<![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-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 13:34:53 -0700Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:34:53 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress Arrested for DWI: Police]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:48:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jeffress-mug.jpg

Texas Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Friday morning, according to Dallas County Jail booking records.

The 28-year-old was booked into the jail at 5:13 a.m. His bond was set at $500.

The Rangers released a statement saying they are "aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning" and are "in the process of the gathering information." They made no further comment.

Jeffress was suspended for 50 games in 2007 after testing positive for drugs — reportedly for marijuana — after being given a warning for his first offense. He was suspended for 100 games in 2009 for a third failed test.

If Jeffress fails another drug test, he faces a lifetime ban.

Jeffress and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Rangers before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

He last pitched for the Rangers on Tuesday where he gave up one hit and one run in one inning of work in a 3-0 loss to the Cincinatti Reds.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest updates.



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<![CDATA[MJ's Minute- Chargers Coach Mike McCoy Comments on Controversial Week]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:17:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MJsMinuteMcCoySquareSuspension_1200x675_751472707725.jpg In this edition of MJ's Minute Chargers head coach Mike McCoy comments on defensive tackle Damion Square's four game suspension. ]]> <![CDATA[Raiders Seek 'Las Vegas Raiders' Trademark]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:35:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RAIDERS+VEGAS.JPG

Raider Nation will not like a recent filing with a federal trademark office.

The Oakland Raiders filed trademark applications on Aug. 20 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the mark “Las Vegas Raiders.”

A submitted trademark application is certainly not a guarantee that an NFL team is moving to a new location, according to sports and entertainment lawyer Darren Heitner in a Thursday Forbes post. In fact, the San Diego Chargers applied for the mark “LA Chargers,” but have yet to leave San Diego, Heitner pointed out. That said, these types of filings do serve to demonstrate that there is a true effort to at least strongly consider relocation, he wrote.

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately return an email Thursday seeking comment.

In late May, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that any talk of a move was premature. But Raiders owner Mark Davis has said he is willing to spend $500 million to move to Vegas. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has repeatedly said she wants the Raiders to stay in Oakland but city won’t pick up the tab for a new stadium.

Some football fans lobbed their anger at Davis, urging him to "keep the Raiders" in Oakland "where they belong." Others, like Nette Marie, wrote on Facebook: "I don't care where they go, I'll always be a Raiders fan."

Earlier this week, the Review Journal reported that U.S. Sen. Harry Reid was in favor of a proposed domed football stadium that would bring the Raiders to Las Vegas, but he deferred to local and state officials when asked about the project’s financing of the 65,000-seat stadium.

At a Thursday meeting at the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, proponents of the new stadium in Vegas said they've narrowed their list down to two potential sites and won't accept any less than $750 million in public funding toward the project.

Representatives from Majestic Realty and the Las Vegas Sands casino company updated an oversight committee Thursday on their effort to reach a deal to lure the Raiders from Oakland.

Developers estimate that a 65,000-seat domed stadium near Interstate 15 and the Las Vegas Strip will cost $1.9 billion, and they want to use hotel tax revenue to help pay for it.

They want Nevada lawmakers to approve the deal in a special session in September so they can present their proposal to NFL owners in January. Three-quarters of the owners must approve any team relocation.

Meanwhile, owners of the Oakland Athletics were touring the Howard Terminal site on Thursday, possibly to move a new baseball stadium there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Horse Deaths Prompt Track Changes, Call for Investigation]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:10:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/11PW_VO_DEL_MAR_RACE_TR_KNSD55XH_1200x675_353914947846.jpg

So many horses have died at Del Mar this season, a California lawmaker is calling for a state investigation and track managers have decided to delay the start of the 2017 racing season.

Animal advocates claim 19 race horses have been euthanized since the summer season of racing at Del Mar began on Friday, July 15. According to the track president, the number of horses euthanized due to injury this season is 12.

According to the state’s weekly reports, 16 horses have died since the season began.

Both sides agree the loss of one horse is too many.

On Thursday, former California State Assembly member Lori Saldana urged the California Horse Racing Board to investigate deaths and injuries at Del Mar.

“No spectator sport should ever have to put up with this type of loss of animals especially when it happens in view of families that are here for race day,” Saldana said.

She cited recent changes at SeaWorld San Diego and traveling circuses as evidence that there has been a shift when it comes to interacting with animals during our leisure time.

