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Don Henderson talks with Orioles Ass’t GM Lee Thomas at spring training in Sarasota, FL.

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East West Shrine game recap 2018

Doug Miles recaps the 2018 East West Shrine game from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg FL. 1/20/18.

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Book Talk guest Sridhar Pappu author The Year of the Pitcher

Doug Miles talks with Sridhar Pappu author “The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age” on “Talk Across America”. Book available here: http://amzn.to/2zTkyju


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FIU and Temple to Play in 2017 Gasparilla Bowl at Tropicana Field

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl has announced that FIU (8-4, 5-3) from Conference-USA and Temple (6-6, 4-4) from the American Athletic Conference have accepted invitations to play in this year’s game.

The tenth edition of the bowl game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.

Tickets for the 2017 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl are available for online purchase from Tickets.com.

FIU won its eighth game of the season on Saturday defeating UMass 63-45, tying the 2011 team for the most wins in an FIU season. Ironically that season also resulted in a bowl trip to St. Petersburg. The Panthers, then in the Sun Belt Conference and led by future NFL star T.Y. Hilton, was upended by Marshall 20-10.

“We’re very excited to be headed to the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl,” said FIU head coach Butch Davis. “Our guys have worked really hard this year, and I’m proud that we’ll end this season in a bowl.”

Temple, which won three of its final four games, including a season-ending 43-22 road win over Tulsa, is making its first bowl trip to St. Petersburg. First-year head coach Geoff Collins returns to familiar territory in Florida. Collins was the defensive coordinator at Florida in 2016. He served as FIU’s defensive coordinator in 2010 and was the linebackers coach for UCF when the Knights played Rutgers in the 2009 bowl game in St. Petersburg.

“We are very excited to participate in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl and we are certainly looking forward to spending time in St. Petersburg to see all it has to offer,” said Collins.

“It’s always great to have two teams coming to our game after closing the regular season with big, dominating wins,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. “We look forward to providing FIU and Temple with a terrific bowl experience that includes fun times and rewarding community involvement programs.

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is owned-and-operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

While the game is the headliner event, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl activities start a few days prior. This year the teams, their alumni and students will start arriving in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Dec., 17, for the numerous bowl-related festivities leading up to kick-off. These events, which are free and open to the public, include the Battle at the Beach (Dec. 19) and the Fan Invasion (Dec. 21).

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Book Talk guest Sean Avery former NHL player, author Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey

Doug Miles talks with former NHL player Sean Avery about his book “Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey” on “Talk Across America”. (www.dougmilesmedia.com). Book available here: http://amzn.to/2i6DhkO.


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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2018 Spring Training Home Schedule in Sarasota, FL

The Baltimore Orioles announced their 2018 Grapefruit League home schedule, which opens on Friday, February 23 when they host the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL at 1:05 p.m. ET. The club will wrap up its Grapefruit League home schedule on Saturday, March 24, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at 6:05 p.m.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Tuesday, February 13, while the full-squad report date is set for Sunday, February 18. The 2018 season will mark the Orioles’ ninth consecutive Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s eighth at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles will face 10 different Major League opponents during the club’s 16-game home schedule. The Orioles will play the Tampa Bay Rays three times at Ed Smith Stadium and the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals each once at home.

The Orioles will also play four evening games at Ed Smith Stadium, February 24, and March 11, 20, and 24, with all night games beginning at 6:05 p.m.
Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Fans interested in Season Plans, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information, may call the Orioles Spring Training office in Sarasota at 941-893-6300. Fans interested in suite rentals or pregame party facilities should call 941-893-6317. More information regarding Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota is available at www.orioles.com/spring.

In the eight years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than 885,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium.

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Book Talk guest Kevin Cook author Electric October about the 1947 World Series

Doug Miles talks with Kevin Cook author “Electric October, Seven World Series Games, Six Live, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever” about the 1947 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and NY Yankees. “Talk Across America”. You may order the book by clicking here: http://amzn.to/2ylORlF


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SW Florida H.S. Football Scoreboard Show Week 2 9/2/17

Doug Miles recaps the scores in week 2 of the high school football season in Sarasota/Manatee counties and looks at the schedule for week 3.


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