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Five thoughts on Monday's Wolf-Corbett debate

Gov. Tom Corbett debates challenger Tom Wolf Monday in Hershey. (Matt Rourke / AP photo)

The setting – the annual dinner for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey – probably meant that Gov. Tom Corbett was a bit more comfortable from the start of Monday night's gubernatorial debate.

And it showed.

Mr. Corbett was the winner of...

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Coder resigns as Canon-McMillan football coach

Written by Mike White on .

The season still isn't half over and two WPIAL coaches have now walked away from their jobs.

Ron Coder resigned this morning as Canon-McMillan's coach, citing conflict among his coaching staff. He is the second WPIAL coach to quit in two weeks. Carlynton's Mauro Monz resigned last week.

Coder, a former NFL player, and Canon-McMillan athletic director Frank Vulcano met this morning and Coder then resigned. Vulcano has been on the job for only a week after a number of years as Chartiers Valley's AD.

"Really, basically it was an internal coaching situation," said Coder, not going into specifics.

Vulcano said, "There have been some internal things within the coaching staff and within the program that were issues. Between him and I, we felt it would be the best decision for him to resign from the program."

Canon-McMillan officials were to meet with the team's players this afternoon. Offensive coordinator Terry George will take over as interim coach.

Coder was hired as Canon-McMillan's coach only last season and won only one game in his tenure. He was 1-8 last year and 0-4 this season. This year's team had been outscored, 157-21, while the 2013 team was outscored, 360-65.

Canon-McMillan was 5-32 in the four years before Coder took over. 

Coder played at Penn State and was selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 1976 NFL draft. He never played for the Steelers. He was traded to Seattle and played three seasons there before playing a season with St. Louis.

Coder also coached the Pittsburgh Passion for a year and won the 2007 Independent Women's Football League championship.

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Dana Holgorsen presser: Bye-week breakdown

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen joined the media corps Tuesday for a bye-week press conference.

• OPENING STATEMENT | "The biggest thing on our mind is moving forward. ... We're 2-2. That's where we're at. That's the best way I can put it. Don't want any pats on the back for keeping it relatively close in the games we lost." Challenged players to put their best foot forward in Big 12 play. Thinks team is in a "relatively good place. I think they really want to win."

• TRAVIS BELL | The redshirt senior cornerback has retired, and it was the player's decision.

• MISTAKES | Two big mistakes against Oklahoma really were crucial. The first, the kick return, tied things up entering halftime. The second was Clint Trickett's interception following Wes Tonkery's interception. Disappointing to see those mistakes affect outcomes of games.

• TRICKETT | Oklahoma had two rushers that were as good as any West Virginia has seen this season. Trickett is a true leader, "communcation is fantastic. He's harder on himself than I am."

• ISHMAEL BANKS | "I thought Icky played well. He's got a lot of game experience, so he went out there and competed."

• DARYL WORLEY | "He remains indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather facts."

• GOOD TEAMS AHEAD | Likes the players' approach for the Alabama and Oklahoma games. "We have to play like that all the time." Now they've got to do it eight more times.

• AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT | Needs to see better work on all three sides of the ball. Have to keep working on timing, techniques. "We've got a long way to go in everything we're doing." ... "If we want to be a top-five team, we must dominate not just on offense but on all three sides of the ball. We're playing winning football on all three sides of the ball, inconsistently. ... In order for us to win that game against a top-five opponent, we needed to score a few more touchdowns."

• KEVIN WHITE | Wishes Trickett could have gotten him the ball a little more. "He continues to play well. The rapport that him and Clint have right now is really good." That can go away quickly, so Trickett needs to maintain that with the loaded receiver group. ... "We thought he had some potential. We saw flashes of it last year, in spring and in camp. What I've been happy with is the consistency he's played with." Now seeing flashes of it with Mario Alford and Rushel Shell — the only ones doing it consistently at skill spots are Trickett and White. "I don't know when the light's gonna go on for some of this guys. It doesn't always go on."

