AB: ‘Steelers for Life’

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Business is boomin’ for All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, who signed a four-year, $68-million contract extension with the Steelers

Steelers’ Antonio Brown signs four-year extension, becomes NFL’s highest-paid receiver, reports Joe Rutter.

Le'Veon Bell

Under the exclusive franchise tag, the Steelers are the only team that can negotiate with Le’Veon Bell

Meantime, the Steelers placed the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, reports Rutter and Chris Adamski . On the Steel Mill blog, Rutter tries to makes sense of the NFL salary cap and clear up Bell’s franchise tag number.

On Upgruv, Rob Rossi counts down the top 10 Pittsburgh athletes who bank the most bucks.

WHAT THE PARTIES ARE SAYING ABOUT AB

WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT AB

WHAT THE FANS ARE SAYING ABOUT AB

Minding the Pens’ net

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There are a number of reasons trading Marc-Andre Fleury won’t be so simple for the Penguins

The Penguins face a decision on Marc-Andre Fleury as the NHL trade deadline looms, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

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Matt Murray stopped 16 shots in the first period of the Stadium Series game against the Flyers

Bill West writes that Matt Murray’s mettle and moxie are what the Penguins need to
in Metropolitan Division battle.

IN BRADENTON

Tyler Eppler

Tyler Eppler has a new pitch that’s a mix between a slider and cutter, and can you guess what it’s called

Pirates pitcher Tyler Eppler hopes his new pitch helps him become more effective so he can reach the majors, writes Rob Biertempfel.

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Tyler Glasnow’s fastball showed plenty of life in striking out six against the Orioles

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Tyler Glasnow struck out the first five batters he faced against the Orioles.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Kevin Colbert

Kevin Colbert hopes that the NFL’s fan experience doesn’t affect scouting the NFL Combine

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert </strong>hopes NFL Combine changes pass the test, writes Joe Rutter.

IN OAKLAND

Mike Young v UNC

Pitt’s Mike Young tries to score over North Carolina’s Tony Bradley in the Panthers’ home finale

Pitt looks to shake its slump and finish strong, writes Jerry DiPaola.

In the Pitt Locker Room blog, Jerry D. writes that 40 years ago, Pitt won only one conference game — and here’s how it happened.

Pens top Flyers in Stadium Series game at Heinz Field

Penguins at Heinz Field

The Stadium Series game was a resounding victory for the Penguins, who beat the Philadelphia Flyers behind the play of Minnesota natives Matt Cullen and Jake Guentzel, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

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Sidney Crosby celebrates his first-period goal against the Flyers at Heinz Field

My column on how Sidney Crosby got his goal at Heinz Field, one that put distance between the darkest hour of his hockey career and allowed him to hear cheers inside the Steelers’ stadium.

Mother Nature provided (almost) ideal weather for the outdoor game, writes Chris Adamski.

On Chipped Ice, Bill West writes about the aftermath on a night of pageantry.

IN BRADENTON

Tony Watson

Tony Watson pitches in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles in the Pirates’ spring training opener

‘Loosey-goosey’ Tony Watson is more confident in closer’s role for the Pirates, writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Gerrit Cole has been named the Opening Day starter.

IN OAKLAND

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Pitt’s Rozelle Nix fouls North Carolina’s Tony Bradley in the Panthers’ home finale

After falling to North Carolina, Pitt is in danger of a losing season, writes Jerry DiPaola.

It’s a Hockey Night … at Heinz Field

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Penguins Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin skate in practice at Heinz Field

The NHL’s Stadium Series outdoor games remain a ‘cool’ spectacle, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

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Sidney Crosby missed 101 games after getting concussed in the 2011 Winter Classic

My column on why Sidney Crosby is the key to the Stadium Series game, and why the NHL must put player safety at a premium.

JB breaks down the Penguins-Flyers at Heinz Field.

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The Penguins played host to the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field

Chris Adamski revisits the Penguins’ past outdoor games.

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Kris Letang, who has an upper-body injury, did not skate Saturday morning

Speaking of injuries, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is out against the Flyers, writes Bill West.

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Ron Hainsey’s first practice with the Penguins was at Heinz Field

In the Penguins notebook, West writes about how newly acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey joined the Penguins at a ‘hectic’ point.

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In the Flyers notebook, Adamski writes that Philly isn’t intimidated by the Penguins or the setting.

At Upgruv, Rob Rossi gets Penguins goalies Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury debating black vs. gold pad preferences and the inside story on how Train replaced One Republic at the first intermission.

ON THAT OTHER TEAM THAT PLAYS AT HEINZ FIELD…

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Oft-injured tight end Ladarius Green

If there was a plus-side to the injuries to free-agent signees Ladarius Green and Ryan Harris, it’s that the Steelers were awarded a third-round compensatory draft pick, writes Joe Rutter, and it will be the 105th overall selection.

Maurkice Pouncey.

Three people injured in an altercation with the Pouncey twins are seeking more than $500,000 in damages

The civil suit against Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is set for trial, writes Megan Guza.

