Pitt picks up verbal commitment from Ohio QB Thomas MacVittie

The Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) quarterback also had offers from Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Toledo.

about 9 hours ago

 West Virginia guard Juwan Staten dunks during practice Wednesday in preparation for today's Sweet 16 tilt against Kentucky at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

West Virginia hopes pressing defense can stop undefeated Kentucky

Bob Huggins and West Virginia have deployed a different defensive style this season, and it has carried the Mountaineers to the Sweet 16.

about 19 hours ago

NCAA notebook: Wichita State coach doesn't backpedal from Alabama interest

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall reiterated Wednesday he would listen to an offer from Alabama if the school approached him about a job.

about 19 hours ago

No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Kentucky

NCAA tournament Midwest Region semifinal between the Mountaineers and Wildcats.

about 19 hours ago

Duquesne meets familiar foe, West Virginia, in WNIT

Duquesne has never advanced past the third round of the WNIT. West Virginia stands in its way.

about 19 hours ago

California University defeats Emporia State, 51-46

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

about 20 hours ago

 Pitt's Alex Bookser works with Aaron Reese during spring camp on the South Side yesterday afternoon.

Alex Bookser hopes versatility earns him starting job on Pitt line

Freshman offensive lineman Alex Bookser is trying to impress Pitt’s new coaching staff and earn a starting job in the process.

1 day ago

 Penn State President Eric J. Barron

Penn State considers tuition freeze

Eric J. Barron says he would recommend the freeze for in-state students if the university were to receive a proposed funding increase.

1 day 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.

2 days ago

 West Virginia's Tarik Phillip elevates for a layup during Sunday's NCAA tournament game in Columbus, Ohio.

Mountaineers secure berth in Sweet 16; unbeaten Kentucky next

West Virginia’s high-pressure, physical defense won out over a Maryland attack that was among the most-prolific from the free-throw line.

3 days ago

 Panthers guard Brianna Kiesel handles the ball during the game against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Pitt women ousted by Tennessee, 77-67

After reaching their first NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, the No. 10-seeded Panthers ended their season with a 20-12 record.

2 days ago

 Pitt senior guard Brianna Kiesel, whose favorite player growing up was former Tennessee star Candace Parker, celebrates the Panthers' NCAA tournament win against Chattanooga Saturday.

Pitt women's basketball team hopes to reach 'Summitt' of dreams at Tennessee

Brianna Kiesel and the Panthers today play a storied NCAA program on its home floor, where championships were nearly a given every season.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago

 Rodney Pryor, soaring in for a dunk in Friday night's loss to Duke, is one of several standouts slated to return next season for Robert Morris.

Robert Morris season in review: Rising stars poised to make more noise

Even with the departure of rising coaching star Andy Toole a possibility, the Colonials believe a less turbulent season is likely next year.

4 days ago

 West Virginia's Juwan Staten looked good in his return to the court in Friday's win against Buffalo.

West Virginia-Maryland preview: Juwan Staten invigorates offense

Point guard Juwan Staten's return gives the Mountaineers a big lift going into their third-round NCAA tournament game against the Terrapins.

4 days ago

 Pittsburgh players Brittany Gordon, left, Brianna Kiesel, center, and Monica Wignot celebrate in the final seconds of the second half.

Pitt women advance in NCAA tournament

Stasha Carey and Brianna Kiesel helped the Panthers beat Chattanooga in the first round.

5 days ago

 Pitt women's coach Suzie McConnell-Serio gives instruction at a Panthers practice earliers this season.

McConnell-Serio on NCAA cloud 9

NCAA women’s tournament: Pitt's Suzie McConnell-Serio is no stranger to life in the tournament, but her players certainly are.

5 days ago

 North Carolina State's Nick Gwiazdowski takes down Penn State’s James Lawson in a 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday in the NCAA wrestling championships at Scotttrade Center in St. Louis.

NCAA wrestling: Pitt, WVU standouts reach title matches

Pitt’s Tyler Wilps and West Virginia’s Moisey rode an upset wave into the finals in St. Louis.

5 days ago

Robert Morris hockey falls in conference semifinal

A bevy of shots on goal were not enough for a Colonials victory against AHC rival Mercyhurst Friday night in Rochester, N.Y.

5 days 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.

4 days ago

Duke hits late shot to outlast Albany

NCAA Women’s tournament roundup: The Blue Devils overcame  27 turnovers and have won their opener in each of their 22 appearances.

5 days ago

 West Virginia's Juwan Staten (3) goes in for a shot against Buffalo's Will Regan (2) in the first half of an NCAA tournament game in the Round of 64 in Columbus.

West Virginia beats Buffalo to advance in NCAA tournament

The fifth-seeded Mountaineers move on to face No. 4 Maryland Sunday in the Midwest Region.

5 days ago

 Robert Morris fans cheer during the first half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game against Duke in the Round of 64 in Charlotte, N.C.

