Stephen Pianovich

I've spent more than five years in the communications industry, working in journalism and social media with a focus on sports. I understand the importance of smart, timely and creative work in a constantly changing, fast-paced media landscape. My goal is to create that kind of work every day.

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Manny Machado discusses Phillies trade rumors

The Phillies could make a splash by acquiring the three-time All-Star from the Orioles before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31. It would be a daring move by a franchise trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. PHILADELPHIA -- Manny Machado answered questions Wednesday, unsure of what team he'll be suiting up for when the calendar turns to August. But he was aware the team in the opposing clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park could make a push for him over the next four weeks

Russell Martin makes first start at shortstop

Martin, a 35-year-old catcher, made his first career start at shortstop in the Blue Jays' 2-1 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Martin made just one play in an uneventful defensive afternoon, but it was still an exhilarating experience for the versatile veteran. PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in 1,462 Major League starts, Russell Martin got to live out a childhood dream. PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in 1,462 Major League starts, Russell Martin got to live out a childhood dr

Fatts Russell And Keith Stone Lead The NCAA Tournament All-Name Team

The best games in March Madness usually involve teams you never heard full of players you never heard of winning in ridiculous fashions. Some of those unheralded players have unforgettable names. Remember Northern Iowa’s Ali Farokhmanesh? What about current Knicks big man Kyle O’Quinn from his days at Norfolk State? They’re the kinds of names that, in past years, have lived in either glory or infamy, depending how you filled out your bracket. We’re not sure what great upsets we’ll see in this

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A Complete List Of The Sports Jokes That Made ’30 Rock’ So Great

30 Rock treated sports like only 30 Rock could. The show’s sports jokes were wonderfully obscure. Liz Lemon had a theory on the Phillie Phanatic’s gender. Tracy Jordan made the short-sighted decision to sign an endorsement deal with Wade Boggs’ Carpet World. And there were multiple Scottie Pippen mentions. Like many 30 Rock fans, I wept when Netflix announced was dropping the show for joy when Hulu announced it was picking up the show. As 30 Rock transitions to its new streaming home, it seems

Goodbye Chooch, hello Hellboy: The 2017 Phillies nicknames aren't great

When the Phillies take the field for the first time this year, Chooch won’t be behind the plate. The Big Piece won’t be in the heart of the lineup, either. It will be the second consecutive Opening Day without The Man, and the third in a row without J-Roll. Instead, get excited about … Hellboy and The Scorpion, Phillies fans! Yeah, these are your 2017 nicknames. The Phillies roster is now officially devoid of players from the 2008 World Series team and the roster that reigned atop the NL East

Michigan's losses literally haunt Jim Harbaugh's dreams, his wife says

As a fierce competitor, Jim Harbaugh probably is not a fun person to be around after he loses. The Michigan coach definitely is not a good person to sleep next to after tough games. Jim Harbaugh’s wife, Sarah, disclosed that after a loss her husband will sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and yell about plays that went wrong. “After a loss for Jim, his sleep is very interrupted. I try not to sleep next to him after a loss because he will wake up and yell something that went wrong. He

Fatts Russell And Keith Stone Lead The NCAA Tournament All-Name Team

The best games in March Madness usually involve teams you never heard full of players you never heard of winning in ridiculous fashions. Some of those unheralded players have unforgettable names. Remember Northern Iowa’s Ali Farokhmanesh? What about current Knicks big man Kyle O’Quinn from his days at Norfolk State? They’re the kinds of names that, in past years, have lived in either glory or infamy, depending how you filled out your bracket. We’re not sure what great upsets we’ll see in this

The Browns can't even get a tweet about Saquon Barkley right

Saquon Barkley, with his size, speed and jaw-dropping highlights, might have been the most-recognizable player in college football during the 2017 season. Unfortunately for the Cleveland Browns, there were two players who were No. 26 on Penn State’s roster. In a tweet about Barkley on Friday night, the Browns used a photo of Nittany Lions safety Jonathan Sutherland — who also happens to wear No. 26 — instead of one of the Penn State star running back. In fairness to the Browns and their socia

