<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:18:30 -0400 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:18:30 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dolphins Annihilate Raiders in London]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:06:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456274124.jpg

The Miami Dolphins put on a show in London on Sunday with their decisive 38-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.

The game which was the second in team history in London was dominated by the Dolphins from the second quarter on. After falling behind early, the Dolphins scored 21 points in the second quarter and an additional 14 in the third.

Ryan Tannehill enjoyed a fine game with two touchdown passes as part of a 23-31 day. Tannehill did throw an interception late in the third quarter with the game already well in hand. The quarterback threw for 278 total yards and likely put to rest any further talk of losing his job.

Lamar Miller wasn't quite as productive as he was in week three but he still had a good game. Miller who continues to fill in for the injured Knowshon Moreno rushed for 64 yards on 12 carries. Miller also ran it into the end zone twice for his first two touchdowns of the year.

Tannehill had his ground game working as well on Sunday as he ran with the ball five times himself for 35 yards. Daniel Thomas also joined the fun with five carries for 35 yards including one for 15 itself.

The yards in the air were spread around with Brian Hartline picking up the bulk of the productivity. Hartline caught six passes for 74 yards while Mike Wallace had 35 yards on his three catches. Wallace also recorded a touchdown reception to give him three on the season.

Brent Grimes and Jimmy Wilson had an interception each as Miami and Oakland tied with three turnovers each. The Dolphins fumbled the ball away twice with Miller and Jarvis Landry each losing one. 

The Dolphins will now have their bye week before returning on October 12th with a game against the Green Bay Packers at Sun Life Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Fins Sign Speedy RB LaMichael James]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:51:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/LamJame.jpg

Running back and kick returner LaMichael James agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins to join their practice squad.

The deal Tuesday came after James was released Sept. 8 by the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.

The Dolphins have five other running backs under contract, including Knowshon Moreno, who has missed the past two games because of an elbow injury.

James was frustrated by his lack of playing time with the 49ers and has 41 career carries while averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He was used mostly on returns, averaging 10.9 yards on punt returns and 28.4 on kickoffs.

James finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at Oregon.

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<![CDATA[Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI in Maryland]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:58:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_080212_phelps20i.jpg

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with DUI and other charges in Maryland early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday afternoon, Phelps pleaded for forgiveness on Twitter, writing, "I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility... I am deeply sorry."

Police say Phelps was clocked driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone on southbound Interstate 395 leaving Baltimore.

An officer then followed Phelps' white 2014 Land Rover through the Fort McHenry Tunnel on northbound Interstate 95, said Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Phelps was speeding and crossing double lines in the tunnel, they said.

The officer stopped Phelps just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Authorities say he appeared to be under the influence and failed a series of field sobriety tests. Phelps was cooperative during the process, they said.

Phelps was arrested around 1:40 a.m., TMZ first reported. He was charged with DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines, and was later released.

The swimmer posted a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon, apologizing for the incident. "I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," he said in part. "I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history with 22 medals: 18 gold, two silver and two bronze. He won an unprecedented eight gold medals in eight events at the Beijing Games in 2008, and returned to win four more golds at the London Games in 2012.

The swimmer said after the London Games that he was finished with competitive swimming. But he recently returned to the pool, competing in significant championship events this summer. He has not yet confirmed his plans for the Summer Games in Rio in 2016.

Phelps has been charged with DUI previously. In November 2004, he was stopped by state troopers in Salisbury, Maryland, after failing to stop for a stop sign. He was 19 at the time.

In that case, Phelps pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. He was fined $250 and was ordered to serve 18 months probation.

During an interview with Matt Lauer on "Today," Phelps called the event an isolated incident and said he had "let myself down and my family down... I think I let a lot of people in the country down."

Phelps faced further controversy when a photograph surfaced in February 2009 showing him with a water pipe used to smoke tobacco or marijuana.

Phelps publicly apologized and admitted that the image, taken at a student party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic. The brouhaha surrounding the photo resulted in the swimmer losing Kellogg's as a sponsor and a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Wrigley Field Renovation Begins]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Wrigley_reno_.jpg

Construction on the $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project officially went into high gear Monday.

The Chicago Cubs wasted zero time between the end of the baseball season last week and the start of construction.

