West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen addresses attendees at the NCAA college Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Monday, July 20, 2015, in Dallas.

WVU defense moves into spotlight this season

With eight starters back, West Virginia’s defense hopes to build on its 2014 progress, but it will be counted on more than ever.

about 18 hours ago

 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected to be in action when New England hosts the Steelers to open the NFL regular season.

Judge nullifies Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension; QB will face Steelers in Week 1

The NFL said it will appeal the ruling, which came out forcefully in Brady’s favor, maligning the NFL for its handling of the scandal.

about 5 hours ago

 Teammates mob Pirates' Pedro Florimon after he hit a walk-off single in the 15th inning against the Diamondbacks last month  at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Rescinded waiver claim of one player leads to September promotion of another

The Cleveland Indians rescinded their waiver claim of Deolis Guerra, which helped the Pirates promote Pedro Florimon Wednesday.

about 18 hours ago

 Pitt offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty, left, goes through exercise drills at practice in August.

Narduzzi: Lineman Bisnowaty 'ready to go' but might not start in Pitt's season opener

Redshirt freshman Alex Bookser seemed to indicate Wednesday that he and fellow redshirt freshman Brian O’Neill would be the starting

about 2 hours ago

 Jim Ferry's Duquesne men's basketball squad will play twice on the NBC Sports Network this season.

Duquesne men’s basketball’s A-10 opener against Dayton set for national TV

None of the Duke's conference matchups this season will be held at Consol Energy Center.

about 2 hours ago

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 9.3.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who will try to avoid being swept by Milwaukee before heading to St. Louis for a huge series

about 1 hour ago

 Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter, left, talks with James Harrison during a June minicamp on the South Side. “I see how Harrison is in my meetings; whatever [the young linebackers] ask, he gives it to them. He’s real receptive to not being shy to them. He helps them,” Porter said.

Harrison makes big difference for Steelers on and off the field

The veteran has been a critical influence on the young Steelers linebackers, according to position coach Joey Porter.

about 18 hours ago

 Pitt's quarterback Chad Voytik throws a pass during drills at the team's South Side practice facility.

Chad Voytik more comfortable entering second year under center for Pitt

The junior quarterback is more at ease and is set on guiding the Panthers above the low expectations projected for them in the ACC.

about 18 hours ago

 Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, a sophomore, continues to emerge as one of the more intriguing players on the offense. At 6-6, 255 pounds, Gesicki, a former three-sport New Jersey standout, said he's now an improved blocker too.

Penn State’s scholarship sophomores poised for impact roles

Penn State’s sophomore class has several standout players who are ready to take on starting and key contributing roles this season.

about 18 hours ago

District college football preview: Gannon, Slippery Rock PSAC West picks

The Slippery Rock-Gannon showdown Oct. 3 could determine the PSAC West winner; Washington & Jefferson again the team to beat in the PAC.

about 18 hours ago

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell arrives at federal court in New York on Monday.

Bob Smizik: Ruling against Brady suspension embarrassing for NFL

Commissioner Roger Goodell is the man in charge while the league has suffered one colossal embarrassment after another.

about 6 hours ago

 Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Kiki Bertens Wednesday.

After rocky win in U.S. Open, Serena admits jitters

Serena Williams was victorious again Wednesday, but it wasn’t exactly an encouraging performance as she chases history at Flushing Meadows.

about 18 hours ago

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 9.2.15

Steelers and Pirates dominate today’s discussion with the Post-Gazette’s sports editor.

1 day ago

 Gerrit Cole had a rare bad night against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday and fell behind by five runs after two innings as the Pirates went on to a 7-4 defeat in Milwaukee.

Bob Smizik: Pirates fall another game behind

In Milwaukee, the Pirates sent out their ace in search of a much-needed win against the Brewers Tuesday night, a team that was 18 games

1 day ago

 Jamie Dixon and Pitt's first true road game is Jan. 9 at Notre Dame.

Trips to Notre Dame, Louisville highlight Pitt men's basketball schedule

The Panthers open the season with 12 of their first 15 games at Petersen Events Center.

