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 Pedro Alvarez singles against the Blue Jays Wednesday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.
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Pedro Alvarez singles against the Blue Jays Wednesday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

So far, Pedro Alvarez's switch from third base to first is going well for Pirates

Starting his coursework at first base fresh, Pedro Alvarez has done well so far in spring training.


 Pitt’s Brianna Kiesel is fouled by Virginia Tech’s Taijah Campbell in the ACC women’s tournament Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

Pitt women run into worst nightmare

The Panthers’ NCAA tournament chances might have been crushed by a loss to the bottom-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies in the second round.



 Ben Lovejoy puts a hit on Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on March 4, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Penguins' Lovejoy prepares for a homecoming of sorts

Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy prepares to play his former team four days after trade



 Indiana teammates hoist the trophy after defeating Beaver Falls in the WPIAL class AAA championship Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Petersen Events Center.

Varsity Xtra: It wasn't a movie, it was reality for Indiana High, town

Last week a group of teenagers from Indiana, Pa., pulled off something that has lifted a small town and made heroes of high school athletes.



 Miami's Davon Reed gets a shot up against Pitt's Jamel Artis in the first half Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt has poor defense to blame for sour season

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon expected the Panthers defense to be much better at this point in the year.



 Derrick Pouliot takes down Carolina's Elias Lindholm during a game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, 2014.

Penguins Notebook: Pouliot adjusting to life in NHL

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot draws praise from new partner Ben Lovejoy



 Penn State's Nick Scott squats during the team's winter strength and conditioning testing.

Nittany Lions raising the bar during winter strength testing

Penn State’s improvements in the weight room are showing up on strength coach Dwight Galt’s charts as Penn State wraps up winter testing.



 Franklin Regional's Dom Giannangeli, bottom, defeated Cedar Cliff's Steven Ross, 12-2 in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament. Giannangeli won two bouts to advance to the quarterfinals.

Preliminary rounds lead to PIAA wrestling upsets

Seven WPIAL wrestlers win preliminary matches then score upsets of high-ranked opponents int the PIAA Class AAA and AA tournaments.



 LaMarr Woodley, once a dominant force for Pittsburgh's defense, was released by Oakland yesterday. In this 2009 picture, he runs back a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Brett Favre is at left.

Raiders release LaMarr Woodley, will court Ndamukong Suh

Also, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew will retire from professional football.



 Pirates second baseman Sean Rodriguez makes a diving stop against the Yankees at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Spring Training Game at a Glance: Pirates fall to Yankees, 2-1

Francisco Liriano throws two scoreless innings; Charlie Morton allows two hits and two walks in first outings since surgery in September.


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    The safety has not announced his retirement, keeping alive the idea he might play in 2015 — with or without the Steelers.

    Ron Cook: Steelers still facing difficult, awkward situation with Troy Polamalu

    The safety has not announced his retirement, keeping alive the idea he might play in 2015 — with or without the Steelers.



    The zany spring of 1995 was certainly one to remember in Bradenton, where the Pirates nearly threw a med school student behind the plate.

    Gene Collier: Recalling the bizarre spring of 1995

    The zany spring of 1995 was certainly one to remember in Bradenton, where the Pirates nearly threw a med school student behind the plate.

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    Preliminary rounds lead to PIAA wrestling upsets

    Seven WPIAL wrestlers win preliminary matches then score upsets of high-ranked opponents int the PIAA Class AAA and AA tournaments.



    Deer Lakes scores win vs. Montour, advances to PIHL semifinals

    The Eastern Conference champion Lancers (17-5-1) rolled to an 8-1 running-clock victory against Montour (13-10-0) in the quarterfinals.


     

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    Nittany Lions raising the bar during winter strength testing

    Penn State’s improvements in the weight room are showing up on strength coach Dwight Galt’s charts as Penn State wraps up winter testing.



    Pitt has poor defense to blame for sour season

    Pitt coach Jamie Dixon expected the Panthers defense to be much better at this point in the year.


     

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    Liberty first-grader is a golf champion

    Mya Morgan, 7, will compete in a national tournament on the U.S. Kids Golf Tour in North Carolina this summer.



    Woods’ short game long on staggering

    Tiger's play last week at the Phoenix Open drew some sympathy but experts debate whether it's mental or technical.


     

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