<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 18:45:20 -0400Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:45:20 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Marlins Complete Huge Comeback Victory Over Padres]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:06:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5881852481.jpg

The Miami Marlins came back from four runs down to beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Friday.

Chris Johnson brought home the game-winning run with a long double to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning. That run followed on a big rally just an inning earlier.

Trailing by three in the bottom of the eighth, the Marlins scored three runs. The big hit came courtesy of Martin Prado with a two-run single. Christian Yelich followed next with a run-scoring single of his own. Both hits came with two outs in the inning.

David Phelps was cruising until the fourth inning and then everything changed. Phelps ended up only going 3.2 innings in which he allowed four runs on two hits and three walks. Only three of the runs were earned and all four came in that aforementioned fourth inning.

When the fourth started, the Marlins held a two-run lead. The Padres would add on two more runs in the next two innings off Miami's pen as well. That 6-2 score would hold until Miami's big eighth inning.

Before Miami's big rally, the offense was mostly quiet. There were several singles and two doubles. Marcell Ozuna doubled for the 22nd time while J.T. Realmuto added his 25th two-base hit of the year. The Marlins stranded plenty of runners and struggled with runners in scoring position until the eighth.

Jose Urena will make the start for Miami on Saturday as it looks to take the first two of the series with San Diego.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Hit Into Six Double Plays in Loss]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:49:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-597182084.jpg

The Miami Marlins hit into six rally-killing double plays in their 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Miami had plenty of chances to get runs on the board, but put an end to those opportunities quickly. The six double plays were a season-high for the Marlins and resulted in a series loss to San Diego. With Miami trying to hang in the Wild Card race, the lowly Padres played the spoiler role well in the series.

Four of Miami's double plays were on the ground and the last one came on a line drive back to the pitcher. Grounding into double plays in the loss were Martin Prado, Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas, Christian Yelich and Jeff Francoeur. Gordon despite his speed was on the back-end of one of the early double plays.

Justin Nicolino was brought up from AAA for the emergency start after Andrew Cashner was scratched due to a blister. Nicolino pitched decently but was let down by his offense. The lefty had a quality start in which he allowed three runs in six innings. Nicolino walked one and allowed eight hits while taking the loss.

Miami's lone run was knocked in by Xavier Scruggs. The first baseman had a good day for the Marlins with two hits and a walk. One of those hits was a double which was the first of the season for Scruggs.

J.T. Realmuto also doubled in the game as part of a two-hit day. Miami's starting catcher now has 26 runs batted in this season.

The Marlins will next head to New York for a series with the Mets. Jose Fernandez will make the start for Miami in the series opening game on Monday at Citi Field.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Held Scoreless in Loss to Padres]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:09:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-596729056.jpg

The Miami Marlins were beaten 1-0 by the San Diego Padres on Saturday at Marlins Park.

The Padres have one of the worst records in Major League Baseball, but appeared much better in this one. Miami was unable to get anything going against starter Clayton Richard and the San Diego bullpen.

Jose Urena made the start for Miami and lasted 5.2 innings. The right-hander struck out six, walked two and allowed a run on four hits. It was a decent start for Urena, but he was charged with the loss due to the lack of run support. Urena is now 2-5 on the year with a 5.83 E.R.A.

The Marlins needed to use several relievers to keep the game close. Mike Dunn, Kyle Barraclough, A.J. Ramos and Fernando Rodney combined for 3.1 scoreless innings of relief work. Rodney loaded the base in the ninth inning, but was able to strike out Brett Wallace to end the threat.

Miami had nine hits in the game and only one of them was for extra bases. Martin Prado's 28th double of the season joined eight singles for Miami. Prado was 4-4 in the game, while the Marlins as a team were only 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

Justin Nicolino will be on the mound for the Marlins in the series finale on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Hero's Welcome for Laurie Hernandez]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/193*120/82816gymnast.jpg

Thousands of people turned out Saturday to give Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez a hero's welcome in her New Jersey hometown.

The 16-year-old gymnast traveled to the gathering in Old Bridge in a motorcade that included police, local officials and gymnastic groups.

