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Sports Agenda for Monday (January 31, 2011)

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Miami Heat v New York Knicks

Big Story:
Obviously it’s the sports agenda’s return. Outside of that spectacular news, the Heat are finally getting off the schnide after a less than stellar two-week span and the Panthers are, well, they’re in dead last in their division. The Dolphins and Marlins are out of season, but oddly enough both have already been eliminated from playoff contention next year. (I kid.)

Heat: (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Sun Sports 7:30 p.m.)
The Heat put together an impressive win in Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon. After barely surviving the Detroit Pistons in their last game, the Heat had to win in a shootout against the Thunder. Eddie House was the hero by hitting a go-ahead three pointer to insure the victory. The Heat are currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference and have won 2 in a row. The Heat have a 2.5 game lead in the South Easter Division. The game tonight against the Cavaliers will match one of the best teams in the league with the absolute worst team in the league.

Panthers: (next game @ Toronto 2/1/11)
The Panthers, well, on the bright side, they haven’t lost in two days. The bad news is that’s because they haven’t played in two days due to the all-star game. The Panthers are bringing up the rear in their dvision, but are still ahead of four teams for worst in the Eastern Conference…so they have that going for them. They’ll take the ice again on Tuesday when they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

Marlins:
T-Minus 19 days until the Marlins are out of the playoffs….er….Pitchers and Catchers report for Spring Training. The full squad reports on February 21 and the first full practice will be held on February 22. The teams first spring training game will be on February 28.
Oh yeah, the first seat in the new Marlins stadium will be installed in three weeks.

Dolphins:
Thankfully out of season.
But, the pending labor stoppage for a bunch of millionaires and billionaires to argue over who gets more money will be the big NFL story over the next few months. More on that to come.
Don’t be surprised if you see some layoffs coming up real soon for Dolphins personnel.

College Football:
National Signing Day is set for Wednesday. Currently, FSU has the number one recruiting class in the nation. UF has the 23rd ranked recruiting class. UM has the number 42 recruiting class. FIU ranks 92 in the country, but they have reeled in two three-star players, which is good for the school.

FYI: FSU is still in the running for three five-star prospects including two top defensive ends and a defensive tackle from Lake City, Fl.

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