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July 01, 2013

Heat announces Summer League team; Dan Sileo is back; Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Canes quick hits

The Heat today announced rosters for its summer league teams, which will play games in the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues. Players who will play in only one of the two leagues are marked accordingly. Some players on this list might be cut before summer league starts. Of the 20 players, only Jarvis Varnado played for the Heat this past season.

Dwight Buycks (LV)                  G              6-3              Marquette 

Jackie Carmichael                    F               6-9              240               Illinois State

Ian Clark (ORL)                            G              6-2              173            Belmont

Vincent Council                       G              6-2              180             Providence                                         

Dwayne Dedmon (ORL)        C               7-0              255                 Southern California                       

LeRon Dendy                            C               6-9              230              Middle Tennessee State

Larry Drew                                G              6-2      180          UCLA                                             

Michael Dunigan                     C               6-10            238        Oregon

James Ennis                            G/F            6-7              210      Long Beach State 

J.R. Giddens (LV)                       G              6-5              210       New Mexico                                     

Eric Griffin                                  F               6-8         189                   Campbell                           

Jamelle Hagins (LV)                   F               6-9              240            Delaware                                         

Scotty Hopson                         G              6-6 ½          204        Tennessee                                       

Cedric Jackson                G              6-3              200                     Cleveland State

Damion James (LV)                   F               6-7 1/2  224  Texas                                                  

Myck Kabongo                        G              6-1              180                       Texas

D.J. Kennedy                          G/F            6-6              215           St.  John’s                                          

Travis Leslie (LV)                        G              6-4 ½          205          Georgia

Anthony Marshall (LV)            G              6-3              200                 UNLV

James Nunnally                       G              6-7              205             Santa Barbara                                 

Ricky Sanchez (LV)                    F               6-11            220         IMG Academy                 

D.J. Stephens (ORL)                G/F            6-5              188              Memphis

Tony Taylor (LV)                        G              6-1              192             George Washington

 Jarvis Varnado                       F/C            6-9              210               Mississippi State

 Heat assistant coach/video coordinator Dan Craig will coach the teams.

 

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Some notes on a Monday night:

### Former UM defensive lineman Dan Sileo, who lost his job at WQAM in March after making an anti-Semitic remark on the air, is back on the local airwaves – at least for a few days, potentially much longer.

Steve Lapa, general manager of WMEN-640 AM, said he’s giving Sileo an on-air audition this week while regular afternoon drive host Orlando Alzugaray vacations. Lapa said if “the feedback is good, we will rejigger the lineup” to give him a regular weekday slot.

Lapa previously hired another former WQAM host – Sid Rosenberg, who was dumped by ‘QAM after a DUI arrest.

Sileo was fired by WQAM after making a reference to money and saying “that’s the half Hebrew in me.”

The Anti-Defamation League wrote to WQAM after he made the remark in January and said: “This comment is troubling as it perpetuates offensive and bigoted anti-Jewish stereotypes about money that have for centuries served to incite anti-Semitism.”

After his dismissal, Sileo said on Twitter that his grandmother is Jewish and “my NFL friends lose all their money. I said I save [every] nickel that I have and that’s the Hebrew.”

For WQAM, that was the last straw, because Sileo created plenty of controversy even before that comment. Some UM fans resented his angry rants against the Hurricanes, including one last September that ended up on YouTube. UM didn’t want him to return as Hurricanes postgame analyst, and WQAM agreed.

And earlier this year, also before his firing, Sileo apologized to sportscaster Erin Andrews after he attacked her with sexist insults on Twitter.

### On the first day of NBA free agency, the Heat conveyed to Chris Andersen that it wants to re-sign him, and Birdman also wants to return. Both sides are hopeful a deal will get done soon, but as of late afternoon, there hadn’t been serious discussions about whether Andersen would accept the $1.7 million minimum (including a 20 percent raise) or whether he would express a strong preference for the Heat’s $3.2 million midlevel exception. Those discussions could happen very shortly, with both sides eager to move the process along.

With the Heat well above the luxury tax threshold, Pat Riley has been non-committal about whether the Heat will even use that exception money on anyone.

On the first day of free agency, the Heat also was reportedly among several teams to express interest in point guard Sebastian Telfair. That would be surprising, because Riley has said repeatedly that he has no interest in adding a veteran No. 3 point guard. 

### Illinois State power forward Jackie Carmichael is the latest player to join the Heat's summer league team, as announced by his college.

### To those who have asked, the fact Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach hasn’t signed with the Dolphins yet doesn’t mean the deal won’t get done. His agent said last week that Miami is the favorite and the most logical team for him, with Houston and the Giants also in the mix. He said Monday that nothing has changed. Jeff Ireland has been on vacation but is expected to return this week, and that could push the process along.

Leach, apparently hoping the Dolphins raise their offer, said on a radio interview last week that he’s willing to be patient about selecting a new team and didn't rule a return to Ravens. Miami wants him, but Ireland has a price in mind and to this point, hasn’t been willing to exceed it. That price ultimately might be enough to get Leach in the fold.

### Heard at Marlins Park earlier today that at least one Marlins coach was furious with reliever Chad Qualls after his agent called MLB to essentially ask shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria be charged with an error on a play that happened June 23 against the Giants – so that Qualls wouldn’t be charged with allowing a hit.

Joe Torre, vice president of baseball operations, changed the call to an error, giving Hechavarria four this season. On the play, Hechavarria short-hopped a throw on what was ruled at the time to be an infield hit by Gregor Blanco. But several writers in the press box that night thought it was an error.

The message that was relayed to Qualls, by a Marlins on-field person, was that this made him look selfish. The Marlins did not give up a run in that inning, but Qualls’ WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) was affected slightly by how the play was scored. That's why his agent called MLB to appeal the call.

### Who should be the Marlins’ representative in the All-Star Game? Manager Mike Redmond on Monday mentioned two rookies – pitcher Jose Fernandez and outfielder Marcell Ozuna – and closer Steve Cishek as the most logical candidates.

### Besides the overall case against UM – which now being reviewed by the infractions committee -- the NCAA hasn’t given UM two other answers it’s waiting on: 1) whether defensive end Dyron Dye will be charged with unethical conduct and ruled ineligible or suspended; and 2) whether the NCAA will approve former Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez’s hardship request and allow him to be eligible this season, instead of in 2014-15. UM isn’t optimistic about having him this season.

Dye met with the NCAA last month amid the NCAA’s assertion that he changed his story regarding alleged recruiting violations involving former UM assistant Aubrey Hill. Dye claimed he was coerced during one of his first two interviews with the NCAA. 

### Defensive end Fadol Brown, who played at FIU last season, told Canesport.com that he will announce Friday whether he will enroll at UM, Mississippi or Tennessee. Brown, who would redshirt this season, was initially told by FIU that he could not go to UM. But FIU eventually relented.