Ron Cook

 Francisco Cervelli pours Gatorade on Starling Marte after he hit the winning home run in the 9th inning against the San Francisco Giants Aug. 22.

Ron Cook: There's no time for Pirates to relish in accomplishments

The Pirates still have a long way, and month, to reach their ultimate goal of winning the World Series.

about 20 hours ago

 Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage seems to have already helped J.A. Happ, and now he'll have to continue to keep the back of the rotation from faltering.

Ron Cook: Back end of Pirates rotation still struggling

Pitching coach Ray Searage is a patient man, likely the best friend a pitcher can have, but he admits a little tough love might be in order.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Steelers Martavis Bryant scores touchdown against the Bills in the second quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium Orchard Park New York.

Ron Cook: Steelers need to get by until return of Martavis Bryant, other key players

Martavis Bryant showed what the Steelers will miss for the first four games when he caught three passes for 138 yards and a TD Saturday.

2 days ago

 Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter breaks up a pass intended for Steelers WR Martavis Bryant in the first half Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Timing of wide receiver's 4-game suspension could not be worse for Steelers

Selfish acts by Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant leave Steelers offense in the lurch for start of NFL regular season.

4 days ago

 Then-Jets quarterback Michael Vick looks for a receiver in the first half of a game against the Chiefs in November.

Ron Cook: Forget Michael Vick's past and think about his potential assets to Steelers

Instead of dwelling on his past, welcome Vick as the backup and hope that he can help the team win.

6 days ago

 Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree works out last week at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Ron Cook: Performances from Jones, Dupree encouraging for Steelers defense

Young outside linebackers Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree played a role in the improved pass rush Sunday against Green Bay.

1 week ago

 The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey goes down with an injury against the Packers in the first quarter Sunday afternoon.

Ron Cook: Pouncey's injury spoils improved showing from Steelers

The All-Pro center went down — perhaps for the season — with a broken fibula above his left ankle that will require surgery.

1 week ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli tips his helmet to the PNC Park crowd after hitting a triple Sunday night. He later homered, as well.

Ron Cook: One inning enough for Pirates to steal show

With the Steelers opening their preseason in Canton, Ohio, the Pirates all of a sudden stormed to the biggest moments of the night.

3 weeks ago

 Fans cheer as Jerome Bettis enters the stage Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Ron Cook: Jerome Bettis No. 1 leader in Steelers history

Jerome Bettis had no peer as a leader, and it showed up in many ways with the Steelers.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pitching matchup goes south but result especially satisfying

The Cole vs. Kershaw duel fizzled but we might get to see it again hopefully in the postseason.

3 weeks ago

 The Steelers' Jerome Bettis takes a handoff from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at Heinz Field on Jan. 1, 2006.

Ron Cook: Jerome Bettis' teammates make good on their Super Bowl vow

Many former teammates of The Bus will also be there in Canton Saturday night as he becomes the 14th Steeler enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

3 weeks ago

 The Pirates' A.J. Burnett is expected to miss four weeks with a right flexor strain.

Ron Cook: With Burnett sidelined, Pirates starters must step up

It’s unlikely A.J. Burnett can return to the Pirates at his best, so the other starters — especially the mercurial Charlie Morton — are key.

4 weeks ago