The Miami Dolphins are parting ways with veteran defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell.  The 'Fins have released the pair, saving $12.5-million-dollars in salary cap space. 

Williams made five starts in 13 games last season, his first in Miami, and finished with just 13 tackles and one-and-a-half sacks.  Mitchell posted 18 tackles in nine games. 

According to multiple reports, the Dolphins are also trying to trade veteran left tackle Braden Albert instead of releasing him.  Albert is set to make 8.9-million-dollars next season, with a cap hit of 10.6-million.

In other state sports news....

  • Florida Gulf Coast has taken over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference.  Brandon Goodwin scored 24 points to lead FGCU past NJIT 80-73 on Thursday night. Christian Terrell scored 15 points and passed out six assists and Antravious Simmons scored 10 points for the Eagles, who are now 10-2 in the A-Sun.
  • Lipscomb dropped out of a first place tie with Florida Gulf Coast after last night's 93-82 loss to North Florida.  Dallas Moore scored a career-high 39 points for the Ospreys, who've won 3 of their last 4 games. Lipscomb, now 9 and 3 in the A-Sun, had its six-game win streak snapped.  Moore was 14 of 20 from the field, made three 3-pointers and 8 of 12 free throws.
  • In other finals from Thursday, Jacksonville nipped Kennesaw State 79-78 and it was Stetson over USC Upstate 83-72.
  • South Florida football coach Charlie Strong has completed his staff for next season, adding Sean Cronin as defensive tackles coach and hiring Damon Cogdell to coach defensive ends. Strong is preparing for his first season at the American Athletic Conference schools after spending the past three seasons at Texas.
  • Florida introduced their three recent football coaching hires. Runningbacks coach Ja'Juan Seider, defensive backs coach Corey Bell and offensive line coach Brad Davis were introduced in Gainesvilloe on Thursday.
  • NASCAR unveiled a revamped penalty system that could levy more punishments on race weekends.  Scrapping its six-level class, NASCAR moved to a two-level system where penalties assessed during qualifying or inspections at the track will be immediate and not handled later in the week.  Potential penalties at the track include loss of practice time, loss of pit selection, an end of field penalty and even the loss of track access.