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Quinton Flowers Five Touchdowns leads USF over UConn 42-27 in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) Quinton Flowers ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to lead the USF Bulls to a 42-27 American Athletic Conference victory over the UConn Huskies Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Despite four turnovers for the Bulls, the win keeps USF (6-1, 3-0) undefeated in the AAC and in first place in the East Division.

“We can play better”, Bulls Head Coach Willie Taggart, said. “We had 4 turnovers and still won the game.”

Trailing 17-14 early in the third quarter, USF rallied with four touchdowns the rest of the way to secure bowl eligibility and maintain the top spot in its division.

Quarterback Quinton Flowers gave the Bulls its first lead when he zig-zagged his way to a 54-yard touchdown run on the Bulls second play on offense.

“It was like watching a video game”, his coach Willie Taggart joked after the game.

Flowers would score two additional touchdowns on the ground and toss for two more. The junior signal caller had a career night rushing for 157 yards on 16 carries and completing 23 of 37 passes for 213 yards. The only downside to his game was a pair of interceptions.

Marlon Mack scored on a 34 yard run with 2:57 left in the game to break the 100-yard rushing barrier for the 17th time in his USF career. Mack carried the ball 16 times for 107 yards and also caught six passes for 75 yards.

UConn (3-4, 1-3) quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for a pair of touchdowns while connecting on 22 of 39 passes for 306 yards. Arkeel Newsome led the Huskies ground game tallying 72 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.

The Bulls have a short week as they continue their AAC schedule next Friday night on the road in Philadelphia against Temple in a 7:00 PM kickoff. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN.

Bull Shots

Tonight’s game was broadcast nationwide on CBS Sports Network.

Tonight’s win was the fifth straight for USF over UConn.

UConn last played in the Tampa Bay area in last December’s St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field, losing to Marshall 16-10.

Uniform Shuffle: The Bulls wore pink accents on their all green uniforms and white helmets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tonight’s win makes the USF bowl eligible for the second earliest time in school history. The Bulls won their sixth game on October 13, 2007 against UCF.

Marlon Mack had his 17th career 100-yard rushing game tonight to go over 3000 yards in his USF career.

Before tonight, the last nine games between USF and UConn had been decided by 8 points or less.

Last year (Oct. 17, 2015) the Bulls defeated the Huskies 28-20 in Hartford, CT.

The Bulls play their next two games on Friday nights. Next week (Oct. 21) at Temple and (Oct. 28) against Navy at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.



Tampa Bay’s WFTS-TV to launch Laff Network and Grit Network broadcasts on new digital channels

(Tampa Bay, FL) WFTS-TV, Tampa Bay’s ABC affiliate announced the launch of two new networks to air on the station’s digital side channels today. “As the LiveWell Network sunsets, we are excited for our new D2 station and the launch of our D3 station beginning Wed 4/15 at 8am.”

WFTS 28.2 will carry Laff TV. Laff TV is the country’s first broadcast television station with comedy around-the-clock.

WFTS 28.3 will carry Grit TV. Grit TV is the home for your favorite bold, brave and legendary action heroes!

See more about the Digitial Channel of WFTS: http://www.abcactionnews.com/about-us
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Doug Miles Media to Broadcast Tampa Bay H.S. Football Game of the Week Online For 2014 Season

Doug Miles and Ed Schneider to call Tampa Bay High School Game of the Week

(Sarasota, FL) Milestone Productions will produce online broadcasts of a Tampa Bay High School Football Game of the Week series for the 2014 season beginning Friday August 22nd with a Kickoff Classic game featuring the North Port Bobcats vs. Booker Tornadoes from Sarasota, FL at 7:30 p.m. Games will be broadcast live on Friday nights via Ustream.tv and podcasts will be posted at www.dougmilesmedia.com.

Doug Miles will handle the play-by-play duties and Ed Schneider will be the color analyst. This is the second season Miles and Schneider will call a “game of the week” series in Tampa Bay. Doug Miles has also called games for Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton Prep, Sarasota, Booker and Venice High Schools and is the play-by-play announcer for the Sarasota Millionaires Football team in the Florida Football Alliance. Schneider has been color analyst on Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Millionaires broadcasts in addition to the Game of the Week series.

