Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mets Smash Marlins

     The New York Mets pulled off an 8-0 shutout victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. The Fish are now 5-4 in their final home stand before the 2017 All-Star Game.
     New York(35-42) raced out to a 3-0 margin in the first inning. Asdrubal Cabrera ripped a two-run homer to left field on a 2-1 pitch with Curtis Granderson on base. Former Marlin Jose Reyes later added a base hit into left field to score Travis d'Arnaud.
     Miami(35-41) surrendered three more runs in the top of the seventh. The Mets got a run on a fielder's choice  by T.J. Rivera. He then scored when Granderson added a two-run home run to right field on a 1-2 count.
     In the eighth inning, the Mets stretched their lead to 8-0. Brandon Nimmo knocked in Wilmer Flores and Reyes with a single into center field.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Marlins Outlast Mets

     The Miami Marlins held off the New York Mets 6-3 at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. Both clubs had the day off on Monday. The Marlins have won 10 of their last 13 home games and are 5-3 on their current home stand.
     There was much scoring in the first inning. New York(34-42) got ahead 1-0 on a solo home run by Curtis Granderson on a 0-1 pitch that hit the right-field foul pole.
     Miami(35-40) came back in the bottom of the frame with three runs. Justin Bour drove in Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich with a base hit into right field. Martin Prado followed with a double to left which brought in Bour for a 3-1 lead.
     Travis d'Arnaud did some damage twice in the middle of the contest. He knocked in Lucas Duda on a base hit to center during the fourth inning. He blasted a solo homer in the seventh inning toward left field on a 2-0 count to tie the game 3-3.
     The Marlins compiled three runs in the bottom of the seventh. J.T. Realmuto scored on a base hit by Ichiro Suzuki to left field. Yelich later had a two-run single into center field that scored J.T. Riddle and Ichiro.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Marlins Trade Adeiny Hechavarria

     The Miami Marlins have traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league outfielder Braxton Lee and pitcher Ethan Clark. Lee has played for Double-A Montgomery in the Southern League for the past two years. Clark was with Bowling Green in Single-A during 2017.
     Hechavarria was acquired by the Marlins in the huge 12-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that involved Jose Reyes and Mark Buerhle in November 2012. He played with Miami for the past five seasons. His best year at the plate was in 2015 when he had a .281 batting average with five home runs and 48 runs batted in. Hechavarria played just 20 games with the Fish in 2017.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Marlins Drop Cubs

     The Miami Marlins stopped the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Marlins have won nine of their last 12 home games. Ichiro Suzuki became the oldest person to start a game playing centerfield in Major League Baseball history.
     Miami(34-40) raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Ichiro scored on a single by Marcell Ozuna to center field. Two batters later, Martin Prado socked a double into left-center field to score Justin Bour and Ozuna.
     Chicago(38-37) cut the margin to 3-1 during the top of the fourth. Anthony Rizzo knocked in Tommy La Stella with a sacrifice fly to left.
     The Cubs scored in the following inning to make it 3-2. La Stella hit a sacrifice fly to center field which scored Wilson Contreras.
     The Marlins extended their lead in the bottom of the seventh as Giancarlo Stanton smashed a solo home run to left field on a 0-1 pitch. It was his second homer in the last three games and 20th overall this season. Stanton has now hit at least 20 home runs in his first eight seasons in the majors.

Lamar Jackson On Phil Steele Magazine Cover

     University of Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson appears on the East Region cover of Phil Steele College Football Preview for the second straight year. He also shows up on the front cover of Athlon Sports Louisville edition ACC magazine and Lindy's Sports Kentucky edition SEC magazine.
     Jackson won the Heisman Trophy for the 2016 season. He compiled 230 passes for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns while he rushed for 1,571 yards on 260 carries and 21 touchdowns during his sophomore year. Jackson played high school football with the Boynton Beach Tigers and helped the school make the FHSAA playoffs as a district runner-up in 2013 and 2014.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cubs Get By Marlins

     The Miami Marlins fell to the Chicago Cubs 5-3 at Marlins Park on Saturday. The Fish are now 3-3 on their current home stand and have won eight of their last 11 home games.
     Chicago(38-36) put up one run in the top of the first inning. Ian Happ drove in Jon Jay with a base hit into right field.
     Miami(33-40) responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. J.T. Realmuto smashed a three-run homer to left field on a 1-1 count. Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich scored in front of him on the play.
     The Cubbies tied the contest up during the fourth inning. Javier Baez singled to left field which brought home Addison Russell. Baez then scored on a double by Albert Almora Jr. to right field.
     The Cubs regained the lead 5-3 in the top of the sixth. Baez knocked in Russell and Happ with a double to right.

Panthers Finish 2017 NHL Draft

     The second day of the NHL Draft was held at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. The Florida Panthers and the 30 other National Hockey Leauge clubs made their selections from the second round to the seventh round.
     Florida selected Aleksi Heponiemi in the second round with the 40th overall pick. Heponiemi compiled 28 goals and 58 assists in 72 games last season with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League. He joins fellow Finland players Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen on the Panthers.
     In the third round, the Panthers picked defenseman Max Gildon with the 66th overall. He played on the United States national team development program. He had 14 points in 26 games with the Under-18 team in 2016-17.
     His teammate on that squad defenseman Tyler Inamoto was chosen by the Panthers in the fifth round with the 133rd overall pick. He put together seven points in 17 games with the Under-18 team last season.
     The Cats went with right wing Sebastian Repo with the 184th overall pick in the sixth round. Repo participated last season with Tappara Tampere in Finland as he got 11 goals and 21 assists in 46 games.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Marlins Shut Out Cubs

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

Florida Panthers Pick Owen Tippett

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

Jack Capuano New Panthers Associate Coach

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

Miami Heat Select Bam Adebayo

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

Cubs Bash Marlins

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Florida Panthers 2017-18 Schedule

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

Chris Pronger Joins Florida Panthers

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Panthers Lose Marchessault and Smith

     The Florida Panthers lost Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith at the 2017 National Hockey League expansion draft held in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. The Vegas Golden Knights are the new expansion franchise for the 2017-18 season and had to pick one player from each of the 30 NHL clubs.
     Marchessault, who was selected in the draft by the Golden Knights, played just one season for the Panthers and was acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. He led the Panthers with 30 goals and was third on the team with 51 points during the 2016-17 season. He became the first player since David Booth in 2008-09 to score at least 30 goals in a season.  
     Smith was traded away by the Panthers to Vegas for a 2018 fourth round draft pick. He had played the last two seasons with Florida. He helped the Panthers capture the Atlantic Division title in 2015-16 with 25 goals and 25 assists in 82 games. Smith compiled 15 goals and 22 assists in 80 games last season. He once won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2010-11.

Marlins Break No-Hitter And Nationals

     Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer hurled a no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings as the Miami Marlins came from behind to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The Marlins finished a three-game set with the Nats and next host the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs for four games.
     Washington(43-29) waited until the fifth inning to got on the scoreboard. Ryan Raburn hit his first home run of the season against Dan Straily on a 1-1 pitch.
     Miami(32-38) broke up the no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning and eventually took the lead. A.J. Ellis was able to hit an infield single that was deflected off Scherzer and Jose Urena was brought in as a pinch-runner. Urena advanced to second on a ground out by J.T. Riddle to the right side of the infield and then went to third when J.T. Realmuto reached first on a fielding error by first baseman Adam Lind.
     After Dee Gordon was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Giancarlo Stanton came to bat and Urena scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1. Stanton later singled to left field and J.T. Realmuto scored, however Gordon was tagged out at home on the play.

Miami Dolphins On Magazine Covers

     Several Miami Dolphins players appear on different NFL magazine covers this year. The Dolphins had one dominant player show up on all the state of Florida covers of NFL magazines for the last couple of years.
     Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is on the cover of Athlon Sports. Running back Jay Ajayi appears on Lindy's Sports while wide receiver Jarvis Landry is on Street and Smith's.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Touchdown Radio College Football Broadcasts

     Touchdown Radio Productions will return for their 10th year of broadcasting college football games. They will broadcast a game every Saturday from late August until late November.
     Touchdown Radio Productions CEO and Founder Gino Torretta returns as the game analyst. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1992 when he played for the University of Miami. Torretta was also on the Hurricanes squad when they captured two national championshps in 1989 and 1991. He did host a late morning show on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM from September 2010 to December 2011.
     Roxy Bernstein and Taylor Zanzour will share the duties as the play-by-play announcer. Bernstein once did Florida Marlins baseball games as a radio play-by-play announcer from 2005 until 2007.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Marlins Come Back On Nationals

     The Miami Marlins overcame a six-run deficit to defeat the Washington Nationals 8-7 on Monday night at Marlins Park. It was the first game for the Fish of their final home stand prior to the 2017 All-Star Game.
     Bryce Harper cracked a two-run homer to right-center field on a 3-2 pitch in the first inning to give Washington(42-28) a 2-0 lead. Anthony Rendon added a solo home run to center on a 2-1 count during the second.
     The Nationals put up three more runs in the top of the third to make it 6-0. Daniel Murphy drove in Ryan Raburn with a double to right field. Michael A. Taylor followed with a base hit to center which brought in Murphy and Rendon.   
     In the bottom of the third inning, Miami(31-37) mounted a comeback as they compiled six runs to tie the contest 6-6. Derek Dietrich scored on a triple by J.T. Riddle to left-center field and Riddle scored on a ground out by Dee Gordon to short. Justin Bour later blasted a grand-slam homer to right field on a 2-2 count. Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna scored in front of him on the play.
     The Nats regained the lead during the fifth inning. Stephen Drew knocked in Ryan Zimmerman with a double into left field.
      The Marlins tied it again in the seventh on a solo home run by Stanton to right field on a 2-2 pitch. Miami won the game in the ninth inning with a walk-off single to left-center field by Ozuna that scored Gordon.

