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Sunday November 23 2014
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This is not a great time for the National Football League. America's richest and most successful sports league is being taken to task by everyone from media to protest groups to longtime fans.

Writers for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Deadspin have called for a boycott of the NFL.

11/03/2014 - 21:18
Tony DeFazio
Domestic violence is awful. That’s something most of us can agree on, in black and white terms. Right? Wrong. Domestic violence, like so many problematic subjects, has shades of gray.

We may not think it does, but a simple finger on the pulse of Steelers fans tells us that the issue is digested in different ways by different people.

09/12/2014 - 18:57
Tony DeFazio
I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.

The preparation I did for the 2014 high school football season obviously pales in comparison to what the players, coaches, cheerleaders, bands, administrators, boosters and parents have to do.

09/05/2014 - 13:58
Tony DeFazio
Paul Chryst sat at a table in Greensboro, North Carolina, answering questions from the media. The third-year Pitt head coach was certainly anxious to wrap up the interview session and catch his plane back to Pittsburgh, but he was also at ease.

Chryst answered the questions thoughtfully, cracking self-deprecating jokes and even peppering his comments with some colorful language.

08/05/2014 - 13:57
Tony DeFazio
I was in a minor league press box in Charlotte, NC, last month, taking in one of Gregory Polanco’s final triple-A games. A colleague, upon learning I was from Pittsburgh, approached me with a question.

“Why can’t Sidney Crosby ever win anything?” he asked. “Does he fail so miserably all the time because he’s just too soft?”

06/26/2014 - 15:57
Tony DeFazio
Another day, another lawsuit. Life in today’s NFL. More than 600 former players are part of a class-action lawsuit that says the league administered addictive pain killers to players without proper prescriptions or medical supervision, and with little or no explanation of the risks and dangers.

A portion of the complaint reads, “the NFL has intentionally, recklessly, and negligently developed a culture of drug misuse, substituting players’ health for profit.”

06/06/2014 - 10:17
Tony DeFazio
There are nine players on the 2013-14 Penguins team that have their names on the Stanley Cup. All nine won the Cup with the Penguins in 2009; Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz and Rob Scuderi also won championships in Carolina, Anaheim and Los Angeles respectively.

The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy in North American pro sports, one of the most difficult to earn and perhaps the most revered. The Cup is steeped in tradition; not only do t

05/01/2014 - 18:54
Tony DeFazio
It’s all starting to make sense. The Steelers have not made the playoffs the past two seasons. Those two years have seen the team part ways with players who were integral to a sustained run of success that resulted in a pair of Super Bowl championships.

The defense got old and slow, the offense lost firepower and the locker room emptied of the veteran leadership that made the 2000’s so special.

03/31/2014 - 12:40
Tony DeFazio
The NFL is about to have an openly gay player in its ranks. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam—the 2014 Southern Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year—is projected to be selected in the later rounds of this May's NFL Draft.

Can an openly-gay player really fit into a football locker room?

02/28/2014 - 13:53
Tony DeFazio
There was a considerable amount of panic last month when Major League Baseball's winter meetings wound up and the Pirates failed to add any "significant" pieces to their roster.

"Significant" is loosely defined, of course, as the team did add a fifth starter in Edinson Volquez, upgrade their depth behind the plate with Chris Stewart, solidify their infield by bringing back

12/30/2013 - 09:25
Tony DeFazio
This is not a great time for the National Football League. America's richest and most successful sports league is being taken to task by everyone from media to protest groups to longtime fans.
Editor's DeskFeature One
When the Penguins dealt Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 overall pick on Draft Day 2012, they were coming off a string of disappointing playoff finishes.
Blue LineFeature Two
The six western Pennsylvania quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, George Blanda and Johnny Unitas -- will be honored in Pittsburgh next summer.
Feature ThreePure Steel
From 2004 to 2011, the Steelers led the league or finished second in fewest points allowed per game five times. Those squads were marshaled by Steelers greats such as nose tackle Casey Hampton and receiver Hines Ward, who recently made headlines for calling his old team's defense “soft.”
Feature FourPure Steel
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The 2014-15 season is underway and plenty of high-end talent dots the top teams in America. Here is PSR's early peek at some of the best players in the land.
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There were smiles after a Plum football game late last season, for the first time in more than two years. The Mustangs finally came out on the winning end of a game.
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At Pitt Basketball’s 2014 Midnight Madness event, Joseph Uchebo did not win the dunk contest. He did, however, win over the fans.
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Can John Calipari load up for another title run with what is perhaps America's most talented roster? Does UConn have enough to repeat? Will the Tar Heels big men lead UNC to the promised land?
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