<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 18 Jun 2018 04:10:57 -0700Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:10:57 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Brooks Koepka Repeats as US Open Champion]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:30:05 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/Brooks+Koepka+US+Open+Trophy.JPG

After Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Open, the United States Golf Association admitted Shinnecock Hills had gotten too difficult even for the best players on earth so they vowed to slow it down.

The USGA was true to its word and Brooks Koepka took advantage of a much kinder course to repeat as U.S. Open champion. Koepka finished the week at 1-over par to beat Tommy Fleetwood by one shot.

Interestingly, it was the difficulty of the afternoon on Long Island on Saturday that helped him get into contention in the first place.

Koepka made the cut by one stroke and was able to get out early on Saturday when the course was manageable. He shot a 66 and then watched the winds pick up in the afternoon. By the time the last few groups teed off Shinnecock Hills had become a golfing nightmare.

Dustin Johnson, the only man under par after two rounds, shot a 77 to fall into a four-way tie for the lead with Koepka, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau.

On Sunday, the USGA made sure not to let that happen again and Koepka, playing in the penultimate group with Johnson, was able to play a legitimate round of golf to win his second career major.

Koepka fired a 2-under 68, a fantastic final round, and it was nearly not enough. Fleetwood went bonkers with a course-record 63 that ties the tournament single-round scoring record.

Last year Koepka won at Erin Hills at 16-under par, tying the record for the lowest winning score in U.S. Open history. The fact he won it this year at 1-over shows how drastically the USGA can alter a tournament — and proves that Koepka has the game to win under any conditions.

He’s the first repeat champion at the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange won in 1988 and 1989. The last man to pull off back-to-back Open wins before that was the legendary Ben Hogan in 1950 and 1951.

At the age of 28, Koepka is also just the fourth man to win a pair of U.S. Opens before the age of 30. The others?

Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, and Tiger Woods. That is not bad company to be in.

His chance to make it a three-peat (which has never been done in the modern era) comes next year at Pebble Beach.

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<![CDATA[Giants Damper Father's Day for Dodgers]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:51:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/163*120/GettyImages-977266794.jpg

A Father's smile can light up an entire day. 

The sun broke through the cloudy skies late in the game on Sunday, but by that time the Dodgers day was already overcast, as they lost the series finale with the rival San Francisco Giants, 4-1, on Father's Day.

Following back-to-back victories on Friday and Saturday that saw Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez homer in each game, it was San Francisco who hit the longballs on Sunday. 

Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit a two-run homer as the Giants lit up rookie starter Caleb Ferguson.

Ferguson (0-1) was making his third career Major League start, but will have to wait to earn his first career win, as he surrendered four runs (three earned) on two hits (both homers), with six strikeouts and one walk in a season-high five innings.

"I made a lot better pitches this time around," said Ferguson of his third start. "I made one mistake pitch with that changeup in the first inning. But definitely it was a lot better than my previous starts."

Ferguson also recorded his first career hit—a single to right field—in the bottom of the third inning.

"I almost got thrown out at first base," laughed Ferguson of the hit. "It was fun to get the first one out of the way and go hit now."

Ferguson was about to escape the first inning unscathed after striking out Andrew McCutchen for the second out, but Hundley got a hold of a 2-2 changeup for a towering shot to left field that gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead. 

Hundley finished the game going 1-for-3 with a walk, and has reached base safely in eight of his last nine games. Since May 27, he is batting .290 with three runs, one double, one triple, three homers and eight RBI.

The Dodgers got one back in the bottom half of the inning when Hundley tried to pick off Justin Turner at second base, but the throw went into center field, allowing Max Muncy to score from third.

"That was a great read by Justin with the ball in the dirt," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts of the lone run L.A. scored in the game. "Hundley picked it clean and somehow Crawford missed it." 

Belt broke the game open in the top of the third inning when he sent a fastball from Ferguson into the seats in left-center for his 12th homer of the season.

Belt has hit well in his last 20 games, batting .342 with 15 runs, five doubles, six homers and 16 RBI.

"Today was his best outing," said Roberts of Ferguson. "He just made two mistakes. Outside of that I thought he pitched really well."

San Francisco starter Chris Stratton had struggled against the Dodgers in his career, with a record of 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA (12 runs in 11.2 IP) in three previous starts against the Boys in Blue.

However, Stratton (8-4) was stellar on Sunday, allowing one unearned run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts in six innings. Easily his best start against the Dodgers in his career.

Hunter Strickland recorded the final two outs of the ninth for his 14th save of the season.

Los Angeles fell to 11-9 in day games this season and are now behind in the season series with San Francisco, 6-7. The two rivals will meet six more times before the year ends. 

The Dodgers season-high five-game winning streak was snapped.

Do It For Dad

Both teams wore special light blue Father’s Day caps and uniforms, while all players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic blue ribbon on their uniforms along with blue wristbands in honor of Father’s Day and to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will travel to Chicago after the game where they will take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field for a three-game series with their NLCS foe. RHP Kenta Maeda will start opposite RHP Tyler Chatwood with first pitch scheduled for 5:05PM PST.

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<![CDATA[Father's Day and Summer Gift Ideas for Dodgers Fans]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 14:47:29 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-939868482.jpg

The heat is on.

Things are starting to heat up in Southern California and with the warmer weather comes uncomfortable day games at Dodger Stadium.

