<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:05:28 -0500 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:05:28 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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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<![CDATA[Boyd Anderson Football Team Makes Impressive Turnaround]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:28:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111315+boyd+anderson+hs+football.jpg

Miami native Antonio Brown is arguably the best receiver in the NFL, and yet he's not even having the most impressive season in his own family.

Antonio's dad Eddie Brown has quickly changed the fortunes of the Boyd H. Anderson High School football team. The Cobras from Lauderdale Lakes were 0-10 last season. They came into this year with a 13-game losing streak.

But after hiring Brown, they've gone from laughing stock to dominant district champs, winning seven straight games on the way to a 9-1 regular season record.

Boyd Anderson hosts powerhouse Miami Central in the regional quarterfinals on Friday. It's a remarkable turnaround for a team that was regularly getting blown out last season.

"I expected us to be better than they were last year," Coach Brown said. "But when you have 50 kids that totally commit and buy in to the philosophy I brought here, these are the results we've gotten from the kids just believing in everything that we came here to do."

Brown also said the change goes beyond football.

"We've shown them love, we've shown them we care about them. We've emphasized doing the right thing in the classroom," Brown explained. "It was about making good decisions in life, good decisions in the classroom, and once we started doing that, the field stuff just took care of itself."

Brown said his team's overall GPA this year is 3.25.

Another important moment in the turnaround was a pre-season visit from Brown's son, Steelers star Antonio Brown.

"I would say it was our best practice, and I was like, 'Man, I wish I could get him to come out here everyday," laughed Brown. "They had a lot of questions for him, and he just told them to make sure they have goals, make sure they plan everything out that they want to do, and make sure they're working hard."

Antonio gave the players words of encouragement and even ran routes with them on the field.

It was a memorable experience for the high school kids, and now they're making Antonio, his dad and the entire community in Lauderdale Lakes proud.

<![CDATA[6,000-Pound Boom Box Fish Tank]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Butler+2.png

Jimmy Butler told Animal Planet’s “Tanked” crew he wanted an aquarium for his new River North, Illinois, pad that fish would be able to ‘bump’ in – and that’s exactly what he got.

The Chicago Bulls guard was featured on the popular show that tricks out tanks, and told the aquarium masters he loves music and wanted his new addition to reflect his off-the-court passion.

In the heart of River North, Butler just purchased the 10,000 square foot mansion for $4.3 million. It includes a 750-bottle wine cellar, 3-car garage, spacious deck, 'man cave' and billiards table – one thing it didn’t have is a super swanky fish tank, but luckily that’s now changed.

What Animal Planet’s Wayde King and Brett Raymer revealed to him was a 6,000-pound epic boom box aquarium that even has speakers inside so his new fish can hear the music too.

The two initially offered up a basketball-themed tank, which Butler immediately put the kibosh on.

“Terrible idea!” Butler said. “Terrible! The basketball idea is not the right idea for this situation.”

He went on to push them in the music direction, saying, “I’m a really big music guy.” What might be unexpected to some is that the Bulls star is big into country music.

Butler’s reaction to his new massive old-school boom box tank, which they surprised him with on his way back from Bulls practice, was nothing short of amazement.

“OH! This is beautiful man!” Butler said. “This is better than I could have ever imagined … This is big time.”

The team even put 50 fish inside the tank in honor of the Chicago Bulls' 50th anniversary.

The full "Tanked" episode airs on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. CT.

Back in July, Butler reportedly signed a $90 million, 5-year-contract to stay with the team.

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<![CDATA[Uniforms Frustrate Colorblind Fans]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:31:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BillsJets-GettyImages-496910086.jpg

For colorblind Jets fans, the ugliest part of Thursday night's loss to the Bills wasn't the 22-17 final score. It was the two teams' nearly identical-looking uniforms.

Viewers with red-green colorblindness said on social media that the teams' special "Color Rush" jerseys, which both appeared a dully greyish green to viewers with the condition.

The sports blog Deadspin created a video to simulate what colorblind viewers saw. The short clip shows Bills safety Duke Williams recovering a fumbled kick return by Jets wideout Devin Smith, then running the football back for a touchdown. But because of the similarity between the teams' uniforms and helmets, it's hard to tell which team had the ball.

The kelly green and bold red Nike uniforms were supposed to be splashy looks to bring extra excitement to Thursday night's tilt, but users on Twitter were quick to call out the design. 

"I am actually incapable of watching this game as a colorblind person. every player is on the same team as far as I know," tweeted one viewer.

About 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women are colorblind.

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Gordon Wins Silver Slugger Award]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:22:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490571798.jpg

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon added another trophy to his collection when he won the Silver Slugger Award on Thursday.

The Silver Slugger Award is given to the best offensive player at each position in his respective league. Gordon also picked up the Gold Glove and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards for his work at second base earlier this week.

"Major League Baseball has an incredible wealth of young talent right now," said Louisville Slugger Director of Professional Baseball James Sass in an official release. "It's remarkable when you put some of these players' achievements in perspective. They are exciting to watch, and their performances are in line with many players who’ve made the Hall of Fame."

The Hall of Fame reference from Mr. Sass is of utmost importance when it comes to Gordon. By leading the National League in batting average and stolen bases, Gordon joined elite company in Jackie Robinson. The Hall of Famer led the NL in 1949 in both categories as well.

Gordon had a .333 batting average go go along with 58 stolen bases. The electrifying second baseman also led the league in hits and provided stellar defense all season long.

Miami had another Silver Slugger Award winner just a year ago when Giancarlo Stanton took home the hardware. Stanton would have had an opportunity to repeat that feat, but saw his season cut short by a broken hand. At the time, Stanton was pacing Major League Baseball in multiple offensive categories.

The Marlins are rumored to be considering a long-term deal for Gordon. Locking up the 2B would go a long way to building a perennial contender in Miami.

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<![CDATA[Wade Misses Heat Game With Son in Hospital]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 20:39:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-469620384.jpg

Dwyane Wade missed Thursday night's Miami Heat game against the Utah Jazz after his son was hospitalized, team officials said.

The team didn't say why his son was in the hospital, only that he'll be fine.

Wade was expected to release a statement later Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins and Heat Give Back on Veterans Day]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:42:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111115+miami+heat+veterans+day.jpg The Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat help fix up the homes of South Florida veterans on Veterans Day.]]>