<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usThu, 25 May 2017 20:20:53 -0400Thu, 25 May 2017 20:20:53 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Donald Sterling Is OK With NBA Ban, But His Wife Disagrees]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 13:16:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16324046866131-Donald-Sterling.jpg

The wife of disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is looking for a way to lift his lifetime ban from the NBA and clear his name, NBC News reported.

Sterling was banned for life from the league, and even prohibited from attending games, after tapes of him making racist comments surfaced in 2014.

Sterling, who assailed the NBA after the ban, told NBC News he has moved on and no longer holds a grudge against the league or the Clippers.

"I am as happy as I have ever been. I am as comfortable as I have ever been," Sterling told NBC News. "And I don't want to do anything to disturb that.”

But his wife told NBC she is has taken steps to clear his name.

Shelly Sterling said she personally approached Silver and also had her attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, talk to the league office about lifting the lifetime ban, which prevents Donald Sterling from attending NBA games. Her intention is not to allow her husband to do business with the league, but to clear his record, in consideration of the 33 years he spent as an owner.



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<![CDATA[Race Car Costs: The High Price of Fielding a Racing Team]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 11:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/indy500.jpg

Gentlemen, start your engines — of your money-munching machines.

While waiting for the flag to drop at the Indianapolis 500 this Memorial Day weekend, are you fantasizing about becoming a race car driver? You may have the driving skills, but you also need sponsors, a support team, and most importantly, money. Lots and lots of money. Monster truckloads of money. 

Spending varies greatly by types of racing as well as with individual teams, as open-wheel racing (Formula 1 or IndyCar), NASCAR Sprint Cup, and lower levels all have their own peculiar economic structure. Racing teams do not often reveal their costs or open their books for competitive reasons, but a few reporters have taken a peek under the hood. 

Michael Ballaban of Jalopnik.com was allowed access to the finances of one racing team competing in the 2015 Tudor (now WeatherTech) SportsCar Championship, and concluded that an average race team probably costs around $1 million per year, "give or take a couple hundred thousand." Should a car be totaled during the season, add another $400,000 to that sum for a full replacement. It’s not easy for racing teams to get cheap auto insurance

Major components cost tens of thousands of dollars, including engines and gearboxes at around $43,000 each, and the chassis/brake assembly at $65,500. You may think fuel is a huge expense, and it is significant at around $40,000-$50,000 per year, but it pales in comparison to tire costs: a season of racing tires (around 90 full sets) run teams around $225,000 per year. That's nearly a quarter-mill on tires only. So the next time you get a flat, don't complain.

Another large cost that can be overlooked by outsiders is entry fees. Ballaban estimated a bit over $100,000 in entry fees for the year. Simple things jack up the costs as well. Items like plane tickets, hotel rooms, and food for your team plus shipping logistics for your car and accessories can approach $10,000 per race. 

Want to race in NASCAR? Get ready to pony up. A 2014 article from Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal covered the finances of the Stewart-Haas (Tony Stewart and Gene Haas) racing team and found competition costs for a race at more than $1.4 million. That included the costs of the cars, which should last for more than one competition, but sometimes don't. The vehicles totaled $980,000, given the need to maintain primary and backup cars for each race. Each primary car cost approximately $200,000, with engine costs at roughly half of that total, and a chassis at $25,000. 

The team budgets $400,000 for firesuits for the year, but that didn't include the cost of dry cleaning: $2,400 per race. Even the ice bill for the weekend totaled $900. Don't forget to add team expenses that topped $125,000: flights and 44 hotel rooms took up over $82,000; transport for the cars, rental cars for the crew and support team, and other auxiliary transportation costs surpassed $30,000. The haulers that transport the car cost approximately $400,000 each and are replaced every five years. 

The cost of a NASCAR team through the season appears to be in the eight-digit range. An older Florida Times-Union report suggested that the costs approach $400,000 per week — if true, for a 38-week season, that is over $15 million in annual expenses. 

