<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 28 May 2016 18:13:04 -0400Sat, 28 May 2016 18:13:04 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pelicans Guard Shot & Killed]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:33:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-508472288.jpg

Bryce Dejean-Jones, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, is dead after breaking into a Dallas apartment and getting shot, according to The Dallas Police Department.

Dallas Police were called to the Camden Belmont apartment complex on the 2500 block of Bennett Avenue at 3:20 a.m. on May 28 regarding a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found one individual had been shot.

According to police, the resident of the apartment, whose identity is not known, said an individual had kicked open the front door and entered his apartment. The resident had been asleep in his bedroom when he heard the individual enter and retrieved a handgun. 

The resident told police he called out to the individual and heard no response. As the individual kicked the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun.

The individual left the apartment and collapsed, where he was later brought to a hospital and pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

Dallas police later identified the individual who entered the apartment and had been shot as 23-year-old Pelicans Guard, Bryce Dejean-Jones.

The Camden Belmont Manager, Joshua Pool, sent this email to residents of the apartment complex:

According to Joshua Pool, Dejean-Jones was trying to enter one apartment and broke into the wrong one instead. It is unknown at this time which apartment Dejean-Jones was trying to enter. The manager confirmed that no residents of the apartment complex have been injured.

The New Orleans Pelicans released the following statement on the passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones:

“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

Bryce Dejean-Jones started playing for the Pelicans back in February.

NBC 5 will update this story as we learn more.



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<![CDATA[US Women's Soccer Contract Hearing]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:45:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Womens-Soccer-GettyImages-506466114.jpg

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio just months away, the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s Soccer team is looking into the possibility of a strike as they fight for equal pay.

The players’ union, which says the women’s team isn’t being paid as much as the U.S. men’s team, took the Chicago-based U.S. Soccer Federation to federal court Thursday to determine whether or not a strike is legal.

“This case is about a very narrow issue,” said anti-trust attorney Jeffery Kessler. “Whether the women have the right to strike or not. And we will find out.”

There’s concern, however, that the potential strike could mean the women’s team may not play in the Summer Games.

“If this case continues, if the dispute continues, then there is a probability that the greatest women’s soccer team in the world will not be participating in the Olympics in Brazil,” said Lester Munson, a legal affairs writer for ESPN.

U.S. Soccer maintains that the players union is still covered by a “no-strike” clause under its current memorandum of understanding. The union says that clause expired with its old contract.

On their way out of court today, the federation declined to comment on pending litigation, but in the past has said: ”We remain committed to negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the [Players Association], to take effect when the current one expires at the end of this year." 

In a separate lawsuit, five of the team’s top players claim they are the victims of wage discrimination.

“We have proven our worth over the years, you know, just coming off a World Cup win,” star midfielder Carli Lloyd said. “The pay disparity between the men and the women is just too large.”

Still, the union says it, too, is open to negotiation.

“We have to reserve our rights to do whatever we have to do to achieve equal pay, but it would be great if the Soccer Federation today came to the negotiating table,” said Richard Nichols with the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association. “We would really like to be able to get a deal done before the Olympics so that we don’t have to contemplate any other action.”

But the real threat remains that without an agreement, soccer’s top women’s team may not take to the pitch in Rio.

“This all is on the soccer side of the pitch,” said Kessler, the anti-trust attorney. “They should negotiate a fair agreement with these proud women before the Olympics. And no one even had to talk about the issue. That is what we hope to achieve.”



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<![CDATA[Brimah, Purvis Will Return to UConn for 2016-17 Season]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 17:37:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_1603172016516064.jpg

Center Amida Brimah and guard Rodney Purvis will return to UConn for their senior season in 2016-17, the school's assistant athletic director said. 

In April, Brimah and Pruvis, submitted their names to the 2016 NBA Draft in order to be able to work out for professional teams and receive feedback on their draft status.

