Pitt releases quarterback
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst released troubled freshman quarterback Tra’Von Chapman from his scholarship on Friday, less than a month after Chapman pleaded guilty to assaulting a former girlfriend.
Chryst said in a statement it’s in “everyone’s best interest” for Chapman to continue his career elsewhere.
The 19-year-old Chapman from Kent, Ohio, enrolled in Pittsburgh in January after a standout career at Theodore Roosevelt High. He was arrested in Kent on April 26 and charged with one count of assault and one count of unlawful restraint.
Chapman pleaded guilty on July 29 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and a $200 fine. He spent three days in jail, with the remaining 87 days suspended. Chapman had been suspended indefinitely prior to his dismissal.
Duquesne trips St. Francis
PITTSBURGH – Forward A.J. Baroffio scored 2:12 into overtime as Duquesne outlasted the St. Francis University women’s soccer team, 1-0, Friday in the season opener for both squads.
The late marker – a header resulting from an Amy Vinopal cross – was the lone blemish in Red Flash goalkeeper Jessica Andrew’s first collegiate appearance in net. The junior made 10 saves in the first two periods of play.
The Dukes seized momentum in the first half, outshooting St. Francis, 12-5, and collecting eight corner kicks, six more than the Flash.
St. Francis’ MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Tesa McKibben took a match-high six shots, five on Dukes goal keeper Devon Tabata.
The Red Flash welcome Morehead State for a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday.
Penguins shut out Capitals
Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams’ home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington.
Bishop Carroll slips past Monessen
Just when things looked the bleakest for the Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team on Tuesday night, the Huskies went on a 22-0 run keyed by Nik Suckinos from 3-point range and held on for a 69-65 victory over Monessen in second round PIAA Tournament action at Gateway High School.
“I was trying to be a spark off the bench,” said the junior forward, who finished with 14 points. “It was a big game and when I went in, I really focused on hitting my shots. Shots were falling. It was a good night.”
Berlin girls playing in PIAA rematch
It’s deja vu for the Berlin Brothersvalley girls basketball team.
The Mountaineers (22-4) will play District 7 champion Vincentian Academy in PIAA Class A second-round action at 8 p.m. tonight at Hempfield High School.
Shade taking hopes on the road
The Shade girls’ basketball team is looking at its two-plus hour road trip to Big Spring High School in Newville today as a twist of good fate.
The Panthers will take on Halifax in a 7 p.m. Class A contest in the second round of the PIAA Tournament.
Steelers’ Woodley victim of salary cap
The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap and signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers.
Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press.
Hawkins signed to offer sheet
On the first day of free agency, Cleveland signed Cincinnati wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet. The Bengals have five days to match the contract or Hawkins will join the Browns, who need a replacement at slot receiver after releasing troubled veteran Davone Bess.
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