<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 20 Nov 2017 15:04:22 -0800Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:04:22 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Roggin's Hero of the Night: Nov. 19, 2017]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:22:12 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Roggins_Hero_of_the_Night_November_19_1200x675_1099848771795.jpg

Meet Sgt. 1st Class Michael Guayante, our Hero of the Night for Sunday Nov. 17, 2017. 

<![CDATA[Trump Slams Marshawn Lynch for Anthem Protest in Mexico ]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:20:27 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lynchtrump.jpg

President Trump took to social media Monday to slam Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for not standing during the U.S. national anthem as the team played the New England Patriots in Mexico Sunday.

Lynch, who has not stood for the anthem since returning from retirement at the beginning of the season, was spotted standing during the Mexican anthem.

"Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down," Trump tweeted Monday morning.

Lynch is among the NFL players who have refused to stand for the national anthem in a movement started by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who began his protest last year to draw attention to racial injustice and social inequality across America. Critics of the protest have slammed it for being disrespectful to the U.S. military and armed forces.  

Trump's prior calls for the NFL to suspend kneeling players have not yet produced a rule change. Commissioner Roger Goodell said last month in a memo that the league believes everyone should stand for the anthem, but still does not mandate it.

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<![CDATA[The Choice]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:32:26 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/08-09-2017-roggin-the-choice.jpg

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It's time to make The Choice!

Each week one contestant advances and one is eliminated and your vote matters. 

Pick your favorite contestant each week, you can vote here once per day and on Fred Roggin's Facebook page. Each week's winner will be revealed Sunday at midnight on Going Roggin.

After a month long submission process, Fred Roggin opened the doors to our studio to find the best untapped talent in southern California. Now we’re down to the top 16 contestants on The Choice. 

They’ve never done this before. You’ve never seen anything like this before.

Not only do you get to witness our contest unfold on Going Roggin, your vote helps decide who moves on each week. 

Who moves on? Who wins? The Choice is yours! 

The Choice Contest Official Rules

August 12, 2017 – December 18, 2017 

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:  No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. The Choice Contest (“Contest”) will begin on August 12, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT and end on December 18, 2017 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 September 4, 2017 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. 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/sports (“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 September 4, 2017 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 September 5, 2017, 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 30, 2017, 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 7, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 9, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 14, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 16, 2017

On-Air Debate 2 (“OOD 2”)

Seed 2 v. Seed 15

September 14, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 16, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 21, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 23, 2017

On-Air Debate 3 (“OOD 3”)

Seed 3 v. Seed 14

September 21, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 23, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 28, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 30, 2017

On-Air Debate 4 (“OOD 4”)

Seed 4 v. Seed 13

September 28, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 30, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 5, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 7, 2017

On-Air Debate 5 (“OOD 5”)

Seed 5 v. Seed 12

October 5, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 7, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 12, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 14, 2017

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

Seed 6 v. Seed 11

October 12, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 14, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 19, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 21, 2017

On-Air Debate 7 (“OOD 7”)

Seed 7 v. Seed 10

October 19, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 26, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 28, 2017

On-Air Debate 8 (“OOD 8”)

Seed 8 v. Seed 9

 October 19, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 26, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 28, 2017

On-Air Debate 9 (“OOD 9”)

Winner of OOD 1 v. Winner of OOD 2

October 26, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 28, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 2, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 4, 2017

On-Air Debate 10 (“OOD 10”)

Winner of OOD 3 v. Winner of OOD 4

November 2, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 4, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 9, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 11, 2017

On-Air Debate 11 (“OOD 11”)

Winner of OOD 5 v. Winner of OOD 6

November 9, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 11, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 16, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 18, 2017

On-Air Debate 12 (“OOD 12”)

Winner of OOD 7 v. Winner of OOD 8

November 16, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 18, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 22, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 22, 2017

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 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 November 30, 2017. The second pair of Fourth Round Finalists will compete in On-Air Debate Semifinals currently scheduled for December 7, 2017. 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 14, 2017. 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 September 2017 through December 2017 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.

DISPUTESThe 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 30, 2017, 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.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Legal residents of the KNBC Geographic Viewing Area who are 18 or older. Begins August 12, 2017 and ends September 4, 2017. Limit 1 entry per person. To enter, and for Official Rules, odds, and prize details, visit http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports/The-Choice-439265273.html. Sponsors: KNBC and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

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<![CDATA[Roggin's Heroes: Nov. 19, 2017]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:24:43 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ROGGINS_HEROS_PP_VO_ear_KNBCJ3VU_1200x675_1099459139705.jpg

The best of the best Southern California high school football highlights for Sunday Nov. 19, 2017. 

<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Gets 2nd Career Triple-Double]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:35:48 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/EW5_0840_1200x675_1099688003503.jpg Lonzo Ball bagged his 2nd career triple-double on Sunday night, as the rookie tabbed 16 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 points in a 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets on November 19, 2017]]> <![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Gets Triple-Double, Lakers Beat Nuggets 127-109]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:14:02 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-triple-double-Lakers-7-19-17.jpg

On Sunday, Lonzo Ball collected his second career tripled-double with 16 rebounds, 11 points and 11 assists, along with two blocks, as the Los Angeles Lakers routed the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center, 127-109.

Only eight days earlier, Ball had become the youngest player to ever achieve the statistical achievement, but a poor performance in front of a national audience had pundits declaring the rookie point guard a bust and even suggesting that he may need to lose his starting spot or go develop in the G-League.

Against the Nuggets on Sunday, though, Ball looked like he belonged in the NBA and looked like the player the Lakers ordained the future of the franchise at his unveiling. By halftime, Ball was clearly tracking for the triple double. The Chino Hills native went to the locker room with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists to his name.

The Lakers also led by 22 points at the break, as the Nuggets had failed to find any rhythm in the first half. Compounding the visitors' woes, Nuggets coach Mike Malone and Nikola Jokic, arguably the Nuggets' best player, both got ejected from the game for arguing calls with the referees.

When four-time All-Star forward Paul Milsap didn't return from the locker room for the second half, the writing was on the wall.  The Nuggets would not be mounting a comeback, and the Lakers went on to cruise to their seventh victory of the season in 17 games.

Ball's 16 rebounds, incidentally, also set a new high mark for most rebounds by a rookie from the class of 2017. As a reminder, Ball is a point guard, but his rebounding has come into greater focus in recent days.

Along with Ball's special night, Lakers forward Julius Randle also scored a season-high and put in his finest performance of the young season. Randle had only appeared for 16 minutes against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. By halftime of Sunday's game, Randle had already logged 17 minutes, during which time the Lakers had outscored the Nuggets by 26 points.