Over the next six months, workers will expand the bleachers in both outfields, push the stadium's footprint further onto both Waveland Avenue and Sheffield, and lay the foundation for seven new outfield signs along with a 2,400 square foot video scoreboard in right field. The Red and Purple parking lots will also be excavated to make room for underground players' locker rooms and lounges.

Some fans are excited about the changes but others are worried about losing the historic venue's character.

"I don't want to see it get too doctored up with too much commercial-ness, but I appreciate what they're trying to do. I support the Ricketts," a Cubs fan told NBC 5 near the stadium.

"I just think the neighborhood feel of the ballpark's going to be greatly diluted, or maybe disappear," another fan said.

A pending lawsuit looms over the project. Eight nearby rooftop owners are suing the city claiming the project violates their profit-sharing agreement with the team.

The first phase of renovations is expected to completed by Opening Day 2015.

<![CDATA[College Week: FIU Sports]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:38:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014870905_1200x675_335155267859.jpg NBC 6's Ari Odzer talks to Florida International University's men's and women's soccer coaches Scott Calabrese and Thomas Chestnutt.]]> <![CDATA[Miami's Defense Nets 5,000 Wings for Students]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:18:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456224226.jpg

A win Saturday, 5,000 free wings Sunday.

That's a good weekend for Miami students.

Miami cooked up a promotion with Buffalo Wild Wings for the Duke game, where students could get one free wing for every punt by the Blue Devils.

Duke punted nine times, so each student could get 10 free wings — since the restaurant rounded up to a regular serving.

At $11.29 per order, with about 500 students taking advantage, those Duke punts were turned into roughly $5,600 worth of free food on Sunday. School officials said the promotion was continuing through Monday.

Miami got attention last year for another unusual promotion — giving away a TV, size contingent on points scored. Miami's 77-7 win over Savannah State meant one student got a free 80-inch TV.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Giancarlo Stanton Nominated for Hank Aaron Award]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453442532.jpg

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was named as a nominee for the Hank Aaron Award on Monday.

The award recognizes the best offensive player in the National League which Stanton has a great chance of winning. Voting for the award is a combination from fans as well as a panel of Hall of Famers.

Stanton still has hopes of capturing the NL Most Valuable Award as well but that one was voted on by writers around the country. MVP voting took place at the conclusion of the season and will be announced in November. While Stanton paced all NL hitters i many categories, he faces stiff competition from a few players especially Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Missing the last 17 games of the season due to injury could end up costing Stanton the MVP Award but he still led those aforementioned categories despite the layoff. That sill could be enough to land him the coveted Aaron honor.

His 37 home runs led all of the NL, the first time in franchise history a player has accomplished that feat. Stanton also had 105 runs batted in which was second best and he potentially would've had the most without his injury factored in. Stanton led the NL in slugging percentage, and total bases. The right-fielder was second in on-base plus slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and walks.

The award which is named in honor of the Hall of Famer is handed out annually to one player in each league. Andrew McCutchen could provide the biggest challenge to Stanton as he is also considered an MVP candidate.

Fans can vote at MLB.com until October 5th with the presentation of the award coming during the 2014 World Series.

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<![CDATA[Jets' Geno Smith Curses at Fan]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:33:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Geno-Smith-Lashes-Out-0925.jpg

Geno Smith completely lost his cool — and maybe a bit of his grip on the Jets' starting quarterback job.

Frustrated after a third straight loss and calls for his backup increasing, Smith was caught by a TV camera yelling an expletive at a heckler in the stands as he walked off the MetLife Stadium field following a 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"Before we start this off, first of all I want to apologize if any kids saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field," Smith said to open his postgame news conference. "I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it's a part of my learning process."

Smith had two more turnovers as chants of "We Want Vick!" echoed throughout the stadium at times, perhaps none louder than after he was intercepted by Darius Slay in the fourth quarter.

"That stuff, to me, is B.S.," wide receiver Eric Decker said of the chants.

Asked what he thought when he heard the calls for Vick, defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was blunt.

"Shut up," Richardson said. "If that's the case, produce a child who can come and make it to the NFL and let's see what he's got. Other than that, just shut up."

Vick didn't get into this one, and coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Smith will start again for the Jets (1-3) next Sunday at San Diego despite his struggles.

