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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


 San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 17 in Phoenix.

Bumgarner looms as Giant obstacle in Pirates' wild-card game

While they welcome the home wild-card game, the Pirates know that duplicating the atmosphere and the win of last year will not be easy.



 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.



 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.



 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.



 Pitt's Manesseh Garner celebrates his touchdown catch against Akron in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Pitt football notebook: Wide receiver reverses direction quickly

Manasseh Garner apologizes for his postgame comments about the fans after the loss Saturday against Akron.



 Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen points to his wife while answering a question during an NCAA college football news conference in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Bowen replaces Charlie Weis, who was fired after Saturday's 23-0 loss to Texas.

Kansas, new coach face West Virginia on Saturday

New Kansas football coach gets his ‘dream’ job about two decades after predicting he would on his first date with his future wife.



 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.



 Runners break from the starting line of the Great Race on Beechwood Blvd. in Frick Park.

Defending champ wins another Great Race

Jim Spisak completed the 10-kilometer Great Race in 28 minutes, 43 seconds, making it back-to-back titles for the Duquesne graduate.


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    After a game rife with foolish penalties, missed assignments and lackluster performance, only one thing can be said: Shame on the Steelers.

    Ron Cook: There is no defense for embarrassing play, loss

    After a game rife with foolish penalties, missed assignments and lackluster performance, only one thing can be said: Shame on the Steelers.



    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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    After its first loss of the season, Penn State showed signs of weakness on offense — most notably with the fledging line.



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