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The Moment Hillary Clinton Learns the Chicago Cubs Are World Series-Bound

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton’s travelling press secretary captured the moment that the Democratic presidential candidate learned that her beloved Chicago Cubs were headed to the World Series.

Nick Merrill snapped the photo Saturday night onboard the campaign plane, where Clinton — who was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge — was handed a phone and watched highlights from the game.

That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW

— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) October 23, 2016

The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It will be the team’s first time in the World Series since 1945.

“That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW,” tweeted Merrill.

The game ended just as Clinton was boarding a plane in Philadelphia, where she had a rally Saturday night.

Hillary Clinton, a Cubs fan, was streaming the post game from Wrigley as we boarded in Philly, chatting about the game with staff

— Josh Haskell (@joshbhaskell) October 23, 2016

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Former Olympic Figure Skater Scott Hamilton Diagnosed With Third Brain Tumor

Terry Wyatt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Scott Hamilton is facing a third bout with a brain tumor. A rep for the former Olympic figure skater confirmed to ABC News that Hamilton, 58, has “a recurrence of his benign brain tumor.”

Hamilton, who first opened up about his diagnosis to People magazine, was previously diagnosed with brain tumors in 2004 and 2010. He was also beat testicular cancer in 1997.

“I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness,” Hamilton quipped in the magazine interview. Of the brain tumor recurrence, he said, “It’s six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore.”

Hamilton took home the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics after winning four consecutive U.S. championships and four consecutive world championships from 1981 to 1984.

The figure-skating star told the magazine that his recent diagnosis has understandably affected his entire family — his wife Tracie and their four children, who range in age from 8 to 15.

“When this one came back, six years ago, I told Tracie — she was devastated. This time, I go, ‘Well, here we go again.’ She’s like, ‘Really, it’s back? …Okay, we’ll just deal with it.’ And that was it,” Hamilton recalled, adding that he’s staying strong.

“My 12-year-old son … came to me, and he said, ‘Is your brain tumor back?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, it is! And here we go again.’ So I set the tone,” he added.

Hamilton told People that he only discovered his tumor during a routine checkup as he hasn’t yet faced symptoms from it. He’s currently working with his doctors to decide on the best treatment options.

“I’ll tell anybody that will listen: If you’re ever facing anything, get as many opinions as you possibly can,” he explained. “The more you truly understand what you’re up against, the better decision you’re going to make.”

Although the Olympic figure skater lost his mother to cancer, he’s hopeful that the outcome from his tumor will be different.

“Last round, in 2010, I told Tracie, ‘God doesn’t owe me a day. I’m good. Whatever’s next is next.’ The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them,” he said. “I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination; I would never even think to dream the stuff that I’ve been able to do.”

In the midst of his fight Hamilton continues to point to his Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, which aims to empower the community of those who have been afflicted with cancer, their families, oncologists and oncology nurses.

“I choose to truly — in everything that we do — celebrate life,” Hamilton added.

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Celebrities React to Chicago Cubs Reaching World Series For the First Time Since 1945

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s a moment that made more than just the thousands of fans packed into Wrigley Field scream in excitement: The Chicago Cubs scored the victory that will take them to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

The team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday by 5-0, winning the National League Championship Series in six games.

Not only did diehard fans in Chicago celebrate but baseball fans around the world — including celebrities — tipped their hat to the team.

Here are some of the celebs who paid tribute to the Cubs on social media:

Cubbies congrats on the WORLD SERIES!!! I definitely came back at the right time. #FlyTheW

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 23, 2016

Way to go @Cubs!! My Dad is the reason I’m a true Cubs fan. He’d be so proud! –mo

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 23, 2016

Well I’m sorry for my Dodgers but can the Cubs PLEASE win the World Series now? Can we have ONE good thing this year?

— josh groban (@joshgroban) October 23, 2016

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! #GoCubsGo @Cubs

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 23, 2016

It’s happening !!! No more next year baby, meet you in Chicago… Cubs are going to the World Series !!!

— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) October 23, 2016

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Chicago Cubs Eliminate Los Angeles Dodgers to Reach 1st World Series Since 1945

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The drought is finally over for the Chicago Cubs.

After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will advance to the World Series for the first time since the Truman administration in 1945.

The team will face off against the Cleveland Indians with Game 1 of the Series starting on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs have not won a championship in 108 years and the Indians last won a title in 1948.

“Even last year we knew we had the group to do it we matured we learned a lot,” Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta said after the historic win. “Our young players grew up extremely quick and that’s why we’re here.”

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Chicago Cubs Fans Hope for First Pennant in 71 Years

Ron Chapple Studios/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs could do something they haven’t in 71 years: earn a spot in the World Series.

