<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Sports News, Photos, and Scores for the Padres, Chargers and More]]> Copyright 2015 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 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:52:11 -0700 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:52:11 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[LA Selected as U.S. Candidate for 2024 Olympics]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:14:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/09-01-2015-olympics-la-1984-GettyImages-491337875.jpg

Los Angeles is officially in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.

With Boston bowing out earlier this year, the LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to the Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee later announced that it had selected LA as the United States candidate.

"We all know the next two years are about fleshing out the details, but this is in our DNA," said Garcetti, citing the city's experience with the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. "We know how to do Olympics, we know how to do them well, we know how to do them  economically."

United States Olympics Committee CEO  Scott Blackmun officially announced that LA is the U.S. candidate for 2024 at a beach-side news conference in Santa Monica about an  hour after the council's vote.

Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are already in the mix. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.

"This is a great Olympic city," Councilman Paul Krekorian said. "Let Paris and Rome and whoever else who wants to compete know, we're in this to win it, and I think we will."

The Summer Olympics were last held in the United States in 1996, when  Atlanta was the site.

The United States did not make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics,  which were awarded to Tokyo in 2013. Los Angeles sought to be the U.S.  candidate to host the 2016 Games but was beaten by Chicago, whose bid was  ultimately rejected by the International Olympic Committee in favor of Rio de  Janeiro.

LA is looking to join London as the only cities to host the  Summer Olympics three times. The second-largest U.S. city initially lost the opportunity to bid to Boston but regained it after the East Coast city backed out over concerns about financial liability.

But many financial details of the Los Angeles plan remain vague. City analysts said last week that based on the information given to the city so far, "it is difficult to determine the fiscal impact and risk to the city of hosting the 2024 Games at this time."

The City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics backed an agreement last week that would show the United States Olympic Committee that the city of Los Angeles is committed to pursuing a bid to host the Games, but the full council was given extra time to review bidding documents that were delivered to the city last week. The "joinder" agreement was requested by the United States Olympic Committee.

Some city officials and residents have urged caution in pursuing the bid, saying the city could be on the hook for cost overruns incurred by hosting the Olympics, which boosters of the bid estimate as costing about $4.6 billion to run. Time has also been limited for Los Angeles, which was given only a few weeks to review the pact before the IOC's deadline -- compared with the several months that Boston had to study the idea.

That deadline was Sept. 15.

Last week was also the first time many city leaders and analysts were able to review a 200-page draft bid book and a proposed contract between the USOC and LA24, the nonprofit formed to pursue the bid and potentially manage the games if Los Angeles is picked as the host city. LA24 chair Casey Wasserman, a businessman and philanthropist, assured the committee last week that he believed "that this can be and will be the most responsible Games possible."

The ad hoc panel voted in favor of the effort after revisions were made to the agreement to clarify that the city will still have the opportunity to negotiate a more comprehensive "host city contract" at a later date. City attorneys told the panel that by backing the bid effort Tuesday, the city will not be exposed to any major financial obligations or liabilities.

A preliminary review of the budget appeared to show that one of the major capital projects, the Olympic Village, "may significantly exceed the projected $1 billion," City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso wrote in a report Thursday. The analysts said more than half of the budget may go toward just remediation and relocation costs.

Supporters of the Los Angeles bid have said the city will more likely see a surplus, saying that unlike other cities, Los Angeles already has many of the needed sporting venues in place.

The Olympic Village would be next to the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights -- in a Union Pacific rail yard known as the "Piggyback Yard" -- and calls for track-and-field and the opening and closing ceremonies to be held at a renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.



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<![CDATA[Fighter Ronda Rousey Says Yes to Marine's Ball Invite]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:59:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480821508.jpg

Ronda Rousey said she'd take a night off from kicking and punching to dance and twirl at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Rousey, 28 — the reigning MMA superstar and actress —  accepted an invitation from U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert, 22, according to a news report on Tuesday.

In a video posted to on his Facebook page Thursday, Haschert confesses to Rousey that she is his celebrity crush and he would love to take her to the ball on Dec. 11.

"I love everything that you do and I think you are a phenomenal person," said the rosy-faced, North Carolina-based marine in the video that had been viewed nearly 5 million times by Tuesday night.

"If you (consider it), you will truly be making my dream come true," he continued.

It was a few days until Rousey accepted, after a TMZ cameraman asked about the proposal point-blank in video published Tuesday. A beaming Rousey is seen saying yes to the date, with just one stipulation: "He’s gotta be a gentleman. I’m not a first date kind of girl."

Rousey admitted she was at a loss on how to reach him. She agreed to the date after a Jan. fight against former boxer Holly Holm was moved to Nov. 14. Rousey did make one other request of Haschert: That he get dates for three of her friends as well.

To see Rousey accept the proposal go to TMZ.com.



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<![CDATA[Good Bye Chargers, Hello Jaguars?]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:02:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Chargers+Jaguars+at+Qualcomm+Stadium.png

“Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, and over these ideals they dispute – but they all worship money.” (Mark Twain)

One of the truly great American writers perfectly summed up the National Football League without ever having known it would exist. The NFL’s quest for cash is seemingly never ending. Money is the reason the Chargers are looking at leaving San Diego for Los Angeles. In a strange twist of fate money may also be the reason America’s Finest City will not be without professional football for long.

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to root for the San Diego Jaguars? Don’t laugh. It just might happen and if it does it will be because of the almighty dollar. A series of events over the last half-decade or so, including one very recent encounter, has laid the ground work for San Diego to lose one NFL team only to have it replaced by another one from north Florida.

