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Pitt Soccer within the Playoffs: Wild Card Weekend



Whereas it will not be one other season through which former Pitt stars face off within the Tremendous Bowl, with Pitt’s resident NFL celebrity standing atop the mountain, it’s nonetheless one other season of Pitt within the playoffs.

There are a handful of former Pitt stars enjoying on Wild Card this season, the motion approaching Sunday and Monday, and there are storylines to observe.

Let’s check out who’s enjoying when and the place.


AFC Wild Card: No. 7 Miami Dolphins at No. 2 Buffalo Payments 

Kickoff: Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS

Who to look at: Buffalo Payments CB Dane Jackson, Buffalo Payments S Damar Hamlin (injured), Miami Dolphins DT Jaylen Twyman

It will likely be an emotional afternoon at Highmark Stadium Sunday, particularly if Damar Hamlin is ready to be in attendance.

The Payments are a Tremendous Bowl contender, and the Dolphins are with out their high two quarterbacks. Payments quarterback Josh Allen can be matched up towards rookie Skylar Thompson — who’s making his first playoff begin and second NFL begin as an entire.

And Dane Jackson and the Payments’ secondary will try to make Thompson’s playoff debut much more troublesome. He began each of the Payments’ playoff video games final season, recording 10 tackles (9 solo) and a sort out for loss.

Twyman made a heroic comeback to the NFL this season, however he isn’t anticipated to play a lot for the Dolphins Sunday.

NFL Wild Card: No. 6 New York Giants at No. 3 Minnesota Vikings 

Kickoff: Sunday: 4:30 p.m. on FOX

Who to look at: Minnesota Vikings OL Brian O’Neill (injured), Minnesota Vikings OLB Patrick Jones II, New York Giants CB Jason Pinnock

Brian O’Neill suffered {a partially} torn Achilles earlier this month, so he is not going to be out there to assist shield Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Regardless, it should nonetheless be a battle of two of the NFL’s greater shock tales this season.

Patrick Jones, who will try to generate strain on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, and Jason Pinnock, who will try to select off Cousins just a few instances, will face off of their first style of the NFL playoffs.

AFC Wild Card: No. 6 Baltimore Ravens at No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals 

Kickoff: Sunday, 8:15 p.m. on NBC

Who to look at: Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals LS Cal Adomitis

It might be robust for Pittsburgh Steelers followers to root for a divisional foe, however the Bengals function a pair of key contributors on offense and particular groups.

Joe Burrow leads final season’s AFC champions towards a Lamar Jackson-less Ravens squad in an AFC North matchup at Paycor Stadium. Tyler Boyd, who hauled in 15 receptions for 110 yards and a landing throughout the march to the Tremendous Bowl final season, will as soon as once more function a sure-handed goal for Burrow.

Cal Adomitis will make his playoff debut this season, holding down the lengthy snapping duties for the Bengals.

NFC Wild Card: No. 5 Dallas Cowboys at No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kickoff: Monday, 8:15 p.m. on ABC/ESPN

Who to look at: Dallas Cowboys RB Qadree Ollison

It hasn’t been a glamorous alternative for Qadree Ollison with the Cowboys this season, as he’s dealt with particular groups work in his three video games performed, however he’s holding down a roster spot.

Ollison, a reserve operating again and particular teamer for the Cowboys, could not see the sector because the Cowboys sq. off towards Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Tampa. The Bucs had been the one NFL divisional winner to clinch their division with a dropping report this season.


Duquesne WBB Hangs On To Defeat VCU, 66-63



The Duquesne Girls’s Basketball Staff needed to battle down the stretch, however discovered a strategy to defeat VCU 66-63 Saturday afternoon on the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Duquesne (14-9/4-6 Atlantic 10) had a quartet of Dukes obtain double figures, paced by Naelle Bernard’s 17 factors and season-high eight rebounds. Megan McConnell completed play with 16 factors and 7 rebounds. Ayanna Townsend concluded her after with 15 factors and Tess Myers 14.

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Amaya Hamilton grabbed 9 rebounds and Duquesne was a +15 on the glass.

VCU (7-15/4-6 A-10) noticed Janika Griffith-Wallace swished in 18 factors, whereas Chloe Bloom shook off a first-quarter harm to earn 14 factors. Timaya Lewis-Eutsey banged in 12 factors of her personal. VCU’s bench outscored Duquesne 22-4.

Early on each groups performed pretty evenly, however an 11-2 run aided by Bernard’s efforts from the three-point line created some separation as she buried three of her first 4 deep seems.

A timeout from VCU coach Beth O’Boyle got here from a spot of frustration as her crew which is notoriously recognized for the way it offensively rebounds the basketball, was trailing by a 6-0 depend in that statistic.