This Father's Day on June 17th is an example of one of those games, and if you are not lucky enough to be in attendance to receive a promotional money clip or play catch on the field with Pops, fear not, we have you covered. 

As the temperatures rise in Southern California this Father's day and into the Summer, we have the perfect gift idea for the Dodger fans in your family. 

Bani Bands is a state-of-the-art headband with Patented Coolcore fabric that provides cooling relief under the sun. The cooling headbands will stay up to 30 degrees cooler than your body temperature when wet.

The company offers headbands for every MLB team including our own Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. Additionally, they offer college teams as well as sports themed head bands as well.

Prefer a stylish headband without a sports team or cooling feature?

Check out UrbanHalo headbands, which are perfect for outdoor summer workouts and their signature "no headache" headband made from an uber-soft fabric material good for any outdoor activity.

Both brands of headbands come in multiple shapes and sizes and range from $9.99 to $24.99 for a two-pack.

However, if you're an NBC LA viewer, enter the promo code KNBCLA20 which gives you 20% off your purchase from now until the end of summer.

Now you can enjoy your favorite MLB team in style this summer without having to hide under the concourse for relief.  

Also, head over to the Dodgers team store where you can find plenty of other gifts for Father's Day and the uncoming summer months like wallets, ties, pint glasses, spray fans, beer holders, lawn flags and more.



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<![CDATA[Phil Mickelson Sparks Controversy at US Open]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:04:37 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Mickelson+US+Open.JPG

The United States Golf Association chooses and sets up U.S. Open courses in a way it believes will test the resolve of the world’s greatest golfers. It’s supposed to be tough but fair.

This year at Shinnecock Hills, many felt fair was thrown out the window.

Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Open was so hard that even USGA chief executive officer Mike Davis admitted that by the time the winds were blowing in the afternoon the course was too tough.

"There were some aspects of this setup that went too far where well-executed shots weren't awarded but were penalized," said Davis in the aftermath of the carnage left on Long Island.

Shinnecock Hills played like two different golf courses. With Dustin Johnson, the only man to break par after 36 holes (he was 4-under) the USGA put some water on the course overnight and in the early morning. So the players at the back of the field that teed off early had a distinct advantage.

Tony Finau and Daniel Berger both made the cut by one shot and both shot a 66. They’ll play in the final pairing on Sunday. Those who were in the lead and had to tee off later ran into difficulties thanks to Mother Nature.

The winds kicked up, drying out the course and making the greens indescribably slick. Johnson shot a 77. San Diegans Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy, tied for second place at even par, shot 77 and 79, respectively.

"Frankly, we just missed it with the wind. It blew harder than we thought,” Davis said.

Perhaps the man who was most affected by the conditions was Phil Mickelson. Lefty shot an 81, tying the worst round of his Major championship career. The exclamation point came on the 13th hole.

Mickelson chipped on and through the green, something not common for someone with his deft short game. He missed a putt and realized the ball was starting to roll off the greenback down towards the bunker. So the five-time Major winner and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame ran over to the ball and hit it while it was still rolling.

According to golf rules, this is a two-shot penalty. According to golf etiquette, this is the equivalent of picking your nose then trying to shake the hand of the Queen of England. While people on social media (and in the regular media) started eviscerating Mickelson and calling for him to be disqualified, he explained his decision thusly:

“I don’t mean disrespect by anybody. I know it’s a two-shot penalty and at that time I just didn’t feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot. I took the penalty and moved on," he said. "It’s my understanding of the rules. I’ve had multiple times where I’ve wanted to do that I just finally did. It’s meant to take advantage of the rules the best that you can and in that situation, I was just going back and forth and I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display.”

His explanation seems to make sense.

Given the way the course was punishing players Mickelson decided taking the penalty and a 10 on the par-4 was a better bet than trying to figure out what on earth was going on and perhaps having an even more inflated score.

Davis said he talked to Mickelson, who was concerned that his understanding of the rules was incorrect and told Davis to DQ him if that was the case. Davis said no, there is no grounds for a disqualification, only the two-shot penalty.

Mickelson is certainly not the only one was visibly frustrated with Shinnecock Hills on Saturday. Zach Johnson, a two-time Major winner and a guy who is not known for rocking many boats, even said the USGA has “lost the golf course.”

Davis said USGA understands the problem it allowed to take root and believes fans will not see the same kind of destruction on Sunday.

"We are very confident we can slow the course down," he said.

If they can't, or choose not to, it's likely that fans will see one of the highest scores for a U.S. Open champ in history, as well as many players as upset as Mickelson.

Maybe even the one holding the trophy.

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<![CDATA[Kemp and Hernandez Homer Again as L.A. Beats S.F.]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 21:31:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-976707012.jpg

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez homered for the second straight game and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the rival San Francisco Giants, 3-1, on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. 

After holding on to defeat left-hander Derek Holland on Friday night, Kemp and Hernandez tagged another southpaw, this time in San Francisco ace, Madison Bumgarner.

Kemp kick started the party with a solo shot of Bumgarner in the bottom of the second inning.

"He actually pitched well," Kemp said of Bumgarner. " He made a couple mistakes and we capitalized off him, but that was a good pitcher we faced today and I'm glad we got the win."

San Francisco tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson in the top of the fifth.

Bumgarner must have been saying to himself, "You're killing me, Smalls," after Kiké Hernandez took him deep for the game-winning two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning.

