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Final thoughts: Redemption road

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

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DUQUESNE 83:81 ST. BONAVENTURE

Redemption couldn't have been more perfect for Derrick Colter.

With 5.5 seconds left and the Dukes trailing, 81-80, Colter missed a pair of potential game-tying and go-ahead free throws. He immediately fouled, which was his first step toward saving the game and becoming the night's unlikely hero.

On the other end, Bonnies guard Andell Cumberbatch, owner of one of the league's finest names, missed twice. Colter rebounded. Duquesne coach Jim Ferry called a timeout. His best player, Ovie Soko, had fouled out. He turned to the five on the floor; they'd run the play before, the one that calls for Colter to inbound, take a handoff and speed up the court. He has two options: shoot himself or ditch to the wings. We saw it against New Hampsire -- remember that? Colter took the shot then, too, and he missed.

So, it was another second chance for Colter. He had 3.8 seconds.

Colter inbounded to freshman forward L.G. Gill, took the handoff, and sprinted over midcourt, getting pressure from Bonnies guard Jordan Gathers as the clock hit 00:03, then 00:02. At the one-second mark, Colter elevated, Gathers ducked underneath to avoid a whistle, giving Colter as clean of a look as he could have asked for on this desperation floater.

I'll let play-by-play man Ray Goss tell the rest:

"I knew it was going in," Colter said afterward. Soko, seated beside him, just laughed and kept shaking his head.

The bucket gave Colter 14 points, a three-for-three night from 3-point range, and, most critically, snapped Duquesne's four-game losing streak in the most dramatic possible fashion. It landed him at No. 4 on SportsCenter's top-10 highlights alongside three other buzzer-beaters.

Colter had turned the ball over four times in the first half, and Ferry admitted his was really displeased with his point-guard play, but Colter turned things around in the second half and finished with five assists and that sweet, sweet taste of redemption.

Here's the P-G gamer, in case you missed it.

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Ghost bringing dark mass to Stage AE

Written by Scott Mervis on .

ghostIf you like your bands in cool costumes, it's hard to do better than Ghost, the Swedish hard rock band featuring Papa Emeritus II, in his pope get-up, and his hooded Nameless Ghouls.

The band's last Satanic mass was at Mr. Smalls in May 2013. Now they return to Stage AE, where they opened for Opeth and Mastodon, on April 18, with King Dude. Tickets -- $23 advance; $25 day of show -- go on sale Jan. 31 at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Ghost, which uses clean vocals and often rocks about as hard as Blue Oyster Cult or Pink Floyd, released a new EP in November, "If You Have Ghost," produced by Dave Grohl (who has secretly performed with the band) and featuring covers of ABBA, Roky Erickson and Depeche Mode songs.

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Здравствуйте (hello) from Russia Best!

Written by Brady McCollough on .

From the moment I knew I was going to Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, one phrase has kept popping into my head. Truly, I can't stop saying it:

"Russia best."
 
Evgeni Malkin had already given Pittsburgh so much -- another visit from Lord Stanley's Cup and his hilariously happy parents, Vladimir and Natalia, to name a few things -- but when his Twitter direct message exchange with the Phoenix Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette surfaced on Bissonnette's account in June 2012, we were forever further indebted to "Geno" for the following:
 
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So, yeah. That was awesome. Please never get old. 
 
And in thinking of a name for this blog, in which I will do my best to regale you with funny and interesting tidbits from my travels during the coming weeks, I just couldn't get away from  "Russia Best." Oh, we thought about "The Borscht Identity" or "Brady + Russkie = BRUSSKIE!" and a few others, but the blog will be called "Russia Best," and I hope it brings a smile to your face each time you visit as it will mine.
 
My mission on this trip is obviously to do some good journalism, but it is also to find out what makes Russia the best to Geno (of course, he gives some hints in the context of his conversation with Bissonnette). 
 
I'll be traveling to Moscow and then to Magnitogorsk, Malkin's hometown, and then on to Sochi to cover the games. I've never been to Russia, and I certainly don't speak the language, so this will be quite the adventure. I hope to keep you entertained.

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Photos of the snow covered garden are fun

Written by Doug Oster on .

Yesterday, I had to get out of the house and walk in the garden. I took the dogs out for a couple hours and just took pictures of what I liked.

Scroll down to the last one, to see my poor pooch at the end of the photo shoot.

You're probably as tired of hearing people like me complain about winter as I am with the weather itself.

It was wonderful to explore the garden in the snow. This layer of snow will help protect any plants that are underneath. The white stuff is a great insulator.

It was great to get some fresh air, although my dog Guinness might not agree.

blog maple seeds winter IIThe branches of 'Shigarami' Japanese maple are filled with seeds. Last year I saved some and sprouted them in the greenhouse. Photos by Doug Oster

blog tithonia droppingOne of my favorite plants is 'Torch' tithonia or Mexican sunflower. I'm hoping the downward looking seed heads will give me some volunteers in the spring.

blog azalea budsThese azalea buds are beautiful when seen close up. The below zero temperatures won't effect them at all.

blog holly snowAmerican holly is one of the few plants the deer turn their nose up at...at least in my forest.

blog barberry redThere aren't many red barberry berries left in the garden, I guess the birds have taken them.

blog britt snow seed headAren't the seed heads of ligularia 'Brit Marie Crawford' beautiful in the snow?

blog dried beansA few pole beans were left behind last summer.

blog looking inHere's a shot looking inside. It's succulents growing in a faux moss purse. Can you see the guy in the reflection?

blog snow grassI always wait unti spring to cut back my ornamental grasses, the plumes sway in the winter winds.

blog can we go in nowGuinness wonders if it's time to go inside yet.

 

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Jordan Robinson ruled partial qualifier, not eligible this season

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Jim Ferry, do you have an update on Jordan Robinson?

"Yeahhh ... and it's not good for the Dukes."

Robinson, a freshman center, has been in an ongoing eligibility battle all season long, and Duquesne finally got an answer. But not the one it was hoping for.

Robinson is a partial qualifier, Ferry said. He can stay on athletic scholarship but will not be able to practice with the team or compete for the Dukes this season.

At this point in the season, it was likely he might just take a redshirt anyway, but Duquesne is still thin in the frontcourt -- and at the very least he would have been able to practice with the team for the remainder of the season.

Ferry said Robinson will have four years of eligibility remaining when he first suits up next fall.

"It's disappointing, really disappointing," Ferry said, "but he's taking it well."


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