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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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Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Everywhere the Cleveland Indians go, so go team mascot Chief Wahoo and the logo that critics slam as derogatory.

The Indians are in the 2016 World Series and, as expected, some Native American groups immediately planned protests against the team's use of the Chief Wahoo logo. The Cleveland American Indian Movement, for instance, has posted a call to rally against the mascot on its website.

"The World Series begins in Cleveland this Tuesday, October 25,” it reads. “Join Cleveland American Indian Movement and the Native community as we gather at the stadium in protest of Cleveland Baseball's use of the ‘Indians’ team name and the despicable ‘Wahoo’ logo. Newspapers and broadcasters from around the world will be there, so now is the time to let your voice be heard!”

The logo's grinning face, which critics have compared to the kinds of racist images used to dehumanize Jews and African-Americans, became the primary face of the team just before it won its most recent World Series championship back in 1948, according to Chris Creamer’s
The mascot, with its cherry-red skin and iconic grin that appeared to convey some combination of naughtiness and foolishness, eventually evolved into Chief Wahoo.

The battle to stop the usage of Wahoo, which bears certain similarities to the struggle to get the Washington Redskins of the NFL to shed their name, has already seeped into the team's electric performance in the playoffs, casting a small shadow over its success.

Douglas Cardinal, a Native American activist who lives in Canada, failed in his efforts to bar the Indians from using their name and logo prior to Game 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays after an Ontario judge blocked his legal challenge.

MLB acknowledged Cardinal's criticism of the mascot while trying to keep the issue out of court by saying that the league welcomes “a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue to address these concerns outside the context of litigation.”

But the very public pushback against the team’s name and Wahoo logo is unlikely to go away any time soon. Several op-ed articles about Wahoo have run prior to the start of the series, and for decades, Jerry Howarth, the team's radio play-by-play voice, has refused to say the name “Indians” when calling games.

Sundance, the executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement, and a member of the Muscogee people, has been protesting both the team's name and logo since 1970, and called Wahoo "a symbol of genocide," referring to the often-brutal colonization of Native American land by European settlers.

He noted that Wahoo's face is a caricature, a kind of portrayal that is frequently used to "highlight deficiencies" in others.

"Wahoo is smiling," Sundance said, "which to me is a sign that he's approving of everything that's happening. But as a native person I don't approve. What we're talking about is the representation of the original people of this land by their colonizers."

As the 2016 regular season approached, the team’s owner, Paul Dolan announced that the team’s primary logo would be a “C,” but that it was not abandoning Chief Wahoo. Indeed, as Deadspin noted, the team has chosen to wear the Wahoo version of the caps throughout the playoffs so far.

"I'm not interested in being someone's good luck charm," Sundance said of the playoff run.

Sundance said he is a baseball fan, and that he looks forward to the day when he can watch the Cleveland team without seeing the name Indians, or Chief Wahoo's face. ABC News reached out to the team's front office regarding its decision to use the Wahoo logo, but did not immediately receive a response. Major League also did not immediately respond with a comment about the controversy.

The timing of the Indians' return to the Fall Classic, and the controversy surrounding their name and logo, carries an added degree of weight right now because of ongoing protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipleline.

Sundance said that the issues surrounding Wahoo and the protests at Standing Rock are related.

"We need to be allowed to have control of our own identity," he said.
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Desiree Navarro/WireImage(FOXBORO, Mass.) — The Rolling Stones performed an exclusive private event hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Tuesday night in front of a super-exclusive crowd.

Kraft, 75, was joined at the VIP party by guests including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and designer Tommy Hilfiger, according to photos posted on social media.

Kraft arrived to the event dressed to impress in a formal suit and tie with his signature fashion trademark, sneakers.

Mick Jagger and the rest of the band reportedly earned millions for the one-night-only exclusive gig. A seven-figure fee is on par with what singers like Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey reportedly earn for performing private concerts for world leaders.

Kraft has planned other elaborate parties in the past, like last year's Super Bowl after-party in which he went on stage to dance with rapper Rick Ross. The Pats owner also threw his team a Cape Cod cookout.

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Amana Images/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians gave their hometown fans a show Tuesday night, defeating the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series.

The Indians scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the fourth and three in the eighth off of 10 hits, while their defense held the Cubs scoreless despite seven hits before a sold-out crowd of over 38,000.

It’s the first World Series appearance by Cleveland since 1997, while Chicago hasn’t played a World Series game in 71 years.

