Monday, December 31, 2012

Heat Slip By Magic

    The Miami Heat finished a four-game road trip with a 112-110 overtime win over the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on New Year's Eve. It was the first game this season between the in-state rivals as the Heat ended their two-game losing streak. Miami had just seven turnovers in the game.
    Orlando(12-19) jumped off to an 8-3 edge in the first three minutes of the game. Miami(21-8) then scored ten straight points en route to a 17-5 streak. The Heat were up 31-22 after one quarter of play. The Magic outscored their opponent 32-17 in the second quarter and led 54-48 at halftime.
    With a one-minute exception, the Magic were up the entire quarter and were ahead 77-70 after three quarters. The Heat fired in nine consecutive points to begin the fourth quarter to regain the lead 79-77 with 9:11 left. Neither team had more than a four-point margin for the rest of regulation as Chris Bosh tied the game at 99-99 on a field goal with 35 seconds remaining.
    LeBron James had 10 of Miami's 13 points in overtime to give them the victory. Dwyane Wade intercepted a cross-court pass and went for an uncontested dunk with under seven seconds to put the game out of reach.
    James had 36 points and 11 assists and eight rebounds in 48 minutes for the Heat. Bosh knocked down 22 points in 38 minutes and Ray Allen had 17 points with four steals in 33 minutes. Wade poured in 21 points in 40 minutes.
    Nikola Vukevic had a double-double by halftime for Orlando and finished with 20 points and 29 rebounds in 47 minutes. It was the most rebounds by an opposing player in a game against the Heat franchise in their 25-year history. Magic reserve J.J Redick contributed 23 points in 36 minutes while Aaron Afflalo scored 28 points in 46 minutes.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bucks Knock Off Heat

    The Miami Heat lost for the second straight night on the road as they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 104-85 on Saturday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Heat will finish the four-game road trip at Orlando on Monday night.
    Chris Bosh had 12 points and 16 rebounds in 34 minutes of play for Miami. LeBron James contributed 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 36 minutes while Dwyane Wade, who came off a one-game suspension, added 24 points in 35 minutes.
    Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 25 points and seven assists in 42 minutes. Larry Sanders got a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. Mike Dunleavy had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes as a non-starter.
    Milwaukee(16-12) began the game on a 16-7 spurt and held a 25-20 lead after one quarter. The Bucks held a double-digit margin for most of the second quarter and led 56-44 at halftime.
    Miami(20-8) blasted out on a 27-6 run at the start of the third quarter and had a 71-62 edge at 2:40. They led by the score of 71-69 after three periods. The Bucks scored 16 unanswered points through the second half and were up 78-71 with 9:42 to go in the fourth quarter. The Heat could come no closer than five points back as Milwaukee outscored them 35-14 in the final quarter.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Pistons Defeat Heat

    With Dwyane Wade serving a one-game suspension, the Detroit Pistons took advantage with a 109-99 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. It was the second game of a four-game road trip for Miami, who had their six-game win streak snapped.
    LeBron James had 35 points and six rebounds in 44 minutes for the Heat in the loss while Chris Bosh added 28 points along with nine rebounds in 40 minutes. They were the only two Miami players that scored in double digits. Ray Allen, who missed the last game due to an injury, placed nine points in 29 minutes.
    Detroit(10-22) had six players with double-digit scoring. Will Bynum led the way with 25 points coming off the bench along with Charlie Villanueva who had 18 points. Kyle Singler popped in 12 points and Tayshaun Prince poured in 11 points for the Pistons. Pine Crest grad Brandon Knight scored seven points in 20 minutes.
    Miami(20-7) scored the first ten points of the game and had a 32-17 lead after one quarter. The Pistons hit 14 unanswered points to begin the second quarter to pull within one points 32-31 with 8:18 to go. Detroit was up 58-52 at halftime after they outscored Miami 41-20 in the second.
    The Pistons got the first nine points of the second half and held a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter. Miami was down 81-71 at the end of the period. The Heat came as close as a four-point deficit at 81-77 with 10:27 remaining in the final quarter.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Miami/Fort Lauderdale Arbitron Ratings December

    There was a tie for the top sports format radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region between 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM and Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM during the month of December. The last time two stations tied for the top spot was back in September.
    WQAM had their three-month reign as the solo leader in the area stopped as they dropped from a 0.9 to a 0.7 in December. The station had no momentum from the University of Miami Hurricanes football team as they self-imposed a ban for the second straight season to compete in a bowl game at the end of the year. In addition, the audience has not taken to the midday block since Steve Goldstein was let go in October. The two shows with shaky numbers consist of Dan Sileo followed by Adam Kuperstein and Channing Crowder.
    WAXY remained the same as they stayed at a 0.7 for the second consecutive month. The Miami Heat had their best two-month start in franchise history, however it was a general surprise that the station did not go up in the ratings. Eric Reed along with Ethan Skolnick has kept up the charge in the early afternoon shift since Jason Jackson left in October.
    940 The Sports Animal WINZ-AM took the third spot for the second straight month as they went from a 0.6 to a 0.5. WINZ program director Ken Charles, who flipped the station to a sports format in April 2009, left the station in early December. Syndicated sports talk host Jim Rome completed his run at the end of the month and the Miami Dolphins were coming to the end of an average season. Numerous changes will occur at this station as of January and will have an impact on their ratings.

