<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Sports News, Photos, and Scores for the Padres, Chargers and More]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:03:20 -0700 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:03:20 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New Info on Del Mar Horse Deaths]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:57:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6PY_VO_DEL_MAR_HORSE_DE_KNSD4GSN_1200x675_312812611676.jpg

NBC 7 has learned new details about four horses that died at the Del Mar Race Track this season and as it turns out, one expert says the deaths cannot be attributed to track or turf surfaces.

NBC 7 obtained from The California Horse Racing Board the results of four necropsies. The horse names have been redacted but the necropsies state that two of those four horses died suddenly.

There is no exact determination by the attending veterinarian but Equine Medical Director, Dr. Rick Arthur, said the deaths were presumably heart attack.

Another horse died in its stall of unknown causes and the fourth broke loose from its rider, crashed into a fence and injured its leg so bad that it was euthanized.

Dr. Arthur said none of these deaths can be attributed to track surfaces.

Dr. Arthur said determining the track surface is the origin of severe injury is difficult. He said that in 95 percent of cases where horses are euthanized because of injury, there is some pre-existing condition that contributes to it.

Enhanced necropsies are being performed on six other horses that died this season at Del Mar. The results are part of a state investigation into this unusual number of fatalities at the famous seaside track.

Those results aren’t expected for several weeks.

In late July, following the deaths of seven horses, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club closed its track for about a week so crews could inspect the turf and prevent further equine injuries.

However, the track’s re-opening led to another serious horse injury, prompting track officials to close it yet again on Aug. 1 for another week for aggressive maintenance. A track consultant was also hired.

<![CDATA[Rivera's Walk-Off Beats Brewers ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:30:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/despaigne+mets+preview.jpg

Trailing the Brewers 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning it didn't look good for the Padres. But their fortunes changed with one swing of the bat. Francisco Rodriguez threw a fastball over the plate and Rivera deposited it into the left field bleachers at Petco Park. The lead-off homer, Rivera's th of the season, tied the game.

An inning later it was Rivera again to the rescue. His two out single in the 10th won it for the Padres 3-2. Starter Odrisamer Despaigne pitched well for the Friars. He went seven innings, allowed just one earned run and struck out nine.

The Padres are off on Thursday. They host the Dodgers in a weekend series beginning Friday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[USC Player Suspended for Lie]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:21:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/USC+Josh+Shaw.jpg

A USC football player and co-captain admitted on Wednesday that he lied when he said he hurt his ankles while jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew from a pool, the player said in a statement from his attorney.

Senior cornerback Josh Shaw first told USC's Ripsit Blog that he jumped off the balcony on Aug. 23, landed on the concrete and crawled into the pool to rescue the child, suffering the sprains as a result of the jump.

But on Wednesday, Shaw admitted that the story was "made up," and school officials called it "a complete fabrication."

"On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong not to tell the truth," Shaw said Wednesday in statement from his lawyer. "I apologize to USC for this action on my part."

"My USC coaches, the USC Athletic Department, and espcially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful," the statement continued.

The Ripsit blog has since deleted its initial story about the rescue. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, school officials said.

"We are extremely disappointed in Josh," USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a school statement."He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story."Sarkisian said earlier Wednesday that the campus was looking into phone calls that disputed Shaw's account of what happened.

"I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized," Sarkisian said in the statement Wednesday. "Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him."

The football player's sister, Asia Shaw, shared her reaction with NBC4: "I support him with whatever he does 100 percent – 110 percent."

Carmen Trutanich, who represented USC football players before serving as Los Angeles city attorney, says Shaw may have felt pressured to lie.

"It was a kid afraid of telling the coach, 'Hey coach I got hurt doing something stupid,'" Trutanich said. Trutanich is not representing Shaw.

Students were surprised to hear their fellow Trojan lied.

"I'm shocked," one student said. "I didn't think he'd be capable of doing something like that."

"I think that's just really disappointing, because we all thought he was a hero," another student said.

On Tuesday, Sarkisian defended Shaw and said he had "no reason, no history to not believe Josh."

Los Angeles police told NBC4 on Tuesday they had not had any contact with Shaw, but they did take a burglary report Aug. 23, the same night of his fall, in which the victim named Shaw as her boyfriend.

"He is not listed as a suspect, and police had no contact with him," LAPD Officer Sara Faden told NBC4. "His name is just listed in the body of a police report."

Officers responded to the call about 11 p.m., Faden said. While officers were speaking with people outside, a resident returned and spoke to police.

They asked her about her roommates and "people in her life," and she mentioned Shaw as her boyfriend, Faden said.

Conan Nolan and Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: USC Athletics]]>
<![CDATA[Images: Encinitas Little League All-Stars]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:50:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/encinitas-little-league8063.jpg Images of the Encinitas Little League All-Stars

Photo Credit: NBC 7 ]]>
<![CDATA[Coach: "Conflicting Stories" Around USC Player's Injuries]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:23:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/USC+Josh+Shaw.jpg

USC's football coach said there are "quite a few conflicting stories out there" Wednesday when he addressed questions about a senior cornerback who is sidelined indefinitely after suffering ankle sprains that the player says occurred when he jumped from a second-floor balcony to rescue his nephew from a swimming pool.

Senior cornerback Josh Shaw told USC's Ripsit Blog that he was on the second-floor balcony of his cousin’s Palmdale apartment on Aug. 23 when he saw his 7-year-old nephew struggling in the pool. Shaw told the blog, which is run by USC's athletics department, that he jumped off the balcony, landed on the concrete and crawled into the pool to rescue the child, suffering the sprains as a result of the jump.

But in a press availability before practice Tuesday, coach Steve Sarkisian said he received "a few phone calls contradicting" Shaw's account.

"Josh is adamant with what occurred," Sarkisian said. "We'll continue to vet some of the other stories that have come across our desk and our phones and see where we can go from there."

Sarkisian declined to elaborate on the details of the contradictory accounts during a Wedenesday media avialability. He said the team will let the investigation by campus officials "play out."