Randle finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory and shared locker room honors as the most discussed player for the winning side.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said about his athletic, strong forward, "When he plays like he did tonight, he's as good as anyone in this league."

With the win, the Lakers improved to 7-10. Next, the Chicago Bull come to Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Quote of the Night

Walton answering a question on whether he'd seen the type of media scrutiny Ball faces for any player at his age:

"Not at this young of an age. I played, obviously, with (Kobe Bryant) and it was a zoo everywhere we went. When I coached with the Warriors, it was a zoo everywhere that we went. But never with a young man that is his age have I seen…I mean, he got a haircut and I fielded three questions"

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<![CDATA[Chargers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Bills]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:46:13 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/AP_17324015609675.jpg

The Chargers destroyed the Bills 54-24 in front of 25,015 fans at Stub Hub Center on Sunday afternoon.

Backup running back Austin Ekeler burned through the Bills defense for the 21-yard touchdown, which proved to be the nail in the coffin for Buffalo.

For the Chargers every win is now a must win in order to have an opportunity at the playoffs this season. The Chargers returned home after a crushing 20-17 overtime loss against the Jaguars in Jacksonville last Sunday.

Thursday afternoon quarterback Philip Rivers was medically cleared by an independent specialist to start on Sunday against the Bills. Rivers is most equipped to get the ball into the hands of the offense’s best players — including tight end Hunter Henry. Protecting the football was a key to victory against a Bills tough secondary that is part of authentic turnover defense.

Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman developed a keen offensive flow early in the opening quarter. As Peterman moved the Bills down the field, he threw a costly pass that was intercepted by Korey Toomer who took it 59 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown. On the next drive Peterman threw another interception under pressure to Casey Hayward who returned the ball for seven yards. Unfortunately the Chargers blew a golden opportunity to put more points on the board, as Rivers was unable to move the offense forward on the drive. Nick Novak missed a key 46 yard field goal, as the Chargers still led 7-0.

Peterman was promoted as the starting quarterback by head coach Sean McDermott over quarterback Tyrod Taylor earlier in the week.

The Bills responded back in a major way, as running back LeSean McCoy on two plays was responsible for Buffalo's tying touchdown.

Los Angeles continued to struggle to find their way in the endzone, as they settled for a Nick Novak 34-yard field goal that gave them the 10-7 lead. Novak missed a previous 46-yard field goal attempt earlier in the opening quarter.

Rivers finally found his stride as he connected with a speedy Keenan Allen down the right side for the 21-yard touchdown and 17-7 lead in the second quarter. Casey Haywards second interception of the day, eventually lead to Rivers who found Allen on a hot route for a 2-yard touchdown. The Bolts were far from done, adding insult to injury with a 10-yard Melvin Gordon touchdown run for the 37-7 halftime lead.

The Bills allowed 37 points in the first half were the most Buffalo has allowed, since they gave up 42 to the Seattle Seahawks in 1977.

Novak knocked in a pair of field goal, one just second before halftime, and another early in the third quarter for the Bolts. Benched quarterback Tyrod Taylor entered the game midway through the third quarter hoping to jolt some type of spark in the Buffalo offense, however the Bolts defense shut them down like an old Public Enemy song. Buffalo had to settle for a Stephen Hauschka field goal, as they trailed 40-10 in the third quarter.

The Bolts defense locked in as Joey Bosa sacked Taylor and forced the fumble for Melvin Ingram to score on the 39-yard return for a touchdown.

The only bright spot for Buffalo occurred early in the fourth quarter, as Taylor found a sprinting McCoy on the left side of the endzone for the 2-yard touchdown. McCoy finished with two touchdowns on the day.

Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman finished 6-for-14 for 66 yards passing and five interceptions. Tyrod Taylor completed 13-for-22 for 154 yards passing, and two touchdowns in the loss. Taylor sent a strong message to his head coach regarding his second half performance.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 21-for-33 for 250 passing yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Gordon entered week 11 against the Bills with 2,191 career rushing yards. The total ranked him 12th all-time on the Chargers list. After finishing with 2,271 rushing yards on Sunday, Gordon cracked the top-10 passing Gary Anderson's total of 2,250 rushing yards. Gordon has nine touchdowns on the season.

The Chargers will travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 PM PT on CBS.

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<![CDATA[CTE Turned Ex-NFL Star From Top Lawyer to ‘Other Person']]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:54:12 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-822512332.jpg

After completing an NFL career that included two Super Bowls, Fred McNeill got an advanced law degree and practiced law. But within just a few years, he began to fall apart, losing his temper, losing his memory and losing job after job, NBC News reported.

“Here is this person who was so kind, so intelligent, so special, so loving, so easygoing. He made things look easy. And then he flipped to be this other person,” Tia McNeill, Fred McNeill’s widow, said in an interview.

McNeill died in 2015. He was bankrupt, unable to eat or care for himself. A positron emission tomography (PET) brain scan done in 2012 showed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE — the degenerative brain disease being linked increasingly to professional football and to head injuries sustained in combat.

The confirmation comes too late to help McNeill. But if the findings hold up in other patients with similar symptoms, such a scan may be able to diagnose CTE in time to give patients hope for recourse while they are still alive and, perhaps, eventual treatment.

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<![CDATA[Kupp's Mistakes Cost Rams in Loss to Vikings]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:36:30 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-876308234.jpg

The Rams scored on their first drive of the game.

They would not score again.

Latavius Murray ran for two touchdowns and the Minnesota Vikings snapped the Los Angeles Rams four-game winning streak, 24-7, on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Vikings' quarterback Case Keenum got revenge on his former team as he alluded defenders all day long, keeping plays alive with his legs, as he refused to get sacked a single time against one of the best defenses in the NFL.

Keenum played two seasons with the Rams in 2015 and 2016, but was benched by then head coach Jeff Fisher exactly one-year ago in favor of rookie Jared Goff. 

On Sunday, the mentor got the best of his former protégé as Keenum outplayed Goff, throwing for 280 yards and a touchdown. 

After back-to-back games with 300+ yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, Goff struggled against the Vikings stifling secondary, completing 15-of-25 passes for 225 yards and no touchdowns in the loss. 

Despite his stats, Goff was impressive, standing in the pocket and delivering dimes under pressure from the Vikings devastating defensive front that put pressure on him all afternoon.

The Rams started faster than the speed of light, as they opened the game on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run from Todd Gurley. 

Minnesota answered to open the second quarter as Latavius Murray bust up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 7-7.

The Rams had a chance to take the lead before the half, but wide receiver Cooper Kupp fumbled the ball on the 1-yard-line, and Vikings' safety Anthony Harris recovered, ending the Rams threat just seconds before they were about to score.

