julio Urias: No runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in 6IP.
Chase Utley: 2-for-5 with a home run, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Corey Seager: 2-for-4 with an RBI. 

Three Takeaways:

1. Take Your Pick: Despite not playing for a majority of the season, 20-year-old Julio Urias is now tied for the MLB-lead with five pickoffs on the season. (Tony Cingrani, Jimmy Nelson, Danny Duffy).

2. Three's Company: Julio Urias joined Dodger greats Don Dryssale and Fernando Valenzuela as the only pitchers 20 years or younger to throw six innings or more with no runs and no walks. In addition, Urias became the fourth Dodger 20 years or younger to win three straight appearances since Valenzuela did in 1981.

3. Gone Streaking: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez extended his team-high hitting streak to 14 games and is hitting .400 with three home runs and 11 RBIs over that span.

Up Next:

Dodgers (68-55): Los Angeles will look to even the series and take a one-game lead into their showdown with the San Francisco Giants when Scott Kazmir takes the mound on Monday.

Reds (53-70): Cincinnati counters with Homer Bailey at 9:35AM PST in the finale of the four-game series.



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<![CDATA[Think You Remember the Rio Olympics? Take the Quiz]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:16:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/michael-phelps-200m-im-web-aptopix-rio-olympics-_webf-5.jpg

For 17 days in August, athletes from around the world competed in Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate prize in sports: an Olympic gold medal.

You probably didn't win gold yourself, but you can try to get the next best thing by acing our Olympics quiz.



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<![CDATA[A Very Premature Look at the 2018 Winter Olympics]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:14:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mikGettyImages-516484680.jpg

The Rio Olympics just ended and it's summer, so is it too soon to think about the Winter Olympics? Of course not!

Here's a look at the United States and its prospects for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony is just 536 days away.

FIGURE SKATING

The USA’s strongest competitors in Sochi were the ice-dancing duos of Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and the brother-sister pairing of Alex and Maia Shibutani — known as the Shib Sibs.

Davis and White have not said for sure they’ll return to defend their gold medals in Pyeongchang, but they've kept sharp. Meanwhile, the Shib Sibs got a silver medal at world championships in 2016 and fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates got bronze there.

In the individual events, the USA will be trying to get back on the podium. Ashley Wagner ended a 10-year drought for women at worlds and Olympics when she won silver at 2016 worlds in Boston.

ALPINE SKIING

Lindsey Vonn missed the Sochi Games but has already been to Pyeongchang to check out the ski runs. She could be looking to end her storied career on a positive note at the Olympics in 2018.

Mikaela Shiffrin, meanwhile, has been up her usual dominating ways in the slalom — she won all five World Cup races she entered this season. But a knee injury caused her to miss plenty of races, too. If she’s healthy for Pyeongchang she could be one of the Games’ biggest stars. On the men’s side, Ted Ligety was the only American to win a race in the World Cup, though Andrew Weibrecht and Steven Nyman also found the podium. 

ICE HOCKEY

The shape of this tournament will be largely determined by whether the National Hockey League continues to release players. If it does, Canada will be expected to win the gold medal for a third straight Olympics.

Other contenders will be Sweden, Russia and the United States. Finland is coming off a gold medal at the world junior championships and has some of the best goaltenders in the NHL. If the NHL declines to participate, the medal chances of the North American teams go down, to the benefit of Sweden, Russia and Finland.

In the women’s tournament, the USA and Canada will be the teams to beat. Canada will be aiming for a fifth straight Olympic gold medal, while the U.S. also has made the podium every time since 1998. 

SPEED SKATING

The USA almost has to do better in these events in South Korea, if only because Sochi was such a fiasco — no Americans medaled for the first time in 30 years. That said, Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson Bergsma are coming off excellent World Cup seasons, while Joey Mantia set personal bests at three distances in the fall.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

The USA continues to slowly improve in the nordic disciplines. Kikkan Randall has been the face of the team for years, but in January, Sophie Caldwell won a World Cup sprint event, joining Randall as the only American women to win a race on the circuit. 

OTHER SPORTS

Unlike the speed skaters, the American sliding sporst athletes had a bumper crop of seven medals in Sochi in bobsled, skeleton and even luge. Elana Meyers Taylor improved on her Vancouver bronze with a silver in two-woman bobsled. She also just won bronze at the 2016 world championships. … Snowboarders get another chance at a medal since the addition of Big Air as a discipline. Shaun White flamed out in Sochi but says he plans to come back and compete in 2018 … American 22-year-old Ashley Caldwell joined 2014 silver medalist Devin Logan as a force to be reckoned with in freestyle skiing this season.

— Denis P. Gorman contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Trailblazers, Record-Setters and More: Rio's Top Moments]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:27:24 -0700 first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592597200.jpg

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<![CDATA[Simone Selfies Dominate Rio Closing Ceremony]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:05:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16235012101506.jpg

Being the flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony has its privileges. But it also makes you stick out in the crowd.

Simone Biles knows this firsthand after carrying the American flag during the Rio finale Sunday night. While it was an honor to carry the flag, it also meant that selfie seekers could track her down pretty easily.

Many fellow Olympians wanted to take a picture with Biles after her outstanding gymnastics performance during the 2016 Olympics. Seems like she won over as many fans outside of the U.S. as she did stateside.

Here's a sampling of the pictures that showed up on social media:

And while Biles dominated the selfie lines, don't count out our little Tongan friend:



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<![CDATA[Biggest Letdowns of the 2016 Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:52:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/587771844-olympics-hope-solo-rio-colombia.jpg There were plenty of winners during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but there were also plenty of disappointments. Some of the world's best athletes left Brazil without the medals they dreamed about, and instead were left with bitter tastes in their mouths.

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<![CDATA[Rio's Goodbye Party: Images from the Closing Ceremony]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:52:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593262134.jpg After 2 weeks of intense competition, one last celebration in Rio.

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<![CDATA[Most Painful Moments of Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:51:30 -0700 when he fractured his tibia while trying to land on vault. Despite his leg being bent grotesquely at a nearly 90-degree angle, Said is already planning a comeback for the 2020 Games.]]> when he fractured his tibia while trying to land on vault. Despite his leg being bent grotesquely at a nearly 90-degree angle, Said is already planning a comeback for the 2020 Games.]]> http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/french-gymnast.jpg There were plenty thrills of victory at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but there were also many agonies of defeat (and a few slips and stumbles thrown in for good measure). Here are some of the moments we will always remember, but a few images we'd really like to forget.

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