Deirdra Funcheon
Jan 25, 2023 - News

New pro cycling league will launch with Miami Beach race

Cyclists whiz by in this blurred image

Austrian cyclist Verena Eberhardt — pictured racing at a velodrome in 2018 — is on the Miami Nights team of the National Cycling League. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

A new professional cycling league is trying to revolutionize the sport with co-ed teams and closed-circuit course races through major cities, starting in Miami Beach.

What's happening: The National Cycling League announced on Tuesday its inaugural race will take place in Miami Beach on April 8, followed by races later this spring and fall in Atlanta, Denver and Washington, D.C.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 17, 2023 - Sports

After playoff elimination, Miami Dolphins look forward

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill runs after a catch versus the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills were too much for the Dolphins on Sunday. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

After playing their hearts out Sunday but losing 34-31 to the Bills, the Dolphins head into the off-season with a lot to consider for the upcoming year.

Catch up fast: The underdog Fins rallied back from a 17-point deficit behind big defensive stops and rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson, who played the game of his life in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa.

Deirdra Funcheon
Jan 13, 2023 - News

Former NFL star twins open new distillery in Miami

A pink room has a bar at the center

Photo: Courtesy of Tropical Distillers

Twin brothers and retired NFL stars Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have opened a new distillery in Allapattah.

Driving the news: Tropical Distillers, at 2141 N.W. 10th Ave., is an 8,000-square-foot space with a pink tasting room, a 30-seat cocktail bar and a gift shop.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 11, 2023 - Sports

Judge ends Miami-Dade's naming rights deal with FTX over Heat arena

An aerial view of FTX Arena, where the Miami Heat play, shows FTX signage on the roof of the downtown Miami stadium.

The building formerly known as the FTX Arena. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Miami-Dade County is finally cutting ties with FTX, the disgraced cryptocurrency exchange that has owned the naming rights to the Miami Heat arena for roughly two years.

Driving the news: A federal bankruptcy judge yesterday terminated the sponsorship agreement between FTX and Miami-Dade County, which owns the downtown arena, the Miami Herald reports.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 11, 2023 - Sports

Quarterback questions linger ahead of Miami Dolphins' playoff game

Dolphins quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater sit on the bench during a game.

Dolphins quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa (right) and Teddy Bridgewater sit on the bench during Miami's Dec. 25 game. Photo: John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The Dolphins are heading to the playoffs for the first time in six years, but questions remain over which quarterback will play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Driving the news: Starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a concussion in a Christmas Day game, had yet to be cleared to practice as of Monday evening after missing the team's last two games.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 6, 2023 - Sports

A curse or ping pong? Fans wonder what's behind the Dolphins' downturn

New England Patriots DL Deatrich Wise Jr. slams into Miami Dolphins QB Skylar Thompson, moments after Thompson threw the ball away.

Keep your heads up, Fins fans. Photo: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

It's looking like the Dolphins may nosedive their way through another disappointing season — a fall from grace for a team considered a potential Super Bowl contender just two months ago.

  • The Fins' decline has left fans wondering whether something sinister and otherworldly is at play.
Deirdra Funcheon
Jan 6, 2023 - News

FTX seeks to cancel Miami Heat arena deal

A sign saying FTX is above glass doors at the Miami Heat's arena

FTX Arena. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX says it wants out of the $135 million deal giving it naming rights to the arena where the Miami Heat play.

Driving the news: FTX's lawyers filed a motion last week seeking to end its 19-year naming rights agreement with Miami-Dade County, which owns the stadium, along with more than 20 other marketing deals, the Miami Herald reports.

Deirdra Funcheon
Jan 5, 2023 - News

Florida cyclist Leo Rodgers suffers neck fracture in Miami crash

A man with one leg stands in front of a bicycle and wall with bike tire rims.

Leo Rodgers. Photo: Courtesy of Watts Dixon

A Florida cyclist who's inspired many in his biking journey after losing his leg is now recovering from a recent accident in Miami that left him with a broken neck and paralysis.

What's happening: Leo Rodgers — who nicknamed himself "The Black Flamingo" — was hospitalized the week before Christmas after he was hit by an SUV while biking to work, according to Crust Bikes co-owner Angelica Casaverde, who's organizing a GoFundMe for Rodgers' recovery.


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