Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stops Steve Downie in Game One of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on April 16, 2015 in New York City.

Game 2 plan for Penguins offense is simple, but getting goals won't be

Penguins hope to throw a lot of shots at Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, get a lot of traffic in front of him and score on some rebounds

about 1 hour ago

 The Penguins' defensemen and fourth line celebrates Blake Comeau's goal Thursday in New York.

Penguins notebook: Fourth line gets first goal of playoffs as well as praise

Penguins’ recently created fourth line comes up big in Game 1 of playoff series against Rangers.

about 1 hour ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart during February workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates notebook: Chris Stewart returns to Pirates roster

Stewart’s return from the DL means Tony Sanchez is shipped back to Class AAA Indinapolis.

about 1 hour ago

 Gene Collier suggests Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should be on the same line.

Gene Colllier: When all else fails, put Crosby and Malkin together

With so little offense, perhaps the Penguins need to use Crosby and Malkin together more often if not always.

about 1 hour ago

 Pitt football teammates practice how they will enter the field during spring practice Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt's Blue-Gold game not short on intensity or bragging rights

Panthers teammates will be on opposite sides of the field today at Highmark Stadium, making for what should be a competitive spring game.

about 1 hour ago

 Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman leads drills at a spring practice in Holuba Hall.

Man in the middle: Penn State's Nyeem Wartman aims to uphold Linebacker U legacy

Nyeem Wartman goes one-on-one to talk about his role as PSU’s next middle linebacker and why he’s not taking it lightly.

about 1 hour ago

 Knoch’s Jordan Geist winds up to throw the shot put Friday at the Butler Invitational.

Knoch thrower Jordan Geist shines at Butler Invitational

Jordan Geist was the only male to set a record at the Butler Invitational as his 66-11/2 throw in the shot put shattered the previous mark.

about 1 hour ago

High school highlights: Plum baseball beats Franklin Regional for fifth win in a row

Plum used another superb pitching effort Friday to take sole possession of the WPIAL Class AAAA Section 4 lead.

about 1 hour ago

Pinkerton Tunnel project and fundraising efforts underway

Larry Walsh on biking: The Pinkerton Tunnel rehabilitation project kicks into a higher gear.

about 1 hour ago

 Starling Marte is greeted at home by Pedro Alvarez after hitting a two-run home run in the 8th inning Friday against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Pirates' offense awakens as Pittsburgh beats Milwaukee, 6-3

Gregory Polanco had three hits and Starling Marte homered after days of no player but Andrew McCutchen reaching second base.

about 3 hours ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart started the season on the disabled list.

Pirates activate catcher Stewart, option Sanchez to AAA

Sanchez went 3 for 8 in three games this season.

about 11 hours ago

Blackhawk hires Lamenza as new football coach

Blackhawk names a replacement for legendary coach Joe Hamilton.

about 14 hours ago

 A.J. Burnett, who received a warm welcome back during pregame ceremonies on opening day at PNC Park, is helping the Pirates on and off the field.

Burnett brings more than just strikeouts in return to Pirates

The veteran leadership of A.J. Burnett coupled with his stellar performance so far has provided a boost.

1 day ago

 Steve Downie takes a third period cross-checking penalty against the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Penguins' penalties prove punishing in opening loss to Rangers

All season the Penguins racked up penalty minutes; it took one period for the trend to continue Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

1 day ago

 A gang of turkeys hangs out in February 2013 on Highview Road in Baldwin Township.

Wild turkeys perfectly at home in many Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods

No community here has had to cull its turkey populations. Unlike deer, these big birds in our backyard don’t bother us — or eat our shrubs.

1 day ago

 Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin jokes with teammates during the the first day of the Penguins development camp in July at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Chorney, Dumoulin reunited for playoffs

Defensemen Taylor Chorney and Brian Dumoulin are used to being partners, but not in the NHL playoffs.

