<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-usWed, 17 Oct 2018 03:19:09 -0400Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:19:09 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[USA Soccer Takes on Peru at Rentschler Field]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:19:14 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/US-v-PERU.jpg

There was an international buzz in East Hartford Tuesday night as soccer fans headed to Rentschler Field as the U.S. men took on Peru.

For many it was a chance to see their favorite team from thousands of miles away. This was an exhibition game or friendly as the soccer world calls it, but the game’s status made little difference to the thousands of fans who were excited to be there in person for this rare matchup.

This was just the third time the two teams have faced off since 2000.

Many Peru fans were thrilled at the chance to see the team from their native country thousands of miles away.

“It’s total excitement. From my house to here is five minutes. So what else could I want? You know? They came super close to me,” said Maggie Villegas of East Hartford.

“We came to see our team, our country’s soccer team. We hope they win,” said Jimmy Contreas of Hartford.

While Peru seemed to win in numbers, USA fans held strong.

The turnout and the enthusiasm are proof fans say of soccer’s growing popularity in the area.

“The more that we do this stuff up here the better. We’ve got a great crowd no doubt,” said Dave Blumes of New Britain.

In the end, the U.S. and Peru tied 1-1.

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<![CDATA[US Soccer Takes on Peru at Rentschler]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:45:58 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/US_Soccer_Takes_on_Peru_at_Rentschler.jpg

Thousands are at Rentscher Field in East Hartford to watch the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team takes on Peru on Tuesday night.

<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:25:40 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard_Goats_Jingle_1200x675_615127107875.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Windham High School Senior Breaks School's All-Time Rushing Record]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 22:45:32 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/windham+fb.jpg

Windham High School senior Barbosa Torres knew last football season he had a shot to make history.

“And then as I was getting closer, that’s when it became a reality and it was time to get serious about it,” the Whippets star running back said before their week seven match up against Griswold.

Because Torres also knows chances like this don’t happen often. For the first time in 47 years, he will be the one to break Hank Reed’s all-time rushing record at the school: 4,111 yards. Torres only needed 15 more last Friday night and the current record holder was there to see it.

“To see like the legacy passed down, [Hank Reed] told me, you know, hold it as long as I did or longer and I told him, I got you,” said Torres. “I'm going to try to hold the record for a million years."

Reed isn’t disappointed to see his record broken. Torres has earned it.

"I did the same thing,” Reed said of the paths he and Torres took to the record books. “I grew up here, played midget football, came up through the ranks, watched the team before me and followed them."

Though Torres says he isn’t done.

"Now we gotta go for the touchdown record. I'm at 49 right now,” said Torres. “We gotta find out what that one is, I'm going to break that one, too."

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<![CDATA[Patriots Beat Chiefs on Last Second Field Goal]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:59:49 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1052158754.jpg

What looked like a blowout soon devolved into an epic disaster.

As always, when the New England Patriots are involved, wait for the final whistle to blow before jumping to conclusions.

Tom Brady and Co. overcame a resurgent Kansas City Chiefs offense -- as well as countless mistakes of their own -- to survive and pick up a crucial 43-40 win at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.

"We had control and then we let them back in the game," Brady said, going on to reference a fumble he lost in the third quarter. "They were making plays on offense. We were making plays. We talked about competing for 60 minutes, and that's what it took. It took us right down to the last 3 seconds."

The Patriots had a 15-point lead at the half, which was gone early in the fourth quarter when Tremon Smith’s 97-yard kick return paved the way for a Tyreek Hill 1-yard touchdown catch from Patrick Mahomes II to help make it 33-30 with 8:38 left in regulation. It was Kansas City’s first lead since kicking a field goal on the opening possession of the game to go up 3-0.

Brady led the Patriots back downfield on their very next drive, picking up 42 yards on a deep ball to Chris Hogan and rumbling into the end zone himself from 4 yards out to put New England ahead 37-33.

