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Conner big again, while defense manages youth

Conner big again, while defense manages youth

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Conner carries the teamComing into the season, football fans knew that Pitt had two dangerous offensive threats: running back James Conner and receiver Tyler Boyd.It’s now week four, and one of those threats, Conner, has more carries (81) than any other player from a Power 5 conference, while Boyd has just 11 catches.P...

Volleyball team reflects on weekend

Volleyball team reflects on weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt volleyball bounced back after its sole loss this season when the team competed in its own tournament, the Panther Classic, by sweeping Duquesne, Norfolk State and Niagara.The Panthers (8-1) won their first five matches — now eight of nine after this weekend. In each of its wins, Pitt has not give...

Panthers analyze play against UNC

Panthers analyze play against UNC

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

North Carolina defeated Pitt handily Friday in the ACC opener for both teams, but, according to the Panthers, the box score doesn’t reflect how the team played against the third-ranked team in the country.After their second loss of the season, the Pitt men’s soccer team returned to practice Monday in pre...

Football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 14, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Nick Bowers and Tre Tipton faced off in a thrilling overtime battle on Friday, with Tipton putting together a record-setting performance. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared in last week’s games.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioHall ran 10 times for 27 yards, as Aus...

Men’s rugby starts fall campaign

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The football and basketball teams may have discontinued the Backyard Brawl, but one Pitt sport that has continued the rivalry against West Virginia says it is alive and well.The Pitt men’s club rugby team, also known as the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club (PRFC), lists its game against the Mountaineers, ...

Football, volleyball continue strong start to seasons

Football, volleyball continue strong start to seasons

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 14, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Many of Pitt’s varsity teams were in action over the weekend. Here’s a recap of their performances. Football fell behind early to Florida International University, which scored 16 straight points in the first quarter. But Pitt (3-0) responded with a scoring run of its own, registering 24 unansw...

Pitt erases early mistakes, pulls away from FIU

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Overcoming a 16-point first quarter deficit, the Pitt football team defeated Florida International University in Miami.The game on Saturday afternoon featured sloppy play from both sides, with James Conner fumbling twice in the first quarter, Chad Voytik throwing an interception in the second and Fl...

Offense hard to come by for Pitt in conference-opening defeat

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer couldn’t pull off the upset against third-ranked North Carolina, as they lost 3-0 in its first ACC game of the year.Pitt began the game on Friday night in their usual 4-3-3 formation, but at times appeared to drop back into a 4-5-1 to contain North Carolina’s  powerful attack, lea...

Lacking offense, urgency until too late, Panthers get shutout

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The whistle blew, and Pitt kicked off, spreading the ball around its half of the field with accuracy and purpose.Unfortunately for the Pitt women’s soccer team, that brief opening sequence of Friday’s night’s game against Virginia Commonwealth University, its final non-conference opponent of the r...

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

By MCT Campus

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

K'Waun Williams and Jabaal Sheard are both on the Cleveland Browns' roster.

Former Pitt teammates reunited in NFL

Former Pitt teammates reunited in NFL

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

Jabaal Sheard has had his fair share of memorable NFL experiences in his four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He has been named to the All-Rookie team, sacked Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks and recorded 22 sacks in 46 career games from the 2011 season until now.Still, there is one aspect of being in the...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Volleyball has shot out to a 5-1 start.

Volleyball looks to recapture winning ways in home tournament

Volleyball looks to recapture winning ways in home tournament

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a successful tournament out West, despite losing their last game to Colorado, the Panthers return home and aim to recapture their winning ways this weekend when they host the Panther Classic. This marks the first home match for Pitt, after competing in tournaments in Ohio and Colorado to open...

Chryst, Pitt try to stay focused on FIU Saturday

Chryst, Pitt try to stay focused on FIU Saturday

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

It’s no secret that Florida International — Pitt’s opponent this Saturday — was a bad football team last year, and it only projects to finish this season as another bad football team.It’s interesting, too. The program has gained almost as much national recognition in recent years for being so, we...

