Kentucky players celebrate after a 78-39 win over West Virginia in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional semifinals in Cleveland.

No. 1 Kentucky overpowers WVU, 78-39, in NCAA Tournament

Thursday night’s game was a mismatch from the start as the top-seeded Wildcats crushed No. 5 West Virginia, 78-39.

about 3 hours ago

 Vance Worley delivers against the Orioles earlier this month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates say decisions due soon on fifth starter, pitching depth

As the end of camp nears, the Pirates face decisions on their rotation and starting depth.

about 4 hours ago

Spring training report: Braves 7, Pirates 5

Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison all had success at the plate in Thursday’s loss to Atlanta.

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 Christian Ehrhoff is checked by Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki during a game last month at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Prognosis for Ehrhoff remains mystery

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

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 Jung Ho Kang bats against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

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.

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 Pitt's Avonte Maddox goes through drills during spring practice Thursday on the South Side.

Pitt defensive back Avonte Maddox ready for pressure-filled role

Pitt cornerback Avonte Maddox learned from his mistakes last year, and those lessons will help him in his sophomore season.

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 Penn State offensive tackle Paris Palmer waits his turn to complete footwork drills at practice Monday afternoon in Holuba Hall.

Paris Palmer adds intrigue to Penn State's OT competition

Junior-college transfer Paris Palmer is one of three linemen competing for the starting left tackle spot with the Nittany Lions.

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 Notre Dame's Zach Auguste dunks against Wichita State in the first half of a regional semifinal Thursday in Cleveland.

NCAA tournament notebook: Notre Dame makes long-awaited return to Elite Eight

The Fighting Irish reached the Elite Eight for only the sixth time — and the first trip this deep into the tournament since 1979.

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Bria Holmes leads Mountaineers to rout of Dukes in WNIT

West Virginia (21-14) rolled into the WNIT quarterfinals for the first time since 2005 with a 60-39 win against Duquesne at WVU Coliseum

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 Shaler's Brianna Schwartz shown here winning the WPIAL class AAA cross country championship at Cooper's Lake Campground on October 23, 2014.

Varsity Xtra: Off track -- Shaler's Schwartz has standout career on hold

In less than a year, star Shaler runner Brianna Schwartz has experienced two events that could change her life forever.

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 Maddie Holmberg was the Post-Gazette co-Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 school year, along with Shaler distance runner Brianna Schwartz.

Hempfield's Holmberg has hurdles to clear

Maddie Holmberg says her knee feels good. But it's her heart that will hurt most this spring.

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 Steel Valley right-hander Brandon Donovan, one of the WPIAL's top all-around players, returns to anchor his team's pitching staff.

2015 WPIAL Baseball Preview: Star pitchers gone, but key talent returns

A look at the teams and players to watch this season.

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 Canon-McMillan's Abby McCartney was the Post-Gazette's Player of the Year in 2014.

2015 WPIAL Softball Preview: Defending champions are favored once again

A look at the teams and players to watch this season.

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Fun-loving California Vulcans look for second national title

Central Valley graduate Seairra Barrett is an important cog in a California University team that has eyes on a national title.

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 Leah Smith during her Oakland Catholic days.

Where are they now?: 3.27.15

Leah Smith is considered one of the best collegiate swimmers in the country, and she proved it twice last weekend.

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Fox Chapel team to beat out of talented Section 3

A changing of the guard could take place in WPIAL boys volleyball this season.

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Roundball Classic bigger, better than ever at Geneva

This year's event is bigger than ever with boys and girls all-star games being played over two days.

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 Members of the Mt. Lebanon crew team travel along the. From left are Maddie Ricci, Anya Vendredi, Alexandra Tzaneva and Andrea Wisnuski.

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.

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 Seton-LaSalle's Nicolete Newman and her teammates react after losing to Neumann-Goretti, 79-34, in the PIAA Class AA championship last Friday at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

South Xtra: Bitter sweet ending for Seton-LaSalle

Rebels’ seniors didn’t end their careers the way they wanted to, but in some ways, that’s beside the point for coach Spencer Stefko.

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South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon veterans have team focused

Behind pitching ace Austin Kitchen, baseball team is ready to go.

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 Pitt's Tyler Wilps, left, wrestles with Penn State's Matt Brown in the 174-pound title match at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis.

South/West Xtra: Violations cost Char Valley grad in NCAA final

Tyler Wilps of Pitt loses controversial 174-pound wrestling championship in final seconds.

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South/West Xtra: South Fayette grad wins national title at W&J

Nick Carr wins Presidents’ first Division III wrestling title by capturing 174-pound championship.

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 Thomas Jefferson's  Rachel Bowers bat­ted .450 last sea­son.

South Xtra: Thomas Jefferson excited about defending title

WPIAL champion softball team ready for another surprising run.

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South Xtra: Loss in final dampens Canon-McMillan's run

Penalties mar Penguins Cup champs in Pennsylvania Cup effort.

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 In their fi­nal two games of Plum's south­ern trip, Alex Kiriloff (19) picked up five hits against two pitch­ers clock­ing in at 90 and 92 mph.

East Xtra: Plum is ready to move forward

After losing in the WPIAL quarterfinals, Mustangs’ baseball team looks to clear that hurdle.

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East Xtra: Kiski Area coach decides to step down

Alumna Ellen Toy will no longer coach volleyball due to health reasons.

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East Xtra: Finding replacements key to Gateway

Top scorers gone as Gators begin “new era” in boys lacrosse.