Jim Rome Show Exits WINZ

    Jim Rome did his final show on 940 The Sports Animal WINZ-AM on December 21 and will join CBS Sports Radio Network on January 2. His show, nicknamed The Jungle, was distributed by Premiere Radio Networks and carried by Fox Sports Radio. Rome was heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 940 WRFX-AM from January 2002 until July 2004 and again on WINZ from April 2009 until December 2012.
    He will be replaced on the midday shift by actor and comedian Jay Mohr as of January 2. Mohr has been a fill-in host for Rome for several years on Fox Sports Radio. His most known acting role was working alongside Tom Cruise as competing sports agent Bob Sugar in the movie Jerry Maguire back in 1996. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Heat Slam Bobcats

    The Miami Heat paid a visit to Charlotte on Wednesday night and came away with a 105-92 victory over the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Heat were playing the second game of a back-to-back situation, now 4-0 in those circumstances, and won their sixth straight game. It was their first game of a four-game road trip.
    Miami(20-6) rocketed to a 22-9 start in the first nine minutes of the game after they began with a 9-0 spurt. LeBron James had outscored the Bobcats team 11-9 at the time. Charlotte(7-21), who never led in the contest, was down 27-18 after one quarter. The Heat had a double-digit margin for the entire second quarter and were up 55-38 at halftime.
    The Bobcats cut the deficit down to eight points on a 12-3 edge to begin the second half to make it 58-50 at 7:45. Miami held the lead at 78-71 after three quarters. Charlotte got the lead down to two points at 84-82 with 7:16 to go in the final quarter. The Heat followed with a 21-10 run which put the game away.
    James carried the Heat with 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and tied a season-high four steals in 38 minutes. Dwyane Wade contributed 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes while Chris Bosh nailed 14 points in 30 minutes. Mario Chalmers finished strong with 17 points in 34 minutes.
    Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 27 points in 38 minutes. Reserve player Ramon Sessions added 19 points and Hakim Warrick dropped in 18 points.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Heat Stroke Thunder

    The Miami Heat had their hands full as they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97 on Christmas Day at American Airlines Arena. The Heat went a perfect 19-for-19 on free throw shots. Both teams met each other the NBA Finals last season where the Heat won the series in five games. It was their second NBA championship in franchise history.
    Miami(19-6) streaked out to an 15-3 lead in the first four minutes of the game. They had a 27-24 lead after one quarter. The Heat extended their margin to eight points at 35-26 with 10:03 left in the first half. Oklahoma City(21-6) cut the deficit down to 54-48 by halftime.
    The Thunder went on a 17-7 run to begin the third quarter and were up 65-61 with 4:37 remaining in the period. OKC was behind 74-72 after three quarters. Although they tied the game at 79-79 with 9:32 left, Oklahoma City never led once in the fourth quarter. Miami scored seven straight points to make it 86-79 at 8:15.
    The Heat had a 100-87 lead with 15 seconds left on two foul shots by Ray Allen. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missed consecutive three-point shots as Chris Bosh got the second rebound and was fouled. Allen made a technical foul shot, which a technical was called on Westbrook on his negative reaction toward the play. Bosh followed with two free throws with one second to go for a Heat 103-97 lead.
    LeBron James led the way for the Heat with a team-high 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in 42 minutes. Dwyane Wade added 21 points in 38 minutes and Mario Chalmers contributed 20 points in 37 minutes. Bosh returned to the lineup and poured in 16 points.
    Durant had 33 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder in 39 minutes while Westbook popped in 21 points with 11 rebounds in 43 minutes. Kevin Martin knocked in 15 points and Serge Ibaka got 15 points.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Marlins Sign Placido Polanco

    The Miami Marlins have signed third baseman Placido Polanco to a one-year deal. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies for the last three seasons. He had a .257 batting average with two home runs and 19 runs batted in 90 games last year. He won two National League Eastern Division titles with the team in 2010 and 2011.
    Polanco, a two-time all-star player, won a gold glove at third base with Philadelphia in 2011. He played with the Detroit Tigers from 2005 until 2009 and was part of the American League champions in 2006. Polanco won two gold gloves as a second baseman with them in 2007 and 2009. He began his major league baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals and was with them for two playoff appearances from 1998 until 2002. Polanco was traded to the Phillies, his first stint with that team, in a five-player deal for Scott Rolen.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Heat Pipe Down Jazz

    The Miami Heat coasted to a 105-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat improved their home record to 13-2 this season. Miami will take a four-game win streak into Christmas Day against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals.
    After giving up the initial basket, Miami(18-6) scored eight consecutive points. The last time Utah(14-14) held a lead in the game was at 19-17 with 3:03 left in the first quarter. The Heat were up 28-25 after one quarter and could only muster a six-point margin midway through the second quarter. They were ahead 47-43 at halftime.
    Miami went on a tear to begin the third quarter as they went on a 22-6 run to command a 20-point lead 69-49 with 4:20 left in the period. The Jazz slowly climbed back and were behind 73-63 after three quarters. They came within eight points 90-82 with 4:39 to go in the fourth quarter. The Heat knocked down 15 straight points to put the game out of reach 105-82 with 1:48 left.
    LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 38 minutes and Dwyane Wade added 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in 34 minutes. Shane Battier popped in 15 points and Ray Allen poured in 13 points for the Heat.
    Marvin Williams led Utah in scoring with 16 points in 27 minutes and Gordon Hayward added 15 points off the bench in 27 minutes. Paul Millsap contributed 11 points in 29 minutes.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Heat Rout Mavericks