Elvin Soto

Elvin Soto

By Courtesy of Craig Mitchelldyer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Elvin Soto plays in the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league system.

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finishing an All-Big East campaign in 2013 with the Pitt baseball team, catcher Elvin Soto decided to move on to the big leagues and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 16th round. It’s oftentimes a difficult jump from college to the minor leagues, and Soto followed that trend in ...

Prince-Wright finds new career after soccer

Prince-Wright finds new career after soccer

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Joe Prince-Wright is one of Pitt’s most well-known soccer alumni. Earning 31 caps in head coach Joe Luxbacher’s midfield, he graduated in 2011 in four years with a degree in English writing and communications. While at Pitt, he also earned experience in his field, interning at Root Sports, ESPN Radio Pit...

Needing to regain its edge, Pitt readies for VCU

Needing to regain its edge, Pitt readies for VCU

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

As the Panthers enter their eighth game of the 2014 season, head coach Greg Miller is ready to stop blaming his team’s youth for Pitt’s mistakes.Miller shuffled a few of his young players in and out of the starting lineup Sunday in Pitt’s loss to La Salle, and similar swapping is likely to occur this...

City of Pittsburgh, Pitt host NCAA with hopes of hosting women’s Final Four

City of Pittsburgh, Pitt host NCAA with hopes of hosting women’s Final Four

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team might not make the Final Four next March, but by November, the University and the city of Pittsburgh may have secured a role hosting the prestigious sporting event in the near future.At the David Lawrence Convention Center Wednesday, people from various sectors of ...

Panthers prepare for toughest test of young season

Panthers prepare for toughest test of young season

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a weekend road trip with two games, the Pitt men’s soccer team aims to pull off the upset in its first ACC matchup of the season against North Carolina on Friday.Pitt (2-1) had mild success on the trip, registering close to the same amount of shots as its opponents in both games. Against Wil...

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks

By MCT Campus

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer with Al Horford. The Hawks' owner stepped down after self-reporting a racist email.

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

By Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

We’ve seen all of this before.Just months ago, a phone recording revealed former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making extremely demeaning remarks about minorities. The story dominated headlines, and it was an uncomfortable and sickening reminder of a fact that many know to be true but don...

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

By MCT Campus

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

LeSean McCoy had an average day in the Eagles season-opening win.

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

To no one’s surprise, workhorse and defensive superstar Aaron Donald led the pack of Panthers in the NFL with a strong opening day performance. Just as Donald dominated the trenches for the Pitt defense a year ago, he showed up in convincing fashion for the struggling St. Louis Rams in his debut....

College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff

By MCT Campus

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Jameis Winston and Florida State won the last BCS Championship under the previous playoff format.

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the BCS era behind us and the College Football Playoff era now underway, every college football game is crucial to the initial legacy of the new system. Every Power-5 conference program is giving its all to be one of the teams left fighting for a shiny new trophy at season’s end.It’s evident...

Trio of Panthers receive weekly conference accolades

Trio of Panthers receive weekly conference accolades

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second week in a row, the ACC honored James Conner for his performance over the weekend. This time, he had the company of some teammates. In the Panthers’ first ACC game this season, vs. Boston College, the sophomore running back powered his way to 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries ...

Hornibrook highlights week two recruiting recap

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Quarterback commit Alex Hornibrook had a standout game over the weekend, leading Malvern Prep to a 40-14 victory. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s recruits fared last week. Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioAustintown Fitch romped Cardinal Newman 51-12. Hall carri...

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Last season, a lackluster showing from Pitt’s defensive ends was masked by the presence of All-American defensive tackle Aaron Donald.Donald is now a starter in the NFL, and Pitt’s ends are doing just fine.Senior David Durham leads the Panthers’ ends with six tackles, and redshirt freshman Luk...

