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Morning Java: A plethora of pigskin

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The next column will be Sunday, covering the Steelers-Chiefs preseason game. The ones I normally would write for today and Friday were pushed up this week to cover the Steelers in D.C.

>> Le’Veon Bell’s mid-foot injury leaves two running backs saying they’re No. 1, per Alan Robinson.

Ben Roethlisberger is getting lots of leeway from Todd Haley.

Richard Mann, the new wide receivers coach, is profiled in Joe Starkey’s column.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.


>> The Pirates scored one run on four singles. Travis Sawchik is in San Diego.

Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage, including some exclusive reporting by Sawchik on Francisco Liriano’s contract vesting for 2014.

Here’s Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune and Giants news from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here are official game highlights from

>> You have to wonder if banged-up Isaac Bennett will be starting in Pitt’s backfield for the Florida State game. There are other options. Jerry DiPaola reports.

>> Penn State’s got a promising tight end named Jesse James. Bob Cohn reports.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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