<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:37:43 -0400 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:37:43 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Stanton Singles Home Winning Run in 10th]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:42:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452990216.jpg

The Miami Marlins beat the Texas Rangers on Tuesday 4-3 in ten innings and now have a winning record on the season.

Giancarlo Stanton rifled a single to right-field to bring home Jeff Baker from second base and give Miami its 63rd win of the year. It was also the third straight victory for the Marlins. Miami also has 11 walk-off wins and 32 one-run wins this season.

Jarred Cosart continued his good run as a Marlin with another fine start. It was in fact a quality start that lasted six innings. The right-hander hallowed a run on six hits while walking two and striking out a pair.

Cosart would end up with a no-decision after the bullpen blew the lead in the seventh inning. A.J. Ramos started the frame and was very inefficient when he walked two, gave up two hits and also ended up having two runs charged to him.

The second run came home on a bases loaded walk by Mike Dunn. The left-hander entered to work out of the jam set up by Ramos and ended up leaving with the game locked at three.

Steve Cishek got himself intro trouble in the ninth and wasn't helped when Donovan Solano made an error on what could have been an inning-ending double play. The Marlins' closer worked out of it though and kept the game tied.

Sam Dyson had one of his best appearances as a Major Leaguer in the tenth when he struck out the side. Dyson would end up with the win.

Marcell Ozuna hit his 17th home run of the season, a solo blast in the fourth inning. Ozuna also singled and scored two runs in the game. The center-fielder is up to 63 runs batted in on the year as well.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (15), and Garrett Jones (24) each doubled. Saltalamacchia also brought home his 37th run of the year as part of a two-hit day.

Defense was a story in this game as the two teams combined for six errors.

The Marlins and Rangers will wrap up their quick two-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Miami has Nathan Eovaldi scheduled to make the start.



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<![CDATA[Twitter Cheers Mo'ne Davis at LLWS]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:56:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP35427040879.jpg

Some hard-hitting Las Vegas batters may have gotten the better of Philadelphia's Taney Dragons at the Little League World Series on Wednesday, but Taney fans' confidence in their team, led by pitching phenom Mo'ne Davis, didn't flag on Twitter.

Taney lost to their Nevadan rivals 8-1, despite plenty of impressive plays — including a hit from Mo'ne in the fourth inning that helped give the Dragons their first run of the game, and an impressive sliding catch by Zion Spearman. Fortunately Taney isn't out yet. They play Chicago Thursday night for a shot at the U.S. Final.

Wednesday night, supporters from their hometown and far beyond took to Twitter to cheer on Taney with the hashtag #BelieveInDragons.

Before the game, Philly's big-league, grown-up teams had offered their support, too:

 So did state-wide leaders:

 One fan had a helpful reminder to over-eager fans, though, that they're just kids, after all:



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<![CDATA[Charges Filed Against Teens Who Entered Ray Allen's Home]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:49:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081414+ray+allen.jpg

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office filed trespassing charges against the seven people who walked into former Miami Heat star Ray Allen’s home last week.

Coral Gables Police originally said they were not filing charges against the teenagers. The teens were identified by police as: Ernesto Romero, 18; Jonathan Ramirez, 19; Kevin Ramos, 18; Alana Garcia, 18; Christian Lobo, 18; Angel Sanchez, 18; and Jorge Guerrero, 18.

Coral Gables Police said the group of seven teens was at a party next door when they decided to enter Allen’s home through an unlocked back door in the early morning hours of August 14. Allen wasn’t home, but his wife and children were sleeping inside and were awoken by the commotion.

The teens ran from the home after Shannon Allen, Ray’s wife, yelled at them, according to Coral Gables Police. In a 911 call made by Shannon Allen, she described the teens’ actions as if they were on a tour of the home.

“They were like, if they were on a tour, pointing out stuff,” Allen told the 911 dispatcher. “Like, ‘Oh, wow, look at this picture. Oh my God, look, he’s got a flat screen TV.’”

The Allens met with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office this week to give statements on the incident and to push for charges to be brought against the teens.

The Allen's attorney, Gregory Victor, gave a statement Wendesday afternoon that read:

"Ray and Shannon have been advised that the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office has filed Trespass charges against the 7 intruders to their home. The determination as to what specific charges to file was entirely within the discretion of the State Attorney's Office and the Allen's are satisfied with both the decision to prosecute and the charges being pursued. The Allen's are thankful that no one was hurt and they are appreciative for all the support they have received from their community."



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<![CDATA[Comeback Falls Short For Marlins in Loss]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:09:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453868944.jpg

The Miami Marlins fell behind early and were unable to recover in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Miami and put a minor dent in their movement up the Wild Card standings. Miami had entered the day 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Nathan Eovaldi allowed five runs and they all came in the first two innings. Those runs came on nine hits and a walk. Four of the runs were earned and the early trouble put a down tone on the game for Miami from the get-go

Brad Hand, Chris Hatcher, A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn combined for four scoreless innings of relief that kept the game within reach. Hand could still be a member of the rotation despite the one-inning appearance. Manager Mike Redmond has yet to tip his hand on whether he'll go with Hand or Brad Penny when next needed.

For most of the game, the Marlins looked lethargic in the field and at the plate after a terrific extra-inning win a day earlier. Despite facing a local product with limited big league success thus far in Nick Martinez, the Marlins appeared overmatched at times.

Martinez struck out seven Miami hitters while the Texas bullpen added on another three strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton who was the hero on Tuesday was 0-3 in this game and was punched out three times.

Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna were exceptions for Miami in terms of good days at the plate. Yelich was 3-4 which included his 21st double of the season. Ozuna also had three hits including his 18th home run of the year in the ninth inning and his 20th two-bagger earlier in the game. 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch-hit for Jeff Mathis later in the ninth inning and hit his 11th home run of the season to cut the deficit to one run. Miami had entered the final inning down by three after scoring two runs in the fourth inning.

Miami is off on Thursday and will begin a series in Colorado on Friday with Henderson Alvarez scheduled to start for the Marlins.



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<![CDATA[How Star Little League Team Taney Dragons Got Their Start]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:56:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP35427040879.jpg

Twenty years ago, the league behind the Taney Dragons started with three parents, a coach and a permit to play on a Philadelphia field.

