Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is happy to see Jung Ho Kang be "stubborn" at the plate.

Pirates notebook: The more pitches, the better for Hurdle's batters

Jung Ho Kang is producing the type of plate appearances Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wants to see.

about 10 hours ago

 With Pedro Alvarez and the offense on a roll, this season could go to some pretty nice places for the Pirates.

Ron Cook: Pirates have makings of something special

With their stellar pitching starting to get a whole lot of help lately from the offense, the Pirates’ future looks very bright.

about 10 hours ago

 Avielle Keller, 6, of Squirrel Hill, plays soccer while she watches the United States Women's National Soccer Team play Japan at a watch party hosted by the City of Pittsburgh at Schenley Plaza on Sunday.

Pittsburgh soccer fans flock to Schenley Plaza, other watch parties as U.S. claims World Cup title

More than 1,500 people gathered in Schenley Plaza, and hundreds of others were at viewing parties at local pubs, cheering the team’s win.

about 10 hours ago

 Driver Aric Almirola walks to pit road during a rain delay at a NASCAR race Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Amidst the rain and American flags, Confederate flags continue to fly at track

The Coke Zero 400 Sunday at Daytona was delayed by the weather, but before that NASCAR fans displayed and defended their Confederate flags.

about 10 hours ago

 United States defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4) and defender Meghan Klingenberg (22) celebrate with an American flag Sunday after defeating Japan to win the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.

Women's World Cup notebook: Cameroonian takes Blatter’s place in final

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is on his way out of the position, was not in Canada Sunday to award the U.S. women their trophy.

about 10 hours ago

 United States midfielder Lauren Holiday (12) celebrates with teammates after defeating Japan, 5-2, to win the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.

United States beats Japan, 5-2, to win Women's World Cup

The United States has won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd.

about 10 hours ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen wasn't voted in to start the All-Star Game, but could end up in the final lineup anyway.

No Pirates among National League starters in All-Star game

No Pirates were selected to start for the National League in the All-Star game, but Andrew McCutchen might have a chance to do so.

about 11 hours ago

 Gerrit Cole delivers against the Indians at PNC Park.

Pirates use big inning to defeat Indians, 5-3, as Cole gets his 12th win

After struggling early, the Pirates exploded for five runs in the 5th inning, and Cole retired the final 16 batters he faced.

about 13 hours ago

Pirates claim Ishikawa off waivers

The Pirates claimed Ishikawa from San Francisco, who waived Ishikawa after he recovered from a lower back strain.

about 18 hours ago

 As part of a 2007 deal to build Consol Energy Center and keep the franchise in Pittsburgh, the Penguins acquired development rights to the site where the Mellon Arena had stood.

A new ballgame: Sports teams find real value in real estate

Professional sports franchises like the Penguins are increasingly acquiring development rights to the land near their venues.

1 day ago

 Former Pine-Richland standout Meghan Klingenberg is one win away from completing a most life-changing goal with the rest of the U.S. women's soccer team.

Pine-Richland grad Klingenberg on cusp of realizing lifelong dream

Meghan Klingenberg takes the field for the FIFA Women’s World Cup final today as a starting defender on the U.S. women’s soccer team.

1 day ago

 Pascal Dupuis' return to the ice should give the Penguins another reliable presence, and maybe allow general manager Jim Rutherford to feel like he's adding another valuable piece this offseason.

Quiet holiday for Penguins, but Rutherford's work continues

The Penguins roster is forming to the liking of general manager Jim Rutherford, he said, but his offseason efforts aren’t finished.

1 day ago

 With Clayton Richard gone, Radhames Liz — who struggled to start the season — could be the next man up if one of the Pirates starters or Vance Worley go down.

Pirates notebook: Pitching staff loses more depth after Richard trade

All of a sudden, what appeared to be a deep unit for the Pirates entering the season looks like one in need of some extra numbers.

1 day ago

 Starling Marte was hitting .288 with 13 HRs, 48 RBIs and 16 stolen bases entering the weekend.

