New Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi.

Ron Cook: Narduzzi wanted Pitt job

New football coach Pat Narduzzi makes a strong first impression, sounds as if he plans to be at Pitt for a long time.

about 16 hours ago

 St. Louid' Patrik Berglund is pushed against the boards by Washington's Brooks Orpik, right, in the second period of a game last month.

Former Penguin Brooks Orpik has new role as a visitor

Brooks Orpik returns to Consol Energy Center tonight to face Penguins for first time since joining Washington in free agency.

about 16 hours ago

Penguins recall Megna and Zatkoff

The injury-depleted Pens called up two players from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

about 7 hours ago

 Penn State head coach James Franklin looking for a turnaround game in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Bowl game could be catalyst for Penn State's growth

Year one with James Franklin at Penn State's helm set to wrap up at the Pinstripe Bowl

about 16 hours ago

 The lack of snow is a concern for the two-week period that resorts rely on to generate at least one-third of their winter revenues.

Snow sports: Ski slopes due to be refreshed

Weather that was not conducive to snow sports mean ski slopes in and around southwestern Pennsylvania need help.

about 16 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Winning a press conference was easy for Pat Narduzzi. But games?

And what does it all mean? Next to nothing. To quote Al Davis: Just win, baby.

about 11 hours ago

 Steelers Martavis Bryant has seven touchdown catches this season.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant named team's top rookie

Bryant, who was a fourth-round pick out from Clemson, is the seventh current member of the Steelers offense to earn the honor.

about 20 hours ago

 Pat Narduzzi is introduced Friday as the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt makes it official: Pat Narduzzi named head football coach

Narduzzi served as Michigan State’s defensive coordinator for the past eight seasons.

about 17 hours ago

 Stu Lyon, left, speaks with other Fox Chapel staff members before a recent game.

Former Fox Chapel standout Stu Lyon battles personal demons on road to recovery

Stu Lyon was a star of Fox Chapel’s 1977 state champ basketball team. He’s faced difficult times, but is back as a coach at his alma mater.

1 day ago

Varsity Xtra: QBs make the switch to basketball in a hurry

Three quarterbacks who played in state championship football games made a quick transition to the basketball court.

1 day ago

 Clint Trickett drops back to pass against the Baylor Bears during the game earlier this season at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.

WVU QB Clint Trickett to retire from football after 5 concussions

In his two seasons with the Mountaineers, Trickett passed for 4,890 yards, with 25 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.

about 20 hours ago

 Penguins Steve Downie skates up ice during an October game against the Islanders at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins' Downie, Greiss test positive for mumps

Beau Bennett, Olli Maatta and Sidney Crosby were diagnosed with mumps earlier this month.

1 day ago

 Running back Le’Veon Bell, left, blocks Josh Harris in practice Tuesday on the South Side. The Steelers are attempting to make a Super Bowl run behind the strength of their offense, instead of the usual reliance on defense.

Steelers defense no longer sole key to deep playoff runs

Recent signs points to the Steelers' defense being able to shoulder bigger load in the playoffs, a likely must if they hope to go far.

1 day ago

 Sidney Crosby on the NHL Christmas break, which used to be two days but is now three: “For guys who don’t get the All-Star break, where do you get a break if you get two days and you’re playing the 23rd and the 26th, and you’re on the road for both?”

NHL holiday break grows a day, and that's OK with everyone

An extra day off for Christmas is mandated by the players’ union contract now, and that suits many NHL players just fine.

1 day ago

 Penn State running back Akeel Lynch on the ups-and-downs of college football and life: “There were a lot of firsts this year and a lot of learning, but you gotta appreciate that and you’ve gotta take the good with the bad, and I think that’s in every situation.”

Penn State running back Lynch flees hard times; now he’s living a dream

Running back Akeel Lynch continues his improbable journey at Penn State

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Not to look ahead, but ... are Steelers Super?

If the Steelers win Sunday, they will finish 11-5, just as the 2005 team did. That squad won the Super Bowl.

1 day ago

District Fishing Report: 12.26.14

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

1 day ago

 David DeCastro loosens up before practice Wednesday at the Steelers’ South Side facility.

Steelers' post-Christmas shopping list includes AFC North champion gear

All the Steelers want for Christmas is a division title.

2 days ago

 Derrick Pouliot is the No. 1 prospect in the Penguins organization.

Top 10 Penguins prospects for 2014-15

Dave Molinari breaks down some of the most promising players in the Penguins organization.

2 days ago

 North Allegheny's Meg Morningstar is a Notre Dame recruit.

High School Athletes of the Week: Meg Morningstar & Dane Jackson

North Allegheny’s Meg Morningstar and Cornell’s Dane Jackson earn weekly recognition.

2 days ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up  Wednesday at Fordham University's Field House in New York.

Penn State's offseason would feel longer with a Pinstripe Bowl loss

Going out with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl would help propel the Nittany Lions into next season.

2 days ago

 Joseph Uchebo passes out of trouble against Holy Cross’ Taylor Abt Tuesday night.

Panthers' rotation finally taking shape as ACC play approaches

Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon believes his team’s improvement since return of Cameron Wright from injury is not an accident.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Ho, ho, ho!

Bob Smizik wishes you and yours happy holidays!

