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Working the Count

Everyone Expects the Penguins to Lose. Perfect.

Maybe this is exactly what the team needs –– to win.

Pirates' Payroll Threatens Playoff Hopes

The Bucs could start the season with the National League’s second-lowest payroll, at a time when a little spending could do a lot for their playoff chances.

Death to the NFL Salary Cap

It doesn’t provide parity or competitive balance. The salary cap just steals millions from players who, rightfully, want to retire before hits to the head could ruin their life.
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Pirates

Pittsburghers Expect Results from Confident Gregory Polanco

Unlike previous top prospects, the Dominican-born outfielder joined the Pirates when they were playoff bound. This season, he knows he must find his place in the big leagues to help the team win a pennant.

Getting Better Over Time: PNC Park at 15

Adoration for PNC Park is near-universal. But would the park be the cherished baseball palace it is today if a few early proposals instead had become reality?

For the Pirates, Playoff Expectations are the New Normal

But is that a good thing?

Pittsburgh Pirates' Hurdle on Hip: 'I Feel Great'

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle talks about his recovery from hip replacement surgery.
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More Sports

20 Great Biking & Hiking Trails in Western Pennsylvania

Each trail has been lovingly constructed and maintained, using old infrastructure to reconnect disparate communities.

Jamie Dixon: Winning His Way

Peers, players, and regular observers know him to be one of the best coaches — and people — in college basketball.

A Growing Rivalry on Ice: Robert Morris vs. Penn State

Two teams that clearly don't like each other are vying for bragging rights for the state.
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Steelers

Finally Home: How Pittsburgh Won Over Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu came to Pittsburgh craving the California sun. Nearly a dozen years later, he shares a rare glimpse of the relationships he developed here — with his God, the Steelers Nation and the city he and his family now call home. One thing is certain: he never wants to leave.

Ryan Shazier Can Get the Job Done

The new Steelers linebacker brings more than speed and athleticism with him to Heinz Field.

Remembering Chuck Noll

Veteran journalist Bob Dvorchak looks back on the life of the Super Steelers’ celebrated coach.
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Penguins

Gotta See: Sidney Crosby Joins NHL Rivals for Unforgettable Sledge Hockey Game

Gatorade unveiled the video as part of a new commercial campaign during the world junior championship.

Penguins Profile: The Fearless Patric Hornqvist

The Penguin winger fits in easily with the team, thanks to his infectious personality and his mad dedication to confounding opposing goaltenders.

Mike Johnston’s Plan for Bringing the Cup Back to Pittsburgh

Via Nova Scotia, Australia, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Portland, the new Penguins coach arrives with championship expectations.

Why Can’t the NHL Stop Punching Itself in the Face?

Hockey’s unwritten code is hurting the league and its players.

9 Questions With Olli Maatta

Olli Maatta, the Penguins’ soft-spoken rookie defenseman, prefers to let his play on the ice do the talking.

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The 412

Two Pittsburgh Restaurants Closing; Kings Leaving the Family

One of the eateries has been a staple in Bloomfield for more than a half-century.

Who's Carson? Why Does He Have His Own Street?

Some of the names synonymous with Pittsburgh have surprising histories behind them.

Aviary Determined to Have Dwindling Condors Leave the Nest

The National aAviary is working to send ’Burgh-born birds back to their natural habitats to boost endangered populations.

Are You Missing Out? Why More People Love Life in Butler County

Cranberry Township is crammed, but people still are flocking north.

6 Great Places to Celebrate Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

So many options, so little time. Here are our picks for each remaining day of this celebration of specialty suds.

How Long Does it Take to Sell A House in Pittsburgh?

Realtors say the answer is good news for sellers and buyers alike.
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