<![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, 19 Sep 2014 13:51:45 -0400 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:51:45 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pa. School Board Bans Boys From Field Hockey Team]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/field+hockey_generic.jpg

No boys allowed. A school board in Lehigh County confirmed a committee's decision to ban boys from its field hockey team after concerns they caused injuries to girl players.

The Allentown School Board ruled 8-1 that boys would be prohibited from playing on school-sponsored teams that are usually all-female in the United States.  The vote upheld a decision made by a school committee in the Pennsylvania county Sept. 4.

"We had an injury where there was an incidental collision between a boy and a girl," Russell Mayo, Allentown School Board president, told NBC10 earlier this month. "Upon legal counsel, we decided that we would err on the side of safety."

The PIAA - the state's governing body of high school sports -- decided earlier this summer that boys who do play on girls' teams are not allowed to participate in post-season games.

But not everyone in the Allentown School District, which includes William Allen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School, is in agreement with the decision.

"The girls were disappointed because [the boys] were a great part of the team," Inez Seyler, Dieruff's field hockey coach, told LehighValleyLive.com. "I'm disappointed because they don't really have a sport that is comparable to field hockey for boys."

"It's going to be heartbreaking to them," added Karen Nilson, William Allen's coach.

Mixed gender teams are allowed under the PIAA's rules, but only under special circumstances that protect girls on the team from injury or disqualification for size differences from potential male teammates.

Other standards for Pennsylvania schools, under the Pennsylvania Department of Education, support the right to a "physical environment for safety." This includes physical standards along with social, emotional and intellectual. These policies are intended to protect students' wellness and physical health.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Heat Add Smart and Quinn To Coaching Staff]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:33:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/164762894.jpg

The Miami Heat added two new assistant coaches on Wednesday when Keith Smart and Chris Quinn joined the staff.

Smart was last seen as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings in the 2012-13 season. Previous to that, he led the Golden State Warriors for a season and was also an interim head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers at one point.

Most of Smart's coaching career has come as an assistant coach which is what he will be doing in Miami. Prior to taking over head coaching duties with the Kings, he was an assistant for a season there. That followed a long run in Golden State for Smart who was an assistant from 2003-2010 before being named the head coach.

Smart had a brief NBA career as he only appeared in two games as a player, both coming with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1988-89 season. He'd play in various other leagues around the world after his playing career came to a close in the NBA.

Quinn most recently served as director of player development for Northwestern University. He has no coaching experience but does have a history with the Heat. From 2006-2010, Quinn was on Miami's roster. The shooting guard even started 25 games during the 2007-08 campaign.

In addition to being an assistant coach, Quinn will work in player development for Miami which will call upon his recent work in the NCAA.

The Heat also added Brandon Gilliam and Wes Brown as Assistant Trainers. Gillam will hold the title of Director of Rehabilitation as well. Eric Foran rounded out the new additions when he was named Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Miami will open the 2014-15 season on October 29th against the Washington Wizards.



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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 3]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455677434.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the third week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Jose Fernandez Sets Sights on Throwing Program]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:10:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/486148117.jpg

The Miami Marlins will likely be without Jose Fernandez for at least half of 2015 but the ace could begin a throwing program soon.

Fernandez met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday for a checkup on his surgically repaired right elbow. Dr. ElAttrache performed Tommy John Surgery on Fernandez back in May. The full recovery for Fernandez is expected to be around 14 months which would have him back on the mound at Marlins Park around the All-Star Game.

The first major step in returning is beginning a throwing program. Fernandez has not thrown a ball since May 9th when he exited a rough start in San Diego. Velocity was down for Fernandez in the start and he was quickly sent for tests which confirmed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. At that point, Miami knew it had lost its biggest arm for not just the remainder of 2014 but also some of the following year.

At only 22-years old, Fernandez has age on his side and he also is in exceptional shape. While rehab for this injury can be grueling, Fernandez is a prime candidate to bounce back and return to the form that made him the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year. The right-hander was considered a Cy Young contended this season as well before the injury.

Fernandez ended his season with a 4-2 record and a 2.44 E.R.A but that number was inflated by his final start. The ace only had a 1.74 E.R.A going into the game against San Diego and also ended up striking out 70 in 51.2 innings.

Another young star recently returned to the mound for the first time albeit against a simulated batter. Matt Harvey of the New York Mets took the mound and threw before the game on Monday while the Marlins were in town. Harvey had his Tommy John Surgery performed on October 22nd, 2013. 

