10:12 AM EDT, Tue June 30, 2015

Empty Netter Assists - Cole gets paid - 06-30-15

Penguins -Penguins defenseman Ian Cole (right) got paid. -“I wanted to go nowhere else and, fortunately for me, they wanted me to come back, too.” - Cole. -Don't expect the Penguins to re-sign any of their pending unrestricted free agents prior to the start of the free agent signing period Wednesday. -The Penguins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Beau Bennett, Bobby Farnham, Dominik Uher, defensemen Brian Dumoulin and Reid McNeill. -The Penguins will not extend qualifying offers to restricted free agent defenseman Nicholas D'Agostino, goaltender Eric Hartzell...
Plain Dealer 4 hours ago

Pittsburgh Steelers draft classes 2010-14: A look back

The Steelers' offense is loaded with draft picks from the past five years, including Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Bud Dupree hopes to put the fear back in opposing quarterbacks: AFC North rookie spotlight

Bud Dupree, the Steelers' first-round draft pick, is aware of the franchise's rich history of terrorizing quarterbacks and hopes to be part of its revival.
Beaver County Times 13 hours ago
Spotlight: Pirates lineup shuffle likely to continue

Spotlight: Pirates lineup shuffle likely to continue

In the past homestand of six games, Hurdle used six different lineups. The Pirates won three.

Toomey's up with first ad

Fifteen months before he will face voters in the November 2016 general election, Sen. Pat Toomey is airing the first television commercial of his re-election campaign beginning Tuesday.        The Republican's ad highlights his efforts to enact legislation designed to make it easier for schools to identify sex...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6569-first-toomey-commercial

Three by the wayside

The deadline just passed for teams to make qualifying offers to retain the rights of their restricted free agents. The Penguins had nine to start the day, but that number dropped to eight when Ian Cole signed a three-year deal. …
Beaver County Times 22 hours ago
Penguins re-sign defenseman Ian Cole to 3-year deal

Penguins re-sign defenseman Ian Cole to 3-year deal

The Penguins and defenseman Ian Cole have agreed to a new three-year contract.

Monday Mop-Up Duty: SOS (strength of schedule) message … and the Pirates’ power outage

SOUTH HILLS – After Tuesday’s win vs. the Reds, Gerrit Cole stared up a flat-screen television hanging from the ceiling in the PNC Park clubhouse in disappointment, seeing the Cardinals had won yet another game. Cole jokingly — well, half-jokingly — wondered …
Plain Dealer Jun 29, 2015
AFC North rookie spotlight: Ravens' Maxx Williams could make Browns, Steelers regret not taking him

AFC North rookie spotlight: Ravens' Maxx Williams could make Browns, Steelers regret not taking him

Ravens reportedly jumped ahead of Steelers to select Williams in the second round.
Beaver County Times Jun 29, 2015
Madden: Has Toronto had their Phil of Kessel? Or are they waiting for the Penguins to fatten them up?

Madden: Has Toronto had their Phil of Kessel? Or are they waiting for the Penguins to fatten them up?

Winger Phil Kessel is still a Toronto Maple Leaf. Despite lots of trade speculation, much of it involving the Penguins, Kessel hasn’t moved. Perhaps that’s because no one wants him.
Beaver County Times Jun 28, 2015

Pirates' roster changes result of long road

Steve Lombardozzi and Gorkys Hernandez played in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Atlanta. Neither got a hit, but the move wasn’t made for just one day.
Beaver County Times Jun 27, 2015
3 thoughts: The answer at first base? Keep playing Pedro.

3 thoughts: The answer at first base? Keep playing Pedro.

Overall, Pirates first basemen are sixth in the National League in home runs (12), 10th in RBIs (35) and 12th in OPS (.704). Those numbers need improvement.
Beaver County Times Jun 27, 2015
Stat Corner: No surprise to see McCutchen among league leaders

Stat Corner: No surprise to see McCutchen among league leaders

Looking at the batting statistics by position, Pirates center fielders top the league in batting average (.302) and runs-batted-in (46), and are second in OPS (.884).
Beaver County Times Jun 27, 2015
Penguins Insider: Lots of talks but no deals for Rutherford

Penguins Insider: Lots of talks but no deals for Rutherford

The Penguins came up empty-handed in pursuit of a trade during draft weekend.
Beaver County Times Jun 27, 2015

Insider: Pirates offense comes alive against Braves

After scoring more than four runs only once in the last 10 games, the Pirates offense came alive in the very first inning, scoring five runs and the pitching staff made it stand up.

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