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Towards the end of Game Six we were already dead.

There's no bigger sports story in the nation this week than what Florida Gulf Coast University's team did during the first weekend of the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship.

Josh Ritchie

The sport that Podschweit, Stepanova and the rest of the inaugural Florida International University sand volleyball team will play this spring is a far cry from the bikinis and golden tans that some might have envisioned. For starters, when the NCAA established it as a collegiate sport last year, modest clothing was regulated.

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South Florida may be a source for banned performance-enhancing drugs making their way into major league baseball.

LeBron James is arguably the best player in the NBA. His salary is $17.5 million a year. He's worth much, much more.

"He's getting hosed," says Kevin Grier, an economist from the University of Oklahoma.

James used to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. When he left, the value of the team fell by tens of millions of dollars — and the value of his new team, the Miami Heat, rose by tens of millions. The economists I talked to said James should be making closer to $40 million a year.

Sun Life Stadium

The Miami Dolphins say they're willing to foot most of the bill for a badly needed facelift for Sun Life stadium -- and are hoping state and local funding will supply the rest.  But lingering taxpayer anger over another stadium deal could be hanging over the proposal like a dark cloud.

Kickoff for the BCS championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame happens at 8:30 tonight. But fans from both teams have been showing their colors across Miami and South Florida all weekend.

Check out some of our favorite BCS tweets and trash talk below:

1972 Dolphins: Still Perfect After All These Years

Dec 14, 2012
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The Miami Dolphins will be marking the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest feats in sports history this weekend.

Their perfect season remains intact, and that's cause for celebration.

In 1972, The Dolphins went a flawless 17 and 0 on their way to a title in Super Bowl VII, and four decades later they remain the last NFL team to make it through an entire season unscathed.

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The Miami Marlins' latest moves are striking out with city officials. They're reacting angrily to the team owner's latest plans to dismantle the team.

Five star players are set to be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in what some are calling a fire sale.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Well, the World Series was just a few weeks ago. But already we have a major development for the next baseball season. The Florida Marlins have traded away much of their starting lineup. Got rid of them, traded them in a single deal to the Toronto Blue Jays.

SLIDESHOW: How The Soul Bowl Lost Its Mojo

Nov 13, 2012
Kenny Malone

Last Friday night, the Miami Northwestern Bulls defeated the Miami Jackson Generals 21-13 in one of Miami-Dade's most famous high school football rivalries. Known as the "Soul Bowl," the two historically black schools used to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the old Orange Bowl. But over the last decade or so, the rivalry has been losing steam.

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 The Miami Heat have begun defense of their NBA title in style as South Florida airports continue to deal with the aftermath of Sandy. 

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Is South Florida Super Bowl ready?

The region is a finalist to host the big game, but what will it take to secure that bid?

We explore that issue and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

Marisa Latzman

It's hard to imagine a more completely successful senior year. Here’s Christy Cabrera Chirinos' story in the Sun-Sentinel about how 17-year-old Erin DiMeglio got her homecoming tiara...during halftime. Click the Listen link to hear Phil Latzman's profile of the groundbreaking athlete.

From dreaming of touchdown passes to…sporting a tiara?

Girl Quarterback Turns Heads In Plantation

Oct 3, 2012
Marisa Latzman

A high school senior in Plantation, Florida, is breaking a gender barrier in sports.  

A female quarterback has not only taken to the field, but she's also 
played in a game for her high school's 'tackle' football team. 

It's believed to be the first time that's ever happened in Florida, and the reluctant trailblazer is the real deal. 

It's a typical September Friday night at South Plantation High School.

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