The event culminated with a ceremony at a school football field where residents packed the bleachers, many cheering and holding signs praising Hernandez's efforts.

Hernandez won gold and silver medals in Rio de Janeiro. She was the youngest member of the five-person U.S. Olympics gymnastic team.

Her teammate Aly Raisman was also treated to a festive welcome Saturday in her hometown of Needham, Massachusetts. The Boston suburb hosted a "Rally for Aly."

Raisman won two individual silver medals and a team gold medal in the games that wrapped up earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Romo Has Broken Bone ]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:13:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ap-cowboys-tony-romo.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's season is in jeopardy after a MRI revealed he has a broken bone in his back.

Jason Garrett said Saturday he is confident that Romo will return at some point this season. Reports suggest he could miss 6-10 weeks.

"If you guys remember, he has played with fractures in his back before," Garrett said, referring to Romo's quick return from a small fracture in his back in 2014. "So that, probably more than anything else, is what is not giving us a timetable. We've heard a wide range of possibilities in terms of when he would be able to play."

Romo took a vicious hit from behind in Thursday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He was visibly in pain and didn't return to the game as a result.

Romo tried to convince the coaching staff he was OK to go back in, saying he was fine. After the game, the quarterback said he would be ready for Week 1.

"You're naive if you don't think when you lose your starting quarterback that it's not a punch in the gut," said Cowboys VP Stephen Jones. "Tony is one of the great players in the league."

The 36-year-old underwent two surgeries on his back in the last 30 months in addition to two collarbone breaks. Romo's back held up in 2014 and 2015 due to extensive maintenance which included limited practice time.

Jones told reporters on Saturday that Romo isn't nearing the end of his career.

"I wouldn't dare go there. Tony is more driven than ever to get himself into shape," Jones said.  "He's going to be the first one to say this won't be his last year."

Jones added the Cowboys are searching for a backup quarterback.

"If we see a quarterback that can come in here, we'll look at that," Jones said.

The Cowboys went 4-12 last season after Romo missed 12 games due to injury. They were 1-11 without him on the field.

Rookie Dak Prescott is expected to start with Romo on the sidelines.

"Dak has done a nice job really at every turn starting back at training camp," Garrett said. "I thought he did a particularly good job in this game against Seattle because he certainly didn't anticipate going in on the fourth play of the game."



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<![CDATA[49ers QB Kaepernick Refuses To Stand During National Anthem]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-493261784.jpg

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the playing of the national anthem before his team’s preseason game Friday against the Green Bay Packers.

After the game, he told NFL Media in an exclusive interview that he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

"To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he told NFL Media. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Steve Wyche, the NFL reporter who broke the story, said Saturday that Kaepernick has been looking for a moment to take a stand for a few months.

"He wanted to find a way to make a point," Wyche said. "This, as controversial as it is, is the way he felt he needed to take a stand."

The 49ers issued a statement after the game, saying that it is Kaepernick’s prerogative to stand or sit during the anthem.

"The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony," the 49ers said in the statement. "It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

The NFL offered its own statement on Saturday.

"Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem," the NFL stated, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Kaepernick, who has used his Twitter account recently to retweet accounts aimed at denouncing white supremacy and racial inequality, also told NFL Media that he is "not looking for approval."

"I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right," he told NFL Media.

Wyche said that this wasn't the first time this preseason that Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem, but now that the 28-year-old quarterback has captured national attention, he is ready to face any potential repercussions.

"He said he's got the spine and the backbone to deal with whatever comes to face him," Wyche said.

San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Chip Kelly said that Friday night's incident will have no impact on the quarterback's football future.

Justin Pugh, a lineman for the New York Giants, and other NFL players tweeted their opinions on Kaepernick's decision not to stand.



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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Cousin Fatally Shot]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:36:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Aldridge0825.JPG

A woman was shot to death while pushing a child in a stroller on Chicago's South Side, police said Friday, and family identified the victim as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

The 32-year-old woman, whom family identified as Nykea Aldridge, was apparently the unintended victim of a gang shooting, police said. She was walking around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two males approached another male and opened fire, police said.

