<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:52:59 -0500 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:52:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Heat Bench Continues to Thrive]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498969234.jpg

The Miami Heat have a solid 10-5 record this season and a big reason for that has been the team's strong depth.

When opposing teams see Miami on their schedule, they likely formulate plans to stop Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade for the most part. While that trio has played well, the Heat have been receiving key contributions from the bench as well. A deep roster has allowed Miami to rest its starters a little more while posting wins.

Gerald Green got his season started in a big way before sitting out six games due to off-the-court issues. Since returning, Green has tried to regain that form and appears to have done just that. In Friday's win over the New York Knicks, Green had 25 points in 27 minutes while making a spot start.

Green on the season has averaged more than ten points a game and has 41 over his last two games combined. As long as Green can avoid any further issues in his personal life, he should remain a critical part of Miami's roster. One more slip-up could cost Green his job after already being suspended for two games earlier in the year for conduct detrimental to the team.

Besides Green, the Heat have seen nice production from first-rounder Justise Winslow. The 19-year old has given Miami a lot of hope for the future with his seven points and five rebounds per game average. Winslow is averaging over 28 minutes per game and is a big part of Miami's rotation in his first season in the NBA.

Tyler Johnson, Udonis Haslem and others have contributed at times and had their moments as well both offensively and defensively. When a starter falls victim to illness or injury, head coach Erik Spoelstra is able to turn to his bench with confidence due to those productive minutes from his bench.

The bench having a bigger role has allowed Spoelstra to manage the minutes of his stars better as well which could pay dividends later in the season. Wade has averaged only 29 minutes per game which is two minutes less than the 2014-15 season. Bosh is playing three less minutes per game than he did last season as well.

The Heat will look to continue their strong season when they host the Boston Celtics on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Week 12 Preview: Dolphins at Jets]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:53:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4912724221.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will be in dire need of a win when they take on the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

With a 4-6 record, Miami needs to likely run the table for any chance at a playoff spot. Winning the final six games will be a difficult task and it begins with this tough match up against the Jets. Even though the Jets are only one game better than the Dolphins, they easily beat Miami earlier this season in London.

A loss on Sunday would mean the rival Jets come away with a season sweep for the first time since 2007. That marked two straight years that New York swept Miami as part of five straight wins for the Jets over the Dolphins. The teams have since split every series between one another the last five years.

Ryan Tannehill is having a very inconsistent season and is on pace to regress for the first time in his career. After posting improved quarterback ratings in his first three seasons in the NFL, Tannehill now has a QB rating in 2015 that is lower than his 2014 number. One of his worst games this year came against these same Jets when Tannehill had a paltry rating of 53.0.

Quarterbacks will be in focus for both teams as Ryan Fitzpatrick tries to right the ship for the Jets. After starting the season looking like a true contender, the Jets have stumbled to the tune of four losses in five games. Fitzpatrick has drawn the ire of fans and media in New York, and has taken a great deal of the blame for the slide. Another loss in this one could cost Fitzpatrick his job.

Working in Miami's favor will be the likely absence of Darrelle Revis. The cornerback is not expected to play in this one due to a concussion. While Revis has not been officially announced as out, he has sat out multiple practices this week. Without Revis in the game, Miami's offense could find some extra holes.

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

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Tom Brady Dresses Up for Turkey Day Surprise]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:47:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tom+Brady+102915.jpg

Looks like the New England Patriots' star quarterback couldn't resist having a little bit of fun on Thanksgiving.

Tom Brady posted a funny video of him hiding in a pile of leaves in a turkey costume, and then popping out to surprise his young children.

We can't decide what's more precious: his children's reactions or the fact that Brady goes "gobble gobble." 

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<![CDATA[A's Pitcher Hosts Syrian Refugees]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/172*120/DSC_15321.jpg

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his activist girlfriend Eireann Dolan, both natives of Illinois, hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a special guest.

The idea of whether to accept Syrian refugees has become controversial as of late, as some critics fear that terrorists could slip in as desperate families seek safe shelter from their war-torn homeland.

But the couple shunned those worries, and instead decided to act how they think all Americans should.

“Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home,” Dolan wrote on Instagram. “We thought we'd officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving.”

