<![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 Sat, 05 Sep 2015 03:43:25 -0400 Sat, 05 Sep 2015 03:43:25 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Marlins Complete Sweep of Braves]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:41:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486233502.jpg

The Miami Marlins moved into third place in the National League East when they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Wednesday.

The win gave Miami a series sweep over its division rival. The Marlins are now a half game ahead of the Braves, and 1.5 games up on the Philadelphia Phillies. This game also ended a brutal part of Miami's schedule that saw it play on 20 days in a row.

Adam Conley came away with the victory to improve to 3-1 on the year. The rookie worked himself out of multiple jams, and battled command issues. Conley ended up allowing three runs on four hits in five short innings. The 25-year old has a 5.02 E.R.A this year between time in the rotation and bullpen.

With a short start, Miami needed innings from its pen and it got four solid frames. Kyle Barraclough, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris, and A.J. Ramos combined to allow one hit. The quartet walked one and struck out three.

Marcell Ozuna hit his eighth home run of the season as part of a three-run fifth inning. Ozuna doubled in Tuesday's game as well in what was a great series for the young outfielder. Ozuna had three runs batted in, and has been very productive since returning from AAA.

Doubles were common for Miami in the win as it tallied four total. Christian Yelich had two of those two-base hits as part of a four-hit day. Yelich ended up with seven hits in the three-game series. Jeff Mathis and Ichiro Suzuki also doubled in this one.

Miami will resume its schedule on Friday when it hosts the New York Mets. Tom Koehler is set to start in the series opener.



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<![CDATA[Tom Brady Thanks Supporters ]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:22:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_238556544884.jpg

It's been a long, tumultuous offseason for Tom Brady.

After the Patriots won the Super Bowl, the quarterback was suspended four games for his accused role in the deflation of footballs during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

He appealed the decision, sparking a summer-long battle inside and outside of the federal courtroom where Judge Richard Berman ultimately overturned the suspension.

Friday, Brady took to Facebook to thank his supporters and express his excitement to begin the regular season.

"The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can't wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season," Brady wrote. "I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience. I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful."

Although his tone was mostly celebratory, Brady reflected on the black mark that has been Deflategate.

"While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this," he wrote. "I don't think it has been good for our sport - to a large degree, we have all lost."



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Rest Starters in Loss to Bucs]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:50:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486399644.jpg

The Miami Dolphins finished off the preseason with a 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.

Miami rested the majority of its starters in the exhibition finale. This decision helped the Dolphins escape the preseason without any further injuries. Now, Miami can rest up some more and prepare for the regular season.

With the starters watching from the sidelines, there were roster spots up for grabs with the remaining players. Despite the result being meaningless, this game had plenty of meaning for a few guys.

DeVante Parker saw his first action in a Dolphins uniform. The first-round pick caught one pass for 11 yards. Parker missed most of the preseason due to foot surgery, but is expected to start in the season opener.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Josh Freeman split time at quarterback in the loss. Each man threw two interceptions, and made it more likely that Miami will opt to only have two quarterbacks on its roster. Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore will server as the one and two options respectively.

Running back Jay Ajayi had a solid game with 66 yards on nine touches. Ajayi will serve as depth behind starter Lamar Miller.

The Dolphins will need to make some roster decisions in the coming days. One of those decisions will be choosing a kicker. Incumbent Caleb Sturgis did not play in the finale, and is on the bubble to make the team. Rookie Andrew Franks nailed his only field goal try in the loss.

Miami's season will get underway in Washington on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Fans Share Brady Victory Memes After Court Win ]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:36:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tom_Brady_Happy.jpg

The four-game suspension against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was lifted Thursday, handing a defeat to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. With Brady's Deflategate punishment nullified, he is free to play in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10.

Fans took to Twitter to celebrate, posting old clips of the football star and imagining his reaction.



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<![CDATA[Heat Fan Goes on Shopping Spree With Birdman]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:39:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+heat+shopping+spree.jpg

Receiving $1,000 in free groceries is great but for Miami Heat fan Sam Roman, a shopping spree with an assist from Miami Heat player Chris "Birdman" Andersen was even better.

"Besides my kids being born, this is definitely one of the top three things in my life," said the father of two from Pompano Beach.

Roman's 5-year-old son Max is a huge fan of Birdman. He's the reason they entered the contest at Winn-Dixie that won his family a much needed shopping spree at the store in Davie.

"This does alleviate some of the bills for the month," Roman said. "I can start putting money away to save."

Roman came prepared for his shopping spree. He even had a specific strategy. And Birdman approved.

