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<![CDATA[Barracuda Bite Gulls Late]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:12:00 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gulls+Barracuda+Faceoff.jpg

Despite the youth on their roster the Gulls have not made a whole lot of vital mistakes this season. A couple of rare errors sunk them on Friday night.

San Diego lost to the San Jose Barracuda 3-2 in front of a sellout crowd at Valley View Casino Center that thought it was going to see another comeback win. The Gulls and their league-leading power play allowed a short-handed goal in the 2nd period to fall behind 2-0 but in the 3rd the offense woke up.

Or more accurately, Kevin Roy woke up. Roy scored two goals two minutes and two seconds apart for his second multi-goal game of the season. Roy is one of the hottest players in the American Hockey League. He’s scored eight goals in his last nine games.

But a mere 14 seconds after Roy’s equalizer San Diego made the critical error of the game. An errant pass across the middle of the ice hit the tape of San Jose’s Brandon Mashinter and he rifled it past Reto Berra for the game-winner. Two goals that the Gulls typically don’t give up and it ended up costing them.

“The shorthanded goal was just one that was bad luck. It jumped over our stick. But I don’t care,” said Gulls Head Coach Dallas Eakins. “On any night you can’t gift a team two goals. It’s going to come back and bite you.”

The loss drops San Diego to 5th place in the Pacific Division and temporarily on the outside of the playoff picture. San Diego and San Jose meet again on Saturday night at the VVCC.

<![CDATA[Halladay Had Morphine in System When His Plane Crashed]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:25:25 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/roy+halladay+accidente++007.jpg

All-star Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay had traces of morphine and other drugs in his system when his experimental plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in November, toxicology results showed.

The Pasco County, Florida coroner said Friday that test results found traces of three drugs in his blood at the time of the 40-year-old's death. Morphine, amphetamine, and a generic form of Ambien, a drug used to treat insomnia, were detected.

Halladay died in November when his two-seater ICON A5 amphibious plane nose-dived into shallow water off New Port Richey, Florida, which is near Tampa. The plane flipped over after hitting the water.

Witnesses told authorities the plane was climbing, diving, and flying close to the water surface shortly before impact.

Halladay died on impact. The coroner ruled the cause of death as blunt trauma.

Halladay, known as "Doc," pitched four seasons with the Phillies before retiring after injuries cut short his 2013 season. He won the 2010 National League Cy Young Award and pitched a perfect game while winning 21 games in his first season with the Phillies. He went on to pitch a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 divisional series.

He started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, before he was traded to the Phillies ahead of the 2010 season.

Halladay picked up flying after retiring from Major League Baseball. He had about 700 hours of flight time after getting his license in 2013. He started flying the aircraft, which has wings that can be folded and a body that can float, a month before the crash.

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<![CDATA[Jets WR Threatened to Sexually Assault Cop's Wife: Police]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:15:35 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/robby-anderson-diptych.jpg

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson allegedly threatened to sexually assault a South Florida police officer's wife early Friday after authorities said he was caught driving a Jaguar more than 100 mph.

Anderson, 24, also accused the arresting officer of trying to "ruin his fun" after the stop on North Flamingo Road in Sunrise about 2:15 a.m. on Friday, according to a police report. 

According to the report, the officer clocked Anderson's Jaguar going 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer wrote in the report that the vehicle was all over the road, ran two stop lights and refused to stop when he began to pursue the car with lights and sirens on. 

Once the officer finally got the vehicle to stop, Anderson declined to answer any questions and asked for a lawyer, according to the report. The cop and another officer then detained the man and tried to put him in the car, but Anderson reportedly refused to obey their commands.

According to the report, Anderson threatened the officer's wife and his family once he was in the patrol car. He also allegedly bragged about how much money he had.

Anderson was arrested on multiple charges including resisting an officer without violence, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, disobeying a red light and failure to drive in a single lane, records showed. He was booked into Broward County jail on $7,000 bond and was released Friday afternoon.

