<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Sports]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/sports http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usMon, 18 Feb 2019 14:24:47 -0500Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:24:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Report: Kaepernick’s Attorney Cites Patriots as Possibility]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:26:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-6302161902.jpg

Colin Kaepernick's attorney says he wants to compete and play football and the New England Patriots could be among one of the potential teams, according to the Boston Globe. 

Mark Geragos, Kaepernick's attorney predicted that three teams could be interested in signing Kaepernick, including the New England Patriots.

"I will tell you, besides the (Carolina) Panthers, it would not surprise me if (Patriots Owner) Bob Kraft makes a move," Geragos said in a CNN interview on Saturday.

The collusion case between former teammates Kaepernick and Eric Reid and the NFL, settled on Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Warriors' Kevin Durant Named NBA All-Star Game MVP]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:01:32 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/176*120/warriors-durant-mvp.jpg

Out of all the stars on the court at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Sunday night, Kevin Durant shined the brightest.

He, Klay Thompson and Team LeBron defeated Steph Curry and Team Giannis 178-164 in the annual showcase game, and when all was said and done, it was Durant raising the game's MVP trophy above his head.

"All these players are great, you know," Durant said upon receiving the trophy. "We're mixing up the conferences, and there's so many great players in the league. So to be out here amongst so much greatness, I appreciate it."

Team Giannis actually led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, but Durant and Team LeBron staged a late comeback and dominated over the final 18 minutes of play. Durant accounted for a team-high 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range, in addition to seven rebounds and two assists.

"This will definitely give me some bragging rights, me and Klay," Durant said of Team LeBron's winning performance. "But Steph did hit that tough shot over Klay, so I'm sure we're gonna be talking about that for the next couple of days.

"I'm glad I got the MVP, as well."

It marked Durant's second time being named MVP of the All-Star Game, after he won the award for the first time back in 2012. He becomes just the fourth player in Warriors franchise history to be named All-Star MVP, and the first to do so since Rick Barry in 1967.

"It's all sweet to me. It's hard to rank," Durant said of his All-Star Game MVP award. "Everything is special. But it was cool to be out there with the best players in the game. Keep trying to rack them up, I guess."

If Durant and the Warriors continue on the trajectory they've been on ever since he signed with Golden State in July 2016 -- of course, his upcoming free agency could play a major factor -- he should have plenty of opportunities to add to that total in the future.

Following the game, Durant spoke with the “Inside the NBA” crew about how he compares the current Warriors team to the ones that have won the last two NBA championships.

"I think we're all a little bit more seasoned," Durant said. "I think we've been together for a couple years, and we know our tendencies and we know exactly what we need to do on offense and defense to compliment each other."

Now that All-Star festivities have come to an end, the time for individual accolades has as well. Only 25 games separate the Warriors from the postseason, and despite winning All-Star MVP, Durant has much bigger goals in mind.

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<![CDATA[Price Explains Why He Didn't Opt Out of Red Sox Deal]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:20:25 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Price_Explains_Why_He_Didn_t_Opt_Out_of_Red_Sox_Deal.jpg

"You seen this free agent market? It wasn't very hard": David Price comments on a bewildering offseason and says he wants to win again with the Red Sox. MVP Mookie Betts also spoke and Dustin Pedroia drew looks in batting practice after arriving to camp.

<![CDATA[1-on-1 With Dave Dombrowski]]> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:32:59 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000022111518_1200x675_1442311747590.jpg

The Red Sox' president of baseball operations talks about his team's offseason after winning the 2018 World Series.

<![CDATA[Red Sox Hold 1st Workout at Spring Training]]> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:57:45 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Red_Sox_Hold_1st_Workout_at_Spring_Training.jpg

Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training as the Red Sox look to repeat as champions.

<![CDATA[The Dogs of Westminster Dog Show 2019]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:15:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1097911370.jpg Dachshunds, Havanese, Bichon Frise - oh my! Hundreds of breeds and their owners gathered at New York's Madison Square Garden to compete for top dog at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog show.

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<![CDATA[Daniel Suarez Credits Father for NASCAR Career]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:34:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NASCAR.00_00_00_23.Still001.jpg

NASCAR Driver Daniel Suarez believed he was destined for the race track from an early age thanks to his father.

