Peter Diana / Post-Gazette3/14/2015   :  Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco bats against the Red Sox at Jet Blue Park  in Ft Myers Florida.

Pirates notebook: Polanco fails to take advantage of start vs. left-hander

Manager Clint Hurdle was hoping Gregory Polanco’s performance a night earlier would carry over into series finale.

about 12 hours ago

 “If it comes to fruition where we think not having a conference championship game hurts us, then we obviously go back to the drawing boards to look at it,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said.

WVU athletic director Lyons open to Big 12 expansion

After Oklahoma’s president pushed for it, Shane Lyons said he’s open to expansion, but the conference is “in a great spot.”

about 12 hours ago

NASCAR asks fans to keep rebel flags away from tracks

“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols,” the tracks and their ownership groups stated Thursday.

about 12 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates roster needs upgrades

The Pirates are probably not going to catch St. Louis, although that task is not as hopeless as some make it sound.

about 6 hours ago

 American star Carli Lloyd and the rest of the championship match-bound U.S. women's team have been a boon for Women's World Cup ratings.

Women's World Cup notebook: Ratings look good

There are a few reasons why you might find yourself, and others, watching the Women’s World Cup a lot more this year.

about 13 hours ago

Pittsburgh area fans will head for Norwalk, Ohio, en masse this holiday weekend

Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, draws many of its fans from western Pennsylvania.

about 12 hours ago

 Longtime NHL stalwart Martin St. Louis is calling it quits after an accomplished career.

Martin St. Louis announces NHL retirement

It was clear veteran Martin St. Louis wouldn’t be back with the Rangers, but other teams likely had interest in him as a free agent.

about 13 hours ago

District Fishing Report: 7.3.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

about 12 hours ago

West Xtra: High school softball all-stars

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Scholastic Sports staff selects the area’s top high school softball players.

about 12 hours ago

 Cornell's Dane Jackson has been a driving force, both on the basketball court and on the football field. Because of his efforts, Jackson was chosen as the West Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

West Xtra: Two-sport standout Jackson is Male High School Athlete of the Year

Dane Jackson was a standout in two sports at two schools — Cornell and Quaker Valley — and is the Male High School Athlete of the Year.

about 12 hours ago

 Carlynton's Conor Richardson, shooting over Avonworth's Mackenzie Mayernik, was a standout in basketball as well as volleyball and track.

West Xtra: Female High School Athlete of the Year leaves a legacy at Carlynton

Conor Richardson left a legacy at Carlynton and in so doing became the West Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

about 12 hours ago

West Xtra: Moon senior continues to improve in Elite League

Moon’s Austin Hoffman continues to show improvement in the Western Pennsylvania Elite Baseball League.

about 12 hours ago

 West Allegheny grad Nick Kolarac works out during a Riverhounds practice at Highmark Stadium.

West Xtra: West Allegheny grad loves playing at 'home' for the Riverhounds

Riverhounds midfielder Nick Kolarac, a Pittsburgh native, feels as though he represents the city of Pittsburgh whenever he plays.

about 12 hours ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: District club teams face national test

Junior National Boys Volleyball Championships in Columbus, Ohio, attract plenty of interest from district squads.

about 12 hours ago

North Xtra: High school softball all-stars

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Scholastic Sports staff selects the area’s top high school softball players.

about 12 hours ago

 Mars Area's Ori Rinaman finished first in the Class AAA 300-meter hurdles at the WPIAL track championships and was a standout in football while earning the North Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

North Xtra: Mars Area athlete is out of this world

Track and football standout Ori Rinaman lands North Xtra Athlete of the Year honor.

about 12 hours ago

 Pine-Richland's Amanda Kalin, right, battles Sarah Chomos of North Allegheny for control of the ball in a match in October. Kalin is a soccer standout who was selected the North Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland athlete a super sophomore

Two-sport star Amanda Kalin earns North Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

about 12 hours ago

North Xtra: New Shaler coach optimistic

Amanda O’Connor takes over job of rebuilding Titans’ volleyball program.

about 12 hours ago

 Tim Giel won All-Ivy League honors as a pitcher for the Columbia University baseball team and now he's on the staff of the Washington Wild Things.

North/South Xtra: Giel adapts to his role as a reliever with the Wild Things

Former Shady Side Academy standout Tim Giel, who was used to being a starting pitcher, adapts to a new role with the Wild Things.

about 12 hours ago

South Xtra: High school softball all-stars

The Post-Gazette Scholastic Sports staff selects area’s top high school softball players.

about 12 hours ago

 Steel Valley's Brandon Donovan, driving around Laurel Highlands' Andy Cavinee, was a standout in basketball, baseball and football.

South Xtra: Steel Valley's Donovan is Male High School Athlete of the Year

Steel Valley’s three-sport standout Brandon Donovan is the South Xtra Male High School Athlete of the Year.

about 12 hours ago

 Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman is a four-time WPIAL diving champion and a three-time PIAA champion. She is the South Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

South Xtra: Char Valley diver is Female High School Athlete of the Year

Maria Lohman,a four-time WPIAL and three-time PIAA diving champion, is the South Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

about 12 hours ago

South Xtra: Former assistant succeeds Loughran as South Park football coach

Former assistant Marty Reick steps into the sizable shoes left by the departure of longtime South Park football coach Tom Loughran.

about 12 hours ago

East Xtra: High school softball all-stars

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Scholastic Sports staff selects the area’s top high school softball players.

about 12 hours ago

 Jeannette's Julian Batts finished as the second-leading scorer in Jayhawks' history and was a standout quarterback for the football team. Batts was chosen as the East Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

East Xtra: Jeannette athlete a two-sport star

Basketball, football standout Julian Batts is East Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

about 12 hours ago

 Greensburg Salem's Claire Oberdorf reaches for the ball as Ambridge's Lauren Sivewright gets into second base during a 2013 WPIAL  playoff game. Oberdorf is the East Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

East Xtra: Perseverance pays off for Greensburg Salem athlete

Claire Oberdorf battles back from injury to land East Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

about 12 hours ago

 Swissvale's Tyler Babyok slides safely into home as Plum catcher Dante Palmieri waits for the throw in American Legion baseball action last month.

