Red Sox Win WS Title, Beat Cards 6-1 in Game 6

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David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Wednesday night in Game 6.

Shane Victorino drove in four runs and John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as the Red Sox clinched a crown on their own field for the first time since 1918.

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Fenway Park was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the very first pitch. Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers, chants and singing of “Sweet Caroline” only got louder after that.

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Many fans paid over $1,000 per ticket for this night, eager to be part of an in-house celebration that had been building for nearly a century.

Ortiz drew three walks and scored twice. He reached base a whopping 19 times in 25 plate appearances.

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The World Series television rating on Fox was up 17% over last year but was the lowest for a matchup that went at least six games.

Boston’s 4-2 Series win over St. Louis averaged an 8.9 rating, 15 share and 14.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

San Francisco’s four-game sweep of Detroit last year averaged a record-low 7.6/12 and was seen by 12.7 million viewers. That was among only three Series that had lower ratings than this year’s, joined by 8.4 ratings for Philadelphia’s five-game win over Tampa Bay in 2008 and San Francisco’s five-game victory over Texas in 2010.

Boston’s 6-1 victory in Wednesday night’s clincher received an 11.3/18 and was seen by 19.2 million viewers, baseball’s highest rating since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. (AP)

Olympic Team USA Uniforms Get Made in USA Label

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Team USA will now wear the Made in the USA label.

Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Olympic athletes in Sochi has been made by domestic craftsman and manufacturers.

Ralph Lauren Corp. used more than 40 vendors, from ranchers in the rural West to yarn spinners in Pennsylvania to sewers in New York’s Garment District for the closing ceremony outfits unveiled Tuesday. The ensemble includes a navy peacoat with a red stripe, a classic ski sweater with a reindeer motif and a hand-sewn American flag, and a tasseled chunky-knit hat.

During the 2012 games in London, it was a flashpoint in the media and among Washington politicians that much of the U.S. apparel was made overseas, especially China. (AP)

Sparks Middle School Shooting Hits Close to Home

It’s hard to believe that more than 20 years I attended middle school. In Sparks, Nevada. At Sparks Middle School.

Yeah, we all had our differences, but nothing like what happened early Monday morning. A 12-year-old boy shot and killed a popular math teacher, and injured two other fellow students.

I can’t tell you how sad and unthinkable it is that my former middle school is now on the national list of deadly school shootings. We should never be on that list. Period.

It’s bizarre seeing my former school grounds on national and international websites and on television networks like CBS, ABC and NBC. I stumbled across this today on the latimes.com. I never thought I’d ever see my school next to the White House – in any context.

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San Francisco, Las Vegas, Sacramento, NBC, ABC, CNN and CBS News are all here covering this story. Just sad it had it be this kind of story they’re gathered here for.

It’s amazing to me to think that another teacher gave their life to save dozens, maybe even hundreds of children. It’s awesome that these people still exist in this world – and they should be commended for their heroism.

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‘Walking Dead’ Inspires New Convention in Atlanta

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Cable TV’s “The Walking Dead” has inspired a new convention, a podcast, and a one-man play.

The podcast and Atlanta-based convention, “Walker Stalker Con,” are the creations of Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier.

The two friends and fans of the AMC show were nicknamed “Walker Stalkers” after they made a road trip last fall to the Georgia town of Senoia to watch the show being filmed and meet some of the actors.

Nordhoff said Walker Stalker Con, scheduled for next month, will feature several actors from the show, including Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln and Robert “IronE” Singleton.

Singleton rose from life in an Atlanta housing project during the city’s crack cocaine epidemic to find success in TV and film roles.

He’s performing a play based on his life called “Blindsided by The Walking Dead.” (AP)

‘New Girl,’ New Sitcom Get Post-Super Bowl Spots

Fox says the plum post-Super Bowl slot next February will be filled by two of its comedies.

“New Girl” and freshman series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will air on Fox after the game that’s typically TV’s most-watched program and a big promotional platform for other network fare.

Fox gave “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” another vote of confidence Friday, announcing that it’s ordering nine more episodes for a full season of 22 episodes. The Tuesday night sitcom stars Andy Samberg as a footloose police detective and Andre Braugher as his precinct captain.

The sitcom is doing especially well with upscale viewers and young men, Fox said.

“New Girl,” a relative veteran that debuted on Fox in 2011, stars Zooey Deschanel.

It and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will air immediately after the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. (AP)

Power Outage Shuts Down ‘South Park’ Production

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Nothing much interferes with “South Park” lampooning its targets.

But Comedy Central says an ill-timed power outage shut the show down Tuesday night, preventing completion of this week’s scheduled episode.

Comedy Central said Wednesday that all the computers at South Park Studios were down for hours, from animation to editing to sound. The planned episode, “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers,” couldn’t be finished.

A repeat, “Scott Tenorman Must Die,” was scheduled Wednesday night instead.

“South Park” co-creator Trey Parker says he regrets missing an air date but acknowledges. But he says after years of tempting fate by delivering the show on a last-minute basis, “I guess it was bound to happen.”

“Goth Kids 3” is now scheduled for next week.

“South Park” airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. (AP)

Fictional Anchor Ron Burgundy Pitches for Chrysler

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Chrysler has signed up actor Will Farrell to make an advertising pitch for the new Dodge Durango SUV.

Farrell plays fictional television anchorman Ron Burgundy in a number of Chrysler TV ads that will run through the end of the year.

Chrysler’s marketing chief says it’s another example of the company making the most of an ad budget that’s far smaller than its Detroit competitors.

Farrell is the star of the 2004 movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” He’ll play Burgundy again in a sequel that’s due out in December.

Chrysler says Paramount Pictures traded Farrell’s work for promotion of the new movie in the ads. (AP)