    The Miami Heat took on a Western Conference nemesis on Thursday night and wiped out the Dallas Mavericks 110-95 at American Airlines Center. It was a matchup between the last two NBA champions. Both teams had a prior history with each other as they met in the NBA Finals in 2006 and 2011. Miami has now won 11 of their last 14 games.
    LeBron James led Miami with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. It was the 23rd consecutive game that he has scored more than 20 points in a game since the start of the season. Dwyane Wade added 19 points in 26 minutes while Chris Bosh had 17 points in 34 minutes. 
    The Mavericks had former Heat player Shawn Marion lead the way with ten points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes. Reserves Jae Crowder had 15 points and Bernard James poured in 12 points.
    Miami(17-6) got on a 27-13 run in the first nine minutes to start the game and led 31-20 after one quarter. James had 13 points after the first quarter for the Heat. Dallas(12-14) went on an 8-2 spurt at the beginning of the second quarter and pulled to within five points 33-28. The Heat ripped out a 19-9 edge midway through the period and led 52-37 with 2:59 to go in the half. The Mavs were down 58-42 at halftime.
    The Heat opened the third quarter on a 26-9 run and had a 30-point margin to lead 84-51 with 3:31 remaining. Wade had 13 points in the stanza as his team was up 91-61 after three quarters. Miami put in their reserves at the beginning of the fourth quarter and Mavs capitalized with a 10-2 spurt.

Steve Goldstein and Jeff DeForrest Reunite

    Steve Goldstein and Jeff DeForrest will host a morning show together on 940 WINZ-AM The Sports Animal as of January 2. Both worked together on The First Team morning show with Joe Rose at 560 WQAM-AM from late 1996 until December 2001.
    DeForrest, a.k.a Defo, moves from the evening shift that he has held since January. He was the late morning host at that station prior to that from late September 2010 until January 2012. He left the morning show on 640 Sports WMEN-AM and joined WINZ in July 2010 as the mid-afternoon host.
    Defo came to Miami in the early 1980's and worked as a sports anchor at WINZ-AM and WINZ-FM. He then became the sports host of the evening show Sportstalk 610 on 610 WIOD-AM and later added sports director duties during his tenure at the station.
    Following his reign at WQAM, DeForrest moved to 850 WFTL-AM in 2002 where he was an afternoon sports host. He then joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM as an evening host when the station flipped to a sports talk format in August 2004 and was later promoted to an early morning shift.
    DeForrest, a Syracuse grad, went up to Boca Raton and did an evening sports show on 740 WSBR-AM and 1470 WWNN-AM. He returned to James Crystal Enterprises to begin a second reign at their stations. He was the morning sports anchor on Big Talk 850 WFTL-AM and the morning co-host on 640 Sports WMEN-AM with Lesley Visser. Defo later became the solo host of that show.
    Steve Goldstein, a.k.a. Goldie, recently finished his second run at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM after a three year tenure. He co-hosted the early afternoon shift with WTVJ-TV Channel 6 news anchor Adam Kuperstein from January until October. He has co-hosted a Saturday sports show with 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM afternoon co-host Jon Weiner, a.k.a Stugotz, on WFOR-TV Channel 4 called Sports Bang since October.
     Goldstein, a Syracuse University grad, came back to WQAM as a temporary midday host when broadcasting legend Neil Rogers retired in June 2009. When Sid Rosenberg was named the new midday host in September 2009. Goldstein moved into a weekend host and fill-in host role.
     His first stint at WQAM was where he was first noticed by local listeners. He came in as the morning sports anchor when Bob Wischusen was promoted to morning co-host with Joe Rose on The First Team in late 1994. After Wischusen was demoted to afternoon sports anchor in September 1995, Goldstein added morning sidekick to his resume with Rose and Andrew Ashwood. He would have the same duties when Jeff DeForrest took over for Ashwood on the show in late 1996.
    Goldstein replaced Jon "Boog" Sciambi as the radio studio host for Florida Panthers game broadcasts in October 1996. He would hold that position for eight seasons through 2004. He was elevated to the radio play-by-play announcer post and took over for Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner Jiggs McDonald.
    When The First Team broke up to give Jeff DeForrest his ill-fated show that lasted only two weeks in January 2002, Goldstein remained as one of several morning sidekicks. He would eventually become the morning co-host on the Howard David Show from March 2002 to early August 2004. Goldstein jumped across the street for a weekend host spot when 790 The Ticket launched in late August 2004 and lasted one year there. At that time, he was the radio voice of the Florida Panthers during the NHL lockout in 2004 and 2005.
     He has done a stretch of television work in Miami as the play-by-play announcer for the Florida Panthers on Fox Sports Florida since October 2007. In addition, he was a studio co-host on Miccosukee Sports Rap at Fox Sports Net Florida.
    He began his professional career as an intern at Sports Radio 66 WFAN in New York City. He then went across town and joined Westwood One as a producer. He would later be promoted to an on-air role as sports anchor, sports reporter and studio host.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Phil Schoen On beIN Sport

