<![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-usSun, 19 Feb 2017 07:01:47 -0500Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:01:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Michael Jordan's Top Sports Moments]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:11:52 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TITLEMJ.jpg Air Jordan turns 54 today. From the unforgettable "double nickel" game at Madison Square Garden to the iconic "Flu Game" against the Utah Jazz, take a look back at some of Michael Jordan's greatest moments on the NBA hardwood.

<![CDATA[Gymnastics Doc Used Hide-and-Seek Games to Molest: Accuser]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:11:04 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gymnasticsdoctormolestor.jpg

A woman who says the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics molested her as a child testified Friday that he turned games of hide-and-seek in the basement of his home into abuse sessions, NBC News reported.

"Almost every time I was there for a couple of years, something occurred," the woman, a former family friend, said during a preliminary hearing before a judge ordered disgraced doctor Larry Nassar to stand trial on state sex-abuse charges.

Nassar, 53, is also charged in federal court with possession of child pornography — more than 37,000 images, including Go Pro video he allegedly made himself.

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<![CDATA[Tom Brady: 'Next Year Is Not Going to Be My Last']]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:48:24 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/what-ap.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke openly about his future plans and how long he wants to play for in an interview this week with Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

"I'd like to play until my mid-40s. Then I'll make a decision," said Brady, who is now 39. "If I'm still feeling like I'm feeling today, who knows?"

He went on to say that he knows for certain that next year "is not going to be my last year."

Brady also spoke about how he'd like to finish his career with the Patriots, but he also knows that's not entirely up to him.

"I don't ever want to play for another coach. I don't want to play for another owner," he said. "But this is professional sports. I've seen Jerry Rice play for the Raiders, Joe Montana play for the Chiefs, Brett Favre play for a lot of teams."

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Against Lance Armstrong Can Go Ahead: Judge]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:35:18 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lancearmstrongmara.jpg

A federal judge has allowed a civil lawsuit brought by the U.S. government against disgraced former pro cyclist Lance Armstrong to proceed, tossing aside Armstrong's arguments that the case should be dismissed, NBC News reported.

The Justice Department alleges in the lawsuit, made under the False Claims Act, that Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, defrauded the government by doping while sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. The Justice Department declined to comment Tuesday.

From 2000 to 2004, the Postal Service paid Armstrong's team, the aptly named U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, a little more than $32 million, most of which went to Armstrong because he was the team's star rider, according to court filings.

But the government is seeking damages nearing $100 million, about three times what USPS paid in sponsorships to the Postal Service Team during periods that fall within the False Claims Act's statute of limitations.

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<![CDATA[Charles Oakley's MSG Ban Lifted, But He Wants an Apology]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:04:32 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/oakley+dolan.jpg

Charles Oakley is allowed back in Madison Square Garden, though the former New York Knicks star says he wants an apology before he would return. 

MSG chairman James Dolan banned Oakley last week, two days after the former power forward had an altercation with security guards while attending a game and was arrested. 

But the sides reconciled, helped by a meeting Monday at NBA headquarters with Commissioner Adam Silver and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. Jordan and Oakley were teammates in Chicago before Oakley was traded to New York, where he became a fan favorite with the Knicks from 1988-98. 

Dolan then decided Oakley is welcome back at the arena, a person briefed on the discussions told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ESPN.com first reported the decision. 

Oakley later told ESPN: "It's not about being at the Garden. It's about the fans. I want them to apologize to the fans. I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans." 

Oakley was asked on "The Dan Le Batard Show" if he would attend Madison Square Garden as Dolan's quest. 

"Right now, no," he said. "I told him yesterday." 

"I have never asked for nothing," Oakley added. "I love the fans in New York. They've been supportive. One of the things I told the commissioner, I want to have a press conference and I want him to apologize to me and the fans. They've had my back and they've felt the pain. I really appreciate the people all around who've had my back." 

The Knicks said they had nothing to add beyond a statement issued Monday by Silver, who said both sides were apologetic about the rift and thanked them for working toward a resolution. 

