<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sportshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttp://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 26 Jul 2016 08:11:07 -0400Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:11:07 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Heat Add Dion Waiters: Report]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:13:02 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-466612012.jpg

The Miami Heat have come to terms on a two-year deal with Dion Waiters, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

Waiters played for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year and was known to be in search of a team that could offer big minutes. While Waiters may have found more money elsewhere, Miami currently projects to have Goran Dragic at one guard spot.

Waiters stepping in as the starter would let Josh Richardson develop more in a reserve role. Richardson is still expected to see a bump in minutes in his sophomore season either way. The Heat also have Tyler Johnson on the roster and he should serve as Dragic's primary backup.

Waiters immediately has big shoes to fill in Miami as he is projected to take over Wade's role on the team. The two have similar builds, but much different resumes. Wade is a 13-year veteran and a Heat legend, while Waiters will already be playing for his third team in five seasons.

Before being traded to the Thunder, Waiters played in Cleveland alongside LeBron James. The 24-year old is known for his fiery attitude and aggressive play on the court. It appeared he may have not gotten along well with James in Cleveland, possibly in-part due to that style of play.

While Waiters only averaged 9.8 points per game last year with the Thunder, he came up big in the playoffs. Miami still has postseason aspirations and one extra playoff veteran can only help the team.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Held Scoreless for Second Straight Game]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:23:49 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-580956982.jpg

The Miami Marlins were unable to score for a second straight game and fell 4-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

A day after losing a 3-0 game to the New York Mets, Miami was held to no runs by one of the worst teams in baseball. The Marlins have struggled to compete with losing teams all season long, and that could end up having playoff implications. For now, the Marlins find themselves in a tie for the second Wild-Card spot.

Jarred Cosart pitched decently, but wasn't efficient in his five innings. Cosart allowed no runs on three hits and a walk. It took the right-hander 92 pitches to complete the effort however and led to a long day for the bullpen.

Cosart was making his first start since being recalled from AAA. One of Cosart's main issues has been a lack of control and that didn't help his efficiency in this one. Despite only issuing one walk, Cosart found himself in long counts often and had to work extended innings to find outs.

A.J. Ramos entered in the ninth inning with a two-run deficit and the Phillies managed to quickly double that. By the time Miami's closer left the game, Philadelphia held a 4-0 lead. 

Miami was held to only two hits and both were singles. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson was brilliant in his six innings of work. Hellickson allowed only one hit and had thrown only 70 pitches when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

The series will continue on Tuesday when Tom Koehler makes the start for Miami.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Drop Series to Mets]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:07:39 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579546658.jpg

The Miami Marlins were beaten 3-0 by the New York Mets on Sunday at Marlins Park.

With the loss, Miami dropped the series to New York and now only had a half-game edge in the Wild-Card race. The Mets had entered the series 1.5 games behind the Marlins for the final playoff spot in the National League.

Jose Urena made the start for Miami and gave his team a chance to win. The right-hander lasted six innings in which he allowed one run on four hits while walking none. Urena has had two solid starts in a row since returning from New Orleans.

Kyle Barraclough had a tough outing in relief. The usually dependable reliever allowed a pair of runs in his 0.2 innings of work. This extended a one-run deficit into a three-run one for Miami.

Despite Miami's lack of runs, Martin Prado still had a solid day. The third baseman was 3-3 and also walked in the loss.

The Marlins were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Miami had its chances to score but could not find the big hit all game long.

Jarred Cosart will be recalled from AAA to start on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.



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<![CDATA[Stanton Powers Marlins Past Mets]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:07:48 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579384148.jpg

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in Saturday's 7-2 win over the New York Mets.

The homer hit off the scoreboard in left field and was registered at 441 feet by Major League Baseball's Statcast. Not only did the ball travel far, but it do so with speed. The home run left with an exit velocity of 115.8 miles per hour.

When Stanton hit the HR, his team was behind by one run. After the blast, the Marlins had the lead and they never would surrender it. Stanton also added three singles for good measure. The outfielder is now hitting .241 on the season with 21 home runs and 55 runs batted in.

Christian Yelich had a fine day as well with three hits of his own and two runs scored. Yelich reached base four times and is hitting .326 on the season, which gives him a chance to end up the batting champion.

