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Moose kills Alaska man attempting to take photos of her newborn calves

South Florida Local News - Mon, 05/20/2024 - 14:33

By MARK THIESSEN (Associated Press)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 70-year-old Alaska man who was attempting to take photos of two newborn moose calves was attacked and killed by their mother, authorities said Monday.

The man killed Sunday was identified as Dale Chorman of Homer, said Austin McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

The female moose had recently given birth to the calves in Homer.

“As they were walking through the brush looking for the moose, that’s when the cow moose attacked Dale,” McDaniel said.

The attack happened as the two were running away, he said. The second man, who has not been publicly identified, was uninjured.

That person did not witness the attack, so authorities cannot say if the moose killed Chorman by kicking or stomping him, or a combination.

Medics pronounced Chorman dead at the scene. The cow moose left the area, Alaska State Troopers said in an online post.

In 1995, a moose stomped a 71-year-old man to death when he was trying to enter a building on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Witnesses said students had been throwing snowballs and harassing the moose and its calf for hours, and the animals were agitated when the man tried to walk past them.

There are up to 200,000 moose in Alaska, a state with a human population of about 737,000.

The animals are not normally aggressive, but can become so if provoked, according to the state Department of Fish and Game’s website.

A cow moose will become very protective over young calves and will attack humans who come too close, the department says.

“Calving season for moose is the time when you definitely want to give them extra space,” McDaniel said. “Cow moose with calves are going to be some of the more aggressive moose you’re going to come in contact with.”

People should not spook the animals or get between a mother and her calves, he said.

“Those moose will become unpredictable and work to protect their calves at any cost,” McDaniel said.

The largest of the deer family, a small adult female moose can weigh up to 800 pounds (363 kilograms), while a large adult male can weigh twice that, according to Fish and Game. The animals can stand almost 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall.

Daily Horoscope for May 20, 2024

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 21:00
General Daily Insight for May 20, 2024

We’re likely to want it all with passionate intensity today. The lighthearted Sun enters inquisitive Gemini at 8:59 am EDT, scattering our attention in seemingly infinite directions. A shallow approach may not be satisfying for long, though. Later on, the emotional Moon dives into deep Scorpio and squares profound Pluto, giving us an attraction to intrigue and mystery. If we can resist the lure of unnecessary drama, we should be able to find out something truly significant regarding one of our new interests.

Aries

March 21 – April 19

Opportunities to chat with others hold both risks and potential rewards. As the energetic Sun moves into your 3rd House of Communication, you may become more interested than usual in connecting with the people around you. That’s likely to be genuinely fun for everyone involved, but where are the boundaries? You might be tempted to reveal something really personal to keep an exciting vibe flowing. This could backfire — sensitive information can be used against you. Play it safe for now.

Taurus

April 20 – May 20

Knowing what defines your worth could be crucial today. You’re possibly getting pushed around by someone powerful and wondering what gives them the right to look down on you. Would having more money actually make others treat you better? As the potent Sun enters your 2nd House of Resources, your mind might wander in that direction. Sometimes unpleasant ideas like that have a grain of truth, though they’re typically not the only truth. No matter what motivates you, you can’t go wrong investing in yourself.

Gemini

May 21 – June 20

It’s finally time to share your interesting thoughts with the world! With the stimulating Sun shifting into your sign, you’re ready to come out of the shadows. Unfortunately, you might receive a few critical comments when you finally air any ideas you’ve been chewing on in private. Your task will then be discerning the real concerns from the objections founded in mere prejudice — you’ll hear some of both. Finding proof of what works on a practical level will be informative for everyone involved.

Cancer

June 21 – July 22

Someone else’s idea of pleasure might be overpowering your own at the moment. Even if going along with the activities they choose generally isn’t fun for you, you can, at minimum, learn what you don’t want! As the illuminating Sun sneaks into your contemplative 12th house, do your best to find some time to be alone and reflect on this type of experience when you get the chance. Hearing your inner voice isn’t always easy, but it can tell you what you’d truly find satisfying.

Leo

July 23 – August 22

Expanding your social circle is now possible. With the lively Sun bounding into your 11th House of Networking, you’re equipped to put your best foot forward with fresh acquaintances. The hard part could be deciding what to do next, especially if you encounter someone who reminds you of a significant person from your past. You might be tempted to repeat old dynamics in your new relationship. Your companion isn’t guaranteed to play along, so pay close attention to their cues.

Virgo

August 23 – September 22

A fresh burst of energy can currently propel you toward your goals. The focused Sun blazes into your ambitious 10th house, clarifying your view of what you’re trying to accomplish. Figuring out the day-to-day path there might be the hard part. Asking someone else for advice could be valuable, but it also risks clouding your judgment. You probably have more wisdom about the situation than you think you do, even if you can’t quite put it into words yet. Give yourself time.

Libra

September 23 – October 22

Your worries about money could conflict with your pursuit of pleasure at the moment. The tension may come to a head as you consider the prospect of going on a trip or starting a course of study. With the vivacious Sun warming up your 9th House of Expansion, you’ll likely come across at least one tempting opportunity. Will guilt impede your enjoyment of the activity, or will you always wonder what might have been if you don’t do it? Contemplate the whole picture.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 21

Convincing someone else to take care of you might be tempting at present. As the powerful Sun creeps into your 8th House of Sharing, you may actually be able to get away with this to some extent. Watch out, as the costs could be higher than you expect! Before you accept any offers, look at whether the other party’s generosity comes with strings attached. Don’t trade temporary convenience for an arrangement that’s going to drag you down for a long time.

Sagittarius

November 22 – December 21

Throwing your energy into a recent developing relationship could be a high priority. Telling the other person a secret of yours potentially seems like a way to build trust more quickly than usual. This strategy isn’t guaranteed to work exactly how you want — it might just give the impression that you have a hidden agenda. Do you? With the enlightening Sun in your partnership sector, your companion may have an especially clear view of whatever is happening. Make sure that it’s something good.

Capricorn

December 22 – January 19

Keeping up with your peers could seem urgent today. You may be anxious that your financial status doesn’t measure up to what you “should” have achieved by this point in your life. Although you don’t necessarily know the whole truth of what’s going on with anyone else, you still have a right to want more for yourself. As the brilliant Sun powers into your productive 6th house, you can figure out what you must practically do to make that happen. Taking control should feel good!

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Standing up for yourself might be necessary now. This is often a scary task. Your audience could tell you no — or, worse, get upset with you! Keep in mind that attempting to evade these risks by using emotional manipulation may make your problems worse. While the assertive Sun enlivens your 5th House of Self-Expression, you’re better off advocating for your needs as directly as possible. Even if you don’t receive everything you ask for, you’ll know you gave it your best shot.

Pisces

February 19 – March 20

Defining your worldview may currently require deep thought. Perhaps you’re still more influenced than you’d like to be by programming you received earlier in your life. That’s not always a bad thing. As the revelatory Sun shifts into your 4th House of Roots, you might benefit from taking another look at beliefs you thought you’d left behind. True, there are probably reasons why you parted ways, but a kernel of wisdom could remain that you need to reclaim. Do so on your own terms.

Gators reach softball Super Regionals for 15th time under Tim Walton

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 16:58

GAINESVILLE — UF sophomore Jocelyn Erickson left Oklahoma for a chance to play catcher and win another championship.

If coach Tim Walton can capture his third national title — and first since 2015 — Erickson’s decision will loom even larger.

The 19-year-old slugger’s 2-run home run in the first inning proved to be enough during a 9-1 rout of South Alabama Sunday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Two innings later, Erickson ignited a 7-run third with an RBI single, giving her a team-leading 78 on the season — two shy of Megan Bush’s school record set in 2011.

The Gators also defeated South Alabama 9-1 on Saturday after prevailing 6-0 over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday.

“I’m thankful every day that she’s a Gator,” Walton said of Erickson.

UF catcher Jocelyn Erickson is met by teammates at home plater after her 2-run homer gave the Gators a 2-0 lead during a 9-1 win against South Alabama May 19 at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium in Gainesville. (UF’s University Athletic Association Communications/Molly Kaiser)

The No. 4 Gators (49-12) will host unseeded Baylor after the Bears (35-20) won 4-3 at No. 13 Louisiana. Dates and times are yet to be determined.

The series will mark Walton’s 15th Super Regional appearance since his 2006 arrival. While it never gets old, it was anything but a sure thing after a 13-2 home loss April to Florida State.

“I told them we were on the road for Regionals,” Walton said.

The Gators responded with 11 straight wins behind an explosive offense that has eased the pressure on a pair of freshman pitchers.  Ace Keagan Rothrock and No. 2 starter Ava Brown (16-5) combined to limit South Alabama (34-20-1) to 4 hits.

“If I’m pitching, I’m feeling good,” Walton said. “I don’t have to worry about being perfect. When this offense goes, it really goes.”

