Penn State coach James Franklin, pictured here at a Coaches Caravan event in Cranberry earlier this month, said this week he plans to use Penn State's high cost of attendance as a recruiting advantage.

Franklin hopes to use Penn State's high cost-of-attendance stipend to his advantage

Penn State’s cost-of-attendance stipend will be tops in the Big Ten. Does it give the school an advantage in recruiting?

about 16 hours ago

WPIAL softball playoffs: Unbeaten Mohawk reaches final

In a battle of Class AA unbeatens, No. 2 Mohawk bested No. 3 Seton-LaSalle and star pitcher Lauren Zola to advance to the WPIAL final.

about 16 hours ago

 With a 3.24 ERA and striking out a robust 9.6 hitters per nine innings, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels won’t come cheap for any team.

Adam Bittner: Pirates shouldn’t target Phillies' Cole Hamels in trade market

While tempting, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington’s best move is probably to stand pat.

54 minutes ago

 The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen tries to get out of the way as he gets hit by a pitch against the Twins in the sixth inning Wednesday.

Pirates, McCutchen upset with leak of pay stub

A picture on Reddit, later posted to Deadspin, showed the center fielder’s most recent pay stub.

about 3 hours ago

 Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang makes play on ball hit by the Cardinals Peter Bourjos on May 10, 2015 at PNC Park.

MLB catching up to Pirates with shifty tactics

Major league teams are on pace for about 17,666 shifts this year. In 2011, there were just 2,358 shifts.

about 16 hours ago

 Penn State president Eric Barron

Penn State's president puts fraternity life under microscope

PSU president Eric Barron wants the university to raise the stakes for fraternities to model better behavior.

about 16 hours ago

 Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds with Willie Stargell in June 1987.

Barry Bonds will return to Pittsburgh for award

Barry Bonds will receive the 2015 Josh Gibson Lifetime Legacy Award in September.

about 16 hours ago

 West Mifflin's Todd Sekowski, left, edges Kiski Area's Kianta Britton to win the AAA 100 meter dash at the WPIAL track championships last week at Baldwin.

West Mifflin speedster Todd Sekowski runs bases and the track

As it turns out, Todd Sekowski is a man for one season, starring on the Titans baseball team before winning a WPIAL championship in track.

about 16 hours ago

 Quaker Valley's Annie Henry moves the ball against Mt. Lebanon's Sophia Klaber during the WPIAL Division I championship Thursday at Highmark Stadium.

Quaker Valley girls trump Mt. Lebanon in Division I lacrosse title game

The Quakers got revenge against the Blue Devils to win the Division I WPIAL championship.

about 16 hours ago

 A.J. Burnett is second in the league in ERA and in eight starts has allowed eight earned runs.

Bob Smizik: Pirates pitchers’ report card

The following is the pitchers’ report card, based on accomplishments and expectations.

about 11 hours ago

 Shaler’s Ashley Warren, left, and McKenna Ash celebrate after defeating Blackhawk in the WPIAL Division II championship Thursday at Highmark Stadium.

Shaler's 2nd-half surge nets another Division II girls lacrosse title

The Titans won a third consecutive championship Thursday night with a 7-1 victory against Blackhawk.

about 16 hours ago

 Washington's DeQuay Isbell heads to the finish line to win the Class AA 200-meter dash at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin.

South Xtra: After some near misses, Washington's Isbell finally wins WPIAL gold

After dealing with some frustration from past years, Wash High’s DeQuay Isbell relishes his success at WPIAL championship meet.

about 16 hours ago

 South Fayette's Rachel Helbling wins the Class AAA 400-meter run at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin.

South/West Xtra: South Fayette freshman runs to a WPIAL championship

Rachel Helbling surprised many — even her own coaches and teammates — by winning the 400-meter dash title at the WPIAL championship meet.

about 16 hours ago

South/East/West North Xtra: Wild Things open a new season under Bozzuto

A familiar face is back at the helm to lead the Washington Wild Things as their 2015 season begins.

about 16 hours ago

 Mt. Lebanon's Ean Cafaro, working against Central Catholic's Connor Quinlan during a match earlier this season, and his Blue Devils teammates will pursue a WPIAL championship tonight at Highmark Stadium.

