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Dave George: A lot could happen in Lane Kiffin’s first year at FAU

Well, the people who cover Conference USA football for a living have spoken and here is the immediate value they have placed on Lane Kiffin as the new coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls. One spot in the league’s Eastern Division standings, from a sixth-place finish last year to a fifth-place prediction in 2017. Hey, it could be rougher. Conference USA media members, meeting this week at a Dallas-Fort...
Mailbag: Why is it taking so long for the Heat to re-sign Udonis Haslem?

Mailbag: Why is it taking so long for the Heat to re-sign Udonis Haslem?

MIAMI — We’re three weeks into free agency, and Udonis Haslem is still available. With most labeling Udonis’ return as inevitable, why is it taking so long for him to re-sign with the Heat? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter...
The 1972 Dolphins put up entirely different stats in what was an entirely different game

The 1972 Dolphins put up entirely different stats in what was an entirely different game

Every now and again I pull out the box scores from the Miami Dolphins’ Super Bowl dynasty more than 40 years ago and marvel at how much the game has changed. The perfect Dolphins of 1972, for instance, averaged 359.7 yards in total offense. That was tops in the NFL at the time but would have ranked 11 th in the league last year. Don Shula and Bob Griese. (Bill...
An excellent reason why Jay Ajayi hopes Mike Pouncey is back at center for Miami Dolphins

An excellent reason why Jay Ajayi hopes Mike Pouncey is back at center for Miami Dolphins

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey against the Jets, when he helped Jay Ajayi rush for 111 yards in November. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) (Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus...
Fresh off U.S. Open win, Brooks Koepka is ready for British Open

Fresh off U.S. Open win, Brooks Koepka is ready for British Open

Brooks Koepka earned the biggest victory of his life four weeks ago at the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The magical week in Wisconsin has him firmly in the top 15 in the world as he makes his next start at this week’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Koepka — a Cardinal Newman graduate and former Florida State standout who now lives in Jupiter — arrived in Royal Birkdale last...
NEW: Boxer on trial for Palm Beach Shores killing of rival MMA fighter

NEW: Boxer on trial for Palm Beach Shores killing of rival MMA fighter

The two young men who lived next to Robin Freid’s Palm Beach Shores apartment had a bad habit of making too much noise when they came home in the middle of the night. Still, Fried told a Palm Beach County jury Wednesday, the way they screamed on the night of Thanksgiving two years ago — “like they were outside at a park or something” — was enough to wake her up completely...
This week’s local fishing report

This week’s local fishing report

OFFSHORE In the waters off Jensen Beach, “mini-mahi mayhem” continues. Lots of dolphin are being caught, but most are small and just barely legal. Remember, they must be 20 inches long and always pinch the tail when measuring. The cobia fishing has been good, with a 40-pound fish caught recently. Anglers targeting cobia should look for clear water along the beaches in around 20 feet of...
Miami Dolphins with eighth best running backs according to USA Today

Miami Dolphins with eighth best running backs according to USA Today

The Miami Dolphins have the eighth best running backs this season according to USA Today. It starts with Jay Ajayi who was a key piece in Miami’s run to the postseason, especially when starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down in the final couple weeks of the regular season. The third-year back out of Boise State ran for 1,305 yards last season on 260 carries. After the Dolphins began 2016...
Now that the band is back together, Wayne Ellington believes Miami Heat are ready to take off

Now that the band is back together, Wayne Ellington believes Miami Heat are ready to take off

Now that the band is back together, Wayne Ellington believes Miami Heat are ready to take off   Miami’s James Johnson and Wayne Ellington celebrates during a victory in Detroit last season. (Photo by Getty Images) DAVIE – Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington has a unique analogy when looking at the upcoming season. Ellington compared the 2016-17 version of the Heat to a race...
Four Miami Hurricanes make 2017 preseason All-ACC football team

Four Miami Hurricanes make 2017 preseason All-ACC football team

Miami’s Mark Walton addresses the media during the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff media event in Charlotte, N.C., July 14, 2017. (Photo by Sara D. Davis, the ACC.com) [ Camp Previews:  QB ] [ Miami D embracing that old-school attitude ] [ Walton running strong and off the...
CBS Sports gives Heat a B-minus offseason grade

CBS Sports gives Heat a B-minus offseason grade

The Miami Heat were given a B-minus by CBS Sports in their NBA offseason grades this week. “The Heat went all in on a team that went on a two-month run before running out of gas and missing the playoffs. Coming back from a terrible start is being sold as a sign of progress, which seems dubious,” CBS Sports’ Matt Moore wrote. “They locked up non-elite, borderline-impact...
In need of a Canadian Football League fix and a look at former FAU Owl Martese Jackson

