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Empty Netter Assists - 12-12-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Injuries on defense have forced Simon Despres and Olli Maatta to step up.

-The great Joe Vitale (above) is getting a crack as a third-line right winger.

-The Penguins will reveal their jersey for the upcoming outdoor game against the Blackhawks Friday.

-Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 18 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 home loss to the Springfield Falcons.

-Highlights:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins assigned forward Carter Rowney to the Wheeling Nailers.

-Former Penguins forward Matt Hussey has joined the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of Germany's DEL.

-Today would've been the 62nd birthday of former Penguins defenseman Steve Durbano (right). Acquired midway through the 1973-74 season along with Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly in a deal which sent Bryan Watson, Greg Polis and a draft pick to the Blues, "Mental Case" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1973-74 by appearing in 33 games for the Penguins and scoring 18 points while accumulating 138 penalty minutes. In 1974-75, Durbano was limited to one game, one assist and 10 penalty minutes due to a wrist injury. After 32 games, eight assists and a team-leading 161 penalty minutes, Durbano was traded to the Kansas City Scouts along with Chuck Arnason and a draft pick for for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and a draft pick. In 66 regular season games with the Penguins, Durbano scored 27 points and recorded 309 penalty minutes. Durbano passed away Nov. 16, 2002 at the age of 50.

-After the Jump: Another day, another two suspensions.

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The night the Dukes couldn't shoot

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

GoDuquesne.com

PENN STATE 68:59 DUQUESNE

It took less than 10 seconds after the opening tip for Penn State guard Tim Frazier to splash a 3-pointer and effectively drain Duquesne’s hometown edge from Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night.

The rest of the way, Frazier deferred. He finished with 11 points and a career-high 13 assists as Penn State (8-3) powered past Duquesne, 68-59, before a crowd of 5,246.

"Here's the great thing about Timmy: he just wants to win,” Penn State coach Pat Chambers said. “That's an unselfish leader who has a great understanding of what he wants out of this year. The kid truly wants to leave a legacy."

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FISH ON: Post-Gazette steelhead fishing trip, 11/16/13

Written by John Hayes on .

 

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Four fish were taken, including a lunker caught with an 11 1/2-foot noodle rod and released by Jim Saccamango of White Oak, during the Post-Gazette's Fish On steelheading trip to Elk Creek Nov. 16.

The educational program included a Lenzner motor coach ride, a tour of the Fairview steelhead hatchery, conversation with Fish and Boat Commission biologist Chuck Murray and a stop at Trout Run nursery waters.

Trout Run Bait & Tackle offered discounts and free egg sacks, and hand-tied steelhead flies were donated by Penn's Woods West Trout Unlimited members. Anglers received handouts from Fish and Boat and the Post-Gazette, and steelhead guides John Nagy and George Douglas contributed books and other educational products.

With coaching from veteran TU steelhead anglers Christian Shane, John G. Hayes, Bob Heil Jr., Ron Milavec and Peter TenEyck, and outdoors editor John Hayes, participating anglers spread out from near the mouth to about a mile above Elk Creek Access Area at Erie Bluffs State Park.

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Coaches tab Donald as ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Written by Sam Werner on .

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following this awards season, but Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by league coaches Wednesday (he won the media award last week). Donald took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy last night, is up for the Lombardi Award tonight and will attend ESPN's College Football Awards show for the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award tomorrow night (for everyone who has asked, it's my understanding that Donald wrapped up his final exams last week).

Pitt freshman receiver Tyler Boyd was named to the third team, and fellow receiver Devin Street garnered honorable mention (it probably didn't help that Street missed pretty much all of Pitt's final two games with a couple of injuries).

Here are the full teams...

ACC Player of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Offensive Player of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB Florida State

ACC Defensive Player of the Year – Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

ACC Rookie of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

ACC Coach of the Year – David Cutcliffe, Duke

2013 ACC Coaches All-ACC Football Team
(Voting points in Parentheses)

First Team
Offense
QB—Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (39)
RB—Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College (39)
RB—Devonte Freeman, Jr., Florida State (28)
WR—Sammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson (39)
WR—Rashad Greene, Jr., Florida State (31)
WR—Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (31)
TE—Eric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina (38)
T—Cameron Erving, Jr.-R, Florida State (31)
T—Brandon Thomas, Sr.-R, Clemson (23)
G—Laken Tomlinson, Jr.-R, Duke (26)
G—Tre' Jackson, Jr., Florida State (23)
C—Bryan Stork, Sr.-R, Florida State (38)

