<![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-usTue, 18 Dec 2018 11:58:53 -0800Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:58:53 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NFL's Montae Nicholson Charged in Alleged Drunken Va. Attack]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:57:14 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/montae-nicholson-sydney-maggiore.jpg

Washington Redskins player Montae Nicholson is accused of assaulting a man early Tuesday in Loudoun County, Virginia, the sheriff's office says.

Nicholson, 23, was charged with assault and battery, and drunk in public. A woman he was with, 24-year-old Sydney Maggiore, also was charged.

The Redskins are aware of Nicholson's arrest, team spokesman Tony Wyllie said.

"We are gathering more information and will not comment until we have further details," he said in a statement.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a report of a fight at the One Loudoun shopping center in Ashburn just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. They found two victims in the 20400 block of Exchange Street. They said a man and woman assaulted them.

An investigation determined that Nicholson assaulted the man, and Maggiore hit the woman with a bottle and assaulted the man as well, the sheriff's office said. The Redskins player and woman left the area and returned while deputies were still there.

One of the victims said the trouble started when Nicholson and Maggiore "pulled up in a vehicle and honked the horn at them." An argument escalated to physical violence. It wasn't clear if Nicholson and Maggiore knew the victims.

Nicholson was held at the Loudoun County jail on $2,500 bond. Maggiore was charged with assault and battery, and malicious wounding, and held at the jail on no bond.

The victims were taken to a hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Nicholson is a second-year safety with a contract worth more than $3 million.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.



Photo Credit: Loudon County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[The Choice]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:35:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/choice-image-december-14.jpg

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

After more than three months of battles, we’re down to our final two contestants.

The semifinals started off with Jeremy getting the best of Alex. This week Mike and Pete went toe-to-toe. Their semifinal showdown is above. Here’s what’s the judges had to say about their performance.

Fred gets to make The Choice. So who’s moving on to the final?

Who has a chance to win a spot on the Going Roggin desk?

The Choice final is set! Make sure to watch Going Roggin Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at midnight.

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

Contestant

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.


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<![CDATA[Last Minute Gift Ideas For Dodger Fans]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 04:26:22 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/171*120/GettyImages-474281435.jpg

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The season of giving has arrived, and what better way to make the Dodgers fan in your life happy this holiday season, then giving them the gift of gear and other gadgets from their favorite team?

From jerseys to home décor, ugly Christmas sweaters and more, these last-minute gift ideas are sure to put a smile on any Dodgers fan's face.

So if you still need to find a gift for a loved one, family member, or friend, and you know they're a big fan of the Boys in Blue, here's some gift ideas from me to you:

Los Angeles Dodgers Light Up Bluetooth Sweater

My favorite Dodger-themed item this holiday season is a Light Up Bluetooth Ugly Christmas sweater from our friends over at Forever Collectibles (FOCO).

The sweater not only has blinking LED lights, but it comes with a built-in bluetooth speaker that connects to your phone, allowing you to play music and keep the party rocking all night long.

I personally wore this sweater to multiple holiday parties this year, and it stole the show.

In addition to apparel, FOCO helps fans become the MVPs of their family and friends, with the best and most exclusive line of Dodger-branded merchandise.

From bobbleheads, to footwear, toys, bags, backpacks, and more, FOCO will help you find the perfect for present for any Dodger fan. FOCO even has gifts under $25 that are perfect for stocking stuffers and your White Elephant parties.

You can check out all their Dodger-branded merchandise on their website here:

FOCO Dodgers Merchandise

Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 World Series Tapestry Throw

Celebrate the Dodgers back-to-back World Series appearances with a 2018 woven World Series tapestry throw to help keep you warm in the winter.

Courtesy of our friends over at The Northwest Company, you can quickly and easily purchase Dodger-branded home textiles for your favorite friend or family member.

The Northwest has blankets, bath mats, backpacks, pillows, bath sets, robes, ponchos, steering wheel and seat covers, in addition to so many other items to help decorate your home or automobile in Dodger themed swag.

You can see what else the Northwest has to offer in Dodger merchandise at their website here:

The Northwest Dodgers merchandise

Los Angeles Dodgers headband with Coolcore Fabric

The headband is back en vogue for both men and women, and what better gift for the headband wearing friend or family in your life, than a Dodger themed headband.

These stretch headbands from Bani Bands are made with patented Coolcore cooling fabric, so when you sweat, it cools you down! The headbands come in a variety of shapes and sizes for both men and women and in different MLB and sports teams as well.

If you hurry over to their website, you can purchase a combo pack of a Dodgers glitter band, and a Dodger blue DS band on sale for $24.99.

These items and more are all available on their website here:

Los Angeles Dodgers headbands from Bani Band

2018 World Series Game 3 Panoramic Poster:

Who can forget the record breaking Game 3 of the 2018 World Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers played an 18-inning, 7-hour and 20-minute, war of attrition for the ages.

