Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Panthers Storm Past Hurricanes

     The Florida Panthers finished off a four-game homestand with a 3-2 win in a shootout over the Carolina Hurricanes at BB&T Center on Tuesday night. The Panthers had lost their three previous games in Sunrise.
     Florida(29-23-10) waited until their second power play to get on the scoreboard at 12:35 of the first period. Jonathan Huberdeau was in the low left circle and centered the puck to Jaromir Jagr. He scored on a snap shot from the low slot for his 12th goal of the season and 761st goal in his NHL career.
     The Panthers kept their momentum for the rest of the frame and made it 2-0 with 3:23 left in the first. Reilly Smith fired a slapshot from the top left circle which was saved by Cam Ward. Vincent Trocheck put in the rebound from the top of the crease and compiled his team-high 22nd goal of the campaign.
     Carolina(25-25-9) cut the deficit midway through the second period at 9:46. Lee Stempniak sent the puck from behind the Panthers cage to Teuvo Teravainen in the right corner. He returned it back to Stempniak on the left side of the crease for him to score.
     In the third period, the Canes managed to tie the contest 2-2 at 5:48. Victor Rask let go a slapshot from the top slot. Roberto Luongo made the initial save and then Sebastian Aho swept in the rebound from the crease area.
     The game went into a shootout and the Cats claimed victory. Aleksander Barkov scored on their first attempt as he slowly approached the net and put in a backhand shot. Huberdeau clinched it when he also scored on a backhand during their third attempt.

Greg Likens On The Ticket

     Greg Likens will appear as a guest co-host with Josh Friedman at 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM on Tuesday night. Likens has not been on the local airwaves since he hosted The Finsiders on Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM back in March 2016.
     Likens, a Syracuse University grad, first started in the Miami market at Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM in 2007 and stayed there until March 2014. He held several titles at that organization which included morning producer, morning sports anchor, morning sidekick and weekend host.
     He became The Finsiders studio host on WINZ and television simulcast on Fox Sports Florida in April 2014. Likens also was the studio host for the Miami Dolphins Radio Network during the 2014 and 2015 regular seasons.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Heat Fall To Mavericks

     The Miami Heat had a one-game road trip to Dallas and were defeated by the Mavericks 96-89 at American Airlines Center on Monday night. It was the first loss by the Heat since before the All-Star Game break. The club has won 17 of their last 20 games.
     Miami(27-33) started off well as they got out to a 31-22 lead after one quarter. The margin disappeared as they were down 55-54 at halftime. Dallas(24-35) began to pull away from the Heat in the second half and led 78-69 after three quarters.
     Goran Dragic drained 24 points while Hassan Whiteside contributed a double-double with 19 points and 19 rebounds. Seth Curry led the Mavericks with game-high 29 points.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Senators Get By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers lost to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at BB&T Center on Sunday night. It was the third straight loss for the Panthers during the homestand following a five-game winning streak on the road.
     Ottawa(33-21-6) scored a shorthanded goal on the Panthers first power play at 6:28 of the first period. The Sens came down on a 2-on-1 break and Erik Karlsson fired a slapshot from the right circle which James Reimer saved. Zack Smith put in the rebound from the left circle for his 15th goal this year.
     Florida(28-23-10) came back and converted on their second power play of the contest with 2:47 left in the first. Keith Yandle passed from the top of the zone to Jonathan Huberdeau in the right circle. He connected a cross-ice pass to Jonathan Marchassault and he rifled a shot from the left circle past Craig Anderson for his 19th goal this season.
     In the second period, the Senators retook the lead midway through at the 9:58 mark. Karlsson sent a long pass from his own end to Mike Hoffman at the Panthers line. Kyle Turris got the puck from him, skated through the low right circle and scored on a high wrist shot.

Heat Drive By Pacers

     The Miami Heat knocked off the Indiana Pacers 113-95 on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat continue to roll as they have won 17 of their last 19 games. 
     Indiana(30-29) swung out to a 23-18 lead after one quarter and were still ahead 54-53 at halftime. Miami(27-32) had the advantage 83-79 after three quarters before they outscored the Pacers 30-16 in the fourth quarter.
     Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters both tied with a team-high 22 points each for the Heat. Whiteside also had a game-high 17 rebounds for a double-double.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Heat Buzz Hawks

     The Miami Heat played their first game in nine days and stopped the Atlanta Hawks 108-90 at Philips Arena on Friday night. The Heat have won 15 of their last 17 games and are two games behind for a playoff spot.
     Miami(26-32) had a 25-24 lead after one quarter and were up 63-49 at halftime. Atlanta(32-25) fell behind even more 87-66 after three quarters. It was garbage time for the rest of the contest. Tyler Johnson compiled 23 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Heat.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Flames Burn Panthers