"No, I'm not going to replace him," Ryan said. "I feel good about Geno. I think he will get it turned (around). He's a tough, resilient young man. I think we're going to win. We'll win soon."

Smith was 17 of 33 for 209 yards, including an 11-yard TD pass to Decker, but threw an interception and lost a fumble — giving him seven turnovers in four games.

That's what has many fans frustrated, tired of the mistakes being made by the second-year quarterback.

"He's got to keep his composure, no matter how frustrated he gets," Richardson said. "But it happens."

Despite the skid and the struggles, the Jets players insist they still believe in Smith as the starting quarterback.

"One hundred percent, yeah," Decker said. "It's hard to see him take, really, all the criticism. It's not just him. Everyone is doing this together. ... We've got to make some plays for him, take some pressure off him."

Matthew Stafford got the Lions up and down the field — even without Calvin Johnson being much of a factor.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and the Lions overcame Johnson being limited by an ankle injury. Jeremy Ross and Eric Ebron caught scoring passes for the Lions, who are off to a 3-1 start for the second straight season. Stafford finished 24 of 34 for 293 yards, and appeared unfazed by his top receiver being in and out of the game.

Johnson was clearly impeded by his injured ankle, which had him questionable for the game. He had just two catches for 12 yards, but Golden Tate picked up for him, catching eight passes for 116 yards.

"We knew Calvin was going to be limited today and we were hoping to not have to use him unless it was an emergency," wide receiver Golden Tate said. "I think we responded well."

The Jets, who made it close on Chris Johnson's 35-yard run with 6:58 left, fell to 1-3 for the first time in Ryan's six seasons as coach.

New York stayed in it by scoring on its first possession of the second half, an 11-yard touchdown from Smith to Decker midway through the third quarter that made it 17-10.

But the Lions reclaimed control on Stafford's 1-yard run for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Detroit a 24-10 lead. Stafford's run — upheld by video review — capped a 14-play, 90-yard scoring drive.

"We have the ability," Decker said. "It's about executing the plays. Period."

NOTES: On New York's next possession after Slay's interception, former Jets safety James Ihedigbo had a strip sack of Smith on New York's next possession. The fumble was recovered by Darryl Tapp. ... Jets WR David Nelson (left ankle) and S Calvin Pryor (thigh) left and didn't return. CB Antonio Allen also had a significant limp after the game. Lions RB Joique Bell was being evaluated for a head injury, while running back Theo Riddick and fullback Montell Owens left with hamstring injuries. Neither coach had any updates.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Marlins No-Hit in Season Finale]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:41:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456273282.jpg

The Miami Marlins saw their season end in a poor way when Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals no-hit them.

The score of the season finale was 1-0 and it was the first no-hitter of Zimmermann's career. It was also the first no-no tossed by a National starter. The franchise's last no-hitter came in 1991 by Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos.

This was only the third time that the Marlins have been no-hit with the last one coming in Roy Halladay's perfect game in 2010. As a franchise, Miami has five no-hitters of its own since starting play in 1993.

Zimmermann completely dominated the Marlins with ten strikeouts and only a pair of base runners allowed. One got on base via walk while the other reached on a dropped third strike. Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out.

The interesting twist of this no-hitter is the fact that Henderson Alvarez started for Miami in the finale. In 2013's swan song, Alvarez hurled a no-hitter of his own and pitched decent in this one albeit in a losing effort.

Alvarez allowed 11 hits but walked none and struck out three. The right-hander scattered the hits and worked out of trouble to keep Miami in the game. The loss dropped Alvarez to 12-7 on the season and he finishes with a 2.65 E.R.A

The Marlins will head into the off-season with a lot of work to do as they look to build on what was a solid season.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Sign Mike Redmond to Contract Extension]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:53:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4539792730.jpg

The Miami Marlins extended manager Mike Redmond's contract through the 2017 season on Sunday.

Redmond was about to enter the third year of his original contract. As part of the announcement, the Marlins also stated that the entire coaching staff will return in 2015.

In Redmond's two years as skipper, the Marlins have had losing records but showed tremendous growth in 2014. Following a 100-loss season in his initial year at the helm, the Marlins stayed in the playoff hunt going into September this year.