Murray put the Vikings up 14-7 when he opened the fourth quarter with his second touchdown of the day. Murray finished with 95 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams stellar defensive front allowed over 170 yards on the ground.

Once again, the Rams had a chance to tie the game on the ensuing drive, but Kupp dropped a wide-open pass on third down that would have put the Rams inside the red zone. 

Five plays later, Keenum threw a screen pass to receiver Adam Thielen who blew past cornerback Dominique Hatfield and run untouched 65-yards down the field for the score.

Hatfield, a backup for the Rams, only has one tackle on the season, and was only in the game because of a thigh injury to starting cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Theilen led all receivers with a game-high six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. 

Santa Monica kid, Kai Forbath, missed not one, but two field goals for the Vikings before finally converting a 39-yarder that sealed the victory late in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings improved to 8-2 on the season and have now won six consecutive games as they take a stranglehold on the NFC North.

The Rams fall to 7-3, and will likely fall into a first place tie with the Seattle Seahawks who host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, for first place in the NFC West.

It was the first loss for the Rams on the road this season as they fall to 4-1 away from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Up Next:

The Rams will return home to the Coliseum next Sunday where they will host the leaders of the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints. Kickoff is 1:25PM PST on CBS.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Head Football Coach Fired After Loss to USC]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:51:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/jim+mora1.jpg

The day after the UCLA football team suffered a third consecutive defeat to crosstown rival USC, Bruins Head Coach Jim Mora was fired.

"University of California, Los Angeles Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero announced today that Head Football Coach Jim Mora has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately," the school announced in a press release.

The Bruins were coming off a 28-23 loss to the Trojans that set their overall record to 5-6 and 3-5 in the Pac-12 Conference and also dampened their hopes of being bowl-eligible.

"While his first four seasons at UCLA were very successful, the past two seasons have not met expectations," Guerrero said in the press release. "We thank Jim and his family for his service to our school and his unquestionable commitment to our student-athletes."

In his six seasons at the helm of the football program, Mora compiled a 46-30 record.

"I would like to thank Dan Guerrero and the University administration for giving me the chance to work at a great institution for the past six years," he said in a statement.

"Coaching student-athletes at UCLA has been the most rewarding experience of my career, and I know the future is bright for the program," Mora said as he thanked the UCLA coaches and wished the football program success in the future.

Bruins Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch will take on head coaching duties in the interim.

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<![CDATA[Trump Says He Should Have Left UCLA Players in Chinese Jail]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:02:58 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/11-8-2017-ucla-basketball-hill-riley-ball-2.jpg

Two days after LaVar Ball, father of detained UCLA player LiAngelo Ball, downplayed President Donald Trump's role in the return of three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China, the president fired back.

LiAngelo Ball, brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, was one of the three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting before Trump helped return them to the United States. In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump criticized LaVar Ball for being "unaccepting for what I did for his son."

"I should have left them in jail!" Trump added.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, retweeted Trump's tweet and included his own comment.

"The President would have left American students in a foreign jail because their families didn't lavish sufficient praise on him," Schiff wrote. "How can someone in such a big office be so small?"

Freshman LiAngelo Ball was detained along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley nearly two weeks ago and returned last week after Trump said he had a long conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the incident. 

At a press conference after their return, all three players had individually thanked Trump, and initially, Trump seemed to acknowledge the players' gratitude.

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made ... your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" Trump said in two tweets.

However, by Sunday remarks LaVar Ball made on ESPN Friday caused the president to change his tune.

LaVar Ball had seemingly diminished Trump's role in getting the three players back home when he spoke on the sports network.

"What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out," LaVar Ball said. "Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from LA. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses," he said.

All three UCLA players have been indefinitely suspended from the team, coach Steve Alford said. They will not travel with the team or suit up for home games.

"They will have to earn their way back," Alford said.

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<![CDATA[Rams Revealed: WR Robert Woods]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:03:17 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rams_Revealed_Robert_Woods_1200x675_1099291203517.jpg

NBC LA Sports Reporter Michael J. Duarte interviews Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Robert Woods about playing for his hometown team, his days at USC, and who would play him in the Hollywood movie about the Rams.

<![CDATA[USC Defeats Crosstown Rival UCLA]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:22:30 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/USCvsUCLA2017.png

Two teams. One City. One champion.

Ronald Jones II rushed for two touchdowns and Sam Darnold ran for one of his own, as the No. 11 USC Trojans defeated crosstown rival, UCLA, 28-23, in the Battle for Los Angeles at the Coliseum on Saturday.

The highly anticipated rivalry featured two of the nation's top quarterbacks in sophomore sensation Darnold and junior Josh Rosen for UCLA.

In front of dozens of NFL scouts, the two quarterbacks did not disappoint as Rosen threw for 421 yards and three touchdowns, and Darnold threw for 264 yards and ran for a touchdown.

"We're not technically battling against each other, because I'm going against their defense," Darnold said. "But I think it's awesome to be able to battle against a great player like Josh."

Darnold, a sophomore from Capistrano, CA, is widely considered by analysts as the consensus No. 1 pick in the NFL draft should he opt to leave USC and declare for the pros.

After the game, Darnold and Rosen met at the 50-yard-line for a hug and a handshake, and then the USC quarterback climbed the ladder to lead the Trojans marching band, sword in hand, as the student section chanted, "One more year!"

"I'm not going to say anything about that," Darnold said when asked what he thought about the students chant. "But it's so cool whenever I get the opportunity to lead the band. Not every college has that kind of tradition." 

USC struck first when they perfectly executed a misdirection play on a punt by the Bruins. UCLA punter Stefan Flintoft kicked the ball down the Trojans sideline, but returner Velus Jones Jr. fooled everyone on the field as he pretended to catch the ball at the 30-yard-line.

Meanwhile, Michael Pittman Jr. actually caught the ball with not a single Bruin player around him as he ran untouched down the sideline for the 72-yard touchdown return.

"That's something we practice each and every year," said USC coach Clay Helton after the game. "I thought Coach Baxter and our punt return team had it set up perfectly and all we needed was a good kick. It was executed well and that gave us an early spark in that game. Really well done by Michael Pittman."

The Bruins responded on the ensuing drive as Rosen picked apart the Trojans' defense, finding Jordan Lasley open in the end zone to complete a seven-play, 80-yard drive that tied the game at 7-7.

Lasley led all receivers in the game, catching 10 passes for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns.

The back and forth battle continued as the Trojans answered right back on their next possession. Sam Darnold found Deontay Burnett for a 15-yard strike that put the ball on the UCLA 2-yard line, and USC punched it in one play later when running back Ronald Jones II rushed up the gut for the touchdown.