"My first two at-bats I was a little bit too anxious,"  said Hernandez of facing Bumgarner. "That third at bat with Barnsey [Austin Barnes] at second was a pretty big at-bat in the game. He hung that one. It was one of the few mistakes he made. It took me three at-bats to adjust to him, but I'm glad I did."

Hernandez has historic success against the four-time All-Star and 2014 World Series MVP. The Puerto Rican right-hander is batting .455 with five doubles, four home runs and eight RBI against Bumgarner in his career.

"I try not to think too much about it," said Hernandez of his success against Bumgarner in his career. "At the end of the day, the last two years, I haven't had the success I had the first year. I've gotten him, he's gotten me, I feel like it's pretty even."

Hernandez became the seventh consecutive No. 2 hitter in the Dodgers lineup to homer and eight of his ten homers on the season have come at home.

"Kemp hasn't stopped hitting all year, but I had a pretty brutal May and not the greatest of starts to June," said Hernandez. "Just to be able to contribute at the plate for my team is huge. We're playing really good baseball right now."

Hernandez's two-run blast was the Dodgers 34th home run in 13 games during the month of June, already more than any other month this season.

Overall, the Dodgers lead the National League with 90 total home runs this season.

Bumgarner (0-2), remains winless on the season as he allowed three runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in a season-high six innings pitched.

Hernandez helped Alex Wood earn his second victory of the season as the lefty allowed one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5 and 2/3 innings.

"It feels really good when you start executing and the shape of my breaking ball was the best it's been," said Wood of his start. "I felt really confident with everything tonight, but as the game went on I got a little fatigued."

Wood (2-5), improved to 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 10 walks in 11 career games against the Giants.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 17th save of the season.

The victory gives the Dodgers a season-high fifth consecutive win, as the team improved to 11-2 in the month of June, and drew level with San Francisco on the season with six wins apiece.

The win also guaranteed that the Dodgers would extend their series unbeaten streak to nine consecutive series.

After the game, the sellout crowd in attendance was treated to a screening of The Sandlot with the original cast on the field. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will see the ball from a different angle on Father's Day as RHP Chris Stratton is set to straddle the mound against LHP Caleb Ferguson for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10PM PST.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Defeat Rival Giants on Star Wars Night]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:58:06 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-975884210.jpg

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

Enrique Hernandez and Matt Kemp both homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers did what they do: hit home runs, as they defeated the rival San Francisco Giants, 3-2, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The dark side of the force entered Chavez Ravine following the Dodgers short, two-game, interleague sweep of the Texas Rangers.

Los Angeles entered the contest with a losing record against their rivals this season, dropping six of the ten head-to-head matchups between the two teams.

So if you thought that meant the Dodgers were going to drop the opener on Friday, I find your lack of faith disturbing. 

Super-utility player Enrique Hernandez is just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe.

Following a walk off dance move at home plate on Wednesday night, Hernandez homered off Derek Holland in the first inning on Friday.

The force was with MVP candidate Matt Kemp in the bottom of the fourth inning when he crushed a first-pitch changeup from Holland into the seats in left-center for a solo shot that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

Two batters later, Yasmani Grandal reached third base on a dropped fly ball from San Francisco centerfielder Austin Jackson, and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead on an RBI double by Yasiel Puig one batter later.

Holland (4-7) allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings in the loss.

Never tell Ross Stripling the odds.

Following a season that started in the bullpen, the improbable ascension of Stripling as a Major League starter has been nothing short of astonishing.

"When Doc [Dave Roberts] first told me I was going to start, I just imagined a piggy back scenario," said Stripling. "I wasn't totally built up so I didn't know what to expect. I knew I wanted an opportunity to be a starter, but I didn't know how well it was going to go until I took the ball every fifth day."

Despite the fact he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his Big League debut against the Giants at AT&T Park in 2016, Stripling entered the game winless against San Francisco with a record of 0-2 in two starts and nine appearances.

Stripling (6-1) allowed just two runs on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in six and 1/3 innings.

"As you log innings and at-bats against guys who get paid a whole lot of money to hit the ball far and you get behind on them and have success, it gives you confidence," said Stripling of his ability to not walk batters. "I've always prided myself on being someone who doesn't walk people. Right now, I'm just filling up the zone with everything and trying not to give away any free passes."

The victory was Stripling's career-high sixth consecutive, and the third longest in the National League. 

Chewie, we're home. Stripling is undefeated at home this season, improving to 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA and striking out 45 batters against just five walks over 39.1 innings.

The only runs Stripling allowed on Friday, was a two-run, opposite field home run that landed in the Dodgers' bullpen off the bat of Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval.

"He [Stripling] gave up a late homer, Panda put a good swing on it," said Roberts. "But the way he's going to go out there and compete every single time he gets the baseball, that's who he is."

Sandoval finished the game 2-for-3 on the night and has reached base safely in 13 of his last 16 games since May 27, batting .354 with seven runs, two doubles, three homers and 11 RBI.

The Dodgers have relied heavily on their bullpen in the past 25 games since May 17, tossing over 112 innings, the second most in the Majors.

Friday night was Josh Fields turn to take the ball as he recorded four consecutive outs in relief, including pinch-hitter and former MVP Buster Posey, before exiting the game for Scott Alexander.

Kenley Jansen earned his 16th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning. 

"We've done a good job with Kenley's usage," said Roberts. "To have Kenley only go three outs worked out well."

The Dodgers moved above .500 with a record of 19-18 for the first time this season.

