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 Markus Wheaton picks up a first down against the Giants during a preseason game earlier this month at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Second-year Steelers receiver still an unknown factor

Markus Wheaton is showing a huge improvement over last year, but he remains one of the biggest questions on the offense.

about 4 hours ago


Gene Collier: Travis Snider turns the tide

Snider's hitting streak reaches 11 games and his average since the All-Star break is .349

about 3 hours ago


 Macy Toronjo trains on the balance beam Wednesday ahead of the 2014 P&G Gymnastic Championships at Consol Energy Center.

Male gymnasts perform in shadow of their female counterparts

“People think gymnastics, and they think little girls in leotards, powerful and graceful, they forget about our side,” Jonathan Horton said.

about 4 hours ago


 Gerrit Cole pitches against the Braves at PNC Park Wednesday night, August 20, 2014.

Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole makes anticipated return to rotation

Young, talented pitcher ready to make an impact down the stretch.

about 4 hours ago


 Running back James Conner on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt backfield loaded with depth after thin spring

The Panthers were down to one healthy running back a few months ago but five candidates are poised to do damage this season.

about 4 hours ago


 T.J. Holl, Seneca Valley High School.

Blue Chip Chat: T.J. Holl, Seneca Valley

Seneca Valley quarterback T.J. Holl talks about his new hairdo and rivalry with North Allegheny in all sports.

about 4 hours ago


 Clairton's Lamont Wade stretches to pull in a pass during a drill at preseason training camp.

Pigskin memories: Scholastic football teaches players about more than the gridiron

One veteran sports writer shares his fond memories of the scholastic football of his youth.

about 4 hours ago


 Jonathan Horton trains on the still rings Wednesday at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Veteran gymnast is the "old man" in U.S. Championships

Jonathan Horton’s gymnastic comeback from injuries shifts into higher gear this weekend at Consol Energy Center.

about 4 hours ago


 Simone Biles trains on the balance beam ahead of the 2014 P&G Gymnastic Championships Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

Gymnastics notebook: Age plays key role for women

Being born five months apart made the difference between Kyla Ross competing in the Olympics and Simone Biles sitting them out

about 4 hours ago


 New Gateway coach Tom Nola keeps a close eye on practice earlier this month.

East/South Xtra: Former Clairton coach and Gateway are adapting to one another

After 12 season with the Bears, Tom Nola is ready to carry on the tradition at Gateway.

about 4 hours ago


East Xtra: New season yields lots of questions

It’s time to take an early look at some questions surrounding the football teams in the East Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 Devin Austin is a senior running back at Penn-Trafford.

East Xtra: Penn-Trafford's offense running on Austin's power

Senior running back is the sparkplug to the Warriors run to another postseason appearance.

about 4 hours ago


 Adam White, who will take the reins as Gateway's feature running back this season, runs a drill at practice earlier this month.

East Xtra: Franklin Regional eyes another trip to playoffs

Here’s a preview of Class AAA teams in the East Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 University Prep quarterback Ron Brown threw for 3,401 yards and 43 touchdowns last season.

East Xtra: Allderdice primed for a big season

Here’s a preview of City League teams in the East Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 Johnny Petrishen, a highly recruited senior defensive back, is part of a formidable Central Catholic defense.

East Xtra: Central Catholic's cupboard isn't bare

Here’s a preview of Class AAAA teams in the East Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


East/South Xtra: At Serra, the numbers just don't add up

Football team trying to remain competitive with only 24 players on the roster.

about 4 hours ago


 Jeannette football coach Roy Hall on his team's approach this season: "We're going to stick with our wing-T offense. We've been running that for the last 10 years."

East Xtra: Eastern Conference shapes up as dogfight

Here’s a preview of Class A teams in the East Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 Muzzy Colosimo achieved plenty of success in 17 seasons at Greensburg Central Catholic, but he now will try to do the same as new coach at Valley.

East Xtra: Coach carries winning tradition to Valley

After 17 successful seasons at Greensburg Central Catholic, Muzzy Colosimo hoping to bring that success to the Vikings.

about 4 hours ago


 Burrell running back Ryan Sowol rushed for a team-high 1,150 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

East Xtra: Tragedy brings Burrell closer as a team

Here’s a preview of Class AA teams in the East Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


West Xtra: New season yields lots of questions

As the high school football season is about to kick off, one guy has a lot of questions that need to be answered.

about 4 hours ago


West Xtra: New coach, new classification for Carlynton

With a new coach, a new conference and a new classification, Carlynton will rely on a familiar face to ignite its offense.

about 4 hours ago


 Quarterback Reed Relosky is back at the controls of the Bishop Canevin offense this season after passing for more than 1,000 yards last year.

West/South Xtra: Canevin, QB figure to improve

With an experienced quarterback at the controls, Bishop Canevin looks for improved results this season.

about 4 hours ago


 Central Valley's Connar McKay, left, stops Montour's Tom Sylvester during a Parkway Conference game last season.

West Xtra: Central Valley still adding to impressive resume

Here is the WPIAL Class AAA preview for teams in the West Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 South Fayette's J.J. Walker provides a strong complement to the Lions' dynamic passing attack.

West Xtra: South Fayette sets sights on WPIAL repeat

Here is the WPIAL Class AA preview for teams in the West Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 Sean Fitzgerald, who led Bishop Canevin in receiving last year, returns for the Crusaders.

West Xtra: Chemistry, work ethic keys to Rochester's success

Here is the WPIAL Class A preview for teams in the West Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 Brashear coach Rick Murphy hopes to lead the Bulls back to the City League title game after a three-year absence.

