<![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 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:10:19 -0400 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:10:19 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[War of the Words: Battle Heats Up Between SF, KC Librarians]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Juan+Marichal+and+Dan+by+Jim+Hart.jpg

The war of words is heating up between two public libraries 1,500 miles apart, as dueling librarians do their part to boost their hometown baseball team's quest to win the World Series crown.

Sounding a bit Shakespearean, Liesl Christman, the Twitter czar for the Kansas City Public Library, tweeted on Wednesday morning, hours after the San Francisco Giants crushed the Royals in Game 1 on Tuesday, 7-1: "'Tis but a flesh wound - @Royals will rally! Tonight, #LetsThrowFire!"

If the Giants win it all, Christman promised Wednesday her library will buy and shelve San Rafael author Dan Fost's book, "The Giants Baseball Experience: A Year-by-Year Chronicle from New York to San Francisco."

If the Royals win, Christman hopes the San Francisco Public Library will be forced to stock George Brett's "From Here to Cooperstown," which is about the Royals, on its shelves.

Michelle Jeffers, the digital guru at the library in San Francisco, said she'd consider the request, but from what's she's heard, that book is out of print.

"Even better!" Jeffers joked, adding that under different circumstances she and Christman might be very good friends.

Then Jeffers tweeted: "Guess we'll see what happens tonight when the Giants shhhhhhh-ut you down in Game 2."

No one is happier about the librarian smack talk than Fost, a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter who is now a full-time author and freelance writer. Each time the Giants make it to the World Series – this is third time in five seasons – he is asked to write a new edition. "This is a mutually symbiotic relationship," he said on Wednesday.

As for the baseball book bet, Fost is also genuinely enthralled Kansas City readers may be flipping through pages he wrote.

"What a great idea to promote reading," he said. "I'm so moved."

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<![CDATA[Strong Second Half Gives Heat Third Straight Win]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:49:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457622588.jpg

The Miami Heat trailed by 11 at the half on Tuesday but a solid second half lifted them to a 90-85 win over the Houston Rockets.

It was the third win in a row for Miami after beginning the preseason with four straight losses. Now, with one game to go, the Heat have an opportunity to finish the exhibition schedule with with an even record.

Only ten players saw time on the court as head coach Erik Spoelstra focused more on the players that are expected to make the team. As the preseason has winded down, the Heat have begin treating these games more like regular season contests. Regulars are playing more minutes and are being rotated on closer to a normal schedule.

Norris Cole started which is something he has done in every game with the exception of the first preseason game. Whether he starts over Mario Chalmers for the regular season opener remains to be seen. Chalmers to his credit has not sulked over the reserve role and has actually outplayed Cole as of late.

In this game, Chalmers had 13 points and three assists in 33 minutes while Cole had seven points, and one assist in 14 minutes. Spoelstra stated that Cole had a tight back before the game which likely explains his limited playing time.

Dwyane Wade had 26 points, six assists and a pair of rebounds in 29 minutes of play. Wade was 1-4 on threes and it remains to be seen if he abandons his plans of trying more treys this year. Chris Bosh added 22 points of his own in 35 minutes on the court. Bosh also had six rebounds and sank two three-pointers.

The news wasn't so good for Shabazz Napier however as he was held scoreless despite 21 minutes of playing time. Napier was 0-7 on his attempts and also turned the ball over once. The first rounder is expected to sit third on the depth chart behind Chalmers and Cole at point guard.

The Heat will wrap up the preseason on Friday against the Memphis Grizzles at 8:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA["Polite" Librarians Talk World Series Smack]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:59:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/lib-th.jpg

You know things are getting intense when public librarians start talking smack about the World Series.

In a series of back-and-forth tweets, the city librarians in San Francisco and Kansas City began taunting each other – with book titles, of course – over which team is going to win Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, the Giants or the Royals.

"We're polite but fierce!" the San Francisco library tweeted. "Get ready to cry some blue tears for @Royals when @SFGiants take the win tonight."

Michelle Jeffers, the social media guru for the San Francisco library and the mastermind of the tweets, had an obvious answer for why she was dissing the Kansas City library 1,500 miles away.

"Well, they started it," she said with a laugh.

In fact, they did. At 11 a.m., the Kansas City Public Library, tweeted: "Hey @SFPublicLibrary we have a book for you!" The link showed this title: "So, You Think You Know Baseball? A Fan's Guide to the Offical Rules," by Peter E. Meltzer.

"What? They think we don't know the rules?" Jeffers joked.

Liesl Christman, the digital contest specialist at the Kansas City library, happily admitted to "starting it." And she said she chose the baseball rules book while flipping through the catalog, trying decide what bibliophile zinger to fling.

"Yeah, I was hoping to get a response," Christman said from Kansas City by phone. "I just didn't realize it was going to go on so long."

The Twitter tete-a-tete went on for so long, partly, because Jeffers wasn't going to take it lying down.

She shot back: "Thanks, but maybe you should read this." And she sent them a link to Dan Fost's book, "The Giants Baseball Experience: A Year-by-Year Chronicle from New York to San Francisco."

Kansas City took aim again, pointing out that the Giants haven't always been in San Francisco - the team was once a favorite in the Big Apple. Christman tweeted a stack of "fairy tale" books with the hashtag #TaketheCrown.

Jeffers fired off another dig, albeit a courteous one, simply stating that the Giants history has been amazing "coast to coast."

"I didn't want to diss them too bad," Jeffers said. "I was trying to be polite because we're librarians here."

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Waive Michael Sam]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:37:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GERRY_MCCARTHY__1409761483_39578161-620x503.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have waived defensive end Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly-gay player, from the team's practice squad.