Max Muncy eventually won the game with a walk-off home run, and for any fan in attendance or watching at home, that was able to witness one of the most historic moments in baseball history, this gift is for you.

Thanks to esteemed photographer Chris Fabregas, you can immortalize that moment with a one-of-a kind panoramic poster of Dodger Stadium during Game 3 of the 2018 World Series.

The print is perfect in any room, is 12" by 36" in size, and comes on high quality lustre paper. There are two versions available: the poster, complete with boxscore, or the Fine Art Print version as well. Both prints are available for sale on Chris Fabregas website here:

Chris Fabregas Website for Dodger Stadim Prints

Tickets:

What does the Dodger fan want most for Christmas? Why tickets of course! If you're running late on time, purchasing mini plans for the 2019 season could be the best gift idea of the holiday season. The Dodgers are currently offering holiday specials on mini plans for as low as $15 per ticket. Not only is this a great idea, but it's the gift that keeps on giving, as you and the recipient will have something to look forward to next year. Who knows, they might even take you with them to the game. 

Dodgers 2019 Season tickets and mini plans are available here:

Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 Season Tickes and Mini Plans

Jerseys: 

After advancing to back-to-back World Series for the first time since 1977 and 78, the Dodgers are revamped and ready to win their first championship since 1988 in 2019. With a brilliantly blended mix of veteran players and young stars, what better way to say Merry Christmas than donning a Dodger jersey. Whether its fan favorite Matt Kemp, perennial Cy-Young winner Clayton Kershaw, or newcomer Joe Kelly, a jersey featuring your favorite player is a must-have for any Dodger fan.

Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys can be ordered here:

Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys

Stadium Tours:

Dodger Stadium is one of the most historic stadiums in all of Major League Baseball. Located atop Chavez Ravine, the stadium overlooks downtown Los Angeles, Glendale, and Hollywood. What better gift for the Dodger fan in the family then a tour around the third oldest stadium in the league. Also, for a limited time, Dodger Stadium is playing host to a pop-up museum that showcases 60 years of Dodger baseball in Los Angeles.

Gift Cards:

Can't figure out what to buy the Dodger fan in your family? Well, let them choose for themselves with a Dodgers gift card for anything they want from MLBshop.com. Gift certificates are available online, or physical gift cards can be mailed to you before Christmas.

Stocking Stuffers:

If you're looking for small gift ideas for Dodger fans, the Top of the Park store and MLBshop.com has the perfect stocking stuffer items for you. Everything from wallets, license plates, earrings, wine glasses, key chains, watches, fidget spinners, neckties and more, is available on the store for $20 or less. 



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<![CDATA[Wall Casts Spell on Lakers in Wizards Win ]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:19:48 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Wizards+Rout+Lakers.png

Expelliarmus!

John Wall had 40 points and 14 assists as the Washington Wizards cast a spell over the Los Angeles Lakers, 128-110, on Sunday night at Capital One Arena.

Wall dominated the jet-lagged Lakers, joining Gilbert Arenas as the only other Wizards player to have 25 or more points and five or more assists in the first half. 

"I know all the Lakers fans out there probably was upset," Wall told the media after witnessing a large number of fans in D.C. wearing Lakers jerseys.

Washington scored 71 points, tied for the most allowed by the Lakers in a half this season, as they led by 20 at the break. 

Los Angeles simply couldn't muster the strength and energy to mount the comeback in the second half, waving the white flag by sitting superstar LeBron James with over seven minutes left in the game.

James struggled from the field on the second night of a back-to-back, shooting 5-of-16 from the field for just 13 points and six rebounds. 

"We're a team that's built on energy and depth," James told reporters after the loss. "We didn't have either tonight."

It was only 24 hours earlier that the Lakers made history when both James and Lonzo Ball recorded triple-doubles in a blowout win over the Charlotte Hornets. However, a day later it was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who led the Lakers with a team-high 25 points off the bench. 

Four different players on the Wizards scored 20 or more points with Bradley Beal scoring 25, and Sam Dekker and Jeff Green each chipping in 20 apiece.

"When he gets going," Dekker told reporters of Wall, "it really sets the tone for us."

But none of them were better than Wall, who has had to endure an up and down season so far, but it all came together in front of the King and his royal court. 

Wall did it all on Sunday night, attacked the rim, played defense, no-look passes, through-the-leg assists, and a dramatic step-back buzzer beater.

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Notes and Next

The Wizards were shorthanded as Dwight Howard was out after undergoing back surgery as was starting forward Otto Porter Jr. Aditionally, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers also were unavailable after being traded to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

JaVale McGee missed the game with flu-like symptoms. The Lakers will complete their four-game road trip in Brooklyn on Tuesday against the Nets.



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<![CDATA[LeBron and Lonzo Each Get Triple-Double in Win]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:11:03 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/LeBron+vs.+Hornets.png

Double Triple-Doubles. 