Defense
DE—Vic Beasley, Jr., Clemson (35)
DE—Jeremiah Attaochu, Sr., Georgia Tech (29)
DT—Aaron Donald, Sr., Pitt (35)
DT—Timmy Jernigan, Jr., Florida State (33)
LB—Telvin Smith, Sr., Florida State (37)
LB—Denzel Perryman, Jr., Miami (30)
LB—Kevin Pierre-Louis, Sr., Boston College (28)
CB—Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State (38)
CB—Kyle Fuller, Sr., Virginia Tech (32)
S—Terrance Brooks, Sr., Florida State (33)
S—Anthony Harris, Jr., Virginia (22)
PK—Roberto Aguayo, Fr.-R, Florida State (28)
P—Pat O'Donnell, Sr.-R, Miami (31)
SP—Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (27)

Second Team
Offense
QB—Tajh Boyd, Sr.-R, Clemson (27)
RB—Duke Johnson, So., Miami (27)
RB—Kevin Parks, Jr., Virginia (18)
WR—Kelvin Benjamin, So.-R, Florida State (22)
WR—Michael Campanaro, Sr., Wake Forest (20)
WR—Allen Hurns, Sr., Miami (17)
TE—Nick O'Leary. Jr., Florida State (27)
T—Morgan Moses, Sr., Virginia (22)
T (Tie)—Matt Patchan, Sr.-R, Boston College (21)
T (Tie)—James Hurst, Sr., North Carolina (21)
G—Brandon Linder, Sr., Miami (19)
G (Tie)—Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State (15)
G (Tie)—Andrew Miller, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (15)
C—Macky MacPherson, Sr., Syracuse (10)

Defense
DE—Kareem Martin, Sr., North Carolina
DE (Tie)—Kenny Anunike, Sr.-R, Duke (15)
DE (Tie)—Kasim Edebali, Sr.-R, Boston College (15)
DT—Nikita Whitlock, Sr., Wake Forest (30)
DT—Derrick Hopkins, Sr., Virginia Tech (16)
LB—Christian Jones, Sr., Florida State (26)
LB—Jack Tyler, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (25)
LB—Kelby Brown, Jr.-R, Duke (17)
CB—Ross Cockrell, Sr.-R, Duke (21)
CB—Kendall Fuller, Fr., Virginia Tech (18)
S—Jeremy Cash, So.-R, Duke (21)
S—Tre Boston, Sr., North Carolina (21)
PK—Nate Freese, Sr., Boston College (22)
P—A.J. Hughes, So., Virginia Tech (19)
SP—Ryan Switzer, Fr., North Carolina (25)

Third Team
Offense
QB—Stephen Morris, Sr., Miami (11)
RB—Jerome Smith, Jr., Syracuse (13)
RB—Roderick McDowell, Sr.-R, Clemson (13)
WR—Kenny Shaw, Sr., Florida State (16)
WR—Tyler Boyd, Fr., Pitt (16)
WR—Alex Amidon, Sr., Boston College (14)
TE—Braxton Deaver, Jr., Duke (8)
T—Seantrel Henderson, Sr., Miami (15)
T—Perry Simmons, Sr.-R, Duke (11)
G—Tyler Shatley, Sr.-R, Clemson (14)
G—Shaquille Mason, Jr., Georgia Tech (13)
C—Shane McDermott, Jr., Miami (9)

Defense
DE—James Gayle, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (13)
DE—Mario Edwards Jr., So. Florida State (12)
DT—Luther Maddy, Jr., Virginia Tech (14)
DT—Jay Bromley, Sr., Syracuse (11)
LB—Spencer Shuey, Sr.-R, Clemson (12)
LB—Stephone Anthony, Jr., Clemson (11)
LB—Marquis Spruill, Sr., Syracuse (11)
CB—Bashaud Breeland, Jr.-R, Clemson (11)
CB—Kevin Johnson, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (9)
S—Kyshoen Jarrett, Jr., Virginia Tech (15)
S—Durell Eskridge, So., Syracuse (9)
PK—Chandler Catanzaro, Sr.-R, Clemson (15)
P—Will Monday, So.-R, Duke (14)
SP—Stacy Coley, Fr., Miami (10)

Honorable Mention
(8 points or higher)

Offense: RB—David Sims, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (9); WR—Martavis Bryant, Jr., Clemson (13); WR—Devin Street, Pitt (13); Stefon Diggs, So., Maryland (8); C—David Wang, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (8); T—Ian White, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Bobby Hart, Jr., Florida State (8).

Defense: DE--J.R. Collins, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech, (11); Corey Crawford, Jr., Clemson (8); DT—Grady Jarrett, Jr., Clemson (9); LB—Steele Divitto, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Marcus Whitfield, Sr.-R, Maryland (8); CB—Jabari Price, Sr., North Carolina (8).

Special Teams: PK—Niklas Sade, Jr., NC State (12).

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Tomlin to Texas?

Written by Dan Gigler on .

A possibility, according to the always right, never wrong, Internets machine: 

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This all stems from a Texas-based site called OrangeBloods that said that the Longhorns' top 3 coaching choices are Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Mike Tomlin. 

As it happens, my top three wife choices are Kate Upton, Joan from Mad Men and Padma Lakshmi, so let's see who gets lucky first.

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