Jones II had a game-high 25 carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

Darnold put the Trojans in front by two touchdowns when he called his own number in the third quarter, and rushed to the left for the score.

Once again the Bruins responded right away as Rosen found Lasley wide open in the end zone to cap off a 79-yard touchdown drive.

After a UCLA field goal cut the lead to 21-17, the Trojans put the game away when Jones II rushed up the middle for his second touchdown of the game.

Rosen kept the game close as he found Lasley again for the duo's third touchdown of the game as the Bruins cut the lead to 28-23. 

"I really thought we won this game," said Rosen who set a new school record with his seventh 300-yard passing game of the season. "We executed how we want. We were even making field goals. Missed a field goal, two turnovers -- that's what, nine points right there? We lost by five. Another touchdown called back for a chop [block]. It's just frustrating."

After a failed two-point conversion, and a missed onside kick, USC ran the clock out to secure the victory--the third consecutive against the rival Bruins and 16th consecutive win at the Coliseum overall.

The G.O.A.T.

Los Angeles Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant was at the game.

Up Next:

The UCLA Bruins will host Cal next Friday at the Rose Bowl with a potential Bowl Game berth on the line. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30PM PST.

The Trojans will have the next week off as they await their opponent in the Pac 12 Championship game at Levis Stadium on December 1st

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<![CDATA[Dale Earnhardt Jr. Prepares for Final NASCAR Run on Sunday]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:41:45 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DaleEarnhardt1.jpg

When the checkered flag stops flying and the fans have filed out of Homestead Miami Speedway following Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, the career of one of NASCAR’s biggest names will come to an end.

Plenty of fans are going to pile into the grandstands to see who will be crowned champion of the Monster Energy Series – but just as many, if not more, will be there to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. take his final laps as a full time NASCAR driver after announcing his retirement in April.

"We want to end well. We want to be competitive. We want to work...we want to put in a good effort this weekend. That will be fun to try to figure out if we have a competitive car. I look forward to getting to work on it," Earnhardt Jr. said.

The son of NASCAR legend Dale Sr., the driver known as “Little E” joined his father in the sport’s top level in 1999. He finished second in the 2001 Daytona 500 in which his father crashed into a wall and died at an area hospital – thrusting Dale Jr. into the spotlight of not only making his own name, but living up to his father’s legacy.

Over his 19 season career, Earnhardt Jr. won 26 Monster Energy Series races and was consistently voted the most popular driver in the sport – all while never being able to bring home a championship that his father won seven times during his career.

His final race will come at a Homestead track where he hasn't had much success, finishing 10th or better just twice in his career.

"I'm looking forward to getting on the track and get our car handling, and see if we can make the thing get around there pretty good so we can have some fun on Sunday," he said.

Earnhardt Jr. has battle concussions throughout his career, including one that sidelined him for the second half of the 2016 season. After getting married last New Year’s Eve and expecting a baby in early 2018, Dale Jr. knows he has plenty of excitement coming despite leaving the track.

"I've felt very good about that decision before the race in Daytona started in February, that this was it. And I was more thankful to be able to compete this year than I was to ever question whether I should go farther," said Earnhardt Jr.

He won’t be leaving the sport, though, as Earnhardt Jr. will join the NBC Sports team as a color commentator of NASCAR coverage on the network starting in 2018.

Earnhardt Jr. is one of three drivers who will be closing out their careers this weekend in Homestead. Matt Kenseth, a long time friend of "Little E", announced this season will be his last as did Danica Patrick, who made the shocking announcement this weekend that she will retire from NASCAR after this weekend and racing all together after next year's Indy 500.

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<![CDATA[Kyle Kuzma Scores 30 Points, Lonzo Ball Walks Past Fight]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:53:35 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Kuzma-Lakers-Suns.jpg

Rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his career-high 30 points in the second half of Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns, but that still wasn't enough for the Los Angeles Lakers to come away with a victory at Staples Center.

"It's cool, but I'm a winner," Kuzma said about his career-high after the game. "I like to win. Stats really don't matter to me. I just try to play hard, and I want to win."

The Lakers dropped to 6-10 for the 2017-18 season after Phoenix won by a final count of 122-113 in a sloppy game featuring 34 turnovers with LA responsible for 19 of those giveaways. Kuzma tabbing a career-high for the second game in succession provided a silver lining, but five losses in their past six games had to have the Lakers worried about starting a skid that could be difficult to stop, especially considering a cold December schedule waiting in the wings.

For the visitors, Devin Booker scored 33 points to finish as the high scorer in the game, but the shooting guard had help from his point guard and the bench. Tyler Ulis scored 15 points and handed out seven assists, while Alex Len scored 17 points and pulled down a monstrous 18 rebounds off the Suns' bench. Also, Dragan Bender hit three of his four three-point attempts off a productive Suns' reserve unit.

For the home team, Brandon Ingram came out aggressive for the second game in a row, but the 20-year-old forward finished with 17 points after scoring 12 in the first quarter alone. Foul trouble hampered the North Carolina native in the first half, but the second-year forward didn't seem to find his spots with as much regularity past the first 12 minutes.

Lakers center Brook Lopez tabbed a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and fellow frontcourt mate Kuzma also tabbed a double-double with 10 rebounds to accompany his team high 30 points. For the rookie, Friday marked the fifth career double-double of the season and fourth time he's hit that statistical mark in the past eight games. Since becoming a starter in Larry Nance Jr.'s absence, Kuzma is 50-50 to record a double-double and 100 percent to score in double figures.

Lonzo Ball, who came into the night sporting a new haircut, finished with six points, six rebounds, six assists, five steals and a block in 38 minutes on the court. Ball made three of his seven shots on the night, and one of his missed shots appeared to be a goal-tending call the refs missed and another miss was a layup that rimmed out.

All-in-all, Ball had a decent night at the office and certainly a better night than two days earlier against Philadelphia, when the rookie missed eight of his nine shots, scored two points and got benched for the entire fourth quarter.

In the closing moments of the game, a small skirmish erupted near the scorers' table and involved several Suns and Lakers' players. Three players earned technical fouls for the pushing and shoving. Meanwhile, Ball earned a fair amount of criticism for looking over at the pushing and shoving, wiping the sweat from his brow and casually walking away from the action, rather than helping his teammates.

"It's the NBA," Ball said when asked about the incident. "People ain't really going to fight, so I ain't trying to get no tech."

Only 16 games into his NBA career, the loss to Phoenix will likely be best remembered as the night Ball learned about his unwritten obligation to stand up for his teammates. If nothing else, Friday's Lakers' loss came with a lesson.

Correction: This article has been corrected to state that Brandon Ingram is a North Carolina native, not a Georgia native.