LeBron James and Lonzo Ball each had a triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers stung the Charlotte Hornets, 128-100, on Saturday night at the Spectrum Center. 

James finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, and Ball had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, as they became the first Lakers duo since Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar on Jan. 22, 1982 against the Detroit Pistons to each have a triple-double in a game.

"We just tried to do a little bit of everything to help our team win," said James. "We're one in the same when it comes to our playmaking ability. We're always looking for our teammates. Anytime you can put yourself in the conversation with Laker history, and all guys who have come through this franchise, it's pretty special."

The last time it occurred in the NBA was in 2007 when Jason Kidd and Vince Carter each had a triple-double for the New Jersey Nets. 

"I know it's not easy," joked head coach Luke Walton of the accomplishment. "There have been a lot of good players in Lakers history and I figured Walton (Luke) and Kobe (Bryant) would have done it a few times."

The Lakers essentialy led from wire-to-wire, as they opened the game up in the second half, taking a seven-point lead into the lockerroom, and turning it into a 30-point lead by the end of the third quarter. 

James was particular unstoppable when penetrating to the hoop, helping the Lakers outscore the Hornets 40-17 in the third quarter, as he did not need to play in the fourth quarter.

"We pride ourselves on not losing two in a row," said James after the team lost to the Houston Rockets two nights prior. "We had a tough one in Houston. We knew they [Hornets] played last night and took a bad hit late in that game, and we just to hit them again. We started from the start to the finish."

Ball played into the fourth quarter to earn his third career triple-double of his career, finishing 7 of 11 from the field, with five steals, helping hand the Hornets their worst loss of the season on the second night of a back-to-back.

"They told me at the start of the fourth they wanted me to get it and I got it for them," Ball said of the triple-double. "It's a dream come true."

James noticed the stellar play of his point guard and admitted the team goes as Lonzo goes.

"He's the head of the snake," said James. "It was a great game for him."


Javale McGee had 19 points and three blocks despite being sick with the flu, and Kyle Kuzma had 14 points in the victory. 

"You can't let little things like the flu keep you from doing your job," said McGee, who admitted he had gotten IVs before the game. "I just wanted to make sure I gave it my all."

Malik Monk led the Hornets with 19 points off the bench and rookie Miles Bridges chipped in a career-high 17. 

Kemba Walker, who scored 60 points earlier this season, had an off-night, shooting 2-for-13 from the field for just four points. 

"He's had a couple of nights where he has struggled shooting the ball but he'll continue to shoot. We trust him," Borrego said. "His confidence is still there. I think he'll kick it back into gear real soon. He's having to work a lot out there. The way teams are guarding him and the way he's having to defend. For whatever reason he just hasn't seen the ball go through the net right now. "

TIP-INS

The capacity crowd of 19,461 fans was the largest to ever see an NBA game at the Spectrum Center, a fact easily attributed to LeBron James and the Lakers.

UP NEXT

The Lakers won't have time to catch their breath as they fly to the Nation's capital to face the Washington Wizards on Sunday night at 3:00PM PST. 

HIGHLIGHTS

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All quotes courtesy of Spectrum Sports Net. 



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Targeting Next Week, With Women's Debut]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:37:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mavericks_1213_5314140.JPG

Anticipation is rising along with the waves as surfing fans in the Bay Area and around the world wait to see if the Mavericks big-wave surfing contest will take place next week as many hope.

On Thursday, surfers were told it won't happen Monday as initially thought, and organizers were evaluating Tuesday as a possibility. The biggest issue is the wind making conditions dangerous.

Meanwhile, a big focus on this year's Mavericks is the first-ever women’s competition. It will be a historic moment for women surfers and their fans.

If and when the World Surfing League pinpoints a day in which ideal conditions green light the contest, the elite big-wave surfers will have 48 hours to show up.

This year, top women competitors will be among those taking on the massive waves, competing against each other for equal prize money.

"I don’t really see that many women doing it that often, so I think it’s awesome that the sport is growing to that population as well," surfing fan Allie Vacar said.

Fan Taylor Scornavacco added: "For women to be out here doing what the men are doing is a really cool thing, and I think that it’s good for the sport, and it’s good for the exposure of surfing in general."

San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan helped lead the local fight to include women and equal pay.

"All of the women athletes have stuck together, and they’ve really been unified in their message," Brennan said. "They’ve worked hard to make this happen."

But adding up to a dozen more surfers will be a challenge for Mavericks contest format.

"Some of the other places that the Big Wave Surf Tour goes have two-day windows, and we only have one day," Deputy Harbor Master Cary Smith said. "So we really have to get that in and hope that for the contest those waves materialize between the hours of 8-to-5."

Some of the surfers were out practicing Thursday, giving it their best and hoping for the best.



