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PITTSBURGH -- The Streak, the one that loomed over the Pittsburgh Pirates for two ignominious decades, is dead. Over. Done. Discarded. Smashed by an improbable summer and a thrilling fall. Now what? Unburdened from the yoke of failure that loomed for 20 years as an ominous cloud over the franchise, the Pirates can point to the future with eyes wide open. What exactly the future holds, however, remains unclear. In a way, the man who shrewdly guided the franchise from 105-loss laughingstock three years ago to a 94-game winner that pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to the brink in the NL division series knows the easy part is over. "The sustainability is what separates great organizations," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We were able to take a huge step forward this year in restoring the pride and the passion of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and rebonding our city with a ball team." The evidence lay in the signature Jolly Roger flags that came out of hiding across the city after spending a generation tucked away like an abandoned family heirloom. It could be seen at packed PNC Park, where record crowds -- most of them wearing black -- poured through the turnstiles in the playoffs and made baseball matter again in a city where it has long played distant third fiddle behind football and hockey. It could be felt in a clubhouse comprised of young talent and established veterans unbowed by the clubs miserable recent past. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen cemented his status as a star with an MVP-worthy season. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez tied for the NL lead in home runs with 36. Rookie pitcher Gerrit Cole illustrated his electric 100 mph fastball. Catcher Russell Martin helped turn a pitching staff that looked like a question mark in March into a dominant force in September. Jason Grilli, aging reliever thrust into the closing role for the first time, became an All Star and the emotional centre of one of baseballs best bullpens. When asked to describe the success of left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano -- who revived his flagging career by going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA and becoming the de facto ace down the stretch -- Hurdle said Liriano "has a lot of Pirate in him." Pressed on what exactly that means, Hurdle stumbled upon an ethos that resonated from the front office down to the bat boys. "In the movies that Ive watched and the books that Ive read, there seems to be a spirit of I really dont care what anybody thinks anymore, Im crossing the line, Im going to become a Pirate," Hurdle said. "Its not about mom or dad or brother or sister, not about where I used to work. Im going to be my own man. Im going to hope to latch on to a bunch of other men who feel the same way, that are like-minded, and try to get something special done." The goal of a sixth World Series title, the one controlling owner Bob Nutting talked about at length during spring training, never materialized. The fact a world championship evolved from something preposterous to something very tangible will only fuel an off-season designed to prove the last six months were no fluke. "I think its one thing to be happy and one thing to realize how far along we come and how much we can improve," Alvarez said. "Its been a realization of all the hard work weve put in but at the end of the day we still have a lot of work to do." Figuring out how to go about it, however, will be tricky. Though Pittsburghs $73 million payroll was the highest in club history, it also ranked just 26th in baseball. And despite the windfall of two dozen sellouts and the second-largest attendance figure since the team was founded in 1887, general manager Neal Huntington knows the Pirates cant just start throwing money around. So does his boss. "I think that the playing field is not level, never will be. But we as the Pittsburgh Pirates have committed ourselves to never using that as an excuse," Nutting said. "Is it easier to build a great club with $200 million than with $75-$80 million? Absolutely. But I believe -- have always believed and will continue to believe -- that we can be competitive at that level. "We need to make smart decisions." The decisions this winter will include whether to bring back A.J. Burnett, who put together a solid 10-11 season at age 36 and proved to be a capable mentor to youngsters like Cole and Jeff Locke. Burnett has hinted at retirement, but the truth is he may have pitched so well he priced himself out of the market. The same goes for outfielder Marlon Byrd, part of a rare summer splurge. Byrd hit .318 in a month with Pittsburgh and was its most consistent hitter in six post-season games. While Byrd enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh, he also turned 36 in August and will likely look for a multi-year deal. If Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez -- who has an option for 2014 but spent the last four months of the season dealing with arm problems -- dont return, the Pirates will have to fill at least one spot in the rotation. Right field and first base are also a question mark if Byrd and Garrett Jones move on. The last time Pittsburgh made the playoffs, it took 21 years to get back. There are no plans to have the gap repeat itself. "This franchise is a great franchise, a franchise that won," McCutchen said. "Were going to continue to keep that sail up on that boat and keep going." DeAndre Jordan USA Jersey . Gough finished in fourth, 0.433 seconds behind American Erin Hamlin, who took the bronze medal at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rzhanaya Polyana. Kyrie Irving USA Jersey . 