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Loria rejects overtures from S. Florida's most successful owner; More angry Heat reaction; Dolphins, UM

SUNDAY BUZZ COLUMN

For many Marlins fans, the idea of the market’s most successful sports owner buying their baseball team would be the best news since the opening of the new ballpark.

It might happen someday. But not yet.

Going back to last year, Heat owner Micky Arison has expressed interest in buying the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria, according to a Major League Baseball official close to the situation.

But Loria isn’t interested in selling to Arison, Jeb Bush or anyone else who has inquired.

Arison has informed the Marlins of his interest on more than one occasion but did not make a formal offer because he was specifically told that Loria would not consider it.

Loria isn’t speaking to reporters, but associates said he loves owning a team and has no intention of selling unless health issues or some other unexpected circumstances arise.

Arison, who declined to comment about interest in the Marlins, is the model owner locally. He hires the right people, spends money freely (having paid a luxury tax every season of the Big Three era) and has fostered an environment that has earned praise from players. He lives year-round in South Florida (unlike Loria and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross) and doesn’t meddle on personnel.

Loria’s slashing of payroll in the second year of the new stadium has been well-documented and is difficult to forgive.

But in Loria’s defense, he’s the only owner in this market who has won a championship besides Arison, and he wisely stopped meddling in baseball decisions this past offseason, allowing executives Michael Hill and Dan Jennings to execute their plan with his full support. He has been at spring training less than past years.

At 73, Loria is nine years older than Arison. So Loria could sell at some point, but not now. If he does, let's hope it's to Arison.

CHATTER

### I was in New Orleans for the Heat's seventh loss in its past 11 games last night and to hear the angry reaction that followed. Please see my last post for a comprehensive look at what was said in an emotional postgame locker-room.

### From Feb. 3 through Friday, Norris Cole was shooting 32 percent, with 37 assists and 26 turnovers, and it's clear Miami cannot go into next season projecting him as the starter if it loses Mario Chalmers in free agency. Some teammates believe Chalmers will be seeking a big raise from his $4 million annual salary, which is unlikely to happen here.

But in some ways, Chalmers has more value to the Heat than to other teams, and Chalmers says he would love to stay. If the Heat makes a competitive offer, Miami has a good chance to keep him. But the Heat is uncertain how it will play out. Toronto's Kyle Lowry will be the top free agent point guard this summer.

### Before being taken out of mothballs last week, Udonis Haslem had the worst plus/minus in the league of any prominent player on a team with a winning record. (Miami was being outscored by 10 per 36 minutes with him on the court.) That all changed last week, as Haslem got meaningful minutes in all four games (including two starts) and generally played well.

"The best word I can use for [this season]? Humbling,” Haslem said. “I'm not going to sit here and say it's been easy. It's not easy at all. I still have a lot of basketball left in me. I have been patiently waiting."

### The law firm representing ousted former Dolphins trainer Kevin O'Neill said O’Neill is unlikely to pursue legal action against the team, and that O'Neill hired the firm to speak for him, because of alleged inaccuracies in the Ted Wells report. Though O'Neill (who will be paid two more years by the Dolphins) has a good reputation, a couple of Dolphins players privately voiced displeasure about how he handled their injuries last season.

Incidentally, Don Shula said he has been given no indication if Ross’ five-person committee, armed with formulating a Dolphins locker-room code of conduct, will ever meet by phone or in person. “It got so blown out of proportion,” Shula, one of those committee members, said about BullyGate.

### Travelle Wharton, 32, who allowed no sacks last season and was rated Pro Football Focus’ fifth-best guard, has interest in Miami, and the Dolphins told his agent that he possibly will be considered only after Miami considers younger options…. That Miami gave cornerback Cortland Finnegan, coming off two poor years, $11 million over two seasons shocked some agents. One asserted Miami could have gotten him for millions less by waiting a week.

### Agent Marvin Demoff said Dan Marino, 52, who has refused to speak publicly after being dropped by CBS, is still "formulating" what he wants to do with his life. A Dolphins job remains a possibility, though not a powerful one. Simply being Dan Marino is still profitable; he commands more than $100 per autograph, according to his firm.

### The UM basketball program is compiling a list of every redshirt junior on a team that has had a coaching change, hoping to lure another Donnavan Kirk-type senior transfer.

