According to the Toronto Star
Mike Tomlin‚Äôs main goal this week is to keep his players focused on the main prize. Tomlin stressed that at yesterday‚Äôs press conference and the Steelers will practice this week like they have a game on Sunday. The Steelers went through a normal workout today, and will do the same on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before they depart for Tampa Bay on Monday. In today‚Äôs practice a number of players were out with injuries and others took the day off. Injured players WR Hines Ward (Knee Sprain) ,Lt Max Starks (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), Patrick Bailey (Hamstring), C Justin Hartwig (Knee) did not practice.
Adam Laroche ($7.05 million per season) making more money than Xavier Nady ($6.65 million per season) in 09 won‚Äôt sit well with Pirates fans. The good news is the Pirates will not open contract talks with Laroche about an long-term extension this winter. Last off-season the Pirates entertained the idea. Baseball‚Äôs salary system is truly rigged when Zach Duke made $400,000 last season while going 5-14 with a 4.82 ERA and signs a one year deal worth $2.2 million, the following season. Nate McLouth has submitted $3.8 million which is a fair submission. The Pirates are offering $2.75 million. The Pirates are offering a player who hit 26 home runs and won a gold glove, only 555,000 more than the contract they gave to a 5-14 pitcher. The Pirates were 67-95 last season with Jason Bay, Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte on their opening day roster. Over/Under on 100 lossesRead More »
Free Preview 1) DETROIT LIONS> MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA- With Sam Bradford returning to Oklahoma for another season, Stafford holds on to the top selection. Sanchez has closed the gap between him and Stafford, but I still think that Stafford is the better selection. Stafford has a stronger arm and he has greatly improved his decision making this season. Sanchez is more of a project, he has significant injury issues, and he tends to make the stupid decisions that Stafford would make last year. 2) ST. LOUIS RAMS> ANDRE SMITH, OT, ALABAMA- I don‚Äôt see any reason to change this pick as a result of Smith‚Äôs issues at Alabama. They don‚Äôt seem like the kind of behavioral issues that would seriously hurt his draft stock and the Rams are still looking to beef up the O-Line, which they failed to do last year by missing out on Jake Long. 3)Read More »
The Penguins head into the All-Star break looking for answers as they sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference Standings. Tuesday night the Penguins had the opportunity to go into the break winning four of five when they faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes but the Penguins were not able to take advantage of playing at home and the Hurricanes playing the night before. The Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period with Evgeni Malkin scoring his 19th goal of the season but the Penguins couldn‚Äôt solve Cam Ward after that. Ward made 32 saves and the Penguins were outshot 40-33 as they lost to the Hurricanes 2-1 Tuesday night at Mellon Arena. The Hurricanes (23-20-5) jumped ahead of the Penguins by one point in the standings and Tuesday‚Äôs loss was a tough loss to take for a team who thought they were about toRead More »
Pascal Dupuis was taking off of IR yesterday but the Penguins have decided to hold him out for another game. The Penguins will go with the same lineup that they had on Sunday against the Rangers. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal for the 9th time in 10 games. Brooks Orpik remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury and will not play tonight. Orpik has not skated since getting injured against Anaheim. Alex Goligoski will be scratched for the second consecutive game. Cam Ward will be making his 13th straight start tonight for the Hurricanes. In the Penguins 5-2 win against the Hurricanes on December 4th, the Penguins faced backup goaltender Michael Leighton. Ward made 35 saves in Carolina’s 2-0 win Monday night against the Maple Leafs. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will remain on the same line for tonight’s game. It remains to be seen whether Crosby and MalkinRead More »
The All-Star break may be coming at a bad time for the Penguins. The Penguins have won three of their last four games and on Sunday the Penguins won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 15. The All-Star break will be a blessing for players Brooks Orpik, Sidney Crosby, and Max Talbot who are nursing injuries but the Penguins have some momentum right now. The Penguins host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday and then don‚Äôt play until Wednesday January 28th Janne Pesonen‚Äôs fourth stint with the Penguins didn‚Äôt last long. Pesonen was a non-factor against the Ducks on the Friday and did not dress against the Rangers. The Penguins re-assigned Pesonen following yesterday‚Äôs game. As expected the Penguins have lost Mike Zigomanis for the season who opted for shoulder surgery last week.
Team Press Release: The Pittsburgh Penguins will help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant its 10,000th wish on Tuesday when 8-year-old Jacob Anderson of Connellsville becomes a ‚ÄúPenguin for a Day.‚Äù Jacob will report at 10 a.m. to General Manager Ray Shero‚Äôs office at Mellon Arena, where he will sign his contract. He then will be escorted to his own locker stall in the Penguins‚Äô dressing room, where he will have an official nameplate and jersey. After assisting the Penguins players prepare for their morning skate at 10:30, Jacob will get a demonstration of skate-sharpening and other behind-the-scenes game-day activities from Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze and staff.The Penguins take on the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Jacob will sit in the penalty box during the pre-game warm-up Tuesday evening, and he and his family will watch the game from rinkside seats. Jacob also will get a special visit from theRead More »
The Arizona Cardinals boast the league‚Äôs top wide receiver tandem in the NFL with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. Boldin who has three years left on the four-year, $22.75 million extension he signed after the 2005 season, demanded a trade in August and claimed he has no relationship with coach Ken Whisenhunt. On Sunday, cameras showed Boldin arguing with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in a heated discussion on the sideline after the Cardinals used only one receiver in 9 of their final 14 plays. According to reports, once the game ended, Boldin left the field quickly without celebrating and was seen leaving out the back door. With all the media coverage during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Boldin could become a major distraction for the Cardinals as they prepare for the Steelers. Preliminary results reveal no structural damage for Hines Ward