Friday, June 23, 2017

Marlins Shut Out Cubs

     Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena completed six innings of shutout ball as Miami blanked the Chicago Cubs 2-0 at Marlins Park on Friday night. The Marlins are now 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
     Miami(33-39) moved ahead in the bottom of the third inning. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a solo home run to center field on a 2-1 pitch from Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey for his 19th homer of the season.
     Chicago(37-36) gave up another run during the sixth inning. Christian Yelich knocked in Dee Gordon with a sacrifice fly to center.

Florida Panthers Pick Owen Tippett

     The Florida Panthers selected right wing Owen Tippett as the 10th overall pick in the first round of the NHL Draft held at United Center on Friday night. He played junior hockey with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League for the last two seasons.
     Tippett compiled 44 goals and 31 assists in 60 games last season. He had 15 goals and five assists in 48 games during 2015-16.

Jack Capuano New Panthers Associate Coach

     The Florida Panthers have named Jack Capuano as their new associate coach. He will work on the coaching staff under recently hired head coach Bob Boughner.
     Capuano was best known for his long reign as the head coach of the New York Islanders from November 2010 until late into January 2017. He was second all-time in Islanders history with 227 career coaching victories behind Al Arbour. Capuano led his team to a first round series win over the Florida Panthers during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Miami Heat Select Bam Adebayo

     The Miami Heat selected University of Kentucky Wildcats center Bam Adebayo as the 14th overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The draft was held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
     Adebayo played only one year with the University of Kentucky. He averaged 13 points and eight rebounds during his freshman season with the Wildcats in 2016-17.

Cubs Bash Marlins

     The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs pounded the Miami  Marlins 11-1 at Marlins Park on Thursday night. It was the first game of a four-game series between both clubs.
     Chicago(37-35) got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Jake Arrieta knocked in Addison Russell with an infield hit. The Cubbies would get another run on a ground out by Mark Zagunis.
     Miami(32-39) closed the gap in the bottom of the second. Marcell Ozuna hit a solo homer to left field on a 3-0 count for his 20th home run of the season.
      In the fourth inning, Kris Bryant extended the Cubs margin to 5-1 on a three-run homer to left on a 3-1 pitch. Arrieta and Anthony Rizzo scored in front of him on the play.
     The Cubs got a solo home run from Russell in the fifth and a two-run homer from Wilson Contreras in the sixth inning to make it 8-1.
      The Marlins surrendered three more runs in the top of the eighth. Russell drove in Rizzo with a double into deep right field. Ian Happ later doubled to right which brought in Bryant and Russell.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Florida Panthers 2017-18 Schedule

     The Florida Panthers 2017-18 regular season schedule was released by the National Hockey League on Thursday. It will be the 25th season for the Panthers in franchise history.
     The Panthers will open on the road at Tampa Bay on October 6 and then host the home opener against the Lightning in Sunrise on October 7. 
     Florida will play two games at home and two games away against all Atlantic Division squads. It includes the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres. The Cats will see the new venue in Detroit called Little Caesars Arena on October 28.
     The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit South Florida on October 20 and February 24. Other Metropolitan Division clubs in Sunrise twice in 2017-18 will be the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. The New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets will appear once.
     Florida will play each of the 15 Western Conference teams once at home and once away. They will host the new NHL expansion team the Vegas Golden Knights on January 19. The Chicago Blackhawks make their lone appearance on November 25.

Chris Pronger Joins Florida Panthers

     Former NHL defenseman Chirs Pronger has joined the Florida Panthers as the Senior Advisor to the President of Hockey Operations. He was part of the National Hockey League office as the Director of Player Safety since 2014.
     Pronger played in the National Hockey League for 18 seasons. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL Most Valuable Player and James Norris Memorial Trophy for best defenseman with the St. Louis Blues in 2000. Pronger captured the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.