Le'Veon Bellpicks up four yards against the Eagles last week at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

NFL running games on verge of extinction

If officials continue to call as many regular-season pass-defense penalties as they have in the preseason, running game could vanish.

about 8 hours ago

 Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes spelled Jordy Mercer Tuesday night.

Pirates notebook: Clint Barmes starts; Jordy Mercer rests

Shortstop Clint Barmes makes his first start since June 25 after a lengthy spell on the disabled list because of a severe groin strain.

about 8 hours ago

 The New York Giants Jordan Stanton sacks Steelers quarterback Landry Jones earlier this month at MetLife Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Steelers notebook: Special team players go under microscope

Several players looking for roster spots will be under the gun Thursday night when the Steelers end their preseason against Carolina.

about 8 hours ago

Penguins' alumni view change as major positive

Former players, gathered for an annual alumni charity golf event, see sweeping offseason changes as a consequence of playoff disappointment.

about 8 hours ago

 Ike Davis hits a three-run home run to help the Pirates stop a two-game losing streak.

Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

about 8 hours ago

Transportation logistics take glamour out of Penn State's overseas trip

Playing a football game in Ireland is all well and good for Penn State, but what about those responsible for cutting through the red tape?

about 8 hours ago

 Darryl Render on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: With Aaron Donald gone, most eyes to focus on DT Darryl Render

Cleveland native becomes the most-watched player in the Panthers' defensive line, though he won’t be expected to fill Donald's shoes alone.

about 8 hours ago

 Aliquippa's Dravon Henry rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his amazing high school career.

West Virginia notebook: Aliquippa freshman Henry is a starter

Former Aliquippa High School star Dravon Henry will line up in the secondary when WVU faces Alabama on Saturday.

about 8 hours ago

 For Penn State to have a successful season, quarterback Christian Hackenberg, shown here scoring on a 9-yard run at home against Illinois last season, must continue to progress under new coach James Franklin.

3 Keys to Penn State's season

Mark Dent breaks down three important areas for the Nittany Lions’ success in 2014.

about 8 hours ago

Penn State notebook: Coach James Franklin releases his depth chart

Nittanly Lions’ freshly released depth charts clears up a lot of questions heading into the season opener against Central Florida.

about 8 hours ago

2014 Penn State schedule at a glance

A look at how the Nittany Lions matchup against their opposition this season.

about 8 hours ago

 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

Tomlin plans to rest several Steelers in preseason finale with Panthers

QB Ben Roethlisberger and safety Troy Polamalu are among those not expected to play Thursday.

about 19 hours ago

 The Pirates' Ike Davis is congratulated by third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a three-run home run against the Cardinals in the eighth inning at PNC Park.

Pirates gain a game on Cardinals with 5-2 win

Ike Davis launched a pinch-hit three-run home run in the eighth inning Tuesday night to lead the Pirates to a win over St. Louis.

about 8 hours ago

 Andrew McCutchen pulls in a fly ball hit by the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter in the third inning at PNC Park tonight. McCutchen may have been injured making the play.

McCutchen, Alvarez leave Pirates game early

Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen left the Pirates-Cardinals game at PNC Park in the sixth inning tonight.

about 10 hours ago

 Running back Tauren Poole was among 15 players cut from the Steelers roster today.

Steelers trim roster to 75

The Steelers cut 15 players today. They’ll have to cut 22 more to get down to the 53-man limit for the regular season by 4 p.m. Saturday.

about 15 hours ago

  Heath Miller is tackled by the Eagles Cedric Thornton in the first half Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 8.26.14

Ed takes your questions on the Steelers who are in their final week of the preseason.

about 17 hours ago

 Russell Martin throws out the Cardinals' Kolten Wong on Monday at PNC Park.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 8.26.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates.

about 18 hours ago

 Pitt running back Isaac Bennett .

Pitt football notebook: Chryst says five freshmen will make an impact

The Panthers don't expect as much infusion of youth as last year, but there will be a few who likely will make significant contributions.

