Fetterman Files Financial Form

Braddock Mayor and US Senate candidate John Fetterman promised to file a tardy financial-disclosure statement before the end of the year. He also promised it wouldn't reveal stunning personal wealth .

He's delivered on both counts.

Mr. Fetterman has been dinged for not filing the form, which was due in mid-October, sooner. He's called the...

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Letang: 'The only thing he touched was my chin' - 12-30-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is scheduled to return to the lineup for tonight's home game against the Maple Leafs

After being struck in he head by Wild center Jarret Stoll during Saturday's 3-1 road win, Letang was held of the lineup for Sunday's 1-0 road loss to the Jets for precautionary reasons when he reported not feeling well.

Stoll's hit drew a minor penalty but escaped supplemental discipline from the NHL.

Tuesday, head coach Mike Sullivan said there was no concern about Letang suffering a concussion as a result of the hit.

At today's morning skate, Letang, who has a history of concussions, skated on a pairing with defenseman Olli Maatta and worked on the team's top power-play unit along with centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, right winger Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel.

After the morning skate, Letang held court with media and spoke about his health, Stoll's hit and adjusting to Sullivan.


Do you feel healthy enough to play tonight?

“Yeah. I mean, that’s what I told the doctors. “

Did you have any concerns given your history of concussions?

"Yeah. I got dinged pretty hard there. It took me a little of a moment to get back to my senses and I was fine after that.

What symptoms did you experience?

"Headaches. Hard headaches. As soon as I got hit. Then it went away."

Did you have issue with the hit?

"Yeah, I did. But it’s out of my hands. I can’t do anything about it. But I think it was pretty clear on the replay that the only thing he touched was my chin. But it’s in the past already."

What's been different under Sullivan?

"In a lot of areas, I think we’re more structured in the neutral zone. We know everybody knows the same thing. Everybody is going to do the same thing. I think it’s easier to play that way. The talent is just going to take over at one point. Confidence will come."

Note: Sullivan was promoted to head coach Dec. 12

Has it been difficult to get up to speed to how Sullivan wants things done given your injuries?

I’ve been in every meeting we’ve done and I’ve watched all the game. Obviously, it’s not the same as playing but you see and sense what he’s bringing. I had a chance to play in the game in the game Minnesota. You could feel it right away on the bench. It’s a big change and I think it’s going to work."

Note: Letang has missed eight out of the past 11 games due to various ailments.

(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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(Belated) Final thoughts: Navy 44, Pitt 28

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That's a wrap on the 2015 Pitt football season, folks. The Panthers lost to Navy 44-28 in the Military Bowl Monday, sending them into the offseason with an 8-5 record in Pat Narduzzi's first season at the helm. Here's my game story from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and the notebook off the game. I wanted to wait a day or two to collect some final thoughts on the game, and the season as a whole (plus my computer wasn't cooperating with me on Monday night), but here we go...

1. Pitt's defense against the option is still a work in progress
It looked like the Panthers made some strides in the second half against Georgia Tech earlier this season, but against Navy Monday, Pitt had absolutely no answer for the Midshipmen's triple-option offense. Yes, Navy threw in some wrinkles we haven't seen this season — notably passing the ball nearly twice as much as they normally do — but Panthers couldn't seem to make the adjustments necessary to counter, which is something the Pitt coaches have generally been pretty good at this season. Even when the Panthers' offense finally started to click in the second half, Pitt just couldn't get the stops it needed to seriously mount any sort of comeback attempt. With Georgia Tech in the Coastal (and due for a bounce-back) the triple-option is going to be a constant presence in Pitt's life for the near future. Of course, not every option offense is exactly the same — and it's not like there's some secret recipe to stopping it, either. While it was ugly out there Monday, this game could end up serving as a valuable data point and film to study as Pitt prepares for future games against Georgia Tech.
I also think it's fair to say that, in a lot of ways, Pitt just needs to get flat-out better on defense if it's going to truly assume the identity Narduzzi wants to forge moving forward. There are some flashes, obviously — see: Whitehead, Jordan — but one of the easiest ways to stop the option is by just having superior athletes across the board, and Pitt isn't quite there yet.

