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5 takeaways from Heat-Hornets: Somehow, some way Heat win with incredible late-game rally

Miami Heat’s James Johnson goes up to dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Heat have overcome a lot this season, but it looked like there was just too much to overcome Saturday. The second night of a back-to-back set, the fifth game in...
Shane Battier didn’t always think he would stay in Miami, but now he considers it ‘home’

Shane Battier didn’t always think he would stay in Miami, but now he considers it ‘home’

Shane Battier accepted a front office position with the Heat as the vice president of basketball development and analytics last year. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Shane Battier signed with the Heat in the 2011 offseason, he saw Miami as a temporary home. More than six years later, Battier is still a South Florida resident. And it doesn’t look...
2018 NFL free agents: Dolphins risk making gigantic mistake with Jarvis Landry

2018 NFL free agents: Dolphins risk making gigantic mistake with Jarvis Landry

Has Jarvis Landry already played his last game for the Miami Dolphins? (Getty Images) Pretty much every comment that comes from Jarvis Landry or the Dolphins while a potential new contract is in negotiation is nothing more than posturing as one side tries to save a little money and the other pushes for as much it can get. But there’s one statement that resonates. It&rsquo...
What to know about tonight’s game: Goran Dragic not expected to play vs. Hornets due to bruised knee

What to know about tonight’s game: Goran Dragic not expected to play vs. Hornets due to bruised knee

Miami Heat’s James Johnson (16) and Josh Richardson (0) react during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) MIAMI HEAT AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 26-19,...
Heat have not lost consecutive games in more than six weeks; hoping trend continues in Charlotte

Heat have not lost consecutive games in more than six weeks; hoping trend continues in Charlotte

Miami’s James Johnson and Josh Richardson react during the second half of its loss at Brooklyn on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) NEW YORK – The Miami Hea t let one get away Friday in Brooklyn, something they have not done in a long time. And although the Heat (26-19) remain in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, one half game ahead of Washington...
Five takeaways: Heat surrender 16 point lead, lose again to lowly Nets

Five takeaways: Heat surrender 16 point lead, lose again to lowly Nets

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside dunks in front of Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll during Friday’s game. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) BROOKLYN – The Miami Heat had the pace where they wanted and Hassan Whiteside was having another “monster” game. Then, it all turned. The Heat squandered a 16-point third-quarter lead to the Brooklyn Nets...
Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains looks to make QB Ryan Tannehill a star

Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains looks to make QB Ryan Tannehill a star

Ryan Tannehill is now in Dowell Loggains’ hands. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) Ryan Tannehill might not have any familiarity with new Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, but Loggains has a pretty good handle on what he’s getting into with his new quarterback. He began scouting Tannehill in advance of the 2012 draft, when Loggains was the Titans’ offensive coordinator...
Who’s buried in Jakeem Grant’s shadow? Miami Dolphins’ 5-6 offensive coordinator

Who’s buried in Jakeem Grant’s shadow? Miami Dolphins’ 5-6 offensive coordinator

Then-Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains (right) talks with the much larger offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Dowell Loggains is still settling into his new job as offensive coordinator of the Dolphins, but he already has one part of his game plans down pat, and it involves receiver Jakeem Grant. “I’ll probably try to stand...
New OC Dowell Loggains: Reunion with Dolphins coach Adam Gase ‘no-brainer’

New OC Dowell Loggains: Reunion with Dolphins coach Adam Gase ‘no-brainer’

The Dolphins officially announced Dowell Loggains as their new offensive coordinator today. (Getty Images) New Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains likes to get straight to business with no concern for hurting anyone’s feelings, and that makes him a good fit with coach Adam Gase as they hunker down to sift through everything they need to fix this offseason...
Dave George: Derek Jeter’s latest error a real piece of art

Dave George: Derek Jeter’s latest error a real piece of art

This is classic. The Miami Marlins are on an austerity program for fans, briskly stripping the club of its most watchable talent, and now the one asset with any kind of spectacular qualities is on the demolition list, too? Yes, Derek Jeter and the rest of the team’s new ownership group are offended by the gaudy home-run sculpture out in left-center field at Marlins Park and would like to see...
Former Miami Hurricanes LB Darrion Owens heading to Houston