IN BRADENTON

Drew Hutchison

Drew Hutchison was Opening Day starter for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015

Drew Hutchison has tweaked his delivery in search for a spot in the Pirates’ rotation, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte

Andrew McCutchen moved to right field and Starling Marte to center this season

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that the starting outfield is ready for the Grapefruit League opener.

IN OAKLAND

For Pitt’s seniors, UNC game is their day, writes Jerry DiPaola.

For defensive depth, Penguins add Hainsey

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Defenseman Ron Hainsey has missed only two games since 2013

With injuries piling up on the blue line, the Penguins acquired veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey from Carolina, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

On the Chipped Ice blog, JB has a Q&A with Hainsey.

Justin Schultz

Justin Schultz practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion Feb. 16

In the Penguins notebook, Bill West writes that defenseman Justin Schultz eyes Saturday for a return date.

ALSO INVOLVING HEINZ FIELD

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby flips a backhand against Flyers goalie Steve Mason

The history of the Penguins and Flyers franchises is joined together, like twin brothers, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Stadium Series sign

JB gives also delivers an interesting Stadium Series preview: Penguins-Flyers top five countdown list.

The Stanley Cup came to town in celebration of the NHL’s centennial anniversary, writes Jack Fordyce.

On the Steel Mill blog, Chris Adamski writes that Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats ‘absolutely’ expects James Harrison back next season.

On the Pitt Locker Room blog, Jerry DiPaola writes that quarterback Nathan Peterman and Jon Gruden will pair up on ESPN.

Meantime, in basketball…

I’m sure that has nothing to do with the fatigue factor, given the lack of substitutions.

IN BRADENTON

MLB Players Association boss Tony Clark says the union is keeping close tabs on the Jung Ho Kang case, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Malkin making immediate impact for Penguins

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Evgeni Malkin has scored in four of the Penguins’ past five games

There’s never a dull moment with Evgeni Malkin, who has made an immediate impact with Penguins after returning from injury, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

In the Penguins notebook, JB says GM Jim Rutherford has plenty to sort out as the trade deadline nears.

ON THE NORTH SHORE

The Penguins are preparing for warm weather at Heinz Field for the Stadium Series game against the Flyers, writes Chris Adamski.

IN BRADENTON

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Andrew McCutchen was disappointed by his move to right field, but his firm, friendly relationship with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made it easier

The connection between manager Clint Hurdle and Andrew McCutchen smoothed the Pirates’ outfield transition, writes Rob Biertempfel.

ON THE BLUFF

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Mike James jersey retired

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Kale Abrahamson scored 14 points off the bench for Duquesne

Duquesne retired Mike James’ No. 13 jersey, writes Jerry DiPaola, but even James’ pre-game speech couldn’t help the Dukes from falling to Fordham.

ON TOBACCO ROAD

Pitt collapses in second half, falls at Wake Forest.

Kang admits to DUI, pleads for second chance

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Jung Ho Kang: ‘I deeply regret what I have done. If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone’

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang in a South Korea court admitted to charges of driving under the influence, Rob Biertempfel reports, and could be fined what amounts to $13,117.

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Jung Ho Kang arrives at Seoul Central District Court for his DUI trial

UPDATE: Biertempfel reports that Kang will have a verdict hearing on March 3.

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Bob Nutting talks with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington at spring training

My column on how Pirates owner Bob Nutting pays lip service but has committed to nothing

Lecom Park

The Pirates changing their ballpark’s name to Lecom Park ‘felt like a slap in the face,’ Carol Montgomery said

Bill McKechnie’s daughter is upset with name change of Pirates’ spring-training ballpark, writes Biertempfel.

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Sidney Crosby and former Penguin Jordan Staal chase the puck

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin found their way into the penalty box but also scored to lead the Penguins past the Carolina Hurricanes, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Matt Cullen

After five games in eight days, Matt Cullen says the Pens are ‘through the grind and into the fun part’

In the Penguins notebook, Matt Cullen says the dog days of the season are over, writes JB.

On the Chipped Ice blog, JB writes that the Penguins have another injury – at a position they could least afford to lose another player.

Malkin’s snub and ice conditions are non-issues for the NHL as the Penguins’ Stadium Series game against the Flyers nears, writes Bill West.

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Steelers outside linebacker coach Joey Porter heading to court with attorney Robert Del Greco

On the day Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter pleaded guilty to a summary charge of disorderly conduct for an incident on the South Side, Megan Guza reports, Pittsburgh Police released a video of the scuffle with a bouncer at The Flats.

Kameron Canaday

Kameron Canaday was the long snapper for the Arizona Cardinals for three games last season

The Steelers signed a long snapper and punter for depth, writes Joe Rutter.

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Cameron Johnson: ‘Let’s go win some that people might not expect us to win’

Cameron Johnson is providing a spark for Pitt’s faint NCAA Tournament hopes, writes Jerry DiPaola.

Nutting talks Pirates’ payroll, potential

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After attempting to trade Andrew McCutchen in the offseason, Pirates owner Bob Nutting greets the five-time All-Star outfielder at spring training

Owner Bob Nutting balances Pirates’ payroll versus tough decisions, writes Rob Biertempfel.

