<![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, 31 Oct 2014 21:21:46 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:21:46 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Big Fourth Quarter Lifts Heat in Opener]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:29:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458060258.jpg

The Miami Heat began the regular season with a 107-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

The Heat scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to distance themselves from the Wizards. Miami outscored Washington by 11 in the second half after entering halftime with a slim one-point lead.

Chris Bosh showed right away that he will play a bigger role this season with an explosive game. The star tallied 26 points and 15 in 39 minutes. Bosh also added three assists, a steal and a block as he filled the stat sheet. Bosh was 3-4 from three-point range as well which was needed as the Heat were only 5-24 as a team on treys.

Dwyane Wade had a quiet night until the fourth quarter when he came alive and helped the Heat extend their lead. For the game, Wade finished with 21 points, and 3 assists in 31 minutes. Wade was 2-3 on three-pointers with both makes coming towards the end of the game to put it out of reach. The guard had 12 points in the final quarter and was very efficient down the stretch.

Norris Cole ended up making the start for the Heat which was expected after he was the starting point guard for most of the preseason. Cole did the most he could with the opportunity as he put together 23 points while shooting 9-15.

Shawne Williams had a tough night filling in for Josh McRoberts who missed the opener after not playing in the preseason. McRoberts is still recovering from off-season toe surgery but is not expected to miss much more time. Williams was only 1-9 on his field goal attempts and a paltry 0-6 on threes. The forward ended up three points, six rebounds and three assists.

Chris Andersen was productive off the bench with six boards and seven points in 24 minutes. The veteran was a perfect 2-2 on his attempts and also picked up a pair of steals along the way.

The season will continue on Saturday when the Heat visit Philadelphia to take on the 76ers at 7:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Jordan Attacks Obama's Golf Game]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:49:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/obama+golf+swing-640.jpg

Michael Jordan took a shot at President Barack Obama’s golf game in a recent interview.

When Back 9 Network’s Ahmad Rashad asked Jordan who he would want to play golf with, Jordan said he would like to play with Obama. He then changed his mind. "He’s a hack," he said. "It would be all day playing with him."

"I never said he wasn't a great politician. I'm just saying he's a s----- golfer," Jordan said in the interview.

The president has been known to take time out of his schedule for the occasional golf game. He’s even played a round of golf with Tiger Woods before.

According to Golf Digest, Jordan is a 3-handicap. Obama, on the other hand, has never revealed his handicap.

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<![CDATA[Giants World Series Victory Parade]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:55:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP909320410576.jpg

The San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade kicked off officially a little after noon Friday with loud cheers, confetti, marching bands and the Giants themselves, sending tens of thousands of fans lined up on Market Street into giddy fits of excitement.

Hundreds lined up in the wee hours of Friday morning, hoping to grab the best spot to catch a glimpse of MadBum, Panda and Pence.

The parade started at Steuart and Market streets, ending with a celebration at the Civic Center Plaza and City Hall.

"Yes! Yes! Yes! we did it," Mayor Ed Lee said to excited crowds in front of City Hall. "This is a story that will grow to be legendary ... Is MadBum a man or a machine? Is there anything I can do to keep Panda in San Francisco?" Handing Giants coach Bruce Bochy the keys to the city, Lee declared Oct. 31 as "San Francisco Giants Day."

"I want to tell them thanks for being warriors," Bochy said of the Giants, who went from being a wild cards to World Series champions this year.

Crowd favorite Pablo Sandoval, who inspired a giant panda floating above the enthralled PAARDE masses, is a free agent now  "I want to be here every two years," Sandoval told NBC Bay Area's Terry McSweeney earlier during the parade.

"Let's see you back here next October," said Giants CEO Larry Baer to cheering crowds at City Hall, his team's three World Series trophies next to him.

The crowd, swathed in orange, black and white, went wild when they spotted the star of the moment — Madison Bumgarner, MVP of this year's World Series, in the parade. Jockey handed out special "MadBum" underwear to fans in his honor.

"It's a team effort all the way," a humble Travis Ishikawa told NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell, who was able to catch a ride on the Giants' victory double-decker bus for a bit.

"How does it feel to be up here?" Redell asked Giants catcher Buster Posey. "Feels great," Posey replied smiling.

Giants pitcher Sergio Romo — who caused a stir during the 2012 parade for wearing a "I just look illegal" t-shirt — was spotted making a "three" sign, signifying his three World Series rings. This year, his t-shirt read "I have issues."

"Very exciting to see we made this city happy again — we love our fans so we are very very blessed to bring another ring to them," said Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.

"A lot of familiar emotions — feels good to be part of another celebration," said Tim Lincecum.

Barry Bonds rolled by in a Giants-themed convertible, waving to the crowd, who chanted his name. Giants' legends Juan Marichal and Willie Mays also took part in the parade, as did Steve Perry and Metallica.

"This is unbelievable, this gives you goosebumps," said Giants player Michael Morse.

Giants' outfielder Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford waved to the crowd from their bus. Pence, who looked like he was having a lot of fun sporting a WWE title belt, chanted his famous "Yes! Yes! Yes!" and tweeted "Best fans in the world!"

"This never gets old," one fan told NBC Bay Area.

Hearty San Franciscans — wearing Panda caps and holding Pence signs — and even guests from beyond, didn't seem to mind hoisting up their umbrellas and hunkering down in rain coats to watch their beloved baseball team bask in the glory of their third World Series win in the last five seasons.

Many fans had the same attitude as Louis Magana, one of the chauffuers driving the Giants in the parade: “It doesn’t matter. We’re driving the Giants. The Giants won. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing, thunder. It doesn’t matter at all.”

City officials expected one million people to come out for the event.