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DeMarcus Cousins USA Jersey .com) - Eric Fehrs goal 42 seconds into overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Columbus, halting the Blue Jackets seven-game win streak.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Richard Sherman offered one final challenge to San Francisco: I told their sideline if they threw it my way Id end the game.He did exactly that — just like last time.Sherman provided the moment of the game against the 49ers once again, a mere 10 months after his touchdown-saving deflection in the NFC championship that sent the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl.Sherman set up the only touchdown with another key defensive play in this heated rivalry, then made a second interception with the 49ers driving late, and the Seahawks ended a five-game losing streak on San Franciscos home field with a 19-3 win Thursday night.The second one was pretty entertaining. I was laughing the whole time, Sherman said. They threw it. I said, Way to be, way to be.The brash cornerback offered plenty without opening his mouth, too: Blowing kisses to the crowd, then putting a finger to his lips to make the hush sign before waving goodbye.Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and the Seahawks stout defence held Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree in check as Seattle (8-4) overcame 14 penalties for 105 yards, including an offensive pass interference that negated a touchdown.Russell Wilson passed for 236 yards and thoroughly outplayed Kaepernick, who had one of his worst performances for the 49ers (7-5) in a game with high stakes for the teams playoff hopes. And they play again in 17 days.My teams all together, we are buddies. Its a hard thing to do, winning on their turf, Wilson said. The NFC is not easy to win against. We are excited about that opportunity.After his second pick, Sherman looked at those fans still remaining in half-empty stadium on a Thanksgiving night and waved. The Seahawks won by the identical score they beat first-place Arizona five days earlier.Kaepernick was 16 for 29 for 121 yards and the 49ers were outgained 379-164.Sherman and Crabtree were at the centre of the decisive play in Januarys NFC title game, when Sherman deflected a pass headed his way in the end zone and Malcolm Smith intercepted it with less than a minute remaining to seal the Seahawks 23-17 victory. Sherman later called Crabtree mediocre.San Franciscos offence might have earned that distinction after its latest dud snapped the Niners three-game winning streak.When the word mediocre came up, Sherman said that distinction went to their fans for vulgar name-calling throughout the game.You never have to resort to name-calling, said Sherman, who said a bottle was thrown as the Seahawks exited.ddddddddddddsked about Crabtree on Thursday, Sherman smiled and quipped: History? What history?He said he was throwing to the open man. He didnt care who was out there, Sherman said about Kaepernick. I was the open man.In the waning moments with thousands of red seats already empty, 49ers CEO Jed York posted on Twitter: Thank you (hashtag)49ersfaithful for coming out strong tonight. This performance wasnt acceptable. I apologize for that.The 49ers were held to three points or fewer for the first time since a 29-3 Week 2 loss at Seattle last year.We only had three points. We have to start early and we have to play, Crabtree said. Thats all we have to talk about.Seattle sure looked comfortable in its first trip to new $1.3 billion Levis Stadium. It helped that the Seahawks quieted a relatively subdued home crowd.Sherman got things started when he intercepted Kaepernicks deep third-down pass on the right sideline in the first quarter to help set up Wilsons 13-yard touchdown pass to Robert Turbin. A wide-open Turbin easily took the ball down the left sideline on a pretty catch-and-run before beating cornerback Chris Culliver into the end zone.Hauschka kicked field goals of 21, 36, 35 and 46 yards.Phil Dawson provided San Franciscos lone points on a 40-yard field goal late in the third.Sherman had the fourth two-interception game of his career with his 22nd and 23rd picks since 2011, most in the NFL. It was 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh who turned him into a defensive back at Stanford.Sherman nearly had another late in the first half, when Seattle outgained San Francisco 202-71. The 49ers were held to 23 yards rushing and shut out in the first half for the first time this season.Weve got to reboot, come back and win them all, Harbaugh said.In a lighthearted moment before kickoff, Harbaughs black hat blew off during the national anthem and landed on the lowest white stripe of a flag that covered the entire field. A San Francisco staffer quickly retrieved the cap just in time as the flag was being rolled up.NOTES: Wilson had a 118.8 passer rating to Kaepernicks 36.7. ... Crabtree hurt his left knee 56 seconds into the game after landing awkwardly on his left side following a 5-yard reception on which he was tackled by S Kam Chancellor. ... 49ers DT Ray McDonald injured a finger.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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