Bob Smizik: Pirates collapse, lose to Reds, 6-5

Where to begin with this latest Pirates’ loss, 6-5 to the  Reds, which was a crushing defeat in a game that seemed an almost-certain win?

about 3 hours ago

Gene Collier: Big weekend opens with thumbs-down effort

The Pirates got off on the wrong foot in an important series in Cincinnati.

about 4 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Passion QB Lisa Horton at a June practice at Cupples Stadium in the South Side.

Passion one step from championship game

The undefeated Passion faces a familiar foe in the New York Sharks today. This time, they’re playing for a championship berth.

about 4 hours ago

 The spectacular season of the Pirates' Josh Harrison, shown here celebrating with teammate Gregory Polanco after hitting a two-run home run during a game against the Cubs in Chicago earlier this year, continues as he heads to his hometown of Cincinnati as an All-Star.

Pirates notebook: Josh Harrison’s trip home has special meaning

Cincinnati native goes home as an All-Star for first time, and the attention has been overwhelming

about 4 hours ago

 Bikers on the Great Allegheny Passage in Homestead watch a barge float by on the Monongahela River. Standalone.

Biking with Larry Walsh: Trail group seeks volunteers

Trail Town Program hopes to collect information on the trail users and their economic impact along the Great Allegheny Passage.

about 4 hours ago

 The Reds' Billy Hamilton is safe at home as Pirates catcher Russell Martin waits for the ball in the first inning. Hamilton scored on a hit by Zack Cozart.

Pirates blow 4-run lead, lose to Reds, 6-5

The Cincinnati Reds plated three eighth inning runs off All-Star reliever Tony Watson to cap a 6-5 comeback win under a full moon.

about 4 hours ago

District Fishing Report: 7.11.14

A roundup of what‘‍s biting on regional waterways.

about 13 hours ago

 LeBron James spent four seasons with the Miami Heat.

NBA star LeBron James returning to Cleveland Cavaliers

James, an Ohio native, spent four seasons with the Miami Heat.

about 15 hours ago

 Kasperi Kapanen is selected 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft on June 27.

Penguins sign top pick to three-year deal

Forward Kasperi Kapanen, 17, agrees to entry-level contract days before he arrives for development camp.

about 16 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

about 22 hours ago

Local auto racing: 'King of Outlaws' to compete for Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway

The STP World of Outlaws Sprint Car season is "The Salute to The King Tour," a tribute to Steve Kinser, but Donny Schatz is dominating it.

1 day ago

 New Penguins' coach Mike Johnston hired assistant Gary Agnew from St. Louis to complete the staff, but his offseason work is far from done.

New Penguins coach Johnston brings in versatile assistant

Agnew, 54, joins former Penguins winger Rick Tocchet and holdover goaltending coach Mike Bales on Johnston’s staff.

1 day ago

 Seton-LaSalle's Naje Gibson.

Pitt women's basketball recruit ineligible for upcoming season

Naje Gibson of Seton-LaSalle, a top Pitt recruit, failed to qualify academically at Pitt and will have to go to a junior college.

1 day ago

 LeBron James, center, with Chris Bosh, left, and Dwyane Wade, right, broke Cleveland's heart with 'The Decision' several years ago ... will it happen again?

Ron Cook: Some towns deserve better, even Cleveland

The redux of “The Decision” for NBA superstar LeBron James presents the possibility of even more sports heartache for poor Cleveland.

1 day ago

 Josh Harrison exchanges a fist bump with first-base coach Rick Sofield after hitting a ground-rule double with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, capping off four-run inning and a seven-run outburst over the fifth and sixth that helped the Pirates salvage the fourth game of the series in St. Louis.

Edinson Volquez in complete control vs. Cardinals

Volquez eliminates chance for a St. Louis sweep in first wire-to-wire pitching performance this season.

1 day ago

 Pirates spring training, Gaby Sanchez

Pirates notebook: Report ties Sanchez to PED use

An excerpt from a book reports that Gaby Sanchez tested positive in October 2004 and was suspended for the Miami Hurricanes' 2005 season.

