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UFC 252: The Cormier Miocic Trilogy Ends Here

UFC 252: The Cormier Miocic Trilogy Ends Here

/ / South Florida
Where to watch: Saturday, August 15, 2020, UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, Available on ESPN+ PPV. Daniel Cormier, at the age of 41 fights for the last time this Saturday as he has promised that this will be the last time he walks to the octagon. This is not a showcase however, as he is ...
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Miami Hurricanes

The Most American Sport on the Brink Because of Modern Americanism

/ / Football
The first college football game I ever attended was some time in the mid-80s. My dad, a university professor, taught at Texas A&M University and the local Dairy Queen would always give out cheap tickets when the Aggies played Rice. So we went. And I was hooked. College football is something I've always known and ...
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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: Upsets brewing in bubble?

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: Upsets brewing in bubble?

/ / Soccer
It took almost five months, but the wait was worth it. The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 is officially wrapped up and the eight best teams in Europe head to Portugal for three do-or-die single elimination matches that will surely have gamblers pulling their hair all over the world. What does that mean for ...
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NHL Playoffs: Breaking down the next round

NHL Playoffs: Breaking down the next round

/ / Ice Hockey
The NHL has released its official playoff schedule following the end of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, where eight teams were eliminated to form the 16-team playoff bracket. While this year has been a year like no other, what with the COVID-19 pandemic halting play before the end of the regular season, the NHL will hold ...
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What Florida Panthers need in a new General Manager

What Florida Panthers need in a new General Manager

/ / Ice Hockey
5 Things The Florida Panthers Should Look For in Their New GM On Friday afternoon, the Florida Panthers suffered another loss filled with easily avoided mistakes to the New York Islanders in the qualifying round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 5-1 defeat sent the Islanders to the next round and the Panthers home with ...
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NBA Bubble Trends: 3 Breakouts who will get Payouts

NBA Bubble Trends: 3 Breakouts who will get Payouts

/ / Basketball
You could say that, as strange as these circumstances are, they have actually created the purest form of basketball. In the controlled environment of the NBA Bubble, players have minimal distractions other than the lure of cheap beer-shotgunning contests, Call of Duty confrontations and hopelessly broken golf swings. There are no families around to ask ...
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Jesus Aguilar has emerged as a team leader with the Marlins and prime power source. (Craig Davis for FiveReasonsSports)

Pressure Point: Marlins answer haters with unlikely run of wins

/ / Baseball, South Florida
(Photo above: Marlins newcomer Jesus Aguilar, seen in spring training, has emerged as a team leader and power force with three  home runs.) They have always been the Bizarro Marlins. A franchise that began with a knuckleball has taken more screwball turns than a runaway rollercoaster. From two unlikely World Series championships without ever finishing ...
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Thursday Trends: 3 Plays in the NBA Bubble

Thursday Trends: 3 Plays in the NBA Bubble

So some things never change. Like Dion Waiters' belief being stronger than your doubt. Lakers' Dion Waiters believes his shot will start falling soon https://t.co/ULFxJhwf1y— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 5, 2020 But in these Bubble-licious times, much is different than we anticipated. We should be used to odd circumstances by now -- after all, who ...
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Tyler Herro is here to silence his doubters

Tyler Herro is here to silence his doubters

Tyler Christopher Herro is not someone who wants to just fade into the background. He is a brash rookie that doesn´t back down from anyone,  but his confidence doesn´t bleed into arrogance and he is also respectful of the coaching staff and the veterans that are eager to mold him into the next Miami Heat ...
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5 conclusions we can draw from Miami's recent recruiting momentum

5 conclusions we can draw from Miami’s recent recruiting momentum

/ / Football, South Florida
If you are a Miami Hurricanes fan, it's no secret that the Canes have been killing it on the recruiting trail lately, getting commitments left and right. That flame will still carry a lot of fire into August with the impending decisions of the Palmetto trio of five-star DT Leonard Taylor, five-star CB Jason Marshall, ...
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The Time Is Now For The Panthers

The Time Is Now For The Panthers

The time is now. For the Panthers, that has two different meanings. But both of the meanings are just as important as each other. After months of delays because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL season had been sidelined. When play stopped back in March, the Panthers were 10th place in the East and 3 ...
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Jimmy Butler finally found a home in Miami

Jimmy Butler finally found a home in Miami

Every hero’s journey has his or her own origin story, a path they follow to their ultimate goal. That path is almost always filled with lessons learned, hardships endured, and battles won against villains/doubters that got in their way. The odds are stacked against them, but they persevere even if the odds are 14 million ...
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UFC 251: Short Notice Mega Fight

UFC 251: Short Notice Mega Fight

Where to watch: Saturday, July 11, 2020, FIGHT ISLAND, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Available on ESPN+ PPV. On the face of it, Kamaru Usman defending his Welterweight title versus streaking (6 fight win streak) Brazilian Gilbert Burns was big enough. A positive Covid 19 test later, UFC chief Dana White was left with a ...
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E-5: A look at Tua Tagovailoa's ratings in Madden 21

E-5: A look at Tua Tagovailoa’s ratings in Madden 21

/ / Football, South Florida
EA released Tua Tagovailoa's Madden rating, and fans should be excited. Last weekend, some lucky fans were able to play the Madden 21 beta, myself included. And while we were unable to use the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, there was still a lot to like about the beta. But the real question Dolphins' ...
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E-5: Madden developers promise needed change to franchise mode

E-5: Madden developers promise needed change to franchise mode

Welcome to the debut of E:5, the new multi-media ESports platform on the Five Reasons Sports Network.... ***** Will EA make necessary changes to franchise mode in Madden 21? Or will fans have to wait another year? Over the last several days, Madden 21 has been trending and not in a good way. In EA’s ...
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Cancel Culture: Abandon This NBA Season

Cancel Culture: Abandon This NBA Season

/ / Basketball
Just cancel the season now. I’m referring to the NBA but really you can apply this to just about every sport or at least all team sports out there. I’m even saying to cancel the season for the American Cornhole League, even though my appetite for the unnecessarily weird and stupidly irrelevant will not be ...
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