<![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 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:44:55 -0400 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:44:55 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Marlins Trade Dan Haren to Cubs]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:45:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480512258.jpg

The Miami Marlins sent veteran Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers on Friday.

Haren was seen as a likely candidate to be dealt before Friday's trade deadline due to his impending free-agent status. The right-hander has enjoyed a fine season with a 3.42 E.R.A and was eyed by several contenders according to reports.

Before the season began, Haren was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. As part of that deal, the Dodgers sent $10 million to cover Haren's salary. It is unknown if Miami is sending any cash along with Haren.

Coming back to Miami in this deal will be shortstop Elliott Soto and pitcher Ivan Pineyro. This continues a week which has shown that Miami is committed to rebuilding its depleted farm system. After a flurry of moves last off-season, the Marlins were left with a lack of depth in the organization.

While the prospects acquired thus far in deals have not been considered upper tier talent, they are young and could eventually contribute at the big-league level. The minor leaguers could also end up being trade chips in future deals.

The Marlins could make additional trades prior to the deadline. Some names that have been mentioned in recent rumors are Carter Capps and Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins are not expected to move either player unless significant talent was coming back. Both Ozuna and Capps have minimal salaries and controllable contracts.

Miami will take on the San Diego Padres on Friday evening at Marlins Park.



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<![CDATA[Hechavarria Blasts Game Winner for Marlins]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:09:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482783718.jpg

Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run home run in the ninth as his Miami Marlins walked off with a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

The ninth inning started badly for Miami when A.J. Ramos blew a save despite entering with a two-run lead. The blown save cost Jose Fernandez a win and marked the fifth time this year that Ramos failed to slam the door. Due to the home run, Ramos ended up getting the win which was his first of the season.

The home run was Hechavarria's fifth of the year and the shortstop now has 42 runs batted in as well. Hechavarria is known for his flashy defense, but has also stepped up at the plate this year.

Fernandez did not have his best stuff, but the box score tells a different story. The ace struck out ten across six scoreless innings. It took 112 pitches for Fernandez to get through those six frames, and he was sweating profusely for most of the game. The 112 pitches is a season-high for Fernandez.

Carter Capps entered in the eighth looking to keep the lead where it was, but left after only one out do to an injury. The Marlins are calling it right elbow stiffness and have stated that Capps is day-to-day.

Miami's other two runs in the game came way back in the first inning. That 2-0 score would last until the ninth when both teams scored several runs. Miguel Rojas and Derek Dietrich contributed the early runs for the Marlins.

The Marlins get to try and play the role of spoilers when the New York Mets visit for a series that starts on Monday.  Tom Koehler will get the ball in the series opener for Miami.



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<![CDATA[Disabilities Don't Stop This Surfer]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 00:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/knbc-disabled-surfer-Mitchell-Solomon-Coombs.jpg

Surfing is difficult for many people to master, but for Mitchell Solomon-Coombs, the sport poses an especially unique challenge because the 22-year-old is unable to walk.

Solomon-Coombs was born with various neurological disorders and was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, as a teenager.

He also lost his ability to walk after several sports injuries and uses a wheelchair to get around. But ever since discovering surfing in Southern California at Huntington Beach last summer, Solomon-Coombs hasn't looked back.

"I stood up on a surfboard and I hadn't been able to walk in over two years," Solomon-Coombs said. "Ever since then, I caught my first wave and I said, 'I love this water.' It's great therapy for me and I'm going to keep trying this out."

Many who encounter Solomon-Coombs, like surfer Cassidy McClain, who competed in the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, are inspired by his story.

"Just his passion for trying to go out and surf, even though he has a disability, it's not stopping him," McClain said. "He's amazing, he's an inspiration."

Solomon-Coombs is originally from Texas, but discovered a love of surfing while on vacation with his family in Huntington Beach last summer.

He soon found many supporters in the surfing community, including friend Lindsey Potter.

"He draws people with his passion," Potter said. "He's in a wheelchair and he's the happiest kid I've ever met."

This summer, Solomon-Coombs is vacationing by himself for the first time, and as he looks toward the future, said he hopes to one day make his surfing lifestyle a little more permanent.