“It could be that people’s attitudes are changing,” she added.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), facing increased criticism over the deaths, will push back the 2017 season start date and implement new biomarker technology on horses next year.

Track president Joe Harper said both moves are to prevent further deaths.

“Believe me, when one [horse] is injured, we all feel it,” Harper said.

After an early rash of horses suffering fatal injuries at the track, Harper brought in a specialist who studied the turf. The expert found it was “where it should be,” Harper said.

Harper said he also added more veterinarians to check the horses. Every horse is examined at least three times a day, he said, in the morning, in the afternoon in the receiving barn and again in the paddock to ensure they warm up properly.

In 2017, Del Mar will schedule Opening Day later in the summer to give horses a chance to adjust to the track, Harper said.

The club will also start a program using biomarker technology on the horses through funding with the Jockey Club and the DMTC. Blood samples will be taken from competition horses, according to Harper, giving them a picture of what’s going on with the horse before and after the race.

“This is a fairly new procedure,” he said. “I think it will certainly tell us a lot about what’s in these horses as they get to the starting gate.”

The first fatality happened on Opening Day when a horse named Presidential Air “broke down badly” in the sixth race according to the Daily Forum. The horse was euthanized.

On July 21, Pacific Swell broke down in the fifth race.

On July 23, the Los Angeles Times reported that Dutchessa collapsed 40 yards past the finish line during Race 2 and had to be euthanized.

On July 24, Fasnacloich broke down in the second race and was euthanized according to the track steward’s minutes.

On August 11, Summer Scorcher was euthanized after breaking down in Race 6.

On August 12, Hadfunlastnight was pulled post-race and euthanized according to the track steward’s minutes.

The Jockey Club monitors injuries and fatalities on tracks and offers a set of statistics for Del Mar from 2015. In 60 race days, there were 10 fatalities. The year before, in 2014, there were nine fatalities in 51 days.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Complete Sweep of Padres]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SchimpfSlugging.jpg

The Padres must be pretty happy to see the Cubs leave town.

Chicago finished off a sweep of the Friars Wednesday afternoon with a 6-3 victory at Petco Park behind another strong pitching performance by Kyle Hendricks.

Hendricks kept the Friars to just two runs during the first six frames and left with eight punchouts and a 5-2 lead.

MVP candidate Kris Bryant and fellow Cubs All-Star Addison Russell did not hit homers this time (like they did in the first two meetings) but the visitors were able to take the lead just three batters into the first inning and never trailed the rest of the way.

Ben Zobrist smacked a two-run triple to the gap in right and the Cubs already were in front before Paul Clemens and the Padres even recorded an out.

In fact, in all three contests, San Diego never held the lead against the visitors.

Chicago outscored the Friars 16-7 during the series and stretched the gap in the NL Central division to 14 games over the Cardinals.

Hendricks improved to 12-7 with the victory while Andy Green’s squad fell to just 3-7 in its last 10 ball games.

One bright spot in Wednesday’s loss was Travis Jankowski. The Padres centerfielder extended his on-base streak to 23 consecutive games and contributed two hits.

Jankowski singled in his first at-bat and later led off the 3rd with a double and scored on a triple by All-Star Wil Myers.

Infielder Ryan Schimpf also contributed a double and a triple.

Clemens allowed five runs (four earned) and struck out six in 5.1 innings of work. He fell to 2-3 and has an ERA of 5.06.

San Diego is off Thursday and begins a 9-game road trip Friday in Miami.

Jarred Cosart will start for the Padres while the Marlins give the ball to David Phelps.



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<![CDATA[Chargers Defensive Tackle to Serve Four Game Suspension]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:42:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-502137534.jpg

Wednesday was a busy day at Chargers Park.

Hours after the San Diego Chargers released a statement on their status with first round draft pick Joey Bosa; the team announced defensive tackle Damion Square will be suspended without pay for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse program.

According to the Chargers, Square will miss the first four games of the 2016 regular season. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Oct. 3, after the Bolts’ game against the New Orleans Saints.

The Chargers released an official statement on Square’s suspension saying,

“While disappointed to hear the news today about Damion, we support and respect the league's decision. We are confident that he will learn from this and what is expected of him moving forward.”

Square also commented on his suspension saying, “I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Chargers organization as well as the fans. I made a mistake and take full responsibility. I look forward to returning in Week 5 and doing whatever I can do to help the team."

