<![CDATA[NBC New York - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:49:29 -0400 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:49:29 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[49er Ray McDonald's San Jose Home Burglarized: Source]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:23:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP13080214223.jpg

The home of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was burglarized over the weekend, a police source told NBC Bay Area on Monday.

San Jose police would not confirm the name of the homeowner who was burglarized, as is standard protocol for victims of a crime.

But police did send out a news release over the weekend stating that officers responded to a report of a residential burglary on Saturday at 10:47 p.m. in the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive. Public records show McDonald lives on that street, in that same block.

In the statement, Officer Albert Morales said the person who called police reported "someone forced entry into the home and stole personal items." Those personal items were not disclosed.

At the time of the burglary, McDonald was in Arizona ahead of Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

The unidentified suspect or suspects remain at large, Morales said, and the investigation is ongoing.

McDonald made headlines recently over an August arrest in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident. The player, who has not been charged by the Santa Clara County district attorney and was released on $25,000 bail, called the arrest a "crazy situation" in a brief interview with NBC Bay Area. He has maintained his innocence.

The 49ers have said McDonald will remain active while he goes through the legal process.

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Giants Capitalize on Texans' Loss of Courage]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:42:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/texans+giants.jpg

Football coaches are a conservative lot by nature, so it’s always refreshing when one of them does something bold, unpredictable and potentially risky to their long-term employment. Fortune should favor the bold, which is why I generally approve when an ole ball coach goes for it on fourth down.

I had a college roommate who was exasperating to play in Madden football, because he would always go for it on fourth down, regardless of the yardage needed to convert, his field position and the score of the game. That’s not bold, that’s moronic, and it might not surprise you to learn he was a Raiders fan who later became a lawyer.

No, when I say that fortune favors the bold, I’m talking about the onions displayed by the Texans in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants, when on fourth down and one at their own 39 head coach Bill O’Brien called for punter Shane Lechler to throw a short pass.

Trickery! Love it! Give that man some fortune!

It was a scoreless game and the then 2-0 Texans were playing like a team that expected plays like that to go their way. Houston hadn’t allowed a sack or thrown an interception in its first two games, when it became the first team since the Dolphins (1994-1995) to win its first two games in five straight seasons, which will hopefully be honored in Houston by a banner or at least some limited edition commemorative T-shirts.

The Texans had dominated in its victories against Washington and Oakland, led by new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a smart, likable fellow who graduated from Harvard and did enough in his career that the Titans and Bills asked him to play elsewhere. Honestly, if the Titans and the Bills don’t want you, that’s no black mark on your resume. After all, if the Titans and Bills could accurately judge talent, they wouldn’t be the Titans and the Bills.

Still, instead of having Fitzpatrick line up under center and go for it on fourth and one, his coach called for Lechler, a former high school quarterback, to throw to running back Alfred Blue on a trick play. It wasn’t desperation, it was confidence, as anyone who had watched the Giants play through two-plus games had to be confident that a punter could work magic against their special teams.
Lechler completed the pass to Blue in the right flat, the Texans converted the first down, and I would have bet good money at that point that the Texans were going to win.

Contrast that with the moment later in the game, when the Giants were ahead 20-10 on the Texans and Fitzpatrick tried to run for a first down. Initially the refs gave him a generous spot, but Tom Coughlin challenged it. I didn’t think that was a particularly bold move by Coughlin, because one had to figure that the Texans were going to go for it on fourth down anyway.

Well, the refs took a look at the spot, ruled Fitzpatrick had indeed come up short, and then O’Brien decided that his team was incapable of getting one yard when they desperately needed it. So he called on Lechler to punt, perhaps hoping that his defense – which to that point had made Rashad Jennings look like Terrell Davis, circa 1998 – would somehow make a stop.

Not necessary, because fortune intervened and punished O’Brien for not going for it. The man who had gone for it on fourth down in the first quarter – on a trick play from almost the exact same field position – was now punting in the fourth quarter down by 10. Lechler’s punt was blocked, the Giants had the ball at the Texans’ 29, and three plays later Eli Manning threw a touchdown to Daniel Fells to make it 27-10.

Closing line: Shane Lechler, 1-1 for 10 yards. But all most people will remember is the blocked punt.

Cameron Martin writes about the Giants for NBCNewYork.com. Martin has written for The New York Times, ESPN.com, The Atlantic, CBS Sports and other publications.
 

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<![CDATA[Seahawks Player Proposes to Girlfriend After Victory]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:33:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DeShawnShead.jpg

Seattle Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead walked off the field with not one, but two wins Sunday night when he proposed to his girlfriend following an overtime victory against the Denver Broncos.