2. Once again, a slow start on offense
As has been a theme in Pitt's losses this season, the Panthers struggled to get things moving early on offense. The team didn't look significantly different under interim offensive coordinator Tim Salem, but we also didn't really see anything that inspired confidence about Salem as a potential full-time replacement for Jim Chaney (for what it's worth, it still sounds like Pitt is leaning very heavily towards an outside hire, anyways). The biggest challenge the new OC will face — other than the usual ones — will be injecting Pitt's offense with some sort of spark that seemed so absent this season. In other words, generating more big, explosive plays. The easiest way to do that is in the deep passing game, but it's starting to look like Nate Peterman just doesn't have the deep ball accuracy to make that a steady part of Pitt's passing attack. That's fine — the Panthers are always going to be an offense that leans on the run and short to medium passing game under Narduzzi — but whoever comes in as offensive coordinator needs to find something (varying tempo might be a good place to start) that can get the offense out of the early-game ruts it seemed to experience this season.

3. The arrow is still pointing up under Narduzzi, but the second half of this season was a reality check
This season probably would have been more memorable for Pitt if, say, the Panthers had lost to Virginia Tech on the road but pulled off a memorable upset against Notre Dame or North Carolina at home. In the end, though, that would just be more of what we've seen in the past, wouldn't it? Pitt's biggest accomplishment this year is that it did exactly what it was supposed to in just about every game. The Panthers 5-1 as the Vegas favorites this year (the lone loss being to Miami) and 3-4 as the underdogs. I think it's fair to say that, in retrospect, Pitt won the games it should have won this year and lost the games it was supposed to lose (the Miami game being the lone outlier). For a program that has been defined by inconsistency over the past five years, that's a good place to start.
It's also fair to say, though, that Monday's game served as a reminder of how far there still is to go. The next step for Pitt will be winning the games it is supposed to win AND adding in a signature victory or two against ranked opponents. That didn't happen this year, but the Panthers will have plenty of chances in 2016. Ultimately, the most telling data point about Narduzzi's long-term prospects at Pitt might not be what he accomplished this season, but what strides he makes in his first full offseason. He now has an entire season worth of film and experience to work off of (not to mention a full recruiting cycle to start bringing in new players). They often say players make the biggest jump from year one to year two. We'll see if the same is true of coaches.

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Empty Netter Assists - Letang, Lovejoy and Fleury practice - 12-30-15

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-How difficult will it be for the Penguins to qualify for the postseason?

-Welcome back defensemen Kris Letang, Ben Lovejoy and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (above, with Letang)... to practice.

-Head coach Mike Sullivan speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Lovejoy speaks:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins center Kael Mouillierat is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

-"The way they talk in the room, the way they act on and off the ice, the way they just lead by example, I think that's where I learned the most." - Penguins right winger prospect Daniel Sprong on what he learned during his time on the NHL roster before being assigned to the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League earlier this month. Sprong had two goals in Charlottetown's 4-1 win against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Monday.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi (right). A fifth-round draft pick in 1998, Scuderi spent parts of eight seasons with the Penguins in two different stints. As a rookie in 2003-04, Scuderi saw action in 13 games and scored three points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Scuderi broke through as an NHL regular in 2005-06 by appearing in 57 games and recording four assists. He followed that up in 2006-07 by playing in 78 games and scoring 11 points. That spring's playoffs saw him appear in in five games and fail to record a point. In 2007-08, Scuderi saw action in 71 games while recording fives assists. He helped the franchise return to its third Stanley Cup final appearance that spring by playing in 20 games and recording three assists. During 2008-09, Scuderi played in 81 games and had 16 points. In the 2009 postseason, he stepped up in a defensive role while playing in 24 games and contributing five points. His biggest contribution during the postseason came in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final when he came through with a series of blocked shots which preserved a 2-1 victory (below). The team would advance to Game 7 where it won the third Stanley Cup title in franchise history. During the 2009 offseason, Scuderi joined the Kings as a free agent. In the 2013 offseason, Scuderi rejoined the Penguins as a free agent. Injuries limited him to 53 games and four assists in 2013-14. During the 2014 posteason, Scuderi appeared in 13 playoff games and had no points. Last season, Scuderi appeared in all 82 games and netted 10 points. During last spring's postseason, Scuderi saw action in five games and failed to produce a point. After 25 games and four assists this season, Scuderi was traded to the Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley earlier this month. In 460 games with the Penguins, Scuderi scored 57 points. In 67 playoff games, he had eight points.

-After the Jump: Things get ugly between the Bruins and Senators.

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Pot City

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Pittsburgh just got a little mellower when City Council decriminalized marijuana possession. That is good news. Maybe the legislators in Harrisburg can learn from Pittsburgh's example. I wish they would fire up a doobie big enough to chill them out so they can pass a freaking budget. 

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