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The Super Bowl lawyer ad that's rocking the internet

Written by Kim Lyons on .

Personal injury lawyers are probably those in the legal profession who most heavily advertise their services on television. But Savannah, Ga. lawyer Jamie Casino (yes, that's his name), has raised the bar way, way high with his cinematic, heavy metal, two-minute tale of personal transformation that aired during the Super Bowl in the Savannah area.

 

Your move, Edgar Snyder.

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Empty Netter Assists - 02-04-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It felt like a little while, a lot longer than it probably was, trying to be patient with the puck there and wait for an opening." - James Neal on his overtime goal.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. The Senators have not won in Pittsburgh since Jan. 10, 2012.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I just tried to get my leg, my glove over there and try to stop it. I was glad it went in my glove." - Marc-Andre Fleury on his glove save against Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the third period.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Fleury's save deserves its own clip:

-A great look at the save:

-Robert Bortuzzo versus Ottawa's Zack Smith:

-A good look at the fight:

-A few good looks at Neal's goal:

-Ottawa's Chris Neil tried to clean up the stray lid of Tanner Glass:

-Sidney Crosby fended off Ottawa's Jared Cowen:

-Dan Bylsma let everyone know "Superman IV" was his favorite of the series:

-We think.

-Ottawa's Craig Anderson fought off this puck:

-Fleury speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Neal speaks:

-Kris Letang continues to deal with an illness.

-Has Brooks Orpik's game declined?

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defensemen Nick D’Agostino and Harrison Ruopp from Wheeling.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Eric Hartzell was named the AHL goaltender of the week.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Mark Letestu. A free agent signing late in the 2006-07 season, Letestu spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2009-10, he appeared in 10 games and scored one goal. He saw action in four playoff games in 2010 and recorded on assist. Last season, Letestu set career highs in games (64), goals (14), assists (13) and points (27). In seven postseason games last spring, he recorded one assist. After 11 games and one assist this season, Letestu was traded to the Blue Jackets for a draft pick. In 85 regular season games with the Penguins, Letestu scored 29 points. In 11 postseason games, he recorded two assists. He is still a member of the Bue Jackets.

-After the Jump: Thomas Vanek says no thanks to the Islanders and John Tortorella returns to the Canucks.

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Super Bowl Ads

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The GOP Party (or an offshoot) gave four, that's right, four, different responses to Obama's State of the Union last week. Maybe they will begin giving responses to every major cultural and political event. 

020414 Super Bowl Ads

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Nola a candidate at Gateway ..... Dukes get top players ..... State basketball rankings

Written by Mike White on .

Could highly-successful Clairton football coach Tom Nola be on the sidelines at Gateway next season?

Nola had no comment on the situation but the Post-Gazette has learned he is definitely a candidate for the Gateway job. He has applied. The job became open when the school decided to open Donnie Militzer's position after only one season. 

Nola (pictured) has been Clairton's coach since 2002. He has won six WPIAL titles and four PIAA championships. He guided the team to a state-record 66-game winning streak, which was snapped last season.

One of the other candidates for the Gateway job is former Plum coach Frank Sacco. He coached Plum from 2009-12 before the school opened his position.

Gateway already has interviewed candidates. No word on when a coach will be hired. Stay tuned.

Duquesne gets top players

It looks like coach Jerry Schmitt is putting together a pretty good recruiting class for Duquesne University. The Post-Gazette has learned of three more WPIAL players who will sign with the Dukes Wednesday:

*** Upper St. Clair lineman Ben Huss. Huss was a Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection this past season and last week was selected to the Big 33 Pennsylvania team. Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render has called Huss one of the most athletic linemen he has ever coached.

*** Beaver Falls quarterback-defensive back Danny Stratton. Stratton (pictured) was an all-conference pick and a two-time Post-Gazette West Fabulous 22 selection. He threw for 1,442 yards last season. But Stratton is a good enough athlete that he could also play a different position. He is in his second year as a starter for the Beaver Falls basketball team.