Erickson, a freshman outfielder at outfielder at Oklahoma, switched positions to earn SEC Player of the Year honors a season after the award went to shortstop Skylar Wallace, who is 12 of 16 with 16 RBI during six postseason games.

In February, Erickson knew she’d made the right decision.

“From the beginning of the season I was telling everyone in the locker room we were going to the [College] World Series,” she said. “That’s the plan.”

Seminoles also advance

No. 15 seed and host Florida State reached the Super Regionals with a 10-4 victory on Sunday evening over Auburn, which had knocked out UCF at 3 a.m. Sunday with a 12-inning 2-1 victory.

The Seminoles advanced to a Super Regional for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons and scored double-digit runs in the tournament for the first time since 2019.

FSU swept the regional round for the eighth time in the Super Regional era and will face Oklahoma in Norman  in a rematch of last year’s national-championship pairing.

From Wire Reports

Edgar Thompson can be reached at egthompson@orlandosentinel.com

American Heritage shatters own state relay mark en route to Class 3A boys title

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 15:41

As soon as Xavier Lucas saw the 4×100 relay time on the scoreboard, he broke out into a full sprint across the infield to celebrate with his American Heritage teammates at the FHSAA boys Class 3A track and field championships boys state championship at UNF-Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.

Lucas, the lone senior on the relay composed of sophomores Zamarii Sanders and brothers Braylen Bennett and Brandon Bennett shattered its own state record for the event as they clocked a 39.39, the first team from Florida to break the 40-second barrier.

It helped the Patriots win its third state title, edging Miami Northwestern, 76-68 for the boys’ team title.

The previous state record was set in 2018 by Patrick Surtain Jr., Tyson Campbell, Jaden McBurrows, and Anthony Schwartz. It was just shy of the national record of 38.92 in April by Houston Texas’ Humble Atascocita, the first U.S. high school boys 4x100m team to ever dip under 39 seconds.

“We’ve been trying to break it for a while and we couldn’t,” Lucas said by phone. “God works in mysterious ways. I thought we had run a 39.80 or a 39.90, but when I saw a 39.39, I ran across the field. It was a great feeling.

“This is my first year at Heritage,” said Lucas, a Wisconsin football signee, who transferred from Western High School and played football for the Patriots. “I had never won a state championship before. It is just an amazing feeling for me and the team.”

“Man, all I can say is those kids worked really hard to run that,” said Patriots coach Greg Barnes. “The kids wanted it. I wanted it and I have never seen them perform like that. I think out of all the states I’ve won; this is the best.”

He said they hadn’t expected Lucas to also finish second in the long jump. The Patriots also picked up 13 points from sophomore Christien Moreau, who finished second in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Brandon Bennett finished second in the 100-meter dash followed by teammates Lucas and Braylen Bennett. Sanders also won the 200, while the Bennett twins finished third and fourth.

“It’s a blessing,” said Brandon Bennett. “To be the first Florida team to break 40 is just incredible.”

Other locals who stood out at state included Pembroke Pines Charter junior Alejandro de Bastos (second in the 800), McArthur senior Trey Young (fourth in javelin), Atlantic senior Kenyon Wells (fifth in the 400 hurdles) and Boyd Anderson’s 4×400 relay, who was third.

St. Thomas Aquinas freshman Prince Jr. wins gold at Class 4A state meet

St. Thomas Aquinas freshman Lee Prince Jr. made a successful debut at the Class 4A state track championships as he won the 100-meter dash, and took second in the 200-meter dash.

“I have very high expectations of myself, and so does my family. I worked really hard during the offseason, and I trusted the Lord because I know he has my back, ” Prince Jr. said by phone.

“It felt amazing when I saw my name up there in the first place,” he continued. “It felt like a dream come true. I am still thankful. I didn’t get a chance to compete at state last year because I had an injury. I got hurt in the 200 at regionals (running as an eighth grader at University School.”

Miramar senior Elijah Smith finished second in both the pole vault and the long jump. He tied for first in the pole vault but finished second due to more misses.

“It was hard because I was running back and forth for my events because of the rain,” Smith said. “I was pretty tired.”

His pole vault height has gone from 14-3 to 14-11 in just one year. He was fifth at the state meet last year.

“I think this year I really wanted,” Smith said by phone. “I trained really hard  and was able to stay healthy.”

Flanagan tied for seventh with 22 points, while St. Thomas Aquinas ended up 10th with 18 points.

Flanagan junior Jonathan Carter finished second in the 400-meter hurdles, while Flanagan senior Shamar Henry third in the 1,600 and eighth in the 800.

Other top finishers in Broward and Palm Beach counties included Jupiter senior William Owens, who was third in the 100 and fourth in the 200, Piper senior Shaquille Young (third in the shot and seventh in discus) and Wellington senior Mark Fyffe (third in the long jump). Spanish River was fourth in the 4×800 relay, and Western was fourth in the 4×400 relay.

 

Iran’s president missing after helicopter crash in dense fog

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 15:21

Rescue teams are searching into the night to try to locate Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after his helicopter crashed on his way back from a visit to the country’s northwest.

There was dense fog in the region, making conditions difficult for search teams, state media said, without giving a direct cause for the incident on Sunday. Iran’s government spokesman, Ali Bahadori Jahromi, said late in the evening on X that there were “no new updates” and that the country was grappling with a “difficult and complicated situation.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged people to pray for Raisi’s health and said there “won’t be any disruption to the country’s affairs” as a result of the incident, according to a statement shown on state TV.

Raisi’s air fleet consisted of three helicopters with high-ranking officials including Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Amirabdollahian was believed to be on board Raisi’s aircraft at the time.

The U.S. is closely following reports of the incident, a State Department spokesperson said without further comment.

‘Extremely difficult’ search

Almost 10 hours into the search, it was “extremely difficult” because of darkness and heavy fog and rain, Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, told state TV. Earlier, Iran’s interior minister, Ahmad Vahidi, said finding the president’s helicopter was likely to take time because of the adverse conditions.

Turkey’s state disaster management agency, AFAD, said Iran requested a search-and-rescue helicopter with night vision capabilities. Some 32 rescue and research personnel as well as six vehicles were also sent to Iran, AFAD said in a post on X.

The Turkish ministry of defense said it dispatched an Akinci drone in response to a request from Iran. It also said a Cougar helicopter remains on alert to be deployed depending on weather conditions.

The European Union activated its rapid response mapping service following a request for help from Iran, the bloc’s Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said in a post on X.

Raisi, an ultraconservative cleric in his 60s who won Iran’s presidential election in 2021, has been seen as a favorite to eventually succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the Islamic Republic’s top authority.

The incident comes at a time of turmoil in the Middle East over the war in Gaza between Israel and Iran-backed Hamas — designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union. It has edged Iran and Israel close to all-out conflict and led to other Tehran-supported groups, including the Houthis in Yemen and Shiite militias in Iraq, to attack U.S. bases and commercial ships in the Red Sea.

Iranian television aired live footage of scores of ambulances amid heavy rain and fog. A reporter, stationed near the rescue teams, mentioned the challenges in reaching the crash site, citing impassable roads due to mud and the remote nature of the area.

The broadcast also showed pilgrims praying for Raisi at the holy shrine in Mashhad, the northeastern city where Raisi was born.

Others believed to be onboard Raisi’s helicopter included the governor of East Azerbaijan province and the supreme leader’s representative in the city of Tabriz, Iranian media said.

Both Raisi and Amirabdollahian oversaw the restoration of Iran’s diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia through a Chinese-brokered deal announced in March 2023. But it was a time when there was also a stalemate in negotiations to revive Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and lift economic sanctions.

Earlier Sunday, Raisi met his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev to inaugurate a jointly developed dam on the border between the two countries. The incident occurred while Raisi was returning from Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.

Raisi’s ascension to the presidency came after eight years under the relative moderate Hassan Rouhani, who was central to the nuclear accord that former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from in 2018.

The U.S. exit from the deal empowered Iran’s hardliners, who were always critical of the agreement. Raisi was sanctioned in 2019 by the Trump administration, which cited his role in a deadly crackdown a decade earlier on protesters alleging vote fraud.

He’s also accused by rights groups of being instrumental in the mass execution of thousands of political dissidents in the late 1980s. In 2018, London-based Amnesty International said he presided over a “death commission” and called on the United Nations to investigate him for crimes against humanity.

Raisi’s first vice president is Mohammad Mokhber, who has represented Iran on many recent overseas trips and who like many senior Iranian officials is subject to U.S. sanctions.

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(With assistance from Omar Tamo, Dana Khraiche, Golnar Motevalli, Alex Newman and Onur Ant.)

Rescue teams are searching into the night to try to locate Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after his helicopter crashed on his way back from a visit to the country’s northwest.

There was dense fog in the region, making conditions difficult for search teams, state media said, without giving a direct cause for the incident on Sunday. Iran’s government spokesman, Ali Bahadori Jahromi, said late in the evening on X that there were “no new updates” and that the country was grappling with a “difficult and complicated situation.”

