It’s February 7th and here are five things you need to know in Miami sports this Thursday morning.
1. Canes wipe out Notre Dame: Miami played host to the Fightin’ Irish, last night. The Hurricanes got a 62-47 win over Notre Dame, despite only shooting 18 percent from three. The Canes got a pair of double-doubles from guards, Anthony Lawrence II and Dejan Vasiljevic. The “U” improved to 10-12 overall, but still just 2-8 in ACC play. Miami’s next game is Saturday against No. 8 North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
2. Heat dump Johnson to Phoenix: In case you missed it yesterday, the Miami Heat have parted ways with guard, Tyler Johnson. The deal also included guard, Wayne Ellington. Both were dealt to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for veteran forward, Ryan Anderson. Anderson has averaged almost four points per game this season as well as an average of three rebounds. Anderson has a career average of 12.5 points. This deal allows Miami to free up some money for next season.
3. Panthers in action against Pens: The Panthers are in action tonight, hosting Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Florida is coming off a loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night, but are 3-2 in their last five games. Pittsburgh however is just 2-3 in their last five games. Pittsburgh won the last match-up back in January 5-1 and look to win the season series tonight. Puck drops 7:00 P.M.
4. Dolphins hiring two Pats as offensive coaches: Brian Flores is expected to announce the hire of Patriots’ receiver coach, Chad O’ Shea as offensive coordinator. Flores is also going to name ex-Pats receiver, Tiquan Underwood as the offensive quality control coach. O’Shea and Flores have spent 10 years together in New England with more to come in Miami. O’Shea is the primary play-caller for the Pats’ red-zone offense and was expected to be named offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels looked like he was leaving for Indianapolis, last year.
5. Canes Football signees: National signing day was a bit shaky for Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes. The Canes were hoping to land four-star defensive end Khris Bogle, however he is now signing his letter of intent to Florida. Bogle attends high school in Fort Lauderdale and many thought that would play into his decision. Although they missed on Bogle, Miami did however lure another four-star commit away from Alabama, Christian Williams.
Williams from the state of Alabama is a corner and ranked 20th overall at his position. Williams was the top signee of the day. The Canes also made headlines with commitment of Aussie punter, Louis Hedley. Hedley is tatted from head-to-toe and has been described as a scene from “The Longest Yard”. Hedley is the number one punter in the nation according to 247 Sports.