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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.
Credit WFOR /CBS4

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."
AP

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.
Credit www.samuelfreedman.com

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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Doping
10:39 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Baseball's Playoffs Start And So Does A-Rod's Suspension Appeal

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 11:22 am

After a dramatic finish to the regular season that included a no-hitter on the final day and a tie that will force a special elimination game Monday night, Major League Baseball is set to start its playoffs.

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Diplomacy
6:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Highlights From Miami's 1st Annual UK-US Penalty Kick Shootout

WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Kenny Malone shoots a penalty kick against U.K. goalkeeper Shane McKendrick.
Credit British Consulate General in Miami

America, it is with a heavy heart I must confess that I let you down last month. On August 29 at Miami-Dade’s Tropical Park, after nine grueling rounds, I lost a penalty kick shootout to the British Consul General in Miami by a score of 7-6.

Kevin McGurgan challenged me to a “five penalty shoot out” over Twitter in early August, apparently in response to a soccer-related story I had written.

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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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