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Dr. Omalu: I would bet my medical license O.J. has CTE

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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In the new issue of People magazine featuring O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson on the cover, Dr. Bennet Omalu says of the former professional football player:  “I would bet my medical license that he has CTE.”

Will Smith plays Dr. Omalu in “Concussion,” filmed and set in Pittsburgh and exploring the doctor’s discovery and naming of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The magazine notes O.J. Simpson’s aggression, impaired judgment and impulse-control problems, all tied to CTE.

"Concussion" failed to earn any Oscar nominations and didn't burn up the box office but it has opened a door to the subject as a whole and for athletes to talk about possible after-effects of concussions and whether they're due to CTE. It is absolutely worth seeing if you are a Pittsburgh Steelers or NFL fan and want to know more about what happened to some of the greats.  

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. and told from the perspective of the lawyers, starts Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. on FX. 

In case you missed the review of "Concussion": 

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movie-reviews/2015/12/24/Movie-review-Concussion-a-hard-hitting-drama/stories/201512240105

 

 

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Rated PG podcast: Dawn Keezer talks Oscar party, Fences

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Tracking the Penguins' prospects - 01-29-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 

Here's a glance at all the Penguins' prospects - such as goaltender Tristan Jarry (above) - as well as other minor leaguers on NHL contracts (who aren't currently on the NHL roster). Players are listed with their statistics to date this season:

Forwards
Player, position Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Penalty
Minutes
Anthony Angello, C Cornell (NCAA) 19 8-6-14 14
Josh Archibald, RW Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 37 7-4-11 24
Tyler Biggs, RW Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 5 1-1-2 9
Theodor Blueger, C Minnesota State Mankato (NCAA) 26 6-15-21 25
Blaine Byron, C Maine (NCAA) 26 6-10-16 8
Jean-Sebastien Dea, C Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 42 12-11-23 18
Jake Guentzel, C Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) 23 11-22-33 16
Troy Josephs, C Clarkson (NCAA) 20 5-3-8 29
Sam Lafferty, C Brown (NCAA) 19 3-1-4 0
Jaden Lindo, RW Owen Sound (OHL) 11 11-10-21 14
Matia Marcantuoni, C Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
Wheeling (ECHL)
10
9
2-3-5
3-4-7
0
10
Kael Mouillierat, LW Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 35 7-12-19 38
Nikita Pavlychev, C Des Moines (USHL) 35 4-10-14 110
Conor Sheary, LW Pittsburgh (NHL)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
16
28
2-1-3
7-26-33
2
4
Dominik Simon, C Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 42 12-19-31 22
Daniel Sprong, RW Pittsburgh (NHL)
Charlottetown (QMJHL)
18
13
2-0-0
8-9-17
0
8
Oskar Sundqvist, C Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 37 5-10-15 22
Frederik Tiffels, LW Western Michigan (NCAA) 24 6-4-10 21
Dominik Uher, C Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 42 5-8-13 29
Scott Wilson, LW Pittsburgh (NHL)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
5
32
0-1-1
20-14-34
7
19
Anton Zlobin, RW Wheeling (ECHL) 23 7-11-18 23
Defensemen
Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Penalty
Minutes
Niclas Andersen Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 39 3-7-10 14
Dane Birks Michigan Tech (NCAA) 17 0-2-2 10
Tim Erixon Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 31 2-10-12 16
Reid McNeill Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 38 0-4-4 38
Will O'Neill Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 40 5-17-22 33
Steve Oleksy Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 33 0-9-9 55
Harrison Ruopp Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
Wheeling (ECHL)
0
27
0-0-0
2-2-4
4
61
Ryan Segalla Connecticut (NCAA) 12 0-2-2 12
Jeff Taylor Union (NCAA) 24 2-6-8 27
Goaltenders
Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) 12 11-1-0 1.63 .941 3
Sean Maguire Boston University (NCAA) 12 7-4-1 2.51 .914 1
Matt Murray Pittsburgh (NHL)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
4
25
2-1-1
16-8-0
1.72
1.97
.938
.933
0
4

(Photo: KDP Studio/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)

 

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Sofia Vergara gives some early Valentine's Day love to Sarris Candies

Written by Edgar Ramirez on .

