11 days until the Penguins open Camp

 

Who will play with Sidney Crosby? Will Jordan Staal play wing or center? Who replaces Ryan Whitney? Does Janne Pesonen have the skill and toughness to play in the NHL? Are the Penguins looking to upgrade their top 6? Starting Wednesday September 17th, Inside Pittsburgh Sports brings you in-depth daily practice updates and the latest rumblings surrounding Penguins camp. Want to read the Latest Penguins Buzz throughout the season? Sign up for an Inside Access Membership Special offer until September 15th: Sign up today for a 1 year subscription for only $19.99. All viewers who sign up for the special offer will be locked in for a yearly fee of $19.99, if they choose to renew their membership. Prizes Inside Pittsburgh Sports will also be giving away 2 tickets to 5 Penguins Games to viewers who sign up for an inside Access Membership prior to September 16th. Thursday October 23rdRead More »

West Virginia-East Carolina Preview

 

East Carolina will not have the luxury of playing a team with a suspect quarterback this week. West Virginia QB Pat White has been given the green light to put the ball in the air to complement his running ability. White was 25 of 33 for 208 yards with 5 TDs and 1 INT while running for 63 yards in the Mountaineers 48-21 win over Villanova. The new found passing attack will give West Virginia the ability to beat teams that stack the line of scrimmage with eight, and sometimes nine, in the box.

Pitt Men’s Basketball Recruiting Update

 

Dominic Cheek 6’6″ 185lb/shooting guard/NJ Dominic Cheek is a potential NBA lottery pick and is one of the nations top shooting guards. At this moment Cheek holds over 25 scholarships. North Carolina heads the list of teams pursuing the talented guard but the New Jersey native is giving serious consideration to a couple Big East teams.

The Latest Steelers Buzz

 

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has named wide receiver Dallas Baker the teams 4th receiver for the Steelers opener against the Houston Texans. Baker caught the eye of the coaching staff during the teams OTA’s and continued his strong play in camp. It remains to be seen how much playing time Baker or second round selection Limas Sweed will see Sunday afternoon. When the Steelers go into their four receiver sets, it is likely the team will use Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Nate Washington and Heath Miller.

NHL: Wild pursuing Chris Drury?

 

The Minnesota Wild remain hopeful that the franchise will be able to sign Marian Gaborik to a long term extension but Wild GM Doug Riseborough is coming around to the idea that he may have to move his star winger. Gaborik remains non-committal and according to a source the Wild’s scouting staff has begun targeting potential players the Wild could get in return for Gaborik. A player the Wild have at the top of their wishlist plays in the Atlantic Division.

Oregon St. – Penn St. Preview

 

Penn St. will have their first test of the season when it meets up with Oregon St. at 3:30 on Saturday in Happy Valley. Last week Penn St. had a warm-up game against Coastal Carolina in which they racked up 594 yards in total offense Рthe most in 13 seasons. The Nittany Lions should be able to move the ball consistently on the ground given that Stanford, not known for their ground game, rushed for 210 yards on the Beavers last week. Four Penn State ball carriers gained at least 60 yards last week which led to a team total of 334 rushing yards.

NHL: Selanne eyes return for 16th NHL season

 

Anaheim Ducks super star Teemu Selanne is ready to return to the Anaheim Ducks but is growing concerned with the Anaheim Ducks lack of ability to move salary. The Ducks have been aggressively trying to move defenseman Mathieu Schneider and his cap hit of $5.6 million but have yet to find a taker. Clearing Schneider’s salary will only free up about 3 million in cap space. The Ducks are also willing to move forward Todd Marchant who currently has a cap hit of $2.5 million. Selanne is seeking $4.5 Р$5 million per season and according to a source Selanne has indicated to Anaheim GM Brian Burke that he is willing to play for less money but Selanne will not play for less than $4 million per season. The Ducks have their work cut out to clear enough salary to satisfy Selanne. Will Selanne listen to offers from other teams?

Weekly Recruiting Update

 

Penn State hopes to land their 17th commitment of the 2009 class this weekend when receiver Devon Smith 5ft7 – 150lb (Waldorf, Maryland) visits Penn State on Saturday. Smith would be Penn State’s 7th commitment from the state of Maryland. Smith has received four written offers but indications are he is down to Temple and Penn State Top 200 prospects Alert