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Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler shows he’s more comfortable, on and off the field

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Patriots on Monday night. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) DAVIE — When the Miami Dolphins decided to sign Jay Cutler this off-season, they realized he has been studying to be a broadcaster, not at all preparing to play quarterback in the ...
Miami Dolphins: How Adam Gase crushed play design and calls vs. Pats

Miami Dolphins: How Adam Gase crushed play design and calls vs. Pats

Head coach Adam Gase looking on during the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on Monday in Miami Gardens. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) DAVIE — Points are up, mistakes are down and creativity is in. Adam Gase has the Miami Dolphins offense pointed in the right direction, and he deserves some props. Gase isn’t ready to take ...
Why the Miami Dolphins played more press and man coverage

Why the Miami Dolphins played more press and man coverage

Xavien Howard intercepts Tom Brady. And he did it twice. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — On the third offensive play in Miami’s defeat of New England on Monday night, Tom Brady scanned the field from his shotgun position. Brady looked to his left and noticed Xavien Howard two yards off of Brandin Cooks, in man-to-man press coverage. He also saw Bobby McCain...
Miami Dolphins’ Jakeem Grant: I’m a receiver first, not a return specialist

Miami Dolphins’ Jakeem Grant: I’m a receiver first, not a return specialist

Jakeem Grant made one of the biggest plays of his career, catching this 25-yard touchdown pass over the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — It was, by his own definition, a great play. It also was his first NFL touchdown. Against a Super Bowl hero. But please, Jakeem Grant asks, stop hitting him up with this “good game” stuff. The 25-yard...
Season-opening drop in 2016 stays with Dolphins WR Kenny Stills as motivation

Season-opening drop in 2016 stays with Dolphins WR Kenny Stills as motivation

Kenny Stills is in reach of the best season of his career. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE— Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has done a lot of good things since last year’s season opener, but the frustration over the embarrassing drop he had against the Seahawks that afternoon is still in his mind. Stills won’t let go of that miscue, which would have been...

Dave George: Adam Gase adept at handling week-to-week chaos

With Vince Lombardi, you knew that a lot of power sweeps were coming. Tony Dungy largely put his offense in the hands of Peyton Manning, figuring that anything the Hall of Famer saw at the line of scrimmage and decided to do about it was probably going to work out fine. Nearly two years into the Adam Gase regime, however, the Miami Dolphins remain a work in progress on both sides of the ball because...
Mike Pouncey: Beating Patriots huge for Dolphins’ entire organization

Mike Pouncey: Beating Patriots huge for Dolphins’ entire organization

Mike Pouncey got one of the biggest wins of his career Monday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE—The upset over New England meant more to the Dolphins that keeping their season alive. It was a statement for the organization, both to the team it’s chasing in the AFC East and to the country. Miami played terribly in its four previous standalone games this season, losing...
Heat played Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo together vs. Portland. Could two-big look continue when Hassan Whiteside returns?

Heat played Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo together vs. Portland. Could two-big look continue when Hassan Whiteside returns?

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra is always open to new ideas. But early this season, it seemed like Spoelstra wasn’t open to the idea of playing 7-footers Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk together. Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives against Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena on December 13, 2017 in Miami...
Lane Kiffin used time under Nick Saban to improve as recruiter

Lane Kiffin used time under Nick Saban to improve as recruiter

For all his playful jabs and tweets at Alabama coach Nick Saban, FAU head coach Lane Kiffin still has heavy respect for the five-time national champion who was his boss for three seasons. *More Owls coverage As Kiffin tries turning the 10-3 Owls into a Conference USA dynasty the way Saban has with Alabama in the SEC, the former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator is using wisdom learned from Saban...
Good Heat news is Hassan Whiteside is getting closer to a return. Bad news is Justise Winslow, Whiteside will miss Friday’s game vs. Hornets

Good Heat news is Hassan Whiteside is getting closer to a return. Bad news is Justise Winslow, Whiteside will miss Friday’s game vs. Hornets

MIAMI — Injuries derailed the Heat last season. And injuries are becoming a problem this season, too. The Heat (13-14) will be without center Hassan Whiteside and forward Justise Winslow on Friday when they face the Hornets in Charlotte. Whiteside (left knee bone bruise) and Winslow (left knee strain) will not make the trip as they recover from their injuries. Miami...
Dolphins ponder game plan as they brace for winter weather at Bills

