Evgeni Malkin said the Penguins are playing poorly right now, and his return could be the spark they need.

Malkin says, 'We play so bad right now'

Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist are expected to return this weekend for Penguins.

about 12 hours ago

 Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred agrees with Pirates owner Bob Nutting on international draft.

New baseball commissioner discusses pace of game changes and other key issues

Rob Manfred spoke to the Pirates and Minnesota Twins Friday. “It's important to be responsive to our fans,” he said, regarding pace of game.

about 12 hours ago

Underdog Irish hope efficiency fuels victory against unbeaten and No.1-seeded Kentucky

Notre Dame’s guard-oriented offense is one of the most efficient in Division I while Kentucky is one of the tallest, best defensive teams.

about 11 hours ago

IUP gets another shot at a title today

IUP has been here before. Crimson Hawks coach Joe Lombardi has been here before. The next step, though, is the toughest one.

about 12 hours ago

 This season, the Riverhounds will have to replace the production of Jose Angulo, who scored 23 goals over the past two years.

New coach, style for Riverhounds

The team is still in the process of emerging from bankruptcy, and hired a new coach after missing the playoffs in 2014.

about 12 hours ago

NCAA tournament notebook: Calipari reminds players Kentucky is beatable

Midwest Region notebook: Kentucky’s coach said the Wildcats should have lost five or six games this year.

about 11 hours ago

Penguins notebook: Former Penguins forward Joe Vitale will tunnel his focus today against his ex-teammates

.The playoffs are not within reach for Vitale and the Coyotes this season, but it may offer his team a chance to play a little looser.

about 11 hours ago

Pirates notebook: Pirates send Tabata, 11 others to minor league camp in major cutdown

The Pirates reassigned Jose Tabata to minor league camp Friday while clarifying their plans for the final open bench spot.

about 12 hours ago

SnowSports: Seven Springs is honored

Seven Springs has snow, and Snowboarder magazine figured it’s the place to hold 19th Annual Superpark freestyle snowboarding event April 5

about 12 hours ago

 Bruce Goodman and Matthew Burns, both 7, spread mulch on a trail at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale as part of a service project for their Cub Scout Pack 225.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opens Wednesday for year-round enjoyment

The 460-acre garden in Oakdale opens April 1 with lots of outdoor family activities on the schedule.

about 12 hours ago

Activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Busy schedule of outdoor activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

about 12 hours ago

Spring training report: Pirates 4, Twins 2

Starter Jeff Locke went 5⅔ innings and gave up 8 hits and 2 runs. The game was called in the 8th inning because of rain.

about 11 hours ago

 One of the best products in the ongoing battle of deer versus plant life, Messina Wildlife’s Plotsaver repels by scent.

Strategies to overcome hungry deer and other critters

It's almost garden time, which means you'll be battling insects, diseases and animals. Here are some ways to fight back.

about 12 hours ago

New-look Riverhounds kick off season tonight

A new coach will lead a retooled Riverhounds roster into their season opener today against Harrisburg at Highmark Stadium.

about 12 hours ago

Indiana law denounced as invitation to discriminate against gays

Passage of the measure drew expressions of dismay from the NCAA, which will hold its men’s basketball Final Four games in Indianapolis.

about 12 hours ago

Bob Smizik: About that Tabata contract ...

The long-term contract, announced more than three years ago, has not been what it was expected to be.

about 2 hours ago

 California University players celebrate after defeating California Baptist in the NCAA Division II women's basketball championship game Friday night in Sioux Falls, S.D. California won 86-69.

Vulcans storm to Division II crown

A 21-0 run in the first half started the Vulcans on their way to a 86-69 over California Baptist on Friday night at Sanford Pentagon.

about 12 hours ago

 Jose Tabata slides into third base during a spring training game against the Orioles earlier this month.

Outfielder Tabata one of a dozen Pirates cuts

Tabata, who was competing to be the club’s fourth outfielder, was reassigned to minor league camp.

1 day ago

 West Virginia's BillyDee Williams, left, and Nathan Adrian watch form the bench during the second half of Thursday's game against Kentucky.

No. 1 Kentucky overpowers West Virginia, 78-39, in Sweet 16

Thursday night’s game was a mismatch from the start as the top-seeded Wildcats crushed the No. 5-seed Mountaineers.

1 day ago

 Vance Worley delivers against the Orioles earlier this month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates say decisions due soon on fifth starter, pitching depth

As the end of camp nears, the Pirates face decisions on their rotation and starting depth.

1 day ago

District fishing report: 03.27.15

A look at what’s biting on regional waterways

about 23 hours ago

Spring training report: Braves 7, Pirates 5

Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison all had success at the plate in Thursday’s loss to Atlanta.

1 day ago

 Christian Ehrhoff is checked by Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki during a game last month at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Prognosis for Ehrhoff remains mystery

Penguins await prognosis from doctors on the condition of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

1 day ago

 Jung Ho Kang bats against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Ron Cook: Kang's performance triggers doubts, but not from Pirates

Jung Ho Kang’s lack of offense in spring training might trouble some critics, but not the Pirates organization.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Avonte Maddox goes through drills during spring practice Thursday on the South Side.

Pitt defensive back Avonte Maddox ready for pressure-filled role

The cornerback learned from his mistakes last year and hopes those lessons will help him in his sophomore season.

