Pirates notebook: Martin bats in No. 2 spot again

Catcher Russell Martin moves into the No. 2 spot in the batting order in an attempt to boost the Pirates offense.

about 5 hours ago

 Sidney Crosby reaches for the puck against the Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin in the first period of Game 1 Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Dubinsky, Johnson try to stop Penguins' Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby shrugs off Columbus' tactic of using Brandon Dubinsky and Jack Johnson to try to shut him down in their first-round series.

about 5 hours ago

 Penguins winger Jussi Jokinen is congratulated by Olli Maatta after scoring against the Blue Jackets in the first period Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Olli Maatta gets lesson on playoffs' intensity

Young defenseman Olli Maatta finds that after a slow, nervous start, his first playoff game was pretty much what he expected.

about 5 hours ago

Defensive back part of quick Power turnaround

New DB Virgil Gray has helped the Power make a sharp turnaround so far, but game Saturday night at Arizona will be a big test.

about 6 hours ago

 Pitt strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej.

New strength, conditioning coach for Pitt proves to be big asset in hurry

To a man, the Panthers players say new strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej already has made a big difference.

about 5 hours ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett celebrates his goal Wednesday night with Brandon Sutter, left, and Matt Niskanen, right.

Nastiness missing from Penguins-Blue Jackets, at least for the moment

The Penguins know familiarity breeds many hacks and slashes in the NHL playoffs, even if that was not obvious in Game 1 against Columbus.

about 5 hours ago

 The Penguins' Kris Letang (58) and fellow defenseman Matt Niskanen seem to be moving in opposite directions after Game 1 against Columbus.

Gene Collier: Dan Bylsma makes his own power play

Kris Letang was criticized by coach Dan Bylsma for his play Wednesday night, and the defenseman acknowledged he made a lot of mistakes.

about 5 hours ago

Another project looms for Parke

Hank Parke receives well-deserved recognition after years of dedicated public service in Somerset County.

about 5 hours ago

Obituary: Gerald E. Hart / Super salesman, NFL official was football fanatic

Gerald E. Hart, who officiated NFL games for 10 years after playing football at Notre Dame and West Point, died of natural causes at age 83.

about 6 hours ago

 The Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

Pirates acquire 1B Davis from Mets

In an effort to bolster a struggling offense, the Pirates trade for Mets first baseman for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named.

about 5 hours ago

 Carlos Gomez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run Friday off Charlie Morton at PNC Park.

Morton falters after promising start

Charlie Morton’s quick work during the first three innings gave way to an uneven final three as his command wavered.

about 6 hours ago

 Ike Davis formerly of the New York Mets, now the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bob Smizik: Pirates trade for Ike Davis

The Pirates took a positive step toward solving their first base problem tonight by trading for Ike Davis of the New York Mets.

about 9 hours ago

Bob Smizik: About first base, right field and those Pirates ‘offers’

What was more surprising in the Pirates' 11-2 win over Milwaukee last night?

about 23 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto gets a hug from Max Sciullo, right, father of slain Pittsburgh police officer Paul Sciullo as his wife Julia,, left, looks on at the press briefing announcing the building of a deck hockey rink in Bloomfield Park next to the ball field named after the Mr. Sciullo's son.  In the rear is Pittsburgh Penguins CEO David Morehouse. Paul Sciullo, who lived in Bloomfield, was an avid hockey player.

Bloomfield Hockey scores new rink at playground

After six years, Bloomfield Hockey is getting what officials say will be a state-of-the-art Dek Hockey rink to surpass any in the region.

1 day ago

 Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata.

Pirates notebook: Jose Tabata passes all concussion tests after hitting wall

The Pirates' Jose Tabata does not have a concussion after running into the left-field wall in Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon.

1 day ago

 Charter schools such as Lincoln Park could be in trouble athletically if the PIAA forces top players like Elijah Minnie to compete for their home public school districts.

Charter schools targeted by PIAA

The PIAA may ask for charter school athletics reform, which would have sweeping effects on the boys basketball landscape in the state.

1 day ago

 Montour's Trent Vietmeier gets into second base safely against Ambridge's Shawn Holman Thursday night.

High school highlights: Aliquippa softball ends 3,269-day drought

The Quips earned their first win on the softball diamond in almost nine years Thursday by edging Western Beaver, 10-9.

1 day ago

 Caption would be: Maurice "Dutch" Haney in the 1930s with his wife Olive and daughters Verna and Joanne.

Baseball Lore: Tough Dutch gave family many ideas, like backing Bucs

Hard-working great-grandfather is remembered for many attributes, including his passion for Pirates.

1 day ago

 Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen fight for the puck Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Ryan Johansen's skills keep Penguins on full alert

Columbus center Ryan Johansen was quiet in the opener, but the Penguins will be wary of him as their first-round series continues.

1 day ago

 The Penguins' Brandon Sutter watches a shot by Beau Bennett go in the net against Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in the second period of Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Playoff series could trigger rivalry at last

A fierce postseason series could help develop a rivalry between the Penguins and their 'neighbors,' the Columbus Blue Jackets.

1 day ago

 Ming Chen, who appears on the AMC reality TV show "Comic Book Men," will run for a unique charity next month in the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Why I Run: Ming Chen of AMC's 'Comic Book Men'

A celebrity runner in this year's Pittsburgh Marathon, Ming Chen of the reality show has a charity to run for and his own motivation.

1 day ago

 Ovie Soko only played one season for Duquesne, but what a season it was for him individually.

Duquesne's Ovie Soko has sights set on future as a pro

Ovie Soko discusses what's next for him after his one season with the Dukes, an integral stop on his whirlwind basketball odyssey.

