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 Sidney Crosby participates in Penguins training camp at Consol Energy Center on Friday.

Crosby makes surprise appearance at Penguins training camp

Team officials had said Thursday that Sidney Crosby, along with Evgeni Malkin, would miss the early part of camp because of injuries.

about 3 hours ago


 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss domestic violence issues today

Goodell will have a 3 p.m. news conference in New York on the league’s personal conduct policy and domestic violence issues.

20 minutes ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save during the players informal practice Sept. 14 at the Iceoplex at Southpointe.

Penguins seek answers to many questions

The Penguins are conducting their first on-ice training camp workouts today at Consol Energy Center.

about 14 hours ago


 Mike Mitchell was penalized on this hit on Ravens receiver Steve Smith in the third quarter Sept 11. Mitchell said he will start aiming for the knees on tackles to avoid fines and penalties for high hits.

On the Steelers: Mike Mitchell to change tackling style to avoid fines

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell is frustrated by penalties and fines that force him to aim for knees when tackling.

about 14 hours ago


 Beau Bennett takes a roughing penalty on a hit on Daniel Carcillo, then with the New York Rangers, in the second period of Game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs May 2 at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Carcillo returns with grit intact

Physical forward Daniel Carcillo hoping for a longer stay with the Penguins this time around.

about 14 hours ago


 Gerrit Cole delivers Thursday against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Cole shows he thrives on big stage

Thursday night, Gerrit Cole looked like the pitcher who rolled through September a year ago.

about 14 hours ago


 Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is quite familiar with Paul Chryst and his approach.

Pitt's Paul Chryst, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz go back to Big Ten days

The Panthers’ Paul Chryst and Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz, an Upper St. Clair graduate, are far from strangers.

about 14 hours ago


 Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton has formed a formidable duo with Geno Lewis.

Penn State WR duo sets record pace so far

Penn State's newest receiving combination of DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis might be an unlikely mix, but is on a record-setting pace.

about 14 hours ago


 Fans watch a game between Riverview and Monessen on Saturday, September 6, 2014 sitting on lawn chairs behind the end zone at Oakmont's Riverside Park, Riverview's home field. The Raiders have been playing homes games on Saturday afternoons since the school was formed in 1971.

Varsity Xtra: Saturday games become a rarity

Saturday afternoon high school football games in the WPIAL are like telephone booths. You can't find many of them any more.

about 14 hours ago


 Starter Gerrit Cole delivers against the Red Sox Thursday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Pirates primed for final 10

This higher level of play puts them in a good place for the final 10 games of the season.

about 8 hours ago


 Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane talks to his team in this undated photo.

Varsity Notes: Ruane content at P-T

John Ruane has almost quietly pushed Penn-Trafford into the upper echelon of Class AAAA programs.

about 14 hours ago


 Alyvia Kluska of Greensburg Central Catholic played against her sister in the WPIAL Class AA girls singles championships Thursday at Shady Side Academy.

WPIAL tennis championships: Greensburg Central sisters' act settles Class AA

With the first set tied between sisters Alyvia and Michaela Kluska, the unexpected happened, resulting in a Class AA WPIAL title for Alyvia.

about 14 hours ago


Game of the Week: Century's battle of unbeatens features some familiar foes

Damon Rosol and Rod Steele first crossed paths in seventh grade at the Washington Education Center in Lawrenceville.

about 14 hours ago


Local auto racing: World of Outlaws action comes to Lernerville

Points leader Donny Schatz chases the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars title Saturday night in the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville.

about 14 hours ago


Pirates notebook: Walker cleans up at right time

The cleanup slot has been in good hands with Neil Walker, who has provided plenty of offense for the Pirates lately.

about 14 hours ago


 Cortez Allen breaks up a pass intended for Dennis Pitta Sept. 11 against the Ravens. The Steelers are one of three teams that haven’t forced a turnover this season. “We have to get people in longer-yardage situations to get those turnovers,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said.