South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon to face North Allegheny for WPIAL lacrosse title

Mt. Lebanon is hoping to change the script this year as it plays for the WPIAL Division 1 boys lacrosse championship.

about 16 hours ago

 Canon-McMillan's Chris Gladden returns a ball against Latrobe's Chad Kissell in the WPIAL Class AAA singles championship at The Club in Monroeville.

South Xtra: Canon-McMillan's Gladden gets ready for a run at state tennis title

Chris Gladden, a junior at Canon-McMillan, is using an opponent to help him prepare for the PIAA singles tournament.

about 16 hours ago

South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon grad is new 'voice' of UCLA sports

Mt. Lebanon native Bill Roth will become the “voice” of one of the nation’s most prestigious college athletic departments.

about 16 hours ago

North Xtra: Three favorites, big surprise advance to WPIAL finals

Obama Academy joins top-ranked boys volleyball teams in quest for championship.

about 16 hours ago

 Woodland Hills’ Isaiah Brooks, shown competing in the long jump April 17 at the Butler Invitational, will be a triple threat at the PIAA meet, competing in the 200-meter dash, long jump and triple jump.

East Xtra: Woodland Hills standout a triple threat

Isaiah Brooks wins WPIAL gold in three events, now turns to PIAA championships.

about 16 hours ago

 Latrobe's Chad Kissell returns a shot against Canon-McMillan's Chris Gladden at the WPIAL Class AAA singles championships at the Racquet Club in Monroeville. The WPIAL champion will be a prohibitive favorite at the PIAA tournament beginning today in Hershey, Pa.

East Xtra: Latrobe's Kissell set for sizable challenge

WPIAL champ confident in quest for PIAA Class AAA tennis championship.

about 16 hours ago

East Xtra: Latrobe hurdler wins first WPIAL gold

Maddy Mueseler takes 300-meter hurdles in record time, now eager for shot at PIAA title.

about 16 hours ago

 Nick Sell, a North Allegheny graduate, was a first-team All-PSAC West third baseman this season and leaves Seton Hill as one of its top hitters of all time.

East Xtra: Seton Hill's season ends in heartbreaker

Griffins’ baseball team ousted in region final on walk-off home run in 13th inning.

about 16 hours ago

 Beaver Falls' Domenic Perretta broke his own record in the 800 with a time of 1 minute, 51.50 sec­onds, and he broke a 10-year old record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:26.55.

West Xtra: Beaver Falls' Perretta couldn't wait to defend his track titles

Dom Perretta was so eager to run in the WPIAL championship meet that he had a tough time sleeping last week.

about 16 hours ago

 West Allegheny's Lauren Costa wins the Class AAA 100-meter dash at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin.

West Xtra: West Allegheny's Costa doubles her fun at WPIAL meet

West Allegheny senior Lauren Costa won two sprint titles at last week’s WPIAL championship meet.

about 16 hours ago

 Carlynton's Luke Phillips returns a serve against Sewickley Academy's Sam Sauter in the WPIAL Class AA singles championship at The Club in Monroeville.       Original Filename: 20150408pdTennis01.jpg

West Xtra: Carlynton sophomore eager to test his skills in PIAA tennis

Luke Phillips, a sophomore at Carlynton, figures to face tough singles competition at state championships.

about 16 hours ago

West Xtra: Quigley twosome finishes among WPIAL batting leaders

Although Quigley Catholic had just a so-so baseball season, two Spartans distinguished themselves with their play on the field.

about 16 hours ago

 Fox Chapel's Elias Graca heads to the finish line to win the Class AAA 800 at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin.

North Xtra: Fox Chapel senior gets shot at redemption

WPIAL champion Elias Graca is ready for another run at 800-meter title.

about 16 hours ago

 North Allegheny's Madeleine Davison wins the 1600-meter run at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin.

North Xtra: North Allegheny junior doubles her WPIAL fun

Madeleine Davison cruises to Class AAA titles in 1,600 and 3,200 to set up a date this weekend in Shippensburg.

about 16 hours ago

North Xtra: Surprising Hampton plays for WPIAL title

Talbots meet Canon-McMillan for their second Division II boys lacrosse championship in past four years.

about 16 hours ago

North Xtra: North Allegheny junior eyes rare repeat

Jared Isaacs is defending doubles champ in tennis and looks to add another PIAA title with Richard Hoffman.

about 16 hours ago

North Xtra: North Hills' Curry is all American

Standout wrestler decides to continue his career at university in Washington.

about 16 hours ago

 Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout wins the girls javelin at the Baldwin Invitational Track Meet earlier in May.

