With a hat trick, Crosby moves into scoring lead

Crosby hat trick

Sidney Crosby now has an NHL-best 40 goals and 80 points, which is tied for the scoring lead

Sidney Crosby scored a hat trick to lead the Penguins over the Panthers, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Fleury save w Jagr

With Jaromir Jagr looming, Marc-Andre Fleury makes a kick save in his shutout of the Panthers

In the Penguins notebook, Bombulie writes that goalie Marc-Andre Fleury continues his post-trade-deadline tear.

On the Chipped Ice blog, Bombulie writes about the Crosby-Guentzel-Sheary line.

Three Periods: Phil Kessel’s experiment on left wing pays off, writes Bombulie and Bill West.

ON CAMPUS

Heather Lyke

Heather Lyke was athletic director at Eastern Michigan since 2013

Pitt will introduce Heather Lyke, formerly of Eastern Michigan, as its new athletic director at a 1 p.m. news conference today at Petersen Events Center, writes Jerry DiPaola. Lyke replaces Scott Barnes, who left for Oregon State.

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Kevin Stallings, on Scott Barnes leaving as Pitt AD: ‘I was concerned when Scott left. Certainly, a new AD may come in and not want me to be his basketball coach. That’s the thing you understand in this business: When your boss changes, sometimes your job can change. I’m very wide-eyed about that. You have to put on your big-boy pants and understand everything is not going to be perfect. In light of his leaving, it would be impossible for me to feel any more support.’

My Sunday column on Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings, who had a ‘memorable’ Selection Sunday and a whirlwind week after a tumultuous first season.

Brian O'Neill

After starting at right tackle last season, Brian O’Neill is at left tackle this spring

The Pitt offense is undergoing a major line change during spring drills, writes Jerry DiPaola.

IN BRADENTON

Alen Hanson

Alen Hanson threw out two Toronto Blue Jays runners from left field in the fourth inning on Sunday

Onetime hot Pirates prospect Alen Hanson says ‘it’s time’ to make major leagues, writes Rob Biertempfel.

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Tony Watson gave up five runs on three hits, walked two and struck out one against Toronto on Sunday

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes about how closer Tony Watson’s tough spring continues.

Biertempfel’s breakdown: Pirates 11, Blue Jays 11

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Pat Light was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis

The Pirates cut four pitchers from spring training, Biertempfel writes.

On the From the Cheap Seats blog, Biertempfel writes about the Pirates’ depth of quality arms.

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Bill James’ research showed that John Jaso’s 45 walks created 16.2 runs for the Pirates last season, and his rate of .360 runs per walk was the highest in the majors

Biertempfel explains how John Jaso’s patience at the plate turns into production.

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