Ike Davis is congratulated Wednesday night after hitting a three run-homer against the Boston Red Sox at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

7 minutes ago

Pirates bullpen gets some relief

Pirates notebook: The Pirates entered a game Wednesday night with a 1.47 bullpen ERA since the start of September.

7 minutes ago

 The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey signs autographs before the start of a game against the Ravens last week at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. He is one of the Steelers' player representatives for the NFLPA.

Compromise leads to new drug policy

Steelers notebook: NFL's new drug policy takes shape, appeases owners and players.

7 minutes ago

 Le'Veon Bell carries next to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley during practice on the South Side Wednesday afternoon, September 17, 2014.

Le'Veon Bell stresses need for balance in Steelers offense

Tailback Bell sees a need for more-balanced offense from Steelers, and he would be in the middle of it.

7 minutes ago

For now, Pitt's Officer is center of attention

Pitt redshirt freshman Alex Officer knows he is not a lock to remain Pitt's starting center.

7 minutes ago

Nittany Lions using gimmicks, wildcat to spur offense

With a struggling running game, Penn State tries to create offense with the wildcat and some gimmick plays.

7 minutes ago

Starting W&J QB matures quickly

Sophomore Pete Coughlin impressive as W&J’s new starting quarterback.

7 minutes ago

 Austin Kemp, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, is a standout running back for the Jaguars football team. He is the Post-Gazette Male High School Athlete of the Week.

Athletes Of The Week: Austin Kemp & Kyra Murphy

This week’s honorees are running back Austin Kemp of Thomas Jefferson and goalkeeper Kyra Murphy of Canon-McMillan.

7 minutes ago

East/West/South Xtra: 'Dice set for key matchup against Brashear

With so few teams left in City League, every week is a big game.

7 minutes ago

 Central Catholic's Matt Lenhart, left, and Bethel Park's Justin Nath fight for possession during a Section 4-AAA match last week at Bethel Park.

East Xtra: Central Catholic is proving to be dandy with numbers

Outscoring opponents, 28-1, is a good way to rise to the top in boys soccer.

7 minutes ago

East Xtra: Penn Hills hoping to rebound

Indians face difficult test this week against unbeaten Mt. Lebanon.

7 minutes ago

 Luigi Lista-Brinza, a Central Catholic High School graduate, takes a hand-off from quarterback Chase Haslett   during Indiana University of Pennsylvania opening-game victory against St. Augustine.

East/West Xtra: Central Catholic grad from McKees Rocks plays key role for IUP

Luigi Lista-Brinza steps in as a freshman and helps solidify running back position.

7 minutes ago

East Xtra: Talent is showing for Woodland Hills

One game at a time approach working for Woodland Hills in 3-0 start.

7 minutes ago

 Oakland Catholic's Kallan Baldis bumps a pass, setting up a teammate during a match against Hempfield Area at the Upper St. Clair tournament Saturday.

East Xtra: Seniors keeping Oakland Catholic in the hunt

Unbeaten volleyball team heading toward showdown with top-ranked Shaler.

7 minutes ago

West Xtra: New Brighton makes noise in the MAC

Just like last season, New Brighton is off to a 3-0 start, but the Lions are hoping for a stronger finish this time.

7 minutes ago

 Central Valley's Carolina Lucci, shown beating Ambridge's Taylor Mealie to the ball in a recent Section 3-AA match, scored 40 goals last year for the Warriors.

West Xtra: Matching last year's feats a huge challenge for Central Valley girls soccer team

After winning WPIAL and PIAA titles a year ago, Central Valley remains as a strong contender in girls soccer.

7 minutes ago

 South Side Beaver's Cheyenne Seik reaches back to keep the ball in play during a high school volleyball match at the Butler Tournament earlier this season.

West Xtra: South Side Beaver takes on big schools in volleyball tournament

South Side Beaver will play in the big-school bracket at the MAC volleyball tournament this weekend.

7 minutes ago

West/North Xtra: Even in a rebuilding year, Sewickley looking strong in tennis

Panthers reload, contend for girls tennis title.

7 minutes ago

 Fox Chapel's Cole Ryan, left, heads the ball away from Plum's Orazio Barbarino, but the Mustangs surprised the Foxes, winning the section match, 2-0

North Xtra: Fox Chapel rebuilding on the run

Boys soccer struggling to replace nine starters from section-championship team.

7 minutes ago

 Zach Chandler was a starting quarterback as a freshman at Avonworth, but missed much of last season with an injury. He is off to a great start this season.

North Xtra: Avonworth mounts a challenge in Black Hills Conference

The Antelopes are off to a 3-0 start and ready to make some noise in Black Hills Conference.

7 minutes ago

North Xtra: Vincentian passes milestone

The Royals rally in the fourth quarter to beat Union and earn their first WPIAL conference victory.

7 minutes ago

North Xtra: Surprising Seneca Valley faces Mars in key match

Volleyball teams square off with first place on the line in Class AAA Section 3.

7 minutes ago

 Kara Pooley, heading the ball against Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class A championship game last year, is one of three captains for Shady Side Academy.

North Xtra: Shady Side regroups in a hurry

Girls soccer team opened with tough losses, but all is not lost.

7 minutes ago

South Xtra: Lebo faces toughest test to date

Getting off to a 3-0 start, Mt. Lebanon will play at Penn Hills in its first major test of the season.

7 minutes ago

 Seton-LaSalle's Danzel McKinley-Lewis, a senior receiver and defensive back, has already made a verbal commitment to play college football at the University of Toledo.

South Xtra: Steel Valley, Seton-LaSalle in a key Century showdown

It’s a battle of unbeatens in the Century Conference as Seton-LaSalle visits Steel Valley.

