<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:51:49 -0400 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:51:49 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Top Sports Photos 2015]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:01:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/topSports-GettyImages-485604956.jpg Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Water Breaks Are Key to Playing Sports in the Heat]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:25:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/soccer-generic722.jpg

Soccer players know running in the heat is just part of the game and they are doing what they can as temperatures hot 90 degrees, including drinking more water.

“The average player runs six miles, six to nine miles in a game," Bruce Mazzochi, the head coach of Bristol Central's varsity soccer team, said.

Running in 90-degree heat plus humidity is tough and Bristol Central’s team started preparing to play in this type of weather back in July.

“Oh it gets you. At the end of the day, I go home and my legs are dead. They’re drained. I have to drink like two water bottles. It’s rough," Andrew Marcantonio, a varsity player, said.

The school’s athletic trainer said he’s doing the right thing.

“Hydration is really homework for athletes. We’re looking at not just hydration during the day but days before and obviously days after," Christopher Carriere said.

This year, the district has placed tubs of ice water next to the field in case a player gets overheated.

"There’s new protocols in place where we actually cool the athlete on scene and they’re not allowed to be transported by EMS before we get the temperature down," Carriere said.

From the soccer field to the gridiron, coaches are given their players more water breaks.

“Our guys know that if they need water, they can get it any time," Bristol Central's head football coach Jeff Papazian said.

”Our students’ health is first and foremost," the school's athletic director Chris Cassin said.

On hot summer days, drinking extra water is part of the football team's playbook as well.

“Nothing’s better than taking a few chugs from the H2O and putting some on your head," varsity football player Connor Staubley said.

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<![CDATA['Real' Game Three Is a Charm for Jets]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:38:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jets+beat+giants.jpg

The Jets won their annual MetLife Stadium throwdown over their housemate Giants Saturday night, but their biggest victory of the weekend didn’t come until the following day, when an MRI revealed that rookie defensive end Leonard Williams’ knee injury wasn’t major.

The third preseason game is always said to be the only “real one” because the starters actually see significant playing time, but saying exhibition games even slightly resemble the meat grinder that is the NFL season is like saying you can be the NBA Slam Dunk Champion because you jump over a matchbox car on your way to a 360 reverse on the Nerf hoop in your bedroom.

If it were real, we’d still be talking about how Nick Folk missed an extra point. Hey Nick, I know they moved the line back and all, but come on!

Still, besides Williams escaping severe harm, the Jets came away from the 28-18 win with a few things on which to hang their helmets. After competent but ordinary play during the first half of the exhibition season, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick excelled against the Giants, slinging the ball around to the likes of Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and DeVier Posey. Posey showed good hands and playmaking ability during his brief time with the Jets --  just enough to be the most notable of the 12 players cut by the team yesterday as the roster was slashed from 90 to 78.

Gang Green’s ground game was also strong, with the trio of Zac Stacy, Chris Ivory and Tommy Bohannon all making solid contributions. With running back platoons now all the rage in the NFL, most teams feature a bruiser and a change-of-pace back who makes people miss. The Jets, on the other hand, have three guys that seem happier to run through defenders than around them. It’s a good thing, because all of them run with a punishing style that doesn’t exactly scream “longevity.” However, as a rotation, it’s easy to see this crew -- stout (Ivory), stouter (Stacy) and stoutest (Bohannon) -- wearing down opposing defenses over the course of the season.

Then, on the other side of the ball, there are the corners. Big Blue’s second-year man Odell Beckham, Jr. may well be the best receiver in football before the coming season is done. But Darelle Revis is already the best CB in the game, and he showed Beckham why on Saturday night, allowing the young WR no breathing room while keeping him within the edge of the sideline. Beckham did beat Antonio Cromartie on a few short passes, but Revis’s counterpart corner also had the play of the game, picking off an errant Eli Manning pass and running it back 60 yards for the TD.

Preseason football may be largely meaningless, but the Jets showed their fans a lot to look forward to when the games actually count.



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<![CDATA[Diaco Names Starting QB]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:28:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/diaco083115.jpg UConn head coach Bob Diaco names Bryant Shirreffs the Huskies' starting quarterback for their opening game of the season against Villanova.]]> <![CDATA[Sox Fan Buries World Series Champions Hat at Wrigley]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+view.jpg

One White Sox fan may have jinxed — or perhaps reverse jinxed — the Cubs this year by burying a Sox treasure at Wrigley Field.

