August 11, 2016

1 p.m. Friday UM football notes; 9 a.m. Friday Dolphins: More and more, Dolphins gambling on reclamation projects; Dolphins personnel news; Arison's message; Heat to retire Wade jersey; Marlins, Heat, UM

1 p.m. Friday: 10 notes from UM football practice:

1) Asked who's furthest ahead among the three new receivers (Dayall Harris, Ahmmon Richards and Sam Bruce), Mark Richt said it's Harris, with Richards second.

2) Richt said freshmen tight ends Michael Irvin and Jovani Haskins "have a way to go. They're struggling a little mentally."

3) Richt says "there won't be one featured back. I feel very comfortable with more than just one or two tailbacks."

4) Richt said Ryan Mayes has had "good breaks on the ball. Overall, he's having a very good camp."

5) Richt, on Stacy Coley: "I see a guy who's focused, who wants to be great. He has done all the things we've asked to do." Richt said Coley has had "soft tissue issues" and hamstring problems in the past but isn't during this camp and credits that partly to the work he did all summer.

6) I asked Anthony Moten if Craig Kuligowski is showing the d-line tapes of the four first-rounders that he churned out at Missouri. He is. They've watched tape of Shane Ray and Sheldon Richardson.

7) QB coach Jon Richt says there is no "clear No. 2 or No. 3" behind Brad Kaaya.

8) Jon Richt says Malik Rosier "has got to be more consistent. Some is getting used to the system."

9) Jon Richt said Evan Schirreffs is like "steady Eddy. We know what we'll get out of Evan." Richt said Schirreffs, when they met, looked like "a big old goofy dude. You say he won't move on the pocket." But Richt said that perception didn't prove to be true. "Actually, he's out best athlete," Richt said.

10) On freshman Jack Allison, Jon Richt said he was "in over his head" in the spring but "now you can tell he's competing" because he did a lot of work in the summer. "Great arm, great release."

DOLPHINS NOTE

9 a.m. Friday update: We discussed Chris Culliver below. Got my hands on his contract today. As it turns out, only $300,000 of his one-year deal is fully guaranteed: $225,000 from base salary and another $75,000 OATSB, which is akin to a signing bonus.

If he makes the team, he gets the remaining $775,000 of that $1 million base salary and also gets a $2.5 million roster bonus. 

He gets $156,250 for each game he's on the 53-man roster. The Dolphins' inclination, at this point, is for him to start the season on PUP and miss six games, barring a change of heart.

The Dolphins would owe him about $1 million if he is injured while rehabbing and gets cut.

 

FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN 

Dolphins chatter on the eve of the preseason opener:

• The Dolphins’ signing of cornerback Chris Culliver fit neatly into the theme of the team’s offseason: a veteran who’s coming off a bad or disappointing season (sometimes because of injury) but was very good in the previous season he played.

Of Miami’s 10 most prominent veteran pickups, seven fit that description, another reason why it’s difficult to predict much of anything about this team.

With Culliver, the contrast was stark: In 14 starts for the 49ers in 2014, he ranked among Pro Football Focus’ top 15 cornerbacks, allowing just 37 receptions on 73 targets (50.7%), and holding passers to a 66.5 QB rating – far better than any Dolphins cornerback in 2015.

He parlayed that into a four-year, $32 million contract with the Redskins, but played only six games in 2015 (largely because of hamstring injuries and a torn ACL and MCL in November) and graded negatively in each of the six, allowing 375 yards, four touchdowns and an obscene passer rating of 134.8.

Per PFF, Culliver’s 32.3 coverage grade was worse than all NFL corners except the penalty-plagued Brandon Browner.

“Very up and down,” ESPN analyst and former Browns scout Matt Williamson texted. “Has ability. Been awhile since he contributed. Major off the field concerns.”

As is the case with Culliver, the Dolphins are hoping to get the 2014 version of Mario Williams (14.5 sacks) instead of the 2015 one (just 19 total tackles). They’re hoping to get the 2014 Arian Foster (4.8 yards per carry, 1246 yards) instead of the 2015 version (2.6, four games).

They’re hoping to get the 2014 Byron Maxwell (78.5 passer rating against for Seattle) instead of the 2015 incarnation (100.3 for Philadelphia). They’re hoping not to get the mediocre 2015 Kiko Alonso (knee issues, 11 games, one start for Philadelphia) but instead the player who was the Pro Football Writers' Defensive Rookie of the Year in his only previous season before that (2013).

They’re hoping to get the 14-game-Bears starter Jermon Bushrod of 2014, not the injury-plagued one of last season. They’re hoping to get the Chris Jones who started 12 games at defensive tackle and played effectively for the Patriots in 2014, not the one injured all last season.

With some of these players, the Dolphins are assuming scheme will return them to past form. With others, they’re banking on better health. With Culliver, it’s more desperation than anything.

• We’ll see a lot of Tony Lippett on Friday night, and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has been imploring Lippett to “use my size [6-3] and stay patient,” Lippett said.

Lippett has made several good plays on the ball. But he allows too much cushion to receivers at times.

• The Dolphins also want to get a sense if Bobby McCain or Michael Thomas is better equipped to be their top nickel back. McCain said they have split reps evenly.

With sixth-rounder Jordan Lucas looking more likely for the practice squad, the Dolphins’ eighth defensive back slot – with Culliver potentially starting the year on PUP - could go to Chimdi Chekwa or Brandon Harris or someone who’s with another team now.

 “Harris is a veteran guy that knows how to play,” defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo said. “There’s a lot to be said for that. He’s a great kid, hard worker and he knows how to play with leverage.” But he has no interceptions in a four-year career and comes off a torn ACL.

• One encouraging sign is how Isa Abdul-Quddus has settled in with the starters at safety.

Anarumo likes Abdul-Quddus’ “physicalness. That jumped off the tape when we watched Detroit stuff. And he’s a very good tackler.”

• The Dolphins will demand much more from their tight ends than they’ve gotten after two largely uninspiring weeks of camp and an uninspiring 2015.

Beyond wanting a lot more from Jordan Cameron, Adam Gase is pushing for Dion Sims, as tight ends coach Shane Day said, “to use more of his size and his length to his advantage, integrate more of that into his game.”

And Friday marks the first time that seventh-rounder Thomas Duarte, a skilled pass-catcher, will ever do in-line blocking in a game.

“Thomas, we’re kind of starting from ground zero because at UCLA he really wasn’t asked to play in-line tight end,” Day said. “He was more of a slot receiver and he played on the outside, and it was good for them. We’re going to ask him obviously to do a lot more in-line tight end blocking, so we’re kind of starting from scratch.

“But I’ve been real happy with his progress. He’s working really hard. He definitely is willing. He’s definitely aggressive. And his size, we’re just going to keep working on it. He’s got to utilize his strengths, which is his quickness and his speed to get on guys quickly and use his hands. But he’s doing a good job. For where he is, I’m really happy.”

• The Dolphins feel very good about their starting linebackers. Linebackers coach Matt Burke calls Koa Misi “a manchild, a big 6-3, 255 pound linebacker that can run” and says Kiko Alonso is “a guy you can keep on the field all three days. He’s a modern day mike. Not a two-down thumper and you’re worried about his matchups in space. We feel just as good about him playing on third and 10 as we do on first and 10.”

But there’s reason for concern because Alonso and Misi have had durability issues and there’s no clear-cut fourth linebacker who's starter-quality on the roster, with Zach Vigil (back) still sidelined.  

• Gase is especially eager to see rookie seventh-rounder Brandon Doughty.

“As far as his accuracy, it’s great,” quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree said.

But they want him to go through his progressions properly and get the ball out faster. If he’s exceptional the next four weeks, he has a shot to make the 53.

• In their first 30 years, the Dolphins had only two head coaches (Don Shula, George Wilson) and one flagship radio station (WIOD).

In the 20 years since, they’ve had eight coaches and changed flagship stations five times, moving from WIOD to WQAM for seven years, then to 790 The Ticket for two, back to WQAM for three, to WINZ for six and now back to WQAM-560.

WQAM on Friday begins its third stint as the team's rights-holder announcers and the game broadcasts won't sound appreciably different. Jimmy Cefalo, Joe Rose and Bob Griese have been retained, though Jason Taylor will be in the radio booth for preseason, with Griese working the TV package with Dick Stockton and Nat Moore.

Here’s WQAM studio lineup: Pre-game: Curtis Stevenson and Channing CrowderHalftime: Kevin RogersPostgame: Orlando Alzugaray and Troy Stradford.

CHATTER

• Despite winning considerable more, Marlins attendance has risen by less than 200 people per game(to 21,801) from a year ago, still last in the National League.

• Heat owner Micky Arison posted a letter tonight on the team's web site, his first public comments referencing Dwyane Wade's departure.

In the course of the letter, Arison indicated that Wade's jersey number will eventually be retired by the team (no surprise there).

Here's the letter, as posted on the Heat's web site.

"Obviously this is a challenging summer, one with significant change," Arison writes. "For the first time in a long time, Dwyane Wade will not be part of our team..."

Arison speaks of the need "to understand and embrace change."

He also said he's "excited about this team."

Arison includes Chris Bosh among the players who will be on this year's team, though the Heat has declined to say if he will be cleared medically. Bosh has told people he wants to play. 

• Please click here for the Heat's full schedule released today.

• With Russell Westbrook signing a multiyear deal with OKC – and Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Chris Paul Heat longshots next summer – Heat president Pat Riley’s chances of luring a "whale" next summer are diminishing.

His top free-agent options next summer: Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward.

Other notable 2017 unrestricted free agents include Derrick Rose, Paul Millsap, Segre Ibaka, Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry and Greg Monroe. Riley will explore trade options, too.

• We had a ton of UM personnel news, plus an update on Al Quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace, here earlier today. Please click here for that.

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August 10, 2016

Here's the Heat's regular-season schedule; 1 p.m. Thursday UM nuggets; Wednesday night nuggets: Some Dolphins that are impressing; New info on UM RBs; Marlins issues surface; So Flo's Olympic ratings

Here's the Heat's regular-season schedule that was just released, and there are only 5 games on national TV: the home game against Dwyane Wade and the Bulls Nov. 10 (as we previously reported) on TNT; a TNT Feb. 27 game at Dallas; plus ESPN games home against Indiana Dec. 14, at Chicago Jan. 27 and at Orlando March 3.

Oct. 26;at Orlando; 7 p.m.

Oct. 28;Charlotte; 8 p.m. 

Oct. 30;San Antonio; 6 p.m. 

Nov. 1;Sacramento; 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 4;at Toronto; 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 7;at Oklahoma City; 7 p.m. 

Nov. 10;Chicago; 8 p.m. (TNT) 

Nov. 12;Utah; 8 p.m. 

Nov. 14;at San Antonio; 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 15;Atlanta; 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 17;Milwaukee; 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 19;at Washington; 7 p.m. 

Nov. 21;at Philadelphia; 7 p.m. 

Nov. 23;at Detroit; 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 25;at Memphis; 7 p.m. 

Nov. 26;Memphis 8 p.m. 

Nov. 28;Boston; 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 30;at Denver; 7 p.m. 

Dec. 1;at Utah; 7 p.m. 

Dec. 3;at Portland; 7 p.m. 

Dec. 6;New York; 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 7;at Atlanta; 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 9;at Cleveland; 7 p.m. 

Dec. 10;at Chicago; 7 p.m. 

Dec. 12;Washington; 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 14;Indiana; 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 16;L.A. Clippers; 8 p.m. 

Dec. 18;Boston; 6 p.m. 

Dec. 20;Orlando; 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 22;L.A. Lakers; 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 23;at New Orleans; 7 p.m. 

Dec. 27;Oklahoma City; 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 29;at Charlotte; 7 p.m. 

Dec. 30;at Boston; 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 1;Detroit; 6 p.m. 

Jan. 3;at Phoenix; 7 p.m. 

Jan. 4;at Sacramento; 7:30 p.m. 

Jan. 6;at L.A. Lakers; 7:30 p.m. 

Jan. 8;at L.A. Clippers; 12:30 p.m. 

Jan. 10;at Golden State; 7:30 p.m. 

Jan. 13;at Milwaukee; 7 p.m. 

Jan. 17;Houston; 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 19;Dallas; 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 21;Milwaukee; 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23;Golden State; 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25;at Brooklyn; 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 27;at Chicago; 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 28;Detroit; 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 30;Brooklyn; 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1;Atlanta; 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4;Philadelphia; 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 6;at Minnesota; 7 p.m.

Feb. 8;at Milwaukee; 7 p.m.

Feb. 10;at Brooklyn; 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 11;at Philadelphia; 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13;Orlando; 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15;at Houston; 7 p.m.

Feb. 24;at Atlanta; 8 p.m.

Feb. 25;Indiana; 8 p.m.

Feb. 27;at Dallas; 8:30 p.m. (TNT)

March 1;Philadelphia; 7:30 p.m.

March 3;at Orlando; 7 p.m. (ESPN)

March 4;Cleveland; 8 p.m.

March 6;at Cleveland; 7 p.m.

March 8;Charlotte; 7:30 p.m.

March 11;Toronto; 8 p.m.

March 12;at Indiana; 6 p.m.

March 15;New Orleans; 7:30 p.m.

March 17;Minnesota; 8 p.m.

March 19;Portland; 6 p.m.

March 21;Phoenix; 7:30 p.m.

March 23;Toronto; 7:30 p.m.

March 26;at Boston; 6 p.m.

March 28;at Detroit; 7:30 p.m.

March 29;at New York; 7:30 p.m.

March 31;New York; 8 p.m.

April 2;Denver; 6 p.m.

April 5;at Charlotte; 7 p.m.

April 7;at Toronto; 7:30 p.m.

April 8;at Washington; 7 p.m.

April 10;Cleveland; 7:30 p.m.

April 12;Washington; 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of UM football on a Thursday afternoon:

• At this point, people inside the football program will be surprised if Al Quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace are not disciplined for their role in taking luxury rental cars in exchange for unspecified benefits to the South Beach car rental dealer who gave them the cars. 

