Pitt's Manesseh Garner celebrates his touchdown catch against Akron in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Pitt football notebook: Wide receiver reverses direction quickly

Manasseh Garner apologizes for his postgame comments about the fans after the loss Saturday against Akron.

about 10 hours ago

 San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 17 in Phoenix.

Bumgarner looms as Giant obstacle in Pirates' wild-card game

While they welcome the home wild-card game, the Pirates know that duplicating the atmosphere and the win of last year will not be easy.

about 10 hours ago

 Troy Polamalu shows his disgust after Tampa Bay scores to beat the Steelers in the final seconds of the game against at Heinz Field.

Steelers admit the loss at home Sunday vs. Tampa Bay unacceptable

Another winless team in Jacksonville awaits them, and the Jaguars have a talented rookie quarterback who has to be eager to face their

about 10 hours ago

 Craig Adams’ shot is deflected by Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper in the first period Monday in St. Paul, Minn. The Penguins lost, 4-1.  Adams and Brandon Sutter are a pair of penalty-killing forwards that has worked well in the past and could stay together in 2014-15.

Penguins assistant Agnew knows penalty killing is a mind game

Penguins assistant coach Gary Agnew knows that penalty-killing starts between the ears.

about 10 hours ago

 Starling Marte scores in the ninth inning May 6 in the first MLB game won on an instant replay review.

Familiar formula rules Pirates-Giants series recently

Starting pitching has been the key to Pirates success against the Giants this season.

about 10 hours ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Bucs score in the final seconds at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports

But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker.

about 10 hours ago

 Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen points to his wife while answering a question during an NCAA college football news conference in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Bowen replaces Charlie Weis, who was fired after Saturday's 23-0 loss to Texas.

Kansas, new coach face West Virginia on Saturday

New Kansas football coach gets his ‘dream’ job about two decades after predicting he would on his first date with his future wife.

about 10 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neil Huntington.

Bob Smizik / How a winner was built

Even since Neal Huntington came on board as general manager of the Pirates, the message delivered was loud, clear and simple.

about 4 hours ago

 Lauren Waller, a senior at Canon-McMillan won the WPIAL title yesterday.

WPIAL girls golf: Senior, sophomore bag titles

Lauren Waller fires a personal-best 4-under 68 for crown; Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Olivia Zambruno takes AA championship.

about 10 hours ago

 Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville celebrates his third-period goal Monday against the Penguins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Penguins lost, 4-1

Notebook: Penguins fall to Wild, 4-1; Dupuis returns

Penguins lose next-to-last exhibition game; Pascal Dupuis returns after lengthy absence due to major knee injury.

about 10 hours ago

Wild drops Penguins with late surge

Minnesota scores three times in the third period to hand the Penguins a 4-1 exhibition loss.

about 11 hours ago

 Edinson Volquez works in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Braves in Atlanta.

Pirates' Volquez named starter for wild card game against Giants

Edinson Volquez had a 3.05 ERA in 106 innings at home this season and held opposing hitters to a .225 average at PNC Park.

about 22 hours ago

 Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson pulls in the game-winning touchdown against Steelers cornerback William Gay on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Is loss to Tampa a reality check for Steelers?

The question for the Steelers now becomes, if you can’t beat Tampa Bay at home, can you go to Jacksonville and Cleveland and win?

1 day ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers score in the final seconds at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.29.14

Ed fields the myriad questions following the Steelers upset loss Sunday at Heinz Field.

about 21 hours ago

 Crosby practiced Monday but will not play in the Penguins' game at Minnesota.

Crosby out for Penguins' preseason game tonight

Sidney Crosby will miss the Penguins’ exhibition game at Minnesota tonight because of his grandmother’s funeral in Nova Scotia.

about 22 hours ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Buccaneerss scored in the final seconds of Sunday's game at Heinz Field.

Report Card: Steelers vs. Buccaneers, 27-24

Gerry Dulac grades the Steelers’ effort Sunday in a 27-24 loss to Tampa Bay.