Now, the youth baseball team is the subject of national media frenzy thanks to its remarkable Little League World Series run and star pitcher Mo'ne Davis' 70 mph fastball.

“The kind of attention we’ve had has absolutely been mind-boggling," co-founder Ellen Siegel said.

Siegel is one of the five original founders of the Taney Youth Baseball Organization, which was formed back in 1994 by a group of locals who wanted to create a different kind of team for the city's children.

“We wanted to be inclusive and allow girls to play,” Siegel said. “We also wanted players who weren’t as skilled to be allowed to play with the very skilled players. We wanted to be instructional which was our biggest point. Game, scores and winning weren’t as important as teaching all the kids proper mechanics, good sportsmanship, teamwork, camaraderie and knowing the game.”

The decision to create a co-ed squad paved the way for the team's roster to incude 13-year-old Davis, whose series shutout and spunk have landed her national headlines and a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She's set to pitch again tonight, when the team goes up against Las Vegas.

Siegel, a clinical psychologist who serves on the league’s board of directors and helps administer the league’s registrar, website and Facebook page, still remembers the league’s humble beginnings at the Markward Recreation Center on 400 South Taney Street in Philly.

“We practiced there and we’d have scrimmage games there and it was so wonderful to have something in our neighborhood with our kids,” Siegel said. “Then we thought it would be wonderful if we started a league of our own.”

While the Markward Rec Center served as the home field, neighborhood parents and kids had a different name for it that ended up sticking.

“All the neighbors called it Taney Field because it’s on Taney Street,” Siegel said. “I don’t think anyone really knows the real name. If you ask anyone where Markward is they’ll say, ‘what?’ If you ask them where Taney is they all know. That’s where we got our name.”

The league remained a local attraction for nearly two decades until last year, when they officially joined the Little League.

“We’ve always had the same kind of rule as Little League which is you need to play on your intramural team during the season,” Siegel said. “Then after that there are tryouts for the select tournament teams. The select, more competitive team will play after our regular season is over.”

With the tremendous success of the Dragons and the national attention they’ve gained, Siegel says the league's popularity may become a problem.

“We’re already getting so many requests to join us next year and we don’t have open registration until January,” Siegel said. “We’re worried about the influx of how many people would want to play because we can’t accommodate. We already had 73 teams this year from ages 3 to 16. We don’t have places for them.”

Siegel hopes the league will receive offers for more fields for the teams to play on.

“We’re in a situation where we don’t own our own fields, like a suburban league,” Siegel said. “We use Philadelphia Parks and Recreation fields.”

Regardless of what happens with the increased interest or with Thursday’s game, Siegel is confident the spirit of the league, defined by unity rather than winning, will remain high for years to come.

“We care about each other,” Siegel said. “Taney families, even on regular teams bond together and help each other out. To me that’s the essence of what we’re all about. The sense of community.”

To donate to the league, visit the Taney Youth Baseball Association website.
 



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<![CDATA[Bank Forecloses on Dwyane Wade's Suburban Chicago Home]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:01:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DWade+Tie+Bar.jpg

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade makes millions of dollars a year playing basketball, but it appears that money hasn't been going toward his home in Chicago's south suburbs.

According to documents obtained by NBC Chicago, The PrivateBank and Trust Company is attempting to foreclose on Wade's $1.2 million home in the 1600 block of E. 158th Street in South Holland.

Wade is listed as the owner of the home, along with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade. The former couple engaged in a bitter, public divorce in the which the basketball star was granted custody of their children.

According to court documents, the former couple owes almost $541,000 on the home, including close to $1,500 in late charges, and monthly mortgage payments had not been made on the home from November 2013 to July 2014.

Wade's attorney's sent a statement Wednesday. 

"Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches reached a financial settlement in July 2013, which included Ms. Funches being awarded the Chicago home in which she resides.  Mr. Wade had provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle and maintain the home mortgage payments he previously paid before the settlement was reached. As the sole homeowner, Ms. Funches defaulted on the mortgage and the home is now under foreclosure with the bank. We will take the necessary measures to affirm Mr. Wade is not responsible for the home’s foreclosure since he was absolved of all financial responsibility when Ms. Funches was awarded the house.”

The 7,847 square foot home has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a theater and exercise room, a guest house, in-ground pool and of course, a basketball court.

Siohvaughn Wade is believed to be the occupant of the home.

Wade is now engaged to actress Gabrielle Union.
 



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<![CDATA[Notable Little League Graduates]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:29:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/edt-tom-selleck-486432585.jpg From Vice President Joe Biden to Hollywood stars Adam Sandler and Danny DeVito, a look at some of the most famous Little League graduates.

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<![CDATA[Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/Steve+Ballmer+Clips+1.JPG

Steve Ballmer on Tuesday left Microsoft's Board of Directors, citing new commitments as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a day after publicly stepping into his role with the team.

"The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately," Ballmer wrote in his resignation letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time."

Ballmer, who handed off the reins as CEO to Nadella in February, expressed confidence in the company’s future and said he is proud that "Microsoft has been my life's work."

"I bleed Microsoft -- have for 34 years and I always will," he wrote.

Ballmer bought the Clippers from Shelly Sterling, wife of former owner Donald Sterling, for $2 billion in May.

The deal was approved by the NBA and finalized Aug. 12 after a tumultuous court battle between the Sterlings.

Shelly Sterling said last week she is "thrilled that the Clippers now have such a wonderful new owner."

Ballmer introduced himself to thousands of Clippers fans on Monday during an energetic rally at the Staples Center that also featured several players and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ballmer promised to keep the team in LA and to usher in an era of many victories.

"This is an amazing new day in Clippers history," Coach Doc Rivers said at the rally. "I couldn't be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization."

In a response to Ballmer's resignation letter Tuesday, Nadella thanked Ballmer for his time at the company and wished him success.

"I am sure that you will bring the same boldness, passion and impact to your new endeavors that you brought to Microsoft," Nadella wrote.

Ballmer remains a shareholder at Microsoft.

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<![CDATA[Little League Star Mo'ne Davis on Sports Illustrated]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:25:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/monedavisap.jpg

Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old girl who's become baseball's breakout star, has become the first Little League player ever to make the national cover of Sports Illustrated.