"We're in somewhat of a holding pattern," Sarkisian said. "My main focus is on going out and playing a great football game Saturday. As much as we have the situation with Josh, I've got another 104 players in that locker room that I'm getting prepared to play.

"We've put in too much work over the last nine months to let an hour or two of social media and internet reports from us being a great football team."

A Los Angeles County fire official said the agency had no record of a call for service for a drowning either Saturday or Sunday in the Palmdale area. There was also no record of any call for service regarding a bilateral leg injury, the fire official said.

It is possible that both Shaw and the nephew were driven to the hospital, in which case there would be no 911 record, a fire official said.

The nephew was physically ok, but reportedly "traumatized," the blog reported.

"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw told the blog Monday. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."

Shaw was named a team captain Saturday evening, just hours before he was hurt, the blog reported.

Sarkisian told reporters he believes his player.

"Josh Shaw, first and foremost, is a good person, he's a good kid," Sarkisian said. "He came to us with what had occurred Saturday night, and I have no reason, no history to not believe Josh and his story of what has occurred."

Sarkisian said they would look into the calls about what happened.

Los Angeles police said Tuesday they had not had any contact with Shaw, but they did take a burglary report Aug. 23 in which the victim named Shaw as her boyfriend.

"He is not listed as a suspect, and police had no contact with him," LAPD Officer Sara Faden told NBC4. "His name is just listed in the body of a police report."

Officers responded to the call about 11 p.m., Faden said. While officers were speaking with people outside, a resident returned and spoke to police.

They asked her about her roommates and "people in her life," and she mentioned Shaw as her boyfriend, Faden said.

Andrew Blankstein and Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: USC Athletics]]>
<![CDATA[More Charger Moves]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:05:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/105611481453892991546434143778174n.jpg

The biggest new from Chargers Park is that veteran Jeromey Clary will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform, or PUP list. That means he can't play for the first six weeks of the regular season. The offensive lineman is still recovering from off-season hip surgery. So expect Johnnie Troutman to start at right guard.

Marcus Cromartie, Kwame Geathers and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe were put on injured reserve. Veteran cornerback Brandon Ghee was released. The big cut is Saturday when all teams must get down to 53-players.

The Chargers will hold a walk-through practice Wednesday at MCAS Miramar. It is scheduled for 10:30-11:30 am followed by an autograph opportunity for Marines, sailors and their families.

Photo Credit: nbcsandiego/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Ross Leads Padres Past Brewers]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:55:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tyson+ross+reds+start.jpg

Padres ace Tyson Ross provided the pitching. Outfielder Abraham Almonte provided the offense. The result was a 4-1 Padres win Tuesday night at Petco Park to even the series with Milwaukee at a game apiece.

Ross (12-12) pitched into the seventh inning and allowed just one run and four hits. It was Ross' 13th quality start in a row, extending his Padres record. Almonte homered in the first, had a pair of RBI's and scored twice.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hernandez Evidence to Be Tossed]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:41:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP296842589971.jpg

A Massachusetts judge has allowed some evidence to be suppressed in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, court documents show.

The former star Patriots tight end had asked the court to suppress the evidence — an iPhone, a Blackberry, an iPad and two iPad minis — which was obtained when his home was searched last June after the killing of Odin Lloyd.

Defense lawyers argued that that evidence was not part of the original search warrant and that a state trooper did not have the proper paperwork when he entered Hernandez's home.

Tuesday, the Bristol County Superior Court granted that motion, allowing that evidence to be thrown out.

Earlier this month, the court denied Hernandez's motion to exclude a digital video recorder, a hard drive and Hernandez's cell phone.

The hard drive allegedly contains files showing Hernandez holding the murder weapon and his movements around the time of the murder. The phone, according to prosecutors, had text messages Hernandez sent to Lloyd, as well as the former NFL star's alleged right hand man, Ernest Wallace, on the night of the killing.

Hernandez is charged with first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Lloyd. He is also charged with the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office told NECN Tuesday afternoon that it cannot comment on the case, due to an ongoing gag order.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Preview: Del Mar’s First Fall Racing Season]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:05:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del-Mar-Races-Blurb-5326410.jpg

Summer horse racing season in Del Mar wraps up next week but the surf will meet the turf once again this fall when the race track welcomes its inaugural fall racing season.

For the first time ever, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will open its seaside track for a new horse racing stretch dubbed “Bing Crosby Season,” which runs Nov. 7 through Nov. 30.

Like its summer counterpart, the short racing season will keep the good times rolling with eight races each day plus other events, including an Opening Day celebration and live musical performances.

Entertainment includes a Reggae Fest with Iration on Nov. 15 and a concert featuring the band CAKE on the Seaside Stage west of the Grandstand on Nov. 29. On Nov. 22, foodies can sample some gourmet meals on wheels with a special food truck event and a blanket giveaway.

On Nov. 29, visitors can also enjoy a craft beer festival, a Movember event and the biggest race of the meet: the Hollywood Derby.

Races are scheduled over the course of 15 days, mainly Thursday through Sunday, with earlier post times of 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. on weekends. On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), the first post is slated for 11 a.m. There are no live races Monday through Wednesday.

On Sundays, football fans can multitask and take in both racing and football simultaneously at Del Mar’s Cabana Football Lounge, a cool space that includes TVs, bars and food options.

According to organizers, this additional second season at the track pays tribute to the Hollywood glamour of the 1930s when the iconic Bing Crosby founded the track with his celebrity pals.

To that end, Opening day will kick off with a Gatsby-style celebration that includes guests in their finest fall threads and an “Old Hollywood Fashion Contest” that includes awards for Best Dressed Couple, Best Old Hollywood and Best Celebrity Lookalike.

Fall racing admission is $6 per person daily and $3 for Diamond Club members.

As for freebies, every Friday – with the exception of Opening Day – is free for Diamond Club members and includes admission, a program and half-priced beer, sodas and hot dogs.
Closing Day (Nov. 30) is free to all in Del Mar.

To check out the full calendar of races and events for the Bing Crosby Season, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers Suspend Announcer For Thursday's Game]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HankBauer.jpg

Chargers announcer Hank Bauer apologized Tuesday afternoon for an anti-Semitic joke he made Sunday during San Diego's game against the 49ers.