Several hours after his cousin was shot, Wade sent out a tweet about the killing.

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Pastor Jolinda Wade, Dwyane's mother, identified Aldridge as her niece. Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones confirmed Aldridge is Dwyane's cousin.

"This is one particular time our family wished we didn't have to be speaking to the media about anything," Jolinda Wade said. "(I) just sat up on a panel yesterday, (with ESPN wesbite) The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that we would be the ones ... actually living and experiencing it."

Aldridge was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where she was pronounced dead. A relative took custody of the child, police said.

Jones said Aldridge is a mother of four and had just had a baby. Jones said she and her family had recently relocated to the neighborhood and she was on her way to register her kids at school when she was shot. 

It was not immediately clear which school Aldridge was going to, but the shooting happened close to Dulles School, which was partially blocked off as police analyzed the scene. 

"She loved God, loved her family," Jones said. "Just like everyone else, just wanted a better life, to live a better life. This is tragic because now it struck home with us. Something has to be done. This has got to stop."

Wade called the killing senseless and said the Wade and Morris families were in a "sensitive, grieving place."

"She wasn't bothering anybody, just going to register her kids in school — and bullets that fly around have no name decided to find its way to her head," she said.

Wade said this is the second child her sister, Aldridge's mother, has lost to gun violence. 

Wade asked for prayers and said she will continue to be proactive in the community.

"We're still going to help and empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head," she said. "And all of our young people out there, senselessly shooting each other."

Two men are being questioned as persons of interest and an investigation is ongoing, police said.

Dwyane Wade decided to join his hometown Bulls this summer, and has been a longtime supporter of the South Side, where his foundation has been active. In November, after Chicago police released video of Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting on the South Side, Wade wrote the teenager’s name on his shoes for an NBA game, along with the hashtag "#justice."

The Bulls released the following statement on the shooting death: "The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time."



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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress Arrested for DWI: Police]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:34:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jeffress-mug.jpg

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels placed Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list Friday, saying the pitcher was unable to perform after spending the night in jail after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 28-year-old was booked into the jail at 5:13 a.m. His bond was set at $500.

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The Rangers released a statement earlier in the day saying they are "aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning" and are "in the process of the gathering information."

Friday afternoon, Daniels sat before the media and discussed what he knew about the incident, but admitted there was still much to get their hands around.

Daniels said Jeffress' being put on the restrictive list was because he didn't sleep and would physically be unable to perform Friday night. He added that it was not a suspension related to an allegation of drug use or the arrest, and said that Jeffress would likely be back on the active roster Saturday.

Jeffress was suspended for 50 games in 2007 after testing positive for drugs — reportedly for marijuana — after being given a warning for his first offense. He was suspended for 100 games in 2009 for a third failed test.

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If Jeffress fails another drug test, he faces a lifetime ban. Daniels said Friday afternoon he wasn't sure if alcohol was on the list of drugs considered by Major League Baseball.

Jeffress and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Rangers before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. He last pitched for the Rangers on Tuesday where he gave up one hit and one run in one inning of work in a 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Top Falcons in Preseason Game in Orlando]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:15:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595426636.jpg

The Miami Dolphins improved to 2-1 on the preseason with their 17-6 over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

The game was considered a home game for the Dolphins, but was actually played in Orlando. This scheduling was due to the renovations at Hard Rock Stadium.

Miami got on the scoreboard early into the second quarter. Finding the end zone was Arian Foster with his first rushing touchdown in a Dolphins uniform. Foster is vying for the starting gig at the running back slot with Jay Ajayi also in the competition. Foster had ten yards on five carries while Ajayi had 11 yards on his six tries.

Ryan Tannehill played the entire first half and was not overly effective. Tannehill was 20-29 for 155 yards and no touchdowns. Miami's starting quarterback threw one interception and had a QB rating of 67.5 in the game. It is likely that Tannehill will sit out next week's game and will next play in the regular season.

On the other side of the ball, Ndamukong Suh got off to a good start in this one. Suh was mostly absent from last week's game, but was active from the start against the Falcons. Unfortunately for Suh and the Dolphins, he fell victim to an ankle injury which ended his evening early.