Not that the Philadelphia eighth-grader needs any more firsts under her belt — not with her blinding 70 mph fastball, and certainly not with the Series shutout she threw last week, making her the first girl ever to throw a shutout in Little League World Series history.

Mo'ne, an honor roll student at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, has helped make her team the Taney Dragons the first Little League team from Philadelphia ever to advance to the Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

But Mo'ne's sports goals extend far beyond baseball.

"To be honest, I never thought I'd be famous for baseball," she told Sports Illustrated. "I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball — but I really want to play basketball."

She one day hopes to play basketball for the University of Connecticut on a full scholarship, preferably as the point guard for the Huskies. Her mother Lakeisha McLean says she's confident her daughter can do it.

"When Mo’ne says she's gonna do it, she's gonna do it," McLean said.

Mo'ne will take the mound Wednesday in Las Vegas when the Taney Dragons take on the only other undefeated team in the Series, the Mountain Ridge team from Las Vegas.

--David Chang contributed additional reporting.

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<![CDATA[Allens to Press Charges in Trespassing: State Attorney]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:49:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081414+ray+allen.jpg

Police have released the 911 call made by the wife of Miami Heat free agent Ray Allen after a group of teens broke into the family's Coral Gables home.

"They were like, if they were on a tour, pointing out stuff," Shannon Allen tells the dispatcher. "Like 'oh wow, look at this picture, oh my God, look, he's got a flat screen TV.'"

The call was released as the Allens met with prosecutors from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. The couple gave statements on the incident and said they wish to press charges, State Attorney's Office officials said.

Coral Gables police said the group of seven teens had been attending a party next door when they entered Allen's home through an unlocked back door in the early morning hours of Aug. 14.

Allen wasn't home but his wife and kids were sleeping inside and were awoken by the commotion. The teens fled the home after Shannon Allen yelled at them, police said. Nothing was stolen from the home.

The teens were questioned by police but released. They could still face trespassing charges.

Police identified the teens as: Ernesto Romero, 18; Jonathan Ramirez, 19; Kevin Ramos, 18; Alana Garcia, 18; Christian Lobo, 18; Angel Sanchez, 18; and Jorge Guerrero, 18.

NBC 6's Keith Jones tracked down all of the suspects, but none went on camera to clear things up. The mother of one of the 18-year-old's said her son is embarassed, has been crying, and is very remorseful.

The State Attorney's Office said they are still gathering evidence.

"You can't just walk into someone's home, especially at 2:30 in the morning, and frighten a woman and her children without having consequences which are upheld by law," said Kelly Denham of the Coral Gables Police Department.



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<![CDATA[Fan Suffers Cardiac Emergency at 49ers Levi's Stadium, Dies]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:59:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ambulancegeneric.jpg

A man has died after suffering a cardiac emergency during Sunday's San Francisco 49ers preseason opener against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium, the Santa Clara Fire Department said.

The report of a cardiac emergency came during the third quarter, Santa Clara Fire said. When stadium medical personnel reached the man in section 221, they treated him, administering CPR.

He was rushed to O'Connor Hospital, but was pronounced dead by emergency room doctors.

The 49ers issued a statement:

“The 49ers organization is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our fans earlier today. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family and friends in this time of sadness.”



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<![CDATA[Bostonian Launches Etsy-Style Site for Sports Fans]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:56:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sports-etsy-87771483.jpg

A Boston resident is hoping to change the online shopping game for sports fanatics. In an effort to connect buyers with story-focused sports memorabilia and original sports-themed pieces, Chas Wagner launched an online store called Rally.
“Whenever I’d wear an old sports jersey, my friends would ask, ‘Where did you get that?’ and I like that compliment,” Wagner said. He'd become increasingly interested in vintage sports apparel, what he calls, “products with a story or a personality behind them.” After realizing original and vintage sports items were hard to find, Wagner opened the online store.
Wagner likens his site to Etsy, a marketplace for artisans to sell and showcase items they’ve made themselves, with the difference being that Rally sells sports-themed items exclusively. Distinct from most online marketplaces, Rally provides independent designers with an outlet to sell their merchandise, giving graphic designers like Elliot Gerard, of White Plains, New York, an opportunity to showcase their work. Rally now has 15 original creators and accepts vintage pieces from users. 
In addition to designers, Rally depends on everyday users selling their vintage and historic sports paraphernalia. Wagner said he aims to build a community and conversation based on sports.
“I value stuff that takes me back to my childhood, Wagner said, It’s not just a Derek Jeter jersey. It’s thinking, ‘I remember being in Yankee Stadium with my dad and I’ll never forget it.’” 
Rally’s focus is to collaborate with artists and users looking to sell not just their vintage items, but their stories.
Wagner said he has plans to expand their web-based outlet into brick-and-mortar stores in the distant future. He envisions the spaces to "feel like a museum” and hopes to make them a venue for sporting events, for speakers and athletes to share their stories and for artists and designers to showcase their work. In the immediate future, Wagner is working on creating a mobile app for the site.
Rally products are found exclusively on the site, meaning you won’t find its merchandise in Dick’s Sporting Goods or City Sports. 



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<![CDATA[Marlins Back At .500 After Rout of Snakes]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:15:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453746442.jpg

The Miami Marlins completed a series victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 10-3 win on Sunday.

Miami ended up taking three of four from Arizona and are now back at .500 on the season with a 62-62 record. The win helped keep Miami in both the division and Wild Card races.

Giancarlo Stanton had a big day that included a three-run home run in the first inning. Stanton also singled as part of a game where he brought home four runs. The home run was Stanton's 32nd of the year. The slugger improved his run batted in total to 88 which is a new career high.

Garrett Jones also hit a home run in the first inning, it was his 13th blast of the year and gave the Marlins a quick 4-0 lead.

Not to be outdone, Christian Yelich had three hits including a pair of doubles and an RBI.  The left-fielder now has 20 doubles on the year.

Tom Koehler had a long first inning but settled in nicely until the sixth inning. In the first, Koehler loaded the bases but worked out of it with a pair of strikeouts. At the end of the day, the right-hander completed six frames and allowed two runs on six hits.

Both of the runs came home in the sixth inning which has plagued Koehler throughout the entire season. It was still a quality start for Koehler who also struck out seven batters along the way. The win improves the right-hander to 9-9 on the year.