Allison Horne of ESPN and 120 Sports tweeted a photo of a White Sox "2005 World Series Champions" hat sitting atop some fresh cement at Wrigley Field. According to Horne, a Sox fan who worked on the recent renovations at Wrigley Field is responsible for the trick.

The photo does not indicate where the hat is buried in the ballpark, but perhaps the Cubs will want to leave it there as a good luck charm. So far, it seems to be working just as well as Cubs manager Joe Maddon's tricks, which included the promise of a Sunday night pajama party following the historic game against the L.A. Dodgers.

A similar incident happened in 2008 at Boston's Fenway Park, where a Yankees fan buried a David Ortiz jersey in the ballpark. The jersey was later located and removed from the cement with a jackhammer.



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<![CDATA[Cubs Rock Pajamas After No-Hitter]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:39:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-486027192.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were already preparing for a pajama-themed plane ride home from Los Angeles on Sunday night, but pitcher Jake Arrieta ensured that it would be a party as he tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers.

Predictably, the evening got fun in a hurry for the Cubs.

To start with, Arrieta arrived at his postgame press conference wearing a mustache-onesie. Here is a picture of the garment, along with the catcher that called Arrieta’s no-hitter:

Anthony Rizzo chimed in with his emoji-themed pajamas, and he was joined by several of his teammates, including Addison Russell and Kris Bryant:

 

Onsie trip LA✈️CHI

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Some players, including outfielder Matt Szczur, went with the Superman look:

 

#teamonesies #nohitter

A photo posted by Matt Szczur (@superszcz4) on

While others, including relief pitcher Tommy Hunter, celebrated by sporting their favorite school’s colors:

Of course, it wouldn’t be a night without seeing what the architect of the pajama party had up his sleeve, and manager Joe Maddon didn’t disappoint as he channeled his inner Maverick and went with the Top Gun look:

Now everybody please gather for a group photo:



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<![CDATA[Arrieta Throws No-Hitter in 2-0 Cubs Victory ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:40:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-486005752.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were on a four game losing streak, but their best pitcher was at his best Sunday as Jake Arrieta pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The no-hitter is the first in Arrieta’s career and the first for the Cubs since the 2008 season, when Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Houston Astros in a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It is the 14th no-hitter in Cubs team history. 

Arrieta only faced 29 batters in the game, with one walk and a Starlin Castro error giving the Dodgers their only baserunners of the game. Arrieta struck out 12 batters total and struck out seven of the 10 batters that reached 0-2 counts against him in the contest.

While everyone in the stadium and on social media was buzzing, there was one person in the ballpark that was apparently unaware that Arrieta was on the verge of history. 

"Everyone know what was going on except Justin Grimm," Maddon said. "He had no idea it was a no-hitter, even after the game concluded." 

The victory gives the Cubs a five and a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Pittsburgh Pirates also lost on Sunday afternoon, moving the Cubs to within five games of the top wild card spot.

The game marks the first time that the Dodgers have been no-hit at Dodger Stadium since Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter for the Atlanta Braves in April 1994.



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<![CDATA[Braves Fan Fell to His Death Doing 'Favorite Things': Family]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:35:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_400180067339.jpg

The Atlanta Braves fan who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game was doing what he loved when his life ended abruptly, his family said Sunday.

Gregory Murrey, 60, landed in an area of the stands behind home plate in the seventh inning of the Braves' game against the New York Yankees Saturday night.

"The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves," according to a family statement read by his son Jason to NBC affiliate WXIA.



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<![CDATA[Rock Cats Win Last Home Game in New Britain]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:08:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rocky+the+rock+cat+1200.jpg

These Cats rock! The Rock Cats won their last home game in New Britain Stadium Sunday as its fans and the city of New Britain says goodbye to the team that has long called the stadium home.

After 15 innings, about four hours or so of play, the Rock Cats secured a 7-5 victory for their last career home game in New Britain.

The team had an MLB All-Star playing with them in the game against the Portland Seadogs. Justin Morneau, a former American League MVP, has been on a rehab assignment, playing in New Britain all weekend. He's on loan from the Rock Cats affiliate Major League team, the Colorado Rockies

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart was at the last game at New Britain Stadium. The Double-A minor league team is moving to Hartford next season, which was initially a point of contention in New Britain when the news first broke.

