Panthers receive verbal committment from 4-star recruit Jameel Poteat


The Pitt Panthers football team today received a verbal commitment from 4-star running back Jameel Poteat (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt). The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder rushed for 1,664 yards and scored 24 times, while leading Bishop McDevitt to a 12-1 record during his junior season. Landing a verbal commitment from Poteat is viewed as a major win for the Panthers. The talented running back was weighing offers from top schools Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Iowa and Cincinnati and has reportedly received over 40 scholarship offers. In the past 2 seasons, Poteat has rushed for 2,972 yards and 39 touchdowns. He has also good pass catching ability out of the backfield. The Panthers are also expected to land a verbal commitment tomorrow afternoon from 2011 cornerback recruit Terrell Chestnut (Pottstown, PA). Chesnut is deciding between Pitt, West Virginia and Rutgers. Another 4-star PA recruit to keep an eye on is top cornerback recruit KyshoenRead More »

Pre-Game Notes: McCutchen day-to-day


Milwaukee(42-51) @ Pittsburgh(32-59) Pittsburgh Pirates starting fielder Andrew McCutchen will miss tonight’s game due to an AC sprain in his right shoulder. McCutchen who leads the Pirates with a .289 batting average and 21 stolen bases, is regarded as day-to-day. Jose Tabata will make his first career MLB start in center field. Lastings Milledge (.282 – 3HR – 29RBI) will bat third in the lineup. Milledge was 5-for-12 at the plate in the Pirates three game series against the Houston Astros. With McCutchen out of the lineup, Neil Walker (.284 – 3HR – 16RBI) will bat 2nd in the lineup tonight after batting in the No. 3 spot for seven straight games. Walker is hitting .500 (5-for-10, 3 RBI’s) in his last two games. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens (2-4) will take the mound against Brewers lefty Chris Capuano (0-1). Pirates Lineup 1. Tabata – CF 2. Walker – 2B 3. MilledgeRead More »

Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard suspended indefinitely


Pitt Panthers senior starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been suspended indefinitely, the school announced Sunday evening. Sheard was involved in an altercation in the Southside early Sunday morning and was arrested and charged with various misdemeanor and summary offenses. “We are in the midst of gathering information on a weekend incident involving Jabaal Sheard,” said Pitt athletic department spokesman E.J. Borghetti. “While we conduct our own investigation Jabaal has been indefinitely suspended from the team.” In his junior season, Sheard had 42 tackles, 101/2 for loss and five sacks.

Penguins Salary Cap Situation


Forwards: 11 @ $32.25 million Defensemen: 3 @ $9.08 million Goaltenders: 2 @ $5.6 million Total Salary Committed: $46.93 million Centers Sidney Crosby — Cap Hit: $8.7 million 10-11: $9MM | 11-12: 9MM |12-13: 7.5MM Evgeni Malkin — Cap Hit: $8.7 million 10-11: $9MM | 11-12: 9MM | 12-13: $9MM | 13-14: $7.5MM Jordan Staal — Cap Hit: $4 million 10-11: $3.5MM | 11-12: $4.5MM | 12-13: 4.5MM 4. Craig Adams — Cap Hit: $550,000 10-11: $550,000 Wingers Chris Kunitz — Cap Hit: $3.75 million 10-11: $3.8MM | 11-12: $4MM Matt Cooke — Cap Hit: $1.8 million 10-11: 1.8MM | 11-12: 1.8MM | 12-13: 1.8MM

Ponikarovsky to hit the open market


Alexei Ponikarovsky’s tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins will end up being a short one. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound winger will hit the open market in July 1, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. Rick Curran the agent for Ponikarovsky tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports this afternoon that no talks or meetings took place with Pens GM Ray Shero this week in Los Angeles. Indications are none are scheduled in the coming days. The Penguins liked Ponikarovsky enough before trading for him, that there was an interest in retaining him this off-season. Pens GM Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in late May that the team was “intrigued” by Ponikarovsky and did not close the door on retaining him. “I don’t think we’ve closed the door on [Ponikarovsky],” Shero told the Post-Gazette. “We have to see how things work out for us.” “Why it didn’t work, we don’t know, but whether it’s withRead More »

Dana Eveland designated for assignment


The Pittsburgh Pirates today designated pitcher Dana Eveland to the minors. Yesterday the club placed LHP Zach Duke on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 17) with a left elbow flexor pronator strain. Two Roster additions will be announced later this afternoon.

NHL Awards: Crosby finishes third in MVP (Hart Trophy) voting


Sedin wins MVP Award Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin beat out Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player. Crosby who finished second in the league in points and tied for first in goals with 51, finished third in voting. Sedin won a close battle with Alexander Ovechkin who finished second. Sedin received 894 points.