Gene Collier


 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.

2 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.

3 days 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.

6 days 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?

1 week 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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 weeks ago


 New York's Carl Hagelin carries the puck up ice against the Penguins' Chris Kunitz in the second period Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing elimination, Penguins embrace one-step-at-a-time mantra

The Penguins’ last best hope is the venue tonight, Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

4 weeks ago


 Paul Martin skates off the ice as the Rangers celebrate their overtime goal in Game 4, giving them a 3-1 edge in the first-round series and a chance to clinch Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Gene Collier: Penguins solve some problems, but find another way to lose to Rangers

After scoring first, holding a lead through the first period, all at home, the Pens still find themselves at the edge of the playoff cliff.

1 month ago



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