Bauer made a contrite statement on Twitter just after 1 p.m., following a slew of critical social media comments about his joke:

Also Tuesday afternoon, the Chargers issued an announcement that Bauer would not be broadcasting Thursday night's preseason game:

Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate. Per Clear Channel’s decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night’s game.
Hank has been a strong radio voice for the Chargers for the past 16 years and a passionate supporter of the team since his playing days. We look forward to Chargers fans receiving the same high-quality broadcast from Josh (Lewin) and Hank when he returns to the booth for the regular season.

Bauer ruffled more than a few feathers at the tail end of Sunday's game.

In an exchange with on-air colleague Josh Lewin about people leaving the game early and abandoning their high-cost seats, Bauer said, according to a YouTube capture of the exchange: “But then again, you know how copper wire was invented? Somebody dropped a penny between Josh and his family member.”

He added: “I say that respectfully and endearingly, my partner.”

Bauer is of course referencing an anti-Semitic joke about the invention of copper wire coming after dropping a penny between two Jewish people.

Following Bauer’s comments, many, including journalists and sports fans, took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the announcer's joke:

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[Niners' Offense Still Missing in Action]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:38:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/dulloffffns.jpg

A year ago, Colin Kaepernick had a terrific exhibition season. In four games, he completed 15-of-23 passes, connected for two touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of 116.4.

After three games this summer, Kaepernick has yet to lead the offense to a touchdown, has completed 12-of-22 throws and has a QB rating of 69.3. And, on Sunday in the 49ers’ exhibition victory over the Chargers, he was hit early and often, looked out of sync and had two passes batted down.

After so much optimism built up during the offseason, with the 49ers beefing up the receiving corps, many fans and 49ers observers are wondering what’s happened. Where’s the offense? What’s wrong with Kaepernick?

Peter King of Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback expressed doubts about the Niners after the victory over the Chargers at Levi’s Stadium in which the first-team offense did very little.

“We all knew the Niners weren’t the Broncos in terms of offensive explosiveness, but San Francisco still was a team that ran for 2,200 yards and scored 25 points per game last year,” he wrote. “But there will be alarm bells going off today with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, particularly in protection, as the Niners get ready to go to Dallas in 13 days for the opener. Look at the Niners – what can you have faith in right now on offense?”

Indeed, the numbers are ugly. The first-team offense has produced just three points against the Ravens, Broncos and Chargers. And the offense as a whole ranks last in the NFL this summer in points, yards per game and passing yards per game and near the bottom in rushing yards per game and third-down percentage, according to ESPN.

The 49ers have just one more game left, an exhibititon at Houston vs. the Texans Thursday night, before the season opener at Dallas on Sept. 7.

So, are the 49ers worried? Not really.

Kaepernick told reporters after Sunday’s game that it’s “just preseason.” In other words, nothing counts. And head coach Jim Harbaugh also brushed off questions about the struggling offense, saying that he saw positive strides Sunday from the first-team offensive unit, particularly in a 55-yard drive in the second quarter that produced a field goal.

“Had some plays that were cleanly blocked,” Harbaugh told the media. “We had some passes thrown and caught. And the runners were seeing holes. Just all 11 playing together in a more precise way.”

Though the offense hasn’t looked good, judging a unit by its performance in meaningless games can be dangerous.

The game plans are vanilla, not all key players are on the field and there’s little sense of urgency for front-line players just trying to get ready for the regular season.

Tight end Vernon Davis, for one, believes 49ers fans will see a different result when the real games begin.

“Once we get rolling, once we get into our zone, then it’s all downhill after that,” Davis told Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group. “We can do whatever we want, whatever we put our minds to. But it’s just about getting into that zone. You have to find that zone. And it’s hard to find sometimes.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Secret Poll: Raiders Are NFL's Least-Desirable Team]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:37:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/raidersk.JPG

Oakland truly is a black hole--for the players.

The Oakland Raiders have the dubious distinction of being the NFL's least-desirable employer, according to a secret poll of NFL players conducted by ESPN.

The scientific method used to define O.co Coliseum as the workplace to be avoided for football professionals was to ask "100-plus players" to fill in the following blank:

"The only way I'd play for [blank] is if they doubled my salary."

And 23 percent of the 82 players who responded said that it was the Raiders, according to ESPN.

Could it be the string of losing seasons? The commitment to excellence that's seen signings of the likes of JaMarcus Russell?

Also on the "do not trade me here" list: Buffalo, Cleveland, and, oddly, the beloved Green Bay Packers.

The Raiders last had a winning season in 2002 and have become known as a last stop of last resort for some players on their way out of uniform. Or, if you're Carson Palmer, a place to fail up before posting one of your best statistical seasons after leaving.

In the Raiders' defense, future Hall of Fame candidate Charles Woodson -- a once and current Raider, having begun his career here before heading to Green Bay and returning last year -- called the poll "skewed," saying that he's never heard a player utter a discouraging word.

Maybe just not in his presence.

Photo Credit: Joe Kukura]]>
<![CDATA[Brewers Blast Padres]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:50:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*195/173196464.jpg

So much for a happy homecoming. The Padres, just back from a 10-game road trip, fell to the Brewers 10-1.

Starter Eric Stults (6-14) lasted five innings. He was charged with four runs and nine hits in his first August loss. The Brewers collected 16 hits and had a runner reach base in every inning except the sixth.

With the loss the Padres dropped 10-games below .500.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers Trim Roster]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:15:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tom-Telesco-Chargers.jpg

Over a thousand NFL dreams will disappear this week. NFL teams must pare their rosters down from 90 to 75 by Tuesday, then whittle it to the final 53 by Saturday.

The Bolts released 11 players on Monday. On offense tight ends Ryan Otten and Jake Byrne were let go along with two receivers (Brelan Chancellor / Micah Hatfield), a pair of linemen (Nick Becton / Darryl Johnson) and a couple of running backs (Zach Boren / Kerwynn Williams). Defensively linebacker Adrian Hamilton and defensive back Lowell Rose were let go. Punter Chase Tenpenny was also released. Five more must be waived on Tuesday.