• CRITICAL TIME OF YEAR? | "Everything we do is critical. You can't ever relax. We made that loud and clear with the guys. This is not an off week, we need to get back to work. You never have things figured out; you can never relax."

DBs | "This is a big week for everybody. We'll work with our developmental guys." Second-teamers like Jeremy Tyler and Jaylon Myers will be in the spotlight this week.

• RUN GAME | Have called more running plays than anybody in the conference, but the run game right now isn't great and isn't bad. Have faced two great rush defenses in Oklahoma and Alabama. "I'm OK with where we're at with it. It's based on scheme, what opponents are throwing at it." Don't have many explosive plays in the run game, but that has a lot to do with defense.

• REVENGE VS. KANSAS | That better be all the motivation this team needs. Last year's loss was a "miserable performance. I've been watching it for two days and want to puke."

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Chadwick Boseman talks splits, pinching pennies and how the best is yet to come

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson and James Brown, is featured in GQ’s first “Age Issue,” celebrating the idea of looking awesome at any age. 
 
It also features Blake Griffin, Norman Reedus, Clive Owen, and Tom Selleck. 
 
GQ surveyed the five about getting old, staying young, looking sharp, and living well, whether you’re 25 or 75. The October issue of GQ is available on newsstands in New York and L.A. today and nationally Sept.  30.
 
Excerpts from his interview, with a link to the full piece below:
 
On the physicality of his roles:  “ I did the splits ninety-six times one day on ‘Get On Up.’ ”
   
On his favorite fitness trick: “Juicing. I got my own personal masticating juicer at home.”
 
On mistakes he’s made: “I might have had too many friends in my 20s. I’ve definitely closed things down. No new friends now.” 
 
On the most stressful time in his life: “I think the most stressful time of my life was when I was in New York and I didn’t have money to pay my rent. I was going to the mailbox every day waiting for the check to come. When you don’t have money, when you’ve got, like, a jar full of change and each day it’s ‘Okay, I’ve got enough to get on the train’ and ‘Maybe that check’s gonna come today ...’   There’s nothing more stressful than your stomach growling. But interestingly enough, some of my best writing came when I was poor and hungry—living off water and oatmeal, mind clear.
 
On what’s next:  “I’m not kicking back enjoying the spoils, because it’s like I don’t think I’ve done my best work yet, you know what I’m saying? It ain’t no time to rest right now.
 
Photo by Sebastian Kim/GQ. For the full story, see: 
 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 09-23-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Marc-Andre Fleury (above) made 18 saves for the Penguins in a 2-1 preseason loss to the Red Wings.

-Highlights:

-Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk left the game in the third period after suffering a shoulder injury on a hit by Rob Scuderi.

-Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguin:

-Mike Johnston and Rick Tocchet run the bench:

-Bobby Farnham and Detroit's Alexei Marchenko were in a bad way here:

-The Penguins' lineup for tonight's game in Columbus is scheduled to be:

Forwards - Craig Adams, Steve Downie, Andrew Ebbett, Marcel Goc, Kasperi Kapanen, Tom Kostopoulos, Tom Kuhnhackl, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Adam Payerl, Bryan Rust, , Conor Sheary, Zach Sill, Dominik Uher

Defensemen - Alex Boak, Brian Dumoulin, Christian Ehrhoff, Scott Harrington, Kris Letang, Harrison Ruopp, Philip Samuelsson

Goaltenders - Thomas Greiss, Jeff Zatkoff

-The Blue Jackets' expected lineup for tonight:

Forwards -  Josh Anderson, Artem Anisimov, Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Michael Chaput, Sean Collins, Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Gibbons, Scott Hartnell, Kerby Rychel, Corey Tropp, T.J. Tynan

Defensemens - Cody Goloubef, Jack Johnson, Austin Madaisky, Fedor Tyutin, Will Weber, James Wisniewski.

Goaltenders - Sergei Bobrovsky, Oscar Dansk.

-Simon Despres is ready to step up under a new coaching staff.

-After the Jump: Ryan Malone scores for the Rangers.

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