<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.com en-usThu, 20 Sep 2018 23:37:08 -0700Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:37:08 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Choice]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:42:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_thechoice_1920x1080.jpg

Here we go! It's time to make The Choice!

We’re starting with 16 contestants. Each week two will battle it out for the right to move a week closer to the Going Roggin desk.

Fred will make his decision but the rest is up to you! Your votes count for 50 percent of the total, so you could be the difference between somebody moving on or going home.

Pick your favorite and vote! You can cast one vote per day here AND one vote per day on Fred's Facebook page.

So vote! Tell your neighbors, tell your friends and vote!

We need you to make The Choice!

The Choice Contest Official Rules 

July 30, 2018 – December 24, 2018

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:  No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. The Choice Contest (“Contest”) will begin on July 30, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. PT and end on December 24, 2018 at 12:30 A.M. PT (“Contest Period”).  All times in the Contest refer to Pacific Time (“PT”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.  Contest is subject all applicable federal, state and local laws. Entries will be accepted until August 27, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States (“U.S.”) residents who are physically located in the KNBC geographic viewing area in the counties of Los Angeles, Kern, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Ventura in the state of California (collectively, the “KNBC Geographic Viewing Area”), and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, as of the start of the Contest Period, and can legally work in the U.S. as of the start of the Contest Period.  Entrants must have a valid U.S. Social Security Number and/or a valid U.S. personal tax identification number. Entrants may not participate in the Contest if they are members of any guild, union or other organization that may prohibit/restrict them from participating in this Contest and/or that would restrict, would require payment, enable a third party to have the right to oppose such entrant’s participation in this Contest, or interfere with entrants’ ability to enter into agreements with Sponsors or their designees, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Entrants may not participate in the Contest if they have previous professional media experience and such experience may disqualify entrants at Sponsors’ sole discretion.  Entrants must be willing to voluntarily submit to and complete a background check. Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include KNBC, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 2120, Universal City, CA, 91608, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10012 (collectively, “Sponsors”) and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest. Each entrant agrees this is a Contest and not an employment opportunity. Each entrant agrees this is not a paid opportunity. If you were a Second Round Finalist (as defined below) in 2017, and/or appeared as an on- air contestant for The Choice contest in 2017, you are not eligible to enter or win this contest (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion). Entrants must be available for any interviews and/or on-air tapings on such dates and times specified by Sponsors in their sole discretion and as outlined in these Official Rules.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period, you will be required to submit an original video (“Video”) on the following theme: “Why I should be the next panelist on Going Roggin” (‘Theme”). Video must not be longer than thirty (30) seconds in length.  If Video exceeds (30) seconds in length, only the first (30) seconds will be judged.

Video must have been taken by you, and you must have the permission of any person who appears or is identified in the Video. If any minors appear in Video, the entrant must be that minor’s parent and/or legal guardian. Professional Videos with watermarks are not eligible.

To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period: (1) visit NBCLA.com/thechoice (“Website”); (2) upload your Video to the Website; and (3) complete the entry form which includes your Video, Video title, full name, and email address (the “Entry”).

All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned. You must submit the Video (collectively referred to herein as the “Submissions”) as part of your Entry to enter and be eligible for the Contest.  By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Submissions and to incorporate the Submissions in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity.  Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsors and that the Sponsors' reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Submissions will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract.  If any Submissions contain material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or if any Submissions do not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsors’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, such Submissions (and the related Entries) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration and/or deleted from the Website. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.  Sponsors shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Submissions. If the use of the Submission incurs excessive fees, including but not limited to Guild payments, Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify such Submission (and the related Entry).

Sponsors may choose to broadcast on-air and/or display on the Website, a selection of Submissions as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to the posting of such entrant’s name and Video on the Website and/or on the Show’s social media pages, including but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Entries must be received before August 27, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest. You may enter once during the Contest Period. Multiple entries received from any person or email address beyond this limit will void all such additional Entries. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including but not limited to illegible handwriting, are void and will not be accepted.  Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval. 

PRIVACY: Entrants will have the opportunity to receive information from Sponsors and selected partners by checking the appropriate box(es). If, at any time, you no longer wish to receive materials from Sponsors or our partners, please go to our privacy policy, located at http://www.nbcuniversal.com/privacy, or the applicable partner’s privacy policy and follow the procedures indicated.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF FIRST ROUND FINALISTS, SECOND ROUND FINALISTS, THIRD ROUND FINALISTS, FOURTH ROUND FINALISTS, FIFTH ROUND FINALISTS, AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER: There will be three (3) rounds of judging: round 1: initial judging to determine the First Round Finalists Entries (defined below); round 2: judging to determine Second Round Finalists (defined below); round 3: public voting and judging to determine Third Round Finalists (defined below) and Fourth Round Finalists (defined below) and round 4: judging to determine the Fifth Round Finalists (defined below) and Grand Prize Winner (defined below). JUDGES (DEFINED BELOW) ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM VOTING BASED ON THE FOLLOWING: RACE, GENDER, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, CITIZENSHIP OR ANY OTHER BASIS PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR REGULATION.

Voters (defined below) are encouraged to vote based on merit and in accordance with the Judging Criteria and the voting rules and without regard to the impermissible categories listed above. If it is brought to the attention of Sponsors that a Voter has voted using any criteria other than the Judging Criteria, or otherwise in violation of these Contest Rules, his/her vote will be disqualified.      

Round 1: Initial Judging for the First Round Finalists: Beginning on or about August 28, 2018, one (1) or more qualified judges selected by Sponsors (“Judges”) will review all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period and select up to forty (40) first round finalists (“First Round Finalists”, each a “First Round Finalist”) based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Personality (33.4%), Ability to Articulate (33.3%), and Knowledge of Relevant Subject Matter (33.3%). The selection and review process may occur on a rolling basis as Entries are received. In the event of a tie, the Initial Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied entrant who received the highest points from the Initial Judges for Personality to advance to Round 2: Second Round Finalists. In the event a tie remains, an additional tie breaking judge will judge the tied Entries using Judging Criteria, to determine which of the tied Entries will advance to Round 2: Judging to Determine the Second Round Finalists. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than forty (40) Finalists (or none at all) or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Finalists will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability, and, except where prohibited, Publicity Release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) within three (3) days of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification.

