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NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins’ round-by-round best picks in history

Every year, stars emerge from all over the NFL Draft. Two of the best quarterbacks in recent history were No. 1 overall pick Peyton Manning and sixth-rounder Tom Brady. Shannon Sharpe, Ken Houston and Richard Dent all went in the seventh round or later. Of the Dolphins’ nine Hall of Famers, just four were first-round picks. More recently, last year’s offensive rookie of the year was Dak...
Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182

Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182

Move over, Wilt. After 55 years, one of your records is no more. Anthony Davis took care of that. At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA's All-Star Game, Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday night. He made 26 of 39 shots, scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and became the first player since Kobe Bryant in...
High profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

High profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter. Dantzscher, three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member Jeanette Antolin appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday , detailing what they have claimed is sexual...

Coca-Cola wins Ylvisaker Cup with emotional overtime victory

In an emotionally-charged game, Coca-Cola rallied for a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory over Tonkawa to capture the USPA Ylvisaker Cup Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. Coca-Cola patron Gillian Johnston and team captain Julio Arellano dedicated the game to 17-year-old Donovan Stratemann, who died in a polo accident at Santa Clara Polo Club on Thursday. Players wore black armbands with the...

Stewart, Catch Me repeat as winners in Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

Scott Stewart and Catch Me won the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular for the second year in a row Saturday night at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Stewart and his 10-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding won the “Saturday Night Lights” event after topping a field of 29 riders in the field, including 12 in the second round. The pair scored 94.00 in the...
Miami Dolphins look to trade Branden Albert for Julius Thomas

Miami Dolphins look to trade Branden Albert for Julius Thomas

Julius Thomas could be headed to the Dolphins. (Getty Images) The Dolphins‘ search for a playmaking tight end and a trade partner for departing left tackle Branden Albert could intersect in the next few weeks.

Beltran returns to Houston in very different role

The last time Carlos Beltran shared a team with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch they were playing together with the Royals in 2002. And when the 39-year-old Beltran arrived at spring training and ran into Adam Everett, his teammate from his brief stint with Houston in 2004, he learned Everett was now a coach in the team's minor league system. Back with the Astros, Beltran is in a very different...
Florida State baseball coach Martin reaches 1,900 wins

Florida State baseball coach Martin reaches 1,900 wins

Florida State's Mike Martin became the second baseball coach in NCAA history to reach 1,900 wins when the Seminoles defeated VCU 11-3 on Sunday. Martin, who is in his 38th season, joins Augie Garrido as the only coaches to reach the milestone. Garrido, who stepped down at Texas last year, has 1,975 wins. After Sunday's game, players and athletic director Stan Wilcox presented Martin with a banner...
Fowler fitting in perfectly with Cardinals

Fowler fitting in perfectly with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler breezes through the center of St. Louis' clubhouse leaving a trail of handshakes and hellos in his wake before landing at his locker and chatting with a handful of players about the merits of a new album. Fowler is the new guy with the Cardinals, but he's already a clubhouse favorite despite spending last season helping the rival Chicago Cubs win the World Series. "He's got great...
Which older players can Dolphins count on besides Cameron Wake?

Which older players can Dolphins count on besides Cameron Wake?

The Dolphins think Cameron Wake has at least two more years of being able to do this. (Getty Images) One reason the Dolphins are optimistic about their future is they pulled off last year’s breakout season with roster in which 77 percent of the players were 28 or younger.
Heat guard Josh Richardson says time remains for ‘a lot of growth’ to get done this season

Heat guard Josh Richardson says time remains for ‘a lot of growth’ to get done this season

  Heat guard Josh Richardson has missed half the season with injuries. (AP Photo) The last time Josh Richardson played the Heat were in the midst of losing 13-of-15 games.
EXCLUSIVE: Polo player honors the life of best friend after fatal accident

EXCLUSIVE: Polo player honors the life of best friend after fatal accident

Lucas Arellano, 17, and Donovan Stratemann, 17, were not only best friends since they were born; they also shared the same passion to play polo.  “He worked hard every day, up before 6 a.m. and did night checks with his twin sister, Maya," says Arellano. Their friendship was cut short on Thursday afternoon when 17-year old Stratemann fell from his horse after colliding with another...
Legacy of Rio Olympics so far is series of unkept promises

