<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSat, 24 Jun 2017 05:04:46 -0400Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:04:46 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Boston Red Sox Retire David Ortiz's Number]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:42:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/David+Ortiz+Retired+Number.JPG

The Boston Red Sox officially retired No. 34 in honor of David Ortiz in a special ceremony at Fenway Park on Friday night.

"I love you, Boston," Big Papi told Red Sox Nation. "Thank you."

Red Sox legends like Carl Yastrzemski, and relatives of others, like Johnny Pesky, were on hand to congratulate the slugging designated hitter.

Some of his former teammates, including Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, catcher Jason Varitek, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, also honored Ortiz. Martinez and Pedroia both paid tribute in speeches.

Friday morning, JetBlue unveiled a new Big Papi and Red Sox themed gate at Logan Airport. The gate, appropriately C34, is adorned with photos of Ortiz's top 10 Red Sox moments and his jersey. Ortiz was on hand for the dedication.

"I have been around for a long time and it's been a blessing being part of Boston," Ortiz said.

Big Papi played for the Red Sox for 14 consecutive seasons, helping the team win a total of three World Seriess Championships.

On Thursday afternoon, the Red Sox and the City of Boston renamed the Yawkee Way extension near Fenway Park "David Ortiz Drive" in honor of the player.

Later in the day, Big Papi was roasted by friends and fellow heavy hitters in major league sports.

Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. but fans are encouraged to arrive earlier for the ceremony.

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<![CDATA[GOP Shooting Victim Out of ICU; Nationals Player Visits]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:40:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mika+Condition+Improves.jpg

The congressman who was shot and wounded at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week has been moved out of an intensive care unit, hospital officials say. 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is now listed in fair condition and continues to make progress.

Lobbyist Matt Mika has been released from the hospital Friday, according to his family. He was upgraded to good condition earlier in the day.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth paid Mika a visit on Thursday. A photo shows Mika smiling and holding up a Werth jersey, with Werth at his hospital bed.

U2 lead singer Bono met with members of Scalise's staff Wednesday and signed a card wishing the congressman a speedy recovery.

Mika is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement last week. Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and had previously served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan.

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<![CDATA[Jeter Meets With Marlins, Remains Short on Funds: Report]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:19:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-683113516.jpg

Derek Jeter met with the Miami Marlins on Thursday and remains short on funds, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

Jeter is part of one of three reported groups that is vying for ownership of the Marlins. Thus far, no group has been able to come up with the reported $1.3 billion asking price. After meeting with Marlins' president David Samson and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday, Jeter still is trying to find investors.

Along with Jeter, Samson and Manfred, Greg Fleming sat in on the meeting. Fleming may be one of the most important aspects of the meeting, as he is the former chief of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Fleming is said to be one of the investors in Jeter's group and it could be a sizable stake.

While Jeter will only contribute a relatively small amount to the team, he would be in complete control of the club. This requirement by Jeter was the reported reason for Jeb Bush exiting the group. Jeter would handle both the baseball and business sides of the organization, if a deal comes to fruition.

While there are three groups reported to be in the running, Jeter remains the front-runner. A group including Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine is considered to be the runner-up. The third group has unknown members in it and would be looked at as a dark horse candidate.

In addition to coming up with the funds to buy the team, MLB wants the new owner to have enough equity to run the team properly. Miami is expected to take losses in the near future and would need to be able to cover those. The Marlins have a losing record this season, but will host a valuable All-Star Game in July.

With the ownership talks hanging in the balance, Miami will look to continue a turnaround on the field. The Marlins are currently hosting the World Series champion Chicago Cubs for four games at Marlins Park.

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<![CDATA[Quicken Loans National Returns to the DC Area]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Quicken_Loans_National_Returns_to_the_DC_Area.jpg

The Quicken Loans National Returns to our area, but at a new location, TCP Potomac. There will also be a nice surprise for military members. All the proceeds from this tournament will go to the Tiger Woods Foundation. Mike Antolini talks all about it with NBC4s Erika Gonzalez.

<![CDATA[New Deal Makes Raider's Derek Carr NFL's Highest Paid QB]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/kahrpayydayye.jpg

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr wanted to get his contract extension done before training camp next month.

He got his wish.