"There were some other things going on in that play, and he stayed alive," Brady said in reference to Hogan's grab. "I've hit him on that a bunch over the last two-and-a-half years. He's got enough speed to separate down the field, and I threw it up high enough to try to give him a chance to run under it."

The game couldn’t have been further from over, of course. The Patriots finally forced the Chiefs to punt on the series that followed, the first time either team had to do so all game.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 50-yard field goal to put New England ahead 40-33, only to see Hill torch the Patriots once again with a 75-yard touchdown catch from Mahomes on the first place of Kansas City’s next drive.

Tied at 40-40, New England embarked on a seven-play, 65-yard drive that would be enough to survive and advance. The key play was a 39-yard hookup between Brady and Rob Gronkowski, that got the Patriots from the outskirts of field goal range to right in the sweet spot.

Gostkowski's kick sailed through the uprights with no time left on the clock, and New England is now 4-2 -- just one game back of Kansas City (5-1) in the AFC playoff picture.

Brady finished with 340 yards through the air, his second game in a row north of 300 after falling short in New England's first four games. He completed 24 of his 35 passes and threw for one touchdown, a 17-yard pass to Julian Edelman in the second quarter.

New England had a 24-9 lead at halftime, with two rushing touchdowns for Sony Michel and a Gostkowski field goal accounting for the scoring. Kansas City's five first half drives ended with three field goals and two interceptions -- one by Dont'a Hightower, one by Duron Harmon.

Michel finished the game with 106 yards on the ground in addition to his pair of scores, good enough for the second game of his brief career with more than 100 yards rushing.

Hill had seven catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs. Kareem Hunt, whom the Patriots passed on twice in the 2017 draft for Derek Rivers and Antonio Garcia, respectively, also had a monster game with 185 yards from scrimmage (105 receiving, 80 rushing).

Josh Gordon had five catches for New England, the most he's had in a Patriots uniform. He was targeted nine times in all and racked up 42 yards.

Asked after the game to describe Brady in the huddle during a potentially game-winning drive, Gordon noted his poise as what stood out.

"I think it's overall, he just has a certain calmness to him in a high-pressure situation. Not everybody has that," Gordon said. "I think when he displays that, other guys feel better about what they're supposed to do knowing that we're in good hands."

The Patriots are on the road next week against the Chicago Bears. It's a two-game road swing in all, with a trip to western New York to play the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football the following week.

New England's next home game is on Sunday, Nov. 4 vs. the Green Bay Packers -- also on Sunday Night Football.

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<![CDATA[Yard Goats to Host Second Annual G.O.A.T. Brew Fest Oct. 20]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 18:43:44 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/second+annual+goat+brew+fest.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats are set to host the team's second annual G.O.A.T. Brew Fest on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

More than 40 breweries and brands have committed to the event including: City Steam Brewery, Hog River Brewing, Stony Creek Brewery, Thimble Islands Brewing Company and Thomas Hooker Brewery.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with early admission for Very Important Goat (VIG) purchasers. 

Tickets are $50 for general admission. A limited number of VIP, or VIG tickets, are $75 and the charge for designated drivers is $20.  The day of the event general admission tickets increase to $60.

All attendees receive a collectible sampling mug.

All guests must be 21 years or older to attend this rain or shine event.

You can purchase your tickets now by selecting the "G.O.A.T. Brew Fest Tickets!" button on the team's site or at the Click it or Ticket Box Office at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the exclusive television partner of the Yard Goats and the official media sponsor of the G.O.A.T. Brew Fest.

<![CDATA[Red Sox Celebrate Win by Blasting ‘New York, New York’]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 18:06:08 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-1052893958.jpg

The Red Sox savored their series-clinching victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night by blasting a classic Frank Sinatra tune in a clear dig aimed at their arch rivals.  

As the champagne flowed, Red Sox players were seen and heard singing along to “New York, New York” following the thrilling 4-3 win, which earned the team a spot in the American League Championship Series.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge blared the same song at Fenway Park following New York’s victory in Game 2.  

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Judge’s musical choice didn’t affect him, but it might have provided bulletin-board material for his players.  