Coach Jim Larranaga loves his incoming class: "[Guard] Ja’Quan Newton just became the leading scorer in the history of the Catholic School League in Philadelphia. [Guard] James Palmer played in the best league in the country, in Washington, D.C., is a very good shooter, an outstanding passer….

Omar Sherman [6-9] has a beautiful left-handed touch from three-point range, like Kenny Kadji….Ivan Uceda is 6-10, a junior college player, can hit a spot-up three, excellent passer. He's not a gifted athlete. We'd like to have somebody his size with a little more physical ability."

UM covets 7-1, 261-pound Miami Beach High freshman phenom Zachariah Brown, who averaged 18.1 points, 17 rebounds and 8.0 blocks and is drawing interest from Louisville, UCLA and traditional powerhouses, according to his AAU team director, Michael Lipman, who became Brown's legal guardian after the state took him away from his home.

"NBA scouts tell me he's a one-and-done in college," Lipman said. "He's so dominant.”…

UM also is strongly pursuing Norland sophomore 6-11 power forward Dewan Huell. His coach, Lawton Williams, calls him the "best power player in Dade in a while." Williams said Huell is considering UM. But many believe FSU has the inside track. Even if UM gets either player, it won't be for several years.

### Another example of how much UM coach Al Golden cares about his players: We hear that when Hunter Knighton collapsed and lost consciousness earlier this month, Golden spent two nights in the hospital with him.

### Golden, on new defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou: “Oh my God! Calvin’s really strong!” But Herald freelancer David Furones, who was at Saturday’s practice, said coaches were getting on Heurtelou hard and that he wasn’t coming off the snap hard enough.

“You’ve been here for seven practices!” defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio was overheard saying, per Furones. “This is what we brought you in for.”

UM needs Heurtelou to play better than the tackles who haven’t done much here (Earl Moore, Jelani Hamilton, Corey King), unless any of those three significantly improve.

“It’s time for me to wake up and help this team,” said Hamilton, a former four-star recruit. Golden has said as much about Hamilton, without the “wake up” part. UM people expect Olsen Pierre and summer arrival Michael Wyche to be the team's top two d-tackles.

### Again, please see my 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning post for explosive comments from the Heat's locker-room last night.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

Comments

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blakesta

Nice of golden to spend 2 nights in the hospital with the kid but he still sucks......first

Mrs Loria

Any volunteers to accidently run into or over Mr. Loria? Get in line by alphabetical order.

Cleveland14

I wish Loria would sell and soon. He is a selfish thief who has ruined the Marlins. I can't stand him.

He's what stands between us and a model owner (Arison) who would make this team a force to be reckoned with.

Sell Loria ... just go away!!

# 1 FLORIDA GATORS !!!

good game hUh []_[] PITT Fans ?

Sssssaaaawwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet GATOR VIC_TO_RY !!!

O-TOWN CHuRCH STREET is FuN after a BIG WIN !!! but u would never know.

Get []_[]r S.F.A. and U.C.L.A. gear for next THuRSDAY ...

when's the clUck Spring National Championship game against urselves ?

Seth

Loria is quickly becoming one of the top owners in MLB. He has learned from his mistakes and become a more humble owner. The day we lose him as an owner is the day that South Florida loses overall.

Dashi

Spoelstra is the Best Coach in the NBA!!

(Sarcasm)

Dashi

Lack of Motivation doesn't fall on the players. That falls on the Coach.

When one player isn't motivated you can say it is the players fault. WHEN THE WHOLE TEAM ISN'T MOTIVATED!! THAT FALLS ON THE COACH!!

Lazaro Gomez

what do you mean the day Jeffrey Luria leave South Florida loses are you kidding me you must be his funky or his barber get out of here

DocCane

Our fake fans who continue to trash Coach Golden after all he has been through wi th h this team is just embossing. It seems they are on a mission to prove how little they understand about college football.

green

http://ubaseball.tumblr.com/post/80433794622/heres-dale-carey-with-one-of-the-best-catches

⚾In case U missed it, #UM #Canes CF Dale Carey's spectacular catch that saved 2 runs in win vs No. 3 UVA was ESPN's Top-10 No. 4 play.
-- Susan Miller Degnan ✔ @smillerdegnan

FLY THROUGH THE AIR WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE

green

Our fake fans who continue to trash Coach Golden

Posted by: DocCane | 03/23/2014 at 10:15 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twx2XaInhV0

a wayward gaturd assumes various aliases to sow dissension ...
here, there, everywhere ...
pay no mind ...
pain in the ass ...