Jeremy Loper MMA Announcer

     Former South Florida radio personality Jeremy Loper began his new career as a mixed martial arts television play-by-play announcer for Merger Of Alliance MMA and Iron Tiger Fight Series on Saturday. Their broadcasts will be picked up by CBS Sports Television Network.
     Loper had a long reign as the morning co-host on 103.1 The Buzz WTBZ-FM in West Palm Beach. He is currently a morning co-host on WRKZ-FM in Columbus, Ohio. He did co-host a MMA podcast on Fox Sports.com with Damon Martin and Matt Brown.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Braves Walk Off Marlins Again

     The Miami Marlins lost in a walk-off fashion for the second straight game as they fell to the Atlanta Braves 5-4 at SunTrust Park on Sunday. The Marlins return home for a 10-game home stand beginning Monday. It will be their final appearances in Miami prior to the 2017 All-Star Game.
     It was not until the sixth inning before Miami(30-37) scored to get up 2-0. Justin Bour singled into center field which brought in Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich.
     Atlanta(31-37) battled back with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Kurt Suzuki scored on a sacrifice fly by Rio Ruiz to left field. Johan Camargo then got a base hit into center which scored Dansby Swanson. Three batters later, Nick Markakis followed with a two-run single to left-center field with Camargo and Ender Inciarte crossing the plate on the play.
     The Marlins tied the contest 4-4 in the top of the eighth inning. Marcell Ozuna blasted a two-run homer to left field on a 0-1 pitch for his 18th home run of the season.
     The Braves got the victory in the ninth inning. Brandon Phillips hit the ball up the middle past the five-player infield for Camaro to score and win the game.

Florida Panthers Announce Protected Players

     The National Hockey League released the players who will be protected by all 30 teams for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights NHL Expansion Draft on June 21.
     The Florida Panthers surprised many by going with four forwards, four defensemen and one goalie instead of seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie. They along with the Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins went in that direction.
      The Panthers protected forwards Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck. They also held on to defensemen Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Alex Petrovic and Mark Pysyk along with goalie James Reimer.
       Players exposed by the club includes Roberto Luongo, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, Jaromir Jagr, Jussi Jokinen, Derek MacKenzie, Colton Sceviour, Michael Sgarbossa, James Demers, Thomas Vanek and Jakub Kindl.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ryan Shazier On Magazine Cover

     Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier appears on the Pennsylvania region front cover of Street & Smith's pro football magazine. He has been with the Steelers for the past three seasons.
     Shazier played high school football with the Plantation Colonels. He moved on to Ohio State University and played there for three years.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Marlins Blank Braves

     The Miami Marlins returned to the road following a brief set of games at home and shut out the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Friday night. It was the first visit ever to SunTrust Park by the Marlins, who have won 13 of their last 18 games. Atlanta(29-37) was held to four hits in the contest.
     Miami(30-35) jumped on the Braves in the first inning. Christian Yelich knocked in Dee Gordon with a double into right-center field.
     The Fish made it 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning when Justin Boar retuned to the lineup and blasted a solo home run into center field on a 1-0 pitch. They added another run in the sixth off an infield double play.
     The Marlins, who moved to second place in the National League East with the victory, got insurance runs during the top of the ninth. Yelich drove in J.T. Riddle and Gordon with a base hit into left field.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

West Palm Beach Ratings May 2017

     The ratings were released for the West Palm Beach market. There were no adjustments at 106.3 ESPN West Palm WUUB-FM as they continued ESPN Radio NBA playoff game broadcasts while 640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN-AM made a minor change.
     640 Sports almost lost half of their audience as they moved from a 0.5 to a 0.3 in the month of May. The station brought back the New York Yankees game broadcasts during the final week of the month. They did not use the feed of the New York Yankees Radio Network in March, April and most of May. 640 Sports did broadcast NHL hockey with the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals from Westwood One.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Marlins Sweep A's

     The Miami Marlins completed a two-game sweep of the Oakland A's with an 11-6 victory at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The Marlins, who have won 12 of their last 17 games, outscored Oakland 19-7 in both games. The A's return home to take on the New York Yankees in a four-game series.
     Oakland(27-38) jumped out to the early lead for the second straight game. Jed Lowrie scored when Stephen Vogt walked with the bases loaded in the first inning. Ryon Healey added a three-run homer on a 1-0 pitch in the top of the second to make it 4-0.
     Miami(29-35) then got solo home runs in the bottom of the second by Marcell Ozuna on a 3-1 count and Tyler Moore on a 1-2 pitch. The Fish tied the contest 4-4 in the third inning. Christian Yelich knocked in Dee Gordon with a base hit to center. Ozuna then grounded out to second for Giancarlo Stanton to score.
     The A's regained the lead 5-4 in the top of the fourth. Oakland starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, who made his major league debut, singled and then scored on a Lowrie double into right-center field.
     The Marlins put up multiple runs in the next four innings. They began to pull away in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs and were up 7-5. Tomas Telis hit an RBI-double to center and Moore scored. Gordon followed with a single into shallow left field and J.T. Riddle crossed the plate. Stanton later scored with the bases loaded after Yelich was hit by a pitch.
     The Fish extended their margin in the fifth inning. Riddle drove in Derek Dietrich with a single into left. Moore then scored on a sacrifice fly by Gordon to left field.

Florida Panthers Promote Bryan McCabe

     The Florida Panthers have promoted Bryan McCabe to Director of Player Personnel. He has been in the hockey operations department for the club over the past five years and recently was the Director of Player Development. 
     McCabe once played with the Panthers as a defenseman for three seasons from 2008 to 2011. He was eventually named the sixth captain in franchise history.   

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Marlins Swing By A's

     The Miami Marlins returned home for a two-game series and beat the Oakland A's 8-1 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. The Fish had lost their previous two games in Pittsburgh.
     Oakland(27-37) got their only run in a strange way during the second inning. The A's loaded the bases and had starting pitcher Jharel Cotton come to bat for his first Major League Baseball plate appearance. Jose Urena had a 1-2 count and committed a balk for Yonder Alonso to score.
     Miami(28-35) was able to tie the contest 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Marcell Ozuna smashed a solo homer to right-center field for his 16th home run of the season.
     The Marlins put together five consecutive hits and four runs in the fifth inning. Dee Gordon hit a line-drive base hit to shallow left center and Tyler Moore scored. Giancarlo Stanton followed and he walloped a towering home run to left-center field on a 1-0 pitch. It was his 17th homer of the year. J.T, Realmuto later added a ground-rule double over the right-center field fence to score Christian Yelich.
     In the seventh inning, the Fish added three more runs to make it 8-1. Derek Dietrich grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded for Stanton to cross the plate. Moore then belted a double to deep left field which scored Ozuna and Dietrich.

Miami Ratings May 2017

     Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM was the highest rated sports format radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region. It was the third straight month that organization took the honor. All three competitors compiled the same overall numbers as two months ago.
     The Ticket went down from a 1.0 to a 0.9 in the month of May. The station plugged along during the period as they broadcast NBA playoff games and Major League Baseball games from ESPN Radio.
     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM remained in second place as they moved from a 0.9 to a 0.8 in the period. The University of Miami Hurricanes baseball team had their streak of 44 consecutive years in the college baseball playoffs snapped. Zach Krantz was moved from the afternoon co-host spot to the morning show and replaced Curtis Stevenson during the month.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM stayed the same with a 0.2 for the eighth straight month. There was no movement in broadcasting Miami Marlins games as the club went through a bad stretch and lost 22 of 29 games.

Curtis Stevenson On Ticket Afternoon Show

     Curtis Stevenson began to appear last week as a guest afternoon co-host with Ethan Skolnick and Chris Perkins on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM on June 6. He joined the station as a fill-in weekend host on May 27.
     Stevenson, known as Captain Curtis, had a long tenure at Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He was the afternoon producer for the Jim Mandich Show until late January 2010. Stevenson would later produce and work as an on-air sidekick for the Michael Irvin midday show from 2010 to 2012. He also was a weekend host at that station throughout this decade. Stevenson was the morning show on-air sidekick of the Joe Rose Show from April 2014 until May 2017.

Brendan Tobin Receives Miami New Times Award

     Brendan Tobin was named the best radio personality by Miami New Times. He co-hosts the early afternoon show on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM with Leroy Hoard and The Beast Brian London. He joined the program last year when the station had used a rotation of guest co-hosts.
     Tobin was suddenly noticed by a larger audience in 2016 when he made a bet that he would eat crow if Miami Marlins player Christian Yelich hit a certain amount of home runs. Tobin lost the bet and was forced to eat a crow at a live promotional event earlier this year.
     He has been a board operator, producer, sports anchor and on-air sidekick of the morning show for several years hosted by Jonathan Zaslow. They have added Brett Romberg and Amber Wilson to the morning program over the past two years. Tobin also hosts a weekend show called Fighter's Fury about mixed martial arts.

