<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usMon, 23 Jul 2018 04:09:40 -0400Mon, 23 Jul 2018 04:09:40 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Florida Panthers Launch Summer Reading Tour]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:56:03 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-864093554.jpg

The Florida Panthers have teamed up with Broward County Libraries and the Broward Public Library Foundation to launch their first-annual summer reading tour.

Local residents are encouraged to visit local libraries to enjoy a variety of books read by Panthers guests, alumni and personalities.

Their schedule can be found by clicking here

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<![CDATA[Jockey Victor Espinoza Injured After Horse Suffers Cardiac Arrest on Track, Dies]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:49:01 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_606877743995.jpg

Jockey Victor Espinoza was injured Sunday after the horse he was riding at the Del Mar racetrack went down and died instantly during morning training around 9 a.m., the horse’s owner Brian Trump said.

Bobby Abu Dhabi went into cardiac arrest with Espinoza onboard. The horse fell and died. Espinoza lay motionless for several minutes after being thrown from the horse between the sixteenth pole and the wire, the racetrack said. He was taken to the hospital for multiple injuries.

Espinoza suffered a fracture of the C-3 vertebra and a "stinger" to the left shoulder and arm, causing shoulder pain and numbness. He and is awake and moving his legs, according to the hospital. He will not be racing Sunday and will remain in the hospital overnight. 

“He has regained about 50 percent of the feeling already,” Espinoza's agent Brian Beach said. “Doctors are optimistic he’ll fully recover fairly quickly. It’s the kind of thing that football players get all the time.”

"It looks like we dodged a bullet," Beach added. 

The public did not see the accident because the gates didn't open until 12 p.m. Sunday. 

Trump confirmed Bobby Abu Dhabi’s death on Twitter: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm this morning we lost our boy, BOBBY ABU DHABI to a sudden cardiac arrest on the track. While we are deeply saddened and heartbroken by this loss our thoughts are currently with HOF jockey @VictorEspinoza. Please keep him in your prayers.”

Four-year-old colt Bobby Abu Dhabi was training for the Bing Crosby Stakes next Saturday. 

Espinoza, 46, guided American Pharoah to a Triple Crown Win in 2015. American Pharoah was trained by Bob Baffert who has a residence in San Diego and trains horses in Santa Anita Park north of LA. 

Espinoza has won the Kentucky Derby three times and the Preakness Stakes three times. Last year, he was inducted into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. 

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<![CDATA[Former Miami Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano Dies at 56]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 21:27:32 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460874730.jpg

Tony Sparano, a former NFL head coach and most recently the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, has died at the age of 56.

The team announced Sparano’s sudden death on Sunday morning. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Sparano, who had served as a coach with the Vikings since 2016, also had head coaching experience with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, posting a career record of 32-41. From 2003 to 2007, Sparano was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, released a statement Sunday. "We were saddened to learn of Tony Sparano's tragic and unexpected passing today. Tony made an indelible impact on our team's history and his toughness, grit and leadership were evident to everyone who had the chance to coach with or play for him. On behalf of the entire Dolphins organization, we extend our most heartfelt condolences to his wife Jeanette and the entire Sparano family."

Sparano was born in West Haven, Conn. He went to the University of New Haven where he started for all four years for the UNH Chargers. Sparano later served as the UNH head football coach for five seasons before moving to the NFL.

Sparano is survived by his wife Jeanette and their three children. 

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<![CDATA[Series Preview: Marlins at Rays]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:23:00 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-974399780.jpg

The Miami Marlins will start their second half with a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays beginning on Friday.

Miami ended the first half with two straight wins and picked up a second consecutive series win. The Marlins are 41-57 overall this season, but they have played winning baseball since early June. The Rays went 49-47 in the first half and dropped three of their last four contests.

The Marlins will have a very difficult start to the second half of the year, with plenty of playoff contenders on the schedule. After the Rays, Miami will have series with the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.

Dan Straily will get Friday's starting assignment for the Marlins and he will be looking for a fifth straight quality start. Straily has lowered his E.R.A. to 4.29 on the season due to his terrific July. In this month, the veteran has a 2.84 E.R.A to go along with a solid opposing batting average of .206.

Pablo Lopez's rookie season will continue in Saturday's outing. Lopez went 1-1 with a 6.35 E.R.A in the first half and only had one good appearance thus far. Lopez has a 1.35 WHIP and his command has gotten away from him. Lopez has seen his walk totals increase in each start thus far, while also giving up a few too many hits.

