British shop prices fall for sixth straight month in Oct – BRC

LONDON (Reuters) – British shop prices fell in October for a sixth consecutive month, led by steep falls in clothing and electrical items, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday.

Prices were on average 0.5 percent lower than a year ago, matching the record drops seen in July and August.

The continued fall in shop prices will provide some relief to households at a time of soaring energy bills and below-inflation wage rises.

“Despite the slightly more optimistic economic outlook, across the industry we are seeing that consumers are still reluctant, unwilling or, in some cases, unable to increase spending,” said Mike Watkins, head of retailer and business insight at Nielsen, which collates the data.

(Reporting by Christina Fincher; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Rockstar vs. Google and Samsung: The patent war goes to 11

You hear the word “rock star” and certain images come immediately to mind: skeletal figures with expensive stringed instruments slung over their shoulders; anyone who possesses above-average skills in a technical profession and is trying to pump up their salary requirements; an energy drink. Now we can add a new one: patent troll.

Last week, Google, Samsung, HTC, and other makers of Android handsets found themselves on the wrong end of patent lawsuits filed by the musically disinclined, technically overhyped, and very energetic Rockstar Consortium.

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Google, for example, is being sued for violating Rockstar’s patents on “associative search engines,” which match the search terms entered by a user with ads relevant to the terms being sought.

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It sounds pretty egregious — until you consider that Rockstar is a consortium formed by Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony, which outbid Google for the patent portfolio of bankrupt telecom Nortel back in 2011 for the tidy sum of $4.5 billion. All of these parties have a mutual interest in bringing down the No. 1 smartphone platform. The filing of these patent suits was just a matter of time.

Ars Technica’s Joe Mullin writes:

Patent insiders knew that the Nortel portfolio was the patent equivalent of a nuclear stockpile: dangerous in the wrong hands, and a bit scary even if held by a “responsible” party.

This afternoon, that stockpile was finally used for what pretty much everyone suspected it would be used for–launching an all-out patent attack on Google and Android. The smartphone patent wars have been underway for a few years now, and the eight lawsuits filed in federal court today by Rockstar Consortium mean that the conflict just hit DEFCON 1.

Three guesses where Rockstar filed its suits. Yes, that’s right, the Eastern District of Texas, where never is heard a discouraging word — at least, not if you’re a patent troll. In my I-am-not-an-IP-attorney-and-if-I-were-I’d-probably-shoot-myself opinion, the fact that the suits are filed in this notorious jurisdiction should be cause enough for dismissal.

(BTW, I’ve just applied for a patent for excessively hyphenated snarky adjectival phrases. Don’t even think of trying it, imitate-me-and-better-put-your-attorney-on-speed-dial person.)

Of course, a big part of why Google dropped $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility was its portfolio of patents, so you can expect a countersuit some time soon.

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Historical Software Archive lets you use vintage software in your browser

The Internet Archive’s new Historical Software Archive brings old software to your browser through the magic of JSMESS emulation.

The Internet Archive has protected and preserved old software for a while now; archivist Jason Scott claimed back in April that the organization possessed the largest historical software collection in the world.

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Software is so transient, though. It’s sometimes hard to get a program from 2003 to run on a modern machine, let alone a program from 1983. For most people it wouldn’t be worth the trouble to, as the Internet Archive puts it, “track down the hardware and media to run [old software], or download and install emulators and acquire/install cartridge or floppy images as you boot up the separate emulator program, outside of the browser.”

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The Historical Software Archive, announced Friday, changes that. There’s no need to fuss with stand-alone emulators. Instead, the Internet Archive runs MESS (short for Multi Emulator Super System) with Javascript in Chrome, Firefox, Safari — any modern browser.

“Turning computer history into a one-click experience bridges the gap between understanding these older programs and making them available in a universal fashion,” says the Internet Archive’s announcement. “Acquisition, for a library, is not enough — accessibility is where knowledge and lives change for the better.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has emulated old software in a browser. Look around the Internet, and you’ll find plenty of sites that allow you to play Gameboy and SNES games.

