<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Sports News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 24 Oct 2017 00:57:26 -0700Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:57:26 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Nats Broadcaster Ray Knight Charged With Assault, Battery]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:36:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ray+Knight+Mug+Shot+102317.jpg

Washington Nationals TV analyst Ray Knight was charged with assault and battery after a fight at his home early Sunday, police said.

Police went to Knight's home in the 7500 block of Ashby Lane in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County about 4 a.m. Sunday. An argument between Knight and a 33-year-old man he knew became physical, police said.

Both men had visible injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment, police said.

Knight told News4 he was home alone when four men came over long after the New York Yankees and Houston Astros playoff game ended. He said he knows two of the men but had never seen the other two before.

"It was actually inside my apartment, but the games were pretty much over," Knight said. "It was late."

Knight and one of the men fought, and someone called 911.

"When the officers arrived and did their investigation, there was enough probable cause to make an arrest on one party, and that was Mr. Knight," said a member of Fairfax County Police.

After the hospital police took Knight to a Fairfax County jail. He paid a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8.

Knight, a former major league player, hosts the Nationals' pregame and postgame shows, Nats Xtra, on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. MASN had no comment about the charge.

Knight was the World Series MVP for the New York Mets in 1986, scoring the winning run in the 10th inning of Game 6 on the ball that famously went through Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner's legs.



Photo Credit: Fairfax County Police]]>
<![CDATA[Olympians' Favorite Halloween Candy]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:15:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HALLOWEEN+CANDY+THUMB.jpg

With Halloween a week away, members of Team USA talk about their favorite Halloween candy - and the worst things to get when trick-or-treating.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Beat Broncos, Win 3rd Straight]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:53:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Austin+Ekeler+TD+Broncos.JPG

When Mike McCoy was the head coach of the Chargers his team was known for making a whole lot of mistakes to cost itself football games. It would appear that has followed McCoy to Denver.

Now the Broncos offensive coordinator, McCoy’s unit turned the ball over three times and kept getting in its own way in a 21-0 loss to the Chargers at StubHub Center. The crowd was mostly wearing orange but the few in powder blue had a lot more to cheer about.

Things went south for the Broncos quickly. On their third play from scrimmage quarterback Trevor Siemian avoided a rush and found wide receiver Jordan Taylor, who was wide open. Chargers safety Adrian Phillips recovered to knock the ball out of Taylor’s hands and the Chargers recovered.

Tight end Hunter Henry drew a pass interference call in the end zone, setting up a first and goal at the 1-yard-line. The Bolts ran Melvin Gordon up the middle four times and didn’t move the ball an inch. If the Broncos were hoping the goal line stand would be a momentum builder that idea went out the window fast.

Denver was forced to punt and Travis Benjamin took it back 65 yards for a touchdown. It was the first Chargers punt return TD since Micheal Spurlock housed one in 2012. As a whole the Chargers special teams, which was a big reason they lost their last meeting in Week 1 in Denver, played extremely well.

In the 2nd quarter the Chargers moved down to the 1-yard-line again and this time tried something different. Philip Rivers lobbed a swing pass to backup running back Austin Ekeler for the rookie’s 2nd career NFL touchdown and a 14-0 lead. Other than that drive the Bolts could really do nothing offensively. They had six possessions in the first half; three of them lost yardage and one made zero positive gains.

The ineptitude of the Denver offense, however, was on constant display. On the only other drive that showed promise Siemian was sacked by defensive end Chris McCain, the ball came out again and the Chargers recovered again.

In the 2nd half it was more of the same. Neither offense was able to move the football with any consistency. The Broncos had one long pass play to Demaryius Thomas wiped out when Thomas was called for offensive pass interference.

In the 4th quarter Denver moved into Chargers territory again only to have Siemian get picked off by Casey Hayward. The Chargers put the game completely out of reach with Rivers found Benjamin for a 42-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0. The only question at that point was whether or not they would get the shutout.

The Broncos got within striking distance but then McCain sacked Siemian again, the 5th Chargers sack of the day, to set up a long 4th down that Denver could not convert. Joey Bosa also had two sacks and Melvin Ingram had one. The Chargers pitched their first shutout since they beat the Jets 31-0 in October of 2014.

The Chargers can get to the .500 mark in a week if they can go to Foxboro, MA, and beat the defending champion New England Patriots.

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<![CDATA[Aztecs Lose 2nd Straight]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:37:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/SDSU+-+FSU.JPG

In the span of eight days the San Diego State football program went from frontrunner to earn a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game to very likely not even getting a spot in its own conference championship game.

The Aztecs followed last week’s 31-14 loss to Boise State with a 27-3 blowout loss to Fresno State on Saturday night at SDCCU Stadium. The loss puts SDSU two games behind the Bulldogs in the Mountain West Conference’s West division but since FSU has the head-to-head win it means they’ll have to lose at least three of their last five games to give the Aztecs any shot at reaching the MWC title game.

For the second straight week the Aztecs offensive line was ineffective. All-world running back Rashaad Penny didn’t find much running room, finishing with 69 rushing yards, and San Diego State quarterbacks Christian Chapman and Ryan Agnew were sacked a total of four times.

The Bulldogs running back pair of Josh Hokit and Jordan Mims did what Penny usually does. Hokit ran for three touchdowns and Mims rolled up 112 yards.

The Aztecs fall to 6-2 after their 6-0 start. Next week the head to Honolulu to face Hawaii.

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<![CDATA[Broncos vs. Chargers: 3 Keys to Victory]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:26:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Rivers+In+Denver+2017.JPG

The last time the Chargers played the Broncos was Week 1 when Denver got out to a big lead then started turning the ball over then won because the Chargers offensive line can’t block on special teams very well and a game-tying field goal try was blocked.

That game was played in Denver and odds are the stands at StubHub Center in Carson are going to look just about as orange as the ones in Colorado did.

The Chargers have won two straight games but both of them have come outside of Southern California. They’re 0-3 on their soccer pitch and as several guys in the locker room have told me, they’re always on the road. Opposing fans are going to be out in full force again so if the Bolts are finally going to win a “home” game they’re gonna have to do it in front of another crowd that gets louder when the “visitors” do better.

Fernando Ramirez looks at what the Chargers have to do to win their 3rd straight while Derek Togerson shares the Broncos keys to victory:

Chargers Key #1: Make Siemian Beat You

In week 1 when these two teams met Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian looked like an All-Pro in the first three quarters of the game, but when the Chargers defense started settling down in the fourth quarter he looked like himself. The pass rush of the Chargers started making him uncomfortable. They will need to do that all game on Sunday. One of his favorite targets, receiver Emmanuel Sanders, has been ruled out this weekend after sustaining an ankle injury on a low blow by Giants safety Landon Collins. The Broncos also have their other stud receiver Demaryius Thomas nursing a calf injury so that will be something to monitor. So, if Bosa and Ingram, who lead the league in combined sacks with 13, can make Siemian uncomfortable he will be prone to making mistakes.

Broncos Key #1: Win on 3rd Down

Overall the Chargers offense was not very good on 3rd down against the Raiders a week ago but on their two touchdown drives they were AMAZING on 3rd down. One of the biggest reasons for that is WR Keenan Allen, who is one of the most reliable 3rd down receivers in the game. In Oakland (and the previous week in New York) it was Allen who extended several drives. This week Allen is questionable after suffering a shoulder injury in practice. If he plays he won’t be at 100% but the Broncos so-called “No Fly Zone” secondary will still have to account for him. Lock up Allen and force punts and the Broncos win.

Chargers Key #2: Prioritize Gordon and Henry

The Broncos are coming off a huge loss against the New York Giants, were the Giants mix and matched their tight end Evan Ingram, who had 82 yards and a touchdown, and their running back Orleans Darkwa, who ran for 115 yards. The Chargers will need to do that with their tight end Hunter Henry and running back Melvin Gordon. Both players have been a huge part of the team’s recent success. Gordon is tied in the NFL for most touchdowns with seven and the team needs to keep feeding him the rock. Henry had zero receptions in their first meeting, but it seems like Coach Lynn has figured out that it is time to use his young tight end. If the Chargers hope to be able to compete against one of the best defenses in the NFL they will need to mix and match their young weapons.