Sunday's series finale will feature rookie Trevor Richards on the mound for the Marlins. Richards posted one of his best starts of the year, in his final appearance prior to the All-Star Game. Richards has a 3-5 record to go along with a 4.74 E.R.A in 2018.

Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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<![CDATA[ESPYs 2018 Fashion: Athletes, Celebs’ Bold Red Carpet Looks]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:50:42 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/espys-suits-thumb1.jpg From sequins to short suits, athletes and celebrities hit the ESPYS red carpet under a sizzling sun at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday. ]]> <![CDATA[The Best Hats at San Diego's Famed Del Mar Opening Day]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:31:53 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Hat-Contest-Winner-2018.jpg For the past 24 years, Del Mar's Opening Day has been all about the hats. Each year, hundreds of race track guests come to showcase their fanciest, most creative toppers. Here's a look at the hats that caught our eye this year at the seaside track in San Diego's North County.

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<![CDATA[Top Sports: Tour de France: Second Half of the 21-Day Race]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:12:11 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1002423132.jpg Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Play Ball! DC Hosts MLB All-Star Week]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:02:09 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1280-GettyImages-5777357441.jpg

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<![CDATA[Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Nats?]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:46:37 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-153947724-%281%29.jpg

You've probably been to at least a few games, eaten a curly-W-shaped pretzel or two, and maybe even debated whether Teddy's first Presidents Race win cursed the team. 

But how well do you really know the Washington Nationals? Even if you're a diehard fan, there are a few questions here that might have you scratching your head.Test your knowledge on everything from Nats history to the Presidents race -- and see if there will be a curly W in your books or if you're just going to strike out.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at US Presidents at All-Star Games in DC]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:52:43 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/199*120/historic-GettyImages-50539575.jpg

On a hot sticky July day in Washington 81 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his way to the tiny ballpark two miles northeast of the White House, escaping a political storm of his own making.

On his heels over his unpopular plan to "pack" the U.S. Supreme Court with extra justices to overcome a court that had stymied some of his New Deal legislation, FDR found campaign-style adoration at the 1937 All-Star Game. Before the game, American League and National League stars lined a parade route on the field as the grinning president rode past, waving his hat to the fans from the back seat of a convertible. Later, he threw out the first pitch from his presidential box.

That afternoon marked the first time Washington hosted the All-Star Game, and it would do so again in 1956, 1962, and 1969, with presidents playing a central role in three of the four games. Next week, the Midsummer Classic returns to DC for the first time in nearly a half-century. The White House has not yet said whether President Trump will throw out the first pitch on July 17. If so, he'd be continuing a summer tradition started by FDR, who died a year before Trump was born in 1946.

Whether Trump shows up or not, next month's All-Star Game will be the hottest ticket of the summer, just as it was eight decades ago. In 1937, the Washington Post society editor called the All-Star Game "the most thrilling event of the summer social season." Celebrities filled Griffith Stadium, including Cabinet secretaries, military leaders, members of Congress, and the 42-year-old FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Fans without connections could buy $1.65 seats from scalpers for $20 ($345 in today's dollars).

But FDR's battle with Congress over his court-packing plan almost cost senators a chance to watch the game. While the House adjourned for the day so members could attend, Senate Majority Leader Joseph T. Robinson, D-Ark., announced that the Senate would meet to take up a compromise version of FDR's court-packing proposal.

As Robinson saw it, there was no justification for suspending Senate action "in order that members may have an opportunity of attending a baseball game." He wound up relenting, at least halfway - scheduling a morning session and adjourning at 1 p.m., giving senators time to make it up to the ballpark at Georgia Avenue NW for the afternoon game.

FDR, who had won a landslide re-election the previous November but was under attack for a court-packing plan unpopular with both parties, got a respite at the ballpark. The president, who suffered from polio, once told Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, "If I didn't have to hobble up those steps in front of all these people, I'd be out at the ballpark every day."

When the Nationals host the All-Star Game, they will do so as legitimate World Series contenders. That was not the case for the Senators in 1937, when their best baseball was in the rearview mirror. The team had won its final pennant in FDR's first year in office, 1933. At the All-Star Break in 1937, Washington was mired in sixth place in the eight-team American League, and they would draw just 398,000 fans that season - attendance tamped down by the Great Depression and bad baseball.

New Yorkers ran the show in Washington that summer. Because they had won the previous year's pennants, New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy and New York Giants manager Bill Terry were in charge of the All-Star teams. McCarthy didn't mind playing favorites, starting five Yankees in the AL lineup, including a young Joe DiMaggio and an aging Lou Gehrig. As Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich described it: "A neat packing job by manager Joe McCarthy with President Franklin D. Roosevelt looking on - perhaps wistfully."