A win for the Cubs in Saturday night’s game six of the National League playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers would put the team into the annual championship series of Major League Baseball for the first time since 1945. It would also bring the Cubs one step closer to winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

Some fans began lining up for tickets on Friday, hoping for a chance to watch the potentially historic game at Wrigley Field.

One man, Dwight Matthews, said he camped out at the box office starting at 3 p.m. Friday trying to score tickets, which went on sale this morning.

“We’re all in line we all know what numbers we are,” Matthews, who is first in line, told ABC affiliate WLS-TV on Friday. “Number one!”

Another fan, Ronny Wolff, has a ticket to tonight’s game and was just a teenager when he attended the 1945 World Series when the Cubs lost. This time, at 86, Wolff is hoping to see his team win 71 years later under the lights of Wrigley Field.

“They have a super team. I’ve never seen so many good players on one team in my life,” he told WLS-TV.

Other fans are taking to social media to express their excitement about a possible win and their crippling fear of a loss.

Last time Cubs won World Series
Women could not vote
8,000 cars in the U.S.
Speed limit was usually 10 mph
Average wage was 22 cents an hr

— Scott Larson (@disfan59) October 22, 2016

Chicago police have already set up metal barriers along the streets and city officials warned residents, visitors and businesses to be prepared for enhanced security around the ballpark.

“People have celebrated before, and they’ve done it appropriately. And we have public safety and the plan in place to do that,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Cubs’ Schwarber Might Be Able to DH In World Series

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has an outside shot at playing in the World Series — if his team can make it that far.

ESPN reports that Schwarber was cleared by doctors to hit and will join the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League this weekend. The Arizona Fall League is generally a place for teams to get prospects and minor leaguers extra at bats.

The Cubs hold a 3-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The winner of that best-of-seven series will face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Schwarber is not expected to play in the field in the Arizona Fall League at this point, but will take some at-bats. He could potentially do the same as the designated hitter in four of seven World Series games.

Last year, Schwarber’s power allowed him to burst into the spotlight, hitting five postseason home runs.

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Former No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Elton Brand Announces Retirement

Photo by: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Former number one overall draft pick Elton Brand announced his retirement this week, after seventeen years in the NBA.

Brand, a star at Duke University, was taken first overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1999. He spent two years in the Windy City, averaging 20+ points per game each year, before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for Tyson Chandler and Brian Skinner.

Brand played seven seasons with the Clippers, posting 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and making two All-Star Game appearances. He later played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks before returning to Philadelphia for the 2015-2016 season.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Bran called the chance to play in the NBA “a wonderful journey…an honor and a privilege.”

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Sixers’ Noel to Undergo Minor Surgery on Knee

Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia 76ers fourth-year center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure to deal with soreness in his knee.

According the team, Noel reported the soreness during the normal course of rehabilitation for a strained muscle in his upper leg. The surgery is expected in the coming days. No timetable was announced for his return.

Noel is not the only young star to be sidelined for the Sixers, though. Rookie and number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons is recovering from surgery on his right foot. Head coach Brett Brown tempered earlier statements about a mid-season return for Simmons on Friday.

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NFL Puts Giants’ Josh Brown on Paid Suspension Over Domestic Abuse

Michael Thomas/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — The National Football League has put New York Giants kicker Josh Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list as league investigators go through a trove of newly released documents in which the player admitted to abusing his then-wife Molly Brown.

On Friday afternoon Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of Labor Policy & League Affairs, sent a letter to Brown informing him that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had placed him on the exempt list on a “limited and temporary basis” while the league reviews the documents released by the King County (Washington) Police Department.

“Your placement on commissioner exempt does not represent a finding that you have violated the personal conduct policy,” Birch wrote. “Prior to any determination in that respect, you will be given an opportunity to review our investigatory report, meet with the league, and/or present relevant information on your behalf as provided for by the policy.”

Brown may not practice or attend games while on the exempt list but may be present at the club’s facility for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation with the team’s permission, the letter said. Brown will be paid his salary “pursuant to the terms” of his contract, and he may appeal the decision within three days of receiving the letter.

The NFL said it had already conducted its own investigation earlier this year, before these documents came to light, after Brown was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault in May 2015 following an incident with his ex-wife. The league suspended the Giants kicker for one game for violation of the league’s conduct policy, ESPN reported.

The Giants say they knew about the arrest but still signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract. Josh Brown had previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals, St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks.

In August, according to ESPN, Giants co-owner John Mara said: “I believe all the facts and circumstances, and we were comfortable with our decision to re-sign him.”

The NFL did not see the documents containing police reports, emails and Josh Brown’s handwritten journal entries until they were made public Wednesday by a local sheriff’s office in Washington. The league said it is reopening its investigation into Josh Brown in light of the documents.