Goodell: $25B by 2027

During a meeting of the NFL owners in 2010 National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell told his member 32 teams his goal was to increase league revenues to $25 billion a year by 2027. He’s stood by that in subsequent meetings. How, exactly, would they be able to meet the ambitious target of tripling revenue is just 17 years? The answer, my dear friends, is TV. Specifically: TV in Los Angeles. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

It comes as no coincidence that in 2010 AEG made its proposal to build Farmers Field in downtown L.A. The facility was supposed to open this August, by the way, until they realized they need someone to play in it. A Los Angeles Times report says AEG would have had to have two teams, one of them owned at least partially by AEG founder Philip Anschutz, to make building the stadium a financially viable endeavor.

Seeing as how the value of a franchise almost instantaneously doubles when it touches down in Los Angeles not many NFL owners are all that willing to sell a team before a move. So that dynamic effectively killed the Farmers Field project … but gave way to a new idea.

No owner wants to sell a team to someone who owns a brand new stadium in L.A., so what if there was an owner with enough financial clout and a sub-par stadium situation who could build his own place in the nation’s second-largest media market? Enter Stan Kroenke.

Battling for Belle of the Ball

According to Forbes the owner of the Rams is the third-wealthiest man in the NFL (behind Seahawks owner Paul Allen and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross) with a net worth of about $6.3 billion. He found a way to get a nearly $2 billion NFL facility built in Inglewood using private funds. Once that gauntlet was thrown down Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos, who feels the Los Angeles market defaulted to him when the Rams and Raiders left Southern California after the 1994 season, felt the need to defend his territory.

Without Kroenke’s financial clout the Spanos family reached out to the Raiders, another team in dire need of a new facility with a history in L.A., to accelerate their idea of putting a new and only slightly less expensive NFL stadium in Carson. Now we have three debutantes trying to be the Belle of the Ball in La La Land, a dynamic that has the National Football League giddy with excitement (even if they have to put on a straight face to hide it). All of that brings us back to television.

The league has TV contracts with NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and DirectTV that all run through 2022 and will pay the NFL a combined $6.5 billion to $7 billion annually. How much do you think everyone is going to ante up if Los Angeles and its reported 22 million people are in the mix, especially if they’re starting to become loyal fans of one team?

But the NFL being the NFL, it’s not happy with just adding L.A. Sure Southern California is the linchpin but why stop there when you can double down and fix Florida, too?

A Jaguar Move Helps Miami

Jacksonville has never worked as an NFL city. The Jaguars started off with a great run, reaching the playoffs four of their first five years and even advancing to a pair of AFC Championship games. But over the last 15 years they’ve only had three winning seasons and finished with at least 10 losses eight times. Attendance and, more importantly, interest are down. The Jags routinely have one of the five worst TV ratings of any NFL market. The problem with them is they’re dragging down another team’s ratings, too.

Somewhat surprisingly the Miami Dolphins have been struggling to get a decent TV rating in recent years. One of the reasons is a lack of success in the LeBron James Heat era. But another reason is they’re being blocked by the Jaguars on TV in a place where the Dolphins have a whole lot more fans.

Orlando, FL, has a vibrant and growing Cuban population. With their ties to Miami the vast majority of Cubanos are Dolphins supporters. The problem is they can’t watch Miami games in Orlando. Since that part of the state is closer to Jacksonville the Jaguars are the AFC team on the TV every week which makes the Cuban fans fairly upset. If the NFL could somehow get the Jags out of the Dolphins’ way it would open up even more revenue streams for local TV dollars, which brings us to what is shaping up to be the grand plan.

The NFL wants to have a team, possibly two, in L.A. ASAP. The Raiders have to go. They’ve had the worst TV ratings in the league for years and are just not interested in staying in Oakland any more. They could go join the Rams in Inglewood or build their place with the Chargers in Carson. So now it’s an issue of who has to stay home: the Rams or the Chargers?

The Logical Play

St. Louis and San Diego are both working feverishly to get stadium proposals to pass muster with the NFL. Remember, it’s the league office that is ultimately calling all the shots here. That’s why San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has been so diligent in meeting all the deadlines set forth by the league. That was made clear to me during the latest owners meetings near Chicago.

“What we have done through this process is be able to tell the NFL we can meet your time frame,” said Christopher Melvin, the hand-picked lead negotiator for Mayor Faulconer. “The whole acceleration of the EIR (Environmental Impact Report) was to meet the NFL’s time frame. That’s a very significant commitment by the elected officials to get that done.”

What if the Mayor’s office is doing all this to appease the NFL to get a stadium built, but not necessarily for the Chargers?

What if they get the feeling, or have even already been told, the Carson project is going to win the Los Angeles derby and the Bolts are bolting? Well then there’s only one logical reason to spend millions of dollars to keep pursuing a new stadium. They think someone else is going to fill it. To figure out whom that would be just do what the NFL always does: follow the money.

The logical play would be to let the Bolts and Raiders go to Carson and leave the Rams in St. Louis where Kroenke’s deep pockets and connections can help build a new facility, and then move the Jaguars to San Diego where Shahid Khan, the 4th-wealthiest owner in the NFL, can do the same to help get a new facility built.

Tony Manolatos from the Citizens Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG) says the proposal on the table is not exclusive to the Chargers and could be presented to any pro football team that’s interested. Khan bought the team in 2012 and has the motivation to get out of Jacksonville because his relationship with the local government there is every bit as stressed as the one between the San Diego city leaders and the Chargers. Khan is trying to get a $500 million development done through his company Iguana Investments, a mixed-use area full of office spaces, restaurants and a new training facility for the team. His proposal is a combination of public and private funds but it’s being held up by political opposition and an EIR (where have I heard that before?).

