<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 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, 24 Apr 2015 20:18:10 -0400 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:18:10 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dolphins Sign Greg Jennings]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:36:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/460751188.jpg

The Miami Dolphins landed another offensive weapon when they signed Greg Jennings to a two-year deal on Wednesday.

Jennings had met with Miami recently as well as other teams, and the wide receiver apparently found the Dolphins to be a good match. Jennings was a member of the Minnesota Vikings last season, but was rendered expendable when his former team acquired Mike Wallace.

The interesting twist in this signing is Jennings is likely only a Dolphin because Miami opted to move Wallace. In a way the two players were traded for each other, albeit not directly. The 31-year old will slide right into the offensive playbook in a lot of the same plays Wallace previously took part in.

Jennings had his finest seasons with the Green Bay Packers before bolting to Minnesota as a free-agent in 2013. There, Jennings signed a big-money deal for five years. His time with the Vikings would end up being much shorter than that however. The production was not what the team expected as the WR amassed only 1,546 yards and ten touchdowns in two seasons.

Already this off-season, Miami has added defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, tight end Jordan Cameron, offensive tackle Jason Fox, and WR Kenny Stills among others. Miami has spent a great deal of money as it looks to end a streak of missing the postseason.

The Dolphins could continue to look for talent in the free-agent market as well as via trades. The team could also help out quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense with its selections in the upcoming NFL draft.



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<![CDATA[Bettor's Guide to the Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:49:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP718172799342.jpg

Fancy putting down a wager on the Kentucky Derby but don't want to look like a novice when you place your bet?

American Pharoah remains the current favorite to win the Run for the Roses on May 2 (watch it live on NBC from 4 p.m.) with odds of 2:1, with Dortmund (9:2) and Carpe Diem (7:1) also heavily favored. Last year's winner, California Chrome, entered the race as the favorite at 5:2.

American Pharoah has won both the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby so far in 2015, with Dortmund having picked up victories in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, the San Felipe Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby. Carpe Diem is coming off wins in the Tampa Bay Derby and the Toyota Blue Grass.

For all you inexperienced bettors out there, here's a quick guide to betting on the Kentucky Derby that'll have you sounding like a serious handicapper by the time American Pharoah approaches the starting gate.

DECODING THE LINGO

Odds-on many racing newcomers may not know what the odds actually mean. Whenever there are two numbers (e.g., 2:1 for American Pharoah at time of writing) displayed on a tote board at a racetrack or on a list of wager options, the first number (2) denotes the minimum amount of profit the wager will pay. The second number (1) is the amount you need to wager to win the first amount.

Once the final finishing places of a race are official, the track will post the prices of the winning wagers. In the above example, the horse will pay $2. The track will then add the $2 profit and the $1 wager together to derive the payout: $2 + $1 = $3. Dortmund at 9:2 would therefore pay $11 on a $2 bet.

If a horse is quoted with only a single digit, it is implied that the missing second number is a 1. In other words, a 7 on the tote board means 7:1. So if you made a $2 wager, a bet on a horse with 7:1 odds would pay $16. That's because 7:1 is the same as 14:2, so $14 + $2 = $16. (In betting on horse races, payouts are generally based on a $2 wager.)

Now that the odds makes sense, it’s time to decide the type of wager you want to make. Here are some of the most popular bets:

Win Your horse must finish first to collect.

Place Your horse must finish first or second to collect.

Show Your horse must finish first, second or third to collect.

Exacta You play two horses, and they must come in first and second in the exact order specified in order to collect.

Exacta Box You play two horses, as above, but here they must come in first and second in either order to collect.

Trifecta You play three horses, and to win, they must come in first, second and third in exact order to collect.

Trifecta Box You play three horses, and they must finish first, second and third in any order to collect.

Superfecta You play four horses, and they must come in first, second, third and fourth in exact order.

Superfecta Box You play four horses, and to win they must finish first, second, third and fourth in any order.

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

But novice bettors need to take into account more than just the odds for the Kentucky Derby. To further boost your chances of making a winning bet on May 2, you should also consider the following:

Distance: The Kentucky Derby is run over a distance of a mile and a quarter. Some horses are bred for distance and are usually better candidates than one without a lineage of success at long races that place a premium on endurance.