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<![CDATA[Rams and Chargers: Week 11 Preview and Predictions]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:29:56 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-873383992.jpg

The City of Angels has two NFL teams, and they're both headed in opposite directions.  

The Los Angeles Rams are 7-2 and currently riding a four-game winning streak as they sit perched atop the NFC West. After a dominant, 33-7, victory over the Houston Texans, the Rams now have their sights set on old friend Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings. 

Keenum is third in the NFL in QBR rating this season and he's out for revenge against the team that famously benched him in favor of rookie Jared Goff exactly one year ago.

Meanwhile, Goff has also excelled this season, and has posted back-to-back games of 300+ yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Despite not ranking in the top 10 in the league for QBR rating, Goff still has the best QBR improvement over any other quarterback from last season.

Both offenses are rolling right now, but it’s the defenses that will make the biggest impact on Sunday's game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings and the Rams are both ranked in the top 5 in the NFL in points per game allowed by their opponents at 18.3 and 18.0, respectively.  

This should be a close game throughout as the Rams put their undefeated road record (4-0) on the line against the Vikings who have won their last five games overall. Something has to give on Sunday as the immovable object meets the unstoppable force on the gridiron. 

The Rams and Vikings will kickoff at 10:00 AM PST from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game will air love on FOX and can be live streamed on NFL.com and FuboTV.

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: 

Start: Jared Goff (only if you don't have a better option), Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Todd Gurley, Greg Zuerlein, Rams Defense.

Sit: Sammy Watkins, Tavon Austin, Tyler Higbee.

Betting Odds (Courtesy of Bovada):

Rams: +2 (+115)
Vikings: -2 (-135)
O/U: 46 

Prediction: 24-21 Vikings

The Chargers limp home to Los Angeles this weekend after a stunning loss to the Jaguars, 20-17, in Jacksonville last Sunday.

Rookie running back, Austin Ekeler, had two touchdowns in the game, and the Chargers led, 17-14, with the ball in their hands and under two minutes left in the game on two separate occasions, but were unable to seal the victory.

After a fumble by Ekeler and an interception by Phillip Rivers in overtime, the Jaguars busted through the door that the Chargers left open for them, and stole the victory at home, sending Los Angeles to a record of 3-6, and a steep climb ahead in the AFC Playoff picture. 

Rivers announced on Monday that he suffered a concussion in the game, and did not practice all week as he went through the NFL's concussion protocol.

However, the team announced on Friday afternoon, that Rivers would indeed start against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, extending his consecutive games started streak to 195 (including playoffs).

Rivers has not missed a start since 2006, and that's bad news for the Bills who made a controversial quarterback change of their own this week as they benched starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman. 

Taylor has only thrown three interceptions in nine starts this season, and led the Bills to a record of 4-2 before losing in blowout fashion in the team's last two games. 

After throwing for just 57 yards and no touchdowns through three quarters in a 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, Taylor was benched in favor of Peterman who subsequently led the Bills down the field for their only touchdown drive of the game.

New Orleans rushed for nearly 300 yards in the game, so look for the Chargers to hand the ball off early and often to All-Pro running back Melvin Gordon, as they look to gain most of their yards on the ground.

The Chargers have the worst rushing defense in the league, but linebackers Denzel Perryman, Melvin Ingram, and Joey Bosa know how to get after the quarterback and will be licking their chops at the sight of Peterman behind center.

The Chargers have won four of their last five head-to-head matchups with the Bills.

The Bills and Chargers will kickoff at 1:05PM PST from StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The game can be watched live on FOX, and live streamed on NFL.com and FuboTV

Fantasy Football Start/Sit:

Start: Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Chargers Defense.

Sit: Phillip Rivers, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Mike Williams, Nick Novak.

Betting Odds (Courtesy of Bovada):

Chargers: -6
Bills: +6
O/U: 41 

Prediction: 24-20 Chargers

Each and every week, NBC LA reporters Michael J. Duarte and Nick Hamilton bring you an NFL podcast entitled, "Bolts by the Horns," as the writers breakdown what's going on inside the worlds of both Los Angeles based football teams including; insider information, interviews with players and experts, latest injury updates, previews, predictions, betting odds, fantasy advice and more. 

This week's guests on the show were Rams' wide receiver Robert Woods and Chargers' rookie running back, Austin Ekeler. Give it a listen below:

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<![CDATA[Kobe Bryant Looks to Take Animation World by Storm]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:05:44 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-lakers-kobe-bryant.jpg

Thursday night future NBA Hall of Famer and former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant unveiled another brick from the house of Kobe Inc., an animated feature "Dear Basketball" during the Animation Expo in Los Angeles.

Bryant teamed up with former Disney animator Glen Keane to bring Bryant's letter written to fans before his last NBA game to life. The nearly seven minute animated feature is narrated and executive produced by Bryant, and scored by legendary music leader John Williams.

The film first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and now looks to be among the Oscar nominations for animated short films. Bryant wanted the film to be unique, therefore meeting several times with Keane as they discussed it being drawn by hand rather than the use of a computer. Bryant wanted everyone to see that greatness was not an overnight process, but developed in time. Keane's famous for his work at Disney where he personally animated characters like "Aladdin," "Pocahontas" and more. The 38-year animator Keane left Disney in 2012 to form Glen Keane Productions.

After Keane called the making of "Dear Basketball" "the most difficult thing I've animated in a long while," likely because of the essence of black-and-white sketches, highlighted only by slight clashes of purple and gold, which are the Lakers' colors. The film magnificently draws you into the mind of the Black Mamba in a refreshing way that allows you to relive his entire career in a matter of moments.

The collaboration of Bryant's vision and Keane's artistry behaves seamlessly as one unit throughout the project. The film is enhanced by the genius scoring of Williams, who Bryant ironically met in 2014. Bryant was intrigued by Williams' dedication to music while capturing every mood of a film. The two developed a great relationship, and one day as a favor to Bryant, Williams took two weeks off from working on "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to score "Dear Basketball."

It was the first traditionally animated film that Williams has scored in his career. One of the most memorable moments for Bryant was during the process of the making of this film, when he received a surprised call in March 2017 from Williams. Williams happened to be at the Hollywood Bowl one evening conducting his orchestra, and asked Bryant to join him on stage for a live narration of "Dear Basketball." Once Bryant arrived and nearly overcome with emotion, he could not believe his project would be heard before thousands of people.

The experiment was a success, and in true Black Mamba form Bryant rose to the occasion gracefully and closed the deal like a last-second shot on an NBA court.

As one of the greatest basketball players we've ever seen, Kobe Bryant looks to embark on a new chapter, conquering the worlds of tech and film — one project at a time.

