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Is Miami the worst place to celebrate the MLB All-Star game?

The Miami Marlins owner is an ode to everything that’s distasteful about US sports. He is the least palatable host for baseball’s showcase

For most owners in Major League Baseball, hosting the All-Star festivities this week would be a source of immense pride and a chance to show off their organization and city to a watching nation.

But for the Miami Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, the mid-season showcase of baseball’s best talent is little more than a lucrative open house as he looks to secure a billion dollar profit on his $158.2m purchase of the team in 2002. Many in the city will see any sale as a merciful ending to his tenure in Miami.

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‘This is our last chance’ says Beckham group ahead of MLS Miami stadium vote

Former England skipper now has $500m investment in place, but still needs local approval on the stadium plot required to secure MLS franchise

David Beckham’s protracted bid to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami now rests on the fate of a small plot of disused, contaminated, county-owned land.

Tim Leiweke, Beckham’s top negotiator, this week told residents in the Overtown district where it plans to build a 25,000-seat arena “this is the last chance to get a stadium or soccer team”.

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How the Heat got hot: the secrets to Miami’s incredible turnaround

With 23 wins in 28 games, Miami has surged back into playoff contention after sitting 11-30. Chris Smith reports on a remarkable NBA turnaround

“We just wanted our games to matter,” said Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra before last week’s thrashing of the Toronto Raptors, which earned his team a 21st victory in 25 games.

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Death of a dynasty: the avoidable end of Miami Heat’s Big Three era

Dwyane Wade is a Chicago Bull, leaving the Miami Heat after 13-years. But like LeBron James’ decision to head home in 2014, it did not have to end this way

Successful eras come and go in sports, and with the promise of free agency riches, soaring salary caps and the clash of egos when it comes to contracts, dynasties are harder than ever to maintain.

With the shock departure of franchise cornerstone Dwyane Wade, who has agreed a two-year deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls, Miami’s fabled Big Three of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh has been reduced to one, with serious doubts over whether the latter will ever play professionally again.

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Why Miami made David Beckham work hard for his MLS stadium dream

The former LA Galaxy star is ‘closer than ever’ to an MLS team, but Miami’s complex politics ensured Beckham’s grand design was anything but a tap-in

When David Beckham rolled into Miami in February 2014, promising and expecting the world, he probably didn’t foresee 22 months elapsing without a home for his planned MLS expansion franchise.

After a protracted struggle, which involved four publicly floated locations, objections from cruise lines, ludicrous demands from private landowners and calls to build a high school at the stadium, the former England captain finally has a venue in place.

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David Beckham reaches agreement to build new MLS stadium in Miami

Initial deal with city officials could see 25,000-seat arena next door to Marlins arena, described by Beckham partner Marcelo Claure as ‘the moment of truth’

David Beckham’s proposed Miami MLS franchise plans to play its home games in a brand new stadium on the former site of the city’s famous Orange Bowl.

During a meeting with local officials on Friday, partners of the former England skipper reached an initial agreement for a privately funded 25,000-seater arena, next door to the Miami Marlins’ baseball park.

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David Luiz all smiles after Brazils friendly win over Colombia

Match report: Brazil 1-0 Colombia New-look Brazil side put World Cup woes in the past Captain Neymar improving every day, says David LuizA stunning free-kick in the 83rd minute by the returning Neymar gave a revamped Brazil a 1-0 friendly victory over…

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The morning after: Miami knows it’s better to have LeBron-ed and lost

Heat fans applaud Cavaliers-bound star as franchise president salutes ‘fantastic leader, athlete, team-mate and person’ LeBron James announces switch to Cavaliers Hunter Felt: LeBron’s decision changes NBA landscape Continue reading…