RMU can't beat history — or Duke

Never had a No. 16 seed beaten a No. 1 seed, and that remains true.

5 days ago

Pitt junior Tyrone Haughton to transfer to different basketball program

Haugton, who is 6-foot-9, was supposed to fill a role as a shot blocker and rebounder but never developed enough to merit any playing time.

5 days ago

RMU loses Atlantic Hockey Conference semifinal to Mercyhurst, 4-3

The Colonials set a program record with 63 shots on net while watching their bid end for a second straight conference championship.

5 days ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play during his team's NIT loss to George Washington on Tuesday.

Dixon to serve as guest analyst for Turner Sports

The studio show will be aired in between games and at halftime of the NCAA third round games Saturday.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days ago

 Robert Morris' Lucky Jones, Rodney Pryor, Elijah Minnie and Marcquise Reed celebrate after defeating North Florida Wednesday in the First Four game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio.

Elijah Minnie's surge sparking Robert Morris

Freshman Elijah Minnie is stepping out of the shadow of the Colonials’ other talented freshman, Marcquise Reed.

6 days ago

 Pitt's Dontez Ford, shown trying to get by Syracuse's Brandon Reddish this past season, earned a starting role for the final three games of 2014. But he said he believes he has something to prove this spring.

Dontez Ford makes impression at receiver for Pitt

Star wideout Tyler Boyd is a given, but the question of who steps up alongside him for the Panthers could be answered by Dontez Ford.

6 days ago

 Thirty of the NFL’s 32 teams were represented at Penn State’s pro day Thursday to watch players such as linebacker Mike Hull.

Sized up: 30 NFL scouts watch 13 prospects at Penn State's pro day

Penn State’s 13 pro-day participants were put through the paces in an effort to prove they are ready for their shot at the NFL.

6 days ago

 Joe Smeltzer, 17 of Findlay Township, must always be ready as a ballboy at the NCAA tournament at Consol Energy Center.

Seen and heard at Consol Energy Center: Having a ball

One teenager at the NCAA tournament Thursday at Consol Energy Center had a better reason than most to take in the games.

6 days 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.

6 days ago

 Mikey Dugan, 13, plays video games while receiving his breathing treatment and chest physical therapy March 6 at home in West Mifflin.

For 13-year-old, Robert Morris lacrosse teammates are 'all my older brothers'

Mikey Dugan, an eighth-grader at West Mifflin Area Middle School who has cystic fibrosis, is part of the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team.

6 days 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.

6 days ago

Robert Morris hockey team competing for conference title, NCAA berth

The Colonials are looking for a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and could clinch it this weekend.

6 days ago

 Robert Morris women's basketball players console each as St. Francis Brooklyn celebrates. The Colonials lost in the NEC Championship game at the Sewell Center at Robert Morris in Moon.

Big basketball week at Robert Morris

It was MO-Madness all week at the Moon campus of Robert Morris University, as students, faculty and staff cheered on their teams.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days ago

 Penn State head coach Coquese Washington

Penn State signs Lady Lions basketball coach to extension

Penn State University has signed Lady Lions basketball coach Coquese Washington to a two-year contract extension,.

6 days ago

 Drew Allen,19, left, and Gerald Ferguson,19, both freshmen at Robert Morris University, watch the men's team play North Florida in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tourney Wednesday night.

Behind the Madness: RMU’s basketball program benefits from supportive front office

President Gregory Dell'Omo has been hands-on in building the program, while cutting other sports. Mr. Dell’Omo is leaving this summer.

1 week ago

Penn State signs a two-year contract extension for Patrick Chambers

Athletic director Sandy Barbour announced a two-year contract extension for men’s basketball coach Patrick Chamber

1 week ago

 Penn State coach James Franklin speaks during an NCAA college football news conference, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in State College, Pa.  Penn State opens spring football practice tomorrow.

Searching for an edge, coach Franklin looks into analytics, sports science

James Franklin will leave no stone unturned when looking for ways to decide whether or not analytics and sports science can help his team.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo, Sheldon Jeter and Cameron Wright react during the final minute of their team's loss to George Washington Tuesday of the first round of the NIT at Petersen Events Center.

Ineffective offense deserves some blame for Pitt's problems this season

Though coach Jamie Dixon says defensive and rebounding issues were big problems for the Panthers, a lackluster offense deserves some blame.

1 week ago

 Syracuse celebrates after dodging what would've been the only No. 16-No. 1 seed upset in the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2012 at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: NCAA tournament still waiting for ultimate David-Goliath scenario

Upsets happen each year in the NCAA men’s tournament, but fans have never seen the stunner of all shockers — a No. 16 seed beating a No. 1.

1 week ago

Local wrestlers looking for rebound in NCAA tournament

The local products — who wrestle at Pitt, Edinboro and Penn State — return as high seeds, but are hoping for a better result this year.

1 week ago


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