Just two weeks in, offensive line deals with injury woes

Just two weeks in, offensive line deals with injury woes

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 7, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

With the news coming out Sunday that redshirt junior center Artie Rowell will miss the rest of this season, after tearing his left ACL, what effect his loss will have on Pitt’s offensive output has become a topic of discussion.In their two opening games, the Panthers have rushed for a combined 712 yar...

Panthers split pair of weekend games in Philadelphia

Panthers split pair of weekend games in Philadelphia

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team went into its road trip this past weekend with hopes of winning both of its games against Villanova University and La Salle University. It returns home on Monday having accomplished half of that goal.The Panthers (4-3) defeated the Villanova Wildcats 2-1 on Friday but couldn...

On the attack

On the attack

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

September 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Hamish Law had the game-winning goal against Longwood on Sunday. 

Mixed results on road trip for Pitt men’s soccer

Mixed results on road trip for Pitt men’s soccer

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team split two games on its road trip to Virginia this weekend, falling to the College of William and Mary, while defeating Longwood University on a late goal.The Panthers disappointed in their first road contest of the year against William and Mary. They lost 4-0 and were neve...

Conner leads way, as Pitt wins ACC opener

Conner leads way, as Pitt wins ACC opener

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chestnut Hill, Mass. –  It seemed as though the public address announcer in Boston College’s press box kept saying the same thing over and over throughout Pitt’s game here.“Conner with the carry,” the emotionless voice would intone over the speakers inside Alumni Stadium.Other times it wasn...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Staff Photographer

September 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After playing a series of difficult games in the past week, women's soccer looks to keep the momentum going.

Panthers look past fatigue in trip to Philadelphia

Panthers look past fatigue in trip to Philadelphia

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After playing five games in nine days, the Pitt women’s soccer team is finding that it may not be easy getting things back to normal.With a loss to Washington on Sunday and a weekend of two road games ahead of them, the team had to get back into a routine of training this week.The Panthers (3-2) will h...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

September 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dan Prete and the Pitt men's soccer team look to use their season-opening shutout as momentum this weekend.

Lynd, team look to build on shutout in season opener

Lynd, team look to build on shutout in season opener

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Goalkeeper Dan Lynd knows the momentum swing a shutout can provide.After Lynd, a junior, blanked Presbyterian Saturday, he and the rest of the Pitt men’s soccer team look to improve upon their impressive regular season opener as they travel to Virginia to take on William and Mary and Longwood in their...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

September 4, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Paul Chryst and QB Chad Voytik prepare for Boston College Friday.

Pitt and Boston College share Big East history

Pitt and Boston College share Big East history

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 4, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The last — and only — time Paul Chryst and Steve Addazio matched up against each other as head coaches, Chryst led his Pitt team to a 47-17 win in 2012.Addazio was with Temple at the time. He’s now in his second season leading the Boston College football team, and can’t wait to get another cra...

Rush to compare new and old college players irritating

Rush to compare new and old college players irritating

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As a self-proclaimed healthcare professional, I’ve been trying to think of a clever name for the medical condition that’s crippling college football.This condition has caused frustration and rage to build inside of me. The disease is symptomized by the inability to stop comparing a new player to the o...

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

A change was evident from the last time the U.S. men’s soccer team played.Only two starters, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya, from the World Cup squad that lost to Belgium in a dramatic fashion in July, began their Wednesday night on the field of the Generali Arena in Prague to face the Czech nationa...

New NFL domestic violence penalties may still not be enough

New NFL domestic violence penalties may still not be enough

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While most of the country views football as its prized national pastime, the National Football League has its problems. The one at the forefront of national conversation recently is player health and safety as well as how the sport’s inherent risk of concussions is destroying retired  — and some ...

Manchester United

Manchester United

By MCT Campus

September 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Wayne Rooney is one of the last remaining members from the old Manchester United dynasty.