Late Monday the Chargers added defensive lineman Joe Kruger who was waived by the Eagles. The Bolts are thin on the defensive front after losing rookie lineman Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe for the season with a torn ACL suffered in the 49ers game on Sunday. Defensive tackle Kwame Gaethers also left the game with a leg injury. His status is still uncertain.

<![CDATA[Bolts Play at 49ers New Stadium]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:39:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Levis-Stadium-seats-generic.jpg While, the Chargers continue to struggle for a new stadium, the 49ers actually made it happen. As NBC 7's Derek Togerson shows us, the 49ers made it happen in a big way.]]> <![CDATA[This One's for You, Bud]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:15:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*240/padres+pics+85+9.jpg

Yasmani Grandal and Will Venable provided the power and Ian Kennedy pitched well enough to get his win against his former team. The Padres 7-4 victory in Arizona was manager Bud Black's 600th career win. He's the second Padre skipper to surpass the 600 mark. He's still 351 behind Bruce Bochy, who managed the Friars from 1995-2006.

Kennedy (10-11) pitched into the sixth inning, allowing three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts. Grandal's blast in the fifth gave the Padres a three run lead. His homer measured 419 feet. Grandal's 4-RBI's were a career high. Venable's eight inning home run cleared the pool past the center field fence.

The Padres ended the ten game road trip with a 3-7 record. They host Milwaukee at Petco Park on Monday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[49ers Prepare for Final Dress Rehearsal at Levi's Stadium]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:51:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0821-2014-LevisTurf2.jpg

The San Francisco 49ers get one more dress rehearsal Sunday before their first regular season home game.

With stadium parking and turf still needing some tweaking, it is unclear what kind of experience the fans or the players will have.

The Young family from Milpitas are lifelong 49ers fans. They came to see Levi’s stadium Saturday night before Sunday’s game, and they said they believe events here have gone pretty well.

"It was a lot of traffic, but I think it was much better than San Francisco," Howard Young said.

At Great America Parkway, Tasman and 237 did get jammed last weekend. When drivers exited the freeway, they had to make their way past the pedestrians.

"It was about an hour-and-15 to an hour-and-30-minutes from the time we got off the highway until we actually got into our parking lot," Joe Durrenberger of Brentwood told NBC Bay Area last week.

More than 60,000 people attended the first 49ers preseason game at Levi's Stadium last Sunday. Security lines moved quickly, and because of a painful defeat, many fans left early which may have eased congestion.

But Sunday is a new game--a new test to be played out on new turf. The 49ers replaced the original because they felt like it was too slippery.

Pictures were taken Saturday by a fan on a tour at Levi’s Stadium, and he tweeted these photos:

The 49ers said the turf is twice as thick as before and is laid down with an improved process to help it stick.

Young said he thinks it will all work out. He is just ready for a win.

"Nothing’s perfect," he said. "They got it 99 percent perfect, so 1 percent is no big deal."

The 49ers sent NBC Bay Area this statement about the turf:

"The turf has been set, but there is no way to know if the turf is 'holding up' until you play in it. We are confident it will be ready for the game."

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. against the San Diego Chargers.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Ledecky Sets World Record in 1,500 Freestyle]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:48:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP973055938873%281%29.jpg

U.S. teenager Katie Ledecky sliced almost six seconds off her own world mark in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle on Sunday, winning in 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds to post her second world record in as many nights at the Pan Pacific championships.

The 17-year-old Ledecky improved her record in the 400 freestyle on Saturday. She collected her fifth gold medal of the meet in convincing fashion in cool but clear conditions on the last night of competition.

It was the third time in 13 months she's set the mark in the 1,500, and the second in three months since her 15:34.23 at Shenandoah on June 19.

Ledecky holds world records in the 400, 800 and 1,500-meter freestyle events.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Dan Marino Returning to Dolphins]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:26:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DanMarino14.jpg

Dan Marino is coming back to the Miami Dolphins. The Hall of Fame quarterback has agreed to accept a position with the team.

The Dolphins released a statement Sunday from team owner Stephen Ross and Marino confirming the story, which NBC 6 broke Saturday night.

“Dan is and will always be an important part of the Miami Dolphins and we are excited to get him involved in a more formal way,” Ross said. “Dan is unquestionably one of the greatest players in NFL history and his enthusiasm and passion for the Dolphins is inspiring to everyone here."

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve in this role. I have always considered myself a Dolphin for life and I look forward to supporting the organization anyway I can,” Marino added. “Stephen Ross is a passionate guy who is committed to building a first-class, winning organization. I'm excited about the future of the team and where the organization is headed.”

Marino will serve as a special advisor to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and C.E.O. Tom Garfinkel. The team says Marino will work with the organization in a variety of different capacities. Marino has been more visible at Dolphins camp lately, watching practice Thursday as well as being in Davie for the ALS ice bucket challenge the week before. For 17 years, Marino was the face of the franchise and both the team and the 52-year-old have had mutual interest in finding a role for him within the organization.

In his career with the Dolphins, Marino played in 242 games (240 starts) and was 4,967-8,358 (59.4 percent) for 61,361 yards, 420 touchdowns and 252 interceptions for an 86.4 passing efficiency rating. Marino holds 31 Dolphins regular season team records (43 overall, including playoffs) and is tied for three others (seven, including playoffs). Marino also holds five NFL regular season records and is tied for six others. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 5, 2005 and enshrined on August 7, 2005. Marino’s No. 13 jersey became the second Dolphins uniform number to be retired, on Sunday, September 17, 2000, at halftime of the Dolphins-Baltimore Ravens game at Sun Life Stadium, where he was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll. He was also a charter inductee in the Dolphins Walk of Fame on December 4, 2011.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Beats Las Vegas in LLWS]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:56:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/245*120/jrw+win+us+title.jpg

Chicago's Jackie Robinson West All-Stars took the U.S. title in the Little League World Series with a 7-5 win over Las Vegas' Mountain Ridge Saturday.

The team started off strong, matching Nevada's three-run start and taking the lead in the second inning. The team maintained their one-point lead, keeping Nevada from scoring in the second, third, and fourth innings.