"So long, Rocky," Stewart said in a tweet, including a photo of the Double-A minor league team's beloved mascot, Rocky the Rock Cat waving.

"On behalf of the City of New Britain - THANK YOU TO OUR FANS! YOU ARE #1!" Stewart tweeted.

There's been mixed emotions about the team's move, which also includes a name change to the Hartford Yard Goats.

The team’s general manager, Tim Restall, likened it to reading a book, closing one chapter and beginning another.

The first fans arrived at the stadium at 8 a.m. Sunday morning from Boston.

Joe Secheyco said he's been to minor league games up and down New England.

"I've been to almost every minor league park in New England when it opened and if they close I go there to watch them also,” Secheyco said.

In a message to NBC Connecticut, Stewart said, "it's a bittersweet day." She thanked "all of the loyal New Britain fans who made this stadium what it has become!"

"We hope you'll come back," she said.

Will another team be moving into New Britain's stadium? That remains to be seen.

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings (sic) end...#NB #staytuned," Stewart tweeted before the game, along with a selfie with Rocky.

Did you go to the last Rock Cats home game? Tweet us your photos and videos or send them to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Last Rock Cats Home Game Features Former American League MVP]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:52:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+britain+stadium+rock+cats.jpg

Sunday is your last chance to see the New Britain Rock Cats play ball at their home stadium in New Britain.

The Double-A minor league team moves to Hartford next season.

The team has an MLB All-Star playing with them. Justin Morneau, a former American League MVP, has been on a rehab assignment, playing in New Britain all weekend. He's on loan from the Rock Cats affiliate Major League team, the Colorado Rockies.

There's been mixed emotions about the team's move, which also includes a name change to the Hartford Yard Goats.

The team’s general manager, Tim Restall, likened it to reading a book, closing one chapter and beginning another.

The first fans arrived at the stadium at 8 a.m. Sunday morning from Boston.

Joe Secheyco said he's been to minor league games up and down New England.

"I've been to almost every minor league park in New England when it opened and if they close I go there to watch them also,” Secheyco said.

The first pitch was at 1:35 p.m. and tickets are still available.

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<![CDATA[IndyCar Racer Justin Wilson Remembered at Race]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:11:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gettyimages-170552690-justin-wilson-dies.jpg

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Justin Wilson prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America.

Wilson died Monday from a head injury sustained when he was struck by debris during an IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Many drivers at Road America placed decals on their cars in memory of Wilson. The rear bumper of the No. 52 car driven by Joey Gase, an organ donation advocate, featured a large picture of Wilson and a testimonial from his brother and fellow racer, Stefan.

Justin Wilson's organs were donated.



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<![CDATA[New CT Professional Soccer Team Holds Open Tryouts]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:32:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Soccer+Header+Generic+Soccer.jpg

A new year-round professional soccer team coming to Hartford is held open tryouts in Farmington on Saturday until noon.

In June, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters learned that Professional Sports Management Group will be bringing professional soccer to the state and team, Hartford City F.C., will play both indoors and outdoors.

"We know there will be some quality players, and hopefully we'll find some promising surprises among the rest of the pool," head coach Paul Wright, who scouted a lot of the players trying out, said before the tryout. "The open tryout is only one phase in creating our team. The goal is to find a solid group of players to invite back to training with us in September where they'll compete for roster spots alongside our other prospects."

More than 50 athletes pre-registered to tryout and the team expected walk-ons to come the day of, according to a press release from the team. The tryouts began at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Sports Arena and players got there at 9 a.m. to register. Players from Connecticut and Massachusetts colleges and club teams and Major Arena Soccer League and pro league professional players are being considered for the new Hartford team.

Hartford City F.C. has already signed one player, Tom Williams, who is a veteran player in the English league and "is expected to play a leadership role within the club and will take part in the tryout process this weekend," according to a news release from the club. The team announced that on Aug. 12.

The team has signed a deal to play in the Major Arena Soccer League, which will play indoors at the XL Center, starting in November.

The soccer club plans on releasing its schedule in the coming weeks. The XL Center will be the venue for the team's ten home games between Nov. 1, 2015 and Feb. 28, 2016. Hartford City F.C. is already taking season ticket deposits online. You can visit the team's website, http://www.hartfordcityfc.com, for more information.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers' Vin Scully Will Return ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+7.49.21+PM.png

It happened in an instant, but it may just be the best news Dodgers fans have received in quite some time.

