<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Sports News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 20 Oct 2016 14:45:26 -0700Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:45:26 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Video: Cubs' Rizzo Apologizes to Umpire for Actions in Game 4]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:06:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rizzohat1019.jpg

The relationship between an umpire and a baseball player is usually seen as an adversarial one, but on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez gave us one of the more heartwarming moments of the postseason.

In the fifth inning of the Cubs’ 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS, Rizzo thought he had drawn a walk on a pitch close to the strike zone and began to trot down to first base. Instead, Hernandez called the pitch a strike, and Rizzo had to trot back to home plate to continue his at-bat.

In Rizzo’s next plate appearance, he made it a point to apologize to the umpire, saying that he didn’t mean any disrespect by his actions.

“My fault on that,” Rizzo said to Hernandez as his conversation was picked up by on-field microphones.

“No worries. You’re competing. I understand,” Hernandez said in response. “You know what’s best there? You came back and you told me that. That’s how good of a guy you are.”

It was pretty clear that Rizzo didn’t let the incident affect his performance on the field. He ended up drilling a solo home run in the fifth inning at-bat where he began to trot down to first, and he hit a two-RBI single in the sixth inning to help the Cubs out to a big lead in the game.

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<![CDATA[Gulls Penalty Kill Unit Needs To Step Up]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:50:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BenGTKYGulls102016_1200x675_789808707626.jpg Gulls radio broadcaster Craig Elsten joins NBC 7's Ben Rosehart to talk about the Gulls first two games and the keys to victory this Saturday when San Diego hosts the offensive-minded Texas Stars. ]]> <![CDATA[Chargers Punter Bounces Back After Two Rough Outings]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:18:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kaserPIC.jpg

It’s been a rough rookie season for Chargers punter Drew Kaser.

On Wednesday it got a little bit better.

Kaser was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after booming four of his five punts inside the 20-yard line during San Diego’s 21-13 win over Denver.

The 6th round draft pick from Texas A&M received lots of negative attention for shanking a 17-yard punt during San Diego’s disheartening loss to Kansas City in week one.

Then against Oakland, Kaser messed up again by “booting” a punt that wound up going only 16 yards forward. That mistake helped the Raiders complete another stunning comeback against the Chargers.

To make matters worse, Kaser also mishandled a potential game-tying field goal in that contest against the Raiders. That prompted Chargers coach Mike McCoy to have backup quarterback Kellen Clemens take over holding duties the following week against Denver.

“You know, give him a lot of credit for responding,” said Chargers coach Mike McCoy. “(Drew) may have not had his best performance the week before but like all players you respond. You come back and he's a young player.

"There's going to be some ups and downs," continued McCoy, "and he did a phenomenal job for us in playing a big role in helping us win that game the other day."

The Chargers visit Atlanta this Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT.

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<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:12:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615681006.jpg

A most unlikely pitching performance helped put a most unexpected team into the World Series.

Cleveland rookie Ryan Merritt came out of nowhere and coolly delivered a lead to the Andrew Miller-led bullpen, and the Indians won their first pennant since 1997 by blanking Toronto 3-0 Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

Miller was selected the MVP of the series. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday over Toronto, capping a five-game series in which the 6-foot-7 lefty overpowered the Blue Jays. Miller had one strikeout in Game 5, increasing his series total to 14 in 7 2/3 shutout innings.

Miller was acquired from the New York Yankees in a July 31 trade — and Cleveland had an interesting idea of how to use him. Rather than restricting him to a closer role or using him only in the eighth inning, the Indians have been flexible with Miller, especially in the postseason.

Cleveland, which has never hosted a World Series opener, will play Game 1 at Progressive Field on Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Terry Francona's team will try to augment what's already been a scintillating year in Cleveland after LeBron James and the Cavaliers earned the city's first major pro sports championship since 1964. The Indians' title drought dates to 1948.

"We always said if we could do it with this group it would be so special because this is as close to a family feel as you can get in a professional setting. So for that part of it, it is beyond feeling good," Francona said.

The Dodgers led the Cubs 2-1 going into Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night. Cleveland didn't play either club this season.

Miller, acquired from the New York Yankees in a midseason trade, was selected the ALCS MVP as the Indians took their sixth pennant.

"I feel like I've said the word 'special' a million times in the last 20 or 30 minutes. But it's the truth. It's a blast to be a part of," Miller said.

With all of 11 major league innings under his belt — and only one start, on Sept. 30 — Merritt took the mound and looked just like a seasoned vet. The 24-year-old lefty retired the first 10 batters and allowed a mere two hits before being pulled after 4 1/3 innings.

"I know they were counting on me," Merritt said. "Before the game, they came and told me they had my back, everybody had my back, good or bad. So that takes some pressure off, and I just went out there and pitched and trusted my team."

Merritt got taps on his heart and hat from teammates when he left the mound. Then it was up to Cleveland's tireless relievers to hold a three-run lead against the wild-card Blue Jays.

Miller again did most of the heavy lifting, going 2 2/3 innings before Cody Allen worked the ninth for a save. Winning pitcher Bryan Shaw tossed an inning before Miller came in.

Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp homered for the Indians.

With starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer dealing with injuries, the Indians kept defying the odds.

Cleveland overtook defending World Series champion Kansas City and topped a $196 million Detroit team to win the AL Central, then put an abrupt end to Big Papi's career, sweeping David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox in the Division Series.

The Indians stayed on a roll in the ALCS, shutting down the banging Blue Jays. Cleveland won despite hitting .168 in the series, with slick-fielding shortstop Francisco Lindor leading the way in going 7 for 19.

Toronto lost in the ALCS for the second straight year.

"I'm sure there will be some disappointments and grumbling and complaining about how you fell short again, but that's not coming from me," manager John Gibbons said. "Because I know what these guys did, and I think it's a pretty good accomplishment. The key is we want to take that next step one of these days. Hopefully, it's next year."

Merritt — a Texas native drafted in the 16th round by Cleveland in 2011 — hadn't pitched in a game since his late September start, although he'd gotten some work in this month in the instructional league at the Indians' spring training complex in Arizona.

A day after Toronto averted a sweep, the crowd at the roaring Rogers Centre expected the Blue Jays to roll over the rookie.

Maybe the Blue Jays did, too.

"With our experience in our lineup, I'm pretty sure he's going to be shaking in his boots more than we are," Toronto slugger Jose Bautista said after Game 4.

After the Blue Jays were eliminated, Bautista took a different tone.

"He seemed to make the right pitches at the right time," Bautista said. "Hats off to him."

Merritt struck out three batters in the first two innings — all looking — and didn't allow a baserunner until Josh Donaldson's one-out single in the fourth. After Russell Martin's bloop single with one out in the fifth, Francona leaned again on a bullpen that soaked up 8 1/3 innings in a Game 3 win Monday.

