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Ex-UM people mentioned in A-Rod lawsuit; Dolphins, Canes, Heat notes

Fourteen notes:

### It will be fascinating to watch this revitalized Canes defense against Georgia Tech's run-heavy offense Saturday.

UM’s run defense has improved more than any aspect of this Hurricanes team; the Canes have risen to 33rd among 123 major schools in that category and are allowing 123 yards per game on the ground and a 3.4 average per carry.

But the Canes will face no bigger test than Georgia Tech, which enters averaging 291 yards per game on the ground (10th in the country) and 5.2 per carry.

UM’s Al Golden said the Hurricanes prepared to face Georgia Tech’s triple option not only this week but also during the spring and in August. Golden said this is UM’s “sternest test to date” defensively. “With all respect to Florida," Golden said, "if you want to test your defense, this is the team to test it against.”

From a UM perspective, there are far fewer concerns about Tech’s passing game. Quarterback Vad Lee went 7 for 24 with two picks against Virginia Tech last week.

### UM is mentioned three times in Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit against MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig, in which A-Rod alleges a witch hunt against him:

1) A-Rod’s lawyer notes that "in 2003, he donated $3.9 million to UM to renovate the baseball stadium [though he only has given UM a portion of that amount to this point]. In 2007, he received UM's Edward T. Foote Alumnus of Distinction Award, three years after he was named an honorary alumnus of the university. He also is a member of UM's Board of Trustees."

2) The lawsuit asserts MLB "has relentlessly harassed individuals by canceling and re-noticing depositions countless times... For example, [former UM pitching coach] Lazaro Collazo has been served with at least four notices and re-notices of subpoenas for videotaped deposition." Collazo told The New York Daily News that MLB investigators intimidated him and his family at his Miami home when they were seeking information concerning their investigation.

3) The lawsuit asserts MLB investigators "harassed, intimidated and pressured individuals from whom they sought cooperation," including former UM pitcher Marcelo Albir.

The suit claims MLB "harassed and threatened Albir" and that MLB investigators impersonated Miami-Dade police officers to get Albir to open the door to his apartment. The suit says MLB "dropped claims against Albir in an effort to avoid exposing its unethical tactics." Albir, who attended Miami Columbus High, pitched in 42 games for UM from 2003 to 2006, finishing with a 2-5 record.

### The most salacious part of the lawsuit has nothing to do with UM. A-Rod alleges that Dan Mullin, an MLB investigator, purchased stolen Biogenesis documents for $150,000. The lawsuit also alleges Mullin engaged in a sexual relationship with a witness whom he interviewed about Biogenesis.

### Dolphins defensive end Cam Wake, listed as questionable, hopes to play Sunday against the Ravens, but it will be a game-time decision. Also questionable: Brandon Gibson (ankle), Jason Trusnik (ribs) and Don Jones.

Dimitri Patterson (groin) is out and said today he hopes to return after the bye week (Oct. 20 against Buffalo) but cannot be certain. “It’s feeling better,” he said.

### The Dolphins will promote safety Jordan Kovacs from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. He impressed them in practice, and the Dolphins believe he will be a productive special teams player.

### Frightening stat of the day: Over the past 20 games (including 16 with Oakland last season), 73 of the 87 passes thrown in Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler’s coverage area have been completed.

### The Dolphins want to use Marcus Thigpen in small spurts on offense, and Thigpen made the most of his three snaps last week, taking one of them 50 yards on a short pass. Thigpen said he’s convinced he caught the Saints by surprise.

“I can make people miss,” he said. “It’s hard to catch me in the open field.” (But a Saints player did, and Dolphins teammates have been “picking on me” for allowing that to happen.)

He said the Dolphins keep giving him snaps at receiver and running back in practice.

### ESPN's Ron Jaworski today elevated Ryan Tannehill to 17th on his quarterback rankings, just ahead of Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Alex Smith.

### Rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor, who made his regular-season debut against the Saints, admits he’s still not back to his pre-hernia form. “I’m not content with how I’m moving,” he said. “I still have a lot of work to do.”

### The Heat worked mostly on defense during its six training camp practices in the Bahamas. “We’ll spend more time on offense next week,” Erik Spoelstra said. “We won’t want to neglect that entirely.” The Heat returned to South Florida on Friday night, has a scrimmage on Sunday and plays Atlanta on Monday – both at AA Arena.

### Michael Beasley and Greg Oden have been arriving 75 minutes before practice to partake in sessions in which they familiarize themselves with the Heat’s system and terminology.

Oden “has enjoyed it, has responded well to it,” Spoelstra said.

The Heat continues to limit Oden’s practice participation, to an extent, as he works his way back from years of knee problems.

### Encouraging to see there's no championship hangover; Spoelstra commended his players' conditioning this week, with Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade among those singled out. Chris Andersen lost 10 pounds, and Mario Chalmers said he has lost six since early last season, which he believes will help his on-the-ball defense. "Mario is coming in the lightest he's ever been, and that says a lot about him," Udonis Haslem said.

### Spoelstra told ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard today that he has had blowups with LeBron James over the past three years but “not maybe the blowouts I’ve had with Dwyane and U.D.” When? “Moments we’re getting beat up on the glass, and I’m playing” LeBron at power forward.

### Six of the Heat’s eight preseason games will be televised, including Monday’s opener against Atlanta. TNT has a Heat-Nets preseason game Oct. 17, opposite a UM-North Carolina football game on ESPN.