Review Category : National Sports

Cleveland Indians Take World Series Game 1

Amana Images/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians gave their hometown fans a show Tuesday night, defeating the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series.

The Indians scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the fourth and three in the eighth off of 10 hits, while their defense held the Cubs scoreless despite seven hits before a sold-out crowd of over 38,000.

It’s the first World Series appearance by Cleveland since 1997, while Chicago hasn’t played a World Series game in 71 years.

Game 2 of the series begins Wednesday night at 7:08 p.m. ET, again in Cleveland.

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Cleveland Indians Take World Series Game One

Amana Images/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians gave their hometown fans a show Tuesday night, defeating the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game one of the World Series.

The Indians scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the fourth and three in the eighth off of 10 hits, while their defense held the Cubs scoreless despite seven hits before a sold-out crowd of over 38,000.

It’s the first World Series appearance by Cleveland since 1997, while Chicago hasn’t played a World Series game in 71 years.

Game two of the series begins Wednesday night at 7:08 p.m. ET, again in Cleveland.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/25/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Cleveland 6, Chicago Cubs 0 (Game 1)


Cleveland 117, NY Knicks 88
Portland 113, Utah 104
San Antonio 129, Golden State 100


Pittsburgh 3, Florida 3
Minnesota 5, Boston 0
New Jersey 5, Arizona 3
Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 3
Detroit 4, Carolina 2
Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
Calgary 4, St. Louis 1
Dallas 3, Winnipeg 2
San Jose 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)
Ottawa 3, Vancouver 0
L.A. Kings 3. Columbus 2 (OT)

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Fan Dies Following Fall at Denver Broncos Game

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER) — The Denver Medical Examiner’s office says a fan died early Tuesday after suffering a fall at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Monday night.

The man fell from a height of 60 feet from a stairway railing near the escalators at the north end of the stadium and was rushed to the Denver Medical center, where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred following the Denver Broncos’ 27-9 win over the Houston Texans.

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Giants Kicker Josh Brown Says He Never ‘Struck’ Ex-Wife

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — New York Giants kicker Josh Brown released a statement Tuesday apologizing for the frenzy caused by the release of his hand-written journals that detailed his abusive relationship with his former wife, Molly Brown.

“I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way,” Brown said.

Brown said that he has “taken measures to get help” and said “it’s important to share” that he never “struck” his wife “and never would.”

“Abuse takes many forms,” he added.

“The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life,” Brown continued. “My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.”

Last Friday, Brown was placed on the commissioner exempt list, a form of paid suspension in the NFL. He will not be fighting his placement on the list, ESPN reported, and he did not travel with the Giants to London for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFL announced last week that it was reopening the investigation into Brown after a Washington state sheriff’s office released a trove of documents in which he admitted to abusing his then-wife.

“I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave,” Brown wrote in one letter. “I carried an overwhelming sense of entitlement because I put money higher than God and I used it as a power tool.”

Brown was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault in May 2015 after an incident with his wife, according to a police report from the King County’s Sheriff’s Office in Washington state. It appears Brown is no longer facing charges.

Molly Brown said in a statement last week that the release of the documents had been “very traumatic.”

The NFL said it had already conducted its own investigation earlier this year and had suspended Brown for one game for violation of the league’s conduct policy. The league said it “made repeated attempts” to obtain “any and all evidence and relevant information” regarding Brown’s case.

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Cleveland Celebrates First NBA Title as City Hosts World Series Game 1

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — History in the making is scheduled Tuesday night in Cleveland as the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians face off in Game 1 of the World Series. While both teams look to break their losing streaks, Cleveland fans will play host to a celebration unlike any the city has ever seen.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship banner and ring ceremony is set to commence at the Quicken Loans Arena nearly half an hour before the first pitch of the Indians’ first World Series game since 1997, just steps away from the entrance of Progressive Field.

Cleveland, a city often mocked as “the mistake by the lake,” finally took home their first NBA Championship title when the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors last season.

The Indians haven’t had a World Series win since 1948, but the Cubs have been dubbed the lovable losers after a century-old dry spell. Their last World Series title was in 1908.

In the last 50 years however, Chicago has racked up 11 major sports championships while Cleveland has earned just one.

For a city with a long losing streak, Tuesday night will be a big celebration for everyone in the host city and both teams have shown their support for one another as the NBA season kicks off and the MLB season comes to a close.

