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 Markus Wheaton leaps for a small gain against the Panthers in the first half Thursday at Heinz Field.
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Markus Wheaton leaps for a small gain against the Panthers in the first half Thursday at Heinz Field.

On the Steelers: Wheaton excited to step into big role

Markus Wheaton will be a key cog in the Steelers offensive attack this season after the losses of speedy receivers the past couple years.


 Josh Harrison singles Sunday against the Reds at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates’
 resiliency is 
remarkable

After all the injuries, slumps and losing streaks, the Pirates have stepped up. With the playoff race intensifying, expect more of the same.



 The Pirates' Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch in August against the Braves at PNC Park. Cole will start today's game at the Cardinals.

Pirates recall Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez

Cole will start today’s game at St. Louis, and the Pirates also activated reliever Stolmy Pimentel from the disabled list.



 Starling Marte just gets under the tag of the Reds' first baseman Todd Frazier.

Pirates falter, 3-2, in final game of series against Reds

Chris Heisey and Johnny Cueto led the Reds to the team’s win today at PNC Park before a crowd of 37,591.



 Jeff Locke pitches against the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Focus is on winning with September call-ups

The Pirates’ decision-making process for which players to bring up when rosters expand has changed in recent years.



 Austin Johnson celebrates with the Dan Rooney Trophy after Penn State's victory against Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic Saturday in Dublin.

Defensive linemen apply the pressure in Penn State's Ireland win

Led by Anthony Zettel, Penn State's defensive line forced the issue and fronted a 26-24 victory Saturday against Central Florida.



 West Virginia's Rushel Shell tries to fight off Alabama's Kenyan Drake on a punt return in the second half Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Shell impressive early in season opener for West Virginia

Pitt transfer and former Hopewell star Rushel Shell gained 37 yards on six carries in his Mountaineers debut.



 Mars senior running back Josh Schultheis broke his tibia when he was tackled in the team's opener Friday against Indiana. The Planets lost the game, 29-26.

High school football notebook: Leg injury ends season for Mars RB Schultheis

Mars senior running back Josh Schultheis became part of a sad, familiar story, when he broke his tibia in the opener Friday against Indiana.



Steelers sign war veteran Villanueva to practice squad

Alejandro Villanueva played football at West Point as a wide receiver, defensive lineman and offensive tackle.



 Neil walker and right fielder Andrew Lambo misplay the ball hit by Reds Zack Cozart for a single Saturday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Morel called up again to bolster bench

The Pirates will try to beef up their depleted bench by recalling infielder Brett Morel from Indianapolis.


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    After all the injuries, slumps and losing streaks, the Pirates have stepped up. With the playoff race intensifying, expect more of the same.

    Ron Cook: Pirates’
 resiliency is 
remarkable

    After all the injuries, slumps and losing streaks, the Pirates have stepped up. With the playoff race intensifying, expect more of the same.



    The Pirates pitching staff is in the midst of its best week of the season, and it couldn't come at a better time.

    Gene Collier: Pirates pitchers all clicking at right time

    The Pirates pitching staff is in the midst of its best week of the season, and it couldn't come at a better time.

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    High school football notebook: Leg injury ends season for Mars RB Schultheis

    Mars senior running back Josh Schultheis became part of a sad, familiar story, when he broke his tibia in the opener Friday against Indiana.



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    Shell impressive early in season opener for West Virginia

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