Pirates pitcher  Francisco Liriano works against the San Francisco Giants.

Liriano works his magic: Pirates defeat Giants, 3-1

Francisco Liriano dealt like a top-of-the-rotation ace Tuesday night, striking out 11 in a 3-1 win against the San Francisco Giants.

about 3 hours ago

 Jarvis Jones takes down tight end Heath Miller during workouts Tuesday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe,

Linebacker Jones showing some punch in second Steelers training camp

A stronger, more experienced Jarvis Jones has shown off some new tricks early in  training camp.

about 6 hours ago

 Jack Lambert, one of four Hall of Famers picked by the Steelers in the 1974 draft, poses for a picture in August 1978.

Gene Collier: Steelers' 1974 draft won't ever be matched

No one knew it then, but 40 years ago the members of the best NFL draft in history showed up at Steelers training camp.

about 6 hours ago

 Jon Lester could soon join the Pirates rotation.

Red Sox starter Jon Lester pops up on radar for Pirates

The Pirates emerged as a candidate to acquire Boston ace Jon Lester, but he'd cost something the team has proven to covet -- top prospects.

about 7 hours ago

 Stetson Allie continues to try to refine his power stroke for Class AA Altoona.

Pirates prospect Allie's transformation continues at Altoona

Former Pirates second-round draft pick Stetson Allie has converted from pitching hard off the mound to hitting the ball far and hard.

about 6 hours ago

 Starling Marte drops to the ground after being hit by pitch against the Rockies at PNC Park on July 18.

Pirates notebook: More to be done in Starling Marte's recovery

Left fielder Starling Marte likely isn’t ready to return to the Pirates lineup just yet, and a Class AAA rehab start could be in the cards.

about 6 hours ago

 Penn State head coach James Franklin, second from left, poses for a selfie with running back Bill Belton, left, kicker Sam Ficken and linebacker Mike Hull, right, during the first day at the Big Ten media days held in Chicago on July 28, 2014.

At last, James Franklin gets on elevator for big-time ride at Penn State

While most Big Ten coaches seemed to sleepwalk through conference media days, James Franklin was practically bursting with enthusiasm.

about 6 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Huntington: Good and bad

Last week, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was being criticized by some on this site regarding the offseason.

about 1 hour ago

 Pirates pitcher Vance Worley celebrates with catcher Russell Martin after the 5-0 defeat of San Francisco.

Worley pitches complete game shutout as Pirates defeat Giants, 5-0

“He had command of all his pitches ... and really kept a very good rhythm,” said manager Clint Hurdle.

1 day ago

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 7.29.14

With the trading deadline nigh, will the Pirates make a move? Bill has the answers in his weekly chat.

about 17 hours ago

 Antonio Brown makes catch and picks up yardage during afternoon workouts in the rain Monday at Saint Vincent College.

In a year of change, must the Steelers offense carry the defense this season?

After relying on defense for decades, Pittsburgh might need the offense to lead the way, which might be the most shocking adjustment of all.

1 day ago

 Ryan Shazier during drills this afternoon on the first day of practice Saturday at Steelers Training Camp at Saint Vincent College.

Steelers notebook: Inside linebacker and No. 1 pick Ryan Shazier makes huge and positive first impression

Speedy Shazier excels in backs-on-backers drill on first day in pads for at training camp.

1 day ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, left, talks with general manager Neal Huntington prior to last year's NLDS Game 1 in St. Louis.

Pirates have a few days left to work on possible deals

As trade talks swirl, current players stay out of it and remain calm before the deadline at 4 p.m. Thursday.

1 day ago

 Steelers owner Dan Rooney touches Ben Roethlisberger as he passes by during afternoon workouts in the rain Monday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 7.29.14

With camp now underway in earnest, Ed takes your questions on the new-look Steelers.

about 16 hours ago

 Third baseman Pedro Alvarez makes a play on ball hit by second baseman Darwin Barney in the Pirates game June 11 against the Cubs at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Alvarez throws Pirates for a loop

Pirates continue to work with Pedro Alvarez on the third baseman’s throwing problems.

