<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Sports News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSat, 25 Feb 2017 12:34:54 -0800Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:34:54 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Landon Donovan to Play in Sockers Celebrity Game]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:51:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/460117860.jpg

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team legend Landon Donovan is bringing his talents to San Diego.

The San Diego Sockers announced Donovan will play in their 2nd Annual Celebrity Game March 12th at the Valley View Casino Center. The game will take place during half time of their first round divisional match against either the Ontario Fury or Tacoma Stars. The match is scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m.

Donovan, who moved to San Diego recently, is the all-time USMNT leader in goals (57) and assists (58). He is the MLS leader in regular-season goals (144), assists (136) and playoff goals (25). Donovan is also the Los Angeles Galaxy’s all-time leading scorer and is considered the best player in MLS history.

But in a press release by the Sockers, Donovan says it’s the local team that he grew up with.

“I grew up knowing the name Sockers, I knew the Sockers better than I knew the Galaxy or DC United. It’s obvious something special has been here for a long time and I’ve always wanted to experience it.”  



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<![CDATA[New Beginning for Chula Vista Olympic Center]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:21:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula-Vista-Olympic-Training-Center.jpg

For 23 years it was called the Olympic Training Center.

Now, the sprawling 155-acre facility at the southeast corner of Eastlake has a new name: The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.

While the name change prompted a flurry of work this week to replace  signage, everything else about the property is pretty much the same, at least for now.

"I anticipate we'll see a pool here in the next five years, we're actually working on that. We might also see a gymnasium out here as well" said Kelley Bacon, Deputy District Attorney for Chula Vista.

Bacon spearheaded the huge transition of the property from the hands of the United States Olympic Committee to the City of Chula Vista.

The USOC wanted out of owning and operating the property, but promised to still provide a hefty chunk of the $8 million annual operating budget in the form of rent for its athletes.

The change marks a new opportunity for Chula Vista to keep the Olympians and elite athletes, while expanding the center to meet the needs of other sports teams and groups.

Following a thorough application and vetting process, city leaders selected Point Loma Trust to operate the training center. Point Loma Trust established Elite Athlete Services as the effective organization for day-to-day operations.

After a few months on the job, Elite Athlete Services CEO Greg Jamison says the Olympic athletes are happy and so is the bottom line. They say they’ve already booked enough athletes, teams, and groups to finish year one in the black.

"The Olympics is one of the main things that drove this, I think what this allows is you can open it up to have more types of different groups come on" said Jamison.

To mark the change in ownership, the city will host a “Celebration of Champions” event at the training center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday February 25.

The event is free to everyone and kids will be able to test out the archery range and ride parts of the BMX track.



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<![CDATA[Myers Takes on Leadership Role for Padres]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:04:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/Wil+Myers+Swing+Finish.JPG

The Padres are so young in 2016 that Wil Myers has the 6th-most MLB service time of anyone on the 40-man roster.

Please keep in mind that Wil Myers only has three full seasons of big league experience. Still, the All-Star 1st baseman is being counted on as a leader, something that at the age of 26 is just a shade odd to him.

“Yeah a little bit,” said Myers. “I’m still young. I don’t feel like I’m an older guy on the team. I just want these guys to go out there and learn from themselves. I think the best teacher is experience and if I can help them in any way obviously I will.”

In 2013 Myers was the American League Rookie of the Year for Tampa Bay. He knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight at an early age and he’s sharing his experience with some of the young players who are expected to have an impact on the big league level.

For example, right fielder Hunter Renfroe made a huge splash in September with four home runs and 14 RBI in just 11 games. He is penciled in to be the everyday right fielder so Myers took the rookie aside to do some leading.

“I talked to Renfroe this off-season about kind of forgetting about his good year last year and moving on this year because I know, for me, it could be easy to look back on that one year and say ‘Well I’ve arrived’ and not work as hard. So I told him to forget about that year and get ready for this year,” said Myers.

Myers is a loose guy. He’s the kind of player who keeps things light in the clubhouse and doesn’t let the everyday grind of a 162-game season wear on him.

“When you talk about a leader I think it’s just somebody who’s authentic. I don’t want to change anything about who I am. I just want to try to lead by example and do the best I can in that way.”

Padres Manager Andy Green wants Myers to keep that same positive outlook while growing in to his new leadership role.

“I want Wil to play the game hard, intelligent, will a smile on his face, which is how he plays,” said Green. “I want guys to feed off the energy he brings to the ballpark. He’s learning more and more what it means to be willing to step up and speak.”

That little change … being a bit more vocal … has already caught hold, and it’s working.

“I’ve been very impressed with him so far this year,” said 24-year-old catcher Austin Hedges, who will be the Opening Day starter behind the plate. “You can tell that he wants to take on that role. He wants to be the guy that we can rely on day in and day out. So far this spring the work that he’s put in and what he’s been saying as a vocal leader is very impressive. I’m looking forward to following him this year.”

At least one odds maker has the Padres over/under win total at 64.5 games, the lowest in Major League Baseball. Myers hears that and thinks the 2017 San Diego Padres are an undervalued asset.

“I definitely think people are underestimating us. We have a very talented position player group. I think we definitely can surprise some people but, yeah, it is kind of a rebuilding year. We’re going to go out there and learn from each other and figure out ways to compete every day but we’re also going to create the new culture here and go from there.”

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<![CDATA[Jameis Winston Speech Angers Parents]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:27:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JameisWinston0224_MP4-148796316337200001.jpg

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is being criticized after comments he made to students at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Padres Manager Has New Rules Ideas]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:43:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AndyGreenMeme.jpg

Major League Baseball is considering a few rules changes. They’re designed to increase the pace of play and add some excitement to the game, trying to boost viewership and appeal to a younger fan base.

Among the ideas are a pitch clock to keep guys on the mound from grinding the game to a halt when runners are on base and, when a game goes to extra innings, starting each half inning with a runner already standing at 2nd base.