Media reports indicate that Square failed to take a drug test. Failure to submit to a drug test results in an automatic four-game suspension under NFL rules.

Square is entering his third season with the Chargers and fourth in the NFL. The defensive tackle is eligible to take part in preseason practices and games. The Chargers next preseason game is against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that Square did not take a drug test.



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<![CDATA[Chargers: Bosa Rejects Our 'Best Offer' ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:40:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Joey+Bosa+At+Draft+With+Goodell.jpg

Defensive lineman Joey Bosa, the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, has rejected the most recent offer from the San Diego Chargers, one the team described as their "best offer."

"We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today," the team announced in a written release Wednesday.

In an unusual move, the team released what was in the offer:

  • An initial signing bonus payment larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.
  • More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).
  • The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).

When Chargers camp opened in July, Bosa was no where to be seen and Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was not happy about it.

As NBC 7 Sportswrap reported, Bosa wants more of the bonus money paid earlier in the contract and to have what’s known as offset language where he can get paid by two teams if he’s released before the contract expires.

The team said all summer that it would negotiate the first point but would not negotiate the second point.

As of Wednesday, the team said they would restructure an offer now that they feel the rookie can not contribute for the whole season without time spent in camp and in preseason games.

Less than an hour after the team released its statement, fans reacted on Facebook and Twitter with strong opinions, both in favor of Bosa and against him.



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<![CDATA[LA Dubs 8/24 'Kobe Bryant Day']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:53:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-Day-8-24-LA.jpg

Will Kobe Bryant go into the Hall of Fame wearing the No. 8 or the No. 24?

Los Angeles City Council members decided not to pick one or the other and instead opted to honor Bryant's early years donning the no. 8 en route to three NBA titles and also the no. 24, which collected two NBA championships, simultaneously.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, which can be abbreviated as "8/24," will be "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles when Councilman Jose Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Curren Price introduce a resolution at Wednesday's LA City Council meeting.

Bryant is having a busy week, as the 37-year-old rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, revealing a $100 million venture capital firm that bears his name.

Then, Tuesday, Aug. 23 is Bryant's 38th birthday.

On Wednesday, the "Black Mamba" will get a belated birthday present of sorts when he is honored by the City of Angels for his contributions on the court, as well as his philanthropic efforts off the court. Bryant has championed the fight against homelessness as well as the created a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need. Over the course of his public life, Bryant has been involved in numerous charitable causes and regularly volunteered to help "Make-a-Wish" for sick kids.

"Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant's 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and 'Kobe Bryant Day' is the City of Los Angeles' way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles," Huizar said in a statement. "For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe's incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we'll gather to say, 'Thank you, Mamba.'"

Bryant expects to be present at LA City Hall on Wednesday morning.



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<![CDATA[New Name for White Sox Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:47:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/us+cellular+field+GettyImages-520000826.jpg

Chicago White Sox fans will have a new corporate name attached to their home stadium next season, as the team has sold naming rights for their ballpark to Guaranteed Rate, the team announced Wednesday.

The stadium, currently known as U.S. Cellular Field, will become Guaranteed Rate Field on Nov. 1 as part of a new 13-year contract that the White Sox signed with the mortgage company, according to a statement released by the club.

"We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field," chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in the statement. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the name change during a board meeting, the statement said. Financial terms of the deal between the White Sox and Guaranteed Rate were not disclosed.

The White Sox retained an option under the team’s lease for the ballpark, which could extend the deal an additional year through 2030.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to be part of the White Sox family," president & CEO of Guaranteed Rate Victor Ciardelli said. "It really is a dream come true to have the Guaranteed Rate name on a hometown Chicago ballpark."

"We love this city and its baseball fans, and couldn’t be happier to partner with an iconic team and a legendary owner in Jerry Reinsdorf," Ciardelli added. "We look forward to many great years of White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field."



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<![CDATA[Park View Little League’s Run Comes To An End]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:27:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Park+view+watch+party.jpg

Park View Little League lost to Goodlettsville, Tennessee 4-2 in seven innings in Tuesday's elimination game at the Little League World Series.

Lucas Marrujo hit a clutch 2-run homer for Park View in the bottom of the 5th inning to tie things up after Tennessee scored once in the 2nd and added another on a solo homer in the top of the 5th.

