The Pitt News

Panthers finish regular season with two weekend wins

Panthers finish regular season with two weekend wins

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Two weeks ago, the Pitt volleyball team lost twice in a weekend for the first time all season. After that, the Panthers vowed to avenge their losses — and they did.Pitt (25-6, 13-5 ACC) finished its season on a four-match winning streak, including wins against Louisville and Notre Dame this past week....

James Conner

James Conner

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner broke Tony Dorsett's school rushing records in Pitt's final regular-season game.

Panthers gain bowl eligibility in regular season finale

Panthers gain bowl eligibility in regular season finale

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner set more Pitt records en route to a win that extended the team's season and gained it bowl eligibility.Conner -- who ran for 75 yards on 16 carries -- scored two touchdowns, in turn breaking Tony Dorsett's 1976 school records for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a season with ...

James Robinson

James Robinson

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

James Robinson scored 17 points against Chaminade on Monday.

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 25, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It came down to one of Jamie Dixon’s coaching pillars: rebounding.After a rocky start on its trip to Maui, the Pitt men’s basketball team recovered to beat Chaminade 82-68in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Monday night as it outrebounded the Silverswords rebounds.Playing in it...

Suzie McConnell-Serio

Suzie McConnell-Serio

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women's basketball team plays Radford on Wednesday.

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While most students return to their respective homes for Thanksgiving break, the athletes on varsity sports still continue their business as usual. The break for Pitt sports will be highlighted by the football team’s game at Miami on Saturday, in which the team plays a big game with postseason ramificatio...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy leads Eagles to another win

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy leads Eagles to another win

By Alex Fischbein / Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Week 12 of the NFL season provided a lot of offense Sunday. The game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans was no exception.Former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Eagles bounced back from a horrible loss in no time. The first play of the game set the tone for the Ea...

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chris James has become more patient as a runner throughout the football season, but the change hasn’t come easily.“That’s been something that I’ve been working on all year. Coach [John] Settle calls me ‘Happy Feet’ in the backfield ‘cause I get the ball and just want to take off,” Jame...

Jamie Dixon

Jamie Dixon

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 23, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Jamie Dixon's squad begins the Maui Invitational on Monday night.

Pitt begins Maui Invitational with Chaminade

Pitt begins Maui Invitational with Chaminade

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 23, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team prepares to kick off the tournament portion of the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational beginning on Monday. This is a breakdown of the rest of the field.Chaminade: Serving as the host school for the invitational, the Division II Chaminade Silverswords are Pitt’s first-round ...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt's seniors played their last home game on Friday night.

Panthers win twice to keep NCAA tournament hopes alive

Panthers win twice to keep NCAA tournament hopes alive

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Entering this weekend having lost two straight, the Panthers knew they needed to win both weekend matches to salvage their chances of making the NCAA Tournament.“We definitely needed the momentum back,” senior libero Delaney Clesen said.On Friday, which was also Senior Night, Pitt (23-6, 11-5 AC...

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

In addition to helping the team stay in the conversation to play for a postseason bowl game, several Pitt players set individual records on Saturday.Running back James Conner’s first quarter touchdown tied Tony Dorsett’s 1976 Pitt single-season rushing touchdowns record with his 22nd, and set an ACC...

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

November 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Tyler Boyd caught seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in Pitt's win over Syracuse.

Isaac Bennett and James Conner

Isaac Bennett and James Conner

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Isaac Bennett and James Conner smile for the camera before the game.

Jamie Dixon

Jamie Dixon

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt lost 74-70 to Hawaii in a game beginning at midnight EST.

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt fans woke up Saturday morning to see the men's basketball team lost its first game this year in Hawaii.In a tune-up game before the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Monday, Pitt lost to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 74-70 in a game played at midnight EST.Chris Jones led Pitt (2-1) in scoring with 19 po...

Penn State doubles up Pitt in marquee wrestling matchup

Penn State doubles up Pitt in marquee wrestling matchup

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The last time Pitt and Penn State faced off on the wrestling mat, they set a new NCAA attendance record of 15,996 at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.Pitt did not disappoint in its turn, filling the lower bowl at the Petersen Events Center on Friday night with a raucous mix of Pitt and Penn State fa...

