<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSun, 26 Jun 2016 18:45:55 -0400Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:45:55 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Marlins Held to Two Hits in Loss to Cubs]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:50:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542870700.jpg

The Miami Marlins fell to the Chicago Cubs by a final score of 5-4 on Friday at Marlins Park.

After allowing four runs in the top of the first inning, Tom Koehler settled in for Miami. Ultimately, Chicago would score a run off Miami's bullpen late to pick up the win. Miami's offense was held to only two hits which made its comeback attempt more difficult.

The loss came only one day after the Marlins survived to narrowly beat the Cubs. With the defeat, Miami fell to 39-35 on the season and back to .500 at home. The Marlins are only 19-19 in their home park, but are 20-16 away from Miami.

Justin Bour hit a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the first inning following Chicago's aforementioned four runs. The slam was the second of Bour's career and his 13th home run of the season. Miami had loaded the bases via walks and an error with the slam coming as the team's first hit.

The offense would be mostly quiet from that point forward with Adeiny Hechavarria singling for Miami's only other hit. Giancarlo Stanton was 0-1 with a strikeout and a walk in the loss. In all, the Marlins truck out eight times, and were given free passes five times.

The winning run in the game came off of Mike Dunn who took the loss. Dunn's effort followed on Koehler's six innings of work. Dunn is now 0-1 on the year with a 3.52 E.R.A.

Miami will look to rebound from this loss on Saturday when it sends Paul Clemens to the mound.

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<![CDATA[Jose Fernandez Brilliant Again as Marlins Take Series]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:41:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543160730.jpg

The Miami Marlins took a series from the MLB-best Chicago Cubs with a 6-1 win on Sunday at Marlins Park.

Jose Fernandez made the start and had another strong effort which featured 13 strikeouts. The Cubs hold the best record of baseball and lost three out of four games to Miami. With the series win, the Marlins are six games over .500 for the first time this season.

Fernandez lasted seven innings and walked three along the way. Chicago only managed one run on four hits against Miami's ace. Fernandez now owns a 2.28 E.R.A to go along with a 10-3 record. The right-hander has even more robust numbers when pitching at home and is a potential starter for the National League All-Star team.

Miami once again had difficulty with runners in scoring position which prevented the team from expanding its lead until the eighth inning. The Marlins were only 1-13 with RISP and left eight runners on base when the eighth frame. It was there that Martin Prado came up with his 16th double of the year with the bases loaded. All three runners on base at the time would score.

The Marlins collected three other doubles with one each coming from Fernandez (1), Giancarlo Stanton (10) and Derek Dietrich (14). Dietrich also collected his 26th run batted in of the year in the win.

Miami will begin a road trip on Tuesday after taking Monday off. The first game will come against the Detroit Tigers with Adam Conley set to make the start.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Rally to Take Another From Cubs]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:21:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543040730.jpg

The Miami Marlins came from behind to beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Saturday at Marlins Park.

The Marlins found themselves down by three runs heading into the fourth inning of play. This is when the team would begin its comeback attempt which ultimately ended up successful. Miami scored twice in the fourth inning and four more times in the fifth frame.

With the victory, Miami picked up its 40th win of the season. The Marlins are now only three games behind the National League East leading Washington Nationals. Miami is tied with the New York Mets for second place in the division. The win also gave Miami a two to one edge in the current series with one game to play.

Justin Bour hit a big home run for a second straight day. Bour's 14th home run of the season was of the two-run variety and came only a game after his second grand slam of the year. Bour who now has 43 runs batted in, also doubled for the tenth time this season.

Giancarlo Stanton played a huge role in the win with two hits including his ninth double of the year. Stanton also knocked in three runs and scored two of his own.

The win went to Paul Clemens who allowed four runs in his five innings of work. Clemens is now 1-0 with a 6.30 E.R.A in his two starts in a Miami uniform. The right-hander walked five and struck out four which led to a high pitch count and a short outing.

