<![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-usTue, 25 Jul 2017 06:49:35 -0400Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:49:35 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Soccer Fans, Businesses Excited For 'El Clasico Miami']]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:48:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-6721996461.jpg

One of the biggest showdowns in soccer comes to Miami this weekend. El Clasico Miami will take over the Hard Rock stadium Saturday, but the hype was already underway.

Soccer fans are thrilled, but businesses are much more excited for the rush of tourists heading to town. Miami tourism chief Bill Talbert promises an economic impact in the tens of millions of dollars.

El Clasico's website touts the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, with some considering it the most intense in all of sports. The match-up will fill South Florida hotels and restaurants during what's typically the slow summer tourism season.

Layne Kamm flew from Iowa to Tampa and drove to Miami Monday morning just to watch famous French team Paris Saint Germain practice at Barry university.

"It is worth it," Kamm said.

Two games will be played this week and it's important to note that both are exhibitions. Wednesday night a team from France plays an Italian team. Saturday night the two teams from Spain go head to head: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Cut WR Whitehead After Reported Arrest]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:29:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607561366.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have cut wide receiver Lucky Whitehead, according to a team spokesman.

Whitehead was arrested for petty theft last month in Virginia, according to multiple reports. 

The Prince William County Police Department has told multiple outlets that he was arrested on June 22, at a Wawa convenience store, after an employee noticed he tried to leave the store without paying for some items.

Whitehead failed to appear for his arraignment for the incident on July 6, which led to a subsequent charge, according to police records.

David Rich, Whitehead's agent, told ESPN that Whitehead did not commit the crime and wasn't even in Virginia when the theft happened. Rich says the charges are due to an identity mix-up.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told NFL.com he found out about the wide receiver's arrest during practice Monday. He said the team is "gathering information and will respond accordingly."

Whitehead has a court date scheduled for Aug. 10, according to police records.

Whitehead, 25, was in the news last week when he said he returned to his Dallas home to find out his dog was being held for ransom. The situation was resolved after Whitehead told NBC 5 the dog was returned to him, without payment.



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<![CDATA[Heat Sign Derrick Walton Jr. and Matt Williams]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:16:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654561374.jpg

The Miami Heat added depth to the organization with the signings of Derrick Walton Jr. and Matt Williams on Monday.

Both players caught Miami's attention during the recent NBA Summer League and will now have an opportunity to make Miami's roster. It is likely that both men will open the season in the G League, but could easily see a promotion during the season.

Walton's deal is a two-way contract, meaning the Heat can retain his services as a 16th or 17th man on the roster. As part of this new contract type, a player is limited to a maximum of 45 days on the team's NBA roster. There is no minimum and there is no requirement that player plays one game in the NBA. This type of contract offers flexibility to both the team and the player.

Williams is on a standard contract, but Miami will have the option to change that into a two-way deal as well. Depending on other moves made this off-season, the Heat may need to go that route, in order to maximize roster space. An NBA team can only have 15 standard active contracts, in addition to the new pair of two-way contracts.

In the NBA Summer League, Walton averaged ten points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds while playing 20.5 minutes per game. The guard shot 50 percent on his three-point tries as well, in what was his first professional action. Walton went undrafted out of Michigan in the 2017 NBA draft.

Williams played in eight games in the Summer League and averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds. The guard went to the University of South Florida, where he became the school's record holder for three-pointers made with 274.

In previous seasons, Miami has dipped into the developmental league early and often for players. Whether it be injuries or lack of production at the NBA-level, Miami relies on the G League and will likely be in the same situation again. Having players like Walton and Williams available at a moment's notice, is a great luxury for head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Miami's preseason will get underway in October.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Head to Texas Amid Trade Rumors]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:24:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528527378.jpg

The Miami Marlins continue to discuss potential trades and will open a three-game series with the Texas Rangers on Monday.

The Marlins could make a trade or two during the rare series in Arlington, with the trade deadline only one week away. Miami is in a selling mode and is looking to turn some veterans into prospects. The Marlins are not expected to trade core talent such as Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Justin Bour or J.T. Realmuto.

One player who could head elsewhere this week is closer A.J. Ramos. The veteran has drawn interest from several contending teams and Miami figures to not have many save opportunities the rest of the way. Ramos was born in Texas and figures to have friends and relatives in the stands for this series. The homecoming could easily also represent Ramos' final series with Miami.

