<![CDATA[NBC New York - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 08:48:14 -0400Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:48:14 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NJ Town Gives Hero's Welcome to Olympic Gymnast]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:29:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/193*120/82816gymnast.jpg

Thousands of people turned out Saturday to give Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez a hero's welcome in her New Jersey hometown.

The 16-year-old gymnast traveled to the gathering in Old Bridge in a motorcade that included police, local officials and gymnastic groups.

The event culminated with a ceremony at a school football field where residents packed the bleachers, many cheering and holding signs praising Hernandez's efforts.

Hernandez won gold and silver medals in Rio de Janeiro. She was the youngest member of the five-person U.S. Olympics gymnastic team.

Her teammate Aly Raisman was also treated to a festive welcome Saturday in her hometown of Needham, Massachusetts. The Boston suburb hosted a "Rally for Aly."

Raisman won two individual silver medals and a team gold medal in the games that wrapped up earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Romo Has Broken Bone ]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:13:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ap-cowboys-tony-romo.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's season is in jeopardy after a MRI revealed he has a broken bone in his back.

Jason Garrett said Saturday he is confident that Romo will return at some point this season. Reports suggest he could miss 6-10 weeks.

"If you guys remember, he has played with fractures in his back before," Garrett said, referring to Romo's quick return from a small fracture in his back in 2014. "So that, probably more than anything else, is what is not giving us a timetable. We've heard a wide range of possibilities in terms of when he would be able to play."

Romo took a vicious hit from behind in Thursday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He was visibly in pain and didn't return to the game as a result.

Romo tried to convince the coaching staff he was OK to go back in, saying he was fine. After the game, the quarterback said he would be ready for Week 1.

"You're naive if you don't think when you lose your starting quarterback that it's not a punch in the gut," said Cowboys VP Stephen Jones. "Tony is one of the great players in the league."

The 36-year-old underwent two surgeries on his back in the last 30 months in addition to two collarbone breaks. Romo's back held up in 2014 and 2015 due to extensive maintenance which included limited practice time.

Jones told reporters on Saturday that Romo isn't nearing the end of his career.

"I wouldn't dare go there. Tony is more driven than ever to get himself into shape," Jones said.  "He's going to be the first one to say this won't be his last year."

Jones added the Cowboys are searching for a backup quarterback.

"If we see a quarterback that can come in here, we'll look at that," Jones said.

The Cowboys went 4-12 last season after Romo missed 12 games due to injury. They were 1-11 without him on the field.

Rookie Dak Prescott is expected to start with Romo on the sidelines.

"Dak has done a nice job really at every turn starting back at training camp," Garrett said. "I thought he did a particularly good job in this game against Seattle because he certainly didn't anticipate going in on the fourth play of the game."



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<![CDATA[49ers QB Kaepernick Refuses To Stand During National Anthem]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-493261784.jpg

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the playing of the national anthem before his team’s preseason game Friday against the Green Bay Packers.

After the game, he told NFL Media in an exclusive interview that he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

"To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he told NFL Media. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Steve Wyche, the NFL reporter who broke the story, said Saturday that Kaepernick has been looking for a moment to take a stand for a few months.

"He wanted to find a way to make a point," Wyche said. "This, as controversial as it is, is the way he felt he needed to take a stand."

The 49ers issued a statement after the game, saying that it is Kaepernick’s prerogative to stand or sit during the anthem.

"The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony," the 49ers said in the statement. "It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

The NFL offered its own statement on Saturday.

"Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem," the NFL stated, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Kaepernick, who has used his Twitter account recently to retweet accounts aimed at denouncing white supremacy and racial inequality, also told NFL Media that he is "not looking for approval."

"I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right," he told NFL Media.

Wyche said that this wasn't the first time this preseason that Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem, but now that the 28-year-old quarterback has captured national attention, he is ready to face any potential repercussions.

"He said he's got the spine and the backbone to deal with whatever comes to face him," Wyche said.

San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Chip Kelly said that Friday night's incident will have no impact on the quarterback's football future.