So barring a change of heart (which can never be ruled out), UM people are expecting discipline in terms of a game suspension if not more. The question is how extensive the discipline will be.

Let's be clear here: I am not reporting they definitely will be suspended. I am reporting that people inside the football program are expecting discipline/suspension, though those people are not the very few making the final decision.

Both remained on the roster as of noon today, though AQM missed practice for what Mark Richt called a personal reason. Richt expects him back Friday.

Our Susan Miller Degnan reported that Muhammad and Grace met with UM's compliance office Wednesday. After the Palm Beach Post reported there would be a disciplinary hearing for the two players, AD Blake James told Susan that there is "no disciplinary hearing pending." Check out SMD's report here

The issue apparently extends beyond receiving use of the luxury vehicles. It also concerns how candid at least one of the two players has been in discussing exactly what he did and who he knows and how much he knows.

As we first reported, the agency involved is South Beach Exotic Car Rentals. The company's owner, Juan Caballero, initially insisted to me, over several minutes, that he knows nothing about the UM football team and doesn't know the name of a single player. 

Caballero hasn't returned calls since, but his social media messages - posted on Canes message boards - suggest at least a familiarity with specific UM players.

If Grace misses time, that could mean UM starting three freshmen at linebackers - Shaq Quarterman, Mike Pinckney and Zach McCloud.

Would that freak out Manny Diaz? "Since we've been here, we've had freshmen in our starting lineup," Diaz said. "To me, we don't have freshmen and sophomores. We don't have that luxury. On a normal college team, the difference with experience is they've been in a system for a long period. it's a unique situation for the young players to come into because everyone came in on equal ground."

Charles Perry, like McCloud, is also playing strongside behind Grace. And Darrion Owens and Jamie Gordinier are challenging Pinckney at weakside. Quarterman is the likely starter in the middle.

• Richt said "we plan on" receiver Dionte Mullins "being here." He's the only freshman who hasn't enrolled.

Freshman safety Cedric Wright arrived today and practiced. "It's going to be a crash course," Diaz said. "We need him because of our lack of depth [in the secondary]." 

• Sheldrick Redwine told me that he is taking the majority of first-team snaps opposite Corn Elder, with Adrian Colbert also getting some. "We alternate a little bit."

• Richt singled out right tackle Sunny Odogwu. "Sunny looks very good; that's a little bit of news. He's healthy. He looks quick. He's energized."

• Manny Diaz said Richard McIntosh and Kendrick Norton remain the team's top defensive tackles after the scrimmage. "Those guys are really playing well." But he said Gerald Willis, Courtel Jenkins and Anthony Moten also are playing well.

• This was absolutely eye-opening today, more evidence of the dramatically improved coaching: Demetrius Jackson, playing with his hand in the ground at defensive end, said "I am able to do things with my hands I couldn't do last year. [Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski] is bringing more skill to the game. He is a great coach exposing us to the next level. I trust him because of his resume."

Jackson said the previous staff never taught him how to use his hands. Stunning, and an indictment of that staff.

Diaz said today that "Demetrius has changed his body, can play more stoutly than he did in the spring."

• Though Jaquan Johnson forced two fumbles in the scrimmage, Diaz said he also made "two errors that kind of cost the framework of the defense. It's hard to make a mistake at safety and have the whole world not notice."

• Diaz said Ryan Mayes - competing for the No. 4 corner job - "has been performing every day." He had a pick in the scrimmage.

• Richt said on further review, Mayes did not return Brad Kaaya's interception for a touchdown. "Joe Yearby, of all people, turned and ran like a mad man and knocked him out of bounds."

• Diaz said defensive end "Trent Harris is smart, tough and relentless. He made plays yesterday sheer on his relentless effort."

 

LOTS OF DOLPHINS, MORE CANES AND MARLINS

 

Notes on a Wednesday night:

• Adam Gase gave an animated answer here today about why he doesn’t throw more deep balls. The Dolphins did complete at least two 25-plus yard passes in team drills Wednesday:

Matt Moore’s throw to receiver Leonte Carroo and running back Jay Ajayi’s lunging catch on a pass from Ryan Tannehill.

Gase said Ajayi’s outstretched catch “was great. It’s been like five years since I’ve seen a guy lay out for a ball in practice.”

Carroo has had a good camp and the Dolphins are eager to see more.

"He's been doing good,” Gase said. “He's been making some positive plays. His biggest thing is mentally, what are we going to do? Is he going to keep growing? Are we going to get stuck? Are we going to have that rookie wall hit? He's going to keep rolling on that."

• You know who else has impressed me? Safety Walt Aikens, who on consecutive plays today stopped a running play in the backfield and then picked off Brandon Doughty.

“He's been doing a good job,” Gase said. “Obviously we know his value on special teams as well. The fact that he's showing up at safety as well, that's a bonus. We know we've got a guy that when we put him in on defense, he's going to make plays."

Aikens raised his weight from 205 to 220 and said “that’s a good weight for me. I’m feeling a lot stronger, a lot more power in my hips. Last year was a rough year for me so I had to make up for it on special teams.”

Aikens said defensive coordinator Vance Joseph “likes my size, my speed, my athleticism. He wants me to key in on the little things and said I’ll be fine.”

• The Dolphins would love if Jakeem Grant can seize the punt and kickoff return jobs.

When I asked Jarvis Landry if he wants to keep his hand in returns this season, he said: “I’m the starting returner so we’ll see how many reps I get in preseason. I will be excited to see what Jakeem Grant and other guys can do there.”

What would be the ideal amount of returns for him to do this season? “I don’t think there’s a number on it,” Landry said. “Like I told coaches, it gives me the opportunity to get the ball in my hands and make a play. It creates some energy.”

Grant, incidentally, dropped a punt today and has dropped a few during camp. But he also has cleanly caught a lot of them, too.

• I’m worried about the Dolphins’ linebacker depth. Linebacker Zach Vigil, who has missed all of camp, said this week that he doesn’t know when he will return from a back injury. He said the Dolphins are trying “every way possible” to solve the problem.

The Dolphins hope that a clear-cut fourth-best linebacker emerges among James Michael Johnson, Neville Hewitt and Spencer Paysinger. All have had their moments in camp.

Besides Vigil and new addition Chris Culliver (knee/PUP), also missing practice today were: cornerbacks Xavien Howard (knee) and Chimdi Chekwa (thigh), running back Kenyan Drake (hamstring), defensive linemen Earl Mitchell (calf) and Farrington Huguenin (ankle), tight end MarQueis Gray (leg) and offensive lineman Vinston Painter (knee).

• UM’s running back battle remained tight after today’s scrimmage. Mark Walton had 7 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown; Joe Yearby ran 4 times for 25 yards. Those two are neck-and-neck in the battle to start.

Gus Edwards, by the way, ran 7 times for 13 yards.

And what about speedy freshman Travis Homer? He ran for 22 yards on 7 carries but it’s difficult to see him playing much this season unless he really, really, really impresses.

Asked about Homer, running backs coach Thomas Brown said: “The best guy is going to play. He’s done a really good job of listening to the details and applying them in a practice setting. He’s a very intelligent football player. Little bit of a weird dude, but very intelligent. ... The biggest aspect is going to be pass protection.”

Brown is open to a running back by committee approach.

“I’ve played primarily two tailbacks, a third guy sparingly here and there,” Brown said. “It depends what guys can do to help us win football games….We have enough talent to be successful,” Brown said. “I don’t know if we have a great tailback yet; we haven’t played a game yet."

By the way, Trayone Gray appears to be in the back of the pack at running back. He had two carries for six yards today.

• Among reasons the Marlins --- who lost 1-0 to the Giants today --- have struggled offensively at times since the All-Star break:

1) The extended absence of Justin Bour, whose presence in the middle of the lineup is very important, as Don Mattingly said.

2) Marcell Ozuna, who hit .307 before the All-Star break, entered today at .205 since the break (18 for 88).

3) Derek Dietrich, who hit .303 before the break, entered today hitting .185 since (12 for 65). On the positive side, Christian Yelich has hit .354 since the break after hitting .317 before.

• So how are our Olympic ratings doing compared with the rest of the country? Through four nights, Miami-Fort Lauderdale was tied for 38th among 56 major markets in prime time ratings.

Our 14.6 average local prime time rating on NBC is more than three times what Heat regular-season games average (on cable) and slightly below what Dolphins games produce locally, on average.

For perspective, our Super Bowl rating for Denver-Carolina (38.1) ranked last among 56 metered markets. Our 6.5 average World Series rating for Royals-Mets last year tied for 43rdamong 56. Our NBA Finals ratings were fourth, topping an 18.

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August 09, 2016

11 a.m. Wednesday Dolphins news, including interesting Gase explanation; UM's biggest 2016 needs being filled; Lots of UM nuggets; Dolphins; Chris Culliver fallout; Marlins ticket decision

Quick 11 a.m. Dolphins note: Adam Gase said he was pleased the Dolphins were aggressive in signing Chris Culliver and believe he can thrive in man to man, press coverage. Though Gase gave no timetable for his return from a torn ACL/MCL in November, the team would be comfortable potentially starting him on PUP, as Armando reported, which would sideline him six games. Culliver declined to give a timetable but said he might be able to practice in a couple of weeks...

Byron Maxwell noted the Dolphins quarterbacks aren't challenging corners down the field, though we saw a couple of deep balls today that were successful (Tannehill to Ajayi, Moore to Carroo). And Gase gave an interesting answer for why he's emphasizing shorter patterns: 

"The whole league is 10 yards and under. That’s what it is. Nobody is going down the field. There’s one team that does it really, maybe two.  Pittsburgh and Arizona. Hold onto the ball and they chuck it down the field. More teams than not, it’s 10 yards and under. That’s where all the passing game is. The d-ends are too good. If you want to stand back there and have your quarterbacks get your brains beat out, go at it."

The conversation began when Gase was asked if he would like the offense to go vertical more. 

"I’m fine with it. I’m the one scripting the plays, calling the plays. I’ve had a little success with what we do. There’s a time and a place. There’s also a time and a place not to get sacked 60 times in a year, too."

Also, Arian Foster won't play Friday at the Giants. "I have a certain way I treat running backs that have played a while. I don’t like them taking any unnecessary hits," Gase said.

 

WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN

 

UM football nuggets:

• When Mark Richt arrived in December, the most glaring roster deficiencies for 2016 were obvious: cornerback (more so after Artie Burns turned pro), linebacker and speed at receiver.

Here’s what’s encouraging: Between freshmen signings and transfers (the college equivalent of the draft and free agency), UM now appears to be in at least pretty good shape in all of those spots.

Freshmen linebackers Shaquille Quarterman and Mike Pinckney and senior cornerback transfer Adrian Colbert (who had another interception Monday) have been godsends of sorts, and freshman Ahmmon Richards is not only UM’s fastest receiver (according to his coach) but also more polished than expected and getting lots of first-team work.

Brad Kaaya realized Quarterman would be impactful when on the first play of his first scrimmage, he blasted through an offensive lineman, tackled a back for a 10-yard loss and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. He studies film, deciphers offenses and speaks publicly like a player much older than a freshman. Jon Beason and DJ Williams have spoken to him about upholding the standards of playing linebacker at Miami.

“Everything you want from a true mike linebacker he can do,” Kaaya said. And “he doesn’t run his mouth for no reason. He’s just about making plays.”

Coordinator Manny Diaz believes Quarterman won’t be overwhelmed by confusing offenses.

“He does all the things you would want a leader to do, and I think he has gained the respect of our team,” Richt said. "Sometimes a freshman can come in and get into a starting role and there might be some resentment, especially if a guy is cocky or brash or acts like he owns the place. But when a guy comes in with a humble spirit, works his tail off and physically gets the job done, like Shaq did, I think they’re embracing the guy.”

Diaz said Pinckney (out temporarily with a hamstring/quad injury) “has a great sense instinctually. He doesn’t over-complicate the game; he understands his reads and the game and makes it look very natural.”

Colbert, who has two interceptions in less than a week, gives UM desperately needed speed and experience opposite Corn Elder.

“I liked him since the day he got here – his energy, his maturity,” Richt said.  

“Getting here and working with coach [Mike] Rumph really improved my game," Colbert said.

(Alabama transfer Maurice Smith also remains a UM possibility if he continues to be blocked from going to Georgia.)

Months after Richt bemoaned UM’s lack of speed at receiver, Richards “has exceeded expectations early,” receivers coach Ron Dugans said. “The kid can run. Good ball skills. Actually is a pretty good route runner; does some things [where you] are like, ‘Wow!” 

Richards has been studying NFL receiver Odell Beckham’s and Amari Cooper’s route running on tape.

As for fellow freshman receiver Sam Bruce, Dugans said:  “I have to get him out of the high school stuff; guys come in and want to do all the dancing. He has the wiggle but we have to get him playing with the tempo and speed of the college game. He’s a little behind [Richards, who arrived five months earlier] but he’s catching up.”

Dugans wants more consistency from sophomore Dayall Harris, the other newcomer at receiver.

• Kaaya said he talks regularly to former UM quarterback greats Steve Walsh and Gino Torretta – “they are good resources” – and as we noted yesterday, Torretta bought a Play Station 4 and Xbox One for UM's locker-room.

As I noted on Twitter (@flasportsbuzz) yesterday, Kaaya said former Georgia running back Todd Gurley told him “you’re in good hands [with Richt].”

Kaaya, who served as a Nike counselor with Gurley at an offseason camp, said Gurley “said nothing but good things [about Richt] as a person and coach. We talked about some of the terms and play calls – they’re all the same from Georgia.”

• Kaaya, working in his third different offense and with his second coordinator in three years, admitted this week that James Coley’s spread last year “was kind of confusing to me. Coach Richt’s offense is more pro style. A lot of different checks from last year. A lot under-center stuff. A lot of play action.”

Where has Richt made Kaaya better?

“My understanding of footwork got a lot better," Kaaya said. "My feet got a lot faster coming out from under center. My play fakes are a lot better, too, play action in general. As a quarterback group, we’ve gotten a lot better at
selling the run.”

