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About the Kings - 03-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Kings.

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

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports West.

Record: 42-25-6, 90 points. The Kings are in third place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Anze Kopitar (right), 59 points (22 goals, 37 assists).

Last Game: 5-4 road shootout win against the Capitals, Tuesday. Captain Dustin Brown and Dwight King each had a goal and an assist for the Kings.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 home loss, Jan. 30. Martin Jones made 14 saves for the Kings.

Kings Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Justin Williams. Just because.

Ex-Penguins on the Kings: Glen Murray, development consultant; Jake Muzzin, D (Muzzin is a former draft pick who never played for the Penguins at the NHL level); Luc Robitaille, president, business operations.

Ex-Kings on the Penguins: Dan Bylsma, head coach; Tony Granato, assistant coach; Rob Scuderi, D; Jeff Zatkoff, G (Zatkoff is a draft pick but never played for the Kings at the NHL level).

Useless Kings Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Muzzin, a fifth-round pick by the Penguins in 2007, has appeared in 123 career games. Only one player who has been drafted by the Penguins under the watch of general manager Ray Shero has appeared in more NHL game. Center Jordan Staal, a first-round pick in 2006, has 551 career games.

Best Kings Video We Could Find: Former Penguins center Dan Quinn, then of the Kings, scoring a penalty shot goal against the Ducks during the 1994-95 season:

Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (12-4-1, 2.55 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Martin Jones (10-5-0, 1.90GAA, .932 SV%) for the Kings.

Injuries: For the Penguins, centers Joe Vitale ("upper body") and Evgeni Malkin (foot) are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defensemen Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Kings, they are reporting no injuries.

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

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18 James Neal
49 Brian Gibbons - 57 Marcel Goc - 17 Taylor Pyatt
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna

3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi
44 Brook Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

-The Kings expected lines and defensive pairings are:

12 Marian Gaborik – 11 Anze Kopitar – 14 Justin Williams
  73 Tyler Toffoli– 10 Mike Richards - 77 Jeff Carter
70 Tanner Pearson – 28 Jarret Stoll – 23 Dustin Brown
13 Kyle Clifford – 22 Trevor Lewis - 71 Jordan Nolan

6 Jake Muzzin – 8 Drew Doughty
44 Robyn Regehr – 26 Slava Voynov
33 Willie Mitchell – 27 Alec Martinez

Notes:

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

-Tonight's game will be the 150th contest between the expansion brothers.

-The Penguins' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is one point.

-Adams has 99 career assist.

-Kings left winger Dwight King will miss the game due to a personal matter.

-Kings defenseman Matt Greene has played in 499 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Actor Liam Neeson talks candidly with GQ magazine

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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325liamneesonblogActor Liam Neeson, 61, talks candidly with GQ’s deputy editor Michael Hainey in the magazine’s April issue which arrives on newsstands April 1. Here are excerpts, courtesy of GQ:
 
On the movie “Taken”:
“I wanted to do more physical stuff. I really thought it would be kind of a little side road from my so-called career. Really thought it would go straight to video. But it just got great word of mouth. I was stunned.”
 
On who he wants to work with that he hasn’t yet:
“I’d love to work with Denzel. I have such admiration for him as an actor. I see an incredible nuance of someone who’s so comfortable in front of a camera. There’s an intelligence there; there’s an absolute truth. I’ve never seen that man portray anything less than the truth. It’s pure.”
 
On working with Woody Allen on "Husband and Wives":
“It was a good experience. There was a lull; a quiet came over the set when he came on. We were out at four in the afternoon. It was [expletive]  great.”
He also described a scene in which he and Judy Davis were in bed, primed for an intimate scene, but they and the crew were uncharacteristically waiting for the filmmaker. He appeared after 20 minutes and nd delivered his instructions to the actors. 
 
“ So there was no apology; nothing. What happened: His lawyer had gotten in touch with him to say Ms. Farrow has found naked photographs of her adopted daughter [Soon-Yi].”
 