"I would love to live anywhere in Southern California, but we'll see," Solomon-Coombs said. "One step at a time."



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<![CDATA[Marlins Send Sam Dyson to Rangers at Deadline]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:30:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476292852.jpg

The Miami Marlins traded Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers for two players right before the trade deadline on Friday.

Coming back to Miami will be catcher Tomas Telis and reliever Cody Ege. Telis will head to Miami and serve as a third catcher while Ege has been assigned to AA Jacksonville.

Telis gives Miami an option to replace Jeff Mathis going into next season. While Mathis is known for his solid game-calling, he has bit a liability offensively. With Telis, Miami potentially has a backstop that can provide production on both sides of the field.

The 24-year old Telis put together a slash line of .291 / .327 / .404 in AAA this season. In his limited time in the big leagues, Telis did not do much offensively. This could be due in part to his small amount of at-bats and erratic playing time.

Ege is a left-handed reliever who has posted a 1.00 E.R.A and 1.22 W.H.I.P in the minor leagues this year. Also 24 years old, Ege could be an option for Miami's bullpen later this season. Finding a solid lefty reliever is a need for Miami in a division that features several prominent left-handed bats.

Earlier on Friday, the Marlins traded Dan Haren to the Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers. This deal followed a day after Miami finalized another trade that sent Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While the deadline has come and gone, Miami could still make more moves during the waiver period.



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<![CDATA[Pre-Civil War Baseball Card Goes for Over $100K at Auction]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:53:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/baseballcard.jpg

An heirloom of a baseball player that is over 150 years old was sold at an auction in Chicago Thursday. 

The baseball card was passed down in the family for generations, until being sold for $179,250, according to NBC News. The Brooklyn Atlantics card was from roughly 1860. It was sold at a sports collector's auction.

The card had remained in the family of Archibald McMahon, an outfielder for the Atlantic Baseball Club of Brooklyn. The team was one of the first of baseball's first organized league. 

Among other things sold at the auction included shoes worn by Muhammad Ali and a Yankees jersey worn by Mickey Mantle. 



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<![CDATA[US Olympic Committee Exploring LA-SF Joint Bid: Sources]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:40:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/196*120/01-08-2015-olympics-los-angeles-coliseum-flag.jpg

With Boston now out of the 2024 Olympics race, Los Angeles is exploring a new bid that could include Bay Area cooperation.

The United States Olympics Committee has reached out to San Francisco’s Olympics bid committee regarding a joint bid with Los Angeles, multiple sources within the San Francisco 2024 Olympic Bid and the USOC told NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai.

“Discussions are taking place,” one of the sources said, but "a lot will have to happen in the next six weeks." 

According to the Chronicle, Giants CEO Larry Baer, who led San Francisco's bid to host the games, got a call from LA sports agent Casey Wasserman on Tuesday to ask about the possibility of submitting a joint proposal to the U.S. Olympic Committee in September.

"I'm not saying we are going to do it, but we are certainly open to discussing it," Baer told the publication.

Tony Winnicker, who has worked with the office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Olympics efforts, acknowledged that the city might also be open to the possibility.

Sources say the USOC plans to vet the unique proposal at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur from July 31 to Aug. 3.

Boston's bid to host the games had been selected to move forward in January over those by San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

The U.S. Olympic Commitee ended Boston's bid after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday that he was not ready to sign a host city document that would force taxpayers to cover any cost overruns. 

NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Stephen Ross Has High Expectations for Dolphins]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:01:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460102896.jpg

The Miami Dolphins are entering the season with high expectations from many people including their owner, Stephen Ross.

Ross addressed his team on the first day of training camp on Thursday, and let it be known that he expects a lot from the group. The strong message from Ross is a sign of a potentially short leash for head coach Joe Philbin.

When Ross was asked about the prospect of missing the playoffs, he responded with a few words that spoke volumes.

"Obviously, I’d be disappointed," Ross responded.

That disappointment would likely lead to the end of Philbin's time in Miami. After three seasons of missing the playoffs, Philbin enters this year with an improved roster. Another year that ends before the postseason would seemingly be too much for Ross.

Ross referred to this year's team as the most talented Miami has had in "many, many years.”

