<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sportshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.pngNBC Connecticuthttp://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 26 Jul 2016 06:12:41 -0400Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:12:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Yard Goats to Play Rest of Regular Season on the Road]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:43:42 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard+Goats+logo_1200.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats will play the rest of the regular season on the road because the stadium is Hartford is not complete.

The team has announced schedule changes from July 28 through Aug. 28 and they will be playing in Manchester, New Hampshire; Binghamton, New York; Bowie, Maryland; and Trenton, New Jersey.

A news release from the team says Yard Goats season ticket holders will be allowed to attend all of the games in New Hampshire, Binghamton, Bowie and Trenton with complimentary tickets, courtesy of the Yard Goats. All other ticket sales will be handled by the host club.

Tim Restall, the Yard Goats general manager, said playing the remaining 19 games on the road means extra costs for the team. 

"That's additional busing, hotel rooms and obviously, we're not selling any additional merchandise or concessions here, so obviously it's affecting us financially," Restall told NBC Connecticut. 

Restall said the completion of the park also promised more than 200 jobs for the city, but these positions will be frozen until next year. 

"What we'll do is, as we get closer to next year, we'll reach out and start having those converstaions (about emloyment) again," Restall said.

Centerplan, the developer hired to build Dunkin' Donuts stadium, started construction on the stadium in February 2015 with a set completion date of mid-March. After delays came to light in December 2015, a new date of May 17 was set in January, but Centerplan did not meet that date and the city has since invoked the $46 million insurance policy on the project and fired the developer.

Centerplan has also filed a complaint, looking for an injunction against the city, claiming it didn’t use the proper dispute resolution channels laid out in their joint agreement before the city fired them.

"That lawsuit I think is Centerplan’s attempt to distract from the fact that they couldn’t deliver on their obligations to the city and we’re going to stay focused on our responsibility which is getting that insurance company to fulfill its obligations to the city of Hartford," the city's mayor, Luke Bronin, said.

The Yard Goats, which are the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have played all of the games that were scheduled for home this season on the road.

This is the new schedule:

Yard Goat vs. Harrisburg Senators at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire:

  • July 28 at 5:05 p.m.
  • July 29 at 1:05 p.m. -- doubleheader
  • July 30 at 5:05 p.m.
  • July 31 at 1:05 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, New York:

  • Aug. 5 at 6:05 p.m.
  • Aug. 6 at 5:05 p.m.
  • Aug. 7 at 1:05 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Maryland:

  • Aug. 16 at 6:35 p.m.
  • Aug. 17 at 1:05 p.m. - doubleheader
  • Aug. 18 at 6:35 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey:

  • Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
  • Aug. 21 at 1 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Harrisburg Senators at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire:

  • Aug. 25 at 5:05 p.m.
  • Aug. 26 at 1:05 p.m. - doubleheader
  • Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m.
  • August 28 is a day off

The schedule on the Yard Goats' Website has the team on the road for the final games of the season, first with a series in Richmond, then in Harrisburg.

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<![CDATA[Olympian Ousted for Pot in 2012 Hopes for Redemption in Rio]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:26:43 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Nicholas+Delpopolo+2.jpg

A New Jersey judoka who was expelled from the London 2012 Olympics after he tested positive for marijuana is looking for a second chance in Rio next month. 

Nick Delpopolo, 27, has trained hard at judo since his expulsion four years ago, when he tested positive for cannabis after eating a pot brownie at a celebration party.

Delpopolo says he didn't know that the dessert contained marijuana when he ate it and that "it was the worst thing I have ever done in my life," Patch reported

The Olympian says he was ridiculed and snubbed after the expulsion. 

"I would think, 'Why can't they forgive me?' They were even going so far as to attack my family," he told Patch. 

After his sponsors dropped him, Delpopolo was in a dark place. He says it was letters he received from fans, including fellow athletes, that got him back on his feet and more determined than ever to return to the Olympics as a judo player.  

“I just didn’t want me being expelled from the Olympics to define my judo career, because that is a pretty crappy way to go out," he said. 

Delpopolo worked hard so he could afford to train more. He eventually picked up a new sponsor, Alan Gebheart. 

"Without him I really wouldn't be here," Delpopolo said. 

At the Rio 2016 Olympics he hopes to get a second chance and to show others that "negative things happen but don't let it define you."

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<![CDATA[NBA Teams, Players React to All-Star Game Move]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:01:41 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/238*120/usa-adam-silver-nba-slideshow.jpg

The NBA announced Thursday it will be relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, over the state's controversial law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

In the latest and most high-profile fallout since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law in March, the league said in a statement that it did not believe the NBA could "successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

An alternate city for next February's event has not been announced. The NBA has assured the Charlotte Hornets they hope to bring the 2019 event to Charlotte if issues involving HB2 are resolved.

Caving in to mounting pressure to move the annual event, the NBA joined a growing list of high-profile organizations, businesses and celebrities that have canceled events and pulled business out of North Carolina in protest.

Charles Barkley, one of the most outspoken critics of HB2, who was leading the call to move the All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte, said he would boycott the event if the league didn't move it to another city.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry learned about the league's decision to pull the game from Charlotte, his home town, during an American Century Championship golf tournament news conference.

"I'm disappointed to not be able to celebrate a game of basketball in Charlotte as the head player," Curry said, adding that he understands the NBA's decision, but was still "hoping on Charlotte."

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that it was "unfortunate."

"Aside from all the politics, I feel bad for [Michael Jordan] because I knew what that was going to do for the city of Charlotte. For him being able to bring All-Star weekend to Charlotte," Anthony said. "I feel bad for him and for the NBA, too. We as players didn’t think it was going to get to this. It’s unfortunate."

After the decision was announced, NBA teams across the country, as well as current and former players, turned to social media to show support for the league's decision, and to condemn discrimination.

National leaders and celebrities also took to Twitter to praise the NBA for "standing with equality and justice."

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Legendary Redskins Superfan Chief Zee Has Died]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:15:43 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chief+Zee+1200++x+675.jpg

The Washington Redskins' biggest fan has died.

Legendary superfan Zema Williams, known as Chief Zee, passed away in his sleep last night, sources said.

"The Washington Redskins will always appreciate Zema Williams' unique passion and dedication to our football team and his fellow Washington Redskins fans," the team said in a statement.

Starting with a Monday Night Football matchup with the rival Dallas Cowboys in 1978, Williams began attending Redskins games dressed in a Native American costume with burgundy and gold headdress and waving a toy tomahawk. He rarely missed a game.

As the team's name came under scrutiny in recent years, so did Williams' costume.

In April, when Williams was in danger of being evicted, supporters raised money to pay his rent for two months.

It's unclear what Williams died from, but he hadn't been in good health lately.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>