Miami Heat

Where the Miami Heat stands heading into Game 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers

James Johnson grabs a rebound for the Heat against the 76ers' Dario Saric in Game 2 of the first-round 2018 NBA Playoff series on April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia
James Johnson grabs a rebound for the Heat against the 76ers' Dario Saric in Game 2 of the first-round 2018 NBA Playoff series on April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia

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Where the Heat stands

Two games into the 2018 NBA Playoffs, the Miami Heat has already gone through two different experiences against the Philadelphia 76ers.

First, it was the second-half beatdown to open the best-of-7 series on Saturday. A four-point halftime lead quickly turned into a 27-point loss.

There was pain. There was frustration. But there wasn't quit.

Instead, the Heat learned from its mistakes in Game 1 and made the adjustments two days later. The result? A 113-103 win to split the series before playing the next two games at home. Veteran bench warrior and soon-to-be Basketball Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade will get most of the credit for his 28-points of heroics and the clutch sequence late in the fourth quarter to ensure Miami's win when the Sixers were closing in, but Miami as a whole showed the resilience and work ethic coach Erik Spoelstra has been yearning to see from his team.

Make no mistake. This team is far from perfect. But Monday showed once again that Miami is a team that thrives in the clutch and can eek out the tight wins when the score is closer than it would prefer.

Now, it's time to perform in front of the home crowd, something the Heat has had little problem doing as of late. Miami has won 13 of its last 16 home games, including both of its games against Philadelphia in that span.

Realmuto's return

So all the Marlins needed was J.T. Realmuto?

While it remains to be seen how much of a long-term effect he can have on the struggling Marlins' lineup, Realmuto gave Miami the offensive jolt it desperately needed Tuesday during a 9-1 win over the host New York Yankees to split the two-game series.

His dagger: A three-run home run over Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka that broke the game open.

The Marlins now have an off day before a three-game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Soccer at Hard Rock

The eyes of the soccer world will be on Hard Rock Stadium again this summer, as four of the sport's most storied clubs - Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Manchester City - play matches in Miami as part of the sixth-annual International Champions Cup.

Manchester City plays Bayern Munich on July 28, and Manchester United faces Real Madrid on July 31. Both games are expected to sell out, as did last summer's El Classico Miami game between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Also, for the first time, Hard Rock Stadium will host a women's ICC. Three of Europe's top women's teams, including Manchester City F.C. and Paris Saint-Germain, will first participate in a training camp at the University of Portland.

The Hurricanes' QB battle

The battle to be the Miami Hurricanes' starting quarterback isn't over, but the leader is becoming more apparent.

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt made it clearer than ever after practice Tuesdaythat Malik Rosier's grip on the starting job is tight. He lauded the soon-to-be redshirt senior quarterback and gave him a resounding seal of approval - with the usual caveat that he needs to improve his accuracy.

More news and notes

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