Carr and the team have reached what is reported to be a five-year, $125 million deal, according to a story by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Thursday morning.

An excited Carr confirmed that report on social media.

“Now it’s done!” he wrote on Twitter. “From the jump I’ve wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let’s just play now!!!”

The deal is expected to pay Carr about $25 million per season, which will make him the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback. He’s heading into the final year of his first deal, signed after he was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft. That deal will pay him about $5.4 million this season, with the new terms kicking in starting in 2018.

The Raiders have been built with salary-cap flexibility under general manager Reggie McKenzie and are a reported $31 million under the salary cap.

Earlier this offseason, the Raiders signed defensive end-linebacker Khalil Mack to a long-term extension. Still to be done is a deal for starting guard Gabe Jackson.

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<![CDATA[Tearful Tribute: NHL Honors Bickell With Emotional Video]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:59:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-699489368.jpg

In a night filled with honors for some of the best hockey players in the country, one emotional moment stood above the rest.

The moment the NHL honored Bryan Bickell.

The former Blackhawk’s career was cut short after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. He ended his hockey run with the Carolina Hurricanes, playing in less than a dozen games with the team.

But his journey back from rehab to playing his final game in the NHL was an extraordinary moment that earned him praise during the league’s national awards ceremony.

“I didn’t know if I was going to play hockey again,” Bickell said in a heartfelt video showed during the ceremony.

After rehabbing for weeks, Bickell returned to play with the Hurricanes, revealing the team’s season finale against the Flyers would be his last.

“Those people were there for me,” Bickell said in the video as footage showed each Hurricanes player shaking his hand and hugging him before the game.

But as the game went into overtime, it was Bickell who was first up in the shootout – a shot that would ultimately become his last. And it went in.

The stadium erupted as fans, players and his family roared for the goal. 

“There’s hockey life and there’s life after hockey,” Bickell said in the video as he talked about his future with his family and seeing his daughters grow up.

Bickell went on to give a speech during the ceremony, thanking the Blackhawks and the Hurricanes and his fans.  

But it was his thank you to his wife that had tears streaming down the faces of many in the audience.

“When I said no, she said yes. She picked me up when I was down,” he said. “If it wasn’t for Amanda, for everything… Thank you Amanda.”

The moment ended with the league making a $20,000 donation to the Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation.

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<![CDATA[Watching the NBA Draft, With Wizards' Future in Mind]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:01:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170619+John+Wall+Bradley+Beal.jpg

The two-round 2017 NBA Draft tips off Thursday night. Now that their blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics was officially announced Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers are on the clock. Barring a shocking development, University of Washington point guard and DeMatha product Markelle Fultz will be the number-one overall selection.

Unless the Wizards pull of a major move, they won’t be picking until a couple of hours after Fultz’s moment of a lifetime. For the third time in four years, Washington doesn’t have a first-round selection.

Regardless, there is still plenty worth watching Thursday night with the Wizards’ future in mind.

Pack Your Patience

The 2017 first-round pick went bye-bye in February when the Wizards acquired forward Bojan Bogdanovic from the Nets. Washington only owns the 52nd overall selection. That’s not nothing -- Washington didn’t have any picks in the 2016 draft -- but it’s not exactly where teams regularly land building blocks or rotation options.

Yet the Wizards have roster space available, especially for a young and cheap talent. Three undrafted rookies made the opening-day roster last season, showing the organization’s patience while seeking help. 

Help is a Phone Call Away

For the Wizards this season, the draft is a mere appetizer ahead of free agency, which begins in earnest after July 1. However, teams can trade players now. Indiana’s Paul George and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler are the primary targets.

The George trade market hit turbo over the weekend when a report from The Vertical had the All-Star forward telling the Pacers he intends to leave during free agency next summer. That means Indiana likely moves George sooner than later in the hopes of maximizing their return. There won’t be nearly the interest in the sleek forward as expected because of fears he’ll sign with the Los Angeles Lakers regardless next summer. Teams willing to risk trading for a one-year rental are those believing they’re one piece away from contending. The Wizards should be one of those teams. Problem: They likely don’t have the assets Indiana would covet unless Bradley Beal is involved. He won’t be.