Justin Pugh, a lineman for the New York Giants, and other NFL players tweeted their opinions on Kaepernick's decision not to stand.



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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Cousin Fatally Shot]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:36:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Aldridge0825.JPG

A woman was shot to death while pushing a child in a stroller on Chicago's South Side, police said Friday, and family identified the victim as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

The 32-year-old woman, whom family identified as Nykea Aldridge, was apparently the unintended victim of a gang shooting, police said. She was walking around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two males approached another male and opened fire, police said.

Several hours after his cousin was shot, Wade sent out a tweet about the killing.

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Pastor Jolinda Wade, Dwyane's mother, identified Aldridge as her niece. Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones confirmed Aldridge is Dwyane's cousin.

"This is one particular time our family wished we didn't have to be speaking to the media about anything," Jolinda Wade said. "(I) just sat up on a panel yesterday, (with ESPN wesbite) The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that we would be the ones ... actually living and experiencing it."

Aldridge was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where she was pronounced dead. A relative took custody of the child, police said.

Jones said Aldridge is a mother of four and had just had a baby. Jones said she and her family had recently relocated to the neighborhood and she was on her way to register her kids at school when she was shot. 

It was not immediately clear which school Aldridge was going to, but the shooting happened close to Dulles School, which was partially blocked off as police analyzed the scene. 

"She loved God, loved her family," Jones said. "Just like everyone else, just wanted a better life, to live a better life. This is tragic because now it struck home with us. Something has to be done. This has got to stop."

Wade called the killing senseless and said the Wade and Morris families were in a "sensitive, grieving place."

"She wasn't bothering anybody, just going to register her kids in school — and bullets that fly around have no name decided to find its way to her head," she said.

Wade said this is the second child her sister, Aldridge's mother, has lost to gun violence. 

Wade asked for prayers and said she will continue to be proactive in the community.

"We're still going to help and empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head," she said. "And all of our young people out there, senselessly shooting each other."

Two men are being questioned as persons of interest and an investigation is ongoing, police said.

Dwyane Wade decided to join his hometown Bulls this summer, and has been a longtime supporter of the South Side, where his foundation has been active. In November, after Chicago police released video of Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting on the South Side, Wade wrote the teenager’s name on his shoes for an NBA game, along with the hashtag "#justice."

The Bulls released the following statement on the shooting death: "The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time."



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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress Arrested for DWI: Police]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:34:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jeffress-mug.jpg

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels placed Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list Friday, saying the pitcher was unable to perform after spending the night in jail after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 28-year-old was booked into the jail at 5:13 a.m. His bond was set at $500.

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The Rangers released a statement earlier in the day saying they are "aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning" and are "in the process of the gathering information."

Friday afternoon, Daniels sat before the media and discussed what he knew about the incident, but admitted there was still much to get their hands around.

Daniels said Jeffress' being put on the restrictive list was because he didn't sleep and would physically be unable to perform Friday night. He added that it was not a suspension related to an allegation of drug use or the arrest, and said that Jeffress would likely be back on the active roster Saturday.

Jeffress was suspended for 50 games in 2007 after testing positive for drugs — reportedly for marijuana — after being given a warning for his first offense. He was suspended for 100 games in 2009 for a third failed test.

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If Jeffress fails another drug test, he faces a lifetime ban. Daniels said Friday afternoon he wasn't sure if alcohol was on the list of drugs considered by Major League Baseball.

Jeffress and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Rangers before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. He last pitched for the Rangers on Tuesday where he gave up one hit and one run in one inning of work in a 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

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<![CDATA[Time to Rename the MetLife Bowl to the Giants Bowl]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:18:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/usa-victor-cruz-giants.jpg

Well, well, well, it’s finally here, the annual preseason game between the Giants and the Jets, aka the lamest titled rivalry game in sports (the MetLife Bowl) with the lamest nickname (the Snoopy Bowl) and the lamest trophy.

Yup, the game is named after the stadium the two teams share; nicknamed after the mascot of the stadium sponsor; and the trophy is a knockoff of college football’s Heisman Trophy. Since this game is meaningless in the standings, we have time to digress toward an equally meaningless exercise, and that’s renaming this annual game, giving it a new nickname and creating a new trophy.

