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First Call: New team for Donte Moncrief. New task for Penguins. New year for Dukes.

Tim Benz
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Donte Moncrief of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans in week three of preseason at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Steelers defeated the Titans 18-6.

In Tuesday’s “First Call,” Donte Moncrief heads to the NFC. Things stay tough for the Penguins. A curse in New York.


Moncrief moves on

Donte Moncrief has a new home. It’s in Charlotte.

The Carolina Panthers have signed the former Steelers receiver who was troubled by drops during his short time here.

Moncrief had five of them during his first two games in Black and Gold.

The former Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars pass catcher was released by the Steelers last week before the team beat Indianapolis.


Brissett bounce back

After getting hurt against the Steelers Sunday, it appears Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is going to be okay.

According to ESPN, the MRI on his knee showed nothing beyond the diagnosed MCL sprain. He’s not being ruled out yet for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Guard Quenton Nelson stepped on Brissett’s left leg while trying to block Cam Heyward Sunday.


Now we get it

No wonder the Jets and Giants are having such bad luck at MetLife Stadium.

A black cat ran on the field Monday night, jinxing a 9-3 New York lead on the Dallas Cowboys.

After the cat ran on the field, the Giants went from a six-point lead to a 37-18 defeat. The two teams are a combined 2-7 at home this year.


No Sleep ’till Brooklyn

After playing the best team in the Atlantic Division, the Penguins go to the Barclays Center to play the hottest team in the Eastern Conference.

The Pens lost 6-4 to the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins. Now they’ll face the Islanders Thursday.

New York has won nine straight games. They’ve allowed more than two goals in just one of them.

Their latest victory was a 1-0 shutout over Buffalo.

The Islanders have 20 points. That’s good for second place in the Metro, five points behind the first-place Washington Capitals. The Pens are in fourth place with 17.

New York is 6-2-0 at home. They have allowed the fewest goals in hockey (29).

This is also the first meeting of the teams since the Islanders swept the Penguins out of the playoffs last season.


Dukes double dip

The Duquesne Dukes have a doubleheader at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night to open the NCAA basketball season.

The men’s team plays Princeton at 6 p.m. The Tigers finished last season third in the Ivy League, losing their last four to close out the season.

Keith Dambrot’s team dropped its last three to conclude 2018-19.

Dan Burt’s women’s team tips off after that game finishes. They host Kent State. The Dukes won that game last year 77-72.

This is the first game of the 2019-20 magical mystery tour for both teams as they bounce around from home court to home court as the Palumbo Center gets renovated into the UPMC Cooper Field House. The men will play games at PPG Paints Arena, La Roche, and Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center.

The women will use those venues and Oakland Catholic High School as well.

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