<![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 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:42:02 -0500 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:42:02 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Curry's Golden Night Too Much For Heat]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:27:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459585924.jpg

The Miami Heat had a large lead early but Stephen Curry's big game led the Golden State Warriors to a 114-97 win on Tuesday.

At one point in the first half, the Heat held a 16-point advantage. Miami stayed in the game until the latter part of the fourth quarter despite the final score. The loss ended a two-game winning streak for Miami and dropped it to 8-7 on the year. The Heat are also only 4-5 at home with three of the losses coming in blowout fashion.

Stephen Curry had 40 points for the Warriors and hit eight of his 11 attempted three-point attempts. Curry added seven assists and six boards for good measure. His impact was noticeable as the Heat regained the lead in the fourth quarter with Curry on the bench. When the All-Star came back into the game, Golden State went on a 14-0 run to seal the win.

On the Miami side, Chris Bosh was once again solid. Bosh who has enjoyed a great year had 26 points and nine boards in 34 minutes. Bosh was 2-3 on his trey attempts while adding a block and an assist.

James Ennis actually made the biggest impact for the Heat as the team was +17 with him on the court. Ennis had eight points and rebounds with four assists. Ennis was very active inside the paint and on defense as well. The rookie played 22 minutes while picking up a steal and two blocks.

Dwayne Wade missed his seventh straight game while Norris Cole returned to the lineup after being unavailable for a pair of games. Chris Andersen also missed this one due to a sprained ankle.

The Heat will now be off until Sunday when they travel to New York for a game with the Knicks.

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<![CDATA[Bjugstad's Early Goal Holds Up For Panthers]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:54:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/165978418.jpg

All it took was 21 seconds on Wednesday for the Florida Panthers to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0.

Nick Bjugstad put his eighth goal of the season into the net only 21 seconds into the game. The assists came courtesy of Brandon Pirri and Jonathan Huberdeau. It turned out to be the only score for either side. With the win, Florida is now 8-6-6 on the year which is good for 22 points.

Through 20 games this year, the Panthers sit it in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and only two points behind the last playoff spot. Struggles in overtime has been a theme for the Panthers all season long. Their six overtime losses are the most in the entire NHL, however the six points earned have been helpful as well.

Roberto Luongo started the game and made one dazzling save as part of an 11-save day. The goalie was lifted early which is why his save total was so low. The reason Luongo headed to the bench was an upper body injury which is not considered serious according to the Sun-Sentinel.

With Luongo out of the game, Al Montoya stepped in and did a great job. Montoya saved all 22 attempts shot at him. It's been a bit of an up-and-down year for the backup goaltender who has shown flashes of solid play but has also looked overmatched at other times.

Jimmy Hayes, Scottie Upshall, and Colby Robak were all healthy scratches for Florida in this one.

The Ottawa Senators will make a visit to BB&T Center on Friday when the Panthers look for a second straight victory at home.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Fall as Broncos Tally 22 Points in 4th Quarter]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:58:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459468300.jpg

The Miami Dolphins had a lead going to the final quarter but it all fell at that point as the Denver Broncos came away 39-36 winners.

Miami scored first and did not surrender the lead during the first three quarters. In fact, the Dolphins even added onto their halftime lead with a touchdown in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was a different story however as Denver outscored Miami 22-8.

The loss put a dent in the playoff hopes for Miami but it is still alive with five weeks to go. The Dolphins are 6-5 and still in second place in the AFC East. With the New England Patriots running off seven wins in a row, the wild card however will likely be the only route for Miami in terms of postseason play.

Ryan Tannehill had a relatively good game with his 228 yards. The quarterback was 26-36 on the day and threw three touchdown passes. A late interception came on a tipped pass and resulted in a Denver score that put the game further out of reach. With under two minutes to play, Tannehill led Miami down the field for a TD but the team was unable to recover an onside try.

Jarvis Landry caught two TD passes and now has five such receptions this season. Mike Wallace caught the other touchdown pass to give him seven on the year.

The ground game was quiet for Miami with Lamar Miller only collecting 59 yards on 12 carries. Overall, the Dolphins only had 97 rushing yards on the day. Daniel Thomas picked up a rushing TD which was his first of the year.

The Dolphins will head to New York for a Monday Night Football matchup with the Jets next Monday.

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<![CDATA[Heat Hang On For Second Straight Win]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:25:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459473604.jpg

It went down to the buzzer on Sunday but the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-93 for their second consecutive win.

The win improved Miami's record to 8-6 on the year and it also ended a three-game losing streak at home. The Heat are now in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings and are 3.5 games behind the top seed.

Three Heat players scored at least 20 points in a great team win. The Heat led at the half but trailed going into the fourth quarter. A 27-21 final quarter was enough for the close win. The Hornets had the ball down one with seconds to go but a great stand on defense by Miami preserved the victory.

Luol Deng scored 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. The forward played 38 minutes and was very active on defense as usual as well. Deng was credited with one block and the team was +6 while he was on the court.

With Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole both still out, another start was given to Mario Chalmers and Shannon Brown. Chalmers had 20 points and ten assists for a double-double The bulk of the points for Chalmers came in the fourth quarter. Brown did not score in his 17 minutes.

Chris Bosh had another double-double with his 20 points and ten rebounds. Bosh hit a couple of three-pointers but also turned the ball over five times. The All-Star also had a block and an assist.

Shabazz Napier had a big game with 14 points and 34 minutes off the bench. Napier sank four of the five three-pointers he attempted. The first round pick also had three assists and could be in line for more rotation minutes the rest of the way.