1 day ago

 Mike Bertolino, left, and Art Grguric, members of Blackleggs Co-op Trout Nursery and Watershed Association, set up a cooker Thursday at Blackleggs Memorial Park in Young, Indiana County. The association is sponsoring a Wild Game Breakfast for anglers on Saturday, the first day of trout season. It has hosted the annual event for the past 30 years.

Trout season opening-day traditions fade

Many rural communities would capitalize on the annual influx of opening day anglers.

1 day ago

 The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is good, but Steve Downie and the Penguins seem to keep running into goalies they can't put many pucks past.

Gene Collier: Mental approach aside, another failure for Penguins

In the opening game of what could be a short series, the Penguins were punchless once again as they lost to the Rangers, 2-1.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Bam Bradley works through drills during spring practice last month at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt coaches still deciding who must be the 'Money'

Mike Caprara and Bam Bradley are competing for the “Money” outside linebacker spot this spring, one of the Panthers’ few position battles.

1 day ago

 Backup quarterback Trace McSorley hands the ball off during situational drills Saturday afternoon.

Penn State’s backup QB turning heads this spring

Backup QB Trace McSorley is among Penn State’s spring surprises. The redshirt freshman has a chance to impress fans Saturday.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates outfield (left to right) Starling Marte,  Andrew McCutchen  and Gregory Polanco last year at Pirate City, Bradenton Fla.

Bob Smizik: Best Pirates outfield ever

There has been excited talk, premature to the extreme, about the Pirates outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

about 19 hours ago

 Clara Santucci, who won the women's title in 2014, wants to best her personal record this year in the marathon.

Marathon 2015: Why I Run / Defending champion has more big goals

Clara Santucci won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon last year, but she plans to set the bar even higher this year.

1 day ago

 Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have struggled with injuries throughout the past couple of seasons, including both missing the playoffs in 2011.

Adam Bittner: Penguins shouldn't count on health of four expensive stars

It’s time to evaluate if it’s worth having Crosby, Fleury, Letang and Malking take up almost half of the team’s salary cap space.

about 8 hours ago

 Dom Perretta is a student/athlete at Beaver Falls High School and a member of the boys varsity track team. He is the Post-Gazette Male High School Athlete of the Week for April 17, 2015.

Athletes of the week: Dom Perretta & Ashley Amato

Track standouts Dom Perretta of Beaver Falls and Ashley Amato of Plum chosen as the athletes of the week.

1 day ago

Local auto racing: Tracks ready for opening races

Lernerville Speedway and Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway will open their seasons this weekend, putting to test the preparation during spring.

1 day ago

North Xtra: Expectations high for North Hills

Taste of success last year fuels baseball team’s hunger for return to postseason.

1 day ago

 Senior attack McKenna Ash has been a top contributor for the  Shaler Area lacrosse team in its quest for a third consecutive WPIAL title.

North Xtra: Another titan effort for Shaler

Two-time WPIAL champion girls lacrosse team once again headed toward the postseason.

1 day ago

 Fox Chapel Area's Sid Rajupet returns a shot during the WPIAL Class AAA singles championships.

North Xtra: Fox Chapel junior earns spot in PIAA tournament

Sid Rajupet advances by virtue of injury default in WPIAL consolation match.

1 day ago

North Xtra: Vincentian runner off to record start

Andrew Koryak has lofty goals as one of top middle distance runners in the state.

1 day ago

 Gene Klein is stepping down as boys soccer coach at Quaker Valley after 29 seasons.

North/West Xtra: Quaker Valley coach steps down

Gene Klein walks away from boys soccer team a second time, completing a run of 29 seasons.

1 day ago

North Xtra: New coach looks to uphold tradition at Deer Lakes

Zak Roberts returns to his alma mater to take over for legendary volleyball coach Rick Tatrn.

1 day ago

 Senior Zach Salmon has stepped up and is among the top pitchers for the West Mifflin baseball team this season.

