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 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.
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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.


 Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant will miss the first four games of the season.

Tomlin: Steelers' Bryant has 'issues ... bigger than football'

The wide receiver was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.



 “They’re different in their own ways,” Jordan Whitehead said of the Youngstown State receivers.

With opener looming, Youngstown State has Panthers' full attention

The attitude is strictly focused on one thing, and that’s Youngstown State,” said freshman safety Jordan Whitehead.



 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.



 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.



 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.



 Josh Lugg of North Allegheny High School.

Blue Chip Chat: Josh Lugg, North Allegheny

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 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.



 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.



 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.


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    The midfielder helped the Riverhounds get back into playoff contention with a crucial road win Saturday.



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


     

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