However, both players hired an agent in order to complete the removal of paperwork by May 25 in order to retain their college eligibility, the school said. 

Daniel Hamilton, the third Huskie submitted to the NBA Draft, has retained an agent and will be ending his college basketball career. 



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<![CDATA[Gwynn's Family Sues Tobacco Ind.]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 17:41:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/102871071.jpg

The tobacco industry used the late Tony Gwynn's addiction to chewing tobacco to turn him into a "walking billboard," his family alleges. 

"He never knew it but they were using him to promote their dip to the next generation of kids and fans who idolized him," Gwynn's daughter, Anisha Gwynn, said Tuesday in San Diego.

Gwynn’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the tobacco industry, claiming the San Diego Padres legend was targeted to use the smokeless tobacco that led to the cancer that killed him.

The suit was filed Monday in San Diego Superior Court against Altria Group, Inc. (formerly known as Philip Morris USA) and several other defendants. Altria Group, Inc. makes Skoal chewing tobacco, the brand Tony Gwynn preferred and used extensively. 

The Gwynn family alleges the tobacco industry induced Gwynn to begin using smokeless tobacco when he was a star athlete at San Diego State University in the late 1970’s. 

When asked about the lawsuit, an Altria representative told NBC 7 San Diego, "We have no comment."

In the suit, the Gwynn family says the tobacco company "continued to deluge Tony during his college years with countless free samples of 'dip' tobacco products they purposely adulterated to make more addictive. All the while, they did not mention either the highly addictive nature of their products or their toxicity."

The suit alleges Gwynn used up to two cans of smokeless tobacco per day, claiming that is the equivalent of smoking four to five packs of cigarettes daily. In the suit the Gwynn family alleges the tobacco industry chose Gwynn specifically because it was trying to market its product to African-Americans, and that it intentionally misled Tony to use the product.

"Tony Gwynn was the Defendants' marketing dream come true," says the lawsuit. "They knew youngsters looking up to Tony would hope to one day hit like Tony, and be like Tony, so they would also want to 'dip' like Tony."

On Tuesday, Gwynn's daughter Anisha spoke of her dad's legacy, saying the baseball legend “wouldn’t want to see another player or any other person have to get sick and die."

Gwynn used smokeless tobacco for 31 years, despite seeing signs it may be harming his health as early as the 1990’s. Gwynn admitted an addiction to the substance and when he tried to stop using he reportedly needed prescription drugs to fight the anxiety and cravings he felt in its absence.

In recent years, Gwynn had multiple surgeries on his neck to remove both an abscess and a malignant tumor. He died in 2014 from salivary gland cancer at the age of 54.

Tony Gwynn was an elite athlete who “cared about his body,” his son said Tuesday.

“If he had known how addictive and harmful to his health dip was he would not have started using in college,” Tony Gwynn, Jr said of his dad.

The lawsuit does not ask for specified damages, instead requesting a jury trial to rule on grounds of negligence, fraud and product liability by the tobacco industry.

Gwynn’s death has brought about a change in some part of baseball. Multiple young players have either stopped using smokeless tobacco or simply not picked up the habit because of what happened to Mr. Padre.



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<![CDATA[Nation's Top 12-Year-Old Boxer]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 21:03:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/box+GIF_19483400.gif

The highlight of 12-year-old David "Dynamite" Lopez’s life was becoming the country’s No. 1 boxer for his age and weight last year.

But a close second was sparring at his dad’s gym with undefeated super middleweight world champion Andre Ward one day this May. Ward threw a few fast punches. One or two landed on David’s headgear, throwing the boy back.

"It was uncomfortable," said the young boxer from Oakland, California. "But I didn’t cry."

Still, his nose smarted a bit and he got to play hooky from Westlake Middle School, where he is a sixth grader.

"It was awesome," he added, his green eyes twinkling.

