Fins visit Philadelphia on Sunday, then host return of Romo: Miami is 3-5, has lost two in a row, is 0-4 in its division, is an underdog in Philadelphia, then hosts Dallas and the return from injury of Tony Romo. Oy. You like a challenge, Dan Campbell? You got one.
UM visits Chapel Hill to see ACC title hopes perish: Al Golden never could seem to get that elusive “signature win.” Saturday would have been that for interim replacement Larry Scott, but the Hurricanes did not have another miracle in them.
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Bosh, hot Heat earn a few days off; Chalmers traded: Heat is 6-3 entering a rare four days off before returning to action here Tuesday. Meantime, Mario Chalmers was traded in a tax-relief move. Give Chalmers this: He lost his starting job and his minutes, but he never lost his swagger.
Homestead-Miami Speedway on deck to host season finale: NASCAR’s race Sunday in Phoenix will determine which three drivers join retiring star Jeff Gordon for the championship next Sunday in Homestead. Gordon winning would be a storybook ending. Am picturing Cinderella in a flame-retardant racing suit and earplugs.
5. UM BASKETBALL
Early challenge for UM men: Jim Larrañaga’s team gets its first real test of the young season in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament. If they win, they could get where many think they belong: in the Top 25.