Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 8:25 pm by Mike White
piaa-upholds-wpial-rulings-on-two-lincoln-park-basketball-playersThe PIAA had appeal hearings today with two boys basketball players who had transferred to Lincoln Park in the past year. The PIAA upheld the WPIAL on both cases. Nick Aloi was ruled ineligible to play at Lincoln Park until Jan. 21. Aloi transferred from Ellwood City to Lincoln Park on Jan. 21 of this year and the WPIAL ruled the move was at least ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 2:25 pm by Sam Werner
a-few-thoughts-on-the-impending-coaching-searchWith Paul Chryst set to be named Wisconsin's next head coach this evening, Pitt is about to undertake its fourth coaching search in the last five years. While the university officials were holding out hope over the past week that Chryst would reconsider, they have also been preparing what has been a poorly-kept secret basically since Gary Andersen left ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:01 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
engelland-some-days-it-s-still-pretty-shocking-12-14-14 You weren't the one the only one surprised by the three-year, $8.75 million contract Deryk Engelland got from the Flames this past offseason. Engelland was too. "I was in shock," Engelland admitted prior to Friday's 3-1 loss for the Flames at Consol Energy Center, his first game in Pittsburgh since leaving the Penguins as a free agent in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:37 am by Mike White
ambridge-coach-jula-wins-500thMark Jula joined an elite group of WPIAL boys basketball coaches with a win Tuesday night. Ambridge defeated Ellwood City, 69-37, to give Jula his 500th career win. Fewer than 20 WPIAL coaches have 500 career wins. The only active coaches known to have 500 wins are Ringgold's Phil Pergola, Monessen's Joe Salvino, Central Catholic's Chuck Crummie and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 6:19 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-17-14Penguins -Beau Bennett has officially been diagnosed with the mumps. He joins Sidney Crosby as the only two members of the Penguins who have been diagnosed. -Bobby Farnham has thrown a body check or two during his professional career. -Former Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun was popular and also "silly." -The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:50 pm by Maria Sciullo
pittsburgh-s-chris-jamison-finishes-third-on-the-voice-but-what-s-the-deal-with-that-craig-wayne-boyd-interviewWell, that was super-awkward. It's not unusual for media types to get tangled up in the post-show interview area at big events. But when WPXI hired Los Angeles -based Stephanie Stanton to get a quote or two from Chris Jamison, a Ross man who'd just finished third on NBC's 'The Voice,' it got more than it bargained for. Instead of Jamison, she was ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:32 pm by Barbara Vancheri
carmike-won-t-play-the-interview  Variety has just reported that the New York premiere of "The Interview" has been canceled. That came on the heels of word that Carmike Cinemas had scrapped plans to show the movie.  The news came hours after hackers’ threats that evoked 9/11 and seemed to target theaters playing the comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 7:58 pm by Dan Gigler
knights-in-steelers-serviceIn what was a particularly inspired showing Sunday by Steelers fans at a road game (which is really saying something given Pittsburgh fans' propensity for taking over stadia across the land) even head coach Mike Tomlin took a moment to acknowledge postgame, saying, "I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Steeler Nation. They were special in the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 7:00 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
popular-vokoun-was-silly-12-16-14 Tomas Vokoun's professional career began in 1995-96 with the Wheeling Thunderbirds, the precursor to the Nailers. As a 19-year-old Czech who spoke little English and didn't have a drivers license, he had to take special measures to get to the rink from his apartment. “I had to sit every morning by the window,” Vokoun said in a 2013 interview with ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
brewed-on-grant-undercover-mayorYes, it is true. Next Sunday night on CBS our beloved mayor will be making an appearance on an episode of Undercover Boss. Check out his playoff beard! Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 4:21 pm by Sam Werner
my-2014-ap-all-american-ballotI know everyone is in coaching search mode, but I just wanted to take a second to post my AP All-American team for this year. Here's a link to the full team, and here's my ballot: FIRST TEAM:OffenseQB - Marcus Mariota, OregonRB - Melvin Gordon, WisconsinRB - Tevin Coleman, IndianaOT - Brandon Scherff, IowaOG - Arie Kouandjio, AlabamaC - Jack Allen, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 3:38 pm by Sam Werner
chryst-to-meet-with-wisconsinLooks like we've finally got some movement on the Paul Chryst-to-Wisconsin front. Chryst is set to meet with Wisconsin officials Tuesday to discuss the Badgers' vacant head coaching position, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Chryst informed his Pitt team he was meeting with Wisconsin after the Panthers' practice Tuesday ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:53 pm by Craig Meyer
lucky-jones-expected-to-play-against-toledo Robert Morris forward Lucky Jones, barring an unforeseen injury or problem at Tuesday's practice, is expected to play in his team's game Wednesday night against Toledo, according to Colonials coach Andy Toole. Jones missed Robert Morris' game last Saturday against Duquesne with what the team said was an injury to the middle finger on his shooting ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:44 pm by Dan Gigler
latest-steelers-playoff-odds-78-28From the mathematical modeling maniacs and fine folks at numberFire:    Just wanted to give you the updated on the AFC playoff picture. The Steelers have a 78.28% chance of making the playoffs.   However, the Steelers are more likely to make it the AFC North Champ (45.72%) than as a Wild Card (32.56%).   Here ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
the-interviewThe new Sony picture "The Interview" is a dark comedy about two journalists tasked with executing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Needless to say, Kim Jong Un isn't laughing. Sony's computers were hacked and sensitive emails and unreleased trailers have now been revealed to the world.  Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 1:31 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-16-14Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. "He won the game for us.” - Steve Downie on Marc-Andre Fleury. -The Tampa Tribune's recap. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left the game after the first period due to a "lower-body" injury. -The Tampa Bay Times' recap. The Lightning has lost 10 consecutive games to the Penguins. -The ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:03 am by Seth Rorabaugh
lightning-at-penguins-12-15-14 -Just a housekeeping note before we start this post-game blog. For the next two months or so, the author of this blog is going to be inheriting a few more "traditional" duties with regards to covering the Penguins for the Post-Gazette. In other words, we'll be writing more for the paper than the Web site and blog. As a result, we'll won't be doing a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 5:55 pm by Barbara Vancheri
oscars-narrow-hair-and-makeup-contenders-announce-song-score-fields   Seven films, including “Foxcatcher,” remain in contention for the makeup and hairstyling Oscar:   “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” “Foxcatcher” (above, Steve Carell as John du Pont) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” “Guardians of the Galaxy” “Maleficent” “Noah” “The Theory of Everything”   On Jan. 10, 2015, all members of the Academy’s ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 5:16 pm by
pileggi-won-t-run-for-state-supreme-courtState Sen. Dominic Pileggi won't run for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, even after apparently fielding many requests to do so.Mr. Pileggi, a Repubican who was just ousted from his position as Senate majority leader, said on Facebook late this afternoon that he planned to remain in the Senate . His candidacy for the state's higest court was a...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 4:10 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-lightning-12-15-14A preview of the Lightning. When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center. TV: Root Spots (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), Sportsnet, TVA. Record: 19-9-3, 41 points. The Lightning is in first place in the Atlantic Division. Leading Scorer: Center Steven Stamkos (right), 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists). Last ... Read More and Comment