About 30 minutes after the winning game 26-20, Shead changed into a dress shirt and slacks, and asked his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez, and some family members to join him on the CenturyLink field, ESPN reported.

Shead then popped the question on the 50-yard line, with Bruno Mars’ “Marry Me” playing on the stadium’s speakers.

When Martinez said yes, a dozen of Shead’s teammates, including cornerback Richard Sherman and linebacker Mike Morgan, ran out on the field to congratulate the couple.

Both Shead and Martinez took to social media to spread news of the engagement.

"She said yes!" Shead tweeted along with a link to a picture of the couple.

"Best day of my life," Martinez added on her own Instagram account.



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<![CDATA[Little League Coach Hit in Head With Baseball, Dies]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:39:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/richard+becher.jpeg

A 50-year-old Little League coach died after he was hit in the head with a baseball during warm-ups before a game on Long Island over the weekend, authorities said.

Richard Becher, of Holbrook, was hit with the baseball while pitching batting practice to his 12-year-old son's team before a game Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven, a baseball facility in Yaphank, Newsday reports.

According to police, bystanders were performing CPR on an unconscious Becher when officers and paramedics arrived.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.



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<![CDATA[Jennings Rushes for 176 Yards, Giants Beat Texans]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:10:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/giants+texans+1.jpg

There won't be another 0-6 start for the New York Giants, thanks in large part to some old-time football.

Rashad Jennings ran for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown and Eli Manning threw two TD passes as the Giants overcame some early mistakes and beat the suddenly error-prone Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The victory not only put some life back into the Giants (1-2) after two disappointing efforts, it also ended any chance of a second straight horrible start for Tom Coughlin's team.

The Giants got a lot of contributions. Victor Cruz made a 26-yard touchdown catch, his first since Game 4 of last season, and danced the salsa. The defense intercepted three of Ryan Fitzpatrick's passes, and the special teams blocked a punt, setting up Manning's second TD.

Fitzpatrick threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Damaris Johnson and ran for another score for the Texans (2-1), who played without halfback Arian Foster (hamstring).

Manning was 21 of 28 for 234 yards and no interceptions.

Houston came in tied for the league lead with a plus-5 turnover differential. The Giants were at the other end of the spectrum at minus-6 with no takeaways.

On Sunday, the Giants won the turnover battle, got pressure from their front four and dominated the Texans' defensive front in rushing for 193 yards in a much-needed win.

New York outgained Houston 262-83 in the first half in taking a 14-0 lead on the touchdown pass to Cruz and a 1-yard run by Jennings, which was set up by Antrel Rolle's 25-yard interception return to the Texans 2.

The lead should have been a larger. Tight end Larry Donnell fumbled at the Texans 4-yard line in the first quarter after a reception, and Pro Bowl long snapper Zak DeOssie rolled one past holder Steve Weatherford on a short field goal attempt in the second.

Houston added to its woes early in the third quarter, going for a first down on a fourth-and-1 from its own 46 and failing.

Brown hit a 39-yard field goal to make it 17-0 before Houston rallied behind Fitzpatrick, who was 20 of 34 for 289 yards. Three passes to DeAndre Hopkins set up a field goal, and Johnson's TD closed the gap to 17-10 with 2:13 left in the quarter.

Jennings, who carried 34 times, had three rushes for 28 yards as the Giants drove for a field goal to extend the lead to 20-10 early in the fourth.

Damontre Moore blocked Shane Lechler's punt to give New York the ball at the Houston 29, and Manning and Fells hooked up for touchdown for the second straight week.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromaratie intercepted Fitzpatrick on the next series, setting up Brown's final field goal.



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<![CDATA[Bears' Jared Allen on Peterson Case]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jared+allen+9-20.jpg

Chicago Bears defensive end and former Minnesota Viking, Jared Allen, spoke out about the allegations surrounding his former teammate and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

“I’ve said it all along that I have my beliefs and my opinions,” Allen said after practice Saturday, noting his focus has been on the Chicago Bears. “And that’s what they are and I live my life a certain way. I believe good people can make bad decisions. I’m not perfect so I’m not one to cast judgments on others.”

Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail last week on a charge alleging that he spanked one of his sons with a wooden switch.

Peterson was benched for last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The Vikings initially decided to allow Peterson to play while the legal process plays out in Texas, the team quickly reversed course and benched Peterson indefinitely. The organization put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning he is off the active roster while he deals with his legal affairs. 