Steelers notebook: Lack of turnovers still huge issue

Turnovers point way to winning and losing, and few teams know that better than the Steelers.

about 14 hours ago


District Fishing Report: 9.19.14

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

about 14 hours ago


The Fumbler: Likes big numbers and he cannot lie

The Fumbler is no hot dog but he relishes posting big numbers: he went 52-14 in his Week 1 picks and 51-14 in Week 2.

about 14 hours ago


Note to Soccer Coaches

The Post-Gazette plans to publish boys and girls soccer scoring leaders next week.

about 14 hours ago


 Starter Gerrit Cole delivers against the Red Sox Thursday night  at PNC Park.

Cole, Marte shine to clinch another Pirates winning season

Thursday’s game was tighter than the previous two iterations, but the outcome was the same.

about 14 hours ago


 Serra Catholic defender Clara Almeter, left, and South Allegheny midfielder Haley Wackowski fight for possession on a throw-in Wednesday. Serra Catholic won, 3-2.

Hopewell breaks Central Valley's streak in girls soccer

The Central Valley girls soccer team held the longest unbeaten streak in the state until Hopewell put an end to it Wednesday.

1 day ago


 Penguins' Pascal Dupuis scores on Flames goaltender Karri Ramo iduring a game in December at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Penguins training camp kicks off Friday: Johnston eager to try out combos

New coach Mike Johnston eager to see the pieces fit when the Penguins begin on-ice, training-camp workouts Friday.

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 The lone member of the Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning to vote against Thursday's proposal was alumni trustee Anthony Lubrano.

Reorganization would add to Penn State board of trustees

A proposal would provide give representation to students, faculty and the alumni association but also keep the nine alumni board members.

about 14 hours ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis, left, rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

1 day ago


 The Steelers' Mike Mitchell dives to try to stop Ravens' Owen Daniels in the third quarter Sept. 11 at M&T Bank Stadium.

No fines for Steelers' Mitchell and Polamalu

Mike Mitchell and Troy Polamalu were penalized for unnecessary roughness, aiding the Ravens on a touchdown drive that gave them a 17-6 lead.

about 21 hours ago


 Gregory Polanco hits a solo home run in the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Pittsburgh.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 9.18.14

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who look to sweep the Red Sox tonight at home.

about 23 hours ago


 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano delivers against the Red Sox at PNC Park Wednesday.

Pirates bullpen gets some relief

Pirates notebook: The Pirates entered a game Wednesday night with a 1.47 bullpen ERA since the start of September.

1 day ago


 The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey signs autographs before the start of a game against the Ravens last week at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. He is one of the Steelers' player representatives for the NFLPA.

Compromise leads to new drug policy in NFL

Steelers notebook: NFL's new drug policy takes shape, appeases owners and players.

1 day ago


 Steelers' Le'Veon Bell carries next to offensive coordinator Todd Haley during practice on the South Side Wednesday.

Le'Veon Bell stresses need for balance in Steelers offense

Tailback Bell sees a need for more-balanced offense from Steelers, and he would be in the middle of it.

1 day ago


 The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin skates up ice in May against the Rangers in New York.

Penguins say injuries will keep Crosby, Malkin out of start of preseason camp

Coach Mike Johnston said the injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin appear to be short-term ailments.

about 15 hours ago


 West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert (86) celebrates after kicking the winning field goal in the fourth quarter against Maryland Saturday.

Josh Lambert and West Virginia special teamers far from the usual

The Mountaineers’ kicker, punter and their position group counterparts put the "special" in special teams.

about 14 hours ago


For now, Pitt's Officer is center of attention

Pitt redshirt freshman Alex Officer knows he is not a lock to remain Pitt's starting center.

1 day ago


New: Check out Post Route Podcast on college football

Post-Gazette college sports reporters Sam Werner and Stephen Nesbitt talk about Pitt’s James Conner, WVU’s Clint Trickett and more.

