<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 22 Sep 2017 11:30:13 -0400Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:30:13 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 6 Weekend Football Preview: Finally, a Full Game Slate!]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:05:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615947544.jpg

For the first time in 2017, football fans in the state of Florida will get a full slate of both college and pro football games this weekend. With Hurricane Irma in the rearview mirror, all three NFL teams and major college football teams will take the field – starting with USF getting a win Thursday night.

If you’re a fan of the Miami Hurricanes or Florida State Seminoles, you might be a little rusty with this season considering both teams haven’t played since September 2nd – with both teams cancelling their games on September 9th and moving their rivalry showdown the following weekend to October 7th.

In the pro game, the Miami Dolphins head into battle with a hated rival after pulling out a win in their season opener last weekend – the first of 16 straight games thanks to Irma. Here’s a preview of their AFC East showdown and how it and the other top Sunshine State action ranks this weekend.

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

After waiting an extra week to start their season, the Dolphins got a much closer than it should have been win against the Los Angeles Chargers, converting a late field goal and watching L.A.’s kick go wide to secure the victory. Quarterback Jay Cutler completed over 72 percent of his passes for 230 yards and one touchdown in his first regular season game with Miami.

On the other side of the field will be the hated rival Jets – who won’t be competing for any championships this season except for the award for worst team in the NFL. New York has dropped their first two games of the season, including a bad 45-20 loss last week against the Oakland Raiders. Miami swept both games last season while the series has been even (seven wins for each team) this decade.

Miami Hurricanes vs. Toledo Rockets

It seems like so long ago that Mark Richt’s team took the field inside Hard Rock Stadium for their opener against Bethune Cookman. Three weeks later, the Hurricanes will head back from Orlando – where they have held camp this past week – for the second game of the year against a Rockets team that is undefeated so far in 2017.

It will be a slightly better challenge for Malik Rosier, who won his second ever start in the opener but wasn’t challenged much by the FCS team’s defense. With games looming on the schedule against Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, Richt will be hoping his starter can pick up the learning curve in time for the meat of the schedule.

Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats

Sometimes in football, it’s better to be lucky than good – a statement that could be attributed to the Gators after their Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired gave them a win over Tennessee last weekend. The much criticized offense found the end zone twice last week for the first time this season, while the defense again played like one of the best in the country.

The Wildcats, who haven’t beaten Florida in football since the 1986 season and currently holds the longest losing streak to an opponent in college football, enter the game 3-0 after beating South Carolina last weekend. Two of the last three wins by the Gators have been by six points or less, so this might be the best chance Kentucky has to get a win.

Florida State Seminoles vs. N.C. State Wolfpack

Much like the Hurricanes, the Seminoles have been watching football instead of playing since the first weekend of September. Just one game in, the season has been a nightmare for Florida State – who both lost their opener against top ranked Alabama and lost starting quarterback Deondre Francois in the process.

The home opener for the Noles now becomes a Wolfpack team that some think might be a dark horse in the ACC Atlantic Division this year. Quarterback Ryan Finley almost led NC State to an upset of FSU last season, while the Seminoles will be starting true freshman James Blackman at quarterback. A former star recruit from Belle Glade, Blackman will look for help from his veterans and a defense that played dramatically better in the opener than they did last season.

Other State Games

The FIU Panthers will also be returning to the field after cancelling their game last week against Indiana, hitting the road to take on the Rice Owls in their Conference USA opener. The Florida Atlantic Owls will also be on the road taking on Buffalo, while the UCF Knights will take on the Maryland Terrapins in a nationally televised game.

In the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hit the road when they take on the Minnesota Vikings while the Jacksonville Jaguars will make their yearly trip to London for the league’s International Series when they face off with the Baltimore Ravens.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins' Parkey Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:34:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-848608394.jpg

Miami Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Parkey nailed the game-winning field goal in Sunday's victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. The game was Parkey's first as a Dolphin and it could not have gone much better. Parkey was perfect on his kicks and contributed 13 points to the win.

In addition to this award, Parkey set a franchise record with his four converted field goals. No Miami kicker had ever successfully made those many kicks in a debut before. With a final score of 19-17, every kick was important in the Miami victory.

After Miami moved on from Andrew Franks, it handed the kicking duties to Parkey. The change came right before the start of the season and Parkey is already paying dividends. Parkey had been under contract with the Cleveland Browns and the Dolphins claimed him off waivers.