Adam Conley will start for Miami in the first game of the series and will look to string together a second straight quality start. After returning from AAA, Conley held the Philadelphia Phillies to two runs in six innings last time out. The lefty surrendered eight hits in that outing and will need to do a better job against a potent Texas lineup.

Dan Straily will be Miami's starter for the middle game of the series, following a disappointing outing against the Phillies. Straily had one of his poorest starts of the season against a team with baseball's worst record. The veteran has been in some trade rumors as well, but Miami is not expected to deal Straily. The right-hander has multiple years of team control remaining and the Marlins are already thin on pitching.

Jose Urena has been Miami's most surprising asset this season and will bring his 8-4 record into Texas. Urena owns a 3.78 E.R.A and has served as Miami's ace for much of the season, after beginning the year in the bullpen. With an affordable contract, the Marlins are not expected to trade Urena. If a contending team offers an attractive package, that could change however.

Monday's game will get underway at 8:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[No Charges For Michael Irvin in Alleged Sexual Assault Case]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:10:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Michael_Irvin_and_Attorney_Press_Conference_1200x675_966485059762.jpg

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former University of Miami star Michael Irvin will not be charged for an alleged sexual assault claim filed earlier this year, officials said Monday.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office confirmed to NBC 6 that they were declining to file charges in the case, stemming from an alleged incident inside a Fort Lauderdale hotel in March.

Irvin and his legal team had repeatedly denied any role in the alleged incident.

"Being accused of something like this, this is as devastating as it can be," Irvin said at a news conference Monday afternoon. "I said all along that absolutely nothing happened."

Irvin said the incident has cost him millions of dollars.

Irvin, who starred at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale before a star studded career with the ‘Canes and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, was listed on a sexual battery report from Fort Lauderdale Police for an alleged incident that took place inside a hotel on March 22nd.

Police turned over the case to the State Attorney's Office on May 31st. In its decision, the SAO said that surveillance video showed Irvin and the victim did have drinks at two separate locations the night of the alleged attack, with both seen leaving the next morning and having what appeared to be an argument.

However, officials said that a variety of factors - including the results of DNA testing along with inconsistencies in statements and a lack of evidence to corroborate the victim's account - amounted to an unlikely chance for conviction.

Irvin, who had settled a prior lawsuit brought against him for sexual assault in 2011, had previously said he was in the area during that time for a relative’s sporting event and the birthday of an aunt.

"This has been the most difficult period my family and I have ever had to endure. To have to live through heinous false allegations," Irvin said during a June press conference with his South Florida-based lawyer after they said a police investigation proved he did nothing wrong.

During the ordeal, Irvin had also aacused the Fort Lauderdale Police Department of leaking details of the case to TMZ.com before he was made aware that he was being investigated. 

The police department vehemently denied those charges in a statement released Monday. 

"If anyone feels that the Fort Lauderdale Police Department has engaged in any type of inappropriate actions, and would like to make an official complaint with our department, we encourage them to do so. There are no allegations that the victim of this incident made a false police report due to the outcome of the State Attorneys Office not prosecuting the case."

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<![CDATA[Conor McGregor, Draymond Green Go at It Over Warriors Jersey]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:46:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ConnorDraymond.jpg

Draymond Green does not want Conor McGregor wearing Warriors gear as he prepares for his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Green took to Instagram Saturday night and called out McGregor for wearing a vintage No. 23 Warriors jersey, writing "We rocking with Floyd bro not you... take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma."

Mayweather showed his appreciation and commented "Splash for the cash #warriors #michigan."

McGregor's response wasn't quite as nice.

"That's C.J Watson mate. I don't know who the f--- you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school," McGregor wrote back. Clearly, Green took that as disrespect.

The Warriors forward responded Sunday morning: "@thenotoriousmma hahahahaha that number won't be worn again when I'm finished with it clown! Gold medalist, all star, DPOY etc!!! Hahaha stop it boy! Nate Diaz (Bay Area stand up) whooped you in your ring! Money May about to destroy you!!! Take that Warriors jersey off bruh you're an incredible internet troll we don't rock with you! Go train bum!!"