• Dugans said Malcolm Lewis is the most consistent among receivers competing behind Stacy Coley and Braxton Berrios and said Lewis is the most physical receiver on the team, period…

Dugans said Coley hasn’t “had the years here I think he should have” and told him “the first thing I have to do is teach you how to be a pro; how to practice; how to take care of your body and study film and get massages; do stuff maybe before you haven’t done.”

• Running backs coach Thomas Brown said Mark Walton was “by far more consistent [than Joe Yearby] in the spring, in better shape. Joe had to lose weight. He has done that, lost 10-15 pounds, made him a whole lot quicker.” Yearby has now pulled about even.

Brown wants Gus Edwards to run more physically: "He’s 235 pounds. Too often in the springtime he played like he was 185. Once he realizes he can be very effective by imposing his will, playing behind his pads he’ll be a better football player. He’s done a really good job since the springtime. I told him `Gus, you’re a totally different player from the spring.’ … I’m definitely pleased with the progress he made.”

 

CHATTER

Besides durability issues (he has missed 28 games over the past three seasons), new Dolphins cornerback Chris Culliver also has a history of comments/actions he later regretted.

Prior to the 2013 Super Bowl during Media Day, Culliver --- when asked by comedian Artie Lange if there were gay players on the 49ers --- said: "No, we don't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out of here if they do.... Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah."

He also said that any gay players should wait 10 years after retiring before coming out. He later apologized for his "ugly comments," saying they were "not what I feel in my heart" and that he would welcome a gay teammate.

In April 2013, he made offensive comments about women on Instagram, in which he and friends referred to some as "bitches" and "hoes." The 49ers stated the matter was "being handled internally."

And in March 2014, he was arrested for misdemeanor hit and run, misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, and felony possession of brass knuckles after allegedly hitting a bicyclist with his car.

The good news: He has the potential --- at his best --- to be an upgrade over any cornerback on the Dolphins roster beyond Byron Maxwell. He has started the past 20 games in which he has appeared: 14 for the 49ers in 2014, six for Washington in 2015. 

• Culliver's addition means Miami's corners figure to be Maxwell, Culliver, Xavien Howard, Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain.

The safeties are expected to be Reshad Jones, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens.

If Miami keeps a 10th defensive back, it could be Chimdi Chekwa, Brandon Harris, Rashaan Melvin or someone in another camp now. Jordan Lucas and AJ Hendy are practice squad options.

• A few other Dolphins items, supplementing our long post from earlier today: Jamil Douglas is one prominent player fighting for his job. Obscure Anthony Steen is ahead of him at backup center, according to the team’s depth chart…

Though Marshall Koehn made all six field goals Tuesday (including one from 59), it will be very difficult for him to catch improved Andrew Franks, who says he has missed only one of 30 field goals in camp....

We haven't seen the read-option in Adam Gase's offense, and Gase said: "There will be a time and place for it. I haven't had great success in the past because I haven't had a ton of mobile guys." He's also leery about using it against Miami's defensive line, which has been stout all camp. 

• Click here for a ton more Dolphins from today, including eye-opening numbers about Jarvis Landry, Miami's struggles incorporating tight ends and other personnel items.

• The Marlins are making modest increases in all season ticket prices, most between 1 and 3 percent. The promotional zones are seeing the largest increase ($6 to $8) but remain the cheapest lower-level ticket in the baseball. Most increases are 50 cents to $2 per game.

Full-season ticket holders in non-promotional zones can opt into a two-year agreement which will trigger a price freeze and allow them to day 2016 prices for 2017 and 2018.

• Will be interesting to see how intriguing Marlins prospect Austin Brice fares after his promotion to fill one of two roster spots opened by AJ Ramos going on the DL and Hunter Cervenka's demotion to Triple A.

The Marlins moved Brice to the bullpen earlier this summer and he was 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in Double A, with 20 strikeouts in 21 innings, then struck out four and allowed one run in two innings in Triple A. Chris Narveson also was promoted to the Marlins today.

• With part-time Miami resident Alex Rodriguez (.204, 9 HR, 29 RBI) not ruling out playing again after he leaves the Yankees in a few days, keep in mind that not only is Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria fond of him, but hitting coach Barry Bonds tutored his friend A-Rod in California two offseasons ago and A-Rod said: “He’s a great teacher. I learned so much about simplifying my swing from him.”

Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

Heat preseason schedule; Tuesday Dolphins nuggets: The Jarvis Landry conundrum and Miami's desire to get others involved and lots of Dolphins personnel items; College football TV sked announcement

Some Dolphins notes on a day they upgraded at corner by signing veteran Chris Culliver (seven career picks, 20 starts in 20 NFL appearances since start of 2014):

• Among the similarities between the Dolphins’ offense witnessed during this training camp and the unit they fielded last season: lots of sacks relinquished and an extreme reliance on Jarvis Landry in the passing game.

Landry last season was targeted on 167 passes – sixth most in the league, and ahead of star receivers Odell Beckham, Larry Fitzgerald and AJ Green.

The next Dolphin on the list?

Tight end Jordan Cameron, who was 91st with 70 targets.

And that trend has continued during this camp, with Landry targeted on the clear majority of balls that Ryan Tannehill throws to his receivers and tight ends.

During a camp when the offense has struggled and DeVante Parker has missed time with a hamstring injury, many of the limited number of successful passing plays have gone to Landry.

Landry’s high productivity, great hands and the high energy with which he plays vaulted him into the list of NFL.com’s top 100 players this offseason, as voted by his peers. (Landry was 98th.)

But though it’s absolutely no knock on Landry’s skills, the Dolphins haven’t won any of Landry’s best games statistically.

In his two seasons, the Dolphins are 0-5 when he has 90 or more receiving yards. They’re 0-3 when he catches 10 or more passes, losing those games by 41 points combined last season to the Bills, Jets and Giants. (There obviously will be more opportunity to catch passes when a team is playing catchup, as Miami was in those games.)

Against the Giants last December, Tannehill threw 18 passes to Landry (who caught 11 for 99) and just 20 combined to every other receiver and tight end. Miami went scoreless in the last 24 minutes of that 31-24 loss. Tannehill missed Landry on a deep pass in the second half, which wasn't Landry's fault.

While Landry is highly productive, he isn’t likely to break many long plays. (His longest passing play last season was 50 yards and he had four touchdowns).

Consider that Landry ranked 13th in the NFL in receiving yards at 1157 last season, but his 10.5 average per catch was lowest among the top 40 receivers in total yardage.

Should any of this be held against Landry? Absolutely not. He’s one of Miami’s most valuable assets on offense.

Armando asked a good question today about the imbalance of passes thrown to Landry and it’s clear Adam Gase wants to spread the ball around more.

“One day I tried to script every play to where he wasn’t in the progression and somehow the ball went to him,” Gase said. “The guy is like a magnet. I’ve never seen anything like it. He does his job right and the coverage seems to take Ryan there a lot of times."

For more about what Gase had to say about this, check out Armando's blog.

But what if other teams take Landry away?

“Then the ball goes somewhere else,” Gase said. “We’re still working on certain things. You see Kenny catching plenty of balls and today Griff had some good plays and DeVante had his opportunity. The more we can get the tight ends involved and the backs involved, the ball will start getting spread out. It will get to the point where we get to the games where it will equal out. Somehow that thing that just seems to find him.”

One option is throwing to the tight ends more. When Dion Sims caught a pass from Ryan Tannehill on the Dolphins’ one touchdown drive Tuesday (against mostly defensive backups), it marked one of a very modest number of successful throws to tight ends Sims or Jordan Cameron during camp.

“We can grow that spot as far as what we’re doing,” Gase said today. “Right now, we’re doing enough to make sure those guys are still involved in the offense but at the same time not overloading them with information.

“It is a different system for both those guys, especially the two guys that played the most. We have pulled back how much we’re doing with those guys. We really loaded them up in the spring. We’ve cut it back a little bit. We’ll grow it as we go.”

To make this clear so there’s no misinterpretation: Landry isn’t a problem. He’s a solution on an offense that needs more of them. But Parker or Kenny Stills or someone – anyone! – has to develop into a consistent, 16-game, stretch-the-defense threat who gets enough opportunities and then capitalizes on them.

•  While Parker returned from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him for a week, seven players remained out: running back Kenyan Drake (hamstring), cornerbacks Xavien Howard (knee) and Chimdi Chekwa (thigh), linebacker Zach Vigil (back), defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (calf) and defensive ends Farrington Huguenin (ankle) and Dion Jordan (knee). Jordan, incidentally, has been cleared by the NFL to return to practice once he’s healthy, a source confirmed.

Tight end MarQueis Gray, who had been third on the initial depth chart at tight end, was carted off with a leg injury.

• Laremy Tunsil opened team drills as the starting left guard – the first time he has done that – with Dallas Thomas at right guard. In the past, Tunsil’s first-team left guard snaps had come later on during practice. But Tunsil returned to the second team later in practice, with Thomas and Billy Turner the first-team guards.

• Cornerback Byron Maxwell, on the fact Dolphins defensive backs have picked off very few passes during training camp: “They’re not throwing aggressive passes. That’s what it is. Give us some chances and you’ll see.”

Maxwell said: “Hopefully get Xavien Howard [back soon]. He will raise the level.”

• Gase on Jordan Phillips, who has been getting some first-team reps but has played more often than not with the second team: "The other night, for a guy that size, seeing him finish and running down the field and being disruptive, he did a great job in the scrimmage. That’s the biggest thing with young players is understanding you want to constantly keep putting good tape out there every day. It can’t be like great, great, I didn’t show up today. That’s when you get nervous as a coach, because that means on Sunday, who you getting?"

• Practice notables: Griff Whalen caught a well thrown ball from Tannehill in the end zone for Miami’s only touchdown in 11 on 11 drills. Bobby McCain was in coverage… Arian Foster fumbled on a run…

Defensive end Cleyon Laing body-slammed tight end Gabes Hughes after one contentious play… Fox analyst and former NFL star John Lynch and Dolphins great Zach Thomas were among those at practice…. Marshall Koehn was 6 for 6 on field goals (including a 59-yarder), but Andrew Franks still leads this competition… Jakeem Grant showed breathtaking speed (no surprise) when he turned the corner on a punt return.

• There were still too many sacks allowed. Cam Wake and Jordan Phillips had one on Tannehill. Andre Branch had another. So did Jordan Williams and Laing.

• Click here for more Dolphins nuggets from last night and a lot of UM buzz, including a nice gesture by a former Canes Heisman winner. And please follow me on Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV NOTE

For those college football fans who can't wait until Labor Day weekend, ESPN/ABC announced its marquee games for that opening weekend:

Sat, Sept 3

Noon

2016 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 18 Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston)

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

 

3:30 p.m.

No. 6 LSU vs. Wisconsin (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ABC

 

5:30 p.m.

2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 19 North Carolina (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

 

8 p.m.

No. 12 USC vs. No. 1 Alabama (AT&T Stadium,  Arlington, Texas)

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder

ABC

 

9 p.m.

No. 2 Clemson at Auburn

Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung

ESPN

Sun, Sept 4

7:30 p.m.

No. 9 Notre Dame at Texas

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

Mon, Sept 5

8 p.m.

2016 Camping World Kickoff: No. 14 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Florida State (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.)

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder

ESP

One other TV note: Fox (the over-the-air network, not the cable sports one) will carry Alex Rodriguez's final game when the Yankees play Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Friday.

HEAT PRESEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED TODAY

Oct. 4 at Washington Verizon Center, Washington, DC 7:00 PM  
Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO 7:30 PM  
Oct. 11 vs. Brooklyn AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL 7:30 PM Buy Tickets
Oct. 14 at San Antonio AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX 7:30 PM  
Oct. 15 vs. Minnesota KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY 7:30 PM  
Oct. 18 vs. Orlando AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL 7:30 PM Buy Tickets
Oct. 20 at Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC 7:00 PM  
Oct. 21 vs. Philadelphia AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL 7:30 PM

August 08, 2016

8 p.m. Monday: Dolphins, Gift from UM standout; Olympics; Lots of news from UM d-coordinator Diaz, plus Mark Richt and Blake James from UM football media day; 2 big UM oral commitments; UM NCAA investigation fallout

A few quick Monday night notes:

• Kudos to UM 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta for purchasing a Play Station 4 and Xbox One for UM's locker-room -- an enterainment diversion for the players.

Brad Kaaya offered that nugget today and Torretta confirmed it. Kaaya said Torretta sought his input before making the purchase; the two of them have a very good relationship.

• When the Dolphins signed Jermon Bushrod, they envisioned him as a starting guard. But then Miami drafted Laremy Tunsil, and Billy Turner continues to hold off Bushrod at right tackle.

Bushrod, who has never played guard in his life in a game, has said the adjustment is difficult, more so because he couldn't participate in team drills in May and June because of shoulder surgery.

“I’m sure it hasn’t been easy for him," Adam Gase said today. "Just being around him for the last year and some change, I’ve never heard him complain about anything. So I wouldn’t know. But I know being a left tackle for as long as he was, and then moving to the right side in that guard position, that’s got to be tough; because that’s a big change for him."

• May addition Jason Jones continues to impress on the defensive line.

"What he's done in training camp so far has been very impressive," Gase said. "How long he is and how physical he is and how he sets the edge and being able to go inside --- I think it’s a rare guy to get (as late as) we got him (in the offseason). I love what he brings to that group – being a veteran, being around, being in the system. He’s able to help those guys out as far as teaching them the right techniques.”

• On Jakeem Grant, Gase reiterated today: "With him, once again, we got to slow him down somehow, which is hard to do. The guy is fast. This’ll be a great test for him – whether it be the return game or at receiver – of consistently doing the right thing and being in the right spot. One thing I noticed today was when things break down, he seems to pop free. That guy in space is dangerous, and it’ll be fun to watch him play.”

• According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL cleared Dion Jordan to begin practicing (though he's still recovering from knee surgery).

• Though the Olympics on NBC have easily been the most-watched programming on prime time television through three nights, ratings are way down from the 2012 London Games, even though Rio coverage has been live.

The night 3 audience of 29.6 million viewers was well below the 36 million for the comparable night in London. But streaming on-line viewership is way up.

