<![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, 01 Aug 2014 18:27:07 -0400 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:27:07 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Marlins Lose After Controversial Call]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:57:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452991880+%281%29.jpg

The Miami Marlins fell to the Cincinnati Reds by a final score of 3-1 on Thursday after a controversial call.

In the eighth inning, Giancarlo Stanton threw a line drive to the plate to catch Zack Cozart who was headed home by a clear margin. Home plate umpire Mike Winters called the runner out to end the inning, but the Reds protested that Marlins' catcher Jeff Mathis blocked the plate. The umpires went to replay review per Rule 7.13 in Major League Baseball which is in place to prevent home plate collisions.

Replays showed that Mathis was taken into the running lane on his way to fielding the ball just ahead of the runner arriving. By rule, the runner is out under that scenario. However after a lengthy review, the umpires reversed the call on the field and ruled the runner safe which tied the game. The umpires at the MLB Replay Center in New York City decided that Mathis obstructed the running lane and awarded the plate to the runner.

Marlins' manager Mike Redmond stormed out of the dugout and was immediately ejected. The skipper would throw his hat, pull out part of his jersey and rant for a few minutes before heading off the field.

Tom Koehler gave the Marlins seven strong innings before running into trouble in the eighth. The first two batters of the inning reached and Redmond made a call to the bullpen. In came Mike Dunn who committed an error after throwing only one pitch to load the bases.

With the bags full and nobody out, Redmond walked to the mound again and called upon Bryan Morris. The right-hander struck out the first batter he faced and then produced a fly-out on the next batter. That would end up being a sacrifice fly after the aforementioned replay review. The Reds would go on to add two more runs off Morris.

Two of the runs scored in the eighth were charged to Koehler who ended up on the losing end of things. Koehler is now 7-8 on the season.

Stanton homered in the first inning to give the Marlins an early lead. It was the 25th home run of the season for Stanton. It was also the second consecutive game in which the slugger went deep.

The Marlins have Jacob Turner penciled in to start Friday's game but it is possible newly acquired Jarred Cosart will make the start instead.

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<![CDATA[UM SUspending QB at Least 1 Game]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:05:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/183182592.jpg

The quarterback competition at the University of Miami cleared up some Friday when redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen was suspended for at least one game for a positive drug test.

The news was first reported by NBC 6’s Adam Kuperstein.

UM has not commented on the report.

Olsen has been suspended in the past by the Hurricanes. Last year, Olsen was suspended for the Russell Athletic Bowl for violating team rules, according to the Miami Herald. Olsen’s suspension will keep him out of at least the September 1 game in Kentucky against the Louisville Cardinals.

With Olsen likely out of the picture, the starting quarterback job looks like its transfer Jake Heaps’ to lose. The former Kansas Jayhawk and BYU Cougars quarterback has the experience in big games that no other UM quarterback has this year.

Still, Heaps has gotten progressively worse in each season as a starting quarterback. In 2010, his first year at BYU, he completed 57.2 percent of his passes for 2,316 yards, 15 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Last year in Kansas, he completed 49 percent of his passes for 1,414 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions and was sacked an average of twice a game.

However, the talent gap between Miami and Kansas should give Heaps plenty of room to greatly improve his numbers in his final year of eligibility. Plus, he has one of the nation’s most dynamic running backs, Duke Johnson, to hand the ball to and ease the pressure off the passing game.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Acquire Jarred Cosart for Prospects]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:57:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/451819590.jpg

The Miami Marlins added a new arm to the starting rotation on Thursday by acquiring Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros.

Going to Houston will be Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran, Francis Martes and the first overall pick in the 2015 Competitive Balance Draft. Miami also acquired Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates from the Astros.

Cosart will immediately join the Marlins' starting rotation and will replace either Brad Hand or Jacob Turner. It is likely that the odd-man out will return to the bullpen as both players lack minor-league options.

After a good rookie season in 2013, Cosart has taken a step back and has struggled more this year. In 20 starts this season, Cosart has a 4.41 E.R.A and a poor strikeout to walk ratio. The 24-year old has issued 51 free passes and has only struck out 75 in 116.1 innings pitched.

Hernandez and Wates will likely head to the minor-leagues for Miami for more seasoning. Hernandez is a versatile player that can play the infield and the outfield. He's currently enjoying a great offensive season at AAA with a slashline of .337/.380/.508. Hernandez who is 22 could be an option for the Marlins at some point this season.

Wates is a speedy outfielder who has already swiped 31 bases at AAA this season. He also has good offensive numbers across the board. In the big leagues, there are presently no openings for an outfielder but Wates will likely take over the Marisnick role of being the first outfielder promoted if needed.

Moran was the Marlins' first round pick in 2013 and was considered the third baseman of the future for the team. Marisnick who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Toronto in 2012 was looked at as a future starting outfielder on the Marlins.

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<![CDATA[Nationals Hand Marlins A Loss To End Streak]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:01:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452933136.jpg

The Miami Marlins saw their six game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Brad Hand gave the Marlins another strong effort but it fell apart in the eighth inning. Three runs were charged to Hand but he only surrendered one himself. When he departed in the final frame, he left with two runners on and nobody out.

For the day, Hand went seven innings in which he allowed five hits and two walks. The inherited runners scored with A.J. Ramos on the mound. After retiring his first batter, Ramos gave up a sacrifice fly and then a two-run double.

Hand was tagged with the loss and is now 2-3 on the season but has tossed three quality starts in a row including this game.

The Marlins got on the board in the fourth inning when Jordany Valdespin hit his second home run of the season. Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run of his own in the ninth inning to trim the deficit to two runs. It was the 24th long ball of the season for the right-fielder.

After the blast, the Marlins continued to try and rally in the ninth. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled home a run to make it a one-run game. Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch-hit next and walked to extend the game. Reed Johnson pinch-hit next and grounded out to end the game.