Dolphins ponder game plan as they brace for winter weather at Bills

Adam Gase called the conditions in Buffalo last week “crazy” for play calling. (Getty Images) DAVIE—Matt Burke was the linebackers coach for the Lions when they played in a game at Philadelphia that was so snowy the players could barely see downfield. When he finally got off the field at the end of that frigid afternoon, he turned one of his fellow coaches...
What Dolphins DC Matt Burke was thinking when this amazing photo was snapped

What Dolphins DC Matt Burke was thinking when this amazing photo was snapped

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke celebrates on his way to the locker room after the end of the second half of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Monday. Final: Miami 27, New England, 20. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post) DAVIE — Matt Burke’s left fist is clenched. His eyes are intense...
DEVELOPING: Miami Dolphins injury news involving key players

DEVELOPING: Miami Dolphins injury news involving key players

Dolphins cornerback Cordrea Tankersley returned to practice Thursday. (Andres Leiva/The Post) DAVIE — Several key Miami Dolphins players have returned to practice, at least on a limited basis, on Thursday. Those players include: cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (shoulder/ankle), running back Damien Williams (shoulder), guard Jermon Bushrod (foot) and quarterback Matt Moore (foot)...
What Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said today

What Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said today

Clyde Christensen and the offense are looking a lot sharper over the past few games. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE–The Dolphins‘ offense is suddenly scoring. After a start to the season that had coach Adam Gase referring to it as “garbage,” the offense has averaged 31 points, 365 yards and 14 first downs over the past two games. The win over New England...
What Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Thursday before Bills game

What Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Thursday before Bills game

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke celebrates on his way to the locker room after an upset of the New England Patriots on Monday night. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post) Here is some of what Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Thursday: • Ndamukong Suh played every single snap. It’s because of the way he prepares. They didn’t allow a...
What Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said Thursday (Bills week)

What Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said Thursday (Bills week)

Adam Gase beat Bill Belichick for the first time as a head coach Monday. (AP) DAVIE–The Dolphins are riding high after beating the Patriots on Monday Night Football, but as coach Adam Gase said, that won’t really matter if they crumble in Sunday’s game at Buffalo. It’ll be a tough game in many regards, the first of which being that the Bills are actually...
In an instant, Miami Dolphins’ Michael Thomas made right call to seal victory

In an instant, Miami Dolphins’ Michael Thomas made right call to seal victory

Michael Thomas and the Dolphins celebrated big-time after beating New England. (Andres Leiva/The Post) DAVIE — Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi has a list and checks it twice every week. He knows nearly all the items on that list will come up about once a decade, but he also knows that failure to do so can make the Dolphins look stupid. Michael Thomas made the Dolphins...
What went wrong for the Heat down the stretch vs. Trail Blazers?

What went wrong for the Heat down the stretch vs. Trail Blazers?

Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat reacts to a call by referee Curtis Blair #74 in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Arena on December 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) MIAMI — So much went right for the Heat over the first 28 minutes of Wednesday’s game. From there, so much went wrong. With 8:30 remaining...
Derek Jeter apparently missed the memo on how fed up Marlins fans are with fire sales

Derek Jeter apparently missed the memo on how fed up Marlins fans are with fire sales

  With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the same lineup, every day will be Home Run Derby for the New York Yankees. It’s an excess of riches for Derek Jeter’s old team. And his new one? An excess of prospects, building toward some grand plan that Jeter, part-owner and top baseball executive of the Miami Marlins, has thus far failed to articulate. New Yankee Giancarlo...
Sunrise Report: Kenyan Drake preparing for wintry-weather in Buffalo

Sunrise Report: Kenyan Drake preparing for wintry-weather in Buffalo

Here are five things you should know to start your Thursday off right... The Dolphins running back is looking to keep his streak of 100-yard rushing games alive when Miami heads to Buffalo on Sunday -- where snow is predicted in the forecast. “I’ve never played in snow, so that’d be interesting,” Drake said. Drake has been the Dolphins workhorse since Jay Ajayi was dealt...
Five takeaways: Heat let big lead slip away in painful loss to Trail Blazers

