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The Cubs are no longer lovable losers – but has the team lost its soul?

The Ricketts family helped the Cubs end their 108-year wait for a World Series. But some fans think the club has lost what made it uniqueIn August 2009, after two-and-a-half years of trying, the Tribune Company finally sold the Chicago Cubs to the Rick…

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Ditkaland dispatches: why Chicago should rethink its 80s nostalgia

With the Bears back in the NFL playoffs, it’s time to reevaluate club icon Mike Ditka as a Chicago hero and his zealots as lovable blue-collar guys with funny accentsThree things are certain in Chicago: death, (lots of) taxes, and the instinct to “bear…

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Loyola Chicago’s Final Four run: how an underdog restored a city’s faded glory

A city once synonymous with basketball excellence has had little to cheer about in the two decades since Michael Jordan left town, but the Ramblers’ Cinderella run to the Final Four has changed thatThere was a time when Chicago was synonymous with bask…

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Are cities starting to see World Cup hosting duties as a poisoned chalice?

Chicago and Vancouver have both declined to be part of a North American World Cup bid, citing financial risks. Will others follow?The North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, a joint venture between the United States, Canada and Mexico, delivered its…

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‘Sports has changed attitudes’: Obama welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House

The president is a White Sox fan but he marked the Cubs’ World Series win with delight, celebrating sometimes fragile unity at his final White House function

Barack Obama has twice stood before a jubilant crowd and declared: “They said this day would never come.”

Related: Inauguration boycott grows as Donald Trump meets Martin Luther King III

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‘Sports has changed attitudes’: Obama welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House

The president is a White Sox fan but he marked the Cubs’ World Series win with delight, celebrating sometimes fragile unity at his final White House function

Barack Obama has twice stood before a jubilant crowd and declared: “They said this day would never come.”

Related: Inauguration boycott grows as Donald Trump meets Martin Luther King III

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Chicago Cubs fans get ‘a souvenir they can’t throw away’ – World Series tattoos

Fans have been getting inked ever since their playoff run began, and several parlors are offering discounts after Wednesday’s historic win over Cleveland

After a century-long drought, Chicago Cubs fans are looking to mark their historic World Series win with some permanent ink.

Fans have been flocking to get tattoos ever since their team’s landmark playoff run began. Several parlors are now offering discounts to any who want to commemorate their beloved team’s win.

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Cubs win first World Series title since 1908 after beating Indians in Game 7

The most famous drought in US sports is over. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions for the first time since 1908 after they beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 on Wednesday night in the most thrilling of contests. The Indians, whose own barren spell goes back to 1948, face the added wound of having let a 3-1 lead in the series slip.

If the Cubs were anxious at the prospect of facing down history, their nerves were soon settled a little. Dexter Fowler connected early with a lead-off home run. But the Cubs were sloppy in the field and Javier Baez committed a couple of errors as the Indians found their way back into the game at 1-1.

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Siblings charged with murder in death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, police say

Darwin and Derren Sorrells, 26 and 22, face first-degree murder charges after shots fired at a third man hit Nykea Aldridge, authorities sayChicago police said on Sunday two brothers had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Ny…

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New Zealand set November date with Ireland in Chicago

• All Blacks to face 2015 Six Nations champions at Soldier Field
• ‘Fans have shown the world how passionate they are about the sport’

The 2015 Rugby World Cup winners New Zealand will face last year’s Six Nations champions Ireland at Chicago’s Soldier Field in November, USA Rugby announced on Tuesday.

As part of what is being billed as “The Rugby Weekend”, New Zealand will face Ireland in the main event on 5 November, a day after the United States play the Maori All Blacks, a New Zealand representative side.

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Minnie Minoso, first black major league baseball player in Chicago, dies at 92

  • Cuban White Sox star played in five different decades
  • Never made Hall of Fame despite repeated efforts

Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became ajor league baseball’s first black player in Chicago in 1951, has died, the Cook County medical examiner said on Sunday.

The medical examiner’s office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso’s age but the White Sox say he was 92.

Related: Anthony Mason, New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets star, dies at 48

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Jackie Robinson West: as usual, the powerful escape the blame

The feel-good team from Chicago may have broken the rules, but Little League didn’t need to bring the hammer down on the kids themselves

“As painful as this is, we feel it a necessary decision to maintain the integrity of the Little League program.”

If the above statement looks familiar, it should. It’s yet another example of person who runs a highly profitable sports league – in this case, the president of Little League International, Stephen Keener – framing a business decision as a moral imperative.

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro questioned after DR shooting

Police in Dominican Republic investigate nightclub shootingSpokesman says people close to MLB star apparently involved Continue reading…

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New Zealand All Blacks to face US Eagles at Chicago’s Soldier Field

Rugby match confirmed for 1 November at home of NFL Bears Americans seek use of overseas professional players Continue reading…

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All Blacks set to meet US Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago

New Zealand Herald on Sunday: 1 November game agreed All Blacks’ guaranteed sum ‘believed to be $1m’ Continue reading…

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College football players at Northwestern University cleared to form union

Chicago NLRB says student athletes technically employees College vows to appeal, says ‘unionisation not appropriate’