Butler, Chicago’s leading scorer, comes with a multi-year deal. If either wing threat lands with NBA finalist Cleveland or another East team, the odds of Washington advancing beyond the Conference semi-finals decrease. Unless the Wizards get creative with their own trade, that is.

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If the Wizards publicly revealed an offseason wish list, it would look something like this:

1) Guards: There's so much focus on a backup for John Wall that everyone overlooks the fact that the Wizards truly didn't have a viable option behind Beal last season. Ideally, they find a third guard in free agency capable of playing both spots while using the draft pick for depth.

2) Shooting: Beal and Otto Porter rock from deep. So does Bogdanovic, but he might depart in free agency. That would leave a major deep threat void off the bench.

3) Athletic big: Markieff Morris can play all over the court on both ends. That's great because he's the only current power forward or center capable of such tasks. He's also the only big of those in the primary rotation last season under 30.

4) Center: If they, as expected, trade Marcin Gortat, more depth is needed behind Ian Mahinmi.


Nobody should anticipate the 52nd pick solely solving any of Washington’s needs. It's a best available situation regardless. Don’t forget the Wizards could send the player selected overseas, thus maintaining his rights without holding up a roster spot. For example, 2015 second-round pick Aaron White will play his third professional season overseas during the 2017-18 campaign.

Yet with next season in mind, the Wizards can consider several experienced upperclassmen. That specific faction includes Villanova swingman Josh Hart and a trio of point guards, Monte Morris (Iowa State), Frank Morris (Kansas) and Melo Trimble (Maryland).

Redskins for BreakingBurgundy.com and tweets way too much via @benstandig.

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<![CDATA[Redskins' Matt Jones Weighs His Options]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:22:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170619+Matt+Jones.jpg

Jordan Reed, Trent Williams and Matt Jones all showed Tuesday for the start of the Redskins’ mandatory two-day mini-camp. So did the other 87 players on the roster, but that was also the case for the previous three weeks worth of voluntary practices. The tight end, left tackle and running back did not.

Reed, Washington’s top receiving playmaker, and Williams, arguably the best at his position league-wide, were working out elsewhere and without controversy. They are 2017 focal points. Jones, the Week 1 starting running back last season, isn’t anymore. That’s why he stayed away and why he and his agent spent time working out an escape plan.

In two seasons Jones went from a third-round draft pick by former general manager Scot McCloughan to starter to a fumbling back-bencher for the final games of the regular season. No playing time is brutal. Not having a job is next level disaster. That’s the reality Jones faces in Washington heading into 2017. That’s why he made a stand by not showing.

"We put a plan together, me and my agent," Jones told reporters Tuesday when asked about the decision for skipping Organized Team Activities (OTA). "Just trying to weigh my options."

In reality, his options are limited. Holding out further would send a message – and lead to fines for missing the mandatory practices.

"Even though it was mandatory, I was going to show up just to be out here with the boys, part of the team," Jones said about why he returned.

Jones and his agent can try pressuring the Redskins for his outright release. Ideally, he’d be with another team before training camps kick off in late July. Good luck with that.

There’s no incentive from the Redskins end. Robert Kelley, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine likely form the RB trio next season, but injuries happen. Mack Brown has the inside track if they keep four because of his work on special teams, an area where Jones is a true novice. “That’s something I’ve got to get into,” he admitted.

Jones is the backup to the backup plan.

"It’s not a secret anymore," Jones said of his odd-man-out status.

Coach Jay Gruden heaped praise on the other running backs, including Keith Marshall, when discussing where Jones fits.

“It’s really a tough position to crack, but I wouldn’t put anything past Matt,” Gruden said with ample skepticism.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder entered 2016 as the lead back. Alfred Morris was in Dallas. No clear competition existed. Sure, Jones revealed a penchant for fumbling as a rookie, but the job was his. Through seven games he averaged 4.6 yards on 99 carries. Jones also coughed the ball up three times including during as Week 7 loss at Detroit.

“Ball security is job security,” Jones quipped. “That’s something I’ve got to correct. That’s something I must correct if I want to play for a long time and stay in this league.”

By Week 8 Kelley assumed lead back duties.

“A good start to the season and then it kind of went south,” Jones said.

The Florida native worked out in his home state while he stayed away from Redskins Park. Jones also spent a chunk of the offseason with former Redskins running back Earnest Byner. Those tutoring sessions included motivational talks, pad level focus for the bigger than average runner and holding onto to that football.

