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Challenge to Blount Goes for Naught

Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Steelers Save Face, Maybe Season

Alan Robinson, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Big Ben Can Thank Titans Coach

Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers Pick a Bad Time to Stumble

Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Stunner: Jets Shut Down Steelers

Seth Walder, New York Daily News

Veteran Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel knows something about contributing to a successful football program. There was a time when he didn't, though. Back then, Keisel said,...(full article)

The Steelers wouldn't let the unthinkable happen two weeks in a row. Down 11 points to the slumping Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter Monday night and in danger of losing the...(full article)

It all started on the second play of the game, second-and-10 at their 16, RCA Dome in Indianapolis, 2005 AFC divisional playoff.   That was the moment it all changed, the day ...(full article)

So much for the offensive juggernaut! So much for Ben Roethlisberger’s immediate enshrinement! So much for first place! But not so much for the Steelers’ stunning abili...(full article)

Where has this been the last eight weeks? The hapless Jets beat the red-hot Steelers at MetLife Stadium Sunday, 20-13. That’s not a typo. Gang Green somehow looked like a dom...(full article)

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Big Ben Won't Forget Run Game

It's been all about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the past two weeks. He has thrown touchdowns in bunches, which has enabled the Steelers to perch atop the AFC North with Clevelan...

There Really Is Hope for Big Ten

Exactly 20 years ago Tuesday, a new Big Ten team began saying goodbye to its national championship hopes as a future Big Ten team took its place atop the polls.   A week after...

2-Faced NCAA Pulled 'Bluff' on PSU

Sometimes you'll hear a person or an organization or an institution described in inflammatory terms: power-hungry, arrogant, invasive, bullying. Watch five minutes of 24-hour c...

Big Ben Late Entry in MVP Race

Nobody will wonder again what Ben Roethlisberger could do if the Steelers turned him loose. In three remarkable games that reshaped the AFC North race and produced the greatest of...

NFL Giving Us Too Many Great Storylines!

Here it is, after 1 a.m. Monday on the East Coast, and I can’t quite decide how to write the column this week. What’s the lead story of Week 9? Feels like there are six or seve...

Big Mistake to Overlook Big Ben as Elite

There was a time when the 4,000-yard passing season was special. In 2005, two quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Trent Green, surpassed that total. In this pyrotechnic season in the ...

Sandusky Saga Left a Rift at Penn State

The earthly remains of Joe Paterno lie six feet beneath a small, rectangular slab of granite sunk into soft ground at the northeast boundary of Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery i...

Huggins a Villain - Unless You Know Him

The villain has a bit of a limp. He lurks in his castle, which overlooks the forest, not far from the mountains. A fireplace, turned off now since it’s a perfect late-summer mo...

WVU Takes Baylor Down a Notch

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — This time, there would be no miracle Baylor comeback to stun the college football world and beat the odds. West Virginia made sure of it in a 41-27 upset Satu...

After Stroke, Letang Eager, Worried

You almost don’t recognize him as he walks through the dressing room. Is that Kris Letang? Gone are the long locks that used to spill out of his helmet. He looks young. But ask w...

Brilliant Bumgarner Silences Pirates

The streets here Wednesday afternoon were crawling with black T-shirts and Pirate caps. The Roberto Clemente Bridge, over the Allegheny River connecting downtown to PNC Park, fill...

How Bucs Got Volquez Back on Track

Last year, Edinson Volquez watched the National League wild-card game while preparing for the NL Division Series. Volquez was not on the Los Angeles Dodgers' NLDS playoff roster. T...

It's OK to Panic, Saints and Panthers

It's still early, but a trio of teams are coming off brutal Sunday losses. Is it time to panic in New Orleans, Carolina and Pittsburgh? Let's take a look....

Harrison Surprises Everyone But Self

The rise of Josh Harrison comes as no surprise to Josh Harrison.   The 5-foot-8 super utility player for the Pirates, who became an All-Star for the first time this summer and ent...

The Steel Curtain Has Come Down

The Pittsburgh Steelers, as we know them, are dead.   This is particularly true on defense. Oh sure, the Steelers will win some games. They will beat the Jacksonvilles and Clevela...

Another Playoff Is Sweet for Pirates

Maybe the champagne didn't taste quite as sweet as last season. There's nothing quite like the first time in anything. The Pirates ended 20 years of losing baseball when they made ...

West Virginia QB as Tough as They Come

Tara Trickett watches football games through binoculars. This is the byproduct of more than three decades of marriage to an offensive line coach. If you want to know what’s ha...

