Cubs' pitcher Jake Arrieta is mobbed after defeating the Pirates during the National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Arrieta simply too good

Event the 1927 Yankees would have had trouble with Arrieta, Bob Smizik argues.

about 13 hours ago

 Sidney Crosby and the Penguins open the season in Dallas.

NHL writers survey: Penguins most likely to disappoint; Ducks most likely to win Stanley Cup

The Ducks are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, earning 55.2 percent of votes. The Penguins did not receive any votes to win the Cup.

about 5 hours ago

 Wiz Khalifa will sing at Pitt's #ZooAfterHours event on Friday.

Wiz Khalifa will perform at Pitt's #ZooAfterHours hoops party

The rap star and Pittsburgh native will be on hand for Friday’s Midnight Madness event at Petersen Events Center.

about 3 hours ago

 Panthers defensive lineman Ejuan Price and linebacker Matt Galambos sack Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.

Pitt defense not satisfied with getting to QB; hoping aggressive schemes create more turnovers

The Panthers coaching staff is emphasizing possession of the football, not “just killing the quarterback.”

about 4 hours ago

Penn State vs. Indiana game broadcast moved to ESPN

Scheduling changes impacting the LSU-South Carolina game prompted a broadcast change with Saturday’s Penn State game.

about 7 hours ago

Penguins recall Maatta, Porter for tonight's game

Olli Maatta will be appearing in his first game since Dec. 6 when the Penguins face Dallas in the regular-season opener tonight at 8:38.

about 8 hours ago

 Andrew McCutchen picks up a hit off Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta in the first inning of Wednesday's game.

Pirates-Cubs wild-card matchup sets ratings records

Wednesday’s game received the highest ever TV rating for an MLB wild-card game.

about 3 hours ago

 Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is mobbed after pitching a complete game Wednesday against the Pirates on Wednesday.

Red-hot Arrieta abruptly ends postseason dreams for Pirates, fans

“Sometimes you draw a tough bull,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve drawn a tough bull two years in a row.”

about 9 hours ago

 Steelers' William Gay breaks up a pass intended for 49ers' Anquan Boldin at Heinz Field last month.

Steelers know they can rely on Timmons, Gay

William Gay will play in his 133rd consecutive regular-season game Monday night; Lawrence Timmons will play in his 93rd game in a row.

about 19 hours ago

 The Penguins' Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Ben Lovejoy and Evgeni Malkin talk during a break in practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry in September.

Penguins face tough challenge this year in Metropolitan Division

The Penguins are one of a handful of favorites  to compete for a division title in what might be the most competitive group in the NHL.

about 19 hours ago

 Steelers CB William Gay upends Ravens Justin Forsett in the second quarter last week at Heinz Field.

Steelers notebook: Team taking porous rush defense 'to heart'

Firming up a soft rush defense is one of key tasks for Steelers.

about 19 hours ago

 Chicago's Kyle Schwarber rounds third base after hitting a two-run homer against Gerrit Cole in the third inning Wednesday night.

Huge opportunity doesn't go as planned for Pirates ace Gerrit Cole

“It burns. It stings,” Cole said after Wednesday’s game. “All the negative things you can come up with, that’s how it feels right now.”

about 19 hours ago

 Penguins Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis and Phil Kessel during practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township on September 10, 2015.

2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins roster breakdown

A look at the personnel with which the Penguins will enter the season.

about 19 hours ago

 Penn State coach James Franklin , according to USA Today’s coaching salary database released today, is the eighth-highest-paid coach in college football.

Coaches' salaries: Franklin third in Big Ten; Holgorsen eighth in Big 12

USA Today released its annual database of college coaching salaries, and local coaches pull in millions.

about 1 hour ago

 The home plate umpire separates Jake Arrieta and Francisco Cervelli after Arrieta was hit by Tony Watson during the National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Benches-clearing scrum set off by hit-batsmen

National League wild-card game was marred by a bench-clearing altercation in the top of the seventh inning.

about 18 hours ago

 Dexter Fowler congratulates Kyle Schwarber after Schwarber's two-run home run in the third inning Wednesday at PNC Park.

Youth takes center stage in Cubs' wild-card win against Pirates

A young Chicago lineup solved Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, sending Joe Maddon and the Cubs to the NLDS.

about 18 hours ago

 Jake Arrieta reacts after getting a double play to end the sixth inning during the National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Gene Collier: No amount of metrics could help Pirates vs. Jake Arrieta

Destiny calls for Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who becomes first pitcher to throw a postseason shutout with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

about 19 hours ago

 AJ Burnett greets injured Jung Ho Kang as he's introduced before the NL Wild Card game at PNC Park.

