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World Series baseball: Chicago Cubs end 108-year wait for win

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. Image copyright AP
Image caption The last time the Chicago Cubs won Theodore Roosevelt was president, women did not have the vote and neither zips nor hairdryers had been invented

The Chicago Cubs have won Major League Baseball's World Series, ending the longest title drought in the game.

Manager Joe Maddon's team beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to scoop the top prize in world baseball.

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

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Media captionThere were ecstatic scenes in Chicago bars as Cubs fans watched their team win

In 1945, a curse was placed on the team by local bar owner Billy Sianis.

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.


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US President Barack Obama, who supports city rivals the Chicago White Sox, tweeted about the win.

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

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Media captionObama: Cubs win is 'greatest thing since sliced bread'

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 colours of chalk on Wrigley's brick walls.

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"I can't even explain how I feel right now," said Dina Mansaour, a 33-year-old Cubs fan. "This is so epic. This is the most amazing feeling in the world."

Another Cubs supporter, 22-year-old Jason Nye, added: "I've been waiting my whole life for this, my grandfather has been waiting his whole life for this, everyone has been waiting for this."

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

"It's going to hurt," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "Somebody was going to win, somebody was going to lose, I wish they'd lost."

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

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

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Image caption Victorious Cubs players celebrate their win
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Image caption Dejected Cleveland fans reflect on their World Series loss
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Image caption Cubs fans gather outside Wrigley Field
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Image caption The Chicago Sun Times led with the story
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Image caption It was also the lead in the Chicago Tribune
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Image caption The Cubs' win was also front-page news in New York

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