Broncos Key #2: Put Charles in a DeLorean

The Chargers have the NFL’s single worst rushing defense. 32 out of 32. C.J. Anderson has been the main running back and Charles has only carried the ball 38 times in 2017 … but for a 5.1-yard average. Plus he has had some monster games against the Chargers in his career. He’s certainly not the same back he used to be but I have a hunch Charles can turn back the clock against this utterly porous Chargers run defense. If the Broncos ride him and Anderson, say 15 carries for Jamaal and 20 for C.J., they should be able to run away with a win.

Chargers Key #3: Take Care of the Football

This seems like an easy task, but the Broncos defense has always give quarterback Philip Rivers a hard time. Rivers has thrown 23 interceptions in 24 games against the Broncos. He needs to be able to take care of the ball especially because Roby, Talib, and Harris Jr. can turn that interception into a pick-six in a blink of an eye. In the Chargers two wins Rivers has thrown five touchdowns and only one interception. If the team hopes to keep the winning streak going they will need Rivers to take care of the football.

Broncos Key #3: Be Bad Houseguests

You remember that “atmosphere” we talked about where opposing fans are taking over the StubHub Center? That plays a role. When a football team goes on the road it EXPECTS to be booed and jeered and verbally abused. That is not the case in a team’s own stadium and it can impact a game. It definitely has so far in Carson, where the Bolts can’t feed off of anything. The Broncos need to take charge of this game early like it did in Week 1 except this time don’t let the crowd have a chance to get out of it. When you have a team down step on its throat.

Fernando’s Prediction: 21-17 Chargers. The Chargers will keep the winning streak alive, as this will be a defensive football game. Rookie receiver Mike Williams will score his first career touchdown.

Derek’s Prediction: 19-19 tie. Neither of these teams is dominant on offense, both have a tendency to be boring, and I really want to pick a tie at least once. And let’s face it; the only thing anyone really wants from this game is the return of Sergio Dipp.

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<![CDATA[Astros Pennant Gives Padres Fans Hope]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:52:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17295124258677.jpg

The Astros are going to the World Series.

Let that sink in for just a minute.

The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night, catapulting them into the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This is a franchise that as recently as 2014 had the #1 pick in the MLB Draft (which they used on Cathedral Catholic High School lefty Brady Aiken but a deal was never reached). The Astros were going nowhere so they tore the whole thing down to the studs and rebuilt.

Yes, Padres fans, like the 2015 Royals this year’s Astros give reason to hope.

The Friars are following the same blueprint as Houston and Kansas City did. They sold off high-priced veterans to stock the system with talent then let all those kids battle to see who was going to make it to the top. Instead of simply assuming the top prospects would rise to The Show, Houston made the kids fight for it whether they were picked in the 1st round or the 50th.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

The Astros signed the right international players and drafted the right guys and all of a sudden they have the best team in the American League. Oh, and a whole lot of luck was involved, too. The first piece was added a decade ago when Houston threw $15,000 at a scrappy Venezuelan kid named Jose Altuve that they had already turned away once.

The 5-foot-6 (with cleats on) infielder turned into a perennial MVP candidate and along the way set the tone for the entire organization. Right after that the ‘Stros started hitting home runs in June. How about this run of Draft picks:

2008 – Dallas Keuchel (7th round)
2011 – OF George Springer (1st round)
2012 – SS Carlos Correa (1st round); P Lance McCullers (1st round)
2015 – 3B Alex Bregman (1st round)

All of those guys are now key cogs for a Pennant winner. The success this team had and the depth of the system allowed them to go out and get a guy like Justin Verlander, who allowed 1 run in 16.0 ALCS innings. Ditto the Royals in 2015, who added Johnny Cueto for the stretch run to a World Series title.

Now we see if the Padres can have the same kind of success. General Manager A.J. Preller has re-stocked the system with more talent than the Padres have seen in any decade, let alone any two year stretch. He’s taking the same steps that two of the last three AL Champs have executed.

That is, of course, no guarantee that it will work in San Diego. You’ve heard it said plenty of times before that scouting is an inexact science. But Preller has a couple of guys in the mix that you may not know about who will be keeping a very close eye on the Astros and the Dodgers when the World Series starts on Tuesday, and not just because they’re baseball fans.

These guys helped build the best teams in baseball.

David Post is one of the first hires Preller made after taking over in 2014. Post spent 2007 through 2014 with … the Houston Astros. He had a hand in adding all that talent and for the last three years he’s been helping do the same thing with the Padres.

One of the other early additions was Logan White, who came over from the Dodgers. He’s the one most responsible for drafting and signing All-Stars Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger.

That’s one of the things that a lot of people don’t realize. Before the Padres started trying to build a team that can win like the Astros they built a team of stouts that has built teams like the Astros.

So Friar Faithful, enjoy this year’s Fall Classic. You could very well be getting a preview of what to expect at Petco Park in a few years.



Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip]]>
<![CDATA[Toreros Demolish the Dolphins]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:06:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/259*120/USD+at+Jacksonville+Football.jpeg

The University of San Diego football program is not just the class of the Pioneer League.

The Toreros might have gotten too good for the Pioneer League.

USD went to Jacksonville and destroyed the Dolphins 63-10 on Saturday to run their PFL winning streak to 17 straight games. In their four conference games this season the Toreros are outscoring their opponents 180-61.

Toreros quarterback Anthony Lawrence had a heck of a day for himself. He completed 18 of 24 pass attempts for 268 yards, which is good but not spectacular. The number that pops out is he threw six touchdown passes, one shy of the program record held by Josh Johnson and Eric Rasmussen.

His first two scoring tosses went to wideout Nate Loya in the first quarter to put the Toreros on top 14-0. Justin Priest and Ross Dwelley also caught a pair of TD passes before the end of the 3rd quarter.

After that USD went to the ground and still couldn’t be stopped. Running back Jordan Charles took off on a beautifully blocked 63-yard touchdown run to make it 56-3. Reid Stinnett capped the scoring with a 7-yard TD run to give the Toreros their first 60-plus point game since 2007 when they beat Jacksonville 62-23.

USD heads back to Florida to play Stetson in another PFL tilt next week. Their next home game is on November 4 against Drake.



Photo Credit: Photo: Joe Vogan]]>
<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:56:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/192*120/Aztecs+Lost+to+Boise+St.JPG

Here is what’s going on in San Diego sports for the week of October 23rd-29th.

GULLS: The Gulls are back at the nest this week before hitting the road again. Wednesday they host the Stockton Heat 7 p.m. at the Valley View Casino Center. Friday they’re in Texas to face the Stars and Saturday they head to San Antonio to play the Rampage.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS:

-MEN’S TENNIS: Monday at the ITA Regional Championships in Malibu.

-WOMEN’S TENNIS: Monday at the ITA Regional Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center.

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

-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Thursday at Nevada and Saturday at San Jose State.

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Friday at New Mexico.

-WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Friday at the Mountain West Championships 6K in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

-FOOTBALL: Saturday at Hawaii.

-MEN’S GOLF: Sunday at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational in Princeville Makai Golf Course in Hawaii.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS:

-MEN’S TENNIS: Monday at the ITA Regionals in Malibu and Thursday-Sunday at the SoCal Intercollegiate Championships in Los Angeles.

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

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Thursday at Portland and Saturday at Gonzaga.

-WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Friday at the WCC Championships in Oakland.

-MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Friday at the WCC Championships in Oakland.

-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Friday at BYU.

-MEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Pacific and Sunday at Saint Mary’s.

-SOFTBALL: Friday vs. Mesa JC 7 p.m. at the USD Softball Complex.

-WOMEN’S ROWING: Saturday at the Head of the American in Sacramento.

-FOOTBALL: Saturday at Stetson.

-MEN’S CREW: Saturday at the Head of the American in Lake Natoma.

-WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Sunday vs. LMU and UC Davis in Los Angeles.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO TRITONS:

-MEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the SoCal Intercollegiate in Pasadena.

-MEN’S SOCCER: Thursday at Cal State East Bay and Saturday at Cal State Monterey Bay.

-MEN’S WATER POLO: Thursday vs. Santa Clara 6 p.m. at UC San Diego.

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Thursday at Cal State East Bay and Saturday at Cal State Monterey Bay.

-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Friday vs. Cal State Monterey Bay 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Cal State East Bay 7 p.m. both at UC San Diego.

-SWIMMING AND DIVING: Saturday vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 12 p.m. at UC San Diego.

POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY SEA LIONS:

-WOMEN’S SOCCER: Thursday vs. Concordia 1 p.m. and Saturday at Biola 4 p.m.

-MEN’S SOCCER: Thursday vs. Concordia 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at Biola 7 p.m.

-WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Thursday vs. Azusa Pacific 7 p.m. and Saturday at California Baptist.

-MEN’S BASKETBALL: Saturday vs. Westcliff (Exhibition) 4 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Gulls Lose Power in Stockton]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:26:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gulls+in+Stockton.jpg

In the first month of the American Hockey League season the Gulls are still probably trying to figure things out. Towards the top of the list are how to get the power play going and who’s going to be the #1 goaltender.

The Gulls had eight shots with a man advantage and only scored twice and made a mid-game change between the pipes in a 4-2 loss at Stockton on Friday night.

In the first period the Gulls were on the power play for eight minutes and the only goal that was scored was by a guy who doesn’t play for them anymore. Former Gull Joseph Cramarossa scored short-handed to give the Heat a 2-0 lead.

In the 2nd period San Diego finally broke through when Kalle Kossila scored with a man advantage with help from Escondido native Austin Ortega. Kossila scored both Gulls goals, both on the power play.

After allowing three goals on 19 shots starting goalie Kevin Boyle was lifted. Leland Irving, making his San Diego debut, played the 3rd period and stopped all 14 shots he faced. The Heat scored with an empty net to put the game away.

The Gulls fall to 2-2 on the season. They play the Heat again in Stockton on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[SDSU West Initiative to Start Signature Gathering Process]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:33:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSU_Reveals_Proposal_For_SDCCU_Stadium.jpg

For the third time in about 18 months San Diego is going to go through a signature gathering process.

On Saturday, October 21, Friends of SDSU will be officially launching the effort to procure the 71,000 valid signatures needed to get the SDSU West citizens’ initiative onto a ballot. The initiative (officially called the SDSU West Campus Research Center, Stadium, and River Park Initiative) is an attempt for SDSU to redevelop the land in Mission Valley where SDCCU Stadium now sits.

Friends of SDSU says nearly 75 signature gatherers will be at multiple locations around the City of San Diego starting Saturday. Just like the Chargers’ failed Measure C and the pending Soccer City initiatives, the SDSU expansion will have to get enough registered voters to sign on saying they want a chance to vote on the proposal in 2018.

They have until the end of December, 2017, to turn in enough valid signatures.

Signature gatherers will also be around for events leading up to the homecoming football game, a 7:30 p.m. kickoff between San Diego State and Fresno State at SDCCU Stadium. Four booths will be located around the tailgating areas.

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<![CDATA[Judge to Decide Fate of Popular Coronado Water Polo Coach]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:01:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CORONADO_WATER_POLO_COACH_1200x675_1077567555521.jpg

Dozens of community members spoke in support of a water polo coach and teacher, placed on paid administrative leave by the Coronado Unified School District after allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a middle school boy back in 2011.

Randy Burgess was accused of sexual molestation by a former student but denied the allegations. He has since filed a lawsuit against the school district because no charges were ever filed against him.

"Nothing happened in terms of this claim. None of it's true," Burgess told NBC 7.

Thursday, dozens showed up to speak on his behalf. One former student collected 1,200 petition signatures to have Burgess reinstated.

"The cloud of doubt will follow him for the rest of his life regardless if he did absolutely nothing wrong," said parent Buzz Fink.

"They left him in limbo and I believe that's where they made their mistake," said parent Nathan Smith.

Smith's sentiment was one heard often after the meeting let out Thursday night.

Many parents and former students said they were not frustrated by the allegations or the investigation, but rather the waiting game they say Burgess has been forced to play.

"Safety of children sounds great. That's a political thing to say. That's the correct thing to say. That appeals to all the parents in this small community," said former parent and attorney James Pokorny. "But when you balance that against due process and the fact that there's no further investigation to be done, that smacks of unfairness. He needs his job back."

One parent spoke out against Burgess, saying her daughter had a negative experience with him in the past. That claim has not been substantiated by police or the school district.

A judge is expected to rule on Burgess' lawsuit Friday.

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Look at SDSU Plans for a West Campus]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:25:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSU-Mission-Valley-Plan.jpg

San Diego State University leaders shared an exclusive first look at the plan for an expanded campus at the Mission Valley Stadium Site.

SDSU West will compete with Soccer City on the ballot in 2018, but unlike Soccer City we haven't seen many details about their vision, until now.

In a story you'll see only see on NBC 7, school leaders met with architects Thursday for an important update.

SDSU's vision for a west campus includes a football stadium, apartments, buildings, and classrooms - all of which will be detailed in conceptual renderings over the coming weeks and months.

However, the plan doesn't start with any of that. It starts with a river.

Taking a cue from the green belts running through San Diego State's main campus, Design Firm Carrier Johnson, showed off their initial concept for a west campus accentuating the San Diego River.

It’s a design choice and, more important, a necessity.

In 1930, the river was actually running through the middle of the site where the university hopes to build.

Old images show what this part of Mission Valley looked like before Interstate 8 or SDCCU Stadium were built. It was a system of rivers and streams which had to be rerouted to make room for development.

The system works well unless, of course, it rains.

In the past excess rain in the Mission Valley area has flooded golf courses and transit stations and even surrounded hotels.

To deal with the annual rainy season, not to mention a huge 50-year flood, SDSU's design team wants to restore the watershed to its more natural state.

They've proposed an open space much larger than the $40 million river park shown in renderings proposed by Soccer City.

SDSU Athletic Director JD Wicker likes what he sees.

Along with designers, they've hired developers JMI Realty to solve the site's number one problem - hydrology.

"To Soccer City's credit, they had a plan ready to go if and when the Chargers left, we're taking our time right now," Wicker said.

SDSU says they will release official renderings soon of the stadium and buildings, but the project's foundation will be rooted in the river.

The green space would likely include sports fields, a dog park, and lots of trails which will blend up into the campus. It will be at a lower elevation so water can’t get up into the site.

Designers are promising a magical connection between education, sports, and nature.

The lead designer made a comment saying you can go to SDCCU stadium for a football game and never even realize the river is there - that won't be the case with their plan.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Advance to World Series for 1st Time Since 1988]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:38:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-863241870.jpg

The iconic words of Vin Scully were first spoken 29 years ago, the last time the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the World Series: "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."

After nearly three decades, the wait is finally over — the Dodgers are going back to the World Series.

Enrique Hernandez hit three home runs, including a grand slam, as the Dodgers punched their ticket to the Fall Classic, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

In 1988, the last time the Dodgers went to the World Series, Clayton Kershaw was just seven months old. Twenty-nine years later, he was on the mound when they won the pennant.

"We've heard 1988 for so long in L.A., it feels good to say that we're getting to go to the World Series in 2017," Kershaw said after the victory. "With four more wins, hopefully we get to bring one home."

Kershaw (2-0), threw six innings, allowing just one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in the third potential-clinching start in his postseason career.

In those games, the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner is a perfect 3-0 when he takes the mound with a chance to advance his team to the next round.

"To get to be on the mound tonight and get to be going to the World Series on the same night, it's a special thing," Kershaw said. "Who knows how many times I'm going to get to go to the World Series. I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I'm definitely not taking this one for granted."


Since 2013, Kershaw had only gotten one run of support in four total starts in the NLCS over the course of his career. In his only two starts in 2017, he got 16 runs of support.

"That's a testament to this team and what we stand for," Kershaw said of the support from the offense. "As a starting pitcher, when you get seven runs, your job is to get them back in the dugout as fast as possible."

In order to end the drought, the Dodgers needed to go through the Cubs, the reigning World Series Champions, a team that slayed their own demons only one year prior. Los Angeles wasted little time dispatching the champs.

After a nine-pitch lead-off walk to Chris Taylor to start the game, Cody Bellinger roped a double down the right field line, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

"What [Taylor] has done for our lineup all year long, settling into the lead-off spot, getting on base, hitting balls over the fence. He's a dynamic player and table-setter," said teammate Justin Turner, who was named Co-MVP of the NLCS along with Taylor. "When he goes, we usually go as a team. I think you guys saw that here in the postseason."


One inning later, Hernandez started off the second inning swinging, as he jumped all over a first-pitch fastball from Cubs' starter Jose Quintana, hitting it to straightaway center for a solo home run.

