Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chaminade-Madonna At Miami Central Preview

     The Chaminade-Madonna Lions travel to Traz Powell Stadium and face the Miami Central Rockets on Thursday night. It is the opening game of the regular season for both schools as they begin with a new playoff points system instituted by the FHSAA.
     Chaminade-Madonna made it to the FHSAA Class 3A state championship game in Orlando last year and lost to Trinity Christian Academy. This season the Lions have to fight it out for one of four playoff spots available in Section 4 against competition that includes Oxbridge Academy, American Heritage and Cardinal Newman. Chaminade-Madonna returns some speed on their offense with Auburn University commit Shaun Shivers at running back and wide receiver Xavier Williams.
     After four consecutive FHSAA Class 6A state championships, Miami Central finished in third place in District 16 and failed to make the postseason in 2016. This season has the playoff points system and it is possible that the Rockets, Class 6A state champion Carol City and Miami Northwestern could all qualify to make the playoffs. Miami Central is led on offense by running back James Cook and he explode into open space anytime.

Phillies Smash Marlins

     The Philadelphia Phillies pounded the Miami Marlins 8-0 at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night. The loss ended the Marlins three-game winning streak.
     The Phillies got out to a 1-0 margin during the bottom of the first. Tommy Joseph doubled in Nick Williams on a shot into left-center field.
     Miami(62-63) surrendered five more runs in the third inning. Freddy Galvis drove in Cesar Hernandez with a base hit to left. Rhys Hoskins later blasted a three-run homer to left field on 3-2 pitch. Galvis and Williams scored in front of him on the home run. Maikel Franco then scored on a base hit by Jorge Alfaro.
     Philadelphia(46-79) continued the rout in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-0. Hoskins knocked in Galvis and Williams with a double down the left-field line.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Marlins Sweep Doubleheader

     The Miami Marlins stopped the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. The Marlins, who swept the doubleheader against the Phils, have won nine of their last 11 games and reached the .500 mark for the first time since April 27.
     The first two innings belonged to the Marlins as they compiled six runs. The first inning was capped by a Marcell Ozuna two-run homer to center field on a 2-2 pitch. Christian Yelich made it 6-0 in the second inning on a three-run home run to center field.
     In the fourth inning, Philadelphia(45-79) closed the gap to 6-3. Nick Williams connected with a solo home run and later Andres Blanco blasted a two-run homer to right on a 3-2 pitch.
     The Phillies pulled to within two runs during the bottom of the sixth. Tommy Joseph smashed a solo homer to left field on a 1-0 count.
     Miami(62-62) extended their margin to 7-4 in the top of the eighth. Mike Aviles knocked in Derek Dietrich with a single into center field.
   

Marlins Drop Phillies

     The Miami Marlins outscored the Philadelphia Phillies 12-8 on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. It was the first game of a doubleheader between both clubs. There was a brief ceremony prior to the contest honoring Marlins Spanish-language radio play-by-play announcer Felo Ramirez who passed away on Monday.
     In the top of the first, Miami(61-62) took a 1-0 lead. Christian Yelich hit a double which scored Dee Gordon.
     Philadelphia(45-78) responded with two runs in the bottom of the first. Rhys ripped a two-run homer that hit the top of the center-field fence and went over. Nick Williams was able to score in front of him on the play.
     The Marlins tied it up 2-2 in the second inning. Miguel Rojas grounded out to short for Derek Dietrich to score.
     Both teams exchanged runs in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI double for the Fish to right-center field and Rojas crossed the plate. Cameron Rupp popped a solo homer to right on a 0-1 pitch for the Phils.
     Miami put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh as they had six runs in the frame. Ichiro Suzuki lined a three-run homer to right-center field on a 3-1 count which scored Tomas Telis and Rojas. Stanton later got a solo homer to right field on a 1-1 pitch for his 46th home run of the year. Two batter later, Marcell Ozuna smacked a two-run home run to left on a 1-2 count.
     The Phillies answered in the bottom of the seventh. Maikel Franco hit a sacrifice fly into right-center field to score Tommy Joseph. Cesar Hernandez belted a solo home run to center on a 2-1 pitch in the eighth inning.
     The Fish extended their margin to 12-5 during the ninth. J.T. Realmuto connected with a three-run homer to right and Yelich along with Ozuna scored.

Felo Ramirez Passes Away

     Original Marlins Spanish-language radio play-by-play announcer Felo Ramirez passed away Monday at the age of 94.. He took a nasty fall on a road trip with the team in Philadelphia on April 26 and never announced another baseball game.
     Ramirez became the first Spanish-language radio voice for the Marlins in 1993 when they became a Major League Baseball expansion franchise. He was a play-by-play announcer with the team for the past 25 seasons. Ramirez announced both World Series that the Marlins won in 1997 and 2003.
     He received the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. Ramirez began as a baseball play-by-play announcer while in Cuba back in 1945. He announced more than 30 World Series in Spanish.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sun-Sentinel Releases Harvey Fialkov

     Longtime local sportswriter Harvey Fialkov is no longer with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He had been a full-time member of the staff for the past 18 years and worked on a part-time/freelance basis for 10 years before that.
     Fialkov was the Florida Panthers beat reporter with that newspaper for the past six years and took over for Steve Gorten. He covered the Miami Dolphins football team prior to that during the 2000s.

Anquan Boldin Retires

     Former South Florida high school football player Anquin Boldin retired from the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Boldin had a 14-year career in the National Football League as he compiled 1,076 receptions for 13,779 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns.
     Boldin played quarterback with the Pahokee Blue Devils. The team went undefeated during the 1998 regular season and beat Glades Central in the Muck Bowl. He has made many contributions toward that high school over the years and his name is on the school football field known as Anquan Boldin Stadium.
     Boldin went to college at Florida State University where he was shifted to wide receiver. He helped the Seminoles win the BCS National Championship in 1999.
     He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round as the 54th overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. He helped them win an NFC Championship in 2008 before they lost in the final minute to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 43.
     The Cardinals traded him away to the Baltimore Ravens in March 2010. He captured a Super Bowl title as they beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47. Boldin was dealt a couple of the months later to the Niners in March 2013.
     He stayed in San Francisco for three seasons. Boldin played his final NFL season with the Detroit Lions in 2016.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Miami FC Breeze By Jacksonville

     Miami FC took on Jacksonville Armada FC and beat them 1-0 at Hodges Stadium on Sunday night. They extended their winning streak to three games.
     The only goal scored in the game by Miami FC(3-0-2) was by Jaime Chavez in the 41st minute. The club will finish their three-game road trip against Puerto Rico FC, who are tied with Miami FC with nine points for first place of the NASL Fall Season standings.

Marlins Move By Mets

     The Miami Marlins survived the New York Mets 6-4 at Citi Field on Sunday. The Fish have been victorious in seven of their last nine games.
     Christian Yelich helped the Marlins get up 1-0 in the top of the first. He got an infield single where Dee Gordon scored.
     New York(54-68) was able to match it in the bottom of the first. Yoenis Csepedes cracked a solo home run to left field on a 2-2 pitch for his 16th homer of the year.
     Miami(60-62) regained the lead in the third inning. Yelich pulled off another infield hit for Gordon to score.
     Giancarlo Stanton extended the Marlins lead to 5-1 in the top of the seventh with his major league leading 45th home run of the season. He blasted a three-run homer to left-center field on the first pitch as Miguel Rojas and Gordon scored on the play. Yelich followed with a base hit, then Marcell Ozuna knocked him in on a single into center field.
     In the eighth inning, the Mets slowly closed the gap with three runs. Cespedes drove in Brandon Nimmo with a double into center field. One batter later, Michael Conforto scored on a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores to left. Travis d'Arnuad then hit a single into left field and Cespedes crossed the plate to make it 6-4.
   

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Mets Squash Marlins

     The New York Mets outscored Miami by six runs in the sixth inning as they defeated the Marlins 8-1 on Saturday night at Citi Field. The Fish have lost two of their last eight games.
     Miami(59-62) got their only run of the contest in the top of the sixth. Marcell Ozuna knocked in Dee Gordon on a base hit into left field.
     The bottom of the sixth came and the Mets compiled seven runs. Matt Reynolds scored on a sacrifice fly by Asdrubal Cabrera to right field. Brandon Nimmo would then score on a fielding error by Miguel Rojas.
     Wilmer Flores followed with a two-run homer to left on a 1-0 pitch and Michael Conforto scored. Three batters later, Kevin Plawecki blasted a two-run homer to left field on a 1-2 count to make 7-1.
     New York(54-67) added one more run in the eight inning. Dominic Smith sent a home run over the center-field fence on a 2-0 pitch.
   

Curtis Stevenson The Ticket Afternoon Host

     Curtis Stevenson is now the permanent afternoon co-host at Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM alongside Chris Perkins. He takes over for Ethan J. Skolnick who was officially let go by the station on Thursday. 
     Stevenson, known as Captain Curtis, joined The Ticket as a fill-in weekend host on May 27. He first became a guest afternoon co-host with Skolnick and Perkins on June 6.
     Prior to his work at The Ticket, Stevenson had a long reign at Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He was the afternoon producer for the Jim Mandich Show until January 2010. Stevenson served as a producer and later an on-air sidekick on the midday show with Michael Irvin from 2010 to 2012.
     He was a weekend host on WQAM throughout this decade. Stevenson was the morning show on-air sidekick of the Joe Rose Show from April 2014 until May 2017.
   

