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.
There is no suggestion within the NCAA of blowing things up and even the idea of splitting off the big-money BCS schools into their own division gets little traction. But the leadership of the governing body for collegiate athletics has to become "more nimble, more strategic, appropriately representative," said Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA's board of directors.
Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.
Almost always, Mike Matheny keeps his cool. That's what you might notice at first about Tony La Russa's successor as St. Louis Cardinals manager, the inner fire without the bombast. It's what you see right now in the glare of October, when the moves pay off big time or fail miserably, and are endlessly dissected either way.
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Golden Tate, and the Seahawks made a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 14-9 victory over the Rams on Monday night — less than an hour after the Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in the World Series just up the street.
Nearly two months after Clint Bowyer spun late in the race that set the field for the Sprint Cup-deciding Chase, the scandal is finally fading into his rearview mirror.
One of the best-fielding teams in the league over the regular-season, the National League champs bungled their way into an early deficit in Game 1 of the World Series and went on to lose 8-1 to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
Compliance issues — a lack of monitoring certain areas well enough at times — were part of Miami's mess over the past few years. And even though NCAA Case No. M362 is now essentially over, with a small number of scholarship losses for football and men's basketball as the most significant penalties left to address, the Hurricanes want to ensure this saga never repeats itself.
Although Adam Wainwright famously struck out Carlos Beltran to punch the Cardinals' ticket to the 2006 World Series, the two will now try to win a championship together as teammates in St. Louis.
Miami's three-year dance with the NCAA is over, all for a couple of paltry scholarships, the final payment for a decade of allowing the football and basketball programs to run amok.
Boston was listed as a slim favorite over St. Louis in the matchup between teams that tied for the big league lead in wins. The clubs haven't met in the regular season since 2008, and Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury was looking forward to this pairing that some are billing as the Beards vs. the Birds.
Texarkana has a population of 36,411, according to the last U.S. census. That's slightly smaller than the crowd that will jam into Fenway Park on Wednesday night to watch old friends Michael Wacha and Will Middlebrooks face each other when the Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series opener.
A position-by-position look at the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox going into the World Series, starting Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Tuesday's decision should also include what penalties several former Miami coaches, including current Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, might face for alleged rule-breaking during their interactions with Nevin Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year sentence in federal prison for masterminding a Ponzi scheme.
After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox stretched an emotional ceremony into a season-long tribute to honor the victims, doctors and nurses, police and other first-responders who were there for the explosions and their aftermath.
In a season that will be remembered for a rash of driver injuries, not throwing a caution would have been negligent of NASCAR.
The numbers say kickers are more dependable than ever, both overall and when the outcome is on the line. Consider this: Only one field goal attempt for the lead in the final two minutes of a game or in overtime this season has been missed, by Houston's Randy Bullock from 46 yards on Sept. 15. The Texans still won the game, in overtime against Tennessee.
Adrian Gonzalez homered twice, and Zack Greinke came through with the clutch performance Los Angeles needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven playoff.
A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-all.
Outside linebacker Alec Ogletree has been a big-play guy from Day 1.