Round 2: Judging to Determine the Second Round Finalists: On or about August 28, 2018, Sponsors will contact each First Round Finalist and conduct an interview (e.g., on Skype, by phone, or in-person) (“Interview”), after which Judges will select up to sixteen (16) second round finalists (“Second Round Finalists,” each a “Second Round Finalist”) based on the Judging Criteria. The interview process may occur on a rolling basis. In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than sixteen (16) Second Round Finalists (or none at all), or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors may require and potential Second Round Finalists must be willing to voluntarily submit to and complete a background check as a condition of continued eligibility. Noncompliance within the Sponsor specified time period will result in disqualification.

Round 3: Public Voting and Judging to determine the Third Round Finalists and Fourth Round Finalists: Second Round Finalists may be asked by Sponsors to keep the outcomes of Round 3, Round 4, and Round 5 confidential until the Show episode air-date specified by Sponsors. The inability to comply with these confidentiality obligations may result in the disqualification of such Second Round Finalist. Each Second Round Finalist will be randomly assigned a seed and will compete “bracket-style” on-air on “Going Roggin” (the “Show”) according to their seed assignment and the chart below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Host Fred Roggin will ask each Second Round Finalist one (1) or more questions on-air (the “On-Air Debate”) and will judge each Second Round Finalist based on the Judging Criteria.


On-Air Debates


Taping Dates & Times

Voting Periods

Announcement Date

On-Air Debate 1 (“OOD 1”)

Seed 1 v.  Seed 16 

September 6, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 8, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 13, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 15, 2018

On-Air Debate 2 (“OOD 2”)

Seed 2 v. Seed 15

September 13, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 15, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 20, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 22, 2018

On-Air Debate 3 (“OOD 3”)

Seed 3 v. Seed 14

September 20, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 22, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 27, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 29, 2018

On-Air Debate 4 (“OOD 4”)

Seed 4 v. Seed 13

September 27, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 29, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 4, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 6, 2018

On-Air Debate 5 (“OOD 5”)

Seed 5 v. Seed 12

October 4, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 6, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 11, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 13, 2018

On-Air Debate 6 Seed 6 v. Seed 11 (“OOD 6”)

Seed 6 v. Seed 11

October 11, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 13, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 18, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 20, 2018

On-Air Debate 7 (“OOD 7”)

Seed 7 v. Seed 10

October 18, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 20, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 25, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 27, 2018

On-Air Debate 8 (“OOD 8”)

Seed 8 v. Seed 9

 October 25, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 27, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 1, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 3, 2018

On-Air Debate 9 (“OOD 9”)

Winner of OOD 1 v. Winner of OOD 2

November 1, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 3, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 8, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 10, 2018

On-Air Debate 10 (“OOD 10”)

Winner of OOD 3 v. Winner of OOD 4

November 8, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 10, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 15, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 17, 2018

On-Air Debate 11 (“OOD 11”)

Winner of OOD 5 v. Winner of OOD 6

November 15, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET 

November 17, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 21, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 21, 2018

On-Air Debate 12 (“OOD 12”) 

Winner of OOD 7 v. Winner of OOD 8

November 29, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

December 1, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. PT through December 6, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. PT

December 8, 2018


Each On-Air Debate will also be posted on the Website for public viewing and voting during the applicable Voting Period (as outlined in the chart above). During the applicable Voting Period, visitors to the Website (“Voters”) may vote for their favorite Second Round Finalist (the “Public Vote”) according to the Judging Criteria, voting rules, and procedures established by the Sponsors, which will be posted on the Website (“Vote”). Visitors will be limited to one (1) Vote per day, but Sponsors reserve the right to change the limit on the number of Votes allowed, in their sole discretion. Visitors may submit their Vote on either Facebook and/or the Website. Notification regarding any such change to the Vote limit will be announced on the Website.  The eight (8) Second Round Finalists with the higher score in each individual On-Air Debate, based on the Public Vote (50%) and the Judging Criteria (50%), will be deemed the third round finalists (“Third Round Finalists”, each a “Third Round Finalists”). The four (4) Third Round Finalists with the higher score in each individual On-Air Debate, based on the Public Vote (50%) and the Judging Criteria (50%), will be deemed the fourth round finalists (“Fourth Round Finalists”, each a “Fourth Round Finalist”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists.

Round 4: Judging to Determine the Fifth Round Finalists and Grand Prize Winner: The four (4) Fourth Round Finalists will be randomly paired up by Sponsors and will compete in pairs in an On-Air Debate (the “On-Air Debate Semifinals”). The first pair of Fourth Round Finalists will compete in On-Air Debate Semifinals currently scheduled for December 6, 2018. The second pair of Fourth Round Finalists will compete in On-Air Debate Semifinals currently scheduled for December 13, 2018. The Judges will judge the Fourth Round Finalists based on the Judging Criteria and select one (1) Fourth Round Finalist from each pair (“Fifth Round Finalist”, collectively the “Fifth Round Finalists”) to compete in the final On-Air Debate (the “On-Air Debate Finals”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. The two (2) remaining Fifth Round Finalists will compete in the On-Air Debate Finals currently scheduled for December 20, 2018. The Judges will judge the Fifth Round Finalists based on the Judging Criteria and select one (1) grand prize winner (“Grand Prize Winner”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. Grand Prize Winner will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign Contest Documents within three (3) days. Noncompliance within Sponsors’ specified time period will result in disqualification.

PRIZE:  There will be one (1) grand prize awarded (“Grand Prize”) to the Grand Prize Winner. Grand Prize consists of one (1) appearance on the Show and the potential opportunity to appear on future episodes of the Show as a contributor.

Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of Grand Prize is zero dollars ($0). Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize may vary. Any difference between ERV and ARV will not be awarded.

Sponsors will determine and will be responsible for all details of Prize in their sole discretion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute Prize (or portion thereof) with a similar prize (or prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Grand Prize Winner. Prize cannot be transferred by Grand Prize Winner or redeemed for cash and is valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Grand Prize Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Grand Prize Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion. 