Nevada regained their lead following a home run in the fifth inning, but Jackie Robinson West tied the score with a hit from Joshua Houston. Chicago then scored again later in the fifth inning, bringing the score to 7-5, which ultimately brought them to victory.

“Throughout the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West has played with enthusiasm, energy and a whole lot of heart," Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement. "While they have already won the hearts of fans across the country now they are officially the U.S. Champions."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauded the players for becoming only the third team ever from Illinois to reach the championship game of the Little League World Series.

"The City of Chicago could not be prouder of them," Emanuel said in a statement. "Their positive attitude and success on the field has rallied people from every neighborhood to support these kids and they continue to demonstrate why they are the pride of Chicago. What a comeback. What a win!"

Supporters, including Emanuel and Quinn, gathered Saturday at an official watch party for the team, held at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, located at 1250 W. 119th St.

Chicago's Chance the Rapper also came to cheer on the team.

Despite rain, fans also gathered on State Street, in front of the Chicago Theater, between Randolph and Lake Streets, to watch the game live on a big screen.

Two more watch parties are scheduled for 2 p.m. at both locations for Sunday's game.

The little league team from the South Side faced off against Philadelphia Thursday, winning 6-5 against the team that made national headlines for their star female pitcher Mo'ne Davis.

The team continued its historic run with Saturday's rematch against Las Vegas. The West champions beat JRW in four innings in a mercy-rule game last Sunday behind five homers.

Chicago now moves on to the World Series Championship game against South Korea Sunday. Saturday's losing teams will play in a consolation game Sunday morning.

The success of Jackie Robinson West, comprised of all black players, marks the team's first appearance in the Little League World Series in 31 years.

Their popularity has continued to grow throughout their journey, sparking support from Major League Baseball players and even Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

After Thursday's game, Emanuel said win or lose, the city will hold a parade for the team.

"No matter what happens these kids are champs," Emanuel said. "We will have a parade respectful of them because they are winners whatever the score is."

<![CDATA[Boy With 1 Arm Is Golf Prodigy]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:48:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/one+arm+3+year+old+tommy+morrisey.jpg

Summertime for 3-year-old golf prodigy Tommy Morrissey means days spent hitting 100-yard drives over lakes at an Atlantic County country club. He steps up to the tee, lines up his driver, hesitates for just a moment, and cracks the golf ball over the water…all with one arm.

Tommy was born missing his right hand and part of his right arm below the elbow.

As he grew up in his hometown of Juniper, Fla., Tommy would watch golf on television with his father Joe and mother Marcia Lee. When he was about 18 months old, Tommy’s parents noticed that he was very interested in the sport, standing in front of the television and mimicking the golfer’s swings.

They gave him a set of plastic golf clubs, brought him out on the range, and saw he was a natural from his first perfect contact.

“His true ability is to look and learn,” Joe said. “I have given him very little instruction.”

When he was a little over 2-years-old, Tommy began using an iPad to look up golf tutorial videos on his own.

“I walked in, I asked what he’s doing, and he said, ‘Daddy, I’m taking a golf lesson’,” Joe said.

At night, teddy bears would not accompany Tommy to bed. Instead, he was tucked in with an array of at least 7 clubs.

“One time he refused to go to bed, and [I] finally got him to go to sleep and he insisted on this club or that club,” Joe said. “I put him down, and my wife and I heard him yelling, ‘Mommy, Daddy, you forgot my putter!’”

Tommy has since switched to real clubs, having torn apart multiple sets of his old plastic ones. The weight of the clubs is a challenge for him, but Jeff LeFevre, Golf Director for the Linwood Country Club where Tommy and his father play during their summers at the Jersey Shore, says that difficulty does not hold the prodigy back.

“It’s such a difficult game with two hands, two arms,” LeFevre said. “And here we are, a 3-year-old with one arm with absolutely great rhythym, great set-up…truly, truly a golf prodigy.”

Tommy doesn't see himself as different than other children his age. He simply calls his shorter arm “Nemo” after the fish with one small fin in Finding Nemo.

In addition to his love of golf, Tommy plays many other sports, punting a football or hitting a baseball out of the park.

Joe and his wife say that while having one arm has been a challenge for Tommy, in the end it is also a gift.

“He has been able to bring grown men to tears on the driving range. . .In his short life, he has been able to inspire many, make people second guess their own capabilities,” Joe said. “…He is doing it with probably one of the most powerful tools, and that is the innocence of a child.”

In the end, Tommy is just a kid wanting to have fun playing the sport that he loves.

“He does like to hit the ball in the water, but that’s ‘cause he’s 3,” Joe said. “He doesn’t understand that’s bad yet.”

<![CDATA[Padres Burned In The Desert]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:02:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/453988684.jpg

The Padres opened a 3-game series in Arizona against a Diamondbacks team that had lost six straight games and is transitioning to give young prospects a chance to play because it's so far out of playoff contention.

So, advantage San Diego right?

Not exactly. The Padres could play the Bad News Bears and, if the game was held at Chase Field, probably lose.

Since the stadium opened in 1998, the Padres are 50-93 at the Downtown Phoenix facility. That includes Friday night's 5-1 loss to that D-Backs team that was on a 6-game losing skid.

Starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne gave up four runs in the first two innings, continuing a trend of early struggles, to take the loss. Arizona starter Josh Collmenter struck out eight in 8.1 innings for his 9th win of the year.

On Saturday, Andrew Cashner comes off the disabled list to get the start for the Padres.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bolts Ready for 49ers Despite Turf Problems]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:56:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0821-2014-LevisTurf.jpg

Ground crews at Levi's Stadium are working feverishly to replace the damaged field in time for the 49ers preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

The turf at the new stadium was in bad enough shape on Wednesday for 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh to cut practice short for safety reasons because players were falling while trying to run their routes.

San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy said he expects a normal pregame routine Sunday.

“It’s no different than any other game we’re playing,” McCoy said Thursday.

Defensive coordinator John Pagano said there's been no discussion about the field conditions.

