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Russell Martin

Russell Martin

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 17, 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

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 17, 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

By 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

By 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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

Pitt men’s basketball recruits eager to contribute

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


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

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

By 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

By Kevin Wheeler / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


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

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 6, 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

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 6, 2014


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

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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