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Hurricane Irma: Tim Tebow works with Florida Gov. Rick Scott in preparing for storm

Tim Tebow is doing charitable things once again.

>> Click here for complete Hurricane Irma coverage from the Palm Beach Post

Per "The Paul Finebaum Show," the former Florida Gators quarterback is working alongside Gov. Rick Scott in helping the Sunshine State prepare for Hurricane Irma, which is supposed to arrive this weekend.

>> Hurricane Irma: Live updates

Irma already has caused the cancellation of several college football games, including the Gators hosting Northern Colorado on Saturday. Miami decided not to travel to Arkansas State, and South Florida vs. Connecticut also was postponed.

>> PHOTOS: Hurricane Irma approaches Florida

Scott has been asking Florida citizens to volunteer to assist those who are in need as the disastrous storm heads their way.

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People willing to volunteer can go to VolunteerFlorida.org to sign up.

Michael Bennett speaks out about Las Vegas police ‘excessive use of force’

UPDATE Sept. 6 7:12 PM:  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement on Michael Bennett’s letter about Las Vegas police.

According to the statement, the Las Vegas police will respond to the letter later Wednesday evening.

“Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family...,” the statement said. “We will support Micahel and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

In an open letter posted on Twitter, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says Las Vegas police ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, put a gun near his head and threatened to shoot him after hearing gunshots were fired nearby.

Bennett detailed the incident that was captured in a brief video posted by TMZ Sports on Aug. 26 when he was in Las Vegas to watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

Bennett said after the match, while he was heading back to the hotel that night, people heard gunshots fired and he, like others, tried to flee. 

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According to Bennett's statement, police ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, jammed a knee into his back and handcuffed him so tightly that his fingers went numb.

The video, which is reportedly shot outside of Drai’s Nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip, shows Bennett asking why he was being detained. 

“I wasn’t doing nothing, man,” Bennett is heard saying in the video. “They told us to get out and everybody ran.”

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, parts of Drai’s Nightclub were evacuated early Sunday for shooting reports that turned out to be false. The police department found that large statues were knocked down onto the tile floor during a fight, which caused panic and prompted reports of a shooting. 

In his letter, Bennett called it an excessive use of force, simply because he was a “black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He said one officer placed a gun near his head and warned him if he moved he would “blow his (expletive) head off.”

Bennett said officers refused to answer him when he asked, “What did I do?” He said he feared for his life.

According to TMZ Sports, citing unnamed sources it says are connected to the investigation, police ordered everyone to get down and not move. When Bennett ran, an officer stopped him at gunpoint and ordered him to get on the ground.

Eventually, after sitting in the back of a police car “for what felt like an eternity,” he was released after they realized he “was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man, but Michael Bennett, a famous professional football player.”

Bennett, who has been sitting in protest during the national anthem in recent games, gave his reasoning for the protest in the letter.

“(E)quality doesn’t live in this country, and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have or have much you give, when you are seen as a ‘(racial slur)’ you will be treated that way.”

Bennett spoke more about the letter at a news conference Wednesday, calling the police confrontation a “traumatic experience.”

“Do I think every police officer is bad? No,” Bennett said. “Do I believe some people judge people on the color of their skin? I do believe that.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the same news conference he and the team “stand in support of him and anyone facing inequalities.”

“May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion when inequalities are brought to light. And allow us to stand up for change, because we can do better than this,” Carroll said.

ESPN reported that Bennett said he was considering filing a civil rights lawsuit. His letter said he has hired Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris.

The full letter can be read on Bennett’s Twitter page.

NFL moves Miami Dolphins’ game vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Nov. 19

The Dolphins-Buccaneers season opener won’t be an opener after all. The NFL decided Wednesday morning to move the game at Hard Rock Stadium to Nov. 19, the bye week for both teams, because of Hurricane Irma.

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The decision was reached after the league, in consultation with officials from both teams and government agencies, had deliberated since Monday on the best course of action.

The Dolphins canceled practice Wednesday.

The Dolphins’ new season-opener will be at 4:05 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Bucs game originally was scheduled for Hard Rock Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday, when Irma would be too close to South Florida for anyone to be outside. The league finally admitted as much Tuesday afternoon, when it issued a statement saying the game would not be played in South Florida this week.

“In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate,” the league said in a statement.

