<![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-usSat, 20 Jan 2018 23:33:43 -0500Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:33:43 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Miami Hurricanes 2018 Football Schedule Released]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:02:27 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/190*120/GettyImages-875821064.jpg

Less than three weeks after the 2017 college football season came to an end, the Miami Hurricanes now know their schedule for the upcoming season.

The ACC released the complete regular season schedules for each member school Wednesday, including the Canes and in-state rival Florida State. The two teams will meet for the 63rd time on October 6th inside Hard Rock Stadium – almost one year after Miami broke a seven game losing streak to the Seminoles.

Miami will open the season with four straight non-conference games – including the season opener against LSU on September 2nd in Arlington, Texas followed by their home opener on the 8th against Savannah State and an all Miami-Dade showdown with FIU on September 22nd.

Miami will open conference play on Thursday, September 27th against North Carolina. The Hurricanes will travel to take on longtime conference rival Virginia Tech on November 17th and will host the Pittsburgh Panthers, the only team to beat the Hurricanes in the regular season last year, on November 24th

The complete schedule for the 2018 Miami Hurricanes is listed below:

September 2nd: LSU (Arlington, TX)

September 8th: Savannah State

September 15th: at Toledo

September 22nd: FIU

September 27th: North Carolina

October 6th: Florida State

October 13th: at Virginia

October 26th: at Boston College

November 3rd: Duke

November 10th: at Georgia Tech

November 17th: at Virginia Tech

November 24th: Pittsburgh

The Hurricanes will look to continue the momentum from the 2017 season, where Miami went 10-3 for their first double digit win season since 2003 that included their first ever Coastal Division title and trip to the ACC Championship Game. Miami finished the season with a 34-24 loss in the Orange Bowl against Wisconsin.

Florida State will open their season on Monday, September 3rd at home against Virginia Tech and will have other high profile games against Clemson at home on October 27th, Notre Dame on the road on November 10th and their regular season finale against rival Florida on November 24th.

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<![CDATA[Jason Taylor Foundation's Whiffle Ball Blast]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:03:08 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jason_Taylor_Foundation_s_Whiffle_Ball_Blast.jpg

Community leaders got together in Parkland to play whiffle ball with a group of deserving children who are part of the Jason Taylor Foundation.

<![CDATA[Halladay Had Morphine in System When His Plane Crashed]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:25:25 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/roy+halladay+accidente++007.jpg

All-star Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay had traces of morphine and other drugs in his system when his experimental plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in November, toxicology results showed.

The Pasco County, Florida coroner said Friday that test results found traces of three drugs in his blood at the time of the 40-year-old's death. Morphine, amphetamine, and a generic form of Ambien, a drug used to treat insomnia, were detected.

Halladay died in November when his two-seater ICON A5 amphibious plane nose-dived into shallow water off New Port Richey, Florida, which is near Tampa. The plane flipped over after hitting the water.

Witnesses told authorities the plane was climbing, diving, and flying close to the water surface shortly before impact.

Halladay died on impact. The coroner ruled the cause of death as blunt trauma.

Halladay, known as "Doc," pitched four seasons with the Phillies before retiring after injuries cut short his 2013 season. He won the 2010 National League Cy Young Award and pitched a perfect game while winning 21 games in his first season with the Phillies. He went on to pitch a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 divisional series.

He started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, before he was traded to the Phillies ahead of the 2010 season.

Halladay picked up flying after retiring from Major League Baseball. He had about 700 hours of flight time after getting his license in 2013. He started flying the aircraft, which has wings that can be folded and a body that can float, a month before the crash.

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<![CDATA[Jets WR Threatened to Sexually Assault Cop's Wife: Police]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:15:35 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/robby-anderson-diptych.jpg

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson allegedly threatened to sexually assault a South Florida police officer's wife early Friday after authorities said he was caught driving a Jaguar more than 100 mph.

Anderson, 24, also accused the arresting officer of trying to "ruin his fun" after the stop on North Flamingo Road in Sunrise about 2:15 a.m. on Friday, according to a police report. 

According to the report, the officer clocked Anderson's Jaguar going 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer wrote in the report that the vehicle was all over the road, ran two stop lights and refused to stop when he began to pursue the car with lights and sirens on. 

Once the officer finally got the vehicle to stop, Anderson declined to answer any questions and asked for a lawyer, according to the report. The cop and another officer then detained the man and tried to put him in the car, but Anderson reportedly refused to obey their commands.

According to the report, Anderson threatened the officer's wife and his family once he was in the patrol car. He also allegedly bragged about how much money he had.

Anderson was arrested on multiple charges including resisting an officer without violence, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, disobeying a red light and failure to drive in a single lane, records showed. He was booked into Broward County jail on $7,000 bond and was released Friday afternoon.

In a statement, a Jets spokesperson said the team was aware of the situation.

"This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment," the spokesperson said.