Sam, 24, joined the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after being cut from the Rams. He was drafted by St. Louis in the 7th round and totaled nine tackles and three sacks in three preseason games before being cut by the Rams. 

He never played in a game for the Cowboys and the team has not released a statement on his departure.

After the announcement, Sam tweeted thanks to team owner Jerry Jones for the opportunity, as well as friends, family, teammates and fans.  He added he was disappointed, but looked forward to fight for an opportunity to play every Sunday in the NFL.

According to DallasCowboys.com, the release of Sam makes room for linebacker Troy Davis who worked out with the team Monday.

Sam is a Texas native who played high school football at Hitchcock High School before playing for Missouri.  While at Missouri, he was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and had 11 1/2 sacks in the 2013 season.

The 6-1 Cowboys are off to their best start since 2007 when then finished the regular season at 13-3.  Monday night they'll face an NFC East rival, the 2-5 Washington Redskins, in Arlington.

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<![CDATA[Tannehill Leads Dolphins To Big Win in Chicago]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:53:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457495890.jpg

The Miami Dolphins rebounded from a tough ioss with a 27-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

With the win, Miami is now 3-3 on the season and very much alive in the playoff chase. With a weak division, the Dolphins sit in third but within striking distance of first. The New England Patriots are in the first place, however Miami currently holds the tiebreaker over them with a game left between the teams.

Ryan Tannehill had a big game for Miami with two touchdowns, and 277 yards in the air. The quarterback threw 25 of his 32 pass attempts successfully and had a 123.6 rating on the day. Most of the production for Tannehill came in the first half where he was 14-15 for 176 yards with both touchdowns.

Tannehill did not only post numbers in the air as he was also explosive on the ground, The QB ran for 50 yards on four carries. One of the runs was good for 30 yards itself and Tanenhill actually led Miami in rushing yards in the game.

With Knowshon Moreno gone for the year, Lamar Miller continued his role as the primary running back, MIller didn't have a great game however as he only tallied 61 yards on 18 carries. Miller did take one into the end zone for fourth TD of the year, all of which have come in the past three games.

On the receiving end, Charles Clay and Mike Wallace each caught a TD pass from Tannehill. It was the first of the season for Clay and the fifth for Wallace. Clay also led the way in terms of receving yards with his 58.

Reshad Jones picked up his first interception of the season in a game where Miami won the turnover battle 3-0. The Dolphis forced Bears QB Jay Cutler to fumble the ball twice and he lost one. Dante Rosario also lost the ball once for Chicago.

The kicking game was one poor note for Miami in this game. Caleb Sturgis missed two field goals including one that was blocked in the fourth quarter. At the time, Miami was at the Chicago 19-yard line and was looking to pad the lead. The earlier kick was a 50-yard attempt that Sturgis was wide right on. Sturgis did successfully kick two field goals and three extra points as well.

The Dolphins will head back to Florida for next Sunday's game when they take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville at 1:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Heat Add Larry Drew II to Roster]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/164358315.jpg

The Miami Heat signed Larry Drew II on Monday and now have 19 players on their roster with two preseason games to go.

Drew played at the University of North Carolina from 2008-2011 and UCLA from 2012-2013 before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. While a reason wasn't stated for his transfer, a decline in playing time at UNC may have contributed to the decision.

While in school, Drew was a part of the 2009 NCAA Champion Tar Heels and was also on the All-Pac-12 first team in 2013. Drew was also a McDonald's All-American in 2008 where he was the winner of the annual three-point contest.

Drew was in the Summer League as part of Miami's team in July. The 24-year-old also played in a preseason game for the Heat in 2013. After being waived by the Heat in October of 2013, Drew would go on to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce which is Miami's affiliate in the NBA's Development League.

Drew performed well with Sioux Falls as he averaged 11 points to go along with seven assists and eight rebounds. He also showed skills from the three-point line with a 41 percent shooting percentage. The Heat have had their share of struggles on threes in the preseason which adds some intrigue to this signing.

The odds of Drew making the team for the regular season would seem slim but it is possible he could head back to Sioux Falls if he fails to make the cut. Miami will need to reduce its roster to 15 players before the opener on Oct. 29.

The Heat will continue the preseason on Tuesday with a game against the Houston Rockets in Miami.

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<![CDATA[McGehee Named Comeback Player of the Year By Sporting News]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:48:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456220954.jpg

Casey McGehee was one of the best stories on the Miami Marlins in 2014 and was named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year on Monday.

The award is voted on by a group of 196 Major League Baseball players with a winner named in each league. the American League winner was Chris Young of the Seattle Mariners. Both McGehee and Young were not in MLB during the 2013 season and then excelled in 2014 upon returning.

McGehee spent 2013 in Japan where he was a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles who captured their championship. In his season with the Eagles, McGehee posted big numbers which opened eyes stateside. The Marlins were not the only team to seek McGehee's services but it was a perfect match with a gaping hole at third in Miami.

The third baseman signed a one-year contract worth $1.1 million and outdid his pay with a slash line of .287/.355/.357. McGehee hit only four home runs but he doubled 29 times and knocked in 76 runs. His first half was exceptional and McGehee almost was a member of the National League All-Star team. He would fall short on a Final Vote held by MLB.

McGehee's 177 hits were a team best and were also fourth most in the entire NL. The veteran was also in the Top 20 in both batting average and on-base percentage.

Entering the 2015 season, McGehee is eligible for salary arbitration. By all accounts, Miami intends on keeping its third baseman. His arbitration number should come in at a fair amount and allow the Marlins to upgrade other positions on the field. Despite a second half drop-off, McGehee is still seen as a big part of the middle of the lineup going into next season.

