El Clasico

Picking an Argentina and Croatia Combined XI Ahead of the Group D Clash on Thursday

Argentina vs. Croatia will showcase some obscene talent on Thursday, as the two sides go head to head to take control of Group D.<p>Picking the combined …

Soccer

Florida Panthers trade for talented scorer ... and potential mess; plus 6 Dolphins on Fantasy Top 200 list, why we should forgive Phil Mickelson, new Back In My Day video & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20.</i> <i>Delight the</i> <i>Dolfans in your life with the perfect anytime-gift:</i> …

Fantasy Football

Messi Walks Better Than Most Players Run

In the 12 years since he became the youngest Argentine to score a World Cup goal, Lionel Messi has won more Ballon d’Or trophies, awarded to the …

Soccer

Why was Spain manager Julen Lopetegui sacked before World Cup 2018, who is the new Real Madrid boss, and did he almost manage Wolves?

SPAIN headed into the World Cup as one of the tournament favourites, but now their preparations have been thrown into disarray by the sacking of …

FIFA World Cup

Vladimir Putin proves he can play genial host as Russia profit in World Cup's El Gasico

This was not christened El Gasico for nothing. Just hours before a World Cup curtain-raiser long on petrodollars but short on enchantment, Vladimir Putin had met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to thrash out the finer details of an oil pact. To judge by their joshing, grinning exchanges behind a …

Russia

Andres Iniesta is a genius, and we should cherish our last World Cup with him

The Spain midfielder is playing in his final World Cup. Let’s remember his greatness.<p>If you wanted to understand Andres Iniesta’s greatness through any one game, there are plenty of supreme performances to choose from.<p>When Iniesta helped Barcelona beat Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League …

Soccer

The NFL's Biggest Soccer Fan

Most NFL teams concluded their minicamps Thursday, a few hours after the 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russia with the home country registering a 5-0 …

Football (U.S.)

World Cup Day 1 awards: The 48-team World Cup is definitely a good idea

Russia enjoyed a big win over Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup. Let’s hand out some awards.<p>The World Cup got underway Thursday, as …

Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018: Croatia Preview

REUTERS/Antonio Bronic<p>The perennial international tournament dark horses, Croatia, are back again to upset your brackets.<p>Blessed with enough talented …

Soccer

Lopetegui's sacking will not heal division among Spain's rival stars

Spain managers are hired to bind together Barcelona and Real Madrid's warring stars... Julen Lopetegui's move to the Bernabeu broke that code but his …

Soccer

World Cup, Group D preview: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

<b>Argentina:</b> For whatever reason, be they Real Madrid fans or just sadists, many critics say the best player in the world just won’t be allowed his …

Soccer

Why Spain World Cup 2018 bid won't be derailed by bitter club rivalries

Rio Ferdinand revealed that club rivalries destroyed the spirit within previous England camps, while Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have admitted …

Soccer

Miami will be World Cup host because these two men shared a dream and determination

This was Joe Robbie's ahead-of-its-time dream in the 1980s, a vision nurtured and carried forward this decade by Stephen Ross. On Wednesday, more …

Sports

With USA out of the World Cup, here are teams Americans should root for at Russia 2018

There will be 32 teams to choose from, but here are your best options<p>For the millions of fans of the U.S. men's national team, the 2018 World Cup in …

Sports

Venting and lamenting the USMNT’s World Cup absence

Maybe it’s the fact that the night’s already surreal, with the American and North Korean leaders holding a historic meeting and the common bond being …

Soccer

Sony plans new initiatives for World Cup fans

With less than a week for the much-awaited kickoff to the FIFA World Cup, the official broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) announced a host of …

FIFA World Cup

Iniesta warns Spain of Ronaldo danger at World Cup

The ex-Barcelona midfielder is wary of facing the Real Madrid forward when La Roja begin their tournament against Portugal on June 15<p>Andres Iniesta has warned Spain of the danger of facing Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in their opening game at the 2018 World Cup.<p>Spain begin their tournament …