Within the timeout, O’Boyle additionally expressed frustration with the shortage of ball motion her crew displayed, whereas VCU was arriving to Bernard too late on the defensive finish.

Regardless that, Duquesne gave the impression to be a assured facet, VCU closed the primary quarter by scoring the ultimate seven factors, whereas the Dukes went scoreless for the ultimate 3:12 of recreation motion in that interval.

Duquesne tried to get again on observe, however Hamilton after which Townsend missed point-blank photographs, that means the sport was tied at 16 after the primary quarter.

Each groups went chilly within the second quarter, although when one squad did rating, the opposite matched.

This held true into the half’s closing minute, when McConnell transformed an and-one play, permitting Duquesne to carry a 27-24 lead at halftime.

After Duquesne struck first within the third quarter, VCU stormed again to tie the competition. It was a 13-2 run which adopted from the Dukes facet which allowed it to take command of the competition.

McConnell was capable of comply with a miss from a teammate, trailing a Ram, incomes a steal and placing in a reverse layup.

The lead would stay 11 factors at quarter’s finish.

Within the fourth quarter, a cheerful Duquesne bench turned extra somber as VCU started to string makes and elevated defensive strain. At 64.3% from the sector, this was the Rams best capturing quarter from the sector.

Duquesne must win the sport from the free-throw line. Initially the Dukes had been splitting free throws, however Myers drilled 4 essential free throws, along with her confidence rising with every one.

Duquesne has eight days between video games because it travels to face La Salle Sunday at 2 p.m.


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No. 18 Pitt Defeats North Carolina, 21-11, to Take Sole Possession of First Place within the ACC



PITTSBURGH — No. 18 Pitt confronted off towards North Carolina Friday night time on the Petersen Occasions Middle in a battle of two undefeated ACC squads. Strong wrestling from Pitt gave them the 21-11 victory within the duel and places them alone on high of the convention.

The Panthers (9-2 general, 3-0 ACC) win their fourth straight duel with this victory. The win for the Panthers additionally ends a seven match dropping streak to the Tar Heels (6-7 general, 2-1 ACC) that began in 2016.

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Panthers head coach Keith Gavin stated that it was a fantastic win towards a tricky opponent within the Tar Heels. He preferred his group’s effort and that he hopes to see his group construct on this effort.

“I believe we’re coming collectively on the proper time,” Gavin stated. “It’s a tricky convention the place you don’t know what can occur so. It’s a superb time to be wrestling nicely and I really feel like we’re doing that.”

No. 2 Redshirt senior Nino Bonaccorsi (11-0) began Pitt off within the match at 197 kilos and totally dispatched UNC redshirt junior Max Shaw (11-7) in a 7-2 resolution. This makes it two straight seasons he defeated Shaw, as he received a 7-1 resolution towards him in 2022.

No. 5 First-year Dayton Pitzer (7-1) continued the Panthers’ nice begin within the heavyweight class. He wrestled nicely and earned a 6-0 resolution over Tar Heels senior Brandon Whitman (9-13) to place the Panthers up 6-0.

Pitt No. 33 redshirt senior Colton Camacho (13-7) fought exhausting with UNC No. 19 graduate Jack Wagner (19-5) at 125 kilos. Camacho led for a lot of the match, however Wagner managed to tie it up at 8-8 to drive it into sudden victory, the place Wagner received the match on a takedown, 10-8.

No. 6 redshirt senior Micky Phillippi (10-1) acquired the Panthers again on observe at 133 kilos, profitable an 8-2 resolution over Tar Heels redshirt first-year Jace Palmer (12-10).

Pitt No. 3 redshirt senior Cole Matthews (14-1) and UNC No. 13 redshirt first-year Lachlan McNeil (18-5) battled within the largest match of the night time at 141 kilos. Matthews used a takedown and an escape to win a 3-2 resolution over McNeil and to maintain the momentum with Pitt.

Panthers No. 29 Tyler Badgett (15-8) received his first ACC duel of the season towards Tar Heels first-year Jayden Scott (14-6) at 149 kilos. He held Scott down for a lot of the second interval to earn using time and an escape within the third interval for a 2-0 resolution.

Pitt first-year Jared Keslar (11-3) stood no likelihood towards North Carolina No. 3 Austin O’Connor (14-0) at 157 kilos. O’Connor used a number of takedowns to win a 24-8 technical fall, reducing the Pitt result in seven at 15-7.

No. 23 redshirt senior Holden Heller (10-4) simply dealt with Tar Heels redshirt senior Joey Mazzara (13-8) in a 12-5 resolution at 165 kilos to assist the Panthers get nearer to victory.

Pitt redshirt first-year Luca Augustine (11-7) confronted a tricky problem in UNC No. 8 graduate Clay Lautt (18-5) at 174 kilos. Neither managed to attain any factors in addition to every making an escape and they also headed to sudden victory. They once more failed to attain, that means they headed to tiebreakers.