The National League lineup, meanwhile, boasted an astonishing seven players who were hitting .349 or higher at the break - led by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ducky Medwick (.404), who wound up winning the last Triple Crown in NL history that season.

It was against this backdrop that the host team was relegated to an afterthought at its own ballpark. McCarthy kept all three Senators - second baseman Buddy Myer, and the pitcher-catcher brother duo of Wes and Rick Ferrell - on the bench the entire game, putting a bigger emphasis on winning the game than mollifying the local fans.

The pitching matchup that afternoon pitted colorful St. Louis Cardinals righthander Dizzy Dean for the NL against Lefty Gomez of the Yankees, who was making his fourth start in just the fifth All-Star Game in history. But Dean was almost a no-show, declaring initially he wasn't going to play because he was "tired of having people tell me what to do."

He wound up showing up at the last minute by plane (in an era when most travel was by railroad), and hundreds of fans greeted him. Dean told reporters:

"Shucks, you fellers ought to have known Ol' Diz would never take a run-out like that. I just didn't like the idea of that long train ride and I figured if I stalled around long enough the only way they could get me here would be by airplane. So I got my airplane ride and here I am."

The two pitchers matched scoreless innings until the bottom of the third, when the American League took a 2-0 lead behind a single by DiMaggio and a home run by Gehrig, who waved his cap to FDR as he crossed the plate.

But the most significant play came when the next batter, Cleveland Indians outfielder Earl Averill, lined a ball up the middle, breaking Dean's toe. Dean was just 27 but the injury essentially ended his run as an elite pitcher. Later that season, he tried to come back too soon, and wound up altering his mechanics and ruining his arm.

The American League never trailed after Gehrig's homer, coasting to an 8-3 victory, its fourth in five years.

On the Curly W Live Podcast this week, Nationals Principal Owner Ted Lerner, 92, recalled attending the game as a 12-year-old boy.

"I was an usher at the game, and the injury to Dizzy Dean was probably the most important event of that day, since he was a sensational pitcher, and lost his effectiveness after that game," Lerner said.

It would be nearly 20 years before Washington hosted the All-Star Game again, and the Senators saw barely more action than the first time. At the 1956 All-Star break the team was in seventh place, with the Yankees once again in first, and AL manager Casey Stengel limited Washington to just one at-bat in the Midsummer Classic - a popup by Roy Sievers in the ninth inning.

While local fans again didn't have many local favorites to root for that afternoon, they were treated to a home run display by four future Hall-of-Famers. Willie Mays and Stan Musial homered for the NL, and Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle went deep for the AL (although Mantle struck out in his other three at-bats).

The real star of the game, however, was Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer, who made several defensive gems for the NL, while picking up three hits, helping his league win in a rout, 7-3.

This time there was no presidential first pitch, as Dwight D. Eisenhower was recovering from surgery, although he did announce that day he was running for re-election. Povich, the Post columnist, panned the moved: "The first error of the 1956 All-Star festivities is committed by Mr. Eisenhower. On a day when the nation is baseball minded, Ike's announcement that he will stand for reelection could wind up among the Sally League results" - a nickname for a low-level minor league.

The president watched the game with his doctors in Gettysburg, Pa., pulling for Washington's league. White House press secretary James Hagerty told reporters, "He and I rooted for the wrong team."

Five years later the Senators moved to Minnesota to become the Twins, and the American League immediately awarded an expansion team to DC, also called the Senators, to take their place. The new Senators hosted an All-Star Game in just their second season, 1962, in the new $24 million federally-funded DC Stadium.

At an All-Star luncheon the day before the game, Vice President Lyndon Johnson quipped, "I am among those who have prayed for the Washington baseball club - if the Supreme Court doesn't mind."

Like FDR a quarter-century earlier, President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch. He also greeted an old friend from the campaign trail: Stan Musial, the 41-year-old Cardinals outfielder playing in his 22nd All-Star Game. During the 1960 election, Musial had campaigned for JFK and served on a "National Sportsmen for Kennedy Committee" along with Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio and athletes from other sports.

Now, as the young president and old ballplayer shook hands, Kennedy told everyone what a great job Musial had done campaigning for him. Musial reminded Kennedy, who was just 3 1/2 years his senior, of their conversation when they first met during the campaign. JFK had said: "They tell me you're too old to play ball and I'm too young to run for president. I have a hunch we'll fool 'em." At the ballpark that afternoon, the young president mused, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the old man got a hit?"

