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 Steeler Tom Tracy, left, with Ed Kiely.

Ed Kiely, Steelers publicist for more than 40 years, dies

Mr. Kiely joined the Steelers shortly after World War II and retired in 1989, a year after Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. died.

about 11 hours ago


 Starling Marte pulls in a fly ball hit by Cardinals' Jon Jay in the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates chat transcript: 8.28.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates who are in the hunt for the postseason.

about 5 hours ago


 Derek Moye pulls in a pass at the Steelers OTA practice at their South Side training facility.

On the Steelers: Moye, Brown are friends, but they have become big rivals — again

Close friends and former Penn State teammates Justin Brown and Derek Moye are rivals for one spot with Steelers — again.

about 19 hours ago


 Ravens running back Ray Rice during a game last season against the Steelers.

NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second.

about 2 hours ago


 James Conner carries the ball on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice at the training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: Conner has chance to become two-way terror

Pitt's James Conner will play both ways this fall, mixing his running-back chores with pass-rushing duties at defensive end.

about 19 hours ago


 Penn State's Ryan Keiser (23) intercepts an Illinois pass at the goal line in overtime of Penn State's 24-17 win in a game in State College, Pa., Nov. 2, 2013. At right are Illinois' Spencer Harris (80) and Penn State's Adrian Amos.

Issues in Penn State's secondary are scarce

Penn State's secondary might be key to defense's success, but is definitely the key to good communication.

about 19 hours ago


WVU football: Many first-game tests face new, dueling coordinators

West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson debuts against talented but unsettled Alabama offense led by new coordinator Lane Kiffin.

about 19 hours ago


District football preview: Same old story?

IUP is the preseason favorite in the PSAC West for the third season in a row, but coach Curt Cignetti knows the results come on the field.

about 19 hours ago


RMU sets '14 Hall class

Robert Morris announced its 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class, headlined by basketball player Tony Lee and hockey player Brianne McLaughlin.

about 19 hours ago


 Deshea Townsend

Former Steeler owns two homes where drug busts occurred

Deshea Townsend, 38, has not been implicated in either case. The homes are located in Mount Washington and Ross.

about 19 hours ago


Bob Smizik: The Pedro/J-Hay dilemma

The Pirates have made it clear they are not ready to give up on Pedro Alvarez despite the massive throwing issues he’s had this season at

about 13 hours ago


 West Virgina head coach Dana Holgorsen  answers a question from a reporter during the NCAA college Big 12 Conference football media days in Dallas, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Keys to West Virginia’s 2014 season

Experienced Mountaineers give coach Dana Holgorsen plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

about 19 hours ago


2014 Football preview: Duquesne & Robert Morris

A capsule look at the Dukes’ and Colonels’ 2014 seasons.

about 19 hours ago


 Montour's Zachary McGown breaks into the open field to pick up yardage during a [preseason scrimmage against Seton-LaSalle last Friday at Montour.

West Xtra: Central Valley/Montour first of many Parkway showdowns

There should be plenty of interesting matchups in the Parkway Conference this season and Friday night should provide one of them.

about 19 hours ago


West Xtra: Talented Quips reload their backfield

Aliquippa watched a lot of quality talent depart after last season, but the Quips appear to be up to replacing that quickly.

about 9 hours ago


 West Allegheny's Collin Wurst, left, battles against Mount Pleasant's Tyler Kolar during a playoff match last season.

West Xtra: West Allegheny prepares for an encore performance

After producing the finest season in the program’s history, the Indians hope to duplicate last year’s results.

about 19 hours ago


 Hopewell's Abby Losco, right, drives the ball past Central Valley's Ashley Mutkus during a match last season.

West Xtra: Experienced Hopewell girls set high goals

With lots of experience and talent returning, Hopewell could challenge for a WPIAL girls soccer title.

about 19 hours ago


North/East Xtra: Knoch starting out with a stern test -- Franklin Regional

Both teams expected to contend for Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference title.

about 9 hours ago


North Xtra: Mars grad 'transitions' at The Rock

Austin Miele, a standout on offense in high school, making his mark on defensive side of ball.

about 19 hours ago


North Xtra: Fox Chapel grad ignores preseason hype at IUP

Senior center Matthew Sasson has his eye on first goal ... winning the opening game.

about 19 hours ago


North Xtra: Highlands senior RB tough to catch

Elijah Jackson looking for big season after breakout year as a junior.

about 19 hours ago


South Xtra: Steel Valley sophomore ahead of schedule

DeWayne Murray is just a sophomore, but opposing coaches in the Century Conference are well aware of his talent.

about 19 hours ago


South Xtra: Ringgold out to provide stern test for Thomas Jefferson

A talented Ringgold squad hopes to challenge perennial Big Nine front-runner Thomas Jefferson in the season opener.

about 9 hours ago


South Xtra: Clairton seeking a return to the top

After what was for them, a “down” season, the Clairton Bears set their sights on a return to the WPIAL title game.

about 9 hours ago


South Xtra: Upper St. Clair grad develops at Clarion

Mike Deitrick has blossomed into an excellent tight end for the Clarion Golden Eagles.

about 9 hours ago


Brad Everett's High School Football Notebook

Burrell begins a season that will be challenging on many fronts.

about 9 hours ago


 Senior forward Italia Biondi, a University of Toledo recruit, is one of several talented returnees for Penn-Trafford.

