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 Evgeni Malkin said the Penguins are playing poorly right now, and his return could be the spark they need.
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Evgeni Malkin said the Penguins are playing poorly right now, and his return could be the spark they need.

Malkin says, 'We play so bad right now'

Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist are expected to return this weekend for Penguins.


 Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred agrees with Pirates owner Bob Nutting on international draft.

New baseball commissioner discusses pace of game changes and other key issues

Rob Manfred spoke to the Pirates and Minnesota Twins Friday. “It's important to be responsive to our fans,” he said, regarding pace of game.

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  • Underdog Irish hope efficiency fuels victory against unbeaten and No.1-seeded Kentucky

    Notre Dame’s guard-oriented offense is one of the most efficient in Division I while Kentucky is one of the tallest, best defensive teams.



     California University players celebrate after defeating California Baptist in the NCAA Division II women's basketball championship game Friday night in Sioux Falls, S.D. California won 86-69.

    Vulcans storm to Division II crown

    A 21-0 run in the first half started the Vulcans on their way to a 86-69 over California Baptist on Friday night at Sanford Pentagon.



    IUP gets another shot at a title today

    IUP has been here before. Crimson Hawks coach Joe Lombardi has been here before. The next step, though, is the toughest one.



     This season, the Riverhounds will have to replace the production of Jose Angulo, who scored 23 goals over the past two years.

    New coach, style for Riverhounds

    The team is still in the process of emerging from bankruptcy, and hired a new coach after missing the playoffs in 2014.



    Penguins notebook: Former Penguins forward Joe Vitale will tunnel his focus today against his ex-teammates

    .The playoffs are not within reach for Vitale and the Coyotes this season, but it may offer his team a chance to play a little looser.



    Pirates notebook: Pirates send Tabata, 11 others to minor league camp in major cutdown

    The Pirates reassigned Jose Tabata to minor league camp Friday while clarifying their plans for the final open bench spot.



    New-look Riverhounds kick off season tonight

    A new coach will lead a retooled Riverhounds roster into their season opener today against Harrisburg at Highmark Stadium.



    SnowSports: Seven Springs is honored

    Seven Springs has snow, and Snowboarder magazine figured it’s the place to hold 19th Annual Superpark freestyle snowboarding event April 5


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    Jung Ho Kang’s lack of offense in spring training might trouble some critics, but not the Pirates organization.

    Ron Cook: Kang's performance triggers doubts, but not from Pirates

    Jung Ho Kang’s lack of offense in spring training might trouble some critics, but not the Pirates organization.



    There are a number of ways to solve hockey’s growing boredom problem, starting with goalies armed as if they’re going into battle.

    Gene Collier: More goals a must, and not just for Penguins

    There are a number of ways to solve hockey’s growing boredom problem, starting with goalies armed as if they’re going into battle.

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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

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    Who would you draft?

    Ryan Shazier of the Ohio State Buckeyes poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked No. 15 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
    The Steelers have the 22nd pick in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, which begins April 30 in Chicago.

    Beat writer Ed Bouchette currently has 13 players he thinks the Steelers could take in the first round.

    Explore Ed's analysis, vote on who you think the Steelers will most likely select on our interactive draft poll and share your opinions in the comments section.

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    Penguins notebook: Prognosis for Ehrhoff remains mystery

    Penguins await prognosis from doctors on the condition of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.



    Penguins coach Johnston's mom dies

    Shelia Margaret "Mickey" Johnston, the mother of Penguins coach Mike Johnston, died Friday in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She was 81.


     





    Crew takes hold as a club sport at Mt. Lebanon

    Mt. Lebanon’s crew team is preparing for spring competition, which often takes place at regattas involving numerous other clubs.



    High school basketball notebook: Success follows Blackhawk's Steve Lodovico

    Lodovico is believed to be the first person from the WPIAL to win two PIAA championships in a row as a player and two in a row as a coach.


     

    Golf


    Grandson of Palmer back at Bay Hill, this time as member

    He’s known in golfing circles as “The King,” though one player at the Arnold Palmer Invitational still calls the tournament host “Dumpy.”



    Ireland's golf courses and weather present challenges but also exceed expectations

    Last fall, Dan Coyne and some friends made a “once-in-a-lifetime” golfing trip to Ireland.


     

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    New coach, style for Riverhounds

    The team is still in the process of emerging from bankruptcy, and hired a new coach after missing the playoffs in 2014.



    New-look Riverhounds kick off season tonight

    A new coach will lead a retooled Riverhounds roster into their season opener today against Harrisburg at Highmark Stadium.


     

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