<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 22 Jun 2017 21:52:45 -0400Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:52:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jeter Meets With Marlins, Remains Short on Funds: Report]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:19:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-683113516.jpg

Derek Jeter met with the Miami Marlins on Thursday and remains short on funds, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

Jeter is part of one of three reported groups that is vying for ownership of the Marlins. Thus far, no group has been able to come up with the reported $1.3 billion asking price. After meeting with Marlins' president David Samson and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday, Jeter still is trying to find investors.

Along with Jeter, Samson and Manfred, Greg Fleming sat in on the meeting. Fleming may be one of the most important aspects of the meeting, as he is the former chief of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Fleming is said to be one of the investors in Jeter's group and it could be a sizable stake.

While Jeter will only contribute a relatively small amount to the team, he would be in complete control of the club. This requirement by Jeter was the reported reason for Jeb Bush exiting the group. Jeter would handle both the baseball and business sides of the organization, if a deal comes to fruition.

While there are three groups reported to be in the running, Jeter remains the front-runner. A group including Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine is considered to be the runner-up. The third group has unknown members in it and would be looked at as a dark horse candidate.

In addition to coming up with the funds to buy the team, MLB wants the new owner to have enough equity to run the team properly. Miami is expected to take losses in the near future and would need to be able to cover those. The Marlins have a losing record this season, but will host a valuable All-Star Game in July.

With the ownership talks hanging in the balance, Miami will look to continue a turnaround on the field. The Marlins are currently hosting the World Series champion Chicago Cubs for four games at Marlins Park.

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<![CDATA[Top Rockies Prospect Brendan Rodgers Joining Yard Goats]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:22:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/brendan+rodgers.jpg

The top prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization is coming to play for the Hartford Yard Goats, the team's Double-A Eastern League affiliate.  Shortstop Brendan Rodgers has been promoted from Class-A Lancaster to the Goats.

He will become the highest ever draft-pick to play for the Yard Goats.  Rodgers was the first pick by the Rockies in the 2015 draft, and the 3rd overall pick that draft.  

Rodgers becomes the youngest player on the Yard Goats roster at age 20.  He just played in the California League All-Star game on Tuesday.

Rodgers has monster stats in California.  He's leading the California League with a .400 batting average, .419 on base percentage, .700 slugging percentage, and 147 total bases.

He is listed by Baseball America as the number 16 overall prospect and the best power hitter in the Rockies organization.  MLB.com ranks him as the number 10 overall prospect in the minors.

He is joining the team in uniform tonight in Richmond, Va.  He'll return with the team to Hartford on Monday for his first homestand as a Goat against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets Double-A affiliate.

Lancaster infield Brian Mundell was also promoted to the Yard Goats from the JetHawks.

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<![CDATA[New Deal Makes Raider's Derek Carr NFL's Highest Paid QB]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:53:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/kahrpayydayye.jpg

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr wanted to get his contract extension done before training camp next month.

He got his wish.

Carr and the team have reached what is reported to be a five-year, $125 million deal, according to a story by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Thursday morning.

An excited Carr confirmed that report on social media.

“Now it’s done!” he wrote on Twitter. “From the jump I’ve wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let’s just play now!!!”

The deal is expected to pay Carr about $25 million per season, which will make him the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback. He’s heading into the final year of his first deal, signed after he was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft. That deal will pay him about $5.4 million this season, with the new terms kicking in starting in 2018.

The Raiders have been built with salary-cap flexibility under general manager Reggie McKenzie and are a reported $31 million under the salary cap.

Earlier this offseason, the Raiders signed defensive end-linebacker Khalil Mack to a long-term extension. Still to be done is a deal for starting guard Gabe Jackson.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard_Goats_Jingle_1200x675_615127107875.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Tearful Tribute: NHL Honors Bickell With Emotional Video]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:59:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-699489368.jpg

In a night filled with honors for some of the best hockey players in the country, one emotional moment stood above the rest.