Goodell’s End Game

If San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis are the three worst stadium situations in the NFL then Jacksonville is just off the podium. The league, by moving the Jags to a new facility in San Diego, would fix all four situations in one bold, sweeping move. Plus the San Diego market is obviously a great place to hold the Super Bowl, the league’s marquis event, and contrary to popular opinion the TV ratings for the Chargers are in the top half of the league, on par with the Eagles and better than classic franchises like the Bears and 49ers.

Here’s the real kicker: Although it is as of yet unconfirmed a source familiar with the CSAG says someone close to the San Diego stadium situation has already had an informal meeting with representation from the Jacksonville Jaguars to discuss interest in a potential move here.

Now, the NFL has been playing its cards extremely close. Aside from a desire to move to L.A. we really don’t know what Goodell’s end game is. However, when you lay all the pieces in a row this scenario makes an awful lot of sense.

Plus the first time Khan tried to buy an NFL team was in 2010 when he put in a bid for the Rams but Kroenke, then just a minority stakeholder, used his option to match the bid and take control of the team. It only seems fair that Shahid gets to go to Southern California instead of Stan.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Chemistry Builds on the Chargers O-Line]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:47:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Rivers+Chargers+Seahawks+Preseason.jpg

An NFL team spends a lot of time together. So guys on the individual units need to find ways to make sure they're all getting along and on the same page.

The Chargers offensive line unit once again has some new parts. They have bonded with the help of comedy. Often it's insult comedy and it's aimed at each other, but it's comedy all the same. Or, as it's sometimes referred to, it's just boys being boys.

After Saturday night's game against the Seahawks we got a glimpse of how the line has gelled when DJ Fluker, Joe Barksdale and King Dunlap started in on each other with hilarious results.

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<![CDATA[Celebration Set for Sweetwater Valley Little League]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:44:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_716975831904.jpg

A welcome home celebration for the Sweetwater Valley Little League team following their exciting World Series run is set for Tuesday evening in Bonita.

The event will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Sweetwater Valley Little League complex at 3321 Conduit Road.

The Eastlake and Bonita Vista high school cheer squads will be there to welcome the team, as will the San Diego Padres pod squad. The radio station 93.3 FM will also be on hand to host team-focused activities.

Pizzo’s also will be serving up pizzas and tacos.

The sixth and seventh graders from Bonita and Chula Vista had an impressive run in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The team was knocked out of contention in the semifinal round on Thursday in an extra innings thrill against Texas. They lost 9-7 in eight innings.



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<![CDATA[Sox Fan Buries World Series Champions Hat at Wrigley]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+view.jpg

One White Sox fan may have jinxed — or perhaps reverse jinxed — the Cubs this year by burying a Sox treasure at Wrigley Field.

Allison Horne of ESPN and 120 Sports tweeted a photo of a White Sox "2005 World Series Champions" hat sitting atop some fresh cement at Wrigley Field. According to Horne, a Sox fan who worked on the recent renovations at Wrigley Field is responsible for the trick.

The photo does not indicate where the hat is buried in the ballpark, but perhaps the Cubs will want to leave it there as a good luck charm. So far, it seems to be working just as well as Cubs manager Joe Maddon's tricks, which included the promise of a Sunday night pajama party following the historic game against the L.A. Dodgers.

A similar incident happened in 2008 at Boston's Fenway Park, where a Yankees fan buried a David Ortiz jersey in the ballpark. The jersey was later located and removed from the cement with a jackhammer.



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<![CDATA[Cubs Rock Pajamas After No-Hitter]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:39:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-486027192.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were already preparing for a pajama-themed plane ride home from Los Angeles on Sunday night, but pitcher Jake Arrieta ensured that it would be a party as he tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers.

Predictably, the evening got fun in a hurry for the Cubs.

To start with, Arrieta arrived at his postgame press conference wearing a mustache-onesie. Here is a picture of the garment, along with the catcher that called Arrieta’s no-hitter:

Anthony Rizzo chimed in with his emoji-themed pajamas, and he was joined by several of his teammates, including Addison Russell and Kris Bryant:

 

Onsie trip LA✈️CHI

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Some players, including outfielder Matt Szczur, went with the Superman look:

 

#teamonesies #nohitter

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While others, including relief pitcher Tommy Hunter, celebrated by sporting their favorite school’s colors:

Of course, it wouldn’t be a night without seeing what the architect of the pajama party had up his sleeve, and manager Joe Maddon didn’t disappoint as he channeled his inner Maverick and went with the Top Gun look:

Now everybody please gather for a group photo:



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<![CDATA[Arrieta Throws No-Hitter in 2-0 Cubs Victory ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:40:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-486005752.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were on a four game losing streak, but their best pitcher was at his best Sunday as Jake Arrieta pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The no-hitter is the first in Arrieta’s career and the first for the Cubs since the 2008 season, when Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Houston Astros in a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It is the 14th no-hitter in Cubs team history. 

Arrieta only faced 29 batters in the game, with one walk and a Starlin Castro error giving the Dodgers their only baserunners of the game. Arrieta struck out 12 batters total and struck out seven of the 10 batters that reached 0-2 counts against him in the contest.

While everyone in the stadium and on social media was buzzing, there was one person in the ballpark that was apparently unaware that Arrieta was on the verge of history. 

"Everyone know what was going on except Justin Grimm," Maddon said. "He had no idea it was a no-hitter, even after the game concluded." 

The victory gives the Cubs a five and a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Pittsburgh Pirates also lost on Sunday afternoon, moving the Cubs to within five games of the top wild card spot.

The game marks the first time that the Dodgers have been no-hit at Dodger Stadium since Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter for the Atlanta Braves in April 1994.