1 day ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had only one thing in mind Sunday in Cincinnati ... win the game.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle defends plan to use Cole

Pirates notebook: The ultimate plan was, “Let’s win the game.”

1 day ago

 Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is pulled down by  Tampa Bay's Alterraun Verner Sunday at Heinz Field.

Noteworthy Steelers efforts spoiled by late miscues

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown had miscues at the wrong times in a loss Sunday to Tampa Bay.

1 day ago

 Josh Harrison flies out in the fifth inning Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Harrison finished second in the National League in batting with a .315 average.

Harrison, McCutchen finish 2-3 in batting race

Colorado’s Justin Morneau won the title with a .319 average. Josh Harrison was second at .315 and Andrew McCutchen third at .314.

1 day ago

 Jeff Zatkoff and Thomas Greiss are battling each other to win the Penguins backup goalie position. Zatkoff and Greiss will split time in net tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

Battle for Penguins backup goalie job nearing an end

As the preseason winds down, the backup goalie competition heightens between Jeff Zatkoff and Thomas Greiss.

1 day ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Tampa Bay's Mason Foster Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers lost in the game's final seconds, 27-24.

Ron Cook: There is no defense for embarrassing play, loss

After a game rife with foolish penalties, missed assignments and lackluster performance, only one thing can be said: Shame on the Steelers.

1 day ago

 Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto gets a hit against Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Sunday in Cincinnati. Cueto earned his 20th win of the season as the Reds won, 4-1. Chris Stewart catches at right.

Gene Collier: Cueto drives Pirates batty

Pittsburgh nemesis Johnny Cueto did it all Sunday against the Pirates, including sealing their fate as a wild-card team.

1 day ago

 The Buccaneers’ Louis Murphy carries as he’s chased by Steelers’ Mike Mitchell and Cortez Allen in the fourth quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Gerry Dulac's two-minute drill: Steelers vs. Buccaneers

A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game.

1 day ago

 Pitt's James Connor carries as he's defended by Akron's C.J. Mizell in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers ran out of options vs. Akron

Perhaps the most unexpected part of Pitt’s 21-10 loss Saturday to Akron was how the Zips were able to shut down the rushing attack.

1 day ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is stopped by Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo after getting a first down on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter Saturday in State College, Pa.

Penn State's offensive struggles begin at the line

After its first loss of the season, Penn State showed signs of weakness on offense — most notably with the fledging line.

1 day ago

 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett carries the ball in the first half Sept. 6 against Towson in Morgantown, W.Va.

Trickett thriving in West Virginia's fast-pace offense

In just a little more than one year on the job, Clint Trickett is leading West Virginia’s offense with surgical precision.

1 day ago

Summer practices help to shape up Pitt's basketball roster

Pitt's summer tour to the Bahamas gave the Panthers more time to practice and congeal into a more prepared team, coach Jamie Dixon said.

1 day ago

 Steelers' William Gay reaches to take down Buccaneers' Louis Murphy in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.

Steelers notebook: Unlikely hero becoming fan of Heinz Field

Buccaneers receiver Louis Murphy had a key 41-yard catch on Tampa Bay’s winning drive, but he is no stranger to torching the Steelers.

1 day ago

 Jim Render experienced his biggest defeat in 36 years as Upper St. Clair's coach when the Panthers lost, 48-0, to Woodland Hills Friday.

High school football notebook: Upper St. Clair on wrong side of history

Upper St. Clair’s 48-0 loss to Woodland Hills wasn’t just the biggest defeat in Jim Render’s time as coach, it was the school’s worst ever.

1 day ago

 If the Steelers have a losing season, a distinct possibility, Bob Smizik writes, the clock on Mike Tomlin's job might start ticking in 2015.