Ethan J. Skolnick Gone From The Ticket

     Ethan J. Skolnick has been let go from the afternoon show co-host position at Sports Talk 790 The Ticket. He last did a program at that radio station on July 31. Curtis Stevenson has replaced him as the permanent afternoon co-host alongside Chris Perkins.
     Skolnick had worked at The Ticket as an afternoon co-host since September 2015. He first partnered with Israel Gutierrez for a couple of months. Skolnick had Chris Wittyngham as a co-host on an interim basis and then on a permanent basis from January 2016 to September 2016.
     Chris Perkins was his co-host with the afternoon program since late 2016. Skolnick did miss some time on the radio station earlier this year from January 4 until February 20.
     Skolnick has been a sports reporter with all three major local newspapers which includes the Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He recently was with CBS Sports.com as a NBA video reporter from the middle of 2016 until this past July 31.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Marlins Take Mets

     The Miami Marlins got by the New York Mets 3-1 at Citi Field on Friday night. The Marlins have won six of their last seven games.
     Miami(59-61) moved ahead 2-0 in the second inning. J.T. Realmuto smacked a two-run homer to left field on a 1-1 pitch and Marcell Ozuna scored in front of him on the play.
     The Fish extended their margin to three runs in the top of the third. Ozuna was able to drive in Giancarlo Stanton on a sacrifice fly to center field.
     New York(53-67) cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the frame. Wilmer Flores knocked in Asdrubal Cabrera with a base hit to left field.

Palm Beach Gardens Stops Piper

     The Palm Beach Gardens Gators beat the Piper Bengals 19-7 in the final two-quarter game of the three-way kickoff classic at The Corral in Delray Beach. Both schools, who made the FHSAA playoffs last season, are considered Class 8A playoff contenders in Section 3 with the new playoff points system being used for the first time in Florida this year.
     Palm Beach Gardens wide receiver Deonte Cooley made a 52-yard catch and took it to the Bengals two-yard line. Several plays later, Cooley recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead at 6:45.
     The Gators made it a 13-point margin when running back Pedro Epps raced up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run with three minutes left in the first.
     Gardens got the ball back in the middle of the second quarter on a turnover when defensive back Gurvan Hall stripped the ball from a Bengals wide receiver. Quarterback David Studstill later fired a 45-yard touchdown pass up the middle of the field to wide receiver Jake Hockenson and he easily walked it into the end zone at the 4:25 mark.
     Piper broke the shutout on the final play of the game. They scored on a two-yard touchdown run up the middle by running back Jamarquis Thomas. 
    

American Heritage Shuts Out Piper

     The American Heritage Stallions blanked the Piper Bengals 19-0 in a two-quarter kickoff classic held at Scott Maurer Memorial Field in Delray Beach on Friday night. It was the second contest played by the Stallions following a victory earlier over Palm Beach Gardens.
     Neither squad put up any points during the first quarter. It changed as American Heritage compiled 19 points in the second.
     Stallions wide receiver Jamal Lassiter caught a 28-yard touchdown pass on a slant pattern from backup quarterback John Dunmore less than one minute into the second quarter.
     Dunmore found wide receiver Connor Heisley on the right side of the zone for a one-yard strike at the 5:20 mark. Piper surrendered another touchdown on a 33-yard pass down the middle of the field by Dunmore to wide receiver Luke Sharkey with under three minutes left to make it 19-0.

American Heritage Tops Palm Beach Gardens

     The American Heritage Stallions defeated the Palm Beach Gardens Gators 14-7 in a two-quarter kickoff classic at The Corral on Friday night. Both school also played another two-quarter game later against the Piper Bengals.
     Palm Beach Gardens got on the scoreboard at the 7:10 mark of the first quarter to make it 7-0. Backup quarterback David Studstill was brought in for just one play and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass on the left side to wide receiver Armani Hayes.
     Amercian Heritage responded and tied the contest 7-7 on their next possession. Running back Adeles Smalls busted through the right side of the line and scored from eight yards away.
     In the second quarter, Smalls rambled for a 52-yard gain to the Gators eight-yard line. Three plays later, wide receiver Micangelo Joseph caught a nine-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone from quarterback Ryan Rizk on the right side of the end zone with 6:15 left in the second quarter.
    

Berean Christian Slips By Somerset Canyons

     The Berean Christian Bulldogs barely got by the Somerset Canyons Cougars 14-12 in Boynton Beach on Friday. It was the first 2017 kickoff classic held in Palm Beach County.
     Neither school was able to score in the first quarter. Berean Christian broke the tie with 8:10 left in the first half. Wide receiver Josh Lawler caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Caleb Goertzen and was stopped at the Cougars 25-yard line. It led to a nine-yard touchdown run up the middle by running back David Rimes. He scored on a two-point conversion run to make it 8-0.
     Somerset Canyons responded with 12 points during the third quarter to take the lead. The Bulldogs bounced back in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass from Goertzen to wide receiver Michael Degler.

Ravens Rout Dolphins

     The Baltimore Ravens dominated the Miami Dolphins 31-7 at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday night. It was the second and final preseason game for the Fins in Miami.
     Quarterback Jay Cutler made his first appearance with the Dolphins and played in two drives. He went 3-for-6 with 24 passing yards in the contest.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

St. Thomas Aquinas Slams Dillard

     The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders routed the Dillard Panthers 39-0 in a kickoff classic held at Brian Piccolo Stadium on Thursday night. STA has outscored the Panthers 90-0 in the last two preseason meetings between both schools.
     It took a while for St. Thomas Aquinas to get on the scoreboard and they accomplished that at 3:17 of the first quarter. Quarterback Curt Casteel threw a 43-year touchdown pass toward the right sideline which was caught by wide receiver Tavares Kelly.
     The Raiders extended their margin to 14-0 with 2:35 left in the second quarter. Casteel had a pass tipped by a defensive back 25 yards downfield. Wide receiver Elijah Moore pulled in the reception at the Panthers 40 and ran it into the end zone for a 70-yard passing play.
     The second half started bad for Dillard when Donald "Guy" McCarthy returned the kickoff back for a touchdown and a 21-point lead for STA. Casteel compiled his third touchdown pass of the contest with 7:43 left in the fourth quarter when he connected with wide receiver Teriq Philips in the front of the zone from 15 yards away.
     St. Thomas Aquinas brought in backup quarterback Kyle Engel to finish the game. Wide receiver Marcus Rosemy made a 35-yard touchdown reception with under four minutes remaining to make it 33-0.

Miami FC Beat North Carolina FC

     Miami FC edged North Carolina FC 1-0 at Sahlen's Stadium on Tuesday night. They won their second straight NASL game.
     With the victory Miami FC(2-0-2) moved to first place in the fall season standings. The only goal of the contest was by Jaime Chavez in the 15th minute.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dino Costa Out In Portland

     Former South Florida sports radio host Dino Costa has been let go as the afternoon host of KXTG-AM in Portland, Oregon after three months. He began at that organization in early June. Costa was once an afternoon host on 1400 The Fan WFLL-AM in Fort Lauderdale from April 2004 until July 2004.
     He was a sports host on KLZ-AM in Denver until January 2003. Costa made his first stop in Florida at WNNR-AM in Jacksonville where his tenure went from June 2003 to February 2004.
     After his short stint at 1400 The Fan, he returned to Denver for the rest of the 2000s. Costa then joined Sirius XM Radio in September 2009 as an afternoon host on Mad Dog Radio and stayed there until October 2013.
     Costa returned to Florida and worked alongside Pat Paolini as a mid-afternoon co-host at WAOC-AM in St. Augustine from August 2014 until late 2015. He worked last year at KFNS-AM in St. Louis as a morning host for two months from March 2016 to April 2016.

Marlins Drop Giants

     The Miami Marlins pounded the San Francisco Giants 8-1 at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The Fish finished their six-game home stand with a 5-1 record. Giancarlo Stanton had his streak of six consecutive games with a home run stopped.
     The Marlins jumped out in front during the first inning against Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain. Marcell Ozuna got his 90th RBI of the season when he hit an infield single up the middle for Dee Gordon to score.
     J.T. Realmuto followed with a fielder's choice to third and Stanton scored on the play. After a Brandon Crawford fielding error on a Derek Dietrich line drive, Tomas Telis sliced a double down the left-field line which brought in Realmuto and Dietrich.
     San Francisco(48-74) put up their only run in the top of the third. Telis committed an error on a ground ball by Crawford to the right side and Jarrett Parker crossed the plate.
     Miami(58-61) regained their four-run margin in the bottom of the third inning. Telis placed a single through the right side and Dietrich scored.
     In the fifth inning, the Fish extended their lead to 7-1. Mike Aviles knocked in Realmuto with a single into right field. Ichiro Suzuki came up and drove in Telis on a base hit to left-center field. The Marlins compiled one more run in the bottom of the seventh when Aviles scored on a Miguel Rojas single to center. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Giants Stomp Marlins

     The San Francisco Giants overcame the Miami Marlins 9-4 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. It snapped a four-game win streak for the Fish.
     Miami(57-61) got on the scoreboard early in the first inning. Christian Yelich lifted a double to deep center field for Giancarlo Stanton to score.
     San Francisco(48-73) responded back in the top of the third inning. Denard Span cracked a two-run homer to right on a 0-1 pitch that was almost caught by Stanton at the top of the wall. Kelby Tomlinson scored in front of Span on the play.
     Stanton continued his hot streak in the bottom of the third. He smashed a solo home run to left field on a 0-1 count. It was his 44th home run of the season, which leads the majors, and the sixth consecutive game that he had hit a home run.
     Marcell Ozuna scored on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto to left-center field later in the frame. A.J. Ellis helped the Fish extend their lead to 4-2 in the fourth inning with a solo homer to left on a 2-0 pitch.
     It would be all Giants for the rest of the contest. Madison Bumgarner knocked in Ryder Jones with a base hit into left field during the fifth inning.
     In the seventh inning, they would compile three more runs and take the lead 6-4. Carlos Moncrief drove in Tomlinson with a single to right. Several batters later, Moncrief crossed the plate on a throwing error by Stanton. Hunter Pence capped the rally with a double to right-center field which scored Span.
     San Francisco kept the pressure on in the late innings. Jones smacked solo home run to right on a 2-0 count in the top of the eighth. Pence grounded out to short for Gorkys Hernandez to score in the ninth inning. Span would steal third base and advanced home on a throwing error by Tomas Telis. 
     