Casual American soccer fans need British dynasties

Casual American soccer fans need British dynasties

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

This summer’s FIFA World Cup Brazil inspired some Americans to become more invested in rooting for professional soccer worldwide.Now, at the beginning of the English 2014-2015 Barclays Premier League season, that newfound fandom comes in at an interesting time: There is no dominant dynastic team, an...

Conner, Rotheram awarded weekly ACC honors

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The praise keeps coming for Pitt football following its 62-0 win against Delaware.Sophomore running back James Conner and senior offensive guard Matt Rotheram were given weekly ACC honors for their performances in the season opener, according to a release from E.J. Borghetti, Pitt’s Associate Athletic Di...

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Since Pitt football coach Paul Chryst joined the Panthers in 2012, he’s preached to his players many blue-collar expressions, which have become part of the daily locker room dialogue.One of the most popular phrases among players is “just do your assignment.”Pitt’s offense did exactly that in Sat...

Panthers sweep tournament

Panthers sweep tournament

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Although the Pitt volleyball team may have won all of its games over the weekend, the players know what they need to improve. Head coach Dan Fisher and the Panthers travelled to Bowling Green, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Hampton Inn Invitational, and they came out as tournament champio...

Football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football has 13 commits in its 2015 class. Here’s how they and their teams performed last week.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School , OhioOn the way to a 49-14 victory over Warren Harding, Hall ran 16 times for 160 yards and a 35-yard touchdown.Nick Bowers (tight end) — Kittanning Senior Hi...

Pitt flustered by veteran Washington squad in shutout loss

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

August 31, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The youth of the Pitt women’s soccer team caught up to it when facing the Washington Huskies.The Huskies are a team that closely resembles much of the competition Pitt will run into during the latter part of this season in ACC play. On Sunday, the Panthers suffered from a slight attack of nerves agai...

Panthers dominant in season opener, win 3-0

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a strong finish to its preseason, Pitt men’s soccer opened the regular season with record-breaking dominance against Presbyterian College.The Panthers finished the game on Saturday with 23 shots and a program record 19 corner kicks in a lopsided matchup against the Blue Hose, which ended 3...

Fowl play: Pitt cooks Blue Hens

Fowl play: Pitt cooks Blue Hens

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team knew the importance of doing well right from the start in its season opener.“A team like this, they look at this as one of their biggest games of the year,” redshirt junior center Artie Rowell said. “So from the other side of that, if you can go out first drive: run the bal...

Pitt Football 2014 Season Opener

Pitt Football 2014 Season Opener

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

August 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Defensive lineman David Durham sacks Delaware QB Trent Hurley.

Soccer

Soccer

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After two straight preseason wins, Pitt looks to keep streak going against Presbyterian.

Soccer team looks to translate preseason success into win Saturday

Soccer team looks to translate preseason success into win Saturday

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Awoken from their offensive slumbers last year, Pitt men’s soccer had a successful preseason and begins their regular season campaign Saturday against Presbyterian College.The Panthers played three preseason exhibitions in total, winning two games after losing the first to Saint Francis.Coach Joe Luxbache...

Heinz Field

Heinz Field

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Students take shuttles, buses, and light rail to get to games.

Getting to Heinz Field on gameday

Getting to Heinz Field on gameday

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

Veteran Pitt football game attendees may have familiar and trusted strategies for the best routes to and from Heinz Field. For newcomers, here’s a rundown of travel options, if you’re not fortunate enough to have a car on campus. The simplest way to attend the games is via the free Pitt shuttle...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt looks for a three-game sweep in a tournament at Bowling Green this weekend.

Volleyball sets sights on NCAA tournament for new season

Volleyball sets sights on NCAA tournament for new season

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Kate Yeazel and the Panthers have a game plan for what they want to accomplish this season and it comes down to one thing: “We want to make the tournament.”The Pitt women’s volleyball team will start the trek to achieve their main goal of making the NCAA tournament when they make their season ...

Panther Pitt

Panther Pitt

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Students tailgate before games to get excited for the main event.