Weather/Track Condition If there is a chance for bad weather and/or an off track, it’s essential to consider that when handicapping the race. To measure a horse’s ability in this type of race, take a quick look at his past performances, and see if he has any experience on a muddy or sloppy track.

Coverage of the 141st Kentucky Derby will air live Saturday May 2 starting at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Rejuvenated Marlins Win Second Straight]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:04:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/470745718.jpg

The Miami Marlins won for the second time in as many days with their 9-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

After ending a five-game losing streak a day earlier, Miami carried that momentum into this one. With four runs in the fourth inning and another four in the sixth frame, Miami picked up an easy win.

Giancarlo Stanton finished off a strong road trip with another good game. The slugger hit a two-run home run during the sixth inning to give him four on the season. Stanton also has 14 runs batted in on the season despite a slow start. All four of Stanton's blasts came during this trip that stopped in New York and Philadelphia.

Martin Prado had his best day as a Marlin thus far with three hits. Prado brought home four runs on a day that included his third double. Since moving to the second spot in the order, Prado has hit better which has had a domino effect on the lineup.

Not to be outdone, Adeiny Hechavarria had four hits to lift his batting average to .311. After starting out the year in a big slump, the shortstop surged on the trip and could move up in the lineup if this persists.

While his offense exploded for eight runs, David Phelps had a banner day of his own with seven shutout innings. Phelps allowed only three hits, walked two and struck out five. The reliever turned starter now has a 3.55 E.R.A this season.

The Marlins will open a homestand on Friday against the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Gear Up For the Big Day at the Spiral Stakes]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:33:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-04-22+at+2.43.01+PM.png Meet the horses, jockeys and owners at the Spiral Stakes as we gear up for the Kentucky Derby. ]]> <![CDATA[Meet a Special Yearling at Winstar Farms]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:27:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2015-04-22+at+2.22.27+PM.png Audrina returns to Winstar Farms to meet the yearling she helped deliver just last year. ]]> <![CDATA[Train to Be a Jockey With the Pros]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:22:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-04-22+at+2.07.16+PM.png We're at the North American Racing Academy to learn how to be a professional jockey. ]]> <![CDATA[Marlins Finally Return to Win Column]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:04:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/470730570.jpg

The Miami Marlins ended a five-game losing streak with their 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

The win gives the Marlins a 4-11 record this year, and comes at a time when rumors are swirling about manager Mike Redmond's job. With this victory, the rumors should be quieted a little for a day. If Miami was to fall in the series finale however, that could change again.

Miami's offense had a breakout day with ten hits including two-hit days from four different players. Martin Prado collected his second double of the year as one of those aforementioned two-hit players. That double was the only extra base hit for the Marlins in the win.

Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria also had two hits in the game. For Realmuto, the day lifted his average to .318 in what has been a good start for the prospect. Realmuto is likely to remain Miami's starting catcher for the foreseeable future.

Five of Miami's runs actually came courtesy of mistakes by the Phillies. The big one was during the eighth inning when Dee Gordon's fly ball to center-field was dropped. All three base runners scored to pad Miami's lead. An inning earlier, the Marlins took the lead on a balk.

Jarred Cosart came away with the win after a solid effort. The right-hander allowed only one run on four hits in six innings. If his spot in the lineup was not due up, it is possible Cosart would have stayed in for another inning of work.

Steve Cishek saw action for the first time in a week even though there was no save situation. While getting work in, Cishek contributed a perfect inning of relief/

The Marlins will try to win only their second series of the year when they send David Phelps to the mound on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Redmond's Marlins Enter Philly in Need of Wins]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:38:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452991886.jpg

Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond's job could be on the line as his team takes on the Philadelphia Phillies starting Tuesday.

The Marlins, who are 3-10, have not openly put Redmond on the hot seat, but there are rumblings that owner Jeffrey Loria is not pleased with the start of the season. Part of that displeasure reportedly stems from comments made by Giancarlo Stanton last week. The slugger was unhappy with a lack of fire from the team. The Marlins have also dropped four in a row after being swept by the New York Mets.