Despite adversity, injuries and a modest payroll, Redmond kept his team motivated and fighting until the end. The chemistry in the locker room has been apparent and the Marlins have shown growth both on and off the field under Redmond.

Before taking over as manager in Miami, Redmond had managed in the minor league ranks of Toronto's organization. The former Florida Marlin catcher made a quick transition from the diamond to the dugout when his playing career came to an end.

It is possible that Redmond will take home National League Manager of the Year honors this season. Without ace Jose Fernandez for the majority of the season, the Marlins still stayed in the hunt. Their 77 wins going into Sunday's finale were good for the most since 2010 for the franchise. The Marlins also found themselves in a position to finish in second place in the division on the final day of the season.

With the coaching staff situation settled, the Marlins will soon turn their attention tot he 2015 roster. Signing Giancarlo Stanton to a long term deal remains a big goal for Miami and it is likely that the team will make other moves as well.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Held To Four Hits in Loss]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:56:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456213776.jpg

The Miami Marlins dropped their penultimate game of the season 5-1 to the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

After a 15-run, 22-hit game a day earlier, the Marlins struggled to put anything together against Stephen Strasburg and a group of relievers. It was very reminiscent of the first game of Friday's doubleheader when Doug Fister held Miami to only three hits. In this one, the Marlins had four hits but half came in the final inning.

Nathan Eovaldi ended his season with a solid start albeit with a loss attached to it. Eovaldi went seven strong innings and allowed only a pair of runs. Those were enough however as Miami could not get anything going offensively.

Eovaldi finishes with a 6-14 record to go along with a 4.37 E.R.A. The record would make it seem as if Eovaldi had a poor year but he had several good outings along the way. Eovaldi will head into 2015 as a member of the starting rotation once again.

The Nationals extended their lead in the eighth inning when they plated three runs against Carter Capps. The Marlins would turn to Anthony DeSclafani to finish the inning which he did with two quick strikeouts.

Justin Bour picked up a single in the ninth to continue a hot series for the first baseman. Jeff Mathis doubled and Casey McGehee singled twice for the other two hits. Mathis now has seven doubles of the year and his season is likely over. With the emergence of J.T. Realmuto and the contract of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, it remains to be seen if Mathis will play in Miami next season.

Miami loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a pair of singles and an error. With two outs, the Nationals would commit another error on what looked like a game-ending play. That error resulted in Miami's only run of the game.

The Marlins will finish the regular season on Sunday with Henderson Alvarez on the mound. The right-hander also pitched the finale of 2013 when he completed a no-hitter.

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<![CDATA[Kaaya Leads Canes Past Duke With 2 TDs]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:19:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456224226.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes improved to 3-2 on the year when they beat the Duke Blue Devils 22-10 on Saturday.

The win also moved Miami to 1-1 in the ACC and kept the Hurricanes undefeated at Sun Life Stadium this year. The two losses for UM came on the road at Louisville and in Nebraska. Thus far the only game for UM against a top 25 team came against the Cornhuskers.

Brad Kaaya threw two touchdown passes as part of a 226-yard day. One of those TDs was in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory for UM. The freshman quarterback was 21-35 on his passes and now has 12 touchdowns on the year.

Duke Johnson had a big day himself in the backfield with 152 yards on 25 carries. Johnson also added a touchdown of his own to give him four TDs total in 2014. Johnson has posted one TD in each game with only the opener at Louisville as an exception. His yardage in this one was also his highest total thus far through five games.

The TD passes were caught by Herb Waters and Joseph Yearby. Waters had himself a fine day with 81 yards on five catches. It was  the most productive day of the year for the junior who entered this game with a total of 51 yards in his last three contests.

The Miami defense also showed up with a pair of interceptions along the way. Denzel Perryman and Ladarius Gunter each recorded one INT. It was the first pick of the year for both of the seniors.

The Hurricanes fumbled away the ball twice but they won the overall turnover battle 3-2 as the Blue Devils fumbled one themselves to go along with the aforementioned interceptions.

Miami will head back on the road next Saturday for a game at Georgia Tech. 

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<![CDATA[Week Four Preview: Dolphins vs Raiders in London]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:23:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452219076.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will be playing overseas on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and will try to end a two-game losing streak.