Chris Andersen sprained his right ankle during the game and could miss a little time. Udonis Haslem would likely see more minutes in place of Andersen.

Miami will stay home for a game with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Home Woes Continue For Panthers]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:21:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459534668.jpg

The Florida Panthers continued to struggle at home with a 4-1 loss on Monday to the Minnesota Wild.

With the loss, Florida is now 3-4-1 at BB&T Center this year. The Panthers have dropped three of their last four games at home with their last win coming nearly two weeks ago. Overall Florida is 7-6-6 and has 20 points.

The lone goal in this game came courtesy of Shawn Thornton in the second period. It was the first goal of the year for Thornton and Dmitry Kulikov was credited with the assist. Florida had 30 shots on goal while Minnesota had 38.

Roberto Luongo allowed three of the goals with the fourth coming with an empty net. Luongo was credited with 34 saves one game after he had 48. The goalie now has a .926 on the season which is fifth best in the league.

Tomas Fleischmann, Vincent Trocheck, and Dylan Olsen were all healthy scratches for Florida. Sean Bergenheim meanwhile saw his first action in almost a month and led the team with five shots on goal.

Both teams had three power play opportunities and came up empty on all six tries combined in this one.

The Carolina Hurricanes will stop by for a visit on Wednesday as the Panthers look to win a game at home.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 12]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:20:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459467122.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the twelfth week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday Spotlight]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:55:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP747099438720.jpg New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has had a stand-out first season, and recalls that he has always been ready for the Sunday spotlight.

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<![CDATA[Luongo Saves 48 in Loss]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:59:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458575848.jpg

Shootouts have been a problem for the Florida Panthers this year and that continued in their loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

The final score of this game was 3-2 after the shootout. It was the fourth time this season that Florida participated in a shootout and the third time it ended up on the losing end. This was also the second consecutive game that ended in a shootout. Overall, the Panthers are now 7-5-6 on the year and have 20 points.

Roberto Luongo was solid in this game saving 48 of the 50 attempts fired at him. The goalie had a good game the other day in San Jose as well after a couple of tough outings. The 48 saves were the most this year for Luongo.

The Panthers were trailing 2-0 with 43 seconds left in regulation and seemed on their way to a quiet loss. However, they would score twice in the next 12 seconds to force overtime and earn a point.

The first goal for Florida was put in the net by Rocco Grimaldi and it was also the first of his career. Assists on the second round pick's goal were credited to Brian Campbell and Aaron Ekblad.

Nick Bjugstad scored his seventh goal of the season next to tie up the game. Jimmy Hayes assisted on that one with 31 seconds left in regulation.

Sean Bergenheim remained out with a lower body injury while Scottie Upshall missed the game with an upper body ailment. Colby Robak was a healthy scratch in this one for the Panthers..

Florida will return home on Monday for a game with the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Virginia Dominates Hurricanes]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:12:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457746142.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes suffered an embarrassing 30-13 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virgnia.

Things started out well for Miami with a 7-0 lead in the first quarter but that would be the only high point on the day for the school. Virginia scored the next 30 points including 17 in the second half.

The loss drops Miami to 3-4 in the ACC and 6-5 overall this year. It was the second loss in a row for the Hurricanes and came to a Virginia team that had lost four in a row.

Brad Kaaya was 20-33 for 263 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback also threw an interception. Kaaya had entered this game with nine touchdowns and one pick in his last four games combined. Phillip Dorsett caught the TD pass and it was his eighth touchdown reception of the year.

With under two minutes to play, UM got on the board again when Ladarius Gunter blocked a punt. Hugo Delapenha Jr. returned it nearly the length of the field for the TD. A subsequent two-point conversion try failed.

Duke Johnson picked up 88 yards on 15 carries. This was the first game since the first one of the year that the running back failed to reach the end zone. Johnson's longest rush of the day was for 26 yards and he also picked up 44 yards in the air.

Miami will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers next Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Bosh and Chalmers Lead Heat Past Magic]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:10:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458463542.jpg

The Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic 99-92 on Saturday thanks to big games from Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers.

With Dwyane Wade out for the a fifth straight game due to a hamstring injury, the Heat needed a big effort from Chalmers once again. That need was only increased by the fact Norris Cole also was out of commission. Cole who dislocated the middle finger on his left hand in the last game could miss more time going forward.

Chalmers ended up with 24 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds in 33 minutes. The guard also picked up a steal and could end up keeping the starting point guard job even when Cole recovers.

Bosh continued his excellent season with a double-double consisting of 32 points and ten boards. Bosh also blocked one shot and was 4-6 on his three-point attempts. The big man had struggled a bit as of late but was dominant in this game.

Shannon Brown got his first start of the season and contributed seven points. Brown did very well defensively and the Heat were +10 with him on the court. It is possible Brown could see another start in the next game with the Heat still shorthanded.

Miami was out-rebounded 44-33 and Orlando also won the battle of points in the paint. The Heat were able to come away victorious mostly due to their efficiency on three-point attempts. In this game, Miami was 12-26 on treys and even better in the first half. This was a welcome surprise for the Heat as the team has struggled from the perimeter most of the season.

Miami will be right back on the court on Sunday for a home game against the Charlotte Hornets.