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<![CDATA[Celebrity Fans in the Stands: Los Angeles Lakers Edition]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:27:25 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/220*120/12-12-2018-celebrity-lakers-sandler-union-richie.jpg The seats at Staples Center have a star-studded history when the Lakers are in action. Check out some of the celebrity fans in the stands who have cheered on the Lakers through the years.

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<![CDATA[Phil Jackson Surprises Lakers at Wednesday's Practice ]]> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 01:42:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Phil+Jackson+visits+Lakers.png

The Zen Master has returned.

Phil Jackson, the 11-time NBA Champion as a head coach, will not be gracing the Los Angeles Lakers sidelines anytime soon. However, as the team climbs its way back into championship contention, the NBA legend returned to the team he helped guide to five titles on Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson was spotted at the team's practice facility in El Segundo during the team's shootaround before heading out on a four-game road trip. According to reports, it was the first time in more than two years Jackson had visited the facility.

Despite the lengthy absence, ut shouldn't come as that big of a surprise that Jackson was spotted around the Lakers. Not only did he coach the Lakers from 1999-2004 and again from 2005-2011, but he famously was engaged to Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss until they announced their split in December of 2016.

Jackson is also good friends with Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, as well as Kurt Rambis, the team's current senior basketball adviser.

Additionally, Jackson was the coach and mentor for current Lakers head coach Luke Walton, who played for Jackson in nine of his 11 years as a player in the league.

"I have not talked to Phil today, no, but if that's him, I'll head upstairs," said Walton when asked by the media on Wednesday if he'd seen or spoken to Jackson yet. "…Even the one year I semi-retired, Phil's someone I like to stay in constant communication with."

One player that might have avoided Jackson is Lakers superstar LeBron James. It's unknown if Jackson spoke to James, but the two have a somewhat contentious relationship after Jackson referred to James and his longtime friends and business parnters as a "posse." James said he was offended by the comments.

Jackson was last in the league as the President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks. The 73-year-old signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2014, but was fired after just three seasons.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Sign Former Foe in Joe Kelly]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:26:01 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Joe+Kelly+signs+with+Dodgers.png

The Dodgers have made a free agent signing.

No, it's not the big fish in Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but the Dodgers have reportedly signed right-handed relief pitcher Joe Kelly to a three-year deal worth around $25 million.

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Kelly is a familiar face to Dodgers fans after he famously broke the rib of shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the first game of the 2013 National League Championship Series while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ramirez, the Dodgers best hitter at the time, would be forced to miss most of the series and the Cardinals went on to win in six games.

More recently, Kelly dominated the Dodgers during the 2018 World Series with the Boston Red Sox, throwing six shutout innings against Los Angeles, as Boston went on to win the series in five games.

Overall in the 2018 postseason, Kelly was outstanding, allowing just one earned run in 11 and 1/3 innings pitched against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Dodgers.

However, Kelly has also been widely inconsistent over the course of his career and struggled down the stretch of the 2018 regular season with the Red Sox. 

The right-hander had a 4.39 ERA during the regular season and went wild in the waning months, as he allowed 4.6 walks for every nine batters he faced.

Despite his inconsistency, the Dodgers liked his power arm as Kelly is consistently clocked around 99MPH with his fastball. Los Angeles expects him to slot into a setup role in front of closer Kenley Jansen.

As we reported earlier, the Dodgers were heavily interested in Kelly as well as other right-handed relievers like David Robertson and Cody Allen.

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Now that the Dodgers have signed a relief pitcher, they could turn their attention to a starting pitcher, catcher, or second baseman. The team is rumored to be in discussion with the Cleveland Indians on two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, as well as Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

It's unknown if the Dodgers are finished with the construct of their bullpen after the Kelly signing, but they're definitely not done making moves, and another reliever could come via trade down the road.



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<![CDATA[LeBron James and Other Lakers Discuss Dwyane Wade's Legacy After His Final Game in LA]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:17:07 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers_vs._heat_final_1200x675_1394577987648.jpg

Los Angeles Lakers players LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Tyson Chandler discuss the legacy of Dwyane Wade on the NBA after defeating the Miami Heat 108-105 on Monday night at Staples Center.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Visit the Chiefs: What's at Stake on Thursday Night]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:13:33 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1030080780.jpg

The Kansas City Chiefs are missing their star running back, likely without his backup and could have their top two wide receivers hobbled or shelved for their crucial AFC West showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.

They still have Patrick Mahomes, though.

And they're still playing the Chargers.

Yes, the Chargers (10-3) are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, having won three straight and nine of 10 to close within a game of Kansas City (11-2) in the division race.

But the Chargers also have had about as much luck against the Chiefs as the Redskins have had with quarterbacks this year, losing nine straight and many of them in lopsided fashion.

That includes this season's opener in Los Angeles, when Mahomes announced his arrival to the NFL with his first four touchdown passes in the Chiefs' 38-28 victory at StubHub Center.