For the opening ceremonies, NBC averaged 26.5 million viewers, compared with 40.7 million in London.

 

LOTS OF UM BUZZ FROM D-COORDINATOR MANNY DIAZ

3 p.m.: Manny Diaz, in the past few months, has joined the list of best interview subjects in town, a list headlined by Pat Riley. Some highlights from his session today with me and a few others, including our Manny Navarro:

• I asked him if he has the talent to play the style defense he wants. "We have what we need to be a good defense. The question is do we have enough. Do we have the depth? Injuries are a part of football. We have some obvious inexperience at spots."

• I asked him what he feels confident that his defense will be able to do well.

"We will play the run well," he said. "And we will run [better on offense]. We are going to stop the run better on defense. We will not do it as well as we like, but we will run the ball better and stop the run better. The first point of improvement for this team is we have to run the ball better and stop the run better. That means we have to be a tougher, more physical team. 

"When we can pound the rock and stop the rock from being pounded on us, it’s going to get good around here."

• He said Corn Elder, Sheldrick Redwine and Adrian Colbert are UM's top three corners, in no particular order. He said no one has claimed the No. 4 job yet among Michael Jackson, Terrance Henley, Ryan Mayes and freshman Malek Young.

"Corn is playing at the highest level he has played at since I’ve been here. His urgency of his senior year is kicking in. Having Adrian Colbert, having the competition, is helping. He's in better condition."

He will have his corners play some man defense, more than in the past, but also depending on matchups and game situations. He also said UM, under Mark D'Onofrio, used its corners in man to man coverage more than the public perception.

• Though Rayshawn Jenkins and Jamal Carter figure to open games, Diaz said "we have three starters at safety," with Jaquan Johnson in that mix.

"What we are going to try to come to in the next week and a half is to identify who our best guys are in the back end. Are we going to want to go to nickel? What we want out of Jaquan is to keep pushing and be one of the best guys. He’s well built."

• He's confident in his top four defensive ends (Chad Thomas, AQM, Trent Harris, Demetrius Jackson) and plans to use at least four in every game.

"Chad knows he is in the best shape of his life," Diaz said. "That’s a big deal. In terms of the body fat he dropped, he is the best version of himself he has ever been. It’s a real confidence. He knows he can go harder in practice. He’s a big, strong, talented guy – but before we want him to become an All American, we would like him to become a really good defensive end."

Scott Patchan is making progress in his future from a torn ACL, but Diaz said the three freshmen defensive linemen "are all just swimming. We like them all. They've all done things to show why they’re here."

• At defensive tackle, Diaz said Richard McIntosh and Kendrick Norton have "nosed ahead" of the other three vets (Andrew Moten, Gerald Willis, Courtel Jenkins).

How good are his group of tackles?  "You still don’t know," he said. "It’s over simplistic to say good d-tackle play equals dominating run defense. You can give up running yards because your corner is a poor run defender. It’s hard to say."

Willis, the former Gator, "is stronger," Diaz said. "You can tell the gains he made in the weight room; he has an instinct for playing the position that’s hard to teach; he understands how to slip blocks and make plays. Being focused on his assignments. He has bought into our program and worked hard; all he needs to be is a serviceable college player, which he has never been." 

• How confident is he that Shaq Quarterman (the likely starter at middle linebacker) won't be overwhelmed going against a tough ACC team in a road game? 

"The way Shaq adapted quickly to the college process makes you hope he can adapt to the college game," Diaz said. "We go through a gauntlet of offenses that you go into the season that you see things you don’t see every day."

• Diaz said he's doing nothing different as far as practice reps to prepare for a potential suspension for Jermaine Grace (and AQM, for that matter, though he wasn't asked specifically about AQM and suspensions). UM hasn't ruled out a suspension for either.

Freshman Zach McCloud and Charles Perry are playing behind Grace at strongside linebacker. "Strongside linebacker is a different deal because that’s where you could go nickel – that’s why I say against the style of offense you’re playing," Diaz said. "Is your third linebacker better than your fifth defensive back?

"What McCloud has even over Jermaine is the range, the length. When you’re longer – the reach is longer. We’re playing our best dudes."

• Diaz expects Darrion Owens, coming off last year's major knee injury, eventually to challenge Mike Pinckney and Jamie Gordinier for the starting weakside linebacker job.

"Mike Pinckney has a great sense as a linebacker; he doesn’t over-complicate the game; he understands his reads and the game and makes it look very natural on the field, the way that he plays," Diaz said. "Some guys struggle when you teach them. Mike is very bright, listens to everything in the meeting room."

• Gordinier has been taking some first team reps with Pinckney dealing with a minor injury.

"He runs better than you would think," Diaz said. "Right now he is No. 1 at will linebacker; it complements him better with that spot and he had had a good first week. I told the linebackers, we need 6 who can play or 5 but [but if it's 5], someone is going to have to know more than one position."

• Thomas is UM's only five-star player left, but Diaz tells his players to throw their stars "into the trash" when they arrive.

• Diaz's players love his attacking defense, but Diaz insists "scheme is the least important" in performance on defense.

"We’re happy players have bought in – they need to execute what we’re doing and they understand part of the idea of our scheme is there are different ways to play zone and man concepts – your coverage depends on your rush."

        

UM AD BLAKE JAMES

A few notes from athletic director Blake James, who is speaking to the media with Mark Richt and players to follow:

• He said there's no resolution yet on the status of Al Quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace regarding the luxury car investigation. UM says neither will be at media day today.

• He said the indoor practice facility should be constructed by April 2018. An announcement will be coming soon on the lead donor. "We're finalizing some details."

• On a renovated/upgraded Dolphins Stadium (soon to get a corporate name, with Hard Rock International the front-runner): "I'm confident it will be one of the best in the country. To have a stadium of that level is something that's a real win for us."

• UM has sold more than 36,000 season tickets. That's up from 29,000 last season.

"I'm confident we'll have 40,000 season-ticket holders. We have less than 1000 seats left in the lower level."

• "Since we announced Mark's hiring, there's been a real wave of energy around the program. Seeing the increase in ticket sales and donations. From a football perspective, seeing Mark bring in a vision and instilling it into the program.... Talking to everyone around the building - all the people our student athletes talk to - Mark has done everything I could have asked for from my position and my beyond."

• James said he feels confident the stadium will be ready for the Sept. 3 opener against Florida A&M, though "we have a backup plan in place."

• James says he supports the proposal to play nine conference games instead of eight.

• He said: "We have as great a group of coaches as we've ever had."

• He noted UM was the only program with a football team in a bowl game, baseball team in the CWS and men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament. He also mentioned the athletic department graduation rate of 90 percent with a cumulative 3.0 great point average and seven Olympians competing at the Olympics this month. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MARK RICHT

• What has pleased him through four days of camp? Richt said the defensive back play has been much improved.

• On Shaquille Quarterman: "He did come here at midyear. Got here in January. Was able to participate in spring ball. He's a true freshman but he has heard from coach Diaz how to play linebacker the same amount of time as the other linebackers in the program. Everyone was brand new to coach Diaz. It was a good year to be a mid-year because you get the same head start as a three-year starter. He works hard, he studies, he behaves. He has gained the respect of our team.

Sometimes when a freshman comes into a starting role, it's tough to swallow [for some veterans if the freshman seems entitled, which Quarterman isn't].... When he comes in with a humble spirit and works his tail off and physically gets the job done, they're embracing the guy."

•On his son, QB coach Jon Richt: "To have Jon working with us in the QB room is good. He understands I'm running the meetings, I'm running the process of how we think. I want him to really understand how I teach. He re-inforces how I teach. He's more up to speed on every little detail of the run game than I am. His experience with the Buffalo Bills, he was working with tight ends and learned a lot about run game. They were very good at running the ball. He got exposed to a lot of good stuff. Also nice to have his wife in and our one and only granddaughter."

• On the team overall: "The guys that are still here, which is most of them, they're hungry to have success, not only as an individual but as a team. They are doing a good job trusting me and our strength staff. They are trusting us to guide them the right way. They are trying like mad to do it the way we are asking them to do it. To see how we're going about our business, it's like night and day. We are so much more ahead than we were the last day of spring. The effort and attitude has been great."

• Do you pass to run or run to pass? "We are going to be very serious about running the ball. If a team wants to play cover 2, you better be able to run the ball. I've had times we haven't had enough of a running game where they've dropped eight into coverage. If you can run the ball and they can respect that and put one of those safeties in the box, then all of a sudden you create much better coverages for your quarterback to throw against. You have more one-on-one coverage.... We will run some one-back runs and some two-back runs."

• Richt said he wants three scrimmages with live tackling before the season starts.

 

OTHER UM NEWS

 • UM got an oral commitment today from two quality local players: Columbus cornerback Trajan Bandy (a four-star player rated No. 12 among all 2017 corners by Rivals.com) and three-star West Palm Beach Oxbridge defensive end Jonathan Garvin.

• Please click on the last post for a ton more UM news, including details on their defensive line. "We are going to penetrate," Richt vowed.

NCAA FALLOUT

One other note: According to an 18-page Florida Bar document that I obtained over the weekend, The Florida Bar has recommended a 91-day suspension for Maria Elena Perez, Nevin Shapiro's lawyer. The Bar says Perez, 44, violated ethics standards, largely for her conduct during UM's NCAA investigation into UM.

"I recommend that Respondent be found guilty of misconduct justifying disciplinary measures," the bar said in the document.

The NCAA says it erred by paying her $18,000 to help set up NCAA interviews with people who would implicate UM.

The Florida Bar filing asserted that Perez is guilty of violating eight ethical rules including lack of candor, failure to disclose key facts and making false statements. Besides the suspension from practicing law, the Bar filing recommends that Perez pay more than $4,000 in costs of the investigation.

Shapiro is serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme and is currently imprisoned in a New Jersey facility. UM's three-year probation ends in October.

Check back throughout the day.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

 

August 07, 2016

9 a.m. Monday Dolphins roster news and hoops announcement coming today; Exploring UM's front seven on defense and Kuligowski's potential impact; Dolphins, Marlins, Heat chatter

9 a.m. Monday Dolphins news: The Ifo Ekpre-Olomu experiment ended at Dolphins camp this morning when they waived a player once considered a potential first-round talent before a devastating knee injury.

According to NFL Network, Olomu tore his other ACL in practice when his cleat got stuck in the turf in the Dolphins indoor facility.

In his place, Miami signed veteran corner Al Louis Jean, who played nine games for the Bears in 2014 and wasn't on an active roster last season.

Louis Jean, 6-1, spent a week on the Washington Redskins' practice squad during the 2015 postseason and then was signed to the Redskins' roster following the season before being waived on May 2, 2016. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Bears on June 2, 2014.

Ekpre-Olomu slid to the 7th round of the 2015 draft because of a devastating knee injury sustained before Oregon's bowl game. He spent last season on injured reserve with Cleveland, then was waived this spring.

The Dolphins snagged him off waivers and he practiced last week but never fully regained his speed after the knee injury -- which was evident when he was beaten easily by Rashawn Scott on one play last week.

Ekpre-Olomu and defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo said last week that they were encouraged by his progress. 

And then he sustained a second major knee injury over the weekend.

In the depth chart released by the Dolphins two hours before Ekpre-Olomu was cut, he was listed on the third-team at one corner spot behind Byron Maxwell and Bobby McCain and ahead of Rashaan Melvin.

With Xavien Howard not yet practicing after knee surgery, Tony Lippett was listed first team at the other cornerback spot, ahead of Chimdi Chekwa, Jordan Lucas, Lafayette Pitts and Brandon Harris.

• Chekwa missed practice today with a thigh injury. DeVante Parker (hamstring), Kenyan Drake (hamstring) and Earl Mitchell (calf) also remain out.... Mario Williams and Cam Wake were given a rest day.

• One other news item: The Orange Bowl will announce today that FSU will play Manhattan, and the Gators will play UNC-Charlotte, in its annual basketball classic at BB&T Center in Sunrise.

  

SUNDAY BUZZ COLUMN

 

You know when UM has a chance to return to past greatness? When it starts procuring and then developing the types of game-changing defensive linemen that were hallmarks of the glory years (Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland, Warren Sapp).

“I am not knocking any current player but I know the great Hurricane teams had a dominant defensive line,” ESPN analyst and Canes great Jonathan Vilma said.

But this is encouraging: Though there’s no clear-cut first-rounder on UM’s defensive line, the Hurricanes have substantial talent there and a position coach, Craig Kuligowski, who might finally be able to extract more from them than his predecessors did.

Remember that UM finished 107th among 128 FBS schools in run defense last season (allowing 210.5 yards per game), 96th in tackles for loss and 63rd in sacks --- which is unquestionably underachieving for a line with a handful of four- and five-star players.

Kuligowski is determined to change that.

“He's giving us better technique with our hands, coaching us better," defensive tackle Richard McIntosh said.

Kuligowski coached 10 All-conference linemen at Missouri over the past six seasons and helped develop four first-rounders since 2009: Ziggy Hood, Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson and Shane Ray.

“There’s no better [d-line coach] in America,” Richt said.

What’s more, Missouri was No. 2 in tackles for loss last season.

“All these kids want to play in the NFL and be developed to play in the NFL,” Kuligowski said. “I am fortunate enough to have a track record. I will develop you. I’ve done it to these huge list of guys. All you need to do is buy in.”

Besides improved teaching, the defensive line also should benefit from a change in approach – a move from a 3-4 to a 4-3; a more attacking style; less read and react, and less two gap (which requires defensive linemen to line head up against an offensive lineman and assume responsibility for the gaps on either side.).

Al-Quadin Muhammad said the new approach “will be beneficial to everyone.” And he said he appreciates that Kuligowski “takes time to coach each individual.”

McIntosh put it this way: “You're not out there second guessing. Once you see something, you're going. A lot more thinking, a lot more assignments, in the old system.”

McIntosh said he sometimes forgets and finds “myself standing at the line” – something the former staff asked of defensive tackles at times. The new style is the opposite, calling for the tackles to attack.

Kendrick Norton said he’s no longer confused because of the change in coaching staffs.