The moment the NHL honored Bryan Bickell.

The former Blackhawk’s career was cut short after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. He ended his hockey run with the Carolina Hurricanes, playing in less than a dozen games with the team.

But his journey back from rehab to playing his final game in the NHL was an extraordinary moment that earned him praise during the league’s national awards ceremony.

“I didn’t know if I was going to play hockey again,” Bickell said in a heartfelt video showed during the ceremony.

After rehabbing for weeks, Bickell returned to play with the Hurricanes, revealing the team’s season finale against the Flyers would be his last.

“Those people were there for me,” Bickell said in the video as footage showed each Hurricanes player shaking his hand and hugging him before the game.

But as the game went into overtime, it was Bickell who was first up in the shootout – a shot that would ultimately become his last. And it went in.

The stadium erupted as fans, players and his family roared for the goal. 

“There’s hockey life and there’s life after hockey,” Bickell said in the video as he talked about his future with his family and seeing his daughters grow up.

Bickell went on to give a speech during the ceremony, thanking the Blackhawks and the Hurricanes and his fans.  

But it was his thank you to his wife that had tears streaming down the faces of many in the audience.

“When I said no, she said yes. She picked me up when I was down,” he said. “If it wasn’t for Amanda, for everything… Thank you Amanda.”

The moment ended with the league making a $20,000 donation to the Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation.

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<![CDATA[McIlroy, Spieth to Headline Day 1 of Travelers Championship]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:01:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/rory+talks+to+media+wednesday.jpg

Tournament play for the 2017 Travelers Championship gets underway on Thursday and with one of the best player fields in Cromwell ever, fans will have the chance to see some of the top golfers in the world.

Rory McIlroy will make his Travelers Championship debut at 7:50 a.m. Thursday. He will start his round from the 10th tee and will be playing alongside U.S. Open runner-up Brian Harman and Jim Furyk, who shot an historic 58 in the final round of the Travelers last year.

The very next group up on the 10th tee Thursday will be a group to watch. Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed have the 8 a.m. tee time.

Day is the fourth-ranked player in the world and is the 2015 PGA Championship winner. Thomas is ranked 12th in the world and made history with a 9-under par round in last week's U.S. Open. Reed has five PGA Tour victories and is ranked 17th in the world.

Fans of Masters champion Jordan Spieth will have to wait until the afternoon to catch a glimpse of him. Spieth has the 1 p.m. tee time on the 1st tee along with Brandt Snedeker and Wesley Bryan.

If you want to catch a trio of past Travelers winners, get to the 1st tee just a bit earlier. Bubba Watson will begin his round at 12:50 p.m. and he will be playing with defending champion Russell Knox and 2012 champion Marc Leishman.

Click here for a full list of tee times.

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<![CDATA[Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:05:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Travelers+Pro-Am+Day+062117+-2.jpg Celebrity golfers tee off at the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

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<![CDATA[What to Know Before You Go to the Travelers Championship]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:16:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/russell+knox_travelers.jpg

Headed to the Travelers Championship this year? Here’s what you need to know before hitting the course.

This year's tournament runs June 19-June 25 at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Put 676 Main Street, Cromwell into the GPS to access the main entrance and parking.

There are 156 players expected to attend, including three of the world’s top five-ranked players Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Jordan Spieth. Click here for the full list.

Tickets range from $13 to $47 by day, or $145 for a weekly pass. Special upgraded club tickets are also available for an additional cost. Buy your tickets by clicking here.

Regular parking ranges from $8 to $12 in the “Gold Lot,” or Lot B, for the general public. VIP Parking ranges from $18 to $22.

The Gold Lot opens at 6 a.m. and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrivals will have a short walk to the Main Gate, but later arrivals may have a 10-minute walk to the entrance.

The VIP parking areas also fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Note that VIP parking pass holders will be directed to the Gold Lot once the VIP lots are full.