If you think that is chicken feed, perhaps Formula 1 racing is more your speed. Last year, Gene Haas of Stewart-Haas joined Formula 1 with two cars and spent a total of €117 million ($128 million), according to The News Wheel. That's just a fraction of the €386 million ($422 million) rung up by the top-spending Ferrari team. Gas 2 estimated in 2016 that an IndyCar cost roughly $3 million, including its chassis, transmission, brakes, engine, and tires, which are usually all mass-produced; a Formula 1 car's custom-built components drive the car's cost over $200 million. ESPN supports that IndyCar price, estimating a range of $3 million to $8 million per car, depending on the team. 

You need pretty good credit to get an auto loan for $3 million.  

A well-heeled sponsor is necessary in the upper levels of racing not to thrive, but just to survive. Prize money alone can't possibly pay the bills, and aside from the lowest local levels of racing, it is virtually impossible to be independent and field a racing team. 

But sponsors don't always get their money's worth. Danica Patrick, the only woman ever to win an IndyCar Series race, recently agreed to compete in two NASCAR races in a car and racesuit promoting the movie "Wonder Woman." It was a marketing match made in heaven. But one horrific crash later, and the car was totaled in its debut. So, if the Indy 500 puts me in the mood to put the pedal to the metal, I'm going to grab a roll of quarters and head to Chuck E. Cheese. 

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<![CDATA[Amid Grief, Manchester Gets to Cheer Soccer Triumph]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 08:09:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/687806566-Manchester-United-Against-Terrorism.jpg

Sports may be trivial compared to the loss of 22 lives outside a concert Monday, but a triumph on the field for one of Manchester's most beloved sports teams gave the mourning city an emotional release, NBC News reported.

Manchester United beat Dutch soccer giants Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm Wednesday night, winning Europe's second most prestigious trophy.

"We won for Manchester, we worked for them, for the country," midfield star Paul Pogba said after the game. "We play for England, for Manchester and the people who died."

At a pub in the city's home, chants of "Manchester, Manchester, Manchester" rang out for the team and the wounded city.



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<![CDATA[Panthers GM Focused on Making Right Hire of Next Coach]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 16:41:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062315+dale+tallon.jpg

It has been one of the more quiet head coaching searches in recent memory. And that’s just how Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon likes it; “Can you keep a secret.”

Tallon has spent the last month and a half searching both domestically and internationally. His hunt has taken him to Germany and France, and he still isn’t close to naming the Panthers next head coach.

“We started with a big number, and we’re narrowing it down to six or seven guys,” said Tallon.

Tallon let it be known from the onset of the search, he would be thorough. He has stuck to that game plan.

“We’re in no rush, we don’t play until September, with training camp, so we are going to take our time and do the right thing,” said Tallon.

The candidate field has ranged from University of Denver head coach Jim Montgomery to former Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien. Besides bringing a winning attitude to the locker room, Tallon has focused on candidates who are good communicators, teachers and someone with the understanding of working with analytics.

“It’s important, you have to take advantage of everything out there to make us a better team,” said Tallon.

A “modern guy” as Tallon puts it, is what he’s pursuing. Many have connected the dots to Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley fitting that mold, since Housley and Tallon have a history together dating back to their days with the Chicago Blackhawks . But Nashville’s run to the Stanley Cup Final has held Tallon back from inquiring with the Predators about speaking with Housley.

“I’m just going to wait and see what happens and when that time comes and we’ll ask permission,” said Tallon.

After an injury riddled and disappointing season, Tallon knows he has too much talent on the team to miss on his next coaching hire. His goal since the search began has been to have a head coach in place by the NHL Entry Draft beginning June 23.

“Hopefully in the next couple weeks we’ll get it down to two or three, and then get the final one prior to the draft,” said Tallon.

Next week, Tallon will attend the NHL Draft Combine and will continue the coaching search conversation. He insists he’s had positive feedback about the opening, despite the restructuring and removal of Tom Rowe.

“I’ve learned a lot about our Florida team, everyone I’ve interviewed and spoken with all want to come here, they love our team, they love our players and they love the direction were headed,” said Tallon.

You can NBC 6 sports anchor Chris Fischer’s one on one interview with Dale Tallon Sunday night at 11:30 on NBC6 Sports Final.



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<![CDATA[Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton Buys Three-Story Penthouse]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 15:45:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513917476.jpg

Miami Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has new digs in downtown Miami.