Fernandez could be a big boost to the starting rotation when he returns but setbacks are always possible and the time-line is ever-changing. 



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<![CDATA[Marlins Open Final Homestand With Loss]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:05:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455676576.jpg

The Miami Marlins who are winding down the 2014 season fell to the Washington Nationals by a final score of 6-2 on Thursday.

The game was the first of what will be the final homestand for Miami this season. It was the 78th loss of the year for the Marlins who will need a strong finish to have a winning record. The majority of the remaining games on the schedule are against these same Nationals.

Brad Hand gave up six runs but five of them came in the fourth inning alone. Until that frame, Hand held the Nationals in check. Once the batting order came up a second time though, the story changed significantly. In all, the left-hander allowed eight hits and struck out four while he fell to 3-8 this season.

Despite only having six hits total, the Marlins collected three doubles. Reed Johnson (12), Christian Yelich (28), and Enrique Hernandez (5) all had two-base hits. For Johnson, it was another start in right field where he has seemingly taken over as the regular option. Johnson has been swinging a better bat with more consistent playing time.

Yelich who is enjoying an exceptional first full season in the big leagues also swiped his 21st base of the year. It was third base that Yelich stole as he continues to excel as a leadoff hitter. It remains to be seen if Yelich will bat in a different spot going into 2015.

Miami struggled once again with runners in scoring position going 1-7 on the day while leaving four total men on base.

The Marlins will have Tom Koehler on the mound on Friday when they look to even the series.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Jeter's Rousing NY Sendoff in New Ad]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:19:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Derek-Jeter-Day007.jpg

Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York"  is a soothing sound to Yankee fans, accustomed to hearing it over the Yankee Stadium speakers when the Bombers win a home game.  But another signature Sinatra song may soon take its place in Yankee lore alongside that classic.

A new Gatorade commercial uses  "My Way" to say goodbye to the Captain, as it shows Derek Jeter exiting a cab near the stadium and feeling the love from New Yorkers in the streets of the Bronx before buttoning up his No. 2 jersey and stepping onto the field to the roar of the crowd.

Even the most bitter Mets fans may find themselves wiping away a tear at the rousing commercial shot in iconic black and white, and hardcore Bombers fans may need an entire box of tissues. 



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<![CDATA[Angels Beat Mariners, Win AL West]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455630948.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when Oakland lost to Texas about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

The Angels had already secured a playoff spot Monday. They have won 12 of 14.

Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.

Los Angeles' surge broke up a pitchers' duel between Wilson and Seattle rookie James Paxton, who traded zeros until the seventh.

Wilson (13-9) earned his third straight victory in intimidating fashion, striking out seven and allowing just four baserunners in a major improvement from recent starts. He escaped his only jam in the seventh, stranding two runners.

Paxton (6-3) yielded four hits and had eight strikeouts for the Mariners, who have lost six of eight. Seattle managed just one hit and is two games behind Kansas City and Oakland for the second AL wild card.

Paxton kept the Mariners in contention until his teammates made two errors and reliever Danny Farquhar flopped in the seventh inning.

After Kendrick's one-out single, Denorfia thought about diving to catch Freese's drive, but instead pulled up and allowed it to roll past him to the right-field wall. Austin Jackson then double-clutched the ball while retrieving it, and Kendrick scored easily.

Farquhar relieved Paxton with two outs and two runners on, but Cron mashed his 11th homer into the fake rock pile behind center field. Kole Calhoun followed with an RBI double as the Angels batted around.

Paxton was even more dominant than Wilson, retiring 17 of the Angels' first 18 hitters. Paxton allowed only two bouncing singles in the first six innings while striking out Mike Trout three times.

Trout also struck out to end the seventh, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the AL lead with 173 strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias headed back to Seattle for an MRI after feeling stiffness in his elbow. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Elias is probably done for the season.

Angels: Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup after feeling a bit sore following his return from a shoulder injury Tuesday. The cleanup hitter likely wouldn't have started anyway against a tough left-hander.

UP NEXT

Two aces meet in the series finale when Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.14 ERA) takes on Jered Weaver (17-8, 3.50).



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<![CDATA[Alvarez Continues Strong Season With 11th Win]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:35:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455618466.jpg

The Miami Marlins won their series against the New York Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday.

