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Pitt softball hopes for health, improvement in 2020

Junior Brittany Knight pitches. Pitt softball looks to improve after finishing last in the ACC Coastal in 2019.

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

After an injury-riddled and underachieving 2019 season, Pitt softball is looking to return to its winning ways in 2020.

Pitt sports teams as past partners

Pitt men’s basketball has repaired Pitt fans’ relationship with our athletic teams.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 13, 2020

What if Pitt's athletes personified the teams they play for? Well, you might be in for the same disappointment felt as a fan.

‘One pitch at a time’: Pitt baseball talks upcoming season

Nico Popa suffered a season-ending injury as a sophomore but fought back to earn second-team All-ACC honors in 2019.

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

A year after a trying season — finishing last in the ACC with a 21-34 overall record — Mike Bell thinks that having a short memory is the approach his team needs.

Clemson clobbers Pitt by way of the three, 72-52

Sophomore guard Trey McGowens has his shot blocked during Pitt’s 72-52 loss to Clemson on Wednesday evening.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 13, 2020

Pitt men’s basketball couldn’t overcome Clemson’s near 60% shooting from 3-point range en route to a blowout loss.

Champagnie headlines Pitt’s weekly award winners

First-year forward Justian Champagnie put up 30 points during Saturday’s 73-64 victory over Georgia Tech.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

As the college sports world announced its weekly award winners on Tuesday, it became clear just how successful of a week it was for Pitt athletes.

MLB considering new playoff format — as it should

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the New York Yankees take on the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Oct. 3, 2017.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's latest postseason proposal is a home run, adding the potential for increased drama, performance incentives and meaningful games.

Manfred’s proposal makes a mockery of the MLB

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the New York Yankees take on the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Oct. 3, 2017.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

The beauty of baseball is in its simplistic complexities, its ability to amaze through the unthinkable happenings of each season — especially come playoff season each October. It doesn't need changed.

Pitt basketball to prevail in battle of the big cats

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) avoided turning the ball over at Saturday’s 73-64 victory over Georgia Tech.

By Nick Carlisano, Senior Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Pitt has shown a definite homecourt advantage as of late, and will continue its hot streak against a struggling Clemson team Wednesday night.

Can Terrell Brown be Pitt’s Brook Lopez?

Junior center Terrell Brown at Saturday’s 73-64 victory over Georgia Tech.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

Stretch big men are making their presence known in the NBA — it's time for Jeff Capel to embrace the concept at the college level.

Panther Spotlight: Softball, wrestling attract kindred spirits

Redshirt sophomore Micky Phillippi recorded his fifth major decision of the year during Sunday’s 51-1 victory over Davidson.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

Phillippi has more to prove as he gears up for the postseason, while Sanchez has everything yet to prove. Wrestling is looking to push forward, while softball waits to break through. The two teams are on opposite ends of the success spectrum, but that gap is bridged by star athletes with eyes toward more.

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