"We're familiar with this group, but they do so many things. It's never easy going up against Kansas City," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "Go back to September. You can go back to last year, to 2017, when we lost to those guys twice -- same things. They are just really good."

The Chiefs have continued to play at a high level despite some personnel challenges.

Running back Kareem Hunt was released nearly two weeks ago because of off-the-field issues, and new starter Spencer Ware hurt his hamstring last Sunday against Baltimore.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is likely to miss Thursday night's game with a lingering foot problem, and speedster Tyreek Hill is nursing wrist and heel injuries, but has insisted all week that he'll be ready.

"One thing we have been talking about all season long, you never know when your number is going to be called, so it is important that you are ready," Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. "It's all hands on deck. When it's all said and done, we go out and play."

Besides, it's not as if the Chargers haven't had injury issues of their own.

Running back Melvin Gordon is expected to be a game-time decision after spraining his right knee against Arizona and missing the past two games. His primary backup, Austin Ekeler, is likely out after hurting his neck and sustaining a concussion in last week's win over the Bengals.

"I've been grinding hard to get back," Gordon said. "I know Coach (Lynn) is trying to be careful and doesn't want me to further hurt myself or things like that. So we'll see where that goes."

If he's unable to play, rookie Justin Jackson would get his first NFL start.

"What is it, Week 15 in the NFL? These things happen," Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. "We'll see who shows up Thursday and go from there."

As the Chiefs and Chargers prepare to meet, here are things to know:

DIVISION RACE

The Chiefs can clinch their third straight AFC West title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win. But even with a loss, the Chiefs would hold the tiebreaker over the Chargers by virtue of their better division record. Los Angeles needs a win to clinch its first postseason trip since the 2013 season.

"Both teams are going to be all hyped up and ready to go," said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who is 11-3 against the Chargers in his career.

BERRY'S BACK, MAYBE

There have been signs this week that Chiefs safety Eric Berry will make his season debut against the Chargers. Berry sustained a season-ending injury in last year's opener, then hurt his heel early in training camp.

"It is killing him not to be out there," Reid said, "but at the same time, you want to be smart with it. I know he would like to play in the game."

RIVERS RUNS THROUGH IT

Mahomes has been getting all the attention, but Chargers counterpart Philip Rivers has been nearly as good this season. He already has 29 touchdown passes, five shy of his career best, and his interception rate is the lowest of his career.

But Rivers also has struggled against the Chiefs, throwing 14 interceptions during the Chargers' nine-game losing streak. "He's a guy who can make all the throws," Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller said.

BENJAMIN'S DEBUT

The Chiefs hope wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was cut by the Bills and signed with Kansas City last week, will be active for the game. Benjamin would provide a big body on the outside and some additional depth with Watkins likely to be out.

SHORT WEEK

Both teams dismissed the challenges of playing on a short week, especially given how well they know each other. But the Chiefs also were at home Sunday, and the Chargers will be traveling across two time zones to Arrowhead Stadium, one of the toughest venues in the NFL.

"We have a lot to prepare for," Lynn said, "and like I said, it's going to be more of a mental week. So we have to find ways to get that done."



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<![CDATA['My Fault': Brady Takes Blame After Pats Loss]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:54:16 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1070668634.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is taking his share of the blame for Sunday's last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins.

In his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" show, Brady accepted responsibility for a series just before halftime where he took a sack, which prevented the team from attempting a field goal in a game they ultimately lost by just one point.

"It was just a bad play," Brady told WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" on Monday morning. "We called a timeout on first down, we ran a couple plays. It was third down and I thought, 'OK, let's not throw an interception.' I had a couple other things go through my mind. I just took it for granted."

"You can't give away three points like that," he added. "Just a very bad play by me. That should be the foremost thing that I'm thinking. Unfortunately, it wasn't. There's no excuse. Just the reality is I can't let those things happen. It's definitely my fault."

Brady also addressed the final play of the game, a desperation play that included multiple laterals and wound up with the Dolphins scoring an unlikely game-winning touchdown.

"They made a good play," he said of the Dolphins. "It was just great execution. Everyone has those plays in their offense. It's obviously a statistical anomaly when they work. It just happened to work. It's a tough way to lose, but we all contributed in one form or another."

But Brady said he doesn't think there will be a hangover effect from the game.

"We've had a lot of tough losses every year. We've lost pretty important games. What's the difference between losing by 14, losing by 50, or losing by one? They all count the same. Our whole season's ahead of us, so let's go make the most of it."

When asked about another play where he appeared to favor his injured knee, Brady said his knee brace just dug into his knee the wrong way. 

"There's no concern. I have it braced up. I've been dealing with a little injury. It must have twisted the wrong way. No concern." 

The Patriots travel to Pittsburgh next week to take on the Steelers in their final road game of the regular season. 