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<![CDATA[Week 12 Preview: Dolphins at Broncos]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:10:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458916498.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will have their hands full on Sunday in Denver when they take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

Manning is enjoying yet another MVP-caliber season while his Broncos lead their division. Denver is also in the running for the best record in the AFC and is coming off a loss in St. Louis. That loss last week has made this game even important for Denver which won't make things any easier for Miami.

The Broncos have an eye-opening home and road split this year. On the road, they are a pedestrian 2-3 but are 5-0 in Denver. This game is at Sports Authority Field where the Broncos are averaging over 34 points a game.

The Dolphins meanwhile are coming off an impressive win over the Buffalo Bills over a week ago. The Bills came into that contest tied with Miami at 5-4 and also held the tiebreaker after their win in the second week of the year. The win by the Dolphins propelled them to second place in the AFC East.

The Dolphins have not allowed a touchdown in two of their past three games and they won both of those contests. Miami has one of the best defenses this year but Denver has one of the best offenses. Sacking Manning would help the cause but the future Hall of Famer has only been sacked 11 times this year which is the lowest total in the entire league.

Ryan Tannehill has been enjoying a great run, perhaps the most consistency he's shown in his young career. In the past five games, Tannehill has combined for nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Miami is 4-1 in those games and has stayed in the playoff hunt with its 6-4 record.

Sunday's game in Denver will begin at 4:25 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Buffalo Bills Hitch Rides Aboard Snowmobiles]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:53:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/KRAIG+URBIK1.JPG

Up to seven feet of snow wasn't going to stop the Buffalo Bills from flying out to Detroit for Monday’s game against the Jets — even if some players needed a novel way to get to the Bills’ stadium and a bus to the airport.

“Just texted with a Bills player who was picked up on a snowmobile to head to his game,” tweeted Albert Breer, national reporter for the NFL Network. “So in 10 years of covering the NFL, that’s a first.”

The game was supposed to have been played in Buffalo on Sunday, but was moved to Detroit because of the deadly storm.

The blizzard dropped 85 inches of snow on Buffalo, enough to bury Snookie, Jim Kelly and even Yao Ming.

On The MMQB, Peter King describes the planning that went into the "snowmobile rescues."

"I have covered the NFL for 30 years, and I must say I have never heard an NFL executive say he hoped a snowmobile would come up big for his team in advance of a game with big playoff implications," he wrote.

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<![CDATA[Jose Canseco Pranks Everyone with Finger Hoax]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:56:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP565783519558.jpg

Looks like Jose Canseco gave everyone the finger. 

The former Major League Baseball player took to Twitter at the end of October to announce that he had shot off his middle digit and had it reattached during surgery. Last week, Canseco claimed that the mangled finger fell off during a poker tournament because it had been “very loose” and “smelling really bad.” He also said he would be selling the thumb and gun that shot it off on eBay a few days later.

“Maybe I will make it a package the chrome 45 caliber Remington with the finger both for sale a package deal," he tweeted on Nov. 17.

But despite continuing to post on social media about the plan, Canseco reportedly will not be selling his appendage to the highest bidder—it was all just a prank.

When TMZ reporters followed up about the details of the unique eBay sale, Canseco finally admitted it was all a hoax, the site reported. He said he thought of the whole plan when he saw a fake finger in a Halloween store. 

What remains true, NBC Sports reports, is that the prankster did shoot off his finger but had it successfully reconnected with surgery.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Offer Contract to Adam LaRoche: Report]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:20:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/173376488.jpg

The Miami Marlins are keeping busy and have offered first baseman Adam LaRoche a two-year contract worth $20 million per the Miami Herald.

LaRoche most recently played with the Washington Nationals, an organization he had been a part of since 2011. Before that, LaRoche spent time with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Marlins already have a first baseman under contract for 2015 in Garrett Jones. However, the team is looking to upgrade that spot in the lineup after Jones did not produce as much as anticipated. Jones has a $5 million guaranteed salary in 2015 which Miami could try to move if LaRoche is signed.

LaRoche could be a perfect fit with the Marlins as he would be a dependable power bat behind Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup. The veteran had 26 home runs in 2014 and has averaged 27 a year in his career. One other plus is the fact LaRoche is a lefty which could cause problems for opposing pitchers in terms of pitching changes.

In his long career, the 35-year old has won a Gold Glove and has always been known for his dependable defense. That along with his consistent bat would provide the Marlins with something they have lacked at first base for several seasons now. LaRoche would arguably be the best defensive 1B in South Florida since Derrek Lee if he signs.

The contract offered by Miami could end up not being enough but there remains a possibility that the team could increase it. After officially signing Stanton to a 13-year extension earlier in the day, the Marlins are wasting no time in trying to bolster the lineup around him. Stanton will make $6.5 million in 2015 which has given the team a lot of flexibility to add more pieces.

In addition to LaRoche, the Marlins have been linked to several pitchers including James Shields.

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<![CDATA[Clippers Torch Heat as Wade Sits Again]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:49:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459319620.jpg

Dwyane Wade remained inactive as the Los Angeles Clippers dominated the Miami Heat on Thursday by a final score of 110-93.

Wade is nursing a hamstring injury and is considered day-to-day. Thus far the guard has missed four games and the Heat are 1-3 in those contests. Without Wade, Miami has been forced to give extra minutes to players such as Shannon Brown and James Ennis in recent days.

Norris Cole dislocated his left middle finger during the game and could potentially miss some time going forward.

Chris Bosh once again did everything he could but it was not enough as he received very little help. Bosh had 28 points in 31 minutes along with seven rebounds. Bosh shot the ball better than he has in recent games as well with a 9-17 day.

