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NBA Finals
7:39 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Time-Sharing Heat Season Tickets Should Come With A Warning

(Left to right) Jan Peltz, Jonathan Peltz, Tamar Soroker, Moish Peltz, Arvin Peltz and Maxine Peltz sit on the living couch watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

    

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. 

But many fans cannot or choose not to shell out the cash it would take to buy season tickets on their own. Like a timeshare, they join informal season ticket pools with colleagues, friends and friends of friends.

Come playoff time, fairly divvying up those tickets can prove challenging.

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Sports
11:22 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

The Miami Heat Are Smarter Than The Other Playoff Teams

Miami Heats guard Ray Allen celebrates after scoring one of four three-pointers in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

By milking the corner three-point shot, the Miami Heat have backed the Indiana Pacers into a corner.

Following Monday night’s 90 to 102 loss, the Pacers find themselves in some troubling company: More than 200 teams have gone down 3-1 in an NBA best-of-seven series, only eight of them have ever come back to win the series.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and the Course of Civil Rights

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03/19/14- Wednesday's Topical Currents: The City of Miami’s Orange Bowl stadium is gone.  The high-tech Marlins stadium is now at the sight.  But it was the venue of many, many impactful games.  Think of the many Orange Bowl classics . . . Or Joe Namath and the Jets winning the Super Bowl . . . The underdog Hurricanes outlasting Nebraska by a point in 1984 . . . Or Dan Marino & Don Shula besting the undefeated Chicago Bears in 1985. But more than 40 years ago, another landmark game was played.

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Boxing
12:27 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Fifty Years Ago, Miami Made Muhammad Ali

Liston and Clay trade jabs.
HistoryMiami

Before basketball, the sport to behold in Miami was boxing. That love of sport captured the imagination well beyond the sunny sands and palm trees. Fifty years ago this week, Charles "Sonny" Liston fought Cassius Clay for the World Heavyweight Championship at the South Beach Convention Center.

The beloved 22-year-old boxer from the 5th St. Gym stepped into this fight as Cassius Clay and people say he emerged as Muhammad Ali.

Go back in time, put on your best outfit and take your place beside the ring:

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Olympics
7:06 am
Thu February 13, 2014

From South Beach To Sochi, Curling Is The New Golf

Nancy Watson, co-founder of the Panthers Curling Club based in Coral Springs, throws a curling 'rock.'
Credit Christine DiMattei

Every Wednesday night, 35-year-old Amy Tejirian takes the long drive from her home in South Beach to the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs.

Once there, she dons some strange gear for someone who lives year-round  in Miami. But the heavy jacket, wool hat and gloves are a must at the rink. Outside, it's a seasonable 70 degrees. Inside, it's so cold, you can see your own breath.

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Futbol vs. Football
10:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

PHOTOS: Beckham Announces Soccer Franchise For Miami

From left to right: Garber, Beckham, Gimenez
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Retired soccer superstar David Beckham announced Wednesday at the Perez Art Museum Miami that he will establish a Major League Soccer franchise in the city. After the sport folded in South Florida in 2001, Beckham will bring back a new team and a new stadium.

Read the full story here.

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Sports
6:59 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Miami Dolphins 'Part Ways' With General Manager Jeff Ireland

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  The Miami Dolphins and general manager Jeff Ireland parted ways on Tuesday afternoon, ending a six-year tenure with the team, including the past four in which he had final say on all personnel decisions.

The Dolphins did not name a replacement. Assistant general manager Brian Gaine and former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli are among possible candidates, though the team did not indicate who would be considered.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Breaking the Line: 1967’s Transformation Orange Blossom Classic Football Game

Samuel Freedman
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12/09/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities.  There were more implications than just a football title.

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Sports
7:19 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Beckham Reportedly Close To Picking Miami For Pro Soccer Franchise

British soccer star David Beckham (middle, front) with teammates.
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David Beckham continues to target Miami for an expansion Major League Soccer team, and talks with investors are “looking very promising,” according to two sources close to the negotiations. But nothing is final, according to a Beckham spokesman and MLS sources.

