<![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 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:08:19 -0400 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:08:19 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Depleted Heat Hang On For Win in Boston]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/145917133.jpg

The Miami Heat were playing with a short bench but were able to hold on for a 93-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Hassan Whiteside, Chris Andersen and Dwyane Wade were all unavailable for Miami. Whiteside needed stitches after a hand laceration on Tuesday. Andersen is dealing with a calf injury and Wade missed the game due to a knee ailment he suffered a day earlier. All three players are considered day-to-day.

The win was important for Miami following a tough loss in Milwaukee. It did not come easy however even though the Heat took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter. Part of this could be attributed to the fact Miami had exhausted players on the court.

With the victory, Miami now has a 33-38 record on the year and remains in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston sits directly behind Miami in eighth place and now trails by two games.

Udonis Haslem stepped up in a big way with a double-double in a rare start. The veteran gave Miami 38 strong minutes while pulling down 12 rebounds to go along with 12 points. Haslem also had three steals in an all-around superb effort.

Goran Dragic also had himself a good day with 22 points and seven assists in 37 minutes. Dragic was Miami's main offensive weapon with Wade unavailable.

The Heat will travel next to Atlanta for a game against the Hawks on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Former UNC Coach, Dean Smith, Leaves $200 to Former Players]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/80261754.jpg

Every letter winner who played for former North Carolina basketball coach, Dean Smith, was granted with a heart-warming suprise a month after his death: $200 dollars from his estate.

A letter sent to 180 players was sent from Smith's trustee, stating: "Each player was important and special to Coach Smith and when he prepared his estate plan, Coach wanted to reach out to each of his letterman. Accordingly, Coach directed that following his passing each letterman be sent a two hundred dollar ($200.00) check with the message 'enjoy a dinner out, compliments of Coach Dean Smith.'

Smith, who died at age 83 last month, went 879-254 in his years at North Carolina, landing him in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. However, Smith was also known for the compassion he had for his players.

In 1965, Smith helped a black North Carolina graudation student, Howard Lee, purchase a home in an all-white neighborhood during segregations. A year later, Smith intergrated the Tar Heels, recruiting Charlie Scott, who became the first African-American scholarship player in the school's history.

Serge Zwikker, who played for Smith from 1993-1997, told ESPN: "My wife opened the letter and handed it to me. At first  I didn't know what it was, but when it hit me, it put a tear in my eye. Even after he passed, he was still all about this players."

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin Basketball Player Accidentally Admits Crush]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-26-at-5.37.13-PM.jpg

Cattywampus. Onomatopoeia. Antidisestablishmentarianism. For Nigel Hayes, University of Wisconsin  basketball forward, these are the words of a modern love letter.

Hayes answered reporters covering the NCAA March Madness tournament with these arbitrary words in a press conference a couple days ago, stumping everyone in the room.  Hayes originally joked that he wanted to break up the monotony of the stenographer’s job with some unique words.

A reporter kicked off the latest news conference asking Hayes if he wanted to say anything to the stenographer, Debra Bollman, before they began, in which he responded: “syzygy”.

A hot mic then picked up Hayes whispering to his teammate, “God, she’s beautiful.” His eyes lit up when he heard laughter in the room. He asked Bollman, “Did you hear that?” She responded “yes” before Hayes covered his face with his hands in embarrassment.

While it's not yet known whether Hayes’ “soliloquy” will help him get a date with Bollman, he can at least say he's made her day more interesting.

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<![CDATA[Bengals' Devon Still: My Daughter Kicked Cancer's Butt ]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Devon+and+Leah+New.jpg

After months of treatment, constant updates on social media and nationwide support, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared the news he hoped to hear for over a year. His daughter, Leah's cancer is officially in remission.

"Today we received news from Leah's oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling," Still said in an announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page.

Still and his daughter have captured the hearts of millions of people nationwide since she began to receive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in June. Leah, who had a tumor removed from her abdomen back in September, completed her latest course of chemotherapy last month.

"It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt!" he said in his post.

Devon Still, a Delaware native and former Penn State Nittany Lion, was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals in August of last year. But the Bengals re-signed Still to their practice squad in order to help him pay for his daughter’s medical treatment after she was diagnosed with cancer.

The Bengals have said Still is considering a one-year deal to play next year. 

Still’s No. 75 jersey quickly became the team’s top seller after the Bengals decided to donate proceeds from his jersey sales to the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and pediatric cancer care and research. More than $1 million have been raised from sales of the $100 jersey, according to the AP. 