New name: The Giants Bowl.

Why: The old stadium was named for the Giants and they agreed to allow the Jets to share Giants Stadium after the Jets lost their security deposit at Shea Stadium (or something approximating that). Anyway, the Giants have won four Super Bowls (and two in the last decade) and the Jets haven’t even reached the Super Bowl since before the moon landing. The name of the bowl should reflect the stadium occupant who has won the Super Bowl the most recently. See, we’re not saying it should always be called the Giants Bowl; only that it should be that until the Jets win their next Super Bowl. No need to rebrand every year when you can do it every five decades.

New nickname: The Big Blue Bowl.

Why: Big Blue is the Giants nickname, and the nickname should be some reflection of the actual bowl name. If the Giants were named the Yankees, an appropriate nickname might be the Pinstripe Bowl. Feel free to steal that name. Similar to the official name of this rivalry game – the Giants Bowl – the nickname would depend on the team that has most recently been king of New York football. So, yeah, there’s always hope that sometime down the line we can refer to this as the Gang Green Bowl. Now how’s that for imagery?

New trophy: A big apple, preferably solid gold. No need to slap an old leather football helmet on it or to make it do the Heisman pose – since, ya know, this is professional football.

Now that we’ve settled that important matter, let’s move on to the game itself. This is each team’s third preseason game, commonly referred to as the “dress rehearsal game,” as it’s the preseason contest when starters are expected to see their most extensive action before being placed in bubble wrap for the fourth and final preseason game, only to be opened in time for Week One.

If you watched the first few minutes of the Cowboys’ third preseason game against the Seahawks on Thursday, you saw Tony Romo get knocked out on the third play, all but assuring the advent of the Dak Prescott era in Dallas. Cowboys fans, a delusional lot by nature, think Prescott is the second coming of Roger Staubach, so many of them are probably shrugging off the latest injury to Romo's cork-stuffed back. If something similar happened to the Giants and Eli Manning, the rush to buy Ryan Nassib jerseys would probably pale in comparison.

But let’s not talk about injuries. Let’s talk about, um, Victor Cruz.

The salsa king is returning to game action after nearly two years away. He blew out his patellar tendon against the Eagles in October 2014, then struggled all last season with a calf problem. Most recently he’s been battling a groin injury. Will he ever return to the Pro Bowl-level that made him a fan favorite? If he does, this offense is going to be ridiculously good – with Cruz in the slot joining Odell Beckham Jr., rookie wideout Sterling Shepard, running back Rashad Jennings and professional Swiss Army knife Shane Vereen.

These guys are presumably all going to get a lot of run against the Jets, who in turn will likely be unleashing their full-capacity defense for at least two quarters. If you combined the Giant offense and the Jet defense, you might have a squad capable of beating the NFL’s 75th anniversary team. Alas, the Jets still have Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.

Last year I extolled the virtues of Fitzmagic, the kind of gun-slinging quarterback who was perfectly suited to an offense with playmakers like Brandon Marshall and red zone studs like Eric Decker. And I was right – until I wasn’t.

Fitzpatrick threw three crippling interceptions in the team’s embarrassing Week 17 loss to the Bills and former Jets coach Rex Ryan, squelching the team’s playoff chances. Now he’s back, and a team that’s added Matt Forte at running back (and still has plenty of weapons on offense) is relying on the Harvard graduate to avoid spontaneous combustion when the chips are down.

The Jets might win this meaningless dress rehearsal against the Giants. But I feel safe in saying this annual rivalry game will be known as the Giants Bowl (at least to me) for the foreseeable future.



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<![CDATA[For Jets, There’s No Backup Plan]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:20:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/238*120/usa-christian-hackenberg-penn-state.jpg

I know, I know, conventional wisdom suggests you give your starters some real playing time in the third preseason game, but when the Jets line up against their crosstown (or cross-stadium) opponents on Saturday night, they’d be well advised to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick out out of harm’s way.

