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Sports briefs: 2016 marathon opens online

Registration expected to reach at least 40,000 for Pittsburgh Marathon; Duquesne to announce new athletic director today.

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 Plum's Bjorn Fratangelo faces his toughest test yet this week against sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych.

Overcoming inconsistency, Fratangelo readies for U.S. Open Debut

Plum native Bjorn Fratangelo has tried to make the U.S. Open before. But this time, his third attempt, a new approach paid off.

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 Peters Township native Alison Riske returns a shot in a first-round match Monday against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. Riske lost in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Out of the spotlight, Venus Williams grinds out win at U.S. Open

She had a 2-hour, 45-minute match at Arthur Ashe Stadium against the unseeded and undaunted Monica Puig, winning, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3.

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 Masafuji Nishijima of team Japan celebrates while rounding the bases in front of Dylan Rodenhaber of the Mid-Atlantic team from Red Land Little League of Lewisberry, Pa., after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning of the Little League World Series championship game.

Japan stages historic rally to beat Pennsylvania, win Little League World Series

Tokyo and Lewisberry, Pa., combined for a record 30 hits in the wild championship game Sunday afternoon.

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 Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour.

Adam Bittner: Without rivalries on its schedule, Penn State far from #107Kstrong

Penn State hasn’t drawn even as many as 101,000 to a non-conference game at Beaver Stadium since the Nittany Lions hosted Alabama in 2011.

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 Harlequins' Nick Evans, left, and USA Eagels' Al McFarland battle for a loose ball in an international friendly Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Harlequins won, 24-19.

U.S. rugby team drops match to London’s Harlequins

The United States men’s rugby team, dropped a hard-hitting game to London’s storied Harlequins club, 24-19, at PPL Park.

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Woman hit by foul ball behind home plate sues Red Sox owner

The suit says Stephanie Taubin suffered facial fractures and neurological damage. She is seeking unspecified damages.

4 days ago

 Darryl Dawkins

Obituary: Darryl Dawkins / NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder’ dunker

He was the first high school player to go straight to the NBA when he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.

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Federal ban on sports betting upheld by appeals panel in Philadelphia

New Jersey has been trying since 2009 to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks.

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 Though Pedro Alvarez is leading the Pirates with 20 home runs this season, he is also the league leader in errors at first base.

Adam Bittner: Both sides of the Pedro Alvarez debate are missing the point

Neither side is coming close to presenting the more boring truth: The Big Bull is a big dog whistle for the Pirates.

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 Pittsburgh Passion linebacker Sharon Vasquez heads down the field during the 2015 IWFL Conference final on July 16 in Altoona.

Officials honor Pittsburgh Passion's world championship with Downtown celebration

On July 25, the Passion defended its Independent Women’s Football League championship with a 41-37 victory against the Utah Falconz.

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LLWS: Texas edges Oregon, 1-0, on home run

Shot in fourth inning ends perfect game for Oregon pitcher; Pennsylvania team from Lewisberry in York County routs Missouri team.

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North Xtra: North Allegheny grad named USHL coach, GM

Jason Lammers takes over for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League.

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 Mo'ne Davis captured the imagination of the sports world last August in Williamsport.

More girls playing Little League baseball in aftermath of Mo'ne Davis

The pitcher from Philadelphia area was a sensation last year, but there are no girls in lineups for the tournament this season.

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 Bjorn Fratangelo is ranked a career best 106th.

Plum native Fratangelo to make Grand Slam debut at U.S. Open

In 2011, Fratangelo became the first American tennis player since John McEnroe in 1977 to win the French Open boys’ singles title.

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 “I think I just got lucky,” said Cody Crone of Monroeville of the 3 ½-foot flathead he caught on the Allegheny River near Harmar, but heavy gear and a calculated technique may have had something to do with it. Casting from shore on an overcast morning, he weighted 50-pound mono line with several big split shot, sinking a bluegill on a circle hook in a series of slow controlled drifts. The big fish was released.

Field & Stream Catfish Classic tournament catches on

Last summer, the inaugural Classic put 35 two-person teams on the water and raised some $1,700 for Make-A-Wish foundation.

2 weeks ago

 Jason Rivers, right, started the AR3 basketball league in 2012 in East Liberty in response to his brother’s shooting death.

Bigger than basketball: The AR3 league of East Liberty teaches lessons beyond the court

After Anthony Rivers’ 2008 murder, his brother Jason started a league with the mission to direct young men.

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 Lucy Gloninger, a 2015 graduate of Hampton High School, returns a shot in the Fox Chapel Junior Open tennis tournament last week at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club. Gloninger and her partner, Laurel Shymansky, a senior at Fox Chapel, were champions of the 18-and-under doubles division.

North Xtra: North Allegheny pair wins Fox Chapel tournament

Jared Isaacs and Richard Hoffman team to win their first USTA event.