Chance to be No. 1 Again
The scrappy pre-teen now has a chance to win No. 1 again. He qualified to attend the Junior Olympics National Championships in Dallas, Texas, next month. This round, he’s 85 pounds — a weight he begrudgingly achieves by following a "no hot chips" and no-soda diet. His father is now trying to raise enough funds to get there, as traveling the world to win boxing championships, especially for a working-class family, will be a feat.

David hasn’t read Malcom Gladwell’s "Outliers," which touts the idea that 10,000 hours of practice are required to excel at something.

But David intrinsically understands the book’s theory. He’s already put in about 7,000 of those hours, having started to box when he was just 5. That work led USA Boxing to dub him the top 70-pound boxer in the country in 2015. He also won the national title in Puerto Rico the same year.

"Practice," David said simply when asked why he’s so good. "Boxing is just what I do."

"Dedicated," chimed in Jasper McCargo, 29, who made the U.S. Olympic boxing team in 2014 and trains alongside David at his father’s gym in Oakland, Lightning’s Boxing Club. "And he has a great father." 

Father and Son Box Together
David’s father, Kris "Lightning" Lopez, 39, was a two-time Golden Glove champion and now runs a respected youth boxing program. Father and son train together for two hours every day after school. They also have an unusually close bond, which is obvious to anyone, even when meeting them for the first time.

The elder Lopez echoed that "repetition" is why his son is so skilled. But Lopez also added: "It’s in our blood." Lopez’s great-grandfather was a bigtime fighter in the Philippines in the 1920s. 

Half the week, David goes home with his mother, Wells Fargo corporate finance administrative assistant Denielle Allen, who can’t bear to watch her son fight in the ring.

"My mom will ask how a fight went, but she doesn’t want to come," David said. He added proudly he’s never suffered a concussion, and only broken his hand once.

He's close with his mom, too. She's the one who cooks him the rare feast of fried chicken and ice cream, no matter if he wins or not.

"I went to one fight," Allen said, "and I got sick for three days to my stomach." While David's boxing, she sits at home and prays with her Acts Full Gospel community for his safe return from the ring.

The other half of the week, he goes home with his father and his wife, who moved to Pittsburg, California, when they were priced out of Oakland.

Of Lopez’s four children, two are boxers, including his 20-year-old son, Daniel, who has also won national championships and now attends Laney College in Oakland.

Michael Jordan-Type Talent
Ever since he was in kindergarten, people could see David had something special. His jabs are blazing quick. His feet are light. When he jumps, the rope whizzes by too fast to see. He makes karate-like exhales when he jabs. He never backs down. He's confident but not a showoff.

"He’s got a talent that you see every 100 years," Lopez said. "Michael Jordan-type talent. He’s better than Andre Ward was at 11. At 5, you could see he was stronger and faster."

Ward met David two years ago at the 30th anniversary of King’s Boxing Gym in Oakland. Ward, who is Oakland born and now lives in Danville, noticed David’s quick feet and expert jabs.

"He said, 'You got skills,'" David recalled of the conversation, adding that the champion boxer then asked, "What’s your Instagram?"

The two have been sparring ever since. And last week, Ward stopped by the club unannounced to work out with David. That’s when Ward threw some fast ones at David’s headgear.

"He had never done that before," David said. It hurt. And tears sprang to his eyes. But David said, "I wasn’t going to back down."

Andre Ward Raves About 'Dynamite'
Colorado-based USA Boxing spokeswoman Julie Goldsticker knew David’s name with no prompting, mostly because she works with Ward, who "just raves about David." She said David walked Ward out for his last two fights.

As for finding sponsors to offset boxing costs for young people and families, Goldsticker acknowledged it’s a challenge. Mostly, she said, that’s because boxing is an individual sport and harder to find companies and wealthy entities to support one athlete, as opposed to a team. David’s father estimates it might cost $4,000 for the two of them to fly to the Junior Olympics June 26 to July 2 in Dallas, and stay at hotels for the week.

