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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.

Volleyball picks up the slack for Pitt sports over weekend

Volleyball picks up the slack for Pitt sports over weekend

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While Pitt's soccer teams didn’t fare so well, volleyball picked up the slack by sweeping Virginia Tech for the Panthers' 13th straight win.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s ugly UNC loss

Three takeaways from Pitt’s ugly UNC loss

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

September 23, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers once again disappeared in the second half against UNC, continuing a disappointing season-long trend.

Panthers falter in second half, lose sixth straight ACC game to UNC

Panthers falter in second half, lose sixth straight ACC game to UNC

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Panthers faded after leading 28-21 at halftime, getting outscored 17-7 and outgained by 138 yards in the second half.

Halftime recap: Pitt versus UNC

Halftime recap: Pitt versus UNC

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

A victory over UNC would be Pitt’s first since moving to the ACC, with the team having lost all five previous meetings.

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a 34-31 loss to UNC last season, Pitt will look to make a comeback this weekend. With sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett at the head of the offensive line, Pitt's options are wide open. And, continue their good work, the Panther defensive will continue to buckle down.

What are the odds: Making a comeback after losses in Ohio State vs. TCU game

What are the odds: Making a comeback after losses in Ohio State vs. TCU game

By Colin Martin, Blogger

September 20, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Sports, Sports Columns

In this week's "What are the odds" blog, blogger Colin Martin examines his losses and how he can make a comeback in the upcoming games. He offers an analysis of each game in college football, providing spreads, over/under numbers and bet suggestion.

Volleyball sweeps Virginia in ACC opener

Volleyball sweeps Virginia in ACC opener

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers came into Wednesday night’s game riding a perfect 5-0 record in ACC openers, and extended that streak to six with a dominant 3-0 win over the Cavaliers.

Column: Pitt is a volleyball school now

Column: Pitt is a volleyball school now

By Stephen Thompson, For the Pitt News

September 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt volleyball team is driven, experienced and talented — and they deserve all the support our Panther community can give them.

Take 5: Patriots, pass-rush, Patrick Mahomes

Take 5: Patriots, pass-rush, Patrick Mahomes

By The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In a week with an abundance of compelling NFL storylines, The Pitt News staff provides some insight on the top talking points.

Men’s soccer tops Detroit Mercy, 2-0, in second straight win

Men’s soccer tops Detroit Mercy, 2-0, in second straight win

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team scored two quick second-half goals to win 2-0 against the Detroit Mercy Titans Tuesday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Q&A: Jodi Hermanek brings fresh perspective to Pitt softball

Q&A: Jodi Hermanek brings fresh perspective to Pitt softball

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports

The Pitt News sat down with Hermanek after her first series as head coach, a 2-0 sweep against Slippery Rock, to see what her plans are for the softball program and learn more about who she is.

Athletic trainers find balance between sports and medicine

Athletic trainers find balance between sports and medicine

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

For athletic trainers like Jennifer Csonka, the career path was the perfect balance between sports and medicine. Whether on the field or off the field, Pitt's athletic trainers are at every game, ready to take on any injuries whenever they occur.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Fitzmagic casts spell in time for Week 3

Waiver Wire Weekly: Fitzmagic casts spell in time for Week 3

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Football, Sports

After last week's results in fantasy football, the Pitt News has put together a new list of targets to watch out for during this week. In a short roundup, we offer suggestions of the top picks of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

Hardy, Orton embody “Hell in a Cell”

Hardy, Orton embody “Hell in a Cell”

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

September 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

WWE superstars Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy provided one of the greatest Hell in a Cell moments in the history of the sport on Sunday night.

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s sports teams represented the University well over the weekend, going a combined 4-1.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s first ACC win

Three takeaways from Pitt’s first ACC win

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Accounting for all the highs and lows, here are some of the foremost takeaways from Pitt’s ACC-opening win against Georgia Tech.

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

By Sarah Cutshall and Thomas Yang

September 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Pitt fans witnessed a complete turn-around of Panther football. Exhibiting a major improvement from last week’s game against Penn State, the Panthers showed promise both offensively and defensively in a home game against Georgia Tech — maintaining a consistent lead througho...

Panthers pounce on Georgia Tech, 24-19, in ACC opener

Panthers pounce on Georgia Tech, 24-19, in ACC opener

By Sami Abu-Obaid, For the Pitt News

September 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In the third game of the season, Pitt made a major comeback after their lost against Penn State. Showing improvement in all areas, the Panthers started the game with a lead and maintained that lead throughout the rest of the game. The final score was 24-19, a win for Pitt.

