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Hot Button: Hats off for Schwartz, Gilbert’s therapy, Maddon’s nitpick

Welcome to Hot Button, a new round-the-clock feature that'll cover ... well, everything. At all times. In all sports.

We'll try to keep a focus as to what might most interest Pittsburgh sports fans. But the place needs Pittsburgh fans to be vibrant. Let's hear from you, including your own content and contributions to this stream. We'll be right there with you.


Sunday, 9:30 p.m.: The Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL affiliate of the Golden Knights, have advanced to the Kelly Cup Final.

The Toledo Walleye (affiliate of the Red Wings) currently have a 3-2 lead over the Tulsa Oilers (affiliate of the Blues) in the Western Conference Final. -- Taylor


Sunday, 5:52 p.m.: Ever since the infamous hand pass, the Western final's been flipped on its lid: The Blues blew away the Sharks, 5-0, in Game 5 in San Jose and are now one W shy of their first Stanley Cup Final in 49 years, thanks in large part to Jaden Schwartz's HT:

This is flooring me. Not going to lie. In particular, I didn't see the Sharks slowing down as they have. Just no motor. No legs. It's like the Blues have just unplugged them. -- DK


Sunday, 4:17 p.m.: What's it mean that the Browns' GM and head coach both attended Kareem Hunt's baptism today? Eh, I'll leave that for bigger thinkers. -- DK


Sunday, 2:15 p.m.: Our city's baseball fans are plenty aware of Joe Maddon's penchant for silly protests but, even by his standard, filing a formal protest over a pitcher's double-toe-tap ... oh, just read it. A new low. -- DK


Sunday, 1:17 p.m.: One of my favorite people in football, Marcus Gilbert, opened up in Phoenix about his struggles on and off the field with the Steelers. And how he'll overcome them. -- DK


Sunday, 1:10 p.m.: The ongoing coaching search in Ottawa has just claimed its biggest headline, with Patrick Roy being given a look, according to the Ottawa Sun. Among those to have already interviewed are the Penguins' Jacques Martin, Maple Leafs assistant D.J. Smith, Stars assistant Rick Bowness, Providence College coach Nate Leaman, and Belleville (AHL) coach Troy Mann. -- DK


Saturday, 7:55 p.m.: Look away. Just look away. -- DK


Saturday, 5:43 p.m.: They apparently have a sense of humor at the Associated Press. Who figured? The AP put out this story soon after War of Will won The Preakness Saturday.

That was, of course, a tip of the cap to the replay-delayed finish of the Kentucky Derby. -- Lolley


Saturday, 3:30 p.m.: An independent investigation at Ohio State has revealed a physician who worked with the school's sports teams sexually abused some 177 male athletes under the guise of treating them. Worse, school officials knew about it via a number of complaints and did nothing.

Given the fallout from similar problems in recent years at Penn State and Michigan State, a lot of people could be in big, big trouble. And the university had better be ready to start doling out financial payments.

The doctor in question, Richard Strauss, killed himself in 2005, so he cannot be brought to trial for his abuse. -- Lolley


Saturday, 1:05 p.m.: Patriots owner Robert Kraft Jr. won an appeal earlier this week to have the video of him with an alleged prostitute in a sting in Florida thrown out.

Not surprisingly, prosecutors in the case have appealed the ruling that police in the case did not properly monitor the video they planted at the massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla. If the video is banned from the hearing, all charges would likely be dismissed not just against Kraft, but the other 24 men who were charged with misdemeanors in the case. Two operators of the spa were charged with felonies. -- Lolley


Saturday, 2:20 a.m.: Kris Wright ran into some issues in his first race in the British F3 Championship. This weekend at Snetterton, he's looking to improve on his F3 debut. The mindset behind his second outing? Improve on his times, keep learning the car, and make up ground on the rest of the field's experience in British racing, not their place in the standings.

My story on Wexford's F3 presence. -- Sunday


Saturday, 1:14 a.m.: Andrew McCutchen had a fine game for the Phillies last night, including his first home run in 70 plate appearances:

But this breakdown of how he's currently got the best eye in baseball is a much neater tale. -- DK

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