Finding the president’s helicopter “could take time” due to difficult weather conditions, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on TV. An aerial search was “impossible” Iranian TV said, after at least five hours of the hunt on the ground.

Raisi, an ultraconservative cleric in his 60s who won Iran’s presidential election in 2021, has been seen as a favorite to eventually succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the Islamic Republic’s top authority.

The incident comes at a time of turmoil in the Middle East over the war in Gaza between Israel and Iran-backed Hamas — designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union. It has edged Iran and Israel close to all-out conflict and led to other Tehran-supported groups, including the Houthis in Yemen and Shiite militias in Iraq, to attack U.S. bases and commercial ships in the Red Sea.

Raisi’s air fleet consisted of three helicopters with high-ranking officials including Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Amirabdollahian was believed to be on board Raisi’s aircraft at the time.

The U.S. is closely following reports of the incident, a State Department spokesperson said without further comment.

Iranian television aired live footage of scores of ambulances amid heavy rain and fog. A reporter, stationed near the rescue teams, mentioned the challenges in reaching the crash site, citing impassable roads due to mud and the remote nature of the area. Aerial searches using helicopters and drones were impossible due to the adverse weather conditions, he said.

State television broadcast live footage from the country’s holy shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Raisi’s birthplace, showing pilgrims praying for Raisi. Others believed to be on board Raisi’s helicopter included the governor of East Azerbaijan province and the supreme leader’s representative in the city of Tabriz, Iranian media said.

Both Raisi and Amirabdollahian oversaw the restoration of Iran’s diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia through a Chinese-brokered deal announced in March 2023. But it was a time when there was also a stalemate in negotiations to revive Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and lift economic sanctions.

Earlier Sunday, Raisi met his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev to inaugurate a jointly developed dam on the border between the two countries. The incident occurred while Raisi was returning from Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.

Raisi’s ascension to the presidency came after eight years under the relative moderate Hassan Rouhani, who was central to the nuclear accord that former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from in 2018.

The U.S. exit from the deal empowered Iran’s hardliners, who were always critical of the agreement. Raisi was sanctioned in 2019 by the Trump administration, which cited his role in a deadly crackdown a decade earlier on protesters alleging vote fraud.

During his presidential election campaign he received support from the highest levels of Iran’s religious and military establishment, and put all of Iran’s state institutions and levers of power in the hands of hardliners.

Raisi’s First Vice President is Mohammad Mokhber, who has represented Iran on many recent overseas trips and who like many senior Iranian officials is subject to U.S. sanctions.

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(With assistance from Omar Tamo, Dana Khraiche, Golnar Motevalli and Alex Newman.)

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Coleman sweeps as Dillard ends Miami Northwestern’s 14-year state-title streak in girls track

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 15:05

Soon after Dillard’s two-point loss at last year’s state track meet, Panthers coach Davidson Gill went to work on a plan that could halt the 14-year stranglehold that Miami Northwestern has had in the Class 3A state girls track and field meet.

Among the plans was to have senior Christiana Coleman compete in just the longer-distance races and drop her from the 800-meter dash. She responded by winning both the 1,600- (4 minutes, 53.58 seconds) and 3,200-meter runs (10:50.88) to help the Panthers (76 points) knock off Miami Northwestern by 2.5 points. The last time that Dillard’s girls won the state title was in 1978.

“When we lost by two points last year, we felt we had a young team and we would be better and had a good chance this year,” Gill said by phone. “When they brought the Chaminade-Madonna kids over, I knew the obstacles would be greater, but we just had to get to work. We had a plan to knock them off and the kids worked hard all year.”

Miami Northwestern picked up transfers Tyra Cox and twins Kahalia and Kashia Hoo from Chaminade-Madonna for this season. Cox was a triple winner, capturing the 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes. Dillard finished second in the 4×400 event, the last event of the evening, to edge the Bulls.

Coleman, a UF signee, said she needed a trip to the chiropractor the day before the meet when her hip flared up. She was also surprised by her 3,200 win.

“I felt we were more connected than usual and more prepared for the meet, and everyone did what they had to do,” said Coleman, who also won a state championship with the Panthers in cross country in the fall, via phone. “We expected to win because of how hard we practiced the whole year. It was kind of crazy beating Miami Northwestern because they had won so many championships in a row.

“Coach Gill talked to us before the 3,200 and said we need to get 14 points,” she continued, “and I asked him, how did he want those 14 points?” He said the easiest way was for me to win the race and for Miley to get the other points. I was really scared because I never ran the 2-mile like these girls did.”

The Panthers got that cushion in the 3,200-meter run as Coleman won the race, while seventh grader Miley Gill was fifth (11:09.12). Coleman picked up 10 points and Gill had four.

Dillard also won the 4×800 relay and was fourth in the 4×100.

Dillard junior Alexia Reid also turned in a solid performance in both hurdle events, finishing second in the 100 and 400 hurdle events.

“Winning the state championship is the best feeling I ever felt,” said Reid, who finished fourth at state last year. “I felt really confident going into the meet. I had a small hamstring injury, and it was nerve-racking going into the hurdles. I was really proud of myself in my hurdles performance.”

Other locals to perform well at state included Atlantic’s Thalia Waters, who captured the long jump, and 100 hurdles and was fifth in the 100 dash. Somerset Academy junior Lauren Kirby was also a double winner in the shot and discus. Somerset Academy senior Anya Carey won the triple jump.

Northeast junior Patchnalie Compare was second in the 200 and third in the 100. American Heritage senior Sienna Alvarez-Cola was third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200-meter runs. Boyd Anderson sophomore Desire Frazier was second in the 400, while Dillard seventh grader Shynah Collins was third.

Allen shines in Class 4A meet

St. Thomas Aquinas junior Arianna Allen won the girls’ 400 hurdles (1:01.43) in helping the Raiders place fifth in the girls’ Class 4A state track and field competition with 40 points.

Allen just edged out teammate and fellow junior Kelsee Jackson, who finished in second (1:01.63) in the race. Allen also placed fifth in the 100 hurdles.

“I was just focusing on getting out really hard,” Allen said by phone. Allen, who finished fourth at state in the 400 last year, said she focused on her form and endurance this year. She also overcame back pain to win gold. “I was honestly grateful that I won, and it shows that I can accomplish anything. Track is really a hard sport and winning a gold medal is a sense of accomplishment.”

Other top local finishers included St. Thomas Aquinas senior Lauren Thomas, who finished third in the discus (139 feet, 7 inches), Taravella senior Ajah Arscott, who was fourth in the 100 (12.00) and seventh in the 400, along with Boca Raton freshman Taylor Nicole Overton, who captured second in the 400 (53.92), sixth in the 200 and 14th in the 100.

St. Thomas Aquinas and Flanagan were second and third in the 4×400 relay.

No ninth-inning rally for Marlins this time as Mets hang on to four-run lead, avoid series sweep

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 14:07

MIAMI (AP) — Harrison Bader and Tyrone Taylor each drove in two runs in a four-run first inning on Sunday, and the Mets ended Miami’s four-game win streak with a 7-3 victory.

Brandon Nimmo homered and Francisco Lindor singled twice following a 1-for-27 skid as the Mets rebounded from blowing a four-run, ninth-inning lead on Saturday and avoided a three-game sweep.

“You’re not defined by what you do the day before. You’re defined by how you get up from adversity,” Lindor said. “We wanted this one for sure. I think it’s important to win after a tough loss like that.”

Sean Manaea (3-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Sean Reid-Foley and Jake Diekman pitched an inning each, and Reed Garrett got his second save by allowing one hit over two innings with four strikeouts in a 34-pitch outing.

Díaz has a 10.80 ERA over his last eight appearances after serving up four homers in 8 1/3 innings. He has blown three of his last four save chances.

“We all believe in him. We all know he’s going to be back,” Garrett said. “Whenever my name’s called, I’ll pitch, but I know as a collective unit we all believe in Edwin and we know what he can do.”

New York (21-25) had dropped five games under .500 on Saturday for the first time since an 0-5 start.

“Not an easy weekend, not the way we expected, but we just have to continue to move forward,” Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said. “Today was a huge win for us.”

With New York ahead 4-3, Nimmo hit a two-run homer off Anthony Bender in a three-run ninth that included Brett Baty’s RBI single.

“I was just looking for a good pitch in the middle of the plate to drive,” Nimmo said. “I was able to hit that ball — good launch angle — and hit it hard. Found its way out of the ballpark.”

Nimmo returned to the lineup Saturday after missing two games because of a stomach illness.

“I’m coming around,” Nimmo said. “It’s been a little bit of a journey the last three days to get over the sickness. Right now, I’m just trying to get some appetite back. I’m definitely not at 100%. Just trying to battle through it and glad that I was able to help out there at the end and solidify the win.”

Dane Myers hit a two-run homer in the second, and Christian Bethancourt had a solo drive in the seventh against DIekman.

