<![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-usWed, 24 May 2017 19:34:20 -0400Wed, 24 May 2017 19:34:20 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Design Revealed]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 19:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_JAPAN_OLYMPIC_STADIUM_DESIGN_052417_1-149566413622400001.jpg

The latest design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium has been revealed. Architect Kengo Kuma emphasized harmony with nature in the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Games.

<![CDATA[NBA All-Star Game Will Head to Charlotte in 2019]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:39:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_NC_ALLSTAR_GAME_NBA2_052417-149564954829900001.jpg

The NBA announced the 2019 All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 2017 All-Star Game was relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans, Louisiana, because of North Carolina's controversial "Bathroom Bill."

<![CDATA[David Ortiz Recreates Famous Boston Movies]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:07:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/papis.jpg

Former Red Sox player David Ortiz recreated scenes from famous Boston movies such as "Good Will Hunting" and "Fever Pitch" in a new campaign with Omaze. Fans can enter to meet David at his jersey retirement ceremony by visiting omaze.com/bigpapi.

<![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[Geno to Participate in Free Autograph Session at Mohegan Sun]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:12:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/468870330.jpg

UConn Women's Basketball Coach Geno Aureimma will participate in a free autograph session and Q&A discussion at Mohegan Sun on Thursday, May 25.  The Q&A session will be moderated by former UConn and now CT Sun star Morgan Tuck.

The event is part of Mohegan Sun's "Signings & Sightings" series of events.  The event with Geno starts at 6 p.m. at The Shops at Mohegan Sun concourse.

The session is first-come, first-serve with Geno able to sign one piece of memorabilia per person.  There will be headshots distributed at the event that he will be able to sign if you do not bring any memorabilia.

Geno will not be personalizing items or taking personal photos, according to the event's website.

Fore more information, visit the Mohegan Sun event page.

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<![CDATA[Aaron Rodgers Helps Students Get Out of Final Exam]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:08:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/arod_test.jpg

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers helped a group of students in Janesville, Iowa, get out of their sports literature final.

<![CDATA[Timber Team Attracting Students at Woodland High]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:20:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Timber_Team_Attracting_Students_at_Woodland_High_1200x675_950591043653.jpg

Not every high school student is cut out for shooting hoops and swinging a bat.  But at Woodland High School in Beacon Falls, they think throwing an axe and rolling a log is for everyone.  Let us introduce you to the Woodland Timber Team.

<![CDATA[Is the Preakness' Trophy the Most Expensive in US Sports?]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:50:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/preakness-trophy.jpg

The owner of the horse that wins this weekend’s Preakness Stakes will get an oversized floral garland, 15 minutes of fame and a copy of a storied trophy that's said to be the most valuable in American sports.

The Woodlawn Vase, an ornate, Tiffany-designed solid sterling silver piece dating back to 1860 is touted as “the most expensive trophy in American sports” by Preakness officials. A 1983 insurance appraisal valued the vase, which stands 34 inches tall and weighs 29 pounds, at $1 million. Today it is estimated to be worth $4 million.

What makes the vase so valuable?

It was designed by luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co., but so were many major American sports trophies: the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy, the World Series trophy, the U.S. Open trophy.

But the Woodlawn Vase was the first sports trophy designed by Tiffany. 

It’s also arguably the most ornate of the major American sports trophies. The vase is covered in inscriptions and emblems and topped with four winged victories and, finally, with a jockey mounted on a stallion.

The vase "may be the most spectacular example in sports for its great craftsmanship by Tiffany. It also may have the best back story," said longtime sports memorabilia appraiser Leila Dunbar in an email.

The Woodlawn Vase carries a great deal of history. During the Civil War, when competitive racing was put on hold, the Woodlawn Vase was buried to keep it from being discovered and melted into shot. It was disinterred when the race resumed in 1866.

Four million dollars is a lot of money — you could buy four million-dollar yachts with that. But is the Woodlawn Vase really the most expensive trophy in American sports?

The FIFA World Cup Trophy, created in 1974, is said to be worth as much as $20 million — its outer layer is 18-carat gold and it weighs 13 pounds. But Dunbar is skeptical of the $20 million estimate.

"While it weighs more than 13 pounds of 18K gold, which today is about $270,000, it is difficult, given the market and past sale of the FA Cup, to see it valued more than several million dollars."

Regardless, FIFA isn’t strictly an American sport, so its golden trophy can’t steal the Woodlawn’s thunder anyway.

Other American sports trophies have rough estimated values hovering in the tens of thousands, but none are reported to be worth as much as a million dollars.

"The folks at Wimbledon Lawn and Tennis Club, the USGA (U.S. Golf Association) and the R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews) might also claim that their trophies, for the tournaments that they represent, are in that range," Dunbar says. "However, the Preakness trophy does have greater artistic value and therefore may win by a nose."

Maj. Michael Singletary, the vice president of security operations for the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico Park, confirmed that the vase is insured for $4 million. Singletary is in charge of overseeing the careful transport of the vase five miles from its permanent home, the Baltimore Museum of Art, to the racetrack on the week of the Preakness.