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<![CDATA[Tampa Bay QB Denies Allegations of Groping Uber Driver]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:31:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/winstonuber.jpg

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston took to social media Friday denying an allegation he groped an Uber driver in 2016.

In an interview with Buzzfeed News, a woman who identified herself only as Kate said she was hailed to downtown Scottsdale, Arizona to pick up a passenger Sunday March 13, 2016. There, she told BuzzFeed a small group of men placed Winston in the front passenger seat.

"I started driving, and right away, Jameis behaved poorly," she said. The driver says while waiting in line at a food drive-thru Winston "reached over and he just grabbed my crotch." She says he held his hand there for three to five seconds and removed it only after she looked up in shock and said, "What’s up with that? I wasn't just creeped out. I was frozen."

Winston took to social media to respond to the allegations.

"A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver," Winston wrote. "I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her."

Winston went on to say the accusation was false. He says he addressed the report immediately with Uber after the driver reported it, but his Uber account was still suspended.  

"I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false," Winston wrote.  "While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way."

According to ESPN, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the "allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have."

This isn't Winston's first foray into controversy. While in college the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner settled a dispute involving two federal lawsuits with a woman who accused him of rape, although Winston had said their encounter was consensual.

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<![CDATA[Trump Has a Ball as NCAA Champion Teams Visit]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:47:28 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trumpballvb.jpg

President Donald Trump hosted 18 NCAA national championship teams at the White House on Friday, Nov. 17, even tossing around a volleyball with one.

<![CDATA[CTE Found in Living Ex-NFL Player for 1st Time: Study]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:52:15 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_764021564440-Fred-McNeill-NFL-Player.jpg

The "unique pattern" of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the debilitating brain disease known as CTE, has been found for the first time in a patient before he died, NBC News reported.

It was detected in a brain scan of former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill, according to the doctors behind a study published in the journal Neurosurgery last week. The scan could lead to the development of treatments for the incurable disease.

CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head, and has been found in many dead NFL players' brains, including former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April before a murder conviction against him was cleared.

So far, the only way to definitively diagnose CTE is by looking at the brain after death, but a 2012 scan of McNeill's brain that seemed to show protein deposits characteristic of CTE was confirmed in an autopsy after McNeill died last year.

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<![CDATA[Walton: Lonzo Ball is Lakers' Starting Point Guard]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:12:45 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Lonzo-Ball-Lakers-starting-point-guard.png

Lonzo Ball isn't going to the bench, and he's sure as heck not going to the G-League.

"He's our starting point guard," Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton almost struggled at the thought of being asked about Ball possible going to the bench to ease the immense pressure the rookie has been under. "There're no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench."

Walton repeated, almost laughing off the thought, "He's our starting point guard."

As point guards have a habit of "yoyo-ing up and down," Ball's young career has already hit historic highs and bounced off the hardest of wood floors. Ball ended the past week by becoming the youngest NBA player to ever record a trouble-double. Less than a week later, a dud in a nationally televised performance had suggestions floating about sending the kid to the G-League or stripping his starting spot.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers' rookie point guard missed eight of his nine shots and sat the entire fourth quarter as his team fell short in a close game and lost 115-109 to another promising young team in the rebuilding process, the Philadelphia 76ers.

Due in part to Ball's forgettable night but more so to do special performances by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Sixers' process has seemingly advanced past the Lakers' rebuild. While Embiid was posting pictures of Ball stumbling, though, the former UCLA Bruin was already apparently aggressively working on his game.

When Walton turned up at the facility for practice on Thursday, Ball had already arrived early. The coach soon learned that the no. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft had visited the Lakers' facility to shoot the lights out after Wednesday's game and then came back early on Thursday to shoot the lights back on. Evidently, Ball didn't sleep well following the poor outing, and the experience may have changed him.

"His energy seemed a little, not the same playful, joyful Lonzo that he normally is," Walton said on Thursday. "But that could be a good thing, that he's frustrated or mad a little bit."

If fans were disappointed by Ball's performance, his actions suggest no one cared more than the 20-year-old. That, however, does not mean that Ball's confidence is shaken or should be shaken according to his coach.

"I'm not worried about his confidence, no," Walton answered. "He's a confident young man, as he should be. He's very good at the game of basketball. What he's already accomplished in these games, getting a triple-double, average rebounding the way he is against these bigs in this league and the assists he's putting up, that's really impressive for a 20-year-old point guard to do."

Fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma, who is seemingly living an inverse existence of entering the league with no expectations and looking like one of the five best players in the draft, shared his support for Ball following the tough night.

"The media and everybody in the county want him to be a Hall-of-Famer right now, or wants to be an All-Star right now, but he's still a rookie," Kuzma stood up for the fellow member of the Class of 2017. "It's tough to play at this level for anybody. There are 10-year vets that play way worse than he does, and nobody talks about it."

When posed with a question inquiring about the impact of the extra pressure that Ball's family publicly welcomed and sought, Kuzma offered an interesting response:

"Could you want through his shoes? Everybody thinks it's easy, but nobody can walk through his shoes, unless you ask him. It's tough. He's in a tough situation, but he's level headed. He even keel, comes in and works every day, so I'm not worried."

When Ball struggled on Wednesday, Jordan Clarkson finished the game for the Lakers. On Thursday, Clarkson offered the soberest of reminders that Ball is only a month into his first NBA season. In fact, the Lakers played their season opener on Oct. 19, so Friday's Nov. 17 game against Phoenix comes less than one month since the rookie played his first NBA game.

Then, Clarkson offered his unique veteran-status wisdom: "You've got to give him some time."

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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Struggling But Will Remain Lakers' Starter]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:35:53 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/EW5_0699_1200x675_1097686595838.jpg

Following Lonzo Ball sitting the fourth quarter for the second game in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers met for practice on Nov. 16 in El Segundo and discussed the rookie's struggles.

<![CDATA[What the 'Hekk' Is Going On With the Rams?]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:35:08 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-457182872.jpg

The Los Angeles Rams sit atop of the NFC West at 7-2, and although many praise the defense, Jared Goff and the rest of the offense, there is one player that is truly the MVP.

Punter Johnny Hekker is one of the most influential kickers in the NFL, a great teammate, a fan favorite and a humble player that doesn't give himself enough credit. Hekker is a three time Pro-Bowl player, coming off the best year of his young career that allowed him to be the highest paid position player.

In 2016, Hekker punted 43 times in the first eight games, 55 in final eight. He averaged over 47 yards per kick. This season, he has only 27 punts and is averaging 47 yards per kick.

Hekker has a unique vibe that connects him with not only his teammates, but Rams fans at games and various Rams community events around Los Angeles.

