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Rob Rossi is a sports columnist for the Tribune-Review. Rob Rossi can be reached via e-mail

Rossi: It’s past time for NFL to protect players

By Rob Rossi 11:18 p.m.
Football is a hard, punishing sport that should challenge any rational person’s concept of safety. That’s because football is dangerous. That’s why so many of us ...

Rossi: Baseball should retire Roberto Clemente’s No. 21

By Rob Rossi
Baseball is sending the Pirates to Puerto Rico to play on Roberto Clemente Day. That is a good call by commissioner Rob Manfred. It should ...

Rossi: Just like old times for Penguins’ Crosby, Malkin

By Rob Rossi
The Penguins’ best player this season wasn’t their best player in the most important game of the season. And, just like it used to be ...

Rossi: Ben, Steelers in good position entering late-season bye week

By Rob Rossi
A one-legged quarterback just won an NFL game. OK, that’s not completely true. Ben Roethlisberger has two legs. It’s just that on his left one, ...

Rossi: Browns continue to fail in search for next Big Ben

By Rob Rossi
Almost every week, Darrius Heyward-Bey sees Steelers opponents trying the same trick. It almost always fails. “A lot of teams, against us, use 2-man (coverage),” ...

Rossi: Brown has caught on to leadership role

By Rob Rossi
The cameras weren’t on Antonio Brown. Not this time. So let’s take a look at what was missed. “We weren’t making plays,” Darrius Heyward-Bey said ...

Rossi: Dorsett deserves right words

By Rob Rossi
A lot comes with the gig that belongs to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. That includes an opportunity — if not an obligation — to use the words that aren’t said often enough by any of us associated with any ...

Rossi: Veteran goaltender Fleury has become rock for Penguins

By Rob Rossi
The Penguins couldn’t score. Nor could they win. So, when they finally did score a victory, it was predictable that the contribution from a certain ...

Rossi: Division is done; big blame is on Ben

By Rob Rossi
The Standard is the standard. Defense wins championships. And it’s a quarterbacks’ league. So how come the Steelers are already out of the AFC North ...

Rossi: Loss doesn’t mean this is Same Old Pitt

By Rob Rossi
Not good enough. Not the Same Old Pitt, either. Let’s not make the mistake of spinning that same old narrative after the Panthers’ 26-19 loss ...

Rossi: Penguins can’t maintain survival mode

By Rob Rossi
No need to make it seem as though all the signs are troubling for the Penguins. They’re 4-4, which isn’t all that bad considering they’ve ...

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