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Chicago Cubs players celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. (Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports)

The wait ’til next year is finally over. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions.

Ending more than a century of flops, futility and frustration, the Cubs won their first title since 1908, outlasting the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings of a Game 7 thriller early Thursday.

Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying home run.

But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th.

Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double and Miguel Montero singled home a run to make it 8-6. Davis then delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half of the 10th, but Mike Montgomery closed it out for Chicago — and the celebration was on.

Blue-clad Cubs fans filled nearly the entire lower deck behind the Chicago dugout at Progressive Field, singing “Go! Cubs! Go!”

Manager Joe Maddon’s team halted the longest title drought in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948 but lost the last two games of the Series at home.

World Series favorites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season. The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their loyal fans — barely.

(Associated Press)

How They Scored:

i1st Inning Fowler homered to center (410 feet). Chicago 1, Cleveland 0


i-13rd Inning Santana singled to right, Crisp scored. Chicago 1, Cleveland 1


i4th Inning Russell hit sacrifice fly to center, Bryant scored, Zobrist to second. Chicago 2, Cleveland 1


i4th Inning Contreras doubled to deep center, Zobrist scored. Chicago 3, Cleveland 1


i5th Inning Báez homered to right center (408 feet). Chicago 4, Cleveland 1


i5th Inning Rizzo singled to right, Bryant scored, Rizzo to second advancing on throw. Chicago 5, Cleveland 1


i-15th Inning Kipnis and Santana scored on Lester’s wild pitch. Chicago 5, Cleveland 3


i6th Inning Ross homered to center (406 feet). Chicago 6, Cleveland 3


i-18th Inning Guyer doubled to right center, Ramírez scored. Chicago 6, Cleveland 4


i-18th Inning Davis homered to left (364 feet), Guyer scored. Chicago 6, Cleveland 6


i10th Inning Zobrist doubled to left, Almora Jr. scored, Rizzo to third. Chicago 7, Cleveland 6


i10th Inning Montero singled to left, Rizzo scored, Zobrist to third, Russell to second. Chicago 8, Cleveland 6


i-110th Inning Davis singled to center, Guyer scored. Chicago 8, Cleveland 7

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