1 day ago

 Ben Roethlisberger's on-field action will be confined to practice from now until the season opener.

On the Steelers: Offense plays it safe with and without Roethlisberger

St. Louis starter Sam Bradford's knee injury sent shock waves through the NFL, with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger taking notice.

1 day ago

 Mike Johnston was hired as Penguins head coach in June.

New Penguins coach Mike Johnston takes closer look at right fits for his style

New Penguins coach Mike Johnston has studied tape of his team and gives his take on how the players fit with his personal philosophies.

1 day ago

 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was taken out Monday night after 91 pitches.

Ron Cook: Pirates loss spoils stellar start by Francisco Liriano

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, in another return to his 2013 form, deserved much better than what he got in the loss Monday night.

1 day ago

 Redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik brings versatility to the Pitt offense as a mobile quarterback.

Three keys to Pitt's 2014 football season

Sam Werner breaks down three important areas for Pitt’s success in 2014.

1 day ago

 Alabama coach Nick Saban is playing his QB decision close to the vest.

West Virginia notebook: Alabama coach Nick Saban yet to name starting QB

The Mountaineers take on the Crimson Tide in the season opener but they still don’t know who will be under center for Nick Saban in Atlanta.

1 day ago

 CMU master's student Thomas Healy has started Headstart Labs, a company trying to revolutionize the study of impact on football helmets.

CMU punter, engineering student researches helmet safety

Thomas Healy has formed a company to develop a helmet to reduce head injuries.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Random thoughts on the Pirates

Their competition and their 3-2 loss to St. Louis last night at PNC Park.

1 day ago

The Fantasy Fool: Perfect Draft 2014 -- Let everyone else play for second

In an ideal world, my starting fantasy lineup this season would feature Peyton Manning, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, and Jimmy Graham.

about 18 hours ago

 Pedro Alvarez hits a solo homer in the second inning against the Cardinals on Monday.

Lackey's masterful outing leads Cardinals past Pirates

The Cardinals made a bold move to acquire right-handed pitcher John Lackey at the trade deadline and Monday night the Pirates found out why.

1 day ago

 William & Mary wide receiver Sean Ballard catches a pass as West Virginia cornerback Ishmael Banks defends last season.

NCAA suspends WVU cornerback Banks for three games

The ban for Banks, who started all 12 games in 2013, is for “academic issues,” according to head coach Dana Holgorsen.

1 day ago

 Gregory Polanco singles during a game against the Dodgers in July.

Pirates notebook: Polanco sent to Indianapolis, Tabata promoted

Manager Clint Hurdle said the timing is off on Gregory Polanco’s swing but he believes he can come back and help the Pirates at some point.

1 day ago

 The Steelers' Antonio Brown pulls in a touchdown pass against the Bills during this year's second preseason game.

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 08.25.14

With the NFL preseason winding down, Steelers beat reporter Ray Fittipaldo answers your questions.

1 day ago

 Ike Taylor breaks up pass intended for the Eagles Riley Cooper in the first half at Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pa

Steelers defensive backs fed up with flags

Defensive penalties have plagued cornerbacks and safeties this preseason, and the Steelers defensive backs have no choice but to adjust.

2 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez watches his three-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday at Miller Park in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

Pirates notebook: Father-son trip a big hit in Milwaukee

The “dads weekend” was another success for the Pirates, bringing players and their fathers closer while on the road in Milwaukee.

2 days ago

 Marlon Byrd was a vital acquisition for the Pirates last year at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Second deadline could provide roster boost for Pirates

Time is almost up for the Pirates to add any significant contributors from another MLB team to their roster for the playoff push.

2 days ago

 Peter Ladygo

Obituary: Peter G. Ladygo Sr. / Former Steelers offensive guard

Peter G. “Pete” Ladygo Sr. had a job title that would make any athlete at least a little envious, even in 1952: guard for the Pittsburgh

2 days ago

 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's P.J. Fulmore.

