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YSU Penguins freeze Pitt women’s basketball, 64-55

YSU Penguins freeze Pitt women’s basketball, 64-55

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team dropped fell to 1-2 Tuesday evening, shooting just 35 percent from the field in a 64-55 loss to YSU.

Take 5: Bell, Butler, Brees

Take 5: Bell, Butler, Brees

By The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Does Pitt football deserve to be ranked? Did Le’Veon Bell make the right decision? Our staff answers these questions and more in this week’s Take 5.

Record-setting Valerie Daigneault leads Pitt’s pool-dwellers

Record-setting Valerie Daigneault leads Pitt’s pool-dwellers

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Swimming and Diving, Top Stories

In two and a half seasons at Pitt, Valerie Daigneault has broken six swim team records — four relay events and two solo events. She started this season undefeated through nine races.

Jewish athletes at Pitt reflect on Tree of Life shooting

Jewish athletes at Pitt reflect on Tree of Life shooting

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

The morning of Oct. 27 seemed like just another Saturday for Pitt’s swimming and diving coach and his two Jewish swimmers. But an evil act quickly turned it into anything but.

Pitt remains undefeated with 84-75 win over Troy

Pitt remains undefeated with 84-75 win over Troy

By Trent Leonard and Stephen Thompson

November 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

From the high scoring offense to the smothering defense, Pitt Men’s Basketball once again showed its not the same team as last year when it beat Troy 84-75 on Monday. You can read the full recap of last night’s game here.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Countdown to Fantasy Playoffs

Waiver Wire Weekly: Countdown to Fantasy Playoffs

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Sports

With Fantasy Football Playoffs right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have the best players. Rashaad Penny and Jeff Heuerman both had their best games last week and are looking like two players you will want to have if you want to finish out the season strong. You can read more about what players to take here.

Pitt poised to win first ACC Championship

Pitt poised to win first ACC Championship

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt was picked to finish fifth in the ACC Coastal Division preseason polls. Now, they are at the top of the ACC Coastal and are only one win away from making history and becoming the first team in program history to make it to the ACC Championships.

Weekend Sports: Women’s basketball, volleyball win big

Weekend Sports: Women’s basketball, volleyball win big

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt sports had an impressive weekend collectively, as all six teams playing were victorious in one way or another.

Unproven Panthers show drastic improvement

Unproven Panthers show drastic improvement

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt men's basketball team looks great when you compare this Pitt team to where last year’s team was at this point. The 2017 Panthers started out 0-2, losing to the similarly low-level squads of Navy and Montana.

GALLERY: Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22

GALLERY: Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22

By TPN Staff

November 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22, during their last home game of the season Nov. 10.

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

November 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt made history in its final home game of the season, racking up the most offensive yards, the longest play and the first time going undefeated in the ACC at home in program history.

What are the odds: Pitt will run over the Hokies

What are the odds: Pitt will run over the Hokies

By Collin Martin, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Sports

A lot has happened in the NFL this past week. The LA Rams are no longer undefeated and are going up against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The Dallas Cowboys got Amari Cooper, but the Eagles now have Golden Tate. If those have you asking who you should bet on this week, don’t worry, we have your answers here.

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt has been dominate at home this season, averaging 40.7 points and 295.7 yards per game. The only question is, will the Panthers be able to continue that streak when it matters most? Read here to see what you can expect from the Panthers when they face Virginia Tech this Saturday.

Knights knock off Panthers, 61-58, in first game

Knights knock off Panthers, 61-58, in first game

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a back-and-forth contest that saw eight lead changes, the Pitt women’s basketball team ultimately fell 61-58 in their season opener to UCF Wednesday morning.