Sporting News has been issuing this award since 1965. It is not officially recognized by MLB however as they have their own Comeback Player of the Year award annually.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 7]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:38:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457509990.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the seventh week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Heat Top Spurs in Overtime]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:04:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/464398975.jpg

The Miami Heat won their second consecutive preseason game with a 111-108 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

It was the first game between the two teams since the NBA Finals and it featured very few regulars. As this was the second half of a back-to-back, head coach Erik Spoelstra elected to sit Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Luol Deng. The Spurs rested Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Tiago Splitter.

With those regulars on the bench, Miami turned to a starting five of Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem, Danny Granger and Shawne Williams. This was the first start for Chalmers since the initial preseason game. For Cole, it marked his fifth consecutive start and it remains possible that he is the starting point guard for the regular season opener.

Williams who could find himself filling in for Josh McRoberts in the opener scored eight points in 22 minutes. Chalmers added 11 points in 21 minutes and also tallied three steals. Cole had a quiet night with seven points in 17 minutes and five of those points were via free throws.

The strongest night for Miami was picked up by Shabazz Napier who continues to increase his odds of finding playing time in the early going. The first round pick scored 25 points and added four assists in 32 minutes. Napier also had two steals and a rebound while going 12-14 from the free throw line.

The Heat will travel to Houston on Tuesday to take on the Rockets in their penultimate preseason game

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<![CDATA[Panthers Lose in Shootout To Capitals]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:03:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/184728961.jpg

The Florida Panthers played a second game in as many nights and fell to the Washington Capitals on Saturday in a shootout.

The final score was 2-1 and the loss for Florida moved it to 1-2-2 this season. In the shootout, the Capitals scored on all three attempts. Just a day earlier, the Panthers had picked up their first victory of the season in a shutout of the Buffalo Sabres. 

Trailing 1-0 when they entered the third period, the Panthers tied the game on a goal from Brad Boyes. It was the first goal of the season for Boyes and came on a power play for Florida. In all, the Panthers had five power plays as opposed to only two for Washington. Sean Bergenheim and Dylan Olsen assisted on the goal.

A day earlier it was Boyes who assisted on a goal from Bergenheim and both players now have two points this season after entering Friday with none. This is the second season for Boyes in Florida and the 32-year old had 21 goals in 2013-14.

After putting 35 shots on goal in Friday's win, the Panthers had 21 such shots in this game. No Panther had more than two but six players reached that number. 

Due to the back-to-back situation, Al Montoya made the start at goalie for Florida. Roberto Luongo has been on a good run in his last two games and should be back in the net on Tuesday. Montoya did a good job in his first start of the season by saving 27 of the 28 chances he had.

The Panthers will enjoy a couple of days off now before resuming their schedule on Tuesday in Colorado against the Avalanche.

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<![CDATA[Week 7 Preview: Dolphins at Bears]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:33:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456282920.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will be looking for a much needed win on Sunday when they take on the Chicago Bears.

Last week Miami looked to be on the verge of a big win against the Green Bay Packers before Aaron Rodgers led his team to a win as time expired. With only three seconds left on the clock, the Packers picked up the game-winning score and handed Miami a devastating loss. Instead of being 3-2, the Dolphins are now 2-3 and sit in third place in the AFC East.

The Bears are 3-3 this season but interestingly are 0-2 at Soldier Field. The Bears have thus far been road warriors but this one will be played on their home field. The Dolphins meanwhile are 1-1 when playing outside of Miami this season with that one win coming in London.

The Dolphins know they will be without Knowshon Moreno only a week after getting him back. The running back returned from a dislocated elbow in limited duty last week but fell victim to a torn ACL that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

With Moreno on the shelf, Lamar Miller will continue to serve as the primary running back. It is a role he's held since Moreno went down in week two. Moreno has done an admirable job as the top runner for the most part and will likely need another solid day on Sunday if Miami is to win.

Ryan Tannehill started off very poorly last week against the Packers but then turned things around and led Miami to a near comeback win. Tannehill could blame some of his woes this year on the play calling but he also has thrown five picks to go along with eight touchdowns. Last week Tannehill's two touchdown passes were accompanied by two interceptions. That ratio will need to improve or it could be a long day in Chicago on Sunday.

Miami did a pretty good job against Rodgers last week in terms of pressure and it will need to do more of the same against Jay Cutler. The Bears quarterback has a propensity for poor decisions when under pressure. One turnover in Miami's favor could end up being the deciding factor in what is expected to be a close contest.

On the injury report, Jimmy Wilson is listed as doubtful for Miami. No players are out for the Dolphins officially. On the Chicago side, Lance Briggs and Chris Conte are both out for the game.

Sunday's game is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. from Soldier Field in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Big 4th Quarter Lifts Heat Over Warriors]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:34:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4884902789.jpg

The Miami Heat picked up their first win of the preseason on Friday with a 115-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The win improved Miami to 1-4 in the preseason with three games remaining on the schedule. Despite being considered a home game for the Heat, the contest actually took place in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Heat entered the final quarter down by 12 but outscored the Warriors 32-13 in the fourth to take the game. It was a good team game as several players for the Heat had solid days.

As a team, Miami found success from three-point range as well with a 12-19 day. Threes have been a sticking point for the Heat for most of the preseason so this game was an encouraging sign.

Chris Bosh led the way easily in terms of time on the court with 34 minutes. Bosh made the most of that time as well with 21 points, seven rebounds and a steal. It would appear the star is just about ready for the regular season where he's expected to play more of an inside game than he did in 2013-14.

Dwyane Wade had a relatively quiet game with ten points, a rebound and three assists in 23 minutes. Wade as 5-10 on his field goal attempts and interestingly did not try a three-pointer. The guard recently stated a desire to incorporate threes more into his game this season.

Luol Deng continued to bring optimism with another good effort. The man who has stepped into the starting role previously held by LeBron James scored 19 points to go along with three assists in 26 minutes.