On the Pirates: Marte a freak of baseball nature

It’s possible that fans don’t realize how rare Pirates outfielder Starling Marte’s combination of power and speed really is.

1 day ago

 Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke was much more than just a No. 5 starter Saturday against the Indians.

Gene Collier: History lesson unfurled in Pirates win at PNC Park

The Pirates pitching staff, especially the rotation, keeps proving itself as one of the very best in the majors — right down to Jeff Locke.

1 day ago

 The Pirates' AJ Burnett delivers against the Brewers at PNC Park in early June. The team's pitching so far this season has been well beyond expectations.

Bob Smizik: Pirates mid-season analysis

They’re not as bad as the first 40 games; not as good as the most recent 41.

about 4 hours ago

Riverhounds offense is back on track

The Riverhounds pulled out another shutout victory, 3-0, against the New York Red Bulls II after a slow scoring June.

1 day ago

 The U.S. Open last month at Chambers Bay provided a memorable win for Jordan Spieth, but also a host of complains from fans, players, followers of the game and more.

Golf notebook: U.S. Open can of worms

The USGA would make things a lot easier on itself and its players if it held the U.S. Open at storied courses, not places like Chambers Bay.

1 day ago

Women's World Cup success doesn’t overshadow FIFA's gender equality issues

The use of artificial turf, relatively little prize money, and hotel arrangements were criticized by players and coaches.

1 day ago

 Matt Backhaus and Alex Hull of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources sink a crib at Pymatuning Reservoir.

Cooperating groups improve decaying bottom habitat at Pymatuning Reservoir

Pymatuning Reservoir is one of numerous man-made bodies of water in Western Pennsylvania built in the first half of the 20th century.

1 day ago

England beats Germany in Women's World Cup third-place match

England bounce back from a crushing semifinal defeat to take third place in the tournament.

1 day ago

Outdoors notebook: License fee increase considered

Executive director of the state Game Commission Matt Hough doesn’t want to shake things up too much, but does have one change in mind.

1 day ago

Wildlife: Visit to a picturesque desert

If you visit the desert, be prepared with water, polarized sunglasses, a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen.

1 day ago

 Josh Harrison crosses the plate with the game's only run, knocked in by Neil Walker. The Pirates play the Indians again Sunday afternoon.

Locke gives near perfect performance in Pirates' 1-0 win

Jeff Locke pitched eight innings, gave up only two hits and led the Pirates to a win over the Indians before a crowd of 37,298 at PNC Park.

1 day ago

 Tatum Gretz, 11, from Connelsville practices.

World Cup a big kick for young Pittsburgh players

Young men and women are taking a keen interest in Sunday’s championship match between the U.S. and Japan for the Women’s World Cup.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Penguins Olli Maatta was one of the players sidelined because of unexpected injuries.

With roster almost in place, Penguins trying to be proactive against conventional injuries

GM Jim Rutherford and team president Tom Morehouse are examining all facets of the organization in hopes of cutting down on ailments.

2 days ago

 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a two run double in the ninth inning Thursday against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Pirates notebook: Offense breaks out in Detroit

Mercer, Walker and Alvarez lead barrage, which produced 49 hits and 22 runs in three games.

2 days ago

Wambach’s last chance for Cup glory

With the Women’s World Cup fast approaching, Abby Wambach has one thing on her mind: winning.

2 days ago

Shutout victory isn’t satisfying

USMNT destroy Guatemala in shutout victory, 4-0. However, they aren’t celebrating too much.

2 days ago

Three rivers, three states bike tour with family

Tour three states and three rivers with proceeds benefiting the Major Force Youth Cycling Program. The tour includes a Family Ride.

2 days ago

Riverhounds still have 'ways to go' before making MLS leap

The USL team is focusing on filling Highmark Stadium consistently rather than jumping to the major league.

2 days ago

Riverhounds reshuffle lineup ahead of New York clash

Two players and two coaches are suspended for the Fourth of July home game.

2 days ago

 Guy Beresteanu, 14, and his sister Maya Beresteanu, 9.

