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Miami Dolphins betting big on Julius Thomas at tight end

Can Anthony Fasano be a factor in the passing game? He hasn’t been one in years. (Getty Images) Last year, the Dolphins got minimal receiving production from the tight end position once they lost Jordan Cameron early in the year.
Trout sprains thumb in Angels' 9-2 loss at Miami

Trout sprains thumb in Angels' 9-2 loss at Miami

Mike Trout stood at his locker and frowned as he looked down at his left thumb, which was puffy and red and sending a clear signal. He's out. Trout sprained his thumb stealing second base and left Sunday's game in the sixth inning , and for the Los Angeles Angels, their 9-2 loss at Miami became a secondary concern. X-rays were negative, and Trout is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday when the team...
Sato holds off Helio to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sato holds off Helio to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

At the end of 500 miles around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a former Formula One driver who took the checkered flag. He even drove for Andretti Autosport. It just wasn't Fernando Alonso. Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded the lead in the closing laps. "I know Helio...
Florida State rallies past North Carolina 7-3 for ACC title

Florida State rallies past North Carolina 7-3 for ACC title

Cheered up by Florida State teammates after an error-prone moment, first baseman Drew Mendoza repaid his team with two bigger moments that helped the Seminoles hoist another championship trophy. Mendoza followed Cal Raleigh's go-ahead RBI hit with his second homer of the game during a five-run eighth inning that rallied Florida State past North Carolina 7-3 on Sunday and clinched its second Atlantic...
Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors

Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors

There's a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Warriors are stomach-churning scary. James, though, can't run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he's called "a beast." After all, he has slayed behemoths before. Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday's...
Trout beats Fish: His 16th homer helps Angels past Miami 5-2

Trout beats Fish: His 16th homer helps Angels past Miami 5-2

With Mike Trout playing 2,700 miles from home, perhaps only half the crowd of 19,366 was rooting for him Saturday at Marlins Park. "Hate Fish Love Trout," read one fan's sign. There were boos when Trout was intentionally walked, and plenty of cheers when he hit his major league-leading 16th homer , which helped the Los Angeles Angels beat Miami 5-2. Trout's first-inning homer into the beer...
Arkansas blasts No. 1 seed Florida 16-0 in SEC semifinals

Arkansas blasts No. 1 seed Florida 16-0 in SEC semifinals

Chad Spanberger homered in each of the first two innings and Arkansas rolled to a 16-0 victory over top-seeded Florida on Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Razorbacks (42-16) won after seven innings on the mercy rule and face 11-time champion LSU in Sunday's championship game. LSU beat South Carolina 11-0, also in seven innings. Spanberger had a two-run shot...

Florida State beats Duke 5-1, advances to ACC title game

Dylan Busby homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and Florida State beat Duke 5-1 on Saturday to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Busby hit a two-run homer in the third inning and added a RBI double an inning later to help the eighth-seeded Seminoles (38-20) reach their third straight ACC title game. Cole Sands (6-3) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Adam Laskey (4-5)...
Miami Dolphins mixing linebackers, maintaining mystery

Miami Dolphins mixing linebackers, maintaining mystery

Adam Gase says the Dolphins aren’t being unnecessarily secretive about their plans at linebacker for the upcoming season. According to him, it’s not that the staff is hiding something, it’s that they don’t know yet. But he’s certainly not doing anything to clear up the mystery or give any hints as to which way he’s leaning. He’s stuck by the refrain that all...
Florida rallies for 11 runs in 8th, tops Mississippi St 12-3

Florida rallies for 11 runs in 8th, tops Mississippi St 12-3

Deacon Liput had two hits and four RBIs during Florida's 11-run rally in the eighth inning and the Gators beat Mississippi State 12-3 Friday to reach the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals. Florida (42-15) plays Saturday against the winner of Friday night's game between Mississippi State (36-23) and Arkansas. The top-seeded Gators tied an SEC tournament record for runs in an inning. Mississippi...
Ex-jocks bring athleticism, diversity to NASCAR pit crews

Ex-jocks bring athleticism, diversity to NASCAR pit crews

Mike Metcalf grew up in Charlotte, played basketball and football at Charlotte Christian, and attended occasional Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers games. Charlotte Motor Speedway was about 30 minutes from his parents' home in south Charlotte, but might as well have been in another world. Metcalf was never a fan of racing ... until he made it his career. When NASCAR Cup series point leader Kyle...
Formula One's Fernando Alonso adds interest to Indy 500

Formula One's Fernando Alonso adds interest to Indy 500

After a rousing celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 last year, the question naturally followed: How could the 101st version of the legendary race be more than an anticlimax? Turns out one answer is Fernando Alonso. Alonso, a two-time Formula One champion who's having a middling season in that series, opted to skip the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix and instead travel to America's...
2017 Miami Dolphins: DE Andre Branch entrenches himself as leader