The professional baseball player has purchased a three-story penthouse in downtown Miami that’s currently under construction. A price for the home was not disclosed, although other properties in the area have sold for $1.8 to 6 million.

Stanton’s future pad, which is being built at the Aria on the Bay luxury condo tower in Miami, includes a rooftop terrace, private pool and summer kitchen. It’s set to be complete early next year.

Stanton’s purchase comes two years after the baseball star signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Marlins - the largest in sports history, according to a press release.

The penthouse is located in the heart of Miami arts and entertainment district along Biscayne Bay. As the Miami Herald noted, it’s not too far of a drive from Marlins Park.




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<![CDATA[Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Design Revealed]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 19:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_JAPAN_OLYMPIC_STADIUM_DESIGN_052417_1-149566413622400001.jpg

The latest design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium has been revealed. Architect Kengo Kuma emphasized harmony with nature in the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Games.

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<![CDATA[NBA All-Star Game Will Head to Charlotte in 2019]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:39:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_NC_ALLSTAR_GAME_NBA2_052417-149564954829900001.jpg

The NBA announced the 2019 All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 2017 All-Star Game was relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans, Louisiana, because of North Carolina's controversial "Bathroom Bill."

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<![CDATA[Heat Working on Pact to Part Ways With Bosh: Report]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:22:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-529844202.jpg

The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh are working on a mutually beneficial deal to part ways, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

If both sides complete the agreement, the team will receive maximum cap relief. Bosh would become a free agent at the same time and would be free to play elsewhere. Completing this pact could have a major impact on Miami's roster construction.

With Bosh's $25.3 million salary off the books for 2017-18, the Heat would be able to offer a more lucrative deal to a player such as Dion Waiters. While Miami could have retained Waiters even with Bosh's contract on the books, it could now dive into free agency as well.

Miami will likely have to pay Bosh most if not all of the money he is owed, but the cap number will not reflect that. Bosh was on a max-contract and was eating up a good deal of Miami's salary cap, while sitting on the sidelines for over a year. The Heat have been stuck in a tough position and at times seemed to be at odds with the star.

"There isn't anybody in this organization that feels worse for C.B. than I do,” Heat president Pat Riley said. "It got a little sideways at the end because of feelings and things of that nature. I think in due time it will run its course and take care of itself."

Bosh is currently taking blood thinners and has not been cleared to play. It is unknown if he will ever be cleared to play, due to his issues with blood clots. Under previously known rules, Bosh's return to the league could have had implications on Miami's cap. With this new agreement, Bosh would be able to return to the court and not have an effect on Miami's cap at any time.

The 33-year old likely has plenty left in the tank and was in an All-Star when he was forced out of action. It was at the All-Star Game in 2016, that Bosh first was shut down with the clotting issue. The star has not returned to the court since for game action.

There is no timetable in terms of completing the pact, but it should be announced prior to the beginning of free agency in July. Both sides would certainly like to put this behind them as quickly as possible. The Heat also would prefer to know their available cap space, before free agents start signing elsewhere.



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<![CDATA[LA's Super Bowl Pushed Back to 2022]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 21:47:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/207*120/01-12-2016-nfl-generic-field-football.jpg

Less than a week after it was announced that the opening of the football stadium in Inglewood would be delayed by a year, NFL owners voted Tuesday to relocate the 2021 Super Bowl from Los Angeles to Tampa, according to multiple reports.

Record rainfall has been cited for construction delays, and the league is relunctant to play a Super Bowl in the first year of a new stadium, NBC Sports reports.

NFL owners at the Spring League Meeting in Chicago unanimously voted to shift Super Bowl 55 to Tampa and Super Bowl 56 to Los Angeles, according to NFL.com.

The NFL would have needed to waive a rule that prohibits a Super Bowl being played at a stadium before it has hosted two full regular seasons. Instead, it chose to move the game to Tampa, runner-up to Los Angeles in the bidding.

Los Angeles has not hosted a Super Bowl in the area since 1993 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Five Super Bowls have been played at the Rose Bowl and two at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the Rams will play until the new $2.6 billion stadium opens.

Next year's Super Bowl will be played in Minneapolis, followed by Atlanta in 2019 and Miami in 2020.