Monday, August 14, 2017

Miami Heat 2017-18 Schedule

     The NBA released the Miami Heat 2017-18 schedule. It will be the 30th season for the franchise in the league. It is the earliest that an NBA season will begin in 37 seasons.
     The Heat will start the regular season on the road against the Orlando Magic on October 18. Miami will return and play their home opener at American Airlines Arena on October 21 against the Indiana Pacers.
     The NBA world champion Golden State Warriors make their only appearance in South Florida on December 3. The Heat will not be playing on Christmas Day for the second straight season.
     Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls show up in Miami on November 1 and March 29. LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers make their lone appearance at American Airlines Arena on March 27.

Stanton Breaks Sheffield Mark And Giants

     Giancarlo Stanton set a franchise record with his 43rd home run to surpass Gary Sheffield for the most home runs in a season by a Marlins player. Miami held on to defeat the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Monday night at Marlins Park. Sheffield set the franchise mark with 42 home runs back in 1996.
     Stanton was able to get the historical homer in the first inning for the Marlins. He smashed a 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence and Dee Gordon scored in front of him.
     San Francisco(47-73) put together a three-run rally to take the lead in the top of the third. Denard Span hit a ground-rule double to right field which scored Pablo Sandoval and Kelby Tomlinson. The Giants moved ahead when Hunter Pence drove in Span with a single into left field.
     Miami(57-60) tied it up 3-3 in the bottom of the frame. Christian Yelich knocked in Gordon with a base hit to left.
     The Fish continued to roll in the fourth inning and regained the lead. Derek Dietrich scored on an infield hit by Gordon. Stanton followed with a single into center field and Miguel Rojas crossed the plate. Marcell Ozuna blasted a solo home run to center on the first pitch in the bottom of the fifth and extended the Marlins lead to 6-3.
     In the seventh inning, Miami added two more runs. Ozuna scored on a Tyler Moore base hit into right field. Moore eventually scored on a passed ball when the bases were loaded with Ichiro Suzuki at-bat.

Bryan Murray Passes Away

     Former Florida Panthers hockey executive Bryan Murray passed away over the weekend at the age of 74. He recently was the general manager of the Ottawa Senators from 2007 to 2016.
     Murray became the second general manager in Florida Panthers franchise history before the 1994-95 season when he took over for Bobby Clarke. He later replaced Doug MacLean as the third head coach of the club in November 1997. The Panthers were Eastern Conference champions in 1996 before they were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals.
     Prior to the his arrival in Florida, Murray was the head coach of the Washington Capitals. He moved to the head coach and the general manager positions of the Detroit Red Wings. Following his stint in Florida, Murray became the Anaheim Mighty Ducks head coach and was elevated to general manager. He helped that organization win a Western Conference title in 2003 and they lost a seven-game series to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals.
     Murray headed the Senators where they captured an Eastern Conference title in 2007. They were defeated in the Stanley Cup Finals to his former club Anaheim.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stanton Ties Sheffield As Marlins Sweep Rockies

     Giancarlo Stanton hit his 42nd home run of the season to tie the Marlins single-season record with Gary Sheffield as Miami swept the Colorado Rockies 5-3 at Marlins Park on Sunday. Sheffield got 42 homers for the Florida Marlins back in 1996.
     Miami(56-60) rolled out to a 2-0 margin in the second inning. Starting pitcher Vance Worley pulled off a two-run single to right field which scored J.T. Realmuto and Tomas Telis.
     Colorado(65-52) scrambled back with their only three runs of the contest in the top of the third. Gerardo Parra singled into right-center field and Charlie Blackmon scored. Carlos Gonzalez followed with a base hit up the middle that brought home D.J. LeMahieu and Parra to make it 3-2.
     The Marlins tied it up 3-3 in the bottom of the frame. Stanton sliced the ball down the right-field line for a solo home run on a 3-2 pitch. It was his 250th home run of his major league career.
     The Fish regained the lead during the fourth inning. Mike Aviles ripped a double past the third-base line and into the left-field corner for a double. Telis and Miguel Rojas both scored on the play for Miami.

Miami FC Smash Indy Eleven

     Miami FC beat Indy Eleven 3-1 at Riccardo Silva Stadium on Saturday night for their first victory in the NASL fall campaign. It ended a three-game losing for them in all competitions.
     Both teams began the day near the bottom of the NASL Fall Season standings as Miami FC(1-0-2) was in last place. All the scoring was done in the second half. Stefano Pinho compiled goals in the 47th and 69th minute while Dylan Mares added one in the 59th minute for a 3-0 lead. Zayed broke the shutout for Indy Eleven(1-0-2) during the 88th minute.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jeffrey Loria Selling Miami Marlins

     Miami Marlins team president David Samson announced prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday that team owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell the franchise for $1.2 billion. The group of investors that are buying the Marlins includes former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
     The sale is expected to be approved by Major League Baseball in the near future. Loria has owned the Marlins since 2002 and the team won their second World Series title in 2003.

Marlins Escape Rockies

     The Miami Marlins stopped the Colorado Rockies 4-3 at Marlins Park on Saturday night. The Fish have began their home stand with two straight victories.
     Both teams scored in the first inning. Colorado(65-51) moved ahead 1-0 when Mark Reynolds drove in Charlie Blackmon with a base hit into left field.
     Miami(55-60) responded in the bottom of the frame. Marcell Ozuna grounded out to short for Christian Yelich to score and tie the game 1-1.
     The Marlins pulled away from their opponent in the fourth inning. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a three-run homer to left field on a 1-1 pitch for his 41st home run of the year. Miguel Rojas and Dee Gordon scored in front of him on the play.
     The Rockies inched their way back, however they fell short. D.J. LeMathieu hit a sacrifice fly into left field to score Blackmon in the top of the fifth. They scored again in the eighth inning as Mark Reynolds scored on a fielder's choice by Carlos Gonzalez to second.

Marlins Knock Off Rockies

     Giancarlo Stanton hit his Major League Baseball leading 40th home run of the season as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 at Marlins Park on Friday night. The Fish returned home following a seven-game road trip.
     Colorado(65-50) ripped out to a 2-0 lead during the top of the third. Nolan Arenado smashed a two-run homer to right field on a 2-1 pitch. Charlie Blackmon scored in front of him on the play.
     After the Marlins got a run on a double play in the fifth, the Rockies had a two-run gap again in the top of the sixth when Gerardo Parra hit a solo home run to right on a 2-2 count.
     Miami(54-60) was able to tie the contest 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Stanton pounded a solo home to left field on a 1-1 pitch. J.T. Realmuto later hit a sacrifice fly to center and Christian Yelich crossed the plate.
     The Fish broke the tie with three runs in the eighth inning. Dietrich drove in Yelich on a base hit into center field. Tomas Telis followed with a triple to right-center field which scored Marcell Ozuna and Dietrich.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dolphins Fly By Falcons

     The Miami Dolphins defeated the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons 23-20 at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday night. It was the first of four preseason games for the Fins. The Falcons have not played a game since they blew a big lead and lost to the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 51 in overtime.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nationals Get By Marlins

     The Washington Nationals edged the Miami Marlins 3-2 at Nationals Park on Thursday night. The Fish finished the seven-game road swing with a 2-5 record.
     Miami(53-60) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run homer to left field on a 1-1 pitch to left field and Dee Gordon scored. It was the 39th home run for Stanton this year which leads Major League Baseball.
     Washington(68-45) mounted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brian Goodwin drove in Adrian Sanchez with a base hit into right field. Bryce Harper followed with a double into right which scored Goodwin.
     The Nationals took their first lead of the contest in the eighth inning. Goodwin cracked a solo home run to right field on a 1-0 count. 
     

West Palm Beach Ratings July 2017

     It was the final month that there were two sports format radio stations in the West Palm Beach market with ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM and 640 The Hurricane WMEN-AM. Sports Radio 1230 The Zone. WBZT-AM joined the fray on July 31 to make it three radio stations with a sports format in Palm Beach County.
     640 The Hurricane changed their logo and slogan at the beginning of July. They moved to a 0.5 in July following a 0.3 in the previous two months. The New York Yankees had a losing record last month, but there has been an enormous social buzz about Aaron Judge. 

Miami Dolphins Spanish Broadcasts Back On WQBA

      The Spanish language game broadcasts of the Miami Dolphins has returned to Univision Deportes Radio 1140 WQBA-AM after a one-year absence. It was a multi-year deal agreed to between the franchise and the radio station. The Dolphins games were heard in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 1210 WNMA-AM in 2016.
     WQBA had been the Spanish language flagship station of the Fins throughout the 2010s except for last year. The station flipped from a Spanish news/talk format to a Spanish sports talk format branded Univision Deportes Radio in April 2017. Raul Striker Jr. will be the play-by-play announcer while Eduardo Martell will be the game analyst.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Nationals Wipe Out Marlins

     The Washington Nationals pounded the Miami Marlins 10-1 at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. The Fish are now 2-4 on their current road trip.
     Washington(67-45) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Ryan Zimmerman socked a solo home run to left field on a 0-2 pitch.
     The Nats added several more runs in the bottom of the third. Bryce Harper knocked in Brian Goodwin with a base hit into left. Zimmerman followed with a double into left-center field to score Harper.
     Miami(53-59) placed their only run on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Ichiro Suzuki was able to single into center field which brought in Tyler Moore.
     The Nationals extended their margin in the sixth to 8-1. Harper hit a sacrifice fly to left field and Goodwin crossed the plate. Howie Kendrick then drove in Adrian Sanchez and Zimmerman with a base hit into left. In the seventh inning, Zimmerman smacked a two-run homer to right field on a 3-2 count.
     