Miami is off on Monday before opening an interleague series with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The scheduled starter is Jarred Cosart.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Grab First Win of Preseason]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:42:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453710852+%281%29.jpg

The Miami Dolphins topped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-14 on Saturday to pick up their first victory of the preseason.

Ryan Tannehill played the entire first quarter and did a fine job going 9-14 on pass attempts for 110 yards. Tannehill did lose a fumble along the way. The Dolphins' starting QB has 88.4 passer rating for the day.

After Tannehill's day came to an end, Matt Moore entered. The incumbent backup remains in the lead to keep that role and Saturday's showing will only help that cause. Moore was 13-19 for 158 yards and also threw a touchdown pass. The passer rating for Moore was 11.3.

Lastly, Brady Quinn took some snaps as he tries to hold onto hope of snatching the backup job. Quinn would likely only get the role if Moore suffers an injury at this juncture. The former first rounder was 4-4 for 22 yards.

Damien Williams notched a rushing touchdown as part of a 20-yard day on 11 carries. Williams also caught three passes for an additional 46 yards of offense.

The receiver on the other end of Moore's touchdown pass was Rishard Matthews.The 24-year old caught three passes for 43 yards to continue a productive preseason. In last week's game at Atlanta, Matthews caught a pair of passes for 40 yards.

John Potter was 2-2 on his field goal attempts with the longest coming from 51 yards.

Defensively, Miami had five sacks in the game with one each coming from Olivier Vernon, Kamal Johnson, Dion Jordan, Terrence Fede and Jared Odrick.

The Dolphins will take on the Dallas Cowboys next Saturday at Sun Life Stadium in their penultimate preseason game.



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<![CDATA[Alvarez Wins in Return]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:39:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453709552.jpg

The Miami Marlins picked up a 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday in a game started by ace Henderson Alvarez.

It was the 61st win of the season for the Marlins and it put them 3.5 games behind the Wild Card leader. With a win on Sunday, Miami will be at the .500 mark and would also mean a series win in a four-game series with Arizona.

Alvarez gave up three hits and a run in the first inning. He went the next six scoreless and allowed only two additional hits. It was a dominant performance by Alvarez after he missed over two weeks on the disabled list.

The right-hander struck out six and walked only one while lowering his E.R.A to 2.43. Alvarez is now 9-5 on the season.

After missing four games, Steve Cishek made his triumphant return in this game. The closer set Arizona down in order for his 31st save of the season. Cishek had been used heavily prior to the rest and struggled in multiple games.

Jeff Baker started the game at first base with a lefty on the mound and he did his job with a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning to tie the game at the time. Baker now has three triples this season despite limited playing time.

The go-ahead run came home in the seventh inning on a fielder's choice and an error. Jeff Mathis was the batter at the top and hit the ball to shortstop with the infield in. An errant throw to the plate however allowed Marcell Ozuna to score. The Diamondbacks made five errors in all during a sloppy game for the team.

The Marlins will send Tom Koehler to the mound on Sunday to close out the series.



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<![CDATA[Former Marlin Greenberg Will Enter Jewish Sports Hall of Fame]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:39:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/153274601.jpg

Adam Greenberg who was a member of the Miami Marlins for one game will be inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 

Greenberg was a terrific story during the 2012 season as a campaign gained steam to get him an at-bat in the Major Leagues. A one-time prospect with the Chicago Cubs, Greenberg never had an official at-bat prior to his day with Miami.

On July 9th, 2005, Greenberg entered a game for the Cubs as a pinch-hitter. The pitcher on the mound was Valerio de los Santos of the Florida Marlins. The first piitch thrown was a 92 mph fastball and it hit Greenberg in the back of his head. 

Greenberg would end up out of baseball after being unable to make it back to the big league level following the injury. Greenberg battled vertigo which caused him issues both on and off the field.

A hit-by-pitch does not go in the books as an official at-bat. Any Major League team could have stepped up to the proverbial plate in 2012 and gave Greenberg his at-bat. It was the Marlins that elected to do so which seemed fitting considering how his debut ended in 2005.

The one at-bat for Greenberg came on October 2nd, 2012 against the New York Mets and pitcher R.A. Dickey. It was a tough assignment for Greenberg considering Dickey went on to win the National League Cy Young that season. Greenberg ended up striking out in the at-bat. The result was insignificant however as it was the moment itself that mattered.

This past February, Greenberg officially announced his retirement from baseball after attempts to continue his career. It was a short-lived career but it is one that will be remembered.

Greenberg's induction will take place on September 14th, and more information can be found on JewishSports.org.



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<![CDATA[White Sox Legend Hospitalized]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:27:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_minnie_minoso2.JPG

Chicago White Sox great Minnie Minoso was hospitalized after a fall from his boat, officials said Saturday.

Team spokesperson Scott Reifert confirmed Minoso was "pulled from the water [Friday] and taken to St. Joseph Hospital for tests."

The team talked with the 88-year-old baseball legend Saturday and Minoso reportedly said he is "feeling fine."

Reifert said Minoso will likely stay hospitalized for one more day to run more tests. He is expected to be released tomorrow.

Minoso is a fan favorite, and the first Cuban to play for the South Siders.

A nine-time All-Star outfielder and Gold Glove winner, he debuted at Comiskey Park in 1951 and played in parts of four decades with the team.

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<![CDATA[Preseason Continues in Tampa For Dolphins]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:02:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/450808903.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will move a step closer to the regular season on Saturday when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

One of the main focuses for the Dolphins on Saturday will be tackling. In their opening game against the Atlanta Falcons, Miami looked inept at times while trying to make defensive stops. With only three games left before things begin to count, coach Joe Philbin knows improvements are needed and fast.

Philbin commented on those needs in a video from the Sun-Sentinel:

It is expected that more of the first team players will see time on Saturday. In the preseason opener, most of the snaps were handled by reserves as Miami tried to get a better look at its options for depth.

With the preseason winding down, Philbin would like to see some consistency from the men who will be on the field to start the action at Sun Life Stadium in three short weeks.

"Our first group only had one drive and it was a good drive. But they didn't play a ton of football. So we're going to get them on the field a little bit more and we're looking to see consistent production," Philbin told the Miami Herald.

The Dolphins are still weighing their options for who will back Ryan Tannehill up at the quarterback spot. Newly signed Brady Quinn is in the mix for that coveted job as he vies to take it from incumbent Matt Moore.

