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Monday July 28 2014
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For a long time, West Virginia University athletics existed as a Very Big Fish in a small Big East pond.

The always-entertaining “Backyard Brawl” between WVU and Pitt brought fan and media attention on an annual basis, arguably becoming one of the best rivalries in the eastern region.

07/21/2014 - 20:07
Samuel Fatula
Pitt and Penn State were fairly well-represented in last month’s NFL Draft, with each school sending three players into the league via the annual draft. The western Pennsylvania region also saw three players selected.

The first local player taken was no surprise, as Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald went 13th overall to the St. Louis Rams.

06/06/2014 - 11:44
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
Local players headed to Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati

Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson was selected in the second round, and West Virginia's Charles Sims and Will Clarke were picked in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

05/09/2014 - 23:43
Tony DeFazio
Several local players could be off the board before the second round is completed on May 9. Pitt's Aaron Donald is the top prospect, but Penn State has a pair of players who expect to hear their names called early as well.

TOP LOCAL PROSPECT
Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt 6-1, 285

04/13/2014 - 12:13
Tony DeFazio
Year after year many college athletes transfer from one school to another. Football and both men’s and women’s basketball see more transfers than others, but recently the number of transfers in men’s hoops specifically has sky-rocketed.

Going into the 2013-14 academic year, nearly 450 male athletes switched schools to play basketball.

11/27/2013 - 11:50
Josh Carney
Eron Harris scored 33 points and Juwan Staten added 28 as West Virginia (2-1) pulled away late to defeat Duquesne 96-83 at WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (2-1) managed to hold off the Dukes (1-2) to avenge last season’s loss, which was West Virginia’s only loss in the previous nine meetings between the two teams.

11/17/2013 - 21:55
Tyler Pecyna
Bob Huggins took over the basketball program at his alma mater in 2007 after one year at Kansas State and an impressive 16-year run at Cincinnati, during which he took the Bearcats to 14 straight NCAA Tournaments.

He guided the Mountaineers to the Final Four in 2010, where they lost to Duke, and he won his 700th game as a head coach in 2011, becoming one of just four active coaches with 7oo wins.

08/03/2013 - 10:57
Tony DeFazio
West Virginia will lead the parade of local college players on draft day this season, with potential first-rounders in quarterback Geno Smith and receiver Tavon Austin. PSR takes a look at the Mountaineers, as well as prospects from Pitt, Penn State and elsewhere.

FIRST DAY
Tavon Austin, WVU
WR, 5-8, 174

04/21/2013 - 12:12
Tony DeFazio
North Allegheny's Pat Kugler, Belle Vernon's Dorian Johnson, Clairton's Tyler Boyd and Central Valley's Robert Foster grabbed most of the attention, but more than two dozen local high school football players will continue their careers at Division 1 colleges across the country.

Players are able to sign binding letters of intent with programs on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

02/04/2013 - 22:12
PSR Staff
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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Quick. Fill in the blank: The Steelers’ current receiving corps is (fill in the blank). Deep? Bottom-heavy? Talented yet unproven?
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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.
Feature ThreeNorth Shore Notes
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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