Weekly Waiver Wire

Weekly Waiver Wire

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Sports, Sports Columns

With the popularity of fantasy football and the constant weekly changes, it can be difficult for participants to keep up with what is happening. Now, fans have to look no further than this brief list of weekly wire additions to keep an eye on.

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

This Saturday, Pitt will play Georgia Tech at Heinz Field. Both teams currently have records of 1-1, so they will both put up a fight to make comebacks and improve their starting records. If Pitt improves both offense and defense, they should have no problem beating out the Yellow Jackets.

What are the odds: Best bets around college football

What are the odds: Best bets around college football

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In May, the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, leaving the legalization of sports gambling up to individual states. The betting is legal in Pennsylvania and is actually a popular past-time. The Pitt News examines the best college games this weekend to put your money on.

Nika Markovic: Slovenian student serves success

Nika Markovic: Slovenian student serves success

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

When Nika Markovic decommitted from the University of San Francisco, she had no idea she would end up at Pitt. Born in Braslovce, Slovenia, Markovic began playing volleyball at the age of 7. No-one - not even her - thought volleyball would be her sport.

Column: Universities should recognize student athletes as employees

Column: Universities should recognize student athletes as employees

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It's time for Universities to recognize athletes as student employees and mitigate the exploitation of players under demanding sports programs.

Behind the scenes of Pitt SID’s

Behind the scenes of Pitt SID’s

By Stephen Thompson, For the Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Student information directors, or SIDs, at Pitt act as team-specific media liaisons, statistics managers, beat writers and team promoters.

Take 5: Cy Young, NFL youth

Take 5: Cy Young, NFL youth

By The Pitt News Staff

September 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From the first week of NFL action to the dog days of professional baseball, The Pitt News staff gives its takes on five hot topics in the world of sports.

Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

More than 70 years have gone by since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 7-3 in the NFL's last game without penalties.

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

By James S. Urban

September 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

In a rebuttal to former TPN editor and New York Times writer Murray Chass' op-ed, Pitt alumnus and former TPN editor says Pitt football is just a small, but important, part of the school's success.

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The rivalry game that occurred on Saturday had many takeaways for the Panthers. Not only were the conditions bad for playing, but the offensive and defensive lines both fell short. With this culmination of mistakes, the Panthers have a lot to learn from and will need to improve if they look to have a successful season.

Steelers start off sluggish in stormy stalemate against Browns

Steelers start off sluggish in stormy stalemate against Browns

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

On top of Pitt getting pummeled by Penn State on Saturday, the Steelers also struggled to successful begin their season. Playing against the Brown's, the game ended in a 21-21 tie . Although there were several good plays, the Steelers still have much to improve on in order to have a successful season.

Weekend Recap: Volleyball stays unbeaten, men’s soccer falls in nail-biter

Weekend Recap: Volleyball stays unbeaten, men’s soccer falls in nail-biter

By Stephen Thompson, For the Pitt News

September 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Panther teams faced off against a stacked lineup of nationally ranked teams in volleyball, soccer and cross country over the weekend, achieving mixed results.

Takeaways from Pitt’s blowout loss in Keystone Clash

Takeaways from Pitt’s blowout loss in Keystone Clash

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team put forth a pitiful effort in Saturday night’s 51-6 blowout loss to in-state rival Penn State — here are some of the biggest takeaways from that game.

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

By Murray Chass

September 9, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

Former Pitt News editor Murray Chass — also known for contributing to The New York Times and Associated Press — doubles down on his 60-year old stance regarding Pitt football.

Penalties, special teams hurt Pitt in 51-6 blowout loss to Penn State

Penalties, special teams hurt Pitt in 51-6 blowout loss to Penn State

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

On a night which included constant rain, chilly temperatures and a persistent wind, the Pitt football team put up a performance to match with the miserable weather.

Halftime: Penn State leads Pitt 14-6

Halftime: Penn State leads Pitt 14-6

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Follow the game live on Twitter here.  Penn State wasted no time to show its offensive prowess in the 99th edition of Pitt vs. Penn State Saturday night, with senior quarterback Trace McSorley finding junior tight end Jonathan Holland for a 22-yard gain on the Nittany Lions second play. Just t...