Padres Manager Andy Green is one of the most progressive thinkers in the game. He has a suggestion that is radical but could be insanely exciting.

“If it was up to me,” said Green, “probably after the 12th inning I’d have a home run derby and the winning team gets the win. So after you go 12, home run derby … I think the fans would gravitate towards that.”

The idea is intriguing. It’s not unlike penalty kicks in soccer or a shootout in hockey. As he usually does Green has thought this thing through. One of the benefits for a manager is not having to tax a pitching staff the way a long extra-inning affair does, and the Padres certainly have a propensity for playing loooooooong extra-inning games.

“Save the arms, let those guys hit. Guys would love that,” said Green. “Maybe even have a (coaching) staff member hit and we’ve got Big Mac [bench coach Mark McGwire and his 583 career home runs] so I like our chances.”

Green says each team could put their own batting practice pitcher on the bump and let the baseballs start flying.

“You get 10 swings, you get three guys you put out there and whoever hits the most homers … that’s going to be exciting.”

Of course it also greatly favors American League teams who have a designated hitter and teams like, say, the Miami Marlins and reigning Home Run Derby champion Giancarlo Stanton.

“We won’t go to extra innings with them,” said Green.

MLB has already done away with 4-pitch intentional walks in an effort to speed games up. Now if it really wants to add excitement, perhaps they ought to listen to Green. Or, just have every big league ballgame played in San Diego.

“Our park does that,” said Green about adding excitement to the game. “You come out to Petco; you see the atmosphere that exists there. You see the big TV, the food; it’s just a great place to spend an evening. I don’t think we have to do anything in the game of baseball. The pace of baseball is what it is. I think it’s enjoyable to sit there and have a conversation and watch a game closely and dissect it. For people that aren’t inclined to do that I don’t really have another recipe. It’s a great place to hang out. It’s the best place in baseball.”

Whether you like the HR Derby idea or not you won’t find many San Diegans who are going to argue with that last point.



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<![CDATA[Bulldogs Maintain Their Perfect Season]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:27:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/basketball_hoop1.jpg

Perfection: when you look up this word in the dictionary it reads, “The state or condition of being perfect.” What it should read is “The state of Gonzaga’s 2016-2017 basketball season”.

It was a sellout crowd Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, as the USD Toreros hosted the undefeated and number one ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs. But the hometown crowd didn’t witness what they hoped as the Toreros fell to the visiting Bulldogs 96-to-38.

With the Zag’s victory they maintain their perfect record and improve to 29-and-0 on the season to clinch the West Conference Title.

Gonzaga’s 58-point victory marked their largest win so far this season. Four out of the Bulldogs five starting players finished the game in double figures. Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews lead the team as they racked up 15 points each.

It was forward Jonathan Williams, who really exceeded on the night for the Bulldogs. Williams double –dipped, capping off the game with 14 points and 19 rebounds.

Regardless of “home court advantage” The ball seemed to always be in Gonzaga’s court. The team as a whole was 13-for-25 on shots taken beyond the three point arc and shot 66 percent from the field. While the Bulldogs offense was good their defense is what truly hurt the Toreos, limiting USD to just 24 percent shooting from the field.

The multiple missed shots made by the Toreros gave the Zag’s plenty of opportunities to rebound, and they took full advantage of that, something USD failed to do. The Zags finished the night out-rebounding USD 51-to-20.

However despite the Toreros 58-point deficit Olin Carter III continued to impress the packed pavilion. He put up 15 points against the Gonzaga defense, sinking three of the teams six three-point shots.

With the loss to Gonzaga the Toreros have now fallen in six of their last seven games. They will finish off the season at home against Portland Saturday night. As for Gonzaga they will finish the regular season at home against BYU on Saturday evening, as they attempt to cap off a perfect season.

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<![CDATA[New Attitude at Padres Spring Training]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:31:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/2017+Preller+at+Spring+Training.png

One of the things that immediately sticks out about San Diego Padres Spring Training 2017 is how different it is from Spring Training 2016 or 2015. If the Friars were looking to change the vibe in the clubhouse … which they were … it’s working.

“I think the vibe is unbelievably different,” said outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who is entering his 5th season with the Padres organization but his first as a favorite to win a job on Opening Day. “I think it’s moved more towards a positive attitude and everybody’s having a great time. Everybody’s played with each other for a long time now. Even the new guys that have come in have embraced the movement here.”

Of course that begs the question: What was causing the past negativity?

“It wasn’t negativity it’s just a different mood,” said Renfroe. “Obviously he had some older guys and you try to … I guess … walk on egg shells because you don’t want to insult them. You want to watch them and try to be part of them. I think it’s a deal now where the younger guys are just open and, not necessarily to what they want to do, but they’ve learned from the older guys. Just have fun and relax.”

Last year the clubhouse was dominated by veterans like Matt Kemp and James Shields. Deserved or not, they had the reputation of not being tremendous teammates off the field, although the Padres say the change in culture is not due to any specific individuals.

“I don’t think my tone is relaxed to them when I’m calling them to a higher level of attention to detail,” said Manager Andy Green. “I’m sure the clubhouse environment has changed substantially as there’s been a turning over of the guard from last year’s Spring to this year. Naturally when you’ve played with guys through Triple-A you know them better so it’s a much more relaxing atmosphere in that regard. I don’t think it’s a slight on anybody who was here in the past. You just don’t walk in to the clubhouse and see 35 new faces that you’ve never been around. That’s uncomfortable for anybody. All these guys know each other very, very well and the new guys we’ve brought in have assimilated very quickly.”

The change is noticeable to guys who are familiar with the organization … and even those who are new to it.

“A lot of energy here,” said relief pitcher Keith Hessler, a 27-year-old left-hander who made his big league debut in 2015 with the Diamondbacks. “A lot of great talent; a lot of young players. We believe what Andy is telling us and buying in to the program.”

