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Joe is a freelance sports columnist for the Tribune-Review. Joe Starkey can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7848

Starkey: Ward’s comments hit hard, but were they accurate?

By Joe Starkey
To say Ben Roethlisberger was displeased with ex-teammate Hines Ward’s recent critique is an understatement. A radical one. Roethlisberger, standing at his locker after practice Friday, made it clear that he believes Ward not only is clueless on Steelers matters …

Starkey: No harm putting Pitt’s Conner on defense

By Joe Starkey
Man, could this town use a feel-good football moment. The Steelers stink. Pitt’s in the pits. The Panthers have dropped three straight, including an all-time …

Starkey: Steelers must win, should win

By Joe Starkey
Butter up the Cleveland Browns all you like — goodness knows, the Steelers have tried — they’re still the Cleveland Browns until further notice. Granted, …

Starkey: Penguins turn the page

By Joe Starkey
No matter how you or I or anyone else feels about the Penguins’ offseason changes, let’s admit two things: 1. Things had grown a bit …

Starkey: Harrison, Steelers `D’ search for mojo

By Joe Starkey
Flower, gleam and glow Let your powers shine Make the clock reverse Bring back what once was mine Heal what has been hurt Change the …

Starkey: Pirates’ priorities should be obvious

By Joe Starkey
Looks from here like the Pirates should be set at seven positions next season. Not just set but potentially stacked. The positions are left field …

Starkey: Slapstick Steelers deserved to lose

By Joe Starkey
If you looked hard enough Sunday evening, you could practically see Heinz Field blushing in shame. Has there been a more embarrassing football weekend in …

Starkey: Pirates know best

By Joe Starkey
The Pirates are back in the playoffs, even if they did not take the path some would have preferred. They did not throw tens of …

Starkey: Two amazing Pirates fans

By Joe Starkey 2:12 p.m.
As the sports world explodes around us, let’s go to a good place. Let’s go to Section 139 at PNC Park, behind and slightly to …

Starkey: Pens coach Mr. Anonymous … for now

By Joe Starkey
This will all change soon. Very soon. For better or worse, Mike Johnston will be recognized everywhere he goes. For now, the new Penguins coach …

Starkey: Gay’s message important, troubling

By Joe Starkey
Ray Rice should be in jail. It sickens me that a man could do what he did, have it captured on video and possibly escape …

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