Saturday's start is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. The Dolphins will play at home for the first time next Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.



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<![CDATA[MMA Fighter "War Machine" Arrested]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:44:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/war+machine+mug+ph+blue+bg.JPG

MMA fighter Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver was arrested at a Southern California hotel Friday a week after an alleged confrontation with his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christy Mack.

Koppenhaver was sought by law enforcement for one week after allegedly assaulting Mack in Las Vegas on Aug. 8, according to the Simi Valley Police Department and the US Marshals Service.

He was wanted by Las Vegas police on suspicion of battery by strangulation, domestic battery, assault with a deadly weapon, coercion with force, battery substantial bodily harm, and open and gross lewdness, officials said.

Mack claims Koppenhaver left her with 18 broken bones in her face, a fractured rib and a ruptured liver. She shared photographs of the attack with NBC News and on her Twitter account.

He was arrested about 1:45 p.m. at the Extended Stay America Hotel in the 2400 block of Stearns Street in Simi Valley, police said. Police found cash and pizza inside his room.

"Police came, they used a battering ram to batter down the door," hotel guest Mary Casamento said. "We heard some loud thuds and banging, it sounded like chairs or furniture."

According to the US Marshals Service, Koppenhaver had been hiding out at the hotel for a few days.

Mack took to Twitter about the alleged confrontation.

Koppenhaver tweeted earlier this week about being "cursed" and that police "never believe me." He also tweeted Mack, saying he "can't believe what happened."

A person who identified himself as a Koppenhaver family spokesperson told NBC4, "The family does not have anything to say."

Koppenhaverwas awaiting extradition to Las Vegas. He faces multiple battery and assault charges.

NBC4's Kate Larsen contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Miami Hits Into 4 Double Plays in Loss]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:11:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453663636.jpg

The Miami Marlins were on the wrong end of four double plays in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

There were plenty of chances for the Marlins but each rally came to a quick and sudden end on a double play ball. Casey McGehee and Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded into two each. McGehee has grounded into 25 double plays on the season which leads the league. The third baseman's dubious mark is also a franchise record in a season.

Brad Hand went seven strong innings in which he allowed three runs on five hits. Hand walked two and struck out three while falling to 2-5 on the season. The left-hander pitched well enough to win but was doomed by a lack of offense from his team.

Bryan Morris and Sam Dyson combined for two scoreless innings of relief to keep Miami in the game. Their efforts would go to waste however when the Marlins were unable to bring come from behind.

All seven of the hits for the Marlins were singles with Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones each knocking in a run. Stanton also walked twice as Arizona was careful with the slugger.

Miami ended up leaving seven men on base while going 2-7 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins will send Henderson Alvarez to the mound on Saturday as the ace returns from the disabled list.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Remain in Playoff Contention]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:43:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/483807109.jpg

The Miami Marlins have played 120 games and are in the mix for a playoff spot as the season winds down.

A year after losing 100 games, the Marlins find themselves with 59 wins and 42 games left to play. This means that Miami would have to go 3-39 the rest of the way to match last season's record. 

The Marlins have accomplished all of this without their ace, Jose Fernandez for most of the season. Fernandez was lost to Tommy John surgery back in May and is not expected back until the All-Star break in 2015 at the earliest.

The Marlins just completed a stretch of games against difficult opponents and they weathered the storm. 23 of the first 26 games following the All-Star Game were against teams that did not have a losing record. In those games, Miami went 15-11 which was the best such mark in the National League East according to Marlins' radio broadcaster Glenn Geffner.

Miami currently stands at seven games back in the division. It's not an insurmountable amount of games to make up but there are two teams ahead of the Marlins. Both the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals have better records. Miami has games with both of those clubs remaining and can help itself with wins in those series.

In the Wild Card race, it gets more interesting. While the Marlins are only 4.5 games back of the second spot, they also trail four teams for it. The St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds are all vying for it. The Pittsburgh Pirates hold the top Wild-Card spot with a half-game lead.

The Marlins are two games under .500 but it may not take 90 wins to make the playoffs this year. It is realistically possible that a win total in the mid-to-high 80s could be enough to snatch a Wild-Card this season.

In September, the Marlins have a stretch of 17 games without an off-day. Mixed in there are games with both the Nationals and the Braves. If Miami can manage to stay in the race until that point, it could be the stretch that ultimately decided their fate.

It won't be an easy task for the Marlins to make the playoffs but almost half-way into August, they find themselves in the discussion. A vast improvement over 2013 seems inevitable at this point and it could also mean some time in October.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Fight Back To Beat D-Backs]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:25:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/451665880.jpg

The Miami Marlins picked up their 10th walk-off win of the season on Thursday with a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Marlins were behind by three runs going into the bottom half of the third inning. After scoring in that frame, they remained behind until the eighth inning when they tied the game.

In the tenth inning, Marcell Ozuna singled home Garrett Jones to give the Marlins the big victory. It was their 60th win of the season and came on a day when multiple teams in the Wild Card race had lost.

The game was tied up in the eighth inning when Adeiny Hechavarria hit a run-scoring single to bring home pinch-runner Jordany Valdespin. The utility player replaced Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the bases.

Brad Penny made his first start at home in his latest stint with the Marlins and struggled with control again. The Diamondbacks made Penny pay for walks as all three of his free passes came around to score.

All told, Penny allowed four runs on five hits in five innings of work. Penny actually started work in the sixth but was lifted when he got into trouble. Chris Hatcher would replace Penny and give the Marlins a solid inning of work.

A.J. Ramos worked the next two innings and struck out three while allowing a hit and walking one. Things started shaky for Ramos but he settled down and had a strong outing to keep the score where it was.

The win went to Mike Dunn who gave Miami two innings of perfect relief which included three strikeouts. It was the tenth win of the season for the left-handed reliever. That sets a franchise record for wins by a reliever.

Penny doubled in his first at-bat of the game and Donovan Solano added a double of his own later in the game. It was the seventh two-bagger of the season for the second baseman.

Hechavarria tripled for the seventh time this year as part of a two-hit day. The shortstop also knocked in two runs in the game. 

Giancarlo Stanton had a good game with three hits and a walk. All the hits were singles and Stanton also drove home a run.

