Sports http://wlrn.org en LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers http://wlrn.org/post/lebron-james-will-return-cleveland-cavaliers The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.<p>James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.<p><strong>Update at 12:45 p.m. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35392 at http://wlrn.org LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium http://wlrn.org/post/david-beckham-wants-talk-broward-county-about-stadium <p>David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.</p><p>But while the two sides haggle over a site, the <em>Miami Herald</em> reports that Beckham's group may be interested in seeing someone else: Broward County. Broward officials said they expect to talk details with Beckham soon.</p><p>Beckham has no shortage of suitors. One Miami-Dade commissioner wants him to consider a Florida International University site. Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County has also shown interest in the team.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:06:22 +0000 John O'Connor 35017 at http://wlrn.org David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium Soccer Club Provides Outlet For Little Haiti Teens, Energizes Community http://wlrn.org/post/soccer-club-provides-outlet-little-haiti-teens-energizes-community <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">For six years,&nbsp;Little Haiti residents have been waiting for Emmanuel </span>“Manno”<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; "> </span>Sanon<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; "> Soccer Park, known as Little Haiti Soccer Park, to live up to its promise for neighborhood kids.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:28:11 +0000 Nadege Green 34864 at http://wlrn.org Soccer Club Provides Outlet For Little Haiti Teens, Energizes Community The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout http://wlrn.org/post/su-rez-scandal-why-uruguay-should-banish-luis-lout <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.</span></p><p>That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international <em>fútbol </em>really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.</p><p>Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:17:21 +0000 Tim Padgett 34631 at http://wlrn.org The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout Canes Marketing Encourages Fans To "Go To Fewer Games" http://wlrn.org/post/canes-marketing-encourages-fans-go-fewer-games <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Miami Hurricanes have had trouble filling Sun Life Stadium in the past. It is far away from campus, and attendance often does not fill even the lower bowl.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the marketing team at the athletics department tried something a little unconventional: They created <a href="http://caneswatch.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/06/06/in-new-ad-miami-hurricanes-tell-fans-to-go-to-fewer-games/" target="_blank">an ad calling on fans to "GO TO FEWER GAMES."</a></span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:00:17 +0000 Carla Javier 34301 at http://wlrn.org Canes Marketing Encourages Fans To "Go To Fewer Games" Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore http://wlrn.org/post/why-brazilians-worship-soccer-and-why-their-leaders-cant-hide-behind-it-anymore <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do Brazilians still care about soccer?</span></p><p>I know, that seems as dumb a question as "Does the Vatican still care about Jesus?" Brazilians are arguably the most soccer-passionate people on Earth.</p><p>But check out this poll result just before the World Cup started last week in Brazil: A majority of Brazilians said they were <em>not </em>happy about hosting international soccer’s biggest event.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:11 +0000 Tim Padgett 34124 at http://wlrn.org Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore Talk To Us: What Are You Thinking About The FIFA World Cup? http://wlrn.org/post/talk-us-what-are-you-thinking-about-fifa-world-cup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From across the pond in England to just south of us in Mexico, passionate soccer fans are spotted in local bars, restaurants or watch parties.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here in South Florida, we want to hear your World Cup thoughts. Who are you rooting for? What are you wearing to show your support? What does your country do to celebrate the victories?&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Join the conversation with the hashtag #WorldCupSoFla&nbsp;and tell us what makes your team unique.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:55:05 +0000 Selima Hussain & Constanza Gallardo 34040 at http://wlrn.org Talk To Us: What Are You Thinking About The FIFA World Cup? Beckham's Stadium Still Homeless: Major League Soccer Rejects Marlins Park Location http://wlrn.org/post/beckhams-stadium-still-homeless-major-league-soccer-rejects-marlins-park-location <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David Beckham's stadium is yet to find a home in South Florida -- and Major League Soccer officials are kicking aside&nbsp;locations that aren't in downtown Miami.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:27:04 +0000 Selima Hussain 34080 at http://wlrn.org Beckham's Stadium Still Homeless: Major League Soccer Rejects Marlins Park Location Miami-Dade County Approves Deal To Subsidize Stadium Renovations http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-county-approves-deal-subsidize-stadium-renovations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Dolphins can earn millions in tourism tax dollars each year for luring high-profile sports and entertainment events to Sun Life Stadium, according to a deal approved by the Miami-Dade County Commission Tuesday.</span></p><p>As part of the deal, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has agreed to spend $350 million to upgrade the Miami Gardens stadium.</p><p>The commission voted 7-4 in favor of the deal.</p><p>The Dolphins would get a share of the 3 percent tax charged for local hotel stays.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:19:20 +0000 John O'Connor 34087 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade County Approves Deal To Subsidize Stadium Renovations For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity http://wlrn.org/post/south-floridian-soccer-fans-world-cup-about-unity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For </span>Silvina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Di </span>Pietro&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">cheering for her national team is one of the best ways to support her country. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Di Pietro was born in Argentina but moved to South Florida 14 years ago. She still supports her birth country's team, especially during the World Cup.</p><p>“Argentina is one of the most beloved, devoted people that love soccer,” she says. “For us it's like a religion."</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:50:59 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 34004 at http://wlrn.org For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity When The Heat Fall... On Photographers http://wlrn.org/post/when-heat-fall-photographers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Heat fell to the San Antonio Spurs in this 2014 NBA Finals, after winning only one game in the seven-game series.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite the definitive loss, one group may be relieved: the </span>courtside<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> photographers who won't have to feel the weight of falling players for a while.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:13:30 +0000 Maria Murriel 33875 at http://wlrn.org When The Heat Fall... On Photographers Time-Sharing Heat Season Tickets Should Come With A Warning http://wlrn.org/post/time-sharing-heat-season-tickets-should-come-warning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Heat are one of just four teams to play in four consecutive NBA Finals. For Heat season ticket holders, that’s like winning the lottery four times in a row.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:39:05 +0000 Kenny Malone 33680 at http://wlrn.org Time-Sharing Heat Season Tickets Should Come With A Warning How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup http://wlrn.org/post/how-brazils-hubris-jeopardized-its-world-cup <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The line between confident and conceited was pretty thin in Brazil in October of 2007.</span></p><p>The South American giant was in the midst of a boom that would make it the world’s sixth largest economy. Massive new oil reserves were being discovered off its coast. It considered itself a global player that deserved a permanent seat on the ultra-exclusive U.N. Security Council.</p><p>And it had just been awarded the 2014 soccer World Cup.</p><p>“God,” then President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared, “is Brazilian.”</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:57:08 +0000 Tim Padgett 33724 at http://wlrn.org How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup Sweaty In Miami: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard And English Soccer Get Humid http://wlrn.org/post/sweaty-miami-steven-gerrard-frank-lampard-and-english-soccer-get-humid <p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:20:45 +0000 Kenny Malone 33461 at http://wlrn.org Sweaty In Miami: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard And English Soccer Get Humid The Miami Heat Are Smarter Than The Other Playoff Teams http://wlrn.org/post/miami-heat-are-smarter-other-playoff-teams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By milking the corner three-point shot, the Miami Heat have backed the Indiana Pacers into a corner.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following Monday night’s 90 to 102</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;loss, the Pacers find themselves in some troubling company: More than 200 teams have gone down <a href="http://www.whowins.com/tables/up31.html">3-1 in an NBA best-of-seven series</a>, only eight of them have ever come back to win the series.</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 03:22:26 +0000 Kenny Malone 32968 at http://wlrn.org The Miami Heat Are Smarter Than The Other Playoff Teams