Wyoming punter misses punt vs. Iowa

Punters really have just one job. It’s right there in the title. But there’s always something new to see on a full Saturday of college football. Wyoming punter Tim Zaleski provided one of the must-see plays of Saturday when he whiffed on a punt attempt in the second quarter against Iowa. On a clean snap, Zaleski dropped the ball on the transfer, and it was out of reach for his foot. Iowa fell on the ball on the Wyoming 31-yard line. The internet was quick to notice. Iowa turned its good field

Villanova players living with new-found fame after National Championship

The 6-foot-6 forward is gracing the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving posted a picture of Jenkins (well, mostly just his feet) on his Instagram since Jenkins was wearing his signature shoes; Jenkins also got to go on air with Mike and Mike, an ESPN show he watches religiously. But the best shoutout, that came from the most powerful person in the United States. President Obama called Jay Wright to congratulate the coach on his National Title earlier

LeBron James trolls Michigan before The Game: 'Who does Ohio State play?'

Ohio State fan LeBron James had some fun at the expense of the Buckeyes’ top rival on Monday. Speaking with reporters, James acted like he didn’t know who Ohio State faced this weekend in The Game. Even though he referenced the Big House, James pretended he did not know who was the Buckeyes’ next opponent and refused to say the name of That Team Up North. Here’s how the exchange went down: James: “We’re looking forward to the matchup. We’re looking forward to going into the Big House and comin

An Iowa State assistant publicly ripped a recruit in accidental tweet

Well, this probably isn’t the best recruiting strategy. An Iowa State assistant publicly ripped a recruit in a tweet this week. Iowa State senior offensive analyst Jim Hofher referred to 2019 defensive end Jake Karchinski as underwhelming after the recruit tweeted about picking up an offer from Iowa. Hofher likely meant to send his message in private. The tweet was deleted, but not before Travis Wilson of WisSports.net grabbed a screenshot. “Welp….. that’s OK… have seen him competitively and w

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Report: Michigan State athletics has widespread culture of mishandling assault allegations

Michigan State’s athletic department has a widespread history of not handling allegations of sexual assault and violence properly dating back more than a decade, a detailed and damning report released by ESPN’s Outside the Lines alleges. The report came out Friday afternoon, hours after Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. There have been incidents involving both Michigan State’s football program under Mark Dantonio and the bas

Urban Meyer says cameraman caused J.T. Barrett's injury, and he wants to find out who it was

J.T. Barrett went down with an apparent knee injury in the third quarter against Michigan on Saturday. But Urban Meyer disclosed after the game that the Ohio State quarterback initially was hurt right before kickoff by a cameraman. During his postgame news conference, Meyer said a cameraman ran into Barrett on the sideline and knocked him over. Meyer was adamant that he wanted to find out who the cameraman was. “[It happened] right after kickoff or something,” Meyer said. “He was warming up, a

Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years in prison: 'I just signed your death warrant,' judge says

Former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced Wednesday to as many as 175 years in prison for sexual abuse of young women under his care. The sentencing came at the conclusion of a seven-day hearing that saw 156 of Nassar’s victims confront him in a Lansing, Mich., courtroom. “I just signed your death warrant,” said Judge Rosemaire Aquilina at the end of the lengthy sentencing, which got national media attention. Aquilina made the ruling and explained her deci

Ryan Shazier discharged from hospital 8 weeks after suffering serious spine injury

Ryan Shazier has been discharged from the hospital nearly two months after he suffered a serious spine injury on Dec. 4. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery shortly after the injury and was recovering and rehabbing at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He will continue his rehab process through an outpatient program. “Ryan Shazier was discharged from the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Mercy today and will transition into an outpatient therapy program through the UPM

2018 Final Four: Big Ten's national title drought hits 18 seasons with Michigan's loss to Villanova

The Big Ten’s national title drought is now at 18 seasons. Another men’s basketball season for the Big Ten has come and gone without a national championship after Michigan lost to Villanova 79-62 in the National Championship Game on Monday night in San Antonio. The Big Ten sent only four teams — Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State — to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and they were all viewed as national title contenders at various points in the season. Michigan was the final team standing

Former Michigan football player appears to post series of troubling tweets involving Jim Harbaugh

