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Thursday July 24 2014
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The 2014 draft is in the rear view mirror, which means it's never too early to start talking about next year's class.

Half a dozen prospects stand out above the rest as top 10 draft picks next spring, and half are quarterbacks.

05/12/2014 - 11:43
Tony DeFazio
Steelers look for receivers and corners, local players play the waiting game

The Steelers main needs heading into this draft were along the defensive line, cornerback, wide receiver and linebacker depth.

05/10/2014 - 10:50
Tony DeFazio
The 2014 NFL Draft is shaping up to be one of the deepest in recent memory. But even in the deepest of drafts, there are studs, duds, snubs and flubs. How is one to know if a draft pick is worth cheering for, or if he should be booed mercilessly?

Injuries, poor fits and simple bad luck can knock any player, no matter how great, off track. But here are four prospects whose future paths may eventually lead to Canton.

04/13/2014 - 12:19
Geoff Pfeil
Shabazz Napier scored 22 points to lead UConn to their fourth national championship in 15 years, beating preseason favorite Kentucky 60-54 in Arlington, Texas.

Several weeks ago, a dejected UConn Huskies squad had just lost its third game of the season to Louisville, and its NCAA Tournament stock crumbled.

04/07/2014 - 23:29
Ryan Bertonaschi
Aaron Harrison's 3-pointer with six seconds left lifted Kentucky to a 74-73 victory over Wisconsin, setting up an 8-seed vs. 7-seed matchup for the national championship.

In the week leading up to the 2014 Final Four, the Kentucky-Wisconsin matchup was being labelled as a collision of two polar opposite squads.

04/05/2014 - 23:51
Ryan Bertonaschi
Taylor Coppenrath. Ali Farokmenesh. Doug McDermott. Every March, someone the average Joe Fan never heard of becomes part of their daily language, for a few days at least.

Here are six players whose names you might not know right now, but you sure will over the next couple days.

03/19/2014 - 23:22
Anthony Jaskulski
The great basketball drama produced by the urgency of a single-elimination tournament is why hardcore hoops fans watch the NCAA Tournament.

The upsets are why so many others tune in. And the challenge of filling out those brackets make it fun for all of us.

03/18/2014 - 22:15
Anthony Jaskulski
Here we are again. It’s the day after Christmas and we get to play with all of our toys. Except it’s nearly 100 days after Christmas and those toys are numbers.

More specifically, the point spread on every game for the first two rounds of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

03/18/2014 - 10:33
Anthony Jaskulski
In the ever-changing world of today's college basketball, the race for the national championship is as wide open and fluid as ever. As the NCAA Tournament nears, however, these are the teams to watch.

FLORIDA GATORS

02/28/2014 - 15:06
Tony DeFazio
The NFL is about to have an openly gay player in its ranks. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam—the 2014 Southern Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year—is projected to be selected in the later rounds of this May's NFL Draft.

Can an openly-gay player really fit into a football locker room?

02/28/2014 - 14:53
Tony DeFazio
I was in a minor league press box in Charlotte, NC, last month, taking in one of Gregory Polanco’s final triple-A games. A colleague, upon learning I was from Pittsburgh, approached me with a question.
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The season is nearing the halfway point and the Pirates are still treading water. After falling a season-high eight games under .500 in early May, the team has actually posted the best record in the National League since May 6.
Feature TwoNorth Shore Notes
Steve Blass was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1960 and made his major league debut in 1964. From 1968 through 1972, Blass was one of the National League’s best pitchers.
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It’s an odd thought for Sterling Jenkins. It’s still a year away, but after he finishes his senior year at Baldwin High School, he’ll be playing college football at Penn State.
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In Dr. Pat Farabaugh’s book “An Unbreakable Bond,” he tells the unedited story of Pittsburgh native and St. Francis (PA) grad Maurice Stokes and his NBA teammate, fellow Pittsburgher Jack Twyman.
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When Pittsburgh canine officer Rocco died in the line of duty in January, Chris Benson of Benstonium.com created a design to pay tribute to the fallen officer. When The Black N Gold Girls shared his design on Facebook, their followers decided to help.
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The NHL handed out their annual awards at the end of June, and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby captured a hat trick, securing the Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy (scoring champ) and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players).
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Pittsburgh is city full of sports heroes and legendary figures. The list of Pittsburgh sports legends is long, but it begins with the following four men.
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