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Greg Cote: Dolphins’ new coach, playoffs top list

1. DOLPHINS/NFL

Miami coaching search ends as playoffs begin: NFL playoffs pare to eight teams Sunday after Dolphins hire Adam Gase on Saturday to steer them back there. With no head coaching experience, the only guarantee is that many wary Dolfans won’t like hiring.

2. PANTHERS

Cats! Rats! Florida puts 11-game win streak on line: The division-leading Panthers put club-record, 11-game winning streak on the line Sunday at Edmonton. “The division-leading Panthers.” Still a phrase one turns in the mind with marvel, as if it were a snow globe.

3. BASKETBALL

Heat, Canes face biggest tests of season: Heat plays first game of season against champion Golden State on Monday night, then Hurricanes men play No. 4 Virginia on Tuesday, both on the road. The Heat is pretty good and so is UM. Now we’re about to find out how good.

4. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Clemson, Bama play Monday night for national title: Second year of College Football Playoff ends in Glendale, Arizona. Clemson embarrassed Hurricanes 58-0 this season. Alabama coach Nick Saban lied and left the Dolphins. Um, can Miamians hope both teams lose?

5. BASEBALL

Griffey, Piazza voted in to Cooperstown: Ken Griffey Jr., with record vote, and Mike Piazza, after three-year wait, were elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. Alas, Piazza won’t be wearing Marlins cap on his plaque despite playing for Miami an entire week in 1998.

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