Witnesses: Michael Irvin's encounter with woman was friendly
Two men who were in a Phoenix hotel lobby the night that Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin was accused of misconduct with a female employee say they didn’t see him do anything wrong and that his brief interaction with the woman appeared friendly.
NFL coach Brian Flores' discrimination case going to court
A federal judge says NFL Coach Brian Flores can let a jury decide the merits of his discrimination claims against the league, the Denver Broncos, the New York Giants and the Houston Texans, but he must pursue his claims against the Miami Dolphins through arbitration.
NFL suspends Dolphins owner for tampering with Brady, Payton
The NFL has suspended Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton following a six-month investigation stemming from Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the league.
Another close one: Miami rallies, beats Georgia Tech 33-30
Tyler Van Dyke threw three touchdown passes, Charleston Rambo had 210 receiving yards to nearly break the Miami single-game record and the Hurricanes continued their second-half surge with a 33-30 win over Georgia Tech. Van Dyke completed 22 of 34 passes for 389 yards.
Jones, Smith, Harris reconnect at Alabama's pro day No. 2
Patrick Surtain II and Mac Jones had the spotlight at Alabama's Pro Day, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)DeVonta Smith was there for quarterback Mac Jones once again, this time it was at Alabama's latest pro day. “He didn't have to do that,” Jones told the SEC Network, which aired the pro day. '”Jones showcased his arm strength a week after participating in the Crimson Tide's first pro day. “Mac was just on me like, ‘Bro, come catch, come catch, come catch,’” Smith told the network.
Barty, Medvedev rise to challenge on tough day at Miami Open
Barty didn't wilt, ousting Sabalenka 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 for her third three-set win in four matches at the tournament. Medvedev beat Tiafoe 6-4, 6-3, and has gone 10-1 in sets against the American in their past four head-to-head matchups. Ad“Everywhere in the world there are different conditions and at times it suits you more than other places,” Barty said. Medvedev had 11 aces and showed no signs of wear, two days after cramping in the heat during a third-round win. 21 seed Jannik Sinner of Italy in the quarterfinals; Sinner advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland.
Barty goes distance, tops Azarenka to reach Miami quarters
Ashleigh Barty of Australia, returns to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 29, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI – Ash Barty is tough to beat under any circumstances, especially when she’s on the ropes. The world’s top-ranked player has reached the Miami Open quarterfinals, getting there by holding off 14th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. This, too, was cool: The match lived up to its showdown potential, with the reigning Miami Open champion and current world No. 1 in Barty facing someone who has won the Miami title three times and a previous world No. Svitolina will play unseeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the quarters; Sevastova was a 6-1, 7-5 winner over wild-card Ana Konjuh of Croatia.
Hobbled Daniil Medvedev limps to 3rd-round win at Miami Open
Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, walks gingerly to the net after defeating Alexei Popyrin, of Australia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI – Daniil Medvedev could barely walk, much less run. Hobbled by cramps, the top-ranked Medvedev limped through the final few games Sunday to edge Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (3), 6-7 (7), 6-4 in the third round at the Miami Open. To keep rallies short, Medvedev began hitting high-risk shots, and made enough of them to close out the 2 1/2-hour match. 11-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5). “One of the best points I played all match,” Isner said.
Tsitsipas, with Big Three missing, makes 4th round in Miami
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI – For tennis up-and-comers like Stefanos Tsitsipas, the draw at the Miami Open began to look a lot less daunting even before the tournament began. “It’s a first test to see how it is playing without them,” Tsitsipas said after his third-round victory Saturday. 2-seeded Tsitsipas is among those with the best chance to take advantage, and he looked the part against Damir Dzumhur, winning 6-1, 6-4. “I created a lot of opportunities with my serve — I wasn’t rushing at all, finding the right angles and executing it perfectly,” Tsitsipas said. In women's play, top-ranked Ash Barty and three-time champion Victoria Azarenka advanced to a round of 16 showdown.
