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Empty Netter Assists - 10-21-14

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-So far, so good for Christian Ehrhoff (above).

-Welcome back Robert Bortuzzo ... to practice.

-Andrew Ebbett and Scott Harrington were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-EN Says: With neither player appearing in a game and the rest of the Penguins' roster getting healthier than it was during training camp, there really wasn't any reason for either of them to be on the NHL roster. Being assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, they can get some ice time.

-After struggling on the third line last season, Brandon Sutter is digging life on the second line.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Today would've been the 65th birthday of former Penguins forward Michel Briere. A third-round pick in 1969, Briere's brief NHL career amounted to 76 games, 12 goals, 32 assists and 44 points with the 1969-70 Penguins. His assist total set a franchise record at the time. During that spring's playoffs, Briere appeared in 10 games and scored eight points. One of his points was an overtime goal in a 3-2 win in Game 4 in a quarterfinal series against the California Seals. It was the first playoff series win in franchise history. In the offseason, Briere suffered severe injuries in a car wreck in Quebec. Despite multiple surgeries, he died as a result of his injuries, April 13, 1971. In response, the team retired his No. 21. To date, only Briere and Mario Lemieux have had their numbers retired by the franchise. Today, the team's rookie of the year award is named after him.

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Vincent Tremblay. Acquired in the 1983 offseason, Tremblay's entire Penguins' career amounted to four games, a 0-4-0 record, a 6.00 goals against average and .831 save percentage. While Tremblay's numbers with the Penguins are the furthest thing from being remarkable, his presence led to the most important move in franchise history. Late in the 1983-84, the Penguins suspiciously demoted respectable goaltender Roberto Romano to Baltimore of the AHL and recalled Tremblay, a career journeyman, late in the season "to see what he can do." All Tremblay could do was lose his four appearances for the Penguins to "help" them finish in last place and "earn" a chance to draft Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick in the 1984 draft. Tremblay was released in the 1984 offseason.

-After the Jump: Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is suspended after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

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Hands Up

Written by Rob Rogers on .

You have a much better chance of being shot by a policeman than contracting ebola. Just sayin'. 

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Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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A somber spirit enveloped the global style community Monday with the news that famed designer Oscar de la Renta had died. He was 82 years old. As recently as last month he was showing his latest collection to the industry's who's who at New York Fashion Week and also made headlines as the man behind Amal Clooney's wedding gown when she married George Clooney last month.

Read more on his life and passing below and view some photos from his career.

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Reuters - Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age of 82.

An individual taking calls at the designer's home in Connecticut on Monday night confirmed his death. The Spanish-language television network Univision reported that de la Renta died after a 10-year battle with cancer.

De la Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic and went to Spain to study art, made his name in the 1960s dressing one of the major fashion icons of the day, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

He was known as one of the industry's classic designers, famous for floral, feminine, classy, elegant designs, flattering silhouettes with full skirts, cinched waists, often in soft hues.

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and actress Dolores del Rio in May 1981 pose at the Casita Maria Benefit dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York where the two were honored. The designer was a favorite of socialites and movie stars. (Associated Press)


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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta watches as the final model walks the runway during the presentation of his Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Week in New York in September 2012. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)


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Vogue editor Anna Wintour with Oscar de la Renta arrive for the Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2012 runway show at New York Fashion Week in February 2012. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


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Designer Oscar de la Renta acknowledges the audience after his Fall 2014 collection show during Fashion Week in New York in February. (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press)

Photo at top: Oscar de la Renta takes a bow with models Karlie Kloss, left, and Daria Strokous, right, after his Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York in September. (Diane Bondareff/Associated Press)

 

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Fun with math, standard deviation and James Conner

Written by Sam Werner on .

This was originally going to be part of my Virginia Tech breakdown post (which is still coming later tonight or possibly tomorrow morning), but I ended diving into it deeper than I thought I would, so I thought I would break it out into it's own post.

James Conner looked a lot better in Pitt's 21-16 win against Virginia Tech Thursday night than he did during the three-game losing streak, but was he back to his pace from the first three games? His yards per carry was back up to 5.3 after being at 4.0 in the last two games, but there's something that felt off in this game, though, and a deep dive into the numbers confirmed it for me. Hold on, it's about to get real math nerdy.

I felt like Conner was much more boom-or-bust against Virginia Tech than he was early in the season, and the numbers confirm that. If you take his carries and throw out the shortest and longest ones to control for extremes, the standard deviation from the mean on his carries was 5.82 yards.

(Note: For anyone who forgot high school math, standard deviation is a measure that determines, on average, how far away each number in a set is from the overall mean of the set. A high standard deviation means a widely varying set, while a low standard deviation means a more clustered set of numbers.)

I did the same for every other game this season and, sure enough, this was the highest standard deviation in a set of carries for Conner this year (with the extremes thrown out). Here are the results:

Opponent Standard deviation (yards)
DELAWARE 4.93
BOSTON COLLEGE 4.96
FIU 4.61
IOWA 5.50
AKRON 3.42
VIRGINIA 3.62
VIRGINIA TECH 5.82

In the first three games, his standard deviation ranged from 4.61-4.96 yards. The only game that came close to Virginia Tech in this measure was Iowa, which came in at 5.50 yards. That makes sense, since Conner was so effective in the first half of the Iowa game, but essentially hit a wall in the second half.

Basically, the takeaway from this is that while Conner did look better against Virginia Tech, it wasn't really a return to the style and numbers he was putting up earlier in the season. The higher standard deviation implies that he had some big runs, but also got stuffed at the line a bunch. A look at the raw numbers back that up, too. Conner had four of his 16 carries go for 13 yards or more, but also eight (half of his total) go for two yards or less. It's much better for Pitt's offense is Conner is gaining 5-6 yards consistently, rather than going zero yards, zero yards, 15 yards.

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New ads rehash 'secret' issues

We're two weeks away from Election Eve – which should absolutely be a holiday on par with Christmas Eve– and The Battling Toms are lining up their best shots at each other – and emptying the wallets of their respective campaign funds. Two new ads hit YouTube – and, presumably, televisions near you – on Monday. Let's take a look at what each of The...

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