Not only wouldn’t I play Fitz, I’d think about keeping him under house arrest --for his own safety and the team's well-being. After all, let’s face it: the journeyman QB may not be much, but he’s all we’ve got.

Yes, the sad fact remains that, after two different general managers selected a total of three quarterbacks in the top four rounds of the past four NFL drafts, Gang Green still doesn’t have a backup signal-caller worth the clipboard he’ll hopefully be carrying for 16 games (plus playoffs).

Geno Smith? Was he really the fallback -- and I do mean fall (very, very) far back -- if the ridiculous stalemate between Mike Maccagnan and the Fitz extended into the part of the season where the games actually count? Now starting his third NFL season, Smith made his biggest contribution to the franchise a year ago in the preseason, when he was good enough to get sucker-punched, thereby allowing Fitzpatrick to step in.

Smith has been so bad through the first half of the exhibition slate, in fact, that the second-string spot has become an open competition, with Bryce Petty making a pretty convincing case for it. That’s right, Bryce Petty -- the same guy who looked like he didn’t know which way the helmet went on a year ago. Petty was solid in last week’s lost to Washington, but if he’s not good enough to unseat Smith -- and, at least in coach Todd Bowles' opinion, he hasn’t been yet -- then he’s clearly not ready to successfully lead the team if Fitz goes down.

Then there’s Christian Hackenberg, who Maccagnan picked in the second round of this year’s draft. At this point, Hackenberg is about as ready to play NFL football as Ryan Lochte is to admit what actually happened on that wacky night in Rio.

I don’t doubt that Hackenberg is talented, and maybe one day he’ll be a good pro. But his body of work to date in no way whatsoever suggests that. In his junior year at Penn State last season, Hackenberg ranked 85th among FBS QBs in passer rating and 104th in completion percentage. He converted a paltry 53.5 percent of his pass attempts. For comparison’s sake, Smith completed 71.2 percent of his passes his last year at West Virginia.

Hackenberg did rank highly in one stat: he was sacked more than all but two other QBs last season. So not only can’t he hit the side of a barn, he also can’t outrun one.

Fitzpatrick won over his teammates and Jets fans with his hard-charging play last season. But, given the caliber of guys behind him, I think everyone would breathe easier if he’d charge a bit less hard this time around.



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<![CDATA[New Name for White Sox Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/us+cellular+field+GettyImages-520000826.jpg

Chicago White Sox fans will have a new corporate name attached to their home stadium next season, as the team has sold naming rights for their ballpark to Guaranteed Rate, the team announced Wednesday.

The stadium, currently known as U.S. Cellular Field, will become Guaranteed Rate Field on Nov. 1 as part of a new 13-year contract that the White Sox signed with the mortgage company, according to a statement released by the club.

"We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field," chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in the statement. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the name change during a board meeting, the statement said. Financial terms of the deal between the White Sox and Guaranteed Rate were not disclosed.

The White Sox retained an option under the team’s lease for the ballpark, which could extend the deal an additional year through 2030.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to be part of the White Sox family," president & CEO of Guaranteed Rate Victor Ciardelli said. "It really is a dream come true to have the Guaranteed Rate name on a hometown Chicago ballpark."

"We love this city and its baseball fans, and couldn’t be happier to partner with an iconic team and a legendary owner in Jerry Reinsdorf," Ciardelli added. "We look forward to many great years of White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field."



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<![CDATA[LA Dubs 8/24 'Kobe Bryant Day']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:53:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-Day-8-24-LA.jpg

Will Kobe Bryant go into the Hall of Fame wearing the No. 8 or the No. 24?

Los Angeles City Council members decided not to pick one or the other and instead opted to honor Bryant's early years donning the no. 8 en route to three NBA titles and also the no. 24, which collected two NBA championships, simultaneously.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, which can be abbreviated as "8/24," will be "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles when Councilman Jose Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Curren Price introduce a resolution at Wednesday's LA City Council meeting.

Bryant is having a busy week, as the 37-year-old rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, revealing a $100 million venture capital firm that bears his name.