Miami will open a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday with Tom Koehler scheduled to start for the Marlins.

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<![CDATA[Police Say Winston Once Held at Gunpoint for Hunting Squirrels]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:38:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120513+jameis+winston.jpg

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police say.

Officer Anthony Gioannetti responded to a call and found the pair near a campus bike path with a long-barreled pistol. He drew his gun, pointed it at the players and shouted several times for them to get on the ground, police say.

One of the players dropped the gun and Gioannetti kept his weapon drawn until another officer handcuffed the players. The officers then determined the pistol was a pellet gun.

"They said they were shooting at squirrels along the bike trail," Gioannetti wrote in his report. The gun was confiscated and the players were released with no charges, the report said.

The November 2012 incident was reported by USA Today on Wednesday. Contacted after the report, Winston said, "Sorry sir, I'm not talking about that."

When contacted by The Associated Press to comment, Casher originally hung up. But he called back and wanted to know why this was being reported now. He then used obscenities as he criticized USA Today for running the report.

Earlier this year, Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff's deputies said he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

And last year, he was investigated for allegations that he had raped a woman in December 2012. A prosecutor declined to charge him, citing a lack of evidence and gaps in the accuser's story.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Storm Back With Four Runs in Ninth To Win]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:13:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452867686.jpg

The Miami Marlins extended their winning streak to five games with a come from behind 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday.

In the ninth, the Marlins began their four-run winning rally with a run-scoring single from Marcell Ozuna. Miami had runners on the corners with nobody out following that hit. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one.

Adeiny Hechavarria came up next and added an RBI triple to tie the game. Next, Donovan Solano was hit with a pitch to put runners at first and third with one out. After a Christian Yelich, the batter was Jeff Baker who hit the game-winning fly ball to left field.

Nathan Eovaldi started the game poorly but then settled in until a rough final inning of work. In the first inning, it took Eovaldi 31 pitches to get three outs. After that, he worked the next five innings efficiently and without allowing a run.

In the sixth inning, the first Nationals to come to the plate singled off of Eovaldi. He would also allow a walk before being lifted in favor of Dan Jennings with the bases loaded. In all, the right-hander's line consisted of five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. Three of those runs scored when Jennings inherited them.

It was a tough outing for Jennings who has struggled all season long with inherited runners. The young lefty walked one and gave up a hit. In addition to letting all of Eovaldi's runners score, Jennings gave up a run of his own as well. Chris Hatcher was brought in to put an end to the inning when manager Mike Redmond had seen enough.

Sam Dyson gave Redmond two scoreless innings of relief which served a dual purpose. Not only did it keep Miami in the game, but it saved an arm for Tuesday's game. Mike Dunn pitched a scoreless ninth and came away with the win after the comeback.

Miami scored two of its runs in the seventh inning when trailing by six. Garrett Jones and Ozuna accounted for a run batted in each. Jones came on his second triple of the season.

The Marlins will try to make it six wins in a row on Tuesday when Henderson Alvarez makes the start.

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Leads Marlins To 6th Straight Win]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:33:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452904070.jpg

The Miami Marlins have now won six games in a row after their 3-0 defeat of the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

The win also put the Marlins at 53-53 on the year, returning them to the .500 mark after a disappointing end to the first half. 

Henderson Alvarez started slow and had a pitch count that exceeded 40 after only two innings. The ace was even checked by the Marlins' trainer at one point to see if he was under the weather. The concern rose from the three walks that Alvarez allowed in the two innings.

After those two frames, Alvarez delivered five strong dominant innings. All told, the right-hander allowed no runs on three hits in his seven innings of work. Alvarez would only walk one more batter after the initial command issues. The win improved Alvarez to 8-5 on the season with a 2.48 E.R.A

Bryan Morris worked the eighth inning and found himself in trouble with two runners on. With two outs, manager Mike Redmond turned to Mike Dunn. The left-hader quickly picked up the third out of the inning with a pop-out.

Steve Cishek who is fresh off being named co-NL Player of the Week picked up his 27th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Cishek loaded the bases but was able to pick up the third out before a run scored.

The first run for the Marlins came in the sixth inning on a run-scoring double by Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger has been slumping as of late but delivered in a big way to bring home Jordany Valdespin.

In the eighth, Christian Yelich doubled home Reed Johnson to give the Marlins an important insurance run. It was the 14th double of the season for Yelich. Stanton would single home another run in the inning as well.

The Marlins will take on the Nationals in an afternoon tilt on Wednesday as they look to continue their winning streak. Brad Hand will make the start for Miami.

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<![CDATA[Jake Heaps Wants the Keys to UM's Offense]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:47:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081911+university+of+miami+um+football+helmet+generic.jpg

The University of the Miami Hurricanes head into the football season with the most important position on the field, quarterback, unsettled. One of the players has loads of promise and the other, Jake Heaps, has loads of experience and has repeatedly transferred with just one more chance to make his mark.

Heaps will be on his third team in four years when he suits up for the Hurricanes. He transferred to “the U” from Kansas. While with the Jayhawks, he played for head coach Charlie Weis and turned in a weak 2013 campaign. Heaps completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw eight touchdowns to 10 interceptions on an awful Jayhawks team.

Before his time at Kansas, Heaps played for the Brigham Young University Cougars for two years. While at BYU, Heaps completed roughly 57 percent of his passes for 3,768 yards, 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Heaps is not lacking in confidence, despite the history of transferring from school to school.

“I didn’t come here to be the backup,” Heaps told the Miami Herald. “I made this decision for a reason. I came here to play, but you have to earn that. No one is going to give that to you, and that’s what I knew coming into this situation and that’s what I wanted.”

