Bob Smizik: Davis for Sanchez makes no sense

Observations on the Pirates and on their 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park.

about 1 hour ago

 Gregory Polanco receives night off to reboot.

Polanco receives night off to reboot

Stuck in a dry spell at the plate, Gregory Polanco was given the night off Monday against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.

about 6 hours ago

 Pitt head coach Paul responds to questions at ACC media days regarding the Panthers' outlook for 2014.

ACC media days: Preseason poll no issue for Chryst

League media projects Pitt will finish sixth in the ACC Coastal division, but head coach Paul Chryst isn't worried about preseason polls.

about 7 hours ago

Commissioner addresses current, bleak landscape

Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said changes in college football will come as a response to cheating, broken enforcement and

about 7 hours ago

 The Pirates' Jordy Mercer is mobbed after hitting a game winning single against the Rockies in the 11th inning at PNC Park on Saturday.

Ron Cook: Shortstop Jordy Mercer cannot be overlooked in contributing to the Pirates’ recent resurgence

After Andrew McCutchen, Mercer has been the team’s most consistent player for nearly two months

about 7 hours ago

 Phil Axelrod.

Obituary: Phil Axelrod / Longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer

Phil Axelrod dreamed of playing second base for the Pirates, but instead became a writer and built a career that spanned four decades.

about 7 hours ago

 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker dives for ball hit by the Dodgers'  Dee Gordon who was called out at first at PNC Park.

Dodgers rough up Volquez in 5-2 Pirates loss

Starter Edinson Volquez allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings Monday night

about 7 hours ago

 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.

ACC media days: Chryst looking for plan to materialize in 3rd year

The head coach has sold fans and recruits on the vision of success. Now it‘‍s time to make that a reality.

about 7 hours ago

 Robert Morris hockey coach Derek Schooley.

Coach Derek Schooley receives 4-year extension

Robert Morris agrees to a four-year contract extension with men’s hockey coach Derek Schooley, which runs through the 2019-2020 season.

about 15 hours ago

 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon shows instructions to his players.

Panthers will venture to Bahamas for exhibition set

Pitt announced Monday that its men’s basketball team will play four games against foreign competition Aug. 1-7 in the Bahamas.

about 18 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Do Pirates need a right fielder?

It's 10 days to the most fascinating and newsworthy date on the baseball calendar -- July 31, which is the non-waiver trading deadline.

1 day ago

 Power-hitting outfielder/first baseman Andrew Lambo could find himself back with the Pirates before the end of the season.

Pirates notebook: Andrew Lambo, Nick Kingham making major strides

Class AAA Indianapolis' Andrew Lambo and starting pitcher Nick Kingham appear to be on the road to the major league roster.

1 day ago

 First baseman Ike Davis, acquired from the Mets in April, needs to find himself at the plate as the Pirates make a push to win the division.

Onus is on Ike Davis to produce at plate for Pirates

The Pirates will need first baseman Ike Davis to find his groove at the plate now that the All-Star break has come and gone.

1 day ago

 Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston at ACC Football kickoff Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.

Florida State's Winston motivated to repeat success

ACC Media Days notebook: Heisman Trophy- and national championship-winning QB eyes a repeat in 2014.

1 day ago

 Pirates closer Mark Melancon has been lights-out since being promoted to the role after the struggles of Jason Grilli.

Ron Cook: Mark Melancon firmly belongs as Pirates closer

There's no need for the Pirates to trade for a big-name closer; they already have one who is plenty capable in Mark Melancon.

1 day ago

 The Pirates reportedly sent a scout to watch one of A.J. Burnett's recent starts for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pirates at the deadline: Trade challenges always tricky

With the trade deadline approaching, a look at what the Pirates might -- or might not -- do to shape their roster for the stretch run.

1 day ago

 Pitt's Ray Vinopal answers a question at a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C.

For Pitt's Boyd, Vinopal, winning is now

ACC Media Days: Panthers football leaders set concrete goals, saying that they want at least a 10-win season in 2014.

1 day ago

 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer tags out the Colorado Rockies' Josh Rutledge on a double play.

Pirates beat Rockies, 5-3, to sweep weekend series

Pirates starter Jeff Locke got off to a rocky start, but the Pirates rallied as they did in their previous two games against Colorado.

1 day ago

Rory McIlroy wins British Open for third major

McIlroy led by six shots going into the final round and closed with a 1-under 71 for a two-shot victory.

1 day ago

 National League Manager Mike Matheny, left, of the St. Louis Cardinals, talks with outfielder Andrew McCutchen, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game, July 14 in Minneapolis.

On the Pirates: Is the NL Central home to baseball's best race?

Perhaps Andrew McCutchen summed up the division race best, saying: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s going to be fun.”

2 days ago

The hunting dog diet: nutritional needs of the working dog

New research suggests that hard-working canine athletes require special year-round diets and supplements.

2 days ago

 Defensive back Curtis Brown, left, cuts in front of receiver  J.D. Woods on a passing drill during the 2013 training camp.

Steelers 49th Training Camp Guide: New faces must help
 on both sides of ball

The Steelers defense has had new faces before, but not like this — all while a potentially explosive offense has questions to answer, too.

2 days ago

 After a start that was hampered by injuries, Le'Veon Bell rushed for 860 yards in 2013 -- third most among rookies in the NFL.

Steelers 49th Training Camp Guide: 5 story lines fans should track

Ed Bouchette offers fans the
 questions, the trends and the issues facing the team as it sets
 up camp at Saint Vincent College.

