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 Rangers fans cheer as their team sent the Penguins to the end of another disappointing season.

Ron Cook: Status quo remains the theme for Penguins

It might be delusional, but Penguins still have a good starting point.

about 4 hours ago


 Daniel Winnik, left, and Rob Scuderi check Rangers' Chris Kreider during the second period Friday night in New York.

Ron Cook: Injuries, illness put Penguins at disadvantage

It's hard to be mad at the Penguins. It wasn't a fair fight against the New York Rangers from the start.

1 day ago


 Penguins winger Steve Downie skates over the Stanley Cup logo Monday in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins lost the game 2-1.

Ron Cook: Missed calls are least of Penguins' worries

Don’t be so quick to chalk up the Penguins’ series deficit to bad luck and worse calls; put the blame where it belongs — on the performance.

5 days ago


 Center Brandon Sutter was traded to the Penguins in exchange for Jordan Staal by Jim Rutherford, who was general manager of Carolina at the time.

Ron Cook: Brandon Sutter 'does it all' for Penguins

The best move Jim Rutherford has made for the Penguins may have been before he was even the general manager here.

6 days ago


 The Penguins haven't won a Stanley Cup since the 2009 playoff run when Evgeni Malkin (pictured lower left) had 36 points as the Conn Smythe Trophy MVP and Sidney Crosby (center) had 15 goals and 31 points.

Ron Cook: Stars must shine for Penguins to score upset

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin must be at the top of their games against top-seeded Rangers in tonight’s playoff game in New York.

1 week ago


 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett delivers to catcher Francisco Cervelli, who already has a fan in one of the unquestioned team leaders.

Ron Cook: A.J. Burnett's approval will go long way for Francisco Cervelli

Despite the loss Tuesday night to Detroit, it was something of a special night for new Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.

1 week ago


 Pirates fans cheer as pitcher Jared Hughes heads to the dugout after getting the team out of a jam against the Tigers in the seventh inning Monday, April 13, 2015, at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes is a blessing

He has become a specialist at coming into a game in the sixth or seventh inning and getting his team out of a big jam.

1 week ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury looks for the puck in the second period Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in New York

Ron Cook: Fleury saves Penguins season

Fleury was strong again and showed why he’s the Penguins’ MVP and the winner of their Players’ Player Award by stopping 28 shots.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save in front of Sidney Crosby and Islanders' Michael Grabner in the second period Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: For Penguins, it comes down to delivering under pressure

There is no good excuse should the Penguins lose tonight and be eliminated. The Sabres are the NHL’s worst team, but the pressure is on.

2 weeks ago


 Le'Veon Bell runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field in December.

Ron Cook: For most part, Le'Veon Bell's punishment from NFL fits the crime

Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell pretty much got what he deserved from the NFL with a potential three-game suspension.

2 weeks ago


 Neil Walker doubles against the Twins last month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Harrison’s extension is deserved, but Walker’s is overdue

The Pirates’ mistake with Neil Walker was waiting to take a serious run at a long-term deal with him. Chances are the opportunity passed.

2 weeks ago


 The Pirates starting outfield (left to right) Starling Marte,  Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Current outfield moving up fast on list of Pirates' all-time best

Young, talented outfield continues to climb on list of Pirates all-time best, and that is saying a lot.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates reliever Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park Monday.

Ron Cook: Cincinnati ballpark unkind to Tony Watson — again

Pirates reliever Tony Watson won’t include Great American Ball Park on his list of favorite places.

2 weeks ago


 Young stars such as Gregory Polanco are reason to have high hopes for  this Pirates season.

Ron Cook: Pirates won't win it all, but should provide another fun ride

“World Series or bust” likely isn’t a realistic mantra for the Pirates or their fans this year, but a return to the playoffs seems probable.

2 weeks ago


 Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be the highest-paid player this season at $31 million.

Ron Cook: Baseball business is booming

Bob Nutting and the Pirates have 43.6 million reasons to love Major League Baseball just the way it is.

3 weeks ago


 In this March, 2015, file photo, the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant signs autographs prior to start of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz. Bryant was reassigned by the Cubs to their minor league camp on Monday despite an outstanding spring training at the plate, triggering a threat of litigation from the players' association.

Ron Cook: Cubs make right call on prospect Kris Bryant

Chicago is doing the right thing with Kris Bryant under the collective bargaining agreement, and the Pirates must be smiling in light of it.

3 weeks ago


 Kris Letang is helped off the ice after receiving a hit from Arizona's Shane Doan during the second period Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Penguins wouldn't win Stanley Cup without Kris Letang

Even with veterans Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi, a Penguins defense corps minus star Kris Letang likely isn’t capable of winning it all.

3 weeks ago


 Marc-Andre Fleury is congratulated after helping the Penguins pull out a shootout victory Sunday night.

Ron Cook: Chris Kunitz shows signs of shaking slump for Penguins

Veteran winger Chris Kunitz could be snapping out of his funk at just the right time for the Penguins.

3 weeks ago


 “We’re working to make [Buster Olney] a prophet,” general manager Neal Huntington said of Olney's prediction the Pirates will win the World Series.

Ron Cook: Olney's bold Pirates prediction marks new era of expectations

The Pirates are working to make ESPN’s Buster Olney a prophet for his World Series champions prediction.

4 weeks ago


 Jung Ho Kang bats against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Ron Cook: Kang's performance triggers doubts, but not from Pirates

Jung Ho Kang’s lack of offense in spring training might trouble some critics, but not the Pirates organization.

1 month ago



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