In between the top and bottom half of the second inning of the opening game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, team owner Magic Johnson appeared on the jumbotron in a prepared video stating that he had an announcement for the fans.

Suddenly, Johnson's image gave way to ABC Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel who revealed cue cards that read, "Vin Scully will be back for at least one more season."

The crowd at Dodger Stadium immediately erupted as the Hall of Fame broadcaster was shown on the screen.

Scully, who turns 88 in November, has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 and next season will be his 67th with the team. Scully currently holds the longest streak of any broadcaster in all of sports to be with one team.

"I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said. "There's no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all our friends.

There was much speculation over the past few weeks as to whether or not Scully would return. Scully has taken a lesser role with the team in recent years, opting to not travel to the east coast and on most away games.

However, Scully has always said that if he was healthy enough to call the games and felt like he was still effective, then he would continue to remain in the booth.

Scully's year-by-year announcement means he will return to the booth in 2016, and beyond will still be in question. More than likely, Scully will continue to call games in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Arizona for SportsNetLA.



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<![CDATA[Rock Cats to Play Final Weekend Series in New Britain]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:13:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Britain+Stadium+July+13.jpg

It's a bittersweet moment as the Rock Cats start their final weekend series at New Britain Stadium.

"It’s like when you read a book and you start a new one," said Rock Cats General Manager Tim Restall. "And we have some great weather to close out the season in New Britain."

The team will play as the Yard Goats next year in a new stadium in downtown Hartford. The team announced it was leaving New Britain last summer, which came as a surprise to city officials.

The wound is still fresh in New Britain.

"There’s not a lot of excitement of them moving out. It’s not even bittersweet. A lot of disappointment," said Bill Carroll, New Britain's director of economic development.

He said as long as he could remember, New Britain was a regional hub for baseball.

"We were Baseball Town USA, as far as I’m concerned," Carroll said. "The golden era of high school baseball from the '70s through the lower '80s, we had probably more state championships than most other communities in the state of Connecticut."

He said the city is in talks with the Atlantic League, another Minor League Baseball organization, to land a team in New Britain once the Rock Cats' departure is final.

"There will be ongoing conversations, and we hope once that ink gets on paper that it dries real quick and we keep moving forward," he said.

Restall said he's optimistic that the support the team has received in New Britain will carry over into the capital city.

"It’s been great. When you walk through the ballpark, you see people that say hi and you catch up with their families. You know, they’re out enjoying life at the ballpark," he said. "Especially with us only going 12 miles away, it’s something we’re going to continue when we’re up in Hartford."



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<![CDATA[Rock Cats Game Delayed After Truck Sinks Into Field]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:49:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rock+cats+field+conditions.jpg

Friday night marked the start the New Britain Rock Cats' final weekend series in the Brass City, but it didn't go off without a hitch.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said the team brought a truck onto the field before the first pitch. The vehicle sank and tore a hole in the grass.

The visiting team, the Portland Sea Dogs, tweeted that "a fire engine dug up left field."

The game got underway around 8:25 p.m., after about an hour delay.

It's the Rock Cats' last weekend series in New Britain. The team will move to Hartford next year and play as the Yard Goats.

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<![CDATA[Maybe Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick Isn't Who We Think He Is]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:48:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ryan+fitzpatrick.jpg

With the Jets and Giants set to tussle Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in what will be both franchises’ third preseason game, I’m reminded of Dennis Green’s priceless post-game rant from a decade ago, when he referenced his own team’s third exhibition game that season as evidence that his opponent was “WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!!!!!” 

Looking toward the fast-approaching (though not nearly fast enough for couch potatoes everywhere) NFL regular season, the steady narrative is that Big Blue always has a shot at special things happening because they’ve got Eli Manning under center, while Gang Green is facing an uphill climb-- in a mudslide -- because they’ve got a journeyman signal-caller.

But what if Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t who we think he is?

The conventional wisdom is that you know exactly what you’re gonna get from Fitzpatrick --  a solid professional effort from a generally proficient game manager, accompanied by the occasional negative play resulting from a forced throw by a Harvard guy whose brain may envision things his right arm can’t quite execute. Maybe his nickname should be the Amish Cap Gun. Not quite the same ring to it.