On his kids:
“I think they do know that I’ll always be there, no matter what happens. But the thing Tasha and I really wanted to instill in them was manners. That may sound like such a basic thing, but I’ve heard so many adults say, ‘Oh, my God, your sons—they look you straight in the eye. They’re very polite and mannered.’ It makes me proud. And it can get you through a lot, in a way. Just showing respect for your fellow man.”
 
On being a single father:
“It’s just still a day-to-day thing, you know? My boys are teenagers. They’re experimenting. They’re flexing muscles and sometimes dangerous avenues, and you think, ‘[expletive] If Tasha was here, someone could share this.’ But yeah, we’re doing all right, you know?”
 
“There’s a worry nowadays, with every parent I’ve spoken to. It’s … drugs. It’s a virus. A teenager can take it and suddenly they can be hooked, and it changes their life and their family’s forever. That’s my constant worry. And I trust them, and they’re sensible boys, but it can be just that chemistry that doesn’t work. And now there’s talk of legalizing it. … 
 
“I was never into drugs, but I had a bad motorbike accident in 2000 and broke my pelvis, my heel. I wasn’t supposed to last the night. And when they took me to the hospital and gave me morphine, ugh, I thought, ‘This is how I want to go, with a big [expletive] jar of this stuff.’ And then when they give you that drip that you give yourself every six minutes. …I knew I was hooked, because I was counting those [expletive] drips, the seconds until I could push that button, and it was instantaneous, that high was.”
 
On why he gave up drinking:
“I was just — I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died. Pinot Noir: That’s all I drink. I was never into spirits or liquor, hard liquor. And I gave up the Guinness years ago, because it just — past an age, it sticks to you, you know? So last year, I just thought — they’ve been throwing these action movies at me, and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s just change it a little bit.’ And it’s been great. I love it.”
 
On dating:
“I’m keeping myself to myself. And I like it that way. I’m not hunting. I’m the opposite of a — what would a male cougar be? Is there such a thing? Whatever it is, I’m not that.”
  
On letting go of his role in "Lincoln":
“Natasha died in March, and then — I want to think it was toward the end of April, Steven [Spielberg] got together a reading, and we all sat: Sally Field, John Lithgow. Oh, just great actors. And Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Steven, of course. We started reading this, and there was an intro, and then I see ‘Lincoln:’ where I have to start speaking, and I just — a thunderbolt moment. I thought, ‘I’m not supposed to be here. This is gone. I’ve passed my sell-by date. I don’t want to play this Lincoln. I can’t be him.’” 
 
“I was thrilled that Daniel played him, and when I saw the film, I was like, ‘He’s [expletive] Abraham Lincoln. This is perfect.’ Perfect.” 
 
More information, www.GQ.com
 
 
Photos: Credit: Paola Kudacki / GQ
 

 

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Watch the Hays bald eagle cam installation

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

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(Courtesy of PixController)

The well-known bald eagles in Hays first made their nest in the current spot in the fall of 2013, and that inspired the collaboration between the Pennsylvania Game Commission and PixController.

The partnership resulted in a devoted online following and interest in the eagles' nest building and egg laying/sitting activities — all made possible by a 24-hour a day camera.

Now, you can see what the camera looks like (above), how it first went up and why it's able to operate around the clock (solar panels) thanks to a short montage PixController uploaded on Wednesday.

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Remembering Sean and Archie Miller before they were Sweet 16 coaches

Written by Mike White on .

One of the hot stories heading into the NCAA Sweet 16 is the Miller brothers. Rick Reilly of ESPN.com did a story on Sean and Archie, the first brothers to coach in the Sweet 16 in the same year. Much of the story was on their father, John.

USA Today also featured the two brothers - Sean the University of Arizona coach and Archie the coach at Dayton.

All of the attention given to the family this week got me to thinking about the many years of covering all the Millers at Blackhawk High School and beyond. Heck, I could probably wallpaper a room with all of the articles I did on them. Whether with Sean or Archie playing, or with John coaching, the Millers were in 18 championship games (13 WPIAL and five state). I figured out I covered 16 of those for the Post-Gazette and watched the other two. Geez. I guess that just says I've been doing this a long, long time and I'm definitely getting a "little" older. But just a little.