1 day ago

 Jayson Megna of the Penguins skates against the Boston Bruins during a game at the Consol Energy Center on October 30, 2013.

Penguins sign Megna to two-way deal

Jason Megna had five goals, four assists in his first 36 NHL games last season, and also dressed for two playoff games.

1 day ago

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.10.14

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who will try to reverse fortunes on their road trip.

1 day ago

Penguins hire Gary Agnew as assistant coach

Gary Agnew joins former Penguins winger Rick Tocchet on the staff of new coach Mike Johnston.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: What was Hurdle thinking? Part II

Clint Hurdle brought Ernesto Frieri into a bases-loaded, one-out situation against the Cardinals with the Pirates trailing by two runs.

2 days ago

 The Pirates called up infielder Matt Hague from Class AAA Indianapolis.

Pirates notebook: Starling Marte goes on bereavement list

Pirates notebook: Outfielder was placed on the bereavement list because of the death or illness of a family member; Matt Hague called up.

2 days ago

 Sidney Crosby carries the puck against the New York Rangers during a playoff game at the Consol Energy Center in May.

Penguins notebook: Decision on surgery for Crosby still up in the air

Penguins general manager says a determination on arthroscopic surgery for Sidney Crosby’s injured wrist will be made by early next week.

2 days ago

 The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: A-Fraud a continued baseball parody

Suspended Yankee star Alex Rodriguez poster boy for everything that is wrong with baseball.

2 days ago

 Brendan McKay put together an amazing senior year going 8-1 with a 0.55 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 63 innings.

West Xtra: Blackhawk's McKay had opponents firing blanks

Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay produced a season for the ages on his way to many honors.

2 days ago

West Xtra: Hopewell regroups, advances to county Legion finals

After a tough high school season, Hopewell has rallied on the diamond under the American Legion banner.

2 days ago

 Roman Shell was one of many key contributors to Ambridge's run to a Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer League championship.

West Xtra: Ambridge wins summer basketball league championship

Getting production from many sources, Ambridge runs away with a summer league title.

2 days ago

 Fort Cherry's Jenna Lucas set a school record in the javelin throw on her way to her second consecutive PIAA Class AA title.

West Xtra: Fort Cherry's Lucas gets to the point

A two-time state champion in the javelin, Jenna Lucas is one talented athlete.

2 days ago

West Xtra: Brumbaugh awaits more college offers

Despite an amazingly productive junior year, South Fayette‘‍s Brett Brumbaugh isn’‍t attracting many college offers.

2 days ago

South Xtra: West Mifflin Legion tearing it up in Allegheny South Division

The West Mifflin American Legion baseball team looked strong before the season started, but it‘‍s been even better than expected.

2 days ago

 Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout, front, wrestling Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky in the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound final last March at the Giant Center in Hershey, has won more matches than any wrestler in Blue Devils history.

South Xtra: Mt. Lebo's Stout working to build his own legacy

Already the owner of the school record for victories, Mt. Lebanon‘ wrestler Kellan Stout works to improve.

2 days ago

East Xtra: Franklin phenom Lee seeks a world Cadet wrestling title

Winning a state title as a freshman is just one of many significant goals Franklin‘‍s Spencer Lee has on his agenda.

2 days ago

 In addition to being a standout in football and basketball, Gateway's Montae Nicholson also won two gold medals at the PIAA track championships.

East Xtra: Gateway three-sport standout Nicholson moves on to Michigan State

Montae Nicholson is a repeat winner of Post-Gazette East Xtra honor.

2 days ago

 Joshua Keefe helped Unity to the top seed in the Westmoreland County American Legion Baseball tournament.

East Xtra: Westmoreland Legion league finding strength in Unity

Unity earned the No. 1 seed for the Westmoreland County American Legion baseball tournament.

2 days ago

East Xtra: U.S. ball hockey gets a lift from Penn Hills guys

The United State ball hockey team won a bronze medal in a world tournament and four Penn Hills men helped achieve that.