1 day ago

 Penn State offensive tackle Paris Palmer waits his turn to complete footwork drills at practice Monday afternoon in Holuba Hall.

Paris Palmer adds intrigue to Penn State's OT competition

Junior-college transfer Paris Palmer is one of three linemen competing for the starting left tackle spot with the Nittany Lions.

1 day ago

 Notre Dame's Zach Auguste dunks against Wichita State in the first half of a regional semifinal Thursday in Cleveland.

NCAA tournament notebook: Notre Dame makes long-awaited return to Elite Eight

The Fighting Irish reached the Elite Eight for only the sixth time — and the first trip this deep into the tournament since 1979.

1 day ago

Bria Holmes leads Mountaineers to rout of Dukes in WNIT

West Virginia (21-14) rolled into the WNIT quarterfinals for the first time since 2005 with a 60-39 win against Duquesne at WVU Coliseum

1 day ago

 Shaler's Brianna Schwartz shown here winning the WPIAL class AAA cross country championship at Cooper's Lake Campground on Oct. 23, 2014.

Varsity Xtra: Off track — Shaler's Schwartz has standout career on hold

In less than a year, star Shaler runner Brianna Schwartz has experienced two events that could change her life forever.

1 day ago

 Maddie Holmberg was the Post-Gazette co-Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 school year, along with Shaler distance runner Brianna Schwartz.

Hempfield's Holmberg has hurdles to clear

Maddie Holmberg says her knee feels good. But it's her heart that will hurt most this spring.

1 day ago

 Steel Valley right-hander Brandon Donovan, one of the WPIAL's top all-around players, returns to anchor his team's pitching staff.

2015 WPIAL Baseball Preview: Star pitchers gone, but key talent returns

A look at the teams and players to watch this season.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Penguins staggering to finish

There are two ways to look at the Penguins performance Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes:

1 day ago

 Canon-McMillan's Abby McCartney was the Post-Gazette's Player of the Year in 2014.

2015 WPIAL Softball Preview: Defending champions are favored once again

A look at the teams and players to watch this season.

1 day ago

Fun-loving California Vulcans look for second national title

Central Valley graduate Seairra Barrett is an important cog in a California University team that has eyes on a national title.

1 day ago

District Fishing Report: 3.27.15

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is stocking trout throughout the state.

about 17 hours ago

 Leah Smith during her Oakland Catholic days.

Where are they now?: 3.27.15

Leah Smith is considered one of the best collegiate swimmers in the country, and she proved it twice last weekend.

1 day ago

Fox Chapel team to beat out of talented Section 3

A changing of the guard could take place in WPIAL boys volleyball this season.

1 day ago

Roundball Classic bigger, better than ever at Geneva

This year's event is bigger than ever with boys and girls all-star games being played over two days.

1 day ago

 Members of the Mt. Lebanon crew team travel along the. From left are Maddie Ricci, Anya Vendredi, Alexandra Tzaneva and Andrea Wisnuski.

Crew takes hold as a club sport at Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon’s crew team is preparing for spring competition, which often takes place at regattas involving numerous other clubs.

1 day ago

 Seton-LaSalle's Nicolete Newman and her teammates react after losing to Neumann-Goretti, 79-34, in the PIAA Class AA championship last Friday at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

South Xtra: Bitter sweet ending for Seton-LaSalle

Rebels’ seniors didn’t end their careers the way they wanted to, but in some ways, that’s beside the point for coach Spencer Stefko.

1 day ago

South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon veterans have team focused

Behind pitching ace Austin Kitchen, baseball team is ready to go.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Tyler Wilps, left, wrestles with Penn State's Matt Brown in the 174-pound title match at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis.

South/West Xtra: Violations cost Char Valley grad in NCAA final

Tyler Wilps of Pitt loses controversial 174-pound wrestling championship in final seconds.

1 day ago

South/West Xtra: South Fayette grad wins national title at W&J

Nick Carr wins Presidents’ first Division III wrestling title by capturing 174-pound championship.

1 day ago

 Thomas Jefferson's  Rachel Bowers bat­ted .450 last sea­son.

South Xtra: Thomas Jefferson excited about defending title

WPIAL champion softball team ready for another surprising run.

1 day ago

South Xtra: Loss in final dampens Canon-McMillan's run

Penalties mar Penguins Cup champs in Pennsylvania Cup effort.

1 day ago

 In their fi­nal two games of Plum's south­ern trip, Alex Kiriloff (19) picked up five hits against two pitch­ers clock­ing in at 90 and 92 mph.

East Xtra: Plum is ready to move forward

After losing in the WPIAL quarterfinals, Mustangs’ baseball team looks to clear that hurdle.

1 day ago

East Xtra: Kiski Area coach decides to step down

Alumna Ellen Toy will no longer coach volleyball due to health reasons.

1 day ago

East Xtra: Finding replacements key to Gateway

Top scorers gone as Gators begin “new era” in boys lacrosse.

1 day ago

East Xtra: Veteran pitcher to anchor Penn-Trafford

Senior Nicole Smith will be key to softball team’s success.

1 day ago

 A loss in the PIAA Class AAAA semi­fi­nals couldn't spoil Norwin's season, which included a celebration by Taylor Ingel, left, and Danielle McMaster after defeating Penn Hills in the WPIAL class AAAA championship.

East Xtra: Norwin upbeat despite loss in PIAA final

Girls basketball team disappointed, but still has WPIAL championship under its belt.

1 day ago


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