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 General manager Neal Huntington and the Pirates have made PNC Park more appealing for potential free agents.

Huntington, Pirates make PNC Park a destination for free agents

Back-to-back playoff appearances have thrust the Pirates back in the spotlight, and executives believe Pittsburgh is becoming a destination.

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 Penguins rookie Derrick Pouliot celebrates his goal Saturday night against Florida.

Derrick Pouliot's Penguins debut an encouraging sign

The future appears to be bright for Penguins rookie Derrick Pouliot, who made a big splash Saturday in his debut.

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 Michael Young, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, is relied upon to play center for the Panthers.

Pitt's small lineup impacts defending, rebounding

Pitt's small lineup with Mike Young at center is its best lineup, but the Panthers will need to figure out how to compete at that size.

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 Steelers safety Mike Mitchell celebrates a fourth-down stop Sunday at Heinz Field against the Chiefs.

Gene Collier: Arizona seems far away for Steelers, but so did playoffs

Ramon Foster has some big dreams for this Steelers team that not long ago looked like a complete mess instead of a contender.

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 The right shoe from the pair that Jack Gallagher’s terminally ill  mom gave to the teen.

NBA ‘hero’ sees video plea, helps to ease grief over mom’s death

Jack Gallagher, a 13-year-old from Erie, Pa., caught the attention of NBA star Chris Paul with a homemade video.

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 Pitt's James Conner looks for running room this season against Syracuse.

Bowl practices help keep focus on field for Pitt

The are bigger things at stake for the program at the moment, but the Panthers' season isn't over yet.

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 Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman sacks Purdue quarterback Danny Etling in a game last season.

Next men up at linebacker for Penn State

With the graduation of do-it-all senior Mike Hull, a new crop of linebackers must rise to the occasion next year for the Nittany Lions.

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 Penguis goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Panthers' Nick Bjugstad.

Penguins notebook: Panthers center has Pittsburgh ties

Nick Bjugstad, Florida's leading scorer who was just in town, credits much of his development to a couple of former Penguins.

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 These Steelers slippers are available for less than $15 at Target.

Shop Holiday: Gifts for the biggest Pittsburgh sports fans

Add to someone’s collection with this Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Pitt gear.

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 Coach Mike Tomlin celebrates a Steelers' touchdown during today's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field.

Steelers clinch playoff spot with 20-12 win over Kansas City Chiefs

The Steelers’ third consecutive win at Heinz Field Sunday lifted them to 10-5 and at least a wild-card playoff spot.

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Bob Smizik: Steelers defense rises up!

The once-down-but-never-quite-out Steelers are headed to the playoffs by virtue of a victory forged by -- and who would have believed this?

about 8 hours ago


 Terrible Towels, big and small, waved at Heinz Field for the Steelers-Chiefs game on Sunday afternoon.

Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Photos of fans & game action

Check out PG gallery with photos from Heinz Field: Steelers vs. Chiefs.

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 Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is pressured by Kansas City Chiefs Dontari Poe in the first half at Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pa

Report Card: Steelers vs. Chiefs, 20-12

GERRY DULAC grades the Steelers' effort in a 20-12 victory against Kansas City:

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 Antonio Brown had 7 catches for 72 yards against the Chiefs Sunday at Heinz Field. Brown broke his Steelers single-season receiving record with 1,570 yards this year.

Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Steelers vs. Chiefs

In a game when any number of defenders made significant stops, Harrison came back after missing two games and stood above the rest.

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Steelers vs. Bengals game moves to Sunday night

The Steelers vs . Cincinnati Bengals game has been moved to next Sunday night at 8:30 by the NFL.

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 Steelers Cameron Heyward sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.

Steelers notebook: Sacks make a timely comeback

Defensive pressure, effective blitzes and the resulting sacks returned at the perfect time Sunday for the Steelers defense.

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 In this December 2012 file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition.

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 James Harrison takes down the Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on fourth down near the end of the second quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: James Harrison's play too good to call it quits

James Harrison is playing too well for him to hang up his cleats after this season.

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 Penguins Nick Spaling and Steve Downiw celebrate a first-period goal Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.

Call-ups thrust into action

Penguins notebook: Once again, the Penguins had to throw a couple of new players into the mix — Taylor Chorney and Derrick Pouliot.

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 Kasperi Kapanen was selected 22nd overall by the Penguins in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft earlier this year in Philadelphia

On the Penguins: Kasperi Kapanen is the one to watch at world juniors

The Penguins have just one prospect to follow at junior championships, but Kasperi Kapanen is quite an eyeful.

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 Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward pressures Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith Sunday at Heinz Field.

On the Steelers: Throwback defensive effort sets up AFC North showdown

The Steelers defense hopped into a time machine Sunday for a bend-but-don’t-break performance in a playoff-clinching win against the Chiefs.

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 Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston is tied for the NFL lead in sacks with 17.

Chiefs defense relies upon sacks to succeed

The opportunistic defense in Kansas City is still very much predicated on getting to the quarterback, even in the NFL’s changing landscape.

1 day ago


Vermont ski resort trims prices

Vermont ski resort at Bolton goes against the tide by lowering lift prices for the 2014-15 season.

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 Steelers' Brett Keisel takes a selfie with fans before the start of today's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Dulac's Game 15 matchup: Steelers vs. Chiefs

A look at the players to watch, big matchups and keys to victory for the Steelers-Chiefs game today at Heinz Field.

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 Steelers' Brett Keisel takes a selfie with fans before the start of today's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field.

Head to head: Steelers' C Maurkice Pouncey vs. Chiefs' NT Dontari Pope

Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe is a throwback player -- he rarely leaves the field even at a position that has become less valuable.