BART and Muni added extra service for hundreds of thousands of extra riders heading into the city. BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said there were 10,000 extra morning riders Friday morning. Police are also adding extra patrols.

NBC Bay Area's Riya Bhattacharjee, Lisa Fernandez, Bob Redell, Terry McSweeney and Janelle Wang contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[FSU Survives Upset Bid at Louisville]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:30:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454405308.jpg

Jameis Winston threw three touchdowns to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night.

Florida State overcame a 21-0 deficit for its 24th straight victory, with Cook giving the Seminoles the lead with a 38-yard run with 3:46 remaining.

Out of sorts and on the verge of having its College Football Playoff prospects damaged, the Seminoles (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 2 CFP) recovered behind their Heisman Trophy quarterback and Cook, who had a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarterback.

All of Winston's TD passes were big. He hit Travis Rudolph for 68 yards, Ermon Lane for 47, and Freddie Stevenson for the 35-yard clincher with 26 seconds.

Winston was 25 of 48 for 401 yards to beat Louisville (6-3, 4-3, No. 25 CFP).

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<![CDATA[Panthers Return Home With Win]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:35:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458130124.jpg

The Florida Panthers won for the first time at home this year with their 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

It had been 17 days since the Panthers took the ice at BB&T Center as they were on the road for a long four-city trip. Florida played well while on the road and picked up two wins along the way along with a couple of close losses.

Brandon Pirri continued to be an asset for the Panthers with his third goal of the year. Pirri who missed games early in the year as a healthy scratch now has a goal in three straight games. In fact, the 23-year old only didn't score in his first game of the year back on October 18th. This goal came during the second period on a power play and assists were credited to Jussi Jokinen and Erik Gudbranson.

The game-winning goal came courtesy of Scottie Upshall in the third period and it was his first goal of the year. Tomas Kopecky and Derek MacKenzie assisted on the goal. Upshall also has an assist this year.

Roberto Luongo put together another good effort in this one. The goalie saved 32 of his 33 chances with the one goal coming on a power play in the first period. After starting the year with a couple of subpar outings, Luongo has been on a nice roll for Florida.

Jimmy Hayes and Colby Robak were healthy scratches once again for the Panthers while Dave Bolland missed another game with a lower body injury.

Florida will stay home and take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[A Homecoming Fit for a King]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457402746.jpg

Out in Cleveland they’re talking 70 wins and a championship for the Cavaliers.

Quick reminder I: Only one NBA team has ever won 70 games in a season, and the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls had a guy named Michael Jordan leading the way to a record 72 wins.

Quick reminder II: The Cavs are 0-for-44 in their all-time quest for an NBA championship.

But it’s easy to see why expectations are through the Quickens Loan Arena roof, just off the shores of Lake Erie: On Thursday night, LeBron James will put on a Cleveland uniform in a regular-season game for the first time since 2009-10. 

“This is my first home game,’’ he says in a new Sprite commercial, trumpeting his return to his hometown team.

The ad shows him getting a hero’s welcome as he walks into Akron’s Patterson Park, where he played as a youth. It’s as if he never left Cleveland back in July, 2010, to take “my talents to South Beach.’’ That night he became Public Enemy No. 1, with his once-adoring fans burning his wine-and gold No. 23 jersey and the Cavs’ owner, Dan Gilbert, emasculating the franchise’s all-time greatest player in a venomous email seen ‘round the world.

Now he’s back and the NBA has never seen a homecoming like this one.

The Cavs open the season Thursday at the New York Knicks at 8 p.m. He returns with a new baby in tow, having welcomed daughter Zhuri Nova with his wife last week. James also has two sons.

“They all hated him for leaving, but now it’s a great story because he’s the hero again,’’ NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said on Monday. “Villain one day, hero the next. Now all is forgiven. That just shows you how fickle fans can be.’’

O’Neal, who played two seasons in Cleveland with James, had an idea that James would be headed back home. It’s not just that LeBron always had it in the back of his mind to return to where he first became a legend, playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Shaq also saw some basketball logic in James’ decision to leave Miami Heat as a free agent, even after leading the Heat to two titles, in 2012 and 2013, and helping the Heat become only the third franchise in league history to go to four straight Finals.

“When a guy goes to four straight Finals, like LeBron did, you figure everything is good and he’ll be staying,’’ O’Neal said. “But what nobody is talking about is what happened to the Heat.’’

In last June’s Finals the Heat’s vaunted “Big Three’’ was reduced to James trying to go one-on-five and getting obliterated in five games by the San Antonio Spurs. With one-time Finals MVP Dwyane Wade looking calcified, and their top big man Chris Bosh largely ineffective, James found himself trying to outduel the Spurs by himself.

Turns out, he had every reason to head back to Northeast Ohio. But first, he had to hear a very big “I’m sorry’’ from Gilbert, the long-time meddling owner. The two met in secret in Florida before he decided to make the move. Gilbert apologized and James proved to be one forgiving soul.

“You hash it out and move on,’’ the four-time MVP said.

James signed a two-year deal for $42.1 million, with an option to rework his contract next summer. What he went back to was a far cry from what the Cavs have now, as they prepare to take the court for their season-opener against the New York Knicks.

“I didn't envision our team being like this right off the bat," James said during pre-season. “I felt like me coming, we could hopefully add some pieces. Obviously it happened quicker than I thought."

The Cavs have the makings of a championship contender. Kyrie Irving, who was once intent on returning home to the New York area to play for his beloved Knicks, opted to stay when the Cavs gave him the $90 million maximum salary, just before James announced his return. Then the Cavs used their third No. 1 overall pick in the draft in the last four years, Kansas prodigy Andrew Wiggins, and traded him to Minnesota for the Timberwolves' disgruntled All-Star power forward, Kevin Love.