Norris Cole started for the fourth straight game but was outplayed by Mario Chalmers who remains the possible starter for the regular season opener. Cole had five points, one board and two assists in 21 minutes while Chalmers tallied 13 points, five rebounds and an assist in his 20 minutes.

The Heat will be right back at it on Saturday when they take on the San Antonio Spurs for the first time since the NBA Finals. This is also the first and only back-to-back game situation in the preseason.

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<![CDATA[Panthers Shut Sabres Out For First Win]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4526388082.jpg

The Florida Panthers finally entered the win column on Friday with their 1-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres.

After starting the year 0-2-1, the Panthers began a four-city road trip with this win. The victory is the first of the year including a slate of exhibition games. It also was a second consecutive solid game for Roberto Luongo after a tough start to the year.

Luongo saved all 26 chances he had which followed on a 22 save effort in his previous game. That one followed a contest that the goalie would probably prefer to forget when he allowed five goals and was lifted during the second period. The veteran goalie now has allowed a total of one goal in his last two games after allowing eight in the first two combined.

The shutout was also the 67th of Luongo's career. With this effort, the goalie moved to 13th on the NHL's all-time list for shutouts.

The goal for Florida is put in the net by Sean Bergenheim and it was the first point of the season for him. This is the 30 year old's third season with the Panthers and the goal was the 34th of his career in Florida. Bergenheim had five shots on goal in this one.

The Panthers had plenty of opportunities to score but Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth had a fine game himself with 34 saves. Leading the way in terms of shots on goal for Florida was Nick Bjugstad with six. The 22-year old had a pair in the previous game as well after starting the season with none in the first two contests.

Shawn Thornton, Colby Robak and Brandon Pirri were all scratched in this game for Florida.

Florida will not have much time to enjoy the win as it is back in action again on Saturday. The Panthers will take on the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA["War Machine" Attempts Suicide: PD]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:54:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/War-Machine-vegas-MMA.jpg

A professional mixed martial arts fighter accused of beating his porn star ex-girlfriend and one of her male friends tried to commit suicide in a Las Vegas jail, authorities said.

Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver, 32, was found Tuesday in a cell at the Clark County Detention Center sitting on the floor with his feet resting on the bunk, Las Vegas Metropolitan police said in a statement.

The officer noticed what appeared to be a torn piece of linen around his neck that was tied to the leg of his bunk, police said.

The officer called to Koppenhaver several times, but he did not respond, according to police. When the officer went inside the cell he noticed that Koppenhaver was struggling to breathe, police said.

The officer cut the ligature from Koppenhaver’s neck and his breathing became less strained and he started to speak, police said.

Koppenhaver was moved to a medical isolation cell, where he was placed on suicide watch.

Police said they found a suicide note inside Koppenhaver’s cell.

Koppenhaver, a former porn actor, was booked into Clark County jail in August.

He's accused of beating adult film actress Christy Mack and her male friend at a Las Vegas home on Aug. 8 before fleeing to the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, where he was arrested a week later.

Koppenhaver faces charges including attempted murder and dozens of assault counts.

Koppenhaver made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007 and legally changed his name in 2008. He lost his only pay-per-view bout that same year.

He fought out of San Diego for a variety of promotions and had a 14-5 record as a welterweight. He lost his last fight, in Iowa, last October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Teens Who Entered Ray Allen's Home Get Community Service]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081414+ray+allen.jpg

Six of the seven teens who walked into former Miami Heat star Ray Allen's Coral Gables home will perform community service and donate to a charity, a judge ruled Friday.

The six teens will each perform 100 hours of community service and will each donate $1,000 to charity.

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

The teens ran from the home after Shannon Allen, Ray’s wife, yelled at them, according to Coral Gables Police.

Coral Gables Police originally said they were not filing charges against the teenagers, but trespassing charges were later filed by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. The teens were identified by police as: Ernesto Romero, 18; Jonathan Ramirez, 19; Kevin Ramos, 18; Alana Garcia, 18; Christian Lobo, 18; Angel Sanchez, 18; and Jorge Guerrero, 18.

Garcia wasn't in court for Friday's hearing.

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<![CDATA[Former Marlins Continue World Series Tradition]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:17:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456428380.jpg

The Miami Marlins have not seen the playoffs since 2003 but former players of the organization are making it an annual tradition.

Every season since the World Series run for the Marlins has featured at least one former Marlin picking up a championship ring. That trend is guaranteed to continue in 2014 as well with the three remaining teams.

The Kansas City Royals who won the American League pennant on Wednesday have three former Marlins on their active roster. Josh Willingham who played in Florida from 2004-2008 is a bench player with Kansas City. Omar Infante is the starting second baseman after playing with both the Florida and Miami Marlins from 2011-2012. Lastly, Jason Vargas who was the winning pitcher in the ALCS clincher was a Marlin from 2005-2006.

In St. Louis, left-handed reliever Randy Choate is on the roster for the Cardinals. Choate was a Marlin from 2011-2012 before a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The San Francisco Giants have one-time Marlin Yusmeiro Petit on their roster. Petit who has become a pivotal arm for the Giants started his career back in 2006 with the Marlins.

Over the past 11 years, there have been many names that have come away with hardware after spending some of their career with the Marlins. The list begins back in 2004 when Kevin Millar won a ring with the Boston Red Sox. Millar who is now a television star began his career with the Marlins in 1998 following a purge of the World Champions from a year earlier.

In 2005 when the Chicago White Sox won the title, several former Marlins were involved. Pablo Ozuna and Carl Everett were both on the active roster. Ozuna played in Florida in 2000 and 2002 while Everett was a member of the 1993 roster. The White Sox had more connections that season as Ozzie Guillen managed the team with Tim Raines on the coaching staff. Guillen was a third base coach with the Marlins prior to becoming skipper in Chicago while Raines finished his playing career in 2002 as a Marlin.

