<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:12:00 -0400 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:12:00 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ichiro to Remain With Marlins in 2016]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:50:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491162944.jpg

Ichiro Suzuki will chase his 3,000th hit as a member of the Miami Marlins in 2016 the team announced on Tuesday.

Suzuki, who is considered a future Hall of Famer, was set to hit free agency. After signing a one-year deal with Miami for the 2015 season, Suzuki endured multiple offensive slumps. Still, the veteran gave the Marlins many positive moments and was a good influence on a young roster.

Team president David Samson joked that the team brought Suuzki back for "pitching depth" during a news conference.

In the final game of the season, manager Dan Jennings gave Suzuki a moment he had been waiting for. Suzuki pitched the final inning of Miami's season after wishing to take the mound for many years. The moment brought excitement to a team that was out of playoff contention, and showed how much the 42-year old means to his teammates. Upon returning to the dugout, the All-Star was greeted by jubilation.

Reaching 3,000 hits next year is not a given, but is possible. Suzuki is 65 hits away from the magical number. In 2015, Suzuki had 91 at-bats but also saw more playing time than he likely originally anticipated. Due to several injuries, Suzuki became a regular outfielder for a good portion of the year. In fact, Suzuki led the team in games played despite opening the year as a fourth outfielder.

Production aside, Suzuki brings tremendous work ethic to the clubhouse. His influence could be crucial on the young players surrounding him. Suzuki has literally seen it all in his many years around the game.

If Suzuki reaches the 3,000 hit mark, he would be the first player to ever do so in a Marlins uniform.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Assistant for MLB Star Accused of Selling His Yacht]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:45:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100615+anthony+acosta.jpg

A former assistant for Major League Baseball star Bronson Arroyo was arrested after selling the pitcher's yacht without his permission, authorities said Tuesday.

Anthony Acosta, 38, is facing grand theft and forgery and was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on $50,000 bond, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Acosta, who was Arroyo's personal assistant but was fired in 2012, is accused of selling the $167,000 yacht for $22,000 in 2013, according to the FDLE.

Investigators said Acosta told Arroyo that the yacht, which was being stored in Tampa, had sunk. Acosta then purposely reported higher repair costs on the boat to Arroyo to get more money, while moving the boat to a storage facility in Opa-locka and later selling it, authorities said.

Once the new owners of the boat realized there was a lien on it, they contacted Acosta to get their money back but Acosta refused, authorities said. The new owners contacted Arroyo, who discovered Acosta forged his signature on the bill of sale while selling the boat without his permission, authorities said.

The case is being prosecuted by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

Arroyo, who was born in Key West, has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is currently with the Los Angeles Dodgers but is on the disabled list for the rest of the year.

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Jennings to Leave Dugout and Return to Front Office]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:49:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490571810.jpg

The Miami Marlins made things official on Tuesday when they announced Dan Jennings will return to his role as general manager.

Jennings made the rare move of going from the front office to the dugout in May when Mike Redmond was fired as manager. When Jennings was moved, there were a lot of question marks surrounding the decision. Not only had Jennings never managed before, but he also never held a coaching job at any professional level.

There had been speculation that Jennings could end up leaving the organization completely, but team president David Samson quieted those rumors.

Samson stated that Jennings is a "signed member" and would return as general manager due to that. The team has the option to terminate Jennings' contract, but does not plan to do so. Should Jennings opt to head elsewhere, he would forfeit the remainder of his salary.

Jennings will find new people surrounding him in his office as Miami has made additions to its front office in recent months. Jennings will be joined by Marc DelPiano who returned to the team after a stint in Pittsburgh. DelPiano will serve as the Director of Baseball Operations. While Jennings will have a role in decision making, it appears those decisions will be more of a group effort.

The Marlins will begin an "extensive and exhaustive" search for a new manager according to Hill. There were reports that the Marlins have already interviewed several candidates including Larry Bowa. It seems that Miami will look for an experienced manager this time around.

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Sports Companies Dispute Allegations of Unfair Betting]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:29:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FanDuel.jpg

Two companies in the booming, unregulated world of online fantasy sports issued statements Monday after recent allegations that employees may have access to insider data that could allow unfair, highly profitable bets. 