Redmond signed a contract extension towards the end of last season that carries him through the 2017 season. This however does not guarantee that the skipper will keep the position that long. Loria has terminated managers in the past regardless of their contract status including the infamous dismissal of Ozzie Guillen.

Part of the problem for the Marlins is an inability to find a timely hit and have the offense click at the same time as the pitching. In the first few games of the year, the pitching was solid for the most part, but the bats were silent. Recently, Miami has put runs on the board more often but the arms have let it done.

The Phillies are not considered contenders by any measure, and the Marlins on paper are a more talented group. The issue is, Miami does not look as talented as it should be. Despite the games coming on the road, this is a series the Marlins should be able to come away victorious in.

If the Phillies win this series, its entirely possibly that Redmond will not return to Miami with the team. Whether it be a question of Redmond's in-game managing or just a necessary change in style, Loria could opt to move on.

The Marlins and Phillies will begin the series on Tuesday when Dan Haren opposes Jerome Williams at 7:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Greg Hardy Suspended for 10 Games]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:57:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/greg-hardy-jason-garrett.jpg

Dallas Cowboys fans will have to wait quite awhile to see defensive end Greg Hardy on the field.

The NFL announced Wednesday that Hardy has been suspended 10 games without pay for conduct detrimental to the league.

Hardy was informed of the suspension in a letter from league commissioner Roger Goodell, which detailed the findings of the two-month investigation into Hardy’s case that followed his last court appearance.

"This suspension is something that we anticipated prior to Greg's signing, and we respect the Commissioner's ruling," said Jerry Jones. "Our organization understands the very serious nature of this matter. We will use our resources --work closely with Greg and with the league -- to ensure a positive outcome."

According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys and NFL are now awaiting an appeal by Hardy to see if he can get the 10-game penalty reduced.

Hardy was found guilty of assault on a female and communicating threats in a bench trial last July, but he appealed and was granted a jury trial. When that jury trial was set to begin in February, the prosecution couldn’t locate the accuser and the charges were dismissed.

The next month, Hardy signed an incentive-heavy, one-year deal with the Cowboys, who of course were well aware that the 2013 Pro Bowler was facing league discipline.

Now, Hardy is set to make his Cowboys debut on Thanksgiving Day against his old team, the Carolina Panthers.
 

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<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks Give Fans Late-to-Work Excuse Note ]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Blackhawks-Predators-21-April-2015.jpg

For many diehard Blackhawks fans, Tuesday night’s game was filled with excitement, suspense, and a lot of yawns.

The game, which ended early Wednesday morning after Brent Seabrook scored the winning goal in triple overtime, lasted nearly five hours and had many fans staying up well beyond their bedtimes to watch.

For the many fans likely wishing they could call in “hockey,” er "late," to work, the Blackhawks have you covered.

The team tweeted out an excuse note signed by “The Chicago Blackhawks” to excuse any lateness or sleepiness for those who were “up too late celebrating the win.”

For that, and for the glorious goal that ended Game 4 with a big win, many Hawks fans say “Thank you.”



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<![CDATA[Seven Ways to Fake Being a Racing Expert]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:33:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP233467296026.jpg

You're not a horse racing expert, but you can act like one for the Kentucky Derby.

Amid all the hats, the mint juleps and the gambling, the real focus May 2 will be on the potential for something historic, as a narrowing field of elite young racehorses aims for the first Triple Crown victory in 37 years.

Don't know the first thing about horse racing? It doesn't matter. These seven tricks will help you get in on the spectacle as though you do.

1. Learn the lingo, and use it liberally.

You'll actually get to know something about racing later. For now, just pepper your comments with some jargon.

Before the race, check out race handicappers' predictions, check the tote board for the odds and watch the horses head from the paddock to their posts. Once the race begins, listen to the call, or the horses' running positions — but don't expect to have the foggiest idea what the caller is saying. (Don't worry, the race will only take a few minutes.)

A horse that's a closer runs his best later in a race, a stayer or router is good at running distances and a front-runner runs best at the head of the field. A horse is pinched back if it's held in close quarters, and if it's boxed in it's shut off or pocketed.

