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 Pitt's Rori Blair goes through drills during spring practice Tuesday, March 31, 2015, on the South Side.
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Pitt's Rori Blair goes through drills during spring practice Tuesday, March 31, 2015, on the South Side.

Small defensive end hopes to wrap up starting spot

Pitt defensive end Rori Blair hopes some extra weight will help him in his sophomore season.


Pirates trim roster as positional competitions continue

The Pirates send John Holdzkom and two others out of major league camp Tuesday, clarifying their plans for the bullpen.



 Derrick Pouliot skates up ice during a late December game against the Capitals at the Consol Energy Center.

Pouliot taking advantage of Penguins' manpower issues

Rookie Derrick Pouliot is seeing much more ice time as the Penguins are down to five defensemen.



 Marc-Andre Fleury breathes a sigh of relief after making a save on the Sharks' Logan Couture in the shootout for the win Sunday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing playoff-bound teams rarity for Penguins of late

Penguins aren’t warming up for playoffs against playoff-bound teams, and that might turn out to be a problem.



Penn State offense finding footing in second year with coordinator John Donovan

Penn State offensive coordinator John Donovan sat down with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to analyze the offense’s improvements this spring.



 John Holdzkom delivers against the Toronto Blue Jays last month at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.

Holdzkom makes good on podcaster's prediction

Chelsea Peretti predicted in 2012 that John Holdzkom would turn his career around. Last season, he did.



High school highlights: Elizabeth Forward softball cruises to win

The Elizabeth Forward softball team made a statement Tuesday by hammering defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Thomas Jefferson.



 Robert Morris' Rodney Pryor lays the ball up against North Florida's Beau Beech in the first half of the First Four game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, OH, on March 18, 2015.

Robert Morris guard named to transfer list

Colonials guard Rodney Pryor earns a spot on the 2015 Riley Wallace All-America team, which honors the top transfers in college basketball.



 Penguins right winger Kasperi Kapanen skates up ice during the the first day of the Penguins development camp in July at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Kapanen to join Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Penguins will keep an eye on young Finnish winger as they plan their playoff roster.



Pirates report: Pirates 7, Tigers 3

Catcher Francisco Cervelli hits another home run and drives in three runs as the Pirates win on the road against the Detroit Tigers.


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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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Holdzkom makes good on podcaster's prediction

Chelsea Peretti predicted in 2012 that John Holdzkom would turn his career around. Last season, he did.



Pirates report: Pirates 7, Tigers 3

Catcher Francisco Cervelli hits another home run and drives in three runs as the Pirates win on the road against the Detroit Tigers.


 



High school highlights: Elizabeth Forward softball cruises to win

The Elizabeth Forward softball team made a statement Tuesday by hammering defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Thomas Jefferson.



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.


 

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.


 

Other Sports


Pittsburgh native at forefront of Cleveland Cavaliers' success

Len Komoroski, president of the Cavaliers, is a man in the middle of a busy city — and he just so happens to be a North Catholic graduate.



Hat trick leads Riverhounds win in 2015 opener

Pittsburgh’s USL Pro team finished last season 11th out of 14 with a 9-5-14 record but opened 2015 with a win.


 

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