Kennedy got his wish. Entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning, Musial singled, and was replaced by pinch-runner Maury Wills, who stole second and went on to score the first run of game. Then in the eighth inning, with the National League leading 2-1, Wills used his aggressiveness to manufacture an insurance run.

Sitting in the president's box that afternoon was American League President Joe Cronin, who had led Washington to its final pennant as a 26-year-old player-manager in 1933. Now he summoned New York Mets manager Casey Stengel, who was coaching first base for the NL, to meet Kennedy. But the normally loquacious Stengel only had time for a quick hello.

"Hi Mr. President. It's nice to meet you. I'd stay a little longer only I'm not working for myself today," Stengel said, as JFK laughed.

The NL held on for a 3-1 victory, and Wills, a DC native who went on to set the single-season stolen base record that season (since broken), won the game's MVP award. The new Senators were so bad - they would finish 10th in the 10-team American League - that none saw any action in the game. (That year was the final season of MLB's short-lived run of playing two All-Star Games, and Washington Senators pitcher Dave Stenhouse started the second one, held at Wrigley Field, a few weeks later.)

The All-Star Game returned to Washington just seven years later, in 1969, as MLB commemorated the centennial of pro baseball. The ballpark had recently been renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, following RFK's assassination on the presidential campaign trail the previous year.

It was a time of big change for the national pastime, which had suffered from lagging fan interest and anemic offense in recent years, epitomized by the "Year of the Pitcher" in 1968, when the leagues' players hit a combined .237.

To inject more offense into the sport, MLB lowered the pitching mound. Each league added two teams (including the Montreal Expos, who would later become the Nationals) and split into two divisions. And new baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, a Washington native who had earned a $1 a day working the scoreboard at old Griffith Stadium as a teenager, showed a flair for marketing by creating a couple of days of activities to celebrate the centennial in DC.

On the Monday night of All-Star week, MLB hosted an Oscars-style dinner, with 2,200 people in attendance, to honor the All-Time All-Star Team. Babe Ruth was named the best player ever, and former Washington Senator Walter Johnson was named greatest right-handed pitcher. Ted Williams, the Senators rookie manager, lost out to Joe DiMaggio as the best living player and blew off the dinner. His wife accepted his award as greatest living leftfielder.

The next afternoon, a few hours before the scheduled All-Star Game, President Richard Nixon hosted a White House event with 400 baseball VIPs, including Hall-of-Famers, All-Stars, and sportswriters. Nixon told the crowd: "I just want you to know that I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would have liked to have ended up as a sportswriter."

Then the dignitaries made their way to RFK Stadium. Kuhn, the commissioner, held a pre-game100th birthday party in three tents on the fields of the National Armory, across the street from the ballpark. A drenching summer storm soaked the VIPs in attendance, and soon after led to the first postponement in All-Star Game history. But Kuhn wasn't discouraged.

"The whole thing went off so well that I could not even get depressed by the rain and the postponement," he said. "There were U.S. senators standing there in two inches of rain talking about baseball. How could I get depressed?"

For once, DC hosted the All-Star Game with a (barely) winning record, at 51-50. DC's new skipper, Ted Williams, the New York Times said, was the "focus of a tremendous revival in baseball interest in the nation's capital, and of a remarkable improvement in the weak team's fortunes on the field." The Senators would finish the season 10 games over .500, the team's only winning record in 11 seasons in Washington, before moving to Texas to become the Rangers in 1972.

Nixon, probably the biggest baseball fan to occupy the Oval Office, had been scheduled to throw out the first pitch, but the postponement scuttled those plans, as he had to leave for a world trip the next day. Vice President Spiro Agnew stood in for him.

The scheduled starting pitchers were Detroit Tiger Denny McLain of the American League against Cardinal Steve Carlton of the National League. But when the game was rained out, McLain insisted on flying back to Detroit on his private plane to keep a dental appointment the next morning. By the time he got to the ballpark the next afternoon, the game had already started. So he pitched one in inning in relief. Then he left early.

"Denny McLain was the envy of every working man in America today," wrote Murray Chass in the New York Times. "He arrived for work late and left early."

Befitting their resurgent team, Senators fans for once got to cheer one of their own in an All-Star Game. Slugger Frank Howard started in left field, and after the NL took a quick 3-0 lead, he smoked a 458-foot home run over the clock in right-center field in the second inning to make it 3-1.