Jose Fernandez helped those runs stand up with another win at home. Miami's ace is 12-4 on the season with a 2.54 E.R.A In this one, Fernandez allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out seven in his seven innings. On the season, Fernandez is 9-1 with a 1.63 E.R.A when pitching at Marlins Park.

The Marlins moved back to 1.5 games ahead of the Mets with the win in the Wild-Card standings. If the season ended today, Miami would be in the postseason as the second Wild-Card. The Marlins currently trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by a game for the top slot. Miami is also 4.5 games back of the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Miami can pick up a big series win on Sunday when Jose Urena takes the mound against the Mets.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Ichiro Closes in on Historic Hit]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:27:17 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-537481066.jpg

Miami Marlins veteran Ichiro Suzuki needs only four more hits to reach 3,000 in his career.

With the Marlins back in Miami for a ten-game homestand, the historic moment could come at Marlins Park. While Suzuki sees rare starts, he should still have the chance to reach the number in front of his fans. During the upcoming ten games, Suzuki could make a few starts in addition to pinch-hitting appearances.

There are only 29 men in the 3000 hit club and none of them have reached the number while wearing a Marlins uniform. When the Marlins signed Suzuki, they knew this day would be arriving in the future. The 42-year old has the most hits in professional baseball history, if his Japanese statistics are counted alongside his numbers in Major League Baseball.

Being part of history was an incentive for Miami when it signed Suzuki, but the outfielder has ended up being one of the most productive players on the roster. After a sub-par 2015 season, Suzuki has posted a .343 batting average this season. In 204 plate appearances, the veteran has a .419 on-base percentage and an OPS of .818.

The production from Suzuki has allowed manager Don Mattingly to give his outfielders regular rest. In addition, Suzuki has been Mattingly's top option off the bench on most days. Should Miami reach the postseason, it would be partially due to Suzuki's unexpected contributions.

In the next ten days, the Marlins will take on the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets and Cardinals are involved in playoff battles with the Marlins and both of these series could end up being a deciding factor. Suzuki is most likely going to play during the day games following night contests. This will allow either Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna or Giancarlo Stanton a chance to rest when it is needed most.

Miami will have MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in town on Wednesday and will also play an early game on that day. It is possible Suzuki's historic moment could come with Manfred in attendance. The Marlins are expected to unveil the 2017 All-Star Game logo soon as well, which could be the reason for Manfred's presence.

With a team option valued at $2 million, Suzuki is a near-certainty to return to Miami in 2017 as well. 



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<![CDATA[Olympian Ousted for Pot in 2012 Hopes for Redemption in Rio]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:26:43 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Nicholas+Delpopolo+2.jpg

A New Jersey judoka who was expelled from the London 2012 Olympics after he tested positive for marijuana is looking for a second chance in Rio next month. 

Nick Delpopolo, 27, has trained hard at judo since his expulsion four years ago, when he tested positive for cannabis after eating a pot brownie at a celebration party.

Delpopolo says he didn't know that the dessert contained marijuana when he ate it and that "it was the worst thing I have ever done in my life," Patch reported

The Olympian says he was ridiculed and snubbed after the expulsion. 

"I would think, 'Why can't they forgive me?' They were even going so far as to attack my family," he told Patch. 

After his sponsors dropped him, Delpopolo was in a dark place. He says it was letters he received from fans, including fellow athletes, that got him back on his feet and more determined than ever to return to the Olympics as a judo player.  

“I just didn’t want me being expelled from the Olympics to define my judo career, because that is a pretty crappy way to go out," he said. 

Delpopolo worked hard so he could afford to train more. He eventually picked up a new sponsor, Alan Gebheart. 

"Without him I really wouldn't be here," Delpopolo said. 

At the Rio 2016 Olympics he hopes to get a second chance and to show others that "negative things happen but don't let it define you."



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<![CDATA[Marlins Open Big Series With Loss to Mets]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:42:31 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-531136476.jpg

The Miami Marlins dropped the opening game of their series against the New York Mets 5-3 on Friday.

Miami leads New York by only a half-game now in the Wild-Card standings. The Marlins and Mets are also battling for position in the National League East. Presently the Washington Nationals lead the division, but both the Mets and Marlins remain in contention for the title.

Adam Conley pitched well and ended up with a no decision. Conley had a quality start which featured six innings of of two-run ball. The lefty allowed six hits and a walk while striking out three.

David Phelps continued his recent slump with another poor outing. The reliever allowed the eventual winning run to score while only retiring one batter in his time on the mound.