Still has kept his followers updated on his daughter’s progress through social media.



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<![CDATA[Tigers Roar Back in 6th To Beat Marlins]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:43:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1742531501.jpg

The Miami Marlins had a big inning go against them this time in their 8-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

A day after putting up eight runs in the eighth inning for a win, the Marlins allowed six runs in the sixth frame of this game. The offensive outburst from Detroit came after a stellar start from David Phelps. It was a game that could factor into some upcoming roster decisions as well.

Phelps is likely going to open the year as Miami's long-man in the bullpen but could eventually find himself in the starting rotation. The right-hander has had a great spring with a minuscule 0.56 E.R.A. Phelps hurled five shutout innings and only allowed two hits while striking out three.

The sixth inning damage for Detroit all came off of Sam Dyson. The right-hander is trying to make the team as a member of the bullpen but now appears more likely to be cut from camp. Dyson has a 10.29 E.R.A this spring after allowing a grand slam on Wednesday.

Nick Masset who is also trying to win a relief job allowed a pair of runs in an inning. Masset has a 5.63 E.R.A in the spring and will also likely be reassigned to minor-league camp soon.

Donovan Solano made a big statement in his pursuit of a bench job with a three-hit game. Solano also hit his first home run of the spring and remains in contention for a roster spot. Reid Brignac who is the likely other choice was 1-5 in this game.

Jordany Valdespin tripled once again and now has four this spring. Valdespin entered camp with little chance of making the roster but is now giving Miami serious thought.

The Marlins will send Henderson Alvarez to the mound on Thursday for a start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Add One Year to Philbin's Contract]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:04:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/460107438.jpg

The Miami Dolphins avoided a lame duck situation with head coach Joe Philbin when they gave him a one-year extension on Monday.

Philbin was set to enter the final year of his deal in 2015 but is now signed for two more full seasons. This contract does not guarantee Philbin will be the coach in 2016. The coach will be met with lofty expectations after an active off-season and may need to make the playoffs to remain employed.

Teams in all sports try to keep away from situations where a head coach or general manager is in charge without a multi-year deal. It leads to questions about stability and is in general not the best for team morale.

"You don't get the best from someone when they're operating with a gun to their head," team owner Stephen Ross said.

Over his three seasons as Miami's head coach, Philbin has compiled a 23-25 record. The team has missed the playoffs in all three seasons despite roster and front office changes. The Dolphins have also not posted a winning record under Philbin.

During his run as head coach, Philbin has seen a bullying scandal take place in Miami. There was also a moment last year when quarterback Ryan Tannehill was bothered by a lack of commitment from Philbin.

Earlier this off-season, Miami signed Ndamukong Suh to a record deal. That signing was not done for just the future but also for a playoff run in 2015. The Dolphins have also added pieces on offense and may continue to do so.

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<![CDATA[All Star Tennis Afternoon]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:10:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/allstartennis_j_0001.JPG The All Star Charity Event returns to The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami for the sixth consecutive year in an unprecedented, intimate gathering of the world’s top tennis players. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[MLB To Investigate Marlins' Cosart for Gambling: Report]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:47:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453539568.jpg

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jarred Cosart will be investigated by Major League Baseball for links to gambling, according to a report from Yahoo.

Screenshots surfaced late Tuesday night that included alleged direct messages from Cosart. In these messages, Cosart's Twitter account is shown discussing gambling. Following the release of the screenshots, Cosart's Twitter account went private before being deleted a short while after.

The fact that MLB is investigating the issue does not mean Cosart is guilty of any wrongdoing. The league would almost certainly review any situation like this regardless of the legitimacy of the source. 

Gambling is a serious concern in professional sports and is met with harsh punishment for any that are found involved. In baseball, the most famous name that comes up is Pete Rose. The all-time hits leader was banished from MLB after the league determined he gambled on the sport. Rose has not been allowed to work in MLB in any official capacity and has been barred from entering the Hall of Fame.

The Marlins will likely stay mum on the situation until more is known. The team said as much on Wednesday morning to the Miami Herald.

The young right-hander is set to be a member of the starting rotation to begin the year. Unless MLB finds any wrongdoing, Cosart should be good to go when the season gets underway.

Miami will begin its 2015 regular season on April 6th.