Augustine acquired a straightforward escape to begin off and held off assaults from Lautt to earn the upset in a 2-1 resolution and basically clinched the duel victory for the Panthers.

Augustine stated that he regarded for the offense from Lautt the entire time and that he might want to work on his recreation when he doubtless faces off towards Lautt within the ACC Championships in March

“At first, I felt the hand combat,” Augustine stated on his match with Lautt. “I felt robust within the hand combat, I felt good. Then, as time form of went on, he’s form of loosened up a bit bit, I felt a bit little bit of his photographs approaching. I didn’t actually have a snug shot, wasn’t actually comfy in my offense but, so I couldn’t actually discover too many photographs there, if any in any respect. I did have that fast escape, which helped and that’s the primary motive I received that match there.”

Panthers No. 18 redshirt junior Reece Heller (15-4) completed the match with a battle towards Tar Heels No. 13 junior Gavin Kane (19-4) at 184 kilos. Each wrestlers competed nicely, however Kane used two takedowns, an escape plus using time to win a 6-3 resolution.

Pitt finishes this weekend off with a match towards No. 3 Iowa State Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Discipline Home.

Augustine believes that his teammates are wrestling at their finest proper now and simply must hold the momentum going the remainder of the 12 months.

“We’re wrestling actually good proper now,” Augustine stated. “We’re wrestling with quite a lot of confidence and I really like the combat. I believe we simply must hold this vitality going. We had some powerful losses firstly of the season, however we bounced proper again and we simply must hold this vitality up and we are able to beat anyone.”

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Jason Capel Upset with Therapy from Alma Mater UNC; Jeff Capel Responds



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Shortly after Nike Sibande blocked Caleb Love’s shot to safe a win for Pitt on the Dean E. Smith Heart, the Panthers piled into the hallway and guests locker room to rejoice their victory.

After which, after the cheering settled, Jason Capel began to yell. The Pitt assistant coach wasn’t screaming at anybody particularly, however his visceral alternative phrases have been focused at his alma mater, the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Y’all gonna disrespect me? All I did for this program? Y’all gonna boo me? I held this sh*t collectively when Matt Doherty tore it aside,” Capel was overheard saying by a Pittsburgh Sports activities Now reporter. “F*ck that sh*t.”

After Jason Capel’s transient blowup, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel addressed it through the postgame press convention. The elder Capel known as his brother’s relationship with North Carolina, “sophisticated” and defended him.

“My brother loves this faculty, he dreamt of coming right here as a participant after we have been little,” Jeff Capel stated. “That is the place that he all the time dreamt of enjoying. He wore that jersey with a whole lot of pleasure, and since he’s left right here there was a whole lot of disrespect in the direction of him.”

Jason Capel performed 4 seasons for UNC from 1998 to 2002, beginning in 114 of the 120 video games he performed for Carolina. As a sophomore, he had 10 rebounds and 9 factors in UNC’s nationwide semifinal loss to Florida. He was the captain and main scorer for the Tar Heels his senior season, however that workforce went 8-20 and was one of many worst in Carolina historical past.

In making an attempt to pinpoint what sparked Jason’s outburst, Jeff Capel pointed to a “tweet” however wouldn’t specify which one. A supply conversant in the state of affairs advised Pittsburgh Sports activities Now that the tweet that fired up the Capels was this one from UNC’s males’s basketball Twitter account that exhibits walk-on Creighton Lebo sticking his tongue out whereas carrying the identical jersey quantity — 25 — worn by Jason Capel as a Tar Heel.

“I don’t assume it’s coming from throughout the basketball program. I don’t know who controls their social media… I hoped he didn’t see it… I believed it was them trolling him,” Jeff Capel stated. “It’s a sophisticated relationship with him and North Carolina. He loves it, however I feel at occasions he doesn’t really feel that again.”

Jeff Capel additionally shared an alleged incident from the 2009 Elite Eight. Capel was teaching Oklahoma they usually have been set to play Carolina for a shot to go to the Closing 4. Jason — to help his brother — was carrying an Oklahoma shirt on the recreation and was subsequently jeered by Carolina followers, Jeff stated, and former Carolina participant intervened and cooled the state of affairs.

“And the Carolina followers have been fairly shitty in the direction of him. Excuse my language, however fairly, fairly nasty,” Jeff Capel stated. “For me, it’s simply actually attention-grabbing man, as a result of I grew up within the state, and this is without doubt one of the most tradition-laden applications within the historical past of school athletics. Not simply faculty basketball. You hear concerning the Carolina household, and it’s simply wonderful to me that their social media individuals would do this… Clearly the sport was emotional.”

George Michalowski contributed to this report.

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