Reshad Jones also had a good defensive day with an interception. Jones was able to carry the ball for 17 yards, after taking it away from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. The interception was the first of the preseason for Jones.

The preseason will come to a close for Miami next Thursday at Hard Rock Stadium against the Tennessee Titans.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Lose Sloppy Finale to Royals]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595427136.jpg

The Miami Marlins committed three errors in their 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

The errors helped the Royals score runs and proved to be costly. Kansas City had three errors of their own in a sloppy game for both teams. With the loss, Miami failed to gain ground in the Wild Card race. The win for the Royals also gave them a series victory over the Marlins.

Dee Gordon committed one of the errors, while Martin Prado was charged with the other. It was the sixth error of the season for Gordon and the eighth for Prado this year.

Tom Koehler pitched decently but was let down by his defense. Koehler allowed four runs and three of the four went down as earned runs despite the errors. The right-hander lasted six innings in which he allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

In contrast to Kansas City's runs, both of Miami's were unearned. Due to this, there were zero runs batted in for any Marlins player in the loss. All seven of Miami's hits were singles and the team struggled to get anything going. The Marlins were only 1-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

Christian Yelich was robbed early when Jarrod Dyson climbed the center field wall to take away a home run. Replays showed the ball would have went over the wall before Dyson leaped to catch it.

Jeff Francoeur made his debut for the Marlins when he appeared as a pinch-hitter. The veteran was able to leg out an infield single and should see at least one start in the upcoming series. Francoeur is expected to see starts against left-handed pitchers, while Ichiro Suzuki should see most of his time against right-handers.

David Phelps will be on the mound for Miami on Friday against the San Diego Padres.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Park to Host First Round of World Baseball Classic]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:42:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-163803800.jpg

Marlins Park will host the first round of the World Baseball Classic beginning on March 9, 2017.

The announcement was made by Major League Baseball on Thursday along with the locations for other WBC games. This will mark the second time that the home of the Miami Marlins is used for the international tournament.

In 2013, Marlins Park was the host for the teams from the United States, Puerto Rico, Italy and the Dominican Republic. This time around, Puerto Rico and Italy have been replaced by Canada and Colombia.

The games at Marlins Park will take place from March 9-13. It is likely that the field will contain several current Marlins players. Fernando Rodney was a member of the 2013 squad from the Dominican Republic. Giancarlo Stanton played for Team USA and will likely do so again. There is also a connection to the past with former Marlins manager Jim Leyland set to be the skipper of Team USA.

The Dominican Republic won the 2013 tournament and could enter this one as the favorites once again. In that year, the championship game was plated at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This time around, the title round will be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Fans looking to purchase tickets may visit WorldBaseballClassic.com.



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<![CDATA[Hard Rock Stadium to be Sprayed For Zika Before Games]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:54:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/185*120/082516+hard+rock+stadium.jpg

Even with their games being played over 15 miles from the two hot zones in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Dolphins are stopping at nothing to help keep fans safe in the fight against Zika while attending games at Hard Rock Stadium.

An article in the Palm Beach Post detailed how the team has been spraying the area around the stadium as a precaution against the spread of the disease, including treating drainage areas and eliminating as much standing water as possible.

There has also been spraying of areas around trash cans and landscaping both inside and out of the stadium to help employees be safe as well.

The spraying has gone on every two weeks and will continue two days prior to events at the stadium including home games for the Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes.

The Dolphins are scheduled to return to the newly named and revamped stadium on September 1st, playing their final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. The Hurricanes will play their first game two days later when they host Florida A&M.



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<![CDATA[Fernandez Leads Marlins Past Royals]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:04:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-594878150.jpg

The Miami Marlins received a big start from Jose Fernandez and beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Wednesday.

Fernandez had lost three straight starts heading into this one. The right-hander made sure that wouldn't extend to four with his seven solid innings. Fernandez struck out nine and allowed no runs on six hits. With the win, Fernandez is now 13-7 with a 2.91 E.R.A this season.

