<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 06 Dec 2016 01:22:22 -0500Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:22:22 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Thursday Night Football Preview: Chiefs vs. Raiders]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:34:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617476462-chiefs-raiders-oct-2016.jpg

Derek Carr has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this year. Now he’s got a chance to lead his team to a major win.

First place and an inside track to the AFC West title are on the line when Oakland (10-2) visits Kansas City (9-3) on Thursday Night Football, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Oakland will be in the hunt for its seventh straight win after roaring back late to blow by Buffalo, while the Chiefs are coming off a more dramatic win.

Do-everything star Eric Berry returned an interception of a 2-point conversion attempt back for the go-ahead points in the fourth quarter of a 29-28 win at Atlanta.

Kansas City’s Alex Smith mostly enjoyed a pressure-free day against the Falcons, something he’s not likely to repeat against Oakland’s Khalil Mack.

In the teams’ first meeting this year, the Raiders were held scoreless after halftime and Carr had a forgettable day in a season to remember.

Through 12 games, he’s thrown for 24 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards. But quarterbacks, fairly or not, aren’t judged just by stats.

On Thursday night, Carr can add to his resume by leading his team to the brink of its first division title since 2002 — in his third season.

Four to Watch

Oakland WR Michael Crabtree: Amari Cooper is the leader in yards receiving, but Crabtree has more touchdowns, and Carr threw to him 11 times in Sunday’s win.

Oakland DE Khalil Mack: Could be the best pass rusher in the NFL right now, but teams can usually ignore the Raiders’ other rushers.

Kansas City DB Eric Berry: Returned two interceptions for points on Sunday. One was for a touchdown, and the other came on a 2-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter of a one-point win.

Kansas City TE Travis Kelce: Coming off a huge game in which he had eight catches for more 140 yards.

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<![CDATA[2016 Marine Corps Marathon]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:02:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151006+Marine+Corps+Marathon.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Georgetown Women's Soccer Heads to First College Cup]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:20:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016945510_1200x675_822982211949.jpg The Hoyas' magical season continues this weekend with the team's first trip to the College Cup, soccer's equivalent of the Final Four. Georgetown takes on USC Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in San Jose, California. News4 Sports catches up with the team's leading goal scorer, Grace Damaska, and head coach Dave Nolan before the big game.]]> <![CDATA[Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:23:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/soccer-plane-crash.jpg

As the recovered bodies of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team begin to be returned to families Friday, the players who did not travel on the team's ill-fated flight are left mourning their teammates, NBC News reported.

"I still have the chance to hug and kiss my children, but my teammates can't do that anymore," said Chapecoense defender Demerson Costa.

The crash killed 71 people, including 19 people from the soccer team. The pilot reportedly told a Colombian air traffic controller he had run out of fuel just moments before the plane crashed into the Andes Mountains.

One player, Matheus Saroli, didn't board the flight because he forgot his passport. He lost his father, coach Caio Junior, who was on board.

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<![CDATA[LeBron James Is Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of Year]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:23:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kingjamesja.jpg

LeBron James delivered on a promise and ended decades of Cleveland sports misery in 2016.

For leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title and ending the city's 52-year title drought, James was chosen as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year on Thursday, joining Tiger Woods as the award's only two-time winners since its inception in 1954.

"I'm honored," James said following shootaround before the Cavs hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. "I'm more happy for my family, my kids, for my wife, my mom, and for my foundation, for the kids that I represent and the kids that use me as a role model and an inspiration."

Appearing in his sixth straight NBA Finals in June, James rallied the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the favored Golden State Warriors, who won 73 games during the regular season but couldn't put Cleveland away. James scored 41 points in Games 5 and 6 and made a key block in the final minutes of an epic Game 7, making the Cavs the first Cleveland major sports franchise to win a title since the Browns in 1964.

James was selected finals MVP for the third time in his career.

The 31-year-old James returned to Cleveland as a free agent in 2014 and pledged to bring a title to his home state. He did it in his second season, an achievement that ranks as the greatest accomplishment of his career.

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<![CDATA[Taking the Plunge: Michael Phelps Looks to Dip Into Tech ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mikemikemike.jpg

Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

"I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun and see where it goes," Phelps said in an interview during a recent visit to San Jose, California while appearing at an Intuit software conference.

For now, Phelps isn't providing any details about what he is going to do, though he says he has been getting advice from venture capitalists and other experienced investors in Silicon Valley startups.

Getting into tech investing would be a new direction for Phelps, whose business experience to date consists mostly of his own line of swimwear and endorsement deals with the likes of Under Armour, Visa and Wheaties.