"You gotta have a strategy when you buy groceries, don't ya?" Birdman said.

Roman’s plan included Birdman tackling the meat-section.

"I'm the butcher," said a stonefaced Andersen. "The butcher."

We aren't quite sure what that means. But Birdman clearly meant business. He showed it by serving as a coach during the shopping spree.

The Heat big man shouted encouraging words at Roman as he hurried up and down the aisles. He also acted like a team player, especially in the frozen food section, where his "basket awareness" came in handy, shoveling Eggo waffles into Roman’s cart.

"Hey, the man said every flavor," Birdman remarked.

In the end, it took longer to ring up the groceries than to shop for them. In fact, the cash registers showed a total bill of $2,500, and Winn-Dixie had no objections.

"He came in with a mission and he conquered," Birdman said.

Roman said he did so well, he had to ask his family members to help him store all the groceries.

But even more valuable than all that meat, frozen food and diapers, Roman shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience with one of the NBA’s most interesting players.

"For the rest of my life I'll remember this moment," he said.



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<![CDATA[Preseason Finale Preview: Buccaneers at Dolphins]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:43:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485763878.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will play one more preseason game and it will take place on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Thus far in the preseason, the Dolphins are 1-2 and are coming off a win in their last game. Miami has played well on both sides of the ball in the first three weeks of the preseason.

Following this exhibition tilt, the Dolphins will began preparation for their first regular season game against Washington. This preseason game may not feature much time from the starters, but it will help make some final roster decisions. The most important thing for Miami is to come out of this game with no additional injuries.

After lighting up the stat sheets in three preseason games, it is expected that Ryan Tannehill will see a rather light workload in this one. With a full first half of play in his last game, Tannehill showed that he is ready for the season. The arm strength and the accuracy is there, not it is just about staying healthy.

Ever since Louis Delmas went down with a season-ending injury, there has been a starting job available. Walt Aikens and Michael Thomas will battle once again to see who lands the starting safety gig. Whoever performs better in this finale could ultimately get the nod in the first week of the season.

Incumbent kicker Caleb Sturgis saw punter Brandon Fields released this week and knows the pressure is on him going into this one. Andrew Franks is in camp as a rookie much like new punter Matt Darr. This game could decide if Miami goes with Franks or Sturgis for the regular season. The team has shown that it is not afraid to hand over the reins to a rookie.

One more competition to watch is between several linebackers. Zach Vigil, Jeff Luc, Neville Hewitt and Mike Hull are all competing for a spot on the final roster.

Thursday's game is set to begin at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Fighter Ronda Rousey Accepts NJ Marine's Ball Invite]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480821508.jpg

Ronda Rousey said she'd take a night off from kicking and punching to dance and twirl at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Rousey, 28 — the reigning champion in the UFC women's bantamweight division and arguably the sport's biggest star — accepted an invitation from U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert, 22, according to a news report on Tuesday.

In a video posted to on his Facebook page Thursday, Haschert, a New Jersey native, confesses to Rousey that she is his "celebrity crush" and he would love to take her to the ball on Dec. 11.

"I love everything that you do and I think you are a phenomenal person," said the rosy-faced, North Carolina-based marine in the video that had been viewed nearly 5 million times by Tuesday night.

"If you (consider it), you will truly be making my dream come true," he continued.

It was a few days until Rousey accepted, after a TMZ cameraman asked about the proposal point-blank in video published Tuesday. A beaming Rousey is seen saying yes to the date, with just one stipulation: "He’s gotta be a gentleman. I’m not a first date kind of girl."

Rousey admitted she was at a loss on how to reach him. She agreed to the date after a January fight against former boxer Holly Holm was moved to Nov. 14.

Rousey did make one other request of Haschert: That he get dates for three of her friends as well.



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<![CDATA[Bour Stays Hot as Marlins Top Braves Again]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:49:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486188730.jpg

Justin Bour helped power the Miami Marlins to a 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at Turner Field.

Bour's three-run home run in the seventh inning extended Miami's lead and put it out of reach. The blast was the 15th of the year for Bour as he continues to lead Miami's offense. The first baseman is hitting cleanup for Miami, and is proving worthy of the slot. Bour has a chance of landing the everyday job at 1B in 2016.

The Marlins nearly shut the Braves out for a second straight day. Atlanta was able to plate a run in the eighth inning to avoid that rare occurrence. It was still a terrific outing for Miami's pitchers as well as its offense.

