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 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked hard to the M&T Bank Stadium turf by the Ravens Bart Scott in 2006.

NFL Preview: Ben Roethlisberger / A decade of hits

For Ben Roethlisberger, ‘crunching the numbers’ can be equated with a health score when you’ve been sacked for more than a decade.

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 Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak shouts out instructions during afternoon workouts in late-July at training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Keeping Ben clean: The Munchak Factor

The AFC champion Denver Broncos, for example, gave up 20 sacks in 2013. The Steelers, on the other hand, allowed 22 before Columbus Day.

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 Dan Rooney talks with head coach Mike Tomlin during workouts last month at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Gene Collier: If bad news comes in 3s, Steelers flirt with danger

Steelers facing the possibility of going 8-8 for a third consecutive year, but 9-7 or even 7-9 seems more likely.

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 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at his weekly press conference Tuesday at the team's headquarters on Pittsburgh's South Side.

Steelers' schedule presents chance for fast start

Fast starts no longer the rule for Steelers, but it is likely a must this season, given their perceived soft early schedule.

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 Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier intercepts pass in front of Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler during a preseason game last month at Heinz Field.

Ed Bouchette's Five Keys to the 2014 Steelers season

If you do not recognize the 2014 Steelers defense, it's not because you are old.

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 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger congratulates Markus Wheaton on his touchdown against the Bills during a preseason game at Heinz Field Saturday night, August 16, 2014.

A Key Year for ... Markus Wheaton

They always seem to come in the third round: Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders. Now, Markus Wheaton.

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  Wide receiver Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos tries to avoid the tackle of free safety Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

2014 Season Outlook: Assault On The King

Who’s to blame for all the yellow flags we’ve seen — and are likely to continue to see — in 2014? Try starting with the defending Super

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2014 NFL Preview: AFC teams at a glance

A look around the AFC -- teams listed in predicted order of finish in their divisions.

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2014 NFL Preview: NFC teams at-a-glance

A look at the NFC teams, listed by their projected finish in their divisions.

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 Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

2014 NFL Preview: AFC North -- Bengals still longing for that elusive playoff 'W'

After years of being an NFL laughingstock, Marvin Lewis did the near impossible -- transforming Cincinnati into a consistent winning outfit.

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West Allegheny gets 2-1 soccer win

Defending Class AA champion West Allegheny finally wins a boys soccer match at Quaker Valley.

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 Andrew McCutchen has trouble reaching a double by the St. Louis Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta during the seventh inning Tuesday in St. Louis. Peralta scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.

Pirates fall 6-4 to Cardinals for third straight loss

Jeff Locke struggled with his command and was knocked out early as St.Louis beat Pittsburgh in the second of a three-game series.

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 Jeff Locke will start Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pirates fill out roster with more callups

The Pirates have recalled pitchers Jeff Locke, Casey Sadler, John Holdzkom and Bobby LaFromboise and outfielder Gregory Polanco.

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 Le'Veon Bell runs in the Steelers final preseason game on Thursday.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.2.14

With the start of the regular season just five days away, Ed takes your questions on the state of the Steelers.

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 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline during the final preseason game against Carolina.

Tomlin: Steelers expect Hoyer, Manziel to play for Browns

Though Brian Hoyer was named the Browns’ starter, Mike Tomlin said his team also is preparing for Johnny Manziel to take the field.

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 Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo makes a catch earlier this season.

Pirates notebook: Some roster moves made, more to follow

Catcher Tony Sanchez the first of several players who will be called up from Class AAA Indianapolis, which finished its season Monday.

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 Brett Kiesel on Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel: "I think they’ve seen enough of him to know that he can do certain things maybe the other kid can’t. I think there will be certain packages. We’ve had to deal with that before. We’ll prepare to see him at one point or another."

On the Steelers: Captain Polamalu has eyes on Manziel

Troy Polamalu and the rest of the Steelers defense is eager to get the first shot at Cleveland rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

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 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.

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 West Virginia's Daryl Worley breaks up a touchdown pass intended for Alabama's Amari Cooper at Georgia Dome, Aug. 30, in Atlanta.

West Virginia's next foe: 'The Alabama of I-AA'

Division I-AA power Towson next as Mountaineers attempt to bounce back from rugged opener against Alabama.

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 Pitt's James Conner heads toward the end zone for a touchdown against Delaware Saturday afternoon.

Pitt players picked for weekly ACC awards

Pitt running back James Conner and offensive lineman Matt Rotheram picked up ACC weekly awards Tuesday.

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Bob Smizik: All is not lost

Some losses register more than others, and this might be one of them.

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The Fantasy Fool: Ten burning questions heading into Week 1

Now that most of us have completed our drafts, all we can do now is wait for Thursday night’s season opener.

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 The Pirates' Josh Harrison, right, is tagged out by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, as home plate umpire Bill Welke prepares to make the call during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday.

Pirates lose in St. Louis, 5-4

Matt Holliday hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th and that turned out to be the difference as the Cardinals beat the Pirates.

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 The Pirates' Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch in August against the Braves at PNC Park. Cole will start today's game at the Cardinals.

Pirates recall Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez

Cole will start today’s game at St. Louis, and the Pirates also activated reliever Stolmy Pimentel from the disabled list.

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 Markus Wheaton leaps for a small gain against the Panthers in the first half Thursday at Heinz Field.

On the Steelers: Wheaton excited to step into big role

Markus Wheaton will be a key cog in the Steelers offensive attack this season after the losses of speedy receivers the past couple years.

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 Jeff Locke pitches against the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Focus is on winning with September call-ups

The Pirates’ decision-making process for which players to bring up when rosters expand has changed in recent years.

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 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.