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Miami Ratings July 2017

     The ratings for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market were released and Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM finished on top of all sports format radio stations for the fifth consecutive month. All three local competitors saw improvement with an increased social buzz as the region did host the 2017 All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami.
     The Ticket moved from a 0.8 to a 0.9 in July. They were able to broadcast the 88th All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby with former Florida Marlins radio voice Jon "Boog" Sciambi as the play-by-play announcer on ESPN Radio.
     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM bumped up from a 0.7 to a 0.8. It had to due with the beginning of Miami Dolphins training camp. 
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM went from a 0.1 to a 0.2 in the period. They improved from their lowest ratings of the calendar year in June.The festivities of the All-Star Game did help the flagship station of the Miami Marlins.

Vince Wilfork Retires

     Boynton Beach native Vince Wilfork has retired from the National Football League. He participated as a defensive lineman in the NFL for 13 seasons with the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.
     Wilfork played high school football with the Santaluces Chiefs and the team had their best seasons in the past 20 years. He went on to the University of Miami Hurricanes and won a BCS National Championship in 2001.
     He was drafted by the New England Patriots during the first round in 2004. Wilfork helped that franchise win two world championships by capturing Super Bowl 39 over the Philadelphia Eagles and Super Bowl 49 over the Seattle Seahawks. The team won four AFC titles while he was on the squad.
     Wilfork, who made the Pro Bowl five times, finished his final two seasons with the Houston Texans. He got them to the AFC Championship Game in 2016 where they lost to the Patriots.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Nationals Edge Marlins

     The Washington Nationals got by the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Monday night at Nationals Park. The Marlins are now 1-3 on their road trip.
     Washington(66-44) waited until the second inning to go ahead. Matt Wieters singled into right field for Ryan Zimmerman to score. Bryce Harper extended their margin to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth when he smashed a solo home run to right on a 0-0 pitch for his 29th homer of the season.
     Miami(52-58) chipped slowly at the lead. Odrisamer Despaigne compiled his third career base hit and first career RBI in the fifth inning as he drove in Tomas Telis with a single up the middle.
     In the sixth inning, the Marlins were able to tie the game at 2-2. Giancarlo Stanton blasted his Major League Baseball leading 37th home run of the season to left on a 3-1 count.
     The Nationals regained the lead in the eighth inning. Adam Lind knocked in Wilmer Difo with a single into center field.
    

Darren Daulton Dead

     Former Florida Marlins utility player Darren Daulton passed away on Sunday at the age of 55. He had battled brain cancer for the past five years.
     Daulton played almost his entire 14-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies and was part of the 1993 National League champions. They lost the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.
     He was traded by the Phillies to the Miami Marlins during the 1997 season. His veteran leadership was helpful as the franchise made the postseason for the first time as a wild card. They defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series. The Marlins captured their first word championship as they defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games at the 1997 World Series.

Dolphins Sign Jay Cutler

     The Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 million contract. He was brought in after starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured himself at practice several days ago.
     Cutler retired from the Chicago Bears following the 2016 NFL season and joined Fox Sports as an NFL game analyst. He was to make his broadcast debut in a couple of weeks.
     He made his NFL debut in 2006 with the Denver Broncos and played there for three seasons. Cutler was traded by the Broncos to the Chicago Bears prior to the 2009 NFL season. He spent eight seasons with the Bears where he has the franchise record for career pass completions, passing yards, passing attempts and touchdown passes. Cutler, who passed for 1,059 yards and four touchdowns in 2016, also has the Bears record for most completions and pass attempts in a season.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Marlins Breeze By Braves

     The Miami Marlins avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves at Sun Trust Park on Sunday. The Fish next travel to Washington D.C. and face the National League East leader Nationals.
     Miami(52-57) rocketed out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna blasted a three-run homer to left-center field on a 1-2 pitch for his 26th home run of the season. Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich scored in front of him.
     The Marlins continued the quick start on their next at-bat. J.T. Realmuto connected with a solo home run to left field on a 0-1 count.
     Atlanta(51-59) broke the shutout during the bottom of the sixth. Ender Inciarte knocked in Jace Peterson with a single into center field.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Braves Outlast Marlins

     The Miami Marlins fell to the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Saturday night at Sun Trust Park. The Fish have lost the first two games of their road swing.
     Miami(51-57) waited until the top of the sixth to take the lead 1-0. Giancarlo Stanton pounded his major league leading 36th home run of the season. It was a 1-1 pitch that went over the left-fence field.
     Atlanta(51-58) responded in the bottom of the sixth. Freddie Freeman knocked in Ender Inciarte with a base hit into center field. Nick Markakis later drove in Freeman on a double into right-center field.
     The Braves pulled away from their opponent with five runs in the seventh inning. Brandon Phillips placed a single to left field for Johan Camrago and Ozzie Albies to score. Freeman followed with a three-run homer to left field on a 3-1 count.
     The Marlins garnered just one run for the remainder of the contest. Dee Gordon scored on a Stanton double into center field.

Jason Taylor Inducted Into Football Hall Of Fame

     Former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Saturday. He is sixth all-time in NFL history with 139.5 career quarterback sacks.
     Taylor played most of his 15-year NFL career with the Dolphins. He was with the Fins from 1997-2007, 2009 and 2011. Taylor also spent one season with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets.
     He had 131 sacks in 204 games with the Dolphins and only missed four games in 13 seasons in Miami. Taylor set an NFL record with six fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Braves Tame Marlins

     The Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 5-3 at Sun Trust Park on Friday night. It was the first game of a seven-game road trip for the Fish.
     Atlanta(50-58) moved out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Dee Gordon committed an error on a Nick Markakis at-bat for Brandon Phillips to score.
     Miami(51-56) would go ahead during the middle innings. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a solo home run to center field on the first pitch in the fourth inning. He later hit his major league leading 35th home run of the season, which was a two-run homer, during the top of the sixth on a 0-1 count to make it 3-1.
     The Braves bounced back in the bottom of the frame and regained the lead 4-3. Markakis smashed a three-run homer to right on a 3-2 pitch. Phillips and Tyler Flowers scored in front of him on the play.
     In the seventh inning, the Bravos extended their margin. Phllips drove in Lane Adams with a base hit into left field.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Sports Bosses On SB Nation Radio

     A local sports show has been broadcast in late mornings at SB Nation Radio on SiriusXM Radio for over a month. It is called The Sports Bosses with Jim Rodriguez and Sean Stanley. The program has never been heard on South Florida radio and was only streamed on the internet prior to their national exposure on June 26.
     Stanley has been noticed locally for the last couple of years as a co-host of SportsOvertime.com. He is also the station manager at the Miami Media School. Stanley recently worked as a board operator for Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. Rodriguez is employed at Univision as a sports producer.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Marlins Blank Nationals

     The Miami Marlins pitched a combined four-hitter and they shut out the Washington Nationals 7-0 at Marlins Park on Wednesday night. The Fish scored 14 straight runs against Washington(63-43) in the past two games.
     The Nationals only had two hits in the first eight innings of play. The Marlins have won their nine of their last 13 games and went 5-2 on their home stand.
     Miami(51-55) jumped on the Nats in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton ripped a double into right-center field and Dee Gordon scored.
     In the fifth inning, the Marlins scored four runs to extend their margin 5-0. Christian Yelich cracked his 13th home run of the season, a two-run homer to center field on a 2-1 pitch, which brought home Gordon. Derek Dietrich later hit a two-run homer to right on a 1-2 count with J.T. Realmuto scoring in front of him.
     The Nationals surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gordon drove in Miguel Rojas with a base hit into center field. Two batters later, Yelich doubled to right-center field to bring in Gordon. Stanton saved the shutout on the final out when he jumped high and caught the ball well above the right-field fence.

Miami FC Falls To Cincinnati

     Miami FC was eliminated from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as they were defeated by FC Cincinnati 1-0 in a quarterfinal match at Riccardo Silva Stadium on Wednesday night. The only goal of the contest was by Dijby of FC Cincinnati during the 68th minute.
     It has been a tough week for the 2017 NASL Spring Season champion Miami FC. They played their opening game of the NASL Fall Season and lost to the New York Cosmos 3-1 in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Marlins Overcome Nationals

     The Miami Marlins came back from a six-run deficit as they won 7-6 over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. The Fish did the same thing to the Nats in Miami during in game back in June.  
     Washington(63-42) manufactured all their six runs in the second inning. Max Scherzer smacked a three-run homer on a 0-2 pitch to left field for a 4-0 lead. Nationals newcomer Howie Kendrick later cracked a two-run home run to center on a 2-2 count and they had a six-run cushion.
     Miami(50-55) began to cut into lead in the third inning. Miguel Rojas scored on a ground out to second by Dee Gordon.
     The Fish compiled two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Marcell Ozuna crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly to center by Tomas Taelis. One batter later, Rojas singled into center field which brought home J.T. Realmuto.
     In the fifth inning, the Marlins added four more runs and took the lead. Ozuna lifted a three-run homer to left field on a 2-2 pitch to tie the contest 6-6. Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton scored in front of him on the play. Two batters later, Derek Dietrich knocked in Realmuto with a triple to right-center field for the go-ahead tally.

