Gene Collier

 Jeff Locke became the consecutive Pirates starter to earn a victory Tuesday night against the Marlins at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Nice to see Pirates take what's given to them

The streaking Pirates got the job done again Tuesday night, both in the field and at the plate, which can be a beautiful sight to behold.

about 22 hours ago

 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez homered against the New York Mets Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates come out swinging, and it works

Mets ace Matt Harvey was no match for a Pirates lineup that gave its own stellar starter enough run support and then plenty more.

3 days ago

 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang hits a single against the Twins on Wednesday.

Gene Collier: Pirates offense stumbles again with no end in sight

The club has only one triple in 1,300-plus at bats this season.

6 days ago

 Francisco Liriano walks off the mound after throwing a wild pitch against the Twins Tuesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates' homestand gets started on wrong foot

The Pirates need about six wins along this curve of the schedule to demonstrate they’re not one of the worst home teams in the league.

1 week ago

 What does 99-year-old Roy McHugh remember about this iconic but controversial fight? A lot, it turns out.

Gene Collier: Remembering Ali-Liston as only one man can

Roy McHugh, 99, is one of the last remaining eyewitnesses of the controversial “Phantom Punch” that helped launch Muhammad Ali’s career.

1 week ago

 Egg on the face, with a side of crow to eat, please: Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is the latest in a long line of athletes to make premature guarantees of victory.

Gene Collier: Make predictions at your own risk

Making predictions is a slippery slope as Washington’s Alex Ovechkin learned this week.

1 week ago

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a press conference on October 8, 2014 in New York City.

Gene Collier: NFL commissioner surely enjoys his paydays, but not much else

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell likely savors every payday, but surely not many of the phone calls he receives.

1 week ago

 "You got me"? Not quite. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, despite much evidence to the contrary, continues to deny his involvement in the deflated balls scandal.

Gene Collier: Time to punish Patriots after yet another scandal

Is it so difficult to believe Tom Brady and New England have gained significant advantages through the years from their deflation tactics?

2 weeks ago

 Manager Clint Hurdle argues an interference call on Gregory Polanco with home plate umpire Chris Conroy in the seventh inning Wednesday night at PNC Park. The call was the third out of the inning and cost the Pirates at least one run.

Gene Collier: Sleepwalk at plate continues for Pirates

Is this one of those You-Snore-As-The-Pirates-Snore promotions?

2 weeks ago

 It would seem that one of the few possible solutions to the Pirates' offensive woes is maybe getting bench players such as Jung Ho Kang some more at-bats.

Gene Collier: Pirates offense plenty offensive, and not in a good way

In this recent rut they’re in, the Pirates just can’t seem to hit their way to any kind of respectable scoring output.

3 weeks ago

 St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright said the same injury could've happened carrying his daughter up the stairs.

Gene Collier: Another spring, another debate about the designated hitter

The strategy that would be removed from National League play is not worth whatever uptick in offense adding the DH might provide.

3 weeks ago

 Washington's Marcus Peters, left, intercepts a pass in front of Stanford's Ty Montgomery during the second half of a September game last year. Every NFL owner and general manager will say that a player's character and behavior in college has always been a focal point of their team's decision-making for the draft. This year, with the likes of Jameis Winston, Randy Gregory, Dorial Green-Beckham and Marcus Peters among the top prospects, the truth of those proclamations will be tested.

Gene Collier: Assessing Steelers' needs in draft

Variables, measurables, immeasurables, character ... they all come into play at NFL draft.

3 weeks ago

 Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for photographers during a March press conference to announce their upcoming fight.

Gene Collier: Fear not, the Really Big Fight returns

The Really Big Fight returns to the sports stage Saturday night, but the stage and society have changed in so many ways.

4 weeks ago


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