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DIANA, W.Va. – Mel Lentz, the King of the Lumberjacks, sat atop the cab of a logging truck, deftly working the controls to a self-loader that plucked logs off the ground and stac...(full article)

Like the Cy Young Award winner, there's a PWMM every year, in both leagues. Sometimes it is the same guy, but more often than not, it isn't. The Cy Young Award, after all, is desig...(full article)

There was a point during the 2014 football season when Ike Taylor realized his 12th NFL season would be his last. The veteran cornerback officially announced his retirement in Apri...(full article)

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Jay Paterno tells a story. It is autumn, and his son is playing in a ninth-grade football game. Early in the first quarter, his son pushes through and brings down the ball carr...

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When Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu announced his retirement, few people were happier than Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. With Ravens safety Ed Reed not playing l...

Master Disruptor Ends NFL Career

After a lengthy deliberation about his future, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu announced late Thursday that he will retire from football, ending a 12-year NFL stint that s...

Lacking Drama if Not Excellence

Kentucky's legacy-extending run through the shallow end of the NCAA Tournament thus far has failed to add much drama to March Madness, but Big Blue Nation doesn't seem worried abo...

Mountaineers Train Havoc on Top Seeds

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Matt Sandusky's War

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Tar Heels Go on Road, Leave Defense Home

Roy Williams was so angry he didn't even wait for the halftime buzzer to begin his walk to the locker room. As Pittsburgh's Michael Young rose for an uncontested dunk to end the fi...

Lights, Camera, Signing Day!

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The lights are dimmed. There's a spotlight on the stage. The cheerleading squad, the dance team and a pep band watch from the floor of Penn State's Rec Hall, ...

Giving Paterno Pass Sends Awful Message

Here is the message our society sends again and again to child sex abuse victims: Powerful men and their reputations must be protected at all costs, regardless of what happened to ...

NCAA Loses, But There Are No Winners

A lot of big words and numbers got tossed around on Friday. It was said in some quarters that Penn State scored a "great" and "complete" victory after the NCAA, an organizing body ...

Restored Wins Prove Paterno's Case

As our guy Lebowski might say, some new (stuff) has come to light regarding Penn State's NCAA sanctions and the Freeh Report that initiated them. On Friday, a settlement was reache...

Was Penn St. Bluffed Into Sanctions?

As a lawsuit against the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State winds its way toward trial, depositions in the case have prompted questions over the validit...

How Paterno Statue Can Heal PSU

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Steelers Go Crashing Out of Playoffs

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Steelers Glad There's No Quit in Harrison

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Big Ben Late Entry in MVP Race

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Sandusky Saga Left a Rift at Penn State

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WVU Takes Baylor Down a Notch

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Brilliant Bumgarner Silences Pirates

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How Bucs Got Volquez Back on Track

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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

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The Steel Curtain Has Come Down

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Another Playoff Is Sweet for Pirates

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West Virginia QB as Tough as They Come

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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

The words are easy to say. The test is in the doing, and the Baltimore Ravens got it done in a big way Thursday night with a 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers just three ...

Rutgers Microwaving a New 'Rivalry'

Rutgers has issued more than 400 credentials for its big game Saturday. The Big Ten Network pregame show will be live outside of High Point Solutions Stadium all day. Bowl reps fr...

Pitt Should Give Penn St. a Chance

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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

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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

The trial of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky could end this week, with closing arguments scheduled for Thursday and jury deliberations -- which might take ...

Defense Bolstered by Recording

For 16 minutes the tape rolled, apparently unknown to two state police officers investigating Jerry Sandusky and the defense attorney of Victim No. 4 during an April 2011 meeting...

Experts Doubt Defense Theory

The defense in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial is suggesting that a personality disorder explains some of the charges against the former Penn State assistant footbal...

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

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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

Through clenched teeth, John Tortorella seethed at the Penguins after Thursday night’s 5-2 road loss, as angry as the Rangers coach has appeared through 81 games this seaso...

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

First place in the Eastern Conference still is a mathematical possibility for the Penguins. Fifth place, however, has become a clear and present danger. Being swept by the New Yor...

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

OK, maybe it's a bit early to ask sculptors to begin submitting design ideas for a Pascal Dupuis statue. Might be prudent to put that off until Dupuis, say, saves the franchise fr...

Cautious Optimism for Crosby

Tuesday's practice at CONSOL Energy Center wasn't your typical daily skate. A night after the Pittsburgh Penguins won their sixth in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyot...

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

How will the fit be between Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and new Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley? Haley's in-your-face style isn't for everyone, but my hunc...

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

When Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel gets the biggest cheer at a Pitt home basketball game against a Big East Conference opponent in a football season when the Steelers get T...

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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