Wrestling

Wrestling

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Penn State defeated Pitt 24-12 on Friday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Monica Wignot

Monica Wignot

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Monica Wignot added nine points on Thursday night.

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt past Michigan

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt past Michigan

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

November 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

What a difference a week can make.Behind a strong defensive showing and senior point guard Brianna Kiesel’s offensive performance, the Pitt women’s basketball team defeated the Michigan Wolverines 85-64 in dominating fashion at the Petersen Events Center, improving its record to 2-1 on the season.P...

James Conner

James Conner

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner leads the Panthers against Syracuse on Saturday.

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

With the end of the season near, the goal is clear for the Pitt football team.Mired in its longest losing streak since 2007, a trip to the ACC conference game is mathematically no longer possible for Pitt (4-6, 2-4 ACC), following last week’s loss to UNC. Instead, there’s a familiar number — six...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 20, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt's seniors play their last home game on Friday night.

Seniors take home court for last time on Friday night

Seniors take home court for last time on Friday night

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Friday night’s match means a lot to Kate Yeazel. It’ll be the last time the opposite — along with teammates Delaney Clesen, Jessica Wynn, Lindsey Zitzke and Mechael Guess — will wear a Pitt jersey at the Fitzgerald Field House.“It’s definitely crazy. It’s such a cliche, but your four ye...

Championships bound

Championships bound

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Club Tennis

November 19, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

After their first place finish at the USTA Tennis on Campus Middle States Sectional Championships, the Pitt club tennis team has qualified for their first ever National Championships berth. 

After sectionals win, club tennis has eyes on nationals

After sectionals win, club tennis has eyes on nationals

By Ashley Drwal / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

For the first time in the club’s history, Pitt’s Club Tennis team qualified for the National Championship in Cary, N.C., this upcoming April.In the USTA Tennis on Campus Middle States Sectional Championships, Pitt was able to defeat the University of Pennsylvania in the quarterfinals, Penn State’s seco...

Show me the money!

Show me the money!

By TNS

November 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Giancarlo Stanton is now signed to the largest contract in MLB history.

Stanton contract ultimate high risk, high reward move

Stanton contract ultimate high risk, high reward move

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

What would you do if you knew you were going to make $325 million over the next 10 years?Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a deal with the above parameters, ensuring a comfortable future for himself and his family. He probably has the talent, and he definitely has the power but will Stanton ear...

Float on

Float on

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Joe Uchebo (50) unleashes a floater in mid-air.

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

This is the second installment of a two- part story on Pitt basketball player Joe Uchebo. The first installment appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of The Pitt News.Trust would also be paramount in Pitt center Joe Uchebo making an optimal recovery. He’d have to trust his right knee, something he wasn’...

A Bugg’s life

A Bugg’s life

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Aysia Bugg is one of three freshmen Pitt will rely on heavily this year.

Thriving freshmen have Pitt looking to future

Thriving freshmen have Pitt looking to future

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The first act of Pitt’s two-part competition with Niagara ended with the Pitt men’s basketball team trouncing the Purple Eagles 78-45 on Friday. Not to be outdone, the women’s team also beat Niagara on Monday, 70-54.But the latter result was less of a foregone conclusion than the men’s game ...

Stasha Carey

Stasha Carey

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Stasha Carey scored a team-high 17 points along with grabbing 16 rebounds in Pitt's win over Niagara.

Freshman Carey scores 17 as Pitt wins first game of season

Freshman Carey scores 17 as Pitt wins first game of season

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After a major second-half run by Princeton on Friday, Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio used a full-court press with minutes left in the game, in an attempt to turn things around.She wasted no time using that tactic Monday night, and she had her players press from nearly the start of the game.This p...

Joseph Uchebo

Joseph Uchebo

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Joseph Uchebo played 10 minutes in Sunday's win over Samford.

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Joseph Uchebo, a 6-foot-10-inch junior center for the Pitt men’s basketball team, has been rehabilitating for more than a year since having microfracture surgery at Chipola Junior College. He hasn’t made a full recovery, handicapping himself at 60-70 percent currently. Doctors have told him that he...

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

By TNS

November 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Aaron Donald sacked future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday.

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Aaron Donald had a memorable week 11 in his first season in the NFL, as other former Panthers had to adjust to new quarterbacks running their offenses.The rookie and former Pitt defensive tackle recorded a sack on future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. He also added three tackles in the St....