Not only did Fernandez pitch well, but he produced with his bat as well. Miami's ace was 2-2 with a run scored.

The game was tied 0-0 when it headed into the sixth inning. That's when Miami put up three runs courtesy of Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Yelich's two-run single gave him 74 runs batted in this year. Ozuna would then add 65th RBI this season.

A day after failing with runners in scoring position multiple times, Miami did a better job in the win. The Marlins were 2-5 with runners in scoring position and elft a total of five men on base.

A.J. Ramos worked the eighth inning as he remained the set-up man for a second straight outing. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 25th save of the season.

The Marlins will turn to Tom Koehler on Thursday as they look for a series win over Kansas City.



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<![CDATA[Adam Kuperstein, Jason Taylor Preview Dolphins vs. Atlanta]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:23:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082416+dolphins+falcons+promo.jpg

Thursday night, the Miami Dolphins return to Florida for their first preseason game in the Sunshine State – but it won’t be inside Hard Rock Stadium.

The Dolphins will hit the road for the third straight game, this time heading to Orlando for a preseason tilt with the Atlanta Falcons – and NBC 6 is the only place to catch all the action!

Tune in Thursday at 7:30 PM for our exclusive pregame show, as Adam Kuperstein will be live inside Camping World Stadium. He’ll be joined by former Dolphins legend Jason Taylor to provide all the insight before Miami takes the field.

The game was moved from South Florida to Orlando earlier this summer, with Miami still being the home team. The Dolphins will return home for their preseason finale on September 1st against the Tennessee Titans.

So far, the Dolphins sit at 1-1 in the preseason, losing last Friday to the Dallas Cowboys 41-14. Thursday night, many of the team’s starters will play much of the game as the third preseason game is traditionally seen as the closest to a regular season game in terms of strategy.

This is Miami’s only scheduled game this season on NBC, however games in the regular season could be moved due to the NFL’s flex scheduling rules starting with Week Five games.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Acquire Jeff Francoeur]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:07:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-535546492.jpg

The Miami Marlins acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Wednesday in a three-team deal.

Francoeur had been playing with the Atlanta Braves and should share time with Ichiro Suzuki in Miami's outfield. The third team in Wednesday's trade was the Texas Rangers. The Marlins will be sending international signing dollars to Texas in the deal.

The need for an extra bat has risen with the losses of Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich. Miami has had to use Suzuki on a near everyday basis and the veteran has shown some signs of slowing down. With Francoeur on the team, Suzuki can now slide back into a more part-time role.

In his 12 years in Major League Baseball, Francoeur has been an active traveler. The veteran has played for the Braves, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Francoeur is known to be an aggressive free-swinger at the plate and he possesses a strong throwing arm in the outfield.

This season Francoeur has amassed a .249 batting average to go along with seven home runs and 33 runs batted in during 99 games played. The 32-year-old is likely going to be in the lineup when Miami takes on left-handed pitchers. Suzuki should see most of his starts against right-handers.

Francoeur should be in Miami for Thursday's game against Kansas City. The Marlins will need to make a corresponding roster move as well.



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<![CDATA[Preseason Week Three Preview: Falcons at Dolphins]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:33:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485763628.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will host the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday in Orlando at Camping World Stadium.

After playing on the road the first two weeks of the preseason, Miami will be considered the home team in this one. The game won't be in Miami however as the NFL wanted to give the Dolphins time to complete renovations on Hard Rock Stadium.

The Dolphins have decisions to make for their roster with only two games remaining before the regular season. Miami also needs to see some consistent play from its first team offense and defense. Last week Ryan Tannehill had a solid game, but the defensive starters did not.

Miami needs to see Ndamukong Suh and Mario Williams step up against Atlanta. The duo barely were noticeable in last week's loss and are going to be critical to the success of the Dolphins this season. Cameron Wake could see his first game action of the preseason in this one as well.

The battle at the running back spot remains Miami's most interesting decision. Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi are vying for the starting job and neither player has done much in two preseason games. This one could end up being the deciding factor on who wins the gig.