Henderson Alvarez continued what has been a great season for him with his 11th win. Alvarez who took over as the ace of the staff with Jose Fernandez gone now has a 2.82 E.R.A as well. The right-hander allowed two runs on eight hits in his six innings for a quality start.

Following Alvarez's effort, Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos worked a scoreless seventh inning. Chris Hatcher allowed a run in the eighth inning which cut the Miami lead to only one.

Steve Cishek made that run hold up with his 37th save in the ninth inning in 1-2-3 fashion.

Reed Johnson made a second straight start in the revolving door known as right-field but had a rough day going 0-2. It is likely Johnson will go back to his role off the bench with manager Mike Redmond mixing and matching other names in the corner outfield spot.

Marcell Ozuna who has been in the cleanup spot the past week had a three-hit game to lift his average to .271. Donovan Solano also had three hits and a run scored to go along with his 26th run batted in this year. Casey McGehee had a pair of hits and a run scored out of the three hole in the lineup.

Brad Hand will take the mound on Thursday when the Marlins return home for their final homestand of 2014. Their opponent will be the Washington Nationals who clinched the division title on Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Stanton Officially Done For Season]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:33:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454523562.jpg

Giancarlo Stanton wanted to come back this season but the Miami Marlins made it official on Wednesday that he will not.

Stanton is recovering from a serious injury to his face that involved fractures. Those will heal on their own but it will take over a month. There would be a major risk involved in playing prior to being fully recovered. With the team out of playoff contention, there was no benefit at all to taking such a risk. It's very likely that even if the team was still in the hunt, Stanton would not be on the field.

On Tuesday, Stanton shared an image of his injuries as well as his recovery thus far. A drastic improvement is noticeable immediately but those fractures are still less than a week old. They are non-displaced fractures which means surgery wasn't necessary. Playing in competitive games could hinder the recovery process especially for a player who goes all out on the field like Stanton.

The slugger finishes his 2014 season with a slashline of .288/.395/.555. His OPS of .950 was the second best of his career trailing only 2012. Stanton amassed 37 home runs and brought home 105 runs. He also doubled 31 times and stole 13 bases which was easily the highest total of his career. With several fine defensive plays in right field and an arm that is feared around the league, Stanton showed production in every facet of the game.

Stanton could still take home the MVP award for the National League despite his shortened year. One man who could get in the way of that is Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The ace is sure to win the Cy Young award for a second straight season but could also be named MVP after a stellar year. Despite missing several starts at the beginning of the season, Kershaw has 19 wins and has dominated all of baseball.

Stanton is under team control for two more seasons and is expected to remain a key piece for the Marlins going into 2015.



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<![CDATA[Steve Cishek Nominated For Roberto Clemente Award]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:42:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452806966.jpg

Steve Cishek is enjoying a fine year as the closer for the Miami Marlins and is now also their nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.

Every team has one nominee for the award which is distributed annually. The award which is named in honor of the Hall of Famer recognizes a player's contributions both on and off the field. Voting for the award is done by both the media and fans with the winner announced during the 2014 World Series.

This season Cishek has saved 36 games for Miami and was a big reason that the team entered September with a chance at the postseason. His reliable arm at the back of the pen gave confidence to manager Mike Redmond as well as the starting rotation. The closer has a 3.32 E.R.A and has struck 80 hitters in 62.1 innings.

Cishek is active in the community for the Marlins in addition to his on-field excellence. One of the main causes that Cishek supports is entitled Bunkers in Baghdad. Via this charity, troops in many parts of the world are sent golf equipment. This venture gives countless troops a way to get away from it all and relax whenever possible. The charity also sends golf equipment around the country to help rehabilitate veterans who have returned home injured.

No Marlin has ever won the award and Cishek faces stiff competition in this year's voting. Names such as Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, and Evan Longoria are up for the award as well.

Voting for the award is taking place at MLB.com and will be open until October 6th.



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<![CDATA[Vikings Bar Peterson From All Team Activities]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/186722617.jpg The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Charles Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

One of the MLB announcers couldn't resist using a Barkley-ism to call it: the pitch was just "turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.



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<![CDATA[RB LaMichael James Works Out For Dolphins]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:40:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/464374313.jpg

The Miami Dolphins worked running back LaMichael James out on Tuesday according to a report from ESPN.

James was released on September 8th by the San Francisco 49ers and then subsequently cleared waivers.

