Ron Cook


 Starling Marte hits a three run homer last month against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Starling Marte shows signs of being elite outfielder

Young left fielder seems capable of joining an all-time list of great outfielders in Pirates franchise history.

5 days ago


 Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is tagged out on the back end of a double play by Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez in the second inning Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Ron Cook: Division title appears to be slipping away for Pirates

The Pirates are 18-20 after beating the Cubs Sunday, and even a wild-card berth seems like a stretch right now with the way they’re playing.

6 days ago


 After the Eagles traded him to Buffalo, star running back LeSean McCoy had some odd things to say about Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly.

Ron Cook: LeSean McCoy out of line with attack on Chip Kelly

Ex-Pitt star LeSean McCoy, now in Buffalo, is way off-base with his vague racial allegations against his former coach with the Eagles.

1 week ago


 Josh Harrison reacts after striking out during a game against the Chicago Cubs Monday, April 27, 2015 in Chicago.

Ron Cook: Josh Harrison trying to weather a storm

The season has been a tremendous struggle for the Pirates third baseman after a breakout year in 2014 and a big, new contract.

1 week ago


 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to reporters in New York in September.

Ron Cook: Roger Goodell finally did the right thing

Even with his close relationship with New England’s owner, Roger Goodell comes down hard on Tom Brady and the Patriots.

1 week ago


 Pitt's new athletic director, Scott Barnes, said he believes an improvement in football can help all the school's programs.

Ron Cook: Maybe Pitt got it right with new athletic director Scott Barnes

Scott Barnes brings no shortage of confidence to the position, and while he has a basketball background, his focus is largely on football.

2 weeks ago


 Canon-McMillan's Luke Blanock (right), talks with his teammate, Ian Hess, after the team practiced Thursday. Blanock is battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Ron Cook: Canon McMillan pitcher's battle with cancer an inspiration

His community has rallied around him, his team has supported him, his parents have even leaned on Luke Blanock as he fights Ewing’s Sarcoma.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers first-round pick Bud Dupree, of Kentucky, poses with his mother Sophia Stephens Thursday night before the draft.

Ron Cook: A lot to like about Steelers pick Bud Dupree, even off the field

In a draft filled with character issues, notably among pass rushers, the Steelers’ first-rounder seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

3 weeks ago


 Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski battles for the puck with Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and forward Pascal Dupuis during a game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Cook: Penguins Letang, Dupuis hope to play again but understand risks

Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis hope to play again next season, but they know that doctors might make final call on that decision.

3 weeks ago


 Penguins star Evgeni Malkin was missing in action against the Rangers, but what if he finds his game again with Russia in the World Championships?

Ron Cook: Playing for Russia would be a bad look for Malkin

Given how poorly Evgeni Malkin just played for the Penguins in their biggest games of the season, maybe he should rest up for next year.

3 weeks ago


 Rangers fans cheer as their team sent the Penguins to the end of another disappointing season.

Ron Cook: Status quo remains the theme for Penguins

It might be delusional, but Penguins still have a good starting point.

4 weeks ago


 Daniel Winnik, left, and Rob Scuderi check Rangers' Chris Kreider during the second period Friday night in New York.

Ron Cook: Injuries, illness put Penguins at disadvantage

It's hard to be mad at the Penguins. It wasn't a fair fight against the New York Rangers from the start.

4 weeks ago



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