Hernandez wasn't finished. After an RBI single from Turner gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, Quintana loaded the bases before leaving the game for Hector Rondon.

Once again, the Puerto Rican was swinging on the first pitch, and this time, Hernandez sent a slider into the basket in right-center for a grand slam home run.

"I blacked out," Hernandez said of the fourth grand slam ever hit in Dodgers' postseason history. "I can't even describe it you know. I was thinking the entire game, 'Man, this is unbelievable.'"

Hernandez not only sent the Dodgers to the World Series with his bat, he also became the first Dodger since Adrian Gonzalez in 2013 to hit multiple homers in a postseason game.

"I don't remember much of the game," Hernandez admitted. "The whole game is a blur. I remember the first two, but I definitely don't remember the last one. It's awesome!"


As Wrigley Field fell silent as the shrouded dead, one voice could be heard — that of Hernandez's father, Enrique Hernandez Sr., one year removed from a life-threatening battle with cancer, fresh off an evacuation from his homeland because of Hurricane Maria. Despite it all, he stood and cheered.

He just watched his son have the game of his life, in the biggest moment of his career.

"Honestly, I couldn't wait for this game to end so I could give my dad a big old hug," Hernandez said as he fought back tears. "Everything that he's been through the last year or so, and everything he went through for me to be here on this stage right now means the world to me."

Quintana (0-1) lasted only two innings, surrendering six runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in his fourth start of the postseason with the Cubs.

"Quintana was a great addition," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon after the game. "[The Dodgers] know what it feels like coming off last year, we were celebrating versus them in this exact same spot."

John Lackey entered the game in the fourth inning for the Cubs and served up a two-run double to Logan Forsythe that gave Los Angeles a 9-0 lead.

The two innings of relief may have been the last ever seen of Lackey as the 38-year-old's contract is up at the end of the season. He could be leaning toward retirement at the end of the year.

"John and I go way back," Maddon said. "John and I were together with the Angels in the 2002 World Series team. So it's really special for me with John. Hopefully it's not his last year, but if it is, having that chance to be with him in that moment is pretty special for me."

Kris Bryant hit his first home run of the postseason in the bottom of the fourth, a laser beam off Kershaw over the scoreboard in left field, for the Cubs' only run of the game.

The Cubs became the first team in Major League history to score all of their runs as home runs in a series that went at least five games.

"Every year is different," Maddon said on why his offense wasn't able to replicate the same success as last year. "We have all these incredible numbers from last year, but every year is different."

Just for good measure, Hernandez hit his third home run of the game off Mike Montgomery in the top of ninth, to put the exclamation point on his historical night. 

"I may have had a great game, but this is not about me, this is about this team," Hernandez said, as his teammates celebrated around him in the winning locker room. "Tonight it was me, but every night its someone different coming up big for us. Luckily enough, tonight it was me."

Hernandez is just the ninth player in MLB history to have three homers in a postseason game, joining like the likes of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols.


Hernandez finished the game three-for-four with three home runs and a league championship record seven RBIs. 

To put that in perspective, the Cubs scored eight runs in the entire series.

"I blacked out and four hours later I had three homers and seven RBI," Hernandez said. "There's a very big God up there that blessed me tonight, and grandpa, I appreciate it because I know you had something to do with it." 

Earlier in the season, Hernandez lost his grandfather and left the team to fly to Puerto Rico to be with his family. 

"Kiké told me before the game, 'Hey, I've got your back tonight,'" Kershaw said. "He said that before I even went out and took the mound. Then he goes and hits three home runs."

Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen pitched the final three innings of the game as the Dodgers bullpen set an NLCS record with 17 scoreless innings of relief. 

"We wanted the defending champs," Jansen said after the game. "We know how much it sucks to lose here and see the fans enjoy it in front of us. We wanted to make a statement. We wanted to come here and we wanted to win in front of them. It's not over yet. Hopefully, we can bring the championship back home."

The Dodgers' pen has a scoreless innings streak of 23, a new MLB postseason record, surpassing the 1977 New York Yankees.

However, the rest of the game was a mere formality as both teams went through the motions before the Dodgers popped champagne — aged 29 years — in the visiting clubhouse.

The victory earned the Dodgers their 22nd National League pennant, the second most in league history behind only their rivals, the Giants, who have 23.

Nearly one year ago, the Cubs clinched their first World Series berth since 1945 against these same Dodgers. That night, as the mob of adoring fans celebrated in Wrigleyville, the Dodgers team buses were unable to leave, so the players had to wait over two hours in the visiting locker room.

During that time, the Dodgers sat and stewed, thinking about this exact moment that could occur one year later, and how great it would be to beat the Cubs on their own field to advance to the World Series.

Revenge is, indeed, sweet.

Up Next:
The Dodgers advance to the World Series, awaiting either the Houston Astros or New York Yankees for Game 1 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24.



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<![CDATA[Bolts Corner Back Trevor Williams Improving Every Week]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:05:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-861724608.jpg

There are hundreds of players that work their entire lives to be drafted, but not every player gets a shot. The NFL draft is seven rounds and only 253 players are selected. After the draft, the remaining players are free to sign with any team and then join the squad in hopes to stay for the long haul. Most players don’t end up making it. In the words of former Chargers coach Mike McCoy, “We’re looking for the best 53-man roster.” The Bolts have a history of undrafted free agents not only making the squad but also making an impact. Look no further than tight end and future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, who signed with the Chargers after a tryout.

Penn State cornerback Trevor Williams had a strong college career earning the team’s Ridge Riley Memorial Award, which goes to the player that shows the best core values of the team. Williams went undrafted in 2016 and then decided to sign with the Chargers.

“When I got the call I felt like it was a great opportunity and I felt like I could make it, but knowing that undrafted free agents like (Antonio) Gates had made it I felt comfortable,” said Williams on why he chose the Chargers.

He was brought in to compete for the backup role, but the injury bug quickly hit the Chargers as cornerback Jason Verrett was out for the year after tearing his ACL. Williams was signed from the team's practice squad and went on to play 12 games that season. He showed flashes of his potential during certain games but also made typical rookie mistakes.

“I just wanted to trust myself more and my rookie year helped me realize that I can play at this level, “explained Williams. “I should have been drafted, but unfortunately I was not, but that was just another chip on my shoulder.”

During the offseason, Williams focused on watching more of his film from the previous year and making sure he worked hard in the gym. During training camp number 24 kept shining; whether it was batting passes down or staying with the receiver the whole way. Williams was slated to be the slot cornerback once Verrett was back from injury, but after week one everything changed. Verrett went down with another knee injury and would be done for the season.

“Really good technique from Trevor,” said head coach Anthony Lynn, “Sometimes you don’t even know he is there and at his position. That is a good thing.”

Williams is now the starter opposite Casey Hayward. Together they hold down the fort as the Chargers defense ranks fourth against the pass only allowing 186 yards per game. They will need that type of power when they play the Denver Broncos on Sunday October 22.

“He has been playing very good all season,” said Hayward, “I worked out with him in the offseason and I knew when the moment would come he would be ready and he is.”

Williams had his first career interception during the 17-16 victory over the rival Oakland Raiders in week six. “Natural instincts kicked in and I trusted what I saw on film during that week,” said Williams, “I am going to decorate it, frame it, and hang up it.”

The Chargers defense is very young as they feature mostly players under the age of 28. Nose tackle, Brandon Mebane is the only player over 30. Williams continues to learn and make the necessary strides to help his team improve. The Chargers dug themselves in a hole with a 2-4 record entering week seven, but with their young core improving every week they could climb out of it and make their first season in Los Angeles a successful one.



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<![CDATA[Aztecs Picked to Finish 2nd in MWC Hoops Poll]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:08:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KellvsUTahStWEB.jpg

Over the last decade we’re used to seeing San Diego State among the favorites to win the Mountain West Conference basketball championship. Usually, though, they’re sitting at number one.

The MWC preseason media vote is out and the Aztecs are expected to finish in 2nd place in the 2017-18 season. Defending conference champion Nevada is the preseason #1. The Wolfpack received 19 of 24 first-place votes. SDSU (2), Boise State (2), and UNLV (1) got the others.

San Diego State, a fixture at the top of the Mountain West for years, slipped to 6th place a year ago. In their previous three seasons the Aztecs went 46-8 in conference game, then limped to a 9-9 finish. Shortly after longtime head coach Steve Fisher retired and handed the program to assistant Brian Dutcher, who is now in his first season as a collegiate head coach.

