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Greg Cote: Miami Heat opens Wednesday

1. HEAT

Miami opens 28th NBA season Wednesday night: The Heat hosts Charlotte on Wednesday in the franchise’s 28th opening night after a preseason in which Miami’s starting five barely were on the court together. Theme as the real games begin? “Ready or not … .”

2. DOLPHINS

Fins host Texans, then visit Patriots on Thursday: Will the legend of interim coach Dan Campbell grow with a second consecutive victory Sunday? It had better, because three tough road games follow starting Thursday night against Tom Brady and nemesis New England.

3. HURRICANES

UM, Golden seek elusive “signature win” against No. 6 Clemson: The Hurricanes hosted No. 6 Clemson on Saturday. It was a noon start but the field was cloaked in shadows. It wasn’t a cloud cover. It was the hundreds of small planes overhead pulling anti- and pro-Al Golden banners.

4. BASEBALL

Mets deny sentimental-favorite Cubs; World Series on deck: World Series Game 1 is Tuesday night, with the NL champion New York Mets at AL survivor Kansas City. The Mets denied the Chicago Cubs a shot at their first championship since 1908. Oh, there is a God. He just doesn’t like Cubs fans.

5. PANTHERS

Cats cool off after fast start to NHL season: Despite Jaromir Jagr’s five goals in the first seven games, Florida had lost three in a row entering Saturday’s game in Dallas. Beleaguered Cats fans aren’t saying “Here we go again” quite yet. But they’re clearing their throats.

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