In need of a Canadian Football League fix and a look at former FAU Owl Martese Jackson

At times like these a little bit of Canadian Football League action would go a long way. Flicking through the various ESPN channels available on the basic package at our house, I found drone racing and beach volleyball and World Team Tennis the last several nights but no pro football. Former Owl Martese Jackson breaks a tackle in FAU’s Red vs. Blue game at the school’s Boca...
Anthony Fasano a blocking TE for Miami Dolphins, but don’t discount sure hands

Anthony Fasano a blocking TE for Miami Dolphins, but don’t discount sure hands

Anthony Fasano of the Tennessee Titans catches the winning touchdown pass in overtime against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Nov. 8, 2015. The Titans won 34-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) (Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights...
Miami Heat president Pat Riley’s theory on the best way to catch the Golden State Warriors

Miami Heat president Pat Riley’s theory on the best way to catch the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have won two of the last three NBA Championships. Heat president Pat Riley isn’t sure the best way to catch them is the way they were built. (Getty Images) Pat Riley remembers the feeling, how his organization once was the gold standard, the one every team was trying to chase and build to unseat. Now it’s Golden State. And Riley understands...
Miami Hurricanes football: When will UM find its next game-changing quarterback?

Miami Hurricanes football: When will UM find its next game-changing quarterback?

The Hurricanes are back on Greentree on Aug. 1. Let’s go position-by-position and tell you what we know, what we don’t know, and what we want to learn this month.  Miami Hurricanes Camp Preview 2017: QB Starting off with the most important topic of them all: who’s going to be the quarterback? If your team has a good one, you probably have a good team. Miami definitely...
Miami Hurricanes football to play Temple Owls in future series

Miami Hurricanes football to play Temple Owls in future series

Sean Taylor plows through Temple quarterback Mike McGann in the teams’ 2002 meeting. (Getty Images) [ Old-school Hurricanes like 2017 defense’s attitude ] [ Richt names more coaches for Paradise Camp ] Miami gets a little taste of the Big East every year when it faces Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, who compete...
Pat Riley kept his word and Wayne Ellington is ‘ecstatic’ he did

Pat Riley kept his word and Wayne Ellington is ‘ecstatic’ he did

DAVIE — At the end of last season, Wayne Ellington’s NBA future was uncertain. But Heat president Pat Riley left the 29-year-old guard feeling optimistic about his chances of returning to Miami. “I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,” Riley said to Ellington as the Heat began their offseason in April. Riley kept his word. Miami found...
Timeline of key anniversaries in British Open history

Timeline of key anniversaries in British Open history

A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the British Open:  150 years ago (1867): Old Tom Morris captured his fourth and final title at Prestwick at age 46. He remains the oldest player to win the Open, and he was the oldest to win any major for just more than a century until Julius Boros won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48. Morris had a two-shot lead over Willie Park Sr., who also was...
British Open player capsules 

British Open player capsules 

A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the British Open, to be played July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale (listed in predicted order of finish):   AGE: 33.  COUNTRY: United States.  WORLD RANKING: 1.  WORLDWIDE VICTORIES: 15.  MAJORS: US Open (2016).  2017 MAJORS: Masters-DNP, US Open-Cut.  BRITISH OPEN MEMORY: The 2-iron he hit out-of-bounds on the 14th at Royal...
Experience not required: Rookie coaches a growing NHL trend

Experience not required: Rookie coaches a growing NHL trend

Rick Tocchet is the kind of coach who doesn't mind if a player calls him at 9 p.m. to share a thought.  He doesn't expect that to change as he goes from a Pittsburgh Penguins assistant to head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Tocchet has done it before, and his 148 games as an NHL head coach make the 53-year-old one of the more experienced hires this offseason as teams look for the next new idea...
Fantasy football 2017: Overrated and underrated QBs

Fantasy football 2017: Overrated and underrated QBs

As we gear up for fantasy draft season, here are a couple of quarterbacks who are overrated, and two more who are underrated. Those determinations are being made from a fantasy perspective, not a real-life perspective, and are taking into account factors such as positional ranks and, in particular, average draft position. I'll use ADP from Fantasy Pros, which aggregates from ESPN and Fantasy Football...
Here are the trap games that should worry Seminoles, Gators and Hurricanes, but unfortunately won’t

Here are the trap games that should worry Seminoles, Gators and Hurricanes, but unfortunately won’t

