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Donno's Top 3 - Jim Morris Farewell, Dolphins Gear Up For 2018

Alex Donno
May 17, 2018 - 11:56 am

The news cycle in the sports world never stops. Each week, I offer my top three headlines for South Florida. 

The theme this week is change.  As one era ends, two others begin. 

1 - Farewell to Jim Morris. For a quarter of a century, Jim Morris has coached the University of Miami baseball team with a standard of excellence. He's led the Hurricanes to a pair of College World Series titles (1999, 2001) and collected ACC Coach of the Year honors on four occasions. This weekend marks his final home series in Coral Gables. The Canes host Boston College tonight at 7pm, Friday May 18th at 7pm, and Sunday May 19th at 1pm. This will be our final opportunity as a community to show our appreciation before coach Morris heads into retirement. Mark Light Field is the place to be this weekend. It's truly the end of an era. 

2 - Miami Dolphins OTA's begin this Tuesday. Rookies, veterans, and newly signed free agents will come together as a team for the first time. Ryan Tannehill will have zero restrictions, which means the quarterback will hit the field for his first organized team activity in nearly a year and a half. Every time Tannehill drops back or leaves the pocket, the world will be watching his surgically repaired left knee. OTA's will mark the first true step in building the 2018 version of the Miami Dolphins, who will look to take a giant step forward from the team that went 6-10 in 2017. Without Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey and Ndamukong Suh, things sure will feel different. All eyes will be on new additions like veterans Danny Amendola and Robert Quinn and rookies Minkah Fitzpatrick and Mike Gesicki. 

3 - Supreme Court strikes down 1992 ruling against sports betting - which means individual states now have the power and authority to make their own betting laws. This may not be a South Florida-specific story, but it will affect our community in a big way. If the time comes (and it probably will) when you can place a legal wager on your favorite teams at a local sports book, it will change the way we consume sports forever. This was a big topic on the WQAM airwaves this week, as experts joined our shows to discuss how long it might take the state of Florida to regulate sports betting. Attorney David Weinstein told Joe Rose, “It’s going to take a while for sports gambling in Florida. We’re way behind the eight ball compared to some other states who saw this coming and wanted a piece of the pie.”