Thursday, October 30, 2014

Boynton Beach At Hallandale Preview

     The District 15-6A title will be decided between two undefeated teams on Friday night as the Boynton Beach Tigers travel 40 miles down I-95 to Hallandale and take on the Chargers. The winner will host a regional quarterfinal game in two weeks while the loser will have to go on the road and face the defending FHSAA Class 6A champion Miami Central Rockets.
     It was a high-scoring shootout on the road last week for Boynton Beach(9-0, 4-0) as they got by Coconut Creek 63-58. The Tigers have scored as least 42 points in seven of their nine games this season. They have compiled three shutouts and outscored their opponents 456-150 this year.
     Quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to move his team down the field on offense with his running out of the pocket and passing ability. His main targets on receptions will be wide receivers Donte Sylencieux and Dieuly Aristilde who intend to run deep patterns. They have a bunch of choices to use in the backfield with Zander Bernard, Zaire Ivory, Chauncey Mason and Jordan Galvan as their running backs.
     After three straight seasons of having to look at Dillard above them in the final district standings, Hallandale(8-0, 4-0) went on the road and finally defeated them two weeks ago 30-14. The Chargers have beaten every team they faced by at least eight points this season and they have outscored opponents 319-102.
     Tyler Huntley is expected to dictate the Chargers offense from the quarterback position. Running back Taj Mcgowan will get most of the carries while Sh'mar Kilby-lane, Juwan Taylor and Rodney Holmes can run in short yardage situations with a full house backfield. Hallandale has numerous options at wide receiver with Josh Hammond, Neru N'shaka, Chris Cotto and Bernard Scott.

Panthers Stop Coyotes

     The Florida Panthers returned home following a two-week, four-game road trip and defeated the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night at BB&T Center. The Cats lost their previous game five days ago in overtime at Arizona.
     Arizona(3-5-1) scored in the first period on their second power play attempt at 17:27. Oliver Ekman-Larsson took a shot from the right circle that was deflected in front by the stick shaft of Martin Hanzal which sneaked in between Roberto Luongo and the near post.
     In the second period, Florida(3-2-3) evened the contest at 5:37 on their third power play. Jussi Jokinen fed a pass from the left wing to Brandon Pirri at the edge of the left circle and he fired a one-time slapshot by Mike Smith. Pirri scored in his third consecutive game while Jokinen extended his point and assist streak to three games.
     The Panthers took their first lead of the game during the third period in an unusual way. Scottie Upshall had exited the penalty box after he served a two-minute charging penalty and received a lead pass beyond the red line from Tomas Kopecky. Upshall skated in alone through the slot area and put a backhand shot in with 9:04 remaining in the third.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Heat Take Season Opener Over Wizards

     The post-LeBron James era began for the Miami Heat in their home opener on Wednesday night as they got a 107-95 victory over the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena. The Heat entered the game as the defending four-time Eastern Conference champions.
     Washington(0-1) got out to a 28-22 lead after one quarter and trailed 53-52 at halftime. Neither team led by more than five points during the third quarter as Miami(1-0) was up 72-70 at the end of the period.  The Wizards came as close as 76-75 with 9:36 left in the fourth quarter. The Heat then scored the next eight points and never looked back.
     Chris Bosh compiled a team-high 26 points and 15 rebounds in 39 minutes for Miami. Norris Cole had 23 points and Dwyane Wade added 21. Luol Deng made his Heat regular season debut and put together 12 points in 30 minutes.
     Paul Pierce debuted for the Wizards with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes. John Wall dropped in 16 points and recorded a team-high 11 assists. Drew Gooden and Marcin Gortat both scored a team-high 18 points each for Washington.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dino Costa Returns To Florida

     Former local sports host Dino Costa makes his return to the Florida airwaves on November 3 as he will co-host a mid-afternoon show with Pat Paolini on WAOC-AM in St. Augustine. He had a previous run as the afternoon host at WNNR-AM in Jacksonville from June 2003 until February 2004.
     Costa had a brief stint as the afternoon host on 1400 The Fan WFLL-AM in Fort Lauderdale when the station launched into a sports format in April 2004. The position lasted just three months. Costa was let go when he would not accept Bruce Warner as a new co-host on his show.
     He recently had a reign at Mad Dog Radio on Sirius XM Radio as an evening sports host until early September 2013. Costa was shifted to the Sports Nation channel as the morning host where he stayed for only one month before he was ousted. He joined the satellite radio company in January 2010.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Coyotes Get By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers finished a four-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime loss to the newly named Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night at Gila River Arena. Both teams will meet again in Sunrise on Thursday night. The Panthers have earned at least one point in all five road games this season.
     Neither team scored during the first two periods. Florida(2-2-3) broke the tie at 1:47 of the third period. The Coyotes committed a turnover behind their cage and the Cats capitalized. Tomas Fleischmann carried the puck to right of the net and passed in front to Brandon Pirri. He faked a forehand shot in the low slot and scored on the backhand around Mike Smith for a Panthers 1-0 lead.
     Arizona(3-3-1) evened the game at 9:51 on the power play as Justin Hodgman picked up his first NHL goal in his National Hockey League debut. A Keith Yandle slapshot from the blue line was deflected by Lauri Korpikoski in front and saved by Roberto Luongo. Hodgman pounced on the rebound and put it in from close range.
     The Coyotes got a man advantage in overtime when Aleksander Barkov was called for high sticking at 1:25. They scored on the power play at 2:20 when Sam Gagner passed the puck from the low left circle to Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the top left circle. He fired a shot by the left glove of Luongo for the win.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Florida Panthers On Spanish Radio

     The Florida Panthers will have three home games during the 2014-15 season on the radio in Spanish language. It will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes 1210 WNMA-AM in Miami and ESPN Deportes 760 WEFL-AM in West Palm Beach. They will be on October 30 against the Arizona Coyotes, January 15 against the Colorado Avalanche and March 21 against the Boston Bruins.
     The Panthers had Spanish language radio broadcasts on WCMQ 1210 AM during their first three campaigns in the National Hockey League with Arley Londono as the play-by-play announcer and Felix DeJesus as the game analyst. Florida played their first five seasons at Miami Arena in Dade County before they moved to their current home in Sunrise. Londono will work all three games in the same play-by-play role and will be joined by Octavio Sequera as the game analyst.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Steve White New WMEN Afternoon Host

     Steve White began as the new afternoon host at 640 Sports WMEN-AM on Monday. He recently hosted one show at the station on Saturday afternoon. He replaced Jon Linder who was the interim afternoon host since August 25.
     White held several titles at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM from late 2009 to early October 2014. He first joined the organization as a salesperson and added on-air duties as a weekend host. He was a late morning show sidekick for Gino Torretta from late 2010 until the end of December 2011. White also worked for Torretta as a college football studio host for Touchdown Radio Productions.
     Prior to arriving in Miami, he was the sports director and senior producer at ABC Radio. White joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in the mid 2000's as the program director. He took over the early afternoon show with Brandon Guzio from May 2009 to late September 2009 then he was let go.