On Appeal

Matt Kemp was suspended one game by Major League Baseball before the game, but appealed the verdict. He is allowed to continue to play while the appeal process plays out, and the Dodgers are certainly glad he did after the victory on Friday. 

Kemp is batting .335 with 31 runs, 16 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 66 games this season. He currently ranks third in the NL in batting average and his .426 batting average with runners in scoring position is second in the NL behind Atlanta's Freddie Freeman.

Up Next:

You know, no matter how much we fought, I've always hated watching you leave.

The Giants will send LHP Madison Bumgarner to the mound on Saturday opposite LHP Alex Wood for a primetime 5:15PM PST first pitch.

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<![CDATA[Ceremonial First Pitches at Dodger Stadium]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:32:46 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-868783292.jpg From the adorable Kershaw siblings to a determined looking Danny Trejo and the family of Jackie Robinson, we have a collection of some of this season's best ceremonial first pitches at Dodger Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Padres Pitcher Holds Suspected Mail Thieves at Gunpoint]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:33:57 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/Kevin+Brown+Padres.JPG

In his lone season with the Padres, that 1998 World Series team, pitcher Kevin Brown showed San Diego fans how he earned the reputation of being intense. Like really, really intense.

To put it bluntly Kevin Brown took no crap from nobody and it would appear that has not changed in retirement.

Brown reportedly held two thieves at gunpoint outside his home in Macon, GA, after finding them attempting to steal his mail. According to deputies in the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Brown suspected someone was raiding his mailbox so he hid in his neighbor’s yard waiting for them to try again.

Deputies at the scene say Brown saw two males attempt to steal his mail, chased them down and kept his firearm aimed at them until law enforcement officers arrived. On Thursday morning two brothers, 30-year-old Jeremy Brown and his 15-year-old brother (no relation to Kevin Brown) were each charged with three counts of theft by taking and one count of forgery.

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Department found them in possession of more than $3,000 in stolen cash and $16,000 in stolen checks.

If you’re wondering why Brown is not in trouble for running around his neighborhood with a gun, Georgia has a “stand your ground” law that allows individuals to use force in the defense of property.

Brown is credited with being the final piece to the puzzle that propelled the Padres to the 1998 National League Pennant. He struck out 257 hitters in 257.0 innings while winning 18 games and outdueling Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Tom Glavine in the playoffs.

<![CDATA[Texas Two-Step! Dodgers Sweep Rangers After Benches Clear]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:17:05 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/GettyImages-974035192.jpg

Now that's a Texas two-step!

Enrique Hernandez do-si-doed around Carlos Perez in the bottom the 11th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers walked off against the Texas Rangers, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Dodger stadium.

Following a blowout victory against Bartolo Colon in the first game of the series, the Dodgers and Rangers nearly came to blows in game two.

Justin Turner jump-started the offense with a solo shot in the first inning.

Turner crushed an 84MPH changeup from Hamels over the wall in left-center for the team's 30th home run in the month of June. 

"I just missed with one pitch," said Hamels of the homer to Turner. "It tends to be that changeup that I hang. It's really cost me the last two weeks by giving up a home run with it."

The Dodgers 30 home runs in the month of June is the most in an 11-game span in franchise history.

Yasiel Puig attempted to steal third base in the bottom of the second inning and the throw by Rangers' catcher Robinson Chirinos went through the legs of Adrian Beltre and into left field, allowing Puig to score.

The brawl that would have everyone talking broke out in the bottom of the third inning. 

Kemp was attempting to score from second base on a single to right field by Enrique Hernandez when he barreled into Chirinos at the plate.

"I thought it was a clean play," said Kemp after the fact. "He was blocking the plate. I ran him over. It's pretty much that simple. I was out."

Kemp was ruled out on the play, but Chirinos didn't take kindly to the collision and pushed Kemp as he got to his feet. Kemp pushed back, and both benches quickly cleared. 

Both Kemp and Chirinos were ejected from the game for the altercation that ensued.

"It's really not that big a deal," said Kemp of the altercation. "Two guys shoving eachother and then it's over. I'm just happy we won the game."

The brawl must have sparked the Rangers as they tied the game in the top half of the fourth inning.

Adrian Beltre kicked off the comeback with a one-out double to right-center for his 3,090th hit of his career, surpassing Ichiro Suzuki for the most hits by an international player in MLB history.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each followed with RBI singles and the Rangers and Dodgers were deadlocked at 2-2.

Beltre finished the game 3-for-4, and has hit well against his former team, batting .386 with nine runs, four doubles, two homers and eight RBI in 11 career games against the Boys in Blue.

In his first career start against the Texas Rangers, the Japanese right-hander did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and one strikeout in five innings.

"Kenta will make his next start when we decide and he will be ready to go," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts after the game.

Prior to the game, the Dodgers reinstated Maeda from the 10-day disabled list after he missed the last 14 days with a right hip strain.

Hamels matched Maeda, also allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work.

"It's a tough one to lose," said Hamels following the loss. "I know the guys coming in from the bullpen fought hard, and it was just a tough way to lose."

Hamels is a trade candidate for many competing teams, including the Dodgers who are in need of starting pitching.

In four starts at Dodger Stadium, Hamels has gone 1-1 with an ERA of 1.61, something the Dodgers front office could look at when it comes to making moves before the July 31 deadline. 

"I really enjoy pitching here," said Hamels after the game. "I have pretty good results and just the atmosphere and what the field kind of has it's a great spot. It's got great energy."