Heaps’ experience gives him a big leg up against his top competition, Kevin Olsen, Brad Kaaya, and Malik Rosier. The Canes need an experienced quarterback with an opening game at Louisville and a Week 4 trip to Memorial Stadium to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

One major player that will help take the pressure off Heaps this year is the return of running back Duke Johnson. If the oft-injured running back can stay healthy, he could unlock all of UM’s offense. Last year, Johnson was averaging 6.34 yards a carry and more than 115 yards per game before he was injured.

Still, Heaps is coming off a tough season last year in which his Jayhawks team won just two games on the field, against Louisiana Tech and South Dakota State. But the talent gulf between Kansas and Miami is so wide that Heaps should be better just on the basis of his teammates in South Florida.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Heaps told the Herald. “This is my last year. I’ve given everything I have at this thing, and it’s extremely important for me to perform well – not only to win the job but for my goals and aspirations down the line as well.”

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<![CDATA[Steve Cishek Named Co-NL Player of the Week]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:43:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452629206.jpg

Steve Cishek was named the co-NL Player of the Week on Monday after a fantastic run for the Miami Marlins' closer.

Cishek has 26 saves on the year and had five of them come during the recent 6-1 road trip for the team. That trip was tied for the best in franchise history and the only win Cishek didn't save was a 4-run victory.

Beyond the saves, Cishek was dominant as he struck out eight in his five innings of work and allowed only a pair of hits. 

The closer has saved eight games in July and has been improving by one save each month. He had five, six, and seven saves in April, May and June respectively.

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets was the other player to earn honors for the week. It was the first time that the rookie has been named NL Player of the Week.

For Cishek, this is the second time in his career he's been recognized with the award. The previous time came in July of 2013. Coincidentally enough, that was almost the same exact week as it took place July 22-28 and involved a five-save week.

Major League Baseball also pointed out the week that Christian Yelich at the same time as Cishek. Yelich batted .370 with seven runs scored and ten hits in all. The left-fielder could have easily come away with the honor himself.

Cishek will receive a watch in recognition of this achievement.

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<![CDATA[Over 25,000 Compete in SF Marathon]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:05:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/marathon_preps_sf2.jpg

Thousands of people from all over the country winded their way through the streets of San Francisco bright and early Sunday to compete in the city's annual marathon.

The first race started at 5:30 a.m., and the route kicked off and finished along the Embarcadero, with stops through the Marina, Golden Gate Bridge, the Park and the Presidio--tracing the northern part of the city.

There were temporary closures and transit changes, as more than 25,000 people laced up for the race.

"It does frustrate me a little bit because it does get very crowded--it's already crowded sometimes for the ballgames," runner Rachel Amaya said. "But it does get crowded."

"I did not know there was a lot of stuff going on, but I’m used it being from LA," runner Chad Eichten said. "And there is always stuff going on, so you just figure out ways around it."

The marathon's conclusion was around 1 p.m.

A Berkeley woman won the San Francisco Marathon for the second year in a row, and a man from Reno, Nevada earned his first win.

Anna Bretan finished the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 47 minutes and 50 seconds, according to race officials.

That is just slightly longer than the two hours, 42 minutes and 25 seconds it took the mother of three to win the race in 2013.

Bretan also, notably, was the women's winner of the 2012 Oakland Marathon.

On the men's side, race officials report August Brautigam beat his competitors by crossing the finish line in two hours, 32 minutes and 16 seconds.

But just a few hours later, more sports fans will head to the city, as the San Francisco Giants try and avoid the sweep against their division rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cal-train is adding extra capacity for riders coming to the city for the game--or for people attending a late afternoon soccer match with the San Jose Earthquakes at Candlestick Park.

<![CDATA[Marlins Complete Sweep of Astros]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:17:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452793936.jpg

The Miami Marlins completed an interleague sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday with a 4-2 win.

Miami has now won four straight and seven of eight. With the victory, the Marlins stand at 51-53 on the year and could potentially become buyers at the upcoming trade deadline. Miami remains in third place in the National League East trailing the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.

Jacob Turner continued to turn his season around with another solid effort. The 23-year old went 5.2 innings and struck out four while only walking one. Turner gave up a run while scattering six hits to Houston.

After spending some of the season in the bullpen, Turner has looked good in recent outings and should have a strong hold on his spot in the starting rotation for the foreseeable future. The right-hander is now 4-6 on the season with a 5.69 E.R.A

Dan Jennings, Chris Hatcher and Bryan Morris all came out of the bullpen with scoreless efforts building a bridge to closer Steve Cishek. In the ninth, Cishek picked up his 26th save of the year but did allow a solo home run.

Garrett Jones hit his 11th home run in the first inning in what was a three-run inning for Miami. Later in the game, Marcell Ozuna hit his 16th blast of the year to extend the lead for the Marlins.

A day after hitting his first home run of the season, Jordany Valdespin tripled for the first time as a Marlin in this one. Valdespin also brought home a run and scored another of his own. The versatile player is batting .250 since joining the big league team.

It was not such a good day for Giancarlo Stanton as he went 0-4 with four strikeouts. The Marlins' slugger has had a tough July slashing only .224/.341/.342 in the month.

The Marlins will travel home and begin a series with the Nationals on Monday. The scheduled starter for Miami is Nathan Eovaldi.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Win Sixth Game in Last Seven Tries]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:19:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452746294.jpg

The Miami Marlins won their third game in a row on Saturday with a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Helping the Marlins win their 50th game of the year and sixth in their last seven tries was Tom Koehler. The right-hander did not have his best stuff but he did enough to battle through five innings and earn his seventh win of the season.

Koehler gave up nine hits in his five innings but only three runs came across. He needed to battle out of repeated jams and stressful innings. Even though Koehler had thrown only 71 pitches, manager Mike Redmond elected to take him out when the game headed to the sixth inning.

Dan Jennings, A.J. Ramos worked the next three innings and did not allow a run. With the Marlins up four in the ninth, the ball was given to Chris Hatcher who finished the game with a scoreless inning.