Pitt women’s soccer makes a comeback after two defeats

Pitt women’s soccer makes a comeback after two defeats

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

After losing two consecutive games, the Pitt women's soccer team was able to make a comeback on Thursday against Duquesne. The game ended 2-0 with major plays from first-year defender Madeline Gravante and goalkeeper Amaia Pena. The team has several difficult opponents to face in the upcoming weeks as they play in the ACC.

Tailgating tips to add to the rivalry game experience

Tailgating tips to add to the rivalry game experience

By Joanna Li, Assistant Sports Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

As the Pitt-Penn State game approaches this weekend, many football fans are making plans to tailgate. But, with the University's recently restrictions on tailgating, fans seem to be limited in their options. Here's how to prepare for a perfect tailgate that can be paired with the intense game to come.

In Pa. football fandom, know where to draw the line

In Pa. football fandom, know where to draw the line

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In recent years, the Pitt-Penn State rivalry has devolved from a lively competitive spirit to pettiness, irrationality and antagonism on both sides.

Prediction: Pitt to edge out Penn State in home thriller

Prediction: Pitt to edge out Penn State in home thriller

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In the penultimate matchup of this renewed four-game football series, both offenses will display fireworks with Pitt ultimately edging out its in-state foe.

Rivalry week: Examining the shaky future of Pitt vs. Penn State

Rivalry week: Examining the shaky future of Pitt vs. Penn State

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

In 2016, the Pitt-Penn State rivalry was rebooted after a 16 year hiatus. Although only playing for the last two seasons, it seems as if the rivalry may reach an expiration date soon - which could actually benefit Pitt. Working hard to schedule the rivalry game every year doesn't seem like a worthy investment for Pitt.

House divided: The Yahner Family

House divided: The Yahner Family

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

The Pitt versus Penn State football matchup provides great action, but its implications go beyond the playing field. With the universities being two of the top three largest in the state, the rivalry often crosses family lines as members differ in school choice. The Yahners exemplify this house divided.

Take 5: Mack, Miami, and Minnesota

Take 5: Mack, Miami, and Minnesota

By The Pitt News Staff

September 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From Khalil Mack's move to the downfall of the U, The Pitt News staff gives its takes on some of the storylines that emerged from football's first week.

Keystone contest: Pitt and Penn State’s football rivalry through the years

Keystone contest: Pitt and Penn State’s football rivalry through the years

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In honor of Saturday’s upcoming game, here’s a look at some of the most pivotal points of the Pitt - Penn State rivalry since its inception in 1893.

Maurice Ffrench earns ACC Specialist of the Week honors

Maurice Ffrench earns ACC Specialist of the Week honors

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Ffrench's 91-yard kickoff return touchdown made him the only ACC player to accomplish that feat in week one.

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The real MVP of Saturday's game was offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who brought balance and consistency to the Pitt offense.

Weekend Recap: Volleyball aces weekend games, remains undefeated

Weekend Recap: Volleyball aces weekend games, remains undefeated

By Nick Carlisano, For The Pitt News

September 3, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panther's saw promise and defeat this weekend, as the volleyball, men and women's soccer, and cross country teams competed throughout the country. Through a tough tournament, the women's volleyball team remains undefeated.

University announces tailgating limitations for Pitt-PSU game

University announces tailgating limitations for Pitt-PSU game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The University announced Sunday that parking options will be restricted ahead of the Pitt-Penn State game to accommodate the traffic influx.

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Panthers scored all the points they would need in the first half, taking a commanding 33-7 lead thanks to three total touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Panthers fall 4-0 to TCU in first loss of season

Panthers fall 4-0 to TCU in first loss of season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt women's soccer team lost to TCU in an away game on Thursday night. The lost marks the first defeat for the team this season.

Former Panthers poised for success this NFL season

Former Panthers poised for success this NFL season

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The SEC isn't the only institution that produces notable football players -- the ACC does as well. As the NFL is underway, the Pitt News reviews major former Panther's that can positively impact their respective teams.

Dance group exhibits Controlled Chaos

Dance group exhibits Controlled Chaos

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

Controlled Chaos is an on-campus dance group that explores several styles of hip-hop. The group is open to all students on campus, and holds several performances throughout the year.

Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From catsuits to contract holdouts, The Pitt News staff takes a look at the spiciest storylines from the past week.

Prediction: Panthers to muzzle Great Danes in season opener

Prediction: Panthers to muzzle Great Danes in season opener

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football season kicks off this Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field as the Panthers face off against the Albany Great Danes.

ACC Football Predictions: Clemson dominant once again, while Panthers can contend in Coastal

ACC Football Predictions: Clemson dominant once again, while Panthers can contend in Coastal

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

You've heard a lot about Pitt football — now find out what the Panthers' ACC competition looks like.