With Knowshon Moreno on the shelf for at least a month due to a dislocated left elbow, Miami is looking to beef up its roster at the RB spot. Moreno was at the top of his game when he went down with the injury during Sunday's loss to Buffalo. Entering that game, he trailed only one RB in rushing yards in the NFL and that was Le'Veon Bell who played in two contests.

On Monday, the Dolphins signed some depth for RB when they brought Daniel Thomas back. The veteran player is expected to play behind Lamar Miller who should see the majority of the snaps. Miller is currently expected to start on Sunday as he recovers from an ankle injury that occurred late in Sunday's game.

It's unclear what James would change as far as Miami's plans with the running game. The former Oregon standout is still only 24 years old. In 2010, James rushed for 1,731 yards which was the biggest total in the entire nation. James took home the Doak Walker Award that year which recognizes the nation's best running back.

In the NFL, it's been a different story for James though albeit in limited opportunities. Since being drafted in the second round in 2012, James has played in parts of three seasons. This year, it took only one game and two snaps before he was shown the door. During his NFL career, James has taken 41 snaps as a running back for 184 yards and no touchdowns.

One other aspect of James' game is receiving which could end up being how he's also used in Miami if he signs. James has tallied 45 receiving yards in five tries and has the ability to go deep for a long game-changing pass.

The Dolphins will battle the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday as they look to get back into the win column.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Manage Only 1 Run On 13 Hits in Loss]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:26:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455557520.jpg

The Miami Marlins didn't have trouble getting on base but brought only one run in during Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the New York Mets.

Miami had 13 hits in the loss but only two went for extra bases when Reed Johnson doubled for the 11th time this season and Ed Lucas collected his fifth two-base hit. This has been a trend for the Marlins ever since Giancarlo Stanton was injured last week. The Marlins have struggled to get a big hit and collect extra base hits overall.

As a team, Miami was 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base. Johnson who was serving as the right-fielder in this one had a three-hit game. The Marlins have gone with several names in the corner outfield spot without Stanton available.

Donovan Solano also had three hits in a start at second base. It's been a decent season for Solano but of his 67 hits, only 13 have gone for extra-bases. Miami needs more offensive production from second base and will likely look to upgrade going into 2015.

Nathan Eovaldi has had a tough go at it as of late and that only continued on Tuesday. Eovaldi allowed six runs in 4.1 innings. With a career high 186.2 innings thrown this season, it is possible that the right-hander has simply run out of gas. The Marlins could elect to shut Eovaldi down and get him ready for 2015.

A man who will almost certainly not be a part of the team's plans in 2015 entered next. Brad Penny in his second stint as a Marlin has not been productive and he allowed this game to get out of hand. Penny allowed three runs on five hits in only two innings and now has a 6.29 E.R.A this season.

The Marlins will go for the series win on Wednesday when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound.



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<![CDATA[Winston Benched for "Vulgar" Comments]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:53:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454405308.jpg

Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston is once again in the headlines and it’s not for his latest performance on the football field.

According to reports from Deadspin.com and SB Nation, Winston was seen on Florida State's campus jumping on a table and yelling an expletive-laden phrase alluding to a sex act. The specific phrasing came from an Internet meme that saw some people yell it into live microphones during interviews on television.

The entire incident was tweeted by multiple people who witnessed the entire incident Tuesday.

FSU released a statement Wednesday saying WInston would be benched for the first half of the Seminoles' game against Clemson, calling his comments "offensive and vulgar."

"As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," the school said in a statement. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others."

The latest incident with Winston comes less than a year after the local state attorney’s office concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to sustain criminal charges against the quarterback when he was accused of sexual assault.

It also comes just months after Winston was caught on video shoplifting crab legs from a Publix grocery store. After admitting to the crab caper, Winston released a statement that read in part: “I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach.”

According to Yahoo.com, the FSU athletic department said the topic of Winston’s expletive-lade shout never came up when head coach Jimbo Fisher was meeting with reporters after practice Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Orioles Clinch AL East With 8-2 Win]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*131/455561388.jpg

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.

With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Afterward, the Orioles converged behind second base, fireworks soared in the outfield and streamers sprayed throughout the crowd.

It was Baltimore's ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series.

The franchise has enjoyed a rebirth under the guidance of manager Buck Showalter, whose 1,254th victory thrust him past mentor Billy Martin into sole possession of 36th place on the career list.

Baltimore is 42-23 in a division that includes the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, the free-spending New York Yankees and pitching-rich Tampa Bay. The Orioles led by only four games on Aug. 6 before going on a 27-11 run.