2 days ago

 Steelers' Cameron Heyward arrives at training at St Vincent College.

Steelers 49th Training Camp Guide: The players

A look at the Steelers 2014 training camp roster.

2 days ago

 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez throws out the Giants' Hunter Pence in a May 6 game at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Throwing errors for Alvarez a work in progress

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez continues taking steps to correct his fielding, something Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is keenly aware of.

2 days ago

 A map of the Steelers training camp facilities and grounds at Saint Vincent College.

Steelers 49th Training Camp Guide: Things every fan should know

Dos, don‘‍ts and things a fan might need if attending practice at Saint Vincent.

2 days ago

 Left wing Troy Josephs battles defenseman Ryan Segalla for the puck Saturday in a scrimmage played by Penguins prospects at Consol Energy Center.

Trio of forward prospects impressive in Penguins scrimmage

Troy Josephs, Matia Marcantuoni and Adam Payerl combined size, speed and offense to stand out at the Penguins development camp scrimmage.

2 days ago

Adios Pace final will have Western Pennsylvania flavor at Meadows

A few local horses will try to knock off likely favorite McWicked Saturday in the finals at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

2 days ago

 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez dives for a ground ball.

Ron Cook: Steve Blass has utmost hope for Pedro Alvarez

Of all people, Pirates broadcaster and former star pitcher Steve Blass can relate to Pedro Alvarez's throwing woes at third base.

2 days ago

 Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles rests on the sideline in the second half against the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium Nov. 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles beat the Vandals, 80-14.

ACC media days: Florida State's Jameis Winston still hottest topic

There are plenty of story lines, for Pitt and elsewhere, as ACC coaches and players gather to preview the football season.

2 days ago

Wildlife / Don't rescue 'abandoned' fawns

Though surprisingly strong and potentially mobile shortly after birth, fawns know to stay hidden in dense vegetation after birth.

2 days ago

Outdoors notebook: New steelhead access guaranteed

The state Fish and Boat Commission recently purchased stream frontage on both sides of Twelvemile Creek in Erie County.

2 days ago

 Hazelwood native Herb Douglas talks about winning the bronze medal in the long jump at the 1948 Olympic Summer Games in London.

Herb Douglas: an ageless force

At 92 years old, the Olympian from Hazelwood still is proselytizing for greatness.

2 days ago

 Jordy Mercer is mobbed after hitting a game-winning single against the Rockies in the 11th inning Saturday at PNC Park.

Mercer salvages Pirates win against Rockies

Jordy Mercer’s walk-off double in the 11th gave the Pirates the 3-2 win against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park Saturday night.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Don't overlook Morton in Pirates' win

It was widely acknowledged at the All-Star break that the Pirates‘‍ two biggest weaknesses were at first base and in the bullpen. The

2 days ago

 Woodland Hills' Miles Sanders gets into the end zone for a touchdown against Upper St. Clair.

Woodland Hills running back Sanders commits to Penn State

Miles Sanders, who graduates in 2016, is Penn State's first committed recruit for that class.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: The day The Deacon went 18

Today marks the 59th anniversary of one of the greatest individual feats in the more than 100-year history of Pirates baseball.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Liriano's start against Rockies encouraging

The return of Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano remains a work in progress but the most recent signs are encouraging.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen ducks away from a pitch against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Rocky win opens 2nd half

The Pirates didn't exactly look excellent in their first win of the season's second half. But they got the job done.

3 days ago

Pirates notebook: Cole nearing return to rotation

Gerrit Cole close to returning to rotation

3 days ago

Larry Walsh on biking: Hilly race attracts top road racers

The Confluence Tourism Association prepares to host its annual Mount Davis Challenge, a 40-mile road race over its highest point, on Aug. 3.

3 days ago

Semple Thompson falls in final

Kristen Obush won her second Women's Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania Championship in as many years over Hall of Famer.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh Power wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez makes a catch at Power practice at the indoor UPMC Sports Performance Complex.

Playoff spot set, but issues still remain for Power

With its playoff position already decided, Power debating whether or not to rest some players for the next two games.

3 days ago

Freshmen adapting to each other, Pitt

The 21 freshmen on Pitt's football team are spending time in Oakland getting to know each other and preparing for the season.

3 days ago

 Penguins' Oskar Sundqvist participates in the team's development camp at Consol Energy Center on Friday morning.

Big, versatile Penguins prospect Sundqvist searching for right fit

Penguins 2012 third-rounder Oskar Sundqvist has put his versatility on display in Sweden. But when and where will he fit with the Penguins?

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco catches a ball hit by the Colorado Rockies DJ LeMahieu in the fourth inning at PNC Park.

Pinch-hits from Snider, Harrison push Pirates over Rockies, 4-2

The Pirates committed three errors and missed two more outs on defense. Neither of the Rockies’ runs was earned.

3 days ago

 The Penguins' Simon Despres fights for the puck against the Islanders' Casey Cizikas.

Penguins re-sign Simon Despres

The contract is for two years and $1.8 million.

3 days ago

 As a winger, Mark Recchi played in 1,652 games over 22 years in the NHL.

Penguins hire Mark Recchi as player development coach

Recchi, 46, played on the Pens’‍ first Stanley Cup team in 1991.

3 days ago

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 07.18.14

As the second half of the baseball season begins, Bill Brink takes your Pirates questions.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Lower the mound!

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 days ago


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