7 minutes ago

South Xtra: Peters upholds a strong tennis tradition

Competing in a section that got exponentially tougher, Peters Township hopes to return to its spot among the WPIAL elite.

7 minutes ago

 Bethel Park's Jess Hanson goes up for a kill shot against Maplewood during action in the Shaler Tournament on Sept. 6.

South Xtra: Bethel volleyball team regroups to stay in mix

Despite significant graduation attrition, Bethel Park is still a WPIAL contender in girls volleyball.

7 minutes ago

 Ike Davis celebrates with teammates his three-run home run against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Pirates use the long ball to thump Red Sox, 9-1

Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Ike Davis all homered, helping the Pirates win their third game in a row and 10th out of their past 12.

about 1 hour ago

 Antonio Brown picks up six yards against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday in Baltimore.

Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 9.17.14

Gerry Dulac fields questions this week about Big Ben, Daniel McCullers and the Arizona-Pittsburgh connection.

about 11 hours ago

Pirates notebook: Bell, Glasnow reap honors

Pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Josh Bell honored as the organization's minor league players of the year.

1 day ago

 Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert looks on as he is beaten by the Ravens Elvis Dumervil, who sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Thursday night.

On The Steelers: Sacks continue to plague right tackle Marcus Gilbert

Marcus Gilbert has allowed four sacks in two games this season, but coach Mike Tomlin isn't ready to replace him in the offensive line.

1 day ago

NFL, players agree to new performance-enhancing drug policy

The new rules mean the Broncos’ Wes Welker and two other suspended players can return to their teams this week.

about 12 hours ago

 Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin jokes with teammates during the first day of the Penguins development camp at the Consol Energy Center in July.

Penguins rookie savors early start for his roster push

Defenseman Brian Dumoulin growing into a role he hopes will secure a spot on the 2014-15 roster.

1 day ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is picked up by teammate Chris Kemoeatu after he threw the winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes against the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009.

Ex-Steeler Kemoeatu recovering from kidney transplant

The living donor was his older brother Ma'ake, a former Baltimore Raven.

about 5 hours ago

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 9.17.14

Pirates and Steelers talk dominate this week’s discussion with the Post-Gazette’s sports editor.

about 10 hours ago

 Pirates' starter Charlie Morton deliver against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates goofy night kicks off wild final push

The next time the Pirates get a day off, they'll know whether they've qualified for baseball's electric postseason or for just a grim

about 23 hours ago

 West Virginia's Daryl Worley breaks up a pass intended for Alabama's Amari Cooper at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 30, 2014.

West Virginia's Daryl Worley arraigned on battery charge

Daryl Worley turned himself in to Morgantown police after an arrest warrant was issued charging him with battery early Sunday morning.

about 9 hours ago

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 9.17.14

Sam takes your questions on the 3-0 Panthers.

about 9 hours ago

 Keystone Oaks' Lucas Fievet, left, contests South Fayette's Mitch Ford for the ball off a corner kick Tuesday in a WPIAL Class AA Section 5 match. South Fayette defeated Keystone Oaks, 5-0.

High School Highlights: Unbeaten Winchester Thurston hands Serra first loss

Winchester Thurston's boys soccer team scores two goals in the second half to improve to 7-0 on the season.

about 13 hours ago

 Pitt defensive back Lafayette Pitts breaks up a pass against Florida International Saturday.

Pitt secondary needs to step up after being exposed vs. FIU

The Panthers are undefeated but concerned about the number of big plays allowed in the passing game.

1 day ago

 Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Jesse James runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3.

Penn State excelling in late-game situations

The Christian Hackenberg-led Nittany Lions offense keeps coming through in the end.

1 day ago

 West Virginia's Daryl Worley breaks up a touchdown pass intended for Alabama's Amari Cooper at Georgia Dome Aug. 30, 2014 in Atlanta.

Finding sub for suspended cornerback not easy for West Virginia

Mountaineers have to replace top cornerback Daryl Worley, who was suspended, for Saturday's game against No. 4 Oklahoma.

1 day ago

Schifino replaces AD McCallister as Steel Valley basketball coach

Amid controversy, McCallister out, Schifino in as the boys basketball coach at Steel Valley High School.

1 day ago

 Peter Diana/Post-Gazette 7/19/14  PITTSBURGH:   Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park Pittsburgh PA.

Bob Smizik: Morton gamble pays off

The Pirates much second-guessed decision to not only bring Charlie Morton off the disabled list to start against the Boston Red Sox .

about 18 hours ago

Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 3

Pigskin picks from the PG’s gridiron guru.

about 7 hours ago

 Pirates catcher Russell Martin throws out a runner in a game last month at PNC Park.

Money in the bank: Pirates catcher Russell Martin's exceptional season

Martin's new workout regimen pays dividends on the field and sets him up for a lucrative free-agency chance, too.

2 days ago

 The Pirates' Russell Martin is greeted at home by Neil Walker after hitting a two-run blast against the Red Sox Tuesday at PNC Park.

Pirates, Morton shut out Red Sox, 4-0

Charlie Morton goes five innings and Pirates improve to 80-70 behind home runs from Russell Martin and Starling Marte.

1 day ago

 Thousands of Pirates fans make their way to PNC Park for the National League wild-card game against the Reds last season.

Limited Pirates postseason tickets on sale Thursday

A limited number of tickets for possible Wild Card and Division Series games at PNC Park will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday.

1 day ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Ravens' Elvis Dumervil in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night, September 11, 2014.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.16.14

Ed takes your questions on the Steelers who are on the road again Sunday night against Carolina.

1 day ago

 Pirates fans cheer as Josh Harrison leaves the field after the team completed a triple play against the Cubs in the fourth inning Sunday at PNC Park.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates chat transcript: 9.16.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates, who open an interleague series with the Red Sox tonight at PNC Park.

1 day ago


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