Jason Schmidt pitches against the Montreal Expos in April 1999 at Three Rivers Stadium.

Former Pirates Giles, Schmidt on Hall of Fame ballot

Giles and Schmidt each appear on the ballot for the first time, along with 15 other newcomers. The results will be announced Jan. 6.

about 4 hours ago

 Steelers cornerback William Gay intercepts a pass against the Titans in the first quarter Nov. 17 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Steelers' playoff fate rests in their hands

The good news for the Steelers is they control their fate in the division. They have two games remaining against Cincinnati.

about 15 hours ago

 Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss (1), center Marcel Goc (57), defenseman Paul Martin (7), defenseman Kris Letang (58) and center Evgeni Malkin (71) react as the New York Islanders celebrate Matt Martin's goal that tied the score, 1-1, in the second period Saturday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Penguins look for pick-me-up after two losses

After back-to-back losses this weekend against the Islanders, the Penguins look for their equilibrium starting tonight in Boston.

about 15 hours ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hands off to Le'Veon Bell against the Titans in the first quarter at LP Field in Nashville Monday night, November 17, 2014.

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 11.24.14

Ray takes your questions om the Steelers, who come off of their bye week to face New Orleans on Sunday.

54 minutes ago

 Penguins' Steve Downie fights with Travis Hamoni of the New York Islanders in the first period Saturday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Penguins notebook: Downie’s aggression has downside

Steve Downie is miles ahead on the leader board for penalty minutes. But his antics late in a loss Saturday were more harm than help.

about 15 hours ago

 A.J. Burnett had more losses (18) and gave up more earned runs (109) and more walks (96) than any pitcher in the league last season with the Phillies.

Ron Cook: Pirates are 1 for 2 in big offseason decisions

The Pirates were wise to not get caught up in a bidding war for Russell Martin, but the decision to bring back A.J. Burnett is not as smart.

about 15 hours ago

 Pitt's James Conner looks for running room against Syracuse in the second quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

No update on Pitt's Conner's status for Miami game

James Conner left Pitt’s 30-7 win against Syracuse Saturday in the second quarter with a hip injury and did not return.

48 minutes ago

 Chaminade Silverswords coach Eric Bovaird, a Brockway native, attends a news conference for the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational Sunday at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt faces Chaminade, coached by Brockway native, in Maui Invitational

The Panthers open the EA Sports Maui Invitational today against Chaminade, led by coach Eric Bovaird, a Western Pennsylvania native.

about 15 hours ago

 Pitt's Tyler Boyd celebrates a touchdown against Syracuse in the fourth quarter Saturday at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers not ready to end football season

Though Pitt’s record turned quickly, the Panthers are savoring — not lamenting — a win-or-go-home end to the regular season.

about 15 hours ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is sacked by Jihad Ward of Illinois Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Illinois defeated Penn State, 16-14.

Early season troubles still restricting Penn State's offense

The Nittany Lions have just one game left in the regular season, but offensive problems with the receivers and red zone still linger.

about 15 hours ago

 James Madison's Toia Giggetts goes to the basket as Pitt forward Monica Wignot defends Sunday in in Harrisonburg, Va.

No. 23 James Madison dominates Pitt women

Pitt fell to 2-2 overall after an 80-64 loss to No. 23-ranked James Madison (4-0) at JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.

about 15 hours ago

  LeGarrette Blount

Bob Smizik: Blount’s botched banishment

It was a whirlwind week for LeGarrette Blount.

about 10 hours ago

Mario Lemieux's 30 years of highlights: March 2, 1993

After returning from treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, how many points did Mario Lemieux make up on Pat Lafontaine to win the scoring title?

about 4 hours ago

 Ike Davis at his first game with the Pirates in April. The team traded him to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for international signing bonus money.

Pirates trade Ike Davis to Oakland Athletics

The first baseman was traded in exchange for international signing bonus money.

about 17 hours ago

 LeGarrette Blount

On the Steelers: Twist in Blount's career raises a suspicious eyebrow

LeGarrette Blount's career quick-change act, going right from the Steelers to the Patriots, appears to be somewhat fishy.

