UCF Basketball set to play in Orange Bowl Classic — KnightNews.com
The UCF men’s basketball team announced they will compete in the 28th annual AutoNation Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 17, 2022, where they will take on the Missouri Tigers. AdvertisementThis will mark the second appearance for the Knights in the Orange Bowl Classic as they also competed in 2010 where they defeated the Miami Hurricanes 84-78. The Orange Bowl Classic will serve as Holiday destination event for families and friends to enjoy festivities and entertainment throughout the event during the day. More details will be announced later via the classic’s social media accounts, @OrangeBowl. UCF fans wanting to travel south to Broward County this holiday season to cheer on their Knights, can purchase tickets at orangebowl.org/basketball or by calling the Orange Bowl ticket box office at (305) 341-4701.knightnews.com
Florida police sergeant charged with grabbing officer by throat, officials said
Florida police sergeant charged with grabbing officer by throat, officials saidSUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — A South Florida police sergeant who was recorded grabbing a colleague by the neck when she tried to de-escalate a situation involving a suspect, is facing four criminal charges, prosecutors announced Thursday. READ: Arrest made after naked man follows women on Central Florida beach, police saySunrise police Sgt. The unidentified female officer ran to Pullease and pulled him by the belt away from the suspect, the video showed. Pullease turned and put his left hand on her throat before pushing her back toward another police cruiser. READ: Has Florida Man finally met his match?wftv.com
Police sergeant charged with battery, assault of fellow officer
SUNRISE, Fla. — Authorities on Thursday arrested a police sergeant seen in body camera footage putting his hands on another officer’s throat during an arrest last year. Authorities charged the 47-year-old with one count each of battery on a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence, assault on a law enforcement officer and assault on a civilian. “I will remove your (expletive) soul from your (expletive) body,” he told the man, according to the news station. Body cam vid shows him grabbing the throat of a young officer after she pulled him back from a cuffed arrestee. “This supervisor escalated the encounter instead of de-escalating an emotionally charged situation.”Police told WPLG that Pullease remained on administrative leave Thursday.wftv.com
AP source: Panthers get Tkachuk from Flames for Huberdeau
The Panthers, a team that won the President’s Trophy this past season for having the NHL’s best regular-season record, apparently wanted him more than most. Tkachuk had career bests of 42 goals, 62 assists and 104 points this past season for Calgary. The trade means Calgary is without its two leading scorers from this past season. Johnny Gaudreau, who led the Flames with 115 points, signed a seven-year deal with Columbus as a free agent last week. Tkachuk is 24, Huberdeau is 29, and that surely was something that went into Florida’s thinking when deciding about making an eight-year commitment.wftv.com
Officials: Sergeant charged with grabbing officer by throat
A South Florida police sergeant who was recorded grabbing a colleague by the neck when she tried to deescalate a situation involving a suspect is facing four criminal charges, prosecutors announced Thursday. Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease was charged Wednesday with battery on a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence, assault on a law enforcement officer and assault on a civilian, according to a Broward State Attorney's Office news release. Pullease turned and put his left hand on her throat before pushing her back toward another police cruiser.news.yahoo.com
For Panthers, regular season success didn't lead to Cup run
SUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — There will be a Presidents’ Trophy banner hanging over the Florida Panthers’ home ice next season. And the earliest that the Panthers will again have to hear about a 26-year drought between playoff series wins is in 2048. On those levels, it was a tremendous season for the Panthers. The best team in hockey’s regular season fell well short of its goal in the postseason. Thornton came to Florida with hopes of finally hoisting a Stanley Cup; time will tell if he has one more season in him.wftv.com
Colton scores late, Lightning beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 2
The stunning finish put the Lightning up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series that heads to Tampa for Game 3 on Sunday. Tampa Bay's power play once again was the catalyst, producing Corey Perry's first-period goal after delivering three goals in the Lightning's 4-1 victory in Game 1. The Panthers scored the third-most power-play goals during the regular season, but entered the second game of the series 0 for 21 in man-advantage situations through seven postseason games. The Panthers also got another chance in the closing minutes of the third, but came up empty again. NOTES: Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette is a finalist for NHL coach of the year, as is former Panthers coach Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers and Calgary coach Darryl Sutter -- the brother of former Panthers coach Duane Sutter.wftv.com
