Mario Lemieux and the 1992 Penguins celebrate with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks, four games to zero.

Chapter 3 -- The evolution of Mario Lemieux: The rise of 66

He wanted to be the best player in the world. To get there, Mario Lemieux had to pass Wayne Gretzky. The first step? Winning a Stanley Cup.

19 minutes ago

 Lance Moore celebrates after catching touchdown pass from receiver Antonio Brown in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Heinz Field.

Sunday's game holds special meaning for Steelers WR

Lance Moore got his big break in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, who come to Heinz Field Sunday.

19 minutes ago

Penguins notebook: Short-handed goals vexing

Penguins knack for allowing goals while on the power play continues to irk coach Mike Johnston.

19 minutes ago

Ron Cook: College football a downer this year

Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia have pretty much gone from bad to worse in 2014.

19 minutes ago

 Ray Rice

Arbitrator overturns suspension of NFL’s Rice

Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back who was videotaped knocking out his fiancée, will return to NFL as a free agent.

50 minutes ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd pulls in a pass during a game at Heinz Field on October 25, 2014.

Pitt closes regular season tonight against Miami

Panthers hope for a win that would qualify them for a bowl game and the practice benefits that comes with it.

19 minutes ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg sets to throw a pass during the second quarter of a game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

Penn State still has something to prove going into finale at Beaver Stadium

Nittany Lions are searching for that one signature win for the 2014 season, and No. 10 Michigan State is a good candidate.

19 minutes ago

 Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen on the sidelines at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia trying to stop skid in finale

Road game against Iowa State is a chance to right the ship before swinging to bowl season.

19 minutes ago

Duquesne faces coach’s pesky nemesis

New Jersey Institute of Technology might be a small school, but it is always tough to play.

19 minutes ago

Washington & Jefferson has showdown with Mount Union

Presidents coach was a receiver at Division III power from Alliance, Ohio.

19 minutes ago

Larry Walsh on snow sports: Winter weather gives skiers a jump on the season

Several ski resorts open with a lot of snow on the trails and slopes.

19 minutes ago

Bob Smizik: Frantic five weeks ahead for Steelers

In the matter of meaningfulness of games, there’s no season like the one the National Football League presents. Each team plays only 16

about 18 hours ago

 Mario Lemieux in uniform for the Laval Voisins, April 1984. (special to the Post-Gazette from Le Soleil of  Quebec)

The evolution of Mario Lemieux, Chapter 2: Learning a new city

During his early days in Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux infused life into the Penguins franchise while forming a tight circle of trusted friends.

1 day ago

 Sidney Crosby is stopped in the crease by Carolina goalie Cam Ward in the first period Friday night at Consol Energy Center.

Feisty Hurricanes outplay Penguins in nearly every way

The Penguins were outshot, 35-22, struggled in transition through the neutral zone, and, ultimately, lost a "horrible game."

17 minutes ago

 Ray Rice

Arbitrator overturns suspension of NFL’s Rice

In a defeat for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, an arbitrator Friday overturned the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice.

37 minutes ago

 Ben Roethlisberger delivers a pass during Wednesday's practice on the South Side. The Steelers host the Saints on Sunday.

Steelers making themselves right at home

The offense would agree that there is no place like home and has statistics to prove it.

about 14 hours ago

 Center Sidney Crosby has helped lead the Penguins to a 15-4-2 record to start the season.

Penguins' positives outweigh negatives, but will it last?

First quarter of the Penguins season uncovers an abundance of positives and a few significant negatives that must be addressed.

1 day ago

 Pitt forward Derrick Randall has the ball stripped by Kansas State guard Jevon Thomas Wednesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt makes progress on Hawaii trip, especially on defense

Defense shows improvement in confidence-building win against Kansas State that capped the progress made in Pitt’s Hawaii trip.

1 day ago

 Saints quarterback Drew Brees prepares to throw against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Ravens defeated the Saints, 34-27.

Ron Cook: Win won't come easy against Saints

Ron Cook: Everything points to a Steelers win Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, but don't expect it to be easy.

1 day ago

Man who supplied heroin in Duquesne gets 10 years

Khayri Battle, 34, played for the Newark Express of the American Basketball Association and other professional teams in the U.S. and abroad.

56 minutes ago

 Pitt running back James Conner has 1,600 yards rushing for a 169-yard edge on Miami's Duke Johnson.

Hurricanes' Johnson, Panthers' Conner produce at RB in different ways

If he plays, Pitt's James Conner will be trying to maintain his edge over Miami's Duke Johnson as the ACC's rushing leader.

1 day ago

 Penn State linebacker Mike Hull's 121 tackles, nine for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception make him a standout on a defense ranked No. 3 in Division I-A.

Linebacker Hull has no regrets about sticking with Nittany Lions

Penn State middle linebacker Mike Hull set for his final game in Beaver Stadium.

1 day ago

 Coach Dana Holgorsen has gotten creative to teach the Mountaineers, who have 16 fumbles this season, how to curb turnovers.

Holgorsen at loss to explain Mountaineers' rash of fumbles

Abundance of lost fumbles continues to plague West Virginia.

1 day ago

 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead carries for a touchdown as he gets by Conneaut's Justin Ledford Friday night at Newman Stadium.

Central Valley keeps rolling in playoffs

Jordan Whitehead and Central Valley ran past Conneaut Area, 52-23, in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal at North Allegheny’s Newman Stadium.

about 1 hour ago

 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead scores a touchdown in front of West Allegheny's Tyler Scanlon in the first half of the WPIAL Class AAA championship Nov. 21 at Heinz Field.