This is the first time Hessler has spent Spring Training with the Padres. He sees the Padres running things in a unique way because they have so much young talent they need to be in teacher mode.

“It’s a little bit different because it’s teacher mode,” said Hessler. “You can’t just roll balls out and say guys, we understand you’ve been here for a long time so go have fun and get ready for the season. You need to teach guys the right way to do it to be successful for a long time. So it’s kind of different but I like it.”

“It’s just fun,” said pitcher Tyrell Jenkins, a 24-year-old right-hander who was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati. “A bunch of young guys all the same age after the same goal.”

So does that lead to camaraderie … or competition?

“Both,” said Jenkins. “We all know it’s competition to get the spots you need and we’re all out here learning from each other. It’s good to have guys your age you can talk to about certain things and get along with.”

With 21 of the players on the 40-man roster between the ages of 24 and 26, this is a group that the Padres hope will grow together for a long time.

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<![CDATA[Jameis Winston: I Used 'Poor Word Choice' in Talk With Students]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:44:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-630219098.jpg

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says he "used a poor word choice" when he told female students at a Florida elementary school that ladies are "suppose to be silent."

While speaking to third- through fifth-graders at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Winston intended to inspire the students with his three rules of life: God, school and the idea that "I can do anything I put my mind to," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

But when some of the male students appeared to be bored by the speech, Winston's attempt to energize them seemed to disparage the females in the room, the Times reported.

"But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to," Winston said. "Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I'm saying? One day y'all are going to have a very deep voice like this. One day, you'll have a very, very deep voice."

He continued: "But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong."

Winston later told the paper that he misspoke and his comments have overshadowed a larger message.

"I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn't seem to be paying attention, and I didn't want to single him out so I asked all the boys to stand up," Winston said. "During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some."

The NFL quarterback has spent much of his pro career trying to rehabilitate his public image after a career at Florida State that was marred by several off-field controversies.

Winston was accused of sexual assault by a fellow student in 2012, but was never charged with the crime. He settled a civil lawsuit in Decemeber  filed by the woman.

He led the Seminoles to a national title and won the Heisman Trophy in 2013. 



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<![CDATA[Aztecs Drop The Ball Against Fresno State]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:49:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSUvsFresnoStWEB.jpg

Fresno State ended San Diego State’s three-game winning streak with a 63-55 victory Thursday at Viejas Arena.

The loss dropped the Aztecs into 6th place in the Mountain West.

That is notable because the top five seeds in the league earn a first round bye in the upcoming conference tournament and if the postseason started today, SDSU would have to win four games in a row to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Jeremy Hemsley and Dakarai Allen each totaled 13 points to lead the Aztecs.

SDSU fell behind by 11 in the second half but the home team rallied behind its two leading scorers. Malik Pope chipped in with 11 points.

SDSU running back DJ Pumphrey signed autographs and visited with fans before and during the game.

Pumphrey also drew some attention by wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers hat. The NFL prospect later switched to an Aztecs lid and apologized on twitter.

Ironically, around the time Pumphrey switched hats in the second half, the Aztecs went on a 10-0 run to pull within a point of Fresno State.

But unfortunately, the visitors hung on for the victory and moved into 4th place in the MW standings.

Another group of Bulldogs visit San Diego on Thursday.

Top-ranked Gonzaga visits the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 7 p.m. for a conference meeting with the San Diego Toreros.

It will be an immense challenge for USD considering the top-ranked team in the country is 28-0 and has beaten its last 20 opponents by double digits.

San Diego only managed 27 points in a loss earlier this month to Saint Mary’s.



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<![CDATA[Padres Legend Randy Jones Hosts Walk for Independence]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:42:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RandyJones-KNSD-0222.jpg

Former Padres pitcher Randy Jones – and San Diego’s First Cy Young Award winner – speaks with NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick about the Randy Jones Walk/Run for Independence, now in its 7th year. The event takes place on Feb. 25 at Crown Point in Mission Bay and aims to help raise awareness for children and adults with developmental disabilities.



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<![CDATA[Tom Brady Compiles Hilarious 'Suspect Board' of Possible Jersey Thieves]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:50:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/brady-jersey-GettyImages-485055278.jpg

Tom Brady has remained fairly quiet about the investigation into his missing Super Bowl jersey that was reportedly stolen from his locker.

The jersey — valued at $500,000, according to a Houston Police Department report — was worn by the star quarterback during the New England Patriots’ 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5.

Brady noticed his No. 12 jersey was missing from his bag in the team's designated locker room inside NRG Stadium after the game. He told a team equipment manager he remembered putting it in his locker and that "someone stole it."

And while the Texas Rangers are on the case to find the jersey caper, Brady has compiled his own list of possible suspects.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Brady posted a photo of a “suspect board” of possible culprits. The prime suspect: Julian Edelman, who Brady calls a “sneaky lil squirrel.”

The hilarious board also lists Gollum from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit,” the "guy who stole Khaleesi's egg" on the HBO series "Game of Thrones,” Lady Gaga, Steve Carrell's character from "The Office,” Michael Scott, Brady's dog Scooby ("always steals Fluffy's food), film shark “Jaws” ("takes things without asking," "violent history”), the Pokemon character Gary Oak ("bad kid!”), the O'Doyle brothers from the Adam Sandler film "Billy Madison,” the clown who stole "Air Bud" ("who steals a dog from a kid?") and even Brady himself. The quarterback pinned his infamous "deflategate" courtroom sketch photo on the board, with the caption "Creepy Me.”



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    <![CDATA[Wheel of Fortune's Pat Sajak on San Diego Losing the Chargers]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:58:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WheelofFortune16_1200x675_879884867791.jpg

    NBC 7's Artie Ojeda talks with Pat Sajak who admits he has no interest in the Chargers move to Los Angeles.

