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WWE ‘TLC’ doesn’t take care of McIntyre, Ziggler

WWE ‘TLC’ doesn’t take care of McIntyre, Ziggler

By Alexa Marzina, staff writer

January 8, 2019

A staff-writer takes a look at the WWE, arguing some of its top performers deserve to be treated better.

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

By Kate Hall, staff writer

January 8, 2019

Pitt Gymnastics has used its off season to get closer as a team in hopes of topping its fifth place finish at the NCAA regional championships last season.

Preview: Softball slides into spring season

Preview: Softball slides into spring season

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

Pitt softball saw its program soar to new heights in 2018. Under new head coach Jodi Hermanek, the Panthers hope to build upon that momentum in 2019.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, oh my!

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, oh my!

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

The facebook comment section of Pitt Athletics posts aren’t always the best place to hang out, but according to SID Julie Jurich, who is in charge of the social media, it usually isn't too bad. You can find out what all goes into the social media pages here.

Pitt baseball’s Bell looks to make noise in first season

Pitt baseball’s Bell looks to make noise in first season

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

For the first time since 1998, Pitt Baseball will have a new head coach. Mike Bell will be replacing former coach Joe Jordano, you can read about how the Panthers future looks under Bell here.

Panthers prowl during holiday hiatus

Panthers prowl during holiday hiatus

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

While the students were away, the Panthers’ student-athletes were out to play. You catch up on what you missed and read what Pitt accomplished over break here.

UNC slams Pitt, 85-60, in ACC opener

UNC slams Pitt, 85-60, in ACC opener

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

January 5, 2019

The Panthers battled briefly with the No. 15 team in the country before ultimately falling 85-60.

Panthers come up short to Stanford in Sun Bowl, 14-13

Panthers come up short to Stanford in Sun Bowl, 14-13

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 31, 2018

Despite out-gaining its opponent in nearly every facet of the game, the Pitt football team fell to Stanford, 14-13, in the Hyundai Sun Bowl Monday afternoon, thus failing to crack .500 for the second straight season.

Panthers band together in split performances

Panthers band together in split performances

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2018

With Pitt's band split between three different locations on the weekend of Nov. 30, Director of Bands Brad Townsend had to get creative.

Pitt sports: A semester in review

Pitt sports: A semester in review

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

From playoff berths to championship games to championship titles, the Panthers have seen it all. Here is a recap of the biggest moments in Pitt sports this semester.

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 8, 2018

Facing off against a team known for its suffocating defense, the young Panthers’ inexperience was on full display in a 69-59 loss to West Virginia Saturday afternoon in the 186th edition of the Backyard Brawl.

What are the Odds: Pittsburgh wins in Oakland, Army beats Navy

What are the Odds: Pittsburgh wins in Oakland, Army beats Navy

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018

Another weekend, another opportunity to make some money. After going 2-4 last week, our in-house betting expert is looking to redeem himself with picks in the NFL, NBA and NCAA.

TPN staff breaks down bowl season

TPN staff breaks down bowl season

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 7, 2018

Who is going to make it to the National Championship? Will Pitt ever win again? You can find out what the Pitt News Sports Staff thinks here.

Panthers persevere over Fordham, 65-62

Panthers persevere over Fordham, 65-62

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018

The Pitt women’s basketball team narrowly persevered against Fordham, defeating the Rams 65-62 at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night.

Take 5: Kyler, KD, Cardinals

Take 5: Kyler, KD, Cardinals

By The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2018

Our Pitt News Sports staff had some things to rant about this week, from Pittsburgh figures who irk them to who should be taking home hardware during awards season.

Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018

Pitt’s wrestling team recently cracked the top 25 national rankings and new transfer Demetrius Thomas has been a big part of the program’s surge.

Navigating college football’s bowl season

Navigating college football’s bowl season

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018

The sport is dominated by the playoff discussion around this time of year, but there are plenty of other marquee matchups that are worth your attention during this bowl season.

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 5, 2018

Last season, the Pitt men’s track and field team came in last place in the ACC indoor competition. while the women’s team finished 12th out of 15 teams. They believe they can drastically improve on that in 2018.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Welcome to Playoffs

Waiver Wire Weekly: Welcome to Playoffs

By Adin Link, Staff Wrtier

December 4, 2018

It’s do or die time in fantasy football, if you are looking for some home players to pick up in order to put yourself in the best position to win your league, make sure you read this week’s Waiver Wire Weekly.

