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MINICAMP NOTEBOOK: Sturgis Getting A Kick Out Of The World Cup

Posted Jun 18, 2014

The Dolphins have a few players with strong interest in the World Cup but Sturgis just might be the soccer authority on the team.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis played soccer before he began playing football in high school, so naturally he’s been keeping a close eye on the ongoing World Cup. Another reason is the fact his brother, Nathan, plays professionally in Major League Soccer.

The Dolphins have a few players with strong interest in the World Cup — Will Davis and A.J. Francis come to the forefront — but Sturgis just might be the soccer authority on the team.

“I’ve been impressed, just about every guy I’ve talked to has been pretty interested in it,” Sturgis said. “I think I’ve probably had the most upbringing in it with my brother playing professional soccer and probably watched the most. But everybody is really into it, which is really neat to see.”

Sturgis, meanwhile, had this assessment on the United States’ opening game, a 2-1 victory against Ghana on Monday.

“They got the win and that’s all that matters at the end of the day,” Sturgis said. “I thought (Jozy) Altidore going down early really hurt the pace we were playing and the possession. But it was good to get a win, that’s for sure.”

NUMBERS GAME

The mystery remains.

During an appearance on The Finsiders Tuesday, rookie tackle Ja’Wuan James said he was still trying to pry his college number 70 from former University of Tennessee teammate and good friend Dallas Thomas.

“We’re still negotiating, negotiating some of the fine print on the contract between us swiching jerseys,” said James, who has been wearing 72 through the OTAs and minicamp. “Dallas is a stubborn guy, he can be a stubborn guy, but we’ll see.

“He just wants something out of it. Dallas is stingy, he’s a cheap guy who holds on to stuff. I guess I’ve got to beg for it a little bit. I guess he wants me to beg for it.”

Asked after practice Wednesday about the situation, Thomas couldn’t help but start laughing.

“We’ve already discussed it,” he said. “He has to tell you because we already discussed it and I’m not going to tell what we discussed.

“We have a deal, but now, is it going to come through? We don’t know yet.”

THIS AND THAT

Wide receiver Armon Binns had the offensive highlight of practice when he jumped over cornerback Jamar Taylor to catch a deep sideline pass from Ryan Tannehill. ... Cam Wake made a diving interception after linebacker Philip Wheeler tipped a swing pass at the line of scrimmage. ... The musical selections for the stretching portion of practice were “Danza Kuduro (Remix)” by Don Omar featuring Lucenzo, Daddy Yankee and Arcangel, and “Some Type of Way” from Bueno. “Danza Kuduro” lasted only a few seconds, but long enough for safety Louis Delmas to grab special teams coach Darren Rizzi to join him in a few steps of Latin dancing.
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