Rob Rossi

Studious Pirates closer Melancon swims among MLB's best

It was back in early March when their closer pitched a line that might be the title to the first half of the story the ...

Rossi: Durant follows American Dream 

Like their predecessors in the role of the country's most loathsome sports franchise, the NBA's Golden State Warriors belong not to a city but rather ...

Rossi: Coming back isn't all Conner has planned at Pitt

Physical. Hard. Angry. They were the words Pittsburgh's most promising young athlete spoke to describe his future plans. That athlete is James Conner. The plans ...

Rossi: Pens' time now, so Rutherford fits

He won over the Penguins before he won with the Penguins. Which should surprise nobody. Jim Rutherford could charm a leprechaun. It was no lucky charm ...

Rossi: Shark should swim as Pirates sink

The guess here is Captain Neal has not yet charted a course for trading closer Mark Melancon. A shrewd baseball general manager doesn't trade one ...

Rossi: For some Penguins, Cup doesn't change everything 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Ask the men who become boys when they lift the late Lord Stanley's silver chalice, and they all respond like Olli ...

Rossi: Second silver makes Sid & Geno golden 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Even years after looking so good, Sid & Geno somehow managed to never look better. Silver suits the Penguins' franchise ...

Rossi: In battle of goalies, Murray must emerge 

The parade should have happened by now. But that was true before what could have been the greatest day for hockey in Pittsburgh. As ...

Rossi: Get ready, Pittsburgh: Stanley Cup is coming 

SAN JOSE, Calif. —They were named for an opera house that resembled an igloo. Their first general manager hated that name from the first day. ...

Rossi: Time for Evgeni to emerge 

SAN JOSE, Calif. The Sharks are circling. With another win in their "tank," they'll have gone from biting into the Penguins' comfortable lead to completely ...

Rossi: Timing right for Polanco to fill void 

It's not a rule. Doesn't always happen, either. Sometimes, though, a legend's exit is almost perfectly timed — as if somebody somewhere had a plan ...

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