Horses' distances from each other in the stretch, or the last straight section of track, are measured by a head, e.g., the length of a horse's head. At the finish line, a photo finish is so close the finish-line camera has to figure out who won, and a dead heat is an exact tie. A horse finishes on the board if he's one of the first four to finish.

2. Know what's at stake, and tell everybody else.

You probably already know that only 11 horses have ever pulled off the feat of winning all three legs of the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The last to manage it was Affirmed, back in 1978.

You might also know that since 1978, 11 have won the the first two legs only to flame out at Belmont. That was the case last year, when California Chrome fell short in the 1.5-mile, tough-to-handicap race that's often called the "Test of the Champion," with good reason.

There's plenty that can go wrong for a would-be Triple Crown winner: A great horse can get pocketed or pinched back, especially in the Derby's and the Preakness' crowded fields.

Or, in the Belmont, it can be overcome by better-rested rivals that ran in Louisville, then skipped the Preakness. Other horses have had their hopes dashed by jockey error at Belmont, where jockeys' tactics play a bigger role and riders may be tempted to accelerate too early in the comparatively long race.

3. Handicap the race yourself. (Remember that term?)

You can't feign some authority on horse racing without concocting a fervently held opinion on which horse will win.

Which horse has home-track advantage? What's its breeding like — geared for speed, or distance, or something else? What sort of races has it been running lately? Has it had any injuries? Who trains it?

The field for the Kentucky Derby is still shaping up. But more than a week out from the race, American Pharoah looks like a probable favorite, and Dortmund remains undefeated.

4. Bet on it.

Nothing screams "I know what I'm doing!" like advising your friends on how to spend their money, right? Right — well, as long as your friends aren't big gamblers. In that case, pay close attention.

Use Colin Bertram's primer to get a handle on what horses' odds mean and what they don't. Remember, a horse's odds reflect not how likely it is to win but how heavily other people are betting or expected to bet on it to win.

Once you've picked your favorites from the field of contenders and decided what kind of bet you want to make, examine the morning-line odds, which predict what people will probably bet on each horse. (The odds will change once betting actually has begun.)

The first number tells you how much profit your bet will get you should you win, and the second tells you how much you must bet to get it. If the horse you pick has 3-5 odds at the time of writing, that means you have to bet $5 in order to win $3 profit, so if you bet $10 and your horse wins, you'll get back $16.

5. Trot down Memory Lane.

Recall those halcyon days of horse racing — you know, when the only other sports worth their salt were baseball and boxing, and when your parents hadn't even met yet.

The mechanics of horse racing have changed plenty over the decades. Wealthy dynastic families ruled breeding, not commercial breeders, and as a result, horses were bred for stamina. Today, they're bred for speed.

But most fundamentally, horse racing doesn't have nearly the fan base it did in its heyday, back before pro football, pro basketball, casinos and, well, the internet horned in on its popularity. At racing's zenith, the track was the automatic mecca for gamblers.

6. Honor the greats.

Now you get to the really fun part of exercising your newfound authority: Breathlessly regaling your friends with tales of great races of yore as though you were there.

Bloviate about Secretariat's astounding 1973 Triple Crown, which he won by an unheard-of margin of 31 lengths. As the victor crossed the finish, the runner-up couldn't even fit on the television screen.

Wonder what would have happened if Man o' War, ranked the 20th century's best by Blood-Horse magazine and The Associated Press, had ever run for the Triple Crown. It wasn't around yet when Man o' War raced in the early 20th century, though he did sire some Triple Crown horses.

Reminisce about Kelso, who ran in the early '60s until he was 9 years old. Now all the Belmont contenders are 3-year-olds, and most horses are retired soon after that age to stud duty, which is far more lucrative than racing. (That was impossible for Kelso, who was a gelding, or castrated horse.)

Wax poetic about legendary filly Ruffian — even Secretariat's trainer said she might be better than his most famous horse — whose career was cut tragically short by a broken leg at Belmont in 1975. (You can still pay your respects at her grave at Belmont.)

