Micah Mason out 4-6 weeks with broken right hand

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Duquesne sophomore guard Micah Mason will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, second-year coach Jim Ferry announced Wednesday. 

Mason was granted a medical hardship waiver the week before the season opener to gain immediate eligibility after transferring from Drake, and he averaged 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in his first four games as a Duke. 

In his first start, a 70-59 victory over Albany on Wednesday, Mason scored just three points and spent most of the game on the bench with foul trouble and with a hand injury sustained in the first half. 

Doctors discovered this week that the injury was a broken hand, which is now in a cast. 

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About the Maple Leafs - 11-27-13

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A preview of the Maple Leafs.

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

TV: Root Sports, TSN.

Record: 14-9-1, 29 points. The Maple Leafs are in third place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Phil Kessel, 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists).

Last Game: 6-0 home loss to the Blue Jackets, Monday. James Reimer made 15 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 home loss, Oct. 26. Dave Bolland scored two goals for the Maple Leafs.

Maple Leafs Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Cody Franson. He has points in his past three games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Maple Leafs: Randy Carlyle, head coach; Trevor Smith, C.

Ex-Maple Leafs on the Penguins: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager.

Useless Maple Leafs Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (above) is one of three Kings draft picks who have recorded a shutout this season. The others are the Penguins' Jeff Zatkoff and the Kings' Jonathan Quick.

Best Maple Leafs Video We Could Find: The Maple Leafs breaking light at ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa during the 2010-11 season while kicking a soccer ball before a game:


Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (13-7-1, 2.05 GAA, .919 SV%) for the Penguins. Jonathan Bernier (8-6-1, 2.17 GAA, .934 SV%) for the Maple Leafs.


Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Beau Bennett (undisclosed) Chuck Kobasew ("lower body"), defensemen Paul Martin (leg), Rob Scuderi (broken ankle), left winger Tanner Glass (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Maple Leafs, left winger Joffrey Lupul (groin) is out. Center Dave Bolland (center) is 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 - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen- 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
25 Andrew Ebbett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Chris Conner
59 Jayson Megna - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik - 58 Kris Letang
3 Olli Maata - 5 Deryk Engelland
2 Matt Niskanen - 47 Simon Despres

-The Maple Leafs lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

21 James van Riemsdyk - 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel
12 Mason Raymond - 43 Nazem Kadri - 71 David Clarkson
11 Jay McClement - 24 Peter Holland - 41 Nikolai Kulemin
28 Colton Orr - 22 Jarred Smithson - 38 Frazer McLaren

3 Dion Phaneuf - 36 Carl Gunnarsson
2 Mark Fraser - 4 Cody Franson
44 Morgan Reilly - 15 Paul Ranger


-The last time the Penguins played the Maple Leafs, this happened:

-The Penguins lost Matt D'Agostini through waivers to the Sabres.

-Clarkson has 99 career goals.

-Kessel has 197 career goals.

-Ranger had 98 career points.

-The Penguins are expected to stage their 300th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs) tonight.

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

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)




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Run angry, eat salsa angry

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(This originally appeared on the PG Plates blog)

On the week that his former teammates are preparing for the game that may ultimately decide the fate of their season, ex-Steelers running back Baron Batch is having a rather big one of his own -- making salsa.

"Yeah, it's going man. Getting a huge run of it for Black Friday. We’re doing 300 jars, so that's a bunch of work."

Those jars are for his fledgling company, Angry Man Salsa. It's probably not how he anticipated spending Thanksgiving week back in the summer when he was on the Saint Vincent practice fields still trying to make the team. But after finding himself among the odd men out for the team's 53-man roster, his post-football were suddenly here.

Like they say, when life gives you tomatoes, make salsa. Or something like that.

But this didn't happen on a whim. Mr. Batch has been perfecting the recipe for years, and the business plan has been a year in the making.

"I’ve always kind of made it but was always messing with the recipe, but then I got it perfect. When I was playing with the Steelers, I gave it to some of the guys with the equipment staff as a thank you and they tried and were like, 'This is great.' Then some guys on the team tried it and they loved it, too. They were like, 'This is the best salsa I've ever had.' "

He won't let on to trade secrets, but says, "It’s just simply more and better ingredients than regular salsa. Twice as many as regular salsa. And twice as good."

Consistent rave reviews from friends here in Pittsburgh and back in Texas (Mr. Batch is a native of Lubbock) prodded him to explore further production.

"About a year ago, I started with a branding and concept, and then worked with a company in Dallas to bring it together. This was all thought out and planned very specifically," he said. 

He didn’t want to put his name on the product, trading on his brief bit of fleeting NFL fame. "I wanted the product to speak for itself." The name loosely comes from a nickname he got playing football, because he "ran angry," he said, but the Angry Man has developed into a full-fledged character of his own, as he explains.

"The legend of Angry Man -- everybody has an old uncle or a grandpa [who's] a little bit of a crazy person, but there's an applicable wisdom to what they say. He's not necessarily mean. He kind of represents everybody. He wants to fight for great things. And it’s an exclusive product, so you have to fight to get it" in the small releases he's done so far. 

He's sold out of every jar that he's made thus far with friends Chad Calcagno and another former Steeler and Pitt and Franklin-Regional star lineman, John Malecki, despite a steep sticker price of $20 a jar. At 9 a.m. on Friday, 300 16-ounce jars will go on sale at

And Mr. Batch said he doesn’t regret that he's not preparing for a showdown with Baltimore Thanksgiving night and is happy in his new endeavors.

