Greg Cote

Hot Button list: March Madness, Dolphins, Bosh and 1996 Cats make it

1. COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Hurricanes await Selection Sunday as March Madness looms: Canes’ ACC tournament showing will be weighed as Selection Sunday sets men’s NCAA Tournament field and begins the Madness. UM also busy with football as Mark Richt opens spring practice Tuesday, but, sorry, it’s Jim Larrañaga’s time.

2. DOLPHINS

Dolfans weigh gains, losses with NFL free agency under way: Miami’s big losses have been DE Olivier Vernon and RB Lamar Miller, with DE Mario Williams thus far leading the additions. Fans seem generally disappointed so far (or did that go without saying?) but landing RB C.J. Anderson would help.

3. HEAT

Bosh updates health, says he hopes to return this season: With only 16 games left before the playoffs, Chris Bosh, out since the All-Star break, said he still hopes to return this season. Erik Spoelstra was noncommittal but called Bosh “in a good place.” Yeah, but not as good a place as back on the court.

4. PANTHERS

Cats fight for division lead, honor 1996 Year of the Rat team: Florida is locked in a three-team fight for the division lead as the franchise honored its 1996 Stanley Cup finalists here Saturday night. Good: Being able to cheer a 20-year anniversary. Even better: Having a 2016 team worth cheering.

5. MARLINS

Updates on Fernandez, Stanton as spring training continues: Team says ace Jose Fernandez will throw more offspeed and less heat to save his arm, while slugger Giancarlo Stanton has the second-best odds to be NL MVP, assuming he avoids his injury jinx. Never a question of talent with them, only health.

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