In a statement, a Jets spokesperson said the team was aware of the situation.

"This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment," the spokesperson said.

Attorney information for Anderson wasn't immediately available. But about 45 minutes before the arrest he tweeted, "I’m flaming right na man I swear."

It's the second arrest for Anderson in South Florida in the past year. He was charged with resisting an officer with violence after an alleged confrontation with a Miami police officer outside the Rolling Loud Music Festival in May.

A graduate of South Plantation High School, Anderson played college football at Temple before he was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He finished the 2017 season as the team's leading wide receiver, with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office / AP File Photo
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<![CDATA[Tee Time: What's Happening at 2018 Farmers Insurance Open]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:31:47 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Torrey-Pines-Golf-Course-Todd.jpg

It's time for tee in San Diego: the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open is swinging into town, bringing the best of the PGA Tour to the links – plus plenty of opportunities for mixing and mingling.

The prestigious PGA Tour golf tournament runs from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28 at the scenic, seaside Torrey Pines Golf Course. Fans will be able to see their favorite players up close, including the world's most recognizable golfer, Tiger Woods.


Woods will, once again, try to tame the Torrey tourney, making his 2018 PGA Tour debut at the course he knows well. Woods has won this tournament a record seven times (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013). The last tournament he played on tour was the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open, when he missed the cut by four shots.

Woods also won his last major championship at Torrey Pines, at the 2008 U.S. Open. He loves the tracks on the San Diego coast and his appearance at the Farmers Insurance Open will certainly be a big draw for spectators.


Also on the roster is San Diego-born Phil Mickelson and Poway High School alum and four-time PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman. San Diego State University alums J.J. Spaun and Xander Schauffele will also take a swing at the tournament, as well as Torrey Pines High School graduate Michael Kim. Locals Pat Perez and Jamie Lovemark are also expected to play.

Spectators can purchase several ticket options for the tourney, depending on which day they want to head to the golf course and what they want to do when they get there. Basic one-day passes start around $50.

Several upgraded zones along the course will offer food, drinks, music and prime seating. This includes The Fringe presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal, an area on the 15th green with a sports bar vibe. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, after the final hole, this area will host a post-party. Admission to The Fringe sets you back $85 daily. For details on these VIP zones, click here.


As for parking, fans will have a few paid parking options throughout the weekend. On Thursday and Friday, attendees can park at either the Del Mar Fairgrounds ($20) or Sunrunner (5187 Pacific Highway) ($10). Each parking lot will offer free shuttle service to the main entrance at the Gliderport from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.

On Saturday and Sunday, attendees can park at the Sanford Consortium (2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.), which is a short walk to the entrance of the tournament, or Scripps A (10800 N. Torrey Pines Rd.), which is a three-tenths of a mile walk to the east entrance. A lot called Scripps B (3506 Cray Ct.) will also be available; that area is located about a half-mile from the east entrance. Parking prices at these three lots range between $25 and $30.


Of course, if you're spending a day at the green enjoying those spectacular ocean views, you'll want to grab some grub. Concessions will be plentiful, with breakfast, lunch and snacks available for purchase throughout the tournament, plus beer, wine and cocktails.

Stroll over to areas like The Grove or 2 Green (NC) and 6th Fairway for lunch specials, or if you get there bright and early, the 1st Tee Concession area or Main Entrance Concession for breakfast, served until 12 p.m.

Photo Credit: Todd Strain/NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Pilots Maneuver Past USD In Stunning Fashion]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:14:28 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/USDvsPortland+MBB.jpg

On paper, the University of San Diego should have dominated Portland Thursday night.

The Pilots entered 0-6 in league play and had lost 22 straight conference games.

Too bad USD can't get a mulligan after this one.

USD struggled to settle into its offense all night and Portland eked out an unlikely 55-49 road win to stun the Toreros on their home floor.

