Other sports team had long ti­tle waits

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The World Se­ries will fin­ish late Wed­nes­day, bring­ing an end to one of the long­est ti­tle droughts in sports.

The Chicago Cubs are try­ing to win their first se­ries since 1908, and the Cleve­land In­di­ans their first since 1948.

They are play­ing Game 7 in Cleve­land.

Here are some other teams and play­ers who had to wait a long time be­tween ma­jor ti­tles.

Bri­tain wins Davis Cup

Andy Mur­ray ended Bri­tain’s wait for the Davis Cup at 79 years when his lob fin­ished off Bel­gium’s David Gof­fin in the fi­nal in Ghent a year ago. Mur­ray, who be­came Bri­tain’s first men’s Wim­ble­don cham­pion in 77 years, starred in its first Davis Cup tri­umph since Fred Perry and Bunny Austin beat Aus­tralia in the 1936 fi­nal, when King Ed­ward VIII wore the crown.

Chelsea

Chelsea won at Bolton 2-0 to cap­ture the English foot­ball ti­tle in 2005, 50 years af­ter its first. In man­ager Jose Mour­inho’s maiden sea­son, Chelsea won with three games to spare. The team’s hall­mark was de­fense and goal­keeper Petr Cech, who kept 25 clean sheets. They con­ceded only 15 goals, and lost just once.

Spain

Spain won the 1964 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship on home soil, beat­ing the Soviet Union in the fi­nal, then flat­tered to de­ceive on soc­cer’s big­gest stages for 44 years un­til Euro 2008. Ger­many was out­classed 1-0 in the fi­nal, and Spain be­gan its reign of foot­ball, also grab­bing the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Real Madrid

When Real Madrid up­set Ju­ven­tus 1-0 in the 1998 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in Am­s­ter­dam, it ended a 32year drought in the com­pe­ti­tion it cher­ishes most. Madrid’s play­ers were past their prime, while Ju­ven­tus tore up the league, in­clud­ing putting six goals past Monaco over two legs in the semi­fi­nals to reach its third straight fi­nal. Madrid’s win didn’t help coach Jupp Heynckes, who was sacked eight days later.

In­dia

The shock 1983 Cricket World Cup tri­umph boosted the sport’s ap­peal in In­dia, but the na­tional team wouldn’t win an­other World Cup for 28 years. In­dia was host in 2011 when it knocked out ti­tle­holder Aus­tralia in the quar­ter­fi­nals, and archri­val Pak­istan in the semis. Be­fore a home TV au­di­ence of 135 mil­lion, In­dia chased down Sri Lanka’s 274 score in the fi­nal with 10 balls to spare.

ALAS­TAIR GRANT — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray, cen­ter, holds up the Davis Cup as the team cel­e­brates af­ter Andy Mur­ray de­feated Bel­gium’s David Gof­fin at the Flan­ders Expo in Ghent, Bel­gium.

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