Her photo shows women in hijabs and a young boy wearing a Cubs baseball cap seated around a festive table, dotted with Pepsi, flowers and cranberry sauce.

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A’s spokesman Ken Pries told NBC Bay Area on Friday the power couple hosted the dinner on Wednesday and have no personal connection with the refugees. The city of Chicago and the mayor helped put them in contact with the group, he said.

“It was obviously a very nice gesture," he said.

The couple has made nice gestures before.

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The A’s kicked off LGBT Pride Night in June, which sparked some homophobic reaction, such as season ticket holders indicating they wanted to sell their tickets.

Dolan, who said she has two “super gay” moms, and Doolittle offered to buy any unwanted tickets up to $3,000, and donate the tickets to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.

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<![CDATA[Great-Grandma, 102, Plays Baseball]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:33:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102-year-old-grandma-baseball.gif

“Keep your eye on the ball.”

A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.

The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.

But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.

One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.

"I taught them everything they know," Sellaro says.

Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.

But long before they were playing in the big leagues, their training began in a quiet La Jolla cul-de-sac. Sellaro was there dealing out advice “since the first time we picked up a bat, I think,” said Bradley.

“I think that was about two days after we started walking,” quipped Kyle. "It’s been a long time."

Back then, the Zimmers and their friends would keep the wiffle balls within easy reach. However, as they grew, the balls soon started flying across streets, over fences and into neighbor’s yards.

“We've had to extend the home run line,” said Eric Zimmer, the players’ dad. “It used to be the curb, and then it was the sidewalk, then it was the neighbor’s roof.”

The annual Thanksgiving game has become less competitive with fewer rules, but their favorite part remains the same.

“Anytime you can say you have a grandma who's 102 years old and showing you how to hit a wiffle ball in the backyard, it's pretty special,” said Bradley. “So having her down here has been awesome. It's something that we really cherish and look forward to every year."

Sellaro used to travel long distances to watch her great-grandsons play, but as traveling becomes harder, she shows her support by watching their games on TV or online.

In person, though, the batting coach instincts kick back in.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” she says, pointing at Kyle. “And that goes for you, too.”

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<![CDATA[Brett Favre’s Number Retired]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:37:00 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-56396130+%281%29.jpg

The Chicago Bears will head into a hostile Lambeau Field Thursday night to face the Green Bay Packers, and even though they won’t have to face Brett Favre, the legendary quarterback’s presence will still be a big part of the evening.

That’s because the Packers are retiring Favre’s jersey at halftime of the Thanksgiving showdown.

The honor has been a long time coming for Favre, who spent the vast majority of his Hall of Fame-caliber career wearing the green and gold, and it’s especially appropriate that he is receiving the distinction during a game against a Bears team that he routinely tortured in his NFL career.

In 36 career starts against the Bears, Favre racked up a 23-13 record and some incredible passing numbers. He threw for 8606 yards in those 36 games, tossing 60 touchdowns and rushing for three more against Chicago during his career. Those 60 touchdowns are the most he threw against any team, and even though he did throw 42 interceptions against the Bears (also the most he’s thrown against any team), he still represented the Bears’ ultimate nemesis during his time in Green Bay.

The list of Favre’s best games against the Bears is a long one, but there are a few that certainly stand out.

Few will forget the masterful performance he had at Soldier Field in a November 1995 game, where he threw five touchdowns and racked up 336 passing yards despite playing the game with a severely sprained ankle.

A 2002 tilt against the Bears in Champaign was another Favre classic as he threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in an emphatic 34-21 victory.

Unfortunately for Chicago, Favre’s replacement in Green Bay hasn’t been an easier opponent, as Aaron Rodgers holds a 12-3 record and throws for an average of 242.5 yards per game against the Bears in his career. Oh, and he’s thrown 34 touchdowns and just eight interceptions too.

<![CDATA[Top Sports Photos 2015]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 04:08:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Germany-Boxing-AP_11982943034.jpg Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Durant's New Sneaker Is Taboo to Some in Prince George's]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/KD8+PG+County.jpg

With his latest Nike sneaker, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant attempted to pay homage to the Maryland county where his journey to NBA all-star and MVP began, but some find it offensive.

