Friday, January 19, 2018

Panthers Retire Huizenga Jersey, Golden Knights

     The Florida Panthers hosted the National Hockey League's newest expansion franchise the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night at BB&T Center and won 4-3 overtime. The Panthers retired the number 37 jersey for original owner H. Wayne Huizenga in a pre-game ceremony prior to the contest.
     Huizenga was the majority owner of the team from their inception until after the 2001-02 season. He joins Bill Torrey as the only uniform numbers retired by the club. Torrey had number 93 retired for him by the team on October 23, 2010.
     The Golden Knights are on pace to pass Florida for the most points by a first-year expansion franchise in NHL history. The Panthers compiled 83 points in their inaugural season back in 1993-94 and there is a banner currently hanging in the rafters that shows it. Former Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant, right wing Reilly Smith and center Jonathan Marchessault returned to Sunrise for the first time.
     Florida(19-19-6) put in a tally on their first shot of the contest at 3:15 of the first period. Nick Bjugstad softly passed the puck from the left goal line on net and Malcolm Subban paddled it out. Jamie McGinn pounced on the rebound and scored from the top of the crease for his sixth goal of the campaign.
     Vegas(30-11-4) answered back with 5:38 left in the frame. Erik Haula carried the puck down the right wing and stopped at the hash marks. His centering pass glanced off the stick of Brad Hunt in the high slot and David Perron followed with a high one-time slap shot past James Reimer.
     The Golden Knights went on their first power play and surrendered a shorthanded goal with 4:05 remaining in the first. Vincent Trocheck rushed up the right side on a 2-on-1 breakaway and released a shot from the slot area. Aleksander Barkov poked in the rebound from the left of the crease for his 15th goal of the season.
     In the second period, Vegas evened it up 2-2 at the 6:57 mark. Smith sent a lead pass to Shea Theodore on the left wing and he centered it. William Karlsson scored the goal from the right of the crease for his team-leading 25th goal.
     Florida was able to regain the lead 3-2 at 3:35 of the third period. Keith Yandle dropped the puck back to Barkov in the high slot and he snapped a shot that Subban saved. Evgenii Dadonov smacked in the rebound from the low right circle for his 10th goal of the year.
     The Golden Knights tied it up with 2:09 left in the third. James Neal faked a shot from the top right circle, went around one defender and then scored on a wrist shot from the slot area. Neal chalked up his 20th goal of the season.
     The contest went into overtime and the Cats took it 40 second in. Barkov placed a shot on net from close range and then Aaron Ekblad slapped in the rebound from the low slot.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Amigo Heading To SiriusXM Radio

     Larry Milian, a.k.a. The Amigo, will become the first morning show host and program director of SLAM Talk Radio which will be launched on SirusXM Radio later on this year in the fall. The new channel on SiriusXM Radio will be run by high school students.
     SLAM stands for Sports Leadership Arts and Management charter school network which is based in Miami. Pop music singer Pitbull is a co-founder and brass ambassador of the organization.
     Milian is currently a writer for and has been there since July 2017. He recently hosted a Saturday late morning show on 880 WZAB-AM with former WTVJ-TV sportscaster and current ESPN reporter Stefano Fusaro from August 2016 to February 2017.
     The Amigo has been up and down the South Florida radio dial for over a decade. He was a weekend co-host and late night co-host with Alan Strauss as the Dos Amigos on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM from late 2005 to 2009. He landed at 640 Sports WMEN-AM in late 2009 as a weekend host afternoon co-host with Andy Slater. He was promoted to mornings and partnered with Armando Salguero followed by Chris Perkins from July 2010 to December 2011.
     He moved to Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM in January 2012 and worked a mid-afternoon program, first with Phil Domanic and later with Troy Stradford, until August 2013. Milian shifted to the internet as a writer and Wednesday night podcast host on in August 2013. He added duties as a Saturday late morning sports host on in April 2014. Milian later became the morning show host on in 2015.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Heat Pay Off Bucks Again