<![CDATA[Morris Rips Celtics After Loss to Clippers]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:51:27 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/marcusmorrispuzzledusatsi.jpg

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Edelman Shaves Off Beard for Charity on 'Ellen' Show]]> Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:48:35 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/edelman11.jpg

Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to proudly show off the Lombardi Trophy and walked away with a fresh shave.

In a preview of Edelman's appearance on Friday's show, the New England Patriots wide receiver expressed gratitude to his parents for supporting his career and talked about what being named Super Bowl MVP meant to him and his family.

"Getting the MVP is kind of a win for my other team, and that's my family. Getting to experience this with them, because they've been in my corner, they've made me who I am, this is like a full family kind of win," he explained.

Host Ellen DeGeneres, who is known for her antics, surprised the three-time Super Bowl champion with the official MVP trophy before moving on to the subject of his beard, which he said he did not shave all season.

"Coach (Bill) Belichick has this thing that he says, 'Put everything in the drawer and worry about it when the season's done,' so I put my razor actually in the drawer."

"Do you think he meant razor?" DeGeneres asked.

"He said everything," Edelman replied. "He's a scary, intimidating man."

The talk show host then said she would donate $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club if she could shave Edelman's beard. He was a bit hesitant at first, but ultimately was happy to get a fresh trim and the opportunity to be charitable. So much so that Edelman offered to match DeGeneres' donation, raising a total of $20,000 for the organization.

This makes the wide receiver the second Patriots player to trim some hair this week in the name of charity. Tom Brady got a clean shave at Gillette World Shaving Headquarters on Thursday.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Scenes From Bruins' Pucks and Paddles Ping Pong Tournament]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:22:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Bruins+DSC_1860.jpg Proceeds raised by the Bruins' second annual Pucks and Paddles Ping Pong Tournament were donated to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Man's Family Helps Him Find Super Bowl III Connection]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:52:36 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Family_of_Mass._Man_Seeking_Super_Bowl_III_Connection.jpg

A Massachusetts man has had questions since he went to Super Bowl III. Now, his children are using social media to help him fill in the blanks in a story he's been telling for decades.

Back in 1969, two tickets to the third ever Super Bowl were left with a supervisor at Logan Airport for a man to pick up before his flight. That man never showed up, and that's where Ronald Fudge's story begins.

"I was supposed to give him the tickets. He wasn't there," Fudge told NBC10 Boston.

He says there are a lot of stories from his three decades as a mechanic at Logan Airport, but this one is his favorite.

Fudge says after contacting the man to whom the tickets belonged, he learned the man was dealing with a family emergency and wasn't going to make it to Logan. That man told Fudge to make sure the tickets were used.

"I picked up the phone, called my wife, and I says, 'I may not be home tonight,'" Fudge laughed. "And I was on that plane."

The Topsfield resident has been telling the same story for 50 years – so often, his kids know it almost word for word.

"Ah, the famous Super Bowl story of Super Bowl III," said Fudge's daughter, Deb, who sat next to him for the interview.

The story is about that time Fudge hopped a flight to Miami with two tickets in his hand for Super Bowl III.

When he got to the stadium, he met a 10-year-old boy who was trying to find a way in.

"I says, 'would you like to go to the game?'" Fudge recalled. "He says, 'naturally.'"

Fudge says he then made the kid call his parents to ask permission.

"They was happy as hell, naturally. Who wouldn't be?" he said.

Deb says it's important to note that tickets at the time were selling outside the stadium for hundreds of dollars. She says her dad, who got the tickets for free, would never have imagined making a profit off of them.

"We know my dad is an honorable guy, and the fact he never considered selling them has become more legendary than anything," she said. "What an awesome thing to surprise a kid."

Fudge sat alongside that kid as they watched what turned out to be a legendary game.

You might remember - underdog quarterback Joe Namath made good on his guarantee, leading the New York Jets to an upset win over the Baltimore Colts.

Fudge still gets a kick out of Namath's white cleats.

"That was hilarious," he said, chuckling. "No one had ever wore anything but black shoes."

But 50 Super Bowls later, the story still has a missing piece.

"The kid's name," Fudge said.

So, after the Patriots' victory on Sunday, Fudge's kids thought they might be able to come up with a win for their dad.

"You know, why don't we tweet it out, get it out there, and see if we can find the kid?" Deb said.

Her brother, Doug, who lives in California, posted his dad's story on Twitter.

"It just kind of exploded overnight, which is amazing," he told NBC10 Boston through FaceTime.

The story has been shared more than 4,000 times between Twitter and Facebook.