Former Michigan football player Elysee Mbem-Bosse appears to have posted and deleted a series of troubling tweets, including an apparent threat against his former coach, Jim Harbaugh. Screenshots of the tweets from Mbem-Bosse’s locked Twitter account surfaced on Reddit on Tuesday morning. It’s not a certainty that Mbem-Bosse made the posts himself, but there was a series of tweets referencing Harbaugh. More screenshots of the tweets can be found in the original Reddit post. Later on Tuesday,

Shea Patterson officially ruled eligible for Michigan football in 2018

Shea Patterson is officially eligible for Michigan football in 2018. The NCAA announced Friday that the quarterback would not have to sit out the 2018 season after transferring from Ole Miss. Patterson’s eligibility waiver request was a months-long process that agonized many Michigan fans. But the Wolverines can head into the summer knowing the former 5-star recruit could very well take the first snap of their 2018 season. Michigan and Ole Miss announced the move in a joint statement, saying t

Minnesota players end boycott, will play in Holiday Bowl

Minnesota’s boycott is over, and the Gophers will play in the Holiday Bowl after all. Minnesota players, led by senior WR Drew Wolitarsky, announced the end of their boycott Saturday morning. The players originally announced the boycott Thursday night, saying they would sit out all football activities — including the Holiday Bowl — because of the indefinite suspension of 10 players reportedly in connection to a sexual assault allegation. Those 10 players will remain suspended for the bowl game

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Ex-Phillies GM Amaro returns to Philadelphia

"It's very strange to be on this side," Amaro said from the visitors' dugout in a Red Sox windbreaker. PHILADELPHIA -- For a man who spent countless hours in Citizens Bank Park, Ruben Amaro Jr. still found himself in unfamiliar territory Wednesday afternoon. PHILADELPHIA -- For a man who spent countless hours in Citizens Bank Park, Ruben Amaro Jr. still found himself in unfamiliar territory Wednesday afternoon. "It's very strange to be on this side," Amaro said from the visitors' dugout in a

Lake-Lehman wrestler proves the naysayers wrong

Sitting in a doctor’s office in Philadelphia, the 17-year-old was told that he would not be able to play the two sports that were his livelihood and the future he was dead set on was no longer a possibility. Josh Sayre’s severely separated right shoulder could be repaired, a surgeon told him, but afterward, he wouldn’t be able to do any activity more strenuous than a routine chore. No more wrestling, no more football and Sayre, now a Lake-Lehman senior, would not be able to enter the Air Force — a goal of his since seventh grade.

Rey Fuentes comes up big on Father's Day

The perfect Father's Day gift was sitting in the center-field bushes at Citizens Bank Park. PHILADELPHIA -- Rey Fuentes, the hero of the D-backs' 5-4 extra-inning win against the Phillies on Sunday, almost took a detour before celebrating with his teammates after the game's final out. PHILADELPHIA -- Rey Fuentes, the hero of the D-backs' 5-4 extra-inning win against the Phillies on Sunday, almost took a detour before celebrating with his teammates after the game's final out. The perfect Fathe

Phil Martelli tries to give Coach of the Year trophy to Jay Wright

Phil Martelli thought another Big 5 coach was more deserving of the honor given to him on Monday night. (Photo: Stephen Pianovich/CoBL) Phil Martelli was given the Big 5 Coach of the Year trophy on Monday night. That didn’t mean he wanted to take it. Martelli, who just completed his 21st season as the head coach at Saint Joseph’s, started listing some regrettable moments in Philadelphia sports history during his acceptance turned rejection speech at the annual Big 5 Awards Banquet at the Pales

What's driving the Penn State fans trying to restore Joe Paterno's image?

