<![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-usMon, 27 Feb 2017 20:13:43 -0500Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:13:43 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trea Turner Is Often Mistaken for the Bat Boy]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:06:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/177*120/613972588.jpg

News4's Carol Maloney sits down with Nationals shortstop Trea Turner. What the Rookie of the Year finalist says about his position change this season and why he's often mistaken for the bat boy.

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<![CDATA[Ground Broken for DC United's New Audi Field]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:56:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mayor+Muriel+Bowser+at+DC+United+Audi+Field+Groundbreaking.jpg

After more than 20 years, construction began for the new DC United soccer stadium. News4's Tom Sherwood explains the development deal and the impact it will have across the area.

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<![CDATA[Terps Honor 2001 Final Four and 2002 Championship Teams]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:15:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2001+2002+Maryland+Terps+Honored.jpg

The University of Maryland honored its 2001 Final Four and 2002 National Champion teams at halftime of the Terps game against Iowa. Also, the coaches and the players on those teams shared memories and some stories we're just learning about 15 years later in a special "Chat with Legends." News4's Carol Maloney reports.

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<![CDATA[Rio's Abandoned Olympic Ghost Town]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:07:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-642486626_master.jpg In the months following the 2016 Summer Olympics, the facilities of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Village have fallen into disuse and disrepair. The stadiums, used to hold the competitions for 11,237 athletes from Aug. 5-21, are now husks of their former selves as Olympic organizers struggle to find private management for the properties.

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<![CDATA[GMU Basketball Ready for Rival GW]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:43:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017890747_1200x675_884836419647.jpg

It's a huge weekend between two college basketball rivals. The men's basketball teams at George Washington University and George Mason University are set to go head. News 4's Sherree Burruss reports.

<![CDATA[After Pro Baseball & Football, Tom Brown Took Sports to Kids]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tom+Brown.jpg

Tom Brown's name is associated with many “firsts” and at least one “only” when it comes to his sports accomplishments.

He’s the first man to play major league baseball and play in a Super Bowl.

He played on the first winning Super Bowl team. As well as the second.

And he’s the only person to play for the Washington Senators and the Washington Redskins.

And he’s probably the only athlete to have his career launched by the combined actions of a dictator and a president.

“I’ve been lucky,” Brown will tell you with a smile.

From his kitchen table at his home in Salisbury, Maryland, with his three NFL championship rings in front of him, Brown looked back on a career that’s right out of a Hollywood movie.

Brown grew up in Silver Spring, where he played baseball, football and basketball at Blair High School. Then it was on to College Park, where he was a .449 hitter for the baseball team while at the University of Maryland where he had a football scholarship.

In 1962 after his junior year at Maryland, Brown was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the NFL draft. At the time the Packers were being coached by Vince Lombardi.

Lombardi, hoping to convince the two-sport star to play in Green Bay, invited Brown to see the Packers play the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium in the NFL Championship game. It was probably one of the few times a Lombardi game plan backfired.

“It was a miserable day," Brown recalled. “A cold miserable day, and these guys were much bigger than I had been used to playing with, so I said, 'Hmm, I think I’m going to go play baseball.”

“I did love baseball better,” he added.

Brown came home from the trip to New York and reached out to his friend and mentor, Joe Branzell. Branzell was legendary in the D.C. sports scene working as a scout for the Senators for 30 years while also running the Washington Boys Club. Branzell is famous for his scouting report of pitching ace Nolan Ryan, in which he wrote, “He won’t get past AA.” But Branzell did sign several notable players, including Dick Bosman. It was Branzell who signed Brown to the Senators.

Brown went to the Senators' minor league training camp where he had a few good spring games. Then Brown got some help from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. It was just after the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Senators had traded first baseman Harry Bright for Cuban Rogelio Alvarez. Alvarez was in Cuba and Castro wouldn’t let him or other Cubans return to the States.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, after being invited to throw out the first pitch at the Senators' home opener, President John Kennedy told the Senators' general manager he’d attend the game “if you start that boy from Maryland.”

On April 8, 1963, Tom Brown took the field at D.C. Stadium, later renamed RFK Stadium, fulfilling his dream of being a major league ball player for his hometown team.

He didn’t have a great day. Neither did his team. The Senators lost 3-1 to the Baltimore Orioles. The rest of the season didn’t fare much better for Brown or the Senators.

“I made $6,000 that year,” Brown said.

After that first unimpressive season with the Senators, hitting just one home run, Brown was sent back to the minors. That’s when the phone rang. It was Lombardi. The Hall of Fame coach was giving him a second chance to play in the NFL.

“He called me back and he said, 'Yeah, if you don’t play this year, we’re not gonna be interested in you,'” Brown said.

For the second time, Brown told Lombardi, no.

Brown said he knew his career in baseball wasn’t going anywhere.

“I could have been a fringe player in baseball,” he said.

But Brown needed the money the Senators were offering and he knew if he joined the Packers he wouldn’t get paid until the summer.

“I said, 'Hmm, football doesn’t start ‘til July, baseball starts in April. I could get paid from baseball and then make up my mind July 1 if I want to go play football.'”

After a few weeks playing in Pennsylvania with the York White Rose, Brown knew he was ready to call Lombardi back.

“York didn’t have a really good baseball field," he said. "They turned it from a high school field into a professional field, but it wasn’t very good. Sometimes our pitchers weren’t very good, either, and I got bored and played centerfield and I would count how many lights were out in the ball park. And there were plenty of lights out in the York field."

So in July of 1964, Brown traded in his glove for a helmet and headed to Wisconsin.

“It was really a great decision,” Brown said with a smile.

He doubled his income, earning a whopping $12,000 his first year in Green Bay.

In 1965, Brown’s second year with the Packers, the team won the NFL championship game, beating the Cleveland Browns.

The following year Brown made the game winning interception sending Green bay to Super Bowl I.

Brown said if he hadn’t caught that interception from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith, it would have been the end of his career.

The Packers were leading the Cowboys by 7 with less than 2 minutes to play when Brown was flagged for holding tight end Frank Clarke, giving Dallas first-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Brown credits his teammate Dave Robinson for pushing Dallas and Meredith back. The game came down to fourth-and-goal. As Brown recalls, Meredith dropped back to pass as Robinson rushed in, forcing Meredith to throw up the ball.

“You could have caught that ball,” Brown said with a big laugh. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Brown and the Packers went on to win Super Bowl I, making Brown the first person to play in a major league baseball game and a Super Bowl.

“I was obviously lucky,” Brown said. “I obviously made the right decision in playing football and learning under Coach Lombardi.”

The following season Brown, Lombardi and the Packers would face the Cowboys again in the NFC Championship game which went down in history as the “Ice Bowl.”

“It was cold,” Brown said. “Windy and cold, and the field was frozen, but you had to play. That was the great thing about Lombardi: He had us ready to play no matter what the climate was, no matter what happens during the game, you play the game and you don’t get upset about it.”

Again, the Packers would beat Dallas and go on to win the Super Bowl, giving Brown his third consecutive NFL Championship ring.

When Lombardi left Green Bay for Washington, Brown followed close behind.

“I went to Coach and I said, 'Coach, I’d really like to play for the Redskins,’" Brown explained. “'I know what you’re gonna do here and I’d like that opportunity because I live here, I’ve lived all my life, my sports life, here in Washington.' Lombardi says, 'OK, I’ll see what I can do.' Two weeks later he calls me back and he says, 'We traded for you and everything’s fine.'”

In 1969, Brown returned home to Washington to once again play for his hometown team, but this time it was football, making Brown the only person to play for the Washington Redskins and the Washington Senators.

“I’m just lucky," Brown said. "I was lucky, you know, right place at the right time.”

Brown would play just one game with the Redskins, dislocating his shoulder in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I dislocated my shoulder and I went in and being a football player, I said, 'Put it back in place and I’ll play,” Brown said. “I wanna play because the secret of playing in the National Football League is don’t get hurt.”

Lombardi told Brown to spend the rest of the season healing his shoulder and getting ready for next season. But the next season never came for either man.

Lombardi passed away and assistant coach Bill Austin took over. One of his first decisions was to cut Brown.

