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Feb 11, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ben Roethlisberger did not have to attend Tuesday night's Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction, but he decided to go anyway. He wanted to do something nice for a friend. This Jim Kelly was not the one pictured on a poster on Roethlisberger's wall as a child growing up in Findlay, Ohio, the legend that embodied quarterbacking grit on the way to a record four consecutive Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills. This Jim Kelly was thankful to be alive after a second bout with oral cancer in the past two
May 29, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Manchin is late. They’re waiting for him now on the Senate floor, because, as usual, he’s got something to say. When it comes to the issue of prescription opioid abuse, Mr. Manchin, the U.S. Senator from West Virginia and the state’s former governor, always feels as if he’s running behind, making up for lost time. On this sunny spring afternoon, with the district’s cherry blossoms in bloom, he moves by foot, ignoring a red light and jogging through a crosswalk with the C
May 10, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Michael Diven could sense the skepticism. A boxing display between amateur fighters from Pittsburgh and Cuba, staged on the Roberto Clemente Bridge? The logistics of the location were one thing. But would the Cuban boxing federation actually be interested in bringing a delegation here on July 30, less than a week before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro? Mr. Diven, a retired state representative and Brookline native, believes he has an emphatic answer for any doubters now. Las
May 10, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
ALTOONA, Pa. — Heriberto Suarez Pereda arrived in the suite atop Peoples Natural Gas Field and immediately began making notes inside his official game program. Wearing a Cuban baseball cap and windbreaker, he combed the rosters of the Class AA Altoona Curve and Richmond Flying Squirrels and wrote “5” on the Altoona page and “7” on Richmond’s. Mr. Suarez, commissioner of the Cuban baseball federation and a guest of the Curve for Sunday’s matinee, was understandably curious about the number of
Apr 02, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., believes that a bill passed in March — aimed at reducing drug abuse and providing treatment for addicts — should have included $600 million in emergency appropriation funding. Friday morning, he made his plea in Washington, Pa., a town ravaged by three fatal outbreaks of fentanyl-laced heroin in the last year. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act would improve first responders’ access to naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of heroin overdoses. It wou
Mar 31, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As the hours slowly passed in a Baltimore, Md., hospital room, Jeffrey and DeNita Dean read the Bible and prayed for their little boy and only child, Jayson. From the moment they discovered he had been born with the rare Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) — Jayson did not have a fibia or a tibia in his right leg — they had been searching for answers. Most of his first two years had been spent in doctors’ offices, but now they had made a decision. They’d been given three options: Amputa
Feb 16, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The further U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton and Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone get into their ongoing investigation of the heroin and opioid epidemic that has plagued Western Pennsylvania for years now, the more they are learning. Discovering the best way to fight this growing national public health crisis has been a process for even the most seasoned law enforcement officials. On Tuesday morning, Mr. Hickton and Mr. Vittone decided to reveal some of their newly acquired kno
Oct 08, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
You could talk about fairness, but then you’d have to remember that the team in the opposing dugout, the scary young team that silenced PNC Park from the first batter to the last one Wednesday night, hasn’t won a World Series since Theodore Roosevelt lived in the White House. You could talk about Jake Arrieta’s mastery and curse the system for pitting the second-best team in the majors for 162 games against the pitcher most capable of ending your season in one, but then you’d have to remember
Oct 07, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Neal Huntington wants Pirates fans to be emotional about the team he’s put together, and tonight he will get his wish. The Pirates are one inspiring performance in this Wild Card playoff game against the Cubs from keeping the possibility of a thrilling “Buctober” alive, but they are also one dominant start by the hottest pitcher in baseball, right-hander Jake Arrieta, from being socked squarely in the gut for the second consecutive year as the leaves only begin to turn. A loss would mean tha
Sep 30, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Many years will pass before the lasting impact of the Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA trial is known. But, in the short term, a decision Wednesday by a United States Court of Appeals created doubts that the landmark antitrust case will present big-time college football and basketball players with an immediate gain in compensation for their athletic prowess while on campus. In August 2014, after hearing 15 days of testimony in her Oakland, Calif., courtroom, U.S. District Judge Claudia Ann Wilken issued a
