Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku

Jul 11, 2014
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LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat and join the Cleveland Cavaliers has left plenty of South Floridians with mixed feelings.

WLRN and the Miami Herald held a poetry contest welcoming James to Miami. Now it's time to say goodbye.

Would you like to say goodbye to LeBron James in a haiku? Submit your three lines through the Public Insight Network.

Serge Toussaint Paints "Queen" Over LeBron's Blacked-Out Face

Jul 11, 2014
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Clevelanders burned their LeBron James jerseys. Miamians blacked his face out of a mural.

Roughly a couple hours after announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James' face was blacked out from a Serge Toussaint mural of the Miami Heat in Midtown.

“It really hurts me to see people vandalizing my artwork, but at the same time I understand where they’re coming from,” says Toussaint.

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.

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.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: 'I'm Coming Home'

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David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.

But while the two sides haggle over a site, the Miami Herald 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.

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.



All right, we're introducing you to a new word today. It's Portunol. It's a language - well, sort of. It's a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese and it is how many Spanish-speaking fans at the World Cup are communicating with their Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian cousins. The results are not always pretty. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has this reporter's notebook on South America's great language divide.


For six years, Little Haiti residents have been waiting for Emmanuel “Manno” Sanon Soccer Park, known as Little Haiti Soccer Park, to live up to its promise for neighborhood kids.

Many believed the $36.9 million park, built in 2008 and named after a renowned Haitian soccer player, would host a year-round youth soccer program. A newly formed youth soccer league is looking to fill that void.

The only consistent youth sports program at soccer park is a pee-wee American football team, Little Haiti Optimist.

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From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.

That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international fútbol really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.

Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.

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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. So the marketing team at the athletics department tried something a little unconventional: They created an ad calling on fans to "GO TO FEWER GAMES."

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Do Brazilians still care about soccer?

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.

But check out this poll result just before the World Cup started last week in Brazil: A majority of Brazilians said they were not happy about hosting international soccer’s biggest event.

That’s because Brazil’s World Cup preparations were such an embarrassment. And because the Cup’s billion-dollar cost overruns are such a source of anger for Brazilians right now.

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David Beckham's stadium is yet to find a home in South Florida -- and Major League Soccer officials are kicking aside locations that aren't in downtown Miami.

MLS recently rejected the proposal to build Beckham's stadium next to Marlins Park, the former Orange Bowl site. MLS president Mark Abbott says the stadium needs to be downtown to be successful, the Miami Herald reports. But six years ago, MLS seriously considered the former Orange Bowl location.

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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.

As part of the deal, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has agreed to spend $350 million to upgrade the Miami Gardens stadium.

The commission voted 7-4 in favor of the deal.

The Dolphins would get a share of the 3 percent tax charged for local hotel stays.

For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity

Jun 16, 2014
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For Silvina Di Pietro cheering for her national team is one of the best ways to support her country.  

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.

“Argentina is one of the most beloved, devoted people that love soccer,” she says. “For us it's like a religion."

She says soccer is the world’s No. 1 sport, and the best thing about it is it brings people together.  

When The Heat Fall... On Photographers

Jun 13, 2014

The Miami Heat fell to the San Antonio Spurs in this 2014 NBA Finals, after winning only one game in the seven-game series. Despite the definitive loss, one group may be relieved: the courtside photographers who won't have to feel the weight of falling players for a while.

If you've seen a handful of games, you may have witnessed a basketball player trip, jump or slide off court and onto a nearby photographer (or sometimes fan). Below, read about what it's like to be on the ground when that happens.



The search continues for a soccer stadium in Miami. The City of Miami tells David Beckham he cannot build on a bay front boat slip.  

But the beautiful game kicks off its quadrennial contest.  Has Brazil’s confidence on and off the field jeopardized success of the World Cup? And the Heat’s season is in jeopardy after losing two in a row to the Spurs.

International Tweeters Use Hashtag To Protest The World Cup

Jun 12, 2014

Tweeters, mainly in Spain and Latin America, are using the hashtag #NoVoyABrasilPorque to state why they're not going to -- and some boycotting -- Brazil for the World Cup. The users are mainly protesting Brazil’s economic preference toward the tournament than many of its social issues.