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Knicks move above .500 after rout of Pistons
02/28/2021 10:54pm

Julius Randle scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half as the New York Knicks moved above .500 with a 109-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

Celtics overcome Beal’s 46 points, rally past Wizards
02/28/2021 9:03pm

Jayson Tatum made two twisting, driving baskets in the final 15 seconds and finished with 31 points Sunday night, leading the Boston Celtics to a 111-110 comeback victory over the Washington Wizards despite 46 points by Bradley Beal.

With several players wearing red to support Tiger Woods, Collin Morikawa wins the Workday Championship
02/28/2021 7:07pm

The plan was for Collin Morikawa to wear a red shirt Sunday to show support for Tiger Woods as he recovers from career-threatening leg injuries suffered in a car crash. The clothes never arrived, so Morikawa did the next best thing at the Workday Championship: He played like Woods.

UConn women remain No. 1 overall seed in second NCAA bracket reveal
02/28/2021 4:53pm

No surprise here: The top-ranked UConn women remain the No. 1 overall seed in the second Division I womens basketball committee bracket that was revealed Sunday afternoon.

Mets’ Syndergaard hitting all the milestones in recovery from elbow surgery
02/28/2021 4:42pm

Noah Syndergaard is still at least three months away from potentially joining the Mets rotation, but the constant flattery for his Tommy John rehab continues to be a positive sign for the flamethrowers return.


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Tiger Woods Honored at Championship Match With This Heartfelt Gesture
03/01/2021 6:11am

Famous golfers are honoring longtime legend Tiger Woods following the car accident last week that left him injured.During the final round of the WGC-Workday Championship on Sunday, many pro-golfers made the decision to don Woods signature red polo with black pants to pay homage to him as he recovers from surgery.Rory McIlroy was one of many golf pros showing his respect to Woods. Steve DiMeglioreportedthat McIlroy said, I dont wear it as good as he does, but itll be alright.Justin Thomas posted a photo of his planned outfit on Saturday, sharing a shot of his red striped polo, black slacks, and a black belt to Twitter.Seemed fitting for tomorrow after the kind of week weve had he wrote. Black and red on Sunday for TWTony Finau, Patrick Reed, Jason Day, and Scottie Scheffler joined McIllroy and Thomas in their red and black ensembles to pay homage to Woods.In addition to donning red and black, Jonathan Wall from Golf MagazinetweetedSaturday night that Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar would all be playing with balls that had Tiger stamped on them during the final round.Woods wasinvolved in a single-car crashlast week on Tuesday at 7:12 a.m. PST,NBC Newsreported. His GV80 rolled over the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. according to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. The SUV rolled over multiple times on the California highway.Woods was conscious and in stable condition when he was removed from the car, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said on Tuesday.The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but LA County Sheriffs Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said there were no signs of impairment at the scene of the crash.The golf legend is in recovery after undergoing surgery due to the multiple fractures and injuries Woods sustained to his leg, foot and ankle in the accident.NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torresweighed in on Woods conditionduring an appearance on TODAY Wednesday morning.It doesnt sound good, and its not good for his recovery, Torres said in reference tothe statement posted on Woods Twitterthat the golfer comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones.Comminuted basically means that bone was broken in multiple parts. It was not just a clean fracture, Torres continued. When they go in surgically, they have to repair all those pieces, piece them all back together, make sure its stable.Woods had a rod put in his legs as well as pins and screws to stabilize the injuries to his foot and ankle, the chief medical officer of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said. Despite everything, Woods is saidto be in good spiritsafter follow-up procedures, according to his representatives.This story first appeared on TODAY.com. More from TODAY:Nicole Kidman and Keith Urbans kids make rare appearance at Golden GlobesGwen Stefani shares selfie with son on his 7th birthday and fans are loving his hairThis surprisingly catchy SNL song perfectly explains why women love true crimeThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