Hochman, Crowder and Krantz Receives Award

     The Miami New Times named Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM afternoon show Hochman, Crowder and Krantz as the best show on AM radio in Miami. It is the second straight year that the program known as HCK received the honor.
     Marc Hochman and Zach Krantz started the show in April 2014. Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was added as a co-host in August 2015. Krantz left the show last month and returned to the morning show hosted by Joe Rose.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Quinton Flowers On Magazine Cover

     Former local high school football player Quinton Flowers appears on the Florida edition front cover of the 2017 Phil Steele College Football Preview magazine. Flowers is currently the starting quarterback for the University of South Florida Bulls. He completed 207 passes for 2,807 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2016.
     Flowers once played high school football with the Miami Jackson Generals. He helped the school with a long playoff run in the 2012 FHSAA Class 5A playoffs. The Generals got road victories as a district runner-up over American Heritage, defending state champion Miami Norland and Glades Central before they lost at home to Immokalee in the state semifinal.

FIU Radio Voice Josh Appel Leaves

     Josh Appel has left his position as the radio football and men's basketball play-by-play announcer for Florida International University after one year. Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM broadcast FIU football games in 2016.
     Appel is joining Sports USA Radio Network as a play-by-play announcer for college football games and NFL games. He was the sports director and play-by-play announcer of the University of South Florida Bulls at their campus radio station. Appel is currently in his fourth season as the baseball play-by-play voice of the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League.
     Appel, a South Florida native, attended high school at Cypress Bay in Weston. He once interned with the Dan Le Batard Show at The Ticket.

Bob Boughner New Florida Panthers Coach

     The Florida Panthers announced Bob Boughner as their new head coach. He replaces interim head coach Tom Rowe, who took over for Gerard Gallant in late November 2016.
     Boughner was an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks for the past two seasons. He was on the staff headed by former Panthers head coach Peter DeBoer. Boughner helped the Sharks get into the playoffs twice and capture the Western Conference title in 2016.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pirates Get By Marlins

     Marlins starting pitcher Jeff Locke faced his former team for the first time as the Miami Marlins lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 at PNC Park on Sunday. The Marlins finished their seven-game road trip with a 3-4 record.
     Pittsburgh(28-35) attacked during the first inning with three consecutive hits and moved out to a 2-0 lead. Elias Diaz capped it as he doubled to left-center field which scored Jose Osuna and David Freese.
     The Pirates extended their margin to 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jordy Mercer knocked in Diaz with a base hit to right.
     After putting together just two hits in the first seven innings, Miami(27-35) broke the shutout in the eighth inning. Ichiro Suzuki ripped a solo home run to right-center field on a 2-1 pitch for his second homer of the season.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tony Fiorentino Leaving Heat Television

     Tony Fiorentino will work one more year as the television analyst of Miami Heat basketball games on Sun Sports. He will work alongside play-by-play announcer Eric Reid for the 2017-18 season.
     Fiorentino joined the Heat prior to their inaugural season in 1988-89 as an assistant coach to head coach Ron Rothstein. He held the same position for head coaches Alvin Gentry and Pat Riley during the mid-1990s.
     He began to fill-in for Mike Fratello as the Miami Heat television game analyst in the early 2000s when Fratello had to work an assignment on national television. Fiorentino became the permanent game analyst in 2003-04.

Pirates Get Away From Marlins

     The Miami Marlins blew a lead and fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 at PNC Park on Saturday. The Marlins had their three-game winning streak snapped and are now 3-3 on the current road trip.
     Miami(27-34) broke out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna double to left which brought in Ichiro Suzuki and Christian Yelich. Ozuna then scored on a J.T. Realmuto RBI-double to left and made it a three-run margin.
     Pittsburgh(27-35) got the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. Andrew McCutchen drove in Josh Bell with a double into left field.
     The Pirates tied the game 3-3 in the next inning. Adam Frazier scored on a Bell base hit to left. McCutchen followed with a double to left-center field which scored Bell.
     The Fish regained the lead in the top of the fourth with back-to-back home runs. Realmuto blasted a homer to center field on a 1-0 pitch and then Derek Dietrich socked a ball over the fence in right on a 2-2 count.
     After the Pirates scored a run on a double play in the bottom of the fourth inning, Miami answered back in the fifth with a Realmuto double to left and Ozuna crossed the plate.
     The Bucs compiled three runs in the seventh inning and took the lead. Jordy Mercer knocked in McCutchen and Elias Diaz with a triple into right-center field. Mercer scored the go-ahead run on a ground-rule double to right by John Jaso.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Florida Panthers Preseason Schedule

     The Florida Panthers released their 2017-18 preseason schedule on Friday. The team will play six games overall.
     The Panthers will host their cross-state rivals the Tampa Bay Lightning for two games. They will be held September 26 and September 28.
     Florida will begin their preseason with their annual doubleheader clash. They will take on the Nashville Predators in Tennessee on September 19. The Cats then play in Tampa Bay against the Lightning on September 24. They finish the preseason at Montreal versus the Canadiens on September 29.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Marlins Stomp Pirates

     While the Stanley Cup Final was played across town, the Miami Marlins topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night at PNC Park. The Fish have won 10 of their last 14 games.
     Miami(26-33) ripped out to a 3-0 margin in the first inning. Dee Gordon scored on a double by Christian Yelich to right field. Two batters later, Derek Dietrich doubled into right which scored Giancarlo Stanton and Yelich. The Fish made it 4-0 in the fourth when Dietrich crossed the plate on a Tyler Moore double to center.
     The Marlins added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Dietrich drove in Marcell Ozuna with a base hit to left, Moore singled home J.T. Realmuto with a single into left field and J.T. Riddle knocked in Dietrich with a base hit to left field.
     Pittsburgh(26-34) prevented the shutout in the bottom of the ninth. Phil Gosselin scored on a ground out to first by Josh Bell.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Marlins Slip By Cubs

     The Miami Marlins got by the Chicago Cubs 6-5 at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Cubs. The Marlins, who have won nine of their last 13 games, head for Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in a four-game weekend series.
     Miami(25-33) moved ahead 1-0 during the top of the first. Dee Gordon scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian Yelich to left field.
     Chicago(30-28) got their only lead of the game in the third inning. Anthony Rizzo doubled into center which brought home Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ.
     The Marlins regained the lead in the fourth. J.T. Realmuto pounded a solo home run to left on a 2-2 pitch. J.T. Riddle later drove in Derek Dietrich and Tyler Moore with a base hit to center. Marcell Ozuna added a solo homer to center field in the fifth inning on a 2-1 count to make it 5-2.
     The Cubs compiled solo home runs by Happ in the fifth and Schwarber in the seventh and cut the margin to 6-4. In the eighth inning, Schwarber knocked in Jon Jay with a double to center field.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cubs Crush Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were defeated by the Chicago Cubs 10-2 at Wrigley Field on Monday night. The Fish have lost the first two games of their seven-game road trip. The Cubs got their fifth consecutive victory.
     Miami(24-33) broke out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. J.T. Realmuto drove in a run on a fielder's choice play.
     Chicago(30-27) had to wait until the fifth inning to take the lead. Anthony Rizzo blasted a three-run homer to right field on a 1-0 pitch for Jon Jay and Kris Bryant to score. Jason Heyward would get an RBI-single which brought in Wilson Contreras later in the frame.
     The Marlins closed the gap in 4-2 in the seventh inning. Realmuto scored on a fielding error by Addison Russell during a J.T. Riddle at-bat.
     The Cubs piled on six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Rizzo knocked in Bryant with a base hit to right. Two batters later, Heyward followed with a double to right field and Rizzo scored. Javier Baez ripped a double to left which scored Heyward and Albert Amora Jr.  Baez later scored along with Ian Happ on a double by Jay into left field.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cubs Take Marlins

     The Miami Marlins began a seven-game road trip as they lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-1 at Wrigley Field on Monday night. The Marlins had a three-game winning streak snapped while the Cubs won their fourth straight game.
     Chicago(29-27) broke out to a 2-0 lead during the first inning. Ben Zobrist led off with a base hit and then Kris Bryant crushed a two-run homer to left field on a 1-0 pitch. It was his 13th home run of the season.
     The Cubs scored again in the bottom of the third for a three-run cushion. Albert Amora Jr. hit a solo home run to left on a 3-1 count.
     Miami(24-32) got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Dee Gordon knocked in J.T. Riddle on a sacrifice fly into center field.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Marlins Edge Diamondbacks