The $180 sneaker, which goes on sale Wednesday, is called the KD8 ‘P.G. County,’ and that abbreviation of “Prince George’s” upsets some in the county. For years, using “PG” has been considered taboo.

“We would certainly prefer that it was ‘Prince George’s County,’” said Barry Hudson, the county executive’s spokesman.

The county reached out to Nike when it learned of the name.

“Actually sent a letter to Nike kind of giving them some idea of the nature of the term ‘Prince George’s County’ versus ‘PG County’ just to let them know that it is, to many in the county, a pejorative,” Hudson said.

Melvin McCray, who once coached Durant at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, said the name of the shoe makes perfect sense. Durant has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the facility where a room is named in his honor.

“Whether it’s ‘PG County,’ whether it’s ‘Prince George’s County,’ I just think we all should just enjoy the moment and just embrace it,” McCray said.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Beat Lakers, Set Record]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/178*120/Lakers-lose-to-Warriors-record-nba.jpg

The Golden State Warriors made history against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The Warriors went to 16-0 with the 111- 77 win is an old-fashioned game of blowout basketball, which marked the best ever start to an NBA season. Previously, the 1993-94 Houston Rockets held the record at 15-0.

Surprisingly, the Warriors came out shooting cold against the visiting Lakers. Not so surprisingly, the Warriors still managed to take a massive lead on a Lakers team that has the habit of falling flat on its face. For the 12th time in 14 games, the Lakers lost. This time, though, the purple and gold trailed by 19 points before the first quarter was up.

Kobe Bryant had had an awful night. He shot up air balls, he shot up bricks and he even shot up one thud-worthy attempt that stuck in between the backboard and the rim. The 37-year-old shot 1-14 from the field and looked worse than he has all season, and Bryant has not looked good this season.

No Laker scored over 10 points, so Bryant can hardly take all the credit in the loss. Jordan Clarkson went 2-11, Nick Young shot 3-10 and Roy Hibbert went 0-4. This was a game where the Lakers' best punch would possibly give them a chance against the world champs, but the Lakers seemingly slipped and fell as the opening bell rang out.

"They're a better team than we are," Lakers coach Byron Scott said on TWC SportsNet after the game. "It's pretty much that simple."

The Warriors only needed one quarter to decide the outcome, so the game never looked in doubt. However, the Lakers did show positive signs in the second period. Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell and almost-rookie Julius Randle combined to help cut the 22-point lead down to only 16 points by halftime. Russell hit shots, while Randle bruised his way to buckets. Both players shot 50 percent from the field for the night.

Along with the other starters, Russell and Randle did not play in the fourth quarter because the Warriors led by 34 points after three quarters. Stephen Curry had already received his sendoff ovation at that stage, and the game called for emptying the bench for guys like Tarik Black and Larry Nance Jr. to get extra minutes.

Curry finished with 24 points and nine assists on 10-21 shooting. By his standards, he had a bad night in that the league's Most Valuable Player only hit four of his 12 attempts from beyond the three-point line. However, Curry sat the whole fourth quarter because the game was simply not competitive. The Warriors' largest lead on the night was 41 points.

Draymond Green also had a positive night in more ways than one. Green had a +/- of 36, which tied Curry for the best net-positive players on the team. Green finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 active minutes on the court.

"It's just another loss for us, another win for them," Scott said. "That's how I kind of look at it and just go back to the drawing board."

Next, the Warriors look to extend their record to 17 games in Phoenix on Friday night. The Lakers look to snap a four-game losing streak in Portland on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Considering Innings Limit for Jose Fernandez]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:30:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482289704.jpg

The Miami Marlins have begun discussions on an innings limit for ace Jose Fernandez, according to MLB.com.

The talks have thus far involved Fernandez's agent Scott Boras and Marlins general manager Michael Hill. While no number has been reported yet, any limit is likely going to complicate Fernandez's chances to pitch into October.

After missing almost 14 months due to Tommy John surgery, Fernandez returned to the mound in July. The right-hander quickly regained the form that captured him the Rookie of the Year award in 2013. Fernandez had his electric fastball to go along with an overpowering array of off-speed selections.

