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 Starling Marte argues with home plate umpire Kerwin Danley after being called out on strikes in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
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Starling Marte argues with home plate umpire Kerwin Danley after being called out on strikes in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Starling Marte saves the night in 5-4 win against Reds

The Pirates closed July with a National League-best 17-9 record, matching their mark in June.


 Dri Archer makes a catch during workouts at Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Kickoff return unit a point of emphasis for Steelers in training camp

Steelers try to reverse trend of “awful” kickoff returns this season and hope Dri Archer can be part of the turnaround.



 Then-Seattle Mariners starting pitcher -- now with the Pirates -- J.A. Happ delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Injury to Burnett forced the Pirates' hand to add pitcher

A.J. Burnett’s injury forced the Pirates to acquire J.A. Happ from the Seattle Mariners Friday at the non-waiver trade deadline.



 Suzie McConnell-Serio led the Panthers to a 20-12 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Pitt signs McConnell-Serio to extension through 2021

Suzie McConnell-Serio signs contract extension as Pitt women’s basketball coach after leading Panthers to NCAA tournament last season.



 Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel takes a breather between events at Lift for Life, held July 11, 2015 in State College.

Rare find: DT Anthony Zettel continues coming into his own

Penn State’s Anthony Zettel is a rare athlete whose off-field feats and interests keep teammates and coach James Franklin on their toes.



  Joakim Soria #38 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates talk in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates defeated the Reds 5-4.

Pirates notebook: Newcomer Soria will work as setup man

Joakim Soria will be a another setup man for closer Mark Melancon.



 Trainer Ron Burke works Full Moon on the track at the Meadows, June 4, 2014. Burke, in May 2014, became the first North American trainer in harness racing history to accumulate 100-million dollars in total purses.

Local trainer has triple the chance to capture first Adios title

One of the sport’s leading harness racing trainers, Ron Burke, has three horses in the final Saturday night at The Meadows.



Action ready to heat up at PA Motor Speedway

Back-to-back events Saturday and Sunday at PPMS near Imperial.



 Riverhounds goalkeeper Ryan Thompson is back from his silver medal finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Jamaica.

Riverhounds goalkeeper keeps the faith

Ryan Thompson’s tumultuous career is currently at a high point after Gold Cup run with Jamaica.



Penn State notebook: Penn State-Pitt to discuss future of series

Penn State’s AD will discuss extending series with Pitt but will have to work around the Nittany Lions’ upcoming 9-game Big Ten slate.


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    PG special on Cuba

    A line of American cars from the 40s and 50s driven by taxi drivers wait to break free of traffic in Havana, Cuba on June 8, 2015. After the United States imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in the early 1960s, the importing of American cars to the island stopped.
    Reporter J. Brady McCollough and photographer Michael Henninger traveled to Cuba to document life in the changing country.

    Check out their two-part series:
    * Cuba: Behind the Facade
    * Why Pirates bullpen coach Euclides Rojas risked everything for freedom

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