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Pitt’s Jeff Capel, Gamers Supply Prayers to Damar Hamlin After Emotional Win



PITTSBURGH — Tuesday evening’s victory over No. 11 Virginia was about extra than simply basketball for Pitt.

The Panthers, led by Pittsburgh native Nelly Cummings and third-year guard Nike Sibande, took down the Cavaliers in entrance of a loud, and at occasions very emotional crowd.

This sport, which held super weight on paper (towards a ranked opponent, with Pitt trying to go 4-0 in convention play for the primary time in 9 years) was about extra than simply hoops.

Former Pitt Soccer captain and present Buffalo Payments defensive again Damar Hamlin was on everybody’s minds. Everybody within the sports activities group, everybody within the soccer group, everybody within the Pittsburgh group, and everybody within the Petersen Occasions Middle for the 9 p.m. matchup, was eager about Hamlin.

Only one evening prior, Hamlin had gone into cardiac arrest after tackling a Bengals receiver in the course of the first quarter of the Payments-Bengals matchup. Each an AED and CPR had been administered to Hamlin shortly thereafter on the sector, earlier than he was taken to the College of Cincinnati Medical Middle, the place he was listed to be in vital situation.

One evening later, in Oakland — the neighborhood that Hamlin known as dwelling whereas taking part in for Central Catholic and Pitt — the Pittsburgh group gathered to look at the Panthers play with Hamlin on their minds.

“Clearly, everybody noticed what occurred final evening with Damar Hamlin,” head coach Jeff Capel mentioned after the sport. “These guys know him, guys on our staff, he’s a part of our group, our athletic division, I obtained to know him. Unbelievable younger man, nice spirit, each time I noticed him he was in an excellent temper. Unbelievable persona. So our ideas and prayers are with him, his household, the Payments household, everybody within the NFL. We all know he’s a fighter, and he’ll proceed to struggle. Everybody keep prayed up.”

Earlier than the sport, Pitt warmed up sporting “Chasing Thousands and thousands” shirts, representing Hamlin’s model which shares the identical title as his charity — The Chasing M’s Basis.

“A detailed pal introduced them [the shirts] up right here for us, and we simply needed to put on them as a result of, to assist Damar,” Pitt’s Sibande mentioned. “Everyone knows the scenario that he’s going by means of, and we’ve all obtained our arms collectively for him. So, we undoubtedly needed to point out our assist, our love for him.”

“He’s an actual real particular person,” Sibande continued. “He simply needs to assist everyone out. He’s actually giving, and he simply needs to see everyone win. Actually unselfish man, and he actually cares about individuals. We care about him as effectively.”

Then, nearly midway by means of the primary half, in the course of the entirety of the under-12 media timeout, Pitt put a photograph of Hamlin on the jumbotron, together with a observe.

“Damar, we love you,” the observe learn. “We’re praying for you. Pittsburgh’s at all times had your again. And now it’s apparent the complete nation has your again, too.”

After the message was displayed, the video board started to scroll by means of totally different tweets and images of Hamlin, together with one tweet that confirmed that his GoFundMe marketing campaign — one which Hamlin organized earlier than the vacations to boost cash for a toy drive — had now obtained tens of millions of {dollars} price of donations since his harm Monday evening.

The Pitt trustworthy in attendance erupted.

“Man, that’s my man man,” Cummings mentioned about Hamlin, a fellow Pittsburgh native. “I don’t need to add an excessive amount of extra, I simply actually need to simply pray for him and hopefully nothing however one of the best for him and his household as a result of he’s a really real particular person, and also you hate to see one thing like that occur to a man like him.”


Pitt and Syracuse to Play at Yankee Stadium in 2023



As a substitute of a primary pitch, Yankee Stadium could have a gap kickoff this November.

Pitt will play Syracuse at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx on Nov. 11, 2023, to commemorate the a centesimal anniversary of the primary soccer recreation at Yankee Stadium — which was additionally performed by Pitt and Syracuse.

“We stay up for celebrating this important anniversary involving Pitt, Syracuse and the Yankees,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips stated within the launch. “That is an unimaginable milestone in school soccer and we admire the cooperation of our great companions to make this a particular alternative for our student-athletes, applications and followers. Yankee Stadium has a wealthy historical past of internet hosting school soccer video games and we’re proud so as to add this recreation to its custom.”

It will likely be Pitt’s fourth journey to Yankee Stadium for a soccer recreation, with the primary being a 3-0 loss to the Orange in 1923. The latest was Pitt’s Pinstripe Bowl look in opposition to Northwestern — a 31-24 loss — in 2016.

Pitt and Syracuse have met each season for the final 55 years, and with the brand new ACC scheduling format, the matchup will proceed for the foreseeable future.

Pitt has performed Syracuse 78 occasions in program historical past, courting again to a 30-0 inaugural win within the 1916 season. With a 43-32-3 all-time file in opposition to the Orange, Pitt has gotten the perfect of Syracuse of late.

A 19-9 win over a then-ranked Syracuse final November prolonged Pitt’s win streak to 5 video games. Pitt has received 18 of the final 21 video games performed courting again to 2002.

Each Pitt and Syracuse will enter the 2023 matchup with out their star quarterbacks as each Israel Abanikanda and Sean Tucker declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.

The remainder of Pitt’s schedule will probably be introduced tonight at 7 p.m. on the ACC Community.

