Ron Cook


 A.J. Burnett had more losses (18) and gave up more earned runs (109) and more walks (96) than any pitcher in the league last season with the Phillies.

Ron Cook: Pirates are 1 for 2 in big offseason decisions

The Pirates were wise to not get caught up in a bidding war for Russell Martin, but the decision to bring back A.J. Burnett is not as smart.

3 days ago


 Pascal Dupuis, along with Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill (left) and Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the team's physician.

Ron Cook: Another jolt of bad news for Penguins

Unfortunately, Pascal Dupuis is just the latest Penguins player, coach or GM to have his career threatened or life ended prematurely.

1 week ago


 Former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount pulls in screen pass during workouts at St Vincent College Latrobe Pa.

Ron Cook: Blount dismissal the right call

Many players wanted Blount gone and they realize their locker room will be a better place without him.

1 week ago


 Le’Veon Bell picks up a first down Monday night against the Titans at LP Field. Bell became the fifth player in Steelers history to rush for more than 200 yards. He had 204 on 33 carries.

Ron Cook: Bell’s big bounceback game was reason Steelers survived Titans

The Steelers needed every one of Le’Veon Bell’s 204 yards Monday night in a win in frigid Nashville, Tenn.

1 week ago


 Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau should have his way with another rookie quarterback tonight in the Titans' Zach Mettenberger.

Ron Cook: Winning is a matter of trust for Steelers

The Steelers face another NFL cellar-dweller tonight at Tennessee, and if they lose this one, their season is essentially over.

1 week ago


 Ben Roethlisberger talks with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, middle, and Charlie Batch.

Ron Cook: Bruce Arians continues to thrive

More and more it’s becoming clear the Steelers erred by forcing out the former offensive coordinator, who is now a star head coach.

1 week ago


 Arizona State coach Todd Graham looks on during a game last season against Washington State.

Ron Cook: Todd Graham had right idea leaving Pitt

Coach Todd Graham is enjoying success at Arizona State, justifying his choice to bail out on Pitt.

2 weeks ago


 Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell walk off the field after losing to the Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday afternoon.

Ron Cook: No simple explanation for loss, or is there?

The Steelers go from terrific to sickening, and their next game is against a team that’s 2-7, so stay tuned.

2 weeks ago


 New York's  Dawan Landry and Quinton Coples dive to sack Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Ron Cook: Brightest Steelers stars at forefront of inexcusable loss

The loss to the Jets was an abomination, and no one was more disappointing than Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak’s presence
key factor

Ron Cook: Mike Munchak has fingerprints all over Steelers' success

Offensive line coach Mike Munchak has made a significant difference in his first year with the Steelers.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington makes a call as the team works out at PNC Park in September 2013.

Ron Cook: Neal Huntington’s workload tough, heavy

The hard work, challenges of free agency begin for Pirates general manager.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger celebrates his sixth touchdown of the night Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Roethlisberger has never looked better

Despite record-setting performances the past two weeks, the Steelers quarterback still wanted to talk about anything other than himself.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers linebacker James Harrison pressures Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the first half Sunday night at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: James Harrison turns back clock

Harasses Ravens once again with two sacks and four quarterback hurries.

3 weeks ago


 West Virginia's Terrell Chestnut reaches to recover a fumble by TCU's Josh Doctson in the third quarter Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Chestnut returned the fumble for a touchdown.

Ron Cook: WVU drops ball at big party

There will be no Big 12 Conference title for West Virginia, only agonizing regret about a big one that got away.

3 weeks ago


 In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, former Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Ron Cook: Math whiz Urschel putting more than 2 and 2 together

Ex-Penn State star offensive lineman John Urschel uses his smarts and skills to make rapid ascent in first year with Baltimore Ravens.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams.

Ron Cook: Mike Adams, others up front had best line of game

No sacks allowed, big edge in time of possession and eight conversions on third down propelled offense to big game Sunday against Colts.

1 month ago



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