Shaw pitched an inning, and Miller came on with one out in the sixth and a runner on. Donaldson bounced into a double play on Miller's first pitch, and the tall lefty made it through the seventh and eighth with little trouble before giving way to Allen.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the first when Mike Napoli doubled and left fielder Ezequiel Carrera misplayed the ball off the wall for an error. Lindor scored from first on the play.

Santana and Crisp added solo shots in the third and fourth off Toronto starter Marco Estrada to put the AL Central champions up 3-0.

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<![CDATA[NFL Updates Concussion Protocol]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:57:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Cam+Newton+Broncos.JPG

The NFL’s concussion protocol is getting a midseason update. On Wednesday the National Football League, along with the NFL Players Association, announced new guidelines for how teams and the league will address the possibility of a concussion during a game or practice.

This move came as the result of a study of two separate instances in games early in the 2016 season, both on nationally televised Thursday Night Football Games. On September 8, the season opener between the Panthers and Broncos, Cam Newton was routinely beaten up by Denver’s defense.

With 36 seconds to play the Carolina quarterback and reigning NFL MVP took a helmet-to-helmet hit, at least his second of the game, and appeared dazed but was allowed to continue playing. The Panthers were hammered for the decision to keep him in but on the first day of the fall owners meetings in Houston the league released its review, saying there was no violation of the concussion protocol.

“The Panthers medical staff and the Unaffiliated Neuro-trauma Consultant (UNC) were positioned together on the sidelines monitoring the game and were unable to see the point of contact and decided to review the play via the sideline video replay system,” the NFL said in an official statement. “The time it took to actually receive the video following this request was prolonged due to a technology glitch.  After reviewing the replay and observing Mr. Newton from the sideline, the Panthers' medical staff and the UNC agreed that no further evaluation of Mr. Newton was necessary as they did not observe signs or symptoms of concussion.”

A week later Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was removed from a game against the Jets by referee Ed Hochuli, not by the Buffalo medical staff or the UNC. In the 3rd quarter Taylor was sacked by linebacker Darron Lee. After the play Hochuli determined Taylor looked “woozy” and sent him to the sidelines to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

“Mr. Taylor seemed to be unsteady on his feet,” said the NFL’s official statement. “Prior to any actions by the club physician, Booth ATC Spotter and/or UNC, referee Ed Hochuli directed Mr. Taylor to the sideline for the required sideline examination. The club medical team and UNC reviewed the video and conducted the required examination, cleared Mr. Taylor and returned him to the game.”

Neither Newton nor Taylor had in fact sustained a concussion in those games but the way the situations were handled, one where the player was allowed to keep going without going in to the Concussion Protocol and one where a referee sent a player in to the Concussion Protocol, has prompted the NFL to make immediate alterations to how possible concussions are treated.

The league praised Hochuli for what it called a “conservative and therefore appropriate application of the Concussion Protocol” and has taken the following steps to try and clarify its application:


•    Concussion Protocol to require the Booth ATC Spotter to remain in contact with the club medical team and provide video support until the medical team confirms that a concussion evaluation has occurred;

•    The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, together with the NFLPA Medical Director will conduct a conference call with all UNCs to review changes to the Concussion Protocol;

•    The NFL, in consultation with the NFLPA, will use Referee Ed Hochuli's actions in Buffalo as an example of the appropriate application of the Concussion Protocol and proactive officiating in this realm as part of its continuing training of game officials;

•    The NFL and NFLPA are reviewing the merits of supplementing the Booth ATC program with a Booth UNC program as part of their continuing evaluation of the Protocol to ensure the best possible care of our players.

The NFL also attempted to say they will be doing their best to address football’s growing concussion issue.

“Concussion diagnosis and management is often a difficult and complex exercise, compounded by hectic game conditions. Accurate diagnosis and management of concussion requires experienced physicians coordinating with others on the sideline and within the field of play, each acutely aware of his or her responsibilities and all committed to the strict application of the policies implemented in order to protect players.”

These new policies will be in effect starting with Week 7 NFL games.

<![CDATA[Watch: Chargers Players Unveil Rock Wall at DePortola Middle School]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:19:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6PT_PKG_CHARGERS_TUESDA_KNSD18BQ_1200x675_788734019815.jpg Tuesday morning the San Diego Chargers helped unveil a new rock wall and fitness equipment at DePortola Middle School thanks to a $40,000 grant by the Chargers Champion program. ]]> <![CDATA[Spanos on Stadium Vote]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:23:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chargers_AG_Spanos_on_Stadium_Vote_1200x675_788492355858.jpg San Diego Chargers Team President A.G. Spanos spoke with NBC 7's Todd Strain about the Measure C stadium vote on the November ballot. Here's Spanos talking about why he believes this stadium plan benefits San Diego and the need for voter urgency.]]> <![CDATA[Chargers and Mayor Faulconer Urge Voters to Support Stadium Measure]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:38:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Best_of_Chargers_Stadium_Presser_1200x675_788483139980.jpg The San Diego Chargers and Mayor Kevin Faulconer teamed up to support for a new downtown stadium. Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers and Mayor Faulconer urged people to to vote yes on C to keep the Chargers in San Diego.]]> <![CDATA[Ray Rice on Domestic Violence]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:54:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/AP740522156584.jpg

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice defines “champion” differently two years after video was released of what he calls “the worst decision of my life."

“Winning is big,” he said. “I take that and I cherish it, but if I played and never got another Super Bowl but I helped save some men in the locker room, then I'm a champion.”

Rice may be best known for what he was seen doing on a surveillance video from an Atlantic City hotel rather than anything he’d done on a football field before it. The video showed him knocking his fiancée, Janay Palmer, unconscious with a blow to the face, then dragging her off an elevator.

“It was the worst decision of my life, and I'm going to pay that consequence for the rest of my life,” Rice told News4 for the domestic violence awareness project "Safe at Home." “I have two kids, who I now have to raise my son to grow up to be a man but I also have to protect my daughter from myself, a guy that could potentially be like me in my worst moments.”

Rice said he never dealt with issues before hitting Palmer, and issues came at a young age. The eldest of four siblings, his father was shot and killed when he was very young, and he was raised by his mother.

“Me being the oldest in the house, I had to be the man at a very young age,” he said. “I tell the story that I started paying bills when I was 11 years old. I go to college and I was chasing the dream."

Rice played football at Rutgers, and then, the NFL called. The Baltimore Ravens drafted him in 2008 at the age of 21, and with that came money and fame, which he said compounded his problems, particularly in his relationship with his high school sweetheart, Janay Palmer.