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018

It’s official, Pitt will be playing Stanford in the Sun Bowl, the Panthers first bowl game in two years. After two tough loses, it will be the perfect place for Pitt’s seniors to leave their mark on the program.

Pitt drops close contest to Niagara, 71-70

Pitt drops close contest to Niagara, 71-70

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018

After being held scoreless for the first three minutes of their game on Monday, the Panthers lost their first game of the season at home on Monday night. Pitt tried to rally in the final second of the game, but it wasn't enough and Niagara won 71-70.

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2018

After losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament the past two years, Pitt volleyball thought 2018 was its year — but Michigan ended the Panthers’ dreams of dancing into the Sweet 16 on Saturday night.

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 3, 2018

Men’s basketball beat Duquesne in the annual City Game and the wrestling team performed admirably at the Las Vegas Invitational, injecting some Panther pride into an otherwise bleak weekend.

Three takeaways from Pitt vs Clemson

Three takeaways from Pitt vs Clemson

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018

The Panthers were held back by several factors, but there were a few bright spots to build on for the season finale and next year.

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018

The Pitt football team will take on Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Dec. 31.

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018

In the end, the same weaknesses that plagued the Panthers all season — an anemic passing game and a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot — materialized Saturday night.

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 2, 2018

Pitt's historic season came to end in its 3-2 loss against Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 1, 2018

Pitt Volleyball beat Iona to move onto the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.

Panthers handle Duquesne in City Game, 74-53

Panthers handle Duquesne in City Game, 74-53

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 30, 2018

For the second straight year and 19th time in the past 21 meetings, the Pitt men’s basketball took down its crosstown rival Duquesne, 74-53, in the annual City Game Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.

What are the odds: Championship Weekend

What are the odds: Championship Weekend

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018

If you’re already stressing out on whether you should take Alabama or Georgia in your Championship Weekend bets, don’t worry. Our weekly “What are the odds” column is here to help. With a 32-28 second this season, count on this to help make you money this weekend.

Panthers will be no match for playoff-bound Tigers

Panthers will be no match for playoff-bound Tigers

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018

Pitt Football is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. After coming up just short of No. 3 Notre Dame and then getting blown out by unranked Miami, no one is sure what to expect from the Panthers this weekend.

Take 5: Browns, Buckeyes, Basketball

Take 5: Browns, Buckeyes, Basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

November 29, 2018

The Browns and Bengals faced off in a revenge game, while the previously struggling Buckeyes suddenly looked like one of the nation’s best teams once again versus Michigan.

Column: Sweet 16 on the horizon for Pitt volleyball

Column: Sweet 16 on the horizon for Pitt volleyball

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018

This will be the team’s third consecutive appearance in the tournament and 14th appearance in team history — and fans can expect the Panthers to go further in this tournament than ever before.

Panthers show promise in 69-68 loss to Iowa

Panthers show promise in 69-68 loss to Iowa

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018

Playing against the Iowa Hawkeyes as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the upstart Panthers led by six at halftime and took their ranked opponent right down to the wire in a back-and-forth affair.

Prince-Wright prospers in post-playing career

Prince-Wright prospers in post-playing career

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018

Pitt became the place where former men's soccer player Joe Prince-Wright honed his true passion — journalism — as he earned a double-major in English writing and communication.

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 28, 2018

For the first time in program history, Pitt’s volleyball team will host a playoff round, starting Friday, Nov. 29.

Takeaways: Pitt reverted back to its old self against Miami

Takeaways: Pitt reverted back to its old self against Miami

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018

While Pitt’s 24-3 loss against Miami on Saturday was far from good, the implications weren’t too bad. Aside from snapping its four game win streak, the loss will likely drop them from the top 25 rankings and give them a lesser bowl game. But Pitt will still be playing in the ACC Championship on Saturday.

Waiver Wire: It’s crunch time

Waiver Wire: It’s crunch time

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018

It’s the most important time of the year, fantasy football playoff time. To ensure you have who you need to make it in your fantasy football playoffs, check out Waiver Wire Weekly.

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018

Xavier Johnson and Danielle Garven have helped out Pitt’s basketball teams in the early going, while Nika Markovic led the volleyball team to a strong regular-season finish.