Marcell Ozuna (20) and Christian Yelich (17) each doubled as part of two-hit days for each man. Yelich missed some playing time recently with a knee injury, but it has not had an effect on his play. The left fielder also scored two runs in the win.

Dee Gordon reached base twice and promptly stole two bases. Gordon has a .329 average which leads the team, and has swiped 47 bases this year.

Justin Nicolino looked strong once again in picking up his third big-league win. The rookie went seven shutout innings in which he allowed six hits. In one frame, Nicolino loaded the bases with nobody out before escaping the jam. Bour made a diving catch that turned into a double play to help bail Nicolino out of that one.

Adam Conley will get the ball on Wednesday afternoon as the Marlins try to sweep the series in Atlanta.



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<![CDATA[LA Selected as U.S. Candidate for 2024 Olympics]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:43:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/09-01-2015-olympics-la-1984-GettyImages-491337875.jpg

Los Angeles is officially in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.

With Boston bowing out earlier this year, the LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to the Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee later announced that it had selected LA as the United States candidate.

"We all know the next two years are about fleshing out the details, but this is in our DNA," said Garcetti, citing the city's experience with the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. "We know how to do Olympics, we know how to do them well, we know how to do them  economically."

Officials lit the cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Tuesday night symbolizing hopes that the Olympics could return to the city in 2024.

"We could use the shot in the arm, just as a people," said Danny Harris, an silver medalist in the 1984 Olympics.

United States Olympics Committee CEO  Scott Blackmun officially announced that LA is the U.S. candidate for 2024 at a beach-side news conference in Santa Monica about an  hour after the council's vote.

Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are already in the mix. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.

"This is a great Olympic city," Councilman Paul Krekorian said. "Let Paris and Rome and whoever else who wants to compete know, we're in this to win it, and I think we will."

The Summer Olympics were last held in the United States in 1996, when  Atlanta was the site.

The United States did not make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics,  which were awarded to Tokyo in 2013. Los Angeles sought to be the U.S.  candidate to host the 2016 Games but was beaten by Chicago, whose bid was  ultimately rejected by the International Olympic Committee in favor of Rio de  Janeiro.

LA is looking to join London as the only cities to host the  Summer Olympics three times. The second-largest U.S. city initially lost the opportunity to bid to Boston but regained it after the East Coast city backed out over concerns about financial liability.

But many financial details of the Los Angeles plan remain vague. City analysts said last week that based on the information given to the city so far, "it is difficult to determine the fiscal impact and risk to the city of hosting the 2024 Games at this time."

The City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics backed an agreement last week that would show the United States Olympic Committee that the city of Los Angeles is committed to pursuing a bid to host the Games, but the full council was given extra time to review bidding documents that were delivered to the city last week. The "joinder" agreement was requested by the United States Olympic Committee.

Some city officials and residents have urged caution in pursuing the bid, saying the city could be on the hook for cost overruns incurred by hosting the Olympics, which boosters of the bid estimate as costing about $4.6 billion to run. Time has also been limited for Los Angeles, which was given only a few weeks to review the pact before the IOC's deadline -- compared with the several months that Boston had to study the idea.

That deadline was Sept. 15.

Last week was also the first time many city leaders and analysts were able to review a 200-page draft bid book and a proposed contract between the USOC and LA24, the nonprofit formed to pursue the bid and potentially manage the games if Los Angeles is picked as the host city. LA24 chair Casey Wasserman, a businessman and philanthropist, assured the committee last week that he believed "that this can be and will be the most responsible Games possible."

The ad hoc panel voted in favor of the effort after revisions were made to the agreement to clarify that the city will still have the opportunity to negotiate a more comprehensive "host city contract" at a later date. City attorneys told the panel that by backing the bid effort Tuesday, the city will not be exposed to any major financial obligations or liabilities.

A preliminary review of the budget appeared to show that one of the major capital projects, the Olympic Village, "may significantly exceed the projected $1 billion," City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso wrote in a report Thursday. The analysts said more than half of the budget may go toward just remediation and relocation costs.

Supporters of the Los Angeles bid have said the city will more likely see a surplus, saying that unlike other cities, Los Angeles already has many of the needed sporting venues in place.

The Olympic Village would be next to the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights -- in a Union Pacific rail yard known as the "Piggyback Yard" -- and calls for track-and-field and the opening and closing ceremonies to be held at a renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Hold Braves to Three Hits in Shutout Win]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:14:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486122340.jpg

The Miami Marlins received a great effort from their pitching staff in a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

The Braves only managed three hits against Chris Narveson and four different relievers for Miami. While the pitchers did their job, Miami's offense was also solid. The Marlins added on runs in the late innings to pad the lead.

