Friday, February 5, 2016

Joy Taylor Leaves The Ticket

     Joy Taylor has left her position as the morning co-host on 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM. She co-hosted the program for several years with Jonathan Zaslow and was the morning sports anchor along with being the morning sidekick when Marc Hochman co-hosted the show until December 2013. Taylor will be joining Fox Sports 1 in Los Angeles as a sportscaster.
     Taylor, a Pittsburgh native, began in South Florida radio with Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. She worked in several capacities at that station which included producer, show sidekick, sports anchor and sports host. Her brother is former Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Jason Taylor.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Panthers Slam Red Wings

     The Florida Panthers extended their winning streak to five games as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 on Thursday night at BB&T Center. Roberto Luongo passed Tony Esposito for 7th place all-time in NHL history with his 424th career win.
     The Panthers, who have won 17 of their last 21 games, improved to 26-3-3 when they scored first and 22-0-1 when they scored at least three goals in a game. 
     Florida(31-15-5) hit the Red Wings with an avalanche of goals in the first period. They got on the scoreboard at 8:30 of the stanza. Jaromir Jagr was on the right wing and placed a pass to the top of the zone. Alex Petrovic blasted a slapshot that was deflected in by Brandon Pirri. Jagr compiled his 1,100th NHL assist on the play and became the sixth player to reach that milestone.
     The Panthers then connected with two goals in a 24-second span. Aleksander Barkov ripped a slapshot from the high slot by Jimmy Howard for a power-play goal at 10:41. He extended his goal-scoring streak to three games and his point streak to five games. Vincent Trocheck followed as he raced through the middle of the ice and scored on a snap shot from the low slot at 11:06. He moved his point streak to four games with that tally.
     Detroit(25-18-8) attempted to climb back into the contest as they scored on the power play with six seconds left in the period. Dylan Larkin was alone in the low slot and received a pass from Henrik Zetterberg in the right corner. He put a wrist shot by Luongo for his 16th goal of the season.
     In the second period, the Red Wings pulled to 3-2 at 1:01. Larkin came out of his own zone, carried the puck across center ice, went to the top left circle and scored his second goal of the contest and 17th goal of the season.
     The Cats regained a two-goal cushion with 3:47 to go in the second. Pirri made a spin-around pass from the left corner and the puck went off the left skate of Derek MacKenzie at the top of the crease.
     Jagr got his 738th NHL goal at 3:45 of the third period to give the Panthers a 5-2 margin. He nailed a one-timer from the right circle following a backhand feed by Trocheck in the high slot. Jagr is now three goals behind Brett Hull for 3rd all-time in NHL goals.
     The Red Wings had a power play midway in the period and brought out an extra attacker. It worked as Mike Green rocketed a slapshot from the top of the zone for a score at 12:36 after he got a pass from Justin Abdelkader from the right point.
      Detroit pulled their goalie from the net again, however this time Florida was able to find the twine with 5:41 remaining in the third. Reilly Smith made a short pass in the neutral zone to Trocheck and he placed the puck into the empty net.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

National Signing Day Broward County 2016

     Broward County had national signing day on Wednesday and there was a tremendous amount of high school football talent that will have an impact on the college football gridiron.
     St. Thomas Aquinas, who have won two straight FHSAA Class 7A state championships and three titles in the last four seasons, had a slew of their players who make their decisions to play at the next level. Defensive lineman Nick Bosa went to where he was expected to go as he heads to the Ohio State University. He follows his older brother Joey Bosa who played for the Buckeyes for the last three years and declared for the NFL last month. Their father John Bosa one time played for the Miami Dolphins.
     Wide receiver Sam Bruce will move on to the University of Miami. He also has family roots in the NFL with Issac Bruce who played for the St. Louis Rams. Wide receiver Michael Irvin II is also headed to The U after playing one season with the Raiders. He takes the same path as his father Michael Irvin who played for both St. Thomas Aquinas and the University of Miami Hurricanes. Running back Devonta'e Henry-Cole moves across the country to the University of Utah.
     Three players from Hallandale will be joining the Utes with Henry-Cole as quarterback Tyler Huntley, running back Zack Moss and wide receiver Demari Simpkins head there. The school made the FHSAA playoffs in the last couple of years.
     The Chargers had a core of wide receivers that will go their separate ways. Josh Hammond stays in the state at the University of Florida, Chris Cotto goes to Western Kentucky and Neru N'Shaka lands at Toledo. Defensive back Romelo Webster goes north to Iowa State.
     Flanagan had plenty of players from their FHSAA Class 8A championship squad make a decision on colleges. Linebacker Devin Bush Jr., defensive back Devin Gil and defensive back Josh Metellus go to the University of Michigan. Quarterback Kato Nelson ends up in Akron while wide receiver Jahcour Pearson signs with Western Kentucky.
     Wide receiver Dredrick Snelson moves to the University of Central Florida. He had success in Orlando over the last three seasons winning a state title with the Falcons in 2015 along with two FHSAA Class 5A state championships with American Heritage of Plantation in 2013 and 2014.
     Several of his former teammates with the Patriots made their decisions for college football. Wide receiver Brandon Johnson chose Tennessee, tight end Nick Eubanks selected Michigan and defensive lineman Brian Burns remains in the state at Florida State University.
     Coconut Creek had their lot of quality talent even without a playoff appearance in the last couple of years. Defensive back Trayvon Mullen moves to Clemson, wide receiver Binjimen Victor goes to Ohio State, defensive Malek Young stays local with the University of Miami and linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste finds his way to Arkansas.
     The Deerfield Beach Bucks have regularly shown up in the FHSAA playoffs. Defensive back Aaron Robinson travels to the University of Alabama, wide receiver Calvin Ridley signed with the University of Georgia and defensive back James Pierre shifts to the University of North Carolina.