As a crowd jeered, “We want the truth!” “Put the statue back!” “Cowards!,” men and women in business attire left a meeting and boarded a van outside a hotel on a sun-baked September afternoon. A large figure emerged from the crowd, and in the middle of the road formed a one-man barricade. Franco Harris’ dark beard is not as thick as it was in his playing days as a running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his curly black hair has some gray on the sides. But the football great and former Pe

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Russell Martin makes first start at shortstop

Martin, a 35-year-old catcher, made his first career start at shortstop in the Blue Jays' 2-1 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Martin made just one play in an uneventful defensive afternoon, but it was still an exhilarating experience for the versatile veteran. PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in 1,462 Major League starts, Russell Martin got to live out a childhood dream. PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in 1,462 Major League starts, Russell Martin got to live out a childhood dr

Luiz Gohara shows promising signs while pitching with heavy heart

Gohara gave up two runs in four innings in the Braves' 4-0 loss to the Phillies in the series finale at Citizens Bank Park. But as the rest of the Braves readied to travel to Boston on Wednesday night, Gohara was preparing for a different trip. PHILADELPHIA -- Luiz Gohara showed some promising signs on Wednesday in his first start of 2018, and the 21-year-old lefty did so with an important trip in the back of his mind. PHILADELPHIA -- Luiz Gohara showed some promising signs on Wednesday in his

Penn State football: Kyle Carter's OT touchdown sets up Pinstripe Bowl victory

NEW YORK -- Kyle Carter remembered his last touchdown. It was more than a year ago, but the situation was similar. The tight end's last score entering Saturday was in overtime against Illinois last season - one that proved to be a game-winner. In the Pinstripe Bowl, Carter again grasped the ball in the end zone in overtime, doing so over a Boston College defender in what turned out to be a de facto game-clinching score for the Nittany Lions. (Sam Ficken ensured victory with an extra point.) "I

Red Sox Chris Sale gets 10 strikeouts in loss

Sale struck out 10 and allowed only four hits in eight superb innings, but it wasn't enough for the Red Sox to complete a four-game sweep of the home-and-home series. He also smashed a ball up the middle with the bases loaded in one at-bat that resulted in a bang-bang play at first and had the Red Sox's only extra-base hit of the night in another. PHILADELPHIA -- Representing the go-ahead run, Chris Sale was stranded on third base in the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 1-0 loss to the Phillies o

A-10 champs: St. Joe's downs VCU to win conference tournament title

BROOKLYN – Phil Martelli climbed the ladder and before he could take the final snips of a net hanging off the rim by just a few threads, the coach gave a few slaps to the backboard, which was covered in a sign that read “Atlantic 10 Champions." He then looked out to the crowd of players, assistants and families with a smile. Martelli is about moments – he said the word eight times in the opening statement of his postgame press conference – and this was the most meaningful one of the season and

Phillies' Ryan Howard turns back the clock

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard hit a walk-off home run as the Phillies continued their winning ways on Friday night. It felt like the good old days at Citizens Bank Park. Howard, the longest-tenured member of a young Phillies roster, was reminiscent of his former MVP self in a 4-3, 11-inning win over the Indians, the Phillies' seventh victory in their last eight and their fourth straight overall. He went 3-for-5 with a double and a line-drive homer off Cleveland closer Cody Allen. Video: Must C

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The NBA Finals have been awful, and I think we all know who to blame: Millennials

The NBA Finals — like the rest of the playoffs in this once-great league — have been a complete and total bore. I think we all know who to blame: Millennials. That’s right, once again this me-first generation has banded together to spoil something for the rest of us. These lopsided Finals have shown that hard work is a thing of the past and so are real rivalries in the NBA. Kevin Durant, a Millennial who used to be a respected player, took the easy road by joining the league’s best team. And

My "imperfect" bracket doesn't meet society's standards, and that's OK

The talking heads on ESPN will tell you the “perfect” bracket is out there. On TV and across the internet, the mainstream media gladly flaunts these unattainable brackets with their flawless Final 4’s. All the while, society falsely believes this is how every bracket should be. And it leaves the rest of us with major insecurities. Of course I always wanted that perfect bracket. Who didn’t? I figured if I put in some time in the gym watching games and consumed a steady diet of bracketology, I w

NBA "star" LeBron James took ANOTHER day off during the NBA Playoffs

On Tuesday and Wednesday night, I sat on my couch and watched hard-nosed, gritty playoff performances in both the NBA and the NHL. Guess who did the exact same thing? That’s right, LeBron took yet another night off. So-called “King James” had his rear end glued to his throne for the fourth straight night on Thursday — this time during the playoffs! The problem began in the regular season when LeBron sat on the bench collecting his enormous paychecks while fans spent their hard-earned money on