The Marlins and Diamondbacks will be at it again on Friday when Miami sends Brad Hand to the mound for the start.



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<![CDATA[Teens Broke Into Ray Allen's Home: Coral Gables PD]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:39:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081414+ray+allen.jpg

Police are investigating after a group of teenagers broke into the home of Miami Heat free agent Ray Allen early Thursday, officials said.

The group of seven teen had been attending a party next door when they decided to go to the Coral Gables home around 2:30 a.m., Coral Gables Police spokeswoman Kelly Denham said.

The teens, who believed Allen and his family weren't home and said they thought it would be "cool" to go in the house, entered through an unlocked back door, Denham said. Allen's wife and kids were sleeping upstairs but were awoken by the commotion, Denham said.

"She heard people walking up the stairs and that's when she yelled out to them, "what are you doing in my house?" Denham said. "As soon as they heard that, they fled the house."

They told some parents what had happened and the parents drove them to the police department to report what happened, Denham said.

"They stated that they did enter the home," said Denham. "They were there to see where Ray Allen had lived. They honestly thought that he had moved from the house."

The teens were questioned for several hours but released. They could face misdemeanor trespassing charges if Allen's wife decides to press charges, Denham said.

Denham said the teens saw a bunch of boxes and furniture covered up in the home and said they thought Allen had joined LeBron James in leaving the Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Allen, who spent the past two seasons with the Heat, is a free agent and hasn't said whether he'll retire or play another year.

Police said the seven teens involved were "crying" and "terrified." The teens have not been arrested for trespassing because an officer must witness the incident. The group hasn't been arrested for burglary either because there was no forced entry, no intent, and nothing was stolen.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Won't Play "The Stripper" Song]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:45:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/HAwks_UC_-jkozik.jpg

An online push to ban the song "The Stripper" from being played at the United Center during Chicago Blackhawks hockey games appears to have worked.

The organist traditionally plays the song during the "Shoot the Puck" promotion when an obviously attractive woman participates.

Blackhawks President John McDonough told the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday that starting with the upcoming season, the song will no longer be played.

Blackhawks brass were asked about the song at the recent fan convention, and a #BanTheStripper hashtag was picking up steam on Twitter.

Some have also called for a revamp of the scantily-clad Ice Crew, but McDonough told the newspaper that it's "very common throughout the league," and that the team is discussing ways to make female fans feel more welcome at the United Center.

In other words, the Ice Crew is likely safe for now.



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<![CDATA[Court Denies Sterling's Appeal to Halt Clippers Sale ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_donald_sterling_clippers_v_stiviano.jpg

A California appeals court on Wednesday denied Donald Sterling's latest effort to halt the historic $2 billion sale of the LA Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The Court of Appeal rejected Sterling's petition for emergency relief to unwind the sale of the Clippers because "the sale has closed."

"There is nothing for this court to stay," the ruling read.

"Shelly is thrilled that her decision to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer has been upheld by the Court of Appeal," Shelly Sterling's lawyer Pierce O’Donnell said in a statement Wednesday.

The move was Sterling's last legal maneuver to block the record-breaking team purchase negotiated by wife Shelly Sterling, a sale that was officially completed Tuesday.

"While we have no doubt Donald Sterling will appeal to the Supreme Court, we are beyond thrilled and gratified and supremely confident that this is now over and done and Steve Ballmer is the undisputed owner of the Los Angeles Clippers," Ballmer's attorney Adam Streisand said Wednesday.

Shelly Sterling said she was initially given her husband's blessing to sell the team, but Donald Sterling later refused to sign the deal and challenged in court her right to negotiate the sale.

The path to approval appeared clear after a judge in the case ruled against him last month.

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<![CDATA[Sweep Not in The Cards For Marlins]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:56:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453576618.jpg

The Miami Marlins had a chance to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals but fell short with a 5-2 loss on Wednesday.

Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs on eight hits in his six innings of work. Only two of the runs were earned however in what as a mostly solid start by Eovaldi. The right-hander struck out four and walked one while falling to 6-7 on the season.

Sam Dyson gave Marlins' manager Mike Redmond two innings of relief which could pay dividends in the next game. Dyson allowed a run on two hits while he was on the mound.

Anthony DeSclafani worked the ninth inning in 1-2-3 fashion to round out the pitching end of things for Miami. The prospect has been working in short relief during his latest stint in the major leagues and has done as admirable job thus far.

Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins only had three hits with all of them being singles. In the final frame, Jeff Baker appeared as a pinch-hitter and smacked a two-run home run to narrow the gap from five to two.

Cardinals' starter Justin Masterson had his sinker working and dominated the Marlins lineup for seven innings. Masterson induced a pair of double plays and there were no fly outs recorded while he was on the mound.

Miami will open a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. Brad Penny is set to make his start of the season for the Marlins.



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<![CDATA[2014-15 Heat Schedule Announced]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4503113582.jpg

The 2014-15 regular season schedule for the Miami Heat was released on Wednesday with the season opener set at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat will begin the year against the Washington Wizards on October 29th. Also of note on the schedule are four games against LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. The first of which will come on December 25th in Miami.

The Cavs will also travel to Miami on March 16th. Miami will fly to Cleveland for games on February 11th and April 2nd. It is widely expected that Cleveland and Miami will be in the playoffs in what is an otherwise lackluster Eastern Conference. That final game in Cleveland will come with the season winding down and could prove critical to both teams in terms of seeding however.

The Heat will travel to San Antonio and take on the defending champion Spurs on February 6th. As for the champs, they will head to Miami on March 31st. This is of course, a rematch of the NBA Finals which the Spurs took in five games.

Nine of the first 15 games for the Heat will be played in Miami. In late December, the Heat will play seven straight games at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami will close out the regular season on April 15th in Philadelphia against the 76ers.

The full schedule can be found on Heat.com



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<![CDATA[High School Football Player Dies After Practice]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:59:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081414+William+Shogran.jpg

A 14-year-old high school student in central Florida died Wednesday after participating in his football team’s camp at a local military base.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said William Shogran, Jr, 14, was not from an area school, but was a home-school student athlete from Sebastian River High School. The CCSO said the football team was at a military base in Starke called Camp Blanding for its start-of-season camp when the teen became ill.

The CCSO said a coach called 911 and the young player was taken from the camp site to Shands (Starke) Regional Medical Center in Bradford County. The player was pronounced dead by doctors at the hospital.

