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SOLDIER FIELD, Chicago -- Ireland coach Joe Schmidt put their historic victory over the All Blacks down to the strength of character in their heroic side.Ireland hadnt beaten the All Blacks in 111 years until they met under the Chicago sun on Saturday afternoon in Soldier Field and though they had limited time together in the week building up to the Test, Schmidt said they stuck to the tried and tested to secure their history-making triumph.I hoped that was coming -- the players determined that it did arrive, Schmidt said. The All Blacks were missing a number of second-rows and that allowed us access to the game and gave us the position we needed to put pressure on.They got a few injuries during the game and when you have a loose-forward on the wing that gave us a bit of confidence. Over the half the lads were playing PRO12 rugby last weekend and to click everything together as quickly as we could was great and we tried to have some consistency with previous combinations to be as cohesive as possible. Sometimes its character more than cohesion and that was evident today.The victory wasnt without its nervous spells. The All Blacks came storming back in the second half in a manner reminiscent to their fightback in 2013 when they turned Irelands 19-0 lead on its head to win in the last play of the game in Dublin.Those memories wouldve been in the back of the Ireland players minds but they stuck together with the bench giving them a fresh impetus in front of thousands of Irish fans at Soldier Field.Schmidt said Chicago will always be a special place for us and the game had added significance as it was Irelands first Test since the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley.The team paid tribute to the late, great Foley by forming a No.8 to face the haka. A lot has been done to pay tribute to Axel, said captain Rory Best.It is the national teams first time together since his passing and we felt it was the right thing to do and we put the Munster boys at the front to lead it. It was our way as a national team to show a mark of respect to Axel.Best added that the win was in part down to the amount of off-field work the team did this week due to their lack of training sessions.Thereve been a lot of great teams and players and we havent been clinical enough to finish it. We lost it in the last quarter in 2013 but the subs came on with Joey and the front-row gave us a platform. All of that contributed and we are a tight group, we did a lot of homework.Ireland will celebrate the triumph in Chicago on Saturday night and on the plane back home on Sunday with Schmidt saying they will lift their self-imposed alcohol ban. But Best knows it will soon be back to business as usual with Canada lying in wait next weekend.You have to take a moment when you create history -- knowing Joe itll be a brief moment, Best said. Its quite hard to sit here and its a massive mark of respect for the All Blacks that it means so much to us.Theyre such a quality side and theyve shown it this season. To break our duck against that quality of side is massive for us and we want to celebrate that. But we have to be humble to have that respect for them. Nike Air Force 1 Cheap China . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. Air Force 1 Clearance Sale . 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But those days are over. This is a new Cleveland -- city of champions.The Cavs flipped that tired sports script, storming back from a 3-1 deficit to shock the 73-win Golden State Warriors and give Cleveland its first title since 1964, when the Browns won the NFL title. Before receiving their rings on Tuesday night -- about an hour before the Indians and Cubs got started -- Cleveland re-lived those special days earlier this summer when one its teams finally fought its way all the way to the top.James was the final player to be introduced and handed his 6.5 karat ring by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. After slipping it on his hand, James, the kid from Akron who delivered on his promise to win a title for Cleveland, looked at the jewelry with admiration and perhaps some astonishment.Yes, it really happened. Here.This is for you guys, James told the crowd, repeating a message he screamed after the Cavs won Game 7 at Oracle Arena on June 19. This is all for you.James paused and then reminded Cleveland that it remains underdogs -- even in victory.At this point, if youre not from here, live here, play here ... then it makes no sense for you to live at this point, said the three-time champion. Cleveland against the world.James made sure to wish luck to the Indians, who overcame adversity all season and won their first AL pennant since 1997. Theyre trying to end a 68-year Series title drought against the Cubs, those lovable losers 108 years removed from their last championship.Once the pomp and pageantry ended, James posted a triple-double as the Cavs opened the season with a 117-88 win over the New York Knicks. The Cubs-Indians game was shown on smaller scoreboards during timeouts and James, now 3-0 in ring ceremony gamees, applauded from the bench when he saw Robert Perezs homer give Cleveland a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.ddddddddddddIn the moments before they took the floor for the ceremony, the Cavs, wearing new white-and-gold warmups with 2016 NBA Champions written on the back, looked like little kids getting ready to storm the Christmas tree and tear open presents. Kyrie Irving did a little dance in the hallway outside Clevelands locker room and shared a big hug with Kevin Love before James joined them and the team headed into the darkened arena where 20,000-plus fans roared.Following a video that showed highlights from the epic Game 7 -- James huge block, Irvings 3-pointer -- Silver introduced Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who has spared no expense in building a super team. Clevelands starting five this season will make $100 million in salary.Gilberts gotten greedy, and Cleveland fans dont mind one bit. After all, most of them have waited a lifetime to see one title.Why not another.When this is all over and that banner goes up there, there is really only one thing left to do -- repeat, Gilbert said. And, go Tribe.There was still an opener to play, but that hardly mattered.In the hours leading up to the ceremony and Game 1, fans of the Indians, Cavs -- and a sizeable contingent of Cubs backers -- posed for photos around the two buildings. They were savoring a day many never dreamed possible.Indians outfielder Coco Crisp stopped and signed autographs on his stroll to work. For Crisp, in his second stint with Cleveland after the Indians traded for him in August, the chance to play in the World Series for the team he started with is beyond special.Its a dream come true, said Crisp, who also played for the Indians from 2002-05. To be here now in this situation is unbelievable. And for Cleveland, I mean, what a day. These fans have done a great job of keeping the faith.It was rewarded by the Cavaliers, whose championship transcended all three teams and connected Clevelanders like nothing else.Coach Tyronn Lue, who took over the Cavs midway through last season, shared the story of what it meant to a pair of fans he met after Cleveland won the title. The father and son approached Lue as he had dinner in Las Vegas.Lue said the man told him, You dont understand how much this means to the city of Cleveland. My dad is not alive but he supported all three sports every year. Its so sad hes not here to see this. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.Then he broke down and started crying, Lue said. That was one of the best moments I experienced this summer. 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