Pirates Insider: Jung Ho Kang gets warm welcome back from Pirates fans

Injured rookie star Jung Ho Kang makes his return to PNC Park in a wheelchair for a warm ovation from a big, raucous crowd.

about 18 hours ago

 FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, UEFA President Michel Platini, center, and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, right, talk during the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland in May.

FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini for 90 days

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation.

about 11 hours ago

 Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman passes against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at Lane Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Pitt defeated Virginia Tech 17-13.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 10.8.15

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers, who take on Virginia this weekend at Heinz Field.

about 6 hours ago

 Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Anthony Zettel  receives a hug from defensive line coach Sean Spencer following the completion of the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 26. Penn State defeated San Diego State 37-21.

Penn State’s Anthony Zettel aims to make his late father proud by playing on

Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel continues throwing his focus into football just weeks after losing his father to cancer.

about 19 hours ago

 Pittsburgh's Tyler Boyd catches a pass in front of Iowa defensive back Greg Mabin during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Pitt's passing game lacks downfield attack — for now

The Pitt offense is still developing, especially when it comes to deep passes, but an improved running game and Tyler Boyd can help that.

about 19 hours ago

 Amanda Nord, left, and Laurel Shymansky of Fox Chapel high-five during the girls WPIAL Class AAA tennis championships Wednesday at North Allegheny. They won, 6-0,-6-1 against North Allegheny's Tina Li and Ashley Huang.

Fox Chapel duo wins Class AAA girls tennis doubles crown

Laurel Shymansky and Amanda Nord won the WPIAL Class AAA girls doubles championship, while Zoe Bojalad and Emily Kraus won it in Class AA.

about 18 hours ago

 Spectators cheer Lauren Finikiotis from Oakland Catholic as she finishes first in the Girls AAA division of the Red, White & Blue Cross Country Invitational at Schenley Park Saturday, September 11, 2015.

Athletes of the Week: Zach Chandler & Lauren Finikiotis

Avonworth quarterback Zach Chandler and Oakland Catholic cross country runner Lauren Finikiotis are this week’s honorees.

about 19 hours ago

District colleges: Robert Morris center is a rock for the Colonials

Robert Morris senior center Nick Faraci has endured a lot during his time in college, both on and off the field.

about 19 hours ago

Gerry Dulac's NFL Picks: Week 5

Will the Steelers get back on track this week? See what Gerry has to say.

about 18 hours ago

 The Pirates' Gerrit Cole is the starting pitcher for tonight's playoff game against the Cubs at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Cole vs. Arrieta

Past performance does not always hold in athletic contests. Big games often do not unfold as expected. History is full of stars who flopped

1 day ago

 Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole hangs his head after giving up a home run during the NL wild-card game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

'From pitch one': Arrieta overpowers, Pirates fall to Cubs, 4-0, in wild-card game

A crowd of 40,889 fans -- largest ever at PNC Park -- watched the decisive game. The Pirates lost their second wild-card game in a row.

about 20 hours ago

 Fans lose hope for a wild card win at PNC Park.

Cubs crush Pirates fans' hopes for playoffs at PNC Park

Pirates fans, Cubs fans co-mingling peacefully as the excitement builds for tonight's do-or-die NL wild-card game.

about 22 hours ago

Stats Geek: 5 guesses why Sean Rodriguez is starting in place of Pedro Alvarez

Stats Geek Brian O’Neill has five guesses why Sean Rodriguez is starting at 1B in the wild-card game instead of Pedro Alvarez.

1 day ago

 Sean Rodriguez and Josh Harrison will start at first base and third base, respectively, tonight against the Cubs.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle chose to go defensive at first base

Rodriguez was selected to start at first over Pedro Alvarez and Michael Morse and will bat eighth.

1 day ago

 The altered sign at the Smith Brothers offices on the North Side.

Alteration of sign from 'Bucs' to 'Cubs' for photo op goes viral

"It was just for fun. Just a prank," said Steve Mpistolarides, a Cook County police officer who and drove to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

1 day ago

WPIAL orders suspension of 3 football players in Monessen-Wilkinsburg fight

Saturday’s game was stopped by the game officials in the third quarter after an altercation on the field, WPIAL officials said.

1 day ago

 Clairton's Lamont Wade escapes a Sharpsville tackle during a PIAA Class A semifinal.

PIAA votes to expand classifications in football and other sports

Since the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League started state playoffs in 1988, there have been four classifications in football.