2017 Miami Dolphins: DE Andre Branch entrenches himself as leader

There’s a much different feeling for Andre Branch this offseason. He’s no longer trying to prove himself as a worthy member of the Dolphins’ defensive line. Now he’s one of the veterans enforcing the standard. After re-signing on a three-year, $24 million contract this offseason, there’s no question about Branch’s stature in that corner of the locker room. He&rsquo...
New Dolphins OG Ted Larsen bonding with Laremy Tunsil, Ja’Wuan James

New Dolphins OG Ted Larsen bonding with Laremy Tunsil, Ja’Wuan James

Ted Larsen (left) could play all three interior positions on the offensive line this year. (Getty Images) DAVIE—Picking up the Dolphins’ offensive scheme is the easy part for new offensive guard Ted Larsen, who played in a similar offense for the Bears last year.
He's got the reps: Prescott takes offseason lead for Cowboys

He's got the reps: Prescott takes offseason lead for Cowboys

Dak Prescott chuckled at the thought of watching film from the offseason this time a year ago, when he said he was in charge for two plays in an entire practice. Two.  Suffice to say the Dallas quarterback is getting more reps now after one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history kept Tony Romo on the bench, and eventually sent the 10-year starter to the broadcast booth. It's Prescott's team...
NBA draft deadline shapes next season in college hoops

NBA draft deadline shapes next season in college hoops

College basketball's version of decision day could go a long way toward shaping how the next season will play out. Teams that have players remain in the NBA draft will have huge holes to fill, while teams with players who withdrew from the draft can breathe a sigh of relief.  The deadline to make those decisions was Wednesday, so here's a rundown of the key players who decided to remain in school...
Bullpens stretched as starters take a seat

Bullpens stretched as starters take a seat

Mike Marshall led the majors in appearances in 1973, with 92 for the Montreal Expos. The next spring, having joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, Marshall met his new manager, Walter Alston. “He said, ‘If you’re ever tired, you let me know, otherwise I’ll use you,'” Marshall said in an interview last summer. “I said, ‘I’ll tell you right now: I will never...
Is it a golden age for English golf?

Is it a golden age for English golf?

With a touch of uneasiness, Matthew Fitzpatrick approached Jordan Spieth in the locker room at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont to ask the then-reigning champion to sign a flag for charity. In perhaps the clearest sign of how success in the majors is expected for Fitzpatrick, Spieth gladly accepted the flag and said, “Let me tell you something. I’ll be asking you to sign a few for me in the...
Miami Dolphins updates from Thursday’s OTA session

Miami Dolphins updates from Thursday’s OTA session

The Dolphins had a good first week of OTAs, per Adam Gase. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE–The Dolphins held their first open session of OTAs today and will take a short break before resuming Tuesday.
No more ‘Drench Open’ at a new Roland Garros

No more ‘Drench Open’ at a new Roland Garros

Though the 2017 French Open does not begin until Sunday, the tournament has already won a marathon match. The proof is visible only after you leave the traditional confines of Roland Garros and pass through the gates of the adjacent botanical gardens, les Serres d’Auteuil, where a towering red, white and blue building crane sits in the midst of a vast, freshly dug pit. After years of litigation...
Raiders' Lynch 'really soaking up the system' at OTAs

Raiders' Lynch 'really soaking up the system' at OTAs

For much of the OTA practice, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch stood off to the side of the action, talking with teammates and coaches. Lynch wore his white No. 24 jersey over a long-sleeved black shirt and his dreadlocks spilled over his shoulders as he did not even carry a helmet.  The veteran running back, who came out of retirement to join the Raiders in April, did not take part in position...
Warriors aim for title, but have shot at more

Warriors aim for title, but have shot at more

Having burst consistently into rarefied territory over the past three years, the Golden State Warriors have again rumbled into an experience to which few teams could relate. The playoffs are meant to test everybody, even teams loaded with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. And yet they provided these Warriors precisely zero resistance. When Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips...
Rinne has Nashville in first Final with smothering run

Rinne has Nashville in first Final with smothering run

Knocking the smile off Pekka Rinne's face right now is nearly impossible.  The longest-tenured player with the Nashville Predators, the 34-year-old goaltender finally will play in his first Stanley Cup Final in his ninth full NHL season.  "As a player, I feel like I've had a fairly long career and never had this opportunity," Rinne said. "So very fortunate and really appreciate...
Gray fans 11, Davis homers as A's top Marlins 4-1

Gray fans 11, Davis homers as A's top Marlins 4-1

Sonny Gray wanted to lighten the mood in the Athletics' clubhouse before the game so he lit a few candles in an adjacent locker, lowered the lights and had peaceful, pan-flute music piped into the overhead speakers. Then the Oakland ace went out and put the Miami Marlins' offense to sleep with his best outing in two years. Gray struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, Khris Davis homered and...
Miami Dolphins’ Anthony Fasano: Ryan Tannehill is ‘the team leader’