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<![CDATA[New York Yankees Pay Homage to "The Sandlot" in New Ad]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:10:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Brett-Gardner-Yankees-Rangers-0729.jpg

The New York Yankees are paying homage to classic baseball movie “The Sandlot” with a recreation of its famous Babe Ruth scene.

The ad, which stars Brett Gardner as the innocent Smalls who unknowingly plays with a ball signed by the legendary Ruth, was posted to MLB.com Tuesday.

C.C. Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Didi Gregorius also make appearances in the spot.

Watch the video below:

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<![CDATA[Heat Beaten at Buzzer in Critical Game]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:09:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4606122442.jpg

The Miami Heat lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in heartbreaking fashion by a final score of 89-88 on Tuesday.

The game was critical in terms of seeding as Miami had a chance to move to only a half-game back of sixth place. Instead, the Bucks now opened up a two and a half game advantage over Miami. The Heat also lost an opportunity to keep distance on the teams behind them in a close playoff race.

Miami had a two-point lead when the Bucks gained possession for the final play of the game. Milwaukee would miss a layup before the game-winning three-pointer when in as time expired. This possession followed shortly after Dwyane Wade only made one of two free-throws.

Before the costly miss from the charity stripe, Wade had enjoyed a fine game. The veteran had 21 points and four assists in his 31 minutes. The late free-throw miss was his only of the game as Wade sank the other six chances.

Hassan Whiteside was lost during the first half due to a lacerated hand. The center was unable to return for the second half after starting off exceptionally well. Whiteside had seven points and eight rebounds in only 12 minutes. His presence may have made a difference in Milwaukee's final possession.

With Whiteside unavailable, Michael Beasley started the second half. Beasley had a tough game as he missed seven of his nine attempts from the field.

The Heat took a double-digit lead into the final quarter but Milwaukee had a 15-point advantage in the fourth.

The Heat won't have much time to think of this tough loss. Miami will play another game on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Late Goal Puts Dent in Panthers' Playoff Hopes]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/462774470.jpg

The Florida Panthers saw their two-game win streak come to a quick end with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Florida is trying to cling to its slim chance of making the postseason and this loss could prove to be costly. The Panthers remain in tenth place in the Eastern Conference and are five points back of eighth. With only nine games remaining, Florida will need a good deal of help to reach the playoffs.

Roberto Luongo was not at his best in his third game since returning from injury. The goalie allowed four goals on 25 shots. The effort followed on two very solid games from Luongo to keep Florida's hopes alive.

Tampa Bay jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after one period before Florida rallied with three goals of its own in the second. The Lightning would add two goals in the final period including one at the 17:32 mark.

Jussi Jokinen got the Panthers on the board first with his seventh goal of the season at the 6:16 mark of the second period. The goal was assisted on by Brad Boyes and Erik Gudbranson.

It only took 18 seconds for Florida to add another goal and tie the game up. Brandon Pirri got a helping hand from Vincent Trocheck on his 18th goal of the year.

Continuing the barrage of goals was Jonathan Huberdeau less than two minutes later. It was Huberdeau's 12th goal of the year and it was assisted on by Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr.

Florida will head to Toronto on Thursday for a game with the Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Score Eight Runs in 8th to Beat Boston]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:41:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/465593136.jpg

The Miami Marlins appeared to be on their way to a loss before storming back for a 9-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

Trailing by three in the penultimate inning, the Marlins scored eight runs in the eighth frame. It was one of the more active innings of the spring for Miami. The rally was also filled with players who are expected to be part of the active roster on Opening Day.

Tom Koehler started the game and outside of one bad inning did a fine job. Koehler is expected to open the year as Miami's fifth starter after an eye-opening 2014 season. The right-hander has not pitched great in the spring but it does not appear he has lost his job.

Koehler allowed four runs in his six innings with those runs coming in the third inning. Koehler has struggled in his short career in terms of avoiding big innings. Things appear to unravel for the 28-year old at times. Koehler struck out five and walked two and appears to be about ready for the regular season.

The win in this one went to Aaron Crow who is expected to be a big part of Miami's bullpen this season. Crow who came over from the Kansas City Royals in the off-season, gave the Marlins a shutout inning on Tuesday.

Jordany Valdespin is a name that continues to hang around for a bench spot. With his third triple of the spring during, Valdespin only improved his chances. It remains to be seen how many bench players Miami elects to open the year with.

