The fight between UPMC and Highmark is still going strong but UPMC's nasty attack ads have faded. For some reason, they stopped distorting the truth as if their life depended on it.
Sony Pictures Classics will release “Foxcatcher” on Nov. 14.
The movie, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It was filmed in Western Pennsylvania in 2012.
Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”) directs the movie about John du Pont, great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, the industrialist who founded the chemical company. In January 1996, he shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the Foxcatcher National Training Center du Pont built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa.
Carell plays the chemical fortune heir, Ruffalo is the slain wrestler and Tatum is his brother and a champion wrestler in his own right.
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Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has made some history in his team's first round series with the Penguins when he tied an NHL record for consecutive games with a goal by defensemen to start a postseason.
What has made Johnson's goals unique is that they've all come from a relatively close distance from the cage. When asked about his short distance scoring today, Johnson said:
"I definitely like jumping into the play. I think a lot of it has been people leaving me wide open. Usually I don’t get left that wide open coming the last couple of games. I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me which has been pretty nice. Usually teams are very aware of where the other team’s [defensemen] are so they can’t jump in. Like I said, it’s been a little bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time."
Johnson is the seventh defenseman to score three or more goals in a postseason series against the Penguins:
|Andy Delmore, Flyers||2000||6||5|
|Al Iafrate, Capitals||1992||7||4|
|Ray Bourque, Bruins||1991||6||4|
|Calle Johansson, Capitals||1995||7||3|
|Jack Johnson, Blue Jackets||2014||3||3|
|Brian Leetch, Rangers||1989||4||3|
|Brian Rafalski, Devils||2001||3||5|
(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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MacKenzie Crispin, 11, of Latrobe, caught her trout on a live minnow April 19 at Twin Lakes, Greensburg.
15-inch tiger trout caught on the Loyalhanna by Doug Leichliter of Greensburg.
Doug Leichliter of Greensburg released this 19-inch 2.4-pounder, caught on a spinner at Loyalhanna Creek.
Photo Dennis Irwin, Ligonier
Colorful 14-inch rainbow, released at Loyalhanna.
Photo Doug Leichliter
Last-cast brookie, released April 21 at Loyalhanna.
Photo Doug Leichliter
Max Kaufer, 14, of Greensburg caught this 17-incher at Twin Lakes on Easter Sunday with a spinner.
Photo Bruce Kaufer
During a morning snowfall on April 15, Scott Kozelnik of Ross caught five rainbow trout at Pine Creek.
Photo by Scott Kozelnik.
Mark Accettulla of Oakmont caught this 24-inch 5-pound golden rainbow trout on Easter Sunday in Corey Creek, Tioga County. Self-photographed using a tripod and time delay.
My name is Nathan Quince. I'm 17 and from Imperial. On April 17 I caught a 26-inch rainbow that weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces at Raccoon Creek State Park on a Trout Magnet. I caught him on a 9-foot ultralight with 4-pound test line. The fight was incredible and lasted about 15 minutes.
Photo by Deb Quince.
Phil Coffin caught this 22-inch 5-pound golden rainbow at Loyalhanna Creek.
Jeff Coles of Greensburg caught five trout at Twin Lakes, Greensburg.
Luke Fotta, 15, of Ross released nine trout, including a 20-inch brown, at North Park Lake.
On opening day, Alyssa Harris of Butler caught two 21-inch rainbows at Deer Lakes using yellow PowerBait. She's pictured here with her sister Kali Harris (left) and dad Michael Harris.
Photo Robert Ventorini, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
First Opening Day, First Trout
Adrian Jerabek, 3, of Robinson caught his trout at Raccoon Creek.
"Saturday was the first of many opening days of the Pennsylvania trout fishing season for me and my 3-year-old son Adrian," said Kelly Jerabek, who took the photo. "He had a blast, but I think I had an even better time!"
Despite high water on opening day, Chase Kean, 17, of Conneaut Lake, caught this 12-inch rainbow at Sandy Creek on a spinner.
Cole Roberts, 8, of Castle Shannon caught this 16-inch golden rainbow and 19-inch rainbow while fishing Marvin Creek in McKean County with his mom Christy Allison and stepfather JP Allison.