Take 5: Bama, Blue Devils, Bryant

Take 5: Bama, Blue Devils, Bryant

By The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Two dominant college programs staked claims as the best in their sport, while polarizing wide receiver Dez Bryant finally found a home. Read the full range of topics in this week’s Take 5 column:

First-year guards lead Pitt past Penguins, 69-53, in opener

First-year guards lead Pitt past Penguins, 69-53, in opener

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

First-year guards Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson led the Panthers with 17 and 16 points, respectively, and the Panthers scored 27 fast-break points en route to a comfortable 16-point victory.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Cleveland Browns look promising under new leadership

Waiver Wire Weekly: Cleveland Browns look promising under new leadership

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Sports

Baker Mayfield scored his third-highest fantasy total so far this season last week and under new leadership, this could just be the start for the first year quarterback and teammate Duke Johnson.

Takeaways: Pitt running into ACC Championship Contention

Takeaways: Pitt running into ACC Championship Contention

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt had one of its performances of the year on both sides of the ball and on the road last Friday. The Panthers emerging defense held a hot Virginia offense to 44 rushing yards and earned its first road win of the season.

Preview: Men’s team can only go up from 2017

Preview: Men’s team can only go up from 2017

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Even if the new-look Panthers only win one ACC game this season, it will still be an improvement over 2017's disastrous campaign.

Duke ends Pitt men’s soccer’s historic season

Duke ends Pitt men’s soccer’s historic season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports

Coming off its first ACC tournament win in program history, Pitt men’s soccer had all the momentum it needed to upset No. 7 Duke. But after 110 minutes of scoreless play, time ran out and the Panther’s Cinderella story was ended on penalty kicks.

Danielle Garven, a constant amid change

Danielle Garven, a constant amid change

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

When news came out in April that former head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio was fired, Danielle Garven had a big decision to make. Would she stay at Pitt, or would she transfer for the third time? She decided to stay and knowing she made the right choice is ready to make an impact on the court this season.

Preview: Experienced core looks to lead women’s basketball

Preview: Experienced core looks to lead women’s basketball

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt's women's basketball team is looking to once again make a new for itself under first year head coach Lance White. The team has five seniors set to come back and help the Panthers once again achieve a winning record.

Panthers to push the pace under new coach Capel

Panthers to push the pace under new coach Capel

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Capel and his new coaching staff stressed strength and stamina. He wants his Pitt teams to play in the same mold of his teams at Oklahoma — force turnovers, get out in transition and play fast.

Weekend Recap: Wrestling starts season and Daigneault continues to roll

Weekend Recap: Wrestling starts season and Daigneault continues to roll

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Valerie Daigneault is undefeated in her swimming events so far this season. The volleyball team improved to 25-1 on the season and the wrestling team only has one more week until their season begins. You can read about all of that and more in this week’s weekend sports recap.

Ellison to lead Pitt despite hiatus

Ellison to lead Pitt despite hiatus

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Editor

November 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

Malik Ellison doesn’t count last Thursday’s exhibition game as his first real game, he’s looking forward to tomorrow. It may have been over a year since he last stepped on the court to play in a regular season game, but the captain isn’t nervous, in fact, he’s more confident than ever.

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The sloppy field conditions were perfectly suited for the Panthers, who pounded the ball on the ground and stifled Virginia’s offense en route to a 23-13 victory.

Weekly Pick ’Em: TPN staff takes on ACC Week 9

Weekly Pick ’Em: TPN staff takes on ACC Week 9

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Sports

Our staff takes a look at the upcoming slate of ACC football games, headlined by Pitt’s high-stakes clash with Virginia Friday night. Elsewhere in the conference, No. 24 Boston College travels to Virginia Tech for what our staff believes will be a very close game, while undefeated Clemson hosts Louisville in what could quickly become a blowout of epic proportions.

Men’s basketball pounces on Pitt-Johnstown, 78-59, in opening exhibition

Men’s basketball pounces on Pitt-Johnstown, 78-59, in opening exhibition

By Trent Leonard and Andrew Kelly

November 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team kicked off its season in dominant fashion Thursday night, beating the branch-campus Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats 78-59 in an exhibition opener at the Petersen Events Center.

