John Donovan was removed as offensive coordinator, one day after the Nittany Lions lost to Michigan State, 55-16.

Penn State removes Donovan as offensive coordinator

John Donovan has been “relieved of his duties, effective immediately,” the university announced this afternoon.

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 Deer are prey an­i­mals, so move­ment may mean dan­ger, and the best cam­ou­flage is ab­so­lute still­ness.

The opening day checklist for hunters

After packing, plan the details of your hunt with the help of Post-Gazette outdoors writer John Hayes.

about 14 hours ago

 Colin O’Farrell, 12, of Dormont, shot his first deer, a 6-point taken with a crossbow, near Cecil, Washington County.

Outdoors notebook: Expect bigger racks, smaller herds and a tougher hunt

Although some nice racks have been taken this year, archers reported tough hunting that is expected to continue into the firearm season.

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Wildlife: Using science to improve your opening day odds

Successful deer hunters who acknowledge their sensory shortcomings can sometimes overcome the deer’s advantages.

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 Thomas Jefferson's Quinton Hill gets past Central Valley's Saad Jaber, left, and Deante Bradley in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Heinz Field.

Thomas Jefferson shuts down Central Valley to earn WPIAL Class AAA title

The Jaguars (11-2) were making their ninth appearance in a WPIAL title game and claimed their sixth championship.

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 Unlike Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III, NFL defensive coordinators have yet to figure out Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Steelers must stop Seattle's Russell Wilson, a rare breed among QBs

Unlike other dual-threat quarterbacks in today’s NFL, Seahawks star Russell Wilson takes hits but continues to thrive.

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 Seahawks rookie receiver Tyler Lockett (16) is also a dynamic returner.

Week 12 matchup: Steelers vs. Seahawks

A look at the game within the game when the Steelers travel to Seattle today to take on their final NFC West opponent of the season.

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 Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's specialty is shutting down big, physical star receivers, but can he stop Antonio Brown today in Seattle?

Head-to-head: Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Seahawks CB Richard Sherman

Today will be a battle of two of the game’s best when Steelers receiver Antonio Brown tries to shake Seattle’s Richard Sherman.

about 14 hours ago

 Penguins rookie Daniel Sprong had two goals in 14 games entering Friday.

On the Penguins: Play the kid — Daniel Sprong

Rookie winger Daniel Sprong needs to see the ice more and the press box less for the Penguins — yes, this season.

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 "I believe there’s room for more bears," said Mark Ternent, a biologist and bear specialist with the state Game Commission, "but we need to balance that with the human social factor and limit the number of negative human-bear conflicts.”

Here, there, everywhere a bear: Game Commission says population not a problem

Not long ago, bears were mostly isolated in remote regions of the Appalachian Mountains.

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 It's not easy being head coach of the Steelers, but Mike Tomlin doesn't seem to mind — and prioritizes winning over any outside noise.

Ron Cook: For Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, winning is always enough

Outside criticism or questioning doesn’t do much to Mike Tomlin, who’s happy to be the Steelers coach, have great players and great owners.

about 14 hours ago

 One of Pat Narduzzi's biggest moves this season as Pitt's new coach was installing Nathan Peterman as his starting quarterback.

Pat Narduzzi gets positive reviews despite Pitt football's loss in finale

Despite a season-ending loss, Pitt coaches and players are optimistic for the future.

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Dream season for Duquesne ends with loss in first FCS playoff appearance

Host William & Mary took down the Dukes, 52-49, in a wild game that saw plenty of rallies and big plays from both sides.

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District basketball roundup: Late comeback lifts Penn State men past Bucknell

The Nittany Lions, led by senior Brandon Taylor, ended their losing skid with a win against the nearby Bison.

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 Clairton head coach Wayne Wade dons a bear costume after defeating Jeannette Saturday in the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field.