The game is the first of three in the NFL's International Series for the season. It will be played at Wembley Stadium in London where Miami last played in 2007. In that game, the Dolphins fell to the New York Giants by a final score of 13-10. That contest was the first NFL regular season game ever played overseas.

Coming into this game, the novelty of playing in London is a backdrop to a more critical story line for the Dolphins. After winning their season opener, the Dolphins have lost two straight games and have barely competed in either contest. Both games appeared to be winnable on paper before taking the field but the end results were vastly different.

Ryan Tannehill has struggled mightily this season and there were even some rumblings about him losing his starting job this past week. That talk came to an end however and Tannehill will indeed take the field on Sunday. His play though could ultimately decide if he's still behind center following a bye in week five.

With Knowshon Moreno still on the mend, Tannehill and the Dolphins will need to hope that Lamar Miller can step up like he did last week. Miller had a big game though the effort was wasted by a lack of a passing game to compliment it. The running back rushed for 108 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on 15 carries.

Oakland has yet to win a game this season and sits at 0-3 which is reminiscent of last week when the Chiefs entered at 0-2. Miami will hope for a different result this time around in what would be another disappointing loss.

The Raiders are considered the home team for this contest which means this will be the second road game of the season for Miami. The Dolphins didn't take off for London until Thursday and practiced at their home facilities this past week for the most part.

Sunday's game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Wade Sets Sights on Playing Every Game]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/493964909.jpg

The Miami Heat are going to need a lot from Dwyane Wade this year and he would like to be on the court in every game according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Wade's comments came on Saturday during the first day of training camp for the Heat. It's a lofty goal considering that Wade missed 28 games during the 2013-14 season. A lot of that time missed was not due to injury, but rather to keep Wade fresh under a designed plan.

"My goal is to be available every day for my teammates and see what that equals out to. Hopefully it equals out to success for myself, individually, but for our team," Wade told the Sentinel.

The plan instituted by the Heat was done in a way to have Wade at his healthiest and best when playoff time came around. In a lot of ways, the plan worked as Wade did have some big games down the stretch. It's unknown how effective Wade may have been without those regular resting periods throughout the year. 

Resting Wade was a luxury that the Heat could afford with LeBron James on the team. With the departure of the superstar, Wade is going to be looked at for bigger minutes and bigger moments. Having Chris Bosh in the fold still helps but Wade is going to need to be a factor on a regular basis if Miami hopes to go deep in the playoffs.

Wade who will turn 33 in January has never played in all 82 games for the Heat during his career but he's been in the high 70s multiple times. His career-high in games came during 2008-09 when Wade played and started 79 games for the Heat. The last time Wade eclipsed 69 games played came all the way back in the 2010-11 season which was the first season with James.

The first preseason game for Miami will come on October 4th against the New Orleans Pelicans.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Coach Sends Gift to Girl]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Devon-Still-and-Daughter.jpg

Chip Kelly may be all-business on the football field, but the Eagles head coach proved to be a true class act off the gridiron after he showed his support for an NFL player and his young daughter who is battling cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Kelly sent a gift basket and flowers to 4-year-old Leah Still Friday after her successful operation. Leah’s father, defensive tackle Devon Still, posted a photo of the gift on his Instagram page, thanking Kelly and the Eagles.

Still and his daughter have captured the hearts of millions of people nationwide as she continues to receive treatment at CHOP. The Delaware native and former Penn State Nittany Lion was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals in August. However, the Bengals re-signed Still to their practice squad in order to help him pay for his daughter’s medical treatment after she was diagnosed with cancer.

After the Bengals decided to donate proceeds from his jersey sales to the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and pediatric cancer care and research, Still’s No. 75 jersey quickly became the team’s top seller.

Still has kept his followers updated on his daughter’s progress, posting a video of a pep talk he gave her prior to her surgery.

Still later announced Thursday a surgeon at CHOP was able to remove her tumor, lymph nodes and right adrenal gland where her cancer originated. He also stated however that his daughter’s battle was far from over, as doctors still need to remove the cancer from her bone marrow.


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<![CDATA[Marlins Score 15 Runs to Move Into Tie For 2nd Place]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:39:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4550761222.jpg

The Miami Marlins split their doubleheader with the Washington Nationals on Friday with a 15-7 win in the nightcap.

