<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 27 Sep 2016 03:14:09 -0400Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:14:09 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Marlins Prepare For Return to Action After Fernandez's Death]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:45:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/197*120/GettyImages-610399452.jpg

One day after the biggest tragedy to hit the organization, the Miami Marlins prepare to return to the field Monday night for their first time since their ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, died in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call around 3 a.m. Fernandez was one of three people killed when a boat crashed into rocks and overturned off the shore of Miami Beach. Fernandez was a passenger on the boat.

An official from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told reporters that Fernandez was with two friends when the 32-foot SeaVee that they were traveling in hit rocks and capsized during a boating trip.

The two other victims were identified as Eddy Rivero and Emilio Macias.

Lorenzo Veloz with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the boat was found upside down. Two bodies were found under the vessel and one was found in the water by divers.

Veloz added that speed to be a factor based on the severity of the impact and the debris around. There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal substances being a factor in the crash. Neither of the three victims were wearing life-vests.

Major League Baseball released a statement saying it was ``stunned and devastated'' by news of the death of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez.

The team confirmed Fernandez's passing in a brief statement and canceled today's game:

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time," the team said in the statement.

The owner of the Miami Marlins, Jeffrey Loria, says he is feeling the ``deepest sorrow that I, together with my family and the entire Marlins organization, mourn the tragic loss of José."

"Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest," Loria said. "José left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us."

Fans, athletes and sports teams have taken to social media Sunday to mourn Fernandez's death.

The Miami Marlins cancelled their home game Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. Monday's game with the New York Mets will start at 7:10 PM.

Fernandez came to America as a teenager, gaining fame for his story of defecting from Cuba with his mother (who he saved after she fell off a boat during one attempt) and other family members looking for a better life.

After a star studded high school career in Tampa, the Marlins selected him in the first round of the 2011 Draft.

He made his Major League debut in 2013, being named the National League's Rookie of the Year that season. He dealt with injuries that kept him out for nearly a full season in 2014 and 2015, but was healthy in 2016 and had a 16-8 record with a 2.86 ERA. He was scheduled to pitch on Monday.

Fernandez is survived by his mother and grandmother as well as his girlfriend, posting a photo to announce her pregnancy on his Instagram page last week, announcing that the couple was expecting its first child.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Return to Action With Emotional Win]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:45:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610592258.jpg

The Miami Marlins won an emotional game against the New York Mets on Monday by a final score of 7-3.

The game started with a lengthy tribute to the late Jose Fernandez. The starting lineup gathered around the pitcher's mound and stood while "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was played on a trumpet. The national anthem followed and then the Mets and Marlins exchanged hugs on the diamond.

After the classy gesture from the Mets concluded, the entire Marlins roster stood around the mound and put dirt on their uniform pants. Fernandez was known to do this in his starts as he grew up without the use of a rosin bag. Fernandez used dirt to keep his hands dry and kept the tradition going in the big leagues.

Miami then huddled up and listened as Giancarlo Stanton gave an impassioned speech to the team. Stanton could be heard telling the team to play hard for Fernandez even if the conditions were tough. There were tears in the eyes of the slugger and many of his teammates.

The bottom of the first brought another emotionally charged moment for the team. Dee Gordon stepped into the batters box as a right-handed hitter. Gordon got into a stance that Fernandez would typically use and took a pitch. After the tribute, Gordon switched to his standard left-handed spot. It was then that Gordon hit his first home run of the season and broke down while rounding the bases.

Miami would add four more runs in the second inning to jump out to a quick five-run lead. There were plenty of hugs in the dugout for every player that returned after scoring. The emotions on the bench were evident time and time again in the early innings of the win.

Gordon ended up with four hits and Justin Bour had a big day himself. Bour picked up his first triple of the season and also doubled. Bour fell a home run shy of the first cycle in Marlins history.

The Marlins will look for a third straight win on Tuesday when Tom Koehler takes the mound.



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<![CDATA[Greg Hardy Arrested on Drug Charges]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:27:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Greg-Hardy-mug-shot.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy faces a felony drug charge after he was arrested Sunday night in Richardson, police say.

Hardy, who is an NFL free agent after playing for the Cowboys in 2015, allegedly had 0.7 grams of cocaine in a wallet in his car. It was discovered after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal, a police affidavit states.

Hardy was stopped about 11:22 p.m. after turning onto Midway Drive from the 300 block of North Glenville Drive. The officer gave Hardy a verbal warning for the traffic violation but asked for his consent to search his 2010 white Dodge Challenger, the police report says.

He told the officer that he didn't know what the substance was and said he believed he got it while he was at a party Saturday night, according to police. Hardy said he passed his wallet around at the party because he was paying for everybody, and he said that must have been when someone put the substance in his wallet.

Hardy was booked into the Richardson City Jail, where he remained Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $5,000.

Hardy spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, before joining the Cowboys in 2015.

Hardy hasn't garnered much attention in free agency since he and the Cowboys parted ways after the 2015 season. He recorded six sacks in 12 games while playing for Dallas.

The defensive end made news stemming from a 2014 arrest for assaulting an ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. The charges were eventually expunged from Hardy's record.



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<![CDATA[Marlins To Retire No. 16 in Honor of Jose Fernandez]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:58:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16270851118909.jpg

No one on the Miami Marlins will ever wear Jose Fernandez’s No. 16 again, owner Jeffrey Loria announced Monday, a day after the star pitcher was killed in a boating accident.

But that will only take effect after Monday night, when Marlins players honored Fernandez by each wearing his jersey number during their game against the Mets, in which he had been scheduled to start.

And second baseman Dee Gordon started the game with an almost unbelievable tribute to his teammate, slamming the third pitch out of the park for a lead-off home run. 

