<![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 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:20:47 -0700 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:20:47 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Charger Add, Subtract]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:10:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Raw_6pm_Chargers_Sots_Fri_1200x675_323473475876.jpg

In a move expected by most observers the Chargers added another defensive tackle in five year veteran Ricardo Mathews. To make room for him on the roster the Bolts waived running back Marion Grice.

Mathews stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 300 pounds. He was a seventh round pick by Indianapolis back in 2010. Mathews played four seasons with the Colts before signing with Houston this off-season. In his four years at Indy Mathews recorded 51 tackles with 1.5 sacks.

Grice, a sixth round draft pick out of Arizona State, will likely end up on the Chargers practice squad.

In other news, practice squad quarterback and former Aztec Ryan Lindley worked out with his new team for the first time on Monday.

Head coach Mike McCoy dismissed any suggestions that Lindley was added to the roster for the express purpose of lending some insight into the Arizona offense.

Lindley is reunited with Frank Reich, the Chargers offensive coordinator. They were together for two years with the Cardinals.

<![CDATA[Advocates to Monitor Arrest of 49er]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:31:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

Domestic violence advocates said they plan to closely watch how San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald's case plays out in court, and how the National Football League will respond if the player is found guilty to a charge of felony domestic violence.

McDonald, 29, was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, according to San Jose police. He faces a felony charge of domestic violence.

"I'm very disappointed, especially after two or three days ago the announcement from the NFL that this would not be tolerated," said Kathleen Krenek, a domestic violence advocate.

Krenek is the executive director of Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence and has worked with victims of domestic violence for 30 years. She was shocked it took only three days for a player to be arrested on charges of domestic violence after the NFL rolled out stiffer punishments for the crime.

The change comes after outrage over the light punishment given to Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice, who was caught on tape beating his then-fiance. Rice received a two-game suspension from the league.

"They came out with a strong message a little bit late," Krenek said of the NFL. "But they did come out with a strong message. Now they need to follow it up."

NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

"This is your opportunity to say this is not acceptable, we don't accept it, we don't condone it, and we are asking all men to think differently if they are hurting their partner," Krenek said.

Meanwhile, McDonald is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," McDonald said Sunday as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

McDonald is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 15.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Chargers Set Practice Squad Roster]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:25:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/10569924903899619623985914772662n.jpg

All of the nine players signed to the practice squad spent the last six weeks in camp with the Chargers except for quarterback Ryan Lindley.

The former Aztecs star spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He was released after their third preseason game.

Lindley played in six games his rookie season, starting in four of them. He completed 89 of 171 passes with seven touchdowns and no touchdowns. He holds the NFL record for most pass attempts without a touchdown toss.

His most important job in week one will be espionage. Lindley will no doubt provide valuable information about the Cardinals offense as the Chargers prepare for their season opener on September 8th at Arizona.

Meanwhile the Cardinals signed linebacker Thomas Keiser to their roster after he was cut by the Chargers on Saturday.

Below is a list of the Chargers practice squad players:

QB Ryan Lindley / WR Javontee Herndon / WR Torrence Allen / T Jeremiah Sirles / G Craig Watts / DL Chas Alecxih / OLB Cordarrow Law / CB Greg Ducre / S Adrian Phillips

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<![CDATA[Hard Luck Loser]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:50:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/padres+pics+77+11.jpg

When starter Eric Stults (6-15) left the game Sunday afternoon at Petco the Padres trailed 2-1. It was another quality start , but the result was another loss...his 15th of the season. The Dodgers piled on four runs in the eighth and beat the Padres 7-1 to avoid the sweep.

Despite his poor record, Manager Bud Black was quick to praise his hard luck lefty, "Really he deserved a better fate, six innings, two runs, I'll take that every time." In the month of August Stults' ERA is a very respectable 2.43. He gave up two or less earned runs in four of his six August starts, yet only managed a 3-3 record.

Even with Sunday's loss the Padres have still managed to win their last six series at Petco Park and finished the month with a 16-11 record. The Friars start a four game series with the Diamondbacks Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[49ers' Ray McDonald Arrested]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:24:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

The San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested for domestic violence overnight, San Jose police confirmed.

San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said the 29-year-old was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, SJPD said in a release.

McDonald was taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony domestic violence charges, according to the release. He has posted $25,000 bail and has been released from jail, police said.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," said McDonald, as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

The 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Sunday that the organization is "aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

McDonald, who has been playing for the 49ers since 2007, was arrested on the same street where 49ers' outside linebacker Aldon Smith was busted for a DUI last September, sources told NBC Bay Area.

The NFL has suspended Smith on Friday for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

McDonald's arrest comes after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a tougher domestic abuse policy on Thursday. NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[It's Trevor's Time: Hoffman Joins Padres Hall of Fame]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:55:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hoffmanp9.jpg

Retired San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman closed a major milestone on Saturday: the ball player was inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame.

The iconic closer, No. 51, was inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame prior to the evening Padres game against the L.A. Dodgers at Petco Park.