“It’s football, it’s life,” Jones said when presented with his role reversal over the last year. “You’ve got to deal with it. You take the good with the bad. That’s what I’m doing. Keeping my head high still and keep grinding.”

For now, Jones is holding that head high in Ashburn. Barring a trade or release, he’ll be expected in Richmond when the Redskins open training camp on July 27. Barring the unforeseen, he isn’t likely on the Week 1 roster.

My, have things changed. They’re just not changing quick enough now for Jones and his agent. That’s not a secret anymore.

Redskins for BreakingBurgundy.com and tweets way too much via @benstandig.

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<![CDATA[Five Times Athletes Have Challenged Animals]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:36:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_5_TIMES_ATHLETES_VS_ANIMALS_061617-149765207316100001.jpg

With the announcement that Michael Phelps will race a shark for Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," we take a look back at five times athletes competed against animals.

<![CDATA[Wounded Warriors Hold Softball Camp for Kids]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:18:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wounded_Warriors_Hold_Softball_Camp_for_Kids.jpg

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team instructs children with amputations or missing limbs at its week-long Kids Camp. Sherree Burruss reports.

<![CDATA[McDonald's, Olympics Ending Partnership After 40 Years]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled203.jpg

After 40 years, the relationship between McDonald’s and the International Olympic Committee has come to an end.

McDonald’s, which began sponsoring the United States Olympic Committee in 1976 and been a partner with the IOC since 1996, terminated the relationships with both entities on Friday afternoon.

"As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities," McDonald's Global Chief Marketing Officer Silvia Lagnado said in a statement. "We have been proud to support the Olympic Movement, and we thank our customers and staff, the spectators, athletes and officials, as well as the IOC and local Olympics Games organizing committees, for all of their support over the years."

McDonald’s will continue on as a partner with the Olympics with domestic marketing rights for the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, but their deal, which was set to run through the Tokyo 2020 games, will be terminated with immediate effect, according to CNBC.

"In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities," Timo Lumme, managing director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said in a statement to AdAge. "For these reasons, we have mutually agreed with McDonald’s to part ways."

According to AdAge, McDonald’s is just the latest business to cut ties with the IOC, following the lead of other companies like AT&T, Budweiser and Hilton Hotels.

McDonald’s and the Olympic Games have a long history that dates back all the way to 1968. According to the company’s Olympic page, they airlifted hamburgers to athletes during the Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, to help athletes deal with homesickness.

The company officially became a sponsor of the USOC in 1976, and became one of the Games’ TOP partners before the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, McDonald’s has served food in the Olympic Village at each competition, and has served up specially branded advertisements, cups and other items in the years since. 

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<![CDATA[Olympians Reveal the Most ‘Dad’ Thing Their Dads Do]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:39:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/celskijr.jpg

Winter Olympians talk about the most embarrassing “Dad” things their dads do.

<![CDATA[Olympians Tell Their Favorite ‘Dad Jokes’]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:56:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_OLYMPIC_DAD_JOKES_061617-149763326114600001.jpg

In honor of Father’s Day, we asked Team USA Olympic athletes to share some of their favorite and cheesiest “Dad Jokes.”

<![CDATA[GOP, Dems Play for 'Team Scalise' at Congressional Ball Game]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:13:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Congressional+Baseball+Game.jpg

Republicans and Democrats put aside their differences to root for "Team Scalise" during the Congressional Baseball Game this year.

Many lawmakers wore purple and gold hats and shirts emblazoned with the LSU logo in a show of support for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot one day earlier during the Republican team's practice for the annual event.

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Scalise graduated from LSU in 1989. He is regularly decked out “from head to toe” in team gear, a representative for Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, said Thursday morning. 

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Scalise’s alma mater reportedly helped make the tribute at the game possible.

In an interview with NOLA.com, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said he responded to a request for gear by sending hats, towels and shirts for both the Democratic and Republican teams to wear.

Scalise remains in critical condition, but has improved, MedStar Washington Hospital said in an update Thursday night. He had a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg, the hospital said.


David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, threw out the first pitch at the game.