     The Florida Panthers fell for the second straight game as they lost to the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday night at BB&T Center. Roberto Luongo passed former Panthers goalie Ed Belfour for fourth all-time in NHL history with 964 games played.
     Florida(28-22-10) pulled out to a 1-0 lead on the power play at 4:54 of the first period. Jussi Jokinen made a pass from the slot to Nick Bjugstad in the low left circle and he connected with a snap shot by Chad Johnson for his fifth goal of the campaign.
     Calgary(32-26-4) begin a string of three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 margin. Michael Stone fired a slapshot from the right point which was stopped in front. Sam Bennett put in the rebound by Luongo from the crease area at 8:57.
     The Flames took the lead Mikael Backlund performed a give-and-go pass from Matthew Tkachuk and scored from the high slot with a wrist shot at the 10:16 mark. Calgary made it a two-goal cushion when Deryk Engelland backhanded the puck in from the right side of the crease following a Tkachuk shot from the top left circle at 13:51.
     The Panthers struck back with 2:40 remaining in the first. Aleksander Barkov connected a pass to Jonathan Huberdeau on the right side and got a return pass. Barkov snapped a shot from the low slot for his 16th goal of the season.
     In the second period, Calgary increased their lead at 6:19. Lance Bouma poked the puck from behind the Panthers cage to Matt Stajan in the left corner. He centered it to Troy Brouwer along in the crease and he scored from in close.

West Palm Beach Ratings January 2017

     The radio ratings were issued and there seemed to be no change in the West Palm Beach market. 640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN-AM was listed while ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM was not.
     640 Fox Sports remained flat with a 0.6 in the month of December. It was the second straight period that the station stayed the same even through they had better ratings with a 0.7 during the shortened holiday season. This will be the final period in which Alpha Media has a local management agreement to operate WMEN.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chris Bosh Joins Turner Broadcasting

     Miami Heat center Chris Bosh will be joining Turner Broadcasting as a studio analyst. He will be involved with a Monday night studio show for the next five weeks.
     Bosh has not played a game this season with the Miami Heat. He joined the club as a free agent in the middle of 2010 and helped the Heat win two NBA titles along with four Eastern Conference championships.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Oilers Top Panthers

     The Florida Panthers returned home from a five-game winning streak on the road and lost to the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at BB&T Center on Wednesday night. The Panthers play their next four games and seven of the next eight games at home.  
     Edmonton(33-20-8) took the lead at 5:18 of the first period. Nick Bjugstad made a clearing pass that was stopped by Oscar Klefbom at the left point. He powered a slapshot by James Reimer off the right post and into the net.
     Florida(28-21-10) was able to tie the contest 1-1 on the power play 21 seconds into the second period. A slapshot by Aaron Ekblad from the top of the zone was blocked by an Oilers defender in the slot. Jussi Jokinen fed Aleksander Barkov for a wrist shot from the right circle that went past Cam Talbot.
     The Oilers regained the lead midway through the second at the 10:26 mark. Kris Russell ripped a slapshot from the blue line which was redirected by Mark Letestu in the low slot and hit the left post. The puck came out to the left face-off circle and Eric Gryba snapped in a follow-up shot.
     Both teams combined for several goals in the last couple of minutes. The Panthers pulled even again with 4:07 left in the frame. Colton Sceviour got the tally with assists from Jokinen and Keith Yandle.
     Edmonton reacted and picked up a go-ahead goal with 1:01 remaining in the second. Milan Lucic tried to stuff in the puck from the blue paint and then Ryan Nugent-Hopkins poked in the rebound from close range.
     The Cats matched it one more time with 3.9 seconds to go. Yandle sent a lead pass from his own end through the neutral zone to Jonathan Marchessault at the Oilers blue line. He skated in on a breakaway and scored his 18th goal of the season on a forehand shot.
     The Oilers took their fourth lead of the contest at 12:02 of the third period. Connor McDavid skated into the Panthers zone down the right side and centered the puck to Leon Draisaitl in the high slot. He angled the puck to his left where Russell scored on a wrist shot for his first goal of the year.