“Any type of new surface you’re going to want to bring enough amount of cleats to check the surface. We’ll do that before the game,” Pagano said.

Several fans noticed an issue with the field on Sunday when the 49ers hosted the Denver Broncos.

Season ticket holder Carol Rossi said she could see grass and divets flying from players' heels during the game.

"The grass would actually come up and they had people from the stadium going in there and putting their foot down, grass back in place," Rossi said.

In April, 49ers head groundskeeper Matt Greiner said he had high hopes for the bandera grass during an interview with NBC Bay Area.

"What we found is that the bandera can recover a little quicker," Greiner said at the time. "It keeps its color a little longer into the season and its lateral growth so the rise that make the network, the cleat plants in really holds up nicely through wear and traffic."

The grass was supposed to withstand the wear and tear of the entire season, but after just a couple of games the 2.5-acres of grass has become an issue.

Crews spent Thursday ripping out the field. Fans are worried and skeptical that the grass will be ready in time for Sunday's game.

"I think they should move the game to another field," Rossi said. "Hopefully no one gets injured."

The 49ers on Thursday declined to comment on the turf, but said in a statement they are looking forward to hosting the Chargers on Sunday, and that appropriate steps are being taken.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Ross Outdueled by Kershaw as Dodgers Take Series]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:45:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/padres+dodgers+ross+kershaw.jpg

For seven innings, Tyson Ross matched Dodgers ace an Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw pitch for pitch on Thursday night.

He allowed just two hits, striking out six while shutting out the Los Angeles lineup.

That all disappeared with just two swings of the bat. A Carl Crawford leadoff single in the eighth was followed by a Justin Turner homer to left field and suddenly the host Dodgers had a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

Ross finished with eight Ks against just two walks, but it wasn’t enough to top Kershaw’s eight innings of three-hit ball, punctuated by 10 strikeouts of his own. Kershaw didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning – coincidentally off the bat of Ross.

The lone Padres run came on a Rene Rivera single in the seventh that scored Abraham Almonte.

The loss is a bitter pill as the Padres drop the series despite pounding out 25 hits in the previous two games. It drops them 11 ½ games behind the first-place Dodgers and eight games out of the wild card race.

They head to Arizona for a three-game series with the Diamondbacks this weekend.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers Preseason Tickets Selling for $7]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:26:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/459485331.jpg

Chargers fans looking for a resale ticket to the last preseason game can buy one for less than the cost of a fast food meal, according to a published report.

The UT San Diego found tickets to the Aug. 28 game against the Arizona Cardinals going for 85 percent of face value on the secondary market.

NBC 7 found fans selling tickets to the game on StubHub for as low as $7. In comparison, tickets in the same section for the Bolts home opener against the Seattle Seahawks are going for about $135 on StubHub.

So why the rock bottom ticket prices?

“Starters will not take the field,” said NBC 7 sports anchor Derek Togerson. With the regular season about two weeks away, the team will likely bench star players like Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews so they don’t risk injury, he said.

Speaking of the regular season, the Chargers will play the Cardinals in Monday Night Football Sept. 8, just 11 days after their preseason match-up. It seems some fans are choosing to just wait for the real thing.

The UT cites bundling – season ticket holders being forced to buy preseason tickets, too – as another reason for the influx of cheap seats.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Charges Filed Against Teens Who Entered Ray Allen's Home]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:16:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/081414+ray+allen.jpg

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office filed trespassing charges against the seven people who walked into former Miami Heat star Ray Allen’s home last week.

Coral Gables Police originally said they were not filing charges against the teenagers. The teens were identified by police as: Ernesto Romero, 18; Jonathan Ramirez, 19; Kevin Ramos, 18; Alana Garcia, 18; Christian Lobo, 18; Angel Sanchez, 18; and Jorge Guerrero, 18.

Coral Gables Police said the group of seven teens was at a party next door when they decided to enter Allen’s home through an unlocked back door in the early morning hours of August 14. Allen wasn’t home, but his wife and children were sleeping inside and were awoken by the commotion.

The teens ran from the home after Shannon Allen, Ray’s wife, yelled at them, according to Coral Gables Police. In a 911 call made by Shannon Allen, she described the teens’ actions as if they were on a tour of the home.

“They were like, if they were on a tour, pointing out stuff,” Allen told the 911 dispatcher. “Like, ‘Oh, wow, look at this picture. Oh my God, look, he’s got a flat screen TV.’”

The Allens met with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office this week to give statements on the incident and to push for charges to be brought against the teens.

The Allen's attorney, Gregory Victor, gave a statement Wendesday afternoon that read:

"Ray and Shannon have been advised that the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office has filed Trespass charges against the 7 intruders to their home. The determination as to what specific charges to file was entirely within the discretion of the State Attorney's Office and the Allen's are satisfied with both the decision to prosecute and the charges being pursued. The Allen's are thankful that no one was hurt and they are appreciative for all the support they have received from their community."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stults Stifles Dodgers]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:50:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/padres+pics+618+6.jpg

Padres starter Eric Stults is pitching well of late. He got the win Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine and is 3-0 in the month of August. Stults (6-13) scattered four hits over five innings and gave up just one run in the Padres 4-1 victory.

The Padres got all the offense they would need in the second inning. They parlayed three hits into three runs. Alexi Amarista and Stults both had RBI singles.

Kevin Quackenbush pitched the ninth to get his first major league save.

The series winds up Thursday with Tyson Ross taking the hill for the Padres. He'll face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Twitter Cheers Mo'ne Davis at LLWS]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:36:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP35427040879.jpg

Some hard-hitting Las Vegas batters may have gotten the better of Philadelphia's Taney Dragons at the Little League World Series on Wednesday, but Taney fans' confidence in their team, led by pitching phenom Mo'ne Davis, didn't flag on Twitter.

Taney lost to their Nevadan rivals 8-1, despite plenty of impressive plays — including a hit from Mo'ne in the fourth inning that helped give the Dragons their first run of the game, and an impressive sliding catch by Zion Spearman. Fortunately Taney isn't out yet. They play Chicago Thursday night for a shot at the U.S. Final.

Wednesday night, supporters from their hometown and far beyond took to Twitter to cheer on Taney with the hashtag #BelieveInDragons.

Before the game, Philly's big-league, grown-up teams had offered their support, too:

 So did state-wide leaders:

 One fan had a helpful reminder to over-eager fans, though, that they're just kids, after all:

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers Defense Needs to "Step It Up": Laz]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:24:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/chargers+helmet.jpg

If you watched the game against Seattle, this won't come as a surprise. The Chargers have added a defensive lineman.

Doug Worthington is a 300 pounder who has bounced around the league the last few years.

To make room defensive tackle Damik Scafe was waived.

NBC 7’s Sports Director Jim Laslavic believes Chargers need to develop some “nasty” on defense.

“Someone has to step up and start making plays. Need some attitude,” Laslavic said. “I'm convinced the offense with Philip Rivers running the show will be tough to stop but the defense needs to step it up.”

At Chargers Park on Monday, linebacker Dwight Freeney was trying to calm all the naysayers who were still buzzing about the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks three days later.

“This is all a process and there’s no panic here,” said Freeney.

“We just take little things here and there, we try and learn from those experiences and move on. Hopefully we have everything moving in the right direction when it counts.”

To Laslavic’s credit, he was a professional linebacker in the NFL from 1973 to 1982 for the Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers.

One more note about Worthington - he went to the same high school as Chargers GM Tom Telesco.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Poway Plans to Honor Tony Gwynn]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:30:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gwynn-Fans-6.jpg

A tribute planned for the late Tony Gwynn is one step closer to reality in the city of Poway.

Residents gathered at a city council meeting Tuesday night to talk about how to best memorialize the former San Diego Padres great and San Diego State University coach.

Gwynn, 54, died on June 16 after a long battle with cancer of the salivary gland.

Finding the right way to honor the baseball legend is particularly important for Poway residents because Tony Gwynn lived in Poway and was especially active in the community here.

A city survey went out and most of the participants responded by saying the city should rename some of its ball fields in honor of Gwynn.

City leaders want to at least put some sort of large memorial plaque near the ball field at Lake Poway.

Lake Poway, along with being one of the more scenic and serene spots here in the north county, is also very close to the Gwynn family home.

The Poway News Chieftain reports that city officials are also investigating the possibility of renaming a section of Ted Williams Parkway in honor of Gwynn.

Gwynn played his entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres and earned the nickname Mr. Padre. To locals, he was also known to local as “Mr. Poway.”

There are several little roadside tributes and signs in the city remembering Tony Gwynn.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[How Star Little League Team Taney Dragons Got Their Start]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:56:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP35427040879.jpg

Twenty years ago, the league behind the Taney Dragons started with three parents, a coach and a permit to play on a Philadelphia field.

Now, the youth baseball team is the subject of national media frenzy thanks to its remarkable Little League World Series run and star pitcher Mo'ne Davis' 70 mph fastball.

“The kind of attention we’ve had has absolutely been mind-boggling," co-founder Ellen Siegel said.

Siegel is one of the five original founders of the Taney Youth Baseball Organization, which was formed back in 1994 by a group of locals who wanted to create a different kind of team for the city's children.

“We wanted to be inclusive and allow girls to play,” Siegel said. “We also wanted players who weren’t as skilled to be allowed to play with the very skilled players. We wanted to be instructional which was our biggest point. Game, scores and winning weren’t as important as teaching all the kids proper mechanics, good sportsmanship, teamwork, camaraderie and knowing the game.”

The decision to create a co-ed squad paved the way for the team's roster to incude 13-year-old Davis, whose series shutout and spunk have landed her national headlines and a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She's set to pitch again tonight, when the team goes up against Las Vegas.

Siegel, a clinical psychologist who serves on the league’s board of directors and helps administer the league’s registrar, website and Facebook page, still remembers the league’s humble beginnings at the Markward Recreation Center on 400 South Taney Street in Philly.

“We practiced there and we’d have scrimmage games there and it was so wonderful to have something in our neighborhood with our kids,” Siegel said. “Then we thought it would be wonderful if we started a league of our own.”

While the Markward Rec Center served as the home field, neighborhood parents and kids had a different name for it that ended up sticking.

“All the neighbors called it Taney Field because it’s on Taney Street,” Siegel said. “I don’t think anyone really knows the real name. If you ask anyone where Markward is they’ll say, ‘what?’ If you ask them where Taney is they all know. That’s where we got our name.”

The league remained a local attraction for nearly two decades until last year, when they officially joined the Little League.

“We’ve always had the same kind of rule as Little League which is you need to play on your intramural team during the season,” Siegel said. “Then after that there are tryouts for the select tournament teams. The select, more competitive team will play after our regular season is over.”

With the tremendous success of the Dragons and the national attention they’ve gained, Siegel says the league's popularity may become a problem.

“We’re already getting so many requests to join us next year and we don’t have open registration until January,” Siegel said. “We’re worried about the influx of how many people would want to play because we can’t accommodate. We already had 73 teams this year from ages 3 to 16. We don’t have places for them.”

Siegel hopes the league will receive offers for more fields for the teams to play on.

“We’re in a situation where we don’t own our own fields, like a suburban league,” Siegel said. “We use Philadelphia Parks and Recreation fields.”

Regardless of what happens with the increased interest or with Thursday’s game, Siegel is confident the spirit of the league, defined by unity rather than winning, will remain high for years to come.

“We care about each other,” Siegel said. “Taney families, even on regular teams bond together and help each other out. To me that’s the essence of what we’re all about. The sense of community.”

To donate to the league, visit the Taney Youth Baseball Association website.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Cyclists Ride to Support Fiesta Island Crash Victims ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:04:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fiesta+Island+support+bike+ride.jpg

Hundreds of cyclists looped around Fiesta Island Tuesday evening as an emotional tribute to those injured in a collision with a wrong-way driver.

Organizer Joel Price said he just wanted to get the San Diego Bicycle Club back together for their regular, 30-mile Tuesday ride, but after putting it on Facebook, he got an overwhelming response.

