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Weekend Sports: Wrestling rolls, softball stumbles

Weekend Sports: Wrestling rolls, softball stumbles

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers didn’t fare so well on the diamond — the baseball and softball teams went a combined 1-7 in their respective tournaments over the weekend.

No. 22 Hokies hand Pitt basketball ninth straight loss

No. 22 Hokies hand Pitt basketball ninth straight loss

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 17, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball continued its struggles in ACC play Saturday afternoon, falling 70-64 to No. 22 Virginia Tech at the Petersen Events Center.

Capel adds second 2019 recruit in Karim Coulibaly

Capel adds second 2019 recruit in Karim Coulibaly

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 16, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Jeff Capel added another much-needed recruit Friday morning in power forward Karim Coulibaly.

Pitt snaps 18-game ACC losing streak in 91-78 win over UNC

Pitt snaps 18-game ACC losing streak in 91-78 win over UNC

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


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

The Panthers finally got their first ACC win of the season over UNC, ending an 18-game ACC losing streak dating back to Feb. 1, 2018.

Take 5: Brown, Boban, Bryce

Take 5: Brown, Boban, Bryce

By The Pitt News Staff

February 15, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Brown formally announced he wants out of Pittsburgh, several trades shook up the NBA landscape and MLB superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are playing hard to get in the offseason.

What are the odds: NBA All-Star Weekend

What are the odds: NBA All-Star Weekend

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

After a successful betting slate last week, it’s time to look at who will win the contests during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.

Column: Semenya’s success due to talent, not hormones

Column: Semenya’s success due to talent, not hormones

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Sports

For the past nine years, Caster Semenya, a South African middle-distance runner, has undergone scrutiny from the International Association of Athletic Federations

Cupid’s arrows strike Panthers

Cupid’s arrows strike Panthers

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Sports

Lexi Blum didn’t think she would have time for anything besides dance and school, then she met Pitt Baseball pitcher Dan Hammer. Blum and Hammer have now been dating for six months.

Boston College deals Pitt 18th straight ACC road loss, 66-57

Boston College deals Pitt 18th straight ACC road loss, 66-57

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 13, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt produced its worst shooting game of the season, making 29 percent of its shots en route to a 21st consecutive road loss.

EJ Borghetti leaves his mark on Pitt athletics

EJ Borghetti leaves his mark on Pitt athletics

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

An ever-present face in Pitt’s athletic department, Borghetti leads media operations for the University’s 19 intercollegiate sports, publicizing the same programs he cheered for growing up.

Four-star basketball recruit Gerald Drumgoole commits to Pitt

Four-star basketball recruit Gerald Drumgoole commits to Pitt

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward with a sweet shooting stroke, Drumgoole should help the Panthers as soon as next year.

Column: Pirates set for another average season

Column: Pirates set for another average season

By MIchael Nitti, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the lack of significant additions and the largely unproven talent across the roster, don’t expect big things from the Pirates this year.

Panther Spotlight: Micky Phillippi, Cassidy Walsh, Kiley Robatin

Panther Spotlight: Micky Phillippi, Cassidy Walsh, Kiley Robatin

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

February 11, 2019


Filed under Sports

The men’s wrestling, women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics teams have all had their ups and downs this season, but they are each anchored by talented players who give them hope for the future of the season and the program.

Weekend Sports: Wrestling racks up three wins

Weekend Sports: Wrestling racks up three wins

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


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

Pitt wrestling led the charge over the weekend, racking up three wins after struggling in previous weeks.

Pitt falls to No. 25 Miami in 12th annual Pink the Pete game

Pitt falls to No. 25 Miami in 12th annual Pink the Pete game

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team suffered its 11th straight loss at Sunday’s 12th annual Pink the Pete game, falling 65-51 to Miami.

NC State overcomes Pitt late, 79-76

NC State overcomes Pitt late, 79-76

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 10, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball welcomed NC State to the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon and walked away with its seventh straight loss, falling to the Wolfpack 79-76.

What are the odds: NBA post-trade deadline matchups

What are the odds: NBA post-trade deadline matchups

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With football season coming to an end, it’s time to shift focus toward the NBA, where an eventful trade deadline just came and passed.

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 67-55

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 67-55

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team again couldn’t find a way to win in the ACC, losing this time 67-55 to Georgia Tech on the road.

The Pitt News NFL Mock Draft 1.0

The Pitt News NFL Mock Draft 1.0

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the NFL draft just around the corner (sort of), The Pitt News breaks down how the first round will shake out.

