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DAJ/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- The pennant from the last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series in 1948 has been missing for more than 67 years, prompting some fans to blame the missing memorabilia for The Tribe's lack of championship wins since it was last seen.

The whereabouts of the pennant have been a topic of legend in Major League Baseball. On Sept. 23, 1949, after the Indians were knocked out of contention for that year's World Series, then-owner Bill Veeck concocted an idea to take advantage of the "lovely championship hangover" and boost revenue, Indians curator Jeremy Feador told He held an elaborate funeral for the flag.

The pennant was placed in a casket and had a horse-drawn funeral hearse from the 1800s, Feador said. It was buried behind the fence in the outfield at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, with Indians players serving as pallbearers. The grave for the pennant even had a headstone that said "1949 Champs," historical photos show.

As time went on, Indians fans began to forget about the pennant. No one has seen it since it was buried, Feador said. But he has a few theories on what could have happened to it.

The 14-by-20-foot pennant could have been dug up in the 1990s and mistaken for garbage when ground broke for FirstEnergy Stadium, built to replace Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Feader thinks it could be in a landfill somewhere or in the basement of a fan who's just waiting for the "right time" to unveil it.

Many Indians fans say the missing pennant is the reason why it's been 68 years since The Tribe won a World Series, ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported.

Baseball and superstition go hand-in-hand, as Chicago Cubs fans also know well. The Cubs are currently trying to defeat the Curse of the Billy Goat, which legend says was imposed upon the team the last time they appeared in a World Series -- in 1945.

The city of Cleveland celebrated another one of its winning teams on Monday -- the Cavaliers, who won the NBA championship in June.

"It would be like Dan Gilbert right now taking the Cavs' pennant down and burying it underneath Quickenloans if they don't make it to the playoffs this year," Feador told WEWS.

The Indians last played in the World Series in 1997, though they didn't win. They have won twice before: first in 1920 and last in 1948. The only signage at FirstEnergy Stadium now that signifies their last World Series win is a small sign with the numbers "1948" printed on it.

The Indians play the Cubs in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series on Friday at 8:08 p.m. at Wrigley Field. The teams are currently tied in the series at 1-1.

Feador is asking fans to look for additional memorabilia from the Indians' 1948 World Series win that they may not even know they have.

"There's probably a lot of stuff out there that we don't know about, but I would love to hear about," he said. "So check your attics, check your basements, ask your family."

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

San Antonio 102, Sacramento 94
L.A. Clippers 114, Portland  106
Atlanta 114, Washington 99
Chicago 105, Boston 99


L.A. Kings 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
San Jose 3, Columbus 1
Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 2
Arizona 5, Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 4, Buffalo 0
Toronto 3, Florida 2
Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 1
Winnipeg 4, Dallas 1
Detroit 2, St. Louis 1 (2OT)

(25) Virginia Tech 39, Pittsburgh 36

Tennessee 36, Jacksonville 22

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Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- He's healthy enough to hit, but Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber was no cleared to play in the outfield during the World Series.

Schwarber missed almost all of the regular season with a torn ACL.

The big hitter returned to the Cubs lineup as a designated hitter for the first two games of the World Series, but with the next three games played at Wrigley Field, the designated hitter won't be in play. And on Thursday, team president Theo Epstein said doctors did not clear him to play the field.

Schwarber tried to argue for clearance, Epstein said, but the team opted to look out for his long-term health.

Schwarber admitted that it was always a long shot that he would play in the field this series. "There's no being sad about it. There's no nothing. I know my role now, and I'm going to embrace it."

His Game One double made Schwarber the first position player in MLB history to get his first hit of the season in the World Series. "I'm living the dream," he said. "We're playing in the World Series. What else could you ask for? I'm just going to keep riding the wave until it ends."

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Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(DENVER) -- Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson could be out for a while after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Anderson suffered damage to the meniscus in his right knee. The extent of the damage would be determined during the surgery.

ESPN says a full meniscus tear could cost Anderson the remainder of the Broncos' season, while a partial tear could see him return in four or five weeks.

An MRI Anderson had done on Wednesday revealed no tear of his ACL.

Anderson suffered the injury late in the first quarter of the Broncos' Monday night win over the Houston Texans. Anderson returned to the game eight plays later, however, and finished with 16 carries for 107 rushing yards.

Rookie Devontae Booker is expected to start on Sunday in Anderson's place.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Chicago got their own back Wednesday night in Cleveland, winning Game 2 of the World Series with a solid 5-1 victory.

The Cubs' scoring action was limited to the first five innings, scoring a single run in the first, a run in the third, and three runs in the fifth -- the last courtesy of a bases-loaded walk -- off a total nine hits.  The Indians’ sole run was earned in the sixth inning on one of only four hits, an effort not helped by two errors.

The series now stands tied at 1-1, following Cleveland’s opening game 6-0 shutout.

Both teams enjoy a breather Thursday night before meeting again Friday for Game 3 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers' rookie class traded their football uniforms Tuesday for Halloween costumes to visit families at a local children’s hospital.