“Not with me, but I know they talk about it,” Cora said, according to the Boston Globe. “When Dustin (Pedroia) brought it up, I said, ‘Well, they know it happened.’

“I don’t know if they took it personal, but it’s just, I don’t know, (if) we played ‘Dirty Water’ at Yankee Stadium, and they would have clinched in Fenway, they would have played ‘Dirty Water’ in their clubhouse.”

The Red Sox will face off against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday.

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<![CDATA[NBC Olympics Unveils Tokyo 2020 Logo]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:29:26 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TOKYO_a.jpg

Coinciding with the 54th anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, NBC Olympics Wednesday unveiled the logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

With a design that honors Japanese traditions, embraces Tokyo’s modern spirit, and embodies the energy of NBC Olympics’ distinct presentation, the logo features the word "Tokyo" prominently displayed between the two iconic logos of the NBC peacock and the Olympic rings, along with the year of the Games, "2020."

The 1964 Olympic Games were the first ever held in Asia, and holds a legacy that is still vivid throughout the city. Tokyo 2020 will reuse six venues from Tokyo 1964.

"Our branding goal was to develop a logo that honored the rich culture of Japan, while also exploring the vibrant union of art, technology, fashion and pop culture that defines Tokyo today," said David Barton, art director for NBC Olympics, in a release. "The design of the word ‘Tokyo’ is bold and fluid, illustrating with each character the dynamic movement of an Olympic athlete with a subtle reference to the distinct line forms of the Japanese written language."

A report released earlier this week by the national government's Board of Audit shows Japan is likely to spend upwards of $25 billion to prepare the games.

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<![CDATA[Longtime Chargers Owner Alex Spanos Dies at 95]]> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:23:57 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/178*120/291481.jpg

The longtime San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday, his family announced. He was 95.

The team Spanos bought and ran as a family business for decades relocated to Los Angeles in 2017 under the management of his son, Dean Spanos. 

"From humble beginnings to becoming the top apartment builder across the nation and the owner of an NFL franchise, Alex proved that dreams do come true," according to the family's statement.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week, the family said.

Spanos borrowed less than $1,000 in the early 1950s to buy a used catering truck. The truck was used to sell meals to migrant farm workers in the Central Valley, according to his biography on the Chargers’ website.

His autobiography “Sharing the Wealth: My Story” describes his early business ventures.

Spanos bought an interest in the Chargers in 1980 and acquired the team outright in 1984. Ten years later, he put his son, Dean, in charge of operations and retired.

In fact, he built the A.G. Spanos organization and the San Diego
Chargers as family-run operations.

"His uncompromising drive for success – one rooted in toughness, resilience and hard work – made an indelible mark on the team," the Los Angeles Chargers said in a statement Tuesday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hailed Spanos as "an American success story, driven by a tireless work ethic inspired by his humble beginnings."

"Laura and I send our condolences to the Spanos family on the death of their beloved patriarch, Alex Spanos," former President George W. Bush said in a statement. "Alex was one of a kind. ... He was a wonderful citizen and friend, and the Bush family will miss him."

In 2008, Spanos announced he was suffering from dementia by publishing a letter in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

That same year he was awarded the Medal of the Commander of the Order of Honor by the Greece president.

He and his wife, Faye, met when Spanos was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Tarpon Springs, Florida. They were together for 77 years until her death in August at age 92.

He had four children, Dean, Dea Spanos Berberian, Alexis Spanos Ruhl and Michael along with 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in the name of Alex Spanos to the following charities: American Legion – Karl Ross Post #16, 2020 Plymouth Road, Stockton, CA 95204; The Stockton Scholars Endowment Fund at UOP, University of the Pacific, Attn: University Development/Stockton Scholars, Endowed Fund, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211; The Discovery ChalleNGe Academy, 2922 Transworld Drive, Stockton, CA 95206; or YMCA of San Joaquin County, 2105 West March Lane, Suite 1, Stockton, CA 95207.

