A huge, shiny, peanut-shaped asteroid will safely swing by Earth tomorrow morning (April 19), coming within a distance of 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) of the planet — about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan minced no words when addressing Evgeni Malkin’s status for the team’s first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“Geno will be in the lineup and full-go,” Sullivan said after the Penguins’ practice Tuesday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Malkin also said he will play in Game 1 of the team’s first round series Wednesday against Columbus at PPG Paints Arena. He missed the final 13 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
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Pittsburgh Penguins50-21-11, 2nd in Metropolitan DivisionRound 1, Game 1Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 PM on USAPPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
It was a sloppily played game, and at times poorly officiated, as the referees seemed to miss several calls in the second half.
“It was an ugly game,” said North Carolina Coach Roy Williams, who won his third national title with the Tar Heels. “I don’t think either team played well offensively. The magnitude of the game had a lot to do with it.”
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This is more than just Gonzaga’s first trip to the Final Four.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Record: 37-1, No. 1 seed in West Region
Path to Phoenix: 66-46 over No. 16 South Dakota State, 79-73 over No. 8 Northwestern, 61-58 over No. 4 West Virginia, 83-59 over No. 11 Xavier, 77-73 over No. 7 South Carolina
Biggest strength: Ranked No. 1 in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency
Achilles’ heel: Ranked No. 222 in the country in defensive turnover percentage
If Gonzaga wore any other name on the front of its jerseys, no one would be surprised that it’s here. The Bulldogs have been No. 1 on KenPom since mid-January, playing some of the most efficient basketball of the past 15 years.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels are back in the title gameRonald Martinez/Getty Images
Record: 32-7, No. 1 seed in South Region
Path to Phoenix: 103-64 over No. 16 Texas Southern, 72-65 over No. 8 Arkansas, 92-80 over No. 4 Butler, 75-73 over No. 2 Kentucky, 77-76 over No. 3 Oregon
Biggest strength: Ranked No. 1 in the country in offensive rebounding percentage
Achilles’ heel: Shooting 70.1 percent from the free-throw line in the NCAA tournament
Final Four superlatives: Who’s the best of the best in Phoenix?
Best intimidator: Jordan Bell, Oregon
“Jordan Bell is a maniac down low,” Justin Jackson said on Friday.
“Just a freak,” Theo Pinson added.Outside of Sindarius Thornwell, no player’s stock has risen in the NCAA tournament as much as Bell’s. Truth is, he’s been doing this all year; it just took a little more playing time and a little bigger stage for America to notice.
Bell played Moritz Wagner, who has well on his way to becoming an NCAA tournament darling before facing Oregon, off of the floor in the Sweet 16. In the second round, Louisville switched everything against Michigan. Wagner abused smaller guys in mismatches en route to 26 points.
The Ducks decided to play it straight up, and Bell made Dana Altman look prophetic. Wagner tried to play hero ball against Bell, it didn’t work, and he was summoned to the pine.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — A large Confederate flag is flying from the top of a parking garage next to the arena that’s hosting two men’s NCAA tournament second-round games Sunday evening.
The flag is being flown by a small group of protesters, according to the Associated Press, which arrived Sunday morning and plans to say throughout the games Sunday night.
Protesters said they hoped to make their presence known to the NCAA, which lifted its ban against the state of South Carolina last year because the Confederate flag no longer flies at the statehouse.
Saturday was fun and brought upsets; Sunday could be even better
7. No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 11 USC (East). USC beat Providence in the First Four, then won it late vs. SMU. Now the Trojans and their talent go up against a Baylor squad that is led by Johnathan Motley, a potential first-round pick in 2017.
2. No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 9 Michigan State (Midwest). Well, this is going to be awesome. You could make the argument that no team looked better in its first-round game than KU, but of course the opponent factors into that. Now Bill Self has to deal with a Tom Izzo team that turned Miami into putty. Josh Jackson vs. Miles Bridges is a lottery pick face-off that could be one highlight after another.
1. No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 10 Wichita State (South). The most anticipated game of any between Saturday and Sunday, without question. The under-seeded Shockers won ugly over Dayton — and it was impressive.
Keselowski passed Kyle Larson for the lead with six laps to go for his first win of 2017.
Pittsburgh’s tourism agency is resuming efforts to create a nonprofit commission to attract more major sporting events to the region.
VisitPittsburgh’s effort relies on boosting Allegheny County’s hotel tax by 1.25 percentage points in a move that would generate $1.4 million a year for the proposed Pittsburgh Sports Commission, along with $4.6 million annually for other initiatives.
“Anything that can continue the region’s momentum with bringing more conventions and, in this case, events revolving around sports is a good thing,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.
Post-Gazette.com – Acting Pittsburgh police Chief Scott Schubert said Friday that he agrees with an officer’s decision to initially charge Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter with assault but also respects the district attorney, whose office plans to withdraw the most serious charges against coach Porter..
That announcement prompted the Steelers to reinstate Mr. Porter, who had been placed on leave. He was at Steelers practice Friday and is expected to travel with the team to Kansas City for Sunday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs which has been moved back to an 8:20 PM start time because of the weather.
Gary Kubiak led the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50 last season, but sources tell ESPN he will likely step down after Sunday’s season finale.