Adam Kuperstein Leaving WTVJ-TV

     NBC 6 WTVJ-TV sports anchor Adam Kuperstein will be leaving the station and move to WNBC-TV in New York City as a weekend news anchor and weekday news reporter. He will continue as the Sunday late morning host on NBC Sports Radio Network which is based in New York.
     Kuperstein, a Syracuse University grad, joined WVVJ-TV in May 2005 as a weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter under Joe Rose. He held that position until December 2011 and was elevated to the position of evening news anchor. Kuperstein was at the post for several years until 2015 when he went back to the sports department as lead sports anchor.
     He also had his stints in local radio. He first joined Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM as a weekend host in 2011. Kuperstein was an early afternoon co-host with first Steve Goldstein, then twice with Channing Crowder and finally with Curtis Stevenson from January 2012 until July 2015.
     Kuperstein began at Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in November 2015 as a weekend host and held that post for almost one year. He filled in as an early afternoon co-host throughout 2016 and was never able to take a permanent job at that station due to his time constraint with WTVJ-TV.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Nationals Almost No-Hit Marlins

     Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez threw eight innings of no-hit ball as they blanked the Miami Marlins 1-0 at Marlins Park on Monday night. The Fish are 3-2 on their current home stand.
     Washington(63-41) scored the only run of the contest in the sixth inning. Bryce Harper singled into left field for Brian Goodwin to cross the plate.
     Miami(49-55) got their first hit of the game in the bottom of the ninth with none out. Dee Gordon led off against Gonzalez with a single into right field. Christian Yelich also got a base hit later in the inning.

WBZT Flips To Sports Format

     WBZT-AM has flipped their format from a brokered talk/business format to a sports talk format on Monday. The station will be known as Sports Radio 1230 The Zone.
     They become the fourth sports radio station in the West Palm Beach market. WBZT joins ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM, 640 The Hurricane WMEN-AM and ESPN Deportes 760 WEFL-AM.
     WBZT will be an affiliate of the Defo Show with Jeff DeForrest which is a morning program based at Miami Sports Radio 940 WINZ-AM. The rest of their lineup will be piped in from CBS Sports Radio. The radio station is currently the West Palm Beach affiliate of the Miami Marlins Radio Network.

War Games 30th Anniversary In Miami

     Today marked the 30th anniversary of the War Games: The Match Beyond bout at The Orange Bowl in Miami. The Four Horsemen comprised of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Lex Luger with The War Machine as they took on the Superpowers, Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff, along with The Road Warriors Animal and Hawk and their manager Paul Ellering.
     It was the first War Games held in a outdoor stadium setting. The first War Games was held at The Omni in Atlanta on July 4, 1987. It was a special promotional match and was part of The Great American Bash for the National Wrestling Alliance. The match in Miami ended when The War Machine submitted as Road Warrior Animal gouged his eyes with a spiked armband at 19:38.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Reds Stop Marlins

     The Cincinnati Reds avoided a four-game sweep with a 6-4 victory over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on Sunday. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Fish.
     Cincinnati(42-63) compiled two runs in the second inning. Tucker Barnhart knocked in Eugenio Suarez with a single to center. Jose Peraza later scored on an infield hit by Luis Castillo to make it 2-0.
     Miami(49-54) broke the shutout during the bottom of the sixth. A.J. Ellis singled to left field for Dee Gordon to score.
     The Reds extended their margin with four runs in the top of the seventh. They had the bases loaded when Adam Duvall grounded into a fielder's choice toward short for Billy Hamilton to cross the plate. The bases were loaded again, Peraza walked and Scooter Gennett scored. Barnhart then drove in Duvall and Suarez with a single up the middle for a 6-1 lead.
     The Marlins made an attempt for a comeback in the ninth inning. Marcell Ozuna blasted a three-run homer to left field on a 1-1 count with Gordon and Ellis aboard.

Two Marlins Inducted Into Baseball Hall Of Fame

     Two former Florida Marlins were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on Sunday. Both players only played just one season with the franchise.
     Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was with the Marlins for the 2003 season where he helped the club win their second World Series title. He had a .297 batting average with 16 home runs and 85 RBI that year. In 2011 Rodriguez was voted the greatest catcher in Marlins history. He played 21 years in the majors, spent most of his career with the Texas Rangers and participated in 14 All-Star Games.
     Tim Raines played his final season in Major League Baseball with the Marlins which was in 2002. He participated in 98 games and batted .191 with one home run, seven RBI and no stolen bases that season.  Raines spent most of his 23-year career with the Montreal Expos, had 808 career stolen bases and seven All-Star Game appearances.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Barcelona Edge Real Madrid In Miami El Clasico

     Barcelona got by Real Madrid 3-2 at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night and captured the 2017 International Champions Cup. It was just the second time that both La Liga clubs faced each other in El Clasico outside the country of Spain.
     The game began at a hectic pace as Barcelona scored twice in the first eight minutes on the contest. Lionel Messi began the scoring when he dribbled the ball up the middle of the field and into the penalty area. He placed the ball with a left-footed shot from 10 yards out that was partially deflected into the back of the net during the fourth minute.
     It became a 2-0 lead for Barcelona in the seventh minute. Neymar made a square pass to his right.  Ivan Rakitic stroked a right-footed shot from 18 yards away for a two-goal margin.
     Real Madrid cut into the gap to 2-1 during the 13rd minute. Mateo Kovacic blasted a 20-yard shot with the right foot.
     In the 36th minute, the game was evened up by them. Marco Asensio performed a give-and-go pass with Kovacic on the left side of the penalty area and placed in a 14-yard shot.
     There would be only one goal during the second half of play. Neymar took a direct kick from the left side and sent it to the middle of the penalty area. Gerard Pique then volleyed it in with his right foot from nine yards away for a Barcelona 3-2 lead in the 50th minute.

Marlins Roll By Reds

     The Miami Marlins stopped the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 at Marlins Park on Saturday night. The Marlins extended their winning streak to three games and won seven of their last nine games.
     Cincinnati(41-63) moved out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Joey Votto hit the first pitch over the center-field fence for a solo home run.
     Miami(49-53) bounced back during the bottom of the third. Christian Yelich belted a three-run homer to center field on a 0-2 count. Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton scored in front of him on the play.
     The Reds cut the margin to 3-2 in the top of the fourth. Adam Duvall blasted a solo home run to left on a 2-0 pitch.
     The Marlins put up a rally in the fifth inning. Stanton doubled to deep center field for Adam Conley and Gordon to score. Two batters later, Marcell Ozuna picked up a double to left-center field and Stanton crossed the plate. The Fish added another run to make it 7-2 as J.T. Realmuto drove in Ozuna with a base hit into left.
     In the ninth inning, the Red Legs got on the scoreboard again. Tucker Barnhart grounded out to second for Patrick Kivlehan to score.

Victor Bermudez Gone From Hurricanes Broadcasts

     Victor Bermudez will no longer be the radio producer for University of Miami Hurricanes football broadcasts due to budget cuts. He has been a producer on the Miami Hurricanes Radio Network for the past nine years.
     Bermudez continues as a sports producer for Telemundo, a position which he has had for several years. He once had a reign as the afternoon producer at Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM earlier this decade.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Miami Dolphins Renew Announcers

     The Miami Dolphins will have almost all their announcers return to the Miami Dolphins Radio Network and Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM that they had last season. Jimmy Cefalo will be the radio play-by-play announcer and work beside game analysts Joe Rose and Bob Griese. Cefalo and Rose have held their positions since 2005 while Griese has held that post since 2011. Kim Bokamper stays as the sideline reporter.
     It is the second straight season that WQAM and WKIS-FM are the flagship radio stations of the Miami Dolphins Radio Network. WQAM afternoon co-host Channing Crowder and newcomer Chris Wittyngham will co-host the pregame program while WQAM midday host Orlando Alzugaray and former Dolphins running back Troy Stradford return to the postgame show.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Chris Wittyngham New Dolphins Pregame Co-Host

     Chris Wittyngham has been named the new pregame co-host of Miami Dolphins football games on Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He replaces Curtis Stevenson and will work alongside WQAM afternoon co-host Channing Crowder.
     Wittyngham began as a fill-in host on WQAM back in February 2017. He joined Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in 2012 and once worked as an evening co-host with Josh Friedman from July 2014 to December 2015. He was also the afternoon co-host with Ethan Skolnick from May 2016 until September 2016.

Marlins Take Down Reds

     The Miami Marlins got by the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Thursday night at Marlins Park. Both clubs faced each other last weekend in Ohio. The Fish have won five of their last seven games.
     In the fourth inning, Miami(47-53) took a 1-0 lead. Derek Dietrich hit his fifth home run of the season on a 1-0 pitch to center field.
     The Marlins added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth for a three-run margin. Dietrich walked with the bases loaded and Giancarlo Stanton crossed the plate. Tyler Moore followed with a sacrifice fly to right which scored Christian Yelich.
     The Fish made it 4-0 in the seventh inning. Dietrich slapped a base hit to left field and Yelich scored.
     Cincinnati(41-61) broke the shutout in the top of the eighth. Scooter Gennett drove in Eugenio Suarez with a single into right field.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Marlins Crush Rangers

     The Miami Marlins demolished the Texas Rangers 22-10 at Globe Life Park on Wednesday night. It was the most runs compiled in a game by the Marlins in franchise history. The Fish completed their road trip with a 4-2 record and won their third consecutive road series for the first time since May 2012.
     Dee Gordon began the contest with a lead-off homer on the first pitch for Miami(46-53). It was his first home run of the year. Christian Yelich also hit a solo home run later in the inning.
     The Marlins added nine runs in the top of the fourth and led Texas(49-52) 11-1. Giancarlo Stanton later smacked his major-league leading 33rd home run of the season during the eighth inning on a 2-0 pitch to left field.