In addition to addressing his team, Ross also met with the media and fielded a variety of questions. When the topic of season tickets came to light, Ross let it be known that the Dolphins' fan base is strong and growing.

"I think the Dolphins are a team that are capturing the imagination of the whole fan base here in South Florida,” said Ross.

In the end, wins are going to bring fans to Sun Life Stadium. Miami has not had a winning campaign since 2008 when it won 11 games. The last two years have ended with 8-8 records, but gave some hope to a dedicated fan base.

Miami will kick the preseason off on August 13th in Chicago against the Bears.



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<![CDATA[Heat Announces Preseason Schedule]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:48:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-465923644.jpg

The Miami Heat announced their schedule for the preseason on Thursday which is set to begin on Oct. 4 at home.

Coming off a season that did not feature a playoff appearance, the Heat should be focused quickly in their first game action. The preseason is a good opportunity for head coach Erik Spoelstra to make some final tweaks and decisions before games start to count.

Miami will take on the Charlotte Bobcats in the aforementioned preseason opener. That game will be the first of three at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

Following the contest with the Bobcats, the Heat will take on the Orlando Magic on Oct. 7. This game will actually take place far away from Florida despite the fact both teams hail from the Sunshine State. The game is set to be played at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Oct. 12 will feature a return to the AmericanAirlines Arena when the Heat host the San Antonio Spurs. Even though this is a preseason tilt, it should be a much-anticipated game after a busy and productive off-season for the Spurs. These two franchises also have a recent rivalry after playing in back-to-back NBA finals.

Miami will play games on consecutive days twice in the preseason and the first comes on Oct. 13. The Heat will travel to Orlando for another game with the Magic which is set to tip off at 7 p.m.

Four days later, the Heat will once again begin a back-to-back set. First on Oct. 17, Miami will head to Houston for a game with the Rockets. The following day, Miami will stay on the road as it heads for Atlanta and a meeting with the Hawks.

As the preseason winds down, the Heat will host the Washington Wizards on Oct. 21 before a finale at New Orleans two days later.



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<![CDATA[Michael Hill Hopes Marlins Fans are 'Educated Enough']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:41:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-459240648.jpg

Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that he hopes Marlins fans are "educated enough" to understand the team's moves.

The quote from Hill came shortly after Miami finalized a salary slashing deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. In the trade, the Marlins received three obscure prospects in exchange for Mat Latos, Michael Morse and a highly sought after draft pick. 

The answer came in response to a question on how fans may interpret the trade. Historically, the Marlins franchise has made several deals where the motivation appeared to be salary reduction. This deal too appears to center around salary relief.

Fans took to Twitter quickly to react to the comments from Hill:

In dealing Latos and Morse, the Marlins were able to shed a significant part of this year's payroll as well as a piece of next year's. Morse had signed a lucrative two-year deal before the season while Latos is set to become a free-agent.

This deal follows a trade that sent Steve Cishek to St. Louis. In that deal, Miami was also able to slash money from the payroll. Much like Thursday's deal, the player that came back in the deal with St. Louis is unlikely to make much of an impact.

When a team includes significant cash in a trade, the return is usually greater in terms of talent. However if a team tries to shed as much payroll as possible, the returning package is unlikely to be productive in the future.

Miami has the third worst home attendance in baseball despite playing in one of the newest stadiums in the league. At an average of only 21,713 fans per game, the Marlins are only ahead of the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Marlins will continue their disappointing season on Friday against the San Diego Padres.



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<![CDATA[Jets Fans Fly 'Cheaters' Banner Over Patriots Practice]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:45:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jets-Fans-Patriots.jpg

The Jets fans behind last year's campaign to get the team's general manager fired have a new target: The New England Patriots.

The group that runs the website NYJetsFans.com flew a banner over the Patriots' training camp in Foxborough, Massachussets, that said “CHEATERS LOOK UP!” on Thursday. The sign includes the Twitter handle “@JetsFanMedia.”

A spokesman for the group, Jason Koeppel, told Metro.us before the flight Thursday that they were going to fly the banner because “the time has come for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft to start dealing with reality.”

“Sports fans are not stupid. We have seen this act before from disgraced former superstar athletes. People like Lance Armstrong and Ryan Braun who challenged the system after they got caught red handed. Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, A-Rod, Roger Clemens -- the list of people who lied after they got caught cheating is sadly endless,” Koeppel said.

