Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Hot Button list: Surprise! Broncos, Panthers lead Top 5

1. NFL

Finally! It’s Panthers vs. Broncos on Sunday in Super Bowl 50: After two weeks of tedious buildup and now several more hours of pregame show, you’ll finally see what you’ve been waiting for. But enough about Beyonce at halftime. The game should be good, too.

2. HURRICANES

National Signing Day finds UM praised for recruiting class: New coach Mark Richt scrambled to see UM’s 2016 class ranked No. 19 by ESPN, and particularly strong at receiver and linebacker. Canes fans seemed pleased, which alone is close to a revelation.

3. HEAT

Visits by Clippers, Spurs will be gauge of Heat’s strength: Miami won six of its past seven games, but tall tasks await in Western power Clippers and Spurs visiting Sunday and Tuesday. Also, Chris Bosh facing Steph Curry in All-Star three-point contest.

4. PANTHERS

Too early for hot Cats to be in Stanley Cup talk? Florida won five in a row by a 25-8 margin entering Saturday, increasing its division lead, and one win was 5-2 at Washington, the Stanley Cup betting favorite. Still early to call Cats a title contender? Maybe not.

5. UM BASKETBALL

UM men’s, women’s teams aim to accomplish rare feat: Miami’s two teams are a combined 36-8, the men ranked 17th and the women 16th. The rare feat? This would be only the third time in school history that both teams made the NCAA Tournament the same year, along with 1998 and 2013. Double March Gladness in the Gables?

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