But what if Fitzpatrick’s ceiling is higher than we think -- and what if he hasn’t come close to reaching it yet? After all, despite the early success of outliers like Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, there’s no substitute for NFL playing time, and it’s proven time and again that QB question marks can become top-flight performers with the right mix of experience, persistence and luck -- not to mention a solid supporting cast, like the one Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles are trying to build.

Rich Gannon, Chris Chandler and Brad Johnson were all very ordinary -- and well-traveled --quarterbacks who lifted their play significantly in their mid 30s. Oh yeah, and all of them led their teams to the Super Bowl. Gannon even won an NFL MVP award in the process.

Or for a little local flavor, how ‘bout Vinny from Elmont? Fitzpatrick seems unable to shake the stigma of a 33-55-1 record as a starting QB. Ugly indeed, but what about 48-83-1 -- Testaverde’s career record when he arrived in New York in 1998? Or, on the other hand, 12-1. That’s what he did when he got here, while playing as well as any QB in the league at the age of 35.

The 32-year-old Fitzpatrick is coming off the best season of his pro career, one in which he made fewer mistakes than he traditionally had in the past, and with Chan Gailey appearing to favor a conservative game plan, errors should remain few and far between.

Based on recent history, there’s every reason to think Fitzpatrick can play at a higher level this year than he did in 2014. If he does, the journeyman may not be moving on again for a while.



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<![CDATA[Woman Files Suit Against Bulls Star Derrick Rose]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-458331240.jpg

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, claiming he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her.

The unidentified woman, who says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, says she was drugged at a Beverly Hills home and later attacked at her apartment.

Rose denied the woman's claims in a statement he released late Thursday.

"I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," he said. "I am not going to comment other than to say - I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by TMZ Wednesday and made public Thursday, says the incident took place in August of 2013.

Rose’s spokesperson, Lisa Cohen, said on behalf of his legal team that the lawsuit is “nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete" and called the claims "outrageous."

"Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago," she said. "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated."

Cohen also claimed this is the third attorney the woman has hired in an attempt to sue Rose.

The Chicago Bulls released a statement on the issue Wednesday.

"We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts,” the team said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Rose’s agent could not immediately be reached for comment.



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<![CDATA[McDonald Indicted on Rape Charges]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:03:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/th-may-25-ray-mcdonald-mug.jpg

Former San Francisco 49’ers and Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was indicted on Wednesday on one count of rape and on one count of violating a restraining order by a Santa Clara County Grand Jury, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

McDonald, who was signed by the Bears in March and released by the team after new domestic violence allegations surfaced against him a few months later, was accused of raping an intoxicated woman at a party in December 2014. The incident caused the 49’ers to release him, with the team citing a series of poor decision-making as the reason for the decision.

McDonald’s former teammate Ahmad Brooks was also indicted for his role in an incident at the same party, the newspaper reported.

If convicted on the rape charge, McDonald faces a maximum of eight years in prison, with another year possible with the restraining order violation charges.

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<![CDATA[ESPN Pulls Former Red Sox Star From Air After Posts Compare Muslims Extremists to Nazis]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:50:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/138886369.jpg

ESPN has pulled Curt Schilling from the air after the former Red Sox and Phillies star posted a photo comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis on his social media accounts.

The photos, posted Tuesday, were deleted and Schilling apologized. ESPN announced that the company has removed Schilling as a broadcaster for the Little League World Series "pending further consideration.”

"Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," ESPN said in a statement.

Schilling issued an apology on Twitter, saying he understands his suspension and that the situation is "100% my fault." 

 

 He has also apologized to some online commenters individually.



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<![CDATA[Norwalk Fallen Soldier Honored at Connecticut Open]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:29:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/David+Fahey+1200.jpg

A local fallen hero was honored on the court at the Connecticut Open on Monday night as part of the tournament’s Military Appreciation Night. An Honor & Remember flag was presented to the family of Norwalk native Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr.

Honor & Remember is a national nonprofit working to establish an official flag honoring fallen American service members – and to place one in the hands of each fallen hero’s family.

Long before he saw combat in a war zone, Nowalk-born Spc. Fahey had already fought some battles in life. He lost his father at a young age. Despite some turbulent years in his youth, he remained optimistic and focused on his future.