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<![CDATA[Goldman, Dominant Defense Leads Bears Over Rams 15-6]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:03:08 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bearsAP_18344118397136.jpg

The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams' high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL's best record.

In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet.

Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense and the NFC North-leading Bears beat the NFC West champion Rams 15-6 on Sunday night.

"Our play on defense — all I can say is wow," coach Matt Nagy said.

The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter.

Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter. And after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North, Chicago continued to close in on its first division title and playoff appearance since 2010.

"For them to go out and do it (against) a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow," Nagy said. "It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness. When you teach that and you talk about it over and over and over — as a culture, as a building, everyone together as a family — and then they do it, it lights a fire. It puts us in a great position. We do talk about one game at a time. They're gonna enjoy tonight and then we're gonna get right back in it and get ready for next week."

Coming off a shaky outing against Detroit, Goff was 20 of 44 for 180 yards with a 19.1 rating. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley ran for a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries, and the Rams' three-game win streak came to an end.

The Rams' only other loss was at New Orleans. But against the Monsters of the Midway, they managed just 214 yards.

"Really, consistently over and over I continue to put our players in bad spots," Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said. "Certainly a humbling night, but it's one you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better and move forward accordingly and that's exactly what we're going to do and that's all I know how to do. And I have to be better for our football team. This loss is on me. I didn't do a nearly good enough job for us today. I trust we will respond the right way."

The Bears (9-4) bounced back from a wild overtime loss at the New York Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games.

Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions, helping Chicago come away with the win despite a shaky effort from Trubisky.

"All 11 guys collectively going against the offense, it was going to be a big challenge for us," Mack said. "We stepped up to the challenge."

The Bears needed it with Trubisky struggling about as badly as Goff.

After missing the previous two games because of a right shoulder injury, he was 16 of 30 for 110 yards and three interceptions.

"It's hard to be down when you get such a big win like that," Trubisky said. "You've just got to put your own selfish thoughts about how you played aside. ... I'm just very proud of the way the team had my back."

PULLING AHEAD
Goldman broke a 6-6 tie in the opening minute of the third quarter when he sacked Goff for Chicago's first safety this season.

The Bears then used a trick play they call "Santa's Sleigh" to make it 15-6, when Sowell hauled in a 2-yarder from Trubisky on a play-action with defensive end Hicks. That made him the first Bears offensive lineman with a TD reception since John St. Clair against Kansas City on Sept. 16, 2017.

"We needed a play so they gave it to the play-maker," Sowell said.

The Rams had a big opportunity late in the third when John Johnson III returned an interception 35 yards to the Chicago 27. But Fuller picked off a wobbly pass from Goff intended for Josh Reynolds on the next play.

Los Angeles' Greg Zuerlein missed a 40-yard field goal off the right upright in the opening minutes of the fourth after making a 50-yarder earlier in the game.

INJURIES
Rams: CB Dominique Hatfield was taken from the field on a cart with an ankle injury in the third quarter. He was hurt on the kickoff following Sowell's TD. ... C John Sullivan was evaluated for a concussion after being shaken up blocking on a run by Gurley late in the first quarter. But he returned in the second half.
Bears: CB Bryce Callahan left the game with a foot injury late in the first half.

UP NEXT
Rams: Host Philadelphia on Dec. 16.
Bears: Host Green Bay on Dec. 16. 



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<![CDATA[Surf Instructor Harasses Women During NBC Shoot]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:32:08 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TOS.00_00_36_20.Still001.jpg

A Venice-based surf instructor is under fire after aggressively pulling a woman surfer's leash.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Maul Grizzlies in Memphis]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:37:47 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_18343084629939.jpg

The Lakers had all the grit and grind they needed against the Grizz.

Six different players scored in double figures, as the Los Angeles Lakers mauled the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-88, on Saturday night at FedEx Forum. 

LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma each scored 20 points apiece, as the Lakers led by as many as 29 points in the game.

Both teams were playing on the second night of back-to-backs, but it was the visiting Lakers that brought all the energy and effort early, stealing the Memphis motto, "Grit and Grind," from the home team Grizzlies.

"Defense and energy," said James of how the Lakers were able to beat the Grizzlies. "I don't know how we had energy coming off that back-to-back where we gave a lot last night in San Antonio, and they took it from us, but we found it. It was a good win for us in a place where they've been playing extremely good basketball."

The Lakers outrebounded the Grizzlies 57-36, including 19 offensive rebounds in the rout.

"It seemed like he [Tyson] was around every offensive rebound and defensive rebound," said James of teammate Tyson Chandler who had 14 rebounds. "At halftime we were up 36-11 on rebounding. That means we were defending and we were cleaning the glass."

Wayne Selden led the way for Memphis with 17 points off the bench. Mike Conley had 12 points, and Marc Gasol and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. each had 11.