Legacy of Rio Olympics so far is series of unkept promises

It is not uncommon for the Olympics to leave behind some unneeded facilities. Rio, however, is experiencing something exceptional: Less than six months after the Summer Games ended, the host city’s Olympic legacy is decaying rapidly. Empty Olympic buildings abound, puncturing any uplifting buzz from the competitions last summer. At the Olympic Park, some stadium entrances are boarded up and...
Panthers in playoff position after 3-2 win over Kings

Panthers in playoff position after 3-2 win over Kings

The Florida Panthers' offense keeps on firing. It's the defense, though, that has them back in the playoff picture. Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal 15 seconds into the third period, Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and the Panthers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win. Jussi Jokinen and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, who have won seven...
Recruiting: RB Camron Davis commits to Miami Hurricanes

Recruiting: RB Camron Davis commits to Miami Hurricanes

Camron Davis poses with Miami coach Mark Richt. (Twitter) [Looking at Miami’s top 2018 targets] [Beason kicks in $250K for indoor facility] [Richt: ‘May take a minute’ to find next QB] A great 57th birthday for Mark Richt got even better Saturday evening.

FAU hits 15 3-pointers in 94-82 win over Southern Miss

Gerdarius Troutman hit seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points, both career highs, Adonis Filer made 9 of 10 free throws and finished with 17 points and Florida Atlantic pulled away in the second half to beat Southern Miss 94-82 on Saturday night. Troutman was 9-of-12 shooting, Filer was 4 of 4 from the field and Justin Massey scored 14 points, including four 3s. Ronald Delph added 13 points and seven...

Pitt upsets No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

Pitt continued to show why they have been a frustrating team this season. After a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech a few days ago, the Panthers came back to beat a Top 20 Florida State team, 80-66. Equally as encouraging is that Pitt had the game pretty comfortably. They held a double digit lead and while things got a little close in the second half, the Panthers mostly looked like the better team...
Recruiting: S Randy Russell commits to Miami Hurricanes

Recruiting: S Randy Russell commits to Miami Hurricanes

Randy Russell poses with UM safeties coach Ephraim Banda before committing to the Hurricanes. (Twitter) [Beason kicks in $250K for indoor facility] [Richt: ‘May take a minute’ to find next QB] Mark Richt celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday by hosting dozens of underclassman recruits at an on-campus event.
Ballpark of Palm Beaches hits home run on ‘opening day’ for fans

Ballpark of Palm Beaches hits home run on ‘opening day’ for fans

It was a day of firsts on Saturday when The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Major League Baseball’s newest spring-training facility, opened its doors to the public for the first time. The first souvenir baseball from a batting-practice foul ball went to Rocco Arnone, 10, of Boca Raton, who snagged it outside a Houston Astros practice field. Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and 8-year-old Ryan...
Basketball: Miami Hurricanes showing progress in critical win over Clemson

Basketball: Miami Hurricanes showing progress in critical win over Clemson

Kamari Murphy’s jumpers were two of the positive signs for UM in its win over Clemson. (Getty Images) CORAL GABLES — Miami would like to have Ja’Quan Newton on the floor.
Dave George: Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler shows perseverance pays off

Dave George: Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler shows perseverance pays off

Most of Brad Ziegler’s new Miami Marlins teammates don’t know about his astonishing major-league record from 2008. They know he’s got that down-and-dirty submarine pitching delivery, which is rare enough, and they have discerned that he is older than any player here but the legendary Ichiro Suzuki, which makes Ziegler unusual once more, but the rest is kind of a blur. So let&rsquo...
No. 15 Florida holds on to beat Mississippi State 57-52

No. 15 Florida holds on to beat Mississippi State 57-52

Florida is a team that has occasionally put up huge offensive numbers this season, including 106 and 114 points in games over the past month. But the shots weren't falling on Saturday. So the 15th-ranked Gators resorted to Plan B: A little grit, a little luck and a whole lot of defense in a 57-52 victory over Mississippi State. "We've been able to find different ways to win different games,"...
Defending champ Scott knows what a challenge Honda Classic presents

Defending champ Scott knows what a challenge Honda Classic presents

As defending Honda Classic champion, Adam Scott can testify, the Bear Trap has earned its reputation as one of the nastiest three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour. Scott had two third-round tee shots wind up in the water for a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 15th hole on the Champion course at PGA National last year but somehow still won the tournament. But as Scott can also testify, there’s a lot more...
Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway a Hall of Fame finalist again

Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway a Hall of Fame finalist again

  Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway is a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame for the third time.
Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

Chris Webber and Rollie Massimino are one step from the Hall of Fame. The career 20-point-per-game NBA scorer and the coach who led Villanova to a stunning upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA championship game were among the 14 finalists unveiled Saturday for this year's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class. Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises, plus was part of Michigan's famed "...
Players to watch: Keep your eyes on these guys at 2017 Honda Classic

Players to watch: Keep your eyes on these guys at 2017 Honda Classic

5 Players You Know to Watch Adam Scott The highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7 and defending champion, the gentlemanly Australian has as smooth a swing as anyone on the PGA Tour. Scott, who has a residence in the Bahamas, won the 2013 Masters on the second hole of a playoff with Argentine Angel Cabrera. He got married in a surprise ceremony in the Bahamas after the 2014 Masters. Justin Thomas...
Our Miami Heat awards at the break: We agree on the MVP

Our Miami Heat awards at the break: We agree on the MVP

Goran Dragic, being fouled Serge Ibaka during Monday’s game against the Magic, has been the Heat’s MVP.
Yankees day care: Do Steinbrenners have patience for these youngsters?

Yankees day care: Do Steinbrenners have patience for these youngsters?

Under construction. It's hard to tell which is undergoing the more major renovation, Steinbrenner Field or the Steinbrenner Yankees. Hard hats are swarming New York's spring training home, performing a $40 million makeover. You can't swing a tool belt without hitting men at work. Now if only they could tear down the remaining four years on Jacoby Ellsbury's contract … But behold the other work...
Panthers stay hot, down Ducks 4-1 behind goal from Jagr

Panthers stay hot, down Ducks 4-1 behind goal from Jagr

If the Florida Panthers thrive on chaos — as interim head coach Tom Rowe described their recent penchant for high-scoring games — they are starting to learn how to channel it in the right way. The Panthers delivered another offensive outburst in their 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. But this time, it was fueled from their defense, with Jaromir Jagr scoring the go-ahead...
Former turnbuckle biter George 'The Animal' Steele, 79, dies

Former turnbuckle biter George 'The Animal' Steele, 79, dies

WWE Hall of Fame member George "The Animal" Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, has died at age 79. WWE announced Friday the death of Steele, who was living in Florida. The Detroit native had tweeted and blogged in recent months about his declining health. He dealt with the digestive disorder Crohn's disease for several years. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green tongue, Steele...
Murray, Hield, lead World past US, 150-141 in Rising Stars

Murray, Hield, lead World past US, 150-141 in Rising Stars

Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield each had moments when they caught the ball in the low post, only to dribble right out to the corner, turn and let fly a 3-point shot. Maybe not the most fundamental approach, but the way they were scoring in the Rising Stars Challenge, no one seemed to mind — certainly not the fans. Murray had 36 points and 11 assists as the World squad beat the U.S. 150-141 on Friday...
Dave George: Co-worker comes to rescue of former PBKC executive

Dave George: Co-worker comes to rescue of former PBKC executive

It was 53 degrees and clear in Pittsburgh on Friday, the most beautiful February afternoon you could imagine for that changeable clime, but what else would you expect with Anne Reid, an irrepressible ray of South Florida sunshine, just arriving in town? Think I’m overselling the impact of this Loxahatchee woman? Well, listen to Art Laughlin, who calls Reid “my miracle from heaven,&rdquo...
Master rebuilder: Heat president Pat Riley faces another challenge

Master rebuilder: Heat president Pat Riley faces another challenge

    Miami Heat President Pat Riley hoping to wave his magic one more time and get the Heat back into contention.
Marlins' Hechavarria admits lying in Cuban smuggling probe

Marlins' Hechavarria admits lying in Cuban smuggling probe

Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria told a federal jury Friday he lied to investigators about knowing a key figure in an alleged Cuban ballplayer smuggling network linked to a Florida sports agent and a trainer. Hechavarria testified in the trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling. Hechavarria admitted lying to federal agents...
Samson says multiple groups interested in Marlins

Samson says multiple groups interested in Marlins

Multiple groups are interested in purchasing the Miami Marlins, according to team president David Samson, who confirmed owner Jeffrey Loria is being considered for nomination as U.S. ambassador to France. "He is in the process right now," Samson said before the club's first full-squad workout on Friday. "It's a long, complicated process. He certainly feels honored to even be in that...
Former Miami Hurricanes CB Leonard Myers dies at 38

Former Miami Hurricanes CB Leonard Myers dies at 38

Hurricanes Mike Rumph, Al Blades, Ed Reed and Leonard Myers pose in this picture in , which was later used as a promotional image for ‘The U Part 2’ documentary.