Take 5: Super Bowl, Super Bowl and more Super Bowl

Take 5: Super Bowl, Super Bowl and more Super Bowl

By Staff

February 7, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Rams seem like a franchise destined for multiple Super Bowl appearances in the coming decade and that may be true, but don’t expect to see them back in the big game next year — or even for a few years.

Pitt Coaches prepare to Pink the Pete for the first time

Pitt Coaches prepare to Pink the Pete for the first time

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Pitt’s Women’s Basketball team will be playing in its 12th annual Pink the Petersen game this Sunday against Miami. While this game always holds special meaning for coaches, players and survivors, this year it hits especially close to home for members of Pitt’s team.

Pro athletes recount journey to the top level

Pro athletes recount journey to the top level

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

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.

Demon Deacons possess Pitt, 78-76, in overtime heartbreaker

Demon Deacons possess Pitt, 78-76, in overtime heartbreaker

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a game that saw 10 ties and seven lead changes, the Demon Deacons made clutch plays at the right times to deal Pitt its sixth straight loss.

College students find big-league niches

College students find big-league niches

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

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

Student managers vital to basketball team’s success

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

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.

Column: Patriots-Rams Snoozer Bowl was one to forget

Column: Patriots-Rams Snoozer Bowl was one to forget

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Sunday’s Super Bowl was an anticlimactic, painfully boring viewership experience, and if you claim to think otherwise, you’re lying to yourself.

From High School to College, former teammates reunited at Pitt

From High School to College, former teammates reunited at Pitt

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

When Grant Jones was trying to convince Noah Walker, his former high school teammate, to come to Pitt, he probably didn’t know he would be recruiting his biggest competition in the coming years.

Hurl to Pitt: Club excels at national level

Hurl to Pitt: Club excels at national level

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Pitt’s club hurling team went from almost not having enough players to form a team to becoming National Champions.

Weekend Sports: Tough three days for Pitt athletics

Weekend Sports: Tough three days for Pitt athletics

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


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

In an otherwise bleak three days, the tennis and track and field programs provided moments of victory with set wins and podium finishes.

Duke defeats Pitt women’s basketball, 74-55

Duke defeats Pitt women’s basketball, 74-55

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Blue Devils dealt Pitt its ninth loss in as many games, 74-55.

Pitt cedes to Syracuse for second time, 65-56

Pitt cedes to Syracuse for second time, 65-56

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

February 3, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt fell 65-56 to the Orange, extending the team’s losing streak to five games.

What are the odds: Super Bowl edition

What are the odds: Super Bowl edition

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

There's the game itself, featuring the veteran New England Patriots against the young Los Angeles Rams. But more importantly, we are going to look at all of the Super Bowl prop bets.

Women’s basketball drops eighth straight to Virginia Tech, 74-58

Women’s basketball drops eighth straight to Virginia Tech, 74-58

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team saw its losing streak extend to eight games in a loss to Virginia Tech at home Thursday night.

Top storylines heading into Super Bowl LIII

Top storylines heading into Super Bowl LIII

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The game, featuring two of the league’s most highly touted coaches and some of its most prominent players, is sure to make headlines around the globe.

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

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

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

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.

Take 5: Gronk’s future is uncertain and Lakers should pass on Davis

Take 5: Gronk’s future is uncertain and Lakers should pass on Davis

By Staff

January 30, 2019


Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

It’s possible that Gronk may decide to walk away from football under his own power after this season. Because of his multiple injuries, he has been forced to undergo numerous surgeries, each no doubt costing a serious physical and mental toll.

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

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

By Ben Bobeck, For The Pitt News

January 30, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

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 softball signs IMPACT recruit Rylee DiTullio

Pitt softball signs IMPACT recruit Rylee DiTullio

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports

The Pitt softball team signed Rylee DiTullio, a local 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, last Monday, holding a press conference at the Petersen Events Center to celebrate the event.

Clemson’s hot shooting deals Pitt fourth straight loss, 82-69

Clemson’s hot shooting deals Pitt fourth straight loss, 82-69

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 30, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Clemson drained six of its first seven 3-pointers to put the game away early, leading to an 82-69 final score.

Q&A: Mike Bell looks to bring improvement to Pitt Baseball

Q&A: Mike Bell looks to bring improvement to Pitt Baseball

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Sports, Uncategorized

On July 10, Mike Bell became the fifth head coach in history of Pitt baseball. Prior to coming to Pitt, Bell was the pitching coach for Florida State for seven years.

