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James Conner

James Conner

Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 8, 2014


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James Conner had a season for the record books.

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Columns, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

College football’s regular season is over and — for the fourth time in as many years — Pitt finished the season with an even .500 record. On the bright side, the Panthers showed promise and can now rely on a quarterback with a year of experience and an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. On the do...

Parody Twitter account collateral damage of Pelini’s firing

Parody Twitter account collateral damage of Pelini’s firing

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The college football carnival may be on its way out of town, but the coaching carousel has just started to spin.Within days of the conclusion of the regular season, head coaching vacancies are popping up in college football programs nationwide. Brady Hoke, on whom I’ve talked a lot of smack since ...

For college hoops, Lexington’s passion for sport unrivaled

For college hoops, Lexington’s passion for sport unrivaled

Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

December 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

I bleed blue. Before I moved to Lexington, Ky. in the fifth grade, I had no idea what it was like to be a sports fan. I had never been in an environment where it seemed like everyone’s life depended on the outcome of a basketball game. That changed in Lexington. At first, everyone seemed crazy to root ...

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

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...

Show me the money!

Show me the money!

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

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...

A Bugg’s life

A Bugg’s life

Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 18, 2014


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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

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 ...

Coached up

Coached up

Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 12, 2014


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Jamie Dixon has Pitt looking primed for another successful season.

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

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...

Stiff-armed

Stiff-armed

MCT Campus

November 12, 2014


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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

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...

Up in smoke

Up in smoke

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

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...

Early basketball rankings analyzed heavily, mean little

Early basketball rankings analyzed heavily, mean little

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...

Tanking right decision for middling NBA teams

Tanking right decision for middling NBA teams

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...

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald continues resurgence in week nine

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald continues resurgence in week nine

Brandon Duerr / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2014


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Sunday’s week nine NFL games started out with a thriller in Houston as the Philadelphia Eagles won 31-21 with a backup quarterback.When starting quarterback Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the first half, former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy stepped up to help lead the Eagles to victory. McCoy finis...

Some NFL penalties better left uncalled

Some NFL penalties better left uncalled

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Well, the National Football League has done it once again. The league has found yet another way to make watching its product absolutely intolerable.As if watching a professional football game wasn’t an hours-long commitment already — and as if watching my horrendous fantasy team collapse week in a...

Pitt script helmets

Pitt script helmets

Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 28, 2014


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Pitt wore these script decals on its helmets in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Pitt brings script helmets back for Homecoming

Pitt brings script helmets back for Homecoming

Joey Niklas / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Oh what a day Friday, Oct. 24 was — all due to an announcement from Pitt athletics. Based on the Twitter and media reaction, it seemed like Pitt had won the National Championship that Friday. But the announcement was quite different — Pitt would wear formerly-retired script decals on its helmets Sat...

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

MCT Campus

October 28, 2014


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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fan confessional: The struggles of inconsistency

Fan confessional: The struggles of inconsistency

Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

I used to be a Cincinnati Bengals fan. Before Steelers supporters hunt me down, let me explain why I stopped being a fan. It happened during the 2005 NFL playoffs.For much of my early childhood, I lived in a small town in New Mexico, which didn’t have a professional football team, and I didn’t kno...

Dana Holgorsen

Dana Holgorsen

MCT Campus

October 27, 2014


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Dana Holgorsen has said he wants to schedule Pitt in non-conference games, but no efforts have been made towards doing that.

Pitt should stay away from WVU in non-conference

Pitt should stay away from WVU in non-conference

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Last Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame announced its football games against ACC opponents through the next decade. The Fighting Irish will now play Pitt in the century-old rivalry just five times over the next 11 years, even though they appeared on Pitt’s schedule all but three times the last ...

Dana Holgersen

Dana Holgersen

MCT Campus

October 24, 2014


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Dana Holgersen, head coach of West Virginia, now competes with Pitt mostly just for recruits.

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

Joey Niklas / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports / Columns

Rivalries have helped build college football into the financial machine that it is today. The Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma — played in Dallas — and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party between Florida and Georgia — played in Jacksonville — come to mind as two notable ri...

Good behavior

Good behavior

MCT Campus

October 22, 2014


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Aldon Smith (99) looks to potentially garner a reduced suspension after multiple transgressions.

NFL lacks firmness in handing out suspensions

NFL lacks firmness in handing out suspensions

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

And the NFL’s hot streak continues!According to multiple recent media reports, the National Football League sources have confirmed that suspended 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith could have his ban cut by at least one game for “good behavior.”I’m glad to hear that the NFL’s qualifications for “...

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

In what seems like no time at all, we’re at the halfway point of the college football season. About a month before the first kickoff, I made a handful of bold predictions about college football, its players, its coaches and its media personalities.As it turns out, I’m really bad at predictions.The fi...

