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Americas
7:59 am
Mon September 9, 2013

In Macho Mexico's Lucha Libre, The 'Lady' Is Often The Champ

Pasión Kristal walks toward the ring in Magdalena Culhuacán, Mexico.
Daniela Herrerías for NPR

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 8:56 pm

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NCAA Football
5:22 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Why The UM Hurricanes And The UF Gators May Go Their Separate Ways

Credit Robert Marve

"Knock, Knock."

"Who's there?"

"Orange."

"Orange who?"

"Orange ya gonna miss it?"

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People
5:21 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

This Mother-Daughter Team Is The Ultimate Miami Marlins Fan Club

Eloise Card of Westwood Lakes watches a Marlins game and chats with her daughter Donna on the phone. The pair have watched every game together for the past four years.

For the past four years, Eloise Card and her daughter Donna Glendenning have watched every Miami Marlins game together, from first pitch to last out — more than 600 and counting. From 34 miles apart.

“If I don’t call her by the first pitch, she’s calling me,” says Glendenning. “She’ll start out the conversation always with, ‘Well, what do you think we’re going to do tonight?’ ”

Card lives in the Westwood Lakes neighborhood of Southwest Miami-Dade, while her daughter lives in Fort Lauderdale. They started watching Marlins games together telephonically in 2009.

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Sports
1:06 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NFL, Retirees Reach $765M Settlement On Concussions Suits

Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:45 pm

The NFL and more than 4,500 retired players have reached an agreement calling for the league to contribute $765 million to a fund that will pay "medical and other benefits, as well as compensation" to those who suffered concussions and related injuries during their careers.

Details of the agreement, which would settle concussion-related lawsuits by former players and still needs a judge's OK, were released by the league early Thursday afternoon.

According to that statement:

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Sports
12:42 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

White House Invite A Last Stamp Of Approval For 1972 Miami Dolphins

Group photo at The White House with President Obama.
Credit @MiamiDolphins on Twitter

President Obama honored the nineteen seventy two world football champion Miami Dolphins at the White House yesterday.

The red carpet came out for arguably one of the greatest sports team ever to compete: they’re the only team to obtain the Lombardi Trophy with a perfect record. It wasn’t until the eighties that presidents began honoring winning sports teams at the White House, which the president quipped about.

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Sports
11:14 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Are South Floridians 'Soccer Savvy' or Soccer Snobs?

Sun Life Stadium during the Real Madrid/Chelsea championship game of the Guinness International Champions Cup
Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

  Last week the attention of the international soccer world was focused on Miami Gardens. Sun Life Stadium hosted the final four matches of the Guinness International Champions Cup, including the championship match in which Real Madrid defeated Chelsea (3-1).

Organizers called it a “perfect-storm” tournament final -- top teams with huge fan bases and international star power, playing for a trophy with a high-profile coaching saga at the center of the match.

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Soccer
8:07 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A Fútbol Fashion Guide From The Guinness International Champions Cup

I challenge anyone to find a creepier picture from Wednesday's ICC matches! Real Madrid fan George Rodriguez hides behind a complimentary cardboard Cristiano Ronaldo mask.
Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

Real Madrid rather convincingly defeated Chelsea 3-1 Wednesday night, claiming the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup at Sun Life Stadium.

A nearly sold-out crowd of 67,273 fans turned up for the two-match card that began with a third-place showdown between the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan (0-2). 

Yes, there was world-class soccer. And yes it was star-studded (Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Milan's Mario Balotelli both scored in there respective matches).

Sports
11:43 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Sun Life Stadium Hosts Major International Soccer Tournament

Real Madrid is one of many high profile teams participating in the upcoming Guinness International Champions Cup at Sunlife Stadium.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Guinness International Champions Cup, a preseason soccer tournament beginning in Spain on July 27, will draw to a close at Sun Life Stadium on August 6 and 7.

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Sports
5:34 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Is It Fair For Baseball To Reject Drugs But Embrace Surgery?

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 season after violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:05 pm

Doping in sports is back in the news and you don't need to be a sports fan to have heard about it. The PBS Newshour devoted a segment to the recent disclosure that Tyson Gay, America's top sprinter and self-declared Mr. Clean, had failed a drug test.

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NBA Championship
6:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

We 'Ain't Got No Worries': The Miami Heat Keep Eyes on The Future

Post-season officially begins with a moment of bliss
Daniel Rivero WLRN

Towards the end of Game Six we were already dead.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Florida Gulf Coast University: This Year's Cinderella Story In 10 Shots

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles mascot picks up an Eagles cheerleader after the team's 81-71 victory against the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:59 pm

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Sports
2:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

FIU Begins Inaugural Season Of Beach -- Scratch That -- Sand Volleyball

FIU begins its inaugural sand volleyball season this month.
Credit Josh Ritchie

The sport that Podschweit, Stepanova and the rest of the inaugural Florida International University sand volleyball team will play this spring is a far cry from the bikinis and golden tans that some might have envisioned. For starters, when the NCAA established it as a collegiate sport last year, modest clothing was regulated.

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Performance-enhancing drugs
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

South Florida May Be Source Of Banned Drugs In Major League Baseball

A pipeline for banned drugs may start in South Florida.
Credit Sean Winters/Flickr

South Florida may be a source for banned performance-enhancing drugs making their way into major league baseball.

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NBA Dreams
4:14 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

At $17.5 Million A Year, LeBron James Is Underpaid

A bargain at $17.5 million a year.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 12:29 pm

LeBron James is arguably the best player in the NBA. His salary is $17.5 million a year. He's worth much, much more.

"He's getting hosed," says Kevin Grier, an economist from the University of Oklahoma.

James used to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. When he left, the value of the team fell by tens of millions of dollars — and the value of his new team, the Miami Heat, rose by tens of millions. The economists I talked to said James should be making closer to $40 million a year.

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Sun Life Stadium
6:37 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Miami Dolphins Ask Taxpayers To Go 'Halfsies' On Stadium Facelift

An artist's rendering of a renovated Sun Life Stadium
Credit Sun Life Stadium

The Miami Dolphins say they're willing to foot most of the bill for a badly needed facelift for Sun Life stadium -- and are hoping state and local funding will supply the rest.  But lingering taxpayer anger over another stadium deal could be hanging over the proposal like a dark cloud.

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