Miami Dolphins’ Anthony Fasano: Ryan Tannehill is ‘the team leader’

Anthony Fasano was with the Dolphins from 2008 through ’12 and re-signed this spring. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — When Ryan Tannehill was a rookie quarterback, Anthony Fasano was playing his fifth season with the Miami Dolphins, before leaving for Kansas City in free agency.
2017 Miami Dolphins: TE Julius Thomas rejuvenated, ready for comeback

2017 Miami Dolphins: TE Julius Thomas rejuvenated, ready for comeback

The most recent phase of Julius Thomas’ career was a freefall. He had climbed from being a little known fourth-round draft pick out of Portland State to establish himself as one of the NFL’s best tight ends. At 26 years old, he stood tall after two straight Pro Bowl selections, a trip to the Super Bowl and he had the anointment of Peyton Manning. It was from that great height that he signed...
A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped that signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost.  By July 2015, Arshavin had lost much of the pace and attacking skill which made him a star in England for Arsenal years earlier, but he was still among Russia's best-known footballers.  Like most Russian top-flight clubs, Kuban had...
NFL national anthem protest: Dolphins WR Kenny Stills undecided for 2017

NFL national anthem protest: Dolphins WR Kenny Stills undecided for 2017

Kenny Stills had full support from the organization when he protested last season. (Getty Images) DAVIE–Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills believes he and his teammates have made a difference locally, but he has not decided whether he’ll continue protesting during the national anthem during the upcoming season.
Cubs' Contreras shows how gesture can make fan for life

Cubs' Contreras shows how gesture can make fan for life

Sometimes good things happen when you least expect it, as occurred Friday at Wrigley Field after a long rain delay during the Cubs-Brewers game. Catcher Willson Contreras decided to warm up before the game resumed by playing catch near the Cubs' dugout. But instead of throwing to a teammate, Contreras did so with a young fan instead. Contreras and a boy standing in an aisle a few rows behind the dugout...
Will Jets ever find an answer at QB?

Will Jets ever find an answer at QB?

Forgive the Jets fan who has seen this scene enough, who surveyed the team's quarterback situation during the team's first official day of offseason action Tuesday and saw one veteran journeyman in the middle, a young quarterback over each shoulder, a wide open competition in the foreground and a 100 yards of questions in the background. Former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick may have given way to free-agent...
How plane crash changed John Beilein and his wife

How plane crash changed John Beilein and his wife

Kathleen Beilein was uneasy as she rode the team bus to the airport. It got worse as she boarded the plane. Earlier that morning, 57-mph winds had besieged southeastern Michigan's power grid. Tens of thousands lost power. At Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, her husband's basketball team had to practice in the dark. Now, here they were, the team, the coaches, the staff, and the families, set to take off...
Last year, Turner took the majors by storm. So, what happened?

Last year, Turner took the majors by storm. So, what happened?

Late last season, when Trea Turner had pulled out a match, struck it against the bottom of his spike, and promptly torched the National League as if it had been soaked in a mixture of kerosene and bacon grease, I was chatting with one Washington National about the rookie's adjustment to the clubhouse, which had been seamless. We agreed that any adjustment is easier when you're hitting .350. "...
WATCH: Twins’ Miguel Sano pranks coach with rubber snake

WATCH: Twins’ Miguel Sano pranks coach with rubber snake

When you’re winning, being loose and having fun in the dugout is natural. The Minnesota Twins are leading the American League Central division with a 27-20 record, even after Sunday’s 8-6, 15-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. >> Read more trending news The players are in a good mood, and so was pitching coach Neil Allen until Miguel Sano pranked him with a rubber snake in the dugout...
Denver sportswriter criticized for tweet about Indy 500 winner

Denver sportswriter criticized for tweet about Indy 500 winner

A Denver sportswriter has apologized for an insensitive tweet about the winner of the Indianapolis 500 being from Japan. >> Read more trending news Terry Frei of the Denver Post tweeted that he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” the New York Post reported. Frei’s tweet came shortly after former...
WATCH: Man on drone delivers game ball in Portuguese Cup final

WATCH: Man on drone delivers game ball in Portuguese Cup final

Now this is the way to deliver a game ball.  >> Read more trending news Before Benfica and Guimaraes met in the final of the Portuguese Cup on Sunday, a man brought the game ball to the officials by flying a drone into the stadium.  Despite damp conditions, the man made a perfect landing and handed the ball to the head official. Benefica won 2-1 to earn its 26th Portuguese Cup and...
Top-seeded Kerber stunned in first round of French Open 

Top-seeded Kerber stunned in first round of French Open 

Angelique Kerber became the first top-seeded women’s player in the Open era of tennis to lose in the first round of the French Open, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday.  >> Read more trending news Makarova was successful against Kerber’s serve and took advantage of the No. 1 seed’s numerous mistakes to earn the victory. The momentum seemed to turn toward...
Dwyer earns first berth in state baseball tournament

Dwyer earns first berth in state baseball tournament

It was apropos that the Dwyer baseball team notched the program’s first trip to the state semifinals with a wild and unconventional victory on its home field Friday afternoon. Even if the Panthers’ 2-1 walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh inning against visiting Miami-Belen Jesuit came courtesy of a two-out throwing error, perhaps no team in the area is as much deserving of a bit...