After only collecting three hits in the day game, the Marlins had a season-high 22 in the second game.  The victory keeps Miami's hopes of finishing in second place in the National League East alive. Going into the final pair of games, Miami is in a three-way tie for second with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.

Justin Bour had a three-hit day which included a double, a run scored and a run batted in. J.T. Realmuto who has been idle for the most part in September also had a big game with three hits and four runs batted in. Realmuto was a home run short of the cycle and had a three-run triple during the game.

Adeiny Hechavarria had a four-hit game and doubled for the 20th time on the season. That was one of five doubles in the game for the Marlins who as a team were 10-18 with runners in scoring position.

In the ninth, the Marlins padded their lead with five more runs. The big hit in the inning came courtesy of Enrique Hernandez who hit a grand slam. That was the first slam of Hernandez's young career and his second home run since joining Miami.

Every starter including Andrew Heaney had at least one hit in Miami's biggest offensive game of the season. The last time that the Marlins scored 15 runs came in 2010 and was also against the Nationals.

Heaney struggled in the first inning but for the most part settled in after that. The top prospect finishes his season with a 5.83 E.R.A after allowing four runs in four innings. Heaney who could be in the rotation to start 2015 struck out three and walked one along the way.

In their penultimate game of the season, the Marlins will have Nathan Eovaldi make the start on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Heat Prepare for Life After LeBron]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:11:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4503113582.jpg

Erik Spoelstra has ready plenty about the notion of reinvention, which seems appropriate given the task that he and the Miami Heat are embarking upon.

The post-LeBron James chapter of Heat basketball is beginning.

Spoelstra, the coach entering his seventh season in Miami, somehow sees it as opportunity.

Spoelstra and the Heat went through media day on Friday, the annual prelude to the start of training camp. For the first time in five years, Miami will begin a season without being widely expected to end the season as NBA champions, an obvious side effect of James returning to Cleveland and leaving the Heat.

"We have a much different challenge," Spoelstra said. "I can't believe this, but I'm starting my 20th year here. And we've had many different chapters and different challenges. If I've learned anything in this seat, I've learned that's what coaching in this NBA business is about, is embracing change, adapting with change."

And there are changes. Plenty of them.

It's not like James is the only departure from the team that lost in last year's NBA Finals. The Heat had 18 players in uniform at various points of last season; only seven of them are back in uniform for the start of this training camp. Miami has 51 percent of its scoring from last season back; by comparison, San Antonio — which needed five games to oust Miami as NBA champions — has 99 percent of last year's scoring returning this year.

"I might have to start passing out nametags and stickers," Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. "I thought I'd seen everything in this league. This is my first year experiencing something like this, with 11 new guys. Weird? No. But interesting. ... It's definitely different."

It won't be wholesale changes for the Heat, even though the roster is markedly different. One of the very first things Spoelstra said on Friday is that "the Heat culture, the Heat code, that will remain the same," which means defense will come before everything else and the internal expectations will be as high as ever.

"The bedrocks of playing together — attacking, helping each other get the best available shot — that's what important. Those things remain the same," Spoelstra said. "But certainly, some of the finer points have to be a little bit different."

Many players, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh included, tried changing their bodies over the summer. Wade did not give reporters a specific total with regard to his weight loss, but he did appear lighter than he was at the end of last season.

"We have a foundation here," guard Norris Cole said. "There's a way that we do things here. The guys that are new, they'll learn from the guys who have been here, and we'll set a good example. Then we'll just keep the ball rolling. ... We're still the Heat."

Spoelstra has been fond in recent years of saying the Heat have enough to win, and that refrain will likely be repeated this year.

Wade and Bosh make the Heat one of seven teams to have at least two players on the camp roster with more than 15,000 career points. There's seven players in Heat camp — Wade, Bosh, Haslem, Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers, Cole and newcomer Shannon Brown — who have at least one NBA championship ring in their possession.

And Wade, Bosh, Luol Deng and Danny Granger have been selected to the All-Star Game a combined 22 times.

"We have a Heat standard and that's to compete for an NBA title," Spoelstra said. "Every year that I've been here, for 20 years, whether the team turned out that way or not, that was the objective from Day One in training camp. That's how we're all wired and that's what we expect from this team. Regardless of what people are saying about us out there or not, we want to start the process of building a very competitive team."