When David’s not boxing, he’s getting good grades in the hopes of attending Yale University one day. He still wants to box when he grows up, but said wisely: "I might study business as a fallback."

Hard to Remember He's a Kid
Family friend and mentor Jose Grace said he thinks David will accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

"He’s serious, he’s a scholar, he’s the full package," Grace said. "Sometimes I have to remember that he’s just a kid."

Follow David's achievements on Facebook or help send him to the Junior Olympics by donating to his GoFundMe page.



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<![CDATA[MLB to Review Gay Chorus Incident]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gay+men+chorus+0523.JPG

Major League Baseball will investigate why a recording of a woman singing the national anthem inadvertently played instead of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus at a Saturday Pride Night Padres game.

“We are pleased that MLB will look into this matter and the Padres will cooperate fully,” Padres CEO Mike Dee tweeted on Monday morning. “Based on our own investigation and the decisive action that we took yesterday, we are eager for all the facts to come to light surrounding this unfortunate incident.”

Meanwhile, the DJ implicated in the technical error has been terminated, as the team continues to investigate what led to the mishap, officials said Monday.

Social media erupted shortly after the game between the Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, when a technical error silenced the chorus. The group was set to sing along to a pre-recorded track of the national anthem when a recording of a woman singing played instead.

The moment was captured on cellphone video by a fan attending the game and posted to Facebook. It went viral shortly thereafter.

On Sunday, the team announced the firing of an outside vendor — the DJ hired to play music — and disciplined a team employee.

NBC 7 has learned through multiple sources that the DJ, known by the moniker DJ ArtForm, failed to upload the pre-recorded music file sent in by the group. Instead, a pre-recorded version used the previous night was played.

The DJ has expressed remorse offering his "sincerest apologies and deepest regret.”

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Saturday marked Pride Night at Petco Park, an event hosted in conjunction with the San Diego Pride organization's annual "Out at the Park" event to support the LGBT community. The chorus performed at Pride Night last year without issue.

The chorus sang along with the woman's vocal track out of respect for the national anthem, according to Bob Lehman, executive director of the chorus, who said the incident was humiliating.

The Padres later issued a statement apologizing to the chorus and asking them to come back to perform at a later game.

Dee reiterated this message on Monday.

“We deeply apologize to the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and anyone else who was offended by our mistake,” he tweeted.

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The chorus addressed the incident on its Facebook page Sunday morning in a post titled "You Sing Like a Girl," which questioned the San Diego Padres’ relationship with the LGBT community and called for a "full and transparent investigation" by the Padres, Major League Baseball, the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and the city of San Diego Human Relations Commission.

Lehman tells NBC 7 he believes the music was an accident, but is concerned with how the team immediately reacted to the mistake.

He said the chorus' 100 members were left on the field, with no announcement, apology or explanation of what happened at the time. And to make matters worse, Lehman said, the group was jeered by some people when they walked off the field. He’s concerned over any perceived problems between the LGBT community and the Padres.

“I want to see something good come out of this so that the relationship can be examined, and find out why the community feels that way and how we can fix it,’ Lehman said.

Lehman said he plans to meet with Dee later in the week. But he’s also concerned that the Padres didn’t completely respond or take action until the story took off on social media and publications around the nation, and the world.

“I’m sure they (the Padres) felt like we did on Saturday night. When that happened, we were shocked and didn’t know what to do. That’s what happened to them yesterday. The entire world came after them and said, hey something’s wrong here,” Lehman said.

Lehman said he wants to meet with the team before accepting the offer to return to return to perform at a later date.

