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 Mario Lemieux dons a Penguins sweater and stands with Penguins GM Eddie Johnston after signing a mulit-year contract with Pittsburgh June 19, 1984.
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Mario Lemieux dons a Penguins sweater and stands with Penguins GM Eddie Johnston after signing a mulit-year contract with Pittsburgh June 19, 1984.

Chapter 2 -- The evolution of Mario Lemieux: Learning a new city

During his early days in Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux infused life into the Penguins franchise while forming a tight circle of trusted friends.


 Ben Roethlisberger throws a pass as the Steelers practice in preparation for their Sunday game against the New Orleans Saints from their South Side training facility Wednesday.

Steelers making themselves right at home

Steelers offense would agree that there is no place like home and has statistics to prove it.



 Saints quarterback Drew Brees prepares to throw against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Ravens defeated the Saints, 34-27.

Ron Cook: Win won't come easy against Saints

Ron Cook: Everything points to a Steelers win Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, but don't expect it to be easy.



 Center Sidney Crosby has helped lead the Penguins to a 15-4-2 record to start the season.

Penguins' positives outweigh negatives, but will it last?

First quarter of the Penguins season uncovers an abundance of positives and a few significant negatives that must be addressed.



Penguins notebook: Rutherford low-keys Carolina reunion

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford finally faces his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, this weekend.



 Pitt running back James Conner has 1,600 yards rushing for a 169-yard edge on Miami's Duke Johnson.

Hurricanes' Johnson, Panthers' Conner produce at RB in different ways

If he plays, Pitt's James Conner will be trying to maintain his edge over Miami's Duke Johnson as the ACC's rushing leader.



 Penn State linebacker Mike Hull's 121 tackles, nine for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception make him a standout on a defense ranked No. 3 in Division I-A.

Linebacker Hull has no regrets about sticking with Nittany Lions

Penn State middle linebacker Mike Hull set for his final game in Beaver Stadium.



 Coach Dana Holgorsen has gotten creative to teach the Mountaineers, who have 16 fumbles this season, how to curb turnovers.

Holgorsen at loss to explain Mountaineers' rash of fumbles

Abundance of lost fumbles continues to plague West Virginia.



 Pitt forward Derrick Randall has the ball stripped by Kansas State guard Jevon Thomas Wednesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Pitt makes progress on Hawaii trip, especially on defense

Defense shows improvement in confidence-building win against Kansas State that capped the progress made in Pitt’s Hawaii trip.



 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead scores a touchdown in front of West Allegheny's Tyler Scanlon in the first half of the WPIAL Class AAA championship Nov. 21 at Heinz Field.

Central Valley's Whitehead had score for the ages

Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead gave the WPIAL a play for the ages when he scored a 55-yard touchdown a week ago against West Allegheny.


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    Ron Cook: Everything points to a Steelers win Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, but don't expect it to be easy.

    Ron Cook: Win won't come easy against Saints

    Ron Cook: Everything points to a Steelers win Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, but don't expect it to be easy.



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    Gene Collier: On this day, plenty for which to be thankful

    The least of which is that the Pirates avoid ridiculous free-agent spending and the Steelers are in the AFC North.

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