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<![CDATA[Chargers Make Roster Cuts, Release 11]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:55:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/204*120/151117628.jpg

The Chargers have until Tuesday to get their roster down to 75 players. They got a head start on that process on Sunday afternoon, releasing the following 11 men from the roster:

CB Manny Asprilla
DL Cameron Botticelli
WR Titus Davis
RB Jahwan Edwards
LB Curtis Grant
LB Brock Hekking (injured)
T Forrestal Hickman
TE David Paulson
QB Chase Rettig
DL Luther Robinson
TE Logan Stokes

That puts the Bolts at 79 so they still need to trim four by 1:00 Pacific time on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bolts play their final preseason game on Thursday in Santa Clara against the 49ers then have another two days to get down to their 53-man roster. They will also get to sign 10 to their practice squad.



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<![CDATA[Braves Fan Fell to His Death Doing 'Favorite Things': Family]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_400180067339.jpg

The Atlanta Braves fan who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game was doing what he loved when his life ended abruptly, his family said Sunday.

Gregory Murrey, 60, landed in an area of the stands behind home plate in the seventh inning of the Braves' game against the New York Yankees Saturday night.

"The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves," according to a family statement read by his son Jason to NBC affiliate WXIA.



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<![CDATA[Chargers Defense Shows Big Improvement]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:31:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-485770140.jpg

In 2014 the Chargers defense showed flashes of brilliance but overall was nowhere near as good as it needs to be to earn a spot on the list of the NFL’s true playoff contenders. So far in 2015 the San Diego defense looks like it’s taken the necessary steps to join the likes of the Seahawks, Patriots and Broncos.

In preseason game number three, a 16-15 loss Saturday night against Seattle, the Bolts only allowed the Hawks offense 9 points. Only six of those came with quarterback Russell Wilson in the game. Seattle got their only touchdown on a 67-yard punt return by rookie Tyler Lockett and the game-winning points on a 60-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka.

One moment in-particular showed just how much improvement the Chargers defense has made. In the first quarter safety Jahleel Addae blitzed Wilson, arguably the most elusive QB in the league. Addae didn’t buy the Wilson pump-fake, closed the gap quickly and forced an intentional grounding penalty. It’s the kind of play most of the guys on the Bolts D would have not made a year ago.

“All week we’ve been studying them and they like to run boots (bootlegs) away from the running back,” said Addae. “Coach Pagano called a great call. Russell is so athletic I wanted to wait for him to make his move then attack him.”

Addae treated Wilson the same way NBA defenders are taught to approach scorers like Kobe Bryant. Don’t leave your feet on the pump-fake; you’re only going to get the guy to draw a foul.

“I picked my hands up but I didn’t jump,” said Addae. “I tried to stay on the ground. Coach always says don’t jump. Once I was able to stay on the ground I was able to move right and left and it turned out in my favor.”

Safety Jimmy Wilson, a Pt. Loma High School product, also had a sack on a blitz. Those two got a lot of playing time with two-time All-Pro Eric Weddle resting a sore neck. Wilson and Addae have been battling for the other starting safety spot, but instead of a fight it’s turned in to a friendly rivalry.

“Both of those guys, every day in practice, just trying to get the edge on each other,” said Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers. “But it’s no confrontation they’re trying to push each other. They root each other on every play and that’s only going to make our secondary better.”

The Chargers pass rush has also shown signs of immediate improvement. If Wilson had not dropped Wilson (Jimmy and Russell, respectively) then Melvin Ingram was right there to clean it up. Rookie linebacker Kyle Emanuel has been working with the first team defense and looks to have the tools to be a legitimate NFL pass rusher. Fellow linebacker Donald Butler has returned from a sub-par season looking like the player the Bolts has when they signed him to a long contract extension before the 2014 season. The effort of the front-7 has not gone un-noticed by the guys in the secondary.

“They work together every day to see what protections these guys like,” said Flowers of the linemen and linebackers. “It’s been working.”

As certain head coaches (pretty much all of them) have been known to say a good pass rush is a good way to make your secondary better. Of course it helps when the secondary can jump in and get to the QB like Addae and Wilson did Saturday night, too.



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<![CDATA[Gordon’s Outing Lacks Signature Play vs Seahawks]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:33:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Melvin+Gordon+Chargers+Preseason.jpg

NFL preseason games are like appetizers before the main course that is the regular season.

After the Chargers fell 16-15 to the Seattle Seahawks in their 3rd exhibition contest, you’re probably still hungry to see more of one new player in particular.

The Chargers gave rookie running back Melvin Gordon ample opportunities to showcase his skills against the team that was one play away from winning back-to-back Super Bowls.  The former Wisconsin Badger emerged from the game without any disclosed injuries, but also without a signature play during his latest dress rehearsal.


If you look solely at the box score and see Gordon ran for 34 yards on 14 carries, you probably aren’t enthused about the new kid on the block averaging a paltry 2.4 yards per carry.


Gordon carried the rock 6 times for just 11 yards in his first NFL action against the Cowboys and sat out as a precaution when the team traveled to Arizona.  As NBC7’s Derek Togerson pointed out in his game recap, the Chargers rookie did not appear to be slowed down by the ankle injury he was nursing over the past few weeks.


His longest rush of the day was an 8 yard burst up the middle.  Gordon also picked up back-to-back 5-yard gains on one drive which included a 3rd-and-1 conversion for a first down.  But for the most part he struggled to get going when running behind center and towards the right side of the offensive line.


The rookie admitted afterwards that he feels like he knows what he’s doing and is trying to just “calm himself down,” as he settles in and adapts to the speed of the game.

"I'm definitely getting more comfortable,” said Gordon. “It takes reps."


While Gordon struggled, Branden Oliver did twist his way into the end-zone for the 3rd straight exhibition game.