Koeppel’s group was also responsible for the “Fire John Izdik” billboard that was placed near MetLife Stadium last season. The group is also trying to have the Jets bring back Fireman Ed, the team’s unofficial mascot who stopped going to games after the 2012 season.

The flight of the banner comes two days after the NFL upheld a four-game suspension for Brady in connection with the team’s use of under-inflated footballs during the 2015 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Brady has maintained that he had no role in the alleged football-deflating conspiracy, and the NFL Player’s Association has filed suit against the league in federal court over the suspension.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Tally Only Three Hits in Loss to Nats]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:14:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482383092.jpg

The Miami Marlins only managed three hits in their 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday at Marlins Park.

With the defeat, the Marlins lost the series to Washington and fell to 18 games under .500. With one of the worst records in baseball, Miami has been busy unloading players this week. Michael Morse and Mat Latos have continued to stay in headlines, as part of a rumored three-team trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.

Despite some reports of the trade being completed, Morse was used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. The first baseman struck out in what was likely his last at-bat as a member of the Marlins.

Christian Yelich had two of Miami's three hits in the game and spent time in center field as well as left field. Yelich has been a bright spot for the Marlins in what has overall been an abysmal season in Miami. While Yelich hasn't produced quite as much as anticipated, he has also had to play as part of a depleted lineup.

Dan Haren took the loss despite picking up a quality start. Haren could be on the move before tomorrow's trade deadline, and did nothing to decrease his value. The veteran gave Miami six innings of one-run ball and now has a 3.42 E.R.A on the year. With his contract coming to an end after the season, the Marlins will likely try and send Haren to a contender.

Miami will welcome the San Diego Padres on Friday when it sends David Phelps to the mound in the series opener.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Fall to Nationals in Lopsided Loss]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:01:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482297232.jpg

The Miami Marlins had a busy day off the field and a lackluster day on it as they fell to the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Wednesday.

While the front office worked the phones as part of a blockbuster trade, the Marlins took the field with a lot of uncertainty. Mat Latos and Michael Morse were the talk of baseball all day in a trade that appeared to be consummated early on. After a flurry of rumors, both players spent the game in the dugout in their Marlins uniforms.

A rumored three-team trade involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves was discussed in great detail during Miami's television broadcast. It was known that Miami would be selling pieces and the only remaining question was which talent would come back to the Marlins.

Tom Koehler took the mound and tried to focus on the game instead of his departing teammates. It was not the best of starts for Koehler as he allowed five runs in six innings of work. The right-hander struck out four, walked one and allowed six hits along the way. Koehler now has a 3.38 E.R.A this season.

Sam Dyson worked the next two innings and did not fare any better. Dyson allowed two runs of his own to help put the game out of reach. With Steve Cishek off the roster, Dyson will likely see increased opportunities in close games.

Miami only managed four hits in this game and just one of those was an extra-base hit. Ichiro Suzuki collected his fourth double of the year as part of a two-hit day. The other two singles were tallied by Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria.

The Marlins will take on the Nationals in the rubber game on Thursday with Dan Haren scheduled to start.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Trade Latos and Morse]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468871930.jpg

The Miami Marlins traded Michael Morse and Mat Latos as part of a three-team deal for a trio of minor-league pitchers on Thursday.

The three players coming back to Miami are Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman. The Los Angeles Dodgers will get both Morse and Latos. The Atlanta Braves will also send Alex Wood, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Jose Peraza to Los Angeles. Going to the Braves will be Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez and Zack Bird.

The Marlins also included their competitive balance draft pick in the deal. This pick could have helped a depleted farm system in the organization, but its inclusion was likely necessary due to Los Angeles taking on a lot of salary. That pick will end up with the Braves as part of the three-team deal.

When Miami signed Morse to a two-year contract last off-season, it had high hopes of him protecting Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup. Things did not go according to plan however as Morse struggled mightily. An injury and a lack of production led to Morse losing his starting job. In recent days, the veteran has found himself glued to the bench.

