“We’re working to make [Buster Olney] a prophet,” general manager Neal Huntington said of Olney's prediction the Pirates will win the World Series.

Ron Cook: Olney's bold Pirates prediction marks new era of expectations

The Pirates are working to make ESPN’s Buster Olney a prophet for his World Series champions prediction.

about 1 hour ago

 Starling Marte waits on deck in batting practice at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates LF Marte picks up where he left off

Starling Marte’s batting stance adjustments yielded positive results late last season, so he’s sticking to them.

about 1 hour ago

 Bill Kreiger and daughter Tara Sweeney made the trip from Maryland to take in the Penguins vs. Arizona Coyotes game Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Long-time Penguins fan reaches her destination

Tara Kreiger finally was able to see her Penguins play up close Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

about 1 hour ago

 New Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi talks to his team Saturday morning. The Panthers are two weeks into spring practice. They have three more weeks before the Blue-Gold game April 18.

Pitt brothers Bradley, Grigsby ready for more at linebacker this season

Bam Brad­ley and Nicholas Grigsby are two of the con­tend­ers to fill the start­ing out­side line­backer roles left open by graduates.

about 1 hour ago

 Derrick Pouliot is meeting expectations.

On the Penguins: 4-5 not pretty for nine home playoff series

Regardless of a sub-.500 mark in the past nine playoff series, the Penguins are aiming for home ice this year.

about 1 hour ago

  Nice brook trout.

Good advice on trout fishing is available if you know how to find it

With trout season just weeks away, getting the right recommendations can make all the difference

about 1 hour ago

Penn State notebook: Situational football takes center state in spring

The Nittany Lions worked on situational drills and tried a pair of left tackles during their fifth practice of the spring.

31 minutes ago

 Canada geese

Scott Shalaway: Identifying spring swans, geese and other waterfowl

The differences among Canada geese, snow geese, tundra swans, mute swans, pied-billed grebe, common loon and double-crested cormorant.

about 1 hour ago

Spring training report: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3

Neil Walker doubled for the seventh time this spring as the Pirates won.

about 1 hour ago

 Jonny Lyons, 4, of Monaca caught this 4-pound channel cat around 4 p.m. on 4-pound test line at Lake Arthur.

Outdoors notebook: Increase proposed on hunting license fee

New revenues from Marcellus Shale leasing rights have never been considered a “permanent fix” to the Game Commission’s bottom line.

about 1 hour ago

Penguins notebook: Thomas Greiss steps up in important spot

Backup goalie Thomas Greiss played well again Saturday, and this time his Penguins teammates even helped him earn a victory.

about 1 hour ago

 Long-time Kentucky fan Ashley Judd was back in Cleveland for the Wildcats’ Midwest Region final Saturday night.

Midwest Region notebook: John Calipari says Kentucky's story is teamwork

While their quest for history is all over the headlines, coach John Calipari says there’s a lot more to his unbeaten Wildcats.

about 1 hour ago

 Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland.

Kentucky holds off Notre Dame, 68-66

The Wildcats will play Wisconsin (35-3) next Saturday in Indianapolis.

21 minutes ago

Hat trick leads Riverhounds win in 2015 opener

Pittsburgh’s USL Pro team finished last season 11th out of 14 with a 9-5-14 record but opened 2015 with a win.

about 1 hour ago

Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton focusing on results

Pirates pitcher says he doesn’t have time to refine his mechanics with the season rapidly approaching.

about 1 hour ago

 Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in an Elite Eight game Saturday night in Cleveland.

Notre Dame can't quite end Kentucky's unbeaten season

The top-ranked Wildcats held off the upset bid from the Fighting Irish, 68-66, to get back to the Final Four Saturday night.

about 1 hour ago

 The Penguins' Steve Downie scores in the third period against the Coyotes at  Consol Energy Center.

Penguins beat Coyotes, 3-2

The Penguins were scoreless for more than 47 minutes on Saturday afternoon, stymied by Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

about 6 hours ago

 Evgeni Malkin said the Penguins are playing poorly right now, and his return could be the spark they need.

Malkin says, 'We play so bad right now'

Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist are expected to return this weekend for Penguins.

1 day ago

 Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred agrees with Pirates owner Bob Nutting on international draft.

New baseball commissioner discusses pace of game changes and other key issues

Rob Manfred spoke to the Pirates and Minnesota Twins Friday. “It's important to be responsive to our fans,” he said, regarding pace of game.