7. Get ambitious.

If you really want to boost your expert cred, do your homework, and stake out a controversial stance or two. Read up, and weigh in, on hot-button topics like horse breeding habits, nasal strips and the sport's undeniable decline in recent decades, and what could reverse it.

Steve Coburn, the co-owner of last year's Triple Crown contender California Chrome, has grumbled that the growing numbers of Derby contenders that sit out the Preakness before returning for the Belmont have made Triple Crown wins all but impossible. He wants the rules tweaked so that only colts that run the Preakness can compete at Belmont.

He said last year that if his horse didn't win the Triple Crown — which it didn't — he doubted he'd ever see another winner. "There are people out there trying to upset the apple cart," he said. "They don't want a Triple Crown winner. They want a paycheck."

Indeed, the decades-long Triple Crown drought, and the sport's waning popularity, have encouraged talk of tinkering with the format and timing of the three key races, and not just among figures who have, quite literally, a horse in the race. Weigh in on what you think should be done, too.

But don't limit your expressions of your newfound expertise to such existential hand-wringing.

Try picking an underdog to root for Saturday. When you place your bet, try a superfecta, naming the top four horses in the order you expect them to place.

And whatever other stories you tell your friends, make sure to leave room for one still in the making: the first time you bluffed your way through the Triple Crown.

Just wait until the next big race to tell it. By then, you might actually be an expert.

 

This story has been updated from an earlier version.



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<![CDATA[LA NFL Stadium Plan Advances]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:38:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chargers+raiders+stadium+rendering+5.jpg

The Carson City Council on Tuesday cleared the path for a proposed stadium that could become home to the NFL's San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

The 3-0 vote Tuesday by the council marks a significant step forward for plans to lure the NFL back to the Los Angeles area after a two-decade drought without a team in the nation's second-largest media market.

In the council chambers packed with NFL fans, a steady stream of speakers urged the council to move ahead with plans for the stadium, and not bother waiting to put a ballot measure before voters – the same fast-track Inglewood took for its proposed stadium.

Mayor Albert Robles said he hopes NFL owners meeting tomorrow get the message that Carson is ready to go.

"This project is going to be built on a landfill that that's completely remediated and safe enough for homes, and if it's safe enough for homes it's definitely safe enough for a stadium," Mayor Robles added.

The Chargers and Raiders announced in February they were  working on a joint proposal to build a 72,000-seat stadium at Del Amo Boulevard and the San Diego (405) Freeway in Carson. However, this is dependent on them being unable to strike deals for new facilities in their respective cities.

A major step was taken toward getting the NFL stadium built in Carson after a petition was delivered to city hall last month. While 8,041 signatures were needed, the group Carson2gether managed to get almost double that number.

Going through the initiative process allows the project to avoid lengthy and expensive environmental reviews.

In addition to the stadium, the latest project would also include a 350-room hotel, 850,000 square feet of commercial, entertainment and other uses, and a minimum of 10,000 parking spaces.

According to a staff report to the Carson City Council, the Chargers-Raiders stadium proposal would not require any city funds for "construction, overruns, maintenance or capital improvements." The report concluded that the stadium would give the city a "signature project."

The Inglewood City Council has already approved a plan by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to build a stadium at the former Hollywood Park racetrack site.

Members voted unanimously on Feb. 24 to approve the 80,000-seat stadium. Despite this, the Rams have not announced any plans of moving back to the Los Angeles area.

LA has not had an NFL team since 1994. Officials in Industry and Inglewood also are considering stadium plans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Skid Stretches to Five After Loss to Phillies]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/470575070.jpg

The Miami Marlins fell for a fifth consecutive time when the Philadelphia Phillies came away with a 7-3 win on Tuesday.

The loss gives Miami a 3-11 record on the season which is one of the worst records in the league. The Marlins already find themselves eight games behind the first place New York Mets due to one of the worst starts in franchise history.

When Miami took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, it looked like it may have turned a corner. However, it didn't take long for Philadelphia to take the lead back and then subsequently add onto it. Before they knew it, the Marlins once again faced a large deficit and they were unable to come back.

