Greg Cote

Ichiro’s race to 3,000 hits tops sports topic in South Florida

Miami Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is on the brink of 3,000 hits.
Miami Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is on the brink of 3,000 hits. adiaz@miamiherald.com

1. MARLINS

Ichiro on brink of 3,000: Ichiro entered weekend at 2,996 hits, Dee Gordon is close to returning from suspension, and hot Marlins are on playoff pace. Miami and South Florida, you have just about run out of good excuses to not support this team.

2. DOLPHINS

Fins sign Foster, prepare for first camp under Gase: Miami bolstered its offense by signing veteran RB Arian Foster as it prepared to open camp under new coach Adam Gase with its first practice Friday. Dolfans seem to love the Gase hiring. Then again, he hasn’t lost yet.

3. HURRICANES

Football ceremonially under way as practice nears: Coach Mark Richt and QB Brad Kaaya spoke optimistically at ACC Football Kickoff as Aug. 4 start of preseason practice nears. Canes fans love Richt. Then again, he also hasn’t lost a game yet.

4. OLYMPICS

Russian doping scandal adds to Rio woes: With the chaos-marred Summer Olympics only 12 days away, the IOC is expected to rule by Sunday whether the entire Russian delegation will be banned over a doping scandal. The cheating Russians deserve a gall medal for gumption.

5. NBA

All-Star Game moved from Charlotte: Its star players have become outspoken against police-involved violence, now NBA moves its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over state’s controversial anti-LGBTQ law. Leagues and athletes showing social conscience? Good for them.

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