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Power sign free agent receiver and defensive lineman

By Jerry DiPaola
The Power signed two players on the first day of Arena Football League free agency, adding wide receiver Joe Hills and defensive lineman Joe Sykes. Hills, 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, played the past three seasons with the Tampa Bay Storm, recording 286 receptions for 3,895 yards and 94 touchdowns. Sykes …

Power eliminated from AFL playoffs
By Jerry DiPaola
ORLANDO, Fla. — The opposing locker rooms in the bowels of the CFE Arena are located next to each other, separated only by a thin, black curtain. As matters unraveled Sunday in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs, players from the host Predators and the visiting Power …
Power excel at ‘full-time job’ as playoff opener looms
By Jerry DiPaola
Arena Football League players are seasonal laborers, working for modest pay with little hope of advancement. Yet the Power (15-3) have found success with an …
Power receiver’s goals have special ring
By Jerry DiPaola
ORLANDO, Fla. — The question gave Power wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez pause. He wasn’t sure which achievement he would prefer: winning a championship in the Arena Football League or defeating Alabama. But you must understand: Rodriguez played at Auburn, where games against Alabama approach religious proportions. “Alabama-Auburn is bigger,” he …
QB Grady earns high marks for playoff-bound Power
By Jerry DiPaola
Recruiters often don’t follow through on their promises. Give Power officials credit: They didn’t bring Tommy Grady to Pittsburgh under false pretenses. They said he …
Power facing potential scheduling conflict with ArenaBowl
By Jerry DiPaola
The Power could face a scheduling conflict at Consol Energy Center if they reach ArenaBowl XXVII on Aug. 23. The Power (15-3), who open the playoffs Sunday in Orlando, Fla. would be the host team if they win the American Conference championship and the Spokane Shock, a wild-card team at …
Power brace for new-look Predators in playoff opener
By Jerry DiPaola
When Rob Keefe became coach of the Orlando Predators late last year, he slept on a couch in his office and lost 30 pounds. That …
Power DB Gray improves on his play against Soul
By Jerry DiPaola
With his high ankle sprain adequately —but not completely — healed, defensive back Virgil Gray re-entered the Power lineup July 19 in Iowa. Two months and seven games as a spectator didn’t prevent Gray from returning an interception for a touchdown against the Barnstormers. Yet when teammates and coaches approached …
Power respond decisively to Soul trash talk
By Jerry DiPaola
Trash talk often flies back and forth among players, but what spewed from Philadelphia into Pittsburgh last week was different. Power coach Ron James said …
Power fight urge to look ahead with playoffs looming
By Jerry DiPaola
The season has been so successful for Power coach Ron James that even when he makes an off-the-field decision, it works in his favor. At …
Power will play first playoff game in Orlando
By Jerry DiPaola
The Power will play their first playoff game in franchise history at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at CFE Arena in Orlando against the Orlando Predators, Power owner Matt Shaner announced Monday. The Predators (10-7) are champions of the Arena Football League’s American Conference South division and earned the conference’s No. …
Power hold on for 11th straight win
By T.j. Rushing
DES MOINES, Iowa — The dream continued for the Power on Saturday night as they slipped by the struggling Iowa Barnstormers, 59-56, to capture their 11th consecutive Arena Football League win. Power kicker Julian Rauch connected on a 22-yard field goal as time expired — his third game-winner of the …
Injured Power DB Gray exerts leadership
By John Harris
Injured Power defensive back Virgil Gray has a nickname for teammate Al  Phillips: Tom Brady. “I joke with Al all the time and tell him …
Power escape VooDoo for 10th straight win
By Hank Brady
NEW ORLEANS — Trailing the Cleveland Gladiators by two in the loss column, the Pittsburgh Power had an opportunity to get a franchise-record 13th win this season and put some pressure on their East Division rivals. Monday night in New Orleans, the Power had to overcome an inauspicious start and withstand …
Looking toward 1st playoff bid, Power finds the scent of success
By Jerry DiPaola
Power defensive back Brandon Freeman admits he believes in superstitions. If you want proof, stand next to him Monday night at the Smoothie King Center …
Power beats Jacksonville, 64-48, for 9th consecutive victory
By Don Coble
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Power’s season of firsts continued with a 64-48 victory Saturday night at Jacksonville. The Power had secured their first winning season and playoff berth in franchise history before arriving at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, but the victory was the first in five tries against the Sharks …