Irving and Love have zero playoff appearances between them and have never had to perform under such lofty expectations, which is probably the reason James refuses to call his new set-up “the Big Three.’’ But they’re bound to benefit from playing with James, who will be seeking his sixth trip to the Finals since 2007 and his third ring. With the King back on his throne, the Cavs had an easy time adding the necessary fill-in pieces for a strong supporting cast. Players with championship pedigree like Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones ran to play with James. They might be shaky defensively, lacking a big man to protect the rim, but the Cavs should be an offensive juggernaut.

“I don’t see anybody in the East giving them problems,’’ O’Neal said. “Chicago needs to find another scorer to help Derrick Rose. He can’t do it by himself and he’s undersized. The only concern I have about Cleveland is their coach.’’

A veteran of coaching in Russia and Israel, David Blatt, a former Princeton player under legendary coach Pete Carril, has never coached a second in the NBA, not even as an assistant. But he now has the best player on the planet, who still doesn’t turn 30 until December, meaning this is a learning curve that should be relatively easy to negotiate.

Of course, there hasn’t been a champion in Cleveland since the Browns in 1964.

“For LeBron, winning one championship in Cleveland will be the equivalent of winning five titles in Miami,’’ said O’Neal’s TNT teammate, Charles Barkley. “Even if he doesn’t win it this season, you just have to love the fact that LeBron went back home. That’s what I was rooting for and what a lot of people were rooting for.’’

Nowhere more than out in LeBron’s old stomping grounds. He might not win 70 games this season, but no one will be surprised if sometime in June he’s out in front, leading a championship parade.

Longtime New York columnist Mitch Lawrence continues to write about pro basketball, as he’s done for the last 21 years. His columns for NBCNewYork.com on the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the NBA, along with other major sports, will appear twice weekly. Follow him on Twitter @Mitch _ Lawrence.

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<![CDATA[Players and Fans Celebrate Giants' World Series Win]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:42:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP283856501206.jpg Giants fans and players celebrated their team's eighth World Series win, only two years after they last claimed the title.

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<![CDATA[Michael Jordan Tweets "I'm Back!"]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:50:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/tlmd_michael_jordan_apuesta.JPG

Michael Jordan is trying his hand at social media, and he went all out for his first tweet Tuesday.

In the tweet, which was posted to the Charlotte Hornets official Twitter account, Jordan revived his legendary “I’m back!” announcement, which signaled he was coming out of retirement roughly 19 years ago.

“I’M BACK!” the tweet read, followed by Jordan clarifying that he's "just kidding" then “laughing out loud.”

The tweet comes on the opening day of the NBA season.

As the owner of the Hornets, Jordan, 51, posted a series of tweets with the hashtag #MJTakeover as part of a social media promotion.

A day earlier, Jordan, who faced criticism when the Hornets played one of the worst seasons in NBA history, told ESPN that being an owner is very different than playing.

“You can’t impact the game. You cannot impact the game,” he said. “I played this game for a long time and I always took criticism in a way that’s going to make me better as a basketball player and I could affect the game per se. Here, I can’t do that other than talking to my other employees or coaches or players.”

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<![CDATA[Canseco Accidentally Shoots Own Finger Cleaning Gun]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:13:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jose-canseco-getty.jpg

Former baseball star Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the finger while cleaning what authorities say is a large-caliber handgun in his Las Vegas home Monday afternoon, police told NBC News.

Canseco shot a finger on his left hand, apparently unaware that a bullet was in the chamber, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Mark Reddon said.

"It was a serious hand injury," but not a serious medical injury, Reddon told NBC News. "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Canseco began his long major league career in the 1980s playing for the Oakland Athletics, before going on to play for the Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and other teams.

He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career and after retiring also competed in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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<![CDATA[Woman Asks to End Investigation of FSU Player]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:58:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454404784.jpg

The lawyer for the woman involved in the domestic battery investigation of Florida State running back Karlos Williams has asked police to end the investigation.

Nathan Prince said Tuesday the woman never filed a complaint and wants everything to "blow over." He said Florida State contacted the Tallahassee Police Department about the case. Prince thinks the university found out about the incident through social media.

Prince said his client "at no point made a complaint to any law enforcement agency, never gave an interview or anything like that."

Florida State spokesman Rob Wilson didn't immediately confirm whether the university reported the incident or if Florida State would conduct its own investigation of possible student code of conduct violations.

The police investigation of the incident is still "open at this time," TPD spokesman Dave Northway said Tuesday. Law enforcement does not need cooperation from a possible victim to investigate.

Williams, a senior, has not been charged or arrested. Coach Jimbo Fisher said he is eligible to play against Louisville Thursday and declined comment on the Williams' investigation.

The university released a statement Monday saying "until we receive more information regarding the alleged incident (Williams) status with the team will be under review."

Williams is being represented by Tim Jansen, the attorney who also represented quarterback Jameis Winston during his police investigation after a woman said he sexually assaulted her in December 2012. Winston was never arrested or charged; a Florida prosecutor said there was not enough evidence in the case.

"I have also been informed by a prosecutor in the State Attorney's office that there is no current case for domestic battery against Mr. Williams," Jansen said in a statement. "We feel it's important that the public have the unbiased truth of the facts as they currently exist. Mr. Williams has not been charged with any crime."

Northway declined to say who initially reported the incident. He referred to Monday's police statement that said, "Florida Law does not allow TPD to discuss the details of any case while it is on-going."

The investigation is the latest involving a Florida State football player. Winston is facing a university hearing to determine whether four sections of the code of conduct have been violated — two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment.

Florida State also is currently being investigated by the Department of Education on how hit handles possible Title IX violations. The woman who said Winston assaulted her filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, which decided the university should be investigated for possible Title IX violations over the way it responds to sexual violence complaints.