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<![CDATA[Heartwarming Show of Support Between Top Marathon Racers]]> Sun, 07 Oct 2018 12:45:40 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1050757076.jpg

Mo Farah and Galen Rupp may have been battling it out on the pavement in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but the former training partners didn't let the competition get in the way of friendship. 

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<![CDATA[Chicago Marathon Runner Says 'Yes' to Surprise Marriage Proposal at Finish Line]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:21:14 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/187*120/marathonproposal.JPG

Finishing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has taken on a whole new meaning for one first-time runner.

Seconds after Valerie Bolek’s finish, her boyfriend Jose Rangel was waiting, ready to propose.

“I saw him with the medal in his hand and I thought oh ok that’s pretty cool,” Valerie Bolek said.

Bolek’s boyfriend said he noticed she looked nervous.

"I just said, 'congratulations I’m very proud of you,'" Jose Rangel said.

As a first-time marathoner, Bolek didn't know what to expect as she had no idea what would come next.

“I had her medal ready and in hand, but I had the box hidden behind the medal,” Rangel said.

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Rangel dropped to one knee and the caught-on-camera proposal that was months in the making became a different kind of photo finish.

“I was just like oh my God, I had no idea … I was taken aback,” Bolek said. “I was very surprised.”

Bolek, who is a CPS computer teacher at Volta Elementary School, said she was running to raise money for the nonprofit organization Girls on the Run-Chicago.

“Eight years ago, I started running and this was my first race,” Rangel said.

Since that first marathon in 2010, Rangel said he’s run the Chicago race two more times since.

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This year however, he chose to hold a more supporting role, sporting signs and then popping the question at a milestone moment that now takes on even more meaning.

“That was my first marathon and to have her be the first marathon as well … it was good,” he said.

Rangel said he learned from friends that the marathon is actually the perfect metaphor for marriage.

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“It’s long distance, take your time, keep a good pace,” he explained.

It's a fairy tale finish to kick off a new beginning for the newly-engaged Chicago couple.

“You can’t top this,” Bolek said. ”I’m good on marathons now… because I can’t top this marathon.”

<![CDATA[Ellington Girl Joins JV Football Team as Wide Receiver]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 22:18:21 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ellington_Girl_Joins_JV_Football_Team.jpg

Dennis Milanovich never thought he’d be a football parent. He has two daughters.

“It’s a surprise,” Milanovich said. “But it’s great.”

His youngest, Ellington High School sophomore, Caroline, surprised both of her parents this past summer when she told them she’d signed up to play JV football.

“I mean, he told me that I probably shouldn’t, but whatever,” Caroline Milanovich said about her dad’s reaction.

A head shorter than everyone else on the field, Caroline is Ellington football’s newest wide receiver.

“So football is a big thing in my family and I’ve always been around it,” said Caroline. “I don’t know, I just kind of got in on the fun.”

It really was that easy. Caroline said she asked the coach if she could play and that was it - although, she did have one condition.

“I went and I told the coach, I said, ‘I won’t kick at all,’” said Caroline.

According to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, about 45 girls played high school football last season in the state. Though most girls get involve don special teams, primarily as kickers, which keeps them out of most of the contact. Not Caroline.

"I love getting hit,” said Caroline. “It's so much fun."

She likes to hit back, too.

"Even sometimes now, a few games into the season, people will say, 'oh are you wearing your boyfriends jersey for the game?' and I say no, I'm playing, see you at the game,” said Caroline.

Now, Dennis finds himself in the stands at a game he never thought he’d be at, but it’s one that's teaching lessons he's glad his daughter will learn.

"It's about respect,” said Dennis. “It's about giving yourself to something that's bigger than you and that's really who she is."

The bigger picture for Caroline: playing so that one day her story isn’t so unique.

"If I can have one freshman girl come on this team and say ‘hey I want to do this,’ that would be amazing,” said Caroline. “Just to have a young girl see that she can do this too."

<![CDATA[Edelman Returns, Patriots Knock Off Colts 38-24]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:15:47 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1045822820.jpg

Josh Gordon’s first touchdown as a member of the New England Patriots doubled up on importance and historical significance.