The All-Star Game demonstrated baseball's success in generating more firepower. The NL won 9-3, a year after winning the previous All-Star Game 1-0 (and the previous two games 2-1). The '69 game featured five home runs, including two by the San Francisco Giants' Willie McCovey. All 12 runs came in the first four innings. Carlton was the winning pitcher, despite giving up two earned runs in three innings.

After the game, Bowie Kuhn told Ted Williams: "Hope to see more of you, Ted," alluding to Williams's decision to skip the dinner two days earlier. Both men laughed.

Despite the entertaining All-Star Game, the moon outshined the stars that summer. Later that week, Nixon met the Apollo astronauts after their splashdown in the Pacific following their return to Earth after the lunar landing. One question Nixon had for them was whether they heard about the All-Star Game. They said they had, and Neil Armstrong told Nixon he was sorry the president missed the game. "You knew that, too?" Nixon asked. Armstrong replied that they heard about the rain, and they couldn't control the weather yet - but looked forward to doing that.

Frederic J. Frommer is the author of You Gotta Have Heart, a history of Washington baseball, and the head of the Sports Business Practice at the Dewey Square Group, a Washington, D.C. communications firm. Twitter: @ffrommer

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<![CDATA[MLB All-Star Week in DC: What to Know If You’re Going]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:34:20 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-664164542.jpg

Prepare for a flood of baseball fans and players from across the country: Amid a week of fun and festivities, D.C. hosts the city’s first All-Star League Game of the Washington Nationals era.

The All-Star Classic allows fans and teams to build two competitive rosters, representing the best players the National League and American League each have to offer.

Outfielder Bryce Harper and pitchers Max Scherzer and Sean Doolittle will be representing the The Nationals.

After the best of the best are done being selected, the National League and American League teams face off on Tuesday, July 17. The National League — The Nationals' home — are about due for their first All-Star victory since 2012.

D.C. last hosted an All-Star Game in 1969, during the Washington Senators' run as the home team in the nation's capital.

Five days of festivities come around the game, including FanFest, a color run and the Home Run Derby.

Here's what you need to know if you’re going:

When to Watch Baseball Games

The Futures Game and Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Sunday, July 15 at 4 p.m.

In a back-to-back series, you can watch Minor League players strut their stuff. Then, some famous faces will take the field. In 2017, baseball Hall-of-Famers like Jason Taylor and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez played alongside Olympians and celebrities including actor Michael Cudlitz, musician Jencarlos Canela and actor Jamie Foxx. Tickets are still available online and start at $60.

Home Run Derby
Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are already sold out for the race to hit the most home runs. Metro will offer extended hours; see below.

The All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

The best players, chosen by fans and insiders, from both the National League and American league will face off. The game will be played at Nationals Park. It will also be televised.

How to Get Tickets

Fans snatched up tickets early for both the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. You can still find them on sites like StubHub, but they cost upwards of $180.

The MLB has a relationship with StubHub, so fans can be confident that tickets they buy from the resale site are legitimate, an MLB spokesperson said.

If you're itching to catch some baseball but can't swing tickets to the All-Star game, tickets were still available at press time for Sunday’s two match-ups.

A new law allows the mayor to enforce that vendors, including ticket vendors, have a Stadium Special Events Permit to sell anything in the area of the park. This law can be enforced for seven days around the time of the All-Star Game.

How to Get to Nationals Park

Metro promises to get attendees home after the game. WMATA said that the last trains will leave toward Greenbelt at 12:22 a.m. and toward Branch Avenue at 12:48 a.m. or 30 minutes after the game ends — whichever is later.

You’ll be allowed to enter Metro through the Navy Yard station. Other stations are only open to exit.

You can also pick up a special, commemorative Metro card at the Navy Yard station.

The same extended Metro hours apply to Monday’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby game.

The Blue Line of the Circulator Bus' drops off near Nationals Park. You can catch it near Eastern Market, L'Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Metro stops. The fare is $1.

If you’re coming from Old Town Alexandria or National Harbor, you could catch the Baseball Boat water taxi. Round-trip tickets start at $35 each for adults.

Drivers willing to brave the traffic can park in one of the Nationals’ parking lots. Find more information here

Where to Find Other MLB Activities

The All-Star Game is the crown jewel event, but the MLB has planned to overflow Navy Yard and the Washington Convention Center with fun activities:

All-Star FanFest 
Friday, July 13 to July 17, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Convention Center 

Dozens of players are slated to snap selfies, shake hands and greet fans during All-Star FanFest. The Nationals’ own Ryan Zimmerman will be there, alongside other Nats players and alum including Davey Johnson, Dmitri Young and Jose Vidro. Here’s the schedule

For a limited time, you can enter code FFMM to get $10 tickets. Regularly priced tickets cost $35, but there are several deals on different days.

