FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: For news on Isiah Thomas' firing from FIU, see our story on the sports home page.
Here's the latest on WQAM host Sid Rosenberg, who was arrested Thursday morning:
Rosenberg was back on the air Friday after spending much of Thursday in jail after being charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license. A check of his license revealed it has been suspended three times.
Asked if he will be suspended, WQAM program director Lee Feldman said, "Not as of right now." WQAM general manager Joe Bell declined to comment beyond saying he would be back on the air.
According to the police report, Rosenberg was arrested at 1:48 a.m. Wednesday morning. He told officers he was coming from Tootsie's gentleman's club and was en route north to Boca Raton, where he lives.
The police report said an officer was called to the scene after Rosenberg was spotted sitting in the driver's side of his vehicle with the door open and the engine running. His car was in the center through lane of 63rd Avenue, obstructing traffic.
Officer Jon Cooke said when he arrived, "I discovered [Rosenberg] laying on the ground behind his vehicle in the fetal position with his fingers in his mouth. He appeared to be attempting to induce himself to vomit. I noticed vomit on his clotches as well as inside and next to the driver door of the vehicle. I noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. His speech was extremely slurred and he was crying. His face was flush and his eyes were bloodshot."
Cooke said two officers assisted him to his feet and walked him to a police vehicle. "He was very uneasy on his feet and had extreme difficulty keeping his balance." Cooke said he advised Rosenberg he was conducting a criminal investigation and asked him to perform some voluntary field sobriety exercises.
"He first agreed but then stated he knew he would fail," Cooke said in the police report. "He then refused to perform them." He then was taken to Broward County Jail, where he spent much of Thurday before being released.
Rosenberg has spoken in the past of his battles with addictions. He has mentioned alcohol, drugs and gambling in his book and previous interviews. He did not mention the arrest during the early stages of his program on Friday and did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment.
FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN
The Dolphins, sources say, have made plans to fly in three marquee prospects that warrant consideration with their first-round pick: LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, South Carolina outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd. Among a handful of other players in the mix at No. 8, Miami already has met extensively with Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and is bringing in North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples.
In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Claiborne going fifth, Ingram seventh, Tannehill eighth to Miami and Floyd 13th. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland puts a high premium on defensive backs, and Claiborne would be very tempting if he falls to Miami’s spot.
Ingram (10 sacks last year) is one of the draft’s premier pass rushers; CBS’ Charley Casserly compares him to standout NFL pass-rushers Elvis Dumervil and Tamba Hali.
Though most project Floyd for the teens, NFL Network analysts Mike Mayock and Ted Sundquist (the former Broncos general manager) said Miami should consider him at No. 8. “His explosion off the line is exceptional – I would compare it to Justin Blackmon’s,” Mayock said. Sundquist said Miami could do what Cincinnati did last year - taking a receiver in the first round (A.J. Green) and quarterback in the second (Andy Dalton).
Floyd (100 catches, 1147 yards, nine touchdowns last season) has three alcohol-related incidents in his past, including a March 2011 DUI, but has eased concerns by showing maturity last season and during pre-draft interviews. He’s a physical receiver with very good hands and leaping ability.
### If the Dolphins don’t take Floyd (or if Blackmon doesn’t fall to them), there are several potential receiver options at No. 41, and more than a dozen with Miami's picks at 72 or 73.
ESPN’s Todd McShay said the only receivers who would be good value at 41 are LSU’s Rueben Randle (“deceptive speed, but a lot of areas he needs to improve”) and South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery (“don’t like his route-running, but rare ball skills. If the ball’s in the air, he gets it.”) But Kiper lists two other receivers who belong in that range: Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins and Appalachian State’s Brian Quick. Kiper said Quick, 6-3 1/2, "has big-time size and can stretch the field."
Iowa’s Marvin McNutt, UM’s Tommy Streeter, Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin and Wake Forest’s Chris Givens are among numerous receivers in the mix for Miami’s two third-rounders.
### For all the early talk of the Dolphins taking Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff at No. 8, it’s not good value. Mayock now says he deserves to be drafted in the 20s.
A three-time South Dakota state wrestling champion, Reiff had one odd incident, in 2009: Officers reportedly found him undressing and acting disoriented in an alley when he ran into a nearby kitchen. The pursuit lasted 20 minutes and involved eight officers. He pleaded guilty to intoxication and interference with official acts, but teams aren’t concerned about his character. Regardless, it's tough for Miami to justify taking another offensive lineman in the first round, with so many other needs.
### Ireland said he would love to add a tight end in the Rob Gronkowski mold, but he and Joe Philbin are comfortable with Anthony Fasano and Charles Clay if they cannot. Of the draft’s clear-cut top three tight ends, Stanford’s Coby Fleener is expected to be gone by 41, Clemson’s 6-4 Dwayne Allen might be there, and Georgia’s Orson Charles likely will be there. But Miami has bigger needs at 41 than taking Allen or Charles.
Keep an eye on Louisiana-Lafeyette’s Ladarius Green (51 catches, 606 yards last year) and Missouri’s Michael Egnew (50, 523) as mid-round Dolphins options. Green has good speed and size (6-6); Egnew, a converted receiver, has strong hands, speed and leaping ability. The Dolphins also have been inquiring about North Central (Ill.) tight end Kyle Fiedorowicz, a Division III All-American.
