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The Chicago Cubs ended a 108-years curse after winning this year’s World Series.

The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to scoop the top prize in world baseball.

Joe Maddon’s team, who had been 3-1 down in the best-of-seven series, blew a three-run lead in the final game but came back after a rain delay to clinch the title.

The last time the Cubs were crowned champions was in 1908, 108 years ago, when they beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1.

In 1945, a curse was placed on the Cubs by local bar owner Billy Sianis.chicago-cubs-world-series-2016

He is said to have cursed the Cubs, so that they would never win a World Series game again, or even reach the World Series again (different versions of the story exist).

“There’s no more curse now, the goat is history,” said Cubs fan Rodrigo Gonzales moments after victory had been achieved.

President Barack Obama, who supports city rivals the Chicago White Sox, tweeted about the win: “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?”

The win gave the Cubs their third World Series crown.

It also sparked wild celebrations in the streets of Chicago, with fans congregating outside the team’s Wrigley Field home.

Many of them took turns writing their names and words of congratulations in various colors of chalk on Wrigley’s brick walls.

Cleveland’s loss leaves their fans waiting for their first World Series title since 1948.

Cubs leftfielder Ben Zobrist was named most valuable player of the World Series.

It was the second consecutive year Ben Zobrist has won the World Series after helping the Kansas City Royals to victory last season.


According to toxicology reports, Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he was killed after his boat crashed into a jetty last month.

The reports released by the local medical examiner’s office record that the baseball star had a blood-alcohol content level well above Florida’s legal limit.

Jose Fernandez, 24, and two of his friends died on September 24 in the Miami Beach accident.

It is unclear who was driving the boat at the time.

Image source Wikimedia

Image source Wikimedia

Miami-Dade County Associate Medical Examiner Kenneth Hutchins reported that Jose Fernandez, 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero had each suffered blunt force injuries to their head and body.

Emilio Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero both had blood-alcohol levels below the state’s legal limit, while Rivero had cocaine in his system, toxicology reports say.

Investigators had found evidence that the boat was speeding when it hit the jetty, according to the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.

Jose Fernandez was born in Santa Clara, in Cuba, and defected to Florida when he was 16, after three failed attempts. He made his debut for the Marlins in 2013.


Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has died in a boat crash at the age of 24.

According, the US Coast Guard Jose Fernandez was one of three people killed in the crash on September 25, off Miami Beach, Florida.

The baseball team said it was “devastated”. Marlins’s home game against the Atlanta Braves on September 25 was canceled.

Jose Fernandez was born in Santa Clara, in Cuba, and defected to Florida when he was 16, after three failed attempts. He made his debut for the Marlins in 2013.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo told local news station WSVN: “They found a boat that was up against the jetties. They did do an initial search and they found three victims – two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the 32-foot vessel had a “severe impact” with large rocks that form part of the jetty.

According to officials, Jose Fernandez was not wearing a life vest at the time of the crash.

The names of the other two individuals are being withheld until their relatives can be informed, the Coast Guard said.

Jose Fernandez shared a picture on Instagram five days ago which appears to show his girlfriend Carla Mendoza pregnant.

The caption reads: “I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst.”

The Major League Baseball organization released a statement saying it was “stunned and devastated” by the news.

Jose Fernandez was the club’s first-round draft pick in 2011 and was finishing up on his finest season in the major league, the Miami Herald reported.


Cubs’ first African- American player Ernie Banks died on January 23 at the age of 83, his wife, Liz, confirmed.

Known as “Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks became the Cubs player on September 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts released the following statement Friday night: “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known. Approachable, ever optimistic and kind-hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”Ernie Banks dead at 83

Ernie Banks, who hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

In 1950, Ernie Banks began playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro leagues. After serving two years in the military, he joined the Cubs.

Ernie Banks played more games at first base (1,259) than he did at shortstop (1,125), but he is remembered more for his most productive younger seasons at shortstop.

A statue of Ernie Banks’ likeness was unveiled near the corner of Clark and Addison outside of Wrigley Field at the start of the 2008 baseball season.

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Tara the Hero Cat, who saved 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from a neighborhood dog in California, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a minor league baseball game Tuesday.

Tara was held by owner Roger Triantafilo as a baseball tied to a fishing line was pulled toward home plate at a game of the Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Tara the Hero Cat threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Bakersfield Blaze baseball game

Tara the Hero Cat threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Bakersfield Blaze baseball game (photo Twitter)

The cat became an Internet sensation last week after surveillance video of her rushing a dog that was mauling the boy went viral.

