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 Marc-Andre Fleury is congratulated after helping the Penguins pull out a shootout victory Sunday night.

Ron Cook: Chris Kunitz shows signs of shaking slump for Penguins

Veteran winger Chris Kunitz could be snapping out of his funk at just the right time for the Penguins.

about 22 hours ago


 “We’re working to make [Buster Olney] a prophet,” general manager Neal Huntington said of Olney's prediction the Pirates will win the World Series.

Ron Cook: Olney's bold Pirates prediction marks new era of expectations

The Pirates are working to make ESPN’s Buster Olney a prophet for his World Series champions prediction.

1 day ago


 Jung Ho Kang bats against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Ron Cook: Kang's performance triggers doubts, but not from Pirates

Jung Ho Kang’s lack of offense in spring training might trouble some critics, but not the Pirates organization.

3 days ago


 N.C. State's Desmond Lee celebrates at the buzzer after defeaging Villanova in the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: NCAA tournament's first weekend full of emotion

NCAA tournament offered action-packed weekend, but emotional moments took centerstage.

6 days ago


 The Penguins' Steve Downie, left, hasn't exactly been a model of disciplined play this season.

Ron Cook: Penguins would be smart to clean up their act

The Penguins may very well be earning a dubious reputation as some of the NHL’s worst complainers, which isn’t good entering the playoffs.

1 week ago


 Kentucky basketball players Aaron Harrison, back left, Andrew Harrison and coach John Calipari watch the NCAA tournament selection show at Calipari's home Sunday in Lexington, Ky.

Ron Cook: Kentucky coach, Moon native John Calipari puts players first

Kentucky’s coach has the same mission every season ... recruit the best players and get them into the NBA.

1 week ago


 Kris Letang reacts after getting a game misconduct Sunday against the Red Wings at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Embarrassing display all around for Penguins

The Penguins didn’t just play poorly Sunday in another loss, they also played foolishly against the Red Wings at Consol Energy Center.

2 weeks ago


 Boston’s Milan Lucic gives the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a goal against Thomas Greiss in the first period Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Fallen Penguins stars leave behind shell of a team

Playing without Crosby, Malkin and Fleury shows the importance of all three to the Penguins’ success.

2 weeks ago


 Ben Roethlisberger is all smiles Friday after signing a new five-year contract through the 2019 season with the Steelers.

Ron Cook: Giving elite QB a big contract is the right thing to do

No question the Steelers made the right move with a new five-year deal for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

2 weeks ago


 North Carolina State's Anthony Barber passes the ball as Pittsburgh's Michael Young defends in the second half Wednesday in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Ron Cook: A lack of defensive quickness was Pitt’s downfall all season

Opponents with speed — especially in the backcourt — tortured the Panthers all season. It happened again Wednesday night against N.C. State.

2 weeks ago


 Brett Keisel, shown here taking a selfie with fans before December's game against Kansas City, spent 13 seasons with the Steelers.

Ron Cook: Beard will grow on us for a lifetime

Brett Keisel’s time with the Steelers comes to an end but he will be remembered as one of the club’s all-time greats.

2 weeks ago


 Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Ron Cook: Who's next on disgraced list?

The NCAA tournament celebration is set to begin, but dark clouds of controversy are swirling above.

3 weeks ago


 West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reacts from the bench during his team's 81-72 win against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Ron Cook: Huggins has West Virginia in great spot

As West Virginia prepares for the NCAA tournament, longtime coach Bob Huggins has his alma mater rolling this season with pressure defense.

3 weeks ago


 Troy Polamalu's one-handed interception against San Diego was one of the 10 best plays in the 2008 season.

Ron Cook: Steelers still facing difficult, awkward situation with Troy Polamalu

The safety has not announced his retirement, keeping alive the idea he might play in 2015 — with or without the Steelers.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt's Cameron Wright celebrates near the end of his team's win over Notre Dame on Jan. 31 at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt senior guard displays Wright stuff on and off court

Panthers senior guard Cameron Wright is a standout off the court, too, excelling in the classroom all five years at Pitt.

3 weeks ago


 Patric Hornqvist dives into the net as the puck gets by Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney on a shot by Evgeni Malkin for a power play goal in the second period Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Power play returns to top form for Penguins

After slumping in February, the power play has scored at least one goal in the past four games, a good harbinger for the playoffs.

3 weeks ago


 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save in front of the Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen in the second period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Of all Penguins stars, Marc-Andre Fleury has shined brightest

With another sterling effort in a 5-3 win Sunday against Columbus, Marc-Andre Fleury keeps proving his rank among the NHL’s top goaltenders.

4 weeks ago


 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford.

Ron Cook: Rutherford can rest easy at deadline

General manager Jim Rutherford's work is done, but that of the Penguins' biggest stars is now just beginning.

4 weeks ago



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