Lightning strike first against Panthers, win 4-1 in Game 1
Florida went 0 for 18 on the power play in the series win against the Capitals and was scoreless on three more tries Tuesday. But Tampa Bay cashed in three of its six chances. Bellemare’s goal came 3:35 into the third period, giving Tampa Bay its first lead of the game — and the Lightning kept it the rest of the way. Tampa Bay left no doubt late, with Kucherov and Colton each getting power-play tallies in the final 4:06 to put the game away. ... Tampa Bay improved to 15-19 in Game 1s.wftv.com
Panthers rout Capitals 5-1 in Game 2 to even series
Capitals Panthers Hockey Florida Panthers teammates celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers left wing Mason Marchment (17) during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series , Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (Marta Lavandier)SUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe each had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference first-round series at a game apiece. The series shifts to Washington, with Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday night. The Capitals were without Tom Wilson, who left Game 1 shortly after scoring the opening goal of the series and did not return because of a lower-body injury. His status is listed as day-to-day by the Capitals, who recalled forward Brett Leason from Hershey of the AHL earlier Thursday. ... Florida made one change from Game 1 to Game 2, putting Noel Acciari in the lineup for Ryan Lomberg.wftv.com
Panthers win 13th straight, top Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime
The Maple Leafs again held an early lead on the Panthers but failed to hold onto it. On April 5 in their last visit, Toronto led Florida 5-1 in the second period but ended up losing 7-6 in overtime. Saturday night, the Panthers fell behind 2-0 after the first period but were able to come back. NOTES: The Maple Leafs welcomed star center Auston Matthews back to the lineup after he missed three games with an undisclosed injury. The Maple Leafs’ previous best was 105 in 2017-18; the Panthers’ was 103 in 2015-16.wftv.com
Duclair, Huberdeau lead Panthers to 9-3 rout of Lightning
Steven Stamkos, Zach Bogosian and Brayden Point scored for Tampa Bay, which lost for only the second time in 11 games this month. Stamkos scored his 15th goal at 6:19 of the second to cut Tampa Bay’s deficit to 4-2. Bogosian scored his second goal, on a shot near the right end line, to make it 3-1 at 15:31 of the first. … The teams split the first two meetings this season, both at Tampa Bay. The Panthers won the first one 4-1 on Oct. 19, and the Lightning prevailed 3-2 in overtime Nov. 13.wftv.com
Panthers find ways to rally again, top Blues 4-3 in shootout
The Florida Panthers were undeterred — again. Sam Reinhart and Anton Lundell scored in a shootout, and the Panthers continued their string of comebacks by rallying to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Saturday. Ville Husso made a career-best 48 saves for the Blues, who got goals from Brandon Saad, Logan Brown and Jake Walman. O'Reilly had two assists for St. Louis. UP NEXTThe teams play again in St. Louis on Tuesday.wftv.com
South Florida Residents Convicted of Attempting to Illegally Export Controlled Items to Libya
A federal jury convicted a pair of Florida residents yesterday for their roles in an illegal exports scheme. Such restricted items require a DOC-BIS license if the rebreathers are to be exported to any countries with national security concerns, such as Libya. The defendants were warned that it was illegal to export the items to Libya without a license and they willfully attempted to export those items after receiving an instruction from a Department of Commerce special agent that such items were detained and not to be exported while a license determination was pending. Sotis and Voissem were both convicted of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), attempted violation of the IEEPA and smuggling. Trial Attorney Nathan Swinton of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section and Assistant U.S.justice.gov
Panthers sign Sam Bennett to 4-year deal; Sam Reinhart next?
NHL Moves Hockey FILE - Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., in this Tuesday, April 20, 2021, file photo. Sam Bennett re-signed with the Florida Panthers on Monday, July 26, 2021, inking a four-year contract with the team that has been a good fit for him since joining at the trade deadline. Bennett put up six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 10 regular-season games with the Panthers after they acquired him from Calgary. Next up could be a new contract for forward Sam Reinhart, whom they got from Buffalo on Saturday. Walker got a two-year deal worth $750,000 annually when he's in the NHL.wftv.com
Tale of rescue after falling several floors in Florida condo collapse
When 16-year-old rising volleyball star Deven Gonzalez was pulled from the rubble of her Miami condo building, her initial reaction amid the shock was to tell firefighters that she was competing in a major tournament in a few days.