In a YouTube video showing the highlights of McGregor during his world tour promoting the fight with Mayweather, McGregor rocked a throwback Warriors jersey while training.

McGregor and Mayweather are set to square off in the ring on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.



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<![CDATA[Kyrie Irving Would Welcome Trade to Heat: Report]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649851270.jpg

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade and would be interested in joining the Miami Heat, according to a report from ESPN.

Irving is looking for a bigger role on his new club and is also attempting to escape the shadow of LeBron James. With another team, Irving should be the go-to guy on most days and the 25-year old appears eager to serve in that capacity.

In addition to Miami, Irving would welcome a trade to the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks could be an attractive trade partner, as they have been publicly shopping fellow All-Star Carmelo Anthony at times. A trade involving the two stars needs to be considered one of the more likely scenarios.

It is not known if Miami has any interest in acquiring Irving, but it would be a suprise if the team did not ponder the possibility. Irving has game-changing ability and is just entering the prime of his career. The Heat would need to send some premium talent back to Cleveland in the deal and lack draft picks to sweeten the deal.

Due to NBA rules, Miami can not trade any players it signed this off-season until December. The Heat would likely have to include Goran Dragic or Hassan Whiteside in any trade for Irving. A deal of this magnitude would be considered a long-shot and would be a challenge to put together. Heat president Pat Riley can never be counted out however in these kind of pursuits.

Irving is owed $60 million over the next three years, but he can opt-out of the deal prior to the 2019-20 season. If Miami was to acquire Irving, it would be guaranteed two years of his services, with the possibility of a third. That assurance could make it easier for Riley to part with premium players in a trade.

If Miami does not land Irving, it still has a roster that should be considered a playoff contending one. In the second half of the 2016-17 season, the Heat opened eyes and the team has brought back most of the same roster for another run.



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<![CDATA[Floundering Marlins Open Series in Cincinnati]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595436630.jpg

The Miami Marlins will take their 42-51 record into Cincinnati for three games with the Reds beginning on Friday.

Miami is 1-5 thus far in the second half and has begun the process of trading veterans for prospects. The Marlins shipped David Phelps to Seattle on Thursday and more trades are expected over the next ten days. Miami has fallen out of contention and is now trying to prepare for the future.

A series in Cincinnati often means plenty of runs and Miami's offense has been the team's best asset all season long. Giancarlo Stanton is coming off a series where he hit four home runs in three games and could add to his totals in Cincinnati. Stanton currently leads the National League in home runs with 30 in 2017.

Former Reds starter Dan Straily will miss the series, but Miami's other unofficial ace Jose Urena will make a start. Urena will take the ball in the series opener on Friday and will bring a 3.93 E.R.A with him to the mound. Urena has kept the Marlins in the game, during most of his starts this season. The right-hander is coming off a rough outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in which he only lasted three innings.

In the middle game of the series on Saturday, rookie Chris O'Grady will make his third big-league start. O'Grady joined the rotation, when Miami lost Edinson Volquez to the disabled list. In his two starts, O'Grady has tallied a 5.23 E.R.A and has posted a 1-1 record.

Tom Koehler will start for the Marlins in Sunday's series finale and will look to lower his 7.92 E.R.A. Koehler has solid numbers against the Reds' lineup in his career, but he could be tested by the homer-friendly ballpark. Koehler has allowed 12 homers in his 11 starts this year.

The first pitch of Friday's game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Check Out the New Olympic Skating Stadiums]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:07:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/stadiumskorea.jpg

South Korea is ahead of schedule in constructing venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics and NBC got an exclusive tour of the arenas that will host skating events. Some of the biggest events of the games will take place here.

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<![CDATA[What Competing in the Tour de France Can Do to Your Legs ]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:42:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pawGettyImages-805284696.jpg

Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski gave his Instagram followers a glimpse into the toll that riding 1,758 miles can take on one’s body.

On Tuesday, after riding in the 16th stage of the Tour de France, Poljanski posted a picture of his legs and added: “After sixteen stages, I think my legs look a little tired.”

Medical experts say Poljanski’s condition is caused by a massive amount of blood moving through the veins, Today reported.