Each team took turns matching six scoreless frames until the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 11th. 

Austin Barnes hit a groundball back to relief pitcher Matt Bush, but his throw home pulled Perez off the bag and Herrnandez danced around him for the game-winning run and the Dodgers first walk-off win of the season.

"I went back to my Latino roots and showed off my salsa moves," said Hernandez of the game-winning run. "Knowing that you're the winning run, you're going to do anything possible to score."

The Dodgers are now 9-2 in the month of June, and improve to 18-18 at home on the season.

The two-game sweep of Texas was their first against the Rangers since sweeping three-in-a-row from June 30-July 2, 1998.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will have an off day on Thursday before facing the rival San Francisco Giants for a three-game weekend series on Friday. LHP Derek Holland will start against RHP Ross Stripling.

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<![CDATA[World Cup: SoCal Restaurants, Bars Serving Up Serious Game]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:40:46 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fox-hound-worldcup-061418.jpg

The World Cup, which takes place in Russia, begins on Thursday and continues into the middle of July. The quadrennial soccer tournament kicks off with a bright and early opening ceremony, airing Thursday at 6 a.m. PST followed by the first game between Russia and Saudi Arabia. 

In all, 32 teams will take the global stage. Though the U.S. will not be competing for the first time since 1986, do not let that discourage you from viewing the international phenomenon. Below is a list of restaurants and bars in SoCal that will have you screaming GOOOAAAALLLL!

The Fox And Hounds

Where: The Fox And Hounds British Pub at 11100 Ventura Blvd. in Los Angeles

When: Starts Thursday at 6 a.m. 

Urupuan Restaurant 

Where: Urupuan Restaurant and Cantina at 12210 Ramona Blvd. in Baldwin Park

When: Opens at 8 a.m. Will open at 6 a.m. for Mexico's game on Sunday. 

Hector's on Broadway

Where: Hector's on Broadway Seafood Restaurant & Bar

When: Opens 11 a.m.

Don Chente 

Where: Don Chente Bar & Grill 

When: Starts Thursday at 8 a.m. Don Chente is only showing the first game of the tournament, and games where Mexico is competing. 

El Pescador 

Where: El Pescador Restaurant at 17421 S Avalon Blvd. Suite A in Carson

When: Only showing Mexico games. 

Culichi Town

Where: Culichi Town Sushi Restaurant at 9333 Slauson Ave. in Pico Rivera

When: Opens at 8 a.m.


El Sushi Loco Sushi y Mariscos 

Where: El Sushi Loco Sushi y Mariscos Mexican and Sushi Restaurant at 15711 Amar Rd. in La Puente

When: Opens at 10 a.m.


Where: Tequila's Bar & Grill at 13627 Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys 

When: Opens at 7 a.m. Will not be showing opening ceremony.

Guelaguetza Restaurante

Where: Guelaguetza Restaurante Mexican Restaurant at 3014 W Olympic Blvd in Los Angeles 

When: Open 8 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday After this weekend, this location will be open at 9 a.m. 

Cabo Cantina

Where: Cabo Cantina Mexican Restaurant at 8301 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood 

When: Monday - Thursday at 4p.m. and Friday - Sunday at 12 p.m.

Gloria's Cocina Mexicana

Where: Gloria's Cocina Mexicana Mexican Restaurant at 7401 Florence Ave. in Downey

When: Opens 7 a.m. 

Gauchos Village

Where: Gauchos Village Brazilian Restaurant at 135 North Maryland Ave. in Glendale

When: Opens 7 a.m. 

Perú's Taste

Where: Perú's Taste Peruvian Restaurant at 8246 Lousie Ave. in Northridge 

When: Opens at 8:30 a.m. for Perú's game. Will not be showing the opening ceremony. 

Mercado Buenos Aires

Where: Mercado Buenos Aires Argentinian Steakhouse at 7540 Sepulveda Blvd. in Van Nuys 

When: Opens at 7:30 a.m. 

For those looking for more family-friendly options, check out the Hammer Museum in Westwood. There, festivities begin in July and attendance is free. McDonald's is also playing on hosting viewing parties, Click here for more information and a full list of more family-friendly locations. 

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<![CDATA[VIDEO: Benches Clear Between Dodgers and Rangers ]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 20:59:25 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-974035196.jpg

Tensions got heated at Dodger Stadium between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. 

Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp barreled into Rangers' catcher Robinson Chirinos during a play at the plate in the bottom of the third inning.

Kemp was attempting to score from second base on a single to right field by Enrique Hernandez.

However, the throw from right fielder Nomar Mazara beat Kemp to the plate, but Chirinos was blocking his path. Kemp hesitated for a second appearing on the verge of giving himself up on the play before lowering his shoulder into Chirinos.

Chirinos held on to the ball, and Kemp was ruled out on the play, but the catcher didn't take too kindly to the collision and pushed Kemp. Kemp pushed Chirinos back and both benches cleared.

Both Kemp and Chirinos were ejected from the game for the altercation.

Videos of the incident are below.

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<![CDATA[Police Body Cam Footage of Lenny Dykstra Arrest Released]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 20:28:32 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lenny+dykstra+arrest.png

Newly released police body cam footage of former Mets player Lenny Dykstra's arrest last month during a dispute with an Uber driver in New Jersey shows both men were on edge. 

Dykstra was arrested in late May after authorities said an Uber driver told them the three-time All Star put a gun to his head when the driver declined his request to go somewhere other than his original destination.