SNAKE IN THE GRASS

green

another crap conference

Posted by: REALITY BITES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzoia5miHLc

According to multiple sources, Buzz Williams -- who has led the Marquette Golden Eagles to five NCAA tournament berths in six seasons since taking over for Tom Crean -- is heading to Blacksburg with a seven-year deal.
-- UofLgrad07

SLAM DUNK HIRE! Way to go Hokies. It may not show in year 1 but I believe Buzz will definitely make some noise at VA Tech..... Without BC and Wake who are both talking to some great coaches the ACC has some of the best coaches in basketball next year......

Coach K, Roy Williams, Pitino, Boeheim, Larranaga, Buzz Williams, Tony Bennet and Dixon.....

Imagine if BC does hire Calhoun or Wake lands a Howland/ Shaka
-- westmc9th

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

mayberd

The 2014 Heat season is reminding me of the Dolphins 1974 season.The 1974 Dolphins had won two straight Super Bowls and looking tired and bored as they lost to two 7-7 teams(Jets,Patriots)and had several close calls like a 9-3 win over a bad Kansas City Chiefs team when they trailed 3-2 late in the game before scoring a last minute touchdown.The 1974 Dolphins lost to a great Oakland Raiders team in classic 28-26 loss.The Heat if they don't wake up may not have the same result that the 1974 Dolphins did losing to a great team in a classic battle but they could lose to the Nets,Raptors or Bulls easily in early playoff rounds.

rboud

Three title appearances in a row takes a toll on a team. The Heat are suffering from mental fatigue, followed by physical fatigue. Playing in a 4th championship series in a row is a lot to ask from any team. The Heat are capable of winning 3 titles in a row, but it is a lot to ask.

Roger Podacter

Loria is a complete scumbag, when he was in Montreal he was literally the bad guy from 'Major League', trying to tank so attendance could fall and he could sell the team for a profit.

tgofkw@aol.com

oria is quickly becoming one of the top owners in MLB. He has learned from his mistakes and become a more humble owner. The day we lose him as an owner is the day that South Florida loses overall.


Thanks for the Post Jeffry.

Toad

The Heat need to re-sign Mario Chalmers if they want to stay successful in the long run or have any chance of retaining LeBron in the summer free agency. A great swing player to surround other great players. The Heat might be going through a slump here, but mental and physical fatigue also play a role after three straight Finals appearances. They are going to have to put this behind them and just focus on the future. A three-peat is no easy task but it can be done. Only three other teams have done it (Celtics, Bulls and Lakers). Erik Spoelstra needs to find a way to turn this around PDQ.

Toad

Hey Barry, you should take over Joseph Goodman's job. He writes articles as stale as Greg Cote's Miami Herald avatar from 1995.

Lou Vales

Could anyone with access to actuarial info check out the data on a 73 year old, moderately obese white male?

Reality Bites

Look at lil green pea get all excited about the "legend" ACC basketball coaches, meanwhile the ACC keeps getting spanked in the tourney.
Best regular season conference, disappears inn the tourney.
Just like sorry cane football is the best Spring team and disappears in the Fall.
Much to do about nothing.

FIUJM

Everyone has a price. Day Loria sells the Marlins, I will buy season tickets again.

Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 03/23/2014 at 03:52 PM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry.

# 1 FLORIDA GATORS !!!

bUt U do

lemme guess, u'll be "back" this Sping or next Summer ?

Not our rival | 03/23/2014 at 05:12 PM


seriously, u have no other choice but to listen ... or to do ... it's what's u do.


oye, 5-titles tell us all about the S.E.C. again.


get ur U.c.l.a. gear for thUrsday u bandwagon clUcks...

u can even pretend that ur team is playing.

NJshoreCane

No surprise with the Gator making the Sweet 16 with wins over a 16th and 9th seed.
However:
uF is 2-2 vs the top 25 this year.
uF is 3-3 vs 8th seeded teams or higher in the tourney over the last 3 years.
uF is 0-2 vs teams remaining in the tourney.
Good luck the rest of the way.
Regarding the SEC...check back with us on Saturday...Amigo,

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