Gordon was overcome as he touched home, hugging his teammates as he walked back to the dugout.

Fernandez and two others were found dead on Sunday morning when the boat they were on, which authorities have said appeared to be traveling very fast, crashed on a jetty off Miami Beach.

That day, the Marlins held an emotional press conference where the players and coaching staff fought back tears remembering the 24-year-old ace. The team also painted his No. 16 on the pitcher's mound and placed flowers alongside the rubber.

Fernandez dazzled on the mound for Miami in his brief career and the team will recognize his achievements in Monday's game.

The Marlins canceled Sunday's game against the Braves following Fernandez's death. Barring a need for that contest in the playoff race, Miami will only play 161 games this season.

The Marlins' gesture to have every player don Fernandez's number is reminiscent of the league's annual remembrance of Jackie Robinson. Every season, every player on every team wears his No. 42 for one day in April.

Fernandez will likely go down in history as the last Marlins player to wear No. 16, besides the players wearing it in his memory. While the team has not announced the plan officially, Monday's gesture points in that direction.

The game Monday night also included a moment of silence.

It's the first time in Marlins history that an active player has died. It is a rare event in sports more generally general, and one that has no playbook. Miami could opt to hold more tributes for Fernandez next season as well, including at the 2017 All-Star Game.



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<![CDATA[Don Mattingly Talks Pain and Healing After Fernandez Death]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:31:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025692020_1200x675_773505091934.jpg Don Mattingly addressed the media Monday as the Marlins prepared for their first game since the tragic death of pitcher Jose Fernandez.]]> <![CDATA[Elena Delle Donne Opens Up in Video]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514542562.jpg

Chicago Sky superstar Elena Delle Donne is well-known for her exploits on the court and her status as the defending WNBA MVP, but what you may not know is the story of how her bond with her sister resurrected her basketball career.

In a new video released by Gatorade, Delle Donne recounts the story of how she walked away from the UConn women’s basketball team to take care of her sister Lizzie, who has cerebral palsy and is blind and deaf.

"Lizzie has always been my strength, but going away to play college basketball meant that I had to say goodbye, and I just wasn't ready," she said. "Everybody thinks I came home to take care of her, but she was the one helping me."

She took a year off from basketball, but ultimately decided to come back to the sport and became a star at the University of Delaware. In the video, she describes how her sister’s love of the wind helped give her a new perspective on life.

"If you close your eyes, and you can't hear anything, and the wind comes across your face and blows your hair, it makes you feel a certain joy. To her, it's just pure joy and it's incredible to watch something that simple make her so happy," Delle Donne shared.

"I'll step outside after a rough practice, feel the wind, and it's like, 'Oh. There you are Liz,'" she added. "Liz has taught me so much. You don't focus on what you don't have - you celebrate what you do." 

Delle Donne has gone through other obstacles in her career as well, including contracting Lyme disease during her sophomore season. Eventually she overcame those challenges and was drafted by the Sky with the second overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

Unfortunately for Delle Donne, she has more adversity to go through now, as she’s dealing with recovery following thumb surgery earlier this month. The star forward is hoping to return to the court during the WNBA playoffs, but her timetable for recovery is unknown at this point.

Even with that latest setback, Delle Donne proves in the video that she is willing to take on any challenge, and going through adversity is something she’s become very adept at in her career.



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<![CDATA[British Open Organizers Pay Tribute to Arnold Palmer]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:58:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Arnold-Palmer.jpg

Organizers of the British Open paid tribute to Arnold Palmer on Monday for his "immeasurable" contribution to golf's oldest major, a tournament that he won twice in the early 1960s and helped bring to international prominence. 

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient, called Palmer "a true gentleman, one of the greatest ever to play the game and a truly iconic figure in sport." 

Palmer, who died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87, won seven majors, including the British Open in 1961 and '62. He last played the Open in 1995, 35 years after his first appearance. 

"His contribution to The Open Championship was, and remains, immeasurable," Slumbers said in a statement. "He will be missed and forever remembered by all at The R&A and throughout the world of golf as a charismatic and global champion of our game." 

Palmer first played the British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up in what he later called one of the biggest disappointments of his career. But his appearance invigorated the British Open, which Americans had been ignoring for years. 

"Without question Arnold's participation in The Open Championship in the early 1960s was the catalyst to truly internationalize golf," European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. "The fact he was loved and recognized by everyone across the globe, whether they be fans of golf or not, is testament to his charismatic legacy that will live on." 

Palmer was made an honorary member of The European Tour in 1995. 

"In this week of the playing of the 41st Ryder Cup in particular, we remember fondly his time as a six-time Ryder Cup player and two-time captain," Pelley said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time."

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<![CDATA[Heat to Not Pursue Keeping Chris Bosh: Riley]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:46:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-170353196.jpg

The Chris Bosh era with the Miami Heat is close to being over.

Speaking with reporters during the team’s media day on Monday, team president Pat Riley says the team is preparing to move on from the 13-year NBA veteran:

Bosh failed a physical last week, causing the team to say he would not be allowed to attend their upcoming training camp or be cleared to practice.

The two time NBA champion has been sidelined for much of the last two seasons with two separate incidents involving blood clots that have required hospitalization and medication. Bosh had said he intended to return to the court last season before agreeing to sit out the remainder of the year following a very public disagreement with the team.

Bosh joined the Heat before the 2010-11 season along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to help lead the franchise to four straight appearances in the NBA Finals, winning in 2012 and 2013.



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<![CDATA[Jose Fernandez Remembered by MLB Teams]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:49:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/187*120/GettyImages-610389982.jpg

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Beat Browns for First Win of Season]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:41:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610392994.jpg

The Miami Dolphins came away winners for the first time this season with a 30-24 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

The win came in overtime on a game-winning run from Jay Ajayi with roughly nine minutes to go. Before the winning run, both teams failed to convert on their initial OT possessions.