The driver, who told of an expletive-laden tirade that involved threats to "blow off" his head, stopped outside police headquarters in Linden, New Jersey, and ran out of the car.

Police body cam footage shows the driver telling officers, "As I was driving, he pulled a bag out of a black case in the back seat, told me he was gonna shoot me and put it to the back of my head. So I hit the brakes, he flew forward and I pulled into you guys. He kept dialing 911, telling everybody I was kidnapping him." 

But Dykstra is heard telling a different version to police -- that the driver locked the doors and tried to kidnap him. 

"He's driving over 100 miles an hour, I said, 'Pull over, let me out of this car,'" Dykstra told police. "He almost killed me driving." 

The driver countered, "He took this bag right here, and it sounded like it had medication and stuff in it, too, when he put it to the back of my neck." 

"He's in fear of me?" said Dykstra. "I'm in fear of him. Dude, the guy's nuts." 

Dykstra, 55, was taken into custody at the scene. Police said they found cocaine, MDMA and marijuana among his belongings but didn't find a weapon.

Dykstra, perhaps now best known for a series of bizarre and troubled incidents over the years, addressed the arrest at a news briefing last Friday, saying he was the one in fear for his life. 

"They don't call me Nails because I'm soft," Dykstra told reporters who crowded on a Second Avenue street corner. "I called 911 because I was in fear for my life. I said this man is crazy. He's kidnapped me!"

Dykstra has filed a complaint against the driver for unlawful imprisonment, but so far the police have not charged the driver with a crime. 

The baseball star faced a swarm of social media comments -- some critical, others supportive after news broke of his latest arrest. At the time, he handled it in classic Dykstra fashion -- with lyrics from Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson.

"But I keep cruising, can't stop, won't stop moving. It's like I got this music in my mind, sayin' gonna be alright," Dykstra tweeted, referencing the Swift hit "Shake It Off."

Dykstra played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets and won a World Series in 1986 with the Mets. He was named to the National League All-Star team three times.

Dykstra's life after baseball has been troubled. He has served prison time after pleading guilty to crimes including bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and money laundering, and he declared bankruptcy in 2009, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

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<![CDATA[Former Cheerleader Sues Dallas Cowboys]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:30:44 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/thumbnail74.jpg

Erica Wilkins files a lawsuit against the Dallas Cowboys for unfair and unequal pay during her time as a cheerleader with the team.

<![CDATA[2018 World Cup: Every Nation's Home Kit]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:53:38 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2018+world+cup+home+kits+thumbnail.jpg

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<![CDATA[World Cup 2018: Four World-Class Players To Watch]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:07:11 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4-split-fifa.jpg

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has arrived. Get to know more about these top players who will do everything in their power to bring the World Cup home.

Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese superstar known for his intense competitiveness and temperamental nature heads to the 2018 World Cup in Russia determined to show he is the best player of all time.

Born and raised in a working-class neighborhood in Madeira, an island southwest of Portugal, Ronaldo showed a natural talent and devotion to soccer since childhood. At 14, he moved to Lisbon to play with Sporting CP Youth and became the protégé of Laszlo Boloni, who took him on a pathway to success almost immediately.

In 2003, he signed with Manchester United for €18 million ($21 million), replacing David Beckham not only as an attacking winger but as the team's most famous and popular player. In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid in what was then the most expensive soccer tranfer in history, worth €94 million ($111 million). The 33-year-old has won the Champions League four times, including this May with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo is the reigning winner of the Ballon d’Or prize given to the world's best soccer player. He's won it five times, a record he holds with Lionel Messi is the only other player who has achieved this record.

Lionel Messi
This inventive, often astounding forward known as "La Pulga," or "the flea," will be central to Argentina's hopes of taking the World Cup home for a third time.

Lionel Andrés Messi, now 30, was born to a working-class family in Rosario, Argentina. He is the third of four siblings whose parents were factory workers and soccer enthusiasts.

His soccer abilities were evident from a very young age: at 6 he was playing for Newell’s Old Boys, one of the biggest clubs in Rosario, proving he was fast and determined. But his career came close to an end when, at 10 years old, he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency.

Newell’s was unable to pay for the medical treatment due to an economic crisis in the country, but in 2000, the promsing youngster moved to Barcelona. A year later, Messi signed with Barcelona's soccer academy, which took care of his medical treatment. He has played for the team ever since, the linchpin of the team that won an unprecedented six trophies in one year.

Although Messi has won the Ballon D’Or five times, he hasn't yet won a major championship with Argentina, despite almost single-handedly dragging the "Albiceleste," as the team is known, to the final in 2014. For Argentina to win the World Cup in Russia would elevate Messi to the same level as living soccer legends Pelé and Maradona. 

His full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., but the world knows him as Neymar. The Brazilian star and most expensive soccer player in the world has been recuperating from a foot injury he suffered in February, so soccer fans are wondering how much of a factor he will be as Brazil aims to win its sixth World Cup.

Neymar was born 26 years ago to Neymar Santos, a former soccer player whose name he inherited, and Nadine Da Silva. In 2003, when he was only 11 years old, he moved to São Vicente with his family and began playing for Portuguesa Santista. That same year, he moved to Santos and joined Santos FC, the team where Pelé became the greatest player ever.

His reputation grew and in May 2013, he joined Messi at Barcelona, where they formed an imposing partnership along that won the Champions League.