Juventus Defeats Paris Saint-Germain

     Juventus beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in an International Champions Cup match at Hard Rock Stadium on Wednesday night. It was the first time that Miami had hosted an International Champions Cup contest since Liverpool faced Manchester United for the championship game in August 2014.
     Barcelona and Real Madrid will challenge each other Saturday on the same field. It will be just the second time ever that both clubs play each other in El Clasico outside of Spain.
     Juventus scored late in the first half during the 45th minute. Gonzalo Higuian performed a give-and-go outside of the penalty area with Paulo Dybala and scored from 15 yards out to give The Old Lady a 1-0 lead. There was more scoring in the second half.
     PSG was able to even it up 1-1 in the 53rd minute. Angel Di Maria made a square pass across the crease and Goncalo Guedes tapped in the ball from four yards away.
     Juve regained the lead 2-1 during the 62nd minute. Claudio Machisio scored on a 21-yard shot on an assist from Moise Kean.
     In the 80th minute, Paris Saint-Germain tied it up again. Layvin Kurzawa crossed the ball into the box and Javier Pastore put in a header into the back of the net.               
     Kean was taken down in the penalty area in the 88th minute. Juventus went up 3-2 on a penalty kick by Marchisio during the 89th minute.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Amigo Joins CanesInSight.com

     "The Amigo" Larry Milian has joined CanesInSight.com as a writer. He recently co-hosted a Saturday late morning program Dos Amigos on 880 WZAB-AM with former NBC 6 WTVJ-TV sportscaster Stefano Fusaro from August 2016 to February 2017.
     Milian has made numerous stops at several South Florida radio stations. He was a weekend co-host and late night co-host with Alan Strauss as the Dos Amigos on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM from late 2005 until 2009. He moved on to 640 Sports WMEN-AM in late 2009 as a weekend host and afternoon co-host with Andy Slater. He was promoted to mornings and co-hosted with Armando Salguero and later Chris Perkins from July 2010 to December 2011.
     He then worked for Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM with two different co-hosts that included Phil Domanic and Troy Stradford on a mid-afternoon shift from January 2012 until August 2013. Milian shifted to StateOfTheU.com as a writer and Wednesday night website host in August 2013. He added duties as a Saturday late morning sports host on SoFloRadio.com in April 2014. Milian eventually became the morning host on SportsOvertime.com in 2015.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Patrick Surtain Jr. On Magazine Cover

     American Heritage Patriots cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. appears on the front cover of the annual Friday Night Football FNF Florida magazine. He became the second player from that school to ever appear on the FNF magazine cover. Current University of Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel showed up on the cover in 2013.
     Surtain, who is the son of former Miami Dolphins defensive back Patrick Surtain, helped American Heritage capture the 2016 FHSAA Class 5A state championship. It was the third state title in the last four years for the school.
     It is the fifth consecutive year that somebody from a Broward County high school appeared on the FNF magazine cover. They include Michel in 2013, wide receiver Calvin Ridley of Monarch in 2014, defensive end Nick Bosa of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2015 and wide receiver George Golden of Dillard along with wide receiver Kevin Austin of North Broward Prep in 2016.

Marlins Shoot Down Rangers

     The Miami Marlins blanked the Texas Rangers 4-0 at Globe Life Park on Monday night. The Fish moved to 3-1 on their current six-game road swing.
     Miami(45-52) jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run homer to left field with Dee Gordon scoring in front of him.
     The Marlins added another run during the top of the sixth. Marcell Ozuna hit a double into deep center field for Christian Yelich to score and made it 3-0.
     In the eighth inning, Stanton smashed his second home run of the contest against Texas(48-51). It tied him with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees for the most home runs in the majors this year with 32.

Ant Calatayud Moving To ESPN

     Ant Calatayud is leaving his position as a producer at Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He will join ESPN to help out on podcasts. He has been a part of WQAM for several years.
     Calatayud's real name off-the-air is Tony Calatayud Jr.  He is the son of Tony Calatayud who once was a West Palm Beach television sports anchor, general manager of 1700 The Fan WAFN-AM in Miami and radio play-by-play announcer of Florida International University football.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Reds Move By Marlins

     The Cincinnati Reds avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday at Great American Ballpark. The Fish head to Texas to face the Rangers to end their road trip.
     Cincinnati(41-57) moved ahead during the bottom of the second. Billy Hamilton knocked in Scott Schebler with a base hit into right field.
     Miami(44-52) was put up their first run in the top of the fourth. A.J. popped a solo home run to left field on a 3-1 count.
     The Reds were able to regain the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the frame. Scooter Gennett connected with a solo homer to right field on a 0-2 pitch.
     In the fifth inning, Cincinnati added two more runs. Hamilton scored on a throwing error by Miami staring pitcher Tom Koehler during a Joey Votto at-bat. Gennett followed with an RBI-single to right for Zack Cozart to cross the plate and make it 4-1.
     The Red Legs extended their margin to 6-1 in the sixth inning. Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart both smacked a solo home runs.
     The Marlins made the contest more respectable in the top of the seventh. Miguel Rojas drove in Ellis with a single into right field. Marcell Ozuna later got a base hit to center for Rojas to score.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Marlins Beat Reds

     The Miami Marlins held off the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Saturday night at Great American Ballpark. The Fish have won three of their last five games.
     The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Giancarlo Stanton grounded out to second for Dee Gordon to score.
     Cincinnati(40-57) compiled two runs in the bottom of the frame. Adam Duvall walked with the bases loaded and Billy Hamilton scoring. Zack Cozart would then cross the plate on an infield double-play.
     Miami(44-51) would regain the lead immediately in the second inning. J.T. Realmuto cracked a two-run homer to left field on a 3-2 pitch that scored Justin Bour for a 3-2 margin.
     In the fifth inning, the Red Legs tied it up 3-3. Patrick Kivlehan hit a solo home run to left on a 2-1 count.
     The Fish scored in the same fashion in the sixth inning as they did in the second. Realmuto powered a two-run home run to left on the pitch with Bour again scoring on the play.
     The Reds cut into the deficit during the bottom of the eighth. Scooter Gennett drove in Duvall with a single into center field to make it 5-4.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Marlins Top Reds

     The Miami Marlins stopped the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 at Great American Ballpark on Friday night. It was the first game of a six-game road trip for the Fish.
     Miami(43-51) struck quickly with two runs in the first inning. Dee Gordon began with a single to left-center field and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a double into left. Christian Yelich would knock in Gordon on a ground out to second. Stanton later scored on a wild pitch.
     Cincinnati(40-56) cut into the margin to 2-1 during the bottom of the third. Billy Hamilton hit a sacrifice fly to right field which scored Scott Schebler.
     The Marlins put up an additional run in the seventh inning. Yelich drove in Miguel Rojas with a single into shallow left field.

Udonis Haslem Stays With Heat

     Forward Udonis Haslem has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Miami Heat. He has played 14 seasons which is the most by any player in franchise history.
     Haslem helped the Heat capture there NBA Championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He has averaged 7.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 803 regular season games with Miami. Haslem played 16 games last season and compiled 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Panthers Sign Owen Tippett

     The Florida Panthers have signed right wing Owen Tippett to a three-year entry-level contract. He was selected in the first round as the 10th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.
     Tippett has played the last two seasons with the Missassauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. He compiled 44 goals and 31 assists in 60 games last season. Tippett had 15 goals and five assists in 48 games during 2015-16.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Phillies Blast Marlins

     The Philadelphia Phillies routed the Miami Marlins 10-3 at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The Marlins finished the six-game home stand following the All-Star Game break with a 1-5 record.
     Philadelphia(32-61) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Nick Williams knocked in Freddy Galvis with a triple into right-center field. Williams would later score on a sacrifice fly by Maikel Franco to center field.
     Giancarlo Stanton answered back for Miami(42-51) in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer to center on a 3-1 pitch for his 30th home run of the season. It tied a Marlins franchise record as he reached the 30-homer mark for the fourth time in his career. Christian Yelich would score on a wild pitch from third with Justin Bour at-bat in the third inning to tie it up 2-2.
     The Phillies pulled away in the middle innings. Cesar Hernandez ripped a single into center field and Andrew Knapp scored in the top of the fourth. Andrew Knapp drove in Cesar Hernandez with a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth inning.
     In the top of the sixth inning, Daniel Nava picked up a two-run single into center field which scored Hernandez and Galvis. Odubel Herrera later doubled to left field and brought home Williams for a 7-2 lead.
     The Marlins cut the deficit slightly in the bottom of the sixth to 7-3. Yelich powered a home run over the center-field fence on a 1-0 count for his ninth homer of the year.
     The Phils compiled three more runs in the ninth inning. Knapp scored on sacrifice fly by Williams to left field. Franco capped it with a two-run double to center for Hernandez and Galvis to score.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Phillies Move By Marlins

     The Philadelphia Phillies got by the Miami Marlins 5-2 at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. The Marlins have lost four of their last five games. Ichiro Suzuki passed Rickey Henderson for 23rd all-time with his 3,055th Major League Baseball hit, a single in the eighth inning.
     Miami(42-50) took their first lead of the contest in the opening inning. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a solo homer to center field on a 2-1 pitch for his 29th home run of the season.
     The Phillies matched it in the top of the second. Cameron Perkins singled into right field for Odubel Herrera to score.
     The Marlins made it 2-1 in the bottom of the third. Adam Conley was at-bat and J.T. Riddle scored on a passed ball.
     Philadelphia(31-61) tied it up again during the top of the fourth. Perkins knocked in Herrera again with an infield base hit.
     In the eighth inning, the Phils got ahead of the Fish. Maikel Franco ripped a solo home run to left field on a 2-2 count.
     The Phillies extended their margin in the top of the ninth. Nick Williams smacked a two-run homer to left-center field on a 3-1 pitch. Andres Blanco scored in front of him on the play.