The Aztecs open the season at home against San Diego Christian College on Friday, November 10. The full MWC preseason media poll results look like this:

1.       Nevada (19)                        257
2.       San Diego State (2)             229
3.       Boise State (2)                    211
4.       Fresno State                       188
5.       Colorado State                    154
6.       UNLV (1)                            138
7.       Wyoming                            133
8.       Utah State                          102
9.       New Mexico                           93
10.      San José State                     41
11.      Air Force                              38



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<![CDATA[Opinion: Finally, Kaepernick's Message is Sinking In]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:05:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/Kaepernick+SIgn.JPG

NBC 7’s Derek Togerson looks at professional football and social awareness in this commentary

In August of 2016 then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a stand by taking a knee. It took a while but finally, 15 months later, after a bit of meandering and bunch of misconception, Kaepernick’s point is finally getting across.

Kaepernick started kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem because he wanted to bring attention to racism and the relationship between law enforcement and African-Americans. I write this as a white male who grew up in the suburbs and has never felt oppression, and even I understand racism is inexplicalby still an issue in this country and this is a conversation that is long, long overdue.

To get his point across Kaepernick chose a symbol that is sure to get attention. In an interview with NFL Media, Kaepernick explained his rationale:

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

This came in the midst of high-profile incidents where police officers had interactions with and killed unarmed black men. Kaepernick wanted to say enough is enough and spark some change. But the symbol he chose to focus on is so incredibly important to Americans that the conversation took a detour.

The Stars and Stripes is sacred. Americans have fought and died for that flag and that anthem for centuries. A refusal to stand for the Star Spangled Banner, even though the act is absolutely protected by those very warriors who fought under the flag, is not going to go over well with most Americans.

Very few people have walked in the shoes of both soldier and high-level athlete. One who has is J.P. Bolwahnn, a Navy SEAL who retired from service and played running back for the University of San Diego. So I asked Bolwahnn how he felt about the trend of athletes protesting during the National Anthem:

“Some of my proudest and deepest emotions have been felt while the anthem is playing before a game, as a spectator and as a player. I couldn't ever imagine not standing at attention and giving my respect to my country and fellow service men and women. That is what the anthem means to me. I understand (the athletes) are protesting things that happen in the United States. You can't force someone to do something, like stand at attention, if they don't want to. "The land of the free," right? I don't support the mode of protest and think it could have been approached a different way. But as Americans they have every right to do so. Personally, it just feels like a slap in face as an American and as a veteran, even if that is not their intention.”

That is exactly why the conversation turned away from eliminating racism and refocused on whether or not professional athletes should have to stand for the playing of the National Anthem. This is a deeply emotional issue, one that invokes a visceral response.

Things came to a head in late September of 2017 when someone forgot to turn off the White House Wi-Fi and President Trump tweeted his stream of consciousness about what NFL players were doing. Trump’s tweets sparked a massive round of protests, with entire teams refusing to even show up on the sidelines for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

In a way, that was rock bottom … and shockingly it turned out to be necessary. Now that the vitriol has subsided a bit things are swinging back to the original point of the protest and, lo and behold, things are moving in the right direction.

This week the NFL held its annual Fall Meeting and Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked multiple questions about the issue of players protesting during the National Anthem.

It is no secret that attendance and TV ratings for NFL games are down and these protests play a role in that. Goodell said the NFL believes its players SHOULD stand for the National Anthem even if there is no rule saying they have to. And finally the league admitted it understands why the backlash was so violent.

“(The players) are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag,” said Goodell. “However they also understand how it is being interpreted and we are trying to deal with those underlying issues.”

Now we’re getting somewhere.

The NFL has held a series of meetings with players and owners trying to get on the same page and looking at ways to address the actual problem. During the Fall Meeting the league had NYPD Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill and NYPD Police Chief Terry Monahan to talk with players about the relationship law enforcement has in communities.

Several players have taken it upon themselves to truly understand this dynamic. La Costa Canyon High School alum Kenny Stills, now a wide receiver for the Dolphins, has organized ride-alongs with Miami police officers to get a better grasp of the challenges they face on the job. NFL franchises are starting to develop programs to get their players out into their communities more often at events bringing law enforcement and citizens together with the athletes serving as a kind of host.

On Monday the NFL formally wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee pledging the league’s full support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017. The bill, which was introduced to the Senate this month, aims to cut down on the mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders and increase the amount of rehabilitation options offered after completion of the sentence. So far it has received broad and bipartisan support but has not yet been voted on.

One of the biggest criticisms of the NFL and its players through this process is the perception that they are not actually DOING anything about the social injustice that so desperately needs to be fixed. Now they are actively taking steps, with the help of with law enforcement, to figure out a way to improve race relations in America as they get back to standing for the Star Spangled Banner.

So finally, Colin Kaepernick’s mission to improve the country in an area that was failing can probably be called a success.

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<![CDATA[Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Teams Up With Nike for Charity]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:36:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LISNEAKERS.png

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has teamed up with Nike to celebrate the Pats Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Nike RKK Air Force 1 Flyknit is the fourth collaboration between Kraft and the sneaker company.

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<![CDATA[USD Soccer Coach Seamus McFadden Is Retiring]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:29:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seamus_McFadden_Night_to_Honor_USD_Coach.jpg

University of San Diego Soccer Coach Seamus McFadden is retiring after 39 seasons as head of the program.

McFadden, who started at USD in 1979, is stepping down after this season.

McFadden said along with the team's victories over four top-ranked teams, he will be most proud of his work with so many players. 

"I've enjoyed working with the young men and just molding them," the coach said. "It keeps you young just being around them." 

"That's been very gratifying," he said. 

USD will honor its legendary head coach during this Sunday's home game against UCLA.

They are calling it Seamus McFadden Night and it will involve a bunch of tributes.

McFadden has 377 career victories, all sorts of records and many wonderful memories and moments.

Assistant Coach Brian Quinn will officially take over as head coach on January 1, 2018.

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<![CDATA[Full Recovery Expected for Hayward After Injury in Celtics Debut]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:44:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-860330888.jpg

The Boston Celtics said Gordon Hayward is expected to make a "full recovery" after undergoing successful surgery on Wednesday night.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that Hayward underwent "successful bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery for the fracture dislocation of his left ankle" sustained in Tuesday night's season opener.

Hayward's father tweeted Thursday morning the surgery was 'a big success,' and his wife Robyn posted her own message on social media saying "He did great with surgery! So now we are starting the recovery process." His agent, Mark Bartelstein, added that the surgery "went really well."

No timetable has been set for his return, but Bartelstein told ESPN it remains unlikely the 27-year-old forward will return this season.

The Celtics player had arrived at New England Baptist Hospital on Wednesday after flying in from Cleveland, where he and former Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving played their first game in Celtics green.

Hayward came down awkwardly after an alley-oop pass in the first quarter, dislocating his left ankle and fracturing his leg.

In a video message on the Celtics' Twitter page Wednesday, Hayward spoke to his fans from his hospital bed.

"Wanted to say thank you to everyone whose had me in their thoughts and prayers," he said. "I'm gonna be alright.

"Hurting me that I can't be there for the home opener," Hayward went on to say in his video tweet. "I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and to walk out on that floor tonight. But I'll be supporting you guys from here and wishing you the best of luck."

While the team initially tweeted that Hayward had been diagnosed with a broken ankle, Stevens said in a press conference Wednesday that hospital tests had confirmed his actual injuries.

"He put a lot of effort into trying to start his career out well in Boston, but this is a setback," Stevens added.

Despite the setback, the coach said he believes Hayward will be back to full health.

"We are expecting a full recovery," he said. "We know there are going to be a lot of tough days ahead on that recovery, but at the same time, I think, hopefully, he'll improve day to day."

Stevens coached Hayward at Butler University. After spending the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract to play for his college coach in Boston.

As Hayward lay on the court Tuesday night, the Quicken Loans Arena fell silent, with Celtics and Cavs players alike showing their concern. The crowds erupted in applause when he was carried off the floor on a stretcher. The following day, athletes and fans have taken to social media to support Hayward.

"Thanks for all the prayers for Gordon and our family," Hayward's wife, Robyn, tweeted Wednesday. "It sucks, but this is what happens."

Robyn Hayward's tweet included a quote, reading, "When everything seems like it's falling apart that's when God is putting things together just the way he wants it."