One could say it was definitely Trevor's Time.

Fans will forever remember the excitement of Hoffman being summoned to the pitcher's mound to close a Padres game. His signature song, which always got fans on their feet, was AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” and his appearance on the diamond was referred to as "Trevor Time."

Hoffman, the Padres all-time saves leader, retired in January 2011, following a career that spanned 18 seasons, including 16 years with San Diego.

Over his 16 seasons with the Padres, Hoffman built a 54-64 record with 552 saves in 618 opportunities. His save percentage was .893. Hoffman also had a 2.76 ERA, .211 opponent batting average and 1,029 strikeouts in 902 relief appearances.

According to the team, Hoffman was elected unanimously into the Padres Hall of Fame by the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame committee.

He’s the ninth person inducted into the elite group, joining baseball icons Buzzie Bavasi, Nate Colbert, Jerry Coleman, Randy Jones, Ray Kroc, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield and, of course, the late and beloved “Mr. Padre,” Tony Gwynn.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Chargers Drop 22 Players]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:25:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/chargers+generic.jpg

As part of final-cut day, the San Diego Chargers released 22 players on Saturday in an effort to reach the NFL’s 53-man roster limit.

In the routine step toward the start football season, the team announced the following players had been cut from the Bolts:

  • (LB) Victor Aiyewa
  • (DT) Chas Alecxih
  • (WR) Torrence Allen
  • (WR) Vincent Brown*
  • (CB) Crezdon Butler
  • (S) Alden Darby
  • (CB) Greg Ducre
  • (TE) Mike Flacco
  • (T) Mike Harris
  • (WR) Javontee Herndon
  • (LB) Thomas Keiser
  • (DE) Joe Kruger
  • (LB) Cordarro Law
  • (S) Adrian Phillips
  • (WR) Tevin Reese
  • (T) Jeremiah Sirles
  • (QB) Brad Sorensen
  • (LB) Colton Underwood
  • (G) Craig Watts
  • (G-T) Kenny Wiggins
  • (C-G) Khalil Wilkes
  • (DE) Doug Worthington

The Chargers said that if Brown clears waivers, he will be placed on the team’s Reserve-Injured list with a calf injury. Earlier this week, the team trimmed their roster by releasing another 11 players.

The NFL season officially kicks off Thursday. The Chargers play their first game of the season on Sept. 8 against the Cardinals.

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<![CDATA[Padres Walk Off With A Win]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:50:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/454359850.jpg

The Padres got 35 outs on Friday night at Petco Park. In those 35 outs, they did not have a single extra-base hit against the Dodgers.

Turns out, it was singles night in the East Village, and that was just fine.

Yasmani Grandal's 12th inning, bases loaded, 2 out single off former Padre Kevin Correia drove in Yangervis Solarte with the game-winning run.

When you play as many close games as the Padres do, you're going to win a lot of games in your last at-bat Since 2005, the Padres have 86 walk-off wins, the most in baseball over that time (one more than the Cincinnati Reds).

Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, struck out eight Dodgers hitters and allowed one run in 6.0 innings.

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<![CDATA[49ers' Aldon Smith Out for 9 Games]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:24:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/aldon-smith-preason-2014.jpg

The San Francisco 49ers will play more than half the season without the team’s best defensive player.

The NFL has suspended outside linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

Smith's suspension is without pay, the league announced Friday.

Smith will be eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster on Monday, Nov. 10, following the team’s Nov. 9 game against the New Orleans Saints, the NFL announced. He'll likely be back on the field when the Niners play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 16.

“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team," San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement following the league's announcement. "Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”

Smith will not be able to appeal the suspension as the appeals process has already run its course, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported.

The 24-year-old Smith, one of the NFL's top pass rushers, missed five games last season to undergo treatment at an in-patient facility following his DUI arrest Sept. 20.

Just before training camp began last month, the 24-year-old Smith was sentenced to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.

He has repeatedly said he has been sober since his DUI arrest last September. Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the Colts on Sept. 22, two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. After the game, he publicly apologized for his behavior and later announced he would leave for treatment.

While the Niners went on a five-game winning streak without him, Smith's menacing presence was sorely missed. The team still picked up his 2015 contract option this spring.

In his latest run-in with the law, Smith was arrested April 13 at Los Angeles International Airport. Police said Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb. No charges were filed.

In November, he pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators said several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered, illegal weapons in Smith's house.

Last season, Smith finished with 8 1/2 sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games with eight starts. He was initially worked back in slowly, but demonstrated he had stayed in shape while away.

Selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, Smith had a franchise-record 19 1/2 sacks during the 2012 season for the 49ers, who lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl after that season.

Read more from CSN Bay Area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[New Info on Del Mar Horse Deaths]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:23:32 -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 turf track for about a week so crews could inspect the turf and prevent further equine injuries.

After the turf track was reopened, there was 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[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

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.”

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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

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<![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.

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<![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.”