The 3rd year pro out of Buffalo dazzled his way past the Seahawks backups after catching a short pass from Kellen Clemens and heading up field for an electric 70 yard scoring play down the sideline.


Oliver also scored on a nifty 10-yard run in the preseason opener against the Cowboys, and tallied six points against Arizona on a 3 yard plunge.


Oliver has now scored a touchdown in 3 different ways against 3 different teams: as a goal-line back, a playmaking rusher, and a pass catcher that runs for tons of yards after the catch.


The kneejerk reaction may be to call for Brandon Oliver to start the season opener against Detroit, but if you feel that way we need to take a timeout.  There are many factors to consider as to why Gordon has not shown big flashes so far in August.


First of all, Seattle has developed a reputation of being one of the best defenses in the league – and one of the deepest – over the past few years. The Chargers are also trying to figure out how to get their new toy in space.


Teams also are trying to walk the tightrope of getting regulars game-action while limiting the amount of time they could suffer injuries out on the field.  Look no further than the Green Bay Packers who saw starting wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb suffer injuries within 6 days in preseason games that don’t count in the standings.


Danny Woodhead also spelled Gordon during the first half.  It’s important to remember that all three running backs provide the Chargers with options.

There's a good chance Gordon won’t be a workhorse back because Woodhead and Oliver have proven in past regular season games that they can contribute as well.


The San Diego offensive line is still a work in progress, although the passing product is ahead of the rushing attack.  Philip Rivers looked sharp against Seattle, completing 13-of-19 passes for 140 yards.  As long as the O-Line can keep their signal-caller upright, there should be no concern about the passing game.


As for the ground game, take a step back and remember that Gordon has officially rushed for 0 yards on 0 carries and hauled in 0 receptions so far in his actual NFL career.

You can still draft him in your fantasy football league, too.


Let’s see how the first round pick performs when the games actually count before we rush to any assumptions. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same goes for Pro Bowl careers.


Sometimes when you go to a restaurant, the appetizers aren’t amazing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the main entrée or the desserts are going to be subpar.
 

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<![CDATA[Chargers Fall to Seahawks after Rivers Scare]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:57:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485769940.jpg

At the end of the second quarter of the Chargers vs. Seahawks game at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday night, the entirety of the Bolts fan base collectively gasped in horror.

Quarterback Philip Rivers hit his hand on a Seattle defender and winced in pain. He tried throwing one more pass, missing Keenan Allen in the end zone, before running to the locker room in obvious discomfort. In an NFL preseason that has seen the Packers lose Jordy Nelson, the Steelers lose Maurkice Pouncey and the Redskins lose Robert Griffin III, the obvious fear of the most important player on the roster is very real.

But Rivers, who was 13-19 for 140 yards in the first half, walked the second-half sideline with his ball cap on and not even a Band-Aid on his throwing hand. He's going to be just fine. Rivers had a good view of what turned out to be an exciting game.

The Seahawks won 16-15 thanks to a 60-yard field goal by Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka with 16 seconds left in the game. San Diego falls to 2-1 on the exhibition season.

Despite the end result there is reason to be excited. The Chargers defense played extremely well against the two-time defending NFC champions.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll let his starters play deep in to the third quarter. Quarterback Russell Wilson was not terribly effective, completing just seven of 15 passes for 56 yards.

San Diego safety Jahleel Addae made a tremendous play in the first quarter on a blitz to force Wilson into a intentional grounding penalty. Fellow safety (and Pt. Loma High alum) Jimmy Wilson sacked Wilson on another blitz.

Linebacker Melvin Ingram also spent a lot of his night in the Seattle backfield pressuring Wilson, who scrambled four times for 23 yards. Ingram has had the best preseason of his professional career after dropping 20 pounds in the off-season.

As expected rookie running back Melvin Gordon got a lot of work in what should be his last preseason game of 2015. Gordon is still looking for his first breakout run but did carry 14 times for 34 yards. He also caught two passes for seven yards and did not seem to be slowed down by the ankle ailment that caused him to miss last week's game in Arizona.

The Chargers' only touchdown came on a 70-yard pass play to another running back. In the third quarter, Branden Oliver took a short pass from Kellen Clemens and had a lot of open field in front of him. Oliver made one defender miss on his way to the longest TD of his professional career.

Seattle's only touchdown came on a 67-yard punt return by rookie Tyler Lockett.

The Chargers have to cut their roster down to 75 by Tuesday and then play their last preseason game on Thursday at Levi's Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers. The final 53-man roster will be decided on Saturday, September 5.
 



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<![CDATA[IndyCar Racer Justin Wilson Remembered at Race]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:11:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gettyimages-170552690-justin-wilson-dies.jpg

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Justin Wilson prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America.

Wilson died Monday from a head injury sustained when he was struck by debris during an IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Many drivers at Road America placed decals on their cars in memory of Wilson. The rear bumper of the No. 52 car driven by Joey Gase, an organ donation advocate, featured a large picture of Wilson and a testimonial from his brother and fellow racer, Stefan.

Justin Wilson's organs were donated.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers' Vin Scully Will Return ]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:18:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+7.49.21+PM.png

It happened in an instant, but it may just be the best news Dodgers fans have received in quite some time.

In between the top and bottom half of the second inning of the opening game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, team owner Magic Johnson appeared on the jumbotron in a prepared video stating that he had an announcement for the fans.

Suddenly, Johnson's image gave way to ABC Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel who revealed cue cards that read, "Vin Scully will be back for at least one more season."

The crowd at Dodger Stadium immediately erupted as the Hall of Fame broadcaster was shown on the screen.

Scully, who turns 88 in November, has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 and next season will be his 67th with the team. Scully currently holds the longest streak of any broadcaster in all of sports to be with one team.

"I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said. "There's no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all our friends.