Photo Christy Allison
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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart basketball player Cameron Johnson signed with Pitt yesterday. It was a move that surprised many because Pitt didn't start recruiting Johnson much until a month ago. Also, Johnson was offered scholarships mostly from mid-major schools.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon offered Johnson a scholarship Easter Sunday and it didn't take long for Johnson to accept.
Here are some comments from Johnson about a few subjects:
On his fondness for Pitt (Johnson's father, Gil, played at Pitt): "I've always liked Pitt. I remember my Dad used to tell me stories and I remember they had an alumni night at a game when I was probably 7 years old. Myself, my Dad and my brother were on the court and I remember walking off and seeing myself on the Jumbotron. That was kind of cool."
On what position he will play at Pitt: "Honestly, I feel like I can play a multitude of positions, wherever my skills can develop and wherever coach needs me, whether it's the point, the "2" or small forward.
On whether he might be redshirted: "Nobody really knows yet. I will just go there and compete."
On goals: "My first goal is to just see myself improve. Whether it's tomorrow, next month or whenever, I want to be able to look back and know I got better."
On Pitt having some WPIAL players in the future: "It's kind of cool because Pitt hasn't had this many WPIAL guys in a while. We've all earned it and I feel we are all very good players. Just with so many local kids playing, I feel like Pittsburgh might rally around us that much more."
On whether there was a time he thought he would be a football player: "There actually was when I was a quarterback in eighth grade. After that year. I was talking to the high school coach [at Moon] and he said he wanted me to step in as a freshman and be the [varsity] quarterback the next year. I was kind of small then but he thought if I would get in the weight room all the time, I could play. Well, I started working out for AAU basketball and playing and basketball picked up, and I ended up not playing football in ninth grade."
Norwin's parade of hitters
Norwin has one of the top offenses in the WPIAL and has three hitters batting above .500.
J.J. Matijevic (pictured) started the week batting .562, Nick Amendola .571 and Cody Stanoszek .500. Also Dom Farina was batting .486.
Matijevic hit a home run Monday against Connellsville. He has now hit home runs in seven of 10 games. Matijevic is a University of Arizona recruit.
McKay will pitch tomorrow
Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay was supposed to put his 44-inning scoreless streak on the line today in a game against Central Valley. But the game was postponed because of rain and will be played tomorrow. McKay is scheduled to pitch tomorrow.
Shippensburg signs two
Two good-sized basketball players from the WPIAL signed with Shippensburg University, a Division II school. They are Connellsville's Trent Bauer and Montour's Dustin Sleva. Bauer is a 6-9 center who averaged a double double this season. Sleva was one of the best turnaround stories in the WPIAL. He went from a non-starter as a junior to averaging more than 20 a game this season.
Aloi hearing tomorrow
In light of the PIAA recently saying it wants to do something about charter schools' affect on basketball in this state, it will be interesting to see how the WPIAL rules after a hearing tomorrow with Nick Aloi.
Aloi is a talented player who left Ellwood City in January and transferred to Lincoln Park. Aloi showed plenty of promise as a freshman when he averaged in double figures. He did not play as a sophomore because of a knee injury.
The WPIAL will have a hearing with Aloi and Ellwood City and Lincoln Park officials. It will be interesting to hear what reasons Aloi might give for transferring because if it's for athletic intent at all, he is supposed to be ruled ineligible for a year. Then again, we might never know the reasons Aloi gives. It is up to the person involved whether to close the hearing to the media. Very few elect to allow the media in on the hearing.
Ellwood City did not sign off on the transfer. That's what is interesting because Ellwood City's superintendent is Frank Aloi, the grandfather of Nick Aloi. Nick Aloi's father, Frank, also was a former standout player at Ellwood City in the 1980s. You think the fact that Ellwood City won only seven games the past two years had anything to do with Aloi's transfer? Nahhhh.
But no matter what the WPIAL rules, I must say does it matter? First, if the WPIAL rules Aloi ineligible, the PIAA might overturn it. Secondly, even if the WPIAL and PIAA rule Aloi ineligible, it is only for one year from the date of the transfer. He transferred in January. That means his ineligibility will be up in plenty of time for next year's WPIAL playoffs.