Jeff Baker, Cole Gillespie, Jhonatan Solano and Adeiny Hechavarria also brought home runs in the eighth. Gillespie and Solano are both likely to be reassigned to minor-league camp in the days ahead.

The Marlins will give the ball to David Phelps on Wednesday when they travel to Lakeland to take on the Detroit Tigers.

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<![CDATA[Morse Homers Twice in Loss]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/465593148.jpg

The Miami Marlins were easily beaten 12-3 by the New York Mets on Monday, but not before Michael Morse hit two home runs.

The first baseman has enjoyed a fine spring with four home runs and a .379 average. The two-blast day was part of a three-hit day overall for Morse who also had three runs batted in. Morse's production will be key to Miami's success as he is set to hit behind Giancarlo Stanton daily.

The news was the opposite for Miami's starter in this one, Mat Latos. In a horrific outing, the veteran allowed nine runs on eight hits in his three innings. Latos now has a 9.90 E.R.A this spring as the regular season nears.

Most of the damage came in the second inning when New York scored eight of its runs, all of which came against Latos. The Mets would also add a pair of runs off of Vin Mazzaro later in the game. The non-roster invitee could find himself as a member of the next wave of cuts.

Rule five pick Andrew McKirahan made another statement with two shutout innings. The left-hander has a 2.57 E.R.A this spring and should find himself on the Opening Day roster. If Miami does not add McKirahan to the active roster, he would have to be offered back to the Chicago Cubs.

The Marlins were relatively quiet offensively outside of the aforementioned production from Morse. Stanton was 0-3 with two strikeouts as his spring average dipped to .276.

Tom Koehler will take the mound for Miami on Tuesday as it takes on the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Named Player of the Week]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:56:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/460860258.jpg

For the 17th time in his NBA career, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

The award covers the week which began on March 16th and ended on the 22nd. Wade enjoyed a phenomenal week that included a three-game winning streak for his team. At a time when Miami needs every win it can get, Wade stepped up and led the team to several wins.

The week began with a much-publicized battle against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat won that game in relatively easy fashion and it was largely due to 32 points from Wade. Not only did Wade lead Miami in points that day, but he electrified the offense and played stellar defense as well along the way.

Following on that effort, Wade would continue to be a huge asset in a game against one of the NBA's best. The Portland Trail Blazers made a stop in Miami and were sent home with a loss thanks in part to a huge fourth quarter by Wade. The veteran had 15 points in the final quarter alone including the last eight points to put the game away.

Last Friday when Miami extended its win streak to three, Wade contributed 22 points to the effort. Wade filled the stat sheet against the Denver Nuggets that day with 50% shooting and four assists. The guard also picked up a steal in the win.

Wade will now lead Miami into Milwaukee on Tuesday night in a crucial game with the Bucks. Miami is chasing Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference standings and is also trying to hold off the Charlotte Hornets.

The Heat and Bucks will tip-off on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[NCAA 2015: Best Moments of the Women's Basketball Tournament]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:06:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/AP384406691239_3_NCAA.jpg See the highlights, upsets, and dramatic finishes of the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball tournament here.

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<![CDATA[Miami's Win Streak Halted at Three]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:54:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4606122441.jpg

The Miami Heat had their three-game win streak snapped in a 93-75 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Miami still has a hold on the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, but missed an opportunity to inch closer to sixth. The Heat are now 1.5 games back of the Milwaukee Bucks for sixth and are 1.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics who sit in eighth.

Miami trailed by ten at the half and only by eight points going into the final quarter. The Thunder took advantage of a boisterous crowd in the fourth quarter and put the game away. With a combined 52 rebounds, OKC dominated possessions and kept Miami at bay.

The Heat had trouble shooting the ball in the loss which was partially due to solid defense from the Thunder. From three-point range, the Heat were held to 3-18 shooting while they shot under 40% overall as a team from the field.

Turnovers were also a problem for Miami as the team gave the ball away 19 times with Mario Chalmers turning it over four times himself. The Thunder turned Miami's turnovers into 21 points.

Dwyane Wade took the most shots for Miami as has been the norm lately. Most of those shots didn't fall however as Wade was only 6-15 for 12 points. Wade also missed both of his tries from the free-throw line.

Hassan Whiteside had arguably the best game for Miami and it was far from his best work on the season. The center had a team-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and three blocks.

