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 Troy Polamalu shows his disgust after Tampa Bay scores to beat the Steelers in the final seconds of the game against at Heinz Field.
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Troy Polamalu shows his disgust after Tampa Bay scores to beat the Steelers in the final seconds of the game against at Heinz Field.

Steelers admit the loss at home Sunday vs. Tampa Bay unacceptable

Another winless team in Jacksonville awaits them, and the Jaguars have a talented rookie quarterback who has to be eager to face their


 Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez tries to throw out the Cubs' Matt Szczur in the second inning of a September game at PNC Park. Volquez will start for the Pirates on Wednesday against the Giants.

Pirates pitcher Volquez 'excited' about starting wild-card game

“I think I deserve it,” the pitcher said about taking the mound in Wednesday’s playoff game against the Giants.



 Starling Marte scores in the ninth inning May 6 in the first MLB game won on an instant replay review.

Familiar formula rules Pirates-Giants series recently

Starting pitching has been the key to Pirates success against the Giants this season.



 Pirates fans hold up fat heads of Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 26, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates defeated the Reds 3-1.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: Wild Card Edition

Once again, the Pirates host a one-game Wild Card playoff at PNC Park -- here’s what Bill has to say about the matchup with the Giants.



 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Bucs score in the final seconds at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports

But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker.



 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as they take on the Buccaneers late in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

Tomlin said he called play on Steelers' last series against Tampa Bay

Mike Tomlin said that he called the play that led to a poor punt and then a late defensive breakdown that resulted in a Tampa Bay win.

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    Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 9.30.14

    Ray takes your questions on the Steelers, who look to rebound this weekend against winless Jacksonville.



     Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville celebrates his third-period goal Monday against the Penguins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Penguins lost, 4-1

    Notebook: Penguins fall to Wild, 4-1; Dupuis returns

    Penguins lose next-to-last exhibition game; Pascal Dupuis returns after lengthy absence due to major knee injury.



     Pitt's James Connor carries as he's defended by Akron's C.J. Mizell in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

    Panthers ran out of options vs. Akron

    Perhaps the most unexpected part of Pitt’s 21-10 loss Saturday to Akron was how the Zips were able to shut down the rushing attack.



     Craig Adams’ shot is deflected by Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper in the first period Monday in St. Paul, Minn. The Penguins lost, 4-1. Adams and Brandon Sutter are a pair of penalty-killing forwards that has worked well in the past and could stay together in 2014-15.

    Penguins assistant Agnew knows penalty killing is a mind game

    Penguins assistant coach Gary Agnew knows that penalty-killing starts between the ears.


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    But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker. 
 

    Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports

    But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker.



    Pittsburgh nemesis Johnny Cueto did it all Sunday against the Pirates, including sealing their fate as a wild-card team.

    Gene Collier: Cueto drives Pirates batty

    Pittsburgh nemesis Johnny Cueto did it all Sunday against the Pirates, including sealing their fate as a wild-card team.

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