Pitt Men‚Äôs Basketball coach Jamie Dixon is expected to sign a¬†three year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2015-2016 season. Dixon entering his 6th season as head coach had led the Panthers to 5 consecutive NCAA tournaments. The Panthers have called a press conference this morning to announce the extension. Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker is expected to be out until week 7. Parker has been ruled out for Monday night‚Äôs divisional showdown with the Baltimore Ravens and Steelers bear writer Ed Bouchette has confirmed an AP Report that Parker will miss the Steelers week 5 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers have a bye on week 6. The Steelers 2008 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall will become the team‚Äôs primary back. Mewelde Moore will remain the Steelers third down back Source: Post-Gazette
Mike Hull a dynamic athlete for Canon McMillan’s football team will make an official visit this weekend to Penn State. Hull will attend the national televised Penn State ‚Äì Illinois game. Hull has been a standout at linebacker and running back for Canon Mac. Hull is considering other Big ten schools along with Pitt and West Virginia. Hull‚Äôs teammate junior running back Chad Hagan will also make an official visit to Penn State this weekend. Hagan is being recruited by Pitt. Both athletes are 2010 recruits
Scott Boras and Pedro Alvarez are in downtown Pittsburgh today according to the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette. Alvarez and the Pirates have renegotiated their previous deal and the two sides appear close to finalizing a 4 year deal with a signing bonus worth close $6.4 million. The deal includes a MLB contract and the whole situation stemmed back to Alvarez not receiving an MLB contract. Source Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was suspended by the New York Giants for one game after failing to show up to team activities this week. Burress was a no show Monday and did not return phone calls from the team seeking an explanation, according to Fox Sports. Burress who recently signed a new 5 year – $35 million contract agreed to participate in more team activities than he has in the past. Guarantees and portions of the contract are contingent on Burress showing up to team activies. Source ESPN
Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke has not had as easy of a time moving defenseman Mathieu Schneider as he thought would. Burke continues to have discussions with up to 5 teams but as of last night a deal was not close. There has been growing speculation that Burke will have to take a salary he doesn‚Äôt want or include a high draft pick. The idea of the Ducks moving 2005 #2 overall pick Bobby Ryan has sparked interest from the New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes. The same can be said with the LA Kings who have not been given the Ok from ownership to add Schneider‚Äôs salary. So which three teams are in the strongest pursuit of Schneider? Plus are the Devils looking to move a forward to clear cap space?
Talks between Marian Gaborik and the Minnesota Wild have reached a pivotal point as the season opener begins on October 11th. Wild GM Doug Risebrough tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it‚Äôs time for Gaborik to make a decision. Two days ago Ron Salcer told the paper that Marian told him to get a deal done. Talks are on-going but it‚Äôs unclear whether a deal is imminent. The Wild are prepared to trade Gaborik if he denies their offer.
At age 43 former NHL player Claude Lemieux is attempting a comeback after being out of the game for up to 5 years. Lemieux tells RDS exclusively that he has been training intensely for the last ten weeks. The article indicated Lemieux most notably has been skating with members of the Phoenix Coyotes. Lemieux tells RDS that he is willing to play in the AHL to show teams he can still contribute in the NHL. Source: RDS