Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was disappointed with his team's defense in a 74-70 loss to Hawaii late Friday night.

Inexperienced Panthers deal with defensive shortcomings

After Pitt snuck by its first two games with subpar defense, Hawaii finally burned the Panthers porous unit in a loss late Friday night.

about 17 hours ago


District college football roundup: Dukes shut out Colonials, 22-0

Michael LoPresti passed for two touchdowns as Duquesne completed a 6-6 season.

about 17 hours ago


 Robert Morris University Illinois students play ‘‘League of Legends’’ during a practice of the school’s eSports program. The school spent $100,000 turning a computer lab into an eSports Arena with fast processing computers, large monitors, and ergonomic gaming chairs.

Video games gain new ground with athletic scholarships

One school in Illinois is offering athletic scholarships for video gamers. And it’s not as crazy as you think.

about 17 hours ago


 Pitt's Dontez Ford pulls in a pass for a touchdown as he's defended by Syracuse's Ritchy Desir and Darius Kelly in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Bowl berth still in sight for Pitt

Even with its star running back sidelined for most of the game, Pitt bounced back from three consecutive losses.

about 22 hours ago


 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg prepares to throw a pass during the second quarter against Illinois.

Nittany Lions struggle in all three phases in 16-14 loss at Illinois

Penn State’s defense has been the strength of the team this season, but late in the fourth quarter the group didn’t have one big play left.

about 17 hours ago


Hawaii's Rainbow Warriors beat Pitt in Maui, 74-70

For the first time this season the Panthers left the confines of the Petersen Events Center and for the first time this season they lost.

1 day ago


 Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Hopewell High School) scores two of her 16 points for No. 9 Maryland in a 75-65 win against George Washington Saturday in Washington.

District college basketball roundup: Robert Morris falls to unbeaten Georgetown

Joshua Smith scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Georgetown posted a win against visiting Robert Morris.

about 17 hours ago


 Panthers offensive lineman Matt Rotheram, left,  shown here practicing during preseason in August at the team's South Side facility, will play his final home game today.

Small class of seniors play final home game at Pitt

Eleven players hoping to end the tailspin and help Panthers win final two games to become bowl eligible.

1 day ago


  Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg  calls a play at the line against the Maryland Terrapins during a game at Beaver Stadium earlier this month.

Nittany Lions offense has chance to get healthy against the Illini

Penn State’s offense searching for confidence against Illinois

1 day ago


 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play to his team as they take on Niagara in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night, November 14, 2014.

Hawaii once was home for Pitt coach

Jamie Dixon got his first full-time basketball job at Hawaii and also met his wife there.

1 day ago


 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) hands the ball off to Rushel Shell (7) during the second half against Kansas State in Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Kansas State won 26-20.

Backup QB Skyler Howard gave West Virginia something to cheer about

Rather than focus on Clint Trickett’s possible injury-related woes, Dana Holgorsen lauded backup Skyler Howard for his performance Thursday.

1 day ago


 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls a play out to his team in a game last season at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Jamie Dixon puts Pitt in right places

Panthers basketball coach Jamie Dixon has his players and program where they want to be in more ways than one.

2 days ago


Pitt wrestling overmatched by Penn State

The four-time reigning national champion Nittany Lions picked up a 24-12 victory against Pitt at Petersen Events Center.

1 day ago


Pitt hoping extra game pays off

Panthers reap numerous benefits from road contest in Hawaii.

2 days ago


 Head coach Scott Shafer of the Syracuse Orange looks on during the first half of a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Pitt, Syracuse coaches bear resemblance in approach to their profession

Paul Chryst and Scott Shafer come from opposite sides of the ball, but have a mutual respect and similar styles for the Panthers and Orange.

2 days ago


Penn State refuses to get all a-Twitter over scrutiny

Nittany Lions coach James Franklin tries to shield his players and staff from criticism 140 characters at a time.

2 days ago


 Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters rushes against West Virginia Thursday night in the Wildcats' Big 12 win against the Mountaineers.

Kansas State spoils WVU's home finale, 26-20

The Mountaineers (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) suffered their third loss in a row Thursday night in their home finale.