Parkey's game-winning kick was from 54 yards out and it came with only 1:05 left in regulation. The distance is normal for Parkey and is likely a big reason that he is in Miami. While Franks did an admirable job, Parkey is now 7-7 on field goal tries from beyond 50 yards. Being able to convert a clutch kick like that, could be a deciding factor in the playoff chase.

The last time a Miami kicker took home this award, was way back in 2010. The honor went to Dan Carpenter at the time and he won it twice in that season. Parkey has a chance to match or even exceed that, with his hot start to the 2017 campaign.

The Dolphins will try to make it two wins in a row when they visit the New York Jets on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Heat Exercise Fourth-Year Option on Justise Winslow]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:21:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6298607881.jpg

The Miami Heat exercised their fourth-year team option on Justise Winslow on Tuesday.

Had Miami not exercised this option, Winslow was set to hit the free-agent market following this coming season. The forward is considered a large part of the franchise's future and would have likely drawn a lot of interest in free agency.

While the Heat did not release Winslow's salary for the 2018-19 season, the option year will be worth a reported $3.44 million. The Heat will be able to address Winslow's fifth year at a future date as well via a qualifying offer. Winslow is a candidate to land a long-term deal in the future with the Heat.

Miami will give Winslow a chance to win a starting job, but it is not guaranteed to him. The Heat have multiple options including the recently extended Josh Richardson. Even if Winslow opens the year as a reserve, he should see a sizable allotment of minutes each night.

In the 2016-17 season, Winslow averaged 34.7 minutes per game in a limited amount of games. Winslow's season was cut short by a shoulder injury and ended up playing no games in the 2017 portion of the season. The forward took part in 18 games overall and started 15 of those. Winslow averaged 10.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his second NBA season.

Winslow is only 21 years old and has plenty of time and room to grow as a player. Winslow's field goal percentage took a dip in 2016-17, but he also became a larger part of the team's offense. If Winslow can improve his outside shooting, it will open up the paint more for players such as Hassan Whiteside. That combination could lead to another competitive season for the Heat.

Miami's preseason will begin on October 1st against the Atlanta Hawks.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Hold On to Spoil Chargers' LA Debut]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:56:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/GettyImages-454028360.jpg

Cody Parkey hit his fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play, and the Miami Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter to spoil the Los Angeles Chargers' home opener with a 19-17 victory Sunday.
 
  Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with 5 seconds left after Philip Rivers maneuvered the Chargers (0-2) into scoring range in the final minute before a crowd of 25,381 in their first home game since relocating to the Los Angeles area after 56 seasons in San Diego.
 
  Jay Cutler passed for 230 yards and Jay Ajayi rushed for 122 in the delayed season opener for the Dolphins, who spent the past nine days in California after leaving South Florida early to avoid Hurricane Irma. Parkey did most of their scoring, connecting from 30, 28 and 35 yards before burying his longest kick in the waning moments.
 
  Rivers passed for 331 yards, and Antonio Gates set an NFL record with his 112th touchdown reception as a tight end.
 
  Rivers and the Chargers moved 54 yards in 52 seconds to set up Koo, whose potential game-tying field goal was blocked in Denver last week. The undrafted rookie kicker pushed this one barely right.
 
  Kenny Stills caught a 29-yard TD pass in the third quarter from Cutler, who went 24 of 33 without an interception in his Dolphins debut.
 
  Parkey's 35-yard field goal trimmed Los Angeles' lead to one point with 6:28 to play, and Miami's defense held. The Dolphins got the ball back with 3:02 left, and Cutler got them into position for another big kick from Parkey, the Jupiter, Florida, native claimed off waivers two weeks ago.
 
  The Dolphins were well-rested after their home opener against Tampa Bay was postponed, leaving them to play their latest season opener since 1977.
 
  The Chargers' latest last-minute loss dampened the festivities around a fresh start for the franchise, which brought five members of its inaugural 1960 Los Angeles Chargers to its temporary home at 27,000-seat StubHub Center, which was packed with a lively mix of both opponents' fans.
 
  Gates broke his tie with Tony Gonzalez on an 8-yard throw from Rivers in the third quarter. Melvin Gordon scored the Chargers' first touchdown in their new home from 1 yard in the second quarter to cap a 70-yard drive, but both teams struggled to put together sustained scoring marches.
 
