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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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Tomlin hit with $100G fine
Here’s another adjective Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can call his ill-timed two-step onto the field last Thursday night against Baltimore.
ACC-olades rolling in: Pitt’s Donald named league’s top defender
Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the national leader in tackles for loss, has been selected the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Irish too much for Lady Lions
Natalie Achonwa had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 4 Notre Dame in a 77-67 victory over No. 10 Penn State on Wednesday night.
Mountain Hawks outlast Red Flash
Tim Kempton scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds as Lehigh took down St. Francis 57-50 on Wednesday night.
UPJ volleyball heads to NCAA Division II Regional
The fifth-seeded Pitt-Johnstown women’s volleyball team will open its first ever berth in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament against fourth-seeded Shippensburg University beginning today at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Big second half leads UPJ past host Clarion
Nate Snodgrass scored 18 points, and Pitt-Johnstown outscored Clarion by 20 points over the final 16 minutes to earn a 78-68 comeback victory in the PSAC on the road.
Lady Cats get first PSAC win
Pitt-Johnstown built an 18-point halftime advantage en route to a 98-81 win at Clarion that earned the Lady Cats the program’s first PSAC victory.
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On a high note: Penn State ends year with win, holds off Wisconsin rally in upset
A bright future for Penn State emerged on a cool, crisp day in the Midwest.
Bruins snap skid against Pens
The surging Boston Bruins said they weren’t fazed by Sidney Crosby’s last-second goal. They proved it in overtime.
Torey Krug scored 34 seconds into OT and the Bruins beat Pittsburgh 4-3 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game, regular-season losing streak to the Penguins in a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams.
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