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 Steelers cornerback William Gay intercepts the ball against the Titans in the first quarter at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Monday night.
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Steelers cornerback William Gay intercepts the ball against the Titans in the first quarter at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Monday night.

Steelers' playoff fate rests in their hands

The good news for the Steelers is they control their fate in the division. They have two games remaining against Cincinnati.


 Newly signed catcher Russell Martin is introduced as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in a news conference Thursday in Toronto.

Ron Cook: Pirates are 1 for 2 in big offseason decisions

The Pirates were wise to not get caught up in a bidding war for Russell Martin, but the decision to bring back A.J. Burnett is not as smart.



 Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss (1), center Marcel Goc (57), defenseman Paul Martin (7), defenseman Kris Letang (58) and center Evgeni Malkin (71) react as the New York Islanders celebrate Matt Martin's goal that tied the score, 1-1, in the second period Saturday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Penguins look for pick-me-up after two losses

After back-to-back losses this weekend against the Islanders, the Penguins look for their equilibrium starting tonight in Boston.



 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg prepares to throw a pass during the second quarter against Illinois.

Nittany Lions struggle in all three phases in 16-14 loss at Illinois

Penn State’s defense has been the strength of the team this season, but late in the fourth quarter the group didn’t have one big play left.



 Penguins' Steve Downie fights with Travis Hamoni of the New York Islanders in the first period Saturday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Penguins notebook: Downie’s aggression has downside

Steve Downie is miles ahead on the leader board for penalty minutes. But his antics late in a loss Saturday were more harm than help.



 Ike Davis at his first game with the Pirates in April. The team traded him to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for international signing bonus money.

Pirates trade Ike Davis to Oakland Athletics

The first baseman was traded in exchange for international signing bonus money.



 Chaminade Silverswords coach Eric Bovaird, a Brockway native, attends a news conference for the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational Sunday at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt faces Chaminade, coached by Brockway native, in Maui Invitational

The Panthers open the EA Sports Maui Invitational today against Chaminade, led by coach Eric Bovaird, a Western Pennsylvania native.



 Pitt's Tyler Boyd celebrates a touchdown against Syracuse in the fourth quarter Saturday at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers not ready to end football season

Though Pitt’s record turned quickly, the Panthers are savoring — not lamenting — a win-or-go-home end to the regular season.



 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is sacked by Jihad Ward of Illinois Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Illinois defeated Penn State, 16-14.

Early season troubles still restricting Penn State's offense

The Nittany Lions have just one game left in the regular season, but offensive problems with the receivers and red zone still linger.



 James Madison's Toia Giggetts goes to the basket as Pitt forward Monica Wignot defends Sunday in in Harrisonburg, Va.

No. 23 James Madison dominates Pitt women

Pitt fell to 2-2 overall after an 80-64 loss to No. 23-ranked James Madison (4-0) at JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.


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    The Pirates were wise to not get caught up in a bidding war for Russell Martin, but the decision to bring back A.J. Burnett is not as smart.

    Ron Cook: Pirates are 1 for 2 in big offseason decisions

    The Pirates were wise to not get caught up in a bidding war for Russell Martin, but the decision to bring back A.J. Burnett is not as smart.



    It's unknown how things will unfold for the Steelers in the murky AFC North, but one thing's for sure: More "rock bottoms" remain in play.

    Gene Collier: Twists, turns still await AFC North

    It's unknown how things will unfold for the Steelers in the murky AFC North, but one thing's for sure: More "rock bottoms" remain in play.

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    Penguins look for pick-me-up after two losses

    After back-to-back losses this weekend against the Islanders, the Penguins look for their equilibrium starting tonight in Boston.



    Penguins notebook: Downie’s aggression has downside

    Steve Downie is miles ahead on the leader board for penalty minutes. But his antics late in a loss Saturday were more harm than help.


     


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    The Panthers open the EA Sports Maui Invitational today against Chaminade, led by coach Eric Bovaird, a Western Pennsylvania native.



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    Though Pitt’s record turned quickly, the Panthers are savoring — not lamenting — a win-or-go-home end to the regular season.


     

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    In a span of 33 days, Dom DeBonis, 81, had four holes in one on four courses in three states.



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    A one-hole playoff was needed, but Fox Chapel’s Anthony Cordaro won the WPIAL Class AAA golf crown with Arnold Palmer on hand to watch.


     

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