Out of the Shark Zone, Jan. 30, 2018

David Beckham to bring MLS to Miami

According to The Sun-Sentinel, after several false starts, retired British soccer superstar David Beckham will bring Major League Soccer to Miami. He will be joined by members of his ownership group to reveal details of this soccer league. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez and City of Miami counterpart Francis Suarez will be part of the ceremony that will take place this week. They have announced their plan to begin playing in the 2020 season at a $225 million, 25,000 seat stadium to be built in Overtown.

Lewis Brinson to play for hometown team, the Marlins.

According to The Sun-Sentinel, Coral Springs native and Miami Marlins’ prize from the Christian Yelich trade last Thursday, Lewis Brinson is excited to play for his hometown team, stating, “I’m really excited to be a part of that in the future, and I think our future is pretty bright.” He also addressed the Miami Marlins’ fans in a teleconference with local reporters Friday, saying, “I think the fans have a lot to be excited for. Obviously, they’re hurt, but I think they’re going to be surprised to see what we have to offer.” He mentioned the anger that fans have regarding the latest roster blowup and the losing seasons the team has had.

Pyeongchang police and military conduct drills ahead of Olympics

According to Local 10 news, Pyeongchang police and military have begun conducting drills to make sure that fans and athletes are safe, especially the North Korean team. Protest of North Korea’s participation is expected, and police are being trained to deal with those protests. In addition, police are being trained to manage hostage situations and bomb threats. The Winter Olympics will start Feb. 9 and will go on through Feb. 25.

Roger Federer to play seventh Australian Open final

Last Friday’s game was the match that moved Federer to his seventh final at the Australian Open when he won the game over South Korean tennis player Hyeon Chung, who retired with a lingering blister issue while training 5-2 in the second set. According to Local 10 news, the hugely popular Swiss player now finds himself in a record with seven Australian Open finals and 30 grand slam finals overall. He shared his excitement in an interview for this turn of events stating that, “…I’m happy to be in the final but not like this. He’s had such a wonderful tournament.”

USA Gymnastics board with deadline to resign

According to Local 10 News, the US Olympic Committee’s CEO has asked all members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors to resign in six days or the board will lose its status as a sports governing body. The members of the board have until Wednesday to resign and an interim board will be placed by Feb. 28. So far, 3 top USA Gymnastics board members resigned last week, but the governing body has 18 more board positions. This decision was made in the wake of a scandal over sexual assault abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who was recently sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

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