Ryan Shazier heading in right direction

Second year linebacker Ryan Shazier (pinched nerve) is heading in the right direction to play in week 5. Shazier confirmed moments ago he practiced Monday and hopes to play vs the Chargers Monday.

 

Tim Erixon placed on waivers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed defenseman Tim Erixon on waivers. If Erixon clears by 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, the team would have the option to send him to Wilkes Barre/Scranton.

 

Wild Card Wednesday at PNC Park

J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings, securing the Pirates home field advantage in Wednesday’s wild card game with a 4-0 win over the Reds this afternoon.

Pittsburgh finishes the regular season with a 98-64 record.

Pirates vs Cubs Wednesday Night at 8:00 P.M.

 

Bengals off to 4-0 start

The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Kansas City Chiefs 36-21 on Sunday afternoon to go to 4-0 on the season. It is the Bengals first 4-0 start in 10 years.

Cincinnati with a two game lead over the Steelers in the AFC North got another big game from Andy Dalton who was 17/24 for 321 yards and a touchdown. It marks the second consecutive week Dalton has thrown for over 320 yards.

The Bengals have the Seahawks, Bills next up on the schedule before a week 8 showdown with the Steelers on November 1, a game Ben Roethlisberger could be back for.

 

Pirates Lineup for Game #162

1. Polanco, RF

2. Harrison, 3B

3. McCutchen, CF

4. Walker, 2B

5. Marte, LF

6. Alvarez, 1B

7. Cervelli, C

8. Mercer, SS

9. Happ, P

 

Sunday’s Practice Lines

Kunitz – Crosby – Kessel

Plotnikov – Malkin – Hornqvist

Dupuis – Bonino – Perron

Bennett – Cullen – Sprong
Farnham

 

Home Field at Stake on Sunday

Home field for the NL Wildcard game will come down to the final day of the regular season.

The Pirates (97-64) lost to the Cincinnati Reds tonight 3-1, while the Chicago Cubs (96-65) shutout the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0.

The Pirates gain home field for the play-in game with a win Sunday or a Cubs loss.

A.J. Burnett in potentially the final start of his career struck out 9 over 6.2 innings.

 

Panthers defense punishes V-Tech in ACC opener

Pitt (3-1) opened up ACC play on the road with an impressive 17-13 win over Virginia Tech (2-3) on Saturday afternoon.

Pat Narduzzi’s stamp on Pitt’s defense showed up in a big way as the Panthers held the Hokies to just 100 yards in total offense, 9 yards rushing, forcing 3 turnovers and sacking Virginia-Tech quarterback Brenden Motley seven times.

Panthers running back Qadree Ollison (19 CAR – 122 Yards – 1 TD) went over 100 rushing yards for the second time this season. QB Nathan Peterman was 9/15 for 110 yards, TD.

 

Penn State hangs on vs Army

Penn State (4-1) needed three turnovers to beat Army (1-4) at home, 20-14, on Saturday afternoon. Army trailing by six, drove into Penn State territory with under two minutes to play and an opportunity for the win but a Jason Cabinda sack on 4th and 5 sealed the win for the Nittany Lions.

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Penn State’s offense was mediocre in the loss. Christian Hackenberg was 10-19 for 156 yards and 1 touchdown.

Army out-gained Penn State 293 to 264 and had 17 first downs to Penn State’s 12.

 

Steelers release Josh Scobee

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released kicker Josh Scobee and officially signed kicker Chris Boswell.