While his teammates are hitting the beach, Heat forward James Johnson will be hitting the weights

Miami Heat forward James Johnson plans to stick to his work-out routine during the break. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) While many of his teammates will be on a Caribbean vacation, or chillin’ on a beach or just relaxing with their families, Miami Heat forward James Johnson has other plans for the six-day break.
Mark Richt on finding a new Hurricanes QB: ‘It may take a minute’

Mark Richt on finding a new Hurricanes QB: ‘It may take a minute’

Mark Richt leads a practice in Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald) [Sweaty games, sleepless nights for Larranaga] If you think Malik Rosier has a leg up on the Hurricanes’ quarterback race by virtue of his game experience, think again.
Mailbag: Who should the Miami Heat label as untouchable at trade deadline?

Mailbag: Who should the Miami Heat label as untouchable at trade deadline?

Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat handles the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 22, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
Life on the NCAA bubble means sweaty games, sleepless nights for Jim Larranaga

Life on the NCAA bubble means sweaty games, sleepless nights for Jim Larranaga

Jim Larranaga directs his team against Florida State. (Getty Images) Of course, North Carolina is Miami’s best win to date.
Goodbye, old trash dump. Hello, Major League Baseball spring training

Goodbye, old trash dump. Hello, Major League Baseball spring training

Good-bye, old trash dump. Hello, Major League Baseball. Where piles of rotted garbage and old tires once lay buried under decades of sand and overgrown weeds, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is ready for some baseball. The new spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros marks the return of spring training to West Palm Beach for the first time since the Atlanta Braves and Montreal...
Mets’ Wright exercising caution about returning to throwing

Mets’ Wright exercising caution about returning to throwing

David Wright arrived here for spring training several weeks ago. Since then, New York Mets manager Terry Collins has reminded Wright frequently that the door to his office is open, and that the communication between them needs to be daily and detailed. It’s not that Collins and Wright did not talk regularly before, but the Mets want to do whatever they can to make Wright into a productive player...
An athlete accused her coach of sex abuse. US Olympic officials stayed on the sideline

An athlete accused her coach of sex abuse. US Olympic officials stayed on the sideline

The documents describing a coach's sexual abuse of three aspiring Olympic athletes circulated through U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in early 2014. It started in a hotel room in 2010, Yasmin Brown wrote. She was 16 and her taekwondo coach - Marc Gitelman, or "Master G" - was 44. Gitelman provided alcohol and suggested a game.  A few minutes later, Brown collapsed on the bed. She...
Fernandez the heartbreak that hovers over Marlins

Fernandez the heartbreak that hovers over Marlins

Tampa attorney Ralph Fernandez, who represents the estate of the late Jose Fernandez, and who was Fernandez's friend, says Jose wasn't driving the boat that night and that the homicide report will bear that out. He mentioned Jose Fernandez's mother, Maritza Gomes Fernandez. They talk on the phone every day. Maritza sends Ralph Fernandez photos, usually from the same place. "She goes almost every...
Indians, no longer underdogs, seek another title shot

Indians, no longer underdogs, seek another title shot

It is a long climb up to the summit, to Game 7 of the World Series, at home in extra innings. That is where the Cleveland Indians found themselves in November, the apex of an especially jagged path. The Chicago Cubs knocked them down, stole their flag and planted it in baseball lore. The loss still hurts, and it always will. “Those guys, they’re practically on a parade every day,&rdquo...
At Duke, Allen is as loved as ever and a bumpy season is taking off

At Duke, Allen is as loved as ever and a bumpy season is taking off

Here on Planet Duke, they prove again Bertrand Russell's paramount old line, Sin is geographical. About 75 fans wait outside pretty little Cameron Indoor Stadium on a sublime, climate-changed "winter" Saturday for a postgame emergence of Grayson Allen. About 10, including a father and kid son, wear Allen's Duke "3" shirt, and one little girl has made a poster-board Valentine for...
FSU's Martin seeking wins record and elusive baseball title