    Former Miami radio sportscaster Phil Schoen is now with beIN Sport as a soccer play-by-play announcer. The Qatar-based organization launched their United States operations in August 2012. He worked at GOL TV, based in Miami, from their inception in 2003 until 2012 as a soccer play-by-play announcer, studio host and producer. In addition, he also announced the 2006 World Cup on XM Radio.
    Schoen was known through the mid-1990's as a sports anchor for Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He announced Fort Lauderdale Strikers games in the American Professional Soccer League during the early 1990's until the team folded in 1994.
    He became the lead soccer play-by-play announcer for ABC Sports from 1996 until 1999 and called the first four Major League Soccer championship games in league history. Schoen joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM as a sports anchor when the station flipped to a sports talk format in August 2004 and stayed there for over a year. He also was the radio play-by-play voice for Florida International University football from 2003 until 2007.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Anita Marks Goes National

    Former South Florida sports talk host Anita Marks has been named as a new weekend host on NBC Sports Radio Network. She will begin her new position on January 5. Marks will be given a Saturday and Sunday shift from noon until 3 p.m. She is a Miami native that once played quarterback in the Womens Professional Football League from 2000 until 2004.
    Marks started her broadcasting career as a sports intern and sports producer at WFOR-TV Channel 4. She then joined 940 Fox Sports Radio WRFX-AM in 2002 as a morning co-host with Carl Foster. Both of them went to 1400 The Fan WFLL-AM when it flipped to a sports talk format in April 2004. She moved to the afternoon shift in early 2006 and held that spot for several months. Marks left 1400 The Fan in April 2006 one month before the station changed its format again.
    She made a major step and joined ESPN 1300 WJFK-AM in Baltimore as an afternoon host. She gained Scott Garceau as a co-host when the show was moved to sister-station 105.7 The Fan WJZ-FM. It was later picked up as a television simulcast on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. She was gone from that station in January 2010.
    Marks returned to Miami in February 2010 when she and Curtis Stevenson replaced Jim Mandich as the afternoon co-hosts on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. The show just lasted a couple of months and she was let go in June. She got a national platform as a sideline reporter for United Football League telecasts on Versus from 2009 until 2010.
    This led to a career jump into the New York City media market where she has held many positions. She was named a reporter on New York and then joined Sirius XM Radio as a sports reporter, NFL channel sportscaster and fantasy football afternoon show co-host. Marks added duties at MSG Network as a studio co-host for the New York Giants weekly football show. She became the studio co-host for the pregame and postgame shows on the New York Giants Radio Network. Over the past year Marks worked occasional weekend and late night shows on Sports Radio 66 WFAN-AM.

Heat Cage Wolves

    The Miami Heat delivered a 103-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena. The team concluded a stretch of 10 of their last 11 games at home since November 21. Miami now has a 12-2 home record this season.
    Dwyane Wade made seven of the Heat's first 12 points to begin the game up 12-8 after six minutes. Minnesota(12-11) bounced back with the final seven points of the first quarter to lead 27-21. The Timberwolves had a nine-point lead at 41-32 with 5:16 left in the first half. Miami(16-6) finished the quarter off with a 20-8 spurt and were ahead 52-49 at halftime.
    The Heat extended the margin to double digits with 2:31 remaining in the third as they completed a 16-5 run to make it 78-68. Miami was up 80-72 at the end of the period. Minnesota was outscored 17-6 at the start of the fourth quarter and were behind by 19 points 97-78 with 7:09 to go. They cut the deficit down to eight points with two minutes left, but did not come any closer.
    Wade led the Heat with 24 points in 27 minutes while LeBron James dropped a double-double with 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 41 minutes. Chris Bosh poured in 15 points and Mario Chalmers added 12 points.
    Andrei Kirilenko made his first appearance with his new team in Miami and had a team-high 22 points in 30 minutes. Kevin Love, a United States Olympic teammate of James during the summer, compiled a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.

Monday, December 17, 2012

WQAM Extends Joe Rose

    Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM has given a three-year contract extension to morning host Joe Rose through 2015. He has held that post since 2007. Rose has also been a sports anchor at WTVJ-TV Channel 6 since the early 1990's. His first stint at WQAM started in 1994 when he replaced Jimmy Cefalo as the morning co-host on The First Team with Dave Lamont and ended in December 2001 as the program with Rose, Jeff DeForrest and Steve Goldstein was eliminated.
    Rose joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM when it flipped to a sports format in August 2004 as the morning host. He added duties as the Miami Dolphins radio game analyst alongside Jimmy Cefalo and Jim Mandich in August 2005. Rose left the station for WQAM when they picked up the radio rights to the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2007 season. Sid Rosenberg replaced him as the morning show host on WAXY. Rose began his second stint with WQAM and became the morning show host at that station.
    He was first known in South Florida as a tight end for the Miami Dolphins from 1980 until 1985. Rose once co-hosted the Miccosukee Sports Rap sports show with former teammate Kim Bokamper and Steve Goldstein on Fox Sports Net Florida.