Sixto Sánchez (0-2) allowed four runs and six hits in four innings. He gave up Taylor’s two-out double in the first and Bader’s single.

“He was obviously better second through the fourth inning but he put us in a hole early,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “At this level it’s hard to come back from four runs every single time. He’s not giving his teammates a chance to win.”

Miami recalled right-handed reliever Emmanuel Ramirez from Jacksonville and optioned right-handed reliever Anthony Maldonado to the Triple-A farm team.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: INF Tim Anderson (lower back tightness) homered and had three singles in five at-bats during a rehab game with Jacksonville on Saturday, then went 0 for 4 with a walk on Sunday.

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Marlins: LHP Ryan Weathers (2-4, 3.81) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game home series against Milwaukee on Monday. The Brewers will go with RHP Joe Ross (2-4, 4.61).

Aleksander Barkov, the Panthers’ reluctant star, leads without having to say much

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 12:20

By TIM REYNOLDS

SUNRISE — Here’s the list of Aleksander Barkov’s top highlights from the Florida-Boston series: the go-ahead goal that sparked a Game 2 victory, scoring a spectacular game-winning goal to cap a comeback in Game 4, then blocking a shot late in Game 6 to keep things tied about 90 seconds before the Panthers won the game and clinched the series.

He did it all. And Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk heaped praise his way afterward.

“I don’t really even have words for what he’s doing for our team right now,” Tkachuk said. “He’s playing the best hockey in the world right now. He’s the best player in the world right now on both ends of the ice. He’s been unbelievable.”

The Panthers have plenty of standouts — among them, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been stellar, Tkachuk is always dangerous, Sam Reinhart has scored more than 60 goals combined in the regular season and playoffs and Gustav Forsling is clearly one of the NHL’s best defensemen. But the unquestioned leader in the room is Barkov, who hoisted the Prince of Wales Trophy last season after Florida won the Eastern Conference for a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Panthers will aim to win it again starting Wednesday when this year’s East finals against the New York Rangers begins at Madison Square Garden.

Florida’s captain — and now a two-time Selke Trophy winner as the best defensive forward in the NHL, this year’s voting for that award getting announced Saturday — is a quiet, almost reluctant superstar, someone who can still be unrecognized in public on occasion. In private, those around the Panthers say he’s the funniest player in the room. But ask Barkov about himself and the conversation won’t go too far; he just won’t sing his own praises under any circumstances.

So, the Panthers must do all the bragging on his behalf.

“He is the perfect man to be captain of the Florida Panthers,” coach Paul Maurice said.

The voting for the Selke was done long before Friday night, when Barkov stuck his left hand in the way of a blast from Boston star David Pastrnak with 2:58 left in the third period of what was a 1-1 game. It was on the power play and Pastrnak — who doesn’t miss in these moments — had plenty of net to shoot at following a cross-slot pass. If someone didn’t block it, Pastrnak was almost certainly scoring and Florida would be facing a Game 7.

Barkov got his hand on the puck just enough to deflect it. He went down the tunnel shortly afterward for evaluation, clearly hurting. It was the sort of play where he could have easily broken his hand. But it seems he was fine, the Panthers scored about 90 seconds after the block and Barkov was back on the ice to celebrate the series being over.

“Any blocked shot, in playoffs especially, they’re big,” Barkov said. “Our guys sacrifice everything for that.”

They do it because their leader does it. What Barky does, teammates do. It’s that simple.

“This award is deserved recognition of not only his talent and effort but also his selfless devotion to his team,” Panthers president of hockey operations and general manager Bill Zito said after the Selke was announced Saturday night. ”His commitment to training and preparation are second to none in this league. We all follow Sasha’s lead and are proud to have him as our captain.”

Everyone obviously enjoys winning, but few on the Panthers fully understand the journey the franchise took on its way to back-to-back NHL final fours better than Barkov. His first eight seasons in Florida resulted in zero playoff series wins. The team, more often than not, stunk. He played for six different coaches in his first seven Florida seasons. The building was listed as half-full for some home games, which seemed like some mighty generous ticket-counting.

Now, tickets are darn near impossible to get. South Florida used to be just a football market. Then the Miami Heat started winning and eroded some of football’s stranglehold, even using “Basketball Town” in some marketing. And these days, South Florida sure seems like a hockey town with Barkov certainly among the biggest reasons for the turnaround.

“His level of preparation is something that I haven’t seen very often in my career,” said Kyle Okposo, who was Buffalo’s captain before a midseason trade to the Panthers. “Everybody here has no choice but to follow that example. There’s no excuse to be tired for a day and to not do what is required of you that day because he’s setting the example to go above and beyond what’s expected of him — because he wants to be the best you’ve ever seen.”

Barkov’s No. 16 jersey will hang over the ice in Florida one day, because he’s going to retire with just about every team record that skaters can have. Most goals, most assists, most points, most games, all that and more.

The way Maurice sees it, Barkov could have that jersey retired for his character alone.

“He treats the 13th forward here the same way he treats (anyone). He views them the same. They’re teammates,” Maurice said. “And he treats everyone like that. The trainers, the flight crew, anyone that’s part of our group. He has this big kind of wake that he leaves of really the right thing of pro sports. If your kid’s buying a sweater, throw Barkov on the back. You’re good. You’ll get to keep that for a long time.”

Diaz heroics propel Stoneman Douglas to fourth straight baseball title; Dwyer, coached by ex-Marlin, wins its first championship

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 11:44

Stoneman Douglas senior Nick Diaz hit a base-loaded single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to score sophomore Cade Raley as the Eagles won their fourth straight state championship with a 3-2 victory over Windermere in Fort Myers on Saturday night.

Diaz hit a walk-off two-run home run the day before to lift the Eagles past Vero Beach in the state semifinal. The Eagles became the first public school to win four straight in state history, joining Archbishop McCarthy as the only program to accomplish the feat.

“We were up 2-0 and it was going well, I thought we were in control, and then we made a couple of mistakes in the infield, and they ended up getting two,” said Stoneman Douglas coach Todd Fitz-Gerald by phone. “It went neck and neck and both teams wound up getting out of base-loaded jams. We came back and won after Nicky worked the count and got the winning hit.

“This is really good,” continued Fitz-Gerald, who has four players who started from four years ago and will now have four rings. The class that has been with me from 2020-24, has gone 112-9, including a 59-game winning streak. It’s bittersweet because I am going to miss those kids.”

Stoneman Douglas (26-5) touched Windermere senior Cannon Feazill, a Clemson commit, for two runs in the bottom of the first.

UCF commit Alex Rodriguez laced a single to right and Devin Fitz-Gerald followed with a double down the right-field line to put runners on second and third. Senior Rylan Lujo, a Dayton commit, grounded into a fielder’s choice before senior Niko Benestad followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

Windermere (28-5) tied the game in the top of the fifth with two unearned runs off UF commit Jayden Dubanewicz on a two-run, bases-loaded single by Randy Ruiz. Both teams wiggled out of bases-loaded jams before the Eagles rallied in the bottom of the eighth for the victory. Dubanewicz, who pitched 6 ⅓ innings, struck out seven and gave up five hits and two walks. Junior Reliever junior lefty Luke Cherry made sure of that.

After a groundout, Fitz-Gerald singled to right field, and Lujo flew out to left field. Benestad singled down the third baseline. Sophomore Cade Raley was brought in to pinch run for Fitz-Gerald. UM commit Bennett Gary walked on four pitches and Diaz lined a 2-2 pitch for a walk-off single and a 3-2 win. It marked the first walk-off in a state championship game since 2019.

Gary and Fitz-Gerald were the lone Eagles’ batters with multiple hits.

Dwyer, coached by ex-Marlin, brings home school’s first baseball title

What better way for former Miami Marlins pitcher Jordan Yamamoto to make his high school coaching debut as he guided Dwyer to its first baseball championship in school history?

The Panthers (23-7-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two innings and rolled to a 10-3 victory over Gainesville Buchholz at Hammond Stadium at Lee Health Sports Complex in Fort Myers.

The Bobcats got one back in the bottom of the second before the Panthers plated one in the fourth and two in the fifth to up the margin to 9-2. Dwyer added one in the top of the seventh and Buchholz scored once in the bottom of the seventh.

“It is definitely a cool experience,” said Yamamoto by phone. He played for the Marlins from 2019-2020 and finished his career with the New York Mets in 2021. “When I retired, this fills the void of baseball. Being at the park every day gives you a place to be.”

“I think just being able to relate to the kids and having them understand where they could be made the most impact,” he continued. “Giving them the insight of the real world of baseball. It isn’t just high school baseball. I wanted to show them that baseball could be a life.”

Senior Jackson Miller, an Ole Miss commit, was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Senior Bryce Jackson, who is headed to USF, was 2 for 4 with two walks, two runs scored, and an RBI. Anthony Wilkie led the Bobcats (24-9) with a home run but there was little offense beyond.