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    <![CDATA[Magic Johnson Takes Lakers Reins Amid Front Office Shakeup]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:53:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lakers-shakeup.jpg

    Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has been named president of basketball operations in a major front office restructuring for the storied franchise.

    General manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, team president Jeannie Buss' brother, have been relieved of their duties, the Lakers announced Tuesday. The restructuring comes during the worst four-year stretch in franchise history.

    "Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Jeanie Buss said. "Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me."

    Kupchak had been the 16-time NBA champion franchise's GM since 2000, when Jerry West left the club. He had been in the front office for three decades, including the last 17 as general manager -- the league's longest current stretch as front office chief. 

    Jim Buss had been in the team's front office for 19 years. 

    The team has already started a search for a new general manager, the result of which will be announced in "short order," Jeanie Buss added.

    Johnson, a beloved fan-favorite who guided the team to five league titles during his 13 NBA seasons, said he hopes to restore the franchise's mystique fter four straight losing seasons.

    "It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family," said Johnson. "Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions." 

    The Lakers are 19-39 this season after an encouraging start under first-year head coach Walton. They finished 17-65 last season, a franchise low in the last year of Kobe Bryant's two decades with the team.

    The Lakers clinched back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, but then descended to the depths of the NBA -- a dramatic reversal of fortunes for one of the NBA most popular and successful franchises. After an extraordinary trade for Pau Gasol propelled the Lakers to three straight NBA Finals appearances, Kupchak and Jim Buss made a series of high-profile personnel moves that did not pan out. 

    They made a pricey trade for Dwight Howard, who fled the franchise after one year, and another deal for Steve Nash, who barely played thanks to back woes. The Lakers are still feeling the effects of that deal, which will cost them their first-round pick this summer if it isn't in the top three.

    The front officer moves come two days before the league's trade deadline. 

    This will be Johnson's first foray into a decision-making NBA executive role, but he has been a successful businessman and investor since his playing career ended. He also briefly coached the Lakers, but dropped his ceremonial title as a team vice president last June after his frequent criticisms of Jim Buss and former coaches.

    He sold his ownership stake in 2010.

    The Lakers' recent ineptitude didn't hurt their place as Los Angeles' most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide brand, but Jeanie Buss finally tired of the apparent lack of progress. The Lakers have a talented young core with D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson, but haven't been able to translate that potential into wins despite playing an exciting style under Walton.

    The team also parted ways with Vice President of Public Relations John Black.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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    <![CDATA[Police Value Tom Brady's Stolen Super Bowl Jersey at $500K]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:16:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634604296.jpg

    Houston police have released an official report for the theft of the jersey New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore during Super Bowl LI.

    The jersey — valued at $500,000, according to the report — was reportedly stolen after the Patriots' 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime on Feb. 5.

    Brady, who was named the game's MVP, noticed his No. 12 jersey was missing from his bag in the team’s designated locker room inside NRG Stadium after the game. He told a team equipment manager he remembered putting it in his locker and that "someone stole it."

    After searching, Brady told the team's owner Robert Kraft that the jersey had been stolen. Kraft replied, "You'd better look online."

    While Brady walked to the team bus, a reporter asked the quarterback if he had recovered the jersey. Brady later joked with a reporter that it would "be on eBay at some point."

    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked the Texas Rangers to help the Houston Police Department locate the jersey.

    "Tom Brady's jersey has great historical value," Patrick said in a statement. "It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas."



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    <![CDATA[Chargers Sign Situation, How Long Will Chargers Signs Stay Up?]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:55:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Social_Video_Chargers_Signs_at_the_Q_1200x675_881250883921.jpg

    The Los Angeles Chargers former football home, Qualcomm Stadium, is still displaying hundreds of Chargers signs, including many that say “San Diego Chargers.”


    These “San Diego Chargers” signs are still up, even though the Chargers organization announced it was moving to Los Angeles on January 25th, over 5 weeks ago.

    Who is responsible for taking down these Chargers signs? Who will pay for their removal? When will the signs come down?

    The City of San Diego says it’s up to the Chargers organization.

    In a statement to NBC 7, City of San Diego Public Information Officer Scott Robinson said, “The Chargers are supposed to remove their own signage at their expense.  We don’t currently have a timeline.”

    In front of the Los Angeles Chargers team headquarters on Murphy Canyon Road there remains a sign that says “San Diego Chargers.”

    NBC 7 reached out to the Chargers to see if they had any plans on removing the signs from their facility or Qualcomm Stadium.

    Chargers Media Relations Director Bill Johnston responded in an email saying, “We will be operating out of Chargers Park until June.  We will be using our offices at the stadium likely through April.”

    So it appears the stadium sign situation will be similar to the Chargers stadium quest in San Diego, a long, drawn out process that only leaves pigskin pain for Chargers fans each time they see those remaining “San Diego Chargers” signs.

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    <![CDATA[Chargers Sign Situation, How Long Will Chargers Signs Stay Up?]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:23:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Social_Video_Chargers_Signs_at_the_Q_1200x675_881250883921.jpg

    On January 25th, the Chargers announced they were moving to Los Angeles, but there are still hundreds of "San Diego Chargers" and Chargers signs on display at Qualcomm Stadium.  Who is responsible for removing the Chargers signs? Who will pay for signs removal? When will the signs be taken down?  NBC 7's Todd Strain tries to find some answers to those questions.

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    <![CDATA[WATCH: Former Charger Throws Support to MLS Proposal]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:28:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Luis+Castillo+Chargers+Field.JPG

    Luis Castillo played 82 games in the NFL, all of them for the San Diego Chargers, starting in 2005 when the Bolts took him out of Northwestern in the first round of the Draft.

    Castillo is retired but still makes his home in San Diego. He's picked up other sports like triathlons and golf and in a few weeks he will be hiking Mount Kilimanjaro with former teammate Nick Hardwick. Luis was one of the former Bolts who helped campaign for Measure C, the convadium proposal that was shot down by San Diego voters last November.