“If you don't deal with issues, a small problem in your household might become a big deal,” Rice said.

Rice was indicted for aggravated assault for the incident on the videotape. Soon after, he reached a plea agreement, which included a program for first-time offenders, which required regular counseling. The case against him was dropped after he completed the program.

Now, Rice speaks out about domestic violence, most recently at a forum on the topic for the Big 12 last month.

“I want my story to be told,” he said. “There's a lot of detail to it, but I want it to be told. I want to help as many people as I can.”

“Domestic violence is a real issue,” Rice said. “It is a real issue. It happens every 12 seconds as we speak. But if you think about it, the conversation wasn't really being had the way it is now because of my video. If I can explain it to young men my worst decision I know that I can save someone.”

Palmer is now Rice’s wife. They live with their daughter and newborn son in Connecticut, not far from where they grew up in New Rochelle, New York.

“First and foremost, I'm a husband, I'm a father, I'm a son,” Rice said. “I was going through life trying to be ‘the man’ instead of trying to be ‘a man.’”

Initially benched for two games in 2014, Rice was suspended indefinitely from football by the NFL after the videotape was made public in September 2014. Later that year he appealed his suspension, and it was lifted, but he hasn’t played since.

“I'm not going to say I don't miss the game,” he said. “I do miss the game. The moments I miss are camaraderie with teammates. But everything I do I want to be genuine, now. I don't want to use this interview or anything like that to get back to playing.”

Rice said setting an example for his kids is most important to him, now, and he knows it's something he will have to work at for the rest of his life.

“I have to make a decision every day that I'm going to be better than I was on tape,” he said.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[MJ's Minute-Warriors Practice at UCSD Ahead of Preseason Game]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:52:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MJsMinuteWarriorsPractice_1200x675_787993155505.jpg The Golden State Warriors are playing the LA Lakers at the Valley View Casino Center on Wednesday night. ]]> <![CDATA[Chargers Try to Avoid "Information Overload"]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:31:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/Jatavis+Brown+and+Melvin+Ingram.JPG

The Chargers and Falcons don’t play each other very often. Once every four years, to be exact. So when these NFC opponents pop up on the schedule the Bolts need to do a little extra studying.

When you’re talking about a division opponent that you see twice every year there really aren’t that many surprises. Even with the Broncos, who had a brand new quarterback on Thursday night, the Bolts had a good idea of what kind of scheme Denver would play so it didn’t take a whole lot of extra film study.

But Atlanta is a big mystery. The good news is there is now plenty of tape out there to study. Heck, a player or coach can look on YouTube for highlights or subscribe to the NFL Game Pass feature and see the All-22 Coaches Film for every single NFL game. But that’s also, in some cases, the bad news.

“I do think there are times where there is information overload,” said McCoy. “With the technology today … we chase a lot of ghosts as coaches. We really do, because you want to give someone like Philip Rivers all the answers in the world. Philip can absorb so much information that you want to make sure that if he sees this look he has this answer on what you want to go to.”

Rivers is notorious for his almost encyclopedic knowledge of the NFL and borderline photographic memory for games he’s played in or seen. He’s one of the guys who can never have too much info crammed in to his head.

He was watching the Falcons lose to the Seahawks 26-24 on Sunday and you can be certain he already has a good idea of what Atlanta’s defense likes to do. He will likely have ingested multiple Falcons games from 2016, and even a couple from previous years, by the time the Bolts and Birds kick off at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon.

Other players, however, need to take their studying a little slower. It’s up to the coaching staff to know who can handle what and make sure nobody is overwhelmed. That is one of the little nuances of coaching that often goes unnoticed.

In the ATL this will be especially important with the San Diego defense. Too much information can make you think too much as you sift through all the different possible scenarios. Thinking too much makes you play slower and being a step behind is something the Chargers cannot do against Matt Ryan and Julio Jones or they will be in big, big trouble.

<![CDATA[LA Dodgers Star Refused to Stay at Trump Tower With Team]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:57:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gonzalez1.png

It isn’t often that professional baseball players wade into the world of political protest, but Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez did just that when his team played the Chicago Cubs earlier this year.

During a May series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Dodgers decided to use the Trump International Hotel and Tower as their base of operations during the series. The team ended up staying in the hotel, but Gonzalez opted not to.

“I didn’t stay there,” Gonzalez confirmed to media members on Sunday. “I had my reasons.”

The Orange County Register elaborated on why Gonzalez likely opted not to stay at the Trump Tower:

“The inference is obvious. Though he was born in San Diego, Gonzalez grew up in Mexico, where his family has deep roots and his father owns a business. Gonzalez has played for the Mexican national team in numerous international competitions, including the World Baseball Classic. He has been involved in charitable endeavors in Mexico, including refurbishing the sports complex in Tijuana where he played as a youth.”

Meanwhile, presidential candidate Donald Trump, who owns the Trump Tower where the Dodgers stayed, has made a campaign pledge to “build a wall” between the borders of the United States and Mexico, and has emphasized policies that would deport millions of illegal immigrants from the country.

Gonzalez was pressed on the issue, but declined to elaborate on why he specifically decided not to stay at the hotel.

“We’re here to play baseball, not talk politics,” he said.

<![CDATA[Tom Brady Says He'll Vote, But for Who?]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:54:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-613624626.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Monday that he will vote in this year's presidential election, but he is staying tight-lipped about who he'll vote for. 

Speaking with WEEI-FM radio, Brady said he would open up after the election. 

When asked about his friendship with Republican nominee Donald Trump and if Trump in person is unlike his appearances on television, Brady said, "He's been a friend of mine. He's supported our team. He's supported the Patriots. He's been on the Patriots sideline a lot. He's always called me after games to encourage me over the course of 15 years. That's kind of the way it is." 

He added that the two have played golf together many times. "I've always had a good time with him."

Brady's friendship with Trump has come up several times during the election, most recently last week when necn reporter Jonathan Choe asked him how he would respond if his kids heard Trump's version of "locker room talk."

Brady smiled and said, "Thank you guys. Have a good day," before walking away from the podium. The non-response generated headlines across the country.

The quarterback has known Trump since 2002, when Brady served as a judge for one of Trump's beauty pageants.

Trump was vocal in his defense of Brady throughout the "Deflategate" ordeal, praising him repeatedly while on the campaign trail.

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<![CDATA[Fan Captures What 'Go Cubs Go' Chant Sounds Like 1 Mile From Wrigley Field]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:26:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/Cubs+Chant.png

The feeling of hearing “go Cubs go” erupt throughout the stadium among fans is irreplaceable, but have you ever wondered what it sounds like for spectators far away?

Chicagoan Will Cohen did, so he took out his camera and started rolling from his apartment about a mile out from the Friendly Confines.