FSU's Martin seeking wins record and elusive baseball title

The numbers have a way of running together for Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin — at least when it comes to counting victories. Martin is two wins shy of becoming the second coach in NCAA baseball history to reach 1,900. He could get the milestone this weekend during the Seminoles' three-game series against VCU. "The numbers now in my career I can honestly say are just that,"...
Toussaint lifts Virginia past No. 4 Florida State, 60-51

Toussaint lifts Virginia past No. 4 Florida State, 60-51

Dominique Toussaint had the ball, saw the shot clock running down and did what she had to do. Toussaint scored five of her 14 points in the final 1:27, including the go-ahead 3-pointer as the shot clock was running out, and Virginia held No. 4 Florida State to five points in the fourth quarter in a 60-51 victory Thursday night. "I don't think I went crazy," the freshman said. "I just...
Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry: Branden Albert will lead wherever he lands up

Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry: Branden Albert will lead wherever he lands up

Jarvis Landry presents an autographed jersey to North Miami Beach Senior High student Ali Choueiki, winner of BankUnited’s financial literacy contest.
Miami Dolphins to part ways with LT Branden Albert, DE Mario Williams

Miami Dolphins to part ways with LT Branden Albert, DE Mario Williams

Branden Albert. (Bill Ingram/The Post) From the moment Laremy Tunsil slipped to the Dolphins in the 2016 draft, Branden Albert had the answer to a question every NFL veteran eventually wonders: Who’s going to take my place?
Heat center Hassan Whiteside must keep moving forward after dominating Rockets

Heat center Hassan Whiteside must keep moving forward after dominating Rockets

  Heat center Hassan Whiteside, right, and forward James Johnson go after the ball against Houston’s Ryan Anderson during Miami’s victory Wednesday.
Rory McIlroy one of Tiger Woods’ ‘biggest fans’

Rory McIlroy one of Tiger Woods’ ‘biggest fans’

Tiger Woods of the United States and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland shake hands on the 18th green during the final round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.
Shane Battier returns to Miami Heat in front office role

Shane Battier returns to Miami Heat in front office role

Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) bring down a rebound during first quarter action of game seven of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs Thursday evening June 20, 2013, in Miami.
2017 NFL free agents: Responsible Dolphins free up money with cuts

2017 NFL free agents: Responsible Dolphins free up money with cuts

There’s a substantive risk in the Dolphins letting go of someone like left tackle Branden Albert, but the potential reward was too enticing to resist. Few teams in the NFL had such a troubling gulf between expense and production as Miami did on its offensive line last year, and it was imperative that the organization find a way to correct that this offseason. Albert’s play wasn’t...
Baseball: Nine opening-day questions for the 2017 Miami Hurricanes

Baseball: Nine opening-day questions for the 2017 Miami Hurricanes

Senior Johnny Ruiz is Miami’s top returning hitter, but the Hurricanes will rely on pitching and defense in 2017.
Heat forward Okaro White headed to New Orleans for D-League All-Star Game

Heat forward Okaro White headed to New Orleans for D-League All-Star Game

  Heat forward Okaro White defends as Hawks forward Mike Scott looks for an open teammate.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Okaro White is going to be reassigned to the D-League sometime before Saturday.
Bill Parcells on voting Terrell Owens into Hall of Fame: ‘I think I would’

Bill Parcells on voting Terrell Owens into Hall of Fame: ‘I think I would’

Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys walks down the team tunnel towards the field before a game against the Washington Redskins in Dallas, Texas on September 17, 2006.
Spring Training: Best foods near the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Spring Training: Best foods near the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Spring training fans headed to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches may work up an appetite watching the Houston Astros take on the Washington Nationals at the brand-new stadium on opening day, Tuesday, Feb. 28. Where to take that appetite near the ballpark? It depends on how you define “near.” Unlike the area around Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter’s Abacoa district, which offers...
Erik Spoelstra wants Heat to ‘recalibrate, recharge’ before returning from break for playoff push

Erik Spoelstra wants Heat to ‘recalibrate, recharge’ before returning from break for playoff push

The Miami Heat, and Goran Dragic, will enjoy their break more after winning 14 of their last 15 games.
2017 NFL free agents: Martellus Bennett is best tight end available

2017 NFL free agents: Martellus Bennett is best tight end available

This guy would be fun to have around. (Getty Images) It’s hard to predict exactly how aggressive the Dolphins plan to be in free agency next month, but they’ve got money to spend and they’ve got a roster that was good enough to make the playoffs last year.
Heat’s Hassan Whiteside congratulates Carmelo Anthony for making All-Star game; laments disrespect for centers