Second Round Finalists, Third Round Finalists, Fourth Round Finalists, and Fifth Round Finalists must be able to travel on such dates as specified by Sponsors in their sole discretion from August 2018 through December 2018 and as outlined on the chart above (or on such other dates designated by Sponsors).

RECORDING: Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose to record and/or broadcast the On-Air Debates and/or Submissions of all Second Round Finalists on the Show. If Sponsors, in its sole discretion, elects to incorporate any such audio and/or video recordings (the “Recordings”) into Show or other television shows, the Recordings will not be considered an employment opportunity, and Second Round Finalists will not be entitled to compensation or credit thereof. Sponsors will determine the nature of the Recordings in their sole discretion. If the Recordings are broadcast, such broadcast will be at a time, for a length of time, and on a date determined by Sponsors in its sole discretion. Second Round Finalists may be required to return completed and signed appearance releases, confidentiality agreements and such other documents as may be required by Sponsors prior to their On-Air Debate on the Show and/or Grand Prize Winner and participation in the segment or rehearsal, if any. Failure of Second Round Finalists to complete and execute these documents in a timely manner, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, may cause On-Air Debate opportunity and/or Prize to be forfeited. The content of the Recording as, and if, finally exhibited and the number of exhibits and re-airs thereof, if any, will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Second Round Finalists will not have a right of review, notice, or approval of the content of the Recordings or any exhibition or exploitation thereof. Sponsors has the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify First Round Finalists, and cause Prize to be forfeited, and remove Second Round Finalists from the Show at any time, if any behavior of any Second Round Finalist is deemed by Sponsors to be disruptive or if it may or does cause damage to person, property, or reputation of Sponsors or if it otherwise violates the policies of Sponsors, or if Second Round Finalists do not follow the directions of Sponsors at all times. These Official Rules and the Contest itself are neither a contract nor an application for employment.

CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by Prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as Grand Prize Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on Website and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsors’ sole discretion. At Sponsor’s request, potential Grand Prize Winner must be willing to sign an affidavit attesting that such entrant meets all of the foregoing eligibility requirements and possibly undergo a background check conducted by Sponsor.

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsors reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules.  Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsors to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsors (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules.  Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules).  In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsors reserve the right to select Grand Prize Winner in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension.  Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted at Website.  Sponsors may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Contest, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion).  Sponsors reserve the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

DISPUTES:  The Contest is governed by, and will be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, and the forum and venue for any dispute shall be in New York, New York. If THE controversy or claim is not otherwise resolved through direct discussions or mediation, it shall THEN be resolved by FINAL AND binding arbitration administered by JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., in accordance with its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures or subsequent versions thereof (“JAMS Rules”).  The JAMS Rules for selection of an arbitrator shall be followed, except that the arbitrator shall be experienced and licensed to practice law in new york.  All proceedings brought pursuant to this paragraph will be conducted in the County of new york.  THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the name of the Grand Prize Winner, available after December 24, 2018, visit NBCLA.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by February 30, 2018 to: The Choice Contest Attn: KNBC Sports, 100 Universal City Plaza Building 2120 Universal City, CA 91608.

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Entrants are providing information to Sponsors and not to Facebook.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
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<![CDATA[Magic Johnson, Pelinka Discuss 2018-19 LA Lakers]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:58:43 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Magic-Johnson-9-20-18.JPG

Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka Thursday shared optimism about the upcoming 2018-19 season with LeBron James and clarified that point guard Lonzo Ball has been fully medically cleared following offseason surgery at the team's training facility in El Segundo.

"It's been, really, an exciting time for Lakers' fans --Laker nation -- since the signing of the free agents, of course headlined by the greatest player in the world: LeBron James," Johnson stated out his opening remarks in front of a throng of cameras and a packed audience of sports reporters.

Johnson repeatedly referenced the team's offseason unorganized workouts and pickup games, singling out James and Rajon Rondo as two veteran leaders that had instantly improved the team's preparation and knowledge base.

"It was really a joy to watch all our player to go up and down and play," Johnson said about the team's closed door offseason scrimmages. "We're excited and can't wait until Monday, Media Day, but also Tuesday when we actually get started."

Pelinka provided his usual story telling charm and even drew a wide smile, public compliment and fist bump from the Lakers' president of basketball operations for the general manager's ability to answer questions by weaving together stories.

The message from the Lakers' front office, though, was about the addition of championship experience to the roster in the form of JaVale McGee, Rondo and, of course, James.

At one point, Johnson referred to Rondo as the "perfect mentor" for Ball, and the five-time NBA champion with the Lakers in the 1980s revealed that signing Rondo had provided a solution to his problem of finding Ball a mentor.

Pelinka, meanwhile, chimed in by sharing insights and marveling at an instance when he was the fourth man in a room with Johnson and Rondo talking point guard basketball with Ball.

Speaking of Ball, Pelinka clarified that Ball has been medically cleared to take part in all basketball activities. However, the team was talking a patient approach and easing the 20-year-old back into full five-on-five basketball due to offseason surgery.

Ball missed 30 of 82 games in his rookie season, so the team taking a cautious approach to his return from injuries is understandable.

While Thursday's media gathering was never meant to provide any breaking news, Johnson and Pelinka stepping up to podium helped express the team's excitement at starting the 2018-19 campaign.

Next, the Lakers hold Media Day on Monday, followed by a five-day training camp that leads directly into the team's preseason opener on Sept. 30. The Lakers open their 2018-19 season on Oct. 18 against the Portland Trailblazers in Oregon before returning home two days later for James' highly-anticipated regular season debut at Staples Center on Oct. 20.

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Legendary MLB Scout Don Welke Dies at 75]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:57:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Don+Welke+IMG_3576.jpg

Don Welke, the Vice President of Scouting Operations for the San Diego Padres, has died, the team confirmed Thursday.

Welke, who began scouting for major league baseball with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, worked in the league for more than 50 years.

At some point in his long career, Welke worked for the following: the Texas Rangers, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Baltimore Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Kansas City Royals and the Team USA Olympic baseball team.

He joined the San Diego Padres in 2014.

San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler described Welke as a dear friend who was invaluable to the Padres' front office.