Attorney information for Anderson wasn't immediately available. But about 45 minutes before the arrest he tweeted, "I’m flaming right na man I swear."

It's the second arrest for Anderson in South Florida in the past year. He was charged with resisting an officer with violence after an alleged confrontation with a Miami police officer outside the Rolling Loud Music Festival in May.

A graduate of South Plantation High School, Anderson played college football at Temple before he was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He finished the 2017 season as the team's leading wide receiver, with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

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<![CDATA[Marlins to Host Hurricanes at Marlins Park]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:36:26 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-140818444.jpg

The Miami Marlins will host the Miami Hurricanes for an exhibition game at Marlins Park on March 27.

The Hurricanes and Marlins have played several times, but the game usually takes place at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. UM and the Marlins also previously played one another at Marlins Park back in 2012.

This game comes at the end of the Marlins' spring training schedule and right before the regular season opener. This is another twist on the traditional game, as the Marlins usually host the Hurricanes to begin the spring schedule. The later start means the Marlins' Opening Day roster should be on the field for this contest.

Normally this is a game that favors the Marlins, but the story could be different this time around. Even though it is an exhibition game, the Hurricanes figure to play to win. Beating a major league team can be a big moment for the student athletes and this is a potentially winnable game. The Marlins have undergone a roster deconstruction this off-season and more players could still be traded.

Losing to a college can be a little embarrassing for a big-league team, but it has happened before. With college teams well into their schedule and big-league teams first beginning, there is an opportunity for the schools. Even though this is a meaningless exhibition game, there figures to be interest in the contest. After a busy and controversial off-season, the Marlins figure to continue to make headlines and their play will be watched closely.

Christian Yelich who almost played for the Hurricanes may not be at Marlins Park for this game. Yelich has been a hot name in trade rumors and the team has reportedly talked with multiple teams. While it would likely take a large haul to move Yelich, the Marlins could find a suitable partner. It is unlikely that the Marlins will compete in the near future and Yelich appears to have a desire to compete.

The Marlins will begin the exhibition schedule on Feb. 23rd against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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<![CDATA[See All 51 Super Bowl Championship Rings From I to LI]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:48:56 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/super-bowl-rings-thumb.jpg The Vince Lombardi trophy and a championship ring has marked each year's winning Super Bowl team for the NFL. See all 51 ring designs that have emerged from Super Bowl I to LI.

Photo Credit: Nina Lin/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Cross-Country Skier Sophie Caldwell Secures Podium for US at Final Team Sprint Event]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:23:54 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+OLY+SOPHIE+CALDWELL+THUMB.jpg

Cross-country skier Sophie Caldwell had a photo finish in the final cross-country team sprint event Sunday, which led to a third-place finish for the US. She was joined on the podium by teammate Ida Sargent, who qualified for the Olympic team the day before.

<![CDATA[10 Fast Facts About Speedskating Star Shani Davis]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:39:15 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901955760.jpg Thin crust or thick crust? Cubs or White Sox? U.S. Olympian Shani Davis loves Chicago, and he has plenty of opinions on the city's hottest debate topics.

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<![CDATA[McKayla Maroney Testimony Read in Hearing for Olympic Doctor]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:15:49 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905629526.jpg

Three-time Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney joined other gymnasts and victims of a disgraced former sports doctor when her emotional testimony of sexual abuse and emotional trauma by Larry Nassar was read in a Michigan courtroom Thursday.

About 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing hearing for 54-year-old Nassar, who has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents were in the room. Maroney's testimony comes on the third consecutive day of the hearing, in which many cried as they told their stories, some requested anonymity and others unleashed.

(Warning: The testimony and statements included in the video above may be graphic in nature.)

Maroney, who did not appear in the courtroom and had her testimony read by a prosecutor, wrote in her statement that Nassar began abusing her when she was about 14 years old. "Whenever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated,'" her statement read.

She wrote that the "scariest night of my life" happened when she was 15. The gymnast's statement said that she was given a sleeping pill while on a long flight to Tokyo, and when she woke up, "I was all alone with [Nassar] in his hotel room" receiving "treatment."

"I thought I was going to die that night," Maroney wrote.

Maroney urged for Nassar to receive the maximum sentence, "so he will never prey on another child." The former doctor faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years.

She also blamed Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee for his continued work with athletes. In 2016, Maroney reached a financial settlement with USA Gymnastics that included a $100,000 fine if she spoke out about the abuse. However, the organization later said that they have not and will not seek payment from Maroney. 

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics," Maroney wrote. "The things I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting. ... Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long. It is time to take our power back."

Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic gymnast, also spoke on Thursday and addressed Nassar directly. She said she initially "had no idea there were other victims."

Dantzscher met Nassar when she joined the U.S. national team at 12 years old. He molested her during his many sessions with her, and she was one of the first women to publically accuse Nassar of abuse.