A.J. Ramos kept his save streak alive with his 24th save of the season. Ramos is perfect in save chances dating back to September of last season and has successfully converted 33 saves in a row. That ties a Marlins record which Steve Cishek previously held alone.

Miami will look for the series win on Sunday when it sends Jose Fernandez to the mound for the start.

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<![CDATA[Shaq Named First-Ever US Basketball Sports Envoy to Cuba]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:16:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508873874.jpg

Months after President Obama's historic trip to Cuba, 15-time NBA all-star Shaquille O'Neal will visit the island nation.

The State Department announced Friday that O'Neal will be part of a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy to promote sports to the Cuban youth for four days starting this weekend.

The retired NBA star will be joined by Dallas Mavericks Assistant Coach Kaleb Canales to lead basketball camps for youth and demonstrate how sports can serve as a means of developing academic, leadership, and teamwork skills, according to a State Department news release. He is expected to visit historically significant cultural sites in Havana and further promote positive ties between the United States and Cuban people.

O'Neal played in the NBA for 19 seasons and retired following the 2011 season. He played for the Miami Heat from 2004 to 2008, winning his fourth championship, after many years with the LA Lakers and Orlando Magic.

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<![CDATA[Former UM, NFL Tight End Gordon Arrested on Battery Charges]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:23:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062216+richard+gordon.jpg

A former University of Miami Hurricanes and NFL player was arrested on battery charges after he allegedly punched his girlfriend, police said.

Richard Gordon, 29, was arrested in Miami Gardens Tuesday on charges of battery and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to a police report.

Gordon appeared in court Wednesday where he was ordered held on $6,000 bond. It's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

According to the arrest report, officers responded to the area of Northwest 167th Street and Northwest 17th Avenue Tuesday morning after a passerby reported seeing a man punching a woman and pushing her out of a Mercedes SUV.

When officers arrived they found Gordon's girlfriend, who said she lives with him and has a 3-year-old child with him, the report said. The woman said Gordon started acting crazy and flipped out while she was driving him to pick up his car near Tootsie's strip club, the report said.

The woman said Gordon punched her arm several times and slapped her in the face, the report said. The woman had redness, swelling and bruising, the report noted.

Officers found Gordon's car parked across the street from Tootsie's locked but with an AR-15 rifle in plain view inside, the report said. The report said about 13 grams of marijuana were found inside the car, along with a holster and two magazines. The car and gun were impounded.

When officers found Gordon nearby and he was taken into custody, he yelled at an officer and kicked a car door, which hit the officer in her arm and shoulder, the report said.

The report said the AR-15 was going to be used to shoot up the Office nightclub after a confrontation Gordon had the night before. Gordon's girlfriend said he hadn't slept in days and has been Baker Acted three times in the past, the report said.

Gordon, a tight end from Miami who attended Norland High School, appeared in 49 games with the Hurricanes between 2006 and 2010. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and has bounced around the league, with brief stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. He was released by the Broncos last month and is an unsigned free agent.

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<![CDATA[Heat Star Wade in the Buff on Cover of ESPN's Body Issue]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:06:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/E-071816-COVERPROMO1A.jpg

Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade will be featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's annual "Body Issue."

The issue which will hit newsstands on July 8th includes photographs of various athletes in the buff. This will be the first time that Wade is in the issue after he had turned away advances in the past.

"I had a fear of being naked in front of others and a fear of being judged. So to me, overcoming that is the biggest thing. Someone may look at me and think, 'Why would you have insecurity?' Well, this is real life and I'm human, and these are the things that I deal with that many others might deal with," Wade said during his interview for the magazine.

There will be 19 athletes in the magazine including Wade. Among them are Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs, MMA star Conor McGregor and Olympian April Ross. Wade is the only NBA star in this year's issue, but Elena Delle Donne of the WNBA is also featured in the magazine.