"He was a legend in the baseball world," Seidler said in a written statement. "Don was a super scout and a super guy, and we will miss him greatly.”

Padres Executive Vice President & General Manager A.J. Preller described Welke as a visionary.

"Don had a tremendous career in baseball, both as a talent evaluator and in the relationships that he built," Preller said. "Beyond his accomplishments, Don was a loyal and generous friend. Everyone whose lives he touched were better for having known him."

A native of Illinois, the 75-year-old Welke had three children and made his home in San Diego. 

Photo Credit: San Diego Padres
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<![CDATA[Surf Ranch: Making Waves in California's San Joaquin Valley]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:52:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/228*120/9-20-2018-california-surfing-kelly-slater-surf-ranch.jpg California's best-known surfing spots evoke daydreams of waves rolling toward a sandy shoreline with dramatic pastel sunsets providing an otherwordly background over the Pacific Ocean. Lemoore, California is not one of these iconic coastal destinations.

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers Focus on Rams Not the “Fight for LA”]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:24:58 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-1034499376.jpg

The Chargers are coming off a victory in Buffalo and are preparing for their cross town rival, the LA Rams, but the team isn’t into the hype about “Fight for LA.”

What the players and coaches are focused on is how to stop a red-hot Rams team that has bulldozed the competition in their first two games this season.

“That doesn’t mean anything for us,” said Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn about the “battle” over territory. “I'm sure it's good for the storylines and all that, but we fight for one another. We fight for ourselves. We don't pay attention to the ‘Fight for LA’ thing. It's just another game for us.”

The Chargers are going to have their hands full this Sunday against the Rams because their defense is no joke. The Rams have outscored their opponents 57-0, picked off the opposing quarterback four times, and haven’t allowed a single touchdown all in the last six quarters.

As we all know, games are won and lost in the trenches and the Rams have one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL in Aaron Donald, and he’s flanked by Ndamukong Suh, and Michael Brockers. All three have been dominant at the beginning of the season and the Chargers have taken notice.

“It is somewhat different because most weeks — it's a big-named edge rusher it seems like every week, but obviously these inside guys get a ton of attention. Not to take away from the outside guys, but rightfully so those inside guys get most of the attention. They're really solid players. It's a heck of a challenge,” explained quarterback Philip Rivers.

One player that could have some insight on one of the Rams interior players is center Mike Pouncey. He played with Suh for three seasons in Miami and knows what it is like to be out there on a hot day going up against a bull like Suh.

“You’ve just got a guy (Suh) who’s been a dominant player for a long time,” Pouncey said, “And he’s next to another dominant player. It’s going to be a real challenge for the offensive line. It’s going to be a really good test for us to see how we are up front as a unit.”

One thing the team will have to work on is not getting complacent. Last weekend against the Bills, the Chargers went into halftime up 28-6 but ended up only scoring three points in the second half, and against a team like the Rams you have to continue applying pressure.

“It really came down to we didn't get going. We had opportunities and we missed a play here or a play there. It seemed like [there] was one in every one of those series. I think it was three series in a row where we didn't get going. If we just made one of those plays, if we had stayed on the block a half-second longer, if we had used the correct technique, then I think we would have been back in that mode of the way we were playing in the first half,” explained offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

“If’s” won’t cut it this weekend against a team that plays “knock you out” football. When they sense the opposing team is about done they go for the final blow. So, if the Bolts have any chance of winning this game they will have to go blow for blow with the Rams. They may be in the same city, but the only thing they are both fighting for is another win in a long season.



•Chargers injury report: defensive end Joey Bosa (foot), right tackle Joe Barksdale (knee), fullback Derek Watt (thumb), tight end Antonio Gates (illness) did not practice. Receiver Travis Benjamin (foot) was limited in practice and running back Melvin Gordon (neck) was a full participant.

•The Chargers worked out defensive end Kony Ealy. Coach Lynn downplayed the situation and said he has full confidence in Isaac Rochell starting in place for Bosa. He said they worked him out just in case they need a player in the future they know they are ready to play and are in shape.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Hottest Hitter Sits Again on Wednesday]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:42:04 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/PuigSitsFor2Games.png

The Wild Horse is stuck in the stable.

He had hit five homers in a span of 20 hours, one of which left the stadium at a record 114MPH, the hardest hit home run by a Dodger since the exit velocity stat was first recorded in 2006. Yasiel Puig had just carried his team past the St. Louis Cardinals on back-to-back days, and launched his team back into the postseason picture.

On Monday, Puig stood on the steps of the Dodgers dugout looking out at the field dubbed "Blue Heaven on Earth." He lightly stroked his unkempt beard, flexed his bicep muscles as strong as steel, and revealed that contagious childish grin of his.

His youthful energy and exuberance are contagious. He's provided his team with a much-needed spark when they required it throughout the season, so naturally, he would be in the lineup every game for the pivotal three-game series with the first place Colorado Rockies.

Puig was in the starting lineup for the first game of the series on Monday, batting fifth, and recording two hits in an 8-2 victory that catapulted the Boys in Blue back into first place in the hotly contested NL West. The two hits marked Puig's 25th multi-hit game of the season, and came on a day he was named the National League Player of the Week.

There was no doubt in anyone's mind that Puig was by far turning everything he touched into scorched earth. In his last 11 games, he had hit .433 with six home runs and 11 RBI, he had placed the team on his proverbial back and the man coined the "Wild Horse," by Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, was ready to carry his team back into the postseason and possibly their sixth consecutive division title.

Do you remember that arcade game in the mid-90s called "NBA Jam?" It was an exaggerated style of basketball that featured two-on-two play, explosive slam dunks, monster heads, and a secret mode determined by the announcer's electrifying voice: "He's on Fire!"

When a player had made three consecutive shots from beyond the arc, everytime that player touched the basketball from that point forward, it turned into flames. As kids in arcades across the country soon learned, if a player was on fire, you gave him the ball until he missed. 

To stay with that analogy, Yasiel Puig is on fire, and accordingly, he needs to be at the plate and in the lineup as often as humanly possible until he finally cools off. At least that's what NBA Jam and popular culture would tell you.