With the victory, the Marlins now have sole possession of fourth place in the National League East. The Philadelphia Phillies lost on Monday which puts them one game behind Miami.

Narveson was knocked around in his last start, but looked like a different pitcher in this one. After allowing seven runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a short start, Narveson gave up no runs in 5.1 innings while picking up the win. The veteran only gave up two hits and struck out three along the way.

Kyle Barraclough, Bryan Morris, Michael Dunn and A.J. Ramos all combined for 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. In those frames, the relievers allowed only one hit and struck out three.

Cole Gillespie got the scoring started early for Miami when he blasted his second home run of the season in the second inning. Gillespie has seen a fair share of playing time due to a variety of injuries in Miami's outfield.

Justin Bour continued to make a case for the starting job at first base in 2016 with a 3-4 day. Bour doubled for the 15th time this year which also knocked in his 46th run of the season.

Justin Nicolino will get the ball on Tuesday as Miami seeks a second straight win over Atlanta.



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<![CDATA[Top Sports Photos 2015]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:01:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/topSports-GettyImages-485604956.jpg Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Sox Fan Buries World Series Champions Hat at Wrigley]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+view.jpg

One White Sox fan may have jinxed — or perhaps reverse jinxed — the Cubs this year by burying a Sox treasure at Wrigley Field.

Allison Horne of ESPN and 120 Sports tweeted a photo of a White Sox "2005 World Series Champions" hat sitting atop some fresh cement at Wrigley Field. According to Horne, a Sox fan who worked on the recent renovations at Wrigley Field is responsible for the trick.

The photo does not indicate where the hat is buried in the ballpark, but perhaps the Cubs will want to leave it there as a good luck charm. So far, it seems to be working just as well as Cubs manager Joe Maddon's tricks, which included the promise of a Sunday night pajama party following the historic game against the L.A. Dodgers.

A similar incident happened in 2008 at Boston's Fenway Park, where a Yankees fan buried a David Ortiz jersey in the ballpark. The jersey was later located and removed from the cement with a jackhammer.



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<![CDATA[Cubs Rock Pajamas After No-Hitter]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:39:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-486027192.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were already preparing for a pajama-themed plane ride home from Los Angeles on Sunday night, but pitcher Jake Arrieta ensured that it would be a party as he tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers.

Predictably, the evening got fun in a hurry for the Cubs.

To start with, Arrieta arrived at his postgame press conference wearing a mustache-onesie. Here is a picture of the garment, along with the catcher that called Arrieta’s no-hitter:

Anthony Rizzo chimed in with his emoji-themed pajamas, and he was joined by several of his teammates, including Addison Russell and Kris Bryant:

 

Onsie trip LA✈️CHI

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Some players, including outfielder Matt Szczur, went with the Superman look:

 

#teamonesies #nohitter

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While others, including relief pitcher Tommy Hunter, celebrated by sporting their favorite school’s colors:

Of course, it wouldn’t be a night without seeing what the architect of the pajama party had up his sleeve, and manager Joe Maddon didn’t disappoint as he channeled his inner Maverick and went with the Top Gun look:

Now everybody please gather for a group photo:



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<![CDATA[Arrieta Throws No-Hitter in 2-0 Cubs Victory ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:40:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-486005752.jpg

The Chicago Cubs were on a four game losing streak, but their best pitcher was at his best Sunday as Jake Arrieta pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The no-hitter is the first in Arrieta’s career and the first for the Cubs since the 2008 season, when Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Houston Astros in a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It is the 14th no-hitter in Cubs team history. 

Arrieta only faced 29 batters in the game, with one walk and a Starlin Castro error giving the Dodgers their only baserunners of the game. Arrieta struck out 12 batters total and struck out seven of the 10 batters that reached 0-2 counts against him in the contest.

While everyone in the stadium and on social media was buzzing, there was one person in the ballpark that was apparently unaware that Arrieta was on the verge of history. 

"Everyone know what was going on except Justin Grimm," Maddon said. "He had no idea it was a no-hitter, even after the game concluded." 

The victory gives the Cubs a five and a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Pittsburgh Pirates also lost on Sunday afternoon, moving the Cubs to within five games of the top wild card spot.

The game marks the first time that the Dodgers have been no-hit at Dodger Stadium since Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter for the Atlanta Braves in April 1994.



