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The Florida Panthers‘ future in Sunrise is set to come into focus.

Broward County Commission officials are expected to cast a vote Tuesday on the proposed $86-million-plus public fund bailout that, if passed, will keep the Panthers in Sunrise, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Richards suggests the deal, which apparently entails the promise of an NHL All-Star weekend, will indeed be pushed through, but perhaps without an overwhelming majority.

The Panthers, believed to have lost upwards of $150 million since 1997-98, failed in their request to gain public money last year.



Former Miami Marlins analyst Tommy Hutton was at times critical of the team during his 19-year career, and that reportedly cost him his job.

The highly popular broadcaster was surprisingly dropped by FOX Sports Florida earlier this week when he was told that the company had decided to go in a different direction. Though he was not told explicitly the reason behind his removal, one source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the team believed Hutton was too negative toward the organization when calling games.

Hutton admitted there were times when he may have appeared critical, but believes nothing he said was outside the boundaries of what was expected in his job.

“I know there were times I was negative, but I thought those times were called for,” Hutton told Jackson. “Ninety percent of what I said was positive. I tried not to be a homer, but you could tell I wanted the Marlins to do well.”

Hutton described three incidents to Jackson in which a Marlins employee suggested they were uncomfortable with something he said, with one involving criticisms of the then-brand new Marlins Park:

That one involved former Marlins catcher John Buck. When Buck flied out to the deepest part of Marlins Park to end a game, Hutton shouted, “In any other park!” – meaning the ball would have been a home run in a stadium with more hitter-friendly dimensions.

He said a Marlins vice president called him after the game and said that owner Jeffrey Loria prefer he not mention the ballpark’s dimensions.

“Did I complain about the park being too big? Yeah,” Hutton said, noting the dimensions are being changed this offseason. “But if that was the reason, they knew that the day after the season. I didn’t say anything negative the last six weeks.”

The Marlins have yet to name a replacement for Hutton, who has stated that he has no plans of retiring.

The Florida Panthers will be without Aleksander Barkov for an undetermined period of time after the young center suffered a fractured bone in his hand, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The injury occurred when Barkov inadvertently blocked a shot with his wrist during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 22.

The Panthers reportedly learned the severity of the injury Monday.

The talented, two-way center recorded three goals, three assists, and 19 shots through seven games this season, continuing to find success on a line with Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau.

David Beckham may have found an unlikely partner in his quest for a Miami soccer stadium.

Beckham is scheduled to meet with University of Miami president Donna Shalala on Friday about partnering on a soccer-football stadium, according to Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald.

The partnership could be a good fit. Beckham needs a viable stadium in order to get a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami and the Hurricanes have been playing at Sun Life Stadium since the Orange Bowl closed its doors after the 2007 season.

MLS commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez are also expected to attend the meeting.

The Miami Dolphins used their 14th overall selection in Thursday night’s NFL draft to select wide receiver DeVante Parker out of Louisville.

No one was more excited about the selection than his mother.

Not because her son would be playing in the sunshine in Florida, or because he’d be playing in Joe Philbin’s pass-happy offense.

She was happy he didn’t end up with the Cleveland Browns.

“We didn’t want him going to Cleveland,” Raneca Parker said, according to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald. “They don’t have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn’t want the Cleveland Browns.”

Many had tabbed DeVante as a possible candidate for the Browns at the No. 12 selection, but they instead went with defensive tackle Danny Shelton two spots ahead of the Dolphins’ eventual selection of Parker.

“I know the teams he could go to and the teams he couldn’t go to,” Raneca said. “We were happy with the Miami Dolphins. He was very ecstatic. We’re happy, we love the weather.”

One would have to figure the Parkers are happy the Browns don’t appear on the Dolphins’ schedule this season.

The Miami Herald recently conducted an interview with WWE Diva Eva Marie and below are some highlights:

Going for the WWE Divas Title heading into SummerSlam:

“I got my developmental deal first, and I got ‘Total Divas.’ Everything from there it just went, boom! I was living my life on reality TV. I had to perform for WWE, as well as show that to the whole world. For season four of ‘Total Divas,’ you are going to see my in-ring work. I’m going for that title heading into SummerSlam. Go big or go home.”

Working to improve her in-ring training:

“If you follow me on social media you are going to see the clips of me training and progressing. Then you will see me back in the ring, hopefully in a few weeks. Triple H has definitely been helping me out, and I appreciate that. I bounce ideas off of him. Brian Kendrick is amazing. I’m asking him a bunch of different questions. Then when I get in the ring with him, I’ll improve my skills right there.”

A rare edition to Smirfitt’s Speech, a picture of myself alongside Mick Foley from February 2014.

Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald recently interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who is acting as the commissioner of the Ronin Pro Wrestling event taking place tonight at the Broward College-South Campus Gymnasium in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Below are some interview highlights:

On Daniel Bryan not winning The Royal Rumble:

“Even though I was pulling for Daniel Bryan to win the Rumble, as soon as I found out it was going to be Roman Reigns I thought there would be some good possibilities and stories that could go on to make it really interesting. If I was commissioner still I would try to do my best to put the matches and the guys in them over as much as I could. That was always my goal with whatever I did. If there was or is a change of re-balancing of power in the future, I hope they would go with someone who could give the show a different feel. I think those shifts are really important every once in a while.”

Being most excited for the Intercontinental title ladder match at WrestleMania:

“My oldest son [Dewey] and I were talking about how the championship and how it has become a hot commodity because I think there is an understating that these guys are going to put on a match that is going to be hard for anyone to top. That’s what you need to make a great card. If that’s anything but a classic, I’d be personally disappointed. I’m looking forward to that one. I want to see Sting and Triple H like anyone else. I’m going to go out on a limb here to say there better be a spot for AxelMania because it’s running wild. I’m telling you right now. A pairing of AxelMania down the road with Damien Sandow or Mizdow could be the Mega Powers for the new generation.”

On Jon Stewart’s recent appearance on WWE Raw:

“I thought he was great. He is such an incredibly important person in our culture, yet not every one of our fans is familiar with him. They know when someone knows their stuff. The idea that someone who talks to Presidents and world leaders knows every intricate detail of our WWE storylines is really impressive. I thought it was a really good appearance. I thought Seth Rollins was excellent. I thought the low blow coming from a collegiate soccer player was appropriate. I think Jon’s kids will remember his appearance on Raw as being more important than his conversations with presidents.”