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<![CDATA[Heat Bring Udonis Haslem Back on One-Year Deal]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:18:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-492489357.jpg

The Miami Heat signed veteran forward Udonis Haslem to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Haslem is the longest tenured player in franchise history and he will be entering his 15th season with Miami in 2017-18. This contract was expected all along, with Miami working out other aspects of the roster first. Haslem gives Miami a dependable veteran and leader off the bench.

“It is a great, great, day to have Udonis Haslem sign a contract for his 15th season with the Miami Heat,” said Heat President Pat Riley. “He isn’t just Mr. 305, he is a true patriarch of the team. Today we are proud to announce that he is back to lead the Heat again.”

Haslem has been Miami's captain for a decade, which is another franchise record. The fan-favorite has been a member of all three NBA championships in Heat history and is likely going to have his number retired in the future. While he plays minimal minutes, Haslem makes an impact while on the court.

The Heat did not release the financial aspects of the deal, but it is expected to be for the league minimum. Miami has little money remaining after a busy off-season, but could still make some moves to round out the roster before the regular season.

While Haslem has not publicly commented on his retirement plans, it is possible this season could be his final one in the NBA. The 37-year old has a lot of minutes and work under his belt. As a de facto coach on the team already, Haslem could have a future on Miami's bench albeit in a suit.

The Heat will begin their preseason schedule in October.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Trade David Phelps to Mariners]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:05:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-664200466.jpg

The Miami Marlins have traded David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners for a group of minor leaguers.

There are four players coming back from Seattle and they could all end up spending time in Miami in the future. One name is 19-year old Brayan Hernandez. The outfielder is one of Seattle's top prospects and comes with some potential. Hernandez could be considered the best part of the package.

In addition to Hernandez, Miami acquired Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez, and Lukas Schiraldi from Seattle's system. It remains to be seen where Miami will assign the new players in the organization.

Phelps came to Miami prior to the 2015 season, in a deal that also included Martin Prado. In his two-plus seasons with the Marlins, Phelps amassed a 3.52 E.R.A in 131 games. The veteran worked out of the bullpen and the rotation, while also serving as a set-up man at times.

The Marlins have fallen out of contention and are now setting themselves up for the future. With losses in five of the last six games, Miami has apparently moved into selling mode and this should be the first of multiple trades. Phelps is a dependable reliever, who also can start in a pinch.

With Phelps gone, the Marlins can now turn their attention to another member of the bullpen. Closer A.J. Ramos is reported to be in high demand, with at least three teams bidding for his services. With a thin market for closers, Miami should be able to land a relatively good return for Ramos.

Besides Phelps and Ramos, the Marlins could entertain trades for other players such as Prado and Dee Gordon. It is unlikely that Miami will move Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, J.T. Realmuto or Justin Bour at this point. Those players could end up in talks next off-season, though Miami's ownership status will be a major contributing factor.

The Marlins are off on Thursday and will begin a series in Cincinatti on Friday.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Stanton Vents Frustration After Loss to Phillies]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:26:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-818537810.jpg

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was not happy following a series loss to the MLB-worst Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Stanton smacked his 30th home run of the season in the loss and leads the entire National League in that department. The outfielder also set a franchise record as the fastest player to reach 30 home runs in a season. After the game, Stanton did not hide his thoughts on the importance of the loss.

"Honestly, if you're going to lose, lose a series, it's whatever," Stanton told MLB.com after the game. "I don't really care. If it's not enough to help win, then personal stuff [doesn't matter]. I've had enough personal stuff. If we don't win, it's not that fun."

With four home runs in the series against Philadelphia, Stanton did all he could to help his team win. Miami however dropped two of three to the Phillies and was dominated in the series finale. Since the All-Star break, the Marlins are 1-5 and could be headed towards another losing season.

With the trade deadline quickly approaching, Stanton likely knows that the roster could see some changes. While Stanton is unlikely to be moved during the season, it is possible that Miami could trade a few of his teammates for prospects. Stanton has a no-trade clause, but he could choose to waive it if asked.

Stanton's career-high for home runs in a season is 37 and he should easily pass that total this season. The 27-year old has battled injuries in his career, but has put up All-Star numbers consistently while on the field. As one of the biggest names in the sport, Stanton would draw interest on the market if he is made available. Due to the $295 million he is owed after this season, Miami would likely have to include cash in a Stanton trade.

The Marlins will try and get back into the win column, when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds on Friday.