Florida health officials report 5,000 new cases of COVID-19, 166 new deaths
ORLANDO, Fla. – This week, Seminole County vaccine slots took more than 24 hours to fill up, county leaders said. Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said the county opens its vaccine appointments on Tuesdays. Ad[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Central Florida vaccinations delayed, state reports 7,000 new COVID-19 cases]Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Feb. 18. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 5,073 new cases on Thursday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,849,744 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
The Latest: Miami Open tennis allows 750 fans per session
(AP Photo/File)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Miami Open plans to allow 750 fans on the grounds per session for this year’s tennis tournament, and they’ll be allowed to watch matches on the showcase court. Those matches will be played in the grandstand, which seats 5,000, meaning crowds there will be limited to 15% of capacity because of COVID-19 restrictions. The tournament will again be held at the Miami Dolphins’ stadium site, where it moved in 2019. The stadium court for showcase matches in 2019 will not be used this year. That’s less than 5% of the 2019 attendance total of 388,734 for an event that typically attracts most of the world’s top players.
Florida: Slain FBI agent remembered for protecting children
Agents Laura Schwartzenberger, 43, and Daniel Alfin, 36, were gunned down Tuesday while serving a search warrant at the Broward County home of a child pornography suspect. The service for Schwartzenberger was held at the Miami Dolphins' football stadium. It's a job with high stress, high emotional toll and high burnout,” Wray said of the agent, who was originally from Pueblo, Colorado. She'd talk to anybody and everybody about protecting children from predators online.”Federal government officials who attended the service with Wray were Acting U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and President Joe Biden's Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. “During her 15 years as an FBI Special Agent, Laura Schwartzenberger was selfless, tireless, brave and committed to protecting some of society’s most vulnerable: its children,” Wilkinson said in statement.
EA plans to bring back college football to video games
Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson catches a touchdown pass in front of Alabama defensive back Brian Branch during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ORLANDO, Fla. – EA Sports is bringing college football back to home video game consoles. Athletes may use their image to continue participating in nonathletically related promotional activities if they were initiated before college enrollment. Multiple bills have been introduced in Congress that address college athletes and NIL rights, along with the NCAA’s ability to oversee the issue. The EA campus has worked on several previous sports titles, including the Madden series and the last entry in EA’s previous college football franchise, NCAA Football 2014. The new franchise will not carry the NCAA name, instead, its going with the new name EA Sports College Football.
Florida reports 14,000 new COVID-19 cases as state deals with new variant of virus
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida leads the country in cases of the COVID-19 variant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state has 125 cases of the variant, according to the CDC. Six cases of the COVID-19 variant have been reported in Seminole County, according to the department of health. Two cases were reported in Orange County, according to Dr. Raul Pino with the Florida Department of Health. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up
The U.S. is recording just under 3,100 deaths a day on average, down from more than 3,350 less than two weeks ago. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has fallen to about 110,000 from a high of 132,000 on Jan. 7. She said she can’t predict how long it will take for the vaccines' effects to be reflected in the numbers. Rivers said she is concerned that the more contagious variants of the virus could lead to a deadly resurgence later this year. Fauci said scientists are already preparing to adjust COVID-19 vaccines to fight the mutated versions.
Florida reports 9,659 new COVID-19 cases as UK virus variant spreads
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ORLANDO, Fla. – With COVID-19 cases increasing by the thousands each day in Florida, there’s also talks of a new U.K. variant spreading in the Sunshine State. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 46 cases in Florida of the more contagious coronavirus variant that originated in the United Kingdom last year. Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Jan. 19. [READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida reports 7,884 new COVID-19 cases on Martin Luther King Jr. Day]CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 9,659 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,589,097 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
Florida reports nearly 12,000 new coronavirus cases, 211 deaths
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ORLANDO, Fla. – [READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Thousands overdue for 2nd COVID-19 shot as Florida reports 16,500 new infections]Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Jan. 16:CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 11,963 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,560,186 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. DeathsFlorida reported 211 new virus-related deaths Saturday, raising the death toll to 24,380. HospitalizationsAs of Saturday afternoon, there were currently 7,366 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. Since March, 67,790 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
Thousands party in streets after Alabama win, despite virus
Dr. Scott Harris, the head of the Alabama Department of Public Health, said he expected more cases of COVID-19 to result from the street party. “It’s disappointing to see people not paying attention to the guidance that we try to give to keep them safe. Students and workers also are required to complete online training about reducing the risk of spreading the illness. More than 5,500 people have died in Alabama from the illness caused by the coronavirus, and about 408,000 have tested positive. People lined up to get into the bars an hour before kickoff despite the warnings, The Tuscaloosa News reported.