    Now Castillo sees a new opportunity for San Diego to grow. He attended the presentation of the local investment group looking to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego and is willing to help with the new proposal. He explained why to NBC 7 SportsWrap.

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    <![CDATA[Stadium, Shopping, Soccer: The Proposed New Look of MV]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:17:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/200*120/Stadium+street+view.jpg

    The investment group that wants to redevelop the Mission Valley land where Qualcomm Stadium sits has big plans.

    "We're starting with the largest parking lot west of the Mississippi and if we follow this plan within three years you will start to see construction on that," said FS Investors partner Nick Stone as he pointed at a new artist's rendering of the grand plan.

    Stone was joined by former Qualcomm executive Steve Altman in a series of press briefings on Monday in La Jolla. The group outlined what it wants to do to the 166-acre plot of land where Qualcomm Stadium sits.

    "We're trying to do something that makes sense for the community, a much more valuable asset for the City," said Stone.

    In addition to a brand new stadium to house an MLS expansion team and the San Diego State football program and a 55-acre River Park, here is what their big picture development plan looks like:

    - 3,520 market rate residential units
    - 800 units of student-focused housing
    - 480 residential units designed as affordable housing
    - 2.4 million square feet of office space
    - 740,000 square feet of commercial space
    - 2 hotels with potential for 450 rooms

    Stone says the park plan is something that meets almost all the criteria for the River Park Foundation and construction on it MUST be in at the same time they start to build the stadium. He also reiterated this entire proposal, which would cost an estimated $2.5 billion when it's all said and done, would be privately financed.

    "We are not seeking a single dollar if tax payer subsidy," said Stone.

    Part of that $2.5 billion dollar price tag includes $50 million to go towards traffic mitigation which Stone says is not just for what they want to build but also easing traffic flow in the area in general. It also will take care of destruction of Qualcomm Stadium.

    The FS Investors-led group also touts the site’s public transit as a major positive. The current stadium site has a trolley stop and is scheduled to be part of the new Purple line that would connect Mission Valley to the South Bay.

    “We are THE transit hub in Mission Valley corridor,” said Stone.

    This is a unique opportunity for any land developer. Parcels of land like this, 166 acres with very little already on it, are hard to come by in major cities in today’s real estate world. There will very likely be other developers interested in the land that put of a fight for it. This investment group is prepared for the opposition.

    “I think we're a rising tide that's going to lift a lot boats here. There will be people who view us as competition,” said Stone.

    One of the main challenges from other developers could come in the way the land is acquired by the FS Investors group. On Monday they re-iterated they plan on leasing the full site on a land-use basis and buying less than 80 acres, in effect acting as a master developer for the entire plot of land.

    The proposal was presented to City Hall and City Councilmembers on Monday.

    "This concept offers exciting opportunities for major league soccer, more parkland and Aztecs football without public subsidy,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer in a statement to NBC 7. “Now it's time to examine the plan in detail to make sure it makes sense for taxpayers. I look forward to reviewing the proposal presented to the public today, as well as the public discussion to come."

    The proposal will be formed as a citizens’ initiative. Later this week they plan to launch a new website, www.goalsd.com, that will outline all of the technical data. Then 22 days after that, they plan to start gathering signatures (the same process the Chargers went through with Measure C).

    If the group is able to collect enough signatures and have those signatures verified they will ask the City Council to make a decision on direct-adopting the proposal in June, hoping to avoid the delay of a public vote on the plan which would come in November, likely after Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber makes an announcement on which cities will receive expansion teams.

    A citizens’ initiative does not require environmental impact information to be included but Stone says the group will include “thousands of pages” of documents similar to what would be found in an Environmental Impact Report will be included anyway. Since the land is older and mostly a parking lot the group does not foresee many environmental obstacles.

    "There is very little that we could do so make the environmental situation worse,” said Stone.

    As for the National Football League, Stone says their group has not received any calls from groups interested in building a new facility for an NFL team on the site but they are still earmarking 16 acres to be left alone for five years in case professional American football decides to return to America’s Finest City.

    “We hope that at some point somebody will pick up the phone and call us but it hasn’t happened,” said Stone.

    A possible sticking point here is the size of the stadium. SDSU needs a new home and would like something expandable to 40,000 seats. The current stadium proposal, according to Stone, would be expandable to 32,000 seats. After seeing the latest round of plans SDSU issued the following statement:

    "We have reviewed the renderings and descriptions presented by FS Investors and we wish to clarify two critical issues: First, given the proposed density of development in the stadium area, there is no prospect for future expansion to 40,000 seats. Second, while the proposed gift of stadium ownership may convey tax advantages to FS Investors, it conveys no revenue or rights of ownership normally associated with a gift. We look forward to working with the Mayor, the City Council and the San Diego community to construct a mixed-use stadium that will serve the needs of SDSU's top 25-football program."

    The MLS investment group has spoken about “gifting” their portion of the stadium to the University and the school is looking for clarification on what exactly they mean by that. The Aztecs are being asked to kick in $100 million to the construction cost and would be hesitant to do so if they are not happy with the capacity.

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    <![CDATA[Artistic Renderings of MLS Stadium in San Diego Unveiled]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:58:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MLS+new+stadium+1.jpg The group vying to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego in a new, privately-financed stadium in Mission Valley rolled out a series of artistic renderings of their plans for a MLS stadium.

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    <![CDATA[SoCal Surf Stops by NBC7]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:01:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SOCAL_SURF_1200x675_880830531598.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:44:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-610458314.jpg

    Here is a look at what’s going on in San Diego sports for the week for February 20th-26th.

    PADRES: After a week of workouts the Padres play the Mariners Saturday and Sunday in Peoria. First pitch is 12:10 p.m. both days.

