“Book Talk” guest Torchy Smith author “Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars”

Doug Miles talks with Torchy Smith author “Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars” on “Talk Across America”. Book available here: https://amzn.to/2WngvIa





Bradenton Marauders to Open 10th Season April 4th vs. the St. Lucie Mets

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will open the 10th season in franchise history beginning Thursday, April 4th against the Pt. St. Lucie Mets on the road. The team’s home opener in Bradenton is Saturday, April 6 also against the St. Lucie Mets, with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night features the ZOOperstars troupe of inflatable entertainers who will take the field between innings. Each of the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Marauders in the Majors Deck of Playing cards. After the game there will be a fireworks show from Zambelli Fireworks. Each Saturday game will also feature Baseball Bingo.

During the game, a used baseball equipment sale will be held inside the ballpark. Equipment used by Pirates players during Spring Training at Pirate City and LECOM Park will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit Pirates Charities.

Marauders fans have their first chance to meet the Marauders at LECOM Park on April 2. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be attended by every player and the coaching staff. A formal announcement of the roster will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m., followed by an autograph session on the field. There is no charge to enter the event.

Sunday, April 7 features the first Kids Fun Run of the season. After the game all fans 12 and younger can take part in a fun run around the bases. The game begins at 1:00 with gates opening at noon. Sunday games at LECOM Park will include “kids concessions stands” focused on providing food options for younger fans, as well as opportunities to spin the prize wheel and win Marauders prizes.

The LECOM Park ticket office opens for the season on Tuesday, April 2. It will be open on Tuesday-Friday non-gamedays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. On gamedays the box office will be open on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until the end of the game and on weekends from two hours before first pitch until the end of the game. The box office will open two hours prior to any 10:30 a.m. games.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders visit www.BradentonMarauders.com





USF Defeats Utah Valley 66-57 in CBI Tournament Advances to Semifinals

(Tampa, FL) Alexis Yetna made more program history during his 13th double-double of the season while USF advanced to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals with a 66-57 victory over Utah Valley in Tampa Monday night.

USF (21-13) now gets to host a third CBI game against Loyola Marymount Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center in Tampa.

Yetna helped the Bulls advance by posting a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds on a memorable night for the star forward. USF’s freshman rebounding record-holder became the fifth Bull in school history to grab at least 300 boards in a season and now ranks fourth on USF’s all-time chart with 308. The Bulls also set the school’s new single-season rebounding record with 1,322.

Sophomore David Collins followed up his 31-point, seven-steal performance in the first round of the CBI with 17 points and five steals in Monday’s quarterfinal against Utah Valley (25-10).
Redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau added 14 points and four steals to help extend USF’s first postseason run since 2012.

Monday’s first-ever meeting between USF and Utah Valley was close at the break before the Bulls pulled away in the second half to set the school’s new season record for home wins with 16.

USF used a 7-0 run to grab an eight-point advantage, but Utah Valley responded with a 7-0 run of its own to cut the Bulls’ lead to 33-32 by halftime. On top of passing the 300-rebound mark, Yetna had a perfect 15-point first half by going 6-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Up by two after the break, Collins made two straight three-pointers and Antun Maricevic added another to spark a 16-2 run that pumped the Bulls’ lead up to 16 points with less than six minutes remaining. The Wolverines didn’t get back within single digits until the final seconds.





Baltimore Orioles Spring Attendance Hits 100K Mark for 9th Time in 10 Seasons in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) With today’s crowd of 7,357 for this season’s Spring Training finale at Ed Smith Stadium against the N.Y. Mets, the Baltimore Orioles have drawn a total of 103,167 fans for 16 home games in Sarasota. It is the ninth time in 10 seasons that the Orioles have welcomed more than 100,000 fans at Ed Smith Stadium. Since moving Major League operations to Sarasota, 1,091,516 fans have enjoyed Orioles Spring Training baseball in Sarasota.

The Orioles recorded five sellouts this spring, including drawing a crowd of 8,623 on Wednesday, March 20 against Boston, the fifth-highest single-game attendance total at Ed Smith Stadium. On average, the club welcomed 6,448 fans per game, finishing among the top teams in Grapefruit League attendance.





Joe Garagiola Interview with Doug Miles WSRQ Radio 2008

As the major league baseball season gets underway, a look back at one of the great broadcasters of the game, Joe Garagiola. This interview is from 2008.





USF Advances in CBI Tourney with 82-79 OT Win Over Stony Brook in Tampa Wednesday

(Tampa, FL) David Collins scored a career-high 31 points and USF erased a 25-point deficit en route to an 82-79 overtime victory over Stony Brook Wednesday evening in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational.