1 day ago

 Former Cleveland Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor

Steelers not interested in signing former Browns lineman

The Steelers discovered his knee would take too long to heal and he could not help the team anytime soon.

about 18 hours ago

 Pitt's Alex Bookser goes through drills on the South Side in March.

Pitt offensive line still in flux heading into season opener

Alex Bookser said today that he and fellow redshirt freshman Brian O’Neill will likely be the Panthers starting tackles Saturday.

1 day ago

 Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke reacts after giving up two runs in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pirates lose to Brewers again, 9-4, as Locke struggles

Jeff Locke allowed two runs in the first inning to the Brewers, who for the second game in a row blitzed the Pirates’ starter.

about 17 hours ago

 Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams celebrates his touchdown in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 9.2.15

Gerry takes your questions on the Steelers, on the eve of their final preseason game.

1 day ago

 Teammates mob the Pirates' Pedro Florimon after he hit a walk-off single in the 15th inning against the Diamondbacks on Aug. 18.

Pirates promote shortstop Pedro Florimon

The Pirates sent Florimon outright to the minor leagues Aug. 25.

1 day ago

 Pirates catcher Elias Diaz throws to second on his knees Sunday against the Orioles during spring training in March at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates notebook: Roster expansion includes catcher Elias Diaz

Five players were promoted from the minors and one was activated off the disabled list when rosters expanded Tuesday.

1 day ago

 Shown here last month of the final day of Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Steelers WR Antonio Brown is likely all smiles again after receiving an advance on his 2016 salary.

Steelers notebook: Antonio Brown gets 'bonus'

The star receiver for the Steelers, hoping for a restructured contract, comes to a compromise and receives an advance on his 2016 salary.

1 day ago

 Pitt's head coach Pat Narduzzi gives the team instruction during practice at the program's South Side facility Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 9.2.15

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers, who open their season -- and the tenure of Head Coach Pat Narduzzi -- saturday at Heinz Field.

1 day ago

 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard passes against Texas A&M in the first half of the Liberty Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn.

2015 College Football: Scouting the West Virginia Mountainers

Three keys to West Virginia’s 2015 football season and a breakdown of their schedule.

1 day ago

 Pitt's defensive lineman Mark Scarpinato is forced out of bounds during tackling drills at the team's South Side practice facility.

Michigan State transfer Scarpinato gets starting spot, scholarship at Pitt

The graduate transfer and defensive tackle last started a game Jan. 1, 2014, for Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

1 day ago

 Andy Murray of Britani clenches his fist after defeating Nick Kyrgios of Australia, 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, in the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

Nos. 2, 4 women cruise to victories at U.S. Open

Bjorn Fratangelo of Plum lost to sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, in his Grand Slam debut.

1 day ago

 The Brewers' Adam Lind hits a two-run double in the first inning Tuesday against the Pirates.

Brewers jump on Cole early, beat Pirates, 7-4

The Brewers scored five runs in the first two innings in the first game of the Pirates’ nine-game road trip against NL Central opponents.

1 day ago

 Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant will miss the first four games of the season.

Martavis Bryant's unspecified issues go beyond suspension for marijuana use

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says issues involve more than just four-game suspension for the wide receiver for using marijuana.

2 days ago

 Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey brings in a catch during Steelers training camp in Latrobe last month.

Steelers' Roethlisberger says Heyward-Bey will step in for Bryant during suspension

Heyward-Bey, a former first-round draft choice in 2009, has started 64 games in the NFL.

2 days ago

 “They’re different in their own ways,” Jordan Whitehead said of the Youngstown State receivers.

With opener looming, Youngstown State has Panthers' full attention

The attitude is strictly focused on one thing, and that’s Youngstown State,” said freshman safety Jordan Whitehead.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Amazing Cardinals roll on

Regardless of how well they’ve been playing -- and that would be spectacularly well -- there has been speculation all season, a lot of it

2 days ago

 Penn State's Adam Breneman, second from left, works out during a Nittany Lions practice.

Penn State notebook: Status of TE Adam Breneman remains unclear

From Penn State’s tight ends to the receivers, position battles and more from James Franklin Tuesday availability.

2 days ago

Westinghouse High coach on leave after report of student injury

The district received a report a Westinghouse student was injured while “being admonished” by one of the team’s assistant coaches.