Dan Haren has been Miami's most dependable starter this year but he did not have his best stuff in this one. Haren allowed four runs in six innings on four hits and three walks. The veteran did strike out seven while being tagged with the loss. Haren's E.R.A on the year now sits at 3.32.

Mike Dunn would come out of the bullpen first for Miami and struggled mightily allowing three runs in his lone inning of work. Those runs all came in the seventh inning which gave the Marlins little time to mount a comeback effort.

Giancarlo Stanton continued his recent surge with another home run. After a slow start to the year, Stanton now is hitting .260 with three home runs and 12 runs batted in. Stanton had a two-hit day as did Ichiro Suzuki who received a start in place of Christian Yelich. The regular left-fielder was unable to play due to tightness in his lower back.

Miami will try to stop its slide on Wednesday when it sends Jarred Cosart to the mound.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Unveil 2015 Schedule]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:58:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/460874186.jpg

The Miami Dolphins now know they will begin the 2015 season in Washington, D.C, after releasing their regular season schedule on Tuesday.

The Dolphins along with all other NFL teams knew their opponents long before this, but now they know when those games will take place. As previously announced, Miami will only have seven games at Sun Life Stadium. One of the so-called home games will actually place at Wembley Stadium in London against the New York Jets.

After opening the year on the road against Washington, the Dolphins will head to Jacksonville for a tilt against the Jaguars. This will be followed by a two-week stretch of home games. First, Miami will take on the Buffalo Bills before the aforementioned overseas games against the Jets.

The Dolphins will have their bye week during Week 5 which was expected after the trip to London. Miami will have a stretch of four out of five on the road following that bye week in what could be a crucial part of the season.

Miami will travel to Tennessee, New England, Buffalo and Philadelphia with a home game against the Houston Texans mixed in. Following this stretch, the Dolphins will have nine games in the books with only seven to go.

Over the next two weeks, the Dolphins will host the Dallas Cowboys and travel for a game with the Jets. As December rolls around, Miami will play three of its four games at home. Those contests at Sun Life will be against Baltimore, Indianapolis and the New York Giants. Breaking up the stretch of home games will be a trip out to the other coast to take on the San Diego Chargers.

The regular season will come to a close at home against the Patriots on January 3rd in what could prove to be a playoff-deciding game.



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<![CDATA[Teen's Derrick Rose Bet Goes Viral]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:55:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/458331240.jpg

Gaashaan Yusuf was watching the Chicago Bulls take on the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday when he casually sent out a wager on Twitter.

“If Derrick Rose doesn’t get hurt during the 2015 NBA Playoffs, I’ll PayPal $10 to everyone who RTs this,” he wrote.

Little did he know by Monday afternoon the tweet would have garnered more than 4,600 retweets.

Approaching $50,000 in the hole quickly, he had no idea only 103 characters could get so costly.

“I just thought it would be funny, so I tweeted it as a joke,” Yusuf told NBC Chicago.

The 16-year-old is a junior at Attleboro High School in Massachusetts who likes to play basketball in his free time, and doesn’t have a part-time job.

He said he sends out up to 10 tweets a day and never thought this one would be different, but it started picking up traction quickly – especially after a few well-known athletes, like Eric Dunn, re-tweeted it to their thousands of followers.

“Some people actually thought that I was going to give them the money, so that’s another reason it went viral,” Yusuf told NBC Chicago. “It just exploded.”

Yusuf said he is trying the best he can with his 15 minutes of Twitter fame, and although he can’t manage to pay off his debt to social media he is planning on making a donation to After School Matters, the Chicago-based charity that Rose gave $1 million to last year.

 



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<![CDATA[Rangers Shut Down Penguins 2-1 to Reclaim Momentum]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:49:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rangers+042015.jpg

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots and the New York Rangers regained control of their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider scored for New York, which dominated for two periods then held on late to take a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Patric Hornqvist scored his third career playoff goal for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh couldn't overcome another slow start. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, but the Penguins couldn't back up their strong play in Game 2.

The Rangers led the NHL in road wins during the regular season and shut down Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to reclaim home-ice advantage.