Bailey walked to the pitcher's mound in crutches and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre handed him the game ball. Bailey then threw a pitch that bounced before reaching the catcher, Roberto Clemente Jr. He gave a good-natured shrug as the stadium applauded.

Three others were shot Wednesday, including Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tysons Foods, who was in critical condition after being shot twice in the chest; Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle; and Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), who was shot in the calf.


The Nationals said nearly 25,000 people attended -- a record number for the Congressional Baseball Game. More than $1 million was raised for Congressional Sports for Charity. The Capitol Police Memorial Fund was added as a beneficiary on Wednesday.

The Democrats beat the Republicans 11-2 in the friendly, but competitive, game. In a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie for the night, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice."

Scalise has previously played in the congressional game, and in previous years wore a variety of Louisiana jerseys.


The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity dates back to 1909, and became popular enough by 1928 to be broadcast on the radio, according to a history of the game listed on a dedicated website. The Great Depression, World War II and some speakers of the House have intervened to cancel some games.

It is one of the most anticipated events of summer at the Capitol, with Democrats and Republicans splitting the 79 games that have been played over the years 39-39, with one tie. Democrats were on a winning streak for several years before the Republicans won the last game in a squeaker, 8-7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Will the NHL Expansion Draft Nab One of Your Favorite Players?]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:36:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/goldenknights.jpg

The NHL is expanding next season as it adds a new team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. To fill out their roster, the league is holding an expansion draft that entitles the Golden Knights to select one player from each of the 30 current NHL teams. Find out how this could impact your favorite team

<![CDATA[Video Shows Blimp Crashing at Golf’s US Open]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:11:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_BLIMP_AT_US_OPEN_061517_1-149754558828200001.jpg

People posted video on social media of a blimp crashing near Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin, where the U.S. Open of golf is being held.

<![CDATA['The Fight Is On': McGregor to Meet Mayweather in Las Vegas]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:38:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mayweather_McGregor.jpg

MMA fighter Conor McGregor tweeted Wednesday afternoon that "the fight is on" between himself and renowned boxer Floyd Mayweather.

The spectacle is expected to take place on Aug. 26, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The Nevada commission approved the date of the fight earlier Wednesday, according to reports.

McGregor tweeted the photo of himself next to Floyd Mayweather Sr., but he will be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is unclear whether it was a mistake or whether McGregor did it on purpose, as he is known to provoke his opponents.

Mayweather also posted on Instagram about the fight, writing "It's official!"

Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after going undefeated in all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena. The fight will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Amateur Soccer Team Takes On DC United]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:59:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Amateur_Soccer_Team_Takes_On_DC_United.jpg

They're a bunch of guys from Baltimore with full-time jobs, a love of soccer and facing off against DC United in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

<![CDATA[Former Redskins QB Doug Williams Named Sr VP]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:47:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Former_Redskins_QB_Doug_Williams_Named_Sr_VP.jpg

Doug Williams has been a personnel executive with the Redskins since 2014 and will now be the senior vice president of player personnel. News4's Sherrie Burruss reports.

<![CDATA[Durant Remembers Hometown After NBA Championship Win]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:46:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Durant_Remembers_Hometown_After_NBA_Championship_Win.jpg

Before Kevin Durant was a NBA Champion, he was just a kid from Seat Pleasant. One of the reasons people in Maryland haven't forgotten him is because he hasn't forgotten them. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports.

<![CDATA[Will the NBA Champion Warriors Visit the White House?]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WarriorsWhiteHouseTrump.jpg

With winning a championship routinely comes the opportunity to visit the White House, but it's not clear if the newly-crowned Golden State Warriors will pay a visit to President Donald Trump just yet.

“Today is all about celebrating our championship," the organization wrote in a statement released Tuesday. "We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

A report surfaced shortly after Game 5 claiming that the Warriors would unanimously refuse any invitation to the White House, but that report was clearly debunked by the organization's statement.

President Trump has already welcomed members of the New England Patriots and Clemson Tigers football team to the White House after their championship runs this past winter. Whether or not the Warriors will join those teams remains to be seen.

One Warrior has already publicly stated he won't make the trip if the offer is placed on the table. Back in February, guard Shaun Livingston was asked about visiting the White House, but he told a local radio station, "I definitely wouldn't go."

