<![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-usWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:44:41 -0400Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:44:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Venus Williams: Man Killed in Crash Wasn't Wearing Seat Belt]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:44:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/070617+venus+williams.jpg

Tennis star Venus Williams says she's not at fault in a fatal Palm Beach County crash and claims the man who died wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.

Williams is being sued by the estate of 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died less than two weeks after the June 9 crash.

The court documents filed Friday claim Barson's injuries were due to his own negligence, saying he wasn't wearing a seat belt and "failed to adequately maintain and repair the vehicle which is the subject of the complaint in a safe condition."

Police initially said Williams, 37, caused the crash, which also left Barson's wife, Linda, injured. Police later said Williams "lawfully entered" the intersection.

Williams hasn't been cited or charged. Attorneys for Barson's estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tennis star, seeking damages in excess of $15,000.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Player Cut After 'Arrest' Now Cleared By Police ]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607561366.jpg

Police say the man arrested for a petty theft in Prince William County, Virginia, last month was not Dallas Cowboys player Lucky Whitehead.

The news comes a day after the team cut the wide receiver.

The Prince William County Police Department told multiple outlets that Whitehead was arrested on June 22, at a Wawa convenience store, after an employee noticed he tried to leave the store without paying for some items.

Whitehead failed to appear for his arraignment for the incident on July 6, which led to a subsequent charge, according to police records.

But on Tuesday, police announced there had been a mistake.

Police say the suspect did not have identification on him at the time of the arrest and gave officers a name, date of birth and social security number that matched Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr.

Officers then compared the man in custody to a photo from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles database.

"Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided," the Prince William County Police Department said Tuesday.

Police say they are now working to clear Whitehead from the investigation. 

David Rich, Whitehead's agent, told ESPN that Whitehead did not commit the crime and wasn't even in Virginia when the theft happened. 

Whitehead, 25, was in the news last week when he said he returned to his Dallas home to find out his dog was being held for ransom. The situation was resolved after Whitehead told NBC 5 the dog was returned to him, without payment.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Cut WR Whitehead After Reported Arrest]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:29:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607561366.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have cut wide receiver Lucky Whitehead, according to a team spokesman.

Whitehead was arrested for petty theft last month in Virginia, according to multiple reports. 

The Prince William County Police Department has told multiple outlets that he was arrested on June 22, at a Wawa convenience store, after an employee noticed he tried to leave the store without paying for some items.

Whitehead failed to appear for his arraignment for the incident on July 6, which led to a subsequent charge, according to police records.

David Rich, Whitehead's agent, told ESPN that Whitehead did not commit the crime and wasn't even in Virginia when the theft happened. Rich says the charges are due to an identity mix-up.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told NFL.com he found out about the wide receiver's arrest during practice Monday. He said the team is "gathering information and will respond accordingly."

Whitehead has a court date scheduled for Aug. 10, according to police records.

Whitehead, 25, was in the news last week when he said he returned to his Dallas home to find out his dog was being held for ransom. The situation was resolved after Whitehead told NBC 5 the dog was returned to him, without payment.



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<![CDATA[Conor McGregor, Draymond Green Go at It Over Warriors Jersey]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:46:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ConnorDraymond.jpg

Draymond Green does not want Conor McGregor wearing Warriors gear as he prepares for his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Green took to Instagram Saturday night and called out McGregor for wearing a vintage No. 23 Warriors jersey, writing "We rocking with Floyd bro not you... take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma."

Mayweather showed his appreciation and commented "Splash for the cash #warriors #michigan."

McGregor's response wasn't quite as nice.

"That's C.J Watson mate. I don't know who the f--- you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school," McGregor wrote back. Clearly, Green took that as disrespect.

The Warriors forward responded Sunday morning: "@thenotoriousmma hahahahaha that number won't be worn again when I'm finished with it clown! Gold medalist, all star, DPOY etc!!! Hahaha stop it boy! Nate Diaz (Bay Area stand up) whooped you in your ring! Money May about to destroy you!!! Take that Warriors jersey off bruh you're an incredible internet troll we don't rock with you! Go train bum!!"

In a YouTube video showing the highlights of McGregor during his world tour promoting the fight with Mayweather, McGregor rocked a throwback Warriors jersey while training.

McGregor and Mayweather are set to square off in the ring on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.



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<![CDATA[Check Out the New Olympic Skating Stadiums]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:07:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/stadiumskorea.jpg

South Korea is ahead of schedule in constructing venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics and NBC got an exclusive tour of the arenas that will host skating events. Some of the biggest events of the games will take place here.

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<![CDATA[What Competing in the Tour de France Can Do to Your Legs ]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:42:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pawGettyImages-805284696.jpg

Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski gave his Instagram followers a glimpse into the toll that riding 1,758 miles can take on one’s body.