Oakley was a popular player in New York but his relationship with Dolan became strained after his criticisms of the team and its management. The Knicks stopped providing him with complimentary tickets and inviting him to team functions. 

Oakley still attended a few games a year on his own, including last Wednesday's, when he was seated a few rows behind Dolan and was surrounded by security in the first quarter. He shoved a couple of security officials before he was pulled away and handcuffed. 

Dolan announced the ban during an interview with ESPN Radio on Friday, though he said he hoped to see Oakley return someday. Dolan said he believed Oakley had anger or alcohol issues he first needed to address. 

The Knicks are on the road this week for their only game before the All-Star break. They don't play at home again until Feb. 25. 

Dolan welcomed back another estranged former Knick, Latrell Sprewell, on Sunday for the team's most recent game. Sprewell hadn't been back at MSG since 2004 following his falling out with the owner.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Remy Reveals He Is Battling Cancer Again]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:58:15 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jerry+Remy+021317.JPG

Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy has been battling lung cancer again this offseason, he announced on social media Monday.

"I've been diagnosed with cancer again but it's under control," Remy wrote on Twitter.

Remy previously missed much of the 2009 season as he recovered from lung cancer. In 2013, cancer returned to his lungs.

Later Monday, Remy invited reporters to NESN to answer questions.

"The time that the PET scan lit up, and when I thought that the cancer was spreading, that was an horrific time. That was about a 10-day period where you didn't know. And I wouldn't want anybody to go through that. And that happened to coincide with the holidays and New Year's and all of that," Remy said. "Finally, I got the good news back that it had not spread."

Remy confirmed that he will, indeed, return to the broadcast booth for the 2017 season.

"I don't see anything that's going to stand in the way," Remy said. "The heavy lifting is basically done, and my next step is just getting clearance to be able to fly and get down to Florida. I'm scheduled to do four Spring Training games, which I'm sure I'll do, and I'm scheduled to do 115 in the regular season, which I'm anxious to do."

The beloved broadcaster has provided color commentary during Red Sox games since 1988. Before that, he was a second baseman on the team from 1978 through 1984.

He says he is excited to get back to work.

"I'm actually looking forward to it," he explained. "The change of pace is going to be awfully nice, to think about baseball and warm weather, [rather] than what I've been thinking about for the last three months."

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<![CDATA[Former Miami Dolphin Quentin Moses Dies in GA House Fire]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:41:36 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/021217+quentin+moses.jpg

Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Quentin Moses was one of three people killed in a house fire in Georgia early Sunday, authorities said.

Moses, 33, was found unconscious inside the burning home in the city of Monroe just after 6 a.m. after firefighters arrived, Monroe Fire Department officials said.

He was moved outside and given CPR then taken to a local hospital where he died. After the roof collapsed, firefighters later discovered the bodies of 10-year-old Jasmine Godard and her mother, 31-year-old Andria Godard, inside the home.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Friends and former teammates took to Twitter Sunday to offer their condolences.

Moses was from Georgia and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round in 2007. He later signed with the Dolphins and stayed with the team through the 2010 season. He registered 3.5 sacks in 44 games.

"We were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic news involving Quentin Moses. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time," The Dolphins said in a statement Sunday.

Moses had most recently been serving as a football coach at Reinhardt University.

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<![CDATA[Marlins: Jose Fernandez's Estate Targeted by Two Lawsuits]]> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:22:53 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/josefernandezfeuerherd.jpg

Jose Fernandez's estate will be named as the defendant in a pair of negligence and personal injury lawsuits.

When the former ace of the Miami Marlins tragically passed away in September, two other men perished with him. The parents of both men will be the plaintiffs in the lawsuits. Each lawsuit is seeking $2 million in damages from Fernandez's estate. One lawsuit was filed on Friday, and a second will become official on Monday.

Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Jesus Macias were the other men with Fernandez on his boat that evening. Rivero who was 25 and Macias who was 27 had alcohol in their systems at the time of the crash, but were not over the legal limit. Rivero's toxicology report showed cocaine, but Macias' did not. Fernandez however was legally drunk and also had cocaine in his body. Both families are being represented by attorney Christopher Royer.

