MIAMI -- The Pat Riley scouting tour is over, for at least a few days.
Riley was back with the Miami Heat on Sunday, coaching his team against the Dallas Mavericks. He missed Friday night's game against the Orlando Magic because he was midway through a three-day trip to evaluate top college players who most likely will be available in the NBA draft.
"Got a lot of notes, did a lot of travel," Riley said. "Four cities in two days and saw the players, so far, that I needed to see. Now we move on."
The Heat, assured a spot in the NBA lottery, have the league's worst record -- and, as of now, the best chance of obtaining the No. 1 pick in the June draft. Because the team believes the draft will play a crucial role in its rebuilding, Heat owner Micky Arison asked Riley to see several league tournaments and evaluate top college prospects in person.
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Riley said the trip afforded him the chance to see certain things that aren't necessarily caught on television or tape, like the way a player warms up before a game and how attentive he is during timeouts and on the bench.
"When you get down, up and close, you feel the presence of a player," Riley said. "You can see the presence of a player. You see every little nuance, so I think it's essential to be able to have that feeling about them. Most of the time when you bring them in here for workouts, they won't work out. They won't work out hard. They won't be competitive. So you either go off film or what you saw."
Riley saw tournament games at the Southeastern Conference, Conference USA, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference. He studied a list of prospects that included Kansas State's Michael Beasley, Memphis' Derrick Rose and LSU's Anthony Randolph -- all freshmen presumed to be entering this year's draft.
• BOXING -- At the merciful final bell, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez both raised their arms in victory, just as they did after their first fight nearly four years ago.
Their cornermen boosted them into the air again, arms around their fighters' blood-spattered trunks. Mexican and Filipino fans joined in another unified cheer for two of the world's best boxers, whose rematch was worth every minute of the wait.
And by one point on one judge's scorecard, Pacquiao was a champion again.
• AUTO RACING -- Lewis Hamilton made it look easy.
The McLaren driver started from the pole and stayed ahead of the mayhem to claim his fifth victory in 18 GP starts. The 23-year-old finished in 1 hour, 34 minutes and 50.616 seconds. BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld was second 5.4 seconds back and Williams' Nico Rosberg was third 8.1 seconds off the pace.
• HOCKEY -- Joe Corvo scored three goals against his old team, Cam Ward stopped 16 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes bounced back from their worst loss of the season to beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1.
It was the first hat trick of Corvo's NHL career, and it came about two months after he and Patrick Eaves were traded to Carolina from Ottawa. Eaves also enjoyed the reunion with the Senators, getting his first goal since the trade to help the Hurricanes improve to 13-4-1 in their past 18 games.