For the first time this season, the Dolphins began a game as the favorite instead of the underdog. The game did not start out well for the Dolphins however and the team trailed after the first half. Things changed after halftime with Miami showing more intensity and better production on the field.

Ryan Tannehill had an ugly first half with two interceptions including one pick in the opening minute. The second half was much better for Tannehill and he was a key reason that the Dolphins came from behind. Miami's quarterback ended up with a 25-39 day and three touchdowns to go along with the two picks.

With Arian Foster on the shelf due to a groin injury, the Dolphins went with a ground game by committee. Kenyan Drake led the pack with 37 yards on his nine carries. Jarvis Landry, Damien Williams, Ajayi, Isaiah Pead and Tannehill also saw work in the running game. In all, Miami had 115 yards on the ground.

Catching three touchdown passes from Tannehill in the win were Williams, Landry and Parker. Landry led the team with 76 receiving yards as well in the win.

Miami will go back on the road for its next game. Coming up on Thursday, the Dolphins will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.



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<![CDATA[Chris Bosh: Heat Doctors Said Career 'Likely Over']]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:50:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503405620.jpg

With less than a week to go before the start of training camp for the 2016-17 season, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is revealing what team doctors told him after a second bout with blood clots: his career is likely over.

In the first installment of a new documentary series debuting Wednesday on Uninterrupted.com, Bosh spoke of feeling as if the team had written him off following his latest fight with clots in his leg.

Bosh has said he will continue with plans to play again.

"I know inside me I have a lot of talent and a lot of ability. I have it. I know I have it,” Bosh said. "It wasn't a matter of if I play again; it was when. So we took the bull by the horns."

The film, entitled "Rebuilt," is being released in parts on the website. Bosh said last week that he still has not been medically cleared by the team, but believes he has found a way to work with his medication that would allow him to play.

Bosh also hosted a Facebook Live session Wednesday, where he talked more about his medical condition and his future with the Heat.

"We are going to have a great season, I can't wait to get back out there on the court and really just play basketball," he said.

Bosh interacted with fans, answered their questions live and looked toward the future, one he says that includes him in the NBA.

"I am just hoping that this fire goes out very soon and I can kind of emerge from it brand-new but yeah, I mean tough times are hard," he said.

At the same time, the Heat have not commented on the 13-year veteran's status with the team. Previously, it had been reported he would be invited to camp but still not cleared to play.

Bosh has had the last two seasons cut short due to blood clots being discovered in his leg. After a conflict between both sides over the player’s plans to return toward the end of last season, Bosh was ruled out under an agreement that would allow him to participate in training camp.

Bosh still has three years remaining on his current contract with the Heat, worth around $75 million total.



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<![CDATA[Mike Ditka on Kaepernick's Protest]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:06:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mike+ditka+GettyImages-463267928.jpg

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka has weighed in on the protests sparked by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and he certainly did not hold back. 

"I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag," Ditka said in a radio interview Friday. "If they don't like the country, they don't like our flag, get the hell out, that's what I think."

"I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick, he probably has no respect for me," the Hall of Fame coach continued. "That’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country. I respect our flag."

"And I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on," he added. "I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunities. Now, if they don't want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything."

"But this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. Now if you don't work, that's a different problem," he concluded. 

Ditka's disapproval of the protests came just days after three players on the Philadelphia Eagles raised their fists at Soldier Field ahead of the Bears' home opener Monday night. 

That demonstration joined the national conversation ignited by Kaepernick who sat, then kneeled, for the playing of the national anthem beginning in August to call attention to the oppression of minorities across the United States. 

Since then, Kaepernick has been joined by several other NFL players, including four members of the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, and Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.

While some have expressed support for the message of the demonstrations, the protests have sparked outrage among others, including local police unions in Miami and San Francisco, both of which have threatened some form of boycott. 

A recent poll found Kaepernick to be the most disliked player in the NFL, which was conducted just days before his cover for Time Magazine's October issue was revealed. 

He revealed Tuesday that he has received death threats over his protest, and pledged to donate $100,000 in each of the next 10 months to organizations that work toward goals consistent with his message of fighting racial inequality.

This is not the first time Ditka has spoken out on social or political issues. A well-documented conservative, he has publicly expressed support for Donald Trump and flirted with the idea of speaking at the Republican National Convention in July.



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<![CDATA[Loved Ones Pay Respects to Jose Fernandez]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:50:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fernandez+live+like+bella.jpg

Loved ones have been in and out of all day, paying their respects to the Jose Fernandez's family- not a dry eye leaving the house. The star player had an entire life ahead of him and just recently announced he was going to be a father before he was tragically killed in a boating accident Sunday.

Miami Marlins players shared hugs and tears outside Fernandez's family home after offering their condolences to his loved ones.

"We're trying to support the family trying to give them a little bit of concerns about how much we love Jose and how much we love the family, because we are a family," said Marlins player Miguel Rojas.

Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, Fernandez took many risks to play in the major leagues. He made 4 attempts to defect to the United States and at age 15, he arrived after a dangerous journey out at sea where he rescued his mother from drowning.

In 2013 the Marlins arranged for his grandmother, Olga Fernandez, to visit and she surprised him with an emotional reunion.

On Sunday, the pitcher's grandmother Olga Fernandez broke down in tears saying this is the hardest hit she's received in her life.

Fernandez called abuela the love of his life and credited her for inspiring him to become a baseball player.

Family and friends walked in and out of the home all day mourning the loss of someone they call amazing both on and off the field. He was an active board member for the Live Like Bella Foundation and always lent a helping hand.