Miami Ratings January 2017

     It was the same story as Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM led all sports format radio stations in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market for the sixth consecutive month. The last time they were on top for this long was during 2008-2009 when their lineup included Neil Rogers, Jim Mandich, Joe Rose and Damon Amendolara.
     WQAM margin of victory did shrink in this period as they slightly dropped from a 1.4 to a 1.2 in the month of January. The Miami Dolphins finished a long winning streak and appeared in the playoffs for the first time in eight years. The Florida Panthers had not won three straight games at the midway point of the regular season.
     790 The Ticket WAXY-AM finally moved out of their holding pattern of a 0.7 in the previous four periods and finished with a 0.9 in January. The Miami Heat began their 13-game winning streak with their climb from near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The Ticket had the absence of afternoon host Ethan J. Skolnick from the show and continued with Chris Perkins and other guest co-hosts in that slot.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM continued to stay at a 0.2 for the fourth straight month. Things have been consistent at that station with no Miami Marlins baseball broadcasts along with weekday shows of Andy Slater and Jeff DeForest.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ethan J. Skolnick Returns To The Ticket

     Ethan J. Skolnick returned back to the afternoon show alongside Chris Perkins at 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM on Tuesday. He had not been heard on the airwaves in over one month since January 3.
     Skolnick has worked at The Ticket since September 2015 when he co-hosted afternoons with Israel Gutierrez. He then had Chris Wittyngham as a co-host on an interim basis then permanently from January 2016 until September 2016.
     He has also been employed with CBS Sports as an NBA writer since the middle of 2016. Skolnick was the Miami Heat beat reporter for the Miami Herald during the 2015-16 season.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ron Flatter Joins VSIN

     Former local radio producer Ron Flatter has joined Vegas Stats and Information Network(VSIN) and will begin on February 27. Flatter leaves his position as a sports anchor at CBS Sports Radio Network which he had since January 2016. He also worked as a sports anchor at WFAN-AM and WINS-AM in New York City prior to that.
     Flatter is best known for being the afternoon show producer for Hank Goldberg on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM during the mid 1990s. He did fill in for Jon "Boog" Sciambi as the studio and intermission host on the Florida Panthers radio broadcasts in the later rounds during their l995-96 long playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
     He left Miami for ESPN Radio where he became a producer and reporter. Flatter later added duties as a horse racing reporter for ESPN. He was an overnight news anchor for Fox News Radio from 2013 until 2015.

Panthers Slip By Blues

     The Florida Panthers swept their five-game road trip as they defeated the St. Louis Blues in the final seconds 2-1 at Scottrade Center on Monday night. The Panthers have won eight of their last nine games.
     Florida(28-20-10) jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period at 10:40. Jonathan Marchessault got his 17th goal of the season in the crease area with an assist from Nick Bjugstad behind the net after a turnover.
     St. Louis(31-24-5)  had to wait until 2:54 into the third period to tie the contest up 1-1. Kyle Brodziak put in the tally following shots in the crease by former Panther Scottie Upshall and Ryan Reaves. 
     The Panthers regained the lead with just five seconds left in regulation. Vincent Trocheck scored on a slapshot from the top of the zone past Jake Allen. Mark Pysyk made the pass from the left wing on the play.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Panthers Edge Kings

     The Florida Panthers swept the California portion on their road trip with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday night. The Panthers reached a season-high winning streak of four games and have won seven of their last eight games.
      The Panthers moved up into a playoff spot to third place in the Atlantic Division with the victory. Roberto Luongo tied former Panthers goalie Ed Belfour for fourth all-time with 963 NHL games played. The Cats last won a game in Los Angeles on November 27, 2002.
     Florida(27-20-10) waited until 4:55 left in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Vincent Trocheck  put a cross-ice oass in the neutral zone to Aleksander Barkov and he crossed the Kings line. His no-look pass to the left side was blasted in by Jonathan Huberdeau from the top left circle past Peter Budaj. Huberdeau has four goals in six games since he made his season debut on February 3.
     In the second period, Jussi Jokinen gave the Panthers a two-goal margin at 1:14 with ninth goal of the season. Reilly Smith and Alex Petrovic were credited with assists on the play.
     Los Angeles(28-25-4) was able to get on the scoreboard at the 5:39 mark. Nick Shore got bumped off the puck in the crease area, then Dwight King gained control and put it by Luongo at the side of the crease.
     The Kings tied the contest 2-2 with 8:04 remaining in the second. Tanner Pearson compiled his 19th goal of the campaign and Jeff Carter got the primary assist.
     It took just 15 seconds into the third period for Florida to regain the lead 3-2. Barkov nailed his 14th goal of the year on assists from Jaromir Jagr and Aaron Ekblad.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Panthers Defeat Ducks

     The Florida Panthers won their third straight game on the road as they topped the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 at Honda Center on Friday night. The Panthers have been victorious in six of their last seven games.
     Both clubs combined for four goals in the second period. Andrew Cogliano gave Anaheim(30-19-10) a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal that was assisted by former Panther Logan Shaw.
     Florida(26-20-10) tied it 1-1 at the 4:18 mark when Colton Sceviour put in his seventh goal of the year. Jaromir Jagr would steal the puck from Josh Manson at the side of the net and scored an unassisted goal at 6:58 to give the Panthers the lead. Aaron Ekblad added a power-play goal for a two-goal margin at 10:08.