Blue Chip Chat: P.J. Fulmore, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic senior P.J. Fulmore talks defending the team’s titles and scouting the WPIAL.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: In defense of Huntington

The avalanche of criticism that regularly descends on Neal Huntington, comes with the territory.

2 days ago

 Bicyclists participating in the Pedal Pittsburgh event cross the Smithfield Street Bridge into Downtown as they begin their rides.

Organized bike ride draws nearly 3,000 bicyclists for tour of Pittsburgh

Pedal Pittsburgh draws nearly 3,000 bicyclists to ride -- and sightsee -- in city neighborhoods.

2 days ago

 Steelers safety Troy Polamalu - "We're lucky last week wasn't Week 1."

Sloppy Steelers defense lights fire under Polamalu

Veteran leader Troy Polamalu wasn't happy with the defense Thursday, and at least one fellow Steeler hopes teammates take notice.

3 days ago

 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is one of several National Football League coaches who never played in the league.

Why do NFL coaches rarely rise from the ranks of players?

In the NFL, only 19 percent — six of 32 ­— of the head coaches who will lead their teams into the 2014 season played in the league.

3 days ago

 Sam Mikulak performs on the pommel horse during the senior men's final of the P&G Gymnastics Championships today at Consol Energy Center, Downtown. Mikulak went on to win the national all-around title for a second straight year.

Mikulak wins second straight P&G Gymnastics all-around title

John Orozco saw his razor-thin lead vanish in an instant in the P&G Gymnastics Championships senior men’s final at Consol Energy Center.

2 days ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hits a home run during the ninth inning of this afternoon's game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. The Pirates lost, 4-3.

Pirates miss sweep, fall to Brewers, 4-3

Vance Worley gave up a pair of runs in both the first and second innings, then settled in, but the damage was done.

2 days ago

New era: Inaugural College Football Playoff ushers in much excitement for fans

While the playoff answers fans' longtime complaints, some of its details and longer-reaching implications are still to be determined.

3 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez holds Atlanta's Ervin Santana on at first in his major league debut at the position Monday at PNC Park.

On the Pirates: A first look for Alvarez at first base

The best-case scenario for Pedro Alvarez and the Pirates is that he adapts to first base and forces Clint Hurdle to make tough decisions.

3 days ago

 Jameis Winston seeks to join Archie Griffin (1974-75) as the only two-time Heisman winners.

Paul Zeise's hot reads for the new season

ACC power Florida State will figure prominently into any college football discussion this season but there are a number of stories to track.

3 days ago

 Uwe Schneider -- Long road back for Upper St. Clair soccer coach.

High school notebook: Defending state champions lose soccer coach for season

Boys soccer coach Uwe Schneider won't return to Upper St. Clair for this year as he recovers from a serious accident.

3 days ago

 Ben Roethlisberger trots off the field, eyes closed, on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Ron Cook: Bad signs much more ominous for Steelers defense

The Steelers looked bad in all aspects Thursday, but the most troublesome signs are on a defense that simply hasn't been good for two years.

3 days ago

 Mitch Adams has resigned as coach of the Gateway High School boys basketball team.

Gateway High School's basketball coach resigns

Mitch Adams faces charges of harassment and making terroristic threats in connection with an incident involving his neighbor.

2 days ago

 LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette

Paul Zeise: Don't miss these 10 games

Ten games that figure to have a role in writing the story of the 2014 college football season:

3 days ago

 The Temple Bar district will be headquarters for a lot of Penn State fans.

A Penn State fan’s guide to an Irish season opener

The season opener in Dublin will be little more than a “business trip” for the team but Nittany Lions fans should have plenty to do and see.

3 days ago

Kiwan Watts finishes first in P&G Gymnastics Championships junior division

Watts had a two-day combined score of 166.2, putting him 0.55 ahead of second-place finisher Yul Moldauer.

2 days ago


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