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Donno's Top 3: World Cup 2026 Will Be LIT

Alex Donno
June 14, 2018 - 12:36 pm
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The sports news cycle never stops. Here are the top three things you need to know this week. 

1- The United States, Canada, and Mexico won their bid to host the 2026 World Cup! It might be eight years away, but I give you permission to start getting excited about World Cup matches probably... almost certainly... coming to Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. As reported by Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald, Miami is expected to be one of the host venues for the Cup. It certainly helps that newly elected U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro is a Miami native. I was 10 years old back in 1994 when the World Cup last came to the USA. That time, Miami wasn't a host city because Joe Robbie Stadium was occupied by the Florida Marlins. This time, the stars will align for South Florida. My infant son will be 8 years old in 2026 and I cannot wait to take him to some games. 

2- The Los Angeles Lakers are now considered the favorite to land LeBron James this summer. LA leads the pack with -130 odds. His current team, Cleveland, are fourth on the list at +600. Our Miami Heat are considered a longshot at +3000, down to ninth on the list according to The Action Network. Dwyane Wade said he expects LeBron's decision "to be more about lifestyle than basketball" and the odds for the Lakers seem to reflect that. Even if LeBron brings Paul George or Chris Paul with him to the Lakers, are they better than Golden State? Probably not. But if LeBron is thinking primarily about his other career as an entertainment mogul and about the comfort of his family, it's hard to do better than Hollywood. 

3- It's the second week of mandatory minicamp for the Miami Dolphins, and all eyes and ears are on quarterback Ryan Tannehill as he returns from the left knee injury that cost him nearly a year and a half of football. In contrast to what his former teammate Jarvis Landry had to say this week, here's what Dolphins head coach Adam Gase offered when asked if this is looking like "Ryan Tannehill's team" again. 

“You see that he jumped right back in there and guys were rallying around him and ready to go," Gase said. "He’s got good rapport with those skill guys. Those guys are around each other a lot in the offseason when we’re not. Those guys seem to be pretty close and they’re working well together and I know those guys are pushing each other.”