With Florida State opening against Alabama, Florida opening against Michigan and the ACC media picking Miami to finally win the Coastal Division, it’s chest-thumping time in the Sunshine State. Here is the only summertime reminder you are likely to get that the season is long and the stumbling blocks are many. Mark Richt gestures during Miami s Oct. 29, 2016 game at Notre Dame. (Getty...
Texas Tech’s Kingsbury admits his job on the line this season

Texas Tech’s Kingsbury admits his job on the line this season

Pick a list of embattled college football coaches heading into this season and you’ll find Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury included. Coming out of spring football drills, CBSSports.com ranked him No. 3 among its top five coaches on the hottest seats nationally. He’s been a recurring top 10 inclusion in other lists this summer and, as of Monday, Kingsbury held down the No. 18 spot on...
Fear of preying on ex-athletes owed by NFL

Fear of preying on ex-athletes owed by NFL

The sales pitches were filled with urgency and emphasized familiarity. Act now or risk missing out on millions of dollars. Trust us because we are part of the “NFL brotherhood.” “You have nothing to lose,” a former NFL quarterback implored in one, “but money you’re entitled to and that you earned the hard way.” The pleadings are aimed at former NFL players...
A lonely end for a player who drew a crowd

A lonely end for a player who drew a crowd

Sitting on a park bench overlooking Lake Ontario in Toronto on a brilliant summer day in 2015, I was approached by a woman looking for directions. The woman mentioned that she had emigrated from Iran a couple of months before, and I replied that I knew of only one person who had recently lived in Iran, an American who had played basketball there. By coincidence, she also knew a basketball player in...
The Dodgers have become baseball's version of the Warriors

The Dodgers have become baseball's version of the Warriors

Baseball is resistant to superteams, at least in the way the phrase has come to be understood. Its inherent randomness stifles dominance, and hoarding stars is impractical when there's a 40-man roster to stock and the best players only have four or five chances to impact any given game. Major league teams do not rip off .800 winning percentages or sweep through the postseason. There are no Golden...
Two Miami Heat players make a list of the league’s worst contracts. … and they have the same name

Two Miami Heat players make a list of the league’s worst contracts. … and they have the same name

Are the Heat overpaying Tyler Johnson and James Johnson? (Getty Images) James Johnson was recognized this season as one of the most improved players in the NBA and one of the top reserves. And his defense, by many statistical measures, was among the best in the league. Tyler Johnson averaged 13.2 points, the second most in the league for a player without a start, and he played more minutes...
Mailbag: Dion Waiters has made it known on Twitter he wants Dwyane Wade to return to the Heat. What does this all mean?

Mailbag: Dion Waiters has made it known on Twitter he wants Dwyane Wade to return to the Heat. What does this all mean?

MIAMI — Well, Twitter has been an interesting place to visit for Heat fans lately. With every tweet from Dion Waiters referencing Dwyane Wade, it’s led some to believe Wade’s return to Miami can actually happen next season. Is too much being made about this Waiters-Wade Twitter love-fest? Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat shoots around Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago...
Shaq Quarterman, Miami Hurricanes defense entering 2017 with ‘old-school mindset’

Shaq Quarterman, Miami Hurricanes defense entering 2017 with ‘old-school mindset’

Shaq Quarterman listens to a question at the ACC Kickoff. (Sara D. Davis/theACC.com) It is written and spoken about regularly, the passing down of fraternal knowledge from Miami stars of the past to the budding ones of the present. This weekend at Paradise Camp, the old guard will again be front-and-center, sharing what they’ve learned at the highest levels of the game...
Bring it on! Gase relishes chances to topple powerful Patriots

Bring it on! Gase relishes chances to topple powerful Patriots

Maybe you heard about Jarvis Landry predicting the Miami Dolphins will sweep their two regular-season games with the Patriots this year. That’s some high-quality offseason chatter, eliciting snickers in New England and high-fives in South Florida. What interests me more, however, is Adam Gase’s cool perspective on the rivalry. He’s the head coach, and with the July 27 opening of...
Fultz's next step is perfecting craft with Sixers

Fultz's next step is perfecting craft with Sixers

Markelle Fultz's next assignment will be a blend of learning how to be a pro, and perfecting his craft. The 76ers' No. 1 overall pick can do a little bit of everything, right now. He shoots the ball well. He handles the ball well. He can play in the pick-and-roll. He just need to perfect his craft to make sure he's prepared for this season's obstacles as opposed to just relying on his natural abilities...
Changes are coming to baseball in 2018, and not all are happy about it