Among the options considered were moving to a neutral site or playing it later in the season. Both teams had a bye Nov. 19, but this now means the Dolphins will play 16 consecutive weeks, something Dolphins players were reluctant to do.

But there were no options that would please everybody. Scheduling it upstate this weekend, perhaps Orlando or Jacksonville, was risky because Irma could affect those cities, too. Moving it out of state would mean taking the players away from their families when some may be experiencing a hurricane for the first time.

“I’m definitely concerned about the community in South Florida, really the whole state, especially with our State of Emergency,” defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. “Luckily my family doesn’t like me, so they’re up in Portland, Ore., and Detroit and up north. They’re safe for the most part. Myself, we’ll figure something out.”

Quaterback Jay Cutler, who arrived a month ago from Nashville, said, “I’m in a different situation than most of these guys because my family’s not here. A lot of these guys have a lot on their plate, moving their families and your house and your cars.

“I’m one of the few lucky ones that I’ve got a car here and a bag full of clothes, and that’s kind of it. You’ve got a lot of guys in that locker room that are going through a lot of things in their head, and we’ve got to be mindful of that and kind of help them in any way possible.”

Moving the Bucs game out of Hard Rock would have meant only six true home games this season, since the game against New Orleans will be in London.

This is the second time in recent history that weather affected a Dolphins opener. In September 2004, the opener vs. Tennessee was shifted from Sunday to Saturday because of concerns about Hurricane Ivan.

King of the Hill: ACC Power Rankings (Week 2)

Now that we're underway, I wanted to throw out my weekly power rankings for the first time this season. As a reminder, these rankings take into consideration how a team has played all year and aren't simply based on their last game. There is weight given to what a team has done lately, though.

That said, here are my rankings after the first week of action. These typically fluctuate quite a bit for the first half of the season before settling in once we have a better idea of where teams fit.

Regarding Pitt, I don't think they're nearly as bad as the final score of that Youngstown State game showed. But I also couldn't legitimately slot them higher than teams who won their opener by 40 and 50 points, either.

1. Clemson (1-0) - Crushed Kent State, 56-3

2. Florida State (0-1) - Lost to Alabama, 24-7, and also lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the season with an injury

3. Virginia Tech (1-0) - Impressive 31-24 win over No. 22 West Virginia

4. Louisville (1-0) - Close 35-28 win over Purdue

5. Miami (1-0) - Easy 41-13 win over Bethune-Cookman

6. Georgia Tech (0-1) - Lost 42-41 in double overtime vs. No. 25 Tennessee

7. North Carolina State (0-1) - 35-28 loss to South Carolina

8. North Carolina (0-1) - 35-30 loss to Cal

9. Duke (1-0) - 60-7 win over North Carolina Central

10-. Wake Forest (1-0) - 51-7 win over Presbyterian

11. Syracuse (1-0) - 50-7 win over Central Connecticut

12. Pitt (1-0) - 28-21 overtime win over Youngstown State

13. Virginia (1-0) - 28-10 win over William & Mary

14. Boston College (1-0) - Narrow win over Northern Illinois, 23-20

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.

J.J. Watt’s Harvey fundraising pushes past $20 million

J.J. Watt’s rush to continue raising money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the historic flooding in and around Houston that followed the Aug. 25-30 storm broke the $20 million mark, as his online crowdfunding site pushed past that threshold about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to USA Today.

>> George Strait, Beyonce, others to hold Hurricane Harvey relief concert

Watt pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross fund when he started it with the goal of raising $200,000.

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“It’s such a testament to the people out there," Watt said Sunday after donations of $1 million from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, $1 million from Walmart, $200,000 from hip-hop artist Drake and $50,000 from NBA star Chris Paul.

Watt, an all-pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, said Sunday when the total raised was at $17 million. “It’s such a testament to how much good there is in the world.’’

>> Complete Harvey coverage from the Austin American-Statesman

Many NFL owners and players have pledged money to Harvey victims, including Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who has committed $1 million.

Red Sox accused of using Apple Watches to steal pitching signs from Yankees

The Boston Red Sox are facing allegations of cheating in a situation reminiscent of the 2007 New England Patriots Spygate controversy.

