Ben Roethlisberger drops back to pass against the Houston Texans Monday night at Heinz Field.

On the Steelers: In another test vs. best, Big Ben can stand tall

Ben Roethlisberger faces the next in the line of great QBs Sunday, when he can join elite company with his 100th win in his 150th start.

about 9 hours ago

 Penguins center Nick Spaling celebrates his goal in the first period Wednesday against the Flyers at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Spaling’s versatility is promoted

Nick Spaling’s versatility earns him a promotion to center on the third line, bigger role in all facets of the game.

about 9 hours ago

 Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez hits a two-run scoring double in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.

Royals get some payback vs. Giants, even World Series, 1-1

The Royals earned a 7-2 victory Wednesday night against the Giants that spiced things up as the Series shifts to San Francisco.

about 9 hours ago

 Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding, right, celebrates after sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton during the first half of a game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis.

Steelers notebook: Defense a pleasant surprise for Colts

Within a year, the Colts have gone from one of the league’s worst defenses to one of its best, even without injured sackmaster Robert

about 9 hours ago

 Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gene Collier: Long as they keep ball, Colts keep on winning

The ball-hogging Colts might well be unflappable on offense and defense, but their leader’s phone is certainly flippable.

about 9 hours ago

 Pitt's James Conner is congratulated by the student section after defeating Virginia Tech at Heinz Field Thursday night, October 16, 2014.

Clear favorite yet to emerge in ACC's Coastal Division

With no clear favorite, Pitt is looking to capitalize against its next two opponents, Georgia Tech and Duke.

about 9 hours ago

 Michigan defensive end Frank Clark sacks Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the fourth quarter of an game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Michigan won 18-13.

Nittany Lions offense seeks consistency

Penn State defenders say they won’t rest while waiting on offense to come around.

about 9 hours ago

 West Virginia's Shaquille Riddick sacks Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty in the third quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown Saturday afternoon.

West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme earning high praise

Coordinator Tony Gibson re-applied the look after success with it more than a decade ago.

about 9 hours ago

 Mars' Tori Kopchak, left, defends Central Valley's Lexy Delostrino, right, Wednesday at Hampton High School.

High school highlights: Yough wins, gives up two goals

The Yough girls soccer team let up a goal for the first time, but the Cougars edged South Fayette, 3-2, in a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal.

about 9 hours ago

Bob Smizik: No cap hell for Ravens

Nobody asked me, but (Bruce Arians edition) . . .

about 4 hours ago

District college notebook: Duquesne WR looking to become king

Talented Dukes receiver Chris King leads Division I-AA in three categories after his 2013 season was cut short by an injury.

about 9 hours ago

West Xtra: Avella has good shot at playoffs again

After years of famine, Avella is feasting on a return to the WPIAL playoffs.

about 9 hours ago

Mars Area changes concession stand policy

Under the new rule, a licensed caterer must be present in order for the concession stand to open.

about 9 hours ago

 Montour's Randall Labrie, trying to avoid Central Valley's Rocco Martini during a game earlier this season, has enmerged as an offensive threat for the Spartans.

West Xtra: Moon-Montour rivalry has a lot on the line this year

A hot west suburban rivalry has a lot riding on it this year.

about 9 hours ago

 Moon freshman Delaney Snyder, dribbling the ball up field against Trinity's Jenna Becker, has been an important addition this season for the Tigers.

West Xtra: Moon easily handles move up to Class AAA

The Moon girls soccer team moved up to Class AAA this season, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from reaching the postseason once again.

about 9 hours ago

 Erin Cunningham is a returning all-state player for the Bishop Canevin Crusaders.

West Xtra: Canevin looking to retain its volleyball title

Despite an ailing coach, Bishop Canevin rates as a favorite to retain the WPIAL Class A girls volley championship.

about 9 hours ago

 Sewickley Academy sophomore Emily Ward  won her No. 2 singles match in the WPIAL Class AA girls team tennis championships.

North/West Xtra: Sewickley Academy returns to form

After a two-year drought, Panthers tennis is back on top.

about 9 hours ago

North Xtra: Hampton just a win away from perfect regular season

Talbots know there's still room for improvement despite 8-0 record.

about 9 hours ago

North Xtra: Fox Chapel a surprise qualifier

After finishing 2-7 last season, football team turns things around.

about 9 hours ago

North/West Xtra: Sewickley wins with a new lineup

The Sewickley Academy boys soccer team earns top seed, first-round bye in WPIAL playoffs.

about 9 hours ago

North Xtra: Shady Side reloads, gets No. 2 seed in playoffs

Girls soccer team storms into postseason on strength of defense.

about 9 hours ago

 Freeport's Zoe Pawlak is one of the top high school volleyball players in the WPIAL. A junior outside hitter, she was the Class AA player of the year in 2013.

North Xtra: Freeport earns top seed in playoffs

Yellowjackets favored to win another girls volleyball title.

about 9 hours ago

South Xtra: Wash High, McGuffey clash in a big one

Surprising McGuffey challenges Washington for a share of the Interstate Conference title.

about 9 hours ago

 Ringgold's Brandon Thomas eludes a Thomas Jefferson defender on a kickoff return during their season opener.

South Xtra: After a very rugged start, Ringgold comes on strong

Following a jolting start to its season, Ringgold has come on to win seven games in a row.

about 9 hours ago

South Xtra: Lebo looking to rally against Upper St. Clair

Mt. Lebanon is hoping to halt a two-game skid and defeat its most bitter rival at the same time this Friday.

about 9 hours ago

South Xtra: Seton-LaSalle bows out in first round of WPIAL playoffs

After a tough start to the season, the Seton-LaSalle boys soccer team rallied to win a share of the Section 3-A title.

about 9 hours ago

 Peters Township's Mia Toscano controls the ball in front of  Baldwin's Allison Breisinger during a WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer first-round playoff game Saturday.