There was much speculation over the past few weeks as to whether or not Scully would return. Scully has taken a lesser role with the team in recent years, opting to not travel to the east coast and on most away games.

However, Scully has always said that if he was healthy enough to call the games and felt like he was still effective, then he would continue to remain in the booth.

Scully's year-by-year announcement means he will return to the booth in 2016, and beyond will still be in question. More than likely, Scully will continue to call games in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Arizona for SportsNetLA.



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<![CDATA[Padres Lose Game And Playoff Hopes]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:42:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*126/GettyImages-485621476.jpg

Before the Padres took off their East Coast road trip we asked a few of their players about the slim chances of making the playoffs. To a man they said they were "optimistic" they can still make a run.

I myself have been among those saying they're not out of it yet! Well after dropping two of three in Washington then losing 7-1 to the Phillies on Friday night it pains me to say the Padres are out of it.

Sure they're 9.5 games out of first place and the Dodgers have not acted like they have any interest in running off with the National League West. Mathematically the Padres are still very much alive for a post-season spot.

Realistically, however, the Friars simply don't have the horses to run to the front. There will be no late-breaking sprint to the front of the pack. After 128 games (yes I'm a slow learner) it's clear this team simply is not playoff-caliber.

Friday night the only run the Padres scored came on a solo home run by Justin Upton. The only other hit they got came on a double by Cory Spangenberg. Staring pitcher Ian Kennedy took the loss despite only allowing two runs in 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts. Philly did its damage with five runs against Marc Rzepczynski and Odrisamer Despaigne in a 5-run 8th inning.

The grand experiment by Padres General Manager A.J. Preller did not work out. But I will not give up hope that the fact they tried something new will lead to the right formula being assembled in San Diego soon.



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<![CDATA[LISTEN: New Chargers Song For the 2015 Season]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:12:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/C-Siccness.jpg

The Chargers have a long history with songs made just for them. The disco classic "San Diego Super Chargers" is still a favorite at games. P.O.D.'s "Chargers Anthem" is a hard rock track that also gets heavy play at Qualcomm Stadium.

But the Bolts have also been represented in rap, thanks in large part to San Diego-based artist C-SICCNESS. He recorded the "Save Our Boltz" ode to keeping the team in San Diego (yes, the one that found itself in the crosshairs of comedian John Oliver earlier this year).

C-SICCNESS has a new song getting fans ready for the 2015 season. He was kind enough to share it with NBC 7. Take a listen and let us know what you think!

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<![CDATA[The Little League Elbow Heard 'Round The World]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:19:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sweetwater-Valley-LL-081715_7.jpg

NBC 7's Derek Togerson offers commentary on Thursday night's Little League World Series semi-final game

The Little League World Series run ended for the Sweetwater Valley Little League team with a walkoff loss to Texas. But more people are focused on the controversies that happened during the game than the dramatic way it ended.

SVLL first baseman Jacob Baptista's elbow collided with an opposing player who was running down the line when there was no play to be made. It looked intentional, and many people watching believed it was intentional. SVLL head coach Ward Lannom says it was incidental contact, something Jacob maintains, as well. Either way the episode has cast a shadow on the entire, fantastic series the kids from Bonita and Chula Vista put together.

People on social media gave the moment a life of its own, with many calling it a cheap shot. But all those people who are taking shots at the kid (and there are plenty of them, unfortunately) are WAY off base here. During the LLWS we see kids crying when they lose. The overriding opinion for that is it’s touching to watch how much the kids care. They’re playing for all the RIGHT reasons and simply love the game. It’s raw emotion and human beings love seeing raw emotion.

But, guess what? Raw emotion in 12 and 13-year-olds does not always manifest itself in tears. Sometimes it comes out in elbows. You put a middle-school kid in a pressure-packed situation on national TV and yes, you’re going to see some stuff happen. So calling Baptista a poor sport based on one unfortunate moment is simply not fair, and honestly not right.

I’m not saying what happened was OK. It was unfortunate. I tend to believe, based on the video, that it was not an accident. But even if it was not I have no problem with Jacob for it. Neither should anyone else. I've done things I regret in the heat of a game. Most everyone who has played a competitive sport has. It's part of sports. It's something we all have to do and learn from.

One of the most important lessons we learn in youth sports is how to win with dignity and lose with grace. Baseball, in particular, is a great teacher of life lessons. Want to learn how to deal with failure? Try baseball. Like Ted Williams and Tony Gwynn said, if you fail seven out of 10 times you’re an All-Star. Good luck finding another line of work where that’s the case.

The Sweetwater Valley situation could have been a moment to learn a lesson. The problem is that lesson was not taught. But sometimes (often, actually) kids do things better than adults do. I was sent a picture on Friday of Jacob and Tristan Schwehr, the Texas player who was running down the first base line, shaking hands. A very classy move from both of them, and I think a much more accurate indicator of Jacob Baptista's character.



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<![CDATA[Carson Gaining Support for NFL Football]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:49:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/04-24-2015-carson-nfl-stadium-4.jpg

City officials and other supporters gathered Friday in favor of a plan to secure an NFL stadium in Carson that could bring two new teams to the Southland.

Six mayors from neighboring cities joined a news conference where officials unveiled a large banner that read "Future Home of Professional Football" and renamed a street "Stadium Way" at the proposed site the location.

The project includes a 168-acre stadium property next to the 405 Freeway that could house the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

In April, Carson lawmakers unanimously voted to approve a Chargers-Raiders plan to build and share a $1.7 billion football stadium just north of Carson's civic center.

The relocation of the teams is still under consideration by the NFL and requires NFL owners' approval. The decision is predicted for the end of the year or the beggining of next year.