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Rob Gronkowski Goes Undercover as Driver for Lyft

Lyft(NEW YORK) — The latest undercover Lyft driver is Rob Gronkowski.

In a video from the ride-sharing service that aired on ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday, the tight end for the New England Patriots disguises himself in a pair of wigs and drives unsuspecting passengers around New England while schooling them on a number of topics, including astrophysics, Tom Brady’s grooming habits and, of course, football.

Waxing enthusiastically about his “man crush” on Brady, he tells a passenger that he’s the “biggest fan ever” and wanted to meet the Patriots’ quarterback.

“Yeah, but he’s married, so he’s like, off-limits, you know,” his female passenger advised.

“I mean, I’m not trying to get with him,” Gronkowski replied. “I mean, I just want to meet him.”

They also chat about Brady’s new haircut and what kind of body lotion the quarterback might use.

Gronkowski even discusses himself with another passenger, saying, “What if you met Rob Gronkowski?”

“I have met him,” the passenger replies. “Yeah, he’s a great guy.”

And the end of each ride, Gronkowski, 27, reveals himself to his stunned and delighted passengers, then spikes a football with them.

Gronkowski is the latest in a line of sports stars to pose as Lyft drivers. Others include Richard Sherman, Jerry Rice and Shaquille O’Neal.

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A Look at America the Last Time the Cubs and Indians Won the World Series

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One way or the other, the 2016 World Series winner will make history.

The Chicago Cubs, with an army of electric young position players that emerged through the team’s farm system, like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Javier Baez, haven’t won a World Series since 1908.

The Indians, who have prospered this postseason with dominant pitching from ace Corey Kluber and reliever Andrew Miller, haven’t won since 1948.

It’s no secret that baseball fans like to obsess over numbers. But these numbers — the decades since these teams have won World Series championships — drive home just how much America has changed over the spans of time. For the Cubs, it’s been 108 years since victory and, for the Indians, it’s been 68 years. Here’s how life compared in their triumphant years.


The last time the Cubs won the World Series, Wrigley Field didn’t yet exist. The team’s beloved home stadium was first constructed in 1914 under the name Weeghman Park. The Cubs hosted their first game there on April 20, 1916.

By 1921, William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum magnate, had acquired the Cubs. The stadium was called Cubs Park from 1920 through 1926.

Wrigley Field, a popular Chicago tourist attraction and a landmark associated with baseball’s rich cultural past, wasn’t given that name until 1927.

Today, the Cubs have a strong following throughout the country, in part because of their ties to baseball’s history and in part because of their identity as lovable losers. Ratings for the series are supposed to be strong because of this fandom.

Cubs fans now live in states that didn’t exist in 1908. The modern-day Cubs play their Spring Training games in Mesa, Arizona, where they have a strong residual following. But Arizona didn’t achieve statehood until 1912, four years after they won their last title. New Mexico achieved statehood the same year and Alaska and Hawaii joined in 1959.

The concept of Spring Training itself, however, did exist: historians point to organized camps for players existing as long ago as 1870.

Like 2016, the year 1908 was an election year. Republican candidate William Howard Taft and Democrat William Jennings Bryan squared off against one another in the general election over issues that bear little resemblance to our current discussion — like which candidate was best suited to carry out the reformist policies of the incredibly popular president, Teddy Roosevelt. Taft ultimately won the race by a comfortable margin that year due to his popularity in the business community.

But some elements of the race hold strange similarities: Eugene Debs, a candidate for the Socialist Party, and a hero of the American labor movement, has been cited frequently as an influence by Democratic Party challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The 1908 crowd paid around a quarter to see the Cubs play, an amount that by today’s standards would be closer to six dollars. These days, the average ticket costs somewhere close to eight times the inflated version of that price.

Still, it pales in comparison to how much fans are willing to pay to see the 2016 World Series. The cost of some Game One tickets on StubHub were going for upwards of $6,000 as of Monday.


Two major wars, World War I and World War II, separate the last Cubs title from the last Indians title. The latter’s victory took place in a cultural atmosphere forged by the state of the nations after World War II. President Truman signed the Marshall Plan in 1948, giving billions of dollars of aid to help repair Western Europe in the wake of World War II, and a new agency called the CIA was working on the front lines of what would soon become known as the Cold War.