Luol Deng returned to the lineup after missing the last game in Brooklyn with a wrist injury. Deng put in 28 solid minutes on the court and scored 13 points. Deng also contributed five boards but was a disappointing 0-4 from the three-point line.

The Heat had difficulty on threes as a whole which has been a common trend this year going back to the preseason. Miami was only 6-25 on its trey attempts in this game and two of those came from Shabazz Napier who did not start the game.

Miami was also dominated on the inside as the Clippers scored 42 paints in the paint in stark contrast to the 24 from the Heat. Miami had six offensive rebounds which has been around the norm this season. Even though its a low total, it was still more than the three the Clippers tallied.

The Heat will take a day off and then get back on the court on Saturday in Orlando for a game with the Magic.

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<![CDATA[Stanton's Contract by the Numbers]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:42:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452197140.jpg

The Miami Marlins and slugger Giancarlo Stanton signed the richest sports contract in North American history Wednesday, a whopping $325 million over 13 years. The overall value is staggering, but breaking it down further shows even more eye-popping numbers.

The contract is complex and the Marlins are not necessarily on the hook for the entire amount. According to NBCSports and ESPN, the contract will pay Stanton $6.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016, and $14.5 million in 2017. He would then earn $77 million over the next three seasons before having the ability to opt-out of his contract after 2020, when he would be 31-years-old.

That puts the Marlins on the hook for $107 million of the deal over the first six seasons, or roughly $17.83 million per season. The final seven seasons work out to roughly $218 million, assuming Stanton is still with the Marlins, or roughly $31.14 million a year through the end of the deal.

The overall deal, works out to paying Stanton $25 million a year or roughly $2.083 million per month. The contract breaks down to approximately $69,444.43 per day in an average 30-day-month, roughly $2,893.52 per hour.

For comparison, the average median income in 2012 was $51,017, according to CNN.com. In addition, based on Stanton’s current home run output (30.8 per season), Stanton is expected to hit 400 home runs over the next 13 years. Based on that output, Stanton will get paid $812,500 per home run through the length of the contract.

Put another way, according to Andrew Brandt of ESPN, the fully guaranteed $325 million contract for Stanton is equal to the guaranteed money for Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, and J.J. Watt combined plus about $20 million.

So what could Stanton buy with his rich new contract? According to the Washington Post, 65 million $5 footlongs from Subway, 232.1 million king-size Kit-Kat bars, 9.3 million cats (if he adopted them from the Humane Society of Miami. According to USAToday, he could film Waterworld 1.88 times, purchase 382,803 iPhone 6 pluses (64 gb no contract), buy 113,517,289 gallons of gas, or take 1,400 trips on Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Rice in China to Promote NFL]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:33:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/rice-horz.jpg

San Francisco 49ers legendary wide receiver and NFL Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice is in China trying to entice the world's most-populous country to tune into NFL football on every given Sunday, according to reports.

An NBC News crew captured Rice in the moment in Beijing, where NFL officials are "demystifying the game" by "putting footballs in [Chinese peoples'] hands."

On Sunday, Rice put on a clinic, which one young fan described as "the greatest football experience of my life."

There is also already a flag football league in Beijing, but NBC noted the country is "with little history of contact sports like American football."

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<![CDATA[Shorthanded Heat End Skid in Brooklyn]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:09:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/489914379.jpg

The Miami Heat returned to the win column on Monday with a 95-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

Miami had lost three games in a row dating back to their last win on November 9th. This game was the back half of a back-to-back and was also the third in a row without Dwyane Wade. The Heat were also without the services of Josh McRoberts and Luol Deng. This marks the first time that Miami has won this year without Wade on the court.

The Heat were forced to put a new look starting lineup on the court and the results were positive. Danny Granger saw his first action of the year and made the start. Granger ended up with four points in 20 minutes and will slide back into a depth role once the regulars are ready for action.

Also in the starting lineup for this one was Mario Chalmers who started for the second straight day. Chalmers had a big game with 22 points in 34 minutes along with five assists and a pair of steals. The guard has come up big when Miami has needed him with its depleted roster.

After a rough star line a day earlier, Chris Bosh had a better game on Monday. Bosh had 15 points and seven rebounds in his 29 minutes. The Heat were +16 with Bosh on the court as he had the biggest positive impact on the night. 

James Ennis played the most minutes of his career with 36 in this one. Ennis who has been given an opportunity with Wade and McRoberts out contributed ten points and eight boards. The rookie also had two assists and a steal. His efforts could pay off with more rotation minutes even when the regulars return.

Miami was better as a team with rebounds and free throws than it was a day earlier. After struggling in both of those departments, the Heat were 24-27 from the free throw line and had 41 rebounds in the win.

The Heat will return home on Thursday for a game with the Los Angeles Clippers at 8:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Canseco May Sell His Shot Finger, Gun on eBay]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:57:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jose-Canseco-1.jpg

Jose Canseco says he's parting with his finger forever — for a price.

The former major leaguer tweeted Monday that he'll sell his detached digit, along with the gun with which he accidentally shot it off. He tweeted last week that the operation to reattach the finger had failed, and it had fallen off during a poker game.

Canseco said he is also selling the chrome-plated .45-caliber handgun he was cleaning when he accidentally shot off the middle finger on his left hand.

In a series of tweets posted Friday afternoon, Canseco said his finger fell off during a poker game Thursday night, even after he had it surgically reattached. (Warning: The below tweets might seem disturbing to some.)