WWE explores intergender competition in Royal Rumble

WWE explores intergender competition in Royal Rumble

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Even with a separate women’s Royal Rumble, there still isn’t equal opportunity for women in professional wrestling.

Ugly first half dooms Pitt in 70-42 loss to No. 4 Louisville

Ugly first half dooms Pitt in 70-42 loss to No. 4 Louisville

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball outscored No. 4 Louisville in the second half, but an ugly first half in which the Panthers scored just 12 points ensured that it didn’t matter.

Weekend Sports: Swim team shines in last home meet

Weekend Sports: Swim team shines in last home meet

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


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

Pitt swimming and diving headlined an eventful weekend in Pitt athletics, dominating the Western Pennsylvania Invitational and breaking multiple team records in the process.

Pitt scores season low in 66-51 loss to No. 23 Louisville

Pitt scores season low in 66-51 loss to No. 23 Louisville

By Stephen Thompson and Trent Leonard

January 27, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt fell back to earth in Saturday’s rematch, shooting just 35.2 percent from the field in a 66-51 loss at No. 23 Louisville.

Panthers lose 12th straight ACC game to Virginia, 74-57

Panthers lose 12th straight ACC game to Virginia, 74-57

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a game that saw lengthy scoring stretches from both teams, the Pitt women’s basketball team found itself on the end of the bad run at the end of the fourth quarter, leading to 74-57 loss to Virginia Thursday night.

What are the odds: NBA’s bottom teams look to tank

What are the odds: NBA’s bottom teams look to tank

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

NBA tanking season is now in full form, with teams trying to lose more games in hopes of a higher draft position.

Pitt Men’s Ultimate brings “end of days” to opponents

Pitt Men’s Ultimate brings “end of days” to opponents

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


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

Pitt’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team was voted Pitt’s best club sport. “I think that we are the hardest working team in the country every year in terms of time we put in,” fifth-year senior and captain Hafeez Shams said

Take 5: Best of Pitt Athletics

Take 5: Best of Pitt Athletics

By Staff

January 23, 2019


Filed under Sports

Pitt Athletics had some highs and lows this year, but in every situation there was a player or team that stood out above the rest. This week our writers talked about their “best of” moment in Pitt athletics.

Pitt wrestling shows improvement under Keith Gavin

Pitt wrestling shows improvement under Keith Gavin

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

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

First-year phenoms lead Duke past Pitt, 79-64

First-year phenoms lead Duke past Pitt, 79-64

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 23, 2019


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

Three of Jeff Capel’s most widely known recruits from the past year were the leading scorers in Tuesday night’s men’s basketball matchup versus No. 2 Duke.

Pitt vs. Duke at Halftime

January 22, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Visual

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Weekend Recap: Swimming and Diving gets only team win of long week

Weekend Recap: Swimming and Diving gets only team win of long week

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

January 21, 2019


Filed under Sports

Redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi was the lone bright spot of Pitt’s 36-9 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma State this weekend. Phillippi upset the No. 2 ranked 133 pound wrestler in the country, Daton Fix.

Oakland Zoo remains caged in

Oakland Zoo remains caged in

By Tessa Sayers, assistant sports editor

January 21, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

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.

Syracuse stifles Pitt men’s basketball, 74-63

Syracuse stifles Pitt men’s basketball, 74-63

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

January 19, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After being down by as many as 20 in the second half, the Panthers clawed back to make it a single digit game before ultimately falling 74-63.

Syracuse uses strong second half to push past Pitt, 82-50

Syracuse uses strong second half to push past Pitt, 82-50

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

An ugly second half saw the Pitt women’s basketball team extend its ACC losing streak to 10 games, dating back to last season.

What are the odds: Don’t bet against Brees, Brady in championship weekend

What are the odds: Don’t bet against Brees, Brady in championship weekend

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

January 18, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It's tough to bet against two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Drew Brees in Tom Brady — so don't do it.

Take 5: Kyler Murray is hurting his career, transfer portal is making football fun

Take 5: Kyler Murray is hurting his career, transfer portal is making football fun

By Pitt News Staff

January 16, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft and in the end, it’s going to cause more harm than good. He won’t become the high draft selection he hoped for and the Oakland A’s will lose because they wasted their No. 9 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. This moment in history will be known as “The Oakland Screw Job.”

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

By Stephen Thompson, staff writer

January 16, 2019


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

With 15 varsity sports, it is expected that some Pitt alums go on to become professional athletes. While some, like former Pitt football player James Conner, are more well known, there are still Panthers from all different sports performing at the professional level.