Game 2 of the series begins Wednesday night at 7:08 p.m. ET, again in Cleveland.

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


Cleveland 6, Chicago Cubs 0 (Game 1)


Cleveland 117,  NY Knicks 88
Portland 113, Utah 104
San Antonio 129, Golden State 100


Pittsburgh 3, Florida 3
Minnesota 5, Boston 0
New Jersey 5, Arizona 3
Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 3
Detroit 4, Carolina 2
Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
Calgary 4, St. Louis 1
Dallas 3, Winnipeg 2
San Jose 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)
Ottawa 3, Vancouver 0
L.A. Kings 3. Columbus 2 (OT)

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Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Medical Examiner's office says a fan died early Tuesday after suffering a fall at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Monday night.

The man fell from a height of 60 feet from a stairway railing near the escalators at the north end of the stadium and was rushed to the Denver Medical center, where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred following the Denver Broncos’ 27-9 win over the Houston Texans.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- History in the making is scheduled Tuesday night in Cleveland as the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians face off in Game 1 of the World Series. While both teams look to break their losing streaks, Cleveland fans will play host to a celebration unlike any the city has ever seen.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 NBA championship banner and ring ceremony is set to commence at the Quicken Loans Arena nearly half an hour before the first pitch of the Indians' first World Series game since 1997, just steps away from the entrance of Progressive Field.

Cleveland, a city often mocked as "the mistake by the lake," finally took home their first NBA Championship title when the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors last season.

The Indians haven't had a World Series win since 1948, but the Cubs have been dubbed the lovable losers after a century-old dry spell. Their last World Series title was in 1908.

In the last 50 years however, Chicago has racked up 11 major sports championships while Cleveland has earned just one.

For a city with a long losing streak, Tuesday night will be a big celebration for everyone in the host city and both teams have shown their support for one another as the NBA season kicks off and the MLB season comes to a close.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Giants kicker Josh Brown released a statement Tuesday apologizing for the frenzy caused by the release of his hand-written journals that detailed his abusive relationship with his former wife, Molly Brown.

"I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way," Brown said.

Brown said that he has "taken measures to get help" and said "it's important to share" that he never "struck" his wife "and never would."

"Abuse takes many forms," he added.

"The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life," Brown continued. "My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man."

Hours after he released his statement, Brown was released by the Giants.

The #Giants have released Kicker Josh Brown

— New York Giants (@Giants) October 25, 2016

Last Friday, Brown was placed on the commissioner exempt list, a form of paid suspension in the NFL. He will not be fighting his placement on the list, ESPN reported, and he did not travel with the Giants to London for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFL announced last week that it was reopening the investigation into Brown after a Washington state sheriff's office released a trove of documents in which he admitted to abusing his then-wife.

"I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave," Brown wrote in one letter. "I carried an overwhelming sense of entitlement because I put money higher than God and I used it as a power tool."

Brown was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault in May 2015 after an incident with his wife, according to a police report from the King County's Sheriff's Office in Washington state. It appears Brown is no longer facing charges.

Molly Brown said in a statement last week that the release of the documents had been "very traumatic."

The NFL said it had already conducted its own investigation earlier this year and had suspended Brown for one game for violation of the league's conduct policy. The league said it "made repeated attempts" to obtain "any and all evidence and relevant information" regarding Brown's case.

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Lyft(NEW YORK) -- The latest undercover Lyft driver is Rob Gronkowski.

In a video from the ride-sharing service that aired on ABC News' Good Morning America Tuesday, the tight end for the New England Patriots disguises himself in a pair of wigs and drives unsuspecting passengers around New England while schooling them on a number of topics, including astrophysics, Tom Brady’s grooming habits and, of course, football.

Waxing enthusiastically about his “man crush” on Brady, he tells a passenger that he’s the “biggest fan ever” and wanted to meet the Patriots’ quarterback.

“Yeah, but he’s married, so he’s like, off-limits, you know,” his female passenger advised.

“I mean, I’m not trying to get with him,” Gronkowski replied. “I mean, I just want to meet him.”

They also chat about Brady’s new haircut and what kind of body lotion the quarterback might use.

Gronkowski even discusses himself with another passenger, saying, “What if you met Rob Gronkowski?”

“I have met him,” the passenger replies. “Yeah, he’s a great guy.”

And the end of each ride, Gronkowski, 27, reveals himself to his stunned and delighted passengers, then spikes a football with them.