  MORE MILESTONES
 
  Gates also made his 900th reception in the first half, becoming the third tight end in NFL history to hit the mark.
 
  Rivers surpassed Vinny Testaverde's 46,233 yards passing for 11th place in league history during the second half.
 
  ABSENCES
 
  Dolphins: LB Lawrence Timmons was inactive after unexpectedly leaving the team during the weekend. He was expected to start this season for the Dolphins, who signed him to a $12 million deal after he spent the past 10 years with Pittsburgh.
 
  Chargers: Starting CB Jason Verrett was unable to play because of pain in his surgically repaired knee.
 
  UP NEXT
 
  Dolphins: After traveling home for a week of practice at their undamaged training complex in Davie, they'll travel to New York to face the Jets.
 
  Chargers: A three-game homestand continues with a visit from the Kansas City Chiefs, who have beaten their AFC West rivals six straight times.

Cody Parkey hit his fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play, and the Miami Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter to spoil the Los Angeles Chargers' home opener with a 19-17 victory Sunday.   

Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with 5 seconds left after Philip Rivers maneuvered the Chargers (0-2) into scoring range in the final minute before a crowd of 25,381 in their first home game since relocating to the Los Angeles area after 56 seasons in San Diego.   

Jay Cutler passed for 230 yards and Jay Ajayi rushed for 122 in the delayed season opener for the Dolphins, who spent the past nine days in California after leaving South Florida early to avoid Hurricane Irma. Parkey did most of their scoring, connecting from 30, 28 and 35 yards before burying his longest kick in the waning moments.   

Rivers passed for 331 yards, and Antonio Gates set an NFL record with his 112th touchdown reception as a tight end.   

Rivers and the Chargers moved 54 yards in 52 seconds to set up Koo, whose potential game-tying field goal was blocked in Denver last week. The undrafted rookie kicker pushed this one barely right.   

Kenny Stills caught a 29-yard TD pass in the third quarter from Cutler, who went 24 of 33 without an interception in his Dolphins debut.   

Parkey's 35-yard field goal trimmed Los Angeles' lead to one point with 6:28 to play, and Miami's defense held. The Dolphins got the ball back with 3:02 left, and Cutler got them into position for another big kick from Parkey, the Jupiter, Florida, native claimed off waivers two weeks ago.   

The Dolphins were well-rested after their home opener against Tampa Bay was postponed, leaving them to play their latest season opener since 1977.   

The Chargers' latest last-minute loss dampened the festivities around a fresh start for the franchise, which brought five members of its inaugural 1960 Los Angeles Chargers to its temporary home at 27,000-seat StubHub Center, which was packed with a lively mix of both opponents' fans.   

Gates broke his tie with Tony Gonzalez on an 8-yard throw from Rivers in the third quarter. Melvin Gordon scored the Chargers' first touchdown in their new home from 1 yard in the second quarter to cap a 70-yard drive, but both teams struggled to put together sustained scoring marches.   

MORE MILESTONES   

Gates also made his 900th reception in the first half, becoming the third tight end in NFL history to hit the mark.   

Rivers surpassed Vinny Testaverde's 46,233 yards passing for 11th place in league history during the second half.   

ABSENCES   

Dolphins: LB Lawrence Timmons was inactive after unexpectedly leaving the team during the weekend. He was expected to start this season for the Dolphins, who signed him to a $12 million deal after he spent the past 10 years with Pittsburgh.   

Chargers: Starting CB Jason Verrett was unable to play because of pain in his surgically repaired knee.   

UP NEXT   

Dolphins: After traveling home for a week of practice at their undamaged training complex in Davie, they'll travel to New York to face the Jets.    Chargers: A three-game homestand continues with a visit from the Kansas City Chiefs, who have beaten their AFC West rivals six straight times.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Game Preview: Week Two vs. Chargers]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-838665504.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will begin their regular season against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

This is the second week of the NFL season, but only the first week of action for the Dolphins. Hurricane Irma led to the postponement of Miami's season opener and now the Dolphins will need to play for at least 16 straight weeks. The Chargers meanwhile lost their season opener, but have a playoff-contending roster.

The Chargers will be making their debut in Los Angeles, after moving from San Diego in the off-season. In their first game, the Chargers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Denver Broncos. The game was nationally televised and it was a rough start for the relocated franchise. Despite the loss, Los Angeles showed plenty of promise against a talented Denver squad.

