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Empty Netter Assists - Letang a Masterton finalist - 05-01-15

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-Kris Letang (above) was named a finalist for the Masterton Memorial Trophy. Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond were also named finalists.

-Sidney Crosby was named captain of Team Canada in the upcoming IIHF World Championship tournament. Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Stars forward Jason Spezza were named alternate captains.

-The tournament begins Friday. Here is the schedule.

-Quite a few of the Penguins' top prospects are getting playoff experience with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

-Former Penguins forward Nick Johnson has joined Brynäs of Sweden's SHL.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Chad Kolarik has joined Kloten of Switzerland's NLA.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Eric Meloche (right). The son of former Penguins goaltender and assistant coach Gilles Meloche, Eric Meloche was a seventh-round pick in 1996 and spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 2001-02 and recorded one assist in 23 games. The 2002-03 season saw him record six points in 13 games. His best season an an NHLer was 2003-04 when he recorded 10 points in 25 games. During the 2004 offseason, he signed with the rival Flyers. In 61 games for the Penguins, Meloche, one of three players to wear No. 72 for the Penguins (Alex Kovalev and Patric Hornqvist are the others), scored 17 points.

-Happy 77th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman/forward Dick Mattiussi. Acquired from Cleveland of the AHL in exchange for cash in 1966, Mattiussi spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 32 games during the Penguins' inaugural season of 1967-68 and recorded two assists. After 12 games and two assists in 1968-69, Mattiussi was dealt to the Oakland Seals along with Earl Ingarfield and Gene Ubriaco for Bryan Watson, George Swarbrick and Tracy Pratt. In 44 career games with the Penguins, Mattiussi recorded four assists. 

-After the Jump: The second round begins.

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Bud Dupree highlight reels

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The Steelers get a guy they thought wouldn't be available ... here's the film on Alvin "Bud" Dupree ...

Here is CBS Sports immediate analysis of Steelers selection of Bud Dupree (spoiler: they love it)

NFL offical draft scouting report

A great in-depth analysis by analyst Brett Kollman

SB Nation had him has #5 edge rusher: best name, hard hitter, insane physical specimen, no polish -- "elite clay to mold"

Bud Duprees vs. Florida 2014

His NFL combine 40-yard dash

This is an interview on the Draft red carpet by a Kentucky outlet -- totally throwaway except they also capture him being interviewed immediately after by the Browns ... funny as the Steelers hope he'll antagonize Cleveland quarterbacks for years to come.

Pick six vs. South Carolina 2014

High School highlights

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops on Bud Dupree

Chicago Football analysis

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Chicago Bears select Kevin White with seventh overall pick

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Barely two years after arriving on the West Virginia campus as an immensely talented, but little known wide receiver out of Lackawanna College, Kevin White is a top-10 NFL draft pick.

The former Mountaineers standout was selected by the Chicago Bears with the seventh overall pick Thursday night at the league’s draft at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, just over one mile away from the team’s home stadium, Soldier Field, where he’ll be catching passes next season.

“I’ve been through so much and I’ve been wanting this all my life,” White told ESPN in an interview shortly after being picked. “I’m finally here and I’m ready to turn this city around.”

After a solid, if unspectacular, junior season, White broke through as a senior, hauling in 109 catches for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns, the first two of which were team highs. He was a first-team all-Big 12 conference selection and a second-team Associated Press all-American.

Along with Alabama’s Amari Cooper, who went fourth overall to the Oakland Raiders, White was widely rated as one of the top two receivers in the draft class.

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, White represents a long and athletic downfield target that can use his blazing speed – he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at the NFL combine in February – to separate himself from defensive backs. He becomes the second West Virginia wide receiver drafted in the first round in the past three years, joining Tavon Austin, who was taken with the eighth pick in the 2013 draft.

With the Bears, he’ll line up on the opposite side of Alshon Jeffery, a tall and talented wideout with two 1,000-yard seasons in his three-year career, while also attempting to fill the void left by Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the New York Jets in early March.

 

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WPIAL baseball-softball playoff clinchings

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Section play in WPIAL baseball and softball ends next week.

The top three teams in each section qualify for the playoffs. If there are ties for the last spot in a section, head-to-head competition breaks the deadlock. If two or more tied teams split in head-to-head, they all go.

Here are the teams that have clinched playoff berths heading into Thursday's games:

BASEBALL

CLASS AAAA - (Section 1) Seneca Valley, North Allegheny, Butler. (2) Hempfield, Norwin, Latrobe. (3) Shaler, Fox Chapel, Central Catholic. (4) Plum, Franklin Regional, Allderdice. (5) Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan.