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

MCT Campus

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Star running back Todd Gurley was suspended for last week's game for signing autographs in the spring.

Georgia’s big win shouldn’t distract from Gurley suspension

Georgia’s big win shouldn’t distract from Gurley suspension

Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Missouri Tigers on Saturday. But I wanted them to lose. Actually, I wanted them to get blown out. It’s not because I’m against the Bulldogs or anything. Their dominant 34-0 win just took away from something much more important.Bulldog star running back Todd Gurley was...

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

MCT Campus

October 14, 2014


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Aaron Donald played on almost every defensive snap on Monday night, and is solidifying a playing spot on the St. Louis Rams.

Donald earning more playing time with Rams

Donald earning more playing time with Rams

Alex Fischbein / for The Pitt News

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Pitt’s name has stayed relevant in the football world beyond college for a number of years now. NFL fans have seen Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka and Larry Fitzgerald — just to name a few — enjoy a great deal of success at the professional level. Now, it’s the latest Pitt player’s turn to...

Price of tickets an obstacle in enjoying sporting events

Price of tickets an obstacle in enjoying sporting events

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

It’s been said time and again that the best things in life are free. By that logic, being a sports fan is far from one of the best things in life.The time and emotional energy that many of us invest in our favorite teams is significant. I can’t count the number of times that Penn State football or ...

Conference structure to blame for routs in WPIAL

Joey Niklas / For The Pitt News

October 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Friday nights are supposed to be exciting and competitive during the football season. Bands are playing their respective school’s fight song, teams are competing against their local rivals and parents are cheering on their sons — and sometimes daughters — on the field.The Western Pennsylvania In...

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

MCT Campus

October 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The Kansas City Royals are this year's surprise playoff team and are headed to the ALCS.

Throw reason out the window in the MLB playoffs

Throw reason out the window in the MLB playoffs

Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

It was past midnight, and the game was tied 1-1. The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals were in the 18th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS. Nothing particularly exciting had happened over the past few innings — a few hits here and there, a few one-two-three innings. The pressure mounted, b...

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

MCT Campus

October 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Larry Fitzgerald still has not scored a touchdown this season, and much of the blame is on his quarterbacks.

Pitt in the NFL: Williams key in historic comeback for Browns

Pitt in the NFL: Williams key in historic comeback for Browns

Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

After two weeks of pitiful stats, pro-bowl running back LeSean McCoy returned to his usual form Sunday, running for 81 yards on 21 carries in the Philadelphia Eagles’ week five matchup versus the St. Louis Rams. In the game, Philly held on for a 34-28 win despite the Rams’ 14-point surge late in th...

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates

MCT Campus

October 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The Pirates have a few holes to fill this offseason, including first base and catcher.

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Man, was that a letdown. After the utter joy of the Pirates season, it’s all over after an undeniable failure: an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in a one-game playoff.  After 88 wins and fantastic individual seasons by Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Starling Marte, it...

Football

Football

Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Despite holding Virginia scoreless in the second half, Pitt couldn't complete the comeback win.

Panthers must decrease penalties, turnovers after bye week

Panthers must decrease penalties, turnovers after bye week

Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The Pittsburgh Panthers, in the midst of a three-game losing streak following their 24-19 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, are entering their first bye week of the 2014 season. And, from the looks of it, it comes at an optimal time.After an explosive and promising start to the season, in whi...

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys

MCT Campus

October 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The Dallas Cowboys are off to a 3-1 start this season, but against mostly mediocre teams.

Dallas Cowboys benefitting from parity in NFL

Dallas Cowboys benefitting from parity in NFL

Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The boys are back. The Dallas Cowboys, that is.Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys decimated the New Orleans Saints’ defense on Sunday night. Perfect passes, powerful rushes and strong protection carried the 3-1 Cowboys to a lopsided 38-17 victory in what was expected to be a close game.In th...

Week to week

Week to week

MCT Campus

October 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Players like Frank Gore are driving fantasy football players mad this year with their fluctuating performances.

Frustations of a first-time fantasy football player

Frustations of a first-time fantasy football player

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Fantasy football is the worst.And I’m not just saying that because I lost this week — which I did. I’m saying that because fantasy football, together with Yik Yak and inserting lines from 2 Chainz songs into everyday conversation, is slowly taking over my life. I’ve become what I thought I’d n...

Playoffs

Playoffs

MCT Campus

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The Pirates send Edinson Volquez against the Giants' Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday.

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Baseball fans are a stubborn bunch. Some will stick to long-held beliefs forever. Others will embrace new logic and won’t accept anything to the contrary. And almost all of them are uncompromising in changing their predisposed beliefs on a player or team.I’m like any other baseball fan in most w...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy disappears in Eagles’ first loss

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy disappears in Eagles’ first loss

Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Many ex-Panthers in the NFL were just spectators this past Sunday. Jabaal Sheard, K’Waun Williams, Larry Fitzgerald and this year’s first round pick Aaron Donald, were on teams with assigned bye weeks and did not play Sunday. But the few Pitt players who took the field might as well have had bye ...