The NFL has been eager to return to Southern California since the Rams and Raiders moved out of the area after the 1994 season. League owners approved the Rams' return from St. Louis, with owner Stan Kroenke's promise of a stunning new stadium — one that will be the most expensive in the league.

The 70,000-seat Inglewood stadium is expected to be the centerpiece of an entertainment and commercial center spanning roughly 300 acres at the site of the former Hollywood Park racetrack. The district is envisioned to include a roughly 6,000-seat arena, more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, 2,500 residential units and possibly a 300-room hotel, along with 25 acres of parks and open space.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Bring Baseball's Lowest Win Total Into Oakland]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 23:44:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-686479920.jpg

The Miami Marlins will begin a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

Miami enters with a dismal 15-28 record and with losses in eight of the last ten games. The win total is the smallest in baseball and Miami is only a percentage point away from having the worst overall record. The Marlins have dealt with numerous injuries, as well as sloppy play on a nightly basis. After one of the worst homestands in recent history, Miami is off to a 1-3 start on the current road trip.

Oakland and Miami rarely face one another and neither team is contending at this point. The Athletics are 20-24 and already 9.5 games out of the divisional race. Oakland works with a relatively low payroll, but often wins in spite of it. The Athletics are having trouble keeping up in a competitive American League West so far this season.

Jose Urena will get the ball for Miami in the series opener and will be opposed by Jesse Hahn. Both starters only have one this season, but Urena only recently joined the rotation. The right-hander has looked solid as a starter and has a chance to build on that in a favorable matchup.

Edinson Volquez will bring his 0-6 record into Wednesday's series finale and Oakland will counter with Sonny Gray. This looks like a lopsided game on paper, with the Athletics having the edge. Gray can be dominant at times and could feast on Miami's strikeout-happy lineup.

The Marlins will get an extra bat in the two games, with the designated hitter in play. Without a true DH on the team, this is a factor that favors Miami's A.L. opponents usually. Ichiro Suzuki could see some at-bats in the pair of games and Tyler Moore is also an option for more playing time.

Tuesday's game is set to begin at 10:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Former UM Legend, Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy Dead at 48]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 16:39:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-149823345.jpg

Cortez Kennedy, a star defensive lineman for the Miami Hurricanes during the late 1980’s who went on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, died Tuesday.

Orlando Police confirmed to NBC 6 that Kennedy passed away at the age of 48. Public Information Officer Sgt. Wanda Miglio says there is no indication of anything suspicious, but an investigation will be conducted.

The Arkansas native transferred to the Hurricanes following his junior college career, helping Miami to the 1989 national championship while also being named an All American that season.

Drafted third overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 1990, Kennedy spent 11 seasons in the pros – where he was named to the Pro Bowl eight times, an All-Pro team five times and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 – having his No. 96 retired by the team.

Kennedy was inducted into the Ring of Honor for both teams while also being inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Former Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson, who coached Kennedy for one season, tweeted out condolences on his passing:




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<![CDATA[Aaron Rodgers Helps Students Get Out of Final Exam]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:08:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/arod_test.jpg

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers helped a group of students in Janesville, Iowa, get out of their sports literature final.

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<![CDATA[Panthers Wrap Up Strong Showing in IIHF World Championship]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 08:50:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-686424762.jpg

The Florida Panthers were well represented in the IIHF World Championship, which came to an end on Sunday.

In the Gold Medal Game on Sunday, both Jason Demers and Mike Matheson spent time on the ice for Canada. The Canadian team would go on to lose to Sweden 2-1 in a shootout.

Demers had no points in the tournament, but he still made his presence known. The 29-year old had 15 shots on goal and played some strong defense along the way. Demers' work does not show up in the box scores, but he is a key reason for Canada's title defense.

Matheson's work in the tournament was a lot more evident, with a solid six assists in nine games played. The 23-year old also added a goal and was caught on camera savoring the experience on multiple occasions. The strong work for a championship team, could pay dividends for Matheson and the Panthers in 2017-18.

Nick Bjugstad only played eight games due to Team USA's abbreviated run, but he still put up some numbers of his own. The 24-year old had a goal and also added three assists.

In seven games for Switzerland, Denis Malgin accumulated no points. Like Demers, Malgin did take his shots at the goalie however. During the tournament, Malgin attempted 12 shots on goal.