With Matt Moore staying back in Miami for this game, the Dolphins could give more work in the second half to Brandon Doughty and Zac Dysert. Tannehill should play the entire first half before turning the ball over to the backup quarterbacks.

Thursday's game will get underway at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.



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<![CDATA[New Name for White Sox Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/us+cellular+field+GettyImages-520000826.jpg

Chicago White Sox fans will have a new corporate name attached to their home stadium next season, as the team has sold naming rights for their ballpark to Guaranteed Rate, the team announced Wednesday.

The stadium, currently known as U.S. Cellular Field, will become Guaranteed Rate Field on Nov. 1 as part of a new 13-year contract that the White Sox signed with the mortgage company, according to a statement released by the club.

"We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field," chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in the statement. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the name change during a board meeting, the statement said. Financial terms of the deal between the White Sox and Guaranteed Rate were not disclosed.

The White Sox retained an option under the team’s lease for the ballpark, which could extend the deal an additional year through 2030.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to be part of the White Sox family," president & CEO of Guaranteed Rate Victor Ciardelli said. "It really is a dream come true to have the Guaranteed Rate name on a hometown Chicago ballpark."

"We love this city and its baseball fans, and couldn’t be happier to partner with an iconic team and a legendary owner in Jerry Reinsdorf," Ciardelli added. "We look forward to many great years of White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field."



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<![CDATA[LA Dubs 8/24 'Kobe Bryant Day']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:53:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-Day-8-24-LA.jpg

Will Kobe Bryant go into the Hall of Fame wearing the No. 8 or the No. 24?

Los Angeles City Council members decided not to pick one or the other and instead opted to honor Bryant's early years donning the no. 8 en route to three NBA titles and also the no. 24, which collected two NBA championships, simultaneously.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, which can be abbreviated as "8/24," will be "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles when Councilman Jose Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Curren Price introduce a resolution at Wednesday's LA City Council meeting.

Bryant is having a busy week, as the 37-year-old rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, revealing a $100 million venture capital firm that bears his name.

Then, Tuesday, Aug. 23 is Bryant's 38th birthday.

On Wednesday, the "Black Mamba" will get a belated birthday present of sorts when he is honored by the City of Angels for his contributions on the court, as well as his philanthropic efforts off the court. Bryant has championed the fight against homelessness as well as the created a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need. Over the course of his public life, Bryant has been involved in numerous charitable causes and regularly volunteered to help "Make-a-Wish" for sick kids.

"Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant's 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and 'Kobe Bryant Day' is the City of Los Angeles' way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles," Huizar said in a statement. "For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe's incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we'll gather to say, 'Thank you, Mamba.'"

Bryant expects to be present at LA City Hall on Wednesday morning.



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<![CDATA[Back From Rio, Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:58:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/feigen-lochte-conger-bentz.jpg

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.



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<![CDATA[Water Polo Star Ashleigh Johnson Greets Fans at MIA]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:43:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082316+ashleigh+johnson.jpg

Rio Water Polo star Ashleigh Johnson greeted fans at Miami International Airport Tuesday, many excited to take photos with an Olympic Gold Medalist.

"It's really inspiring to see how many people watched us, and watched me play. And it's really cool to have this kind of support from Miami," she said.

The water polo goalie from Redland helped Team USA with an impressive 12-5 win against Italy in the finals. Johnson is the only non-Californian on her team.

"That moment was indescribable because it was so much hard work and effort that we put into that game and into the tournament," Johnson said.

Johnson also made history as the first black woman to represent the United States in water polo at the Olympics.

"It's really cool to be able to be someone that little girls and boys can look up to, in your sport and just break open the barrier a little bit," she said.

The athlete admits she hates swimming, although she recognizes swimming led her to what she calls a fun alternative. And as for what she plans to do with that gold medal, Johnson says she's giving it to her mom so she can decide where to put it.

"She's the one who pushed me and motivated me to do this whole thing, and just motivated me as an athlete and I just want to say thank you to her," Johnson said.

Johnson will now go back to Princeton, but she's not sure yet about Tokyo in 2020.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Winning Streak Ends With Shutout Loss]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:07:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-594430280.jpg

The Kansas City Royals ended a three-game winning streak for the Miami Marlins with a 1-0 win on Tuesday.