What are the odds: Rodgers vs. Brady could be the showdown of the season

What are the odds: Rodgers vs. Brady could be the showdown of the season

By Collin Martin, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Sports

Rodgers vs. Brady, Steelers vs. Ravens, this is a weekend every sports fan looks forward to. If you want to make a little money while you’re watching, read our What are the odds to see if you should take the over or under.

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced the addition of the women’s lacrosse team on Thursday, its first season will be in spring 2022. Pitt’s last varsity sports addition was over 20 years ago when women’s softball was added in 1998.

Capel will prevail on recruiting trail

Capel will prevail on recruiting trail

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When Jeff Capel was announced as Pitt’s 16th men’s basketball coach this offseason, his aptitude as a recruiter was highlighted as one of his biggest strengths — especially appealing for a Panther squad facing an uphill battle to rebuild after going winless in the ACC.

Kizza propels Pitt past Virginia in ACC Tournament upset

Kizza propels Pitt past Virginia in ACC Tournament upset

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team opened ACC tournament play Wednesday night by shocking No. 6 Virginia, beating the Cavaliers 2-0 on the road and giving the Panthers their first ever ACC tournament win since joining the conference in 2013.

Take 5: NFL, Le’Veon Bell, Hue’s farewell

Take 5: NFL, Le’Veon Bell, Hue’s farewell

By The Pitt News Staff

October 31, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

This week’s Take 5 column features two Pittsburgh-centric football storylines, including the Panthers’ quest for an ACC Coastal title and the Steelers’ success without Le’Veon Bell. In other news, a dark-horse Cy Young candidate has emerged for the 2019 MLB season and the Browns are still the Browns.

Women’s basketball beats Gannon 68-46 in exhibition opener

Women’s basketball beats Gannon 68-46 in exhibition opener

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Unlike last season, when the Panthers lost 73-68 to IUP, the Pitt women’s basketball team defeated its Division II opponent Gannon, 68-46.

Can Pitt emerge from the ACC’s Coastal quagmire?

Can Pitt emerge from the ACC’s Coastal quagmire?

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite losing a crucial conference game to lowly one-win North Carolina, Pitt has been given new life thanks to the ACC becoming the football embodiment of Murphy’s law.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Filling in the holes of Week 9

Waiver Wire Weekly: Filling in the holes of Week 9

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Sports

With Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. both on bye weeks, this could be your week to finally get on top. If you are looking to make some moves this week, check out the Pitt News Waiver Wire to see who could be your next best player.

Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt beat Duke 54-45 last Saturday to keep their hopes of an ACC Costal Division Championship alive. V'Lique Carter was one bright spot in a game that was otherwise once again defined by an inconsistent defense and quarterback.

Column: WWE women thrive at ‘Evolution’ despite backstage politics

Column: WWE women thrive at ‘Evolution’ despite backstage politics

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

WWE’s first all-women pay-per-view — properly dubbed “Evolution” to signify the transformation from divas from superstars — was a success, highlighted by Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch’s electric Last Woman Standing match.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

By Kate Hall, For the Pitt News

October 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s football team found success Saturday but it was a tough Halloweekend for the University’s other sports, with the No. 5 volleyball team suffering its first loss of the season Sunday.

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

October 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

With the game tied at 45 and no timeouts remaining, the Panthers needed sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett to lead them downfield with just over a minute left to play. Pickett had struggled up to that point, completing just four of 13 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. But he came up clutch when...

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 27, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt rushed for 484 yards as a team — the second-most in program history — in a 54-45 last-minute win over the Duke Blue Devils.

Weekly Pick ‘em: Staff gets out crystal ball for NFL Week 8

Weekly Pick ‘em: Staff gets out crystal ball for NFL Week 8

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

This week the “Weekly Pick ‘em” focuses on NFL games only. With some writers taking huge chances, there are a few games where the writers agree on who will win.

Pitt fails to win final game of the season

Pitt fails to win final game of the season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt women’s soccer fell to Boston College, 7-0, in the final game of the season. Because of the result, the team will not advance to the ACC Tournament.