WPIAL championships notebook: Aliquippa, South Fayette dazzle with scoring

The Quips and Lions put up a boatload of points, Clairton coach Wayne Wade became a mascot and much more happened at Saturday’s title games.

about 14 hours ago

District football roundup: Slippery Rock hangs on to win

The Rock advances to take on top-seeded, undefeated Shepherd, coming off a win against IUP, next week on the road in the NCAA quarterfinals.

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Football Summaries: Game-byGame Saturday

Summaries from Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

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 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard carries the ball during the first half Saturday against Iowa State in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia won, 30-6.

WVU downs Iowa State, 30-6

The victory was the fourth in a row for the Mountaineers (7-4, 4-4 Big 12), who entered November with a 3-4 record.

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 Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi argues for a call against Miami in the third quarter Friday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Pitt's season fine, but small crowd is big concern

Despite solid first season under Pat Narduzzi, Pitt still not generating buzz or big crowds.

1 day ago

 The Penguins' David Perron and Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins battle for the puck during the second period tonight.

Penguins fall to Oilers in shootout

The Penguins had been 8-0-2 in their previous 10 meetings against Edmonton.

about 15 hours ago

 Aliquippa's Kaezon Pugh and others hoist the WPIAL Class AA championship trophy at Heinz Field.

Double pass in final two minutes seals WPIAL Class AA crown for Aliquippa

The Quips (13-0) were making their 26th WPIAL title game appearance and claimed their 16th championship.

about 16 hours ago

 Central Catholic's Ronnie Jones runs against some of Penn-Trafford's defenders.

Central Catholic wins second WPIAL Class AAAA title in three years

It was the fifth overall title for Central Catholic (12-1), who was making its eighth appearance in the WPIAL title game.

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 Pitt's Michael Young dunks against Kent State in the first half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt defeated the Golden Flash, 85-76.

Pitt's offense leads the way in 85-76 victory over Kent State

The Panthers were 10-of-16 from the 3-point line (62.5 percent) and 31-of-55 from the floor overall (56.4 percent) and had 26 assists.

about 17 hours ago

 Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky tries to pass the puck as Penguins' Ian Cole defends during the second period Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Penguins notebook: NHL suspends Dubinsky one game for cross-check on Crosby

Brandon Dubinsky dropped Sidney Crosby by driving the shaft of his stick into the back of Crosby’s neck Friday night.

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 Clairton teammates celebrate with their trophy after defeating Jeannette today in the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field.

Clairton shuts down Jeannette on way to WPIAL Class A title

The victory marks the 12th WPIAL title for Clairton (13-0) and eighth in 10 years.

about 16 hours ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, center, is sacked by Michigan State's Joel Heath, left, and Lawrence Thomas, right, during the second quarter in East Lansing, Mich.

'A lot of work to do': Nittany Lions no match for Michigan State

Penn State (7-5) surrendered two defensive touchdowns and muffed a kick return in the 55-16 loss to the Spartans.

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 Receiver Marcus Wheaton hasn't been targeted as much as top options Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant

Steelers WR Wheaton waiting his turn to make big impact

Wide receiver Marcus Wheaton is the third option, at best, in most Steelers passing plays, and that’s a tough spot to be in.

1 day ago

 Penn State coach James Franklin said there is still a lot to play for in its regular-season finale against No. 5 Michigan State.

Penn State looks to play role of spoiler against No. 5 Michigan State

In a game where No. 5 Michigan State has much more to lose, what is at stake for James Franklin’s seven-win Nittany Lions?

1 day ago

 Former Flyers player Scott Hartnell has 15 goals and 20 assists in his career against the Penguins.

Hartnell relishes every opportunity against Penguins

This former Flyers player, now in his second season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, has no problem getting amped to play the Penguins.

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 WPIAL championships today at Heinz Field, maybe for the final time.

WPIAL's football finale at Heinz Field?

As WPIAL marks 100 years of football championships, it also may be the last year for the title games as the region has come to cherish them.

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Facts and figures for WPIAL championships


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District football preview: Duquesne opens FCS playoffs with plenty of support

Alumni are filled with pride for the Northeast Conference champion Dukes, who, win or lose, will pen a new chapter in team history today.