>> Watch the news report here

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed accusations that the Red Sox had been stealing pitching signs in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

>> On Boston25News.com: Red Sox, Yankees team up to raise money for hurricane relief

The allegations stem from a Red Sox vs Yankees series at Fenway Park in mid-August when, according to the New York Times, staff members and Red Sox players used Apple Watches as a way to share the signals.

“Do I think sign stealing is wrong? No, I don’t," Dombrowski said. “People are trying to win it however they can. It’s an edge we can gain.”

MLB has not prohibited players from looking at catcher signals and relaying the information to others, but they have said any use of technology to see signals is against the rules.

The Times also reports that the Red Sox have filed a complaint against the Yankees for using broadcast cameras to steal pitching signals, and while he would not go into details, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that there were allegations on both sides.

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“We actually do not have a rule against sign stealing, and it has been a part of the game for the long time,” he said. “It’s the electronic equipment that creates the violation, and I think the rule against electronic equipment has a number of reasons behind it.”

Manfred said the investigation is not complete into allegations on either side, and that it was too soon to talk about possible discipline. He did, however, indicate that taking away wins was unlikely because it is difficult to determine "to what extent this impacted the outcome of any particular game."

Breaking Down the Two Deep: Pitt at Penn State

Pitt’s depth chart heading into the PSU game on Saturday

Quarterback

  1. Max Browne 6’5” 230 Senior
  2. Ben DiNucci 6’2” 220 Sophomore

Max Browne won his first start in a Pitt uniform, and that’s about all there is to say about that. Browne’s performance was a bit underwhelming, but then again, the whole team’s was. He threw for 140 yards completing 17 of his 24 attempts. Browne was sacked three times and looked inaccurate and unwilling to take shots down field. He did have some nice throws, one that went to tight end, Matt Flanagan down the middle for a big gain and the game winner to Jester Weah.

You would like to see Browne play a little better for the rest of the season. He has a strong arm, it would be nice to see it. Penn State will try to eliminate the rushing offense and Henderson’s touches, so for Pitt to win, Browne is going to have to make some plays.

Running Back

  1. Qadree Ollison 6’2” 230 Junior
  2. Darrin Hall 5’11” 220 Junior

Same set up as last week, with Ollison as the starter and Hall the only reserve listed. Ollison had his moments in week one, for sure. He looks better out of the backfield as a receiver, and he seems a bit lighter on his feet than in prior years. The hurdle over the Youngstown State defender was rather impressive. Still, he lacks that big play threat sometimes. He’s a solid player, but I think there’s a reason multiple running backs will play this year also.

Darrin Hall made some nice runs and provided 52 yards on 13 carries. He seems to have more burst than Ollison, and changes the pace effectively. Beyond the top two, true freshman AJ Davis carried the ball 4 times for 8 yards and a touchdown, and interestingly enough he was in the game during crucial points, including a fourth and short and a goalline touchdown run. I expect to see Davis more and more, and we should see Chawntez Moss this week as well.

Fullback

  1. Colton Lively 6’0” 235 Senior
  2. Erik Sellers 6’1” 230 Sophomore

Pitt employed a fullback in some packages in week one, but Lively did not touch the ball. I still think the position changes without Aston, as he is able to do more than the average fullback.

Wide Receiver

  1. Jester Weah 6’3” 210 Senior // Quadree Henderson 5’8” 190 Junior
  2. Ruben Flowers III 6’3” 205 Freshman OR Aaron Mathews 6’4” 205 Sophomore // Maurice Ffrench 5’11” 190 Sophomore
  3. Rafael Araujo-Lopes 5’9” 190 Junior

The personnel is the same as last week, the only distinction that changes is that there is an “OR” between Ruben Flowers and Aaron Mathews as the top backup to Weah. Seems like an inconsequential move.

Jester Weah only had one catch, but it was a big one. He hauled in a touchdown in overtime to win the game. Weah probably should have had another touchdown, as he was seemingly interfered with in the back of the end zone in the first half. Penn State will look to key on Weah, but he’s proven last year he can still make plays in big games. The big question will be, Can Browne get him the ball?

Quadree Henderson was once again a better rusher than receiver. He totaled 77 rushing yards and just one catch for seven yards. He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands, so Pitt will find ways to get him involved. Beyond that, Araujo-Lopes and Aaron Mathews each recorded a catch, while Maurice Ffrench had three. Someone besides the two starters needs to step up, and I still believe that will be Ffrench.