Neymar was expected to lead his team to a World Cup victory on home turf in 2014 but was knocked out with a broken back, before his team suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinals. Neymar got revenge two years later, scoring the winning penalty kick in a shootout against Germany in the 2016 Olympics, also held in Brazil.

Neymar continued to play for Barcelona until August 2017, when Paris Saint-German smashed the world transfer record by paying €222 million ($262 million) to bring him to Paris.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernández
The soccer star of West Ham United, best known as “Chicharito” (“Little Pea”) is imperative for the performance of Mexico's team in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The forward was born in Guadalajara in 1988, to Silvia Balcázar, whose father Tomás Bálcazar played in the 1954 World Cup, and Javier “Chícharo” Hernández, an avowed soccer player who performed in the 1986 World Cup. Soccer is in his blood with Hernández the third generation in a family of players. 

At 18, he began playing for the Chivas de Guadalajara, a leading Mexican  team. After his performance in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, he was spotted by leading European teams and was offered a contract with Manchester United and later, Real Madrid.

In 2017, he signed with the British team West Ham United, where he now plays.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Check the Full 2018 World Cup Schedule]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 04:28:25 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/logo-fifa-world-cup-2018.jpg

Check this calendar for the dates of all the games of the 2018 World Cup being played in Russia from June 14 to July 15.

Later you'll find links to livestreams of the games provided by Telemundo.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Bats Break Out Against Bartolo Colon]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:42:02 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/164*120/GettyImages-972811246.jpg

Clearly the Dodgers don't believe in respecting their elders. 

Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, and Yasiel Puig all homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat up on 45-year-old Bartolo Colon, to blowout the Texas Rangers, 12-5, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

In their first tango with Texas since 2015, the Dodgers improved to 8-2 in the month of June and have won 18 of 24 overall. 

Tuesday's matchup featured a generation war between Colon and 21-year-old rookie Caleb Ferguson.

Ferguson was just nine months old when Colon made his MLB debut--flash forward 20 years later--and the experienced veteran was on the mound making his 540th start, while Ferguson was making his second.

"I was seven years old when he made his debut, that's kind crazy to think about that," said Dodgers infielder Max Muncy. "It's fun to face guys like that. Other than my dad in batting practice, he's the oldest guy I've ever homered against."

Ferguson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game, sending rookie right-hander Walker Buehler to the 10-day disabled list.

Buehler became the sixth starting pitcher to join the DL, giving the Dodgers an MLB-high 11 current players on the disabled list.

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The Dodgers have also used 11 different starting pitchers this season, tied for the second most in the Major Leagues behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who utilize a new strategy of starting relief pitchers and then inserting the starters.

"We tried that," joked Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts the other day about starting a reliever. "That didn't go so well."

In his Dodger Stadium debut, Ferguson pitched well, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings.

"This went a lot better obviously," said Ferguson about his second start compared to his first. "It's nice to get my feet even more wet with this one, pitch deeper into the game, and handle adversity in those innings. But yeah, definitely a lot better."

The outing lasted much longer than his first career start in which he lasted just 1.2 innings at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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"I don't have to try and put every pitch on the black," said Ferguson about what he learned from his first start in Pittsburgh. "I just have to make really competitive pitches in the zone. That's a thing that helped me a lot this start."

Early in the game, Colon collected his 2,500th career strikeout.

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However, it was all downhill for the man they call "Big Sexy" from there, as the Dodgers scored three runs in the bottom of the second, punctuated by a two-run homer for Joc Pederson.

"You have to tip your hat. Turner Ward said his last career at-bat was against Bartolo Colon," said Pederson of facing the 45-year-old pitcher. "He does a good job of spotting up and obviously that's why he's been around so long. I just tried to get a good pitch and put a good swing on it.

Pederson said he's been "trusting the process," and finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. In his last 13 games, Pederson has launched seven home runs with five doubles, 11 runs, and 10 RBI. 

"I used to get real frustrated over not getting the results," said Pederson. "Instead I've been sticking to the process and if the results aren't there hopefully they'll be there tomorrow."

An inning later, Max Muncy continued his sizzling start to June with his fourth home run in four consecutive games.

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"I think everyone is just kinda feeling the momentum up and down the lineup," said Muncy. "Everyday someone steps up, you don't know who it's going to be, but it's a good feeling right now."

Muncy finished the game 2-for-5 and extended his career-high hitting streak to eight games.

The Dodgers would break the game open in the bottom of the fourth, as they sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring a total of seven runs off Colon and reliever Alex Claudio.

Yasiel Puig highlighted the inning with a two-run blast off Colon for his eighth homer of the season.

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Puig drove in a season-high three runs and is red-hot in the month of June, batting .417 with 10 runs, five doubles, three homers and nine RBI.

Colon (3-4), allowed a season-high eight runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts in just 3 and 1/3 innings.

The eight runs allowed were the most Colon has surrendered in over a year (June 5, 2017) and in 11 career starts against the Dodgers, he is 2-7 with a 6.12 ERA.

13 years to the day former Dodger Hee-seop Choi became the first Asian Major Leaguer to hit three home runs in one game, Shin-Soo Choo sent Yimi Garcia deep in the top of the fifth inning for his 12th home run of the season. 

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Cody Bellinger reached base safely in four of five plate appearances and finished the game going 2-for-3 with two runs, a double, an RBI and two walks.

Daniel Corcino, pitched three innings of relief, earning the first save of his career.

