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 Gorkys Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco celebrate after defeating the Padres Tuesday night.
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Gorkys Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco celebrate after defeating the Padres Tuesday night.

Polanco's hit sparks Pirates' 3-2 victory against Padres

The Pirates ended a long, wet night at PNC Park by beating the San Diego Padres, winning their fourth game in a row.


 Richland’s Meghan Klingenberg, left, shares the stage Tuesday with teammates Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, Ali Krieger and Hope Solo at the team’s championship celebration in Los Angeles.

U.S. women's soccer team returns home with World Cup trophy

A crowd of about 10,000 joined the Americans for a wild celebration in Los Angeles to begin their victory tour.



 Pitt's James Conner talks with teammates during spring practice Tuesday on the South Side.

Pitt's Boyd, Conner on watch list for one of college football's top honors

Conner and Boyd, both juniors, were two of the 80 players that made the cut for the Maxwell Award, given to the best player in college



 Pedro Alvarez celebrates after getting a walk-off hit over the Padres in the ninth inning Monday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Alvarez single sinks father-in-law

Monday night, Pedro Alvarez helped the Pirates defeat the Padres and interim manager Pat Murphy, who is Alvarez’s father-in-law.



 USA teammates Becky Sauerbrunn, left, and Pittsburgh-area native Meghan Klingenberg celebrate following their win over Japan at the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015.

USWNT at Heinz Field tickets selling fast post-World Cup championship

More than 30,000 tickets have been sold to the Aug. 16 friendly against Costa Rica.



 Quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up prior to the Blue-White Game in April.

Penn State trio up for major college football awards

Semifinalists for both awards will be revealed on Nov. 23 and the winners will be honored at an awards gala in Atlantic City in March.



 Penguins Derrick Pouliot skates up ice against the Capitals during a December game.

Penguins' prospect development camp begins July 14

The week will end with a 3 p.m. practice July 18, and that practice will be open to the public.



 Pirates' Travis Ishikawa puts a tag on the Cubs' Emilio Bonifacio as he tries to get back to first base in the 10th inning of the 2014 season opener at PNC Park Monday, March 31, 2014.

Travis Ishikawa hoping to 'repay' Pirates

Twice designated for assignment after a special postseason moment for the San Francisco Giants, Ishikawa returns to the Pirates.



 Pirates closer Mark Melancon catches the final out May 27 against the Marlins.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Melancon most deserving of All-Star honor

The Pirates’ day started bad with Harrison’s injury, but ended on a high note with a victory and All-Star nods for Melancon and others.



 Pirates' A.J. Burnett covers Pedro Alvarez with a cream pie after a walk-off hit over the Padres in the ninth inning Monday at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.7.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who are heading to the All-Star break with a head of steam and four players on that team.


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The Pirates’ day started bad with Harrison’s injury, but ended on a high note with a victory and All-Star nods for Melancon and others.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Melancon most deserving of All-Star honor

The Pirates’ day started bad with Harrison’s injury, but ended on a high note with a victory and All-Star nods for Melancon and others.



The Pirates pitching staff, especially the rotation, keeps proving itself as one of the very best in the majors — right down to Jeff Locke.

Gene Collier: History lesson unfurled in Pirates win at PNC Park

The Pirates pitching staff, especially the rotation, keeps proving itself as one of the very best in the majors — right down to Jeff Locke.

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A new ballgame: Sports teams find real value in real estate

Professional sports franchises like the Penguins are increasingly acquiring development rights to the land near their venues.



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.


 


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Rory McIlroy might miss British Open with ankle injury

Top-ranked golfer “ruptures” an ankle ligament playing soccer, defending Open title at St. Andrews next week in jeopardy.



Rory McIlroy injures his ankle, leaving British Open in doubt

The world’s No. 1 golfer said he ruptured the ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends.


 

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Earnhardt wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Dillon's crash

Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated the race marred by the horrific accident on the last lap, but Dillon was not seriously injured.



Teenage fencer to represent U.S. at Maccabi games

Guy Beresteanu, 14, has been a fencer for eight years, but he will be a member of the U.S. Juniors male fencing team in Berlin this month.


 

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