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I always find it funny how — in possibly the greatest moment of an NHL season when the Stanley Cup is being presented — the Commissioner of the NHL, Gary Bettman, is almost always booed by the fans. 

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In the past few days, the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially waved the white flag for the imminent future by trading away arguably their best position player and pitcher, in Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole.

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Gobblers, Hush Puppies, Lambchops, and Sweet Teas. No, these are not the items on a lavishing buffet line, rather they are four of the six options for next season’s renaming and rebranding of the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

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The sunsets are inching closer to the eight o’clock hour, the colors are springing back through the greens of summer, and adding that today is the start for many local fall sports, I am officially busy again.

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There’s quite a bit to write about now that the MLB trade deadline has officially passed. And to start off, I think it’s extremely clear that the Pittsburgh Pirates are all about next season.

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As I usually start my week, I was picking through the Sunday edition of The New York Times. This week, their feature sports story was about batters’ stances and the drastic change since the game’s greatest have played.  

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I wasn’t planning on writing a column when I arrived at The Herald Friday, but there were so many interesting headlines, it was hard not to. 

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As I grow older, I find I have developed an entitled sense of laziness, which seems to enhance its sway over my better judgement when… Oh bull, what I mean is: if I can make anything easier, that’s what I want.

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On Aug. 5, athletes from around the world will travel to Rio to take part in the Summer Olympics, but not as many as in years past. 

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Exactly seven years earlier, to the day, he did it for the first time.

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On May 26 2009, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up the Prince of Wales trophy. This is always the debate among the sport’s more superstitious participants and followers.

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I’m taking it easy this week, but the sentiments and thoughts from the following article, written back in 2009, reflect how I feel, and how I plan to spend my time on this coming holiday weekend. 

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The National Hockey League  Eastern Conference Finals are well under way, with two games that have already come and gone. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning have split the first two games, with the Lightning snagging home-ice advantage in the process.

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Before it started, a frenzy of controversy surrounded him. When it was over, a small “I’d have to say yes,” fueled the fire more. And the lucky winners of this 6’ 5” offensive tackle are the Miami Dolphins. 

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This far in the season, it’s hard not to be happy with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but then again, we’re only four games in, with a million to go.  

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With the Penguins headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th year in a row, and the Pirates season starting up again, the city of Pittsburgh is busting with sports pride.

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Not even a week after officially hiring Kevin Stallings, the University of Pittsburgh has cut ties with the former Vanderbilt head coach.

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Seems to be a lot of groups interested in the protection and promotion of native trout habitat in Penn-sylvania. That is an admirable goal.

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Recently, I bought a subscription to DK Pittsburgh Sports. It’s a small staffed (seven staffers) online website, and app, that covers everything Pittsburgh sports, if the name didn’t make that obvious.

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Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the New York Rangers, by a score of 3-0. The last time these two teams played was April 24 of last year, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in which the Penguins fell to the Rangers 2-1, thus ending the former’s playoff run.

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Winston Churchill is famous for many things, one of which is this quote: “Never, never, never give up.” Hmph! He must have never been a fan of Cleveland professional sports. I’ve survived tornadoes and blizzards, but the latest news from Cleveland is too much. I’ve given up on my hometown sp…

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Most folks who spend time in the woods in spring can tell a similar story.

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Landry Jones was ready to carry the Steelers to a win over the Browns, but, much like the season has gone for the Pittsburghers this year, injury was awaiting him.

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In the words of the late, great Yogi Berra, “Its déjà vu all over again.” At least, that’s how it felt in Pittsburgh for the hometown baseball club and their faithful fans Wednesday night.

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There are three plausible reactions to what I will write this week. First, one may ask, where the heck does this sick fool find this stuff?  Second, one may ask, is this for real or just another of his low-oxygen phantasmagorias? Third, those who share my sensibilities may ask, where do I ge…

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There has been a lot of discussion about the awarding of “participation” trophies to kids who show-up for organized sporting events. Steelers’ defensive legend James Harrison made his two young boys return “participation” trophies they were given, saying kids should not be rewarded if they d…

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With summer coming to a slow, but sure ending, that means one thing positively — fall sports.

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On an overcast afternoon at St. Vincent College one thing became apparent as I watched the Pittsburgh Steelers practice: the competition was lopsided.  

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With the new four-year extension for Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson, which topped out at $87.6 million, professional athletes are turning more into businessmen than standout human beings, as they once were.

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Regular readers of this space, all of whom possess above average intelligence, class and culture (not cultures, smart alecks) will recognize the following lines from Shakespeare’s Richard II.  

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Mid-East Titusville 9-10 softball team’s season came to a dramatic close yesterday, as the team lost in extra innings to Lakeland, 6-5.

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As the Pirates swept the lowly Padres in the middle of last week, they gained a little more ground in the division race on the St. Louis Cardinals, who have appeared almost human in the last few weeks.

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As cries of Buctober rang through Pirates Nation last fall, there was one question in the back of everyone’s mind: What was going to happen with Russell Martin?  

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Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said of his team about the first month of the season that “…we were a good team playing mediocre baseball.”

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PITTSBURGH– When the Steelers took the field as a team for the first time in four months last week, the first team period of the first practice was dedicated to goal-line offense. The Steelers ran seven plays inside the 10, then broke off into their normal practice routine.