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<![CDATA[Heat's Deng Forgives Danny Ferry]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:58:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Deng+Grizzlies.png

Luol Deng said Friday that he forgives Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry for making racially charged remarks about him, and hopes the two will work together to draw some sort of positive solution to the matter.

"I don't think Danny's racist," Deng said.

Deng signed with the Miami Heat this summer after strongly considering an offer from the Hawks, who are reeling from a pair of racially insensitive incidents. Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said he would sell his controlling share of the team over comments made in email in 2012, and then came the revelation that Ferry referred to Deng as someone who "has a little African in him" on a conference call with team officials this summer.

Ferry was repeating comments that were made in a scouting report, the author of which remains unclear.

"It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or the rest of my life," Deng said. "I had a chance to speak to Danny. I really believe that he's really sorry for what he said. Whether it came from him or wherever it came from, I think the main focus really should be how we move on forward."

Ferry is taking an indefinite leave from the Hawks. He and Deng both played for Duke, though Deng — who is 18 years younger than Ferry — said he does not know him well.

Deng said he would like to see he and Ferry work together with an organization to advocate change, or find some other benefit.

"There's a lot of things we could do to turn it into a positive," Deng said.

The Hawks have said Ferry was disciplined internally for his comments, though the sanctions have not been released.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem said he was "shocked" that something like what was said about Deng would be said, especially so soon after the league since much of last season dealing with a racial issue involving former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

"There's certain mistakes that shouldn't be made," Haslem said.

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<![CDATA[Cosart Walks Career-High Eight in Loss]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:42:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454167374.jpg

The Miami Marlins dropped the first of two games on Friday in a 2-0 loss to the Washington Nationals.

The Marlins and Nationals will play another game in the evening as part of a day-night doubleheader. This game was originally scheduled for May 27th, however it was postponed due to inclement weather.

Jarred Cosart walked eight batters in his five innings which was a career-high and only one short of a franchise record. That record is held by A.J. Burnett who walked nine as part of a no-hitter in 2001. Cosart allowed three runs on Friday but only two were earned.

Since coming over from the Houston Astros is July, Cosart has been a consistently productive pitcher for Miami. His numbers in Miami are eye-opening and promising going into the 2015 season. Control has been far from a problem for Cosart as he had only walked 14 total in 59 innings as a Marlin going into this start.

The 24-year old who should open next season in one of the top spots in the rotation ends his season with a 13-11 record and a 3.69 E.R.A.

With a short start, the Marlins were forced to go to their bullpen earlier than they hoped especially with another game to follow. Sam Dyson was the first reliever called upon and he gave manager Mike Redmond 1.2 innings of one-run ball. Dyson has had a solid rookie season and is likely to return as a member of the bullpen in 2015.

Dan Jennings rounded out the pitching end of things for Miami with 1.1 scoreless innings to keep his team in the game.

The Marlins only had three total hits in the game as they were thoroughly dominated by Doug Fister. The veteran struck out nine and walked none with Donovan Solano being the only Marlin to get to him. Solano singled twice and then added his first triple of the season in the ninth.

The Marlins will send Andrew Heaney to the mound on Friday evening as they look to split the twin bill with the Nationals.

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<![CDATA[Jeter's Nephew Tips Hat]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:09:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-26+at+9.59.36+AM.jpg

There were many emotional moments during Derek Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night, but the most adorable was a simple tip of the cap from his young nephew.

Little Jalen was there in the stands and watched as his famous uncle hit the walk-off single that would end his reign in the Bronx.

The Captain’s biggest fan grabbed the brim of his Re2pect cap and tipped it to Jeter. It’s a moment you can watch over and over again.

Jeter plans to play three more games, but Thursday night was his last at shortstop.

When the Yankees head to Fenway Park in Boston, Jeter plans to be the designated hitter.

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<![CDATA[Philbin Doesn't Endorse Tannehill Starting]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4540276842.jpg

If embattled quarterback Ryan Tannehill needed a public vote of confidence from his coach, he didn't get it.

Joe Philbin was asked four times by reporters whether Tannehill will remain the Miami Dolphins' starter this week, and each time the coach was noncommittal.

