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What to watch: Sports calendar for March 6, 2018

Tim Benz
Notre Dame's T.J. Gibbs (left) dribbles against Pitt's Jared Wilson-Frame during the second half Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in South Bend, Ind.

Here are some things to keep an eye on in the Pittsburgh sports world today.

Franchise tags for everyone!

It’s not just “franchise tag day” for Le’Veon Bell . Although Bell is acting like he’s the only guy who has ever been tagged in the history of the league.

No, there are other guys who will be getting the tag , as well. Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is one. He’s signing it.

Lawrence’s tag is $2.6 million more than Bell’s. This is a player with a drug suspension under his belt and a touchy injury history.

Hmmm. Sound familiar?

Funny thing though. I’m not getting the sense in Dallas that the world is ending like some Steelers fans are acting here.

Pitt vs. Notre Dame, ACC Tournament, 2 p.m.

It’s like putting your pet to sleep. It’s so sad that it has come to this. But you have to put Rex in the car one last time, and make that long drive before he moves onto the dog house in the sky.

Such is the case for Pitt basketball. You know what’s going to happen. Now you just have to go through one more day before everyone’s suffering must end.


The Panthers have their ACC Tournament first-round game against Notre Dame at 2 p.m. in Brooklyn. Pitt is the No. 15 seed. The Fighting Irish are the No. 10 seed.

Mike Brey’s team is a much more stout group than their 18-13 record suggests now that Bonzie Colson is back. Meanwhile, Pitt is every bit as bad as its 0-18 record infers.

Plus Kevin Stallings’ crew recently lost to the Irish, 73-56, during Pitt’s regular-season finale.

Jerry DiPaola tries — tries really hard — to find a way for Pitt to win .

For those of you who enjoy pain and want to watch the horror, it’s an ESPN2 game.

Penguins prepare for Flyers, other NHL action

The Penguins are scheduled to practice today at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex after a 4-3 overtime win over the Flames on Monday. They’ll travel to Philadelphia after that for tomorrow’s 8 p.m. game.

The Penguins’ Justin Schultz score the game-winning goal in overtime against the Flames on Monday. (AP)

Tonight, there are some pretty interesting games in the league.

They are probably running out of catfish in Nashville. The Predators keep winning. They have 93 points. That’s the most in the west. Dallas is in town at 8 tonight.

Washington still leads the Metro Division with 81 points. That’s one point better than Pittsburgh. The Capitals have a tough road game in Anaheim at 10 p.m.. The Ducks have the Pacific’s third playoff slot.

And, if you still love Marc Andre Fleury that much, his Golden Knights are in Columbus tonight. It’s just a three hour drive for a 7 p.m. faceoff.

Vegas still leads the Pacific. Fleury had 33 saves en route to a 3-2 win against the Devils Sunday. The Blue Jackets are clinging the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.

Off day for Pirates

Yesterday, the Bucco “Murderers’ Row” went all bombs away n’ at! Max Moroff, Jordan Luplow, Starling Marte, and Sean Rodriguez all homered. But the Pirates lost to Atlanta 7-5 because Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl each gave up three runs.

Speaking of Williams, he changed his number from 57 to 34 this year. Kevin Gorman tells us why .

High school hockey

It’s a busy day for High School Hockey. Here’s a look at the schedule .

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