He shot the video Tuesday, just after the team clinched a spot in the NLCS for the first time in 12 years. Since posting it to his Facebook account, it has already garnered 1.3 million views and has been shared more than 30,000 times.

Despite being a solid 20-minute walk from the team’s home, that didn’t stop the victory anthem from echoing across the city to his home.

So how loud was it? See for yourself, but it's safe to say Cubs fans did the team proud.

Photo Credit: Facebook/williammcohen
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<![CDATA[Gulls Come Out Firing]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:28:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-10-17-19h24m10s985.png The Gulls split their first two games but tallied 79 shots and a couple of powerplay goals to the delight of the home crowd. NBC 7's Ben Rosehart shows us what to look for during the rest of their opening homestand.]]> <![CDATA[David Garza Talks Representing the USA on and Off the Pitch]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:28:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/garza11.jpg

Chula Vista native David Garza has had a busy summer. He graduated from college, played in the Rio Paralympics with the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team, visited the White House, and took the first step towards his dream career with the FBI.

It’s hard to believe that just four years ago he was left in coma, unsure if he’d ever walk again after a horrific car accident.

Not only is Garza walking, he’s thriving.

Garza stopped by NBC 7 SportsWrap to talk about the year he’s had and his hopes for the future.

If you or someone you know wants to join David on the U.S. Paralympic Soccer team and have Cerebral Palsy, suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury, email Coach Stuart Sharp at SSharp@USSoccer.org for more information.

<![CDATA[Aztecs Roll Rivals]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 20:44:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Rocky_Long_SDSU_Fresno_Wrap_1200x675_787202115923.jpg San Diego State football beat Fresno State 17-3 to stay unbeaten in the Mountain West Conference. With the win, the Aztecs won the Old Oil Can trophy, awarded to the winner of this rivalry game. NBC 7's Todd Strain talks with Aztecs Head Coach Rocky Long about the week that was and the week ahead.]]> <![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:49:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gulls+Celebrate+Win.jpg

Here’s a look at what’s going on in San Diego sports for the week of October 17th-23rd.

GULLS: Its hockey night in San Diego Saturday when the Gulls host the Dallas Stars at the Valley View Casino Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m.

CHARGERS: The Bolts hit the road this week. They’re in Atlanta to face the Falcons Sunday at 1:05 p.m. local time.


-WOMEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday ITA Regionals all day in San Diego.

-MEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regionals in Malibu all day.

-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Thursday vs. Loyola Marymount 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Pepperdine 12 p.m. both at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Friday vs. BYU 7 p.m. at Torero Stadium.

-MEN’S CREW: Saturday and Sunday at the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA all day.

-SOFTBALL: Saturday vs. Cal State Fullerton 12 p.m. and Arizona State 2 p.m. both at Cal State Fullerton.

-FOOTBALL: Saturday vs. Valparaiso 1 p.m. at Torero Stadium.

-WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Saturday vs. UCLA/UC Davis, UCSB and Oregon State at UCLA.


-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Monday vs. Nevada 5 p.m. at Aztec Court and Thursday at Utah State.

-MEN’S SOCCER: Thursday vs. Stanford 7 p.m. and Sunday vs. California 12 p.m. both at the SDSU Sports Deck.

-WOMEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regionals at the Barnes Tennis Center.

-MEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu.

-FOOTBALL: Friday at Fresno State 7:30 p.m.

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Colorado State and Sunday at Wyoming.

-WOMEN’S GOLF: Sunday at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at the Boulder Creek Golf Course in Boulder City, Nevada.


-MEN’S GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Otter Fall Invitational in Seaside, CA.

-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Tuesday at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Friday vs. Humboldt State 7 p.m. at UCSD.

-WOMEN’S TENNIS: Wednesday vs. Point Loma 3 p.m. in San Diego.

-MEN’S WATER POLO: Thursday vs. Concordia 6 p.m. and Sunday vs. UC Irvine 12 p.m. both at UCSD.

-MEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Stanislaus State 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at Cal State East Bay 11:30 a.m.

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Stanislaus State 7 p.m. and Sunday at Cal State East Bay 2 p.m.


-WOMEN’S GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Sonoma State Fall Invitational.

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Monday at Hawaii Pacific 6 p.m., Thursday at Chaminade 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at Hawaii Hilo 10 p.m.

-MEN’S SOCCER: Monday at Hawaii Pacific 3:30 p.m., Thursday at Chaminade 1 p.m. and Saturday at Hawaii 7:30 p.m.

-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Monday at Hawaii Pacific 10 p.m. and Saturday vs. Fresno Pacific 5 p.m.

<![CDATA[SNF: Colts, Texans Struggling Offense]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:36:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SNF+Preview+colts+Texans.png The Houston Texans host the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The "Football Night in America" team, Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, look ahead at the match-up.]]> <![CDATA[Colin Kaepernick Gets Starting Nod at Quarterback for 49ers]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:05:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/KaepStarting.jpg

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick has been handed the reins to the team's offense, taking over for Blaine Gabbert at starting quarterback.

The decision comes amid the squad's four-game slump and less-than-stellar 1-4 start to the season.

"We're going to make a move at quarterback, and we're going to start Colin this week," Kelly told reporters during a morning news conference. "(We're) going to give him an opportunity to run with the ones. I believe you've got to do it at the beginning of the week just because of how reps are distributed."

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Gabbert, who took over for Kaepernick midway through last season, had struggled to generate much offensive momentum and find sustained consistency with his receivers through five contests in 2016. Gabbert's 69.6 quarterback rating ranks 30th in the league, and the team is second-to-last in passing yards per game.

"We've had a couple of days to digest everything from where we are, and I think offensively we need to be better and just make a move," Kelly said. "It's not Blaine's fault. I think as a group, offensively, we need to be better in a lot of ways."

Kaepernick, who hasn't started under center since Nov. 1, 2015, against the then-St. Louis Rams, will get his first crack at resurrecting San Francisco's season this Sunday in Buffalo.

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No. 7 burst onto the football scene in 2012, utilizing his dynamic run-and-pass skill set to pilot the 49ers to the Super Bowl. But the quarterback's efficiency slowly trailed off, and nagging injuries eventually landed Kaepernick on the bench.

However in August, Kaepernick recaptured national headlines after choosing to take a seat on the bench while the national anthem played before a preseason game. He has been sitting or taking a knee as a sign of civil protest over what he sees as police brutality and the unfair treatment of people of color.

Despite the protests and the recently reported contract extension talks surrounding Kaepernick, Kelly told reporters that Tuesday's announcement was not political. It was simply a  "a football decision," Kelly said.

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That decision did not sit too well with Gabbert.

