Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dan Le Batard Show On ESPN2

     The noon hour of the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz began to be broadcast on ESPN2 this week as a replacement to His and Hers. The first two hours of the show continues to be shown on ESPNU. The program first started as a television simulcast on Fusion in early 2015.
     The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz had their first radio broadcast as an afternoon program on 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in August 2004. They began national syndication with ESPN Radio in September 2013. Their show was moved on The Ticket and ESPN Radio from afternoon drive to the midday shift in September 2015.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Oilers Slip By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers dropped a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday night. The Panthers have lost the first two games of their road trip.
     Zack Kassian and Mark Letestu combined for two goals in the first period to give Edmonton(25-15-7) a 2-0 margin. Vincent Trocheck closed the gap for Florida(20-18-9) with his 17th goal of the season with 2:47 to go in the first.
     In the second period, Michael Sgarbossa got his first NHL goal during a power play at the 18:35 mark to tie the contest 2-2. The Panthers took their first lead of the game at 14:45 of the third period as Greg McKegg collected his third goal of the campaign.
     Edmonton fought back and make it 3-3 with 2:59 left in the third as Jordan Eberle put in a tally. The Oilers got the winning goal with two seconds remaining in overtime. Connor McDavid raced in on a breakaway put a shot barely over the goal line for the victory.

Pudge Rodriguez Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

     Former Marlins catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday.  He becomes the third player in Marlins franchise history to reach Cooperstown and joins Andre Dawson and Mike Piazza.
     Rodriguez played just one season with the Florida Marlins and helped the club win the 2003 World Series over the New York Yankees in six games. He batted .297 with 16 home runs and 85 runs batted in during 144 regular season games that season.

Flames Burn Panthers

     The Florida Panthers had their four-game road winning streak snapped as they lost to the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome. It was the first game of a four-game road trip for the Cats against Western Conference opponents.
    The first period started fine for Florida(20-18-8) as they got out to a 2-1 lead. Vincent Trocheck scored two goals for the Panthers at 3:46 and 8:25 while former Panther Kris Versteeg added a goal for the Flames at 6:39.
     Calgary(24-20-3) would dominate the second period. Mark Giordano put in a power-play goal at 4:25 and several minutes later was followed when Mikael Backlund scored two goals in a span of 16 seconds. Sean Monahan added an empty-net tally with 2:08 left in the third.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chris Kokell ESPN West Palm Evening Co-Host

     Chris Kokell has joined Joe Colella as the new evening co-host on ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM. Their first show together was on Tuesday night. They both replace Jeremy Marks-Peltz in that time slot.
     Kokell is currently the head football coach for the Olympic Heights Lions. He has co-hosted weekend programs at that station for several years. Kokell did work as a game analyst for high school football games with Alex Kushel in 2014 on WTVX-TV Channel 34 in West Palm Beach. He was a game analyst for the 2014 FHSAA Class 3A state championship game on ESPN West Palm alongside Ken LaVicka.

Pahokee Stripped Of State Title

     The Pahokee Blue Devils were stripped of the 2016 FHSAA Class 1A state title on Monday due to an ineligible player. They had to forfeit all 14 games that they played and won during the 2016 season.
     Pahokee knocked off Baker 34-21 in the Class 1A state championship game in Orlando back on December 8. The Blue Devils returned back to six state championships and have not won a state title since 2008.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Panthers Down Blue Jackets

     The Florida Panthers finished a quick two-game homestand as they the league leader in points the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night at BB&T Center. The Cats now head out on the road for four games against the Western Conference.
     It took 8:22 into the first period for Florida(20-17-8) to get out ahead 1-0. Aaron Ekblad was on the right-wing wall when he passed toward the net. Shawn Thornton put in a shot from the blue point by Joonas Korpisalo for his 100th NHL point.
     Columbus(29-9-4) was able to score on their first power play at the 10:57 mark. Ryan Murray sent a slapshot from the left point which redirected in the Panthers cage by Scott Hartnell past James Reimer for his 11th tally of the campaign.
     The Blue Jackets capitalized on a giveaway that led to a goal with 1:50 left in the first. Derek MacKenzie knocked the puck in mid-air to the middle of the ice. Cam Atkinson took it at the high slot and scored on a wrist shot for an unassisted goal.
     The Cats evened the contest midway through the second period. Jason Demers passed the puck from the right point to Vincent Trocheck in the right corner. He flicked it toward the net from below the goal line and it squeezed on through at 8:24.
     The Panthers regained the lead 3-2 at the 10:46 mark. Jonathan Marchessault stole the puck from Markus Nutivaara in his own zone. He skated through the crease area then lifted a wrist shot in for his 13th goal of the season.
     Florida extended their margin to 4-2 at the 1:27 mark of the third period. Trocheck skated across the slot area to the right circle and put a slapshot on net. Jaromir Jagr poked in the loose rebound from the blue paint for his eighth goal this season and 757th NHL goal.
     Boone Jenner closed the gap to 4-3 at 6:17 for the Blue Jackets. He skated with the puck through center ice and into the Panthers zone. He snapped a shot from the high slot which hit off the left post and into the net.