Jeremy Triantafilo, Roger’s son, was playing in his family’s driveway in Bakersfield, California, when the K-9 ran up and grabbed his leg.

Tara, a stray adopted by the Triantafilo family six years ago, pounced into action and chased off the attacker.

Jeremy Triantafilo received 10 stitches for two lacerations to his calf. The dog was quarantined and will reportedly be euthanized.

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Tara, the Bakersfield cat who was caught on video saving a boy from a dog attack, has been invited to “throw” the first pitch at a baseball game.

Tara would appear at the next home game of the minor league team Bakersfield Blaze, its representatives said.

“It sounds crazy. But we’ve got a trick up our sleeve,” team member Dan Besbris said, without giving further details.

Tara the cat was caught on video saving 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from a dog attack

Tara the cat was caught on video saving 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from a dog attack (photo Today Show)/NBC)

Tara became a YouTube sensation after saving four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from the neighbor’s dog attack.

The California family’s CCTV video shows the dog biting and dragging the boy in a driveway in Bakersfield earlier this week.

The cat then pounces on and chases away the dog, described as a Labrador-Chow mix.

Jeremy Triantafilo – who needed stitches after the attack – praised his cat.

“She’s a hero,” he said.

The dog is now in quarantine and is expected to be put down.

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St Louis Cardinals beat Texas Rangers 6-2 in the decisive seventh game and won baseball’s World Series 2011.

Both teams drove in two runs in the first innings, but St Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter then began to dominate as the runs dried up for Texas Rangers.

Allen Craig’s solo home run in the third put St Louis Cardinals ahead before Texas Rangers bullpen contrived to walk in two more runs in the fifth.

St Louis Cardinals added another run in the seventh as they cruised to victory. It was heartbreaking for Texas Rangers, who was beaten by San Francisco Giants in last year’s World Series – and had been one strike away from winning 2011’s Fall Classic on two occasions in Thursday’s epic Game Six.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted:

“Someone has to win, someone has to lose and the Cardinals did it.

“They were the better team.”

The game started badly for Texas Rangers when leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler was caught stealing, but Josh Hamilton and Michael Young drove in a pair of runs as Texas got after Chris Carpenter early on.

St Louis Cardinals beat Texas Rangers 6-2 in the decisive seventh game and won baseball's World Series 2011

St Louis Cardinals beat Texas Rangers 6-2 in the decisive seventh game and won baseball's World Series 2011


St Louis Cardinals drew level in the bottom of the first innings after Rangers starter Matt Harrison walked Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman.

The stage was set for Game Six hero David Freese, who steered a double into left field to score both runners and level the score at 2-2.

While Carpenter, pitching on only three days’ rest, threw five scoreless innings, St Louis Cardinals took the lead for the first time when Allen Craig smashed his homer over the right field fence.

Allen Craig was only starting the game as regular left fielder Matt Holliday was ruled out with a sprained right wrist he sustained in Game Six.

St Louis Cardinals threatened another rally in the bottom of the fifth when reliever Scott Feldman walked Allen Craig and hit Albert Pujols with a pitch.

Lance Berkman grounded out, but Texas Rangers gambled by intentionally walking Freese to load the bases for Yadier Molina – and it backfired as Feldman walked in a run.

That prompted Washington to lift Scott Feldman in favour of CJ Wilson – who had started Games One and Five but began his career as a closer – and the left-hander’s first pitch hit Rafael Furcal to walk in another run and leave the Rangers trailing 5-2.

Allen Craig made a great leaping catch in front of the left-field fence to deny Nelson Cruz a home run, while Chris Carpenter was eventually pulled early in the seventh innings as manager Tony La Russa – the master of matching pitchers with specific batters – turned to his bullpen.

“I was hoping to have an opportunity to go ahead and pitch in this game and fortunately it worked out,” said Chris Carpenter.

“It started off a little rough in the first. But I was able to collect myself, make some pitches and our guys did an awesome job to battle back.”

Lance Berkman, a Texan who was a World Series runner-up with Houston Astros in 2005, hustled well to start another St Louis Cardinals rally in the seventh innings, and this time Mike Adams was the Rangers reliever to suffer as Yadier Molina drove in Berkman to make it 6-2.

With the record 47,399 crowd joined by thousands more surrounding Busch Stadium to share St Louis Cardinals’ moment of glory, Jason Motte was handed the chance to come in as closer and retired the side in style.

Fittingly, it was Allen Craig in left field who caught a David Murphy fly ball for the final out as St Louis Cardinals wrapped up their 11th Fall Classic triumph.

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