1 day ago

 The Penguins lost more than just a top-six winger when Pascal Dupuis was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung.

On the Penguins: After the loss of Pascal Dupuis, what happens next?

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford will be shopping, but for now there is no pressure to buy.

1 day ago

 Steelers safety Troy Polamalu injured his knee Nov. 2 in a win against Baltimore at Heinz Field, but it might have been Baltimore that suffered the biggest blow -- a loss in the tight AFC North.

Gene Collier: Twists, turns still await AFC North

It's unknown how things will unfold for the Steelers in the murky AFC North, but one thing's for sure: More "rock bottoms" remain in play.

1 day ago

 Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was disappointed with his team's defense in a 74-70 loss to Hawaii late Friday night.

Inexperienced Panthers deal with defensive shortcomings

After Pitt snuck by its first two games with subpar defense, Hawaii finally burned the Panthers porous unit in a loss late Friday night.

1 day ago

District college football roundup: Dukes shut out Colonials, 22-0

Michael LoPresti passed for two touchdowns as Duquesne completed a 6-6 season.

1 day ago

 Deer eyes are adapted to see in low light and detect the slightest movement. They recognize colors differently than humans.

Light that is invisible to humans may make hunters 'glow' in the eyes of deer

New research confirms 20-year-old suspicions about ways that deer perceive light that can't be seen by humans.

1 day ago

Wildlife: There are plenty of problems with deer farms

Raising white-tailed deer is big business in Pennsylvania. Its regulation was transferred to the state Department of Agriculture in 2006.

1 day ago

 Jayson Megna

Penguins notebook: Megna called up for depth

Bringing up Jayson Megna also is a reward for his strong play with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Four games/one day/one site no longer works for WPIAL

Colleges start their games late to accommodate TV. High schools should not.

1 day ago

The Next Page: How real-world troubles of NFL stars intrude on fantasy football leagues

Now “general managers” of fantasy teams make ethical decisions about fielding troubled players.

1 day ago

 Brayden Young, 12, of McKees Rocks bagged his first whitetail Oct. 25 in Robinson, during a special statewide hunt for juniors, seniors, disabled hunters and Pennsylvania residents serving on active military duty.

Outdoors notebook: 88 elk taken in one-week hunt

The heaviest, estimated to weigh more than 872 pounds, was shot by Mark Colt of Ligonier.

1 day ago

 Robert Morris University Illinois students play ‘‘League of Legends’’ during a practice of the school’s eSports program. The school spent $100,000 turning a computer lab into an eSports Arena with fast processing computers, large monitors, and ergonomic gaming chairs.

Video games gain new ground with athletic scholarships

One school in Illinois is offering athletic scholarships for video gamers. And it’s not as crazy as you think.

1 day ago

Mario Lemieux's 30 years of highlights: May 25, 1991

How many more points did Mario Lemieux score during the 1991 regular season than in the postseason?

1 day ago

 Pitt's Dontez Ford pulls in a pass for a touchdown as he's defended by Syracuse's Ritchy Desir and Darius Kelly in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Bowl berth still in sight for Pitt

Even with its star running back sidelined for most of the game, Pitt bounced back from three consecutive losses.

1 day ago

 Central Valley teammates celebrate their win over West Allegheny in the WPIAL class AAA championship Friday at Heinz Field.

Central Valley's Whitehead carries Warriors to Class AAA title

John George threw four touchdown passes and Whitehead scored three touchdowns to lead Central Valley past West Allegheny, 35-28.

2 days ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg prepares to throw a pass during the second quarter against Illinois.

Nittany Lions struggle in all three phases in 16-14 loss at Illinois

Penn State’s defense has been the strength of the team this season, but late in the fourth quarter the group didn’t have one big play left.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: The future of Alvarez

Which player would you prefer hitting in the middle of your lineup based on their numbers over the past three seasons?

2 days ago

 The Penguins' Jayson Megna moves the puck up ice against the Wild's Mikko Koivu in September.

Penguins recall forward Megna from Wilkes-Barre

Jayson Megna has nine goals and five assists in 17 games with the Baby Penguins this season.