For the second consecutive night, James nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Josh Hart had 16 points in his second start in place of the injured Brandon Ingram. JaVale McGee had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers led by 23 points at the half, and unlike Friday night in San Antonio, they kept their foot on the gas, extending the lead to 29 in the third quarter and clamping down in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to just 88 total points. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Svi Mykhailiuk combined to hit seven three-pointers and 27 points.

The Lakers improved to 5-1 on the second night of back-to-back games this season. 



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<![CDATA[Angels' Luis Valbuena Dies in Car Crash in Venezuela]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 06:39:36 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1006891786.jpg

Former Angels player Luis Valbuena died in a car accident in Venezuela, along with former MLB player Jose Castillo, their Venezuelan Winter League team announced early Friday.

"We're living a horrible tragedy," the Venezuelan baseball team Cardenales de Lara posted in Spanish on Twitter. "We lost two of our players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo in a car accident."

Valbuena, a 33-year-old free-agent infielder, played for the Cubs for three seasons from 2012 through 2014. He had most recently played for the Los Angeles Angels for two years before being released in August.

Over 11 total MLB seasons, Valbuena batted .226 with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs. In addition to the Cubs and Angels, he also spent time playing for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros.

"We are saddened by the passing of former Cub Luis Valbuena," the Cubs tweeted, adding, "The #Cubs organization sends its condolences to his family and friends."

Castillo, 37, spent five years in the MLB, with the Pirates from 2004 to 2007, last appearing with the Astros in 2008.

The car accident took place after a winter league game in Venezuela Thursday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Citing reports from Venezuela, the Chronicle said Castillo and Valbuena's car hit a rock in the road. Both men played in Thursday's game in Caracas, according to their team's website.



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<![CDATA[Chargers Won't Overlook Wounded Bengals]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:34:37 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/phillip+rivers+35355.jpg

The Chargers overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat the Steelers 33-30 in Pittsburgh for only the third time in franchise history.

Now they’re “on to Cincinnati,” as New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would say.

The Bengals (5-7) have underperformed this season and have been hit by the injury bug, something past Chargers teams know all too well.

In September, they put tight end Tyler Eifert on IR with a broken ankle, and in late November they added quarterback Andy Dalton to that list with a thumb injury. This week they also sent receiver A.J. Green to IR with a toe injury.

"This is the NFL,” explained head coach Anthony Lynn, “Guys have pride. They're NFL players. You have to prepare for them like everybody else whether they're in it or out of it. This team is dangerous because this team needs to win out to get in as a wild card, probably. Their playoffs basically start this week.”

After they face the Bengals, the Chargers will have a short week before they face division-leading Kansas City Chiefs, one of the best teams in the NFL and one-game ahead of the Bolts in the AFC West race.

 

“We can’t look forward because that is how you lose games,” said cornerback Casey Hayward. “We have to make sure we are disciplined because those guys (Cincinnati) are pros and if we sleep on them they will beat us. We will focus on KC next week.”

The Chargers defense will be facing quarterback Jeff Driskel who had a decent game in a loss last Sunday to the Denver Broncos. He passed for 236 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception. They also have to deal with a two-headed monster at running back in Joe Mixon and Giovanni Bernard, who are both dangerous running and receiving the ball. Even without Green the passing game is explosive with John Ross, who ran a 4.22 40-yard dash at the combine, and Tyler Boyd, who is 62-yards away from 1,000 yards on the season.

“They still have a dangerous offense,” said safety Derwin James. “We have to be careful to not underestimate these guys because they will come in here and hit us in the mouth. We need this W to continue on our mission.”

The Bengals defense is lead by a combined $110 million defensive linemen in Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, who both signed huge contract extensions before the season started. Both are disruptive players that can stop the run and are good at getting after the passer. They have a combined 14 sacks this season. They also have a rookie stud safety in Jessie Bates, a tackling machine that leads the team in tackles with 87. Even though this is statically one of the worsts defenses in the league – they give up a league-high 30.9 points a game -- they still have playmakers who will take advantage of a mistake.

“This is the team that we have a lot of respect for,” explained quarterback Philip Rivers. “As you hear me say every week, it's the NFL. This is a defense that we have respect for and we know that AFC North is a tough division. They're physical; they fly around and are competitive. We'll have to rise to the challenge on Sunday."

NUTS N’ BOLTS

 • Injury report: Did not practice: tight end Sean Culkin (back), running back Melvin Gordon (knee). Limited practice: cornerback Trevor Williams (knee), NT Brandon Mebane (not injury related). Full: RB Austin Ekeler (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (ankle).

• Nose Tackle Brandon Mebane missed the last two weeks because he was attending to his infant daughter, who was born with a heart condition. He is back at practice and Coach Lynn said they will ease him back, but that Mebane being back was, “the highlight of my day.”

• Melvin Gordon did some work on the side, but did not practice. Coach Lynn said they will monitor him the rest of the week and if they can see him change direction and protect himself during team workouts he might let him play on Sunday.