Fernandez's career was brief, and therefore his earnings were minimal compared to his potential. Estimates of the value of his estate hover around $2.5 million, which would be lower than the demands in the lawsuits combined. A settlement however could be possible and is something Royer mentioned in a statement. 

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“We remain open to a settlement and are hopeful a prompt resolution can be achieved to spare these families, and that of Jose Fernandez too, from any additional suffering,” said Royer.

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding that tragic evening, has been the identity of the boat's driver. Ralph Fernandez, who is representing Fernandez's estate believes Fernandez was not driving the boat. A final report on the accident is still pending. The identity of the driver may be a part of that report. The estate's attorney also questions the use of cocaine by Fernandez.

“There are indications that his cocaine use that night was not voluntary,” Fernandez stated.

In addition to the tragic losses that evening of the three men, Fernandez left behind a pregnant girlfriend. 

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<![CDATA[More Patriots Stars Boycott Visit to Trump White House]]> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:59:00 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/newenglandpatriotsfeuerherd.jpg

Six New England Patriots players have a message for the Trump White House: We're just not that into you, NBC News reported.

Since the team won an historic fifth Super Bowl with a stunning come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime on February 5th, a growing number of players on the team have told the press that they would turn down an invite to commemorate their victory at the White House.

On Thursday, running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive lineman Alan Branch said during separate interviews they would not make the trip. Defensive end Chris Long tweeted the same.

Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower had previously said they would not attend.

And while some have not explicitly cited President Donald Trump and his policies as the reason — some have — and the number of players planning to boycott a future photo-op is unprecedented compared to years past.

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<![CDATA[Back-to-Back Falls Can't Crush UCLA Cheerleader's Spirit]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:22:53 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/207*120/02-10-2017-ucla-cheerleader-generic.jpg

UCLA's win over Oregon wasn't the only impressive comeback Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.

A Bruins cheerleader returned to the court during the Pac-12 men's basketball game after taking two frightening spills -- once during a timeout routine, again as she was being carried into the lockerroom.

The first hard fall happened during a timeout, when she slipped from on top of a team member's shoulders at mid-court. A few seconds later, an assistant carrying her slipped on what appeared to be a bag left near the baseline -- both tumbled to the ground in a heap.

The cheerleader was checked out by medical staff and returned to the court for the No. 10 Bruins in their come-from-behind 82-79 win over No. 5 Oregon, according to the UCLA Spirit Squad Twitter account. UCLA was down by 19 in the first half before storming back for a key win in the race for the Pac-12 title. 

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<![CDATA[Olympic Torch Revealed for 2018 Winter Games]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:44:03 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/olympictorch.jpg

The torch that will be used at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics was unveiled Thursday in Korea with one year to go until the opening ceremony.

The torch is designed so that the flame will burn continuously in various weather conditions as the torch makes its way to PyeongChang from Olympia, Greece, the site of the ancient Olympic Games.

More than 7,000 torchbearers will participate during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay.

Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and Magnus Kim, a cross-country skiing medal hopeful, brought out the torch at the unveiling ceremony.

The torch is 700 millimeters tall, a number that represents the altitude of host city PyeongChang, which is 700 meters above sea level, according to a news release.

The white-and-gold torch has five prongs, whose shape is similar to an asterik, the symbol of PyeongChang.

The torchbearer uniform is a mixture of the white Olympic torch and the blue, yellow, black, green and red Olympic Rings.

"The Olympic Torch Relay will bring the spotlight to PyeongChang, sparking passion to connect the world together," 2018 Winter Olympics organizing committee President Lee Hee-beom said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Costas Passes Torch to Tirico as Prime Time Olympics Host]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:52:42 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mike-costoas.jpg

Mike Tirico is taking over for Bob Costas as prime time host of the Olympics on NBC, the network announced Thursday, exactly a year before the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

NBC's longest-tenured sports announcer, Costas has hosted NBC's prime time Olympics coverage for all 11 games since 1992, and his 27 Emmy awards are the most of any sports broadcaster, NBC said.