"This is not just about Carson and pro football," said Carson Mayor Al Robles at Friday's news conference. "This is about bringing pro football back big-time to Southern California."

An NFL team has not played in the Los Angeles area since 1994, when the Raiders and Rams relocated.

 

City News Service contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[3 US Team Members Run Soccer Camp for Refugees ]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:34:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Landon-Helm-el-cajon-082815_2.jpg

Three US soccer stars are doing their part to give back to the community.

Landon Donovan, Brian Ching, and Stuart Holden kicked the ball around and helped kids score goals at a soccer camp for refugees Thursday at the San Diego Polo Fields.

For the clinic the trio partnered with YALLA San Diego, a group that helps refugees and immigrants in East County.

“We wanted to do something that helped us stay connected to each other, stay connected to the communities that we go to, and stay connected to the game that’s been so good to us,” Landon Donovan, a six-time MLS Cup champion told NBC7.

The former US National Team members started HELM soccer camps three months ago as a way to do that. HELM stands for humility, education, leadership, and motivation.

They knew they could put together a generic soccer camp – but the players wanted something more genuine.

“We want to be immersed in it, involved in it, and have an impact – a real impact on lives more so than just saying hi and signing an autograph or taking a picture,” Donovan said. “YALLA San Diego was a natural fit. What they do aligns perfectly with what we do and it was a perfect marriage.”

Stuart Holden, a former English Premier League player, said YALLA’s focus on education through soccer felt right for what they were hoping to do in their camps.

“To be able to have that type of impact is humbling and to be able to donate our time,” Holden said, “it’s a really special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

YALLA San Diego is as much focused on college preparation as it is on dribbling the ball.

“In addition to our soccer program we have academic programs and college prep programs,” said Ryan Shera, soccer director for YALLA soccer club.

Shera says this year YALLA had 21 of 22 seniors get accepted to four-year universities. The 22nd student could not be accepted to college because he is a Syrian refugee and his sealed transcripts are stuck in Syria.

“These are some of the issues we deal with and the issues that our players face,” Shera said.

YALLA’s motto is "soccer is the hook, college is the goal."

About 60 players participated in the one-day clinic.
 



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<![CDATA[SVLL Coach on Allegations of 'Dirty Play']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:01:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ward-lannom-SVLL-082815.jpg

Anyone watching the Little League World Series semifinals Thursday night found it almost impossible to look away.

The team from Pearland, Texas rallied a couple times then beat Sweetwater Valley Little League 9-7 in eight innings.

San Diegans went to social media to applaud the Boys from Bonita for the wild ride we’ve all enjoyed over the last few weeks.

However, there were some who accused the team from California of dirty play – specifically two run-ins at first base.

After the game, the SVLL Coach Ward Lannom addressed the controversy.

 

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<![CDATA[SD Gulls to Open Season at Home]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:14:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD+gulls.jpg

After months of anticipation, San Diego Gulls fans can plan out their weekends.

The American Hockey League released its regular season schedule Thursday, and the Anaheim Ducks' top minor-league affiliate will welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins to town for its home opener on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Griffins are the Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate.

The second Gulls home game will be the following Friday on Oct. 16 against the Bakersfield Condors which is aligned with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

Other notable home games include a Halloween date with the Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) as well as contests against Texas (Dallas Stars) and the Ontario Reign (LA Kings) on the days before and after Thanksgiving, respectively.

The 68-game schedule will feature 34 home dates at Valley View Casino Center with visits by each team in the Pacific Division (Bakersfield, Ontario, San Antonio, San Jose, Stockton and Texas) as well as three inter-conference opponents.

The three inter-conference opponents are the Griffins, the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) and the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators). San Diego will host 13 Friday games, 12 Saturday games, seven Wednesday games, and also one game on a Tuesday and Sunday.

You can see the full regular season schedule here.

Individual regular season tickets for all Gulls games at Valley View Casino Center will go on sale in late-September. The team plans to sell discounted tickets for students and members of the military.
 

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<![CDATA[SVLL Ends World Series Run]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:10:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_499427438813.jpg

After battling into extra innings in Thursday’s Little League U.S. semifinal, Sweetwater Valley was eliminated 9-7 by Pearland, Texas in 8 frames.

The 1st inning lasted nearly 50 minutes as both teams got on the board quickly. California’s Walker Lannom smashed a 3-run homer to put the Bonita bombers in front right away. But in the bottom half of the frame, Pearland’s Zach Mack crushed a grand slam to Left field to help Texas jump ahead, 4-3.

The boys in blue regrouped in the 3rd inning when Levi Mendez smashed a solo shot to tie the game at 4. Moments later, his teammate Jacob Baptista sent a 2-run homer over the fence to give Sweetwater Valley a 6-4 advantage.

After Texas rallied to tie the game at 6, Sweetwater Valley came up with a big defensive play in the 5th. Pinch-hitter Connor DeLeon tried to stretch a double into a triple but Walker Lannom fired the relay throw right on the money to Antonio Andrade who tagged DeLeon as he slid into the bag. We would be tied at 6 after 6 innings and go to extras.

In the top of the 8th, Baptista knocks in the go-ahead run with a line-drive single up the middle. Nate Nankil scored from 2nd base on the hit to put Sweetwater Valley up 7-6.

But in the bottom of the 8th, Ben Gottfried crushed the game-tying home run to give Texas new life and make it 7-7. Minutes later, Caleb Low ended the game with a 2-run walk-off homer.



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<![CDATA[Woman Files Suit Against Bulls Star Derrick Rose]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:17:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-458331240.jpg

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, claiming he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her.

The unidentified woman, who says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, says she was drugged at a Beverly Hills home and later attacked at her apartment.

Rose denied the woman's claims in a statement he released late Thursday.