Friday, July 13 to July 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Yards, Parcel A, Lot 854 Square, near First and M Streets Southeast

Bring your young baseball fan for a day of interactive activities in partnership with MLB, USA Baseball and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Organizers say there will be a youth-sized baseball diamond, food trucks, pitching inflatables, batting tunnels and scheduled programming each day.

It’s free to attend, and kids are promised freebies!

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K 
Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m., Yards Park, near First and M Streets Southeast

Zip around a 5-mile loop that takes you on both sides of the Anacostia River among blasts of dye that turn the crowd technicolor.

Where to Find Parties and Celebrations

Some bars could begin serving at 7 a.m. and hold off last call until almost 4 a.m. under a new law passed specifically for the All-Star Game (and World Cup). Bars must specially register for permission; a full list is set to be announced in the future.

A number of bars and restaurants have already announced celebrations:

MLB All-Star Reception presented by Women in Sports & Events
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gallery Place

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and networking opportunities at Crimson Whisky Bar. Tickets are $45 and come with one drink.

All Star Weekend Sunday Cookout at Lost & Found
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Shaw 

BBQ Bus Smokehouse and headed to Lost & Found to fuel an All-Star party with plenty of drinks and live music.

Home Run Derby Party at Up Top Acres
Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Navy Yard

Enjoy the view above Nationals Park while munching burgers and other grill favorites from Bluejacket. Early bird entry tickets start at $25 and increase to $35 after July 9.Some bars could begin serving at 7 a.m. and hold off last call until 4 a.m. under a new law passed specially for the All-Star Game (and World Cup). Bars must specially register for permission; a full list is set to be announced in the future.

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<![CDATA[Former NFL Head Coach Tony Sparano Dies at 56]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:19:35 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460874730.jpg

Tony Sparano, a former NFL head coach and most recently the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, has died at the age of 56.

The team announced Sparano’s sudden death on Sunday morning. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Sparano, who had served as a coach with the Vikings since 2016, also had head coaching experience with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, posting a career record of 32-41. From 2003 to 2007, Sparano was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

Sparano was born in West Haven, Conn. He went to the University of New Haven where he started for all four years for the UNH Chargers. Sparano later served as the UNH head football coach for five seasons before moving to the NFL.

Sparano is survived by his wife Jeanette and their three children. 

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<![CDATA[MLB Teams Leading Movement to End Ties With Papa John's]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:28:25 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071618papajohn1.jpg

Major League Baseball teams are leading the way in cutting ties with Papa John’s after the company’s chairman of the board admitted to using a racial slur on a conference call in May.

The Marlins, Nationals, Yankees and Orioles have all suspended their relationships with the company, the teams confirmed to NBC. The Rangers have also suspended their Papa John’s promotion, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The Royals, Mariners and Rays also split with Papa John’s, according to The Washington Post. Those teams didn't immediately respond to NBC’s request for comment.

The fallout comes after John Schnatter, who also founded Papa John’s, faced scrutiny for using a racial slur on a conference call earlier this year. He used the word during a media training exercise, according to a Forbes report.

The Marlins were among the first teams to cut ties with the restaurant franchise, announcing Thursday they were “immediately suspending our relationship and promotions with the Papa John’s brand,” according to a statement.

Houston in a statement condemned Schnatter’s remarks but didn’t announce plans to end its relationship with local Papa John’s restaurants.

Major League Baseball ended its promotion with the company, which gave fans a 40 percent discount on purchases the day after a player hits a grand slam, according to Yahoo! Sports. MLB didn't respond to NBC's request for comment. 

Though MLB teams are at the forefront of ending relationships with Papa John’s, the University of Louisville also faced pressure to take action after the Forbes report surfaced. University President Neeli Bendapudi announced the school’s plans to remove the restaurant’s name from the school’s stadium. Formerly Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the facility will just be called Cardinal Stadium.

Schnatter’s name was also removed from the Center for Free Enterprise at the school’s College of Business.

Schnatter, who stepped down as the company’s CEO last year, said the company’s slow growth was a result of the attention NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem drew. In February, Papa John’s announced it would no longer be an official sponsor of the NFL.

In a letter, Papa John’s CEO Steve Ritchie said Schnatter won’t appear in the company’s future marketing or advertising materials.