The World Series champion Royals were playing their first game ever at Marlins Park. Miami was trying to stay hot after a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh. Kansas City is currently the hottest team in baseball with nine straight wins following this victory..

Andrew Cashner had his best start as a Marlin thus far with six solid innings. Cashner allowed a run on four hits while striking out four. The run allowed by the right-hander came in his last inning of work. Cashner fell to 4-10 on the season to go along with a 4.73 E.R.A.

Kyle Barraclough did a tremendous job out of the bullpen for the Marlins. With his 1.2 hitless innings, Barraclough kept Miami in the game. The Marlins were unable to mount a comeback however against Kansas City's bullpen.

Before exiting in the eighth inning due to a family emergency, Marcell Ozuna doubled. It was the 21st double of the season for Ozuna and his status for Miami's next game is not known as of yet.

The Marlins had their chances, but could not get the job done. Miami was 0-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Jose Fernandez will start Wednesday's game against Kansas City.



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<![CDATA[Nike's Gold Medal Newborn Giveaway]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:27:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Elena+Delle+Donne+Baby+Nikes+Medal.jpg

One of Delaware's most famous athletes took home gold at the Rio Olympics and that means each baby born Saturday in her hometown hospital is taking home a pair of sweet sneakers.

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and the U.S. basketball team took home gold in dominating fashion Saturday – beating Spain by 29 points — and in honor of that big win, the parents of every child born at Christiana Hospital in New Castle County, Delaware, on the gold medal day got a special gift Sunday.

The bright green Nike kicks — with an orange swoosh — came with a special notice mentioning Delle Donne being born in the same hospital on Sept. 5, 1989.  It just so happens that Delle Donne is a spokeswoman for the hospital as well as Nike.

"It all starts now. 26 years ago, it started in Wilmington for a little champ just like you," read the message. "And today, Elena Delle Donne conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that could be you. Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential. Whatever you decide, get up. Get out. And get started. Life moves fast. And in these, it will move a little faster. Just do it. Unlimited future."

The hospital, which says it delivers more than 6,000 babies each year, said it gave out around three dozens pairs of sneakers. Other hospitals in other athletes' hometowns, including Delle Donne's teammate Brittney Griner's birthplace, also had similar Nike promotions.

The hospital said it's "#DelawareProud" and can't wait to see what this next generation of Delawareans accomplish.

No word yet if any of the newborns have a jump shot.



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<![CDATA['Final Five' Set to Tour US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16236682575231.jpg

The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

"I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

"She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

"There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

"Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

"Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

"It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 



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<![CDATA[Raisman Says Yes to Date]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WEB+RAW+UNDERWOOD+ASKING+ALY+FB+-+00001703.jpg

Aly Raisman caught the attention of many with her incredible performance at the Rio Olympics, especially Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, who hopes to snag a date with the gymnast the next time she’s in San Jose.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Raisman watched a recorded video of Underwood congratulating her hard work at the Olympics, and took the opportunity to ask her out on a double date with long snapper Andrew East the next time she’s in San Jose.

East also happens to be married to 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Raisman’s friend.

Raisman giggled and said she would go out with him.

In September, Raisman and the Final Five team will be in San Jose for their champions tour. Maybe Underwood will make an appearance and snag Raisman for that date.

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<![CDATA[Think You Remember the Rio Olympics? Take the Quiz]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:16:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/michael-phelps-200m-im-web-aptopix-rio-olympics-_webf-5.jpg

For 17 days in August, athletes from around the world competed in Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate prize in sports: an Olympic gold medal.

You probably didn't win gold yourself, but you can try to get the next best thing by acing our Olympics quiz.



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<![CDATA[A Very Premature Look at the 2018 Winter Olympics]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:14:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mikGettyImages-516484680.jpg

The Rio Olympics just ended and it's summer, so is it too soon to think about the Winter Olympics? Of course not!

Here's a look at the United States and its prospects for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony is just 536 days away.