Canseco was apparently unaware that a bullet was in the chamber when he was cleaning the gun, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Mark Reddon told NBC News.

"It was a serious hand injury," but not a serious medical injury, Reddon said. "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Canseco began his long major-league career in the 1980s with the Oakland Athletics before going on to play for the Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and other teams.

He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career. After retiring, he also competed in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Set Sights on Help For Stanton]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:58:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/169061029.jpg

The Miami Marlins know Giancarlo Stanton will be with the team for a long time and now plan to add support in the lineup.

After confirming his team had signed Stanton, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria made it known that the work is not done. While the Marlins competed in 2014, there were a lot of times Stanton was pitched around due to a lack of protection. The Marlins would likely prefer that their $325 million man sees as many pitches to hit as possible.

"We are going to surround him with an improved lineup as well. We need another bat in this lineup that can help him out," Loria told the Miami Herald.

Casey McGehee did a great job hitting behind Stanton in 2014 for the first half of the year. McGehee who was on a one-year deal almost was a member of the National League All-Star team for his efforts. The second half was a different story however as McGehee's production tailed off and Stanton began to have less chances to make an impact. McGehee will be on the team in 2015 and will likely remain the starting third baseman.

When looking around the big leagues, the one player that compares best to Stanton is Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout recently picked up the American League Most Valuable Player award after a season where his stats nearly matched Stanton's. Trout benefits from a better lineup around him which includes among others, Albert Pujols.

There are a few intriguing bats in the free agent market this off-season and the Marlins could also look for help via trades. In free agency, Pablo Sandoval who most recently played with the World Champion San Francisco Giants is out there. Sandoval can play first or third base and would provide the type of impact bat that the Marlins need behind Stanton.

Sandoval has made it known he would prefer to remain with the Giants. It is possible he would even take less money to do so. There are also several times reportedly in the mix for Sandoval's service and his asking price could simply become too high for Miami.

Adam LaRoche is another free agent bat that could interest Miami. Even though Garrett Jones is under contract for 2015, the team could look to improve at the position. LaRoche offers sure-handed defense as well as a clutch dependable bat. The lefty would also give the Marlins a good righty-lefty dynamic in the middle of the order.

The Marlins could also look to improve their pitching this off-season. With ace Jose Fernandez out until at least the All-Star break, Miami will need to fill his rotation spot and pick up as many wins as possible. Names like Max Scherzer and Jon Lester will probably not be in the mix due to their salary demands. The Marlins could intend target a pitcher such as Ervin Santana.

In a trade, the possibilities open up much more but could become rather costly in terms of prospects. The Chicago Cubs have a surplus of young talented infielders and the Marlins have a dire need for infield help. It would likely cost Miami a top pitching arm such as Andrew Heaney to land one of the Cub infielders. A name that could intrigue Miami is Starlin Castro. 

The 24-year old shortstop would have to change positions and play second base for Miami as Adeiny Hechavarria is already locked into the lineup. If the Marlins could acquire Castro, they'd be picking up a player who has a team friendly contract and would fill one of the team's biggest needs.

Another name that potentially would fit in with Miami via trade would be Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays. Zobrist can play numerous positions and is signed for only 2015. The Rays would also possibly ask for at least one pitching prospect in return and it again could be Heaney. It may be difficult for the Marlins to move a promising young starter for one year of Zobrist however if the deal ever presented itself.

The Marlins took a big step forward with their signing of Stanton on Monday but there is a clear need for more.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Tony Hawk Rides Hoverboard]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:28:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-17+at+3.26.35+PM.png

The hoverboard is reality, and Tony Hawk has taken a spin on it.

The pro skateboarder tested the $10,000 prototype Hendo Hoverboard after husband and wife Greg and Jill Henderson launched a Kickstarter to fund it. 

In the video, Hawk performs a few tricks on the board, which hovers an inch off the ground and uses magnets, though he also ends up falling several times.

Hawk had caught attention for another hoverboard video earlier this year — a fake video made by Funny or Die that featured the skateboarder, musician Moby and others riding boards high into the sky, in a prank for which Hawk eventually apologized.  

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<![CDATA[Stanton Agrees To Record 13-Year Contract: Report]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:59:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453500668.jpg

The Miami Marlins have come to terms with Giancarlo Stanton on a record-breaking $325 million contract per NY Daily News.

The contract is reportedly for 13 years and will include a no-trade clause as well as an opt-out clause. The contract is a record in terms of dollars in American sports history. The no-trade clause is unique for the franchise as team policy has been to avoid such clauses. The opt-out is after the sixth season of the deal and would enable Stanton to become a free agent.

The Marlins will hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday according to the report.

Stanton who is only 25 has become a team leader for Miami and is one of the biggest names in the game. Last Thursday, he finished second for the National League Most Valuable Player award and should be in the discussion for years to come.

While the money and years given to Stanton are monumental, the right-fielder has also been outspoken about wanting to see a commitment from the team in terms of winning. There was an improvement on the field in 2014 and now there has been positive signs off the field.

It has been reported that the team has discussed contract extensions with Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechavarria. Fernandez may prove to be the most difficult to sign due to his future salary expectations especially with Stanton's new deal on the books

The Marlins may still also seek help in the free agent market. The breakdown of Stanton's new contract is unknown at his point but it is likely that his 2015 salary pales in comparison to the latter years of the deal. Knowing how much they have committed to Stanton going forward should help the Marlins put a competitive team on the field annually.

