Bob Smizik: Can Cardinals be caught?

The day following a 15-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, a game in which All-Star A.J. Burnett made a third consecutive poor start, Pirates

about 9 hours ago

 Members of the Chinese delegation attend Beijing's bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today.

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing narrowly defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The vote was surprisingly close: 44-40.

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 "We’ve had a brief conversation. I think we’re scheduled here in the next month or so to talk about it," Penn State AD Sandy Barbour said of Pitt AD Scott Barnes and potential games between the two schools.

Penn State, Pitt ADs to talk about extending football series

The Nittany Lions have games lined up against Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2025 as well as West Virginia in 2023 and 2024.

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 Suzie McConnell-Serio led the Panthers to a 20-12 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Pitt women's hoops coach McConnell-Serio inks contract extension

"Pitt is where I want to work the rest of my career," the head coach said.

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 Michael Morse, 33, is making $7 million this year and is under contract for $8 million in 2016.

Pirates add left-hander Happ, first baseman Morse at trade deadline

According to a source familiar with the trade, the Pirates shipped outfielder Jose Tabata to Los Angeles in exchange for Morse.

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 "I do think they will be better because of that experience,” James Franklin said of Penn State's offensive line.

Franklin says Penn State offensive line has 'chip' on its shoulder

The Nittant Lions surrendered 44 sacks last season.

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 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin jokes with players prior to workouts Wednesday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Coach Tomlin's impact on Steelers defense increases

Mike Tomlin is taking a more active role with defense than he has in the past.

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 Steelers defensive tackle Daniel McCullers during afternoon workouts Thursday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Steelers notebook: McCullers seeks push and production

Second-year defensive tackle did not register a tackle a year ago in 82 snaps in his rookie season.

about 17 hours ago

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: Trade deadline edition

Beat writer Bill Brink takes your questions on the moves the Pirates did -- and didn’t -- make.

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 FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Experts say Brady’s lawsuit a long shot

The NFL and players union have become so accustomed to facing one another in court that a single lawsuit wasn’t enough in the Tom Brady

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 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws a screen pass during the first half of a game against Michigan State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

Big Ten coaches, players not shy on praise for Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg

Christian Hackenberg’s shaky sophomore season hasn’t scared off opposing players and coaches from saying he’s one of the Big Ten’s best.

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 Dylan Dzikowski, 10, of Peters Twp, yells for Steelers Ben Roethlisberger as the team enters the field at training camp in Latrobe.

Steelers fans flock to training camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers have held training camp on the campus of Saint Vincent College in Unity for 50 years.

about 17 hours ago

 Though Maryland only had four conference wins in 2014, one of them came against Penn State.

Big Ten notebook: Maryland eyes rivalry, recruiting battles with Penn State

A 2014 win against Penn State could pay dividends for Maryland, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is fondly remembered and Paul Chryst begins again.

about 17 hours ago

Action ready to heat up at PA Motor Speedway

Back-to-back events Saturday and Sunday at PPMS near Imperial.

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District Fishing Report: 7.31.15

On Aug. 1-2 outdoors editor John Hayes will host the Post-Gazette Family Fishing area at The Regatta at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park.

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North/South/East/West Xtra: Third trip in a row to nationals for Beadling U-19

Team caps successful run in Western Pennsylvania girls soccer.

about 17 hours ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Beadling U-18 wins in final game to end strong

Teams follows Region I title with positive effort at nationals.

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North/South/East/West Xtra: Future is bright for Beadling U-16

Team has impressive run through Region I and looks to repeat next year.

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West Xtra: Montour wrestler qualifies for Fargo

Junior Collin Funkhouser turns in strong performance in national wrestling tournament.

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West Xtra: Hopewell falls in Region 6 championship

American Legion team goes on run but loses to Uniontown in finale.

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North/West Xtra: Van Sickle hoping victory just what his career needs

Pine-Richland grad who resides in McKees Rocks captures West Penn Open.

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 Saxonburg's Garrett Traggiai scores behind East Butler catcher Chad White in the Butler County American Legion championship July 23.

North Xtra: East Butler a fixture in Butler Legion final

Baseball team falls in championship, but don’t be surprised if it’s back again next season.

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North Xtra: Ingomar ends run in Pony League

Under-13 team advances to East Zone Championship but falls to eventual champion Virginia.

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South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon junior shares her success

Junior Kate Sramac combines the sports of hockey and basketball, and is a standout in both.

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South Xtra: Strong showing for Canon-McMillan

Four wrestlers qualify for Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D.

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South/West Xtra: Canevin senior eyes encore performance

Erin Cunningham looks to make it four trips in a row to WPIAL volleyball finals.

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East Xtra: Kiski Area senior continues success on the mound

Josh Bell overcomes injury to become successful Elite League pitcher.

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 Penn Hills graduate Corey Jones, a receiver at Toledo, was named to the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list.

East Xtra: Penn Hills grad on the fast track at Toledo

Speedy receiver Corey Jones is an all-conference performer and among the best in the country.

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East Xtra: Derry Area senior has fun in the sun

George Phillippi enjoys his second trip to Florida for the Disney Duals.

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 The Pirates' Vance Worley delivers a pitch against the Brewers in April.