But Tyler Jones smacked the go-ahead solo shot in the top of the 7th inning to help Tennessee pull away. Goodlettsville added an insurance run before closing it out in the bottom half of the frame.

With the loss, the West champs from Chula Vista were knocked out of the double elimination tournament.

The game was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed because of rain and games being made up from the weekend.

Many fans that didn't make the trip to Pennsylvania gathered in Otay Ranch Tuesday to cheer on their local team.

Park View bounced back from its opening loss to Iowa with a 5-0 win Saturday against a team from San Antonio, Texas before falling on Tuesday.

Tennessee will face Iowa on Wednesday in another elimination game.



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<![CDATA[Kris Bryant is Feeling Right at Home at Petco Park]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:41:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/190*120/GettyImages-594434018.jpg

The Padres were hoping Kris Bryant’s trip back to his old stomping grounds wouldn’t be so comfortable, but after two games against the team with the best record in the league, it’s clear the USD star and the rest of the Chicago Cubs are thoroughly enjoying their time in America’s Finest City.

Left handed pitcher Christian Friedrich was on the hill for the Friars. Friedrich lasted six innings before he was replaced by Brandon Morrow. Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta held the Padres to just two hits over the course of eight innings at Petco Park.

It was a scoreless game until the top of third inning when Bryant blasted a home run into left field to get the Cubs on the board first, 1-0. That score would hold until the fifth inning when Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist doubled to deep right center and brought in Bryant. Shortly after, Cubs infielder Addison Russell hit a two run homer to put Chicago up 4-0.

A sacrifice fly to center field by Bryant in the sixth inning brought in Arrieta to give the Cubs the healthy 5-0 lead. The fans were likely to starting to feel a bit of Deja-vu from Monday’s game.

The Padres rallied in the ninth inning to bring in three runs in a wild attempt to save this game. However, the damage was already done. The Friars avoided the shut out but dropped their second game in a row against the Cubs with a final score of 5-3. They will close out the series against Chicago and a week-long homestand on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Bryant’s Cubs Clobber Padres]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:19:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KrisBryantHRPadres.jpg

Former University of San Diego star Kris Bryant bashed his National League-leading 32nd home run of the season Monday night as the Cubs beat the Padres 5-1.

Bryant went yard in the 5th inning to give Chicago a 3-0 advantage. He tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL-lead with the towering blast.

Jason Heyward followed suit a couple batters later with a two-run bomb that extended the visitors lead to 5-0.

The Padres avoided the shutout in the 7th when Ryan Schimpf scampered home and scored on a wild pitch, but other than that, Jon Lester and the Chicago bullpen held the Padres offense in check.

Lester pitched six innings and struck out eight batters while allowing just one run on five hits.

Edwin Jackson made the start for the Friars against one of his many former teams but gave up three total home runs. Addison Russell went yard with nobody aboard in the 2nd to start the scoring.

Infielder Luis Sardinas also made his Padres debut and made a difficult catch in the 4th inning in shallow right field while colliding with a sliding Patrick Kivlehan.

The two rookies appeared to emerge from the dicey collision unscathed and with just dirty uniforms.

Sardinas batted 8th in the lineup and finished 1-3 with a strikeout.

Travis Jankowski has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games which is currently the longest streak of that kind in the majors.

Despite the loss, the Padres are still 18-5 this year when Jankowski steals a base.

The Padres will try again Tuesday when Christian Friedrich and Jake Arrieta take the mound.



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<![CDATA[Gulls Will Open Season At Home]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:30:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gulls+Goal+Kossila.png

Football season is already here but hockey is also just around the corner.

The second season for the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League begins in less than two months and the home opener will be Friday, October 14th against the Tucson Roadrunners.

That game will mark the AHL debut of the Roadrunners after the Arizona Coyotes affiliate moved to the desert from Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Gulls will actually play their first four contests on home ice including their second game that same weekend on Saturday, October 15 against their rivals from Ontario.

The Texas Stars will visit the following Saturday on October 22 and Stockton will come to America’s Finest City the following Wednesday, October 26.

After the first homestand of the season wraps up, the Gulls will make their first Canadian road trip when they pay the Manitoba Moose a visit for a couple of games on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29.

Those contests will take place in Winnipeg in the same arena that the NHL’s Jets call home.

San Diego will also be home on Veterans Day which is Friday, November 11 and the day after Christmas on December 26.

For the full schedule click here.

San Diego will also play a pair of preseason games against their rivals from Ontario.