In the statement posted on FanDuel's website, the company said that despite "recent attention on industry employees," FanDuel — as well as a second sports site, DraftKings — valued "the integrity of the games we offer to our customers."

"Both companies have strong policies in place to ensure that employees do not misuse any information at their disposal and strictly limit access to company data to only those employees who require it to do their jobs," the statement said.

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Bour Named NL Rookie of the Month]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:51:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486188730.jpg

Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour was named the National League Rookie of the Month for September on Monday.

Bour ended his rookie campaign in a big way, and it may have earned him the everyday job to begin 2016. Miami has been searching for a consistent first baseman for several years, and has also been in need of a powerful bat. Bour offers the Marlins protection for Giancarlo Stanton at a low cost.

The slugger hit nine home runs in the final month alone and knocked in 27 runs. Miami was one of the best teams in baseball since August 31st, and Bour is a big reason why. Bour also doubled five times and had a .274 average for the month. It was Bour's most consistent month as a big leaguer thus far.

Bour began his year on a torrid pace with .322 average in May to go along with five home runs. The first baseman experienced issues in June however when he batted only .138. Bour's power disappeared that month as well when he knocked only two balls out of the park.

Slumping after initial success is very common with first year players such as Bour as opposing pitchers make adjustments. The key to success for a young hitter is being able to adjust back to those new attacks. Bour did a fine job of finding renewed success after enduring a long and dismal slump.

Bour increased his numbers in virtually every statistical category over the final three months of the season. During this time, Stanton was out with a broken hamate bone and the lineups featured a myriad of names.

Heading into next season, Bour will undoubtedly work on his defensive game. While Bour held his own at first base, there were several balls that were out of his range. Improving his glove work could make Bour one of the premier first basemen in the game.

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<![CDATA[Yankees' CC Sabathia Checking Into Alcohol Rehab ]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:52:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sabathia+rehab+center.jpg

Yankees' CC Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason, the pitcher said Monday in a statement released by the team.

In the statement, the 35-year-old Sabathia said he was seeking "the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease."

He said he wanted to thank the Yankees organization for "their encouragement and understanding."

Sabathia's move comes the day before the Yankees take on the Houston Astros in a critical one-and-done AL Wild Card game. It's the team's first postseason appearance since 2012.

“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series," the 2007 AL Young Award winner said. "It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player."

Sabathia said it was difficult to publicly share his decision, but he didn't want to "run and hide." He also asked for privacy for him and his family.

“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you," Sabathia added. I want my kids -- and others who may have become fans of mine over the years -- to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do."

Sabathia was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA this year, slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. After returning from the disabled list and using a tighter brace, the portly left-hander was 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in five starts and got the win against Boston that week that clinched the Yankees' return to the postseason following a rare two-year absence.

Sabathia, who helped New York win the 2009 World Series during his first season in the Bronx, is signed through next season. His deal includes a 2017 club option that would become guaranteed if his left shoulder doesn't get hurt.

"I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness," Sabathia said. 

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Fire Joe Philbin as Head Coach]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:06:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489369146.jpg

The Miami Dolphins have fire head coach Joe Philbin, NBC 6 has learned.

The move comes a day after the team lost 27-14 to the New York Jets in London. The Dolphins have started the season with a 1-3 record.

“This was a tough decision for me to make knowing how tirelessly Joe worked in his four years here to make this a winning team. He is a man of the highest character and integrity that I developed a close personal relationship with," owner Stephen Ross said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed with how we have started the season, but I feel confident that we can improve quickly with the talent we have on our roster. We will soon be announcing an interim coach to lead the team going forward."

The team named tight ends coach Dan Campbell the interim head coach.

"I want to thank Steve Ross for allowing me the privilege to serve as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. This is a tremendous organization from top to bottom that has a talented and dedicated staff," Philbin's statement read. "I want to especially thank the players, coaches and football staff who have worked so unselfishly and represented the team with dignity and class. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the incredible fan base who has supported me and my family unconditionally since day one. It is my hope that the 2015 Miami Dolphins achieve great success both on and off the field."

Miami began the year with hopes of a championship and thus far has looked anything like a title contender. Philbin had not posted a winning season in his first three seasons at the helm of Miami and has a 24-28 record overall. With a short leash, this change had become expected by many.