The victory snapped Portland’s 22-game losing streak against West Coast Conference foes and dropped USD to 13-6 overall (4-3 in league play).

Isaiah Pineiro played great but there were stretches where it felt like he was the only Torero who could make a basket.

The redshirt junior swingman scored a career-high 26 points and corralled 11 rebounds against the Pilots.

But he didn’t have much help.

“It's just always disappointing to lose on home court especially the way we did,” said Pineiro. “It was a tie game with like 3:30 to go and on the home floor that's all you can ask for. We just didn't come up clutch in the end."

Junior guard Tyler Williams was the second-highest scorer for the home team with eight points.

Williams hit a pair of treys in the second half to help USD stay in contention for the win, but the Toreros shot a measly 4-for-23 as a team from long range.

Isaiah Wright added 10 assists but shot only 1-for-8 from the floor.

Olin Carter III was also off all night and finished just 2-for-10 from the field with six points.

Carter had a couple attempts from behind the arc in the final minute of regulation but missed both times and Portland came up with the rebound to ice the game at the free throw game.

Next up for the Toreros is a road trip to BYU this Saturday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Photo Credit: Ben Rosehart]]>
<![CDATA[Adrian Gonzalez Signs With NY Mets]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:39:56 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/KNSD_Adrian_Gonzalez_on_the_Mend_111610_98_mezzn_640x480.jpg

Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum.

The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five-time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.

Gonzalez was left off the Dodgers' postseason roster, traded to Atlanta in December and released, leaving the Braves responsible for his $21.5 million salary in the final season of a $154 million, seven-year contract he signed with Boston.

His salary with the Mets will be offset against what Atlanta owes. The Braves also receive $4.5 million from the Dodgers by May 1.

<![CDATA[See All 51 Super Bowl Championship Rings From I to LI]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:45:42 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/super-bowl-rings-thumb.jpg The Vince Lombardi trophy and a championship ring has marked each year's winning Super Bowl team for the NFL. See all 51 ring designs that have emerged from Super Bowl I to LI.

Photo Credit: Nina Lin/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[American Ninja Warrior Experience Comes to San Diego]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:08:11 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/American_Ninja_Warrior_Experience_Comes_to_San_Diego.jpg

NBC 7's Marianne Kushi talks with Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila about the event planned for March at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley. For more information on the event, go to the American Ninja Warrior section on their websiet at www.anwexperience.com/event/san-diego/.

<![CDATA[Aztecs Foiled Again Down The Stretch]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:06:09 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSU+USU+for+WEB.jpg

For the second straight year, San Diego State lost to Fresno State on its home floor.

This time the Bulldogs emerged victorious with a 77-73 win at Viejas Arena after erasing a double-digit deficit in the second half.

The Aztecs pushed the pace early and Jalen McDaniels was the catalyst. The redshirt freshman continued his breakout season on the mesa with another superb outing and finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

On one sequence in the first half, McDaniels came up with a huge block, raced down the court, and glided in for a breakaway dunk.

Malik Pope scored 10 points but left the game in the second half with a groin injury.

In his absence, Trey Kell helped keep the Aztecs close when he nailed a clutch trey to bring SDSU within 1, 72-71.

Kell finished with 14 points.

SDSU trailed by two with 30 seconds to play but Nate Grimes rejected Devin Watson’s drive to the rim and the Aztecs failed to capitalize on their last two possessions.

It was another example of a winnable game that unfortunately the Aztecs let slip right through their fingers.

SDSU looks to get back on track when the team faces New Mexico on the road this Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Cross-Country Skier Sophie Caldwell Secures Podium for US at Final Team Sprint Event]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:23:54 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+OLY+SOPHIE+CALDWELL+THUMB.jpg

Cross-country skier Sophie Caldwell had a photo finish in the final cross-country team sprint event Sunday, which led to a third-place finish for the US. She was joined on the podium by teammate Ida Sargent, who qualified for the Olympic team the day before.

