Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Hot Button list: Chris Bosh, Marlins and Hurricanes

1. HEAT

Recurrence of blood clots clouds Bosh’s Miami future: It must be emphasized the priority is Chris Bosh’s health and wellbeing, of course. But forgive a Heat fan this thought, too: Is more than the rest of this season in jeopardy? Might Bosh’s Heat future and NBA career also be imperiled?

2. MARLINS

Play ball! Well, sort of, as spring training begins: Spring games are still a week away, but the Marlins’ first full-squad workout in Jupiter is this Tuesday. Looking for a good sign? Don Mattingly is the first new Marlins manager in club history who made playoffs the previous season.

3. HURRICANES

Tough schedule stretch under way for UM men: Canes baseball opens its season with a home series vs. Rutgers this weekend. Let’s just say 11th-ranked UM men’s basketball has it tougher, with Saturday’s loss at No. 5 North Carolina the first of four consecutive games vs. ranked opponents.

4. PANTHERS

Cats still lead division but try to shake slump: Florida had a five-point division lead entering Saturdays’ game vs. Winnipeg despite five losses in its past seven games. Want one word that helps explain Cats’ big season? It is “balance,” with nine players in double-digit goal scoring.

5. NASCAR

Vroom! Sunday’s Daytona 500 opens racing season: Retired Jeff Gordon begins his announcer’s career, retiring Tony Stewart is out injured and Chase Elliott, at 20, is Daytona’s youngest pole-sitter as NASCAR begins its season. Countdown to season finale at Homestead: 272 days.

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