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Associated Press
2013-10-31 10:01 PM

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BBO--WORLD SERIES

BOSTON -- David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox capped a remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons. SENT. By Ronald Blum. 1,000 words.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

CAR--F1-ABU DHABI GP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- World champion Sebastian Vettel scoffed at suggestions that he has nothing to gain from the last three races of the season and said he will go flat out for a seventh straight win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. DEVELOPING. By Jerome Pugmire. 600 words.

TEN--PARIS MASTERS

PARIS -- Defending champion David Ferrer and Stanislas Wawrinka won in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters. DEVELOPING. By Trung Latieule. 600 words.

SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

ROME -- Roma looks to extend its record-breaking winning start to the Serie A season to 10 matches against last-place Chievo Verona at the Stadio Olimpico. Chievo was the last club to beat Roma, in May, but the Verona squad is now on a five-match losing streak. UPCOMING. 450 words. By 2145 GMT. By Andrew Dampf.

FOOTBALL:

SOC-ENGLISH PREVIEW

UNDATED -- Arsenal may be first in the Premier League but questions are being asked of the team's title credentials ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table match against Liverpool. Five things about this weekend's matches. SENT. By Steve Douglas. 750 words.

SOC--SPANISH PREVIEW

MADRID -- After the setback of losing at Spanish leader Barcelona, Real Madrid responded with a ferocious victory at home where Gareth Bale finally looked to be finding his stride. SENT. By Paul Logothetis. 680 words.

SOC--GERMAN PREVIEW

BERLIN -- The Bundesliga's top three appear to be in a league of their own before the 11th round of games, with Borussia Moenchengladbach nine points adrift in fourth. SENT. By Ciaran Fahey. 700 words.

Also:

-- MILAN -- BC-SOC--Italian Preview. SENT. By Daniella Matar. 585 words.

-- PARIS -- BC-SOC--French Preview. SENT. By Trung Latieule. 550 words.

-- LONDON -- BC-SOC--Norwich-Cardiff Charged. SENT. 130 words.

AUTO RACING:

CAR--F1-ABU DHABI GP-GROSJEAN

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- After a difficult start to the season, Romain Grosjean has found his form at last and the French driver has been in impressive form recently. Since the news that Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Lotus for Ferrari next year, Grosjean has becoming much more focused, securing third place in three of the past four races. The next step is to get a first career win at the Abu Dhabi GP this weekend. By 1400 GMT. By Jerome Pugmire. 500 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--BANGLADESH-NEW ZEALAND

MIRPUR, Bangladesh -- New Zealand allrounders Corey Anderson and James Neesham claimed four wickets each to dismiss Bangladesh on 247 with one over to spare in the second one-day international on Thursday. SENT. 260 words.

GOLF:

GLF--HSBC CHAMPIONS

SHANGHAI -- Rory McIlroy looked more like a two-time major champion Thursday when he opened with a 7-under 65 to build a two-shot lead in HSBC Champions. McIlroy was at his best around the turn when he made four birdies in a five-hole stretch. SENT. By Doug Ferguson.

GLF--EUROPEAN TOUR-DYSON

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Simon Dyson faces a disciplinary hearing over his disqualification for a rules violation last week at the BMW Masters. SENT. 300 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL-CZECH REPUBLIC

PRAGUE -- Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will team up to defend their Davis Cup title for the Czech Republic in November's final against Serbia. SENT. 130 words.

BASEBALL:

BBO--WORLD SERIES-UEHARA

BOSTON -- When the Boston Red Sox needed to close out the World Series, they turned to Koji Uehara. The 38-year-old right-hander from Japan pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish off a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 on Wednesday and secure Boston's third championship in 10 years. SENT. By Jimmy Golen. 340 words.

RUGBY:

RGU--ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA

LONDON -- James Horwill was stripped of the Australia captaincy for Saturday's test match against England at Twickenham, with No. 8 Ben Mowen taking over. SENT. 400 words.

Other stories:

-- PHILADELPHIA -- BKN--NBA Roundup. SENT: 615 words, photos.

-- PITTSBURGH -- HKN--NHL Capsules. MOVED: 511 words, photos.

-- DENVER -- BC-HKN--Avalanche-Varlamov Arrest. SENT. 440 words.

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