After about a month, Fernandez was shut down for a month due to a strained right biceps. The injury put a scare into the team, but the ace returned to make a few starts in September and looked strong. It was important for Fernandez and the team that he returned despite the team's dismal record.

Being careful with pitchers is a common trend in today's game, especially those who have undergone the famed arm procedure. Fernandez is still very young and has a long career ahead of him. The team, and his agent will both play it safe with that in mind.

While Miami at this point would be a long shot to make the playoffs, there is a chance that the team makes moves this off-season to bolster its roster. Should the Marlins reach September with a chance, the innings limit will surely come into play. One thing Miami could do during the season is skip some of Fernandez's starts to preserve innings.

With an innings limit for Fernandez in mind, the Marlins will need to seek reliable starters in the open market. The team has a depleted rotation as it is with Henderson Alvarez battling arm issues himself

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Fall to Cowboys in Another Loss at Home]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:36:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498314508.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys entered Sunday's game with seven losses in a row before beating the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 24-14.

With the loss, The Dolphins have only a 1-3 record when playing as the home team. One of those losses came in London with the other two at the not-so-friendly confines of Sun Life Stadium. This is a worrisome statistic for the Dolphins as they will play four of their remaining six games on their home field.

The loss for Miami dropped the team's record to 4-6 this season which makes a possible postseason run even more difficult. In order to qualify for the playoffs, it is likely that Miami will have to win most if not all of its remaining games.

The scoring for Dallas got started early into the second quarter when an errant pass by Ryan Tannehill was picked off and returned for a touchdown. While it would end up the only interception of the day for Tannehill, he struggled to find a rhythm overall. Miami's quarterback had a 13-24 day which was good for 188 yards overall.

The Dolphins did not get on the board until the final seconds of the first half. A touchdown pass from Tannehill to Kenny Stills closed the gap from 14 to 7 as the teams headed into the locker room. The Dolphins would then tie the game midway through the third quarter on Tannehill's second TD pass of the day.

Things went south following that second score as Dallas scored ten unanswered points to secure the victory. The game featured the return of Tony Romo who had missed every game during Dallas' long skid. While his team won, Romo was far from his best. The veteran QB was picked off twice with Neville Hewitt and Brent Grimes each coming away with a pick.

Miami will travel to New York next Sunday as they look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Jets at 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Top NFL Photos: Week 11]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:17:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_386456190580.jpg Get an up-close look at all the best NFL plays and players from Week 11.

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<![CDATA[Fans Ready for Jeff Gordon's Last Race at Homestead Miami Speedway]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:25:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000020998265_1200x675_571180099735.jpg Racing fans are getting revved up for a big weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway, as NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon takes part in his last race.]]> <![CDATA[Yankees Headed to Marlins Park for Exhibition Games]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:24:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477275152.jpg

The Miami Marlins and New York Yankees will close out spring training with a pair of exhibition games at Marlins Park in April.

After releasing its spring training schedule earlier this week, Miami added the two games against New York on Thursday. The two-game series will come after each club departs its respective spring complex from April 1-2.

This isn't the first time that the Yankees and Marlins will play exhibition games at Marlins Park. Before the ballpark opened officially in 2012, the teams played a pair of games. Those games gave the Marlins a chance to test out some features of the ballpark, and also open the place unofficially with an excited audience.

These games should start with both teams sending their regular lineups out. As the regular season begins shortly after the series, the teams will be looking to keep their players in game shape. It is expected that each player will see at least two at-bats, and it is likely that the starting pitchers will also be members of the regular rotation.

An extra interesting aspect of this game is that it will be the first time that Don Mattingly manages his new team at Marlins Park. Mattingly played with the Yankees for parts of 14 seasons and was a six-time All-Star. The former first baseman had a career .307 average and was widely considered one of the best Yankees during the 1980s.

Mattingly stayed with the Yankees even after he retired as a player. The 54-year old was a special instructor for New York before becoming hitting coach there. Mattingly would eventually move onto the Los Angeles Dodgers where he worked under former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

The Marlins will begin the regular season on April 4 against the Detroit Tigers at Marlins Park.

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<![CDATA[Marlins to Take on Pirates in Puerto Rico]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:54:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102535187.jpg

The Miami Marlins will host the Pittsburgh Pirates in Puerto Rico next May for a pair of games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

The games will take place from May 30-31 and are part of a four-game series between the teams. The Marlins and Pirates will travel to Miami following these two games for another two at Marlins Park.