"Football was great. And I love Pittsburgh. I love it to death. I bought a house here and realized it could be here great to be based out of Pittsburgh. 

"One of my friends was like, 'What if a team called you, would you keep doing what you're doing?' Well, the Packers called [yesterday]. I said, 'I have salsa to make.' I've hung it up. It's OK. I'm pretty sure this is it for me. My time is more valuable than any amount of money."

He elaborated on the story: "The guy said, 'Good news -- we’ll fly you in,' and I'm thinking I haven't even agreed to anything. It was just like this assumed thing. It was so funny to explain -- that I run a high-end, exclusive salsa business. He was like, 'Ooookay.' But someday when the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is called the Angry Man Bowl, that guy from the Packers will be like, 'That's the crazy dude who said he wasn't coming for the workout.' "

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Empty Netter Assists - 11-27-13

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-UPDATE: The Penguins recalled Chris Conner, Jayson Megna and Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Conner, 29, has played in two NHL games this season and has no points. In 15 AHL games, he has 11 points (six goals, five assists). Megna, 23, has appeared in six NHL games this season and has two points (one goal, one assist). In 11 AHL games, he has 10 points (seven goals, three assists). Despres, 22, has a appeared in 17 AHL games this season and has 11 points (three goals, eight assists). Paul Martin ("lower body") and Tanner Glass (hand) have been placed on injured reserve.

-“You’ve got to always believe that — if you play well, you’re going to get rewarded." - Zach Sill on finally reaching the NHL.

-More injuries for the Penguins. Tanner Glass is out three to four weeks due to a broken right hand while Paul Martin (above) is sidelined indefinitely due to a "lower-body" ailment.

-The Penguins assigned forward Brian Gibbons to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Gibbons, 25, has appeared in five NHL games and scored two points (one goal, one assist).

-The Penguins placed Matt D'Agostini on waivers.

-Andrew Ebbett speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled forward Carter Rowney from Wheeling.

-Happy 22nd birthday to current Penguins forward Beau Bennett. A first round pick in 2010, Bennett has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Penguins. Bennett made his NHL debut last season by appearing in 26 games and scoring 14 points. He appeared in six postseason games this past spring and scored one goal. This season, injuries have limited Bennett to 12 games and three points. In 38 career regular season games with the Penguins, Bennett has scored 17 points.

-Happy 81st birthday to former Penguins all-star forward, coach and executive Ken Schinkel. Claimed from the Rangers in the 1967 expansion draft, Schinkel spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins as a player. He appeared in 57 games for the Penguins during their inaugural season of 1967-68, scored 39 points and became the first player in franchise history to be selected to an all-star game. In 1968-69, Schinkel appeared in 76 games, recorded a team-leading 52 points and one again played in the all-star game. During, 1969-70, Schinkel, the first player to wear No. 12 in franchise history, saw action in 72 games, scored 45 points and helped the team reach the postseason for the first time. He also scored the first postseason hat trick in Penguins history when he netted three goals against the Oakland Seals in Game 3 of a quarterfinal series that spring. Schinkel (right) was limited to 50 games and 34 points in 1970-71 but rebounded in 1971-72 when he played in 74 games and netted 45 points. After scoring 21 points in 42 games in 1972-73, Schinkel retired as a player Jan. 13 and replaced Red Kelly as head coach at age 40. Under Schinkel, the team had a 15-18-3 record and missed the postseason. The following season, Schinkel coached the team for 50 games and had a record of 14-31-5 before being replaced by Marc Boileau, Feb. 6, 1974. Schinkel assumed a front office position with the team and stayed in that position until he himself replaced Boileau, Jan. 17, 1976. Under Schinkel, the Penguins had a record of 20-10-7 and reached the postseason where they fell to the Maple Leafs in a preliminary round series, 2-1. Schinkel's only full season as the team's coach was 1976-77. The team went 34-33-13 and qualified for the postseason where it once again lost to the Maple Leafs in a preliminary round, 2-0. Schinkel was replaced by Johnny Wilson in the following offseason. Schinkel again took a front office position and remained with the team until 1989. In 371 regular season games with the Penguins as a player, "Schink" scored 236 points, 32nd-most in franchise history. In 13 postseason games, he scored seven points. As a coach, Schinkel compiled a record of 83-92-28.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins forward Garry Valk. Acquired midway through the 1996-97 season in a trade which sent J.J. Daigneault to the Mighty Ducks, Valk spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1996-97 by appearing in 17 games for the Penguins and scoring seven points. In 1997-98, he saw action in 39 games and recorded three points. During the 1998 offseason, he joined the Maple Leafs as a free agent. Valk would get some measure of revenge on the Penguins in the 1999 postseason by scoring the series-clinching goal in overtime of Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal (see below). In 56 regular season games with the Penguins, Valk scored 10 points.

-After the Jump: The Islanders get new jerseys and Vincent Lecavalier returns to Tampa Bay.

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Clint Trickett admits he hid a concussion vs. Kansas State

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett admitted Tuesday that not only had he suffered a concussion against Texas, but he had also hidden a concussion sustained two weeks earlier against Kansas State.

The first came on a first-quarter sack by K-State's Chaquil Reed on Oct. 26, a hit that didn't really look all that bad. Three plays later, Trickett scampered into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown. West Virginia managed just two field goals more and lost, 35-12.

Trickett's explanation of his concussion(s) recovery expressed a rather distinct internal conflict and said, in short, I'm only coming out of a game if someone else takes me out.

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