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  • The AP Top 25 College Football Poll

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Red Sox win WS title, beat Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6

    BOSTON (AP) — The old ballpark was packed for a celebration nearly a century in the making.

    Players danced around the infield with their families.

    Fans remained in the stands, savoring a long-awaited moment generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness.

    Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. A clincher at Fenway Park.

    David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

    When it was over, Ortiz took a microphone on the field and addressed the city, just as he did a week after the marathon bombings last April.

    "This is for you, Boston. You guys deserve it," the Series MVP said. "We've been through a lot this year and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled."

    And the Red Sox didn't even have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruth's team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway. The 101-year-old stadium, oldest in the majors, was jammed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a party that had been building for more than nine decades.

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  • Lester outduels Wainwright, Sox lead 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Ross caught Jon Lester’s pitches into the eighth inning, then talked about the toss that really impressed him in Game 5 of the World Series.
    A big paper airplane flung by a fan that floated so far, Lester stepped off the mound to retrieve it.
    “We were all kind of in awe,” Ross said.
    Loose? The Red Sox sure sounded that way after Lester outpitched Adam Wainwright once more, Ross delivered a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night for a 3-2 edge.
    A whisker away from yet another championship, this bearded band now goes back to Fenway Park.
    “Pretty special time,” Lester said.
    David Ortiz delivered his latest big hit, too, putting Boston in position to capture its third crown in a decade. Not since 1918 have the Red Sox clinched the title on their own field.
    “This atmosphere here, these three games, has been phenomenal. We know it’s going to be equal to that, if not better. And we’re excited about going home in the position we are,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
    Added Ortiz of the Red Sox’s century-old bandbox: “It’s going to get loud out there.”

  • Lester, Red Sox beat Cards, lead World Series 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Ross caught Jon Lester's pitches into the eighth inning, then talked about the toss that really impressed him in Game 5 of the World Series.

    A big paper airplane flung by a fan that floated so far, Lester stepped off the mound to retrieve it.

    "We were all kind of in awe," Ross said.

    Loose? The Red Sox sure sounded that way after Lester outpitched Adam Wainwright once more, Ross delivered a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night for a 3-2 edge.

    A whisker away from yet another championship, this bearded band now goes back to Fenway Park.

    "Pretty special time," Lester said.

    David Ortiz delivered his latest big hit, too, putting Boston in position to capture its third crown in a decade. Not since 1918 have the Red Sox clinched the title on their own field.

    "This atmosphere here, these three games, has been phenomenal. We know it's going to be equal to that, if not better. And we're excited about going home in the position we are," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

    Added Ortiz of Boston's century-old bandbox: "It's going to get loud out there."

  • The AP Top 25 College Football Poll

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 26, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Obstruction call gives Cardinals 5-4 win in Game 3

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals rushed to the plate to congratulate Allen Craig. The Red Sox stormed home to argue with the umpires.

    The fans, well, they seemed too startled to know what to do. Who'd ever seen an obstruction call to end a World Series game?

    No one.

    In perhaps the wildest finish imaginable, the rare ruling against third baseman Will Middlebrooks allowed Craig to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and lifted St. Louis over Boston 5-4 Saturday night for a 2-1 edge.

    A walk-off win? More like a trip-off.

    "I'm in shock right now," St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina said.

    So was most everyone at Busch Stadium after the mad-cap play.

    "Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

    After an umpire's call was the crux of Game 1 and a poor Boston throw to third base decided Game 2, the key play on this night combined both elements.

    Molina singled with one out in the ninth off losing pitcher Brandon Workman. Craig, just back from a sprained foot, pinch-hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch into left field for a double that put runners on second and third.

  • Cardinals Top Red Sox 4-2, Tie World Series 1-1
  • Giants get into win column vs. Vikings

     EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — For the first time this season, the New York Giants are going to be able to watch the videotapes of a game and have something to smile about.

    Winning has its benefits, even after six straight losses to open a season.

    Eli Manning threw a go-ahead touchdown to Rueben Randle in a rare mistake-free performance and the Giants shut down Adrian Peterson and forced three crucial second-half turnovers in posting a 23-7 victory over struggling Minnesota Vikings (1-5) on Monday night.

    The win ended the Giants' worst start since a franchise-record 0-9 beginning in 1976, and it gave Tom Coughlin's team a chance to breathe a sigh of relief.

    "We needed to get one on the board," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I told (general manager) Jerry Reese that I think we have a shovel to start digging our way out of this hole. Hopefully, tonight is something we can build off. It's still a long way to climb out of this hole. But this was something that we could get the ball rolling."

    While the game wasn't perfect, the Giants did enough to win and avoided most of the mistakes that led to their disastrous start.

  • Red Sox beat Tigers 5-2 to advance to World Series

    BOSTON (AP) — When Shane Victorino signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in the offseason, they were coming off a last-place finish that was their worst in almost half a century. They had fired their manager for the second year in a row.

    He believed they could turn it around.

    And quickly.

    Victorino brought the Red Sox one big step closer to completing their comeback, sending them to the World Series with a seventh-inning grand slam that gave Boston a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the AL championship series Saturday night.

    The Red Sox will open the Series on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team they swept in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought. The Cardinals won the NL pennant on Friday night by eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

    "It's one of those moments you live for," Victorino said as he wandered around the Fenway Park infield while Red Sox fans serenaded him with his theme song, Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," and its chorus, "Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing is gonna be all right."