Dwyer senior Dawson Thrush, an Air Force commit,  helped his cause as he went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Senior Kody Morgan went 2 for 4, two runs scored, and an RBI, and Tampa signee Trevor Mair had three hits and an RBI, while sophomore Dom Pecoraro also went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Thrush went 6 2/3 innings and scattered five hits as he threw 61 strikes on his 86 pitches. He allowed three runs, and two walks and struck out three. Morgan came in in the top of the seventh and preserved the shutout.

Yamamoto believes several of his players are on track to get drafted in the amateur baseball draft in two months.

“They worked their butts off,” he continued. “We’ve been at it since last July. Winning the state championship was amazing, but it also sucked because I will never have another opportunity to coach those kids again. It was the greatest group of kids.”

American Heritage repeat bid falls short in 5A

Tampa Jesuit roared to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings and held off a late charge by American Heritage to win their second Class 5A state championship in two years, third in the past five years and seventh overall.

All but two starters for the Tigers (26-6) recorded hits in picking up a 5-2 victory in the championship game.

American Heritage (21-11)  cut the deficit to 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI by Tennessee commit Luca Ramirez as the Patriots loaded the bases. However, they could not draw any closer in the inning as reliever Wilson Anderson struck out Rafael Furcal and enticed an inning-ending pop-out by Zach Wilson.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ramirez led off with a double to right and came around to score on a two-out single by Furcal to cut the lead to 5-2. Ramirez finished the game 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Furcal went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

 

 

South Florida’s scorching temps make for a weekend record-breaker. Here’s what’s ahead.

South Florida Local News - Sun, 05/19/2024 - 11:40

A record-breaking heat wave has most of South Florida wilting — and wondering when it will end.

There’s no major cooldown ahead just yet, but temperatures will drop a touch on Monday, said George Rizzuto, a meteorologist at the Miami office of the National Weather Service.

Monday’s heat index will hit around 100 degrees, down from Sunday’s “feels-like” temps of 105 to 110 degrees.

“It will still be hot, but not as oppressively hot as it has been this weekend,” Rizzuto said. “For Tuesday and Wednesday you can expect indices in the upper 90s.”

Next Saturday, the heat index will rise back up to 100 degrees, according to the forecast.

“Not too much of a break in the heat,” Rizzuto said.

Hot and humid conditions continued Sunday, with temperatures hitting to the low- to mid-90s and the peak heat index ranging from 105 to 110 degrees.

Both Broward and Miami-Dade counties were under a heat advisory until 6 p.m. Sunday.

The maximum heat index forecast for Sunday afternoon was 105 degrees in Fort Lauderdale; 106 degrees in West Palm Beach; and 109 degrees in Miami and Homestead.

The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.

“If you’re spending any time outside (Sunday), it is imperative that you are hydrating nearly constantly and take breaks from the direct sun,” the National Weather Service warned on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Bennett Rodriguez runs along A1A in Fort Lauderdale on Friday. As the temperatures rise, the National Weather Service is warning people to stay hydrated and take breaks from the outside heat. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Saturday’s blistering heat was a record-breaker.

“West Palm Beach set a new record with a temp of 97,” Rizzuto said. “Their old record was 94, set in 1922. It beat it by 3 degrees. Fort Lauderdale tied their maximum temperature record of 96. That was set back in 2008.”

The region’s nightly lows did not drop much below 80 degrees Friday night into Saturday morning, Rizzuto said.

So now we have new records for minimum lows.

The new record low for West Palm Beach is now 80 degrees. That beat an old record of 78 degrees set back in 2003.

Fort Lauderdale set a new record low of 80 degrees. The previous record low was 77 degrees, set in 2015.

Miami set a new minimum low of 81 degrees. The old record of 79 degrees was set back in 1935.

Strong to severe storms were possible Sunday afternoon, according to meteorologists in Miami.

“Primary hazards will be large hail and damaging wind gusts but a tornado or two can’t be ruled out,” the National Weather Service’s Miami office said in its Sunday advisory.

Deerfield Beach draws a crowd despite the scorching heat on Sunday. (John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Showers and thunderstorms might roll into Broward’s eastern metro areas late afternoon Sunday and into the evening, Rizzuto said.

But Palm Beach County’s eastern metro areas and Lake Okeechobee region are at a higher risk for thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening.

“I can’t rule out a strong cell for Miami-Dade County and its eastern metro areas,” Rizzuto said.

An isolated tornado might also be in the cards, he added.

“We can’t rule out hail either,” Rizzuto said. “The hail risk is more maximized toward northern Palm Beach County and the Lake Okeechobee area. We have a low pressure system pushing toward the east. That could allow raindrops to stay frozen in the upper atmosphere. But sometimes the hail melts before it gets to the ground.”

Susannah Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sunsentinel.com. Follow me on X @Susannah_Bryan

 

Daily Horoscope for May 19, 2024

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 21:00
General Daily Insight for May 19, 2024

Progress is possible, but it might not happen in exactly the way we want. While the idealistic Libra Moon goads pushy Mars, we could be impatient that particular outcomes we’re attached to don’t seem to be unfolding. As the life-sustaining Sun sextiles visionary Neptune at 6:45 pm EDT, other paths are opening up. That said, Luna then agitates anxious Saturn, suggesting we’re not entirely comfortable with that idea. Our feelings need to be acknowledged, but they don’t have to be the final word.

Aries

March 21 – April 19

Intuition and practical knowledge can blend well for you today. As the illuminating Sun in your finance zone sextiles psychic Neptune in your contemplative 12th house, you’re especially capable of applying this approach to a money issue. No matter how wise your eventual decision is, someone else still might not be happy with your choice. Don’t let them rattle you, but don’t make it a battle of wills, either. If answering a few questions would allay their anxieties, you may as well do that.

Taurus

April 20 – May 20

Your social life could be flowing smoothly at the moment. As the vibrant Sun in your sign harmonizes with perceptive Neptune in your 11th House of Community, you’re able to read the room and still be yourself in it. That said, there may not be easy answers to practical questions like scheduling a time for the group to hang out. No matter how much you love your friends, sometimes you need to take care of life’s duties first. Having realistic expectations is key!

Gemini

May 21 – June 20

Your knowledge of what’s going on behind the scenes can guide you in making fortuitous career decisions at this time. However, what you’re doing might look weird to your peers — and they’ll potentially say so. As the passionate Moon in your 5th House of Self-Expression opposes combative Mars in your social 11th house, any critical comments could really get under your skin. You probably can’t fully fight back without spilling something you’d rather keep under wraps, so avoid opportunities for battle.

Cancer

June 21 – July 22

A community based on shared beliefs could be a comforting place for you now. Even so, this safe haven might contain a few power struggles. They may simply be concealed by seemingly earnest concern for correctness regarding the finer points of the group’s dogma. Acknowledging that this is going on could be disappointing — you probably hoped your companions were better than that! You’re all only human, though, and there are some challenges that can’t be escaped, no matter where you go.

Leo

July 23 – August 22

Your hunger for information may be hard to satisfy at this moment. As the anxious Moon in your detail-oriented 3rd house riles up aggressive Mars in your research sector, you might really want to know the answer to a question that feels pressing. Unfortunately, someone else could seem to be withholding it from you. Consider the idea that you’d be better off focusing on matters that can realistically move forward. Getting rid of ambiguity entirely isn’t always possible, but life has to go on.

Virgo

August 23 – September 22

Managing expectations in a recent relationship could be necessary. Perhaps you tend to give and give to a loved one because you sincerely believe that’s the right thing to do. Be that as it may, with the vulnerable Moon in your money sector needling oppressive Saturn in your partnership zone, you might begin resenting the other person if you’re providing more than you find comfortable. Your moral code may be your harshest taskmaster, so coordinate with your companion to find out what they actually need.

Libra

September 23 – October 22

Working together can stir your passions at this time. As the energetic Sun in your 8th House of Sharing encourages sacrificial Neptune in your productive 6th house, you’re probably willing to give your all to a task, as long as you perceive that your collaborator is equally committed. That said, you may each have a particular way of doing things. You don’t deserve to be pushed around, but being a fussbudget isn’t a good look either. Staying open to reasonable compromises should defuse tension.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 21

Letting someone else assist you with a creative endeavor can help you stay on track. As the focused Sun in your partnership sector reins in foggy Neptune in your artistic 5th house, being accountable to a collaborator may nudge you to bring a vague idea into physical form. That said, even basically good guidance might require some limits. Speak up instead of stewing if their rigid insistence on specific techniques crosses a line — for best results, you need room to breathe.

Sagittarius

November 22 – December 21

Your efforts to improve your home environment can succeed today. Don’t be afraid to let your intuition guide you toward what needs to change — your gut will probably be confirmed once you start taking action. Letting your creative side get involved might make the task more fun. Be careful, since impressionable Luna’s opposition to ambitious Mars in your expressive 5th house signifies that deferring to others’ tastes could throw you off a promising scent. Look within instead of searching the world for inspiration.