     The Miami Marlins finished off a ten-game home stand with a 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Marlins Park. The Fish had an 8-2 record in their recent stint at home and have won 10 of their last 14 games overall. The Marlins completed a stretch in which they played 19 of their last 25 games in South Florida.
     Arizona(34-25) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Daniel Descalso led off with a double and scored two batters later when Paul Goldschmidt singled to left field.
     Miami(24-31) responded with three runs during the bottom of the second. Tyler Moore smashed a three-run homer to left field with Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich on base. Both clubs got one run each in the third inning.
     The Diamondbacks regained the lead during the fourth inning to make it 5-4. Descalso knocked in Nick Ahmed and Rey Fuentes with a double into right field. They added the go-ahead run when Goldschmidt got an RBI-double to center which brought in Descalso. 
     In the fifth inning, the Fish tied the contest at 5-5. Dietrich drove in his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly to left.
     The Marlins took the lead again in the bottom of the seventh inning. A.J. Ellis went through a 14-pitch at-bat then eventually singled to left and Dietrich scored.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Edinson Volquez Throws No-Hitter

     Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edinson Volquez pitched a no-hitter as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 at Marlins Park on Saturday. It was the sixth no-hitter by the Marlins in franchise history. Volquez threw the first no-hitter of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
     The last time the Marlins had a no-hitter was the final game of the 2013 regular season when the Detroit Tigers were hitless against Henderson Alvarez. Anibal Sanchez once pitched a no-hitter against the same Diamondbacks club on September 6, 2006.
     Miami(23-31), who have won seven of their last ten games, got out to a 1-0 margin in the fourth inning. Justin Bour knocked in Giancarlo Stanton with a base hit to shallow left field.
     The Marlins added two more insurance runs during the bottom of the eighth. Stanton led off with a walk and Christian Yelich singled to left field. Marcell Ozuna drove in Stanton with a single into center for a 2-0 lead. Bour then doubled to right field which scored Yelich.
     Arizona(34-24) had one final opportunity in the ninth inning to break up the no-hitter. Volquez struck out pinch-hitter Chris Owings to end the game.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Dino Costa In Portland

     Former South Florida sports host Dino Costa will join KXTG-AM and KXTG-FM in Portland, Oregon as an afternoon host. He will begin his new position on Monday.
     Costa once worked locally on 1400 The Fan WFLL-AM in Fort Lauderdale. He was with the station as an afternoon host from its inception as a sports talk format in April 2004 and stayed there until July 2004.
     He has made several stops in this decade. Costa worked as an evening host on Mad Dog Radio at Sirius XM Radio from September 2009 to October 2013. He was a mid-afternoon co-host with Pat Paolini at WAOC-AM in St. Augustine from November 2014 until late 2015. He later joined KFNS-AM in St. Louis as a morning host for two months from March 2016 to April 2016.
     Prior to his arrival in South Florida, Costa was a sports host at KLZ-AM in Denver until January 2003. He then hosted an afternoon drive show at WNNR-AM in Jacksonville from June 2003 to February 2004. After 1400 The Fan, Costa returned to Denver and worked at numerous media outlets for the remaining time period of the 2000s.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Diamondbacks End Marlins Win Streak

     The Arizona Diamondbacks got by the Miami Marlins 3-2 at Marlins Park on Thursday night. The Marlins had their season-high four-game winning streak snapped.
     Miami(21-31) moved out to a 2-0 lead during the third inning. Giancarlo Stanton singled to center field which scored J.T. Riddle. Dee Gordon also scored on the play following an error by Chris Owings.
     Arizona(34-22) slowly climbed back into the contest. Paul Goldschmidt drove in Zack Greinke with a base hit to right in the top the of sixth inning.
     The Diamonbacks took the lead 3-2 in the eighth inning. Nick Ahmed connected with a two-run single to right which brought in Chris Hermann and Daniel Descalso. Former Marlin Fernando Rodney pitched in the ninth inning to get the save.

Shawn Thornton Remains With Panthers

     Shawn Thornton will stay with the Florida Panthers following his retirement as an NHL player in April. He was named the Vice President of Business Operations for the organization.
     Thornton played for the Panthers for the last three seasons from 2014 until 2017. He won the Stanley Cup while with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Marlins Sweep Phillies

     The Miami Marlins bashed the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Wednesday at Marlins Park. The Marlins swept the Phillies in a series for the first time since 2012. The Phillies, who came into the contest with the worst record in Major League Baseball, have lost 25 of their last 31 games.
     Miami(21-30) jumped out in the first inning with a 3-0 lead. Christian Yelich knocked in Dee Gordon with a base hit into center field. Marcell Ozuna followed with a two-run homer to right on a 3-1 pitch.
      In the third inning, Ozuna drove in Gordon with a single to left field. Ichiro Suzuki crossed the plate during the bottom of the fourth on a base hit by J.T. Riddle to center.
     The Fish extended the gap to 8-0 in the fifth inning. Justin Bour smacked a solo home run to right on the first pitch. Gordon came up with the bases loaded and got an RBI-single into center field to score Derek Dietrich. A.J. Ellis later scored on a sacrifice fly by Riddle to center.
     Philadelphia(17-34) broke the shutout in the top of the sixth inning. Howie Kendrick scored on a Riddle throwing error.   
     The Marlins got another home run by Bour to right field in the bottom of the sixth. Ozuna scored in front of him on the play to make it 10-1.
     The Phillies finished off the scoring in the seventh inning. Aaron Altherr connected with a base hit into left field for Michael Saunders to score.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lamar Jackson On Magazine Covers

     Former South Florida high school football player Lamar Jackson appears on the Athlon Sports Louisville edition ACC magazine cover and Lindy's Sports Kentucky edition SEC magazine cover. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 2016 as the quarterback for the University of Louisville Cardinals. He compiled 230 passes for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns while he rushed for 1,571 yards on 260 carries and 21 touchdowns during his sophomore year.
     Jackson played for the Boynton Beach Tigers in high school. He helped the school make the FHSAA playoffs with consecutive district runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2014.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Marlins Trip Up Phillies

     The Miami Marlins defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 at Marlins Park on Monday night. The Fish have prevailed in four of their last six games and won two straight games for the first time since April 23. The Phillies, who have the worst record in Major League Baseball, lost for the 23rd time in the last 29 games.
     Miami(19-30) compiled two runs during the third inning to take the lead. Dee Gordon doubled to right for J.T. Riddle to score. Giancarlo Stanton then knocked in Gordon on a base hit into shallow center field.
     Philadelphia(17-32) got one run back in the top of the fifth. Aaron Altherr singled into left field which brought in Jeremy Hellickson for the Phils only run of the contest.
     The Marlins extended their margin when Derek Dietrich powered a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning with J.T. Realmuto on base. It was just his second home run of the season.

Steve Goldstein Works Stanley Cup Final

     Florida Panthers television play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein will be the studio host of the Stanley Cup Final radio broadcast on Westwood One and NBC Sports Radio. It will be the second straight year that he will have the same role.
     It will also be the second consecutive season that the Stanley Cup Final will be broadcast nationally on terrestrial radio by Kenny Albert as the play-by-play announcer and Joe Micheletti as the game analyst. The series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators begins Monday night.
     Goldstein did radio play-by-play on the weekly playoff game in the first round. He was a sideline reporter for the Western Conference Finals in the last two weeks. Goldstein was a sideline reporter at the annual New Year's NHL outdoor game held in St. Louis earlier this year.

Miami Hurricanes 44 Year Playoff Reign Ends

     The University of Miami Hurricanes baseball team will not a part of a regional playoff in 2017. The school had participated in the college baseball postseason for 44 consecutive years. The Hurricanes(31-27) were eliminated in a semifinal game against North Carolina at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Louisville this past weekend.
     It was also the final Canes baseball game that Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM will ever broadcast. WQAM and the University of Miami agreed to an extension of their radio broadcast deal several months ago that would include football and men's basketball, but not baseball. Hurricanes baseball has been on WQAM airwaves since early 2000.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Marlins Pound Angels

     The Miami Marlins blew out the Los Angeles Angels 9-2 at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Fish have won three of their last five games. It was the first series win for the Marlins since April 23.
     Miami(18-30) took their first lead in the opening frame. Giancarlo Stanton homered to center field for his 13th home run of the season.
     Los Angeles(26-27) put up a couple of run to go up 2-1 in the fourth inning. Martin Maldonado hit a two-run homer to left field with Cole Calhoun scoring in front of him.
     The Marlins scored three runs in the fifth inning and moved ahead 4-2. Ichiro Suzuki singled into right field to score Derek Dietrich. J.T. Riddle followed and knocked in Ichiro with a two-run home run to right.
     After adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth, Dee Gordon scored on a Christian Yelich bases loaded walk in the eighth. Marcell Ozuna later got a base hit into right which drove in Riddle and Stanton to make it 9-2.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Angels Slip By Marlins

     The Los Angeles Angels edged the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Saturday at Marlins Park. The Marlins have lost 8 of their last 11 and 22 of their last 29 games.
     Los Angeles(26-26) quickly took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Mike Trout crushed a solo homer to left-center field for his 16th home run of the season.
     Miami(17-30) battled back to tie the contest in the bottom of the first. Marcell Ozuna knocked in Christian Yelich with a base hit into shallow center.
     The Angels regained the lead during the third inning. Former Marlin Cameron Maybin scored on a ground out to shortstop by Andrelton Simmons.
     The Halos extended their margin to 4-1 in the top of the eighth inning. Luis Valbuena singled to shallow right-center field which brought in Maybin and Simmons. They got another run in the ninth when Maybin crossed the plate on a double by Simmons to left field.
     The Marlins pulled to 5-2 on their final opportunity of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ozuna homered to right field for his 12th home run of the season.