Brown is far from bitter about how his career ended or how short it turned out to be.

“My career was a great career," he said. "I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was a lot of fun, great teammates.”

While that’s where Tom Brown’s professional sports career ended, it’s where what he considers his most important work began.

After leaving the Redskins, Brown took a job as director of Parks and Recreation in Ocean City where he tried to start a youth overnight sports camp.

His first attempt didn’t work out after his main investor backed out, so Brown returned home to Montgomery County, where he started a youth league. In the early 1980s he and his wife relocated to Salisbury, Maryland, to be close to the shore. That’s where the two launched the Tom Brown Rookie League, a nonprofit. For more than 40 years Brown passed on the skills he learned from his mentors like Joe Branzell and Vince Lombardi to boys and girls across the state of Maryland. Last year, Brown stepped down from his coaching duties passing the whistle to his daughter, Jessie.

“I liked working with the kids," he said. "Everybody has a niche, and my niche was being able to communicate with young children about sports,” Brown said. “I did baseball, flag football and basketball all year round.

“I wanted these kids to have fun," he said. "Sometimes the coaches holler at these 8-year-old kids. Sometimes they make fun of them and things like that, so I said, 'We’re just gonna have fun,' and that’s what we did.”

And that’s just what Tom Brown has been doing since he first started playing baseball on the playgrounds of Silver Spring. Having fun playing the games he loves.

You can meet Tom Brown this weekend at the annual D.C. Baseball History Conference.

<![CDATA[Jameis Winston Speech Angers Parents]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:27:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/JameisWinston0224_MP4-148796316337200001.jpg

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is being criticized after comments he made to students at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

<![CDATA[Meet the Nationals' Cutest Super Fan]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:58:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170223+Nats+Fan.jpg

Six-year-old Natalie "Nat" McCormick might be the Nationals biggest "little" fan. News4 sports reporter Carol Maloney brings you her story from spring training.

<![CDATA[Boxer's Father Hopes for a Second Chance for His Son]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:25:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017871539_1200x675_883612227613.jpg

A promising young boxer ends up in jail on a gun charge. News4's Darcy Spencer explains why his father hopes this is the start of a second chance for his son. Dusty Harrison's lawyer could not be reached for comment.

<![CDATA[Jameis Winston: I Used 'Poor Word Choice' in Talk With Students]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:44:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-630219098.jpg

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says he "used a poor word choice" when he told female students at a Florida elementary school that ladies are "suppose to be silent."

While speaking to third- through fifth-graders at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Winston intended to inspire the students with his three rules of life: God, school and the idea that "I can do anything I put my mind to," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

But when some of the male students appeared to be bored by the speech, Winston's attempt to energize them seemed to disparage the females in the room, the Times reported.

"But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to," Winston said. "Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I'm saying? One day y'all are going to have a very deep voice like this. One day, you'll have a very, very deep voice."

He continued: "But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong."

Winston later told the paper that he misspoke and his comments have overshadowed a larger message.

"I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn't seem to be paying attention, and I didn't want to single him out so I asked all the boys to stand up," Winston said. "During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some."

The NFL quarterback has spent much of his pro career trying to rehabilitate his public image after a career at Florida State that was marred by several off-field controversies.

Winston was accused of sexual assault by a fellow student in 2012, but was never charged with the crime. He settled a civil lawsuit in Decemeber  filed by the woman.

He led the Seminoles to a national title and won the Heisman Trophy in 2013. 

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<![CDATA[Bryce Harper Prepared to Protect DC From Zombies]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:38:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017857603_1200x675_882865731609.jpg

News4's Carol Maloney sits down with Nationals Right Fielder Bryce Harper where she finds out just how far Bryce will go to get his favorite milkshake and how his new bat will help him protect Nationals Park from zombies.

<![CDATA[Champion Pushes for Logrolling in the Olympics]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:28:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017857134_1200x675_882763331942.jpg

A champion logroller visited Fairfax County to teach the sport and push for its inclusion in the Olympics.