Changes are coming to baseball in 2018, and not all are happy about it

The future of baseball is up in the air thanks to Major League Baseball's intent to make rule changes to speed up games. Commissioner Rob Manfred has been harping on pace-of-game issues since he took over for Bud Selig, yet the average game time of 3 hours, 5 minutes in the first half of this season would set a new record if it holds up the rest of the year. Manfred reportedly hopes to install a pitch...
It's a golden age for turning back the clock in sports

It's a golden age for turning back the clock in sports

Maybe age really is just a number. It certainly seemed that way watching soon-to-be-sexagenarian Bernhard Langer lead the final round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship until the last two holes before being overtaken by 52-year-old whipper-snapper Scott McCarron. It definitely seemed that way watching 61-year-old Fred Funk dial up a 5-under-par 67 and a top-six finish in spite of a...
How Judge built a mighty swing

How Judge built a mighty swing

When Milwaukee outfielder Keon Broxton went clattering into the center-field wall this month at Yankee Stadium in New York to steal an extra-base hit from Aaron Judge, he also caught something else: the sight of Judge smiling at him. “It was just a friendly smile — ‘Hey, c’mon, man, why you got to do me like that?'” Broxton said with a laugh. “And I’m like...
'Nap Room' is perk to keep baseball players perky

'Nap Room' is perk to keep baseball players perky

Day-night doubleheaders. Cross-country travel. Rain delays and extra innings. A baseball schedule can play havoc with sleep, but some major league teams are trying to combat the grind of the long season by giving their players a place to catch some shut-eye at the ballpark, away from their noisier teammates or their rambunctious kids. Sometimes called "recovery rooms," the areas near the...
NFL puts fans in lab to see what works as football seeks answers

NFL puts fans in lab to see what works as football seeks answers

If you notice more split-screens and fewer commercial breaks on NFL broadcasts this coming season, credit the fans who served as football's lab rats. Last fall, just as TV ratings went into a tailspin, the National Football League invited fans into a lab designed like a living room. Technicians asked them to watch games, tracking their eyes, heart rates and skin response. They saw different ad formats...
Go West, young man: NBA stars cluster in Western Conference

Go West, young man: NBA stars cluster in Western Conference

As star after star headed West this summer either in free agency or via trade, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers became more and more bewildered.  "I think Gordon Hayward's the smartest one. He got out of town," Rivers said, referring to the All-Star's move from Utah to Boston. "He went to the East. I really don't understand the logic of this. It is what it is. It's just going...
Miami Heat have a project in A.J. Hammons, but they like the 7-footers’ ability to stretch the floor

Miami Heat have a project in A.J. Hammons, but they like the 7-footers’ ability to stretch the floor

A.J. Hammons averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Miami Heat’s summer league team in Las Vegas. (Getty Images) The Miami Heat knew it had to take back something from Dallas in the Josh McRoberts trade so why not a 7-footer who stretches the floor. A.J. Hammons will not be confused with Chris Bosh, but for a relatively cheap price, the Heat could have a couple of years ...
Recruiting: Mark Richt names first guest coaches for Paradise Camp 2017

Recruiting: Mark Richt names first guest coaches for Paradise Camp 2017

(Twitter/UM) Mark Richt, apparently, does not plan to mess with success. The second edition of his Paradise Camp will look a lot like the first, with former Hurricanes stars serving as guest coaches to dozens of the nation’s top high school recruits. Monday, he named four guest coaches: former UM linebackers  Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason and ...
Dickerson and Rays have a place among the AL’s elite

Dickerson and Rays have a place among the AL’s elite

Maybe Corey Dickerson should have brought a cellphone with him when he went to the plate at the All-Star Game. That is what Nelson Cruz did, and his photo with longtime umpire Joe West was the most indelible impression of the night. Cruz is a five-time All-Star who just hit his 300th homer, and much more famous than Dickerson, anyway. The snapshot only emphasized the point. But the record will show...
Miami Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal

Miami Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal

Shaq Quarterman and Mark Walton at the ACC Kickoff. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) Reporters at the ACC Kickoff clearly believed in the Hurricanes. Miami was picked to finish atop the Coastal Division, ahead of defending Coastal champ Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. UM garnered 103 first-place votes, of a possible 167, to the Hokies’ 40. Credentialed media cast votes at last week&rsquo...
Miami Heat summer league recap: Any players worth a two-way contract or training-camp invite?

Miami Heat summer league recap: Any players worth a two-way contract or training-camp invite?