WQAM Moves Zach Krantz

     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM moved Zach Krantz to the Joe Rose Show as the morning sidekick this past Monday. He left his position as afternoon co-host with Marc Hochman and Channing Crowder on May 19. Krantz was a co-host of the HCK program since April 2014.
     Krantz began his professional broadcasting career as a producer at WQAM. He moved to Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in August 2004 when they flipped to a sports talk format and became the morning producer for the Joe Rose Show. He moved back to WQAM with Rose in 2007. Krantz was the morning producer and later added duties as an on-air sidekick.

Captain Curtis Stevenson Out At WQAM

     Curtis Stevenson is no longer on Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He was the morning sidekick on the Joe Rose Show until May 19. Zach Krantz moved over from the afternoon show as his replacement on Monday. Stevenson will work as a sports host on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM this weekend.
     Stevenson, who goes by the name Captain Curtis while on the airwaves, had a long tenure at WQAM. He was the afternoon producer on the Jim Mandich Show until the program ended in late January 2010. Stevenson was the afternoon host and then along with Anita Marks from February 2010 to June 2010.
     He held the midday slot alone for one month in July 2010 until Michael Irvin became the permanent midday host in August 2010. Stevenson remained with the program as the producer. He later replaced Kevin Kiley and became the midday on-air sidekick from August 2011 to July 2012. Stevenson was promoted to interim midday host and held it for one month.
     Stevenson was a weekend host at WQAM throughout the 2010s. He did co-host the early afternoon shift with Adam Kuperstein from September 2013 to December 2013. Stevenson was part of the morning show as the sidekick of Joe Rose since April 2014 when Krantz left to become the afternoon co-host with Marc Hochman.

Marc James Joins NESN

     Former South Florida sports radio host Marc James has joined NESN as a sports anchor and reporter. He had previously worked in several different markets in radio as a sports host. He worked on-air positions in Springfield, Massachusetts before moving to South Florida.
     James was known as Marc Benarzyk while he worked at 1400 The Fan WFLL-AM in Fort Lauderdale from April 2004 until May 2006. He began as a midday host, moved to the afternoon shift and then settled in the morning spot in early 2006.
     He co-hosted a nationally syndicated show on Sports Byline USA with Jim Grieshaber and co-hosted an afternoon sports show on Sirius Radio.  James then landed at WHBQ-AM in Memphis as a midday co-host.
     James moved on to Tampa in April 2008 where he hosted an afternoon show on WHBO-AM until August 2010. In early 2011, he joined WFNZ-AM in Charlotte and co-hosted the afternoon show with Taylor Zanzour. James went solo with the show, after Zanzour left for Sirius XM Radio, from December 2013 to May 2014.
     He then appeared on WZGC-FM in Atlanta where he started as the afternoon co-host in June 2014. James was later elevated to morning host and held that position until September 2015.

Marlins Crown Angels

     The Miami Marlins returned home from a six-game west coast road trip with a 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Marlins Park on Friday night. The Fish have won three of their last five games. It was the first appearance ever by the Angels at Marlins Park.
     Miami(17-29) broke out to a 2-0 lead during the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run homer to center field for his 12th home run of the season.
     Los Angeles(25-26) put up a couple of run in the top of the sixth inning. Albert Pujols doubled down the left-field line then later Martin Maldonado hit a two-run home run.
     The Marlins extended their lead in the bottom of the frame. Justin Bour ripped a three-run homer to right field for his 13th of the year. It was his fifth home run in the past seven games.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yankees Back On 640 Sports

     The New York Yankees radio broadcasts returned back on 640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN-AM on Wednesday night. The great start by the Yankees along with a demand by some South Florida residents impacted station management.
     No Yankees exhibition games along with the first seven weeks of the regular season were aired. The station website mentioned they were unable to broadcast them due the Major League Baseball restrictions.
     640 Sports had been an affiliate of the New York Yankees Radio Network since the 2008 season. The station flipped to a sports talk format in March 2008.

A's Top Marlins

     The Miami Marlins finished their six-game west coast road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Oakland A's at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Wednesday. The Fish have lost in seven of their last nine games and 21 of their last 27 games.
     Oakland(21-25) moved out to a 2-0 lead with a two-out rally during the first inning. Jed Lowrie doubled then Kris Davis smacked a home run to right field. Miami(16-29) put up a run in the top of the fourth.
     The A's added another run in the fifth when Lowrie knocked in Matt Joyce with a double. Lowrie picked up his third RBI of the contest in the seventh inning when he drove in Adam Rosales with a base hit.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cortez Kennedy Dead

     Former University of Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy passed away on Tuesday at the age of 48. He played on a national champion while with the Canes in 1989. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
    Kennedy was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks as the third overall pick in 1990 and played with them for 11 seasons. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
    His uniform number 96 was retired by the Seahawks franchise in 2012. He was recognized by Sports Illustrated in 2007 and later in the book By The Numbers several years ago as the greatest athlete to ever wear that uniform number in any sport.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jordan Scarlett On Magazine Cover

     University of Florida Gators running back Jordan Scarlett ended up on the front cover of a college football magazine. He appeared on the state of Florida edition Sporting News national magazine.
     Scarlett played his senior year of high school football with St. Thomas Aquinas. He brought the Raiders a FHSAA Class 7A state championship in 2014. Scarlett has been with the University of Florida for the past two years. He had 179 rushing attempts for 889 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

Mark Walton On Magazine Covers

     The 2017 college football magazines were released and University of Miami Hurricanes running back Mark Walton showed up on several magazine covers. He appeared on the front cover of Athlon Sports ACC regional magazine, Sporting News national magazine Florida edition and Lindy's Sports national magazine Florida edition.
     Walton has played the last two seasons with the University of Miami. He lead the school with 1,117 rushing yards on 209 carries and 14 touchdowns last season. Walton played high school football with Booker T. Washington and helped the Tornadoes win three consecutive FHSAA Class 4A state titles from 2012 to 2014.

Antonio Callaway On Magazine Covers

     University of Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway appears on several college football magazine covers. He is seen on the cover of Florida edition SEC magazines which includes Athlon Sports and Lindy's Sports.
     Callaway has been with the Gators for the past two seasons. He had 54 catches for 721 receiving yards and three touchdowns receptions in 2016. He played high school football with the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes and helped the school capture three straight FHSAA Class 4A state championships from 2012 until 2014.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dodgers Handle Marlins

     The Miami Marlins fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The Marlins have lost six of their last seven games and 20 of 25.
     Los Angeles(26-19) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right field which brought in Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal. They made it 3-0 with a solo home run by Joc Peterson on a 1-1 pitch in the bottom of the fourth.
     Miami(15-28) got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Former Dodger A.J. Ellis knocked in Derek Dietrich with a base hit into center field.
     The Dodgers regained their three-run margin in the bottom of the frame. Gonzalez singled to center for Grandal to score again. Brett Eibner extended their lead to 6-1 in the following inning with a two-run single into left field to score Pederson and Kike Hernandez.
     The Marlins scored in the ninth inning as Justin Bour blasted a solo homer to center field on a 1-1 count. It was his third home run in the four-game series in Los Angeles along with his seventh overall in the last 11 games.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dodgers Bust Marlins

     The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. The Fish have lost five straight and 19 of their 23 games.
     Los Angeles(25-18) pulled ahead 1-0 in the first inning. Austin Barnes grounded out to first for Corey Seager to cross the plate.
     The Dodgers added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Chris Taylor whacked a solo home run to right field on a 2-0 pitch. Kike Hernandez later knocked in Seager with a base hit into center field.
     The Marlins fell behind 5-0 in the fourth inning. Brett Eibner ripped a two-run homer to center on the first pitch and Yasiel Puig scored in front of him. Cody Bellinger also hit a two-run home run to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning with Barnes scoring on the play.
     Miami(14-27) eventually broke the shutout during their final opportunity in the top of the ninth. Justin Boar blasted a solo home run to right field on a 2-1 pitch. J.T. Realmuto later scored on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Riddle to center.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Boynton Beach Edges Palm Beach Lakes

     The Boynton Beach Tigers defeated the Palm Beach Lakes 6-0 in a two-quarter contest at Dick Melear Stadium on Friday night. It was the fourth and final game of the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree. The Miami Central Rockets and Deerfield Beach Bucks were two South Florida powerhouse programs that also participated on the gridiron earlier in the night.
     There was no scoring until the second quarter. Boynton Beach got the only points of the game on a one-yard touchdown run toward the right sideline by their quarterback.

Boynton Beach Upsets Deerfield Beach

     The Boynton Beach Tigers surprised the Deerfield Beach Bucks with a 6-3 victory in a two-quarter game at the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree on Friday night. The Tigers ended up as the district runner-up in a three-way tiebreaker contest last year and lost in the first round.
     Deerfield Beach got the advantage in the first quarter as Liden Rivera connected with a 24-yard field goal for a Bucks 3-0 lead.
     The second quarter ended up being a different story. The Bucks had their first drive end quickly as a pass to the right side was picked off by Boynton Beach linebacker Abraham Beauplan and he returned it 30 yards for a score. The Tigers two-point conversion failed on a bad snap from center and they held a 6-3 margin.