Kuligowski is pushing hard to get more from Chad Thomas, the only remaining five-star player on UM’s roster. Thomas was more highly-regarded than Joey Bosa coming out of a South Florida high school.

But in his first two seasons, Bosa (now with the San Diego Chargers) had 21 sacks and 35 tackles for loss at Ohio State, while Thomas had one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss in far less playing time.

“I expect a lot more from myself,” Thomas said this summer, adding that he expects to start opposite Muhammad. “I’ve made a couple plays but I’ve got to make a lot more. I love the defense. Makes me feel like I’m in high school again.”

Thomas has dropped from 16 to 11 percent body fat “and that helps tremendously. I’m coming off faster, using my power.”

He said Kuligowski “worked with me on my technical game, paying attention to the small things that make a big difference. I’m working on my [pass] rush moves and being relentless. Every time I touch the field I'm a better player. I can use more of my instincts, getting off the ball more [quickly in this defense].

“My mind probably wanders off sometimes; you get tired, your technique falls [off] a little bit. Coach Kul doesn’t want that to happen to me.”

Kuligowski said Thomas can be “very special. Chad has got a high ceiling. Hopefully between me and him, we'll get him there. Being great at the little things in terms of technique, being precise, having a great get-off, which is what I work on with all these guys.

“Hopefully, by the time the season comes around, he'll be better at it and we'll see some real results from him. He's got to get better; no question about it.”

Former UM player Tyriq McCord said former defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio used Thomas some in the interior, but “my understanding is they will use Chad strictly outside like in high school.”

And there’s plenty of talent around him.

Among defensive ends, Muhammad, who is coming off a five-sack season, was the No. 49 player and No. 3 weakside defensive end in the 2013 class. He expects to thrive in a defense that relies more on instincts.

“He’s going to have double-digit sacks this year,” McCord predicts. But AQM remains at risk of suspension amid a luxury car rental investigation.

Emerging Trent Harris rejected a scholarship offer from Alabama and four-star Demetrius Jackson, the No. 17 strong side defensive end in 2015, came on in the spring.

“Demetrius Jackson has done a good job,” Kuligowski said. “He has some really good talents as a pass-rusher. Al-Quadin Muhammad has kind of started to take that leadership role a little bit. His motor is better than it was. He doesn't stop. He's aggressive. All good pass rushers have a fantastic motor, and his is getting better and better.”

There’s no five-star stud at defensive tackle, but there is talent: Norton, rated by ESPN as the 168th best player in the 2015 class; McIntosh, who has thrived since moving from defensive end (a smart move by Kuligowski), Anthony Moten (rated by Rivals as the 110th best player in the 2014 class), Gerald Willis (the UF transfer who was Rivals’ No. 83 overall prospect in 2014) and former three-star prospect Courtel Jenkins.

McIntosh and Norton began camp with the starters.

Meanwhile, Willis has dropped his body fat from 30 to 20 percent and said he’s in the best shape of his life.

“As a group, not one guy as a standout,” Kuligowski said earlier this offseason. “Maybe by the end of the year we'll know if there's one standout guy. We plan on using all their talents. They've been pretty close. One guy does this better, one guy does that better. I don't think one guy has been a Superman.”

Yes, this defensive line needs another Sapp-like talent. But there’s enough talent that this group should be much better than it was under the previous staff.

And Kuligowski appears to the man to push them to reach their potential.

“Coach Kool’s message to the team is just, ‘Get to the ball and get to the quarterback,’” Willis said. “It’s happiness to my ears.”

• For UM recruiting news and lot more Hurricanes tidbits from this weekend, please click here.

 

CHATTER

• Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert, not complacent after a Pro Bowl season and knowing he will fighting for his job every year beginning next year, said he lost 25 pounds this offseason and it has helped his “knees and joints” feel lighter.

How driven was he?

“I created my own gym in my garage, bought a Stairmaster and Elliptical. I hopped on the Stairmaster 45 minutes after every workout in the morning and at night.”

Albert appreciated that Adam Gase called him, after the Dolphins drafted Laremy Tunsil, to tell him he would stay at left tackle. “It was a great sign of respect,” Albert said.  “I still strive to be the best tackle in football. I still believe I can. I am the left tackle on this team and when it’s time for me to go, it’s time for me to go.”

• Though the knee surgery was a setback, Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum told ESPN Radio West Palm that Dion Jordan has returned with a “terrific attitude and we’re looking forward to having him back on the field.”

But the Dolphins must decide whether he starts the regular season on NFI, which would sideline him six games.

They especially value him on special teams: “He excelled in that area; he was a force,” special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said Friday.

• While raving about Byron Maxwell, defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo noted before Saturday’s scrimmage that he hasn’t been beaten on a deep ball in drills since April.

• Defensive tackle Chris Jones, the former Patriots starter who missed last season because of an injury, has made an impression in his push for a roster spot.

"The guy flies around," Gase said. "The way he comes off the ball, whether he's just basically striking a guard or having to penetrate a gap, the guy is 100 percent effort all the time. His ability to run sideline-to-sideline is pretty impressive for a guy that's in the interior defensive line."

• Though the Marlins haven’t made an offer to impending free agent Martin Prado, a team source expects they will make one after the season (instead of automatically moving Derek Dietrich to third) because of how well Prado has hit (.323, third in National League), how much he’s valued as a respected voice in their clubhouse and because Don Mattingly loves him.

Mattingly said he doesn’t need a third baseman with power (Prado has five homers) because “I want teams that can hit. Put the ball in play.”

• Loser in the Heat’s Dion Waiters signing? Wayne Ellington, who potentially goes from Miami’s starting shooting guard to No. 5 guard behind Waiters, Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson.

Minutes could open if Chris Bosh isn’t cleared to play, which would possibly mean Justise Winslow playing more at power forward and perhaps Ellington or Richardson at small forward. (Pat Riley has said a decision on Bosh's status won't be made until later in the summer.)

But Ellington must play better defense; he allowed players to shoot 47.1 percent against him (by comparison, Dragic was at 40.3) – much worse than those players shot overall (43.3).

• Dragic, incidentally, is heeding Pat Riley’s orders to come back in better shape. He has been working out hard with the Slovenian national team and on his own, according to an associate.... Here's a proven scorer who we're told would welcome a trade to the Heat, though it seems unlikely at this point.

• For comprehensive Olympic TV listings detailing exactly what event is on what channel today and for the next week, please click here.

Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

August 06, 2016

Saturday 3 p.m. UM, Marlins, Heat and Dolphins notes; Your Olympic TV primer: What's on, who's on and where to watch everything that interests you

Some UM, Marlins, Heat and Dolphins notes on a Saturday afternoon:

• I was at the Dolphins' well-run high school media day today (near their Davie facility at Nova Southeastern) and I'll have a lot of nuggets in the coming days. Among those:

One of UM's targets, Columbus cornerback Trajan Bandy, said UM is unquestionably his front-runner and he wants to meet with Mark Richt in the next couple of weeks. Bandy is a high-priority for UM at a need position; he is rated the No. 12 cornerback and the 128th-best player overall in the 2017 class. He also has been considering South Carolina and TCU.

Another player who has UM as his front-runner: Carol City linebacker De'Andre Wilder, though some in his family would like to see him go away for college.

Check back in the coming days for more.

• Meanwhile, at UM, offensive line coach Stacy Searels was the assistant made available to the media today and echoed the same theme he expressed from the spring: UM needs better depth on its line.

"We're thin," he said. "We're thin right now. If you don't have Nick Linder and Sunny Odogwu, we'd be paper-thin." So far, Odogwu has been running with the starters at right tackle, ahead of Tyree St. Louis.

• The Adrian Colbert/Sheldrick Redwine battle to start opposite Corn Elder should be super-competitive.  "He's taking on a leadership role," Redwine said of Colbert. "He's been getting our young guys right, getting everybody right." If Colbert starts on the boundary, Redwine has a chance to be the first-team nickel.

Considering cornerback has been a concern, this was encouraging from Mark Richt today: "The defensive backs played, I thought, exceptionally well, with the ball in the air. There were some outstanding balls in the air that were broken up, and some really good-looking picks. I couldn't even tell you who got them, because I'm going to the next play. I'm not looking at the [jersey] number to see who got it. Overall, I thought the defensive backs really had a nice day with the ball in the air, and competing physically too.”

• Left guard KC McDermott explained why the offensive line will be better:

"You guys could see last year and obviously a lot of fans saw last year and made it well known that we did not look like a fit offensive line," McDermott said. "I can admit it, I was 320 pounds, was really bad, did not look good at all. Once coach Richt came in here and hired a nutritionist (Kyle Bellamy) we really realized how important it was to take care of our body. We all took a nutrition class during the spring, really understood what it really meant to take care of our bodies. And what we've done as an offensive line, we've looked out for each other - eat the right things, we've gone to the grocery store [Trader Joe's and Publix] together to make sure we're buying the right foods to eat, right snacks to eat during the day. It's improved - you can see in our body types. Our body fat has gone down, our muscle has gone up and that was the whole focus of the offseason was to make sure we maintain our weights but our body fat goes down and our muscular mass goes up."

• The Marlins bolstered their bullpen today by acquiring lefty Hunter Cervenka from Atlanta for two prospects: infielder Anfernee Seymour and left-handed pitcher Michael Mader.

Cervenka, in his first big-league season, has been effective, with a 1-0 record and 3.18 ERA in 50 games.

He has allowed only 20 hits in 34 innings but also has walked 23 while striking out 35. He is holding batters to a .175 average, 10th among National League relievers. And left-handed hitters are batting just .145 off him.

"Both are legitimate prospects," ESPN analyst and former Nationals GM Jim Bowden said. "Seymour has stolen 76 bases over his first 193 professional games. [The] Marlins are making strong effort to get to post-season but paying a price from farm system to do it."

Seymour was batting 2.52 with 31 steals at low-level Class A Greensboro. Mader was 7-6 with a 3.50 ERA as a starter at high-level Class A Jupiter.

• The Marlins had to go to the last resort of putting David Phelps back in their rotation (and he pitched well Friday night in Colorado) because Jose Urena bombed in his last start and Justin Nicolino has allowed 14 runs in his last 16 innings at Triple A. Don’t bemoan trading Jarred Cosart, though; he walked six in 3 1/3 in his first Padres start.

• Look for the Marlins to be awarded first-round World Baseball Classic games in 2017.

• According to an associate, the Heat is among teams that very much appeal to Sacramento forward Rudy Gay, who has been available in trades. But Miami likely lacks the tradable assets to acquire him if it wanted to and his $14.2 million player option for 2017-18 is worrisome. Players signed this month in free agency cannot be traded until Dec. 15.

• According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers will become the first team to give a workout to former UM star tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., who is trying to make a comeback. Winslow's camp hoped the Dolphins would be willing to look at him, but Miami apparently hasn't been to this point.

Winslow, 33, hasn't played since catching 31 passes for the Jets in 2013.

• Jakeem Grant's hands and ability to catch the ball have drawn criticism from at least one local media member, but Adam Gase says this has not been an issue.

"He’s been great as far as consistently catching the ball," Gase said. "I know he keeps working on that. I love the fact that he can catch every ball in practice (and) I always see him trying to catch balls (after practice). He’ll try to hit the jugs machine. He’s constantly working which, when you get a rookie player in there, you hope every guy is like that. That they don’t feel like they’ve arrived. They’re thinking ‘Okay, how can I make sure that I’m on this roster when we hit Seattle.’ So I feel like he’s really pushing himself and he’s trying to do extra all the time."

Grant had nine dropped passes at Texas Tech last season but caught 90 for 1268 yards.

 

FROM EARLIER SATURDAY

Two quick things before our Olympic TV primer:

1) If you are here for on-field news, please click here for 20 Dolphins nuggets from Friday (and come back Saturday afternoon for more on-field news on our teams).

2) Please click here for full listings showing what channel to find everything at the Olympics over the first week of the Games.

 

OLYMPICS TV PRIMER

Every Olympics on NBC inevitably establishes a new record for volume and breadth of coverage, and this year’s numbers for the Rio Games are both staggering and unprecedented: 6755 hours over 11 platforms.

And more good news: Most of the prime time programming on NBC will be live, though the Opening Ceremony will be on one-hour delay.

Of those 6755 hours, 4500 will be available on NBCOlympics.com for authenticated pay TV subscribers. The remaining 2200-plus hours will be available on NBC, seven cable networks and two specialty channels.

“If my memory is correct, in Atlanta [at the 1996 Summer Games], there were about 170, 175 hours of coverage, and we thought that was a heck of a lot and so did America!” said Bob Costas, who will be hosting a prime-time Olympics show for the record 11th time.

As usual, NBC will mix competition with tear-jerking athlete profiles.

“There was a time when there was some validity to the critique that some of the athlete profiles were a bit over the top -- too much hearts and flowers, too many violin strings,” Costas said.  “ I think at one time [former NBC Sports chairman] Dick Ebersol, after we kind of saw the light, joked that we have now taken asthma  off the list of potentially fatal diseases.

“But when you watch these athlete profiles, you'll see that the vast majority of them are designed just to familiarize you with these athletes. A lot of them are quirky. A lot of them are funny. A lot of them are designed to give you a better idea of what he or she is about.”

A primer on what to expect:

• NBC’s 260.5 hours of coverage begins with the Opening Ceremonies on Friday and will include heavy doses of swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, and the men’s and women’s basketball finals. Those are the Olympics that typically draw the most eyeballs.

On most days, NBC will air coverage from 8 p.m. to midnight, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 12:35 a.m. to 1:35 a.m., with a replay from 1:35 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

• NBC Sports Net will air 330 hours, with 16 hours on most days (8 a.m. to midnight). At least 20 sports will be showcased, including a lot of U.S. women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball.

• Bravo offers 94.5 hours of tennis-dominated fare. For each of the first five days, Bravo will televise Olympic tennis for more than 12 hours, from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. The final four days will each feature eight hours of coverage, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• CNBC’s 42 hours feature elimination-round basketball and volleyball, plus archery, beach volleyball, cycling, rugby, water polo, wrestling and others sports. CNBC’s coverage will air from 5 to 8 p.m. weekdays, after the network’s financial programming ends.

