© Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

WQAM Headlines: FOOTBALL IS COMING, MLS Soccer A Step Closer To Miami, Kawhi Gets Dealt

Alex Donno
July 19, 2018 - 12:56 pm

It's been a great week for headlines on the gridiron, hardwood and on the pitch. 

The voters will get to decide the fate of David Beckham and Jorge Mas' soccer stadium. On Wednesday, Miami City commissioners voted 3-2 to pass the referendum for a November 6th vote to approve a no-bid lease for Beckham and his partners to build their stadium over 73-acres of Melreese Country Club. Mas revealed this week that they need to start construction on a stadium by October of 2019 to avoid defaulting on their agreement with MLS. This commission vote brings us one step closer to MLS soccer in South Florida. The team plans to debut in 2020. They'll play their games in a temporary site for one season before their stadium opens in 2021. That's the plan, anyway. 

Dolphins and Hurricanes training camps are right around the corner. The Miami Dolphins will begin training camp in Davie next Thursday, July 26th. Fans will get their first look at Ryan Tannehill in team drills since he re-injured his left knee last August. Tannehill is cleared to practice with no restrictions. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will begin fall camp in the first week of August. Head coach Mark Richt announced on Wednesday that Malik Rosier is the starting quarterback. So, the only QB competition happening at the Greentree Practice Fields in Coral Gables will be for the backup job. Redshirt freshmen N'Kosi Perry, Cade Weldon and true freshman Jarren Williams will compete to be Rosier's understudy. 

Kawhi Leonard has been traded. The suspense is over, as the San Antonio Spurs have dealt disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan. On paper, it's a good deal for both teams. The Spurs knew Leonard intended to leave next summer for nothing, so they were able to get an all star player in return. Meanwhile, the Raptors get the better player in Leonard, and have a chance to compete with anyone in the Eastern Conference. But here's the problem: Leonard reportely has no intention of staying in Toronto long term. Thus, it looks like the Raptors gave up one of their two most popular players for a short-term rental. Was it worth the risk?