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<![CDATA[Redskins PR Pulls QB From Interview]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/165*120/457968826.jpg

Amid the euphoria of the Redskins' 20-17 overtime victory against the Cowboys on Monday, no one can blame quarterback Colt McCoy's exuberance following his exceptional performance

But when ESPN Deportes reporter John Sutcliffe attempted to interview McCoy, Washington senior vice president of communications Tony Wyllie forcibly pulled the quarterback away.

From Dan Steinberg

"No no no, we gotta go guys, we gotta go," Wyllie said, hands on his quarterback, attempting to physically move McCoy toward his destination. But there was resistance from Sutcliffe.

"No means NO!" Wyllie finally shouted, which became the seminal moment for people attempting to make late-night jokes on the internet.

The interview eventually took place.

Wyllie explained the now-infamous moment to ProFootballTalk Tuesday morning. According to Wyllie, McCoy was needed in the locker room for a postgame speech from coach Jay Gruden. Sutcliffe had not set up an on-field interview with McCoy, but still attempted to speak to him. 

Wyllie told News4 he had nothing more to add Tuesday afternoon. "We were just trying to get the player into the locker room so he could hear the post-game speech," he said.

"The guy refused to listen about getting the player in."

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Top Jags For 2nd Straight Win]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:25:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457895772.jpg

The Miami Dolphins improved to 4-3 on the season with their 27-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The win was the second in a row for Miami after failing to accomplish the feat thus far this season. The win also keeps Miami on pace with the New England Patriots who also were victorious on Sunday. The Patriots currently lead the AFC East but Miami holds the tiebreaker advantage over them with one game left between the teams.

Defense was key for the Dolphins with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Louis Delmas opened up the second quarter with a pick at Miami's 19-yard line and returned it all the way for an 81-yard TD. Brent Grimes also had an interception that he took from the Jacksonville 22-yard line into the end zone.

Ryan Tannehill was 16-29 on his pass attempts for 196 yards. The quarterback who was coming off one of the best games of his NFL career threw one touchdown and one interception in this one. Tannehill was also sacked three times for 18 yards.

Tannehill also rushed for 49 yards on four carries which made this the third straight game that he ran for at least 48 yards. One of the runs was good for 30 yards which was also the longest for Lamar Miller in the game. Miller ended up with 78 yards on 14 carries of his own.

Rishard Matthews caught the lone offensive touchdown of the day and it was the wide receiver's first TD of the season. 

The Dolphins will look for a third straight victory next Sunday at home against the San Diego Chargers at 1:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[LA Soccer Team Ceases Operations]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:03:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/lafile-chivas-usa-fans.jpg

Major League Soccer announced Monday that Chivas USA ceased operations and that a new franchise planned for Los Angeles would begin play in a new soccer-specific stadium in 2017.

The league’s Board of Governors unanimously decided to disband Chivas USA as part of a change in strategy for the Los Angeles market, MLS said in an announcement on its site.

“As part of our new strategy for Southern California -- a major hotbed of soccer participation and fan support -- we believe that engaging with a new ownership group which has the resources and local community ties, and a plan for a dedicated soccer-specific stadium, provides us with the best chance for success,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in the statement.

The ownership group for the new team will be announced Thursday.

The league will play with 20 clubs in the 2015 season.

MLS said it will conduct a dispersal draft of the Chivas USA roster in the near future.

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<![CDATA[2014-15 Miami Heat Season Preview]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:43:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457622528.jpg

The Miami Heat have been to the NBA Finals four straight years but this year they will need to try to do it with a new look roster.

When LeBron James took his talents back to Ohio this off-season, team president Pat Riley and the Heat knew they had their work cut out for them. After going to the Finals every season that James was in Miami, it was immediately known that a fifth trip was not going to be easy without him.

That being said, the Heat should contend this year and anything can happen in the postseason. The roster is still one of the top tier ones in the Eastern Conference which remains a weaker group than the West. With Derrick Rose back in Chicago and James headlining a new look Cleveland team, the Heat have a tough road to the Finals but they also have talented players who have been there before.

Dwyane Wade is still in the fold for Miami and so is Chris Bosh. Both members of the now defunct "Big Three" will take on increased roles on the team with James gone. Wade will be needed on the court more often than he was last season and Bosh will need to return to the form he once had with the Toronto Raptors. Both men will see more touches and the plays will go through them a lot more often than the past four seasons.

Bosh and Wade are not alone though, they will have newcomers Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts alongside them on most days at tip-off. Deng had a relatively quiet preseason but is a dependable option. While he will not be able to replace the man he's taking over for in James, he should be an asset for Miami and a key to its success. Deng has always been known for his competitiveness and for giving it his all.

McRoberts is unlikely to be ready for the opening game as he continues to recover from off-season toe surgery. McRoberts missed the entire preseason and has yet to take part in contact plays in practice. It's possible the forward could miss a handful of games before joining the Heat in November. 

While McRoberts is out, Shawne Williams will likely start in his place. Williams made several starts during the preseason and did a solid job. Prior to Williams producing, it appeared Udonis Haslem could make a few early starts. That now seems like a remote possibility as Haslem will more than likely come off the bench as he has in recent years. Williams hit several three-pointers along the way including going 5-5 on October 17th. That will be key for Miami as it lacks deep threats.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the preseason was the fact Norris Cole started every game but the first contest. Mario Chalmers figured to remain the starting point guard when he stayed in Miami but the preseason is telling. While the lineup has not been announced, it appears likely that Cole will be the starter at PG to begin the year with Chalmers backing him up. Both men should see minutes each game and the starting role could easily flip again.

Depth wise, the bench looks a bit different for the Heat going into the year. First round pick Shabazz Napier and an up-and-down preseason. Napier started slow and then had a couple of solid games before fading again towards the end. Napier isn't likely to see much game action at least in the early going.