Deerfield Beach Tops Miami Central

     The Deerfield Beach Bucks got by the Miami Central Rockets 10-0 in a two-quarter contest at the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree in West Palm Beach on Friday night. The Bucks made it to the Class 8A state semifinal last season and lost at home to Southridge. The Rockets failed to make the FHSAA playoffs in 2016 and ended their run of four consecutive Class 6A state championships.
     Deerfield Beach came close to scoring a touchdown during their first possession and were stopped by the Rockets defense. They had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Liden Rivera to make it 3-0.
     In the second quarter, Miami Central fumbled the ball away at their own 27-yard line. The Bucks capitalized on it and finished their drive as quarterback Kyle Kaplan sneaked up the middle on a one-yard touchdown run for a ten-point lead.

Miami Central Stomps Palm Beach Lakes

     The Miami Central Rockets played the first game of the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree and blasted the host Rams 28-0 in a two-quarter game at Dick Melear Stadium on Friday night. The Rockets have captured the FHSAA Class 6A state championship in four of the last five years.
     Early in the first quarter, Miami Central made it 7-0 on a 25-yard pass down the left sideline from quarterback Maurice Underwood to wide receiver Terrell Perriman.
     Palm Beach Lakes lost the ball on a fumbled snap during their next possession at their own 40-yard line. The Rockets punched it in on a fullback carry from one yard out for a 14-point margin.
     Rockets backup quarterback Tijuane Morten had his jersey completely ripped up and destroyed when he was tackled on a play on their first drive of the second quarter. Underwood reentered the game. fired a 53-yard touchdown pass to Perriman in the front right corner of the end zone on his first play back and extended their lead to 21-0.
     Rams quarterback Jalen Hall fumbled the ball on a carry at the Palm Beach Lakes 35. Several plays later, Miami Central scored on a 25-yard run up the middle to make it 28-0.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

West Palm Beach Ratings April 2017

     It was one of those months where the complexion between the two competitors in the Palm Beach County market was noticed. ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM remained consistent while 640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN-AM emerged with new changes in their lineup.
     ESPN West Palm, who could not be measured because they do not subscribe to a ratings service, had evening co-host Chris Kokell leave his position as Olympic Heights head football coach and give his full attention toward the radio station. He has co-hosted the evening program with Joe Colella since January.
     A new era began for 640 Sports as they moved from a 0.4 to a 0.5 in April. It was the first month since they changed to a sports format in March 2008 that they did not carry a local weekday show. They aired syndicated Fox Sports Radio which added Doug Gottlieb for afternoons during the ratings period. In addition, the station did not air regular season New York Yankees baseball games and were not an affiliate of the New York Yankees Radio Network for the first time since 2007.

Joe Raineri Joins WZFL And WBGF

     Joe Raineri has joined WZFL-FM in Islamarada as their new morning host. He will begin his new position on May 22. ANCO Media Group, who owns WZFL-FM, has acquired WBGF-FM in Belle Grade and will simulcast the program on that station soon.
     Raineri had worked at 640 Sports WMEN-AM for almost three years. He joined that station in November 2014 as the afternoon drive host when he replaced Steve White. Raineri was shifted to the midday shift in May 2015 when Hank Goldberg was promoted and then returned to afternoons that August. He became the morning co-host with Steve Zemach in January 2016 when they replaced Sid Rosenberg and held that spot until early March 2017.
     He did work in the West Palm Beach market prior to joining 640 Sports. Raineri co-hosted mornings on WRMF-FM for three years.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Miami Northwestern Beats Atlantic

     The first Palm Beach County spring high school football game was held on Wednesday night at War Eagle Stadium in Delray Beach as the Miami Northwestern Bulls topped the Atlantic Eagles 19-7. A statue of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Y.A. Tittle was dedicated prior to the contest.
     Both schools won district titles and made the FHSAA playoffs last season. The Bulls lost to the Carol City Chiefs in the Class 6A regional semifinal while the Eagles fell to the Deerfield Beach Bucks in the Class 8A regional final.
     The first quarter belonged to the Atlantic Eagles. Running back Aaron Lewis fumbled the ball on a hit by linebacker Jason Mercier at the Bulls 47-yard line five minutes in. Eagles wide receiver Corey Gammage had a leaping one-handed catch for a 15-yard touchdown negated due to a player illegally downfield at the midway point of the quarter. Wide receiver Cadarius Gaskin caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kalani Ilimaleota in the back of the end zone with 4:01 left in the first.
     Miami Northwestern changed the momentum of the game late in the second quarter. Quarterback Chatarius Atwell Jr. connected a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Hill to make it 7-6 with 20.6 seconds left in the first half.
     The Bulls commanded the second half as they added two touchdowns during the third quarter. They took their first lead at the 6:31 mark when Atwell threw a 37-yard pass into the right corner of the end zone to wide receiver Derrick Davis and were ahead 12-6.
     The Miami Northwestern defense got a turnover when linebacker Cortland Faison intercepted the ball at the Eagles 28-yard line and returned it 18 yards. Three plays later, running back Corey Hammett blasted up the middle for a two-yard touchdown run with 2:12 to go.

Astros Sweep Marlins

     The Miami Marlins completed a nine-game home stand as they were swept by the Houston Astros 3-0 at Marlins Park on Wednesday. Miami(14-25) finished the home stand with a 1-8 record. They have lost 11 of their last 13 games and 17 of 21. The Astros, who remained on top with the best record in Major League Baseball, went 6-1 on their road trip.
     Houston(29-12) sprinted out to a 1-0 lead during the first inning. George Springer led off with a double to deep right field and scored on a Jose Altuve double down the left-field line.
     The Astros extended their margin to 3-0 in the top of the sixth with a two-out rally. Alex Bregman singled to left and former Marlin Jake Marisnick was hit by a pitch. Lance McCullers Jr. loaded the bases when Dee Gordon made a throwing error to second base. Springer pushed a base hit through the hole on the right side which brought in Bregman and Marisnick.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Miami Ratings April 2017

     Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM finished on top of the ratings among sports format radio stations in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region for the second straight month. All three competitors in the market put a major emphasis on the NFL Draft for several weeks.
     The Ticket moved from a 0.9 to a 1.0 in the month of April. It was the best ratings for that station since July 2016. The Miami Heat just fell short of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM bounced back from a 0.8 to a 0.9 in the period. The Florida Panthers failed to make the postseason after reaching it last season.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ remained the same with a 0.2 for the seventh consecutive month. The Miami Marlins started their regular season with six home games in the first three weeks of the campaign. Andy Slater returned to WINZ after being off the air for four weeks due to spring training games.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Astros Slam Marlins

     The Houston Astros held off the Miami Marlins 7-2 on Monday night at Marlins Park. The Marlins have lost nine of 11 and 15 of their last 19 games. The Astros entered the contest with the best record in Major League Baseball.
     Miami (14-23) got out to a 1-0 lead during the fifth inning. Christian Yelich got a base hit into center field to score J.T. Riddle.
     Houston(27-12) mounted a comeback in the top of the sixth inning. Yuli Gurriel capped it with a grand-slam homer to left field on a 2-1 pitch. Josh Reddick, Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis were able to score on the play.
     The Astros extended their margin to 6-1 in the seventh. Jose Altuve lined a single toward left field which brought in Nori Aoki and George Springer.
     In the eighth inning, Justin Bour blasted a solo home run to right field on a 1-1 count. It was his fourth homer in the last five games. Altuve matched it with his own solo homer to center on a 1-1 pitch during the ninth inning.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Marlins End Losing Streak

     The Miami Marlins snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on Sunday. It was their first win in a nine-game home stand. The Marlins have won two of their last nine games.
     Atlanta(13-21) scored first for the third consecutive contest between both clubs during the top of the fifth inning. Nick Markakis drove in Ender Inciarte with a single into left-center field for the Braves.
     Miami(14-22) had to wait until the seventh inning to take the lead. Tyler Moore came up to pinch-hit against R.A. Dickey and lifted a three-run homer into center field to put the Fish up 3-1.

