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 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws a touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Ron Cook: Don't count the Steelers out just yet

This is the time teams make their playoff push, says Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, after a frustrating 39-30 loss to Seattle.

about 5 hours ago

 The Seahawks' Kevin Smith pulls in pass for first down yardage against the Pittsburgh Steelers Ross Cockrell on Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Ron Cook: Defense, coaching fail do their part in Steelers loss

The Steelers offense did its job Sunday at Seattle, but were let down by the team’s defense and some poor coaching decisions.

1 day ago

 It's not easy being head coach of the Steelers, but Mike Tomlin doesn't seem to mind — and prioritizes winning over any outside noise.

Ron Cook: For Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, winning is always enough

Outside criticism or questioning doesn’t do much to Mike Tomlin, who’s happy to be the Steelers coach, have great players and great owners.

2 days ago

 Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi argues for a call against Miami in the third quarter Friday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Pitt's season fine, but small crowd is big concern

Despite solid first season under Pat Narduzzi, Pitt still not generating buzz or big crowds.

3 days ago

 Paul Martin, now with the San Jose Sharks, has no complaints about his Penguins career as he looks back.

Ron Cook: Sharks' Paul Martin remembers Pittsburgh and Penguins with great fondness

San Jose defenseman Paul Martin loved his time in Pittsburgh and with the Penguins and his teammates.

1 week ago

 Beau Bennett celebrates his goal in the first period Tuesday against the Wild at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Spirited Penguins victory should end some criticism

Two power-play goals also are part of an entertaining win against the Minnesota Wild.

1 week ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrate on the sideline Sunday after beating the Browns.

Ron Cook: Steelers not afraid to say those two words -- Super Bowl

Despite injuries, the Steelers are in great shape playoff-wise as they into their off week, which has at least one veteran thinking big.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers safety Mike Mitchell intercepts a pass in front of Browns receiver Travis Benjamin in the fourth quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Browns made it easy, but Steelers defense stepped up

Cleveland shot itself in the foot plenty, but the Steelers defense made sure to take full advantage of it and make some plays of its own.

2 weeks ago

 Pedro Alvarez: The poster boy for whatever significant changes Neal Huntington and the Pirates might make this offseason?

Ron Cook: Tough calls await for Pirates, Huntington

Neal Huntington’s bid for general manager of the year in 2016 begins now as he tries to shape the Pirates roster for next season.

2 weeks ago

 The Penguins' Pascal Dupuis, left, celebrates his goal in the first period with Sidney Crosby against the Canadiens at the Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

Ron Cook: It's the thrill that keeps Pascal Dupuis going

The winger returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night in the Penguins’ win against Montreal, scoring 13 seconds into the contest.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers TE Jesse James celebrates his 4th quarter touchdown with teammates during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Ron Cook: Local kid Jesse James takes advantage of opportunity with Steelers

Steelers tight end Jesse James of South Allegheny High and Penn State was active for first time and made an impact in win vs. Oakland.

3 weeks ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is helped off the field after getting sacked by Raiders' Aldon Smith in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Sunday.

Ron Cook: Roethlisberger injury ruins satisfying win

The Steelers took control of the AFC wild-card race by beating the Oakland Raiders, 38-35. It still felt like a rotten day at Heinz Field.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt's Jordan Whitehead runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Notre Dame in the third quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Pitt outclassed, but freshman Whitehead a silver lining

The Panthers couldn’t keep up with star-studded Notre Dame, but found a star of their own in the making in two-way terror Jordan Whitehead.

3 weeks ago

 Steelers' LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree interviews Ashton Pellegrina, 5, of Jefferson Hills, during a visit to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh with other members of Steelers rookie class.

Ron Cook: People benefit from Steelers' charitable deeds

Some current and former Steelers pitch in to help charities to benefit of many people, and that’s how it should work.

3 weeks ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walks off the field disgusted after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter against the Bengals Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers deserve their mediocrity

The mistakes that the Steelers made in three key losses will haunt them all offseason if they don’t make the playoffs.

4 weeks ago

 The Steelers' Le'Veon Bell is helped off the field after getting injured against the Bengals in the second quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Bell's injury yet another in a rotten season for Steelers

A long-term injury to Le’Veon Bell would all but end the Steelers’ playoff hopes, which were already dented by numerous other setbacks.

4 weeks ago