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 West Virginia's Rushel Shell tries to fight off Alabama's Kenyan Drake on a punt return in the second half Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Shell impressive early in season opener for West Virginia

Pitt transfer and former Hopewell star Rushel Shell gained 37 yards on six carries in his Mountaineers debut.

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 Mars senior running back Josh Schultheis broke his tibia when he was tackled in the team's opener Friday against Indiana. The Planets lost the game, 29-26.

High school football notebook: Leg injury ends season for Mars RB Schultheis

Mars senior running back Josh Schultheis became part of a sad, familiar story, when he broke his tibia in the opener Friday against Indiana.

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Bob Smizik: September baseball -- all a fan can ask

The Pirates are within relatively easy distance of a championship, and if not that at least a playoff berth.

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Steelers sign war veteran Villanueva to practice squad

Alejandro Villanueva played football at West Point as a wide receiver, defensive lineman and offensive tackle.

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 Starling Marte just gets under the tag of the Reds' first baseman Todd Frazier.

Pirates falter, 3-2, in final game of series against Reds

Chris Heisey and Johnny Cueto led the Reds to the team’s win today at PNC Park before a crowd of 37,591.

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 Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, left, playing for the Oakland Raiders, is hit by Steelers free safety Ryan Mundy in a Sept. 23, 2012 game in Oakland, Calif. Heyward-Bey was injured on the play and had to leave the game.

To retire or not?: Steelers receiver Heyward-Bey decides to keep on playing

Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey wrestles with concussion issues and whether they should end his football career.

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 Chad Voytik talks with coach Paul Chryst Saturday at Heinz Field. Voytik didn’t need to do too much in his first game as the Pitt quarterback, finishing 10 of 13 for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Voytik at ease in first start as Pitt QB

The stats might make it seem as if Chad Voytik was a minor part of Pitt's 62-0 win against Delaware, but he took his first start in stride.

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 Jose Tabata paid his first dividend since returning by knocking in Josh Harrison from third with what proved to be the winning run against the Cincinnati Reds Friday night at PNC Park.

On the Pirates: Jose Tabata is back to work

After working through the shock, Jose Tabata got back to business at Indianapolis and eventually got back to PNC Park with the Pirates.

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 Neil walker and right fielder Andrew Lambo misplay the ball hit by Reds Zack Cozart for a single Saturday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Morel called up again to bolster bench

The Pirates will try to beef up their depleted bench by recalling infielder Brett Morel from Indianapolis.

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 Austin Johnson celebrates with the Dan Rooney Trophy after Penn State's victory against Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic Saturday in Dublin.

Defensive linemen apply the pressure in Penn State's Ireland win

Led by Anthony Zettel, Penn State's defensive line forced the issue and fronted a 26-24 victory Saturday against Central Florida.

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District football roundup: Duquesne's upset bid comes up short

The Dukes fell at Buffalo despite a furious rally after facing a 21-0 deficit in the second quarter.

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 DaeSean Hamilton of Penn State is tackled by Brandon Alexander of Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic American Football match Aug. 30 at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin.

Hamilton’s record outing eases concerns at receiver for Penn State

The Nittany Lions had a couple of young receivers in DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis give a preview of life without Allen Robinson.

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High school football roundup: Perone lifts 
Seton-LaSalle

Star quarterback Tyler Perone helped lead the Rebels past Class AA conference rival South Park Saturday.

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 From left to right, Larry Marcello of Brentwood, Greg Neugebauer of Delmont, Nick Kennedy of Regent Square and Steve Benso of Shadyside tailgate Saturday on the North Shore, which was full of activity with University of Pittsburgh playing the University of Delaware at Heinz Field, the Pirates playing the Cincinnati Reds and the Kickoff and Rib Festival all happening.

Pittsburgh's North Shore survives trifecta of events

Pitt football, Pirates baseball and the all-day Rib Fest made traffic and parking tight on the North Shore, but planning prevailed.

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Wildlife: A century without passenger pigeons

On Sept. 1, 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Rarely, if ever, have we known the precise moment an entire

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Outdoor notebook: Hunting mentorship isn't only among families

A recent survey found that 27 percent of respondents said they had taken a girl or boy hunting who was not related to them.

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 Ron Regan, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

State of mind: Attitudes of mourning dove hunters probed in new national survey

A comprehensive new survey reveals who is hunting for mourning doves, the ammunition used, where they hunt and whom hunters trust for info.

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 West Virginia's Rushel Shel tries to fight off Alabama's Kenyan Drake on a punt return during the second half of today's game in Atlanta.

West Virginia falls to Alabama, 33-23

West Virginia, pegged as 26-point underdogs, trailed by three points at halftime but Alabama held on for a 33-23 victory.

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 Pirates' starter Vance Worley delivers against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park today. The Pirates won, 3-2.

Worley, Walker power Pirates to a 3-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds

Pirates pitcher Vance Worley shook off three bad starts and was borderline dominant over the Reds before a crowd of 38,023 at PNC Park.

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Bob Smizik: J-Hay does everything but pitch the ninth

Do you believe this guy?

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 Pitt's James Conner carries for a touchdown against Delaware at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.

Pitt pounds Delaware 62-0

For the first time in the Paul Chryst era, Pitt started its season with a win — and an emphatic one at that.

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 Penn State's Angelo Mangiro, left, and Austin Johnson celebrate with the Dan Rooney Trophy after victory over UCF in the Croke Park Classic American Football match in Dublin, Ireland.

Last-second field goal pushes Penn State to 26-24 win over Central Florida

The Irish got everything they could have asked for as far as entertainment, and so did Penn State.

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 Shaquille Richardson was one of the players the Steelers released to hit their 53-man mark for the roster.

Steelers release two draft picks to reduce roster to 53 players

Three other former draft picks were cut as well as some free agents who had been dark horses to make the team.

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