The Gulls will play the Reign in Ontario in a Thursday matinee at 10 a.m.

The two teams will face-off again on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

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<![CDATA[Back From Rio, Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:58:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/feigen-lochte-conger-bentz.jpg

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.



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<![CDATA['Final Five' Set to Tour US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:20:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16236682575231.jpg

The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

"I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

"She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

"There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

"Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

"Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

"It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 



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<![CDATA[Park View Little League’s Game Gets Moved]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Williamsprt.jpg

The Park View Little Leaguers will take the field Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. after Monday’s contest was postponed due to rain and games being made up from the weekend.

Park View will face the Southeast champs from Goodlettsville, Tennessee in an elimination game in the consolation bracket.

Tennessee lost to Endwell, New York Monday to fall into the consolation bracket. That game was originally scheduled for Sunday as some teams were still making up for lost time due to the weather conditions.

Since it is a double elimination tournament and both Park View and Goodlettsville are 1-1, the winner will still have a chance to work its way forward in the bracket.

Park View lost its first game in Williamsport 5-1 against a team from Iowa last Friday but bounced back with a 5-0 victory over a squad from San Antonio, Texas.



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<![CDATA[MJ's Minute-Chargers Tight End Hunter Henry is Stepping Up His Game]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:10:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MJsMinuteHunterHenry_1200x675_748873795535.jpg In this edition of MJ's Minute Chargers rookie tight end Hunter Henry is stepping up his game ahead of his first season in the NFL, plus the Gulls announce their 2016 schedule. ]]> <![CDATA[Raisman Says Yes to Date]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:46:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB+RAW+UNDERWOOD+ASKING+ALY+FB+-+00001703.jpg

Aly Raisman caught the attention of many with her incredible performance at the Rio Olympics, especially Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, who hopes to snag a date with the gymnast the next time she’s in San Jose.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Raisman watched a recorded video of Underwood congratulating her hard work at the Olympics, and took the opportunity to ask her out on a double date with long snapper Andrew East the next time she’s in San Jose.

East also happens to be married to 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Raisman’s friend.

Raisman giggled and said she would go out with him.

In September, Raisman and the Final Five team will be in San Jose for their champions tour. Maybe Underwood will make an appearance and snag Raisman for that date.

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<![CDATA[Rookies Lead Padres to Series Win]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:14:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-593254776.jpg

When the Padres made all those moves running up to the trade deadline and said they were going with a youth movement, they were not kidding. And you know what? It’s actually been really fun to watch.

The Friars started five rookies again on Sunday and the kids went bonkers in a 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks at Petco Park. How about this for some symmetry: the five rookies combined for five RBI and five runs scored.

Travis Jankowski started the scoring with a 2-run home run in the third inning, his second homer of the year. The rookie centerfielder has reached base safely in 20 straight games. The big fly gave fellow rookie Luis Perdomo a lead to work with and the 23-year-old right-hander just picked apart the Arizona lineup.

Perdomo made by far the best start of his career, going 7.0 innings, striking out (you guessed it) five without a walk. The five hits he allowed were all singles and the only run he allowed was unearned. Interestingly, it was Perdomo who made the error that led to the run so the last two nights the Diamondbacks scored a total of three runs, all of them unearned, and all of them due to errors by Padres pitchers.

In the fifth inning Adam Rosales (not a rookie) tripled home Patrick Kivlehan (rookie) to put the Padres up 3-0. Then Perdomo helped himself with a base hit to bring home Rosales and run the lead to 4-0. The Padres put it out of reach in the 6th inning when Alex Dickerson (rookie) hit a solo home run, his 8th of the year. A few batters later Kivlehan added another RBI single to make it 7-0 Padres.

Kivlehan, who homered and singled in his big league debut on Saturday, had a pair of hits on Sunday. He’s off to a decent start with four hits in his first six MLB at-bats.

The Padres take three of four games in the series, giving them a two-game lead on Arizona in the battle to stay out of the National League West basement. San Diego opens a 3-game set against the Chicago Cubs, owners of the best record in baseball, on Monday night at Petco Park. Former Cub Edwin Jackson takes the mound against All-Star Jon Lester.



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<![CDATA[Padres Throw Away a Win]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:21:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/187*120/GettyImages-592606648.jpg

With the success guys like Ryan Schimpf and Travis Jankowski have had this year we've kind of grown accustomed to seeing Padres rookies play well. On Saturday night at Petco Park the Padres lost to the Diamondbacks 2-1 but another youngster added his name to the list of rookies who announced their presence with authority.