1 day ago

 Maurkice Pouncey blocks a teammate during offensive drills Saturday at Steelers training camp in Latrobe.

Ron Cook: Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey at least guilty of bad judgment

Alleged incident at 4:20 a.m. at a Miami nightclub with his twin brother certainly appears to be a poor decision.

1 day ago

 NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Congressmen urge NCAA to lift Penn State sanctions

Letter asks NCAA President Mark Emmert to rescind the remaining sanctions because of the harm they’re causing student-athletes.

1 day ago

 Brett Keisel makes his way onto the field for the Steelers home opener last season.

Colbert: Steelers won't rule out signing Keisel, others before season starts

The Steelers have such a young team that they could add players as others release them in the final roster cuts.

1 day ago

 Sean Spence covers running back Dri Archer during the  Steelers training camp Sunday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Steelers linebacker Sean Spence says he's optimistic, has 'total confidence' in future

Third-year linebacker Spence is still writing his comeback story, with a key act coming today when he's back in pads at Saint Vincent.

2 days ago

 Phillies starter A.J. Burnett is one player who has been linked to the Pirates as the trade deadline nears.

Pirates notebook: Contenders holding on to hand

The Pirates front office isn’t finding any no-brainer deals in a trade market that is much more beneficial to teams looking to sell.

2 days ago

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 7.28.14

With training camp in full swing, Ray takes your questions on the Steelers.

1 day ago

 Fans cheer a goal by Manchester City in an International Champions Cup series AC Milan and Manchester CitySunday  at Heinz Field.

Soccer match sets Pittsburgh attendance record

A throng of 34,437 fans showed up to Heinz Field to watch Manchester City's 5-1 rout of AC Milan in International Champions Cup play.

2 days ago

 Angelo Manenti, originally from Milan,  and Antonio Caopdeici, originally from Lecci, Italy, both now living in Pittsburgh, wave an AC Milan flag in front of Heinz Field.

Tailgaters get caught up in marquee soccer match at Heinz Field

It’s not quite the World Cup, but soccer enthusiasts get into the spirit when Manchester City of England, AC Milan compete in Pittsburgh.

2 days ago

 A pastoral environment, connection with nature and the camaraderie of fellow veterans provide recreational therapy during a fishing trip to Lake Arthur. Above, first-mate Suzi and U.S. Army veteran Chad Gibson.

Catch & Recuperate: Veterans experience the healing powers of fishing

Cloudy, no-sunburn skies, a light breeze, flat water and a fishing rod. At one Butler County hospital, they call that "therapy."

4 days ago

Bob Smizik: Ask Bob, Bob answers

Below are my first answers to the most recent batch of Ask Bob questions.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: E-dro!

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 days ago

 A.C. Milan's Sulley Muntari breaks up a pass against Manchester City during the Guiness International Champions Cup series, Sunday at Heinz Field.

A.C. Milan to hold free open practice at Heinz Field

A.C. Milan lost 5-1 yesterday at Heinz Field to Manchester City in a 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup Match.

1 day ago

Notebook: New rules planned for second Mentored Youth Fishing Day

Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing license, and be accompanied by a licensed adult.

4 days ago

Adventuresome reading for a summer day

Relaxing in a hammock with a good book is a great way to spend a warm summer afternoon. Here are a few titles that recently caught my eye.

4 days ago

 AC Milan's Sulley Muntari breaks up pass against Manchester City in an International Champions Cup series match Sunday at Heinz Field.

Manchester City downs AC Milan, 5-1, at Heinz Field

English club outclasses Italy‘‍s AC Milan in exhibition soccer duel in front of 34,347 at Heinz Field.

2 days ago

 The Pirates’ Gregory Polanco, left, congratulates teammate Josh Harrison Sunday on Harrison’s solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

Pirates rally to beat Rockies, avoid sweep

Josh Harrison was electric at the plate and on the base paths, leading the Pirates to a 7-5 win against the Colorado Rockies.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs a play past strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) at practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. last year.