Monday, July 17, 2017

West Palm Beach Ratings June 2017

     The ratings were rolled out in the West Palm Beach region for June. The lineup for ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM remained the same and they did broadcast the NBA Finals.
     WMEN-AM, who remained the same with a 0.3 in June, had their final month with the brand 640 Fox Sports South Florida because they changed their slogan to 640 The Hurricane in the first week of July after being named an affiliate of the University of Miami Hurricanes Radio Network. The station piped in their first complete month of New York Yankees game broadcasts in 2017.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dodgers Sweep Marlins

     The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Miami Marlins with a 3-2 win at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Marlins have now lost five straight home games. Ichiro Suzuki tied Rickey Henderson with his 3,055th base hit for 23rd place in Major League Baseball history.
     The Dodgers won their ninth consecutive game and have been victorious in 29 of their last 33 games. L.A. swept a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami for the first time since 2008.
     Los Angeles(64-29) jumped on the Fish for the third straight game during the top of the first. Justin Turner smacked a home run to left-center field on a 2-1 pitch for his 11th homer of the season.
     The Dodgers expanded their margin to 2-0 in the third inning. Turner hit a sacrifice fly to right field which brought in Logan Forsythe.
     The Marlins fell behind by three runs in the top of the fourth. Austin Barnes connected with a base hit to center for Chris Taylor to cross the plate.
     Miami(41-49) responded in the fifth inning to make it 3-1. Ichiro Suzuki hit the ball off Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill for an infield hit as former Dodger A.J. Ellis scored from third.
     The Marlins made it a one-run game during the bottom of the eighth inning. Christian Yelich slapped a single up the middle for Marcell Ozuna to score.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Miami FC Beats San Francisco

     Miami FC finished the NASL Spring Season with a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Deltas at legendary Kezar Stadium on Saturday night. They captured their first season title against San Francisco last weekend in Miami. It turned out that Miami FC outscored the Deltas 10-1 in the two games and ended the season ahead of San Francisco by 10 points.
     Miami FC will start off the Fall Season on July 29 as they visit New York to face the Cosmos. They will host FC Cincinnati in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on August 2.
  

Cody Bellinger Cycle Dumps Marlins

     Cody Bellinger hit for the cycle as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Saturday night at Marlins Park. The Dodgers have won eight consecutive games and 28 of their last 32. The Marlins have lost in four straight home games.
     Los Angeles(63-29) blasted out to a five-run margin during the top of the third. Bellinger blasted a two-run homer, his 26th home run this season, to right field on a 1-1 pitch with Chris Taylor scoring in front of him. It got worse for the Marlins when Yasmani Grandal smashed a three-run homer to right on a 1-0 count. The home run brought in Logan Forsythe and Joc Pederson on the play.
     The Dodgers extended their lead to 6-0 on the fourth inning. Justin Turner scored on a double by Bellinger into center field.
     In the seventh inning, Bellinger hit the first pitch over the head of Giancarlo Stanton in deep right field to complete the cycle with a triple. They added another run when Forsythe hit a sacrifice fly to right for Bellinger to cross the plate.
     Miami(41-48) was able to break the shutout in the bottom of the frame. J.T. Riddle knocked in Justin Bour with a base hit into right field.
     Bellinger is just the ninth player in the 128-year history of the Dodgers to get the cycle. Los Angeles starting pitcher Alex Wood became the first Dodgers player in over a century to win his first 11 decisions to begin a season.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dodgers Roll By Marlins

     The Los Angeles Dodgers won their seventh consecutive game with a 6-4 victory over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on Friday night. It was the first game for both clubs since Sunday due to the All-Star Game break.
     Los Angeles(62-29) scored first in the top of the second. A fielding error by Dee Gordon caused Joc Pederson to score on the play.
     Miami(41-47) tied it up 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth. J.T. Realmuto knocked in Martin Prado on a base hit into center field.
     The Dodgers get solo home runs during the fifth inning. Yasiel Puig connected with a homer on the first pitch to left field and Corey Seager ripped a ball over the fence in right on a 2-2 count.
     The Marlins battled back in the bottom of the frame with three runs to take their first lead of the contest. Gordon scored on a double by Giancarlo Stanton to center field. Justin Bour later drove in Stanton and Marcell Ozuna with a double to right-center field for a 4-3 margin.
     The game was decided in the ninth inning. Puig blasted a three-run homer to left-center field on a 1-2 pitch as Pederson and Trayce Thompson scored. It was the second home run for Puig on the day and 18th of the season.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Miami Ratings June 2017

     For the fourth straight month, Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM ended up as the top sports format radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market. All three competitors in the local region dropped in audience.
     The Ticket moved from a 0.9 to a 0.8 in June. Captain Curtis Stevenson started hosting weekend shows at the beginning of the month and later in the period added shifts as a fill-in co-host on the afternoon program with Ethan Skolnick and Chris Perkins.
     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM went from a 0.8 to a 0.7 for their lowest month in ratings since February 2014. It was the first complete month that Zach Krantz rejoined the morning show with Joe Rose. The afternoon shift is now comprised of Marc Hochman and Channing Crowder.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM ended an eight-month consecutive streak of a 0.2 share with a 0.1 in June for their worst ratings since September 2016. The Marlins did go through a stretch in which they won 13 of 18 games in early June.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Miami FC U.S. Open Cup Game Postponed

     Miami FC had their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal game against FC Cincinnati at Riccardo Silva Stadium postponed due to inclement weather on Wednesday night. No make-up date has been decided for the match.
     The new NASL spring season champion Miami FC travel to the west coast and face the San Francisco Deltas on Saturday to end their spring schedule. FC Cincinnati also has a USL game on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

American League WIns All-Star Game

     Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners hit a solo home run to right field in the 10th inning as the American League beat the National League 2-1 in the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. Cano was named Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game. It was the first All-Star Game to not decide World Series home-field advantage for the first time since 2002 in Milwaukee.
      Both the American League and National League are now tied with 43 wins, 43 losses and two ties each in the Mid-Summer Classic. It is the first time that the American League and National League has been tied with overall wins since it was 16-16 in 1960.
     The American League has been victorious for the past five years and 17 of the last 21 games. It was the first extra-inning contest since 2008 at Yankee Stadium in New York.
      The American League pulled ahead 1-0 in the top of the fifth. Jonathan Scoop of the Baltimore Orioles doubled to shallow left field and later scored on a single by Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins near the right-field foul line.
      The National League tied the contest 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals belted a solo home run to right field on a 2-2 pitch.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Aaron Judge Wins 2017 Home Run Derby

     Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees defeated Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins 11-10 in the championship round of the 2017 Home Run Derby held at Marlins Park on Monday night. The 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday night.
     The event began with a shock as defending Home Run Derby champion and #1 seed Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins was upset by #8 seed Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees 17-16 in the first round. #5 Miguel Sano edged #4 Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals 11-10.
     #7 seed Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins put in a big scare against #2 Aaron Judge, however he lost 23-22. #3 Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers was able to get by #6 Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies 15-14.
      In the second round, Sano beat Sanchez 11-10 with plenty of time left in regulation. Judge then stopped Bellinger 13-12.

All-Star Game Long Wait Over

     It has been a long wait for local residents and South Florida to host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The Mid-Summer Classic will be played on Tuesday night at Marlins Park in Miami.
     The 2000 All-Star Game was originally rewarded to Miami in 1995. It was taken away by Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig in 1998. The MLB reason was that Pro Player Stadium was not suitable and the Marlins needed a new venue for the game. Another theory was that the Marlins broke up their roster following their 1997 World Series title.
     The 2017 All-Star Game was given to Miami in 2016. The Marlins have played in their new stadium Marlins Park since April 2012.

National Radio Shows In Miami

     Several national radio shows will broadcast from South Florida for the next couple of days. It is due to the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and Home Run Derby being held this week at Marlins Park in Miami.
     The Herd with Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports Radio will announce his show in Miami on Monday and Tuesday. His program is broadcast live middays on 640 The Hurricane WMEN-AM in West Palm Beach and on tape delay during afternoon drive at Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM in Miami.
     Ryen Russillo of ESPN Radio will broadcast his show from South Beach on Monday and Tuesday. It is only carried locally mid-afternoons on ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM in Palm Beach County.
     The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz has broadcast from Miami since August 2004 on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM. Their program has been carried by ESPN Radio since September 2013. The show can be heard in South Florida on 790 The Ticket and on tape delay at ESPN West Palm 106.3 in West Palm Beach.
     SiriusXM Radio programs began to broadcast from Miami this past weekend and go through the middle of the week. Talent with local ties to this region includes Evan Cohen, Craig Mish, Cliff Floyd and Orlando Alzugaray.
    

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Marlins Sweep Giants

     The Miami Marlins swept the San Francisco Giants with a 10-8 victory in 11 innings at AT&T Park on Sunday. The Marlins finished their road trip with a 6-4 record. Both clubs played their final game prior to the All-Star Game to be held at Marlins Park on Tuesday.
     San Francisco(34-56) finally scored first in the three-game series during the second inning. Brandon Crawford smacked a two-run homer to right on a 3-1 pitch with Brandon Belt on base.
     Miami(41-46) tied it up on consecutive extra-base hits. Christian Yelich knocked in Giancarlo Stanton with a double to right and then scored on a Marcell Ozuna double into left field. The Fish got their first lead of the contest in the top of the fifth when Stanton cracked a solo home run to center field on a 0-1 count.
     The Giants pulled even 3-3 in the bottom of the frame. Nick Hundley socked a solo home run to right on a 2-2 count.
     The Marlins compiled four runs in the top of the seventh for a 7-3 margin. Justin Bour drove in Stanton and Yelich with a base hit into left field. Two batters later, Ozuna scored on a single by J.T. Realmuto to center. J.T. Riddle followed with a sacrifice fly to right which brought home Bour for a four-run gap.
     It took some time for San Francisco to come back in this game. Cole Gillaspie scored on a double by Denard Span in the bottom of the seventh. The Giants put together three runs in the eighth inning to tie it up. Hunter Pence scored on a base hit by Crawford to left, Belt reached home on a base hit by Hundley to left and pinch-hitter Miguel Gomez tied it 7-7 on a single to right which scored Crawford.
     The Fish broke the contest open with three runs in the 11th inning. Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis connected with a two-run homer on a 0-2 count with Realmuto scoring in front of him. Stanton crushed his second home run of the game on a 3-1 pitch to left-center field for his 26th homer of the year.

