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My favourite game: Cubs v Indians, World Series 2016, Game 7

The Cubs had gone 108 years without winning the World Series and I was in a bar in Pasadena when they ended the droughtIn 1989 a scriptwriter called Bob Gale needed to sort out a plot twist for Back to the Future Part II, the one where Marty McFly ends…

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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressivesThe NBA is toying with an in-season tournament, while the NFL devises deals with its players to add a 17th regular-se…

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Albert Almora in tears after striking child with foul ball in Cubs-Astros game

Outfielder’s line drive enters stands and hits girlCubs player consoled by teammates after accidentA young fan at Wednesday night’s game between the Cubs and Astros was struck by a foul ball hit by Albert Almora Jr, shaking up the Chicago center fielde…

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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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Chicago Cubs’ World Series hopes end with wildcard defeat to Rockies

Colorado win marathon game 2-1 in the 13th inningCubs hurt as runs dry up in final two games of their seasonNo team in the National League piled up more victories than the Chicago Cubs through 162 games. That seems like small consolation now. Kyle Hend…

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Chicago Cubs’ World Series hopes end with wildcard defeat to Rockies

Colorado win marathon game 2-1 in the 13th inningCubs hurt as runs dry up in final two games of their seasonNo team in the National League piled up more victories than the Chicago Cubs through 162 games. That seems like small consolation now. Kyle Hend…

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See you next year: why homophobia ended this Cubs fan’s season

My Cubs are that much deeper after trading for Daniel Murphy, but the second baseman’s homophobia is a dealbreaker for meThe last time I was at Wrigley Field, so was Daniel Murphy.It was Chicago Cubs against the Washington Nationals, and it was a remar…

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‘We play too much’: Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo calls for shorter season

Cubs’ first baseman says MLB’s 162-game season is too longRizzo says he’s OK with shorter season even with smaller payChicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo believes that baseball’s 162-game schedule is too long.The three-time All-Star said Tuesday i…

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LA Dodgers trounce Chicago Cubs to reach first World Series since 1988

Los Angeles win 11-1 in Game 5 of NLCS to win first pennant in 29 yearsEnrique Hernandez hits three HRs, including grand slam in third inningDodgers will host Game 1 of World Series on Tuesday in Los AngelesEnrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on a…

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Cubs reach third straight NLCS after rallying past Nationals in 9-8 thriller

Defending World Series champs outlast Nationals in Game 5 to win NLDS Cubs advance to third straight NLCS where the Los Angeles Dodgers awaitNats led 4-1 with Max Scherzer on mound but couldn’t hold on for victoryThe Chicago Cubs win whenever they need…

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Cubs president Theo Epstein named world’s greatest leader ahead of Pope

  • Epstein, 42, named top leader ahead of Pope Francis and Shakira
  • Exec helped Cubs end 108-year championship drought last season
  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos among top five

Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations, has been named the world’s greatest leader by Fortune magazine.

The front-office architect whose five-year plan resulted in the Cubs’ first world championship team in 108 years was chosen ahead of Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Pope Francis, Melinda Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was No11 on the magazine’s annual list, which was revealed on Thursday morning.

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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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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Angels’ Mike Trout, Cubs’ Kris Bryant win Most Valuable Player awards

Angels center fielder named American League MVP for second timeTrout batted .315 with 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen basesCubs third baseman and World Series champion picks up NL awardWhile the Los Angeles Angels stumbled, Mike Trout soared again…

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Do baseball’s resurgent ratings augur a play for the NFL’s TV throne? Not so fast

Baseball scored a rare ratings victory over the NFL boosted by a thrilling World Series. Could it mean a challenge to football’s TV dominance? Don’t bet on it

Early last Thursday morning, as the champagne flew in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse, Fox put to bed a rollicking World Series that smashed all expectations of what modern baseball can do on television with a 25.2 rating for Game 7. Later that night, on the NFL Network, the Atlanta Falcons clobbered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and drew a once-unfathomable 3.2 rating, a 35% drop from the same Thursday night game last year. While in other years, the Falcons and Bucs game might have been written off as an anomaly, it was yet another example of how the NFL’s once-booming ratings have been crashing all season.

And it raised an interesting question: If the NFL’s ratings are falling this fast can baseball build off the popularity of this year’s Chicago-Cleveland World Series and challenge football’s timeworn television dominance?

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The gifs that keep on giving: Kris Bryant, Luca Zidane and skateboarding in the sky

Featuring synchronised standing, a poor show from a young goalkeeper, confident fielding, an insect intervention and a face of sheer delight Continue reading…

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The gifs that keep on giving: Kris Bryant, Luca Zidane and skateboarding in the sky

Featuring synchronised standing, a poor show from a young goalkeeper, confident fielding, an insect intervention and a face of sheer delight Continue reading…

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‘We can’t wait to get crazy’: Cubs fans pack Chicago for World Series parade

  • Millions expected to celebrate Cubs’ first world championship since 1908
  • Parade will wind through downtown and end seven miles south in Grant Park

Chicago Cubs players enjoyed their victory lap on Friday, waving to tens of thousands of elated fans crowded along miles of city streets during a parade honoring the first Cubs team to win a World Series title in 108 years.

Related: How the Chicago Cubs faced down history and killed a century-old curse

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Cubs fans, take note: when my Red Sox finally won, I no longer knew who I was | Dave Bry

I’m a Boston fan, and loserdom defined me – until it suddenly didn’t. Cubs fans might find that after winning the World Series, baseball is never the same again

What an absolutely wonderful World Series we just watched. Close games, dominant pitching, spectacular plays; both teams boasting bright young stars (Bryant and Rizzo! Lindor and Ramirez!) buttressed by tested vets (Lester and Ross, Napoli and Crisp); the two best, most lovable managers in baseball (Maddon, Francona). And all the weight of all that history, all that futility – both franchises, defined by failure. One hundred and eight Sisyphean years had passed since the Cubs won the world championship. An almost-as-excruciating 68 for the Indians. Hollywood movies have been made about the haplessness of these teams. It could not have been scripted any better. This was a series any fan with a heart simply did not want to end.

Related: How the Chicago Cubs faced down history and killed a century-old curse

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