1 day ago

 Mike Tyson speaks to a group of Wounded Warriors Tuesday at the Wolfpack Boxing Club in Carnegie, Pa.

Mike Tyson's local boxing event promises intrigue

It's not just a publicity stunt -- Mike Tyson's production tonight in Monroeville will feature top fighters with plenty of story lines.

1 day ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett, left, celebrates his goal in the second period Wednesday night against the Blue Jackets.

Third-line dance likely to continue for Penguins

Game situations likely will determine the left winger on the third line for the Penguins throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

1 day ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury weathered the storm after a shaky start Wednesday night, and he must continue to stay poised the rest of the way.

Ron Cook: All eyes on Marc-Andre Fleury once again

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury handled the spotlight Wednesday night, but the pressure isn't not going away anytime soon.

1 day ago

District Fishing Report: 4.18.14

Check Southwest Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules at the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog at

1 day ago

 The Pirates' Josh Harrison celebrates after hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Pirates blast four home runs, pound Brewers, 11-2

In the one-sided win, the Pirates may have exacted some measure of revenge after the Brewers swept them last weekend at Miller Park.

1 day ago

Three more draft prospects visit Steelers

The prospects include defensive tackle Shede Hageman of Minnesota, a possible late first-round pick.

1 day ago

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 04.17.14

Pirates beat writer Bill Brink answers your questions about Jose Tabata, Jason Grilli and more.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: One down, 15 to go

Nobody asked me, but ...

1 day ago

 Penguins winger Brandon Sutter scores the go-ahead goal on Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in the third period of Game 1 of this first round series Wednesday night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.

Columbus comes apart late in Game 1 defeat

For 21 minutes, the Columbus Blue Jackets had Game 1 of the opening-round playoff series against the Penguins exactly where they wanted it.

2 days ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett.

Shift in line suits Penguins winger Bennett just fine

Beau Bennett's mid-game switch from first line to third line, right wing to left wing, pays instant dividends.

2 days ago

Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

A man's stroll in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack Tuesday near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols.

2 days ago

Penguins notebook: Richards, Bylsma go back as colleagues and friends

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards face off in the playoffs for the first time.

2 days ago

 The Penguins' Beau Bennett is congratulated by Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Matt Niskanen after scoring against the Blue Jackets in the second period Wednesday night of Game 1 of this first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Game 1 looked very different

Compared to recent playoffs, first-round opener looked and felt very different from its immediate predecessors.

2 days ago

 Butler's Rene Castro, right, strips the ball from Vanderbilt's Eric McClellan Nov. 19 in Indianapolis.

Butler 6-foot-2 guard Castro will transfer to Duquesne

The recruiting efforts of the Dukes' coaching staff have finally paid off with Butler University point guard Rene Castro coming on board.

2 days ago

High School Baseball: McKay fans 20 ... again

Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay's impressive scoreless streak goes on, and his almost-surreal statistics continue to mount.

2 days ago

 West Mifflin's starting pitcher Zachary Salmon delivers during  their game against Belle Vernon.

High School Baseball: Hempfield snaps streak in 2-1 victory vs. Norwin

It took the No. 1 team in Class AAAA to finally cool down the WPIAL's hottest hitter as Hempfield edged Norwin, 2-1.

2 days ago

 J.J. Mativejic of Norwin High School.

High School Athletes of the Week

J.J. Matijevic and Maddie Holmberg are the Post-Gazette High School Athletes Of The Week

2 days ago

Cueto mows down Pirate hitters with a career-high 12 Ks

Johnny Cueto augmented the already great stuff he had Wednesday with deft manipulation of the strike zone.

2 days ago

Pirates Box

Game: Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.

2 days ago

Pirates notebook: Tabata hurt on catch in fifth inning

Jose Tabata leaves the game with concussion-like symptoms after running into the wall in left field while making a catch.

2 days ago

At FSU, questions about rape and a star quarterback

Colleges and universities are facing rising criticism over how they deal with sexual assault and athletes.

2 days ago

West Xtra: West Allegheny showing it can compete on the diamond

A Class AAA baseball powerhouse a few years ago, West Allegheny is emerging as a contender once again.

2 days ago

 Senior Dan Zajac, serving for the Ambridge volleyball team, is also a dedicated weightlifter and football player.

West Xtra: Bridgers make a huge statement on volleyball court

By winning the title at the Koller Classic, Ambridge solidified its position as a state contender and got a little revenge in the process.

2 days ago

West Xtra: West Allegheny soph pointing for javelin title

Though he's just a sophomore, West Allegheny's Skyler Mason is considered a threat to win the WPIAL Class AAA javelin title.

2 days ago

West Xtra: Beaver tennis team reloads on the run

Beaver lost almost its entire starting lineup from last season, but the Bobcats tennis team is still a section title contender.

2 days ago

West Xtra: South Side Beaver's rebuilding program yields a contender

It has been 14 years since South Side Beaver has qualified for the WPIAL playoffs, but the drought could end this spring.

2 days ago

 Riverside's Brooke Barker, left, being tagged out by Brandywine Heights' Missy Komand during last year's PIAA Class AA championship game, has moved from second base to the pitcher's circle this season.

West Xtra: Despite key losses, Riverside softball team is still a force

Riverside had to replace two key players from last year's PIAA runner-up team, but the Panthers are still winning.

2 days ago

West/North Xtra: Quaker Valley girls enjoy 8-0 start to lacrosse season

The Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team has sprinted to an 8-0 start to its season and a No. 2 ranking by

2 days ago


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