Five takeaways: Heat let big lead slip away in painful loss to Trail Blazers

Miami Heat forward James Johnson, center, loses control of the ball as he drives against Portland Trail Blazers guard Shabazz Napier, rear, and forward Jake Layman (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — Wednesday was especially painful for the Heat. With a chance to win their third...
Why the likely return of Bills QB Tyrod Taylor can be a problem for Miami Dolphins

Why the likely return of Bills QB Tyrod Taylor can be a problem for Miami Dolphins

Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh appears to sack Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor but officials ruled Taylor was able to unload the ball, leading to a loud disagreement between Suh and the game officials in 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) DAVIE — While word that Tyrod Taylor’s knee is healing and he’s expected to start Sunday...

Injured right-hander Volquez released by Miami Marlins

Injured right-hander Edinson Volquez has been released by the Miami Marlins, who might bring him back on a minor league contract. Volquez had Tommy John surgery in August and could miss the entire 2018 season. Despite his release Wednesday, the Marlins owe him $13 million next season, the second year of a two-year, $22 million contract. Volquez, 34, went 4-8 in 17 starts this year and threw a no-hitter...
Bills game a reminder of inequitable Miami Dolphins schedule that could have been avoided

Bills game a reminder of inequitable Miami Dolphins schedule that could have been avoided

A man blows off the field during the Buffalo Bills-Indianapolis Colts game Sunday. The Bills hope to have the stadium cleared for this Sunday’s visit by the Dolphins. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) DAVIE — A minor piece of history will be made Sunday when the Dolphins visit the Buffalo Bills. You remember the Bills, right? AFC East team buried somewhere under all...
Hassan Whiteside’s bone bruise on knee improving, but still no timetable for return

Hassan Whiteside’s bone bruise on knee improving, but still no timetable for return

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, center, Tyler Johnson (8) and Justise Winslow (20) watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 105-100. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — The Heat knew they would be without center Hassan Whiteside against Portland. But guard Tyler Johnson was also unavailable...
Former Dwyer standout Daniel Berger has big PGA Tour goals for 2018

Former Dwyer standout Daniel Berger has big PGA Tour goals for 2018

It was a crisp and clear day for golf at The Club of Ibis. Separated several generations, golf legend Jack Nicklaus and up-and-coming Daniel Berger shared the golf course Wednesday morning for different reasons. Nicklaus, winner of 18 major tournaments, cut the ribbon to open his redesigned Legend course at Ibis. Berger, a Jupiter resident and former Dwyer standout, reflected on his 2017 PGA campaign...
Jack Nicklaus: Tiger Woods looks good, but mental game will be key

Jack Nicklaus: Tiger Woods looks good, but mental game will be key

The question has been asked of golf legend Jack Nicklaus before. What do you think of Tiger Woods’ latest comeback and pursuit of your record 18 major golf titles? *Tiger Woods enter plea in DUI case *Woods finishes strong in comeback event *Honda officials will talk to Tiger *Time to wonder if Tiger will play Honda The look of uncertainty stretched across his face shortly after the ribbon-cutting...
Dave George: Erik Spoelstra latest of NBA coaching grinders to succeed

Dave George: Erik Spoelstra latest of NBA coaching grinders to succeed

You’re going to be hearing a lot over the next few days about Erik Spoelstra and how he’ll soon be the Miami Heat’s all-time leader in regular-season wins. Going into Wednesday night’s game with Portland, he was one short of Pat Riley’s franchise record of 453. There’s a lot to like about Spo, whether or not you want to quibble about the fact that any coach would...
This Missouri basketball player started a nonprofit. He’s organizing a toy drive

This Missouri basketball player started a nonprofit. He’s organizing a toy drive

This is a story about a charity toy drive, and it involves the NCAA, which means something simple and good is still a bit … sticky. Terrence Phillips, a junior guard on the Missouri basketball team, has started a nonprofit organization called “Beyond The Ball” with one of his friends, Ashley Reed, whom he met about a year ago. Per NCAA rules, Mizzou athletics can not help Beyond...
FAU defenders not changing approach after serious NFL injuries

