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 Lawrence Timmons takes down Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter at Heinz Field Monday night.

Ron Cook: Steelers linebacker Timmons shows intestinal fortitude

It was an odd sight to see Lawrence Timmons vomit on the field Monday, but he missed just one play and led the Steelers defense to a win.

3 days ago


 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries as he is defended by Texans lineman Jared Crick in the first quarter at Heinz Field Monday night.

Ron Cook: Le'Veon Bell continues to be 
Steelers’ difference-maker

Bell gave the Steelers a lift when they needed it most Monday night — several of them, actually.

4 days ago


 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin may face even more criticism if his team loses at home tonight against Houston.

Ron Cook: Winning is best way for Steelers to win over critics

Ron Cook says a Steelers win tonight against the Houston Texans should silence the “always right” critics.

5 days ago


 Mike Tomlin: Has he gone through a worse stretch?

Ron Cook: Mike Tomlin, Steelers have no choice but to accept pressure

As far as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is concerned, he and his team must embrace pressure, expectations and the scrutiny that comes with it.

6 days ago


 Pitt's Ray Vinopal breaks up a pass against Virginia Tech's Cam Philips on the Hokies' last play of Thursday's game at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Pitt's win was ugly, but needed

Pitt’s win wasn’t pretty, but the defense stepped up to keep alive the Panthers’ domination against Virginia Tech.

1 week ago


 Brett Keisel cheers on fans as he makes his way to the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Brett Keisel has no regrets

Defensive end who played on some outstanding defenses not second-guessing decision to rejoin one of the worst defenses in Steelers history.

1 week ago


 A Browns fan celebrates at the two-minute warning of Cleveland's win over the Steelers on Sunday.

Ron Cook: Real surprise is Steelers are 3-3 after further humiliation

That the Steelers — the same ones the Browns embarrassed to the tune of 31-10 Sunday — are actually a .500 team is something of an anomaly.

1 week ago


 There's not much Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can do once his play is in the hands of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Ron Cook: Don't be too quick to judge play calls for Steelers

It's easy to judge Todd Haley for his calls, but let's not forget that the effectiveness of a play is ultimately determined on the field.

1 week ago


 Penguins' Pascal Dupuis is introduced Thursday, playing his first game since an ACL tear in December.

Ron Cook: Rousing return for Penguins' Pascal Dupuis

He scored a goal on his first shot and added three assists to complete an amazing comeback for the Penguins in Thursday’s opener.

2 weeks ago


 Antonio Brown makes catch in front of the Jaguars' Will Blackmon Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Ron Cook: Steelers play call for Antonio Brown was right move

Designed play late in Sunday's victory to keep reception streak alive a tribute to Antonio Brown's contributions and work ethic.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers cornerback Brice McCain (right) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown Sunday at Jacksonville.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense can accept credit for needed win

Just when the offense needed it most, the Steelers defense showed big signs of life in the victory Sunday at Jacksonville.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Bucs score in the final seconds at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports

But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Tampa Bay's Mason Foster Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers lost in the game's final seconds, 27-24.

Ron Cook: There is no defense for embarrassing play, loss

After a game rife with foolish penalties, missed assignments and lackluster performance, only one thing can be said: Shame on the Steelers.

3 weeks ago


 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington makes a call from PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Neal Huntington's plan for Pirates never stops

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington tends to dwell on his mistakes, but it's clear he has made more shrewd moves than blunders.

4 weeks ago


 Clint Hurdle celebrates clinching a National League playoff spot after the Pirates' 3-2 win Tuesday against the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Despite painful hip, Hurdle still steady as a rock

Limping through brutal pain, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has stayed strong, the one players have leaned on in another playoff season.

1 month ago



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