WINZ Promotes Troy Stradford

    Former Miami Dolphins running back Troy Stradford has been elevated from part-time host to full-time host at 940 WINZ-AM The Sports Animal. He will be a permanent co-host of the Amigo and Dizz Show from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. as of January 7. Stradford has been associated with that program since November 12 when he worked just Mondays and Thursdays. He has been a panelist and afternoon co-host on the Finsiders Show for the last two years.
    Stradford was a late morning sports host on 640 Sports WMEN-AM from 2009 until October 2012. He joined that station back in 2008 when it flipped to a sports talk format. Stradford also did an NFL Sunday midday show for two seasons with Orlando Alzugaray.
    He was let go on October 13 when he complained over-the-air that the Sid Rosenberg Show had infringed into his two-hour time slot. This situation had been going on for two months when Rosenberg began his first show on August 13. Stradford, a Boston College grad, is a high school football game analyst for Comcast Xfinity. Keith Sims replaced Stradford at 640 Sports as the late morning host on October 16.

Friday, December 14, 2012

St. Thomas Aquinas Captures Class 7A Title

    The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders won their seventh state football title in school history as they romped the Tallahassee-Lincoln Trojans 41-25 in the Class 7A state final at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Friday night. The Raiders had previously won three FHSAA Class 5A titles at the same stadium in 2007, 2008 and 2010. They are now tied for the second most Florida high school football titles in the state along with Glades Day of Belle Glade, University Christian of Jacksonville and North Florida Christian of Tallahassee.
    After kicking off for short distance every time against Bradenton-Manatee last week, STA decided to send the opening kickoff deep. It turned out to be a mistake as John Burt returned the ball 95 yards for a score 15 seconds into the game. Lincoln missed the two-point conversion run and had a 6-0 lead, which was the only time they were ahead in the contest.
    St. Thomas Aquinas(13-2) scored on their final three possessions of the first quarter. Quarterback John O'Korn finished off a three-play, 55-yard drive as rushed up the middle from 51 yards away at 5:40 and Aquinas led 7-6. On the third play of their next possession, O'Korn rifled an 80-yard touchdown pass to Corey Holmes at 2:38 for a Raiders 14-6 margin. STA struck quickly again on the first play of their next drive as Mark Barr had a 71-yard touchdown reception from O'Korn with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.
    Lincoln(12-2) would dominate the second quarter as they handled the ball for almost the entire period and scored on both of their possessions. Quarterback Cameron Joseph would end a 15-play, 68-yard drive with a one-yard spurt for a touchdown at 6:05 and cut the deficit to 21-13. On their following drive, Joseph fired a 50-yard touchdown pass to Taj Williams with 1:16 left in the first half. The Trojans failed on the two-point conversion run to tie the game and were down 21-19.
    Aquinas had enough time to get a 23-yard field goal by Alex Knight with no time remaining in the second quarter and were ahead 24-19. Neither team were able to score in the third quarter.
    The Raiders compiled 17 unanswered points during their first three possessions of the fourth quarter to put the game away. O'Korn culminated an 11-play, 67-yard drive with a run from three yards out at 8:37 and extended their lead to 31-19. Knight followed on their next possession with a 27-yard field goal with 6:04 left. Running back Fred Coppet added another touchdown as he raced through with a 40-yard run at 2:18 to finish a three-play, 64-yard drive for a 41-19 Raiders lead.
    The Trojans scored on their final drive of the game and closed the margin to 41-25 as Edward Gaines had a 15-yard touchdown reception from Joseph with 43 seconds remaining. They missed on the two-point conversion pass.
    O'Korn went 11-26 passing for career-high 339 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his final game with the Raiders. He also had ten carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Coppet, also playing his final game, had 22 carries for 151 yards and one touchdown. Holmes(167 receiving yards) and Barr(132 receiving yards) both had four receptions and one touchdown each. Rocco Casullo won his first state title as a head coach. Former Aquinas head coach George Smith had won the six previous state titles with the school.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

St. Thomas Aquinas-Lincoln Preview

    The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders will look to win their seventh FHSAA football championship on Friday night as they face the Tallahassee-Lincoln Trojans for the Class 7A state title at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The Raiders had previously won three titles on that same field since 2007 in Class 5A. They beat the Osceola Kowboys in 2007, Lakeland Dreadnaughts in 2008 and Tampa-Plant Panthers in 2010. Aquinas will play in their seventh championship game in the last nine seasons.
    St. Thomas Aquinas(12-2) got a home victory last week in a state semifinal as they upset quarterback Cord Sandberg and the Bradenton-Manatee Hurricanes 35-18. The Hurricanes entered the game as the defending Class 7A champions and as the number one ranked high school team nationally by several organizations. They also had their 25-game winning streak snapped.
    The Raiders enter the title game on a nine-game win streak after they began the season losing two of their first five games. The team has averaged over 38 points per game during their four home playoff games in 2012. Rocco Casullo will try to capture his first state title as a head coach.
    The Aquinas running attack has several options from the backfield. Fred Coppett, in his final game with the school, will get most of the carries while Mardre London and Deltron Sands are expected to get the remaining rushing attempts. John O'Korn will also make his final appearance at quarterback for the team. He will have numerous targets to throw the ball to which includes Mark Barr, Franklyn Richardson, Chandler Dorrell, Corey Holmes, Dion Collier and Jonathan Boozer.
    The Raiders defense has held their four playoff opponents to an average 14 points per game. Joey Bosa, an Ohio State University commit, his brother Nicholas Bosa and Anthony Moten make up the imposing defensive line. Lance Virgile and Martel Williams will attempt to stop the Trojans running game. Chris Washington and James Crawford are expected to be impact players in the secondary.
    Lincoln(12-1) pulled off a surprising road victory over the Osceola Kowboys last week 24-17. They have averaged 30 points per game on offense and allowed 21 points per game on defense in their four playoff games. Ben Robinson will take charge of the running game while Taj Williams can get open for catches downfield.
    The Trojans won their first eight games of the regular season until they lost to local Tallahassee rival Godby in the season finale. The team has to make a trip over 260 miles for the second straight week. Aquinas has to travel 212 miles from Brian Piccolo Stadium to the Citrus Bowl. It will be their second game that they will play outside of Broward County this season.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Warriors Edge Heat