"It has been both a privilege and an incredible personal and professional experience to have been part of NBC's Olympic coverage all these years," Costas said in a statement. "It's been a wonderful run, but I just felt now was the right time to step away and I'm grateful that NBC left that decision to me."

Tirico joined NBC in July and served as daytime host for the 2016 Games in Rio.

"The level and longevity of Bob's tenure have left an indelible mark on American television and the Olympic Games," Tirico said in a statement. "I am honored to call him a friend, humbled by this opportunity, and thankful to the many people who have helped make this possible."

Tirico worked for ESPN before joining NBC, and has been hosting "Football Night in America" and handled play-by-play duties at "Sunday Night Football."

Costas will continue in multiple roles with NBC Sports and NBC News, NBC said.

"For a quarter-century, Bob expertly piloted NBC’s prime time coverage of the Olympics," said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports. "It is with a tremendous amount of pride that I can simultaneously express our appreciation for Bob's stellar, record-setting run, while also feeling very lucky that we have someone as talented as Mike to take over as our new prime time host."

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<![CDATA[Yard Goats Individual Tickets Sale Date Announced]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:00:40 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard_Goats_Jingle_1200x675_615127107875.jpg

Tickets for individual Hartford Yard Goats games at Dunkin' Donuts Park will go on sale Tuesday, March 14, the team announced today.  

This sale date will include the earliest chance for fans to purchase individual tickets for the team's first ever game at the new Hartford ballpark.  Opening Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 13.

Hartford's new Double-A Eastern League team will play 70 home games this year at Dunkin' Donuts Park in downtown Hartford.  

"Our fans have been incredibly patient and we look forward to celebrating with them on Opening Day, and throughout the season, at Dunkin' Donuts Park," Yard Goats General Manager Tim Restall said in a press release from the team.

The Yard Goats previously announced their full promotional schedule for their inaugural season at Dunkin' Donuts Park.  Promotions include fireworks and premium giveaways.

A job fair for people interested in work at the ballpark will take place this weekend.

Ticket purchasing information will be available on the team's website.

The team is an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.  The Yard Goats will play the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in its inaugural game at the new stadium.

<![CDATA[Countdown to PyeongChang: 2018 Winter Olympics a Year Away]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:48:01 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632256194web.jpg

Fresh faces will fight for their first-ever Olympic medals, and veterans will try to add to their medal hauls. In fan-favorite sports like figure skating, the world's best will try to land their quadruple jumps, while four new Olympic sports, including snowboarding's big air and speed skating's mass start, hope to find an audience. 

And while perrenial powerhouses like Norway, Canada and the United States compete in the medal race, African nations like Nigeria (bobsled) and Uganda (snowboarder Brolin Mawejje) are just hoping to be there.

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, are one year away — the Opening Ceremony will be held on Feb. 8, 2018. Here's what to watch for: 

Young U.S. Stars

Snowboarder Chloe Kim, a favorite to win an Olympic gold medal, has an impressive list of firsts: She was the first woman under the age of 16 to win three Winter X Games gold medals, the first American female snowboarder to win a gold at the Winter Youth Olympics, and in 2016 she landed the first-ever back-to-back 1080s to earn a perfect score in the halfpipe event at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.

Now 16, Kim, the daughter of South Korean immigrants, is headed to Seoul and Pyeongchang this week as a sports envoy from the United States, to meet with university students and athletes.

Figure skater Nathan Chen is known for his skill at complicated quadruple jumps, and last month he landed five in one program at the U.S. Championships. The youngest of five children and a son of immigrants from China, the Salt Lake City native began skating at age 3. Now 17, he is hoping for a gold medal in PyeongChang.

Returning stars — among them two-time gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White, slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, and gold medalist downhill skier Lindsey Vonn — will be part of Team USA's effort to beat its record of 10 gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Where Is PyeongChang?

Pyeongchang County, a resort region southeast of Seoul, is in the Taebaek Mountains of South Korea, sometimes called the Korean Alps. Lonely Planet describes Pyeongchang as a worthwhile choice for keen skiers and snowboarders because of "its well-developed resorts and abundance of snow." South Korea is building a high-speed rail line from Seoul to the resorts, which is expected to cut travel time from a three-hour drive to about two hours.

