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Tiger loses in Miami court; Dolphins, Heat, Canes items; Musburger demotion, Local TV news

Some quick hits on a Wednesday evening:

### A jury on Wednesday night found Tiger Woods’ company, ETW, liable for deceptive and unfair trade practices in a civil case that had played out during the past week in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

Bruce Matthews, a South Miami resident, and his company (Gotta Have It Golf Inc.) alleged that Woods breached a 2001 licensing agreement by not providing a specified number of autographs and photographs.

The six-person all-female jury awarded $668,000 in damages to Matthews’ company, but interest will increase the total to about $1.3 million, according to Eric Isicoff, one of Matthews’ attorneys.

Woods’ company is expected to appeal.

Matthews’ attempt to recoup more than $1 million in attorney’s fees remains pending with the court.

Woods testified, under a subpoena, for more than 45 minutes on Monday, a day after he finished tied for 25th in the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

"This has been a long time coming,” Isicoff said. “The behavior of ETW Corporation has been reprehensible and we are very pleased with the jury’s verdict.”

 ### The fact that Dolphins executives invited Mike Pouncey (along with Ryan Tannehill) to dinner with Branden Albert on Tuesday night is yet another indication that Pouncey remains very much a part of this team’s future, regardless of the fact the Ted Wells report cast him in a negative light.

The Dolphins, who are cautiously hopeful Pouncey will not be suspended by the league for his role in BullyGate, haven’t yet agreed to Pouncey’s desire for a contract extension (beyond an option that will be picked up for 2015). But barring another regime change or a big falloff in his place, it's clear Dennis Hickey wants him in Miami longterm.

“I’m very excited to be playing with Mike Pouncey,” Albert said.

Albert, incidentally, told reporters today that “whoever the best pass rusher is on that Sunday, I’ll be on.”

Albert said of Ryan Tannehill: “I’ve got to protect his blind side. We all know how important that is. A quarterback has to be upright to do his job and that’s what I’m here for.”

### Dennis Hickey and Dawn Aponte ended up saving a lot of money by not making an offer to Randy Starks before Tuesday night. His two-year, $12 million deal is below the $7 million to $8 million a year he had hoped for.

Starks got a $2 million signing bonus and a $3 million base salary for 2014, which is guaranteed. He can earn another $1 million in incentives each of the two seasons of the contract. His $5 million base next season is not guaranteed.

### 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of Jonathan Martin to USA Today: "I can't wait to give him a big hug. It’s an opportunity for Jonathan Martin to prove to the football world that he is worthy of his high-round draft status.  The goal is for this to be win-win.  As far as the other thing, I think everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity for a second chance."

The Dolphins will receive a seventh-round pick in 2015 if he makes the 49ers' opening day roster in 2014. Harbaugh coached Martin at Stanford.

### Brent Musburger has decided to accept a demotion at ABC/ESPN instead of retiring or looking for a job elsewhere. ESPN announced today that Musburger --- who signed a new contract --- will be the lead announcer on college football on the new SEC Network, which typically will televise the third or fourth-best SEC game each week. That’s quite a step down from his previous role as ABC’s lead college football announcer. Musburger, who will be paired with Jesse Palmer on SEC games, also will continue to call Big 12 basketball for ESPN.

ESPN wants Chris Fowler to replace Musburger, alongside Kirk Herbstreit, on its lead college football announcing team. That will become official assuming Fowler and ESPN work out a new contract.

### The big local broadcast news today was Warren Buffett buying WPLG-Channel 10. In a less important development, the station is shifting Victor Oquendo, its No. 2 sportscaster, to news; Oquendo will co-anchor at 4:30 and 5:30. WPLG hired Fort Myers sportscaster Clayton Ferraro to fill its No. 2 sportscaster job, behind lead sports anchor Will Manso.

### Erik Spoelstra, who has entrusted Michael Beasley with fourth quarter minutes recently, said this morning: “He’s starting to understand what this team is built for.” And defensively, “he’s getting better. He can make athletic plays. He gives you youth. He’s been making steady progress all year long.”

### UM extended its season with a 57-53 win against Virginia Tech today in the opening round of the ACC Tournament and now advances to play N.C. State at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN. Tonye Jekiri had 12 rebounds; Erik Swoope had 14 points (his sixth double figure scoring game in a row) and 8 boards, Davon Reed had 14 and Rion Brown a team-high 15 (despite shooting 2 for 10 from the field). Donnavan Kirk is missing the tournament because of a leg injury. 


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Re: ^^^^^ can this guy be anymore of an idiot? I doubt it

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Re.^^^^^ []_[]r the #1 seed ...

D Graham

At least my names not Bobby, bobby

johnnie j

Hickey s done a good job so far as Phins GM.Hope it continues along with the talent improving alot over last year s team.The Heat s in a bad rhythym of late and their consistent sense of urgency has been less urgent than the last few teams.I m more frustrated watching their defensive breakdowns and turnovers.Tonight s game against the Nets was exciting but again lacked the killer instinct they need to have in the closing minutes of games.Not overly worried but want them to win more heading into the end of the season.