Chris Wittyngham On WQAM

     Chris Wittyngham appeared on Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM Friday and filled in for Orlando Alzugaray. He has not been heard on South Florida radio airwaves in the last five months.
     Wittyngham did work as an afternoon co-host with Ethan J. Skolnick on 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM from May 2016 to September 2016. He joined The Ticket in 2012 and co-hosted with Josh Friedman on the evening show from July 2014 until December 2015.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shane Battier Rejoins Miami Heat

     Shane Battier has rejoined the Miami Heat in their basketball operations department as director of basketball development and analytics. He played with the club for three seasons and helped the franchise capture two NBA championships and three Eastern Conference titles.
     Battier retired after the 2013-14 season and moved to television work with ESPN in July 2014. He was employed with them for only one year as a college basketball game analyst and studio analyst.

WQAM Keeps Miami Hurricanes Radio Network

     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM has signed a multi-year extension to continue as the flagship station of the University of Miami Hurricanes Radio Network. The station will continue to broadcast Hurricanes football and men's basketball games while baseball games will no longer be broadcast following the 2017 season. WQAM has broadcast Miami Hurricanes sports since August 1999.
     Joe Zagacki will remain as the radio voice of the University of Miami. He switched from game analyst to play-by-play announcer in early 2002 when Marc Vandermeer left to become the radio play-by-play announcer of the Houston Texans. Zagacki will mark his 29th year broadcasting in some capacity on the Miami Hurricanes Radio Network this fall.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Panthers Outscore Sharks

     Jaromir Jagr celebrated his 45th birthday by getting his 1,900th NHL point as the Florida Panthers topped the San Jose Sharks 6-5 in overtime at SAP Center on Wednesday night. Jagr is the oldest active player in all four North American professional sports leagues.
     The Panthers won for the fifth time in their last six games. It was the second game of a five-road trip for the Panthers who have scored 13 goals in their last two games.
     Both clubs combined with five goals during the first period. Florida(25-20-10) took a 1-0 lead at the 4:20 mark when Jussi Jokinen powered a slapshot in from the slot following a feed from Reilly Smith.
     San Jose(34-18-6) responded quickly as they tied the contest just 31 seconds later. Keith Yandle gave the puck away to Joe Pavelski in the middle of the zone. He dropped a pass to the blue line and Brent Burns snapped a shot by Roberto Luongo.
     The Panthers regained the lead immediately at 5:35. Aaron Ekblad threaded a long lead pass from his own zone to Nick Bjugstad at the Sharks blue line. He skated in on a breakaway and scored on a wrist shot from the slot area.
     It became a two-goal margin for the Cats when Aleksander Barkov ripped a one-time slapshot from the high slot past Martin Jones at 7:12. Yandle and Jonathan Huberdeau were involved in a three-man weave play to set up the goal.
     The Sharks cut the gap with 4:35 left in the first to make it 3-2. Burns put a shot from the right point which was deflected twice toward the net by Joe Thornton and Joel Ward. Florida scored three goals on six shots in the first period.
     Once again San Jose was able catch up to the Panthers and tied it again 3-3 at the 6:27 mark of the second period. Kevin Labanc made a pass from the left wing to the top where Marc-Edouard Vlasic found the cage on a snap shot.
     In the third period, Nick Bjugstad scored his second goal of the game at 2:15 to give the Panthers a 4-3 advantage. The Sharks turned the puck over at the top of their zone. Alex Petrovic skated down the right side, connected a cross-ice pass and Bjugstad smashed it in for a tally from the slot.
     Jagr got his milestone assist at 12:41 when he placed a pass from the low left circle to Barkov in the slot area and he put in his 13th goal of the season. The Panthers regained a two-goal cushion and were unable to hold it for the second time.
     San Jose pulled off a comeback in the final minutes of regulation. Pavelski streaked through the left circle and lifted a backhand shot with 3:21 to go. He would add another tally, his 20th of the year, from close range when the Sharks had an extra attacker with 37.4 seconds left in the third.
     Florida bottled up San Jose in their end and got the game-winning goal in overtime at 1:38. Barkov centered a pass from the right-wing wall and Huberdeau converted on a snap shot.