Thanksgiving Recap: Volleyball, basketball gobble up wins

Thanksgiving Recap: Volleyball, basketball gobble up wins

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018

Pitt football fell to Miami, but three other Panther sports picked up the slack with a winning Thanksgiving weekend both home and away.

Hurricanes blow Pitt away, 24-3, in regular-season finale

Hurricanes blow Pitt away, 24-3, in regular-season finale

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 24, 2018

The Panthers didn’t look like themselves at Miami Saturday afternoon, earning just 200 total yards of offense and falling 24-3 to the Hurricanes.

Home away from home: How international athletes celebrate Thanksgiving

Home away from home: How international athletes celebrate Thanksgiving

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 20, 2018

International athletes on Pitt’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have learned to enjoy Thanksgiving, often spending the holiday with their team or going to a teammate’s house to celebrate.

Staff Picks: Much to be thankful for within Pitt Athletics

Staff Picks: Much to be thankful for within Pitt Athletics

By Staff

November 20, 2018

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, The Pitt News Sports Staff took some time to reflect on what they are thankful for when it comes to Pitt Athletics.

Rousey takes the belt in WWE’s Survivor Series

Rousey takes the belt in WWE’s Survivor Series

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

November 19, 2018

In a controversial match, Charlotte Flair was ultimately disqualified from the WWE's Survivor Series and Ronda Rousey snatched the belt.

Takeaways from Pitt’s Coastal-clinching win over Wake Forest

Takeaways from Pitt’s Coastal-clinching win over Wake Forest

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 19, 2018

The Pitt football team whipped Wake Forest Saturday, 34-13, to earn the Panthers’ first-ever ACC Coastal title.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball clinches second straight ACC title

Weekend Sports: Volleyball clinches second straight ACC title

By Kate Hall, For the Pitt News

November 19, 2018

Records were broken and ACC championships were clinched over the weekend, showing a promising future for the programs heading into the winter seasons.

Panthers overcome UNA, 71-66, to win fifth straight

Panthers overcome UNA, 71-66, to win fifth straight

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

November 18, 2018

Pitt men’s basketball is off to its best start in the three years after beating North Alabama 71-66 at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon to improve to 5-0 in the young season.

Panthers exorcise Demon Deacons 34-13, clinch Coastal

Panthers exorcise Demon Deacons 34-13, clinch Coastal

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 17, 2018

Sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett set new career highs in passing yardage and touchdowns as the Panthers knocked off Wake Forest to clinch their first ACC Coastal title in program history.

Wilson-Frame, Toney Lead Panthers Past UCA Bears 97-71

Wilson-Frame, Toney Lead Panthers Past UCA Bears 97-71

By Andrew Kelly and Stephen Thompson

November 16, 2018

Pitt Basketball is already week of last year’s team in terms of wins. The Panthers won their fourth game, a 97-71 win over the University of Central Arkansas, on Nov., 15. Last year, the Panthers didn’t win their fourth game until Dec. 1.

Pitt seniors will be remembered for consistency and leadership

Pitt seniors will be remembered for consistency and leadership

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

The Panther’s seniors can be credited for Pitt’s miraculous turnover and record breaking season. Head Coach Pat Narduzzi will use this senior group as an example for years to come and will remember the first class he coached from freshmen to seniors for one thing — their work ethic.

What are the odds: Pittsburgh will come out on top

What are the odds: Pittsburgh will come out on top

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

Another week is over which means it’s time to start placing your bets on weekend sports. It looks likely both Pittsburgh football teams will come back with victories.

Panthers to unleash the demon on Wake Forest

Panthers to unleash the demon on Wake Forest

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

With a run game that can’t be stopped and a quarterback who is quietly improving, it is looking hopeful that Pitt will continue making history by clinching the first ACC Championship appearance in program history.

Sail to Pitt: PSC thrives on and off campus

Sail to Pitt: PSC thrives on and off campus

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 15, 2018

Despite the University’s lack of space for boat-based activities, the Pitt Sailing Club is indeed alive and thriving, with a membership of 62 students.

Minor leaguers recount major inconveniences

Minor leaguers recount major inconveniences

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Editor

November 15, 2018

Before you can live like a professional baseball player, you have to get through some tough years in the minor leagues. That means long bus rides, living with host families and at times sleeping with bed bugs.

YSU Penguins freeze Pitt women’s basketball, 64-55

YSU Penguins freeze Pitt women’s basketball, 64-55

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018

The Pitt women’s basketball team dropped fell to 1-2 Tuesday evening, shooting just 35 percent from the field in a 64-55 loss to YSU.