"The Body Issue has evolved into a powerful storytelling platform," said Neely Lohmann, senior deputy editor and the producer of ESPN The Magazine's franchise issue. "Year after year, the athletes allow themselves to be completely vulnerable with our audience-not just in the photographs but with their interviews as well. This year we have athletes opening up in raw and moving ways about overcoming physical struggles: everything from asthma to HIV, amputation to transgender transitioning. It's an honor to tell their stories."

A video with a behind the scenes look at Wade's time preparing for the issue is also available at ESPN.com.

This is not the first time that an athlete from Miami has been featured in the magazine's "Body Issue." Back in 2013, Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton also shed his clothes for the magazine. At the time, Stanton talked to ESPN about his body and how he built and maintains his physique.

"I like that I've been able to maintain a good stomach and chest. Push-ups and sit-ups are my go-to. It is the simplest routine and the best thing to maintain my stomach and chest. I'll do about 100 of each a day, usually when I'm already warmed up. I do 50, 50, 50, 50, then roll out. It takes less than five minutes," Stanton told the magazine at the time.

As Stanton pointed out a few years ago, maintaining an athletic body takes hard work and a good diet.  That doesn't mean Wade hasn't been known to indulge himself at other times however.

"I can put on a few pounds pretty fast. I love to eat. I'm one of those guys who's low-key, but I'm a fat boy at heart, man, when I'm eating. To me that's kind of like my happy place: a great burger, fries and a soda," Wade added in the interview.

The issue including Wade will be available online two days prior to its full release at newsstands. More information including photographs can be found on the official landing page.

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<![CDATA[Florida Panthers Release 2016-17 Schedule]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:24:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/florida+panthers.jpg

Fresh off the first divisional title in franchise history, the Florida Panthers now know when they will be hitting the ice to open the 2016-17 season.

The NHL announced the regular season schedules for all 30 teams Tuesday afternoon, and the Panthers will get to start the season at home against the New Jersey Devils on October 13th at 7:30 PM. Florida will play four of their first five games at home.

Under the new NHL scheduling format this season, the Panthers will host the 29 other teams in the NHL at least once this season at home. Florida will host the defending Western Conference champions San Jose Sharks on November 10th and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on December 8th.

The Panthers will start off with a seven game preseason schedule that includes three games at home and one game that will be played in West Point, NY near the home of the U.S. Military Academy.

For the complete schedule, click here.

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<![CDATA[Rockies Hit Five Solo Home Runs To Top Marlins]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:37:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-541894928.jpg

The Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies had an impromptu home run derby in their game on Monday with Colorado winning 5-3.

This game set a new Major League Record with the eight solo home runs accounting for all the scoring. The previous record was five runs. The Rockies hit five out of the park, while the Marlins had three of their own. It was a game that looked like it was being played at hitter friendly Coors Field in Colorado.

The Marlins were looking for a four-game sweep over Colorado, but settled for a series win. The five home runs for Colorado set a new record for a visiting team at Marlins Park.

Giancarlo Stanton hit one of Miami's home runs and it was the first time he left the yard in several weeks. The home run was the 13th of the season for Stanton who has been hitting better the last few days. Miami's star now has a .216 batting average this year.

Marcell Ozuna added Miami's two other home runs in the game to give him 15 on the year. Ozuna went back-to-back with Stanton in the first inning before adding another HR in the fourth inning.

Paul Clemens started the game after joining the roster on Sunday. Clemens allowed three home runs as part of a seven-hit day. Clemens lasted five innings and its unknown if he will see another start.

Miami will begin a series on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves with Jose Fernandez set to toe the slab.

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<![CDATA[Miami Faces Elimination Game in 2016 College World Series]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:29:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060616+miami+hurricanes+logo+u.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes baseball team is on the brink of elimination in the College World Series. After dropping their opener Saturday to the Arizona Wildcats by the score of 5-1, Miami finds themselves one loss away from leaving Omaha without a national title.

