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ABC Action News I-Team Wins Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism

(Tampa, FL) An ABC Action News I-Team investigation was honored with a prestigious, national award from The Society of Professional Journalists. The comprehensive, in-depth coverage titled “Incapacitated: Florida's Guardianship Program” was recognized with the highly respected Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism. ABC Action News was the only large-market TV news organization in the United States to receive this award this year for investigative reporting.

This comes just days after the journalists of the Associated Press awarded the same investigation as being the “best investigative reporting” in the state of Florida.

The SPJ judges’ comments reinforce the commitment ABC Action News puts on quality journalism and investigations that make a difference in peoples’ lives.

“Very strong story that not only exposed harm done to individual victims of the Guardianship program, but also made the case for institutional reforms to prevent injustices in the future.”

“Thoroughly reported, well written, shot and edited.”

 “A real service to the entire community.”

 “Excellent job!”

The ABC Action News I-Team, specifically Adam Walser, Fran Gilpin, Randy Wright and Doug Iten, first started looking into Florida's Guardianship Program after learning 99-year-old William Berchau had been placed in an Alzheimer's unit by his guardian, despite strong evidence from those who know him best that he didn't belong there. In Florida, guardians are not required to get appraisals before selling wards' homes or required to be accompanied while doing initial inventories of personal possessions. Often, relatives aren't allowed to review what reportedly came out of their loved ones' homes. Judges, in some cases, have disregarded signed legal documents that delegated powers-of-attorney, medical decision-making and other legal authorities to their relatives before wards were incapacitated. The ABC Action News I-Team interviewed friends and family members of wards, experts in the guardian field and others to get a deeper sense of what's going on within this system that remains invisible to most members of the public.

For more on the investigation, the troubles with the guardianship program, personal stories and resources to help those in the bay area, follow this link:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/i-team/florida-guardianship-program

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932. The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

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Sarasota Open Men’s Tournament Results, April 15, 2014 and Order of Play for April 16, 2014

(Longboat Key, FL) The second day of main draw action at the Sarasota Open saw Donald Young (USA) defeat Alex Zverev (GER) and Alex Bogomolov, Jr (RUS) defeat Gianni Mina (FRA).  Mischa Zverev (GER) beat out Bobby Reynolds (USA) to head in to tomorrow’s line-up.

Wednesday’s featured charity is the Center for Building Hope.

RESULTS - APRIL 15, 2014 Men's Singles - First Round

 [1] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) d [Q] G Mina (FRA) 7-5, 6-3

 [2] D Young (USA) d [Q] A Zverev (GER) 6-4, 7-5

 A Arnaboldi (ITA) d [3] J Sock (USA) 5-7, 7-6 (4) 6-1

 [WC] D Kosakowski (USA) d [4] M Russell (USA) 6-2, 6-3

 J Ward (GBR) d [7] F Bagnis (ARG) 6-2, 6-2

 [8] P Polansky (CAN) d I Bozoljac (SR 7-6 (2) 7-6 (5)

 F Krajinovic (SR d [WC] S Bangoura (USA) 6-4, 6-2

 F Dustov (UZ d R Williams (USA) 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5)

 G Melzer (AUT) d [Q] N Nakagawa (JPN) 6-1, 6-3

 [Q] A Veic (CRO) d I Marchenko (UKR) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

 J McGee (IRL) d [WC] M Styslinger (USA) 7-6 (1) 6-1

 M Zverev (GER) d B Reynolds (USA) 6-3, 6-3

ORDER OF PLAY - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 Center Court start 11:00 AM

 J Kerr (AUS) / A Kuznetsov (USA) vs [2] M Draganja (CRO) / H Kontinen (FIN)

Not Before 12:30

 M Zverev (GER) vs [2] D Young (USA)

 R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs N Kyrgios (AUS)

Not Before 18:30

 T Daniel (JPN) vs F Dancevic (CAN)

Court 4 start 11:00 AM

 [WC] J Jenkins (USA) / M Styslinger (USA) vs R Junaid (AUS) / A Shamasdin (CAN)

Not Before 12:00

 A Arnaboldi (ITA) vs G Melzer (AUT)

 R Bemelmans (BEL) / M Russell (USA) vs J Cerretani (USA) / A Siljestrom (SWE)

 [4] G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER) vs A Arnaboldi (ITA) / A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)

 N Monroe (USA) / D Young (USA) vs [3] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR)

 [1] S Lipsky (USA) / M Venus (NZL) vs [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) / F Skugor (CRO) 00

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Sarasota Millionaires fall to Bradenton Gladiators 18-8 in playoffs to end season

(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Millionaires 2014 season ended with an 18-8 loss to the Bradenton Gladiators Saturday night in the first round of the Florida Football Alliance playoffs. The Millionaires struggled to find an offense this season and never quite got it going at full tilt despite finishing the regular season with a 5-5 record. One of the best storylines from covering the team was Mike Lynch, 64-year old sports marketing professional who fulfilled his dream to play one more season of organized football. The following was written by Lynch as a farewell to his team.