<![CDATA[10 Fast Facts About Speedskating Star Shani Davis]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:39:15 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901955760.jpg Thin crust or thick crust? Cubs or White Sox? U.S. Olympian Shani Davis loves Chicago, and he has plenty of opinions on the city's hottest debate topics.

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<![CDATA[McKayla Maroney Testimony Read in Hearing for Olympic Doctor]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:15:49 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905629526.jpg

Three-time Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney joined other gymnasts and victims of a disgraced former sports doctor when her emotional testimony of sexual abuse and emotional trauma by Larry Nassar was read in a Michigan courtroom Thursday.

About 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing hearing for 54-year-old Nassar, who has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents were in the room. Maroney's testimony comes on the third consecutive day of the hearing, in which many cried as they told their stories, some requested anonymity and others unleashed.

(Warning: The testimony and statements included in the video above may be graphic in nature.)

Maroney, who did not appear in the courtroom and had her testimony read by a prosecutor, wrote in her statement that Nassar began abusing her when she was about 14 years old. "Whenever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated,'" her statement read.

She wrote that the "scariest night of my life" happened when she was 15. The gymnast's statement said that she was given a sleeping pill while on a long flight to Tokyo, and when she woke up, "I was all alone with [Nassar] in his hotel room" receiving "treatment."

"I thought I was going to die that night," Maroney wrote.

Maroney urged for Nassar to receive the maximum sentence, "so he will never prey on another child." The former doctor faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years.

She also blamed Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee for his continued work with athletes. In 2016, Maroney reached a financial settlement with USA Gymnastics that included a $100,000 fine if she spoke out about the abuse. However, the organization later said that they have not and will not seek payment from Maroney. 

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics," Maroney wrote. "The things I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting. ... Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long. It is time to take our power back."

Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic gymnast, also spoke on Thursday and addressed Nassar directly. She said she initially "had no idea there were other victims."

Dantzscher met Nassar when she joined the U.S. national team at 12 years old. He molested her during his many sessions with her, and she was one of the first women to publically accuse Nassar of abuse.

"Your days of manipulation are over," she said. "We have a voice. We have the power now."

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina began the day by reading aloud a letter from Nassar, who argued that it was too hard to listen to his accusers and that the hearing has been turned into a "media circus."

"I didn't ask any media to be here," responded Aquilina, who has allowed any accuser who wishes to speak to do so at the hearing. Prosecutors said a total of 105 women have requested to address the court.

The judge read an excerpt from Nassar's letter: "Aquilina is allowing them all to talk. She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed at her."

Aquilina responded: "I don't have a dog in this fight, sir. I didn't want even one victim to lose their voice. ... Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives."

USA Gymnastics, which chooses the Olympic and national teams, has been forced to respond swiftly to the scandal. It announced Thursday that it will no longer train gymnasts at the famed Karolyi ranch in Texas where some athletes say they were molested by Nassar.

"It has been my intent to terminate this agreement since I began as president and CEO in December," Kerry Perry of USA Gymnastics said in a statement. "Our most important priority is our athletes, and their training environment must reflect this. We are committed to a culture that empowers and supports our athletes."

Kyle Stephens was the first victim to testify in Nassar's hearing, saying Tuesday to Nassar, "I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar and those 'treatments' were pathetically veiled sexual abuse."

Stephens said Nassar, who often bowed his head and closed his eyes or looked away as she and others spoke, repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing. She said he rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, among other abuse.

She said Nassar denied it, and her parents initially believed him. Stephens said she largely blamed her father's suicide on the shame and self-loathing he felt for defending Nassar.

"Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don't stay little forever," Stephens said. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

Aquilina has consoled the women and girls who have spoken or had their statements read during the multi-day hearing, saying they should not blame themselves and praising them for their bravery in speaking out.

Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach who sent more than 100 young girls to Nassar for treatment, stood with Gwen Anderson as she testified Wednesday about the abuse she experienced. 

