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BOSTON -- 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, baseballs 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. "Weve been through a lot this year and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled." And the Red Sox didnt even have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruths team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway. The 101-year-old stadium, oldest in the majors, was packed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a party building for more than nine decades. "Maybe they wont have to go another 95 years," said John Farrell, a champion in his first season as Bostons 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. Pumped with emotion, Victorino pounded his chest with both fists three times. 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. With fans roaring on every pitch and cameras flashing, Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out. The Japanese pitcher jumped into the arms of catcher David Ross while Red Sox players rushed from the dugout and bullpen as the Boston theme "Dirty Water" played on the public-address system. There wasnt the "Cowboy Up!" comeback charm of "The Idiots" from 2004, who swept St. Louis to end an 86-year title drought. There wasnt that cool efficiency of the 2007 team that swept Colorado. This time, they were Boston Strong -- playing for a city shaken by tragedy. "Weve dealt with a lot," Dustin Pedroia said. "But our team came together." After a late-season collapse in 2011, the embarrassing revelations of a chicken-and-beer clubhouse culture that contributed to the ouster of manager Terry Francona, and the daily tumult of Bobby Valentines one-year flop, these Red Sox grew on fans. Just like the long whiskers on the players faces, starting with Gomes scruffy spring training beard. "As soon as we went to Fort Myers, the movies already been written," Gomes said. "All we had to do was press play, and this is what happened." The only player remaining from the 2004 champs, Ortiz had himself a Ruthian World Series. He batted .688 (11 for 16) with two homers, six RBIs and eight walks -- including four in the finale -- for a .760 on-base percentage in 25 plate appearances, the second-highest in Series history. "We have a lot of players with heart. We probably dont have the talent that we had in 07 and 04, but we have guys that are capable (of staying) focused and do the little things," Ortiz said. Even slumping Stephen Drew delivered a big hit in Game 6, sending Wachas first pitch of the fourth into the right-centre bullpen for a 4-0 lead. By the time the inning was over, RBI singles by Mike Napoli and Victorino had made it 6-0, and the Red Sox were on their way. "Hey, I missed two games. Its time to shine," Victorino said. All over New England, from Connecticuts Housatonic River up to the Aroostook in Maine, Bostons eighth championship can be remembered for the beard-yanking bonding. Fans bid up the average ticket price to over $1,000 on the resale market and some prime locations went for more than $10,000 each. Nearly all the Red Sox rooters stood in place for 30 minutes after the final out to view the presentation of the trophy and MVP award. A few thousand remained when a beaming Ortiz came back on the field with his son 75 minutes after the final out. "It was an awesome atmosphere here," Lackey said. The win capped an emotional season for the Red Sox, one heavy with the memory of the events that unfolded on Patriots Day, when three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon. The Red Sox wore "Boston Strong" logos on their left sleeves, erected a large emblem on the Green Monster and moved the logo into the centre-field grass as a constant reminder. "Theres I think a civil responsibility that we have wearing this uniform, particularly here in Boston," Farrell said. "And it became a connection initially, the way our guys reached out to individuals or to hospital visits. And it continued to build throughout the course of the season. I think our fans, they got to a point where they appreciated the way we played the game, how they cared for one another. And in return they gave these guys an incredible amount of energy to thrive on in this ballpark." Red, white and blue fireworks fired over the ballpark as Commissioner Bud Selig presented the World Series trophy to Red Sox owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino, leaving a haze over the field. "When the fireworks went off at the presentation of the trophy out there, when the ballpark was filled with smoke, it was completely surreal," Farrell said. "To be in this position, given where weve come from, reflecting back a year ago at this time, theres been a lot thats happened in 13 months." Players then put on goggles for a champagne celebration in the cramped clubhouse. "They just found ways to win," Henry said. "At some point you have to think theres something special happening here." Among the players blamed for the indifferent culture at the end of the Francona years, Lackey took the mound two days shy of the second anniversary of his elbow surgery and got his first Series win since the 2002 clincher. He pitched shutout ball into the seventh, when Carlos Beltrans RBI single ended the Cardinals slump with runners in scoring position at 0 for 14. Junichi Tazawa came in with the bases loaded and retired Allen Craig on an inning-ending grounder to first. Brandon Workman followed in the eighth and Uehara finished. St. Louis had been seeking its second title in three seasons, but the Cardinals sputtered after arriving in Boston late Tuesday following a seven-hour flight delay caused by mechanical problems. Symbolic of the teams struggles, reliever Trevor Rosenthal tripped while throwing a pitch to Ortiz in the eighth, balking Pedroia to second. "They were some frustrated guys in there, but overall you cant ask us to go about any better than how our guys did," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Not too many people expected us to do what we did." Wacha entered 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his post-season career but gave up six runs, five hits and four walks in 3 2-3 innings, the shortest start of the 22-year-olds big league career. "I just made too many mistakes," he said. "It doesnt matter how hard youre throwing if you cant locate it." Boston was a 30-1 underdog to win the World Series last winter but joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win titles one season after finishing in last place. Now, the Red Sox will raise another championship flag before their home opener next season April 4 against Milwaukee. Boston hit just .211, the lowest average for a Series champion in 39 years and 13 points lower than the Cardinals. But after falling behind 2-1 in the Series on the first-game ending obstruction call in post-season history, the Red Sox tied it the following night on the first-game ending pickoff in post-season play. That sparked the Red Sox to three straight wins and another title. "When we started rolling," Ortiz said, "nobody ever stopped the train." NOTES: Boston also won the Series at Fenway Park in 1912. The Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds and in 1916 at Braves Field. ... 