Greg Cote

Like a total eclipse, NFL Draft and Dolphins’ first-round pick dominate Hot Button Top 5

Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier and VP Mike Tannenbaum talk to the media about the upcoming season and the NFL Draft at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Miami on April 19, 2017.
Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier and VP Mike Tannenbaum talk to the media about the upcoming season and the NFL Draft at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Miami on April 19, 2017. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

1. DOLPHINS

Finally, NFL Draft arrives Thursday: Newly released schedule finds Miami back on NFL map with four prime-time games, but big news is this week’s draft. The biggest likelihood for Fins’ No. 1 pick? That, no matter who it is, most Dolfans were hoping for the other guy instead.

2. NBA

LeBron goes for first-round sweep: As the Heat began its offseason with exit meetings, NBA playoffs drag on, I mean go on, with first round nearing end. Cleveland goes for sweep Sunday after overcoming a 26-point deficit in Game 3. Selfishly, LeBron’s excellence is making it tough on his critics.

3. MARLINS

Fish in midst of nine-game road swing: Marlins are five games into season’s second longest road trip and fighting to hang with the Nationals in the NL East race. The goal: To still be a playoff contender when hosting All-Star Game later this summer. And dare say beyond?

4. HURRICANES

Football, baseball share campus spotlight: UM’s football spring practice wrapped up for coach Mark Richt with Saturday’s scrimmage, while Jim Morris’ baseball Canes — trying to save their season — close a three-game home series with rival Florida State on Sunday.

5. AARON HERNANDEZ

Ex-football star kills self: More cheers than tears met the news the ex-Patriot and convicted murderer hanged himself in prison. But does that say more about him or us? A tragedy, a shame, a waste. Everybody lost. Man, what a depressing way to end this Hot Button!

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