Alexis Yetna added 15 points and 14 rebounds to post his league-leading 12th double-double of the season, and Michael Durr finished with 13 points and four rebounds to help USF secure its first postseason victory since the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Jaron Cornish led Stony Brook with 21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Akwasi Yeboah scored 19 points and Miles Latimer had 14 off the bench.

Stony Brook (24-9) used a 33-6 run during the first half to build a 48-23 lead and hand the Bulls their second-largest deficit of the season. USF scored the final seven points of the half, including six from Collins (Youngstown, Ohio), to trim the Seawolves’ advantage to 18 heading into halftime.

USF (20-13) opened the second half on a 22-6 run and clawed within two points on a pair of free throws from Yetna at the 9:32 mark. The Bulls would pull even with Stony Brook three more times thereafter before finally taking the lead on a basket by Laquincy Rideau with 3:15 remaining.

Anthony Ochefu gave Stony Brook a 66-64 edge with 1:17 left on two free throws, but Collins answered on the other end for USF to tie the game at 66. Collins nearly ended the game in regulation seconds later after stealing the ball at midcourt, but his potential game-winning layup was reviewed and deemed after the buzzer.

Collins opened overtime with a three-pointer and USF never trailed in the extra session on its way to the program’s fifth 20-win season in program history. Stony Brook got to within one point in the final minute, but USF hit five free throws over the final 24 seconds to seal the victory.

USF advances to face Utah Valley in the CBI quarterfinals Monday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center in Tampa.





Big Band Files with Doug Miles guest singer/actress Eartha Kitt

In this Big Band Files classic, Doug Miles talks with actress and singer Eartha Kitt who was scheduled to perform in Sarasota back in 2006. Also an interview with James Kaplan who wrote a book with Jerry Lewis titled “Dean and Me”. Originally aired WIBQ, now WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL.





“Sports Talk” guest Orlando Magic VP Pat Williams author “Character Carved in Stone”

Doug Miles and Don Henderson talk with Orlando Magic Sr. VP Pat Williams about his newest book “Character Carved in Stone: The 12 Core Virtues of West Point That Build Leaders and Produce Success” as aired on “Sports Talk” in Sarasota, FL. Book can be ordered in the Amazon box below:





USF Bulls to Host Stonybrook in CBI Tournament Opener

(Tampa, FL) The USF men’s basketball team has been selected to play in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational and will host Stony Brook Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center.

The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a single-elimination tournament consisting of 16 teams that compete on home courts. The championship is determined through a best two-out-of-three series format featuring the final two teams that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The 2019 CBI field includes USF, Stony Brook, West Virginia, Grand Canyon, Coastal Carolina, Howard, Utah Valley, Cal State Northridge, DePaul, Central Michigan, Longwood, Southern Miss, Cal Baptist, Loyola Marymount, Brown and UAB.

The Bulls will be competing in the postseason for the 12th time in program history and making their first appearance in the CBI. USF has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and eight trips to the NIT.

Individually, redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau was named the 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year to become the first such winner in USF school history. Forward Alexis Yetna was tabbed the 2019 AAC Freshman of the Year to mark the first time USF has featured a Freshman of the Year since 1979, when the Bulls were a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Sophomore David Collin and Rideau were both named All-Conference Third Team to become the first two Bulls in AAC history to be named all-conference. Yetna was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, joining Collins as the only two Bulls in school history to be named to the AAC all-freshman team.

Stony Brook (24-8, 12-4) finished in second place in the America East Conference but was upset in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by Binghamton. The Seawolves are led by First Team All-Conference member Akwasi Yeboah, who led the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) during the campaign that featured wins over a Southeastern Conference opponent (South Carolina) and a pair of Atlantic 10 opponents (Rhode Island and George Washington). Stony Brook also defeated Northern Iowa, who advanced to the championship game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Stony Brook also features the Sixth Man of the Year in the America East, redshirt-sophomore Andrew Garcia and the Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore Jeff Otchere.

USF season ticket members will receive an email Sunday night allowing them the opportunity to keep their same seats for Wednesday’s game. Single-game tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday at noon and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. All 100 level seats can be purchased for $17 and all 200 level seats will be sold for $12. USF students will receive free admission thanks to the generosity of the USF Bulls Club members. USF will also provide a live BullsVision video stream of the game on www.GoUSFBulls.com and it can be heard live on 820 AM and the Bulls Unlimited channel on iHeartRadio.





Spring Training Report Sarasota 3-17-19 MLB Rule Changes

Don Henderson and Doug Miles broadcast from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on St. Patrick’s Day. Topics include MLB rule changes, Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees.