2-minute Drill: Pirates Nova Hopes Dropping Weight Increases Numbers


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  • When Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage spotted Ivan Nova in the clubhouse, his eyes were as big as his smile at the sight of the slimmed-down starter.
  • The Penguins have the best third-line center in hockey.
  • Former Penn State guard D.J. Newbill’s name was among a handful that surfaced on Friday in a report related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation into former NBA agent Andy Miller and others. Penn State coach Pat Chambers declined comment while speaking to the media for a scheduled conference >call not long after the story was published on Friday morning.
  • When the Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from Ottawa on Friday, giving themselves an offensive attack that looks like a matchup nightmare for any potential playoff opponent, it was one of the first shots fired in what already has become a heated Eastern Conference arms race.
  • Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy called the NCAA “one of the worst organizations” in sports and criticized the NBA’s one-and-done rule, calling the backlash against high school players wanting to bypass college “racist.

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