Dolphins open themselves up to Hard Knocks

Dolphins open themselves up to Hard Knocks

By Tom E. Curran

It's been a bleak offseason for the Miami Dolphins. Spurned and lampooned, the once-proud franchise is fighting for a toehold on the sheer face of Relevancy Mountain.

(What the hell does that mean?)

And what better way to create buzz than reality TV? The Dolphins will take the plunge.

This marks the first time that the series has featured a first-year head coach (Joe Philbin) and we are extremely grateful to both Coach Philbin and the entire organization for agreeing to participate. As always, there will be plenty on the line for veterans, free agents and rookies," HBO president Ken Hershman said in a statement. Said NFL Films president Steve Sabol, On the 40th anniversary of the greatest season in NFL history--Don Shulas perfect 72 Dolphins-- it is perfectly fitting that Hard Knocks is heading to Miami to capture the start of a new era for one of the leagues proudest teams, says NFL Films president Steve Sabol. After Hard Knocks hiatus last summer, I know our team at NFL Films cant wait to get back on the field.Featuring the Dolphins and - more specifically - Philbin (a Springfield native who went to Worcester Academy) means a delicate storyline will be in play. Philbin's son Michael died last January will Philbin was the Packers' offensive coordinator. Philbin has five other children and the family's move from Green Bay to Miami in the wake of such an incredible tragedy is something I've wondered about.
Knowing Sabol and the excellence of the Hard Knocks series, there's little doubt it will be well-presented with insight and respect.

WNBA: Jones' 23 points, 21 rebounds leads Sun past Chicago, 97-79

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WNBA: Jones' 23 points, 21 rebounds leads Sun past Chicago, 97-79

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 on Sunday night.

Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut (1-4), which won its first game of the season.

Kizer's jumper midway through the first quarter made it 14-13 and the Sun led the rest of the way. Jessica Breland hit two free throws to pull Chicago (1-5) within four with 4:37 left in the third, but Jones scored seven points during a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes and the Sky got no closer.

Tamera Young led Chicago with 17 points. She has at least one made 3-pointer in each of the last five games after going nearly five calendar years (June 23, 2011) since her last 3.