College Sports

 Oakland Catholic alum and Virginia sophomore Leah Smith competes at the NCAA championships March 21 where she won the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle. The Mount Lebanon native will hope to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics next year.

Former Oakland Catholic swimming star has Olympic dreams

After winning two NCAA swimming titles, Leah Smith will spend the next year competing for a chance to represent Team USA in Rio de Janeiro.

2 days ago

 Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen is stopped by Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart during the first half Tuesday.

UConn holds off Notre Dame, wins third straight NCAA women's title

The Huskies (38-1), the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, allowed just one field goal over the final 5 minutes, 28 seconds.

1 week ago

 Madison Cable has played in the Final Four three times, with tonight's tilt against Connecticut being her second NCAA title game.

From Mt. Lebanon to Notre Dame, Madison Cable's career marked by title games

The former Mt. Lebanon High School star has been on teams that have played for championships for six of the past seven years.

1 week ago

 Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, right, and his players speak at a news conference Sunday in Indianapolis.

State of college basketball murky as national title game looms

The national championship game tonight between Duke and Wisconsin should be a thriller, but college basketball has taken its hits lately.

1 week ago

 Duke Blue Devils players celebrate after their win against the Wisconsin Badgers Monday night in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Championship game.

Duke defeats Wisconsin, 68-63, for men's national championship

Wisconsin's late comeback falls short; the Blue Devils, coach Krzyzewski march to fifth championship after rallying to defeat the Badgers.

1 week ago

 Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney directs players in spring camp Thursday on the South Side.

New Pitt offensive coordinator merges past with present

New offensive coordinator Jim Chaney leans on experience at Purdue and in the NFL and SEC to fuel his playbook.

1 week ago

 Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib and the rest of the defense stretch spring practice Wednesday.

Walk-on no more: DE Carl Nassib making most of opportunity at Penn State

Defensive end Carl Nassib went from walk-on to scholarship player who has a chance to be a starter this season.

1 week ago

 NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions during a news conference today in Indianapolis.

NCAA president says organization in 'wait-and-see' mode on Indiana law

The NCAA, based in Indianapolis, was among the first to express concern about the law when it was passed last week.

2 weeks ago

 Duquesne's Jordan Stevens drives to the net against Pitt's Chris Jones in the first half at Consol Energy Center.

Duquesne guards Stevens, Ridenour to transfer

Coach Jim Ferry said he is expecting no other players to transfer.

2 weeks ago

 Connecticut forward Morgan Tuck, front, drives against Dayton center Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova in the first half of a regional final game Monday in Albany, N.Y.

NCAA women's basketball tournament roundup: Connecticut, Maryland advance

Unlike the first three games of the tournament, the Huskies got all they could handle from seventh-seeded Dayton.

2 weeks ago

 New Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi talks to his team Saturday morning. The Panthers are two weeks into spring practice. They have three more weeks before the Blue-Gold game April 18.

Pitt brothers Bradley, Grigsby ready for more at linebacker this season

Bam Brad­ley and Nicholas Grigsby are two of the con­tend­ers to fill the start­ing out­side line­backer roles left open by graduates.

2 weeks ago

Underdog Irish hope efficiency fuels victory against unbeaten and No.1-seeded Kentucky

Notre Dame’s guard-oriented offense is one of the most efficient in Division I while Kentucky is one of the tallest, best defensive teams.

2 weeks ago

NCAA tournament notebook: Calipari reminds players Kentucky is beatable

Midwest Region notebook: Kentucky’s coach said the Wildcats should have lost five or six games this year.

2 weeks ago

Indiana law denounced as invitation to discriminate against gays

Passage of the measure drew expressions of dismay from the NCAA, which will hold its men’s basketball Final Four games in Indianapolis.

3 weeks ago

Fun-loving California Vulcans look for second national title

Central Valley graduate Seairra Barrett is an important cog in a California University team that has eyes on a national title.

3 weeks ago

Bria Holmes leads Mountaineers to rout of Dukes in WNIT

West Virginia (21-14) rolled into the WNIT quarterfinals for the first time since 2005 with a 60-39 win against Duquesne at WVU Coliseum

3 weeks ago

 Pitt's Tyler Wilps, left, wrestles with Penn State's Matt Brown in the 174-pound title match at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis.

South/West Xtra: Violations cost Char Valley grad in NCAA final

Tyler Wilps of Pitt loses controversial 174-pound wrestling championship in final seconds.

3 weeks ago

South/West Xtra: South Fayette grad wins national title at W&J

Nick Carr wins Presidents’ first Division III wrestling title by capturing 174-pound championship.

3 weeks ago

IUP advances to D-II national championship game

The Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of Pennsylvania took the lead in the last five minutes tonight and beat Tarleton State, 72-68.

3 weeks ago

California University defeats Emporia State, 51-46

California University won a grinding defensive battle and advanced to the NCAA Division II championship game.

3 weeks ago

Cal U women's basketball team picks up OT win in Division II Elite Eight

The Vulcans’ next game is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7.

3 weeks ago

 Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia dives for a loose ball against Butler in the second half of of the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Notre Dame survives and goes to Sweet 16

This time the Butler didn’t do it and as a result Irish eyes are smiling and not because they are all still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

3 weeks ago

Pitt's defense slowly gets up to speed

Middle linebacker Matt Galambos finds himself a veteran of a young defense and is tasked to make strides as a leader.

3 weeks ago

 North Carolina State's Abdul-Malik Abu celebrates a dunk with Trevor Lacey against Villanova in the first half of the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

North Carolina State sends No. 1 seed Villanova home

The Wolfpack beat Villanova, 71-68, at the Consol Energy Center, propelling them into the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in program history.

3 weeks ago

 N.C. State's Anthony Barber celebrates with BeeJay Anya after defeating LSU in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Consol Energy Center.

North Carolina State claws back to beat LSU late at Consol Energy Center

BeeJay Anya’s hook shot with 0.1 seconds left caps comeback for Wolfpack against Tigers.

4 weeks ago

 Andrew Chrabascz, a member of Butler University's basketball team. studies in a meeting room of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown, after practice for the NCAA playoffs.

Colleges, student-athletes go by the book even during tournament time

Advisers travel with athletes to make sure they don’t fall behind in their studies during the NCAA tournament.

4 weeks ago

 North Dakota State's Mitchell Bengtson, top, and Edinboro' s Mitchell Port wrestle in their 141-pound first-round match Thursday at the NCAA Division I Championships in St. Louis.

Edinboro thrives at NCAA wrestling Championships

Mitchell Port and David Habat win as expected, while Victor Avery and Kory Mines score upsets for Edinboro.

4 weeks ago

Women’s NIT roundup: Duquesne pulls away to defeat Youngstown State

Duquesne defeated Youngstown State, 72-54, in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in Youngstown, Ohio.

4 weeks ago

 Tyler Wilps of Pitt, left, takes down North Carolina's John Staudenmayer in the semifinals of the ACC wrestling championships at Petersen Events Center. Wilps defeated Staudenmayer, 6-2, and went on to win the 174-pound championship.

South/West Xtra: Char Valley grad Wilps pursues NCAA wrestling honors for Pitt

Tyler Wilps has bounced back from an early-season injury to contend for honors at the NCAA wrestling championships.

4 weeks ago

South/East/West Xtra: Central Catholic grad from Scott has eyes on NCAA wrestling laurels

Lorenzo Thomas, who is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, has qualified for the NCAA wrestling tournament.

4 weeks ago

 Notre Dame's Zach Auguste dunks against Northeastern in the second half of today's game at Consol Energy Center.

Notre Dame survives against Northeastern in NCAA tourney opener at Consol

The Fighting Irish, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, will face the winner of Butler-Texas on Saturday.

4 weeks ago

 Butler's Kellen Dunham drives against Texas' Jonathan Holmes in the first half Thursday of the second round of the NCAA tournament at Consol Energy Center.

Butler beats Texas, 56-48, in NCAA tournament at Consol Energy Center

The game was mostly defined by woeful offensive execution on both ends.

4 weeks ago

 Villanova guard Darrun Hilliard drives against Lafayette in the first half of the second round of the NCAA tournament at Consol Energy Center.

No. 1 seed Villanova crushes Lafayette, 93-52, at Consol Energy Center

No. 16 seeded Lafayette was unable to knock off a top seed. Villanova scored 11 of the game’s first 13 points and didn’t let up from there.

4 weeks ago

 Jim Boeheim has been head basketball coach at Syracuse University for nearly 40 years.

Syracuse coach Boeheim to retire in 3 years; athletic director out

The university said Boeheim decided to make the announcement to “bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years.”

1 month ago

 Steve Struble, an account manager for DVSport, sets up the courtside replay system during a practice session Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

Robinson company DVSport gives NCAA referees another set of eyes in tournament

The replay technology, which can speed reviews dramatically, will be used for the first time at all NCAA tournament games.

1 month ago

 James Roever, left, and Dave Smith of Connor Sports Flooring set up the vinyl banner at the Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

Behind the Madness: Many work tirelessly to make NCAA tournament a success

Pittsburgh is hosting two regional rounds of the premier event of men’s college basketball at Consol Energy Center Thursday and Saturday.

1 month ago


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