Take 5: Bell, Butler, Brees

Take 5: Bell, Butler, Brees

By The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2018

Does Pitt football deserve to be ranked? Did Le’Veon Bell make the right decision? Our staff answers these questions and more in this week’s Take 5.

Record-setting Valerie Daigneault leads Pitt’s pool-dwellers

Record-setting Valerie Daigneault leads Pitt’s pool-dwellers

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2018

In two and a half seasons at Pitt, Valerie Daigneault has broken six swim team records — four relay events and two solo events. She started this season undefeated through nine races.

Jewish athletes at Pitt reflect on Tree of Life shooting

Jewish athletes at Pitt reflect on Tree of Life shooting

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2018

The morning of Oct. 27 seemed like just another Saturday for Pitt’s swimming and diving coach and his two Jewish swimmers. But an evil act quickly turned it into anything but.

Pitt remains undefeated with 84-75 win over Troy

Pitt remains undefeated with 84-75 win over Troy

By Trent Leonard and Stephen Thompson

November 13, 2018

From the high scoring offense to the smothering defense, Pitt Men’s Basketball once again showed its not the same team as last year when it beat Troy 84-75 on Monday. You can read the full recap of last night’s game here.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Countdown to Fantasy Playoffs

Waiver Wire Weekly: Countdown to Fantasy Playoffs

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

With Fantasy Football Playoffs right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have the best players. Rashaad Penny and Jeff Heuerman both had their best games last week and are looking like two players you will want to have if you want to finish out the season strong. You can read more about what players to take here.

Pitt poised to win first ACC Championship

Pitt poised to win first ACC Championship

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

Pitt was picked to finish fifth in the ACC Coastal Division preseason polls. Now, they are at the top of the ACC Coastal and are only one win away from making history and becoming the first team in program history to make it to the ACC Championships.

Weekend Sports: Women’s basketball, volleyball win big

Weekend Sports: Women’s basketball, volleyball win big

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018

Pitt sports had an impressive weekend collectively, as all six teams playing were victorious in one way or another.

Unproven Panthers show drastic improvement

Unproven Panthers show drastic improvement

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018

The Pitt men's basketball team looks great when you compare this Pitt team to where last year’s team was at this point. The 2017 Panthers started out 0-2, losing to the similarly low-level squads of Navy and Montana.

GALLERY: Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22

GALLERY: Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22

By TPN Staff

November 11, 2018

Pitt Panthers defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 52-22, during their last home game of the season Nov. 10.

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

November 10, 2018

Pitt made history in its final home game of the season, racking up the most offensive yards, the longest play and the first time going undefeated in the ACC at home in program history.

What are the odds: Pitt will run over the Hokies

What are the odds: Pitt will run over the Hokies

By Collin Martin, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018

A lot has happened in the NFL this past week. The LA Rams are no longer undefeated and are going up against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The Dallas Cowboys got Amari Cooper, but the Eagles now have Golden Tate. If those have you asking who you should bet on this week, don’t worry, we have your answers here.

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018

Pitt has been dominate at home this season, averaging 40.7 points and 295.7 yards per game. The only question is, will the Panthers be able to continue that streak when it matters most? Read here to see what you can expect from the Panthers when they face Virginia Tech this Saturday.

Knights knock off Panthers, 61-58, in first game

Knights knock off Panthers, 61-58, in first game

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018

In a back-and-forth contest that saw eight lead changes, the Pitt women’s basketball team ultimately fell 61-58 in their season opener to UCF Wednesday morning.

Take 5: Bama, Blue Devils, Bryant

Take 5: Bama, Blue Devils, Bryant

By The Pitt News Staff

November 8, 2018

Two dominant college programs staked claims as the best in their sport, while polarizing wide receiver Dez Bryant finally found a home. Read the full range of topics in this week’s Take 5 column:

First-year guards lead Pitt past Penguins, 69-53, in opener

First-year guards lead Pitt past Penguins, 69-53, in opener

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018

First-year guards Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson led the Panthers with 17 and 16 points, respectively, and the Panthers scored 27 fast-break points en route to a comfortable 16-point victory.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Cleveland Browns look promising under new leadership

Waiver Wire Weekly: Cleveland Browns look promising under new leadership

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018

Baker Mayfield scored his third-highest fantasy total so far this season last week and under new leadership, this could just be the start for the first year quarterback and teammate Duke Johnson.

