Miami Dolphins schedule: first 2014 opening day game a challenging one

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The good news for Miami Dolphins fans: the 2014 regular season kicks off at home. The more challenging news: the first team on the Miami Dolphins schedule is one of the top teams in the AFC, the New England Patriots. The Dolphins will get an early test on both offense and defense as they aim to find out whether their revamped offensive line and secondary are up to the task. But while pessimistic fans in Miami may be tempted to simply pencil in the opening day Pats game as a loss and move on to week two already, there is some reason to believe the Dolphins have a fighting chance in their first game of the year.

The two primary reasons for hope in Miami are the arrival of a new offensive coordinator and the departure of four fifths of an inept offensive line. Bill Lazor takes over play calling for Mike Sherman, who looked like he was coaching in the wrong century for the past two seasons, largely misusing young quarterback Ryan Tannehill and having no idea what to do with speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace. Lazor will attempt to import at least some of the college style offense he had been helping run with the Philadelphia Eagles, and while the adjustment may take some time, the results can’t be worse than Sherman’s nonsensical approach.

But while coaching can only take a team so far, a major revamp of the O-line gives the Miami Dolphins a fresh start at a position that had been an embarrassment both on and off the field. Bullygate perpetrator Richie Incognito and victim Jonathan Martin are both gone, as are underperformers Tyson Clabo and John Jerry. Only Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey remains from last year’s starting five, and he’ll be joined against the New England Patriots by newly acquired star Brandon Albert and first round draft pick Ja’Juan James among others. That should give Tannehill more of a chance to remain upright, and the running game a fighting chance, particularly with the addition of Knowshon Moreno. The catch: neither Pouncey nor Moreno is a lock to start the season after both undergoing offseason surgeries.

So the Miami Dolphins chances against the New England Patriots on Opening Day 2014 could come down to a matter of medical issues and recovery timeframes. If week one is a failure, the Miami Dolphins schedule does get easier with the Buffalo Bills on the road in week two. The Dolphins faces the Patriots on September 7th 1:00pm local Miami time.

UFC fight today: Conor McGregor vs Diego Brandao time TV live online

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UFC heads to Dublin, Ireland today for Conor McGregor vs Diego Brandao, a fight in which the brash McGregor attempts to defend his home turf in a mixed martial arts battle. Due to time zone differences, the five round lightweight “Fight Night” will take place during the day time in the United States. And while it’ll be difficult to find on traditional TV, the match will air live online via official channels.

Conor McGregor, whose name sounds like something out of a Highlander movie, has never been afraid to wrap himself in the Irish flag and play up his heritage. Now he’ll have the home crowd in his corner as he enters the UFC Octagon.

Today’s UFC fight between Conor McGregor vs Diego Brandao has a start time schedule of 3:00pm eastern time in the United States, with prelims beginning two and a half hours earlier, and fans can watch live online on the UFC.com official website.

UFC schedule tonight: Fight Night Cerrone vs Miller start time on TV

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Tonight’s UFC Fight Night schedule sees Donald Cerrone battling against Jim Miller in a lightweight battle as the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts action shifts to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Cerrone is the odds on favorite to win the fight tonight, but with Miller’s back on the line, expect him to come out fighting with a vengeance early on. There are also several undercard fights in the prelim rounds tonight, with the action all airing with a late start time on TV.

In addition to the Cerrone vs Miller headlining fight, tonight’s UFC Fight Night schedule also includes the following undercard battles: Edson Barboza vs Evan Dunham, Justin Salas vs Joe Proctor, and Rick Story vs Leonardo Mafra. The preliminary fights, which begin earlier in the evening, include several more matchups: Hugo Viana vs Aljamain Sterling, Jessamyn Duke vs Leslie Smith, Yosdenis Cedeno vs Jerrod Sanders, and Gleison Tibau vs Pat Healy. All of the action will come from the Atlantic City cages.

Tonight’s UFC Fight Night Cerrone vs Miller battle and its undercards have a live start time schedule of 9:00pm eastern time on TV channel FS1 (Fox Sports One, not Fox Network). The prelim fights begin at 7:00pm eastern time, also on TV channel FS1.