New Events Coming to the Olympics

Four sports will debut at these Olympic Games: snowboarding big air, mass start speed skating, curling mixed doubles and the nations team downhill skiing event.

The big air contest consists of one jump and one trick, rather than hours-long competition between individuals or a race against a clock, according to Team USA. Snowboarders will start at the top of a ramp that is 49 meters high with a 40-degree incline at its steepest point. American Ryan Stassel is number two in the international big air standings.

The mass start speed skating is as it sounds — up to 20 skaters race around an oval together, 15 laps for women and 20 laps for men.

Curling mixed doubles features teams composed of two players, a man and woman.

The nations team event has mixed teams of two men and two women competing in a head-to-head slalom with a head-to-head knockout format (NCAA tournament style), according to the International Ski Federation.

With these four new sports, 102 gold medals will be awarded - more than at any previous Winter Games. 

Will the NHL Play?

Discussions continue about whether players in the National Hockey League will participate in the Winter Games. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has joined the talks.

The owners of the NHL teams are concerned about disruptions to the league's regular schedule and to the NHL's all-star weekend, scheduled for the end of January

"If the status quo remains, I don't expect us to be in the Olympics," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.

Players in the NHL first competed in the Olympics in 1998.

The Mascot

The Games' mascot is a white tiger named Soohorang. Sooho means protection in Korean; rang comes from the middle letter of ho-rang-i, the Korean word for tiger, and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” a traditional folk song of Gangwon province, where the competition will take place.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Star Tweets Support to Severely Beaten Middle Schooler]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:43:28 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491734990.jpg

Chicago Cubs player Anthony Rizzo posted a heartwarming message of support to a young boy who was severely beaten by another student at a suburban middle school last week. 

"Heard you are a big @Cubs fan Henry," Rizzo tweeted at the young Kenyon Woods middle schooler. "When you are better I have a couple tickets and BP passes waiting for you at Wrigley. #StayStrong." 

Twelve-year-old Henry Sembner was in a coma over the weekend after being severely beaten by another student in the hallway of his Elgin middle school. 

Kenyon Woods Middle School Principal Lisa Olsem said the young boy was “assaulted by another student” just before noon Friday. He suffered severe injuries and was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin before being transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

“I spent time with the family of the injured student at the hospital this afternoon and will remain in close contact with them,” Olsem wrote in a letter to parents Friday. “The alleged attacker, [sic] was arrested and transported to South Elgin Police Department.”

The boy remained in the intensive care unit Sunday. According to a Caring Bridge account created by the family to update on his progress, Sembdner woke from his coma Sunday.

“They just removed the intubation and guess what he said,” his mother Karen DeWilde Sembdner wrote. “’I’m Hungry!’”

On Tuesday, students and supporters of Henry wore Cubs gear to show their support, a movement that also caught Rizzo's attention.

"Heard Henry's school will be wearing @Cubs gear tom to show their support," Rizzo tweeted again. "Wear ur gear & I'll RT pics.Let's all show our support #StayStrong."

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At the Elgin school district meeting Monday night, a student board member wore green, a symbol officials say is meant to represent hope. Others throughout the district also wore the color in support after the brutal beating.

That support, the district’s CEO says, is not one-sided.

“Not only do we support Henry, but we also support the student who allegedly caused this—we support him through counseling,” Tony Sanders said.

A school official also touched on what might have caused the incident.

“The student was bumped, or somehow bumped into the other student, that student then became aggressive in a very short couple of seconds and injured the young man,” said John Heiderscheidt, the district’s director of safety.

GoFundMe page created by Sembdner’s aunt also claims the young boy was going into a crowded hallway at school and “bumped into someone.”

“The kid grabbed him and slammed him into the ground,” Crystal Sembdner Mims wrote. “A wonderful child is in the hospital for no reason.”

South Elgin police said an investigation remained ongoing and would be turned over to the Kane County State's Attorney's Office when it has been completed, noting that it is a priority for the department. 

Police Chief Jerry Krawczyk said the suspect is in middle school but did not give an age. 