What are the odds: Cleveland has potential as “Believeland”

What are the odds: Cleveland has potential as “Believeland”

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

With both Pitt and the Steelers back at it after their bye weeks, there’s a lot at stake in sports betting. In this installment of “What are the Odds,” The Pitt News offers our best advice on which bet you should take for the best outcome.

International athletes get first taste of American flavors

International athletes get first taste of American flavors

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

For these international athletes, one of the biggest changes that came out of moving to the United States was the food. To many, french fries dipped in a Wendy’s frosty is a normal treat. For soccer player Marcony Pimentel, this seemed out of the ordinary — but he loved it.

Stadium Foods: The good, the bad and the crazy

Stadium Foods: The good, the bad and the crazy

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From NFL teams to minor league ball clubs, some organizations will try any promotion to get fans into their home stands — such as replacing burger buns with donuts.

WVU bests Pitt men’s soccer 2-1 in Backyard Brawl

WVU bests Pitt men’s soccer 2-1 in Backyard Brawl

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports

The Pitt men's soccer team was without leading scorer Edward Kizza and it hurt them Tuesday night — the Panthers fell 2-1 at WVU.

Attila Domos: Handcyclist, author and paraplegic rockstar

Attila Domos: Handcyclist, author and paraplegic rockstar

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

Romanian-born Pittsburgh native Attila Domos nearly broke the official world handcycling record recently — but his talents also extend to artistry, authorship and Wii Sports.

Waiver wire weekly: Jesse James to bring the game

Waiver wire weekly: Jesse James to bring the game

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

With several NFL team on their bye weeks, it’s the best time to find players that may have not yet had the chance to shine. From young quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield to experienced players like Geronimo Allison, here’s a list of some of your best options for your fantasy football team.

Take 5: City of Stars, Cardiac Cleveland

Take 5: City of Stars, Cardiac Cleveland

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories, Video, Visual

TPN’s weekly hot takes are here a little earlier this week, but it doesn’t stop our staff from voicing their opinions on pro-sports. From the city’s own Riverhounds to the Lakers’ Lebron James, our staffs takes will surely keep you in the loop with what is going on in the sports world.

Prediction: Pitt football to right the ship against Duke

Prediction: Pitt football to right the ship against Duke

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football is a tough team to predict, but both recent and historical evidence points to a Panther victory over Duke this Saturday.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball notches two ACC wins to stay unbeaten

Weekend Sports: Volleyball notches two ACC wins to stay unbeaten

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

October 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt's volleyball team headlined the weekend with two record-breaking games for attendance, along with a fourth-set comeback win over No. 21 Louisville.

Weekly Pick ‘em: TPN sports staff makes NBA game predictions

Weekly Pick ‘em: TPN sports staff makes NBA game predictions

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

If you enjoyed last week’s “Weekly Pick ‘Em,” then you are sure to enjoy this weeks, as well. In the second edition of “Weekly Pick ‘Em,” the sports staff locks in their best guesses for the upcoming NBA games of the week.

What are the odds: Best bets from ACC Football to the NBA

What are the odds: Best bets from ACC Football to the NBA

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

October 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

After a week that consisted of all four major U.S. sports leagues having games, “What are the Odds” is back to cover them all. This week, the Pitt News looks not just at the football, but basketball as well.

Pitt women’s soccer loses eighth straight game

Pitt women’s soccer loses eighth straight game

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 19, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports

Although the women’s soccer team lost to the Seminoles, redshirt senior forward Taylor Pryce says the team has seen improvement in performance. “I think the team is getting better,” Pryce said.

Pitt figure skating spins into 2018 competition season

Pitt figure skating spins into 2018 competition season

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

The Pitt figure skating team is gearing up for its first competition at New York University in November — but just two years ago, there was no team at all.

Take 5: Los Angeles, Le’Veon, no LeBron

Take 5: Los Angeles, Le’Veon, no LeBron

By The Pitt News staff

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As the NFL season nears its halfway point, Los Angeles’ two teams seem to be destined for a cross-city clash, while the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell continues to divide public opinion.