The difference, presumably, is twofold. One is that the Historical Software Archive is for all types of software — not just games. Go ahead and check out Apple Presents the IIc, a series of instructional guides that introduced users to their new computer. Then make a spreadsheet in VisiCalc, the 1979 Apple II program that pioneered the computer spreadsheet.

The second difference is legality. The Internet Archive is a reputable organization with a clean website and a name you can trust. That site where you found all those Nintendo ROMs? Yeah, not so much.

The unfortunate problem with legality, however, is it limits your scope. Hopefully more developers will open up their software for emulation through the archive, as it has the potential to make preservation more than an academic exercise. The full list is only 28 programs for now, but expect that number to grow soon.

For now you can always play E.T., the Atari game that reputedly caused the video game industry to crash and burn in 1983 — and you can understand why E.T. caused the video game industry to crash. Spoiler: it’s abysmal.

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‘Big Papi’ rocks WWE Title in Red Sox victory parade

BOSTON The duck boats of Beantown were a little golder during Saturday’s World Series parade celebration. David Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox veteran designated hitter, was seen sporting a replica version of the WWE Championship, given to him by John Cena.

Three-time World Series Champion Ortiz wore the title as the parade sailed from legendary Fenway Park in Kenmore Square, down Boylston Street and snaking through the historic streets of the colonial era toward the Charles River. 

The Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 2 in a rare matchup between the pair of teams with the best records in the Major Leagues. “Big Papi” was named the Series’ Most Valuable Player, knocking home runs out of the park in Games 1 and 2, notching six RBIs and batting .688.

Chicks may dig the long ball, but on Saturday in Boston, the champs were here.

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Los Angeles airport terminal re-opens as shooting probed

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles International Airport terminal where a gunman opened fire on Friday morning, killing an unarmed airport security officer and wounding others, remained closed to airplane traffic the day after the shooting as authorities probed the motive behind the attack.

Authorities have identified the suspected shooter as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, and they said he was shot and wounded by police in an exchange of gunfire at the airport’s busy Terminal 3.

The gunman shot at least two Transportation Security Administration employees, one fatally, said Special Agent David Bowdich of the FBI. The slain TSA officer, identified as Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was the first from the agency to die in the line of duty.

Los Angeles police officers will be wearing black mourning bands in memory of Hernandez, Chief Charlie Beck of Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter.

The Los Angeles airport said on its Twitter feed that it had no timetable for when the FBI would complete its investigation. But it has begun allowing travelers who abandoned luggage and other property as they ran to escape the gunfire to collect their belongings at ticket counters.

Meanwhile the airport said its 100-foot pylons would light the night blue through Sunday in Hernandez’s honor.

“RIP,” the post said.

Several airlines, including Virgin America and Spirit Airlines, warned of delays and cancellations, while another, Frontier Airlines, announced it would operate out of Terminal 2 on Saturday.

Late on Friday, FBI agents armed with a search warrant combed through Ciancia’s home in the Los Angeles area, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Armed with an assault rifle, the shooter touched off panic and chaos at one of the world’s busiest airports. Hundreds of travelers ran for safety or frantically dove for cover behind luggage, and loud alarms blared through the terminal.

Traveler Lauren Stephens, 47, said she had just put her luggage on the scale at the ticket counter in Terminal 3 when she heard a series of gunshots. “Somebody just yelled ‘Run’ at the top of their lungs. … I just left my bag and I just ran like hell. Everybody ran.”

The gunman, a U.S. citizen who appeared to be acting alone, pushed through the screening gates and ran into an area where passengers were boarding flights, before law enforcement officers caught up with him in a food court, Patrick Gannon, chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police, said at a news conference.

The officers shot him at least once and took him into custody, he said.

The FBI late on Friday could not provide the total number of people shot in the attack, Eimiller said. Paramedics took five who were wounded at the scene of the shooting to area hospitals, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. But they could not say if all of those people had been shot.

The Los Angeles Times reported that among the wounded was Brian Ludmer, 29, who was shot in the leg and works as a high school teacher in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas.