James Ennis is an interesting piece on the bench for Miami. Ennis had an electric start to the exhibition slate but faded in the latter part. The 24-year old should find a spot in the rotation but his minutes will likely be limited until he shows consistency.

The rest of the roster includes Chris Andersen, Shannon Brown, Andre Dawkins, Danny Granger, and Justin Hamilton. Of the group, Andersen will see the most action as he continues what has been a very productive run in Miami. Granger is a wild card in terms of staying healthy. Injuries have plagued Granger's career but he can be a valuable bench player when he is available.

The Heat start the year with a busy schedule and will play five games in the first week of play. Three of the games will be at home which is in contrast to a stretch in December on the road. From December 5-12, the Heat will also play five games and all of them will come on the road. That is also part of a stretch of seven road contests out of eight games.

The game that the world is waiting for comes on December 25th when James returns to Miami for the first time. It will be the first of four games between the teams as Miami will travel to Cleveland on February 11th before the Cavaliers come to Miami again on March 16th. The Heat will go back to Cleveland on April 2nd in what could be a big game for both teams. Miami will only have seven games left following that battle with the Cavs.

Before the Heat can think of any of that, they will focus on their opening night opponent. On Wednesday night, the Heat will take on the Washington Wizards in Miami at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[McRoberts Doubtful For Heat Opener]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:38:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456600933.jpg

The Miami Heat will begin the season on Wednesday and it is doubtful they will have the services of Josh McRoberts according to the Sun-Sentinel.

McRoberts who signed a four-year deal with the Heat missed the entire preseason following toe surgery. Initially it had appeared he could still make it back for the opening game of the season but that is now in doubt. McRoberts has been limited in practice and is officially considered day-to-day.

"He's looking better each day. We want to make sure we're smart with the process," head coach Erik Spoelstra said on Monday per the report.

It's a long season and the Heat will need McRoberts for the majority of it if they hope to succeed. The forward is expected to be in the starting lineup daily once healthy and contribute big minutes. Until he's ready to go, Miami will likely turn to Shawne Williams who has been seeing starts this preseason in place of McRoberts.

Williams signed with the Heat in August and has been in the NBA since 2006 when he was a first round pick. It hasn't been the type of career the Indiana Pacers expected on the day they took Williams 17th overall however. The 28-year old has never started more than 13 games in a season and that came last year while with the Los Angeles Lakers.

If Williams falters in the starting role, Spoelstra could turn to Udonis Haslem as a starter. The veteran brought a spark to the Heat in the postseason and has remained a dependable option. Even if Williams produces, Haslem should see a fair share of time on the court while McRoberts remains idle.

Getting McRoberts back on the court is crucial for Miami as it looks to find a weapon from behind the three-point line. With Chris Bosh set to play inside more this season, McRoberts is positioned to take over many of the plays Bosh handled in 2013-14 from deep.

The Heat will begin the 2014-15 season on Wednesday at American Airlines Arena against the Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Report: Big Clippers Tax Write-Off]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:50:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_steve_ballmer_clippers_microsoft.jpg

Billionaire Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers in August for $2 billion, but he could write off as much as half of that amount in taxes by 2030, according to an analysis by the Financial Times.

A tax break for owners of sports franchises would let the ex-Microsoft CEO claim about $1 billion of the team's purchase price from the taxable income he makes over the next 15 years, said the report, published Sunday in the London newspaper (paywall, registration required).

Ballmer paid the Sterling family almost four times as much for the Clippers as the previous record NBA franchise purchase, $550 million for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Ballmer bought the Clippers at a tough time for fans, many of whom were distraught at apparently racist comments made by previous owner Donald Sterling on a tape recording. Those comments kicked off a long battle with the NBA that eventually led to a bidding war, which Ballmer won.

The difference between the value of the company's assets and what the purchaser paid for it is the key to the tax breaks Ballmer may be able to take, according to the Financial Times article:

"Under an exception in US law, buyers of sports franchises can use an accounting treatment known as goodwill against their other taxable income. This feature is commonly used by tax specialists to structure deals for sports teams. Goodwill is the difference between the purchase price of an asset and the actual cash and other fixed assets belonging to the team."

Most corporations can't charge for goodwill, but sports franchises are an exception, according to the Financial Times.

Representatives of the Clippers and of Ballmer didn't comment for the Financial Times report. Ballmer didn't immediately reply to an e-mail from NBC4 Sunday afternoon.

<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 8]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:51:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457913960.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the eighth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Panthers Fall in Overtime Again]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:18:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457866002.jpg

The Florida Panthers are off to a slow start this season in overtime games and dropped another on Saturday in Arizona.

The final score of this one was 2-1 and the win by the Arizona Coyotes marked the third time this year an opponent has beaten Florida in overtime. The Panthers have only come away victorious once and that was in their last game in Colorado. With the overtime loss, Florida now is 2-2-3 on the season.

Roberto Luongo had a fine day as he saved 39 of 41 attempts with the goals coming in the third period and then in OT. Both of the goals came during power plays for the Coyotes. After a lackluster start to the season, Luongo has turned in several fine outings and has given Florida every chance to win more games.

Brandon Pirri put the lone goal for Florida in the net and it was the second straight game he did so. This was after Pirri was a healthy scratch for the Panthers multiple times, which is something that is unlikely to happen again anytime soon. The goal came on Pirri's only shot on goal. Tomas Fleischmann and Jussi Jokinen were credited with assists on that goal.

Jimmy Hayes, Colby Robak and Dave Bolland were all scratched for the Panthers in this game. Hayes and Robak were healthy scratches while Boland is battling a lower back injury.