This game will feature the regular season debut of Jay Cutler. After coming out of retirement, Cutler only played in parts of two preseason games for the Dolphins. Cutler saw plenty of practice time however and the veteran should have no problem finding a rhythm with his new offense. Cutler has worked with head coach Adam Gase in the past and has some terrific targets to throw to.

Cutler's day could be helped or hindered by the work of running back Jay Ajayi. After a breakout 2016 season, Ajayi comes into this year with high expectations. If Ajayi can move the ball up the field, the rest of the playbook will open up for Cutler and the Miami offense. While Ajayi is listed as questionable officially on the injury report, he is expected to play and see a normal allotment of plays.

Rey Maualuga meanwhile is unlikely to play and is also listed as questionable officially. After not participating in any preseason games, Maualuga is now out of action due to a hamstring strain. The linebacker was signed to be a starter for Miami, but missed several days of practice leading up to this game. Mike Hull would likely start for the Dolphins if Maualuga can't play, with Chase Allen waiting behind him.

The defense will have a busy day defending the pass, but will also need to keep an eye on Melvin Gordon. In the first game of the season, Gordon rushed for only 54 yards on 18 tries. Quarterback Philip Rivers made up for that with a strong passing day, but Gordon has the ability to post a 100-yard day or better on his own. Last year, Gordon rushed for 70 yards against the Dolphins in a November contest.

In a contest that should be close, the kicking game could be the difference. Miami has a pair of new kickers on the team, with Cody Parkey and Matt Haack set to make their debuts for the team. Parkey is taking over placekicking duties for the Dolphins, while Haack will be handling punts.

Sunday's game will get underway at 4:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Weekend Football Preview: Dolphins Return to Action]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:26:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-838659808.jpg

For the past two weeks, sports in the state of Florida took a back seat to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. From Key West all the way to the panhandle, residents of what - for the last week - hasn’t always been the Sunshine State have started the slow road to recover.

Last weekend, both college football and NFL teams in the state either cancelled or postponed games with Irma on the move. The Miami Dolphins had to move their opener with Tampa Bay to November, meaning they will play 16 straight games.

All three college powers – Miami, Florida State and Florida – cancelled their games along with USF and UCF postponing their games and FIU moving their game to Alabama.

This week, Irma’s impact forced the postponed of the much anticipated Miami-FSU game to October 7th while FIU and UCF both cancelled their games. The Dolphins will finally get their season underway all the way on the other side of the country.

While Florida continues their return to normalcy, we do the same here at NBC6.com and grade on a scale that goes up to four peacocks for a game that can’t be missed.

Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers

The Fins escaped the storm by heading out to the west coast, the first of 16 straight weeks they will be in action. The first opponent is a Chargers team who will be playing their first regular season game in the City of Angels since 1960 after having moved from San Diego this offseason. The teams met last season, with the Dolphins coming out on top.

It will be the regular season debut for Jay Cutler as Miami’s quarterback. After a decade in both Denver and Chicago, Cutler will be tasked with trying to lead the Dolphins to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in over a decade and a half (a five season run from 1997 to 2001).

Los Angeles is expected to be one of the bottom feeders in the AFC West this season, so Miami will likely start off the year with a win.

Tennessee at Florida

Amid reports that this game might be moved out of Gainesville after Irma, the SEC East contest will take place as scheduled inside The Swamp on Saturday – and for the first time in a dozen seasons, the Gators come into the contest not having a winning streak over the Vols after Tennessee got their first win in the series last season since 2004.

The Gators will stick with Feliepe Franks at quarterback, who got his first start in the opener against Michigan before being benched in place of Malik Zaire. Florida struggled on offense, scoring just three points on that side of the ball in the loss to the Wolverines.

The defense, which has been a strong point in past seasons, picked off two Michigan passes and returned them for scores – but also gave up 33 points in the loss.

Other State Games

In the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were supposed to play the Dolphins this week, will open their season at home against the Chicago Bears. Many experts have picks the Bucs to make the playoffs this season, led by third year quarterback Jameis Winston.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who surprised many by winning their opener last week against the Houston Texans, will return home Sunday to face the Tennessee Titans.

In college football, Friday night the 22nd ranked USF Bulls will be in action when they host Illinois. The Bulls cancelled last week’s game at Connecticut over concerns about returning home after the game.

