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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio podcast yesterday began with a rant on James Franklin and Penn State, and here’s video of that segment:

Joe Starkey takes on the Franklin topic for his Thursday column.

Here’s the latest Franklin news from the Nashville Tennessean.

Here’s another view courtesy of Harrisburg Patriot-News columnist David Jones.

>> So it’ll be the Rangers.

And what a Game 7 it was at the Garden. Incredibly intense stuff.

I’ll have a lot more about this matchup in the Friday column, but suffice it to say for now that, no matter the outcome for the Penguins in the second round, that they got the better matchup of the two. No doubt in my mind about that, especially after seeing the goaltending the Flyers got from Steve Mason last night.

Here’s New York Daily News coverage of the Rangers’ victory.

And Philadelphia Inquirer coverage of the Flyers’ loss.

Here, from the NHL’s YouTube channel, is footage inside the Rangers’ room afterward:

Breaking down the second-round matchup, by Jason Mackey.

Five-on-five play has been a strength for the Penguins, by Chris Adamski.

Brandon Sutter and Joe Vitale make quick returns, by Mackey.

Here’s the Penguins’ playoff schedule.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page, our Chipped Ice blog and our photo gallery.

>> The Pirates might never play again. Or they might play two today in Baltimore. Rob Biertempfel will cover either way. And in the interim, he offers this look at Ike Davis’ early time.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Orioles news from the Baltimore Sun.

Here are official game highlights on


>> On the 40th anniversary, a look back at the Steelers’ legendary 1974 draft. Alan Robinson has this.

Our daily NFL draft preview today looks at running backs, by Robinson.

Charlie Batch is keeping busy, by Mark Kaboly.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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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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