Soccer

Ramos: Lionel Messi pressured referee in El Clasico

Sunday's El Clasico was a heated occasion and the defender thinks Barca's talisman tried to influence the referee by pressuring him<p>Real Madrid …

Soccer

Is Comcast making it hard to watch European soccer to help NBC Sports? The beIN sports network says yes

On many Saturdays, general manager Stephanie Henry opens the Fado Irish Pub in Center City at 7 a.m. for a crush of screaming, quaffing soccer fans …

Media Industry

Latest Hot Button Top 10 (updated): See if World Cup or Phil's meltdown made No. 1 and what else falls where; plus Father's Day, our Sunday column, your no-USA verdict, 4-Man Outfield (updated) & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's MONDAY, JUNE 18. Hope it was a Happy Father's Day for all of my fellow padres out</i> …

Sports

Zidane's Real tenure was historic, but benefitted from luck and good timing

One of the toughest things to do in life is to quit while you're ahead. On Thursday, Zinedine Zidane did just that, sweeping Manhattan-sized stacks …

Soccer

GOAL! Miami will host World Cup matches in 2026, and here's why. My new column; plus our continuing quixotic campaign to get Schnellenberger into College Football Hall of Fame, me on LeBatard psychiatrist's couch & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13. If you missed it from last week's LeBatard Show, here's one</i> …

Sports

Forbes' 100 richest athletes: Five with Miami ties make it and here's who they are; plus Marlins 25th Anniversary weekend, R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain, me rapping 'California Love,' in search of Dolphins' Grand Plan & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's SATURDAY, JUNE 9. Stunned to hear that chef and travel host Anthony Bourdain, 61</i> …

List-Worthy

Latest Hot Button Top 10 (updated): See who wins tightly contested fight for No. 1 (surprise!) and what else falls where; plus my Sunday column on Marlins' 25th Anniversary and Jeter's obligation to heal, The List (worst Marlins seasons) & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's MONDAY, JUNE 11. Not yet heard it? Click Cote Does California Love to hear me</i> …

Sports

In search of Dolphins' elusive Grand Plan. My new column; plus how Trump hijacked NFL anthem protest cause, The List (NBA Finals sweeps), LeBron Summer Sweepstakes & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's FRIDAY, JUNE 8. Happy to be on this morning talking Miami sports with my old</i> …

Sports

LeBron picks his landing spot. (Maybe). Our latest column; plus how does no U.S. team affect your interest in 2018 World Cup? Last day to vote in poll; also, ranking WC teams by talent, Will Ferrell's Harry Caray on '97 Marlins World Series & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's SATURDAY, JUNE 16. Had a great time at this week's 790 The Ticket event, Dan</i> …

Sports

LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan. Agree? Poll. Last day to vote!; plus moral reckoning in sports (my new column), your NBA Finals verdict on who WILL win and who you WANT, The List (NBA title droughts), where 2 Canes are slotted in Draft & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's SATURDAY, JUNE 2. Welcome, June. So good to see you again. What's it been, a</i> …

Basketball

Latest Hot Button Top 10 (updated): See who's No. 1 and what else falls where; plus Dolphins Beef-O-Meter (Parker vs. Chambers), latest Sunday column (moral reckoning in sports), your verdict on LeBron vs. Michael, 4-Man Outfield & more

<b>GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.</b><p><i>1) It's MONDAY, JUNE 4. Delight the</i> <i>Dolfans in your life with the perfect anytime-gift:</i> …

Sports

Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid head coach after third Champions League title

Zinedine Zidane has resigned from his position at Real Madrid after three years in charge and his third Champions League title.<p>The former Real, …

Soccer

ZINEDINE ZIDANE QUITS! Real Madrid rocked as he walks out five days after Champions League glory

ZINEDINE ZIDANE QUITS! Real Madrid rocked as manager walks out just five days after sealing hat-trick of Champions League trophies<p><b>Zinedine Zidane has</b> …

Soccer