These and other big brands have paid him an estimated $75 million during his career. That's far more than the $1.65 million that he received from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Speedo for winning a record 28 medals, including 23 golds, in five Olympics. He's still promoting products; he is currently doing commercials for computer chipmaker Intel in a campaign that began in October.

Whatever he does next, Phelps isn't ready to start his own investment fund, like retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant did earlier this year with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel. And if Phelps has ideas for founding a startup of his own, he's keeping them to himself.

Making the leap from pitchman to businessman won't be easy, said David Carter, executive director of the University of Southern California's Marshall Sports Business Institute. "Athletes come and go and many talk a big game, but they don't follow through," he said. Phelps "is really going to have commit to learning about business and demonstrate his seriousness about it."

Other celebrities have ventured into the tech industry in search of riches, with decidedly mixed results.

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Notable successes include rapper and record producer Dr. Dre, who was part of the founding team that sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion 2014. Actor Ashton Kutcher co-founded an investment fund in 2010 that made early investments in startups such as the ride-hailing service Uber, the home rental-service Airbnb and the music streaming service Spotify. The fund's value had soared to $250 million from $30 million, based on a review of its books earlier this year by Forbes magazine.

Among the flops: HJR Capital, a tech-investment firm that collapsed in 2009, a decade after former San Francisco 49er lineman Harris Barton founded it and later enticed ex-teammates Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott to join him. In Rhode Island, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling started a video game company that went bankrupt in 2012.

Phelps is exploring ways to expand his business ventures beyond a line of swimwear and other clothing bearing his "MP" logo. Other products are in the pipeline for next year, though he won't say what. "I am getting my feet wet," Phelps said with a grin. "2017 will be a big year."

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<![CDATA[I Miss Him: Barkley Reveals He and Jordan No Longer Friends]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:16:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jordanbark.jpg

NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley gave an interview on the Dan Le Batard radio show this week where he explained, despite a recent photo that had been making the rounds, he and once close pal Michael Jordan have not buried the hatchet.

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Barkley said a recent pic taken by TNT colleague Kenny Smith mistakenly spread the belief the two had made amends from a long-running feud. But Barkley recalled it as a brief, awkward encounter at a public event they just both happened to be attending.

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"I love Michael. I miss Michael's friendship. He was a great friend to me for a long period of time. And I love him and miss him like a brother. But we just happened to be at the same place so we took a picture together," Barkley said. "We are not back to where we use to be."

Barkley explained Jordan holds a grudge for criticism Barkley levied at him as owner of the NBA Charlotte Hornets. Barkley said Jordan surrounded himself with 'yes' men who wouldn't challenge some of his questionable personnel decisions. 

"Some people, when you're their friend, expect you to have their back no matter what. And part of my job sucks some times when I have to criticize people I like or a friend," Barkley said. "He took it personally and got really angry. And I haven't really spoken to him in years."

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<![CDATA[Groups Hosts Football Camp for Women ]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:21:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016916473_1200x675_820968515734.jpg The Women of Washington Redskins will host "A Day in the Life of an NFL Player: Football Camp for Women" this weekend. Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL, will be a special guest at the camp. Welter stopped by News4 Midday to talk about the camp. ]]> <![CDATA[Serena Williams on Sexism: Being a Woman Is Not a 'Flaw']]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:26:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/serenaserena.jpg

Serena Williams served up another ace. Only this time it was in the form of an open letter about sexism and wage disparity between males and females in sports.

The letter, initially written for Porter Magazine’s 'Incredible Women of 2016' issue, was reprinted by The Guardian on Tuesday. Williams dedicated it to “all incredible women who strive for excellence” as she wrote about gender discrimination in sports that she and other women face.

"When the subject of equal pay comes up, it frustrates me because I know firsthand that I, like you, have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts," Williams wrote. "I would never want my daughter to be paid less than my son for the same work. Nor would you."

The gender wage gap in professional tennis has been a topic of conversation this year. The New York Times reported in April that last year, Roger Federer received $731,000 for defending his title at the Western & Southern Open. At the same tournament, Serena Williams received $495,000 for defending her respective title. It was just one of many instances in which the compensation disparity was evident.

Williams has made it clear on many occasions that she wants to be the “best tennis player in the world,” not “the best ‘female’ tennis player in the world.” In her letter she pointed out how descriptions tend to exclusively gender-mark women. While people call her one of the greatest “female” athletes, they do not similarly say LeBron James or Tiger Woods are considered some of the greatest “male” athletes. Instead, they are just considered great athletes.

“As we know, women have to break down many barriers on the road to success,” Williams wrote, “One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw.”

