Thursday, December 14, 2017

Panthers Downed By Avalanche

     The Florida Panthers continued their five-game road trip with a 2-1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday night. It was the second time in five days that these non-conference opponents faced each other.
     It was not until the second period when one of the teams scored. Colorado(15-14-2) made it 1-0 at 3:15 when Tyson Barrie passed across the high slot for Nathan MacKinnon to take a one-time slap shot past James Reimer.
     Florida(12-15-5) battled back and picked up a shorthanded goal to tie the contest 1-1 at the 10:27 mark. Jared McCann stripped the puck from Samuel Girard behind the Avalanche net and fed a pass to Aleksander Barkov in the crease area for him to shoot a one-timer by Semyon Varlamov. Barkov now leads the National Hockey League with four shorthanded goals this year.
     In the third period, the Avs were able to regain the lead 2-1 at 6:44. Mark Barberio zipped a pass through the neutral zone to MacKinnon on the left wing. He skated into the Panthers zone, through the left circle and placed a snap shot inside the near post for his second tally of the game and 13rd goal of the season.

Disney Buys Fox Sports Florida And Sun Sports

     The Walt Disney Company has come to an agreement to buy all Fox Sports regional sports networks from 21st Century Fox. It would have to be approved by the United States Department of Justice.
     Disney will become the new owner of Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports in the state of Florida. They would have the television broadcast rights to the Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers, Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Marlins Release Edinson Volquez

     The Miami Marlins have released starting pitcher Edinson Volquez from his contract. He had one year remaining on his current deal with the team.
     He joined the Marlins for the 2017 season and went 4-8 with a 4.19 earned-run average and 81 strikeouts in 17 games pitched. Volquez helped the Kansas City Royals win their first World Series in 30 years back in 2015 with a 13-9 record.

Trail Blazers Avoid Heat

     The Miami Heat were unable to hold off the Portland Trail Blazers and fell 102-95 on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat made a quick stop at home during a one-week stretch on the road.
     Miami(13-14) rolled out to a 33-21 lead after one quarter and stayed ahead 60-50 at halftime. The Heat was up 79-70 after three quarter, however Portland(14-13) outscored them 32-16 in the fourth quarter and took the victory.
     Wayne Ellington had a team-high 24 points for the Heat while Dion Waiters added 17 points. C.J. McCollum dropped a game-high 28 points for Portland and Damian Lillard compiled 18 points along with six assists.

Marlins Trade Marcell Ozuna To Cardinals

     The Miami Marlins traded left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Magneuris Sierra and three other players on Wednesday. The Marlins have dealt Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Ozuna in the past seven days and consisted of almost half of their 2017 starting lineup.
     Ozuna compiled his best numbers from an offensive standpoint in 2017 as he hit 37 home runs, 124 runs batted in, 93 runs scored and 191 base hits for the Marlins. He also had a .312 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .548 slugging percentage and a .924 OPS for the Fish. Ozuna just completed his fifth season with Miami and was named a National League All-Star for the last two seasons.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blackhawks Get By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers were edged by the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime at United Center on Tuesday night. The Panthers, who played their second game of a five-game road trip, went into overtime for the second straight night.
     It took a while until Chicago(12-14-5) scored to go ahead 1-0 with 3:11 left in the first period. Keith Yandle lost the puck along the end wall to Alex DeBrincat. He centered a pass to the crease area where Brandon Saad took a one-time slap shot past James Reimer.
    The game was tied up by Florida(15-11-5) with 8:48 to go in the second period. Micheal Haley lifted a high pass from his own end zone to Nick Bjugstad at the Blackhawks blue line. He came in on a breakaway, switched to his backhand and put the puck by Corey Crawford.
     In the third period, the Panthers get their first lead of the contest at the 16:07 mark. Vincent Trocheck got a loose puck at the top right circle and connected a cross-ice pass to Jamie McGinn in the left circle. He placed a wrist shot from the low left circle into the Blackhawks cage. Trocheck extended his point streak to six games on the play.
     The Blackhawks answered back with 6:02 left in the third to tie it 2-2. DeBrincat sent a lead pass from the neutral zone to Saad on the right wing. He backhanded a pass through the slot to Toews who slapped the puck in for the tally.
     Chicago capitalized on a Matheson turnover in the neutral zone to get the victory at 2:24. Artem Anisimov bumped Matheson off the puck and found Patrick Kane alone in front of him. He skated in and scored on a snap shot from the slot for his 11th goal of the season along with the 296th goal of his NHL career.

Dolphins Take Care Of Patriots

     The Miami Dolphins wore their 1970s throwback uniforms as they defeated the New England Patriots 27-20 at Hard Rock Stadium on Monday night. The Dolphins still have an outside shot to make the postseason. The Patriots fell one game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the American Football Conference.
     Miami(6-7) slowly took the lead during the first quarter. Cody Parkey kicked a 30-yard field goal at 9:05 and a 44-yard field goal at 3:53.
     New England(10-3) moved ahead 7-6 at 6:24 mark of the second quarter. Running back Rex Burkhead rushed in for a touchdown from three yards out. The Fins regained the lead with 3:39 to go in the second when Jarvis Landry caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler. Stephen Gostkowski closed the gap for the Pats to 13-10 as he converted on a 46-yard field goal with six seconds left in the first half.
     The Dolphins compiled two touchdown in the third quarter and had a 17-point margin. Cutler connected a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Jakeem Grant at 11:09 and he tossed a four-yard pass to Landry with 4:48 left in the third.
     The Patriots scored at 13:09 of the fourth quarter to make it 27-17. Running back James White, a St. Thomas Aquinas grad, made a three-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tom Brady. Gosttkowski made a 33-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining in the fourth and cut the deficit to 27-20.