Ross invested heavily into his team this off-season with hopes of ending a playoff drought. While there are still 12 games to play, it is rare for a team to reach the playoffs after starting 1-3. Pivotal to turning this season around will be an improvement on defense. While Miami has struggled offensively as well, the defense had been highly touted heading into the year and has been a disappointment.

The Dolphins could be seen many times this season with their hands on their hips. It appeared to be a mix of shock along with a bit of a lackadaisical approach. This apparent lack of focus often points to a problem at the top. Making a change with Philbin would suggest that Miami did indeed feel this way.

Penalties have also been a problem for the Dolphins this year as the team has gotten in their own way all too often. While having difficulty moving the ball or stopping the opposition, the Dolphins would hand out free yards with poor penalties. Whether it be delay of games or personal fouls, the Dolphins showed their lack of focus in more ways than one.

As the news came out Monday, Dolphins fans for the most part said it was time for a change.

"It's a results-based sport and he wasn't getting the job done. The team seems uninspired," fan Charlie Pereira said.

"He seemed like a cool dude, he does seem a little soft though," Kevin Delevaux said.

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<![CDATA[Report: Marlins to Interview Larry Bowa]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:27:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488163983.jpg

The Miami Marlins are wasting no time in their search for a new manager and will interview Larry Bowa, according to a report by MLB.com.

Dan Jennings managed his final game on Sunday and is now expected to mull over a return to Miami's front office. Rather than hire another inexperienced skipper, it appears that the Marlins are eyeing veteran managers. Bowa would certainly fit that criteria with his 853 career games as a manager.

Bowa, who is 69 has managed the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies. He's also served as a coach for many years and is currently the bench coach for Philadelphia. His last season as a skipper came in 2004 when Bowa led the Phillies to an 85-75 record. That season ended abruptly when the Phillies fired him with two days to go.

One thing Bowa's teams were known for was their ability to never give up and to fight until the last out. Bowa has an intense demeanor which is quite a departure from Jennings' style. Bowa's had some success as he picked up the Manager of the Year award back in 2001. However, Bowa also has never reached the playoffs as a manager.

When the Marlins fired Mike Redmond in May, they moved Jennings from his role as general manager to the dugout. It was a move that opened eyes and raised eyebrows. Jennings had never coached at a professional level before, but ended up with a decent record considering the state of his roster. Jennings' final mark as a manager was 55-68, and it is not expected that he will seek a coaching role in 2016.

Miami is expected to interview more candidates to be their next manager. The coaching staff could also see changes after a disappointing 2015 season.

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<![CDATA[Bosh Returns to Court as Heat Drop Preseason Opener]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:26:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485765361.jpg

The Miami Heat began their preseason schedule on Sunday with a 90-77 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The final score is meaningless, but the box score is not. One of the participants in the game was Chris Bosh, who missed the final 30 games of last season due to blood clots in his lungs. This was the first game action for Bosh since the All-Star Game last season.

Not only did Bosh play, but he played well. The big man gave Miami 23 strong minutes and posted 14 points and seven rebounds. Bosh appeared to be in tremendous shape, and looked focus on both ends of the court. Bosh's productivity will be critical to Miami's playoff hopes during the season.

Dwyane Wade also played 23 minutes in which he scored 12 points and had five boards of his own. The All-Star also picked up a steal while getting his work in. Wade was forced to pick up most of the load when Bosh went down last season, and appeared to tire out towards the end of the campaign.

This will be the first full season for Goran Dragic in Miami as he looks to lead its offense to the postseason. Dragic got off to a slow start scoring wise with only two points. The point guard did move the ball well though with five assists. Dragic will be pass up scoring opportunities at times, but can also sink a basket when its needed.

Amar'e Stoudemire made his debut for the Heat with 12 points and six rebounds off the bench. Stoudemire is going to see minutes as one of Miami's main options off the bench. The veteran has shown glimpses of his former self in the last couple of years.

Hassan Whiteside did not play in the loss as he continues to nurse a strained right calf. Whiteside may be ready to go for the next game, but that is considered questionable at this time.

The Heat will host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 4]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:19:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491476626.jpg See the top photos from week 4 of the NFL.

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<![CDATA[Dee Gordon Wins National League Batting Title]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 18:15:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491192084.jpg

Dee Gordon capped off his first year with the Miami Marlins on Sunday by clinching the National League batting title.