Here is DJ ArtForm's full statement on the error:

“My deepest apologies and sincere regret toward the entire San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus & the LGBT community for the incident that occurred during the National Anthem. It was a very unfortunate mistake but it was just that, an error. I in no way, shape or form directed any type of hate, bad intent or discrimination towards the chorus or anyone involved. The incident was not a representation of myself, San Diego, & it’s amazing Baseball fans. I have felt the consequences of my mistake as a dream job has dissolved before my eyes which does not take away that I am extremely sorry for the horrible mistake that occurred. I have family members & friends that are a part of the LGBT community and I have always been a supporter of Equal Human Rights, so it pains me greatly to see that I am being accused of acting intentionally. As a former high school and college baseball player, I understand the importance of ensuring equality for all in sports and am appalled by some of the negative, homophobic comments made by fans related to the National Anthem incident. I have reached out to LGBT leaders in San Diego and am currently in discussion regarding a meeting with the Chorus and LGBT leaders personally in order to be as constructive as possible about the error. I’ve let down my city, my family and everyone who had faith in me. Once again, I’m truly sorry for this entire ordeal.”



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<![CDATA[Naugatuck Ninja Warrior]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:00:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ninjawarrior052316.jpg The NBC Show American Ninja Warrior challenges athletes through an extreme obstacle course. Naugatuck's Jeff Brody hopes to make the show as a walk-on.]]> <![CDATA[Gay Men’s Chorus Silenced at Game]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 10:58:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CLIP-SDGMC_Padres_1200x675_690991171985.jpg

Controversy brewed at Saturday's San Diego Padres game when a recording of a woman singing the national anthem played instead of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, which had just taken the field to sing on Pride Night at Petco Park.

A technical error silenced the chorus, which was scheduled to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the game between the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. The chorus was set to sing along to a pre-recorded track of the national anthem.

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Saturday marked Pride Night at Petco Park, an event hosted in conjunction with the San Diego Pride organization's annual "Out at the Park" event to support the LGBT community. The chorus performed at Pride Night last year without issue.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the chorus said 100 volunteer singers took to the field for the ballpark performance, but an audio recording of a woman singing the anthem played over the loudspeaker — not the track the chorus had expected. [[380421491,C]]

The chorus stood quietly on the field as the song played. The mix-up meant the chorus did not get to perform along with its own track, as scheduled.

"There was a really long pause — it took longer than normal. Then, all of a sudden, the music started but it was a young woman singing instead of the chorus and it just didn’t stop," Bob Lehman, executive director of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, told NBC 7 on Sunday.

Lehman said the chorus thought the audio mistake would be fixed on the spot, but the wrong track continued to play.

"They just played the entire song and we just stood there," he recounted.

He said the group didn't know what to do next. Out of respect for the national anthem, the chorus sang along with the woman's voice track.

"Nobody could hear us," Lehman lamented.

He said the chorus was humiliated. Many of them had invited loved ones to the game to watch the Pride Night performance.

The moment was captured on cellphone video by a fan attending the game and posted to Facebook.

The SDGMC addressed the incident on its Facebook page Sunday morning in a post titled "You Sing Like a Girl," which questioned the San Diego Padres’ relationship with the LGBT community and called for a "full and transparent investigation" by the Padres, Major League Baseball, the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and the city of San Diego Human Relations Commission.

According to a statement released by the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, the incident was the result of a technical glitch in the control room.

"This evening, during the pregame ceremony, a mistake was made in the Petco Park control room that prevented the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus from performing the National Anthem as scheduled. We apologize to anyone in the ballpark who this may have offended, and have reached out to the Chorus to express our deep regret for the error," the statement said.

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A Padres spokesperson at Petco Park told NBC 7 the error was an "unfortunate and regrettable mistake." Once the wrong track started, the control room made a "heat of the moment" decision to let the song continue playing so as not to cut off the national anthem for the crowd, the spokesperson said.

The Padres followed up with a statement Sunday night saying an internal investigation "found no evidence of malicious intent" but that "we have terminated our relationship with the third-party contractor who was responsible for the error, and taken disciplinary action against our employee who was responsible for the game production on Saturday."

The team apologized and has invited the chorus back to Petco Park to perform again. The chorus, for its part, responded to the Padres' statement saying it was "pleased" and looking forward to "a constructive resolution to this issue."