“NFL investigators made repeated attempts — both orally and in writing — to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in this case from the King County Sheriff’s Office,” the NFL said in a statement Thursday. “Each of those requests was denied and the sheriff’s office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter. We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time.”

King County Sheriff John Urquhart told ABC News that NFL investigators had contacted the law enforcement agency through the public disclosure process twice in writing but did not indicate at the time that they they were with the league. The sheriff’s office provided them with the arrest record, the only public document at the time, without knowing they were giving it to the NFL.

Urquhart said a woman named Deborah Katz called the investigating detective on Josh Brown’s case several times claiming she was an NFL investigator. But the woman offered no proof that she was in fact with the NFL, according to the sheriff’s office, and it couldn’t verify her identity. Urquhart said his office told her they could not provide information on an open and active investigation.

Urquhart told ABC News that if the NFL had written a letter to his department regarding Josh Brown’s case, he would have reached out personally and told the league to tread lightly with Josh Brown based on what was happening in the investigation.

Josh Brown will not be traveling with the Giants to London for their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the team announced Thursday afternoon, acknowledging that Josh Brown is “working” on “issues in his life” through therapy and counseling, and that the team remains supportive of his efforts.

“In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London,” the Giants said. “The Giants do not condone any form of domestic violence.”

Mara said in an interview with WFAN on Thursday that he did not want to speculate whether Josh Brown would remain on the team.

The Giants arrived in London on Friday and were faced with more questions about their embattled kicker. During a press conference, the team’s coach Ben McAdoo said he wanted to get “all the facts” before making further comments.

“We’re looking to get as much information as we can to make an informed decision,” McAdoo told reporters in London, adding that the team has not made a final decision on Josh Brown’s future. “We’re not going to turn our back on Josh.”

ABC News’ requests for comment to Josh Brown have not been returned.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning briefly commented on the situation, telling reporters: “I don’t know what went on behind the scenes. All I can do is support my teammates and the organization.”

In March 2013, Josh Brown signed a “Contract for Change” from a counseling and consulting firm in Oregon, saying he would try to set things right with his then-wife. In the contract, he wrote, “I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly.” The contract stated that he “controlled” her by “making her feel less human than me.” Josh Brown also agreed to “journal” at least four times a week as part of the contract.

Molly Brown told police she filed for divorce following Josh Brown’s arrest last year.

In a victim’s statement provided to authorities following Josh Brown’s arrest, Molly Brown said her then-husband became “super angry” because he claimed she had disrespected him and “he’s the man of the house.” She then said that she was afraid that he would hurt her 16-year-old son and that she called 911.

Molly Brown told police that she estimated that Josh Brown had gotten physical with her more than 10 times since their marriage. The victim’s statement, which details several instances in which Josh Brown allegedly lost his temper with her, is among the 165 pages of documents that were released by the King County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

The documents also include photos showing a large bruise on Molly Brown’s upper leg and a follow-up report from a King County sheriff’s officer who met with Molly Brown in February. According to the report, Molly Brown told the officer that her former husband had recently convinced her to take the children to Hawaii with him to watch the Pro Bowl, assuring her that she and the kids would have separate hotel rooms. But her ex-husband had allegedly showed up at her hotel room one night, intoxicated and pounding on the door, according to the report.

“Molly refused to let Josh in, and eventually had to call NFL and hotel security. Josh was escorted away from Molly’s room and the NFL ended up having to put Molly and the kids up in a different hotel room where Josh would not know where they were,” the officer stated in the follow-up report.

According to the report, Molly Brown also told the officer that their friends, including other NFL players, were aware of her situation.

“Molly had confided in some different players’ wives who had listened to her and believed her, but once their football player husbands found out, even after the letter Josh had written, the players didn’t believe Josh had done anything wrong. Molly felt the NFL had clearly given the message that no one with in (sic) the NFL was going to do anything to help her,” the officer stated in the report.

The King County Sheriff’s Office and King County prosecutors initially decided to postpone the filing of charges pending further investigation, ESPN reported. As of now, no charges have been filed.

In a statement to ABC News, Molly Brown said the release of this new information has been “very traumatic.”

“The recent exposure of extremely personal and confidential information has been very traumatic not only for myself, but more importantly my children,” Brown said. “At this time I am dedicated to focusing on a positive, loving and safe environment for our family. Please respect our privacy during this time so we may continue to heal and move forward.”

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Chicago Cubs Head Home, One Win from World Series

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGLES) — The Chicago Cubs are one step closer to the World Series. After beating the Dodgers 8-4 in game 5 of the National League Championship Series Thursday night, the Cubs now lead the series 3-2.

The Cubs and Dodgers play game 6 of the NLCS Saturday night at Wrigley Field. If the Cubs win Saturday, they’ll face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

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