sports http://blog.wlrn.org en LeBron's Move In 9 Haikus http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lebrons-move-9-haikus <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We read your haiku</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about </span>LeBron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> James leaving.</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thanks for the poems.</span></p><p>In 2010, WLRN and the Miami Herald <a href="http://https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/source/en/insight/ab68f13c0931/lebron-james-poetry-contest">collected poems</a> to welcome the arrival of LeBron James to the Miami Heat. It's fitting to say goodbye to one of the Heat's celebrated players in verse again.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:23:16 +0000 Stefania Ferro 35529 at http://blog.wlrn.org LeBron's Move In 9 Haikus Burger Formerly Known As "Bron" Is Now "Gone" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/burger-formerly-known-bron-now-gone <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A local restaurant called </span>OneBurger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Coral Gables created the </span>Bron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Burger back when </span>LeBron<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;James first announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.</span></p><p>The ingredients are listed on a big sign on the wall:</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:53:51 +0000 Carla Javier 35552 at http://blog.wlrn.org Burger Formerly Known As "Bron" Is Now "Gone" The LeBron James Story Has Always Been A Tale Of Two Cities http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lebron-james-story-has-always-been-tale-two-cities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LeBron is gone but we will always have Julia Tuttle.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:07:44 +0000 Kenny Malone 35505 at http://blog.wlrn.org The LeBron James Story Has Always Been A Tale Of Two Cities Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku http://blog.wlrn.org/post/say-goodbye-lebron-james-haiku <p></p><p>LeBron James' <a href="http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers">decision to leave the Miami Heat</a> and join the Cleveland Cavaliers has left plenty of South Floridians with mixed feelings.</p><p>WLRN and the Miami Herald held a poetry contest welcoming James to Miami. Now it's time to say goodbye.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:18:08 +0000 Stefania Ferro 35402 at http://blog.wlrn.org Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku Serge Toussaint Paints "Queen" Over LeBron's Blacked-Out Face http://blog.wlrn.org/post/serge-toussaint-paints-queen-over-lebrons-blacked-out-face <p>Clevelanders burned their&nbsp;LeBron&nbsp;James jerseys. Miamians blacked his face out of a mural.</p><p>Roughly a couple hours after announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James' face was blacked out from a Serge Toussaint&nbsp;mural of the Miami Heat in Midtown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It really hurts me to see people vandalizing my artwork, but at the same time I understand where they’re coming from,” says&nbsp;</span>Toussaint.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:06:08 +0000 Constanza Gallardo & Selima Hussain 35403 at http://blog.wlrn.org Serge Toussaint Paints "Queen" Over LeBron's Blacked-Out Face LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lebron-james-will-return-cleveland-cavaliers 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.<p>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.<p><strong>Update at 12:45 p.m. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35392 at http://blog.wlrn.org LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium http://blog.wlrn.org/post/david-beckham-wants-talk-broward-county-about-stadium <p>David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.</p><p>But while the two sides haggle over a site, the <em>Miami Herald</em> 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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:06:22 +0000 John O'Connor 35017 at http://blog.wlrn.org David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil http://blog.wlrn.org/post/rivalry-spanish-speakers-flood-portuguese-speaking-brazil Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>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.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: At this World Cup, the soccer has been amazing. The parties have been epic. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:02:17 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 34911 at http://blog.wlrn.org Soccer Club Provides Outlet For Little Haiti Teens, Energizes Community http://blog.wlrn.org/post/soccer-club-provides-outlet-little-haiti-teens-energizes-community <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">For six years,&nbsp;Little Haiti residents have been waiting for Emmanuel </span>“Manno”<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; "> </span>Sanon<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; "> Soccer Park, known as Little Haiti Soccer Park, to live up to its promise for neighborhood kids.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:28:11 +0000 Nadege Green 34864 at http://blog.wlrn.org Soccer Club Provides Outlet For Little Haiti Teens, Energizes Community The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout http://blog.wlrn.org/post/su-rez-scandal-why-uruguay-should-banish-luis-lout <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.</span></p><p>That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international <em>fútbol </em>really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.</p><p>Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:17:21 +0000 Tim Padgett 34631 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout Canes Marketing Encourages Fans To "Go To Fewer Games" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/canes-marketing-encourages-fans-go-fewer-games <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the marketing team at the athletics department tried something a little unconventional: They created <a href="http://caneswatch.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/06/06/in-new-ad-miami-hurricanes-tell-fans-to-go-to-fewer-games/" target="_blank">an ad calling on fans to "GO TO FEWER GAMES."</a></span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:00:17 +0000 Carla Javier 34301 at http://blog.wlrn.org Canes Marketing Encourages Fans To "Go To Fewer Games" Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-brazilians-worship-soccer-and-why-their-leaders-cant-hide-behind-it-anymore <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do Brazilians still care about soccer?</span></p><p>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.</p><p>But check out this poll result just before the World Cup started last week in Brazil: A majority of Brazilians said they were <em>not </em>happy about hosting international soccer’s biggest event.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:11 +0000 Tim Padgett 34124 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore Beckham's Stadium Still Homeless: Major League Soccer Rejects Marlins Park Location http://blog.wlrn.org/post/beckhams-stadium-still-homeless-major-league-soccer-rejects-marlins-park-location <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David Beckham's stadium is yet to find a home in South Florida -- and Major League Soccer officials are kicking aside&nbsp;locations that aren't in downtown Miami.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:27:04 +0000 Selima Hussain 34080 at http://blog.wlrn.org Beckham's Stadium Still Homeless: Major League Soccer Rejects Marlins Park Location Miami-Dade County Approves Deal To Subsidize Stadium Renovations http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-county-approves-deal-subsidize-stadium-renovations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>As part of the deal, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has agreed to spend $350 million to upgrade the Miami Gardens stadium.</p><p>The commission voted 7-4 in favor of the deal.</p><p>The Dolphins would get a share of the 3 percent tax charged for local hotel stays.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:19:20 +0000 John O'Connor 34087 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade County Approves Deal To Subsidize Stadium Renovations For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-floridian-soccer-fans-world-cup-about-unity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For </span>Silvina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Di </span>Pietro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">cheering for her national team is one of the best ways to support her country. &nbsp;</span></p><p>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.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:50:59 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 34004 at http://blog.wlrn.org For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity