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Mid-season grades: Panthers find success despite individual shortcomings

Staff writer Carson Zaremski has given Justin Champagnie an “A” for his performance so far this season.
January 19, 2021
Following an incredible comeback victory over Syracuse on Jan. 6th, a team Pitt had lost to seven straight times, it’s time to break down mid-season grades for the Panthers roster, coach Jeff Capel and the Panthers’ overall performance. Each will receive a grade based on performance, factoring in preseason expectations.

Column | Pickett needs healthy finish to maintain professional prospects

Senior quarterback Kenny Pickett threw four interceptions in Pitt's 52-17 loss to Clemson on Saturday
November 1, 2020
Senior staff writer Tyler Mathes argues that Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett will need a productive end to the 2020 season in order to keep his chance at a professional career alive.

Column | The Pirates are sinking, abandon ship?

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams pitches against the Cleveland Indians during an exhibition game at Progressive Field.
September 6, 2020
To be an awful team is one thing, but to be an awful team with the worst series of injuries in the major leagues is another. The four starting pitchers remaining from the 2019 team have barely played.

Language should bolster Black athletes in sports

Cam Newton became the target of people who just don't like “showboating” and celebrations.
July 7, 2020
A 15-1 record, more than 4,500 total yards and 45 touchdowns, each one capped with a spirited end zone dance and football gifted to a child in the stands. But inevitably, Newton became the target of people who just don't like all the darn “showboating” and celebrations.

White athletes cannot just stick to sports

The death of George Floyd and resulting protests have inspired Trevor Lawrence and many other white athletes to speak up.
June 2, 2020
But the killing of George Floyd last week forced Lawrence — and other quarterbacks who fit his mold — to take a bolder push into uncomfortable conversations about race relations, a topic that has been put to task in Lawrence’s sport for more than a century.

Pitt basketball’s recent stretch defined by disappointment

Sophomore guard Au’Diese Toney made only three of 14 shot attempts during Wednesday night’s 73-57 loss to Georgia Tech.
March 5, 2020
Pitt hasn't looked hungry or aggressive during its seven-game losing streak, instead appearing complacent and fatigued.

Reimagining the broken and senseless ACC

North Carolina was one of the ACC's seven founding members in 1953.
February 28, 2020
The conference has expanded, retracted and morphed in such bizarre motions as to create a loose confederacy that no longer can even claim the very region it abbreviates — the Atlantic coast.

The Astros found a way to make their cheating episode even worse

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, left, listens as team owner Jim Crane talks during a news conference before the start of spring training at Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 13.
February 18, 2020
In baseball and professional sports, integrity and fair competition matter. Jim Crane effectively scoffed at that on Thursday.

MLB considering new playoff format — as it should

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the New York Yankees take on the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Oct. 3, 2017.
February 12, 2020
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's latest postseason proposal is a home run, adding the potential for increased drama, performance incentives and meaningful games.

Manfred’s proposal makes a mockery of the MLB

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the New York Yankees take on the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Oct. 3, 2017.
February 12, 2020
The beauty of baseball is in its simplistic complexities, its ability to amaze through the unthinkable happenings of each season — especially come playoff season each October. It doesn't need changed.
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