The investigation into the attack will probe the shooting itself as well as the gunman’s background and motivation, Bowdich said on Friday. “Our goal is to do a true scrub on the individual to find out what was the tipping point for this person,” he said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has asked that flags on city buildings be flown at half-staff, local media said.

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In New Jersey, police and FBI agents descended on Ciancia’s family’s home in Pennsville Township.

Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings said he had been contacted by Ciancia’s father before the shooting, prompted by a worrisome text message from the young man to his brother.

The police chief declined to say more about what was in the text message but said that family members told investigators they had no previous indications that Ciancia, who moved to California about 18 months ago, was troubled.

A U.S. official who asked not to be identified said federal investigators were trying to determine if the gunman had been targeting TSA agents in the rampage.

Neighbors who live across the street from the Ciancia family said the father, also named Paul, runs an auto body shop in the town.

“I believe he worked for his father,” said one neighbor, Jennifer Pagan, of the younger Paul.

Her husband, Orlando Pagan, said the elder Ciancia had made several friendly gestures since they had moved into their house 10 years ago. When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey last year, “he asked if we wanted to take our personal vehicle and put it on his property.” The Ciancia property is slightly higher.

The Terminal 3 shooting incident affected an estimated 1,550 arriving and departing flights carrying over 167,000 passengers, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said in a statement.

A number of those flights were grounded or diverted as police evacuated passengers and shut down three terminals.

(Additional reporting by Dana Feldman in Los Angeles, Dave Warner in Pennsville, New Jersey, Noreen O’Donnell in New York and Mark Hosenball and Susan Cornwell in Washington; Editing by Edith Honan, Jackie Frank and Gunna Dickson)

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Allen runs for 3 TDs, USC tops Oregon State 31-14

Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Oregon State defender Ryan Murphy is congratulated by teammate Tyrequek Zimmerman after Murphy scored on an interception during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Southern California running back Javorius Allen (37) celebrates his second touchdown with teammate Kyle Yatabe during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, right, complains to a referee after he was penalized for intentional grounding during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

(AP) — Finally winning at Reser Stadium after a long drought, the USC Trojans lifted interim coach Ed Orgeron to their shoulders in celebration.

Southern California defeated Oregon State 31-14 Friday night in Corvallis for the first time since 2004, and in the process became bowl eligible after a rocky start to the season.

Javorius Allen ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and Marqise Lee returned from a knee injury and had five catches for 105 yards and a score for Southern California (6-3, 3-2 Pac-12. ) Cody Kessler threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and Silas Redd ran for 140 yards.

It was the third win in four games under Orgeron, who took over when the Trojans dismissed Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29 after opening the season 3-2.

“Great job of coming into a hostile environment and really never letting it affect us as much as it has in the past,” said Orgeron, who also took a turn conducting the USC marching band after the victory. “There was a belief in the locker room, at halftime, during the game.”

Oregon State’s Sean Mannion threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, but also threw three uncharacteristic interceptions in the loss, the second straight for the Beavers (6-3, 4-2) after a six-game winning streak.

Two of Mannion’s interceptions came in the red zone, and Oregon State had a field goal blocked and missed another.

“That’s too much,” coach Mike Riley said of the errors. “You’re not going to overcome that.”

Mannion, who went into the game leading the nation with an average of 408 yards passing, looked slightly off against the Trojans. He was sacked eight times last weekend in the Beavers’ 20-12 loss at home to No. 6 Stanford.

Mannion hit favorite target Brandin Cooks with a 43-yard pass on the opening series and the Beavers were helped by a pass interference call, but Trevor Romaine’s 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

The Trojans took over on the 29 and, on the first play from scrimmage, Kessler hit Lee with a 71-yard touchdown pass to put USC up 7-0.

Lee, last year’s Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver, was questionable going into the game because of a left knee injury that has sidelined him for two of the last three games.

The Trojans went up 14-0 on Allen’s 9-yard scoring run late in the first quarter.

Oregon State closed the gap with Mannion’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Cooks. On the next series, Ryan Murphy intercepted Kessler’s pass and ran back 41-yards to even it at 14 with 9:29 to go in the half.

Allen, a sophomore who had scored two touchdowns this season going into the game, put USC back on top with an 18-yard run and the Trojans led 21-14 at halftime.