On Tuesday, after riding in the 16th stage of the Tour de France, Poljanski posted a picture of his legs and added: “After sixteen stages, I think my legs look a little tired.”

Medical experts say Poljanski’s condition is caused by a massive amount of blood moving through the veins, Today reported.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys WR's Dog Returned After Being Stolen, Ransomed]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:19:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blitz-home-lucky.jpg

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead's dog has been returned safely after being stolen and held for ransom, he said. 

Whitehead posted on Snapchat at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday that his dog, Blitz, was home.

Whitehead posted on Instagram Sunday that someone had broken into his home and stolen Blitz while he was out of town July 9.

"Blitz was being taken care of by a close friend at my house and someone broke in and took him," Whitehead posted.

Whitehead added that the culprit had called him and demanded he "cut a check" if he wanted Blitz back alive.

"I strongly advise you to stop and return my boy safely before it gets any worse!" he said on Instagram.

A rapper known as Boogotti Kasino tweeted a video late Monday of a dog that Whitehead confirmed to be Blitz in a room with several individuals. One of the men in the expletive-laden video calls out Whitehead for owing him money.

A follow-up tweet from Kasino to Whitehead said, "bro u know I didn't steal yo dog u can come get yo dog back i was just asking for my money back thay I spend on the dawg."

Kasino then tweeted a video of Blitz being returned to Whitehead just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Whitehead told NBC 5 his friend went to pick up Blitz from the men seen in the video. He added that he did not have to pay to have Blitz returned.



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<![CDATA[Red Sox Win 3-0 for Split After Yankees Take First Game 3-0]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:12:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/174*120/AP_16237776536065.jpg

Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. went over the bullpen wall to steal one from Aaron Judge, helping David Price shut down the New York Yankees 3-0 on Sunday night and giving the Red Sox a split of their day-night doubleheader.

A day after the teams played 16 innings over 5 hours, 50 minutes, they spent another long day at Fenway Park and ended the four-game series the way they started: with the Red Sox 3 1/2 games up in the AL East.

CC Sabathia allowed two hits over six innings in the opener, and Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run to give New York a 3-0 victory.

It was also 3-0 in the nightcap when Judge, the winner of the All-Star Home Run Derby, came up with a runner on first and launched a high fly ball into the Fenway triangle, just in front of the 420-foot marker. Bradley stalked it toward the wall that juts out from right-center, leaped and reached over to pull the ball in.

The sold-out crowd gave a huge cheer, and another after Matt Holliday struck out to end the inning. The Red Sox gathered at the edge of the dugout steps to congratulate Betts - with Price pushing his way through to thank him.

Betts had three hits in the night game. Price (5-2) pitched eight innings, allowing seven hits and striking out eight.

One night after giving up a tying homer in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-9) gave up three runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine. The Yankees are the last team in the majors to be shut out.

Betts homered over the billboard above the Green Monster, his 17th of the year, with one out in the third inning to end Boston's scoreless streak at 24 innings. He made it 3-0 when he singled to lead off the sixth, took second on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro, third on a groundout and scored on Dustin Pedroia's second hit of the game.

In the early game, Sabathia (8-3) made his second start since a stint on the disabled list (strained left hamstring). He walked five and struck out three to improve to 4-0 in his last five road starts.

Judge, who leads the majors with 30 homers, got an infield single on a dribbler to the pitcher in the seventh, ending a 0-for-15 slide. Aroldis Chapman tossed a one-hit ninth for his ninth save.

In the makeup of an April 25 postponement, the Red Sox hit just four balls out of the infield and extended their scoreless streak to 22 innings.

Rick Porcello (4-12) gave up three runs - one earned - and nine hits in six innings. The 2016 AL Cy Young winner leads the major leagues in losses despite making his 17th consecutive start of six innings or more.

WINNING STREAK

New York had not won back-to-back games since a season-high, six-game spurt from June 7-12, going 7-19 before winning Saturday and in the first game Sunday.

"It's been a long, long time," manager Joe Girardi said. "Really good especially after the difficult loss we had Friday night for our guys to respond the way they did."

SLEEPY BATS

The Red Sox stranded 10 runners and went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position in the opener. They went 1 for 7 in the late game, leaving them 3 for 38 with RISP in series and 3 for 58 against the Yankees this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda was transferred to the 60-day DL while he seeks a second opinion on whether he needs Tommy John surgery.

Red Sox: RHP Blaine Boyer was put on the 10-day DL with a strained right elbow. He left Saturday after pitching an inning and warming up the next.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Open a three-game series against Minnesota. Adalberto Mejia (4-4) starts for the Twins, against a New York starter TBA.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2) starts against Toronto's Marcus Stroman (9-5) on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.



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