The victory extends the Dodgers undefeated consecutive series streak to eight as the interleague matchup with the Rangers is a simple Texas two-step. 

Up Next: 

The finale of the short, two-game, interleague series concludes on Wednesday as LHP Cole Hamels is expected to face RHP Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PST.

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<![CDATA[Adrian Gonzalez Released by New York Mets]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:43:11 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Gonzalez-Through-the-Years_Getty.jpg

San Diego native Adrian Gonzalez was released Sunday by the New York Mets.

The Eastlake High School alum and former Padre All-Star was hitting .237 with six home runs in 54 appearances this season. 

In an April appearance at Petco Park, Gonzalez ripped a two-run double and a three-run home run, upping his totals to 65 home runs and 235 runs batted in the ballpark, easily the most of any player in the park's history.

Gonzalez, who has been battling back issues for several years, was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves before joining the Mets.

In 14 years playing in Major League Baseball, Gonzalez has won four Golden Gloves and is a 5-time All-Star player. 

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<![CDATA[Where to Watch World Cup Around SoCal]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:10:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fifaGettyImages-961625698.jpg

Some truths?

Grass is usually green, and soccer balls boast multiple panels, and cleats are sturdy, and a very large number of televisions around Southern California, and well beyond Southern California, will be tuned to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 during a thrilling, goal-packed, spring-into-summer month.

That multi-week, multi-match, multi-country excitement begins on Thursday, June 14, with a wrap-up date on July 15.

And while what we said stands about the large number of TVs — walk by a bar or neighbor's den when a match is on and chances are you'll hear it — there are a few places around Southern California that are really doing it up for World Cup viewers.

Can't miss rooting for your team? Consider calling upon...

The Paley Center for Media, which will put live matches on the big screen at the Beverly Hills museum's John H. Mitchell Theater. The cost to see the larger-than-life action, which is being presented by Telemundo and Fox Sports? It's free.

Various spots, from Universal CityWalk to Alpine Village in Torrance, thanks to the LA Galaxy's "full watch party schedule." El Torito in Orange and Art Theatre in Long Beach are also on the roster, so just check what locations will be featuring what matches on what dates.

McDonald's is hosting a trio of viewing parties at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The dates? June 17, June 23, and July 15, and "(a) free McDonald's breakfast will be provided for attendees along with live entertainment and family friendly activities."

Old World in Huntington Beach bills itself as "the World Soccer epicenter in Orange County." Not only will the venue "televise all games during Old World normal operating hours" but you'll be able to purchase brats and beers and the other bites and bevs the German-themed landmark famously serves.

Hammer Museum in Westwood will be featuring the final five matches, beginning on July 6, with the quarterfinals. These'll be on the museum's big screens and there is no cost to attend (though there is for parking below, do note). 

Wirsthaus and Rasselbock are both planning on "... airing all Germany and Mexico matches in the group stage of the World Cup, and all games after, in the elimination rounds." Both spots will throwing open their doors early on game days, and reservations are recommended. Yep, there's food to buy, and sips, too.

And while the Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale will not be airing the matches, those who are enjoying World Cup should make a date to see "GOOOOL! The World Cup's Greatest Moments," on view through Sept. 16 at the museum.

Look for "significant soccer events" from past World Cup matches, as well as displays that provide the sort of history and background that make watching the current teams all the more satisfying and fun.

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<![CDATA[Mystic Meerkats Predict World Cup Outcomes]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:44:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NAT_DIT_mystic_meerkats-152884302900700002.jpg

Meerkats at the Drayton Manor Zoo in England gave their predictions for the 2018 World Cup matches for Russia v. Saudi Arabia and England v. Tunisia.

<![CDATA[Deer Startles Passengers on DC Metro Platform]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:15:53 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2018-06-12_1212.png

A deer with the grace of an Olympic hurdler trotted through a D.C. Metro station Tuesday morning, startling commuters as they waited for their morning trains.

The transit agency released surveillance video of the incident, which took place about 8:30 a.m. at the Crystal City Metro station.

The deer is seen running along the the platform and tracks without being electrified or hit by a train.

One man looking down at his phone doesn't notice as the animal hops up next to him, then backs away slowly when he finally catches sight of the creature. The deer runs by another passenger waiting for the train, interrupting her as she puts on makeup.

None of the commuters were hurt, according to the tweet from D.C. Metro, which hypothesized that the deer was headed down to Tuesday's Washington Capitals victory parade, along with tens of thousands of others in the D.C. area.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said it managed to return safely through a tunnel, according to The Washington Post. He said the deer probably came from a wooded area between National Airport and Crystal City and got into a tunnel that took it to the station.

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<![CDATA[Best Moments From the Caps Stanley Cup Victory Parade ]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:42:44 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-972428978-thub.jpg Fans gathered overnight in red Caps gear as they prepare for the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup championship victory parade and rally on June 12.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Ovechkin Helps Fallon Drink From Stanley Cup]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 03:44:40 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-06-12+at+6.25.35+AM.png

Jimmy Fallon chats with 2018 Stanley Cup champions Alexander Ovechkin and Braden Holtby about the Washington Capitals' historic victory and invites Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith to drink from the Stanley Cup with them.

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<![CDATA[High School Pitcher's Action Shows Sportsmanship at its Best]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:47:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hugbaseball.jpg

Rather than celebrate a Minnesota city sectional championship, Mounds View High School pitcher Ty Koehn went to console his childhood friend Jack Kocon who just struck out to end the game.