Column: Riverhounds strive for success as Pittsburgh’s pro soccer team

Column: Riverhounds strive for success as Pittsburgh’s pro soccer team

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

As the Riverhounds prepare to host a first-round playoff game Saturday — the first home postseason game in the club’s history — their achievements shouldn’t go unnoticed. How much success will it take for soccer to be among Pittsburgh’s sources of pride?

Waiver Wire Weekly: Gabriel and Mack are best bets

Waiver Wire Weekly: Gabriel and Mack are best bets

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

If you happen to own Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and James Conner, fear not — these players should be able to fill in admirably in the NFL’s Week 7.

2018 NBA Preview: Breaking down The Association’s hierarchy

2018 NBA Preview: Breaking down The Association’s hierarchy

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

In honor of the basketball returning, we broke down where each team stands heading into the 2018 NBA season.

Men’s soccer kicks losing streak, wins to Temple, 3-2

Men’s soccer kicks losing streak, wins to Temple, 3-2

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team won against Temple after a tight game at home. The lead alternated between the two teams multiple times, but in the end, the Panthers won, 3-2, against the owls.

Weekend recap: Volleyball earns 20th straight win while soccer struggles

Weekend recap: Volleyball earns 20th straight win while soccer struggles

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Sports

Across the board, Pitt Athletics saw ups and downs. While the volleyball team continued their winning streak, the women’s soccer team struggled to pull out a win.

Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In a close game, Pitt pulled off another near upset against the Fighting Irish. Though there was struggles in both the offense and the defense, three key takeaways stuck out. From Kessman's kicks to Pickett's passes, there are aspects of both defense and offense that can be improved upon.

Notre Dame fends off upset, tops Pitt 19-14

Notre Dame fends off upset, tops Pitt 19-14

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Fighting Irish fought their way back against Pitt, taking their first lead with 5:43 left in the game. That would prove to be the final score.

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a successful game that saw many great things from both offense and defense, the Panthers seem to have had a huge confidence boost. But, the Panthers must prepare for a tough game against the Fighting Irish that requires the offensive line to capitalize.

Weekly Pick ‘Em: TPN sports staff locks in ACC game predictions

Weekly Pick ‘Em: TPN sports staff locks in ACC game predictions

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In the first installment of the Pitt News sports weekly pick ‘em competition, 10 of TPN’s most avid football fans put lock in their predictions for upcoming ACC games. For each upcoming game, the staff records their best guess of the outcome of the games.

Take 5: Fultz, Futility, Finance

Take 5: Fultz, Futility, Finance

By The Pitt News staff

October 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt News staff takes a look at each of America's three ongoing professional sports, from Markelle Fultz' improvement to the Bengals' false hopes.

Panther Spotlight: Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena, Kayla Lund

Panther Spotlight: Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena, Kayla Lund

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Panther athletes Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena and Kayla Lund are all having standout seasons on the field and on the court, leading their respective teams.

Pitt football loses Wirginis, Sears on same day

Pitt football loses Wirginis, Sears on same day

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

The Panthers lost two players — redshirt senior middle linebacker Quintin Wirginis and sophomore tight end Tyler Sear — due to an injury and a leave of absence, respectively.

Pitt volleyball sweeps North Dakota for 18th straight win

Pitt volleyball sweeps North Dakota for 18th straight win

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 6 Pitt volleyball team took care of business at home Tuesday night, sweeping North Dakota in straight sets to remain unbeaten.

Column: Josh Gordon provides ‘Flash’ of inspiration

Column: Josh Gordon provides ‘Flash’ of inspiration

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Josh Gordon has received criticism for his inability to maintain an NFL roster spot, but his continuous effort to overcome personal demons is nothing short of admirable.

