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The Grammys red carpet, in tweets

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

So you missed the Grammys? Not to worry! In 140 characters or less, Twitter can get you caught up on some of the "oh!," "ah!" and "eww!" style moments of the night.

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About the Sabres - 01-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Sabres.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports (rest of the United States), TSN, RDS.

Record: 14-29-7, 35 points. The Sabres are in last place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Cody Hodgson, 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists).

Last Game: 5-2 road win against the Blue Jackets, Saturday. Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and two assists for the Sabres.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 road loss, Oct. 5. Jhonas Enroth made 31 saves for the Sabres.

Sabres Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Steve Ott. He has points in three consecutive games.

Ex-Penguins on the Sabres: Randy Cunneyworth, player development coach; Matt D'Agostini, RW; Matt Moulson, LW (Moulson is a former draft pick who never played for the Penguins organization); Craig Patrick, advisor; Ken Saywer, senior advisor.

Ex-Sabres on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, assistant general manager; Taylor Pyatt, LW; Andre Savard, professional scout.

Useless Sabres Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Ryan Miller (above) is one of three Sabres goaltenders to win an Olympic medal and the Vezina Trophy. The others are Dominik Hasek and Tom Barrasso, a former Penguin.

Best Sabres Video We Could Find: Barrasso, then of the Sabres, pitching for a Western New York Nissan dealer:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (28-12-1, 2.31 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Ryan Miller (13-19-3, 2.62 GAA, .926 SV%) for the Sabres.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), center Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Sabres, right winger Drew Stafford ("upper body") is out. Right winger Matt D'Agostini ("upper body") and center Cody McCormick ("upper body") are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 59 Jayson Megna
17 Taylor Pyatt - 27 Craig Adams - 5 Deryk Engelland

4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen

-The Sabres' did not skate with line rushes at today's morning skate. Consider this a guess based off their game against the Blue Jackets Saturday:

26 Matt Moulson - 63 Tyler Ennis - 23 Ville Leino
9 Steve Ott - 19 Cody Hodgson - 28 Zemgus Girgensons
82 Marcus Foligno - 84 Phillip Varone - 65 Brian Flynn
37 Matt Ellis - 24 Zenon Konopka - 17 Linus Omark

Their defensive pairing at today's morning skate were:

10 Christian Ehrhoff - 5 Chad Ruhwedel
20 Henrik Tallinder - 57 Tyler Myers
6 Mike Weber - 4 Jamie McBain

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Sabres, this happened:

-Malkin has appeared in 499 career games.

-Kunitz has 197 career goals.

-Nolan doesn't care about Miller's rotten career numbers against the Penguins.

-Our live blog beings at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Final thoughts: Redemption road

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

GoDuquesne.com

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:
 
malkin text
 
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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