Raymond Rodriguez-Torres, with the Live Like Bella Foundation, said Fernandez was always available for the children with cancer and the foundation is devastated by this terrible news.

"He just really wanted to make a difference," Shannah Rodriguez-Torres, Live Like Bella, said. "He was a great person."

Today was pediatric cancer awareness day at Marlins Park. Fernandez planned to be there to greet the kids.

But Fernandez continues to leave a positive legacy. Donations for $16 (his number) have been pouring in to the Live Like Bella foundation. One of his final tweets encouraged people to join the team and make a difference.



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<![CDATA[Marlins' Fernandez Made Impact Beyond Wins and Losses]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:14:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610387614.jpg

The late Jose Fernandez starred for the Miami Marlins on the field and contributed to the community off of it.

Fernandez passed away suddenly on early Sunday morning in a boating accident. Since then, tributes have poured in from his teammates and opponents around the game. The 24-year old was beloved by the game's best and he also was an important member of the South Florida community.

Back in 2015, Fernandez took part in a challenge for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. This was just one of many causes the right-hander was involved in over the years.

Among his other charitable ventures, Fernandez was an active member of the Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation. Bella Rodriguez-Torres passed away in 2013 due to Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Her family started the foundation in her honor and as a tribute to the way Bella lived her life before her tragic passing. The foundation accepts donations that go towards research and support for families stricken with childhood cancer.

Fernandez was a member of the board for the foundation and one of his last tweets was a reference to the cause. While many athletes simply put their names on charitable causes, Fernandez made sure to keep Bella's memory alive and her foundation moving forward.

During Sunday's press conference, Marlins president David Samson brought up Fernandez's passion for the game. Many have referenced Fernandez's work ethic while paying tribute to him. Fernandez will undoubtedly be remembered for his exciting play, but he also will be remembered for what he did for others.

Those wishing to learn more about the foundation may visit LiveLikeBella.org.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez's Career in Photos]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:21:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021714+jose+fernandez.jpg

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<![CDATA[Marlins Halt Skid With Rare Victory Over Braves]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:19:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610199062.jpg

The Miami Marlins picked up a rare victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday to halt a three-game skid.

Atlanta has been a problem for Miami all season long, but Saturday's 6-4 win will give the Marlins a chance to split the series. With one game to go, the Braves hold a 2-1 series edge and have dominated the season series. The Braves are a key reason that the Marlins are nearing elimination.

Even with the win, Miami finds itself on the outside looking in for the Wild-Card race. A recent string of losses has all but ended Miami's hopes of competing in the postseason this year. It would take a monumental collapse from the teams ahead of the Marlins at this point to put Miami back into the postseason picture.

With the season winding down, Wei-Yin Chen made his second start since returning from the disabled list. Chen only was able to go four innings and he allowed two runs on four hits. Chen was not able to take part in rehab games, and is building up arm strength at the big league level.

Even though Miami had the lead when Chen exited the game, he was not eligible for the win due to the short outing. The official scorer instead gave the victory to Austin Brice. This was the first win of Brice's major league career. The right-hander tossed one scoreless inning in the win.

Dee Gordon was busy on the basepaths with three stolen bases. Gordon now has 26 steals this year despite missing considerable time due to a 80-game suspension. Yefri Perez (4) and J.T. Realmuto (12) also stole bases during the win.

Derek Dietrich hit his seventh home run of the season in the first inning. The two-run homer put Miami ahead at the time, after the team had allowed a run in the top half of the inning.

The four-game series will conclude on Sunday when Adam Conley starts for Miami.



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<![CDATA[Fans, Marlins Mourns Death of Pitcher Jose Fernandez]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:06:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488189159.jpg

Baseball fans and players awoke Sunday morning to the tragic news of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez's death.

The ace right-hander was one of three people killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach. The Cuban-born athlete was just 24 years old. 

Miami Marlins players gathered at the team's ballpark to grieve together following the death of their teammate.

"A lot of words were said, meaningful words and emotion and prayer," Marlins president David Samson said at a news conference, surrounded by more than two dozen players wearing black Marlins jerseys. "Jose is a member of this family for all time."

Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and fought back tears.

"When I think about Jose, it's going to be thinking about a little kid," Mattingly said. "I see such a little boy in him ... the way he played. ... Kids play Little League, that's the joy Jose played with."

The Marlins' game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled. Their home game Monday night against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled, the team said.

"Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain," third baseman Martin Prado said. "Somehow we've got to overcome that."

Fans, athletes and sports teams took to social media Sunday to mourn Fernandez's death, tweeting condolences and prayers for his family and the Marlins organization.  

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Kaep Joins High School Protest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:55:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Castlemont+Football.jpg

High school students in the East Bay are following Colin Kaepernick’s lead and helping to shine a light on issues of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States — this time by lying down during the national anthem.

Since August, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken to kneeling before games – something he did alongside the Castlemont High School football team in Oakland on Friday.

When the first strains of the national anthem floated across the field and Kaepernick knelt, the Knights lay on the ground with their hands up in the air.

"It's basically showing our vulnerability ... them being the authority and the power, and us being the citizens," said protest organizer and senior player Jadan Starks.

Head coach Edward Washington supports his team's actions.

“Black men and brown men have been assassinated unarmed, hands on the ground,” he said. “We had to protest and stand against this because it's not right."

Friday’s protest came after nearly a week after the team knelt during the National Anthem before another game and tweeted a picture of it. Kaepernick retweeted the Twitter post and it went viral, sparking a conversation between him and the school.

“He had reached out through a fraternity brother and a mutual friend and he was like, ‘I want to come over and talk to the kids,’” Washington said.

