“To finally see this in my lifetime with my son here with us, it means everything,” Craig Likhite said. “This game with all the ups and downs showed him exactly what it is to be a Cubs fan.”“My dad passed away this year. He would have loved this,” said Likhite, 50.Judy Pareti flew in from New York City to watch the game at Murphy’s Bleachers, a neighborhood sports bar in a building where her grandfather lived and where his hot dog stand was located. “My dad and grandfather owned it, and I was born here,” she said. “I would never want to be anywhere but here for this.”Liz Wolfe, a 36-year-old physical therapist, said, “People always said if the Cubs win the World Series it would be like hell freezing over. I’m still in shock. This is the most exciting thing in my life.”Long-time Cubs fan Bob Newhart, who grew up in the Chicago area, tweeted his congratulations to the team. “The billy goat is dead!! As I’ve said, from the beginning, I’m getting too old for this!,” the 87-year-old comedian wrote, alluding to one of the oldest alleged curses on the team.The 8-7 extra-inning victory over the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland came after the emptiness and bitterness of years past when the Cubs found spectacular and sometimes downright strange ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.Every Cubs fan knows those stories, starting with the 1969 team loaded with Hall of Famers that amassed a 9 1/2-game lead in mid-August before they started losing game after game in such numbers that the Miracle Mets not only caught them but ended up winning the National League East by 8 games.Then came 1984. After taking the first two games of the National League Divisional Series against the Padres at Wrigley, the Cubs needed just one win in San Diego to advance to the NLCS. They were swept in three games on the West Coast.There were other playoff losses but none as painful as in 2003 when in a where-were-you-when-it-happened moment that Cubs fans still have trouble comprehending, Steve Bartman deflected a ball that seemed destined for Moises Alou’s glove with the Cubs just five outs from reaching the World Series.Fans watched in horror as the Cubs fell apart, and few who left the park that night believed the team would win game seven the next night. They didn’t. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “This was torture,” said Mike Delmanowski, a lifelong Cubs fan who flew to Chicago from California just to be surrounded by other Cubs fans. “I would not have missed it for anything.“I am so proud to be a part of it,” said his wife, Sue, who was crying off and on from the fifth inning.Mike Dillon said all he could think about was his father, who died without ever seeing what Dillon witnessed.“I came here by myself, but I’m not alone at all,” said Mike Dillon, 57, of Joliet.Craig and April Likhite drove to Chicago from Evanston with their 10-year-old son, Cade, because they wanted to see history made with other fans as close to Wrigley Field as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young As the game ended, the roar from inside the bars and the throng of fans on the street was deafening, before the crowds both inside and out sang “go Cubs go” at the top of their lungs.As the celebration progressed, thousands of fans poured into the streets leading away from Wrigley, many of them singing “We Are The Champions.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentFans hugged each other, many of them crying. They took each other’s picture and pictures of themselves, and took turns writing their names and words of congratulations in chalk on Wrigley’s brick walls. Some got on friends’ shoulders to find spots high up on the walls that were not yet covered with names of fans.An hour after the game ended there were still thousands of people in the ballpark neighborhood, known as Wrigleyville, and there were still fireworks exploding every few minutes. MOST READ Chicago Cubs fans celebrate in front of Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the baseball World Series in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Next year is here.At exactly 11:47 p.m. local time, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series that has eluded them for 108 years. Fans who packed bars to watch the games on television near Wrigley Field — neither of which existed back in 1908 — erupted in cheers before swarming onto the streets just before midnight Wednesday to celebrate in the shadows of the statues of Cubs greats Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and legendary announcer Harry Caray.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports But that was all in the past as Cubs fans throughout Chicago celebrated into the early hours of Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Murray must play better if he wants Djokovic’s No. 1 ranking EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments
France’s football team head-coach Corinne Diacre looks on prior to announcing her 23-woman squad for the World Cup 2019 football tournament during the broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, on May 2, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)Five weeks before the women’s World Cup kicks off in France, and there is a hive of activity high up in the Montparnasse Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Paris.It is here, on the 49th floor and with an unobstructed view over the French capital, that tournament organizers are working to put everything in place for a month — from June 7 to July 7 — where women’s football will be in the spotlight like never before.ADVERTISEMENT That game will see hosts France play South Korea as they set out in search of a first World Cup triumph.Seven games in total have sold out so far, including the Netherlands against Cameroon at the 25,000-seat Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes on June 15.That will include as many as 10,000 Dutch supporters traveling down through Belgium for the match.While not every game will be a sell-out, organizers surely should not have been surprised by the degree of interest from France and around the world as the United States prepare to defend their crown on French soil.Attendances are on the rise all over. While a French record crowd of almost 26,000 saw Lyon beat Paris Saint-Germain recently, in England there is set to be a record crowd for a women’s FA Cup final this weekend when more than 50,000 watch Manchester City face West Ham.In March, a world record crowd for a women’s club game of over 60,000 saw Atletico Madrid play Barcelona in Spain.Big crowds will be the norm throughout June and July too, but from the point of view of security the women’s World Cup is far less of a headache than Euro 2016.Three years ago, the men’s European showpiece was overshadowed by terrorism fears as well as hooliganism, with English and Russian fans clashing in ugly scenes in Marseille.A different profile of supporter will be present this time.“It will be nearly 30 percent children in the stadiums, it will be very family friendly with all the good side of football,” said Le Prevost. Yet of the 1.3 million tickets put on sale for the 52 matches, at prices ranging from nine to 84 euros ($10-94), more than 720,000 have already been sold.“We have already reached our objective in terms of ticket sales and now we are going beyond. The tickets for the semis, the final and the opening match sold out in 48 hours,” said Le Graet, who is pleasantly surprised. Fears unfounded“We got the women’s World Cup in 2015. When you get it, you tell yourself that you’re going to have to find some stadiums and fill them.“At the beginning, possible host cities were not exactly shoving each other out of the way to come forward. I was a bit scared about the Parc des Princes, but the opening match sold out in five minutes.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Kawhi Leonard has been brilliant, but Raptors know they must help View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “There won’t be an oppressive atmosphere like there often was during the Euro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books And yet, the organizers admit that they have been caught out by the extent of the demand from foreign fans for tickets.“We didn’t see it coming,” says Erwan Le Prevost, head of the local organizing committee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWhile the opening match will be played at the Parc des Princes in Paris and both the semi-finals and the final will be staged in Lyon, in between matches will also be played in some of France’s smaller provincial cities, from Nice on the Mediterranean coast to Valenciennes in the far north.“We did not always choose big stadiums, because we didn’t want any empty stadiums,” Noel Le Graet, the president of the French Football Federation, admitted to AFP. 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Magnolia coach Chito Victolero believes Magnolia is the best team in the PBA when it comes to cohesion, a weapon the Hotshots will wield as they try to defend their Governors’ Cup throne.“That’s our strength,” he told the Inquirer on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island View comments Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Done with justifying transfer, Ildefonso eyes bigger year for NU SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LATEST STORIES “I always say it—that our chemistry is the best among the 12 teams,” said Victolero, who hopes to maintain that strength by bringing back import Romeo Travis.“[The tournament format] has a very small window for rest and preparation, so getting an import that we already know is a big factor,” he said. “It’s an opportunity we hope to turn into an advantage. It’s the same case for other teams, like Ginebra.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Half of the league’s teams will be fielding a PBA-tested veteran. Four of those, like Travis, will be reprising roles with their previous teams: Eugene Phelps (Phoenix), Olu Ashaoulu (NLEX), Justin Brownlee (Ginebra), and Allen Durham (Meralco).But Victolero stressed that the American import, who was named Governors’ Cup’s Best Import in 2015 and can be best remembered for a 50-point showcase in the Finals game against the Gin Kings, is merely a cog in the Hotshots machine. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption “It’s really a team effort (over) here,” he said.Magnolia will come off a Commissioner’s Cup stint where the team’s playoff run was cut short, but Victolero sees that both ways.