Wrestling

Wrestling

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - https://www.facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dom Forys squares off against his 125-pound Lehigh counterpart.

Pitt loses first match against No. 15 Lehigh

Pitt loses first match against No. 15 Lehigh

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pat Santoro got the homecoming he wanted.Santoro, No. 15 Lehigh’s head wrestling coach, was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion at Pitt, and his Mountain Hawks came out of the Fitzgerald Field House Saturday with a 19-12 victory.Despite consecutive wins over ranked opponents by r...

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s defense seemed to undergo an identity change from the first half to the second on Saturday.Facing the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the unit held the hosts scoreless and to 36 total yards in the first quarter.The Tar Heels, which entered the matchup having scored 40 or more points...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt lost two matches to Miami and Virginia Tech over the weekend.

Pitt loses two matches in disappointing weekend

Pitt loses two matches in disappointing weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s success earlier in the volleyball season disappeared this weekend when the team dropped both matches, a first this year. The Panthers fell to Miami 3-0 and Virginia Tech 3-1.MiamiEntering Friday’s match, the Panthers were aware of its opponent’s toughness. Regardless, Pitt was swept for the first time this season. Miami (18-7, 11-3 AC...

Mike Young

Mike Young

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Mike Young goes for a layup against Samford on Sunday.

It’s a trap (game)! Pitt ekes out close win over Samford

It’s a trap (game)! Pitt ekes out close win over Samford

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 16, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a contest much closer than expected, the Pitt men’s basketball team defeated the Samford Bulldogs by a final score of 63-56 in the first leg of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.Pitt struggled in the first half, adjusting to Samford’s tenacious, in-your-face defense and full-court press, and tra...

Dominate the paint

Dominate the paint

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt's Mike Young (2) was dominant in the post on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 10-13 shooting.

Voytik Fumble

Voytik Fumble

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

November 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team (4-5, 2-3 ACC) took on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (4-5, 2-3 ACC) on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Keenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After a fast start, Pitt faded late in the Tar Heel State.Offensive efficiency, combined with firm defensive play, helped the football team secure and maintain an early lead against North Carolina on Saturday afternoon, but it wouldn’t hold. In a game where Pitt allowed 502 to...

Slashing

Slashing

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Sophomore Jamel Artis finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in Pitt's 78-45 victory over Niagara Friday night.

Panthers handle Niagara for first win of season

Panthers handle Niagara for first win of season

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a game that the team dominated from the very start, the Pitt Panthers' men's basketball team easily defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles, winning by a final score of 78-45.Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon went with a starting lineup of James Robinson, Chris Jones, Jamel Artis, Mike Young and Joseph Uchebo...

Brianna Kiesel

Brianna Kiesel

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel led Pitt with 14 points.

Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s play in the first half of its season opener against Princeton Friday seemed to follow the trajectory of an entire season.The team started out slowly, and it seemed apparent this was the first competitive game the Panthers had played since early March. Two quick f...

Men’s basketball to open 2015-2016 season in Japan

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt Panthers’ men’s basketball team will open its 2015-2016 season in Japan, according to a press release sent out Friday morning.The team will square off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Okinawa, Japan on Friday, November 13th of 2015, participating in the fourth annual Armed Forces Classic. T...

Michael Young

Michael Young

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Michael Young and the Panthers open their season against Niagara on Friday.

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After almost seven months removed from its third-round loss to Florida in the 2014 March Madness tournament, Pitt basketball is preparing to play another meaningful game.That game comes in the team’s season opener against Niagara this Friday at 7 p.m.Sophomore forward Michael Young said Pitt played...

Bam Bradley

Bam Bradley

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Bam Bradley and the Pitt defense/special teams will try to keep UNC's Ryan Switzer in check.

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

A common theme emerged among coaches and players on the Pitt football team when they talked about this weekend’s opponent University of North Carolina: speed, especially with the ball.This particular focus makes sense. The competition knows it well.UNC’s Ryan Switzer embodies this attribute. The sopho...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With 40 top-25 votes, two wins this weekend might get the team ranked.

Panthers open weekend series with hopes of cracking top 25

Panthers open weekend series with hopes of cracking top 25

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panther volleyball team hopes to carry the momentum of beating a ranked opponent into this weekend, when it faces two tough teams at home.On Friday night, Pitt (21-4, 9-3 ACC) will host the Miami Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Field House. The team will then welcome Virginia Tech Sunday afterno...