Sep 23, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Four Sundays a year, Kent Biggerstaff arrives at his booth in the south end of the Heinz Field press box and anonymously does a job that could change lives. As a certified athletic trainer for more than 40 years, 17 of which were spent as the Pirates head trainer, he is used to being on the field with the players, but here, as the NFL’s “Eye in the Sky,” the league counts on him to provide a greater perspective. Because down there on that field, even with two teams’ physicians and game referee
Sep 21, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough and Jerry Micco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Just minutes after a performance that etched his name in the Steelers record book Sunday, running back DeAngelo Williams went out of his way to publicly show that he has no confusion about his role. Williams tweeted to Steelers starter Le’Veon Bell, who returns to the lineup this week against St. Louis after serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, and welcomed him back to one of the most explosive offenses in the league. “There’s no one more excited than
Apr 06, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
INDIANAPOLIS — Tonight, Lucas Oil Stadium will host two great college basketball teams in a national championship game that will be watched by millions. The colossal sports palace, fittingly hulking over the earth here in the crossroads of America, will also serve as a fortress. College basketball has been under siege all season. It has become almost chic to critique the low-scoring games, the slow pace of play that can result from a 35-second shot clock or inconsistent officiating, the one-an
Apr 05, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
INDIANAPOLIS — John Calipari’s dream of leading a bunch of hyped freshmen and sophomores to an undefeated season died lateSaturday night because a couple of seasoned upperclassmen made the plays down the stretch that his kids couldn’t with history on the line. With the game tied and 2 minutes left, Wisconsin junior forward Sam Dekker nailed a step-back 3-pointer. A few possessions later, senior forward Frank Kaminsky drove to the basket, drawing a foul, and sank two free throws. Calipari’s Ken
Apr 05, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
INDIANAPOLIS — Part of being a pioneer is having to watch as others try to follow in your footsteps and eclipse your accomplishments. And to be sure, there has been much to emulate about the Duke basketball program built by Mike Krzyzewski over the past three decades. Sometimes, it’s the little things. Like, when Coach K took over at Duke in 1980 as a 33-year-old who had only coached at the United States Military Academy, he first instructed his players to slap the court to demonstrate how rea
Apr 04, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
INDIANAPOLIS — Nobody has played the villain in college basketball better than John Calipari. Throughout his ever-swerving road from Moon Township and Clarion University to the University of Kentucky, where he now leads a blueblood juggernaut toward a potential historic undefeated 40-0 season, he has done things his way and never apologized for it. His goal has not been to reverse public perception. In fact, he would like you to believe he does not even hear it. He’s too busy winning. During
Mar 22, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The NCAA prides itself on giving its athletes a big stage. And certainly, no player did more with his one shining moment than former University of Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, last year’s tournament Most Outstanding Player. In the minutes after the Huskies triumphed in the national championship game, Mr. Napier, instead of basking in the glory, brushed off the confetti and took the opportunity to provide some real insight into his four years as a “student-athlete.” “There are hungry nig
Mar 21, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As the seconds ticked off the clock late Thursday in North Carolina State University’s game against Louisiana State University, an N.C. State senior pondered the likelihood, with the Wolfpack trailing, that this would be his final college basketball game with his team. It stung, because Michael Scanlan felt he had given it his all. He held onto his mellophone, a three-valved brass instrument meant to imitate the sound of a french horn, hoping that somehow March Madness would descend upon Conso
Mar 20, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In front of nearly 16,000 fans at Consol Energy Center and millions more watching across the country Thursday afternoon, Butler University forward Andrew Chrabascz hammered away against the towering big men from the University of Texas and helped his Bulldogs sneak away with a 56-48 win. A day earlier, in a large conference room at the Wyndham Grand hotel, Downtown, with only Butler coordinator for academic support Sonya Hopkins looking on, Mr. Chrabascz completed his third exam since the team
Dec 28, 2014 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For the best American women's volleyball players such as Hopewell's Christa Harmotto Dietzen, it has always been hard to figure: The United States, with all of its talent and resources, had never won a gold medal in the sport's three premier international events. "It was always a silver medal," Dietzen said. "I don't believe it was a question of skill. I believe it was more a question of camaraderie, team chemistry." Dietzen, as part of Team USA's leadership council the past two years, has b

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