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 Running back Le’Veon Bell, left, blocks Josh Harris in practice Tuesday on the South Side. The Steelers are attempting to make a Super Bowl run behind the strength of their offense, instead of the usual reliance on defense.
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Running back Le’Veon Bell, left, blocks Josh Harris in practice Tuesday on the South Side. The Steelers are attempting to make a Super Bowl run behind the strength of their offense, instead of the usual reliance on defense.

Steelers defense no longer sole key to deep playoff runs

Recent signs points to the Steelers' defense being able to shoulder bigger load in the playoffs, a likely must if they hope to go far.


 Penn State running back Akeel Lynch on the ups-and-downs of college football and life: “There were a lot of firsts this year and a lot of learning, but you gotta appreciate that and you’ve gotta take the good with the bad, and I think that’s in every situation.”

Penn State running back Lynch flees hard times; now he’s living a dream

Running back Akeel Lynch continues his improbable journey at Penn State



 Sidney Crosby on the NHL Christmas break, which used to be two days but is now three: “For guys who don’t get the All-Star break, where do you get a break if you get two days and you’re playing the 23rd and the 26th, and you’re on the road for both?”

NHL holiday break grows a day, and that's OK with everyone

An extra day off for Christmas is mandated by the players’ union contract now, and that suits nearly every NHL player just fine.



 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up Wednesday at Fordham University's Field House in New York.

Penn State's offseason would feel longer with a Pinstripe Bowl loss

Going out with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl would help propel the Nittany Lions into next season.



 Joseph Uchebo passes out of trouble against Holy Cross’ Taylor Abt Tuesday night.

Panthers' rotation finally taking shape as ACC play approaches

Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon believes his team’s improvement since return of Cameron Wright from injury is not an accident.



 North Allegheny's Meg Morningstar is a Notre Dame recruit.

High School Athletes of the Week: Meg Morningstar & Dane Jackson

North Allegheny’s Meg Morningstar and Cornell’s Dane Jackson earn weekly recognition.



 Norwin’s Peyton Deri, left, and Logan Deri defend Latrobe’s Matt Dragan in a WPIAL Class AAAA Section 1 game Tuesday. Latrobe won, 72-63.

High school basketball highlights: Upper St. Clair rallies to stun Chartiers Valley

Marcus McGinniss leads Upper St. Clair to a 68-64 win at Class AAAA No. 2 Chartiers Valley in Section 4.



 Derrick Pouliot is the No. 1 prospect in the Penguins organization.

Top 10 Penguins prospects for 2014-15

Dave Molinari breaks down some of the most promising players in the Penguins organization.



 Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is expected to be named Pitt head coach, according to a source close to the program.

Pitt to announce Narduzzi as next football coach Friday

The Panthers are set to hire Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, according to a source close to the program.


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    Big Ben votes, as always, for tight end Heath Miller, his all-time favorite teammate, who is having another outstanding season.

    Ron Cook: Ben Roethlisberger's unique take on Steelers' MVP

    Big Ben votes, as always, for tight end Heath Miller, his all-time favorite teammate, who is having another outstanding season.



    Ramon Foster has some big dreams for this Steelers team that not long ago looked like a complete mess instead of a contender.

    Gene Collier: Arizona seems far away for Steelers, but so did playoffs

    Ramon Foster has some big dreams for this Steelers team that not long ago looked like a complete mess instead of a contender.

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