Justin Bour broke out onto the major league scene with quick success and much-needed power. Bour also provided the Marlins with a lefty bat in the middle of the lineup which was desperately needed. The Marlins briefly tried Morse in the outfield, but quickly abandoned that idea due to lackluster fielding.

Latos started the year in a rough way and then battled multiple injuries along the way. The right-hander has sprinkled in some good starts, but his value was likely damaged for good with his production early in the season. As an impending free-agent, Miami moved Latos while it could still get something in return for him.

Miami could still look to move more veterans such Dan Haren and Martin Prado before Friday's trade deadline.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Unveil Throwback Uniforms]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:30:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/a-Miami+Dolphins+Throwback+Uniform.jpg

The Miami Dolphins unveiled a new look on Wednesday that will serve as a tribute to the original look of the franchise.

During a Monday Night Football contest against the New York Giants, the Dolphins will take the field in the throwback look. The game is scheduled to take place on December 14th at Sun Life Stadium. 

While the uniform is not an exact replace of the look from 1966, it comes pretty close. This look is part of a season-long celebration in relation to this being the Dolphins' 50th season. 

Besides pictures of the look, Miami also released a video showing off the uniforms.

Loyal fans of the Dolphins will immediately notice the similarities to the old look of the team. The helmet has the familiar image of a dolphin wearing a helmet. The sleeves have prominent orange and white stripes, that are sure to bring back memories of the old days for many Miami fans.

Besides this alternate look, Miami will also be fielding a new look roster. An exciting and busy off-season has the Dolphins entering the year with a lot of hope and optimism. A recent Harvard study even picked Miami to win the AFC.

The Dolphins will begin the preseason schedule on August 13th against the Chicago Bears.



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<![CDATA[Patriots Owner on Brady Decision]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:50:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461747308.jpg

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media Wednesday morning as the team officially kicked off training camp. 

The media availability came a day after the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

"The decision handed down by the league is unfathomable," Kraft said. He added: "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." 

Belichick dodged questions about the Deflategate controversy, saying there's "nothing really to talk about there." He said the team will continue to get ready for the 2015 season. 

Kraft said that "Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and a great ambassador of the game." 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

Brady released a counter-statement Wednesday morning saying, "I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January."

Calling the appeal process "a sham," Brady's agent, Don Yee, said Goodell "failed to ensure a fair process" in upholding the quarterback's four-game suspension.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. 

Kraft said he regrets not appealing the NFL penalties against the team. 

Devin McCourty says Robert Kraft speaks for the Patriots. They all support Tom Brady. Wide receiver Matthew Slater says the Patriots are a family and stand behind each other, including Tom Brady.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said "I think the NFL needs to get their priorities straight."



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<![CDATA[Social Media Reacts to Tom Brady's Suspension]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:49:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_258466475816.jpg

Patriots fans are steamed after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension Tuesday for his role in the Deflategate controversy.

The league, in a 20-page ruling, said the four-time Super Bowl champion “willingly obstructed the investigation” and also “participated in a scheme to tamper with evidence by destroying his cell phone.” The text messages were critical to Wells' investigation because they may have shown key information and communication between Brady and the equipment managers blamed for deflating footballs.

New England fans took to social media to defend their team and its star quarterback, while others hailed Goodell's decision.

The players' union has said it expects to challenge the decision in court. The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks after the team used underinflated footballs during their romp over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game in January. The have yet to appeal that penalty.



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<![CDATA[Jose Fernandez Remains Undefeated in Marlins Win]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:13:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482222576.jpg

Jose Fernandez continued his impressive season when he helped his Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Tuesday.

The win for the Marlins halted a three-game skid and lifted Fernandez's record to 4-0 this season. The victory also improved the right-hander's career record at Marlins Park to 15-0. Washington currently holds an 11-game advantage over Miami in the National League East.

Fernandez went six innings and walked a season-high four hitters. The ace clearly did not have his best stuff, but was able to escape multiple jams. Fernandez's ability to work while not at the top of his game, helped him stay in the game long enough to get the win.

Manager Dan Jennings was able to go to his bullpen and bring on his top arms to preserve the lead. Bryan Morris, Carter Capps and A.J. Ramos worked the final three innings respectively. The trio did not allow a run, and Ramos earned his 17th save of the season. The closer loaded the bases but was able to escape the inning with a game ending double play.