*** New Castle's Stew Allen. Allen is a good-size tight end who also is a starter on the undefeated New Castle basketball team.

On top of those players, Duquesne also landed two transfers from Division I schools. Former Chartiers Valley quarterback-receiver-defensive back Wayne Capers transferred from the University of Arizona. 

Former Gateway linebacker Jesse Armstead transferred from Purdue.

State basketball rankings

Here are the latest state boys basketball rankings from pennlive.com and the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

 

CLASS AAAA

No.  School                                          Rec    Pvs

1.     Roman Catholic (12)                  16-3        1

2.     New Castle (7)                            19-0        2

3.     Martin Luther King (12)            17-4        4                           

4.     Chester (1)                                  14-3        5

5.     Hampton (7)                                18-2        3

6.     North Allegheny (7)                    16-2        6

7.     Great Valley (1)                           18-2        7

8 .    Obama Academy (8)                   15-0      10                                    

9.     St. Joseph’s Prep (12)                 15-4     NR

10.  Lower Merion (1)                         13-6     NR

Others to watch: Abington (1) 17-3, Bethel Park (7) 14-4, Carlisle (3) 14-6, Cathedral Prep (10) 10-5, Cedar Crest (3) 16-4, Central (12) 20-2, Central York (3) 18-2, Conestoga (1) 17-3, Cumberland Valley (3) 15-5, East Stroudsburg North (11) 14-4, Emmaus (11) 14-5, Fox Chapel (7) 15-4, Franklin Regional (7) 13-6, Gateway (7) 12-8, Harrisburg (3) 16-5, Haverford (1) 13-7, Hazleton (2) 16-2, Hempfield (3) 15-5, Hempfield (7) 17-2, Hershey (3) 13-7, LaSalle College (12) 16-4, Lower Dauphin (3) 12-7, McCaskey (3) 14-6, McDowell (10) 16-2, Oxford (1) 15-5, Parkland (11) 15-4, Penn Wood (1) 12-6, Penncrest (1) 15-5, Pennsbury (1) 16-3, Plum (7) 16-2, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 18-2, Pocono Mountain West (11) 14-4, Reading (3) 15-6, Red Lion (3) 18-3, Spring-Ford (1) 18-2, Upper Darby (1) 13-6, Upper St. Clair (7) 14-5, Whitehall (11) 12-8, William Allen (11) 12-7, Wilson (3) 19-2, York (3) 15-5.

 

CLASS AAA 

No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                  15-4         2

2.     Archbishop Carroll  (12)               17-3         1

3.     Allentown Central Cath (11)         19-0         3

4.     Imhotep Charter (12)                    18-4         4

5.     Berks Catholic (3)                           17-3         5

6.     Chartiers Valley (7)                        18-1         7

7.     Abington Heights (2)                      17-1         8

8.     Scranton Prep (2)                           17-1         9

9.     Central Valley (7)                           16-2       10

10.   Bishop McDevitt (3)                       19-1          6

Others to watch: Archbishop Wood (12) 11-9, Blue Mountain (11) 18-2, Boiling Springs (3) 18-2, Boys Latin (12) 19-3, Crestwood (2) 15-3, Elizabeth Forward (7) 15-3, Erie East (10) 14-3, Farrell (10) 16-1, GAR Memorial (2) 14-4, Girard (10) 10-5, Hickory (10) 13-3, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 15-5, Honesdale (2) 16-2, Indiana (7) 17-2, Knoch (7) 14-4, Manheim Central (3) 18-2, Mars (7) 11-6, Montour (7) 12-6, Oil City (10) 13-2, Philly Electrical (12) 13-9, Pottsville (11) 17-3, Salisbury (11) 14-6, Shamokin (4) 17-2, South Fayette (7) 11-5, Steel Valley (7) 13-3, Steelton-Highspire (3) 17-4, Strong Vincent (10) 9-5, Susquehanna Twp (3) 13-5, Thomas Jefferson (7) 17-2, Uniontown (7) 17-1, West York (3) 21-1.

 

CLASS AA 

No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Constitution (12)                                18-4       1

2.     Loyalsock (4)                                      16-1       2

3.     Lewisburg (4)                                     18-1       3

4.     Seton-La Salle (7)                               19-1       4

5.     Greensburg Central Cath (7)            15-2       5

6.     Beaver Falls (7)                                  16-4       8

7.     Aliquippa (7)                                       14-5       9

8.     Mid Valley (2)                                     15-2        7

9.     Holy Cross (2)                                     13-4    NR                                       

10.   Fairview (10)                                      15-2     10

Others to watch: Avonworth (7) 15-3, Bald Eagle Area (6) 15-4, Bishop McCort (6) 12-4, Blairsville (6) 15-1, Calvary Christian (1) 15-2, Camp Hill (3) 14-8, Central Martinsburg (6) 11-6, Chartiers-Houston (7) 13-5, Columbia (3) 13-7, Conemaugh Twp (5) 13-4, Conwell-Egan (12) 14-6, Dunmore (2) 11-8, East Juniata (4) 17-0, Elk Lake (2) 17-0, Hanover (3) 16-5, Jeannette (7) 11-7, Mercyhurst Prep (10) 14-3, Neshannock (7) 15-5, Quaker Valley (7) 17-2, Penns Valley (6) 14-2, Richland (6) 13-3, Riverside (2) 13-5, Shady Side Academy (7) 11-8, South Allegheny (7) 13-7, South Williamsport (4) 13-4, Towanda (4) 16-2, Tyrone (6) 15-3, Washington (7) 14-6, Wellsboro (4) 14-5, West Middlesex (10) 12-5, Windber (5) 13-3.

 

CLASS A 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Lincoln Park (7)                                   18-1       1

2.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                 8-13     2

3.     Bishop Carroll (6)                                17-0       3

4.     Vincentian (7)                                      18-1        4

5.     St. John Neumann (4)                          18-0        5

6.     Johnsonburg (9)                                   17-3       6

7.     Elk County Catholic (9)                        16-2        7

8.     Monessen (7)                                        14-5        8                                  

9.     Bishop Guilfoyle (6)                             14-2        9

10.  Church Farm (1)                                   14-4     NR

Others to watch: Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 14-2, Cameron County (9) 17-1, Carmichaels (7) 14-2, Clarion-Limestone (9) 17-1, Cochranton (10) 15-3, DuBois Central Catholic (9) 13-4, Greenwood (3) 14-5, Homer-Center (6) 17-2, Juniata Valley (6) 16-3, Kennedy Catholic (10) 10-7, Lebanon Catholic (3) 12-7, Mahanoy Area (11) 18-2, Mansfield (4) 15-5, Mount Calvary (3) 17-2, Nativity (11) 15-4, New Hope Academy (3) 10-8, North Catholic (7) 9-9, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 14-5, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 14-5, Phil-Mont Christian (1) 14-3, Pius X (11) 13-3, Portage (6) 14-4, Ridgway (9) 16-4, Sewickley Academy (7) 12-5, Shade (5) 13-4, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 14-4, Sullivan County (4) 14-5, Western Beaver (7) 13-4.

 

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Jim Ferry, Dukes prepare to face upstart Colonials in D.C.

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Duquesne coach Jim Ferry joined the Atlantic 10 teleconference Monday morning to preview the Dukes' (10-10, 2-5 Atlantic 10) Wednesday night matchup against George Washington (17-4, 5-2). 

Opening statement ...