FIGURE SKATING

The USA’s strongest competitors in Sochi were the ice-dancing duos of Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and the brother-sister pairing of Alex and Maia Shibutani — known as the Shib Sibs.

Davis and White have not said for sure they’ll return to defend their gold medals in Pyeongchang, but they've kept sharp. Meanwhile, the Shib Sibs got a silver medal at world championships in 2016 and fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates got bronze there.

In the individual events, the USA will be trying to get back on the podium. Ashley Wagner ended a 10-year drought for women at worlds and Olympics when she won silver at 2016 worlds in Boston.

ALPINE SKIING

Lindsey Vonn missed the Sochi Games but has already been to Pyeongchang to check out the ski runs. She could be looking to end her storied career on a positive note at the Olympics in 2018.

Mikaela Shiffrin, meanwhile, has been up her usual dominating ways in the slalom — she won all five World Cup races she entered this season. But a knee injury caused her to miss plenty of races, too. If she’s healthy for Pyeongchang she could be one of the Games’ biggest stars. On the men’s side, Ted Ligety was the only American to win a race in the World Cup, though Andrew Weibrecht and Steven Nyman also found the podium. 

ICE HOCKEY

The shape of this tournament will be largely determined by whether the National Hockey League continues to release players. If it does, Canada will be expected to win the gold medal for a third straight Olympics.

Other contenders will be Sweden, Russia and the United States. Finland is coming off a gold medal at the world junior championships and has some of the best goaltenders in the NHL. If the NHL declines to participate, the medal chances of the North American teams go down, to the benefit of Sweden, Russia and Finland.

In the women’s tournament, the USA and Canada will be the teams to beat. Canada will be aiming for a fifth straight Olympic gold medal, while the U.S. also has made the podium every time since 1998. 

SPEED SKATING

The USA almost has to do better in these events in South Korea, if only because Sochi was such a fiasco — no Americans medaled for the first time in 30 years. That said, Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson Bergsma are coming off excellent World Cup seasons, while Joey Mantia set personal bests at three distances in the fall.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

The USA continues to slowly improve in the nordic disciplines. Kikkan Randall has been the face of the team for years, but in January, Sophie Caldwell won a World Cup sprint event, joining Randall as the only American women to win a race on the circuit. 

OTHER SPORTS

Unlike the speed skaters, the American sliding sporst athletes had a bumper crop of seven medals in Sochi in bobsled, skeleton and even luge. Elana Meyers Taylor improved on her Vancouver bronze with a silver in two-woman bobsled. She also just won bronze at the 2016 world championships. … Snowboarders get another chance at a medal since the addition of Big Air as a discipline. Shaun White flamed out in Sochi but says he plans to come back and compete in 2018 … American 22-year-old Ashley Caldwell joined 2014 silver medalist Devin Logan as a force to be reckoned with in freestyle skiing this season.

— Denis P. Gorman contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Trailblazers, Record-Setters and More: Rio's Top Moments]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:27:24 -0400 first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592597200.jpg

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<![CDATA[Simone Selfies Dominate Rio Closing Ceremony]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:05:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16235012101506.jpg

Being the flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony has its privileges. But it also makes you stick out in the crowd.

Simone Biles knows this firsthand after carrying the American flag during the Rio finale Sunday night. While it was an honor to carry the flag, it also meant that selfie seekers could track her down pretty easily.

Many fellow Olympians wanted to take a picture with Biles after her outstanding gymnastics performance during the 2016 Olympics. Seems like she won over as many fans outside of the U.S. as she did stateside.

Here's a sampling of the pictures that showed up on social media:

And while Biles dominated the selfie lines, don't count out our little Tongan friend:



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<![CDATA[Biggest Letdowns of the 2016 Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/587771844-olympics-hope-solo-rio-colombia.jpg There were plenty of winners during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but there were also plenty of disappointments. Some of the world's best athletes left Brazil without the medals they dreamed about, and instead were left with bitter tastes in their mouths.

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<![CDATA[Rio's Goodbye Party: Images from the Closing Ceremony]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:52:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593262134.jpg After 2 weeks of intense competition, one last celebration in Rio.

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