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DETROIT LIONS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 9:30 AM (ET) Detroit - RB Reggie Bush, TE Eric Ebron, TE Joseph Fauria, WR Calvin Johnson, QB Kellen Moore, TE Brandon Pettigrew, OT LaAdrian Waddle Atlanta - CB Javier Arenas, DT Jonathan Babineaux, OT Cameron Bradfield, WR Freddie Martino, QB Sean Renfree, OT Jonathan Scott, LB Tyler Starr SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 1:00 PM (ET) Seattle - DT Jordan Hill, CB Byron Maxwell, OT Andrew McDonald, TE Zach Miller, C Max Unger, LB Bobby Wagner, WR Bryan Walters Carolina - CB Bene Benwikere, LB Chase Blackburn, WR Philly Brown, G Amini Silatolu, G Trai Turner, RB Fozzy Whittaker, RB DeAngelo Williams HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 1:00 PM (ET) Houston - OT Jeff Adams, DB Josh Aubrey, LB Brian Cushing, DB Darryl Morris, WR DeVier Posey, QB Tom Savage, LB Jeff Tarpinian Tennessee - RB Antonio Andrews, WR Kris Durham, TE Richard Gordon, DL DaQuan Jones, CB Coty Sensabaugh, OT Will Svitek, TE Taylor Thompson BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1:00 PM (ET) Baltimore - CB Chykie Brown, LB Arthur Brown, DL Chris Canty, TE Owen Daniels, G/C Gino Gradkowski, RB Bernard Pierce, OT Jah Reid Cincinnati - RB Rex Burkhead, DE Will Clarke, WR A. Cheap Real Jordans Free Shipping . The Wild, playing their first game since leading scorer Mikko Koivu broke his ankle Saturday at Washington, have won three straight for the first time since Nov. 1-5. Koivu underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to miss at least four weeks.LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kyle Lowry and the short-handed Toronto Raptors needed plenty of help from their reserves down the stretch to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.Lowry scored 25 points and the resilient Raptors got 18 of their 30 fourth-quarter points from the bench on Saturday, a 110-98 victory that ended the Clippers eight-game home winning streak.Thats the biggest thing about this team. Weve got a great bench and we feed off of each other, backup guard Greivis Vasquez said. It may not show in the stats, but a lot of different guys do a lot of different things. The second (unit) doesnt get as much credit as the starters, but we dont care.Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the defending Atlantic Division champion Raptors, who entered the day with a one-game lead over Atlanta for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Toronto was coming off a four-day break following Mondays 129-120 loss at Chicago, which ended a six-game winning streak.The Clippers Blake Griffin picked up his third foul and was replaced by Hedo Turkoglu with 10:50 left in the game. Vasquez responded with a pair of 3-pointers and a 17-footer during a 1:18 span to increase Torontos five-point lead to 93-80 with 9:03 to play.It felt like we ran out of gas before the game even started, said Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who had 10 points and eight assists.Griffin reported back in with 7:19 remaining and the Clippers down 95-82, but they got no closer than 12.Lowry shot 9 of 17, after averaging 9.3 points and 27.5 per cent from the field over his previous four games against the Clippers. DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors second-leading scorer, missed his 14th straight game because of a torn muscle in his left groin. Landry Fields was sidelined for the third game in a row with a concussion.Were a full team. I mean, we need DeMar back, we want him back and we cant wait for him to get back. But for now, we cant make excuses because DeMars nnot playing, Lowry said.dddddddddddd Its all about the next man up. Were a very deep team.J.J. Redick had 23 points and Griffin had 22 but it wasnt enough as the Clippers lost at home for the first time since Chicago beat them on Nov. 17. Jamal Crawford added 20 off the bench, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds.Anytime youre playing against a team coming off a four-day rest, the second half is going to be the toughest challenge, Griffin said. They came out in the second half and looked like they were fresh, and I didnt think we responded well.The Raptors, who came in averaging 17.3 points off turnovers, converted 11 Clippers turnovers into 17 points during the first half and pulled into a 49-all tie at intermission after trailing by as many as eight.Lowry then made a 3-pointer, a driving layup and a 19-footer in a span of 51 seconds to help Toronto increase its one-point lead to 76-68 with 2:33 left in third quarter.We were just playing with energy, and energy dictated the game, Vasquez said.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto improved to 8-0 in the first half of back-to-back sets. They are 4-3 in the second game. ... Toronto is 10-4 since DeRozans injury on Nov. 28 against Dallas. ... Terrence Ross, who scored a franchise-record 51 pts against the Clippers in first meeting last season, has only 11 on Saturday. ... The Raptors are 13-0 when holding opponents under 100 points. ... Five of the Raptors six opponents on this road trip have winning records, with Denver the only exception.Clippers: The longest home winning streak in franchise history is 13 games, set in 2012-13. ... Paul missed both victories against the Raptors last season because of a separated right shoulder that sidelined him for 18 games. ... This was one of nine day games on the teams home schedule, including a New Years Eve matchup against the New York Knicks that begins at 3 p.m.UP NEXTRaptors: At Denver on Sunday.Clippers: Host Utah on Monday. ' ' '

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