"We're going to start our game plan for Oakland when I leave here," Philbin said at his weekly Monday news conference, "and we're going to decide what 46 players are going, and how best to utilize them."

Tannehill has started all 35 games since being drafted in 2012, but has played poorly this year for the Dolphins (1-2), who face the Raiders in London on Sunday. His backup is Matt Moore, who has made 25 starts in seven NFL seasons.

When Philbin was asked if his noncommittal stance would create the perception Tannehill is in limbo, the coach said, "I'm going to stick with the answer that I've given."

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor didn't hesitate when asked if he had doubts whether Tannehill would start against Oakland.

"No. Is there any doubt that I'll be the coordinator next weekend?" Lazor said. He added, "We all rent these seats, right? It's a production business, and that's what we're here to do — produce."

Tannehill ranks 32nd and last in the NFL at 5.0 yards per pass attempt, compared with the league average of 7.1. He has averaged less than 6 yards per attempt in each of his past five games dating to last season.

With a bye next week, it's likely Tannehill will get at least one more start before Philbin seriously considers a switch. Tannehill was hardly the lone culprit the past two weeks against Buffalo and Kansas City when Miami lost each game by 19 points.

"We have to become a more consistent team in all three phases of the game," Philbin said. "I have to do a better job, there's no question about that. ... We have to play better, and we have to get better quick."

Many of the issues carry over from last season. Tackling has been a problem on defense, while Tannehill has been hampered by shaky protection and dropped passes. Slow starts are a recurring factor, too, with the Dolphins trailing at halftime by nine, 10 and 11 points.

The back-to-back defeats have made a season-opening win over New England seem like a distant achievement, while stirring memories of 2013's late-season collapse. Oddly, in the Dolphins' past six games they've beaten the reigning AFC East champion Patriots twice, while losing the four other games by a combined score of 102-32.

The most pressing problems are on offense. The Dolphins have managed only a single touchdown each of the past two weeks, even though they're averaging 5.2 yards per rush, second-best in the league.

Lazor cited the poor yards-per-pass average as his biggest concern, reflecting of an inability to stretch the field even with receiver Mike Wallace, one of the NFL's fastest players. Tannehill is 7 for 21 on passes traveling more than 10 yards, and he has only one completion of at least 25 yards, worst among the league's starters.

In the past, Tannehill and his coaches have agreed he needs to improve his accuracy and decision-making. Philbin and Lazor said they saw signs improvement Sunday.

"There were some examples in the first half when he played just like you'd want an NFL quarterback to play, sliding the pocket, throwing some accurate throws," Lazor said. "I thought he threw the ball more accurately than he did last week.

"I think he's going to watch the video and see some plays he'd like back. I have a pretty clear picture of the way that we coach him to help him get there."

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter Through the Years]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:14:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/153334595.jpg A look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Captain's career.

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter's Last Game at Yankee Stadium]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:46:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456108670.jpg As if on cue, the rain let up, a rainbow came out and Derek Jeter began his final home game with one more jolt.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Finish Home Schedule With Win]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:52:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456099760.jpg

The Miami Marlins scored four runs in the seventh inning for a 6-4 win on Thursday over the Philadelphia Phillies.

It was the final home game of the season for the Marlins and it also gave them a series win over the Phillies. The win also clinched that the Marlins will not finish in last place and left open the possibility of a second place finish.

Tom Koehler went seven solid innings to win his tenth game of the season. It was the final start of the year and completed what was a great season for Koehler. The right-hnader showed durability and consistency on his way to a 10-10 season with a 3.81 E.R.A.

Koehler will enter Spring Training in February with a firm grasp on a rotation spot after making a career-high 32 starts this season. This was the first full big-league season for the 28-year old.

Casey McGehee had a big game with three runs batted in and two hits including his 29th double of the season. McGehee who now has 74 RBI this year should find himself back in the middle of Miami's lineup in April.

Garrett Jones also doubled which was his 32nd of the season and third in two games. All combined, Miami belted out 14 hits and was 4-10 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins will head out on the road now for the final four games of the season. Friday will feature a day-night doubleheader against the Washington Nationals. The scheduled starter in game one is Jarred Cosart. Highly touted prospect Andrew Heaney will get the ball for game two.

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