American Heritage falls in state baseball semifinals

American Heritage’s bid for a berth in the Class 4A state baseball championship game fell short when the Stallions fell to undefeated Clearwater-Calvary Christian 7-1 on Friday night in Fort Myers. Calvary Christian (29-0) scored two runs in the top of the first before American Heritage (23-9) scored its only run in the bottom of the third to halve Calvary Christian’s lead. Calvary, however...
Trump’s $40 million creation ‘bigger, better’ than country’s biggest and best

Trump’s $40 million creation ‘bigger, better’ than country’s biggest and best

Editor’s Note: This story originally published on Jan. 5, 2000. ••••••• Helicopters. You spend $40 million to build a golf course the world's richest people will gladly pay $300,000 to join, and what do you get? “All day long it's helicopters,” Donald Trump says. “It’s nuts.”  Trump is relaxed. It's a little more...
LATEST: Olympian Aly Raisman calls out TSA worker on Twitter

LATEST: Olympian Aly Raisman calls out TSA worker on Twitter

Tweets from three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, have gone viral after she recounted an “uncomfortable” and “sexist” run-in with a TSA worker. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old gymnast tweeted about a male security worker who she said insulted her muscular physique. Raisman described the situation as “rude,” “uncomfortable” and &ldquo...
2017 Palm Beach County High School Spring All-Conference Teams

2017 Palm Beach County High School Spring All-Conference Teams

The 2017 Palm Beach County Spring High School Sports All-Conference teams, as voted by county coaches. SOFTBALL North Division First Team Ally Costa (JUP), Dani Farley (PBG), Talia Kentoffio (PBG), Ashley Goebel (JUP), Raegan Conley (SUN), Maggie Foley (CN), Lillie Rodriguez (CN), Bailey Phillips (JUP), Kendall Coyle (SUN), Crystal Grimaldo (PBG), Rachel Frankhouser (JUP), Megan McCants (JUP), Brooke...
Eighth-grader helps Trinity Christian repeat as state baseball champs

Eighth-grader helps Trinity Christian repeat as state baseball champs

Trinity Christian baseball coach Miguel Cuello had two options to choose from when deciding who to start in Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game. He could go with senior Peron Butler or eighth-grader Irv Carter. He chose Carter. The decision paid off, as Carter tossed five innings of two-run ball in an 8-3 win over Deltona-Trinity Christian, clinching the Warriors’ second consecutive...
Spurs’ Ginobili gets quite a send-off, but will he retire?

Spurs’ Ginobili gets quite a send-off, but will he retire?

The home crowd was chanting his name in the closing minutes on Monday night, so Manu Ginobili looked up from his seat on the bench and gave a little wave. The fans responded with a roar, a collective expression of appreciation, nostalgia and grief. Patty Mills, Ginobili’s teammate on the San Antonio Spurs, turned to him. “I don’t know why these guys are giving you a standing ovation...
Alex Noren, the world’s most unknown top player

Alex Noren, the world’s most unknown top player

At a recent outdoor news conference for nine first-time competitors at the Players Championship, Alex Noren of Sweden slumped in a director’s chair waiting for somebody, anybody, to speak with him. When a television crew arrived to end this awkward affair, it was, of course, from Sweden. As soon as the interview concluded, a tour official whisked Noren away to the Golf Channel set. No one seemed...
With pitching and prime-age players, Rockies sense this year is different

With pitching and prime-age players, Rockies sense this year is different

The last time he was healthy at the end of a season, Greg Holland pitched in the World Series. His new teammates on the Colorado Rockies have asked him about that assignment, for the Kansas City Royals in 2014, but Holland does not know what to say. “It’s hard to explain what that experience is like, so hopefully I won’t have to explain it to anyone in this room,” he said by...

Trinity Christian advances to state baseball final

A two-hour rain delay did nothing to dampen Trinity Christian’s offense. The Warriors routed Jacksonville-Christ’s Church Academy in the Class 2A semifinals with a run-rule 11-0 victory in five innings at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers on Wednesday night. “The rain threw us off a little bit,” Trinity Christian coach Miguel Cuello said. “But we were ready for it because...
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