Bob Smizik: Amazing Cardinals roll on

Regardless of how well they’ve been playing -- and that would be spectacularly well -- there has been speculation all season, a lot of it

about 4 hours ago

 Jamie Dixon called Jonathan Milligan "a promising combo guard."

Dixon adds another transfer to Pitt men's basketball team

The guard from Kilgore (Junior) College had interest from schools including Tennessee, Creighton, Marquette and N.C. State.

12 minutes ago

 Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey brings in a catch during Steelers training camp in Latrobe last month.

Steelers' Roethlisberger says Heyward-Bey will step in for Bryant during suspension

Heyward-Bey, a former first-round draft choice in 2009, has started 64 games in the NFL.

17 seconds ago

Westinghouse High coach on leave after report of student injury

The district received a report a Westinghouse student was injured while “being admonished” by one of the team’s assistant coaches.

about 1 hour ago

 David L. Harper was introduced as the new athletic director at Duquesne University today.

Dayton's Dave Harper named Duquesne's new athletic director

Harper was Dayton’s associate vice president for athletics, overseeing the school’s successful men’s basketball program, among other things.

about 2 hours ago

 Jung Ho Kang runs around third base after hitting a home run during the 5th inning as the Pirates take on the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

What to watch for in the Pirates' pivotal September

Of their 16 division- and pennant-winning seasons, the Pirates never trailed entering September.

about 12 hours ago

 Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Steelers Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

New defensive scheme a work in progress for Steelers

Offseason changes have not been the cure through the first four games of the preseason for the Steelers defense.

about 12 hours ago

 Francisco Cervelli pours Gatorade on Starling Marte after he hit the winning home run in the 9th inning against the San Francisco Giants Aug. 22.

Ron Cook: There's no time for Pirates to relish in accomplishments

The Pirates still have a long way, and month, to reach their ultimate goal of winning the World Series.

about 12 hours ago

 Penn State junior-college transfer Paris Palmer (73) will be a key to the offensive line as he slides in at left tackle to protect prized quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Penn State football preview: Three keys for the Nittany Lions' season

Penn State’s offensive line, special teams and sophomore class are under the microscope as the season opener looms.

about 12 hours ago

 Penn State football coach James Franklin uses his school's cost of attendance stipend in recruiting pitches.

Cost of attendance stipends give scholarship student-athletes a little financial freedom

For the first time, college athletes on full scholarship have access to a cost of attendance stipend to help with daily living expenses.

about 12 hours ago

Sports briefs: 2016 marathon opens online

Registration expected to reach at least 40,000 for Pittsburgh Marathon; Duquesne to announce new athletic director today.

about 12 hours ago

 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court in New York City today.

No deal reached for Goodell, Brady; judge to rule on suspension this week

The Patriots host the Steelers Sept. 10 in the NFL's season-opening game.

1 day ago

 Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant makes a first-down catch Saturday against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension upheld

Bryant will be allowed to practice with his teammates for the remainder of this week and is eligible to return Oct. 2.

about 20 hours ago

 Josh Scobee kicks a second quarter field goal against the Baltimore Ravens in December.

Steelers Notebook: Team adds veteran kicker Josh Scobee through a trade

Steelers trade a 2016 sixth-round pick to Jacksonville for Scobee, a fifth-round draft choice in 2004 who was their kicker for 11 seasons.

about 19 hours ago

 "If our kids aren’t nervous on Friday night and Saturday morning, they probably aren’t ready to play,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said.

Pitt notebook: It's game week for Pitt, and new coach Pat Narduzzi is feeling it

Narduzzi is excited, but also nervous, for his first game as a head coach Saturday against Youngstown State at Heinz Field.

about 21 hours ago

 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin asks referee Jerome Boger to explain the penalty on the Steelers defense against the Bills Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 8.31.15

Ray takes your questions on the Steelers as the preseason enters its final week.

about 21 hours ago

 Rookie receiver Sammie Coates is no substitute for Martavis Bryant at this point, but the Steelers might need him early this season.

Steelers notebook: Steelers drafted Coates as insurance because they knew about Bryant

The Steelers will miss Martavis Bryant early this season — and even more in the future if he slips up again — so Sammie Coates must improve.

1 day ago

 Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux, left, and Ron Burkle began exploring a possible sale of the team in June.