<![CDATA[Tom Brady Compiles Hilarious 'Suspect Board' of Possible Jersey Thieves]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:50:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/brady-jersey-GettyImages-485055278.jpg

Tom Brady has remained fairly quiet about the investigation into his missing Super Bowl jersey that was reportedly stolen from his locker.

The jersey — valued at $500,000, according to a Houston Police Department report — was worn by the star quarterback during the New England Patriots’ 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5.

Brady noticed his No. 12 jersey was missing from his bag in the team's designated locker room inside NRG Stadium after the game. He told a team equipment manager he remembered putting it in his locker and that "someone stole it."

And while the Texas Rangers are on the case to find the jersey caper, Brady has compiled his own list of possible suspects.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Brady posted a photo of a “suspect board” of possible culprits. The prime suspect: Julian Edelman, who Brady calls a “sneaky lil squirrel.”

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The hilarious board also lists Gollum from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit,” the "guy who stole Khaleesi's egg" on the HBO series "Game of Thrones,” Lady Gaga, Steve Carrell's character from "The Office,” Michael Scott, Brady's dog Scooby ("always steals Fluffy's food), film shark “Jaws” ("takes things without asking," "violent history”), the Pokemon character Gary Oak ("bad kid!”), the O'Doyle brothers from the Adam Sandler film "Billy Madison,” the clown who stole "Air Bud" ("who steals a dog from a kid?") and even Brady himself. The quarterback pinned his infamous "deflategate" courtroom sketch photo on the board, with the caption "Creepy Me.”

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    <![CDATA[Nats Jayson Werth Ready For Success in 2017]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:00:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017843366_1200x675_882123331514.jpg

    Jayson Werth is preparing for the final season of his contract with the Nationals. He sits down with News4's Carol Maloney, in his first television interview of the spring, to talk about just how important this year is for his legacy in D.C.

    <![CDATA[Nats' New Centerfielder Adam Eaton Not Shy About Being Short]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:21:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017842767_1200x675_882011203692.jpg

    News4's Carol Maloney one-on-one with the Washington Nationals' new centerfielder Adam Eaton, who doesn't mind talking about being short.

    <![CDATA[Magic Johnson Takes Lakers Reins Amid Front Office Shakeup]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:53:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lakers-shakeup.jpg

    Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has been named president of basketball operations in a major front office restructuring for the storied franchise.

    General manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, team president Jeannie Buss' brother, have been relieved of their duties, the Lakers announced Tuesday. The restructuring comes during the worst four-year stretch in franchise history.

    "Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Jeanie Buss said. "Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me."

    Kupchak had been the 16-time NBA champion franchise's GM since 2000, when Jerry West left the club. He had been in the front office for three decades, including the last 17 as general manager -- the league's longest current stretch as front office chief. 

    Jim Buss had been in the team's front office for 19 years. 

    The team has already started a search for a new general manager, the result of which will be announced in "short order," Jeanie Buss added.

    Johnson, a beloved fan-favorite who guided the team to five league titles during his 13 NBA seasons, said he hopes to restore the franchise's mystique fter four straight losing seasons.

    "It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family," said Johnson. "Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions." 

    The Lakers are 19-39 this season after an encouraging start under first-year head coach Walton. They finished 17-65 last season, a franchise low in the last year of Kobe Bryant's two decades with the team.

    The Lakers clinched back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, but then descended to the depths of the NBA -- a dramatic reversal of fortunes for one of the NBA most popular and successful franchises. After an extraordinary trade for Pau Gasol propelled the Lakers to three straight NBA Finals appearances, Kupchak and Jim Buss made a series of high-profile personnel moves that did not pan out. 

    They made a pricey trade for Dwight Howard, who fled the franchise after one year, and another deal for Steve Nash, who barely played thanks to back woes. The Lakers are still feeling the effects of that deal, which will cost them their first-round pick this summer if it isn't in the top three.

    The front officer moves come two days before the league's trade deadline. 

    This will be Johnson's first foray into a decision-making NBA executive role, but he has been a successful businessman and investor since his playing career ended. He also briefly coached the Lakers, but dropped his ceremonial title as a team vice president last June after his frequent criticisms of Jim Buss and former coaches.

    He sold his ownership stake in 2010.