• MSNBC will carry 78.5 hours, including men’s basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, and water polo, among other sports. On 10 of the 15 days, MSNBC will air Olympic programming from noon to 5 p.m.

• USA Network has 110.5 hours of programming, mostly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with a focus on men’s basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, rowing, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo and more.

• With golf returning to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century, Golf Channel will carry 115 hours, including the men’s tournament (Aug. 11-14) and the women’s tournament (Aug. 17).

• Telemundo and NBC Universo will present 273.5 hours, the most extensive Olympic coverage in the history of U.S. Spanish-language television, and 100 hours more than London in 2012. Among the highlights: coverage of the Mexican men’s soccer team, which will be defending the gold medal it won at the 2012 Olympics.

Both networks will weave in features focusing on Olympic athletes from Latin America and the United States. Famed soccer announcer Andres Cantor will be among NBC’s hosts.

• NBC will offer specialty channels for basketball and soccer, with 779 hours of content. They will be available through cable, satellite and telco providers.

• NBC’s streaming digital coverage will so be comprehensive, NBC executive Gary Zenkel said, that “we expect consumption of the Olympics to soar throughout that period on both our Web and mobile apps. These are optimized for viewing. So whether it's the core fan of a sport, it's there every second.

“If you like tennis, you can watch three courts at one time. And then if you're just away from your television and you want to catch what's on NBCSN, it's there as well. It still amazes me that 6,700 hours is right here if you have a cable subscription. We will put all of the video streaming mobilely on the NBC Sports app.”

Brian Roberts, CEO of NBC parent company Comcast, noted that “there will be up to 41 live streams, every athlete every moment that you'll be able to choose from.”

• What’s more, NBC will distribute “4K Ultra HD” coverage to cable, satellite, telco providers, and other partners. The 83 hours will be made available on one-day delay and will include 4K UHD footage from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men’s soccer final, and judo. It promises ultra-high resolution that is roughly four times that of current HD.

• Comcast’s Roberts said delivering more than 6700 hours is “a laboratory for what's the future of television. And so we looked at the 6,700 hours not with trepidation but with excitement. …It's like watching every NFL football game since 2008. It's kind of impossible to do in 17 days.”

ANNOUNCER CHANGES

 Several notable changes to NBC’s lineup:

• Mike Tirico, who left ESPN earlier this summer, will one of NBC’s afternoon hosts, along with Al Michaels and Dan Patrick.

• Ryan Seacrest, host of Fox’s American Idol, will be permitted to work for NBC as its late-night Olympic host. He was a special correspondent for NBC at the 2012 Olympics. Mary Carrillo, NBC’s late-night host in 2012, will serve as a correspondent on these Olympics.

• Nastia Liukin replaces Elfi Schlegel as the co-gymnastics analyst, with Tim Daggett, alongside Al Trautwig. Schlegel was quite capable, but adding Liukin (a 2008 Olympic gold medalist) appears an attempt to become more contemporary.

OTHER ANNOUNCING ASSIGNMENTS

Marv Albert (on loan from TNT) and Doug Collins (on loan from ABC/ESPN) will call the men’s basketball gold medal game…. Former star skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, who served up colorful, light-hearted reports and played off each other delightfully well at the 2012 Games, will again serve as correspondents…. Former Olympians Apollo Ohno and Tanith White and golf analyst David Feherty also will be NBC correspondents in Rio.

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Full TV schedule for first week of Olympics

OLYMPIC TV PROGRAMMING FOR WEEK 1 (FIRST NINE DAYS, OR 10 COUNTING OPENING CEREMONIES)

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 (DAY 0)

NBC

7:30 p.m. - Midnight

Opening Ceremony

TELEMUNDO

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Olympic Preview Special

NBC UNIVERSO

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Olympic Preview Special

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 (DAY 1)

NBC

8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Rowing – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

Men’s Cycling – Road Race (LIVE)

Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Croatia (LIVE)

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Cycling – Road Race (LIVE)

Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

2:30 p.m. -4:15 p.m.

Rowing – Qualifying Heats

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Gibb/Patterson (U.S.) vs. Jefferson/Cherif (Qatar) (LIVE)

4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Puerto Rico (LIVE)

8 p.m. - Midnight

Men’s Gymnastics –Team Competition

Swimming (LIVE)

               Men’s 400m Individual Medley – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 400m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 400m Individual Medley – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 100m Butterfly – Semifinals

               Men’s 100m Breaststroke – Semifinals

               Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal Final

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Walsh Jennings/Ross (U.S.) vs. Artacho Del Solar/Laird (Australia) (LIVE)

12:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Men’s Gymnastics –Team Competition

1:30 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Men’s Archery – Team Round of 16 (LIVE)

Women’s Shooting – 10m Air Rifle Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Rugby – U.S. vs. Fiji (LIVE)

Women’s Rugby – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Australia vs. France (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Men’s Water Polo – Spain vs. Italy

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. China (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Judo – Gold Medal Finals

Women’s Weightlifting – 48kg Gold Medal Final

9 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Soccer – Brazil vs. Sweden (LIVE)

Table Tennis – Singles First and Second Rounds

Boxing – Elimination Matches

MSNBC

Noon – 2:15 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Women’s Handball – Norway vs. Brazil

2:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Table Tennis – Singles First Round

Men’s Archery – Team Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

USA

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Equestrian – Eventing, Dressage

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Field Hockey – U.S. vs. Argentina (LIVE)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

6:30 p.m. -8 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Individual Epee Gold Medal Final

CNBC

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Rugby – U.S. vs. Colombia (LIVE)

Women’s Rugby – Preliminary Round

Women’s Soccer – Germany vs. Australia (LIVE)

BRAVO

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11 a.m. – 12;45 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Turkey vs. France (LIVE)

1:15 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Australia vs. France (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – China vs. Canada

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Australia vs. France Encore

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – China vs. U.S. (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Australia

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Venezuela vs. Serbia (LIVE)

11:15 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Women’s Basketball – Belarus vs. Japan

SOCCER SPECIALTY CHANNEL

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Canada vs. Zimbabwe (LIVE)

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Russia vs. China (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Germany vs. Australia

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Brazil vs. Sweden (LIVE)

11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Women’s Soccer – Colombia vs. New Zealand

TELEMUNDO

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies Recap

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Volleyball

Swimming – Qualifying Heats

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Volleyball

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Basketball

Boxing – Elimination Matches

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 (DAY 2)

NBC

10 a.m. – Noon

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Fendrick/Sweat (U.S.) vs. Kolosinska/Brzostek (Poland) (LIVE)

Rowing – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

Women’s Cycling – Road Race (LIVE)

Noon – 3 p.m.

Women’s Cycling – Road Race (LIVE)

Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Qualifying (LIVE)

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Dalhausser/Lucena (U.S.) vs. Naceur/Belhaj (Tunisia) (LIVE)

4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Canada (LIVE)

7 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Diving – Springboard Synchronized Final

Women’s Gymnastics – Team Competition

Swimming (LIVE)

               Women’s 100m Butterfly – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 200m Freestyle – Semifinals

               Women’s 100m Backstroke – Semifinals

               Men’s 100m Breaststroke – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 400m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 100m Backstroke – Semifinals

               Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal Final

12:35 a.m. - 1:35 a.m.

Women’s Gymnastics – Team Competition

1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Women’s Archery – Team Round of 16

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Senegal (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Germany vs. South Korea (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Archery – Team Gold Medal Final

Men’s Basketball – Croatia vs. Spain (LIVE)

8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Weightlifting – Gold Medal Finals

Table Tennis – Singles Second and Third Rounds

9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Brazil vs. Iraq (LIVE)

11 p.m. – Midnight

Judo – Gold Medal Finals

Boxing – Elimination Matches

MSNBC

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Men’s Fencing – Individual Foil Quarterfinals

Men’s Handball – Croatia vs. Qatar (LIVE)

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Men’s Fencing – Individual Foil Semifinals and Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Equestrian – Eventing, Dressage

USA

Noon – 2 p.m.

Women’s Rugby – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Men’s Volleyball – France vs. Italy

CNBC

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Women’s Rugby – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

Men’s Soccer – Argentina vs. Algeria (LIVE)

Women’s Shooting – Trap Gold Medal Final

BRAVO

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Senegal (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Serbia vs. Spain

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Senegal Encore

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Croatia vs. Spain (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Australia vs. Brazil

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Nigeria vs. Argentina (LIVE)

11:15 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Women’s Basketball – France vs. Belarus  

SOCCER SPECIALTY CHANNEL

Noon – 2 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Fiji vs. Mexico (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Fiji vs. Mexico Encore

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Germany vs. South Korea (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Argentina vs. Algeria (LIVE)

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Sweden vs. Nigeria

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Brazil vs. Iraq (LIVE)

11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Men’s Soccer – Honduras vs. Portugal

12:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Men’s Soccer – Denmark vs. Russia

2 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Men’s Soccer – Japan vs. Colombia

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Boxing – Elimination Matches

11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Fiji vs. Mexico

Men’s Soccer – Honduras vs. Portugal

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Swimming – Qualifying Heats

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Argentina vs. Algeria (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Soccer – Japan vs. Colombia (LIVE)

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 (DAY 3)

NBC

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Rowing – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Spain (LIVE)

Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Qualifying (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Netherlands (LIVE)

3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Gibb/Patterson (U.S.) vs. Huber/Seidl (Austria) (LIVE)

Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Qualifying

8 p.m. - Midnight

Men’s Diving – Platform Synchronized Gold Medal Final

Men’s Gymnastics – Team Gold Medal Finals

Swimming (LIVE)

               Women’s 200m Freestyle – Semifinals

               Men’s 200m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 100m Backstroke – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 100m Backstroke – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 200m Butterfly – Semifinals

               Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Semifinals

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Walsh Jennings/Ross (U.S.) vs. Wang/Yue (China) (LIVE)

12:35 - 1:35 a.m.

Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Qualifying

1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Women’s Field Hockey – U.S. vs. Australia (LIVE)

Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Round of 32

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Spain (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Quarterfinals

Women’s Rugby – Semifinals (LIVE)

Table Tennis – Singles Third Round

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Archery – Individual Eliminations

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Venezuela (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – Croatia vs. Montenegro (LIVE)

Weightlifting – Gold Medal Finals

9:30 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Volleyball – Brazil vs. Argentina (LIVE)

Boxing – Elimination Matches

USA

9 a.m. – Noon

Equestrian – Eventing, Cross Country (LIVE)

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Equestrian – Eventing, Cross Country (LIVE)

Table Tennis – Singles Third Round

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Women’s Handball – Spain vs. Romania

MSNBC

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Women’s Volleyball – China vs. Italy

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Serbia vs. Australia (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Shooting – Trap Gold Medal Final

Judo – Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Sailing

CNBC

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – Hungary vs. Australia

Women’s Rugby – Bronze Medal and Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Table Tennis – Singles Fourth Round

GOLF CHANNEL

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

BRAVO

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Spain vs. U.S. (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Serbia vs. Australia (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Serbia vs. Canada

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Spain vs. U.S.

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Venezuela (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Japan vs. Brazil

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Nigeria vs. Argentina (LIVE)

11:15 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Women’s Basketball – Senegal vs. China

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

News Recap

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Boxing – Elimination Matches

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Basketball

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Basketball

Boxing – Elimination Matches

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 (DAY 4)

NBC

10 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Dalhausser/Lucena (U.S.) vs. Virgen/Ontiveros (Mexico) (LIVE)

Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Spain (LIVE)

Noon – 2 p.m.

Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

Rowing – Semifinals and Quarterfinals

2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Italy (LIVE)

3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Fendrick/Sweat (U.S.) vs. Larissa/Talita (Brazil) (LIVE)

Men’s Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Gold Medal Final

8 p.m. - Midnight

Women’s Diving – Platform Synchronized Gold Medal Final

Women’s Gymnastics – Team Gold Medal Final

Swimming (LIVE)

               Men’s 100m Freestyle – Semifinals

               Women’s 200m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 200m Butterfly – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 200m Butterfly – Semifinals

               Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Semifinals

               Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal Final

12:35 a.m. - 1:35 a.m.

Women’s Gymnastics – Team Gold Medal Final

Men’s Rugby – Preliminary Round

1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Men’s Rugby – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Spain vs. Brazil (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Germany vs. Canada (LIVE)

Archery – Individual Eliminations (LIVE)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – U.S. vs. Colombia (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Judo – Gold Medal Finals

Weightlifting – Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Table Tennis – Quarterfinals

9:30 p.m. – Midnight

Men’s Volleyball – Brazil vs. Canada (LIVE)

Boxing – Elimination Matches

USA

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Equestrian – Eventing, Team Jumping Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – Russia vs. Argentina

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Equestrian – Eventing, Individual Jumping Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Women’s Table Tennis – Quarterfinal

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Men’s Rugby – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

MSNBC

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Archery – Individual Eliminations

Women’s Water Polo – Russia vs. Australia

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Table Tennis – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

Men’s Handball – Germany vs. Poland

Sailing

CNBC

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Men’s Rugby – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

GOLF CHANNEL

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

BRAVO

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Australia vs. France (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Spain vs. Brazil (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Spain vs. Brazil Encore

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Belarus

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Lithuania vs. Nigeria (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Turkey vs. Japan

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Croatia (LIVE)

SOCCER SPECIALTY CHANNEL

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Germany vs. Canada (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Australia vs. Zimbabwe

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Colombia vs. U.S. (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – New Zealand vs. France

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Russia vs. Brazil (LIVE)

11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Women’s Soccer – Australia vs. Zimbabwe Encore

12:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Women’s Soccer – New Zealand vs. France Encore

2 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Women’s Soccer – China vs. Sweden

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

News Recap

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Boxing – Elimination Matches

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Basketball

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Volleyball

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Colombia vs. U.S. (LIVE)

 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 (DAY 5)

NBC

10 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Gibb/Patterson (U.S.) vs. Herrera/Gavira (Spain) (LIVE)

Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

Noon – 2 p.m.

Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Serbia (LIVE)

3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Women’s Cycling – Road Race Time Trial

Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Gold Medal Final

Rowing – Gold Medal Finals

8 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Walsh Jennings/Ross (U.S.) vs. Forrer/Verge-Depre (Switzerland) (LIVE)

Swimming (LIVE)

               Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 100m Freestyle – Semifinals

               Men’s 200m Backstroke – Semifinals

               Women’s 200m Butterfly – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 100m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Semifinals

               Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Semifinals

               Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal Final

Men’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final

12:35 a.m. - 1:35 a.m.

Men’s Diving – Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final

1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Women’s Cycling – Road Race Time Trial (LIVE)

9 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Cycling – Road Race Time Trial (LIVE)

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Argentina vs. Honduras (LIVE)

Men’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Qualifying

2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Serbia (LIVE)

4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Field Hockey – U.S. vs. Japan (LIVE)

Women’s Table Tennis – Singles Semifinals

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Australia (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Gold Medal Final

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Denmark vs. Brazil (LIVE)

11 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Table Tennis – Singles Final

USA

9 a.m. - Noon

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Women’s Handball – Brazil vs. Spain

Archery – Individual Eliminations (LIVE)

Noon – 1 p.m.

Men’s Rugby – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Serbia vs. France (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Men’s Shooting – Double Trap Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Rugby – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

MSNBC

Noon – 3 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Men’s Water Polo – Montenegro vs. Italy

Women’s Table Tennis – Singles Semifinal

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Mexico (LIVE)

CNBC

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Men’s Rugby – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

Archery – Individual Eliminations

Women’s Fencing – Individual Foil Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Sailing

GOLF CHANNEL

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

BRAVO

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – China vs. Spain (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – China vs. Spain Encore

2:30 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Serbia (LIVE)

4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Serbia vs. France

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Australia vs. U.S. (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Senegal vs. Canada

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Venezuela vs. China (LIVE)

SOCCER SPECIALTY CHANNEL

Noon – 2 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Argentina vs. Honduras (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Algeria vs. Portugal

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Mexico (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Germany vs. Fiji

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Japan vs. Sweden (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Colombia vs. Nigeria

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Denmark vs. Brazil (LIVE)

11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Men’s Soccer – Algeria vs. Portugal Encore

12:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Men’s Soccer – Germany vs. Fiji Encore

2 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Men’s Soccer – Colombia vs. Nigeria Encore

3:30 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Men’s Soccer – Russia vs. Iraq

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

News Recap

Men’s Soccer – Argentina vs. Honduras

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Boxing –Elimination Matches

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Mexico (LIVE)

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Mexico (LIVE)

Boxing – Elimination Matches

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Soccer – Colombia vs. Nigeria

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Denmark vs. Brazil

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 (DAY 6)

NBC

10 a.m. – Noon

Rowing – Semifinals and Gold Medal Finals

Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. China (LIVE)

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Fendrick/Sweat (U.S.) vs. TBA (Russia) (LIVE)

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Dalhausser/Lucena (U.S.) vs. Nicolai/Lupo (Italy) (LIVE)

Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Gold Medal Finals

8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Women’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final

Swimming (LIVE)

               Men’s 50m Freestyle – Semifinals

               Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 200m Backstroke – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 200m Backstroke – Semifinals

               Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 100m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 100m Butterfly – Semifinals

12:35 a.m. - 1:35 a.m.

Women’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final

Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Gold Medal Final

1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Women’s Archery – Individuals Eliminations

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Team Epee Quarterfinals (LIVE)

Women’s Judo – 78kg Elimination Round

Women’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Rugby – Semifinals (LIVE)

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Women’s Judo – 78kg Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Men’s Rugby – Bronze Medal and Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Field Hockey – U.S. vs. India (LIVE)

8 p.m. – Midnight

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Table Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Men’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Brazil (LIVE)

Women’s Shooting – Rifle, Three Positions Finals

USA

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Women’s Water Polo – Italy vs. Australia

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Men’s Table Tennis – Singles Semifinals

Badminton – Preliminary Round

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Croatia (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Badminton – Preliminary Round

Men’s Handball – Brazil vs. Germany

MSNBC

Noon - 2 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE)

Women’s Water Polo – Spain vs. Hungary  

2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – Poland vs. Argentina (LIVE)

3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Equestrian – Team Dressage Qualifying

Sailing

CNBC

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Team Epee Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Cycling – Track Gold Medal Final

GOLF CHANNEL

5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 1st Round (LIVE)

9 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Golf – 1st Round (LIVE)

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Golf – 1st Round (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 1st Round Encore

BRAVO

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Belarus vs. Turkey (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Croatia (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Croatia Encore

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – France vs. Brazil

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Nigeria vs. Spain (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Japan vs. Australia

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Lithuania vs. Argentina (LIVE)

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

News Recap

Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round

Boxing – Elimination Matches

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Basketball

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Volleyball

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Basketball

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 (DAY 7)

NBC

10 a.m. – Noon

Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE)

Women’s 10k – Gold Medal Final

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16 (LIVE)

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

Rowing – Gold Medal Finals

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Italy (LIVE)

Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds

8 p.m. – Midnight

Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE)

               Women’s Shot Put – Gold Medal Final

Swimming (LIVE)

               Women’s 200m Backstroke – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 100m Butterfly – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 800m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 50m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 50m Freestyle – Semifinals

Women’s Diving – Springboard Qualifying (LIVE)

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Round of 16

12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m.

Swimming – Semifinals

Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds

1:35 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

8 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Archery – Individual Round of 16 (LIVE)

Track & Field – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)

               Women’s 10k – Gold Medal Final

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Canada (LIVE)

4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Serbia (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Men’s Fencing – Team Foil Gold Medal Final

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

11 p.m. – Midnight

Weightlifting – Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Boxing – Quarterfinals and Semifinals

USA

9 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Men’s Archery – Individual Round of 16 (LIVE)

Men’s Fencing – Team Foil Quarterfinals (LIVE)

10:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Montenegro (LIVE)

12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Men’s Fencing – Team Foil Semifinals (LIVE)

Women’s Volleyball – China vs. Serbia

MSNBC

Noon - 3 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16

Women’s Handball – Sweden vs. Netherlands

Women’s Shooting – Skeet Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

CNBC

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Women’s Trampoline – Gold Medal Final

Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

GOLF CHANNEL

5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 2nd Round (LIVE)

9 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Golf – 2nd Round (LIVE)

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Golf – 2nd Round (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 2nd Round Encore

BRAVO

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Serbia vs. China (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Serbia vs. China Encore

2;30 p.m. – 4;15 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Canada vs. U.S.

4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – China vs. Australia

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Serbia (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Spain vs. Senegal

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – France vs. Venezuela (LIVE)

SOCCER SPECIALTY CHANNEL

Noon – 2 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #1 (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #1 Encore

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #2 (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #2 Encore

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #3 (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #3 Encore

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #4 (LIVE)

11 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #4 Encore

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

News Recap

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16

Boxing – Elimination Matches

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Basketball

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

TBA

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Serbia

Boxing – Elimination Matches

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 (DAY 8)

NBC

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE)

               Men’s Discus – Gold Medal Final

Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Hungary (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16 (LIVE)

Rowing – Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Trampoline – Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

8 p.m. – Midnight

Track & Field (LIVE)

               Men’s Long Jump – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 10k – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 100m – Semifinals and Final

               Women’s Heptathlon

Swimming (LIVE)

               Women’s 50m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final

               Women’s 4x100m Medley Relays – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 4x100m Medley Relays – Gold Medal Final

Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinals

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16 (LIVE)

12:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Track & Field – Semifinals

1:35 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

8 a.m. – Noon

Women’s Fencing – Team Sabre Round of 16 (LIVE)

Track & Field (LIVE)

               Men’s Discus – Gold Medal Final

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

Men’s Shooting – Skeet Gold Medal Final

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Spain vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

Men’s Weightlifting – 94kg Gold Medal Final

Men’s Shooting – Pistol Gold Medal Final

9 p.m. – Midnight

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Shooting – Pistol Gold Medal Final

MSNBC

9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Team Sabre Quarterfinals (LIVE)

Women’s Water Polo – China vs. Spain

Women’s Water Polo – Russia vs. Italy

Women’s Table Tennis – Team Quarterfinal

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Badminton – Preliminary Round

Men’s Shooting – Skeet Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Team Sabre Bronze and Gold Medal (LIVE)

Sailing

USA

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16 (LIVE)

Men’s Handball – Slovenia vs. Germany

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Brazil (LIVE)

CNBC

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Field Hockey – U.S. vs. Great Britain (LIVE)

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

GOLF CHANNEL

5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round (LIVE)

9 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round (LIVE)

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round Encore

BRAVO

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Australia vs. Belarus (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Brazil (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Brazil Encore

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Turkey vs. Brazil

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Spain vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Japan vs. France

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Croatia vs. Nigeria (LIVE)

SOCCER SPECIALTY CHANNEL

Noon – 2 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #1 (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #1 Encore

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #2 (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #2 Encore

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #3 (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #3 Encore

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal #4 (LIVE)

11 p.m. – Midnight

Men’s Soccer – Game of the Day

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

News Recap

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball – Round of 16

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal

Boxing - Elimination Matches

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 (DAY 9)

NBC

8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Women’s Track & Field – Marathon (LIVE)

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. China (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Equestrian – Individual Jumping Qualifying

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Italy (LIVE)

Synchronized Swimming – Duet Qualifying

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. China (LIVE)

7 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Diving – Springboard Gold Medal Final

Track & Field (LIVE)

               Women’s Triple Jump – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 400m – Gold Medal Final

               Men’s 100m – Gold Medal Final

Gymnastics – Individual Event Gold Medal Finals

               Men’s Floor

               Women’s Vault

               Men’s Pommel Horse

               Women’s Bars

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m.

Gymnastics – Individual Event Gold Medal Finals

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinals

1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Wrestling – Greco-Roman Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Women’s Weightlifting – +75kg Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – Brazil vs. Hungary (LIVE)

Boxing – Elimination Matches

9:30 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Volleyball – Brazil vs. Russia (LIVE)

Badminton – Preliminary Round

USA

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Women’s Volleyball – Serbia vs. Netherlands (LIVE)

Badminton – Preliminary Round

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wrestling – Greco-Roman Qualifying (LIVE)

Men’s Shooting – Men’s Rifle, Three Positions Final (LIVE)

MSNBC

1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – Australia vs. Greece (LIVE)

Women’s Handball – Montenegro vs. Brazil

3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Table Tennis – Team Quarterfinals

Sailing – Gold Medal Finals

CNBC

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Women’s Handball – Norway vs. Romania

Men’s Field Hockey – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

Badminton – Preliminary Round

GOLF CHANNEL

5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

9 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

11 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Men’s Golf – Final Round Encore

BRAVO

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – China vs. U.S. (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France Encore

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Senegal vs. Serbia

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Australia vs. Venezuela (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Spain vs. Canada

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Serbia vs. China (LIVE)

11:15 p.m. – 12:15 a.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France Encore

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

News Recap

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Basketball

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinal

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Midnight – 2 a.m.

TBA

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Volleyball

August 05, 2016

Friday report: 20 nuggets from Practice 7 of Dolphins camp, including return job, CB battle, LB issues and more

Privately, the Dolphins would love if 5-7 rookie jitterbug Jakeem Grant can seize both the punt and kickoff return jobs, allowing them to reduce Jarvis Landry’s workload.

The Dolphins know Grant is quick, fast and elusive. What they don’t know yet is whether he will be prone to missteps with ball control or drops. They also don’t quite know how he will fare returning punts, considering he never did that at Texas Tech.

“He’s had days he hasn’t dropped any and a couple days where he’s dropped one or two,” special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said. “It’s not for lack of work. He catches punts before practice, during practice, after practice. The guy is really putting the work in.

“He definitely is ahead of where I thought he would be, for a guy who didn’t return punts in college. He’s his own worst critic. We’re anxious to get to next Friday in live action [at the New York Giants].”

As far as ball security goes with Grant, Rizzi said: “Those guys that are elusive, fast guys --- I’m not just talking about Jakeem, I’m talking about a blanket statement --- sometimes tend to get careless with the ball. We’re going to make that a major emphasis.”

But Grant’s speed and ability to quickly change directions excite the coaches.  “I know what he can do with the ball in his hand,” Rizzi said. “He’s proven it in practice…. I am not going to be surprised by anything.”

On returns, the Dolphins also are working running back Kenyan Drake and receivers Griff Whalen and AJ Cruz on return drills, but Cruz is a long shot to make the team and Whalen is very much on the bubble.

“All those guys are going to get a look in preseason,” Rizzi said. “Jarvis is not in the mix in practice because we know he’s a proven guy.”

Landry has been an effective returner so far in his career, with a 27.1 return average on 47 kickoffs and a 9.2 average and one touchdown on 61 punt returns. Conversely, Grant had a 24.9 average and four touchdowns on 87 kickoff returns at Texas Tech and did not have any punt returns.

• Grant had nine drops last season as a receiver at Texas Tech but Gase said “he’s been great as far as consistently catching the ball.”

• Drake, who sustained seven injuries in four years at Alabama, pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury after a long run late in Friday’s practice. Drake also pulled a hamstring late in minicamp.

Meanwhile, receiver DeVante Parker missed a third consecutive practice with a hamstring injury.  Running back Isaiah Pead (hamstring) remains out.

• Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sat out with a minor back issue, but the Dolphins don’t consider it serious and don’t believe it would have kept him out of a game.

• Running back Jay Ajayi returned after missing three practices with a knee injury, but Gase said he’s not 100 percent. He split first-team reps with Arian Foster.

• The Dolphins gave a rest day to defensive end Jason Jones, left tackle Branden Albert and linebacker Kiko Alonso. Laremy Tunsil started at left tackle in Albert’s absence and was beaten by Cameron Wake for a sack.

James Michael Johnson started at middle linebacker in Alonso’s absence, and linebackers coach Matt Burke said “JMJ has done a great job. He prepares better than anybody in the room.”

The Dolphins remain unsure how long Zach Vigil will be out with a back injury, leaving Michael-Johnson, Neville Hewitt, Spencer Paysinger and Mike Hull as the top backups.

