Colon probable vs. Chargers
PITTSBURGH – Steelers left guard Willie Colon practiced for the second consecutive day Friday and is listed as probable, as Pittsburgh prepares to play San Diego on Sunday.
Colon has missed two games due to a left knee bruise. On Thursday, he said he would be a game-time decision. Last week, in a 23-20 win over Baltimore, All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey moved over to take his place, while Doug Legursky started at center.
The Steelers (7-5) announced Thursday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would return for the game against the Chargers (4-8) as well. Joining him will be receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who missed time with a rib injury.
Fullback Will Johnson (concussion) and safety Ryan Clark (hip) are among other Steelers listed as probable. All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu will play after practicing Friday following two days off. Polamalu played sparingly against the Ravens.
Linebacker LaMarr Woodley, however, will miss his second consecutive game due to a high ankle sprain sustained two weeks ago.
Pitt-Penn State extend series
PITTSBURGH – Penn State and Pitt announced Friday they will play each other in 2018 and ‘19, extending a previous deal that revived the dormant series.
The Panthers and Nittany Lions, originally slated to resume their rivalry in 2016-17, will also now play at Heinz Field Sept. 8, 2018, and Beaver Stadium Sept. 14, 2019.
The series dates to 1893 and was played all but three times from 1900-1992, when Penn State joined the Big Ten. It often was the regular-season finale.
The schools met from 1997-2000 but not since. Penn State leads the series, 50-42-4.
Both schools could use the jolt the rivalry’s buzz creates. Pitt, which joins the ACC next season, has had trouble filling Heinz Field. Visits from Penn State are considered sure sellouts. And the Nittany Lions experienced an attendance drop this season.
WVU mascot kills bear with musket
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia University has ordered its musket-toting mascot to stop using his university-issued weapon on hunting trips after an online video showed him killing a black bear.
In the video, Jonathan Kimble is shown firing the muzzle-loaded long gun at the bear in a tree.
WVU spokesman John Bolt said officials spoke to Kimble about it and that the mascot broke no laws.
Kimble said Friday that he’s been hunting all his life and this was the first black bear he’s ever killed.
He said he apologizes if anyone was offended by his killing the bear.
The WVU mascot wears buckskin and a coonskin cap and fires the musket – minus ammunition – at home athletic events and school-sponsored events.
UPJ to honor Pecora
Coach Pat Pecora and the 11th-ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers will close out the first semester against Ohio Valley tonight at 7 in the Sports Center.
Prior to the match, UPJ will recognize Pecora’s NCAA Division II record 500th-career victory.
On Feb. 14, Pecora became the first NCAA Division II wrestling coach to reach 500 wins when his Mountain Cats defeated Shippensburg 39-3.
Prior to the start of the match, UPJ will take time to recognize this record-setting accomplishment.
In addition, the university will officially launch the 500 & Beyond campaign to support Pitt-Johnstown’s wrestling program with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center Hall of Fame Room.
Tickets are $25 for adults (includes hors d’oeuvres, two tickets for wine or beer, soft drinks and match ticket) and $15 for those younger than 21 (includes hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and match ticket) RSVP to Abby Gearhart-Hoffman: email@example.com, or 269-7174
Pecora and the Mountain Cats come in with a 2-2 dual meet record following Tuesday’s 34-6 victory over No. 20 East Stroudsburg in the Sports Center.
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Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
Robert Morris holds off St. Francis in NEC
Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones came up big again for top-seeded Robert Morris, with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but clutch free throws by David Appolon preserved a 60-57 victory over sixth-seeded St. Francis in a Northeast Conference semifinal on Saturday.
The Colonials (21-12) advance to Tuesday’s championship for the fifth time in six years, facing fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (15-16).
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