Gene Collier


 Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis, left, rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

about 23 hours ago


 Pirates' starter Charlie Morton deliver against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates goofy night kicks off wild final push

The next time the Pirates get a day off, they'll know whether they've qualified for baseball's electric postseason or for just a grim

1 day ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by the Ravens' Elvis Dumervil during Thursday night's game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Gene Collier: Roethlisberger not good enough
 for Steelers' offense in need of life

Shouldn’t Ben Roethlisberger, the guy we accept as way more than merely good enough, be better than to lead such a sputtering offense?

6 days ago


 Troy Polamalu loses his helmet after taking down the Browns' Andrew Hawkins in the third quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Prime-time battle is somber at best

The significance of Steelers vs. Ravens isn't lost on Ryan Shazier; neither is the defensive collapse that nearly cost an opening win.

1 week ago


Gene Collier: William Gay ensures happy ending for Steelers

Steelers defensive back William Gay turned in the play of a game in which it was a shame either team had to win.

1 week ago


Gene Collier: A pleasant result for Browns vs. Steelers? Not likely

Some things might seem strange in the lead-up to Steelers-Browns, but other things not so much -- like the odds of a Browns victory.

1 week ago


 Patrick D. Gallagher talks with well-wishers after a University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees meeting in February at which he was elected as the new Chancellor of the university.

Gene Collier: Right balance is the goal for new Pitt chancellor Gallagher

Patrick D. Gallagher, Pitt’s new chancellor, talks balancing education and athletics at one of the region’s leaders in research and fandom.

2 weeks ago


 Dan Rooney talks with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during workouts last month at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Gene Collier: If bad news comes in 3s, Steelers flirt with danger

Steelers facing the possibility of going 8-8 for a third consecutive year, but 9-7 or even 7-9 seems more likely.

2 weeks ago


 Vance Worley gave up two runs, one earned, in 6 1/3 innings against the Reds Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates pitchers all clicking at right time

The Pirates pitching staff is in the midst of its best week of the season, and it couldn't come at a better time.

2 weeks ago


 Ike Davis hits a three-run home run to help the Pirates stop a two-game losing streak.

Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

3 weeks ago


 Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on August 27, 2014.

Gene Collier: Watson digs in, finds right answer

Reliever Tony Watson stares down the pressure and silences the St. Louis Cardinals at key time in a key game.

3 weeks ago


 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

4 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month ago



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