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<![CDATA[Panthers Sign Owen Tippett to Entry-Level Contract]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:49:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800220154.jpg

The Florida Panthers signed 2017 first-round pick Owen Tippett to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

The deal with Tippett is a standard entry-level contract and the 18-year old will be given an opportunity to make the squad for the regular season. Tippett is a long shot to start the year with Florida, but could see time in Sunrise at some point next season.

"I'm thrilled to sign Owen to his first NHL contract," said Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon. "Owen is a natural goal scorer with a bright future and he already possesses NHL-ready size and speed. We're looking forward to watching him compete for a spot on our NHL roster at training camp this fall."

Tippett is an exciting player that could transform Florida's play on the ice. In 2016-17, the Panthers had some sluggish times and a disappointing season overall. As the team looks for a new identity and strategy, the Panthers have put an emphasis on getting faster. That new methodology ended Jaromir Jagr's time with the team, but it could lead to opportunities for a player such as Tippett.

While playing for the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League, Tippett accumulated 44 goals and 75 points in just 60 games. Tippett has game-changing ability and Florida used an important tenth overall pick to grab him for that reason. Playing alongside rising stars in the NHL should give Tippett a chance to shine early in his career.

Florida's training camp will take place in September and the preseason schedule will get underway on October 6th.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys WR's Dog Returned After Being Stolen, Ransomed]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:19:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/blitz-home-lucky.jpg

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead's dog has been returned safely after being stolen and held for ransom, he said. 

Whitehead posted on Snapchat at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday that his dog, Blitz, was home.

Whitehead posted on Instagram Sunday that someone had broken into his home and stolen Blitz while he was out of town July 9.

"Blitz was being taken care of by a close friend at my house and someone broke in and took him," Whitehead posted.

Whitehead added that the culprit had called him and demanded he "cut a check" if he wanted Blitz back alive.

"I strongly advise you to stop and return my boy safely before it gets any worse!" he said on Instagram.

A rapper known as Boogotti Kasino tweeted a video late Monday of a dog that Whitehead confirmed to be Blitz in a room with several individuals. One of the men in the expletive-laden video calls out Whitehead for owing him money.

A follow-up tweet from Kasino to Whitehead said, "bro u know I didn't steal yo dog u can come get yo dog back i was just asking for my money back thay I spend on the dawg."

Kasino then tweeted a video of Blitz being returned to Whitehead just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Whitehead told NBC 5 his friend went to pick up Blitz from the men seen in the video. He added that he did not have to pay to have Blitz returned.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Look to Turn Things Around Against Phillies]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:46:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-690271690.jpg

The Miami Marlins will host the MLB-worst Philadelphia Phillies for three games beginning on Monday at Marlins Park.

Miami was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend and is in desperate need of wins. The Dodgers own the best record in all of baseball and made quick work of the Marlins. Miami had a chance to win the first game of the series, but was unable to recover from that blown save in the next two contests.

At 41-49, the Marlins are in fourth place in the division. Both the divisional and Wild-Card races are beginning to look out of reach for Miami. The trade deadline is also now quickly approaching and Miami appears destined for a selling mode. With contention unlikely, Miami can use the deadline to replenish a depleted farm system.

Tom Koehler and his 8.00 E.R.A will start for the Marlins in the first game of the series. Koehler is coming off a decent start in his last outing, but he is 1-4 overall on the season. The right-hander spent some time on the disabled list and in AAA earlier this year, but was recalled due to a lack of options in Miami. The Marlins have lost all of Koehler's last five starts and he has not gone more than five innings since April.

Adam Conley will be recalled from AAA to start Tuesday's game for the Marlins. Conley has a disappointing 7.53 E.R.A this season, after a productive 2016 campaign. In AAA, Conley had some inconsistent numbers and he was recalled due to an immediate need in Miami. The Marlins could have a short leash with Conley and option him back to New Orleans, if he does not produce at the big-league level. The left-hander allowed 18 combined runs in his last three starts for Miami.

In the series finale on Wednesday, Dan Sraily will start for the Marlins. Straily has not allowed more than two runs in a start since early May. The right-hander has been Miami's most consistent arm and has seen his name appear in trade rumors. While it is unlikely Straily is moved, this start could serve to increase his value.