Pirates Notebook: Worley designated for assignment

The Pirates felt newly acquired reliever Joe Blanton was better suited for a hybrid relief role than Vance Worley.

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 Cincinnati's Marlon Byrd runs home after hitting a three-run home run off Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett.

Reds pummel Burnett, bullpen to beat Pirates, 15-5

The Reds collected 19 hits, pushed across eight runs, seven earned, against A.J. Burnett, to dash the Pirates’ three-game winning streak.

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 Detroit Tigers right-handed reliever Joakim Soria, 31, has served as the Tigers’ closer this season and saved 23 games. He has a 2.85 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 41 innings. Hewill become a free agent after the season.

Pirates beef up bullpen by adding Soria, Blanton to the mix

Adding Joakim Soria and Joe Blanton should make an already strong bullpen even tougher.

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 Joe Blanton appeared in 15 games for the Royals this season.

Pirates trade for right-hander Joe Blanton from Kansas City Royals

The Pirates acquired right-hander Joe Blanton from the Royals early this morning in exchange for cash considerations.

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 Former Chicago Blackhawks player and Pittsburgh native Brandon Saad poses for photograph with Chief Master Sergeant Richard Lundy and two-year-old Blake Lundy. The Cup was on display yesterday for military members and their families.

Busy offseason brings Saad to Pittsburgh with Stanley Cup

After winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago, Gibsonia native Brandon Saad is ready for a new start with Columbus.

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 Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen during workouts this week at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Cortez Allen looks ahead, not back, as Steelers rebuild secondary

Cornerback Cortez Allen is hopeful he can learn from a rough 2014 season and play a role in a rebuilt Steelers secondary.

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 Top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow pitches for the West Virginia Black Bears against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers last month at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Pirates notebook: Top prospect Tyler Glasnow promoted to Class AAA

The Pirates promoted top prospect Tyler Glasnow, a right-handed pitcher, from Class AA Altoona to Class AAA Indianapolis Wednesday.

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 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell scampers down the sidelines during drills Sunday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Steelers notebook: Bell glad appeal process is over and suspension has been reduced

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell is happy to have a definite and reduced time frame for his suspension at the start of the upcoming regular season.

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 Bud Dupree cools off during camp at St Vincent College in Latrobe.

Gene Collier: Nowhere to hide as sun, thudding pads dominate Steelers camp

Under searing sun, the Steelers make contact with the reality of summer training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

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 Pittsburgh Passion players before they take the field in District 3 Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C. on July 25, 2015. They went on to win the 2015 IWFL Championship Game against Utah Falconz.

After championship, Passion plans for future

The Passion won its third league title last week, but retirements could jeopardize its dynasty.

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 Elite runners race in the Liberty Mile on Aug 1, 2014 in Downtown Pittsburgh. Winner Jordan McNamara, center, was timed at 4:0293 at the finish line on Liberty Ave.

Liberty Mile looks to heat up in fourth year

Nearly 1,500 runners will compete in 2015’s record field for the dying 1-mile distance.

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 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, gets set to run a drill with his back-up Jimmy Garoppolo during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough.

Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court

The judge wrote that he “sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all.”

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Bob Smizik: Pirates add Joe Blanton to bullpen

Blanton had just been designated for assignment by the Royals to make room for Johnny Cueto.

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 Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen smiles after scoring and hitting a four-run single against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday in Minneapolis. Pirates left fielder Jaff Decker and first baseman Travis Ishikawa also scored on the play and accompany him back to the dugout.

McCutchen leads way as hot bats set up sweep of Minnesota,10-4

The Pirates’ offense continues to roll, setting stage for fifth win in the past six games.

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 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Steelers warned of NFL commissioner's dominion long before Brady rift

Steelers voted against the agreement giving Roger Goodell leeway as judge, jury and executioner of player conduct policy.

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RMU women's hockey slate features 16 home games

The Colonials kick off their 2015-16 preseason Sept. 25-26 at Bemidji State.

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 Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates picks up yardage during drills Monday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 7.29.15

Steelers, Pirates, Penguins & Pitt all on the agenda in this week’s online forum with the Post-Gazette’s sports editor.

2 days ago

 Why does James Harrison wear a full sweatsuit during miserably hot training camp workouts at St. Vincent College in Latrobe? In his chat, Gerry Dulac (jokingly) suspects Harrison may not be human.

Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 7.29.15

The heat is on -- for real, it’s sweltering -- in Latrobe, and Gerry takes your questions on the Steelers first week of training camp.

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 Dewayne Hendrix, a University of Tennessee transfer, is now a Pitt Panther.

Tennessee transfer faces unusual year on Pitt's scout team

Defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, a transfer from Tennessee, hopes to use year off to his advantage at Pitt

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 Gregory Polanco seems to be hitting his stride in the Pirates lineup after a period of struggles.

Pirates notebook: Polanco's improvement starts with short swing

Right fielder Gregory Polanco has hit better for the Pirates the past 2½ weeks, thanks in part to shortening his swing.

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 Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats eyes up wide receiver Dri Archer during workouts this week at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Steelers linebacker Moats says starting job is his to lose

Though the Steelers drafted outside linebacker Bud Dupree in the first round, Arthur Moats is confident he can keep his starting role.

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