Ron Cook


 This postseason could be the last for Brooks Orpik, center. The defenseman has been a fixture in the lineup since the 2003-04 season.

Ron Cook: Orpik isn't ready for goodbyes

Defenseman Brooks Orpik knows that this might be his last chance to win a second Stanley Cup as a Penguin.

2 days ago


 Kris Letang, his teammates and Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under plenty of scrutiny as their playoff run begins.

Ron Cook: Playoffs mean it's gut-check time for all Penguins

Another early postseason exit from the Penguins likely will not be tolerated, and seats will get hotter for players and coach alike.

3 days ago


Ron Cook: With much of the lineup back, playoffs should be a fun ride

There is no reason to predict a failure before the Stanley Cup playoffs start.

1 week ago


 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, left, talks with general manager Neal Huntington, right, during a workout at Busch Stadium, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in St. Louis on the eve of Game 1 of the National League Division Series baseball playoff between the Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ron Cook: Pirates contract extensions hardly seem like enough

Huntington and Hurdle deserve more than contract extensions for overcoming an owner who mostly is not inclined to spend much money.

1 week ago


 Pirates starter Edinson Volquez delivers in the third inning Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ron Cook: Tough loss followed by stellar win for Pirates

On a day bad news came down about top prospect Jameson Taillon, the Pirates found out they might have a solid starter in Edinson Volquez.

1 week ago


 Former Pirates manager Jim Leyland acknowledges the crowd during opening day ceremonies against the Cubs at PNC Park Monday.

Ron Cook: Jim Leyland oversees replay process

Former Pirates manager Jim Leyland thinks baseball's grand replay experiment is going very well, but of course he's a bit biased.

1 week ago


 Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez delivers Thursday against the Cubs. He's also slated to start Sunday against the Cardinals.

Ron Cook: Pirates-Cardinals series is an early treat

Yes it's early in the season, and yes it's only three games, but Pirates fans should enjoy this weekend showdown with rival St. Louis.

1 week ago


 Francisco Liriano delivers against the Cubs at PNC Park yesterday afternoon.

Ron Cook: Credit the pitchers for victory in season opener

Putting up 10 scoreless innings made it possible for hometown kid Neil Walker to play the hero.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be presented his 2013 National League MVP award Monday before the 2014 opener against the Chicago Cubs.

Ron Cook: Don't let Bonds ruin MVP's moment

The presence of Barry Bonds today at PNC Park is a bad move by Pirates brass, but here's hoping fans make the day about Andrew McCutchen.

2 weeks ago


Ron Cook: At last, news is good for Pirates

Marte's contract extension brightens the outlook for Pirates for a change.

3 weeks ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Blues' Magnus Paajarvi in the second period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Frustrating but encouraging loss for Penguins

The Penguins must know they played a strong, if not scintillating, game against the best team in the Western Conference.

3 weeks ago


Ron Cook: There should be no shame in loss to Florida

It's natural to want to blame someone when your team loses. But the blame game is silly in this case.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls out a play to his team against Colorado in the first half of the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.,  Thursday afternoon, March 20, 2014.

Ron Cook: Dixon never hears the criticism music

Panthers coach is highly scrutinized about the failures in the NCAA tournament.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt's Michael Young, Durand Johnson, Jamel Artis and James Robinson react to a play near the end of their blowout win Thursday afternoon against Colorado in the NCAA tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Ron Cook: Special memories part of blowout win for Pitt

It wasn't just a stress-free statement victory for the Panthers; it was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for walk-on guard Joshua Ko.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt's Lamar Patterson practices Thursday in preparation for his team's NCAA second round game against Colorado at the Amway Center in Orlando.

Ron Cook: Lamar Patterson must play as if there is no tomorrow

Senior Lamar Patterson leads the Panthers into their first NCAA tournament game today with a chance to extend the season and his own career.

4 weeks ago



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