“Obviously, they’ll have to deal with those circumstances,” Allen said. “Adrian and everybody [with the Vikings] will have to deal with that going forward. It’s a tough deal and it’s sad. I guess that’s my best answer. It was sad to hear.”

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<![CDATA[Raw: Hundreds Line Up to Exchange Rice Jerseys]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ray_rice_baltimore_ravens.jpg Hundreds and hundreds of people lined up outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland Friday to exchange the jersey of running back Ray Rice.

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<![CDATA[Jets, Bears Defenses Are Truly Offensive]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:07:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/antonio+allen.jpg

Exhibit A: 480 rushing attempts, 2400 yards, 5.3 avg., 16 TDs
Exhibit B: 450 completions, 3976 yards, 40 TDs, 0 INTs

No, these aren’t the greatest two fantasy league seasons in history, and these sublime stats weren’t accrued in the AFL, XFL or Atari football, where all you had to do to elude tacklers was aim the joystick to the top of the screen so that your player could emerge untouched at the bottom (For those of you too young to have any clue what I’m talking about, check out “Atari football” on Google Images. Us ancients can tell you how bad video games were in our day as much as we want, but in order to get a sense of the true deprivation we suffered, you need to see it for yourself.).

These numbers are, respectively, what the Jets and Bears defenses have surrendered so far in the 2014 season, pro-rated to a full 16-game slate. Like a bad car accident, they’re so gruesome that you just can’t look away, even though you know you should.

In Monday night’s Jets-Bears match-up, fans get a rare treat: what may well be the worst run defense in modern NFL history and a pass defense that needs 100 perfect improvement just to make it to abominable (did Jordy Nelson just catch another pass?), all in the same contest.

Naturally, the Bears passed the ball very effectively over the season’s first two games (in which they, like the Jets, went 1-1), while the Jets have so far run the ball with abandon, with their 358 rushing yards tops in the NFL heading into Week Three.

So we’re looking at strength vs. weakness against strength vs. weakness. Hmm, somehow I think strength will prevail in both cases. Where does that leave us -- and the Jets, who could sure use a W at MetLife Stadium Monday night after their hearts were ripped out last week by an errant (euphemism alert!) time out call?

It will likely come down to which one -- the Bears run D or the Jets pass D -- is slightly less offensive than the other.

Pete Zwiebach writes about the Jets for NBC 4 New York. He lives in New York City with his wife and two kids, who without fail manage to block his view of the TV whenever a game-changing play occurs.

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<![CDATA[Pa. School Board Bans Boys From Field Hockey Team]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/field+hockey_generic.jpg

No boys allowed. A school board in Lehigh County confirmed a committee's decision to ban boys from its field hockey team after concerns they caused injuries to girl players.

The Allentown School Board ruled 8-1 that boys would be prohibited from playing on school-sponsored teams that are usually all-female in the United States.  The vote upheld a decision made by a school committee in the Pennsylvania county Sept. 4.

"We had an injury where there was an incidental collision between a boy and a girl," Russell Mayo, Allentown School Board president, told NBC10 earlier this month. "Upon legal counsel, we decided that we would err on the side of safety."

The PIAA - the state's governing body of high school sports -- decided earlier this summer that boys who do play on girls' teams are not allowed to participate in post-season games.

But not everyone in the Allentown School District, which includes William Allen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School, is in agreement with the decision.

"The girls were disappointed because [the boys] were a great part of the team," Inez Seyler, Dieruff's field hockey coach, told LehighValleyLive.com. "I'm disappointed because they don't really have a sport that is comparable to field hockey for boys."

"It's going to be heartbreaking to them," added Karen Nilson, William Allen's coach.

Mixed gender teams are allowed under the PIAA's rules, but only under special circumstances that protect girls on the team from injury or disqualification for size differences from potential male teammates.

Other standards for Pennsylvania schools, under the Pennsylvania Department of Education, support the right to a "physical environment for safety." This includes physical standards along with social, emotional and intellectual. These policies are intended to protect students' wellness and physical health.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 3]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:39:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455677434.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the third week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Jeter's Rousing NY Sendoff in New Ad]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:19:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Derek-Jeter-Day007.jpg

Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York"  is a soothing sound to Yankee fans, accustomed to hearing it over the Yankee Stadium speakers when the Bombers win a home game.  But another signature Sinatra song may soon take its place in Yankee lore alongside that classic.