One of the big hits of the day came from Giancarlo Stanton when he hit a three-run double in the second inning. Stanton now has 69 runs batted in on the season which leads the National League.

Casey McGehee had a run-scoring single which was a positive sign for the third baseman. McGehee has been struggling as of late after going most of the season without any prolonged slump.

In the ninth inning, Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run home run to pad the lead for the Marlins. It was the first blast of the year for Valdespin who recently joined the team.

The Marlins will go for the sweep on Sunday when Jacob Turner is slated to make the start.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Continue To Shine With Replay Challenges]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/483867227.jpg

The Miami Marlins have been the most successful team in Major League Baseball when going to instant replay this season.

Much of the credit goes to Pat Shine who serves officially as a Major League administrative coach. Shine is in charge of video replays for the Marlins and he is the man who lets bench coach Rob Leary know when a play should be challenged or not. 

Shine joined the Marlins this season when the new replay system went into effect. Previously he has coached in the college ranks. While he is listed as a coach with the Marlins, he only is in uniform during pre-game and is not in the dugout during games.

This year, the Marlins have won 17 of their 21 attempted challenges. On each of those, Leary could be seen in the dugout on the phone with Shine who is back in a video room. When Leary is given the word, he informs manager Mike Redmond of the decision. Leary will tip his cap if the Marlins should challenge the play.

Under the rules that MLB has placed for instant replay, teams must decide if they are going to challenge within 30 seconds and before the next pitch is thrown. This gives Shine little time to examine replays and come to the all-important decision.

Three of the four failures for Miami came on force play challenges while the other was a tag play. On the other side of the coin, teams have initiated challenges against the Marlins 16 times this year. Those have been exactly even with Miami losing out on half of them. 

A lot of games come down to one pitch and despite not being in the dugout, Shine has made a huge impact for the Marlins and is one of the main reasons they are in the playoff race.

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<![CDATA[Reinsdorf Hospitalized in New York]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:49:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Reinsdorf+Smart.jpg

Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was hospitalized Friday night after an "episode of light-headedness," the Chicago White Sox said in a statement.

Reinsdorf's "episode" required medical attention during his stay in Cooperstown, New York. He was taken to Bassett Medical Center where he will stay overnight "as a precautionary measure."

"All tests tonight indicate that he is fine," the team said in a statement. "He is coherent, is resting comfortably and is communicating with his doctors and medical staff."

He is expected to be released Saturday morning.

Reinsdorf is in New York to attend this weekend's Hall of Fame induction of former White Sox star Frank Thomas.

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<![CDATA[Hand Holds Astros To Three Hits in Win]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:23:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452684692.jpg

The Miami Marlins beat the Houston Astros 2-0 on Friday to open up their three-game inter-league series.

The win was the fifth in six tries for the Marlins as they attempt to stay in the thick of the playoff race. At four games under .500, the Marlins find themselves within striking distance of both the division and wild card races.

Brad Hand turned in a second consecutive strong effort for his second win in a row. The left-hander went 7.1 shutout innings five days after picking up his first win of the year. Hand allowed no runs on three hits.

Bryan Morris entered the game and retired the only two batters he opposed to end the eighth inning. In the ninth, Steve Cishek picked up his 25th save of the year.

The two runs for Miami came in the seventh on a two-run double courtesy of Jeff Mathis. The backup catcher made the start behind the plate for Miami with Jarrod Saltlamacchia serving as the designed hitter. Saltalamacchia had a double of his own to give him three in the last two games.

Every player in the starting lineup for Miami had at least one hit in the game. The Marlins had 11 hits in all and were 4-17 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins will send Tom Koehler to the mound on Saturday as they look to make it two victories in a row over Houston.

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<![CDATA[Questions Surround Fins' O-Line]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:54:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453329479.jpg

The shuffling along the Miami Dolphins offensive line started as soon as the team took the field for the first day of training camp. The Dolphins, who will have five new starters on the line in the first game, shifted the entire interior of the line around.

Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is out indefinitely after having surgery on his hip in the offseason. The team addressed the problem Friday by moving guard Shelley Smith to the center position. Smith has never played center in the National Football League.

“Probably the biggest adjustment is just, and especially in this offense, the center is kind of the quarterback of the offensive line,” Smith said of the transition to center, “so just getting guys in the right position to be successful.”

Smith had been slotted in at right guard before Pouncey had his surgery. With Smith now at center, the Dolphins shifted second-year player Dallas Thomas to right guard after he spent most of the offseason working at left guard.

Thomas’ move to right guard opened up the left guard position which was filled Friday by veteran guard Daryn Colledge into the left side of the line. The Fins also have Pro Bowl veteran left tackle Branden Albert and rookie first-round pick Ja’Wuan James at right tackle.

The results on the first day of practice weren’t encouraging for Dolphins fans. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the new-look offensive line gave up at least six sacks on Friday. That’s a rough start for a team that surrendered 58 sacks last season.

Still, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was optimistic about the guys who will be blocking for him and the running game.

“I feel good about the offensive guys that we have,” Tannehill said. “I feel like the front office did a good job bringing guys in and now it’s just a matter of gelling those guys together, playing consistently with the same five guys and building off what we started in the spring.”

The Dolphins have one more offensive lineman who could play into the equation before all is said and done and the regular season begins. Third-round draft pick Billy Turner played left tackle in college, but projected as a guard in the NFL. He brings a nasty nature that most offensive line coaches love in their players.

Still, the Dolphins have a rookie and a second-year player who got on the field for three offensive snaps last season manning the right side of the offensive line and a center who has never taken a snap at the position in the NFL to start the season, which will have to gel quickly if the team is to take the next step into the playoffs.

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Filed Against Pouncey Brothers]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:54:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/175892569.jpg

Ricquan James, Brentley Williams, and Niya Pickett filed a lawsuit Friday against Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and his brother Maurkice Pouncey and Cameo Management for an alleged attack at Club Cameo earlier this month.

