Dolphins out, but hunt for Super Bowl continues: Dolphins were quickly eliminated from the playoffs in the first round in Pittsburgh last week, but the NFL decided to go on with its postseason anyway, and the weekend will pare eight surviving teams down to a final four.
Homestand awaits for reeling, miserable Heat: Miami was 11-29 entering the weekend with nine losses in its past 10 games and now begins a four-game homestand on Tuesday. And now here is your official Heat midseason report in one word: Depressing!
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Finally, Cats showing signs of life at midseason: Florida had won three of its past four games entering the weekend and moved to within two points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference — playoff pace. Stanley Cup dream still far off but progress being seen.
Serena seeks history in Australian Open: The year’s first tennis major, the Australian Open, begins on Sunday in Melbourne with Palm Beach’s Serena Williams chasing her women’s-record 23rd major title. It’s becoming less a question than a statement: She’s the G.O.A.T.
Marlins Park readies for Race of Champions: Can you picture a major auto race inside a baseball stadium? Me, neither. But top drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One and other circuits will compete against each other here next weekend. Vroom!