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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Bam Adebayo Sets Career Milestone in Heat’s Win Over Hawks

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Bam Adebayo Sets Career Milestone in Heat’s Win Over Hawks

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Miami Heat’s second road win of the season came 32 days after the group’s first dub away from home. Undermanned and undersized, the Heat rolled into State Farm Arena struggling early and found themselves down nine points at the intermission. Although, there were a few bright spots. Atlanta was lighting it up from deep, ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: No Ceiling for Bam Adebayo

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: No Ceiling for Bam Adebayo

/ / Basketball, South Florida
It was the third encounter in a week between the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards. Each outfit had copped a win at home, and habits and weaknesses were understood by both sides heading into Friday night’s game. At this point, it was a battle of wills. Observations The Heat rolled into their 20th game without ...
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Reflecting on Roberto Luongo's Hockey Hall of Fame Induction

Reflecting on Roberto Luongo’s Hockey Hall of Fame Induction

/ / Ice Hockey, South Florida
TORONTO - On Monday night, Roberto Luongo was enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF), forever acknowledging him as one of the greatest hockey players to ever live.  His career was an extremely successful one, with six all-star appearances, two Olympic gold medals, 489 career wins - which ranks fourth all-time, and becoming the ...
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Five Takeaways from Panthers win over Capitals

Five Takeaways from Panthers win over Capitals

/ / Ice Hockey
For the first time since last season’s playoffs, the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals faced off at FLA Live Arena. Florida won the game 5-2, backstopped by a stellar performance from Sergei Bobrovsky and two-goal night from Carter Verhaeghe. Here’s tonight’s takeaways. The Sam’s are buzzing It was no secret that both Sam Reinhart and ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Bam Adebayo to the Rescue (Alive, They Cried)

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Bam Adebayo to the Rescue (Alive, They Cried)

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Heat’s pulse-dropping win over the burning Suns boosted its record to 7-7, and for the first time this season, the group is at .500.   As the road team retreated to the locker room, the home crowd gave their squad a feverish standing ovation.  Although, with fewer than eight minutes left, the game was trending ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Positives and Negatives of the Heat’s Week Four

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Positives and Negatives of the Heat’s Week Four

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Heatles improved to a 6-7 record entering the fifth week of the NBA season.  In week four, Miami played three games at home, losing one to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday and beating the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday and Saturday. During these three games, the Heat flashed moments of their former selves.  They ...
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Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa and Trent Sherfield dance in celebration of a touchdown against the Browns.

Pressure Point: First-place Dolphins well positioned for playoff push

/ / Football, South Florida
Tyreek Hill said he’s going to the Bahamas to “sit by the beach and drink some mimosas” during the Miami Dolphins’ bye week. The star wide receiver has certainly earned it, a major reasons the Dolphins are 7-3 and alone in first place in the AFC East following Sunday’s 39-17 romp over the Cleveland Browns ...
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Tyreek Hill does a flip in celebration of scoring a touchdown for the Dolphins in the win against the Bears.

Pressure Point: Dolphins count on high-flying offense to keep pace in tight AFC East

/ / Football, South Florida
The plot has certainly thickened in the AFC East race after the Miami Dolphins held off Justin Fields and the Bears in Chicago and the resurgent New York Jets put the kibosh on Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in the second half at the Meadowlands on Sunday. That left the Bills, Dolphins and Jets ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: The Evolution of Max Strus' Game

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Evolution of Max Strus’ Game

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Max Strus is a dangerous sharpshooter who has become the perfect role player. His combustibility from beyond the arc earned him a spot in the starting rotation at the end of last season and made him again one of coach Spo’s trusted eight this year. Strus is not a one-dimensional player. His primary role will ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: The Nets Can't Do Anything Right

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Nets Can’t Do Anything Right

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Nets’ public relations disaster ended with Kyrie Irving and the team pledging to donate half a million dollars each towards causes that work to eliminate hate in the community. I award the team and Irving zero nobility points -irreversible damage has been done. According to the FBI, the Jewish community is the most targeted ...
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Tyree Hill and Jaylen Waddle are giving the Miami Dolphins the most dynamic receiving duo in the NFL.

Pressure Point: Dolphins’ offense spectacular in win, but porous pass defense worrisome

/ / Football, South Florida
The Miami Dolphins’ uneasy 31-27 comeback win Sunday at Detroit brought more relief than satisfaction. It looks a lot better concealed in a 5-3 ledger — which keeps Miami in the thick of the AFC East race — than it did in the light of day. Falling behind 14-0 and 21-7 against a 1-5 team ...
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Five takeaways from Panthers loss to Flyers

Five takeaways from Panthers loss to Flyers

Florida made their way to the City of Brotherly love for their second meeting of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers.  The Panthers won the first meeting 4-3 in Sunrise a week ago, but the Flyers got their revenge in Philadelphia with a 4-3 win of their own. Here’s the takeaways. A power play goal ...
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Five Takeaways from Panthers 4-3 win over Flyers

Five Takeaways from Panthers 4-3 win over Flyers

SUNRISE - After being the best team at home last season, the Florida Panthers returned to FLA Live Arena for their 2022-2023 home opener.  The Cats didn’t disappoint the home fans as they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3, moving to 3-1-0 on the year. Here are the takeaways: Verhaeghe gets into the scoring flow  Carter ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Not Enough From Joel Embiid in the Season Opener

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Not Enough From Joel Embiid in the Season Opener

/ / Basketball, South Florida
It’s indisputable the 76ers are a loaded squad. After the regular season, it wouldn’t be a shocker if they were the one seed. Yet it remains a mystery if Doc Rivers can unleash them. Joel Embiid was second in MVP voting in back-to-back campaigns, but he emerged in the season opener with an atrocious shot ...
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Miami Heat

Five Reasons Sports: Five on the Floor 2022-2023 NBA Predictions

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Thirteen contributors from the Five Reasons Sports network -- including contributors to the Five on the Floor podcast -- made their predictions for the upcoming NBA season.  You can view the individual predictions from Ethan, Greg, Brady, Bryan, Tony, Ricky, Gad, Timmy, Marco, Alfredo, Alejandro, Mateo, and Sean HERE or an overall summary below. Miami ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Writing on the Wall for Draymond Green

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Writing on the Wall for Draymond Green

/ / Basketball, South Florida
When the Warriors said their habitually malignant headache would disappear for a while, they meant a week.  Never mind that Steve Kerr said the pop shot on Jordan Poole was the “biggest crisis” his team’s ever had.  The Warriors are going to sweep Draymond Green’s mess under the rug and throw accountability out the back ...
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