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 James Harrison announced his retirement at the Steelers' headquarters on the South Side earlier this month. Today Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin confirmed James Harrison is back.

Tomlin confirms Harrison's return to Steelers

James Harrison was re-signed to replace Jarvis Jones, who was placed on the short-term injured reserve list after surgery on a broken wrist.

about 3 hours ago


 Le'Veon Bell runs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte Sunday night.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.23.14

Ed takes your questions on the Steelers and their new and familiar acquisition, James Harrison.

about 1 hour ago


 An artist’s rendering by Astorino for Josh Gibson Park’s proposed Gateway view.

Station Square park would honor Negro Leagues stars in Pittsburgh

Josh Gibson Park in Station Square would teach about the Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Negro Leagues in Pittsburgh.

about 16 hours ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save against Detroit's Jeff Hoggan as defenseman Simon Despres defends in the second period Monday night at Consol Energy Center.

Simon Despres shoots for bigger role on defense with Penguins

If he plays well, Penguins defenseman Simon Despres should benefit from a fresh start with a new coaching staff.

about 16 hours ago


Pirates notebook: Altoona manager Carlos Garcia is fired

Pirates notebook: Former Pirates player and coach dismissed after second year at the helm of the Class AA minor league club.

about 16 hours ago


 Fans watching the Steelers in action at Heinz Field in 2013.

RAD helped shape Pittsburgh's sports landscape

About 19 percent of asset district grants, $292 million, has gone to sports and civic facilities.

about 6 hours ago


 Andrew McCutchen follows through on his sixth-inning home run Monday night in the Pirates' 1-0 win against the Braves in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Andrew McCutchen still your Pirates, NL MVP

Russell Martin and Josh Harrison have been remarkable, but Andrew McCutchen showed once again Monday night why he’s still this team’s best.

about 16 hours ago


 Pitt's James Conner runs the ball in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt has established its offensive identity

The Panthers are running the ball 71 percent of the time after four games, but coach Paul Chryst isn’t concerned about the split.

about 16 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Where have all the bats gone?

The bats that carried the Pirates to where they are today have handed off the heavy lifting to the pitching staff.

about 11 hours ago


Fantasy Fools: Rookies step into the spotlight, for better or worse

If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014.

about 16 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Evaluating Pirates' chances

The Pirates are in the playoffs. At the very least they will be playing a wildcard game on Oct. 1.

1 day ago


 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin kisses cornerback Ike Taylor's head after he left Sunday's game against the Panthers with a right arm injury.

Report Card: Steelers vs. Panthers, 37-19

Gerry Dulac grades the Steelers’ effort Sunday in a 37-19 win against Carolina.

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 Andrew McCutchen tips his cap as he crosses the plate after his solo-home run in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Atlanta.

Pirates win, 1-0, in Atlanta; postseason chase continues

The Pirates continued to make life difficult for the Milwaukee Brewers, who were off Monday, and kept pressure on the San Francisco Giants.

about 18 hours ago


 Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined for this hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010.

On the Steelers: James Harrison ends 'retirement' and signs to play one more year

Harrison played 10 years with Pittsburgh and had announced his retirement earlier this month at the team’s facility on the South Side.

about 20 hours ago


 The sun sets over an empty PNC Park on Oct. 9, 2013, a night when crowds gathered outside the park to watch Game 5 of the National League Division Series, being played in St. Louis.

Gene Collier: No shame in staying home for Pirates

It's not stretching the truth to suggest PNC Park has become a tough place to play, making it even more important for the Pirates to return.

1 day ago


 Steelers teammates celebrate a touchdown by Antonio Brown against the Panthers in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday night.

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 9.22.14

Ray stops on his way home from the airport to answer your questions -- that’s dedication.

1 day ago


 LeGarrette Blount picks up a big gain late in Sunday's game against the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Gerry Dulac's two-minute drill: Steelers vs. Panthers

A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game.

1 day ago


 The Pirates' Josh Harrison became a super-utilityman this season.

Getting a shot is all Josh Harrison wanted

Pirates rising star proved he is worthy to be an everyday starter after management might have underestimated his possible contributions.

1 day ago


 Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm looks on as a shot by left wing Tomas Tatar eludes Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for a goal during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center Monday night.

Penguins fall 2-1 in preseason opener

The Penguins will play their second preseason game Tuesday at 7:08 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio.

about 17 hours ago


 Penguins coach Mike Johnston's work begins in earnest tonight in the team's first exhibition game against Detroit.

Exhibition opener serves purpose for Penguins

With a new coach, new system and some new faces, the preseason — starting tonight against Detroit — won’t go to waste for the Penguins.

1 day ago


 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez might not be ready for the opening of the postseason if the Pirates make it.

Pirates notebook: Hit batsmen due to ideology

Pirates GM acknowledged that the pitchers' high number of hit batsmen could influence the number of their batters who have been hit.

1 day ago


 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell finds a hole Sunday night against the Panthers.

Two Steelers running backs hit century mark in same game for first time since 1986

Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both rushed for more than 100 yards Sunday, making them the first Steelers duo to do so in 28 years.

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 The Steelers' Cameron Heyward pressures Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson late in Sunday's game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense gets banged up, but shines anyway

All of a sudden, the immediate future looks bright for the Steelers, who showed up on offense and defense for a full game Sunday night.

1 day ago


 Pitt's James Conner runs the ball in the first half Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Heinz Field.

Panthers' goals remain the same 
on heels of first loss

Despite a disappointing performance Saturday against Iowa, the Panthers will now turn their focus to building momentum for their ACC slate.