D Graham (or whomever) BobbyD has more sense in his little finger than you have in that guava you call a head. Congrats to coach Larranaga and the team for winning the against VA tech that mattered. These guys are gutsy, and could just have easily had 5-6 more wins. No matter, they have played their hears out, and coach L has done a great job with a lot less on the bench this year.


"winning the game against VA Tech."
Played their hearts out.
Damn typos.


yeah, real gutsy and coulda, woulda, shoulda had 5-6 more win from the penthouse to outhouse season this year. As it were, u won a total of 8 acc crap games and another 10 against these stellar out of conference nobodys, Florida Tech, St. Francis, Georgia Southern, Texas Southern, UCF, FAU, Cal St., LaSalle, Loyola, Norfolk State and College of Charleston. Only a typical cane fan can be such a blind delusional homer and find any siverlining that they can with no ranked at the end of the season teams in the entire u athletic program this year. But hey, if u stumble ur way into a first round nitWIT not invited tourney road game, u just might have a shot at finishing in the top-100 this year.


Say what Ricky Joe Bobby? Hard to follow your writing Gator boy. They should invent more advanced grammar and sentence correcting software for you Gator grads in the public libraries.

u are u ... jus joshin u

really, say what ? how bout the walnUt n peanUt trick, 21, hit on 17 n then double down, Dice craps ?

u pick the wrong shell, u bust n fall short and u continue to continually crap out going on 2 Decades.

but then again

u are u ... jus joshin u

u crapped oUt in 2004 hUh ?

now tell me I'm lying

over a decade riieet ?


5 rings for U
Yes we are U

Reality Bites

"Congrats to coach Larranaga and the team for winning the against VA tech that mattered."

I agree, congrats to great coaching and play to be able to win against a formidable (9 - 22) opponent by such an impressive margin (4 points).
Great job by coach L and the sorry canes. Now if they can somehow win all the remaining games and get that ACC tourney crown they will make it to the Dance. Only way to make it though.
No chance at the NIT
But they are in play for the Big Dance.
So thinks the dumb and delusional cane clown.

johnnie j

Again the insulting self-hating Reality Bites rears his ugly head.Just continues to hate himself,hate life and dish on the home team on a blog for homer fans.Go blog opine on your own Gainesville blog.....IF they even have one...(or any).Cane fans wouldn t know because Cane fans are not dumb enough to do something so stupid or care that much about any successes the Gators have had.Guess YOU are still hurting on their loss to Miami early last year.That and the fact that ol Jeremy is and always has been SCARED to play us...anywhere,anytime.THAT is depressing and maybe therein......lies "your misery".Too funny.


I agree, congrats to great coaching

Great job by coach L

Posted by: Reality Bites | 03/13/2014 at 09:02 AM


Check our @CanesHoops Coach Larrañaga In Locker Room After ACC Tournament win over VT
-- CANESFAM ‏@CanesFam



The NCAA needs to pay the athletes

Posted by: Marios | 03/12/2014 at 06:08 PM

universities of higher learning should do no such thing ...
ya wanna earn a paycheck ...



acc crap games

Posted by: THEE #1 FLORIDA GATORS !!! | 03/13/2014 at 12:52 AM


RE: ACC MBB Bracket

Round 1 will be on ESPN2, Round 2 will be on ESPN and the Quarterfinals, Semi-finals & Finals will be on ESPN. In addition, all games with be available OTA (over the air) on the ACC Network.
-- orangefan

the ACC grabbed the primo ESPN slots from the neutered Big East. The American conference is playing second fiddle to the ACC while the new Big East is on FOX1 playing in front of 100's of TV viewers.
-- TexanMark


Reality Bites

Posted by: johnnie

The only thing I said that can be viewed as an insult is when I called you homers dumb and delusional. You gonna get mad for that? Very thin skinned.
Besides that my post was 100% factual and informative.
"Great" win over a team that is sorrier than yours. I know it is very hard to find a hoops team that is worse than the sorry canes but there are a few out there, 3 or 4.
Now a victory you are supposed to get becomes great coaching and such. That is the delusional part.

Lil green pea I said something positive about your coach, even if it was in a sarcastic manner.

The March Madness cane pipe dream lives on for another round. Can you feel the excitement?


An all-female jury versus Tiger Woods, with his past...he never had a chance.


Once again as we always the reality is Reality himself bites! A moron of extraordinary levels. With all due respect to the other morons on this blog!

Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 03/13/2014 at 11:03 AM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry, in real life UM crushed your team last season and we're not scheduled to play again.

Reality Bites

and of course the blog policeman

Thank you for your concern and again remember the old adage, don't shoot the messenger. You don't like the message, in this case the fact that your team sucks, that is not my doing.
Join lil green pea and sing the wonders of the ACC, go log on "theacc.com" site, have a ball. Just remember your home ACC team sucks.

johnnie j

Reality I know rejection must hurt you but your negative remarks define you.I t s still amazing you THINK so often of the University of Miami program and offer....though no one asks.....your opinions of their teams.It s clear you have a strange perversion to all things related to our Canes.If you weren t at times so annoying...we d perhaps take your unequivical interest in us as a compliment.You just continue to be amazed and obsessed with our University.Amazing.

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