The games in Puerto Rico will be in celebration of Roberto Clemente Day which is May 31st. The Hall of Famer who tragically passed away in 1972 had exactly 3,000 hits as a member of the Pirates. Clemente who had his #21 retired by Pittsburgh was born in Puerto Rico.

The two-game series marks a return to Puerto Rico for the Marlins. Back in 2010, the then Florida Marlins acted as the home team against the New York Mets. The three-game series was referred to as the "San Juan Series" at the time. Since these games, Major League Baseball has not returned to the island for regular season contests.

The 2010 series featured a homecoming for Edwin Rodriguez who managed the Marlins at the time. Owner Jeffrey Loria named Rodriguez the manager for the remainder of the season during the series in Puerto Rico. Rodriguez would go on to manage Miami for part of the 2011 season as well before resigning.

Beyond the excitement of playing in a new atmosphere which is sure to be electric, these two games could come at a critical time for Miami. The team will be roughly two months into its schedule under new manager Don Mattingly. After a disappointing 2015 season, it is important that the Marlins get off to a quick start with their new skipper.

After returning home for the completion of this four-game series, the Marlins will host the Mets before going on an extended road trip.

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<![CDATA[Week 11 Preview: Cowboys at Dolphins]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:20:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-454032884.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will look to even their record up against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Miami enters the game against Dallas with a 4-5 record and a chance at a Wild Card spot. Despite sitting in last place in their division, the Dolphins are far from eliminated in terms of playoff contention. Entering this week's action, Miami sits in tenth place overall in the AFC.

One of the problems for Miami this year has been a poor record at home. One of Miami's home losses came in London, and the team has a 1-2 home record overall. This leaves a good portion of Miami's remaining games at Sun Life Stadium. Five of the last seven games that the Dolphins play will be on their home field.

The Cowboys are a dismal 2-7 this year which is due in part to playing without Romo for most of the season. Dallas' quarterback is making his triumphant return just in time to face Miami. Due to this, the Dolphins will be seeing a much different Cowboys club than their record would otherwise imply.

Dallas has dropped seven games in a row and a lot of that is due to an ineffective offense. As can be expected from a team without it starting QB, the Cowboys have struggled to find a rhythm and have an inability to score late in games. With Romo in charge once again, the Dolphins will need their defense to step up and stop a determined team.

It won't be an easy task for that defense as Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi both could miss the game. The pair has been held out of practice this week due to injuries suffered in the team's previous game. Jenkins has an ankle injury while Misi is battling a problem with his abdomen.

In last week's win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Tannehill did a great job while leading Miami's offense. The QB threw for 217 yards and completed two touchdown passes. It also marked the second week in a row that Tannehill escaped without an interception. After a stretch of nine picks in four games, Miami hopes that Tannehill can have another pick-free day in this one.

Sunday's game between the Cowboys and Dolphins will get underway at 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[NFL's Doug Flutie Loses Both Parents on Same Day]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/flutie-AP_05060901526.jpg

Legendary Boston College quarterback and longtime NFL player Doug Flutie lost both his parents Wednesday morning.

Flutie said his father, Dick, died of a heart attack in the hospital following an illness. Less than an hour later, his mother, Joan, also suffered a heart attack, Flutie wrote in a social media post Wednesday.

"They say you can die from a broken heart and I believe it," Flutie said on Facebook. "The most important part of their 56 years of marriage was providing opportunities to their children. They were incredible parents and grandparents and my family and I will miss them both."

Flutie's NFL career was sporadic, withhin playing 92 games and starting 66 between 1986 and 2005. During that time, he played with the Bears, Patriots, Bills and, finally, the Chargers, from 2001 through 2004. During a long NFL hiatus, he played in the Canadian Football League from 1990-97, being inducted into both the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

The quarterback is best known for his time at Boston College, during which he received the Heisman Trophy and other accolades. He threw for an astounding 10,759 yard sand 70 touchdowns in four years.