“We are not ready to announce anything yet, but Miami remains a strong option for us,” said a statement from Beckham’s management group. An Associated Press report out of London on Tuesday saying Beckham had chosen Miami for his MLS team sent local fans and media into a frenzy. But the celebrations were premature.

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Athletics
9:01 am
Wed October 23, 2013

UM President Shalala Lauded For Handling Of NCAA Investigation

University of Miami president Donna Shalala smiles during the second half of the game between the Virginia Cavaliers against the Miami Hurricanes at BankUnited Center in Miami on Feb. 19.
Credit David Santiago / EL NUEVO HERALD

She stands barely five feet tall, but she tackled healthcare and welfare as a member of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet. She played second base for the West Boulevard Annie Oakleys as a kid in Cleveland in the 1950s. She lived in a mud hut and coached soccer in Iran while serving in the Peace Corps in the 1960s.

It should come as no surprise, then, that University of Miami President Donna Shalala — a power-broker they call “Boom Boom” — was unafraid to take on the NCAA over the Nevin Shapiro booster investigation.

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Sports
10:49 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Miami Hurricanes To Lose Scholarships But Avert Bowl Ban

This image from Sept. 2003 video shows Miami booster Nevin Shapiro gesturing on the field at an NCAA college football game between Miami and Florida, in Miami.
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The NCAA delivered what appears to be a gift to the University of Miami on Tuesday in the case involving rogue booster and convicted Ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro.

The Hurricanes football program will lose nine scholarships over a three-year probationary period (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) and will not be penalized another postseason ban. UM basketball will lose three scholarships, one each for the next three years.

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Sports
10:34 am
Tue October 22, 2013

International Swimming Hall Of Fame Is Leaving Broward County

After 50 years by the beach, the International Swimming Hall of Fame plans to close its headquarters and museum when its lease with the city expires in February 2015.
Credit Chuck Fadely / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Johnny Weismuller’s swimsuits will be packed up and moved out of Fort Lauderdale. Mark Spitz’s starting blocks, Jenny Thompson’s medals and Greg Louganis’ memorabilia are also seeking a new home.

RELATED: Is The Swimming Hall Of Fame In Broward Moving To California?

After 50 years by the beach, the International Swimming Hall of Fame plans to close its headquarters and museum when its lease with the city expires in February 2015.

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Sports
2:59 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Miami Jai-Alai Looks To Catch On Again Despite Financial Reality

Jai-Alai players prepare to play a game at the once cultural icon in Miami, Aug. 22, 2013. The Jai-Alai fronton declared bankruptcy earlier this year. Despite the financial restructuring they will continue to entertain with Jai-Alai, concerts, and gambling.
Credit Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Out near the Miami Airport there’s a place that used to be one of the hottest spots in Miami. Imagine the perfect mixture of athletics, spectacle, and speed. Jai-Alai. It’s like handball, only you fling the ball and catch the ball with this basket thing.

But it's also more complicated than that, and dangerous. But the way Jai-Alai attendance is growing, in seven years ,followers say it will eclipse baseball.

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Sports
7:56 am
Mon October 7, 2013

When It Comes To Brain Injury, Authors Say NFL Is In A 'League Of Denial'

Dave Duerson (right), in 1988. Duerson committed suicide in 2011 and wrote a note that included this request: "Please see that my brain is given to the NFL's brain bank."
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Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:41 pm

When the Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, you could argue that no one played a bigger role than Mike Webster. Webster was the Steelers' center, snapping the ball to the quarterback, then waging war in the trenches, slamming his body and helmet into defensive players to halt their rush.

He was a local hero, which is why the city was stunned when his life fell apart. He lost all his money, and his marriage, and ended up spending nights in the bus terminal in Pittsburgh. Webster died of a heart attack, and on Sept. 28, 2002, came the autopsy.

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Sports
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

When Florida Broke The Color Barrier In College Football

Serious on the sidelines.
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If college football,  desegregation and civil rights sound like an unlikely triple option play to you, it certainly didn’t to Samuel G. Freedman.

Freedman has written the book Breaking the Line, which lays out a both tumultuous and triumphant time, when college football became the catalyst for integrating both the sport and the colleges themselves.

The year was 1967, when Florida A&M University and Grambling College of Louisiana played for what was known as the black college championship.

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