Dee Gordon returned from the disabled list and picked up where he left off with a pair of hits including his fifth triple of the season. Gordon has a .341 average this season, and has done an admirable job of setting the table for Miami's lineup.

Martin Prado who has been the subject of trade rumors lately went 3-3 with a run scored. Miami may opt to hold onto the third baseman as he is signed to a team-friendly contract for the 2016 season.

Miami will try to make it two in a row over their division rivals on Wednesday when Tom Koehler gets the ball.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Half-Court Shot Wins $10K]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:58:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/willie+cole+shot.jpg

A recent high school graduate from Chicago made an epic half-court shot during a youth basketball tournament over the weekend to win a $10,000 prize.

Willie Cole, 18, sunk the shot with ease during Nike’s Chi League All-Star at Whitney Young High School on Sunday.

Despite having a $10,000 prize on the line, Cole appears calm as he steps toward the line and shoots, as seen in video provided by Nike. A swoosh is heard as the ball falls through the net and the crowd erupts with excitement. Players rush the court to congratulate Cole.

The Chi League All-Star event spotlighted some of the best youth, pro-am and high school basketball players in Chicago.

It’s not clear what Cole, a graduate from TF South High School, will do with his winnings.



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<![CDATA[Tom Brady, NFL in Deflategate Settlement Talks: Source]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:32:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/461977230.jpg

Tom Brady is engaged in settlement talks with the NFL, a source familiar with the talks tells NBC News' Peter Alexander.

Last week, there were reports that the NFL Players' Union had pitched to Commissioner Roger Goodell a possible settlement between Brady and the League.

All of this is playing out as the NFL mulls Brady's four-game suspension, which the quarterback appealed. The NFL determined he was aware of team staffers deflating footballs in the AFC Championship game.

Goodell and Brady last met on June 23 during a suspension appeal hearing.

The Patriots paid a record $1 million fine and were stripped of two draft picks, including a No. 1 selection next year.

The Patriots did not challenge their punishments.



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<![CDATA[Boston's Olympic Loss Could Spell Win for L.A.]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:21:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-boston-olympics-2024-render.jpg

Now that the U.S. Olympic Committee has dropped Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games, Los Angeles is emerging as the back-up city.

“Los Angeles could bid with a couple of years notice,” said Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College and the author of “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.” “They don’t need seven years notice. They have almost all their venues already intact.”

In a statement Monday the committee's CEO, Scott Blackmun, said the federation was still interested in mounting a bid for the Summer Games. He did not mention a specific city.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that his office had not had recent conversations with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"I continue to believe that Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city and we have always supported the USOC in their effort to return the Games to the United States," he said in a statement. "I would be happy to engage in discussions with the USOC about how to present the strongest and most fiscally responsible bid on behalf of our city and nation."

The U.S. Olympic Commitee ended Boston's bid after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a Monday morning press conference that he was not ready to sign a host city document that would force taxpayers to cover any cost overruns. The U.S. Olympic Committee had wanted him to sign the contract as soon as possible, he said. But he said he would not without more financial information about the Games and was willing to let the committee choose another city over Boston.

The host city contract, which does not need to be signed until 2017, guarantees that the International Olympic Committee will not be held responsible for any cost overruns.

The U.S. Olympic Committee’s board members had also wanted to know whether Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker supported Boston’s bid. Baker spoke to committee officials on Monday but said beforehand that he would have no answer for them because he was waiting to see a full report from a consultant commissioned to analyze the bid.

The deadline to officially submit bids to the International Olympic Committee is Sept. 15. San Francisco and Washington D.C. also competed to be the U.S. selection. A source told NBC Bay Area that it was now too late for San Francisco to submit a bid that could win. Jack Evans, a D.C. council member, said that the city was still vying to be chosen.

“We in the District would still be very interested," Evans said.

Officials from the U.S. Olympic Committee could not immediately be reached for comment.

Earlier Alan Abrahamson, a sportswriter, said that the U.S. Olympic Committee ought to kill Boston’s bid, Abrahamson, a journalism professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, called it the most dismal effort he had seen in 16 years of covering the Olympics.