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Don't know what to give for a Valentine's Day gift?

How about chocolate.

You can't have Valentine's Day without chocolate.

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And for "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara, that chocolate should come from Canonsburg-based Sarris Candies.

In the latest print issue of "People," Vergara shares with the magazine a number of goodies that are must-haves for this year's holiday — one of them being chocolate-covered pretzels from Sarris.

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(Photo courtesy of Norm Candelore Jr.)

"The only thing better than a box of chocolates is these delicious chocolate-covered pretzels!" she says to the magazine.

We're going to assume Vergara was introduced to the treats by Mt. Lebanon-native Joe Manganiello, whom she married back in November.

“We’re thrilled that her husband gifts her with a hometown favorite and that she loves it enough for it to become a favorite of her own,” owner Bill Sarris said in a statement.

So take notes, ladies and gentlemen. No pressure.

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Counting down to Signing Day 2016: Defensive line

Written by Sam Werner on .

Up next in our look at Pitt's 2016 recruiting class as we approach national signing day: Offensive line.
Previous positions: Quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line

Early enrollees:
Patrick Jones (6-5, 230 lbs)
Grassfield High School (Chesapeake, Va.)
Rivals: 2*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 78 DE
247: 3*, No. 60 SDE

Verbal commitments:
Zack Gilbert (6-0, 241 lbs)
South Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte, N.C.)
Rivals: 3*, No. 33 WDE
Scout: 3*, No. 133 DE
247: 3*, No. 42 SDE

Bryce Hargrove (6-6, 255 lbs)
Coventry High School (Akron, Ohio)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 76 DE
247: 3*, No. 79 SDE

Rashad Wheeler (6-3, 270 lbs)
Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 43 DT
247: 3*, No. 60 DT

Amir Watts (6-3, 275 lbs)
Phllips High School (Chicago)
Rivals: 4*, No. 25 DT
Scout: 4*, No. 38 DE
247: 3*, No. 37 DT

Remaining targets:
Keyshon Camp (6-3, 274 lbs)
Lake Gibson High School (Lakeland, Fla.)
Rivals: 3*, No. 38 DT
Scout: 4*, No. 27 DT
247: 4*, No. 29 DT

Rashad Weaver (6-5, 245 lbs)
Cooper City High School (Cooper City, Fla.)
Rivals: 2*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 124 DE
247: 2*, No. 132 DT

Defensive line is one of the positions that Pat Narduzzi and his staff hoped to load up on in their first recruiting class, and they certainly appear to have done just that. Let's start at defensive end.  Jones and Gilbert are true DEs, and Hargrove could end up starting his career there, too. Jones is already on campus, and will get a head start on his classmates in spring practice. Still, I would be pretty surprised if any of the defensive ends play this year for Pitt. That's a position that will go from pretty thin this year to relatively deep in 2016 with the "additions" of Dewayne Hendrix and Allen Edwards (Edwards redshirted as a JUCO transfer, and Hendrix had to sit after transferring from Tennessee). With Hendrix, Edwards, Ejuan Price (who hasn't officially gotten a sixth year yet, but is widely expected to), Rori Blair and Shakir Soto all in the mix, it'd take something special for one of the freshmen to see the field. Which of course is a good thing. You want experienced depth (especially at spots along both lines), and if a freshman proves his worth to get into that mix, well, that means he's a special player. You don't want to play young guys because you have to. It looks like Pitt is trying to land one more defensive end, too, to balance out the depth a little bit, and Weaver (a former Michigan commit) is probably the odds-on favorite for that spot.
As for experienced depth, the same cannot be said for the middle of Pitt's defensive line. Tyrique Jarrett returns at defensive tackle, but Pitt will have to make up for the loss of K.K. Mosley-Smith and Darryl Render. Guys like Justin Moody and Jeremiah Taleni saw a bit more playing time this year, but it wouldn't surprise me if a guy like Watts, Wheeler, or (if he signs) Camp end up in the rotation as a true freshman. I'd give the edge to Watts and Camp, because of their recruiting pedigree, but you never know until guys get to camp. Regardless, it was important for Pitt to land at least a couple of highly-regarded defensive tackles in this class, because that's an area where they're going to likely need contributions immediately.

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