2 days ago


 Angelo Mangiro (left) and Austin Johnson of Penn State celebrate with the Dan Rooney Trophy after victory over UCF in the Croke Park Classic American Football match between Penn State v Central Florida at Croke Park Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.

Penn State lineman Angelo Mangiro knows job backwards and forward

Angelo Mangiro has worked through dyslexia to become a versatile offensive lineman for the Nittany Lions.

3 days ago


 West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen holds his head during the second half of last year's game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 35-12.

West Virginia must curb turnovers vs. Kansas State

Kansas State does not beat itself, which for West Virginia has been the opposite tale ahead of its game tonight against the No. 12 Wildcats.

3 days ago


Hot shooting lifts Pitt women to win vs. Michigan

The Panthers cruised past marquee foe Michigan thanks to a stellar effort from 3-point range and senior guard Brianna Kiesel Thursday night.

2 days ago


Pitt defensive backs a work in progress

Secondary coach Troy Douglas has had his unit stretched thin in the past, but is seeing improvement in the young Panthers.

3 days ago


 Pitt's Josh Newkirk drives to the net against Niagara's Karonn Davis in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night, November 14, 2014.

Bench role doesn’t slow Pitt guard Josh Newkirk

When sophomore guard Josh Newkirk comes off the bench, Pitt certainly doesn’t lose any speed or production.

3 days ago


 Brianna Kiesel goes for a layup during the City Game between Pitt and Duquesne last year at the Petersen Events Center.

Brianna Kiesel eyes rebound vs. Michigan for Pitt women

Panthers senior guard Brianna Kiesel didn’t shoot like the leader of a young team Monday, but has since been working to bounce back tonight.

3 days ago


Congressmen demand NCAA release Penn State documents

The documents related to the 2012 consent decree over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

3 days ago


 Heather Betancourt makes a save for the University of Dayton women's soccer team.

South Xtra: Seton-LaSalle grad gives Dayton women's soccer team a lift

Bouncing back after an injury, Heather Betancourt came on strong in the late going this season for the Dayton soccer team.

3 days ago


East Xtra: Area grad excited to play Pitt

Franklin Regional alum Sean Hickey only has two games left in his career at Syracuse, but one of those is Saturday vs. Pitt at Heinz Field.

3 days ago


 Pitt's James Conner scores a touchdown Oct. 25 against Georgia Tech at Heinz Field.

Pitt running back Conner sees no reason to end heavy workload

While Pitt's defense appears to have gone missing in the current losing streak, the rushing attack might just be rounding into form.

4 days ago


 "He's a man that demands perfection every single day," Penn State senior linebacker Mike Hull (43) said of defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

Penn State: Shoop's strategy paves way for his predictions

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop wins players' faith, confidence, respect with strategy and predictions.

4 days ago


 Thirteen of West Virginia's 19 seniors, including quarterback Clint Trickett, transferred to the Mountaineers.

West Virginia football: Trickett aims to make an indelible memory in home finale

Starting QB Clint Trickett is one of 19 seniors who will run onto Mountaineer Field for the final time Thursday night.

4 days ago


Pitt basketball: Panthers opt to go small with sharper edge on skills

Panthers go small, play to strong suit, and it's a good fit.

4 days ago


 West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches his team during the Blue-Gold Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium in April.

WVU football releases 2015 schedule

West Virginia will play a far more traditional schedule next season than it has in recent years.

4 days ago


Pitt women's basketball cruises against Niagara for first win

Freshman forward Stasha Carey shook off any pregame jitters and Pitt won its first game this season, a 70-54 victory against Niagara.

5 days ago


 North Carolina Tar Heels tailback Charles Brunson scores a touchdown as Pitt defensive back Ray Vinopal (9) and linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) defend in the third quarter, Saturday. The Tar Heels defeated the Panthers 40-35 at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Pitt notebook: Defensive woes puzzling

Despite a glaring need for defensive improvement, Pitt coach Paul Chryst stressed the importance of overall consistency.

5 days ago


 Consol Energy Center will host 2015 and 2018 NCAA Tournament action.

NCAA Men's Tournament to return to Pittsburgh in 2018

However, Pittsburgh was not selected to host any of the 2017-20 NCAA women's Final Fours, the NCAA announced Monday.

