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 Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is swinging a hot bat lately, but is it hot enough for Clint Hurdle to make him his cleanup man?

Pirates notebook: Hurdle gets look at Kang in cleanup spot

Though Aramis Ramirez will likely return to the cleanup spot this week, manager Clint Hurdle has considered moving Jung Ho Kang there.

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9-year-old Kansas batboy dies after blow to head

The team said Kaiser Carlisle was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was moving to collect a used bat when he was struck.

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 Lincoln Park's Maverick Rowan.

Lincoln Park's Rowan picks North Carolina State

Maverick Rowan had committed to Pitt before his sophomore season but re-opened his recruiting in the fall. WVU also was a finalist.

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 Former Lincoln Park standout Maverick Rowan completed high school in three years and is now off to the ACC.

Former WPIAL star Maverick Rowan picks N.C. State

Maverick Rowan, who starred at Lincoln Park for two seasons and previously committed to Pitt, has his college destination.

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 Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to another victory Sunday in the Haskell Invitational.

American Pharoah still reigns supreme

Triple Crown winner victorious in first race since accomplishing the feat, cruising past competitors in the Haskell Invitational.

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 Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the Pocono 400 Sunday in Long Pond, Pa.

Kenseth victorious at Pocono

After three drivers hit empty, Matt Kenseth takes advantage to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

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 Inbee Park picked up seven strokes in her final 12 holes to win the Women's British Open Sunday in Turnberry, Scotland.

No. 1 Park overtakes rookie for British title

Inbee Park won yet another women’s golf major Sunday in Scotland.

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Bob Smizik: Pirates' schedule turns more difficult

Challenging times await the Pirates, especially now, when they are missing three key players, Bob Smizik writes.

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 Brandon Boykin in 2012 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Steelers cornerback Brandon Boykin says Eagles coach uncomfortable with some people

Brandon Boykin, though, said he does not believe Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is a racist.

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 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett would rather miss time now than later.

Is it tendon or ligament damage or simply inflammation? A.J. Burnett to find out Monday

Pirates pitcher says he won’t take the mound again until his fastball hits 90 mph.

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 Charlie Morton throws a pitch against Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Morton, Walker help Pirates top Reds, 3-0

Charlie Morton pitched seven scoreless innings, and Neil Walker homered. The Pirates split the four-game series with the Reds at two apiece.

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 Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant is sidelined by an arm infection.

Steeler notebook: Receiver Martavis Bryant to miss Hall of Fame preseason game

Bryant is expected to be out about 10 days; the Hall of Fame game is next Sunday.

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 Carp can be caught on the fly and close to home. Lee Terkel released this common carp on Chartiers Creek in 2014.

From trash fish to fly rod favorite, the common carp is getting a reputation makeover

More available than most game fish, carp are increasingly being targeted by fly anglers with specialized flies and gear.

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 Anthony Chickillo's family has a long NFL history, which he can add to if he makes the Steelers roster.

Steelers rookie Chickillo hoping to be another chip off the NFL block

Anthony Chickillo wants to keep the family legacy going as he transitions from defensive line to outside linebacker for the Steelers.

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 Le'Veon Bell was the Steelers MVP last season, but wasn't even 100 percent satisfied with his own performance.

Steelers notebook: Le'Veon Bell sees room for improvement

Somehow, some way, star Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell thinks he can be even better this season — and the offense can, too.

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 First baseman Josh Bell, who homered last month in the Futures Game, made his Class AAA debut Saturday night in Indianapolis.

Top prospects Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow on display in Class AAA

Right-handed starter Tyler Glasnow and first baseman Josh Bell made their anticipated Indianapolis debuts, with Bell capping his in style.

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 Gerrit Cole has led a rotation that helps hold things together for the Pirates.

On the Pirates: Rotation follows plan for most part

The Pirates have stayed mostly healthy this season as far as starting pitching, which has paid dividends beyond the results.

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 J.A. Happ has had an up-and-down season at best, but wants to regain his footing now with the Pirates.

Pirates notebook: New starter J.A. Happ searches for consistency

J.A. Happ, the Pirates’ replacement for A.J. Burnett for now, started the season strong in April but has battled on and off since then.

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 Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says he is always harder on himself than the outside world.

Gene Collier: Steelers' Colbert generally manages to keep things in perspective

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has had much success, but he still hears all the outside noise — even when he takes a vacation.

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Outdoors notebook: Osprey recovery sought through new management plan

In the 1960s and 1970s, pollution and insecticides hit the osprey hard, and in the 1980s it was briefly declared extirpated in Pennsylvania.

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Wildlife: America’s most important conservation program

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped fund everything from local playgrounds and ball fields to national parks and historic sites.

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 If a high school prospect ever feels like James Franklin is watching his Twitter, it's probably because he is.

Penn State notebook: Prospects’ social media accounts play role in recruitment

With Twitter, Facebook and other social media, James Franklin and his staff have a lot to monitor before extending a scholarship.

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Vincent records hat trick in Riverhounds win

Midfielder Rob Vincent has scored a team-record 16 goals for the Riverhounds so far this season.

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Local trainer foiled again in Adios Pace at Meadows

Favorite Dude’s The Man keeps Canonsburg’s Ron Burke from winning elusive harness racing gem.

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 Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Reds in the fourth inning Saturday in Cincinnati.

Reds get to Cole again

Gerrit Cole’s issues with the Reds continued Saturday when the Pirates lost, 4-3, at Great American Ball Park.

