Monday, May 23, 2016

Florida Panthers Get New AHL Affiliate

     The Florida Panthers announced on Monday that they signed a multi-year agreement to have their new affiliation of the American Hockey League in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Panthers just spent one season in Portland, Maine as their AHL affiliate following a long stint in San Antonio, Texas.
     The Arizona Coyotes recently acquired and moved their AHL team from Springfield to near home in Tucson, Arizona. A Springfield group of investors stepped up and bought the Portland AHL club several weeks ago and intended to move it into Central Massachusetts.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Strikers Drop Rayo OKC

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers played the newest NASL franchise Rayo OKC and beat them 2-1 on Saturday night in Oklahoma. The Strikers won their second straight game on the road and have not lost in their last three games.
     Fort Lauderdale(2-3-2) kept the pace in the first half and took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute as Jose Angulo scored for them.
     Rayo OKC(2-2-3) tied the contest during the 62nd minute when Michel put in a penalty kick. The Strikers regained the lead 2-1 on a direct kick by Ramon Nunez in the 70th minute.

Jose Fernandez Tops Nationals Again

     The Miami Marlins barely got past the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Saturday night at Marlins Park. Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez improved his career record against the Nats to 6-0 while Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross lost for the second time in six days to the Fish.
     After Washington(26-17) got up 1-0 early in the contest, Miami(22-20) tied it in the bottom of the fifth. Ichiro Suzuki advanced to third when a pick-off throw by Ross went into right field. He would eventually score as Martin Prado slapped a base hit through the right side of the infield.
     The Marlins took the lead 3-1 during the sixth inning. With a runner on third base, Justin Boar smashed a two-run homer off the fa├žade of the upper deck in right field. It was his eighth home run of the season for the slugger.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Nationals Go Through Marlins

     The Washington Nationals almost blanked the Miami Marlins with a 4-1 victory on Friday night at Marlins Park. The Nationals extended their lead over the Fish by 4 1/2 games in the National League East.
     Washington(26-16) scored all four of their runs during the second inning. Ryan Zimmerman started with a solo home run to left-center field against Marlins starting pitcher Justin Nicolino which hit the base of the glass window of the exterior of the stadium for a 1-0 lead. It was the fifth homer for Zimmerman this year.
     Anthony Rendon followed with a double then scored on a double down the left-field line by Wilson Ramos. Two batters later, Michael A. Taylor socked a two-run homer into left field for his fourth homer run this season and a 4-0 margin.
     Miami(21-20) broke the shutout in the bottom of the fourth. Tanner Roark gave up a one-out solo home run to left field by Marcell Ozuna, which was his eighth homer of the campaign.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Four Teams Split Palm Beach Jamboree

     There was a four-team spring football jamboree on Friday night at Palm Beach Lakes High School. Three counties were represented which included Palm Beach Lakes, Oxbridge Academy, Deerfield Beach and Fort Pierce Central. All four squads won and lost one game each on the long evening.
     The first game between the Deerfield Beach Bucks and Fort Pierce Central was stopped midway through the first quarter due to lightning in the area. It resumed following a 90-minute weather delay with the Bucks losing 17-8.
     The second game had the Palm Beach Lakes Rams defeat the Fort Pierce Central Cobras 14-7. Deerfield Beach responded as the Broward County school stopped the Oxbridge Academy Thunderwolves 14-8 in the third game.
     The last game had the two local schools that are two miles away from each other on Military Trail. Oxbridge Academy picked up a 14-0 shutout victory over Palm Beach Lakes.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Park Vista Escapes Royal Palm Beach

     The Park Vista Cobras went on the road and got by the Royal Palm Wildcats 7-6 in a spring football game that lasted less than one quarter on Thursday night. The game was halted due to lightning in the vicinity and the contest was never resumed.
     Park Vista moved ahead 7-0 at 4:05 as quarterback Trace Doyle fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Atorian Perry.
     Royal Palm Beach was able to score with 2:18 left in the quarter when running back Jerry Griffin ran 68 yards for a touchdown. The game was stopped by officials prior to the attempt of the extra point.

WQAM Land Miami Dolphins Radio Rights

     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM has acquired the radio rights of the Miami Dolphins with a long-term agreement. The games will also be broadcast on Kiss Country 99.9 WKIS-FM. The Dolphins radio rights had been carried by iHeartMedia Miami for the past six years and their games were broadcast on Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM and Big 105.9 WBGG-FM.
     WQAM had broadcast Miami Dolphins games on the radio in previous reigns. The first stint, which happened from 1997 to 2004, had play-by-play announcers Bill Zimpfer and Howard David alongside game analyst Jim Mandich. The second stint they had it was from 2007 until 2009 with play-by-play announcer Jimmy Cefalo along with game analysts Jim Mandich and Joe Rose.