MLB Spring Training 2021 Guide: Here We Go!
02/17/2021 9:45pm

The wait is over and Spring Training is finally hereThe 2021 Dodgers, coming off a World Series championship, will return with almost every piece of their offense that led the majors in runs scored last season. No team has repeated as champions since the 1999-2000 season, but the Dodgers will have a stellar chance of winning back-to-back titles. The biggest offseason acquisition for Los Angeles was Trevor Bauer, the top pitcher available on the free-agent market. Recent World Series champs Boston and Washington both had slow starts in their title defenses, but it is less likely that the Dodgers will have that same issue.Heres our MLB guide to 2021 Spring Training as pitchers and catchers have started reporting.When does Spring Training startEach club sets its own reporting dates, but most teams will open camp February 17th with pitchers and catchers reporting. Players will then go through COVID-19 testing before officially reporting. Position players will report after pitchers and catchers begin workouts. Then, full squad practices will be underway.All MLB players must report to Spring Training by February 26th. The collective bargaining agreement requires players to report at least 33 days prior to Opening Day.MLB Spring Training exhibition games begin Sunday, Feb. 28, with 28 out of the 30 clubs in action. Developed with COVID safety precautions in mind, Cactus League teams will play 28 games in 30 days in Arizona, with two off-days. Meanwhile, Grapefruit League teams will play under a regionalized schedule in Florida to mitigate travel.You can find the full 2021 Spring Training schedule here.Will fans be allowed to attend Spring TrainingYes. Teams in both Arizona and Florida are selling a select number of tickets for Spring Training games. Various COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including limited capacity, pod-style seating systems, strict mask requirements, and social distancing. See each teams official website for more details regarding specific policies, and to purchase tickets.Will MLB players and staff be vaccinatedAlthough many new restrictions are being enforced to ensure social distancing both on and off the field, many are wondering if players will be vaccinated. According to ESPN, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said during a phone call with general managers last week that vaccinations of players and staff is on the table for discussion, but doing so depends on vaccine availability in the U.S.When is 2021 Opening DayThe Dodgers will begin their title defense at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies at 1 p.m. PT. All of the MLBs 30 clubs will open their season on the same day, marking the fourth consecutive season that clubs are scheduled to play on traditional Opening Day. Other key divisional matchups include Blue Jays-Yankees, Braves-Phillies, Cardinals-Reds, Mets-Nationals, and Astros-As.2021 MLB regular season, All-Star Game and postseasonThere will once again be 162 games in the regular season, which will run from April 1 through October 3. Clubs will not be limited to playing opponents from the same region. Plans for fans in the stadiums have not been finalized, but there is optimism that they will be able to enjoy games in person this year.The 2021 All-Star Game is scheduled for July 13th at Atlantas Truist Park. For the first time ever, the All-Star Game will also include the MLB Draft. The Dodgers were originally scheduled to host this years event but will instead do so in 2022. The 2020 playoffs featured an expanded format from 10 to 16 teams, but this years schedule and format have not been finalized yet.Rule changes for the 2021 MLB regular seasonAccording to MLB.com, the universal DH is not currently in line to return after debuting in 2020, although its still possible that MLB and the Players Association could reach a deal in that regard prior to Opening Day. If they dont, then the DH will only be used in AL ballparks, while pitchers will hit in NL parks.Two other rules that were implemented in 2020 in an effort to minimize the time spent at the ballpark will return in 2021. Doubleheaders will feature seven-inning games, and when any game goes to extra innings, a runner will be placed on second base to begin each half-inning.Rosters will once again feature 26 players, after being expanded in 2020. Rosters will increase to 28 players in September. There will not be a limit to how many pitchers can be on a teams roster.Clubs may bring a Taxi Squad of up to five players on all road trips, in order to have reinforcements available in the event of injuries or COVID-related issues.