Rivalry Emerges From Shadow of Scandals

And so it came to pass, and rush, that Penn State, just emerging from disgrace, defeated another one, Rutgers, that had recently disowned a scandalized hero. Those were the headlin...

These Players Saved Penn State

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With Rice on Minds, Ravens Excel on Field

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Technology Helps Bucs Build Healthy Edge

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Rutgers Microwaving a New 'Rivalry'

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Feckless NCAA Punts on Penn St.

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Common Sense - and Penn State - Win

On Monday, the NCAA again rolled back the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Penn State, this time declaring the Nittany Lions eligible for the postseason immediately, by erasing ...

NCAA Took a Free Shot at Penn State

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Fans Don't Get It, But Tomlin a Gem

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Let's Hear It for ... Josh Harrison

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Penn State's 1st 400 Club Member

Not even Kerry Collins, Todd Blackledge or Michael Robinson did what Penn State’s sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg accomplished Saturday in the Croke Park Classic again...

Penn State Gets a Kick Out of Ireland

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End the Overkill: Lift Penn State Penalties

In July 2012, in the wake of the horrific Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal and subsequent cover-up, the NCAA announced sweeping sanctions against Penn State University...

A Fixer's Wild Tale

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Ovechkin vs. Malkin: Who Ya Got?

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McCutchen Injury May Finish Off Pirates

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Franklin Selling the Future at Penn State

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AFC North Presents Confounding Race

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Barbour Joins New Team at Penn State

A year that began with Rodney Erickson as president, David Joyner as athletic director and Bill O'Brien as football coach looks very different now with Penn State University's main...

McCutchen May Double Up as MVP

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Jay Paterno's Million-Dollar Lawsuit Is a Joke

Jay Paterno's lawsuit against Penn State is a 41-page joke, a waste of time that reads like a ninth-grader's essay, where the kid tries to beef up an argument that has no legitimac...

Spanier Takes Fall for Looking Other Way

On the day the police arrived at the home of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, to arrest him on multiple counts of child sexual abuse, Graham Spanier ...

Wrong Target Vilified in Sandusky Case

Of all the sad and disturbing parts of Oprah Winfrey's interview Thursday with Jerry Sandusky's son Matt – and there were plenty – perhaps the worst was when he was tr...

Adopted Son Further Incriminates Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State coach's hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious a...

Will Steelers Be Relevant Again?

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Franklin Gets Into SEC Coaches' Kitchens

So this is what it’s all about. This is what has an entire conference — the biggest, baddest, winningest conference in all of college football — whining like teenage boys. ...

Biggest Dude in NFL Draft Getting His Shot

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Bylsma Surprisingly Kept Job With Pens

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Pitt Should Give Penn St. a Chance

State Farm dropped the Penn State football program. Should Pitt do the same? The schools don’t renew their dormant rivalry until 2016, and only then for a two-game series, b...

Wife Defends Sandusky's Character

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Can Coach Prevent Departures?

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is stressing education and the opportunity to play in front of 108,000 fans every fall Saturday as he tries to convince his players not to transfer....

Everything Unprecented in PSU Case

Everything was unprecedented -- the NCAA's decision to circumvent its own investigative procedures, the sweeping scope and severity of the penalties (including the erasure of 111 w...

Open Season on PSU Players

The feeding frenzy has begun. Staffers from college football programs from all over the country, who already had sized up the Penn State roster for possible transfers ...

O'Brien Will Stay for Right Reasons

On Monday morning, NCAA president Mark Emmert stopped just short of dropping the death penalty on the Penn State football program, and instead implemented what could be thought o...

Paterno's Name Still on Library

arly Sunday morning at Penn State University, a crew of workers in hard-hats dismantled a statue of Joe Paterno outside the football stadium and put it into storage. They removed a...

Penn St. Could Become a Patsy

One of the biggest criticisms of Joe Paterno -- at one time -- was that he played too many patsies. His old program is about to become one. In what could be the most si...

Scandal Leaves NCAA in Quandary

In N.C.A.A. parlance, “lack of institutional control” is a hazy, almost undefinable term. It is also the organization’s ultimate admonishment, the phrase it utt...

Artist Paints Over Paterno's Halo

An artist has removed a halo from a mural of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno amid the school's child sex-abuse scandal. Michael Pilato had put a halo over Paterno's image aft...

Athletes Should Trust Themselves

Trust. The horror show at Penn State now and over the last 15 years has many issues at its core, but one of the biggest ones is trust. The five lowlifes at the center of the scan...

No Plans on Deleting Paterno Image

While the monuments to and imagery of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno continue to be in evidence on the State College campus, PSU Board of Trustees chair Karen P...