Seeded third nationally in this year’s NCAA baseball tournament, Miami will look to stay alive Monday afternoon when they take on UC-Santa Barbara at 2 PM. A win would extend the ‘Canes stay in the Midwest for another two days, as they would play Wednesday against the loser of Monday’s game between Oklahoma State and Arizona.

The Hurricanes are making their 25th appearance in the eight team tournament to crown a national champion. The program has won four titles, with the last one coming in 2001.

Miami is not the only team from the Sunshine State who finds themselves in trouble in the College World Series. The Florida Gators, the top seed in the whole tournament, where upset in their opener by Coastal Carolina late Sunday night.

Florida now must avoid elimination when they take on Texas Tech at 5 PM on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Marcell Ozuna Powers Marlins To Third Straight Win]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:30:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-541414376.jpg

Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run home run on Sunday to help his Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0.

Ozuna's home run was his 13th of the season and came as part of a three hit day for the center fielder. Ozuna is now hitting .319 on the year and has 41 runs batted in.

With the win, Miami moved to five games over .500 for the first time this season. The Marlins are also now the leading Wild-Card holder, and would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Miami is a half-game ahead of the New York Mets who possess the second Wild-Card.

Along with Ozuna's bat, the Marlins also recieved assistance in the win from their pitching staff. Tom Koehler started the game and came away with his sixth win of the year. The right-hander gave up two hits and walked six while striking out another six in his six innings.

After Koehler exited, the bullpen combined for three more shutout innings. Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps and A.J. Ramos saw an inning each. Not only did the relievers allow no runs, but they also held Colorado hitless. Ramos now has 22 saves on the year and remained perfect in save opportunities.

The Marlins will go for the four-game sweep on Monday when they send Paul Clemens to the mound. Clemens was recalled from AAA prior to Sunday's game and will be making his Miami debut.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Open Homestand With 5-1 Win]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:16:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-540954040.jpg

The Miami Marlins began a long homestand with a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Miami will play ten games in a row at Marlins Park following a long road trip. The Marlins scored all their runs in two innings and made those runs hold up. With the win, Miami is now three games over .500 and continued some excellent recent play at home.

Perhaps the best news for Miami was the play of Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger has been slumping since early May and had two hits in this one. Stanton also knocked in two runs to give him 31 runs batted in on the season. With the solid day, Stanton lifted his batting average to .200 on the year.

Christian Yelich's two-run home run in the sixth inning put Miami on top and it never looked back. The homer was the sixth of the year for Yelich and came when the Marlins were down 1-0.

Martin Prado would add his 14th double of the season in the win. The third baseman scored two of Miami's runs as well.

Ichiro Suzuki did not start the game and ended up appearing as a pinch-hitter. The All-Time leader in professional hits singled and also scored a run. Suzuki now has 4,258 hits in his professional baseball career.

Adam Conley started the game with 5.2 no-hit innings before Colorado got to him. The Rockies would end up scoring one run off Conley on one hit. The lefty walked five and also struck out five while throwing 109 pitches.

Miami can make it two wins in a row when it sends Wei-Yin Chen to the mound on Saturday for a start against the Rockies.

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<![CDATA[Cavaliers Win NBA Finals]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_637705074086.jpg

LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago.

James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavs pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback, and Cleveland is title town again at long last.

Unfazed by the criticism and chatter all series, James delivered on a vow to his home state and brought the Cavs back as they became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit, beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 on Sunday night to end a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland.

"I'm happy to be a part of history," James said, then added, "I'm home. I'm home. ... I'm at a loss for words. This is unbelievable."

In a testy series of blowouts - and a few blowups - the winner-take-all Game 7 providing the thrilling finale with James as the finals MVP disarming two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and his record-setting Warriors.

James almost single-handedly carried the Cavs back into this series and finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs captured their first championship in franchise history and gave their city its first major sports winner since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. He also had three blocked shots and two steals, overcoming five turnovers.