The Pouncey brothers were at Cameo celebrating their 25th birthday when the alleged incident took place.

The lawsuit alleges the Pouncey brothers made “derogatory and homophobic remarks and anti-gay slurs” towards James. The lawsuit said the Pouncey’s then began to shove and push James and then, according to the complaint, things became more physical.

According to the suit, James asked Maurkice and Michael to stop pushing and shoving him and that Maurkice responded by hitting “James in the face several times and then Maurkice, Michael, their security and agents all begin to punch, hit, and kick James while he was laying in a fetal position.(sic)”

The lawsuit said Pickett tried to break up the fight and Maurkice “then grabbed Pickett, spur her towards him, punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious. James and Pickett were then violently beat and thrown throughout the club and eventually thrown outside the club.”

The trio’s lawsuit said James and Pickett were “thrown into several CAMEO patrons including Williams,” during the alleged incident. The lawsuit states James and Picket “suffered blunt force trauma to the head, neck, chest, and back and had multiple contusions and bruises over a great extent of their bodies. James further suffered broken teeth. Pickett further suffered from an injury to one of her eyes, which is affecting her sight.”

Through their attorney, Jeff Ostrow, the brothers said they were not involved in any altercation that night and threatened to countersue over the allegations of a fight. Earlier this month, Ostrow released a statement when the plaintiffs first said they were going to sue the brothers that read:

“Mike and Maurkice were not involved in any altercation with the accuser or anyone else that night and did nothing wrong. It appears that the accuser is an opportunist seeking attention and possible financial gain. Any attempt by the accuser or anyone else to bring an action against them based upon these false allegations will be vigorously defended. If the accuser continues to perpetuate these lies, we will bring an action against him.”

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<![CDATA[Florida Panthers Drop Lady Panthers Cheerleaders]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:11:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022811+florida+panthers+dancers.jpg

The Florida Panthers are dropping their cheerleading team after nine seasons, the team announced Wednesday.

"The #FlaPanthers thank the Lady Panthers for nine years of service to our team and community," the team said in a Twitter post.

The Lady Panthers have been a staple during games at the BB&T Center and throughout the South Florida community, making public appearances and releasing an annual calendar.

"Moving forward our game presentation will feature a skating only team," the Panthers tweeted.

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<![CDATA[Saltalamacchia's Big Night Lifts Marlins]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:27:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452496736.jpg

The Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday in comeback fashion to win the four-game series.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth to give Miami the lead. That hit came after two doubles earlier in the game for the catcher. Saltalamacchia now has 13 doubles on the year.

Both of Miami's early runs came in the fifth inning. Adeiny Hechavarria picked up his 19th run batted in while Christian Yelich added his 34th. At the time, the Marlins were trailing 2-0.

Giancarlo Stanton had a two-hit day and also walked. Casey McGehee continued to struggle however as he was 0-4 and left four men on base. The third baseman grounded into a double play and came away empty in multiple run scoring opportunities.

Henderson Alvarez turned in a great effort only five days after leaving a start early with an injured shin. Alvarez showed no ill-effects of that injury and looked strong. The right-hander went eight innings and left with the game tied.

Alvarez allowed two runs on six hits during his time on the mound. Atlanta also walked once and stuck out four times. It took the Marlins' ace 101 pitches to get through the eight innings. When the Marlins scored in top of the ninth and held on, Alvarez picked up his seventh win of the season.

Steve Cishek earned his 24th save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.

The Marlins will head to Houston on Friday to open an inter-league series with the Astros. On the mound for Miami will be Brad Hand.

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<![CDATA[Miami's Winning Streak Comes To An End in Atlanta]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452577970.jpg

The Miami Marlins lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Wednesday which ended their three-game winning streak.

Nathan Eovaldi allowed five runs in the first two innings and then settled in for five shutout innings after that. Unfortunately for Eovaldi and the Marlins, those two innings cost them the game.

Eovaldi went seven innings in which he walked two, struck out two and allowed six hits. The right-hander fell to 5-6 on the season and saw his E.R.A rise to 4.20. 

In the eighth, Sam Dyson entered and allowed an additional run to pad Atlanta's lead to five runs.

It was a tough day for the bats in Miami's lineup as the team combined for ten strikeouts against Braves' starter Ervin Santana. In addition to the strikeouts, Santana held the Marlins to only five hits and they were all singles.

Adeiny Hechavarria and Christian Yelich each had two hits and did not strike out at all. Donovan Solano and the aforementioned duo were the only three players in Miami's lineup to not strike out on Wednesday.

The Marlins had their opportunities to score but were unable to pick up timely hits. As a team, they left eight on base and were 1-7 with runners in scoring position.

The four-game series in Atlanta will wrap on Thursday when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound with Miami looking for a series win.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Start 2014 Journey on Thursday]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:48:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP134431391725_0.jpg

Summer may still be in full swing, but football season officially returns in South Florida on Thursday when the Miami Dolphins begin their 2014 campaign. The team is set to report to training camp Thursday and should be at almost full strength to start the season.

The only notable absence from the Dolphins roster will be center Mike Pouncey. The Pro Bowl center is the only holdover from last year’s offensive line and was expected to be the glue the held together the all-new line tasked with protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

But, Pouncey had to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last month and will not be back until September or possibly October at the earliest.

So, the Dolphins will have five new starters across the offensive line to start the 2014 season. It’s almost unheard for a team to completely revamp the offensive line, but after giving up more than 50 sacks last year; the team decided on the complete rebuild.

The Dolphins signed free agent Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert to anchor the line. If he stays healthy, he should solidify the left tackle position for the first time since 2009-2010 when Jake Long was outside.

The Dolphins then drafted right tackle Ja’Wuan James in the first round and guard Billy Turner. The Fins also signed free agent guard Shelley Smith and hope last year’s third-round pick, guard Dallas Thomas, can lock down a spot on the line.

