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Greg Cote: Al Golden firing is South Florida hot topic

1. HURRICANES

Al Golden fired in wild, emotional week for UM: Embattled, unpopular coach Al Golden was fired after an unfathomable 58-0 home loss to Clemson. A concussion sidelined quarterback Brad Kaaya from Saturday’s game at Duke. A player’s mother died. Another player was arrested and suspended. The poor Hurricanes … making so much news, for so many wrong reasons.

2. DOLPHINS

Loss at Patriots, Wake injury bring Fins back to Earth: Thud! That was the Dolphins falling back down to reality Thursday night, in New England, after back-to-back rousing wins had made an instant hero their interim coach. And now sack-man Cameron Wake is lost for the season. On the bright side? Good seats at reduced rates are newly available on the Dan Campbell Bandwagon.

3. HEAT

Miami wins opener, but LeBron delivers reality check: Thud II! An impressive season-opening Heat home win is followed Friday night with a reminder from LeBron James and Cleveland of who’s still boss, at least for now, in the Eastern Conference. The good news? Miami’s one-man Swat Team, Hassan Whiteside, had six blocked shots. (“One-man Swat Team.” That’s mine. Patent pending.)

4. MARLINS

Fish agree to terms with ex-Dodgers manager Mattingly: Former Yankees great Don Mattingly, who managed the Dodgers the past five years, will be Miami’s new skipper. Which, given owner Jeffrey Loria’s track record, makes “Donnie Baseball” the Marlins’ latest future ex-manager. Not sure of the odds on how long he’ll last, but Loria’s impatience usually makes the “under” a safe bet.

5. BASEBALL

World Series moves to a Sunday Game 5 in New York: Kansas City led New York 2-1 entering Saturday night, with the Royals trying to take a commanding series lead and the Mets seeking to even it up. The only question now is who will be the ultimate hero. Because you know someone will stand up and earn that most-coveted title: Mr. Early-November!

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