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Herro’s 21 points lead Heat past slumping Hawks, 115-91




ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Herro and other young Miami players are finding ways to keep the Heat winning without some of their biggest names.

Herro had 21 points and Miami scored the first 16 of the second half to break open a close game as the Heat capped a successful road trip by beating the Atlanta Hawks 115-91 on Wednesday night.

Herro added 11 assists to lead short-handed Miami’s balanced attack. Caleb Martin had 18 points and the Heat closed a 4-2 trip with three wins to remain among the Eastern Conference leaders.

Miami had six players on its inactive list, including top scorer Jimmy Butler, who missed his third consecutive game with a right ankle sprain.

“I think what this team has learned to do is just continue to have to find a way to win with different lineups and different people out,” said Duncan Robinson, who had 14 points.

“We’ve had to find different ways to win as well. I think it’s also showcased just our depth in general.”

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said his players haven’t used injuries and COVID-19 protocols as reasons they shouldn’t win.

“We’ve just been living in a world and a profession right now where there has just been an inordinate amount of moving parts and our guys have just handled it really well,” Spoelstra said. “I give them a lot of credit.”

John Collins led Atlanta with 16 points. Trae Young had 15.

The Hawks scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, cutting Miami’s lead to 88-75. Atlanta again pulled within 13 with about five minutes remaining, but Herro answered with a 3-pointer.

Miami’s Max Strus scored the first eight points of the second half, including two 3-pointers. After leading 56-51 at halftime, Miami extended the advantage to 72-51 with the 16-0 run. The Heat’s biggest lead was 75-53.

After matching its franchise record with 22 3-pointers in Saturday night’s 123-100 win at Phoenix, Miami delivered more long-distance shooting with 16 3s.

The Hawks (17-23) have lost three consecutive games and seven of nine. They began the night 12th in the East. Defense continues to be a constant weakness for coach Nate McMillan’s team, which led 27-21 after the first quarter.

“They do a good job of making you defend late into the shot clock and we just were not disciplined enough to defend late,” said McMillan, who was back on the bench after missing four games following a positive test for COVID-19.

“I thought we did a good job in the first quarter defending them. … You have to sustain that.”

After a 2-4 trip highlighted the team’s need for a turnaround one season after advancing to the Eastern Conference finals, the Hawks began a crucial stretch in which they play 10 of 12 games at home.

De’Andre Hunter scored 15 points for Atlanta, including 13 in the first half, in his return after missing two months following right wrist surgery.


Heat: C Dewayne Dedmon (left knee sprain) returned after missing seven games. … F Markieff Morris was held out after entering the health and safety protocols on Monday.

Hawks: C Clint Capela (left ankle sprain) and F Cam Reddish (right ankle sprain) were unavailable. … Capela ranks third in the NBA with 13.1 rebounds per game, and he left a void as Miami claimed a 54-37 advantage on the boards. … F Jalen Johnson was inactive after being recalled from the G League College Park Skyhawks. G Skylar Mays was transferred to College Park.


Heat center Omer Yurtseven had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The rookie has double-figure rebounds in 12 consecutive games, but couldn’t extend his streak of four games with at least 16 rebounds.


McMillan said “I’m better” in his return from the positive COVID-19 test.

“A few days ago there was a fatigue factor, a little cough, the symptoms everyone else is having,” McMillan said before the game. “I’m back and looking forward to getting to work here.”


Only two days after the season’s first meeting between the Southeast Division rivals, Miami returns home to host Atlanta on Friday night.

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Canes nab UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie




The Hurricanes add much-needed depth on the defensive line with the addition of UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie, who committed to UM Monday evening. He has two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

Moultrie finished the 2021 season with 55 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two sacks. His finale with the Blazers was especially productive, as Moultrie registered nine tackles and four tackles for loss in the Independence Bowl against No. 13 BYU.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound rising redshirt senior entered the transfer portal in late December and took an official visit to Miami on Jan. 11.

“On my visit to Miami they made it feel real fun,” Moultrie told the Miami Herald. “Everywhere we went, whoever we visited, it felt like home.”

“When we first got dropped off from breakfast at the hotel, all the coaches were standing by the dorms and began to applaud and cheer,” Moultrie continued. “They made me feel like a priority. Everything about Mario Cristobal and that staff is nice. That type of energy makes you want to play for coaches like that.”

A graduate of West Florida High School in 2016, Moultrie was ranked as the No. 61 player in Florida according to Max Preps. He then attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2017 before transferring to UAB.