East Xtra: Swissvale American Legion team struggling

Wolverines beat Plum, but have been working to field a complete team.

about 12 hours ago

East Xtra: Santilli steps down as Gateway coach

Wrestling coach resigns after 12 seasons with the Gators.

about 12 hours ago

 "I think they’ll sell that team for between $700 and $800 million in Pittsburgh, and the cupboard will be pretty bare by that time," Carolina owner Peter Karmanos said.

Carolina owner takes shots at Penguins, Rutherford

Carolina owner Peter Karmanos criticizes the Penguins and GM Jim Rutherford, formerly the Hurricanes’ GM, in public comments.

1 day ago

 Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel warms up before the NHL All-Star hockey skills competition in Columbus, Ohio, in January.

Kessel 'excited' to join Penguins and two of hockey's 'best players'

Phil Kessel, the newest Penguin, said he couldn’t care less about personal stats as long as the Penguins win.

about 22 hours ago

 U.S. forward Amy Rodriguez dribbles against China defender Liu Shanshan in the World Cup quarterfinals.

U.S. women's soccer at Heinz Field a hot ticket

The U.S. faces Japan on Sunday for the World Cup title, a rematch of the 2011 final.

about 22 hours ago

 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a two-run double in the ninth inning against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Liriano, Walker lead Pirates to 8-4 win, series sweep against Tigers

When a tame Detroit Tigers offense finally roared to life Thursday, the Pirates answered back even louder.

about 17 hours ago

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.2.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates who opened July with a pair of wins after a monster month of June.

about 22 hours ago

 The Penguins snatch up winger Phil Kessel, two other players and a second-round draft pick as part of a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Penguins acquire high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto

Penguins fill a huge hole on roster with acquisition of speedy and high-scoring winger in multi-player deal with the Maple Leafs.

1 day ago

 Oskar Sundqvist (center) is congratulated by Blake Comeau and Nick Spaling after scoring against the Wild during a September preseason game at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Hunt for fourth-line center continues

General manager Jim Rutherford believes rookie Oskar Sundqvist will be in the mix for the spot, but free-agent search will continue.

1 day ago

 Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers.

Pirates notebook: Detroit's Victor Martinez lambastes Cole after getting plunked

The Tigers designated hitter said he had “no respect” for the Pirates and their pitcher Gerrit Cole.

1 day ago

 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford discusses a trade in which the team acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs at a press conference at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Kessel trade will determine Rutherford's legacy as Penguins GM

Phil Kessel is said to have great hands; now they are Jim Rutherford’s legacy as general manager of the Penguins.

1 day ago

 The Penguins now have 52 percent of their $71.4 million salary cap invested in just five elite talents — Phil Kessel, pictured, and centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Adam Bittner: For Penguins, Phil Kessel trade invites disasters both near and far

The “win now” mentality continues for the Penguins as they continue to gamble their future away.

about 19 hours ago

Former Jeannette wrestling coach held for court on sex charges

Two 16-year-old girls testify Joshua Westfall kissed one and inappropriately touched the other.

about 12 hours ago

Pitt loses projected starting tackle to knee injury

Jaryd Jones-Smith, projected to start for the Panthers this year, was injured in during an offseason conditioning session.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Greg Williams and Austin Ransom take down West Virginia's Bradley Starks during a past matchup between the two teams, who haven't met on the football field since 2011.

Return of the Brawl? West Virginia AD says renewing rivalry with Pitt a top priority

“It’s a great thing for college football as a whole,” said West Virginia’s Shane Lyons.

1 day ago

Duquesne adds bowling to meet Title IX requirements

A women’s bowling team will begin competition in 2016-17 and will be the 17th sport offered at the university.

1 day ago

Riverhounds coaches, players will serve suspensions Saturday

Four Riverhounds, two of them coaches, were suspended for an upcoming game for their conduct in a 1-0 loss last week.

1 day ago

Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd waives hearing in DUI case

Jefferson Hills police stopped Boyd, 20, on June 12 after they said he switched lanes without using a proper signal.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Smell the roses

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 days ago

 Dan Burt has led Duquesne to consecutive Women's National Invitation Tournament berths.

Dukes' women's basketball coach Burt gets contract extension

The Washington, Pa., native, has led the Dukes to a a 43-24 record in his two seasons at the helm.

2 days ago

 "The application is an early step in the bidding process," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Steelers exploring bid to host 2023 Super Bowl

President Art Rooney met with Mayor Bill Peduto Wednesday morning to talk about the team’s bid to host Super Bowl LVII.

1 day ago

Duquesne to add women's intercollegiate bowling

The addition of women's bowling comes five years after the school cut four men's varsity sports, including baseball.

1 day ago

 The construction will not interfere with the view of the Downtown skyline from the Heinz Field seats.

New Heinz Field seats to be ready for Steelers' first preseason game

The Steelers are adding nearly 3,000 new seats that will include a combination of general seating, premium seating and suites.

2 days ago

 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker receives congratulations from teammates after he hit a two-run home run in the third inning Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Pirates defeat Tigers, 9-3

Neil Walker hit two home runs, leading the Pirates' 21-hit attack in a 9-3 victory against the Detroit Tigers tonight at Comerica Park.

1 day ago