The 2015 payroll for the Marlins is not expected to be at the level of a larger market team but is expected to be higher than last season.

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<![CDATA[Heat Drop Third in a Row]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:20:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458463472.jpg

The Miami Heat lost Sunday's game to the Milwaukee Bucks 91-84 and have now been beaten in three straight.

For a second straight game, the Heat were without Dwyane Wade who continued to rest a hamstring injury. Up until last game, Wade had played in every game this year and the Heat are now 0-2 without him. Overall on the season, the Heat are 5-5 and have slipped to sixth in the conference standings.

Chris Bosh was off the mark for the entire game in what was one of the worst shooting nights of his career. Bosh was only 2-16 on his attempts and also missed three free throws in the second half. Even though Bosh struggled to put the ball in the basket he did contribute in other ways. The big man was solid defensively and have five blocks in the game. Bosh also had five rebounds and five assists.

Shawne Williams was the only reason that Miami was able to stay in the game as long as it did. Williams had a big fourth quarter as he scored 11 of his 13 points in the quarter. Williams also added 11 rebounds to give him a double-double. The forward who continues to fill in for Josh McRoberts was 3-6 on three point attempts.

Free throw shooting, three point shooting and rebounding were all once again reasons for the loss. Miami missed nine free throws while going 11-25 on trey attempts. In the rebound department, the Heat had 40 but only six were of the offensive variety. The lack of second-chance points proved costly in what was a close game down the stretch.

The Heat won't have much time to think about this one as they will be right back at it on Monday in Brooklyn against the Nets.

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<![CDATA[Offense Comes Alive For Panthers in Anaheim]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:20:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457638714.jpg

Offense has been a problem for the Florida Panthers this season but that changed during Sunday's 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The six goals are a season-high for Florida and come after a stretch where the team had lost four of its last five games. With the win, the Panthers are now 6-4-5 and have 17 points this season. 

The scoring started early for Florida when Vincent Trocheck picked up his first goal of the year only a little more than four minutes into the game. Trocheck's goal was assisted on by Tomas Kopecky and Scottie Upshall.

Florida did the majority of its work in the second period when four goals were scored. The first of the period came courtesy of Brad Boyes after about a minute of play. That goal which Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad assisted on was the third of the season for Boyes and only his first of the period.

Less than three minutes later, Nick Bjugstad put his third goal of the season into the net to make it a 3-1 game. Jussi Jokinen and Brian Campbell picked up assists on the goal. Jokinen has eight assists this year which leads the team.

At the 10:02 mark of the second period, Jonathan Huberdeau made it a 4-1 game with his goal which Aaron Ekblad and Bjugstad picked up assists on. The last goal of the period was a power play goal from Boyes. Jokinen and Campbell assisted on that goal as well.

With a big lead already, Florida padded it once more in the third period when Bjugstad scored his second goal of the game. Boyes and Dylan Olsen were credited with assists for the sixth and final Florida goal of the day.

Al Montoya made the start at goalie and fared much better than his last start. Montoya who allowed five goals last Saturday saved 33 of his 35 chances in this game.

Sean Bergenheim was once again scratched with a lower body injury while Dmitri Kulikov missed another with a knee injury.

The Panthers will continue their four-game road trip on Tuesday with a game against the Los Angeles Kings.

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 11]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:04:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458986756.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the eleventh week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Reggie Wayne Talks Special Bond With T. Y. Hilton]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:30:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-16+at+2.09.54+PM.jpg Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, now in his 14th season, has mentored third year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who's an emerging star in the league. The players discuss their special bond ahead of the Colts- New England Patriots showdown Sunday night. ]]> <![CDATA[Risk on Both Sides of Stanton Talks]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:53:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455288370.jpg

Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins are working on a contract to keep him in town for years to come but it is full of risk.

One one side of the talks is Stanton who has not faced live pitching since taking a fastball to his face. The 25-year old narrowly avoided injuries that could have impacted his career and life. A little to the left or right and things could have been dramatically different. The injuries sustained were serious enough to end Stanton's season which possibly cost him the Most Valuable Player award.

Stanton does not have to only think of hypothetical situations, there is evidence in the history of sports that shows how a bright future can come to an end in a blink of an eye. It is likely that Stanton could make the most money by entering the free agent market and he also could choose his destination. However, there are no guarantees and the slugger is likely aware of this.

In 1967, a 22-year old outfielder for the Boston Red Sox came to the plate. His name was Tony Conigliaro and he was one of the brightest young stars in the game. His 32 home runs in 1965 led the American League. His numbers show a sign of a potential Hall of Famer and look similar to those of Stanton in his early years.

Then Conigliaro was hit in the face with a pitch that damaged the retina in his left eye among several other major injuries. He would miss the rest of the year and then the following season before returning. It was a brief return however as lingering issues from the injury cut short his promising career.

Stanton does not even need to go that far back for an example nor does he need to leave his own organization. Back in 2005, Adam Greenberg who at the time was a prospect for the Chicago Cubs stepped up to the plate for his first big league at-bat. On the mound was Valerio de los Santos of the Florida Marlins. Greenberg had worked his whole life to get to this moment.

The first pitch thrown to Greenberg promptly hit him in the back of the head. The prospect went down and just like that, all that work was gone. All those dreams of stardom and financial stability vanished in an instant. Greenberg would suffer from vertigo and would struggle to return despite numerous attempts. As a hit-by-pitch does not count as an official at-bat, Greenberg was listed as 0-0 in the record books.

