West Virginia linebacker Xavier Preston (53) tackles West Virginia running back Donte Thomas-Williams (8) in the Gold-Blue spring game Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.  (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

Defense wins day in West Virginia spring game

Coach Dana Holgorsen is OK with his offense taking a backseat for now and thinks the Mountaineers will become a better all-around team.

about 9 hours ago

  Pirates relief pitcher Jared Hughes.

Bill Brink's On the Pirates

Reliever Jared Hughes gets updated fitness routine to stay healthy.

about 9 hours ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli congratulates Mark Melancon after a game earlier this season.

Hurdle expects velocity to return soon

Pirates notebook: Hur­dle believes Melan­con’s ve­loc­ity will spike at some point, giv­ing his off-speed stuff some life.

about 9 hours ago

 Nebraska's Randy Gregory is an example of a talented pass rusher with some off-field issues who could fall to the Steelers at No. 22.

NFL draft offers good news, bad news for Steelers

Some Steelers positions of need are well-stocked in the draft, but others have few strong prospects after the early rounds.

about 9 hours ago

 Steelers receiver Antonio Brown likely won't be the first start to make the team change its ways.

On the Steelers: Antonio Brown's lack of leverage

Antonio Brown's holdout threat may just be him signaling he is unhappy with his deal, because fat chance the Steelers give him a new one.

about 9 hours ago

 Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins went down in the playoffs again Saturday night with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers.

Next step for Penguins won’t be to their liking

Tough realities now face the entire Penguins organization after another early postseason exit.

about 9 hours ago

 Rangers fans cheer as their team sent the Penguins to the end of another disappointing season.

Ron Cook: Status quo remains the theme for Penguins

It might be delusional, but Penguins still have a good starting point.

about 9 hours ago

Horse’s name has fight in mind

Kentucky Derby: Itsaknockout will go to post just hours ahead of the richest boxing match of all time.

about 9 hours ago

 The Successful Turkey Hunting workshop covers the basics and provides details that may be new to veteran turkey hunters. Instructor George Sullivan waits for a tom.

Workshop teaches turkey hunters to be successful, safety

Successful Bowhunting, Successful Turkey Hunting and Successful Furtaking workshops are designed to guide hunters, trappers beyond safety.

about 9 hours ago

Wildlife: Jousting jakes fight for dominance, if not for a hen

About two weeks ago I heard the first turkey gobble of the year. It’s such a distinctive sound that even a child can recognize it.

about 9 hours ago

 A view of the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon participants.

How churches cope with the Pittsburgh Marathon

Pittsburgh churches ranging from cathedrals to start-ups have had to make lemonade of the lemons handed to them on the first Sunday of May.

about 9 hours ago

 With a little help from grandfather Greg Stephans of Monroeville, Riley Stephans, 7, of Plum was thrilled to catch this brown trout at Turtle Creek in Level Green.

Outdoors notebook: No gobbling, no problem

The conventional wisdom among many turkey hunters holds that when gobblers aren’t gobbling, something’s wrong.

about 9 hours ago

 Knoch shot put standout Jordan Geist has already thrown himself into WPIAL lore.

WPIAL track and field boasts sophomore sensations

Super sophomores Madison WIltrout and Jordan Geist are among best in country in javelin and shot put.

about 9 hours ago

Golf notebook: Local pro soaks up his Big Break

Waynesburg native and former Penn State player Robert Rohanna’s secret is finally out.

about 9 hours ago

 Jameis Winston: No. 1 pick?

NFL draft: Ed Bouchette's Positional breakdown

The Post-Gazette Steelers beat writer details the NFL Draft's top players at each position.

about 9 hours ago

Pirates have plenty of competition

The best path to the postseason for the Pirates is to win the NL Central, but St. Louis is off to a 12-4 start.

21 minutes ago

 From left: Assistant coach Rick Tocchet, Coach Mike Johnston and general manager Jim Rutherford at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins CEO says Rutherford, Johnston, Crosby and Malkin will all return next season

Team CEO/president David Morehouse acknowledges "disappointment" in the Penguins' early exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Rangers.

about 18 hours ago

 Rob Dulabon helps train Ultimate Frisbee player Micah Ziff, 15, of Fox Chapel, at his RODU gym in Larimer.