There’s no questioning it was well-timed in a 38-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, as the Patriots improved to 3-2 on the season.

New England was blowing out a hapless Indianapolis team with a 24-3 lead at the break before the team fell ill with a case of the Thursdays. Tom Brady threw a pair of interceptions in the third quarter – neither of which were even remotely his fault, with Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski popping up catchable balls into the grasp of Colt defenders.

Andrew Luck, perhaps the only player on Indianapolis who bothered to show up to Gillette Stadium on Thursday, led the Colts on a pair of touchdown drives to pull his team within a score at 24-17.

Enter Gordon, the reclamation project whose undeniable talent has never outshined the trouble he’s dealt with throughout his career. He caught a 16-yard pass from Brady on the first play after Indianapolis pulled within a touchdown, his first catch of the night, before coming down with a jump ball in the end zone from 34 yards away for his first touchdown as a Patriot.

The score deflated all momentum the Colts had reestablished, but also helped Brady reach a pair of milestones. It was career touchdown pass No. 500 for Brady, as he became just the third player in NFL history to surpass the threshold.

Gordon became the 71st different player to catch a touchdown pass from Brady, giving him more touchdown receivers than any player in NFL history. Brady had been tied with former teammate Vinny Testaverde for all of four days.

"To catch any pass from Tom is amazing," said Gordon, echoing what he'd said after catching a pair of passes from Brady vs. Miami on Sunday. "Let alone some history-making pass."

"There's no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady," Belichick said.

The game also marked the return of Julian Edelman from his four-game suspension, making it his first game action since Super Bowl LI after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. Edelman had seven catches for 57 yards in the game, but was also the first player to cause an incompletion for Brady; the quarterback had started the game 10 for 10.

"It’s good to have him back," Belichick said. "I think we’ve got a long way to go. He had a role, certainly not a full one. We’ll see how it goes."

Brady finished up completing 34 of his 44 passes for 341 yards – his first 300-plus yard game of the season – to go along with three touchdown passes and two picks.

Cordarrelle Patterson caught a 1-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to break open the game’s scoring, while Brady rushed for a 1-yard score in the second to help make it 14-0 after a Stephen Gostkowski PAT.

James White, who set a new career-best in the regular season with 10 catches, had a 6-yard touchdown catch in the first half.

Sony Michel broke off a 34-yard run in the fourth quarter for New England's fifrth touchdown of the game. He finished just shy of the 100-yard mark, with 98 yards on 18 carries.

Patrick Chung and Jonathan Jones had interceptions for the Patriots, while Devin McCourty forced and recovered a fumble. Chung also had half a sack, joining with Trey Flowers to bring down Luck on the first drive of the game for Indianapolis.

Thursday also marked the first time that Brady, Gronkowski and Edelman played in the same game since Week 11 of the 2016 season.

The Patriots are now off until Sunday, Oct. 14, when they'll host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night Football, with the game set to air on NBC10 Boston.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Cowboys-Texans on Sunday Night Football]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 19:01:26 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Dak+JJ.jpg

NBC has you covered for Sunday night's Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans game.

Pre-game coverage starts at 7 p.m. Eastern time on NBC, with kickoff at 8:20. You can watch on TV, on desktop and on mobile devices.

Here’s what you need to know:

On TV: Watch the game on NBC starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time

On Desktop or Mobile Devices: Watch the game on desktop and mobile by clicking here. For mobile, you will be prompted to download the NBC Sports App if you haven't already. If you already have the app downloaded, you will immediately be directed to the mobile viewing experience.

<![CDATA[Dodgers Win 6th straight NL West Title, Advance to NLDS]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 22:21:11 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1044340720.jpg

Walker Buehler, you're my hero.

