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     [Monday update: Thanks to all who joined today for our Monday live online chat from 1-2 p.m. We do it each week. Click here to read a transcript or to post a question for next week].

     Back from a week's vacation with some instant quick-hit blogifying...

     The Jason Taylor news: ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported that veteran Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor has been traded to the Washington Redskins for "multiple" draft picks -- a second-round pick in 2009 and a sixth-rounder in 2010. That's a good, smart deal for Miami, which now looks good for holding out and not taking less for Taylor earlier. Click here to read today's column by me on the trade. Meantime, what are your thoughts? Partake of The Daily Poll, but also elaborate with a comment. It's the right thing to do.

     [You did it again! You made the above our 25th web poll to surpass 1,000 votes within the first 24 hours. Thanks. And keep 'em comin'!]      

     Amazin' Marlins' walkoff win: Today the hero was Jorge Cantu in the 11th, in a 3-2 win over the Phillies that drew Florida within a 1/2 game of the Phils in the tighter-than-my-belt-walking-out-of-an-all-you-can-eat-buffet NL East. (Meantime, continue to support the new Marlins stadium under attack in court. Don't let the short-sighted critics get you down. If the Miami megaplan [and new stadium] end up being revoked, plaintiff Norman Braman will volunteer himself as one of the the great civic villains in South Florida history).

     Shark chokes again: Sorry, I know Greg Norman (or is it Mr. Chris Evert now?) leading the British Open after three rounds, at age 53, was a great story. But the more telling story was "the Great White Shark" blowing it today and ending up losing by six strokes after a final-round 77. Choking in majors has been Norman's career epitaph.

     Check back. Will be adding more stuff later tonight.