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

August 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Soccer, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Although the fall sports season is barely a week old, several Panthers have already begun to establish themselves as playmakers on their respective teams.

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

During her first year as athletic director, Heather Lyke hired seven coaches. Because of these additions, Pitt fans can optimistically look forward to the next season.

Pitt Men’s Soccer beats Delaware in 6-1 rout

Pitt Men’s Soccer beats Delaware in 6-1 rout

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Men's Soccer team played an away game against Delaware on Monday, August 27 at 7 p.m. The Pitt News provides a detailed recap of the action of the game.

Panther sports stay active during summer break

Panther sports stay active during summer break

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under Sports

The summer season was far from uneventful, as both the softball and baseball teams capped off postseason runs in May while the men’s basketball and football teams stayed hot on the recruiting trail.

Weekend Recap: Women’s volleyball, soccer teams roll through opening weekend

Weekend Recap: Women’s volleyball, soccer teams roll through opening weekend

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

The first weekend back for students proved to be a successful one for Pitt sports. While the men's soccer team dropped its season opener, the women's volleyball and soccer teams picked up the slack by going undefeated through the opening weekend of the fall sports' season. Volleyball Pitt volleyb...

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt's hiring of Jeff Capel brought excitement and hope to the men's basketball program — but fans should temper expectations in year one.

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

QC Pitt, the campus club quidditch team, is very real — and preparing to soar to its first Quidditch World Cup in several years. QC Pitt’s origins stem from several students’ discovery of the sport on YouTube in 2008.

Panther Parkour flips, rolls its way around campus

Panther Parkour flips, rolls its way around campus

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Members learn how to to roll, precision jump and run up walls as part of Pitt's non-competitive parkour club.

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Pitt is competing in one of the toughest conferences in men's college basketball, and new head coach Jeff Capel is doing everything to ensure the team is prepared.

Archery club took a long shot, hit the bullseye

Archery club took a long shot, hit the bullseye

By Stephen Cuddy, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Over the course of two years, Pitt’s Archery Club has grown into a competitive organization of more than 100 members consisting of a mix of experienced and inexperienced archers.

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Sports, Video, Welcome Back 2018

She started in San Francisco on June 14. She arrived in New York City after running 4,000 miles with her team on August 4.

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Welcome Back 2018

Jeff Capel's impact on the men's basketball program is notable — but the Pitt community shouldn't expect his first team to take the college basketball world by storm.

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

By Trent Leonard, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Despite an unsuccessful season last year, the Panthers are ready to turn things around with an experienced group of returning players, including 18 seniors.

Pitt Equestrian Club doesn’t horse around

Pitt Equestrian Club doesn’t horse around

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Members of Pitts' equestrian team travels from Oakland to Allison Park once a week to hone their skills – then perform with a horse they've never met.

Column: WWE ‘Extreme Rules’ doesn’t bode well for the former Team Xtreme

Column: WWE ‘Extreme Rules’ doesn’t bode well for the former Team Xtreme

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

July 18, 2018


Filed under Sports

WWE hosted the Extreme Rules pay-per-view at PPG Paints Arena Sunday, and many fans — myself included — weren’t sure how it would go. With Universal Champion Brock Lesnar not even advertised for the show and the WWE Championship in a seemingly throw-away feud, the title outlooks for the show looked bleak.

France wins World Cup

France wins World Cup

By Ben Zimmer, For The Pitt News

July 18, 2018


Filed under Sports

The 2018 FIFA World Cup came to a close Sunday as France defeated Croatia 4-2 to claim its second World Cup trophy.

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

By Tessa Sayers, For The Pitt News

July 17, 2018


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Head coach Holly Aprile announced her resignation from Pitt Softball on Sunday. The announcement comes after the softball team’s most successful season yet, which included the program’s first ACC Coastal Division title in its history.

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018


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Former associate head coach at Florida State Mike Bell will take over as head coach of Pitt Baseball.

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

July 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Reeves was dismissed without specific reason from the University, which cited "disciplinary actions."

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 13, 2018


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– Aprile coached the Panthers softball team for 10 years. She will coach at Louisville, who the Panthers beat this year to win their first division championship.

World Cup recap: France makes finals, Germany goes under

World Cup recap: France makes finals, Germany goes under

By Ben Zimmer | For The Pitt News

July 11, 2018


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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has been the stage for major upsets and shock performances, which have many considering it as one of the most dramatic to have ever occurred. With Croatia and England playing in the second semi-final Wednesday, the world is looking toward which unlikely team will face France — ...