In terms of power plays, Arizona had eight total and were successful on two of them. The Panthers meanwhile were 0-2 on their power play chances. Arizona also easily won the shots on goal competition with its 41 as opposed to Florida's 24.

The Panthers will return home on Thursday for another game against the Coyotes at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Duke Johnson Leads UM to Win Over Virginia Tech]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:24:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457740480.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes won their second straight game with a 30-6 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday.

The win come 12 days after the Hurricanes topped Cincinnati at Sun Life Stadium. This one took place on the road and it was the first time the Hurricanes won outside of Miami this year. UM now sits at 5-3 on the year and 2-2 in the ACC.

Duke Johnson had a big day with 249 yards rushing on 29 carries. Among those rushes was a 24-yard dash into the end zone in the second quarter. The junior now has one rushing touchdown in each of Miami's last seven games. Johnson has also picked up at least 100 yards rushing in four consecutive games.

It wasn't just on the ground where Johnson made an impact, the running back also caught a TD pass. The 22-yard reception was part of a 37-yard receiving day for Johnson. It was the first time this year that Johnson took one into the end zone by way of air.

Gus Edwards had himself a good day as well on the ground with plenty of rushing yards to go around. Edwards had 115 yards rushing on 20 carries and also ran two into the end zone. Edwards now has five rushing TDs this year and three in his last two games alone.

The 366 rushing yards picked up by Miami were the most allowed by the Hokies under head coach Frank Beamer according to the Daily Press.

Brad Kaaya had a quieter day throwing for only 92 yards and was 7-16 on his attempts. The quarterback did throw the aforementioned TD pass along the way and now has 17 of those on the season. It was the first time in his time at UM that Kaaya did not eclipse triple digits on passing yards. In fact, his previous low was 174 in the first game of the year.

Miami will return home for a game against North Carolina on October 1st at 12:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Giants Tie Series Against Royals ]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:44:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/457868870%281%29.jpg

The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants.

A botched grounder led to a three-run deficit, and they were in danger of falling behind the Kansas City Royals three games to one.

Instead of panic, it was time for some Panda-monium. Pablo Sandoval's single set up Hunter Pence to score the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with dramatics later in the game.

The San Francisco Giants evened up the World Series 2-2 against the Kansas City Royals, with an 11-4 win in Game 4.

The Giants were down 4-1 in the third inning, but scored 10 unanswered runs the rest of the way. The big blow in the 4-hour game came in the sixth inning, where the Giants scored three runs to take a 7-4 lead.

Sandoval delivered in the sixth with the winning, two-RBI single that put the Giants on top 6-4.

"We're going to battle and scratch and claw,'' Giants second baseman Joe Panik said.

With the World Series tied at two games apiece, the title will be decided at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium next week.

"We never give up, that's the thing,'' said Sandoval, who shook off a stomach bug after starting to feel ill Friday. "We've been doing it all year in these situations. We know how that feels.''

Pence, eyes ablaze, had three hits, three RBIs and a nifty sliding catch in the ninth inning, and Panik hit a two-run double in a four-run seventh.

"We had to win this game tonight no matter what,'' said Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, who was knocked out of the game in the third inning.

Vogelsong only went 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs, but the Giants still have not lost a postseason game Vogelsong has pitched in.

Reliever Yusmeiro Petit (3-0) went three shutout innings to earn the win.

Up next, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will take on James Shields in Game 5 Sunday night at 5:07 p.m. at AT&T Park.

"This was a great ballgame, I thought, especially the way we came back,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Showcasing baseball at its exciting best, the game included a sprawling catch by Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson that left a pair of divots, and the first use of expanded video review in Series history, which became a turning point. Jeff Kellogg's safe call at second base was upheld by replay ump Jerry Meals on catcher Salvador Perez's pickoff attempt of Joaquin Arias, helping the Giants build the pivotal rally.

Four fans in the first row near the Giants dugout wore giant, of course, white panda heads as they cheered on Sandoval, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda and a veteran of the team's World Series titles in 2010 and '12. The switch-hitter batted just .199 right-handed during the regular season but came up with his first two-hit game from that side of the plate since Aug. 25, emphatically tossing his bat after lining a single to center that put the Giants ahead 6-4.

Sandoval said he vomited after batting practice and took medication.

"No one was taking me out of the lineup,'' he said. "I play giving my heart and soul to the team.''

Lost in the torrent of runs was the earlier fit of pique by Bochy, who threw his hat to the dugout floor when his team botched a third-inning grounder. The mood was different by the eighth, when former Journey singer Steve Perry sprinted to the front row of the second deck behind home plate and led the crowd of 43,066 in a sing-along of "Lights.''

The outlook seemed far different in the third , when ominous, dark clouds formed over the bayside ballpark, and the Royals burst ahead 4-1 against Vogelsong with the pitcher's help. He failed to step on first while covering and trying to catch Brandon Belt's throw on Eric Hosmer's tapper. Orange-clad fans quieted, and there even were scattered boos.

"I thought we had the situation right in the palm of our hand,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

But Petit settled the NL champions with his scoreless relief.

"The way Petey threw tonight saved our bullpen. He was our MVP tonight for me,'' San Francisco pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.

Yost stayed with starter Jason Vargas into the fifth, removing him after Panik's leadoff double. Royals relievers had been 7-0 in the postseason, but Yost couldn't get to his hard-throwing HDH triad of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland.

Jason Frasor and Danny Duffy combined to allow the tying run in a two-run fifth. And Brandon Finnegan, the first player to appear in the College World Series and World Series in the same year, allowed Sandoval's two-run single and Brandon Belt's RBI's single in the sixth.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Activate Jordan, Waive Williams]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:52:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/181594306.jpg

For this entire season, the Miami Dolphins have been without the services of Dion Jordan but that will change on Sunday.