Connellsville High School sophomore breaks PIAA Class AAA javelin record

Madison Wiltrout smashed the PIAA Class AAA championship meet record in the javelin today at Shippensburg University.

about 1 hour ago

 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang hits a single against the Twins on Wednesday.

Gene Collier: Pirates offense stumbles again with no end in sight

The club has only one triple in 1,300-plus at bats this season.

1 day ago

 Central Catholic first baseman Pat Ferguson, left, doesn't get the call as he tags Shaler's David Pietropaolo, right, who was ruled safe back at the bag.

Central Catholic fights back, reaches WPIAL title game

For the first time since 1979 when a guy by the name of Dan Marino was playing, Central Catholic is in a WPIAL baseball championship game.

1 day ago

 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer.

Pirates notebook: Mercer's struggles examined

Searching for solutions to Jordy Mercer’s start, Clint Hurdle looks for the intent behind the mechanics.

1 day ago

 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger takes the field shortly before a an Oct. 26, 2014 game against Indianapolis in which he would throw six touchdowns.

Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 5.21.15

With OTAs set to begin, Gerry takes your questions on the Steelers.

1 day ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen looks to the crowd after tying the game against the Twins in the eighth inning Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at PNC Park.

Stephen Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 5.21.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who have the day off before beginning a weekend series against the Mets.

1 day ago

 New contract also in reach? The Steelers' Cameron Heyward reaches for a fumble by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter of a game in December at Heinz Field.

Heyward in line for second contract with Steelers

Cameron Heyward, a first-round pick in 2011, hopes to become a Steelers great, and that means spending his entire career in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

 Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, arrive for a hearing in New York City in November.

Domestic violence charges dismissed against ex-NFL player Ray Rice

Rice, 28, applied for New Jersey’s pre-trial intervention program at a court appearance last May, where he pleaded not guilty.

about 17 hours ago

 Heinz Field tour guide Linda Rashiatore leads a group of students from schools which received the Steelers's Touchdown Award in the NFL Play 60 initiative on a tour of Heinz Field in the team's locker room before an award luncheon.

Steelers recognize local students for healthy habits

Local elementary and middle school students were honored at Heinz Field Wednesday for their work in the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

1 day ago

Treesdale's Boros qualifies for U.S. Senior Open

Boros grabbed the only qualifying spot when he shot a 1-under 70 in an 18-hole sectional qualifier at Wildwood Country Club.

1 day ago

Twelve local college teams earn high academic marks

NCAA bestows “Public Recognition Awards” on teams for high marks in retaining and graduating athletes.

1 day ago

 Keystone Oaks' Devin Rossato scores the tying run against Quaker Valley Wednesday while Quakers catcher Peyton Russeniello looks on in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

Greensburg Central Catholic rallies past Bishop Canevin

High school baseball/softball playoffs: Centurions score two runs in final inning with two outs to reach Class A championship.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Locke saves his job -- for now

After a 36-pitch, three-run, three-hit, one-walk first inning, Jeff Locke seemed headed for an exit from the Pirates rotation.

1 day ago

District Fishing Report: 5.22.15

Sunday is the first of two free fishing days in the state. Adult residents and non-residents can fish without a license on state waterways.

about 20 hours ago

NCAA honors Pitt men's basketball, women's tennis teams for academics

Both teams finished in the top 10 percent of their respective sports, with the newest data representing the 2010-14 period.

2 days ago

 Francisco Liriano walks off the mound after throwing a wild pitch against the Twins Tuesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates' homestand gets started on wrong foot

The Pirates need about six wins along this curve of the schedule to demonstrate they’re not one of the worst home teams in the league.

2 days ago

 Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco of the  celebrate a win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Chicago. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 3-0.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 5.20.15

Pirates, Penguins, Steelers and plenty of sports issues du jour in today’s chat.

2 days ago

Patriots choose not to appeal NFL penalties

The NFL players union reasserted Tuesday at the owners’ meetings that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal will go forward.

2 days ago

WPIAL baseball quarterfinals: Norwin ace Driggers shuts out Mt. Lebanon

John Driggers tossed his second consecutive shutout and led No. 9 Norwin to a 7-0 upset of Mt. Lebanon in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal.

2 days ago


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