2 days ago

Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament Schedule


2 days ago

 Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is expected to be named Pitt head coach, according to a source close to the program.

Pitt to announce Narduzzi as next football coach Friday

The Panthers are set to hire Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, according to a source close to the program.

2 days ago

Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 17

Will the Steelers make it four in a row and take the division? Check out Gerry’s pigskin picks for the last week of the regular season.

3 days ago

 Norwin’s Peyton Deri, left, and Logan Deri defend Latrobe’s Matt Dragan in a WPIAL Class AAAA Section 1 game Tuesday. Latrobe won, 72-63.

High school basketball highlights: Upper St. Clair rallies to stun Chartiers Valley

Marcus McGinniss leads Upper St. Clair to a 68-64 win at Class AAAA No. 2 Chartiers Valley in Section 4.

3 days ago

 Penn State football coach James Franklin takes a moment to reflect Tuesday at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.

Penn State football team has opportunity to reflect on 9/11 tragedy

The Nittany Lions soaked in the Sept. 11, 2001, memorial Tuesday as part of their weeklong visit to New York City for the Pinstripe Bowl.

3 days ago

Steelers urge fans to arrive at Heinz Field early

The team will give away prizes as a thank-you to fans.  Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for the 8:30 p.m. kickoff against the Bengals.

3 days ago

 Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci scrambles past St. Joseph's Prep's Benny Walls in the PIAA class AAAA championship at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Pine-Richland, South Fayette quarterbacks are players of year

Ben DiNucci and Brett Brumbaugh joined by 16 others from WPIAL named to the Class AAAA and Class AA all-state teams.

3 days ago

 Ben DiNucci North Xtra Player of the Year

North Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here are the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players from the North Xtra coverage area.

3 days ago

West Xtra: Moon's building efforts starting to pay dividends on mats

Mitch Barcaskey has begun an extensive reconstruction of the Moon Area wrestling program and he starting to see results.

3 days ago

 At the holiday break, Shaler’s Alexander Ficorilli was among the leaders in PIHL Class AA in goal-scoring with 20 in 11 games so far this season.

North Xtra: Shaler hockey has the answer

Coach poses question whether team wants to win or just play, and Titans respond.

3 days ago

North Xtra: 'Paper' Quaker Valley winning on court, too

Quakers looked good before the season and proving looks aren't deceiving.

3 days ago

North Xtra: North Hills eyes another title

Wrestling team will be without ailing head coach Jose Martinez.

3 days ago

 South Xtra Player of the Year: Clairton's Lamont Wade

South Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here is the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players in the South Xtra coverage area.

3 days ago

Steel Valley school board appoints coaches

One board member laments the lack of interviews with other candidates for the top job in the Steel Valley football program.

3 days ago

 Elizabeth Forward's Luke Fournier, top,  won by a pin against Albert Gallatin's Zack Friend in the 195-pound weight class semifinal at the Chartiers-Houston tournament on Dec. 6.

South Xtra: Elizabeth Forward senior avoids jinx, starts wrestling season strong

Elizabeth Forward’s Luke Fournier ignored some bad luck from past years and has begun this wrestling season in impressive fashion.

3 days ago

South Xtra: Big wrestling tournaments accent the holidays

A couple of attractive high school wrestling tournaments are on tap for fans during the holidays.

3 days ago

 Peters Township's Brady Cochrane has scored seven goals to go along with 10 assists in the Indians' first 13 games.

South Xtra: As usual, Peters a power on the ice again

With a cast of characters with familiar surnames, Peters Township stands at the top of the PIHL Class AAA standings.

3 days ago

 Johnny Petrishen East Xtra Player of the Year

East Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here are the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players from the East Xtra coverage area.

3 days ago

East Xtra: Greensburg CC follows successful plan

Centurions face tough battle in quest for another section title in basketball.

3 days ago

 Bethel Park's Cailey Klink, left, tries to stop Norwin's Amanda Batey from scoring during a non-section game earlier this month. Norwin won, 52-50.

East Xtra: Norwin girls winning the close ones

Knights are coming through at crunch time to win tight decisions.

3 days ago

East Xtra: Powerade Tournament gives teams chance to test mettle

Franklin Regional out to defend team title in competitive field.

3 days ago

 West Xtra Player of the Year: Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead

West Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here are the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players from the West Xtra coverage area.

3 days ago

West Xtra: Ambridge girls impressive in early going

A 7-2 start to the season, including a 3-0 mark in Section 2-AAA, has the Ambridge girls basketball team thinking big.

3 days ago

 Team captain Ryan Rohm has helped West Allegheny stay in contention for a playoff berth by providing some much needed scoring.

West Xtra: West Allegheny stays in hunt for PIHL playoff berth

A strong defense has kept the West Allegheny High School hockey team competitive.

3 days ago

Basketball Box Scores: Dec. 23

Box scores from Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

3 days ago

 Marc-Andre Fleury is beaten for a goal by Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov. The goal gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., and prompted coach Mike Johnston to remove Fleury from the game. The Lightning held on for 4-3 win.

Lightning strikes Penguins streak

Rally proves to be a case of too little, too late as Tampa Bay ends 10-game drought against Penguins with 4-3 win.

3 days ago


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