FAU defenders not changing approach after serious NFL injuries

Florida Atlantic linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair felt sick as he watched Pittsburgh Steelers star Ryan Shazier leave the field on a stretcher earlier this month. Facing the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4, Shazier — a 2011 graduate of Plantation High School — sustained a neck injury that required emergency spinal stabilization surgery and has been ruled out for the season with his career now in...
Ravens need to raise game against opponents to make up for lack of playmakers

Ravens need to raise game against opponents to make up for lack of playmakers

The Ravens have met expectations so far during the 2017 season, but it is uncertain whether they have the coaching or play-making ability to reach the AFC championship game, much less the Super Bowl. The Ravens lost a close game to one of the best teams in the conference, the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Sunday night, but they should win the final three games against the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis...
Eagles should sign Kaepernick as Foles’ backup

Eagles should sign Kaepernick as Foles’ backup

Sign Kaep. The Eagles could have Colin Kaepernick.  The Eagles should have Colin Kaepernick.  Instead, they have Nate Sudfeld.  The Eagles are in position to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 13 years, and for the third time ever. The Eagles also are in position to have to play Nate Sudfeld.  One big hit to Nick Foles — a sprained ankle, a cracked collarbone, a concussion...
Ex-NFL player Larry Johnson grapples with violent urges and memory loss. He thinks it's CTE.

Ex-NFL player Larry Johnson grapples with violent urges and memory loss. He thinks it's CTE.

He inches forward, with jets overhead and the ground 50 stories below. Larry Johnson can feel it happening: the arrival, he calls it, of the demons. They push him toward the barrier of a rooftop deck of an apartment building where he sometimes comes to visit a friend and, in moments like these, there's a strengthening urge - an almost overwhelming curiosity, he describes it - to jump.  "...
How college basketball money made Louisville, and then wrecked it

How college basketball money made Louisville, and then wrecked it

The first basketball practice was just days away, and in Louisville the expectations were high. Although the University of Louisville Cardinals had lost several top players, they had an influx of new talent, especially Brian Bowen, a highly regarded prospect from Saginaw, Michigan. In the preseason polls, the team was ranked in the top 20. Two years earlier the basketball program had suffered an awful...
How the Jaguars could steal an AFC bye from the Patriots

How the Jaguars could steal an AFC bye from the Patriots

The Jacksonville Jaguars, a franchise consigned for the past decade to perennial irrelevance, have suddenly become a major factor in the NFL's hierarchy. On Sunday, they clinched a winning season with a resounding victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Only catastrophic incompetence could prevent their first playoff appearance since 2007. By next week, the Jaguars could have the inside track on the New...
Jahlil Okafor gets a second chance, and Nets get a bargain

Jahlil Okafor gets a second chance, and Nets get a bargain

At the threshold of his 22nd birthday, Jahlil Okafor is already considered to be a reclamation project, a redemptive giant. It’s an incongruity he isn’t debating or ducking. “A lot to prove,” Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, said as he acquainted himself Monday with the Brooklyn Nets, who acquired him last week from the Philadelphia 76ers in a clearance sale. These...
Agent Boras: Marlins turning into 'pawn shop' under Jeter

Agent Boras: Marlins turning into 'pawn shop' under Jeter

Derek Jeter owns five World Series rings, which may be the reason agent Scott Boras had jewelry on his mind when discussing the Miami Marlins' new ownership. Boras said Jeter and his group are turning the Marlins into a pawn shop. It was yet another jab at the Marlins' direction under new CEO Jeter, who continued the team's payroll purge Wednesday by trading outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis...
Who says the Mets don’t have a plan? It’s called Mickey Callaway

Who says the Mets don’t have a plan? It’s called Mickey Callaway

The New York Mets’ most important addition this offseason might be a 42-year-old right-hander with a 4-11 career record and a 6.27 earned run average. He does have a .667 batting average, but has no hits in this century and has not thrown a pitch in the majors since 2004. He is Mickey Callaway, the team’s new manager, hired in October to replace Terry Collins after a 92-loss collapse....
Florida State hires Telly Lockette as offensive assistant coach