Former Miami Hurricanes LB Darrion Owens heading to Houston

Darrion Owens during a 2016 Miami practice. (Miami Herald) [ Chad Thomas will play in the Senior Bowl ] [ Grad transfer DT on the way to UM? ] Former Canes linebacker Darrion Owens will reunite with Mark D’Onofrio in Houston. Owens, who left Miami after the season, will play for his former defensive...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra happy to see Hornets’ Steve Clifford back on bench

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra happy to see Hornets’ Steve Clifford back on bench

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra yells to the officials during the Heat’s victory at Indiana last week. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) NEW YORK – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will be happy to see Hornets coach Steve Clifford back on the bench when Miami plays at Charlotte on Saturday. Clifford, 56, returned to the bench Wednesday after missing more than a month to deal with...
Miami Dolphins promote WR coach Shawn Jefferson to assistant head coach

Miami Dolphins promote WR coach Shawn Jefferson to assistant head coach

Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills (10) runs a drill past then-wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson in 2016. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Shawn Jefferson’s climb up the Dolphins’ coaching ladder isn’t taking much time. The Dolphins announced a handful of changes to Adam Gase’s coaching staff Friday afternoon — many of which were already known &mdash...
Dolphins move OC Clyde Christensen to Director of Football & Player Development

Dolphins move OC Clyde Christensen to Director of Football & Player Development

Clyde Christensen is sticking around. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) The Dolphins are officially announcing Dowell Loggains as their new offensive coordinator today, but Clyde Christensen will remain on staff. Christensen will take the title of Director of Football & Player Development, which will keep him heavily involved in practice, working with players and coaches...
Heat’s Wayne Ellington showing he’s much more than a 3-point threat

Heat’s Wayne Ellington showing he’s much more than a 3-point threat

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington drives against Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon during Miami’s win in Milwaukee on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) NEW YORK – Now that Wayne Ellington has become one of the biggest 3-point threats in the league, the Heat guard is taking advantage of opponents overplaying that part of his game. Twice in the...
What could grad transfer DT Tito Odenigbo bring to Miami Hurricanes?

What could grad transfer DT Tito Odenigbo bring to Miami Hurricanes?

Illinois defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo sits on the bench during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 14, 2017, in Champaign, Ill. Odenigbo is reportedly on his way to Miami as a graduate transfer. (AP) [ Scouting each 2018 Miami opponent, see schedule ] Miami has added a former Illinois defensive tackle as a graduate transfer, according to recruiting...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s presence at ceremony to honor Hassan Whiteside ‘meant a lot’

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s presence at ceremony to honor Hassan Whiteside ‘meant a lot’

Hassan Whiteside received support from assistant coach Octavio De La Grana, Bam Adebayo, coach Erik Spoelstra, Goran Dragic and James Johnson on Thursday when his number was retired at East Side High in Newark. (Photo courtesy Miami Heat) NEW YORK – Hassan Whiteside already was excited about being honored by one of his former high schools, but the day became more special...
Where does Dolphins’ Adam Gase stand among 2016 NFL head coach hires?

Where does Dolphins’ Adam Gase stand among 2016 NFL head coach hires?

Adam Gase hasn’t been great or terrible thus far. (AP) Considering he hasn’t been fired and doesn’t have a winless season on his record, Dolphins coach Adam Gase is doing fine among his peers from the 2016 hiring class. Still having a job is pretty much the threshold for being considered a success among that group. While there was certainly disappointment...
Rob Gronkowski, an all-timer in regular season and playoffs

Rob Gronkowski, an all-timer in regular season and playoffs

He is a free spirit on a buttoned-down team, but the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is as serious as anybody when it's time to get down to business, especially in the postseason. With 835 career postseason receiving yards, he is 13 away from breaking the all-time mark for tight ends of 847 by Dallas Clark. He has 58 career playoff receptions, fifth all-time among tight ends and just six receptions...
Heat mailbag: Where does Rodney McGruder fit in when he returns? That and trade stuff

Heat mailbag: Where does Rodney McGruder fit in when he returns? That and trade stuff

Miami Heat wingman Rodney McGruder has not played this season but he has been doing court work and he should be returning soon. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) NEW YORK – The Heat mailbag is filling up so it’s time to start emptying it out. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and ...
Did Miami Dolphins’ defensive line meet expectations? ‘Absolutely not’

Did Miami Dolphins’ defensive line meet expectations? ‘Absolutely not’