As Nassar sat with his head bowed, Brennan interrupted Anderson to tell Nassar to "look at her."

"For the record, go to hell," Brennan said following Anderson's testimony, adding that the "guilt" he feels for sending athletes to Nassar "is hard to fathom."

On Jan. 31, Nassar will get another sentence for sexual assaults at a Lansing-area gymnastics club in a different county. And in a separate trial, he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and received 60 years in prison.

Nassar added in his letter to Aquilina that he had passed out twice before his federal sentencing on the child pornography charges, and the judge wished him well in response.

On Wednesday, the second day of the sexual abuse hearing, Aquilina had cut the day short so Nassar could meet with mental health services. When the judge asked if any recommendations were made for him, he said there were not.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jamaica Sending Its First Women's Bobsled Team to Olympics]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:54:01 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jamaicabobsledteamwomen2018_1200x675.jpg

Jamaica’s women's bobsled team made history Monday, becoming the first female bobsled team from the island nation to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

They will compete 30 years after Jamaica sent its mens bobsled to the Olympics in Calgary, Canada, inspiring the movie “Cool Runnings." 

The women's team has been training in Pyeongchang, South Korea, site of the  2018 Olympic Winter Games, and in upstate New York since March, giving themselves the name "Gold Squad: Fire on Ice," according to team media coordinator Kathleen Pulito. The team is striving "to bring home the first Winter Olympic medal for the women's team!" Pulito said in an email. 

“A leap of faith and a dream come true later I will be representing my country as one of the first women bobsled athletes in the Olympics. I am overwhelmed with joy knowing that I have helped make history for my country. I am really grateful for this experience,” said Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian will pilot for the Jamaica team, in a press release.

Fenlator-Victorian previously piloted for USA in the 2014 Winter Games before joining Jamaica Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in 2015. 

Carrie Russell and Audra Segree were selected as brakewomen for Jamaica. 

The press release also said the Jamaica men’s bobsled team is ranked 31st on the Olympic Qualification list, one spot out of qualification. If any teams forego their selection, Jamaica would be next in line to make its 7th appearance in the men’s 2-man event on the 30th anniversary appearance since their debut in Calgary in 1988.

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<![CDATA[Signatures Submitted for SDSU West Initiative in San Diego]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:06:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/First_Look_at_Details_for_SDSU_Mission_Valley_Plan.jpg

Supporters of the San Diego State University West initiative submitted more than 100,000 petition signatures to the Registrar of Voters Tuesday.

Two months ago the school outlined their vision of the Mission Valley site which includes a campus expansion as well as a new sports stadium.

The group needs 71,000 valid signatures to get the initiative onto the ballot.

Boxes of petitions were delivered to the San Diego County Registrar's Office Tuesday where they will need to be verified. 

The initiative, fully titled the SDSU West Campus Research Center, Stadium and River Park Initiative, aims to transform the current site of SDCCU Stadium into a campus with apartments, classrooms and a football stadium.

SDSU President Sally Roush said the project would be funded by a public and private partnership. The only bond financing could be to build the stadium.

The project would be developed in phases with the initial phase being the river park, a community park and a football stadium that could house a professional team. The plan includes 95,000 square feet of retail space and two hotels and could potentially include a campus innovation center and a housing site.

The San Diego City Council can either approve the measure outright or send it to a ballot in November.

If SDSU West makes it to the ballot, it would compete with the "Soccer City" plan.

The city council voted 8-0 earlier this year to send the SoccerCity initiative to the ballot next year, denying their bid for a special election this year.

Soccer City also calls for redevelopment of the Mission Valley site into housing, hotels, retail space, a river park and a soccer stadium. The group behind the initiative hopes to bring a Major League Soccer team to San Diego.

<![CDATA[Simone Biles: I Was Sexually Abused by Gymnastics Doctor]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:44:23 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16273701850851.jpg

Simone Biles, the golden girl of the 2016 Olympics, added her name Monday to the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar, NBC News reported.