Mental lapses Pitt’s detriment in 21-10 loss to Akron

Mental lapses Pitt’s detriment in 21-10 loss to Akron

Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Three weeks ago, Pitt football secured its win over Boston College with a late interception.After safety Terrish Webb intercepted the pass, he began to run out of the end zone before hitting the ground to avoid an onrushing opponent.Teammate Ray Vinopal, a senior captain, then came over and, in an ex...

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

MCT Campus

September 24, 2014


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Derek Jeter on one of the many stops of his 2014 "farewell tour".

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Last week, Gatorade released an advertisement to pay tribute to the career of longtime endorsement partner Derek Jeter, the legendary Yankee shortstop whose career will draw to a close within the next week. I watched the video for the first time with my roommates, one of whom isn’t a baseball fan. H...

Russell Martin

Russell Martin

MCT Campus

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Russell Martin has arguably been the MVP of the Pirates this year, but is a free agent after this season.

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Do you hear that sound? No, that’s not the screaming fans in a sold-out PNC Park. That’s the cha-ching of a cash register after every clutch hit by Russell Martin.Two years ago, the Pirates signed the catcher to a two-year, $17 million deal. Coming off a .211 average and .714 OPS year with the Ya...

Yankees

Yankees

MCT Campus

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The Yankees have missed the playoffs for the second straight year, despite having the second-highest payroll in the league.

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

I grew up thinking I didn’t hate the Yankees. Then, around age 12, I realized what a moron I’d been and thought about the amount of time I wasted not hating the Yankees. So, I blindly hated the Yankees. And then I learned how the world works and how money works ­— what difference is there, re...

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

It occurred to me about three weeks ago. I was watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park. The fans were loud, passionate and raucous, and, much to their delight, the Pirates were winning, moving their way up the wild card standings and seemingly bo...

Lasting change will result from collective boycott of NFL

Lasting change will result from collective boycott of NFL

Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

I grew up a die-hard NFL fan. I knew every statistic, and I collected football cards from the age of six until I was 12. I had Pittsburgh Steelers posters all over my room.As young fans, we all notice the bright lights and hard-hitting action. As we get older, we drop everything to watch “our team...

FIBA World Cup

FIBA World Cup

MCT Campus

September 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors were again teammates at the FIBA World Cup.

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

The United States men’s team won the FIBA World Cup on Sunday when it beat the Serbian men’s team 129-92.Not the FIFA World Cup that happened months ago — I’m talking about the FIBA World Cup, for basketball.The International Basketball Federation, known as FIBA, held an international basketb...

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks

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

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...

College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff

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

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...

Rush to compare new and old college players irritating

Rush to compare new and old college players irritating

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

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

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

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

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...

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns, Sports / Football

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...

Washington

Washington

MCT

August 27, 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

Sean Corrado / Staff Writer

August 27, 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...

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

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

Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

August 26, 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: FIBA World Cup needs to change in order to truly matter

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

Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 25, 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...

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

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...

Pitt men’s basketball recruits eager to contribute

Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports / Columns, Sports / Men Basketball

In the last few years, Jamie Dixon has had to bring in larger recruitment classes than he anticipated, and likely wanted to. This has been mostly due to transfers. For his 2014 recruitment class, Dixon has voluntarily brought in a large class, signing five players to letters of intent.The first of those...

Freshmen, don’t neglect exercise while on campus

Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports / Columns

You’d never guess it if you looked at me now, but I used to be semi-athletic. I could dunk with ease and I contributed a respectable amount to a few district championship-caliber basketball teams. I have three gold medals hanging on my wall at home to prove it.But I grew tired of basketball. As a f...

Column: Students can pursue passions through media outlets

Kevin Wheeler / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports / Club, Sports / Columns, Sports / Features

I walked into the Petersen Events Center to attend my first Activities Fair in August 2012 as a new Pitt student. A budding psychology major, I was hoping to find my niche in such a big school with so many new opportunities at my disposal. Among the hundreds of tables set up on the basketball court, ...

Column: Recent big-profile hires by Penn State now worrisome

Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns

James Franklin is the anti-Paul Chryst.This is the exact phrase that went through my mind when Franklin took the podium at Penn State after being announced as the university’s 17th football coach in January. He’s awesome, I thought. A legend in the making.He’ll recruit the heck out of the mid-Atlanti...

Baseball: Panthers win series, remain in postseason contention

Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Columns, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming into last weekend, Pitt baseball sat in second-to-last place in the Coastal Division of the ACC.But despite the team’s precarious position, with a record below .500 (19-23, 9-12 ACC), extending its season was still a possibility. The format of the league’s postseason tournament, which inclu...

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