Southern California opened the second half with Andre Heidari’s 34-yard field goal. Oregon State had a chance to pull closer, but Romaine’s 26-yard attempt went wide left.

Allen added a 52-yard touchdown run with 3:25 left in the third quarter to give USC a 31-14 lead for the final margin.

“That’s the way the game should be played,” USC linebacker Hayes Pullard said, “just being able to go out there, execute the plays and just have fun.”

The Trojans were coming off a 19-3 victory over Utah last Saturday.

Already depleted because of NCAA sanctions that have cost the team a significant number of scholarships, the Trojans have been stung this season with numerous injuries that have forced them to shift players and use walk-ons. Right tackle Kevin Graf (ankle), safety Su’a Cravens (groin), linebacker Morgan Breslin (hip), tight end Randall Telfer (knee) and cornerback Anthony Brown (knee) were among the players who did not play.

Oregon State was notably without senior receiver Kevin Cummings, who injured a wrist sometime during the first half of the loss to Stanford and required surgery. He could be back for a bowl game.

The Beavers also were hit on the opening kickoff when linebacker Joel Skotte collided with a USC player and lay still for several moments before he was helped off the field by trainers. Riley did not have a specific injury report but said Skotte was alert and talking.

The Beavers are known for their success against some very formidable Trojans teams. In 2008, the Beavers were 26-point underdogs when they knocked off then-No. 1 USC 27-21 on a Thursday night in Corvallis. Two years earlier, Oregon State topped then-No. 3 USC at Reser 33-31.

The two teams hadn’t met since 2010, when the Beavers downed then-No. 20 USC in Corvallis. Ryan Katz threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns while Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 128 yards and another score in the 36-7 victory.

USC’s last win in Corvallis was a foggy 28-20 victory in the 2004 season when the Trojans went undefeated and beat Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the national championship — which was later vacated by the NCAA sanctions over improper player benefits.

“One of the main things we really focused on was that Oregon State beat our No. 1 team a couple of years ago,” Lee said. “We had a lot on the line here. Our main focus was to come out here and execute and that’s basically what we did.”

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Researcher: Nazi Gestapo chief died in Berlin

FILE – Undated b/w file picture of former German Gestapo head Heinrich Mueller. For decades there were alleged sightings of Mueller in Cuba, Argentina and elsewhere. But Johannes Tuchel, director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center, said Thursday Oct. 31, 2013 he’s uncovered evidence Mueller didn’t make it out of Berlin. He says several documents, including a 1945 death certificate and a grave digger’s testimony to police in 1963, make it “clear-cut” to him that Mueller died and was buried near the Luftwaffe headquarters in the final days of the war. He says Mueller was later disinterred and buried with thousands others in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis. (AP-Photo,File)

FILE – Undated b/w file picture of former German Gestapo head Heinrich Mueller. For decades there were alleged sightings of Mueller in Cuba, Argentina and elsewhere. But Johannes Tuchel, director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center, said Thursday Oct. 31, 2013 he’s uncovered evidence Mueller didn’t make it out of Berlin. He says several documents, including a 1945 death certificate and a grave digger’s testimony to police in 1963, make it “clear-cut” to him that Mueller died and was buried near the Luftwaffe headquarters in the final days of the war. He says Mueller was later disinterred and buried with thousands others in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis. (AP-Photo,File)

A sculpture by German artist Will Lammert is pictured at the entrance to a Jewish cemetery and memorial in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Johannes Tuchel, director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center says several documents, including a 1945 death certificate and a grave digger’s testimony to police in 1963, make it “clear-cut” to him that German Gestapo head Heinrich Mueller was buried near the Luftwaffe headquarters in the final days of the war. He says Mueller was later disinterred and buried with thousands others in a common grave in this Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

A sculpture by German artist Will Lammert is pictured at the entrance to a Jewish cemetery and memorial in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Johannes Tuchel, director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center says several documents, including a 1945 death certificate and a grave digger’s testimony to police in 1963, make it “clear-cut” to him that German Gestapo head Heinrich Mueller was buried near the Luftwaffe headquarters in the final days of the war. He says Mueller was later disinterred and buried with thousands others in a common grave in this Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

