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Morning Java: Go where the food is

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

SOCHI, Russia — Доброе утро, Lunatiks …

>> The Friday column is about Olli Maatta. I’ll assume that’s all I have to type at this point to get the click. Pittsburgh’s got a special kid. And now, so do the Finns.

The daily Sochi Hockey Notebook looks at Sidney Crosby passing a ton,  Paul Martin being promoted and more.

Here are all seven videos for Channel 11 News so far, including the latest one on the gorgeous venues of Olympic Park …

I’m also doing weekday reports for TribLIVE Radio, and the Thursday podcast sized up this weekend’s U.S.-Russia tilt. This morning, we’re going to try a call-in segment with Ken Laird. Wish us luck.

Here’s the Trib’s Olympics page.

Here’s the official Sochi 2014 page. This has all the schedules and results.

Here’s the official U.S. Olympic team page.

Here’s the official NHL Olympics page.

And here’s NBC’s Olympics page with all the highlights.

>> There’s probably not anything wrong with Russian food. It’s just hard to find in the Adler region of Sochi, where the Games are being held. There are very few indigenous stores, even fewer restaurants. So the only real options are those provided by the Olympic organizers.

In a nutshell, that means meat, potatoes, broccoli … and more meat, potatoes and broccoli. Oh, and salmon. All kinds of salmon here, presumably because of the Black Sea. All you ever hear about as it relates to Russian food is borscht. I still haven’t seen it, still don’t really know what it is. But I’ve got meat, potatoes and broccoli.

(And Chicken McNuggets, but that’s between us.)

>> In Bradenton, A.J. Burnett’s decision surprised some of the Pirates. Rob Biertempfel reports.

Gaby Sanchez sees opportunity. He also talks about it on this video …

Here’s the Trib’s Pirates page.

>> Late losses are damaging Pitt’s tournament cred, by Kevin Gorman.

>> We’ll have our weekly chat, as always, at Friday noon Pittsburgh time. All Olympics, of course. As soon as you see the post go up here on the blog, feel free to submit an entry.

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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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