And that's exactly what Kaepernick did, catching the players by surprise.

“This is your family, these are your brothers,” he told the team. “I look at all of you as brothers. I see your strength, I see your power, I see your courage, your confidence.”

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Speaking to the athletes in their locker room before the game, Kaepernick said he attended their game to stand – or kneel as the case may be – in solidarity with them.

“The same way y'all took a stand and stood with me, I had to come out here and stand with you’ll,” he said.

Kaepernick also encouraged his rapt audience to “lift each other up” because “that’s what this is about.”

He assured the Castlemont students that their actions, thoughts and words have value – both on and off the football field.

“You are important. You make a difference. This matters. Everything you do matters,” Kaepernick stressed.

Earlier in the week, a school band of roughly 155 middle and high school students from the Oakland Unified School District knelt as they played "The Star Bangled Banner" before an Oakland A's game on Wednesday.

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San Francisco’s Mission High School football team has also decided to take a knee at every game in the season when the national anthem is played. The Bears are slated to face Millbrae’s Mills High School Saturday.

According to Castlemont coach Bryan Parker, this is just the beginning of a movement among young students and athletes, and those who motivate them.

"We want to keep a dialogue going, getting rid of the dehumanization of black and brown people all around the country, but specifically in Oakland," he said.

School officials say they plan to continue working with community leaders, politicians and law enforcement, going forward.

Social unrest has rocked the U.S. this week. Police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte have spawned massive demonstrations and even riots. Amid this social landscape, Kaepernick’s ongoing protest has ignited a maelstrom of conflicting reactions.

His face will grace the cover of Time magazine next month, but he has also received death threats and a recent poll reflects his unenviable achievement of being the most disliked player in the National Football League.

Closer to home, the NFLer has had not only the 49ers head coach Chip Kelly in his corner, but even a muralist, who created artwork on the side of an Oakland wall to remind Kaepernick, “We got your back.”

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<![CDATA[Anthem Protests Spread to Colleges, WNBA Player Sits]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:19:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/colinkaepernick3.JPG

Liberty guard Brittany Boyd sat on the bench with her head bowed during the national anthem before a WNBA playoff game.

Hours earlier, college football players for Michigan and Michigan State, along with a group of students at North Carolina, raised their fists during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner on Saturday. 

Since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem before NFL preseason games, citing racial injustice and police brutality, his movement has slowly spread across fields and courts in the U.S. On Saturday, college athletes and professional athletes joined together to follow his lead after a week punctuated by riots in Charlotte, North Carolina , and the killing of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Boyd had sat on the bench during the anthem at the team's last home game on Sept. 13, too. Her New York teammates stood, arms locked with their heads bowed before their WNBA playoff game with Phoenix. Mercury players Mistie Bass and Kelsey Bone kneeled, just as they had done during their first-round playoff game. Bass was inspired that younger athletes were joining an effort that until this weekend, had been mostly led by the pros. 

"I think it shows that the younger generations are about this and they did it together," she said. "They are understanding what is going on in our society. It's perfect because they are so caught up in their phones. To see them standing up for social injustices and wanting things to be right in their communities I think is awesome." 

Three Michigan State players — Delton Williams, Kenney Lyke and Gabe Sherrod — held their right fists in the air while standing on the sideline before the No. 8 Spartans hosted No. 11 Wisconsin.

"Whether somebody salutes, puts the hand over their heart or does something else, everybody has a choice to make," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio added after the Spartans' 30-6 loss. "Our young people are in college, and I can promise you one thing, that when the flag is presented in some respect, I guess it becomes much more important now. It's not just, oh by the way, we'll just stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'

"All I can do is try and lead the best way I can, and be positive and accepting to our football team and our players," the coach added.

Several players for No. 4 Michigan also had their fists up before facing Penn State in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Among them were Khalid Hill, Mike McCray, Devin Bush, Elysee Mbem-Bosse and Jourdan Lewis.

Most college conferences play the anthem before the teams take the field. The Big Ten is among the exceptions.

The University of Michigan is 6 miles from Eastern Michigan University, where chanting students marched on the field Friday night after the school's 27-24 victory over Wyoming. The students were protesting racist graffiti on the campus earlier in the week.

"We have great respect for our students engaged in the constructive efforts underway to address the issues we face," Eastern Michigan President James Smith said in a statement Saturday.

Before North Carolina hosted Pittsburgh, students wearing black shirts remained seated with fists raised. Some 60 to 70 black and white students participated.

Nebraska players Michael Rose-Ivey, Daishon Neal and Mohamed Barry also kneeled before the No. 20 Cornhuskers' game at Northwestern.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was Kaepernick's coach for four seasons in San Francisco. Last month, Harbaugh said he supported Kaepernick's motivation to speak out but took exception to his method.

After Saturday's game, Harbaugh said he had been thinking a lot about the issue the past couple of weeks and that he supports his players. 

"This is something that's not going away. It's going to keep happening," Harbaugh said after the Wolverines' 49-10 victory. "It's not something that's going to keep them out of heaven. So I'm not going to worry about it. As long as it doesn't keep them out of heaven for supporting their minds, I support it."

Kaepernick was at a high school football game on Friday night. He spoke to players from Castlemont High School and joined them on the sideline before the game. A photo by former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison on Twitter shows Kaepernick kneeling while the rest of the team laid on their backs with their hands up during the anthem.

Saturday's gestures came a day after it was announced that Tommie Smith and John Carlos will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama. The raised-fist salutes by the American sprinters on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics became a political flash point.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Lose Third Straight]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:28:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-609993638.jpg

The Miami Marlins continued their slide with a 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

With the game tied at two in the ninth, A.J. Ramos gave up the game's winning run. Former Marlin Emilio Bonifacio scored the winning run after stealing a base following a single. A throwing error by J.T. Realmuto allowed Bonifacio to advance to third, before being brought home by a single from Adonis Garcia.