In a 911 recording, a coach reported that a player needed medical assistance for a "heat injury" and that he had vomited.

The dispatcher asked if the boy was awake. The coach said he was.

"They've got water on him, trying to cool him down," the coach said.

The ninth-grader was taken to Shands Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"Coaches are at the hospital and coaches are also at the camp/base with the teammates," said Mary Justino, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.

Bill Fritz, an official with the Indian River County School District, said members of the team were heading back to the high school and that grief counselors were being made available.

"The school district and Sebastian River High School communities are deeply saddened by this news," Fritz said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[NBA Files Response to Sterling Lawsuit]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6P_YAMAMOTO_STERLING_CHURCH_web_1200x675_271966275727.jpg

The NBA countersued former Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust on Monday, arguing the high-profile spectacle over Sterling's racist comments and the resulting sale of the team hurt the league.

In its response to the antitrust lawsuit Sterling filed in June, the league asked the court to enforce an indemnification of the NBA for losses incurred as a result of the leaked recording of Sterling making discriminatory comments about minorities and the subsequent legal wrangling to remove him as an owner of an NBA team.

Sterling was fined $2.5 million and banned for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA. He susequently agreed to a sale before reversing course and fighting his wife Shelly in court to block any deal to divest of the Clippers.

“This matter has caused devastating and incalculable harm to the NBA and its teams, as well as sparked an intensely adverse public reaction,” the claims reads.

The NBA's suit asks for compensation foor costs incurred while investigating the recording of Donald Sterling’s discriminatory statements, the cost of enforcing its ban and the legal costs of the lawsuit.

The response also argues that because Donald Sterling was removed from the Sterling Family Trust by his wife Shelly as part of the saga to sell the Clippers, he no longer has any interest in the company that technically owned the team, and therefore cannot sue on its behalf.

The league also used the claim to continue to distance itself from Sterling's statements recorded by then-companion V. Stiviano.

"Mr. Sterling's discriminatory views toward African Americans and 'minorities' in general, as well as his demands of a female acquainance that she not associate publicly with African Americans or 'minorities,' or bring them to Clippers' games, are antithetical to the [NBA's] most basic values, principles, and purposes," the league said in its suit.

The NBA announced Tuesday that the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer has been completed.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Give Fans Chance To Dump Ice on Stanton]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453500668.jpg

The Miami Marlins have stepped up to the plate in the name of charity and are giving fans a once in a ifetime opportunity.

Giancarlo Stanton will have a bucket of ice dumped on him by the fan who wins an auction presented by the Marlins. Along with that moment, the fan will win a photo opportunity with Stanton, four passes to batting practice, and four Diamond Club tickets to a future home game.

This is all to benefit the ALS Recovery Fund in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Those participating in the challenge have to either donate to charity or have a bucket of ice dumped on top of them. As part of it, the participant challenges another person to keep the line moving. That next person then has 24 hours to complete the challenge.

During Tuesday's game telecast, video footage was shown of Marlins closer Steve Cishek having ice thrown on top of him. In addition, several members of the Marlins broadcast team were showered with ice following the game.

The Marlin Wives also participated in the challenge on Tuesday and a clip of the moment was shared by the team.

The Marlins aren't the only ones taking part in this challenge around South Florida sports. The Florida Panthers' mascot, Stanley C. Panther also was doused with ice. The mascot challenged Heat mascot Burnie at the same time.

For more information on the ALS Association and to donate, visit ALSA.org.



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<![CDATA[Report: LeBron To Visit Miami on Christmas Day]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:11:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/84147727+%281%29.jpg

The Miami Heat will host LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day according to a report from ESPN.

The full 2014-15 National Basketball Association Schedule is yet to be released but this report answers one of the main mysteries. December 25th is annually the day that the NBA highlights it's marquee match-ups.

James famously exited Miami earlier this off-season to return to his original team in Cleveland. Along with James are fellow former Heat players Mike Miller and James Jones. It also remains possible that Ray Allen suits up for the Cavaliers when all is said and done.

The game is sure to be a ratings hit for the NBA as all eyes will be on James in what will be his first game back in Miami since his decision.  While the Heat will almost certainly provide a video tribute to the star, the fan reaction could be mixed.

The Heat topped the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center this past season on Christmas Day. It has become a tradition over the past several years for Miami to take part on the slate of games on the holiday. Last season featured five games on the day, and it is possible that the NBA will showcase five more in the upcoming season.

With the attention surrounding James and the likely success of both the Cavaliers and Heat going forward, this could be a match-up that is seen on the same day in future seasons as well.

The remainder of the 2014-15 schedule will be announced on NBA TV at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Blank Cards To Take Series]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:00:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4530453762.jpg

The Miami Marlins clinched a series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday with a 3-0 win.

Jarred Cosart returned to the mound after missing a start and gave the Marlins seven sparkling innings. The effort gave Cosart his first win since joining Miami as he dropped his debut. The 24-year old allowed three hits and one walk.

Cosart struck out three and was efficient in most of his innings. On the season, the right-hander now has a 4.27 E.R.A and is 10-8. A.J. Ramos worked a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth for his 15th hold of the year.

In the ninth, Bryan Morris was given the chance to close things out. The Marlins' closer, Steve Cishek has worked heavily in recent days and has also struggled multiple times. Morris was unable to complete the sweep however and was lifted with runners on the corners and two outs.

Manager Mike Redmond elected to bring in Mike Dunn when lefty Matt Adams entered the game as a pinch-hitter. Dunn struck Adams out to end the game and pick up his first save of the year.

The Marlins scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning with the big blow coming courtesy of Donovan Solano. The second baseman showed a rare moment of power when he sent his second home run of the year to left-field. The blast clanked off the foul pole and gave Miami a three-run lead.

Prior to the home run, the Marlins got on the board with a run-scoring single off the bat of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The catcher now has 34 runs batted in on the season.

Casey McGehee stayed hot with a two-hit day including his 26th double of the year. A night after hitting two home runs and flashing gold glove caliber defense, Giancarlo Stanton had a quiet night. The slugger was 0-2 with two walks and he also hit into a pair of double plays.

Miami will try to complete a sweep on Wednesday when it sends Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to take on Justin Masterson and the Cardinals.