“Los Angeles is America’s Olympic city,” said Abrahamson, who wrote a column on the topic on his website, 3 Wire Sports. “It hosted the Games twice in 1932 and 1984. The Games are a part of the fabric of civic life in Los Angeles.”

Politicians, businesses and the people of California are behind the Olympics, he said. And like Zimbalist, he said Los Angeles could be ready with little notice.

“Los Angeles could host the Games on maybe two years notice and do a fantastic job,” he said.

Before Boston's bid derailed, Zimbalist said that Baker’s position was key because the state not Boston would have to be the Games’ guarantor.

“Nobody ever expected Boston to actually provide a guarantee,” he said. “They don’t have the resources to do it. Their budget is much too small.”

Zimbalist said that he thought Walsh, who had been closely affiliated with the pro-Olympics group, was trying to cover himself should the U.S. Olympic Committee reject Boston.

“I think that he’s trying to step out in front of that train and say, ‘I was first, I never wanted to put the Boston’s taxpayers at risk,’” Zimbalist said.

Boston’s bid had been expected to go to a statewide referendum next year. The organizers had said that if the majority of voters in Massachusetts and Boston did not vote in favor of it they would pull the bid. A group, No Boston Olympics, had formed in opposition to hosting the Games.



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<![CDATA[Dustin Plunkett: Special Olympics Saved My Life]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:07:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/7-26-15-dustin+plunkett.JPG

Many athletes can attest to the difference sports made in their life, but for former Special Olympics World Games athlete Dustin Plunkett, sports saved his life.

Plunkett, 33, was born with an intellectual disability and cleft palate that affected his speech. Growing up, he was ridiculed for his disabilities.

"It was really tough on top of getting bullied every single day of my life. I was called retard, slow, stupid, dumb," Plunkett told NBC4 on Friday.

But Plunkett now is a far cry from the boy who was bullied by his peers. He's a former athlete at the Special Olympics World Games, member of the Special Olympics of Southern California's board of directors and now an ESPN analyst for the Special Olympics.

As a Global Messenger for the Special Olympics, Plunkett has traveled the world as a public speaker and has stood by Yao Ming at the World Games as well as President Barack Obama at the White House.

"I’m around people that are just like me, I'm around people that were bullied and ridiculed every day of their life growing up," Plunkett told NBC4 in December. "This is our safe place."

Plunkett credits the Special Olympics for not only changing his life, but saving it. When he was going through a pregame medical screening in 2004, a dentist noticed the poor condition of his teeth, and he was later diagnosed with gum cancer.

"If it had gone one more month long, I wouldn't be alive today," Plunkett said last year.

Plunkett has been involved with the Special Olympics since 1996 and has coached athletes in basic sports skills and as the assistant basketball coach for Southern California's Lakewood Special Olympics program, according to the organization.

"I was told I was going to be worth nothing in my life," Plunkett said. "And now look at me."



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<![CDATA[N.J. Teen Wins 1st Gold at Special Olympics]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:04:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/150726-noah-dellas-special-olympics.jpg

A 17-year-old from South New Jersey hit the water first at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach and never looked back, winning the triathlon that kicked off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on Sunday.

Noah Dellas took just under an hour and 13 minutes (1:12:58) to complete the half-mile swim, 20 kilometer bike, and 5k run.

Asked in the finishing chute how he felt, Dellas replied simply, "OK." It was his second thrill of the weekend, after seeing his swimming inspiration, Olympic legend Michael Phelps, at Saturday night's opening ceremonies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Coach Lisa Rumer, who trained all four Team USA members in the international field of 22, recalled Dellas’ shyness during the first few months after he began training.

"As he understand that we cared and wanted him to succeed, and he started to create goals because he knew he could do it, that's when he branched out and really took hold of his passion," Rumer said.

Among the women, New Jersey teammates Amy Noctor, 27, and Courtney Dreyfus, 18, finished second and third, respectively.

The Special Olympics were created for athletes with intellectual disabilities, such as Asperger's and Downs syndrome. There is a broad spectrum among the 6,500 athletes who have come from 165 nations.  The World Games are being held in greater Los Angeles for the first time in four decades.