Takeaways: Pitt running into ACC Championship Contention

Takeaways: Pitt running into ACC Championship Contention

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018

Pitt had one of its performances of the year on both sides of the ball and on the road last Friday. The Panthers emerging defense held a hot Virginia offense to 44 rushing yards and earned its first road win of the season.

Preview: Men’s team can only go up from 2017

Preview: Men’s team can only go up from 2017

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 5, 2018

Even if the new-look Panthers only win one ACC game this season, it will still be an improvement over 2017's disastrous campaign.

Duke ends Pitt men’s soccer’s historic season

Duke ends Pitt men’s soccer’s historic season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Coming off its first ACC tournament win in program history, Pitt men’s soccer had all the momentum it needed to upset No. 7 Duke. But after 110 minutes of scoreless play, time ran out and the Panther’s Cinderella story was ended on penalty kicks.

Danielle Garven, a constant amid change

Danielle Garven, a constant amid change

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Editor

November 5, 2018

When news came out in April that former head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio was fired, Danielle Garven had a big decision to make. Would she stay at Pitt, or would she transfer for the third time? She decided to stay and knowing she made the right choice is ready to make an impact on the court this season.

Preview: Experienced core looks to lead women’s basketball

Preview: Experienced core looks to lead women’s basketball

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Pitt's women's basketball team is looking to once again make a new for itself under first year head coach Lance White. The team has five seniors set to come back and help the Panthers once again achieve a winning record.

Panthers to push the pace under new coach Capel

Panthers to push the pace under new coach Capel

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Capel and his new coaching staff stressed strength and stamina. He wants his Pitt teams to play in the same mold of his teams at Oklahoma — force turnovers, get out in transition and play fast.

Weekend Recap: Wrestling starts season and Daigneault continues to roll

Weekend Recap: Wrestling starts season and Daigneault continues to roll

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Valerie Daigneault is undefeated in her swimming events so far this season. The volleyball team improved to 25-1 on the season and the wrestling team only has one more week until their season begins. You can read about all of that and more in this week’s weekend sports recap.

Ellison to lead Pitt despite hiatus

Ellison to lead Pitt despite hiatus

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Editor

November 5, 2018

Malik Ellison doesn’t count last Thursday’s exhibition game as his first real game, he’s looking forward to tomorrow. It may have been over a year since he last stepped on the court to play in a regular season game, but the captain isn’t nervous, in fact, he’s more confident than ever.

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 3, 2018

The sloppy field conditions were perfectly suited for the Panthers, who pounded the ball on the ground and stifled Virginia’s offense en route to a 23-13 victory.

Weekly Pick ’Em: TPN staff takes on ACC Week 9

Weekly Pick ’Em: TPN staff takes on ACC Week 9

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 2, 2018

Our staff takes a look at the upcoming slate of ACC football games, headlined by Pitt’s high-stakes clash with Virginia Friday night. Elsewhere in the conference, No. 24 Boston College travels to Virginia Tech for what our staff believes will be a very close game, while undefeated Clemson hosts Louisville in what could quickly become a blowout of epic proportions.

Men’s basketball pounces on Pitt-Johnstown, 78-59, in opening exhibition

Men’s basketball pounces on Pitt-Johnstown, 78-59, in opening exhibition

By Trent Leonard and Andrew Kelly

November 2, 2018

The Pitt men’s basketball team kicked off its season in dominant fashion Thursday night, beating the branch-campus Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats 78-59 in an exhibition opener at the Petersen Events Center.

What are the odds: Rodgers vs. Brady could be the showdown of the season

What are the odds: Rodgers vs. Brady could be the showdown of the season

By Collin Martin, Staff Writer

November 2, 2018

Rodgers vs. Brady, Steelers vs. Ravens, this is a weekend every sports fan looks forward to. If you want to make a little money while you’re watching, read our What are the odds to see if you should take the over or under.

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 1, 2018

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced the addition of the women’s lacrosse team on Thursday, its first season will be in spring 2022. Pitt’s last varsity sports addition was over 20 years ago when women’s softball was added in 1998.

Capel will prevail on recruiting trail

Capel will prevail on recruiting trail

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018

When Jeff Capel was announced as Pitt’s 16th men’s basketball coach this offseason, his aptitude as a recruiter was highlighted as one of his biggest strengths — especially appealing for a Panther squad facing an uphill battle to rebuild after going winless in the ACC.

