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5:08pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Sports

Boston Celebrates First World Series Win At Home In 95 Years

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 6:01 pm

Boston fans celebrated the World Series win Thursday by the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals. The victory is the first series win for Boston at home in Fenway in 95 years.

7:36am

Thu October 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Big Papi, Worst-To-First, 1918: Your World Series Must-Knows

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:19 am

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara points to the sky as he and his teammates celebrate their World Series victory Wednesday.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Mike Pesca wraps up the World Series

OK, by now you've hopefully heard that the Boston Red Sox are Major League Baseball's champions thanks to a 6-1 win Wednesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Sox won the best-of-seven World Series in six games.

With the headline out of the way, here's a cheat sheet for those of us who need to be ready with something to say about this year's Fall Classic:

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5:18am

Thu October 31, 2013
Sports

Red Sox Win World Series In Boston

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 7:22 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The city of Boston is still rejoicing this morning. With a decisive 6-1 victory at Fenway Park last night, the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. The Red Sox jumped on the St. Louis Cardinals early and this one was never much in doubt. NPR's Mike Pesca was at the game and brings us this report on Boston's third World Series win since 2004.

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5:44pm

Wed October 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Game 6 Of The World Series: What You Need to Know

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:33 pm

For Game 6, the World Series returns to Boston's Fenway Park, where the home team hasn't clinched a championship since 1918. Here, Red Sox players warm up in front of the Green Monster.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

Only one team has a chance of winning the World Series tonight in Game 6 at Fenway Park: the Boston Red Sox. The St. Louis Cardinals have a chance to lose the series — or they can kick off a two-game sweep to win it all on the road. For Boston fans, this is the first time they would be able to celebrate a home World Series win since 1918.

Game 6 begins at 8:07 p.m. ET; it's being televised by Fox. Here are the big storylines we're seeing:

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5:12pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Sports

Red Sox Worst-To-First Season Leaves Fans Elated Yet Exhausted

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:00 pm

As the world series continues at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday night, so will bed-time battles with young Sox fans. The post season has left many kids — and adults — on the East Coast struggling to keep their eyes open at work and school.

12:57pm

Wed October 30, 2013
The Salt

Before Marathoners Had Energy Bars ...

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 1:36 pm

These are food.
NPR

In its October/November issue, Running Times has a piece by distance running great Bill Rodgers. Among the most compelling of his reflections are the details on his diet while training for the 1976 New York City Marathon:

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5:48am

Wed October 30, 2013
Sports

Feeling Really Lucky? Try Betting On The 76ers

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:24 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Anybody who bets on the Philadelphia 76ers to win the NBA title has a chance at a serious payoff. Pro basketball started yesterday. Miami is favored to win the championship. Philadelphia, coming off a disastrous last season, is not favored. In Las Vegas, odds against them are 9,999-to-1. Asked how they came up with that figure, odds-makers say it's just the highest number their computers can take.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:03am

Wed October 30, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:24 am

Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and Juan Pablo Montoya (42) drive through turn four on a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.
Steve Helber AP

As the NASCAR season climaxes, America's prime motor sport continues to see its popularity in decline. For several years now, revenues and sponsorship have plummeted, leaving an audience that increasingly resembles the stereotype NASCAR so desperately thought it could grow beyond: older white Dixie working class.

Both ESPN and the Turner Broadcasting Co., longtime NASCAR networks, took a look at the down graphs and the down-scale demographics and didn't even bother to bid on the new TV contract.

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5:30pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Sports

NBA Preview: On Valuable Knees And Building Legacies

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 7:57 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The NBA begins a new regular season today with three games. Among the match-ups, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat play the Chicago Bulls. That game features the regular season return of Bulls' all-star point guard Derrick Rose. He hurt his knee badly a year and a half ago. As NPR's Tom Goldman reports, knee injuries are just one of the storylines of the new season.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Chicago's preseason began 24 days ago with a game in Indianapolis, and with Bulls fans holding their collective breath.

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5:30pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Sports

Do Modern Baseball Uniforms Dishonor Sport's 'Hosiery Heritage'?

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 7:57 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Major League Baseball has a day off today. The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals now regroup and head to Boston tomorrow for game six of the World Series. Last night, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1, pulling ahead in the best of seven. Aside from vigorous debates about which team has the advantage, there's another lively discussion going on about hemlines. Yes, baseball is causing a veritable fashion flap. The litany of complaints starts with the baggy pants and keeps going from there.

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