2 days ago

 Maddie Holmberg set a WPIAL record in the 300-meter hurdles this season.

East Xtra: Hempfield's Holmberg grabs another accolade

Already the Post-Gazette‘‍s choice as female co-athlete of the year in the daily, she adds East Xtra honors as well.

2 days ago

East Xtra: Gateway grad helps South Hills offense in Federation League

Gateway graduate Matt Rossi is giving the South Hills offense a boost in Federation League play.

2 days ago

 Allegheny Tigers' Ryan Bytzura, a West Mifflin resident, delivers  a pitch during a game against the Sports Zone Express at Herb Field in Ross.

East/West/North/South Xtra: High school baseball players exercise a choice in Elite League

This league offers high school baseball players an opportunity to compete at a high level.

2 days ago

 South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh finishes this season with 3,897 yards to break the WPIAL single-season passing record.

South Xtra: Record-setting South Fayette QB earns high honor

Brett Brumbaugh‘‍s production on the football field and basketball court earns him special mention.

2 days ago

 McGuffey's Sammie Weiss is the South Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

South Xtra: Two-sport standout Weiss puts McGuffey on the map

Sammie Weiss‘‍ achievements in basketball and softball has earned her a special honor.

2 days ago

 Beth Wertz-Brubach will be inducted into the Point Park Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. She is a Seton-LaSalle graduate and a Brookline native who now lives in Cranberry.

North/South Xtra: Point Park honors Cranberry woman, Seton-LaSalle grad

Point Park University will honor one of its first standout female athletes in September.

2 days ago

North Xtra: Pine-Richland grad working to improve baseball skills

Pine-Richland grad Shea Sullivan is among many local players who hone their baseball skills on the Pittsburgh Pandas summer league team.

2 days ago

 Jamison Nee played a key role in Vincentian's march to a Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer League championship.

North Xtra: Vincentian stays hot in summer basketball league

A small-school power last winter, Vincentian sharpens its game with a summer league title.

2 days ago

 Shaler Area's Brianna Schwartz, who along with Hempfield's Maddie Holmberg was the Post-Gazette's Female Co-Athlete of the Year, is among the best -- if not the best -- female high school distance runner in WPIAL history. She is also the North Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

North Xtra: North Hills' Bostick exceled in four sports during memorable senior year

Noah Bostick competed in four sports as a senior at North Hills and did well enough in each to earn special mention.

2 days ago

 Third baseman Pedro Alvarez tags out St. Louis runner Matt Adams, right, as he attempted to stretch a double into a triple in the first inning Wednesday in St. Louis. Andrew McCutchen threw him out, but not before two runs scored.

Pirates lose third in a row to St. Louis

A short outing by starter Brandon Cumpton put the Pirates behind early in a 5-2 loss at Busch Stadium.

2 days ago

 Matt Hague had a .363 on-base percentage and 13 home runs in 333 plate appearances for Indianapolis this season.

Pirates putting Marte on bereavement list, recalling Hague

Marte can spend no fewer than three but no more than seven days on the bereavement list. Matt Hague comes from Class AAA Indianapolis.

2 days ago

Arbitration hearing set for new Penguin Spaling

Nick Spaling, acquired by the Penguins last month in the James Neal trade, made $1.5 million with Nashville last season.

2 days ago

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 7.9.14

As the Pirates head toward the All-Star break, a heavy round of baseball discussion in this week‘‍s chat.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Frieri does his thing!

Ten random thoughts on the Pirates and their 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night:

2 days ago

 Sidney Crosby is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist within the next few days.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby to have wrist surgery

According to a source close to the NHL MVP, a "terrible wrist" hindered Penguins captain Sidney Crosby's performance in the postseason.

3 days ago

 Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano should be back in the rotation this weekend.

Pirates notebook: Liriano to return, but rotation in flux before trading deadline

The Pirates plan to start Francisco Liriano Saturday or Sunday before the All-Star break, but it's still unclear where the rotation stands.

3 days ago


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