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Federal ban on sports betting upheld by appeals panel in Philadelphia

New Jersey has been trying since 2009 to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks.

2 days ago

 Though Pedro Alvarez is leading the Pirates with 20 home runs this season, he is also the league leader in errors at first base.

Adam Bittner: Both sides of the Pedro Alvarez debate are missing the point

Neither side is coming close to presenting the more boring truth: The Big Bull is a big dog whistle for the Pirates.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Passion linebacker Sharon Vasquez heads down the field during the 2015 IWFL Conference final on July 16 in Altoona.

Officials honor Pittsburgh Passion's world championship with Downtown celebration

On July 25, the Passion defended its Independent Women’s Football League championship with a 41-37 victory against the Utah Falconz.

3 days ago

LLWS: Texas edges Oregon, 1-0, on home run

Shot in fourth inning ends perfect game for Oregon pitcher; Pennsylvania team from Lewisberry in York County routs Missouri team.

5 days ago

North Xtra: North Allegheny grad named USHL coach, GM

Jason Lammers takes over for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League.

6 days ago

 Mo'ne Davis captured the imagination of the sports world last August in Williamsport.

More girls playing Little League baseball in aftermath of Mo'ne Davis

The pitcher from Philadelphia area was a sensation last year, but there are no girls in lineups for the tournament this season.

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 Bjorn Fratangelo is ranked a career best 106th.

Plum native Fratangelo to make Grand Slam debut at U.S. Open

In 2011, Fratangelo became the first American tennis player since John McEnroe in 1977 to win the French Open boys’ singles title.

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 “I think I just got lucky,” said Cody Crone of Monroeville of the 3 ½-foot flathead he caught on the Allegheny River near Harmar, but heavy gear and a calculated technique may have had something to do with it. Casting from shore on an overcast morning, he weighted 50-pound mono line with several big split shot, sinking a bluegill on a circle hook in a series of slow controlled drifts. The big fish was released.

Field & Stream Catfish Classic tournament catches on

Last summer, the inaugural Classic put 35 two-person teams on the water and raised some $1,700 for Make-A-Wish foundation.

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 Jason Rivers, right, started the AR3 basketball league in 2012 in East Liberty in response to his brother’s shooting death.

Bigger than basketball: The AR3 league of East Liberty teaches lessons beyond the court

After Anthony Rivers’ 2008 murder, his brother Jason started a league with the mission to direct young men.

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 Lucy Gloninger, a 2015 graduate of Hampton High School, returns a shot in the Fox Chapel Junior Open tennis tournament last week at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club. Gloninger and her partner, Laurel Shymansky, a senior at Fox Chapel, were champions of the 18-and-under doubles division.

North Xtra: North Allegheny pair wins Fox Chapel tournament

Jared Isaacs and Richard Hoffman team to win their first USTA event.

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 Soccer referee T.J. Zablocki is a West Mifflin grad who has officiated matches at just about every level.

South Xtra: West Mifflin native now a pro soccer referee

T.J Zablocki, who resides in Salt Lake City, officiated his first MLS regular-season game Saturday.

1 week ago

 Chris Sidick, a Canon-McMillan High School graduate, was inducted into the Frontier League Hall of Fame.

South Xtra: Wild Things great now a Frontier League Hall of Famer

Chris Sidick received his induction last month thanks to his contributions as a Washington star.

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 Runners-up Megan Hixon, left, a senior at Peters Township, and Olivia Warner, second from left, a junior at Ringgold, shake hands with 18-and-under doubles champions Lucy Gloninger and Laurel Shymansky at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club Aug. 5.

South Xtra: Upper St. Clair eighth-grader holding her own on court

Marlo Schiffman, 13, finishes runner-up at Fox Chapel Junior Open tennis tournament.

1 week ago

 On and off the field, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has proven to be a great leader.

Adam Bittner: Christian Hackenberg the most valuable Penn State’s ever had

The quarterback should be praised for having a big hand in stabilizing Penn State during the sanction period.

2 weeks ago

Chinese Taipei breezes to 12-1 victory in PONY League World Series championship

Five runs in the top of the first sent Chinese Taipei to a five-inning, mercy-rule rout of San Bernardino, Calif., to win the title.

2 weeks ago

13 rowers take ill after races in Rio de Janeiro

Thirteen rowers on the 40-member U.S. team came down with stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships.

2 weeks ago

 The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer.

Feds, Lance Armstrong fight over medical records

Former cyclist Lance Armstrong is fighting the release of his medical records from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates’ Gregory Polanco scores in the eighth inning as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal looks on Sunday. The Pirates went on to win 13-6 to sweep the Dodgers in the three-game series.

Adam Bittner: Sweep of Dodgers proves Pirates can’t leave postseason hopes to chance

Very little played out as expected in this series, and there were enough quirks on display to leave one questioning if much was resolved.

2 weeks ago

Puerto Rico scores 14 runs in 2nd en route to rout of Houston

PONY League World Series: 64th edition opens at Lew Hayes Field in Washington County.

2 weeks ago

Triathlon will bring multi-talented athletes to Pittsburgh

The 18th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure race will take place Saturday and Sunday.

