Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s hot button topics: NBA All-Stars, Florida Panthers, Miami Jackson High School make list

1. NBA

Wade, Bosh rep Heat at All-Star Game in Toronto: Team entered break fifth in East after week that included club saying it would retire Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32. Aside to Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (who won’t play Sunday because of a strained calf): Please kidnap a three-point shooter and bring him back to Miami.

2. PANTHERS

Defense, big goaltending key as Cats chase record: Division-leading Florida continues six-game homestand Monday against Pittsburgh on pace for most regular-season points in franchise history, thanks to NHL’s lowest goals-against average. “You’re welcome,” goaltender Roberto Luongo said.

3. HIGH SCHOOLS

Miami Jackson makes history with female football coach: Jackson High made Bernice Brunson the first female head coach in Florida prep football history, same day it named former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell as defensive boss. Give Jackson this: Sure knows how to get your attention.

4. HURRICANES

UM men, women face road tests Sunday: The No. 12 men visit rival Florida State on Sunday and the No. 19 women play at No. 3 Notre Dame. Can’t recall another year (can you?) when both UM teams were thinking Sweet 16 and it didn’t seem a stretch.

5. BASEBALL

Marlins report, Canes open season: Baseball unfurls Friday as the Marlins begin to report for spring training and UM opens its season against Rutgers. UM is No. 6 in polls. Alas, the Marlins’ over/under is around 81 wins, not a playoff number.

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