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins’ MVP in 2017, pressures Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post) What went wrong for the Dolphins this season? What went right (if anything)? We assigned letter grades to each position group after every game. So with the season over, it’s time to issue final grades and see who flunked...
What to know about tonight’s game: Heat attempt to avenge blowout loss vs. Nets

What to know about tonight’s game: Heat attempt to avenge blowout loss vs. Nets

D’Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket against Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat in the second half during their Pre Season game at Barclays Center on October 5, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT AT BROOKLYN NETS When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. TV/Radio...
Baker Mayfield makes his plea: “#GetMeToMiami”

Baker Mayfield makes his plea: “#GetMeToMiami”

Quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners would apparently love to live and work in Miami. Join the club, buddy. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) Everybody wants to live in paradise. Add Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to the list of folks who want to live and work in South Florida. “#GetMeToMiami,” Mayfield appeared to write from a verified account during...

FAU to name Brian Battle interim athletic director

Florida Atlantic is prepared to name Brian Battle, a high-ranking member of the athletics department, as the school’s interim athletic director following Pat Chun’s departure for Washington State, The Post has learned. Battle currently serves as the University’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and previously held the same position at UNC Greensboro. A 1991...
2018 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper says Senior Bowl big for possible Dolphins target Baker Mayfield

2018 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper says Senior Bowl big for possible Dolphins target Baker Mayfield

Everything Mayfield does will be heavily scrutinized. (Getty Images) There’s a wide range of possibilities for the Dolphins with the No. 11 pick in this year’s draft, which will be the highest they’ve chose since taking Dion Jordan third overall in 2013. While ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper currently has them taking Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchy...
Bernhard Langer, John Daly to play Boca Raton Championship next month

Bernhard Langer, John Daly to play Boca Raton Championship next month

Bernhard Langer and John Daly — the most dominant and perhaps the most popular players on the PGA Tour Champions, respectively — have committed to play in the Boca Raton Championship Presented by Sallyport at Broken Sound on Feb. 5-11. *PGA and FedEx Cup champ Justin Thomas to play Honda Classic Langer, a Hall of Famer and longtime Boca Raton who serves as the unofficial host of the tournament...
This is exactly why the Miami Dolphins badly slipped under Adam Gase in 2017

This is exactly why the Miami Dolphins badly slipped under Adam Gase in 2017

Under Jay Cutler, the Dolphins could move the ball through the air. They just couldn’t do it efficiently, avoiding turnovers. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) The formula that conspired to turn the Dolphins from a 10-win playoff team to a 6-10 also-ran can be boiled down to two glaring problems: 1) the inability to get the starting backfield on the field and...
How will FAU address QB situation after Jason Driskel’s retirement?

How will FAU address QB situation after Jason Driskel’s retirement?

As Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel leaves football following his retirement on Thursday, his former head coach has a new problem. With Driskel leaving football to complete his engineering degree and ex-Dwyer star Daniel Parr transferring to Duquesne, the quarterback competition that Owls coach Lane Kiffin promised after his team’s Boca Raton Bowl victory last month will now look much...
Grading the Miami Dolphins’ 2017 free agent class after Year 1

Grading the Miami Dolphins’ 2017 free agent class after Year 1

Kenny Stills’ contract looks like a good one . (Andres Leiva/The Post) Free agency’s had ups and downs for the Dolphins, and their most recent batch of deals didn’t work out particularly well in 2017. Vice president Mike Tannenbaum didn’t want to get into specifics at the team’s season ending press conference, but it was clear he didn’t...
NCAA says Miami’s loss in Orange Bowl counts as a home loss

NCAA says Miami’s loss in Orange Bowl counts as a home loss

  MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: A detailed view of Capital One Orange Bowl signage on pylon before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) An interesting short item (a brite, in newspaper terms) moved on the Associated Press wire...
Miami Dolphins’ Nick Buoniconti warns parents: ‘CTE has taken my life away’

Miami Dolphins’ Nick Buoniconti warns parents: ‘CTE has taken my life away’

Dolphins Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti said tackle football before age 14 is ‘all risk with no reward.’ (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis ) Dolphins Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, saying “CTE has taken my life away,” joined a group of researchers and doctors Thursday in urging parents to not enroll their...
NHL teams hide injury information, but it might be hurting players

NHL teams hide injury information, but it might be hurting players

Ken Hitchcock was tired of the dance. In his 22nd year behind an NHL bench, the Dallas Stars head coach decided he would break from the prevalent, league-wide trend of referring publicly to player injuries only as "upper body" or "lower body" ailments. "It's an injury and within two hours after we tell you [the media] it's upper body, you know exactly what it is, so why not...
Hurricane Harvey destroyed their school. Now they share a building with their rival