LeBron James The Decision 2.0 video updated with “The Legacy 3″

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LeBron James didn’t go on television this time to announce his “The Decision 2.0″ when he opted to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, meaning there’s no infamous video of him for sports news networks to replay endlessly while they wait for the NBA offseason to conclude. No updated version of “I’m taking my talents to South Beach.” No spectacle inducing footage to criticize. But instead there’s something else: The Legacy 3. It’s an hour long YouTube video documenting the career of LeBron James, now updated to include the decision to return to Cleveland.

The video, posted by Golden Hoops, currently has about seventeen thousand views. That’s a significant number considering that it’s more than an hour long and, unlike most YouTube video clips, goes into significant depth. The catch, of course, is that aside from his letter, there’s no video footage of LeBron himself to be used regarding The Decision 2.0. But The Legacy 3 may be the closest thing to it for now, at least until LeBron himself decides to get back in front of the cameras.

John Deere Classic PGA Tour leaderboard Round 4 schedule TV start time

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The PGA Tour John Deere Classic golf tournament heads into Round 4 on the schedule today with some surprising names on the leaderboard. The tournament is competing with both the Scottish Open and the US Senior Open for some of the sport’s top players this weekend, which has given some lesser known golfers the opportunity to make a name for themselves at the tournament at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois – and the scores have been very low throughout the week.

Brian Harman is currently at the top of the PGA leaderboard at the John Deere Classic, sitting at minus-seventeen heading into the start of Round 4. Scott Brown (through one hole) and Steve Stricker (not teed off yet) are one shot back at minus-sixteen. Ryan Moore, Zach Johnson and Tim Clark are each at minus-fifteen. Johnson Wagner, Jhonnatan Vegas and Jerry Kelly are currently at minus-fourteen. Other notable names on the leaderboard include Jordan Speith at minus-thirteen through two holes, Kevin Na at minus-twelve through eleven holes, Rory Sabatini at minus-ten through eight holes, and Davis Love III at minus-nine through fourteen holes. Of the players who made the cut, all but two are currently under par for the tournament.

Today’s John Deere Classic PGA Tour Round 4 has a live television start time of 3:00pm eastern time on TV channel CBS, and will continue until 6:00pm or until the winner has been determined.

Jimmie Johnson wrecks out at NASCAR New Hampshire today after Daytona

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Jimmie Johnson wrecks out early in the NASCAR race today – again. For the second consecutive race, Jimmie Johnson’s attempt at making a late charge in the Sprint Cup points standings has taken a step backwards after an early exit. Johnson’s number 48 car was involved in a two car crash within the first half hour of the Camping World 301 at New Hampshire Speedway today, with his car in such visibly poor shape that it’s unlikely he’ll be able to return. So what now for Jimmie and team?

Coming into today’s New Hampshire race, Jimmie Johnson was third in the Sprint Cup points standings, 55 points back from leader Jeff Gordon. Today’s wreck and early exit could end up causing him to drop as far as fifth place, depending on how fourth place Brad Keselowski and fifth place Matt Kenseth end up performing. Johnson had been coming on strong over the past two months, winning several races and overcoming a rough early start to the NASCAR season. Fortunately for him, there’s little double he’ll make it into the Chase For The Cup, meaning his wrecks today and at Daytona could end up not mattering in the long run.

Kyle Bush currently leads today’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire after 43 of 301 laps, with Denny Hamlin in second place and Brad Keselowski in third. Jimmie Johnson, who had nearly won the pole position in qualifying, is now officially listed as being in forty-second place.

Germany vs Argentina start time schedule TV today World Cup FIFA Final

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It’s Germany ve Argentina today in the FIFA World Cup Final, with the winner having international bragging rights for the next four years and the loser going home empty. Both teams have fought hard to get here, with Germany emerging victorious from the “Group of Death” early on and then blowing out host nation Brazil on a historic level in the semifinal round. Argentina advanced to today’s soccer / futbol / football game by the slimmest of margins via penalty kicks over the Netherlands. Now the two teams face off in one last game airing on national TV in the United States with a different start time than most previous games.