Florida State hires Telly Lockette as offensive assistant coach

Florida State’s Willie Taggart has made his first hire since becoming the new head coach of the Seminoles last week. Taggart is bringing in Florida native and his former assistant coach Telly Lockette to help with the offense, Tomahawk Nation reported Wednesday.  Lockette will reportedly coach the running backs, a position that was vacated by Jay Graham who is following Jimbo Fisher...
ESPN NFL analyst Todd McShay predicts Dolphins to take offensive guard in 2018 draft

ESPN NFL analyst Todd McShay predicts Dolphins to take offensive guard in 2018 draft

While Miami’s win over New England gives the Dolphins new life in the playoff race, it’s not too early for the front office to start looking ahead at making improvements to next year’s team.  The college football season has ended and apart from some celebratory bowl games for a majority of teams, NFL scouts have seen enough to determine which players would make good fits with...
Miami Dolphins’ Kenyan Drake hopes ‘perfection’ snowballs during Buffalo trip

Miami Dolphins’ Kenyan Drake hopes ‘perfection’ snowballs during Buffalo trip

Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake stiff-arms Patriots free safety Devin McCourty. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post) DAVIE — Could one of the hottest Dolphins suddenly go cold this weekend? Kenyan Drake, coming off his second consecutive 100-yard rushing day, doesn’t think so, but until he walks out to warm up in Buffalo on Sunday, he can’t know for sure. See, Drake...
Dolphins surging in Week 15 NFL power rankings

Dolphins surging in Week 15 NFL power rankings

The Miami Dolphins are continuing to trend in the right direction at the most critical part of the season.  With their upset-win over the New England Patriots on Monday night, the 6-7 Dolphins kept their playoff hopes alive with three games remaining against the Bills, Chiefs and Bills again. Jay Cutler played his best game as a Dolphin, out-dueling the future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady. Cutler...
Miami Heat to gain trade flexibility this week — what does it mean? A breakdown …

Miami Heat to gain trade flexibility this week — what does it mean? A breakdown …

Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra, left, stand with Tyler Johnson (8) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — As the Heat continue to search for consistency in their fight to stay above the .500 line, Dec. 15 is just days away. In fact, Friday is Dec...
Buffalo Bills’ QB situation becomes clearer; coach Sean McDermott talks about Miami Dolphins

Buffalo Bills’ QB situation becomes clearer; coach Sean McDermott talks about Miami Dolphins

Coach Sean McDermott watches his Buffalo Bills during their frigid victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) The Buffalo Bills are coming off an epic 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a driving snowstorm. Next up are the Dolphins in a game Miami badly needs to keep its playoff hopes alive. Related: Want to make...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat must slow down Blazers’ high-scoring backcourt to extend winning streak

Tonight’s matchup: Heat must slow down Blazers’ high-scoring backcourt to extend winning streak

Portland’s Damon Lillard scored 49 points against the Heat in Miami in March. MIAMI HEAT VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 13-13, Portland 13-13 Line: Miami is favored by 2.5 points. PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Josh Richardson F: James Johnson C: Kelly Olynyk G...
Remembering what Ricky did there, Dolphins shouldn’t fear a snowy day in Buffalo

Remembering what Ricky did there, Dolphins shouldn’t fear a snowy day in Buffalo

Let it snow. I’m saying that because absolutely anything can happen when a football game is played in wintry conditions, and because the Miami Dolphins are at the stage of the season where absolutely everything must happen in order for them to make the playoffs. ORCHARD PARK, NY –  LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown to win the game during overtime against...
The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, a review

The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, a review

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry runs for the end zone after catching a pass from Jay Cutler at Hard Rock Stadium on Monday night. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) From chumps to chumps to chumps to chumps to chumps to — who are these Miami Dolphins? What a joy to watch. What a total team effort. What a way to not just beat the New England Patriots...
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian goes down with injury in first quarter against Colts

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian goes down with injury in first quarter against Colts

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian had to leave the field with injury against the Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos had move the ball down the field on the Colts, and had a 3rd and goal from the 7-yard-line. However, Siemian was sacked by Colts linebacker Barkevious Mingo for a 10-yard-loss. Siemian also hurt his non-throwing shoulder on the play and after a very short...
With an Ohio State scholarship on the line, Master Teague dominated