6 days ago


 North Carolina tailback Charles Brunson scores a touchdown as Pitt defensive back Ray Vinopal (9) and linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) look on in the third quarter Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Pitt defense continues searching for answers

The reeling Panthers are in need of a slump-busting performance on defense this week against Syracuse.

6 days ago


 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is excited for the Nittany Lions to receive extra practice time by becoming bowl-eligible.

Penn State's bowl benefits start with extra practices

The experience of playing in an unexpected postseason game will be special for the Nittany Lions, but most important, it extends the season.

6 days ago


 West Virginia guard Jevon Carter, left, reacahes for the  the loose ball alongside teammate Jonathan Holton, right as Lafayette guard Monty Boykins tries to regain control Sunday in Morgantown, W.Va.

District basketball roundup: Penn State men clamp down in win

The Nittany Lions' returning leader and newest standout helped lead the way to stifling victory Sunday against Atlantic 10 foe Fordham.

6 days ago


 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett drops back to pass against TCU in the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

West Virginia notebook: Passing offense starting to slip

Defense’s have kept the Mountaineers far below their early seven-game average of 361.7 yards per game.

5 days ago


 Panther guard James Robinson collides with Samford center Michael Bradley as he shoots in the first half Sunday  at Petersen Events Center. Robinson was called for a charging foul on the play.

Pitt defeats Samford, 63-56

The Bulldogs were overmatched by the Panthers just enough to allow Pitt to squeak out a win at Petersen Events Center.

6 days ago


Penn State president vows to revisit Freeh Report

President Eric Barron vowed in a statement on the university’s website that he would conduct “a thorough review” of the report.

1 week ago


 Pitt's Derrick Randall goes after a rebound against Niagara in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night.

Young Samford up next for Panthers

After throttling Niagara in the opener, Pitt faces another young team before heading for Hawaii.

1 week ago


District roundup: Slippery Rock claims PSAC crown

The Rock won its first conference championship in 40 years Saturday by beating Bloomsburg, 28-26.

1 week ago


 North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams looks to pass as Panthers linebacker Nicholas Grigsby pressures in the second quarter.

Pitt falls 40-35 to North Carolina

Pitt couldn’t hold on to an early lead and lost a back-and-forth shootout late, falling 40-35 to North Carolina.

1 week ago


 Penn State running back Akeel Lynch dives for the end zone but is knocked out of bounds by Temple linebacker Nate D. Smith before he can cross the goal line during the first quarter.

Nittany Lions become bowl-eligible, down Temple, 30-13

Twenty eight months after signing a consent decree that banned the Nittany Lions from bowl play, Penn State will go bowling this winter.

1 week ago


 Duquesne's Derrick Colter puts up a 3-point shot against Bluefield State's Michael Maynor in the second half at the A.J. Palumbo Center Saturday afternoon.

Derrick Colter has big return for Duquesne in win

Junior Derrick Colter returned from a battle with cancer to lead the Dukes with 26 points in a season-opening win against Bluefield State.

1 week ago


District college basketball roundup: Colonials crushed in season opener

Robert Morris shot just 25 percent from the field in a 77-50, season-opening loss to Lafayette Friday at Sewall Center.

1 week ago


 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst talks with quarterback Chad Voytik as they take on Akron.

Panthers aim to stay on toes defensively against Tar Heels

In the time leading up to its matchup today against North Carolina, Pitt has been trying to mimic the Tar Heels’ breakneck offense.

1 week ago


Bowl berth at stake in Rhule’s return to Penn State

Temple coach Matt Rhule returns to his alma mater, but the Nittany Lions hope to spoil his homecoming with a win to clinch bowl eligibility.

1 week ago


 Penn State Board of Trustees member Anthony Lubrano

Penn State trustees postpone discussion on lawsuit vs. NCAA

Board of Trustees meeting in University Park draws angry crowd.

1 week ago


 Attorney Andrew Shubin represented nine of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He is also involved in the "Happy Valley" documentary, which is being shown tonight in State College.

Sandusky victims’ attorney: Penn State scandal needs to be story of accountability

Attorney Andrew Shubin says none of the victims in this case believed that Jerry Sandusky would be convicted.

1 week ago



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