Heat Blast Rockets

     The Miami Heat stopped a two-game losing streak with a 117-109 victory over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on Wednesday night. The Heat have won 14 of their last 16 games and now enter the NBA All-Star Game break.
     Miami(25-32) began with a 34-28 lead after one quarter and were still up 58-45 at halftime. Houston(40-18), who came into the contest with the third best record in the NBA and Western Conference, fell behind even more 88-73 after three quarters. The Rockets closed the deficit down to eight points in the fourth quarter. Hassan Whiteside compiled 23 points and 14 rebounds for Miami.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Magic Take Heat

     The Miami Heat returned home after a four-game road swing and lost to the Orlando Magic 116-107 at American Airlines Arena on Monday night. The Heat were defeated for the second straight game following a 13-game winning streak.
     Orlando(21-36), who entered the game with the second worst record in the Eastern Conference, moved out to a 36-28 lead after one quarter and were still ahead 60-57 at halftime. Miami(24-32), now two games out from a playoff spot, caught up to the Magic by the end of the third quarter as the contest was tied 87-87. Orlando pulled away as they outscored the Heat 29-20 in the final quarter.
     Dion Waiters had 23 points and Goran Dragic got 22 points for the Heat. Evan Fournier compiled a game-high 24 points for the Magic.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Alpha Media New 640 Sports Owner

     640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN-AM and 850 WFTL-AM has been acquired by Alpha Media from ACM JCE IV B LLC headed by Mark Jorgenson. Alpha Media had a local management agreement to operate the radio stations since August 2015 when they took over for Digity Media and Palm Beach Broadcasting by purchasing their radio stations in the West Palm Beach market.
     Jorgenson and his organization picked up 640 Sports in a bankruptcy court auction back in March 2015. It happened after James Crystal Enterprises declared chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2014. James Crystal was the owner of the station when it flipped to a sports talk format in March 2008.
     640 Sports currently has one local weekday show with Joe Raineri and Steve Zemach that have hosted morning drive since January 2016. It is the flagship station of Nova Southeastern University men's basketball along with being an affiliate of the Florida Panthers Radio Network and the New York Yankees Radio Network.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Heat Win Streak Ends At 13

     The Miami Heat had their 13-game win streak snapped by the Philadelphia 76ers 117-109 on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center. It ended the third longest winning streak for the Heat in franchise history. The Heat finished a four-game road trip with a 3-1 record and return home on Monday.
     Miami(24-31) started tied with the Sixers 27-27 before they fell behind 54-48 at halftime. Philadelphia((20-34) extended their margin to 84-76 after three quarters. The 76ers compiled a 10-1 run with 3:04 left to go up 110-97 for their largest lead of the game.

Panthers Pepper Predators

     The Florida Panthers began a five-game road trip with a 7-4 win over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The Panthers scored a season-high seven goals in a game. Vincent Trocheck played in his 200th NHL game.
     Jaromir Jagr scored his 10th goal of the season and compiled his 1,899th NHL point at 4:24 of the first period for Florida(24-20-10). Keith Yandle was credited with the primary assist and Jonathan Huberdeau got his first assist of the year.
     Nashville(26-21-8) evened it up 1-1 on the power play at 9:19. The Cats won the face-off in their own zone and tried to clear it out. Roman Jossi fired a slapshot from the blue line by Roberto Luongo for an unassisted goal.
     The Panthers made it 2-1 on their first power play in the contest at 5:52 of the second period. Reilly Smith connected a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone to Trocheck on the right side. He dashed into the right circle and dropped a pass across the slot to Jussi Jokinen where he snapped a shot by Pekka Rinne.
     The Predators once again tied it up at 6:56. Ryan Ellis released a wrist shot from the right point which was redirected in by Filip Forsberg from the slot area.
     The Cats responded with a quick tally 29 seconds later to regain the lead. Michael Sgarbossa carried the puck into the Nashville zone. Nick Bjugstad received it, went through the left circle and backhanded home a shot.
     Florida scored again at the 7:53 mark as Trocheck came in on a breakaway and snapped in a shot from the low slot. Rinne was pulled from net by the Predators and replaced by Juuse Saros.
     The avalanche continued as the Panthers scored their fourth goal in a 3:57 span. Aleksander Barkov won a face-off in the right circle went by one defender and put in a power-play goal at 9:53.
     The Preds cut the deficit on a shorthanded goal with 2:59 remaining in the second. Florida committed a turnover at center ice. Ryan Ellis streaked down the right side, zipped a cross-ice pass and Viktor Ardvisson blasted a one-time slapshot.
     In the third period, Huberdeau put in a high snap shot from the right circle off a feed by Michael Matheson from the right wing at 2:30 for his second tally this year.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Heat Top Nets

     The Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games as they defeated the Brooklyn Nets 108-99 at Barclays Center on Friday night. The current winning streak makes it the third longest in Heat franchise history. They also beat the Nets for the third time in the last two weeks during the streak.
     Brooklyn(9-45), who have the worst record in the NBA, stayed ahead after one quarter 22-20 and by halftime 53-49. Miami(24-30) bounced back in the second half and led 74-72 after three quarter before pulling away late in the fourth quarter. James Johnson put together 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Heat.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kings Pound Panthers