Florida is expected to be busy this off-season, following a disappointing 2016-17 campaign. These four players figure to be a big part of the roster, as the Panthers look to return to the playoffs.



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<![CDATA[Heat's Spoelstra Named Finalist for Coach of the Year]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 21:08:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509269506.jpg

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was named as one of three finalists for the NBA's Coach of the Year Award on Friday.

Spoelstra was joined by Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs as finalists for the award. All three coaches have plenty of reasons to win the award, but Spoelstra's story could end up being the most captivating.

When the NBA Coaches Association handed out a Coach of the Year award earlier this month, Spoelstra and D'Antoni shared the honor. That award was voted on by every head coach in the league, while this honor was chosen by independent members of the media.

D'Antoni and Popovich took their teams to the playoffs, with the Spurs still alive for a possible berth in the NBA Finals. Spoelstra's Heat headed home early this year, but almost reached the postseason due to an improbable second half. After beginning the season 11-30, Miami went 30-11 in the next 41 games. That run made the Heat the first team in NBA history to reach .500, after beginning the season 11-30.

Despite winning two NBA titles, Spoelstra has not won the award in previous years. Working with a young and depleted roster this season, Spoelstra was able to get the most out of his players every evening. That work ethic and strong coaching allowed Miami to turn around the season and brought renewed hope for 2017-18.

Miami has only had one Coach of the Year in franchise history and that came all the way back in 1997. Pat Riley who is now the team president took home the honors that year, when the Heat went 61-21. Miami would end up falling in the conference finals, but it was a memorable season for the young franchise.

The Coach of the Year Award will be announced alongside the league's other awards during a live broadcast on June 26th.



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<![CDATA[Is the Preakness' Trophy the Most Expensive in US Sports?]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:50:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/preakness-trophy.jpg

The owner of the horse that wins this weekend’s Preakness Stakes will get an oversized floral garland, 15 minutes of fame and a copy of a storied trophy that's said to be the most valuable in American sports.

The Woodlawn Vase, an ornate, Tiffany-designed solid sterling silver piece dating back to 1860 is touted as “the most expensive trophy in American sports” by Preakness officials. A 1983 insurance appraisal valued the vase, which stands 34 inches tall and weighs 29 pounds, at $1 million. Today it is estimated to be worth $4 million.

What makes the vase so valuable?

It was designed by luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co., but so were many major American sports trophies: the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy, the World Series trophy, the U.S. Open trophy.

But the Woodlawn Vase was the first sports trophy designed by Tiffany. 

It’s also arguably the most ornate of the major American sports trophies. The vase is covered in inscriptions and emblems and topped with four winged victories and, finally, with a jockey mounted on a stallion.

The vase "may be the most spectacular example in sports for its great craftsmanship by Tiffany. It also may have the best back story," said longtime sports memorabilia appraiser Leila Dunbar in an email.

The Woodlawn Vase carries a great deal of history. During the Civil War, when competitive racing was put on hold, the Woodlawn Vase was buried to keep it from being discovered and melted into shot. It was disinterred when the race resumed in 1866.

Four million dollars is a lot of money — you could buy four million-dollar yachts with that. But is the Woodlawn Vase really the most expensive trophy in American sports?

The FIFA World Cup Trophy, created in 1974, is said to be worth as much as $20 million — its outer layer is 18-carat gold and it weighs 13 pounds. But Dunbar is skeptical of the $20 million estimate.

"While it weighs more than 13 pounds of 18K gold, which today is about $270,000, it is difficult, given the market and past sale of the FA Cup, to see it valued more than several million dollars."

Regardless, FIFA isn’t strictly an American sport, so its golden trophy can’t steal the Woodlawn’s thunder anyway.

Other American sports trophies have rough estimated values hovering in the tens of thousands, but none are reported to be worth as much as a million dollars.

"The folks at Wimbledon Lawn and Tennis Club, the USGA (U.S. Golf Association) and the R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews) might also claim that their trophies, for the tournaments that they represent, are in that range," Dunbar says. "However, the Preakness trophy does have greater artistic value and therefore may win by a nose."