Even if the entire team follows Livingston and says "no" to the White House, that doesn't mean they still wouldn't make a trip to Washington D.C. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, on Tuesday took to Twitter to say, "The @Warriors leadership is inspiring. I'd be honored to welcome the team to the U.S. Capitol. #DubNation."

Back in 2015, the Warriors did pay a visit to a Barack Obama-governed White House after capturing the organization's first title in 40 years.

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<![CDATA[Report Warriors Won't Go to White House Is False]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:06:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+WARRIORS+FINAL+WH+THUMB.jpg

Shortly after winning the NBA Championship last night, a report was circulated stating that the players of the Golden State Warriors were going to unanimously refuse an invitation to the White House to celebrate their win. However, that report turned out to be false.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Star Irvin Denies Sexual Assault Allegations]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:06:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/061317+michael+irvin+press+conference.JPG

Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin and his Fort Lauderdale-based attorney Kenneth Padowitz met with reporters Tuesday and continued to deny claims of sexual battery made by a female acquaintance, saying a completed police investigation cleared Irvin of wrong doing.

With television cameras rolling, the football Hall of Famer and former Miami Hurricanes star addressed the serious allegations that are still being reviewed by the Broward State Attorney’s office.

"This has been the most difficult period my family and I have ever had to endure. To have to live through heinous false allegations," Irvin said. "Now that all the evidence is in…and it says exactly what I’ve always said that nothing, nothing, nothing happened here. I just want to get this process behind me."

Irvin, who starred at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale before a star studded career with the ‘Canes and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, was listed on a sexual battery report from Fort Lauderdale Police for an alleged incident that took place inside a hotel on March 22nd.

The State Attorney’s Office in Broward County confirmed that they had received the case from Fort Lauderdale Police and the investigation is ongoing, while reiterating that no charges have been filed at this time.

"This is an ongoing case that the State Attorney’s Office first received from police investigators on May 31, just nine business days ago," the state attorney's office said in a statement Tuesday. "Prosecutors in our Sexual Battery Unit are continuing their thorough and careful review of this serious matter with the professionalism that our community deserves and expects. Our review is well-within the time period required under the law."

"The Broward State Attorney’s Office has had ample time to review the evidence in this case,” Padowitz said on Tuesday. "I am confident, after having looked at thousands of these cases, that under the law, there is no evidence and in fact affirmative evidence that shows that Michael Irvin, what he has been saying all along, is in fact true."

Irvin, who had previously settled a lawsuit brought against him for sexual assault in 2011, had previously said he was in the area during that time for a relative’s sporting event and the birthday of an aunt.

<![CDATA[Cristiano Ronaldo Charged With Tax Fraud in Spain]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:43:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_RONALDO_TAXED_061317_1-149737169756300001.jpg

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has had a tax fraud lawsuit filed against him by prosecutors in Spain. Ronaldo has been accused of using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.

<![CDATA[Redskins Promote Doug Williams to VP of Player Personnel]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:42:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/220*120/2017-06-13_0915.png

The Washington Redskins have promoted former quarterback Doug Williams to a new position in the front office. 

The Redskins announced Tuesday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as senior vice president of player personnel. 

"I'm here now until the end," Williams said a news conference Tuesday. 

In his new role, Williams' "job is to pick the (players), not coach them." Williams said Tuesday he doesn't think the roster needs changes, adding the team has the "best roster we've had."

Williams played for the Redskins from 1986-89, becoming the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and earning MVP honors after passing for 340 yards and four touchdowns in Washington's 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

<![CDATA[NBA Finals Memes: Warriors Get Revenge on Cavs]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:39:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/205*120/Warriors+Get+Revenge+on+Cavs+in+Part+3.png

Round 3 goes to Golden State.

The Golden State Warriors avenged their 2016 NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 129-120 victory on Monday night in Oakland.

Kevin Durant was named the NBA Finals MVP after scoring 39 points as he finally took home his first ever NBA Championship trophy.

LeBron James did everything he could to send the series back to Cleveland scoring a game-high 41 points, but this time the Warriors were able to close the door on the 3-1 series lead.

After the game, the Internet was abuzz with memes and jokes from the Cavs loss and the Warriors redemption. We compiled some of the best ones for your enjoyment.

