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Morning Java: Pick your playoff roster

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> Today’s TribLIVE Radio show at 2-3 p.m. will mix up baseball, football and hockey, with guests, calls, emails and all that good stuff.

Call me at 412-320-7925.

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Hope you can tune in!


>> Gerrit Cole, that lethal combination pitching/hitting machine, helped the Pirates gain on the Reds by gagging the Cubs. Rob Biertempfel is in Chicago.

Decisions, decisions are looming toward a playoff roster. Travis Sawchik also is in the Confines.

Let’s hear from you on this topic, too, which should be fun if only because it just feels so Neil Armstrong, you know. And bear in mind that you can set the roster one way for the wild card, then do a total revision for the best-of-five Division Series. Do one, do both, take them all they through to the World Series.

My most prominent odd men out, if you must know: Travis Snider, John Buck, Jeff Locke.

Here’s a photo gallery courtesy of the Trib’s Chris Horner.

And a video of a fun talk with Neil Walker

And our full Pirates coverage.

And Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

And official game highlights from, which you also could have tracked by the old-fashioned method captured below by Horner …


>> The Steelers are Britain-bound and packing more questions than they’ll likely be able to pass through the TSA. Alan Robinson checks in online.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage., including good words for Le’Veon Bell and Cortez Allen.

Here’s Vikings news from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Here’s the NFL’s United Kingdom site, which is pretty nice.

>> Here’s our full Penguins coverage, including two cuts and a Tomas Vokoun update.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Penn State’s getting time off for good behavior. Chris Adamski reports.

>> Tom Savage faces a far bigger test in Virginia. Jerry DiPaola reports.

>> Updates will be kind of challenging to produce over the next 24 hours. Taking off tonight for Paris, connecting to London, and it all takes a good while.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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