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<![CDATA[Braves Fan Fell to His Death Doing 'Favorite Things': Family]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:35:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_400180067339.jpg

The Atlanta Braves fan who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game was doing what he loved when his life ended abruptly, his family said Sunday.

Gregory Murrey, 60, landed in an area of the stands behind home plate in the seventh inning of the Braves' game against the New York Yankees Saturday night.

"The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves," according to a family statement read by his son Jason to NBC affiliate WXIA.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Tied For Last Following Loss to Nats]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:33:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485759746.jpg

The Miami Marlins share ownership of last place following a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Miami is tied with the Philadelphia Phillies at 52-78, and both teams sit only one game away from having the worst record in baseball. That record currently belongs to the Colorado Rockies, with draft positioning being in the balance. The worst record in the game will get the coveted number one pick in next year's amateur draft.

Tom Koehler has been fading as the season has dragged on, and it could have an effect on his role in 2016. The right-hander is now 8-13 with a 4.12 E.R.A. The issue for Koehler in this one and in many games previously, is avoiding a big inning. Too many times, Koehler finds himself cruising until the opposition mounts a furious attack in one frame.

Washington scored three runs in the sixth alone as part of a day where they had five runs against Koehler. The 29-year old ended up going six innings and allowed nine hits. With the Marlins expected to be active in the off-season, Koehler could find himself out of a job in the starting rotation.

Miami's lone run in the loss was courtesy of Justin Bour. The slugger sent his 13th home run of the year easily out of the park. Bour has been Miami's main source of power since Giancarlo Stanton went down with a broken hand. The first baseman has a chance of opening 2016 as the everyday first baseman.

Brad Hand will try and string two great starts together when he takes the ball on Sunday. In his last start, Hand nearly threw a complete game.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Take Down Falcons in Close Battle]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:33:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485763644.jpg

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<![CDATA[IndyCar Racer Justin Wilson Remembered at Race]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:11:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gettyimages-170552690-justin-wilson-dies.jpg

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Justin Wilson prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America.

Wilson died Monday from a head injury sustained when he was struck by debris during an IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Many drivers at Road America placed decals on their cars in memory of Wilson. The rear bumper of the No. 52 car driven by Joey Gase, an organ donation advocate, featured a large picture of Wilson and a testimonial from his brother and fellow racer, Stefan.

Justin Wilson's organs were donated.



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<![CDATA[Preseason Week Three Preview: Falcons at Dolphins]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:07:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485189272.jpg

The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons will battle in the third week of the preseason on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins are 0-2 in the preseason thus far, but this is a meaningless number. When Miami's starters have been on the field, it has been strong on both sides of the ball.

The third game of the exhibition schedule is the one that features the most playing time from starters traditionally. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and most of the starters are expected to play the entire first half and possibly more.

Tannehill has enjoyed a fine preseason in his limited time on the field. The QB has led productive and consistent drives which has boosted optimism around the Dolphins. If Miami is going to end its long playoff drought, a terrific season from their QB will need to be at the forefront.

Working the entire first half should allow Tannehill and his receivers to find an even better rhythm heading into the regular season. When Tannehill exits, its possible some of the starting offense stays on the field to work with the backup QBs a little bit. Thus far, the backups have mostly thrown to second-team players.

Perhaps the biggest battle to watch is the one between Walt Aikens and Michael Thomas for the free safety job. Both players enter the contest with an opportunity to win the starting gig, and this one could ultimately decide the winner.

Saturday's game will be the first action at the recently renovated home field of the Dolphins and will start at 7:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers' Vin Scully Will Return ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-08-28+at+7.49.21+PM.png

It happened in an instant, but it may just be the best news Dodgers fans have received in quite some time.

In between the top and bottom half of the second inning of the opening game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, team owner Magic Johnson appeared on the jumbotron in a prepared video stating that he had an announcement for the fans.

Suddenly, Johnson's image gave way to ABC Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel who revealed cue cards that read, "Vin Scully will be back for at least one more season."

The crowd at Dodger Stadium immediately erupted as the Hall of Fame broadcaster was shown on the screen.

Scully, who turns 88 in November, has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 and next season will be his 67th with the team. Scully currently holds the longest streak of any broadcaster in all of sports to be with one team.

"I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said. "There's no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all our friends.

There was much speculation over the past few weeks as to whether or not Scully would return. Scully has taken a lesser role with the team in recent years, opting to not travel to the east coast and on most away games.

However, Scully has always said that if he was healthy enough to call the games and felt like he was still effective, then he would continue to remain in the booth.

