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Examining the Miami Heat's Young Core

Examining the Miami Heat’s Young Core

/ / Basketball
All-Star Weekend was a busy one for the Miami Heat. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo were the headliners, becoming the first pair of Heat teammates since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to grace the All-Star game floor. Adebayo added a Skills Challenge trophy to his cabinet -- and some money to Butler's ongoing three-point tab ...
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Jonathan Villar, right, works with Isan Diaz on the first day of spring training. Villar, an infielder, could end up in center field. (Craig Davis for Five Reasons Sports)

Pressure Point: Are rebuilding Marlins ready to take step to relevance?

/ / Baseball, South Florida
JUPITER Welcome to Camp Optimism, which is a most unfamiliar moniker for Miami Marlins spring training. It’s not full-blown optimism, mind you, in the sense of, hey, we’re ready to kick ass like a genuine big fish. That would be absurd for a team coming off a 105-loss season, and that’s not what’s going on ...
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Miami Dolphins should draft BYU safety Austin Lee

Miami Dolphins should draft BYU safety Austin Lee

This column was written by Marcos Chisholm. Follow him on Twitter @marcosgchisholm. In possession of the 18th and 26th picks in the first round of the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins are expected to pursue an offensive lineman and a safety. But if they instead opt to target secondary talent after day one of the draft, ...
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Panthers coach Joel Quenneville focuses on the positives from opening-night loss to Lightning. (Craig Davis for Five Reasons Sports)

A rough patch or just more of the same?

/ / Ice Hockey
The Florida Panthers find themselves in a very familiar place: on the outside looking in. At 29-20-6 the Panthers find themselves 2 points back of the third playoff spot for the Atlantic division and 5 points behind for a wildcard spot. In most cases, you might be okay with this as a Panthers fan. In ...
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Launching Pad: Shiny New Toys, Duncan's Gravity, DJJ's Jumper

Launching Pad: Shiny New Toys, Duncan’s Gravity, DJJ’s Jumper

/ / South Florida
Welcome to The Launching Pad, a weekly roundup of Miami Heat basketball. Who’s playing well, and who should pick it up? What numbers should you be watching? What was that beautiful play Miami ran in the second quarter? You can find all of it here, every Monday. The Stats (Weekly stats in parentheses • Record: 34-18, 4th ...
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Justise Winslow in Miami, promise unfulfilled

Justise Winslow in Miami, promise unfulfilled

/ / Basketball
The Justise Winslow era wasn’t supposed to go like this. When he fell to the 10th pick in 2015, the consensus was that Pat Riley and the Miami Heat got the steal of the draft in the form of a teenage wing with promising offensive potential and rare defensive versatility. He was a champion, a ...
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Dolphins 2020 draft

Fresh Perspective: Building the 2020 Miami Dolphins – Draft 2.0

/ / Football, South Florida
Once again, after the initial free agency burst, the focus becomes the NFL draft. If by some miracle, the Dolphins manage to follow the offseason plan, a lot of money will be spent. Some contracts may need to be creatively structured to make sure there's enough room for everyone. Also, this bears repeating. This plan ...
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2019-20 Trade Deadline Primer: Where the Miami Heat Stand

2019-20 Trade Deadline Primer: Where the Miami Heat Stand

/ / South Florida
It's the most wonderful time of the year: Trade Season. Any hint of action will send (most) of us in a tizzy. We'll overreact to "Team X has discussed Player Y with Team Z" tweets. We'll be even more irate when Woj (re)tweets quite literally anything that isn't trade related. The NBA is fresh off ...
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Houtz Special: Is Tua Tagovailoa ‘Tanking' for Miami?

Houtz Special: Is Tua Tagovailoa ‘Tanking’ for Miami?

/ / Football, South Florida
Miami's interest in Tua Tagovialoa is no secret. But now, it seems just as evident that Tua has an interest in Miami.  The narrative surrounding the 2019 Miami Dolphins was straightforward; collect as much draft ammunition as possible to land Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality ...
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Fresh Perspective: Building the 2020 Miami Dolphins – Free Agency 2.0

/ / Football, South Florida
Back in late September. I put together an offseason plan that would revamp the 2020 Miami Dolphins. First, I looked at how they should tackle free agency. I gave Miami some stud defensive players and finally (hopefully) fixed the offensive line. Then, I immediately dove in and addressed the 2020 NFL draft, such as it ...
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Former Dolphins Damien Williams scores the clinching touchdown for the Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. (Craig Davis for Five Reasons Sports)

Pressure Point: Chiefs’ Mahomes, Williams show how to stage magical ending

/ / Football, South Florida
Five Reasons Sports Network at Super Bowl 54 MIAMI GARDENS Rarely does a Super Bowl present such a study of contrasts as the No. LIV edition did Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. The AFC champion Chiefs with the thrill-a-minute pass-happy offense; the NFC champion 49ers with more of an old-school approach with a punishing running ...
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Hurricanes Football: Restoring Expectations a Good Start

Hurricanes Football: Restoring Expectations a Good Start

/ / Football, South Florida
Miami Hurricanes football is once again setting high expectations in the offseason, will it carry over to the regular season? With Super Bowl 54 in their home stadium. the Miami Hurricanes have managed to grab some headlines of their own. Miami legend Ed Reed joining the team as an advisor is the latest move by ...
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49ers DE Nick Bosa is the sort of dominant puss rusher the Dolphins desperately need. (Craig Davis for Five Reasons Sports Network)

Pressure Point: Bosa’s impact illuminates Dolphins’ need for pass rusher

/ / Football, South Florida
MIAMI Five Reasons Sports Network at Super Bowl 54 The flip side of the Miami Dolphins’ obvious need at quarterback is the void they have to fill on defense for a pass rusher. Someone like Nick Bosa, the South Florida native who will play in his hometown Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday in Super Bowl ...
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CK's Take: Technology Offers Miami Dolphins a Blueprint

CK’s Take: Technology Offers Miami Dolphins a Blueprint

While admiring the sheer size of the Miami Beach Convention Center, the central hub for Super Bowl LIV, I came across a back room in a relatively un-trafficked part of the Convention Center. Peeking into the room, the presentation slides on the screens bracketing the dais said, "Zebra Technologies". I decided to attend the scheduled ...
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Kyle Shanahan sought players with high football character in building the 49ers' Super Bowl team. (Craig Davis for Five Reasons Sports Network)

Pressure Point: 49ers’ turnaround a model for Dolphins’ rebuild

/ / Football, South Florida
Five Reasons Sports at Super Bowl 54 in Miami Miami Dolphins fans are relegated to watching wistfully as Super Bowl 54 is contested on their team’s home field on Feb. 2. They can find hope, though, in knowing that one of the teams vying for the championship was in much the same situation in 2017 ...
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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the opening night event for Super Bowl 54. (Craig Davis for Five Reasons Sports Network)

Pressure Point: Dolphins need to find the next Patrick Mahomes

/ / Football, South Florida
MIAMI Miami Dolphins fans have been dreaming about a franchise quarterback for two decades now. The quest has gone unrequited since Dan Marino retired. So many have tried and been found wanting that you wonder if anyone in Miami would recognize a franchise quarterback when they saw one. Well, it’s not that tough, folks. One ...
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