Well, Here's Erik Spoelstra Singing "Billie Jean"

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Will Shane Battier's annual Miami Heat-centric celebrity karaoke event ever reach the heights of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James singing a duet of a Michael Jackson song again? Maybe not, but this year's edition, which went down last night at the Fillmore Miami Beach, did feature a King of Pop duet as a highlight. This time, however, it was coach Erik Spoelstra and his girlfriend Nikki Sapp taking on "Billie Jean."

See also: Watch LeBron Sing Ne-Yo and Shane Battier Sing "Baby One More Time"

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As Formula E Comes to Miami, Critics Question Whether Electric Race Is Really Green

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The all-electric Formula E race series comes to Miami March 14.
Electricity surges through a spinning blue Earth. A wind turbine whirs majestically under a perfect puffy cloud. A girl runs her hand through a wheat field bathed in golden light. And a sleek racecar is unveiled as engines rev and fans scream. "The race to the future," a faraway voice announces, "is about to start."

That's the way Formula E, an all-electric spinoff of the madly popular Formula 1 car racing series that's coming to downtown Miami March 14, sells itself: ecological, graceful, and ahead of the curve. That hype has attracted international television deals for a tour of ten high-profile cities, celebrity backers -- including Leonardo DiCaprio -- and big-name drivers.

But not everyone is so impressed. Even before the first tire hits Biscayne Boulevard, Formula E has inspired myriad criticism. Residents who remember the old Miami Grand Prix are unhappy that a major part of downtown will be closed off for a full day on a busy weekend. A local electric-racing champion says the series opted for flash over sustainable design. And public-space advocates balk at organizers' presentation of the race as a triumph of the green movement.

"There's nothing green about it," says Peter Ehrlich Jr., a local environmentalist. "How do you justify calling something green and then applying to destroy a five-acre waterfront site?"

See also: Mayor Regalado Pushes for Formula E to Stay in Miami

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Sun Life Stadium to Bid for 2018, 2020 College Football Championship Games

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Renderings of updates to Sun Life Stadium
Sun Life Stadium is undergoing a major face-lift, with the goal of remaining one of the nation's go-to spots for hosting major sporting events. Before the Dolphins organization gets to bid for another Super Bowl, the stadium's first major test will be bidding for the 2018 and 2020 College Football Playoff (CFP) championship games.

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Ten Reasons Miami Still Loves Chris Bosh

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Normally, being told that Chris Bosh would miss the rest of a season would be tough enough for Heat fans to stomach but when we all heard earlier this week exactly why he would be done playing, it completely broke our hearts. What at first seemed like a precautionary trip to the hospital to check out some soreness, turned into a frightening diagnosis nobody expected. This was no cracked-rib or pulled abdomen muscle -- Bosh had developed blood clots in his lungs.

Luckily, one of the perks of being an NBA player is that you're constantly surrounded by people looking after your health. Bosh's issue was caught quickly, and after clutch-treatment, reports are he is to be close to being released from the hospital. What has been a tough time for Bosh, his family, and his fans, could have been a lot worse. Now that it seems like everything is under control health-wise with Chris Bosh, we can all breath a sigh of relief knowing that one of Miami's favorite sports personalities people ever, should be OK.

Consider this our get-well card, Bosh.

See also: Chris Bosh Hospitalized, Lungs Tested for Pulmonary Embolism

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Mayor Regalado Pushes for Formula E to Stay in Miami

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Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Mayor Tomás Regalado (center) with Formula E representatives in October 2014.
Formula E, the new, all-electric spinoff of the Formula 1 car-racing series, is coming to Miami in a couple of weeks, when the Miami ePrix will take over Biscayne Boulevard.

But the series could be here to stay. At today's city commission meeting, Mayor Tomás Regalado will introduce a resolution proposing Miami as a site for the next five years. "I was proud that I was very instrumental in bringing Formula E to Miami," Regalado tells New Times.

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Dolphins Release Epic New Renderings of Sun Life Stadium Upgrades

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The Miami Dolphins have released the most detailed look yet at what exactly all these upgrades to Sun Life Stadium will entail. In addition to things like a roof and new HD lighting, there will also be revamped concourses, new bar and restaurant areas, and in-stadium couches and arm chairs.

See also: Dolphins Reach Stadium Upgrade Deal: Up To $5 Million a Year in Event "Finder's Fees"

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Chris Bosh Hospitalized, Lungs Tested for Pulmonary Embolism

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Good news never seems to last long for the Miami Heat these days. Just hours after celebrating the news that the team had landed its best point guard since the heyday of Tim Hardaway, fans learned that superstar Chris Bosh had been hospitalized for some very serious tests.

Doctors in Miami have reportedly screened Bosh for a pulmonary embolism -- in layman's terms, a blood clot in the lungs.

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Miami Heat Gets Goran Dragic From Suns For Granger, Hamilton and Two First-Round Draft Picks (Updated)

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Goran Dragic (right)
Apparently, Pat Riley thinks Goran Dragic is the man to turn this Heat season around. According to numerous reports, the Miami Heat has traded Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton, Danny Granger, and two first-round picks to the Phoenix Suns for the Slovenian star. Norris Cole was shipped to New Orleans in a separate deal for John Salmons.

Update: The Heat has also obtained Goran's brother, Zoran, which is sort of like signing Kourtney to get Kim, but oh well.

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The Miami Marlins Will Actually Be Fun to Watch This Year

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Spring training is just around the corner, and in case you've tuned out this off-season, your hometown Miami Marlins might just be worth watching this year. Really!

The Fish made a few small splashes in free agency, tinkered with the roster a bit via some trades, and signed their best player, Giancarlo Stanton, to a contract that keeps him in Little Havana for a long time. Yes, Jeffrey Loria still owns the franchise, but there are plenty of reasons to tune in this year.

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Former Panthers Star Steve Montador Dies Suddenly at 35

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Steve Montador, age 35, was found dead in his home.
Steve Montador played three seasons of his decadelong NHL career with the Florida Panthers, including his career-best year during 2007 and '08, when he scored eight goals and racked up 15 assists.

The former defenseman was found dead early Sunday morning at this home in Mississauga, Ontario. Montador, who was only 35 and one month away from becoming a first-time father, suffered from repeated concussions as a player and was set to join a class-action suit against the NHL for the injuries.

See also: Dave Duerson's secret life and tragic end

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