    The Miami Heat ended their dominance at home against Golden State and were defeated by the Warriors 97-95 at American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night. The Heat had beaten the Warriors 14 of the last 16 times in South Florida prior to this game.
    Golden State(15-7) began the game on a 7-2 push, but both teams stayed in close range of each for the rest of the first half as neither team had more than a seven-point edge. The Warriors led 29-28 after one quarter and 53-52 at halftime.
    Miami(14-6) fell behind 74-69 with 1:25 left in the third and were down 77-74 after three quarters. The Warriors held their biggest lead of the game at 81-74 with 10:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Heat tied the game at 87-87 just four minutes later. Draymond Green made a lay-up following a backdoor cut on the baseline with over one second to go to conclude with six straight points.
    LeBron James socked in 31 points in 42 minutes and Chris Bosh accumulated a double-double for the Heat with 21 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes. Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen each added 14 points.
    Klay Thompson poured in 27 points, which included 21 in the first half, in 44 minutes for Golden State. David Lee contributed 22 points in 38 minutes and Jarrett Jack came off the bench with 20 points.

WMEN Adds Mike Berardino

    Local sportswriter Mike Berardino has been added to the on-air roster at 640 Sports WMEN-AM. He co-hosted a sports show this past Saturday afternoon and will work as a weekend host at that station. He recently was relieved of his writing duties at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on November 29.
    Berardino has been in the South Florida media market since 1998 when he joined the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. He held numerous positions on their sports staff that included baseball columnist, Miami Dolphins beat writer and sports columnist.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Booker T. Washington Wins Class 4A Title

    The Booker T. Washington Tornadoes had revenge on their minds as they entered the FHSAA Class 4A state final against the defending champion Jacksonville-The Bolles School Bulldogs at the Citrus Bowl on Saturday night. Washington showed their dominance with a 35-7 victory to capture the title. Both teams met in the Class 4A final last year as the Bulldogs took their 11th championship, which is a FHSAA record.
    Booker T. Washington(13-1), who finished the season winning their final 12 games, were able to get the early lead and held on to it for the rest of the game. In the first quarter, Nigel Patten intercepted a long pass by Colby Peters at the Tornadoes 13-yard line. On the next play, Treon Harris threw an 87-yard touchdown strike down the left side to Deltron Hopkins for a 7-0 Tornadoes lead at 7:13.
    The Tornadoes scored on their first possession of the second quarter with an 11-play, 63-yard drive. Harris ran the ball in up the middle from 12 yards out at 6:49, but they missed the extra point and increased the margin to 13-0.
    Bolles(12-2), who defeated the national high school all-time rushing leader Derrick Henry and Yulee last week, was able to break the shutout prior to halftime. Peters completed a four-yard pass to Arterrious Mitchell with 22 seconds left to cut down the deficit to 13-7. It would be the Bulldogs only points in the game.
    Washington would shut the door with a 22-point third quarter and put the game away. They scored on all of their three possessions in the quarter. Karim Bryant caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Harris to cap a five-play, 66-yard drive at 7:34. The Tornadoes got a team safety on the Bulldogs second play of their next drive as Dexter Carter, Jr. fumbled the ball in his own end zone during a running play as it was recovered by Peters at 7:16.
    The Tornado offense capitalized from great field position on their next possession as Harris ended a four-play, 38-yard drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown with 6:30 left. Following a Bolles punt, Booker T. Washington extended their lead to 35-7 on the final play of the third quarter. Harris scored his third touchdown run of the game as he sprinted in from one yard away to finish the nine-play, 68-yard drive.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Heat Fly By Hawks

    The Miami Heat extended their lead in the Southeast Division as they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 at American Airlines Arena on Monday night. The Heat, second in the Eastern Conference, have now won both meeting this season with the Hawks, third in the Eastern Conference, and lead them by 1 1/2 games. Miami improved to a 10-1 record at home.
    Both teams stayed within striking distance of each other as neither led by more than three points in the first quarter and the Hawks were down by two points after one quarter. Miami's biggest lead in the first half was at 36-31 at 10:14 of the second quarter and they led 56-54 at halftime.
    Miami(14-5) increased the margin to double digits with 2:15 left in the third quarter and led 82-74 at the end of the period. Atlanta(12-6) never came closer than eight points behind in the final quarter and took the loss. The Heat had their biggest lead of the game at 100-86 with a little over two minutes to go.
    Dwyane Wade had 26 points in 34 minutes of play and Chris Bosh contributed a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds. LeBron James added 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes for the Heat.
    Josh Smith led the Hawks with a team-high 22 points and six assists in 37 minutes. Al Horford popped in a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes while DeShawn Stevenson poured in 12 points.