Men’s soccer falls to Cleveland State, 4-3

Men’s soccer falls to Cleveland State, 4-3

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports

In a tough head to head game on Monday night, the Pitt men's soccer team struggled to keep a balance between the offense and defense. With multiple turnarounds score blocks, the team lost to Cleveland State, 4-3.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Clement, Coutee are top options

Waiver Wire Weekly: Clement, Coutee are top options

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

It's officially Week 6 of the NFL season, and for avid fantasy football fans, it means it is almost time to lock in those picks. From quarterbacks to wide receivers to running backs, it seems the best picks this week are Corey Clement of the Eagles and Keke Coutee of the Texans.

Weekend Sports: Homecoming brings mixed results

Weekend Sports: Homecoming brings mixed results

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In addition to the football team's big win Saturday, several other Pitt sports teams contributed quality performances over the weekend, most notably the volleyball and soccer teams.

Column: ‘Super Show-Down’ confuses roles of WWE’s top women

Column: ‘Super Show-Down’ confuses roles of WWE’s top women

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

October 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The way the WWE has cast the Charlotte Flair - Becky Lynch feud doesn’t make sense to the multi-talented women involved in it.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s OT homecoming win

Three takeaways from Pitt’s OT homecoming win

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Now halfway through the season, it’s becoming clearer what we can expect to see from Pitt on a weekly basis. Here’s what Saturday revealed about the team:

No ex’Cuse: Panthers beat Syracuse 44-37 after weather delay, overtime

No ex’Cuse: Panthers beat Syracuse 44-37 after weather delay, overtime

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The senior running back tandem of Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall carried Pitt to an overtime victory, rushing for a combined 299 yards and three touchdowns.

What are the odds: Orange you glad you didn’t bet on Pitt?

What are the odds: Orange you glad you didn’t bet on Pitt?

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

October 5, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

After a rough week for Colin's bets last week, he looks at ways to make a comeback. From choosing Syracuse over Pitt to taking the Vikings over the Eagles in the NFL, there's many things to consider this week. Colin looks at several ACC games and offers his best insight on who to put the money on.

Pitt women’s soccer gets blown away by the Hurricanes

Pitt women’s soccer gets blown away by the Hurricanes

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt women's soccer team shined offensively in the first half of the game, leading the Hurricanes 2-0. But, a quick turnaround in the second half put the Panthers behind and unable to catch up. In the end, Pitt lost to the Hurricanes 3-2.

Pirates end season with impressive record

Pirates end season with impressive record

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished off their season with a 82-79 record. Considering the team played without Andrew McCutcheon and Gerrit Cole, this record was quite good. From winning their first game of the season, the team started off fresh and continued that streak, despite the struggles with fan attendance.

The life and times of ROC the mascot

The life and times of ROC the mascot

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

ROC, a human-sized bipedal Panther, has been at the center of Pitt athletics for more than a century now, bouncing around the field, waving his arms and entertaining fans with his goofy antics and unassailable school spirit.

Touching me, touching you: The story behind ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Pitt

Touching me, touching you: The story behind ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Pitt

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Just like any great idea Pitt students have, the school’s most beloved tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” was born at Hemingway’s Cafe, in 2008.

Prediction: Orange to squeeze out victory over Panthers

Prediction: Orange to squeeze out victory over Panthers

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Syracuse looks to bounce back from a narrow loss against No. 4 Clemson, while the Panthers are reeling from a blowout loss to No. 12 UCF.

Men’s soccer shuts out Columbia, 1-0

Men’s soccer shuts out Columbia, 1-0

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore defender Jose Luis Sena Arbona finally provided the Panthers with the deciding goal in the 78th minute, sealing a 1-0 victory over Columbia.

Take 5: Preseason, playoff, Jared Goff

Take 5: Preseason, playoff, Jared Goff

By The Pitt News Staff

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Video, Visual

We’re at a crucial crossroads of America’s three major sports, with the NFL entering midseason form while the MLB playoffs and NBA preseason get underway. The Pitt News staff leaves none of these stones unturned as we take a look at storylines from the past week.