Two armed police officers pick up the vase, he said. “They have to wear white gloves to handle it — no one is allowed to touch the vase.”

As the vase is moved around the park for various pre-race events throughout the week, the two armed and gloved officers carry it and stand guard over it.

Even the owners of the winning horses aren’t allowed to touch it. Because the vase is so valuable, winners have not been able to take the prize home since 1953. They each receive replicas, which stand 14 inches tall and are worth around $30,000. Jockeys and trainers get replicas as well — though theirs stand 12 inches tall. 

While Singletary did concede that the vase is insured for $4 million, his initial and persistent response regarding the value of the Woodlawn Vase was that it’s “priceless.”

Photo Credit: The Baltimore Museum of Art/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[2017 Preakness Stakes: How to Watch]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:13:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17137818364144.jpg

The 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes is on Saturday, beginning at 6:48 p.m. ET on NBC Connecticut.

Coverage of the race kicks off at 5 p.m. ET and you can watch it all live at home or on the go via NBC Live. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is the favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

You can live stream the Preakness on nbcconnecticut.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. You can also watch the coverage on our free app, which is available through the iTunes store or through Google Play. All you need is your TV service provider’s username and password.

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<![CDATA[Facebook to Stream MLB Game Each Friday ]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 07:09:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591634668.jpg

Baseball fans can like their team's games with a click starting Friday.

Major League Baseball announced Facebook will carry a live game nationally each Friday starting with Colorado at Cincinnati this week. The Facebook package of 20 games will use the broadcast feed of one of the involved teams.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Thursday. He calls it "really important for us in terms of experimenting with a new partner in this area."

The Twitter feed of a game each Friday, which started April 7, will be moved to Tuesdays.

Dan Reed, Facebook's head of global sports partnerships, says in a statement "baseball games are uniquely engaging community experiences, as the chatter and rituals in the stands are often as meaningful to fans as the action on the diamond."

"By distributing a live game per week on Facebook, Major League Baseball can re-imagine this social experience on a national scale," he adds.

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<![CDATA[Derby Winner Always Dreaming Ready for Preakness]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 13:19:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_PLETCHER_ALWAYS_051817-149512750985600001.jpg

Todd Pletcher, trainer for Always Dreaming, talks about the Kentucky Derby winner's mechanics and how he expects the three-year-old to bounce back for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

<![CDATA[George W. Bush Photobombs Reporter During Baseball Game]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 06:22:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489196572.jpg

Former President George W. Bush took in a Texas Rangers game in Arlington Wednesday night.

And he had a little fun with a TV camera during the game.

Fox Sports reporter Emily Jones was reporting on Mike Napoli during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies when Bush — once a part owner of the Rangers — slid onscreen behind her to say "Hey."

"My most favorite photo bomb ever!" Jones tweeted afterward.

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<![CDATA[Gisele Bundchen: Brady Played With a Concussion Last Year]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bradygiselle.jpg

Gisele Bundchen said her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has had concussions, including one in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Open Seeking Volunteers]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 16:36:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/222*120/CT+Open+pic.jpg

The Connecticut Open tennis tournament is looking for volunteers for this year's events.  Some of the roles available include ball persons, in-stadium ushers, player transporters, and general volunteers.

All volunteers will get a free uniform, which includes two t-shirts, a hat, and a pullover.  Volunteers will also receive tickets, meal vouchers, and parking.  Volunteer hours can count as community service hours.

“Much of our tournament’s success can be attributed to our dedicated volunteers who help make the event enjoyable for both the fans and players,” said Anne Worcester, tournament director, Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. “Those involved, receive a behind-the-scenes look at one of Connecticut’s premiere gatherings while obtaining invaluable, resume-boosting experience from an international sporting event.”

Training sessions will be held July, 5, July 16, August 5, and August 6 at the Yale University Tennis Courts from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  To be a ball person, you have to be at least 12 years of age.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit the CT Open website or email volunteers@ctopen.org.  You can also call Jean Walker at 203-776-7331, ext. 5842.

Tickets are also available now for the Connecticut Open.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the exclusive local broadcast partner of the Connecticut Open.

<![CDATA[Peyton Manning to Host ESPY Awards in July ]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:31:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/peyton+manning_generic.jpg

Peyton Manning will take the stage to host the ESPY Awards.

The retired, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will preside over the July 12 show honoring the past year's best athletes and sports moments. The show will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Manning says the show's 25th anniversary will include moments from the past.

He retired from the NFL two years ago, ending a career in which he became the league's winningest quarterback. He won nine ESPYs during his career.

Manning is also known for his humorous commercials and hosting "Saturday Night Live."

<![CDATA[How to Make a Black-Eyed Susan]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 18:14:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/blackeyedsusan.jpg

The Black-Eyed Susan is the official drink of the Preakness. Find out how you can make one of your own while watching the race.