National Signing Day Palm Beach County 2016

     It was national signing day on Wednesday and Palm Beach County had their share of high school football players announce where they will attend college.
     American Heritage running back Devin Singletary decided to stay locally and join the Florida Atlantic University Owls. Offensive lineman Greg Begnoche moves to the Ivy League at Penn while linebacker Lawrence Graham goes to Tulane. They helped the Stallions reach the FHSAA Class 3A state championship games in the past two years.
     Delray Beach had two other running backs from Atlantic to make the next step to college. Shawndarrius Phillips choose to head south to Florida International University while Dontavius Monroe will leave the state and attend Tennessee State. Linebacker Chanler Ferguson stays locally at FAU. Defensive back Antwaine Richardson heads up the coast to Maryland. They contributed for the Eagles to capture the District 10-8A title in 2015.
     Oxbridge Academy running back Travis Homer stuck with his original decision and will join the University of Miami Hurricanes. Homer led the Thunderwolves to the District 7-3A district title over American Heritage in 2015 as the school played their first season within a district.
     The Hurricanes also got Wellington wide receiver Ahmmon Richards. He helped the Wolverines to their best record ever in 2014 with a District 9-8A title and a playoff appearance in 2015. The Canes already had Santaluces linebacker Zach McCloud enrolled at the school.
     Muck City had two running backs from rival Muck Bowl schools make their choices on a future college. Ja'Kevious Vickers of Glades Central is heading to the University of Connecticut. He helped the Raiders win a district title last year. McArthur Bennett of Pahokee, who recently enrolled at the University of Florida, helped the Blue Devils reach the FHSAA playoffs for several years.
     Oxbridge Academy tight end and linebacker A.J. Garson will be joining Vickers at the University of Connecticut. Quarterback Blake Dever, who transferred from St. Thomas Aquinas to Wellington
for the 2015 season, selected Savannah State.
     Dwyer wide receiver Isaiah Johnson goes across the country to play for Washington State. Palm Beach Gardens defensive back and running back Devin Studstill joins former high school teammate Tevon Coney at the University of Notre Dame.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Panthers Level Capitals

     The two divisional leaders in the Eastern Conference met on Tuesday night as the Florida Panthers topped the Washington Capitals 5-2 at Verizon Center. The Panthers extended their win streak to four games and have been victorious in 16 of their last 20 games. The Cats won their first home in Washington, DC after losing their previous 10 games in that arena.
     Florida got out to a 1-0 lead at 10:43 of the first period. Jaromir Jagr took the puck around the Capitals cage, backhanded a pass in front and Jonathan Huberdeau scored from the top of the crease.
     The Panthers made it a two-goal margin with 4:54 to go in the first. Aleksander Barkov passed from the top right circle to Huberdeau down low. His cross-ice pass went off the stick of Nick Bjugstad and Barkov followed up with a score.
     The Cats extended their gap to 3-0 just 21 seconds into the second period as Vincent Trocheck scored on an unassisted goal. He picked up the puck in the neutral zone, skated down the ice and blasted a shot from the right wing by Philipp Grubauer.
     They increased it to 4-0 on the power play with 4:50 remaining in the frame. Huberdeau compiled his third point of the game as he sailed in a snap shot from the top right circle. Reilly Smith fed him with a no-look backhand pass from the top of the zone.
     Washington tried to get back into the contest with two goals in 1:18 early in the third period against Al Montoya. Nichlas Backstrom converted on a power play as he scored from the slot area at 34 seconds and Andre Burakovsky fired in a slapshot from the left circle at 1:53.
     Quinton Howden sealed the victory for the Panthers on an empty-net goal with 1:53 left when the Capitals brought out an extra attacker and attempted to cut the deficit.

MJ Acosta Moves To San Diego

     Former WPLG-TV Channel 10 reporter MJ Acosta will be joining KNSD-TV in San Diego as a sports anchor on Sunday. She had been associated with WPLG since February 2013 reporting on sports, news and the entertainment industry.
     Acosta, a Barry University grad, worked as a sportscaster for Generation Next Youth Sports Network in Miami from 2011 until 2013. She was a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and finished in top three at the 2011 Miss Florida USA pageant.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ron Flatter On CBS Sports Radio

     Former Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM producer Ron Flatter is now at CBS Sports Radio Network as a sports anchor. He is also announcing sports updates on WFAN-AM and WINS-AM in New York City. He has been the American sports reporter at RSN in Australia for many years.
     Flatter was the afternoon producer for the Hank Goldberg Show on WQAM during the mid-1990s. He was occasionally heard on-air responding to Goldberg on any sports topic.
     He received a great opportunity during the Florida Panthers playoff run in the 1995-96 season. Jon "Boog" Sciambi was the intermission and studio host for radio broadcasts that season. He had to leave his position a couple of rounds into the playoffs to announce minor league baseball in the Northwest League. Flatter was given the spot and worked with play-by-play announcer Chris Moore and game analyst Alain Chevrier in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche.
     Following his stint at WQAM, Flatter moved on to ESPN Radio as a producer and reporter. He later added duties as a horse racing reporter for ESPN. He recently was an overnight news anchor at Fox News Radio.