Miami's four-game road trip will continue on Tuesday in a game against the Bucks at 8:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Finalize Christian Yelich Extension]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:46:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/175897171.jpg

The Miami Marlins formally announced a seven-year contract extension with Christian Yelich on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

The contract will be worth a total of $49.57 million over the seven years. There will also be an eighth year option valued at $15 million in 2022. That option will be in the hands of the team and comes with a $1.25 million buyout.

Yelich was set to earn around the major league minimum for the next two seasons before entering a three-year arbitration phase. This contract gives the team solid known numbers to work with and gives the outfielder security.

In 2015, Yelich will earn $570,000 before seeing his contract increase to $1 million next season. The following three years will be worth $3.5 million, $7 million, and $9.75 million respectfully. In the final two seasons of the contract, Miami will pay Yelich $12.5 million and $14 million.

With under two years of service time, Yelich does not have much big league experience but has shown a lot of promise. The Marlins could have went year-to-year with Yelich with a risk of much higher salaries in those final two years. By agreeing to a long-term deal early on, Miami was given a likely substantial discount for 2020 and 2021 when Yelich would've become a free-agent.

The 23-year old won a Gold Glove award this past year and has become an integral part of Miami's batting order. After leading off for most of the past two years, Yelich will now find himself between Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton each day.

The Marlins will open the regular season on April 6th against the Atlanta Braves.

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<![CDATA[Utah to Sweet 16 After Georgetown Defeat]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:35:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP867223623593.jpg

Utah is headed back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in a decade.

Brandon Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright added 12 and the fifth-seeded Utes beat No. 4 Georgetown 75-64 on Saturday night.

The Utes (26-8) will travel to Houston to play the winner of Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina, between top-seeded Duke (30-4) and No. 8 San Diego State (27-8).

Utah hasn't advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2005, when the Utes fell as the No. 6 seed to No. 2 Kentucky. The Utes are making their first tournament appearance since 2009.

<![CDATA[NFL Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik Dies at 89]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP050204012830.jpg

Philadelphia Eagles great Chuck Bednarik, a grisly pro football hall of famer and the namesake for one of college football's most prestigious awards, died early Saturday morning at a Pennsylvania assisted living facility at the age of 89, the Eagles announced.

Bednarik died around 4:30 a.m. Saturday following a brief illness, according to a release sent out by the team.

“With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend. Philadelphia fans grow up expecting toughness, all-out effort and a workmanlike attitude from this team and so much of that image has its roots in the way Chuck played the game. He was a Hall of Famer, a champion and an all-time Eagle. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this time," said Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Bednarik was born in Bethlehem and played football for the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Eagles when he was chosen first overall in the 1949 NFL draft.

Bednarik, known as "Concrete Charlie," was one of the NFL's most fearsome tacklers and was one of of the NFL's last great two-way players. He played center and linebacker who's best known for two monumental hits during the 1960 season.

In one, in the 1960 title game, he threw a Green Bay Packers running back to the ground and refused to let him get back up as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

He's also known for his takedown of fellow hall of famer Frank Gifford earlier in the season. Gifford, a New York Giants running back, was hit so hard that he suffered a concussion and didn't play again for nearly two years. Enduring images of the tackle show Bednirak towering over Gifford and pumping his fist.

“So many of the timeless moments in Eagles history are associated with Chuck Bednarik. He played his entire career in Philadelphia, college and pro, and he lived his entire life here and in the Lehigh Valley. He was a proud competitor and a dedicated and devout family man who loved Eagles fans as much as they loved him. He left his mark on this team and will forever be a legend within this organization." said Eagles president Don Smolenski.

College football fans also remember Bednarik for the award that bears his name. The Maxwell Football Club have presented the Bednarik Award each year to the most outstanding defensive player at the collegiate level.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker leaves behind his wife of 67 years, five daughters, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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<![CDATA[Wade Scores 32 in 2nd Straight Win for Heat]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:20:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/466555146.jpg

The Miami Heat won their third game in their last four tries with a 108-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.

Miami trailed the game by nine at the half but battled back for the win. Dwyane Wade scored Miami's final eight points down the stretch including two crucial free throws with nine seconds to go in the game.

The win gave Miami solo possession of the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference pending the result of the Boston Celtics' game. The Heat can also move to only two and a half-games back of sixth place if Milwaukee falls on Wednesday.

Portland has one of the better records in the NBA and currently sits in fourth place of the tough Western Conference. After a win the other day over Cleveland, the Heat have now beaten two straight title contenders in a row.

