Gene Collier

 Bud Dupree cools off during camp at St Vincent College in Latrobe.

Gene Collier: Nowhere to hide as sun, thudding pads dominate Steelers camp

Under searing sun, the Steelers make contact with the reality of summer training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

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 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: From deflating footballs to destroying a cell phone to now not knowing when to give up?

Gene Collier: Tom Brady shouldn't blow up over his 'Deflategate' suspension

The NFL rejected Tom Brady’s appeal over his four-game suspension, and the Patriots quarterback should just accept it.

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Gene Collier: Baseball in the 21st century is filled with advertisements

The amount of product placement in baseball today prevents fans from fully enjoying the game.

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 A fan painted with the Quebec Nordiques colors cheers during the Blue March rally, held to pressure the federal government to invest in the return of the NHL team, on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, in an October 2, 2010 file photo. Canadian telecom and media conglomerate Quebecor Inc submitted a formal expansion application to the National Hockey League on Monday in an effort to return a team to Quebec City. The Montreal-based company had been widely expected to make a bid as part of its efforts to bring the NHL back to a city that has not had a team since the Nordiques left for Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995.

Gene Collier: Expansion is always on the agenda

The NHL isn’t the only organization exploring expansion. The big four sport leagues consistently look to widen their reach.

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 Will the Steelers kiss the Vince Lombardi trophy again as Jerome Bettis did after beating the Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit to win Super Bowl XL in 2006? Sure, why not, Gene Collier says, as its only July.

Gene Collier: Super Bowl predictions arrive, creating artificial need to make one

Super Bowl predictions flow in, as usual, in July, so the Post-Gazette’s sports columnist makes one, too.

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 Of fixing up Saint Vincent, the training camp home of the Steelers, chairman Dan Rooney said: "Every year we’ve done more.”

Gene Collier: Rhode Island summers paved way for Steelers training camp in Latrobe

The days of the putrid Steelers teams starting their seasons in the northeast seem awfully long ago, but Saint Vincent wasn’t always home.

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 The Pirates' Gregory Polanco is mobbed by teammates after hitting the based-loaded single that won Sunday's  game against the Cardinals in the 10th inning at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Time to reflect on significance of Pirates games before break

The adrenaline flash flood that occurred when the Pirates took 3 of 4 games from the Cardinals has some thinking two words: World Series.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is thrown out by third base umpire Larry Vanover Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: To err is human, but not for umpires

Why are athletes, such as Pirates starters A.J. Burnett, allowed to make mistakes, yet umpires are not allowed?

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 It has now been more than 60 years since Roberto Clemente debuted with the Pirates, an organization that has helped break down plenty of cultural barriers since then.

Gene Collier: Pirates organization a magnet for diversity

Much cultural history is weaved throughout decades of Pirates baseball, a franchise that is a veritable but perhaps unassuming melting pot.

2 weeks ago

 After another strong outing, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to the crowd while he exits the game against the Cardinals on Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: For Pirates, patented formula works again

The Pirates’ pitching staff led the way, and the offense improved in Saturday’s win against the Cardinals.

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 The Pirates' Travis Ishikawa rounds third base before scoring the go-ahead run Wednesday against the Padres.

Gene Collier: Pirates series against the Cardinals sure to be a good one

The Pirates are rolling ahead of a pivotal four-game series against the National League Central leaders.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke was much more than just a No. 5 starter Saturday against the Indians.

Gene Collier: History lesson unfurled in Pirates win at PNC Park

The Pirates pitching staff, especially the rotation, keeps proving itself as one of the very best in the majors — right down to Jeff Locke.

3 weeks ago

 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford discusses a trade in which the team acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs at a press conference at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Kessel trade will determine Rutherford's legacy as Penguins GM

Phil Kessel is said to have great hands; now they are Jim Rutherford’s legacy as general manager of the Penguins.

4 weeks ago

 Manager Clint Hurdle asks the crew chief for a video replay during the first inning of the interleague game against the Tigers on June 30, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Gene Collier: Baseball's video reviews are many seconds we'll never get back

What could prompt more than one sports pundit to long for humans wrestling bears at a baseball game? Increased use of replay, that’s what.

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