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Jake Arrieta, brilliant for the Cubs, makes all of Pittsburgh sad

PITTSBURGH — A sadness settled in here Wednesday night, floating down the rivers and over the bridges that lead to PNC Park, the jewel that provides an epic view of the skyline of a city that so wraps itself in its sports teams. One fan Wednesday evening dressed in a black T-shirt — weren’t they all? — that screamed, “When you play Pittsburgh, you play us all!”

Astros prevail, 3-0, over Yankees in AL Wild Card game

NEW YORK — You can’t say he doesn’t look like much, because Dallas Keuchel’s beard is worthy of odes and homages, long and bushy enough to house a family of small mammals. “Go beard or go home,” they printed on T-shirts in Houston, where the silhouette of Keuchel’s mug needs no explanation.

Seahawks return home, blank Bears, 26-0

SEATTLE — With newcomers Tyler Lockett and Jimmy Graham leading the way, the Seattle Seahawks snapped a two-game losing streak — three, if we count the Super Bowl — in emphatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, besting the Chicago Bears 26-0 before an appreciative crowd of 69,002 at CenturyLink Field.