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Mateo's Hoops Diary: Kevin Durant Undercut his Bosses

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: Kevin Durant Undercut his Bosses

The Brooklyn Nets are more dysfunctional than the Royal Family and are addicted to double-dipping in misery. Kevin Durant summoned the trump card when he called for his coach and general manager to hit the chopping block.   If owner Joe Tsai turns on his own, KD will have a chance to sit with the ...
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Mateo's Hoops Diary: It’s All on Zion Williamson

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: It’s All on Zion Williamson

The fate of the Pelicans rests on Zion Williamson’s plate. To protect themselves from their star player eating himself out of the league, NOLA will periodically weigh him to ensure he doesn’t exceed 295 pounds. Although, with the threshold being such a high number, they are giving Williamson a large amount of waist room.   Yet, ...
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The Life and Times of Sebastian Vettel | Hitting the Apex

The Life and Times of Sebastian Vettel | Hitting the Apex

For older McLaren fans, in particular those who are veterans of the battles of the early 2010s which saw Red Bull transform from plucky energy drink company to Formula 1 dominance coinciding with a McLaren backslide into the midfield, it's hard to identify the epiphanic moment. That chill that runs down the spine, causing the ...
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What Matthew Tkachuk brings to the Florida Panthers

What Matthew Tkachuk brings to the Florida Panthers

The hockey world was taken aback Friday night as the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames swapped 100-point superstars in a blockbuster trade. Florida sent all-time franchise points leader Jonathan Huberdeau to Calgary alongside MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a 2025 conditional first-round pick, in exchange for 24-year-old Matthew Tkachuk, and a 2025 conditional fourth-round ...
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MacKenzie Weegar, left, and Jonathan Huberdeau were two of the Florida Panthers' most popular players. (Florida Panthers)

Pressure Point: Panthers’ blockbuster deal makes sense, but Huberdeau will be missed

It always hurts when a favorite player on a team you’re emotionally invested in is traded away. So it was a gut punch for Florida Panthers fans when news broke late Friday night that Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar had been traded to the Calgary Flames. Especially Huberdeau, the franchise scoring leader and a complete ...
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Mateo's Hoops Diary: Deandre Ayton is Worth Betting On

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: Deandre Ayton is Worth Betting On

Before it was too late, the Suns sobered up and matched Indiana’s offer sheet for Deandre Ayton.  Waiting an entire season after he was eligible for his rookie extension was a waste of time.  It only pissed him off, and now they can’t use him as trade bait to get Kevin Durant out of Brooklyn ...
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Where does Lynn Bowden Jr. fit on the Dolphins roster?

Where does Lynn Bowden Jr. fit on the Dolphins roster?

/ / Football, South Florida
With a new coaching regime in Miami, Lynn Bowden has a shot to make the roster, The question is, what is Lynn Bowden’s fit on the Dolphins roster? Last year I wrote about how Lynn Bowden Jr, would be an X factor in Miami. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, Bowden was placed on season ending IR. Fit ...
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Mateo's Hoops Diary: Nets Better Off Keeping Kevin Durant

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: Nets Better Off Keeping Kevin Durant

To some, Kevin Durant looks like an NBA labor hero for asking to skip town with four years and $198 million remaining on his deal.  Others see him as the dude trying to take the easy way out.  As for his trade request, it would defy logic for the Brooklyn Nets to move Durant.  He’s ...
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Does running the ball set up the pass?

Does running the ball set up the pass?

/ / Football, South Florida
Running the ball to set up the pass is an age-old adage where your father and grandfather told you how to play football, but does running the ball really set up the pass? Traditionally, when an offense executes a successful run for a significant chunk of yardage, an opposing defense will attempt to compensate by ...
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Why Chase Edmonds will have the biggest impact in the Miami Dolphins running back room

Why Chase Edmonds will have the biggest impact in the Miami Dolphins running back room

The Miami Dolphins signed Chase Edmonds in free agency filling a pressing need at running back. Chase Edmonds was the first signee for Mike McDaniel, and for a good reason. Chase Edmonds fit in Miami With Mike McDaniel as the play-caller in Miami, his offensive scheme is centered around the outside zone running game. Edmonds, while in ...
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Tua Tagovailoa and Play-action passing

Tua Tagovailoa and Play-action passing

/ / Football, South Florida
Tua Tagovailoa has become a hot topic this off-season from pundits deciding if this would be his make-or-break year. Additionally, a recent article from PFT's Mike Florio detailed that free agent acquisition Tyreek Hill had low expectations for Tua. The third-year Dolphins quarterback has received the most criticism from the media, fans and throughout last ...
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Mateo's Hoops Diary: Dallas Can’t Lose Jalen Brunson

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: Dallas Can’t Lose Jalen Brunson

The Dallas Mavericks can’t let Luka Dončić’s top gun, Jalen Brunson, walk in free agency.  He was a fundamental cog in the team’s success- the most they’ve had in over a decade.  The outfit finally broke through in the 2022 postseason, winning a pair of rounds and distinguishing themselves as a group to be respected.  ...
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Miami Heat 2022 Draft Board, with Historical Comparisons

Miami Heat 2022 Draft Board, with Historical Comparisons

With Thursday’s NBA Draft finally here, I’ve put together a list of 25 players for my Miami Heat “Big Board”.  With help from Brady Hawk and Greg Sylvander sharing information about who Miami has worked out, I included those players in addition to prospects I felt were fits for the Heat’s system. The Heat are ...
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Mateo's Hoops Diary: Steph Curry, Once in a Lifetime

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: Steph Curry, Once in a Lifetime

People like Stephen Curry come around once in a lifetime.  Today no one in the NBA puts more pressure on a defense with their arsenal than #30.  He is a marksman that can never be replicated. And likely a demi-god among us mortals. When Curry sat at the post-game podium, the first question he got ...
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Jaylen celebrates after scoring the clinching touchdown for the Miami Dolphins in the win against the New Orleans Saints.

Miami Dolphins 2022 game-by-game predictions

/ / Football, South Florida
After a busy free agency and a much quieter draft, the 2022 Miami Dolphins are beginning to take shape. New head coach Mike McDaniel will look to lead the Dolphins to their first playoff birth since 2016. Doing so will not be easy, as Miami has the 14th hardest schedule, based on projected win totals ...
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Mateo's Hoops Diary: Warriors need more from Draymond Green

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: Warriors need more from Draymond Green

The Warriors should have filled out a missing persons report for Draymond Green.  Maybe it would help remind him of Game 4 at Boston Friday night.  Golden State started Wednesday evening’s affair on their backfoot.  Boston had a double-digit lead in seven minutes because the Warriors were overhelping on non-threatening shooters causing them to be ...
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