The clinching victory featured an unlikely list of contributors, not at all unusual for a team that often delved deep into its 25-man roster. Ubaldo Jimenez was making his first start in a month; Pearce has morphed from a bit-player to a key starter; and Paredes didn't join the team until Aug. 28.

Pearce provided the Orioles with the lead for good with a three-run drive off Drew Hutchison (10-12) in the first inning. Pearce has 18 home runs this year, one more than he had in 290 games as a part-timer from 2007-13.

Paredes hit a solo shot in the second to make it 4-2. It was his second homer in 10 games with Baltimore.

In addition, newcomer Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run triple in the seventh for a 7-2 lead. De Aza came to the Orioles in an Aug. 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Jimenez (5-9) survived a rocky start to limit the Blue Jays to two runs and two hits over five innings in his third start since July 5. After signing a $50 million, four-year deal in the offseason, Jimenez struggled with his control for much of the season, sprained his ankle in a parking lot before the All-Star break and ultimately lost his place in the rotation.

Pressed into service because the Orioles played a doubleheader Friday, Jimenez issued four walks in the first two innings. But he bounced back to retire his last 10 batters.

Orioles fans have until Friday to register for a ticket lottery online. Winners will be notifed next Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Overcome 16 Strikeouts in Win]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:33:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455503244.jpg

The Miami Marlins were overmatched for most of the game but stormed back for a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Monday.

Jacob deGrom of the Mets struck out the first eight batters of the game which set a franchise record. That mark also tied for Major League record for consecutive strikeouts to begin a game. In addition, it doubled the previous record in Miami history in terms of strikeouts by the opposition to start a game.

The Marlins got to deGrom in the seventh inning for three runs after he had struck out a career high 13 batters. Those three runs gave Miami a lead after it trailed 2-0 for most of the evening. After the Mets regained the advantage in the bottom of the seventh, the Marlins put another three on the board in the eighth frame.

The six runs were scored without the benefit of a single home run. Justin Bour had one of his finer days in the big leagues as he went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis also had two-hit days. The shortshop doubled for one of his hits and had a pair of runs batted in as well.

The Marlins lineup tallied plenty of strikeouts all game long even after deGrom exited. In all, the Marlins struck out 16 times with five players striking out multiple times. Marcell Ozuna had the toughest time with his three strikeouts on the day.

Jarred Cosart pitched well but was out-dueled by deGrom and came away with a no-decision. Cosart allowed two runs in his six innings of work. The Mets managed five hits and walked twice against Cosart.

In the ninth, Steve Cishek sealed the victory for his 36th save of the season.

The series in New York will continue on Tuesday when Nathan Eovaldi makes the start for the Marlins.



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<![CDATA[Stanton Tweets Picture and Update on Injury]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:18:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455288074.jpg

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton shared a graphic glimpse of his injured face and an update on his recovery thus far on Tuesday.

Part of the injury involved facial fractures after an 88 MPH fastball smashed into Stanton's face last Thursday. The MVP candidate was down on the ground for about ten minutes as numerous medical professionals worked on him.

After being carted off the field, Stanton was taken to a local hospital where the facial fractures were discovered along with a deep laceration. As can be seen in the picture provided by Stanton, he was bloodied badly by the incident.

Stanton is still hoping to return this season but it remains to be seen if he will be cleared by team doctors. The improvement in less than a week is noticeable but the fractures in his face could still take several weeks to heal on their own. Surgery was not necessary as the fractures were non-displaced. 

With Stanton out of the lineup, the Marlins were unable to pick up a win until Sunday and have now won two straight. The slugger's absence has been noticeable however as Miami has had to battle back and spread out singles for the most part. There has been a precipitous power drop since Thursday's game.

The Marlins have turned to several new right fielders in place of Stanton with Garrett Jones, Ed Lucas and Jordany Valdespin all seeing time there.

If Stanton does not return this year, it is likely he has more days ahead of him in Miami anyway. Under team control for two more seasons, the Marlins are expected to retain his services in 2015 via arbitration or a contract extension.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Lose Knowshon Moreno and Game]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:01:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455439758.jpg

The Miami Dolphins were dominated from start to finish in a 29-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for their first defeat of the year.

In addition to losing the game, running back Knowshon Moreno left early with a left elbow injury. Moreno's arm bent backwards during a tackle by Nigel Bradhan in the first half. The running back who led all of the NFL with 132 yards in week one was immediately taken out of the game. Moreno finished with one carry for four yards.