The revelation came on her social media accounts — one day before a weeklong sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims.

"I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar," she continued.

Biles' statement follows similar disclosures from three members of the 2012 "Fierce Five" team — McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. They are not expected to be at Nassar's sentencing, but 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher will testify at the marathon hearing.

Photo Credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Runner Finishes 100th Marathon in Carlsbad]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:01:25 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/babbit_story_for_web_1200x675_1137179715820.jpg

Doctor Bryon Solberg has quite a story. Dr. Solberg finished his 100th marathon today in Carlsbad. That's quite an achievement for ANYONE, but once you hear his story, you'll be even more impressed. Ironman Triathlon Hall-of-Famer Bob Babbit has more.

<![CDATA[Aztecs Lose Tight One In Idaho]]> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:39:27 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/BSU+over+SDSU+Hoops.JPG

Despite their resume-building win over Gonzaga, the Aztecs are likely putting themselves back in the position of having to win the Mountain West Conference Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

San Diego State lost 83-80 on the road at Boise State on Saturday night, falling 1.5 games behind the Broncos in the MWC. Aztecs guard Devin Watson had a team-high 19 points but SDSU had no answer for Chandler Hutchison.

The senior guard scored 44 points, hitting 7-of-10 shots from 3-point range, to down the Aztecs. San Diego State falls to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Their next game is Wednesday night against Fresno State at Viejas Arena.

<![CDATA[Gulls Special Teams Falter Against Roadrunners]]> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:45:57 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gulls+vs+Tucson.jpg

Statistically speaking the Gulls have the best power play in the American Hockey League and it's not even close. San Diego was converting nearly 28% of their chances with a man advantage, a dizzying pace for any professional hockey team.

But every now and then things just don't work.    That was the case Saturday night in a 4-2 loss to the Tucson Roadrunners where the Gulls went 0-for-7 with a man advantage.

Despite the stalled special teams the Gulls were able to build an early lead. Joe Blandisi and Corey Tropp both scored 1st period goals to put San Diego up 2-0 after 20 minutes.

But then Tucson got going, led by sniper Dylan Stromme. The 20-year-old super prospect scored a pair of power play goals, sparking Tucson to score four unanswered. Stromme has 37 points in just 24 games.

These teams play twice more, on Monday and Wednesday, both in Arizona. With the loss the Gulls drop into 3rd place in the Pacific Division, just behind the Stockton Heat.

<![CDATA[Olympian Aja Evans Comes From a Family of Athletes]]> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:18:53 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/aja.jpg

On the brink of a second berth to the Olympic Winter Games, Chicagoan Aja Evans doesn’t hesitate when asked where she gets her motivation. Katie Kim reports.

<![CDATA[Padres Extend Their Hand, Give All-Star 3-Year Extension]]> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:26:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HandHedgesWEB.jpg

The Padres have locked up one of the best relievers in baseball for a while. Unless they trade him.

All-Star lefty Brad Hand agreed to a 3-year contract extension worth $19.75 million with the Friars on Saturday. The deal includes a $10 million team optoin for the 2021 season and a $1 million buyout. The contract eliminates Hand’s remaining two arbitration years plus at least one season of free agency.

Early in 2016 Hand was designated for assignment by the Marlins and picked up by the Padres in a deal that flew under most radars. By the end of that year he had earned the complete trust of Manager Andy Green, who uses Hand anywhere from the 4th to the 9th innings.

Hand was San Diego’s lone All-Star in 2017 when he put up numbers similar to Indians star Andrew Miller, the 2016 ALCS MVP. His production, age (27 years old), and affordability made Hand an attractive trade chip but General Manager A.J. Preller held on to his most dynamic arm.

Of course the new contract does not mean Hand will not still be the subject of trade rumors but for now the Padres have the comfort of baseball's bullpen Swiss Army Knife to rely on again.

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