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Red Sox win World Series title, beat Cards 6-1 in Game 6

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.

NCAA restructuring now moves to steering committee

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.

UPDATE: Lester leads Red Sox past Cardinals in Game 5

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.

From La Russa to Matheny, winning is constant

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.

Seahawks' stand preserves 14-9 win over Rams

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.

Clint Bowyer has Richmond mess in rearview mirror

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.

Red Sox rout sloppy Cardinals in Series opener

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.

Miami continuing to work on compliance

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.

After 2006 NLCS-ending strikeout, Wainwright, Beltran try to win together

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.

Columnist Tim Dahlberg: Party time again at University of Miami

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.

Cardinals, Red Sox set to renew October rivalry

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 friends Wacha, Middlebrooks meet in World Series

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.

World Series: How the Cardinals, Red Sox match up

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.

Miami getting its decision from NCAA on Tuesday

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.

Boston Strong: Red Sox ride wave of good feelings

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.

ANALYSIS: NASCAR call to throw caution isn't even a debate

In a season that will be remembered for a rash of driver injuries, not throwing a caution would have been negligent of NASCAR.

Late field goals are becoming a sure thing in NFL

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.

Dodgers beat Cardinals 6-4 to extend NLCS

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.

Jackson leads revamped Detroit lineup to 7-3 win

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.

Alec Ogletree steps up quickly in Rams defense

Outside linebacker Alec Ogletree has been a big-play guy from Day 1.

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