Daniel Sprong looks on after being selected 46th overall by the Penguins during the 2015 NHL Draft in June.

Penguins sign top draft pick Daniel Sprong

Sprong, a right winger, led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in goals, assists, and points this past season.

about 7 hours ago

 Pitt tight end J.P. Holtz celebrates after scoring a touchdown during last season's game against Duke.

Tight end Holtz, cornerback Pitts among Pitt football captains for 2015

Defensive lineman Darryl Render and offensive lineman Artie Rowell also will serve as captains.

about 5 hours ago

 Oskar Sundqvist gets ready for a shift during the Penguins' development camp at Consol Energy Center Friday last month.

Oskar Sundqvist thinks he can make Penguins roster out of camp this time

The rookie center eyes a roster spot after barely missing out on one last season.

about 20 hours ago

 Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert drops back into pass protection during workouts earlier this month in Latrobe.

Offensive tackle Gilbert's improved conditioning pays huge dividends for Steelers

“As you get older each year, why not change things to get better at it?” Marcus Gilbert said.

about 20 hours ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle takes starting pitcher J.A. Happ out of the game against the Cubs earlier this month at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle mixes and matches against left-handers

Two of Clint Hurdle’s left-handed hitters have improved their platoon splits as the Pirates face five left-handed starters in six days.

about 20 hours ago

 Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter breaks up a pass intended for Steelers WR Martavis Bryant in the first half Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Timing of wide receiver's 4-game suspension could not be worse for Steelers

Selfish acts by Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant leave Steelers offense in the lurch for start of NFL regular season.

about 20 hours ago

 Pitt defensive back Avonte Maddox returns a punt during during practice.earlier this month.

Aggressiveness key for Pitt cornerbacks this season

The Panthers hope to develop a more ball-hawking attitude at cornerback this season, along with some increased depth.

about 20 hours ago

 Penn State WRs DaeSean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknall wait for the team photo inside Beaver Stadium at media day earlier this month.

Penn State looking to turn potential into production with deep WR corps

Penn State plans to use eight receivers this year, a group that gives the offense looks it lacked last season.

about 20 hours ago

 The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez has 21 homers and 66 RBIs this season.

Bob Smizik: Pedro Alvarez -- trade 'em or keep 'em?

There are only a handful of designated hitters who are having a better season than Alvarez.

about 12 hours ago

 Central Catholic High School's football team's defense unit stands by a bulldozer on the school's campus.

2015 Varsity Xtra Football Preview: Central Catholic defense STEMs from special group

Central Catholic is busy building a STEM defense -- special, talented, excellent, marvelous -- that might be unrivaled in school history.

about 20 hours ago

 Central Catholic High School football team defensive coordinator Dave Fleming with players from left, Bricen Garner, C.J. Thorpe, Rashad Wheeler, Damar Hamlin, David Adams, and Ron George.

Assistant an inspiration to coaches and players

Dave Fleming played at Central Catholic and has been an assistant coach at the school for 15 seasons. You could say he bleeds blue and gold.

about 20 hours ago

WPIAL Class AAAA Preview: Nationally ranked Central Catholic still on top

Ranked No. 22 in the country in one poll, six Central players have scholarship offers or made verbal commitments to power-conference

about 20 hours ago

WPIAL Class AAA Preview: Three RBs return to lead Jaguars

Thomas Jefferson has won or shared 15 conference titles the past 17 years, so it's hard to pick any other team as the conference favorite.

about 20 hours ago

 Apollo-Ridge's Duane Brown gets by a Shady Side Academy defender during a game last year.

WPIAL Class AA Preview: Star power lifting Apollo-Ridge

The Vikings bring back explosive junior running back Duane Brown, who rushed for 1,216 yards and 29 touchdowns.

about 20 hours ago

 Clairton RB Lamont Wade, left, and QB Aaron Mathews, right, at a practice earlier this month.

WPIAL Class A Preview: More blowouts likely ahead for No. 1 Clairton

After beating conference foes, 540-33 in 2014, Clairton is primed for an eighth WPIAL title in 10 years.

about 20 hours ago

City League Preview: Allderdice seeks first title in 48 years

The Dragons have been to three of the last four City League championship games but are still in search of their first title since 1967.

about 20 hours ago

2015 Post-Gazette Preseason Football Rankings

The top teams in the region and the state, broken down by Class.

about 20 hours ago

 Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders verbally committed to Penn State in July of 2014 and says he's still on board with James Franklin's team.

2015 Post-Gazette Preseason Fabulous 22

The top players to watch around the region this season.

about 20 hours ago

 Central Catholic High School linebacker David Adams.

Blue Chip Chat: David Adams, Central Catholic

On a defense loaded with talented, Adams, a linebacker, is one to watch; he is rated as high as No. 3 in the country by scouting services.

about 20 hours ago

District Fishing Report: 8.28.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

about 20 hours ago

Auto racing: Pittsburgher 100 attracting stacked field

The 27th running of the race, already boasting Lucas Oil Series drivers, also could have World of Outlaw racers vying for the top prize.

about 20 hours ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Juniors are in a class by themselves

Some of the top players in the WPIAL are still two years away from the college sidelines.

about 20 hours ago

 Tom Loughran takes over at Fox Chapel after 32 seasons at South Park.

North/South/East/West Xtra: The coaching carousel: Who's in and who's out

A look at the 23 schools that will begin the high school football season with new head coaches walking the sideline.

about 20 hours ago

 Penn-Trafford's Tim Vecchio, a Robert Morris recruit, caught 43 passes last season for 1,022 yards.

