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Hours later, it still hasnt sunk in.The Chicago Cubs won the World Series.Far from the crazy crowds of Wrigleyville, much less Progressive Field in Cleveland, Rich and I watched the game on his bridge-of-the-Enterprise-sized TV.Beer and pizza, pretzels, chips and salsa, family coming and going, the dogs begging for scraps. Like hundreds of other Bears or Cubs games over the years.Except the stakes were so much higher. Down three games to one, the Cubs fought back to even the series, and this one game was bigger than any other in our lifetimes. Or our parents lifetimes. Or our grandparents lifetimes.Comparisons to the Super Bowl dont cut it. The World Series is so much longer, so much more drawn out, so full of dramas large and small, internal to the particular moment (Schwarber!) and connected to all the teams history (108 years since Tinker and Evers and Chance won it all).This final contest of 2016 showed why baseball is such a maddening -- or perhaps in this case, Maddoning -- game.Two runs score on a single wild pitch?An unhittable closer blows a three-run lead ... and gets the win?A rookie pinch-runner tags up and goes to second on a fly ball to right-center and later scores the go-ahead run in extra innings? The Cubs have four catchers on their roster; one starts at DH and gets three hits, and each of the others has a hit and an RBI?The mind reels. After Rajai Davis brought the Tribe back to tie the game at 6, every Cubs fan in the world shared a single thought:Here we go again.We prepared to dissect, if not eviscerate, Maddons every mad move. Taking Hendricks out when every baserunner hed allowed had been on an error by Gold Glove-worthy Javy Baez? Bringing Lester in with a man on base? Then taking Lester out when he too seemed dominant, and bringing Chapman into a dirty inning?Dirty didnt begin to describe the language we were using as the tarp was brought out for the 17-minute rain delay.Unbeknownst to us, Jason Heyward was earning some of his free-agent millions with a weight-room pep talk, focusing his teammates on being what they were: the best team in baseball all year.But an entire baseball season can come down to a single inning, a single at-bat, a single pitch, and sometimes the better team doesnt win.This time, it did.Kris Bryant grinned as he scooped up Michael Martinezs soft ground ball -- the kind of dinky, weak ball in play that the Indians had repeatedly gotten on base or driven in runs with in this series.And as quickly as you can say, 5-3 putout, the Cubs won the World Series.We were really too stunned to smile. The torture of that blown three-run lead still dominated our emotions. Instead of the five-outs-from-the-World-Series moment of the 2003 NLCS, this turning point came four outs away from a world championship. No scapegoats out there for nonsense curse narratives, just the strongest arm in baseball serving up a homer to a guy who hadnt hit one in months.Cubs fans, wed all been there before, and we anticipated the pain of losing after such a great season, and of hearing about it forever.Then the worst somehow didnt happen.The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions.What now? A huge rally, probably Friday, will fill the streets of Chicago with blue-clad fans, long-suffering and bandwagon jumpers alike.Me? Im already looking ahead.In 150 days, the Cubs open the 2017 campaign at St. Louis to begin their quest to defend their title. Time to repeat, just like in 1907 and 08.A week later, well return to Section 416 for the home opener against the Dodgers, and watch the Cubs hoist their World Series pennant over Wrigley Field.By then, it will have sunk in. 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Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Just last month, Joe DeCamillis, the Denver Broncos special teams coach, vehemently defended the NFL rule that allows players to leap over the snapper to block a field goal or extra point attempt so long as any contact is incidental.DeCamillis shared his thoughts after Arizona coach Bruce Arians complained about Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagners leaping block of a 39-yard field goal attempt in a frustrating 6-6 tie.The reason that is a prevalent play in my opinion is because of what theyve done to field goals as far as your restrictions in trying to block things, DeCamillis said. The way people are doing it now, they bury their heads and they cut block you so you cant go through them. The only way to get a field goal blocked, against certain teams, is to go over top.He begged the leagues gatekeepers to keep this particular gate open and not to succumb to the notion that its an unsafe play.In my opinion, I think it would be a mistake to take that play out, DeCamillis said. I think you have to play it on the other side. I think the more you make things easy on people, the less coaching is involved.The antidote, he said, was the same mantra coaches tell kids from the time they first strap on shoulder pads and a helmet: Heads up!The snapper has to see whats happening, DeCamillis said, adding teams have to vary their snap count to keep opponents from timing their leap just right.Theres things you have to do, in my opinion, for that to not happen to you, DeCamillis said. I just think its another thing that doesnt need to be taken out of the game. I dont see thats any bigger of a deal with safety than any other play thats going on, a receiver going across the middle, whatever it is.The Broncos (7-3) pulled off the perfect block Sunday when the Saints lined up for the potential game-winning extra point. New Orleans (4-5) had just tied the game at 23 on Drew Brees 32-yard TD toss to Brandon Cooks with 1:22 remaining.Justin Simmons timed his leap perfectly, cleared seventh-year long snapper Justin Dresher and blocked Wil Lutzs kick. Fellow rookie safety Will White Shoes Parks scooped up the football and raced 84 yards for the first game-winning defensive 2-point conversion in NFL history.Im just glad he had the right cleats on, safety Darrian Stewart said. I think thats what saved us.The play was upheld because officials couldnt determine whether Parks stepped out of bounds as his white cleats blended in with the white sideline and no CBS angles were available to prove otherwise.Twitter blew up with fans wondering if Parks had gone out of bounds or whether it was even legal for Simmons to leap the snapper or for defensive lineman Jared Crick to push the snapper toward the ground just as Simmons jumped over him.Dean Blandino, the NFLs senior vice presiddent of officiating, said it was all legal .ddddddddddddBlandino explained that Simmons cleared the line without using his hands or arms and didnt land on a player, so his action is legal.Cricks was, too. Lined up over the right guard, he twists at the snap and pushes the snapper toward the ground.Thats legal, open-hand push: legal, Blandino said. If there was a grab and a pull, that would be defensive holding. This is a similar concept as an offensive lineman blocking a defensive player. If he can get up on top of that defensive player and push him toward the ground its legal versus grabbing and pulling him.Then, the return.There was a question as to whether the defender steps out of bounds with the right foot at about the Saints 35-yard line. White shoe, white sideline, very difficult to tell from all available angles, Blandino said. ... We need something looking right down the line from either end zone, thats going to be your best look. And unfortunately, we just dont get that look.It looks like the foot could be out but you just cant tell, Blandino said, adding, Its important to remember in replay, were not re-officiating the play. Replay is designed ... to fix obvious mistakes. And if its not an obvious mistake, then the call on the field must stand.NBC affiliate WDSU had an end zone angle of Parks racing down the Saints sideline but even that was inconclusive.Coach Gary Kubiak gave game balls to Simmons and DeCamillis in the jubilant locker room.Also Sunday, two big-time quarterbacks called out their respective teams following demoralizing losses that continued monthlong slumps by two of the early-season Super Bowl favorites.After Zeke Elliotts 32-yard touchdown sprint in the closing seconds gave Dallas a 35-30 win over Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger said the Steelers, who havent won since Oct. 9, were undisciplined and not accountable. Pressed for specifics, he said, Just a feel.Following Green Bays 47-25 loss at Tennessee, the Packers fourth in five games, Aaron Rodgers criticized his teams focus and energy for the second straight week.There has to be that healthy fear as a player that if you dont do your job theyll get rid of you, Rodgers said. So, I think weve all got to go back and the urgency has got to pick up, the focus has to pick up and we got to play better.Such comments by the quarterback can galvanize a team, but Roethlisberger and Rodgers also risk losing the locker room for the home stretch with their teams just one game out of first in their division.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ' ' '

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