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With parity serving as catalyst, the contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby make up a longer than usual list.

Think of this year’s assemblage of horses entered for the 2017 Kentucky Derby as last year in Big 10 football.

05/01/2017 - 21:40
Anthony Jaskulski
31-1 longshot Irap shocked favorite McCracken and company in the Keeneland Blue Grass Stakes, giving the Kentucky Derby prep road another sharp left turn in determining a favorite for the May 6 race at Churchill Downs.

Four more weeks to go.

04/09/2017 - 22:05
Anthony Jaskulski
For a lot of young student-athletes, sports are essentially a hobby. They represent an activity to boost a college résumé or a tool to stay active. But for many young athletes, sports mean much more.

Sports can be an outlet used to forget about an otherwise troublesome life, whether those troubles lie at school, home or both. Sports are all some kids have.

01/16/2017 - 13:55
Chris Hayes
Aaron Gray is a familiar name for most Pittsburgh basketball fans. The 7’0”, 270-pound center led the '07 Panthers to an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance and was one of the most prolific big men to play for coach Jamie Dixon.

What fans may not know about, however, is Gray’s journey after he left the steel city.

10/25/2016 - 06:29
Chris Hayes
Jeanne Marie Laskas is the New York Times best-selling author of Concussion and the 2009 GQ article “Game Brain,” which inspired the Golden Globe-nominated movie, Concussion, starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin.

Laskas is the author of six other books, include the award-winning Hidden America (Putnam, 2012) and a trilogy of memoirs: Fifty Acres and Poodle, The Exact Same Moon, and Growing Girls.

10/03/2016 - 23:22
Tony DeFazio
Stan Wawrinka upset number one seed Novak Djokivic in the men’s singles final in four sets to claim his first career U.S. Open championship Sunday evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

Wawrinka fell behind his opponent early, losing the first set 6-7 in a tiebreaker, yet stormed back to take the next three, 6-4, 7-5 and 6-3.

09/12/2016 - 01:14
Casey Chafin
Angelique Kerber won her second major tournament of 2016 and in the process solidified her status as the top ranked player in the World Tennis Association Rankings with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 three set victory over tenth seeded Karolina Pliskova.

The 28 year-old German will become the oldest player in the history of the WTA rankings to become No. 1 for the first time.  Kerber is also the first German to win the U.S.

09/10/2016 - 23:07
Brandon Walker
Jimmy Walker parred the 18th hole Sunday to win the PGA Championship by a shot over Jason Day, who eagled the final hole.

Walker held off a hard-charge from Day in the final round of the 2016 PGA Championship at New Jersey’s Baltusrol Golf Club, clinching his first major championship.

07/31/2016 - 21:02
Jed Johnson
Another memorable chapter played out in the storied history of Oakmont Country Club, as Dustin Johnson seized the moment, capturing the 116th U.S. Open Championship with an impressive 4-under par (276) for his first major win after many close calls, and a penalty stroke hanging over his head on the back nine.

Even with the knowledge that he was going to be deducted a stroke due to a penalty on the 5th hole for apparently moving the ball, Johnson blazed through the rest of his round, leaving no doubts th

06/19/2016 - 22:24
John Krysinsky
If there's any golfer at this week's US Open that feels right at home at Oakmont Country Club -- it's Jim Furyk.

On Saturday, the 2003 US Open Champion and 17-time PGA TOUR winner with strong roots in Western Pennsylvania, stayed near the top of the leaderboard, finishing at 1-under par after 36 holes played

06/18/2016 - 23:03
John Krysinsky
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Josh Bell had not hit a walk-off home run since he was a member of the Altoona Curve in 2015. He changed that Friday with a soaring shot for the left field loonies.
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