Doug Miles and Ed Schneider
Doug Miles and Ed Schneider

Video postgame shows will be available on YouTube and MaxPreps.com. A weekly preview and recap show will air on BlogTalkRadio.com and podcast on www.dougmilesmedia.com. The complete broadcast schedule (subject to change) is available at www.dougmilesmedia.com. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available.

Schedule of games (Subject to change as season progresses):
08/22/2014 7:30 pm North Port vs. Booker at Booker High School
08/29/2014 7:30 pm Booker vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School
09/05/14 7:30 pm Bayshore vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School
09/12/14 7:30 pm Venice vs. Riverview at Riverview High School
09/19/14 7:30 pm Braden River vs. Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch High School (DISTRICT)
09/26/14 7:30 pm Manatee vs. Southeast at Southeast High School
10/02/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Braden River at Braden River High School (DISTRICT)
10/10/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Venice at Venice High School
10/17/14 7:30 pm North Port vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School (DISTRICT)
10/24/14 7:30 pm Palmetto vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School (DISTRICT)
10/31/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Lakewood Ranch at Lakewood Ranch High School (DISTRICT)
11/07/14 7:30 pm Riverview vs. Sarasota Sailors at Sarasota High School
11/14/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS) TBA
11/21/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS TBA
11/28/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS) TBA

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WWBA 820 AM Debuts New Morning Drive Show

(Tampa Bay, FL) Tampa Bay talker WWBA 820 AM debuted a new morning drive show “Your Wake Up Call” (6-10AM) this week co-hosted by Chris Markowski and Jenna Laine with Robert Pankau as news anchor and Kurt Shriner as entertainment reporter.

Markowski has been hosting the syndicated weekend show “Watchdog on Wall Street” for the past several years. Jenna Laine comes to the new morning show from “Sports Talk Florida” where she covered the Tampa Bay Bucs.

“Your Wake Up Call” will also be aired on the Genesis Communications station in Orlando, WAMT.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be covering all the important news and events in one of the most important areas in the country, the Tampa Bay, Orlando and the entire I-4 corridor,” Chris Markowski said.

“Whether it’s news or sports, the one constant for me as a journalist has always been people,” Jenna Laine said. “I love telling your stories and I care very much about issues that affect our communities.”

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Gayle Sierens to Retire from WFLA-TV in May 2015

(Tampa Bay, FL) In the wake of three other retirement announcements of longtime Tampa Bay news anchors, Gayle Sierens said she would be leaving WFLA-TV/NewsChannel 8 in May 2015 after a 38-year stint at the station. She will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast through the end of 2014 and continue anchoring the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts until May 20, 2015, her last scheduled day at WFLA-TV.

Sierens joins John Wilson and Anne Dwyer (WTVT-TV) and Yolanda Fernandez (WFLA-TV) in announcing their departures from Tampa Bay television after long stints with their respective stations.

“I am so grateful to live out my career in the town where I grew up. Who gets to do that?” Sierens said. “I am truly excited for this next phase of my life. I have worked the night shift for more than three decades. I’m eager to go to bed at a normal time, and have time to travel with my husband and children. I’m even hoping to improve on my golf game, and looking forward to more time to volunteer in our community.”

When she joined WFLA-TV/News Channel 8 in 1977, Sierens was a weekend sports anchor/reporter and became the 11 p.m. weekday sports anchor in 1983. In October of 1985, Sierens made the transition from sportscaster to news anchor. On Dec. 27, 1987, she called the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL game on NBC becoming the first woman to do play-by-play for a National Football League game. Marty Glickman, who is credited with being a pioneer in radio and later TV play-by-play, was assigned to coach Gayle Sierens for that assignment.

Sierens began her career at WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, Fla. She received a B.S. degree in mass communications from Florida State University. She was the winner of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s “Loebenberg Humanitarian Award.” She was also named Humanitarian of the Year by the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. The Association of Fundraising Professionals created the “Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year” award in her honor. She was named a “Woman of Distinction” by Girl Scouts of America, Suncoast chapter.

Gayle Sierens and her husband, Mike, have been married for 26 years and have two sons, Cam and Luke, and a daughter, Maddie.

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