Hurricane Harvey destroyed their school. Now they share a building with their rival

The final Summer Creek High School bell chimed, sending more than 2,000 chatty, energetic students into the parking lot and headed for home. But before Principal Brent McDonald could make his way outside to direct traffic, a murmur of voices began to swell inside the school. Even though the main hallway was now empty, the noise grew louder. It was coming from behind a gate separating the hallway and...
What do owners of Patriots, Rams, Grizzlies and Flyers have in common? A big bet on eSports

What do owners of Patriots, Rams, Grizzlies and Flyers have in common? A big bet on eSports

The Overwatch League christened its inaugural season this month in largely the same ways as any professional sports league's opening day. The very best players in the world donned uniforms representing their teams. Fans packed an arena, purchasing licensed merchandise in addition to concessions. And announcers broadcast the action for hundreds of thousands more watching at home. The setting was consistent...
In final four, Minnesota has momentum and clearer path

In final four, Minnesota has momentum and clearer path

There was no shortage of exciting games in the divisional round, with upsets in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and a shocking last-minute win in Minnesota. As the dust settled, a group of four teams emerged as the contenders for the two spots in Super Bowl 52, which will be held at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. Tom Brady is the only quarterback left who could claim to be one of the NFL&rsquo...
The case for Heat guard Goran Dragic to be an All-Star

The case for Heat guard Goran Dragic to be an All-Star

It is up to the coaches to add Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) NEW YORK – This time, the coaches just cannot ignore the Miami Heat. A year ago, Miami being shut out of the All-Star Game was justified. The Heat had the second-worst record in the league the first half of the season and the second-half turnaround was still...
8 fearless predictions

8 fearless predictions

The inaugural edition of my weekly NBA newsletter was close enough to Jan. 1 that, to me, there was only one sensible place to start: Predictions. So, I’ve assembled an eight-deep compendium of fearless forecasts to prepare you for what awaits in 2018.  My best advice when it comes to the looming third installment of the LeBron Sweepstakes: Don’t just assume he’s going to the...

Analytics guy failed to compute one thing: How to Be accepted in Mexico

On a wintry night in December, Anton Dahbura sat on his couch, transfixed by a baseball game 2,000 miles away in Mexico. He winced and shuffled notes. A few times, he yelled at three computer and television screens streaming the game. “Wait,” he exclaimed nervously as the manager of the team he was closely following trudged to the mound. “What’s he doing?” Few baseball...
Reunions, potential pitfalls highlight the 2018 ACC football schedule

Reunions, potential pitfalls highlight the 2018 ACC football schedule

Highlights, and lowlights, of the 2018 ACC football schedule to ponder as you pass the days until the season kicks off:   ———   Hey, Virginia and N.C. State really are in the same conference. So are Duke and Clemson. Amazing.   The ACC killed off some its original matchups when it expanded in 2004. It only got worse in 2013 when it grew to 14 teams. ...
FAU starting quarterback Jason Driskel announces retirement

FAU starting quarterback Jason Driskel announces retirement

Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel, who posted career highs in nearly every major passing category and helped lead the team to an 11-3 record and a Boca Raton Bowl victory in 2017, has announced his retirement from football. A rising fifth-year senior, Driskel took to Twitter on Thursday morning to thank FAU and his previous coaches. Instead of finishing his collegiate career, Driskel will...
Top 10 Miami Dolphins under 25: How ready are they?

Top 10 Miami Dolphins under 25: How ready are they?

Will Laremy Tunsil live up to his enormous potential in 2018? (Getty Images) Cameron Wake was a Pro Bowler in 2016 and in 2017, he recorded more than 10 sacks in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. But at the end of this month, he’ll turn 36 years old. It’s not realistic to expect Wake to produce at the same level next season as he has the last two. It would...
Behind the numbers: Heat playing like one of top teams in NBA over past 20 games

Behind the numbers: Heat playing like one of top teams in NBA over past 20 games

Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat passes the ball around Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls to teammate Bam Adebayo #13 at the United Center on January 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) MIAMI — Somehow, some way, the Heat own the eighth-best record in the NBA at 26-18. Here are five tidbits of information from the first 44...
Here’s what Dolphins envy about each of NFL’s last 4 teams standing

Here’s what Dolphins envy about each of NFL’s last 4 teams standing

Stefon Diggs and the Vikings are where the Dolphins want to be. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) When the NFL holds its version of the Final Four on Sunday with the Jaguars, Patriots, Vikings and Eagles, South Florida will be watching with a tinge of envy. Each one of these four teams has managed to do something the Dolphins can’t figure out. For New England, the...
Picks and kicks: Here’s Part II of Miami Dolphins plays of the year

Picks and kicks: Here’s Part II of Miami Dolphins plays of the year

Kenyan Drake celebrates his 42-yard touchdown run against the Broncos by imitating LeBron James’ pregame chalk toss. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) Just because it was a downer of a season — with the Dolphins managing just six wins — doesn’t mean it didn’t have its moments. Today, we bring you the second of a two-part installment of the 10 best plays...
Heat’s Hassan Whiteside after best game of season: ‘Coach really trusted me’

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside after best game of season: ‘Coach really trusted me’

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside gets in the path of Milaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon during the Heat’s victory at the Bucks on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) BROOKLYN – If Hassan Whiteside ever forgets, his coach will always remind him – Never be satisfied. “He knows what I’m going to say,” Erik Spoelstra said after Whiteside’s monster game...
Five takeaways: Hassan Whiteside’s big night powers Heat past Bucks

Five takeaways: Hassan Whiteside’s big night powers Heat past Bucks

Miami’s Goran Dragic and Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe go after a loose ball during the first half of the Heat’s game at the Bucks on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) MILWAUKEE – This is the Hassan Whiteside the Miami Heat have been looking for since the big man returned from his knee injury. And the Heat needed every big of Whiteside’s inspired effort to get...
Dave George: New FAU AD will need to babysit Lane Kiffin

Dave George: New FAU AD will need to babysit Lane Kiffin

Pat Chun goes into every job with his eyes wide open. He can handle being Mike Leach’s athletic director at Washington State, a move soon to be announced, just as he officially handled the hiring of Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic and confidently answered all the tough questions about said hire. And just as Chun handled leaving a comfortable position inside the monstrously successful fundraising...
Analysis: John Calipari says Kentucky is ‘fine’ after Florida loss, but is it?

Analysis: John Calipari says Kentucky is ‘fine’ after Florida loss, but is it?

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky lost for the second time in as many games, the third time in SEC play and fifth time overall this season on Saturday night against Florida. The Wildcats coughed up mind-boggling turnovers, had another horrible 3-point shooting night, turned a rousing start into a rotten finish again. But strangely, when it was over, the 66-64...
UCLA falls on the road to Oregon: Three things we learned

UCLA falls on the road to Oregon: Three things we learned

It was a road trip in which UCLA could not afford to be swept. And yet that’s exactly what happened, as a loss at Oregon State on Thursday preceded another to Oregon on Saturday night in a game that the Bruins fought and fought and fought — and ultimately fell short. UCLA lost, 94-91, going down big early, only to battle all the way back to within three before the...
Oregon basketball survives comeback from UCLA: Three things we learned

Oregon basketball survives comeback from UCLA: Three things we learned

In a fight for Pac-12 relevancy, the Oregon Ducks survived a frenetic comeback from UCLA on Saturday night, 94-91. The Ducks leapt out to a quick lead, claiming a 17-point advantage late in the first half — an advantage that proved to be barely enough. UCLA fought back to within three but couldn’t put the comeback together. It was a much-needed win for Oregon, which...
Kentucky basketball: Freshman guard Jemarl Baker ‘not close’ to returning

Kentucky basketball: Freshman guard Jemarl Baker ‘not close’ to returning

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman shooting guard Jemarl Baker has been sidelined the whole season after having a knee surgery in the preseason, and Kentucky will likely be without him for the foreseeable future. “I don’t think he’s close,” Calipari said Saturday after Kentucky’s loss to Florida on Saturday. “I haven’t seen him...
Kentucky basketball: What John Calipari said after Kentucky’s loss to Florida

Kentucky basketball: What John Calipari said after Kentucky’s loss to Florida

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky fell to Florida 66-64 Saturday night at Rupp Arena, and the first question John Calipari fielded after the game was about a controversial no-call that left Wildcats fans furious. Here’s everything Calipari said after the game. Q. Did you think PJ Washington was fouled on the final play? COACH CALIPARI: Let me — I’ve been asked...
USC survives Oregon State with second half surge; 3 things we learned about the Trojans

USC survives Oregon State with second half surge; 3 things we learned about the Trojans

The USC Trojans improved to 6-2 in Pac-12 play, remaining firmly among the contenders for a league title, with a 74-67 win over the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday. Here’s what we learned about USC in their win: The win for USC was the Trojans’ fourth straight since their loss to Stanford. At 6-2 in the league, the Trojans are nipping at Arizona’s heels in the Pac-12...
Kentucky basketball: Wildcats react to late, controversial no-call on tying attempt

Kentucky basketball: Wildcats react to late, controversial no-call on tying attempt

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari couldn’t believe he was asked about the no-call that went against Kentucky in the final seconds of a 66-64 loss Saturday to Florida, but surely the coach knew the question was coming. “I’ve been asked some dumb questions in my life — I don’t mean to embarrass you — but everybody saw it,” Calipari said of ...
The 3-pointer: What we learned from Alabama basketball’s XX Mississippi State

The 3-pointer: What we learned from Alabama basketball’s XX Mississippi State

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball needed all 40 minutes to put away the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday night. After building a 20-point lead, Alabama watched it all slip away and had to hang on for a 68-62 victory inside Coleman Coliseum. Alabama was without star freshman Collin Sexton (abdominal) for the second straight game. Alabama missed Collin Sexton’s offensive punch...

Basketball: No. 3 Boca Raton girls rout No. 1 Palm Beach Lakes

Boca Raton and Palm Beach Lakes originally were not going to play this season. But one of the Bobcats’ games was canceled, and Boca Raton coach Nhu Nguyen knew who he would call. “We tried to get a game together — but at the beginning of the season, I didn’t have a game available — because coach Cassandra (Rahming) wanted to play,” Nguyen said. “I knew it...
Controversial call: Did refs miss no-call in final seconds of Florida-Kentucky finish?

Controversial call: Did refs miss no-call in final seconds of Florida-Kentucky finish?

It wouldn’t be SEC basketball without a little bit of controversy at the end of games. Saturday night’s thriller between Florida and Kentucky was no different. The Gators came away victorious, winning 66-64 in Lexington. And Kentucky certainly had its chances to tie or win the game down the stretch. But it’s worth wondering if forward P.J. Washington should&rsquo...
Florida basketball: Gators close out momentous win at Kentucky to stay atop SEC standings

Florida basketball: Gators close out momentous win at Kentucky to stay atop SEC standings

Speaking a day earlier, Florida coach Mike White wouldn’t assign any heightened significance to the Gators’ clash with Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Saturday night. Just one of the many games left on the schedule, White said. But this wasn’t just any win for the Gators as they took control late and finished off a 66-64 victory over the No. 18 Wildcats. Florida (14-5, 6-1...
Kentucky basketball: Wildcats save streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer

Kentucky basketball: Wildcats save streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s streak of 1,031 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer was in question Saturday against Florida, but redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo sank a deep shot from the corner with 8:10 left in the game. Kentucky has now gone 1,032 consecutive games with a make from deep. It’s the longest 3-point streak in the nation followed by UNLV...
New Duke commit Zion Williamson explains reasons for picking Blue Devils

New Duke commit Zion Williamson explains reasons for picking Blue Devils

Zion Williamson, widely considered the nation’s No. 2 recruit in the 2018 class, made a stunning announcement Saturday when he verbally committed to Duke, choosing the Blue Devils over Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky. Williamson’s announcement means the top 3 recruits in the 2018 class — and four of the top 10 prospects, per ESPN&rsquo...
Huskies earn third Pac-12 road win over Colorado; 3 things we learned

Huskies earn third Pac-12 road win over Colorado; 3 things we learned

The Washington Huskies beat the Colorado Buffaloes 72-62 on Saturday, improving their record to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in Pac-12 play while also snapping a 2-game losing streak. Here’s what we learned about Washington in its win: Coming into this year, the Huskies had lost 14-straight road games within the Pac-12. That narrative has reversed this year, as Washington is 3-1 away from...