2006 featured a championship from the Cardinals where Preston Wilson, Braden Looper and Juan Encarnacion all walked away with rings. Wilson was a Marlin from 1998-2002 and was a significant part of the daily lineup. Looper and Encarnacion were both members of the 2003 roster for Florida.

In 2007, Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell won the World Series for the second time. Both players were part of the 2003 run for Florida where they made tremendous contributions. They ended up in Boston as part of the same trade that brought Hanley Ramirez to the Marlins back in 2005.

The Philadelphia Phillies won the title in 2008 and there was one former Marlin on their roster. Rudy Seanez who briefly played in Florida during the 2004 season pitched in relief for the Phillies during their championship season.

2009 saw the New York Yankees walk away with the 27th championship in franchise history. On their roster were two names that had spent time in Florida. A.J. Burnett started his career with Florida and spent seven years in teal and black. Sergio Mitre was a Marlin from 2006-2007 before joining New York for their title run.

In 2010, one of the biggest names in Marlin history won another World Series ring. Edgar Renteria who had the game-winning hit in Florida's first ever championship was a member of the roster for the Giants. Also on that roster was Guillermo Mota who pitched for Florida from 2004-2005. In addition, Cody Ross who spent 2006-2010 as a Marlin was a part of the roster.

2011 featured a relatively obscure name but a Marlin nonetheless. Miguel Batista who pitched in nine games for Florida back in 1996 was a member of the Cardinals roster for their championship. Another pitcher on the St. Louis roster that season who spent a short time in Florida was Arthur Rhodes. The veteran lefty reliever was a part of 25 games for the Marlins in 2008.

The Giants would win another title in 2012 and there were four former Marlins present for that one. Mota, and Petit joined Clay Hensley and Brad Penny as the group of ex-Floridians. Hensley was a Marlin from 2010-2011 where he served as both a starter and a reliever. Penny was a member of the 2003 World Champs and would later return to Miami during the 2014 season as well.

Last season when the Red Sox won another title, Ryan Dempster and Andrew Miller were a part of the fun. Dempster was a Marlin from 1998-2002 and he started his career in Florida. Miller who came to Florida in the much maligned Miguel Cabrera trade has found success in his career since leaving the Marlins.

The Marlins remain hopeful that 2015 will feature a current roster member such as Giancarlo Stanton in the postseason rather than simply names from the past.

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<![CDATA[Long and Winding Road Trip For Panthers]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:22:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456384488.jpg

The Florida Panthers are headed out on the road for a four-city trip that is set to begin on Friday at Buffalo.

Through three games, Florida is 0-2-1 and has played two of three at BB&T Center in Sunrise. In front of tiny home crowds, the Panthers have struggled mightily and have been outscored 6-1 combined in their last two games.

This trip will be a test for Florida as it continues to seek its win of the year which includes several exhibition losses. After Buffalo, the Panthers will continue on to Washington D.C. for a game against the Capitals the next day. Following that game, Florida will travel to Colorado on the 21st before wrapping up the trip against the Coyotes in Arizona on the 25th.

Buffalo has had a slow start to the year itself at 1-3-0 and actually only sits a lone point ahead of Florida in the Atlantic division. At 1-0-2, the Capitals find themselves in fifth place in the Metropolitan division. The Colorado Avalanche are 1-2-1 while the Coyotes are 2-1-0 in their first season as the Arizona Coyotes.

Thus far the Panthers have seen limited success from their top goalie, Roberto Luongo. In fact, Luongo struggled so much in the second game of the year that he was lifted in the second period after allowing five goals. Things did improve for Luongo on Monday when he saved 22 of 23 chances against Ottawa. 

During the road trip, backup goalie Al Montoya could find himself making a start. The game against Washington will be part of a back-to-back on Saturday which could lead to the ice time for Montoya. If the 29-year old does get on the ice, it'd be the second time this season as he took over during the aforementioned five goal game against the New Jersey Devils.

After the road trip, the Panthers will return home on October 30th for another game with the Coyotes.

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<![CDATA[Panthers Fall 1-0 To Remain Winless ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:01:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457178148.jpg

The Florida Panthers lost again on Monday as the Ottawa Senators came away with a 1-0 victory in Sunrise.

Florida has yet to win a game this season and also did not pick up a victory during the preseason schedule. Overall, the Panthers are 0-2-1 in the regular season after going 0-4-2 during exhibition contests.

The Panthers looked better in this game than they did in their previous tilt but the result was the same. It was the second straight loss for the Panthers who have been outscored 6-1 in the last two games. 

Roberto Luongo who couldn't make it out of the second period last game, played the entire game this time around. Luongo allowed five goals in the home opener but only one in this game. The veteran goaltender stopped 22 of 23 tries. The eventual winning goal came during the second period on a power play.

The Panthers had 30 shots on goal but Senators goaltender Craig Anderson put a stop to all 30 of them. Jimmy Hayes led the way for Florida with four shots on goal despite playing a team low eight minutes.

Shawn Thornton, Colby Robak, Brandon Pirri were scratched for the Panthers in this game. This was the third straight game that Robak and Pirri were scratched from. Thornton who played in Boston for the last seven seasons had four shots on goal in Florida's last game. He was a healthy scratch on Monday and remains an option going forward.

Florida will try once again to pick up their first win of the year on Friday at Buffalo.

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<![CDATA[The Bartman Incident Revisited Over A Decade Later]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:20:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/2591507.jpg

On October 14, 2003, the Florida Marlins faced elimination and were losing in the eighth inning until one moment changed everything.