    GULLS: It’s a double dose of hockey at the Valley View Casino Center. Friday the Gulls host the Texas Stars before the Rockford Ice Hogs come to San Diego. Puck drops 7 p.m. both nights.

    SOCKERS: Saturday the Sockers play in Sonora against the Coyotes before Baja Atletico comes to the Valley View Casino Center Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

    UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS:

    -MEN’S GOLF: Monday-Wednesday at The Prestige in La Quinta, California.

    -BASEBALL: Tuesday KT Wiz 6 p.m. Friday vs. Notre Dame 6 p.m., Saturday USD vs. Oregon/UC Irvine 5 p.m. and Sunday Championship game 10 a.m. all at Fowler Park.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Gonzaga 6 p.m. and Saturday at Portland 2 p.m.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday vs. Gonzaga 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Portland 6 p.m.

    -MEN’S CREW: Saturday at the City Championships 7 a.m. at Mission Bay.

    -MEN’S TENNIS: Saturday vs. UC Irvine 10 a.m. and Saint Mary’s 2 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S TENNIS: Sunday vs. Arizona State 12 p.m.

    SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS:

    -MEN’S GOLF: Monday-Wednesday at The Prestige in La Quinta.

    -BASEBALL: Tuesday at UC Irvine 6 p.m., Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton, Friday vs. Tennessee 6 p.m., Saturday vs. Seton Hall 1 p.m. and Sunday vs. TBA.

    -SOFTBALL: Tuesday vs. Siena 6 p.m., Friday vs. Oklahoma State 6 p.m. and Florida State 8:30 p.m. in Cathedral City. Saturday vs. Stanford 5:30 p.m. and Sunday vs. New Mexico State 9 a.m. and Utah 11:30 a.m. in Cathedral City.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Wednesday vs. Fresno State 8 p.m. and Saturday at Colorado State 5 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Wednesday at Fresno State 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Colorado State 2 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S TENNIS: Wednesday vs. Eastern Michigan 2 p.m. and Saturday vs. Arizona State 12 p.m. both at the Aztec Tennis Center.

    -WOMEN’S TRACK: Thursday-Saturday at the Mountain West Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    -WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Friday at Michigan and Sunday at Detroit Mercy.

    -WOMEN’S WATER POLO: Friday-Sunday vs TBD in Irvine.

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO TRITONS:

    -WOMEN’S TENNIS: Tuesday vs. Eastern Michigan 2 p.m. at UCSD and Saturday at Cal State L.A. 11 a.m.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Cal State San Bernardino 5:30 p.m.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Cal State San Bernardino 7:30 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S WATER POLO: Friday-Sunday TBD in Irvine.

    -MEN’S GOLF: Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Shootout in Vallejo.

    -SOFTBALL: Friday and Saturday at Cal State San Bernardino 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

    -MEN’S TENNIS: Friday vs. Holy Names 3 p.m. at UCSD.

    -BASEBALL: Friday vs. Cal State San Marcos 6 p.m. and Saturday at Cal State San Marcos 12 p.m.

    -MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Friday vs. UC Santa Barbara 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. UCLA 7 p.m. both at UCSD.

    -MEN’S ROWING: Saturday San Diego City Championships 7 a.m. at Mission Bay.

    -TRACK & FIELD: Saturday at the Mangrum Invitational 10 a.m. in San Marcos.

    POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY SEA LIONS:

    -WOMEN’S GOLF: Monday and Tuesday vs. Cal Baptist Women’s Invitational in Riverside 8 a.m.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Monday at BYU-Hawaii 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at California Baptist 8 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Monday at BYU-Hawaii 7 p.m. and Saturday at California Baptist 5 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S TENNIS: Wednesday at Concordia 2 p.m. and Friday vs. Western New Mexico 11 a.m.

    -MEN’S TENNIS: Wednesday at Concordia 2 p.m., Friday vs. Western New Mexico 2 p.m. and Saturday vs. Sonoma State 11 a.m.

    -TRACK: Saturday at Mangrum Invitational in San Marcos 10 a.m.



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    <![CDATA[MLS Stadium Group Reveals More MV Redevelopment Details]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:50:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/206*120/MLS+Park+Rendering.JPG

    The group vying to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego in a new, privately-financed stadium in Mission Valley said it was going to reveal more details of its plan in due time and they are making good on that.

    On Sunday the group led by FS Investors founder Mike Stone and former Qualcomm Executive Steve Altman released an artist’s rendering of what they think the proposed 55-acre River Park would look like.

    Along with that photo comes the promise of more information to be shared in a Monday morning press conference where a detailed concept plan for the site is expected to be presented. That plan includes a new stadium to be used by a MLS expansion team and the San Diego State football program … a 55-acre River Park … and a sports and entertainment area with shops and restaurants, kind of like the Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego.

    The investment group says it has new renderings of the land to illustrate in better detail the various features of the proposed Mission Valley redevelopment project, which would still include an untouched parcel of land that would be set aside for the possibility of building a new NFL stadium.

    NBC 7 will have full coverage of the unveiling on www.nbc7.com and NBC 7 News.

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    <![CDATA[Aztecs Coach Steve Fisher One on One]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:58:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Coach_Steve_Fisher_SDSU_1200x675_880748611516.jpg

    San Diego State Basketball improved to 16-10 overall after a 77-64 win over UNLV.  After the game, NBC 7's Todd Strain went one on one with Coach Steve Fisher about the win and the Aztecs NCAA Tournament chances.

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    <![CDATA[Padres Try A Strange New Experiment]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:39:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Christian+Bethancourt+Pitching+2016.JPG

    In baseball you have utility players. Those are guys who can man multiple positions effectively. Usually those players specialize in being around the infield and dabbling in the outfield.

    The Padres are turning Christian Bethancourt in to a completely different kind of utility player.

    He is a catcher by trade … an outfielder by necessity … and now a relief pitcher by curiosity. Last year Bethancourt made his big league pitching debut, going 1.2 innings over two appearances and not allowing a run.