South Xtra: Peters Township is still a force to be reckoned with in WPIAL

With a lot of experienced, talented players, Peters Township has once again returned to the WPIAL playoffs.

about 9 hours ago

East Xtra: Plum has strong finishing kick

Junior place-kicker Chapla provides a good scoring option for Mustangs.

about 9 hours ago

East Xtra: Local rivals are primed for big game

Penn Hills, Woodland Hills collide with plenty at stake.

about 9 hours ago

East Xtra: Centurions overcome loss of stars to rate No. 1

Sophomore Bailey Cartwright steps up to fill offensive void at Greensburg Central Catholic.

about 9 hours ago

East Xtra: Junior QB a bright spot for Hempfield

Daniel Walters emerges as one of the top passers in WPIAL Class AAAA.

about 9 hours ago

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East Xtra: Experienced Centurions in playoffs

Senior-dominated girls volleyball team No. 2 seed in Class A.

about 9 hours ago

East Xtra: Strong season ends for Norwin

Knights' depth leads to impressive run for boys soccer team.

about 9 hours ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Flyers' Jakub Voracek in the second period Wednesday.

Flyers call the late shots to beat Penguins, 5-3

Three third-period goals continue Philadelphia’s trend at Consol Energy Center.

about 9 hours ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stands in front of his goal during the playing of the Canadian national anthem before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Pittsburgh.

Canada paid tribute at Penguins game

The Penguins paid tribute to Canada in light of Wednesday’s shootings in Ottawa with a moving version of the Canadian national anthem.

about 11 hours ago

 The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey barks at the Dawg Pound as his team warms up before its game against the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Steelers center, brother cleared in nightclub incident

The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office said there isn’t enough evidence to charge Maurkice Pouncey in a Miami Beach club incident in July.

about 19 hours ago

 Troy Polamalu picks up fumble late in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans Monday at Heinz Field.

Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 10.22.14

Gerry takes your questions on the Steelers who take on Andrew Luck and the Colts Sunday at Heinz Field.

about 20 hours ago

 Colts quarterback Andrew Luck spikes the ball after scoring on a fourth-quarter touchdown against the 49ers in San Francisco last season.

On the Steelers: Luck is just around the corner

Awaiting the Steelers after their big win Monday night is one of the league’s premier quarterbacks in Colts star Andrew Luck.

1 day ago

 Steve Downie, shown here as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, will face his old team tonight in Pittsburgh.

Penguins renew rivalry with Flyers tonight

Steve Downie, a former Flyer, is happy to be on the other side of one of the NHL's most intense rivalries.

1 day ago

 Darrius Heyward-Bey pulls in the ball for a first down as he's defended by Houston's Danieal Manning in the third quarter at Heinz Field Monday night.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 10.22.14

Plenty of Steelers, college football and Penguins questions in this week’s chat.

about 19 hours ago

 Thomas Greiss of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Penguins notebook: Backup Greiss to debut on the road

With three games in four days, goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury will give way to Thomas Greiss for the first time this season.

1 day ago

 Antonio Brown looks to pick up extra yardage as he's defended by Houston's Johnathan Joseph in the first quarter Monday night at Heinz Field.

Steelers' Antonio Brown steamed about overturned TD

Wide receiver believes he should have been credited with a touchdown late in the Steelers' victory Monday night.

1 day ago

 Lawrence Timmons takes down Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter at Heinz Field Monday night.

Ron Cook: Steelers linebacker Timmons shows intestinal fortitude

It was an odd sight to see Lawrence Timmons vomit on the field Monday, but he missed just one play and led the Steelers defense to a win.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Ray Vinopal breaks up a pass against Virginia Tech's Cam Philips on the Hokies last play in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on Thursday night, October 16, 2014.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 10.22.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers who host Georgia Tech on Saturday.

about 19 hours ago

 Pitt defensive tackle Darryl Render isn't Aaron Donald, but he will have to help fill his shoes against Georgia Tech's dangerous running attack.

Pitt defense will need team effort to stop triple option

Without Aaron Donald to do much of the heavy lifting, the Panthers will need to find other ways to limit Georgia Tech’s vaunted ground game.

1 day ago

 Penn State head coach James Franklin looks on from the sidelines during Penn State's 29-6 loss to Northwestern in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Penn State getting serious about season

Coach James Franklin sees Nittany Lions stepping up, taking ownership heading into Saturday's showdown against Ohio State.

1 day ago

 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett drops back to pass against Baylor in the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown Saturday afternoon.

West Virginia notebook: Quarterback endures highs, lows Saturday

Clint Trickett played with the flu in upset of Baylor, then found out his dad had a heart attack that morning.

1 day ago

PIAA golf: WPIAL sophomores nab 1st place in Class AA

Sewickley Academy's Jason Li and Greensburg Central Catholic's Olivia Zambruno came away winners Tuesday at the PIAA championships in York.

1 day ago

 Kelsey Potts of Mt. Lebanon should be one of the top challengers to Shaler standout Brianna Schwartz in the WPIAL Class AAA girls cross country championships.

Shaler's Brianna Schwartz still Class AAA cross country favorite

A field of accomplished competitors will take aim at Shaler standout Brianna Schwartz Thursday in the WPIAL Class AAA girls race.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: About that Pirates’ payroll

The MLB offseason won’t officially be underway until the conclusion of the World Series, but it’s never the wrong time to talk payroll.

1 day ago


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