Published on Saturday, 05 September 2015 12:03 pm by Sam Werner
game-day-pitt-vs-youngstown-state Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first game day of the 2015 season. We're just about an hour away from kickoff between Pitt and Youngstown State, and here are a couple of links and notes to get you there. - First off, defensive tackle Darryl Render, offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty and center Artie Rowell are all dressed and available today. All ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 05 September 2015 1:00 am by Seth Rorabaugh
vacation-post-09-05-15-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Stan Jonathan. Acquired early in the 1982-83 season in a deal which sent cash to the Bruins, Jonathan ended his eight-season NHL career by appearing in 19 games for the Penguins and recording three assists. He retired in the 1983 offseason. -Today's Obligatory Video: Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 7:56 pm by Dan Gigler
steel-castings-on-brady-and-the-cover-2This week Post-Gazette sports editor Jerry Micco and host Dan Gigler discuss the Brady vs. NFL ruling and the intricacies of the Cover 2 defense and how the Steelers will use it in 2015. Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 7:03 pm by Mike White
live-friday-blog-penn-hills-at-upper-st-clairLive blog from Penn Hills at Upper St. Clair game. Look to the side for score updates and notes on other games around the area, courtesy of @PGVarsityXtra. If you have a score, note or photo to tweet use #wpial and tag @PGVarsityXtra FINAL: Upper St. Clair 17, Penn Hills 0 Big win for Montour, 17-14 over Central Valley. West A or Montour new No. 1 in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 6:00 pm by Barbara Vancheri
force-friday-celebrates-star-wars-nothing-but-star-wars Fans Awaken for ‘Force Friday’ More than 3,000 retail locations in the U.S. open at midnight to celebrate new ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ products   On “Saturday Night Live,” Bill Murray once played a lounge singer who crooned, “Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars … ” That was the case today on Force Friday. More than 3,000 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 12:26 pm by Mike White
predictions-and-this-week-in-high-school-sports-videoVarsity Blog programming note: Live blog will come to you tonight from Penn Hills-Upper St. Clair game. Follow Mike White on Twitter @mwhiteburgh, but you can also get scores and updates from games around the area on Twitter @PGVarsityXtra. Those score updates can also be seen to the right of this blog. If you've got a score update, note or photos from ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 10:07 am by Craig Meyer
west-virginia-s-guarantee-games-and-how-they-compare-to-the-big-12 (Photo: WVU.edu) Most anyone who follows college football reasonably closely understands the concept of a guarantee game. In these matchups, a large school in need of a non-conference opponent to round out its schedule pays a smaller college large sums of money to come up there for a stand-alone, non-home-and-home game. With few exceptions, the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 1:00 am by Seth Rorabaugh
vacation-post-09-04-15-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Tomas Sandstrom (right). Acquired late in the 1993-94 season along with Shawn McEachern in a deal which sent Marty McSorley and Jim Paek to the Kings, Sandstrom spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1993-94 by appearing in 27 games for the Penguins and scoring 17 points. In six ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
president-trumpDonald Trump thinks he can bully his way into a successful presidency. Hmmm. I can just imagine what that would look like.  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 03 September 2015 1:00 am by Seth Rorabaugh
vacation-post-09-03-15 -Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Martin Straka (above). A first-round pick in 1992, Straka spent parts of 10 seasons over two separate stints with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1992-93, Straka appeared in 42 games and scored 16 points. He saw action in 11 postseason games that spring and contributed three points. Straka took a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 4:39 pm by Sam Werner
pat-narduzzi-doesn-t-believe-in-your-allergies-and-other-notes-from-the-acc-conference-callPat Narduzzi made his regular season debut on the ACC coaches conference call today, and he did so with a great anecdote about his time coaching with Syracuse's Scott Shafer when the two were assistants at Rhode Island in the early 90's. I'll let Narduzzi take it from there... NARDUZZI: "I could tell you the kiwi story if you really wanted a good ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 3:53 pm by Mike White
countdown-to-friday-night-lights-class-a-and-city-league-previewlLast in a series previewing the four classes in the WPIAL and also the City League. Before we get to the Class A and City League previews, in case you missed, the Class AAA and AA previews appeared earlier as did Class AAAA. Now, onto ... WPIAL CLASS A PREVIEW By The Numbers Top returning statistical leaders from last season (regular season ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 3:51 pm by Sam Werner
video-jim-chaney-alex-bookser-darrin-hallOffensive coordinator Jim Chaney: Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 3:47 pm by Sam Werner
talkin-bout-practice-sept-2Pitt was back at it on the South Side today, and it was the last practice open to the media before the season opener against Youngstown State Saturday... - Not a whole lot to report from today's practice session. We really only got to see walkthrough and stretching, and the media window was closed before the true practice even started. - The one ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
absolutionPope Francis, in another sign that he truly cares more about people than dogma, has offered absolution to anyone who has had to make the heart-wrenching decision to have an abortion. I don't agree with the Catholic Church on the politics of reproductive freedom, but I really like this Pope. Wish I could say the same thing about the leaders of the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 1:00 am by Seth Rorabaugh
vacation-post-09-02-15-Happy 72nd birthday to former Penguins forward Glen Sather (right). Acquired from the Bruins during the 1969 offseason through an intra-league draft, Sather spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, Sather appeared in all 76 of the team's games and scored 26 points. In 10 playoff games that spring, he contributed two assists. Sather ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
brewed-on-grant-peduto-manWizard World is coming. Formerly the Pittsburgh Comic Con, this major geek fest is downtown for the first time ever. It's like a real convention!  Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 6:05 pm by Barbara Vancheri
see-why-eddie-redmayne-likely-to-return-to-oscars-for-second-year-in-a-row  Eddie Redmayne, who won the best actor Oscar over Michael Keaton earlier this year, has another contender on his hands with "The Danish Girl."  Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in the love story based on the book by David Ebershoff and directed by Tom Hooper. It opens in New York and Los Angeles after Thanksgiving and elsewhere in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 5:52 pm by Barbara Vancheri
new-producers-coming-to-88th-oscars-in-february New producers for the Oscars. Here is the press release from the Academy. This could mean the announcement of a host or hosts could be next:    LOS ANGELES, CA — Emmy-winning live television producer David Hill and Oscar-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 1:39 pm by Sam Werner
video-tom-sims-jordan-whiteheadDefensive line coach Tom Sims: Read More and Comment