Questions Surround Death of Former NFL Player Louis Nix III
02/28/2021 4:55pm

Louis Nix III, a standout nose guard at Notre Dame before being drafted into the NFL, has died in Florida after being missing for several days, but many questions linger about the circumstances of his death.The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said the 29-year-old Nix was reported missing Wednesday. An update tweeted late Saturday said Nix had been located, but didnt give any other details. An emailed request from The Associated Press for more information wasnt answered.Nixs mother, Stephanie Wingfield, told multiple Jacksonville news outlets on Sunday that authorities said her son died but havent been able to tell her how.Family members say his car was pulled out of a pond near his home on Saturday. Video from local news stations shows crews removing a silver sedan from the water. The vehicle matches the description of the car authorities said Nix was possibly driving. Its unclear whether his body was inside.It was not clear whether a cause of death had been determined.In December 2020, Nix was shot in an armed robbery while putting air in his tires at a Jacksonville gas station. He shared a video online as medics tended to him, saying that he had been shot. He later said online that he spent 10 days in the hospital before being released.Nix receivedhigh praiseduring his time with the Fighting Irish and was touted as apossible first-round draft pickin 2014. He ultimately went in the third round to the Texans. He never played a game for Houstondue to injuriesand struggled to make an impact in the NFL before dropping out of the league in 2017.Nicknamed Irish Chocolate, Nix became a fan favorite while at Notre Dame. Asked about him in 2013, head coach Brian Kelly described Nix as this big, jolly guy always hugging me and stuff.His mother toldWJAX-TVthat charisma carried on past his football career.People wanted autographs. He wasnt ever too busy, always gave an autograph. Always took time to talk to people, Wingfield said.Friends, former teammates and coaches mourned Nixs death, memorializing him on social media, NBC News reports. Kelly posted a tribute video from Nixs time at the university.In one clip, Nix tells an interviewer that he just tries to remain true to himself and be the guy that breaks the ice everywhere I go.A former Notre Dame athlete, Romeo Okwara, a defensive end for the Detroit Lions,tweeted that Nix would be greatly missed.Funeral arrangements havent been announced.

Welcome Back: Optimism Abounds as MLB's Spring Includes Fans
03/01/2021 2:02am

Brian Delaney checked his ticket, found his seats and then sat down for a minute in the sunshine. It wasnt a typical late February day in Arizona a little cool, a little breezy but Delaney didnt complain a bit.You ever been through a Colorado winter the Colorado Rockies fan said with a grin.The good humor and smiles were easy to find as baseball fans streamed into Sunday afternoons spring training opener between the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. A downward trend in COVID-19 cases throughout most of the country has meant that a limited amount of fans are allowed back in spring training facilities throughout Arizona and Florida.At Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the crowd was capped at about 2,200 fans, which is 16 of the usual capacity. Delaney said he never hesitated to get tickets for himself and Debra Mierzwa once they went on sale a few weeks ago.Oh yeah, Delaney said. We were never worried. This is great.The happy and halfway-normal scene on Sunday was a far cry from 353 days ago, when incredulous fans stood outside Salt River Fields and digested the news that baseball and pretty much the rest of the world was being shutdown because of the spreading coronavirus pandemic.Nearly a year later, things are very different. It seemed like forever, said Brandon Ramsey, who lives in the Phoenix area and went to the Reds-Indians game in Goodyear on Sunday. Last year got cut a little short. To come out here for opening day is just fantastic. They did a great job in socially distancing. They made sure we were safe.Aside from the World Series and NL Championship Series held last October at a neutral-site park in Arlington, Texas, this marked the first time fans were allowed at big league baseball games since March 12.By now the safety protocols for sports events have become familiar. Fans in Scottsdale are spread out in small pods of two, four or six people. Masks are worn except when eating and drinking. People sitting on blankets in the grass beyond the outfield wall were given spray-painted squares to stay separate. Cleaning crews are ubiquitous. But