<![CDATA[NBC New York - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 30 May 2017 01:38:51 -0400Tue, 30 May 2017 01:38:51 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Reporter Tweets: 'Uncomfortable' at Japanese Indy 500 Winner]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:26:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/202*120/GettyImages-689480316.jpg

A Denver sportswriter has been fired after tweeting that a Japanese driver winning Sunday's Indianapolis 500 made him "uncomfortable," NBC News reported.

Terry Frei, the former sports reporter for the Denver Post, sent the questionable tweet shortly after Japanese race car driver Takuma Sato hailed victory in the Indy 500.

"Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend," he wrote.

The tweet was immediately met with a firestorm of criticism on social media.



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<![CDATA[You're Out? Conn. Minor League Baseball's Bizarre Strikeout]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:11:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Third-Base-Line-at-Dunkin%27-Donuts-Stadium.jpg

It's the odd strikeout that has gone viral.

Connecticut's Double-A minor league baseball team, the Yard Goats, played the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday. In the top of the eighth inning, with the count at 1-2, Rumble Ponies pitcher Cory Burns lost his footing and threw the ball into the grass near the first base line.

Goats batter Josh Fuentes jokingly took a swing. But the ball was still live. The umpire called it a strike.

That was Fuentes' third strike and led to the end of the inning. And the Yard Goats ended up losing the game 5-4.

The play went viral and lead to a flurry of social media posts. Should the umpire have called a strike? Should Fuentes have known better?

Fuentes took to Twitter and had a good sense of humor about the strikeout.

The Yard Goats chimed in on the fun on social media.

Not everyone agreed that the umpire should have called a strike on what was an obvious joke swing. But technically, the ball was still live and play was still underway.    

Baseball fans around the country couldn't resist the opportunity to weigh in.

Through Sunday, Fuentes was batting .255 with 38 hits, 13 runs, three home runs, 22 RBI, and leading the team with four triples.



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<![CDATA[Cubs Hit Road Decked Out in Finest 'Anchorman' Attire]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 18:49:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CubsAnchormanThumb.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Bears Sign Victor Cruz to 1-Year Contract]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 15:30:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607563432+%281%29.jpg

The Chicago Bears added yet another wide receiver to the mix on Thursday afternoon, signing former New York Giants wide-out Victor Cruz to a one-year contract.

Cruz, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Giants, caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown last year, but injuries have derailed him in a big way over the last three seasons. During that time he’s only appeared in 21 games, including missing the entire 2015 season in New York.

In his first few seasons, Cruz was one of the top recievers in the NFL, collecting 23 touchdown catches and 241 total receptions in his first three seasons.

Cruz announced the deal on his Instagram account on Thursday afternoon:

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In joining the Bears, Cruz is now part of a big group of wide receivers looking to fill the hole left by Alshon Jeffery, who signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. Kevin White and Cameron Meredith will likely be competing for the job as the number one wide receiver, and Cruz, Reuben Randle, Markus Wheaton, and Kendall Wright will all look to provide some depth as well. 



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<![CDATA[Donald Sterling Is OK With NBA Ban, But His Wife Disagrees]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 13:16:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16324046866131-Donald-Sterling.jpg

The wife of disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is looking for a way to lift his lifetime ban from the NBA and clear his name, NBC News reported.

Sterling was banned for life from the league, and even prohibited from attending games, after tapes of him making racist comments surfaced in 2014.

Sterling, who assailed the NBA after the ban, told NBC News he has moved on and no longer holds a grudge against the league or the Clippers.

"I am as happy as I have ever been. I am as comfortable as I have ever been," Sterling told NBC News. "And I don't want to do anything to disturb that.”

But his wife told NBC she is has taken steps to clear his name.

Shelly Sterling said she personally approached Silver and also had her attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, talk to the league office about lifting the lifetime ban, which prevents Donald Sterling from attending NBA games. Her intention is not to allow her husband to do business with the league, but to clear his record, in consideration of the 33 years he spent as an owner.



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<![CDATA[Comedy Kids Hit 30 Rock for Yankees Hope Week]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:10:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Comedy_Kids_Hit_30_Rock_for_Yankees_Hope_Week.jpg The "Comedy Kids" got to visit 30 Rock and were surprised by the Yankees and Jimmy Fallon. The boys turned to comedy as a way to raise funds for pediatric cancer. Bruce Beck has more.]]> <![CDATA[Race Car Costs: The High Price of Fielding a Racing Team]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 11:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/indy500.jpg

Gentlemen, start your engines — of your money-munching machines.

While waiting for the flag to drop at the Indianapolis 500 this Memorial Day weekend, are you fantasizing about becoming a race car driver? You may have the driving skills, but you also need sponsors, a support team, and most importantly, money. Lots and lots of money. Monster truckloads of money. 

Spending varies greatly by types of racing as well as with individual teams, as open-wheel racing (Formula 1 or IndyCar), NASCAR Sprint Cup, and lower levels all have their own peculiar economic structure. Racing teams do not often reveal their costs or open their books for competitive reasons, but a few reporters have taken a peek under the hood. 