South Xtra: West Mifflin picks up where it left off last season

Despite some heavy graduation attrition, West Mifflin is a factor in the Section 4-AAA title race once again.

1 day ago

South Xtra: South Allegheny has the look of a contender

Showing the ability to come from behind, South Allegheny has been impressive in the early going.

1 day ago

South Xtra: Elizabeth Forward a factor in section title race

The Warriors have had an impressive run in the early going this softball season.

1 day ago

 Bethel Park’s Alexandra Stevenson winds up for her discus throw at the Tri-Sate Track Coaches Association Invitational at West Mifflin High School.

South Xtra: Future is now for Bethel Park senior thrower

Lexi Stevenson know this is her last chance to go for gold in WPIAL and state track.

1 day ago

South Xtra: Tall, talented Steel Valley a section title threat in volleyball

Steel Valley has all the ingredients to make a serious run at a section title.

1 day ago

 Mt. Lebanon’s Dane Bendel, its No. 1 singles player, returns a shot during the WPIAL singles tournament.

South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon hopes to challenge for WPIAL tennis title

With a solid lineup, this could be the year Mt. Lebanon ends Shady Side’s stranglehold on the team tennis title.

1 day ago

South Xtra: Peters Township looking good on the lacrosse pitch

With a unified front and some talented athletes, Peters Township is ready to challenge for WPIAL lacrosse honors.

1 day ago

East Xtra: Penn Hills runner pacing himself

Sophomore Isaiah Bailey building up slowly to his marquee event, the 800-meter run.

1 day ago

 Franklin Regional pinch-runner Levi Trapanotto, left, is tagged out in a run down by Plum first baseman, Nick Stotler, right.

East Xtra: Franklin Regional shrugs off 'idle time'

After slow start due to weather, baseball team heats up in a hurry.

1 day ago

East Xtra: Yough riding arm of Mularski

Junior pitcher showing practice makes perfect for softball team.

1 day ago

East Xtra: Norwin plan is a Good one

New coach helping boys lacrosse team turn things around.

1 day ago

East Xtra: Burrell sophomore enjoys breakout year

After battling injuries last season, Nicole Scherer becoming one of the top sprinters in the WPIAL.

1 day ago

 Rochan Ramesh, Franklin Regional’s top singles player, returns a shot during the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament on April 7.

East Xtra: Franklin Regional figures to be in the hunt

Behind solid play of junior Rochan Ramesh, Panthers once again strong in boys tennis.

1 day ago

East Xtra: New coach has Plum marching toward title

Rick “Storm” Peterson, a retired Air Force colonel, has boys volleyball team off to 6-0 start in section.

1 day ago

West Xtra: Montour sophomore baseball standout is sold on LSU

Though he’s just a sophomore, Trent Vietmeier has already decided where he’d like to attend college . . . and play baseball.

1 day ago

West Xtra: Ellwood City off to sizzling start in softball

After dropping from Class AAA to AA, Ellwood City has quickly risen to the top of the section standings.

1 day ago

 Carlynton's Luke Phillips returns serve against Sewickley Academy's Sam Sauter in the WPIAL Class AA singles championship at the Racquet Club in Monroeville.

West Xtra: Carlynton's Phillips has a chance to make history on tennis court

After winning the WPIAL Class AA singles title, Carlynton’s Luke Phillips has a chance to win the school’s first state title.

1 day ago

 Moon Area's Ben Price looks to pass against Baldwin in a match April 7 at Baldwin High School.

West Xtra: Moon flexes muscles, dominates Division 2 lacrosse competition

With a senior-laden squad, Moon is having an impressive season on the lacrosse field.

1 day ago

 Bill Hutchinson, right, a Montour graduate, lost a Big Knockout Boxing junior welterweight match to Herbert Acevedo April 4 in Las Vegas.

West Xtra: Montour grad's style fits new boxing discipline

Even though Bill Hutchinson lost in his first try at “Big KNockout Boxing,” promoters are interested in having him fight again.

1 day ago


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