Wade was a big reason for the win as he scored 32 points in 32 minutes to lead the team. Wade also contributed four rebounds and six assists while taking a team-high 26 attempts from the field.

Goran Dragic also had himself a huge game with 20 points and 11 assists to give him a double-double. Dragic has continued to make a major difference since coming over Phoenix at the trade deadline.

Hassan Whiteside also had a double-double with his 12 points and ten rebounds. The center also had six blocks in another impactful game.

The Heat will wrap up their three-game home-stand with a game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Miami Children's Hospital Renamed for Golfer Nicklaus]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:40:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/031915+barbara+and+jack+nicklaus.jpg

Miami Children's Hospital is getting a new name thanks to a generous donation from golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and his wife.

Beginning Friday, the facility will be known as Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Barbara and Jack Nicklaus are pledging $60 million from their own foundation to the “Together for the Children” campaign within the Miami Children’s Health Care Foundation. The final goal is to raise $150 million.

Nicklaus said he and his wife won’t stop until that happens.

“Our job is to go out and find the funds to complete those projects," Nicklaus said at a ceremony Thursday.

"When Jack and I were first married and had a very sick child and eventually was healed by our local children’s hospital and we always said if we had an opportunity to help someone we wanted it to be children,” Barbara Nicklaus said.

Through Jack and Barbara’s foundation and Miami Children’s, a relationship was made and now they’re on their way to raising a lot of money for those new projects ahead.

Over the next few weeks the old signs will be taken down and new ones will go up.

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<![CDATA[2015 NCAA Tournament: Best Moments ]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:50:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ncaa-th-466889932.png See some of the best moments, upsets, and dramatic finishes of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament here.]]> <![CDATA[NCAA's First Big Upset ]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:30:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP545272355896.jpg

The first big upset of the NCAA Tournament goes to the scrappy UAB Blazers.

William Lee scored the last four points for 14th-seeded UAB, and the Blazers upset third-seeded Iowa State 60-59 on Thursday in their opening game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blazers (20-15) came in with the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program's first NCAA game since 2005.

The ninth-ranked Cyclones (25-9) came into the South Regional looking for a much longer run than a year ago when they reached the Sweet 16 without top scorer Georges Niang due to injury. But they just couldn't match the scrappy Blazers on the boards in a second half where the Cyclones couldn't hold onto a 55-51 lead with 3:13 left.

The Blazers, who outscored Iowa State 9-4 down the stretch, will play either SMU or UCLA on Saturday.

Iowa State, which lost its opener as a No. 2 seed in 2001, last led at 57-56 on a basket by Monte Morris. But Lee hit a jumper with 24 seconds left putting UAB ahead to stay. Niang had a jumper blocked by Tosin Mehinti, and Lee got the rebound. Lee hit two free throws with 12.1 seconds left for the Blazers' final margin.

Naz Long missed a 3 that Morris tipped in with 0.4 seconds left, and the Cyclones couldn't get the ball back before the Blazers started celebrating their gutty win.

Robert Brown led UAB with 21 points, Lee finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Madison also had 11 rebounds as the Blazers dominated the boards 52-37, including 19 on the offensive glass.

Morris finished with 15 points for the Cyclones, who were making a school-record fourth straight tournament appearance only to lose their opener for the first time since 2001. Niang and reserve Matt Thomas both added 11 points, and Jameel McKay had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Iowa State looked ready to finally put away an opponent as the Cyclones opened the game with a 12-2 lead. The Blazers settled down quickly enough and used a 14-4 run to turn it into a game taking advantage of repeated turnovers by the Cyclones.

The Blazers took a 31-28 halftime lead but didn't score until Madison hit a jumper with 14:20 left — a scoring drought that spanned 6:52 from their last basket of the first half.

Not that it hurt as the teams wound up swapping the lead a total of 17 times with eight ties.


UAB: Blazers' fans didn't miss an opportunity to chant "Fire Ray Watts" during timeouts in their protest against the university president who shut down the school's football program in December.

Iowa State: Thomas hadn't scored in double figures since late February, a span of six straight games. ... The Cyclones, who came in with the third-most wins in school history, lost as a No. 2 seed to 15th-seeded Hampton in 2001. ... Niang broke a bone in his right foot in their first NCAA game last year with the Cyclones losing in the Sweet 16 to eventual champ Connecticut.