1 day ago


 Penn State quarterback D.J. Crook drops back in the pocket in the fourth quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Penn State defeated Massachusetts, 48-7.

Penn State's seldom-used backups get a day in the sun

A quick and painless rout of Massachusetts allowed Nittany Lions coach James Franklin to trot out some of his reserves for rare action.

1 day ago


 Clint Trickett of West Virginia celebrates after throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter Saturday against Oklahoma at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia players, coaches thankful for bye

West Virginia's off week has arrived, and the Mountaineers truly have earned this repose. They escaped the first month of the season 2-2.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers stun Carolina

The season of great despair all of sudden has become the season of unsuspected promise.

1 day ago


 Senior quarterback Ben DiNucci is as accurate as it gets in the WPIAL this season for Pine-Richland.

High school football notebook: Pine-Richland QB Ben DiNucci on point

Historically accurate quarterback Ben DiNucci has the game -- and in this town, the name -- to be considered elite under center for the

1 day ago


 Antonio Brown celebrates a third-quarter touchdown Sunday against the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Steelers notebook: Two 0-3 teams up next on schedule

On tap for the Steelers: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then the Jacksonville Jaguars.

1 day ago


 Penguins defenseman Kris Letang talks to Rob Scuderi, left, and Brooks Orpik, right, at a practice in April.

Penguins notebook: Rob Scuderi, Kris Letang
 hope to reunite

The pair that rarely came to be last season, Kris Letang and Rob Scuderi, may be back together this year for the Penguins if all goes well.

1 day ago


 Pirates starting pitcher Vance Worley led the way in Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Pirates extend lead over Brewers in wild-card race

The Pirates extended their lead over the Brewers to 4.5 games in the wild-card race with seven games remaining.

1 day ago


 So you think a pennant race is all tight stomachs and scoreboard watching? Catcher Russell Martin skate boards through the hallways beneath PNC Park this week.

On the Pirates: The buildup inside a pennant race

There are many reasons the Pirates find themselves on the brink of a second consecutive playoff berth.

2 days ago


 The Steelers' LeGarrette Blount picks up a first down against the Panthers on Sunday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Ground game leads Steelers to big road victory over Panthers

The Steelers discovered two old friends Sunday night that propelled them to a 37-19 victory over the favored Carolina Panthers Sunday night.

1 day ago


 Jerricho Cotchery - Cashed in on a good 2013 in
the slot 
with Steelers

Smaller receivers find role in modern offenses, and for good reason

Slot receivers such as Wes Welker have become an integral part of many of the pass-oriented offenses in the NFL.

2 days ago


 Jerome Bettis was No. 5 in NFL history in rushing when he retired and is still No. 6 nine years later.

Bettis & the Hall: Case for Bus remains as strong as bronze

What more resume does Jerome Bettis need to land in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

2 days ago


 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was hit twice by pitches Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gene Collier: Best action to take was none

The Pirates were right not to retaliate after Andrew McCutchen was hit twice Saturday night by the Milwaukee Brewers.

2 days ago


 Pirates closer Mark Melancon has fairly consistent statistics this season and in 2013.

Melancon still on his mark

Pirates notebook: Closer is more concerned with the byproduct of his work than his production itself.

2 days ago


 Despite his unexpected participation in camp Friday, Sidney Crosby is unlikely to play in the preseason opener Monday against Detroit.

Penguins assistant Tocchet will tinker with power play

If it means making the Penguins power play better when it matters, new assistant Rick Tocchet won't hesitate to tweak some things.

2 days ago


 Fayette County’s Dunbar Creek is scheduled for a fall stocking of brook and brown trout Oct. 3.

Some autumn trout stockings curtailed due to low demand

The early sun is burning fog off the water and you have the creek to yourself. Trout fishing doesn't get much better.

2 days ago


District college football roundup: Duquesne moves to 2-2 with win

The Dukes held on to beat Monmouth on the strength of their dynamic passing attack.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Worley brilliant in 1-0 win

The ugly spectre of retaliation baseball never was a factor as the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers met today at PNC Park.

1 day ago


 Antonio Brown -- 12 reception in first two games

Game Three Matchup: Steelers vs. Panthers

A look inside the Steelers' matchup with the Panthers, including who to watch for on both sides of the ball and three keys to the game.

2 days ago


Head-to-head: Reigning defender of the year does it all

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin put it, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is one of the best in the business, but even that might be an understatement.

2 days ago


Wildlife: Reliable oak is a proven keystone

Early on we learned that even super-abundant renewable resources can be depleted.

2 days ago


High school highlights: Butler runs past Shaler

The Golden Tornado had no need to throw, dominating the Titans in the running game for a blowout win on the road.

2 days ago


 Andrew McCutchen reacts after being hit in the left arm by a pitch from Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza during the fifth inning Saturday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Tough loss to Brewers

Having won 12 of their previous 14, the Pirates were overdue for a loss. But that doesn’t take any of the sting out of their 1-0 defeat

2 days ago


Outdoors notebook: Airport archery hunt revived

Last year's pilot program to return hunters to non-runway areas seemed like the first awkward step in a long journey.

2 days ago


 First published September 23, 1974

40th Anniversary Season: Steelers, Broncos struggle to 35-35 tie

Sept. 22, 1974: After 3 hours and 49 minutes, five quarters and 160 plays, the Steelers and Broncos were still tied yesterday at 35-35.

2 days ago


Penguins notebook: Bennett might be best fit for Sutter

Penguins coach Mike Johnston wasn't shy in saying Beau Bennett and Brandon Sutter just might be a perfect pair looking at line combinations.

2 days ago


Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Saturday

Summaries from Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

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