Capricorn

December 22 – January 19

Being indirect in your current communications could serve you well. If a contentious power struggle is going on around you, taking a side too loudly might fuel the conflict further. Maybe you’re not even convinced that either faction is entirely correct. While the optimistic Sun in your 5th House of Creativity supports fuzzy Neptune in your verbal 3rd house, perhaps you’re better off trying to make a point without completely spelling it out. Give people something they’ll have to think about.

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Supporting a family member might be necessary today. As the nourishing Sun in your 4th House of Roots aligns with charitable Neptune in your finance zone, you’ll probably find a way to get them the money or material goods they truly need, even if you hadn’t planned for that in your budget. There is a risk they’ll try to push for more! Don’t verbally promise things you can’t deliver, because you could become locked into that. It’s okay to say you’ll take time to think.

Pisces

February 19 – March 20

Guiding the flow of information about your personal life could be necessary. Maybe you generally find it easier to leave certain questions unanswered and let the world draw whatever conclusion it wants. Still, there are some situations where others need to clearly know the truth. While the inquisitive Moon in your intimacy zone challenges discerning Saturn in your sign, you might want to think through this distinction. Turning down an inquiry that feels too intrusive is fine, but be aware of why you’re doing so.

Inter Miami, with Messi back, get Campana goal four minutes into stoppage time to dump DC United

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 19:54

FORT LAUDERDALE — Lionel Messi was kept off the scoresheet for the second consecutive match but Inter Miami extended its unbeaten string with a 1-0 win over DC United on Saturday night.

Leo Campana scored four minutes into second half stoppage time as Miami, 6-0-3 since a 4-0 loss at the New York Red Bulls on March 23, avoided a second consecutive scoreless draw. Campana, who entered the match a minute earlier, received a pass from Sergio Busquets on the right wing and converted on a shot that landed inside the left post.

The win improved Eastern Conference-leading Miami to 9-2-4 with 31 points. DC United dropped to 4-5-5 and 17 points.

Miami has now won six and tied three since a 4-0 loss at New York Red Bulls on March 23.

Messi returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s match at Orlando because of knee soreness.

The Argentine star forward had at least one goal and assist in five consecutive matches until a 3-2 win at Montreal May 11. Messi began Saturday with a league-leading 12 assists.

Tightly-marked for most of the match, Messi found a slight opening in the 71st minute but his shot from 22 yards sailed high above the crossbar.

Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender preserved the shutout when he stopped a shot from United’s Jacob Murrell in the 86th minute.

The start of the match was delayed 25 minutes after thunderstorms hit Chase Stadium before the clubs’ pregame drills. The rain intensified again shortly after kickoff then subsided in the 30th minute.

Messi had two free kicks blocked by a wall of United defenders in the 21st and 39th minutes.

Both clubs continue their league schedule next Saturday, when Inter Miami visits Vancouver and DC United hosts Chicago.

Gators softball clobbers South Alabama

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 18:38

Fifth-year senior Skylar Wallace continued her torrid offensive streak with an inside-the-park home run and four RBI while senior Katie Kistler had a bases-clearing double and freshman pitcher Keagan Rothrock won for the sixth time in as many starts as the fourth-seeded Gators run-ruled South Alabama 9-1 during Saturday’s weather-delayed NCAA Gainesville Regional.

“Overall, we just grinded it out,” Florida coach Tim Walton said. “I was really happy with the way we transitioned from one pitcher to the other because they’re completely different and teams have struggled with their differences and we did a good job. I think the prep was really good, and give our players really a ton of credit for being able to find a way to continue to grind that anything out.”

In winning a 10th straight, UF secured its place in Sunday’s championship round thanks to a six-run fifth inning that ended two innings early a game that was delayed two hours, 45 minutes due to lightning in the area.

South Alabama, which responded after the loss to advance through an elimination game against Florida Gulf Coast, will be the Gators’ opponent for the initial championship game scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Gators had eight hits, with five of them (and five runs) coming in the top four spots of the order.

Wallace went 2-for-2, with each of her knocks accounting for two RBI.

Rothrock (28-6) went five innings, gave up three hits and the one run.

The Jaguars actually led 1-0 in the first inning when Mackenzie Brasher opened the game with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Gabby Stagner’s hard liner to left.

USA’s two hits in the first inning equaled the two Rothrock gave up in 6.1 innings of Friday’s opening-round 6-0 shutout of Florida Gulf Coast.

Jaguars pitcher Olivia Lackie faced the first six UF batters without allowing a hit, but freshman Ava Brown broke the seal by leading off the home third with a solo homer over the right-field wall at Pressly Stadium to make it 1-1.

Brown’s 13th of the season, tying her for the second-most on the team, was her first in 28 home games this season.

The next batter, Ariel Kowalewski, grounded to first, after which officials halted the game due to the threatening weather.

When play resumed nearly three hours later, it took an inning for the Gators to begin their onslaught, with Korbe Otis starting things with a leadoff double in the fourth, followed by Wallace’s inside-the-park homer — her 14th home run of the season and fourth in five postseason games — pushing the Gators ahead 3-1 after four.

In the fifth, Mia Williams reached on a fielder’s choice, Kendra Falby stroked a double and Otis walked to load the bases and bring Wallace to the plate.

The UF shortstop ripped a single to center, plating two more runs for a 5-1 lead.

Three batters later, and with three runners on, Kistler lashed her double to the right-center gap, clearing the bases and pushing the Gators up 8-1.

After Brown walked, Kowalewski ended the game with a RBI single to right that scored Kistler and gave UF its eight-run run-rule margin.

UCF softball’s season ends with loss to Auburn in NCAA Regional

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 16:54

UCF softball’s season came to a close, but the Knights didn’t make it easy.

They pushed Auburn to extra innings before surrendering the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, and the Tigers pulled out a 2-1 win in the double-elimination game of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

Auburn’s Makayla Packer scored on an RBI single by Amelia Lech with two outs in the top of the 12th inning.

UCF (31-25) failed to score in the bottom half of the inning, ending a game that began at 10:32 p.m. and ended at 3 a.m.

It was a pitchers’ duel between Auburn’s Maddie Penta and UCF’s Sarah Willis, with both teams combining for 3 runs, 12 hits, 12 walks, 27 strikeouts and 424 total pitches. Penta (16-10) set a school record with 21 strikeouts as Auburn advanced to play Florida State in the championship game at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Willis (10-11) gave up 2 runs on 9 hits while walking 7 and striking out 7. Sona Halajian had the Knights’ only RBI.

FSU 5, UCF 1 (Game 3)

UCF softball couldn’t dig out of an early hole, falling to 15th-seed Florida State, 5-1 on Day 2 of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Saturday at JoAnne Graf Field.

Saturday’s game was the second consecutive season in which these two programs have met in the NCAA Regional, with UCF also falling short in a 5-1 loss to FSU on May 20, 2023. The Knights have lost 15 straight to the Seminoles since 2011.

Florida State (45-14) scored five runs in the top of the second inning as Amaya Ross opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly. A wild pitch by Knights starting pitcher Kaitlyn Felton (11-6) led to a throwing error by catcher Jada Cody that enabled FSU to score two more runs.

Felton was pulled by coach Cindy Ball-Malone and replaced by Katelyn Cochran, who gave up an RBI double by right fielder Kalei Harding.

UCF (31-24) scored its run in the fifth when shortstop Jasmine Williams scored on an RBI single by third baseman Sierra Humphreys. But the Knights could not get much else going against pitcher Ashtyn Danley, who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings to lock down the victory.

FSU starting pitcher Mimi Gooden (5-1) surrendered a run on 3 hits and a strikeout in 4 1/3 innings.

Angelina DeVoe held the Seminoles to just 3 hits over 5 1/3 innings in relief, walking 3 and striking out 3.

Matt Murschel can be reached at mmurschel@orlandosentinel.com

 

Bell hits tying homer as Marlins score four in ninth off struggling Díaz and rally past Mets 10-9 in 10

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 16:53

By ALANIS THAMES (AP Sports Writer)

MIAMI (AP) — Josh Bell hit a tying homer off Edwin Díaz in a four-run ninth inning, the latest costly meltdown by the struggling New York Mets closer, and Otto Lopez singled home the winning run in the 10th as the Miami Marlins rallied for a 10-9 victory Saturday.

Lopez sent a one-out grounder up the middle off Jorge López (1-1) through a drawn-in infield to score automatic runner Christian Bethancourt from third base, and the last-place Marlins (15-32) stretched their winning streak to a season-best four games. It was Miami’s fourth walk-off win of the year.

“It was nuts,” Bell said. “The fifth, sixth inning rolls around, you’re hearing the ‘Let’s go Mets’ chants. I know their fans travel well, but it was nice to hear our fans cheer.”