Patrick Kivlehan made his big league debut and in his second career MLB at-bat he went big fly. Like, really big fly. Kivlehan ripped a Robbie Ray offering in to the left field seats for a 451-foot home run, his first Major League hit. Kivlehan, who just joined the Padres organization after the Mariners put him on waivers a couple of weeks ago, had two of his new team’s three hits.

His blast was the only run the Padres scored but at least it was earned. Both runs the Diamondbacks got came courtesy of errors by starting pitcher Clayton Richard.

Arizona put runners on base in the 5th and 6th innings and both times Richard got a comebacker that should have been a double play ball. But both times the Richard threw the ball wide of 2nd base and in to centerfield. Both miscues led to Arizona runs.

The Diamondbacks had a 2-1 lead in the 8th inning but it looked like the lead was going to evaporate. Kivlehan singled, Adam Rosales doubled and Travis Jankowski walked to load the bases with nobody out. Then the Padres went around the horn in a bad way. Alexei Ramirez popped out to third, Wil Myers lined out to second and Yangervis Solarte fouled out to first to end the threat.

The Padres can still win the 4-game series on Sunday. Luis Perdomo takes the mound against Braden Shipley.



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<![CDATA[Stadium Project Estimate Is $400M Short: Taxpayer Group]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:34:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ChargersStadiumRenderings4222016_3.jpg

The Chargers have just picked up more organized opposition to their downtown stadium plan -- this time, from the influential San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

And the team's not pulling its punches in response.

The Chargers refused to meet with the Taxpayers Association, or share their numbers behind the stadium initiative --Prop. C on the November ballot.

So the nonprofit group says it gave the team's publicly stated "assumptions" the benefit of the doubt, and even so came to a troubling conclusion.

“We still have a shortfall of at least $400 million, not including the interest on the public bonds that would be issued to construct said facility," SDCTA president Haney Hong told NBC 7 in an interview Monday.

In other words, on a undertaking estimated at $1.8 billion dollars, that works out to a 35 percent cost overrun on the city's portion of $1.2 billion.

Haney says San Diego's general fund would be on the hook -- not private investors, as the Chargers claim -- because the city would be marketing the revenue bonds.

The nonprofit group also raised concerns about the cost projections for acquiring the East Village property needed for the project, which includes a Convention Center annex that's opposed by Comic-Con and the tourism industry.

Chargers fan groups cite the risk that San Diego could lose the team if Prop. C fails to get the two-thirds voter majority required for passage.

"What we're seeing with this report is a targeted political attack more so than anything that is really looking out for the taxpayers,” says David Agranoff, co-founder of the “Save our Bolts” organization. “Because what we have here in the Chargers plan is something that greatly benefits the taxpayers of this city."

Also in response, the Chargers' special adviser on Prop. C -- Fred Maas -- issued a caustic statement denouncing the Taxpayers' findings: "I would call this report rubbish, but it would be an insult to the hard-working refuse collectors in San Diego … they manufactured a financial report which couldn’t pass for a 3rd grade arithmetic homework assignment.”



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<![CDATA[Nike's Gold Medal Newborn Giveaway]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:27:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Elena+Delle+Donne+Baby+Nikes+Medal.jpg

One of Delaware's most famous athletes took home gold at the Rio Olympics and that means each baby born Saturday in her hometown hospital is taking home a pair of sweet sneakers.

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and the U.S. basketball team took home gold in dominating fashion Saturday – beating Spain by 29 points — and in honor of that big win, the parents of every child born at Christiana Hospital in New Castle County, Delaware, on the gold medal day got a special gift Sunday.

The bright green Nike kicks — with an orange swoosh — came with a special notice mentioning Delle Donne being born in the same hospital on Sept. 5, 1989.  It just so happens that Delle Donne is a spokeswoman for the hospital as well as Nike.

"It all starts now. 26 years ago, it started in Wilmington for a little champ just like you," read the message. "And today, Elena Delle Donne conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that could be you. Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential. Whatever you decide, get up. Get out. And get started. Life moves fast. And in these, it will move a little faster. Just do it. Unlimited future."

