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 Penguins Nick Spaling and Steve Downiw celebrate a first-period goal Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.

Call-ups thrust into action

Penguins notebook: Once again, the Penguins had to throw a couple of new players into the mix — Taylor Chorney and Derrick Pouliot.

about 6 hours ago


 Kasperi Kapanen was selected 22nd overall by the Penguins in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft earlier this year in Philadelphia

On the Penguins: Kasperi Kapanen is the one to watch at world juniors

The Penguins have just one prospect to follow at junior championships, but Kasperi Kapanen is quite an eyeful.

about 6 hours ago


 Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston is tied for the NFL lead in sacks with 17.

Chiefs defense relies upon sacks to succeed

The opportunistic defense in Kansas City is still very much predicated on getting to the quarterback, even in the NFL’s changing landscape.

about 6 hours ago


Vermont ski resort trims prices

Vermont ski resort at Bolton goes against the tide by lowering lift prices for the 2014-15 season.

about 6 hours ago


 Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, right, needs 50 yards for 1,000 on the season.

Gerry Dulac's Game 15 matchup: Steelers vs. Chiefs

A look at the players to watch, big matchups and keys to victory for the Steelers-Chiefs game today at Heinz Field.

about 6 hours ago


 Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 115 catches and 1,498 yards, and his 11 touchdowns tie for second.

On the Steelers: Go ahead, try and pick just one team MVP

If there ever was a year for a three-way tie in Steelers MVP voting, 2014 is it with Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

about 6 hours ago


 Maurkice Pouncey

Head to head: C Maurkice Pouncey vs. Chiefs NT Dontari Pope

Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe is a throwback player in that he rarely leaves the field even at a position that has become less valuable.

about 6 hours ago


 Penn State's Micha Hancock, right, hugs coach Russ Rose, left, after Penn State defeated BYU in the NCAA women's volleyball  championship Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Penn State volleyball dynasty adds 7th title

The Nittany Lions sweep BYU for their sixth volleyball NCAA championship in eight years.

about 6 hours ago


 Pitt's Reggie Mitchell, who transferred in from Wisconsin, said he can relate to Paul Chryst's desire to return home.

Pitt players say they understand Paul Chryst’s reasoning

Panthers players claim they harbor no ill will toward Paul Chryst for going home to coach his alma mater at Wisconsin.

about 6 hours ago


 Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci returns this season for the Rams basketball team, alongside star freshman Phil Jurkovec.

High school notebook: Pine-Richland freshman is WPIAL's next star

Pine-Richland freshman Phil Jurkovec could be the next big thing in two sports.

about 6 hours ago


 Stokes Clarke of Hidden Valley, Pa., casts for winter trout on Laurel Hill Creek at Laurel Hill State Park.

Special places

Trout Unlimited lists four areas within an easy drive of Pittsburgh that should be visited.

about 6 hours ago


 Caleb Norman, 14, of New Brighton, took this 8-point buck Dec. 6 near Clarion, Pa.

Outdoors notebook: Suburb takes aim at deer problem

Mt. Lebanon commissioners will launch the first part of a "comprehensive deer management plan" with an archery program Dec. 26.

about 6 hours ago


The shortest day of the year

Wildlife: Today is the first day of winter. Defined by the year's shortest day and longest night.

about 6 hours ago


 William Gay makes an interception that was called back due to a holding call Dec. 7 in Cincinnati.

William Gay re-emerges as a force on defense

Steelers cornerback living up to nickname as Big-play Willie Gay with three interception returns for touchdowns.

1 day ago


 Sidney Crosby celebrates after scoring in the third period against the Panthers.

Penguins face 46 Florida shots, still win 3-1

Marc-Andre Fleury faced the most shots of the Penguins’ season Saturday night, and he stopped all but one.

about 6 hours ago


 Pitt's Michael Young drives to the net against Oakland's Nick Daniels in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Saturday.