There are three admissions gates at Travelers – the Main Gate at the Main Entrance, the 9th Hole Fairway, which is accessible from the VIP Parking Lot or on foot via Golf Club Road, and the 6th Hole Green, which is accessible on foot via Field Road. Gates open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and at 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

There are ADA parking and viewing accommodations available, including a wheelchair accessible shuttle. Parking for those with a valid state permit is available at the Woodside Intermediate School at 30 Woodside Road, Cromwell. For more information, click here. 

Fans will be searched when entering the course, and there are restrictions on the sizes and types of bags allowed. For a detailed list of restricted and permitted items, click here. 

This is an outdoor event. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and to pack that sunscreen for sunny days and the raincoat for the wet ones!

There is a merchandise tent near the 9th Green where you can buy official Travelers Championship Merchandise

The Travelers Championship isn’t just about the professionals playing their best game. There are special events throughout the Championship, including everything from military appreciation to Pro-Am games to a Family Day.

The Liberty Bank Concert Series this year includes performers like Drake White and The Big Fire, and Gin Blossoms. Or stop by for Women's Day on Thursday, which features and event with Tory Burch. For a full list of special events, click here.

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<![CDATA[Five Times Athletes Have Challenged Animals]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:36:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_5_TIMES_ATHLETES_VS_ANIMALS_061617-149765207316100001.jpg

With the announcement that Michael Phelps will race a shark for Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," we take a look back at five times athletes competed against animals.

<![CDATA[McDonald's, Olympics Ending Partnership After 40 Years]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Untitled203.jpg

After 40 years, the relationship between McDonald’s and the International Olympic Committee has come to an end.

McDonald’s, which began sponsoring the United States Olympic Committee in 1976 and been a partner with the IOC since 1996, terminated the relationships with both entities on Friday afternoon.

"As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities," McDonald's Global Chief Marketing Officer Silvia Lagnado said in a statement. "We have been proud to support the Olympic Movement, and we thank our customers and staff, the spectators, athletes and officials, as well as the IOC and local Olympics Games organizing committees, for all of their support over the years."

McDonald’s will continue on as a partner with the Olympics with domestic marketing rights for the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, but their deal, which was set to run through the Tokyo 2020 games, will be terminated with immediate effect, according to CNBC.

"In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities," Timo Lumme, managing director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said in a statement to AdAge. "For these reasons, we have mutually agreed with McDonald’s to part ways."

According to AdAge, McDonald’s is just the latest business to cut ties with the IOC, following the lead of other companies like AT&T, Budweiser and Hilton Hotels.

McDonald’s and the Olympic Games have a long history that dates back all the way to 1968. According to the company’s Olympic page, they airlifted hamburgers to athletes during the Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, to help athletes deal with homesickness.

The company officially became a sponsor of the USOC in 1976, and became one of the Games’ TOP partners before the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, McDonald’s has served food in the Olympic Village at each competition, and has served up specially branded advertisements, cups and other items in the years since. 

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<![CDATA[No First Night Festivities for UConn Basketball This Year]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:14:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/uconn+fans+gampel.jpg

Uconn's annual First Night basketball activities won't be happening this year.

That's because of repair work that is being done on the roof and ceiling of Gampel Pavilion.

The $10 million upgrade project began just after UConn's commencement in May and will continue until the end of October, according to the university.

The repairs will be done in time for the start of the basketball season, but not in time for First Night, a date in mid-October when the NCAA allows official basketball activities to begin.

In the past, UConn has held joint festivities with both the men's and women's teams for fans who wanted to come and watch.

Gampel was built in 1990.

The building's roof was in need of repair to replace the roof and ceiling panels, which had become worn and the exterior sealant on the dome was wearing off, leading to some leaks, UConn said.

The women's volleyball team, which also uses Gampel, will play its home games at Guyer Gym in the Hugh S Greer Field House for the fall 2017 season.

