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This one is a no-brainer. Miami is famous for one thing and one location: South Beach. We aren't talking Ocean Drive. Nor are we discussing Washington Avenue or Collins Avenue. Everything on the sand — from the shore to the volleyball courts to the very cool lifeguard stands — makes this the most sought-after real estate in America. Forget the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Golden Gate Bridge. They don't hold a candle to SoBe.

Soccer is Miami's sport. Though you might think mostly of the soon-to-be professional team owned by pretty boy David Beckham, the fact is the giant suburb split by SW 88th Street is Miami's real fútbol mecca. Kendall Soccer Park is an amazing collection of public and private fields that churns out stars and goals in equal measure. The public part of the complex includes five fields where kids and adults kick around from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. by reservation. One of these five is generally open to the public. The rest are used by local soccer clubs, leagues, and youth organizations. To rent them, call or stop by the field office from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. For the past seven years, Soccer 5, a private firm, has also rented out six mini-fields on the property. All of them are caged. There are four 5v5 fields, one 6v6, and one 7v7. Prices for the mini-fields range from $100 to $140 per hour.

Readers' choice: Kendall Soccer Park

Miami Marlins

In baseball, the pitcher is the most important man on the diamond. This season, José Ureña was the Marlins' Opening Day starter. Though he didn't start the 2019 season as hot as he ended the last, his 2018 record was impressive: Ureña compiled a 3.98 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 174 innings pitched. At 27 years old, he's in his prime, and if the Marlins rebuild goes as planned, he could be a frontline starter for a World Series contender.

Eliot J. Schechter / Florida Panthers

The man who calls himself "JonnyHuby11" on Twitter kills it on the ice. The Florida Panthers' 2011 third-overall pick was expected to be pretty good at playing hockey, but Huberdeau is putting in elite-level work. The Panthers forward tallied 92 points last season on 30 goals and 62 assists — all career highs. Though the Panthers as a team didn't achieve the success they'd hoped for, Huberdeau is the sort of player who keeps fans and the front office confident that the Cats are on the cusp of something great.

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