Moultrie joins USC transfer Jacob Lichtenstein as the second defensive lineman to transfer to Miami this offseason.

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Miami International Ballet Competition Announces the Winners of its Fifth Edition




Founding Artistic Directors of the Miami International Ballet Competition, Vladimir Issaev and Yanis Pikieris are proud to announce the awarded dancers of their fifth edition. The event was hosted at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, from January 19 to January 23, 2022 and by virtue of the City of North Miami Beach, all competition rounds were free and open to the public.

MIBC awarded 10 individual participants and 2 ensembles with gold, silver and bronze medals and $10,000 in cash awards, as well as dance merchandise prizes sponsored by Russian Pointe, Capezio, Balletwear and DanceBuddy valued in more than $10,000. 

Additionally, awardees received about 80 international scholarships awards to important ballet schools in Europe, Asia and the United States, as well as scholarships to enter international ballet competitions in Asia and Europe, valued $68,000, approximately. 

For the Individual Category, the awarded dancers are as follows: Division 1 – 9 to 11 years old: Myla Goldberg, from Singapore (Cheng Ballet Academy) First Place – Gold Medal; Dana Chong, from Peru (Danzaria Escuela de Ballet) Second Place – Silver Medal; Emma Vallarino, from Panama (Ballet Academy by Maruja Herrera) Third Place – Bronze Medal. Division 2 – 12 to 14 years old: Fatima Bodden, from Panama (Conservatorio de Danzas Panamá) First Place – Silver Medal; Jacquelyn Ng, from USA (Dance Empire of Miami) Second Place – Silver Medal; Carol Navarro, from Panama (Ballet Academy by Maruja Herrera) Third Place – Silver Medal. Division 3 – 15 to 18 years old: Kyle Dyson, from USA (All American Classical Ballet School), First Place – Gold Medal; Marissa Mattingly, from USA (All American Classical Ballet School) Second Place – Gold Medal; Livia Childers, from USA (Ballet CNJ), Third Place – Silver Medal. Division 4 – 19 to 21 years old: Julieta Del Castillo, from Panama (Ballet Nacional de Panamá), First Place – Bronze Medal. For the Ensemble Category, the awarded dancers are as follows: First Division: Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet, Second Division: Miami Youth Ballet

Moreover, MIBC gave the Ewa Glowacka Award to Kylie Dyson, from Division 3; The Founders Directors’ Encouragement Award to Julieta Del Castillo, from Division 4; Best Choreographer Award to Michelle Chaviano, from USA (Ballet Elite Dance Studio); and the Best Ballet School Award to Steps Ballet School, from Panama.

All dancers and ensembles were be invited to perform at The Miami International Ballet Celebration, the closing gala performance that gave the event to an end.

The Miami International Ballet Competition will soon be announcing its dates for their international editions in Colombia, Paraguay, Denmark, and Hong Kong. 

This program was sponsored by the City of North Miami Beach, The State of Florida Department of State’s Division of Arts and Culture, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, South Dade Toyota and Kia. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @miamiibc.

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Florida Senate Bill Targets School Worker Shortages




TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A Senate bill that would require school districts to identify shortages of school employees such as bus drivers and food service workers and take steps to fill vacant positions was approved in its first committee hearing Tuesday.

The Senate Education Committee advanced the measure (SB 1576) in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

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Sen. Tina Polsky, a Boca Raton Democrat who sponsored the bill, said a scarcity of school staff in Florida isn’t a new phenomenon.

“These individuals work every day to support our classroom teachers and other instructional personnel with student learning. Florida was already facing a shortage prior to COVID, but the pandemic has exacerbated it,” Polsky said.

There were 2,457 fewer education support staff working in public schools during the 2020-21 school year compared to the previous year, according to a Senate staff analysis of the bill. School support staff also includes positions such as janitors, teacher aides, secretaries, and clerical workers.

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Under the proposal, school district superintendents would be tasked with making a list of “critical employment shortages,” which the legislation defines as support-staff positions with a vacancy rate of more than 20 percent. Staffing deficiencies of paraprofessionals, or school employees who work under direct supervision of instructional staff, also would have to be documented.

Once staffing shortages are identified, the bill would require districts to “fund incentives that will help retain and recruit personnel for critical shortages or hard to staff positions or worksites in support staff positions as appropriated” by the state Legislature.

Superintendents would be required to report to the Senate president and House speaker how such funds were used.

A similar House proposal (HB 1017) is awaiting committee action.

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