Andrew Cashner started for Miami and turned in one of his better starts in a Marlins uniform. Cashner struck out six across five innings while allowing one run on three hits. Due to a high pitch count, Cashner's day was short and the relievers took over in the sixth.

Mike Dunn would allow a run in his inning of work for a second straight day. The Marlins were ahead by one run at the time and the inning by Dunn cost Cashner a chance at a win. David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough combined for two scoreless innings following Dunn.

The Marlins managed only three hits in the loss with one going for extra bases. Martin Prado's 37th double of the season brought home both of Miami's runs in the game. Prado now has 73 runs batted in this season.

Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Marlins on Saturday in the third game of the series against Atlanta.



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<![CDATA[Week Three Preview: Browns at Dolphins]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:33:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-180063451.jpg

With two losses already this season, the Miami Dolphins will try to turn the page against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Miami enters Sunday's tilt with an 0-2 record following two tough defeats. The Dolphins had a chance to win both games, but were ultimately on the wrong end of the final scores. Time of possession has been a major problem for the Dolphins with their opponents dominating the ball.

Even without Tom Brady on the field, the New England Patriots made things look easy for much of last week's game. Miami would attempt a comeback which made the final score closer, but it was a failed attempt. Finding the end-zone has been a struggle, and things are complicated this week with a depleted roster.

Arian Foster has been ruled out for Sunday's game after suffering a groin injury in the loss to New England. Head coach Adam Gase has not named a starter yet for the game, but it figures to be Jay Ajayi. The Dolphins will likely also give some time to Kenyan Drake who ran for a touchdown last week.

Miami will also be without Mike Pouncey once again, would which means another game with a patchwork offensive line. Ryan Tannehill has been rushed and hit often in the first two weeks. Those moments have led to too many punts and failed conversions for Miami.

The Dolphins do not know how much they will get out of DeVante Parker as the wide reciever missed some practice time this week. Parker's involvement in the offense is going to be a key for Miami to build and maintain any lead. Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Cleveland is also 0-2 this year and this is the first home game of the season for the Dolphins. Those factors make Miami a favorite for the first time this season. Even with the underdog role removed, the Dolphins still may not have an easy time against the Browns. This is a game however that Miami is expected to win especially, with Cleveland's revolving door at the quarterback position.

Sunday's game will get underway at 1:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Smart Football Helmets]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:14:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Smart+Helmet.jpg The Friday night lights will illuminate high school football stadiums across the country this evening -- while new helmet technology is shedding light on one of football's long-time concerns: Concussions.

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<![CDATA[LeBron James Executive Produces New Sitcom for NBC]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:45:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-588692562-LebronJames.jpg

Gentrification is a phenomenon affecting nearly every major U.S. city, and apparently NBA champ LeBron James sees it material ready made for television.

Alongside "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, James is co-producing a new sitcom about a white family moving into a predominately black neighborhood in Cleveland. NBC has picked up "There Goes the Neighborhood" through a script contract with penalty, penned by "Community" veterans Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan and "Powerless" star Ron Funches. 

"There Goes the Neighborhood" must hold a special place in James' heart, as it’s set in his team's city. With its community-centric bent, the sitcom may even prove that "Cleveland is great for the whole family," as James humorously insists in the 2015 film "Trainwreck."

James appears to be on a roll both on and off the court.  Springhill Entertainment, James' company co-led by partner Maverick Carter, also sold a sports medical drama to NBC last week. "There Goes the Neighborhood" will be James’ fifth turn as an executive producer.



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<![CDATA[Chris Bosh Failed Physical, Not Cleared by Heat to Practice]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:31:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498969284.jpg

Chris Bosh’s future with the Miami Heat – and as a professional basketball player in general – could now be even more in question after a report that medical tests show he’s not cleared when it comes to blood clots.

Bosh had high hopes for a comeback, and those hopes were crushed Friday. The Miami Heat announced Bosh failed his physical exam.

"Is Chris Bosh's Heat career over, I think this unfortunately is a step in that direction," said Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel Heat reporter.

As Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel explains it, the Heat seemed ready to accommodate Bosh's wish to play on a mixed regimen of on-again, off-again blood thinners, but not any more. Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson broke the story and spoke on the "Big O Show" today, saying the Heat were ready for Bosh to come back.

"However they found a serious red flag in the tests this week, they found evidence of more blood clotting in his system, they believe it's related to his first two clots but there is some evidence of some new clotting as well," Jackson said.

Dr. Wayne Pollak has not examined Bosh, but as an expert in deep vein thrombosis, he says Bosh's doctors must have told him with new clots, it's not safe to be off blood thinners at all, and he can't play on the medication.

"He has, I'm sure, a full understanding of what the consequences would be for not being on a blood thinner but obviously there are many people looking out for him because death is a possibility or a major complication from a new blood clot," Dr. Pollak said.

Orlando Alzugaray, WQAM radio host, said: "I think it's a sad reality and i think bosh needs to face that sad reality. Bosh doesn't want to get off the court, but I think the Miami Heat needs to protect Chris Bosh from Chris Bosh."

So the last of the Big Three will likely never play for the Heat or any other NBA team again- a sad day for Heat Nation.

"And when you look at this, from Lebron James leaving two years ago, Dwyane Wade leaving this summer, and now this news about Chris Bosh, the Big Three era very much appears to be over and the Miami Heat very much appear to be a team rebuilding, trying to find their way again," Ira Winderman said.

The Miami Heat released a statement shortly after confirming Bosh failed his most recent physical:

"The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible. Chris has now taken his pre-season physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return."