FAU’s three-game winning streak snapped by Old Dominion

Ronald Delph’s game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds weren’t enough for the Florida Atlantic Owls, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped by Old Dominion 73-62 in a Conference USA men’s basketball matchup Saturday afternoon at FAU Arena. Looking to win their second consecutive game against Old Dominion (16-4, 6-1) after losing their first five, FAU (9-10, 3-4) kept things...
South Carolina basketball: What Frank Martin said after the Tennessee game

South Carolina basketball: What Frank Martin said after the Tennessee game

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin met with reporters after the 70-63 loss to No. 21 Tennessee. Here’s what the Gamecocks coach had to say, after the Gamecocks dropped to 12-7 (3-4 SEC). “Unfortunately, we let a great opportunity slipped right through our hands. We were playing with fire with our low shooting percentage, but what...
What Bill Self said after Kansas defends home court against Baylor

What Bill Self said after Kansas defends home court against Baylor

Kansas survived a thriller against Baylor at home on Saturday, winning 70-67. Malik Newman led the Jayhawks with 24 points, proving to be the exception on a night where Kansas struggled offensively. Here’s what Bill Self and others had to say about the team’s 6th win in Big 12 play: The post What Bill Self said after Kansas defends home court against Baylor appeared...
Miami recruiting: Hurricanes flip 3-star DE from Florida, land second 2019 commit of the day

Miami recruiting: Hurricanes flip 3-star DE from Florida, land second 2019 commit of the day

It appears Miami’s recruiting success in the class of 2018 is already carrying over to the future. Saturday, the Hurricanes landed two new commitments in the 2019 class, both from in-state prospects. The most recent of the two came from 3-star defensive end Cameron Williams. Williams, who had initially committed to Florida in July, flipped his commitment to the Hurricanes...
Former Penn State S Troy Apke wins NFLPA Collegiate Bowl MVP

Former Penn State S Troy Apke wins NFLPA Collegiate Bowl MVP

After each college football season, numerous postseason all-star games take place leading up to the NFL draft each April. One such game is the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and former Penn State safety Troy Apke showed scouts why he belongs at the next level. The National squad faced the American team, and Apke’s National side won the game convincingly, 23-0. Apke was the...
Five-star recruit Zion Williamson commits to Duke

Five-star recruit Zion Williamson commits to Duke

On a day its basketball team dominated an overmatched Pitt team, Duke just pulled off a shocking upset. Zion Williamson, the country’s No. 2 recruit according to ESPN’s rankings, announced at a commitment ceremony on Saturday evening at his high school that he will attend Duke. Williamson chose the Blue Devils over Clemson, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and South...
3 things from Tennessee basketball 70-63 win at South Carolina

3 things from Tennessee basketball 70-63 win at South Carolina

Tennessee earned a hard-fought road win at South Carolina on Saturday night, topping the Gamecocks 70-63 at Colonial Life Arena. Vols’ guard Lamonte Turner came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points, pacing No. 21-ranked Tennessee (13-5, 4-3 SEC) early and often against South Carolina (12-7, 3-4). Turner was 6-of-9 shooting from the floor (3-of-3 from three) and...
Kansas polishes off perfect week with stingy win over Baylor; 3 things we learned

Kansas polishes off perfect week with stingy win over Baylor; 3 things we learned

Kansas finished off a 2-0 week on Saturday evening with a 70-67 win over Baylor. It was a stingy offensive effort for both sides, with both teams shooting well under 50 percent in the game. Malik Newman delivered another stellar game, dropping 24 points to lead Kansas. With wins over West Virginia and Baylor this week, Kansas is alone atop the Big 12 standings with a 6-1 mark in conference...
Kentucky basketball: 5-star target Zion Williamson commits to Duke

Kentucky basketball: 5-star target Zion Williamson commits to Duke

Zion Williamson, the No. 3 prospect in the 2018 class, committed to Duke on Saturday night. He chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Clemson, North Carolina, Kansas and South Carolina. The 6-foot-6 and 275-pound forward was the highest-ranked prospect available in the 2018 class. The Spartanburg, S.C., native was heavily favored to commit to Clemson. Kentucky hasn’t signed...
South Carolina basketball: Observations from the Tennessee game

South Carolina basketball: Observations from the Tennessee game

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina basketball to No. 21 Tennessee on Saturday night at Colonial Life Arena, 70-63. A couple of quick observations: Chris Silva spent much of the evening in foul trouble. Without his presence inside, South Carolina gave up a lot in the paint to Tennessee, where the Vols dominated, 32-16. Somehow, it didn’t carry over...
Duke basketball: Dirty foul may have sparked return of the ‘old’ Grayson Allen