“It’s unfortunate because we didn’t make a deep playoff run. But we’re also fortunate because my players got a much-needed break.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU – Jamie Jones had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Sherrand Watson added 17points and seven rebounds as Portland snapped a six-game losing streak with a 87-76 win over Pepperdine on Monday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. Pepperdine’s Jarrad Henry set a school and West Coast Conference record with 11blocked shots. Henry also had ninepoints. Darren Cooper had 16points and 11 rebounds for Portland (7-18, 3-6). The Pilots took a 22-point lead when Watson sank a layup with 10:26 left. Portland ended the first half on a 7-0 run and kicked off the second with a 5-0 spurt. Pepperdine (6-19, 2-7) failed to scored during the last2:55 of the first half and trailed 36-30 at halftime.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — Fire crews from across Grande Prairie County in Alberta had to extinguish a wildfire that erupted in Saskatoon Island Provincial Park over the weekend.According to 2DayFM Grande Prairie, the Wembley Fire Department was called out to battle the wildfire at around 1:30 on Monday afternoon. The fire grew to around 2.5 hectares in size, prompting fire crews to call in backup. Two provincial wildfire crews and two helicopters, as well as firefighters from the Beaverlodge Fire Department, La Glace Fire Department, and County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service.As of 10:00 p.m. Monday, the Wembley Fire Department said that the wildfire has been declared under control. The Fire Department said that there was not a major loss to the park, and that the fire is currently suspected of being human-caused.- Advertisement -Story courtesy 2DayFM Grande Prairie: https://www.mygrandeprairienow.com/39567/crews-fighting-wildfire-in-saskatoon-island-provincial-park/
Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen wants to leave Barcelona and return to England, according to reports in Spain.The defender left north London for the Nou Camp in the summer of 2014 after the Spanish champions splashed out £15m.But since then the Belgian has made just seven league appearances as injuries have prevented him from settling in.And now, according to fichajes.net, Vermaelen is itching for a return to the Premier League.The 30-year-old is confident a club in England will snap him up and Barcelona are willing to listen to offers.Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly interested, as are Southampton and West Ham. 1 Thomas Vermaelen
Los Angeles officials hope the NFL will agree to pay for the Coliseum renovation. Los Angeles, however, isn’t the only Southland area hoping to lure an NFL franchise. Anaheim envisions a stadium near Arrowhead Pond and Angel Stadium, and Pasadena also made a pitch Tuesday for an NFL team. An initiative has qualified for the ballot in Pasadena that would give the NFL the right to play at the Rose Bowl for 25 years in exchange for a $500 million stadium renovation, $500,000 a year in rent and other considerations. Pasadena’s bid, however, is considered a longshot, given the lack of enthusiasm among some city leaders.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to make itself more attractive to NFL owners, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to keep working on design plans and rules for alcohol sales at a renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The council gave the City Attorney, City Legislative Analyst and Administrative Office until May 19 to put the final touches on historic architectural designs, signage plans and an alcohol-sales policy for the stadium, where officials hope to see an National Football League franchise playing by the 2009 season. NFL owners will meet in Denver on May 22-23, when they could decide to grant Los Angeles an existing or expansion team. “This is just the latest first down in our quest to keep the city economically, politically and structurally ready for the return of NFL football,” said Councilman Bernard Parks, who has led the drive to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe Oakland Raiders played at the Coliseum for 13 seasons before returning to Oakland in 1995. That was also the year the Los Angeles Rams, which actually were based in Anaheim, moved to St. Louis. Parks, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, county Supervisor Yvonne Burke and other local leaders made a pitch Tuesday to a committee of NFL owners in Dallas, asking them to return pro football to Los Angeles. The city’s plan calls for building an $800 million, 67,000-seat stadium inside the facade of the historic Coliseum, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics. Parks said he hopes to have a developer in place in June, after the NFL owners signal whether they will grant a team to Los Angeles. The renovated Coliseum would have 200 luxury boxes and 15,000 club seats, according to Parks, who recently had breakfast with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Kyle Walker – 5 – A poor performance from the Spurs full-back, with his crossing noticeably below-par. A questionable defensive performance as well means a low rating for Walker. 