Gordon's three hits in Sunday's finale were enough to push him ahead of Washington Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper. Gordon finishes the year with a .333 batting average and also led all of baseball in hits and stolen bases.

There are several moments in history that Gordon put his name next to with his fantastic season. No NL player had led MLB in hits and steals since Ty Cobb in 1908. In addition, the last time a player led the NL in both batting average and stolen bases was 1949. The man to do it 66 years ago was Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

When Miami acquired Gordon from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the off-season, they were hoping to get a player who would set the table daily. Gordon did that and more with his exciting play. The second baseman not only got on base and advanced plenty, but he also dazzled with his glove. It is possible that Gordon could end up with the Gold Glove award as well for his play at second base.

The Marlins have had one other batting champion in franchise history. Back in 2009, Hanley Ramirez hit .342 which was best in the league. That was the best season of Ramirez's career thus far, and he had difficulty finding success with the Marlins after it.

Gordon is under team control until 2019 and comes with a relatively low price tag. The hope is that this breakout season is the first of many for the 27-year old All-Star. Gordon was voted into this year's Midsummer Classic, but was unable to play due to injury.

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Ichiro Takes Mound in Season Finale Loss]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 19:00:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491327876.jpg

The Miami Marlins finished their 2015 season with a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday by a final score of 7-2.

With the game having no meaning in the standings, the Marlins let Ichiro Suzuki pitch in the eighth inning. The future Hall of Famer has often spoke of his desire to pitch in a big league game. Manager Dan Jennings gave Suzuki the ball for one frame. Suzuki allowed a run on two hits.

Upon returning the dugout, Suzuki was greeted warmly by his teammates. The crowd in Philadelphia also gave Suzuki a loud ovation. The veteran is a free agent after the season, and may not be back with the Marlins in 2016.

It was an exciting game for the Marlins despite the loss as Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich reached personal goals. Gordon had three hits to help him clinch the National League batting title. Yelich was 0-2 in this one, but due to his recent play finished the year with a .300 average. This was the first time in Yelich's career that he reached the .300 level.

Gordon entered the game in a virtual tie with Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Right out of the gate, Gordon doubled on the first pitch thrown. In his next at-bat, Gordon smashed a home run to right field on the first pitch seen. The blast was the fourth of the season for Gordon who is not known for his power.

Andre Rienzo allowed four runs without retiring a batter in the seventh inning. It was a rough outing for Rienzo who bounced between AAA and the majors this year. Rienzo may battle for a bullpen spot in spring training and is also a trade candidate.

The Marlins will begin the 2016 season on April 5th, 2016 at home against the Detroit Tigers. Spring training will get underway in February.

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<![CDATA[Different Country, Same Result as Dolphins Fall]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:14:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491272422.jpg

The Miami Dolphins went overseas and were unable to escape their issues as they dropped Sunday's game 27-14 to the New York Jets.

This loss came in London at Wembley Stadium where Miami won a game last year. This loss counted as a home game for the Dolphins which means they are now 0-2 at home. This was also the third straight loss for Miami after opening the season with a win.

Miami has stumbled to a 1-3 record over the first four weeks, after beginning the year with lofty expectations. The slow start has led to increased speculation that head coach Joe Philbin could be replaced. With Miami headed for a bye week, the rumors may begin to swirl even faster.

Poor defense was again on display for Miami, as was a dismal offensive showing. Miami had multiple three-and-outs early on, and had difficulty moving the ball. The Dolphins were aided by Jets penalties to score their first touchdown of the day. A pair of pass interference calls moved the ball down field, when quarterback Ryan Tannehill could not. The QB ended the day 19-44 for 198 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.

While the Jets moved the ball at-will, the Dolphins also helped out with penalties of their own. Miami was penalized nine times for 80 yards on the day. A lack of focus and discipline made things tougher on a Miami team that was already behind early.

Once again, Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh were unable to record a sack. The pair have no sacks this year, and a highly touted Miami defense has been a disappointment as a whole. Conversely, Miami's QB was sacked three times due to a lack of productivity from the offensive line.

The Dolphins will resume their season on October 18th when they head to Tennessee for game with the Titans.