Braves Take Marlins

     The Miami Marlins dropped to last place in the National League East with a 3-1 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Marlins Park. The Fish have lost eight of nine and 14 of their last 17 games.
     Atlanta(13-20) rolled out to a two-run lead in the fourth inning. Nick Markakis knocked in Freeman with a base hit into center field. Dansby Swanson later followed with an RBI-single to center which brought in Markakis
     Miami(13-22) cut the lead down to 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Bour hit a home run for the third consecutive game.
     The Braves added an insurance run during the top of the eighth. Freeman scored on a throwing error by Derek Dietrich.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Braves Sink Marlins

     The Miami Marlins dropped an 8-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Marlins Park. The Fish have fell in seven of their last eight games and 13 of the last 16.
     Atlanta(12-20) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Tyler Flowers nailed a two-run homer to left field that also scored Matt Kemp.
     Miami(13-21) closed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Bour blasted a solo home run on a 2-1 pitch to right field.
     The Braves batted around and compiled six runs during the seventh inning to put the game away. Tony Phillips began the onslaught as he singled into center field to score Tyler Flowers and Dansby Swanson.
     The Marlins got several home runs late in the contest. J.T. Realmuto connected with a two-run shot to left on the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh with Derek Dietrich on base. Dietrich hit a solo homer to center in the ninth inning on a 0-1 count.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Steve Goldstein Part Of Western Conference Finals

     Florida Panthers television announcer Steve Goldstein will work the Western Conference Finals between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators on Westwood One Sports and NBC Sports Radio Network. Goldstein will be the sideline reporter while Dave Goucher steps in as play-by-play announcer along with Jim Fox as game analyst.
     Goldstein and Goucher had announced the weekly NHL game over national airwaves during the early rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Goldstein has been the Panthers television play-by-play announcer since 2007. He was the Panthers radio play-by-play announcer for two seasons prior to that. Goldstein was the radio studio host for the franchise from 1996-97 until 2003-04.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cardinals Sweep Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were swept at home by the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 at Marlins Park on Wednesday night. The Marlins have fell in six of their last seven contests and 12 of their last 15 games.
     The Cardinals won their ninth consecutive game on the road and have not done that since 1970. In addition, they came back from four runs behind in their second straight road game for the first time since 1935.
     Miami(13-20) roared out to a 4-0 lead with a two-out rally during the first inning. Christian Yelich nailed a solo home run to center on 3-1 pitch. Three batters later, Justin Bour blasted a three-run homer on a 2-2 count which scored Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton.
      St. Louis(19-14) responded with three runs in the top of the third. Jedd Gyorko singled to right field which brought in Magneuris Sierra and Kolten Wong. Matt Carpenter then scored on an RBI-single by Yadier Molina to center.
     The Redbirds got the lead in the sixth inning. Dexter Fowler ripped a triple into right-center field for Tommy Pham along with Sierra to cross the plate and make it 5-4. Fowler would later score on a sacrifice fly to center by Wong.
     The Fish closed the gap to 6-5 in the bottom of the frame. Derek Dietrich knocked in Dee Gordon with a base hit into right field.
     The Cardinals added one more run in the seventh inning. Gyorko scored on a single by Aledmys Diaz to center.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Boog Sciambi and Eduardo Perez Back In Miami

     Two former Marlins broadcasters returned to Miami on Wednesday night and announced the Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals game to a national audience on ESPN. John "Boog" Sciambi was the play-by-play announcer while Eduardo Perez was the game analyst on the television broadcast.
     Sciambi had not done a baseball game in quite some time in South Florida. He was a radio play-by-play announcer with the Florida Marlins from 1999 to 2004. He did the radio pre-game and post-game shows for the team in 1997 and 1998.
     He also hosted an evening show and co-hosted a midday show with original Florida Panthers radio voice Chris Moore on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM from 1993 until 1997. Sciambi was the studio host for Florida Panthers radio broadcasts during the 1995-96 season which they got to the Stanley Cup Finals. He moved on to 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in 2004 and worked as a midday host for one year.
     Perez was one of several primary television game analysts with Rich Waltz on Fox Sports Florida last season. He was a studio analyst and game analyst for ESPN prior to joining the Marlins in 2016. He is the son of Baseball Hall of Fame player Tony Perez.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cardinals Come Back On Marlins

     The St. Louis Cardinals came from behind to top the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. The Fish have lost five of their last six games and 11 of 14. The Cards remained in first place in the N.L. Central.
     St. Louis(18-14) put up one run during the fifth inning. Tommy Pham doubled into left-center field for Yadier Molina to score.
     After scoring one run in the bottom of the fourth, Miami(13-19) piled on four runs in the sixth inning to go up 5-1. Derek Dietrich ripped a base hit and drove in two runs. Justin Bour followed with an RBI-single to right field and then J.T. Riddle hit a sacrifice fly to center field for Dietrich to score.
     The Cardinals came back with their own four-run rally in the top of the eight inning. Matt Adams came up to pinch-hit and got an RBI-base hit to make it 5-2. Wong walked to load the bases, then Magneuris Sierra scored on a long sacrifice fly by Randall Grichuk to left field. Matt Carpenter walked to get the bases loaded again. Jedd Gyorko singled to left which brought in Adams and Wong to tie the game at 5-5.
     In the ninth inning, St. Louis regained the lead. Pinch-hitter Dexter Fowler placed a single into right field for Sierra to score from second base with one out.

Cardinals Fly By Marlins

     The Miami Marlins returned home and were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4 at Marlins Park on Monday night. The Fish have now lost four of five and 10 of their last 13 games. The Cardinals jumped the Cincinnati Reds and moved to first place in the National League Central Division.
     The Marlins had played the least amount of home contests in Major League Baseball with 11 prior to this game. Miami began a stretch in which they play 19 of their next 25 games in South Florida.
     St. Louis(17-14) attacked with three runs in the top of the second. Carlos Martinez cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double into left-center field which scored Yadier Molina, Aledmys Diaz and Magneuris Sierra.
     The Redbirds added four runs in the fourth inning to get up 7-0. Martinez got an RBI-single to left and Sierra scored. Matt Carpenter followed with a two-run triple into right field to score Martinez and Kolten Wong. Jedd Gyorko capped the rally with a double to right for Carpenter to score.
     Miami(13-18) responded in the bottom of the frame to get on the scoreboard. Marcell Ozuna ripped a two-run homer to center on the first pitch and Christopher Yelich scored on the play.
     The Marlins added two solo home runs later in the contest. Ozuna hit his second homer of the contest in the sixth while Giancarlo Stanton smashed a solo shot in the ninth inning.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Marlins Pound Mets

     The Miami Marlins finished a short five-game road trip with a 7-0 shutout victory over the New York Mets on Sunday at Citi Field. The Fish have won six consecutive games against the Mets(15-16).
     Miami(13-17) moved out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning against Adam Wilk. Christian Yelich walked to first with one out then Marcell Ozuna followed with a double into the left-field corner. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a three-run homer off the fa├žade of the middle deck in left field on a 0-1 pitch for his ninth home run of the season.
     The Marlins made it a four-run cushion in the top of the fourth. Stanton again homered to left for his 31st career home run against the Mets. He now has the most home runs hit by an opponent at Citi Field with 20.
     In the fourth inning, the Fish extended their margin to 6-0. Adeiny Hechavarria smacked a solo home run on a 1-0 count to left-center field. It ended a long drought for him as he hit his first homer since May 26, 2016. Yelich later tripled to right-center field and scored on a wild pitch.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Viola Horse Wins Kentucky Derby

     Always Dreaming won the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday. The horse previously captured the Florida Derby last month at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. Trainer Todd Pletcher and rider Jose Velasquez both won their second Kentucky Derby.
     One of the primary owners of Always Dreaming is Vincent Viola and his wife Teresa. Viola is the owner of the Florida Panthers along with Doug Cifu. They have owned the hockey team since September 2013.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rays Defeat Marlins

     The Miami Marlins fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Thursday night at Tropicana Field. The Fish lost the Citrus Series as the Rays won three of the four games this week.
     Tampa Bay(15-15) took the lead during the second inning. Tim Beckham blasted a two-run home run to center on a 0-2 count with Brad Miller scoring in front of him.
     Beckham smacked his second homer of the game in the bottom of the fourth to give the Rays a 4-0 margin. He hit a 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall which brought in Colby Rasmus. In the fifth inning, Kevin Kiermaier drove in Derek Norris with a base hit into center field.
     Miami(12-15) got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth to break the shutout. Dee Gordon singled into left field and scored Justin Bour.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Stefano Fusaro Leaves WTVJ For ESPN

     Miami television sports anchor Stefano Fusaro has left WTVJ-TV Channel 6 and joined ESPN as a sports reporter. He has been with WTVJ-TV for the past two years. He was associated with Univision prior to that.
     Fusaro also did a stint on local radio recently. He hosted the Dos Amigos Show with Larry Milian at 880 WZAB-AM on Saturday late mornings from July 2016 until February 2017.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sid Rosenberg Joins CBS Sports Radio

     Sid Rosenberg is joining CBS Sports Radio Network as a weekend host. He will make his debut on May 20 as a Saturday midday host and take over the time slot that was held by Adam The Bull.
     He will be heard on Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM airwaves for the next couple of months until the start of the University of Miami Hurricanes football season. Rosenberg has been the late morning co-host on WABC-AM in New York City since January 2016 with Bernard McGuirk. He added sports anchor duties with the Imus In The Morning show on that same station in November 2016.
     Rosenberg hosted a sports show at several different radio stations in South Florida. He joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in late 2005 as a fill-in host. Rosenberg then co-hosted middays with former Miami Dolphins wide receiver O.J. McDuffie and was later elevated to morning show host. He stayed with The Ticket until May 2009.
     His next stop was at WQAM in August 2009 as a midday host. Rosenberg was promoted to afternoon host in June 2010 and held that spot until April 2012.
     Rosenberg landed at 640 Sports WMEN-AM in August 2012 as the morning host. He remained at that station until December 2015.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rays Down Marlins

     The Miami Marlins lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. The Marlins, who finished the home stand with a 1-4 record, have been on the losing end in five of their last six games.
     Tampa Bay(14-14) got out to a 1-0 lead during the third inning. Former Marlin Logan Morrison ripped a solo home run to right field on a 1-0 pitch.
     The Rays added two runs in the top of the fifth. Kevin Kirkmaier scored on a sacrifice fly by Tim Beckham to center. Derek Norris followed with a base hit into center field to score Brad Miller.
     Miami(11-14) broke the shutout in the eighth inning. Giancarlo Stanton doubled toward left-center field and Martin Prado crossed the plate.