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Clint Hurdle talks with Pirates owner Bob Nutting, who declined to comment on the contract status of the Pirates manager

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that there’s no word as manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington enter the final year of their contracts.

Jake Guentzel v Red Wings

Jake Guentzel has six goals and five assists in 20 games this season

Penguins rookie forward Jake Guentzel maintains his impressive play, writes JB.

Jevon Carter

Jevon Carter scored 24 points to lead the No. 12 Mountaineers to a 77-62 victory over Texas

Bob Huggins had a heart scare but returned for West Virginia’s Big 12 victory over Texas

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Sheldon Jeter scored a career-best 29 points against Florida State

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Pitt coach Kevin Stallings cracked a joke about Jeter’s 3-point shooting to break the ice

Kevin Stallings once blocked Sheldon Jeter from transferring to Pitt, but now the Panthers coach and senior forward have gotten past the potential anxiety to forge a strong relationship, writes Jerry DiPaola.

In high schools, Chris Harlan writes that the WPIAL wants to review the transfers from Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s sons, outside linebackers coach Joey Porter’s son and nephew and former CWNC coach Jason Gildon’s sons after Gildon was fired.

End of regulation streak

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Detroit’s Nick Jensen beats Penguins goalie Matt Murray for a goal in the first period

The Detroit Red Wings ended the Penguins’ nine-game regulation win streak, writes Jonathan Bombulie. But on the Chipped Ice blog, JB says that he doesn’t think the Penguins played that bad of a game.

But there is HOPE…

IN BRADENTON…

Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow knows he needs a better changeup if he wants to win the No. 5 spot in the rotation

Tyler Glasnow wasn’t feeling it last year, but the Pirates pitcher is getting more comfortable with the changeup, writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that catcher Francisco Cervelli left Sunday’s spring training workout with a sore foot and is now listed as day-to-day.

BACK IN OAKLAND

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Pitt forward Mike Young drives past Florida State’s Jonathan Isaac

Pitt will continue its push for NCAA Tournament berth at Wake Forest, writes Jerry DiPaola. In the Pitt Locker Room blog, Jerry shares some thoughts on Pitt’s upset of Florida State, its NCAA tourney hopes and coach Kevin Stallings.

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CBSSports.com ranks Nathan Peterman the sixth-best quarterback in the NFL Draft

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman is focusing on the NFL Combine while his draft stock rises, writes Jerry DiPaola.

Pitt goes retro for win

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Pitt’s Cameron Johnson scores around Florida State’s 6-foot-10 Jonathan Isaac, a potential NBA lottery pick

Sheldon Jeter made 12 of 14 shots from the field for 29 points in Pitt’s 80-66 victory over Florida State

Pitt upset No. 17 Florida State behind Sheldon Jeter’s big game, writes Jerry DiPaola.

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In so many ways, Pitt went retro on Saturday: The Panthers wore royal blue uniforms with yellow lettering, the look long associated with the university before former athletic director Steve Pederson decided to trample on tradition with a makeover to Navy blue and Vegas gold that made the Panthers, at best, look like a mix between Navy and Notre Dame.

At worst — and we’re talking torch-cut lettering and an awful mascot logo — Pitt looked like an XFL team.

So, it’s good to see Pitt looking sharp in retro uniforms, whether it’s at Heinz Field or the Pete. In basketball, the Panthers have worn a variety of uniforms, from their traditional look to black with blue lettering to gold uniforms and white uniforms. Here’s hoping the football team continues the trend.

Pitt also turned back the clock at Petersen Events Center, creating a hostile environment with the Oakland Zoo and knocking off a ranked opponent. This season, the first under Kevin Stallings, defies conventional wisdom. The Panthers are 15-12 (4-10 in the ACC), and have four senior starters but virtually no bench. They have beaten Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse and Florida State but lost to Duquesne at PPG Paints Arena and at home to Notre Dame in overtime, to a Clemson team that had lost six straight and to a Virginia Tech team it led by 11. That’s not to mention the 55-point loss to Louisville.

The Panthers have ACC games remaining at Wake Forest, at home against North Carolina and at Georgia Tech and Virginia. If Pitt plays like it did against Florida State, it can win any or all of those games. But the Panthers dug a big hole and can only wish that they could turn back the clock on this season.

Jim Rutherford

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is searching for blue-liners

With Olli Maatta out for six weeks, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is looking for defensemen, writes Jonathan Bombulie. In Three Periods, JB and Bill West write that Rutherford will be targeting speed with any potential trades.

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Heinz Field for Stadium Series

The NHL is drawing from previous Heinz Field experience for Stadium Series game against the Flyers, writes West.

Josh Harrison

Josh Harrison started at second base last season but could play third if the Pirates need help

Josh Harrison is ready to return to a utility role if Pirates need him, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Antonio Bastardo

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle: ‘Bastardo might be one of the best bunters on our team’

In the Pirates notebook, Rob writes that reliever Antonio Bastardo showed off his hidden talent at BP.

Senquez Golson

Senquez Golson, a 2015 second-round pick, has yet to play for the Steelers

Cornerback Senquez Golson is an unknown commodity as the Steelers prep for the draft, writes Joe Rutter.