Michael Ballaban of Jalopnik.com was allowed access to the finances of one racing team competing in the 2015 Tudor (now WeatherTech) SportsCar Championship, and concluded that an average race team probably costs around $1 million per year, "give or take a couple hundred thousand." Should a car be totaled during the season, add another $400,000 to that sum for a full replacement. It’s not easy for racing teams to get cheap auto insurance

Major components cost tens of thousands of dollars, including engines and gearboxes at around $43,000 each, and the chassis/brake assembly at $65,500. You may think fuel is a huge expense, and it is significant at around $40,000-$50,000 per year, but it pales in comparison to tire costs: a season of racing tires (around 90 full sets) run teams around $225,000 per year. That's nearly a quarter-mill on tires only. So the next time you get a flat, don't complain.

Another large cost that can be overlooked by outsiders is entry fees. Ballaban estimated a bit over $100,000 in entry fees for the year. Simple things jack up the costs as well. Items like plane tickets, hotel rooms, and food for your team plus shipping logistics for your car and accessories can approach $10,000 per race. 

Want to race in NASCAR? Get ready to pony up. A 2014 article from Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal covered the finances of the Stewart-Haas (Tony Stewart and Gene Haas) racing team and found competition costs for a race at more than $1.4 million. That included the costs of the cars, which should last for more than one competition, but sometimes don't. The vehicles totaled $980,000, given the need to maintain primary and backup cars for each race. Each primary car cost approximately $200,000, with engine costs at roughly half of that total, and a chassis at $25,000. 

The team budgets $400,000 for firesuits for the year, but that didn't include the cost of dry cleaning: $2,400 per race. Even the ice bill for the weekend totaled $900. Don't forget to add team expenses that topped $125,000: flights and 44 hotel rooms took up over $82,000; transport for the cars, rental cars for the crew and support team, and other auxiliary transportation costs surpassed $30,000. The haulers that transport the car cost approximately $400,000 each and are replaced every five years. 

The cost of a NASCAR team through the season appears to be in the eight-digit range. An older Florida Times-Union report suggested that the costs approach $400,000 per week — if true, for a 38-week season, that is over $15 million in annual expenses. 

If you think that is chicken feed, perhaps Formula 1 racing is more your speed. Last year, Gene Haas of Stewart-Haas joined Formula 1 with two cars and spent a total of €117 million ($128 million), according to The News Wheel. That's just a fraction of the €386 million ($422 million) rung up by the top-spending Ferrari team. Gas 2 estimated in 2016 that an IndyCar cost roughly $3 million, including its chassis, transmission, brakes, engine, and tires, which are usually all mass-produced; a Formula 1 car's custom-built components drive the car's cost over $200 million. ESPN supports that IndyCar price, estimating a range of $3 million to $8 million per car, depending on the team. 

You need pretty good credit to get an auto loan for $3 million.  

A well-heeled sponsor is necessary in the upper levels of racing not to thrive, but just to survive. Prize money alone can't possibly pay the bills, and aside from the lowest local levels of racing, it is virtually impossible to be independent and field a racing team. 

But sponsors don't always get their money's worth. Danica Patrick, the only woman ever to win an IndyCar Series race, recently agreed to compete in two NASCAR races in a car and racesuit promoting the movie "Wonder Woman." It was a marketing match made in heaven. But one horrific crash later, and the car was totaled in its debut. So, if the Indy 500 puts me in the mood to put the pedal to the metal, I'm going to grab a roll of quarters and head to Chuck E. Cheese. 

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<![CDATA[Amid Grief, Manchester Gets to Cheer Soccer Triumph]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 08:09:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/687806566-Manchester-United-Against-Terrorism.jpg

Sports may be trivial compared to the loss of 22 lives outside a concert Monday, but a triumph on the field for one of Manchester's most beloved sports teams gave the mourning city an emotional release, NBC News reported.

Manchester United beat Dutch soccer giants Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm Wednesday night, winning Europe's second most prestigious trophy.

"We won for Manchester, we worked for them, for the country," midfield star Paul Pogba said after the game. "We play for England, for Manchester and the people who died."

At a pub in the city's home, chants of "Manchester, Manchester, Manchester" rang out for the team and the wounded city.



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<![CDATA[Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Design Revealed]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 19:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_JAPAN_OLYMPIC_STADIUM_DESIGN_052417_1-149566413622400001.jpg

The latest design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium has been revealed. Architect Kengo Kuma emphasized harmony with nature in the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Games.

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<![CDATA[NBA All-Star Game Will Head to Charlotte in 2019]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:39:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_NC_ALLSTAR_GAME_NBA2_052417-149564954829900001.jpg

The NBA announced the 2019 All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 2017 All-Star Game was relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans, Louisiana, because of North Carolina's controversial "Bathroom Bill."

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<![CDATA[Aaron Rodgers Helps Students Get Out of Final Exam]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:08:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/arod_test.jpg

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers helped a group of students in Janesville, Iowa, get out of their sports literature final.

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<![CDATA[Yankees Surprise Boy Fighting Cancer, Sister]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 23:03:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC+6PM+AIRCHECK+M-Sun+-+18281529_WNBC_000000016348326+copy.jpg

A 11-year-old boy with leukemia from the Dominican Republic got a life saving bone marrow transplant from his younger sister. The two little siblings, Victor and Nayyelyn Garcia, were surprised by four Yankees players — Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregoirusat — at the Bronx Zoo. Bruce Beck reports.

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