"It sucks," he told reporters. "I don't like it. I don't like not playing. I'm very forward about that. But, at the same time, I'm going to work the same way I've always worked the three years I've been here. Put my best foot forward. Still continue to prepare. I'm not going to slack on the film work just because I'm not playing."

The quarterback swap has generated a range of opinions and responses from social media users. Some are cheering the decision to bring their favorite QB back. Others wish he'd remain seated.

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<![CDATA[Ginsburg Walks Back Comments on NFL Anthem Protests]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RuthColin.jpg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg backed off her recent comments criticizing NFL players who protest the national anthem before games. In a statement released to NBC News Friday, Ginsburg said she should not have commented on the protests at all.

“Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh,” the statement read. “I should have declined to respond.”

When asked during a recent Yahoo News interview with Katie Couric, Ginsburg said of the ongoing protests, “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful.”

“I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do,” she told Couric, but added that she “wouldn’t lock up a person for doing it.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the wave of protests when he declined to stand during the pre-game performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a preseason contest against the Green Bay Packers in August. He explained that he was protesting the national anthem to draw attention to the oppression of black people and other minorities, and particularly to police brutality toward black people.

Since Kaepernick’s move, athletes from the NFL and beyond have continued the movement. The NFL has said that players are encouraged but not required to stand during the anthem.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Advance to NLCS]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:35:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-614463526+%281%29.jpg

Windy City, here they come.

Clayton Kershaw recorded the final two outs of the game on one-day rest earning his first career MLB save and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals, 4-3, in dramatic fashion to advance to the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.

In one of the greatest and most thrilling games you will ever see, the NLDS came down to a heart-pumping Game 5 full of surprises, countermoves, and high-pressure moments. 

"That was one of the best games in history," said Dodgers first baseman Adrian Goznalez. "Dave used our entire team. We have been preaching a team all year long and today was the epitome of that. Everything about that game was for the history books."

After trailing early, 1-0, the Dodgers looked hopeless against likely NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.

Things turned on a dime in the seventh inning thanks to a leadoff solo home run by Joc Pederson.

"I figured a fastball was coming because I haven't got a hit off one," Pederson said of the crucial at-bat." I was able to do that and hit one the other way."

The blast chased Scherzer from the game and a few batters later Carlos Ruiz came through in the clutch again with a pinch-hit go-ahead RBI.

The pivotal inning reached an apex when Justin Turner hit a two-run double off the wall in centerfield and the Dodgers broke the game open with a 4-1 lead.

But the Nationals would not go quietly into the Washington D.C. night and they came back with two runs of their own off Grant Dayton in the bottom of the seventh. 

After a leadoff walk on four pitches, Dayton threw a fastball right down the wheelhouse and former Dodger Chris Heisey crushed it into the seats in left field for a two-run homer.

"Everything that happened and all the guys that were used. Going ahead, and getting the lead and then Heisey hits the big homer," Turner said of the emotionally draining game. "It was unbelievable."

In a surprising twist, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went to closer Kenley Jansen in the seventh inning to try and record a nine-out save.

"Where they were at in the lineup, I wanted to go to our best arm in the pen," explained Roberts of his decision to go to Jansen in the seventh. "I trust Kenley, I believe in him. I told him to give us everything he had tonight and that's what he did."

Jansen gave it his best effort, retiring the next seven outs, but he ran out of gas in the bottom of the ninth, walking Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth and leaving the game after throwing a career-high 51 pitches.

"I just tried to give it everything I got," Jansen would say after the game. "I wanted that ball in the seventh. I wasn't thinking about the ninth."

Then, in a moment straight out of a Hollywood classic, Clayton Kershaw came out of the bullpen to take the mound less than two days after he threw 112 pitches in Game 4. 

"In the 8th inning, Clayton came to me and said he feels great and that if Kenley is going to be stressed, he can get the last couple outs," added Roberts. 

Kershaw disappeared from the dugout while Jansen was on the mound, likely warming up in the visiting batting cage. He remerged after the eighth in his cleats and a warmup jacket. 

"When Kenley was sticking his neck out there in the seventh, I felt like I need to have his back," Kershaw said of pitching the last two outs in the ninth. "It's an adrenaline rush, but we have eight more to go."

Kershaw faced a tremendous task, runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth and his kryptonite, Daniel Murphy at the plate.

"Kenley wanted the ball in the ninth, but when the first guy got on I saw Kershaw was in the pen," Turner said of that inning. "It gave me goosebumps. He's the guy we want with the ball, so for him to get the final out was awesome."

The three-time Cy Young Award winner got Murphy to pop up and then struck out pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo to get the save and send the Dodgers to the NL Championship Series on Saturday in Chicago.

"All year long the narrative of our club has been everybody picks one another up," Roberts said later. "So it's only fitting for Clayton to get the last out right there."

Julio Urias became the youngest pitcher to take the mound in the postseason for the Dodgers and threw two scoreless innings of relief to record the win. The victory made the 20-year-old Urias, the youngest pitcher to win a postseason game in MLB history. 

"This kid is 20 years old, I checked his birth certificate," joked Roberts when told of the record stat. "He hasn't pitched in two weeks and he came and got us huge outs. This kid doesn't scare off."

It's hard to remember now, but Rich Hill started the game on three days rest and did a sufficient job before leaving in the third inning. 

Hill stepped down off the bump allowing one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in just 2 and 2/3 innings. It was the shortest start by a Dodger in the postseason since Hiroki Kuroda lasted just 1 and 1/3 innings in Game 3 of the NLCS in 2009.

The 2016 Cy Young favorite in the National League did not factor in the decision, allowing just one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six strong innings. 

"That was the craziest game I've ever been a part of in my career...in my life," a disappointed Scherzer said at his locker. "I gave as good an effort as I've ever given in my life. This one is a tough one to be on the wrong side of."

Los Angeles won the last two games of the NLDS to advance to the Championship Series in the National League against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field. 

Players of the Game:

Justin Turner: Two-run double, 13-pitch walk.
Joc Pederson: Solo home run
Carlos Ruiz: Go-ahead single
Julio Urias: Two scoreless innings of relief.
Chris Heisey: Two-run home run
Kenley Jansen: 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Clayton Kershaw: First career save. 

Three Takeaways:

 1. Julio Urias Youngest Dodger in Playoffs: At 20 years young, Julio Urias became the youngest pitcher to take the mound in the postseason since Don Gullett (19 years, 281 days) in the 1970 World Series. Urias is the 6th youngest to pitch in the postseason in MLB history and the youngest in the Dodgers franchise history.

2. An NLDS for the Record Books: The 2016 NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals has seen a lot of records set. First, the most amount of hit batters for one postseason series (11), most pitchers used in one inning (6) and most pitching changes in a series (50?)