Christian Yelich's recent display of power continued in this one. Yelich hit his tenth home run of the year which is a new career-high. The left-fielder has three homers in the past week alone. Yelich's home run was of the two-run variety and tied the game at the time.

Making a rare start, Miguel Rojas had two hits while manning third base. Rojas doubled for the seventh time this season while also adding a single along the way. The utility infielder is now hitting .271 this season and has also played dependable defense.

Jose Fernandez will look to continue his success at home when he starts against the Mets on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Tally 16 Hits to Take Series Finale]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:37:04 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578543652.jpg

The Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies by a final score of 9-3 on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

By winning the four-game series, the Marlins are nine games over .500. Miami is now also 1.5 games ahead of the New York Mets in the Wild-Card standings. The two teams will begin a series on Friday in Miami.

Tom Koehler pitching a sensational game for Miami in which he only allowed two hits. Both of those hits went for home runs while Koehler only was charged with one earned run. The right-hander walked one and struck out five in his eight innings of work.

Christian Yelich continued his hot hitting with his ninth home run of the season. Yelich who had two homers in the series also singled in this one to lift his batting average to .318 on the season.

Miami had four doubles in the win with one each coming from Marcell Ozuna (14), Chris Johnson (6), Adeiny Hechavarria (13) and Derek Dietrich (15). Dietrich's two-base hit was part of a three-hit day for the second baseman.

Ichiro Suzuki singled twice during the victory to move him to within only four hits of 3,000 in his career. Suzuki was starting in place of Giancarlo Stanton, who sat following a three-game slump.

Adam Conley will start Friday's game against the Mets at Marlins Park.



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<![CDATA[NBA Teams, Players React to All-Star Game Move]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:01:41 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/238*120/usa-adam-silver-nba-slideshow.jpg

The NBA announced Thursday it will be relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, over the state's controversial law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

In the latest and most high-profile fallout since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law in March, the league said in a statement that it did not believe the NBA could "successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

An alternate city for next February's event has not been announced. The NBA has assured the Charlotte Hornets they hope to bring the 2019 event to Charlotte if issues involving HB2 are resolved.

Caving in to mounting pressure to move the annual event, the NBA joined a growing list of high-profile organizations, businesses and celebrities that have canceled events and pulled business out of North Carolina in protest.

Charles Barkley, one of the most outspoken critics of HB2, who was leading the call to move the All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte, said he would boycott the event if the league didn't move it to another city.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry learned about the league's decision to pull the game from Charlotte, his home town, during an American Century Championship golf tournament news conference.

"I'm disappointed to not be able to celebrate a game of basketball in Charlotte as the head player," Curry said, adding that he understands the NBA's decision, but was still "hoping on Charlotte."

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that it was "unfortunate."

"Aside from all the politics, I feel bad for [Michael Jordan] because I knew what that was going to do for the city of Charlotte. For him being able to bring All-Star weekend to Charlotte," Anthony said. "I feel bad for him and for the NBA, too. We as players didn’t think it was going to get to this. It’s unfortunate."

After the decision was announced, NBA teams across the country, as well as current and former players, turned to social media to show support for the league's decision, and to condemn discrimination.

National leaders and celebrities also took to Twitter to praise the NBA for "standing with equality and justice."



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Chen Struggles in Loss to Phillies]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:23:53 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578131612.jpg

The Miami Marlins saw their winning streak end when they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Wednesday.

The Marlins were seeking a fourth win in a row and their ninth victory in 11 tries. Instead, Miami finds itself with a record of 51-43 and still in a playoff spot with the second wild-card position.

Wei-Yin Chen made the start for the Marlins and struggled mightily. The lefty allowed four runs on 11 hits in his 5.1 innings on the mound. Chen has a 4.99 E.R.A and a 5-4 record in his first season with the Marlins.

Miami's lone run of the game came courtesy of Chris Johnson. The first baseman was making a rare start and homered for the fourth time this year. Johnson had two hits and now has 15 runs batted in this year.

Giancarlo Stanton went 0-4 and is now 1-12 in the series and has gone hitless in two straight contests. Stanton is hitting .232 on the year after beginning July as one of the hottest hitters in baseball.

The Marlins only had five hits total in the game and struck out a combined eight times. Miami was 0-2 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base as a team. 

Tom Koehler will get the ball in Thursday's series finale in Philadelphia.



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