The hospital, which says it delivers more than 6,000 babies each year, said it gave out around three dozens pairs of sneakers. Other hospitals in other athletes' hometowns, including Delle Donne's teammate Brittney Griner's birthplace, also had similar Nike promotions.

The hospital said it's "#DelawareProud" and can't wait to see what this next generation of Delawareans accomplish.

No word yet if any of the newborns have a jump shot.



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<![CDATA[Watch: Meb Keflezighi Does Push Ups at Finish Line]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:42:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meb-Finish-Line-Olympics.jpg
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<![CDATA[Think You Remember the Rio Olympics? Take the Quiz]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:16:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/michael-phelps-200m-im-web-aptopix-rio-olympics-_webf-5.jpg

For 17 days in August, athletes from around the world competed in Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate prize in sports: an Olympic gold medal.

You probably didn't win gold yourself, but you can try to get the next best thing by acing our Olympics quiz.

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<![CDATA[A Very Premature Look at the 2018 Winter Olympics]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:14:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mikGettyImages-516484680.jpg

The Rio Olympics just ended and it's summer, so is it too soon to think about the Winter Olympics? Of course not!

Here's a look at the United States and its prospects for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony is just 536 days away.

FIGURE SKATING

The USA’s strongest competitors in Sochi were the ice-dancing duos of Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and the brother-sister pairing of Alex and Maia Shibutani — known as the Shib Sibs.

Davis and White have not said for sure they’ll return to defend their gold medals in Pyeongchang, but they've kept sharp. Meanwhile, the Shib Sibs got a silver medal at world championships in 2016 and fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates got bronze there.

In the individual events, the USA will be trying to get back on the podium. Ashley Wagner ended a 10-year drought for women at worlds and Olympics when she won silver at 2016 worlds in Boston.

ALPINE SKIING

Lindsey Vonn missed the Sochi Games but has already been to Pyeongchang to check out the ski runs. She could be looking to end her storied career on a positive note at the Olympics in 2018.

Mikaela Shiffrin, meanwhile, has been up her usual dominating ways in the slalom — she won all five World Cup races she entered this season. But a knee injury caused her to miss plenty of races, too. If she’s healthy for Pyeongchang she could be one of the Games’ biggest stars. On the men’s side, Ted Ligety was the only American to win a race in the World Cup, though Andrew Weibrecht and Steven Nyman also found the podium. 

ICE HOCKEY

The shape of this tournament will be largely determined by whether the National Hockey League continues to release players. If it does, Canada will be expected to win the gold medal for a third straight Olympics.

Other contenders will be Sweden, Russia and the United States. Finland is coming off a gold medal at the world junior championships and has some of the best goaltenders in the NHL. If the NHL declines to participate, the medal chances of the North American teams go down, to the benefit of Sweden, Russia and Finland.

In the women’s tournament, the USA and Canada will be the teams to beat. Canada will be aiming for a fifth straight Olympic gold medal, while the U.S. also has made the podium every time since 1998. 

SPEED SKATING

The USA almost has to do better in these events in South Korea, if only because Sochi was such a fiasco — no Americans medaled for the first time in 30 years. That said, Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson Bergsma are coming off excellent World Cup seasons, while Joey Mantia set personal bests at three distances in the fall.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

The USA continues to slowly improve in the nordic disciplines. Kikkan Randall has been the face of the team for years, but in January, Sophie Caldwell won a World Cup sprint event, joining Randall as the only American women to win a race on the circuit. 

OTHER SPORTS

Unlike the speed skaters, the American sliding sporst athletes had a bumper crop of seven medals in Sochi in bobsled, skeleton and even luge. Elana Meyers Taylor improved on her Vancouver bronze with a silver in two-woman bobsled. She also just won bronze at the 2016 world championships. … Snowboarders get another chance at a medal since the addition of Big Air as a discipline. Shaun White flamed out in Sochi but says he plans to come back and compete in 2018 … American 22-year-old Ashley Caldwell joined 2014 silver medalist Devin Logan as a force to be reckoned with in freestyle skiing this season.

— Denis P. Gorman contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Trailblazers, Record-Setters and More: Rio's Top Moments]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:27:24 -0700 first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592597200.jpg

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<![CDATA[Simone Selfies Dominate Rio Closing Ceremony]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:05:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16235012101506.jpg

Being the flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony has its privileges. But it also makes you stick out in the crowd.

