Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 04.16.14

The NFL Draft, the Pirates and the Penguins in the NHL playoffs dominate the lunchtime discussion in Jerry Micco's weekly chat.

about 1 hour ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano talks with pitching coach Ray Searage in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Tony Sanchez is on the right.

Cincinnati pitcher Cueto silences Bucs, 4-0

The Reds' starter found the corners in striking out 12 and pitching a complete game as Cincinnati took two of three from the Pirates.

about 1 hour ago

Note to Softball Coaches


about 2 hours ago

Note to Baseball Coaches


about 2 hours ago

Dukes land Butler transfer Rene Castro

The 6-foot-2 freshman point guard will sit out the season, then have three years of eligibility.

about 3 hours ago

 Gaby Sanchez's two home runs Monday night were important because they came against right-handed pitchers.

Pirates notebook: Sanchez makes most of starts at first base

Travis Ishikawa has benefited the most so far from the Pirates' platoon at first base, but Gaby Sanchez wants to capitalize on his chances.

about 17 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Early disappointments, surprises

With their split last night against Cincinnati, the Pirates are 7-7 and in third place in the NL Central, three games out of first.

about 11 hours ago

Former Robert Morris star Artemis Spanou lands WNBA tryout

The Washington Mystics invited leading scorer in Robert Morris history Artemis Spanou to their preseason training camp.

about 17 hours ago

West Virginia QB battle will produce clear winner

Unlike last season, Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said the starting quarterback will be clear-cut when the opener rolls around.

about 17 hours ago

 Mike Tyson told a group of Wounded Warriors about his rough childhood to being arrested.

'Healing' continues for Mike Tyson

The boxer was "scared to death" Tuesday as a black SUV drove him toward Carnegie, past a railroad crossing and a long stretch of warehouses.

about 17 hours ago

 Pitt quarterback Trey Anderson eludes a tackler during a drill at the final spring practice for the Panthers.

Transition to next phase begins for Pitt football

With spring practice now wrapped up, coach Paul Chryst is eager to see how his team approaches the next stage of the offseason.

about 17 hours ago

 Chris Kunitz celebrates scoring a redirection off Paul Martin's shot in the first period of a November 2013 game against the Blue Jackets. The Penguins won that game, 4-2.

Penguins playoffs outlook: Why they will (or won't) beat Columbus

Three reasons the Penguins will win their first-round matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and three reasons why they won't.

about 17 hours ago

 Columbus' Nathan Horton knocks down Beau Bennett while battling for the puck in a game against the Penguins late last month.

Matchup: Penguins vs. Blue Jackets

Post-Gazette Penguins reporter Dave Molinari breaks down the first-round matchup between the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.

about 17 hours ago

 Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and winger Chris Kunitz pressure each other in front of the goal Tuesday at practice.

Monstrous edge in experience provides Penguins with no guarantee for success

The Penguins have considerably more playoff experience than Columbus, but they aren't counting on an easy first-round series.

about 18 hours ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save last month against Phoenix.

Penguins notebook: Marc-Andre Fleury tries to keep on winning in playoffs

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury wipes the slate clean and is ready to dive into the playoffs after a strong regular season.

about 18 hours ago

 Brandon Sutter and the Penguins better hope they don't see too many goal celebrations from the Blue Jackets in their first-round playoff series.

Gene Collier: Time for Penguins to play like ... uh ... Penguins

The Penguins need to play more like the Penguins in the playoffs than play like the Flyers.

about 17 hours ago

 Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez catches a high throw from third baseman Pedro Alvarez to make the out on the Reds' Devin Mesoraco to end the fourth inning.

Pirates lose to Reds, 7-5, in Tuesday's regularly scheduled game

Gerrit Cole allowed two home runs in the sixth inning in the loss to Cincinnati; the Pirates had won the suspended game earlier, 8-7.

about 17 hours ago

 The Pirates' Starling Marte is congratulated after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey in the fifth inning Monday in Cincinnati.

Pirates break tie to beat Reds, 8-7, in suspended game

Play resumed in the top of the seventh inning after the teams played to a 7-7 tie through six innings Monday night.

about 22 hours ago

 Maurkice Pouncey won't be traded, says Ed Bouchette -- he'll be on the starting offensive line.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 04.15.14

The Steelers beat writer answers your questions about the draft, the cap and more.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, right, argues a call with umpire Mark Carlson during the fourth inning April 10 in Chicago.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 04.15.14

Pirates beat reporter Bill Brink answers your questions from snowy Cincinnati.

1 day ago

Pens assign three players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Defenseman Simon Despres is sent down, along with forwards Harry Zolnierczyk and Chuck Kobasew.

1 day ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury: "Maybe people don't see us as much as the favorite. I think that's fine. No problem."

Penguins not favored to win for a change

After being a perennial Stanley Cup favorite, the team is in a different position heading into the playoffs this year.

1 day ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart.

Pirates notebook: Chris Stewart's rehabilitation could get major push

The injured catcher possibly will finish off his return from knee surgery with the major league club.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Polanco’s time is not now!

All it took were three losses to the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend and panic set in with some members of the Pirates' fans base.

1 day ago

 Bubba Watson reacts after putting out Sunday to win his second Masters title.

Watson distracted after winning first green jacket

Bubba Watson made time to practice and to be with his family after going winless in 2013.

1 day ago

 Plum High School's Nolan Cressler will transfer from Cornell to Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt next stop for Plum's Cressler

Former Plum High School standout Nolan Cressler opts for Vanderbilt after deciding to transfer from Cornell after two years.