In their opener, the Celtics came back from a 16-point halftime deficit and jockeyed with Cleveland for the lead in the fourth quarter. The Cavs won their first game 102-99.

Wednesday night, the Celtics played their home opener without Hayward against the Milwaukee Bucks, but it was clear Hayward was on the mind of everyone.

Love for the forward was evident in every corner of TD Garden, as fans who miss him signed a giant "get well soon" banner for him, gave him a standing ovation, and even chanted his name.

The Bucks beat the Celtics 108–100.



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<![CDATA[Goodell: 'Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem']]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:10:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RGoodell_FULL-150836042626100002.jpg

The NFL Commissioner stated "we believe everyone should stand for the national anthem" at a press conference Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Anthony Lynn Believes In The Chargers And You Should Too]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:34:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-861731252_594_screen.jpg

The Chargers have found their identity as a football team in this league.

"We're 2-0 in the second quarter," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn shouted to his team after a 17-16 win in Oakland against the Raiders on Sunday. "It’s a new beginning, we’re moving forward," Lynn continued.

Those words were apropos in the aftermath of the Chargers second victory of the season. Several weeks elapsed as the team searched for answers, formulas, algorithms -- anything to get their first win. Lynn remained steadfast and optimistic with a strong belief in his talented players, that not even a California earthquake could shake him of his faith. After surviving the Giants in New York, it became clear to the team that anything is truly possible. The Bolts never gave up on themselves throughout the 0-4 stretch.

As a first year head coach, Lynn understood the expectation of the franchise in a new market like Los Angeles would be high. His team losing three games within three points or less was very frustrating for Lynn and his staff.

One message was clear, as long as they fight, in the words of Kendrick Lamar "we gon' be alright!" While many of the media plotted on their downfall in Los Angeles and San Diego, some of us in the media still believed in Lynn's message of hope, while they were in a vortex of alienation.

Sunday’s game against the Raiders also proved that Lynn's philosophy could also be fine tuned. While many were focused on the inconsistent play of quarterback Philip Rivers (and they should), the staff made sure to utilize the talents of running back Melvin Gordon, the tenacity of tight end Hunter Henry, and the nose to the grind attitude of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on defense.

Rivers struggled at various points and times, but also took Lynn's philosophy to heart, and it worked.

Whether they have a 50/50 fan base at Stub Hub Center, the win at home against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, could propel the Bolts as one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC. With Denzel Perryman's return from injury just weeks away, we may all witness an against all odds attitude be executed in the realist form.

With approximately eleven weeks remaining in the grueling NFL season, the Bolts remain focused on not just winning, but earning the respect as team that could put it all together on the field. Finally closing the mouths of their doubters for a very long time.

Paraphrasing a quote from the late great Tupac Shakur, do you believe in God, then believe in these Los Angeles Chargers! Lynn does and over the course of time, you may too.



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<![CDATA[1904 - San Diego's New Football Club]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:54:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/soccer-generic-san-diego-121615.jpg

San Diego's NASL team has a name & a video to introduce it, here it is.

The North American Soccer League awarded San Diego an expansion franchise in June and will begin play next spring.

“You can say what you want but the only thing that matters is who wins on the pitch,” according to the team's video announcing the branding.

For those wondering what the connection is between 1904 and soccer in San Diego, they explain it like this: 

19 = S is the 19th letter of the alphabet 

4 = D is the 4th letter of the alphabet

In its inaugural season, the team will play at University of San Diego Torero Stadium. After that, the team plans to move to a North County location.

As the NASL’s tenth club, San Diego is the latest to join the league’s West Coast expansion movement. The San Francisco Deltas kicked off their inaugural season earlier this year, and a new club in Orange County, which will take the field in the Spring of 2018, was announced last month.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Gold Medalist Details Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:18:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/McKaylaMaroneyfeuerherd.jpg

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.

Maroney posted a lengthy statement on Twitter early Wednesday that described the allegations of abuse against Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent three decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics but now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Nassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging abuse.

Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.

Maroney, now 21, says the abuse began while attending a U.S. National team training camp at the Karolyi Ranch in the Sam Houston Forest north of Houston, Texas. Maroney was 13 at the time and wrote that Nassar told her she was receiving "medically necessary treatment he had been performing on patients for over 30 years." Maroney did not detail Nassar's specific actions.

Maroney, who won a team gold and an individual silver on vault as part of the "Fierce Five" U.S. women's team at the 2012 Olympics in London, said Nassar continued to give her "treatment" throughout her career. She described Nassar giving her a sleeping pill while the team traveled to Japan for the 2011 world championships. Maroney says Nassar later visited her in her hotel room after the team arrived in Tokyo, where he molested her yet again.

"I thought I was going to die that night," Maroney wrote.

Maroney did not immediately return an interview request from The Associated Press. Attorneys for Nassar had no comment.

Maroney says she decided to come forward as part of the "#MeToo" movement on social media that arose in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"This is happening everywhere," Maroney wrote. "Wherever there is a position of power, there is the potential for abuse. I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary and disgusting."

Maroney called for change, urging other victims to speak out and demanding organizations "be held accountable for their inappropriate actions and behavior."

Maroney is the highest profile gymnast yet to come forward claiming she was abused by Nassar. Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, was part of the initial wave of lawsuits filed against Nassar in 2016. Aly Raisman, who won six medals while serving as the captain of the U.S. women's team in both 2012 and 2016, called for sweeping change at USA Gymnastics in August.

USA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar in the summer of 2016 following reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.

In June, the federation immediately adopted 70 recommendations proffered by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. The new guidelines require member gyms to go to authorities immediately, with Daniels suggesting USA Gymnastics consider withholding membership from clubs that decline to do so. The organization also named Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services.

USA Gymnastics praised Maroney's strength in a statement on Wednesday, adding it is "outraged and disgusted" by Nassar's alleged conduct.

"We are strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse, as well as expanding our educational efforts to increase awareness of signs to watch for and reporting suspicions of abuse, including the obligation to immediately report," USA Gymnastics wrote. "USA Gymnastics, its members and community are committed to working together to keep our athletes as safe as possible."

The organization had initially agreed to purchase the training facility at the Karolyi Ranch following longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi's retirement shortly after the 2016 Olympics ended. The organization has since opted out of that agreement. Steve Penny, longtime president and CEO, resigned in March. A replacement has not been named.

The allegations and fallout have reached Capitol Hill. Two different pieces of legislation are in the works that call for greater responsibility for organizations that oversee Olympic sports to immediately report sex-abuse allegations to law enforcement or child-welfare authorities.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein issued a release Wednesday saying she is putting the finishing touches on a bill she is co-sponsoring that would make failure to report sexual abuse a crime.

"It has become clear that for too long, amateur athletics organizations have shirked their responsibility of protecting young, vulnerable children," Feinstein wrote. "That must stop, and it must stop now."

Maroney, who lives in California and officially retired in 2015, encouraged others to speak out.

"Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long," she wrote, "and it's time to take our power back."



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<![CDATA[SDSU 'Super Fan' Tom Ables Dies at 91]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:51:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tom_Nancy_Ables_2013.jpg

A man who supported San Diego State University for decades and was named one of the nation’s top college football fans by ESPN has died.

Tom Ables died Monday after having just attended his 788th Aztecs football game, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Ables, 91, died at Scripps Mercy Hospital, the same place he was born.

Third on ESPN’s 2010 list of college football super fans, Ables backed his beloved Aztecs ever since he enrolled at San Diego State College in 1946.

He started going to football games when he was the sports editor for the school newspaper.

Later he wrote a book about the school's football program called "Go Aztecs!".

SDSU head football coach Rocky Long told the Union-Tribune that Ables spent a lot of time with the team on the sidelines and in the locker room and that all the players were introduced to him.

“To me, whether you're up or down, they're my guys, you know?" he told the SDSU Newscenter in August 2013.

“I want people to appreciate the value of Aztec football as something to follow and appreciate win or lose," he said.



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<![CDATA[Hernandez Lawyers Sue NFL, Helmet Manufacturer]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:27:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/aaron-ap.jpg

Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez's family have re-filed their lawsuit against the NFL, but the New England Patriots are no longer named in the complaint.

The family's lawyers filed the complaint Monday in Norfolk County Superior Court. They said the Patriots have been removed as a defendant, but a separate action involving the team will be filed at a later date.

