▪ 1. SOCCER: Finally! Miami in MLS becomes official: It took four years, wrangling over a stadium site, changing financial backers and machete’ing through political red tape, but David Beckham at last is set to announce Monday that a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami is officially a reality. All along, that’s been the goooooaaaaalllll!
▪ 2. MARLINS: Fish continue fire sale, deal Yelich: Now all but a minor-league team, the Marlins continued their fire sale reboot by trading Christian Yelich to Brewers. The good news? Got an elite prospect in return in CF Lewis Brinson, who played at Coral Springs High. He said he was thrilled to be a Marlin, which alone distinguishes him from most.
▪ 3. HORSE RACING: Gulfstream hosts Pegasus race: Twelve horses ran Saturday in Hallandale for a $16 million purse in second annual Pegasus World Cup, the globe’s richest horse race — a purse more than triple the combined payout of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Mamas, do let your babies grow up to be jockeys.
4. NFL: Countdown to Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl: Pro Bowl is Sunday in Orlando, Dolphins scouted Baker Mayfield in Saturday’s Senior Bowl and XFL is reforming. In other pro football news, I hear there is a much-anticipated TV event next Sunday as commercials vie to see which is best in a comptition unfortunately interrupted by a football game.
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5. HEAT: All-Star snub slights Miami: The 5-Spot considered Australian Open, Miami Marathon, NHL All-Star Game and Larry Nassar verdict, but we’ll go with Miami Heat becoming first top-four Eastern Conference team in 25 years to not have a player in NBA All-Star Game. It’s one more reason we know who team’s real star. It’s Erik Spoelstra.