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The Pitt Stop

Penn State earns national title game berth

Christine Nairn scored a golden goal in overtime for Penn State women's soccer.

Christian Hackenberg highlights show arm strength

A look at the Nittany Lions' quarterback of the future in some of his top high school senior year moments.

Russell Martin deal a decent gamble for Pirates

The Pirates' two-year pact with Russell Martin isn't exactly inspiring, but it's better than they might have done.

Casey Hampton doesn't mind hot dog heckling

The case for Russell Martin

Russell Martin might make sense to pair with Pirates catcher Michael McKenry.

True freshman James Robinson fitting in at Pitt

The young point guard is already a major contributor to the team.

Tim Frazier injury unfortunate, but well-timed

Tim Frazier's injury is devastating to this year's Penn State squad, but the point guard could escape the cruel fate of former Nittany Lions standout Geary Claxton.

Awards show PSU doesn't always need top recruits

Penn State will have recruiting issues in the coming years, but Bill O'Brien and company may be able to overcome them.

Steelers still have decent shot at playoffs

The last two weeks have been unkind to the Steelers, but if Ben Roethlisberger can return reasonably soon, they still have a good shot at the playoffs.

Could Bill O'Brien leave for the NFL?

Could Bill O'Brien leave for the NFL?

Thanksgiving weekend: Penn State vs. Rutgers?

Penn State won't have a rivalry with Rutgers immediately, but could have a meaningful series over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Plaxico Burress to return to team that drafted him

Plaxico Burress is reportedly coming back to the team that drafted him.

Former Pitt star, NFL coach Mike Ditka has stroke

The Panther tight end and NFL legend hopes to return as ESPN analyst soon

Mike Shanahan robbed at Heinz Field

The Redskins' coach had items stolen from him in Heinz Field's vistors' locker room.

McCutchen a finalist for MVP, but Posey should win

Andrew McCutchen is a finalist for the NL MVP award, but don't expect him to win it.

DBacks' Bauer, Bucs' Cole not fans of each other

A new report suggests that former UCLA teammates Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole don't like each other much.

Neal Huntington will not be fired

Neal Huntington and his underlings will not be fired.

Bracketology 2013: Already? Yes, already

Pitt and Robert Morris make an early-November NCAA Tournament bracket. And no, that doesn't mean anything.

Pitt fans have busy Friday with football and hoops

The Pittsburgh Panthers will play football and basketball games on Friday night.

Pitt's Jamie Dixon not settling on starters yet

The head coach may change up the starting lineup as the season goes on.

Pirates hire Jay Bell as hitting coach

The Pirates welcome back a popular former player.

McCutchen didn't deserve Gold Glove

The Pirates deserved one Gold Glove, but it went to the wrong player.

WVU football looking for defenders

West Virginia is looking for defensive help, but have the Mountaineers missed their window?

Frank Coonelly does interview in Altoona

It certainly doesn't sound like the Pirates are in the midst of a front-office shakeup.

Pitt has difficult path to bowl game

At 4-4, the Panthers' postseason chances are in question

Andrew McCutchen a finalist for Gold Glove Award

Andrew McCutchen didn't field particularly well, but he got nominated for a Gold Glove Award anyway.

Hines Ward to enter 2013 Ironman Triathlon

The former Steeler will help replace Lance Armstrong in the event.

WVU football unsure how to fix defense

Dana Holgorsen doesn't have any answers for the Mountaineers' awful defense, and WVU's upcoming Big 12 schedule won't do its defense any favors, either.

Limas Sweed heads to ... Saskatchewan?

The Steelers second-round pick takes a shot at the CFL.

Pirates claim Chad Beck, Ali Solis

The Pirates have claimed a reliever from the Blue Jays and a catcher from the Padres.

Tino Sunseri doesn't deserve blame this season

Tino Sunseri, the oft-criticized quarterback of the Pitt Panthers, has put up respectable numbers and is not the player to blame for the Panthers' 3-4 record.

World Series to feature plenty of former Pirates

Jim Leyland and Ryan Vogelsong will highlight a long list of former Pirates who will play in the Fall Classic.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.