1 day ago

Penguins notebook: Playoff's arrival suits team just fine

Penguins eager to play 'meaningful' games after spending a lot of time honing things in preparation for the playoffs.

1 day ago

Dave Molinari scouts the NHL playoffs


1 day ago

 This postseason could be the last for Brooks Orpik, center. The defenseman has been a fixture in the lineup since the 2003-04 season.

Ron Cook: Orpik isn't ready for goodbyes

Defenseman Brooks Orpik knows that this might be his last chance to win a second Stanley Cup as a Penguin.

1 day ago

 PixController president and CEO Bill Powers is the force behind the live streaming images of the bald eagle nest in Pittsburgh's Hays neighborhood.

Eagle webcam enthralls viewers while aiding research

The PixController technology behind the Pittsburgh bald eagle video camera broadcast on the Internet is uncovering surprises for scientists.

1 day ago

 Neil Walker gets a hit off Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey in the fourth inning Monday.

Pirates, Reds provide thunder with 10 HRs in game suspended by rain

The teams traded the lead as the balls continued to leave the yard, but played to a 7-7 stalemate. The game will resume at 5:30 p.m. today.

1 day ago

Shelly Anderson's Penguins chat transcript: 04.14.14

The Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson answers questions about who's in and who's out as the Penguins prepare to  open the NHL playoffs.

2 days ago

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 04.14.14

Steelers beat reporter Ray Fittipaldo takes your questions about the upcoming NFL Draft.

2 days ago

 Fans react to the big screen outside Consol Energy Center prior to a Penguins game.

Penguins' playoff games to be on outdoor screen

Fans will be able to gather at the corner of Centre Avenue and Mario Lemieux Place to watch the games.

2 days ago

 The Penguins today recalled goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

Pens recall goaltender Vokoun

It's possible that Vokoun could be the No. 3 goalie behind Fleury and Zatkoff.

2 days ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle discusses a call with umpire Mark Carlson in Chicago.

Pirates notebook: 'Buying time' is the new arguing

The spittle isn't flying from manager to umpire as much as before; Clint Hurdle says that biding time has become the norm.

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Can Pirates keep Liriano?

Part II on possible future contract moves by the Pirates. Today we cover the pitchers.

2 days ago

 Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had no update on whether center Evgeni Malkin will return for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Penguins notebook: Injured forwards still in question for Game 1

Dan Bylsma said he doesn't have "an expectation" or a "definitive answer" on which players will suit up for the first game of the playoffs.

2 days ago

 Kris Letang, his teammates and Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under plenty of scrutiny as their playoff run begins.

Ron Cook: Playoffs mean it's gut-check time for all Penguins

Another early postseason exit from the Penguins likely will not be tolerated, and seats will get hotter for players and coach alike.

2 days ago

 The Eastern Conference playoff bracket for the 2014 NHL postseason.

Changes to NHL postseason have their advantages

With conference realignment and other changes, the NHL postseason system is a bit different -- and more confusing -- than in years past.

2 days ago

 Bubba Watson waves after being presented with his second green jacket after winning the Masters Sunday in Augusta, Ga.

Bubba Watson takes back green jacket

Masters: Watson overpowers Augusta National, a determined Jordan Spieth, 20, to earn second Masters title in three years.

2 days ago

 Jordan Spieth of the United States hits his second shot on the 11th hole in the final round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Jordan Spieth eventually will don that major look

Masters analysis: Spieth, 20, endured, battled, engaged and enthralled at Augusta, and it shouldn't be long until he is a major champion.

2 days ago

Pitt notebook: In lieu of open scrimmage, fan event aims to please young and old

Pitt officials claim more than 3,000 fans attended the "Field Pass" with coaches and players Sunday at the South Side practice facility.

2 days ago

 The Senators' Mark Stone celebrates a first period goal in front of Penguins' goalie Jeff Zatkoff at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins close regular season with 3-2 shootout loss to Senators

The Penguins finished the 2013-14 regular season 27 games over .500. They accumulated 109 points, second most in franchise history.

2 days ago

 The Brewers' Carlos Gomez is tagged out at home by the Pirates' Tony Sanchez during the seventh inning.

Brewers sweep Bucs with 4-1 victory

The three-game series in Milwaukee comes to a frustrating end for the Pirates against Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.

2 days ago

 The Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen, right, collides with the Penguins' Tanner Glass during a game on March 28. The Penguins face Columbus in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

NHL releases schedule for Penguins' first-round playoff series against Blue Jackets

The Penguins and Columbus will open the best-of-seven series at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

2 days ago

Pens recall winger Kobasew

In 32 games with the team, Kobasew had two goals. The Pens play their regular-season finale tonight at Consol Center.

3 days ago

 Miguel Angel Jimenez is one of six players 50 or older to make the cut.

Ageless mechanic: Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez, 50, of Spain prepares to join the Champions Tour,
but feels he is as good as anyone to light up a victory cigar.

3 days ago

 Jordan Spieth, left, follows Adam Scott, of Australia, across the Hogan Bridge with their caddies during the third round of the Masters golf tournament.

Masters: Watson falls into tie with rookie Spieth, 20

While Bubba Watson will be trying to win his second green jacket in three years, all eyes at the Masters likely will be on Jordan Spieth.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Building a better bullpen

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went with his usual bullpen formula last night but this time it didn't work.

3 days ago


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