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<![CDATA['Big Papi' Plans to Retire]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:04:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-Boston-medias-rojas-david-ortiz-red-sox-getty-images-470371776.jpg

One of Boston's most beloved athletes has announced he will be retiring after the 2016 season.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, on his 40th birthday, confirmed what many people were already talking about in a video posted to YouTube Wednesday, courtesy of The Players' Tribune.

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"I thought a lot about it and, you know, for every single one of us, athletes-wise... we run out of time at some point and life is based on different chapter and I think I'm ready to experience the next one in my life," Ortiz said in the video. "I picked this day to announce that after the next season, I'm going to be done with my career."

Nicknamed "Big Papi," Ortiz will leave the game a three-time World Series champion, at least, and holder of the Red Sox single-season record for home runs. The Red Sox designated hitter is also a nine-time All-Star.

"I would like people to remember me as a guy that was just part of the family, you know?" he said. "A guy that was trying to do the best, not only on the field, but with everyone around him."

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"It is difficult to adequately convey what David Ortiz has meant to the Boston Red Sox," says Principal Owner John Henry. 

"David's first home run in a Red Sox uniform set the tone for the rest of his career," says Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. It was a go-ahead pinch-hit home run in the top of the 14th inning against the Angels. In that summer of 2003, David became the best slugger in all of baseball and carried the team on his back for the last three months of the season - a trend we would come to see time and again throughout his career. He has been in a Red Sox uniform nearly as long as we have been here, and he has been integral in all of the successes that we have all experienced."

"David Ortiz transcends numbers, home runs, and wins," says Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. He is one of the game's greatest players - and greatest champions - and he has been there for the city of Boston through thick and thin every step of the way. He has been a pillar of our team and a pillar of our city."

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<![CDATA[Marlins to Open Spring Training Schedule Against Hurricanes]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:28:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477661467.jpg

The Miami Marlins released their 2016 spring training schedule on Tuesday which features an exhibition opener against the Miami Hurricanes.

The Marlins and Hurricanes playing at Roger Dean Stadium has become somewhat of a tradition. This past March, the Marlins beat the Hurricanes 7-1 on the same field. That game was followed by an off-day and then a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins will have the same plan this time around as well.

After facing UM on March 1, the Marlins will take on the Cardinals on the 3rd. St. Louis and Miami share the stadium and will see one another often in March. In all, the Marlins will play the Cardinals seven times and will be considered the home team three times. The first time they face each other, the Cardinals will don the home colors.

Besides the plethora of games against the Cards, the Marlins will also host the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. These games are often well attended despite being part of the exhibition schedule. Miami will also travel to Boston's spring complex in Fort Myers.

The Marlins will play 19 games at Roger Dean Stadium total which includes the aforementioned four road games against St Louis. Visiting Jupiter in addition to the Yankees and Red Sox will be the New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, and Minnesota Twins.

The spring schedule will come to a close with an afternoon tilt against the Cardinals on March 30. The Marlins will play two night games during the schedule which is pretty standard for the Grapefruit League.

Before the games begin, the Marlins will need to report and work out at Roger Dean Stadium. Pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 19 before the rest of the squad joins them on the 22nd.

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<![CDATA[German Stadium Evacuated After Bomb Threat]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_554879857092.jpg

A soccer stadium in Germany packed with thousands of fans was abruptly evacuated Tuesday night because of a "potential threat to spectators," police said, NBC News reported.

Authorities, however, cautioned that no explosives were found and no arrests were made as people streamed out of a Germany vs. Netherlands match — the setting of the latest scare to grip Europe following Friday's wave of attacks in Paris.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière declined to detail the threat during a news conference, adding that police "had good reasons" in shutting down the friendly game in the northern German city of Hanover.

"It would have been irresponsible to let the game proceed," added Boris Pistorius, the interior minister of the German state of Lower Saxony.

Earlier, Germany's Lower Saxony Police Chief Volker Kluwe told the nation's public broadcaster that there was "concrete evidence" that someone planned to set off explosives at the game.

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<![CDATA[Son of Patriots Player Has Cancer]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:22:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/461911932.jpg

New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder shared the sad news Monday that his infant son is battling kidney cancer.

Solder, himself a cancer survivor, made the announcement Monday night while speaking at the Above & Beyond the Gratitude Gala benefitting the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, according to the Boston Herald. The foundation is named for a Patriots player who died of non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2007.