Friday, December 7, 2012

St. Thomas Aquinas Upsets Manatee

    The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders pulled off one of the biggest shockers in high school football this season on Friday night in a FHSAA Class 7A state semifinal as they beat the number one team in the country and defending Class 7A champion the Bradenton-Manatee Hurricanes 35-18 at Brian Piccolo Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The Raiders advanced to the Class 7A state championship game and will travel 212 miles to face the Tallahassee-Lincoln Trojans at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando next Friday night.
    Both teams had meet each other in the state semifinals for the fourth time in seven seasons. The same scenario happened tonight as it did back in 2009. The Raiders were the defending national champions and number one team in the nation when they lost in Bradenton to the Hurricanes.
    Manatee(13-1), who had their 25-game winning streak snapped, took their only lead of the game as they put up points on their first possession. Gregory Moss kicked a 35-yard field goal at 6:10 of the first quarter.
    St. Thomas Aquinas(12-2) responded with a score on their first drive of the game. Fred Coppet ran up the middle from seven yards out at 3:13 for a 7-3 lead. The Raiders would not relinquish the lead and stay in front for the remaining three quarters.
    STA scored on their first possession of the second quarter as John O'Korn ran in from three yards away and extended the Raiders lead to 14-3 with 8:29 left in the first half. Coppet got the big play in the ten-play, 80-yard drive with a 50-yard run.
    The Raiders kept up the pressure up in the second half as they scored on their first possession when O'Korn found Dion Collier deep down the left sideline for a 38-yard pass to complete an eight-play, 80-yard drive. The touchdown strike at 8:42 of the third quarter gave Aquinas an 18-point lead.
    The Hurricanes answered back quickly as Cord Sandberg, a Mississippi State University commit, led his team down the field in their first drive of the third quarter. John Cucci capped it as he barreled through the middle for an eight-yard touchdown run at 5:14 and they were down 21-10.
    The scoring from both teams came in a hectic pace in the last couple of minutes of the final quarter. With 4:45 left in the fourth quarter, Mardre London cut around the left end and sprinted through on a 22-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 28-10 lead.
    Manatee came back with an 11-yard catch by Ja Juan Pollock from Sandberg on a slant pattern with 2:36 to go. Johnnie Lang caught a two-point conversion pass on the left side to cut the lead down to 28-18.
    The Hurricanes did recover the ensuing on-side kick, but officials declared it was touched by the kicking team just before ten yards. London picked up his second touchdown of the game three plays later as he rumbled up the middle from 22 yards away with 1:18 remaining.
    St. Thomas Aquinas will play in their seventh state championship game since 2004. They lost to the Lakeland Dreadnaughts three consecutive years from 2004 until 2006. The Raiders won state titles in their last three appearances at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. They beat the Osceola Kowboys in 2007, Lakeland in 2008 and the Tampa-Plant Panthers in 2010.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Knicks Beat Heat Again

    After being trounced by the Knicks in the second game of the season, New York continued the momentum against the Miami Heat with a 112-92 victory on Thursday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat had their eight-game unbeaten streak at home snapped as they received their first blemish of the regular season in Miami.
     It was the worst home loss for the Heat during The Big Three era that began in 2010. The Knicks now lead the Heat by 1 1/2 games for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony did not dress for New York due to a finger injury.
    Miami(12-5) began the game on a 7-2 spurt and led 26-23 after one quarter. Neither team led by more than six points in the second quarter as the game was tied 53-53 at halftime. LeBron James had 18 first-half points and Raymond Felton got 16 first-half points.
    New York(14-4) went on a 11-2 tear in the first two minutes of the second half and continued with a 32-14 run. They had an 18-point lead at 85-67 with three minutes to go in the third quarter. The Heat closed the margin to single digits near the end of the period and were down 90-80 after three quarters. The Knicks scored nine straight points to extend their lead to 102-84 at 6:03.
    James fell short of a triple-double for the Heat with 31 points, ten rebounds and nine assists in 39 minutes. Dwyane Wade poured in 13 points while Chris Bosh had 12 points. Udonis Haslem put in all of his ten points in the first half.
   The Knicks got balanced scoring without Anthony in the lineup as Felton led the team with 27 points and seven assists in 35 minutes. Steve Novak hit a bunch of three-pointers for 18 points and Tyson Chandler added 13 points.