Pro tips on how to best tailgate before Pitt games

Pro tips on how to best tailgate before Pitt games

By Jack Demarco / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

Tailgating has long been a pregame pastime at football games but it’s more than just flipping burgers. It’s a custom with rules and a loose code of unwritten rules, like “don’t park near a port-a-potty,” for obvious reasons. For the tailgating community, showcasing one’s passion for the team...

Adam Bisnowaty

Adam Bisnowaty

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Adam Bisnowaty and the rest of the offensive line look to protect new QB Chad Voytik better this season.

Brick Wall? Offensive line looks to improve with new QB

Brick Wall? Offensive line looks to improve with new QB

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

T.J. Clemmings knows what a difference one season makes.The redshirt senior offensive lineman spent last year learning a new position after switching sides of the ball at the end of 2012. The move was prompted by a conversation with head coach Paul Chryst immediately following the team’s 27-3 win at...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Head Coach Paul Chryst eyes his second straight winning season.

Boston College, Iowa headline first-half football schedule

Boston College, Iowa headline first-half football schedule

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

The 2014-2015 Pitt football season is noteworthy because the team has an opportunity to exceed a .500 regular season record, which hasn’t happened in four years. At first glance, it’s easy to suggest a majority of the schedule is winnable. The upcoming season is constructed like a bumpy roller coaster — it c...

Defense

Defense

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Ray Vinopal will help lead a young defensive back unit this season.

Young defense prepares for Delaware in season opener

Young defense prepares for Delaware in season opener

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

As Saturday’s home opener against Delaware approaches for the Pitt football squad, a slight sense of urgency has sparked around its South Side locker room — and rightfully so.Since midsummer, Pitt’s relatively inexperienced defense has become younger and more inexperienced.Defensive end Bryan Murphy left t...

Kiesel recounts summer teaching and coaching

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Upon her return to the United States from Vietnam this summer,  Brianna Kiesel came away with a newfound sense of appreciation.“One of my main takeaways was that we should be grateful for everything we have here,” Kiesel said. “They didn’t even have clean water there. We should take every opp...

Arvas and Hannesdottir score to push Pitt past Robert Morris

Arvas and Hannesdottir score to push Pitt past Robert Morris

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

August 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Although the goals for the Pitt women’s soccer team came late, they came quickly. The Panthers defeated the Robert Morris University Colonials Wednesday in every stage of the game and two back-to-back goals secured their 3-1 victory at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.The main c...

Washington

Washington

By MCT

August 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Numerous media outlets and political figures have spoken out against Washington's controversial football team name.

Pressure builds in Washington over football team name

Pressure builds in Washington over football team name

By Sean Corrado / Staff Writer

August 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Our nation’s capital is accustomed to dealing with pressure from protests like the Civil Rights March in 1963 or Occupy Wall Street in 2011, but now the Washington area may see demonstrations every Sunday outside of FedEx Field.The 2013 NFL season brought a renewed effort to eliminate the name of Wa...

women’s soccer

women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Staff Photographer

August 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Senior captain Jackie Poucel sustained a concussion Sunday in a game against Duquesne.

Panthers look to rebound after captain’s injury

Panthers look to rebound after captain’s injury

By Kevin Wheeler/Staff Writer

August 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Disappointment in their latest performance lingers around the womens’ soccer locker room, but the Panthers will have another chance to notch their second win  of their goal for 11 wins this season. After suffering a heartbreaking loss to Duquesne on Sunday from a goal scored in the 104th minute, the Panthers will look...

Column: A first-time fantasy football player’s draft experience

Column: A first-time fantasy football player’s draft experience

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

August 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

This school year marks the first time I’ve ever participated in fantasy sports. I’m a football fan, sure, but I’ve never gotten into the NFL enough to pay attention to every single game. In fact, I’ve always found fantasy sports a little bit contradictory, especially for people who are die-hard ...

