Greg Cote

Hot Button list: NBA Finals, soccer, Ichiro lead list

1. NBA

Golden State still in control over Cleveland, LeBron: Warriors led NBA Finals 3-1 after winning Game 4 in Cleveland as LeBron James and Stephen Curry jockeyed for mythical title of league’s best player. The win left the Warriors in control entering Game 5 on Monday at Golden State.

2. SOCCER

Euro ’16 under way in France: Outside of World Cup there is no bigger month for soccer than this. As Copa America continued in U.S., Euro ’16 began but most impressive team in France might be massive security force girding against the terrorist threats.

3. MARLINS

Eyes are on Ichiro (and wincing at Stanton): As Fish continued in playoff hunt in midst of road trip, star Giancarlo Stanton entered weekend hitting .197 and on pace for record 228 strikeouts. On bright side, Ichiro had drawn within 27 hits of 3,000 in MLB, an ageless wonder at 42.

4. HURRICANES

UM hosts Boston College for ticket to Omaha: No. 3 Miami was hosting unranked Boston College in NCAA Super Regional best-of-3, with winner going to College World Series. If they’re headed to a Game 3 on Sunday, Canes coach Jim Morris might need some Pepto-Bismol.

5. MUHAMMAD ALI

Nation, world say goodbye to a true legend: No. 5 might have been Dolphins preparing for mandatory minicamp, Stanley Cup Finals, Belmont Stakes, golf’s U.S. Open, MLB Draft, Maria Sharapova’s ban or even deaths of Kimbo Slice or Gordie Howe. But they buried Ali on Friday. Respect.

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