Despite that knowledge when the Dodgers starting lineup was posted in the dugout on Tuesday, Yasiel Puig's name was not on it. 

"Yasiel has played a lot recently," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts, inexplicably explaining why Puig wasn't in the lineup against left-hander pitcher Kyle Freeland. "To get them a blow and a day off two days before an off day I think is a good thing."

Right-handers are batting .252 with 15 home runs and have more success against Freeland statistically than left-handed hitters who are batting a paltry .168 with just two home runs this season. Roberts and the front office know this about Freeland, so they stacked the staring lineup with all right-handed hitters. Puig was still not on it, and never appeared even as a pinch-hitter, despite six different pinch-hitters being used in a game that went to extra innings.

Puig was also noticeably absent from the team's walk-off celebration in the bottom of the tenth inning after Chris Taylor hit his first career game-ending longball. Puig is normally the first player out of the dugout to douse his teammates in Gatorade during these situations, but on Tuesday night he was nowhere to be seen.

News came out early Wednesday morning that Puig's Encino home had been burglarized for the fourth time, possibly explaining his absence on the field. TMZ reported that three suspects, the same ones believed to have tried to rob him on Aug. 30, broke into his home through a backdoor, ransacking the place and dragging a safe down the stairs before ultimately leaving it in the doorway. LAPD believes the burglars caused around $10,000 in damages.

Perhaps the unsettling feeling of having your home violated was behind the decision to not start Puig in the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday, but ultimately Roberts said it was more about finding playing time for Matt Kemp, than giving Yasiel another day off.

"I think that it's more of really trying to get Matt going," said Roberts before the game on Wednesday. "Yasiel will probably be in there on Friday. I know he's swinging the bat really well, righties and lefties."

"Really well," is an understatement for the reigning NL Player of the Week who if he does start on Friday, will have not played in a game in three consecutive days. A deep roster for the Dodgers packed with All-Star talent certainly makes it difficult to find playing time, and the personal issues surrounding his home and family don't help, but regardless, the hottest hitter on the team should be in the lineup down the stretch.

UPDATE: Proving the initial point of this story, Yasiel Puig appeared as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game on Wednesday night and hit the game-winning three-run home run. 

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<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Donates $10M After Workplace Probe]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:12:57 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mcAP_18057828367198.jpg

A seven-month investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct allegations within the Dallas Mavericks organization was released Wednesday afternoon confirming "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization" over two decades.

Key among the findings were allegations of improper workplace conduct toward 15 female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching and forcible kissing, and allegations of improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde.

Hyde's inappropriate conduct was said to include inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers.

Additionally, there were two acts of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee.

The allegations are part of a 43-page investigative report by Lowenstein Sandler that was released Wednesday afternoon. The NBA's response to the report was released at the same time.

Investigators said Ussery engaged in a pattern of harassment and that included unwanted touching and massaging, inappropriate comments and forcible kissing and that he found a number of ways to touch and "compliment" women on their appearance. The investigation substantiated claims made by 13 people between 2000 and 2015. Many of the claims were determined to be credible because many women told colleagues about the misconduct when it happened and many contained common threads, even among women who didn't know each other. Ussery denies inappropriate contact and sexual comments but did admit that he complimented women and massaged one woman's shoulders. He also admitted to having one sexual conversation with one woman but added that she initiated it.

“We did a lot of things of wrong. And I wasn’t there to oversee him [Ussery]. And so yeah, everybody has every reason to question me, but I just wasn’t there and that was my fault," said team owner Mark Cuban.

According to the report there was no evidence Cuban knew of Ussery's behavior or that anyone told him about the behavior, but the same can't be said about Hyde's alleged behavior.

The report said 14 current and former employees said Hyde looked at pornographic material on his computer, laptop and phone; another 50 employees said they heard about his alleged behavior. Nine employees said Hyde's monitor was moved against a cubical wall so fewer people would see what he was looking at and seven said he'd made unwanted sexual advances.

Sexually explicit images were found on Hyde's computer when it was searched in 2008 as part of a lawsuit. Lawyers for the team notified Cuban who sent a  "very strongly worded email" to Ussery and Pittman "telling him to stop it or he'd get fired."

In 2011, a condom was seen falling out of Hyde's pants. The incident was recorded on surveillance video and Cuban was notified. According to the report, Cuban said not to make a bigger issue out of it than it was and to put Hyde on probation and warn him of termination should it happen again.

Sometime between 2011 and 2013 Cuban said, "this bullshit with Chris Hyde is going to end," when it was believed Hyde was taking kickbacks from a ticket broker.

In 2014 Hyde allegedly "behaved inappropriately" with a new female employee; Cuban said to fire him.

On Hyde, Cuban told ESPN in a taped interview that aired Wednesday, "Obviously this was a huge mistake on my part. I mean, I was under the impression that he had the first issue with the pornography was resolved and obviously it wasn’t. And I said if anything out of the question happens again, well, what was three years earlier and I hadn’t had any follow up beyond being told that he was being -- from my perspective there weren’t any issues. It was stupid on my part," Cuban said. “I messed up. I should have just fired him on the spot. It was just a huge mistake. There’s just no way to downplay it and if someone were to show me from another company and asked me to read it I would say you can’t make a bigger mistake because that destroys the whole culture of your organization.”

As a result of the investigation, Cuban said he's ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees and has pledged to contributed $10 million to organizations committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.

“The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing — the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.”

The investigation recommended a number of changes be made at the organization, including increasing the number of women on staff and in leadership positions; Enhancing a formal reporting process for victims of misconduct; Implementing regular employee surveys on workplace culture and expanding and improving the human resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating allegations of workplace misconduct.

"The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that 'we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following' the publication of the Sports Illustrated article," the league said in a statement.

The league is also requiring the Mavericks provide them with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation; Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee; Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

During a taped interview with ESPN, Cuban got emotional discussing how he felt reading the reports and details of what the women who worked for the team went through.

“Just the pain that they went through at my company. It was the same way I felt when I stood in front of Mavs employees for the first time after this came out. I apologized to them. It just never in my wildest dreams that I think that this was happening and it was right underneath me. The pain that people went through, the pain that people shared with me as this happened, the tears that I saw. It just hurt and the way I felt was nothing compared to the way they felt. I mean, I, you know, I guess just my nature, I mean recognizing I made a mistake, learn from it, and then try to fix it.”