The complication is not considered life threatening with proper medication, but makes playing in the NBA virtually unrealistic.

During an online interview earlier this week, Bosh said he plans to play this coming season and would join the team at training camp next week. The Heat had said previously Bosh could come to camp but could not practice since he still wasn't medically cleared.

Bosh said that Heat team doctors told him following the second clot, which was found in his calf this past February, that his career was “likely over”. The first clot traveled from his leg to his lung in February of 2015.

At 32, Bosh is due $76 million over the next three seasons. While he will likely receive all that money even if he doesn’t play again, the Heat would seek to clear his salary off their cap hit for the next two seasons – a move that would free up space for them to sign a big name free agent.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Utley Makes Ridiculous No Look Play For Dodgers]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:20:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Utley+ridiculous+play.png

In case you haven't seen every defensive play in the book from Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, here's another one for the future Hall of Famer's collection.

The Dodgers were hosting the Colorado Rockies at the Ravine on Thursday night in the opening game of a four-game series, the final homestand at Dodger Stadium.

There were two outs in the top of the fourth inning and the Rockies were threatening to add to their 3-1 lead. Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood was at the plate, and he hit what appeared to be a routine ground ball to Utley at second base.

Only Utley bobbled the ball, but he somehow stayed with the play and tossed the ball behind his back without looking to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for the final out of the inning.

Check out the videos of the play below, the first, complete with the legendary Vin Scully on the call, and the second, a zoomed in replay. Enjoy.

As he came into the dugout, Utley told his manager Dave Roberts that he was sorry for bobbling the ball, and that he should have made the play more cleanly.

Roberts was stunned, but expected nothing less from his veteran second baseman.

"First thing he said was 'I can't believe I missed the ball,'" Roberts said. "He makes this crazy no look pass to first base, and instead of acknowledging the greatness of that play he says he should have made it a lot cleaner."

Utley himself didn't have any answers either.

"It was maybe a little instinctual and maybe a little lucky," he said smiling.

Part of me wants to believe that the 37-year-old bobbled the ball on purpose in order to wow us with his jaw-dropping no-look out, but knowing Utley, he really was more frustrated he had to do what he did.

Utley was also named the Los Angeles Dodgers recipient of the annual Roy Campanella Award on Thursday. The 11-year honor is given to the Dodger player that best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher who played for the Dodgers.

No play exemplifies that spirit and leadership than the remarkable one he made in the game on Thursday night. Utley will be presented the award by members of Campanella's family on Saturday night before the game.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Drop Another to Lowly Braves]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:08:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-599741962.jpg

The Miami Marlins continued to struggle against the last place Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a 6-3 loss.

The Braves have the most losses in the National League, yet they have dominated the Marlins all season long. Miami is nearing elimination in the Wild-Card race, and a big reason for that has been its play against Atlanta.

Jose Urena was only able to last three innings in his starting effort. Urena allowed five runs on four hits while walking one. The right-hander also struck out three before exiting in favor of the bullpen. The relievers would do a solid job of holding Atlanta off the scoreboard, but the damage had already been done.

Justin Nicolino, Mike Dunn, Austin Brice, Nefi Ogando, Nick Wittgren and Hunter Cervenka combined for six innings of one-run ball. The lone run scored off of Dunn in the seventh inning.

Down by five in the seventh, J.T. Realmuto brought the game one run closer with his 11th home run of the season. The Marlins would score one more run in the eighth inning with a double from Martin Prado. The run-scoring two-base hit was the 36th save of the season for Prado.

Andrew Cashner will start for Miami on Friday in the second game of the four-game series.



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<![CDATA[A Look at the New Hard Rock Stadium]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:37:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092216+hard+rock+stadium+shula+mural+video.jpg NBC 6 gets a closer look at the new home of the Miami Dolphins as well as a taste of what's to come this football season just days before the first regular season home game.]]> <![CDATA[Uncle Luke Resigns as Football Coach at Miami Jackson High]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:25:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/coach+luke.PNG

After only three regular season games, Luther Campbell, the rapper better known as Uncle Luke, is stepping down as defensive coordinator for Miami Jackson High School's football team. 

Uncle Luke announced on social media that he resigned from his position due to "unforeseen circumstances."

He made headlines after joining Miami Jackson's coaching team with reality star Lakatriona Brunson, the first woman to coach high school football in Florida.

Uncle Luke was on his 15th year of coaching at different schools in South Florida, and his defenses are typically ranked the best in the country.

Miami Jackson's current record is 1-2, with 7 games remaining in the season.

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<![CDATA[Kaepernick Graces Time Magazine]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:31:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/kap-kneel.jpg

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick graces the cover of Time magazine next month, at the same time a new poll shows he’s the most disliked player in the National Football League.

This dichotomy of pride and disdain mirrors the country's reaction to Kaepernick’s controversial decision to not stand during the National Anthem at football games this summer.

Some support his stance, which he said is meant to highlight the issues of police brutality and unfair treatment of people of color in the United States.

"He's shedding light on a situation that is heinous, it shouldn't happen in this country," 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said. 

In his most detailed comments on the issue to date, Kelly on Thursday said he stands behind Kaepernick's ongoing protest.

"You look at what's going on in Tulsa and Charlotte in the last two nights — it's an issue that's in the forefront of our country," Kelly said. "It needs to be addressed. It needs to be taken care of because it's not right."

Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is also following the quarterback's lead. When her colleagues stood for the Pledge of Allegiance at Tuesday's council meeting, she sat down.

"Part of my motivation for sitting in solidarity with him is to say, 'What you're doing is good. Don't worry about the haters because we need to stand up for justice,'" Kaplan said.