    The Friars were encouraged enough that when the season ended they asked him to focus more on throwing off a mound.

    “I did work a lot on it, especially when I was in Panama,” said Bethancourt, who played winter ball in his native country during the off-season. “I was playing left field every day and pitching three times a week. I put a lot of emphasis on my mechanics and watching a lot of videos comparing myself to other pitchers just to get a feeling and see how it goes. I feel like I’m in a pretty good position right now.”

    Bethancourt arrived in Peoria, AZ, for Spring Training expecting to work with the pitchers but he’s not trading in his catcher’s mask or outfield glove fully quite yet. He is still a viable offensive threat. Despite a high strikeout rate Bethancourt packs 20-home run potential at the plate.

    But it is awfully hard to ignore a mid-to-high-90’s heater so San Diego is exploring this incredibly unique opportunity.

    “Obviously my fastball is my best pitch,” said Bethancourt. “My changeup will be my second-best pitch; slider is still a work in progress.”

    Bethancourt is trying to slow down his slider to give it more depth. Right now he throws it so hard it doesn’t have much bite to it, coming off more like a cut fastball. But velocity is something that comes natural to the 25-year-old.

    “My expectation is he just has a nice, relatively easy side (session),” said manager Andy Green. “His expectation, probably, is he throws 95 MPH so we’re going to try and dial that back a little bit and make sure his body is in a good position.”

    That’s how the Padres will handle Bethancourt for the beginning of Spring Training when it comes to his pitching workload. In Panama his fastball is routinely in the mind-90’s and he can probably reach back for a little more if he needs to, but the Friars want to make sure he’s doing it safely so nothing will be rushed.

    “I think just get him off the mound, see where the mechanics have changed from when we first put him on the mound last year,” said Green about what he would like to see from Bethancourt in the early going. “That’s about it. He’ll go through PFP’s (Pitchers Fielding Practice) and stuff that he’s not normally accustomed to doing so that will be different for him as well.”

    Last season Bethancourt spent 322 innings at catcher, 42 innings in left field and 31 innings in right field … but it’s those 1.2 innings atop a 10-inch mound of dirt that could have unlocked his true baseball future.

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    <![CDATA[Padres Add Another Veteran Starter]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:19:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/188*120/Jered+Weaver+Angels+Good-Bye.JPG

    As if the San Diego Padres did not have enough question marks in their starting rotation, another veteran arm is joining the quagmire on the mound.

    Jered Weaver, who has spent his entire 11-year career with the Angels, agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal to join the Padres. The signing was made official on Sunday.

    Weaver was drafted by the Angels in 2004 and made his MLB debut two years later. From that first start through 2014 Weaver was one of the better pitchers in baseball, a 3-time All-Star who was extremely durable, making at least 24 starts every season.

    But in 2015 he suffered his first losing season and watched his ERA balloon more than a run to 4.64. He continued to struggle in 2016, giving up a league-leading 37 home runs.

    One thing Weaver does have, though, is moxie. He’s known as one of the game’s fiercest competitors. The Padres are hoping his bulldog persona can set the tone for the pitching staff and rub off on the younger guys in camp. They’re also hoping he can show a little of his old form and eat a lot of innings.

    Weaver joins the extended mix of players going after five starting spots. He already knows Jhoulys Chacin, who pitched with him in Anaheim last year. Fellow veterans Trevor Cahill and Clayton Richard are also viewed as frontrunners for a starting role.

    After that the list of guys in the competition for a starting spot includes Luis Perdomo (last year’s leader in wins), Christian Friedrich, Jarred Cosart, Paul Clemens, Tyrell Jenkins and Dinelson Limet … plus anyone else who might be added in the coming days.

    To make room on the 40-man roster the Padres moved starting pitcher Colin Rea, who is recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery, to the 60-day disabled list.

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    <![CDATA[Michael Jordan's Top Sports Moments]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:11:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TITLEMJ.jpg Air Jordan turns 54 today. From the unforgettable "double nickel" game at Madison Square Garden to the iconic "Flu Game" against the Utah Jazz, take a look back at some of Michael Jordan's greatest moments on the NBA hardwood.

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    <![CDATA[Gymnastics Doc Used Hide-and-Seek Games to Molest: Accuser]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:11:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gymnasticsdoctormolestor.jpg

    A woman who says the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics molested her as a child testified Friday that he turned games of hide-and-seek in the basement of his home into abuse sessions, NBC News reported.

    "Almost every time I was there for a couple of years, something occurred," the woman, a former family friend, said during a preliminary hearing before a judge ordered disgraced doctor Larry Nassar to stand trial on state sex-abuse charges.

    Nassar, 53, is also charged in federal court with possession of child pornography — more than 37,000 images, including Go Pro video he allegedly made himself.



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    <![CDATA[Ahead of Storm, Aztecs and Toreros Adjust Game Times]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:09:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Aztecs-Baseball-Toreros-030.jpg

    Rain delays aren’t typical in San Diego sports, but this weekend we could see just that.

    Both the University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego State University (SDSU) are adjusting their baseball schedules ahead of the potential inclement weather.

    The Toreros have moved up their second game against number six, Vanderbilt University, this Friday February 17 at Fowler Park. That game will now start at 2:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m.

    Game three on Saturday February 18th is still set for a 6:00 p.m. start time.

    Similarly, the SDSU baseball team has adjusted their start times against the Pacific Tigers on Friday and Saturday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Friday’s season opener has been moved up to 2:00 p.m. from its 6:00pm original start time.

    Saturday’s game has been pushed back to 6:00 p.m. It was originally scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.

    There is no change to Sunday’s contest. That game is still scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start time.

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    <![CDATA[Clean Sweep For SDSU Hoops vs Utah State]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:27:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KellvsUTahStWEB.jpg

    For the first time in six tries this season, both San Diego State basketball teams beat a conference opponent on the same day.