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<![CDATA[Home of Dodgers' Yasiel Puig Burglarized, Again: Report]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:25:37 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1025165386.jpg

Police responded to a burglary report Tuesday night at the west San Fernando Valley home of Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, marking the fourth such response to one of the slugger's residences in the last two years, according to a report.

Citing law enforcement sources, TMZ reported that police responded to Puig's Encino home when one of his associates reported the crime. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that officers responded at about 8 p.m. Tuesday to a home in the 5300 block of Louise Avenue in Encino for a burglary report.

Puig's home is located in the area.

No arrests were reported early Wednesday.

Three men in their 20s left the location in a four-door Toyota sedan, police said. A detailed description of the men was not immediately available.

It was not immediately clear whether anything was stolen. 

The burglary marks at least the third such report involving a Puig home in the last two years. 

In March of 2017, a Sherman Oaks house belonging to Puig was targeted in a burglary that resulted in the loss of about $170,000 worth of jewelry. He was at spring training with the team in Arizona. 

In November of 2017, the residence was burglarized following a Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros in the World Series. TMZ also reported Puig's home was the subject of another burglary report earlier this month.

The Dodgers edged Colorado for a critical-late season win Tuesday night.  

Other burglaries have been reported over the past two years targeting celebrities in the Los Angeles area, including Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Emmy Rossum, Jaime Pressly, David Spade, Laker Lonzo Ball and former Lakers Nick Young, Byron Scott and Derek Fisher.

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<![CDATA[Pitch Perfect: Colombian Immigrant Lives American Dream on Soccer Field]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:04:07 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/csusm+colombian+soccer+player.png

Three years ago, Juan Camilo Salazar was just a kid in Colombia with dreams. One of those dreams was to play pro soccer.

“I want to be a professional soccer player, that’s my dream,” Camilo Salazar said those words to his mom three years ago while sitting at his dining room table in Colombia.

To make his dream come true, Camilo Salazar felt he had to leave Colombia and come to America where there was more opportunity.

“I wanted to look for something new. My sister was living in the states, I said to my mom why don’t we just go to the United States to see what happens. She said yes out of nowhere.”

In three months, Juan and his mom Martha Gallo packed everything they had and took a plane to San Diego.

“When I got here I didn’t have anything, just my mom and a suitcase next to me. That’s it. No English, nothing. It was just an adventure, when you feel inside that this is the right way to go.”

After arriving in San Diego in 2016, then 16-year-old Juan and his mom stayed with family, but finding their way in America was not easy.

"I was really nervous, the first 6 months were really tough," Juan said.

Martha worked multiple jobs, often 50 hours a week and struggled to make enough money to live. Meanwhile, Juan struggled to learn the English.

When asked how much English he knew, Juan said, “Nothing, none, the first week I was google translating everything.”

While language and culture were barriers, Juan found no borders with the soccer ball.

“The beautiful game you know, and that’s just play with the ball, have fun!" he said.

Juan’s soccer skills earned him spots on San Diego's elite club teams.

Off the field, things began to improve. His mom found a fulltime job as a caregiver. Juan and his mom moved into their own place. Juan enrolled at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, took extra language classes and within a year he'd passed an English fluency test.

“So when I passed it, I got a paper that says I’m an official English speaker."

Life in America was good and it was about to get better, because then someone told Juan his soccer skills could get him into college for free.

"When I start to know that dude you can actually go for free to college, I said that’s insane! I felt really happy when I started getting recruiting calls."

After fielding calls from college recruiters, Juan accepted a scholarship to Cal State University San Marcos. Shortly after that he graduated from high school. Pretty amazing for a kid who didn't even speak English two years ago.

“The day I graduated and the day I committed [to CSUSM] are happiest moments in my life," he said.

Six games into Juan’s first college season, and things are perfect on the pitch.

Cal State San Marcos is undefeated, Juan is one of the team’s best players, and Juan’s mom is often in the stands cheering on her son.

And how’s this for a welcome to America moment? Just a few games into his first season, Juan scored his first career collegiate goal. After scoring goal number one, Juan ran over and hugged a friend waving the Colombian flag, then came over and gave his mom a kiss.

“You dream about moments like that. I thought about the Colombian flag first because Colombia is a country that I love, but I left there to find something new, but it’s in my heart. Then I went to my mom to dedicate it to her because without her I wouldn’t be here. She makes me be who I am. Every day I see my mom I have to be the best I can be, because I see her waking up at 6 a.m. to work, I don’t even have to worry about anything, she worries about everything. I just have to worry about being the best at soccer and school and that’s it. So it’s amazing.”

That first goal, a magical moment for Juan and mom too.

“Excited and so, so proud,” said Martha Gallo said when asked about her emotions after seeing Juan’s first collegiate goal.

A mom who took a chance to make her son's dreams come true, and Juan, a dreamer, who's living the American dream he dreamed of back in Colombia.

“This country is the best for dreamers like me. This country is the best for dreamers like me to make their dreams a reality. I am living proof that the American dream is still alive for people that are willing to work hard, this country gives you everything you need if you work hard and do the right thing.”

Of course, Juan's not yet a pro soccer player, but is anyone going to bet against him?

“I can’t wait to see what this journey brings me, I am really happy, I’m living my best life right now.”

<![CDATA[Back and Forth the Dodgers and Rockies Go]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:51:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Dodgers+Rockies+NL+West.png

Round and round we go, where we stop, nobody knows. 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts glanced over at his lineup card with a furtive smile on Tuesday afternoon. An all right-handed lineup with his ace, Clayton Kershaw, on the mound to counter the Colorado Rockies ace and Cy Young candidate, Kyle Freeland.

In the opposing dugout was Roberts friend and mentor, Rockies manager Bud Black. The 61-year-old former pitcher sat relaxed, with his legs crossed, addressing the horde of media that had arrived to ask about the UCL ligament of his All-Star shortstop, Trevor Story. 

Black delivered good news regarding his MVP candidate, no ligament damage, and a possible return this season. Without Story, the merry-go-round taking place in the National League West would have been far less exhilarating. 