Named in the suit are the NFL and several of its subsidiaries, as well as Riddell, the company that manufactured the official NFL helmet from 1989 to 2013. Hernandez played in the NFL from 2010 to 2012.

The suit claims the defendants knew of CTE dating back to the 1960s but intentionally kept that information from Hernandez and other players. The suit accuses them of a "long-running conspiracy" aimed at insulating themselves from litigation and financial responsibility.

"(Aaron's) decisions with respect to football would have been different had there been no intentional concealment for football-exposure risk," the complaint reads. "Defendants' multi-decade-long efforts to justify ignoring these warnings created a time-bomb in Aaron. Defendants did so to perpetuate the industry of football."

Attorneys for the Hernandez family initially filed suit last month in federal court after a brain study showed he suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Experts said it was the most severe case of CTE they had ever seen in someone his age.

The suit claimed the team and the league deprived 4-year-old Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father.

That suit was dropped on Friday because the lawyers said the issues involved belonged in state and not federal court.

The NFL has said it will "vigorously" contest the lawsuit, saying it would face "significant legal issues from the start."

Riddell said Monday that it is also prepared to defend its reputation.

"More than 15 years ago, Riddell introduced its first helmets specifically designed to mitigate concussion risk and warnings written to raise concussion awareness and promote medical treatment of concussions," the company argued in a statement. "Riddell intends to vigorously and successfully defend its products, its warnings and its reputation from the claims now being made by a handful of plaintiff lawyers."

Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE, the second-most severe out of four stages. That level of degeneration is usually found in players with a median death age of 67. Boston University officials who examined his brain said he also had early brain atrophy and perforations in a central membrane. CTE can be caused by repeated head trauma and leads to symptoms like violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive difficulties.

The 27-year-old former star tight end killed himself on April 19 in the prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, where he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell windows.

Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks, investigators said. They also said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

His Bible was found marked with blood at John 3:16, a verse that describes eternal life for those who believe in God. The verse name was also written in blood on the wall and in pen on his forehead.

His death came just hours before the Patriots visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory.

Soon after his suicide, Hernandez's family decided they wanted his brain to be studied by the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.

State officials originally refused to release the brain because it was part of the ongoing investigation into Hernandez's death, but later agreed to release it after his lawyer accused them of holding the brain illegally.

A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.

In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.

But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that decision is itself being appealed.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



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<![CDATA[Harriette Thompson, 94, Record-Holding Marathoner Has Died]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:13:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Harriette-Thompson-Marathoner-2017.jpg

A nonagenarian who set a world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon has died, her family confirmed in a published report.

Harriette Thompson, 94, smiled and laughed as she crossed the finish line at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego in June.

With her finish, Thompson became the oldest woman to run a half-marathon.

"I guess it's unusual, but I don't know why people make such a big deal," Thompson said at the time. "I feel just like I did when I was 16. But I just can’t move as fast."

In 2015, Thompson broke the world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon.

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday Thompson died in hospice after suffering an injury in a fall on Oct. 6.

Thompson, a cancer survivor, used her love of running to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Through the years, she raised $100,000 for the organization. She raised $15,000 in 2017 alone.

In June, when she completed the Rock n' Roll marathon with a time of 3 hours, 42 minutes, Thompson was most pleased that she did it surrounded by members of her family.

"I enjoyed running across the finish line," Thompson said. "That’s always the biggest thing. And I really enjoyed having my family with me."



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<![CDATA[Chargers Beat Raiders Late]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:17:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Gordon+TD+in+Oakland.JPG

Heading into Sunday the Oakland Raiders had never beaten the Los Angeles Chargers. The Silver & Black lost both the games the franchises played against one another back in 1960.

They’ll have to wait to get another shot in Los Angeles. The Chargers beat the Raiders 17-16 on Sunday in the Bay Area.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr played despite having a broken bone in his back and his first pass may have shown a little rust. Carr and wide receiver Michael Crabtree were thinking different things; the ball flew right by Crabtree and was picked off by Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams.

The Chargers ran three plays, earned no yards, and watched Nick Novak badly miss a 48-yard field goal try.

On their next possession Carr started looking like his old self. He completed four straight passes, the last one a 23-yard touchdown to Crabtree to put the Raiders on top 7-0. That was easily the best offensive possession for Oakland in the 1st half.

On the other side the Chargers were on the struggle bus to move the ball at all. They failed to convert on their first three 3rd down tries and even turned the ball over on downs. On 4th and 3 from the Raiders 34 yard line Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn decided to go for it instead of trying a 52-yard field goal. Quarterback Philip Rivers’ pass towards Keenan Allen was incomplete.

On their last drive of the half, though, the Bolts got something going. Rivers hit Allen for 28 yards to jump-start one of their best efforts of the season. The Bolts got to the Raiders one yard line and on 4th down Lynn went for it again. This time it worked.

Running back Melvin Gordon leapt into the end zone to tie the game 7-7. With 1:42 left in the half the Raiders got a 39-yard kickoff return from Cordarrelle Patterson, setting them up to move into field goal range and Giorgio Tavecchio hit a 44-yarder to send the Raiders to the halftime locker room with a 10-7 lead.

The second half was not exactly a display of stellar offense. Carr took the Raiders to the Chargers 15-yard-line but then had a pass deflect off the hands of running back Marshawn Lynch and right to linebacker Hayes Pullard for another interception.

The Chargers turned it over when wide receiver Tyrell Williams had the ball stripped by Raiders defensive back Dexter McDonald. The Raiders gave it back on downs when they decided to go for it on 4th and 2 from the Chargers 41-yard-line and Carr couldn’t connect with Crabtree.

Rivers took advantage with another TD drive, finding Gordon for a 6-yard TD pass and a 14-10 lead. But as they have done so many times in the past the Chargers could not hold a late lead.

Oakland scored on a 47-yard sweep by wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who now has six career rushing touchdowns and all of them are 30 yards or longer. The PAT was no good so the Raiders had a 16-14 lead and that extra point turned out to be huge.

After trading punts the Chargers took over at their own 8-yard-line with just more than four minutes to play. Rivers saw a matchup he liked: Raiders safety Karl Joseph on Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. Rivers found Henry for 34 yards and then again for 23 yards to get into field goal range.

Melvin Gordon ran four straight times to force the Raiders to use their time outs and then Novak made amends for his earlier miss with a 32-yard FG to win it on the final snap of the game.

Both teams are now 2-4 and the Chargers have their first 2-game winning streak since October of 2016 when then beat the Broncos and Falcons. Next week the Chargers go back to StubHub Center to face the Broncos while the Raiders host the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.

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<![CDATA[Chargers vs. Raiders: 3 Keys to Win]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:31:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/Carr+vs+Chargers+2016.JPG

After their 12-4 record in 2016 and their 2-0 start this year the Raiders looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Then they lost three straight games while their franchise QB suffered a broken bone in his back.

After their 5-11 record in 2016 and their 0-4 start this year the Chargers looked like … well, the Chargers. Then they beat a really bad Giants team and provided hope that they will not be the worst team in the NFL.

On Sunday they meet in the Relocation Bowl at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Fernando Ramirez looks at the Chargers keys to win while Derek Togerson focuses on what the Raiders have to do to win.

Chargers Key #1: Get After Carr

It is no secret that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr isn’t 100 percent. In week 3 versus the Denver Broncos, Carr hurt his back and it was first reported he would be out 4-6 weeks. He is back after one missed game, which is nothing short of miraculous, but if he is on the field he can play. The Chargers will need Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa to hit him all game long. Now, the Raiders have a good offensive line that has only allowed 15 quarterback hits, which is the best in the NFL. Chargers defensive coach Gus Bradley will need to dial up different blitz combinations to keep Carr on his toes all game long.

Raiders Key #1: Keep Your Carr Clean

Derek Carr has a broken bone on a vertebrae in his back. It’s not serious, just painful as all get out, so Carr … who was initially expected to miss 2-6 weeks … is back in the lineup after missing just one game. With Carr driving the offense it has the potential to be one of the best units in the game. But if Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are able to get to him Oakland’s attack can be stymied (as seen against the Redskins in Week 3). It will be paramount for a Raiders veteran offensive line that has underachieved this year to get back to its old dominating ways.

