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Morning Java: The soccer show

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 2-3 p.m. — will open with your calls, and the topics, as always, are up to you. 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 Matt Grubba, the Trib’s Riverhounds beat writer, to talk World Cup, Hounds and other soccer. The man knows his stuff.

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.

>> Sidney Crosby wins his second Hart Trophy, by W.G. Ramirez in Las Vegas.

Here’s the complete list of award winners and all-star and all-rookie teams.

A junior coach? The Penguins are talking to a junior coach? Beat man Rob Rossi has that, and I shared my views on the junior coach in the the Tuesday chat.

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

>> Jeff Locke steps up again for the Pirates to set down the Rays. Rob Biertempfel reports from St. Petersburg.

Jose Tabata gets the boot, by Biertempfel.

Gerrit Cole is almost back, by Biertempfel.

Time for the Pirates to hit the gas, by columnist Joe Starkey.

Ken Griffey Jr. loves Cutch, by Biertempfel. And here’s some of that on video:

Here’s Rays news from the Tampa Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on

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

>> Here are the official World Cup 2014 page and the U.S. Soccer page.

>> Would love if you could check out the radio show this afternoon. 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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