3. You Can't Write This Stuff: Clayton Kershaw has one other save in his career as a professional baseball player. It came in 2006 when he was playing for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers in the minor leagues against the Gulf Coast League Nationals and Kenley Jansen was his catcher as he recorded the final out.

Up Next:

Dodgers (3-2): Los Angeles advances to the NLCS to face the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Kenta Maeda is expected to start Game 1.

Nationals (2-3): Washington's season comes to and end but should hang their heads high after a tremendous NLDS series.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Defeat Reigning Super Bowl Champs]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:44:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*123/GettyImages-614387578.jpg

As they have in their first five games of the season, the San Diego Chargers took a substantial lead on Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. This time, however, their defense made sure they did not give it up.

The Bolts put together without a question their best defensive effort of the year in a 21-13 win over the defending Super Bowl champions. It's the first time they've beaten a team with a winning record since beating the Ravens in Baltimore in November of 2014.

The Chargers took their opening drive right down the field against one of the leagues best defenses. Quarterback Philip Rivers hit rookie tight end Hunter Henry for a 5-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. After that they did nothing but kick field goals on offense but it was enough because the San Diego D never let Denver going offensively.

The Broncos had just 60 yards of offense on the first half and an awful start to the 3rd quarter. In their first three possessions they ran eight offensive plays, got no first downs, punted twice and turned the ball over once when linebacker Korey Toomer stripped Jordan Taylor of the ball and recovered the fumble in Denver territory. That led to one of Josh Lambo's four field goals.

In the 4th quarter things (as they often do with the Bolts) got interesting. A Drew Kaser punt pinned the Broncos back at their own three yard line. Quarterback Trevor Siemian dropped back to pass and his offensive line was called for a holding penalty in the end zone. By rule that's a safety, giving the Chargers two points and a 21-3 lead.

But on the free kick, the Chargers muffed the punt and Denver had it at midfield. Siemian led them on a TD drive, hitting Bennie Fowler from five yards out to cut the lead to 21-10. After the Chargers went 3-and-out it looked like they were on their way to another late game meltdown.

Siemian hit C.J. Anderson on a short pass but the Broncos running back broke several tackles for a stellar touchdown ... but is was nullified by another holding call. Two plays later rookie linebacker Jatavis Brown smacked Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the ball popped out and San Diego avoided a fifth come-from-ahead loss.

The Chargers also snapped their 10-game losing streak against AFC West Division opponents. They also beat the Broncos at home for the first time since 2010.

The win likely preserves the job of head coach Mike McCoy, who now has 10 days to get ready for their next game, a road trip to Atlanta to face the Falcons.

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<![CDATA[Chargers vs. Broncos: Who to Watch]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:57:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Dunlap+and+Williams.JPG

This is the season.

That may sound a shade melodramatic but when you look at the numbers and the situation and what lies ahead, if the Chargers don’t beat the Broncos on Thursday Night Football, their chances of winning the AFC West are basically shot. Coming back from a 4.0 game deficit with 10 to play is not going to happen this year.

I know, the Bolts pulled off an even greater feat in 2008 but this year’s AFC West is not going to be won at 8-8. The Broncos and Raiders are too good.

As for a Wild Card spot, that would still be possible but they’d be 2.5 games out of the 6th seed and they’d have to leapfrog nine teams to get there. The entire conference is not going to fall apart and it would be asking too much for any team to go on a 10-game winning streak.

I know, the Bolts pulled off an 11-game winning stretch at the end of the 2009 season but L.T. ain’t in the backfield anymore and that defense was a whole lot better than this one is.

The fact the Chargers are in this situation is truly amazing to me because they have the second-highest scoring offense in the NFL. They are averaging 30.4 points per game and averaging 30 in the National Football league is no easy feat.

Over the last 25 years, 25 teams have averaged at least 30 points a game. All of them made the playoffs except one (the 2004 Chiefs) and six of them won the Super Bowl. The problem is the Chargers have also allowed the 4th-most points in the NFL and as the saying goes, defense wins championships.

Now, a lot of those points are not entirely the fault of the defense. You can’t give Drew Brees a pair of short fields and expect to not yield points. But if they want to have any kind of shot at beating Denver, they have got to hold on to the football.

The Broncos are scoring 25 a game and only allowing 17 a game. Give away too many chances to score, especially in your own territory, and it’s lights out. And that brings us to our three players to watch:

King Dunlap, LT

It’s great to see him back after missing a couple of games with migraines because the Bolts will need all the help they can get against Von Miller and the Orange Crush defense. Denver leads the league with 19 sacks. They’ve picked off five passes and only allowed three passing touchdowns. A lot of that is because quarterbacks are under siege and make bad decisions. Dunlap will be seeing a lot of Miller. If he can’t at least slow down the most dynamic pass rusher in the game (who is not out with injury) then the Chargers points-per-game total is going to dip dramatically.

Tyrell Williams, WR

Williams caught the first passes of his NFL career last year in the season finale in Denver. One of them was an 80-yard touchdown on a busted coverage. Perhaps the Broncos secondary wasn’t quite sure what the undrafted rookie from Western Oregon would bring to the table but they are now well aware of what this speedster can do so he won’t be taking anyone by surprise. This is far and away the best defense the Bolts have seen yet. If Williams is able to get open for a few of his signature big plays (he has a catch f or at least 20 yards in all but one of his career games) and let Rivers get the ball out early the Bolts will have a shot.

Steve Williams, CB

Quarterback Trevor Siemian is coming off an injury. If he can’t finish the game rookie Paxton Lynch will be the guy under center. Whoever is leading the huddle for the Broncos has the luxury of a good running game and stellar wide receivers to work with. Steve Williams has been maddeningly inconsistent in his career. He will show glimpses of brilliance then look like an undrafted rookie. Last week he was completely lost trying to guard Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. But last year against the Broncos he had a pick and a sack, playing well against Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. They’ll need him to be more that player and neutralize the explosive Broncos wideouts, no matter who Denver runs out there at quarterback.

Derek’s Prediction

I know Philip Rivers can put up points on this Broncos defense. He did it last year at Sports Authority Field with an offensive line that was even more beat up than this one and no Melvin Gordon. Getting in to the mid-20’s is a solid accomplishment against Denver and the Bolts will do that. Of course, that means it will likely be a close game, and you know what happens to this team in close games.

Final Score: Broncos 29, Chargers 26

<![CDATA[Keep An Eye On These Gulls During Opening Weekend]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:47:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GullsBenWithCraigElsten_1200x675_784931395975.jpg Gulls radio broadcaster Craig Elsten joins NBC 7's Ben Rosehart to discuss the goalies and playmakers to watch during San Diego's first homestand.]]> <![CDATA[Tom Brady Dodges Trump 'Locker Room Talk' Question]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:24:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/bradytime.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is done talking about his "good friend" Donald Trump.