Monday's game will begin at 7:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Best in International Soccer Coming to Miami Next Week]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:53:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Practice_Tickets_for__El_Clasico__on_Sale_Monday.jpg

In less than two weeks, one of the top rivalries in all of sports will make its way to Hard Rock Stadium as Real Madrid and Barcelona will play their first ever match in the United States.

But, if you can’t make it to the game on July 29th, you still have a chance to see the teams during a practice scheduled the day before.

Tickets go on sale Monday for that practice on Friday, July 28th inside the Miami Gardens stadium. Real Madrid will take the field at 6 p.m. with Barcelona starting their practice at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on the El Clasico website, which you can get to by clicking on this link, and there is a four ticket limit per order.

'El Clasico' will be the second major soccer match inside Hard Rock Stadium next week, as Paris Saint Germain and Juventus will meet on Wednesday, July 26th.

The most popular team in France, PSG has made their way to South Florida and began practicing at Barry Univeristy. They will play games in Detroit and Orlando before heading back to Miami.

Fans of the team will get a chance to see some of their favorite players and get merchandise for the next week across South Florida. Fans can get merchandise at a pop up store located at 20 NE 27th Avenue, Shoe Gallery at 244 NE 1st Avenue and The Alchemist in Miami Beach at 1109 Lincoln Road.

The team will also have a youth academy at 1101 Brickell Avenue and hold a watch party for their game in Orlando this Sunday at Monty's in Coconut Grove.

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<![CDATA[Heat Wrap Up Summer League]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:24:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649851330.jpg

The Miami Heat completed their 2017 NBA Summer League schedule in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Before playing in Vegas, the Heat also took part in the Orlando portion of the Summer League. This time of year gives organizations a chance to see their young players take the court. Most of the rosters are comprised of recent draft picks and players who will spend time in the NBA G League.

Miami had 2017 first-round pick Bam Adebayo as part of the roster in both Orlando and Las Vegas. Adebayo saw plenty of action on the court and did a solid job. The 19-year old averaged 17.5 points per game in Orlando, before posting a 15.7 average in Vegas. The forward's rebound average was solid as well, with over eight per game in each stop. Adebayo also compiled nine blocks in four games in Orlando, which could be one of the most important stats for Miami to see.

Also playing in the Summer League was Okaro White. The forward had a tremendous showing in both cities and may have helped himself in the future. White averaged 18.5 points and over eight rebounds a game across both stops. In addition to those numbers, White picked up several blocks and steals along the way. The 24-year old saw some work with Miami in 2016-17 and should spend time on the roster again.

Most of the other names on Miami's roster are relative unknowns, but could end up being a factor down the road. The Heat will likely need to dip into the G League at times at this year and the Summer League experience should be beneficial.

Miami's 2017 preseason is scheduled to get underway on October 1st in Miami.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Stanton Drawing Interest Around League: Report]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:45:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-671103924.jpg

Multiple teams are interested in trading for Miami Marlins All-Star Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report from SiriusXM.

Stanton's contract is expected to be the biggest roadblock in any deal, in addition to his no-trade clause. With the Marlins unlikely to compete, the latter may not end up much of an issue for Stanton. A potential rebuild in Miami could also be a factor in Stanton's decision, should the team find a trade partner.

Stanton is currently signed to a 13-year contract and can opt-out of the deal following the 2020 season. Teams looking to acquire Stanton may be hesitant to give up top talent and the Marlins would likely have to send money with Stanton. With nearly $300 million remaining on his contract, Stanton is a player that some teams simply would be unable to afford.

The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were reported as two of the teams interested in Stanton's services. Both franchises have spent big money in the past, but neither is likely to head to the World Series this season. Stanton could waive his no-trade clause though for either of the teams, as they are arguably closer to contention than Miami is.

Another factor in any potential trade of Stanton, will be the ownership situation at Marlins Park. With Miami up for sale, a decision such as this will likely need approval from the league. If a new owner is close to purchasing the team, that party may need to be consulted as well. While current owner Jeffrey Loria may be looking to reduce the team's debt, a new owner may have plans for Stanton on his roster.

In addition to Stanton, the Marlins are expected to engage in talks for some other players on the roster. The trade deadline is about two weeks away and the Marlins have a barren farm system. Trading a few players off the big-league roster, could help Miami succeed in upcoming seasons.