Bettman casts doubt on NHL players going to Beijing Olympcs
Stanley Cup Bettman Hockey FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to members of the media in Sunrise, Fla. Bettman says time is running out to reach a deal to send players to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The league, players, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation continue negotiations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) (Wilfredo Lee)TAMPA, Fla. — (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said time is running out to reach a deal to send players to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, casting doubt on the league's return to that event after skipping it in 2018. The league, players' union, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation continue to negotiate with the Olympics seven months away. “We have real concerns about whether it’s sensible,” Bettman said, noting the league will go if a deal can be reached.wftv.com
Arizona House Dems refused to show up to the floor, blocking the state GOP from advancing a budget that included a tax cut to benefit the wealthy
The move by Arizona Democrats follows Texas legislators who staged a dramatic walkout to block a GOP-backed bill restricting voting rights last month.news.yahoo.com
Wednesday’s forecast: Dry start, storms to roll in this afternoon
ORLANDO, Fla. — Wednesday will start off mostly dry, but there is a slight chance for an early storm. Throughout the afternoon it will be partly cloudy. Scattered showers and storms will move through Central Florida this afternoon. There’s a 50% chance of rain. Daytime highs will reach the low 90s, with temperatures reaching 91 in Orlando.wftv.com
Hunt is on for Burmese pythons, Florida natives' arch-enemy
Burmese Python Hunt FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, Florida Wildlife Commission employee Robert Edman captures a Burmese python during a ceremony for the Florida Python Challenge 2020 Python Bowl Kickoff Event in Sunrise, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state's annual python hunting contest on Thursday, June 3, 2021. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File) (Joe Cavaretta)MIAMI — (AP) — Professional python hunters and amateurs alike have a chance to win prizes in Florida's annual hunt for the biggest snakes — the Burmese pythons that are ravaging the state's native species. Ron DeSantis announced the state's annual contest on Thursday: It will run from July 9 to 18 and include prizes for both pros and novices. In both categories, there will be a $2,500 prize for catching the most pythons and $1,500 for the longest.wftv.com
Another breezy day, daytime highs to reach mid-80s
ORLANDO, Fla. — Wednesday will be breezy with highs in the mid-80s. Looking head, blazing heat is on its way to Central Florida. Sunrise at Port Canaveral (Cindy Brower)Click here to download the WFTV weather app for live updates to your phone, and click here to stream weather coverage on the WFTV now app. Click here to watch Eyewitness News for live updates. Visit our hurricane section: EYE ON THE TROPICSVisite la sección en español: Temporada de huracanesFollow our Severe Weather team on Twitter for live updates:wftv.com
Intensity from the outset in Sunshine State playoff series
Or perhaps it's just a taste of what's to come in their opening-round Sunshine State series. “Very intense game," Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. WILD vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS, Minnesota leads series 1-0 (10 p.m. EDT, NBC Sports Network)In Las Vegas, Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer is searching for offense. Playing for the first time since April 24, Tomas Nosek was inserted into the Golden Knights’ top line, but replaced in the second period. The Golden Knights will be desperate for a win before the series moves to Minnesota, where their record is 0-6-2.wftv.com
Point scores 2 in 3rd to lift Lightning over Panthers 5-4
Nikita Kucherov scored two power-play goals in his first appearance of the season, and Blake Coleman scored a short-handed goal. Point tied it at 4 with seven minutes to go on his power-play goal and then got the winner when he skated in on a breakaway and backhanded the puck past Bobrovsky. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead on Coleman’s short-handed goal 16 seconds later. The Panthers tied it at 1 on Barkov’s power-play goal at 9:41, and Verhaeghe put them ahead with 3:29 left in the first. The second period ended with a fighting scrum in front of the Tampa Bay net.wftv.com
Sunshine State showdown: Lightning-Panthers in NHL's Round 1
Florida was second in the Central Division, Tampa Bay third. “I think we made giant strides over the course of the year, from this year to last year,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. He missed the entire regular season with a hip injury. “The big thing for me is to not sit here and say ‘Kucherov is coming back, like all problems are solved,’” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We haven’t had our full team,” Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh said.wftv.com
Lord Goldsmith forced to delete a tweet expressing support for Israel
A foreign office minister has been forced to delete a tweet expressing support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine after Boris Johnson urged the countries to “step back from the brink” of war. Lord Goldsmith, an environment and foreign minister, shared a message from the Israel Defence Forces about the country’s response to rocket attacks from Hamas. The peer tweeted: “No country on Earth would be expected to tolerate these incessant attacks on innocent civilians – by an organisation committed to their total eradication. Why should Israel?” His tweet came after the Prime Minister sent his own, more neutral, message. “I am urging Israel and the Palestinians to step back from the brink and for both sides to show restraint,” he said. “The UK is deeply concerned by the growing violence and civilian casualties, and we want to see an urgent de-escalation of tensions.”news.yahoo.com
Hello, 80s. Oh, you plan to stay a while?
