Penguins GM Rutherford not counting on Dupuis’ return

After acquiring Daniel Winnik, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford did not acquire another forward before the NHL trade deadline on Monday. Rutherford did not avoid doing so with the thought that Pascal Dupuis could be back this season. The Penguins announced on Nov. 19 that Dupuis had a blood clot in his lung and would […]

Spring teams making most of indoor practices until weather breaks

Although the calendar says it still is winter, spring has arrived for high school baseball, softball, track and boys tennis. Monday was the first official day of practice for WPIAL teams, and although the weather was less than ideal for outdoor work, teams made the most of the opportunity. “Until the weather changes, we have […]

Surgeon to examine Pirates’ Cumpton after experiencing elbow discomfort

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Due to lingering discomfort in his elbow, Pirates right-hander Brandon Cumpton will be examined Monday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Cumpton’s elbow flared up Saturday as he threw a round of live batting practice at Pirate City. He was examined over the weekend by team doctors. Cumpton said he’s felt discomfort […]

Lawmakers want child sex abuse victims more time to come forward

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Astros trade talk: Does Robbie Grossman make sense for Toronto?

Houston has depth in the outfield. Toronto has a need in the outfield. Do the two meet in the middle? One outfielder will probably be on the way out this spring. Houston currently has Jake Marisnick, George Springer and Colby Rasmus in the starting mix, with Alex Presley, Robbie Grossman and L.J. Hoes as viable […]

LUNCHTIME LINKS: President Mark Cuban, and also sports news

Non-Sporting News On the heels of Mark Cuban being tabbed to play the role of President of the United States in Sharknado 3, the Washington Post considered what an actual Mark Cuban presidency might look like, with quotes from the IU alum himself. Baseball Logan Sowers captured his first career Freshman of the Week award, and the […]

Jameis Winston headed to Buccaneers for lengthy visit, who makes deal on Marcus Mariota-related trade?

The 2015 NFL Draft is a little under two months away. It appears the No. 1 pick could be coming into focus, but what happens next? The top of the 2015 NFL Draft board might clear up a lot sooner rather than later. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is headed to Tampa for a visit […]

British young-adult author Mal Peet dies at 67

Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67. Peet’s agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday. He had been diagnosed with cancer several months ago. Peet wrote young-adult novels, as well as educational children’s books co-authored with his wife Elspeth Graham. He won the […]

Andrew Lack in talks to return to NBC

Former NBC News president Andrew Lack is in talks to return to that network’s troubled news organization. An executive at NBC Universal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Tuesday that Lack, a veteran entertainment executive who worked at NBC for a decade ending in 2003, would return in […]

Apollo Theater to honor blues singer Billie Holiday

The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday. The legendary American jazz vocalist was born on April 17, 1915, and died in 1959 at the age of 44. Holiday performed at least two dozen times at the Apollo. She will be inducted into its Walk of Fame […]

TGF: Gear: Tailgate Food Preparation

A tailgate can happen anywhere, and they often do. Whether you’re using a stove or an indoor grill, a BBQ or a campfire, any good food requires a little preparation. The meat has to be marinated or, at the very least, seasoned to bring out the right flavors. All this may just come down to […]

DNA Tool Helping Biologists Find Elusive Or Invasive Species

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene. It’s this evidence that Kit Paulsen is seeking as she wades into an urban creek east of Seattle and fills a […]