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 Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis with the ball used in the Immaculate Reception after the final Steelers game at Three Rivers Stadium.
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Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis with the ball used in the Immaculate Reception after the final Steelers game at Three Rivers Stadium.

Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

This recognition caps a wonderful career that began with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993 but came of age in Pittsburgh.


 Pitt's Cameron Wright celebrates near the end of the Panthers; victory against Notre Dame Saturday at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Pitt steals victory vs. Notre Dame

Basketball gods have crazy notion that Panthers are an NCAA tournament team.



 Pitt's Cameron Wright dunks against Notre Dame in the first half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt upsets No. 8 Notre Dame

By winning 76-72 at home, the Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and broke a five-game winning streak by the Irish.



Seahawks, Patriots finally meet for Super Bowl XLIX

Seattle and New England have their chances to create even more pro football immortality than normally presents itself in the Super Bowl.



 Just how big is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right? He runs alongside receiver Danny Amendola before the team's final practice Friday in Phoenix. For the record, Gronkowski is listed at 6 feet 6; Amendola at 5-11.

Ron Cook: Patriots will win, but can't erase haters

Even with a blowout of the Seahawks tonight in the Super Bowl, the Patriots' legacy would forever be tarnished by accusations of cheating.



 Duquesne Jeremiah Jones blocks shot by George Masons Vaughn Gray in the first half at the A. J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

Dukes snap 6-game losing streak with a win over George Mason, 62-53

Duquesne has a week off before heading to meet Atlantic 10 newcomer Davidson in Davidson, N.C., next Saturday.



 The playoff game vs. Baltimore in January was likely the last time Steelers Nation will see Troy Polamalu in black and gold. He is not expected to return in 2015.

Steelers Sunday Spotlight: Expect a different look to secondary next season

As turnover continues in the Steelers secondary, once highly-regarded defensive backs Shamarko Thomas and Cortez Allen must step forward.



 Steelers receiver Antonio Brown

Sportsman of the Year: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown a true catch

Brown is the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year, another honor in a year in which he was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro.



 Christa Harmotto Dietzen - Captain of 2014 U.S. world champions

Sportswoman of the Year: Christa Harmotto-Dietzen a winner above all else

For as stellar an athlete as she is, Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year Christa Harmotto-Dietzen is an even better leader and winner.



 Penguins defenseman Simon Despres, left, said he's a big fan of playing with Kris Letang.

Penguins' Simon Despres-Kris Letang pairing benefits both

A new-look defensive duo could prove valuable to the Penguins for a number of reasons.


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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell understands what matters most to NFL owners and players: making money and making more whenever possible.

Ron Cook: Goodell gives annual State of the NFL address

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell understands what matters most to NFL owners and players: making money and making more whenever possible.



Kris Letang's appearance on the ice in Tuesday’s game did more than just give the Penguins a recognizable force they could lean on.

Gene Collier: Kris Letang's stellar play a sight for sore Penguins

Kris Letang's appearance on the ice in Tuesday’s game did more than just give the Penguins a recognizable force they could lean on.

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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.

Chapter 1: 30 years in Pittsburgh

Chapter 2: Learning a new city

Chapter 3: The rise of 66

Chapter 4: Crises create deeper bond

Chapter 5: A fortune at stake

Chapter 6: The double life of 66

Chapter 7: A test of loyalty

Chapter 8: It's for them

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Pirates sign two to minor league deals

The Pirates now have 23 non-roster invitees slated to join the big-league club for spring training.


 


Golf


Golf Channel's ‘Big Break’ show features local player

Waynesburg native and former Penn State golfer Robert Rohanna, 28, will be on Golf Channel’s “Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL” show.



Golf pro born in Hampton dies in NYC traffic accident.

Wesley Mensing, 27, a New Jersey golf instructor, was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street Saturday night in New York City.


 

Other Sports


Wood Fest gives Pittsburgh mountain bikers indoor thrills at Wheel Mill

At the 80,000-square-foot Homewood facility, hibernating cyclists get their juices flowing.



Professional squash tournament starts today at Rivers Club

The 3 Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open will bring some of the world's most talented players to Pittsburgh today through Sunday.


 

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