Column: With season approaching, a few Pitt football storylines to track

Column: With season approaching, a few Pitt football storylines to track

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

A football coach’s worst enemy is turnovers, both on the field and off. This offseason, Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst faced the latter type often, losing a large number of key players to graduation. Heading into the 2014 season, Chryst and the Panthers are without the dominant force of All-American defensive lineman Aaro...

Women’s Soccer: Turnover in overtime a gamechanger as Panthers lose to Dukes

Women’s Soccer: Turnover in overtime a gamechanger as Panthers lose to Dukes

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

August 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In a hard-fought, defensive battle, the Pitt women’s soccer team fell to Duquesne on a sudden-death goal — the only score of the match — after 104 minutes of play.The shutout loss moved the Panthers’ record to 1-1. It was their second game of the Steel City Classic, a four-team tournament tha...

Men’s Soccer: Solid in all areas, Pitt shuts out Duquesne in scrimmage

Men’s Soccer: Solid in all areas, Pitt shuts out Duquesne in scrimmage

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team ended its preseason on a high note, beating Duquesne in its final scrimmage.The 2-0 win on Sunday was the Panthers’ second victory in a row before their regular season opener, having beaten California University (Pa.) 3-0 last Wednesday after losing to Saint Francis (Pa.) 2-0...

Column: FIBA World Cup needs to change in order to truly matter

Column: FIBA World Cup needs to change in order to truly matter

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When Indiana Pacers star Paul George broke his right leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas at the beginning of the month, one of the most popular reactions by sports fans was that it’s too risky to send top players to the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain.NBA commissioner Adam Silver disagr...

Men’s Soccer: Pitt pulls away in second half, defeats Cal. U in exhibition

Men’s Soccer: Pitt pulls away in second half, defeats Cal. U in exhibition

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Unable to finish early in its second preseason game, despite controlling play, the Pitt men’s soccer team found the solution in the second half, defeating California University (Pa.).The scrimmage, a 3-0 Panther victory, took place at a rainy Ambrose Urbanic Field on Wednesday. The victory marked the sevent...

Football: Trenton Coles to leave Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Trenton Coles, expected to play a key role on defense this year, will transfer.“I appreciate what he’s done,” head coach Paul Chryst said. “He wants a fresh start, and we’re going to do everything we can to help him get to a good place.”The news came after prac...

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports

Durand Johnson penetrated the right side of the lane, heaved a running jumper, got fouled and landed awkwardly on his right leg. He cringed for a minute, clutching his knee on the floor, then stood up and sank two free throws.Pitt fans inside the Petersen Events Center sighed in relief. Johnson was the...

Welcome Back: Battle tested, Pitt looks to build on solid first year in ACC

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


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The members of the Pitt volleyball team can all agree on their goals for this season: make the NCAA Tournament and finish in at least the top four of the ACC.“The team goal is my personal goal,” said sophomore outside hitter Maria Genitsaridi, who spent her entire summer training with the Greek natio...

Welcome Back: International players coming to Pitt in record numbers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Soccer is known as the world’s game and, this fall on campus, there will be plenty of evidence to back up that reputation. The Pitt men’s soccer team has eight players from abroad — its most ever. Prior to this season, the team had seven players from outside the country since 2000, with no mo...

Welcome Back: Men’s and women’s XC hoping to make strides this fall

Welcome Back: Men’s and women’s XC hoping to make strides this fall

By Megan Boyle / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


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A year can make quite the difference for a struggling team. In 2012, members of a young Pitt women’s cross country team found themselves at the end of their season finishing in sixth place at the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships while their male counterparts did not even qualify...

Welcome Back: Pitt alum chasing pro basketball dream in Pittsburgh

Welcome Back: Pitt alum chasing pro basketball dream in Pittsburgh

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports Features

Pittsburgh basketball fans probably haven’t heard of Jared Culbreath, and you can’t really blame them.Culbreath didn’t play for Pitt. He didn’t even play for his high school team in Augusta, Ga., after he failed to make the last cut. An unknown player, he didn’t receive any athletic scholars...