A kneeling Kaepernick is the featured Oct. 26 cover of the prestigious magazine. And the piece gives the quarterback credit for inspiring a national conversation “beyond the world of sports.”

However, Kaepernick has faced plenty of criticism with some even making death threats in response to a civil protest they deem unpatriotic.

A poll last week of Americans by E-Poll Marketing Research revealed that Kaepernick was "disliked a lot" by 29 percent of the 1,110 people polled, more than any of the more than 350 players asked about in the survey.

In the dislike category, Kaepernick finished ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (22 percent), Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh (21 percent), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (13 percent) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10 percent). In August 2014, the last time the poll was taken, Kaepernick was only "disliked a lot" by 6 percent of the population.

However, among African-Americans, Kaepernick has never been more popular.

The poll shows 42 percent of African-Americans now say they like the 49ers quarterback "a lot," while only 2 percent dislike him "a lot." Two years ago, only 16 percent of African-Americans said they liked Kaepernick "a lot," while 3 percent disliked him "a lot."



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<![CDATA[Marlins Fail to Complete Sweep of Nationals]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:41:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-609382596.jpg

The Miami Marlins lost 8-3 and were unable to complete a sweep of the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Sweeping the division-leading Nationals was a tough task for Miami, but one it needed due to its position in the standings. The Marlins are still mathematically alive in the Wild-Card race, but may need to win every game left. With only ten games to play, Miami will likely need a great deal of outside help to reach the postseason.

With Max Scherzer opposing them, the Marlins had little room for error. Unfortunately for Miami, errors played a big role in the loss. The Marlins committed three errors including two on one play that led to the first run of the game.

Down by six in the seventh inning, Miami used two home runs to bring the score closer. Christian Yelich was first with his 20th home run of the year. Following that, Derek Dietrich hit a two-run pinch-hit home run. Dietrich's sixth homer of the season made it a three-run game.

Tom Koehler started for the Marlins and allowed four runs in four innings. Only three of the runs were earned, but three walks did not help matters for Koehler. The right-hander now has a 4.02 E.R.A and fell to 9-12 on the season.

In the eighth inning after his team scored three runs, Fernando Rodney gave two right back to put the game out of reach.

The Marlins will open a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Jose Urena will make the start in the first game of the series.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Battle For Who Could Say Less After Loss]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:18:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607546298.jpg Since losing to the Patriots Sunday, the Dolphins have done a lot of interviews - but we've noticed they have had very little substance, as if they are trying not to say anything at all. So, NBC 6's Adam Kuperstein put together a few of the more meaningless soundbites so you can decide who is the best at saying the least.

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<![CDATA[The 2016 Ryder Cup Golf Tournament]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:20:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1233327.jpg

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Fernandez Shuts Down Nationals]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:47:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-609361784.jpg

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez allowed three hits in a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

Fernandez went eight innings and struck out 12 in a phenomenal outing. The right-hander walked none and is now 16-8 on the season. Fernandez has a 2.88 E.R.A and has been dominant at Marlins Park. Until a one-out single in the eighth inning, Fernandez set down 21 batters in a row.

The Marlins are fighting for their playoff lives and this win kept those hopes alive. While Miami is running out of games, it remains in contention in the final two weeks of the season. The Marlins will likely only be able to afford one or two losses the rest of the way.

Giancarlo Stanton backed up Fernandez with a home run in the sixth inning. It was the second homer in two days for Stanton and his 27th of the season. Stanton who has 73 runs batted in this year also walked during the win.

Miami only had two hits besides Stanton's homer and both went for singles. Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich each singled and were stranded on base. Overall, the Marlins left five men on base.

David Phelps worked the ninth inning for his fourth save of the season. Due to a heavy workload, closer A.J. Ramos was given the game off.

Tom Koehler will start next for Miami as it looks for the sweep on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Fins Player Holds Money Talk With High School Football Team]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:10:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/finsplayermoneytalk.jpg

The Miramar High School football team got a big surprise Tuesday from Miami Dolphins player Jarvis Landry.

The wide receiver popped up at a financial literacy event being held at the school.

Landry teamed up with BankUnited to talk to the teen athletes about the importance of taking care of money as a high school student or as a million-dollar sports star.

BankUnited also held a raffle and Jarvis selected one player to win two free tickets to the Dolphin’s first home game this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Hurricanes to Get $15M Donation From Billionaire: Report]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:30:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-602229840.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes will announce a big donation from a local billionaire on Friday, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The donation, which is expected to be for about $15 million, will go towards Miami's new indoor practice facility. The donor is expected to be real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer from South Florida. Soffer's family would be part of the large donation as well.

Soffer's assets include Fontainebleau Miami Beach and his family has its hands in many other local businesses as well. Soffer is a well known name in South Florida and helping UM with its new facility should make the family name even more prominent.

The new facility is a much-needed addition to UM's football program. Practicing in the hot climate can overexpose players to the elements, and cause them to possibly tire out quicker during the season. Practicing indoors will allow players to stay game ready while not exerting themselves due to heat and humidity.

The facility will cost an estimated $30 million to build and there will be other donations. Head coach Mark Richt will be allotting $1 million towards the new building. Richt has led the Hurricanes to a 3-0 record thus far this season in his first year with the school. Miami has not only won its games, but has dominated its opponents.

While a timetable has not been completed as of yet, UM hopes to have the new facility ready by 2018. The new facility should help recruit future talent to Miami and keep the team competitive for years to come.



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<![CDATA[Miami Dolphins Player Jarvis Landry Gives Financial Advice to Miramar High School Football Team]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:00:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025594572_1200x675_769799747613.jpg Fins player Jarvis Landry held a financial literacy talk with football players at Miramar High School Tuesday.]]>