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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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‘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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Relief pitcher Travis Wood hits stunning home run to put Cubs on verge of NLCS

Wood becomes first relief pitcher since 1924 to hit a postseason home runChicago beat Giants 5-2 on Saturday night for a 2-0 NL Division Series leadBest in the majors during the regular season, the Chicago Cubs are one win from reaching the NL Champion…

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Javier Baez’s home run lifts Cubs to 1-0 win over Giants in Game 1 of NLDS

  • Baez’s eighth-inning homer spoils Johnny Cueto’s masterpiece
  • Top-seeded Cubs take early lead in best-of-five division series

Johnny Cueto was doing his best Madison Bumgarner impersonation, right up until Javier Baez spoiled it with one big swing.

Cueto gave up a home run to Baez in the eighth inning, and that was all Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs needed to beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Friday night in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.

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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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Jon Lester comes in as pinch-hitter to bunt Cubs to thrilling victory

  • Pitcher is a .051 career hitter but helps Cubs come back from 6-0 down
  • Fellow pitcher Travis Wood plays left field and makes spectacular catch

Travis Wood got four outs and made an impressive catch in left field; pitcher Jon Lester made the winning play — as a pinch hitter; five Chicago Cubs played two or more positions; and manager Joe Maddon went deep into his bag of tricks to steal a wild game from the Seattle Mariners.

Lester drove in Jason Heyward with a two-strike squeeze bunt in the 12th inning, and the Cubs overcame a six-run deficit on the way to a wild 7-6 victory over the Mariners on Sunday night.

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Chris Sale cut up White Sox uniforms as they hurt ‘winning mentality’

Pitcher was scratched from team after destroying throwback shirtsWill start for White Sox against crosstown rivals Cubs on Thursday White Sox ace Chris Sale told MLB.com on Monday that he got upset with the team when he felt it placed more emphasis on …

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Oakland Raiders trade up in fourth round for quarterback Connor Cook

  • Prolific Michigan State passer fell further in draft than expected
  • Raiders swap with Browns to jump ahead of Dallas in fourth round

Connor Cook set Michigan State records for passing touchdowns and yards through the air while becoming the winningest quarterback in school history.

It didn’t mean very much in the NFL draft.

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NFL draft second-round picks: Jags give Jack chance as Jets pick Hackenberg

Jaguars and Cowboys opt for players with injury questionsPatriots enter 2016 draft with move for cornerback Cyrus JonesTampa Bay draft kicker Roberto Aguayo in second roundIt was a long wait and a soft landing for Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith. The pair …

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US Soccer unveils new crest in first major rebranding since 1995

  • US Soccer unveiled a new crest on social media on Monday
  • Modern-looking crest marks first major rebranding since 1995

US Soccer unveiled its new crest on Monday, spreading the word via social media.

Players including Carli Lloyd and Mix Diskerud, and celebrities like Robin Roberts, took to Twitter and Instagram to show off the crest, which is simpler and more angular than the previous design. It is the federation’s first major rebranding since 1995.

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Chicago Bulls cite lack of unity as they fire Tom Thibodeau

  • Bulls reached playoffs every season under coach
  • Relationship with front office was under scrutiny

The Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, saying a change was needed from the strong-willed coach who took his team to the playoffs in each of his five seasons.

Thibodeau went 255-139 with the Bulls, good for a .647 winning percentage that ranks seventh in NBA history among coaches with at least 200 games. He led the Bulls to the top seed in the playoffs his first two seasons and was the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2011 – the same year Derrick Rose became the league’s youngest MVP. Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference finals that season, but it’s the only time the Bulls have made it past the second round under Thibodeau, whose relationship with the front office was under constant scrutiny.

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NHL Western Conference finals: Blackhawks beat Ducks to force Game 7

Anaheim Ducks 2-5 Chicago BlackhawksSeries tied at 3-3Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.Brand…

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Unlikely hero Matthew Dellavedova helps Cavaliers clinch series against Bulls

Australian scores 19 pointsCleveland Cavaliers 94-73 Chicago BullsCavs into Eastern Conference Finals Continue reading…

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Unlikely hero Matthew Dellavedova helps Cavaliers clinch series against Bulls

Australian scores 19 pointsCleveland Cavaliers 94-73 Chicago BullsCavs into Eastern Conference FinalsLeBron James struggled to score 15 points, Kyrie Irving limped off the court and the Cleveland Cavaliers still beat the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday…

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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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LeBron James stars as Cleveland Cavaliers beat Chicago Bulls in overtime

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 114-108 Chicago BullsJames scores 36 points as Cavs rebound from New York defeatWill the return of LeBron end the Cleveland curse? Continue reading…