With an Ohio State scholarship on the line, Master Teague dominated

Land of 10 has embarked on a series of Next Generation articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the Class of 2018 signees. Land of 10 Ohio State writers Austin Ward and Ryan Ginn are visiting the Ohio State incoming freshman class to show you more than 40-yard dash times and recruiting rankings. What follows is a sneak peek...
Brent Venables opens up on why he’s stayed at Clemson for so long

Brent Venables opens up on why he’s stayed at Clemson for so long

Every year, when there is a coaching vacancy at a major program, it seems that one candidate pops up more often than not: Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Under Venables, the Tigers have made three straight College Football Playoff appearances, winning the national championship last season. After six years at his post, the 46-year-old’s stock has never been...
Report: Oklahoma State’s Yankuba Sima eligible vs. Florida State

Report: Oklahoma State’s Yankuba Sima eligible vs. Florida State

Oklahoma State junior Yankuba Sima will make his Cowboys debut vs. Florida State on Saturday in the Metro PCS Orange Bowl Classic, according to the Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper. The 6-foot-11 post transferred from St. John’s after playing in 10 games of the 2016-17 season, and then signed with the Cowboys on Dec. 23, 2016. He is now finally eligible as the Cowboys...
Report: Kirby Hocutt to sign new contract at Texas Tech

Report: Kirby Hocutt to sign new contract at Texas Tech

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt will sign a new contract with the school, according to Karen Michael of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.  The exact specifics of Hocutt’s new deal have not been released yet. According to the report, Texas Tech is extremely pleased with his performance as athletic director, both in terms of on-field performance and service...
Rivals.com: West Virginia QB Will Grier one to watch for 2018 Heisman

Rivals.com: West Virginia QB Will Grier one to watch for 2018 Heisman

Add another outlet on the Will Grier 2018 hype train. West Virginia officially announced the quarterback will return for the 2018 season, and Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell thinks Grier is a player to watch in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race. “The numbers are insane and could get better next year in this offense,” Farrell wrote. “If he...
West Virginia RB Justin Crawford will skip Heart of Dallas Bowl, prepare for NFL Draft

West Virginia RB Justin Crawford will skip Heart of Dallas Bowl, prepare for NFL Draft

West Virginia football will be without its starting running back against Utah in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Mountaineers running back Justin Crawford announced on Thursday that he will skip the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft, according to 247Sports’ Chris Anderson. Crawford, a senior from Columbus, Ga., rushed for 1,061 yards and 7 touchdowns...
Steelers LT Alejandro Villanueva gave Antonio Brown the highest of compliments

Steelers LT Alejandro Villanueva gave Antonio Brown the highest of compliments

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is in the middle of the best season of his career, and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is well aware of that. When the Steelers needed huge plays late in their Sunday Night Football victory against the Baltimore Ravens, it was Brown making the 20-plus yard plays to move them down the field rapidly. Villanueva basically said that Brown is the...
Denver Broncos announce Week 15 inactive players list

Denver Broncos announce Week 15 inactive players list

The Denver Broncos just announced their list of inactive players for their Week 15 games against the Indianapolis Colts. Among the players who won’t be suited up on Thursday night are four members of the Broncos 2017 draft class (outside linebacker DeMarcus Walker, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, cornerback Brendan Langley, and running back De’Angelo Henderson)...
Bryson Williams reaffirms Wisconsin commitment after Nebraska offer

Bryson Williams reaffirms Wisconsin commitment after Nebraska offer

Bryson Williams committed to Wisconsin in July, but once Nebraska hired Scott Frost, the Huskers came on strong as a contender for his services, throwing his Badgers commitment into question. Nebraska’s new staff offered him on Dec. 3. On Thursday, Williams confirmed he’ll be sticking with Wisconsin. “First things first, I wanna thank coach Frost, coach Ruud, and the...
Defensive coordinator David Gibbs gets new contract at Texas Tech

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs gets new contract at Texas Tech

