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Carter Verhaeghe's journey to the Florida Panthers

Carter Verhaeghe’s journey to the Florida Panthers

Carter Verhaeghe was born in Waterdown, Ontario, a community in Hamilton, just about an hour southwest of Toronto. Like many other Canadian boys, he grew up playing hockey.  Verhaeghe played his Minor Midget hockey for the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs before he was selected 38th overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection by the Niagara Ice ...
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Mateo's Hoops Diary: Purple & Mold in Los Angeles

Mateo’s Hoops Diary: Purple & Mold in Los Angeles

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Lakers keep getting kicked while they are down from members of their past outfit.  James Worthy always keeps it real on the halftime broadcast, but now Magic Johnson, another Lakers legend emerged from the shadows with condemnation for the underachieving group.  He said the owner deserved better.  It’s some impeccable timing.  Jeanie Buss deserved ...
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The 5RSN NBA All-Star Ballots: Who Makes it from Miami?

The 5RSN NBA All-Star Ballots: Who Makes it from Miami?

/ / Basketball, South Florida
With the NBA All-Star game in Cleveland on February 20, many of the contributors at the Five Reasons Sports Network named the teams that they would like to see. Mateo Mayorga- Mateo’s Hoop Diary East Starters: West Starters: DeMar DeRozan Ja Morant James Harden Stephen Curry Kevin Durant  LeBron James Giannis Antetokounmpo Nikola Jokić Joel ...
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Duncan Robinson and his last shot to savage the season?

Duncan Robinson and his last shot to savage the season?

Duncan Robinson has really struggled this first half of the first of the five seasons he is signed for with the Miami Heat. He's struggling to get some shots in, and we're struggling to understand what's really going on and how he went from one of the most lethal shooters in the NBA to a ...
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Five Things That Could Derail The Panthers

Five Things That Could Derail The Panthers

Sitting atop the NHL standings, a lot has gone right for the Florida Panthers this season. They boast a 25-7-5 record while also having the best home record in the league at 20-3. We haven’t hit the halfway mark of the NHL season yet but the Panthers are looking like a playoff lock after 37 ...
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Stephen Ross

Where should the Dolphins Coaching Cycle stop this time?

/ / Football, South Florida
Shockingly, the Miami Dolphins fired Head Coach Brian Flores on Black Monday.  It’s been 26 years since the Dolphins had a coach, Don Shula, that can lead this franchise to multiple playoff berths and in contention for the Lombardi trophy.  It’s been an endless cycle since 1995 as the search continues, with the oddmakers all ...
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The Undeniable Rise of Caleb Martin

The Undeniable Rise of Caleb Martin

/ / Basketball, South Florida
For many, just one opportunity is all they need to show the world what they can do. For Caleb Martin, it was about opportunity and the right team at the right time. Caleb Martin was a late addition to the Miami Heat roster. Hell, he's still not technically even on the official roster as it ...
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Miami Dolphins need to improve in these five areas

Fresh Perspective: Top 5 Miami Dolphins offseason musts

/ / Football, South Florida
Now that the season has come to a close, it's time to break down what are the main improvements the Miami Dolphins need to make this offseason. As always, there's a long list that needs checking off, but there are certain things that have more priority than others. This column will break down the main ...
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Stetson Bennett IV can reach NFL status with a national championship for Georgia

Stetson Bennett IV can reach NFL status with a national championship for Georgia

/ / Football, South Florida
It’s becoming common place for the iconic Queen song “We Are The Champions” after bowl games, especially one as big as the Orange Bowl. The timing of Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy watching the celebration from a distance with a few teammates only to leave on the lyrics “no time for losers” was poetic.  The Orange ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Slim Margin for Error for Trail Blazers

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Slim Margin for Error for Trail Blazers

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Portland Trail Blazers are running out of time to turn their season around.  After 42% of the year, they’ve underachieved and sit at eight games below .500. Some of their record can be blamed on the injury report but most of it should be attributed to the poor product the Blazers have put on ...
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A frustrated Tua Tagovailoa on the sideline near the end of the Dolphins' 34-3 loss against the Titans.

Pressure Point: Tua Tagovailoa fails at defining moment as Dolphins QB

/ / Football, South Florida
It wasn’t just that the Miami Dolphins failed again with a chance to break out of the “Same Old Dolphins” mold. The bitter pill in the 34-3 debacle Sunday at Tennessee was in revealing how far the Dolphins are from being a legitimate playoff team. Just as it was in each of their three playoff ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: The Miami Heat's Hot Winter

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Miami Heat’s Hot Winter

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Miami Heat have turned misfortune into opportunity over their last 14 games.  Since Dec. 1,  the team has been without at least two starters and in some cases three.  With key players catching the injury bug and COVID-19, the Heatles have managed to scrape away an 9-5 record.   It’s tough for any outfit to ...
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Jaylen celebrates after scoring the clinching touchdown for the Miami Dolphins in the win against the New Orleans Saints.

Pressure Point: Dolphins defy critics, chase new Miami Miracle

/ / Football, South Florida
The debate around the Miami Dolphins never relents — constant dissecting of the quarterback, skepticism about their merit as a playoff contender. The only responses that even matter keep coming in weekly intervals (with a longer gap for the bye week). The team left for dead at mid-season has done nothing since but win. Win-win-win-win-win-win-win ...
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What if the Orange Bowl ends up being the national championship game?

What if the Orange Bowl ends up being the national championship game?

/ / Football, South Florida
This year’s Orange Bowl is a titanic showdown between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia in a College Football Playoff semifinal. The winner will take on either No. 1 Alabama or No. 4 Cincinnati in the national championship game. Bu what if the results of the Orange Bowl decided the national championship? That could ...
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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Kyrie Irving Won

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Kyrie Irving Won

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Kyrie Irving won.  It probably won’t be long either before the Nets change course on their decision not to bring him back.   Inexplicably, the Brooklyn Nets swallowed their words in the middle of a league-wide covid outbreak. And they shouldn’t have.  It was only on Oct. 29 when team owner Joe Tsai said it wasn’t ...
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It's time to talk about 4th quarter Tua

It’s time to talk about 4th quarter Tua

/ / Football, South Florida
The most bewildering thing about the Miami Dolphins five game winning streak is the fact that they have been able to hold their leads in the 4th quarter and win games. Stop me, but have we ever heard a Dolphins team holding a lead in the 4th quarter and winning? I think it might be ...
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