March Madness: NCAA Tournament Round 1


The first round of the NCAA Tournament has begun. Seven games are in the books and so far so good as I am 7-for-7 in my bracket. My Final Four picks ( Louisville, Villanova, Oklahoma and Memphis). After watching Memphis today, I’m starting to have my doubts as Memphis had to rely on a career day from Roburt Sallie (35 points) who only averages four points per game. CSU Northridge was able to push the ball and score 70. Memphis struggled shooting free throws (11-28)¬†which has been a common theme for Memphis the past couple seasons. West Region 1. Connecticut 103 – Chattanooga 47 Connecticut advances 2. Memphis 81 – CSU Northridge 70 Memphis advances, survives scare from CSU Northridge 5. Purdue 61 – 12. Northern Iowa 56 Purdue advances 10. Maryland 84 – 7. California 71 Maryland advances, has show down with 2. Memphis 9. Texas A&M 79 –Read More »

Playoff races heating up


(4) Philadelphia (37-22-10, 84 pts) Games remaining: 13 (6 Home, 7 Away) Latest Buzz: Flyers have three games in hand on the #5 Pittsburgh Penguins (38-26-8, 84 pts). The Flyers are 1-4 against the Penguins this season. The two rivals meet on Sunday. (5) Pittsburgh (38-26-8, 84 pts) Games remaining: 10 (6 Home, 4 Away) Latest Buzz: Pittsburgh in the middle of a 8 game homestand are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games. A team that no one wants to play down the stretch. Pittsburgh returns to action on Friday against LA. (6) NY Rangers (37-26-8, 82 pts) Games remaining: 11 (6 Home, 5 Away) Latest Buzz: 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, Rangers have the look of a playoff team. (7) Montreal (36-25-9, 81 pts) Games remaining: 12 (7 Home, 5 Away) Latest Buzz: Seven home games will be critical for the Habs who are 21-7-6 at home thisRead More »

NFL: Owner meetings could lead to Cutler trade


The Denver Post Reports, A Broncos contingent that will include owner Pat Bowlen, McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders will travel Saturday to the NFL owners meetings in Dana Point, Calif., where trade talks could heat up if the Cutler-McDaniels feud isn’t resolved. Four to five teams are already believed to have contacted the Broncos about Cutler including the

Reliever Sean Burnett will be apart of the opening day roster


By John Perrotto_ Much of the focus in the Pirates’ spring training camp has been on sorting out the starting rotation and there are two open spots with a little less three weeks remaining before opening day. Right-handers Jason Davis, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf and Virgil Vasquez are the candidates to join left-handers Paul Maholm and Zach Duke and right-hander Zach Duke. The smart money says that

Steelers wide receiver coach scouting KR Jason Chery


According to the Daily Advertiser, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver coach Randy Fichtner was at Lafayette university’s pro day on Tuesday with his eye on wide receiver Jason Chery. “Position coaches make choices at days like this for college programs, and my choice was to come here because I needed to know more about Jason (Chery),” Fichtner told the Advertiser. “Our scouts do a great job of identifying players with potential to play (in the NFL), but when it comes time to put together a book on a player, there’s just a lot of intangibles you can’t get off a tape. “I needed to meet Jason. I think this was a good experience for him and it certainly was an informative one for me in my evaluation of Jason as a player and a person. There are a lot of scouts here today doing that exact same thing for their teams.”Read More »

Malkins’ 5 point night, powers Penguins past Thrashers


Penguins 6 ‚Äì Thrashers 2 Post Game Thoughts The Penguins have now won nine of 11, earning points in all 11 games (9-0-2). The win tied the Penguins (84 pts) with the Philadelphia Flyers who are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. Philadelphia (37-22-10, 84 pts) has three games in hand on the Penguins (38-26-8, 84 pts). Pittsburgh is 4-1 against Philadelphia this season Evgeni Malkin‚Äôs five point night (2 goals, 3 assists) against the Atlanta Thrashers cooled any talk that the Art Ross Trophy is up for grabs as Malkin moved 10 points ahead of teammate Sidney Crosby. The power play which went 3-for-6 saw Evgeni Malkin have a Mario Lemieux moment with a beautiful one timer goal in the second period from the top right circle. The coaching staff finally moved Evgeni Malkin off the left point and it paid divedends. Jordan Staal scored hisRead More »

Penguins/Thrashers Lineup News – Kovalchuk out


Atlanta Thrashers (30-35-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (37-26-8) ***Morning Skate Update*** The Penguins just concluded their morning skate. There will be no lineup changes from Sunday’s game other than Marc Andre Fleury starting in goal. It was believed Craig Adams would get back into the lineup tonight but he was the extra forward in the skate. As expected Evgeni Malkin did participate in today’s morning skate and will play tonight. The Atlanta Thrashers on a 6 game winning streak will be without forward Ilya Kovalchuk tonight who has missed the Thrashers last two games. Ilya Kovalchuk did not make the trip to Pittsburgh and head coach John Anderson indicated Kovalchuk will likely return to the lineup on Friday for the Thrashers. Morning Skate and Lineupnews