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East Xtra: Veteran pitcher to anchor Penn-Trafford

Senior Nicole Smith will be key to softball team’s success.

about 4 hours ago

 A loss in the PIAA Class AAAA semi­fi­nals couldn't spoil Norwin's season, which included a celebration by Taylor Ingel, left, and Danielle McMaster after defeating Penn Hills in the WPIAL class AAAA championship.

East Xtra: Norwin upbeat despite loss in PIAA final

Girls basketball team disappointed, but still has WPIAL championship under its belt.

about 4 hours ago

 Woodland Hills' Isaiah Brooks is the reign­ing WPIAL Class AAA tri­ple jump cham­pion.

East Xtra: Woodland Hills senior jumps to the top

Isaiah Brooks returns to defend WPIAL Class AAA triple jump title.

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 Blackhawk girls basketball players celebrate after defeating Archbishop Wood, 46-40, in the PIAA Class AAA championship Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

West Xtra: Blackhawk completes fantastic run to title

One of the most accomplished senior classes in history left a stellar legacy for the Cougars’ girls basketball program.

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 Aliquippa's Jassir Jordan shows his disappointment with losing in the PIAA Class AA championship Saturday in Hershey, Pa. Jordan scored 13 points in the loss.

West Xtra: Aliquippa's first loss comes at wrong time

Slow start proves costly as Quips fall in PIAA Class AA championship.

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West Xtra: OLSH freshmen need to step up

Down three pitchers, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart softball team turns to underclassmen.

about 4 hours ago

 West Allegheny's Colin Claus had a 9-1 record and 1.76 ERA in the playoffs last year, strik­ing out 81 bat­ters.

West Xtra: West Allegheny eyes return trip to playoffs

Upset victory in last year’s championship inspires baseball team to repeat its efforts.

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 Vincentian players celebrate after defeating Old Forge, 86-38, in the PIAA Class A championship Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

North Xtra: Vincentian saves its best for last

The exploits of this Royals team, led by do-it-all senior Brenna Wise, will not soon be forgotten in WPIAL girls basketball lore.

about 4 hours ago

North Xtra: Timing is everything for Seneca Valley baseball

Raiders embrace target on their back, ready for another deep run in baseball.

about 4 hours ago

 Mars senior Kyle Thomas gave the Planets their only lead in a 5-2 loss against Bayard Rustin in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A championship.

North Xtra: Impressive run ends with tough loss for Mars

Late flurry by Bayard Rustin buries Planets in quest for state hockey championship.

about 4 hours ago

 Tiffany Edwards is a four-year start­ing pitcher and bats fourth for Deer Lakes.

North Xtra: Deer Lakes all warmed up and ready to go

Nine returning starters make Lancers the team to beat in Class AA softball.

about 4 hours ago

 Pine-Richland attacker Jeremy Kennedy will play college lacrosse at Saint Vin­cent.

North Xtra: It's a new culture for Pine-Richland lacrosse

Seniors to provide key leadership under new coach Chip Young.

about 4 hours ago

 Jamie Kyriazis, left, is retiring at age 42 af­ter 15 sea­sons at North Al­le­gheny. The Tigers posted a 217-68 record dur­ing his ten­ure.

North Xtra: Coach stepping down at North Allegheny

Jamie Kyriazis is resigning after 15 years as wrestling coach.

about 4 hours ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury watches the shot by Carolina Hurricanes forward Riley Nash  during the second period at PNC Arena.

Penguins' struggles continue with 5-2 loss vs. Hurricanes

The Penguins remain in third place in the Metropolitan Division, between the second-place New York Islanders and fourth-place Washington.

about 3 hours ago

 Darrius Heyward-Bey pulls in a pass against the Texans last season.

Steelers bring back Heyward-Bey on one-year deal

The wide receiver saw action in all 16 games for the Steelers last season.

about 10 hours ago

Pitt picks up verbal commitment from Ohio QB Thomas MacVittie

The Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) quarterback also had offers from Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Toledo.

about 17 hours ago

IUP advances to D-II national championship game

The Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of Pennsylvania took the lead in the last five minutes tonight and beat Tarleton State, 72-68.

about 4 hours ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli against the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 3.26.15

With spring training nearing a close, Bill takes your questions on the Pittsburgh Nine in 2015.

about 14 hours ago

 Daniel Winnik during his Penguins debut Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Consol Energy Center.

Winnik latest Penguins winger to flank Crosby

Injuries have forced Sidney Crosby to play with a long line of forwards this season, and Daniel Winnik is new to that group.

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 San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula -- a native of Homestead -- answers a question as NFC football coaches meet with the media Wednesday in Phoenix.

Western Pennsylvania coaches a growing fraternity in NFL

The league’s new cradle of coaches adds another one to its ranks in San Francisco’s Jim Tomsula, who takes over for Jim Harbaugh.

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 Pirates pitcher Radhames Liz delivers against the Twins earlier this month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Radhames Liz trying to be in control of fate with Pirates

Right-hander Liz, 31, one of several pitchers competing for a bullpen spot, shifted his approach and has shown promise this spring.

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 Mike Tomlin watches practice at Steelers training camp last August at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

NFL owners notebook: Mike Tomlin's idea picks up support

A new post-touchdown procedure brought up by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has become a popular plan among some NFL owners.

1 day ago

No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Kentucky

NCAA tournament Midwest Region semifinal between the Mountaineers and Wildcats.

1 day ago


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