<![CDATA[Heat Pick Up Big Win Over LeBron and Cavaliers]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:32:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/466547726.jpg

The Miami Heat put on a show against LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers with a 106-92 win on Monday.

The win was the second for Miami over Cleveland in two tries at American Airlines Arena this season. The Cavaliers won the lone game in their building back in February. This victory was critical for Miami's playoff hopes as it continues to fight in the Eastern Conference standings.

Miami started out hot and did not look back. The Heat led by 18 at the half and had that margin at 25 during the second half. A combination of stellar defense and electric offense gave the Heat multiple productive runs. Cleveland cut into the lead in the final minutes but Miami's lead proved to be too much.

James was playing in Miami for the second time since he decided to leave the team in the off-season. At less than 100 percent due to a hobbled knee, James was clearly not at his best. Solid and consistent defense from Miami did not help matters for James.

Luol Deng played most of the defense on James but others such as Henry Walker and Chris Andersen also did admirable jobs against the MVP. All told, James was held to 26 points, four assists, and two rebounds.

Dwyane Wade found the fountain of youth playing against his friend, James. Wade made several exceptional baskets and highlight reel worthy passes. In the end Wade had 32 points and two assists to go along with five steals.

Hassan Whiteside had a big game as well both on offense and defense. The exciting young center had 16 points, 11 rebounds and also blocked three shots. His blocks were part of a four block day overall for Miami.

The Heat will stay home for a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Near 7-Year Deal With Christian Yelich: Report]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:28:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454291846.jpg

The Miami Marlins are on the verge of of signing Christian Yelich to a 7-year contract, according to a report from Yahoo.

The deal is expected to be worth nearly $50 million and shows a great deal of confidence in a player with little service time. Yelich was not going to be arbitration eligible until 2017 and then would have had three years in that process. Under this new deal, Yelich will be under team control through the 2021 season. There is also an option for the 2022 season worth an additional $15 million.

This deal shows a change in attitude for the Marlins who did not work out a similar deal with Giancarlo Stanton or Miguel Cabrera early in their careers. Stanton ended up signing a record-setting 13-year pact while Cabrera was shipped out when his price began to rise.

Yelich has done a lot in his brief time as a big leaguer. Sitting atop the Marlins lineup the last two years, Yelich has tallied a .285 batting average to go along with a .365 on-base percentage. In his first full year, Yelich improved upon his rookie campaign and became a critical part of the lineup.

This season, Yelich will likely hit second in the batting order between Dee Gordon and Stanton. His production could end up the most important in Miami's lineup. If Yelich does not reach base, Stanton could find himself walked more often than not. With Gordon expected to steal bases often, first base could be vacated often while Yelich is up.

The Marlins could still work out more extensions with their young talent. Those names could include Marcell Ozuna, Jose Fernandez and Adeiny Hechavarria among others.

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<![CDATA[Hampton Coach Calls Jesus For Help Against Kentucky]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:28:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP764387644610_Joyner.jpg

Hampton University squeaked into the NCAA tournament after a first round win against Manhattan. Now the Virginia school is up against undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky – a favorite to take the tournament.

Hampton's head coach isn't counting on divine intervention.

When the coach, Edward Joyner Jr., was asked about his team's odds, he picked up his cell phone and pretended to make a call. He then joked that he had "Jesus on speed dial."

“Hey, Jesus?” Joyner told reporters. “They want to know how much of a mountain and what our odds are. Hello? Hello? I guess he'll get back to me so I'll get back to you."

Hampton is up against tough odds. No team ranked 16 in the tournament has ever won the big dance against a No. 1 seed.

“It’s a heck of a mountain,” Joyner said.

If they win that one game, it'll be an upset of biblical proportions. 

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<![CDATA[President Obama Unveils 2015 NCAA Bracket]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:08:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/obama-bball-143831886.jpg

President Barack Obama is predicting that Kentucky will remain undefeated and take home the title in the NCAA Tournament.

The basketball fan in chief says there's a good reason the Wildcats are the prohibitive favorite in the tournament after going 34-0 so far. He picked them to beat Villanova in the title game during an interview broadcast Wednesday on ESPN.

The president advanced Arizona and Duke to the NCAA Final Four, scheduled for April 4-6 in Indianapolis.

Obama hasn't picked the correct national champion since his first year in office, when North Carolina won the 2009 championship.

Obama also tells ESPN he would like to see the NCAA move the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds and move back the lane and three-point line to mirror the NBA. 

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