The Chicago Cubs celebrate after wining game seven of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
The Chicago Cubs celebrate after wining game seven of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians. Gene J. Puskar

Chicago Cubs end 108-year wait for World Series glory

BASEBALL: The year of drought-breaking in world sport has continued, with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.

The Cubs, whose last pennant was in 1908, beat the Indians in Cleveland in game seven to take the series 4-3 after being 3-1 down going into the final two games.

Fittingly the final game went to a 10th inning with the Cubs eventually holding on to win 8-7 after World Series MVP Ben Zobrist's double gave the visitors the go-ahead run.

It almost did not happen. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying homer.

But finally the so-called "curse of the goat" came to an end when the Cubs came out after a 17-minute rain delay at the top of the 10th to score twice.

Cleveland did manage another run to keep Cubs fans on the edge of their seats but the Indians were unable to end their own 68-year wait for a title.

The Cubs' win came on the back of a number of drought-breaking wins in other sports around the world in 2016.

First Leicester City stunned the football world for a first top-flight crown in 132 years of trying, before the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA title since joining the league in 1970.

The Hurricanes won a first Super Rugby title in their 20 years of existence, and then Australian sporting history was changed with first the Western Bulldogs winning their first AFL/VFL flag since 1954 before the Cronulla Sharks won a maiden rugby league title since their inception in 1967.

2016 TITLE DROUGHT-BREAKERS

Leicester City (English Premier League) - 132 years

Chicago Cubs (Major League Baseball) - 108 years

Western Bulldogs (AFL) - 62 years

Cronulla Sharks (NRL) - 49 years

Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) - 46 years

Hurricanes (Super Rugby) - 20 years



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