Penguins sale moving slowly forward

Completing the sale of the professional sports franchise can be a long and arduous process, industry experts say.

1 day ago

 Still on the disabled list, A.J. Burnett could be back in the Pirates rotation in a couple of weeks.

Pirates notebook: Burnett bullish on return

Starter A.J. Burnett is not only confident he’ll be back this season, but also says it will be soon and that he feels healthy.

1 day ago

Obituary: Paul G. Dacey / A fixture at PNC Park’s Lexus Club

Mr. Dacey, 83, of Brookline died Wednesday at St. Clair Hospital of congestive heart failure.

1 day ago

 Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage seems to have already helped J.A. Happ, and now he'll have to continue to keep the back of the rotation from faltering.

Ron Cook: Back end of Pirates rotation still struggling

Pitching coach Ray Searage is a patient man, likely the best friend a pitcher can have, but he admits a little tough love might be in order.

1 day ago

 Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour.

Adam Bittner: Without rivalries on its schedule, Penn State far from #107Kstrong

Penn State hasn’t drawn even as many as 101,000 to a non-conference game at Beaver Stadium since the Nittany Lions hosted Alabama in 2011.

about 19 hours ago

 Out with the block, in with the script is the new plan for all Pitt sports, not just football.

Pitt to adopt script logo for all sports beginning with 2016-17 season

The goal is to have a roll-out for new apparel this spring, and have all of teams in new “Pitt” script uniforms for the 2016-17 school year.

1 day ago

 Pitt's James Conner has already left his mark on the record books, and likely has one last season to do so in the win column.

Pitt football preview: Three keys for the Panthers' season

Football beat writer Sam Werner looks at what must happen for them to be successful this year, with a game-by-game look at the schedule.

1 day ago

 Brashear's Therran Coleman (4) is perhaps the top player in the City League, which hasn't often been a recruiting hotbed for Pitt.

Brashear football standout Coleman chooses Pitt

Therran Coleman, an elite cornerback and a senior at Brashear, committed to the Panthers and new coach Pat Narduzzi Sunday night

1 day ago

 A junior playmaker from Seton-LaSalle, Paris Ford could follow his brother to Notre Dame, stay local at Pitt or Penn State, or play in the SEC — and those are just a few of his options.

Blue Chip Chat: Paris Ford, Seton-La Salle

Junior DB/WR Paris Ford tells the Post-Gazette what’s in store for his Rebels team, his college thoughts and why people call him “Diddy.”

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: About that rotation

The Pirates rotation is not as strong as it was earlier in the season and the playoffs are a time of year where pitching is important.

1 day ago

 Plum's Bjorn Fratangelo faces his toughest test yet this week against sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych.

Overcoming inconsistency, Fratangelo readies for U.S. Open Debut

Plum native Bjorn Fratangelo has tried to make the U.S. Open before. But this time, his third attempt, a new approach paid off.

1 day ago

 Peters Township native Alison Riske returns a shot in a first-round match Monday against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. Riske lost in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Out of the spotlight, Venus Williams grinds out win at U.S. Open

She had a 2-hour, 45-minute match at Arthur Ashe Stadium against the unseeded and undaunted Monica Puig, winning, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3.

about 14 hours ago

 Masafuji Nishijima of team Japan celebrates while rounding the bases in front of Dylan Rodenhaber of the Mid-Atlantic team from Red Land Little League of Lewisberry, Pa., after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning of the Little League World Series championship game.

Japan stages historic rally to beat Pennsylvania, win Little League World Series

Tokyo and Lewisberry, Pa., combined for a record 30 hits in the wild championship game Sunday afternoon.

1 day ago

 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton pulls in a pass as he's defended by Gerod Holliman at training camp earlier this month at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. Wheaton figures to be a solid sleeper pick in many fantasy football drafts.

The Fantasy Fool: The Perfect Draft -- Dominate from Day One

The fourth in a series of four columns examining the 2015 fantasy football preseason.

about 19 hours ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hits a home run against the Cubs in the third inning when the teams played against each other on Aug. 5 at PNC Park. The rainout game from Aug. 3 will be made up for with a doubleheader on Sept. 15.

Pirates-Cubs set doubleheader Sept. 15 to make up for rainout

The game will be part of a split doubleheader, with the first game starting at 1:35 p.m. and the second starting at 7:05 p.m.