On the road with their backs against the wall, the Marlins trailed 3-0 in the game with only five outs to go. It seemed that a magical run to the World Series would not be in the cards for Florida. After all, the Chicago Cubs had Mark Prior on the mound and he was dazzling that evening.

The first out of the eighth inning was an innocent fly out by Mike Mordecai. He would later become a major part of the winning rally. After that first out, Juan Pierre doubled which set up the now infamous moment in baseball history. The next batter due to the plate was Luis Castillo with the Marlins still down three and with only one man on base.

Castillo hit a fly ball to left field that went towards the stands but was seemingly playable for left fielder Moises Alou. That was until a fan named Steve Bartman reached for the ball along with several other fans. The ball made contact with Bartman and hindered Alou's ability to make the play. Alou fought for fan interference but the umpiring crew ruled that the ball was in the stands and therefore not interference.

With the ruling of a foul ball, the at-bat continued for Castillo and he eventually walked. The Marlins would go on to score eight runs in the inning including a three-run double off the bat of Mordecai. What is often overlooked in this inning is the fact that the Cubs were sloppy in their own right.

Following the Bartman incident, Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez committed an error which played a pivotal role in the rally. Following the incident, the Cubs still held a three-run advantage and still only needed those five outs. It was as if the Cubs had allowed the foul ball to get into their heads however. The inning spiraled out of control and Prior would go from dominant to out of the game in a hurry.

Even after the Marlins won the sixth game of the series, the Cubs had home-field advantage for a decisive seventh game. The Marlins would go on to win that game as well on the way to their second World Series. In that deciding game, the Marlins beat Kerry Wood who at the time was one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

11 years have come and gone since the Bartman incident and in those seasons, both the Marlins and Cubs have seen a lot of losses. The Marlins have not returned to the playoffs since that season while the Cubs have gone twice but were swept in both visits.

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<![CDATA[Panthers Battling Empty Nets and Stands]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:18:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457180998.jpg

The Florida Panthers have yet to win a game this season and not many have been present to see those games.

Playing in front of a franchise record low 7,311 fans on Monday night, the Panthers fell to 0-2-1 on the season. The tiny crowd came only a game after the home opener which also featured a poor turnout.

One problem facing the Panthers is the lack of a winning environment. Florida made the playoffs in the 2011-12 season but finished seventh in the Atlantic division last season. As a franchise, there is a long history of unproductive seasons and lackluster fan support. Since joining the NHL back in 1993-14, the Panthers have only advanced past the Conference Quarterfinals one time. That was during their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 1995-96 season.

This year, the Panthers have been found themselves on the losing end of every contest including the preseason. In the exhibition schedule, Florida finished 0-4-2 after starting with two shootouts. The last two preseason games showed a potential problem when Florida only scored once in contrast to seven goals allowed.

An inability to put the puck in the net has been a common trend as the Panthers have been outscored 9-3 thus far through three regular season games. The poor scoring is even more apparent when looking at just the last two contests. The Panthers were annihilated 5-1 by the New Jersey Devils before being shut out 1-0 on Monday by Ottawa.

If the losses continue to mount, the attendance woes will likely also drag on. Back in September owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu attempted to quiet talk of relocation which is a subject that often revolves around professional sports teams in similar situations.

The Panthers will continue the season on Friday at Buffalo. The next home game for Florida will not come until October 30th against the Arizona Coyotes.

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<![CDATA[Wade Puts More Focus on Three-Point Line]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4505232788.jpg

Dwyane Wade is not known for his three-point prowess but the Miami Heat star would like to step behind the line more, according to Bleacher Report

Wade attempted a career low 32 threes in 2013-14 which continued a track that his career had been on. Prior to the 2013 campaign, Wade attempted 56 and 66 three-point shots in the previous two seasons respectively.

Even when Wade has tried from deep, he has not had much success. It would take going back to 2010-11 to find the last time that Wade shot at least 30 percent on three-pointers. That was the first season of the four-year run with LeBron James that came to an end after last season. Before that season, his best efficiency behind the line came during 2008-09 when Wade shot 32 percent on his three-point tries.

One positive sign for Wade on three-point attempts came during the team's most recent playoff run. In the 2013-14 playoffs, Wade was 9-24 on threes which was his best post-season ratio since 2009-10.

The Heat have struggled this pre-season on three-point attempts as a team through three games. With Chris Bosh slated to play more of an inside game and Josh McRoberts unavailable, the Heat have yet to find a go-to guy for threes. Shabazz Napier hit a pair of three-pointers in the most recent exhibition game but also missed six. Napier is not expected to see many minutes at least in the early going.

Keeping Wade on the court every day this season is a goal for Miami. It is unlikely that the 32-year-old suddenly becomes a master from three-point range but any extra production from Wade on treys could end up pivotal for the Heat. 

Miami will continue its preseason schedule on Tuesday evening against the Atlanta Hawks.

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<![CDATA[Randle Faces Shoplifting Charge]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:31:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/joseph-randle-mugshot-inset.jpg

Frisco police say they arrested Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle for allegedly shoplifting $123 in underwear and cologne Monday night at Stonebriar Centre Mall.

According to police, Randle, 22, was stopped by Dillards loss prevention employees and detained at about 8:15 p.m. after they saw him make a purchase at a counter and then walk to another part of the store where he allegedly put a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne ($84) and a 2-pack of black Polo underwear ($39.50) into his Dillards bag.

When he left the store and into the parking lot, he was stopped by store employees.

After Frisco police compared the contents of Randle's Dillards bag with his receipt and watched surveillance footage of him in the store, he was placed under arrest on a Class B misdemeanor for theft between $50 and $500 and put into a Frisco police car.

While there, the officer said Randle said if he knew he was going to be arrested he would have just kept walking to his car.

