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Pirates make playoffs, Shaq now a minority owner and more

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---Pittsburgh fans have a reason to smile this week. After a 21 year drought the Pirates are finally making it back to the playoffs.

Former West Virginia Power player Starling Marte hit a home run in the 9th to take the lead for the Bucco's.

The Pirates defense closed the deal by throwing a runner out at the plate.

Once the St. Louis win over the Nationals became final, Pittsburgh clinched at least a National League Wild Card spot with the 2-1 win over the Cubs.

---Penn State received goods news Tuesday as the NCAA said it will reduce the sanctions against the University's football program by gradually restoring scholarships after many were taken away as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Starting in 2014, the program will have 5 more available scholarships and it will continue to get more each year until their full allotment is reached in 2016.

---Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is now a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings. Now nicknamed the SHAQemento Kings.

He will join the ranks of other celebrity owners including Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan in a move that is somewhat surprising since the Kings were rivals of O'Neals former team the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kings haven't been to the playoffs in 7 seasons and were almost moved to Seattle before a new owner bought the team in May.

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