Pitt beats Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 81-77, in overtime

The game was a classic case of good news, bad news, as the Panthers came out with a win but struggled to do so at home.

about 5 hours ago


 Jussi Jokinen, right, celebrates with Panthers teammate Brad Boyes Dec. 6. Jokinen is relied upon more in Florida, but in different roles than when he was with the Penguins.

Former Penguin Jokinen has new on-ice role with Florida

Jussi Jokinen’s role changes with move from Penguins to Panthers, but not his role as a mentor of young, foreign players.

1 day ago


Larry Walsh on snow sports: Ski mom keeps fun flowing

The family that skis together has a ton of fun together, says ski mom Wendy Ellis, who makes sure that it happens with her clan.

1 day ago


West Mifflin edges rival Steel Valley, 70-69

Tony Hill makes two free throws with 26 seconds left to lift West Mifflin to a 70-69 Class AAA Section 3 victory against Steel Valley.

1 day ago


 Olli Maatta - Tough year gets even tougher

Penguins notebook: Defenseman dealing with mumps and bumps

Defenseman Olli Maatta has mumps to go along with an undisclosed injury that has kept him out of the past 5 games.

1 day ago


 Chris Kunitz, seen here against the Rangers Henrik Lundquist last May, returns to the lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Kunitz returns to lineup for Penguins against Florida, Adams, Martin, Ehroff out

Craig Adams has an undisclosed injury, his absence will end his streak of 319 games played.

about 18 hours ago


 Penn State players celebrate Thursday night after defeating Stanford in  an NCAA women's volleyball tournament semifinal in Oklahoma City.

Player of year Hancock sets pace for PSU women

National player of year Micha Hancock sets everything up for Penn State women's volleyball team as it bids for NCAA title Saturday night.

1 day ago


Penguins recall defensemen Chorney, Pouliot from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Pouliot is the AHL team’s leading scorer, while Chorney has appeared in 25 league games this season.

about 20 hours ago


 Former Pitt coach Paul Chryst is gone, and the search is on to find his replacement.

Pitt football coach search committee plans to interview 5 to 7 candidates

Committee chair Jerry Cochran said conversations are already well underway.

about 16 hours ago


Duquesne snaps losing streak with rout at home

The Dukes beat Massachusetts Lowell 79-63, at Palumbo Center today.

about 15 hours ago


Pitt dragging on offense

Pitt’s defense had come around recently but the offense seems to be lacking as of late.

1 day ago


Duquesne hopes to rebound vs. Massachusetts Lowell

Rebounding is one of the biggest setbacks lately for Duquesne.

1 day ago


 Bishop Canevin’s Mitch King, left, battles for the ball with Washington’s Dequay Isbell Friday at Bishop Canevin. Canevin rallied for a 65-55 victory.

High school basketball highlights: North Allegheny rolls over Gateway with Constantino’s 37

Surging North Allegheny, powered by Cole Constantino’s 37 points, rolled to a 90-76 win against Gateway.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Chiefs pose problems, but . . .

The Steelers aren’t the only team with a personality disorder. The Kansas City Chiefs are also some guilty of strange on-the-field behavior.

1 day ago


 Penguins winger Beau Bennett started showing symptoms two days after he visited Children's Hospital.

Children’s Hospital examining policies on infections

The Pittsburgh Penguins had some concerns about mumps after playing teams with stricken players but visited the hospital anyway.

1 day ago


Basketball Box Scores: Dec. 20

Box scores from Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

about 6 hours ago


Pitt to hire football coach before athletic director

Head of search committee says hiring of a coach to replace Paul Chryst is expected "relatively shortly."

1 day ago


 Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz didn't take long to lead his team to the top of the WPIAL Class AAAA standings.

Pine-Richland's Kasperowicz gets his team to the top in a hurry

In just his second season as at Pine-Richland, Eric Kasperowicz won a WPIAL title and is the Post-Gazette’s choice as coach of the year..

1 day ago


 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead breaks a tackle by Archbishop Wood's Justin Rubin after an interception in the PIAA Class AAA championship game at Hersheypark Stadium last week..