Moreno will likely miss 4-8 weeks with the injury according to the Miami Herald.  The report states that the left elbow is dislocated and also possibly fractured.

In what has become a poor trend, Ryan Tannehill had trouble with the Bills in this one. The quarterback was sacked four times for 31 yards. At the tail end of the 2013 season, the QB was sacked seven times in Buffalo. The Bills also swept Miami in 2013 and are halfway to doing the same in this season.

The Dolphins combined for only 80 yards total in the running department with Moreno out of the game. Without a running attack, the Bills knew the Dolphins would rely more on the passing game which factored into Tannehill's struggles. The QB threw 49 passes and did complete 31 of them but he was picked off once and had only one touchdown pass.

In addition to the INT from Tannehill, the Dolphins gave the ball away once via a fumble. Jarvis Landry fumbled the ball which was recovered by the Buffalo defense.

The Dolphins will head back home and prepare for a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sun Life Stadium next Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Radisson Suspends Minnesota Vikings Sponsorship]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:51:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/adrian-peterson-indicted_1200x675_328790083813.jpg

The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.

In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children."

Radisson says it's suspending its limited sponsorship of the Vikings "while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."

Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences.

Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The running back says he was using a form of discipline his father used on him as a boy.

A Vikings spokesman says the team has "respectfully honored" Radisson's request.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Bring Daniel Thomas Back For Depth]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:23:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4568882592.jpg

The Miami Dolphins who will be without Knowshon Moreno for the foreseeable future signed Daniel Thomas on Monday.

Moreno injured his elbow during Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills on a tackle. The injury is listed as a dislocated elbow and it is likely that Moreno will be unavailable for more than a month. Heading into the second week, Moreno led all NFL running backs in rushing yards. He played a big role in the season opening win over New England.

Moreno's absence on Sunday was noticeable as Miami struggled to gain yards on the ground. In addition, they relied heavily on quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the passing game. That did not work out so well as Buffalo came away with an easy victory.

As for Thomas, he was let go during the final round of cuts before the season began. This will be the fourth season that Thomas suits up for in Miami. How much of an impact he'll have remains to be seen as he is going to serve as depth behind Lamar Miller.

Miller exited Sunday's game with an ankle injury but as of now, he is expected to be ready to go for the next game. Before leaving the game, Miller saw the bulk of opportunities on the ground with Moreno unavailable.

To make room on the roster for Thomas, the Dolphins placed defensive back Sammy Seamster on injured reserve. Seamster was acquired on waivers prior to the start of the year.

The Dolphins will take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 1 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Panthers Set To Begin Training Camp]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:19:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/104681622.jpg

The Florida Panthers won't begin their season until October but the preparation will officially get underway this Thursday.

On Thursday, the Panthers will begin their training camp with physicals for the roster. Those physicals will take place at BB&T Center. Just five short days later, the Panthers will take the ice at the same building for the preseason opener.

In addition to the beginning of training camp, the Panthers announced their schedule for this year's Fan Fest. The annual event will be this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs.

Fans that would like to get a glimpse of the 2014 - 2015 team can do just that on Saturday when the team has an open practice. For three hours starting at 10 a.m., the Panthers will practice at the IceDen. There is a question and answer session available with the broadcasters of the team on Saturday as well.

The next day, the Panthers will do more of the same in another open practice. That will be a shorter one running from 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. There will also be an intra-squad scrimmage from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

More information on Fan Fest can be found at Panthers.com

The preseason begins on Sept. 24 with a home game against the Dallas Stars. The Panthers will play six games in all this preseason with two coming at BB&T Center. There is a day-night doubleheader on the 27th against the Nashville Predators.

After playing the Tampa Bay Lightning to begin the season on Oct. 9, the Panthers will open up their home schedule two days later. The game on the 11th will be against the New Jersey Devils.



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<![CDATA["Not a Child Abuser": Adrian Peterson Apologizes]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:10:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_adrian_peterson1.jpg

Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson, considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched for Sunday's 30-7 home loss to the New England Patriots. He had not commented publicly since news broke on Friday that he had lashed the boy with the switch earlier this summer, causing an unspecified injuries.

"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser," Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement issued through his agency and posted to his Twitter feed. "I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.

"No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said they had decided to bring back Peterson for practices and Sunday's game at New Orleans "after significant thought, discussion and consideration." The Wilfs said they want to let the legal process play out before making any more definitive decisions on Peterson's future with the only NFL team he has ever played for.

