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Greg Cote: Miami Dolphins home opener is hottest topic in South Florida sports

1. DOLPHINS

Buffalo a huge test in 50th home opener Sunday: We are now in our seventh consecutive year of not knowing whether Miami will be good or S.O.D. (Same Ol’ Dolphins). We know Buffalo presents a big challenge Sunday. We’re about to know if the 1-1 Fins are up to that challenge.

2. MARLINS

Sunday is home finale for disappointing Fish season: Not much has gone right for the Marlins, who have interviewed Manny Acta as their potential next manager. He last managed in 2012 and has career record of 372-519 (.418). Reach for the stars, Marlins!

3. HEAT

Bosh healthy as Miami opens training camp: Chris Bosh is back after missing much of last season with blood clots as training camp opens with media day Monday. The Heat expects to be much better after missing last season’s playoffs. My interpretation: Anything short of a conference finals against LeBron’s Cavs will be disappointment.

4. HURRICANES

UM braces for pass-happy Cincy: The Canes, 3-0 but unranked and with restless fans, follow a bye week with a Thursday game on ESPN. The Bearcats (2-2) aren’t very good but average 413 passing yards per game. Hope the off week provided plenty of rest for UM’s defensive backs.

5. PANTHERS

Jagr delivers lesson in how to thwart blackmail: The Cats’ ageless Jaromir Jagr, 43, recently thwarted blackmail try by a Czech model, 18, who wanted $2,000 to not publish a photo of them in bed. Jagr said he didn’t care, rightly figuring that instead of shame, it would likelier bring high-fives from teammates.

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