Greg Cote

NBA stars, Marlins sale, UM, Cats, boats top this week’s Hot Button list

Miami Marins' pitcher Jeff Locke works off the mound during the first day of the Marlins' spring training in Jupiter on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.
Miami Marins' pitcher Jeff Locke works off the mound during the first day of the Marlins' spring training in Jupiter on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

1. NBA

Hot Heat takes an All-Star break: New Orleans hosts NBA’s 66th All-Star Game on Sunday with Heat (sans any All-Stars) only two games off playoff pace after winning 14 of last 16 games before the break. Up next: What you got planned for Thursday’s trade deadline, Mr. Riley?

2. MARLINS

Full spring work begins as sale talk turns weird: Full-squad spring training got underway Friday up in Jupiter as talks to sell the club took a weird turn. I mean, what were the odds that Jeffrey Loria maybe becoming U.S. ambassador to France might somehow be involved?

3. HURRICANES

UM baseball opens, hoops nears postseason: UM’s 16th-ranked women’s team visits No. 13 Duke on Sunday and Canes men play at No. 14 Virginia on Monday. But how ’bout some love for baseball as Jim Morris’ guys wrap up a season-opening home series vs. Rutgers.

4. PANTHERS

Cats still chasing eighth seed as road trip ebbs: Florida had won five of past six and was three points of playoff pace entering weekend. Meanwhile, Jaromir Jagr earned his 1,900th career NHL point the day he turned 45. Who else gives middle age a good name like this dude?

5. BOATING

Miami International Boat Show ends Sunday: Four-day event’s 76th edition has drawn thousands to Miami Marine Stadium. It’s like they say: You are never happier than the day you buy a boat … other than the day you finally unload that money-eating monster you hardly used.

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