Pittsburgh's performance on Saturday night seemed like a reminder of more promising springs.

Crosby scored twice to end a lengthy drought. And the Penguins looked — for the better part of three periods anyway — more like the powerhouse that has dominated the regular season in recent years, not the erratic, injury-riddled enigma it has been for most of the past five months.

The Penguins believed it was a revival, not a last hurrah. It didn't look that way, however, as the Rangers spent 60 minutes showing why they were so effective away from Madison Square Garden this season.

New York choked off passing lanes, clamped down on Crosby and Malkin and never let Pittsburgh get anything resembling offensive flow.

The Rangers overwhelmed the Penguins in the opening minutes and Hagelin gave New York a 1-0 lead at 8:43 following a sloppy line change by the Penguins and a brilliant lead pass from Keith Yandle that split the Pittsburgh defense and let Hagelin break in alone on Fleury.

The slap shot from between the circles went between Fleury's legs as the Rangers did their best to silence a surprisingly raucous crowd at Consol Energy Center.

Not that the Penguins did much to generate any sort of enthusiasm.

Pittsburgh needed 15 minutes to record its first shot, a harmless flip from behind the blue line by defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

It drew a sarcastic roar but also seemed to shake the Penguins to life. Crosby hit the post with a one-timer following a pretty backhanded drop pass by Hornqvist, one of the few highlights of a choppy and chippy 20 minutes that looked more like a pickup game at the local rink than high-level late-season hockey.

It's a style the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers can adapt to easily, one the Penguins are still trying to master.

Given an opportunity to put all of the pressure on New York, instead the Penguins reverted to their uneven form that saw them limp to their ninth straight postseason berth.

Kreider doubled New York's lead 11:07 into the second period when a Marc Staal shot from the point deflected off the end boards and right to Kreider on the doorstep of the net.

The goal came seconds after the Rangers appeared to get away with hooking Pittsburgh's Maxim Lapierre while the fourth-line center was on the penalty kill.

There was no call and when the Rangers made it back to the Penguins' zone, Kreider darted to the net and swatted the puck out of the air and by Fleury.

Hornqvist prevented Lundqvist from earning his 10th playoff shutout by pounding a rebound into the New York net with 6:48 remaining but the Penguins — who never won a game while trailing after two periods all season — couldn't make it all the way back.

NOTES: The Rangers are 4-1 in their past five series that were tied after two games. ... New York, which led the NHL in first-period goals during the season, has outscored Pittsburgh 4-0 in the opening period. ... Pittsburgh's scratches included F Beau Bennett, who sat in favor of Scott Wilson. Wilson was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last week.



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<![CDATA[Clippers Beat Spurs, 107-92, in Game 1]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:03:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Clippers-Spurs-Game-1_Playoffs-2015.jpg

The Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-92 to take Game 1 in their first-round playoff series Sunday night at Staples Center.

The LA Clippers had won 14 of their last 15 games entering the 2015 NBA Playoffs, and Clippers coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers was asked about his thoughts on drawing the San Antonio Spurs, who are the defending champions, during his pregame press conference.

"Wow! That's what you get for going 14-1?!" Rivers exclaimed.

The Spurs may be the defending champions, but the Clippers (56-26) finished with a slightly better record than the Spurs (55-27), and so, the series started in LA with the Clippers holding the home court advantage in a potential seventh game. Taking full advantage of the reward of finishing one game better than the Spurs, the Clippers got off to a hot start in front of a jam packed Staples Center.

Almost immediately, the Clippers led by double-digits. Adding to the slow start, Spurs point guard Tony Parker rolled his ankle, which forced him off the court and into the locker room in the first quarter. Shooting 55 percent and holding the Spurs to 30 percent from the field, the Clippers led 30-18 after one quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, the Spurs put together a 10-0 run, and the Clippers' lead suddenly shrunk to only two points. At that stage, Parker shook off his niggle and returned to the ball game. In the blink of an eye, the game would be level.

For the final few minutes of the first half, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan would become a central figure in the contest. Jordan's defense would help shut the Spurs down and quickly give the home team an eight-point edge. However, San Antonio went to the "Hack-a-Jordan" strategy, and the Clippers' center would shoot 12 free throws in the second quarter alone. He made five of them.