Kizza propels Pitt past Virginia in ACC Tournament upset

Kizza propels Pitt past Virginia in ACC Tournament upset

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018

The Pitt men’s soccer team opened ACC tournament play Wednesday night by shocking No. 6 Virginia, beating the Cavaliers 2-0 on the road and giving the Panthers their first ever ACC tournament win since joining the conference in 2013.

Take 5: NFL, Le’Veon Bell, Hue’s farewell

Take 5: NFL, Le’Veon Bell, Hue’s farewell

By The Pitt News Staff

November 1, 2018

This week’s Take 5 column features two Pittsburgh-centric football storylines, including the Panthers’ quest for an ACC Coastal title and the Steelers’ success without Le’Veon Bell. In other news, a dark-horse Cy Young candidate has emerged for the 2019 MLB season and the Browns are still the Browns.

Women’s basketball beats Gannon 68-46 in exhibition opener

Women’s basketball beats Gannon 68-46 in exhibition opener

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018

Unlike last season, when the Panthers lost 73-68 to IUP, the Pitt women’s basketball team defeated its Division II opponent Gannon, 68-46.

Can Pitt emerge from the ACC’s Coastal quagmire?

Can Pitt emerge from the ACC’s Coastal quagmire?

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 31, 2018

Despite losing a crucial conference game to lowly one-win North Carolina, Pitt has been given new life thanks to the ACC becoming the football embodiment of Murphy’s law.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Filling in the holes of Week 9

Waiver Wire Weekly: Filling in the holes of Week 9

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018

With Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. both on bye weeks, this could be your week to finally get on top. If you are looking to make some moves this week, check out the Pitt News Waiver Wire to see who could be your next best player.

Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018

Pitt beat Duke 54-45 last Saturday to keep their hopes of an ACC Costal Division Championship alive. V'Lique Carter was one bright spot in a game that was otherwise once again defined by an inconsistent defense and quarterback.

Column: WWE women thrive at ‘Evolution’ despite backstage politics

Column: WWE women thrive at ‘Evolution’ despite backstage politics

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018

WWE’s first all-women pay-per-view — properly dubbed “Evolution” to signify the transformation from divas from superstars — was a success, highlighted by Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch’s electric Last Woman Standing match.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

By Kate Hall, For the Pitt News

October 29, 2018

Pitt’s football team found success Saturday but it was a tough Halloweekend for the University’s other sports, with the No. 5 volleyball team suffering its first loss of the season Sunday.

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

October 27, 2018

With the game tied at 45 and no timeouts remaining, the Panthers needed sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett to lead them downfield with just over a minute left to play. Pickett had struggled up to that point, completing just four of 13 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. But he came up clutch when...

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 27, 2018

Pitt rushed for 484 yards as a team — the second-most in program history — in a 54-45 last-minute win over the Duke Blue Devils.

Weekly Pick ‘em: Staff gets out crystal ball for NFL Week 8

Weekly Pick ‘em: Staff gets out crystal ball for NFL Week 8

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 26, 2018

This week the “Weekly Pick ‘em” focuses on NFL games only. With some writers taking huge chances, there are a few games where the writers agree on who will win.

Pitt fails to win final game of the season

Pitt fails to win final game of the season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 26, 2018

Pitt women’s soccer fell to Boston College, 7-0, in the final game of the season. Because of the result, the team will not advance to the ACC Tournament.

What are the odds: Cleveland has potential as “Believeland”

What are the odds: Cleveland has potential as “Believeland”

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

October 26, 2018

With both Pitt and the Steelers back at it after their bye weeks, there’s a lot at stake in sports betting. In this installment of “What are the Odds,” The Pitt News offers our best advice on which bet you should take for the best outcome.

International athletes get first taste of American flavors

International athletes get first taste of American flavors

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018

For these international athletes, one of the biggest changes that came out of moving to the United States was the food. To many, french fries dipped in a Wendy’s frosty is a normal treat. For soccer player Marcony Pimentel, this seemed out of the ordinary — but he loved it.

Stadium Foods: The good, the bad and the crazy

Stadium Foods: The good, the bad and the crazy

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018

From NFL teams to minor league ball clubs, some organizations will try any promotion to get fans into their home stands — such as replacing burger buns with donuts.

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