"I'm just really thankful for the fans and everybody that has stuck with me and supported me throughout the years," a smiling Hekker said. "A guy has some free time enough to interact with fans on twitter, just be a person in the community and show support. To get the notoriety is cool, but I'm just so thankful to my teammates for the production I've had on the field. My teammates are helping me get great production on Sundays. I'm just enjoying the process."

A man that is focused on his craft, was rewarded last September with a huge deal, as general manager Les Snead called Hekker the best punter the league has seen. Running back Todd Gurley refered to Hekker as "clutch," and said "when we need him, he's always there for us."

Hekker goes about his business, appreciative for the compliments, but remains locked in on his job at hand this season.

"I feel my career is young, and I think you have to put in over a decade of work to be considered one of the greats," Hekker explains. "There are a lot of guys around the league that have produced a ton that I look up to. I just do the best I can to enjoy the time with my teammates because those are the guys who help me. Punting is not an individual sport, you don't get attention if you're doing great, you're team has to be doing great also."

A visionary of how to execute the right punt, along with watching hours of film, enables Hekker to seek the right place to aim the ball on Sundays with his leg.

Hekker has been active as the holder for place-kicker Greg Zuerlein, who has made 26 of 27 field goals and leads the NFL with 100 points.

Side Note: Hekker is also a big Kanye West fan, though he admits, West needs to return to the "808s and Heartbreaks" album style of production and rap.

He has a important pre-game ritual, praying with his family for himself and his team. Through hard work, dedication, and being a man of faith, we could see Hekker and the Rams in the Super Bowl sooner than later. 

The Rams face the Vikings (7-2) in Minnesota this Sunday at 10:05 a.m. PT.

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<![CDATA[Embiid Scored 46, Lakers Fall 115-109 to Sixers]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:35:42 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Joel-Embiid-career-high-46-points.jpg

In the wake of the Los Angele Lakers losing 115-109 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Lakers coach Luke Walton sat at the post game podium deep in the bowels of Staples Center.

"He's a problem," Walton said, referring to Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who had just put on a career performance in front of the stars sitting courtside and the millions watching the nationally televised game at home.

Embiid scored 46 points, which was a new career-high, pulled down 15 rebounds, handed off seven assists and tabbed seven blocks in 34 and a half breathtaking minutes on the court.

While the talk entering the night may have been about rookies Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball, Embiid's dominating performance overshadowed everything and everyone else. Simmons ended the night with 18 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals, nearly notching a triple-double. Normally, that stat line would have earned the no. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft the headlines. On this night, though, Embiid owned the court and the evening.

Along with Simmons, Embiid's special night also drafted career nights for Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. Both starts scored career highs. Ingram finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat on 11-18 shooting from the field, while Kuzma scored 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds in only 31 minutes on the court.

Ball, though, struggled mightily in front of a national audience yet again. The 20-year-old rookie point guard missed eight of his nine shots and all six of his attempts from three-point land.

"He was having an off night," Walton said about Ball after the game.

Walton added, "He's 20 years old, and he plays the toughest position in the NBA. Ten-year All-Stars have off nights, so of course, our young players are going to have off nights."

Normally, Ball tends to contribute in other areas when his shot isn't falling, but this night, his shot seemed to affect the other parts of his game, and Walton opted to go with Jordan Clarkson to finish the first half and, later, to finish the game.

"Usually, I won't let it affect me," Ball said about his poor shooting after the game. "But tonight, I did. I missed layups, just had a bad night."

Immediately, Ball added that the quick turnaround and a game on Friday offered an opportunity to bounce back and leave this game as a distant memory in the rear view.

With the defeat, the Lakers dropped to 6-9 on the season, while the 76ers improved to 8-6. If Embiid can stay healthy and Simmons can continue to excel at point forward, the Sixers should be a playoff team and a tough out in the postseason.

Next, the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. The Lakers have beaten the Suns in both meetings this season, but Friday will be the first time Phoenix plays the Lakers in LA.

Notes: The Lakers, who are one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the NBA, made 22 of 27 foul shots. Also, the Lakers only turned the ball over nine times to Philadelphia's 16 turnovers. Neither team shot especially well from three-point land, as the Lakers made 3-27, while the Sixers hit 7-32 from three-point land.

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<![CDATA[Joel Embiid Score 46, Lakers Lose to Sixers]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:31:15 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/EW5_0682_1200x675_1097167939690.jpg

Joel Embiid had a monster night highlighted by 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the LA Lakers 115-109 in a forgettable night for Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball

<![CDATA[Will Philip Rivers Be Cleared to Play Sunday Against Bills?]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:07:57 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-873362830.jpg

On Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Chargers and head coach Anthony Lynn delivered an update on Philip Rivers concussion protocol status.

On Monday,  Rivers self reported his health status to the team, a day after the Bolts suffered a tight 20-17 overtime loss to the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Lynn seemed to be encouraged thus far on the status of Rivers, with the decision on him being cleared to play resting on him passing a series of test.

"He’ll practice today. He'll be limited. And as he gets better, his workload will increase," Lynn said.

Lynn will be given updates on the status of Rivers throughout the week but will leave the decision up the doctors and medical staff.

"I just let the doctors handle it," Lynn said. "And, Philip will be brutally honest with us. I told him to be honest about this injury. He has been so far, and that’s all you can go on."

Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens understands and admires Rivers courage to come forth regarding his injury.

"Concussions, especially the light that’s been shone on it the last 10 years, head injuries and things of that nature need to be taken seriously," Clemens said. "So I admire him for the way that he handled it.”

The Chargers return home to Stub Hub Center to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1:05PM PT.

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<![CDATA[Inside the Numbers: Lakers Host Sixers Wednesday]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:02:10 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-vs-Sixers-Inside-the-Numbers.jpg

After Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers will be nearly 20 percent through the 2017-18 NBA season, so we thought this was as good a time as any to take a deep dive and launch the first "Inside the Numbers" of the 2017-18 season.

97.2 – The Los Angeles Lakers have an offensive rating of 97.2, which is most easily described as the Lakers average 97.2 points per 100 possessions. That places the Lakers as the third worst offensive team in the NBA. Of course, Lonzo Ball's shooting troubles and the team's overall lack of three-point shooting has contributed to the poor offensive start to the season.

99.7 – While the offense may be far from smooth, the Los Angeles Lakers rank fourth in the NBA in defensive efficiency. The purple and gold have a defensive rating of 99.7, which means the team allows 99.7 points per 100 possessions. While the offensive struggles have been a bit head scratching, the improved defense is probably even more surprising than the offensive struggles. Considering the attention paid to defense in training camp and multiple members of the team stating that the team's focus is on the defensive end of the court, the Lakers ranking ahead of teams like the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs on the defensive side of the ball deserves recognition. The coaching staff believes the offense will smooth out over time, but the strong defensive start has the team believing it will have a chance to compete on a nightly basis no matter the opposition.