Maj. Michael Singletary, the vice president of security operations for the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico Park, confirmed that the vase is insured for $4 million. Singletary is in charge of overseeing the careful transport of the vase five miles from its permanent home, the Baltimore Museum of Art, to the racetrack on the week of the Preakness.

Two armed police officers pick up the vase, he said. “They have to wear white gloves to handle it — no one is allowed to touch the vase.”

As the vase is moved around the park for various pre-race events throughout the week, the two armed and gloved officers carry it and stand guard over it.

Even the owners of the winning horses aren’t allowed to touch it. Because the vase is so valuable, winners have not been able to take the prize home since 1953. They each receive replicas, which stand 14 inches tall and are worth around $30,000. Jockeys and trainers get replicas as well — though theirs stand 12 inches tall. 

While Singletary did concede that the vase is insured for $4 million, his initial and persistent response regarding the value of the Woodlawn Vase was that it’s “priceless.”



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<![CDATA[2017 Preakness Stakes: How to Watch]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:23:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17137818364144.jpg

The 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes is on Saturday, beginning at 6:48 p.m. ET on NBC 6.

Coverage of the race kicks off at 5 p.m. ET and you can watch it all live at home or on the go via NBC Live. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is the favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

You can live stream the Preakness on NBC6.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. (download in IOS or Android). All you need is your TV service provider’s username and password.

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How do I verify my TV service provider account? 
Select your TV service provider from the list. When asked, enter your account username and password; it's most likely the same information you use to log on to your account to pay your bill online. Don't forget to check "remember me" to avoid having to sign in each time you come back. 

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<![CDATA[Facebook to Stream MLB Game Each Friday ]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 07:09:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591634668.jpg

Baseball fans can like their team's games with a click starting Friday.

Major League Baseball announced Facebook will carry a live game nationally each Friday starting with Colorado at Cincinnati this week. The Facebook package of 20 games will use the broadcast feed of one of the involved teams.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Thursday. He calls it "really important for us in terms of experimenting with a new partner in this area."

The Twitter feed of a game each Friday, which started April 7, will be moved to Tuesdays.

Dan Reed, Facebook's head of global sports partnerships, says in a statement "baseball games are uniquely engaging community experiences, as the chatter and rituals in the stands are often as meaningful to fans as the action on the diamond."

"By distributing a live game per week on Facebook, Major League Baseball can re-imagine this social experience on a national scale," he adds.



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<![CDATA[Derby Winner Always Dreaming Ready for Preakness]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 13:19:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_PLETCHER_ALWAYS_051817-149512750985600001.jpg

Todd Pletcher, trainer for Always Dreaming, talks about the Kentucky Derby winner's mechanics and how he expects the three-year-old to bounce back for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

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<![CDATA[George W. Bush Photobombs Reporter During Baseball Game]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 06:22:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489196572.jpg

Former President George W. Bush took in a Texas Rangers game in Arlington Wednesday night.

And he had a little fun with a TV camera during the game.

Fox Sports reporter Emily Jones was reporting on Mike Napoli during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies when Bush — once a part owner of the Rangers — slid onscreen behind her to say "Hey."

"My most favorite photo bomb ever!" Jones tweeted afterward.



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<![CDATA[Potential Marlins Buyers Having Issues Getting Money: Report]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 07:44:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-451055698.jpg

The Miami Marlins are still owned by Jeffrey Loria – and a recent article is shedding light on the fact it could remain that way for a while.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the big names bidding on the team – including one group led by former MLB star Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush - are having a big-time problem getting the money.

Loria’s asking price is $1.3 billion, however both groups considered to be frontrunners – the Jeter/Bush group and one led by the son of former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, are having trouble convincing investors who don't believe the team is worth that kind of money.

In April, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said a deal to buy the team would be done in a matter of days.

The same story says that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered to buy the Marlins last fall for $750 million – an offer that Loria allegedly rejected.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Head to Los Angeles After Disastrous Homestand]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 18:29:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-684237424.jpg

The Miami Marlins will look for better results when they open a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Miami is coming off a horrid homestand, where it went 1-8 and was outscored 56-26. The stretch has dropped the Marlins to last place in the division and has them in a battle for the worst record in all of baseball.

Even though trips to California are often bad news for the Marlins, this one may be a welcome excursion. The Marlins have the worst record at home in Major League Baseball at 6-14. On the road however, Miami is a more respectable 8-11 thus far.