Flick that Frisbee like a pro

As Ultimate Frisbee gains popularity at all age levels, Pittsburgh welcomes its first indoor training facility in Larimer.

1 day ago

 Gerrit Cole turns in another strong start, limiting the Arizona Diamondbacks to seven hits and a single run in seven-plus innings Friday night in Phoenix.

Cole leads Pirates over Arizona, 4-1

Gerrit Cole did damage on the mound and in the batter’s box, and the Pirates opened a nine-game road trip with a 4-1 victory.

1 day ago

 Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot on the goal during the overtime period of Game 5 against the Rangers Friday night in New York.

Fleury deserved better for strong effort

The Penguins spent a significant portion of the regular season touting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as their undisputed MVP.

1 day ago

Pirates notebook: Polanco heats up after talk with Hurdle

Gregory Polanco has shaken off an early slump to become a powerful hitting and base-stealing weapon in the Pirates lineup.

1 day ago

 Daniel Winnik, left, and Rob Scuderi check Rangers' Chris Kreider during the second period Friday night in New York.

Ron Cook: Injuries, illness put Penguins at disadvantage

It's hard to be mad at the Penguins. It wasn't a fair fight against the New York Rangers from the start.

1 day ago

Teams, camps available for Ultimate Frisbee players

Pittsburgh offers a robust community for Ultimate Frisbee players of all ages.

1 day ago

 James Harrison, shown here sacking former Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in a 2011 game at Heinz Field, is a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker that the Steelers acquired as an undrafted free agent.

NFL Draft: Steelers' search for outside linebackers getting tougher

With more NFL teams and few college teams using the 3-4 defense, the Steelers realize that good outside linebackers are harder to find.

1 day ago

Crosby makes memorable off-ice assist to help ailing 14-year-old boy in Ottawa

Penguins notebook: Crosby makes a kind and memorable off-ice assist.

1 day ago

 West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider, and his son Jaden, 14, wh os battling lymphoma.

Family of WVU running backs coach copes with 14-year-old son's cancer

West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider finds strength in his 14-year-old son, who is in a battle against lymphoma.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Yet another disappointing season

And now the unanswered questions: Will that number remain the same as the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin/Marc-Andre Fleury era plays out?

1 day ago

High school highlights: Vikings lock up playoffs

The Hopewell Vikings began the baseball season 0-5. Since then, they've been unbeatable.

1 day ago

 Vincentian Academy's Marianne Abdalah breezes to a record-setting win in the 3200 meter-run at the Mars Area Invitational.

Vincentian sophomore Abdalah cruises to win at Mars Invitational

It wasn’t a perfect day for Marianne Abdalah, but she dominated the field for a victory in the 3,200.

1 day ago

Larry Walsh on biking: Keeping tabs on local trails

Summit meetings will provide participants with networking opportunities and updates on the economic benefits trails provide.

1 day ago

 Pedro Alvarez celebrates after connecting on an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning on Saturday.

Pirates sneak past Diamondbacks to earn 2-1 win

The victory extended the Pirates’ winning streak to four games and pushed them two games over .500

about 10 hours ago

 Brandon Sutter, David Perron and Sidney Crosby console goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury after the New York Rangers scored in overtime to win Game 5 and eliminate the Penguins from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

OT loss ends series, season, perhaps an era for Penguins

There's no indication of how ownership will respond to the Penguins lasting only five games in the postseason for the first time since 2007.

1 day ago

 The University of Pittsburgh's new athletic director, Scott Barnes, center, laughs with chancellor Patrick Gallagher after a press conference announcing Barnes' hiring at the school's Oakland campus on Friday. At left is interim athletic director Randy Juhl.

Pitt officially names Scott Barnes next athletic director

The former Utah State AD’s tenure will begin July 1.

1 day ago

Shooting guard Sterling Smith transfers to Pitt

Sterling Smith, a 6-4 shooting guard at Coppin State, averaged 13.9 points per game last season.