Then, Tuesday, Aug. 23 is Bryant's 38th birthday.

On Wednesday, the "Black Mamba" will get a belated birthday present of sorts when he is honored by the City of Angels for his contributions on the court, as well as his philanthropic efforts off the court. Bryant has championed the fight against homelessness as well as the created a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need. Over the course of his public life, Bryant has been involved in numerous charitable causes and regularly volunteered to help "Make-a-Wish" for sick kids.

"Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant's 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and 'Kobe Bryant Day' is the City of Los Angeles' way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles," Huizar said in a statement. "For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe's incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we'll gather to say, 'Thank you, Mamba.'"

Bryant expects to be present at LA City Hall on Wednesday morning.



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<![CDATA['Final Five' Take New York City]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16236682575231.jpg

The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

"I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

"She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

"There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

"Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

"Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

"It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 



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<![CDATA[Back From Rio, Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:58:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/feigen-lochte-conger-bentz.jpg

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.



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<![CDATA[Raisman Says Yes to Date]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WEB+RAW+UNDERWOOD+ASKING+ALY+FB+-+00001703.jpg

Aly Raisman caught the attention of many with her incredible performance at the Rio Olympics, especially Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, who hopes to snag a date with the gymnast the next time she’s in San Jose.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Raisman watched a recorded video of Underwood congratulating her hard work at the Olympics, and took the opportunity to ask her out on a double date with long snapper Andrew East the next time she’s in San Jose.

East also happens to be married to 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Raisman’s friend.

Raisman giggled and said she would go out with him.

In September, Raisman and the Final Five team will be in San Jose for their champions tour. Maybe Underwood will make an appearance and snag Raisman for that date.

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<![CDATA[Nike's Gold Medal Newborn Giveaway]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:27:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Elena+Delle+Donne+Baby+Nikes+Medal.jpg

One of Delaware's most famous athletes took home gold at the Rio Olympics and that means each baby born Saturday in her hometown hospital is taking home a pair of sweet sneakers.

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and the U.S. basketball team took home gold in dominating fashion Saturday – beating Spain by 29 points — and in honor of that big win, the parents of every child born at Christiana Hospital in New Castle County, Delaware, on the gold medal day got a special gift Sunday.

The bright green Nike kicks — with an orange swoosh — came with a special notice mentioning Delle Donne being born in the same hospital on Sept. 5, 1989.  It just so happens that Delle Donne is a spokeswoman for the hospital as well as Nike.

"It all starts now. 26 years ago, it started in Wilmington for a little champ just like you," read the message. "And today, Elena Delle Donne conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that could be you. Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential. Whatever you decide, get up. Get out. And get started. Life moves fast. And in these, it will move a little faster. Just do it. Unlimited future."

The hospital, which says it delivers more than 6,000 babies each year, said it gave out around three dozens pairs of sneakers. Other hospitals in other athletes' hometowns, including Delle Donne's teammate Brittney Griner's birthplace, also had similar Nike promotions.

The hospital said it's "#DelawareProud" and can't wait to see what this next generation of Delawareans accomplish.

No word yet if any of the newborns have a jump shot.



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<![CDATA[Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt Say Adieu to the Olympics]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:50:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/phelps+bolt.jpg Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt wrapped up their Olympic careers in style by leaving Rio with nine combined gold medals.
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<![CDATA[Remembering the Titans of the 2016 Rio Olympics]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:46:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592606404.jpg Take a look back at all of the must-see moments from Rio including Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt’s final moments as Olympians.
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<![CDATA[Passing the Torch: Tokyo Prepares for 2020 Olympics]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:53:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16235054413656.jpg Super Mario and Co. stole the show as Tokyo was introduced as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe popped out of a warp pipe disguised as Mario.
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<![CDATA[Think You Remember the Rio Olympics? Take the Quiz]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:16:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/michael-phelps-200m-im-web-aptopix-rio-olympics-_webf-5.jpg

For 17 days in August, athletes from around the world competed in Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate prize in sports: an Olympic gold medal.

You probably didn't win gold yourself, but you can try to get the next best thing by acing our Olympics quiz.

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