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Morning Java: Questions? Complaints? Criticism?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> You might have noticed CineSport videos on our site in recent weeks, some containing highlights and interviews of our local teams, others with work done by Trib staffers. I’ll be adding my own regular CineSport feature, cleverly titled, um, ‘Morning Java with DK.’

Hey, no one said it had to be original. And you’ll at least know where to find it Monday through Friday. Right here on this very blog post, as well as all the usual video spots on our site.

CineSport has columnists across the country doing stuff like this, including my hero Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Bernie says his readers seem to have enjoyed his feature almost as much as he has, and his word’s good enough for me.

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 2-3 p.m. — will open with your calls, and the topics, as always, are up to you.

I know better than to try to talk about the Pirates playing really well of late, because the world’s unhappiest fan base would rather be miserable about something or other barely related to baseball, but I’m open to that, too. Same with the Penguins’ eternal GM search, the Steelers at OTAs, you name it.

So do it. Call me at 412-320-7925.

Feel free to email if you can’t call. But I’d rather hear from you.

At 2:30, I’ll be joined by Josh Yohe, the Trib’s NHL beat writer, to talk about the Stanley Cup Final that opens tonight.

And at 2:45, we’ll have more wit and wisdom from our @SuckMeter.

To listen, just click the link up top. If you’re mobile, try the iPhone version or the Android version of the TribLIVE Radio app. Both are free and insultingly easy to use.

>> All the Pirates do is win, win, win, by Rob Biertempfel in San Diego.

And if you’re scoring at home, they’re now 18-10 in the past full month, 10-4 in their past 14, two games under .500 and two out of a National League wild-card berth.


Jordy Mercer says his slump made him stronger, by Biertempfel.

A lower draft slot is no big concern, by Karen Price. She’ll be covering the draft for us, the first round of which comes Thursday night.

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

Here’s Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Penguins still don’t have a GM. Rob Rossi reports.

Honestly, this is starting to get bad. That’s all I’ll say for now. Well, that and the stuff in yesterday’s weekly chat.

A richly detailed breakdown of the Penguins’ defensemen and goaltenders, by Yohe.

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

Here are official game highlights on

>> Maurkice Pouncey is back, but not the technique that felled him. Alan Robinson reports from Day 4 of the Steelers’ OTAs on the South Side.

A Brett Keisel encore? Robinson looks into it.

Ike Taylor makes it. Mark Kaboly is on that.

Our panel tackled the Steelers’ remaining needs at wide receiver — Plaxico Burress? Santonio Holmes? — on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word Sunday night:

>> Hope to hear from you on the show! And 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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