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Backyard Brawl sold out
The September 1 renewal of the Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia will be played in front of an overflowing crowd at Acrisure Stadium, as all players sold have been sold.
In response to continued demand, Pitt Athletics will be selling a limited number of standing room only tickets. SRO tickets are $125 each and sales are limited to two per customer. All sales will be made online at the Pitt Ticket link.
Although the West Virginia game is sold out, tickets are still available for the other six Panthers home games.
GM’s wife dies at 45
Nicole Hazen, wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, has died of glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. She was 45 years old.
She was diagnosed with cancer more than two years ago. The family has four sons, Charlie, John, Teddy and Sam. The team sent a statement confirming that Hazen died on Thursday.
“Nicole lived her life and loved her family fiercely and devoutly,” the Hazen family said in a statement. “She spent every day serving others as a mother, wife and educator advocating for good. From our family, we remain forever grateful for the love, support, and random acts of kindness extended to us over the past two years and four months. We could not have walked this road, with her, without the help and generosity of our community.
Mike Hazen announced he was taking part-time leave last year to help care for his wife and family.
UConn star out for one year
UConn women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers tore her ACL in her left knee during a pickup game and will miss the entire 2022-23 season, the school announced Wednesday.
UConn said in a statement that Bueckers suffered the injury on Monday and underwent an MRI that evening. He didn’t say where the Hopkins, Minnesota junior guard was playing when the injury occurred. It’s the same knee she injured last year, which caused her to miss a lot of time.
In a statement posted to her Instagram account, Bueckers said she was leaning on her faith moving forward.
“It’s so crazy because you work so hard to get healthy, you feel stronger than ever, and you play your best basketball and in one sudden movement everything changes,” she wrote. “It’s hard trying to make sense of it all now, but I can’t help but feel that God is using me as a testimony to all you can overcome with Him by your side.”
Bueckers was named the 2020-21 National AP Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman to earn the honor. She averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game that season.
Huberdeau, Flames agree
The Calgary Flames and recently acquired forward Jonathan Huberdeau have agreed to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.
Huberdeau, 29, arrived in Calgary from the Florida Panthers with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, forward Cole Schwindt and a conditional 2025 first-round pick last month for star forward Matthew Tkachuk.
Calgary announced Huberdeau’s new contract Thursday night.
“I’m excited to be part of the Calgary Flames organization for the long term,” Huberdeau said in a statement. “I’m excited for this new chapter and I’m committed to this team. I will give it my all, on and off the ice and look forward to playing in front of the passionate Flames fans.
Huberdeau finished last season with 30 goals and 85 assists for 115 points. His total points tied him for second in the NHL, while his 85 assists were the best in the league.