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 Dri Archer makes a catch during workouts at Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Kickoff return unit a point of emphasis for Steelers in training camp

Steelers try to reverse trend of “awful” kickoff returns this season and hope Dri Archer can be part of the turnaround.

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 Brandon Boykin

Steelers pick up veteran cornerback

The Steelers made a trade for Brandon Boykin Saturday night, sending a conditional fifth-round pick in next year’s draft to the Eagles.

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  Joakim Soria #38 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates talk in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates defeated the Reds 5-4.

Pirates notebook: Newcomer Soria will work as setup man

Joakim Soria will be a another setup man for closer Mark Melancon.

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 Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel takes a breather between events at Lift for Life, held July 11, 2015 in State College.

Rare find: DT Anthony Zettel continues coming into his own

Penn State’s Anthony Zettel is a rare athlete whose off-field feats and interests keep teammates and coach James Franklin on their toes.

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Penn State notebook: Penn State-Pitt to discuss future of series

Penn State’s AD will discuss extending series with Pitt but will have to work around the Nittany Lions’ upcoming 9-game Big Ten slate.

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 Trainer Ron Burke works Full Moon on the track at the Meadows, June 4, 2014. Burke, in May 2014, became the first North American trainer in harness racing history  to accumulate 100-million dollars in total purses.

Local trainer has triple the chance to capture first Adios title

One of the sport’s leading harness racing trainers, Ron Burke, has three horses in the final Saturday night at The Meadows.

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 Riverhounds goalkeeper Ryan Thompson is back from his silver medal finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Jamaica.

Riverhounds goalkeeper keeps the faith

Ryan Thompson’s tumultuous career is currently at a high point after Gold Cup run with Jamaica.

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Biking: River Trail's popularity is helping local businesses

The Confluence and Ohiopyle segment of the trail is one of its most popular. Now, restaurants and guest houses are opening in the area.

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Bob Smizik: Evaluating the new guys

Taking a closer look at the four new Pirates.

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Bob Smizik: Can Cardinals be caught?

The day following a 15-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, a game in which All-Star A.J. Burnett made a third consecutive poor start, Pirates

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 Members of the Chinese delegation attend Beijing's bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today.

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing narrowly defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The vote was surprisingly close: 44-40.

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 "We’ve had a brief conversation. I think we’re scheduled here in the next month or so to talk about it," Penn State AD Sandy Barbour said of Pitt AD Scott Barnes and potential games between the two schools.

Penn State, Pitt ADs to talk about extending football series

The Nittany Lions have games lined up against Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2025 as well as West Virginia in 2023 and 2024.

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 Then-Seattle Mariners starting pitcher -- now with the Pirates -- J.A. Happ delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Injury to Burnett forced the Pirates' hand to add pitcher

A.J. Burnett’s injury forced the Pirates to acquire J.A. Happ from the Seattle Mariners Friday at the non-waiver trade deadline.

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 Starling Marte argues with home plate umpire Kerwin Danley after being called out on strikes in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Starling Marte saves the night in 5-4 win against Reds

The Pirates closed July with a National League-best 17-9 record, matching their mark in June.

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 Suzie McConnell-Serio led the Panthers to a 20-12 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Pitt signs McConnell-Serio to extension through 2021

Suzie McConnell-Serio signs contract extension as Pitt women’s basketball coach after leading Panthers to NCAA tournament last season.

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 "I do think they will be better because of that experience,” James Franklin said of Penn State's offensive line.

Franklin says Penn State offensive line has 'chip' on its shoulder

The Nittany Lions surrendered 44 sacks last season.

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 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin jokes with players prior to workouts Wednesday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Coach Tomlin's impact on Steelers defense increases

Mike Tomlin is taking a more active role with defense than he has in the past.

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 A.J. Burnett of the Pittsburg Pirates looks on during the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park.  A.J. Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list today because of right elbow inflammation.

Pirates place Burnett on disabled list, recall LaFromboise from Class AAA

Burnett has struggled in his past three starts – all since the All-Star break – allowing 32 hits and 18 earned runs in 16 innings.

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 Steelers defensive tackle Daniel McCullers during afternoon workouts Thursday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Steelers notebook: McCullers seeks push and production

Second-year defensive tackle did not register a tackle a year ago in 82 snaps in his rookie season.

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Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: Trade deadline edition

Beat writer Bill Brink takes your questions on the moves the Pirates did -- and didn’t -- make.

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 FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Experts say Brady’s lawsuit a long shot

The NFL and players union have become so accustomed to facing one another in court that a single lawsuit wasn’t enough in the Tom Brady

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 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws a screen pass during the first half of a game against Michigan State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

Big Ten coaches, players not shy on praise for Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg

Christian Hackenberg’s shaky sophomore season hasn’t scared off opposing players and coaches from saying he’s one of the Big Ten’s best.

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 Dylan Dzikowski, 10, of Peters Twp, yells for Steelers Ben Roethlisberger as the team enters the field at training camp in Latrobe.

Steelers fans flock to training camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers have held training camp on the campus of Saint Vincent College in Unity for 50 years.

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 Though Maryland only had four conference wins in 2014, one of them came against Penn State.

Big Ten notebook: Maryland eyes rivalry, recruiting battles with Penn State

A 2014 win against Penn State could pay dividends for Maryland, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is fondly remembered and Paul Chryst begins again.

3 days ago


Action ready to heat up at PA Motor Speedway

Back-to-back events Saturday and Sunday at PPMS near Imperial.

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