Jordan was activated by the Dolphins on Saturday and will be available to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. In a corresponding move, the Dolphins waived wide receiver Damian Williams in order to meet the 53-man roster requirement.

Jordan has been suspended by the NFL since the start of the season for drug infractions. Initially Jordan was suspended for four games for violating the league's performance enhancing substance policy. That suspension was lifted after two games but a new four-game suspension took its place. That second suspension was in relation to the NFL's substance abuse policy.

It is likely that the Dolphins will ease Jordan back into games in the early going. It may take a couple of games before Jordan is back into the regular mix. The 24-year old has the ability to be a difference maker in the pass rush but it remains to be seen if can offer consistent production. Jordan also needs to show the Dolphins that he can move on from his off-field issues and be available to the team on a regular basis.

Williams only saw time in one game for Miami and he caught a single pass. The wide receiver ended up with 14 yards this year on one offensive snap. Williams was actually also cut before the season but then was re-signed earlier this month.

The Dolphins will look to improve to 4-3 on Sunday in a 1:00 p.m game in Jacksonville.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Man Stealing Show at World Series]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:14:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457679922.jpg

He's not faster than a speeding bullet nor is he more powerful than a locomotive but Laurence Leavy has been a big part of the 2014 World Series.

Leavy, the self-proclaimed "Marlins Man" has been up-front and center during every World Series game thus far. This is nothing new for Leavy who has been seen in years past at big sporting events including the NBA Finals. The one constant for Leavy is the Miami Marlins red-orange alternate jersey he dons daily.

The local attorney was also present for the deciding game of the ALCS when the Kansas City Royals punched their ticket to this World Series. He could be seen right behind home plate standing out in a sea of blue.

People around the world have taken notice of Leavy at the games and at one brief point, "Marlins" was even trending worldwide on Twitter during that ALCS clincher. Leavy's appearances have led to several stories both locally and nationally as more people take notice of his consistent attendance.

During Friday's World Series game, Leavy found himself making more headlines when he gave his seat up to Steven Powell of the U.S. Navy. Powell had just finished his rendition during the 7th inning stretch which was marred by some early audio issues. Leavy on his Twitter account let it be known that he did this as a thank you for Powell's service.

Leavy is a season ticket holder for the Marlins and he even has a custom car based on the team. The car features the colors of the Marlins along with a drawing of Billy The Marlin and the Marlins logo on the side.

It's likely that Leavy will be sitting behind homeplate again during the 2015 World Series wherever it is played. The Marlins hope that Leavy will just take a short drive to Marlins Park next October. With the team expected to improve a roster that was in contention into September, "Marlins Man" could possibly continue his annual tradition from the comforts of home.

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<![CDATA[Week 8 Preview: Dolphins at Jaguars]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:20:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/175892550.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will seek a second straight win on Sunday when they battle the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Picking up two wins in a row is something that has plagued Miami this year but the Jaguars offer a good opportunity to complete the task. Jacksonville is one of the worst teams in the entire NFL with their 1-6 record. That one win came last week but it was over the last place Cleveland Browns.

After winning their first game of the season, Miami lost two in a row. It then followed that with a decisive win over Oakland only to fall in heartbreaking fashion to the Green Bay Packers. Then last week, the Dolphins picked up a huge victory over the Bears in Chicago. The win over the Bears was important for Miami coming off the last second loss to the Packers. It was a boost in morale for the team as well as a boost in the standings.

Ryan Tannehill had an explosive game in Chicago throwing 25 of his 32 passes for completions and his first half was even more exceptional. The quarterback completed his first 14 pass attempts of the game and ended up with 277 yards and two touchdowns on the day. That was just the air attack for Tannehill as he also rushed for 48 yards in the game.

It's unlikely that Tannehill will post numbers as good as that for a second straight week but he may not need to. As long as the third year QB can avoid turning the ball over, the Dolphins should be able to walk off with a victory. The game in Chicago was only the second time this season that Tannehill avoided throwing at least one interception.

Dion Jordan should return on Sunday following his drug suspension. Jordan has missed the entire regular season thus far and is unlikely to play a big role in his first game back. As of yet, Miami has not made a necessary roster move in order to activate Jordan. If the team opts to not do so, Jordan would remain inactive until next week's game.

As has been the case for much of the season, Lamar Miller's production will be critical to the outcome of the game. The running back who has been cemented into the primary running role has continued to be an asset since taking over for Knowshon Moreno. Miller has outperformed many expectations and will need to continue to do so with Moreno gone for the season due to a torn ACL.

At 3-3, Miami is in third place in the AFC East but a win on Sunday would go a long way in its hopes of making a return to the postseason. A 4-3 record would keep the Dolphins right in the thick of things for both the division and the wild card race with nine games to go.

The game against Jacksonville will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday

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<![CDATA[Giants Edged by KC, Down 2-1 in WS]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:12:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/457810112.jpg

Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series.

The San Francisco Giants were edged by the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 3 of the World Series and are now down 2-1 in the best of seven.

Down 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Giants rallied for two runs on a Michael Morse double and a Buster Posey groundout, but the Royals bullpen shut out the Giants for the final three innings.

But Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson and four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings, as Kansas City beat the San Francisco.

"This is the way our games have gone all year,'' said Royals manager Ned Yost, who made several lineup changes that paid off. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with.

"But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It's not me doing it. It's the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that,'' he said.

Alex Gordon hit a run-scoring double and Lorenzo Cain made two slick grabs in right field as the Royals backed Guthrie with nifty glove work. All night long, Kansas City looked perfectly comfortable playing in the tricky territory at unfamiliar AT&T Park.

Eric Hosmer had a sixth-inning RBI single on the 11th pitch of his at-bat against lefty Javier Lopez. It was the first World Series hit for Hosmer _ on his 25th birthday.