Even though it is only the middle of May, the Marlins could find themselves in need of a immediate run. At 14-25, Miami is already 11.5 games back of first place Washington and is also 7.5 games behind the Wild-Card leader. With an overworked bullpen, it may be difficult for the Marlins to make up much ground later in the season.

The Marlins can also find some optimism for this trip, if they think back to a season ago. Last year, Miami traveled for Los Angeles for four games and came away with a sweep. It was manager Don Mattingly's first trip to the city, following his time as the skipper there. It was the first four-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in franchise history for Miami.

Giancarlo Stanton is one player to watch during the trip to Los Angeles, as the slugger has thrived there in his career. Stanton has been a bit of a slump of late, but a trip to Chavez Ravine could be just what he needs. If Miami is going to turn the season around, it will need Stanton to return to his All-Star form in a hurry.

The Marlins will trot out their new-look rotation in the series, following a series of injuries and demotions. Edinson Volquez, Justin Nicolino and Dan Straily will take the ball in the first three games. The series finale remains in question for Miami, after it demoted Tom Koehler to AAA on Tuesday. The Marlins could give the start to a member of the bullpen, or reach back into the minors prior to that contest.

Monday's series opener will begin at 10:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Gisele Bundchen: Brady Played With a Concussion Last Year]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bradygiselle.jpg

Gisele Bundchen said her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has had concussions, including one in 2016.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Demote Koehler to AAA]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 23:15:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488607529.jpg

The Miami Marlins sent starter Tom Koehler to AAA New Orleans following the team's 10-2 loss on Tuesday.

Koehler was roughed up in the start and it was not his first poor outing of the season. The right-hander has a 7.04 E.R.A this season an as allowed 12 runs in his last two starts combined. After entering the season as one of Miami's top arms, Koehler has quickly lost his job at the big-league level.

In Koehler's eight starts in 2017, the Marlins have gone 3-5. In addition to pitching poorly, Koehler has been inefficient. The 30-year old has finished six innings only twice and has gone four or less innings on three different occasions. This short workload has taxed Miami's already overworked bullpen.

Koehler becomes the second member of Miami's starting rotation to join the New Orleans Baby Cakes this year. The Marlins optioned Adam Conley to AAA earlier in the season, when he also struggled every fifth day. Conley and Koehler will both have to prove themselves and earn a trip back to the big-league level.

The Marlins have not announced who will step into Koehler's rotation spot, but Jeff Locke is a possibility. The veteran has been working his way back on a rehab assignment and should be ready for action soon. Miami could also turn to another veteran in Vance Worley at the AAA level.

With Tuesday's loss, Miami owns a 14-24 record which is the worst mark in all of baseball. The Marlins have only won twice in the last ten games and will finish off a dismal homestand on Wednesday.

The homestand finale will get underway on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Peyton Manning to Host ESPY Awards in July ]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:31:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/peyton+manning_generic.jpg

Peyton Manning will take the stage to host the ESPY Awards.

The retired, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will preside over the July 12 show honoring the past year's best athletes and sports moments. The show will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Manning says the show's 25th anniversary will include moments from the past.

He retired from the NFL two years ago, ending a career in which he became the league's winningest quarterback. He won nine ESPYs during his career.

Manning is also known for his humorous commercials and hosting "Saturday Night Live."

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<![CDATA[Heat Face Long Odds in NBA Draft Lottery]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 21:10:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630437506.jpg

The Miami Heat will have a minuscule chance of coming away with a top five selection in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday.

With the 14th best record in the league, Miami has the worst odds of any team in the lottery. While possible, it is unlikely that the Heat lands in a coveted spot. Miami has only a 0.5% chance of getting the first overall pick. In terms of picking among the first five teams, Miami has only a 1.8% chance.

Miami's second-half was exciting for the team and the fans, but it ultimately cost the team in terms of draft position. When the Heat sat at 11-30, they appeared to be positioned for one of the top picks. By just missing the postseason, Miami ended up with the best record among the lottery teams.