2 days ago

 David L. Harper was introduced as the new athletic director at Duquesne University today.

Duquesne hires new athletic director

Dukes name former Dayton vice president for advancement Dave Harper to replace the departed Greg Amodio, who went to Quinnipiac.

2 days ago

 Jamie Dixon called Jonathan Milligan "a promising combo guard."

Dixon adds another transfer to Pitt men's basketball team

The guard from Kilgore (Junior) College had interest from schools including Tennessee, Creighton, Marquette and N.C. State.

2 days ago

 Catcher Elias Diaz, who was promoted to the majors today, does not have major league experience but is considered one of the organization's top catching prospects.

Pirates promote five from minors

Elias Diaz, Travis Snider, Jaff Decker, Bobby LaFromboise, Radhames Liz and Rob Scahill were added today when rosters expanded.

2 days ago

 Pirates fans display a bubble gum chewing Clint Hurdle sign during their team's game against the Rockies Saturday at PNC Park.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 9.1.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who open a nine-game road swing through their division, including a stop in St. Louis.

2 days ago

 Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton takes big hit from Bills defender Stephon Gilmore against in the first quarter Saturday  at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.1.15

Ed takes your questions on the Steelers who play their final preseason game Thursday night at Heinz Field.

2 days ago

Riverhounds' Rob Vincent nets another United Soccer League weekly honor

The midfielder helped the Riverhounds get back into playoff contention with a crucial road win Saturday.

2 days ago

 Jung Ho Kang runs around third base after hitting a home run during the 5th inning as the Pirates take on the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

What to watch for in the Pirates' pivotal September

Of their 16 division- and pennant-winning seasons, the Pirates never trailed entering September.

2 days ago

 Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Steelers Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

New defensive scheme a work in progress for Steelers

Offseason changes have not been the cure through the first four games of the preseason for the Steelers defense.

2 days ago

 Francisco Cervelli pours Gatorade on Starling Marte after he hit the winning home run in the 9th inning against the San Francisco Giants Aug. 22.

Ron Cook: There's no time for Pirates to relish in accomplishments

The Pirates still have a long way, and month, to reach their ultimate goal of winning the World Series.

2 days ago

 Penn State junior-college transfer Paris Palmer (73) will be a key to the offensive line as he slides in at left tackle to protect prized quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Penn State football preview: Three keys for the Nittany Lions' season

Penn State’s offensive line, special teams and sophomore class are under the microscope as the season opener looms.

2 days ago

 Penn State football coach James Franklin uses his school's cost of attendance stipend in recruiting pitches.

Cost of attendance stipends give scholarship student-athletes a little financial freedom

For the first time, college athletes on full scholarship have access to a cost of attendance stipend to help with daily living expenses.

2 days ago

 Josh Lugg of North Allegheny High School.

Blue Chip Chat: Josh Lugg, North Allegheny

Lugg’s story is of a player who never has started a varsity game for North Allegheny, but had a number of major-college scholarship offers.

2 days ago

Sports briefs: 2016 marathon opens online

Registration expected to reach at least 40,000 for Pittsburgh Marathon; Duquesne to announce new athletic director today.

2 days ago

 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court in New York City today.

No deal reached for Goodell, Brady; judge to rule on suspension this week

The Patriots host the Steelers Sept. 10 in the NFL's season-opening game.

3 days ago

 Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant makes a first-down catch Saturday against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension upheld

Bryant will be allowed to practice with his teammates for the remainder of this week and is eligible to return Oct. 2.

3 days ago

 Josh Scobee kicks a second quarter field goal against the Baltimore Ravens in December.

Steelers Notebook: Team adds veteran kicker Josh Scobee through a trade

Steelers trade a 2016 sixth-round pick to Jacksonville for Scobee, a fifth-round draft choice in 2004 who was their kicker for 11 seasons.

3 days ago

 "If our kids aren’t nervous on Friday night and Saturday morning, they probably aren’t ready to play,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said.

Pitt notebook: It's game week for Pitt, and new coach Pat Narduzzi is feeling it

Narduzzi is excited, but also nervous, for his first game as a head coach Saturday against Youngstown State at Heinz Field.

3 days ago