So as we head into Miller Time tonight in the Sweet 16, let's play I remember when ... 

**** The coaching all started for Sean. He was coaching a team of 8th or 9th graders in the old Ozanam Summer League in the Hill District in the late 1980s. I took my nephew to watch a game and remember saying "Isn't it obviouls Sean will definitely be a coach someday?" Sean and Pitt teammate Darelle Porter ended up coaching a team of 9th graders that were the Pittsburgh JOTS AAU team. (The picture below is of Sean and Darelle at a JOTS practice at the Pitt Field House. Don't you love Sean's short shorts?). Run by J.O. Stright, this team was the start of the JOTS. The team, which had Valley star Tom Pipkins, eventually went to nationals and did well.

 

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**** Sean helped Blackhawk win its first WPIAL title in 1986. It was a memorable game as Blackhawk beat Ellwood CIty, 71-70. It was a great dual between Sean and his friend, Dan Aloi. Aloi scored 39 points and Sean scored 14 of his 20 in the second half to bring Blackhawk back from a 14-point halftime deficit. Aloi had a half-court shot, I think, bounce off the rim at the buzzer.

**** Sean led Blackhawk to the WPIAL title game the following year. Sean had a terrific senior year but he didn't Sean Miller 1986 WPIAL final 338x450have much help that year and Blackhawk lost to Aliquippa, 51-37. Sean was averaging 29 a game but was held to 10 as Aliquippa surprisingly played a 2-3 zone, shadowing Sean everywhere he went. (Photo is of Sean driving against Aliquippa and Willie Lindsey).

**** Undefeated Blackhawk (with Dante Calabria) lost to Perry in a great game in the state semifinals at the Pitt Field House in 1991. Sean, a Pitt player then who was in the stands, was so upset near the end of the game that he threw his keys on the court (I think he still denies this, ha ha)

Archie Miller playing 319x425**** Archie (pictured) was the giant Franklin killer. As a sophomore he scored a three-point play with three seconds left to beat Franklin in the 1995 state playoffs second round. As a junior, he hit the winning shot with four seconds left in the second overtime to beat Franklin in the semifinals. As a senior, he scored 35 to beat Franklin in the first round.

**** Archie was a seldom-used freshman point guard, but was put into the game late in the 1994 WPIAL final against Beaver Falls because point guard Aidan McCann fouled out. Oh-oh. He dribbled the ball out of bounds off his foot and committed a key turnover in a Blackhawk loss (sorry to bring that up, Arch).

**** One day, I asked Archie how he got his name because his real first name is Ryan. "I don't know, one day when I was little Sean just looked at me when I was doing something and said 'You look like you should be an Archie.' And the name just stuck."

**** Sean told me his free-throw routine "one ... two ... three ... elbow to knee." (The photo is of Sean in his sophomore year at Blackhawk. Funny to see those old photos, isn't it? Although I don't think Archie changed all that much from high school).Sean Miller water bottle

**** I got Sean to be a judge for the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic slam dunk contest.

****  The first time I saw Sean. I was in high school and attended the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic as a fan in 1978. Sean was in third grade and put on a ballhandling show at halftime - with his Dad running the show. A few years later Sean was on the "Tonight Show" doing a ballhandling show.

**** Ten years after Sean's show, I was helping run the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic and got third-grader Archie to put on a ballhandling show with Baldy Regan's sons - Dan and Sean. Part of the show was Archie shooting at one end. I still remember the crowd going nuts when the tiny Archie canned about five in a row from past the foul line - as a third-grader. I still remember the Regans spinning balls on an umbrella and then opening the umbrella.

The picture below is of Archie and Sean in 1988.

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More of I remember when ... 

**** Archie came to a hospital and then the airport for Fabulous 5 group pictures.

**** Sean came to Mount Washington for the Fabulous 5 group photo in 1987.

**** Sean and Darelle  Porter were hanging out at the Dapper Dan Roundball hotel in the late 1980s, trying to recruit Don MacLean, a high school star from California who had Pitt on his final list.