Looking for a little luck, Miami is sending Alonzo Mourning to the lottery as the team representative. Each team in the lottery is represented and often brings some type of good luck charm. Mourning has been at the lottery for Miami before, when the team remained in the tenth position. Justise Winslow was

The 2017 NBA Draft will take place on June 22nd, with Miami looking to add to a young talented roster. Even if the Heat remain in the 14th position, they should be able to find a good piece in the draft. Miami does not have a second round pick in this year's draft.

Miami did not have a pick in the draft last year and currently does not own a selection in 2018. Due to a series of trades over recent years, the Heat could find themselves shorthanded in the draft through 2021.

The Draft Lottery will begin on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[How to Make a Black-Eyed Susan]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 18:14:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/blackeyedsusan.jpg

The Black-Eyed Susan is the official drink of the Preakness. Find out how you can make one of your own while watching the race.



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<![CDATA[Marlins to Face Tough Test in Series With Astros]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 14:32:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-681182142.jpg

The Miami Marlins will host the MLB-best Houston Astros for a three-game series beginning on Monday.

In this rare interlegue series, Miami will face a tough challenge. Houston sits at 26-12 this year, which paces all of baseball. In contrast, the Marlins have one of the worst records in baseball at 14-22.

Miami is fresh off a win against the Atlanta Braves, but has still lost eight of the last ten games it has played. The Marlins are 6-11 at home this year and that is the worst mark in MLB. Houston meanwhile is tied for the best road record at 12-6.

On paper, this series would point to a sweep for the Astros. The Marlins are dealing with a number of injuries and simply do not match up talent wise with the title contending Astros. Lucky for Miami, the games are played on the field however and not on a calculator.

Monday's series opener will feature Dan Straily taking on Joe Musgrove and it could be Miami's best chance at a win. Straily has been dominant at times this season and he will need his entire arsenal working in this one. The veteran is 1-3, but has a solid 37 strikeouts in his 38 innings pitched.

On Tuesday, Tom Koehler will toe the slab for Miami and he will be opposed by Dallas Keuchel. Houston's ace is 6-0 this season with an impeccable 1.69 E.R.A. Koehler and the Marlins could have trouble coming away with this one and will likely need to play some small ball.

In the series finale on Wednesday, Miami will send Jose Urena to the mound. Houston will counter with Lance McCullers Jr. Urena has been solid in his two starts, but could be tested by Houston's young powerful lineup. Urena will need to limit the walks, or it could be a long day for Miami.

With much of the team's infield depth sitting on the disabled list, Miami will be forced to turn to reserves again in this series. JT Riddle should see plenty of time at shortstop, while Mike Aviles could also see a little action. Derek Dietrich is expected to continue his work at third base as well.

Monday's first pitch will be thrown at 7:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Volquez Returns to Rotation]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 14:58:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-676867314.jpg

Edinson Volquez has been activated from the disabled list and will start for the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

The right-hander has been sidelined since May 2nd, when he walked eight in a loss to Tampa Bay. Volquez suffered a blister on his thumb in that outing and the team quickly placed him on the DL. Due to the new 10-day disabled list this season, Volquez only missed one start.

Without Volquez, Miami has struggled mightily. While he may be 0-4 on the season, Volquez had been of the team's more dependable arms prior to the injury. Volquez's results may have been poor, but he has been serviceable in comparison to Miami's other starters.

Volquez has 32 strikeouts in his six starts this season, but he has also allowed 22 walks. This ratio is worse than Volquez's numbers in 2016 and that was considered a rather disappointing season for the veteran. In his first two starts of the year, Volquez only walked two combined batters. If the right-hander can return to that style of pitching, he should pick up his first win in a Miami jersey.

With Volquez returning to the roster, the Marlins had to send Brian Ellington back to AAA. Ellington has minor league options remaining, which has worked against him thus far. The reliever has done a fine job in New Orleans and had pitched 3.2 scoreless innings with Miami. Ellington should return to the roster again later this season.

The Marlins have fallen to 13-21 and have lost four games in a row overall. It is still early in the season, but the team will need to turn things around in a hurry. Miami will try and do just that when it hosts the Atlanta Braves on Saturday evening. After the weekend series wraps up on Sunday, Miami will host the Houston Astros.

Volquez is scheduled to throw the first pitch of Saturday's game at 7:10 p.m.



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