BOSTON (AP) — The old ballpark was packed for a celebration nearly a century in the making.
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."
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.
"Maybe they won't have to go another 95 years," said John Farrell, a champion in his first season as Boston's manager.
Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster against rookie sensation Michael Wacha.
John Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 6 2-3 innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002.
NEW YORK (AP) — Characterizing their meeting with the NFL about their disapproval of the use of Redskins by the Washington franchise as disappointing, representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation requested a meeting with all 32 NFL owners during Super Bowl week.
They hope to persuade the other team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive.
The San Francisco Chronicle, meanwhile, became the latest publications to say it will no longer use the term "Redskins" when referring to Washington's NFL team. Other publications that have made the decision include the Kansas City Star, Slate.com, and the Portland Oregonian, which dropped the term more than two decades ago.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn left knee ligament.
He expects to be ready for the opener next season.
MIAMI (AP) — The fate of a Florida man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a failed 2007 burglary is in the hands of a jury.
In a closing argument, a prosecutor urged the panel to rely primarily on Eric Rivera Jr.'s confession days after the crime, but Rivera testified in his own defense that police pressured him to confess and insisted that he didn't even go inside Taylor's Miami-area home that night. Assistant State Attorney Reid Rubin said Rivera's story was full of holes and jurors should consider his Nov. 30, 2007, videotaped confession overwhelming evidence of his guilt.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over last month for suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo.
Sandusky, 36, received a suspended sentence in Fargo Municipal Court and was placed on unsupervised probation that requires him to complete a chemical dependency evaluation, defense attorney Mark Friese said.
Sandusky is the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned after acknowledging to university officials that they had used illegal drugs.
FAU received information about the allegations of drug use Monday, athletic director Patrick Chun said. An investigation began immediately and Chun confronted the coaches on Wednesday, a day when law enforcement officials also visited the school's athletic offices.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov surrendered to Denver police on an arrest warrant on charges of kidnapping and third-degree assault in what authorities are calling a domestic violence incident.
Police released few details about the case during a brief news conference Wednesday night and declined to elaborate, other than to say it involved someone who Varlamov was in an intimate relationship with.
Sgt. Steve Warneke said the 25-year-old Russian goalie went to police at about 6 p.m. Warneke didn't know if Varlamov had an attorney.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee said he made a mistake in comparing Tiger Woods' rules violation to his own episode of cheating on a fourth-grade math test and that he would stop writing for the website where his column appeared.
"I said Tiger Woods was cavalier about the rules. I should have stopped right there," Chamblee said Wednesday night in his first appearance on Golf Channel since his column was posted to golf.com nearly two weeks ago.
MOSCOW (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach is confident that all athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be treated equally regardless of "race, gender or sexual orientation."
Bach said he received new assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that gays will not be discriminated against in Sochi.
Preparations for the Feb. 7-23 games have been overshadowed by criticism of a recent Russian law outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." Many worry the law may apply to gay athletes and visitors.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hannah Wilkinson, twice denied on near goals, chipped in a 15-yard shot in the 87th minute to allow New Zealand to forge a 1-1 draw with the United States in an exhibition at Crew Stadium.
Syndey Leroux scored in the 42nd minute for the Americans.
PARIS (AP) — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters and Roger Federer qualified for the ATP Finals for a 12th straight year.
Nadal beat Marcel Granollers 7-5, 7-5 in an all-Spanish meeting, and Federer topped Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.
GENEVA (AP) — Martina Hingis has been questioned by Swiss police after her estranged husband said he was attacked by the five-time Grand Slam champion and her family.
Hingis, her mother Melanie Molitor and her mother's boyfriend Mario Widmer were interviewed at Schwyz canton police headquarters last week, police spokesman Florian Grossmann said Wednesday.
French equestrian athlete Thibault Hutin has said he was attacked on Sept. 23 at his home in Feusisberg. Hutin claimed Hingis and Molitor hit him, and Widmer struck him with a DVD player.