Tight End

  1. Matt Flanagan 6’6” 260 Senior
  2. Chris Clark 6’6” 260 Sophomore
  3. Devon Edwards 6’4” 275 Senior

Matt Flanagan had two catches for 35 yards, including a nice 30 yard play that set Pitt up inside the redzone. He was not known as a pass catcher coming from Rutgers, but it seems he has the ability to make plays. Chris Clark was used quite a bit, but primarily as a blocker. He has a lot of talent, and it will be interesting to see how he is used this week.

Also seeing action last week was Tyler Sear, the true freshman. Many thought it would be Charles Reeves to see the field among the incoming freshmen, but Sear brought down one pass for 10 yards.

Left Tackle

  1. Brian O’Neill 6’6” 305 Junior
  2. Tony Pilato 6’5” 320 Sophomore

Left Guard

  1. Alex Officer 6’4” 340 Senior
  2. Brandon Ford 6’5” 310 Freshman

Center

  1. Jimmy Morrissey 6’3” 300 Freshman
  2. Connor Dintino 6’3” 315 Junior

Right Guard

  1. Brandon Hodges 6’4” 315 Senior OR Alex Bookser 6’6” 315 Junior
  2. Mike Herndon 6’4” 310 Junior

Right Tackle

  1. Jaryd Jones-Smith 6’7” 320 Senior

Jerry Drake 6’5” 315 Freshman

After serving a one game suspension, Alex Bookser is back and is listed as an “OR” starter alongside Brandon Hodges at right guard. Bookser was a former four-star recruit that started every game last season. After Brian O’Neill, he is probably the second best lineman on the team. His presence will likely be a nice boost.

The line did not play great last week, but still opened some running lanes. Pitt rushed for 208 yards as a team, but it took them 53 carries to get there. They need to be more efficient this week. Browne was sacked three times, and some were his own doing, but Pitt can’t afford to allow sacks this week in what will be a hostile environment.

Defensive End

  1. Dewayne Hendrix 6’4” 260 Junior OR Rashad Weaver 6’5” 265 Freshman // Allen Edwards 6’5” 255 Senior
  2. James Folston Jr. 6’4” 250 Junior
  3. Patrick Jones II 6’5” 245 Freshman

Not a very impressive day for the defensive ends last week statistically. They were able to get some pressure on the YSU quarterback, but not nearly enough. They have to be better this week. Pitt’s win last year over Penn State was aided big time from Ejuan Price’s performance. He had multiple forced fumbles and really bothered McSorely. Pitt needs to find a pass rush this week if they want any chance of winning.

Nose Tackle

  1. Shane Roy 6’4” 280 Junior
  2. Rashad Wheeler 6’3” 290 Freshman
  3. Jaylen Twyman 6’2” 315 Freshman

Defensive Tackle

  1. Keyshon Camp 6’4” 290 Freshman
  2. Amir Watts 6’3” 285 Sophomore
  3. Kam Carter 6’4” 295 Sophomore

Pitt lists the same six guys as they did last week. Keyshon Camp got banged up a little, but returned later in the game. All six guys were used in a rotation, and they did not have a ton of production. Amir Watts had Pitt’s lone sack last week. Roy and Camp made a few tackles each, but nothing of great significance. Maybe we’ll see an inspired Kam Carter coming up against his former team on Saturday.

Money Linebacker

  1. Elijah Zeise 6’2” 230 Junior
  2. Jalen Williams 6’2” 215 Junior

Mike Linebacker

  1. Saleem Brightwell 6’0” 220 Sophomore
  2. Chase Pine 6’2” 240 Freshman

Star Linebacker

  1. Seun Idowu 6’0” 225 Junior
  2. Anthony McKee Jr. 6’2” 215 Sophomore
  3. Rimoni Dorsey 6’0” 195 Sophomore

All three starting linebackers made some plays last week. Still, this unit will be a work in progress throughout the season. There were multiple breakdowns in coverage against simple things like wheel routes out of the backfield. It will be tough enough to stay with Saquon Barkley as it is, but to blow an assignment against him will be a touchdown every time. This unit has to play better.

Pitt played OK against the run last week. Generally Narduzzi’s strength since coming to Pitt has been selling out against the run. It doesn’t always do Pitt favors against the pass, however. As we all know.