Column: Le’Veon Bell due to return Week 7

Column: Le’Veon Bell due to return Week 7

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a difficult week for football in Pittsburgh, fans can look towards some good news. It seems Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to return to the game in Week 7. Bell's return will help the Steelers make a major comeback after a few hard weeks on both defense and offense.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Add Joe Flacco before Ohio

Waiver Wire Weekly: Add Joe Flacco before Ohio

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In Week 5 of Waiver Wire Weekly, writer Adin Link looks at some crucial players that are essential for a successful week in fantasy football. With players coming back from injuries and others beginning as rookies, the stakes are high for the game.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s 45-14 loss to UCF

Three takeaways from Pitt’s 45-14 loss to UCF

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers produced their worst game of the season Saturday against the University of Central Florida, allowing a season-high 568 yards and gaining a season-low 272 yards.

Column: New Philly Flyers’ mascot ‘Gritty’ is more fearsome than friendly

Column: New Philly Flyers’ mascot ‘Gritty’ is more fearsome than friendly

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

September 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Uncategorized

Nobody’s sure what animal or interdimensional being new Flyers' mascot 'Gritty' is supposed to be, but we can all agree he’s ugly.

Weekend Sports: Pitt volleyball, softball continue dominance while soccer teams stumble

Weekend Sports: Pitt volleyball, softball continue dominance while soccer teams stumble

By Andrew Kelly, For the Pitt News

September 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Volleyball and softball led the way for Pitt sports over the weekend, picking up two wins each. The Panthers’ soccer teams, meanwhile, didn’t fare so well.

UCF wins 17th straight game, pummels Pitt 45-14

UCF wins 17th straight game, pummels Pitt 45-14

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Panthers looked listless on both sides of the ball, producing a season-low 272 yards of total offense and allowing a season-high 568 yards on defense

Week 5 ACC Power Rankings

Week 5 ACC Power Rankings

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The highest rankings in the ACC are still up for grabs as of now. With Clemson seemingly dominating once again, there may be other unexpected teams to look out for. Here's a glance at the current power struggle within the conference.

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt's lost to UNC last week, the team has a lot to focus on. In order to keep up with the University of Central Florida on Saturday, Pitt will really have to work on their offense. Unfortunately, it looks like this week's game will end in a lost to UCF.

What are the odds: Analyzing this week’s AFC North battle

What are the odds: Analyzing this week’s AFC North battle

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

After a successful week last week, writer Colin Martin looks at how to keep up his winning streak. With games from Pitt, Penn State and Notre Dame, this week's What Are the Odds even includes an NFL game.

Column: New Pitt show has yet to go ‘Beyond the Script’

Column: New Pitt show has yet to go ‘Beyond the Script’

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt Athletics says it's looking to expose fans to every Panther sports team with its new television show “Pitt: Beyond the Script," but it could do better.

Take 5: Bills, Baker, Bell

Take 5: Bills, Baker, Bell

By The Pitt News Staff

September 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Video, Visual

The NFL gave us a surplus of story lines in a wacky Week 3 with the Patriots struggling, the Browns finally winning and Le’Veon Bell continuing his holdout.

Men’s soccer scores crucial win over No. 12 NC State, 3-1

Men’s soccer scores crucial win over No. 12 NC State, 3-1

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

After previously losing to No. 5 North Carolina and No. 6 Louisville — both by just one goal — the Panthers rebounded with a much-needed victory against the Wolfpack.

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Alex Officer, a former standout on Pitt’s offensive line, announced last week that he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Keenum to regain momentum

Waiver Wire Weekly: Keenum to regain momentum

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In this week's Waiver Wire Weekly, blogger Adin Link looks at the best outcomes from last week, and makes predictions on who to look out for this up coming week. Though not doing very well this past week, Adin encourages fans to look for Case Keenum to make a comeback.

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Though it was a tough weekend for Pitt athletics, there were still a few athletes that played at a high-level and stood out. Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams and Johan Penaranda all made notable plays in their notable sports this past weekend -- showcasing their athletic ability.

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