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<![CDATA[Yelich Collects Eight Hits as Marlins Sweep Doubleheader]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491162934.jpg

The Miami Marlins played their first doubleheader of the season on Saturday and they took both games from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Marlins won the first game by a final score of 7-6, and they held off the Phillies for a 5-2 victory in game two. 

Christian Yelich was a big reason for the sweep as he went 8-9. The huge day for Miami's left-fielder boosted his average over the .300 mark. Yelich started the year slow due to a back injury, but has been one of the best hitters in baseball since July. With one game to play, Yelich is now hitting .302.

The eight hits for Yelich came in succession as he was 8-8 before grounding out during game two. That tied a franchise record for the Marlins with Preston Wilson also accomplishing the feat. Going back to Thursday's game, Yelich reached safely in nine consecutive plate appearances.

Dee Gordon helped the Marlins as well and also helped himself in multiple statistical categories. Gordon is tied for the best average in the National League with one game to play. Both he and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals have a .331 batting average. Going by percentage points, Harper holds a slight edge.

Gordon eclipsed 200 hits in 2015 in game one, and virtually locked up the highest hit total in the NL. The speedy second baseman also stole a pair of bases to give him 58 this year. That mark is the highest in the league as well. Once Sunday's schedule is complete, Gordon in all likelihood will finish with the most hits and most steals in all of baseball. This feat has not been accomplished by an NL player since Honus Wagner in 1908.

Chris Narveson picked up the win in game one after a solid inning of relief. In game two, Justin Nicolino pitched his way to a victory. The rookie finishes his season with a 5-4 record to go along with a 4.01 E.R.A.

A.J. Ramos saved both games of the twin-bill which is something that no Marlins pitcher had ever done. Ramos now has 32 saves and is likely unavailable for the season finale.

The Marlins will wrap up the 2015 season on Sunday when Adam Conley takes the mound.

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<![CDATA[Week Four Preview: Jets at Dolphins in London]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:44:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460871770.jpg

The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets will renew their rivalry in London at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

This could be a critical game for the Dolphins and head coach Joe Philbin. After beginning the year with lofty expectations, the Dolphins have sputtered to a 1-2 record. Their one win easily could have been a loss, and Philbin could be on the hot seat already.

In his three prior seasons with the Dolphins, Philbin has been unable to post a winning record. This year, Miami was a playoff pick by many analysts after a busy and productive off-season. In the three games played however, Miami has looked more like a basement dweller than a postseason contender.

The Jets had a makeover in the off-season as well with a new head coach and a new quarterback. Thus far, the new look Jets are 2-1 which puts them a game up on Miami in the division. A win in this game would give New York a two game advantage and a leg up on a potential tie-breaker.

The Dolphins need to see a better effort from their defense in this game. In three games so far, Miami's defense has been seen standing around with its hands on its hips all too often. Ndamukong Suh has yet to record a sack and only has a few tackles on the year. A lot of this is due to teams double or even triple-teaming Suh, while his teammates have failed to get the job done beside him.

Ryan Tannehill didn't throw an interception in the first two games and then tossed three picks last week. With a subpar running game and an inefficient defense, turning the ball over simply can not happen if Miami is going to succeed. Tannehill will need to be better in this game, and will need to look more like the QB that the Dolphins gave a big contract to this past off-season.

The Dolphins and Jets will kick things off at 9:30 a.m. local time on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Fall to Rays Again]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:07:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490572470.jpg

The Miami Marlins lost a second straight game in the Citrus Series as the Tampa Bay Rays came away 6-4 winners on Wednesday.

The Rays clinched a win in the three-game series between the two clubs with this win. Its been a rough season for both teams, as each will finish with a losing record. The Marlins have struggled on the road all season long and now have a 28-49 record away from Marlins Park.

This game looked like a pitchers duel until the fifth inning. With the score tied at one, the Rays plated four runs in that fourth frame. That rough inning ended Jarred Cosart's day early, in what was the final start of the season for the right-hander. Cosart finishes the year with a 2-5 record and a 4.52 E.R.A.

In his 4.2 innings of work in the loss, Cosart allowed five hits and walked four while surrendering the aforementioned five runs. Cosart is expected to be in the starting rotation to begin 2016, and could be a key to Miami's success.