David Gibbs is officially staying at Texas Tech as a defensive coordinator. But it’s going to cost the Red Raiders. Gibbs has signed a two-year contract with Texas Tech worth $650,000 a year, according to a release from the school. All week, his name had been floated around as a possible candidate for the defensive coordinator job at Arizona State under new head coach...
Oklahoma State boasts nation-leading 3 players on CoSIDA Academic All-America teams

Oklahoma State boasts nation-leading 3 players on CoSIDA Academic All-America teams

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is ensuring that his players are excelling both on and off the field. Three Cowboys players — running back Justice Hill, offensive guard Brad Lundblade and tight end Britton Abbott — all received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors on Thursday. It was the most of any team in the nation. Hill and Lundblade earned first-team honors while Abbott...
Wisconsin recruiting: 3 2019 commits make Rivals top 8; DE Braden Cassity mulls grayshirt offer

Wisconsin recruiting: 3 2019 commits make Rivals top 8; DE Braden Cassity mulls grayshirt offer

Recruiting never stops in Badgers country, and we’re here to help put it all in perspective. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday night for a recap of Wisconsin recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next. Wisconsin is off to a strong start with its 2019 recruiting class. But for anyone who wasn&rsquo...
Oregon QB Justin Herbert named academic All-American

Oregon QB Justin Herbert named academic All-American

Oregon sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert isn’t just a scholar on the field, he’s also killing it in the classroom. On Thursday he was named to the first team of CoSIDA’s Academic All-American team. “It’s really special,” Herbert said in a release on GoDucks.com. “I really focus on trying my best in school. Fortunately I have been...
5 most likely Super Bowl 52 matchups according to Vegas oddsmakers

5 most likely Super Bowl 52 matchups according to Vegas oddsmakers

We’re officially in the final month of the  2017 NFL season, and we now have a pretty good idea as to which teams have a legitimate chance at winning Super Bowl 52. Among the five Super Bowl front-runners heading into Week 15 according to the Vegas oddsmakers are a couple of usual suspects — the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh...
Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey added to injury report on Thursday

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey added to injury report on Thursday

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was listed Thursday on their injury report. Poucey was not on the injury report on Wednesday, but was a limited participant in practice on Thursday with a hip injury. Other Steelers limited on Thursday were cornerback Joe Haden (fibula), linebacker Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring). Tight...
TCU forward Lat Mayen to miss 2-3 months of practice after meniscus injury

TCU forward Lat Mayen to miss 2-3 months of practice after meniscus injury

TCU men’s basketball will be without a promising young player on the practice court for an extended period of time. Head coach Jamie Dixon announced Thursday that redshirt freshman forward Lat Mayen suffered a meniscus injury during the first week of December and will miss two to three months of practice, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Carlos Mendez...
LOOK: Auburn DL Jeff Holland gets awesome Sensei Mud tattoo

LOOK: Auburn DL Jeff Holland gets awesome Sensei Mud tattoo

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn defensive lineman Jeff Holland will likely always want to remember his 2017 season on The Plains. Whether it was his traumatizing takedowns of SEC quarterbacks or his ceremonial bow and “Sensei Mud” persona, Holland distinguished himself as one of the Tigers’ and the conference’s best defenders. RELATED: SEC Country writers...
What’s the latest with LSU freshman safety JaCoby Stevens?

What’s the latest with LSU freshman safety JaCoby Stevens?

SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey will answer your LSU Tigers sports queries each weekday in our LSU Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryLSU,  @bigahickey or by email to Alex at  alex.hickey@coxinc.com. Most of the questions this week have focused on LSU offensive...
Seminole Ridge baseball player hosts derby to raise money

Seminole Ridge baseball player hosts derby to raise money

Nick Healton didn’t know if he would be physically able to play baseball anymore. Then a freshman at Seminole Ridge, Healton was diagnosed with Osteochrondritis dissecans, a joint disorder, and would need surgery to fix his right elbow. After having surgery to replace the bone and cartilage with grafts from his knee, he needed surgery to do the same with his left elbow. “There was probably...
Patriots QB Tom Brady explained why he practiced on Wednesday for first time in a month

Patriots QB Tom Brady explained why he practiced on Wednesday for first time in a month