Central Valley's Whitehead had score for the ages

Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead gave the WPIAL a play for the ages when he scored a 55-yard touchdown a week ago against West Allegheny.

1 day ago

 Chassidy Omogrosso goes for a layup during the WPIAL Girls AAA Championship basketball game last season at the Palumbo Center.

On Guard: 2014-15 Girls Basketball Preview

High school basketball in Pennsylvania kicks off next Friday -- look around the WPIAL this season and you will see plenty of talented

1 day ago

 Clairton’s Ju’Juan Jackson celebrates a touchdown catch in the first half Friday against Berlins Brothersvalley at Elizabeth Forward.

Clairton faces toughest test, passes with flying colors

After a stellar WPIAL championship, Ryan Williams accounted for seven touchdowns in Clairton’s 52-24 win against Berlin Brothersvalley.

about 1 hour ago

2014-15 WPIAL Class AAAA Girls Basketball Preview: Encore -- Penn-Trafford out to repeat

A look at the teams to beat and players to watch in Quad A.

1 day ago

Hunter Hayes leads South Fayette to victory

The WPIAL champion Lions will return the PIAA Class AA semifinals after a 42-15 win against District 9 champ Karns City.

about 1 hour ago

2014-15 WPIAL Class AAA Girls Basketball Preview: Two in a row -- Blackhawk targets repeat of titles

A look at the players to watch and teams to beat in Triple A.

1 day ago

2014-15 WPIAL Class AA Girls Basketball Preview: Rebels jell -- Seton still rates as team to beat

A look at the players to watch and teams to beat in Double A.

1 day ago

2014-15 WPIAL Class A Girls Basketball Preview: Royal treatment -- Vincentian leads pack

A look at the teams to beat and players to watch in Single A.

1 day ago

2014-15 Girls City League Basketball Preview

A look at the teams to beat and players to watch in the City League.

1 day ago

 John George is a senior at Central Valley High School in Beaver County and a member of the school's football team. He is the Post-Gazette Male High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 28, 2014.

Athlete of the Week: John George, Central Valley

Quarterback has big game in WPIAL final to nab honor

about 6 hours ago

Penguins notebook: Rutherford low-keys Carolina reunion

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford finally faces his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, this weekend.

1 day ago

 Mike Adams

Steelers notebook: Adams likely to start with Gilbert hurt

It seems likely that Mike Adams will replace the injured Marcus Gilbert as the Steelers starting offensive right tackle Sunday against the

1 day ago

District Fishing Report: 11.28.14

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

about 6 hours ago

Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Friday

Summaries from Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

34 minutes ago

 Mario Lemieux christens the ice at Consol Energy Center in 2010 with water from Mellon Arena.

A special report -- The evolution of Mario Lemieux: 30 years in Pittsburgh

He came here a hockey phenom. He became so much more. Over eight days, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will tell the story of how it happened.

2 days ago

 Antonio Brown catches a pass thrown by Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers practice in preparation for their Sunday game against the New Orleans Saints from their South Side training facility on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

Wins in last 5 games might be must for Steelers

With so many teams in playoff contention this season, the Steelers might have to win all five remaining regular-season games.

2 days ago

Bennett out several weeks for Penguins

Hard-luck winger Beau Bennett is sidelined by yet another injury, this one to his lower body.

2 days ago

 New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) dives forward for a touchdown as New York Jets free safety Jaiquawn Jarrett attempts to stop him during a game last year in East Rutherford, N.J.

Steelers notebook: Another tight end challenge awaits

Tight ends cause major red-zone problems for the Steelers defense, and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham does not figure to be an exception.

2 days ago

Gene Collier: On this day, plenty for which to be thankful

The least of which is that the Pirates avoid ridiculous free-agent spending and the Steelers are in the AFC North.

2 days ago

 Pitt's Mike Shanahan is taken down by Miami's Sean Spence in a 2010 game. The Steelers chose Spence in the third round of the NFL draft.

Beating Miami a rare feat for Pitt

This is the closest thing the Panthers have to a rivalry game over Thanksgiving, only problem is, it has been decidedly one-sided.

2 days ago

 Mike Hull of the Penn State Nittany Lions tackles J.T. Barrett of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half during the game on October 25, 2014 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.

Five scholarship players from Penn State's 2010 class overcome turmoil

Nittany Lions senior class wraps up one wild ride with a Big Ten game Saturday at Beaver Stadium against Michigan State.

2 days ago

The 2014 Fabulous 22 All-Area High School Football Team

Thirty-four years ago, the Post-Gazette started a high school football all-star team, and it has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

2 days ago

 Clairton QB Ryan Williams throws a 2-point conversion against Jeanette in the first half of a game in October.

PIAA preview: QB an added threat for Clairton

Senior Ryan Williams putting his stamp on the Bears’ high-powered offense with a stellar season throwing the ball.

2 days ago

 Arizona guard T.J. McConnell holds his position while defending Missouri forward Johnathan Williams III in the first half of a game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/)

Ex-Duquesne guard bright spot at Arizona

Former Chartiers Valley standout T.J. McConnell close to reaching all his goals as the point guard for No. 3 Arizona.

2 days ago

The Fumbler: Timeout for top honors

The Fumbler picks the weekend PIAA playoff games and salutes the top moments and players so far this season.

2 days ago

 North Allegheny's Dominick Zangaro controls the puck during a game against Peters Township earlier this season.

North Xtra: North Allegheny adapts under new coach, still wins

There has been a coaching change for the North Allegheny hockey team, but the Tigers continue to win.

2 days ago


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