Ron Cook


 Kansas State fans rush the floor following an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Kansas State defeated Kansas 70-63.

Ron Cook: Shame on those contributing to late-February sadness

It’s almost time for March Madness in the NCAA and elsewhere, but lately, there have been two recent black eyes on the basketball world.

59 minutes ago


 San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks among players during spring training workouts last week at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

Ron Cook: Who's the best coach now?

A lot of good (and questionable) selections are out there, but San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy stands above the rest.

3 days ago


 Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, and Kris Letang, right, congratulate Paul Martin after scoring against the Panthers in the third period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Kris Letang stellar again in Penguins win

Veteran defenseman Kris Letang is having his best NHL season as he logs plenty of ice time for the Penguins, who beat Florida Sunday night.

4 days ago


Ron Cook: How Sean Casey cheated death

Former MLB first baseman Sean Casey reflects on his experience of surviving a near-death scare.

5 days ago


 Neil Walker is congratulated by third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a solo home run against the Cubs in the fourth inning at PNC Park in September.

Ron Cook: Pirates should have found a way to avoid arbitration process

Avoiding arbitration would have served the Pirates’ long-term interests much better than how the process turned out for them.

1 week ago


 Virginia Cavaliers guard London Perrantes drives to the basket Monday against Pitt guard James Robinson in the second half at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

Ron Cook: Quality road win for Pitt quickly buried

The situation was ripe for Panthers to gain a NCAA-sealing victory, but Virginia and its stifling defense had other ideas.

1 week ago


 Pitt's Derrick Randall grabs a rebound against North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in the first half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt must find way to win at No. 2 Virginia

Tonight could be Pitt’s last chance at getting the win it needs most to shore up its NCAA tournament resume.

1 week ago


 Pitt's James Robinson drives against North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks in the second half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Plenty to like about Pitt's response

Jamie Dixon’s Pitt team followed one of its most disheartening stretches of the season in its loss to Louisville with a dominating victory.

1 week ago


 Former Pitt and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pitt and Notre Dame at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Tony Dorsett battling a new opponent: brain disease

Tony Dorsett knows that much of his life now will be difficult and nothing like he envisioned it while starring at every level of football.

2 weeks ago


 Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan, right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in New York. The Hornets won the game 110-82.

Ron Cook: Knicks owner James Dolan chalks one up for being dumb

Thin-skinned Knicks owner’s vitriolic reply to fan’s email makes you appreciate others sports figures who don’t fire off such replies.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's Michael Young goes in for a layup Saturday against Syracuse at Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt goes from sadness to gladness

Pitt’s win against Syracuse gives Panthers momentum for games at No. 9 Louisville and here Saturday against No. 12 North Carolina.

2 weeks ago


 Jerome Bettis gives his mom, Gladys, a kiss after the Super Bowl win against the Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit in February 2006.

Ron Cook: Gladys Bettis is a Hall of Fame mom

Jerome Bettis' first call after his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was to his mother, who is battling breast cancer.

3 weeks ago


 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, celebrates with owner Robert Kraft after New England topped Seattle, 28-24, to win Super Bowl XLIX.

Ron Cook: Patriots' Tom Brady cements legacy with stellar finish in Super Bowl XLIX

The Patriots won this one fair and square, and who else but all-time great quarterback Tom Brady to lead the way to another Super Bowl ring?

3 weeks ago


 Just how big is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right? He runs alongside receiver Danny Amendola before the team's final practice Friday in Phoenix. For the record, Gronkowski is listed at 6 feet 6; Amendola at 5-11.

Ron Cook: Patriots will win, but can't erase haters

Even with a blowout of the Seahawks tonight in the Super Bowl, the Patriots' legacy would forever be tarnished by accusations of cheating.

3 weeks ago


 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participates in a Super Bowl XLIX news conference Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix.

Ron Cook: Goodell gives annual State of the NFL address

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell understands what matters most to NFL owners and players: making money and making more whenever possible.

3 weeks ago


 The Seahawks signed Richard Sherman to a four-year, $56 million contract before the season.

Ron Cook: Former Steelers great Jack Ham sees greatness in Seattle's Richard Sherman

Almost everyone agrees, it’s best for NFL quarterbacks to avoid the Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback at all costs.

4 weeks ago


 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game earlier this month.

Ron Cook: Steel Curtain vs. Seattle’s defense

The Seahawks are drawing comparisons to the great Steelers defense of the 1970s, but it might be a little premature.

4 weeks ago


 LeGarrette Blount, the of the Steelers, is taken down by Baltimore cornerback Lardarius Webb during a game at Heinz Field Sunday night, November 2, 2014.

Ron Cook: Steelers still right for letting LeGarrette Blount walk

New England RB LeGarrette Blount finds new football life as well as happiness and success since quitting on the Steelers.

1 month ago



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