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Cast and crew of “Warrior” remember filming at Pitt

The Petersen Events Center was once a major filming location of “Warrior,” a film that features some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Pitt students probably know the Petersen Events Center as the home to their Panther men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as an adequate concert venue. They might not realize that the venue once was a major filming location of a film that featured some of today’s biggest stars in Hollywood.

Joe Solomon named to Pa. Sports Hall of Fame

Joe Solomon (behind) won an NCAA Championship at 167 pounds in 1954.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2020

The late Joe Solomon, a former wrestling National Champion at Pitt, was named to the 2020 class of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Pitt target Murphy III chooses Virginia

Rice transfer and Pitt target Trey Murphy III announced his commitment to Virginia Monday with a video on Twitter.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

With sophomore Rice transfer Trey Murphy III — who had previously put Pitt in his top four finalists — committing to Virginia on Monday, the Panthers are starting to run out of options.

Pitt athletes ad-lib training at home

Many athletes don’t have access to much of the equipment they normally would to train and have had to adapt to at-home workouts.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

Organized sports in the United States are now paused due to coronavirus concerns, and the athletic world has come to a grinding halt. But players still need to stay ready for next season.

In the shadow of The Mecca: Reflecting on the Pitt-NY basketball pipeline

First-year forward and Brooklyn native Justin Champagnie (11) was the leading scorer during Pitt’s 2019-20 season with 12.7 points per game.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

During the heyday of Pitt men’s basketball in the Big East conference — the period in which former head coach Jamie Dixon’s teams appeared in eight straight NCAA Tournaments between 2004 and 2011 — nearly every borough of New York City was represented on the Panthers’ roster.

OSU’s Luke Pletcher joins Pitt wrestling staff

Luke Pletcher wrestles Pitt's Cole Matthews during a dual meet in November.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

After serving as a thorn in Pitt’s side over the past couple years, Ohio State wrestler Luke Pletcher is switching roles, crossing the mat to join head coach Keith Gavin’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Pitt lands four on NFL All-Decade Team

Former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy amassed the most yards (10,434) of any back during the 2010s.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

Four former Pitt Panthers earned All-Decade honors, including defensive tackle Aaron Donald, running back LeSean McCoy, cornerback Darrelle Revis and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. 

Michael chooses Elon, Pitt eyeing Murphy III

Head coach Jeff Capel is looking to fill Pitt's last two remaining scholarships.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 7, 2020

After striking out on several top prospects in recent weeks, Pitt basketball is looking for Rice transfer Trey Murphy III or 2020 recruit William Jeffress to fill its last two scholarships.

10 sports video games to keep you sane in self-quarantine

There are a wide variety of different sports games that can be played.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

With nothing but time on your hands and zero motivation for anything school-related, now is the time to unearth that ancient, dust-covered collection of sports video games buried somewhere in your basement. Left behind since you upgraded to that last new console or replaced them with slightly newer but also slightly worse versions, these are some of the best from both today and yesteryear.

Heather Lyke talks uncertainty, adaptations amid COVID-19 restrictions

Heather Lyke addressed a group of local reporters via Zoom Thursday to discuss Pitt Athletics’ adaptations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 3, 2020

Addressing members of the local media during a Zoom conference Thursday afternoon, Athletic Director Heather Lyke fielded questions regarding how Pitt is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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