"We had our last non-conference game at NJIT Wednesday night. Came out a little flat. Whether it was guys being so focused on the league [games] or whatnot, we got behind and had to ride it out and make some plays down the stretch to win the game -- which was great. We continued on the road, stayed on the road with all the travel problems in this weather we just stayed out. We went right to Philly. I thought we came out real aggressive against La Salle. Played well at times, but didn't play well enough to beat them there. For the first time in a long time, we didn't shoot very well from the field. La Salle did a very good job defending us. I think we shot 35 percent; in our last five games or so we've been shooting around 50 percent from the field. Didn't get to the free-throw line as much as we usually do. We pride ourselves in making more free throws than our opponents even attempt, and La Salle beat us at that part of the game, which doesn't happen very often to us. Tough game. We broke down defensively a little bit and allowed them to get into the lane. We just did not play well enough to win on the road. I thought we played hard enough; we just didn't play well enough to beat a good La Salle team who had just lost three in a row, so there was a sense of urgency on their part. Again, we're still a team that is a work in progress as we get into the second of the league here. Our emphasis is defending better, and we actually defended pretty well against La Salle, except we got hurt on the glass. Held them to 38 percent from the field and 25 from three. But we got beat on the glass and beat on the foul line. We've got to continue to focus on getting better. Obviously, it'll be a tough challenge to go on the road at George Washington, who is having a fantastic year and is playing with such great confidence. They're obviously a very well-coached team, and it's a big challenge for us. Every game is, and we're taking it one game at a time right now."

On whether Duquesne staying stride-for-stride in first halves but falling behind in last 10 minutes or so is a product of having a young team still learning to finish ...

"I think so. I think that's part of it. The lack of depth in the frontcourt has hurt us at times. We have to play Ovie [Soko] and Domo [McKoy] so many minutes because of injury [or ineligibility] in the frontcourt, and then really true freshmen playing in the frontcourt, one of which still isn't physically ready, but he's doing the best he can in Isaiah Watkins. And then just the inconsistency and our youth. And sustaining -- when you're a good team, you're able to sustain and finish. That's obviously been an issue for us at times. I think it's more on the defensive side than it is the offensive side."

On how to keep up with George Washington, who is 10-0 at home ...

"They're a fantastic team. They're holding teams to about 65 points per game. They're so big at every single position. Their 1-3-1 has bothered a lot of people. We've got to go in and try to get the game at our tempo, try to play fast and aggressive. But they're scoring close to 75 points per game. It's going to be a challenge. We have to continue to play unselfishly offensively, and then we've got to figure out how we can compete on the glass with these guys. They're so big; they're so physical; they use their size and length in all aspects of the game, both offensively and defensively. Ourselves, being a little bit smaller, it's going to be a challenge. We've got to use our quickness and aggressiveness to get the game close to our tempo."

On whether it's a pick-your-poison scenario, given GW's rebounding, defense and balanced scoring ...

"We're still in the process of putting our game plan together on how to attack them. Again, when you've got a team that's only lost four games all year, and five guys averaging double figures -- almost six -- their confidence level is really high. They were without three starters in the Dayton game and almost won that basketball game. That's a credit to their program; their starting backcourt was out and they just kept making plays. Their frontcourt is fantastic. Their guards ... that kid [Patricio] Garino is such a unique basketball player. We've got to attack them with our aggressiveness and our speed. We also have really got to make sure we take care of the basketball and take good shots. We've got to score against these guys in the quarter-court to be able to beat them."

On George Washington's 1-3-1 ...

"They're frickin' enormous, man. They're enormous. You put Garino at the top of that, and they extend it, keep you off-balance very much so you don't know when the traps are coming or from where they're coming. They're really long; they're really physical. And, you know what, they play really hard in it. I think Mike [Lonergan] has done a great job of getting that team to really know who they are and what they are, both offensively and defensively. And they play that way. That zone is a big part of it. They go 2-3 out of bounds, and in a possession they'll change it up a little to a 1-3-1. They keep you off-balance. They're big and long; I think that's a perfect team to play a 1-3-1 zone with, since they're so long at every position."

On difficulty of playing not knowing if their starters will be back ...

"They almost beat Dayton at Dayton with all those guys out, so I'm going to prepare the same way. We're going to prepare as if Joe [McDonald] and Maurice [Creek] are playing, and we'll make any type of adjustments if not. They're still a very, very good basketball team. They're a team; that's what makes them very difficult to beat. They just have guys that are going to step up and make some plays."


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