Pitt gymnasts embrace team environment

Pitt gymnasts embrace team environment

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

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.

Column: Pitt basketball’s rebuild is ahead of schedule

Column: Pitt basketball’s rebuild is ahead of schedule

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Pitt basketball, but a nationally relevant defense and a couple star-caliber talents have the Panthers ahead of schedule.

Pitt upsets No. 11 Florida State 75-62

Pitt upsets No. 11 Florida State 75-62

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


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

First-year Trey McGowens notched his second 30 point game of his career in Pitt’s upset over Florida State on Monday night.

Pitt football hires Mark Whipple as next offensive coordinator

Pitt football hires Mark Whipple as next offensive coordinator

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After 10 days without an offensive coordinator, the wait for a new Pitt play-caller is over — the football program announced Monday that Mark Whipple will fill the position.

Weekend Sports: Wrestling, gymnastics notch quality finishes

Weekend Sports: Wrestling, gymnastics notch quality finishes

By Kate Hall and Trent Leonard

January 14, 2019


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

Several of Pitt’s athletic teams put on a strong showing over weekend, with the gymnastics team breaking multiple program records and the wrestling team continuing its dominant start to the season.

Women’s basketball loses nail-biter to Boston College, 59-55

Women’s basketball loses nail-biter to Boston College, 59-55

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 13, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt scored more than 50 points for the first time in ACC play this season, but it wasn’t enough to beat Boston College Sunday afternoon.

No. 15 NC State narrowly escapes with 86-80 win over Pitt

No. 15 NC State narrowly escapes with 86-80 win over Pitt

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 12, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Panthers played exceptionally for most of the game, but made a few little mistakes that cost them what would have been a monumental second straight ACC win.

No. 8 Wolfpack mauls Pitt, 63-34

No. 8 Wolfpack mauls Pitt, 63-34

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

In a game which set a historically low scoring mark for the program, Pitt women’s basketball lost its second straight ACC game to No. 8 NC State, 63-34, on the road Thursday night.

What are the odds: Bet on Foles, Rivers in NFL playoffs

What are the odds: Bet on Foles, Rivers in NFL playoffs

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

When it comes to the NFL playoffs, Nick Foles has proven that you should never bet against him.

Pitt to discontinue women’s tennis program

Pitt to discontinue women’s tennis program

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 10, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Athletic director Heather Lyke announced that Pitt will be discontinuing its women's tennis program after the upcoming spring season.

Pitt ends ACC losing streak with 89-86 overtime win over Louisville

Pitt ends ACC losing streak with 89-86 overtime win over Louisville

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

January 10, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt guard Trey McGowen broke a 39-year record and Pitt ended a 690 day losing streak on Wednesday night in its 89-86 win over Louisville.

Take 5: Football Drama, who should stay and who should go

Take 5: Football Drama, who should stay and who should go

By Staff

January 10, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Even though the season just ended, college football is already full of drama. Is Tua Tagovailoa as good as everyone thinks he is? Will Justin Fields get the starting quarterback job at Ohio State? You can read what our writers think and more here.

Breaking down ACC competition for women’s basketball

Breaking down ACC competition for women’s basketball

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

January 9, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Panthers will need to take care of business against the ACC's bottom-feeders and hopefully steal a game or two from the conference’s middling teams.

Looking ahead at Pitt basketball’s ACC schedule

Looking ahead at Pitt basketball’s ACC schedule

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 9, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

If the Panthers win just one of their next 17 games, it will be an improvement over last season, when they went winless in conference play for the first time ever.

WWE ‘TLC’ doesn’t take care of McIntyre, Ziggler

WWE ‘TLC’ doesn’t take care of McIntyre, Ziggler

By Alexa Marzina, staff writer

January 8, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

A staff-writer takes a look at the WWE, arguing some of its top performers deserve to be treated better.

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

By Kate Hall, staff writer

January 8, 2019


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

Pitt Gymnastics has used its off season to get closer as a team in hopes of topping its fifth place finish at the NCAA regional championships last season.

Preview: Softball slides into spring season

Preview: Softball slides into spring season

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports

Pitt softball saw its program soar to new heights in 2018. Under new head coach Jodi Hermanek, the Panthers hope to build upon that momentum in 2019.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, oh my!

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, oh my!

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

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.

