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Antonio Brown got the 'Madden 19' cover — without a helmet

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 9:45am

Antonio Brown is, indeed, on the cover of “Madden 19.” Thank you to the fine folks at EA Sports for making it simple.

Ron Cook: Be angry at LeVeon Bell, but remember, in the NFL 'it's not personal, it's strictly business.'

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 5:23pm

Where is Michael Corleone when we need him?

Agent for Le'Veon Bell: Guaranteed money was the sticking point

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 1:46pm

Adisa Bakari, the agent for Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, said in an interview on ESPN Tuesday afternoon the Steelers did not offer enough guaranteed money to sign his client to a long-term contract.

Obituary: Gabe Rivera, former No. 1 draft pick of the Steelers, dies at 57.

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:56pm

Former Steelers defensive lineman Gabe Rivera, whose career was cut short after an auto accident paralyzed him in 1983, died Monday night in Texas. He was 57.

Joe Starkey's mailbag: Who’s primed for the bigger season — Bud Dupree or T.J. Watt?

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:39am

Welcome to Joe Starkey’s mailbag, where the Post-Gazette columnist and 93.7 The Fan radio host answers your questions about sports, life, Bob McAdoo and everything in between. If you want to ask Joe a question, tweet him @JoeStarkey1 or email him at On to the questions …

A Le'Veon Bell holdout? Not likely and here's why

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 8:21am

There was a time when NFL players could wield their power in contract negotiations by holding out into the regular season. The best example is Dallas star running back Emmitt Smith sitting out for the start of the 1993 season just months after the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVII. The Cowboys lost their first two games and Smith quickly received what then was the richest contract for a running back in NFL history.

Ron Cook: It's not surprising but disappointing that Le'Veon Bell and Steelers failed to reach a deal

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:45am

Count Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis among those disappointed that Le’Veon Bell failed to reach a long-term deal with the Steelers before the 4 p.m. deadline Monday.

Is Le'Veon Bell's replacement on the roster? Time to find out.

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:36pm

Now that the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell have failed to agree on a long-term contract, the short-term focus shifts to the players that will be at training camp next week.

Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers failed to agree yet again, setting up his exit after 2018

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:52pm

Another midsummer deadline has come and gone, and Le’Veon Bell did not sign a long-term contract with the Steelers.

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat: 7.16.18

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 9:17am

Hollywood calling: Steelers' Antonio Brown will be a guest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Thursday

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 8:57am

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be a guest on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Thursday night. The one-time “Dancing With the Stars” contestant is no stranger to the network, or Hollywood.

Gene Collier: Jim Kelly handles a life’s suffering with grace

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:45am

On Wednesday night, during the annual ESPYs telecast from Los Angeles, Jim Kelly will accept the Jimmy V. Award for Perseverance and offer a short speech, the only kind possible when your face and jaw form a virtual cauldron of unrelenting pain.

Ron Cook: The Steelers' most valuable 'Killer B' is ...

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 9:38am

Ben Roethlisberger is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Antonio Brown is in position to challenge Jerry Rice’s NFL receiving records. Le’Veon Bell will be far and away the league’s highest-paid running back this season if he does a new long-term contract by Monday’s deadline or plays under the franchise tag.

Lawyer: Former Pitt star LeSean McCoy orchestrated assault of woman

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:40am

ATLANTA — The lawyer for the ex-girlfriend of NFL star LeSean McCoy says the Buffalo Bills running back orchestrated an attack that left her bloody amid attempts to get her to leave his suburban Atlanta mansion.

New Panthers owner David Tepper under contract to keep Richardson statue

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 9:44am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would like the focus to be on his plans for the team’s future, he cannot completely put the franchise’s sullied past behind him.

Ron Cook: Steelers camp a sports lifeline, but about those Pro Football Focus rankings

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 6:00am

There is a lifeline in the sea of sports despair created by another Pirates miserable season. It comes from Pro Football Focus and gives us something to discuss in a slow time of the year with the local baseball team so irrelevant again. It also is a much-needed reminder Steelers training camp opens in two weeks. I can’t wait.

Let's talk about the Steelers' 'Madden 2019' ratings

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 6:25pm

If you play as the Steelers in “Madden 2019,” you might want to throw the ball to Antonio Brown.

Could the Steelers get involved in this year's supplemental draft?

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 5:04pm

The NFL supplemental draft will take place Wednesday with five players eligible to be selected by any of the league’s 32 teams. Just don’t count on the Steelers being active participants.

Former Pitt star LeSean McCoy denies domestic violence, steroid accusations

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 3:35pm

Buffalo Bills running back and former Pitt standout LeSean McCoy said an allegation posted on social media accusing him of bloodying his former girlfriend’s face is baseless and false.

NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:41am

NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on Tuesday challenging its national anthem policy.