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady changed up his practice schedule on Wednesday. Since late November, Brady has taken off every Wednesday practice due to an achilles injury. However, during Week 15, he decided to participate on Wednesday. A logical assumption would be that he practiced because he is upset with the Patriots’ performance during a loss against the ...
WATCH: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo pretends to be reporter during press conference

WATCH: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo pretends to be reporter during press conference

Oklahoma gained a new reporter in Sooners linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on Thursday. Okoronkwo joined the media contingent in Norman, Oklahoma, for quarterback Baker Mayfield’s press conference, pulling out his smart phone to video the presser as any multimedia-savvy journalist would. Mayfield just returned from a long week of award shows and interviews, and it seems he can&rsquo...
Oregon RB Royce Freeman to miss Las Vegas Bowl

Oregon RB Royce Freeman to miss Las Vegas Bowl

The college career of Oregon senior running back Royce Freeman appears to have come to an end. Coach Mario Cristobal announced Thursday that Freeman will not play in Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl, per Andrew Greif of the Oregonian. Freeman finishes as Oregon’s career rushing leader with 5,621 yards, which is also second-most in Pac-12 history and 7 ...
West Virginia QB Will Grier to return for senior season, face Tennessee in first game

West Virginia QB Will Grier to return for senior season, face Tennessee in first game

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier will be back in Morgantown, W.Va., for one more year, and he’ll face an SEC foe right off the bat. Grier announced in a statement on Thursday that he will return for his senior season in 2018. “After much prayer and consultation with family and coaches, I have decided to return to West Virginia for my senior season,” Grier...
College basketball bracketology: The Bracketeur has NCAA Tournament projections for SEC teams

College basketball bracketology: The Bracketeur has NCAA Tournament projections for SEC teams

If you take out perennial powerhouse Kentucky, the SEC has had a total of 14 bids among the last five NCAA Tournaments. However, it is in a position to reach half of that total this year alone. Strong starts by the aforementioned Aggies, Kentucky (8-1), Arkansas (8-2) and Tennessee (7-1), have given respectability to the league. And with surprising play from Mississippi State...
Report: Texas Tech DC David Gibbs not a candidate for Arizona State job

Report: Texas Tech DC David Gibbs not a candidate for Arizona State job

Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs is reportedly not a candidate for the same position at Arizona State. It was reported by Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman that Arizona State’s new head coach Herm Edwards was “targeting” Gibbs to join his staff. But DevilsDigest.com and SunDevilSource.com’s Chris Karpman both refuted the report on Thursday. ...
Pair of ESPN College GameDay personalities to call Valero Alamo Bowl

Pair of ESPN College GameDay personalities to call Valero Alamo Bowl

The broadcast assignments have been dealt for the Big 12 bowl games. ESPN will be sending two personalities from its fan-favorite “College GameDay” pregame show to call the Valero Alamo Bowl between TCU and Stanford in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 28. College GameDay host Rece Davis will serve as the play-by-play man for the showdown between the Horned Frogs and Cardinal. ...
Washington to retire Isaiah Thomas’ No. 2 jersey on Feb. 15

Washington to retire Isaiah Thomas’ No. 2 jersey on Feb. 15

On Feb. 15, the Washington Huskies will play Utah in what could very well be a pivotal Pac-12 matchup, with post-season and NCAA Tournament implications. It will be plenty meaningful on its own, and yet it will be so much more: It will be the night that Washington retires Isaiah Thomas’ famed No. 2 jersey. “Words can’t describe how grateful I am to receive...
An early look at where Florida players rank on NFL draft boards

An early look at where Florida players rank on NFL draft boards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The NFL draft is more than four months away and draft-eligible juniors still have a month to decide whether to stay or go, but draft talk is already buzzing with the college football season nearing its end. And the Florida Gators have their share of players who could hear their names called when the three-day draft takes place from April 26-28 in Arlington...
Sandy Hook tribute by Alabama hockey player something all can appreciate and learn from

Sandy Hook tribute by Alabama hockey player something all can appreciate and learn from

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jon Lovorn believes in a lot of things, including angels. The biology major at the University of Alabama believes in the power of a good education. As a hockey player he believes in following your passions, even when it’s not easily done. He believes in giving back and trying to make a difference, especially when it comes to the only place he&rsquo...
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