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 Houston defensive end J.J. Watt returns a fumble for a touchdown earlier this month against Indianapolis.
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Houston defensive end J.J. Watt returns a fumble for a touchdown earlier this month against Indianapolis.

Steelers must be on the watch for J.J. Watt

Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt lines up all over the place and makes plays from everywhere.


 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will face even more criticism if they lose again tonight.

Ron Cook: Winning is best way for Steelers to win over critics

Ron Cook says a Steelers win tonight against the Houston Texans should silence the “always right“ critics.



 Josh Bell, coming off knee surgery, prepared for the season by working out Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., in the offseason.

Pirates experiment with outfield prospect Josh Bell at first base

Josh Bell has been playing some first base in the Arizona Fall League, another Pirates experiment for this talented outfielder



 Penguins center Andrew Ebbett congratulates Chris Conner after scoring against Toronto last season at Consol Energy Center.

Andrew Ebbett patiently awaits chance to play a game for Penguins

NHL veteran Andrew Ebbett is still itching for the opportunity to prove his worth to the Penguins and the new coaching staff.



 The Texans' J.J. Watt runs back an Indianapolis Colts fumble for a touchdown on Oct. 9.

Gerry Dulac's Game Seven Matchup: Steelers vs. Texans

A look inside Steelers-Texans, including who to watch for on both sides of the ball and three keys to the game.



 Pitt junior Durand Johnson returns to the Panthers after surgery.

Johnson excited for return to form

Pitt basketball: Junior Durand Johnson's road back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery has been long



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Head to head: Steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons vs. Texans RB Arian Foster

The Texans ground game and star running back Arian Foster tend to be a big problem for opposing teams, especially for the Steelers.



 Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (5) tries to avoid a tackle earlier this season.

Obstacles help develop Hamilton on, off field

Challenging family circumstances and an injury have helped mold and provide perspective for Nittany Lions receiver DaeSean Hamilton.



 West Virginia's Kevin White pulls in a pass for a touchdown against Baylor's Xavien Howard Saturday in the fourth quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

White on pace for historic year for WVU

Kevin White has become the Mountaineers' No. 1 receiver with a bullet, streaking his way into team and national record books.



 The only thing to slow down Thomas Jefferson running back Austin Kemp, pictured running against Belle Vernon Sept. 5, so far is shoulder injury.

High school notebook: Perry drops out of postseason in wake of fight

Perry administrators are taking the fallout from a postgame scrum a step further, removing the football team from the City League playoffs.


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