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 The Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison celebrates after hitting a triple against the Reds at PNC Park.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison celebrates after hitting a triple against the Reds at PNC Park.

Pirates win in dramatic pitchers duel, 2-1, over Reds

Josh Harrison and Edinson Volquez lead the Pirates to a late victory.


 Making his first start after re-signing with the Steelers, defensive end Brett Keisel battles Panthers lineman Amini Silatolu Thursday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers had positives, but none brighter than the end of preseason

The only important thing to come out of the Thursday night’s 10-0 loss to Carolina was the Steelers injury report.



 Ike Davis is congratulated by Russell Martin after hitting a two-run home run against the Cardinals in the second inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

First shot at playoffs brings out best in Pirates' Ike Davis

For the first time in his career, first baseman Ike Davis is feeling the excitement and pressure of a pennant race.



 From left, Kittaning and Ford City football players Chad Cloonan, Brady Crissman, John Bittner, Zeke Walker, Logan Robb, Nick Bowers, Mike Bartosiewicz, Brady Kirkwood and Garrett Virostek pose for a portrait outside the under construction Armstrong High School, where Kittaning and Ford City will merge next year.

Varsity Xtra: As Kittanning and Ford City prepare to merge, it's 'last ride'

Ford City, Kittanning students, fans and players hope one team is better than two when merger takes hold next school year.



 Penn State's Brandon Bell, foreground, and other members of the NCAA college football team cheer after they received lessons in hurling and Gaelic football at University College in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday.

Gaelic Athletic Association embraces true amateurism

Ireland’s two most popular sports, hurling and Gaelic football, have no pro leagues, and it likely will remain that way.



 Penn State running back Bill Belton.

Penn State notebook: Depth welcome at running back

Penn State’s running game again will be a three-headed monster, meaning Bill Belton, Zach Zwinak and Akeel Lynch will share the load.



 In this photo from Nov. 25, 2009, Greensburg Central Catholic's Trent Hurley celebrates after he scores a touchdown against Aliquippa. Hurley is now the starting quarterback for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens.

Delaware's Hurley holds advantage over Panthers' QB

Greensburg Central Catholic graduate returns to Heinz Field where he won a WPIAL Class AA title in 2009.



  John Banaszak.

Robert Morris coach's debut gets no traction

On Thursday night when everything appeared new for the Colonials — most notably, coach John Banaszak — the end result was sadly familiar.



 Darrius Heyward-Bey picks up yardage Thursday night against the Panthers at Heinz Field.

Steelers 53-man roster taking shape

The Steelers have less than two days to reduce their roster by 22 players.



 Andrew Lambo during spring training.

Pirates call up Lambo for tonight's game

The Pirates have recalled first baseman/outfielder Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned pitcher Gerrit Cole to Bristol.


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    The only important thing to come out of the Thursday night’s 10-0 loss to Carolina was the Steelers injury report.

    Ron Cook: Steelers had positives, but none brighter than the end of preseason

    The only important thing to come out of the Thursday night’s 10-0 loss to Carolina was the Steelers injury report.



    Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

    Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

    Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

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    The Pirates have recalled first baseman/outfielder Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned pitcher Gerrit Cole to Bristol.


     



    Penguins' alumni view change as major positive

    Former players, gathered for an annual alumni charity golf event, see sweeping offseason changes as a consequence of playoff disappointment.



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    West Xtra: Central Valley/Montour first of many Parkway showdowns

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    Robert Morris coach's debut gets no traction

    On Thursday night when everything appeared new for the Colonials — most notably, coach John Banaszak — the end result was sadly familiar.



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    Ireland’s two most popular sports, hurling and Gaelic football, have no pro leagues, and it likely will remain that way.


     

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