The company distanced itself from Schnatter this weekend, taking away his office space at company headquarters and instructing him to stop talking to the media, according to CNBC. Schnatter accused a media company of trying to blackmail him for $6 million last week.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Fans Celebrate World Cup]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 23:26:38 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/South_Florida_Fans_Celebrate_World_Cup.jpg

South Florida fans gathered in Wynwood Sunday to celebrate the World Cup. NBC6 Reporter Nathalia Ortiz explains.

<![CDATA[France Wins 2018 FIFA World Cup]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 16:15:41 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trophy+thumbnail.jpg

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

<![CDATA[Brother Soccer Stars Hold onto Dream After Deportation]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 05:14:54 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/233*120/FamilyDetention.jpg

In just five days, Diego and Lizandro Claros Saravia went from being promising soccer players with college aspirations to deportees sent to one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

On Aug. 2, 2017 — despite a campaign by their family, coaches and teammates in suburban Maryland, where they'd attended high school — the brothers were put on a plane back to El Salvador, saying goodbye to the place they had called home for nearly a decade, NBC News reported.

“I felt very sad and devastated because I spent a long time fighting for something — something I deserved. And they took it away from me," Lizandro Claros, 19, said recently in Spanish, referring to the scholarship he'd won to Louisburg College in North Carolina shortly before being deported.

Their lawyer called it the fastest deportation he’d ever witnessed.

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<![CDATA[Series Preview: Phillies at Marlins]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:18:47 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-962522774.jpg

The Miami Marlins will close out the first half with a weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Miami is coming off of an exciting series win over the Milwaukee Brewers and has won three of the last four games it has played. The Marlins have played better ball since the beginning of June and now sit at 39-56 on the season. The Phillies are 52-40 and have also won three of their last four games.

Wei-Yen Chen will start in the series opener for the Marlins and will be looking for his third win of the season. Chen was knocked around for seven runs in his last outing against the Washington Nationals. The veteran gave up a home run in that loss and has now served up 11 homers on the year. Prior to his last outing, Chen had been put together two straight great starts.

Trevor Richards has seen his E.R.A rise each month and July has been no exception. Richards will start the middle game of the series and will bring a 5.24 E.R.A into the contest. The rookie allowed nine runs combined in his last three starts and has only lasted five innings once. Richards has a 6.23 E.R.A in July thus far and opposing batters are hitting 0.361 against him.

Jose Urena had a long first half and will try to avoid a tenth loss in Sunday's series finale. Urena is 2-9 with a 4.13 E.R.A this season, after beginning the season as Miami's Opening Day starter. The right-hander has had a number of good starts but has been the victim of poor run support on multiple occasions.

Philadelphia has a potent lineup and some solid pitching, as well. The Phillies will be using some of their best arms in the series and Miami's lineup will be tested. J.T. Realmuto is one player to watch in Friday's contest, as he has solid career numbers against Phillies' starter Jake Arrieta.

The series with the Phillies will get underway on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

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<![CDATA[An Inside Look at the Proposed Miami MLS Stadium]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:25:14 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/267*120/071218+soccer+1.png

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<![CDATA[Lindy Remigino, Once Fastest Man Alive, Dead at 87: Report]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:41:09 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Lindy+Remigino-P2.jpg

Olympian and Newington resident Lindy Remigino, who won two gold medals at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, has died at age 87, according to a report in The New York Times.

The cause was cancer, his son told the newspaper.

Remigino once proudly admitted that he was probably the smallest Olympic 100-meter champion of all-time.

He referred to himself as the “skinny, guinea with the meatball eyes who you couldn’t put in jail because he’d go right through the bars.” At only 5’6” and 138 pounds, Remigino won two gold medals, in the 100-meters and 4x100 relay, at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.

In a 2012 interview, Remigino could still recall in vivid detail his photo finish in the 100-meter final. Remigino actually thought he had finished second. He admitted to leaning too early near the finish line and actually slowing down. But after a review of the photo, Remigino was declared the winner.

He said that the playing of the National Anthem brought tears to his eyes. He was honored with a parade in Hartford and given the key to the city.

After his Olympic stardom, Remigino worked as a teacher and coach. His Hartford Public track and field teams won 31 state titles in his 43 years

Remigino and his wife raised five children, and in their retired years split their time between Newington and Florida.  

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<![CDATA[City Commissioners Delay Vote on Proposed MLS Stadium]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:41:41 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Beckham_Group_Releases_Teaser_for_MLS_Stadium.jpg

After hours of debate, Miami city commissioners delayed the vote on the measure that clears way for the new sports complex for soccer star David Beckham's Major League Soccer franchise.

