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November 19, 2012

Local sports in brief 11/20/2012

PITTSBURGH — FOOTBALL

Mauti will miss Wisconsin game

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State star linebacker Michael Mauti will miss Saturday’s season finale against Wisconsin with a left knee injury.

Coach Bill O’Brien made the announcement Monday. The team’s worst fears came true after Mauti was carted off the field during the 45-22 win last week over Indiana.

Mauti’s college career came to an early end. The senior leader and emotional anchor for the Nittany Lions was instrumental in helping to keep most of the team together after the NCAA levied landmark sanctions in the offseason for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Mauti and fellow senior Michael Zordich made impassioned pleas to stick with the program two days after the penalties were announced. In the end, 10 players transferred, but more than 90 percent of the roster stayed.

Red Flash trio earns honors

LORETTO – The St. Francis University football team picked up a trio of honors from the College Football Performance Awards on Monday.

Jakob DeMedal, John Kelly and Josh Thiel all earned national honorable mention honors at their respective positions.

DeMedal, named national nonorable mention defensive back of the week, forced a pair of fumbles, picked up eight total tackles, two for loss, and registered a pass breakup in Saturday’s win against Sacred Heart in the regular season finale.

Kelly rushed for a career-high 187 yards in his final game with the Red Flash and posted four touchdowns.

He went 6 for 12 for 58 yards and three touchdowns.

Thiel moved into first all-time at SFU in field goal makes, extra-points made and scoring with three field goals and five extra points against the Pioneers. 

NFL

Steelers’ seat dispute in court

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers and the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority are trying to convince a judge who should pay to add 3,000 seats to 11-year-old Heinz Field.

The Steelers contend their lease requires the authority to pay about two-thirds of the $38 million the team expects it will cost to add the end zone seats and a new video scoreboard.

But the authority’s attorney says that provision kicks in only if half of the NFL’s stadiums have had similar expansions and at least 25 percent of the cost of those other expansions were funded with tax dollars. Authority attorney Walter DeForest says that hasn’t happened.

The stadium now has 65,050 seats.

The Steelers sued when a deal to finance the authority’s share with parking and ticket surcharges fell through.

The Allegheny County judge has not ruled.

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