The Germany National Football Team has to be considered at least somewhat of a favorite in today’s World Cup FIFA Final due to the consistent manner in which it’s performed throughout the tournament and its shellacking of Brasil. However the Argentina National Football Team still has superstar Lionel Messi in its corner, and today he has the opportunity to live up to his reputation on soccer’s biggest world stage. Naysayers will point to Brazil’s lack of key player Neymar as evidence that Germany’s victory wasn’t as impressive as it looked, as evidenced by the fact that Brazil looked nearly as bad in its consolation game loss to Holland, but the German team can silence any such notion today with a strong win – or any win – over the Argentinians. Meanwhile fans of Argentina can be counted on to show up in large numbers for the game, traveling from just one nation away in South America, much to the chagrin of the rival Brazilians.

Today’s Germany vs Argentina World Cup FIFA Final championship game has a start time schedule of 3:00pm eastern time and airs on TV channel ABC, and is also available live online on the Watch ESPN website.

Canelo Alvarez vs Lara boxing fight tonight: start time TV live online

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Canelo Alvarez takes on Erislandy Lara in a boxing fight tonight dubbed Honor And Glory, taking place in Las Vegas. Canelo is the favorite tonight and is also one of the rising stars in the boxing world, making Lara something of an underdog when the two face off in the ring at the MGM Grand. The two 154-pound junior middleweight class fighters are facing off on cable televison tonight, but the match is also available live online. There is also an extensive boxing undercard scheduled for tonight’s Las Vegas boxing action.

Saul Canelo Alvarez has a career record of forty-three wins and thirty-one knockouts. Erislandy Lara, who has fought in fewer career fights, has nineteen victories and twelve knockouts. Preceding the Alvarez vs Lara boxing fight tonight are the following undercard matches on the schedule: Abner Mares vs Jonathan Oquendo in a featherweight bout, Johan Perez vs Mauricio Herrera in a junior welterweight fight, Tomoki Kameda vs Pungluang Sor Singyu in a bantamweight battle, and Juan Miguel Lopez vs Francisco Vargas vs in a junior lightweight matchup.

Tonight’s Canelo Alvarez vs Lara boxing fight has a live television start time schedule of 9:00pm eastern time on TV channel Showtime Pay Per View, and is also available live online through Showtime Anytime.

Boxing tonight: Johnson Gavronski Friday Night Fights schedule TV time

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Tureano Johnson is scheduled to do battle tonight with Mike Gavronski on Friday Night Fights tonight, in a middleweight boxing bout between two fighters who each have ten knockouts in their career. Johnson has a career record of fourteen wins and one draw with no career losses, while Gavronski has fourteen wins and one career loss. The two are fighting tonight in the Pacific Northwest locale of Shelton, Washington. The fight will air live on national cable television, to the delight of those who have been turned off by recent pay-per-view bouts hosted by other fight bodies like UFC and WBC.

Johnson vs Gavronski isn’t the only bout listed on tonight’s Friday Night Fights boxing schedule tonight. In a lightweight matchup, Art Hovhannisyan squares off with Jonathan Maicelo in a ten round FNF undercard match.

Friday Night Fights boxing tonight has a start time schedule of 9:00pm eastern time and airs on TV channel ESPN2.

NASCAR Truck Series race schedule tonight American Ethanol 200 TV time

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The NASCAR Truck Series schedule heads to Iowa tonight for the American Ethanol 200 race, as the third tier NASCAR auto racing series continues to seek additional mainstream exposure. The race has been won two years in a row by Timothy Peters, who is currently in third place in the Camping World Truck Series driver standings for the season. The race has a bit of a late start time and will air live on national cable television, but it will be on a TV channel that some racing fans may struggle to find on the dial.

The American Ethanol 200 schedule comes as the NASCAR Truck Series standings are fairly tight. Johnny Sauter is atop the NASCAR Camping World standings, while Matt Crafton is just eight points back in second place. Timothy Peters is eleven points back in third, while Ryan Blaney is twelve points back in fourth, and Ron Hornaday Jr is thirteen points back in fifth place. The NASCAR Truck drivers sometimes compete on the same track as the larger NASCAR Series races, and the drivers hope to work their way up to the Nationwide Cup or Sprint Cup eventually.

Tonight’s American Ethanol 200 NASCAR Truck Series Camping World race has a start time schedule of 8:30pm eastern time, and airs on TV channel FS1 – that’s Fox Sports 1, not the FOX channel.