• In this March 26, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber leaves the batter's box during the team's spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Mesa, Ariz. Schwarber could return for the Cubs if they make it to the World Series. The Cubs had ruled Schwarber out for the year after he tore two ligaments in his left knee during an outfield collision in April. But a couple of positive medical reports led the team to activate the catcher/outfielder from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday so it could check him out in the Arizona Fall League. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

    Cubs pondering World Series return for slugger Schwarber

    CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber smiled and held his arms in the air, his teammates spraying him with champagne. The Chicago Cubs had just won their first NL pennant in 71 years, and the slugger was at the heart of the party.

  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester reacts after getting out of the seventh inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Baez, Lester share NLCS MVP award

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs ace Jon Lester and second baseman Javier Baez are the co-MVPs for the NL Championship Series.

  • A Chicago-area man sits in the same seat that Steve Bartman had for Game 6 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. Providing only his first name and very few details, Bryan said he knew ahead of time he was sitting in the same spot Bartman made famous during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, and he was just excited to root on the Cubs as they tried for their first pennant since 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago man excited to root on Cubs from Bartman’s seat

    CHICAGO (AP) — The man walked down the aisle and put his stuff on the most notorious seat in Wrigley Field. His wife waited somewhere else, avoiding the scene for the moment.

  • In this April 10, 2014 file photo, scoreboard operators Fred Washington, right, and Brian Helmus look out to the field from inside of the scoreboard at Wrigley Field during a baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in Chicago. Fred Washington is retiring from his job as a Wrigley Field scoreboard operator, and he is hoping to finish his career in the World Series, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

    Retiring Wrigley Field scoreboard operator has seen it all

    CHICAGO (AP) — Fred Washington has been surrounded by numbers and cities for decades. Seasons full of ones and twos and zeroes. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Milwaukee, too.

  • Chicago Blackhawks's Marian Hossa acknowledges the crowd's applause after scoring his 500th career goal, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Hossa’s 500th goal helps Blackhawks beat Flyers 7-4

    CHICAGO (AP) — Marian Hossa scored his 500th career goal, Artem Anisimov snapped a third-period tie with his first score of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 on Tuesday night.