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Monday Planner: Sketching out the week ahead

Rob Ullman is working on staff sketches to share later in the week, and I must say this is the second time I’ve been turned into a sketch.

Sketches of staff members are now a thing. -- ROB ULLMAN / DKPS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Can you identify these two staff members pictured above?

Cartoonist Rob Ullman is working on some staff sketches to share with you all later in the week and I must say this is the second time that I’ve been turned into a sketch. During the height of the Penn State scandal, my face — well a cartoon-looking version of me — ended up in GQ Magazine. That’s right, me shoving my phone in the air to grab some audio in an interview scrum ended up buried inside the magazine while Tim Tebow graced the cover. Go figure.

My friends had a blast with that and I’m sure you all will enjoy seeing Ullman’s finished product later in the week. I do not know if Matt Gajtka’s hair gets its own sketch. Stay tuned. And yes, that’s also photographer Matt Sunday sketched out above.

As always, here’s the look at our week ahead:

PENGUINS

Another busy week for the hockey team. Go figure. DK and I will get things started with coverage from Sunday’s game against the Panthers at PPG Paints Arena. On Monday, I’ll provide coverage of practice from Cranberry Township before driving north to Buffalo. I’ll be on hand for the Penguins-Sabres clash on Tuesday. After a day off for the squad on Wednesday, I’ll be in Ottawa to bring you Penguins-Senators on Thursday. DK will be on hand 24 hours later when the Penguins are back home in a possible playoff preview against the Islanders. The Penguins will be off on Saturday, and then I’ll be on hand at PPG Paints Arena as the Flyers make their one and only visit (the other was at Heinz Field) to the Penguins’ home rink Sunday. I’ll do a little pregame Q&A before that one as well. — Josh Yohe

PIRATES

I’m aiming to provide you a variety of content from the Gulf Coast this week. I’ll update you on the battle for the final bench positions, as I see it, on Monday from Port Charlotte, then hopefully greet Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco at LECOM Park on Tuesday. Wednesday is an off day for the ballclub, but I’ll have something special on an old Pirates tradition made new this spring. From there, we’ll see where the storylines take us, from Fort Myers in the south, Clearwater in the north and the old Bradenton yard in between. — Gajtka in Bradenton, Fla.

STEELERS

Free agency hit its second full week, and the Steelers are bound to do something a little more relevant than last week, right? If they do, I’ll bring it to you and what it means. If not, it’s time to prep for the owner’s meetings in Phoenix. I’ll chat with the boss man, Art Rooney II, at some point during the week before heading to Arizona on Saturday. General manager Kevin Colbert on Sunday will sit down with DKPittsburghSports.com along with two other publications somewhere inside the iconic Arizona Biltmore to discuss the offseason so far and I’ll have that for y’all as well. — Mark Kaboly

RIVERHOUNDS

It’s opening weekend for the Hounds as they get set to host the defending USL champs, New York Red Bulls II, at 5 p.m. Saturday. I’ll do some positional primers all week to get you ready, plus a look at how Dave Brandt took the reins and built the team that he wanted for his second year as head coach. — Matt Welch

PITT

There will be plenty more football coverage as the Panthers enter their second week of spring practices. I’ll take a look at the competition to replace James Conner and will go in-depth on one senior who had a breakout season in 2016, plus much more. — Lance Lysowski

PENN STATE

Spring ball ramps up with James Franklin addressing the media Tuesday afternoon for his spring news conference. The Lions hit the practice field on Wednesday, their first of 15 spring workouts, and I’ll look at the top storylines and a few players to keep an eye on this spring. Also, who better to find out who can fill some of the team’s voids than by asking the Lions’ departing players about who they think will take their spot? Also, I’ll swing by hockey early in the week to check in with the Lions before they head off to NCAAs. — Snyder 

DUQUESNE

The coaching search for men’s basketball continues (insert epically scary music here). — Welch

ROBERT MORRIS

I’ll work on putting the final words on a successful season for the men’s hockey team, which finished with a 2-1 loss in the conference championship over the weekend. — Welch

LIVE Qs at 5

Who is chatting when this week?

MondayLysowski
Tuesday: Kaboly 
Wednesday: Snyder 
Thursday: DK
Friday: Gajtka 
Saturday: Dopirak 
Sunday: Yohe