According to the police report, Randle told officers that he didn't pay for the merchandise because he did not want to take the time to do it.

After being booked into jail, Randle posted $350 bond and was released at about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Randle, a second-year player out of Oklahoma State who was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, is a backup running back for the team. In six games this season, Randle has carried the ball 16 times for 113 yards. In 2013, the back carried the ball 54 times in 13 games for a total of 164 yards.

According to RotoWorld, in 2013 Randle signed a four-year $2.39 million contract that included a $188,820 signing bonus.  His base salary in 2014 is $495,000. He is set to make $585,000 in 2015, $675,000 in 2016 and is a free agent in 2017.

At this time, there has been no statement from the Dallas Cowboys.

NBC 5's Catherine Ross contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Soar Over Heat With 43-Point Third Quarter]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:36:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/450409026.jpg

The Miami Heat are still winless this preseason following their 109-103 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

The Heat looked like they would pick up the elusive first win after a quarter of play but things quickly began to unravel. After leading by 15 going into the second quarter and seven at the half, Miami fell apart.

The Hawks outscored the Heat 43-18 in the third quarter and never looked back. Miami would go on to outscore Atlanta in the fourth quarter but the game was already out of reach. While the final score does not matter, the Heat would likely prefer better results this close to the regular season.

Mario Chalmers sat out with a sore right hip but it is not considered serious. The point guard who did not start the last two games should be back in action for Miami in its next game. Whether Chalmers or Norris Cole starts remains to be seen. Cole made his third consecutive start in this contest and gave the Heat 24 minutes. Cole ended up contributing nine points and four assists to go along with a steal.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra played this game more like a regular season game. In earlier preseason games, the starters sat out for the final stretch in games. In this one, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were both on the court towards the final buzzer. At point guard for the stretch run was Shabazz Napier who had a second straight solid game.

Napier played 24 minutes and scored 12 points along with four assists. The first rounder also made his lone attempt from three-point range. Napier still finds himself stuck behind Chalmers and Cole on the depth chart but is showing potential in his recent opportunities.

Wade had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. Bosh who also logged 30 minutes had 22 points and nine rebounds. Of note were Wade's three-point attempts where he was 2-3. Earlier in the day, Wade stated an intent to work on his three-point output.

The Heat will next take on the Golden State Warriors on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins' Moreno Out for Year With ACL Injury]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:46:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454312370.jpg

Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno will be out for the season after he was placed on injured reserve with an ACL injury, the team said Tuesday.

Moreno played in three games this season, rushing 31 times for 148 yards and one touchdown. He also added one reception for eight yards.

Moreno carried the ball six times for ten yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Allow Winning TD With 3 Seconds To Go]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:01:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457124298.jpg

The Miami Dolphins suffered a tough loss on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers scored with three seconds to go for a 27-24 win.

The Dolphins scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and looked like they were about to win their second consecutive game. The win would've been big for Miami as Green Bay is one of the stronger opponents in the entire NFL. The comeback effort ended up being all for nothing however when Aaron Rodgers led his Packers to the win.

Ryan Tannehill started the game slow but turned things around in the fourth quarter as he drove Miami down the field. His 79-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown with about nine minutes to go had Miami on top by seven. The Packers would cut that to four a few minutes later on a field goal and then ultimately win the game on the final drive.

Tannehill ended up throwing for 231 yards in a 20-31 effort that featured a pair of touchdown passes and also two interceptions. The quarterback was also sacked once for seven yards. The effort was good for an 81.5 rating which would've been substantially lower if not for the solid fourth quarter.

Tannehill did not only use his arm in this game as he also rushed three times for 49 yards. Lamar Miller only rushed for four more yards in his 53-yard day on 14 carries. Rounding out the ground attack was Knowshon Moreno who suited up for the first time since the second week of the year.

Moreno was limited in his return only handling the ball six times for ten yards. It is likely that Moreno will see more action next week as he slowly takes over primary running duties again. Until then, Miller should continue to see a few extra snaps.

Jarvis Landry and Mike Wallace each caught a touchdown with Landry having the bigger day in terms of yards. The 21-year old caught six passes for 75 yards while Wallace adde 67 yards on five catches.

The Dolphins will travel to Chicago next Sunday for a game against the Bears as they look to even up their record at 3-3.

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<![CDATA[Report Links GoPro to Brain Injury]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:12:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP886669197394.jpg

The French commentator whose reported remarks had sparked reports that a GoPro camera may have played a role in Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher's brain injury is now urging everyone to "stop all speculation."

Schumacher, 45, has been immobile and unable to speak after he fell and hit a rock in a skiing accident last year while he was wearing a GoPro camera mounted on his helmet.

European news outlets had reported that racing commentator Jean-Louis Moncet told Europe 1 radio that Schumacher's son Mick told him the placement of the camera contributed to the brain injury — but Moncet denied that Tuesday on Twitter.

"The problem for Michael was not the hit, but the mounting of the GoPro camera that he had on his helmet that injured his brain," Eurosport had earlier quoted Moncet as having said.

But Moncet appeared to contradict that suggestion in a tweet Tuesday.
"STOP ALL SPÉCULATION," he tweeted. "Mick could not say something about camera or injury of Michael because we did not speak together."
Following the initial report linking the GoPro to Schumacher's injury, shares of the Bay Area-based company plummeted, losing as much as 10 percent in trading Monday, Business Insider reported.

A GoPro spokesman declined to comment on the report linking the camera to Schumacher's injury but said the company was monitoring the situation closely.

Schumacher emerged from a medically-induced coma in June but remains in serious condition.