Brady, who has said he considers Trump a close friend, generated headlines last year when he said it would be "great" if Trump became president. Reporters have even spotted a red Trump "Make America Great Again" hat in Brady's locker.

"He gave me a hat, I thought that was a nice thing," Brady said on Boston's Dennis & Callahan radio show in December 2015.

After fielding questions from the media at Wednesday's press conference at Gillette Stadium, Brady was faced with one last query from necn reporter Jonathan Choe who pressed the quarterback on how he would respond if his kids heard Trump's version of "locker room talk."

Brady smiled, and said "Thank you guys. Have a good day," before walking away from the podium.

The Republican presidential nominee has dismissed an 11-year-old "Access Hollywood" video, in which he makes controversial statements about women, as "locker room talk."

Almost immediately, Brady's curt response to the Trump question generated conversation on Boston sports talk radio stations and social media.

The All-Pro quarterback has known the reality TV star-turned-presidential candidate since 2002, when Brady served as a judge for one of Trump's beauty pageants.

Trump has also been supportive of Brady, defending him during "Deflategate" and praising the quarterback repeatedly during the campaign trail.


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<![CDATA[Chargers Lost Games Against 1-in-30 Million Odds]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:22:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/Denicccoh.jpg

There’s a sports saying “ball don’t lie.”

Well, an analyst tells The Wall Street Journal that in looking at the Chargers’ dreadful start to the 2016 season, the numbers don’t lie.

Financial analyst Seth Bienstock says that the Bolts “lost four games against all odds – actually not all odds, just one-in-30 million odds.” Yikes.

Bienstock said that if you look at four of the games in which the Chargers held a fourth quarter lead, at least half of them held a 99.9 percent probability of the team winning.

The Wall Street Journal article states that if you look at all four of those games combined, the Bolts had a .00000034 percent chance of losing. And yet they did.

“So if you ran a computer simulation of these games from these points 30 million times, the Chargers would lose all four just once,” Bienstock told the Wall Street Journal.

The article is an example of the growing national spotlight on the Chargers as they struggle with injuries and the ability to even win more than one game.

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<![CDATA[Padres President Mike Dee Leaves Team]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:23:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Padres_Mike_Dee_All_Star_Interview_1200x675_712493635723.jpg

San Diego Padres President and CEO Mike Dee is leaving the Padres, the team announced on Wednesday.

The team’s executive chairman Ron Fowler and Managing Partner Peter Seidler issued a one-sentence statement that Dee was departing. No reason was given.

Dee became the Padres’ president in 2013. Dee previously worked for the Padres from 1995 to 2002 in part as executive vice president of business affairs.

He left the Padres in 2002 to take a front office job with the Red Sox.

He returned to San Diego after spending four years with the Miami Dolphins.

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<![CDATA[Tebow Prays on Fan Suffering Seizure in Baseball Debut]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:15:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tebow-helps-fan-1012.jpg

Former Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow's most memorable play from his Arizona Fall League debut came off the field.

The former New York Jet and current Mets minor prospect was seen on video posted to Twitter Tuesday evening consoling a fan who spectators and players aid appeared to have suffered a seizure in the stands. 

The video shows Tebow, in his Mets jersey and a Scottsdale Scorpions cap, leaning over the side of a dugout while paramedics tend to the man. Another photo shows him leaning over and touching the man's leg as others rush around to help.

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The Arizona Republic reports that Tebow was signing autographs for fans when someone yelled "Seizure!" 

Tebow rushed to help the man, who had a brain tumor, according to the newspaper. The man said when he came to, Tebow and others were praying over him. 

The Republic reports that Tebow stayed with the man until paramedics arrived. He reportedly signed the man's wristbands and a baseball before turning to a shared interest: college football. 

The man told Tebow that he was a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs — a chief rival of Tebow's Florida Gators.  

"You're a Bulldog?" Tebow reportedly said. "I don't even know what to say."

Tebow was signed by the Mets earlier this year and was tabbed to continue onto the Arizona Fall League for elite prospects after a good showing in the Florida Instructional League. 

His on field performance Tuesday wasn't nearly as memorable — the Republic reports that the former QB went hitless in three at-bats and crashed into an outfield wall while chasing down a foul ball.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Beat Giants in Comeback]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:43:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cubswin1011.jpg

The Chicago Cubs, behind a miraculous comeback, defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Tuesday night and advanced to the National League Championship Series for the second straight year.

After the Cubs were retired quietly in the top of the first inning, Denard Span got the Giants off to a rocking start in the bottom of the frame as he drilled a double down the right field line. He then advanced to third base on a flyout by Brandon Belt, leaving him 90 feet away with one out.

John Lackey did induce another flyout from Hunter Pence, but it was deep enough to get Span across the plate to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead.

The second inning got off to another ominous start as the Giants got two runners on with only one away. Lackey was able to strike out Gregor Blanco for the second out and induced a weak groundout from Matt Moore to finish off the inning.

The Cubs built on that momentum in the top of the third inning, and it was David Ross that did the honors. Ross cracked a towering home run over the left field wall to knot things up at 1-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, the bottom of the Giants' lineup killed the Cubs again. Conor Gillaspie and Joe Panik both reached base, and with the bases loaded and one out, Moore helped his own cause by stroking a single into right field. Denard Span followed that up with a fielder's choice, and in the blink of an eye the Giants took a 3-1 lead.

The Cubs did manage to get a run back in the top of the fifth, and some hustle by Javier Baez did the trick. On an error by Brandon Crawford, Baez reached third base with one out, and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Ross to make it a 3-2 game.

Lackey's day ended after four innings, but the Giants continued finding green grass, or in the case of Crawford, a brick wall. The shortstop hit a long double off the top of the barrier, and Gillaspie drove in Pence in his next at-bat to put the Giants back ahead by a 4-2 margin.

Panik added to the lead even more as he hit a sacrifice fly to left field, chasing home Crawford to make it a 5-2 game.

The sixth and seventh innings yielded no positive results for the Cubs, and negative breaks continued to go their way. After Dexter Fowler led off the sixth inning with a walk, Bryant blooped a ball in front of Pence in right field. Caught in between, Fowler was forced out at second base on the throw, and the Cubs failed to start a rally.

In the top of the ninth inning, the Cubs finally got into the Giants' bullpen and miraculously took the lead. Willson Contreras came in as a pinch hitter and drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single up the middle, and even after Jason Heyward failed to lay down a good bunt, he still wound up on second on a throwing error.