Cornerback

  1. Avonte Maddox 5’9” 180 Senior // Dane Jackson 6’0” 180 Sophomore OR Damarri Mathis 5’11” 185 Freshman
  2. Jason Pinnock 6’0” 190 Freshman
  3. Malik Henderson 6’0” 190 Sophomore

You hate to get too excited, but Pitt’s cornerbacks turned the backs and made plays on the ball last week. Hopefully that’s a trend that can continue. Of all the players last week, I thought Dane Jackson had a very nice performance. He showed some athleticism and ball skills. Again it was an FCS team, but Jackson seems to be a bit better than last year.

Strong Safety

  1. Dennis Briggs 5’10” 195 Junior
  2. Phil Campbell 6’1” 195 Freshman
  3. Henry Miller 6’3” 205 Freshman

Free Safety

  1. Bricen Garner 6’1” 180 Freshman OR Jazzee Stocker 6’2” 190 Sophomore

Dennis Briggs led Pitt in tackles last week, but that does not tell the whole story. He was beat a few times in coverage and did not have a great overall game. Overall, I liked what I see from Bricen Garner. Obviously he had the interception to win the game, but he did some other nice things. It’s still unfortunate Pitt is without Jordan Whitehead, who would likely make a big impact in this game.

Kicker - Alex Kessman 6’3” 190 Freshman

Punter - Ryan Winslow 6’6” 225 Senior

Long Snapper - Cal Adomitis 6’1” 210 Freshman

Alex Kessman was 0-2 from field goals, including won that would have won the game in regulation. Both misses were from under 40 yards, and that’s very concerning heading into Saturday.

Kick Returner - Quadree Henderson // Maurice Ffrench

Punt Returner - Quadree Henderson // Avonte Maddox

As expected, Henderson was pretty good in the return game. He did not break a deep one, but had a few nice returns that set Pitt up with good field position.

Against the Odds: Pitt heavy underdog against Penn State

Pitt faces Penn State this weekend in Happy Valley and you don't need me to tell you that they're big time underdogs.

Back in May, a line was released that had the Nittany Lions favored by 19 points. That seemed high for some people that considered it a rivalry contest that would be played much closer but now, with the game days away, the line is actually higher than it was before.

NCAA Sportsbook TopBet has the odds with the Panthers as a whopping 20.5-point underdog for this week's game.

That might seem high but the Panthers probably didn't do themselves any favors if they wanted to lower it after the first week of the season. Pitt grabbed an early 21-0 lead against Youngstown State but allowed the Penguins to come back and tie it before defeating them in overtime. Penn State, meanwhile, faced a higher-level opponent in Akron and pitched a shutout, winning handily, 52-0.

The odds for the Pitt-Penn State game are among the highest on the board in college football this week. NCAA Sportsbook TopBet has them as the 12th largest of all of the D-I games out there.

Pitt will have its hands full but, as we saw last year with the Clemson game, the Panthers have faced big odds on the road against a top team and pulled off an upset. Those odds?

Some books placed them at exactly 20.5 points.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and founder/editor @AnsonWhaley.

Hurricane Irma threatens Miami Dolphins’ season opener

One of the chief requests the Miami Dolphins made when the NFL was assembling their schedule this year was to open the season at home. They got their wish, but suddenly it’s in jeopardy as Hurricane Irma threatens South Florida.

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The team and the league are monitoring the storm, but there’s been no official word about contingency plans. If Irma hits Florida, it likely would be Sunday. The Dolphins are scheduled to host Tampa Bay at 1 p.m.

>> Hurricane Irma: Live updates

“You’re definitely following it, but it doesn’t affect your preparation,” cornerback Bobby McCain said. “You go out and prepare every day like the game is tomorrow. Unfortunately, with the hurricane looming over the waters, we may have to play earlier or later. But we have to get the job done regardless of when we play.”

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell plans to get his job done but said if Irma gets too close to South Florida, he’ll leave, then catch up to the team for the game.

“It’s your life,” said Maxwell, who has been closely following news coverage of Hurricane Harvey.

A Dolphins spokesman said there’s no update from the organization other than that management is “closely monitoring the situation.” Hosting an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium requires police staffing and more than 1,000 workers.