At the halftime buzzer, the Clippers still retained a six-point edge despite Kawhi Leonard getting into an offensive rhythm late in the half. Leonard led the Spurs with nine points at the break, while Blake Griffin led the home team with 13 points at the intermission.

In the third quarter, the Clippers would break the game open with Griffin continuing to add to his tally. The 26-year-old forward would score 10 points in the third quarter, and Clippers point guard Chris Paul would contribute another 12 points of his own in the quarter. With the two Clippers' superstars firing, LA would open up a 15-point lead after three quarters.

At the start of the fourth quarter, that lead would jump back up to 18 points, which was the game high. Quickly, the Spurs would hit a flurry of three-pointers to bring the game back down to single digits with about seven and a half minutes remaining in the contest. Only one minute later, the home team re-extended the lead to 16 points to silence the Spurs' rally.

From there, the clock would slowly count down, and the Clippers took a 1-0 lead in the series. Griffin finished with 26 points and Paul ended the game with 32 points, six assists and seven rebounds.

Game Two of the best-of-seven series will take place on Wednesday night at Staples Center.



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<![CDATA[Source: Eagles to Sign Tim Tebow]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:47:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tim-tebow-easter-sermon-texas.jpg

Tebowmania is about to sweep the Delaware Valley.

At least for the spring and summer.

The Eagles on Monday are expected to sign former Jets and Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, according to an NFL source Sunday night. The former national champion Florida quarterback and Heisman winner has been out of football since the end of the 2012 season.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports was first to report Sunday evening that Tebow is expected to sign a contract on Monday at the NovaCare Complex as the Eagles prepare to start their offseason program. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Tebow arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday and will sign a one-year deal.

Tebow, 27, worked out for the Eagles on March 16 but left without signing a contract. When he signs, Tebow will become the team’s fifth quarterback, joining Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne.

Tebow and Sanchez were teammates with the Jets in 2012, which made for a circus-like atmosphere around the franchise. Tebow has a passionate and outspoken legion of fans, many of which rally behind the quarterback because of his religious beliefs and travel to see him play.

Chip Kelly traded for Bradford this offseason and made Sanchez among the league’s highest-paid backups (see Eagles offseason moves), so Tebow will have to battle with Barkley, Kinne and most likely a rookie draft pick to make the roster as the No. 3 quarterback.

Tebow, who hasn’t started a game since the 2011 postseason, owns a career 8-6 record with 17 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He has a career 47.9 completion percentage and 75.3 passer rating. The dual-threat quarterback also has 989 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Tebow spent his first two seasons with Denver, which selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft, and led the Broncos to a first-round playoff win over the Steelers in 2011, but he and the Broncos were clobbered in the second round by the Patriots, 45-10.

Tebow completed just 9 of 26 passes against New England for 136 yards and didn’t throw or rush for a touchdown. In the offseason, the Broncos traded him to the Jets after signing Peyton Manning. Tebow hasn’t started since and thrown just eight passes.

Tebow went to training camp with the Patriots in 2013 but didn’t make the team. Last year, while still out of football, he did college football analyst work for ESPN and the SEC Network.

Glazer reported that the Eagles spent time with Tebow’s personal quarterback coach, Tom House, and came away convinced that Tebow had improved.

Check out some of the best responses to the Tebow news on social media: 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Cubs Fan Catches Foul Ball in Beer Cup, Then Chugs Beer]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:53:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cubs+fan+beer+catch.jpg

A Chicago woman proved her Cubs fandom during Saturday's game when she caught a foul ball in her beer... and then chugged the beer with the ball still inside.

Krista Dotzenrod was caught on camera by Comcast Sportsnet catching a foul ball and holding it up to the sky before chugging her beer.

Dotzenrod told the Chicago Sun-Times she was drinking a Goose Island Green Line beer.

The Cubs were playing against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. When Dotzenrod caught the foul ball, they were ahead 6-2. The Padres surged to a tie later in the game, but the Cubs ultimately prevailed with a final score of 7-6.



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