In 2012, the Marlins gave Greenberg a Major League at-bat after a campaign that made national headlines. He would attempt to return the following year as well before hanging up his spikes for good. Seven years after he began what could have been a long big league career, Greenberg ended up with one single at-bat because of that fateful day back in 2005.

Kevin Olsen is a name that is forgotten by many but he was a member of the 2003 World Series championship team in Florida. Olsen was on the mound on June 27, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston. A line drive came back to the mound and hit Olsen in the head. It was a scary incident as Olsen was carted off. The young pitcher would return in September but would never throw another Major League pitch after that season.

Olsen was only 26 years old and had showed a lot of promise in 2001 when he made his big league debut. He could have settled into a relief role for years to come but instead was forced out of the game by one brief moment.

One injury was even worse than the others listed here, it was fatal. In 1920, Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in the head with a pitch. Chapman would die from the injury that day. All it took was one pitch and Chapman's career and life came to an end due to the unfortunate location.

With these and other injuries in mind, Stanton and his agent are in a position where they have to weigh the risk of waiting until free agency with the security of a contract. A shorter term deal is only the route to go if you know nothing tragic is on the horizon. These men found out the hard way that everything you think will happen can disappear as fast as a line drive home run off of Stanton's bat.

For the Marlins, there is a lot of risk as well. They have not seen Stanton take an official at-bat since the devastating injury and have no way of knowing if it will have an adverse effect on his game. While it is likely Stanton will return to form, it is no guarantee until it is seen. Physically the young star should be fine but a lot of baseball is mental as well.

Not only is there risk for the team based on the previous injury but the potential for a future injury. Just because Stanton was hit in the head already does not mean it can't happen again. Other career altering injuries such as torn ligaments are always in play. Stanton is a player that gives his all on the field and this can often lead to serious injuries over the course of a career.

The money offered by the Marlins would be guaranteed regardless of injury or production drop off. Stanton will see that money regardless of if the team sees the statistical benefit of it. For a franchise with a tight budget, the dollar amounts being thrown around are potentially crippling without the anticipated production from Stanton

It remains likely that Stanton and the Marlins will come to terms on an extension. The length of the deal will determine which side is taking the bigger risk..

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<![CDATA[Late TD Dashes Upset Hopes For UM]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:51:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459052532.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes nearly upset the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday but instead walked away 30-26 losers.

The Hurricanes led the entire game until there were about three minutes to go in regulation. At that point, the Seminoles put a touchdown on the board and it ended up being the winning score. Overall FSU outscored UM 20-3 after halftime.

At the half, Miami led 23-10 but Florida State narrowed the gap in the second half. The two schools ended up exchanging field goals down the stretch. That streak of field goals came to an end however when FSU completed their game-winning TD drive.

UM is now 5-4 on the year and 3-3 in the ACC. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for Miami. Florida State has won the annual game between the rival schools every year since Miami's last win in 2009.

Brad Kaaya was 16-34 on the day for 316 yards. The freshman quarterback threw two touchdown passes as well as an interception. That pick came on his last throw of the game with UM facing a fourth down with the game on the line. Kaaya now has 22 touchdowns this year to go along with ten interceptions.

Duke Johnson was solid as usual with 130 yards on 27 carries. The running back also had a rushing TD to continue a streak. Johnson has had at least one TD in every game with the exception of the school's first of the year.

Miami will be in Virginia next Saturday for a game with the Cavaliers.

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<![CDATA[Panthers Force Overtime But Fall Again]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458681948.jpg

Friday's loss was the fourth in the last five games for the Florida Panthers as the New York Islanders came away 4-3 winners.

A goal with less than three minutes left in regulation by Florida forced overtime but the Islanders won in a quick shootout. On their first try, New York put a goal in the net during the shootout and Florida was unable to match it. Vincent Trocheck and Jussi Jokinen were credited with assists on the goal.

Jimmy Hayes scored during the first period to give the Panthers an early 1-0 lead and that was the third goal of the year for Hayes. After that though, things became bleak for the Panthers as the Islanders scored the next three goals.

The Panthers would finally add to their total in the third period when Brian Campbell connected on a power play goal. It was the first goal of the year for Campbell and it cut the deficit to one with about ten minutes to play. The assists on this one went to Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov.

The aforementioned tying goal was put in by Aaron Ekblad. It was the second goal of the year for the first overall draft pick and it was assisted on by Trocheck and Hayes.

Roberto Luongo saved 31 of 34 chances during regulation and the overtime period. Luongo also surrendered the winning goal in the shootout. The veteran goalie has a .928 save percentage this year and has had several outstanding games.

Sean Bergenheim missed another game with a lower body injury while Dmitry Kulikov was scratched with a knee injury.

The Panthers will head to Anaheim for a game on Sunday against the Ducks at 4:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Wade-less Heat No Match For Hawks]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:23:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/458994034.jpg

The Miami Heat fell to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday by a final of 114-103 in a game that Dwyane Wade missed with a hamstring injury.

This was the first game of the season that Wade missed and he is not expected to miss significant time. It is possible the guard could return for Miami's next game which will be on Sunday.

The loss was the second in a row for Miami which has had a streaky season thus far. After winning the first three games of the year, the Heat lost two straight before winning two straight. Now, they have once again lost two straight for an overall record of 5-4.