In a tent cooling off after their race, Noctor and Dreyfus both spoke of how the Special Olympics movement has helped them overcome challenges they face and broadened their daily lives.

"You can just be you. You don't have to hide anything and you can push beyond your boundaries," said Dreyfus.

Amy's parents dedcribed the progress they've seen in her.

"Amy does not make a lot of friends on her own, but when she comes here she meets a lot of people and talks to them," said Mathew Noctor, Amy's father.

"She's become more independent, more sure of herself," said Heidi Noctor, Amy's mother.

"It's given me a life. It's the best part of my life right now," said Amy.

"Amen," added her father.

The first ever World Games triathlon featured another innovation: allowing non-Special Olympic athletes on the course as a "unified" event. Pro Triathlete Heather Jackson said it proved mutually inspirational for both groups of athletes. Jackson also marveled at the enthusiasm of the fans in the finishing chute - "more than for some pro triathlons," she said.

Among team sports, beach volleyball was also unified, enabling some non-Special Olympic athletes to play on the same team. The initial reaction of spectators was positive.

"I just think it's a great idea," said volunteer Tracy Lambert.

Events continue across the Southland through next weekend.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Alvarez To See Specialist For Ailing Shoulder]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:55:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479078860.jpg

The Miami Marlins may continue to be without Henderson Alvarez for a while as surgery remains a possibility for the pitcher.

Alvarez has missed most of the season with shoulder problems, but the team had hoped he would heal with time off. Unfortunately for the Marlins and Alvarez, this has not been the case. Alvarez is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a treatment suggestion. Surgery is one option that could ultimately be decided is the best course of action.

The official diagnosis for Alvarez has been shoulder inflammation. Sometimes with inflammation, simply shutting down the pitcher and resting the shoulder can pay dividends. With Alvarez, this is now the fourth time he's suffered from inflammation since 2013. The frequency could be a sign that his injury is far more significant.

The shoulder is not Alvarez's only problem as he also has remained active despite a partial torn ligament in his elbow. Players sometimes continue to stay active even with a partial tear, and Alvarez was productive in spite of the injury. The right-hander was not only Miami's Opening Day starter this season, but he threw a no-hitter for the team back in 2013.

Dr. Andrews is one of the more well known physicians in professional sports. Many teams including the Marlins have sent talent his way for a diagnosis. Dr. Andrews may or may not provide the treatment that is ultimately determined for Alvarez. His opinion however is valued by the team, and should go a long way in the decision making process.

Should Alvarez require surgery, it could impact not only this season but next season as well. The rehab process could easily take Alvarez into next year's schedule depending on the severity of the procedure. With this season already more than half over, it is not inconceivable to think that Alvarez could miss most of next season as well.

With the 2015 season continuing to be a disappointment for the team, several changes are likely needed. The Marlins should have a busy off-season ahead of them, as they will look to patch holes in the rotation and in the lineup.



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<![CDATA[Heat Trade Shabazz Napier to Magic: Report]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:58:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458463574.jpg

The Miami Heat traded Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic for a second-round pick on Sunday, according to a report from Yahoo.

Napier was acquired by Miami during the 2014 NBA draft, and was looked at as a part of the future for the team. When Napier struggled to play consistent ball, Miami went out and acquired Goran Dragic. With the veteran now inked to a long-term deal, Napier became expendable on a team with several roster decisions to make.

Coming back from Orlando will be a protected second-round pick. Napier ended up only playing in Miami for one season, and cost the team multiple picks originally. When the Heat traded for Napier on draft night, they surrendered three picks and cash considerations.

In his lone season with the Heat, Napier provided multiple exciting moments. For a brief stretch, he was given a lot of playing time and was involved in some memorable clutch plays. The problem for Napier was an inability to sustain that production. After his brief moment of success, Napier was unable to provide Miami with sufficient defense or offense. This led to the young guard spending time in the NBA Developmental League.

Not only did Napier play in the D-League last year, but he also participated in the NBA Summer League recently. While with Miami's Summer League team, it appears that Napier caught Orlando's eye. Still only 24 years old, Napier could have a very productive future ahead of him. The opportunity was simply not going to be there in Miami anymore.

The Heat still need to make a few more roster decisions as the calendar inches closer to the regular season.



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