1 day ago

Underdog Irish hope efficiency fuels victory against unbeaten and No.1-seeded Kentucky

Notre Dame’s guard-oriented offense is one of the most efficient in Division I while Kentucky is one of the tallest, best defensive teams.

1 day ago

Florida Southern ruins IUP's bid for an upset in NCAA Division II championship

No. 25 IUP, which dispatched three top seeds on its run to the championship game, ran into too tough a foe and wrapped up its season 31-7.

about 4 hours ago

IUP gets another shot at a title today

IUP has been here before. Crimson Hawks coach Joe Lombardi has been here before. The next step, though, is the toughest one.

1 day ago

 This season, the Riverhounds will have to replace the production of Jose Angulo, who scored 23 goals over the past two years.

New coach, style for Riverhounds

The team is still in the process of emerging from bankruptcy, and hired a new coach after missing the playoffs in 2014.

1 day ago

NCAA tournament notebook: Calipari reminds players Kentucky is beatable

Midwest Region notebook: Kentucky’s coach said the Wildcats should have lost five or six games this year.

1 day ago

Penguins notebook: Former Penguins forward Joe Vitale will tunnel his focus today against his ex-teammates

.The playoffs are not within reach for Vitale and the Coyotes this season, but it may offer his team a chance to play a little looser.

1 day ago

Pirates notebook: Pirates send Tabata, 11 others to minor league camp in major cutdown

The Pirates reassigned Jose Tabata to minor league camp Friday while clarifying their plans for the final open bench spot.

1 day ago

SnowSports: Seven Springs is honored

Seven Springs has snow, and Snowboarder magazine figured it’s the place to hold 19th Annual Superpark freestyle snowboarding event April 5

1 day ago

 Bruce Goodman and Matthew Burns, both 7, spread mulch on a trail at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale as part of a service project for their Cub Scout Pack 225.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opens Wednesday for year-round enjoyment

The 460-acre garden in Oakdale opens April 1 with lots of outdoor family activities on the schedule.

1 day ago

Activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Busy schedule of outdoor activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

1 day ago

Spring training report: Pirates 4, Twins 2

Starter Jeff Locke went 5⅔ innings and gave up 8 hits and 2 runs. The game was called in the 8th inning because of rain.

1 day ago

 One of the best products in the ongoing battle of deer versus plant life, Messina Wildlife’s Plotsaver repels by scent.

Strategies to overcome hungry deer and other critters

It's almost garden time, which means you'll be battling insects, diseases and animals. Here are some ways to fight back.

1 day ago

New-look Riverhounds kick off season tonight

A new coach will lead a retooled Riverhounds roster into their soccer season opener today against Harrisburg at Highmark Stadium.

1 day ago

Indiana law denounced as invitation to discriminate against gays

Passage of the measure drew expressions of dismay from the NCAA, which will hold its men’s basketball Final Four games in Indianapolis.

1 day ago

Obituary: Rod 'Hot Rod' Hundley / Outsize basketball personality

He parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century.

about 8 hours ago

Bob Smizik: About that Tabata contract ...

The long-term contract, announced more than three years ago, has not been what it was expected to be.

about 15 hours ago

 California University players celebrate after defeating California Baptist in the NCAA Division II women's basketball championship game Friday night in Sioux Falls, S.D. California won 86-69.

Vulcans storm to Division II crown

A 21-0 run in the first half started the Vulcans on their way to a 86-69 over California Baptist on Friday night at Sanford Pentagon.

1 day ago

 Jose Tabata slides into third base during a spring training game against the Orioles earlier this month.

Outfielder Tabata one of a dozen Pirates cuts

Tabata, who was competing to be the club’s fourth outfielder, was reassigned to minor league camp.

1 day ago

 West Virginia's BillyDee Williams, left, and Nathan Adrian watch form the bench during the second half of Thursday's game against Kentucky.

No. 1 Kentucky overpowers West Virginia, 78-39, in Sweet 16

Thursday night’s game was a mismatch from the start as the top-seeded Wildcats crushed the No. 5-seed Mountaineers.

2 days 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.

2 days ago

District fishing report: 03.27.15

A look at what’s biting on regional waterways

1 day 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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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

The cornerback learned from his mistakes last year and hopes those lessons will help him in his sophomore season.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago


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