Scully's year-by-year announcement means he will return to the booth in 2016, and beyond will still be in question. More than likely, Scully will continue to call games in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Arizona for SportsNetLA.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Play Role of Spoiler in Win Over Nationals]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485612968.jpg

The Miami Marlins played a rare meaningful game on Friday and beat the Washington Nationals by a final score of 4-3.

The Nationals are in desperate need of wins as the New York Mets continue to increase their lead in the division. After this loss, Washington's elimination number is down 29. Miami is out of contention, but will have a say in the division race. The Marlins have several more games with both Washington and New York.

Adam Conley wasn't stellar but he was good enough to pick up his second major league win. Conley gave up three runs on six hits in five innings while striking out six. The rookie now has a 4.96 E.R.A. and is a candidate to start 2016 in the rotation.

Miami's bullpen did a tremendous job of preserving the lead with four innings of one-hit ball. The pen combined to allow no runs and one walk while striking out a pair. Kyle Barraclough, Bryan Morris, Adam Dunn and A.J. Ramos all saw time on the mound. Ramos notched his 23rd save of the year in the ninth.

Martin Prado was a big reason for Miami's win as the third basemen had two hits and brought home two runs. Prado brought home both of those runs in the third inning when he sent his seventh home run of the season out of the park. The veteran has been hot lately and has his batting average up to .274.

Marcell Ozuna also homered in the game with his seventh blast of the season. Ozuna added his 19th double of the year as part of a two-hit day.

The Marlins will turn to Tom Koehler on Saturday as they look to take a second straight from the Nationals.



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<![CDATA[Behind-the-Scenes Look at Sun Life Stadium Upgrades]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:22:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082715+sun+life+stadium+tour.jpg

The Miami Dolphins want football fans to know they can now watch the games in style. The first game at the new and improved Sun Life Stadium is set for Saturday.

From the inside to the outside, the president and CEO of the Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium took NBC 6 on a tour on Thursday.

There's a lot of new to see, in the exclusive areas, like the new Ford Field Club for those who spend thousands on their season sideline seats.

There are new eating areas for everyone, and there are new Aqua seats. There's a total count of 65,000 seats, which is 10,000 fewer than before.

The developer said that's to make things more intimate, but inside on game days, the sound will be intense.

"The way the field boards and roof are constructed, it's all designed to enhance and keep crowd noise in," explained the Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel.

The game boards are carrying over from last year. They will be replaced next season. Orange columns are the beginning of a canopy that will cover the whole stadium, except the field. The construction for that is already underway.

With the first preseason game set for this weekend, the renovations and additions continue promising fans a new experience while supporting the Miami Dolphins.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Drop Three of Four to Pirates]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:11:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485449418.jpg

The Miami Marlins added another game to the loss column when they fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates by a final score of 2-1 on Thursday.

The Pirates ended up taking three of the four games in the series to drop Miami's record to 51-77 on the season. The Marlins have lost six of their last seven games and remain in danger of falling into last place.

For the second straight game, the Marlins struggled to get runners on base. Miami had six combined hits and none of them went for extra bases. Only two runners reached scoring position, and Miami left both of them on base.

Marcell Ozuna and Martin Prado were responsible for two-thirds of Miami's hits with a pair of knocks each. Ozuna has lifted his average to .250 and has been productive since returning from AAA New Orleans.

Christian Yelich sat this one out with a bruised knee and is considered day-to-day. With Yelich unavailable, Derek Dietrich was given the start in left field. Dietrich made the most of the opportunity by knocking in Miami's only run in the game.

Justin Nicolino pitched well but took the loss to fall to 2-2. Nicolino allowed two runs on six hits in his six innings of work. The rookie now has a 3.65 E.R.A this year, as he continues to audition for a job next season.

The Marlins will hit the road on Friday when they open a series in Washington against the Nationals. Adam Conley is scheduled to pitch for Miami in the series opener.



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<![CDATA[Marlins to Consider Bringing in Fences]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:50:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474015832.jpg

The Miami Marlins play in one of the most spacious stadiums in baseball and they may make some changes to the design this off-season.

Moving in fences is something that other teams have elected to do, and has been on the table for Miami in the past as well. In previous years, the Marlins decided to see more statistics before making moves. Several players over the years including Giancarlo Stanton have been outspoken about the dimensions.

"I reiterate that they need to be brought in, in years to come. And it's not just my opinion. It's everyone's opinion here. And everyone's opinion on visiting teams," Stanton said last year to the Miami Herald.