Coached up

Coached up

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Jamie Dixon has Pitt looking primed for another successful season.

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As I prepare myself for college basketball to start on Friday, a number of questions run through my mind. Most of them involve Arizona and whether or not they can find a way to blow the Pac-12 title, which they’ve basically already been handed. But, above all, I’ve been trying to figure out where Pit...

Last kicks

Last kicks

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Senior Jackie Poucel's production will not be easily replaced next season.

Mixed results leave women’s soccer optimistic, wanting more

Mixed results leave women’s soccer optimistic, wanting more

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

When dealing with youth, sometimes winning isn’t everything.The Pitt women’s soccer team walked off the field in disappointment after suffering through a merciless 6-1 defeat at the hands of the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers, but the Panthers know better than to hang their heads for long.The Panthers ...

Stiff-armed

Stiff-armed

By MCT Campus

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Todd Gurley (3) returns from his four-game suspension this weekend.

Hypocrisy apparent in recent Todd Gurley suspension

Hypocrisy apparent in recent Todd Gurley suspension

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

“The only guy that has stopped [Georgia running back Todd Gurley] was the autograph guy,” Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was quoted as saying earlier this week.This happens to be the case more and more often in college athletics: The titans of the NCAA are being toppled not by strong def...

Goal oriented

Goal oriented

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt will have look to replace the production of departing seniors like Cory Werth in order to improve on a lackluster 2014 season. 

Pitt looks to build on disappointing year

Pitt looks to build on disappointing year

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

November 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a second straight disappointing season, in which they failed to win a conference game, coach Joe Luxbacher and the Pitt men’s soccer team face the challenge of rebuilding.The Panthers finished the regular season with a record of 4-9-4, while also suffering another winless conference campaign....

Up in smoke

Up in smoke

By MCT Campus

November 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Miscommunication has plagued LeBron James and the new-look Cavaliers in the early part of the season.

Experience a must in building contenders

Experience a must in building contenders

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

November 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When LeBron James and Kevin Love signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, the team immediately became the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA Finals. It seemed like a guarantee that the Cavaliers would bring a championship to, perhaps, the most unlucky sports city in the...

Ed Lucas and Willie Mays

Ed Lucas and Willie Mays

By Courtesy of Ed Lucas

November 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Ed Lucas (right) interviewing Willie Mays after a New York Giants game.

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Nestled deep within Union, New Jersey, lives one of baseball’s most significant figures and one of its best stories.Some of the top authorities on baseball history may know who Ed Lucas is, though most don’t. But whether you are a sports fan or not, his story will resonate.Lucas knew baseball legen...

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

By MCT Campus

November 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Larry Fitzgerald moved into 18th place on the all-time receptions list Sunday.

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

By Brandon Duerr / for The Pitt News

November 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second straight week, Larry Fitzgerald led the group of Pitt alumni in the NFL and made some noise in the league record books as well. At week 10, Fitzgerald and the Cardinals traveled back to Arizona to face rookie Aaron Donald and the division rival Rams, who were coming off a very impressi...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt beat No. 25 Duke over the weekend along with Wake Forest.

Panthers beat ranked Duke in weekend sweep

Panthers beat ranked Duke in weekend sweep

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team knew it needed to win on the road if the team wanted to improve its NCAA Tournament resumé. The Panthers (21-4, 9-3 ACC) defeated No. 25 Duke (18-6, 10-3 ACC) 3-2 Friday night and followed that win with a sweep of Wake Forest.Pitt defeated Duke in a back-and-forth match — ...

Wrestling

Wrestling

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt beat Bucknell to open the season 3-0.

Pitt beats Bucknell, improves winning streak to three

Pitt beats Bucknell, improves winning streak to three

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a big win over a top-10 Edinboro team, some might have worried that the Pitt wrestling team would suffer a letdown loss against Bucknell.But Max Thomusseit, ranked No. 5 in the nation, and the rest of the No. 14 (3-0, 0-0 ACC) Panthers made sure that didn’t happen as they beat Bucknell 22-11 in th...

Mike Young

Mike Young

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 8, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Mike Young goes up for a shot against Philadelphia.