Florida Atlantic will go after their first win of the season when they take on Bethune Cookman at home Saturday. The Owls have lost their first two games of the season to Navy and Wisconsin. That same day, FAMU will be in action when they travel down to Tampa for a showdown with Tennessee State.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Series With Brewers Moved to Milwaukee]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091117+marlins+park+roof+damage+irma.jpg

The Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers have had their their upcoming series moved to Miller Park.

Hurricane Irma only hit Marlins Park briefly, but the storm still has cost the Marlins a few home games. After assessing the neighborhood and the availability of emergency services, the Marlins and Major League Baseball made the decision on Wednesday.

In a statement, team president David Samson addressed the reasons for the relocation.

"Marlins Park stood ready to host the games, but we all agreed that burdening public service resources was not the proper course of action. Following Hurricane Irma, the Miami Marlins realize that all of our employees, as well as our entire community, have other needs that must take a priority at this time," said Samson.

The Marlins will serve as the home team in Milwaukee's home ballpark. It will be an unusual experience, but not a unique one. Multiple series have been relocated by MLB already this season, due to weather and resources. The Marlins have had games relocated in past years due to hurricanes as well.

Those with tickets to this weekend's series can either exchange them for tickets to one of final home games of the season, donate them to first responders or request a full refund.

According to Samson, the Marlins will return home on Monday to host the New York Mets. With the season drawing to a close, the Marlins have only a handful of games at Marlins Park remaining in the 2017 season. The team however can already begin counting down to the 2018 campaign. Miami found out on Tuesday, that it will host the Chicago Cubs to begin the 2018 season on March 29th.

The Marlins will continue their current series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Richardson Agrees to Extension With Heat: Report]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:40:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522716614.jpg

The Miami Heat and Josh Richardson have agreed on a four-year contract extension, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The contract is worth $42 million and it will begin following the 2017-18 season. The fourth year of the extension is a player option and would be worth $11.6 million. The first three guaranteed seasons are worth $9.3 million, $10.1 million and $10.8 million respectively. Richardson is set to earn $1.5 million in the upcoming campaign.

Following an exciting rookie season in 2015-16, Richardson was a key part of the roster again last season. The 23-year old was a difference maker on some nights and had numerous clutch baskets. While he came to Miami with some potential, he has arguably already exceeded some expectations. 

It is possible Richardson could have made more guaranteed money as a free agent, but he thrived in Erik Spoelstra's system. The ability to remain in a environment where he already has a history of success, was likely a big factor in Richardson's decision. Without this extension, Richardson would have been able to seek deals from other teams next off-season.

Richardson may not be a starter for Miami when the season begins, but he figures to see plenty of time on the court regardless. Last season, Richardson averaged 30.5 minutes per game and reached double-digits in points more often than not. In addition to points, Richardson filled up box scores with assists, rebounds and steals as well.

Miami had a busy and exciting off-season and has brought back most of the 2016-17 roster. Last year's squad went 30-11 in the second half of the season and almost made the playoffs. The players found a rhythm with one another and should be able to carry that into the upcoming season as well. With some new additions such as Kelly Olynyk, a playoff berth is an expectation for the Heat this time around.

The Heat will begin the preseason on October 1st against the Atlanta Hawks.



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<![CDATA['Racism Is as American as Baseball' Banner Unfurled at Red Sox Game]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:34:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17257032798084.jpg

A banner was quickly confiscated during Wednesday night's Red Sox game against the Oakland A's.

Four fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign during the fourth inning.

The black sign with white letters read, "Racism is as American as baseball."

Security reeled the banner back within minutes and escorted the fans from their seats, according to CSNNE.

Red Sox officials confirmed the incident through a statement:

"During the fourth inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park," said Zineb Curran, Senior Director of Corporate Communications.

A short time later, a group called Boston Antifa claimed via Twitter to be responsible for the stunt.

Fans at Wednesday night's game were quick to react to the stunt.

"Baseball represents America and racism does not. It's not OK," said one fan.

"I think it is going to end up being another one of those things that makes Boston look bad," said another man. "I don't really know what they meant by it. I guess it is up for interpretation."

This is the second time this year a controversial banner has been unfurled over the Green Monster, according to CSNNE. In June, a banner with a political message regarding the Middle East was also removed.

The Red Sox have instituted a no-tolerance policy after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who is black, said he heard racist remarks during a game earlier this season.