Buehler threw six and 2/3 shutout innings in the biggest start of his career as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies, 5-2, in the National League West tiebreaker game at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each hit two-run homers as the Dodgers won their sixth consecutive NL West title, advancing to the National League Division Series where they will host the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

"We're going to beat Atlanta," said Yasiel Puig during the champagne celebration after the game. "No matter who's coming, we're going to the World Series and bring the 2018 championship here."

In just the fourth tiebreaker game in Los Angeles history, and first since 1980, Buehler did not allow a hit through the first five innings before he surrendered a one-out single to Charlie Blackmon in the sixth. 

"He's got a lot of talent," said catcher Yasmani Grandal about Buehler. "We don't have a guy whose throwing 100MPH that can dot. Not too many guys can do that. Not too many guys have a four or five pitch mix and can throw them all for strikes. It's one of the best things I've seen."

Cody Bellinger gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead when he belted a two-run homer off German Marquez into the right field seats in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Entering the game, Bellinger was 1-for-15 with three strikeouts, and a career .133 OPS against Marquez. Those stats had many fans calling for Chris Taylor to start in centerfield in his place, but thankfully the team went with Bellinger.

One inning later, Muncy hit his team-leading 35th home run of the season when he crushed a 99MPH fastball from Marquez into the opposite field seats in left-center to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. 

"He spun the power," said Muncy. "I thought I was taking too big a swing, so I shortened up when I got two strikes, he threw a fastball on the outer corner and I was able to get my barrel to it."

Muncy's 35 homers are three shy of the National League lead and the left-hander leads all of baseball with a home run every 11.3 at-bats this season.

Muncy's homer marked the Dodgers 235th home run of the season, the most in franchise history, and tied with the St. Louis Cardinals (2000), San Francisco Giants (2001), Atlanta Braves (2003) and Chicago Cubs (2004) for sixth most in MLB history.

Buehler helped his own cause with a two-out insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave Los Angeles a 5-0 lead.

That would turn out to be all the run support the Boys in Blue would need, as Buehler (8-5) allowed just one hit, with three walks and three strikeouts in 6 and 2/3 scoreless innings.

"That's the goal," said Buehler of pitching into the seventh inning. "I got us deep enough into the game to let the bullpen finish it off and that's all you can ask for."

In his last 11 starts to end the season, Buehler is 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.

Marquez (14-11), the reigning National League Pitcher of the Month, brought his swing-and-miss stuff, but took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned), on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in just 4 and 2/3 innings.

"Our guys will put it in the rearview for sure," said Rockies manager Bud Black following the loss, as his team now has to fly to Chicago for the Wild Card Game against the Cubs on Tuesday. "The resiliency of this group has been awesome all year."

Nolan Arenado led off the ninth inning with a solo shot off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen for his NL-leading 38th homer of the season and Trevor Story belted his 37th home run of the season as the Rockies went back-to-back to begin the ninth.

"What happened?" Jansen repeated when I asked him about the back-to-back homers. "We're first in the division, that's what happened."

The Dodgers improved to 50-0 in games where they stake a four-run lead this season. They are the only team in MLB not to have suffered a loss when leading by four or more runs this year.

Fan Appreciation

The Los Angeles Dodgers broke Dodger Stadium franchise record for most attendance in a single season with 3,857,500, surpassing the team's 2007 total.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will host the Atlanta Braves for Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw is expected to start, with first pitch yet to be determined.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Ravens-Steelers on Sunday Night Football]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:25:48 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snf.png

NBC has you covered for Sunday night's Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game.

Pre-game coverage starts at 7 p.m. on NBC, with kickoff at 8:20. You can watch on TV, on desktop and on mobile devices.

Here’s what you need to know:

On TV: Watch the game on NBC starting at 7 p.m.

On Desktop or Mobile Devices: Watch the game on desktop and mobile by clicking here. For mobile, you will be prompted to download the NBC Sports App if you haven't already. If you already have the app downloaded, you will immediately be directed to the mobile viewing experience.

<![CDATA[Back in Business: Patriots Rout Dolphins, Improve to 2-2]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2018 21:01:14 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1043669616.jpg

All is well again in Foxboro after the Patriots steamrolled the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 38-7, to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Notable for a return to form after suffering back-to-back double-digit losses for the first time since 2002, the game could come to be remembered as Sony Michel’s breakout performance.

