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Cubs to Celebrate World Series with Parade Through Chicago

Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — It’s been 108 years, and Chicago baseball fans finally have a reason to celebrate. Millions of Cubs players, staff and fans are expected to take to the streets of Chicago Friday to celebrate the team’s first World Series win since 1908 with a parade and rally starting at Wrigley Field.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/3/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Golden State 122 Oklahoma City 96
Orlando 102, Sacramento 94
Cleveland 128, Boston 122
Milwaukee 125, Indiana 107
Denver 102, Minnesota 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

L.A. Kings 2, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Toronto 2, Buffalo 1
Washington 4, Winnipeg 3
Philadelphia 3, NY Islanders 2 (2OT)
NY Rangers 5, Edmonton 3
Florida 4, New Jersey 3
Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3 (2OT)
Ottawa 1, Vancouver 0
Dallas 6, St. Louis 2
Chicago 4, Colorado 0
Arizona 3, Nashville 2 (2OT)
Calgary 3, San Jose 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(12) Oklahoma 34, Iowa St. 24
(21) Colorado 20, UCLA 10

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Election Intrudes on World Series Until the Final Blow for Both

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Cubs’ dramatic finish to the World Series marked the end of the longest title drought in Major League Baseball, and it seemed for a moment that the national conversation had veered away from the daily drama of the 2016 presidential election.

But a look back on the series also shows just how much the campaign found its way into the championship of “America’s pastime,” illustrated not just through the endless string of campaign commercials but through several behind-the-scenes storylines that stayed mostly out of the limelight.

Obama Invite Would Rob Successor of Cubs Visit

Early this morning after the Cubs’ win, President Obama tweeted a congratulations to his hometown team and extended an invitation to them for a White House visit “before I leave.”

It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That’s change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?

— President Obama (@POTUS) November 3, 2016

Obama seemed unaware that his invitation would actually rob his eventual successor of the same opportunity afforded to him after he took office eight years ago.

In his first year, Obama welcomed the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies to the White House, continuing with the more recent tradition of inviting the team around the start of the next baseball season.

If Hillary Clinton is elected Nov. 8, it’s possible that Obama would invite her to also attend the ceremony. Considering the vitriol exchanged between the two, however, it’s safe to say it’s less likely a similar invitation would be extended to a president-elect Donald Trump.

The White House declined to comment on the early invitation and its implications.

The Cubs and Donald Trump

The early invite is particularly notable because of the support from members of the Cubs-owning Ricketts’ family for Trump.

Media reports that some members of the billionaire family were providing major financial backing to Trump’s White House run caused a stir among some in the Cubs’ faithful fan-base, with one even penning a Chicago Tribune letter to the editor announcing his retreat from supporting the team.

If Trump wins the White House next Tuesday, the Ricketts might prefer the Cubs wait to accept an invitation until the Trump family gets settled inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Beating the Odds

The Cubs’ come-from-behind victory against the Cleveland Indians may offer Trump supporters a silver lining when looking at the odds their candidate faces in his contest.

As FiveThirtyEight pointed out when the Cubs were facing a 3-1 deficit, they actually faced a much slimmer chance of winning than Trump.

After Game 4, the Cubs had a 15 percent chance of a come-from-behind win, while FiveThirtyEight now gives Trump a 34.2 percent chance of beating Clinton.

Both candidates are likely wise not to put their White House hopes in the hands of baseball, however.

Consider the widely debunked theory that there is a trend between the winner of the World Series and the winner of the presidential election based on whether the team is from the National League and the American League.

The White House Rivalry

It’s safe to call Obama a bandwagon fan; just don’t say the same about his wife.

Obama himself admits that he is a longtime Chicago White Sox fan, but first lady Michelle Obama has been tracking the post-season via her Twitter and congratulated her team on making it to Game 7 Wednesday night.

Go @Cubs, go! Been rooting for you since I was a kid, and so incredibly proud tonight. #FlytheW -mo

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) November 3, 2016

The president, on the other hand, was able to swallow some pride and even took time from a Clinton campaign rally in Florida today to mark the Cubs’ win, saying, “even for a White Sox fan, [it] is a pretty big deal.”

“I was watching something on television, they explained the last time the Cubs had won, Thomas Edison was alive and they hadn’t invented sliced bread yet,” Obama said. “So you know the expression the greatest thing since sliced bread? This is actually for Cubs fans the greatest thing since sliced bread.”

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Cleveland Indians Fan Meets Long-Lost Half-Sister, a Chicago Cubs Fan, for First Time at World Series

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — A Cleveland Indians fan met her long-lost half-sister, who happens to be a Chicago Cubs fan, for the first time at the World Series.

Laurie Green, a 54-year-old Indians fan, told ABC News that she was adopted as a baby. She had no idea her that her half-sister — Selena Brosnan, a 40-year-old Cubs fan — existed until three years ago.

At the time, Green said she had been searching for her biological family simply, hoping to just get family medical history for personal reasons.

“A lot of stories of adoptive kids trying to find their biological families don’t always turn out well, and I know that,” she said.

But to Green’s surprise, Brosnan and her father were “welcoming, positive and embracing” upon learning about her. Green added that she felt like “the luckiest person in the world.”

The two half-sisters have kept in touch for the past three years through emails and online chat messaging.

Green said they tried to meet up in person several times, but as fate would have it, things only came together and worked out for them to finally meet at Game 6 of the World Series.