2 days ago

Hawaii's Rainbow Warriors beat Pitt in Maui, 74-70

For the first time this season the Panthers left the confines of the Petersen Events Center and for the first time this season they lost.

2 days ago

 Steve Downie fights the Islanders’ Travis Hamonic in the first period Saturday night in Uniondale, N.Y.

Penguins joined in first by Islanders

Islanders beat the Penguins, 4-1, Saturday night to complete the sweep of a home-and-home series and raise their record to 14-6.

1 day ago

 Steelers running back Josh Harris catches the ball during practice at the team's South Side facility on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Harris replaced LeGarrette Blount's spot on the roster.

Steelers giving undrafted running back a shot

Undrafted out of Wake Forest, Josh Harris has plenty of players with similar backgrounds to look to for inspiration.

2 days ago

Penguins notebook: Schedule takes some unusual twists

Home-and-home games with Islanders and Hurricanes a playoff-like atmosphere for Penguins.

2 days ago

 Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Hopewell High School) scores two of her 16 points for No. 9 Maryland in a 75-65 win against George Washington Saturday in Washington.

District college basketball roundup: Robert Morris falls to unbeaten Georgetown

Joshua Smith scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Georgetown posted a win against visiting Robert Morris.

1 day ago

 Panthers offensive lineman Matt Rotheram, left,  shown here practicing during preseason in August at the team's South Side facility, will play his final home game today.

Small class of seniors play final home game at Pitt

Eleven players hoping to end the tailspin and help Panthers win final two games to become bowl eligible.

2 days ago

  Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg  calls a play at the line against the Maryland Terrapins during a game at Beaver Stadium earlier this month.

Nittany Lions offense has chance to get healthy against the Illini

Penn State’s offense searching for confidence against Illinois

2 days ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play to his team as they take on Niagara in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Friday night, November 14, 2014.

Hawaii once was home for Pitt coach

Jamie Dixon got his first full-time basketball job at Hawaii and also met his wife there.

2 days ago

 South Fayette's Dan Trimbur pulls in a pass for a touchdown as he's defended by Aliquippa's Jassir Jordan in the first half of the WPIAL Class AA championship at Heinz Field Friday.

High school football notebook: South Fayette's Brumbaugh doles out most of credit to WRs

After the WPIAL Class AA championship Friday, it was hats off to the Lions receivers.

2 days ago

 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) hands the ball off to Rushel Shell (7) during the second half against Kansas State in Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Kansas State won 26-20.

Backup QB Skyler Howard gave West Virginia something to cheer about

Rather than focus on Clint Trickett’s possible injury-related woes, Dana Holgorsen lauded backup Skyler Howard for his performance Thursday.

2 days ago

District preview: Slippery Rock opens in Division II playoffs

The Rock hope to avoid emotional letdown after winning the PSAC championship last week.

2 days ago

Duquesne hoping stars bright in heart of Texas

The Dukes will face Abilene Christian tonight and will be trying for their first 2-0 start since 2009-10 season.

2 days ago

Larry Walsh on biking: Tour de Springs ride started as ski training

Ride from Monroeville to Seven Springs is not a race, but it is not for the faint of heart either.

2 days ago

Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Friday

Summaries from Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

2 days ago

 Clairton QB Ryan Williams throws a 2pt conversion against Jeanette on Oct. 03, 2014.

Varsity Xtra: Avonworth's opponent is Bearly believable

Clairton’s prolific offense will be on display again today against Avownorth in the WPIAL Class A championship game.

3 days ago

 The Penguins' Zach Sill levels New York Islander Frans Nielsen in the first period Friday night at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins fight back but fall to Islanders in shootout

The two squads will square off again tonight in New York.

2 days ago

 Ben Roethlisberger looks skyward to celebrate his touchdown pass to Antonio Brown in the fourth quarter Monday night against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Steelers enjoy flying under the radar

It might not be exactly where they want to be, but Steelers like where they are at a late-season open week.

3 days ago

 Simon Despres skates up ice in a game earlier this season at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins' Despres alters game, wins confidence of new coaches

Defenseman Simon Despres adheres to a more defensive style of play and earns confidence and playing time from new coaches.

3 days ago


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