Chris Moore Moves To CBS Sports Radio

    Former Florida Panthers radio play-by-play announcer Chris Moore has been named an evening co-host on the CBS Sports Radio Network. He will begin the position on January 2 and join former Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM hosts Scott Ferrall and Damon Amendolara at that organization.
    Moore, an Ithaca College grad, became the first radio voice of the Florida Panthers in 1993-94 after working as the radio play-by-play announcer of the New Jersey Devils from 1988 until 1993. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the University of Wisconsin Badgers hockey team prior to that.
    In 1997 he co-hosted a midday show with current ESPN play-by-play announcer Jon "Boog" Sciambi on WQAM. They were replaced by legendary talk show host Neil Rogers at the end of the year when he came over from News Radio 610 WIOD-AM.
    After six seasons with the Florida Panthers, he left the team in 1999 and joined ESPN Radio as an evening co-host with Chuck Wilson along with a slew of play-by-play duties. He then went to Fox Sports Radio and worked weekend mornings there through late 2009. Moore joined Sirius XM Radio as NFL radio channel morning host in 2010 and picked up occasional fill-in host spots at Sports Radio 66 WFAN-AM in New York City.

LeBron Sportsman Of The Year

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James has been named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for 2012. He joins fellow teammate Dwyane Wade who won the award in 2006.
    James helped the Miami Heat win their second NBA championship in franchise history this year. He was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the third time in four years and the NBA Finals MVP against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In addition, he won his second gold medal with the United States at the London Summer Olympics this past summer.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ken Charles Exits WINZ

    940 The Sports Animal WINZ-AM program director Ken Charles will transfer from Clear Channel Miami to Clear Channel Sacramento and become vice president of programming. He became program director of WINZ-AM and News Radio 610 WIOD-AM in early 2007 and replaced Peter Bolger. Prior to his move to Miami, Charles was regional vice president of Clear Channel Houston and program director for 790 ESPN Radio KBME-AM, News Radio 740 KTRH-AM, and Talk Radio 950 KPRC-AM.
    Charles flipped WINZ from a liberal talk format to a sports talk format at the start of April 2009. The station had been ranked as the third highest rated sports format station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region behind Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM and 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM for over three years. The only exception was recently in October 2012 as they finished in second place barely ahead of WAXY.
     Miami Heat radio broadcasts were switched from WIOD to WINZ after the 2007-08 season. Clear Channel picked the radio rights for Miami Dolphins games as they signed a six-year contract prior to the 2010 season. The games would air on WBGG-FM Big 105.9 and 940 The Sports Animal. Miami Heat broadcasts left the station for 790 The Ticket in November 2010 when there was a same-day, same-time conflict with a Miami Dolphins broadcast.
    Charles added the Jeff DeForrest Show from 640 Sports WMEN-AM in July 2010 and implemented the Finsiders Show with Jesse Agler during afternoon drive in August 2010. He brought in Larry Milian and Phil Dominic as a mid-afternoon show in January 2012. 940 The Sports Animal has used Fox Sports Radio for all other shifts at the station except for morning drive since April 2009

Wizards Shock Heat

    The Miami Heat were stunned on Tuesday night as they lost to the Washington Wizards, who have the worst record in the NBA, 105-101 at Verizon Center. LeBron James picked up his first triple-double of the year for the Heat with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in 43 minutes.
    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points in 34 minutes while Chris Bosh got a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. Reserve players Ray Allen and Mike Miller poured in 11 points each. Jordan Crawford led Washington(2-13) with 22 points off the bench in 31 minutes.
    Neither team led by more than five points in the first as the Wizards were ahead 30-25 after one quarter. Washington increased to a double-digit lead at 56-46 with 2:19 left in the second and led 60-54 at halftime.
    Miami(12-4) closed the gap to 82-78 after three quarters. The Heat stayed within five points of taking the lead throughout the fourth quarter, but they were unable to tie game as the Wizards fended them off. James put in a lay-up with eight seconds left to make it 102-101, however Washington made several free throws to win the game.

Yunel Escobar Goes To Rays

    The Miami Marlins traded shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league shortstop Derek Dietrich on Tuesday. Escobar was slated to be the starting third baseman for The Fish in 2013. He batted .253 with nine home runs and 51 runs batted last season with the Toronto Blue Jays.
    Escobar was picked up in a blockbuster trade from the Toronto just three weeks ago along with Jeff Mathis, Adeiny Hechavarria and four minor league prospects for Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio. The deal almost did not go through based due to the experience exchanged from one side to the other. Some have thought it was a salary dump for the Marlins to lower their salary cap and overall value of the franchise.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Heat Overtake Nets

    The Miami Heat erased a 14-point second quarter deficit and got a 102-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat remained unbeaten at home with an 8-0 mark and have scored at least 100 points in all their games in South Florida.
    Brooklyn(11-5) broke out to a 15-4 in the first six minutes of the game and led 24-16 after one quarter. They increased their margin to 14 points at 35-21 with 9:22 left in the second quarter and entered halftime up 59-50.
    After being down 73-65 with five minutes left in the third quarter, Miami(12-3) finished off the period on a 17-5 run and led 82-78 as they headed into the fourth quarter. The Heat outscored the Nets 20-9 in one portion of the final quarter and had their largest lead of the game at 15 points.
    Dwyane Wade produced one of his best games this season for Miami with 34 points and seven assists in 34 minutes of play. LeBron James added 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes. Ray Allen had 13 points and Norris Cole popped in 12 points as both came off the bench.
    All the starters for the Nets scored in double figures. Deron Williams contributed ten points and 12 rebounds in 39 minutes while Andrey Blatche poured in 20 points. Veteran reserve Jerry Stackhouse played in 24 minutes and scored 11 points.