Solder's son, Hudson, who was born in July, was diagnosed with a kidney tumor last month and has already begun chemotherapy, the Herald reports.

Solder thanked fans on Twitter Monday night and asked them to support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.

Solder himself beat testicular cancer in 2014 and remains on injured reserve. 

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Sports Conflict Continues]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/draftkings-AP_312823411334.jpg

Fantasy sports site DraftKings has filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order preventing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from enforcing the order to shut down because he said its operations constituted illegal gambling.

The cease-and-desist letter was also sent to FanDuel, another major daily fantasy sports site.

In a statement Monday, DraftKings said it believes the temporary restraining order is necessary "and warranted to protect DraftKings' business while we pursue our legal action to prevent the New York Attorney General from denying New Yorkers the right to continue playing the daily fantasy sports games they love."

The move comes days after DraftKings and FanDuel filed court papers in state Supreme Court in Manhattan askiing a judge to rule on the legality of their businesses.

Earlier this month, Schneiderman ordered the fantasy sites to stop taking bets in New York, calling the companies illegal gambling sites.

But in court papers, both companies argue the opposite. They say daily fantasy sports are actually more skill-based than season-long fantasy sports, which are legal in New York. They also claim Schneiderman threatened their business partners and payment processors.

DraftKings' suit calls the cease-and-desist order "unconstitutional" and alleges Schneiderman is "misreading" New York's gambling laws, and attempting to "bully" DraftKings and its vendors into immediately shutting down its New York operations before it has a chance to defend itself.

The company says New York is home to more than 7 percent of its customers.

"The Attorney General's actions constitute a shocking overreach," the suit reads. "He has unleashed an irresponsible, irrational, and illegal campaign to destroy a legitimate industry, intending to deprive hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers of the use and enjoyment of these services."

Schneiderman's office didn't immediately respond to an email request for comment on the temporary restraining order motion filed Monday. Previously, a spokesman said the companies are operating illegally.

Fantasy sports has been a popular U.S. pastime for years, but daily contests, where winners and losers are decided in one night, rather than over the course of a season, have exploded in popularity recently. DraftKings and FanDuel have advertised heavily on the Internet and TV ahead of and during the 2015 NFL season.

The sites have come under increased scrutiny since it was revealed last month that a midlevel DraftKings employee playing fantasy football beat more than 200,000 other players, winning $350,000 on rival FanDuel. The case raised questions about insider trading after game data not publicly accessible was inadvertently posted online.

NBC's parent company, Comcast Corp., and NBC Sports are among the investors in FanDuel.

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<![CDATA[Aaron Rodgers Condemns 'Prejudicial' Comment During Moment of Silence]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:21:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/packers-comment-prejudice.jpg

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke out against prejudice after hearing an inappropriate comment during a moment of silence held to honor the Paris terror attack victims at Sunday's NFL game.

In an interview with ESPN after the Packers' loss to Detroit, Rodgers said he heard a fan make a prejudiced comment and "was very disappointed with whoever the fan was."

There were several social media accounts of fans in Green Bay saying things like "Death to Muslims" and "Muslims suck," but it is unclear if those were the comments Rodgers heard.

"It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world," Rodgers told ESPN.

The remarks weren't the only disruptors during Sunday's game. One group of fans attempted to start a "Go Pack Go" chant during the moment of silence, prompting another fan to yell for them to "have some respect," NBC Sports reports.

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<![CDATA[French Train Heroes Honored at Lakers Game]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:20:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/train-heroes.jpg

Lakers fans were on their feet Sunday night for three American heroes honored for foiling a terrorist attack on a train in Paris in August.

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, all friends since childhood, made an appearance at Staples Center during Sunday's Laker game against the Detroit Pistons.

The crowd went wild for the three who stopped a suspected terrorist from carrying out an attack on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris on Aug. 21. Spencer Stone was stabbed while he fought off the man who was armed with an AK-47.

"It was super obvious what he planned to do, so there wasn't a lot of thinking," Stone said. "I just got up and went, and we fought. Alek and Anthony helped me subdue him."