After a pair of so-so performances to begin his career, Michel demonstrated all afternoon long why New England used the 31st overall pick in the 2018 draft on the 23-year-old from the University of Georgia.

He had the first 100-plus yard rushing game of his career, clocking in at 112 yards on 25 carries.

Michel had the longest run of his career, a 23-yard gain, and also scored his first career touchdown.

Tom Brady matched an NFL record with his 55-yard touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson in the second quarter. Patterson is the 70th receiver to catch a touchdown pass from Brady, pulling him even with his one-time backup, Vinny Testaverde, in the process.

Brady also threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett and a 14-yard touchdown pass to James White in the game. It was a two-score day for White, who had a 22-yard rushing touchdown. In all, White had 112 yards from scrimmage (44 rushing, 68 receiving).

Brady finished with 274 yards passing, completing 23 of his 35 passes. He also threw two interceptions, the first time he's done so in a home game since 2015.

Josh Gordon debuted for New England, catching two passes for 32 yards. His first reception came on a third-and-6 on the first drive of the game for the Patriots, good for 13 yards; the fact Brady would look Gordon's way in such a situation at all is a very good sign moving forward. Gordon played in 18 out of 78 offensive snaps for New England, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, and was targeted three times.

"I have no doubt I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity," Gordon said. "I'm more than blessed. I'm extremely grateful to be put in this scenario. I think the only thing right for me to do is take full advantage of it. I'm loving it, I'm enjoying it, the guys here are great, it's a real home environment and I feel as comfortable as ever here. It's awesome."

"He's put in a lot of work, a lot of time trying to understand where to line up and what to do, and he came up with some big plays today," Brady said of Gordon. "He kind of got us going in certain areas. Everyone played pretty good who was out there today, so it was great to have him out there."

Defensively, it was unquestionably New England's finest performance through four games this season. The Dolphins didn't score a touchdown until backup quarterback Brock Osweiler led Miami down the field with 2:42 left in the fourth quarter, connecting with Frank Gore on a 6-yard touchdown pass.

Kyle Van Noy recovered a fumble, part of a monster game for him in the front seven for the Patriots. He had four tackles and was credited with two quarterback hits.

JC Jackson, an undrafted rookie who made New England's roster out of training camp, had the first interception of his career in the third quarter. The pick capped off a dismal day for Dolphins starter Ryan Tannehill, who completed 11 of 20 passes for just 100 yards.

John Simon, signed to the active roster for the Patriots just last week, had a sack and finished tied for second on the team with five tackles.

Rob Gronkowski left the game with an ankle injury in the second half. Adam Butler and Elandon Roberts also left the game with injuries in the second half, but each player was seen in the locker room after the game and told reporters they were okay. No such update was given on Gronkowski.

It's a short week for the Patriots, who now must get ready for the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football. The game is at Gillette Stadium at 8:20 p.m.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was suspended for the first four games of the regular season, is eligible to return for the Patriots.

"It will be great to have him," Brady said. "I mean, we haven't seen him in four weeks, but I know he'll be ready. And it's a short week, so I'm sure he'll be in here ready to go. Everyone loves Jules and loves having him back."

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<![CDATA[Football Players, Fans in Wallingford Raise Money for Teenager Battling Cancer]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 23:32:41 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/colegeib.JPG

Friday's Game of the Week took us to Wallingford for Sheehan High versus Fairfield Prep.

And for Sheehan, Friday was much bigger than just coming away with a win.

The team and the fans came together to raise money for 13-year-old Cole Geib, a fan who is battling cancer.

"It's just amazing for him to have that kind of support and make it through that battle every day...This community has been fantastic, I don't know what else to say," Cole's dad, Stephen Guy said.

If you want to donate, you can send checks to the Cole Geib Benefit Fund, POB 4595, Yalesville, CT 06492.

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