They're hoping someone, somewhere, will make the connection.

"Someone must know someone who has told this story at a Thanksgiving meal at least once," Deb laughed.

"I want to hear his side of the story, what it was like for him," Doug said.

Fudge has lived 82 years and considers that day one of his greatest adventures.

"I wasn't planning to go to the Super Bowl, I was just going to a regular work day," he said.

He always thought he'd reconnect one day with the kid he shared it with. And now, thanks to his kids, that just might happen.

"Ultimately, it would be fun to connect him with Pops. That would be great," Deb said. "It would be fun."

Her Pops agreed.

Doug says he's following up on many leads through social media. He says an NFL employee saw his tweet and is now going through archives to try and track down photos that might show Fudge and the kid.

<![CDATA[Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies at 83]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:06:14 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/frankrobobit2.jpg

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83.

Robinson had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death Thursday.

Robinson hit 586 career home runs and won the Triple Crown while leading the Baltimore Orioles to their first World Series championship in 1966.

An All-Star outfielder in 12 seasons, his legacy extended far beyond the batter's box.

Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when the Cleveland Indians hired him in 1975. In his first at-bat as their player-manager, he hit a home run.

Robinson also managed San Francisco, Baltimore and Montreal. He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season.

Later, Robinson spent several years working as an executive for MLB.

Robinson was the NL MVP with Cincinnati in 1961 and Baltimore in 1966. The Reds, Orioles and Indians have retired Robinson's No. 20 and saluted him with statues at their ballparks. He's also in the Nationals' Ring of Honor.

Major League Baseball released a statement upon news of Robinson's death.

Major League Baseball is sad to confirm the passing of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first African-American field manager in the history of the game and longtime MLB executive, who was 83. He passed away this morning at his home in California, surrounded by family and friends.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today:

“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations. He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career. Known for his fierce competitive will, Frank made history as the first MVP of both the National and American Leagues, earned the 1966 AL Triple Crown and World Series MVP honors, and was a centerpiece of two World Championship Baltimore Orioles’ teams.

“With the Cleveland Indians in 1975, Frank turned Jackie Robinson’s hopes into a reality when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history. He represented four franchises as a manager, most recently when Baseball returned to Washington, DC with the Nationals in 2005," the statement read.

"Since 2000, Frank held a variety of positions with the Commissioner’s Office, overseeing on-field discipline and other areas of baseball operations before transitioning to a senior role in baseball development and youth-focused initiatives. Most recently, he served as a Special Advisor to me as well as Honorary American League President. In 2005, Frank was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for ‘setting a lasting example of character in athletics.’

“We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Frank’s wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle, their entire family and the countless fans who admired this great figure of our National Pastime.” 

<![CDATA[Woman's Tom Brady Jersey Goes Missing During Pats Parade]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 04:21:48 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/katie+pittsley.JPG

A Massachusetts woman is searching for her prized Tom Brady jersey after it went missing during the New England Patriots championship parade on Tuesday.

Katie Pittsley and her family came up from Taunton, thinking they'd have the time of their lives at the Pats parade in Boston.

“My goal was to see Gronkowski,” Pittsley said. “Gronk is my all-time favorite.”

It was a day to remember.

“I had so much fun,” she said. “My kids were having a blast.”

And she had her prized possession in her hands: a Tom Brady jersey that she’s had since high school.

“I bought that jersey a week before the 2002 Super Bowl that Brady played in,” she said. “I used my waitressing money from Friendly's.”

The family staked out a spot to get that jersey signed as players were getting off duck boats at the end of the parade route.

“I was able to throw my jersey up onto that duck boat and Stephon Gilmore and Devin McCourty both signed it and threw it back,” she said. “I then realized Gronkowski was the next duck boat.”

It was chaotic as Gronk arrived but Pittsley was ready, holding up her hand with the jersey.

“Somebody grabbed it,” she recalled.

At first, Pittsley figured someone took it out of her hand to get it to Gronk.

“Unfortunately mine never came back to me,” she said.

Pittsley and her family looked all over for it, but it was gone.

She’s filled out a police report and hopes someone turns it in.

“I’m hoping no one stole it,” she said. “I’m hoping somebody was trying to do a good thing, help me get a signature, but I don’t know.”

<![CDATA[David Ortiz's 'All-Star' Home Hits Market for $6.3M]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:50:44 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/204*120/David+Ortiz+Weston+Home+Collage.jpg

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