Penguins concerned about injuries on defense

Let’s start with an announcement:

Kris Letang 4

Out with an upper-body injury, Kris Letang hasn’t played since Feb. 21

The injuries to Penguins defensemen raises debate about opponents’ intent, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Ian Cole 2

Ian Cole left the ice briefly in the third period against Tampa Bay but practiced Saturday

In the Penguins notebook, Bombulie writes about some rare good news on injuries to defensemen.

Jim Rutherford 2Jim Rutherford’s 27 moves at the trade deadline rank second among NHL general managers

In Three Periods, JB and Bill West write that the Penguins’ latest moves fit into general manager Jim Rutherford’s career pattern.


ALSO ON THE ICE…

Robert Morris women’s hockey wins CHA title, qualifies for NCAA tournament

IN INDIANAPOLIS

Potential Steelers pass-rush targets are full of swagger, writes Joe Rutter.

John Ross

John Ross broke Chris Johnson’s NFL Combine record in the 40-yard dash, running it in 4.22 seconds

In the NFL Combine notebook, Rutter writes that there will be no island for Washington’s Ross despite 40-yard dash record.

IN BRADENTON

francisco Cervelli

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli: ‘This game has been my life. I cannot explain how I feel when I hear, ‘Play ball!’ That’s why I try to enjoy every day, because I don’t know when it’s going to be gone’

Francisco Cervelli overcomes a bumpy road to become the Pirates’ everyday catcher, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Josh Harrison 2

Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison, on being named to Team USA roster: ‘It’s an extreme honor. I’m definitely excited to put on the colors and play with the rest of the guys’

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Josh Harrison will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

ON THE HARDWOOD

Mike Young at Virginia

Jamel Artis at UVA

Pitt’s top scorers, Mike Young and Jamel Artis, did not start against Virginia after arriving 10 minutes late to a pre-game meeting

Pitt can’t hang with No. 23 Virginia and drops its regular-season finale, writes Cameron Ross.

Some good news, however, for the Panthers:

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