14 Joe Hart – 9 – Made a series of wonderful saves, including a world class stop early in the second period, to save England on multiple occasions. Was rightfully named man of the match, as he spared his teammates blushes time and time again. 14 14 14 Danny Rose – 7 – A lively presence down the left flank, but with no real impact upon the game. Still one of the few highlights in the England team 14 14 Theo Walcott – 3 – Offered little on the wing, losing the ball almost every time he looked to break into the box. Another poor international performance from the Arsenal man after a great run of form at club level. Eric Dier – 4 – Gave the ball away once in first half, a major error which led to Slovenia hitting the post. Failed to recover from the indecent, putting in an uncharacteristically shaky performance. Another England game is over, and it was another poor showing from the Three Lions.In the race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Gareth Southgate’s men lost their 100% record in Group F by drawing 0-0 with Slovenia in Ljubljana.And the Three Lions were lucky to come away with a point, as a mistake-ridden performance really should have ended with the hosts claiming victory.Joe Hart was the man to thank for securing the draw, and he rightfully earns talkSPORT’s highest rating for the match.But how did the other players fare?Click the right arrow, above, to see the entire gallery of player ratings from England’s 0-0 draw with Slovenia… Gary Cahill – 4 – Another questionable showing from the Chelsea man, who is in a seriously poor run of form right now. Did not make any glaring errors (as many of his teammates did) but just looked sloppy for the majority of the game. 14 14 Wayne Rooney – 6 – Tried to impact the game, and managed one shot which flew just wide. Did little to suggest he deserves to reclaim his starting role, but the veteran was no worse than the other players on the pitch. 14 John Stones – 4 – After some early scares he failed to settle into the game, as the England defence struggled for composure. Made one glaring error in the second half which led to an Ilicic chance, wasted by the Slovenia star. 14 14 Dele Alli – 7 – A driving force in the middle of the field, but his final ball was lacking. Wasted one glorious chance in the second half with a pass which failed to find Sturridge running through on goal. An average showing from one usually so consistent 14 Daniel Sturridge – 4 – Constantly lost the ball when in possession, and was playing too wide and dropping too deep to record any clear chances. 14 Jordan Henderson – 4 – Did not live up to his billing as Three Lions captain, with a rather aimless showing in midfield. Made a few defensive errors early on, and one seriously poor back-pass in the second half, and failed to influence the game in the way the skipper should. Jesse Lingard – 5 – The lack of width in the game prevented Lingard utilising his biggest strengths. Was forced to try to create play, and really showed up his lack of technical ability at the highest level of the game. Marcus Rashford – N/A – Had too little time on the pitch to impact the game. 14 Andros Townsend – 7 – The best attacking threat in the England ranks, Townsend tried to create opportunities every time he got the ball. Looked to take responsibility of the game, something his teammates did not do.
THE Los Angeles City Council has been grappling with a vexing problem in recent weeks: How to quiet the agitated gadflies at the regular meetings without riling up the already frustrated general public. To that end, the council has limited the time for public speakers at meetings and adopted strict rules of decorum – for the public, not for itself. These insulating actions have not won the council members new fans, especially since their own conduct has chased away everyone but gadflies from their meetings. The latest proposal, from west San Fernando Valley Councilman Dennis Zine, is less punitive but just as ridiculous – to hire an ombudsman to act as a liaison between the public and the council. It’s nice that someone is thinking about helping out the public. Trouble is, though, that Angelenos already have a team of ombudsmen and -women, 15 of them. They are the council members who are supposed to represent the interests of the public in their respective districts as well as look after the city as a whole. Of course, it’s never worked that way. Instead, the council members do a great job of looking after special interests and, with the help of their staffs, looking after their own interests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Zine tacitly acknowledges this with his proposal, which would, in effect, create another level of government to keep the public off the backs of the elected officials. No doubt the ombudsman will need offices and a large staff at high salaries and all the other things everyone at City Hall has come to expect. If council members don’t want to do the job they were elected to do, there’s a simple solution. Quit, and make room for people who do. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!