Over 400 cyclists sent their RSVP, and even more showed up. Many dedicated their ride to victim Juan Carlos Vinolo, 49, who is being hailed as a hero for pushing a fellow cyclist out of the path of a wrong-way driver. For that act of courage, he is now paralyzed from the chest down.

"This support is the extra adrenaline punch he needs to take the leap forward," said Juan Pablo Romano, Vinolo's nephew. 

Among those who attended Tuesday's ride was Beatrice Dormoy, though she was unable to hop on a bike herself. She had gone through the window of driver Theresa Lynn Owens's car when Owens plowed into a crowd of about 30 riders on Fiesta Island. 

"I'm getting better," said Dormoy. "It's kind of mixed feelings about having been in the situation and feeling luck I'm out and about. It could have been me." 

Ewers, who Vinolo pushed away from the erratic car, said he's alive today because of the man's selfless act.

"It's humbling someone would sacrifice their own safety for you," Ewers told NBC 7.

"If he didn't push me out, I'd be dead or in the hospital," he added. 

Owens now faces DUI and drug possession charges stemming from the crash, and Vinolo is still in critical condition at the hospital.

“We hope this encourages Juan Carlos because he is fighting for his life right now and he loves cycling and he loves this ride,” said Price.

Vinolo's supporters have set up an online fundraiser for Vinolo and his family as they face hospital bills for his two punctured lungs, broken ribs, dislocated left shoulder, broken clavicle, loss of kidney, laceration of the spleen and six broken vertebras.

Pat Murray was riding in the group when the collision happened but was not injured.

For her, Tuesday about overcoming the fears and emotions attached to that horrific day.

“I wanted to take that ride, turn the corner and start to go, ‘OK it's safe here. It's safe here,’” she said.

Murray crafted green ribbons for accident victims, their families and supporters to wear because the color represents hope, she said.

SanDiego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman -- both avid bikers -- set the pace for Tuesday's two lap ride around the island. 

"I cycle here on Fiesta Island several times a month, so it hit home to me personally," said Faulconer of the crash. Zimmerman vowed justice will be served in this case, which she said "was not an accident. It was a crime."

Suspected DUI driver Owens has pleaded not guilty to charges against her after prosecutors say a bag of meth was found hidden in her vagina.

If convicted, Owens could face 12 years and eight months in prison.

Photo Credit: Omari Fleming]]>
<![CDATA[San Jose Garage Unlikely Home To Martial Arts Powerhouse]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:17:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/team+m+3.jpg

Californians are well known for using their garages for any number of reasons other than parking their cars.

Some covert it into extra living space. Others opt for a workshop. Still more just cram it full of all the "stuff" that won't fit inside the rest of the house.

The three Nguyen brothers of San Jose, though, offer up another option: they have created a martial arts powerhouse in the two-car garage of their home.

The brothers, Anh, Huy, and Long all trained in the sport of Taekwondo do as young boys growing up in Vietnam. Their father insisted upon it. "I hated going to practice," says 29-year-old Huy. "I would love it whenever it rained because class was canceled."

Huy, and older brother Anh, 32, say it wasn't until many years later that they realized what a passion they had developed for the sport. "I don't know when," says Anh, "but one day it's just, 'Taekwondo is my life!'"

The brothers say the shared love of the sport brought them closer together after the death of their father in 1999. Five years later, they founded Team M.

Instead of the traditional form of Taekwondo, where combatants strike each other, Team M is a demonstration team. Their synchronized movements, acrobatic leaps, and wood-shattering punches and kicks are meant to entertain crowds and impress judges.

It is something that Team M does very well.

Over its 10-year history Team M has performed more than 300 times, placed dozens of members on U.S. national teams, and medaled at international Taekwondo events.

And they have done it all practicing in the Nguyen's 20 foot by 20 foot garage (and in the warm, summer months, their backyard).

"(Our competitors) reaction is always surprising," says the 25-year-old Long. "They just stare at you and are like, 'How do you possibly , physically do it?'"

The Nguyen brothers say they could, like many of their competitors, lease commercial space an open up a Taekwondo school, charging students money for lessons and to be a part of their team.

But that wouldn't fit with Team M's mission.

Team M is not just a martial arts phenomenon, it is also a non-profit. The three brothers, who are all Team M coaches, do not take any salary for their work (all three have full-time jobs working for Silicon Valley technology companies). Aside from a yearly $20 fee, the athletes pay nothing to be part of Team M.

The brothers say they opted for the non-profit model because they wanted to give something back to the sport they love, to honor the memory of their father, and say thank you to those who supported them after his death.

"We figured, 'Hey this is the perfect way we can give back to the community,'" Huy says.

<![CDATA[Bank Forecloses on Dwyane Wade's Suburban Chicago Home]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:01:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DWade+Tie+Bar.jpg

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade makes millions of dollars a year playing basketball, but it appears that money hasn't been going toward his home in Chicago's south suburbs.

According to documents obtained by NBC Chicago, The PrivateBank and Trust Company is attempting to foreclose on Wade's $1.2 million home in the 1600 block of E. 158th Street in South Holland.

Wade is listed as the owner of the home, along with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade. The former couple engaged in a bitter, public divorce in the which the basketball star was granted custody of their children.

According to court documents, the former couple owes almost $541,000 on the home, including close to $1,500 in late charges, and monthly mortgage payments had not been made on the home from November 2013 to July 2014.

Wade's attorney's sent a statement Wednesday. 

"Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches reached a financial settlement in July 2013, which included Ms. Funches being awarded the Chicago home in which she resides.  Mr. Wade had provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle and maintain the home mortgage payments he previously paid before the settlement was reached. As the sole homeowner, Ms. Funches defaulted on the mortgage and the home is now under foreclosure with the bank. We will take the necessary measures to affirm Mr. Wade is not responsible for the home’s foreclosure since he was absolved of all financial responsibility when Ms. Funches was awarded the house.”

The 7,847 square foot home has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a theater and exercise room, a guest house, in-ground pool and of course, a basketball court.

Siohvaughn Wade is believed to be the occupant of the home.

Wade is now engaged to actress Gabrielle Union.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>