5:52 PM EDT, Fri August 18, 2017
6 hours ago
Le'Veon Bell didn't risk it all — but he risked a whole lot

Le'Veon Bell didn't risk it all — but he risked a whole lot

If you’re trying to digest Friday’s news about Le’Veon Bell — he turned down a five-year deal that’d have made him the highest-paid NFL running back by more than $4 million annually, reports the Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette — there are two big things to keep in mind.
7 hours ago
Steelers hope stronger outside pass rush can make up for weaker secondary

Steelers hope stronger outside pass rush can make up for weaker secondary

It was satisfying to defensive coordinator Keith Butler that the Steelers had seven sacks in the preseason opener against the New York Giants, and that six came from their outside linebackers.
8 hours ago
Le'Veon Bell nixed a five-year contract his agent had agreed on

Le'Veon Bell nixed a five-year contract his agent had agreed on

The Steelers end their three weeks’ training camp at Saint Vincent College without Le’Veon Bell ever reporting, one month after they thought they had an agreement for him on a new five-year contract.
9 hours ago
Rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs will get second consecutive preseason start

Rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs will get second consecutive preseason start

Rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs will make his second consecutive preseason start Sunday when the Steelers play host to the Falcons at Heinz Field, and coach Mike Tomlin said the only starters ruled out of the game are quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown.
9 hours ago
Paul Zeise: The Steelers' red-zone offense needs to improve dramatically

Paul Zeise: The Steelers' red-zone offense needs to improve dramatically

The Steelers appear to have all the elements in place for a dominant offense. They should be able to run wild on opponents who load up to stop the pass and throw all over opponents who load up to stop the run.
15 hours ago
Joe Starkey: Keith Butler passionately defends Mike Tomlin and identifies key to his defense

Joe Starkey: Keith Butler passionately defends Mike Tomlin and identifies key to his defense

We were talking to Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler in Latrobe the other day when he mentioned a quiet-but-critical move Mike Tomlin made last season.
17 hours ago

Joaquin Benoit, Pirates bullpen falter as Cardinals take series opener, 11-7

Yadier Molina started out of the batter’s box, whipped his bat against the dirt and glared briefly toward the pitcher’s mound. Joaquin Benoit stood there, his legs still cemented in his follow-through, and watched Molina’s RBI single hop into center field. Three pitches after nearly taking a fastball to the noggin, Molina had pounded perhaps the final nail in Benoit’s coffin.
23 hours ago

Don’t expect to see Jose Osuna at third base this season

The Pirates aren’t ready to audible their third-base plans. Though rookie Jose Osuna — a first baseman by trade and a corner outfielder by necessity — has trained at third base with infield coach Joey Cora since the All-Star break and seems to be progressing smoothly at that position, the intent remains to acclimate the 24-year-old Osuna slowly to the hot corner.
23 hours ago

Francisco Cervelli heads to disabled list; Chris Stewart starts again

The Pirates placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 10-day disabled list Thursday because of lingering left wrist inflammation. Cervelli removed himself mid-game Sunday and said afterward he was unable to provide offensively the way he needed to. The Pirates promoted Elias Diaz from Class AAA Indianapolis Tuesday yet hoped to avoid losing Cervelli to the DL.
Aug 17, 2017

Vatican dispels claim that Roberto Clemente is on his way to sainthood

Perhaps a tweet crossed your timeline in the past few weeks, alerting you that Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was on his way to becoming a saint after being officially “blessed” by Pope Francis.
Aug 17, 2017
Injuries along the offensive line giving the Steelers a chance to evaluate some key reserves

Injuries along the offensive line giving the Steelers a chance to evaluate some key reserves

At the start of practice Thursday the first-team offensive line consisted of just two regular starters. Only tackles Alejandro Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert were available. Starting center Maurkice Pouncey missed another practice with a leg injury, and coach Mike Tomlin gave starting guards Ramon Foster and David DeCastro veteran’s days off.
Aug 17, 2017
Banged-up Cameron Sutton vows to be 'ready to go when it's time'

Banged-up Cameron Sutton vows to be 'ready to go when it's time'

Rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton returned to practice Sunday for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury on the second day of training camp. It seemed like a sign he was getting closer to getting on the field and competing for a job in the Steelers secondary.
Aug 17, 2017

Little League still sparks vivid memories for Pirates

Jameson Taillon rattled off the names like they were division rivals, a dozen years later: The Baton Rouge Tigers — “A fundamentals team,” he added — the squad from Hoover, Ala., the Germantown (Tenn.) Giants.
Aug 17, 2017
Art Rooney II expects Le'Veon Bell to return before start of season

Art Rooney II expects Le'Veon Bell to return before start of season

Team president Art Rooney II said he doesn’t know when running back Le’Veon Bell will report to the Steelers, but he expects it to be sometime before the start of the season.
Aug 17, 2017
No timetable for Kevin Colbert contract extension, Art Rooney II says

No timetable for Kevin Colbert contract extension, Art Rooney II says

Steelers president Art Rooney II said there is no timetable to sign general manager Kevin Colbert to a contract extension, similar to what the Steelers did last week with coach Mike Tomlin. In the past, Colbert has been given an extension shortly after the team extended Tomlin.