While Stanton could hit a ball out of any park, there is no denying that his power numbers would increase with smaller dimensions. Stanton has seen his fair share of fly balls land harmlessly into outfielder's gloves on the warning track. Those same balls could potentially be home runs in a slightly smaller park.

A factor that has prevented Miami from making this move in the past is the potential damage to the pitching staff. Fly balls off the bats of the opposition have stayed in the park, when in other places that may not be the case. With the walls brought in or shortened, there could be a dent put into the E.R.A of the staff.

"I think pitchers would like to see [the fences] moved back, and position players would like to see them moved in," team president David Samson said.

The Marlins will need to weigh the pros and cons of this decision before going forward with it. The change could have an impact on their free-agent aspirations, and could also be beneficial to a team that may finish in last place once again.

Miami will try and stay out of last place when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at pitcher friendly Marlins Park on Thursday evening.



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<![CDATA[Woman Files Suit Against Bulls Star Derrick Rose]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-458331240.jpg

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, claiming he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her.

The unidentified woman, who says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, says she was drugged at a Beverly Hills home and later attacked at her apartment.

Rose denied the woman's claims in a statement he released late Thursday.

"I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," he said. "I am not going to comment other than to say - I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by TMZ Wednesday and made public Thursday, says the incident took place in August of 2013.

Rose’s spokesperson, Lisa Cohen, said on behalf of his legal team that the lawsuit is “nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete" and called the claims "outrageous."

"Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago," she said. "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated."

Cohen also claimed this is the third attorney the woman has hired in an attempt to sue Rose.

The Chicago Bulls released a statement on the issue Wednesday.

"We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts,” the team said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Rose’s agent could not immediately be reached for comment.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Fall Behind Early in Loss to Pirates]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:59:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485292008.jpg

The Miami Marlins gave up seven runs in the first two innings and it was all the Pittsburgh Pirates needed to win 7-2 on Wednesday.

Chris Narveson started for Miami and allowed all seven runs on eight hits. The veteran would settle in and give Miami 1.2 more innings, but the damage was already done. Narveson was making a spot start in place of Kendry Flores.

Erik Cordier and Scott McGough combined for 5.1 scoreless innings of relief to give Miami a chance. Not only did those efforts keep the Marlins in the game, but it saved the bullpen for the finale of the series. Pittsburgh only managed one hit against the pair of relievers while striking out six times.

Much like the Pirates, all the scoring for Miami came in the first two innings. Miami would score one run in each of the first two frames. The Marlins only had five total hits in the game, and were 0-7 with runners in scoring position.

Martin Prado hit a solo home run in the first inning to get Miami on the board. The blast was the sixth of the season for the veteran third baseman. J.T. Realmuto brought home his 38th run of the season in the second inning to add to Miami's tally.

Marcell Ozuna (18) and Miguel Rojas (4) each doubled, with the other two Miami hits going for singles. Ozuna had two hits and also scored while batting out of the fifth slot in the lineup.

Justin Nicolino will be on the mound for the Marlins when they wrap up the series with the Pirates on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[McDonald Indicted on Rape Charges]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:03:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/th-may-25-ray-mcdonald-mug.jpg

Former San Francisco 49’ers and Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was indicted on Wednesday on one count of rape and on one count of violating a restraining order by a Santa Clara County Grand Jury, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

McDonald, who was signed by the Bears in March and released by the team after new domestic violence allegations surfaced against him a few months later, was accused of raping an intoxicated woman at a party in December 2014. The incident caused the 49’ers to release him, with the team citing a series of poor decision-making as the reason for the decision.

McDonald’s former teammate Ahmad Brooks was also indicted for his role in an incident at the same party, the newspaper reported.

If convicted on the rape charge, McDonald faces a maximum of eight years in prison, with another year possible with the restraining order violation charges.

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<![CDATA[Hand Nearly Goes Distance as Marlins Halt Skid]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:09:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485212174.jpg

Brad Hand nearly gave the Miami Marlins their first complete game in over a year in their 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

Hand went out for the eighth inning but was lifted after giving up two hits. The Marlins have not had a complete game since June 3rd, 2014. That is now a stretch of 190 games after Hand's near miss in this one.

While it was incomplete, Hand still posted a fantastic line for the day. The left-hander allowed two runs on nine hits in the eight frames. Hand struck out five and walked none which was a great sign for a pitcher who struggled with control earlier in his career. Hand is now 4-3 on the year while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen.

When Hand was lifted, manager Dan Jennings turned to A.J. Ramos. The closer was entering a save situation as the tying run was on deck. Ramos would give up a single of his own to load the bases. The closer would end up giving up a run on a ground out before earning his 22nd save of the season.