1 day ago


 Penn State's Micha Hancock, right, hugs coach Russ Rose, left, after Penn State defeated BYU in the NCAA women's volleyball  championship Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Penn State volleyball dynasty adds 7th title

The Nittany Lions sweep BYU for their sixth volleyball NCAA championship in eight years.

1 day ago


 Pitt's Reggie Mitchell, who transferred in from Wisconsin, said he can relate to Paul Chryst's desire to return home.

Pitt players say they understand Paul Chryst’s reasoning

Panthers players claim they harbor no ill will toward Paul Chryst for going home to coach his alma mater at Wisconsin.

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 Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 115 catches and 1,498 yards, and his 11 touchdowns tie for second.

On the Steelers: Go ahead, try and pick just one team MVP

If there ever was a year for a three-way tie in Steelers MVP voting, 2014 is it with Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

1 day ago


 Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci returns this season for the Rams basketball team, alongside star freshman Phil Jurkovec.

High school notebook: Pine-Richland freshman is WPIAL's next star

Pine-Richland freshman Phil Jurkovec could be the next big thing in two sports.

1 day ago


 Stokes Clarke of Hidden Valley, Pa., casts for winter trout on Laurel Hill Creek at Laurel Hill State Park.

Special places

Trout Unlimited lists four areas within an easy drive of Pittsburgh that should be visited.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Re-evaluating Colbert

It was just a few weeks ago that the consensus on the Steelers was that they were a team in need of a rebuild; a franchise in decline.

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 Caleb Norman, 14, of New Brighton, took this 8-point buck Dec. 6 near Clarion, Pa.

Outdoors notebook: Suburb takes aim at deer problem

Mt. Lebanon commissioners will launch the first part of a "comprehensive deer management plan" with an archery program Dec. 26.

1 day ago


The shortest day of the year

Wildlife: Today is the first day of winter. Defined by the year's shortest day and longest night.

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 William Gay makes an interception that was called back due to a holding call Dec. 7 in Cincinnati.

William Gay re-emerges as a force on defense

Steelers cornerback living up to nickname as Big-play Willie Gay with three interception returns for touchdowns.

2 days ago


 Sidney Crosby celebrates after scoring in the third period against the Panthers.

Penguins face 46 Florida shots, still win 3-1

Marc-Andre Fleury faced the most shots of the Penguins’ season Saturday night, and he stopped all but one.

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 Pitt's Michael Young drives to the net against Oakland's Nick Daniels in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Saturday.

Pitt beats Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 81-77, in overtime

The game was a classic case of good news, bad news, as the Panthers came out with a win but struggled to do so at home.

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 Jussi Jokinen, right, celebrates with Panthers teammate Brad Boyes Dec. 6. Jokinen is relied upon more in Florida, but in different roles than when he was with the Penguins.

Former Penguin Jokinen has new on-ice role with Florida

Jussi Jokinen’s role changes with move from Penguins to Panthers, but not his role as a mentor of young, foreign players.

2 days ago


Larry Walsh on snow sports: Ski mom keeps fun flowing

The family that skis together has a ton of fun together, says ski mom Wendy Ellis, who makes sure that it happens with her clan.

2 days ago


West Mifflin edges rival Steel Valley, 70-69

Tony Hill makes two free throws with 26 seconds left to lift West Mifflin to a 70-69 Class AAA Section 3 victory against Steel Valley.

2 days ago


 Olli Maatta - Tough year gets even tougher

Penguins notebook: Defenseman dealing with mumps and bumps

Defenseman Olli Maatta has mumps to go along with an undisclosed injury that has kept him out of the past 5 games.

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 Chris Kunitz, seen here against the Rangers Henrik Lundquist last May, returns to the lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Kunitz returns to lineup for Penguins against Florida, Adams, Martin, Ehroff out

Craig Adams has an undisclosed injury, his absence will end his streak of 319 games played.

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 Penn State players celebrate Thursday night after defeating Stanford in  an NCAA women's volleyball tournament semifinal in Oklahoma City.

Player of year Hancock sets pace for PSU women

National player of year Micha Hancock sets everything up for Penn State women's volleyball team as it bids for NCAA title Saturday night.

2 days ago


Penguins recall defensemen Chorney, Pouliot from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Pouliot is the AHL team’s leading scorer, while Chorney has appeared in 25 league games this season.

1 day ago


 Former Pitt coach Paul Chryst is gone, and the search is on to find his replacement.

Pitt football coach search committee plans to interview 5 to 7 candidates

Committee chair Jerry Cochran said conversations are already well underway.

1 day ago


Duquesne snaps losing streak with rout at home

The Dukes beat Massachusetts Lowell 79-63, at Palumbo Center today.

1 day ago


Pitt dragging on offense

Pitt’s defense had come around recently but the offense seems to be lacking as of late.

2 days ago


Duquesne hopes to rebound vs. Massachusetts Lowell

Rebounding is one of the biggest setbacks lately for Duquesne.

2 days ago


 Bishop Canevin’s Mitch King, left, battles for the ball with Washington’s Dequay Isbell Friday at Bishop Canevin. Canevin rallied for a 65-55 victory.

High school basketball highlights: North Allegheny rolls over Gateway with Constantino’s 37

Surging North Allegheny, powered by Cole Constantino’s 37 points, rolled to a 90-76 win against Gateway.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Chiefs pose problems, but . . .

The Steelers aren’t the only team with a personality disorder. The Kansas City Chiefs are also some guilty of strange on-the-field behavior.

1 day ago


 Penguins winger Beau Bennett started showing symptoms two days after he visited Children's Hospital.

Children’s Hospital examining policies on infections

The Pittsburgh Penguins had some concerns about mumps after playing teams with stricken players but visited the hospital anyway.

2 days ago



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