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<![CDATA[Lochte Cleared of Criminal Charge in Rio Incident: Lawyer]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:15:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/lochte+swimmers+removed+plane.jpg

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was cleared of a criminal charge in the Rio Olympics incident that sparked international outrage, his lawyer confirmed Friday.

Last August, the 32-year-old was charged with filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.

Lochte admitted he "over-exaggerated" about having a gun held to his head at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, where he and three other American swimmers had stopped to use a restroom.

The swimmer was suspended for 10 months by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, and he lost $100,000 in bonus money for the gold medals he won in Rio.

The Brazilian appeals court ruled in Lochte's favor 2-1 Thursday, attorney Jeff Ostrow told NBC 6.

“We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime," said Ostrow. "It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed.” Ostrow said the prosecution has 15 days to appeal again.

“We hope the prosecutors office realizes that legally this is the correct decision and will let this unfortunate saga end," Ostrow told NBC 6.

Lochte was set to compete in the Los Angeles Invitational Thursday, but announced he would not participate because of the recent birth of his son.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Host Dodgers to Begin Second Half]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:59:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-602418144.jpg

The Miami Marlins will get the second half underway when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

The Marlins own a 41-46 record, but have played better baseball in recent weeks. After a disastrous month of May, Miami has put itself in a position to compete. That window however is closing and the Marlins will need plenty of victories in a short amount of time.

With the trade deadline approaching, tough decisions will need to be made. In their current position, the Marlins would be sellers. While top talent is expected to remain, there could be some trades later this month. Miami has a barren farm system and could trade some veterans away to replenish it.

Getting the second half started the right way, will not be an easy task. The Dodgers are leading the National League West and have the best record in all of baseball. At 61-29, Los Angeles is coasting to a division title and is also currently on a six-game winning streak.

Miami's most consistent pitcher of the season, Dan Straily will take the ball in the first game of the series. Straily is 7-4 on the season with a sparkling 3.31 E.R.A. The veteran could easily have more wins and the team has been victorious in eight of his last ten starts. In Straily's final start of the first half, he allowed only one run in 8.1 innings of work.

The Marlins have not announced their starters for the second and third games of the series as of yet. It is likely that Miami will turn to Jose Urena for one of those starts, after a tremendous first half for the right-hander. Urena was 7-3 with a 3.54 in the first half and has been one of the biggest surprises for the Marlins in 2017.

Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[New TV Network Focusing on Olympics Making Debut ]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:27:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/olympicsnetwork.jpg

While too early for a torch lighting, a new Olympic-themed television network makes its debut Saturday morning.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is designed to highlight Olympic sports and athletes and will begin airing in some 35 million American homes Saturday at 6 a.m. EDT.

NBC's Mike Tirico kicks it off with a programming preview that will be repeated throughout the weekend for those sleeping in.

It's a perilous time in the industry to start a new network. But NBC News is sharing costs and creative control with the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee.

Early programming includes world championships in track & field and swimming, along with a look-back at the 1992 basketball "Dream Team."



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<![CDATA[Florida Softball Pitcher Recognized At ESPYs]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:49:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071317gatorssoftball.png

Florida softball sophomore Kelly Barnhill was recognized as the Best Female Collegiate Athlete at the ESPYs in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Barnhill is the first player in UF program history to receive an ESPY.

The Marietta, Georgia, native helped the Gators reach the Women’s College World Series, posting a 0.51 ERA and 13 strikeouts per nine innings.

Barnhill was recognized as the SEC Pitcher of the Year and espnW Player of the Year this season.




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<![CDATA[Joe Montana Partners with FanDuel Fantasy Golf]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:11:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/joejoemon.jpg

Mention the name Joe Montana to any sports fan and images of Candlestick Park, touchdown passes to Jerry Rice and Super Bowl Rings immediately come to mind

But what about fantasy golf?

Montana recently partnered with FanDuel’s new product offering – daily fantasy golf. With each golf contest offered, users can select 8 different golfers for that week’s tournament and earn points based on a player’s individual hole performance, finishing position, streak bonuses and more.

Montana stopped by 30 Rock to discuss the new FanDuel partnership as well as discuss his growing role as an NFL ambassador and share his thoughts on some of the all time greats to ever play in the NFL.



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