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Miami basketball loses heartbreaker at Florida State

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Jan 11, 2022; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

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In a game that was close throughout, RayQuan Evans of Florida State made two free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Seminoles a 65-64 victory over the Miami basketball team on Tuesday night. Charlie Moore put Miami in front 64-63 with seven seconds remaining with a three-point shot.

Moore led Miami with 20 points, Kameron McGusty had 17 and Isaiah Wong 10. Matthew Cleveland led Florida State with 17, Anthony Polite had 12 and Evans 11. Miami held the lead for 32:02 and Florida State 5:30 but the Seminoles earned the victory. Florida State plays at Miami on January 22.

Miami held a 29-28 lead at halftime. The Hurricanes nine-game win streak is over with the loss. The foul that Evans absorbed was questionable. Miami was outrebounded 37-25. McGusty led Miami with nine rebounds. Miami has improved their three-point defense holding Florida State to 6-20.

The first half was a game of runs. Miami opened the game 15-7. Florida State answered with an 11-0 run to take an 18-15 lead. Miami had a 10-2 run to surge back in front 25-20. Moore had 10 in the first half and Wong seven. Wong was not able to make his usual second-half impact against Florida State.

Miami remains alone in first place in the ACC despite the loss. The game at Florida State is the second in a tough stretch of games for Miami this month. Miami defeated Duke on Saturday and will begin a three-game homestand against North Carolina on January 18 followed by FSU and Virginia Tech.

The loss to Florida State was tough, but Miami has set a good foundation with the five-game winning streak to begin ACC Play. The Hurricanes just missed the Top 25 this week. They are likely to lose any votes that they had in this week’s poll when the new rankings ar released next Monday.

It’s too early for Miami to focus on that. The Hurricanes need to continue building their resume for an NCAA Tournament berth. Miami has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2018. Miami is currently 80th in the NCAA net rating that helps determine the NCAA Tournament berths and seeds.

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Florida Panthers Pregame: Barkov OK with not going to NHL All-Star Game

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Florida Panthers center Sasha Barkov said Thursday that he was OK with not being elected into the final spot on the upcoming NHL All-Star Game.

Barkov’s coach says the snub — he lost out in an online vote to Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos — shows that the old ‘underrated’ tag may still apply.

“I am OK with it,” Barkov said following Florida’s morning skate before Thursday’s game against the host Edmonton Oilers.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for me. It was nice to see and I got a lot of nice messages.”

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By not going to Vegas, Barkov and the rest of his Florida teammates — save, of course, for Jonathan Huberdeau — will have a nice little break from hockey.

The Panthers play their final game before Pause 2.0 on Feb. 1 in New York against the Rangers. Florida will not play again until Feb. 16 against the host Carolina Hurricanes on TNT.

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That time off should be good for Barkov and the rest of his teammates as they gear up for the postseason.

“It’s a good time to relax and stay at home with my family,” Barkov said. “They are all here so I get to stay here with them for a bit. I will relax, train, go to the beach, whatever. It is going to be a nice little break. And, of course, I will watch Huby in Vegas.”

As for not being voted in, Andrew Brunette said Barkov’s ‘underrated tag’ must still be applicable “if he didn’t get voted in.”

Brunette was named coach of the Atlantic Division team which consists of 11 players in a 3-on-3 tournament format. Each of the eight divisional teams have to at least one representative which makes openings tight.

The Lightning ended up with three players, Toronto two.

“It is hard to believe that we don’t have him in the All-Star Game,” Brunette said of Barkov, last season’s winner of the franchise’s first Selke Trophy.

“Nothing against the other guys, but it is hard with so many deserving players. But he is such a great player that nobody really … you hear everyone talk about it and then you get moments like this where he doesn’t get voted in. That underrated tag is still there and it’s not fair to him. He deserves a lot more credit.”

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Brunette said that Patric Hornqvist would miss Thursday’s game after leaving on Tuesday with an upper body injury.

”We are hoping it won’t be too long,” Brunette said.

Florida will have Owen Tippett back in the lineup as well as Maxim Mamin.

Mamin was put onto the taxi squad on Monday clear a roster spot.

“We’re trying to get more people into the lineup, (Mason Marchment) had not played so we wanted him in there,” Brunette said. “We have a lot of really good players which is fortunate for a coach. There’s going to have to be some selflessness on their part.

“We have to move players in-and-out and it isn’t always going to be fair or perfect. This is the situation we’re in and it’s just part of being on a really good team.”

Frank Vatrano will be Florida’s healthy scratch.

Sergei Bobrovsky will be back in net for the Panthers on Thursday night.

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Report: Chris Silva expected to sign another 10-day deal with Miami Heat

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  • Updated: January 20, 2022

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The Miami Heat will likely be keeping big man Chris Silva around for a while longer, as he is expected to sign another 10-day contract with the team.

Chris Silva’s 10-day contract expired following last night’s game. The expectation is Silva will sign a third 10-day contract with the Heat tomorrow to return as a COVID-19 replacement with Tyler Herro in protocols.

— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) January 20, 2022

Silva got his start with the Heat during the 2019-20 season. In that season, he played in 44 games and averaged 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He started the following season with Miami, but was traded to the Sacramento Kings prior to the trade deadline.

Silva found his way back to Miami earlier this season and has suited up in seven games so far. He’s averaging 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game. Though Silva plays a minor role in the Heat’s lineup, he has proven to have the toughness and determination that the team looks for in its players.

On top of that, the fact that he spent time with the Heat earlier in his NBA career has likely made it far easier for him to get up to speed on how things are currently done within the franchise.

The Heat have been on a rather dominant tear in their recent games. They’ve won six of their last seven games and are currently within striking distance of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Up next, the Heat will take on the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost five of their last seven games.

As for Silva, he will surely be happy to get another contract with the Heat. It will be interesting to see how much longer he remains in Miami as the season progresses.

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Jimmy Butler confirms logo for his upcoming signature shoe with Li-Ning

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  • Updated: January 20, 2022

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Jimmy Butler is one of the faces of the Chinese sports brand Li-Ning, and the logo that will appear on his signature shoe was recently confirmed.

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His signature shoe is set to debut this spring.

“The symbol, which is a symmetrical logo highlighting his ‘JB’ initials, incorporates angles inspired by a diamond, and elements tying back to Silver Wolves — a nickname from his personal trainer’s son to describe Butler’s close-knit group of friends,” Boardroom reported.

“Butler’s signature sneaker has been 18 months in the making. He first signed with Li-Ning in 2020, fresh off leading the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals in his first season with the franchise. At different points over the past year, Butler has teased the logo on accessories like coffee cups, and even incorporated it onto the tongue of player-exclusive colorways of Li-Ning team models.”

There’s no doubt that Butler is excited about the development. He spoke about recognizing the global appeal of the NBA when discussing the upcoming release.

“The NBA is truly a global game now and I am looking forward to connecting with my fans over in China,” he said. “Being able to expand my brand and build new relationships over in China is something I’m really excited about.”

Butler is having another All-Star caliber season this year, averaging 21.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He remains the clear leader for the Miami Heat and is a major reason why the team currently holds the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Fans in Miami and all over the world will surely be lining up to purchase a pair of Butler’s new signature shoes once they finally hit the shelves.

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