1 day ago

 Tonight's wild-card game is expected to generate between $4.6 million and more than $5 million in direct spending in the city.

Pittsburgh's economy will come out a winner thanks to wild-card game

One-game playoff between Pirates and Cubs will generate millions in direct spending and provide the city with free national promotion.

1 day ago

 The two aces: Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, a former No. 1 pick and Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, a 29-year-old who has found his stuff with the Cubs, face off in the NL Wild Card game.

One Game, One Night: Winner Take All

The second- and third-best teams meet in a one-game playoff at PNC Park for the right to play on. Is it fair, a flaw, or ‘the way it goes’?

1 day ago

 "We played with such lower pad level and with more force,” Pitt offensive lineman Artie Rowell said of the offensive line's performance against Virginia Tech.

Panthers offensive line hears coach Narduzzi's message: Step up or running game suffers

Since the loss to Iowa, Pitt’s O-line has improved its fundamentals, and Qadree Ollison is beginning to run like the big-sized he is.

1 day ago

 John Rozell, 26, of Crafton offered this prediction Tuesday: “I think the Bucs are going to beat the Cubs, 5-1.”

After tonight's playoff game, could Pirates' window of success soon be closing?

With the club in a do-or-die situation, questions arise about how many more chances it will get at October glory.

1 day ago

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 10.07.15

Even fans from Berlin are weighing in with questions about the Pirates’ wild-card game tonight.

1 day ago

 The Jolly Rogers will be waving across PNC Park tonight.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 10.7.15

With first pitch nigh, Stephen takes your questions on what to expect tonight at PNC Park.

1 day ago

 Steelers DB William Gay upends the Ravens' Justin Forsett in the second quarter Thursday at Heinz Field.

Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 10.7.15

Gerry takes your questions on the Steelers who head to San Diego for a Monday night game against Phillip Rivers and the Chargers.

1 day ago

 Members of the 1979 world championship Pirates together with the World Series trophy before a game in 2009. From left to right, top row, Omar Moreno, Bruce Kison, partially blocked by Chuck Tanner, Kent Tekulve, Bill Madlock, wife of the late slugger Willie Stargell, Margaret Stargell, Don Robinson, and Rennie Stennett,, Bottom row right to left are Dale Berra , Mike Easler, Grant Jackson, Steve Nicosia and Phil Garner.

Stats Geek: The great 98; it is just that

This year’s Pirates are one of only six clubs in franchise history to win 98 games. Here are four in order of wins. Three went all the way.

1 day ago

 Gerrit Cole prepares to deliver a pitch Aug. 22 against the Giants.

Pirates notebook: Cole flies under radar ahead of start

The Pirates starter for tonight’s game -- and every other pitcher in the playoffs -- have been overshadowed by Jake Arrieta’s historic run.

1 day ago

 Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks to the media Tuesday at PNC Park.

Cubs notebook: Joe Maddon puts focus on fun

The Cubs manager has a reputation for being a fun-loving manager who keeps things light and loose in the locker room.

1 day ago

 Olli Maatta skates up ice against the Hurricanes during a preseason game last month at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Penguins send Maatta to minor league team in salary-cap move

The Penguins assigned defenseman Olli Maatta to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and recalled center Oskar Sundqvist for salary-cap purposes.

1 day ago

 Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon greets his players as he is introduced before the NL Wild Card game at PNC Park.

Cubs notebook: Maddon puts out offensive lineup

Like Clint Hurdle, Cubs manager Joe Maddon also made a few curious decisions about who he wanted to start the game.

about 21 hours ago

 Tickets for tonight's NL wild-card game.

Pirates-Cubs drawing big numbers in secondary market ticket sales

Nearly 20-25 percent of tickets for tonight’s game are being sold through StubHub.

1 day ago

 Len Don Diego, marketing manager for content at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works at the company's offices in Boston last month.

FanDuel bans employees from all daily fantasy play for money

FanDuel said today that there’s no evidence showing the contest was compromised.

1 day ago

 The person behind Clark, the Chicago Cubs mascot, portrayed the Pirate Parrot for seven years, until 2014.

For the Pirate Parrot, birds of a feather don't stick together

The Pirate Parrot changed allegiances in 2014, becoming Clark, the new mascot of the Chicago Cubs.

1 day ago

 Cubs manager Joe Maddon warms up his team during batting practice Tuesday in preparation for its wild-card game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Cubs manager Maddon's approach -- 'go out and play, man!'

A manager who has gone to explicit lengths to keep his teams loose, Joe Maddon knows as well as anyone how teams succeed in games like this.

1 day ago