The celebration was preceded by a dark moment of silence before the game to honor those lost during Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

"You have to be ready at all times because you never know when something life changing, for better or worse, is going to happen," Skarlatos said.

Friday's deadly terror attacks in Paris were not lost on anyone at the game, least of all the three men.

Sadler wore the same Lakers shirt that he wore the day he helped stop the attack.

"It feels very personal because of what we went through," Sadler said. "To see it happen again and the people we've connected with since, our hearts go out to France, and Paris specifically."

Fans also expressed gratitude for the bravery of the three men. 

"For them to do what they did speaks volumes to their character and they're absolutely heroes for what they've done for our country and the world," Henry Wang, Lakers fan at the game, said. 

Skarlatos is competing on "Dancing with the Stars."

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<![CDATA[Wade and Green Return to Heat]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:52:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496560608.jpg

The Miami Heat welcomed both Dwyane Wade and Gerald Green back to practice on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Green had been suspended for Miami's previous two games, and was not permitted to even practice with the team during the suspension. Wade missed Miami's last game due to an unspecified illness involving one of his sons.

Wade is expected to return on Tuesday for the Heat when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves, but this could change depending on his son Zion's status. Wade elected at this time to not give specific details on the condition of his young son, but provided a brief update.

"[Zion] is not out of the woods yet, but hopefully soon he will be. Right now, it's just about seeing a progression every day," Wade told reporters after the practice.

For Green, his return will give him a second chance to win over his teammates and the fans. Green began the year very well off the bench for Miami, before a personal issue derailed that momentum. Green's suspension was for conduct detrimental to the team after an alleged altercation with another man in his condo.

"This whole situation is one I'm ashamed of," Green said after the practice. "But I'm just trying to get over this situation. I can't apologize enough to the residents who lived in my building, my fans and this organization that definitely had my back. It's a situation I'm not proud of, but I'm ready to move forward."

The Heat will resume their schedule on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Week Ten Preview: Dolphins at Eagles]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:01:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-494865810.jpg

The Miami Dolphins have lost two games in a row and will look to change that when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Miami has lost two games in a row by wide margins after winning two games easily to begin Dan Campbell's head coaching career. In the last two games, Miami has been outscored 69-24 and has looked lost at times on both sides of the ball.

Philadelphia and Miami do not meet often and the last game between these two teams came back in 2011. At the time, Tony Sparano was still leading the Dolphins and was in fact fired on the day following the contest. Miami lost that December game to Philly by a final score of 26-10.

The Eagles represent a challenge for the Dolphins and it will not be an easy game for Miami to win. At 4-4, Philadelphia is a contender for the division title in the NFC East. Miami on the other hand sits in the basement of the AFC East at 3-5.

Making the playoffs after starting the season 3-5 is a rare and difficult task. The Dolphins could go a long way to making it possible with a win over Philly. In the official start to the second half of the season, Miami will have the chance to turn its season around and has very little room for error.

After beginning the year as one of the most hyped defenses in recent history, Miami's defenders have failed to live up to expectations. The Dolphins are ranked 31st in the NFL in defense and have allowed an abysmal 142 rushing yards per game. While this is not all Ndamukong Suh's fault, the big free-agent signing has not done much. Suh has only three sacks and two of those came in one game.

As has been the case for most of his career, quarterback Ryan Tannehill has struggled to find consistency. While the QB has had a few great performances this year, he's also mixed in a few mediocre performances. Tannehill has thrown 13 touchdowns, but has also been picked off nine times. Coupled with a lackluster defense, this has crippled Miami's ability to stay in games.

The Dolphins and Eagles are set to take the field on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[NFL Ramping Up Security for Sunday's Games]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:24:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464658897-%281%29.jpg

The NFL announced it will reinforce security tomorrow for all games after terrorist attacks in Paris left hundreds dead and wounded.

Games will be hosted in 13 cities including in California, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

America has been on high alert since extremist stormed Paris on Friday killing and injuring concert-goers, cafe diners and soccer fans in a series of orchestrated shootings and killings. 

The NFL is imposing a clear bag policy and urged that fans must bring a bag or keep items in transparent material. 

There is no known threat against the stadiums the NFL wrote in a statement noting they had been in communication with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. Security presence will be increased both inside and outside the stadium, the statement said. 

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