Greg Cote

Jose Fernandez leads South Florida sports’ hot button list

Fans gather around flowers and mementos at a memorial for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Fernandez was killed in a tragic boat accident along with two friends.
Fans gather around flowers and mementos at a memorial for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Fernandez was killed in a tragic boat accident along with two friends. AP

1. JOSE FERNANDEZ

Mourning the tragic death of Marlins’ ace: The team ends its baseball season Sunday in Washington, but for Marlins fans and Cuban Miami, it all ended a week earlier with the death of their most beloved player in a boating accident. R.I.P., Jose.

2. DOLPHINS

Reeling Fins fall to 1-3 in Cincinnati: The Dolphins played as bad as they looked Thursday night in a 22-7 loss. Those hideous orange uniforms made players look like animated Creamsicles, the sartorial abomination matched by the result.

3. HURRICANES

UM wins ACC opener, awaits Florida State: No. 14 Miami hosts the No. 12 Seminoles in six days in the year’s most anticipated game. We can look ahead, but Mark Richt’s Hurricanes sure didn’t in winning 35-21 on Saturday at Georgia Tech.

4. HEAT

Ready or not, the (fake) games are about to begin: Training camp in the Bahamas ended Saturday, now the new-look Heat opens the NBA preseason on Tuesday at Washington. No more D-Wade, no more Bosh, no more Big 3. Only big questions.

5. PANTHERS

NHL season nears as exhibitions continue: Florida plays its fourth of seven exhibitions Sunday as the Oct. 13 opener looms. Panthers think they could be Stanley Cup-good this season. Go, Cats, go. A hurting South Florida could use the lift.

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