"CLEVELAND! This is for you!" James bellowed in his postgame interview before being announced as finals MVP.

An emotional James fell to the floor when this one ended with a second win in six days on Golden State's imposing home floor, surrounded by his teammates. Only seconds earlier, he went down in pain with 10.6 seconds left after being fouled by Draymond Green while going for a dunk, then came back out to make the second of two free throws.

After four successful seasons in Miami, James came back to the Cavs and vowed to win the title this franchise and championship-starved city so coveted.

Cleveland did it after a coaching change, with Tyronn Lue taking over in January for the fired David Blatt.

"We made history tonight," Lue said. "Cleveland, Ohio, we're coming back, baby!"

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points to cap his brilliant finals, including a 3-pointer over Curry with 53 seconds left.

Curry sat briefly on the bench to take in the scene after the Warriors made their last basket with 4:39 left.

Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, but the Warriors' record-setting season ended without the only prize this close-knit "Strength In Numbers" crew cared about from way back in the beginning - through the record 24-0 start as Coach of the Year Steve Kerr was out, Curry's second consecutive MVP campaign, and the 73 regular-season wins to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' mark.

They might always be remembered as one of the best teams ever that couldn't close it out.

The Cavs staved off elimination twice to force Game 7 back at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors went up 2-0 with a pair of lopsided wins to start this series.

This marked the first NBA game decided by five points or fewer since May 11, Golden State's 125-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 of the second round.

With its 100th postseason victory, Cleveland became just the fourth team to win an NBA Finals Game 7 on the road.

Curry scored 17 points on 6-for-19 shooting, while Splash Brother Klay Thompson added 14 points while making 6 of 17 shots.

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<![CDATA[Cubs' David Ross Gets Touching Father's Day Card From Rizzo]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:56:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/david+ross+anthony+rizzo+GettyImages-482076156.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are well-known for having one of the silliest clubhouses in baseball, but there’s something endearing about the goofy relationship between Anthony Rizzo and David Ross.

The catcher, known to the team as “Grandpa Rossy,” is currently playing in what will likely be his final Major League season, and Rizzo has developed a very deep bond with the veteran player.

One could even say that the duo have a father-son bond, and that was hammered home on Sunday when Ross posted this picture of a card that Rizzo sent him.

"Thank you for everything you have done for me!" Rizzo scrawled beneath the card's pre-written message. "Love your son, Anthony"

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The term “#relationshipgoals” gets thrown around a lot, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that fans would apply that hashtag to these two players. 

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<![CDATA[USA Takes on Ecuador in COPA America]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:50:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/0607+usa+soccer+copa+america+2.jpg As USA took on Ecuador in COPA America Thursday night, soccer fans were out in force in South Florida. NBC 6's Stephanie Bertini reports.

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<![CDATA[USA Soccer, Florida Sports Teams Show Unity for Orlando]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:33:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/06-14-16-orlando-flowers-memorial.png

While victims of the Orlando mass shooting are still recovering and the families of those lost begin to say their final goodbyes, the sports world is paying tribute to those lost and hurting while reminding everyone that love will win.

Ahead of their COPA America quarterfinal match on Thursday, the U.S. Men's National Team released the following video encouraging the entire nation to act as one and not let differences separate:

At the same time, the Tampa Bay Rays will pay tribute to the victims while raising money for them as well. The team's game on Friday night against the San Francisco Giants was previously schedule to be Pride Night in support of the LGBTQ community.

Now, all proceeds on everything from ticket sales to parking go to a fund set up for victims. There will also be a blood drive outside the stadium both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday night, the first sporting event in Orlando since the shooting will take place when the city's professional soccer team, Orlando City FC, will take the field against San Jose.

The team broke the stadium's seating chart into the six colors of the rainbow flag and is encouraging fans to wear that color in an effort to show unity to the city's LGBTQ community. The team will also be presenting fans with shirt and other items to honor victims.