<![CDATA[Olympians Reveal the Most ‘Dad’ Thing Their Dads Do]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:39:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/celskijr.jpg

Winter Olympians talk about the most embarrassing “Dad” things their dads do.

<![CDATA[Olympians Tell Their Favorite ‘Dad Jokes’]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:56:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_OLYMPIC_DAD_JOKES_061617-149763326114600001.jpg

In honor of Father’s Day, we asked Team USA Olympic athletes to share some of their favorite and cheesiest “Dad Jokes.”

<![CDATA[Dems Win Ballgame of Unity, Give Trophy to Scalise]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:13:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Congressional+Baseball+Game.jpg

Republicans and Democrats put aside their differences to root for "Team Scalise" during the Congressional Baseball Game this year.

Many lawmakers wore purple and gold hats and shirts emblazoned with the LSU logo in a show of support for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot one day earlier during the Republican team's practice for the annual event.

Scalise graduated from LSU in 1989. He is regularly decked out “from head to toe” in team gear, a representative for Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, said Thursday morning. 

Scalise’s alma mater reportedly helped make the tribute at the game possible.

In an interview with NOLA.com, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said he responded to a request for gear by sending hats, towels and shirts for both the Democratic and Republican teams to wear.

Scalise remains in critical condition, but has improved, MedStar Washington Hospital said in an update Thursday night. He had a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg, the hospital said.

David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, threw out the first pitch at the game.

Bailey walked to the pitcher's mound in crutches and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre handed him the game ball. Bailey then threw a pitch that bounced before reaching the catcher, Roberto Clemente Jr. He gave a good-natured shrug as the stadium applauded.

Three others were shot Wednesday, including Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tysons Foods, who was in critical condition after being shot twice in the chest; Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle; and Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), who was shot in the calf.

The Nationals said nearly 25,000 people attended -- a record number for the Congressional Baseball Game. More than $1 million was raised for Congressional Sports for Charity. The Capitol Police Memorial Fund was added as a beneficiary on Wednesday.

The Democrats beat the Republicans 11-2 in the friendly, but competitive, game. In a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie for the night, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice."

Scalise has previously played in the congressional game, and in previous years wore a variety of Louisiana jerseys.

The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity dates back to 1909, and became popular enough by 1928 to be broadcast on the radio, according to a history of the game listed on a dedicated website. The Great Depression, World War II and some speakers of the House have intervened to cancel some games.

It is one of the most anticipated events of summer at the Capitol, with Democrats and Republicans splitting the 79 games that have been played over the years 39-39, with one tie. Democrats were on a winning streak for several years before the Republicans won the last game in a squeaker, 8-7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Who's Who at Travelers Championship]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:34:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-535435824.jpg

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<![CDATA[Will the NHL Expansion Draft Nab One of Your Favorite Players?]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:36:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/goldenknights.jpg

The NHL is expanding next season as it adds a new team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. To fill out their roster, the league is holding an expansion draft that entitles the Golden Knights to select one player from each of the 30 current NHL teams. Find out how this could impact your favorite team

<![CDATA[Video Shows Blimp Crashing at Golf’s US Open]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:11:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_BLIMP_AT_US_OPEN_061517_1-149754558828200001.jpg

People posted video on social media of a blimp crashing near Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin, where the U.S. Open of golf is being held.

<![CDATA['The Fight Is On': McGregor to Meet Mayweather in Las Vegas]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:38:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mayweather_McGregor.jpg

MMA fighter Conor McGregor tweeted Wednesday afternoon that "the fight is on" between himself and renowned boxer Floyd Mayweather.

The spectacle is expected to take place on Aug. 26, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The Nevada commission approved the date of the fight earlier Wednesday, according to reports.

McGregor tweeted the photo of himself next to Floyd Mayweather Sr., but he will be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is unclear whether it was a mistake or whether McGregor did it on purpose, as he is known to provoke his opponents.

Mayweather also posted on Instagram about the fight, writing "It's official!"

Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after going undefeated in all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena. The fight will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Will the NBA Champion Warriors Visit the White House?]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WarriorsWhiteHouseTrump.jpg

With winning a championship routinely comes the opportunity to visit the White House, but it's not clear if the newly-crowned Golden State Warriors will pay a visit to President Donald Trump just yet.

“Today is all about celebrating our championship," the organization wrote in a statement released Tuesday. "We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

A report surfaced shortly after Game 5 claiming that the Warriors would unanimously refuse any invitation to the White House, but that report was clearly debunked by the organization's statement.

President Trump has already welcomed members of the New England Patriots and Clemson Tigers football team to the White House after their championship runs this past winter. Whether or not the Warriors will join those teams remains to be seen.

One Warrior has already publicly stated he won't make the trip if the offer is placed on the table. Back in February, guard Shaun Livingston was asked about visiting the White House, but he told a local radio station, "I definitely wouldn't go."

Even if the entire team follows Livingston and says "no" to the White House, that doesn't mean they still wouldn't make a trip to Washington D.C. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, on Tuesday took to Twitter to say, "The @Warriors leadership is inspiring. I'd be honored to welcome the team to the U.S. Capitol. #DubNation."

Back in 2015, the Warriors did pay a visit to a Barack Obama-governed White House after capturing the organization's first title in 40 years.

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<![CDATA[Report Warriors Won't Go to White House Is False]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:06:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+WARRIORS+FINAL+WH+THUMB.jpg

Shortly after winning the NBA Championship last night, a report was circulated stating that the players of the Golden State Warriors were going to unanimously refuse an invitation to the White House to celebrate their win. However, that report turned out to be false.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Star Irvin Denies Sexual Assault Allegations]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:06:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/061317+michael+irvin+press+conference.JPG

Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin and his Fort Lauderdale-based attorney Kenneth Padowitz met with reporters Tuesday and continued to deny claims of sexual battery made by a female acquaintance, saying a completed police investigation cleared Irvin of wrong doing.

With television cameras rolling, the football Hall of Famer and former Miami Hurricanes star addressed the serious allegations that are still being reviewed by the Broward State Attorney’s office.

"This has been the most difficult period my family and I have ever had to endure. To have to live through heinous false allegations," Irvin said. "Now that all the evidence is in…and it says exactly what I’ve always said that nothing, nothing, nothing happened here. I just want to get this process behind me."

Irvin, who starred at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale before a star studded career with the ‘Canes and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, was listed on a sexual battery report from Fort Lauderdale Police for an alleged incident that took place inside a hotel on March 22nd.

The State Attorney’s Office in Broward County confirmed that they had received the case from Fort Lauderdale Police and the investigation is ongoing, while reiterating that no charges have been filed at this time.

"This is an ongoing case that the State Attorney’s Office first received from police investigators on May 31, just nine business days ago," the state attorney's office said in a statement Tuesday. "Prosecutors in our Sexual Battery Unit are continuing their thorough and careful review of this serious matter with the professionalism that our community deserves and expects. Our review is well-within the time period required under the law."

"The Broward State Attorney’s Office has had ample time to review the evidence in this case,” Padowitz said on Tuesday. "I am confident, after having looked at thousands of these cases, that under the law, there is no evidence and in fact affirmative evidence that shows that Michael Irvin, what he has been saying all along, is in fact true."

Irvin, who had previously settled a lawsuit brought against him for sexual assault in 2011, had previously said he was in the area during that time for a relative’s sporting event and the birthday of an aunt.

<![CDATA[Cristiano Ronaldo Charged With Tax Fraud in Spain]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:43:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_RONALDO_TAXED_061317_1-149737169756300001.jpg

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has had a tax fraud lawsuit filed against him by prosecutors in Spain. Ronaldo has been accused of using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.

<![CDATA[NBA Finals Memes: Warriors Get Revenge on Cavs]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:39:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/205*120/Warriors+Get+Revenge+on+Cavs+in+Part+3.png

Round 3 goes to Golden State.