So who’s the team’s fourth best linebacker? Burke initially deferred, then said Paysinger: “Every good team I’ve been on has that guy.  Knows all the linebacker positions. As a coach, that’s like heaven for a guy you can trust.”

Burke said Hewitt “flashes” but “he’s got to be more consistent.”

Burke said this year’s group of undrafted linebackers --- James Burgess, Tyler Gray, Akil Blount – are inconsistent.

“They flash some things where you say they’re kind of turning the corner,” Burke said. “And then they have an error. They’ve all had their moments. And all had times where I want to choke them to the ground.”

• Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo said the first-team nickel corner job would be determined largely by performance in preseason. Bobby McCain and Michael Thomas are battling for the job, with Thomas also pushing Isa Abdul-Quddus at safety.

• Chimdi Chekwa opened with the starters ahead of Tony Lippett before departing with a sprained leg. Jordan Lucas said he left with a soft tissue issue with his leg but would be fine for Saturday’s practice. So cornerback remains a problem.

• Cornerbacks were beaten repeatedly in one-on-one drills with receivers. Griff Whalen beat McCain on a deep ball from Moore; Kenny Stills beat Rashaan Melvin on a deep ball from Tannehill; and Reshawn Scott toasted Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on a Tannehill throw.

• Defensive end Terrence Fede worked at defensive tackle with the second team. To make the 53, he would need to beat out Chris Jones or beat out Chris McCain and hope that Dion Jordan begins the season on NFI, sidelining him for six games.

• Drake looked very good, as a runner and receiver, before the hamstring injury. He could really help on third downs. But he’s got to stay healthy.

• Andrew Franks is still leading the competition for the kicker job and I suspect he would have to really tank to be at risk of losing this battle with Marshall Koehn.

• Andre Branch beat Ja’Wuan James for a sack. There were more pass protection issues today."

Defensive line coach Terrell Williams said Branch “is a guy that's a speed guy. He's got some edge rush ability. 

• Defensive end Jordan Williams picked off Matt Moore on a zone blitz. Also, Brandon Doughty was intercepted by Burgess after a pass bounced off Matt Hazel.

• Byron Maxwell had a nice pass breakup. Anarumo and the other coaches have been very impressed with him.

• Defensive line coach Williams offered this soliloquy on defense when asked if there is a gap in the middle of a Wide 9 defense, which Miami will use:

"There is no big gap. Here's something - and listen, you can report it or write it, whatever you guys want - I think sometimes when people watch football, especially on TV, they see things that aren't necessarily true. We know exactly what we're seeing, and there is no big gaps in the middle. The only difference between playing a 9-technique and a 6-technique - which means you're head up on a tight end - is one guy is a little bit wider, and now they just switched gaps.

“The off-the-ball linebacker now has the inside gap; the other guy has the outside gap. The Wide 9, there's no big deal about it. We just want our guys to play fast. You look at 'Wash's' (Jim Washburn's) history playing this defense - which he has done a good job (with) - they've played great run defense. It's not what people think. It's kind of an illusion a little bit. I hear about the Wide 9 and stopping the run. In (Ndamukong) Suh's last year in Detroit, they were in the top five in the history of pro football in run defense. You can stop the run, it's just about attitude. I don't care if it's 3-4 (defense), Wide 9, 6-2,  whatever it is, it's just about who's lining up and kicking the guy's butt in front of them."

Williams said the Wide 9  “gives them some angles as far as pass rushing, but it also gives them some angles in the run game as far as coming off and being physical with tight ends and tackles. We have the personnel to run that defense, and it's smart for us to do what our personnel is capable of doing."

• Williams offered this prediction: “I don't think we're going to have any problems stopping the outside runs. We're out there playing with guys that are big, physical guys, so they're forcing everything inside. We shouldn't have any problems stopping outside runs."

• Though Anarumo lost his defensive coordinator job, he said he was very happy he could return to his old job coaching defensive backs.

He said as soon as Xavien Howard returns from knee surgery – sometime in August -  “he’s going to get thrown into the fire. in the spring, he led us in interceptions. That’s stuff that just doesn’t happen. He’s a guy that has a knack for making plays on the ball. As soon as doctors clear, he’ll play.”

And compete for starting job right away? “Absolutely.”

• Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said defensive lineman Jason Jones "has been a nice surprise as an edge-setter, as an inside rusher."

Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

August 04, 2016

Lots and lots of chatter and personnel news from Day 1 of Hurricanes practice and Day 6 of Dolphins practice; More Heat schedule news

UM’s first training camp under Mark Richt opened with much fanfare Thursday, and here's an updated look at where each position stands:

• Starting running back: Mark Walton exited spring as the front-runner to start, but Joe Yearby – who has dropped his body fat from 16 to 9 percent – will get a chance to compete.

"I don't get tired any more like I used to," Yearby said. "In order to run the offense, we've got to move faster, stay in shape and condition. I'm more in shape."

The Hurricanes split first-team reps between Walton and Yearby on Thursday, with Gus Edwards and speedy freshman Travis Homer on the second team, according to Edwards.

Edwards said he has dropped six or so pounds and is now at 230.

• Starting receiver job alongside Stacy Coley. Braxton Berrios figures to start in the slot when UM opens with three receivers and has made himself into an effective receiver on the boundary, too. Freshman Ahmmon Richards got a lot of work with the first team Thursday, with Dayall Harris and Darrell Langham also getting some reps.

"Ahmmon’s a little further ahead [of fellow freshman Sam Bruce] because he’s been here a little longer,” Richt said. “He’s doing a really good job knowing what to do. Sam’s a little behind because he hasn’t been here as long, and we’re trying to get him to learn a couple spots, flanker and the Y – the slot. He’s got a little more to learn, so he’s trying to learn it. I think they’ve got talent. They’ve got some great physical speed. Their ball skills, they’re still learning, but they caught the ball well today.”

• Tight end: David Njoku and Chris Herndon played with the starters when UM went to two tight-end sets. Standish Dobard had a good summer, Richt said, but he has ground to make up. UM believes Dobard should be their best blocking tight end but isn’t consistent enough doing it.

A coach wasn't pleased with how Michael Irvin Jr. ran a route today, but he's an eager learner. He has the edge in the battle for the No. 4 tight end job.

• Backup quarterback: Evan Shirreffs should have the edge if he follows a solid spring with a strong August. Incumbent Malik Rosier struggled this spring, and Shirreffs fits the Richt mold better, in terms of size (6-5 to Rosier’s 6-1) and having the mentality of looking to throw first instead of running. Shirreffs said he, Rosier, freshman Jack Allison and Vinny Testaverde Jr. split second-team snaps Thursday.

• Offensive line: The first team, as expected, Thursday included tackles Trevor Darling and Sunny Odogwu, center Nick Linder and guards Danny Isidora and Kc McDermott. Tyree St. Louis will challenge Odogwu at right tackle.

• Fullback: Richt raved about Mars Hill transfer Marquez Williams, a 280-pounder “who moves well.”

Richt said if you look up fullback in the dictionary, you would see Williams. He impressed us with his ability to catch out of the backfield today.

It’s clearly his job to lose.

• Linebacker: Two freshmen opened with the first team Thursday: very likely starter Shaquille Quarterman in the middle, and Mike Pinckney at weakside.

"I see them as veterans," Richt said of Quarterman and Pinckney. “They went through spring ball, which is huge,” Richt said. “They’ve had as much experience in this defense as anyone on the team because we were brand-new in the spring. It’s an advantage to be a midyear enrollee this particular year with the new staff.”

Darrion Owens, back after knee surgery, could challenge Pinckney eventually. He was with the second team and third team today.

Jermaine Grace is the clear-cut starter at strongside, unless he’s suspended in an ongoing luxury car investigation.

Don't discount the third impressive freshman linebacker (Zach McCloud); he was with the second team at weakside linebacker today. "McCloud will be fighting for a starting job, too," Richt said.

Jamie Gordinier, Charles Perry and Mike Smith also got some second team work.

• Defensive tackles. Richard McIntosh, who has made a smooth transition from end, had a strong spring and opened with the starters, alongside Kendrick Norton. Anthony Moten and Gerald Willis played with the second team before Willis limped off late.

• Defensive ends: Chad Thomas and Al-Quadin Muhammad opened as starters and should stay there, unless AQM is suspended amid the luxury car investigation.

Trent Harris and Demetrius Jackson (who impressed the staff with his pass-rush skills this spring) are clear-cut second-teamers.

Scott Patchan is working his way back from a torn ACL (he did some running Thursday), which creates an opportunity for freshmen Pat Bethel and Joseph Jackson.

• Cornerback: Sheldrick Redwine opened as the starter opposite Corn Elder, but watch out for Texas transfer Adrian Colbert, a former safety, who wants to start and picked off Brad Kaaya Thursday. “Colbert is real fast,” Kaaya said. "He can stay stride for stride with some our fastest guys."

Michael Jackson joined Colbert as the other second- team corner, according to Football Hotbed's Brandon Odoi, who sharply and quickly jotted down the second-team defense Thursday.

And UM also could land Alabama grad transfer Maurice Smith, whose preferred transfer to Georgia is being blocked by Nick Saban. UM believes it has a very good shot if Saban doesn't relent on the Georgia issue.

• Safety: Jamal Carter and Rayshawn Jenkins are the starters and UM likes their range but wants them to tackle better.

On the second team: impressive sophomore Jaquan Johnson and improved Robert Knowles.

DOLPHINS NUGGETS

•  For the first week of training camp, beleaguered veteran Dallas Thomas has opened practice as the starting left guard, ahead of first-round pick Laremy Tunsil, with Tunsil consistently getting some first-team work at left guard later in practice.

But why aren’t the Dolphins letting their ballyhooed first-round pick take the majority of snaps with the starters? Offensive line coach Chris Foerster on Thursday cited Thomas’ experience and knowledge, the staff’s desire to give Tunsil some snaps at left tackle, and other factors.

Foerster, asked about using Thomas over Tunsil, cited guys that have been here, guys that are doing better in drill work, guys that understand the offense better…. Dallas has been here and understands it a little better. But not that much better.

“Obviously, there’s a learning curve for everybody. At this point, we are letting Dallas roll, although Tunsil is taking some. A lot of it has to do with how we’re trying to get Laremy reps in other positions… If it’s a day we’re trying to get Tunsil more at left tackle, that affects everybody in the rotation.”

Foerster said Tunsil, who was a tackle at Mississippi, “is really doing a great job. Couldn’t be happier with his progress.”

And what impresses Foerster about Thomas?He’s a very athletic guy. He did a really nice job all offseason and has done a good job again.”

Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said he doesn’t know if Tunsil will start the Sept. 11 opener at Seattle.He’s going to be a really fine left tackle at whatever point, but there is a learning curve for him at guard,” Christensen said.

As for right guard, Foerster praised Billy Turner but declined to establish Turner – or anyone – as the frontrunner, though Turner has consistently received the most first-team work, ahead of Jermon Bushrod, who is transitioning from tackle to guard for the first time in his career.

“Billy is doing a great job,” Foerster said. “Jermon is going through the same thing as Tunsil is - moving inside. Bushrod is going to have to go through that little awkward stage of what’s going on, on the right side.”

Foerster said he has no sense of how long it will take chemistry to develop on his line.

If no clear-cut starter emerges at guard, there’s another option: Foerster said he often has rotated players at a position, where one takes “two series, another takes one until somebody establishes themselves. Sometimes that means neither guy is doing real well. Other times it means both guys are doing well.”

Foerster was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2004, which he recalled Tuesday as a “real catastrophic year. It was awful. All the hurricanes hit the state. I was in this building more when the power was off than when it was on that year. It was crazy with the hurricanes and the season with [Dave] Wannstedt in the middle of the season being [fired].”

• Quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree, who followed Gase from Denver to Chicago and now to Miami, said one emphasis with Ryan Tannehill has been getting the ball out more quickly.

“You loved the way he could drive the football,” Hardegree said. “The way this system is built, you should be able to take three steps and a quick hitch or no hitch and you should have the ball out. There are quick answers across the field.”

From an accuracy standpoint, is Tannehill where the Dolphins want him?

"Yeah,” Hardegree said, “but the three things we teach are accuracy, timing and decision making. The last one would be leadership.” He said the quarterbacks give themselves letter grades for their throws.

• Besides receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring), running backs Jay Ajayi (knee) and Isaiah Pead (hamstring) also sat out practice, along with linebacker Zach Vigil (back) and defensive ends Dion Jordan (knee) and Farrington Huguenin (ankle).

• Update on Dolphins battles: Cornerback Tony Lippett was back with the starters on Thursday after Chimdi Chekwa’s one-day audition with the starters on Tuesday… Bobby McCain and Michael Thomas are splitting first-team reps at nickel corner.

• Earl Mitchell has consistently played ahead of Jordan Phillips with the starters, and Adam Gase says that’s performance-based. But the fact Jason Jones this week has started ahead of Cameron Wake --- opposite Mario Williams --- is being done to limit Wake’s snaps.

• Safety AJ Hendy has been the most impressive of the undrafted rookies. Undrafted kicker Marshall Koehn was six for six on field goals today but still trails Andrew Franks.

• Gase said “I can’t wait to see” how quarterback Brandon Doughty “performs in preseason. He’s so calm; nothing rattles him.” Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said “he can do four things wrong and get a completion out of it.”

• The Dolphins believe Jordan Cameron must do a much better job on making contested catches than he did in 2015. “That something Jordan specifically is really working on,” tight ends coach Shane Day said.

• Coach Adam Gase said he is impressed with running back Kenyan Drake’s speed and “his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and run routes.” But playing time could be based partly on “how much can he handle in his first year.” Running backs coach Danny Barrett said Drake will be a “special teams demon.”

HEAT SCHEDULE NEWS

We reported early this morning that Dwyane Wade and the Bulls are scheduled to play the Heat on Nov. 10 in Miami. For more on that, click here. It will be the Bulls' only Miami visit this season.

We also confirmed today that the tentative NBA schedule (which has been circulated to teams and networks but is always subject to late changes) has Miami opening Oct. 26 at Orlando and hosting Charlotte on Oct. 28.