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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 179

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The Palm Beach Post SECTION C MSL INSIDE FOOTBALL Devil Rays sign Alvarez The left-hander signs a five-year, $35 million deal with expansion Tampa Bay. PAGE 2C. Davis says he's staying The Hurricanes coach says any rumor that he is leaving is an erroneous one. PAGE 5C. UNC coach Brown likely new Texas football coach Sources say the Tar Heels Mack Brown has been offqred the job and Brown is 'committed to coming to Texas.' PAGE 5C. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 SPORTS Team tells Phillips. Do or bye - -t 1 - A-' d'i ' phins' faster tempo, and must be iined up by the coaches until he learns the playbook. "Dan (Marino) is liable to make an audible on occasion," Johnson said. "If he makes one a play we ran a year-and-a-half ago, he (Phillips) may not know it." Many new Dolphins teammates don't know what to make of the hubbub. In front of cameras, they said only politically proper things about Phillips. You have to get good players when they're available, center Tim Ruddy said. Lawrence has paid his debts to society, cornerback Terrell Buckley said. No one can judge him yet, linebacker Derrick Rodgers said. Roosevelt Potts, a veteran of off-the-field problems himself, chatted with Phillips for 10 minutes at the latter's new locker. "I think Lawrence will do well ft . ' tf1 . i because Jimmy isn't the guy to hound you, to get in your face," said Potts, suspended a year for violating the NFL's drug policy. "You get a chance to grow up and be a man. Lawrence has a family here now with the Miami Dolphins, and we want him to be here." Potts said his four-week experience with the Dolphins differs greatly from his previous existence as a Colt. He cited the coaches' directness, and the players' warmth. "We want talent, as much talent as we can get," Potts said. "We need help at the running back spot. With Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Lawrence, we're going to have a hell of a running game. There are no arguments as to who gets the ball, because here you know you Please see D0LPHINS3C if The new Dolphins RB is welcomed with open arms and warnings that his stay is contingent on performance. By Ethan J. Skolnick Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DAVIE "Man," tackle Brent Smith mused, surveying the chaotic scene in the Miami Dolphins' locker room during the lunch break Wednesday, a scene including 40 media personnel. All. waiting on Lawrence Phillips, Jimmy Johnson's new "big back who can run fast." That back was asked whether he deserved a second chance. "A second chance?" Phillips repeated. "If this is a second chance, then I deserve it." That was his lengthiest response. Nothing he said "I'm All fired up Greg Stoda Phillips must live by J.J.'s commandment DAVIE There is nothing more to the signing of Lawrence i Phillips by the Miami Dolphins ! than this: Jimmy Johnson sees in i the dangerous and dangerous-; minded running back a potential reward well worth any potential I risk. ! Beyond that, for Johnson, i everything is inconsequential. ) As head coach and boss of all ; things in Fishland and, quite i frankly, because Johnson is I Johnson, he can pare the Phillips Experiment down to such raw ; form. Johnson has written the ! commandment that's singular, j as you'll soon understand ! Phillips must follow. j "There's one rule do i what's right and that ! encompasses a lot," Johnson said Wednesday afternoon near the Dolphins' practice field. "And I determine what's right and what's wrong." Don't bother concerning yourself with a debate about Phillips' behavioral problems. He frequently has demonstrated himself to be a bad guy. While at the University of Nebraska, Phillips was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay restitution for assaulting female Cornhuskers basketball player Kate McEwen, who happened to I be his ex-girlfriend. That episode j is only the ugliest in a litany of trouble in which Phillips has been j involved. , But he possesses a monstrous football talent, however unful-. filled, and that can buy a guy ; multiple NFL lives these days. The sports landscape is littered Jwith athletes of Phillips' ilk. It's 'more than a little distasteful, but 'not likely to change anytime soon. Nor did Phillips, in his first ; public statement as a Dolphin, 'appear to be filled with remorse 'about any of his past transgressions. He said, in fact, his criminal reputation has been greatly exaggerated. I "I'm not here to prove myself to anyone," Phillips said. "I don't Jread (what's written). I don't look at Jt. I don't try to sort out what's Urde and what isn't. If this is what 'you call a second chance, then, yeah, I deserve it." ' I You were expecting contrition? I Forget it. J -i Phillips was the sixth pick of the 1996 draft, but not even the ; downtrodden St. Louis Rams "could cope with him much beyond ;;a year and a half. Phillips was afforded every opportunity and all "of St. Louis head coach Dick Vermeil's trust this season, but the Rams ultimately became i I ,-. Please see ST0DA3C Heat barely late scare in S. LIONS SUNDAY'S GAME: Detroit at Miami, 8 p.m., Pro Player Stadium. TV: ESPN. just here to get the job done; they brought me here to help the running game, and that's what I'm here to do" was as compelling as the effect his entrance has on a team which has a critical game Sunday night against Detroit. Johnson said Phillips "probably won't even play Sunday, but he might." Phillips spent his first practice acclimating to the Dol Miami point guard Allen Iverson, had see HEAyC Wednesday's 94-90 - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Lawrence Phillips made his debut Wednesday at practice, spending most of it learning Miami's tempo and playbook. ; MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer We headed out in three boats: Butch Constable's 20-foot Lake & Bay skiff, Poveromo's 28-foot Mako and Greg Bogdan's 27-foot Conch. I rode with Constable, a veteran Jupiter guide, and guide Rufus Wakeman of Jensen Beach. Constable ran his skiff out Palm Beach Inlet and immediately headed north along the beach toward Jupiter Inlet. He slowed the boat just inside Jupiter Inlet to look for bait. After a few tosses of his small-mesh, 12-foot cast net, Constable's live well was black with hundreds of glass minnows, pilchards and other bait fish. Twenty-five years as a professional guide show in Constable's technique. Many anglers can catch bait, but few can catch it as quickly and gracefully as Constable. And unlike other anglers I've met, Constable talks very little and simply lets his performance speak for ft 7T ,'V JON KRALSpecial to The Post Tim Hardaway, guarded by 20 points and 1 1 assists in victory ovr the 76ers. ij hi Joe "Pepi" Urban fires up his jet engine-powered dragster Wednesday night Nationals, which were scheduled to conclude last weekend, had to be fin-at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens. Due to rain, the Citrus ished Wednesday. STORY, 2C survive 76ers' four-point win School of fishing experts catches on very quickly The writer set out to see how a group of guides fared on the water. He wasn't disappointed. Isaac Austin (28 points) and Eric Murdock (17) lead Miami Xoa big lead, then hold Philadelphia at bay. By Tom D'Angelo 'J'atm Beach Post Staff Writer j MIAMI The game started to look a Jot like Saturday when the Miami Heat 'blew a 17-point lead before the Phila 28 points, 20 in the first half: "We can't handle a lead." Although the 76ers never led, the game began taking on the characteristics of Saturday's loss to Milwaukee in the third quarter. The Heat built another double-digit lead (this time 13) before they started settling for long shots and turning over the ball. Part of the Heat problem was they got little from Jamal Mashburn, who had 10 points but shot just 3-of-12 from the floor, missed all but one of his seven three-point attempts and was just 3-of-8 from the line. But a combination of the 76ers self destructing and Eric Murdock playing his best game of season (17 points on 7-of-10 shooting) helped the Heat hold off Philadelphia. After tying the game at 74, Philadelphia had five turnovers in a 3:34 span and Murdock took advantage by scoring six points. Murdock had 11 points in the quarter. "Our offense gets a little stagnant," Riley said. "One thing Eric is going to do is put his head down and go to the basket, which is what we like." When asked if the plays to him were delphia 76ers decided ,to play giveaway. . i By the end, Miami voided another col- Uapse, escaping with a $4-90 victory Wednesday at the Miami Are-yia, in a game that had coach Pat Riley con By Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PALM BEACH SHORES - I set out to watch a group of fishing seminar speakers in action, to see it these guys who preach and teach fishing could really catch fish. The pressure was on George Pover-omo, senior editor for Salt Water Sports 0!K15 WEEKLY man magazine and organizer of the fishing seminar, set for Jan. 24 at Palm Beach Community College. Fortunately for Poveromo, he picked an all-star cast of saltwater anglers, most with a decade or more of experience fishing the waters around Palm Beach and Martin counties. We met at Sailfish Marina on the morning of Nov. 10. The weather wa. cool, the ocean calm. w cerned right down to MTim Hardaway's free ;throw with 1.2 seconds to play. 1 "We dodged a bul- FRIDAY'S GAME: Miami at Boston, Jet but we'll take it, jRiley said. "We made enough plays down the 7:30 p.m. TV: Sunshine. stretch to win the game and that's what lit's about at this time. But we're not finishing well." ; ,Said Heat cente Ike Austin, who had Please Please see EXPERTS7C

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