    Steve Fisher’s squad outlasted Utah State 66-62 to move over .500 in the Mountain West for the first time this season.

    SDSU’s 4th win in five games means the Aztecs are now 7-6 in the league after a horrendous 0-3 start.

    Trey Kell poured in a game-high 21 points to pace the Aztecs against Utah State.

    He and sophomore Jeremy Hemsley jump started an important 10-0 run in the second half to give the Aztecs some breathing room with a 57-45 lead.

    Hemsley added 13 points including a difficult floater over multiple defenders that kissed off the glass and into the bucket.

    SDSU has now beaten Utah State nine straight times since the Aggies joined the Mountain West.

    Here’s another amazing stat to process: Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, SDSU is 40-9 when committing 10 turnovers or less. The Aztecs turned the ball over just nine times Wednesday night.

     

    Back at Viejas Arena, the women's team snapped a 6-game losing streak with the Aggies in town.

    McKynzie Fort led all players with 19 points and also corralled seven rebounds.

    The Scarlet and Black also received 11 points from Lexy Thorderson.

    SDSU led by double digits for most of the 2nd half and when the Aggies cut the lead to five points late, Ariel Bostick made the play of the game.

    The guard came up with a steal and a breakaway layup to seal the deal and help the Aztecs to a 66-59 victory.

    The women’s team heads to UNLV this weekend while the Runnin’ Rebels vist the men’s team at Montezuma Mesa this Sunday at 1 p.m.



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    <![CDATA[Local Developer Wants to Bring NFL Back to San Diego]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:35:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Doug-Manchester-0209.jpg

    A prominent San Diego developer has reached out to NFL commissioner in a new push to build a privately-financed stadium, according to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

    Doug Manchester, the former owner of the U-T, said in a statement to NBC 7 San Diego that he is doing everything in his power to bring the NFL back to the City. 

    “This is premature but I am doing everything in my power to keep a NFL team in San Diego and working to get cooperation of the city council," Manchester said in the statement. "Bottom line, we need a team here that wants to be here.”

    According to the report, Manchester told Commissioner Roger Goodell that he wanted to develop the land on which Qualcomm Stadium sits to build a new, privately financed 70,000-seat stadium; he would work with a "powerful group of associates" that would develop the land, according to the report. 

    The Feb. 8 letter sent to the commissioner said the plan could provide an "immediate alternative" for the Raiders, if their plans to move to Las Vegas fell through. 

    The Raiders are still pursuing a move to Las Vegas, despite losing a key supporter for financing. Officials involved with the move say everything is on track. 

    However, according to the report, Manchester wrote that the group working to build the stadium is open to working with the Chargers, Raiders or other NFL owners. 

    A statement from a San Diego State University spokesperson on the development of the stadium site read:

    "SDSU is deeply interested in the redevelopment of the Qualcomm site, home to our Top 25 Aztecs. We are engaged in conversations with multiple parties interested in developing the site; we have not made a commitment to partner with any specific party at this time. We remain committed to a transparent process that advances our academic and athletic programs and the interests of the citizens of San Diego; we look to the Mayor and the City Council to lead this process in a way that best reflects the priorities of the community.”

    Last month, San Diego filed paperwork to apply for a Major League Soccer team. In accordance with that filling, an investment group has proposed to build a new stadium in Mission Valley. 



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    <![CDATA[Lawsuit Against Lance Armstrong Can Go Ahead: Judge]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:35:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lancearmstrongmara.jpg

    A federal judge has allowed a civil lawsuit brought by the U.S. government against disgraced former pro cyclist Lance Armstrong to proceed, tossing aside Armstrong's arguments that the case should be dismissed, NBC News reported.

    The Justice Department alleges in the lawsuit, made under the False Claims Act, that Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, defrauded the government by doping while sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. The Justice Department declined to comment Tuesday.

    From 2000 to 2004, the Postal Service paid Armstrong's team, the aptly named U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, a little more than $32 million, most of which went to Armstrong because he was the team's star rider, according to court filings.

    But the government is seeking damages nearing $100 million, about three times what USPS paid in sponsorships to the Postal Service Team during periods that fall within the False Claims Act's statute of limitations.



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    <![CDATA[Padres Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training ]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:04:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-610458314.jpg

    The countdown is over!

    The San Diego Padres celebrated Valentine’s Day in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday. Technically only pitchers and catchers were required to dodge cupid’s arrows at the Peoria Sports Complex but a few position players were on deck.

    Padres utility player Christian Bethancourt is pulling double (possibly triple) duty. The multipurpose 25-year-old will be working on both his catching and pitching skills this week. Last season he made two appearances on the mound for the Friars. During the off season Bethancourt pitched in the Winter League in his native country of Panama. His versatility is certainly an asset but the layout of his training is still being ironed out.

    “For now I’m just going to be, the first few days, doing catching drills and then the third day I’ll be doing pitching stuff,” Bethancourt said of his training schedule for the week. “After that we’ll see how it works, see how it feels and after that we’ll start working from there.”

    Bethancourt joked about possibly reporting again on Friday as an outfielder when position players arrive. But he’s not the only one getting a head start. Outfielder Travis Jankowski, and infielders Ryan Schimpf and Cory Spangenberg, who missed the latter part of the 2016 season due to a hamstring injury, both reported to the Peoria Sports Complex on Tuesday.

    With the optimism that comes with the start of spring training, so does the hope of a strong young team. We’ll have to see how the players come together this spring as they head into the 2017, but the players are ready to get back at it.

    “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be back. To me and my family this is a very special place and a special organization” Padres pitcher Clayton Richard said. “There’s an exciting group of guys in the clubhouse and it’s going to be a lot of fun this year to be a part of that.”

    The Friars will play their first game, a charity matchup, against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Peoria Sports Complex.



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