"Our hope is to positively improve the relationship between the Padres and San Diego's LGBT community," the chorus said.

The San Diego Padres is the first MLB organization to hold a "Pride Night" in support of the LGBT community.

Former San Diego Padres player Billy Bean, who is openly gay and serves as MLB’s first Ambassador for Inclusion, released a statement Sunday addressing the incident, saying he does not think the Padres purposely meant to embarrass the chorus:

"This past Saturday night, it was very unfortunate that there was a technical error during the National Anthem at Petco Park. However, I want to convey that my former team, the San Diego Padres, have supported our inclusion message at MLB without hesitation even before my return to baseball in 2014. They have led by example by inviting me, numerous times, to speak with their players and employees. I have also worked very closely with their owner Ron Fowler and team CEO Mike Dee, and I can assure you that they have made every effort to include the LGBT community, and champion equality in MLB for each and every one of us. I’m so proud of the Padres organization for hosting an LGBT Pride event during the season, and I would hope that the community recognizes that error and intent are not related."

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According to the SDGMC website, the group is one of the 10 largest GALA choruses in the U.S. and features more than 130 singers.

The original chorus was first founded in San Diego in 1992 and presented its first concert one year later. In December 2009, the original SDGMC and the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego merged to create the new San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.

The group’s mission statement is "to create a positive musical experience through exciting performances which engage our audiences, build community support and provide a dynamic force for social change."



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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Preakness Day 2016]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 06:28:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/thumb-GettyImages-533294116.jpg Take a look at photos from the 141st annual Preakness Stakes. Known as the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the race takes places two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.

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<![CDATA[Jersey From Harper Fight for Sale]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 12:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/490330798.jpg

It was a fight that, at the time, was indicative of a season slipping away from the Washington Nationals.

Nats outfielder Bryce Harper and relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon got into a scuffle on Sept. 27 after Harper flied out and returned to the dugout. The two players had exchanged words before Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat and manhandled him towards the bench. Teammates scrambled to break them apart.

The fight came one day after the team had officially been eliminated from postseason play. Papelbon was suspended by the team for four days, and Harper was held out one day.

Now, Harper's #34 Jersey worn on the day described as "the snapshot that best defined the dysfunction and disappointment of the Washington Nationals' 2015 season" is up for sale by online auction site Lelands.

The highest bid has reached nearly $5,000, as of 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to the auction description, there is dirt on the back of the size 48 shirt and is signed by Harper, who also wrote "Luke 1:37" under his signature, on the number 4.

"Whether or not you classify Harper as a model Christian, the scripture in question reads: 'For with God nothing shall be impossible,'" the posting reads.

The jersey will remain on the auction block until June 17.



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<![CDATA[City of Hartford Demands Payment for Baseball Stadium Delays]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 15:21:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dunkin%27-donuts-park1.jpg

The City of Hartford's Corporation Counsel sent DoNo Hartford LLC, developers of the new baseball stadium in Hartford, a letter on Thursday night regarding not collecting late fees for the stadium not being substantially complete by May 17.

The letter Howard Rifkin, with the City of Hartford, sent to representatives of Centerplan And DoNo Hartford, demands payment of the $50,000 payment for the first late day and $15,000 for each subsequent. The letter provides the account number to deliver payments.

Read the letter here.

The amounts were laid out in the January agreement between the developer and the city.

That deal was struck when it was made public that Centerplan and DoNo Hartford LLC had fallen behind and would not meet the March 17 substantial completion deadline. The date of May 17 was selected, and the stadium was not substantially complete at that time.



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<![CDATA[Yale Athletic Department Holds Huge Sale]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 15:29:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/yale+yard+sale_1200.jpg

The lines at Ingalls Rink at Yale are long for a huge sale on athletic apparel and equipment.

The Yale Athletic Department is cutting prices on 15 years of Nike items, including new items and game-worn jerseys from almost every team, in preparation for a partnership with Under Armour.

