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Serena Williams wins 6th Australian Open for 19th major title

By The Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed “C’mon,” careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th straight win over ...

College Basketball Tuesday: Standout freshmen guards meet in Big Ten showdown

By John Grupp
In a freshman class known for its big men, two young guards are headed for a Thursday night clash. Maryland’s Melo Trimble and the No. ...

Paying cost of attendance worries Power 5 schools large and small

By Bob Cohn
To Oliver Luck’s recollection, his father sent him off to college with good wishes and a $500 check. Or maybe it was $400. Luck said he ...

Penn Hills native turns around Fordham football program

By Ed Phillipps
Penn Hills native Joe Moorhead is the coach of the Fordham University football team, but he still has room in his heart for another squad, ...

Jeannette grad DePalma grapples with mental aspects of wrestling

By Brian Knavish
Michael DePalma has won a lot of wrestling matches in his life — heck, he’s already won plenty this season. But the Jeannette High School ...

Gateway grad hopes to help turn Delaware season around

By Michael Love
The Delaware Blue Hens men’s basketball team lost four of five starters from last year’s Colonial Athletic Association championship team that competed against Michigan State ...

College basketball extra: Ex-Pitt commit, former WPIAL star help Temple rebound from worst season

By John Grupp
This Temple is being rebuilt. One-time Pitt signee Jaylen Bond and former Lincoln Park standout Devontae Watson are part of a turnaround as Temple distances itself ...

Assistant coaches cashing in at college level

By Bob Cohn
Bob Shoop works countless hours performing countless tasks as Penn State’s defensive coordinator, just like when he held the same job at William & Mary ...

Baldwin graduate Wentzel back with Rider women’s basketball team

By Ray Fisher
Baldwin graduate Taylor Wentzel is back with the Rider University women’s basketball program. Not that she really departed from the Lady Broncos’ program. Wentzel, a 5-foot-6 redshirt ...

College basketball insider: Seton Hall’s Gibbs emulates brother, emerges from his shadow

By John Grupp
Another Gibbs is flourishing in the Big East. Sterling Gibbs, the younger brother of former Pitt standout guard Ashton Gibbs, is a big reason behind No. ...

Ohio State stuns Oregon in College Football Playoff Championship

By The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the ...

Roy Tarpley, drug-plagued former Mavericks center, dies at 50

By The Associated Press
DALLAS — Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died Friday. He was 50. According to ...

Fox Chapel grad Mathias making immediate impact for Duke women’s basketball team

By Marty Stewart
Former Fox Chapel basketball star Erin Mathias has been seeing a lot of action as a freshman for the Duke University women’s basketball team. The ...

Jeannette’s Cox looking forward after wild Cotton Bowl win with Michigan State

By Brian Knavish
For three quarters, it looked like the season would end in disappointment for Demetrious Cox and the Michigan State football team. Then, the fortunes changed in a magical fourth quarter. The Jeannette High School graduate and his fellow Spartans rallied ...

Gateway grad Nicholson part of Michigan State’s big Cotton Bowl comeback

By Michael Love
Montae Nicholson still believed. He tried to help as many of his Michigan State teammates believe as well. Trailing 41-21 to Baylor in the fourth quarter of the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day, Nicholson and the rest of the Spartans faced ...

College basketball extra: Gateway product Harris endures ups and downs at Delaware

By John Grupp
Perhaps nobody in college basketball history went through what Gateway graduate Barnett Harris and his Delaware teammates experienced in 2014. In March, they reached the ...