Bob Smizik: When does clock start ticking on Tomlin?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 day ago

The Fantasy Fools: Bye weeks make strange bedfellows

Heading into last Thursday’s game, it was hard not to feel good about my tight end matchup when I saw Larry Donnell in my opponent’s lineup.

about 16 hours ago

 New old Steelers linebacker James Harrison

Harrison joins an illustrious fraternity who realized their time had not yet come

Brett Favre, Deion Sanders, Reggie White and John Riggins are among the players who said they had retired and then returned

2 days ago

 Steeler Le'Veon Bell

Two of NFL's best to play cat and mouse

At least one former NFL star thinks Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is tops in the league, but Tampa LB Lavonte David can more than hold his own.

2 days ago

 Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson pulls in a pass for the winning touchdown against Steelers cornerback William Gay at the end of the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.

Buccaneers upset Steelers, 27-24, in final seconds

Tampa Bay scored a touchdown with seven seconds left to pull ahead at Heinz Field. The loss left the Steelers’ record at 2-2.

1 day ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning.

Pirates fall short to Reds, 4-1

The defeat eliminated them from contention for the NL Central, making the St. Louis Cardinals the division champions.

1 day ago

 Runners break from the starting line of the Great Race on Beechwood Blvd. in Frick Park.

Defending champ wins another Great Race

Jim Spisak completed the 10-kilometer Great Race in 28 minutes, 43 seconds, making it back-to-back titles for the Duquesne graduate.

1 day ago

 IC Light's Pirates cans are popular sellers at The Beer Market on the North Side.

Iron City beer plays ball with Pittsburgh's sports teams

After years on the sidelines, Iron City is finding success again by tapping into the city’s sports teams.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Steelers stunned and humiliated

What was widely expected to be a laugher, turned out to be a crier -- and the joke’s on the Steelers.

1 day ago

Chartiers-Houston defeats Bishop Canevin

Buccaneers kicker Mike Cushma converts four FGs in victory vs. Crusaders.

2 days ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen waits in the on deck circle in the fourth inning Saturday against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Pirates notebook: Harrison, McCutchen hunt for batting title

NL batting title remains up for grabs with Pirates Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen among the three leaders.

2 days ago

 Ramon Santiago of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates his walk-off grand slam as he rounds the bases in the 10th inning Saturday against the Pirates at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Gene Collier: A day to pay for overdue ills

For the Pirates and Reds, it was a day for everything that was overdue, writes Gene Collier.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Morneau backs into batting title

If there is such a thing as trying to back into a batting title, that’s what Justin Morneau and the Colorado Rockies are doing. At the

2 days ago

District college football roundup: The Rock coasts to 4-0

Zack Newsock threw for four touchdowns, Shamar Greene rushed for two scores, and Slippery Rock breezed past visiting Seton Hill, 63-19.

2 days ago

 Ben Roethlisberger - Chases milestone today

Game Four Matchup: Steelers vs. Buccaneers

A look inside the Steelers' matchup with the Buccaneers, including who to watch for on both sides of the ball and three keys to the game.

2 days ago

 Aug. 8 vs. Padres: One of three instances this season that has contributed to Josh Harrison’s balky ankle.

Bill Brink on the Pirates: That's gotta hurt

By Game 162, every player has been beaten down (and up) to some degree by the six-month season, with the Pirates as no exception.

2 days ago

 Dan Martin, right, landing a trout, and his grandson Charlie Martin, fish in the Betty Knox section of Dunbar Creek.

Allegations of poaching, safety threats cloud Dunbar Creek

Something fishy is going on up one isolated Fayette County "holler."

2 days ago

 The Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in Halifax pays homage to native son and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

A shrine to Sidney Crosby in Halifax

Sidney Crosby’s hometown of Halifax honors the Penguins captain in a Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame display.

2 days ago

The Fantasy Fool: Week 4 Starters & Benchwarmers

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 4 of the 2014 season.

2 days ago

Football Summary: Game-by-Game Saturday

Summary from Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

1 day ago

Black Saturday: Pirates, Pitt, PSU lose

It was an ugly day for sports in the Pittsburgh region: The Pirates lost to Cincinnati, 10-6, in extra innings; Pitt was stunned by

2 days ago


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