“We knew it was going to be busy, but  I didn’t honestly expect it to be as busy as it is,” Jeff Torre, of Yale’s athletics Department, said. 

The partnership with Under Armour starts on July 1 and Yale said all the old items must go. They are selling polos, equipment, shoes, cleats, gloves, bags, sweats, outerwear and more.

One of  the hot-ticket items is brand new wide receiver gloves. If you go to a sporting goods store, you'll spend  $55. Yale is selling them for $1, Torre said.

Game-worn hockey jerseys all went in the first hour. 

The yard sale is at Ingalls Rink, at 73 Sachem St. in New Haven until 6 p.m. and it is open to the public.

Staff from the athletic department said proceeds from the yard sale will help keep ticket prices down for fans and will also support Yale’s community outreach programs, including youth athletic clinics. 

For more information, call 203-432-1400 or email athletic.tickets@yale.edu.



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<![CDATA[YouTubers Land 11 Trick Shot Records: Guinness]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:42:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/471564022-Dude-Perfect.jpg

The basketball-lobbing viral video stars of Dude Perfect have taken 11 new records with their exceedingly high-difficulty trick shots, according to Guinness World Records, even taking one from a Harlem Globetrotter.

Among the records they smashed were "Farthest basketball shot made while sitting on the court" (55 feet, 1 inch), "Farthest trampette basketball shot performing a forward flip" (72 feet) and "Greatest height from which a basketball is shot" (533 feet), Guinness World Records said on its website. Big Easy Lofton of The Harlem Globetrotters used to hold the record for "Farthest blindfolded basketball hook shot," but Garrett Hilbert's 55-foot, no-look basket pipped his mark.

The group from Frisco, Texas, smashed the records March 30 and 31st, with an official adjudicator on hand to verify, the organization announced Tuesday. The Greatest Height record was broken on April 28, from atop the 36-story Cotter Ranch Tower in Oklahoma City.

Naturally, the records were filmed. The "World Record Edition" of Dude Perfect was featured Monday on their YouTube channel, which has nearly 10 million subscribers to its name.



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<![CDATA[NFL to Reimburse Taxpayers $720K for 'Paid Patriotism']]> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:43:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/paid-AP_84226305861.jpg

The NFL is reimbursing U.S. taxpayers more than $720,000 in so-called "paid patriotism" money that the teams took from the military to allow things like color guard displays at football games, NBC News reports.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a letter to two U.S. senators, said an audit uncovered that, over four years, $723,734 "may have been mistakenly applied to appreciation activities rather than recruitment efforts."

"This amount will be promptly returned in full to the taxpayers," he wrote Wednesday to Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who have led the charge against the practice.

"These recruitment efforts are intended to be separate and apart from the NFL's longstanding support of the service members and families who have dedicated their lives to serving this great country," Goodell wrote.

Flake and McCain, both Republicans, revealed in November that up to $6.8 million had been paid "inappropriately" to professional and college sports teams to allow patriotic displays at games.



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<![CDATA[MLB Mascot 'Arrests' Pticher]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 14:03:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Phillies+Phanatic+ATV+Theif.jpg

Is the Phillie Phanatic authorized to arrest ATV key thieves?

The beloved Phillies mascot gave an assist to Philadelphia police Wednesday when an officer gave him handcuffs to put on Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. The star pitcher had grabbed the Phanatic’s keys before the Phillies win.

"For anyone who asks - yes, this was a legal arrest," joked the Philadelphia Police Department on its Facebook feed. "Philadelphia icon and national - nay - WORLD treasure, The Phillie Phanatic, was deputized before the start of today's game. Thanks, Philadelphia Phillies - we greatly appreciate the assist!"

The Phanatic appeared to let Fernandez go with just a warning after leading the Marlin into his dugout. Police commented on Facebook on why the Phanatic may have been distracted from pressing charges.

"We're waiting for him to finish his PARS report. He keeps getting sidetracked by an insatiable desire to rub the heads of our bald officers," the department wrote.

Fernandez got lucky, considering the Phanatic could have also nabbed him for assault after the mascot appeared to be pushed (or flopped) off his beloved four-wheeler while trying to keep hold of his keys.

Stealing the ATV's keys is something of a tradition for visiting teams, and Fernandez has stolen them before. 



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<![CDATA[Yard Goats to Play in Norwich Into June]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 13:56:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chompers+and+Chew+Chew+1200.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats will be playing home games in Norwich through at least the beginning of June instead of in Hartford because of construction delays at Dunkin’ Donuts Park and some games that were supposed to be at home will now be on the road. 

The chairman of the Hartford Stadium Authority said on Wednesday that the team might not play in Hartford until July.

The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club has now released schedule changes between May 31 and June 16, including moving the three-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils from June 14 to 16 to Reading, Pennsylvania.

The Yard Goats vs. Trenton Thunder series will now take place at Dodd Stadium in Norwich with a double-header on June 1, starting at 4:05 p.m. and a single game on June 2 at 1:05 p.m.

May 31 will now become an off day.

The Yard Goats will also play the four-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs at Dodd Stadium on June 3 at 6 p.m., a double-header on June 5 at 4:05 p.m. and a game on June 6 at 1:05 p.m.

June 4 will now become an off day.

This is the new Yard Goats Schedule:

 

  • Monday, May 23 vs. Bowie at Dodd Stadium: 6:05 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24 vs Bowie at Dodd Stadium: 4:05 p.m.
  • May 31 is an off day
  • June 1 vs. Trenton at Dodd Stadium: double-header starting at 4:05 p.m.
  • June 2 vs. Trenton at Dodd Stadium: 1:05 p.m.
  • June 3 vs. Portland at Dodd Stadium: 6:05 p.m.
  • June 4 is an off day
  • June 5 vs. Portland Dodd Stadium: double-header starting at 4:05 p.m.
  • June 6 vs. Portland at Dodd Stadium: 1:05 p.m.
  • The series against the Reading Fightin Phils has been moved to Pennsylvania:
  • June 14 vs. Reading, in Reading, Pennsylvania at 6:35 p.m.
  • June 15 vs. Reading, in Reading, Pennsylvania at 6:35 p.m.
  • June 16 vs. Reading, in Reading, Pennsylvania at 1:05 p.m. 

 

Yard Goats season ticket holders will be allowed to attend all of the games in Norwich with complementary tickets, courtesy of the Yard Goats and all other ticket sales will be handed by the Dodd Stadium box office.



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<![CDATA[Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt: Mosquitos Can't Catch Me]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 13:08:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Usain+Bolt+on+Zika.png

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the fastest runner in the world. But can he outrun pesky mosquitoes?

The 29-year-old Olympian seems to thinks so.

In an interview on the "Today" show Wednesday, the 29-year-old Olympian revealed his disdain for training, but said he's working harder than ever for the Rio Olympics in order to defend his titles.

Asked whether he worries about the Zika outbreak that may endanger him and other athletes competing in the city of Rio de Janeiro in less than three months, Bolt said he hopes by the time he get there "they'll have it under control."

According to Bolt's teammates, he repels mosquitos.

"Because I'm fast," he explained. "They can't catch me."



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<![CDATA[Gronk Takes Ballet Lesson in Miami]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 10:36:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_687050277753.jpg

Ever wanted to see Rob Gronkowski take ballet lessons? Neither did we.

Still, it was hard to look away as the New England Patriots tight end practiced his fancy moves in a new video, from Plie to Arabesque.

"I'm feelin' it," he said, as he practiced. "I'm learning!"

Gronkowski took the ballet lessons from Miami City Ballet's Nathalia Arja as part of his GQ Magazine cover shoot and interview.

And no, he didn't wear a tutu.

You can watch the full GQ video below:



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