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 Running back Wendell Smallwood has had a breakout season for a Mountaineers offense that's typically known for its passing.

Junior RB Smallwood carries the weight for Mountaineers

West Virginia junior Wendell Smallwood used his skill and preparation to transform into one of college football’s best running backs.

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 Pitt's Chris Jones gets a shot up in the first half of the Panthers' win against Cornell Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center.

Jones finds his place for the Panthers

Shooting guard Chris Jones was supposed to be a starter, but he is making the most out of his role as a bench player.

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Football Results: Friday

Results from Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

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Biking with Larry Walsh: Tunnel closure a difficult decision along trail

National Tunnel closed for safety reasons because of ice build-up in the winter.

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Columbus' Dubinsky faces hearing on cross check to Penguins' Crosby

Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL Saturday in regards to a cross check to the Penguins’

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 The Penguins'  Sidney Crosby, left, collides with Columbus Blue Jackets' Justin Falk during the first period Friday in Columbus.

Penguins lose to Columbus in overtime, 2-1

The Blue Jackets’ OT victory against the Penguins Friday night is another chapter in what is becoming a white-hot rivalry with Columbus.

1 day ago

 J.A. Happ, shown here pitching against the Cardinals at PNC Park.

Pirates' Happ heading off to Toronto

J.A. Happ will not return to Pittsburgh, signing a three-year, $36 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays Friday.

1 day ago

Steelers release running back Pead, sign Toussaint from practice squad

Toussaint played in four games with the Baltimore Ravens last season.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd is stopped by Miami's Tracy Howard in the third quarter today at Heinz Field.

Comeback effort falls short as Pitt drops regular season finale against Miami

The Panthers finish the regular season 8-4, 6-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play after the 29-24 setback.

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 Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, center, sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert in a game last week.

Unheralded front four remains key to Seattle's relentless defense

While the secondary gets most of the accolades and attention, Seattle’s defensive line dictates the terms of engagement.

2 days ago

 David Warsofsky skates up the ice during a preseason game against Detroit on Sept. 30.

Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky longs for chance to play in NHL game again

Warsofsky likes being back in NHL, but would prefer to be playing in the Penguins games.

2 days ago

 Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi leads seniors J.P. Holtz, Daryl Render and Lafayette Pitts onto the field earlier this season.

It's been a tumultuous career for Pitt's seniors

The Panthers’ 11 seniors cap off home career today against Miami at Heinz Field.

2 days ago

 The Penguins' Brian Dumoulin, Sidney Crosby and Steve Oleksy skate during a drill at practice earlier this season.

Penguins notebook: Lovejoy sings praises of defense partner Dumoulin

If Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin needs a reference, his current partner Ben Lovejoy would fill the bill nicely.

2 days ago

 Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

Penn State's Sandusky settlements now total nearly $93 million

Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

2 days ago

 Pitt students sing "Sweet Caroline" at the end of the third quarter in a game against Louisville last week at Heinz Field.

Pitt football success sparks renewed student interest

The Panthers have struggled to build student support since moving off campus, but a winning team and strong marketing has improved things.

2 days ago

 Pitt's Alonzo Nelson-Ododa drives to the basket against Cornell's Wil Bathurst in the second half Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center.

Depth provides competition that is fueling Panthers' good start

Increased depth and competition for playing time give Pitt decidedly different look this season.

2 days ago

Defensive lineman Zack Gilbert commits to Pitt

Pitt landed its 12th verbal commitment of the 2016 class Friday when defensive lineman Zack Gilbert gave his pledge to Pat Narduzzi.

1 day ago

 James Harrison and the Steelers will play the Seahawks Sunday afternoon in Seattle, a city where the black-and-gold has had little but gloom and doom.

History has been fruitless in Seattle for Steelers

The Seahawks as a team are talented enough, but there also seems to be some kind of pox on the Steelers when they travel to the Northwest.

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