Greg Cote

Hot Button: Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium unveiling and Marlins lead list

1. HURRICANES

College football is back! Canes open in six days: Week 1 locally features Hurricanes hosting Florida A&M on Saturday, two days after FIU debuts here against Indiana. It’s the start of the Mark Richt Era at UM. Fans love him. But check back after first loss.

2. DOLPHINS

Fins beat Atlanta, prepare for stadium unveiling: After encouraging 17-6 win over Atlanta, Dolphins prepare for preseason finale on Thursday — and public unveiling of refurbished, newly renamed Hard Rock Stadium. Place looks great. Will the team?

3. MARLINS

Playoff-chasing Fish add help, wrap homestand: Team traded for outfield help in Jeff Francoeur and entered weekend narrowly off playoff pace as it sets out Monday on seven-game road trip. Dear Jeff: Pretend like it’s 2011, your last really good season.

4. TENNIS

U.S. Open, year’s last major, set to begin: Starts Monday in New York with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams top seeds as usual. Tennis is predictable. Then again, defending women’s champ Flavia Pennetta is a household name only in her own house.

5. MARLINS PARK

Stadium adds two big events: Park will host Race Of Champions on Jan. 21-22, annual event pitting Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar drivers, and host World Baseball Classic on March 9-12. Now if only they’d add a few Marlins playoff games.

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