Present recognized schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 2: Wofford

Saturday, Sept. 9: Cincinnati

Saturday, Sept. 16: West Virginia

Saturday, Oct. 28: Notre Dame

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Avonte Maddox Makes 9 Straight Tremendous Bowls with Pitt Illustration



Even throughout this system’s down years within the 2000s, Pitt soccer has been recognized to provide high quality NFL expertise. With many alumni happening to search out NFL success it shouldn’t come as an entire shock that this 12 months would be the ninth straight season that Pitt could have an alumnus within the Tremendous Bowl.

Avonte Maddox of the Philadelphia Eagles will go well with up towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in State Farm Stadium at Glendale, Arizona when the 2 convention winners meet in Tremendous Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST. This got here after the Eagles thrashing of the San Francisco 49ers this previous Sunday, 31-7.

Maddox appeared within the NFC Championship recreation after lacking the earlier three weeks attributable to a toe harm. He had three tackles within the recreation and wasn’t wanted an excessive amount of after the 49ers noticed accidents to 2 of their quarterbacks, with rookie starter Brock Purdy coming again into the sport out of necessity regardless of struggling an harm within the first quarter.

Whatever the 49ers being restricted passing smart within the NFC Championship, Maddox has been a key participant within the Eagles’ secondary since being drafted by them within the fourth spherical of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Earlier in his profession, the Eagles bounced him across the secondary earlier than making him their nickel nook final season. He’s since thrived in that function, being rated the No. 9 general cornerback within the NFL by ProFootballFocus final 12 months and will be argued as one of many recreation’s greatest slot cornerbacks at the moment.

Maddox was injured for a lot of this season and solely appeared in 9 common season video games, making eight begins. His affect has been felt in these video games as he’s compelled three fumbles, caught an interception, registered a sack and made 43 tackles this previous season.

And now he’ll have an opportunity to make an affect within the Tremendous Bowl, like so many different Pitt gamers have completed earlier than him.

The latest instance, in fact, is Los Angeles Rams star defensive sort out Aaron Donald, who received the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months by sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on the sport’s remaining play. Donald went up towards huge receiver Tyler Boyd in that recreation, additionally from Pitt.

Donald’s win although marked three consecutive seasons wherein a Pitt participant had been part of the NFL’s Tremendous Bowl profitable workforce, though the previous three seasons Pitt had at the least one participant on every workforce so a win, and a loss, was assured.

Of the earlier eight Tremendous Bowls at the least one Pitt participant has been on 5 of the profitable groups and 6 of the shedding groups with Pitt gamers going through off in three of these video games.

Together with Maddox this 12 months, there has now been 12 totally different Pitt gamers to have made, at the least, one of many final 9 Tremendous Bowls with three – Donald (2019, 2022), LeSean McCoy (2020, 2021) and Dion Lewis (2017, 2018) – showing in a number of Tremendous Bowls over that timeframe.

The total record of latest Pitt Tremendous Bowl individuals is discovered beneath with winners in daring:

2022 – Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati), Aaron Donald (Los Angeles)

2021 – Maurice Ffrench (Kansas Metropolis), LeSean McCoy (Tampa Bay), Jordan Whitehead (Tampa Bay)

2020 – LeSean McCoy (Kansas Metropolis), Ok’Waun Williams (San Francisco)

2019 – Aaron Donald (Los Angeles)

2018 – Nicholas Grigsby (Atlanta), Dion Lewis (Atlanta)

2017 – Jabaal Sheard (Denver), Dion Lewis (Denver)

2016 – Chas Alecxih (Seattle)

2015 – Darrell Revis (New England)

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Pitt Ladies’s Basketball Struggles in third Quarter, Falls to Boston Faculty 74-60



Pitt girls’s basketball (7-14, 0-10) had marched Boston Faculty (14-10, 4-7) for 75% of the sport however had been outscored 21-12 within the third quarter which proved to be the distinction of the sport.

There have been 9 lead modifications within the first half, with seven coming within the first quarter alone, as the 2 groups seemed to be evenly matched for the beginning.

The most important lead both staff had within the first half was a four-point 8-4 lead that Pitt had early within the first quarter. Exterior of that lead, each groups stayed inside one possession for remainder of the primary half.

At halftime the rating was knotted at 26-26. Beginning the second half, Boston Faculty had the sport’s first run and scored eight straight factors to take a 34-26 lead. Throughout that 8-0 run Pitt shot 0-for-4 and turned the ball over twice.

Pitt wouldn’t tie the rating up for the remainder of the sport as Boston Faculty’s lead grew to as a lot as 19 factors within the fourth quarter. The final quarter the general scoring stayed related, however the injury was accomplished to Pitt within the third and led to Boston Faculty’s 74-60 victory.

4 Pitt gamers in Amber Brown (11), Maliyah Johnson (13), Avery Strickland (13) and Dayshanette Harris (13) put up double-digit scoring efforts within the loss. The staff shot 23-for-61 (37.7%) total and was 8-for-24 (33.3%) from three-point vary.

Boston Faculty thought shot a lot better, making over 50% of their pictures at 30-for-57 (52.2%). The sport’s main scorer, Ally VanTimmeran, went an unbelievable 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the sphere and completed with 17 factors.

Boston Faculty’s Andrea Daley additionally completed with a double-double at 10 factors and 12 rebounds. Total, that they had six totally different gamers attain double-digits in scoring, displaying assist from throughout the staff.

Pitt continues to be in the hunt for their first convention victory on the season and can journey to Duke on February 2 at 6:00 p.m.

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