Pitt baseball’s Bell looks to make noise in first season

Pitt baseball’s Bell looks to make noise in first season

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Sports

For the first time since 1998, Pitt Baseball will have a new head coach. Mike Bell will be replacing former coach Joe Jordano, you can read about how the Panthers future looks under Bell here.

Panthers prowl during holiday hiatus

Panthers prowl during holiday hiatus

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While the students were away, the Panthers’ student-athletes were out to play. You catch up on what you missed and read what Pitt accomplished over break here.

UNC slams Pitt, 85-60, in ACC opener

UNC slams Pitt, 85-60, in ACC opener

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

January 5, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers battled briefly with the No. 15 team in the country before ultimately falling 85-60.

Panthers come up short to Stanford in Sun Bowl, 14-13

Panthers come up short to Stanford in Sun Bowl, 14-13

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Despite out-gaining its opponent in nearly every facet of the game, the Pitt football team fell to Stanford, 14-13, in the Hyundai Sun Bowl Monday afternoon, thus failing to crack .500 for the second straight season.

Panthers band together in split performances

Panthers band together in split performances

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

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

Pitt sports: A semester in review

Pitt sports: A semester in review

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From playoff berths to championship games to championship titles, the Panthers have seen it all. Here is a recap of the biggest moments in Pitt sports this semester.

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 8, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Facing off against a team known for its suffocating defense, the young Panthers’ inexperience was on full display in a 69-59 loss to West Virginia Saturday afternoon in the 186th edition of the Backyard Brawl.

What are the Odds: Pittsburgh wins in Oakland, Army beats Navy

What are the Odds: Pittsburgh wins in Oakland, Army beats Navy

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under Sports

Another weekend, another opportunity to make some money. After going 2-4 last week, our in-house betting expert is looking to redeem himself with picks in the NFL, NBA and NCAA.

TPN staff breaks down bowl season

TPN staff breaks down bowl season

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Who is going to make it to the National Championship? Will Pitt ever win again? You can find out what the Pitt News Sports Staff thinks here.

Panthers persevere over Fordham, 65-62

Panthers persevere over Fordham, 65-62

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team narrowly persevered against Fordham, defeating the Rams 65-62 at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night.

Take 5: Kyler, KD, Cardinals

Take 5: Kyler, KD, Cardinals

By The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Our Pitt News Sports staff had some things to rant about this week, from Pittsburgh figures who irk them to who should be taking home hardware during awards season.

Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Pitt’s wrestling team recently cracked the top 25 national rankings and new transfer Demetrius Thomas has been a big part of the program’s surge.

Navigating college football’s bowl season

Navigating college football’s bowl season

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The sport is dominated by the playoff discussion around this time of year, but there are plenty of other marquee matchups that are worth your attention during this bowl season.

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 5, 2018


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

Last season, the Pitt men’s track and field team came in last place in the ACC indoor competition. while the women’s team finished 12th out of 15 teams. They believe they can drastically improve on that in 2018.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Welcome to Playoffs

Waiver Wire Weekly: Welcome to Playoffs

By Adin Link, Staff Wrtier

December 4, 2018


Filed under Sports

It’s do or die time in fantasy football, if you are looking for some home players to pick up in order to put yourself in the best position to win your league, make sure you read this week’s Waiver Wire Weekly.

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

It’s official, Pitt will be playing Stanford in the Sun Bowl, the Panthers first bowl game in two years. After two tough loses, it will be the perfect place for Pitt’s seniors to leave their mark on the program.

Pitt drops close contest to Niagara, 71-70

Pitt drops close contest to Niagara, 71-70

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After being held scoreless for the first three minutes of their game on Monday, the Panthers lost their first game of the season at home on Monday night. Pitt tried to rally in the final second of the game, but it wasn't enough and Niagara won 71-70.

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2018


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

After losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament the past two years, Pitt volleyball thought 2018 was its year — but Michigan ended the Panthers’ dreams of dancing into the Sweet 16 on Saturday night.

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 3, 2018


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

Men’s basketball beat Duquesne in the annual City Game and the wrestling team performed admirably at the Las Vegas Invitational, injecting some Panther pride into an otherwise bleak weekend.

Three takeaways from Pitt vs Clemson

Three takeaways from Pitt vs Clemson

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

The Panthers were held back by several factors, but there were a few bright spots to build on for the season finale and next year.

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team will take on Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Dec. 31.

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In the end, the same weaknesses that plagued the Panthers all season — an anemic passing game and a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot — materialized Saturday night.

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Pitt's historic season came to end in its 3-2 loss against Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Volleyball beat Iona to move onto the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.

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