East Xtra: Penn-Trafford a WPIAL contender

Girls soccer team hoping to have enough experience to defend section title.

about 19 hours ago


East Xtra: Seton Hill expecting significant progress

Griffins looking to improve after rough first year in PSAC.

about 19 hours ago


 Penn-Trafford graduate Tyler Zimmer, a returning starter at linebacker, figures to play a key role on defense if Seton Hill is to improve on its 1-10 record from its inaugural season in the PSAC West.

East Xtra: Penn-Trafford graduate has key role at Seton Hill

Tyler Zimmer a leading tackler and All-PSAC West linebacker for Griffins.

about 19 hours ago


 Andrew Jackson is a returning starter at quarterback for the Seton Hill University Griffins.

East Xtra: Veteran QB bounces back from a knee injury

Healthy Andrew Jackson ready to lead Seton Hill in rugged PSAC West.

about 19 hours ago


 Pirates lefty Jeff Locke pitches against the Cardinals this afternoon at PNC Park.

Pirates take series from Cardinals with 3-1 win

By winning consecutive series over Milwaukee and St. Louis, Pittsburgh went to 69-64 and inched closer to a wild-card spot.

1 day ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gets a throw off against the Bills in a preseason game earlier this month at Heinz Field.

Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 8.27.14

Gerry takes your questions on the Steelers, who have their final exhibition game tomorrow night.

1 day ago


 Josh Harrison is congratulated by Travis Snider after hitting a home run against the Cardinals in the fifth inning at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 8.27.14

Pirates talk dominates today’s chat discussion.

1 day ago


 Le'Veon Bell picks up four yards on a carry against the Eagles last week at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

NFL running games on verge of extinction

If officials continue to call as many regular-season pass-defense penalties as they have in the preseason, running game could vanish.

1 day ago


 Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes spelled Jordy Mercer Tuesday night.

Pirates notebook: Clint Barmes starts; Jordy Mercer rests

Shortstop Clint Barmes makes his first start since June 25 after a lengthy spell on the disabled list because of a severe groin strain.

1 day ago


 The New York Giants Jordan Stanton sacks Steelers quarterback Landry Jones earlier this month at MetLife Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Steelers notebook: Special team players go under microscope

Several players looking for roster spots will be under the gun Thursday night when the Steelers end their preseason against Carolina.

1 day ago


 Andrew McCutchen hits a single against the Cardinals in the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: McCutchen opts to play on

Andrew McCutchen says he is playing hurt, not playing injured and notes that there is a big difference between the two.

about 22 hours ago


 Penguins GM Jim Rutherford

Penguins' alumni view change as major positive

Former players, gathered for an annual alumni charity golf event, see sweeping offseason changes as a consequence of playoff disappointment.

1 day ago


 Ike Davis hits a three-run home run to help the Pirates stop a two-game losing streak.

Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

1 day ago


 Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on August 27, 2014.

Gene Collier: Watson digs in, finds right answer

Reliever Tony Watson stares down the pressure and silences the St. Louis Cardinals at key time in a key game.

about 22 hours ago


 Pitt quarterbacks (from left) Adam Bertke (7), Chad Vojtik (16), Trey Anderson (11), and Joe Repischak (18) during passing drills on the first day of preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 8.27.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers, who open their season this weekend against Delaware.

1 day ago


 Penn State team managers Nick Venturino, left, and Evan Tucker load equipment to be shipped to Ireland on Tuesday. Penn State plays Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin on Saturday.

Transportation logistics take glamour out of Penn State's overseas trip

Playing a football game in Ireland is all well and good for Penn State, but what about those responsible for cutting through the red tape?

1 day ago


 Darryl Render on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: With Aaron Donald gone, most eyes to focus on DT Darryl Render

Cleveland native becomes the most-watched player in the Panthers' defensive line, though he won’t be expected to fill Donald's shoes alone.

1 day ago


 Jamie Dixon, Pitt men's basketball head coach.

Pitt, Duquesne release conference schedules

For second year in row, the Panthers open the ACC at North Carolina State; The Dukes draw Dayton in tough A-10 opener.

1 day ago


 Aliquippa's Dravon Henry rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his amazing high school career.

West Virginia notebook: Aliquippa freshman Henry is a starter

Former Aliquippa High School star Dravon Henry will line up in the secondary when WVU faces Alabama on Saturday.

1 day ago


 For Penn State to have a successful season, quarterback Christian Hackenberg, shown here scoring on a 9-yard run at home against Illinois last season, must continue to progress under new coach James Franklin.

3 keys to Penn State's season

Mark Dent breaks down three important areas for the Nittany Lions’ success in 2014.

1 day ago


 In this Nov. 2, 2013, file photo, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett prepares to pass against TCU during the first half of an NCAA football game in Fort Worth, Texas. West Virginia is 11-14 over the past two seasons and must show significant improvements on both sides of the ball to avoid another year of disappointment. The offense will rely on  Trickett, who started seven games a year ago and is coming off shoulder surgery in the offseason.

2014 West Virginia football schedule

A capsule look at the Mountaineers’ 2014 season, which begins at 3:30 Saturday against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

about 22 hours ago


Penn State notebook: Coach James Franklin releases his depth chart

Nittanly Lions’ freshly released depth charts clears up a lot of questions heading into the season opener against Central Florida.

1 day ago


2014 Penn State schedule at a glance

A look at how the Nittany Lions matchup against their opposition this season.

1 day ago


 Pirates' Gerrit Cole pitches against the Cardinals at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Bob Smizik: Pitching problems put Pirates in peril

Imagine where the Pirates would be if Cole and Liriano had performed even close to expectations.

1 day ago



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