ORLANDO, Fla. – Expect temperatures to be a couple degrees above the average for the next couple of days in Central Florida. We will have highs near 80 degrees on Thursday and Friday, with mid-80s over the weekend. The average high in Orlando on this date is 77. AdThe next chance of rain in Central Florida will be Tuesday, at 20%. By the way, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
AP sources: NHL reaches 7-year agreement with ESPN
FILE - National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to members of the media , Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Sunrise, Fla. The National Hockey League will be returning to ESPN beginning next season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, file)The National Hockey League will return to ESPN beginning next season. ESPN started airing NHL games when it went on the air in 1979 by making deals with individual teams. It had the national NHL rights from 1985-88 and 1992-2004.
Florida Panthers off to 2nd-best start in franchise history
Florida’s 6-1-2 start through nine games is the second-best in franchise history, topped only by the 6-0-3 record to open the 1996-97 season. “We've been consistent in most games," Florida coach Joel Quenneville said. Starting poorly, however, has pretty much snuffed out some Panthers seasons before they even started. The five Florida teams that went to the playoffs — 1995-96, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2011-12 and 2015-16 — averaged 12 standings points through the season’s first nine games. There’s obviously a long way to go, but the Panthers finally have the start they wanted.
Deadliest shooting of FBI agents in 35 years: two killed, three wounded serving warrant
Deadliest shooting of FBI agents in 35 years: two killed, three wounded serving warrant Two FBI agents were killed and three others wounded while serving a warrant in a child pornography case in Sunrise, Florida. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the investigation and how the shooter ambushed the agents.cbsnews.com
Deadliest shooting of FBI agents in 35 years: 2 killed, 3 wounded serving warrant
Deadliest shooting of FBI agents in 35 years: 2 killed, 3 wounded serving warrant Two FBI agents were killed and three others wounded while serving a warrant in a child pornography case in Sunrise, Florida. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the investigation and how the shooter ambushed the agents.cbsnews.com
FBI agents killed while serving warrant in child exploitation case in Florida
Two of the wounded agents were taken to hospitals to be treated and were in stable condition, said Miami FBI Agent Michael D. Leverock. Hours later, Sunrise Police urged residents of Water Terrace to remain inside their homes while law enforcement blocked the entrances to their community. The FBI agents had come to the apartment complex to serve a federal search warrant in connection with a case involving child pornography and violent crimes against children, according to Leverock and FBI Agents Association President Brian O’Hare. Law enforcement officials from numerous agencies lined up to pay their respects as a flag-covered body was removed from the vehicle and taken inside. Five other FBI agents were wounded in that shooting, which led the bureau to upgrade the weapons that agents carry.
Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson Issues Statement on the Shootings of FBI Special Agents in Florida
This morning FBI Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger were killed in the line of duty and three other agents were wounded while executing a federal court-ordered search warrant in a crimes against children investigation in Sunrise, Florida. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the following statement:“We mourn the tragic loss of two of our FBI colleagues who were killed today in the line of duty,” said Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson. “Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones and with their three colleagues who were shot in today’s devastating events. On this dark day, we pay tribute to the brave men and women of the FBI who put their lives on the line every day in support of our mission. We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by these special agents.”justice.gov
2 FBI agents fatally shot and 3 injured while serving warrant in Florida
Two FBI agents were fatally shot and three were injured while serving a warrant in South Florida on Tuesday, triggering a massive law enforcement response, the agency said. The FBI said the agents were issuing a search warrant at a residence in Sunrise at 6 a.m. as part of a case involving violent crimes against children. The two agents were later identified as Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger. "Every day, FBI Special Agents put themselves in harm's way to keep the American people safe," FBI Director Chris Wray said in a statement. "Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism today in defense of their country.cbsnews.com
Get ready for a strong cold front
Expect a high temperature of 76 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Expect rain chances along the front with a couple of stronger storms for Thursday afternoon. By Christmas morning all the rain is out and temperatures will drop expect lows in the 30s on Christmas morning with High temperatures only in the 50s on Christmas day. By Sunday expect highs in the upper 60s. Tuesday in Orlando we had a high temperature 71 degrees.
