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Penguins’ Simon not returning this season

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. The team announced the procedure on Thursday. The surgery would preclude Simon from returning if the 2019-2020 NHL season resumes. The league is currently on “pause” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 25-year-old Simon had seven goals and 15 assists in 64 games this season for Pittsburgh.

‘City Game’ on hold

PITTSBURGH — The annual “City Game” between Pitt’s and Duquesne’s basketball teams will remain on hiatus for a second straight year.

Duquesne announced Thursday that Pitt had backed out of a verbal agreement to renew the long-running series during the 2020-21 season. The game between the programs separated by just 3 miles in downtown Pittsburgh dates to 1932. The Panthers lead the series 55-32.

The rivalry took a break last season, with Pitt citing a scheduling issue with the Atlantic Coast Conference moving from 18 to 20 conference games. Both schools said they were planning to play each other in the 2020-21 season at PPG Paints Arena, a neutral site located a couple of blocks from the Duquesne campus.

Duquesne athletic director Dave Harper said the Panthers declined to resume the series this year even though the Dukes offered to play at the Petersen Events Center, Pitt’s home floor. Harper said the Panthers did offer to host Duquesne during the 2021-22 season. The Dukes are still considering the offer.

“A game with Duquesne this season did not fit with our non-ACC scheduling model. However, we have provided Duquesne with a game contract to play at the Petersen Events Center during the 2021-22 season and we are awaiting their response to our offer to play,” Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said.

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