Simone Biles knows this firsthand after carrying the American flag during the Rio finale Sunday night. While it was an honor to carry the flag, it also meant that selfie seekers could track her down pretty easily.

Many fellow Olympians wanted to take a picture with Biles after her outstanding gymnastics performance during the 2016 Olympics. Seems like she won over as many fans outside of the U.S. as she did stateside.

Here's a sampling of the pictures that showed up on social media:

And while Biles dominated the selfie lines, don't count out our little Tongan friend:



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<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:19:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-589397774.jpg

Here’s a look ahead at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of August 22nd-28th.

PADRES: The Friars split the week between home and road series. Monday-Wednesday the Chicago Cubs head to Petco Park before the Padres head to Miami to play the Marlins Friday-Sunday.

CHARGERS: The Bolts also hit the road this week. Sunday they’re in Minnesota to face the Vikings in preseason play. Sunday also marks the return of Football Night in San Diego. Tune in after the Bengals at Jaguars game, kick off is at 5 p.m. local time.



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<![CDATA[Biggest Letdowns of the 2016 Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:52:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/587771844-olympics-hope-solo-rio-colombia.jpg There were plenty of winners during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but there were also plenty of disappointments. Some of the world's best athletes left Brazil without the medals they dreamed about, and instead were left with bitter tastes in their mouths.

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<![CDATA[Rio's Goodbye Party: Images from the Closing Ceremony]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:52:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593262134.jpg After 2 weeks of intense competition, one last celebration in Rio.

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<![CDATA[Most Painful Moments of Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:51:30 -0700 when he fractured his tibia while trying to land on vault. Despite his leg being bent grotesquely at a nearly 90-degree angle, Said is already planning a comeback for the 2020 Games.]]> when he fractured his tibia while trying to land on vault. Despite his leg being bent grotesquely at a nearly 90-degree angle, Said is already planning a comeback for the 2020 Games.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/french-gymnast.jpg There were plenty thrills of victory at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but there were also many agonies of defeat (and a few slips and stumbles thrown in for good measure). Here are some of the moments we will always remember, but a few images we'd really like to forget.

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<![CDATA['Maybe They Will Kill Me': Runner Stages Protest in Rio]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:06:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593225412.jpg

When Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa raised his hands at the marathon finish line in Rio on Sunday, he wasn't just celebrating his silver medal in the grueling race.

The long-distance runner crossed his wrists high above his head as a sign of protest against the killings and arrests that have been carried out by Ethiopia's government. 

The gesture, he said, could get him killed.

"If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed maybe they will put me in prison," Lilesa said, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. "[If] they [do] not put me in prison they will block me at airport." 

"I have got a decision," he added. "Maybe I move to another country."

According to Human Rights Watch, the Ethiopian government has killed an estimated 400 people, and injured thousands more since November 2015 for participating in protests in the Oromo region. The demonstrators protested plans by the capital, Addis Ababa, to expand its territory into adjacent Oromia lands, which would displace farmers. The Oromo people are the country's largest ethnic group.

The government's proposal has since been retracted, but the protesters have remained jailed. 

Earlier in August, hundreds took the streets to demanded the release of those detained during the Oromo protests earlier this year.

In a statement, Amnesty International said at least 67 people were killed in the Oromia region alone when security forces fired on protesters, and that another at least 30 were shot and killed in the northern city of Bahir Dar in early August. The rights group cited "credible sources" and said hundreds of people were detained.

An opposition politician, Mulatu Gemechu of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, told The Associated Press that more than 70 people were killed across Oromia. "Many others were injured, and we have lost count of the number of those who were arrested," he said.

The Obama administration's top official promoting democracy and human rights, Tom Malinowski, said in a column published by AllAfrica.com that the Ethiopian government's tactics in response to protests are "self-defeating." 

He said "security forces have continued to use excessive force to prevent Ethiopians from congregating peacefully, killing and injuring many people and arresting thousands. We believe thousands of Ethiopians remain in detention for alleged involvement in the protests - in most cases without having been brought before a court, provided access to legal counsel, or formally charged with a crime."

Lilesa told The Sydney Morning Herald that the government had removed people from their land and then jailed or killed them for protesting.

A video posted to YouTube in June showed protesters making the same gesture as Lilesa did on Sunday before some of them were gunned down.  

He said he wanted to express support for his family members who were illegally jailed.

"I was protesting for my people," Lilesa said.

He repeated his protest again on the medal podium. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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