spring baseball appears to have considerable safety advantage over its NBA, NHL and college basketball counterparts: Its played outdoors where studies have shown the virus is less effective at spreading.We feel really good about our ability to host spring training in the safest possible way, Cactus League executive director Bridget Binsbacher said.All 30 teams in Major League Baseball are allowing fans at their spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida, though capacity will be severely limited. The Chicago Cubs are welcoming the most fans 3,630 per game while the San Francisco Giants will have the fewest 1,000 per game. The Yankees and Twins have the largest percentage of seats available, with the potential to reach 28 of capacity.Fans certainly seem excited about getting back to the park. The players have missed them, too.Oakland right-hander Daulton Jefferies got a thrill from facing the loaded Los Angeles Dodgers lineup with fans in the seats at last. The limited crowd of 1,998 was a sellout at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona.Even though its 20-percent capacity it didnt feel like it, Jefferies said. Everyone was very loud. It was just a lot of fun. I think we truly underestimated how much we missed it.The outlook for spring training has changed drastically just in the past month. Back in January, the Cactus League sent a letter to MLB suggesting that the spring schedule be delayed because of high COVID-19 case counts in Maricopa County, which is home to all 15 teams in Arizona.But then cases plummeted in Arizona and the plan to play games pushed forward. Binsbacher and others became much more optimistic.For some fans, the progress came too late.Don Witynski is a 58-year-old Milwaukee Brewers fan from Wisconsin who has traveled to Arizona the past four years for about a week during spring training. He said his family of four would watch three or four baseball games but the trip also includes hiking and other outdoor activities in the Arizona sun.Not this year. He said most of his friends are staying in Wisconsin this year, though a few will make the trip to the desert.Were hunkering down, staying home, Witynski said. Ive got teenagers, 13-year-old twins. Obviously until this vaccine rolls out more were definitely staying home this year unfortunately.Those are the kinds of stories that have Arizona and Florida bracing for another year of lost revenue. But limited fans are better than no fans. The appetite to watch baseball appears strong: The Rockies and Diamondbacks who share the Salt River Fields facility both sold out their entire spring ticket allotments about 24 hours after they went public.Delaney said he and Mierzwa were coming to Arizona regardless of the baseball situation. They enjoy trail running and Arizona in February is a fine time for that sport. Businesses in Arizona hope there more Delaneys and Mierzwas out there to make 2021 a little less painful.Its all part of moving the right direction, Binsbacher said. I cant stress enough health and safety was at the forefront of everything we did. But the financial numbers are real. It definitely impacts our businesses and the numbers speak for themselves. Its a tremendous impact.The COVID-19 hit to central Arizonas baseball economy was stark: A study from Arizona State University found that the Cactus Leagues season generated an estimated economic impact of $363.6 million in 2020 before the shutdown in mid-March, which was down nearly $300 million from the estimated $644.2 million generated in 2018.The study added that 2020 would have been on a par with 2018 had it not been for the coronavirus. As for 2021, there is cautious optimism that the Cactus League season wont be a complete washout for the local economy. But for hotels, restaurants, bars, golf courses and rental house companies, theres little doubt that finances will take a hit for a second straight year.Stephanie Pressler, who is the director of community affairs for Experience Scottsdale, said businesses are balancing realism with a little optimism now that COVID-19 cases have gone down and all teams are allowing at least some fans.This is normally the busiest time of year for Scottsdales tourism industry, largely because of Cactus League spring training, Pressler said in an email. Understandably, our expectations are muted this year given the ongoing pandemic, though Experience Scottsdale is excited that the season is moving forward in a way that will keep teams, fans, employees and residents safe.AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Milwaukee, AP Baseball Writers Ronald Blum and Janie McCauley and AP freelancer Gary Schatz in Goodyear, Arizona, contributed to this story.

