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Dolphins notes (Delmas, Pouncey, Brice McCain); Marlins, Heat, Canes

No long buzz column tonight because we’ve been enmeshed in three big projects that The Herald and I will roll out this summer, plus writing Garo Yepremian’s obituary.

But here are a few notes on a Saturday afternoon:

### From a health standpoint, one of the most impressive developments of this Dolphin offseason is how quickly safety Louis Delmas has rebounded from his torn ACL last December.

“I don't think Louis is human,” Miami's other starting safety, Reshad Jones, said at the Dolphins’ charity golf tournament Friday. “He's actually back running around like he never had surgery.  A couple guys have ACLs and they're rehabbing [Jones didn’t offer names but Branden Albert and Will Davis are among them].

"Louis is running, no limp, doing all the drills we're doing. He looks fine. We’ve got a good bond on and off the field. I like playing alongside of him.”

### Mike Pouncey, also at the charity events this weekend, talked about “the great vibe” in the building and how “excited” everyone is to see what Ndamokung Suh “is going to do to our team.”

On joining three ex-LSU players on the recent recruiting trip of La’el Collins, Pouncey said because NFL rules limited the team's involvement, “I made sure I took care of everything. I just wanted to try to get a player that was less fortunate to see what happened to him during the draft, someone that could really help our team tremendously."

Did he leave the meeting thinking the Dolphins would get him? "You know how recruiting goes. Nothing was promised to us. We said go out and make the decision on your own, do what's best for you and your family. The Cowboys are a good fit for him. I texted him after he signed with the Cowboys, was really happy for him.”

### Even though the Dolphins have said Brice McCain will be primarily a slot corner, he said he hasn’t been told and that he also is quite capable of playing on the boundary and he did that last season for Pittsburgh.

“I feel comfortable at both,” he said, emphasizing that he’s happy to do whatever is asked of him. McCain said his speed, jumping ability, instincts and awareness make him effective in the slot.

“I felt wanted when they pursued me and I'm glad they did because I really like the place. I see a bright future for this team,” he said.

There are three McCains on the team (Brice, rookie cornerback Bobby and second-year linebacker Chris), and Brice said coaches are avoiding confusion by referring to him as B-Mac, Chris as C-Mac and the rookie as simply “McCain.”

Brice McCain explained it this way:  "The youngest guy gets the McCain; he hasn't earned a nickname yet but once he does his [time], he will earn a nickname. Right now, he's plain old McCain.... This is the most McCains I've seen in my life in one area. It's pretty fun. All the McCains are hard workers. All the McCains will do good things this year.”

None are related, Brice said.

### McCain will join Olivier Vernon, Derrick Shelby, Jordan Kovacs, Damarr Aultman and Sam Brenner at a meet-and-greet from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday as part of a charity event at El Agave Asul at 7750 Nova Drive (Suite A2) in Davie. The event is to benefit Andrea Gelske, who has stage four breast cancer, according to South Florida sports agent David Canter, whose clients are attending the event.

Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 3 to 9 and includes the cost of food. Players will sign autographs if fans bring something for them to sign.

### It really is unacceptable for the Marlins to lose all five home games so far this season against the rebuilding Atlanta Braves, the latest setback coming today by a 5-3 score.

Mat Latos, who had pitched well recently, allowed five runs in three innings before leaving after being struck in the leg.

We mentioned this week that Tom Koehler’s success the first time through an opposing batting order (as opposed to the second and third time through) would suggest that he would be effective in the bullpen.

The Marlins also feel that way and are moving him there. He pitched three scoreless innings in relief today and Mike Redmond indicated he will pitch meaningful innings in relief.

Incidentally, Henderson Alvarez makes his return on Sunday.

### Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker (perhaps the best shooter in the draft) and Kansas small forward Kelly Oubre were among the players who met with the Heat the past few days during the NBA’s pre-draft camp. Both could be in the mix if the Heat keeps the 10th pick after Tuesday’s lottery.

Oubre told reporters that meeting Pat Riley “was great. He's another legend who has coached greats in the past. I listened to every single thing that he said. I asked him a couple of questions also, to see if I could pick his brain about a couple of things I might need to know about my future."

Oubre said he believes he can defend four positions and “my length is definitely something that can cause problems.” But his shooting needs work; he shot 44 percent from the field and 35.8 on threes (34-95).

If the Heat takes him, it must hope his shooting improves, as has happened with several freshmen who went pro (Bradley Beal, a more gifted shooter, is a prime example of that, having shot better for Washington this season than he did at Florida).

### What this UM baseball team is achieving is pretty remarkable: 12 wins in a row to close the season, most by in blowout fashion. Including today’s 17-4 shellacking of Georgia Tech, Miami has outscored opponents 170-21 in this winning streak.

UM's David Thompson has nine home runs over the 12 games.

If UM wins the ACC Tournament next weekend, it should secure a top-eight seed in the NCAA Tournament, which would mean hosting both weekends (presuming Miami wins the first weekend, which it couldn’t do last year at Mark Light).

UM finished 42-13, its best record since going 53-11 in 2008, which happened to be the last year it made the College World Series.

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