Hurricanes baseball bracing for Thursday must-win in ACC tourney; plus did headaches foretell death of Canes football great Cortez Kennedy?; also, Manchester tragedy, latest Back In My Day, Hot Button Daily (Wed) & more
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UM FOOTBALL GREAT CORTEZ KENNEDY DIES AT AGE 48: Miami Hurricanes football great, Cortez Kennedy, the dominating defensive tackle, has died at age 48, Orlando police said Tuesday. Kennedy died alone in Orlando, where he lived. Police are investigating but initially reported nothing suspicious. A relative told the New York Times that Kennedy recently had been experiencing headaches. Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 after an 11-year career with the Seattle Seahawks in which he made eight Pro Bowls. Kennedy made the Associated Press NFL All-Decade team for the 1990s. "Tez" was the third overall pick in the '90 NFL draft out of UM after a stellar Canes career that included his being MVP of the 1989 national championship team. Kennedy is one of six former Canes inducted into Canton, and he and fellow Hall of Famer Warren Sapp are considered the greatest defensive tackles in school history.
CANES WIN ACC TOURNEY OPENER, KEEP HOPE ALIVE TO CONTINUE 44-YEAR NCAA STREAK!: UM yesterday beat Georgia Tech 6-5 in 13 innings in the Canes' ACC Tournament opener in Louisville. The Canes now face Wake Forest on Thursday at 3 p.m., and the winner advances to Saturday's semifinals. UM considers Thursday's game a must-win in terms of the Canes staying alive to reach the NCAA Tournament for a record 45th straight season. Click on The Weight of History for my column by me previewing the Canes' challenge in the tourney. Original post: Miami Hurricanes baseball owns the top of our blog's marquee today. Most years at this time, UM is planning for a near-certain NCAA Regional host's role and dreaming of getting back to the College World Series in Omaha. This time, though, that's getting way ahead of ourselves. UM's record-setting 44-year NCAA streak is in jeopardy after an uncommonly common 29-26 regular season. Can the young men of Jim Morris (pictured) win the ACC tourney to secure an automatic bid? Or, falling short of the title, can they win win two games this week or perhaps even three to make an at-large invitation likely? That positions UM, a four-time national champion, in the unlikely role of underdog. Odds are against the Canes. That also lends an unusual drama to the start of conference-tournament play for Miami. Will Morris' next-to-last season end in ignominy? UM last missed the NCAAs in 1972. Today we begin to learn if the weight of that 44-year streak lifts or crushes the Canes.
HOT BUTTON DAILY / WED 5-24-17: Up to five events on today's sports calendar that interest SoFla most:
1. Marlins at Oakland, 3:30 p.m.: Fish (2-3) wrap up 6-game road trip today.
2. ACC baseball, 11 a.m. Canes off today, but Florida State faces Notre Dame in Louisville.
3. SEC baseball, 5:30 p.m.: Florida opens tourney vs. Auburn in Hoover, Alabama.
4. C-USA baseball, 9 a.m.: FAU vs. Rice, then FIU-Old Dominion from Biloxi, Mississippi.
5. Dolphins OTA practice: Second of three this week, but, again, closed to public.
[Note: NBA and NHL playoffs both off today].
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