Central Valley's Whitehead delivers in oh-so many ways

Post-Gazette Player of the Year Jordan Whitehead had a sensational senior season, leading his team to a WPIAL title in grand style.

1 day ago


 With wins in their final two regular season games, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers would clinch the AFC North and host a playoff game.

Limited tickets for possible Steelers playoff game on sale Saturday

With wins in their final two games, the Steelers would host a playoff game Jan. 3 or Jan. 4 at Heinz Field.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh Penguins Olli Maatta clears the front of the net against the Canucks at the Consol Energy Center earlier this month.

Penguins' Maatta tests positive for mumps

Tests for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and goaltender Thomas Greiss came back negative.

1 day ago


 Corey Hart plays for the Brewers.

Pirates sign former Brewer

Corey Hart, trying to battle back from two years of knee problems and surgeries, likely will platoon at first base with Pedro Alvarez.

1 day ago


 Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against Lawrence Timmons and Antwon Blake of the Steelers at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 14.

On the Steelers: Lawrence Timmons not getting recognition he deserves

The inside linebacker consistently makes big hits; unfortunately, some of his victims are his Steelers teammates, not opponents.

2 days ago


Penguins notebook: Crosby returns to lineup

Star center Sidney Crosby missed three games with mumps after picture of his swollen face goes viral on social media.

2 days ago


 Offensive coordinator Todd Haley throws a pass as the Steelers practice at  their South Side training facility on Nov. 26.

Steelers notebook: Facing former team no benefit for Todd Haley

Offensive coordinator says facing Kansas City offers no significant advantage any more because of personnel turnover.

2 days ago


Sandusky loses legal battle to restore state pension

The former Penn State assistant football coach, convicted of multiple sex offenses, was trying to win back a $4,900-a-month state pension.

1 day ago


 Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury of sexual abuse of 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

AP: Jerry Sandusky won't get his pension back

Sandusky’s attorney Chuck Benjamin said today that the State Employees’ Retirement System issued a 122-page opinion with the decision.

1 day ago


 Jerry Sandusky is escorted from the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing on child sex abuse in October 2012.

Judge delays January trial on Penn State sanctions

The judge says she needs more time to resolve disagreements about which documents the NCAA must produce.

1 day ago


 Former University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson, left, and former Pitt football coach Paul Chryst talk about the team's inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college football schedule at a news conference at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh last year.

Coach or AD? Which Pitt football post will be filled first?

With two top jobs open, the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic department may be looking to reinvent itself.

2 days ago


 Pitt's Michael Young blocks a shot by Duquesne's Darius Lewis in the first half at Consol Energy Center Friday night, December 5, 2014.

It still comes down to defense for Pitt

The Panthers are starting to do more of what Jamie Dixon wants defensively, though they also remain a work in progress.

2 days ago


 Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen on the sidelines in last month at Milan Puskar Stadium.

No shortage of topics for conversation around West Virginia football

Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is leaving after the Liberty Bowl, Tom Bradley isn't going anywhere, and Oliver Luck will be missed.

2 days ago


 Penn State football head coach James Franklin speaks during a news conference at Yankee Stadium regarding the upcoming Pinstripe Bowl between Penn State and Boston College, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in the Bronx borough of New York.

The in-home visit: Building a relationship with a recruit

Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff pride themselves on have rapport with the family as well as the player.

2 days ago


District roundup: Brianna Kiesel sparks Pitt women to 7th win

The Panthers took down Ball State Thursday at home to improve to 7-3 on the season.

2 days ago


 Vincentian's Sarah Marusic, left, guards  St. Joseph's Lizzy Celko Thursday night at Vincentian.

High school highlights: Milestone win for Blackhawk star

Standout guard Chassidy Omogrosso surpassed 2,000 career points in the Cougars' victory against Ellwood City.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Show me the money, Chancellor

Pitt chancellor Patrick Gallagher, some five months on the job, moved boldly this week by firing athletic director Steve Pederson.

2 days ago



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