Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez homered against the New York Mets Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates come out swinging, and it works

Mets ace Matt Harvey was no match for a Pirates lineup that gave its own stellar starter enough run support and then plenty more.

about 11 hours ago

 Alison Riske returns a shot to Daniela Hantuchova, of Slovakia, in the fourth round of the 2013 U.S. Open in New York.

Aggressive approach has Peters Township's Riske finding reward

Peters Township native Alison Riske has emerged as one of the United States’ most promising young tennis stars.

about 11 hours ago

 Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang singles against the Mets Saturday at PNC Park. Manager compiling a list of firsts and worsts for Kang.

Mets manager not surprised by Burnett's success at 38

Pirates notebook: Terry Collins has his own pitcher who is 42 and still giving batters’ fits.

about 11 hours ago

 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford weighed in on some hot offseason topics.

Penguins pursuing a first-round draft pick

General manager Jim Rutherford also spoke about the ongoing situation with former coach Dan Bylsma, who’s likely to land with another team.

about 11 hours ago

 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett isn't the same pitcher he was when he first came to Pittsburgh three years ago.

On the Pirates: The evolution of A.J. Burnett

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett has had one of the best stretches of his career to start the 2015 season, which might be his last.

about 11 hours ago

 Aniya Mike, at front, a Steel City Squash student from St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District, gets instruction at Chatham University from Kathryn Brummer, a tutor/coach visiting from CitySquash in New York City. Bianca Troche, left, is a CitySquash student from Aquinas High School in the Bronx.

Steel City Squash: The path to college runs through a squash court

The new Pittsburgh program mixes athletic training with academic rigor to give inner-city students a gateway to graduation.

about 11 hours ago

 Wilderness Voyageurs fishing guide Ryan McCauley holds a nice Youghiogheny rainbow.

Cooperation among trout-stocking groups could improve research

Philosophies vary on numerous fronts: more small fingerlings or fewer catchable trout to marking trout for future research or not?

about 11 hours ago

 On opening day at the Kid’s Only section of Little Pine Creek in Shaler, Aaron Shane, 6, of Cranberry thought he had a snag. When it started moving, he called for help from his father, Christian Shane. The line broke as the nice rainbow trout was being netted.

Outdoors notebook: Possible breakthrough found in preventing bat disease

Last week in Missouri, 150 bats were released as part of the first field trials of a promising experimental method.

about 11 hours ago

Wildlife: Hands off the animals, it’s baby season

The temptation to rescue an “abandoned” baby can be overwhelming. Don’t do it.

about 11 hours ago

 Beaver Falls' Dom Perretta sets the pace in the boys Class AA 1600-meter run at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.

High school notebook: Beaver Falls junior makes a run at history

Beaver Falls junior Dom Perretta won the 800 and 1,600, and now sets his sights on unprecedented titles next year.

about 11 hours ago

 Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the boys Class AAA shot put at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University. Geist won the event.

Knoch sophomore Jordan Geist earns more gold

Jordan Geist, a sophomore, won two gold medals at the PIAA track and field championships, and he’s ready for more.

about 11 hours ago

Latrobe senior Chad Kissell adds to family gold

Latrobe High School sees gold for the first time in 65 years from senior Chad Kissell in Class AAA singles tennis.

about 11 hours ago

Golf notebook: Wildwood's 18th hole a beast

Last week in the U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifier at Wildwood CC, players found out just how difficult the course’s final hole can be.

about 11 hours ago

 A.J. Burnett once again was brilliant -- seven innings, five hits, one run, no walks, 10 strikeouts.

Smizik on Sports: Two straight for the Pirates is good, but...

The temptation is to bask in the Pirates second straight win over the New York Mets.

about 11 hours ago

 Pedro Alvarez beat the throw and slides safely into home against the Mets on Saturday

Pirates light up Mets' ace Harvey in 8-2 win

While the kid got crushed, veteran A.J. Burnett kept right on rolling in an 8-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 39,385 at PNC Park.

about 16 hours ago

 Charlie Morton throws against the Phillies during a preseason game in Philadelphia.

Pirates notebook: Morton will return to the Pirates starting rotation

Pitcher Charlie Morton will rejoin Pirates Monday in time to make first start of regular season against the Miami Marlins.

1 day ago

Obituary: LaTonya Batteaste / former Pitt basketball player

LaTonya Renae Batteaste, a former basketball player at Pitt who became a teacher and coach in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, died May 14.

1 day ago

 Brian Ward, left, celebrates Dan Lee's winning goal, with Ean Cafaro in double overtime,  Mt. Lebanon winning 9-8  against  North Allegheny WPIAL Div. 1 championship at Highmark Stadium on May 22, 2015. Final: Hampton 15-12 against Canon-McMillan

LaCrosse: Mt. Lebanon prevails in double overtime

The Blue Devils edge North Allegheny in WPIAL Division I boys lacrosse championship.

1 day ago

 Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout competes in the Javelin at the PIAA State Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University launching a meet record 182' 8" on her first throw of the competition. Friday, May 22, 2015.

Connellsville's Wiltrout obliterates girls' PIAA javelin record, then gets hurt

PIAA track and field: Connellsville sophomore Wiltrout sets girls’ javelin record before elbow injury shortens her day.

1 day ago

 Dante DiBucci, left, celebrates the goal of Nicholas Grabowski,  making the score Hampton 13 and Canon McMillan 10 in WPIAL Div. 2 championship at Highmark Stadium on May 22, 2015.  Canon-McMillan #31 Colin Torpey watches. Final: Hampton 15-12 against Canon-McMillan

Hampton goes on scoring run for Division II lacrosse title

Talbots score 8 of 9 goals in one stretch to topple Canon-McMillan.

1 day ago

Fox Chapel, Ambridge claim boys volleyball titles

The Bridgers claimed their fourth consecutive Class AA title and seventh in eight years.

1 day ago

WPIAL players dominate on first day of PIAA tennis

All of the Class AA representatives reach the semifinals for the third year in a row.

1 day ago

Biking: Ride and bike with a scenic railroad pass

Bicyclists can ride an old-school locomotive to Frostburg, Md., then cruise back to Cumberland. Also, a fundraiser was held for the

1 day ago

Riverhounds scouting report vs. Richmond

The Riverhounds (2-3-3) take on the Richmond Kickers (4-1-4), 7 p.m. today, at City Stadium in Richmond, Va.

1 day ago

PIAA Class AAA Boys Track Championships

FINALS (May 23, 2015)

about 13 hours ago

PIAA Class AAA Girls Track Championships

FINALS (May 23, 2015)

about 13 hours ago

PIAA Class AA Boys Track Championships

FINALS (May 23, 2015)

about 13 hours ago

PIAA Class AA Girls Track Championships

FINALS (May 23, 2015)

about 13 hours ago

 Pirates' Gerrit Cole pitches against the Mets Friday at PNC Park.

Cole shows up as ace

Cole gave Mets rookie hotshot Noah Syndergaard a pitching lesson to remember.

1 day ago

 Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch Friday against the New York Mets at PNC Park. In his longest outing of the season, Cole threw 111 pitches and improved to 6-2.

Cole pitches Pirates to 4-1 win

Gerrit Cole dazzled, scattering six hits and 10 strikeouts in a 111-pitch outing as the Pirates took the season opener from the Mets.

1 day ago

 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?

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

1 day 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.

2 days 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.

1 day 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days ago

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

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

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days ago


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