Saturday, July 12, 2014

Nick Boynton Joins Arizona Coyotes Radio

     Former Florida Panthers defenseman Nick Boynton has joined the Arizona Coyotes as a radio game analyst. He played for the Cats during the 2008-09 season and had five goals with 16 assists in 68 games.
     Boynton was with the Boston Bruins from 1999-2000 until 2005-06 and the Phoenix Coyotes for two seasons from 2006-07 to 2007-08. He was traded to the Panthers along with Keith Ballard for Olli Jokinen in June 2008. He would play the final month of the 2009-10 season with the Chicago Blackhawks where he won a Stanley Cup championship.

Friday, July 11, 2014

LeBron James Leaves Miami Heat

     LeBron James has agreed to sign a long-term contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will leave the Miami Heat. He played his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavs and led the team to an Eastern Conference championship in 2007.
     James played with the Miami Heat over the past four seasons. He helped the franchise capture two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013 along with four consecutive Eastern Conference titles and four straight Southeast Division titles from 2011 to 2014.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Miami Ratings June 2014

     104.3 The Ticket WAXY-FM was the top sports format radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region for the tenth consecutive month. Their margin of victory was cut slightly in the most recent ratings period by Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM.
     The ratings for 104.3 The Ticket dropped from an all-time high of 2.5 to a 2.3 in June. It was the sudden end of the Miami Heat playoff push for a third consecutive NBA championship which caused the bump down. Regardless of the fall, it was the second highest ratings ever for the station in their ten-year history.
     WQAM saw their ratings increase from a 0.9 to a 1.1 in the June period. It was the third straight month that their ratings were on an uptrend due to the addition of the afternoon show with Marc Hochman and Zach Krantz. It was their highest mark for that station since October 2012.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM remained flat with a 0.2 for the fifth consecutive month. The station remained stable as they have stayed with the same personnel on their programs.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ozuna Home Run Sinks Arizona

     The Miami Marlins were down to their final strike of the game until Marcell Ozuna hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning to give them a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Chase Field. The Fish had five hits in the contest and won for the third time in four games.
     Arizona(38-54) scored the first run of the game during the fifth inning against Brad Hand. Vidal Nuno led off and reached first on an error by Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee. Ender Inciarte then got on base with a bunt single. Aaron Hill followed with a base hit into right field for Nuno to score and make it 1-0.
     Addison Reed was called in to get the save for the Diamondbacks in the ninth inning, but Miami(44-46) pulled off a comeback. Ed Lucas walked, Giancarlo Stanton struck out and McGehee lined out to center field. Ozuna, who extended his current hit streak to a league-high 14 games, homered to center field on a 2-2 pitch for his 15th home run of the season.
     Hand went 6 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run on eight hits. Steve Cishek notched his 20th save of the year for the Marlins with a scoreless ninth. Nuno, who make his Diamondbacks debut after being traded from the New York Yankees on Sunday, gave up no runs on three hits and struck out seven in seven innings.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rocco Pendola At The Street

     Former South Florida sports host Rocco Pendola is now a columnist at The Street.com. He was the evening host at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM for one year during the mid-1990's. Pendola began his broadcasting career as a sports host in Buffalo where he worked at WJJL-FM, WMJQ-FM and WGR-AM.
     After his stint with WQAM, Pendola moved on to WEAE-AM in Pittsburgh, KTCK-AM in Dallas and Sportsfan Radio Network in Las Vegas. He then went to college in the San Francisco area and was a part-time host at KSJO-FM.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Shane Battier Joins ESPN

     Former Miami Heat forward Shane Battier has joined ESPN as a basketball studio analyst. He retired following the 2014 NBA Finals after a 13-year NBA career. Battier played with the Miami Heat for the last three seasons and helped the franchise capture two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013 along with an Eastern Conference title in 2014. He also received the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award for the 2013-14 season.
     Following winning the NCAA National Championship with Duke University in 2001, Battier was selected sixth overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He played his first five seasons there and was named to the 2002 NBA All-Rookie team. Battier was dealt to the Houston Rockets in June 2006 and was rewarded second team All-Defensive honors in 2008 and 2009. The Rockets dealt him back to Memphis in February 2011 to finish the season.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Florida Panthers Sign Free Agents

     The Florida Panthers went on a spending spree during the first day of free agency in the NHL on Tuesday. General manager Dale Tallon was able to sign six different players with a wealth of NHL experience. It was the first time that the Panthers went through this procedure with new owner Vincent Viola.
     Center Dave Bolland played last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and had eight goals with four assists in 23 games. Bolland played with the Chicago Blackhawks prior to that for seven seasons and won two Stanley Cup championships in 2010 and 2013. He scored the series-winning goal in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. Tallon drafted him in 2004 when he was the Blackhawks assistant general manager.
     The Cats also signed forward Jussi Jokinen. He has been known for his high scoring percentage in shootouts. Jokinen had 21 goals and 36 assists in 81 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last year. Jokinen has scored many timely goals against the Panthers during his nine-year NHL career.
     Right wing Shawn Thornton was added for his veteran status and bruising play. He was with the Boston Bruins in 2013-14 as he compiled five goals and three assists in 64 games. He helped the Bruins capture their first Stanley Cup title in 39 years when they won in 2011. Thornton played with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2002 until 2006 under Tallon when he was general manager, assistant general manager and director of player personnel.
     Florida got a fourth-line center with skills in penalty killing as they acquired Derek MacKenzie. He played for the Columbus Blue Jackets during 2013-14 and contributed nine goals with nine assists in 81 games. MacKenzie played the last seven seasons with Columbus. 
     The Panthers added a veteran defenseman with the signing of Willie Mitchell. During his four-year stint with the Los Angeles Kings, he won two Stanley Cup titles with them in 2012 and 2014. He added one goal and 11 assists in 76 games for the 2013-14 campaign.
     Al Montoya was signed as a backup goalie for Roberto Luongo. He played last year with the Winnipeg Jets where he went 13-8-3 with a 2.30 goals-against-average and two shutouts in 28 games.