The 11 members of the Panthers’ rookie class spent nearly two hours visiting kids one-on-one and partaking in Halloween traditions like pumpkin carving with patients at the Levine Children’s Hospital at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Halloween visit from rookies is a 13-year tradition for the Panthers. Just before the event each year, the team lays out costumes in the visitors' locker room as they would football uniforms on game days.

The players then each pick out their own costume.

“You’ve got these world-class athletes and within 15 minutes the locker room has been transformed into this place of costumed characters,” Riley Fields, the Panthers' director of community relations, told ABC News.

This year, the team’s top draft pick, defensive tackle Vernon Butler, dressed as what the team called a “Super Toddler.” Former Duke University standout Jeremy Cash dressed as Captain America, while Oklahoma alumnus picked a Mr. Incredible costume.

Cornerback James Bradberry dressed as Spider-man, particularly bonding with one young patient who was more impressed with his costume than with Bradberry’s NFL stats.

“I’m just Spider-man today, so I get to influence them by being a superhero,” Bradberry told “He didn’t really care about who I was as a person, but he wanted me to be Spider-man, so that’s who I was.”

The players also handed out candy to children on four floors of the hospital and delivered treats like Panthers hats and signed footballs.

“The guys really understand what their role is for that day, to bring needed diversion to families in challenging circumstances,” Fields said. “We’ll bring Halloween to them.”

The outing also helps the rookies bond, according to Fields.

“They’re all trying to make adjustments to life in the NFL so when you can provide time for them to share together, it really helps,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Singer Sevyn Streeter says the Philadelphia 76ers pulled her at the last minute from performing the national anthem at the team's season opener over a "We Matter" jersey.

Sevyn posted a short video to Twitter talking about the incident at the match-up between the 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I'm at the 76ers game singing the National Anthem and the organization is telling me I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey," Sevyn said.

Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey

— Sevyn (@sevyn) October 27, 2016

The 76ers organization sent the following statement to Action News, a local ABC affiliate:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

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

Chicago Cubs 5, Cleveland 1 (Game 2, series tied 1-1)

Sacramento 113, Phoenix 94
L.A. Lakers 120, Houston 114
Indiana 130, Dallas 121 (OT)
Miami 108, Orlando 96
Boston 122, Brooklyn 117
Toronto 109, Detroit 91
Oklahoma City 103, Philadelphia 97
Memphis 102, Minnesota 98
Charlotte 107, Milwaukee 96
Denver 107, New Orleans 102

Anaheim 6, Nashville 1
Edmonton 4, Washington 1
Montreal 3, N.Y. Islanders 2
N.Y. Rangers 5, Boston 2

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Mike Marsland/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Michael Phelps has taken the plunge.

According to a record of marriage obtained by ABC News, the Olympic gold medalist wed former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson in Paradise Valley, Ariz. on June 13.

A rep for Phelps has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Phelps and Johnson, both 31, announced their engagement in February 2015. They welcomed their son, Boomer, this past May, and a few months later, Johnson brought the baby to Rio to cheer on Phelps at Olympics. Having his family on-hand was an emotional experience, Phelps said.

“When I got out of the warm-up pool for the last time to get ready to go up to the blocks, I have the white shoes that I wore pretty much every finals,” he told ABC News. “In the left foot, there's a footprint of him, inside of my shoe, and I put my shoe on and I looked down at it and I started to get emotional because I knew he was in the stands."

“Being able to have our first child witness my last Olympics ever, my last ever, I mean, it's just dream come true after dream come true,” he added.

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Image Source Pink/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Adorable 4-month-old twin babies, named Clark and Addison after the famous cross streets outside of the home of the Chicago Cubs, have been dubbed the long-struggling baseball team's good luck charms this season.

Fraternal twins Addison, a girl, and Clark, her brother, were born on June 27 and named after the intersection right outside of Wrigley Field.

Shortly after the twins came into the world, the Cubs made it to the World Series for the first time in 71 year, and their parents soon called the newborns the team's good luck charms.

"I grew up watching the Cubs with my grandfather for as long as I can remember," Scott McFarland, Addison and Clark's father and a "life-long" Cubs fan, told ABC News on Wednesday. "It has been a lifelong hope that they would win a pennant, which happened last night."

"My grandfather had to wait 71 years to see a World Series. I had to wait 33, and my kids only had to wait 4 months," McFarland joked.

McFarland said a friend suggested the names as an idea and "it kind of stuck."

"We thought the Cubs needed all the help they could get," McFarland added.

The family currently lives in Springfield, Illinois, but McFarland said he is bringing the twins to Chicago on Saturday to watch the game. McFarland said they do not have tickets but they are hoping to be able to bring Clark and Addison to one of the games at Wrigley.

"I never really anticipated it happening in my lifetime," McFarland said of the Cubs making it to the World Series. "I think they're still the favorites to win, which is even better."

Amber McFarland, the mother of the twins, told ABC News, "I never would have thought anything like this would happen even after naming them Addison and Clark. We just fell in love with the names and the connection with the Chicago Cubs," adding that she thought Addison and Clark "just seemed to match twins that were a boy and girl."

Amber McFarland was originally a White Sox fan, but Scott McFarland said he converted her shortly after they started dating and he took her to Wrigley Field.

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