     The Florida Panthers came off their league-mandatory bye week and were blown out by the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Thursday night at BB&T Center. The Panthers attempted to sweep the homestand and had their season-high three-game winning streak snapped.
     The Cats wore their road white jerseys at home for the first time this season. The Kings packed up only their home black jerseys for their long road trip.
     It did not take long for Los Angeles(28-23-4) to take a 1-0 lead at 1:39. Dustin Brown scored a power-play goal from the goal line to the right of the Panthers cage. Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez were credited with assists on the play.
     The Kings increased their margin to 2-0 at 8:16. Tanner Pearson took a shot from the right circle which James Reimer saved, however Carter put in a wrist shot from the slot area for his 28th goal of the season.
     Florida(23-20-10) answered back at 12:04 to cut the deficit to 2-1. Vincent Trocheck placed a pass from the left corner to Nick Bjugstad on the end wall. He connected a cross-ice pass to Jussi Jokinen in the crease and he scored on a one-time shot.
     Los Angeles got back their two-goal cushion with 5:01 left in the first period on a 4-on-4 situation. Drew Doughty sent a lead pass into the Panthers zone to Tyler Toffoli and he ripped a slapshot from the top left circle for a goal. Reimer was replaced by Roberto Luongo in net for Florida after the tally.
     The Panthers were able to compile two goals in the third period when the lead was out of reach. Jonathan Marchesault nailed his 16th tally of the season at 11;09 from the low slot and Aleksander Barkov flicked in a shot from close range with 21.2 seconds remaining.
     In the second period, the Kings continued to roll with three goals before the midway point of the contest to make it 6-1. Brown centered the puck from the right corner and Pearson put in a snap shot from the top of the crease at 4:06. Brown passed Rob Blake for eighth all-time in Kings history with his 495th point. LA added another goal just 21 seconds later when Dwight King stuffed in a shot from the right of the crease.
     Carter put in his second tally of the game and 29th goal of the season at the 7:31 from the left circle on assists from Pearson and Brayden McNabb. Reimer returned to the net for the Cats and replaced Luongo after that goal.
     Florida compiled two goals during the third period when the game was out of hand. Jonathan Marchessault fired a shot from the low slot for his 16th goal at 11:09 and Aleksander Barkov scored from close range with 21.2 seconds remaining.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jiggs McDonald To Announce Panthers Game

     Former Florida Panthers radio voice Jiggs McDonald will return to Sunrise on Thursday night and announce the Panthers game against the Los Angeles Kings on Fox Sports West. He was slated to fill in for Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller for this specific game prior to the start of the regular season.
     McDonald was the second radio play-by-play announcer in Florida Panthers history when he replaced Chris Moore prior to the 1999-2000 season. He held that position for five seasons alongside Randy Moller and left after the 2003-04 season.
     McDonald was the first play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings. He worked there from 1967-68 until 1971-72. McDonald will do his first Kings game to be primarily aired in the Los Angeles market for the first time in 45 years.
     Following his work with the Kings, he became the first play-by-play voice of the Atlanta Flames. The Flames moved to Calgary in 1980 and McDonald joined the New York Islanders as their television voice on SportsChannel where he announced three Stanley Cup Champions He stayed in that position for the next 15 years and was replaced by Howie Rose. McDonald stepped in earlier this season and worked one home game for the Islanders against the Panthers on television back in December.

Heat Smash Bucks

     The Miami Heat continued their four-game road trip with a 106-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Heat improved their winning streak to 12 games.
     Miami(23-30) busted out to a 28-15 after one quarter and were up 55-44 at halftime. Milwaukee(22-29) fell behind 81-63 after three quarters and matched the Heat with 25 points during the fourth quarter. Hassan Whiteside compiled a double-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds for Miami.

Panthers To Wear White Jerseys At Home

     The Florida Panthers will wear their white jerseys at home for the first time this season on Thursday night when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at BB&T Center in Sunrise. It will be the first game for the Panthers in six days due to the league-mandated bye week.
     Florida gets the opportunity to show off their new road jerseys and shield to the South Florida crowd. The main reason is that the Kings packed only their home black jerseys for their long road trip.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Eric Lauzin At The Ticket

     Eric Lauzin is now employed at 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM. He was given the role of weekend producer/on-air sidekick on the Zack Duarte Show and has held that position for the last couple of months.
      Lauzin previously worked for Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He started as an intern in 2013 and was elevated to board operator and producer. Lauzin was also part of the Florida Panthers Radio Network as a board operator/producer for two seasons until 2016.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Heat Get By Timberwolves

     The Miami Heat held on to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-113 on Monday night at Target Center. The Heat extended their winning streak to 11 games. It is their longest win streak since they won 27 straight in 2012-13.
     Goran Dragic led Miami(22-30) with 33 points and nine assists in the contest. The Heat moved out to a 40-33 lead after one quarter and had a 14-point margin of 71-57 at halftime. Minnesota(19-33) fought their way back during the second half and were down 93-88 after three quarters. The Heat held off the Timberwolves in the last minute of the game.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Locals Win Super Bowl LI