    The Lakers' recent ineptitude didn't hurt their place as Los Angeles' most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide brand, but Jeanie Buss finally tired of the apparent lack of progress. The Lakers have a talented young core with D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson, but haven't been able to translate that potential into wins despite playing an exciting style under Walton.

    The team also parted ways with Vice President of Public Relations John Black.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    <![CDATA[Police Value Tom Brady's Stolen Super Bowl Jersey at $500K]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:16:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634604296.jpg

    Houston police have released an official report for the theft of the jersey New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore during Super Bowl LI.

    The jersey — valued at $500,000, according to the report — was reportedly stolen after the Patriots' 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime on Feb. 5.

    Brady, who was named the game's MVP, noticed his No. 12 jersey was missing from his bag in the team’s designated locker room inside NRG Stadium after the game. He told a team equipment manager he remembered putting it in his locker and that "someone stole it."

    After searching, Brady told the team's owner Robert Kraft that the jersey had been stolen. Kraft replied, "You'd better look online."

    While Brady walked to the team bus, a reporter asked the quarterback if he had recovered the jersey. Brady later joked with a reporter that it would "be on eBay at some point."

    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked the Texas Rangers to help the Houston Police Department locate the jersey.

    "Tom Brady's jersey has great historical value," Patrick said in a statement. "It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas."

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    <![CDATA[Racing President Teddy Stops by News4]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:11:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017836946_1200x675_881631299851.jpg

    Teddy, one of the Nationals racing presidents, stopped by News4 Midday Tuesday, and he's very ready for the team's new spring training home. 

    <![CDATA[Bryce Harper Knows What Went Wrong in 2016]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:48:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017826696_1200x675_881266243546.jpg

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper told News4's Carol Maloney he knows what caused his struggles in 2016 and he hopes to build in 2017.

    <![CDATA[Dusty Baker Springs Into Action]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:23:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017813391_1200x675_880992835767.jpg

    Nationals Manager Dusty Baker talks to News4's Carol Maloney about huge expectations this season, high fives and why he's a neat freak when it comes to his bench.

    <![CDATA[New Spring Home for the Nationals]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:45:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nationals3.jpg

    The Nationals started full squad workouts at their new spring training home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Players and coaches are thrilled about the new complex, News4's Carol Maloney gives us a preview.

    <![CDATA[GWU Gymnast Surprised With Special Reunion]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:53:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017806068_1200x675_880062531857.jpg

    A senior gymnast at George Washington University was reunited with her brother who has been stationed in Kuwait for nearly a year. The special moment was a complete surprise.

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

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

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

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

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

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    <![CDATA[DC Native to Fight in Boxing Match at MGM National Harbor]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:40:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170216+MGM+Boxing.jpg

    Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., a D.C. native and a resident of Prince George's County in Maryland, will face challenger Oscar Escandon in the first boxing match at the new MGM National Harbor. Russell told News4's Tom Sherwood that, though his roots run deep in D.C., he didn't want to come home to fight unless he was coming home a champion. Plus -- a look at the numbers that the new casino has racked up so far.

    <![CDATA[DC United to Name New Home 'Audi Field']]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/audi+field.jpg

    D.C. United announced today that the new stadium in Southwest D.C. will officially be named "Audi Field."

    Audi Field is scheduled to open in 2018 and will host a variety of other sporting and cultural events, community events and concerts.

    D.C. United said it plans to break ground on Audi Field in the first quarter of 2017. The stadium at Buzzard Point will have a capacity of 20,000 fans and will feature 31 luxury suites, a bike valet and 500,000 total square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space on site, according to a statement by D.C. United.

    “Audi has transcended the automobile industry and fully embraced the culture of soccer, especially in MLS,” D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien said in a statement. “We couldn’t think of a better partner to name our stadium and we look forward to forging extraordinary memories for years to come at Audi Field.”

    “With a globally recognized brand putting their stamp on the new D.C. United stadium, we move that much closer to more jobs and economic opportunity along the Anacostia – and further cement our status as the nation’s sports capital,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.

    D.C. United will continue to play this season at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

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

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

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

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

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

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