Miami was down 9-5 in the ninth before Jazz Chisholm Jr. singled to drive in Vidal Bruján, who led off with a double against Díaz. Bryan De La Cruz reached on an infield single with one out, and Bell hammered Díaz’s first-pitch slider 428 feet to straightaway center field for a three-run shot that tied it.

“Definitely up there (in my career),” Bell said. “I think just the situation in the game, and then that’s a future Hall of Famer out there — best closer in the game. So happy to help our team win there, but first and foremost, I don’t think I’ve gotten a hit against (Díaz) in the big leagues.”

Díaz wasn’t charged with a blown save because he entered with a four-run lead. But he’s blown two consecutive save chances and three of his last four. In his past three outings, he’s allowed seven earned runs, seven hits, three walks and two homers over 2 1/3 innings. The star closer with a $102 million contract has a 10.80 ERA over his last eight appearances after serving up four homers in 8 1/3 innings.

“I won’t lie, my confidence I feel is down right now,” Díaz said. “I’m making pitches. I’m throwing strikes. I’m trying to do my best to help the team to win. Right now I’m not in that capacity.”

It was Díaz’s first outing at Miami’s home ballpark since he went down with a season-ending knee injury there in March 2023 while celebrating Puerto Rico’s victory over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

New York (20-25) lost for the seventh time in nine games — all against division opponents — and equaled a season worst of five games below .500 set with its 0-5 start.

Tanner Scott (3-4) picked up the win by pitching a scoreless 10th.

Miami had shut out its previous three opponents — including an 8-0 win over the Mets on Friday night — before J.D. Martinez ripped an RBI single off starter Braxton Garrett that scored Francisco Lindor in the first.

Garrett pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and six runs with five strikeouts and a walk.

Chisholm had three hits and three RBIs, including a solo homer off Mets starter Luis Severino in the third. Bell finished with three hits and four RBIs.

Severino gave up six hits and five runs in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander let the Marlins back in it in the seventh when he allowed a walk, a run-scoring double and a two-out RBI single that made it 7-4. Reed Garrett replaced Severino and gave up an RBI single to Bell before retiring Jesús Sánchez on a flyout to end the inning.

Martinez and Starling Marte each had an RBI double in the ninth to give the Mets a four-run cushion.

Marte finished with three hits. Harrison Bader and Jeff McNeil each had two RBIs for New York.

Lindor went hitless while batting leadoff for the first time this season, replacing Brandon Nimmo — who hit third — in a lineup shuffle that manager Carlos Mendoza hoped would generate more offense and spark the slumping Lindor.

Lindor reached base on a hit by pitch in the first and brought in a run on a groundout that broke a 2-all tie in the fourth. He also struck out in an 11-pitch at-bat in the second.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Mendoza said RHP Kodai Senga (right shoulder capsule strain) will throw a bullpen Sunday as he continues to shore up his mechanics. … RHP Drew Smith (shoulder soreness) will throw a bullpen early next week. Mendoza said Smith has been playing catch and felt no “pinch” in his shoulder area.

UP NEXT

Mets LHP Sean Manaea (2-1, 3.05 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday against RHP Sixto Sánchez (0-1, 5.96).

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A previous version of this story was corrected to indicate that Chisholm’s home run came in the third inning, not the second, and to clarify that Díaz’s contract guarantees him $102 million, not $102.5 million.

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One dead after car crashes into light pole in Cooper City

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 13:55

One person died after a vehicle struck a light pole in Cooper City late Saturday morning, officials say.

The car struck a light pole in the 11800 block of Griffin Road a little after 11 a.m., according to Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane. One person died at the scene, and no one else was transported.

Two cars appeared to be severely damaged at the scene Saturday afternoon while Broward Sheriff’s deputies investigated.

It is unclear what caused the crash and what happened to the other car and its occupants. The Broward Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to questions about the crash Saturday and Kane did not have information about other vehicles involved.

Deputies will conduct a traffic homicide investigation.

This is a developing story, so check back for updates. Click here to have breaking news alerts sent directly to your inbox.

After Saturday with first May heat advisory in 15 years, Sunday is forecast to be (slightly) less severe

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 08:00

Excessive heat and some severe storms are expected Saturday — with the forecast calling for “feels-like” temperatures as high as 110 degrees throughout South Florida, the National Weather Service says.

The National Weather Service’s Miami office issued a heat advisory on Friday for Miami-Dade — marking the first heat advisory in May in the past 15 years or more. Another heat advisory was issued Saturday for the entire South Florida region, including both Broward and Palm Beach Counties, which marks the first May heat advisories for those areas as well.

“This is definitely abnormal for May,” said Chris Fisher, a weather service meteorologist. “We’re seeing heat indices that we typically would see in July and August. It’s certainly abnormal. We may get some relief from scattered showers, but regardless of that, it’s going to be very warm and very humid.”

Sunday will be slightly less hot, with the region experiencing “elevated” heat risk, with potential heat indices of 103 to 107 degrees.

Some mild relief is in store going into next week. Temperatures are expected to decrease gradually each day after Sunday with highs hitting the mid-80s on Wednesday, before increasing again by next weekend.

Heat indices are calculated by combining air temperature and relative humidity.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties are all under a “significant excessive heat risk” warning Saturday, meaning a heat index of 108-112 degrees, where dangerous and potentially deadly heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.

“Anyone sensitive to heat should plan to avoid extended time outside, and if you are required to be outside, take cooling breaks and stay hydrated,” meteorologists wrote in the local weather forecast Saturday morning.

Palm Beach County will feel the brunt of the heat because it is under the northern edge of a southwest wind flow pattern that is driving the heat, Will Redman, a weather service meteorologist, said Saturday.

Saturday is likely to be the hottest day of the heat wave, forecasters say. Excessive heat risk Sunday will dwindle slightly to “elevated,” meaning maximum heat indices in the 103-107 range. By Monday, those temperatures will lower again to a “limited” risk at 98-102 degrees.

A normal overnight low temperature for May 18 is 74 degrees, according to weather service records, but lows Friday night remained around 80 degrees, giving Saturday’s heat a head start. Temperatures will likely remain in the 80s Saturday night in most places, Redman said.

A normal maximum temperature in Fort Lauderdale for May 18 is 86 degrees F, but temperatures will reach the mid to upper-90s Saturday — hotter than normal maximum temperatures in August (90 degrees).

If the excessive heat isn’t enough to keep people inside, some severe weather is also in store for South Florida Saturday. Eastern cities like Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton are at a “marginal risk” for storms between 2 and 8 p.m., forecasters say. That threat will spread to the rest of the region on Sunday.

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What’s contributing to the hotter temperatures?

“It’s mainly because we’ve had a prolonged southerly flow (of wind). Anytime we have a south or southwest flow, it’s typically when we get our hottest temperatures here in South Florida,” Fisher said. “Unlike an easterly flow, where wind is coming directly off the water, if you get a south or southwest flow, the air is across a land mass and giving it time to heat up as it’s going across the peninsula.”

Ask Amy: These annoying men are ruining my favorite hangout

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 06:07

Dear Amy: I am a single woman in my mid-50s. I never married or had children, and I like it this way.

I enjoy people but am a classic introvert who recuperates her energy by being alone.

I enjoy going to museums and restaurants on my own. There is a restaurant/bar right down the street from me that I enjoy going to.

Recently, I went to this restaurant by myself and sat at the bar to have a drink and maybe eat something.

I wasn’t there for long when a man came up beside me, saddled up, and began a conversation with me. I really didn’t want to talk to him, and I didn’t want him sitting next to me. I stayed polite and after an hour or so, I said good night, nice to meet you, and left. I did not want to eat with him next to me.

This week I again went to this restaurant by myself. This time I decided to sit at a table, hoping not to be approached by strangers.

Now, for the first time in my life, a man came up to my small, two-person table, pulled out the opposite seat, and sat down to join me without even asking or introducing himself.

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The waiter arrived with my food just as this man had taken up an uninvited place at my table. I asked the server to instead box up the food to go, as I didn’t want to eat with this stranger sitting at my table.

I took my food to go, left, and was super-annoyed.

How would you suggest handling men who approach a woman who is not interested?

I feel as though men assume a woman is looking for company simply because she is on her own, and this is not the case.

— Perplexed

Dear Perplexed: If you want to drink or dine alone and not engage in lengthy conversation, you have the right to do that.

If you are at your favorite local place, and there are extra seats at the bar, and someone (man or woman) sits right next to you and wants to engage in conversation, you can say, “I’m going to eat here, so let me give you some extra room … ” and move your seat. Make eye contact with the bartender to let them know you’re moving.

Unless this restaurant is one of those communal places where people pull up a chair at long tables, no one should ever sit at your two-top without being invited. Ever.

If this happens again and you don’t feel comfortable confronting the person who encroached upon you, you should immediately engage your waiter and/or restaurant host and ask them to handle it. You could wait at the host’s station while they remove the interloper and then return to your table.

Dear Amy: I believe that my brother is addicted to pot.