Oregon State wins College World Series

Oregon State wins College World Series

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


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Billy Buckner is a name that lives in infamy throughout the baseball world. Remembered for letting a ground ball pass right between his legs during the 1986 World Series, he cost the Boston Red Sox what would have been their first World Series Championship in 68 years. Instead, the New York Mets took...

Midwest Mayhem secures 2018 Cap Classic championship

Midwest Mayhem secures 2018 Cap Classic championship

By Ben Zimmer | For The Pitt News

June 29, 2018


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More than 200 teams traveled from Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to participate in the 2018 Pittsburgh Cap Classic. This year’s championship game on Sunday saw defending champions Mon Valley Miners of Monogahela, Pennsylvania suffer a brutal 7-0 loss to the Midwest Mayhem ...

World Cup recap: Brazil struggles, England and Belgium impress

World Cup recap: Brazil struggles, England and Belgium impress

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

June 26, 2018


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Since the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia June 14, there have been a number of surprising and exciting results — as expected from such a high-stakes global competition. Between upsets, underachieving squads and tournament favorites, here’s a recap of the most pertinent storylines of the World Cup thu...

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

By Hannah Schneider and Joanna Li

June 20, 2018


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Joe Jordano resigned as head coach of Pitt’s baseball team Thursday night, according to a report from the Post-Gazette. An official announcement released by the University Friday afternoon confirmed his resignation. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this program with integrity, pas...

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


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Pitt’s Athletics Department announced a new partnership with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC to add two full-time mental health counselors to the department’s staff to interact with student-athletes on a daily basis, according to a statement released Wednesday. Student-athletes were previously referred to WPIC for mental health treatment. The new program will include one-on-one counseling and focus on techniques for practi...

WWE women’s ‘Money in the Bank’ results in another generic outcome

WWE women’s ‘Money in the Bank’ results in another generic outcome

By Alexa Marzina | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

This year, I spent my Father’s Day the way anybody who feels awkward during family gatherings should — drinking a beer and watching eight beautiful women beat each other up with ladders. Though WWE’s 2018 Money in the Bank pay-per-view Sunday featured results I was in favor of, the show lacke...

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Entering June with zero commitments from the 2019 recruiting class, Pitt’s football team found itself stuck with a late start to its recruiting trail. But despite the slow start, the pace suddenly changed as the the count rocketed to 11 commits in just one weekend, with nine of those players verbally ...

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


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After finishing the regular season as the 12th seed in the ACC Tournament, the Pitt men’s baseball team pulled off two incredible upsets against eighth-seeded Georgia Tech and top overall seed North Carolina. Although the Panthers would go on to lose in the semifinal to Louisville, it was a strong ...

Column: Hosting World Cup in Russia is dangerous for LGBTQ+ fans

Column: Hosting World Cup in Russia is dangerous for LGBTQ+ fans

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

June 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Professional sports environments aren’t traditionally safe spaces for LGBTQ+ athletes and fans — especially in Russia, where policies outlawing “gay propaganda” have been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights as “discriminatory.” With the 2018 World Cup games quickly approachin...

Column: Mainstream sports rhetoric limits female athletes

Column: Mainstream sports rhetoric limits female athletes

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

“You play ball like a girl,” said “Ham” from “The Sandlot,” settling an intense roast battle against the baseball uniform-wearing rich kids with what seems to be the greatest insult one could possibly say to someone in 1962.   But the insult is two-fold. Female athletes face a deep...

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 7, 2018


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Two Panthers were selected into the MLB on the second day of the 2018 draft, marking the sixth year in a row that Pitt has had at least one player picked to join the league. RJ Freure The Houston Astros drafted Pitt rising junior relief pitcher RJ Freure in the sixth round with the 192nd pick of the...

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


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The 2018 World Cup isn’t a priority for most Americans since the United States failed to qualify for the competition, but this year’s games have the potential to be one of the most entertaining tournaments in years. The tournament — hosted in Russia this year — kicks off June 14 at 11 a.m. with t...

Column: LeBron James stands no chance against the Warriors

Column: LeBron James stands no chance against the Warriors

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


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The Golden State Warriors followed up their thrilling overtime victory in game one of the NBA Finals with a more dominant result in game two Sunday night, trouncing the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-103 with help from a record-setting performance by two-time MVP point guard Stephen Curry. The basket se...

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