The Golden State Warriors avenged their 2016 NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 129-120 victory on Monday night in Oakland.

Kevin Durant was named the NBA Finals MVP after scoring 39 points as he finally took home his first ever NBA Championship trophy.

LeBron James did everything he could to send the series back to Cleveland scoring a game-high 41 points, but this time the Warriors were able to close the door on the 3-1 series lead.

After the game, the Internet was abuzz with memes and jokes from the Cavs loss and the Warriors redemption. We compiled some of the best ones for your enjoyment.

Part III, Revenge of the Steph: 

We have the LeBron crying meme, the Jordan crying meme, and now the Tiger Woods mugshot meme.

The Cavaliers were in trouble after they went down 3-0.

The Kardashian Kurse:

Insane ticket prices for Game 5:

Kevin Love didn't score in the first half of Game 5:

The Warriors kiss cam:

Kevin Durant's Next Chapter: 

What J.R. Smith will be doing after tonight's loss in Game 5:

When you finally slay those 3-1 lead demons: 

LeBron carries the Cavs all series:

Russell Westbrook after the Warriors won Game 5:

Could Brian Scalabrine have helped LeBron and the Cavs:

A recap of the 2017 NBA Finals:

This shirt was great:

Too soon?:

Tribute to Warriors super fan, MC Hammer:

This was epic:


Kevin Durant, King Slayer:

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<![CDATA[Fan Shells Out Record Amount for NBA Finals Tickets: Report]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:44:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/OracleArena.png

What would you buy with $133,000?

One fan with deep pockets decided on two courtside tickets to Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland Monday night. That astronomical amount marks the most expensive seats ever purchased in NBA history, according to ESPN.

Broken down, that's $66,500 per seat. If the game lasts a traditional 48 minutes, that buyer is shelling out about $1,385 per minute for just one seat. For both seats, that's roughly $2,771.

The eye-popping tickets were sold Sunday by a season-ticket holder to the buyer using the team's resale site, according to ESPN. The $133,000 price tag also included $17,000 worth of buyer fees.

Early Monday, two floor seats were still available for a cool $48,725.50 each, but they have since been nabbed, according to StubHub. Say the game lasts two hours and 30 minutes, the buyer is forking over about $325 per minute. Double that number to $650 per minute if they bring a friend.

For those not wishing to completely break the bank, the cheapest seat in the house as of Monday morning was hovering just above $600 for a spot in the upper deck behind the baskets, according to StubHub.

Game 5 is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. PST. Golden State can close out the series and capture its second title in three years with a victory.

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<![CDATA['Still Strong': Jerry Remy Says Cancer Has Returned]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:01:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/remy21.jpg

Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy announced Monday that he is once again battling cancer.

"I have been diagnosed with cancer again," he said on Twitter. "Treatment starts in 2 weeks. Still strong. Please see your doctor."

This is Remy's fifth cancer relapse.

He previously missed much of the 2009 season as he recovered from lung cancer. In 2013, cancer returned to his lungs. In February, he again announced that he was battling lung cancer but was able to return to work for the start of the 2017 baseball season.

Remy has provided color commentary during Red Sox games since 1988. He played second base for the team from 1978 through 1984.

Just last week, he came under fire and later apologized for his on-air remarks that pitchers such as New York Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka shouldn't be allowed to have translators on the mound.

During the NESN broadcast of the Boston-New York game at Yankee Stadium on June 6, Remy said pitchers such as the Japanese-born Tanaka should "learn baseball language." His comments quickly drew sharp criticism on social media, with some saying there isn't one universal language for baseball.

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<![CDATA[Penguin Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup Win]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:18:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HockeyCup_1200x675_965333571839.jpg

Pittsburgh Penguin fans have plenty to be excited about after their team won their second-straight Stanley Cup. The Penguins accomplished the feat by downing the Nashville Predators, 2-0, in game six of the Stanley Cup finals. We won the cup, the best thing to ever happening the city of Pittsburgh!” said Nicholas Sciulli.