The Fins projected line could look something like this (with Pouncey healthy): Left tackle – Branden Albert, Left Guard – Dallas Thomas/Billy Turner, Center – Mike Pouncey, Right Guard – Shelley Smith, Right Tackle – Ja’Wuan James.

The line will be expected to give Tannehill time to connect with a talented group of receivers. Wideouts Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson return from last season’s squad. The Fins also have high hopes for Rishard Matthews and expect good things for receiver Jarvis Landry, a rookie out of LSU.

If Tannehill can connect with Wallace, Hartline, and Gibson returns from an injury last season in good shape; and Jarvis Landry plays as expected; the Dolphins could have one of the most talented groups of receivers in the league.

The running back position will also be closely watched as the team hopes Lamar Miller can finally put his potential into production on the field. When he gets healthy, the Fins hope Knowshon Moreno can also help produce in the running game to take the pressure off Tannehill.

The offense will live and die with Tannehill’s improvement. The third year quarterback showed some progress last season, but still took 58 sacks and threw 17 interceptions. Tannehill completed 60 percent of his passes and threw 24 touchdown passes in 2013.

Still, when the Dolphins needed Tannehill to produce the most in the final two weeks of the season, the entire offense disappeared. In the final two games, which the Dolphins needed to win just one to get into the playoffs; Tannehill was 30-67 (45 percent completion rate) for 292 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.

On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins should be loaded on the defensive line. The Fins return Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake along with defensive tackles Randy Starks and Jared Odrick. The Fins also have Olivier Vernon opposite Wake coming off an 11 sack season last year.

In addition, the Fins hope to get a return on their investment in defensive end Dion Jordan. The former number three overall pick struggled last year with an injury and had a hard time getting on the field. He’s bulked up ahead of this season and said he hasn’t lost any of the speed the Dolphins saw in him when they drafted him.

The Dolphins also hope free agent addition Earl Mitchell can continue to push the pocket backwards like he did in Houston the last few seasons. Altogether, the Fins’ defensive line should once again be one of the strengths of the team.

Behind the line, the linebacker corp will have a different look as the team hopes moving Koa Misi to middle linebacker will help firm up the linebacker play. Misi played last season at outside linebacker, but the Fins will move Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler outside this year as both are playing to stay on the team.

In the defensive secondary, if the unit stays healthy, it should also be a strength of the team. Cornerback Brent Grimes got a contract extension and played like a Pro Bowler last season. The Fins hope a similar reclamation project will happen with fellow cornerback Cortland Finnegan. The Dolphins also have Jamar Taylor, a promising second-year player that may get on the field at times this year.

At safety, the Dolphins return Reshad Jones who struggled last year after securing a large contract extension from the previous regime. Jones had 84 solo tackles and one interception on the season, but the Fins still want more from Jones in 2014.

Strong safety may have the biggest question mark in the secondary. The Fins signed a big hitter in Louis Delmas, a South Florida native, to take the position. The key for the Dolphins with Delmas will be keeping him on the field. The sixth-year player has missed 13 games over the last three years.

Last season, Delmas had 64 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions on the year. A repeat performance by Delmas, who had spent his entire career with the Detroit Lions, will help the Fins’ secondary in a big way.

The Dolphins fell apart in the final two games of the 2013 season and missed the playoffs. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008 when Chad Pennington quarterbacked the Fins to a 10-6 record when Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was out for the season and the Dolphins rode the Wildcat to several wins.

Can the team take the next step into the playoffs and become a consistent contender? The team will start anew Thursday when training camp officially opens at the team’s facility in Davie.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Hang On For Third Straight Win]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452538030.jpg

The Miami Marlins won for their third game in a row on Tuesday with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Jacob Turner made the start after spending over a month in the bullpen for Miami. With a consistent difficulty in finding a fifth starter, Turner was given another opportunity to join the starting rotation. After Tuesday's effort, it is likely that Turner will remain in the rotation.

The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits in five innings of work. After 82 pitches, manager Mike Redmond elected to lift Turner as he is not stretched out as of yet. The most innings that Turner threw while serving as a reliever was three. The win improved Turner's record on the year to 3-6 to go along with a 6.03 E.R.A

In the eighth inning, Mike Dunn got himself into some trouble and allowed a run. Bryan Morris was brought in with two runners on and both ended up scoring. The right-hander ended up escaping the inning with the Marlins still leading by one run.

Steve Cishek earned his 23rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. The lead-off hitter, Chris Johnson reached on a single. Jordan Schafer entered as a pinch-runner and was thrown out trying to steal second. Cishek then retired the next two hitters in order.

Donovan Solano had a four-hit game and reached base five times when he walked as well. One of the hits for Solano was a double as he made a statement for more playing time at second base.

Doubles were popular for the Marlins with Giancarlo Stanton and Turner also doubling in the game. It was the second two-bagger of the season for Turner. All three of the doubles came off of Atlanta starter, Mike Minor.

Miami will try to make it four in a row and pick up a series win on Wednesday when it sends Nathan Eovaldi to the mound.

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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Honors Bernie Rosen for 65 Years of Service]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:47:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bernie+rosen.jpg

On Tuesday, NBC 6 celebrated one of our own. Bernie Rosen returned to the WTVJ newsroom to be honored for 65 years of distinguished service.

Flanked by his family, plus former and current NBC employees, Rosen was recognized for his accomplishments in a special presentation and video tribute.

Rosen started his career at WTVJ as an intern in 1949 – the station’s inaugural year. Working alongside fellow broadcasting legends Ralph Renick and Bob Weaver, Rosen began by shooting film and sweeping floors before soon establishing South Florida’s first local sports broadcast.

For 35 years, Rosen served as sports director, chronicling all local sports events including live coverage of the Orange Bowl, University of Miami football and wrestling. Rosen developed an exclusive relationship with Muhammad Ali – then Cassius Clay – as he trained at Miami’s 5th Street Gym.

