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Olympic gold medalist Brianna Rollins returned to Miami Northwestern Senior High where as a young freshman she got her first introduction to track & field.

She was showered with plaques, certificates and a proclamation that Sept. 15 will forever be known as Brianna Rollins Day. 

The admittedly shy athlete sported a white USA jersey and around her neck, her gold medal.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

On opening night for the Marlins in April, it was Miami vs. the Detroit Tigers. As the booming voice in the stadium announced the lineup, a new guy walked from the bullpen onto the field: Number 54, Wei-Yin Chen, a native of Taiwan.

Courtesy Coach Carmen Jackson

Carmen Jackson has trained thousands of track runners in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. She’s the longtime coach of the girl’s track team at Miami Northwestern Senior High School--and her Lady Bulls team dominates. This year they won their eighth consecutive state championship.

Jackson was in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics cheering on one of her former athletes, Liberty City native and Miami Northwestern grad Brianna Rollins. Rollins won big.

She is the first athlete from Miami to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic track and field event--the 100-meter hurdles.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

South Florida’s Olympic Silver medal winner is back home.

Danell Leyva brought home a silver in high bar and another silver in parallel bars, both packed in red and white tube socks in his carry-on.

At the airport to meet his flight home were friends and family, also a few dozen young gymnasts from Universal Gymnastics, where Leyva started.

Clearly tired from everything that’s happened to him in the past few weeks, the 24-year-old said he said he’s happy to be home, if not a little overwhelmed.

David Zalubowski/AP

Ichiro Suzuki defined his career with speed and sharp hits. It was only fitting he flashed both in his historic moment.

Suzuki lined a tripled off the wall for his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 Sunday.

The 42-year-old Suzuki got his big hit in the seventh inning. He became the first player born in Japan to reach 3,000, and joined Paul Molitor, his former hitting coach in Seattle, as the only ones to hit the mark with a triple.

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There's a power struggle currently playing out between the Florida Legislature and the Florida High School Athletic Association,  the governing body of high school sports. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a law that allows any school to join the FHSAA on a per-sport basis. The old rules stated the schools had to join as full members.

Miami Open's Absence Would Affect More Than Economy

Apr 25, 2016
Miami Open

Last week the Miami Open lost an appeal over expansion plans the tournament had for its home in Crandon Park. Without the expansion, the Open has threatened to leave Miami.

 

Mariela Dacal has been playing tennis since she was 14 years old in Venezuela. She’s been going to the tournament since she moved to Miami as a teenager. Dacal now runs her own tennis academy in Southwest Miami-Dade. We spoke to her to get a better idea of how the Miami Open affects the area’s tennis community.

 

 

Doug McSchooler / AP via Miami Herald

Florida State University announced Monday that it has agreed to pay almost $1 million to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused the school's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of sexual assault in a case that sparked a national conversation on athletics and rape.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

For many people the holidays conjure images of sledding, hot cocoa and fireplaces, even with the unusually warm winter up north this year. Of course, none of that makes much sense in Miami -- ever.

But there’s one aspect of the wintry holidays that’s here in Miami despite the 82-degree weather we’re expecting all week: outdoor ice skating.

Tracy Ziegler

The Ragnar Relay will not return to the Overseas Highway in February.

This week, Monroe County commissioners rejected a permit request for the third time. Ragnar has now officially canceled the race.

Ragnar teams of up to 11 runners travel in vans, taking turns on the road. County officials said the frequent transfers caused too many traffic tie-ups along the only route along the Keys — especially during the height of tourist season.

C.W. Griffin / Miami Herald Staff

Maybe you're a college football fan. If you are, regardless of your team loyalty, you understand all that goes with fandom: the ecstasy of winning, the despair of losing and everything in between. You own a T-shirt or jersey or cap, at the least. You may even go as far as painting your face, maybe your whole body, to the games.

Tracy Ziegler

  Every year, the Ragnar Relay brings 500 teams of runners to the Keys. Each team has eight to 10 members; they run three to five miles, then ride in a van while their teammates are on the road.

CHARLES TRAINOR / Miami Herald

The season started with promise. Come on, admit it. You became a little tipsy, maybe not completely inebriated, with unfettered hope that this was the year the Dolphins were going to make some noise. But, hold up. It's not time to start suffering from a hangover of disappointment. Maybe I'm the one drinking too much of my own punch.

Watching the game against the Jaguars was like oncoming stomach upset. You feel the unnerving grumbling around the second quarter; you know this could become really painful; by the end you're on the ground curled up in a ball. The Jaguars? 

How Much Is Dwyane Wade Worth?

Sep 18, 2015
David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald

Earlier this summer, Miami Heat fans worried shooting guard Dwyane Wade might leave the Magic City.

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