Fashion trends on parade at Golden Globes red carpet

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Ah, a new year, another awards season -- another chance to preview the trends that might turn heads in 2014. 

Fresh and edgy met classic and colorful on the Golden Globes red carpet. And if the gowns celebrities selected are any prediction, 2014 is going to be a year of fashion and beauty that people can easily adapt for their own wardrobes. 

Some of the top trends of the night (in no particular order) were ...

  • Radiant in red
  • Sleeves on formal wear (capped, 3/4-length and long)
  • Short, slicked-back hair
  • natural, dewy makeup
  • Simple accessories
  • Silhouettes with structure
  • Polished up-dos (Side twist, braided halo and loose bun)
  • Muted floral patterns
  • Monochromatic colors
  • Casual-meets-luxe (cropped top paired with skirt)

Which is your favorite?

Lena Dunham


Kerry Washington


Kaley Cuoco Sweeting


Hayden Panettiere


Olivia Wilde


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Empty Netter Assists - 01-13-14

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-Taylor Pyatt (above) has overcome tragedy to stick in the NHL.

-“I still think we can improve and be better with leads. We’ve got to try to control the play a little bit more. I still think we can get to that point where we really just don’t give teams anything. That’s where you want to get.” - Sidney Crosby.

-Mike Condon made 23 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who were shut out by the Toledo Walleye, 7-0.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Rupp. A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, Rupp spent two seasons with the Penguins. During 2009-10, Rupp set career highs in games (81), goals (13) and points (19) and led the team with 120 penalty minutes. He saw action in 11 games during the 2010 posteason and failed to record a point. In 2010-11, Rupp played in 81 games and scored 17 points. In seven postseason games that spring he scored two points. Rupp, one of six former Penguins from Ohio - Ab DeMarco, Brian Holzinger, Moe Mantha, Ian Moran and Bryan Smolinski are the others - joined the Rangers during the 2011 offseason. In 162 regular season games, Rupp scored 36 points. In 18 postseason games, he scored two points. He is currently a member of the Wild.

-After the Jump: The Jets fire head coach Claude Noel.

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And the Golden Globe for best red carpet dress goes to ...

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The fashion foray on the red carpet at the 71st annual Golden Globes was a parade of flawless looks and a few faux pas. 

While many stars stunned, others left us shaking our heads wondering "what were they thinking?" If there was an award for "best gown," below are some of the celebrities who deserved it, along with those who deserve wishes for better luck next time. (Photos courtesy of Associated Press)


Lupita Nyong'o

The "12 Years a Slave" actress stunned at her Golden Globes red carpet debut in a rich red Ralph Lauren gown with long, flowing cape. She kept it simple, yet sophisticated, with minimal accessories, allowing her regal beauty to take center stage.


Zooey Deschanel

From tuxedo nail art to old Hollywood glamour-esque gowns, Ms. Deschanel is always an awards season "must see." Sunday night was no exception, when the actress achieved casual-meets-luxe fashion perfection with a champagne-colored, beaded cropped top and full tulle skirt by Oscar de la Renta. She completed it with coordinating pointed-toe pumps and side hair twist. So chic!


Taylor Swift

The songstress stuck with her signature color -- and it paid off. She exuded elegance and class, thanks to a strapless Carolina Herrera gown that showed off her porcelain complexion with a sweetheart neckline. 


Cate Blanchett

This black lace Armani gown with capped sleeves was another stunner, punctuated perfectly with drop earrings, bracelet and ring. 



Sandra Bullock

Three words: Color block chaos. Yes, it's true that color blocking has been all over the runway in recent years -- but that doesn't mean it belongs on the red carpet. The plunging neckline and black-trimmed bodice created a slimming effect, so at least the gown wasn't a complete flop.


Drew Barrymore

The actress' bubbly persona and mom-to-be glow radiated on the red carpet. But add in this Monique Lhuillier pink floral gown, and it was just too much prim and pretty. The dress stuck to the designer's feminine, soft aesthetic, and on someone else it might be divine. But something about it kept Ms. Barrymore from rising from so-so to sophistication.


Julia Roberts

Kudos to anyone who dares to be different on the red carpet, but this gown might have left more people puzzled than pleased. Sure, it was Dolce & Gabbana -- and quite interesting. And maybe it would have been a good fit for a red carpet with lower stakes (say, a film festival). But the dress shirt-style top colored the look with a corporate, or even matronly, air. The polished up-do and natural makeup saved the day!


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Final thoughts: La Salle blows past Duquesne with strong second half

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Well, that probably could have gone better.

Duquesne erased an early lead and pulled ahead late in the first half. Then, something snapped, came unglued. Senior forward Ovie Soko traveled. On the next possession, he traveled again. Sophomore guard Micah Mason missed a jumper. Soko missed a jumper.

What was a 26-21 Dukes lead was now a one-point La Salle lead.

Basically, it was then — the 4:52 mark of the first half, when Duquesne held its largest lead of the day — that the wheels started to fall off. It didn't all happen at once, mind you, but this was the definite tipping point, like each mistake was another lug nut popping loose, and then, a few minutes into the second half, the wheels had fully fallen off, rolled off the side of the road and buried themselves in a muddy ditch.

Maybe it just felt that way.

"It was a tale of two halves," second-year Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. It's an all-too-convenient and well-worn cliché, of course, but he's right.

The Dukes shot 46.4 percent from the field in the first half; 24.0 percent in the second half. La Salle shot 46.4 percent in the first half; 60.9 percent in the second half.

“In the second half, we couldn’t throw it in the ocean,” Ferry said.

The lone constant, I suppose, was Soko's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He's a fiery kid, and you love that about him. He hustles. He yells. He rallies his teammates whenever he can for a quick huddle. Duquesne would be in a real bind without Soko.

But he'll be the first to tell you Sunday was a real disappointment. Credit La Salle, too, because center Steve Zack did an A+ job keeping Soko out of the paint and on the perimeter, where he was forced to try driving (though they had closed up his driving lanes) or taking the outside shot (he was 1-5 from 3-point range).

Soko finished with 12 points on 3-15 shooting. He committed 7 turnovers and had more travels (3 or 4) than rebounds (2).

La Salle coach John Giannini had a brilliant quote after the game when asked how the Explorers stopped Soko: “I’m not a historian, but someone told me a [World War II general Douglas] MacArthur quote recently. He said, ‘If we try to defend everything, we defend nothing.’ ” So, they locked down on Soko until they didn't need to anymore.

Duquesne had 8 assists to 14 turnovers, a far cry from their performances the last two months.

It was a shame things got out of hand the way they did, because the atmosphere at the Palumbo Center was electric in the first half. Was really, really impressed with the 'Red Out' showing on the Bluff.

(Full game story here.)

If you're the sort of person who likes Duquesne highlights, here you go — it'll take less than two minutes of your life.

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Vincentian-North Catholic game one for the 90s

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There is "That 70s Show." Vincentian and Cardinal Wuerl Catholic put on a version of "That 90s Show" on Saturday.

It's not often you see college games where both teams score in the 90s. It is even more unusual to see a high school game with both teams in the 90s. But that's what happened when Vincentian beat Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 95-92.

It had to be a treat to watch.

"It was exciting," said Vincentian coach George Yokitis. "A lot of people were telling me it was the best five dollars they ever spent."

The score was 52-51 at halftime. To put that in perspective, there were 17 games in the WPIAL and City League played Friday night where both teams didn't score 103 points THE ENTIRE GAME.

I'm sitting here trying to think of any WPIAL games I saw that didn't go to overtime and both teams scored more than 90 points. No one has records on such a thing. But it just doesn't happen often. One of the most memorable games I remember for scoring came in the 1982 PIAA semifinals (I know, I'm showing my age) when New Castle beat Penn Hills, 101-95. (If you have memories of a high school game with both teams in the 90s, let us know in the comments section below)

It wasn't surprising for Vincentian to score 90 points. The Royals came in averaging 92.9. They press full court, play at a fast pace, spread the floor on offense, try to drive it and also shoot a lot of 3-pointers because they don't have a starter taller than 6 feet 1.

But North Catholic came in averaging 59.4 points. The Trojans apparently were happy to play Vincentian's style.

"They shot it very well," Yokitis said. "They made a lot of 3-pointers and I didn't really anticipate that kind of shooting. Give them credit.

"It was truly and up and down game, but there were a lot of fouls. We fouled out a couple people. I think they fouled out three. The most exciting part was you would see runs by both teams."

Eight players scored in double figures in the game. Ryan Wolf scored 28 for Vincentian, Jamison Nee 20, Jim Kenna 19 and Jay Cortese 14. For North Catholic, Jon Savulchak had 27, Dom Robb 21, Ryan Kirby 20 and Chris Goetz 10.

"I knew they could play up and down because they have good athletes there," Yokitis said. "But would they try to play that way? You never know."

What if?

Vincentian's Ryan Wolf is one of the leading scorers in the WPIAL at 27 points a game. A colleague posed a question to me the other day which was interesting to ponder.

Vincentian is a private school and Wolf, a  lives in Hampton. The question was what would happen if Wolf attended Hampton and played for the Talbots? What would he do?

My answer was it would be questionable if he would start. Even if he did, I'd say he might average 8-10 points a game at the most.

Now this is no knock against Wolf, who is an excellent player. It was just an interesting question to think about. The thing is that the make-up of Hampton's team and their talent would make it hard for the 5-foot-9 Wolf to be a major - at least this season.

For starters, Hampton has the Luther twins (Ryan and Collin) at 6-8 and 6-6. He obviously wouldn't play in front of them. Then there's 6-3 junior forward David Huber, who also is a talented player and has been starting since his freshman year. Wolf isn't playing in front of him. And Wolf certainly isn't playing in front of Joe Lafko, the coach's son.

At the other guard spot, Jack Obringer and a few others are very solid players for Hampton and do good things.

Again, it's no knock on Wolf, who is having a tremendous career at Vincentian. And it's no knock on Vincentian, who can compete with some Class AAAA teams. Basketball is a lot different than football. Good Class A or AA teams can compete - and even sometimes beat - decent Class AAAA teams.

It's just that the Wolf "what if" scenario goes to show that players roles can differ significantly, depending on the team and the classification.

Scoring milestones

***Beaver Falls' Elijah Cottrill is eight points away from scoring 1,000 for his career. He would be the sixth 1,000-point scorer under coach Doug Biega. Two of his players - Todd Thomas and Lance Jeter - scored 2,000.

***Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico is geteting close to becoming Fox Chapel's leading scorer. He has 1,228 points and the school record is 1,312 by Dave Ostrosky. D'Amico would break a record that has stood for 25 years. Ostrosky was a 1989 Fox Chapel graduate who went on to play at the University of Vermont.


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