CLASS AAA - (1) Central Valley, Hopewell, Blackhawk. (2) Indiana, Kittanning. (3) West Allegheny, Chartiers Valley, Montour. (4) West Mifflin. (5) Knoch, Mars.

CLASS AA - (1) Quaker Valley. (2) Brownsville, Washington, Waynesburg. (3) Shady Side Academy, Burrell. (4) Keystone Oaks, Seton-LaSalle, Steel Valley. (5) Riverside, Neshannock, Shenango.

CLASS A - (1) California, Bentworth, Carmichaels. (2) Greensburg Central Catholic, Serra, Jeannette. (3) Rochester, Sewickley Academy, Western Beaver. (4) Vincentian, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. (5) Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. 

SOFTBALL

CLASS AAAA - (Section 1) Hempfield. (2) Fox Chapel, Gateway, Plum. (3) North Allegheny, Shaler, Seneca Valley. (4) Canon-McMillan, Bethel Park, Baldwin. 

CLASS AAA - (1) Beaver, Central Valley, Blackhawk. (2) West Allegheny, Chartiers Valley. (3) Belle Vernon, Trinity, Elizabeth Forward. (4) Yough, Southmoreland, Mount Pleasant. (5) Hampton, Mars.

CLASS AA - (1) Burgettstown, South Side Beaver, Avonworth. (2) McGuffey, Carmichaels. (3) Deer Lakes. (4) Seton-LaSalle. (5) Mohawk, Ellwood City.

CLASS A - (1) Chartiers-Houston, Jefferson-Morgan, West Greene. (2) Frazier, Greensburg Central Catholic, Monessen. (3) Leechburg, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Riverview. (4) Shenango, Union, Western Beaver. (5) Sewickley Academy, Serra, Bishop Canevin.

 

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Ducks - Flames preview - 04-30-15

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Ducks vs. Flames

Ducks Leading Postseason Scorer: Right winger Corey Perry (right), 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists).

Flames Leading Postseason Scorer: Center Jiri Hudler (below), 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).

Ducks Expected Starting Goaltender: Frederik Andersen, 4-0, 2.20 GAA, .924 SV%.

Flames Expected Starting Goaltender: Jonas Hiller, 3-2, 2.20 GAA, .931 SV%.

Ducks Postseason Statistics

Flames Postseason Statistics

Ducks Injuries: Center Nate Thompson ("upper body") is probable. Right winger Chris Wagner ("upper body") is questionable. Goaltender John Gibson ("upper body") and defenseman Korbinian Holzer (concussion) are out. Defenseman Sheldon Souray (right wrist) is on injured reserve.

Flames Injuries: Centers Lance Bouma ("upper body") and Paul Byron ("lower body") are out. Defensemen Mark Giordano (biceps) and Ladislav Smid ("upper body") are on injured reserve.

Ducks with Stanley Cup bling: Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, center Ryan Getzlaf, right winger Corey Perry.

Flames with Stanley Cup bling: Left winger Brandon Bollig.

Something worthwhile about the Ducks: The Ducks have the highest goals for per game average in the postseason with 4.0.

Something worthwhile about the Flames: The Flames have the highest penalty minutes per game in the playoffs with 25.5.

Something useless about the Ducks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins defenseman J.J. Daigneault recorded the primary assist on the first postseason goal in Ducks/Mighty Ducks history. Daigneault assisted on right winger Teemu Selanne's goal in a 4-2 home win against the Coyotes in Game 1 of a 1997 Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Something useless about the Flames that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins center Dan Quinn holds the Flames' record for fastest two goals in a playoff game. He scored twice in the span of 1:37 in a 6-5 overtime loss against the Blues in Game 6 of a 1986 Campbell Conference final.

Former Penguins on the Ducks: Defenseman Simon Despres, scout Mike Stapleton.

Former Penguins on the Flames: Defensemen Deryk Engelland and Corey Potter.

Who needs to be the difference for the Ducks: Center Ryan Kesler and right winger Jakub Silfverberg. They teamed up to torture the Jets in the first round. They need to do the same against the Ducks.

Who needs to be the difference for the Flames: Hiller. He needs to steal goals and games for the Flames to pull this out.

Best Ducks YouTube Video We Could Find: Ducks right winger Petr Sykora's goal in the fifth overtime of a 4-3 win against the Stars in Game 1 of a 2003 Western Conference semifinal series:

Best Flames YouTube Video We Could Find: Flames center Doug GIlmour's overtime goal against the Kings in Game 1 of a 1989 Smythe Division final series:

EN Prediction: This may be the most entertaining series in the second round with each team possessing a dangerous offense. The Ducks have dominated the Flames at home over the years and that should continue. Ducks 4-3.

(Photos: Harry How/Getty Images)

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