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<![CDATA[Air Force Captain Proposes to Cheerleader During Game]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:05:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/457130192.jpg

The Arizona Cardinals may have defeated the Washington Redskins on Sunday, but Cardinals cheerleader Claire Thorton, 23, was the big winner when her Air Force Captain boyfriend got down on one knee during a break in the game and proposed.

Eric Straub, 26, dressed in his flight suit, completed a successful mission when Thorton said “Yes!” in front of thousands of screaming NFL fans who watched the proposal on the stadium’s Jumbotron.

"It was pretty amazing,'' Thornton told TODAY.com. "I was shaking really bad. He's like 'Put the ring on!' And I'm like, you put it on me!'

Thorton thought that Straub, an F-15 pilot in the Air Force, was getting a special welcome home from the Cardinals during the game since he had just returned from a deployment in the Middle East the night before.

Meanwhile, the airman had already organized with Cardinals officials that he would propose to his cheerleader girlfriend when he came out on the field.

“It was so loud you couldn't hear anything. I had all these things I wanted to say, but once I got down on my knee, I had no idea what to say. I think all I said was, 'I love you marry me!' It was funny.''

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Reinstate Derrick Shelby After Arrest]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:33:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100614+derrick+shelby+arrest.jpg

Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Derrick Shelby has been reinstated to the team a little more than a week after he was arrested in a Fort Lauderdale nightclub, the team said in a statement Tuesday.

"We have completed our process and have made the determination to reinstate Derrick. Derrick understood that he would be held accountable for his actions as they did not represent our organizational standards," head coach Joe Philbin said in the statement.

"I want to apologize to Stephen Ross, Coach Philbin, my teammates and our fans. I accept responsibility for the distraction I caused the team last week," Shelby said in the statement. "I have learned from my past actions and am fully committed to representing the Dolphins organization in a first-class manner on and off the field."

Shelby was suspended indefinitely last week by the Dolphins after his arrest earlier this month. The defensive end was arrested at Off the Hookah, which recently changed its name to CYN, after refusing to leave the establishment by security and police officers.

According to a Fort Lauderdale Police arrest report, Shelby had been removed from the club by security after a "disturbance," but was blocking the exit when an officer arrived. Shelby refused to leave and "took an aggressive fighting stance," the report said.

He was taken into custody after a struggle during which he was shot with a stun gun three times, the report said.

Shelby maintains that he didn’t do anything wrong to the police who were trying to throw him out of the club and that the cops were aggressive in throwing him out. Shelby told the Palm Beach Post that when he used a cell phone to film the incident, cops “became infuriated.”

In Shelby’s mugshot, his left eye is swollen, lip is bloodied and there appear to be abrasions on the left side of his face.

An undrafted pickup for the Dolphins in 2012, Shelby has appeared in all four of Miami's games this season, recording six tackles, two sacks and recovering a fumble.

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<![CDATA[Cardinals Edge Giants to Tie NLCS ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:08:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/457139424.jpg

The St. Louis Cardinals have evened the National League Championship Series 1-1 after three late homers fueled St. Louis to a 5-4 walk-off win over the San Francisco Giants.

Cardinals outfielder Kolten Wong delivered a walk-off home run off Sergio Romo in the bottom of the ninth inning to end the night.

With the Giants ahead 3-2 in the seventh inning, Cardinals pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras tied the game with a home run off reliever Jean Machi. Matt Adams followed with another home run off Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning that put the Cardinals ahead 4-3.

The Giants tied the game in top of the ninth after a wild pitch from Trevor Rosenthal scored pinch-runner Matt Duffy, who was running on the pitch, from second base.

The Cardinals won after losing All-Star catcher Yadier Molina to a strained oblique muscle in the sixth. Molina was getting further tests and manager Mike Matheny said it ``didn't look real good.''

"We just knew we had to keep grinding,'' Wong said. "When you lose someone like Yadi, it's definitely tough for us, but we told ourselves we've been going through this all year. Grinding up and down, not getting any easy pass, so we're all so confident.''

It was a rare postseason failure for the reliable San Francisco bullpen, which allowed a home run in each of the final three innings.

"They are the reason we're in this situation, and you give (the Cardinals) credit,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "They threw out some good at-bats and we made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage of them.''

The best-of-seven series resumes Tuesday night with Game 3 in San Francisco with John Lackey going for St. Louis and Tim Hudson starting for the Giants.

Wong hit an 0-1 pitch from Sergio Romo for his second big home run this postseason. The rookie's seventh-inning drive was the decisive blow in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

St. Louis, last in the NL with 105 home runs during the regular season, has hit 11 homers in six playoff games, seven in the seventh inning or later. Earlier, Matt Carpenter connected for the fourth time this postseason.

Seth Maness retired Pablo Sandoval on a comebacker with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth, and got the win.

Maness came on after closer Trevor Rosenthal couldn't hold a one-run lead. Rosenthal's pitch bounced off the glove off backup catcher Tony Cruz and Duffy, running on a full count, never broke stride and slid home with the tying run.

Molina bent over in pain after a swing and didn't make it out of the batter's box on a double-play ball in the sixth. Wincing, he gingerly walked off the field.

Adams, whose three-run shot off Clayton Kershaw put St. Louis in front for good in their clinching playoff win over Dodgers, homered off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland.

Gregor Blanco's fourth postseason hit in 31 at-bats put the Giants up 3-2 in the seventh, but Taveras re-tied it in the bottom half with a homer off Jean Machi just inside the right-field foul pole.

Carpenter hit a solo home run off Jake Peavy in the third. Randal Grichuk singled with the bases loaded in the fourth to make it 2-0.

The Giants came back against Lance Lynn.


Giants: Hudson pitched well vs. Washington in Game 2 of the Division Series, allowing a run in 7 1-3 innings.

Cardinals: Lackey has a win each of the last three postseason series and is the active leader with 111 postseason innings.

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