### Besides working out UM and FIU and FAU players this week, sources say these were some of the other players with local ties that were brought to Dolphins camp: receivers LaVon Brazill (Ohio) and Donovan Varner (Duke), linebacker Lavonte David (Nebraska, a potential first-rounder) and Ronnie Thornton (Southern Mississippi), Wake Forest guard Joe Looney, UCF cornerback Josh Robinson, Wisconsin cornerback Antonio Fenelus, Pittsburgh running back Zach Brown and Appalachian State running back Travaris Cadet.
### The Dolphins can invite an unlimited number of local players for workouts. But for non-local players, they are limited - by NFL rule - to 30 visits, and those can include only interviews and medical tests. If Miami wants to work out any of those players, it must be out of town, typically on their campus. Among the 30 non-local vists, Miami is using some on potential first-rounders (such as Claiborne and Ingram), several on second-to-fourth rounders (such as Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler and West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin) and some on under-the-radar late-rounders such as Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson.
### The Dolphins plan to bring veteran free agent linebackers Gary Guyton and Quentin Groves to team headquarters for visits in the coming days, sources said. Both have good speed and position versatility.
Guyton, signed by the Patriots in 2008 after going undrafted out of Georgia Tech, has started 16, 8 and 6 games the past three years and had 47 tackles and an interception last season. He has played both inside and outside linebacker, can fit in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, and posted the best 40 time of any linebacker at the '08 NFL Combine. The Dolphins say they plan to use both the 4-3 and 3-4.
Groves, selected 52nd overall by Jacksonville in 2008, started 12 games for the Raiders in 2010 and three last season. An outside linebacker/defensive end, he had 26 sacks at Auburn but 2.5 in four years in the NFL (all in his rookie season).
### UM quarterback Stephen Morris, recovering from back surgery, participated in throwing drills for the first time all spring Thursday (without shoulder pads) and looked sharp. Ryan Williams has had some good and not so good moments this spring, and Morris remains the clear-cut favorite to start… New Orleans-based Standish Dobard, rated the nation’s No. 8 tight end by rivals.com, became UM’s fifth oral commitment for the Class of 2013 on Thursday, choosing the Canes over LSU, Alabama and UF, among others. Dobard, who topped 600 receiving yards last season, told Canesport.com that he grew up a UM fan and won’t take visits to any other schools.
### Other notes from UM’s practice Thursday, its third-to-last of the spring: Gray Crow remains ahead of Preston Dewey on the depth chart, but behind Williams; he completed a deep ball to Phillip Dorsett during Thursday’s session… Gionni Paul had two diving pass deflections, something he has done several times this spring… Ladarius Gunter remains first-team at cornerback and had an interception off a tip by Raphael Kirby.
### Quick broadcast note: Locally, far more viewers watched Wednesday’s Heat-Oklahoma City game (12.1 percent of Miami-Fort Lauderdale homes) than the Marlins-Cardinals opener (5.4). One ratings point equals 15,838 homes. The Heat game was on two networks (ESPN2 and Sun); the Marlins game was on one (ESPN). Nationally, ESPN2 got a higher rating for Heat-Thunder (2.3) than ESPN got for Marlins-Cardinals (1.8). The Heat rating was ESPN2's highest NBA rating in its history (spanning 54 games, including some playoff games).
### MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told us Wednesday that he’s surprised the Marlins’ payroll has gone as high as it has ($93.3 million). That payroll would rank ninth in baseball counting the $6 million salary of Juan Carlos Oviedo, who will not be paid until he resolves his visa issues and serves his suspension. Otherwise, it would be 13th, ahead of the Cubs and Braves.
### In examining the difference between the Heat’s play at home (23-2, 102.4 points per game) and the road (16-12, 99 points per game), keep in mind that two players, in particular, have had a dramatic fall-off away from AmericanAirlines Arena: Chris Bosh shoots 53.2 percent at home, 44.7 on the road, and his scoring average drops from 19.8 to 16.3. Point guard Norris Cole, who is now losing minutes to shooting guard Terrel Harris, drops from 45 percent at home to 34 on the road. Conversely, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier have shot much better on the road.
### In the wake of Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy saying publicly Thursday that Dwight Howard wants him to be fired, TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal was disappointly vague in discussing the mystery surrounding Van Gundy resigning as Heat coach early in the 2005-06 season. Van Gundy and the Heat have insisted publicly for years that Van Gundy quit to spend more time with his family, a claim that has long met with great skepticism.
O'Neal said Thursday that though he would not divulge some details of what happened, he suggested Pat Riley took over that year "because he knew we were not responding" to Van Gundy. Shaq said he did not ask for Van Gundy to be fired - which has long been suspected - but added that he would never admit it if that were true. Riley guided the Heat to a title - something O'Neal said would not have happened if Riley hadn't taken over.
Shaq - who previously dubbed Van Gundy "the master of panic" - said Thursday, "He's not good enough to get [a team] to the next level.''
As for the Magic soap opera, Shaq blamed both Van Gundy and Howard for acting unprofessionally, and said Van Gundy should have asked Howard, in private, what changes he should make in his coaching style to make Howard more comfortable with him.