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<![CDATA[Ballmer "Humbled and Honored" to Be Clippers Owner]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:51:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/489614221.jpg

The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is complete, NBA officials said Tuesday after months of legal battles involving long-time Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife.

The finalization of the $2 billion transaction already approved by NBA owners marks the end of Donald Sterling's run as the league's longest-tenured owner and the beginning of a new era for the Clippers and their fans, who remained loyal during what Ballmer described as "some extraordinary times."

In a statement issued Tuesday, the NBA said: "The transaction in which Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers closed today following the entry of an order by a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the team. The NBA Board of Governors previously approved the sale and Ballmer is now the Clippers Governor."

"I'm really, really happy that it was sold today. I hate losing the team, but it’s going to a wonderful person who's going to make us all proud," Shelly Sterling said during an afternoon press conference. "I know he’s going to bring a championship to this city."

Shelly Sterling negotiated the $2 billion deal with Ballmer and signed an agreement May 29. Shelly Sterling said she was initially given her husband's blessing to sell the team, but Donald Sterling later refused to sign the deal and challenged in court her right to negotiate the sale.

The path to approval appeared clear after a judge in the case ruled against him last month. During an interview earlier this month, Ballmer was cautious about calling the team his own -- despite the court ruling --  but issued a statement Tuesday in which he praised Clippers fans for their patience and expressed excitement about the future of one of the league's most-promising franchises.

"I am humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers," Ballmer said in a statement. "Clipper fans are so amazing. They have remained fiercely loyal to our franchise through some extraordinary times. I will be hard core in giving the team, our great coach, staff and players the support they need to do their best work on the court. And we will do whatever necessary to provide our fans and their families with the best game-night experience in the NBA."

Ballmer plans to meet with fans Aug. 18 when the team has scheduled a Fan Festival at Staples Center.

Shelly Sterling said she is "thrilled that the Clippers now have such a wonderful new owner."

Attorneys for Sterling and Ballmer said the deal was finalized at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said at the news conference that Donald Sterling had filed a petition opposing the sale. O'Donnell called it a "desperate act" and said he was confident the court of appeals would not take the case.

The legal quarrel continued until late last week when Donald Sterling's petition with a state appeals court requesting an order blocking the proposed sale was denied. An attorney for Ballmer said the sale was completed after the court order was signed.

"Judge (Michael) Levanas signed his court order authorizing the sale even if Donald Sterling filed an appeal and we were ready," attorney Adam Streisand said in a statement Tuesday. "Within minutes, the deal was signed, sealed and delivered."

Donald Sterling, who purchased the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, has been under pressure since April to sell the team since the release of recorded conversations with companion V. Stiviano that included racist comments. The wealthy real estate mogul chastised Stiviano for bringing black men to Clippers games.

The NBA commissioner moved to oust the 80-year-old Sterling in the days after the recording's release as fans, current and former players and others called for action.

The league put those efforts on hold pending a decision on Shelly Sterling's ability to sell the franchise. The transfer to Ballmer hit a stumbling block when Donald Sterling contended he had been duped by his wife into submitting to medical tests as part of a plot to have him ousted from the trust so the sale could move forward.

Two doctors examined Donald Sterling and determined him to be mentally incapacitated. At issue during the trial of Sterling v. Sterling was whether Shelly Sterling acted within guidelines established by the Sterling Family Trust when she negotiated the deal, which the judge refused to block.

The trial included several outbursts from Donald Sterling, who lashed out at his wife, her attorneys and his attorneys. He also vowed to sue the league until the day he dies.

An attorney for Donald Sterling, Maxwell M. Blecher, said Tuesday his client will not be issuing a statement regarding the NBA's announcement.
 



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<![CDATA[Stanton Goes Deep Twice in Win]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:18:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453497634.jpg

The Miami Marlins picked up a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in a game that featured two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton now has 31 home runs on the year and this was the 13th time in his career that the slugger went deep at least twice in a game. The only active player who had more mult-homer games before turning 25 was Alex Rodriguez. The star had 14 such games according to ESPN.

Stanton now not only leads the National League in home runs but is tied for the lead in Major League Baseball as a whole. Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox also has 31 blasts thus far this year.

Christian Yelich had a fine day himself with three hits including his 18th double of the season. The left-fielder also scored twice and knocked in another run.

Tom Koehler wasn't at his best on Monday but he battled his way to a win. The Cardinals had eight hits against Koehler in his five innings. The right-hander allowed three runs and was lifted with two runners on in the sixth and no outs on the board.

Chris Hatcher would come out of the bullpen and work out of the jam to keep the lead intact for Miami. Mike Dunn and Bryan Morris would work the next two innings in scoreless fashion to keep the score right where it was.

Steve Cishek worked the ninth inning for his 30th save in 2014. The closer allowed two hits and a pair of runs in the inning. A three-run lead for Miami was trimmed to only one before the game ended.

Defense was big in this game for Miami as well. Stanton made a diving catch in right-field that drew a loud long standing ovation from the crowd. Adeiny Hechavarria turned a nifty double play of his own later in the same inning.

The Marlins will battle the defending NL champions again on Tuesday when they send Jarred Cosart to the mound.



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<![CDATA[Report: Brady Quinn Signs With Dolphins]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:08:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/180418369.jpg

The Miami Dolphins added quarterback Brady Quinn to their roster on Monday according to a report by NFL Network.

Quinn is not a lock to make the final roster, and is in fact more likely a long shot. With Matt Moore and Pet Devlin embattled with injury problems, Miami needed another arm in camp. If Quinn can show he is capable, he could still make the team depending on the recovery of the other options.

Quinn was drafted in the first round in 2007 by the Cleveland Browns and has since then floated around the National Football League. The quarterback has made stops with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams. Quinn was also in camp with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013.

The last time that Quinn appeared in an NFL game was 2012 when he was a member of the Chiefs. In that season, Quinn played in ten games and it was the first action he had seen since 2009.

Despite being on the Broncos' roster in 2010-2011, Quinn never appeared in a game. It followed on that 2009 season where he was the starter to begin the year. In the end, Quinn played in ten games and had a quarterback rating of 67.2.

For his career, Quinn has a 64.4 rating in 24 games played. If the 29-year old makes the Dolphins' roster, he would be unlikely to see much action during the season.



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