“It all started almost two years ago for me. A thought that ignited a small flame in my heart that grew to a blazing desire to return to the gridiron. I remember walking into the first meeting on November 19, I was just proud that I had gotten that far in the process after busting it for almost a year in preparation for the crucible ahead. Forty practices and 11 games later and it was all over. It all seems like a dream because it was a dream. It was just a dream that I had the pleasure of living day in and day out for five months with some men that have changed my life, the players and coaches and owners of the Sarasota Millionaires. My friends.

It was time for it all to end. We had started the season with 45 to 50 players and by last night we were down to 24. Some had signed pro contracts, some were hurt, some had fell from grace. The Bradenton Gladiators took the field with twice our numbers on a beautiful night for football. It was a playoff game; winner moves on, loser goes home.

We had players that step up to play positions they did not play during the season and they played both ways on offense and defense. From the first snap Bradenton knew the Millionaires, even short on numbers, had brought hell with them. Bodies flew all over the field and I know you could hear the hits on Highway 41, two miles away. At the half it was Gladiators, 11 and the Millionaires, 8.

A mistake by one of our fearless punt returners just as momentum was flowing our way, sealed our fate in the fourth quarter. No matter how hard we played, no matter how hard we hit, the hand of fate mocked our every attempt to kiss the goddess of victory.

I remember looking up at the clock as it ticked off tenths of seconds in the last minute and I felt a little lump well up in my throat. I wished the clock would have stopped and we could have had the longest time out ever in football. So we all could have just breathed in every last bit of what was taking place right there. Which was young men, and one old one just, playing a game they love as their family and friends cheered them on in a game of absolutely no consequence to anyone except those 70 football players, coaches and fans. I did not want it to end, but I knew it was time for it to.

As soon as it was over one of the best players on our team, Roc Rosen came over to me and said, " I am sorry, Lynch, we could not win it for you, I loved playing with you". There are tears welling up in my eyes as I write this. I told him that I loved him and that these last five months were the best of a long and wonderful life. A bunch of players came up to me and said the same thing that Roc had said.

I hugged and said goodbye to each and every player and told them what an honor and pleasure it was for me to play with them. I know I will never play another down of football with them again, but I know this story is not over... it has to be told.

I am both sad and happy that it is finally over. I know that they are conflicting emotions, but from my perspective that is exactly how I feel. I am sad knowing I will miss my wonderful teammates and coaches at practice and on game day. I am happy that I am still in one piece and it is time for me to head back to NY and run my business. I will never forget my teammates, coaches and the owner. They made a man almost three times their age feel as if we had all been friends since childhood. I will love the game of football even more now, because it gave me the opportunity to meet so many fine young men and their families. So, in the end, all can say is that, I came, I played... and I fell in love.”

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Sarasota Open USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Tournament Results, April 13, 2014 and Order of Play for April 14, 2014

(Longboat Key, FL) As the second day of qualifiers came to a close, Alex Zverev (GER) defeated Jason Kubler (AUS) moving into the main draw with hopes of a win in the final round as an excellent way to celebrate his birthday on April 20th. The reigning Juniors Champion, he began playing tennis at age 5 and includes golf and basketball as favorite activities off the courts. 

Antonio Veic (CRO) defeated Fabrice Martin (FRA). Known as “Veja” to family and friends he claims clay as his favorite surface to play on and his forehand his best shot.

Gianni Mina (FRA) and Collin Altamirano (USA), who both won Wild Card entries into the tournament, defeated their opponents and move into the main draw action which starts tomorrow at the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club. 

Today saw the first doubles qualifying match, taking teams Dustov(UZ/ Marchenko (UKR) and Hidalgo(ESP) / Skugor (CRO) to the next round of action.

Monday, April 14th, 3 pm, features an autograph signing session with John Isner, #9 ranked ATP singles player, at the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club.

RESULTS - APRIL 13, 2014 Men’s Qualifying Singles - Second Round

Qualifying - A Veic (CRO) d F Martin (FRA) 7-6 (5) 6-1

Qualifying - J Dadamo (USA) d D Rice (GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Qualifying - A Zverev (GER) d J Kubler (AUS) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Qualifying - D Novikov (USA) d M Lammer (SUI) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

Qualifying - [WC] G Mina (FRA) d F Skugor (CRO) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Qualifying - [WC] C Altamirano (USA) d [Alt] V Obradovic (SR 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

Qualifying - N Nakagawa (JPN) d C Gard (ROU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

Qualifying - D McCarthy (USA) d C Paval (ROU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

 Men’s Qualifying Doubles - First Round

Qualifying - [1] F Dustov (UZ / I Marchenko (UKR) d [WC] J Alonso (ESP) / H Armando (USA) 6-1, 7-6 (3)

Qualifying - [2] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) / F Skugor (CRO) d F Dancevic (CAN) / P Polansky (CAN) 4-6, 6-4, 10-7

 

ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 CENTER start 11:00

Qualifying - A Zverev (GER) vs [WC] C Altamirano (USA)

[6] A Kuznetsov (USA) vs R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)

 F Dancevic (CAN) vs [5] T Smyczek (USA)