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<![CDATA[Running While Pregnant]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 19:52:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+GWEN+JORGENSEN+THUMB2.jpg

U.S. triathlete Gwen Jorgensen is training as hard as ever, despite being seven months pregnant. The Olympic gold medalist has vowed to keep up her regimen throughout her pregnancy. Jorgensen consulted her doctors, who said that as long as she doesn’t strain herself too hard, keeping active during pregnancy is perfectly fine for her health and the health of her baby. She made history during the 2016 Rio Olympics for being the first Team USA triathlete to win gold in the event.

<![CDATA[Interview With Jose Fernandez's Mom]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 23:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/051117+maritza+gomez+fernandez.jpg

It was the knock on the door Maritza Gomez Fernandez wished she never had to answer. Police officers arrived to her home with devastating news about her son, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Maritza shared her memories of her lost son in an exclusive interview obtained by NBC 6’s sister station, Telemundo 51.

“It was 6:10 a.m. and my phone rings, but I didn’t pick up. It rang again,” Maritza said in Spanish.

She talked about the morning she learned of her son’s demise.

“The voice on the other side says, ‘Are you Jose’s mom? Where is Jose?’ I answered, ‘Jose stayed in his apartment.’”

She then called Jose’s apartment, but no one answered. That’s when she called the Marlins player’s girlfriend, who told her he wasn’t with her. Maritza began to panic, and Jose’s girlfriend tried to calm her down. Moments later, police officers arrived at her front door with the heartbreaking news.

She said officers told her they found the slugger’s boat overturned but were unable at the time to find any bodies. Maritza said minutes later she knew her only son had died.

“I cried, I screamed. It was like I was no longer in this world,” Maritza explained in Spanish. “My mom was sleeping; she came out of her room. It was horrible.”

Her 24-year-old son, along with two friends, was killed Sept. 25 when the boat Jose was operating crashed into a rocky jetty off Miami Beach. The Marlins player had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, according to an autopsy report. Jose's mother said she'll never accept the coroner's report.

"I don't agree and will never agree with the investigation. My son played ball. His performance isn't that of someone who took drugs," Maritza said. "Now, my son is to blame."

She said she has no words for other mothers who lost their sons. "All I can say is that I am sorry. No one wants to lose a son."

Eight months after the tragedy, she remembers her son’s promise to be the best Cuban American pitcher ever known to the major league.

“The last time I saw my son he was fooling around at Marlins Park,” said the grieving mother. "He told me, 'Strawberry mom, everthing is fine." 

Those were the last words Jose told her. She said to her son, strawberry meant beauty and that's why he called her that and why she has the word tattooed on her arm. 

Every day, Maritza grieves and tries to understand the death of her son.

“Every night at 10:50, I expect him to walk through the door. In the morning, I take him his coffee like I always did; light candles and talk to him,” Maritza said. There are so many questions she wants answered. “Papi, I want you to explain to me what happened.”

Jose and his mother were together when they tried to escape Cuba. The pitcher saved his mother’s life after she fell in the deep ocean.

Maritza said she’s overwhelmed with the outpouring of love for her son when he died.

“He could have never imagined how people loved him and what they felt for him. The people waiting at the church to just say their goodbyes was amazing,” she said.

Meanwhile, the mother of one of the two other men killed in the crash is also talking about losing her son.

"I will never again feel his generosity," Maria Elena said.

Emilio Macias' mother said she is not looking to blame anyone for her son's death.

Macias was a financial analyst for Wells Fargo and was hoping to manage Jose's finances.

Elena is currently under mediation with her ex-husband, Macias' day over the location of their son's remains. Also, the family filed a lawsuit against the Fernandez estate for wrongful death.

"I am not asking for anything because I don't have anything. I have never cared about money. The attorneys don't have answers and they haven't told me anything," said Elena.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Sorry Mom: Olympians Apologize For Mother's Day]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MOTHERS+DAY+APOLOGIES+THUMB+2.jpg

In honor of Mother’s Day, NBC asked several Team USA athletes if there was anything they’d like to apologize to their mom about what they may have gotten away with as kids. Here’s what they had to say.

<![CDATA[MLB Menus Offer Absurd Creations to Draw Fans]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 13:12:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17124025951651.jpg At the beginning of each baseball season, stadiums reveal new menu additions. This year, stadiums have added a number of strange concoctions, such as apple pie nachos and a burger topped with a hot dog.

Photo Credit: Matt York/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Kane Makes Awesome Gesture to Soldier on Plane]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 11:45:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668280360.jpg

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is one of the best American-born players in the NHL today, but he did something awesome to honor a real American hero on a recent flight. 

According to a photo posted by Twitter user Teri Truss, Kane gave up his first class seat on a recent flight so that a soldier could take the seat. The winger then posed for a photo with the flight attendant on the plane: 

"Patrick Kane from The BLACKHAWKS gave up his 1st Class seat to a SOLDIER...what a class act....," the caption of the photo reads. 

While the Blackhawks didn't do a whole lot of winning on the ice when they were dispatched from the postseason by the Nashville Predators, this certainly qualifies as a win off the ice for Kane. 

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