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Pens Paying Price for Arrogance

Joe Starkey, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Franklin Fires Up Penn State Faithful

Dan Norton, Philadelphia Inquirer

After Stroke, Letang All Heart

Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Penn State Could Have Saved Big East

Samuel Chi, Bleacher Report

They never learn. Every time the Penguins start to feel good about themselves, it seems they want to feel better. Good isn't good enough. They are hockey's great narcissists — ho...(full article)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin failed to reach his first attendance quota as Penn State's head football coach, but he came close. He wanted more than 80,000 to attend the Nitt...(full article)

Kris Letang has a hole in his heart, but don't dare doubt its size or strength. At 8:08 p.m. Wednesday, as soon as his skates once again touched Consol Energy Center's ice — and...(full article)

Don't tell Ryne Sandberg that managers don't matter.   "For me, I think the leadership starts with the manager," said Sandberg, the former Hall of Fame player who is now in his fi...(full article)

Imagine the College Football Playoff beginning next season not with five, but six major conferences.   The Big East is still at the table, but not splintered into a basketball ver...(full article)

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