West Xtra: Brashear targets return to title game

Here is the City League football preview on Brashear’s chances this season.

about 4 hours ago


 A three-year starter, senior quarterback Ben DiNucci has already thrown for 3,350 yards and 26 touchdowns in his high school career, leading a Pine-Richland squad that has plenty of talented players returning.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland has high hopes behind experienced QB

Ben DiNucci returns for his third season as starting quarterback for the Rams.

about 4 hours ago


North Xtra: New season yields lots of questions

It’s time to take an early look at some questions surrounding the football teams in the North Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 Mars Area's Josh Schultheis is one of the top returning running backs in the WPIAL, gaining 1,645 yards last season.

North/South/East/West Xtra: Plenty of talent returns in Class AAA

Some big names graduated from last season’s WPIAL statistical leaders, but the talent pool still runs plenty deep.

about 4 hours ago


 Mars Area coach Scott Heinauer oversees a blocking drill at Mars Area High School during practice. The Planets are looking to make a seventh consecutive postseason appearance.

North Xtra: Knoch hoping experience is key

Here’s a preview of Class AAA teams in the North Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


North Xtra: New coach hoping to right Perry's ship

Here’s a preview of City League teams in the North Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


North Xtra: Shady Side lineman strikes the right chord

Senior Zach Kosbie’s performance doesn’t end when he leaves the football field on Friday nights.

about 4 hours ago


 Wide receiver Lewis Berry, a returning starter, gives Shady Side Academy a potent blend of speed and experience to make game-changing plays.

North Xtra: Highlands' entrance spices up Allegheny Conference

Here’s a preview of Class AA teams in the North Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 With a talented core of players returning, Avonworth coach Duke Johncour expects the Antelopes to challenge for a WPIAL playoff berth.

North Xtra: Will coach's return ignite the Flames?

Here’s a preview of Class A teams in the North Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 Before being injured last season, North Allegheny quarterback Jeff Clemens threw for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns.

North Xtra: Seneca Valley ready to pass competition

Here’s a preview of Class AAAA teams in the North Xtra coverage area.

about 4 hours ago


 Baldwin quarterback Doug Altavilla is ready to begin his fourth season as a starter.

South Xtra: In fourth season as starting QB, Baldwin senior out to leave his legacy

A four-year starter at quarterback portends good things for the Highlanders offense.

about 4 hours ago


South Xtra: Seton-LaSalle senior poses dual threat

Rick Mellick, a senior at Seton-LaSalle, is a standout player on offense and defense.

about 4 hours ago


 Baldwin coach Pete Wagner begins his second season leading the Highlanders program.

South Xtra: New talent must step up to rebuild Upper St. Clair

Here is the WPIAL Class AAAA preview for teams in the South Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 Thomas Jefferson running back Austin Kemp rushed for 1,101 yards last season.

South Xtra: TJ is the team to beat in Big Nine

Here is the Class AAA preview for teams in the South Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 South Fayette's J.J. Walker provides a nice complement to the Lions' potent passing game.

South Xtra: South Fayette looking to repeat

Here is the WPIAL Class AA preview for teams in the South Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 Clairton quarterback Aaron Matthews is pointing the Bears toward a WPIAL title.

South Xtra: Clairton expects a return to top under new coach

Here is a preview of the WPIAL Class A teams in the South Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 Coach Rick Murphy hopes to lead Brashear back to the City League title game after a three-year absence

South Xtra: Return to postseason is goal for Brashear

Here is the City League preview for teams in the South Xtra circulation area.

about 4 hours ago


 The Parkettes, from left, Margzetta Frazier, Megan Freed, Christina Desiderio, Molly Frack and Taylor Lawson are representing Pennsylvania in the P&G National Gymnastics Championships this week at Consol Energy Center.

Pennsylvania has talented gymnasts, but none will be perfect

Gone are the days of a "perfect 10" in gymnastics, replaced by a more detailed, accurate system that combines difficulty and execution.

about 19 hours ago


Bob Smizik: No. 1 lineup = No. 7 loss

Optimism was in full bloom as the Pirates took the field against the Atlanta Braves last night at PNC Park.

about 22 hours ago


 Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount.

Steelers RBs Bell, Blount stopped, could face marijuana charges

Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be cited with marijuana violations after a officer smelled marijuana coming from their vehicle.

about 5 hours ago


 Brett Keisel, a seventh-round draft choice in 2002, has started 110 games for the Steelers.

Brett Keisel signs two-year deal with Steelers

The defensive lineman had four sacks and two fumble recoveries last season.

about 16 hours ago


 Josh Harrison congratulates Gaby Sanchez for hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to beat the Braves at PNC Park Wednesday night.

Walk-off victory caps Gerrit Cole’s return to Pirates rotation

Gaby Sanchez drives in winning run in ninth with a sacrifice fly, ends seven-game losing streak.

about 4 hours ago


 Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier tackles Buffalo RB Fred Jackson for no gain in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Heinz Field.

Run defense a work in progress for Steelers

The Steelers understand the importance of shoring up their defense against the run in the next two preseason games.

1 day ago


 Ben Roethlisberger warms up at practice for the Steelers Monday on the South Side.

Steelers notebook: Starters likely to play more against Eagles

The Steelers' first team will play more Thursday against the Eagles than it has so far this preseason, but how much more is unknown.

1 day ago


 Andrew McCutchen shows his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video to teammate Gaby Sanchez before batting practice at PNC Park Tuesday afternoon. McCutchen returned from the disabled list for last night's game against the Braves.

Pirates notebook: Finally, a healthier look

The Pirates got superstar Andrew McCutchen and No. 1 shortstop Jordy Mercer back in the lineup after bouts with injuries.

1 day ago



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