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside congratulates Carmelo Anthony for making All-Star game; laments disrespect for centers

Hassan Whiteside will be spending the All-Star break on a tropical island instead of New Orleans. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Hassan Whiteside was denied again.
Q&A: One NBA analyst breaks down where the Miami Heat stand at the All-Star break

Q&A: One NBA analyst breaks down where the Miami Heat stand at the All-Star break

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches the action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Feb.
Q&A: Manny Diaz on the ideal Miami Hurricanes linebacker, 2017 growth of his LBs, avoiding sophomore slump

Q&A: Manny Diaz on the ideal Miami Hurricanes linebacker, 2017 growth of his LBs, avoiding sophomore slump

Manny Diaz directs linebackers at an Aug. 2016 Hurricanes practice. (Miami Herald)   Manny Diaz is one of the best interviews in South Florida sports — perhaps rivaled only by Miami Heat President Pat Riley in his ability to string together illustrative sentences.
Knicks and Rangers live in the same building but different universes

Knicks and Rangers live in the same building but different universes

The New York Knicks and the New York Rangers are the mismatched brothers of professional sports, two teams that share an arena, a facility and an owner but are profoundly different in how they conduct themselves. This intense disparity has existed for some time, but never was it more apparent than during a just concluded nine-day stretch in which the two teams took turns playing home games at Madison...
Sand between their toes, and blades on their feet

Sand between their toes, and blades on their feet

After trading long Canadian winters for the perpetual summer of this luxurious Caribbean tax haven, Bill Messer was content to enjoy the soft sands and warm waters of island living. The only thing he really missed was hockey. So in 2003, when he saw a television report about the nascent World Pond Hockey Championship, he began plotting a strategy to get a team from his adopted home ready to play in...
Bad teammate? Owens isn't in the Hall of Fame yet for a pretty silly reason

Bad teammate? Owens isn't in the Hall of Fame yet for a pretty silly reason

Only one player in NFL history has more career receiving yards than Terrell Owens, and only two have more touchdown catches. Yet not only did Owens not earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's latest class, he didn't even make it past the first round of voting when the electors gathered the day before the Super Bowl in Houston. And it's all because Owens was a less-than-pristine teammate? Really?...
With 100th straight win, UConn women’s team redefines dominance

With 100th straight win, UConn women’s team redefines dominance

One year ago, on the night after Super Bowl Sunday, Geno Auriemma sat alongside three stalwart seniors and momentarily imagined a coaching life without them. “I start to blink because I look out there and start to think that these three are not going to be there next year,” Auriemma, the coach of the Connecticut women’s basketball powerhouse, said after a solid road victory over...
It's time to stop overlooking Wall among the NBA's best point guards

It's time to stop overlooking Wall among the NBA's best point guards

John Wall grinned. He knew my question was a setup, but he agreed with its premise, so he let the thought yo-yo in his mind. Could you ever imagine an NBA season so full of great individual performances that averaging 23 points and 10 assists and winning a player of the month award would result in you being underappreciated? For Wall, who feels perpetually undervalued, the notion brought out the Rodney...

Marlins set for spring training with Jose on their minds

It's back to Jupiter and back to baseball for the Miami Marlins this week, and there's a question more vital to players than when or if the team might be sold. How does this group successfully move on from '16 without the energy, the talent and the unmatched clubhouse presence of No. 16? Jose Fernandez, the magnetic Marlins pitcher who wore that uniform, was killed along with two other men in a Sept...
Basketball: Starting point guard Ja’Quan Newton suspended three games

Basketball: Starting point guard Ja’Quan Newton suspended three games

Ja’Quan Newton dribbles against Notre Dame. (Getty Images) The Hurricanes will be without their point guard for part of the stretch run.
Dave George: Ballpark of the Palm Beaches welcome teams

Dave George: Ballpark of the Palm Beaches welcome teams

Houston Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch took a glance Wednesday around his team’s new spring training facility in West Palm Beach and declared it immense. Well, sure, but that’s not the half of it when you’re talking about the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. “We still haven’t seen the (Washington) Nationals, this place is so big,” Hinch said in reference to the second...
January tornado damage disrupting Benjamin, Dwyer spring sports

January tornado damage disrupting Benjamin, Dwyer spring sports

When a tornado ripped through Palm Beach Gardens in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, it left behind crumpled bleachers, battered dugouts and twisted masses of metal at the Benjamin School and nearby Dwyer High School. The schools’ athletic fields took the brunt of the damage after severe storms lashed northern Palm Beach County, forcing both schools...
Recruiting: 2018 names to watch, Miami Hurricanes key positions of need

Recruiting: 2018 names to watch, Miami Hurricanes key positions of need

Mark Pope, considered one of the best wide receivers in the 2018 class, is high on Miami. (247Sports) Even in the hours before signing day, coaches thinking about recruits who are two, three, even four years away from college.
Can Miami Dolphins provide support to keep Jay Ajayi’s Jay Train steaming forward?