Adeiny Hechavarria had a great day with a double and a triple. Doubles were a common theme for Miami in the win as Martin Prado, Christian Yelich and Justin Bour also had two-base hits. Bour doubled twice while Yelich also singled in his return from the disabled list.

Dee Gordon swiped four bases to give him 45 steals on the year. The electrifying second baseman also had two hits and two runs scored. Gordon is now hitting .333 on the season.

Chris Narveson will take the ball on Wednesday as he makes a spot start. Kendry Flores was originally slated to make this start, but has since gone on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Boxer Preparing for Las Vegas Fight]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:28:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082515+trevor+bryan.jpg

Boxing's heavyweight division has been dominated by Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko for the better part of 10 years now.

Just before his latest title defense in New York City, Klitschko decided to train at the Lucky Street Gym in Hollywood, Florida. That happens to be the same place where another up and coming heavyweight is spending his days preparing his assault on the sport. 

Trevor Bryan is an Albany, New York, transplant living in South Florida for over four years now, a move he made while looking for ideal training conditions.

The beaches make it easy to get his swimming in and the humidity makes it easy to keep the gym at a toasty 100 degrees. 

"If you can't get in shape in here, you can't get in shape anywhere," shouted Bryan as he was getting ready to jump rope in the ring. 

Bryan's dedication to boxing did not come naturally.

"I was young and arrogant back in the day. I didn't make any sense. I would say, 'Nah, I don't want to do boxing. I'll fight in the streets.'"

He later realized just how much he enjoyed it after a few serious workouts, "I had played basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and I had never been that tired. I lived around the corner and I physically couldn't walk home. From then on, I was in the gym every day."

He's now known as "The Dream" and is an undefeated 15-0 in the 226-pound division.

On Aug. 28, he'll face his toughest challenge yet in only his second Las Vegas fight. 35-year-old veteran Derric Rossy will be waiting, with his 30-9 record along with 14 knockouts.

Still, if there is one thing Trevor doesn't lack, it's motivation and confidence. 

"We've seen a couple of his fights and yes, he's a decent fighter. He calls himself a gatekeeper, but we don't need to worry about that. We only need to worry about what The Dream is going to do," said Bryan while going on to list the members of his team including head trainer Stacy McKinley.

"After I win this fight, they're going to say that Trevor Bryan needs to be mentioned every time we speak of heavyweights. I want to be an international figure, the people's champ, the true people's champ."



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Place Louis Delmas on Injured Reserve]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:22:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460113516.jpg

The Miami Dolphins placed Louis Delmas on the injured reserve list on Tuesday which officially ends his season.

Delmas suffered a torn right ACL last week, and this was move was a foregone conclusion. The injury was the second tear for Delmas in the last year. With free agency coming up for the safety, it is likely that Delmas has played his last game with Miami.

When Delmas tore his ACL during Week 14 in 2014, his status for this season was in question, After a relatively quick recovery, Delmas appeared to be ready to be a major factor in Miami's defense. The 28-year old participated in the June mini-camp, and was available for preseason action.

With Delmas gone, Miami will use the rest of its preseason to find a new starting safety. Walt Aikens appears to be the main beneficiary of the injury, with a pair of preseason games left on the schedule. Michael Thomas is also competing the gig after spending time as a starter last year when Delmas' season started slow.

Delmas began his career with the Detroit Lions and spent five seasons in the Motor City. When Delmas hit the free agent market, Miami swooped in fast and grabbed the safety on a one-year deal. Delmas was productive considering his modest $3.5 million salary, and Miami signed him to another one-year deal this off-season.

Thus far in the preseason, Miami is 0-2 but has seen solid play on both sides of the ball from its first team. In the latter half of the exhibition season, the Dolphins are likely to give more playing time to their starters.

Miami continues the preseason on Saturday at home against the Atlanta Falcons.



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<![CDATA[ESPN Pulls Former Red Sox Star From Air After Posts Compare Muslims Extremists to Nazis]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:50:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/138886369.jpg

ESPN has pulled Curt Schilling from the air after the former Red Sox and Phillies star posted a photo comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis on his social media accounts.

The photos, posted Tuesday, were deleted and Schilling apologized. ESPN announced that the company has removed Schilling as a broadcaster for the Little League World Series "pending further consideration.”

"Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," ESPN said in a statement.

Schilling issued an apology on Twitter, saying he understands his suspension and that the situation is "100% my fault." 

 

 He has also apologized to some online commenters individually.



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