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 Barry Beitsinger, left, of Economy, gets the ball over the net as his partner Michael Brocks of Moon Township looks on during a pickleball game at the Jeffrey Meddock Recreation Park July 27 in Economy.

North/South/East/West Xtra: Pickleball popularity rising among local seniors

The tennis-like sport, praised for its pace and forgiving learning curve, is getting picked up by recreation centers throughout the state.

2 weeks ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Number of American Legion players dwindling

Other leagues taking its toll on the amount of players interested in Legion baseball.

2 weeks ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Lack of offense hurting Wild Things' efforts

Team trying to turn things around but struggling to push across runs.

2 weeks ago

 Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates after winning the women's 200-meter freestyle final Wednesday at the world championships in Kazan, Russia

American Ledecky wins second gold at world swimming

Katie Ledecky allied to win the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships, beating a stellar field that included Missy Franklin.

3 weeks ago

Elite U.S. figure skaters to compete in Pittsburgh

Former Olympians and national champions will skate at Robert Morris Island Sports Center for the collegiate national championship.

3 weeks ago

 Katie Ledecky celebrates after setting a world record in the final of the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle Tuesday in Kazan, Russia.

World Swimming: Aussies reign in 100 backstroke finals

USA’s Ledecky bests her world record by 2.23 seconds in 1,500 freestyle.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen is hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Pedro Villarreal as catcher Tucker Barnhart, right, looks on in the eighth inning Sunday in Cincinnati. The Pirates won 3-0.

Adam Bittner: Pirates contribute their fair share to bean ball wars

The Pirates have hit more opposing players than any pitching staff in baseball this season.

3 weeks ago

9-year-old Kansas batboy dies after blow to head

The team said Kaiser Carlisle was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was moving to collect a used bat when he was struck.

3 weeks ago

 Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to another victory Sunday in the Haskell Invitational.

American Pharoah still reigns supreme

Triple Crown winner victorious in first race since accomplishing the feat, cruising past competitors in the Haskell Invitational.

3 weeks ago

 Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the Pocono 400 Sunday in Long Pond, Pa.

Kenseth victorious at Pocono

After three drivers hit empty, Matt Kenseth takes advantage to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

3 weeks ago

Local trainer foiled again in Adios Pace at Meadows

Favorite Dude’s The Man keeps Canonsburg’s Ron Burke from winning elusive harness racing gem.

3 weeks ago

 Trainer Ron Burke works Full Moon on the track at the Meadows, June 4, 2014. Burke, in May 2014, became the first North American trainer in harness racing history  to accumulate 100-million dollars in total purses.

Local trainer has triple the chance to capture first Adios title

One of the sport’s leading harness racing trainers, Ron Burke, has three horses in the final Saturday night at The Meadows.

3 weeks ago

Action ready to heat up at PA Motor Speedway

Back-to-back events Saturday and Sunday at PPMS near Imperial.

3 weeks ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Third trip in a row to nationals for Beadling U-19

Team caps successful run in Western Pennsylvania girls soccer.

3 weeks ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Beadling U-18 wins in final game to end strong

Teams follows Region I title with positive effort at nationals.

3 weeks ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Future is bright for Beadling U-16

Team has impressive run through Region I and looks to repeat next year.

3 weeks ago

West Xtra: Hopewell falls in Region 6 championship

American Legion team goes on run but loses to Uniontown in finale.

3 weeks ago

North/West Xtra: Van Sickle hoping victory just what his career needs

Pine-Richland grad who resides in McKees Rocks captures West Penn Open.

3 weeks ago

 Saxonburg's Garrett Traggiai scores behind East Butler catcher Chad White in the Butler County American Legion championship July 23.

North Xtra: East Butler a fixture in Butler Legion final

Baseball team falls in championship, but don’t be surprised if it’s back again next season.

3 weeks ago

North Xtra: Ingomar ends run in Pony League

Under-13 team advances to East Zone Championship but falls to eventual champion Virginia.

3 weeks ago

East Xtra: Kiski Area senior continues success on the mound

Josh Bell overcomes injury to become successful Elite League pitcher.

3 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh Passion players before they take the field in District 3 Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C. on July 25, 2015. They went on to win the 2015 IWFL Championship Game against Utah Falconz.

After championship, Passion plans for future

The Passion won its third league title last week, but retirements could jeopardize its dynasty.

4 weeks ago

 Elite runners race in the Liberty Mile on Aug 1, 2014 in Downtown Pittsburgh. Winner Jordan McNamara, center, was timed at 4:0293 at the finish line on Liberty Ave.

Liberty Mile looks to heat up in fourth year

Nearly 1,500 runners will compete in 2015’s record field for the dying 1-mile distance.

4 weeks ago

 Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi talks with Rori Blair during a spring practice on the South Side.

Adam Bittner: Pat Narduzzi evokes Joe Paterno in WVU comments

Renewing the Pitt-West Virginia rivalry doesn’t seem to be a top priority for Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

4 weeks ago

Meadows releases draw for Adios race Saturday

Adios favorite Dude’s the Man draws Post 2 for Saturday’s big race at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

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