The University of Miami does not play at Hard Rock Stadium this week. The Hurricanes are at Arkansas State on Saturday.

There is flexibility to move the Dolphins up as early as Thursday or push it back to Monday, and another option would be playing it in Tampa. There are also open neutral-site venues in Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Atlanta and New Orleans. None of the teams that use the major football stadiums in those cities is playing at home Sunday.

“That’s a little bit out of my department,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said of the logistics. “I’m being updated when I need to be updated about certain things. But that’s kind of out of my hands right now. I’m just kind of going along with what I’m being advised with. We’ll be ready to go. We always kind of have an idea of what we can do and what we can’t do. Things like that are kind of out of our control. We just kind of wait and see.”

The Associated Press reported Monday afternoon that the NFL is considering having Miami and Tampa Bay play Thursday or Friday night, and alternate sites are being evaluated.

“I could speak for everybody on this team,” defensive back Michael Thomas said. “We’re going to be ready. Whenever we’ve got to play, we’re going to be ready.”

Coincidentally, the Dolphins and Buccaneers both have their bye in Week 11, though it’d be highly unusual for the NFL to ask teams to play 16 straight weeks without a break. Tight end Julius Thomas said he would be completely against that idea because players count on that break to heal from nagging injuries.

“Without that bye week, you’re going to put the bodies through a lot,” he said. “I’d rather play Thursday than do that.”

If Maxwell evacuated, he likely would head for his hometown of Charleston, S.C., and fly to join the team for its game if it ends up being played.

“If it comes, I’m going to try to get out, to be honest with you,” he said. “I mean, it’s your life. You’ve seen what it’s done to New Orleans and Houston, so it definitely could happen to Miami and I don’t want to be in that situation.

“Yeah, I’m gone. That’s life and death right there. … That’s just what it is. You’ve seen what happens. I’m not sitting around waiting for that.”

Many Dolphins players were discussing the hurricane in the locker room Monday, with many saying they heard speculation the game would be moved to Friday.

“I’ve never been involved in a hurricane,” Dolphins linebacker Rey Maualuga said. “Earthquakes are the thing in California. I live on the 18th floor, so hopefully, the building doesn’t sway side to side or my windows don’t cave in.”

Defensive end Andre Branch said he’d be ready to play at a moment’s notice. If the league had asked the teams to meet up Monday night for a game, that sounded fine to him. “Line us up, put the ball down and we’re gonna play regardless of what’s going on.”

Hurricane Matthew threatened South Florida last year, though it ultimately hit farther north and had minimal impact on this area. The Dolphins closed their facility the Thursday of that week, but were able to play at home against the Titans with no issues.

Irma was classified as a Category 4 storm Monday night. The canopy at Hard Rock Stadium is designed to withstand Category 4-force winds.

“We don’t have to do anything to prepare the roof for a major windstorm event,” Bill Senn, senior vice president of stadium renovations, said while the facility was being upgraded.

Senn said the canopy is anchored by 5 1/2-inch cables embedded 90 feet down.

The Dolphins were forced to keep a close eye on forecasts during the 2004 season, when a game against Pittsburgh was moved back a day because of Hurricane Jeanne. In the interim, the Steelers were at a Fort Lauderdale hotel that lost power. They still won 13-3.

Jeanne was the third hurricane within a month that threatened South Florida. The Dolphins’ opener vs. Tennessee was moved up one day, to a Saturday, because of Ivan. The Dolphins also had to travel to New Orleans for a preseason game while Frances approached.

In addition, a Monday night road game against the Chargers was forced out of San Diego because of fires. It was moved to Tempe, Ariz.

If the Dolphins are in one of those types of situations again this week, they’d prefer to know as soon as possible.

“You can prepare your body and prepare your mind for what’s coming, but it’d definitely be nice to know,” McCain said. “Unfortunately, this is just the way it falls, and we’re waiting just like everyone else.”

Arizona’s J.D. Martinez ties MLB mark with 4-homer game

J.D. Martinez tied a major-league record with four home runs in a game Monday as the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-0 for their 11th straight victory.

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Martinez became the 18th player in major-league history to hit four homers in a game, and the 16th in the modern era. He hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning, added a solo homers in the seventh and eighth, and finished with a two-run homer in the ninth.

The last player to hit four homers in a game was Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett, who connected against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 6, 2017.

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