Rosen, who turned 87 Tuesday, has covered every Miami Dolphins season, including the 1972 undefeated team, every Miami Heat season and every Miami Marlins season. He was honored with the Golden Circle Award presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for more than 50 years of service joining only Bob Weaver to receive that recognition.

Rosen hired the nation’s first female sportscaster Jane Chastain in 1967. During his tenure, he helped develop national sports personalities like Chris Myers, Roy Firestone and Suzy Kolber. He was the first to put local sports fixture Tony Segreto on the air.

After 35 years as sports director, Rosen retired to a part-time role as sports assignment editor, serving in that capacity until 2013.

Health issues have ended his career at WTVJ, but he continues to maintain a presence at many local sporting events.

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<![CDATA[Christian Yelich Wins Heart and Hustle Award For Marlins]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:30:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/174367103.jpg

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association named Christian Yelich as the Marlins' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday.

Each of the 30 MLB teams has one player named as a team winner every year. Those 30 winners are then eligible for the final award which is presented in November. Every winner will have a moment prior to an upcoming home game where their achievement is recognized.

The MLBPAA describes the award as follows:

"Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005, the Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Alumni and active Major League players and is presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game"

Yelich plays the game with a noticeable effort each and every day both in the field and at the plate. The left-fielder is known for not giving away an at-bat regardless of the score at the time. Yelich will work a count and do his best to reach base for the run producers batting behind him. In the field, he has made leaping catches and has done everything he could do to keep his team in games.

Last season, Juan Pierre was the team winner for Miami as he too demonstrated a daily ability to give his all. Previous Marlins that won the team award included Gaby Sanchez, Jose Reyes, John Baker, Dan Uggla, Alfredo Amezaga and Dontrelle Willis. 

The final award which has never been won by a Marlin will be announced on November 18th.

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<![CDATA[Jones Comes Up Big For Miami in 10th]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:54:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/488857631.jpg

The Miami Marlins beat the division leading Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Monday in ten innings on a big hit by Garrett Jones.

Jones was 1-4 on the night before a two-run single in the top of the tenth inning. The hit plated Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. It went on to be the deciding factor when Miami finished off the victory.

Tom Koehler gave the Marlins 6.2 innings of stellar pitching but left with a no-decision. The right-hander struck out seven, walked one and allowed a run on five hits. Koehler was lifted in the seventh inning with a runner on third and two outs.

Mike Dunn replaced Koehler and retired the only batter to come to the plate to end the inning and keep the game tied at one. A.J. Ramos and Bryan Morris gave the Marlins an inning each of scoreless relief. Morris picked up the win when Miami scored in the 10th.

Steve Cishek came in for the bottom half of the 10th and pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his 22nd save of the season.

Miami got on the board in the fifth inning when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his tenth home run of the year. The blast was a rare offensive moment for the Marlins who were quieted by Julio Teheran for most of the game.

In the ninth inning, the Marlins loaded the bases with nobody out against Craig Kimbrel. The Atlanta closer went on to retire the next three batters in order including a pair of strikeouts. 

Atlanta and Miami will battle again on Tuesday with Jacob Turner scheduled to make the start for the Marlins in his return to the rotation.

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<![CDATA[WNBA Coach Michael Cooper has Tongue Cancer]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:24:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP13030709140.jpg

Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team.

He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday.

The 58-year-old coach is expected to miss about two weeks, with assistant coach Karleen Thompson filling in. Atlanta plays at Minnesota on Tuesday.

"I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," Cooper said. "I know the team will be in good hands with coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon."

Cooper is in his first season with Atlanta. His team leads the Eastern Conference with a 15-6 record. He coached the East to a 125-124 overtime victory at the WNBA All-Star game Saturday.

Cooper won five NBA titles as a shooting guard with the Los Angeles Lakers during the "Showtime" era from 1978-90. As a coach, he won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and one NBA Development League championships with Albuquerque.

After his second run with the Sparks, Cooper was hired as the women's coach at Southern California. He resigned in March following an 11-20 season, his first losing mark in four seasons.

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<![CDATA[Stanton Want Marlins to Keep Cishek: Report]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:12:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/450128908.jpg

Fans of the Miami Marlins may be about to go through the exact same thing Miami Heat fans just got done with: a star player who can leave making it known who he wants to keep on the team, but may leave anyway.

According to the Miami Herald, a major league scout said if the Marlins trade closer Steve Cishek, “they could pretty much kiss him (Giancarlo Stanton) goodbye.”

Stanton has repeatedly said he wants to see the team show a commitment to winning before he decides where he will sign a long-term contract. This year, the Marlins started off strong but when ace pitcher Jose Fernandez went down; the wheels slowly began to come off for the season.

The Marlins are currently in fourth place in the National League Eastern division with a 43-52 record. The team is in Atlanta, who is tied for the division lead, for four games including Monday night’s tilt at Turner Field.

If the Marlins fall further out of contention, the trade rumors around the team will turn from being a buyer, to a seller. The Herald reported the team may wait to see how the four-game series in Atlanta turns out before deciding whether or not to move players.

Cishek could command several young players in a trade with a contender. He’s under team control through 2018, according to the Herald. He is qualified for salary arbitration and made $3.8 million this season and will get much more in the next four seasons.

Signing Stanton long-term could be the team’s first chance to get rid of the image of being a team more worried about payroll than competing. The team, according to the Herald, is planning on offering Stanton a contract extension after the current season.

If Stanton declines a contract extension, he would be eligible for arbitration next year and will become a free agent in 2017.

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<![CDATA[Two Pro Athletes Arrested Outside South Beach Club]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:48:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/dunbarmugshots2.jpg

Authorities say two professional athletes have been arrested after fighting outside a Miami Beach nightclub.

