by Tom Morgan
The Miami Heat have officially begun life without LeBron James.
Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning Miami's starting point-guard job, and the Miami Heat opened their season with a 107-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 of those down the stretch after he briefly departed with a leg injury.
Luol Deng, part of the class assembled this summer after James departed to Cleveland, scored 12.
Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden led the Wizards with 18 points apiece.
Washington will be in Orlando Thursday night to play the Magic.
In other state sports news.....
- Second ranked FSU takes on Louisville tonight. The Seminoles are 7-0 while the Cardinals are 6-2. FSU leads the ACC's Atlantic Division with a 4-0 mark while the Cardinals are two games back at 4-2. The game kicks off at 7:30. FSU will be going for its 24th consecutive win.
- The NCAA ruled Wednesday that Georgia running back Todd Gurley must sit out until November 15th for accepting more than 3-thousand dollars for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. He'll miss Saturday's game against the Gators and the November 8th game against Kentucky. Georgia plans to appeal the ruling. With Gurley out, freshman Nick Chubb will be the featured back for the Bulldogs.
- FSU is picked to finish 8th and Miami is tenth in the ACC men's basketball preseason poll released on Wednesday. Duke is picked to win the conference, followed by North Carolina, Louisville, Virginia and Syracuse.
- UCF was picked to finish ninth out o 11 teams in the American Conference men's basketball preseason poll. USF was picked to finish ninth. Defending national champion U-Conn was picked to win it all.