Steelers bank on Brown

Antonio Brown Art Rooney II

Antonio Brown on Steelers president Art Rooney II: ‘Once he gives you his word, he sticks to his word’

All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is ‘grateful’ for his new contract and trust in the Steelers, writes Chris Adamski.

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Antonio Brown on Le’Veon Bell: ‘I think he knows how special it is to be here’

My column on how Brown’s handling of the contract negotiations should serve as a model for Le’Veon Bell.

ON THE ICE

Matt Murray v Stars

Penguins goalie Matt Murray stopped the first 23 shots he faced before allowing three goals in seven minutes

The Penguins blew a 2-0 lead in the third period in falling to the Stars, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Chad Ruhwedel

Chad Ruhwedel scored a goal in the NHL Stadium Series game against the Flyers at Heinz Field

In the Penguins notebook, defenseman Chad Ruhwedel keeps an eye on the trade deadline, writes JB.

On the Chipped Ice blog, JB wonders: Does blowing a lead change the Penguins’ trade deadline approach?

IN BRADENTON

Adam Frazier

Adam Frazier thought the Pirates were playing a prank when asked to play outfield

As the Pirates’ super utility player, Adam Frazier is a fit for many mitts, writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Ivan Nova is able to relax with his spot in the starting rotation secure.

On the Bucco blog, David Freese is ‘fun to watch’ at first base, Biertempfel writes.