30.2 – The Los Angeles Lakers rank dead last in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage at 30.2 percent. Thankfully, the team's defensive improvement, though, also lists the Lakers as the no. 1 team in the NBA when it comes to opponents' three-point shooting percentage, 31.3 percent. Seemingly, the Lakers know they're not a great outside shooting team, as the Lakers average only 24.1 three-point attempts per game, which is the fourth fewest of any team in the Association. The Lakers are dead last in three-pointers made per game at 7.3. For comparison's sake, the Houston Rockets lead the NBA with 44.5 three-point attempts per game and 15.1 three-pointers made per contest. Yes, the Rockets average more than twice as many three-point makes per game as the Lakers. However, the Lakers seem to understand this weakness and instead lead the NBA in points in the paint with an average of 53.9 points in the paint per game.

17.6 – The Lakers rank second in the NBA in turnovers, which is not a compliment. Only the Philadelphia 76ers turn the ball over with greater frequency, at 17.9 turnovers per game. Wednesday's game at Staples Center may be a festive occasion and feature several of the top young talents in the NBA, but the numbers suggest it will be far from the cleanest game of basketball ever played. As a point of explanation, the Lakers and Sixers have two of the three youngest rosters in the NBA. The youngest team belongs to Phoenix, and anyone who watched the Lakers beat the Suns on Monday should understand how young teams can get sloppy.

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center with the official start time listed as 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time and an expected tip-off time of 7:40 p.m. Pacific Time.

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<![CDATA[Olympians' Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:42:11 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AdobeStock_95072047.jpeg

White meat or dark meat? Fresh cranberries or canned? Sweet potatoes or regular mashed potatoes? When it comes to Thanksgiving dishes, Team USA athletes are taking sides.

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<![CDATA[Photos: What to Know About the UCLA China Scandal]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:46:09 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/UCLA.jpeg Three UCLA players detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of shoplifting during a team trip returned home Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017. Here's a look at the scandal and key players.

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<![CDATA[Roy Halladay Remembered By Family, Friends, Teammates]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:00:59 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/halladaymemorial.png

Former Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay was remembered by friends, family and teammates at a celebration of life in Clearwater, Florida, Nov. 14. Halladay died in a plane crash on Nov. 7.

<![CDATA[Dave Roberts Finishes 2nd for N.L. Manager of the Year]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:33:02 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-859551736.jpg

Dave Roberts won't go back-to-back for the Dodgers. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers sophomore manager, Dave Roberts, finished second for the National League Manager of the Year Award as announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday. 

Roberts was the reigning National League Manager of the Year winner after winning the award in 2016, and was looking to become the first back-to-back winner since Bobby Cox with the Atlanta Braves in 2004-2005.

Roberts led the Dodgers to the best record in baseball at 104 wins and took them to Game 7 of the World Series where they lost to the Houston Astros.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo won the award for the first time, receiving 18 first place votes. Lovullo became the fourth straight N.L. Manager of the Year to win the award in his first season with the team.

Roberts finished second with 5 first place votes, 8 second place votes and 6 third place votes. Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black finished third.

Ironically, Roberts and Black, were together during the announcement ceremony. The two N.L. West managers live close to each other in San Diego, and Roberts invited Black over to his home for the announcement. 

Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins won the award in the American League.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Basketball Players Detained in China Returning Home]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:19:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/UCLA.jpeg

Three freshman UCLA Basketball players are on their way home from China after being detained on suspicion of shoplifting in Shanghai.

<![CDATA[These US Olympians Made the Jump Between Summer and Winter Games]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:10:07 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eddie-egan.jpg Since the modern Olympics were founded in 1896, there are only a handful of Americans who have participated in both the Summer and Winter Games. Here are the athletes who have competed in both.

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<![CDATA[Clarkson's 25 Points Helps Lakers Burn Suns 100-93]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:05:55 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-at-Suns-11-13-17.jpg

On Monday night, Jordan Clarkson's season-high of 25 points helped the Los Angeles Lakers win, 100-93, in Phoenix and claim their season sweep of the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Devin Booker scored 36 points and TJ Warren added 23 points, while the Lakers relied heavily on a deep bench showing to finish off the four-game, six-night road trip with a win in Arizona. Two of the Lakers' five scorers in double figures came off the pine, while Julius Randle finished with eight points and eight rebounds in only 19 minutes on the court.

When the game started with the Phoenix Suns scoring the first nine points of the contest, all signs pointed to the four-game road trip ending with a flat performance from the visitors and a blowout defeat penciled into the schedule. Instead, the Lakers scored nine of the next 11 points in the game and ended the first quarter leading by one point, 21-20.

Lakers coach Luke Walton took an early gamble, matching the size of Alex Len with Andrew Bogut, and thankfully for the Lakers, the coach's gamble paid off. Bogut grabbed his 6,000th rebound during an impressive first half contribution that helped the Lakers limit the home team in the paint and on the boards.

As the low score suggested, neither team looked sharp early on, and it was a sloppy first half with the exception of sharp offensive performances by Booker for Phoenix and Clarkson for LA. At the intermission, Booker led all scorers with 22 points, half of Phoenix's 44 tally at the break. Meanwhile, Clarkson had poured in 14 points off the bench in limited minutes.

In the second half, both teams increased the scoring rate, and the Lakers and Suns entered the fourth quarter with the score board flashing a one-point game, 75-74.

With the game winding down, Walton made a second vital decision to stick with Clarkson's hot hand and leave in veteran Corey Brewer, who was having arguably his best game of the season. Brewer eventually finished with 13 points on 5-7 shooting from the field, as the small forward played a slashing game that led to easy and timely buckets on one end and energetic defense on the other.

Riding their bench, the Lakers managed to open up an eight-point lead after Brewer made a three-pointer with just about five minutes remaining in the ball game. Booker and company would battle to cut down the difference down the stretch, but a Clarkson lay-up with 2:43 remaining in the game push the Lakers' lead to 10 points and effectively put the game in the refrigerator.

From that point forward, Brewer stepped up and made two free throws to ice the game, but LA held on for a comfortable seven-point victory. With the victory, the Lakers move up to 6-8 on the season.

Coming Up

Next, the Philadelphia 76ers make their annual pilgrimage to Laker Land on Wednesday, with the Suns bringing their special brand of basketball to Los Angeles on Friday.

If the Lakers win both those games, they would return to .500 on the season with a chance at a winning record on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets on Staples Center. LA will complete its four-game home stand on Tuesday, Nov. 21 with another easily winnable game against the rebuilding Chicago Bulls.

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