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<![CDATA[LA Officially Named as Host of 2028 Olympics]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:40:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-13+at+10.17.37+AM.png

The International Olympic Committee has officially named Los Angeles the host city for the 2028 Olympic Games.

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<![CDATA[2017 Dolphins Season Preview]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:51:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-838659808.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will have a busy and difficult schedule as they try to reach for the playoffs for a second straight season.

After Hurricane Irma postponed Miami's season opener, the team was left with one of the more challenging schedules in the league. The Dolphins will play games for at least 16 straight weeks and will also make a stop in London along the way.

The busy schedule will come after a preseason that already saw the Dolphins bring Jay Cutler come out of retirement. Miami's roster has suffered multiple injuries already and the depth on the team has taken a hit. Without a week to rest during the season, nagging injuries could become more serious issues as well.

In this league however, other teams will not feel sorry for the Dolphins. The competition will be fierce and Miami will need to find play makers in surprise spots. Head coach Adam Gase and the rest of the coaching staff, will likely try and rest some of the starters anytime it is possible.

The season will begin for the Dolphins in Los Angeles against the Chargers and will continue with another road game in New York. The Dolphins will not take the field at home until October 1st against the New Orleans Saints. Miami will then have three of four at home and this could end up being a critical part of the schedule.

Cutler only worked in parts of two preseason games, but he had plenty of time to practice with his new offense. The veteran quarterback also has a familiarity with Gase which should come in handy. Finding a rhythm with wide receivers such as Jarvis Landry, is the biggest task at this point. Cutler is not a QB who is afraid to throw deep and Landry could be the recipient of several of those this season.

Cutler's game differs from that of Ryan Tannehill and it could take some time for the offense to become accustomed to the change. Tannehill had been Miami's starting QB for every season dating back to 2012 and amassed a 37-40 record along the way. Barring setbacks, Tannehill is expected to return to the roster in 2018 and slide right back in as the starting quarterback. Cutler could go back to retirement at that point, or move on to another organization.

Miami's running game will also be something to keep an eye on as the season gets underway. Jay Ajayi etched his name into record books last season, but missed a lot of practice time this time around. Ajayi was in the league's concussion protocol program and was sidelined due to that. The RB did get into some exhibition action, but did not take many handoffs from Cutler on the field of play.

The defense for Miami remains mostly the same as 2016, but some special attention should be paid to Rey Maualuga. The veteran was unable to play in Miami's exhibition games, due to being considered out of shape. Maualuga has the ability to be a big contributor for the Dolphins, but it remains to be seen if he'll take the field in the first game of the season. Raekwon McMillan was set to be Miami's starting middle linebacker, but he suffered a season-ending injury during the preseason.

Miami's third game of the year will be the aforementioned game in London and it will be against the New Orleans Saints. After their first game was postponed, team owner Stephen Ross tried without success to have the game moved back to Miami. Unlike previous seasons, there is no bye surrounding the game and jet lag could become an issue for the Dolphins.

If the Dolphins can stay competitive, they will have a difficult three week three-week stretch during the second half. On November 27th and December 11th, the Dolphins will take on the New England Patriots. Weather could be a factor in the November game at Foxboro Stadium. In addition to possible cold temperatures and snow, the Dolphins will be playing for an 11th straight week at the time.

Weather will likely be a bigger problem for the Dolphins on December 17th, when the Dolphins head to Buffalo for a game with the Bills. The Dolphins will also finish out the season against Buffalo on December 31st. While Buffalo may not contend for a playoff spot, it has been known to give Miami fits in some previous seasons.

After a long playoff drought, the Dolphins surprised some with their success in 2016. With the injuries and scheduling, a return to the playoffs could be an even bigger surprise this time around.

The season will begin on Sunday in Los Angeles against the Chargers at 4:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Release 2018 Regular Season Schedule]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:57:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-841996644.jpg

The Miami Marlins released their full schedule for the 2018 regular season on Tuesday.

The season will begin on March 29th, which will be a relatively early start to a campaign. The Marlins will start the year at Marlins Park and will welcome in some exciting teams right at the start.

The Chicago Cubs will make a visit to Miami for four games to begin the season, with exact game times still to be announced. Following the Cubs, it will be Boston's turn to visit Marlins Park. This series against the Red Sox will only last two games, but the Marlins will also visit Fenway Park later in the season.