MIAMI — Summer league is over for the Heat, but the evaluation period really never ends. After a rough 0-5 record in the Orlando Summer League, the Heat bounced back to go 4-2 in Las Vegas. In the end, Miami’s summer league team finished with a 4-7 record. Miami Heat’s Gian Clavell (53) drives around Indiana Pacers’ Joe Young (3) during the second half of an NBA...
Jim Larranaga: Lonnie Walker ‘sensational’ before injury, expects him back for season

Jim Larranaga: Lonnie Walker ‘sensational’ before injury, expects him back for season

Jim Larranaga (Getty Images) Jim Larranaga said injured five-star freshman  Lonnie Walker had surgery last Friday and expects him back for Miami’s opener in November. Walker’s torn meniscus, he said, came on the last possession of UM’s workout last Tuesday. “He’s doing amazingly well this quickly after surgery,” Larranaga said...
Miami Heat Mailbag: Is there a plan in place for Pat Riley’s successor? Can a star be acquired next year?

Miami Heat Mailbag: Is there a plan in place for Pat Riley’s successor? Can a star be acquired next year?

Andy Elisburg, Pat Riley and Nick Arison celebrated the Miami Heat’s championship in 2013 (Getty Images) The dog days of the NBA calendar are around the corner so Heat fans are starting to look into the future, on and off the court. We look at that day when Pat Riley decides to ride off to Malibu, the chances of the Heat acquiring a star player – either through a trade or free...
NEW: Man charged in death of FSU star’s dad plays at Poker World Series

NEW: Man charged in death of FSU star’s dad plays at Poker World Series

Paul Senat, out on bond after firing an AK 47-style rifle through a wall at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret in April, killing Darryl Rudolph, took home more than $90,000 at the World Series of Poker Tournament on Sunday in Las Vegas. The 37-year-old Lantana man was released April 26 from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $35,000 surety bond, the day after he was arrested on a manslaughter charge,...
JUST IN: Jaguars DE Dante Fowler arrested in Florida 

JUST IN: Jaguars DE Dante Fowler arrested in Florida 

A professional football player for the Jacksonville Jaguars was arrested in Florida Tuesday night. Defensive end Dante Fowler was arrested in his hometown of St. Petersburg on misdemeanor charges of simple battery and mischief, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  The 22-year-old former Gators star was at an apartment complex around 6:30 p.m. when a man made a comment about his driving, which...
New players winning majors makes this British Open wide open

New players winning majors makes this British Open wide open

An era of dominance in the majors ended the last time the British Open was at Royal Birkdale, even if nobody knew it.  Tiger Woods piled up so many majors so quickly that when he had knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines and had to sit out the last two majors, a few wags suggested that the next name engraved on the claret jug should include an asterisk.  Woods...
Mom shows the way in Paul Millsap’s return to Colorado

Mom shows the way in Paul Millsap’s return to Colorado

The Montbello Rec Center was alive with the kind of spirit only hometown pride can produce. There had to be 100 kids, giggling and clapping and dancing, all with ants in their pants. A drum line banged out a thumping beat, providing the soundtrack.  This stage was set for the star of the day. Take it away, Bettye Millsap.  “When I came here,” she told me Thursday, “I had...

The original fake news: Soccer transfers

Down the road from Declan Varley’s office in Galway, Ireland, is a statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire, a prolific Irish essayist and author. He is regarded as the first great fiction writer in the Irish language. Among his most noted works is the short story “M’asal Beag Dubh,” or “My Little Black Donkey.” It was that story which gave Varley his idea. Though...
Louisville's Jackson won't focus on a rare Heisman repeat

Louisville's Jackson won't focus on a rare Heisman repeat

Lamar Jackson didn't start last season thinking about winning the Heisman Trophy. It just ended up that way.  Of course the Louisville quarterback had a lot to do with outcome, thanks to his dizzying array of open-field moves and downfield throws.  Jackson figures it's a good approach to start this year, too, even with the chance to become only the second player to repeat as a Heisman winner...
SEC will roll out impressive group of young quarterbacks

SEC will roll out impressive group of young quarterbacks

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley vividly remembers the hit that welcomed him to the Southeastern Conference. He was throwing a screen pass last season when Tennessee's 6-foot-3, 260-pound Derek Barnett burst through the line and slammed him to the ground.  "That didn't feel too good," Bentley said with a grin Thursday at Southeastern Conference media days.  But Bentley proved...
In Neiko Primus, basketball world sees a phenom; his mom sees a kid

In Neiko Primus, basketball world sees a phenom; his mom sees a kid

Neiko Primus had been in the gym for close to two hours, his shoelaces scraping the worn wooden floor and his bony arms tired from shooting, before he challenged a taller, stockier kid to a game of one-on-one. "Oh, look look look," Michelle Mundey, his mother, whispered from the other end of the court. "That kid is at least 13, maybe 14." "Oh, he doesn't know what he's getting...
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