Ron Cook

 Pete Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 after violating the No. 1 rule in sports by betting on games while he was managing the Cincinnati Reds.

Ron Cook: Shameless Rose will do anything to make a buck

Wild Things quest to sell tickets brings disgraced major leaguer to Washington, Pa., in his never-ending drive to make a buck.

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 Neil Walker hits a fifth-inning two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves June 5 in Georgia.

Ron Cook: Alvarez, Walker fall short in Pirates' 2-1 loss

The Pirates offense is in a bind with neither Neil Walker nor Pedro Alvarez hitting consistently or producing runs this season.

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 Andrew McCutchen reacts after being hit by Julio Teheran in the first inning Saturday against Atlanta at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: McCutchen gets hit, Pirates hit back

Andrew McCutchen got hit by a pitch for the eighth time Saturday against the Braves, but the Pirates got their revenge.

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 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett needed 104 pitches, but he got through six innings Thursday night against the Reds and gave his team a chance to win.

Ron Cook: A.J. Burnett does his part to get Pirates rotation back on track

He didn’t get a win, and at times had to grind, but veteran starter A.J. Burnett clamped down when he needed to Thursday vs. Cincinnati.

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 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal will be heard June 23.

Ron Cook: Tough spot for Goodell to make decision on Brady

With Tom Brady’s role in the Patriots controversy, it’s not a good time to be NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — but there’s no sympathy here.

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 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has received the third-most votes among National League catchers for this year's All-Star game.

Ron Cook: Voting system for All-Star Game stinks and MLB should change it

They won’t eliminate it because there’s too much television and promotional money at stake.

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 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched eight shutout innings against the White Sox at PNC Park on Monday as Pittsburgh's starting rotation continues to roll this month.

Ron Cook: Pirates rotation’s identity the best

A stellar performance from another Pirates starter Monday further validates the team’s rotation as one of the best in the majors.

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 Andrew McCutchen made one of several excellent defensive plays for the Pirates Sunday.

Ron Cook: Superb defense bails out Pirates offense in win

Defense hasn’t always been a strength of the Pirates lately, but it was magnificent Sunday when it needed to be to beat the Phillies.

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 Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn went on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.

Ron Cook: Ailing Cardinals will get no sympathy from the Pirates

Pirates know just how Cardinals feel; they were in similar injury predicament last season.

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 Meghan Klingenberg has gone from Pine-Richland Ram to North Carolina Tar Heel to starter for the U.S. women's national soccer team.

Ron Cook: Pine-Richland High School in national spotlight

Former Rams athletes Neil Walker, Brandon Saad and Meghan Klingenberg are playing prominent roles around the sports world.

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 Though he had a disappointing career as a player, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is two wins away from becoming the 67th manager in MLB history with 900 wins.

Ron Cook: Once a draft bust, Clint Hurdle has been pivotal as Pirates manager

Hurdle didn’t live up to his expectations as a top draft pick, but he has helped turn around the Pirates’ franchise as manager.

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 Catcher Francisco Cervelli is working hard to fill the void left by the departure of Russell Martin to Toronto.

Ron Cook: Cervelli and Stewart fill Martin's shoes well for Pirates

The Pirates are doing just fine without catcher Russell Martin, surprisingly, as Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart pick up the slack.

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 Gerrit Cole “wants to beat your [fanny] every time he gets on the bump.”

Ron Cook: Watching red-hot Pirates ace Gerrit Cole is something special

One might say it’s like watching history in the making, but at the very least Pirates starter Gerrit Cole is a star on the rise.

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 Mario Lemieux got to celebrate one Stanley Cup title in 2009 with Sergei Gonchar, left, and Evgeni Malkin, but he likely expected a few more chances to toast with the Cup as an owner.

Ron Cook: Lemieux, Burkle never got full return for Penguins' investment on the ice

Though the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, the team has mostly underachieved under Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle’s ownership.

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 Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel works on some bubble gum as he watches his team take on the Steelers at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon, September 7, 2014.

Ron Cook: Johnny Manziel at risk just about any time he leaves home

It isn’t fair, but it’s the life of a celebrity — especially one with as much to lose as prospective Browns starter Johnny Manziel.

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 Cavaliers star LeBron James may finally give the city of Cleveland reason to rejoice if he can lead the way past the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Ron Cook: With Cleveland's Cavaliers on the rise, what's a Pittsburgher to do?

Cleveland’s longtime sports misery could very well come to an end this month thanks to NBA superstar LeBron James.

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 LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Ron Cook: Leave it to LeBron to remind us of the power of sport

Cavaliers star LeBron James and his words for the city of Cleveland are the latest example of how sports can still have a positive effect.

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