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 Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addresses the media Monday during a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLIX at the Arizona Grand Hotel. at Arizona Grand Hotel.

Ron Cook: Forget Patriots -- Seahawks are hard to like

It’s easy to dislike coach Bill Belichick and his Patriots, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll and his Seahwks are more detestable.

about 5 hours ago


 Pitt offensive linesman Artie Rowell during pre-game warmups before their game against Boston College at Alumni Stadium on Friday  Sept. 5, 2014 in Boston.

Ron Cook: Pitt's Artie Rowell puts student-athletes in a good light

The redshirt senior is heavily involved with issues on the Power 5 conference and NCAA levels, while on course to graduate in April.

3 days ago


 Gladys Bettis, mother of former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, talks about her son in her family’s home library in Detroit in 2006. At a time in which Bettis is once again up for nomination for the Hall of Fame, his mother is dealing with breast cancer.

Ron Cook: Jerome Bettis helps mom battle cancer

Jerome Bettis has one big function before likely Hall call: A charity event that will honor his mother, who is battling breast cancer.

1 week ago


 Penguins center Evgeni Malkin slices between Rangers Marc Staal and Jesper Fast in the first period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Time on Penguins’ side — for now

The Penguins are not very good right now. They are 4-6-2 in its past 12 games after a lousy performance Sunday against the New York Rangers.

1 week ago


 Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang

Ron Cook: Kang signing makes sense

The plan is brilliant as long as this Korean infielder can adapt to American game and culture.

1 week ago


 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon's 300 win came Wednesday night when the Panthers beat Florida State at Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt and Jamie Dixon are a perfect fit

Jamie Dixon’s loyalty and 300 wins are a combination that is hard to beat for Pitt basketball.

1 week ago


 Former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau shares a postgame hug with linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

Ron Cook: Dick LeBeau's career built on close relationships

Plenty of factors went into Dick LeBeau’s decision to continue coaching after being ousted as Steelers defensive coordinator.

2 weeks ago


 Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame drives to the basket against Pitt in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon.

Ron Cook: NCAA feeling just isn't there for Pitt basketball

There’s still a lot of season left, but after the Panthers’ latest loss Saturday to Clemson, the NCAA tournament appears to be out of reach.

2 weeks ago


 All things considered, the Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have overachieved this season.

Ron Cook: Steelers season was bumpy, but not a total failure

The ending was sour, but the Steelers took some encouraging steps this season -- even as the winds of change continue to swirl on defense.

3 weeks ago


Ron Cook: Missing Bell was critical ... constant gaffes were worse

We'll never know if having a healthy Le'Veon Bell against the Ravens would have mattered much. We do know that a long offseason awaits.

3 weeks ago


 Coach Mike Tomlin on Thursday as the Steelers practice at their South Side training facility.

Ron Cook: 'Hard-core' beliefs keep Tomlin steady

The early season grumbling about the coach staff has gone silent as Steelers prepare for tonight's wild-card game vs. the Baltimore Ravens.

3 weeks ago


  Coach Mike Tomlin, left, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, speak as the Steelers prepare for their playoff match against the Ravens from their South Side training facility on Thursday.

Ron Cook: Ben Roethlisberger has long history with Ravens

Big Ben’s first NFL game came against Baltimore in 2004, and he has been giving the Ravens his best shot ever since.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell after after taking a hit from Bengals' Reggie Nelson in the third quarter at Heinz Field Sunday night.

Ron Cook: Bell's possible absence sparks bad postseason memories for Steelers

It’s hard not to think that if Le’Veon Bell can’t play against the Ravens, the offense might struggle to succeed.

4 weeks ago


 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell left Sunday's game against the Bengals after injuring his right knee.

Ron Cook: Injury to Le'Veon Bell puts more pressure on other Steelers

If star running back and Steelers MVP Le'Veon Bell misses any time with an injury, a slew of others will have to elevate their play.

4 weeks ago


 Troy Polamalu picks up a fumble late in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans on Oct. 20.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu living in the moment as career winds down

At 33, Mr. Polamalu says he has no need for talk of his legacy.

1 month ago



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