I know that pot is legal and I don’t care if people use it (I do, recreationally), but he is high All. The. Time. He is incredibly unreliable and just an overall stoner.

I have young children, and they (and I) love him. But I am reluctant to let him take the kids places unless I am with him.

I guess I need a gut check. I’m wondering what you think.

— Unsure Sister and Mom

Dear Unsure: Your most basic job as a parent is to try your hardest to ensure your children’s safety.

The way you describe your brother, he doesn’t sound able to be responsible for these young children, so I agree with you that you should not send them out into the world with someone who is so obviously impaired.

Dear Amy: Your reply to “Taxed” fell short of your usually good responses.

Even though Taxed’s tax return was prepared at no cost to her by her boyfriend’s dad, a CPA, she is still entitled to professional service.

Making estimated tax payments is not a suggestion. It is a requirement.

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And any ethical CPA should pay any penalties and interest resulting from their error. The client should be responsible for the additional tax only.

— John Domke, IRS employee (retired)

Dear John: Thank you very much for offering your expertise.

My concern was that “Taxed” had not done even the most basic due diligence regarding her taxes and seemed to have signed returns prepared by an incompetent CPA.

You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.

Ira Winderman: Heat can’t let history get in way of potential Donovan Mitchell pursuit

South Florida Local News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 05:50

MIAMI —Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard.

(Wait, get me rewrite.)

Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell.  Donovan Mitchell.

(Because, yes, here we go again.)

There was a point, what now seems like decades ago (because it actually was), when the biggest of the biggest for the Miami Heat, the deals that actually happened, arrived as stunning revelations.

“Alonzo Mourning is coming . . . here?” (On the eve of Pat Riley’s first Heat season, no less.)

“They just traded the entire team for Tim Hardaway?” (In the middle of a season, no less.)

“The Heat are getting Shaq?”  (Some on the Heat coaching staff had no idea.)

“LeBron told Jim Gray what?” (Dwyane Wade to this day insists he, too, did not know.)

Now, of course, it is different. NBA “insiders” start at the point of conjecture and speculation, so as not to be left behind. Social media can make anyone one of those NBA “insiders.” Basically, it has become a Woj-eats-Shams world, with enough nuance to the debate shows to cast opinion as fact.

So what do we know at the moment of the chances of Donovan Mitchell becoming this summer’s Damian Lillard for the Heat?

We know the Heat will always circle a potentially available star, less concerned about perceptions of failure than of opportunity otherwise lost. Riley said as much in his recent season-ending comments.

“There’s no doubt we would go for it,” Riley said earlier this month when asked about another offseason star search. “We’ve always been that way.”

As they were last summer, when Lillard made it clear he wanted out of Portland and (a bit too clearly) that he wanted to Miami.

For weeks, months, the Lillard link to the Heat was real, even as Trail Blazers general manager Joe Cronin refused to take the Heat’s calls.

Then the Bucks jumped in, Lillard was relocated. And the Heat patiently waited for the next big thing.

Mitchell potentially is the next big thing.

No, no Lillard-like get-me-out-of-here ultimatum.

And, yes, potentially more amenable to simply first getting his money locked in on an extension with the Cavaliers and then considering, if desired, new vistas.

But for as much sense as Lillard, at 33, made last summer for the Heat, even more so does Mitchell, at 27. As it is, the Heat made a play for Mitchell before he was dealt from Utah to Cleveland two years ago.

Of course, the Heat getting the volume scorer they need does not necessarily mean Mitchell pushing to be the volume scorer the Heat want, nor does it mean the Cavaliers acquiescing to such a scenario (with it still very early in that stage of the game, and with a Riley-Dan Gilbert history far more complex than Riley-Cronin).

But with Mitchell on the clock with his contract, eligible to opt out in the 2025 offseason, there is far more of a hammer available to dictate destination. (With lessons learned from Lillard’s camp about how not to publicly dictate desired destination.)

As for the notion of the Heat lacking the draft capital to compete against the assets of the Knicks or Nets, consider that the Cavaliers, with Evan Mobley, Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, are in win-now mode, with homecourt in each of the past two postseasons.

From that standpoint, the Heat have assets ready to go (Tyler Herro, Terry Rozier, Duncan Robinson, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Nikola Jovic, and enough draft capital to compete in that regard, as well).

In addition, with the dramatic changes in the new collective-bargaining agreement, Cleveland waiting for next season’s February trade deadline to consider a Mitchell move ultimately could prove dramatically limiting, with new rules going into effect limiting what teams can take back in trades (first apron) or even removing the ability to aggregate contracts (second apron) to match Mitchell’s $35 million salary.

Yes, the Heat getting themselves linked to a Mitchell pursuit could further extend the narrative of coming up short in another chase (think Kevin Durant 1.0, Kevin Durant 2.0, Kevin Durant 3.0).

But after such a public chase of Lillard last summer, how could the Heat not do their due diligence if there is even an iota of Mitchell shaking free? Remember, Lillard targeted the Heat because of his friendship with Bam Adebayo. Also consider, Mitchell has made a point of playing in the Miami Pro League in the summer alongside his friend Adebayo.

With Lillard, the Damian daily news began in earnest in late June, in the wake of what became a public trade push. With Mitchell, we stand six weeks ahead of that schedule.

So, for now, it is clear what comes next.

Trigger the Search and the Replace keys. For every “Damian Lillard” a year ago sub in a “Donovan Mitchell.”

In that regard, consider this an offseason of wash, rinse, repeat.

IN THE LANE

MATTER OF SEMANTICS: Whether it could be a potential play for a Donovan Mitchell or another elite trade target, Heat president Pat Riley attempted to warn about depleting depth for such a pursuit. “You get another star and then your bench gets weaker probably,” Riley said in his season-ending comments, perhaps to tamp down speculation regarding the impressionable likes of Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Nikola Jovic. And yet the ongoing playoffs paint a different picture, with Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau seemingly more than content to play whatever six are available, the Celtics having made it this far with a middling bench, and the Nuggets still alive in their pursuit of a repeat championship with essentially no bench. Benches are nice; stars are better.

AWARDS SEASON: The NBA will close out its award season this coming week by announcing three league-wide sets of teams, each with potential Heat implications. The All-Rookie teams will be announced Monday at 2 p.m., with Jaquez expected to be named to the first team. The last time the Heat had a first-team All-Rookie selection was Kendrick Nunn in 2020. On Tuesday at 2 p.m., the league will announce its All-Defensive teams, with Bam Adebayo, who placed third for Defensive Player of the Year, expected to therefore make the first team for the first time. The last first-team All-Defensive selection for the Heat was LeBron James in 2013. And on Wednesday at 8 p.m, the league will announce the 2024 All-NBA teams. Should Adebayo make any of those three All-NBA units, he would become eligible for a supermax contract extension this summer. For the first time, All-NBA and All-Defensive no longer are position specific. The media voting for all of the teams to be announced was completed before the start of the postseason.

NEW LIFE: While it did not work out in the NBA for Nunn after he left the Heat in 2021 free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers, with a brief stint following with the Washington Wizards,  the former Heat guard has found his footing in the EuroLeague with Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos, where this past week he was named All-EuroLeague first team. Nunn, 28, averaged 19.2 points in those playoffs in helping Panathinaikos return to that Final Four after a 12-year absence. Nunn’s 526 points in 33 games were the most by any player in his first EuroLeague season. Nunn has since renewed his Panathinaikos contract through 2026, with an NBA out clause. Rounding out the All-EuroLeague first team were Facundo Campazzo, Mike James, Nigel Hayes-Davis and Mathias Lessort.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Among those who maximized their opportunities at the NBA combine in Chicago this past week was Providence guard Devin Carter, the son of former Heat guard and assistant coach Anthony Carter. Not only did Carter, who previously played at Doral Academy, have the longest wingspan of any projected point guard at the combine (6-8 3/4), but also set a combine record for the three-quarters court sprint (2.87 seconds) and placed third in the agility drill. Carter, this past season’s Big East Player of the Year, is projected to go in the Heat’s range of No. 15 in the first round.

REVOLVING DOOR: With Heat assistant coach Chris Quinn on the interview circuit after completing his 10th season on Erik Spoelstra‘s staff, former Heat lead assistant David Fizdale again is facing another career change. Since leaving the Heat as Spoelstra’s top assistant in 2016 to become coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, Fizdale also has served as coach of the New York Knicks (from 2018 through 2019), served as a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach (in 2021-22), served as Utah Jazz associate general manager (in 2022-23) and now is in flux after surviving as an assistant this past season under deposed Phoenix Suns coach Frank Vogel. Fizdale is in the midst of deliberating an offer to move into the Suns’ front office under former Heat forward James Jones.

NUMBER

.351. Max Strus‘ 3-point percentage in his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, after shooting .371 on 3-pointers in his three seasons with the Heat. Strus shot .347 for the Cavaliers in this year’s playoffs, after shooting .319 last year in the playoffs with the Heat.

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