2 days ago

 The Pirates' Charlie Morton commits a throwing error on the Rockies' Dustin Garneau in the sixth inning. Ben Paulsen and Daniel Descalso scored on the play.

Rockies win series finale against Pirates, 5-0

The Pirates close the month with a 19-8 record, their best August since going 19-8 in August 1992.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Steelers Martavis Bryant scores touchdown against the Bills in the second quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium Orchard Park New York.

Ron Cook: Steelers need to get by until return of Martavis Bryant, other key players

Martavis Bryant showed what the Steelers will miss for the first four games when he caught three passes for 138 yards and a TD Saturday.

2 days ago

 Pirates' Gregory Polanco pulls in a fly ball against Rockies' Charlie Blackmon in the first inning Saturday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Outfield arms among best in the majors

Talented, young right fielder Gregory Polanco had two more assists Friday night, while Starling Marte has a National League-leading 12.

2 days ago

 Bruce Cox of Springdale caught this nice steelhead on Elk Creek.

Early Warning: Steelhead runs may come sooner than expected

Weird weather since spring has everything off schedule, and anglers are reporting fish stacking up off shore and a few sporadic catches.

2 days ago

Outdoors notebook: Report charts climate change by driving for brook trout

Native to clean, cold-water streams, the brook trout is popular among anglers and considered an indicator of water quality.

2 days ago

 Mike Vick was 4 for 5 for 106 yards and ran once for 1 yard in his first action since signing with the Steelers.

Steelers Notebook: Vick has solid outing in debut

Despite little practice time, Mike Vick completed four of five passes for 106 yards and a passer rating of 118.8.

2 days ago

 Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis collides with Gerrit Cole while trying to field Cole’s bunt in the fourth inning Thursday night in Miami. Cole was one of the Pirates' quirky paper moves at last year's playoff roster deadline.

On the Pirates: Building postseason roster all about the details

Tricks of the trade often come in handy for teams constructing playoff rosters, and the Pirates likely have some in store again this year.

2 days ago

Wildlife: Migrations mean summer yields to fall

Chances are good that when you step outside, you’ll hear nocturnal flight calls that help keep members of migrating flocks together.

2 days ago

College football preview: Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia are unrivaled for all the wrong reasons

Rivalries across college football have disappeared the past five years, making some wonder whether the sport has lost part of its appeal.

2 days ago

 Quarterback Trevone Boykin and TCU don't plan on being shut out of the College Football Playoff again this season.

Sam Werner's Top 25: Ohio State, Baylor, TCU top list

Post-Gazette college football writer Sam Werner votes in the weekly Associated Press poll. A look inside his initial ballot of 2015 …

2 days ago

 Media surrounds new Florida State quarterback and likely Jameis Winston successor Everett Golson, a transfer from Notre Dame.

Five college football storylines to watch this year

Post-Gazette sports writer Paul Zeise takes a look at five storylines to watch this college football season.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: A vote for man over dog

Almost as if they wished to put the Michael Vick controversy behind them, the Steelers gave their fans perhaps something even more awful to

2 days ago

 Penn State and coach James Franklin could be undefeated when they meet defending national champion Ohio State in October.

Ten games to watch this college football season

Paul Zeise takes a look at the 10 games that will define college football’s regular season.

2 days ago

 Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is back after opening eyes during the Buckeyes' championship run last season.

This year's Heisman Trophy favorites

Paul Zeise finds five players to watch for in the Heisman Trophy race.

2 days ago

 Jim Harbaugh's arrival at Michigan should spice up the best rivalry in the Big Ten and one of the best in the country with Ohio State.

Top 5 college football rivalries

Counting down the top five existing rivalries in college football.

2 days ago

 Peters Township’s Kelson Marisa, left, is one of the top defenders on the WPIAL’s No. 1 Class AAA team.

High school soccer preview: 3-peat times 2?

Peters Township on the boys side and Seneca Valley on the girls side are again the favorites, striving for their third titles in a row.

2 days ago

 David Letterman, left, and Bobby Rahal, car owners for driver Oriol Servia, of Spain, talk before the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

David Letterman struggling with love of racing after fatal crash

Retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner David Letterman re-examines his love of the sport following Justin Wilson's death.

4 days ago