"This case makes me sad as a dad," Krawczyk said. "I've never seen a case like this involving children resulting in such severe injuries."

Two GoFundMe pages have been set up to help the Sembdner family with medical costs. As of Money, one page had raised more than $17,500 and the other had raised $7,400. 

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<![CDATA[Tom Brady Searches For Jersey After Super Bowl Win]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:36:30 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-07+at+11.25.56+AM.png

After the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI, a video from right after the game shows Tom Brady in a locker room asking where his jersey was. In the video from Yahoo News, he said that he put the jersey in his bag and that it was missing. 

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<![CDATA[Patriots’ Patricia Sports Goodell Clown Shirt]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:40:11 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*141/Patricia+Clown+shirt.JPG

When it comes to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Matt Patricia lets his clothes do the talking.

The New England Patriots defensive coordinator wore a Goodell clown T-shirt as he exited the team plane, Monday, which arrived in Boston following the team’s Super Bowl win in Houston.

Earlier in Houston, Goodell awarded quarterback Tom Brady the Super Bowl MVP trophy. It was widely seen as awkward because Goodell suspended Brady for four games over Deflategate claims.

Patricia later appeared at Gillette Stadium in a sweatshirt.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Patriots Celebrate Super Bowl Victory]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:11:28 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17037164389003.jpg

The New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI, and now? They celebrate.

On Monday, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and head coach Bill Belichick joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” to talk about their team’s fifth championship victory.

After walking onstage, Belichick took a moment to appreciate the enthusiasm from the studio audience. “I think’s that’s the loudest cheer I’ve ever heard from New York for us, instead of Boston,” he said, which only led to more deafening screams and claps.

Fallon, with both excitement and bewilderment in his voice, pressed the coach and his player for their take on the game’s seemingly unlikely outcome.

“You just gotta believe,” Edelman said simply.

The “Tonight Show” host even joked about Belichick's intense game face. “You intimidate me when I watch you,” he said. “Right now, I’m a little scared.”

The coach explained that his face shows his extreme focus on the task at hand — in this case, winning the Super Bowl. “Every time we’re working on football it’s serious. And were trying to get better. And that’s every day.”

Fallon’s interview wouldn’t have been complete without asking Edelman about that one catch that had everyone on the edge of their seats in the fourth quarter. Fallon called it the “greatest catch in the history of the Super Bowl.”

“After it all happened, I was kind of disappointed in my route,” Edelman admitted.

“Yeah,” Fallon agreed, “we were all feeling that.”

“It was probably 70 percent luck,” Edelman added before Fallon joked he should open a chain of seafood restaurants called “Edelman’s Catch.”

The wide receiver said the big victory is taking time to sink in: “Once you get to get back and go to Boston and get towards that parade, have a couple of cold ones with the boys, that’s when it starts to become the real thing.”

Belichick agreed that, at first, his team’s win didn’t feel like reality. He said that after returning to his hotel for the night, he had to watch the replay on TV to make sure it wasn’t all just a dream.

The Patriots head to Boston on Tuesday for their celebration parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. from the Hynes Convention Center.

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<![CDATA[Genie Bouchard Owes Chicago Man Date After Patriots' Comeback Win]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:18:11 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/genebouchard0206.jpg

Before the New England Patriots turned the Super Bowl around Sunday and the Atlanta Falcons seemed to be a shoe-in, Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard sent out a confident tweet:

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To which an emboldened twitter user, who later said he is from Chicago and attends school in Missouri, responded:

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After the brief but encouraging response — and after the unexpected turn around by the Patriots — Bouchard followed up.

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The exchange was featured in Twitter’s “Moments” section.

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"Lesson learned," Bouchard tweeted. "Never bet against Tom Brady."

No word yet on the date, but should the social media suitor collect on the bet, they'll sure have plenty to talk about.

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<![CDATA[Who is the GOAT? Joe Montana Versus Tom Brady]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:22:53 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JoeMontanaTomBrady.jpg

The greatest debate in the sporting world boils down to two amazing athletes: Joe Montana versus Tom Brady.

