sports http://blog.wlrn.org en The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and the Course of Civil Rights http://blog.wlrn.org/post/season-black-college-football-transformed-sport-and-course-civil-rights <div></div><div>03/19/14- Wednesday's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a>: The City of Miami’s&nbsp;Orange Bowl stadium is gone. &nbsp;The high-tech Marlins stadium is now at the sight. &nbsp;But it was the venue of many, many impactful games. &nbsp;Think of the many Orange Bowl classics . . . Or Joe&nbsp;Namath and the Jets winning the Super Bowl . . . The underdog Hurricanes outlasting Nebraska by a point in 1984 . . . Or Dan&nbsp;Marino &amp; Don Shula besting the undefeated Chicago&nbsp;Bears in 1985. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 29450 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and the Course of Civil Rights Fifty Years Ago, Miami Made Muhammad Ali http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fifty-years-ago-miami-made-muhammad-ali <p>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.</p><p>The beloved 22-year-old boxer from the <a href="http://www.5thstgym.com/" target="_blank">5th St. Gym</a> stepped into this fight as Cassius Clay and people say he emerged as Muhammad Ali.</p><p>Go back in time, put on your best outfit and take your place beside the ring:</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:27:24 +0000 Wilson Sayre 28527 at http://blog.wlrn.org Fifty Years Ago, Miami Made Muhammad Ali From South Beach To Sochi, Curling Is The New Golf http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-beach-sochi-curling-new-golf <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Wednesday night, 35-year-old Amy </span>Tejirian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;takes the long drive from her home in South Beach to the </span>Saveology<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iceplex<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Coral Springs.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:06:56 +0000 Christine DiMattei 27821 at http://blog.wlrn.org From South Beach To Sochi, Curling Is The New Golf PHOTOS: Beckham Announces Soccer Franchise For Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/photos-beckham-announces-soccer-franchise-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Retired soccer superstar&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:58:52 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 27496 at http://blog.wlrn.org PHOTOS: Beckham Announces Soccer Franchise For Miami Miami Dolphins 'Part Ways' With General Manager Jeff Ireland http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dolphins-part-ways-general-manager-jeff-ireland <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>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.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:59:18 +0000 Barry Jackson 26167 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Dolphins 'Part Ways' With General Manager Jeff Ireland Breaking the Line: 1967’s Transformation Orange Blossom Classic Football Game http://blog.wlrn.org/post/breaking-line-1967-s-transformation-orange-blossom-classic-football-game <p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 24756 at http://blog.wlrn.org Breaking the Line: 1967’s Transformation Orange Blossom Classic Football Game Beckham Reportedly Close To Picking Miami For Pro Soccer Franchise http://blog.wlrn.org/post/beckham-reportedly-close-picking-miami-pro-soccer-franchise <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">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.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:19:35 +0000 Michelle Kaufman 22876 at http://blog.wlrn.org Beckham Reportedly Close To Picking Miami For Pro Soccer Franchise UM President Shalala Lauded For Handling Of NCAA Investigation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/um-president-shalala-lauded-handling-ncaa-investigation <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:01:53 +0000 Michelle Kaufman 22552 at http://blog.wlrn.org UM President Shalala Lauded For Handling Of NCAA Investigation Miami Hurricanes To Lose Scholarships But Avert Bowl Ban http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-hurricanes-lose-scholarships-avert-bowl-ban <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:49:19 +0000 Susan Miller Degnan 22493 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Hurricanes To Lose Scholarships But Avert Bowl Ban International Swimming Hall Of Fame Is Leaving Broward County http://blog.wlrn.org/post/international-swimming-hall-fame-leaving-broward-county <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">Johnny </span>Weismuller’s<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; "> swimsuits will be packed up and moved out of Fort Lauderdale. Mark Spitz’s starting blocks, Jenny Thompson’s medals and Greg </span>Louganis’<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; "> memorabilia are also seeking a new home.</span></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:34:56 +0000 Linda Robertson 22491 at http://blog.wlrn.org International Swimming Hall Of Fame Is Leaving Broward County Miami Jai-Alai Looks To Catch On Again Despite Financial Reality http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-jai-alai-looks-catch-again-despite-financial-reality <p></p><p>Out near the Miami Airport there&rsquo;s a place that used to be one of the hottest spots in Miami.&nbsp;Imagine the perfect mixture of athletics, spectacle, and speed. Jai-Alai. It&rsquo;s like handball, only you fling the ball and catch the ball with this basket thing.</p><p>But it&#39;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.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:59:58 +0000 Gustavo Solis & Patience Haggin 21962 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Jai-Alai Looks To Catch On Again Despite Financial Reality When It Comes To Brain Injury, Authors Say NFL Is In A 'League Of Denial' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/when-it-comes-brain-injury-authors-say-nfl-league-denial 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.<p>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. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:56:53 +0000 21735 at http://blog.wlrn.org When It Comes To Brain Injury, Authors Say NFL Is In A 'League Of Denial' When Florida Broke The Color Barrier In College Football http://blog.wlrn.org/post/when-florida-broke-color-barrier-college-football <p>If college football, &nbsp;desegregation and civil rights sound like an unlikely triple option play to you, it certainly didn&rsquo;t to Samuel G. Freedman.</p><p>Freedman has written the book <em>Breaking the Line,</em> which lays out a both tumultuous and triumphant time, when college football became the catalyst for integrating both the sport and the colleges themselves.</p><p>The year was 1967, when Florida A&amp;M University and Grambling College of Louisiana played for what was known as the black college championship.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 21595 at http://blog.wlrn.org When Florida Broke The Color Barrier In College Football Baseball's Playoffs Start And So Does A-Rod's Suspension Appeal http://blog.wlrn.org/post/baseballs-playoffs-start-so-does-rods-suspension-appeal 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.<p>There's also news from the seamier side of the sport: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Monday <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/major-league-baseball-alex-rodriguez-arbitration-hearing-to-begin-monday?ymd=20130929&content_id=62119850&vkey=news_mlb" target="_blank">begins his formal appeal</a> of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/05/209114 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:39:56 +0000 Mark Memmott 21380 at http://blog.wlrn.org Baseball's Playoffs Start And So Does A-Rod's Suspension Appeal Highlights From Miami's 1st Annual UK-US Penalty Kick Shootout http://blog.wlrn.org/post/highlights-miamis-1st-annual-uk-us-penalty-kick-shootout <p>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.</p><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/british-are-paying-help-us-find-best-fish-and-chips">Kevin McGurgan challenged me</a> to a “five penalty shoot out” over Twitter in early August, apparently in response to a <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/are-south-floridians-soccer-savvy-or-soccer-snobs">soccer-related story I had written</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 20537 at http://blog.wlrn.org Highlights From Miami's 1st Annual UK-US Penalty Kick Shootout