**** Talking to Sean once he was at Pitt and Bob Smizik criticized him in a column after a loss to Georgetown. "I'd like to see what Smizik would do against Georgetown's press," said a perturbed Sean. "Me, too, but I don't think he has any eligibility left," I said.

**** Both Sean and Archie were two-time Fabulous 5 selections.

**** Both Sean and Archie had high school games when they were virtually unstoppable.

**** Sean would've had 2,000 career points if they had the 3-point line in his days at Blackhawk.

**** Talking to Sean, watching Sean and always noticing how he did things in a classy way - even to this day.

**** Talking to Archie, watching Archie and always noticing how he did things in a classy way - even to this day.

Archie Miller 1**** Archie played with Kobe. Yes, THAT Kobe. In 1996, the McDonald's All-American game was in Pittsburgh. Kobe Bryant played for the East team and John Miller was the coach. The team had only nine players for the first practice because Tim Thomas was not there. Archie (pictured) was a junior at Blackhawk then, and John brought him along to make 10. I remember Archie making some 3-pointers in a scrimmage.

**** People would say Archie was too little to play at North Carolina State. He only ended up as one of the best 3-point shooters in school history.

**** Talking once to Jay Bilas and him calling Archie one of the best shooters in the country. 

**** Sean played in the feature game of the 1987 Dapper Dan Roundball. "How did [Mechanicsburg's] Sean Muto make this game?" we wondered to each other.

**** Sean was Xavier's coach and came to the City League championship game to recruit Schenley's DeJuan Blair and D.J. Kennedy.

**** Seeing Sean way out at a Yough game when he was recruiting Ben McCauley.Archie and Wallace

**** Archie was a cover boy for a magazine I published (Pennsylvania Prep) (Picture is of Archie with Perry's Courtney Wallace, who went on to play at Duquesne University)

**** Talking to Sean on a Thursday when he was the coach at Xavier and telling him that I had a son, also named Sean, who would be a freshman at Xavier in the fall and had an interest in being a team manager. "Tell him when he gets here for orientation we'll sit down and talk and he can do whatever he wants." Four days later, Sean Miller took the Arizona job. So, no manager for Sean White. Ha ha.

**** I talked to Sean Miller when he got T.J. McConnell after he left Duquesne. "He's the last piece of the puzzle for what could be a Final Four team." Sean thought T.J. would start from day one. He was right on. We'll see this weekend about the Final Four thing. I say Arizona makes it.

**** And finally, I will always remember how both Sean and Archie were a pleasure to deal with. Oh, the memories.

 

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#SEENPATF: Pre-Party for Pittsburgh Aids Task Force Annual Benefit

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

At Mansions on Fifth last night I had the pleasure of meeting Tim McVay and David Bush, the co-chairs of this year's Pittsburgh Aids Task Force (PATF) 28th Annual Benefit. It was a pre-party event to kick off the PATF big benefit tonight at the historic Twentieth Century Club in Oakland.

(A relevant aside: Mansions on Fifth is one of the newest boutique hotels here in the city. It used to be a fantastic old mansion that had been damaged in a fire, now restored to its former glory.)

"We are so thrilled to be a part of PATF's benefit. This is such a great cause," Tim said.

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(#SEENbestselfieever) David Bush and Tim McVay with me in the middle

It was a great evening, and I met several people who have been involved with the PATF since its conception in 1985. Chuck Christen, executive director of PATF, explained that he is still surprised that there are so many people with so many misconceptions about HIV, AIDS, and treatment options. "I want people to know that if they have contracted HIV, come and see us. We can offer help and support in a variety of ways."

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Chuck Christen with Johnny Rodgers

The Johnny Rodgers Band will be performing at PATF's benefit tonight at the Twentieth Century Club. They will get people dancing for sure!

Two people I hope to see in their dancing shoes are Nachum Golan and Steve Hough, newlyweds who have been together for many years, and involved with PATF (longer than I'm allowed to say). Their secret to a happy, long-term relationship? Never stop dancing, of course!


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#SEENHappyCouple: Nachum Golan and Steve Hough

For more information on PATF, check out their website: http://www.patf.org/

Follow PATF on Twitter: @PghAids

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