St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and NBA free agent Donte Green were arrested early Sunday outside Dream Nightclub in South Beach, Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Vivian Thayer said.

Thayer said the athletes got into a fight with each other outside the club.

Additional details about the altercation were not immediately available. Thayer says no other arrests were made.

Dunbar and Green each face charges of battery and disorderly conduct, Thayer said.

Miami-Dade County jail records did not show either man in custody Sunday afternoon. Details about the bonds they posted were not immediately available.

Dunbar, 29, joined the Rams after four seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Greene, 26, spent parts of four seasons with the Sacramento Kings but hasn't played an NBA game since 2012.

Stay tuned to NBC 6 and NBC6.com for updates.

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Exits Early in Sixth Straight Loss For Miami]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:06:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452396538.jpg

The Miami Marlins continued to struggle on Saturday as they dropped their sixth straight game in a 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Besides losing the game, the Marlins also lost their ace Henderson Alvarez in the third inning. A ball hit back to the mound nailed Alvarez in the shin and he limped off the field. The team listed him as day-to-day with a shin contusion and he could make his next start.

Before exiting, Alvarez gave up one earned run on three hits in 2.2 innings. Due to the fact he left with the Marlins already behind, Alvarez was tagged with his fifth loss of the year. The All-Star still has a sparkling E.R.A at 2.64.

With Alvarez out of the game early, manager Mike Redmond had to scramble to find an arm to bring in. Sam Dyson was the choice and he did an admirable job of saving the bullpen. Dyson threw 70 pitches over 3.1 innings. The Giants did get to Dyson for three runs on four hits but his effort could pay dividends if the pen is needed on Sunday.

Chris Hatcher, Dan Jennings and A.J. Ramos also each worked an inning to round out the pitching side for Miami. The three relievers all did so with scoreless efforts.

The Marlins attempted to come from behind in the ninth inning while trailing by four runs. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 23rd home run of the year to start the inning the second blast in two days for the slugger. After a Marcell Ozuna double, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to bring him home and cut the deficit to two. Adeiny Hechavarria followed and flew out to the end the game.

The Marlins will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday when Brad Hand takes the mound.

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<![CDATA[Second Half Starts With Giant Loss]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:18:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/450825740.jpg

The Miami Marlins opened the second half of the season with a 9-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday.

It was the fifth loss in a row for Miami and also the second consecutive game in which they lost 9-1. The finale of the first half against the New York Mets had the same score. That series in New York also opened with a 7-1 loss for the Marlins.

Nathan Eovaldi struggled and was knocked around by the Giants. The right-hander allowed eight runs on nine hits in four short innings. It took Eovaldi 84 pitches to get through those four frames and the Giants did not seem fooled in the slightest. The effort pushed Eovaldi's E.R.A to 4.08 on the year and was also his fifth loss.

Dan Jennings came out of the bullpen and allowed a run of his own in his one inning to extend the lead for the Giants. The rest of the relievers kept San Francisco off the board but it was too late with the game out of reach. Those other arms to take part in this game were Chris Hatcher, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris and Steve Cishek.

Giancarlo Stanton ended a home run drought when he hit his 22nd blast of the season in the sixth inning. The slugger had gone 75 at-bats between home runs before Friday's.

Henderson Alvarez will make the start on Saturday after taking part in the All-Star Game festivites on Tuesday. Alvarez did not end up pitching in the Midsummer Classic and last pitched on July 11th.

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<![CDATA[Miami Heat Sign First-Round Pick Guard Shabazz Napier]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:46:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/482978125.jpg

The Miami Heat continued stocking the roster Friday announcing the signing of first-round draft pick point guard Shabazz Napier.

Napier played 143 games for the University of Connecticut over his four-year career. He averaged 13.7 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds for his college basketball career. Napier also won two national championships at UConn including last year when he averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.

“Shabazz is a proven winner and one of the most mature college players that I have ever met,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Not only did he help lead UConn to two NCAA Championships, but he also knows exactly what he needs to do to make an impact at the NBA level. I believe the experience he had during the Summer League is going to payoff in leaps and bounds when training camp begins.”

Napier joins the Heat after most assumed Miami drafted him in hopes of keeping LeBron James with the team.

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<![CDATA[Miami Heat Re-Sign Forward Udonis Haslem]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:37:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/169686488.jpg

The Miami Heat continued to bring back veteran leadership to the roster by re-signing power forward Udonis Haslem to a two-year contract. The deal will be worth approximately $5.5 million over the two years as part of the team’s mid-level exception.

Haslem was one of the numerous players who opted out of his former contract to help give the Heat more flexibility to restructure the roster. The hope was to keep LeBron James in Miami, but he left for Cleveland and the Heat reloaded with Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and others.

Haslem has never played with another team but the Heat. He’s likely to finish his career in Miami.

The roster Haslem returns to will be mixed between youngsters and veterans. Among the names that will be with Haslem next year are: Dwayne Wade, Mario Chalmers, James Ennis, Deng, McRoberts, Chris Andersen, Danny Granger, and Chris Bosh.

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<![CDATA[Miami Dolphins Sign Third-Round Pick Billy Turner]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:24:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/New+Dolphins+logo.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will have their full roster of draft picks when training camp begins next week. The Fins announced Friday that it had signed third-round draft pick Billy Turner.

The offensive lineman was a four-year starter for the North Dakota State Bison and a two-time Football Championship Subdivision All-American. Turner stands 6’6” and weighs north of 313 pounds. He played left tackle for the Bison in college.

But, the Dolphins are set at the tackle position and Turner could be moving inside to guard. He could push for a starting position at the left guard position. Turner’s primary competition to get into the starting lineup at guard looks to be Shelley Smith and Dallas Thomas.

If Turner shows the same nasty streak that he played with at North Dakota State in training camp and the preseason; the Dolphins may have a quality starter along the line to go along with left tackle Branden Albert.