Miami FC Wins NASL Spring Season Title

     Miami FC captured the NASL Spring Season title with a 7-0 victory over the San Francisco Deltas at Riccardo Silva Stadium in FIU on Saturday night. They moved ahead of the second-place Deltas by seven points with one game left in the season.
     It is just the second year for Miami FC in the North American Soccer League. The team will automatically qualify for one of four spots in the NASL semifinals this fall. Miami FC will host FC Cincinnati in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Marlins Take Giants

     Marlins starting pitcher Chris O'Grady made his major league debut and got the winning decision as Miami defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Saturday night at AT&T Park. The Marlins improved to 5-4 on their 10-game road trip while the Giants lost for the fourth time in the last five games.
     Miami(40-46) attacked in the first inning for the second straight game and were up 2-0. Christian Yelich doubled toward the left-field corner for Dee Gordon to score. Marcell Ozuna followed with a base hit to right field which scored Yelich.
     In the fourth inning, the Marlins expanded their margin to 3-0. Justin Bour blasted a solo homer to left-center field for his 20th home run of the season. He became the third player on the team along with Giancarlo Stanton and Ozuna with at least 20 homers this year. It was the first time in franchise history that the Fish had three players with 20 or more home run prior to the All-Star Game break.
     San Francisco(34-55) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame. Brandon Belt hit a double into center field and scored two batters later when Brandon Crawford doubled down the left-field line.
     The Fish moved ahead 4-1 in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton ripped a double off the left-field wall with one out. Two batter later, Ozuna lined a base hit up the middle and Stanton crossed the plate.
     The Giants cut into the lead during the sixth inning with two runs. Buster Posey placed a double inside the foul line in right and then scored on a Belt double down the left-field line. Belt later came home on a Crawford ground out to second to make it 4-3.
     In the top of the ninth, Miami added an insurance run. J.T. Riddle led off with a double into deep center field and went to third on an Ichiro Suzuki sacrifice bunt. He would score on a George Kontos wild pitch with Stanton at the plate.
     The bottom of the ninth brought more excitement as San Francisco tried to come back and fell short. Joe Panik drove in Crawford with a base hit to shallow center with two out and closed the gap to 5-4.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Marlins Blitz Giants

     The Miami Marlins dismantled the San Francisco Giants 6-1 at AT&T Park on Friday night. The Marlins are now 4-4 on the current road trip.
     Miami(39-46) rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Dee Gordon led off with a single and then Giancarlo Stanton lifted a two-run homer to right field for his 24th home run of the season. J.T. Riddle later singled into center field with the bases loaded as Justin Bour and Martin Prado scored on the play.
     Gordon begin the second inning with a base hit to center field. He would eventually score on a Bour single to right-center field.
     In the fifth inning, the Fish extended their margin to 6-0. J.T. Realmuto ripped a solo home run to left-center field on a 1-2 pitch for his eighth homer of the year.
     Dan Straily was two outs short of his first complete game in his major league career. San Francisco(34-54) broke the shutout in the ninth as Denard Span smacked a solo home run down the right-field line on a 3-2 count.

A.J. Ricketts New FIU Voice

     A.J. Ricketts has been named the new radio play-by-play announcer of Florida International University. He will call football, men's basketball and women's basketball contests. He replaces Josh Appel who left after one year in the position to join Sports USA Radio Network.
     Ricketts will become the sixth person to hold the FIU radio play-by-play announcer post. He joins a list of people that includes Phil Schoen, Jeremy Marks-Peltz, Tony Calatayud, Mike Levine and Appel. Ricketts, a University of Miami grad, recently was a sportscaster at WECT-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina for the past two years.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Boog Sciambi Announcing All-Star Game

     Former Florida Marlins radio play-by-play announcer Jon "Boog" Sciambi will announce the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on ESPN Radio at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. He will also be the lead radio announcer for the 2017 Home Run Derby on Monday night.
     Sciambi once worked in South Florida for over a decade. He started as a producer at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. Sciambi was elevated to evening talk host at that station in 1993. He eventually co-hosted a midday show with original Florida Panthers radio voice Chris Moore during the mid 1990s.
     He did hold the position as intermission/studio host of Florida Panthers radio broadcasts in 1995-96. Sciambi joined the Florida Marlins Radio Network as a studio host in 1997 and added duties as a radio play-by-play announcer in 1999. He left the Marlins organization after the 2004 season and joined ESPN. Sciambi also worked at Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM as a midday host in 2004 and 2005.

Cardinals Fly By Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were edged by the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 at Busch Stadium on Thursday. The Marlins finish their 10-game road trip before the All-Star Game break with a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants.
     Ichiro Suzuki picked up two hits in the game and passed Rod Carew for 23rd all-time in Major League Baseball history with his 3,054th base hit. He now has more hits than any other foreign-born player,
     Miami(38-46) got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Dee Gordon singled, stole second and then scored on a Marceel Ozuna base hit to right-center field.
     St. Louis(41-44) bounced back in the second to tie the contest 1-1. Missouri native Luke Voit whacked a solo homer to left field on a 0-2 count for his first career home run in the majors.
     The Marlins regained the lead during the top of the third inning. Ozuna singled to right field which brought home Gordon on the play.
     The Redbirds managed to take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the frame. Voit knocked in Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez with a double into right. Randall Grichuk extended the Cardinals margin to 4-2 in the sixth inning when he homered to left field on a 2-2 pitch.
     The Fish got run production the same way again in the top of the seventh. Ozuna collected his third RBI of the contest with a base hit into center field for Gordon to score.

Miami Heat Sign Kelly Olynyk

     The Miami Heat went into the free agent market and signed forward Kelly Olynyk. The Heat were also able to retain forward James Johnson and guard Wayne Ellington.
     Olynyk played for the past four seasons with the Boston Celtics. He helped the Celtics capture the Atlantic Division title and finished with the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17. Olynyk played in 75 games last season with the C's and compiled 9.0 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game and a career-high .518 field goal percentage.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Home Run Derby Brackets Set

     The brackets for the 2017 Home Run Derby have been set and announced by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. The event will be held this Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami.
     Two of the brackets will have players from the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees face each other. The #1 seed is Giancarlo Stanton of the Fish and he will face #8 seed Gary Sanchez of the Yanks. Aaron Judge of the Yankees is the #2 seed and he will challenge #7 seed Justin Bour of the Marlins.
     The winner of the Stanton and Sanchez battle would next take on the victor between #4 Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals and #5 Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins in the second round. The one who wins the match between #3 Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and #6 Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies will take on the winner between Judge and Bour.

Dion Waiters Stays With Miami Heat

     Shooting guard Dion Waiters will continue to stay with the Miami Heat. He agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal to remain with the club. Waiters made stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder earlier in his NBA career.
     He joined the Heat as a free agent last season and signed a one-year contract. Waiters played 46 games with Miami in 2016-17 as he averaged 15.8 points per game, 4.3 assists per game and a career-high .394 three-point percentage.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Marlins Knock Off Cardinals

     The Miami Marlins came back to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. The Marlins moved to 2-3 on their current 10-game road trip. 
     St. Louis(40-43) scored first in the fifth inning. Greg Garcia hit a two-run homer to right field on a 2-1 count that brought home Paul DeJong.
     Miami(37-45) responded quickly in the top of the sixth as they compiled five runs to take the lead. Christian Yelich smashed a three-run home run to center field on a 3-2 pitch. Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton scored in front of him on the play. J.T. Riddle later drove in Marcell Ozuna and Martin Prado on a two-run single into right.

Miami Heat Waive Chris Bosh

     The Miami Heat waived center Chris Bosh on Tuesday. The Heat announced that the organization won't issue Chris Bosh's number 1 jersey again and will retire it sometime in the future.
     It ends a long tenure for Bosh with the Miami Heat. He joined the club in July 2010 along with LeBron James to form the Big 3 alongside Dwyane Wade. Bosh helped the team capture two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013 along with winning four consecutive Eastern Conference titles from 2011 until 2014.

Stanton And Bour In Home Run Derby

     Major League Baseball announced the eight participants for the 2017 Home Run Derby to be held at Marlins Park on July 10. Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour will represent the Miami Marlins in the contest. Stanton is the defending champion because he won the 2016 Home Run Derby in San Diego.
     There will be four players from each the National League and American League. Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees currently leads the majors with 27 home runs and is in his rookie season. The list also includes Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees, Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins, and Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies.

Monday, July 3, 2017

WMEN Now 640 The Hurricane

     WMEN-AM changed their brand to 640 The Hurricane on Monday. It replaces their slogan 640 Fox Sports South Florida which they had since August 2016. They were known as 640 Sports from March 2008 until the end of July 2016.
     The main reason for the change is that they will become the new West Palm Beach affiliate of the University of Miami Hurricanes Radio Network. Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM is the flagship station of their broadcasts with Joe Zagacki as the play-by-play announcer.
     640 The Hurricane will continue to pipe in Fox Sports Radio from Los Angeles on a daily basis. They do broadcast games of the New York Yankees and the Florida Panthers.