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 The Penguins' Steve Downie scores in the third period against the Coyotes at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Steve Downie scores in the third period against the Coyotes at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins beat Coyotes, 3-2

The Penguins were scoreless for more than 47 minutes on Saturday afternoon, stymied by Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.


 Bill Kreiger and daughter Tara Sweeney made the trip from Maryland to take in the Penguins vs. Arizona Coyotes game Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Long-time Penguins fan reaches her destination

Tara Kreiger finally was able to see her Penguins play up close Saturday at Consol Energy Center.



 “We’re working to make [Buster Olney] a prophet,” general manager Neal Huntington said of Olney's prediction the Pirates will win the World Series.

Ron Cook: Olney's bold Pirates prediction marks new era of expectations

The Pirates are working to make ESPN’s Buster Olney a prophet for his World Series champions prediction.



 Starling Marte waits on deck in batting practice at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates LF Marte picks up where he left off

Starling Marte’s batting stance adjustments yielded positive results late last season, so he’s sticking to them.



 Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in an Elite Eight game Saturday night in Cleveland.

Notre Dame can't quite end Kentucky's unbeaten season

The top-ranked Wildcats held off the upset bid from the Fighting Irish, 68-66, to get back to the Final Four Saturday night.



Spring training report: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3

Neil Walker doubled for the seventh time this spring as the Pirates won.



 New Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi talks to his team Saturday morning. The Panthers are two weeks into spring practice. They have three more weeks before the Blue-Gold game April 18.

Pitt brothers Bradley, Grigsby ready for more at linebacker this season

Bam Brad­ley and Nicholas Grigsby are two of the con­tend­ers to fill the start­ing out­side line­backer roles left open by graduates.



Penn State notebook: Situational football takes center state in spring

The Nittany Lions worked on situational drills and tried a pair of left tackles during their fifth practice of the spring.



 Derrick Pouliot is meeting expectations.

On the Penguins: 4-5 not pretty for nine home playoff series

Regardless of a sub-.500 mark in the past nine playoff series, the Penguins are aiming for home ice this year.



Florida Southern ruins IUP's bid for an upset in NCAA Division II championship

No. 25 IUP, which dispatched three top seeds on its run to the championship game, ran into too tough a foe and wrapped up its season 31-7.


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Mario Lemieux: 30 years in Pittsburgh

Mario Lemieux has won the Stanley Cup as the Penguins' captain and owner.
This winter marks 30 years since Mario Lemieux first arrived in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is marking the milestone by publishing an eight-part special section on Lemieux's three decades in the city.

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Ryan Shazier of the Ohio State Buckeyes poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked No. 15 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Steelers have the 22nd pick in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, which begins April 30 in Chicago.

Beat writer Ed Bouchette currently has 13 players he thinks the Steelers could take in the first round.

Explore Ed's analysis, vote on who you think the Steelers will most likely select on our interactive draft poll and share your opinions in the comments section.

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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.



High school basketball notebook: Success follows Blackhawk's Steve Lodovico

Lodovico is believed to be the first person from the WPIAL to win two PIAA championships in a row as a player and two in a row as a coach.


 

Golf


Grandson of Palmer back at Bay Hill, this time as member

He’s known in golfing circles as “The King,” though one player at the Arnold Palmer Invitational still calls the tournament host “Dumpy.”



Ireland's golf courses and weather present challenges but also exceed expectations

Last fall, Dan Coyne and some friends made a “once-in-a-lifetime” golfing trip to Ireland.


 

Other Sports


Hat trick leads Riverhounds win in 2015 opener

Pittsburgh’s USL Pro team finished last season 11th out of 14 with a 9-5-14 record but opened 2015 with a win.



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.


 

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