     Two players with local South Florida roots helped the New England Patriots pull off a 25-point comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at Super Bowl LI on Sunday night in Houston. Running back James White and quarterback Jacoby Brissett were on the Patriots roster.
     White scored the winning touchdown to end the first overtime in Super Bowl history. He has not been the primary running back on any team going back to high school. White was a running back for St. Thomas Aquinas and won two FHSAA Class 5A state titles with them in 2007 and 2008.   He landed at Wisconsin to play college football before being drafted by the Patriots in 2014. It was the second Super Bowl title for White.
     Brissett was picked by the Patriots in the third round during the 2016 NFL Draft. He did start one game for New England during the early part of the regular season while Tom Brady was suspended. Brissett played for the Dwyer Panthers and led the school to the FHSAA Class 4A state championship in 2009. He played college football at Florida and North Carolina State.

Heat Wins 10th Straight Game

     The Miami Heat won their 10th consecutive game as they blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 125-102 on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. They were victorious at home for the eighth straight game.
     Miami(21-30) blasted out to a 32-17 lead after one quarter and were up 64-52 at halftime. Philadelphia(18-32) fell further behind 100-85 after three quarters before outscoring the Heat by two points in the fourth. Hassan Whiteside led Miami with a double-double of 30 points and 20 rebounds in 27 minutes of play.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Jason Taylor Elected To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

     Former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. He will be inducted with six others in early August during a ceremony held in Canton, Ohio.
     Taylor played the majority of his NFL career with the Dolphins in three different stints from 1997-2007, 2009 and 2011. He also played one season each with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets.
     He had 139.5 career sacks which in sixth all-time in NFL history. Taylor had 131 quarterback sacks in 204 games with the Dolphins and only missed four games in 13 seasons with Miami. He also set the NFL record with six fumble recoveries returned for a touchdown.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Huberdeau Returns As Panthers Top Ducks

     Jonathan Huberdeau made his season debut and scored the game-winning goal as the Florida Panthers knocked off the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Friday night at BB&T Center. Aleksander Barkov also returned to the lineup and played his first game since December 27. The Panthers reached a three-game winning streak for the first time this season.
      Anaheim(28-16-9) broke out to a 1-0 lead at 9:39 of the first period. Hampus Lindholm put in his fourth tally of the year with an assist from Antoine Vermette. It was the 18th point in 28 career games for Vermette against the Cats.
      Florida(23-19-10) bounced back just 13 seconds later when Reilly Smith scored his 10th goal of the season. Jason Demers and Keith Yandle were credited with assists on the play.
      The Panthers got the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1 with 4:58 left in the second period. Huberdeau was able to get his first goal of the 2016-17 campaign off a feed from Barkov.

Vincent Viola Withdraws From Secretary Of The Army

     Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola has withdrawn his nomination to become the next United States Secretary Of The Army. He was nominated by President Donald Trump for the position back in December.
     Viola will return to be the primary owner of the Panthers alongside Doug Cifu. Both of them purchased the hockey franchise in September 2013.

Ryan Maguire On National Poll

     Barrett Sports Media has named Ryan Maguire of Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM as the 18th best program director of any sports talk format radio station in 2016. He has been the program director at WQAM since May 2015.
     Maguire was the program director at KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh from November 2012 until April 2015 prior to his arrival in Miami. He had worked in the same position at several other radio stations in the United States which included WTKA-AM along with WLBY-AM in Ann Arbor, WSSP-AM in Milwaukee and KCSP-AM in Kansas City.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dan Le Batard And Evan Cohen On National Poll

     Local personalities were chosen by Barrett Sports Media to be on the 2016 list for top 20 best national sports shows in the United States. One was Dan Le Batard with Stugotz and the other was Evan Cohen.
     Dan Le Batard and Stugotz were listed fourth nationally for their midday show on ESPN Radio. They also have a one-hour local program that airs on 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM prior to their national simulcast. Le Batard and Stugotz began as an afternoon drive show on The Ticket in August 2004.
     Evan Cohen was tied 20th nationally for his morning show called Morning Men with Mike Babchik at Mad Dog Radio on SiriusXM Radio. Cohen also does a local afternoon program on ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM. He has done a radio show for Good Karma Broadcasting for a decade.