1 day ago

 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Maxim Lapierre hit the ice as they lose in overtime to the Rangers in game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, April 22, 2015, at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins have been on the edge for a few weeks

The regular season ended with the Penguins in elimination mode, so Game 5 tonight against the Rangers shouldn’t feel any different.

2 days ago

 Will the Steelers make LSU defensive back Jalen Collins, shown here during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, their top pick in the draft? He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.

It's a good year for cornerbacks in the NFL draft

If the Steelers decide to zero in on cornerbacks in NFL draft next week, there will many choices available to them.

2 days ago

 Penguins defenseman Derrick Pouliot, right, could return and boost the lineup tonight for Game 5 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Pouliot's possible return would be boost for Penguins

Coach Mike Johnston described Pouliot as well as right winger Beau Bennett as “close to playing.”

2 days ago

 New York's Carl Hagelin carries the puck up ice against the Penguins' Chris Kunitz in the second period Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing elimination, Penguins embrace one-step-at-a-time mantra

The Penguins’ last best hope is the venue tonight, Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

2 days ago

Pirates notebook: Two early season milestones for Liz, Lambo

Reliever Radhames Liz won his first game in more than six years, and Andrew Lambo recorded his first hit of the season for the Pirates.

2 days ago

Olympic hopeful McCandless to visit West Jefferson Hills school

Tyler McCandless, an elite runner in the Pittsburgh marathon, is serving as a marathon ambassador to McClellan Elementary School.

2 days ago

 Gateway’s Danniele Taylor slides into second before the tag from Penn Hills’ Victoria DeVito Thursday. Gateway won the Class AAAA Section 2 softball game, 19-3.

High school highlights: Bethel Park routs Canon-McMillan in softball

The Black Hawks were dominant Thursday as they snatched the Class AAAA Section 4 lead from the No. 2 Big Macs, 14-4, in five innings.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Re-evaluating the Pirates

The Pirates season hit the 10 percent pole Thursday with a win over the Cubs that left their record at 8-8.

2 days ago

Local auto racing: New owners looking to take Motordrome to new heights

Todd and Melissa Melfi have made a few tweaks to the facility and the schedule at the track in Smithton, Westmoreland County.

2 days ago

Extracurricular activities slowly returning in Sto-Rox

District receiving Title I funding to improve student achievement.

2 days ago

 Senior Jared Beach, a Gannon University recruit, provides pitching depth as well as an offensive threat for Canon-McMillan.

South Xtra: Deep pitching staff keeps Big Macs in contention

When the baseball schedule gets really busy — as it usually does by the end of the season — Canon-McMillan should still be in good shape.

2 days ago

South Xtra: Seton-LaSalle finds a winning formula on softball field

Like most district teams, the Rebels are finding it difficult to get their games played, but when they do, they make them county.

2 days ago

 West Mifflin’s Kevin Garbark heads to the finish line on the winning 1,600-meter relay at the annual Tri-Sate Track Coaches Association Invitational April 11 at West Mifflin. Garbark is one of the top sprinters in the WPIAL.

South Xtra: After an injury-plagued season, West Mifflin sprinter is making up for lost time

Kevin Garbark was hampered by a hamstring injury a year ago, but now healthy, he’s emerged as one of the WPIAL’s top sprinters.

2 days ago

South Xtra: Surprise additions help Baldwin on volleyball court

With some unexpected “recruits,” Baldwin is among the top teams in WPIAL boys volleyball.

2 days ago

South Xtra: Peters Township duo pulls a major upset in WPIAL tournament

A Peters Township doubles team reached the WPIAL semifinals, but two consecutive losses kept it from qualifying for the state tournament.

2 days ago

 Mt. Lebanon's Sophia Klaber, carrying the ball past Quaker Valley's Eva Simakas during last year's WPIAL championship match, is a 20-goal scorer for the Blue Devils.

South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon girls continue their strong showing on the lacrosse field

Coming off a WPIAL girls lacrosse championship, the Blue Devils are enjoying another strong season.

2 days ago


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