1 day ago


Nittany Lions using gimmicks, wildcat to spur offense

With a struggling running game, Penn State tries to create offense with the wildcat and some gimmick plays.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Kershaw for MVP

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 day ago


Starting W&J QB matures quickly

Sophomore Pete Coughlin impressive as W&J’s new starting quarterback.

1 day ago


 Austin Kemp, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, is a standout running back for the Jaguars football team. He is the Post-Gazette Male High School Athlete of the Week.

Athletes Of The Week: Austin Kemp & Kyra Murphy

This week’s honorees are running back Austin Kemp of Thomas Jefferson and goalkeeper Kyra Murphy of Canon-McMillan.

1 day ago


East/West/South Xtra: 'Dice set for key matchup against Brashear

With so few teams left in City League, every week is a big game.

1 day ago


 Central Catholic's Matt Lenhart, left, and Bethel Park's Justin Nath fight for possession during a Section 4-AAA match last week at Bethel Park.

East Xtra: Central Catholic is proving to be dandy with numbers

Outscoring opponents, 28-1, is a good way to rise to the top in boys soccer.

1 day ago


East Xtra: Penn Hills hoping to rebound

Indians face difficult test this week against unbeaten Mt. Lebanon.

1 day ago


 Luigi Lista-Brinza, a Central Catholic High School graduate, takes a hand-off from quarterback Chase Haslett   during Indiana University of Pennsylvania opening-game victory against St. Augustine.

East/West Xtra: Central Catholic grad from McKees Rocks plays key role for IUP

Luigi Lista-Brinza steps in as a freshman and helps solidify running back position.

1 day ago


East Xtra: Talent is showing for Woodland Hills

One game at a time approach working for Woodland Hills in 3-0 start.

1 day ago


 Oakland Catholic's Kallan Baldis bumps a pass, setting up a teammate during a match against Hempfield Area at the Upper St. Clair tournament Saturday.

East Xtra: Seniors keeping Oakland Catholic in the hunt

Unbeaten volleyball team heading toward showdown with top-ranked Shaler.

1 day ago


West Xtra: New Brighton makes noise in the MAC

Just like last season, New Brighton is off to a 3-0 start, but the Lions are hoping for a stronger finish this time.

1 day ago


 Central Valley's Carolina Lucci, shown beating Ambridge's Taylor Mealie to the ball in a recent Section 3-AA match, scored 40 goals last year for the Warriors.

West Xtra: Matching last year's feats a huge challenge for Central Valley girls soccer team

After winning WPIAL and PIAA titles a year ago, Central Valley remains as a strong contender in girls soccer.

1 day ago


 South Side Beaver's Cheyenne Seik reaches back to keep the ball in play during a high school volleyball match at the Butler Tournament earlier this season.

West Xtra: South Side Beaver takes on big schools in volleyball tournament

South Side Beaver will play in the big-school bracket at the MAC volleyball tournament this weekend.

1 day ago


West/North Xtra: Even in a rebuilding year, Sewickley looking strong in tennis

Panthers reload, contend for girls tennis title.

1 day ago


 Fox Chapel's Cole Ryan, left, heads the ball away from Plum's Orazio Barbarino, but the Mustangs surprised the Foxes, winning the section match, 2-0

North Xtra: Fox Chapel rebuilding on the run

Boys soccer struggling to replace nine starters from section-championship team.

1 day ago


 Zach Chandler was a starting quarterback as a freshman at Avonworth, but missed much of last season with an injury. He is off to a great start this season.

North Xtra: Avonworth mounts a challenge in Black Hills Conference

The Antelopes are off to a 3-0 start and ready to make some noise in Black Hills Conference.

1 day ago


North Xtra: Vincentian passes milestone

The Royals rally in the fourth quarter to beat Union and earn their first WPIAL conference victory.

1 day ago



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