     The Miami Heat played their final regular season game ever at BMO Harris Bradley Arena on Wednesday night and stopped the Milwaukee Bucks 106-101. It was the second time in the last four days that both clubs faced each other. The Heat have been victorious in 15 of their last 20 games.
     Miami(26-18) pulled out ahead 30-25 after one quarter. Milwaukee(23-21) responded and had halftime lead of 57-52. The Bucks were still led 79-78 after three quarters of play. The Heat went on a 12-3 run to go up 99-93 with 2:34 left in the fourth quarter.
     Hassan Whiteside racked up a double-double with 27 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for the Heat. Kelly Olynyk added 15 points, Josh Richardson dropped 14 points and Wayne Ellington had 11 points. The Bucks got a double-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Khris Middleton had a team-high 25 points and Eric Bledsoe popped in 11 points.

Eric Reid Wins Florida Sportscaster Award

     Miami Heat television play-by-play announcer Eric Reid has been named the winner of the National Sports Media Association Florida Sportscaster of the Year award. It is the first time that Reid had received this honor from that organization that was once known as the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. 
     Reid, an Ithaca College grad, has been with the Miami Heat organization since their inception into the NBA back in 1988. He was the game analyst alongside Sam Smith on the television and radio simulcast during the first three seasons of the Heat. Reid was elevated to the television play-by-play position in 1991 and has held that post since. 
     The NSMA also announced that Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is the Florida Sportswriter of the Year. Jackson started as a sports media writer for the Miami Herald in the early 1990s. He has broadened his scope in the last couple of years working as the Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins beat writer. 

Dino Costa In New York City

     Former South Florida sports radio host Dino Costa recently joined WNYM-AM in New York City. He is hosting an overnight sports show on that station.
     Costa is best remembered locally as the first afternoon host on 1400 The Fan WFLL-AM in Fort Lauderdale. He hosted the program from April 2004 until July 2004.
     Since leaving South Florida, Costa has worked in several different markets. He worked at several outlets in Denver for the rest of the 2000s. He joined Sirius XM Radio in September 2009 as an afternoon host on Mad Dog Radio and stayed there until October 2013.
     He returned to Florida and worked with Pat Paolini as a mid-afternoon co-host on WAOC-AM in St. Augustine from August 2014 to late 2015. Costa had short stints at KFNS-AM in St. Louis as a morning host from March 2016 to April 2016 and with KXTG-AM in Portland, Oregon as an afternoon host from June 2017 to August 2017.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ethan J. Skolnick Returns With Podcast

     Ethan J. Skolnick has returned to the South Florida media with a podcast called Five Reasons on His co-host is Miami Dolphins pregame studio co-host Chris Wittyngham of Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM.
     Skolnick was last heard on the radio in Miami at Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM on the afternoon show with Chris Perkins in July 2017. He joined The Ticket in September 2015 as an afternoon co-host with Israel Gutierrez and they held that post together for a couple of months. Wittyngham became the permanent afternoon co-host with Skolnick in January 2016 and then he left the program in September 2016.
     Skolnick was a sports reporter previously with the Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He was an NBA video reporter for CBS from the middle of 2016 until the end of July 2017.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bulls End Heat Winning Streak

     The Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat seven-game winning streak with a 119-111 victory on Monday at United Center. Miami has won 14 of their last 19 games.
     Chicago(17-27) bounced out to a 32-25 margin after one quarter and remained ahead 55-48 by halftime. Miami(25-18) fell further behind 84-72 after three quarters and were unable to come back.
     Goran Dragic compiled 22 points and eight assists for the Heat while Wayne Ellington dropped in 20 points. Kelly Olynyk fell short of a double-double with 21 points and nine rebounds. Justin Holiday led the Bulls with 25 points and Lauri Markkanen added 17 points with nine rebounds. Nikola Mirotic and Zach LaVine both had 18 points each.