"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child," the Wilfs said. "At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing."

Peterson faces an initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he will try to delay the arraignment until next week after Hardin returns from a vacation out of the country.

Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument "is cause for concern."

Hardin said Peterson used a switch because that was the way he was brought up by his parents in Palestine, Texas, and the NFL star agreed.

"I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen," Peterson said. "I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate."

The Vikings decided not to play Peterson against the Patriots, moving swiftly after a week in which the NFL came under heavy scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The Vikings clearly see Peterson's case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend. Cook was initially suspended by the team before being reinstated with pay. But the Vikings barred him from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.

Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.

The NFL is looking into Peterson's case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league's new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice's initial punishment.

The Vikings' decision to reinstate Peterson comes on the same day the NFL announced that three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault."

"I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct," Peterson said. "Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[UM Quarterback Olsen Arrested for DUI: Police]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:17:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091514+kevin+olsen.jpg

University of Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested on charges of DUI and possession of a stolen or fake driver's license early Monday, police said.

Olsen, 19, was booked into the Miami-Dade jail shortly after 4 a.m., records showed. He was being held on $6,000 bond and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

Team officials said Olsen was suspended after the arrest.

According to a South Miami Police arrest report, officers were investigating a battery when they encountered Olsen, who was driving a 2014 Dodge Challenger.

An officer noticed Olsen had blood shot watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath and slurred speech, the report said.

Olsen didn't perform well on field sobriety tests and "exhibited severe signs of impairment due to the consumption of an unknown alcoholic beverage," the report said.

While searching Olsen, officers found he had several identifications, including two from Maryland, one from North Carolina, one from Florida and one from New Jersey. All of the licenses had Olsen's name except the Florida one, which had the name of senior Hurricanes fullback Ronald Regula, the report said.

Olsen, a redshirt freshman from Wayne, N.J., was suspended for the Hurricanes' season opener against Louisville, a 31-13 loss, after a positive drug test.

Last year, Olsen was suspended for the Russell Athletic Bowl for violating team rules, according to the Miami Herald.



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<![CDATA[Golfer Wins Trip to Space After Hole-in-One]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455429326.jpg

An English golfer scored a trip into space by sinking a rare hole-in-one at a tournament on Sunday.

Andy Sullivan made the shot at the 163-yard, 15th hole at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, The Associated Press reported.

XCOR Aerospace, an Amsterdam-based company that sponsored the tournament, offered a 100,000-euro ($129,238) seat aboard a commercial flight into space to the first player to make an ace on the 15th hole, according to Golf.com.

The reward was aimed at promoting the company's space trips, which are set to open to the public beginning in late 2015.

"I'm not sure yet,” Sullivan said when asked if he would take the trip, Golf.com reported. "I'll see what the missus says."

Sullivan finished third at the KLM Open, two shots behind winner Paul Casey.



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<![CDATA[Four-Run Ninth Propels Marlins To Win]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:05:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455442112.jpg

The Miami Marlins scored four runs in the ninth inning off Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies for a 5-4 win on Sunday.

Miami entered the ninth looking like a team that would lose its fifth straight game. Trailing by three and facing a good closer in Papelbon, the Marlins mounted an unlikely comeback. When the dust settled, the Marlins turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead.

The first run in the ninth scored when Jordany Valdespin grounded out to bring home J.T. Realmuto who was at third base. A pair of run-scoring singles from Christian Yelich and Justin Bour tied up the game at four. Then with Marcell Ozuna at the plate, Papelbon uncorked a wild pitch that plated Yelich with the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the ninth, the first two Philadelphia hitters reached against Steve Cishek but the closer struck out the next three. By striking out the side, Cishek preserved the win and also picked up his 36th save of the year.

The game was started by Tom Koehler who had a quality start but was on the losing end until the comeback in the ninth. Koehler allowed a pair of earned runs on seven hits in his seven innings of work. 

The win went to Anthony DeSclafani who pitched during in the eighth inning and only retired one hitter. He was the pitcher of record though heading into the final frame and the win was his second as a big leaguer.

Earlier in the game, Enrique Hernandez homered for the second time this year as he made a rare start for Miami. Hernandez who was acquired at the trade deadline may see a few more starts the rest of the way.

The Marlins will open a series in New York on Monday with Jarred Cosart set to oppose the Mets.



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