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 Gerrit Cole delivers Thursday against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Cole shows he thrives on big stage

Thursday night, Gerrit Cole looked like the pitcher who rolled through September a year ago.

2 days ago


 Russell Martin stands on second base after doubling against Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner in the second inning Sunday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Enjoy Russell Martin while he's still here

Pirates GM Neal Huntington admits Russell Martin's pricetag likely will be in a financial area the Pirates do not wish to go.

5 days ago


 Pirates utilityman Josh Harrison inches closer to the National League batting title.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Harrison never forgets to have fun

The Pirates have a chance to nab the NL Central crown with Josh Harrison winning the batting title, which would be tons of fun for everyone.

6 days ago


 Ben Roethlisberger  -- No TDs in six quarters

Ron Cook: Negatives far outweigh positives for Steelers in 1-1 start

There's been a bit of good, but a lot more bad and ugly for the Steelers so far, and Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin are far from blameless.

1 week ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shows his disgust alongside coach Mike Tomlin in the final seconds of their loss Thursday to the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Ron Cook: Rotten night all around for Steelers, from big hits to blunders

Even with all the Ravens are going through, it was the Steelers who looked like a wreck Thursday night in Baltimore.

1 week ago


Ron Cook: Ravens, NFL look bad in Rice case

The Ravens and NFL deserve criticism -- not praise -- for new decisions regarding former Baltimore RB Ray Rice’s domestic-violence case.

1 week ago


 If the end of the win against the Browns was any indication, Markus Wheaton certainly has the trust of Ben Roethlisberger.

Ron Cook: Markus Wheaton wastes no time proving worth to Steelers

Second-year receiver Markus Wheaton showed encouraging signs in the Steelers’ season-opening win, and his quarterback certainly noticed.

1 week ago


 Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau

Ron Cook: LeBeau tunes out defense's many doubters

Dick LeBeau doesn't hear the criticism of the Steelers defense, but at the same time he knows they can't disappoint again.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks to players as they stretch before practice Wednesday on the South Side.

Ron Cook: Steelers lucky to have Mike Tomlin as coach

Tomlin likely to remain one of NFL’s elite head coaches for a long time.

2 weeks ago


 Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison had an unforgettable career on and off the field.

Ron Cook: James Harrison, like his career, is one of kind

Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison's career was unforgettable -- on and off the field.

2 weeks ago


 Josh Harrison singles Sunday against the Reds at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates’
 resiliency is 
remarkable

After all the injuries, slumps and losing streaks, the Pirates have stepped up. With the playoff race intensifying, expect more of the same.

2 weeks ago


 Making his first start after re-signing with the Steelers, defensive end Brett Keisel battles Panthers lineman Amini Silatolu Thursday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers had positives, but none brighter than the end of preseason

The only important thing to come out of the Thursday night’s 10-0 loss to Carolina was the Steelers injury report.

3 weeks ago


 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was taken out Monday night after 91 pitches.

Ron Cook: Pirates loss spoils stellar start by Francisco Liriano

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, in another return to his 2013 form, deserved much better than what he got in the loss Monday night.

3 weeks ago


 Ben Roethlisberger trots off the field, eyes closed, on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Ron Cook: Bad signs much more ominous for Steelers defense

The Steelers looked bad in all aspects Thursday, but the most troublesome signs are on a defense that simply hasn't been good for two years.

4 weeks ago


 LeGarrette Blount had seven carries for 32 yards Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Ron Cook: Bad day on field for Steelers; worse off it

Never mind a 31-21 loss -- the Steelers had bigger problems off the field, since Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were caught not

1 month ago



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