Chargers Key #2: Mix and Match

The Chargers offense will need to mix and match the passing and rushing game this weekend. The Raiders don’t have a good defense and the Chargers will need to take advantage of that to win this game. Running back Melvin Gordon is coming off a strong game last weekend versus the Giants and he even won AFC Offensive Player of the Week. The Raiders defense is 8th worse allowing 124.6 rushing yards a game and 15th against the pass with 226.6 yards a game. The Chargers should use a lot of play action to open up the passing game. They will have their rookie receiver this weekend in Mike Williams as he will make his debut in the “Black Hole.” He will most likely be used as a third down and end zone as Coach Lynn said he would be on a snap count. The Chargers need quarterback Philip Rivers to be on top of his game to have a chance.

Raiders Key #2: Throw to the Backs

The Chargers defense has had all kinds of trouble defending running backs that can catch the ball. That’s been an issue for a while now and it hasn’t gotten any better in 2017. The Raiders have a few really good pass catchers out of the backfield in Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Even Marshawn Lynch has done damage in the passing game. With Carr hurting the Raiders will be smart to get him plenty of check downs and let the athletic backs work in space against a terrible tackling Chargers defense.

Chargers Key #3: Don’t Give the Ball Away, Take it Away

The Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL when it comes to taking the ball away. They are one of three teams to not have an interception this season and they have four fumble recoveries. One of the knocks on Gordon was that he fumbled a lot and this season he has not fumbled the ball. The Chargers will need that trend to continue and not commit dumb mistakes if they hope to break their losing streak in the “Black Hole”.  

Raiders Key #3: Mario Be Super

Khalil Mack needs constant attention. He is one of the most disruptive forces in the NFL, able to get after the QB and shut down the run. The Chargers offensive line is not exactly stellar so Mack will likely draw plenty of double teams. When he is occupying the line fellow defensive end Mario Edwards will have chances to get to Chargers QB Philip Rivers. Edwards is second on the Raiders with 3.0 sacks (Mack has 4.0). If Rivers has time to throw he’ll pick anyone apart. But get him off his spot and he’s nowhere near as effective.

Fernando’s Prediction: 30-24 Chargers. The Chargers will disrupt Carr and will win their second game of the season. They will break their four game losing streak vs. the Raiders.

Derek’s Prediction: 33-30 Raiders. The Oakland Raiders are 0-2 in their history against the Los Angeles Chargers. They finally get their first win.

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<![CDATA[Aztecs Perfect Season Ends]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/192*120/Aztecs+Lost+to+Boise+St.JPG

When you play in a conference that is considered outside of college football’s elite you have no margin for error. For the Aztecs was had the potential to be a magical season ended on Saturday night in a 31-14 loss to Boise State at SDCCU Stadium.

After their sensational start there was real hope for a perfect record, something that is indescribably difficult to do.

“I've said this a thousand times,” said Head Coach Rocky Long, “but I will say it one more time. There wasn't one team in Division I football that went undefeated last year, not one. So the chances of that happening aren't very good, and you realize along the way there is a chance you're going to stumble and have a bad night and lose the game, even though you don't want to, and you prepare and try really hard not to.”

SDSU’s bad night started with uncharacteristic mistakes. They allowed a 53-yard punt return touchdown to Avery Williams and then junior quarterback Christian Chapman, who has been very careful with the football, was pressured and tried to get the ball out to avoid a sack. He threw it backwards, making it a fumble, and Kekaula Kaniho took it 34 yards for another Broncos touchdown.

The Aztecs have come from behind to win a few times in 2017 but this time the early 14-point deficit was too much to overcome.

“I hate losing more than I like winning,” said Chapman. “This was a big loss. We had a goal. We were trying to go undefeated. That's out the window now. They beat us fair and square, man. You've got to tip your hats off to them. They were more physical than us. They just beat us at the line of scrimmage.”

The Broncos defense spent a lot of time in the San Diego State backfield. Chapman was sacked four times and all-world running back Rashaad Penny couldn’t find room to run. Penny finished with 21 carries for 53 yards, more than 100 yards less than his season average.

So hopes of appearing in a coveted and prestigious New Year’s Six Bowl game are very likely gone. But San Diego State’s stated goal of winning another Mountain West Conference championship are still very much alive. If they win their division they will earn a spot in the title game and very likely another date with the Broncos.

“The goal still remains the same, trying to win a championship out here,” said Chapman. “I'm hoping to get there, too. I want to play them again. I want another shot at them.”

The Aztecs can take another step towards doing just that next week when they host Fresno State.

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<![CDATA[Why Aren't NFL Cheerleaders Protesting During the Anthem?]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:12:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-856384992_master.jpg

Millions of Americans have applauded the NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem, but not the women whose job it is to root for the teams — the cheerleaders.

They have been noticeably absent from the year-long drama that has divided football fans and outraged President Donald Trump and their reasons range from not wanting to undermine the team — to not wanting to lose their prized spot on the squad, NBC News reported.

"Definitely the financial compensation isn’t high enough where you’re concerned about paying rent … but certainly if you’re creating waves you could lose your spot,” Danetha Doe, a two-season Indianapolis Colts cheerleader, told NBC News.

Doe remembers when it was rare to find an African-American in the rah-rah ranks and understands why a cheerleader might think twice about joining the players' protest against the persecution of black people in America.



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<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-858991094.jpg

Here is a look at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of October 16th-22nd.

GULLS: The Gulls are back on the road this week. Friday and Saturday they’re in Stockton to face the Heat.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO TRITONS:

-MENS GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Otter Invitational in Seaside.

-MENS WATER POLO: Wednesday at Long Beach State 6 p.m. and Friday vs. Air Force 6 p.m. at UCSD.

-MENS SOCCER: Friday at Cal State San Marcos 3 p.m.

-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Friday at Sonoma State 7 p.m. and Saturday at San Francisco State University 7 p.m.

-SWIMMING & DIVING: Saturday at the Lancer Dive Invite in Riverside.

-MENS ROWING: Saturday and Sunday at the Head of Charles in Boston.

-CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the CCAA Championships in Turlock.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Saturday at Cal State San Marcos 2 p.m.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS:

-WOMENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center.

-MENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships in Malibu.

-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Thursday at Loyola Marymount 7 p.m. and Saturday at Pepperdine 12 p.m.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Thursday vs. Loyola Marymount 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Pepperdine 7 p.m.

-FOOTBALL: Saturday at Jacksonville 9 a.m.

-MENS CREW: Saturday at the Head of the Charles in Boston.

-SOFTBALL: Sunday at Cal State Fullerton 12 p.m.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS:

-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Thursday vs. Boise State 6 p.m. and Saturday vs. Utah State 1 p.m. both at Aztecs Court at Peterson Gym.

-MENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships in Malibu.

-WOMENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Friday vs. Wyoming 7 p.m. and Sunday vs. Colorado State 12 p.m. both at the SDSU Sports Deck.

-FOOTBALL: Saturday vs. Fresno State 7:30 p.m. at SDCCU Stadium.

-MENS SOCCER: Saturday vs. Santa Clara 7 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck.

-WOMENS SWIMMING: Saturday at UC Davis 12 p.m.

POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY SEA LIONS:

-WOMENS GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Sonoma State Fall Invite.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Monday vs. Hawaii Pacific 1 p.m. and Saturday at Dixie State 3:30 p.m.

-MENS SOCCER: Monday vs. Hawaii Pacific 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at Dixie State 6 p.m.

-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Wednesday at Concordia 7 p.m.

-CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the PacWest Championships in San Francisco.



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<![CDATA[US Men's Soccer Coach Resigns After Catastrophic Loss]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:05:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/859961824-Bruce-Arena-Resigns.jpg

Bruce Arena resigned as coach of the United States men's national soccer team Friday in the wake of a shock loss to tiny Trinidad and Tobago that left the team outside of contention for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Arena coached the team in the 2002 and 2006 world cups, and was hired in November as the American campaign to qualify for 2018 stuttered. A 4-0 victory over Panama had put the U.S. in position to qualify going into Tuesday's game, for which the U.S. were heavy favorites.

The loss, combined with other results, meant the U.S. wouldn't qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

"Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months and, in the end, we came up short. No excuses. We didn't get the job done, and I accept responsibility," Arena said in a statement Friday.

Arena took the team to its best World Cup finish, the quarterfinals, in the 2002 tournament in Korea and Japan.

As a Major League Soccer coach, he has won the MLS Cup five times, most recently for the LA Galaxy in 2014.



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