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 Soccer referee T.J. Zablocki is a West Mifflin grad who has officiated matches at just about every level.

South Xtra: West Mifflin native now a pro soccer referee

T.J Zablocki, who resides in Salt Lake City, officiated his first MLS regular-season game Saturday.

2 weeks ago

 Chris Sidick, a Canon-McMillan High School graduate, was inducted into the Frontier League Hall of Fame.

South Xtra: Wild Things great now a Frontier League Hall of Famer

Chris Sidick received his induction last month thanks to his contributions as a Washington star.

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 Runners-up Megan Hixon, left, a senior at Peters Township, and Olivia Warner, second from left, a junior at Ringgold, shake hands with 18-and-under doubles champions Lucy Gloninger and Laurel Shymansky at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club Aug. 5.

South Xtra: Upper St. Clair eighth-grader holding her own on court

Marlo Schiffman, 13, finishes runner-up at Fox Chapel Junior Open tennis tournament.

2 weeks ago

 On and off the field, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has proven to be a great leader.

Adam Bittner: Christian Hackenberg the most valuable Penn State’s ever had

The quarterback should be praised for having a big hand in stabilizing Penn State during the sanction period.

2 weeks ago

Chinese Taipei breezes to 12-1 victory in PONY League World Series championship

Five runs in the top of the first sent Chinese Taipei to a five-inning, mercy-rule rout of San Bernardino, Calif., to win the title.

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13 rowers take ill after races in Rio de Janeiro

Thirteen rowers on the 40-member U.S. team came down with stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships.

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 The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer.

Feds, Lance Armstrong fight over medical records

Former cyclist Lance Armstrong is fighting the release of his medical records from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates’ Gregory Polanco scores in the eighth inning as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal looks on Sunday. The Pirates went on to win 13-6 to sweep the Dodgers in the three-game series.

Adam Bittner: Sweep of Dodgers proves Pirates can’t leave postseason hopes to chance

Very little played out as expected in this series, and there were enough quirks on display to leave one questioning if much was resolved.

3 weeks ago

Puerto Rico scores 14 runs in 2nd en route to rout of Houston

PONY League World Series: 64th edition opens at Lew Hayes Field in Washington County.

3 weeks ago

Triathlon will bring multi-talented athletes to Pittsburgh

The 18th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure race will take place Saturday and Sunday.

3 weeks ago

 Barry Beitsinger, left, of Economy, gets the ball over the net as his partner Michael Brocks of Moon Township looks on during a pickleball game at the Jeffrey Meddock Recreation Park July 27 in Economy.

North/South/East/West Xtra: Pickleball popularity rising among local seniors

The tennis-like sport, praised for its pace and forgiving learning curve, is getting picked up by recreation centers throughout the state.

3 weeks ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Number of American Legion players dwindling

Other leagues taking its toll on the amount of players interested in Legion baseball.

3 weeks ago

North/South/East/West Xtra: Lack of offense hurting Wild Things' efforts

Team trying to turn things around but struggling to push across runs.

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 Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates after winning the women's 200-meter freestyle final Wednesday at the world championships in Kazan, Russia

American Ledecky wins second gold at world swimming

Katie Ledecky allied to win the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships, beating a stellar field that included Missy Franklin.

3 weeks ago

Elite U.S. figure skaters to compete in Pittsburgh

Former Olympians and national champions will skate at Robert Morris Island Sports Center for the collegiate national championship.

3 weeks ago

 Katie Ledecky celebrates after setting a world record in the final of the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle Tuesday in Kazan, Russia.

World Swimming: Aussies reign in 100 backstroke finals

USA’s Ledecky bests her world record by 2.23 seconds in 1,500 freestyle.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen is hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Pedro Villarreal as catcher Tucker Barnhart, right, looks on in the eighth inning Sunday in Cincinnati. The Pirates won 3-0.

Adam Bittner: Pirates contribute their fair share to bean ball wars

The Pirates have hit more opposing players than any pitching staff in baseball this season.

4 weeks ago

9-year-old Kansas batboy dies after blow to head

The team said Kaiser Carlisle was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was moving to collect a used bat when he was struck.

4 weeks ago

 Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to another victory Sunday in the Haskell Invitational.

American Pharoah still reigns supreme

Triple Crown winner victorious in first race since accomplishing the feat, cruising past competitors in the Haskell Invitational.

4 weeks ago

 Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the Pocono 400 Sunday in Long Pond, Pa.

Kenseth victorious at Pocono

After three drivers hit empty, Matt Kenseth takes advantage to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

4 weeks ago

Local trainer foiled again in Adios Pace at Meadows

Favorite Dude’s The Man keeps Canonsburg’s Ron Burke from winning elusive harness racing gem.

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