Baez did the rest, as he slashed another single into the outfield to score Heyward and give the Cubs a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the 9th inning.

Aroldis Chapman came into the game in the ninth inning, and the closer did exactly what he needed to do, getting three straight outs and sending his team to the NLCS for the second consecutive season.

The Cubs will host Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday at Wrigley Field, with their opponent yet to be determined. The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a Game 5 in the other NLDS series, and they will take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Thursday night to determine the Cubs' next opponent.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Rivers Keeps Bolts in the Right Frame of Mind]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:12:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PhilipRiversFeatWeb_1200x675_784006723744.jpg The Chargers host division opponents the Denver Broncos on Thursday. The season has been rough for the Chargers so far but Bolts quarterback Philip Rivers always knows what to say when fans and teammates are down. ]]> <![CDATA[Giants Beat Cubs in Extra-Innings Thriller to Force Game 4]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:25:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cubslost.jpg

In the longest postseason game in the history of the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants ultimately won as Joe Panik hit a game-winning double in the bottom of the 13th inning to lead his team to a 6-5 victory on Monday night.

The Cubs' offense was in for a big challenge against Madison Bumgarner on Monday, but they got an early scoring chance thanks to a double by Kris Bryant. Bryant moved to third on a groundout by Anthony Rizzo, but a strikeout by Jorge Soler ended the threat.

Jake Arrieta responded to Bumgarner's inning with a strong one of his own, as he racked up three strikeouts in the bottom of the frame. He did allow a single to Buster Posey, but he erased it by punching out Hunter Pence to end the inning.

After Addison Russell and Javier Baez both reached base after lengthy at-bats, Arrieta helped his own cause. On a two-strike count, the pitcher blasted a three-run home run over the left field wall to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs stranded a pair of runners in the top of the third inning, and the Giants took advantage as they got on the board in the bottom of the frame. Denard Span smacked a double into the right field corner, and Posey chased him home with an RBI single up the middle to make it a 3-1 game.

Arrieta was able to get out of the inning, inducing a long flyout from Pence to end the frame and keep the Cubs in front.

As the bottom of the fifth inning got underway, the Giants got a huge one-out triple from Span, and they trimmed even more off of the Cubs' lead. Brandon Belt socked a deep fly ball to right field, and although Ben Zobrist was able to haul it in, Span scored to cut Chicago's lead to 3-2.

After the sacrifice fly, Posey reached first on another sharp single up the middle, and Pence then slashed a drive to right field, but Zobrist caught it and kept the Cubs in front.

The Cubs had an opportunity to extend their lead in the sixth inning as they had Baez on second base with one out, but they couldn't come through. Arrieta lined out hard to left field, and then Fowler struck out to end the inning and keep it a one-run game.

After Arrieta worked a one-two-three sixth inning, Pedro Strop came in to work in the bottom of the seventh. He got two quick outs, and then Travis Wood induced a flyout from Span to end the inning and keep the Cubs in front.

The bullpen magic ran out in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Giants took the lead. After Wood gave up a lead-off single, Hector Rondon walked Posey, and although Aroldis Chapman was able to strike out Pence, the Giants had one more ace up their sleeve.

Conor Gillaspie once again played hero for the Giants, blasting a triple deep into the right-center field gap to score two runs and give San Francisco their first lead of the series.

Brandon Crawford then extended the lead as he drove in Gillaspie with an RBI single off of Chapman to make it a 5-3 game.

The Giants' bullpen blew a ton of saves in the regular season, and they did it again in the top of the ninth inning. After Sergio Romo walked Fowler to lead off the inning, Bryant snuck a two-run home run over the left field wall and knotted the game at 5-5.

Mike Montgomery came into the game and got the first out of the inning, but with Belt on first base, he allowed a deep fly ball to Posey. Fortunately for the Cubs, Albert Almora Jr. made a diving catch and doubled Belt off at first base to end the inning and force extra innings.

The two teams exchanged zeroes in the 10th inning, and the 11th inning proceeded in a similar fashion. Bryant struck out to end the top of the frame, but there was a bit more drama in the 11th. Joe Panik reached second base on a sacrifice bunt, but he was stranded as Montgomery got two outs and retired the Giants in the frame.

In the bottom of the 13th, the Giants finally took home the victory. After Brandon Crawford led off the frame with a double, Panik drilled a shot to right-center field, and when it bounced off the wall, Crawford scored and gave his team a victory.

The Cubs will have another chance to clinch the series on Tuesday night when they take on the Giants again at AT&T Park. John Lackey will get the start for the Cubs, and first pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m.

Photo Credit: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Gulls Goalie Determined To Make NHL Comeback]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:55:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BenGullsHackettWEB_1200x675_783226435665.jpg Two years removed from a devastating knee injury, San Diego Gulls goalie Matt Hackett refuses to give up his dream of returning to the NHL. NBC 7's Ben Rosehart shares his story.]]> <![CDATA[Bill Walton Statue Lands at Valley View Casino Center]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:34:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/walton+statue+valley+view1.jpg

The statue of legendary San Diego basketball player Bill Walton has found a new home- for now.

After a near two-month stay at Petco Park, the 6-foot 11-inch, 850-pound bronze statue of Walton has been moved to the concourse of the Valley View Casino Center, formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena.

The statue depicts Walton standing with his arms spread next to his road bike while donning a tie-dye Grateful Dead t-shirt. An image of Walton blocking Hall of Famer and NBA Icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and another of former University of California, Los Angeles head Coach John Wooden, with a championship net draped around his neck, shadow the statue on the concourse wall.

The statue’s relocation comes weeks after the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority decided against making permanent space for the statue at the San Diego International Airport, and weeks before Valley View celebrates its 50 year anniversary.

According to Bruce Walton, Bill’s older brother, Bill was unable to attend Monday’s relocation ceremony due to prior obligations: Recovering from “Oldchella” and preparing for the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Ride, a seven-day, 620-mile bike ride down the coast of California from San Francisco to San Diego.

Despite the recent decision, Bruce Walton says that there is an ongoing discussion about permanent placement at the airport between proponents of the location and the Airport Authority.

“We think it’s a great selfie opportunity,” Bruce Walton said. “We would like to have it in a place where the most people possible could walk by it, enjoy it, take a picture with it, send that picture around the world and to have it be a part of San Diego.”

In 1969, Walton won his first of two consecutive California Interscholastic Federation Championships with Helix High School (La Mesa) in what was then called the San Diego International Sports Center.

On Wednesday, October 19, Walton’s son Luke, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will make his first coaching appearance in San Diego when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors at Valley View.

Bill Walton played for the San Diego Clippers from 1979 to 1985, playing his home games at the Sports Arena until 1984 when the Clippers franchise moved to L.A.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>