Can Miami Dolphins provide support to keep Jay Ajayi’s Jay Train steaming forward?

The Jay Train roared to life at Hard Rock Stadium this season following a stunning 200-yard performances against the Steelers and ending with the team MVP award.
Photos: Spring training baseball in Palm Beach County

Photos: Spring training baseball in Palm Beach County

Miami Heat’s challenge against the Houston Rockets: Defend the 3-point line

Miami Heat’s challenge against the Houston Rockets: Defend the 3-point line

    Rockets guard James Harden scored 40 points in the Heat’s victory last month but he was just 4-of-15 on 3s.
Miami Hurricanes’ David Njoku now projected as Dolphins’ top pick

Miami Hurricanes’ David Njoku now projected as Dolphins’ top pick

Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku (86) picks up yardage against North Carolina. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) It’s good to be David Njoku these days.
2017 NFL Draft: TE David Njoku to Miami Dolphins gathering steam

2017 NFL Draft: TE David Njoku to Miami Dolphins gathering steam

Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku (86) picks up yardage against North Carolina. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) It’s good to be David Njoku these days.
2017 NFL Draft: If Dolphins shuffle O-line, consider UM’s Danny Isidora

2017 NFL Draft: If Dolphins shuffle O-line, consider UM’s Danny Isidora

Danny Isidora has the classic offensive lineman mentality toward his job, and that should serve him well in the NFL. It took little time for him to embrace that this isn’t one of football’s glamour positions and that it’s worth aspiring toward going unnoticed. Dependability is a virtue, and for the last three years, the University of Miami never had to worry about its right...
Improved 3-point shooting has Heat guard Goran Dragic going to the line more

Improved 3-point shooting has Heat guard Goran Dragic going to the line more

  Miami’ Goran Dragic is shooting better from deep which is translating into more free throws.

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills cancels trip to Israel amid controversy

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is one of a half-dozen NFL players who pulled out of what was supposed to be a goodwill trip to Israel but instead became the target of a political tussle.
2017 NFL draft: ACC-high nine Miami Hurricanes invited to NFL combine

2017 NFL draft: ACC-high nine Miami Hurricanes invited to NFL combine

Brad Kaaya warms up for the Russell Athletic Bowl. (Getty Images) [UM AD talks IPF, Edwards, facilities, spring game] [Recruiting: DT Silvera commits to Miami] [Njoku to NFL combine; more Canes to follow?
Erik Spoelstra’s message to Heat with trade deadline approaching: ‘Buckle up’ and stay away from social media

Erik Spoelstra’s message to Heat with trade deadline approaching: ‘Buckle up’ and stay away from social media

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat follows the play during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Best eats on the Boulevard: PGA Dining Guide

Best eats on the Boulevard: PGA Dining Guide

A golf fan can work up quite an appetite watching the action on the greens at Honda Classic, the challenging first stop on the PGA Tour’s Florida swing. And the PGA National Resort and Spa, home of the Classic, is not a bad place for a hungry fan. Not only does the resort offer a solid trio of dining and sipping options, it sits at the western edge of an entire boulevard of eating and drinking...
Heat mailbag: First pick of the draft or first round playoff victory. … Which would you prefer?

Heat mailbag: First pick of the draft or first round playoff victory. … Which would you prefer?