Cain drove in the first run with a groundout after Alcides Escobar's leadoff double in the first.

Game 4 is Saturday night, with right-hander Ryan Vogelsong scheduled to pitch for the Giants against lefty Jason Vargas.

"We've got to keep grinding. It's going to be a tough series,'' said Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson, added to the starting lineup in Game 3.

Yost moved Cain from center field to right in place of Nori Aoki for a defensive boost in the expansive outfield at AT&T Park. Cain chased down Buster Posey's slicing line drive in the first for a pretty catch from his knees, then snagged Travis Ishikawa's sinking liner in the second.

Gordon was moved up from sixth to second in the lineup and came through with his RBI double following Escobar's single in the sixth.

On a night that began with a remembrance of late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Kansas City produced just enough offense even without designated hitter Billy Butler. The Series shifted to AT&T Park and National League rules for three games.

The Giants had their six-game home winning streak in the World Series snapped. The unbeaten run dated to the 2002 wild-card club of Barry Bonds and Co. that lost in seven games to the Angels.

The Royals seemed unfazed by the fanfare and tough conditions in improving to 5-0 on the road this postseason. Of the first 56 times the World Series was tied 1-all, the Game 3 winner went on to win in 37 of those instances and four of the last five.

A cast of Giants Hall of Famers were celebrated on the field in a star-studded pregame featuring a "Play Ball!'' chant by Huey Lewis.

Pinch-hitter Michael Morse hit an RBI double with none out in the sixth to chase Guthrie. Yost turned it over to his fantastic bullpen, and Kelvin Herrera immediately walked Gregor Blanco.

With the hard-throwing Herrera clocking 99-101 mph on the radar gun, Joe Panik had a tough time attempting a sacrifice bunt. His high-bouncing grounder still did the trick to advance both runners, and Buster Posey pulled the Giants to 3-2 on a groundout.

Then, the Royals shut down San Francisco the rest of the way.

"I don't know if there's a better bullpen, because that seventh, eighth and ninth inning, and you get a tough go when you're facing those guys,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Hopefully you get some runs early, but Guthrie did a great job on us.''

Herrera worked 1 1-3 innings, rookie Brandon Finnegan got two outs in his World Series debut, and Wade Davis pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Greg Holland got three quick outs for the save.

The four hitless innings of relief were the most in the World Series in 22 years.

"Our bullpen's been lights out. We've got 100 percent confidence in (those) guys getting their job done,'' Dyson said. "From an offensive standpoint, we're just trying to put runs on the board and get them in position.''

Guthrie, who attended nearby Stanford, retired 10 straight during one stretch and combined with Hudson to retire 20 in a row. That was the longest Series streak since the Yankees' Don Larsen and the Brooklyn Dodgers' Sal Maglie retired the first 23 batters during Larsen's perfect game in 1956, according to STATS.

"What a gutsy performance,'' Royals teammate James Shields said. ``He went out there and pitched his heart out. He did a phenomenal job.''

As a gorgeous Bay Area afternoon turned into a breezy night along the water, the 39-year-old Hudson left in the sixth to a rousing ovation from the orange towel-twirling sellout crowd.

Hudson waited 16 years for his first World Series chance only to watch Escobar hit the game's first pitch for a double. Escobar scored on Cain's groundout, and Hudson settled in nicely after the second. The right-hander retired 12 in a row before Escobar's one-out single through Hudson's legs in the sixth. Gordon followed with his RBI double.


In a quirky stat, Guthrie became the fifth starting pitcher in World Series history to not record a walk or a strikeout through five innings and the first since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux in Game 2 of the 1996 Series for Atlanta against the Yankees.


Royals: Vargas, an 11-game winner who pitched the ALCS clincher against Baltimore, attended Game 1 of the Giants' 2010 World Series at AT&T Park against Texas with his wife as a fan.

Giants: Vogelsong is the only pitcher to yield no more than one run in his first five postseason starts. That run ended in the NL Championship Series when Vogelsong allowed four runs in three innings of a no-decision against St. Louis. ... Bochy said he and pitching coach Dave Righetti discussed going with ace lefty Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 on short rest if trailing something they know he can handle physically despite his heavy workload.

The Giants will look to even up the series tomorrow with Ryan Vogelsong taking the hill.

Full Giants coverage here.

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<![CDATA[Miami Finishes Preseason With Fourth Straight Win]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:31:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/489914407.jpg

The Miami Heat finished their preseason with a fourth straight win on Friday as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98.

After starting the preseason with four consecutive losses, the Heat rolled off four straight wins to finish 4-4. The Heat appear to be ready for the regular season with their consistent play and they have also avoided injuries for the most part.

One player who wasn't so healthy on Friday was Luol Deng who missed the game with lower back tightness. Deng is expected to be ready to go for the season opener but Josh McRoberts remains a question mark. McRoberts missed the entire preseason following toe surgery and it is uncertain if he will be ready to go in less than a week.

With Deng out, James Ennis made a rare start. Ennis struggled in the opportunity though scoring only ten points in 30 minutes. Ennis also turned the ball over four times and he may not see many minutes going forward despite a strong start to the preseason.

Dwyane Wade was efficient for a second straight game on Friday. After shooting 11-16 for 26 points in his last game, Wade was 7-9 for 16 points in this contest. Wade also added two assists and three rebounds. 

Shawne Williams who is a candidate to start in place of McRoberts in the opener scored ten points and tallied five rebounds in 26 minutes of play. Udonis Haslem would be another potential name to replace McRoberts. The Heat veteran was one of several of players to not play in the preseason finale.

Chris Bosh finished the exhibition slate with another solid effort. The big man scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds in his 26 minutes. Bosh also had two blocks and a steal in the game.

Miami's regular season will begin on Wednesday with a home game against the Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m.

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