Gronkowski is the latest in a line of sports stars to pose as Lyft drivers. Others include Richard Sherman, Jerry Rice and Shaquille O’Neal.

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DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One way or the other, the 2016 World Series winner will make history.

The Chicago Cubs, with an army of electric young position players that emerged through the team's farm system, like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Javier Baez, haven't won a World Series since 1908.

The Indians, who have prospered this postseason with dominant pitching from ace Corey Kluber and reliever Andrew Miller, haven't won since 1948.

It's no secret that baseball fans like to obsess over numbers. But these numbers -- the decades since these teams have won World Series championships -- drive home just how much America has changed over the spans of time. For the Cubs, it's been 108 years since victory and, for the Indians, it's been 68 years. Here's how life compared in their triumphant years.


The last time the Cubs won the World Series, Wrigley Field didn't yet exist. The team's beloved home stadium was first constructed in 1914 under the name Weeghman Park. The Cubs hosted their first game there on April 20, 1916.

By 1921, William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum magnate, had acquired the Cubs. The stadium was called Cubs Park from 1920 through 1926.

Wrigley Field, a popular Chicago tourist attraction and a landmark associated with baseball's rich cultural past, wasn't given that name until 1927.

Today, the Cubs have a strong following throughout the country, in part because of their ties to baseball's history and in part because of their identity as lovable losers. Ratings for the series are supposed to be strong because of this fandom.

Cubs fans now live in states that didn't exist in 1908. The modern-day Cubs play their Spring Training games in Mesa, Arizona, where they have a strong residual following. But Arizona didn't achieve statehood until 1912, four years after they won their last title. New Mexico achieved statehood the same year and Alaska and Hawaii joined in 1959.

The concept of Spring Training itself, however, did exist: historians point to organized camps for players existing as long ago as 1870.

Like 2016, the year 1908 was an election year. Republican candidate William Howard Taft and Democrat William Jennings Bryan squared off against one another in the general election over issues that bear little resemblance to our current discussion -- like which candidate was best suited to carry out the reformist policies of the incredibly popular president, Teddy Roosevelt. Taft ultimately won the race by a comfortable margin that year due to his popularity in the business community.

But some elements of the race hold strange similarities: Eugene Debs, a candidate for the Socialist Party, and a hero of the American labor movement, has been cited frequently as an influence by Democratic Party challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The 1908 crowd paid around a quarter to see the Cubs play, an amount that by today's standards would be closer to six dollars. These days, the average ticket costs somewhere close to eight times the inflated version of that price.

Still, it pales in comparison to how much fans are willing to pay to see the 2016 World Series. The cost of some Game One tickets on StubHub were going for upwards of $6,000 as of Monday.


Two major wars, World War I and World War II, separate the last Cubs title from the last Indians title. The latter's victory took place in a cultural atmosphere forged by the state of the nations after World War II. President Truman signed the Marshall Plan in 1948, giving billions of dollars of aid to help repair Western Europe in the wake of World War II, and a new agency called the CIA was working on the front lines of what would soon become known as the Cold War.

Today, fans take for granted that speedy left-fielder Rajai Davis plays for the 2016 Indians. But the odds of him playing in 1948 would have been slim, given that the league only had three black players at that time. One of those three was Larry Doby, who starred for the 1948 Indians with an on base percentage of .384 in what would be his first full season.

This year, Dexter Fowler, who is similar to Doby in his patient approach to the plate and propensity to draw walks, will become the first black player to represent the Chicago Cubs in a World Series.

1948 was, like 1908 and 2016, also an election year. The result of that election is considered to be among the more stunning upsets in presidential history, when Democratic incumbent Harry Truman held on to defeat Republican Gov. Thomas Dewey of New York. The election gave rise to the infamous headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN", which was published on election night after the Chicago Daily Tribune assumed a Dewey victory to be in the bag.

Today, election coverage is considered to be much more scientific, but mistakes are still made and the lesson remains.

Tickets to sit in the grandstands of the old Cleveland Stadium cost as little as $6 dollars during the 1948 World Series, according to ticket stubs for sale as souvenirs on eBay. But it was not the only way to watch the game. The first televised World Series game occurred one year prior on September 30, 1947 when the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Very few fans had television sets back then. But today, people watch the game on television by the tens of millions.

That number doesn't include all the additional fans who will watch on through a variety of different mobile devices that would have seemed like science fiction to fans living in 1948 -- or for that matter 1908.
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