JoePa's Legacy Ruined by Report

In economics, they say there is no such thing as a free lunch. And this morning at Penn State University, there is no such thing as a ”Freeh Pass” as the university&rsq...

Jurors Disclose Little Doubt

Joshua Harper watched Jerry Sandusky listen to one guilty verdict after another — 45 in all — and was more certain than ever that Sandusky, the former Penn State footb...

Ramifications of Guilty Verdict

The verdict is in: a jury convicted former Penn State defensive coordinator on 45 of 48 counts related to his sexual abuse of children. SI.com legal analyst Michael McCann reacts...

Trial the Easy Part of Justice

Convicting Jerry Sandusky would be the easy part of sorting out and bringing to justice those who took part in the alleged rape of children, either actively or by looking the ...

Should Spend Rest of Life in Prison

Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday night on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual molestation and faces up to 442 years in prison. A jury of Sandusky's Centre County, Pa., neighbors ...

What We Can Expect Next

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Defense Bolstered by Recording

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Experts Doubt Defense Theory

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Sandusky's Wife on Witness List

To those who already believed the allegations that Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted young boys, the first week of his trial only painted a more vividly horrific picture of the...

Plea Deal Would Have Been Best

If Jerry Sandusky cared anything about Penn State University and the children who once trusted him as a father figure, he would have willingly taken a judicial bullet - a plea ba...

Prosecution Evidence Significant

The slightly built 18-year-old, looking nervous and ashamed, leaned into the witness stand microphone. He was a trailer-park kid, the son of a mom who worked in a bar and a dad who...

Haley Will Improve Steelers' Offense

One of the biggest motivating factors behind Tomlin's decision to bring Haley aboard was a desire to get the Steelers back to their running roots. Although Haley's offensive back...

Flyers Aren't Satisfied With Lead

Twenty minutes after their Pittsburgh Comeback Tour was over, after the Flyers had pulled another escape that would have made Harry Houdini proud, Max Talbot was so exhausted he ...

Flyers Rally to Stun Penguins in OT

The spotlights in the Consol Energy Center were impossibly bright and blinding, flashing just enough in the pregame to reveal the packed Penguins crowd in all white T-shirts. Jus...

Steelers Set to Make Noise in Draft

Nearly a full month into free agency, the Steelers finally signed their first player Tuesday. It was -- yawn -- Leonard Pope. Not excited about adding a backup tight end? Well, thi...

Rangers Coach Fumes Over Pens' Hit

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Crosby Helps Penguins End Slump

This game was supposed to be about the No. 2 goalie, and in some ways, it was. Brent Johnson, making his first start after sitting out 17 games because of injury, might not have ...

Pens' Chances for Top Spot Slipping

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Why Nobody Wants WR Wallace

The NFL Annual Meeting wrapped up Wednesday, and there wasn't a hint of a rumor regarding Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. That surely pleases Steelers coach Mike ...

Depth Keys Penguins' 10th Straight

It started with the New York Rangers, and it has not stopped yet for the Penguins. Depth scoring tilted this marquee matchup at the World's Most Famous Arena, and the Penguins sta...

N.Y. Fitting Spot for Crosby's Return

Sidney Crosby always seems to enjoy the big stage, the bright lights and the pressure that goes with playing important games, no matter the time or the season.   So how is ...

Beware These 10 Darkhorses

The 2012 NCAA Tournament may end up being on of the most competitive fields in recent memory. While there are five to 10 elite teams this year, the quali...

Penguins Gain Ground in East

The Penguins will tell you that there is nothing intentional about it, that they don't enter games with the idea of being behind after 40 minutes. Makes perfect sense, of course,...

Penguins Win 7th Straight

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Cautious Optimism for Crosby

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McCutchen Now Face of Pirates

There was hardly any baseball talk at the news conference to announce Andrew McCutchen's new six-year contract Tuesday morning. Nobody mentioned batting average or muttered the wor...

Yankees Had to Unload Burnett

cipient of the fans' boos and the tabloids' jeers. Questions about his status bogged down each of manager Joe Girardi's daily press briefings. He is too overpriced to be a reliev...

Sources: Yanks Want More for Burnett

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10 Big Questions This Offseason

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Penn State Recruits Few Stars

A seemingly endless stream of negative headlines. Prolonged coaching limbo that left men on the verge of getting fired selling the school that was about to fire them. A new head co...

Pitt Losing Fan Support

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A Last Look at His Numbers

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Life Ends in Jumble of Confusion

In death as in life, timing matters. Had Joe Paterno died Jan. 22, 2011, he’d have been hailed as the one coach who’d negotiated the murky waters of contemporary coll...

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