Since the start of September, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks have been interlocked in a game of musical chairs with high-stakes implications. The winner of this game will win the NL West, the two losers, possibly missing out on the postseason altogether.

All three teams made the MLB playoffs last season, but with the Milwaukee Brewers comfortably in the driver's seat of the first Wild Card spot, the probability of all three teams making it again this year is slim to none.

After the Dodgers took three of four from the Snakes at Chavez Ravine at the beginning of the month, they leapfrogged both teams in to first place for the first time since August 3rd. Since that date, the Dodgers and Rockies have quietly runaway from the Diamondbacks, entranced in a two-team dance that is sure to come down to the wire.

The dos-si-do division dance has been repeated for most of the month. Last Friday, the Rockies were in first place. Saturday it was the Dodgers, Sunday it was the Rockies, and on Monday it was the Dodgers again as each team took turns taking a half-game lead over their rivals.

For all intents and purposes, the NL West is the only pennant chase worth watching with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. The American League appears to be all but sewn up, as is the NL East. The Chicago Cubs lead the NL Central by 2.5 games over the Brewers, but the Dodgers and Rockies are the race to watch.

The Rockies and Dodgers will face each other two more times on Tuesday and Wednesday, before their fates are decided by other teams looking to play the role of spoiler down the stretch. With this information firmly in hand, both teams have stacked up their starting rotation for these pivotal final two games that could decide if the Dodgers win the West for the sixth straight season, or if the Rockies win it for the first time in franchise history.

Clayton Kershaw toes the rubber on Tuesday night in the second game of a three-game series against Colorado's ace, Kyle Freeland. A Dodgers victory guarantees them first place heading into the weekend, a Rockies victory puts Colorado back in first place for the rubber match on Wednesday, which features red-hot rookie Walker Buehler against left-handed pitcher (LA's Achilles heel), Tyler Anderson.

After that, it's anybody's guess what will go down in the division as the Dodgers finish the season with three games against the San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants.

Colorado will head to the desert for a three-game series with Arizona, before heading home to the Mile High City for a four-game series with the suddenly fading Philadelphia Phillies and three with the Washington Nationals. That series will be important to both teams fate in the division, as the Rockies have a game in-hand over Los Angeles and the outcome of that game on Thursday, Sept. 27 could present a much clearer picture heading into the final three games of the season.

Which team has the advantage is up for debate. After Arizona, the Rockies will finish their season at home in the offensive powerhouse that is Coors Field against two NL East opponents.

The Dodgers will play their final games on the road against divisional opponents who not only know them intimately, but in stadiums they've struggled at this season in Chase Field and AT&T Park.

The Rockies face three teams all currently above .500, with a combined record of 230-221. Whereas the Dodgers face only one opponent in Arizona that is over .500 and a combined record of 209-244.

Both teams have similar records both home and away, so deciding the division will likely come down to the final three game series of the season. Plenty of action, excitement, and gut-wrenching moments are sure to occur over the final two weeks as both teams jockey for divisional supremacy, the postseason, and possibly home field advantage in the first round of the NLDS.

Buckle up, it's sure to be a thrilling ride.

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<![CDATA[Yasiel Puig Named National League Player of the Week]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:00:51 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Puig+POTW.png

Puig your player of the week.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending on September 16. The announcement was made on Monday morning on MLB Network.

The award comes on the heels of a career week for Puig after he hit .429 with seven runs scored, a double and five home runs (in a 48-hour span) to go with nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games.

Most of Puig's stats came within a two-game span over the weekend in St. Louis. On Friday night, Puig hit a pair of solo home runs in a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.

Less than 24 hours later, during a Saturday day game, Puig hit a career-high three home runs, driving in a career-high seven runs in a 17-4 blowout of the Redbirds.

Puig joined Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter as the only two players in the Majors this season to have three homers and seven RBI in a game.

Puig last won the award on May 18, 2014, and as the winner of the award this past week, will receive a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

The Dodgers are currently tied for the second wild card spot in the National League with St. Louis and 0.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies for first place in the NL West. 

The Boys in Blue open a three-game series with the first place Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Former NFL Tight End Arrested in Connection With California Burglary]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:29:02 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CP_RAW+WINSLOW+PRELIM+2.jpg

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. sported crutches and a knee brace as he briefly appeared in court Monday on allegations of sexual assault involving several women.

Winslow is accused of raping or attempting to rape at least four women over the age of 50 over a three-month span of time, according to court documents.

He was also charged with felony charges of forcible rape and rape of an unconscious woman in connection with a June 2003 incident

A judge was set to hear evidence against Winslow, 34, on the latter charges Monday, but the former NFL pro's preliminary hearing was pushed until October 15 so he could recover from a surgery, a judge said. 

Winslow wore a full knee brace and used crutches to walk into court alongside his wife Monday.

Winslow was first arrested on June 7 after a report of a possible burglary in Park Encinitas, a senior community located on North El Camino Real, east of Interstate 5 and north of Encinitas Boulevard.

At the time, he faced first-degree burglary charges.

He was later accused of sexual assault, kidnapping and sodomy in connection with incidents dating back to March 17, according to the complaint. 

Court documents revealed Winslow had entered the senior community on June 7. Prosecutors say Winslow intended to rape an 86-year-old woman who was sleeping inside her home.  

The complaint alleges Winslow also raped a 54-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman on March 17 and May 13, respectively, in his SUV. 

One of the women accusing Winslow of rape testified that she was choked and told she would be killed if she screamed.

Three of the crimes occurred within a mile to 1.5 miles from Winslow's home, prosecutors established.

Jane Doe 1 was picked up 500 to 1,000 feet from Winslow's home on Lake Drive and raped less than 4,000 feet from the location of her pickup, a sheriff's detective testified. 

The detective testified Jane Doe 2 was picked up on Vulcan Avenue and raped along Manchester Avenue.

A man exposed himself to Jane Doe 3 on Lake Drive on Birmingham, the official testified.

Winslow pleaded not guilty and was initially held without bail based on "clear and convincing" evidence he poses a threat to the community and is considered a flight risk.

