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Former Panther Artis comes up empty in TBT championship, despite strong performance

Former Pitt guard Jamel Artis took the court Tuesday Night in The Basketball Tournament championship game.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

July 14, 2020

As professional sports leagues prepare for tightly monitored seasons, former Pitt guard Jamel Artis has taken the court this July in one of the first returns to organized basketball.

Trio of Panthers pegged as Bednarik Award contenders

Jaylen Twyman has received All-American honors and is a candidate for the Outland and Nagurski trophies.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 14, 2020

A trio of Pitt football defenders — redshirt junior safety Paris Ford, redshirt junior defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman and senior defensive end Patrick Jones II — were named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watchlist Monday.

ACC announces delay for some fall sports

Roc, the Panthers' mascot, walks toward Qadree Ollison during last year’s Pitt vs. Penn State game in State College. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Visual Editor)

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 9, 2020

The Atlantic Coast Conference Board of Directors announced Thursday afternoon that the beginning of fall Olympic sports will be delayed until Sept. 1. Pitt’s men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country are among the affected sports. ACC field hockey programs will also be subject to the delay, but will not apply to Pitt, which does not have a program.

Legendary activist, track star John Carlos recalls ’68 Olympics

John Carlos spoke to about 30 Pitt students and faculty on Tuesday night about his life and experience at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 8, 2020

Hosted by Pitt’s Film and Media Studies department, Carlos spoke to about 30 Pitt students and faculty on Tuesday night about his life and experience at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. It was there that Carlos and fellow Team USA sprinter Tommie Smith posed for one of the most iconic photographs of the American Civil Rights Movement and sports history.

Amid uncertainties, Pitt volleyball aims to build off historic season in 2020

Pitt volleyball's seniors missed their last opportunity to make it to the NCAA volleyball championship last season with the team’s loss to Cincinnati.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

July 7, 2020

The gut-wrenching image of Pitt volleyball’s seniors in tears after last season came to a shocking end still rings through to Pitt fans many months later. The team with an unblemished resumé that set new program highs the entire season had once again found itself eliminated in the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend of matches.

Language should bolster Black athletes in sports

Cam Newton became the target of people who just don't like “showboating” and celebrations.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 7, 2020

A 15-1 record, more than 4,500 total yards and 45 touchdowns, each one capped with a spirited end zone dance and football gifted to a child in the stands. But inevitably, Newton became the target of people who just don't like all the darn “showboating” and celebrations.

5 Pitt students, 1 employee test positive for COVID-19; voluntary football workouts to continue

Pitt said voluntary football workouts would continue despite some students testing positive for COVID-19.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 28, 2020

Five Pitt students and one employee have tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday. All six individuals have been on campus within the last 14 days.

Baseball’s greed is killing it from within

Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner, and Tony Clark, the MLB Players Association executive director, met face to face in Arizona in June to discuss a potential return-to-play agreement.

By Joe Mellio, Staff Writer

June 24, 2020

While both sides can be blamed for their lack of good-faith negotiation and compromise, the recent dispute exposes a disturbing trend that poses a real threat to America’s pastime — the insatiable greed of MLB owners.

Pitt Athletics to launch new initiatives after calls for change

Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in a Tuesday blog post that the department will implement several initiatives in response to the nationwide calls for anti-racism work.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 23, 2020

Pitt Athletics is now attempting to implement programs that address the concerns Fields and Troost voiced. Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in a Tuesday blog post that the department will implement several initiatives in response to the nationwide calls for anti-racism work.

Additional athletes to return to campus on June 29

Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

June 23, 2020

Two weeks after Pitt welcomed football players back to campus for a phased return to voluntary offseason activity, Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29 for a similar process.

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