Today, fans take for granted that speedy left-fielder Rajai Davis plays for the 2016 Indians. But the odds of him playing in 1948 would have been slim, given that the league only had three black players at that time. One of those three was Larry Doby, who starred for the 1948 Indians with an on base percentage of .384 in what would be his first full season.

This year, Dexter Fowler, who is similar to Doby in his patient approach to the plate and propensity to draw walks, will become the first black player to represent the Chicago Cubs in a World Series.

1948 was, like 1908 and 2016, also an election year. The result of that election is considered to be among the more stunning upsets in presidential history, when Democratic incumbent Harry Truman held on to defeat Republican Gov. Thomas Dewey of New York. The election gave rise to the infamous headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN”, which was published on election night after the Chicago Daily Tribune assumed a Dewey victory to be in the bag.

Today, election coverage is considered to be much more scientific, but mistakes are still made and the lesson remains.

Tickets to sit in the grandstands of the old Cleveland Stadium cost as little as $6 dollars during the 1948 World Series, according to ticket stubs for sale as souvenirs on eBay. But it was not the only way to watch the game. The first televised World Series game occurred one year prior on September 30, 1947 when the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Very few fans had television sets back then. But today, people watch the game on television by the tens of millions.

That number doesn’t include all the additional fans who will watch on through a variety of different mobile devices that would have seemed like science fiction to fans living in 1948 — or for that matter 1908.

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World Series 2016: Celebrities Choose Between the Cubs and the Indians

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It will be Tom Hanks vs. Bill Murray, Dwyane Wade vs. LeBron James and Arsenio Hall vs. Marlee Matlin when the Chicago Cubs meet the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night in game one of the World Series.

Famous fans are lining up behind both teams for the historic face-off. With stakes this high — the Cubs last won a World Series in 1908, while the Indians last took the title in 1948 — it’s no surprise that there’s some friendly wagering going on between the stars.

After the cubs clinched the National League Championship on Saturday, Wade, a Chicago native, reached out to fellow NBA star and Ohio native James.

@DwyaneWade Absolutely!! We’re placing a nice bet and more on this one my friend! #WorldSeries #RallyTogether

— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 23, 2016

Hall, who is a Cleveland native, reached out to Marlee Matlin, who hails from the Chicago suburbs.

Which hat you like @MarleeMatlin? #C/Land ⚾️👍🏾

— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) October 23, 2016

Both teams seem to be drawing plenty of star power. Check out the lineup of famous fans for each of the teams.

Cleveland Indians

Tom Hanks

Perhaps Cleveland’s biggest fan is two-time Oscar winner Hanks. The Sully star gave a shout-out to the team at the end of his SNL hosting gig Saturday night. After thanking musical guest Lady Gaga and guest star Alec Baldwin, he shouted, “Go Tribe!”

Hanks hails from Oakland, California, but Cleveland gave his acting career an early boost, when he worked as an intern at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in 1977 and 1978.

Drew Carey

Carey is a proud Cleveland native and Indians fan, even setting his sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, in his hometown.

Monica Potter

Another Cleveland native, Potter is a huge fan and tweets constantly about the team.

Kid Cudi

Even though he recently announced he was checking himself into rehab, Cleveland native Kid Cudi will no doubt be watching the World Series and rooting for his beloved team.

@Indians: .@KidCudi, @SliderTheMascot. BFFs.” YESSSSS!!!!! SLIDER UR A LEGEND!!

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) September 10, 2014

Chicago Cubs

Bill Murray

Murray, who grew up in Evanston, Illinois, outside of Chicago, is probably one of the most notable Cubs fans.

He would have skipped out on receiving one of comedy’s most significant honors, the Mark Twain Prize, if the Cubs had gone to a seventh game.

“I’m glad they won last night so I could be here this evening,” Mr. Murray told the crowd, according to The New York Times. “If they hadn’t won last night I would have had to have been there, because, honestly, I do not trust the media to report the story.”

John Cusack

John Cusack, who also grew up in Evanston, has been just as vocal as Murray about his love for the team, especially on social media.

Jeremy Piven

Cusack’s high school buddy and fellow actor Jeremy Piven is also a lifelong fan.

Hillary Clinton

One of the team’s most high profile fans just happens to be running for president this year.

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

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