Brad Hand, Jose Urena and Chris Narveson combined to allow one run out of the bullpen in their 3.1 innings of relief work. The lone run was charged to Urena who continues to struggle as a reliever. With a lack of rotation spots, Urena may have difficulty cracking Miami's roster to begin next season.

Justin Bour (18), J.T. Realmuto (21), and Christian Yelich (28) each doubled in the game. Those two-base hits represented the only three extra base hits by Miami in the game. 

Jose Fernandez will make his last start of the year on Thursday, when he tries to help his team avoid a sweep in Tampa Bay.

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<![CDATA['Deflategate' Appeal Date Set]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486084636.jpg

The "Deflategate" appeal could be heard as early as Super Bowl week, according to an expedited appeal process that was approved this week.

The NFL had asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited hearing in its appeal of a federal judge's decision to nix New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension. Brady and the union agreed with the proposed schedule.

The appeals court approved the expedited schedule on Tuesday. The schedule calls for the NFL's opening brief to be filed by Oct. 26, 2015, and Brady and the union's answer to be filed by Dec. 7. The NFL's reply brief is then due by Dec. 21.

The appeal could be heard as early as the week of Feb. 1, 2016. Super Bowl 50 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman lifted Brady's 4-game suspension earlier this month, saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dispensed "his own brand of industrial justice" when Brady was punished for using underinflated footballs in a game during last season's playoffs.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Manager Meets Obama at Hotel Gym]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:49:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/165*120/obama+red+sox+mannager.jpg

Just like any other morning on a Boston Red Sox road trip, interim manager Torey Lovullo woke up and headed for the gym at the team hotel.

Only this time, he met a new exercise partner during an unforgettable workout that was anything but routine.

When Lovullo arrived to lift weights, there was President Barack Obama pumping iron in a long-sleeve T-shirt and sweats. Lovullo introduced himself and talked baseball with Obama, who was in New York this week for his annual trip to the United Nations.

Lovullo says they had a great conversation and he asked Obama when he would be leaving town, because all the security in place was making it awfully inconvenient to come and go and even grab a cup of coffee.

After their chat, Lovullo took a photo with the president. 

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Stanton to Miss Rest of Season]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:30:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-473529674.jpg

Giancarlo Stanton will not return to the Miami Marlins this year due to the slow recovery of his broken hand.

Stanton broke his hamate bone back on June 26th on a swing, and has not played since. An operation involved removing the bone, with recovery time expected to take less than two months. Due to a lack of strength in his hand and scar tissue, Stanton has been unable to return from the disabled list.

When Stanton went on the DL in June, he led the National League in home runs with 27. The outfielder was voted into the All-Star Game as a starter, and was on pace for Most Valuable Player type numbers. Stanton knocked in 67 runs in only 74 games, and it is likely he would have surpassed 100 runs batted in by a wide margin.

The Marlins will finish in third place this year in the National League East, and struggled to find consistency in their offense until this month. With Stanton out of the lineup, opposing teams found it easier to maneuver around Miami's lineup for two months. This month however, the Marlins have the best record in Major League Baseball even without their best offensive weapon.

Stanton signed a 13-year contract last off-season and was playing for a relatively low salary in 2015. His contract is team-friendly in 2016 as well which could allow Miami to put some extra talent around him. Many times this year, pitchers worked around Stanton with off-speed pitches. With a reliable powerful bat behind Stanton, it is likely that pitchers will throw more fastballs to the star.

Part of the reason for Miami's resurgence in September has been the impact of Justin Bour. The first baseman has stepped in as the Marlins top offensive force, and has launched home runs at a Stanton-esque pace. With 23 home runs in only 388 at bats, it is possible that Bour could reach 30 if given a full season. That just may be the case to begin 2016 as Miami could hand the everyday 1B job to Bour.

Stanton is expected to be ready to compete when spring training gets underway in February.

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<![CDATA[Nationals Suspend Papelbon After Scuffle With Harper]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:27:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/20150927+Papelbon+Harper.jpg

The Washington Nationals suspended relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his dugout fight with outfielder Bryce Harper during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Papelbon also accepted a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for appearing to intentionally throw at the Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado Wednesday.

"The behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. "That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way."

Harper will not be in the lineup for Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, manager Matt Williams said.

Harper was returning to the dugout after flying out to right field in the eighth inning when Papelbon began yelling at the right fielder. The two exchanged words before Papelbon pushed Harper against the dugout wall and had to be separated by teammates.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Papelbon gave up a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead.