Entercom Merging With CBS Radio

     An agreement has been made for Entercom Communications to merge with CBS Radio later on this year. Both corporations own several South Florida radio stations as CBS Radio has three entities while Entercom has four. The name for all seven stations would be under Entercom should it be approved by shareholders of both corporations and the Federal Communications Commission.
     Both organizations have something in common as they own a sports format radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market. CBS Radio acquired Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM in October 2014 from Beasley Broadcasting. Entercom picked up 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in July 2015 from Lincoln Financial Media. WQAM has run an all-sports format since April 1993 while The Ticket started in August 2004.
     There is a number of possibilities how this situation could end should the merger go through. Both sports stations could stay intact as two separate organizations, merge together as one station or eliminate one of them by flipping the format. It certainly would have a dramatic effect on the job status of on-air talent, producers, board operators, engineers and business personnel at both radio stations.

Heat Rout Hawks

     The Miami Heat pounded the Atlanta Hawks 116-93 on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games and have won seven straight home games.
     Atlanta(28-21) started the contest on a 7-2 spurt, however Miami(20-30) bounced back with nine unanswered points and led 29-22 after the first quarter. The Heat never surrendered the lead for the rest of the game. They were up 62-57 at halftime and 94-81 after three quarters. Goran Dragic had a team-high 27 points along with five assists and five rebounds.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

National Signing Day Broward County 2017

     It was national signing day for all high school football players in Broward County on Wednesday. They will get the opportunity to show off their talent playing college football. Some of them have won state championships and district titles while at the high school level.
     The school that had the most commitments in the local region came from St. Thomas Aquinas. They have won the last three consecutive FHSAA Class 7A state titles. The large amount of their offense includes quarterback Jake Allen as he selected Florida along with running back Mike Epstein who signed with Illinois and running back Kyshaun Allen going to Iowa. The wide receiver core had Trevon Grimes go to Ohio State, Mike Harley to Miami, Joshua Palmer to Tennessee, Jordan Merrell to FAU and Jonathan Moore to Kent State.
     Their defense has linebacker Tyler Dunning going to Mississippi State, defensive tackle Kivon Bennett to Tennessee, defensive end Leshawn Paulino-Bell to Michigan State and linebacker Drew White to Notre Dame. Offensive lineman Kedonis Haslem, son of Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem decided to attend Toledo.
     American Heritage captured the Class 5A championship last year and have won three state titles in the last four years. They have their share of players heading to the next level. Offensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton went with Florida, offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert headed for Miami and defensive back Marco Wilson along with linebacker James Houston selected Florida.
     Alabama was able to recruit two local players with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy from Deerfield Beach and defensive back Daniel Wright from Boyd Anderson. Wright is the younger brother of Major Wright who once played football for St. Thomas Aquinas and Florida. Deerfield Beach wide receiver Leroy Henley moves on to East Carolina and wide receiver Daewood Davis heads to Oregon.
     Flanagan defensive back Stanford Samuels decided to attend Florida State. His teammate wide receiver Clevan Thomas leaves for Kentucky. Both helped the Falcons win their first state football title in 2015.
     Dillard have two players moving to the next level. Defensive end Jordan Wright heads to Kentucky while defensive tackle Jonathan Ford goes to Miami.
     Chaminade-Madonna got to the Class 3A state title game in 2016. Running back Shaun Shivers lands at Auburn, wide receiver Joshua Ali goes to Kentucky and quarterback Henry Columbi picked Utah State.

National Signing Day Palm Beach County 2017

     Wednesday was national signing day for high school football players in Palm Beach County. Many of them will have an impact in college football over the next couple of years.
     Dwyer has been one of the top large school programs in the local area and have a large contingent who made commitments. Quarterback Toddy Centerio signed with Temple, running back Jakari Moses selected Western Kentucky, linebacker Raven Saunders chose North Carolina State, Cedrick Dort moves to Kentucky and linebacker Jamal Gates stays local at FIU.
     Their cross-town rivals Palm Beach Gardens also had several high profile players. Linebacker VanDarius Cowan decided on Alabama, wide receiver Jerry Drake, Jr. shifts to Pittsburgh, quarterback Eli Mathews goes to Keiser and safety Amari Carter heads to Miami. Lake Worth defensive end Jonathan Garvin will join him with the Hurricanes. 
     Glades Central were represented by quarterback James Blackman who stays in the state and named Florida State while wide receiver Quantino Allen goes to Oregon State.
     American Heritage had defensive back Jarques McClellion at Arkansas, running back Alec Sinkfield to West Virginia, linebacker Willie Hampton at Nebraska, defensive back Josh Turner to Iowa, defensive end Noah Curtis to FIU and offensive lineman Pierre Michel to Keiser.
     Palm Beach Lakes wide receiver D.J. Edwards ends up at Purdue and Atlantic safety Marquis Waters finds Duke. Suncoast defensive end K'Jakyre Daley selected Oklahoma.
     Oxbridge Academy had defensive tackle Tyler Williams go to Wake Forest, defensive back Traivon Leonard to Auburn, offensive lineman Robert Holmes to Connecticut and defensive lineman Simeon Phillips to Keiser.