Brady, who grew up in San Mateo, Calif. and idolized the former San Francisco 49ers legend, leapfrogged Montana for Super Bowl rings and Super Bowl MVP awards when the New England Patriots on Sunday pulled off the largest comeback in NFL history to stun the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

The question is now on the table. Who is the GOAT (or greatest of all-time)?

The two legendary quarterbacks' numbers are listed below. The final decision is up to you.

Super Bowl Marks:

Championships — Tom Brady: 5 Joe Montana: 4

Most Valuable Player Awards — Tom Brady: 4 Joe Montana: 3

Record — Tom Brady: 5-2 Joe Montana: 4-0

Touchdowns — Tom Brady: 15 Joe Montana: 11

Interceptions — Tom Brady: 5 Joe Montana: 0

Completion Percentage — Tom Brady: 67.0 Joe Montana: 68.0

Passing Yards — Tom Brady: 2,071 Joe Montana: 1,142

Completions — Tom Brady: 207 Joe Montana: 83

Passer Rating — Tom Brady: 95.3 Joe Montana: 127.8

Margin of Victory in Super Bowl Wins — Tom Brady: +19 Joe Montana: +76


Career Postseason Marks:

Record — Tom Brady: 25-9 Joe Montana: 16-7

Touchdowns — Tom Brady: 63 Joe Montana: 45

Interceptions — Tom Brady: 31 Joe Montana: 21

Completion Percentage — Tom Brady: 62.7 Joe Montana: 62.7

Passing Yards — Tom Brady: 9,094 Joe Montana: 5,772

Completions — Tom Brady: 831 Joe Montana: 460

Passer Rating — Tom Brady: 89.0 Joe Montana: 95.6

Game-Winning Drives — Tom Brady: 10 Joe Montana: 5


Career Regular Season Marks:

Record — Tom Brady: 183-52 Joe Montana: 117-47

Touchdowns — Tom Brady: 456 Joe Montana: 273

Interceptions — Tom Brady: 152 Joe Montana: 139

Completion Percentage — Tom Brady: 63.8 Joe Montana: 63.2

Passing Yards — Tom Brady: 61,582 Joe Montana: 40,551

Completions — Tom Brady: 5,244 Joe Montana: 3,409

Passer Rating — Tom Brady: 97.2 Joe Montana: 92.3

Game-Winning Drives — Tom Brady: 48 Joe Montana: 33

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<![CDATA[300 Drones Flew as 1 for Lady Gaga's Super Bowl Show]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:40:50 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Super-Bowl-LI-Flag.jpg

There’s no question that Lady Gaga was on fire all on her own Sunday night, but the singer's Super Bowl extravaganza was made even more electrifying by 300 "Shooting Star" drones floating above in the Houston sky.

They were run by Santa Clara, California-based Intel, which proudly tweeted about its tech throughout the Big Game.

The fans went wild.

"LOVED the drone art in in the sky," tweeted Karen Allen, one of the many drone fans out there.

Allen was ooh-ing and ah-ing about what Intel said was an unprecedented show of drones at a Super Bowl or televised event. (The drone part of the show was rehearsed and filmed before the game.)

The colorful quadcopter drones, which weigh less than a volleyball and can generate over 4 billion color combinations together, are created for use festivals and other events, the company says, and have the audience's safety in mind.

The Super Bowl was also the highest these drones have flown, according to Intel — the company said it got a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the fleet up to 700 feet.

"Lady Gaga and the Super Bowl creative team wanted to pull off something that had never been done before and we were able to combine Intel drone innovation with her artistry to pull off a truly unique experience," Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's New Technology Group, said in a statement.

This is not Intel's first foray into the world of drones.

Intel sent up the same type of drones at Walt Disney World in December 2016. And the month before that, Intel launched 500 drones in the sky in Germany to break a Guinness World Record for "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously."

Lest amateurs think they can send up Shooting Stars from their home backyard, the company said the drone meets all Federal Communications Commission technical specifications but has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the FCC.

As for how they didn't all crash into each other while forming into a waving flag in the Texas sky, Intel said that all 300 machines were controlled by one computer and one drone pilot.

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