Williams said he did not see the extent of the fight until after the game. Had he known what had happened, Williams said he would not have sent Papelbon back out to pitch the ninth.

Papelbon was ejected from Wednesday's game after hitting Machado's arm. He initially appealed that suspension.

The suspensions from the league and the team mean Papelbon will not be available to pitch in the seven remaining games of the season. He will not join the team on the road trip starting Tuesday, Williams said.

The Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention in Saturday’s game.

Papelbon joined the Nationals via a trade from the Phillies in the middle of the season.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Dominated by Bills in Home Opener]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:09:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490334118.jpg

The Miami Dolphins lost a second straight game when the Buffalo Bills came away 41-14 winners on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

This was the first game of the year for Miami and marked its first lopsided loss. After narrowly beating Washington in their first game, the Dolphins were beaten late by Jacksonville a week later. Miami is now 1-2 and sits in last place in the division.

Things looked bleak for Miami fast once again as Buffalo jumped out to a quick lead. The theme of the season has been poor starts for Miami's defense. That continued in this loss as the Dolphins were unable to stop Buffalo's offense. Combined with an inefficient offense, Miami found itself on defense too often.

After entering the game with no interceptions through two games, Ryan Tannehill threw three picks in this one alone. Tannehill's first interception came on a deflected pass and the issues only continued from there. Miami's quarterback was 26-49 for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Rishard Matthews came down with both TD passes.

Part of the problem for Miami this year has been a poor running game. Things didn't improve much in Sunday's loss with most of the yards coming in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 27, Miami began to run the ball almost exclusively which padded some paltry numbers. Jonas Gray led the ground attack with 49 yards on nine carries. As a team, the Dolphins had 102 yards on the ground.

Adding insult to injury in this one was the play of former Miami kicker Dan Carpenter. While facing his old team, Carpenter nailed two field goals including a 51 yarder.

The Dolphins will head out of the country for next week's game in London. Miami will be considered the home team when it hosts the New York Jets at Wembley Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Harper, Papelbon Scuffle in Nationals Dugout]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:46:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/20150927+Papelbon+Harper.jpg

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon fought in the dugout during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harper was returning to the dugout after flying out to right field in the 8th inning when Papelbon began yelling at the right fielder. The two exchanged words before Papelbon pushed Harper against the dugout wall and had to be separated by teammates.

In the bottom of the 9th, Papelbon gave up a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead.

The Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention in Saturday’s game.

Papelbon joined the Nationals via a trade from the Phillies in the middle of the season.

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<![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 3]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:17:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490376700.jpg See the best photos from professional football during Week 3 of the NFL.

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<![CDATA[St. Louis Rams' Pyrotechnics Show Sets Field on Fire]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:03:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_155791848584.jpg

The matchup between the Pittsburg Steelers and St. Louis Rams was briefly delayed Sunday after a corner of the field caught fire during the pre-game festivities.

A pyrotechnics show to introduce the starters got a little out of hand and caused the turf near the end zone inside the Edward Jones Dome to briefly catch fire.

The fire was quickly put out, but both teams were forced to leave the field as crews cleaned fire extinguisher chemicals from the turf. 

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<![CDATA[Week Three Preview: Bills at Dolphins]]> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:32:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458937376.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will look to get back into the win column when they host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins are coming off a shocking and disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Bills also lost last week. Miami entered the game in Jacksonville as favorites and exited with a defeat following a late field goal.

The Dolphins have looked lackluster defensively this season through two games. After entering the season as one of the most hyped teams, Miami has struggled in both of its games. With games in Washington and Jacksonville, the Dolphins were expected to begin the year with a relatively easy 2-0 record.

Ndamukong Suh has not looked like the player that Miami expected when it handed him a large contract. Suh has not recorded a sack and has only three tackles combined in the first two games this year. If and when Suh finds his footing, the defense as a whole could begin to improve. 

