Gene Collier


 The Pirates' Travis Snider scores the tying run on a wild pitch by the Braves' Jordan Walden in the eighth inning Wednesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Travis Snider turns the tide

Snider's hitting streak reaches 11 games and his average since the All-Star break is .349

about 21 hours ago


 Braves' Andrelton Simmons steals second base against Pirates' Neil Walker in the second inning at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Even at full strength, Pirates look baffled

Justin Upton drove in five runs and B.J. a sixth while the Braves rolled to a fifth consecutive win and pushed the Pirates toward the plank.

1 day ago


 Andrew McCutchen

Gene Collier: Pirates top acts needed in a hurry

The return of McCutchen and Cole expected to reinvigorate the Pirates pretty quickly ... in fact they will have to for playoff run.

2 days ago


 Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier takes down the Bills' Scott Chandler in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday night.

Gene Collier: Finished product short of halfway

Collier: Halfway through this preseason, you might presume the Steelers are halfway toward presenting themselves as a finished product.

4 days ago


 Pedro Alvarez could soon be trying to make diving stops at first base instead of the other corner of the infield.

Gene Collier: Playing first base falls between hard and easy

Some baseball purveyors say manning first base is easy, others difficult, but it will likely be somewhere in the middle for Pedro Alvarez.

6 days ago


 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer looked just fine as a No. 3 hitter Tuesday night.

Gene Collier: Honus Wagner casts shadow over all shortstops

It was a fitting night to think about shortstops, and by the end of it, it was a great night to be Pirates shorstop Jordy Mercer.

1 week ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talks to an NFL official.

Gene Collier: NFL official not exactly a glamour job

Between the advent of replay, new rules and bigger and faster players, good luck to the NFL finding officials who fully embrace the job.

1 week ago


Gene Collier: LeBeau's young defense under construction

Where Dick LeBeau's defense toiled Wednesday at Steelers camp below the S-A-I-N-T V-I-N-C-E-N-T topiaries, things weren't exactly bucolic.

2 weeks ago


 Removing Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates lineup instantly makes it weaker.

Gene Collier: Pirates have little success cleaning up roster mess

With Andrew McCutchen out, the Pirates will have a punchless lineup for the time being, but there is at least one spot they can improve.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin argues for pass interference as they take on the Dolphins in the third quarter of a game alst season at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: NFL wants new rules? Try these ...

If the NFL wants to make the extra-point attempt more exciting that's all well and good, but why not go all in on the idea?

2 weeks ago


 The Pirates are one of several teams involved in talks with Boston about left-hander Jon Lester.

Gene Collier: Jon Lester lives in high-rent district

The Pirates would be responsible for a little more than $4 million for Lester, who immediately would become their best pitcher.

3 weeks ago


 Jack Lambert, one of four Hall of Famers picked by the Steelers in the 1974 draft, poses for a picture in August 1978.

Gene Collier: Steelers' 1974 draft won't ever be matched

No one knew it then, but 40 years ago the members of the best NFL draft in history showed up at Steelers training camp.

3 weeks ago


Gene Collier: Time to shift strategies vs. the shift

The advent of the defensive shift in baseball, and now how often it's being used, is suppressing offense and in turn hurting the game.

3 weeks ago


 The Pirates' Neil Walker bats against the Dodgers at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Avoiding key players helps dodge losing

Some of the Dodgers biggest stars missed this series and it paid off the Pirates.

4 weeks ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a home run from the left side of the plate

Gene Collier: Pirates lineup takes advantage of lefty-friendly dimensions

Pirates left-handed hitters combined for three home runs in a 12-7 win against the Dodgers -- finally putting PNC Park's landscape to use.

4 weeks ago



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