No sun for two months: Sun sets for last time in 2020 in America’s northernmost city
ORLANDO, Fla. – Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, Alaska, will watch the sun set for last time this year on Wednesday. In the winter months, the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, keeping the sun below the horizon. The northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun and, therefore, the sun won’t set for a couple of months. This is also known as polar day or the midnight sun. Daylight will continue to decrease until the shortest day of the year, the first day of winter on Dec. 21.
Weekend forecast: Rain expected to ramp up in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – We will see increased moisture in the atmosphere over the next couple of days in Central Florida. Rain chances will increase slightly to 30% on Friday and 50% on Saturday. Expect a 60% coverage of rain on Sunday, with rain chances staying 40-50% next week, including Veterans Day on Wednesday. The new computer models are in agreement with the official track, showing that Eta will brush South Florida and move into the Gulf of Mexico next week. It remains to be seen what kind of impacts will be felt in Central Florida.
Central Florida forecast: Changes -- and Eta? -- on the way
ORLANDO, Fla. – We will see a few changes in the coming days in Central Florida as more moisture works into the atmosphere. We’ll see a few more clouds but no rain on Wednesday, with rain chances returning to 20% by Thursday. Rain chances stand at 30% Friday, 50% Saturday and 70% Sunday. Pinpointing the tropicsWe are watching Tropical Storm Eta, which was over Nicaragua on Wednesday morning after making landfall there as a hurricane. We will continue to monitor Eta to see where it’s expected to go after that and how strong it will become.
Saharan Dust: The good, bad and potentially ugly of the yearly-occurring phenomenon
The positives and negatives when it comes to Saharan Dust. Saharan dust and red tideThis is the potentially ugly side of Saharan Dust. Some large red tide years have also occurred without any Saharan dust. Dry air and increased wind shear are the main characteristics of the Saharan Air Layer, the official name of the cloud of Saharan dust. Saharan dust is the ultimate catch 22, bringing significant positives and potentially some negatives as it makes its yearly trans-Atlantic journey.
Tropical Tracker: Saharan Dust dominates the Atlantic, keeping storm development low
While dust from the Sahara Desert makes a trip across the Atlantic every year, 2020′s dust has been abnormally thick. Because of the dry air and increased wind shear within the area of dust, tropical development becomes less likely in the areas where the dust is present. Hello, (goodbye) DollyIf you blinked, you may have missed Tropical Storm Dolly. NO tropical development is expected. There are several tropical waves coming off of Africa, which is early for that to be happening, but the environment is not conducive for tropical development at this time.
Bagel World brings bagels and more to Central Business District
You're in luck: a new business has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The newcomer to Central Business District, called Bagel World, is located at 743 N. Magnolia Ave.Bagel World serves up bagels and breakfast sandwiches. On the menu, look for The BW smoked salmon bagel, the Sunrise bagel or keep it simple with a bagel covered in honey vanilla cream cheese. Yelper Bri B. wrote, "Such good bagels! Head on over to check it out: Bagel World is open from 8 a.m.1 p.m. daily.
Pack of coyotes kill family’s dog in Suntree
A group of coyotes has been spotted roaming around the Suntree area over the last two months, according to wildlife trappers and country club staff. Suntree Country Club staff and a wildlife trapper believe the group of five coyotes have become unafraid of people and are responsible for killing a dog. Lamontaigne believes the pack consists of five coyotes and said one has a distinctive and unusual black coat. “They’ve been on property for a couple of months,” Lamontaigne said. Dean said the animals spotted in Suntree have shown no signs of rabies that the risk is always there.