The decision was deferred until July 18, the last meeting where commissioners should decide on submitting language for the November ballot. 

Beckham appeared before City of Miami commissioners Thursday to discuss his proposals for a new soccer stadium on the site of a public golf course. Passionate residents and workers went before the commission at city hall in the afternoon to voice their opinions on the new sports complex.

"We're trying to let you guys know there's a real opportunity here," Beckham said before city leaders, supporters and critics of the proposed stadium.

He spoke about growing up in East London, where his working-class parents supported his soccer journey and eventually, his move to play for Manchester United during his early career.

"I'm passionate about the game. I'm passionated about bringing this game to the community," he said.

Beckham and his partners, including Jorge Mas, want the location of the complex, called Miami Freedom Park, at the current Melreese Country Club, off Northwest 37th Avenue and the Dolphin Expressway near Miami International Airport.

In addition to the 28,000-seat stadium, the land would feature 110 acres of permanent green space and 23 acres of youth soccer fields which would be open to the public. The park could bring in $40 million worth of annual tax revenue and the group will also donate $20 million to the city to help operate the park while creating 11,000 jobs over the next three years.

Commissioners needed time to rehash out certain points of the deal, including wanted reassurance from Beckham's group about who would pay for the remediation costs of the acres of land that could possibly be polluted with toxic ash. 

"I’ve seen this movie before. A millionaire wants public land or public money to build a stadium or build a project. It has to happen right away, it's an emergency, they promise millions in tax revenue and thousands of jobs. Don't worry about all the details," one woman said.

"I’m very much in support of allowing soccer to be on the ballot or the proposal to do Melreese as a soccer facility," one man told commissioners.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

<![CDATA[Marlins Cut Ties With Papa John's Over Founder's Racial Slur]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:30:04 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-990329802.jpg

The Miami Marlins are cutting ties with Papa John's following pizza company founder John Schnatter's apology for using a racial slur during a conference call in May.

The team announced Thursday that they were "immediately suspending our relationship and promotions with the Papa John's brand," a statement read.

"The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all of our fans. Mr. Schnatter's derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization," the team said in the statement.

Schnatter resigned Wednesday night from his position as chairman of the board of the company. He stepped down as CEO last year after blaming slowing sales growth on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.

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<![CDATA[NFL Players Union Files Grievance Over New Anthem Policy]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:34:43 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/499189278-NFL-Game-Ball.jpg

The National Football League Players Association filed a non-injury grievance against the NFL over the league's new anthem policy, the union said Tuesday.

The new policy, which was unanimously approved by team owners in May, requires players to stand if they are on the field when the anthem is performed but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer.

The new policy was enacted after several players, including then-San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, began kneeling to highlight police violence against minorities.

The players union claims the policy was created without their consultation and is inconsistent with the league's collective bargaining agreement and infringes on their rights.

The NFLPA said it proposed that the NFL begin confidential discussions with union leadership to find a solution and that the league has agreed to the discussions.

NBC is reaching out to the NFL for comment. 

Kaepernick and Reid chose kneeling as their form of protest after meeting with Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former NFL player.

But some, like President Donald Trump, criticized the gesture as anti-patriotic and disrespectful. Americans were split on the protests, according to an HBO Real Sports/Marist poll conducted in October.


In December, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over seven seasons to social social justice causes in response to the anthem protests.

However, with litigation pending against the league for alleged collusion against Kaepernick and other players who protested and uncertainty about the future of player protests, the owners voted in May to change the league's anthem policy.

Under the new policy, teams whose players do not "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" will be fined and the league commissioner will "impose appropriate discipline" on those who do not comply.

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<![CDATA[N.Y. Giants Player Says TSA Spilled Mother’s Ashes All Over Suitcase]]> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:36:39 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501237896+edited.jpg

New York Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis sounded off furiously at TSA agents on social media accusing them of spilling his mother’s ashes all over his suitcase.

Francis, who was apparently traveling with his recently-deceased mother’s ashes, tweeted a photo of the inside of his suitcase on Monday.

“Hey you pieces of s---," Francis’ tweet to the TSA reads in part, "next time you a--holes feel the need to go thru my mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes.”

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TSA tweeted back saying that officers are trained to handle carry-on and checked property with care and that “out of respect for the deceased, under no circumstances should the container be opened. Please accept our apologies and condolences.”

However, Francis did not accept the apology replying back: “Under all circumstances f--- yourself.”

Francis subsequently explained that he wasn't upset TSA checked the ashes as a security measure, but rather that agents didn't close them back properly.

Francis lost his mother in June.

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