"Your days of manipulation are over," she said. "We have a voice. We have the power now."

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina began the day by reading aloud a letter from Nassar, who argued that it was too hard to listen to his accusers and that the hearing has been turned into a "media circus."

"I didn't ask any media to be here," responded Aquilina, who has allowed any accuser who wishes to speak to do so at the hearing. Prosecutors said a total of 105 women have requested to address the court.

The judge read an excerpt from Nassar's letter: "Aquilina is allowing them all to talk. She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed at her."

Aquilina responded: "I don't have a dog in this fight, sir. I didn't want even one victim to lose their voice. ... Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives."

USA Gymnastics, which chooses the Olympic and national teams, has been forced to respond swiftly to the scandal. It announced Thursday that it will no longer train gymnasts at the famed Karolyi ranch in Texas where some athletes say they were molested by Nassar.

"It has been my intent to terminate this agreement since I began as president and CEO in December," Kerry Perry of USA Gymnastics said in a statement. "Our most important priority is our athletes, and their training environment must reflect this. We are committed to a culture that empowers and supports our athletes."

Kyle Stephens was the first victim to testify in Nassar's hearing, saying Tuesday to Nassar, "I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar and those 'treatments' were pathetically veiled sexual abuse."

Stephens said Nassar, who often bowed his head and closed his eyes or looked away as she and others spoke, repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing. She said he rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, among other abuse.

She said Nassar denied it, and her parents initially believed him. Stephens said she largely blamed her father's suicide on the shame and self-loathing he felt for defending Nassar.

"Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don't stay little forever," Stephens said. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

Aquilina has consoled the women and girls who have spoken or had their statements read during the multi-day hearing, saying they should not blame themselves and praising them for their bravery in speaking out.

Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach who sent more than 100 young girls to Nassar for treatment, stood with Gwen Anderson as she testified Wednesday about the abuse she experienced. 

As Nassar sat with his head bowed, Brennan interrupted Anderson to tell Nassar to "look at her."

"For the record, go to hell," Brennan said following Anderson's testimony, adding that the "guilt" he feels for sending athletes to Nassar "is hard to fathom."

On Jan. 31, Nassar will get another sentence for sexual assaults at a Lansing-area gymnastics club in a different county. And in a separate trial, he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and received 60 years in prison.

Nassar added in his letter to Aquilina that he had passed out twice before his federal sentencing on the child pornography charges, and the judge wished him well in response.

On Wednesday, the second day of the sexual abuse hearing, Aquilina had cut the day short so Nassar could meet with mental health services. When the judge asked if any recommendations were made for him, he said there were not.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Jamaica Sending Its First Women's Bobsled Team to Olympics]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:54:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jamaicabobsledteamwomen2018_1200x675.jpg

Jamaica’s women's bobsled team made history Monday, becoming the first female bobsled team from the island nation to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

They will compete 30 years after Jamaica sent its mens bobsled to the Olympics in Calgary, Canada, inspiring the movie “Cool Runnings." 

The women's team has been training in Pyeongchang, South Korea, site of the  2018 Olympic Winter Games, and in upstate New York since March, giving themselves the name "Gold Squad: Fire on Ice," according to team media coordinator Kathleen Pulito. The team is striving "to bring home the first Winter Olympic medal for the women's team!" Pulito said in an email. 

“A leap of faith and a dream come true later I will be representing my country as one of the first women bobsled athletes in the Olympics. I am overwhelmed with joy knowing that I have helped make history for my country. I am really grateful for this experience,” said Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian will pilot for the Jamaica team, in a press release.

Fenlator-Victorian previously piloted for USA in the 2014 Winter Games before joining Jamaica Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in 2015. 

Carrie Russell and Audra Segree were selected as brakewomen for Jamaica. 

The press release also said the Jamaica men’s bobsled team is ranked 31st on the Olympic Qualification list, one spot out of qualification. If any teams forego their selection, Jamaica would be next in line to make its 7th appearance in the men’s 2-man event on the 30th anniversary appearance since their debut in Calgary in 1988.

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<![CDATA[Simone Biles: I Was Sexually Abused by Gymnastics Doctor]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:44:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16273701850851.jpg

Simone Biles, the golden girl of the 2016 Olympics, added her name Monday to the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar, NBC News reported.

The revelation came on her social media accounts — one day before a weeklong sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims.

"I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar," she continued.

Biles' statement follows similar disclosures from three members of the 2012 "Fierce Five" team — McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. They are not expected to be at Nassar's sentencing, but 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher will testify at the marathon hearing.

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<![CDATA[Olympian Aja Evans Comes From a Family of Athletes]]> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:18:53 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/aja.jpg

On the brink of a second berth to the Olympic Winter Games, Chicagoan Aja Evans doesn’t hesitate when asked where she gets her motivation. Katie Kim reports.