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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 10, 2016 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Post-Gazette has won 33 awards — 15 first places, 12 seconds and 6 honorable mentions — in Pennsylvania’s two biggest journalism contests, each recognizing excellence in news content across a range of print and digital categories. The contests, which draw thousands of entries, are the Keystone Press Awards sponsored by the Pa. Newsmedia Association and the Pa. Associated Press Managing Editors News Excellence Competition. The PG competes in the largest circulation category. PG honors inc
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: Am
Oct 25, 2015 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When Alejandro Villanueva returned to a victorious Steelers locker room in San Diego earlier this month, a congratulatory text message awaited him. The revelry that followed his teammates’ thrilling, last-second Monday Night Football comeback just getting started around him, he picked up his cell phone. The text was from AuNeta Southern. “We just watched the most exciting five seconds of a game we’ve ever seen,” she wrote. Down in North Texas, Mrs. Southern was surprised to receive an almost
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 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
Aug 29, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ben Roethlisberger will not reflect. That is the first protection he has in place. The aging quarterback knows the score. He is acutely aware of the clock. There will never be enough time for him to engineer a comeback, not in this particular game, anyway. It is hard to not already feel defeated. Experience tells him how this will go. “Almost every year, someone wants to do a reflective type piece,” Roethlisberger says. “And it’s tough, because we’ve moved on. And even if you talk
Apr 05, 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-and-
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 all
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 ready
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 Kentu
Aug 14, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In one deadly week in August, heroin overdoses started a year of struggle, pain and redemption in Washington County.
Mar 21, 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 nights
Mar 20, 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 Consol
Jun 02, 2016 / By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Just hours after Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown watched the Penguins take a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final from his seat behind the glass, he was back at the teams South Side complex for Thursday morning’s organized team activity, still feeding off the energy of the previous night’s overtime victory. “I’m like any fan,” said Brown. “I’m just enjoying being here in Pittsburgh, enjoying the championship environment. The Penguins are getting the whole city excited, and I’m excit

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