The judge later set bail at $2 million. 

If convicted on all counts, Winslow could be sentenced to life in prison. 

Defense attorney Harvey A. Steinberg said Winslow looks forward to being vindicated.

Winslow, the son of former San Diego Chargers great Kellen Winslow Sr., grew up in San Diego and graduated from Scripps Ranch High School before playing his college football at the University of Miami. 

His NFL career started with the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and included stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

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<![CDATA[Archrivals: Rivalry in Long Beach]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:50:30 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Roggins_Heroes_Archrivals_Long_Beach_September_17_2018_1200x675_1322264643544.jpg

A look inside the rivalry between two Long Beach high schools. Broadcast Sunday Sept. 16, 2018 on NBC4.

<![CDATA[Photos: Rams Clobber the Cardinals in 2018 Home Opener]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:27:47 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*122/AP_18259815321822.jpg The Rams dominated in Sunday's 34-0 win over Arizona -- LA's home opener for the 2018 season. The Rams yielded only five first downs and didn't allow the Cardinals to cross midfield until the final minute of the game.

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<![CDATA[Activists Carry Caskets Outside Cowboys Stadium to Protest Police Shootings]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 22:03:59 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ATT+Stadium+protest+091618+%282%29.jpg

Demonstrators marched outside AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys hosted the Giants Sunday night, rolling two caskets to protest the police shooting deaths of Botham Jean in Dallas and O'Shae Terry in Arlington.

Terry was shot by an Arlington police officer Sept. 1 after he attempted to flee during a traffic stop and Jean was shot Sept. 6 by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger who said she mistook him for a burglar after she mistakenly entered Jean's apartment.

Lee Merritt, who represented the families of both men, demanded that the Dallas Police Department identify and discipline officers who leaked information a search warrant return about Botham Jean's shooting to the media. The search warrant indicated officers found marijuana, but it's unclear who it belonged to.

Merritt said the protest was also to draw attention to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' policy on players protesting during the national anthem.

"We come with an invitation to Jerry Jones, to Dak Prescott, to the entire Cowboys organization to join us in the fight for justice. To ensure these tragedies do not continue to befall our community," Rev. Michael Waters said.

"Let us know that you're not just concerned with making money off of black bodies, but you're concerned about the safety of all black bodies," pastor Frederick Haynes said. "Because, guess what? We are Americans as well."

Demonstrators also called for the Dallas Police Department to fire Guyger and for the officer to face a murder charge. Guyger is currently on administrative leave and faces a manslaughter charge in Jean's death.

"It was murder because if the roles had been reversed and Botham had come into her apartment and killed her, he would be in jail right now and charged with capital murder," Haynes said. "We are saying there is not justice at all if there is not justice for all."

Fans looked on as the group of around 100 demonstrators walked around AT&T Stadium with the two coffins. Demonstrators walked quietly and carried signs that said "Black Lives Matter."

Some fans said they were confused by the demonstrations. Some expressed support.

"Racism has been a problem in this country way too long, it's time we did something about it," said Nathan Barrett who was attending the game. His friend, Jacob Gragg, took off his hat as the caskets went by.

At least one fan could be heard saying, "No politics" as the group went by.

Others told NBC 5 they did not want to be quoted by name, but insisted the demonstration wasn't appropriate after Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull died in the line of duty. 

"I was married to a police officer for 20 years. We respect police officers, the good ones. But there are some problems and we have to draw attention to it," said demonstrator Leattress Anderson.

Police in Arlington did not try to stop the pastor's group from protesting. Officers on bicycles rode alongside protesters and helped stopped traffic as the group approached the stadium.

Arlington police said officers made nine arrests after a separate group of protesters blocked traffic on Collins Street and Randoll Mill Drive.

Police said that group would not move despite repeated warnings from officers.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Jaime Jarrin and Manny Mota Take in LAFC Game as Carlos Vela Dons Dodgers Jersey]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 14:14:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DodgersNIghtLAFC.jpg

It's a Southern California sports tradition that all major professional sports teams pay homage to their City of Angels neighbors with a "themed" night during the season. 

On Saturday night, it was the new kid on the block's turn, as the Los Angeles Football Club hosted the first annual Dodgers night at the new Banc of California Stadium.

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Fans who purchased tickets for the special "Dodgers Night," received a limited edition LAFC/Dodgers t-shirt and an exclusive opportunity to meet Dodgers legends, Manny Mota and Spanish Language broadcaster, Jaime Jarrín. 

Mota spent the last 13 years of his career as a pinch hitter for the Dodgers from 1969-82. He was also a player-coach from 1980-82, winning the World Series in 1981. His coaching career with the Dodgers lasted from 1980-2013, which included the team’s last championship (1988). He’s now a part of the Dodgers Spanish language broadcast team, along side Jarrín, who has been around since 1959 and has a place in the Hall of Fame. 

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Normally, when a professional sports team hosts a themed night for another LA-based team, current players are honored before the game. However, with the Dodgers currently entrenched in a playoff chase in St. Louis, no players were on hand for the match against the New England Revolution.

Despite no current players in attendance, that didn't stop LAFC captain Carlos Vela from wearing a custom No. 10 Dodgers jersey with his name on the back.

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Vela arrived to the stadium in the jersey, and wore it during his postgame press conference after the Black and Gold tied the Revs 1-1, to earn a crucial point in their own playoff race with just five matches remaining on the season.

At one point, Vela was asked in Spanish what position he would play if he were on the Dodgers, and he responded by saying, "I'm a striker, so I would be a great pitcher, no?"

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Despite the draw, the match was a milestone for LAFC head coach Bob Bradley as he coached his 300th career MLS Game. 

Although many coaches have taken their teams to the MLS Cup with multiple franchises, Bradley could become the first coach in league history to lead two different first-year teams to the championship game in their expansion season.

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LAFC is currently in third place with four points behind Sporting KC for first place in the Western Conference.

Photo Credit: LAFC
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<![CDATA[Steve Garvey Speaks About Myeloma, Dodgers]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:11:40 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Steve_Garvey_Speaks_About_Myeloma.jpg

Dodgers legend Steve Garvey joins NBC4 to speak about Myeloma on NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2018.