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Giants beat Pirates 8-0 in NL Wild Card to advance

PITTSBURGH — The streets here Wednesday afternoon were crawling with black T-shirts and Pirate caps. The Roberto Clemente Bridge, over the Allegheny River connecting downtown to PNC Park, filled with equal parts beer and hope, which have an interesting relationship to begin with. The novelty of playoff baseball came a year ago, when a two-decade postseason drought was broken. These fans who packed the yard to back their Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t blindly delirious, delivering a civic exhale. They expected more.

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Hawks show they play the best against the best

The majority of the CenturyLink Field record crowd let out a collective groan when the Denver’s Demaryius Thomas caught a pass from Peyton Manning for a two-point conversion to tie the Seattle Seahawks at 20-20 and send the contest into overtime. On the sideline, however, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was smiling.

Cougar upset bid falls short against Ducks

PULLMAN — There were less than a handful of plays in which Washington State didn’t play well enough to beat Oregon on Saturday night. A break here, a break there and the Cougars would be undefeated in the newly-renovated Martin Stadium and the Mike Leach regime would have a win that would resonate long after he finishes coaching.