East Xtra: Penn-Trafford receiver among WPIAL's best

Robert Morris recruit Tim Vecchio is a key to the Warriors’ explosive offense.

about 20 hours ago

East Xtra: Penn Hills senior's work ethic second to none

Billy Kisner knows what it takes to be a star, and he’s willing to pay the price.

about 20 hours ago

 McKeesport Area senior running back Khaleke Hudson will have his hands on the ball a lot this season.

East Xtra: Ground game makes Woodland Hills dangerous

Class AAAA preview: Wolverines will be powerful again, but Central Catholic looms as the Class AAAA favorite.

about 20 hours ago

 Coach Roy Hall led Jeannette into Class A last year in a transition from Class AA.

East Xtra: For Jeannette and Greensburg CC, it was a moving experience

Jayhawks and Centurions found first year in Class A not quite a walkover.

about 20 hours ago

 Allderdice's Timothy Jackson led the Dragons with 42 receptions for 767 yards last season.

East Xtra: Allderdice hopes to double the fun

Twins Timothy and James Jackson helped the basketball team win, now it’s time for the football team to step up and do the same.

about 20 hours ago

East Xtra: Allderdice ready to end City drought

Dragons haven’t won a title since 1967 and must rebound from last year’s disappointing loss in title game.

about 20 hours ago

East Xtra: New coach looks to turn Burrell around

Class AA preview: Dave Bellinotti steps in to try to improve a Bucs program that went winless last season.

about 20 hours ago

 Franklin Regional quarterback Santino Birty threw for 1,053 yards last season.

East Xtra: Franklin Regional primed to preserve streak

Class AAA preview: Gateway, Greensburg Salem and Yough all seek to better last year’s results.

about 20 hours ago

 Beaver Falls lineman Donovan Jeter sheds blockers in practice.

West Xtra: Beaver Falls star Donovan Jeter still a dominant force on gridiron

Donovan Jeter is a monster on the basketball court, but there’s no doubt his future is in football as big-time scholarship offers roll in.

about 20 hours ago

 Joe Hamilton has retired after 39 years as Blackhawk coach.

West Xtra: Blackhawk begins life without Hamilton

For first time since 1975, longtime coach will not be on sidelines as Joe Lamenza takes over.

about 20 hours ago

 Bishop Canevin receiver Sean Fitzgerald caught 26 passes for 339 yards last season.

West Xtra: Rebuilding process continues for Riverside

Class A preview: The Panthers hope to keep their turnaround going, while Rochester eyes a return to power, and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

about 20 hours ago

 West Allegheny running back Terence Stephens has rushed for 1,332 yards on 191 carries the past two seasons.

West Xtra: Powerhouse West Allegheny seeks to overcome inexperienced team

Class AAA preview: Ambridge is focusing on making the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

about 20 hours ago

 Aliquippa's DiMantae Bronaugh, left, rushed for 1,262 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.

West Xtra: Aliquippa ready to overcome South Fayette for WPIAL title

Class AA preview: Beaver Area will entrust a former running back to take over the signal calling this year.

about 20 hours ago

West Xtra: Brashear ready to defend its title

City League preview: Bulldogs hoping to avoid another slow start and make it back to City championship game.

about 20 hours ago

West Xtra: Rochester struggling to restore tradition

Longtime WPIAL Class A power looks to return to postseason after two-year hiatus.

about 20 hours ago

East Xtra: Tough sledding in Eastern Conference

Class A preview: The addition of Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic last season make Eastern one of the top Class A conferences.

about 20 hours ago

 Ringgold running back Chacar Berry rushed for 1,392 yards on 168 carries last season to lead Class AAA.

North/South/East/West Xtra: Class AAA not short on quality skill players

While many stars have graduated, several under-the-radar players will look to make a mark this season.

about 20 hours ago

 Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz didn't take long to lead his team to the top of the WPIAL Class AAAA standings.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland ready to defend its title

Rams reload, but do they have what it takes to repeat their impressive run from last season?

about 20 hours ago

 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Jason Gildon was an NFL linebacker for 11 years, 10 with the Steelers.

North Xtra: Gildon brings plenty of experience to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon is ready to take over the Trojans program.

about 20 hours ago

 Phil Jurkovec is one of three Pine-Richland quarterbacks vying to replace Ben DiNucci.

North Xtra: Line play key for North Allegheny

Class AAAA preview: The Tigers always seem to be contenders, but Pine-Richland and Central Catholic are among the favorites.

about 20 hours ago

North Xtra: Deer Lakes offensive line is its biggest strength — literally

Class AA preview: Freeport will rely on talented receiving corps in 2015.

about 20 hours ago

 Logan Thimons is a leader on and off the field for Freeport.

North Xtra: Thimons a class act at Freeport

Senior West Virginia recruit does it all on defense and is a leader off the field, too.

about 20 hours ago

North Xtra: New coach ready to turn things around at Perry

Former Carrick coach Craig Aguglia eyes restoring Commodores’ tradition.

about 20 hours ago

North Xtra: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic still has talented roster

Class A preview: Trojans have plenty of talent, but Avonworth is also among the Class A contenders.

about 20 hours ago

 Mars tight end John Castello had 16 catches for 274 yards last season.

North Xtra: Hampton takes conference title momentum into new season

Class AAA preview: Knoch loses two starters from last year to other sports.

about 20 hours ago

 Bethel Park quarterback Levi Metheny is entering his senior season playing for his dad, coach Jeff Metheny.

South Xtra: A special bond for Bethel Park football

Levi Metheny enters his fourth -- and final -- year as starting quarterback for Black Hawks under coach Jeff Metheny, his father.

about 20 hours ago

 West Mifflin High School football player James Tyree, left, keeps his eyes on the quarterback as he drops into coverage.

South Xtra: Who's next in line out of the West Mifflin backfield?

The past several years some of the leading rushers in the WPIAL have worn Titans uniforms. Will this season be any different?

about 20 hours ago