Steelers notebook: Le’Veon Bell leaves practice early

A hamstring issue nagged at Le'Veon Bell, the key to the Steelers' running game, in practice Sunday at Saint Vincent College.

2 days ago

Ryan Shazier put into position for fast start

Steelers notebook: Unlike Timmons, inside linebacker and first-round draft pick Shazier will be given every chance to star this season.

3 days ago

Plenty of preparation needed to size up latest pitching foes

The Pirates are finding ways to adjust to the gauntlet of left-handed pitching they have encountered since the All-Star break.

4 days ago

 Former Pirates outfielder Brandon Moss rounds third after hitting a walk-off solo-home run against the Brewers in 2009.

On the Pirates: How Brandon Moss found his bash by the bay

Former Pirate Brandon Moss has gotten much better and, more important, many more opportunities that have sparked his success in Oakland.

3 days ago

Gene Collier: Time to shift strategies vs. the shift

The advent of the defensive shift in baseball, and now how often it's being used, is suppressing offense and in turn hurting the game.

3 days ago

 New Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour.

First woman, Sandy Barbour, hired as AD at Penn State

The former athletic director at University of California Berkeley will take over Nittany Lions athletic programs.

3 days ago

 Quarterback Lisa Horton and the Passion won a second women's football championship.

MVP Horton sparks title-game rout for Passion

Passion roll to second women's football championship with 41-7 victory against the Houston Energy.

3 days ago

 As athletic director Dave Joyner departs, many of Penn State's programs must continue to regain their stability.

A changing face: Penn State athletics remain in flux

Penn State's athletic landscape has been altered significantly in three years since the Sandusky news, both financially and personnel-wise.

3 days ago

 Neal Huntington, senior vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bob Smizik: Consecutive routs accentuate Pirates' weaknesses

The performance of the past two nights -- two runs in 18 innings in consecutive 8-1 losses -- could push Neal Huntington toward panicking

3 days ago

Dulac on Golf: Stellar performance just in time for local pro

Just when he needed it most, Trinity High School graduate Steve Wheatcroft nabbed a victory on the Tour in dominant fashion --

4 days ago

Power ends regular season with 12 wins in row

The Power completed dominated the Philadelphia Soul, 64-34, Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.

3 days ago

Stars unlikely to appear, but match still rich in talent

Star players from Manchester City and AC Milan aren't likely to play today, but there will still be plenty of talent at Heinz Field.

3 days ago

 Charlie Morton gave up four runs in six innings Friday against the Rockies in Denver.

Morton, West Coast swing get off to rocky start

A week after mounting three comeback wins against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park, the Pirates were roughed up, 8-1, at Coors Field.

4 days ago

 Roethlisberger scrambles during drills Saturday afternoon on the first day of practice in Latrobe.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opens up about no-huddle, contract, Ray Rice

The relationship between Ben Roethlisberger and Todd Haley has advanced so far since last season that the quarterback says they are friends.

3 days ago

 New Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour today in State College.

Penn State names Sandy Barbour as new athletic director

Eric Barron announced Ms. Barbour at a noon news conference, calling her the “clear, first and unanimous” choice of the selection committee.

3 days ago

McWicked wins Adios Pace at the Meadows

All went as planned today for David Miller and McWicked as the 7-5 morning line favorite raced to a 1:49:1 first-place finish.

3 days ago

 Jeff Locke, seen here in a file photo, surrendered six earned runs in Saturday's loss to the Rockies in Denver.

Rockies hit three solo homers off Locke, beat Pirates, 8-1

Jeff Locke struggled with his command, but was not aided by the Pirates‘‍ lack of offense, which bit the club for a second game in a row.

3 days ago

Pirates notebook: Defensive plan different at Coors Field

Manager Clint Hurdle certainly familiar with Coors Field

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Analyzing the Steelers -- briefly

Steelermania is officially in season and although not quite what it once was, the local NFL team remains, by far, the most popular team in

4 days ago


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