By: Mike Vukovcan

Here’s a look at some local sports news and notes that are happening this afternoon.

*Bedford, Ohio native Myles Hilliard is a three-star defensive lineman that will be making his college decision this afternoon. He’ll be choosing from WVU, Pitt, Syracuse, Minnesota and Michigan State.

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*Pirate minor league news. Starting pitcher Kyle McPherson, on the team’s 40-man roster, has been promoted from Bradenton to Altoona. McPherson, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, was 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA at Bradenton. In 71 2/3 innings, he struck out 60 and walked six.

*More Pitt recruiting news. 4-star U.S. Army All-American quarterback Chad Voytik of Cleveland (Tenn.) told today that four schools stand out and Pitt is one of them. Voytik says that he likes Pitt, Clemson, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. He plans on visiting Pitt next weekend.

*Take this for what it’s worth. Chuck Landon a sports columnist for the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, WVa just tweeted that sources tell him that WVU is planning to fire Bill Stewart and give him $600,000 payout. Maybe as soon as Friday. Once again, I’m not reporting this just telling you what Landon is saying.

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*Catcher Chris Snyder placed on 15-day DL; contract of catcher Wyatt Toregas selected from Triple-A Indianapolis.

*Do you know the last time the Pirates were over .500 this late in the season? How about August 15, 1999 (record was 59-58). The Bucs would go over .500 with a win tonight.

*Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor says no to CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. If he thinks he’ll play quarterback in the NFL, he’s crazy. No chance Terrelle, you’re not good enough.

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*People are starting to tune into the Pirates. At the time Andrew McCutchen hit his walk-off HR to beat Arizona, the game was receiving a 8.6 television rating. That was higher than the rating on CBS and ABC combined. People are starting to notice the Bucs.