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Greg Cote’s Hot Button list: NBA on hold for Heat-Raptors series

1. HEAT

Miami, Toronto in Game 7 on Sunday as rest of NBA waits: Stephen Curry’s Warriors, Kevin Durant’s Thunder and LeBron James’ Cavaliers all were waiting as the Goran Dragic-led Heat beat the Raptors on Friday to force a Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto. Survivor can only hope LeBron’s rest turns to rust.

2. MARLINS

Fish trying to stay hot on the road: Miami had won 13 of past 17 games entering current seven-game road trip. It was a seven-game road win streak in late April that began the turnaround. Considering recent paltry home crowds, Fish might be better heading to the airport than to Marlins Park.

3. PANTHERS

Cats make staff changes as playoffs down to final four: With fight for Stanley Cup down to Tampa Bay-Pittsburgh and San Jose-St. Louis, Panthers kept busy with front-office shakeup, firing a VP, director of hockey and assistant coach among others. The Panthers’ owners don’t mess around, folks.

4. HORSE RACING

Gulfstream announces major new race: Second leg of Triple Crown, Preakness, is in six days, but Gulfstream made headlines in announcing the inaugural Pegasus World Cup to be run in January with $12 million payout that is five times that of Kentucky Derby. Who said horse racing is dead?

5. DOLPHINS

Officials insist renovated stadium will be done in time: Dolphins officials announced massive stadium renovations are on schedule and would be done before Aug. 25 home exhibition opener. Said anyone who has driven past the construction site lately: “Yeah, right.”

Read an updated, expanded Hot Button Top 10 every Sunday in Greg’s Random Evidence blog.

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