A new Gatorade commercial uses  "My Way" to say goodbye to the Captain, as it shows Derek Jeter exiting a cab near the stadium and feeling the love from New Yorkers in the streets of the Bronx before buttoning up his No. 2 jersey and stepping onto the field to the roar of the crowd.

Even the most bitter Mets fans may find themselves wiping away a tear at the rousing commercial shot in iconic black and white, and hardcore Bombers fans may need an entire box of tissues. 

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<![CDATA[Angels Beat Mariners, Win AL West]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455630948.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when Oakland lost to Texas about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

The Angels had already secured a playoff spot Monday. They have won 12 of 14.

Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.

Los Angeles' surge broke up a pitchers' duel between Wilson and Seattle rookie James Paxton, who traded zeros until the seventh.

Wilson (13-9) earned his third straight victory in intimidating fashion, striking out seven and allowing just four baserunners in a major improvement from recent starts. He escaped his only jam in the seventh, stranding two runners.

Paxton (6-3) yielded four hits and had eight strikeouts for the Mariners, who have lost six of eight. Seattle managed just one hit and is two games behind Kansas City and Oakland for the second AL wild card.

Paxton kept the Mariners in contention until his teammates made two errors and reliever Danny Farquhar flopped in the seventh inning.

After Kendrick's one-out single, Denorfia thought about diving to catch Freese's drive, but instead pulled up and allowed it to roll past him to the right-field wall. Austin Jackson then double-clutched the ball while retrieving it, and Kendrick scored easily.

Farquhar relieved Paxton with two outs and two runners on, but Cron mashed his 11th homer into the fake rock pile behind center field. Kole Calhoun followed with an RBI double as the Angels batted around.

Paxton was even more dominant than Wilson, retiring 17 of the Angels' first 18 hitters. Paxton allowed only two bouncing singles in the first six innings while striking out Mike Trout three times.

Trout also struck out to end the seventh, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the AL lead with 173 strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias headed back to Seattle for an MRI after feeling stiffness in his elbow. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Elias is probably done for the season.

Angels: Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup after feeling a bit sore following his return from a shoulder injury Tuesday. The cleanup hitter likely wouldn't have started anyway against a tough left-hander.

UP NEXT

Two aces meet in the series finale when Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.14 ERA) takes on Jered Weaver (17-8, 3.50).



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<![CDATA[NYers React to Adrian Peterson Investigation]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:51:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/eli+reax+adrian+peterson.jpg Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team "made a mistake" in bringing back their superstar running back following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. John Chandler has more reaction from New Yorkers, including the Giants' Eli Manning. ]]> <![CDATA[Vikings Bar Peterson From All Team Activities]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/186722617.jpg The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Charles Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

One of the MLB announcers couldn't resist using a Barkley-ism to call it: the pitch was just "turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.



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<![CDATA[Orioles Clinch AL East With 8-2 Win]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*131/455561388.jpg

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.

With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Afterward, the Orioles converged behind second base, fireworks soared in the outfield and streamers sprayed throughout the crowd.

It was Baltimore's ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series.

The franchise has enjoyed a rebirth under the guidance of manager Buck Showalter, whose 1,254th victory thrust him past mentor Billy Martin into sole possession of 36th place on the career list.

Baltimore is 42-23 in a division that includes the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, the free-spending New York Yankees and pitching-rich Tampa Bay. The Orioles led by only four games on Aug. 6 before going on a 27-11 run.

The clinching victory featured an unlikely list of contributors, not at all unusual for a team that often delved deep into its 25-man roster. Ubaldo Jimenez was making his first start in a month; Pearce has morphed from a bit-player to a key starter; and Paredes didn't join the team until Aug. 28.

Pearce provided the Orioles with the lead for good with a three-run drive off Drew Hutchison (10-12) in the first inning. Pearce has 18 home runs this year, one more than he had in 290 games as a part-timer from 2007-13.

Paredes hit a solo shot in the second to make it 4-2. It was his second homer in 10 games with Baltimore.

In addition, newcomer Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run triple in the seventh for a 7-2 lead. De Aza came to the Orioles in an Aug. 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Jimenez (5-9) survived a rocky start to limit the Blue Jays to two runs and two hits over five innings in his third start since July 5. After signing a $50 million, four-year deal in the offseason, Jimenez struggled with his control for much of the season, sprained his ankle in a parking lot before the All-Star break and ultimately lost his place in the rotation.

Pressed into service because the Orioles played a doubleheader Friday, Jimenez issued four walks in the first two innings. But he bounced back to retire his last 10 batters.

Orioles fans have until Friday to register for a ticket lottery online. Winners will be notifed next Wednesday.



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