Miami will have its hands full in its first home game of the year when it tries to reign in Bills' running back LeSean McCoy. Thus far the Dolphins have allowed an average of 142 yards rushing in their first two games. McCoy is one of the best running backs in the NFL and will be a tough test for Miami's defense. Taking McCoy's production out of the equation the key to Miami winning this game.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to take on his usual workload despite being limited in practice this week. Tannehill is battling assorted ankle and back injuries and was officially listed as probable on the team's injury report. Tannehill has done a solid job of keeping possession of the ball. Thus far Miami's QB has not thrown an interception and also led his team to a comeback win in the first week of the year.

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

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<![CDATA[Marlins Beat Braves in Slugfest]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 23:03:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490041358.jpg

The Miami Marlins needed every run they could get in their 12-11 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday at Marlins Park.

Miami's 12 runs came on 20 hits and four different players on the team had three-hit days. The Marlins have never had a cycle in franchise history, but nearly had two in this one win. Justin Bour and Christian Yelich each fell one big hit short of the milestone.

Bour who crushed his 20th home run in the first inning only needed a triple to complete the cycle. The blast was of the three-run variety which gave Bour 66 runs batted in on the season. The slugging first baseman now has 17 doubles as well on the year.

Yelich missed the cycle by a home run as he picked up his 25th double and second triple of the year. Yelich now has 41 RBI this season and is hitting a strong .292.

Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas each had three hits in the game. Gordon now has 193 hits on the year with eight games remaining. This gives the second baseman as a decent chance at 200 hits to go along with his team-best .332 batting average. Gordon also swiped his 54th base of the season in the win.

Jeff Mathis made a rare start and had two big hits. The veteran catcher had four runs batted in courtesy of a double and a triple. Mathis is only hitting .159 this season, but as of late has made the most of the opportunities given to him.

Jose Fernandez had a rare poor outing but was helped out by the offensive explosion. Fernandez allowed four runs in the first inning alone and six runs overall in five innings on the mound. Despite the poor outing, Fernandez stayed in long enough for the win and is now 6-0 this season.

The Marlins will attempt to win a fourth game in a row on Saturday when Justin Nicolino faces the Braves.

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<![CDATA[ESPN Reportedly Re-Evaluating 'SportsCenter']]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:04:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sportscenter_crop.jpg

ESPN's signature 'SportsCenter' news program is reportedly undergoing changes to keep up with the 24 hour pace of online news.

According to The Big Lead, ESPN will cut the show's airtime in half and drop its afternoon live show.

The company is expected to lay off up to 300 people over the next few months, according to The Big Lead's sources. The changes are attributed to parent company Disney requesting ESPN to cut its budget by $100 million in 2016 and $250 million in 2017.

The network issued a statement on the matter to CNBC, saying: "ESPN has historically embraced evolving technology to smartly navigate our business. Any organizational changes will be announced directly to our employees if and when appropriate."

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<![CDATA[Miami Hurricanes' 3-0 Record Misleading]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:59:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Golden_.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes' 3-0 record is misleading. Their early undefeated status is being flaunted by many fans and media as a way of silencing legitimate concerns about the team's performance.

"A win's a win!" they say.

Not with this team. Not with this coach. Here's why.

If you go back 13 years ago, when the Canes were still perennial National Championship contenders, a non-conference win against a team like Nebraska was necessary to keep their title hopes alive. In those glory days at the U, a sloppy win could be excused. Firstly, because it rarely ever happened. And secondly, because it had value.

Today, (and this isn't exactly breaking news) Miami isn't competing for a National Championship.

The goal of this team, in Al Golden's fifth year, is to finally win the ACC. At the very least, the Hurricanes need to win the ACC Coastal Division to prove that they're headed in the right direction.

An ugly overtime win against Nebraska doesn't help them reach that goal. And an even uglier OT loss wouldn't have hurt it.

The only purpose of last Saturday's game against Nebraska, was to measure the team's progress and help them regain some sort of national relevance.

Unfortunately, that hope was erased as quickly as they squandered a 23-point lead in the final eight minutes, at home.

The outcome no longer mattered. Instead, we were given more evidence that the coaching staff hasn't improved since last season's 6-7 debacle.

Maybe the Canes will beat Cincinnati (they better). And maybe being 4-0 will get them votes in the Coaches poll. But this season is about winning the conference. So until the ACC schedule begins, don't let the results distract you from Miami's obvious flaws.

If they fix it by the time they play Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson, they'll be in great shape. And then you can say "a win's a win."

If they don't, we won't even be having this discussion.

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