It’s ‘now or never’ for Pitt transfer QB Browne

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Max Browne was the nation’s top-ranked pro-style passer in the Class of 2013 but started only three games at Southern Cal

It’s ‘now or never’ for Pitt transfer Max Browne to become a starting quarterback, writes Jerry DiPaola. Once the nation’s top-ranked, pro-style passer, Browne spent most of his career at USC on the sidelines.

Jerry DiPaola also gives a position-by-position breakdown at Pitt, which starts spring drills on Thursday.

ON THE HARDWOOD

Northwestern celebrates

Northwestern coach Chris Collins and his Wildcats celebrate their NCAA bid

Defending national champion Villanova earned the No. 1 overall seed, but Northwestern’s first bid is the story of the NCAA tourney.

Bob Huggins

WVU coach Bob Huggins on the NCAA tourney loss to Stephen F. Austin last year: ‘We had no enthusiasm. We were just kind of out there’

West Virginia hopes its routine doesn’t repeat itself in the NCAA Tournament, writes David Statman.

Anna Niki Stamolamprou

Anna Niki Stamolamprou holds the NEC championship trophy after Robert Morris beat Bryant for the title

The Robert Morris women’s basketball team clinched an NCAA Tournament berth by winning the NEC championship, writes Jerry DiPaola.

IN BRADENTON

Kevin Newman

Shortstop Kevin Newman was batting .389 in the Grapefruit League but was behind Jordy Mercer

Nick Kingham

Pitcher Nick Kingham, the Pirates’ No. 9 prospect, is healthy after Tommy John surgery

The Pirates sent prospects Kevin Newman and Nick Kingham to minor-league camp, writes Chris Adamski.

Casey Sadler allowed a single and had a strikeout in the Pirates’ 4-3 win over the Twins, 630 days after he last pitched in a competitive game

Casey Sadler savors his return from Tommy John surgery, writes Chris Adamski.

Adamski’s breakdown: Pirates 4, Twins 3

On his From the Cheap Seats blog, Adamski writes about Clint Hurdle’s ode to John Jaso.

ON THE ICE

Justin Schultz w Fleury

Dismissed as a bust by Edmonton, Justin Schultz made a long-awaited trip to Western Canada: ‘I remember near the end just being pretty down. When you don’t have confidence, you don’t want the puck at all. You’re afraid of making a mistake every time you have the puck. That’s what it was like near the end. … I needed a change of scenery, a new environment’

Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz took the long road to redemption, writes Bill West.

On the Chipped Ice blog, West writes about the key to unlocking Schultz’s confidence.

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