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 Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison had an unforgettable career on and off the field.

Ron Cook: James Harrison, like his career, is one of kind

Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison's career was unforgettable -- on and off the field.

about 5 hours ago


 Josh Harrison singles Sunday against the Reds at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates’
 resiliency is 
remarkable

After all the injuries, slumps and losing streaks, the Pirates have stepped up. With the playoff race intensifying, expect more of the same.

1 day ago


 Making his first start after re-signing with the Steelers, defensive end Brett Keisel battles Panthers lineman Amini Silatolu Thursday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers had positives, but none brighter than the end of preseason

The only important thing to come out of the Thursday night’s 10-0 loss to Carolina was the Steelers injury report.

4 days ago


 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was taken out Monday night after 91 pitches.

Ron Cook: Pirates loss spoils stellar start by Francisco Liriano

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, in another return to his 2013 form, deserved much better than what he got in the loss Monday night.

1 week ago


 Ben Roethlisberger trots off the field, eyes closed, on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Ron Cook: Bad signs much more ominous for Steelers defense

The Steelers looked bad in all aspects Thursday, but the most troublesome signs are on a defense that simply hasn't been good for two years.

1 week ago


 LeGarrette Blount had seven carries for 32 yards Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Ron Cook: Bad day on field for Steelers; worse off it

Never mind a 31-21 loss -- the Steelers had bigger problems off the field, since Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were caught not

1 week ago


 Pitt offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (77) celebrates a touchdown by running back Dion Lewis (28) in a game against Utah in September 2010.

Ron Cook: Pitt graduate Jason Pinkston has new outlook

Pitt alum Jason Pinkston knows there's more to life than football, but this former Browns guard can't put the game in his rearview just yet.

3 weeks ago


 Reigning NL MVP and Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen remains out of the lineup with a rib injury.

Ron Cook: Pirates lineup needs to shape up, and soon

Injuries to some of the team's offensive stalwarts have the Pirates between a rock and a hard place at the worst possible time.

3 weeks ago


 “No general manager is overly excited when he hears one of his players is picked to play" in the Olympics, new Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said.

Ron Cook: NBA injury opens eyes all over

Owners and GMs of pro teams across the country likely cringed when Indiana Pacers star Paul George was hurt scrimmaging with Team USA.

3 weeks ago


 Thursday night it was Edinson Volquez and Wednesday it was Jeff Locke with a solid start for the short-handed Pirates.

Ron Cook: Pirates starting pitchers step up at perfect time

With Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen out with injuries, the Pirates starting pitchers have carried them through the series against Miami.

3 weeks ago


 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen reacts after he was caught off third base and put out by Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado on an unassisted double play hit into by Jordy Mercer in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Denver, Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Ron Cook: McCutchen’s injury, likely stay on disabled list is bad timing for Pirates

Oblique injury is hard gauge, but it will be tough to match McCutchen’s MVP production if he is out for an extended stretch.

4 weeks ago


 Steelers tight end Heath Miller takes down linebacker Chris Carter (right) in training camp at Saint Vincent College.

Ron Cook: Get ready for Heath Miller to thrive again for Steelers

Tight end Heath Miller has to be great for the Steelers to have their best chance of making the playoffs for the first time in three years.

4 weeks ago


 Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg stands with the Oakland Zoo as the team takes on NC State March 3 at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Mark Nordenberg left fine legacy when it comes to Pitt sports

Simply put, now former chancellor Mark Nordenberg helped Pitt's athletic programs achieve much more good than bad throughout his tenure.

1 month ago



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