Entertainment until 6:30

COURT 4 11:00

N Kyrgios (AUS) vs [WC] J Jenkins (USA)

Qualifying - N Nakagawa (JPN) vs D McCarthy (USA)

P Marx (GER) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs F Bagnis (ARG) / G Melzer (AUT)

R Bemelmans (BEL) vs T Daniel (JPN)

After suitable rest – Qualifying

[1] F Dustov (UZ / I Marchenko (UKR) vs [2] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) / F Skugor (CRO)

COURT 5 start 11:00

Qualifying - J Dadamo (USA) vs [WC] G Mina (FRA)

Qualifying - A Veic (CRO) vs D Novikov (USA)

[WC] S Bangoura (USA) / V Mirzadeh (USA) vs [WC] S Chappidi (USA) / J Link (GER)

Qualifying - A Veic (CRO) vs F Martin (FRA)

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CBS Sports Announces 2014 NFL Preseason TV Schedule

CBS has announced it’s pre-season NFL television schedule. “THE NFL ON CBS” preseason schedule kicks off with Green Bay Packers Hosting Oakland Raiders Live in Prime Time on Friday, August 22

New Orleans Saints Take On Indianapolis Colts for “THE NFL ON CBS’s” second preseason game the following night on August 23 on CBS Television Network

The CBS Television Network is scheduled to begin its 55th year broadcasting the NFL with two preseason games during the 2014 season.

The preseason schedule for “THE NFL ON CBS” begins on Friday, Aug. 22 (8:00 PM, ET) when the Green Bay Packers host the Oakland Raiders, live in prime time on the CBS Television Network.

“THE NFL ON CBS” will conclude its two-game preseason schedule the following night when the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts live in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 23 (8:00 PM, ET).

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Baltimore Orioles Begin Extended Spring Training Games in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The public is invited to watch Baltimore Orioles minor league players in action in Sarasota during Extended Spring Training during the months of April, May and June. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex beginning this week through June 6th. Gates open 30 minutes before game time. Free parking is available in the East Lot.

 

Please note that game times and locations are subject to change without notice due to weather and field conditions.

 

ORIOLES 2014 EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING HOME GAMES

 

Day                  Date                Time                Opponent

Monday                 April 7                    1:00 p.m.            Twins

Wednesday          April 9                    1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 11                 1:00 p.m.            Rays

Monday                 April 14                 1:00 p.m.             Red Sox

Thursday               April 17                 1:00 p.m.             Twins

Saturday                April 19                 10:00 a.m.           Rays

Tuesday                 April 22                 1:00 p.m.             Twins

Thursday               April 24                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 25                 1:00 p.m.             Rays

Tuesday                 April 29                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          April 30                 1:00 p.m.                Twins

Saturday                May 3                     10:00 a.m.           Rays

Monday                 May 6                     1:00 p.m.             Twins

Wednesday          May 7                     1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 9                     1:00 p.m.            Rays

Monday                 May 12                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Thursday               May 15                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 17                  10:00 a.m.            Rays

Tuesday                 May 20                  1:00 p.m.             Twins

Thursday               May 22                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 23                  1:00 p.m.             Rays

Tuesday                 May 27                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          May 28                  1:00 p.m.               Twins

Saturday                May 31                  10:00 a.m.            Rays

Monday                 June 2                    1:00 p.m.             Twins

Wednesday          June 4                    1:00 p.m.               Red Sox

Friday                     June 6                    1:00 p.m.            Rays

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Bradenton Marauders host Palm Beach Cardinals beginning Tuesday April 8th

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders host the Palm Beach Cardinals for a three game series beginning on Tuesday, April 8. All three games begin at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. The series features the first First Mates Kids Club night and the first Thirsty Thursday of the season.

 

April 8 is the first game for the First Mates Kids Club. Kids 12 and under can join the club for $15 to receive a game ticket and meal voucher at 11 Tuesday home games, along with special experiences reserved for club members only during the season. Club members also receive a free ticket to the game on Sunday, June 22 with an invitation to a postgame ice cream social with the Marauders. After Tuesday games there will be a Kids Fun Run for all kids 12 and younger to circle the bases.

 

Also on Tuesdays, the Bradenton Herald is giving fans two tickets for the price of one. The Sunday edition of the Bradenton Herald will contain a coupon for the two-for-one deal prior to each Tuesday home. Baseball Bingo will be played on Tuesday nights.

 

The series continues on Wednesday, April 9 and concludes the following day. Thursday, April 10 is the first Thirsty Thursday. Sodas and select draft beers will cost just $1. The Marauders offer Thirsty Thursday Club memberships for only $60 to receive a ticket to all 13 Thursday home games, a club t-shirt, and the opportunity to earn great rewards all season. Each club member will also receive their first 12-ounce drink for free at each Thirsty Thursday game. Marauders season ticket holders can join the Thirsty Thursday Club for just $10.

 

The McKechnie Field ticket office is open on non-game days Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. On game days the ticket office is open from noon until the conclusion of the game.

 

For more information visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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