<![CDATA[Ex-NBA Player Sebastian Telfair Arrested in New York: Police]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:32:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gunssebastian.jpg

Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was arrested early Sunday in Brooklyn on gun possession-related charges, police told NBC 4 New York. 

Telfair, 32, and his nephew, Jami Thomas, 18, were found with three loaded firearms, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and a bullet-resistant vest, police said. Two bags of marijuana and a burning marijuana cigarette were also allegedly found in the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup with Florida plates. 

They were parked illegally on the median on Atlantic Avenue near Classon Street, police said.

As officers approached, they started to drive off, according to the source. Police who pulled them over smelled marijuana and saw a lit "blunt" on the dashboard, authorities said. 

The pair were arraigned Sunday night. Telfair's attorney said the weapons are licensed in Florida. He said the pair had just left a club when they were pulled over and that police were targeting people leaving the club. 

Telfair's wife and children live in Florida, but he is in New York because he is separated from his wife, his attorney said.

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Telfair, a Brooklyn native, was a standout high school player at Abraham Lincoln High School and bypassed college to become a first-round draft pick in 2004. He played for the Portland Trail Blazers and many other teams before finishing his career in China in 2014. 

He is a cousin of former Knicks star Stephon Marbury. 

Telfair and a friend were arrested in 2007 on a gun charge after a traffic stop. He was stopped for speeding on the Bronx River Parkway, then found to be driving with a suspended license. Police found a .45 caliber handgun under the passenger seat. Both Telfair and his friend said they didn't know how the gun got there. 

Telfair pleaded guilty in 2008 to criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to three years of probation. The NBA suspended him for three games. 

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<![CDATA[Abby Wambach Finds Sober Life, Wedded Bliss Since World Cup]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:21:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_834494703342.jpg

Even Abby Wambach is astonished when she reflects on her year. She went from publicly acknowledging a problem with alcohol and prescription pills to getting sober and marrying a "Christian mommy blogger."

The biggest stunner? She doesn't miss soccer a bit.

"I played soccer until the end," she said. "I played it and I did it as well as I possibly could for as long as I could. I don't miss any of my old life."

The game's most prolific international scorer was arrested in Portland, Oregon, last year and charged with driving under the influence. Her mugshot was splashed all over the news just 10 months after she celebrated winning the 2015 Women's World Cup with the U.S. national team.

Last September, she came clean in her book "Forward," a confessional memoir in which she said she abused vodka and pills, including Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall.

"I accepted who I was. I accepted the mistakes that I made," she told The Associated Press about the aftermath of both the arrest and the public confession. "The No. 1 thing I could do for myself was to start loving myself again. The choice to do that saved my life."

Wambach is now sober and her life has been turned upside down — in a good way. During a book tour, she met another sober woman, Glennon Doyle Melton.

Melton is a celebrity in her own right. She is the woman behind Momastry, a blog that took off after she posted an entry titled "Don't Carpe Diem." In it she imagined what she'd like to say to the struggling mom in line at Target: "'It's helluva hard, isn't it? You're a good mom. I can tell. And I like your kids, especially that one peeing in the corner. She's my favorite. Carry on, warrior. Six hours till bedtime.'"

It was shared more than 4 million times.

Melton went on to become a best-selling author and an in-demand public speaker. But she shocked some of her fans last year when she announced her marriage was ending. She shocked even more last November when she posted a photo of her new love: "Her name is Abby. You might recognize her from soccer."

Wambach's own marriage to Sarah Huffman had crumbled earlier in the year, strained by the alcohol and pills, as well as the time spent from home because of her job.

Wambach retired from soccer at the end of 2015. She capped her illustrious career with the sport's most prestigious championship when the United States defeated Japan 5-2 at the World Cup in Canada. It was the third World Cup title for the U.S. women and first since 1999.

The FIFA World Player of the Year in 2012, Wambach appeared in four World Cups with the national team. She also has two Olympic gold medals.

She finished her career at the end of 2015 with 184 international goals, more than any player, male or female.

Wambach became more active in social and political issues late in her soccer career, and has been outspoken about gender equity in particular. She led a group of players in protesting FIFA's decision to play the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf, which is considered by many to be inferior to grass.

She had intended to continue that work, and she also signed a deal with ESPN. But then she was arrested.

Wambach came to the realization that her life was out of control. Her marriage was on the rocks, and she was wrestling with her retirement and her direction.

She took full responsibility for driving drunk. She pleaded guilty, agreeing to enter a diversion program for first-time offenders that included treatment.

She wrote her book, a cathartic exercise. She fell in love. And, she says, she found her voice. Earlier this year Wambach was named an advocate for the United Nations' Equal Pay Platform of Champions, which promotes wage equity across the globe.

"Pain is a traveling professor. It knocks on everybody's door. And the wisest people I know are the ones that say, 'C'mon in, sit down and don't leave until you've taught me what I need to know.' And that's what I did," Wambach said. "The truth is that pain is the very thing that allowed me the space to open my arms and heart to this new love and this family."

Wambach married Melton in May, simultaneously fulfilling her dream to have children.

"A year and a half ago when I was really struggling and pretty sick, If you were to tell me I'd be a stepmom and sober and living in Florida and as happy as I've ever been, I would have called you a liar," she mused. "We've got a 14-year-old, an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old and these are the best teachers I've ever had."

Wambach did not update her story for the paperback release of "Forward" that comes out Tuesday. She laughs when asked if there's a new one in the works.

For now she's simply living in her own happiness.

"Thinking about the DUI, and thinking about how I wanted the DUI to impact me, it was an intentional decision to make that moment into the best thing that ever happened to me, a start to a better life," she said. "I couldn't anticipate over a year later the joy I would feel now. I'm just so grateful because I just did it one step at a time, and I did it without hiding."

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<![CDATA[Warriors' Green Says Cavs Fans, Cleveland Not the 'Sharpest']]> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 05:18:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DraymondGame4.jpg

As if Draymond Green didn't have enough enemies in Cleveland, he certainly added a few more after uttering some choice comments in the direction of Cavaliers supporters.

When asked by reporters about his third quarter ejection in Game 4 of the NBA Finals that actually wasn't because of a mishap between the referees and the scorer's table, Green took aim.

"No, I don't really pay no much attention," he said. "I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly. They don't seem to be the sharpest people around. So, that's, yeah, whatever."

The wildly combative and fiery game had 51 personal fouls, seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul and a number of dust-ups. The feisty contest reached a head in the third quarter when it appeared as though Green committed his second technical foul, which would have booted him from the game. However, a scoring error in the first half incorrectly gave Green a technical foul when it was actually meant for Golden State head coach Steve Kerr.

Needless to say, Green was not afraid to call out the referees and overall game officiating that got out of hand. The lack of control was highlighted by barking between Kevin Durant and LeBron James after Durant suffered a knock to the head from Kevin Love, an exchange after Zaza Pachulia appeared to land a groin shot on Iman Shumpert, and both sides' constant displeasure with foul calls.

“When we’re tied up, what can we do?" Green told reporters after the game. "How can we play physical with some of the stuff going on out there tonight? Give credit to Kyrie [Irving] and [LeBron James], they played like the stars that they are. Those guys wanted it. There was more going on out there. If we wanted to play more physical, how could we?”

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<![CDATA[Tapwrit Overtakes Favorite Irish War Cry at Belmont Stakes]]> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 19:25:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694614670.jpg A Triple Crown season of drop outs and no-show winners ends with 2017's Belmont Stakes at Elmont, New York, on June 10, 2017. Tapwrit overtook race favorite Irish War Cry to cinch this year's blanket of carnations and the winner's purse.

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