Panthers pull away from Philadelphia in final exhibition

Panthers pull away from Philadelphia in final exhibition

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 8, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the second straight game, albeit one that doesn’t count, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s subpar defensive performance allowed a lesser team to stay competitive with it longer than expected.A week after Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pitt were tied late in the first half,  D-II Philadelphia...

Pitt wrestling knocks off No. 10 Edinboro

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt defeated No. 10 Edinboro Thursday night, proving that the Panthers earned their No. 14 preseason ranking.Despite an early 10-3 deficit, Pitt came back to win the final five bouts and win the match 25-13.Dom Forys set the tone for Pitt, starting the match with a 6-0 win over No. 18 Kory Mines of Ed...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt plays at Duke and Wake Forest this weekend.

Pitt travels for two weekend road matches

Pitt travels for two weekend road matches

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team travels this weekend, playing back-to-back matches for the first time since Sept. 19-20, and consecutive road matches for the first time since Oct. 17-19.Pitt travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday to play the Duke Blue Devils and follows up that match Saturday evening against W...

Conner wins weekly Maxwell Award

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt sophomore running back James Conner was selected as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week on Thursday for his performance in Pitt’s loss Saturday against Duke.Conner ran for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns in the game, surpassing his previous career high in rushing yards of 229 against ...

Bo knows

Bo knows

By MCT Campus

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Bo Ryan talks to his players during a timeout.

Early basketball rankings analyzed heavily, mean little

Early basketball rankings analyzed heavily, mean little

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Associated Press released its (meaningless) preseason Top-25 poll on Friday. Top to bottom, the poll seems logically ordered, but there are a number of things that stand out at the top of the rankings.Once again, Kentucky’s No. 1 ranking indicates that America believes in the John Calipari method: P...

Ready to shoot

Ready to shoot

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Sophomore Fred Potvin squares up for a shot.

TPN predicts Pitt women’s basketball

TPN predicts Pitt women’s basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Here are some of our staff's predictions for the upcoming Pitt women's basketball season:Dan Sostek, Assistant Sports Editor The program clearly has the right woman for the job in Suzie McConnell-Serio, but the Panthers will continue to rebuild in 2014-2015. With a litany of injuries, most notably red...

In the trenches

In the trenches

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings (68) readies himself for a block against Duke on Saturday.

Running loose

Running loose

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner dashes past a Duke defender during Saturday's loss to the Blue Devils.

Conner, Clemmings earn ACC weekly honors

Conner, Clemmings earn ACC weekly honors

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite a 51-48 loss to the Duke Blue Devils this past weekend at Heinz Field, the Atlantic Coast Conference recognized two players on the Pitt football team Monday for outstanding performances. Sophomore running back James Conner was named the ACC co-offensive back of the week, while senior offensive...

Rising above

Rising above

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Mike Young looks poised for a breakout season this year for the Panthers.

TPN predicts Pitt men’s basketball

TPN predicts Pitt men’s basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

November 5, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Here are some of our staff's predictions for the upcoming Pitt men's basketball season:Dan Sostek, Assistant Sports EditorThe Panthers face one of their tougher non-conference schedules in recent memory, traveling to Bloomington to take on Indiana, while a potential matchup with either BYU or San Diego S...

Tanking right decision for middling NBA teams

Tanking right decision for middling NBA teams

By Alex Fischbein / For the Pitt News

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The NBA and its fans can try to stop it all they want, but tanking is here to stay.Many people invested in the NBA are outraged about tanking — the process of intentionally fielding a weaker team in order to lose more games and secure a higher draft pick — but that’s because they fail to see anyt...

Durand Johnson

Durand Johnson

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Durand Johnson defends a pass in Pitt's exhibition game against IUP.

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

This story is a continuation of a story published on Monday. Read part one here.After he tore his ACL on Jan. 11, Durand Johnson’s spirits were low. But encouraging words from his family and friends helped him recuperate.“I had so much positive feedback and so many positive people around me that kept me with a ...

Pitt wrestling wins first match of season

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt wrestling started its season Sunday with a road match at Bloomsburg University. While the season was just beginning, the team seemed to have no trouble focusing on Bloomsburg despite Pitt’s upcoming match against No. 10 Edinboro.Pitt, which entered the season ranked No. 14 in the nation, defea...

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