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Welcome to the ACC!

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Baseball's Weekend Shocker

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The Pitt baseball team heads to Wofford this weekend for a three-game series. Last weekend they achieved something that hasn't happened in 43 years. Check it out.

Record-Breaking Video

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Remember earlier this week when we promised you more on Brycen Spratling's NCAA record-breaking performance? Wait no more. Pitt Live Wire Extra and Pitt Panthers Television brings you another exciting piece on the 18th-ranked Pitt track and field team's success.


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In case you missed it, it was a huge weekend for some Pitt sports and individual student-athletes. None bigger than track and field star Brycen Spratling's performance at the Big East Championship meet.

Spratling set a new NCAA record in the 500 meter dash, which also sits at the third fastest time in the world at 1:00.37. Needless to say, the Pitt junior was named the Male Track Most Outstanding Performer for that record-breaking performance.

Spratling was joined by teammates Carvin Nkanata and Jonnique Lawrence, who each, respectively, won the men's and women's 200 meter dash, and Spratling, Nkanata, Oliver Philongene and Micah Murrah won the 4x400 meter relay. On Friday evening, Elizabeth Kline became the 10th Pitt student-athlete to win the pentathlon, and the first since 2005, winning three of five events (60 meter hurdles, 800 meter run, long jump).

Be sure to check back with Pitt Live Wire later in the week for a feature on Spratling, including video of his race and interviews.

Additionally this weekend, the Pitt baseball team achieved a feat that hasn't been seen in over 40 years -- they swept the Wichita State Shockers on their home field (6-4, 10-8, 11-3).

"We played very well as a team this weekend," said head coach Joe Jordano. "For us to sweep such a storied program as Wichita State is a great accomplishment but I know this team is looking forward to getting back to practice on Tuesday and preparing for our next opportunity."

Congrats to the baseball and track and field teams on their outstanding accomplishments!

Hail to Pitt!

Jamie Dixon Mic'd Up

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Get a dose of what it's like to live through a Pitt men's basketball practice as Pitt Live Wire has head coach Jamie Dixon mic'd up.


Vote for the Oakland Zoo!

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The Oakland Zoo needs your help. They are competing for the Naismith Student Section of the Year and are looking for your votes. At last count, the Oakland Zoo sits in second place overall and first in the Big East. Vote daily and share the contest with friends for a chance to win a gift card.

NLI Day Special

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Pitt's National Letter of Intent Day show breaks down each 2013 signee with analysis and video, as well as interviews with Pitt's early enrollees.


For a complete listing, bios and highlights of signees, check our Signing Day Central page. Below are comments from Pitt assistant coaches after receiving letters of intent from Pitt's 2013 signing class. 

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In the February 5 edition of Orthopedics This Week, a list of the Top US Sports Medicine Doctors was released with an astounding University of Pittsburgh representation. Out of the 19 surgeons named in the article, nine of them trained at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Five, including Freddie H. Fu, M.D., Christopher D. Harner, M.D., James P. Bradley, M.D., M.S., Neal S. ElAttrache, M.D. and C. Benjamin Ma, M.D. received their residence training in the department, while Brian J. Cole, M.D., M.B.A., Darren L. Johnson, M.D., Mark D. Miller, M.D. and Marc Safran, M.D. were sports medicine fellowship trained in the department. 

Of the nine doctors representing the University of Pittsburgh in the article, three remain at Pitt today including Dr. Fu, Dr. Harner and Dr. Bradley. Congratulations on this great honor!
 
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