Gene Collier

 Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake intercepts pass and takes it back for the touchdown against the San Diego Chargers Monday night at Qualcomm Stadium.

Gene Collier: Defense came alive after figuring out Gates was playing

A swarming, attacking, menacing defensive operation enabled the balky offense to finally deliver the Steelers’ third win this season.

about 2 hours ago

 First baseball’s Padres left Qualcomm Stadium. Now the NFL’s San Diego Chargers want to go, too.

Gene Collier: Chargers join NFL chorus that wants to bolt to L.A.

The Steelers are in San Diego to play the Chargers, and it might be their last trip there for a while.

2 days ago

 Jake Arrieta reacts after getting a double play to end the sixth inning during the National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Gene Collier: No amount of metrics could help Pirates vs. Jake Arrieta

Destiny calls for Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who becomes first pitcher to throw a postseason shutout with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

5 days ago

 Cubs manager Joe Maddon warms up his team during batting practice Tuesday in preparation for its wild-card game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Cubs manager Maddon's approach -- 'go out and play, man!'

A manager who has gone to explicit lengths to keep his teams loose, Joe Maddon knows as well as anyone how teams succeed in games like this.

6 days ago

 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs during half-time at Heinz Field Thursday night as former Steeler Jerome Bettis is honored with his Hall of Fame ring.

Gene Collier: Steelers fail to hit all the right notes against Ravens

Some poor execution and decision making late in the game doomed the Steelers to a crushing loss against the Ravens.

1 week ago

 Cardinals' Mark Reynolds rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run against Pirates' Mark Melancon in the ninth inning Monday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates pay high price for many mistakes Monday night

After the miscues late in the game Monday night against St. Louis, Tuesday’s rain didn’t do the Pirates any favors.

1 week ago

 Larry Lucchino talks on his cell phone on his first visit to the Red Sox spring training facility back in 2002 in Fort Myers, Fla., before becoming the team's president.

Gene Collier: A baseball life takes a turn for Pittsburgher Lucchino

Pittsburgh native Larry Lucchino begins his final week in baseball after overseeing the impossible in Boston as president of the Red Sox.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers center Cody Wallace practices at the team's South Side facility on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Gene Collier: Steelers center Cody Wallace knows how to overcome adversity

Experience has taught Steelers center Cody Wallace not to shrink in face of adversity.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers' DeAngelo Williams picks up first down against the 49ers during Sunday's game at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Steelers' offensive firepower a good sign for future

The Steelers were better in all aspects in their rout of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

3 weeks ago

 Steelers safety Will Allen.

Gene Collier: Steelers trying to talk the talk

The Steelers finally had a reasonable idea as to who would comprise their secondary for their home opener Sunday against the 49ers.

3 weeks ago

 Jake Arrieta delivers a pitch in the third inning Wednesday night.

Gene Collier: Pirates' futility against Cubs' Arrieta a bad sign

The Pirates might face Jake Arrieta again in the NL wild-card playoff, but Wednesday night’s performance against him wasn’t promising.

3 weeks ago

 Cubs ace Jake Arrieta pitches against the Pirates last month at PNC Park, where he has been as sharp as ever.

Gene Collier: Key to Cubs series is when Pirates face Arrieta

The Pirates-Cubs four-game series that begins today likely pivots on how the home team fares against pitcher Jake Arrieta on Wednesday.

4 weeks ago