Without Wade, the Heat turned to James Ennis for a spot start. That experiment didn't last long however as the rookie played the first five minutes and then sat until the final minute of the game. Ennis finished 0-1 with one point. Despite a decent preseason, Ennis has struggled to find much time in the Heat rotation so far this season.

Mario Chalmers remained on the bench to begin the game but played starter type minutes. The guard ended up with 40 minutes on the court and he made the most of it. Chalmers had a double-double with his 23 points and 11 assists. He once again outplayed Norris Cole who remains the starting point guard. Cole had six points and seven assists in 28 minutes.

Shawne Williams had a big night with 21 points and six rebounds. Williams who continues to fill in for Josh McRoberts was 5-6 on his three point attempts and also had a steal to go along with a block in the game.

After a tough game against Indiana, Chris Bosh bounced back with a solid 20-point game. The big man also added eight boards and two steals in 38 minutes.

The Heat will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday back in Miami at 6:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Canseco Says Shot Finger Fell Off]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:47:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jose-canseco-getty.jpg

Jose Canseco’s struggle with his shot finger continues.

The former baseball star accidentally shot himself in the finger while cleaning what authorities say was a large-caliber handgun last month, but in a recent series of tweets, Canseco says the procedure to save his finger apparently didn’t work.

In the tweets, he details how his finger fell off Thursday night during a poker game.

(Warning: The below tweets might seem disturbing to some)

Canseco shot a finger on his left hand, apparently unaware that a bullet was in the chamber, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Mark Reddon said.

"It was a serious hand injury," but not a serious medical injury, Reddon told NBC News. "There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun."

Canseco began his long major league career in the 1980s playing for the Oakland Athletics, before going on to play for the Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and other teams.

He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career and after retiring also competed in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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<![CDATA[NFLer's Parents Slam Cops on Arrest]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:25:00 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/familyMcDonald.jpg

The parents of 49ers football player Ray McDonald spoke publicly for the first time since prosecutors decided not to charge the defensive end with felony domestic violence, criticizing the police for the information they released, saying it caused their 30-year-old son to get "slaughtered by the lynch mob."

Speaking to NBC Bay Area by phone on Friday, LaBrina McDonald said she and her husband, Ray McDonald Sr., were tired of keeping quiet. McDonald Sr. said the police released information in "bits and pieces" to make everyone think that his son "attacked" his pregnant girlfriend when "that was totally wrong." He chastised the police, saying they didn't have the "full facts."

"We are a very close family and we come from a close knit community," added LaBrina McDonald. "And we know our son. To hear and read all those things that folks are saying and prejudging — it's heart-breaking. We had to grit our teeth and bite our tongues until this was all done and over."

The San Jose police responded to media requests for a response to the criticism Friday by issuing a three-paragraph statement citing the mandatory disclosure of the California Public Records Act, which include police reports.

"Based on the overwhelming request by various media outlets for police records regarding the Ray McDonald case, the San Jose Police Department complied with state law," police said.

The statement also added that police are "very cautious and sensitive about the information we provide to the media and the public because we do not want to interfere with an active and ongoing investigation. Many times we are precluded from sharing very intimate details about an investigation because we must allow the investigators to conduct their followup investigations."

The McDonalds decided to speak out after the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced Monday that it wouldn't prosecute the 49er, who was arrested Aug. 31 after a birthday party he threw himself at his San Jose home.

The police news release at the time cited "visible injuries" to a woman officers accused McDonald of harming, but an internal DA memo released this week showed there was "insufficient evidence" and conflicting testimony to charge him with any crime.

There was indeed a fight, the prosecutors noted, where McDonald told his then 10-weeks-pregnant girlfriend she was an "unfit mother." But when the punch flew, both McDonald and the woman said she threw it, according to the document.

McDonald "grabbed her neck" to remove her from the house, which "resulted in a visible injury," the memo says. The action was used to restrain her, according to the documents. She told police that she was "fighting back." The prosecutor's memo describes the injuries as "seemingly minor" and characterizes the fight as a scuffle, "rather than an attack."

"He only restrained her," Ray McDonald Sr. said. "That was it."

Neither parent would not comment on their son's relationship with the woman at the center of the fight. They would not identify her, and would not answer whether she and their son still intended to get married. "You'll have to ask Ray," LaBrina McDonald said.

Ray McDonald told CSNBayArea that he was "doing stuff to try to better our relationship... because we do care about each other, love each other."

It was the "visible injuries" line that irks the McDonald parents, who own an insurance company in Florida and have one other child, a 32-year-old daughter.

"This basically led the public to believe that he hit or attacked her," the family said in a statement first issued to the Mercury News. "The fact that no additional information was given in this press release, in our opinion was very irresponsible and leads us to question the integrity of the ranking individuals that approved this press release."

READ: Ray McDonald Parents Statement on San Jose Police

NBC Bay Area was the second news outlet to obtain that statement and also an exclusive video interview with both parents from the airport on Friday as the couple was heading to Jamaica to celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary.

LaBrina McDonald said that it was hard as a mother to watch her son's name be tarnished — a son she described as laidback, a "big teddy bear," a "Mama's boy," and a talented piano player. 

Since she's a "big talker," LaBrina McDonald said it was especially hard for her not to tell her friends what happened from her son's point of view that night. Ray McDonald Sr. said it was his son who counseled them "to be patient," saying that soon, "the truth will come out."

For the McDonald parents, they are only too happy that there were no charges filed against their son.

"He's a loving person," LaBrina McDonald said. "Just because he makes a lot of money and is a defensive lineman doesn't mean he's a bad person." 

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