Former professional tennis player Ray Moore brought sexism in tennis to light earlier in the year with his controversial comments about how female tennis players “ride on the coattails of men” and how they should thank prominent male tennis players like Federer and Nadal “because they have carried this sport.”

But despite ongoing ignorance in the sport Williams closed her letter offering encouragement to young women to follow their dreams with resilience.

“We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.”

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<![CDATA[Thursday Night Football: Cowboys Go for 11th Straight Win]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:03:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16330088209607.jpg

Dak Prescott will face as good a pass defense as he has seen all year when the rookie quarterback tries to run the Dallas Cowboys’ winning streak to 11 in-a-row on Thursday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.

The teams face off on NBC at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Minnesota is coming off a loss to Detroit in the last seconds that was their fifth in six games following a 5-0 start. Prescott, a fourth-round draft pick who has supplanted Tony Romo, threw for a TD and ran for another on Thanksgiving Day.

The Vikings will play without their coach Mike Zimmer. He will miss the game following emergency surgery to repair a detached retina. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the interim head coach.

The Vikings’ defense has allowed 13 TDs through the air and picked off passes 12 times. Against the comparably dangerous Philadelphia defense, Prescott made a couple of shaky throws, including an interception in the end zone. But he also led Dallas back from a late 10-point hole and threw a winning TD pass in overtime.

Minnesota QB Sam Bradford should have an easier time against the Cowboys’ secondary. The sixth-year-player is on pace to blow away his previous best in completion percentage. A 31-for-37 game against Detroit bumped him up to 71.3 on the year and he’s at nearly 80 percent in November.

Four to watch:

Dallas RB Zeke Elliott: Another rookie enjoying a breakout year for the Cowboys; he’ll be leaned on heavily. His next yard will be 1,200 for the season and 200 ahead of the nearest competitor.

Dallas CB Anthony Brown: The rookie cornerback had a howler against Washington, and figures to be targeted heavily by Bradford and top Vikings WR Stefon Diggs. 

Minnesota CB Xavier Rhodes: Leads the Vikings with four interceptions this season, all in the last eight games, including one he took back for a touchdown.

Minnesota DE Danielle Hunter: Has 3.5 of his 7.5 sacks this season in the last three games. He’ll go up against a line that has allowed 15 all year.

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<![CDATA[Miami Crowd Boos Kaepernick]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:00:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/KaepernickDolphins.jpg

Playing in Miami on Sunday just days after getting tangled in a "heated" discussion about Fidel Castro with a newspaper reporter, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a "flood of boos" from the South Florida crowd, CSN Bay Area reporter Matt Maiocco tweeted.

Kaepernick's Castro talk began months ago when he flashed a shirt featuring the former leader of Cuba, who passed away late Friday, meeting with Malcolm X. The lettering across the shirt read, "Like minds think alike."

After the 49ers’ 31-24 loss to the Dolphins, Kaepernick was asked about some of the statements he made, in which he defended Castro’s record of education in Cuba.

"I said was that I agree with the investment in education," Kaepernick said. "I also agree with the investment in free universal health care, as well as the involvement in him helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everybody agrees that those things are good things. Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did, it’s just not true."

Kaepernick, who again wore a T-shirt depicting Malcolm X following Sunday's contest, was asked about his shirt selection.

"I’ve worn many Malcolm X shirts," Kaepernick said. "He was a great man, and he lived the life that he talked about. He was someone that truly walked the walk and was a great leader for the African community and someone I admire."

When asked Sunday if he understands concerns that arose with his decision to wear a shirt that portrayed Castro, Kaepernick said, "I can understand the concern. But for me what I said was that was a historic moment for Malcolm."

Kaepernick added, "I’m not going to cut out pieces of Malcolm’s life. In 1960 when they met in Harlem, that was a historic moment. That’s something that I will always be true to, what Malcolm was, what he represented, because I’m not going to cut out history.”

During a conference call earlier this week, a Miami Herald reporter, who is reportedly related to Cuban exiles, questioned the San Francisco signal caller's choice to don the shirt with Castro, to which Kaepernick responded by saying, "I'm not talking about Fidel Castro and his oppression. I'm talking about Malcom X and what he's done for people."

The reporter then condemned Kaepernick for changing the subject of the discussion away from Castro's history of abuses. The quarterback responded by applauding Castro for investing more in education instead of criminal punishment.

Kaepernick answered the jeers Sunday by leading his offensive unit to the end zone on the team's first drive of the game. He finished with 296 yards through the air and three scores to go along with 113 yards on the ground.