“He could have been very cynical,” said Fahey’s aunt Cari Ettinger of Milford, who helped raise him. “He could have been mad at the world and why me, why me - no. Never.”

Fahey dreamed of becoming a police officer, and enlisted in the Army in August of 2007 to get military police training. After a one year tour in Korea, his unit deployed to Kandahar Province in June of 2010 – an assignment he volunteered for.

“He actually asked for Afghanistan,” Ettinger recalled. “Even though we were like no, no…. he wanted to make a difference.”

Even in an active combat zone, home was never far away from Fahey’s mind, as evidenced by the numerous phone calls, letters and cards sent home.

“He would call and talk to me, tell me how he just wanted to come home and have a normal life,” Ettinger said tearfully. “He wanted to buy a house, and start a family.”

Those dreams were cut short on Feb. 28, 2011. An improvised explosive device exploded under the MRAP vehicle Fahey was driving. He was killed instantly, just three months before he was set to come home. He was just 23 years old. Fahey was buried in New York state next to his father, and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

Nearly four years later, Ettinger says she finds comfort in precious memories. Her most treasured possession is a teddy bear Fahey sent her for Valentine’s Day two weeks before his death. She brings it to ceremonies honoring Fahey and other veterans around the state.

Plans are underway at the State Capitol to dedicate the Richards Avenue I-95 overpass in Norwalk in Fahey’s name. Staffers for Senator Bob Duff told NBC Connecticut the ceremony is planned for mid-September – a lasting tribute to a native son who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“He can’t be here,” said Ettinger. “But he can be remembered for being here. I’m not going to let him just fade to black. It’s not going to happen.”

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<![CDATA[Glastonbury Teen Raises Money for ALS]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:12:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Glastonbury_Teen_Raises_Money_for_ALS_1200x675_512662083980.jpg A Glastonbury High School freshman is raising money to fight ALS in honor of her father and some high school athletes took the ice bucket challenge to raise funds.]]> <![CDATA[NFL Files New Argument in Tom Brady Appeal]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:47:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tom-brady-patriots-nfl.jpg

The NFL filed a new argument Monday in the Tom Brady appeal.

The letter, sent to Judge Richard Berman, questions the NFL Player's Association presentation during a hearing last week in which the NFLPA submitted a list of 19 examples of rulings in which a court vacated an arbitration award.

The NFLPA suggested those cases set legal precedent for the judge to throw out the NFL's decision to suspend Tom Brady for four games in response to his alleged role in Deflategate.

The NFL says those cases are not similar to the Tom Brady case.

Another hearing is set for next week in Brady's appeal. 



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<![CDATA[Yard Goats Gain Loyal Following on Social Media]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:43:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/yardgoatsstill082415.jpg

Next spring, the Hartford Yard Goats hope to develop a solid fan base for minor league baseball, but already, the team is trying to lure people in their 20s and 30s who might think the Yard Goats are edgy and cool because of what they put on Facebook and Twitter.

"Throw a contest out there and get people talking," said Mike Abramson, senior vice president for sales and marketing, "because the way that we grow it is the more people that retweet and share and answer questions, all of their people see it in their feeds."

He expected big interest in a contest to guess the closing figure for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Much of what he tweets from @GoYardGoats, in fact, has nothing to do with baseball.

It could be there's something other than work going on in the offices of downtown Hartford, because Abramson has found so much response on Twitter and Facebook.

"Twitter's a little bit more sarcastic and fun and iffy and Facebook is more long form. Facebook is to email as Twitter is to text," he explained.

He said customers who walk into the office on Trumbull Street for Yard Goats shirts want to know who does the social media. That would be Abramson, who has already learned people respond most when he posts as though the team were just one person. So he types "I" and "my," not "we" and "our," on social media.

"I don't know that anybody's really figured out how to monetize it yet, but it gives you a chance to talk to your audience and create a voice for your brand in the way you want to create a voice," he said.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Gymnastics Coach Suspected of Molestation]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:55:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149434037.jpg

An Olympic gymnastics coach was arrested early Monday morning in Indianapolis on suspicion of child molestation, a spokeswoman for an Indiana prosecutor's office told NBC News.

Marvin Sharp has not formally been charged, said Marion County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Peg McLeish, adding that her office is sharing its investigation with federal authorities.