Welcome Back: Summer proves to be anything but dull for sports fans

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports Columns

To the average sports fan, summer is typically a boring period of the year. Baseball is the only “big four” sport in season and, though it’s America’s pastime and the sport of summer, we can pay only so much attention to it. But this summer has been anything but typical. The humdrum that occup...

Welcome Back: Offense, or lack thereof, will dictate outcome of season

Welcome Back: Offense, or lack thereof, will dictate outcome of season

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Unable to find the goal last season, the Pitt men’s soccer team has taken steps to make sure that doesn’t happen again this year.The Panthers finished last season with an overall record of 1-11-4, and they went winless in conference play.Although their first season in the ACC was a rude awakening, he...

Welcome Back: Despite their youth, Panthers determined to win

Welcome Back: Despite their youth, Panthers determined to win

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


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Members of the Pitt women’s soccer team will wear the roman numeral “XI” on their jerseys this season, signifying the mantra that head coach Greg Miller and the rest of the coaching staff instilled in the team last November: “Year of 11.”This season is the “Year of 11” — a unifying p...

Welcome Back: Whether on offense or defense, Conner will be prepared

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Sports

When Pitt football coach Paul Chryst approached running back James Conner about the possibility of also playing defensive end this season, it caught him by surprise. In high school football, it’s common practice for a team’s best players to play extensively on both sides of the ball. But that trend al...

Welcome Back: Former teammates enter minor league baseball together

Welcome Back: Former teammates enter minor league baseball together

By Sean Corrado / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Staten Island, N.Y. – After an hour of heavy rain at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, storm clouds blackened the sky, obscuring the bright lights of Manhattan’s skyline. Matt Wotherspoon ended his chat with teammate Joe Harvey in the left field bullpen and jogged his way to the pitcher’s mound.With ...

College Sports: Judge rules against NCAA in antitrust case

By MCT Campus

August 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

OAKLAND, Calif._U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken dealt a major blow Friday afternoon to the NCAA and its long-held value of amateurism, ruling in an antitrust case that the association's policies banning athletes from profiting from their own names, images and likenesses "unreasonably restrain trade."Wil...

Men’s Basketball: Patterson joins Turkish team

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 5, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Former standout Pitt basketball player Lamar Patterson has signed a contract to play with Tofas Sports Club in Turkey.Adam Pensack, Patterson's agent, said the deal is for one year. The team’s season begins in October and ends in May."I am excited about heading to Tofas in Turkey this season," Patters...

Football: Titus Howard suspended for season

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football player Titus Howard will miss all of the 2014 season due to suspension, Pitt Athletics announced on Friday.No reason was given for the disciplinary action. Howard, a sophomore cornerback, will remain with and can continue practicing with the team, but cannot compete in any games.Howard...

Football: Defensive end Ejuan Price to miss 2014 season

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Redshirt junior defensive end Ejuan Price will miss the entire 2014 football season as he recovers from surgery for an injury, Pitt Athletics announced Wednesday.Price tore his left pectoral muscle in a team workout on Monday and will undergo surgery today.This medical setback is the latest for Price, w...

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 15, 2014


Filed under Specials / Summerguide2014, Sports

After Ronald Ramon finished his first season as a pro basketball player, he knew where he wanted to spend his offseason. The former Panther men’s basketball player from the Bronx, N.Y., who graduated in 2008, came back to Pitt after finishing his first season with his team in Argentina and spent the ...

Summer Guide: Pirates navigate unexpected issues in season’s first half

By Nate Barnes / Senior Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under Specials / Summerguide2014, Sports

One of Clint Hurdle’s often-repeated mantras is to do “the best you can with what you’ve got at the time.” He’s had to follow it himself this year — he will likely need a hip replacement at the end of the season and he currently manages the Pittsburgh Pirates while enduring pain such that ...

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