CSN's Matt Maiocco contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Jordan's Medal of Freedom Reaction Sparks New Memes]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:54:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/mj+tears.png

Michael Jordan may be “more than just an internet meme,” but his emotional reaction to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday became just that.

With tears in his eyes, the five-time MVP was presented with one of the highest civilian honors by President Barack Obama at the White House – and the Twitter-verse took notice.

Images of Jordan’s face during the ceremony quickly sparked a flurry of new and old memes as the sports icon became yet another viral sensation.

Yet, in celebrating Jordan’s achievements, Obama noted that the NBA icon is more than just some of the historic moments he made in sports history.

“MJ is still more than those moments, more than just the best player on the two greatest teams of all time – the dream team and the 1996 Chicago Bulls—he’s more than just a logo, more than just an internet meme,” Obama said, referring to the infamous "Crying Jordan" meme.

Jordan’s tear-stained face during a 2009 speech at his Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony became a viral meme on social media, used by the sports world as the go-to symbol of sadness in defeat. The meme often features Jordan's watery mug superimposed onto losing team's players, fans, mascots, coaches and beyond, employed to comment on any number of sports failures.

“[He’s] more than just a charitable donor, or a business donor committed to diversity,” Obama added. “There is a reason we call somebody 'the Michael Jordan of' — the Michael Jordan of neurosurgery or the Michael Jordan of rabbis or the Michael Jordan of outrigger canoeing. They know what you're talking about. Because Michael Jordan is the Michael Jordan of greatness.”

But as Jordan’s eyes filled during Obama's remarks, the "Crying Jordan" meme came to life in front of our eyes, and the Twitterverse churned out a new batch of memes: Crying Jordan 2.0

Photos of Jordan’s emotional reaction began sprouting on the social media site, many side-by-side with his long-viral meme.

Jordan was among 21 recipients for this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, including fellow sports icons Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, and Vin Scully, who spent 67 seasons as the broadcaster of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.

They also included Ellen DeGeneres, who has advocated for equality and fairness, and Tom Hanks, who has worked for social and environmental justice.

Obama said the activists, athletes and artists "helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way." He added that the medal is "a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better."

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<![CDATA[1500M Gold Medalist Centrowitz Eyes Two More Olympics]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:59:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fdsgsd.JPG

Hometown track hero and Olympic gold medal winner Matt Centrowitz said he is planning on competing in two more Olympics. 

The Beltsville, Maryland, native spoke at a news conference held by the National Press Foundation in Washington, D.C., Monday morning. 

Centrowitz said he plans on racing at Tokyo in 2020 and in the summer games in 2024. The son of Matt Centrowitz Sr., two-time Olympian and current head coach at American University, also said he was thinking about looking into other races as well. 

"As we know, a lot can happen between now and then, but, certainly looking far ahead, I'm going to start running a little more 5Ks to leave the option of possibly running the five at Tokyo," he said.

Centrowitz won the gold medal in the men's 1,500 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, an event Team USA hadn't won in more than a century. He made his Olympic debut in 2012 in London, where he finished fourth in the 1,500 meters. 

"Being the reigning champ, there will be more expectations, a lot more talk. That's what comes with the territory and that's what you want," Centrowitz said. "And I'm definitely looking forward to that."

<![CDATA[Rams' Troy Hill Arrested on Suspicion of DUI After Crash]]> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:27:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461456068.jpg

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a crash on the 101 Freeway Saturday morning, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol received a report that a Mercedes Benz and a big rig had crashed on the westbound 101 Freeway west of Haskell Avenue just before 8 a.m., according to the CHP.

When officers arrived, one of the drivers identified himself as Troy Hill, and said he was a player for the Los Angeles Rams.

Hill was driving the white Mercedes when he swerved to the right and collided with the big rig, authorities said. 

Officers at the scene noted that Hill showed signs of alcohol intoxication and conducted a series of field sobriety tests. Hill was arrested after officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol, according to the CHP.

Hill was taken to the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys jail where he was booked for DUI. He was released after posting $15,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The Rams acknowledged an "incident" involving Hill in a brief statement, but called it an "ongoing legal matter" and provided no more details. The team added that he will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

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<![CDATA[Packers Start Playoff Push Against Washington on SNF]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:55:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Aaron_Rodgers.jpg

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers can give their playoff chances a big boost by taking down Washington in a playoff rematch on Sunday Night Football (8:30 p.m. Sunday on NBC).

Washington (5-3-1) is in command of the wild card race, but far behind Dallas in the NFC East, while the disappointing Packers (4-5) are third in the North, but only a game behind Minnesota and Detroit.

