2011 Year In Review In Pittsburgh Sports

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Pitt Football Coaching Controversy
Mike Haywood was hired as the new Pitt football coach in December of 2010, but his tenure barely lasted two weeks because of legal trouble. Haywood Enters Diversion Program | More Mike Haywood News
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Winter Classic At Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals met at Heinz Field in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. Pens Fall 3-1 | More Winter Classic
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Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion after hits in consecutive games against the Capitals and Lightning. He would miss over 10 months of action. Crosby Suffers Concussion | More Sidney Crosby News
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Steelers Lose Super Bowl XLV
The Pittsburgh Steelers fell short in their bid for a seventh Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6. Packers Win 31-26 | More Super Bowl XLV News
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Super Bowl XLV Stadium Wide Shot
Ticket Controversy At Super Bowl XLV
Hundreds of fans were unable to watch Super Bowl XLV because of a major seating fiasco. Seating Problem At Super Bowl | More Super Bowl XLV News
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Evgeni Malkin Hurts Knee
Evgeni Malkin suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 4. Malkin Injures Knee | More Evgeni Malkin News
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Penguins-Islanders Brawl
A game between the Penguins and Islanders on April 8 will always be remembered as "Fight Night." Brawl On Long Island | More Islanders News
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Penguins Trade Alex Goligoski for James Neal & Matt Niskanen
The Penguins made a big splash by trading Alex Goligoski for James Neal and Matt Niskanen on Feb. 21. Pens Swap Stars With Dallas | More Penguins News
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Brett Keisel Shears The Beard
Brett Keisel's magical mane was shaved for charity on Feb. 25. Keisel Shears The Beard | More Steelers News
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Butler Upsets Pitt In NCAA Tournament
The Pitt Panthers earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but they were upset by the Butler Bulldogs in the second round. Butler Tops Pitt 71-70 | More Pitt News
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Matt Cooke Suspended
Matt Cooke was suspended for the final 10 regular season games and the entire first round of the playoffs on March 21, after an elbowing incident against the Rangers. Cooke Suspended | More Matt Cooke News
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Pittsburgh Power Play Inaugural Season
The Pittsburgh Power finished their inaugural season with a 9-9 record. Power Awards | More Power News
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Tampa Bay Eliminates Pens In 7 Games
The Pittsburgh Penguins were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round despite holding a 3-1 series lead. Pens Lose In Game 7 | More Penguins News
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Rashard Mendenhall's Controversial Tweets
Rashard Mendenhall stirred up some controversy with some tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden. Mendenhall's Controversial Tweets | More Steelers News
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Hines Ward Detained In Los Angeles
Hines Ward was handcuffed in Los Angeles during a misunderstanding about a stolen car. Ward Handcuffed | More Steelers News
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Pittsburgh Marathon
Over 20,000 people took to the street to participate in the Pittsburgh Marathon! Finish Line Videos | More Marathon News
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Hines Ward Wins "Dancing With The Stars"
After failing to win the Super Bowl, Hines Ward went on to win the Mirror Ball Trophy on 'Dancing With The Stars.' Ward Thanks Fans | More 'Dancing' News
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NFL Lockout
There was some concern over the summer that the NFL Lockout would lead to some games being missed. In the end both sides came to an agreement and a full season of games was scheduled. NFL back In Business | More NFL Lockout News
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WVU Coaching Controversy
A rift between Bill Stewart and WVU led to Dana Holgersen taking over the job earlier than some expected. Holgorsen Speaks | More WVU News
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Jaromir Jagr Decides On Flyers
Jaromir jagr returned to the NHL, but signed with Philadelphia after the Penguins made an offer of their own. Jagr Signs With Flyers | More Flyers News
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Hines Ward Arrested
Hines Ward was arrested for a DUI in Georgia on July 9. Hines Ward Arrested | More Hines Ward News
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James Harrison's Controversial Comments
James Harrison stirred up some controversy of his own with comments geared toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the lockout. Harrison Takes Shots At Goodell | More Steelers News
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Pirates Play Well Into Mid-Summer
The Pirates gave fans something to cheer about during the summer as they battled for first place. Fans Embracing Pirates | More Pirates News
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Ben Roethlisberger Weds Ashley Harlan
Ben Roethlisberger and Ashley Harlan tied the knot on July 23. Big Ben Gets Married | More Wedding News
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Jerry Meals' Blown Call
Umpire Jerry Meals' blown call at the plate in the 19th inning of a game against the Braves on July 26, is what many fans mark as the beginning of the end for the 2011 Pirates. Blown Call Sinks Pirates | More Jerry Meals News
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Heinz Field Becomes "Gotham Stadium"
Heinz Field turned into Gotham Stadium during the filming for the new Batman movie! Heinz Field Goes Hollywood | More Batman News
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Terrelle Pryor Taken By Oakland Raiders In NFL Supplemental Draft
Terrelle Pryor was taken by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL Supplemental Draft and signed a 4-year deal on Aug. 26. Pryor Signs With Raiders | More Terrelle Pryor News
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Pens-Caps Help Russian KHL Plane Crash Victims' Families
The Pens and Caps helped to raise money for the families of Lokomotiv players who were killed in a plane crash in Russia. Evgeni Malkin also held his own fundraiser for the families. Malkin Hosts Fundraiser | More Lokomotiv Yaroslavl News
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Great Race
A record number of people participated in this year's Great Race on Sept. 25. Great Race Sets Record | More Great Race News
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Civic Arena Demolition Begins
The Civic Arena opened in 1961 and was the first home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crews began to demolish the Igloo on Sept. 26. Civic Arena Demolition Begins | More Civic Arena News
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Talented Local High Schooler Rushel Shell Commits To Pitt
After another standout season at Hopewell High, Rushel Shell decided to take his talents to Pitt next season! Shell Picks Pitt | More Pitt News
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Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal
A child sex abuse scandal involving former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky rocked the campus, the program and made national headlines. Sandusky Charged In Scandal | More News About The Scandal
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Joe Paterno Dismissed As Penn State's Coach
Legendary football coach Joe Paterno was fired on Nov. 10 amid the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Paterno Fired | More Joe Paterno News
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Sidney Crosby Returns Only To Be Re-Injured 8 Games Later
Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup on Nov. 21 and had two goals and two assists. However, he would be reinjured against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 5 and his return timetable is unknown. Crosby's Triumphant Return | More Sidney Crosby News
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Syracuse Sex Abuse Scandal
An alleged sex abuse scandal at Syracuse involving former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine allegedly has ties to Pittsburgh. Alleged Syracuse Abuse Happened In City Hotel | More Bernie Fine News
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Clairton Bears Win Another State Title
The Clairton Bears won their third consecutive PIAA Class A title! Clairton Bears Take State Title
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Todd Graham Leaves Pitt For Arizona State
Todd Graham came into Pittsburgh with big promises and high hopes. With the team preparing for a bowl game, Graham shocked the team by announcing his resignation to take the job at Arizona State. Graham Leaves Pitt For ASU | More Todd Graham News
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