Teen Arrested for Breaking Into Fenway Park
02/28/2021 8:13pm

A 19-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly broke into Fenway Park early Saturday, Boston police confirm.Police say Seamus Webster, of Newburyport, made entry into the stadium around 1:40 a.m. at 4 David Ortiz Way.Webster was charged with trespassing and breaking and entering nighttime, police said.The news outlet Live Boston first reported the arrest. That report, which cited unnamed officials at Fenway Park, said Webster was one of seven people who attempted to scale the Green Monster. The other six were stopped and questioned.More Fenway Park Trespassing IncidentsFenway ParkFeb 16We Are on Fenway Park&039: Police Investigating Trespassing Shown in TikTok VideoBOSTONSep 20, 2020Fenway Park Trespasser Disrupts Red Sox-Yankees GameA Boston police representative told NBC10 Boston that other people besides Webster found at the scene Saturday morning were identified and let go.It wasnt immediately clear if Webster had an attorney who could speak to the trespassing and breaking-and-entering charges.Websters arrest comes almost two weeks after a TikTok video began circulating on social media showing two young men trespassing on the field of a closed Fenway Park. RIGHT NOW BOSTON POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A CASE OF TRESSPAS TRESPASSING AT FENWAY PARK. YOU CAN SEE IT WAS ALL SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THAT SUPER SECRET PLACE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. NBC 10u2019S ELI ROSENBERG JOINS US LIVE OUTSIDE FENWAY PARK TONIGHT WITH ALL THE DETAILS ON THIS. ELI. Reporter: WELL, SHANNON, BOSTON POLICE TONIGHT ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING. WHILE IT IS NOT CLEAR HOW THEY WERE ABLE TO GET INSIDE FENWAY, WHAT THEY DID ONCE THEY WERE, AS YOU MENTIONED, POSTED ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA. WEu2019RE ON THE BASEBALL FIELD OF FENWAY PARK. Reporter: A LATE NIGHT SCAMPER IN A HISTORIC PARK. TWO YOUNG MEN ON THE FIELD AT FENWAY PARK. A VIDEO THE RED SOX SAY WAS RECORDED EARLIER THIS MONTH. Iu2019M VERY SURPRISED THEY MANAGED TO GET INSIDE. MANAGED TO GET INSIDE. Reporter: IN THE MINUTE-LONG VIDEO POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA, THE TWO RUN AROUND THE INFIELD. READY Reporter: BEFORE THROWING A MOCK PITCH FROM THE MOUND. GET A HOME RUN. Reporter: THE RED SOX SAYING THE TWO ARE THEN CONFRONTED BY RED SOX SECURITY BEFORE, QUOTE, FLEEING THE SCENE. I WAS DEFINITELY SURPRISED THEY WERE ABLE TO GET ON THE FIELD. Reporter: FENWAY IS A MASS VACCINATION SITE, OPENING ITS DOORS FOR VACCINES ON FEBRUARY 1st. ITu2019S NOT CLEAR WHAT, IF ANY, ROLE THAT MAY HAVE PLAYED IN THIS INCIDENT. KIDS ARE ANXIOUS, BEING STUCK INSIDE FROM COVID, SO THEYu2019RE GOING TO ACT OUT. I GUESS BREAKING INTO FENWAY IS THE WAY OF DOING IT. Reporter: BACK IN SEPTEMBER, A MAN WAS STOPPED AFTER HE WAS SOMEHOW ABLE TO GET INTO A CLOSED FENWAY PARK DURING A GAME BETWEEN THE RED SOX AND THE YANKEES. THE RED SOX SAYING AFTER THIS LATEST INCIDENT, THE TEAM IS ALWAYS WORKING TO IMPROVE FENWAY PARKu2019S SECURITY. AND NOW BOSTON POLICE JOINING THE INVESTIGATION. A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED. I CANu2019T IMAGINE, THOUGH, THAT SECURITYu2019S TOO HEAVY THESE DAYS. NOT A LOT GOING ON IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. ITu2019S PRETTY QUIET THESE DAYS BUT A LITTLE SURPRISED THEY COULD GET IN THAT EASILY. Reporter: SO WE REACHED OUT TO THE YOUNG MAN WHO POSTED THIS VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA. HE ORIGINALLY AGREED TO TALK WITH US BUT CHANGED HIS MIND MINUTES BEFORE OUR SCHEDULED INTERVIEW. LIKE I MENTIONED, BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATING, ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS. OUTSIDE OF FENWAY, ELI ROSENBERG. THIS IS NEW TONIGHT.,videoid:1861740611615243,videolength:146413,videoprovider:mpx,alleypackscheduleunpublish:,feedremoteid:mpx1861740611615,feedthumbnailurl: data-livestreamfalse data-titleFenway Park Trespassing Shown in TikTok Video Under Investigation data-vidcid1:5:2303535 data-vidurlhttps://www.nbcboston.com/on-air/as-seen-on/fenway-park-trespassing-shown-in-tiktok-video-under-investigation/2303535/ data-isleadfalse data-catnames1813:On Air,1814:As Seen On,206944:News,705:Local data-tagnames49:BOSTON,486:Boston police,149:Boston Red Sox,151:Fenway Park,322025:fenway trespassing,17866:red sox data-customdataContentPartner:None,Source:WEBFM,SyndicationAllowed:true,mSNVideoCategories:MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news,mSNVideoContentSupplierID:NBCLocal,mSNVideoCountry:us,subtitle:nosubtitle,uploadedByTeam:1,youtubeChannel:None data-autoplayfalse data-cplaytrueIn the video, two people could be seen running onto the snow-covered diamond, pretending to throw pitches and hit balls inside Bostons beloved ballpark, which has served as one of Massachusetts mass vaccination sites since Feb. 1.The Boston Police Department confirmed they were investigating the trespassing incident, while a spokesperson for the Boston Red Sox said the organization was aware of it and actively working with police to identify the suspects.After that incident, which the Red Sox said occurred earlier this month, the team issued a statement, saying in part that they take matters of security very seriously and they are constantly working to improve Fenway Parks comprehensive security systems to prevent future incidents of this nature.

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