Green Bay beat Washington 35-18 in a wild card game in January. 

Evening up its record won’t be easy against Washington’s defense, led by cornerback Josh Norman and a pass rush that has 25 sacks.

Rodgers has 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions this year, but the Packers’ offense is still struggling, mostly because it can’t run the ball effectively. Rodgers’ 37 carries for 226 yards are second on the team. He has all three of the Packers’ rushing TDs this season.

The Cowboys are starting to pull away in the division from Washington, whose record would be good enough for second place in any other division. If Washington can’t catch the Cowboys or second-place Giants, it just has to stay ahead of the other also-rans, something it can get a start on Sunday night.

Four to Watch

Washington DE Trent Murphy: He has seven sacks in his third pro season, after getting six in his first two years.

Washington WR Jamison Crowder: He already has a pair of 100-yard games this season and fellow receiver DeSean Jackson has been hurt this week, though will likely play.

Green Bay WR Ty Montgomery: With receiver Jordy Nelson tied atop the NFL leaderboard at 8 TD catches, the Packers have used Montgomery to supplement their anemic rushing game. Success has mostly been elusive so far.

Green Bay LB Nick Perry: Green Bay has a formidable pass rush, too, and Washington QB Kirk Cousins surely remembers getting taken down by Perry for 2.5 sacks in that wild card game.

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<![CDATA[Cubs' Kris Bryant Wins National League MVP]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620749086+cahcorros.jpg

It’s been nearly 20 years since the Chicago Cubs have had a player win the National League MVP award, but that streak came to an end on Thursday as third baseman Kris Bryant won the trophy in convincing fashion.

Bryant put together an incredible season as the Cubs posted the best record in baseball, clinched their first division title in nearly a decade and won their historic World Series. He is the team’s first MVP winner since 1998, when Sammy Sosa clubbed 66 home runs and led the Cubs to the National League wild card berth.

Bryant won 29 out of the 30 first-place votes for the award, and he became just the fourth player in MLB history to follow up a Rookie of the Year award with the MVP award, joining Cal Ripken Jr., Ryan Howard, and Dustin Pedroia in that exclusive club.

Bryant won the Rookie of the Year award last season, but he had an even better year in 2016. In 155 games, Bryant blasted 39 home runs and drove in 102 RBI, and he led the National League in runs scored with 121. He also elevated his batting average by 17 points and struck out 45 fewer times this season than he did in his rookie year.

Bryant also showed his defensive versatility by playing just about every position on the field this year, including time at first base, all three outfield positions, and even shortstop for an inning.

Washington Nationals infielder Daniel Murphy finished behind Bryant as he got the one first place vote that didn't go to the Cubs slugger. Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers finished in third place, taking home 11 second place votes.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo finished fourth in the balloting, with three second place votes to his credit, and shortstop Addison Russell (one sixth place vote) and pitcher Kyle Hendricks (one ninth place vote) each received votes in the balloting.

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<![CDATA[FBI Warns Shoppers to Be Aware of Counterfeit Cubs Gear]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:17:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_186198857579.jpg

The FBI has a suggestion for anyone looking to buy the perfect holiday gift for their favorite Cubs' fan: Be careful.

The FBI says in a news release that counterfeiters just might be getting ready to take advantage of the skyrocketing demand for Cubs jerseys, hats, baseballs, T-shirts and autographs since the team won the World Series.

The FBI says people should research carefully what they are looking to buy by comparing those items with similar items they know are authentic. That means comparing the players' autographs they are thinking about buying with photographs of those players' autographs.

Prospective buyers should do the same kind of thing for items such as with game-used jerseys and pay special attention to stitching patterns on authentic jerseys with those that are for sale.

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<![CDATA[Who's Laughing Now? Durant Jabs Drake After Intentional Bump]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:15:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/durantlaugh.jpg

Chances are Kevin Durant and Drake won't be exchanging holiday greetings if last night's game between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors was any indication.

Drake, who considers himself Toronto's number one fan and has perfected the art of heckling visiting opponents from his court-side seats, needled Durant and the Warriors mercilessly Wednesday night. But the barbs had little effect on Durant's game, as he scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds leading Golden State to a 127-121 win.

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It also happened to be "Drake Night" in the arena. The singer expressed his disappointment at the conclusion of the game, intentionally bumping Durant during a live on-air interview. Durant paused mid-sentence for several seconds staring Drake down before continuing.

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When the interviewer asked Durant about the back and forth with the singer on "Drake Night," Durant responded, "I don't give a damn about no damn Drake night," and stormed off.

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