The playoffs are a magical time in Miami. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)   HOUSTON – The Miami Heat remain in the playoff picture, just two games out of the eighth spot, despite dropping their last two games.
Up, down or out: As spring training nears, a look at baseball’s window treatment

Up, down or out: As spring training nears, a look at baseball’s window treatment

It’s such an inviting word: window. Just look at those first three letters. Everyone wants to win, right? As spring training opens this week, in Florida and Arizona, there’s powerful symbolism in opening a window to a new season, drinking in the blue sky and dreaming of the best. Executives are more realistic. Under the last collective bargaining agreement, and the new one reached last...
Memo to the Patriots: You've got your Super Bowl, now please move on from Deflategate

Memo to the Patriots: You've got your Super Bowl, now please move on from Deflategate

Each week, The Washington Post's Mark Maske provides in-depth NFL analysis with "First and 10," a dissection of the league's most important developments. First: Time to move on from Deflategate Revisiting Deflategate during the Super Bowl buildup and in the immediate aftermath of the New England Patriots' stunning overtime victory was justified. It was the culmination to the Patriots' Deflategate...
The World Baseball Classic creates special challenges for the Orioles and MLB

The World Baseball Classic creates special challenges for the Orioles and MLB

The Baltimore Orioles are preparing to tiptoe through the logistical problems that accompany this year's World Baseball Classic, and they'll undoubtedly pay official lip service to the importance of baseball's global reach, but the event really isn't compatible with the way Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter need to prepare their team during spring training.  Maybe you can say that about any major...
How the ACC's championship contenders measure up

How the ACC's championship contenders measure up

In about three weeks, the ACCs regular season will be over. In about four weeks, so will the ACC tournament. You know the old saying: seems like yesterday N.C. State was surrounded by hope and optimism, and then you wake up one day near mid-February and the Wolfpack is near last place.  More on the ACC's most disappointing team later. For now, there are contenders to discuss, and with three weeks...
NCAA deal pays athletes back for hidden costs of a full ride

NCAA deal pays athletes back for hidden costs of a full ride

Shawne Alston’s family did not have much money when he was growing up in a rough part of Newport News, Virginia. He can remember some of his friends going to jail and some losing their lives to gang violence. Football was always Alston’s escape. It was his way out, too. He earned an athletic scholarship to West Virginia, where he enrolled in 2009. At the end of his third season, Alston...
Blackhawk Tootoo relishes sober life after years of alcohol abuse

Blackhawk Tootoo relishes sober life after years of alcohol abuse

Jordin Tootoo sits at the dining room table cradling his daughter while she drinks from a bottle, laughing when the 8-month-old gives a contented "ahhh."  That scene is a stark contrast to when, as a teenager, Tootoo showed up to his future wife's Sweet 16 birthday party carrying a six-pack of beer. Or later when he would grab his best friend by the ankles to drag him out of bed so...
Barry scores 30, No. 15 Florida races past Auburn 114-95

Barry scores 30, No. 15 Florida races past Auburn 114-95

With defensive stops hard to come by, Canyon Barry and the Florida Gators simply scored more than they had all season. Barry scored a season-high 30 points and the 15th-ranked Gators kept up with high-scoring Auburn for a half, then sprinted away to a 114-95 victory Tuesday night. Known more for their stingy defense, the Gators (21-5, 11-2 Southeastern Conference) blew past their previous scoring...
Dave George: Don Mattingly brings continuity to Marlins

Dave George: Don Mattingly brings continuity to Marlins

The coolest thing about the Miami Marlins’ opening workout for pitchers and catchers on Tuesday was seeing Don Mattingly there. The man is as calm and consistently reliable as a baseball lifer can be. They call him Donnie Baseball, for crying out loud, and he wears the title well. The Marlins, on the other hand, are a franchise that is known for erratic fits and starts, as directed by team owner...
New stage of grieving for Miami Marlins as camp opens

New stage of grieving for Miami Marlins as camp opens

Even before the first workout of spring training began, Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos felt Jose Fernandez's absence — and presence. Ramos lingered a little too long in the clubhouse and had to scramble to join his teammates for the start of stretching. He barely avoided a fine. "I was almost late," Ramos said. "Right off the bat, Jose would have yelling at me. I could hear his...
No Tiger is no longer such a big problem

No Tiger is no longer such a big problem

Tiger Woods skipped his hometown tournament for the first time in 2002 to recover from remnants of a virus. That prompted a Los Angeles Times columnist to ask an annoying question to players at Riviera. Why would anyone come out to watch if Tiger isn't playing? Among the victims that day were defending champion Robert Allenby ("Then don't come — go home") and two-time Riviera champion...

Ex-Dolphins CB Bené Benwikere signs with Cincinnati Bengals

Bene Benwikere is moving on to Cincinnati. (Getty Images) It’s been a frustrating fall for cornerback Bené Benwikere.