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Pro athletes recount journey to the top level

Ross Ohlendorf of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning of their game Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

For most athletes who actually make it to the professional level, like former Pitt tennis player and 2017 graduate Audrey Ann Blakely, the journey is mentally arduous and financially uncertain.

College students find big-league niches

Live Content Correspondent is a new program started by the NFL that hires photographers and videographers to cover games in cities across the country.

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

A vast majority of people don’t ever get the shot to pursue a sports-related job, yet alone their dream job –– but some do.

Student managers vital to basketball team’s success

The Pitt mens’ basketball managers are in charge of setting up and making sure everything is ready for practices and games.

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

February 6, 2019

Knowing they wouldn’t be playing DI Basketball, but not wanting to give up their love of the game, three seniors joined the Pitt Basketball team as managers their freshman year.

Q&A: Pitt grad Randy Lieberman prepares to host Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII will be played at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 31, 2019

In the lead-up to this year’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams, former Pitt News sports writer Randy Lieberman reached out to us to provide an up-close angle at the event.

Super Bowl Scoop: Covering America’s Greatest Spectacle from the beat writers who’ve been there

NFL senior director of event operations Eric Finkelstein takes questions from the media during a Super Bowl photo and interview opportunity inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta during preparation for the game on Jan. 22.

By Ben Bobeck, For The Pitt News

January 30, 2019

If it weren’t for journalists, most people would have no idea what’s going on at the Super Bowl. But while they’re bringing you the news, their jobs aren’t always easy. The Pitt News spoke with some journalists to find out the scoop on covering the Super Bowl.

Pitt wrestling shows improvement under Keith Gavin

Micky Phillippi only has one loss in the season and is ranked No. 2 in the 133-pound weight class.

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019

When reviewing the resumé of Pitt wrestling head coach Keith Gavin, it’s no surprise that the wrestling program is heading toward success.

Oakland Zoo remains caged in

Fans celebrate in the student section during the 2017 Backyard Brawl.

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

January 21, 2019

Since its founding 18 years ago, the members of the Oakland Zoo have only stormed the court twice, both times at the Fitzgerald Field House. And it’s not because the athletic department won’t let them.

Pitt gymnasts embrace team environment

One of the major differences between college and club gymnastics is that in college gymnastics, gymnasts compete for a team rather than individually.

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019

Most members of Pitt gymnastics spent their club careers striving for individual recognition and achievement. Now, they relish in being able to accomplish goals as a team.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, oh my!

Julie Jurich, director of social media and media relations for men’s soccer, wrestling and women’s tennis, controls Pitt Athletics’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

The facebook comment section of Pitt Athletics posts aren’t always the best place to hang out, but according to SID Julie Jurich, who is in charge of the social media, it usually isn't too bad. You can find out what all goes into the social media pages here.

Panthers band together in split performances

The woodwind section of Pitt’s marching band performs at Heinz Field during a break in the Panthers’ game against Duke on Oct. 27.

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2018

With Pitt's band split between three different locations on the weekend of Nov. 30, Director of Bands Brad Townsend had to get creative.

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