"I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," he said. "I am not going to comment other than to say - I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by TMZ Wednesday and made public Thursday, says the incident took place in August of 2013.

Rose’s spokesperson, Lisa Cohen, said on behalf of his legal team that the lawsuit is “nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete" and called the claims "outrageous."

"Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago," she said. "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated."

Cohen also claimed this is the third attorney the woman has hired in an attempt to sue Rose.

The Chicago Bulls released a statement on the issue Wednesday.

"We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts,” the team said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Rose’s agent could not immediately be reached for comment.



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<![CDATA[MAP: LA 2024 Olympics Venues]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:51:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/01-08-2015-olympics-1984-la-coliseum.jpg

If Los Angeles gets to hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics, where would the events be held?

LA24, the group working to bring the games back to the city, released a bid book with nearly two dozen proposed venues clustered across the Southland, including in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Westside, Griffith Park and one outlier in Ventura County.

Click on the locations to see where the games could take place.



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<![CDATA[McDonald Indicted on Rape Charges]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:03:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/th-may-25-ray-mcdonald-mug.jpg

Former San Francisco 49’ers and Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was indicted on Wednesday on one count of rape and on one count of violating a restraining order by a Santa Clara County Grand Jury, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

McDonald, who was signed by the Bears in March and released by the team after new domestic violence allegations surfaced against him a few months later, was accused of raping an intoxicated woman at a party in December 2014. The incident caused the 49’ers to release him, with the team citing a series of poor decision-making as the reason for the decision.

McDonald’s former teammate Ahmad Brooks was also indicted for his role in an incident at the same party, the newspaper reported.

If convicted on the rape charge, McDonald faces a maximum of eight years in prison, with another year possible with the restraining order violation charges.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Rookie Takes Hockey History To The Gridiron]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:42:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-484926124%281%29.jpg

When a guy wearing number 48 for the Chargers broke up the middle to sack Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton in the 2nd quarter of Saturday's preseason game in Arizona a whole bunch of people thought the same thing:

Great play! Who the heck is that guy?

That guy is Nick Dzubnar and he might be around for a while so learn how to pronounce his name (it's Duh-Zub-Nar, by the way). Nick is an undrafted rookie from Cal Poly-San Louis Obispo and the Mustangs all-time leading tackler.

He came to San Diego with the goal of working his way on to either the 53-man roster or the 10-man practice squad. He plans to do that with one simple approach.

"Getting to every ball," said Dzubnar. "I want to make every play. I want to make every tackle. I want to outwork everyone. I want to out-hustle everyone. That's obviously what led to my career in college success and hopefully it can bring me success here in the NFL."

That attitude is a good way to make yourself a fan favorite fast and it's something he's had more or less his entire life.

"It started early when I was playing ice hockey. My dad raised me to be a hard worker."

Wait. Did he say ice hockey?

"It's related to hockey but I was able to transfer it over to football."

Dzubnar grew up in Mission Viejo, CA, as a defenseman that not only enjoyed the physical nature of the sport, but seemed to take the dump-and-chase as a personal insult. You can listen to him explain his playing style on the ice below:

While Dzubnar still thinks he was better at hockey than he is at football it's looking like his sports calling is less Ray Bourque and more Ray Lewis. That doesn't mean he doesn't long to get his blades on the ice again, though.

"I still miss it every single day,"Dzubnar says. "I really do love that sport. But, obviously, this is working out for me right now."

Plus, now that the Gulls are back in San Diego, Nick won't have to go far if he wants to get his hockey fix.

"Maybe if this career ends I may jump on over there and see if I can get some ice time."

One sport at a time, big guy. Just give this pro football thing a real shot first.



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<![CDATA[Sweetwater Valley Advances to Semifinals]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:31:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_388174054181.jpg

The Sweetwater Little League Team won its third straight elimination game Tuesday 11-3 over Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The 5 p.m. game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania,was an elimination game, meaning the seventh graders from Chula Vista and Bonita must win to advance.

Staked to a 3-0 lead, thanks to a couple wild pitches, the boys from Bonita stayed on the offensive. 

Levi Mendez crushed a two-run homer in the second inning to push the lead to 5-0. 

Pitcher Dante Schmid struck out the side in the bottom of the second to set the tone on the mound. 

But the offense wasn't done. Antonio Andrade led off the 5th inning with a solo shot and Sweetwater Valley tacked on a few more runs in the late innings to put the game out of reach. 

The Southern California sluggers dominated Kentucky, single-handedly knocking them out of the tournament. They outscored Kentucky by a combined 25-5 in their two wins. As NBC7's Derek Togerson explains, the team has a good chance heading into the elimination rounds.

The West Regional champs captured a decisive victory over Rhode Island on Monday night, helped largely in part by a huge third inning that included a grand slam home run by Jacob Baptista.

The South Bay players lost their previous game against Texas Sunday 8 - 4 to fall into the loser's bracket. It was the first loss for the Sweetwater Valley Little League All-Stars in the last 18 games they've played.

The boys play next on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals. The team they will play the losers of Wednesday's Pennsylvania vs. Texas game. 



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<![CDATA[ESPN Pulls Former Red Sox Star From Air After Posts Compare Muslims Extremists to Nazis]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:50:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/138886369.jpg

ESPN has pulled Curt Schilling from the air after the former Red Sox and Phillies star posted a photo comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis on his social media accounts.

The photos, posted Tuesday, were deleted and Schilling apologized. ESPN announced that the company has removed Schilling as a broadcaster for the Little League World Series "pending further consideration.”

"Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," ESPN said in a statement.

Schilling issued an apology on Twitter, saying he understands his suspension and that the situation is "100% my fault." 

 

 He has also apologized to some online commenters individually.



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