Despite rooting for rival teams, the two discovered they had a lot in common.

“I’m pretty sure we both missed a few good plays because we were so busy chatting,” Green said with a laugh. “We both just couldn’t stop talking. It turns out we both have the gift of gab.”

Green added that she also found out she and Brosnan are both teachers and had former careers in technology.

“I definitely feel we have that special sister bond, and I’ve never had that before,” Green said. “It’s truly incredible. I’m 54 and I feel like I’m experiencing Christmas for the first time again. It’s surreal.”

And though the Indians ended up losing to the Cubs during Game 7, Green said she harbors no bitterness toward Brosnan.

“We’ve never really been like ‘My team is better than yours’ type of people,” she said. “We’re much more like, ‘May the best team win,’ and regardless of who does, we know we’ll still have love each other.”

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Grandpa Finally Cracks Open Beer He Saved 32 Years for Cubs Win

Grace Johnson/Twitter(CHICAGO) — This die-hard Cubs fan was finally able to crack open the beer he waited three decades to enjoy.

“My grandpa put this beer in his fridge 32 years ago and said he would open it when the Cubs won the World Series. Today was that day,” Tom Johnson’s granddaughter, Grace Johnson, tweeted last night upon the Chicago team’s long-awaited victory.

Her post has since gone viral with more than 20,000 retweets as Cubs’ fans across the nation collectively cheers him in celebration on social media.

Grace said her grandfather put the now vintage Coors in his fridge in 1984, and although he didn’t actually drink the beer, being able to pop that top was well worth the wait.

“He and my family are all die-hard, lifetime fans,” Grace, of Morris, Illinois, told ABC News.

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Cardinals Give Manager Three-Year Extension

Allen Kee / ESPN(ST. LOUIS) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to a three-year contract extension with its manager Mike Matheny.

Matheny has been the team’s manager since 2012, when he inherited a World Series winning team from Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa. Since taking over as skipper, the Cardinals have gone 461-349, including a run of four straight playoff appearances.

Although St. Louis did not make the playoffs this season, Cardinals principal owner and CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr. seemed pleased with his manager. In a team release, he said, “Mike has continued the Cardinals tradition of winning in his first five years as manager, and we are happy to extend his contract leading our club on the field through 2020.”

Other coaching moves made by the Cardinals on Thursday included moving first-base coach Bill Mueller to assistant hitting coach. Former assistant hitting coach Derrick May will not return. All other coaches on the club’s Major League team will be back for the 2017 season.

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Big Ten to Play on Fridays Next Season

iStock/Thinkstock(ROSEMONT, Ill.) – Big Ten football has a new night, as the conference announced it will play six Friday night games beginning next season.

As part of a new television contract, the Friday night games will only take place in September and October and will not feature every team. As the conference commissioner Jim Delany told The Chicago Tribune, schools with huge stadiums like Penn State and Ohio State will not be asked to host the games. Meanwhile, Michigan has declined to participate in the Friday night games as the home or away team.

While this may mean better ratings for one of the nation’s top conferences, many of its coaches feel that the Friday night games could have a negative effect on recruiting.

The Big Ten plans to announce the 2017 Friday night schedule within the week.

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Chicago Cubs Welcomed Home at Wrigley Field as World Series Champions

ABC News(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs have arrived home Thursday morning as world champions for the first time in over a century.

The baseball team pulled into Wrigley Field just after 6 a.m. local time, where the iconic stadium marquee was lit up with the words “World Series Champions” for the first time in its history. A sea of ecstatic fans lined the street and surrounded the stadium to welcome them home.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 to win the 2016 World Series Wednesday night at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, ending the team’s 108-year drought. The team last won the World Series in 1908.

In addition to halting the longest title drought in baseball, the Cubs became the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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Tweet from 2014 Predicting Cubs-Indians World Series Game 7 Tie Goes Viral

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A fan’s prophetic tweet from two years ago correctly predicted the dramatic Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians — or part of it at least.

A user who tweets under the handle @RaysFanGio pinned a two-year-old post to the top of his feed. As the game went into the 9th inning with the teams locked up in a 6-to-6 tie, the 2014 tweet started going viral, and has now been retweeted more than 130,000 times and liked more than 100,000 times.

The prophecy — that the two teams would tie in extra innings and then the world would end, leaving two of the most title-starved teams in MLB history forever in a deadlock — started looking scarily on-point as a rain delay was called at the end of the 9th inning.

But the action quickly got back underway and the Cubs took a two-run lead in the top of the 10th inning, on their way to a historic victory, marking their first title since 1908. The final score was 8 to 7.

2016 World Series.

Cubs vs Indians

And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings #apocalypse

— GIO (@RaysFanGio) November 4, 2014

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/2/16

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

WORLD SERIES

Chicago Cubs 8, Cleveland 7 (10 innings) Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Memphis 89, New Orleans 83 (OT)
Utah 97, Dallas 81
Phoenix 118, Portland 115 (OT)
Oklahoma 85, LA Clippers 83
Toronto 113, Washington 103
Charlotte 109, Philadelphia 93
L.A. Lakers 123, Atlanta 116
Brooklyn 109, Detroit 101
Houston 118, N.Y. Knicks 99
Boston 107, Chicago 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Philadelphia 4, Detroit 3
Pittsburgh 5, Anaheim 1
Montreal 3, Vancouver 0

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