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The Morning Miller On Sports For February 20, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 20, 2012

You Should Know – In Sunday’s qualifying session, Carl Edwards won the pole for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500.  Edwards, who beat out teammate Greg Biffle, posted a lap of 194.738 mph.  Besides Edwards and Biffle, the remaining starting order will be determined in Thursday’s twin 150-mile qualifying races.  Other starting spots were locked down by last year’s Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Tony Raines, David Stremme and former NASCAR champion Terry Labonte.

Jacksonville Sharks Player LaRoche Jackson Joins ABA Jacksonville Giants Basketball Team

Jacksonville Sharks Player LaRoche Jackson Joins ABA Jacksonville Giants Basketball Team

Jacksonville Sharks player LaRoche Jackson (Defensive Back) joined the ABA Jacksonville Giants for several days of basketball practice this week. LaRoche will play for the Giants on Sunday, February 19th, 2012, as the Giants 13th man.

The ABA rules allow for a celebrity 13th man to play in an ABA game. LaRoche (born June 24, 1984) joined the Jacksonville Sharks as a free agent for the 2011 season. It was truly a blessing for LaRoche to have joined that season.

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 16, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 16, 2012

You Should Know – On a conference call Wednesday, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock fielded questions regarding certain draft prospects and NFL teams.  The well-respected draft guru says Andrew Luck, who many predict will go first in April’s draft, isn’t a “once in a lifetime” prospect and compared him to St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, a former No. 1 overall selection.  When discussing the other top quarterback in this year’s draft, Mayock said he loves “everything” about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. 

Jaguars Bite of the Day – Jason Hill, former Jaguars wide receiver, signed a deal with the Denver Broncos yesterday.  Hill played in 16 games with the Jags over the last two seasons.  In 2011, he started 10 games, caught 25 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns.  Hill, who turns 27 on Monday, was drafted by San Francisco in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 13, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 13, 2012

You Should Know – Phil Mickelson shot a final-round 64, 8-under to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.  On Sunday, he beat out runner-up Charlie Wi by two strokes.  With the victory, Mickelson became the 9th player to own 40 PGA Tour wins.  He earns $1.152 million for the win – his first since last year’s Houston Open – and moves to No. 11 in the world rankings. 

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 12, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 12, 2012

You Should Know – The NFL Network reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers will cut long-time wide receiver Hines Ward.  Ward, the Steelers’ all-time receptions leader, said during Super Bowl week he isn’t quite ready to retire.  On his Facebook page, he posted, “I don’t normally like to respond to rumors, but as I’ve said all along, I want to finish my career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”  Ward, who turns 36 in March, is willing to restructure his deal.  For 2012, he’s set to make $4 million. 

Jaguars Bite of the Day – In a conversation with the Florida Times-Union, new Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey, commenting on his finalized staff, “This is an unbelievable bunch of people I hired.  Great people, great coaches.”  Talking about quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Mularkey said, “He’s got a strong arm.  He can move out of the pocket.  He’s intelligent, [can operate] the no huddle.”

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 10, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For February 10, 2012

You Should Know – The Murray State Racers were upset at home Thursday night by Tennessee State, 72-68.  Murray State was the last remaining undefeated college basketball team in the country.  The Racers were led by Isaiah Canaan, who scored 31 of his team’s 68 points.  With the loss, they’ll drop out of the top-10.  To close out the regular season, Murray State has tough matchups versus St. Mary’s, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State again.

Jaguars Bite of the Day – Fortune Magazine looks at the NFL’s small-market teams.  New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan told them, regarding packing EverBank Field, “Winning on the field is big.  Having a winning tradition is huge…We have to win.”  The article touches on Khan’s want for the Jaguars to be a global brand.