NBC affiliate WTHR reported that the investigation began with a complaint from a female gymnast at Sharp's Gymnastics Academy, and that USA Gymnastics is cooperating with the investigation. On Sunday evening, detectives searching for child pornography removed computers and other electronic devices from Sharp's home, the station reported.



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<![CDATA[Jets Rookies Prove Maccagnan Has Eye for Talent]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:12:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/leonard+williams1.jpg

Halfway through their preseason slate, the New York Jets’ first-teamers haven’t exactly performed like a juggernaut during their limited time on the field. However, while splitting the first two exhibition games -- a 23-3 loss to the Lions that was every bit as ugly as it the score indicates and a 30-22 win vs. the Falcons that was a whole lot prettier -- Gang Green’s key rookies showed that new GM Mike Maccagnan may know a thing or two about building through the draft. 

As I’ve said before, I didn’t like the selection of defensive lineman Leonard Williams with the 2015 NFL Draft’s sixth overall pick, because I don’t think a franchise coming off a 4-12 pick should be drafting for depth instead of filling vital areas of need. Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson are both stalwarts that are still in their mid 20s, while the immovable Damon Harrison -- you don’t get the nickname “Big Snacks” for your slightness of frame -- is a load in the middle at the age of 26.

However, as we’ve seen over the past few weeks, the Jets’ defensive line appears to have the depth of your average kiddie pool. Wilkerson, who’s in the final year of his contract and seeking a huge new deal, has been inactive in the preseason with a hamstring injury, while Richardson is apparently thinking of leaving pro football behind for a starring role on “America’s Most Wanted.”

Then, there’s the fact that Williams showed on Friday night that he’s a force in his own right. The precocious 21-year-old out of USC got to Atlanta’s QBs with impugnity, racking up 1.5 sacks and getting on the scoreboard with a safety. Meanwhile, LB Lorenzo Mauldin, a third-round choice out of Louisville, has shown that he too can consistently pressure the passer, although he may be out for some time after injuring his knee during Sunday's practice.

On the other side of the ball, after appearing out of his league -- the NFL, that is -- in the first exhibition game, QB Bryce Petty looked like a different player against the Falcons. Petty connected on 12 of 19 pass attempts on Friday night, including a 13-yard scoring strike to DeVier Posey that was a testament both to Petty’s arm strength and the receiver’s hands.

Before Game 2, I’d viewed Petty largely as a product of a Baylor system that allows no-name quarterbacks (not including RGIII, that is) to put up Madden-like numbers without the talent to back it up. I don’t anymore. He not only has a solid arm, but good feet. He may not be much on the 40-yard dash, but he’s athletic enough to get out of trouble and make a good play out of a difficult situation. I look forward to seeing more from Petty. And, when the 2016 NFL Draft is upon us, I’ll defer to Maccagnan’s judgment just a bit more than I did this time around.



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<![CDATA[Pearl Harbor Vet Throws 1st Pitch]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:46:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/WW+II+Veterans+1st+Pitch.jpg

The oldest survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor threw the ceremonial first pitch Sunday before the San Diego Padres game at Petco Park.

Raymond Chavez, 103, who served on the U.S. Navy coastal minesweeper USS Condor, was joined by Jack Paris, who served on the U.S. Navy battleship USS Colorado and was on it in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to end World War II.

Chavez threw his pitch to reliever Kevin Quackenbush while Paris threw his to coach Dave Roberts. The crowd of more than 30,000 gave both men a standing ovation for their effort and to thank them for their service.

The Padres have a longstanding tradition of honoring the Military at home games on Sundays.

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 10-3, hampering their attempt to sweep their third series this season and second in a row.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Open Returns to New Haven]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:28:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+open.jpg

Join NBC Connecticut at the Connecticut Open through Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

The tournament is not only a large-scale sporting event but a way to give back to the community.

With five different competitions and week-long activities, the Connecticut Open is fun for the whole family! Each day of the tournament offers a new attraction, along with top-level tennis.

Some of the best tennis players in the world – including Caroline Wozniacki, defending champion Petra Kvitova, and Americans Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe – will compete.

Tournament events include Kids' Day, Military Appreciation Night, UConn Day, Girl Power Night and Family Night, and will feature food trucks, entertainment, live music and other attractions.

For a detailed schedule of events and more information, visit the Connecticut Open's website.



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