Duke basketball: Dirty foul may have sparked return of the ‘old’ Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen appeared poised to shatter the already sky-high expectations surrounding his senior season when he put on a show at the Champions Classic on Nov. 15, scoring a career-high 37 points against Michigan State. Since, however, Allen has appeared to enter an unending funk — until Saturday. In Duke’s blowout win over Pitt, Allen scored 16 points — his most in five...
California DT prospect commits to Oklahoma State

California DT prospect commits to Oklahoma State

According to a post from his twitter account, Samuela Tuihalamaka from Mater Dei (CA) has committed to Oklahoma State. Tuihalamaka has not officially signed with the Cowboys yet, but will sign on February 7th. He’s a three-star prospect according to 247 Sports. Tuihalamaka is Oklahoma State’s 23rd commit in the class of 2018, and is currently the only member of the Cowboys&rsquo...
Instant analysis: No. 17 Auburn basketball stifles Georgia in another second-half comeback win

Instant analysis: No. 17 Auburn basketball stifles Georgia in another second-half comeback win

AUBURN, Ala. — There’s just something about Auburn basketball in the second half — especially at home — that can’t be explained this season. No. 17 Auburn trailed by double-digits once again late in the first half of an SEC game. And, once again, Bruce Pearl’s Tigers rallied to keep their spot atop the SEC standings with a 79-65 win inside...
In-state 2019 DE Cameron Williams flips from Florida to Miami

In-state 2019 DE Cameron Williams flips from Florida to Miami

Literally minutes after the Gators got great news for their 2018 recruiting class, they got less than stellar news for their 2019 class. Cameron Williams, a 3-star defensive end from Hollywood, Fla., in the class of 2019, announced his decision to flip his commitment from Florida to Miami on his Twitter account on Saturday night. 247Sports lists Williams as the 30th-best...
USC football officially announces 2 new assistant coaches

USC football officially announces 2 new assistant coaches

USC’s 2018 coaching football staff is now complete with the promotion of two quality control assistants to full-time positions. Bryan Ellis will be the Trojans’ quarterback coach while Keary Colbert will coach tight ends and inside receivers, a position created by the NCAA allowing FBS teams to add a 10 th assistant. “I have been extremely ...
Florida lands commitment from 4-star WR Justin Watkins

Florida lands commitment from 4-star WR Justin Watkins

Florida coach Dan Mullen landed a commitment Saturday from 4-star wide receiver Justin Watkins. The Under Armour All-American from East Ridge High School (Clermont, Fla.) is one of five official visitors for the Gators this weekend. The post Florida lands commitment from 4-star WR Justin Watkins appeared first on SEC Country.
Mike Leach speaks on Hilinski’s memorial

Mike Leach speaks on Hilinski’s memorial

Washington State head coach Mike Leach spoke publicly about the suicide death of Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski. In a report by the  Associated Press, Leach says the former WSU quarterback showed no outward signs of depression. From the AP: A coroner confirmed Hilinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Tuesday. Hilinski threw for 1,176 yards and 7 touchdowns...
South Carolina football: Colonial Life Arena greets the Gamecocks

South Carolina football: Colonial Life Arena greets the Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina football team was recognized on Saturday, during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Tennessee. SEC Country was on hand as Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks were greeted by a near-capcity crowd at Colonial Life Arena. Check out the Facebook Live below. Updates from the Gamecocks recruiting weekend ...
Arizona outlasts Stanford 73-71 in first-place Pac-12 battle: What we learned

Arizona outlasts Stanford 73-71 in first-place Pac-12 battle: What we learned

Arizona was the overwhelming favorite during the preseason to win the Pac-12 title, but it wasn’t until Saturday that the Wildcats found themselves alone in first place. That came by virtue of a hard-fought 73-71 win at Stanford that saw them rally from down 11 points with less than 10 minutes left (after leading by 12 in the first half). The Wildcats (16-4...
Analysis: Duke big men toy with Pittsburgh in easy win

Analysis: Duke big men toy with Pittsburgh in easy win

Wendell Carter Jr. scored in the paint. Marvin Bagley III countered by showing he could drive coast-to-coast for a layup. It appeared at times Saturday as if Duke’s star freshmen were engaged in a friendly contest of trying to outdo each other. While fifth-ranked Duke toyed with lowly Pittsburgh, Carter and Bagley found ways of having fun as they dominated in the paint to extend...
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