Pitt forward Derrick Randall has the ball stripped by Kansas State guard Jevon Thomas Wednesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt makes progress on Hawaii trip, especially on defense

Defense shows improvement in confidence-building win against Kansas State that capped the progress made in Pitt’s Hawaii trip.

about 13 hours ago

 Pitt running back James Conner has 1,600 yards rushing for a 169-yard edge on Miami's Duke Johnson.

Hurricanes' Johnson, Panthers' Conner produce at RB in different ways

If he plays, Pitt's James Conner will be trying to maintain his edge over Miami's Duke Johnson as the ACC's rushing leader.

about 13 hours ago

 Penn State linebacker Mike Hull's 121 tackles, nine for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception make him a standout on a defense ranked No. 3 in Division I-A.

Linebacker Hull has no regrets about sticking with Nittany Lions

Penn State middle linebacker Mike Hull set for his final game in Beaver Stadium.

about 13 hours ago

 Coach Dana Holgorsen has gotten creative to teach the Mountaineers, who have 16 fumbles this season, how to curb turnovers.

Holgorsen at loss to explain Mountaineers' rash of fumbles

Abundance of lost fumbles continues to plague West Virginia.

about 13 hours ago

 Pitt's Mike Shanahan is taken down by Miami's Sean Spence in a 2010 game. The Steelers chose Spence in the third round of the NFL draft.

Beating Miami a rare feat for Pitt

This is the closest thing the Panthers have to a rivalry game over Thanksgiving, only problem is, it has been decidedly one-sided.

1 day ago

 Mike Hull of the Penn State Nittany Lions tackles J.T. Barrett of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half during the game on October 25, 2014 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.

Five scholarship players from Penn State's 2010 class overcome turmoil

Nittany Lions senior class wraps up one wild ride with a Big Ten game Saturday at Beaver Stadium against Michigan State.

1 day ago

 Arizona guard T.J. McConnell holds his position while defending Missouri forward Johnathan Williams III in the first half of a game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/)

Ex-Duquesne guard bright spot at Arizona

Former Chartiers Valley standout T.J. McConnell close to reaching all his goals as the point guard for No. 3 Arizona.

1 day ago

Defense finally shows up for Pitt

Panthers hold Kansas State in check; freshman Ryan Luther contributes 13 points and three big 3-pointers in victory.

1 day ago

 Pitt center Derrick Randall passes the ball while being defended by San Diego State forward J.J. O'Brien (20) and his teammate, forward Skylar Spencer, right, in the first half Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinal in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt sputters offensively in loss to San Diego State

San Diego State used its defense to beat the Panthers, 74-57, in an EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinal at Lahaina Civic Center.

2 days ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd pulls in a pass in front of Syracuse' Brandon Reddish in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 11.26.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers who must win in Miami if they are to be bowl bound this season.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Isaac Bennett leaps over defenders as he gains yardage against Syracuse in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Pitt senior essence of a team player

Even though he has been supplanted by younger backs during his career, Isaac Bennett still has been a valuable contributor for the Panthers.

2 days ago

 Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg has his helmet ripped off by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa last month at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State's offensive woes take a toll on quarterback

Nittany Lions sophomore Christian Hackenberg is feeling the bumps and bruises from a near-record number of sacks this season.

2 days ago

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

West Virginia notebook: No reason for change at quarterback

Despite backup Skyler Howard’s success last week in a loss to Kansas State, Dana Holgorsen made it clear that Clint Trickett is the starter.

2 days ago

 West Virginia's Daryl Worley reacts after TCU's Jaden Oberkrom kicked the winning field goal at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown on Nov. 1.

Gene Collier: Rivalries beat bowl games

Forget pursuit of a bowl, the region’s middling college teams are better off piling on each other than piling on a meaningless sixth win.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania Sen. Corman wants Penn State sanctions suit moved to mediation

The senator’s attorney, Matthew Haverstick, wrote a letter to the court’s chief clerk making the request on Tuesday.

2 days ago

 Zach Herman, a Greensburg Central Catholic High School graduate, plays a key role for the Seton Hill University men's basketball team.

East Xtra: Seton Hill just needs some time to develop

With a young team, Seton Hill coach Tony Morocco knows he has to exercise some patience this season.

2 days ago

 Ryan Luther (4) controls a rebound as teammate James Robinson, left, ducks out of the way Monday night in Hawaii.

Pitt pulls away from Chaminade, 81-68

Pitt struggled against Chaminade but sophomore forward Mike Young scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and led Panthers to victory.

3 days ago

 Pitt's James Conner looks for running room against Syracuse in the second quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt notebook: Conner’s status still unclear for finale

Panthers running back bothered by hip injury, availability for game Saturday against Miami won't be decided until later this week.

3 days ago

 Chaminade Silverswords coach Eric Bovaird, a Brockway native, attends a news conference for the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational Sunday at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt faces Chaminade, coached by Brockway native, in Maui Invitational

The Panthers open the EA Sports Maui Invitational today against Chaminade, led by coach Eric Bovaird, a Western Pennsylvania native.

4 days ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd celebrates a touchdown against Syracuse in the fourth quarter Saturday at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers not ready to end football season

Though Pitt’s record turned quickly, the Panthers are savoring — not lamenting — a win-or-go-home end to the regular season.

4 days ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is sacked by Jihad Ward of Illinois Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Illinois defeated Penn State, 16-14.

Early season troubles still restricting Penn State's offense

The Nittany Lions have just one game left in the regular season, but offensive problems with the receivers and red zone still linger.

4 days ago

 James Madison's Toia Giggetts goes to the basket as Pitt forward Monica Wignot defends Sunday in in Harrisonburg, Va.

No. 23 James Madison dominates Pitt women

Pitt fell to 2-2 overall after an 80-64 loss to No. 23-ranked James Madison (4-0) at JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.

4 days ago

 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.

5 days ago

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

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

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

6 days ago

Pitt hoping extra game pays off

Panthers reap numerous benefits from road contest in Hawaii.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

Congressmen demand NCAA release Penn State documents

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


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