• Cornerback Desmond King won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his 73-yard punt return for a touchdown to tie the game up against the Steelers.

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<![CDATA[LeBron James and Lakers Teammates Discuss 4th Quarter Domination]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:08:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers_vs_Spurs_1200x675_1390142531642.jpg Los Angeles Lakers players LeBron James, Tyson Chandler, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball discuss LeBron's 20-point fourth quarter performance as he led the team to victory over the San Antonio Spurs.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Lakers Lonzo Ball With One-Handed Hammer Dunk]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:14:13 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*125/GettyImages-1067075898.jpg

Lonzo is ballin'.

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball put San Antonio center Jakob Poeltl on a poster when he threw down a one-handed slam in the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Ball weaved his way through traffic and delivered a one-hnaded hammer dunk with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter. Seconds later Gregg Popovich immediately took a timeout with the game tied at 16-16.

Ball finished the dunk, but almost botched the dismount as he stumbled upon landing.

The sophomore point guard has been more aggressive lately and its showed as the Lakers have won three straight.

The video of the dunk is below:

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<![CDATA[Twerk Request Overshadows Historic Moment in Women's Soccer]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:40:01 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/adahegerbergAP_18338334003165.jpg

The first presentation of the women’s Ballon d’Or award, for the world’s best soccer player, was overshadowed Monday by a crude joke made to winner Ada Hegerberg.



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<![CDATA[Soccer Star's Historic Moment Overshadowed by Twerk Request]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:59:11 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/adahegerbergAP_18338334003165.jpg

As she was honored as the world's best female player on Monday night, Norwegian soccer star Ada Hegerberg was subsequently asked if she would twerk on stage, NBC News reported

Hegerberg, who received the inaugural Women's Ballon d’Or at a ceremony in Paris, was presented the award by DJ Martin Solveig. He asked Hegerberg if she would twerk, to which she replied, "No." He then asked her to dance to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" and the pair danced together briefly.  

Solveig received swift backlash for the question, and later apologized. “I’m a little amazed and astonished by what I’m reading on the internet. Of course I didn’t want to offend anyone,” he said in a video, adding that his English language skills could be partially to blame. “This was a joke, probably a bad one. And I want to apologize to the one I may have offended, sorry about that.”

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Hegerberg said: “He (Solveig) came to me after and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t think about it at that moment. I didn’t consider it as sexual harassment or anything."



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<![CDATA[Duped: Favre Apologizes After Making Anti-Semitic Video]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:39:20 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/favresemetic.jpg

NFL Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre is apologizing after saying he was duped into making an anti-Semitic video by a hate group posing as a veteran's organization.

Favre, who made millions playing for the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings over a storied career, was paid $500 to make the recording riddled with conspiracy theories and coded hate speech for the Cameo service. Cameo pays celebrities and athletes to record short, personalized video messages.

Posing as a veteran's group, the hate group the Handsome Truth and the Goyim Defense League paid Favre to read a statement that included several veiled anti-Semitic remarks.

"Brett Favre here with a shout-out to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys,” he says in the shaky video, according to BuzzFeed News. Seemingly reading from a prepared script, Favre stares into a camera and said, "You guys are patriots in my eyes. So keep waking them up and don’t let the small get you down. Keep fighting too and don’t ever forget the USS Liberty and the men and women who died on that day. God bless and take care."

According to Buzzfeed, "Waking them up" is a reference to anti-Semitic indoctrination, while "the small" is an epithet referring to yarmulkes. Israeli fighter jets accidentally fired on the USS Liberty in 1967, believing it was an Egyptian craft, and "Remember the USS Liberty" has become a rallying cry for those who believe the incident was intentional despite statements from both the U.S. and Israeli governments otherwise.

Favre quickly apologized after realizing he'd been tricked.

"Like most Americans, I am sickened by what these groups stand for and concerned about their role in fueling today’s negative political climate. The Cameo request from this organization is a prime example of how these groups are misusing social media to promote their agenda," Favre wrote.  "I thought I was creating a message to support the brave men and women of our military forces. Had I understood the source of the request, I never would have fulfilled it. All of us – myself included – need to be vigilant to protect this country from these dangers."

Favre added he would be donating the $500 to "charities supporting their fight against hate and bigotry."

According to Buzzfeed, Favre wasn't the only celeb duped into endorsing anti-Semitism on Cameo. Actor Andy Dick and rapper Soulja Boy were also tricked into making videos. Cameo counts a host of actors and personalities among its clientele, including Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of "Jersey Shore" fame, former NSYNC member Lance Bass and actress Bella Thorne.   

When someone books a shout-out through Cameo, they submit specific instructions to the personality for what should be included in the video. The celebrity has an opportunity to review the request and can accept or reject it. If the proposal is accepted, the buyer typically receives a video within the next few days.



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