Mike Dee Joins Entercom

     Former Miami Dolphins executive Mike Dee has joined Entercom Communications as the president of Entercom Sports. Entercom will soon merge with CBS Radio on the approval of the United States government.
     Dee was once the Boston Red Sox CEO, under owner John Henry, before he arrived in South Florida. He was named the president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Dee left to become the president and COO of the San Diego Padres.
     The impact of Dee in broadcasting has been noticed locally. He created The Finsiders show which was simulcast on Fox Sports Florida and 940 WINZ. He hired Jesse Agler as the studio host of the program and later made Agler an internet studio host and radio play-by-play announcer for the Padres.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rays Stop Marlins

     The Miami Marlins began the Citrus Series on Monday night and were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 at Marlins Park. The Marlins have lost four of their last five games.
     Miami(11-13) jumped out to an early lead for the first time in the current homestand during the first inning. Dee Gordon scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Christian Yelich.
     Tampa Bay(13-14) got two runs and moved out in front in the top of the fourth inning. Tim Beckham dropped a two-run double into right field which brought in Corey Dickerson and Rickie Weeks Jr.
     The Fish tied it up 2-2 in the bottom of the frame. Marcell Ozuna smashed the first pitch over the wall in left field for a solo home run.
     The Rays regained the lead in the seventh. Steven Souza Jr. grounded into a fielder's choice to make it 3-2. They added an additional run in the eighth inning when Daniel Robertson knocked in Brad Miller with a base hit into center field.

Marlins Bash Pirates

     The Miami Marlins honored Ichiro Suzuki for his 3,000th base hit in Major League Baseball prior to the game and they pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3 at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Fish were able to snap a four-game losing streak.
     Pittsburgh(11-13) scored all of their runs in the contest during the first inning against Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler. Josh Harrison walked and Josh Bell followed with a two-run homer to right-center field on a 3-1 count. John Jaso later singled into right field to score Gregory Polanco.
     Miami(11-12) cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second when Justin Bour drove in Marcell Ozuna with a double to center. Bour knocked in Giancarlo Stanton with a single down the right-field line in the bottom of the fourth.
     The Fish took the lead 4-3 during the fifth inning. Bour again came through with a two-run single into right-center field which brought in Dee Gordon and Stanton.
     The Marlins put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the seventh. After an Ozuna base hit, Bour blasted a two-run home run into the upper deck in right on the first pitch. A.J. Ellis was rewarded home when a relay from the outfield went off Bell and into the Pirates dugout. Adeiny Hechavarria came up to pinch-hit, got an RBI-single to right and Rojas scored from third.
     Martin Prado hit the ball up the middle for a base hit and Hechavarria crossed the plate. Miami loaded the bases and Christian Yelich whacked the ball toward the pitcher for Gordon to score on a ground out. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pirates Blank Marlins

     Ivan Nova pitched a three-hit complete game shutout as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Miami Marlins 4-0 at Marlins Park on Saturday night. Miami(10-12) has lost four consecutive games.
     Pittsburgh(11-12) took the lead during the second inning. Jordy Mercer got a base hit into center field to score Gregory Polanco.
     The Pirates were able to load the bases in the top of the sixth inning. They scored two runs as Francisco Ceravelli then John Jaso walked. Jaso added a solo home run to right in the ninth inning.

More Locals Selected In NFL Draft

     The 2017 NFL Draft finished in Philadelphia on Saturday with picks from the fourth round to the seventh round. More players with a South Florida connection were selected.
     The Chicago Bears choose safety Eddie Jackson in the fourth round with the 112th overall pick. Jackson played high school football with the Boyd Anderson Cobras. He moved on to the University of Alabama where the Crimson Tide captured the CFP National Championship in 2015. He led the team that year with six interceptions.
     It took one pick later for somebody from the University of Miami to be selected as the Los Angeles Chargers got safety Rayshawn Jenkins. He played four seasons for the Hurricanes and compiled two interceptions, seven passes broken up along with 76 tackles in his senior year.
     Several local guys were taken during the fifth round. Anthony Walker Jr. was picked by the Indianapolis Colts 161st overall. He played linebacker for Monsignor Pace and Northwestern University.
     Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was selected with the 172nd overall pick by the Denver Broncos. He helped the American Heritage Patriots win their first state title in 2013 as they captured the FHSAA Class 5A championship. McKenzie went to play college football for the University of Georgia.
     The Minnesota Vikings decided on offensive guard Danny Isidora of the University of Miami with the 180th pick. He did play high school football with the Cypress Bay Lightning. 
     There were no local selections in the sixth round, however two former Broward County standouts were named in the seventh round. Cypress Bay had one-time running back Matthew Dayes picked 252nd by the Cleveland Browns. Dayes later was with the North Carolina State Wolfpack in college.
     University of Miami wide receiver Stacy Coley went to the Minnesota Vikings as the 219th overall pick. Coley was first noticed while with the Northeast Hurricanes in high school.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dalvin Cook And Local Players Picked

     Three players with local South Florida ties were selected during the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft held in Philadelphia on Friday. They included Dalvin Cook, Quincy Wilson and Fabian Moreau.
     Cook certainly had the most publicity of any South Florida native who entered the NFL draft and was taken by Minnesota Vikings with the 41st overall selection. He played running back with the Miami Central Rockets and won two FHSAA Class 6A state titles in 2012 and 2013. Cook joined the Florida State University Seminoles and became the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,464 rushing yards in three seasons.
     Wilson was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round with the 46th overall pick. He played defensive back for the University of Florida Gators and prior to that with the University School Suns in Davie. Wilson had three interceptions, 33 tackles and six passes broken up in 2016 for the Gators.
     Moreau was less noticed locally because he played his college football with UCLA. He was with the Western Wildcats while in high school. Moreau was picked 81st overall by the Washington Redskins in the third round.

Dolphins Get McMillan And Tankersley

     Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft happened on Friday night in Philadelphia. The Miami Dolphins selected two players during the second and third rounds. Both of them have won a CFP National Championship.
     The Dolphins choose inside linebacker Raekwon McMillian with the 54th overall pick in the second round. He was part of the Ohio State University squad to capture a national championship in 2014. McMillian had 270 career tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and nine passes broken up in three seasons.
     The Fins selected cornerback Condrea Tankersley in the third round with the 97th overall pick. He helped Clemson University win their second national championship in school history last season. Tankersley had compiled 149 tackles, nine interceptions and 22 passes broken up in 55 games.

David Njoku Taken By Browns

     Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku was chosen 29th overall by the Cleveland Browns at the 2017 NFL Draft held in Philadelphia. He was the only local player selected in the first round of the draft.
     Njoku was in the program with the Canes for three years. He had his best season as a redshirt sophomore in 2016 as he compiled 43 receptions for 698 yards and eight touchdowns.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Phillies Get By Marlins

     The Miami Marlins fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Thursday. It completed the longest mileage road trip in Marlins franchise history.
     Philadelphia(11-9) moved out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Daniel Nava was able to score on a Dee Gordon throwing error. The Phils made a two-run margin in the bottom of the third when Freddy Galvis crossed the plate on a ground out by Odubel Herrera to second.
     Miami(10-10) cut the margin to 2-1 in the sixth inning. J.T. Realmuto singled into left field to drive in Giancarlo Stanton.
     The Phillies responded in the bottom of the frame. Brock Stassi ripped a triple to right and brought in Michael Saunders on the play.
     The Marlins picked up one more run in the next inning. Adeiny Hechavarria scored on a base hit to center by Christian Yelich.

Miami Dolphins Draft Charles Harris

     The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft was held in Philadelphia on Thursday night. The Miami Dolphins selected Charles Harris as the 22nd overall pick.
     Harris was a defensive end for the University of Missouri Tigers. He played with the school for three seasons and compiled 18 sacks along with 34 tackles for a loss.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WWE Releases Andrea Ocampo

     World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms and have released Andrea Ocampo from their organization. Ocampo had gone by the name Andrea D'Marco while she worked at WWE.
     Ocampo once worked with the Florida Panthers as the game operations arena host for four years until April 2016. She also was a game operations stadium host for Florida Atlantic University football games in Boca Raton.
     She joined NXT as a ring announcer and interviewer in Orlando last year. Ocampo was promoted to the WWE brand in July 2016 as an interviewer and held that spot for several months.

Jeffrey Loria To Sell Marlins

     Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will sell the baseball club to a group of investors that includes former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The deal must be approved by Major League Baseball owners.
     Loria has owned the Marlins since 2002. They won their second World Series title in franchise history back in 2003. In an unusual procedure, Loria once owned the Montreal Expos and sold the team to Major League Baseball. John Henry shifted from ownership of the Marlins and moved on to own the Boston Red Sox while Loria became the owner of the Florida Marlins.