Tag: Pitt

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Sports

Panthers humbled after loss to Navy

Pitt quarterback Tom Savage (7) gets off a pass as Old Dominion linebacker Richie Staton (41) pressures in the third quarter of the NCAA football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 35-24. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Paul Chryst wants his players to expect to win. The tricky part is making sure that confidence doesn’t morph into overconfidence. Too late, apparently. Several Pittsburgh players admitted they took Navy lightly before a 24-21 loss to the Midshipmen on Saturday, telling reporters they figured the Panthers would pull away for a victory. Instead, Pitt (4-3) collapsed as Navy scored 10 points in the final 4 minutes, including the game-winning field goal as time expired. Though Chryst didn’t get the sense his players were overlooking the Midshipmen, if they did he has no doubt on who to blame. “That’s on me,” Chryst said. “I’ve got to do a better job.”

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Duke hosts Pitt in Panthers’ 1st ACC road game

Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) runs past North Carolina Central’s Darius Spruill (51) to score a touchdown on a punt return during the Bull City Gridiron Classic NCAA college football Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. Duke beat N.C. Central, 45-0. (AP/The Herald-Sun, Christine T. Nguyen) by Jody McCrearyAP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke wants to give Pittsburgh a warm welcome to life on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Panthers make their first road trip in the ACC on Saturday when they visit a Blue Devils team looking to get past a discouraging loss to Georgia Tech.

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Health

Steelers’ captain Clark teams up with Pitt and UPMC to fight Sickle Cell

INVOLVED IN A BIG WAY—Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark stands on the sidelines late the fourth quarter of a Steelers’ 13-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh in 2012. Clark has never been afraid to speak his mind. That blunt honesty—and a work ethic forged from a decade in the NFL—is one of the reasons his teammates made the veteran a captain for the first time in his career. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Physicians and scientists at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC are developing better treatments for children and adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). Their ultimate goal is to find a cure.

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Retooled Panthers ready to make a splash in ACC

In this photo from Oct. 13, 2012, Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst calls to one of his players in the NCAA college football game against Louisville in Pittsburgh. Chryst will lead his team into their upcoming inaugural ACC football schedule in that NCAA conference. Their home schedule starts with Florida State on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013 and concludes with Miami on Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – The superficial touches are done. Every last symbol of Pittsburgh’s time playing football in the Big East has vanished, as if the program hit control/alt/delete to erase two decades of only sporadic success. The school’s fresh start in the Atlantic Coast Conference has pumped life into every corner of the athletic department. Nowhere is it more evident than in the sport that triggered the biggest conference shakeup in major college sports history.

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Pitt LB Todd Thomas, former Beaver Falls star, leaves team

Todd Thomas (Courier File Photo William McBride) PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh junior linebacker Todd Thomas is leaving the program. Thomas told coach Paul Chryst Wednesday morning he no longer wanted to be part of the team. The decision comes a day after Thomas was bumped to second string on the depth chart as the Panthers began training camp.

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At the Finish Line

by Bill Neal BILL NEAL * So that you’re caught up, the Finish Line is about just that. The end. A conclusion. A final thought if you will. Some things for you to reconsider before it’s over. Before you cross the finish line. * There are roughly a trillion or so TV and radio stations in the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County areas, but for some unknown reason there is no, none, zero conversation about the NBA finals. The Penguins have been dead for a month. The Pirates have “90” more games. The Power . . . well, they have no power. No Pitt or college anything and the Steelers are two months away. But there is no conversation about the NBA. And for the record, now the 2nd highest grossing sport in the U.S., behind the NFL . . . hockey is 4th. Why? I don’t know. But if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks . . . then guess what?