The schedule will also feature four games against the New York Yankees, with two coming in each team's stadium. Assuming he is approved by the league, Derek Jeter could be running the Marlins during those games. Jeter served as New Yorl's captain during his playing days and there should be plenty of intrigue in these contests.

Miami's toughest road trip of the season may come during the first full month of play. In mid-April, the Marlins will travel to the Bronx, Milwaukee and Los Angeles. In all, Miami will have nine games against the Yankees, Brewers and Dodgers. All three of those teams are expected to contend for the playoffs next season, while Miami's roster situation could be fluid.

In addition to the Yankees and Red Sox, the Marlins will play interleague games against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. Unlike recent years, the Rays and Marlins will play six times in 2018. The rivals will have one series at Tropicana Field and another at Marlins Park. Each series will last three games.

An earlier start to the season, also means no scheduled October baseball. Miami's regular season will come to a close on September 30th with three games in New York against the Mets. This could be a tremendous series for both teams, depending on decisions made this off-season. The Mets usually try to contend, while the Marlins have some core parts to make another run.

The full 2018 schedule can be found at Marlins.com.



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<![CDATA[Charles Oakley Sues Knicks Owner Over MSG Fracas]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/oakley+scuffle+msg.jpg

Former Knicks star Charles Oakley has sued the team's owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden for libel and slander over a much-publicized dispute at the New York City arena earlier this year.

The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, accuses Dolan of defaming Oakley and also alleges assault, battery and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for "emotional distress and/or mental anguish" and punitive damages.

The Madison Square Garden Co. called the lawsuit "frivolous" and "nothing more than another attempt by Mr. Oakley to garner attention. We will deal with this accordingly."

The lawsuit details how Oakley was treated before and after he was forcefully removed from The Garden during a February game earlier this year.

Oakley's lawyers allege in the lawsuit that in the days after the incident, Dolan and MSG launched "a coordinated and defamatory public relations campaign against Mr. Oakley, baselessly accusing him of abusing fans and staff, acting inappropriately and struggling with alcoholism." 

"By propagating these blatant lies about Mr. Oakley, Defendants Dolan and MSG have caused irreparable harm to his name and career and discriminated against him based on the false perception that he is an alcoholic, all in a transparent attempt to denigrate his standing among Knicks fans," the lawsuit claims.

On Feb. 8, Oakley sat a few rows from the Knicks owner at a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Security approached, and a fracas ensued. Oakley was handcuffed and ejected.

Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespass. He was accused of striking one security guard in the face with a closed fist, and when two other people tried to intervene, both were pushed and received cuts.

In August, Oakley reached a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop the charges if he stays out of trouble for six months and complies with a condition barring him from MSG for one year, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said at the time.

The 53-year-old said then that a trial would waste time and money that should be used to "keep the streets better for kids."

His lawyer said Oakley didn't need a trial to prove his innocence.

The former NBA enforcer and rebounding machine played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998, helping the team reach the NBA Finals. He has since had a splintered relationship with the organization because of his criticism of Dolan.



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<![CDATA[The 'Coffee Master' of South Korea]]> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:13:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+OLYMPIC+COFFEE+THUMB.jpg

Gangneung, South Korea, will host the ice events for the Winter Olympics, but it's known for something much warmer: coffee. There is now a huge cafe culture in the city thanks in part to Park L Choo, who has been on a 30-year quest to make the perfect cup of coffee.

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<![CDATA[Select NBC Sports Coverage Moved to COZI TV Due to Irma]]> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 14:33:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630563634.jpg

Due to NBC 6’s continuing coverage of Hurricane Irma and its impending impact on Florida, select NBC Sports programing will be seen on our sister channel, CoziTV.

Fans can watch Saturday’s Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City starting at 12:30 p.m. as well as the Georgia-Notre Dame college football game starting at 7:30 p.m.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football, featuring the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, can also be seen on the channel starting with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. followed by kickoff at 8:30 p.m.

You can find CoziTV on the following channels:

  • Over The Air Channel 6.2
  • Comcast Xfinity Channel 216
  • Atlantic Broadband 650
  • Advanced Cable Channel 133
  • AT&T U-Verse Channel 578




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<![CDATA[Top Images From the 2017 NFL Season]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:16:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-849250956.jpg Check out some of the best images from the 2017 NFL season.

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