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Gone Girl movie looks like October treat

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Unless something goes horribly wrong, “Gone Girl” has all the makings of a good – likely very good – movie.

 It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and is based on the Gillian Flynn novel about a husband accused in his wife’s disappearance. He goes from sympathetic spouse of a missing woman to murder suspect, even though there is no body.

Just disturbing mounting evidence that he might have done something terrible. It hits theaters Oct. 3. 

 

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Tax Bracket

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Hey, GOP, I have a good reason for you to pay women more. It'll mean they have to pay more in taxes, the worst thing that could happen to a person. 

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Norwin's Matijevic hits home run in sixth-consecutive game

Written by Mike White on .

J.J. Matijevic's home-run streak got a little more ridiculous today.

Oh yeah. His consecutive hit streak also reached double figures.

Matijevic, a 6-foot senior shortstop, is on a streak for the ages, and that's not an overstatement. Matijevic hit a home run today in an 11-5 victory against previously undefeated Penn-Trafford. It was the sixth consecutive game Arizona logothat Matijevic has hit a home run. Matijevic is a University of Arizona recruit.

According to the National Federation of State High School Association's record book, Matijevic's home-run streak now ties for the 12th-longest ever in the country. Two other players hit home runs in six consecutive games. Four hit in seven-consecutive games, one in eight and five in nine. The record for consecutive games with a home run is 10 by Ethan Bennett of Knoxville, Tenn., in 2010.

Norwin is 6-1. Matijevic did not hit a home run in the opener, but has hit at least one in six games since. He had two against North Allegheny. For the season, he has seven home runs and a whopping 25 RBIs in only seven games.

Now about the consecutive hits streak. Matijevic was 2 for 2 today against Penn-Trafford. That means he has a hit in 10 consecutive at-bats (not plate apperances, but at-bats. He has some walks). Besides his homer today, he had a two-run double and walked with the bases loaded.

No one has WPIAL home-run records. But I will say that I have been covering WPIAL baseball for more than 30 years and I have never heard of a WPIAL player having this kind of home-run streak. I have heard of similar consecutive-hit streaks. But when you put both of Matijevic's streaks together, it is really incredible.

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Throw 100 mph pitch and possibly win a million dollars from Disney

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 
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Disney is staging a Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest to celebrate the opening of the movie “Million Dollar Arm.”
 
The May 16 release tells the true story of two young men from India who went from never throwing a baseball or cradling a glove to getting a Major League tryout. And yes, there’s a huge Pittsburgh connection. 
 
Amateur baseball pitchers — male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older — are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the contest at either Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. 
 
The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood.
 
Official rules are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at http://disney.com/PitchingContest.
 
Presented by Subway restaurants, the three qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. 
 
Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch. All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC theater  later that evening.
 
Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.”
 
The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6. 
 
Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand prize.
 
The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities.
 
The movie is about a sports agent, J.B. Bernstein (played by Jon Hamm) who travels to India looking for a young cricket player he can turn into a MLB star. There, he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball.
 
They come to the States where they have a lot to learn. And so, it turns out, does Bernstein. The film will arrive in theaters May 16.
 

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Zatkoff: 'I don’t think anyone really knew who I was' - 04-14-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

If you're don't want to see Jeff Zatkoff appear in a game over the next two months, you're not alone. Zatkoff hopes his season is done also.

That's not a condemnation of Zatkoff's play. It's simply the reality of the postseason. If the backup goaltender has to play for any reason, that's never a good development.

Zatkoff wrapped up his regular season with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Senators last night. Thrust into the backup role just days prior to the regular season in the wake of Tomas Vokoun being stricken with blood clots, Zatkoff appeared in 20 games this season and went 12-6-2 with a 2.81 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and one shutout.

Following last night's game, Zatkoff talked about his first NHL regular season and what life will be like in the postseason:

How do you assess your first regular season at the NHL level?

"This has been a great experience for me. This is my dream to play in the NHL To be able to get the opportunity and to get that chance, it’s been a dream come true. It was a lot of fun. A lot of hard work. It got long at the end there [of the regular season] when I think we saw playoffs in sight. I think everyone was getting anxious there to get to the playoffs. Looking back, it was great. It started off in the first game, probably not like I wanted to but from that, I think I was able to build from each game and establish myself."

How do you feel in terms of confidence as an NHLer after one regular season?

"I think it’s night and day difference. I always believed in myself that I could play at this level but you want to prove it to everyone else. I remember not even be able to sleep for my first few of games. Now, it’s like just another game. You just get comfortable with the guys, the situations, the speed of the game, making you’re reads. The games slowed down the more I’ve played and I’ve been able to build in each experience."

Do you have a greater sense of belonging here now?

I don’t think anyone really knew who I was outside the organization and [the Kings], in terms of fans and being able to play and getting some wins and showing what you could do at this level. Getting the backing of management on the [contract] extension really puts a lot of confidence in you. I think it was a good first season. Obviously looking to build and get better from here.

If things go to plan, you won't play for the next two months. How do you approach the postseason knowing you won't have any scheduled starts?

"Hopefully, I don’t play. Not saying I don’t want to. Same way I’ve been going. Really, my games are my practices. If I’m ever called upon or just have to go in there for a little while, I’ve just got to make sure I’m ready and on top of my game. No excuses for not being ready just because you’re not expected to play. It just puts a lot more emphasis on my practice habits." 

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

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