Teenage fencer to represent U.S. at Maccabi games

Guy Beresteanu, 14, has been a fencer for eight years, but he will be a member of the U.S. Juniors male fencing team in Berlin this month.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Antonio Bastardo hangs his head after walking the Indians Jason Kipnis in the 7th inning at PNC Park.

Pirates lose to Cleveland Indians, 5-2, after a 2-hour rain delay

The Pirates managed only three hits – two of them came in the fourth inning – and hardly mounted any credible scoring threats considering

2 days ago

 At Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa.  Red white and blue had a small presence with only one Confederate Flag license plate, as a small crowd gathered waits for the rain to stop. The races were cancelled.

Confederate flag is far away from Smithton track

The only flags that NASCAR fans at the Motordrome Speedway in Smithton cared about Friday night were the American flags.

2 days ago

 Clayton Richard pitches during spring training at Pirates City, Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates trade Clayton Richard to Chicago Cubs

Richard, 31, will pitch for the Cubs Saturday, marking his first major-league start since ​June 21, 2013.

2 days ago

 Peter Diana / Post-Gazette3/14/2015   :  Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco bats against the Red Sox at Jet Blue Park  in Ft Myers Florida.

Pirates notebook: Polanco fails to take advantage of start vs. left-hander

Manager Clint Hurdle was hoping Gregory Polanco’s performance a night earlier would carry over into series finale.

3 days ago

 “If it comes to fruition where we think not having a conference championship game hurts us, then we obviously go back to the drawing boards to look at it,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said.

WVU athletic director Lyons open to Big 12 expansion

After Oklahoma’s president pushed for it, Shane Lyons said he’s open to expansion, but the conference is “in a great spot.”

3 days ago

NASCAR asks fans to keep rebel flags away from tracks

“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols,” the tracks and their ownership groups stated Thursday.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates roster needs upgrades

The Pirates are probably not going to catch St. Louis, although that task is not as hopeless as some make it sound.

3 days ago

 American star Carli Lloyd and the rest of the championship match-bound U.S. women's team have been a boon for Women's World Cup ratings.

Women's World Cup notebook: Ratings look good

There are a few reasons why you might find yourself, and others, watching the Women’s World Cup a lot more this year.

3 days ago

Pittsburgh area fans will head for Norwalk, Ohio, en masse this holiday weekend

Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, draws many of its fans from western Pennsylvania.

3 days ago

 Longtime NHL stalwart Martin St. Louis is calling it quits after an accomplished career.

Martin St. Louis announces NHL retirement

It was clear veteran Martin St. Louis wouldn’t be back with the Rangers, but other teams likely had interest in him as a free agent.

3 days ago

District Fishing Report: 7.3.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

3 days ago

West Xtra: High school softball all-stars

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Scholastic Sports staff selects the area’s top high school softball players.

3 days ago

 Cornell's Dane Jackson has been a driving force, both on the basketball court and on the football field. Because of his efforts, Jackson was chosen as the West Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

West Xtra: Two-sport standout Jackson is Male High School Athlete of the Year

Dane Jackson was a standout in two sports at two schools — Cornell and Quaker Valley — and is the Male High School Athlete of the Year.

3 days ago

 Carlynton's Conor Richardson, shooting over Avonworth's Mackenzie Mayernik, was a standout in basketball as well as volleyball and track.

West Xtra: Female High School Athlete of the Year leaves a legacy at Carlynton

Conor Richardson left a legacy at Carlynton and in so doing became the West Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

3 days ago

West Xtra: Moon senior continues to improve in Elite League

Moon’s Austin Hoffman continues to show improvement in the Western Pennsylvania Elite Baseball League.

3 days ago

 West Allegheny grad Nick Kolarac works out during a Riverhounds practice at Highmark Stadium.

West Xtra: West Allegheny grad loves playing at 'home' for the Riverhounds

Riverhounds midfielder Nick Kolarac, a Pittsburgh native, feels as though he represents the city of Pittsburgh whenever he plays.

3 days ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: District club teams face national test

Junior National Boys Volleyball Championships in Columbus, Ohio, attract plenty of interest from district squads.

3 days ago