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June 24, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Final: Pirates 6, Rays 5

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (38-38) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-47)

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

June 23, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: The Raleigh Syndrome

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Tuesday chat will run from 1-2 p.m., right here on the blog, though entries can be submitted as soon as you see the post. That’s usually around 11 a.m.




>> The Penguins still don’t have a coach, but Jim Rutherford kept right on making waves by openly discussing the imminent fates of Matt Niskanen, Jussi Jokinen and even the team’s first-round draft pick, as beat man Josh Yohe reports.

Some will find that off-putting, Rutherford’s candor. Myself, I’ve already found it ill-advised on at least a couple occasions, not least of which was the blurting out that Willie Desjardins had been his No. 1 choice for head coach before bolting for the Canucks.

The GM has come across as looking like he’s got no filter. And maybe he doesn’t.

But I’d like to toss in here this morning that it’s possible Rutherford is simply conducting business as he’s always needed to do in trying to sell hockey in North Carolina.

Think about it: Rutherford wasn’t just the Hurricanes’ GM. He always was team president. He ran everything, including the business side. And he always had to be in tune with the fact that the only way to get more hockey revenue was to sell more tickets. So, in his dealings with the extremely small media contingent there — almost never more than one reporter traveling with the Canes, even in their Cup year — he surely had a set way of handling things, one that clearly doesn’t fit here. He likes to be honest with reporters. He likes to have trust. And there’s nothing wrong with that, as any of us will tell you. But he’s also got to understand that in a market with much greater interest and much more competition between the many outlets covering the Penguins, the stuff he says is going to get out. It won’t be filtered.

Not making excuses for Rutherford here. Just trying to underscore that being the GM in Raleigh, or even Hartford before that, isn’t the same as being the GM in Pittsburgh.

Elsewhere, R.J. Umberger for Scott Hartnell? Yes, really. And wait till you read what the Blue Jackets have to say about their motivation for acquiring Hartnell.

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

>> Pedro Alvarez and the Pirates rout the Rays and climb back to .500. Rob Biertempfel reports from St. Petersburg.

Neil Walker returns today, by Biertempfel.

Here’s Rays news from the Tampa Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

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

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

June 23, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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On Ulf, Niskanen, Jokinen and other Penguins news

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

All kinds of news on the Penguins’ front today, as reported by beat man Josh Yohe, but at the same time it’s all news in the making rather than news made.

It’s good to hear that Ulf Samuelsson is still in the coaching mix. Nothing at all has changed there. He’s been the only rational choice all along within the context of the field at hand. It’s not so good — never good, actually — to hear mention of Ron Wilson or any other retread.

Sure sounds, also, like Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen are goners. The latter was expected, the former not as much. I have nothing positive to say about losing Niskanen for no return. That’s criminal mismanagement of assets, though it obviously would fall far more on Ray Shero than Jim Rutherford.

And trading the first-round draft pick when there are no picks in the second or third rounds?

Yikes.

Enough from me. Let’s hear from you on this. Comment here.

June 23, 2014
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Final: Pirates 8, Rays 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (37-38) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-46)

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

June 22, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: The Penguins’ butchery

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column is about what I love about soccer, what I hate about soccer, and what I love and hate about the general American reaction to soccer.

Oh, and it’s also about these two fruit bowls that drive me nuts …

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At any rate, on a day dominated by soccer across our country, there also was the small matter of this U.S.-Portugal tie that … well, you saw it. Unreal.

Here’s the Trib’s sports cover this morning …

Next up, of course, is the deciding match against Germany at noon Thursday. Here are the official World Cup 2014 page and the U.S. Soccer page.

Meanwhile, on the home soccer front …

The Riverhounds are just awful. And their coach is ‘disgusted,’ beat man Matt Grubba reports from Highmark Stadium after the latest loss.

Blogginess from the scene: So, the Riverhounds are just awful. Oh, wait, you just read that? Well, I’ll try to expound, but it won’t be necessary. … When you see a team forcefully head the ball into its own goal, you generally don’t have to expound. But that happened. It did. Saw it with my own eyes. … The back line has gotten better, Niko Katic assured me before the match, but it still needs so much strategic enforcement that it’s crippled the areas where the Hounds should have been good. Rob Vincent, in particular, was a disaster. That wasn’t always the case, but it was on this day. … So, wait, the MLS’ Houston Dynamo flew up five guys to help the Hounds, and the Hounds dressed only two of them? Because? … A lot of bad things have happened to this team, but no decision has been dumber than reducing the role of reigning league MVP Jose Angulo. Angulo had another strong match, even apart from his goal, and showed yet again why all the offense should have continued being funneled through him rather than newcomer Collins John. The latter has no height, no ability to win a 50/50 ball, usually not even much of a will to gain body position. And yet since he was curiously named captain, all he’s done is call for passes relentlessly that, amazingly, never make it through. If those balls were going Angulo’s way, the offense would look much different. … I didn’t recognize the Matt Dallman I watched yesterday. Not at all. Can no longer get a routine cross past the first defender. And this from the league’s reigning assist leader. … Maybe I’ll stop here. Bad team. Many problems.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Riverhounds page.



The Penguins will visit Winnipeg on Nov. 6. The rest of the newly released NHL schedule is covered by Josh Yohe, if you’d actually want to know more.

It’s draft week and, despite some terrible recent drafting, the new front office says it plans to keep the same approach, by Rob Rossi.

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

Brandon Cumpton cuts down the Cubs, by Rob Biertempfel at Wrigley Field.

Andrew McCutchen talks World Cup, by Biertempfel.

Reese McGuire powers West Virginia, by Ryan Pritt in Charleston.

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here’s Rays news from the Tampa Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

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

>> Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw, a complicated duo, by columnist Joe Starkey.

The Steelers are implementing helmet-cam technology, by Mark Kaboly.

Josh Miller authors a book about the Nation, by Jason Mackey.

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

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

June 22, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Final: U.S. 2, Portugal 2, World Cup, group stage

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Match: United States (1-0) vs. Portugal (0-1), FIFA World Cup, group stage opener

Time: 6:02 p.m.

Site: Arena Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil

TV, radio: ESPN (national), SiriusXM

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s the official World Cup 2014 page and the official U.S. Soccer page.

June 22, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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On location: Kickers 3, Riverhounds 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Match: Riverhounds (1-7-5) vs. Richmond Kickers (7-1-6)

Time: 3:02 p.m.

Site: Highmark Stadium

TV, radio: YouTube USL Pro Channel

Or you can just watch right here on the blog …

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Riverhounds page with coverage from beat man Matt Grubba.

June 22, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Final: Pirates 2, Cubs 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (36-38) vs. Chicago Cubs (31-41)

Time: 2:20 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

June 21, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Final: Pirates 5, Cubs 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (35-38) vs. Chicago Cubs (31-40)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

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