Part III, Revenge of the Steph: 

We have the LeBron crying meme, the Jordan crying meme, and now the Tiger Woods mugshot meme.

The Cavaliers were in trouble after they went down 3-0.

The Kardashian Kurse:

Insane ticket prices for Game 5:

Kevin Love didn't score in the first half of Game 5:

The Warriors kiss cam:

Kevin Durant's Next Chapter: 

What J.R. Smith will be doing after tonight's loss in Game 5:

When you finally slay those 3-1 lead demons: 

LeBron carries the Cavs all series:

Russell Westbrook after the Warriors won Game 5:

Could Brian Scalabrine have helped LeBron and the Cavs:

A recap of the 2017 NBA Finals:

This shirt was great:

Too soon?:

Tribute to Warriors super fan, MC Hammer:

This was epic:


Kevin Durant, King Slayer:

Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Fear The Beer: The Christos FC Story]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:28:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fear_The_Beer_The_Christos_FC_Story.jpg

Christos FC is a soccer team that's sponsored by a liquor store, doesn't practice and drinks beer, but they're hoping to shock the world. The last amateur team left in the U.S. Open Cup will play DC United in a David vs. Goliath matchup. Carol Maloney has the story.

<![CDATA[Bicyclist Races Across America to Benefit Kids With Cancer]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:45:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Len+Forkas.jpg

A northern Virginia man begins a 12-day cross country bike ride Tuesday to benefit children with cancer.

Len Forkas, 57, of Vienna is competing in his second Race Across America to raise money for his non-profit Hopecam, which he started after his son, Matt, was diagnosed with Leukemia.

“When we were walking across the sky bridge to the hospital on the very first day, when Matt looked at me and asked me if he was going to die,” Len said. “And that was the lowest point of my life.”

“Am I going to die? I just didn’t know if anything was going to happen,” Matt said. “Everything was very unclear.”

Hopecam virtually connects children with cancer to their friends and classmates.

“It definitely helped me because if made me feel like nothing was wrong,” Matt said. “It made me feel like everything was normal and they could see me, and I’m sure it helped them understand what I was going through.”

“I saw how lonely it was for him to be isolated from his friends, and working with the school, we came up with the idea of putting a web camera in his classroom and one in our home, and you should have been there when the cameras clicked on and my son could see his friends,” Len said. “It was magical.”

Len dedicates each day of the race to a child with cancer, and many of them reach out to him with letters. When he raced in 2012, his team read him a letter every a night, which they will do again this year.

“They inspire me, because their courage and bravery as they go through treatment,” Len said. “I mean, I’m just trying to get to Annapolis, Maryland. These kids are fighting their own mortality.”

Matt will join his father on the race this year as part of the crew, doing a video blog throughout the Race Across America.

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<![CDATA[Fan Shells Out Record Amount for NBA Finals Tickets: Report]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:44:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OracleArena.png

What would you buy with $133,000?

One fan with deep pockets decided on two courtside tickets to Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland Monday night. That astronomical amount marks the most expensive seats ever purchased in NBA history, according to ESPN.

Broken down, that's $66,500 per seat. If the game lasts a traditional 48 minutes, that buyer is shelling out about $1,385 per minute for just one seat. For both seats, that's roughly $2,771.

The eye-popping tickets were sold Sunday by a season-ticket holder to the buyer using the team's resale site, according to ESPN. The $133,000 price tag also included $17,000 worth of buyer fees.

Early Monday, two floor seats were still available for a cool $48,725.50 each, but they have since been nabbed, according to StubHub. Say the game lasts two hours and 30 minutes, the buyer is forking over about $325 per minute. Double that number to $650 per minute if they bring a friend.

For those not wishing to completely break the bank, the cheapest seat in the house as of Monday morning was hovering just above $600 for a spot in the upper deck behind the baskets, according to StubHub.

Game 5 is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. PST. Golden State can close out the series and capture its second title in three years with a victory.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Penguin Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup Win]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:18:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HockeyCup_1200x675_965333571839.jpg

Pittsburgh Penguin fans have plenty to be excited about after their team won their second-straight Stanley Cup. The Penguins accomplished the feat by downing the Nashville Predators, 2-0, in game six of the Stanley Cup finals. We won the cup, the best thing to ever happening the city of Pittsburgh!” said Nicholas Sciulli.