A star of David is attached on a wall at the entrance to a jewish cemetery and memorial in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Johannes Tuchel, director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center says several documents, including a 1945 death certificate and a grave digger’s testimony to police in 1963, make it “clear-cut” to him that German Gestapo head Heinrich Mueller was buried near the Luftwaffe headquarters in the final days of the war. He says Mueller was later disinterred and buried with thousands others in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

A star of David behind a sculpture by German artist Will Lammert is pictured at the entrance to a Jewish cemetery and memorial in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Johannes Tuchel, director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center says several documents, including a 1945 death certificate and a grave digger’s testimony to police in 1963, make it “clear-cut” to him that German Gestapo head Heinrich Mueller was buried near the Luftwaffe headquarters in the final days of the war. He says Mueller was later disinterred and buried with thousands others in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — It was one of the great remaining mysteries surrounding the final days of World War II — what happened to Heinrich Mueller, the head of the Gestapo secret police and the highest-ranking Nazi never to have been captured or located.

But a leading German researcher said Thursday he has uncovered historical documents indicating Mueller never made it more than a few hundred meters (yards) from Hitler’s bunker in downtown Berlin and was eventually buried in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis.

Though Mueller’s body hasn’t been found, Johannes Tuchel, the director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center, said the evidence he uncovered is “clear-cut.”

He said that, according to a death certificate he found, Mueller died in the final days of the war in 1945 near the Luftwaffe headquarters.

Tuchel said other evidence shows that about three months after the end of the war Mueller’s body was found by a work crew cleaning up corpses and buried along with about 3,000 others in a communal grave on the site of a Jewish cemetery that the SS had destroyed in 1943.

The documents show “with near certainty” that Mueller was buried in August 1945 in the garden of the Luftwaffe headquarters, then brought to the Jewish cemetery on Grosse Hamburger Strasse, said Tuchel, whose story was first reported by Bild newspaper.

Mueller, who was an SS Gruppenfuehrer — roughly equivalent to a major general — was sought for decades after the war by investigators around the world, including Israel’s Mossad, the U.S. Office of Special Investigations, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Tuchel said he had no explanation for why they hadn’t come up with the same information. “That is a part of the puzzle I can’t answer,” he said.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, sounded a note of caution, saying only DNA evidence could prove Mueller was buried in Berlin.

“The Nazis who wanted to escape very often took measures to create false documents faking their death,” he said in a telephone interview from London. “I would be very wary of reports like that without forensic evidence.”

He cited the case of Aribert Heim, a Mauthausen concentration camp doctor who allegedly died in Cairo in 1992.

“Heim was buried, according to his son, in a mass grave for poor people in Cairo, and it’s a perfect story because it’s impossible to verify,” Zuroff said.

It’s not yet known whether any efforts will be made to find Mueller’s bones in Berlin.

According to the Berlin Jewish Community’s website, the cemetery included the grave of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn and was destroyed by the SS in 1943, when they built trenches through the area. At war’s end, it was used to bury bombing victims and other war casualties that littered the German capital.

Tuchel came across the documents when researching an incident in which Mueller ordered the execution of 18 resistance members at the end of the war. In addition to a December 1945 death certificate for Mueller, Tuchel said he has evidence that the identity papers and medals were later turned over to military authorities to return to his family.

And in 1963 — when authorities were looking into a rumor that Mueller had been buried in West Berlin’s Neukoelln district — a gravedigger told police in testimony Tuchel found that he had buried Mueller in the former Jewish cemetery, and had matched his identity papers to the face of the body.

Tuchel said the man did not give any indication as to Mueller’s cause of death.

According to an article in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies journal in 2001, the gravedigger’s story was known but could never be checked out because the graves were on the other side of the Berlin Wall.

Though there were persistent alleged sightings of Mueller in the decades after the war, including in Czechoslovakia, Cuba and Argentina, experts have always maintained that he most likely died in Berlin at the war’s end.

That was the fate of Hitler’s private secretary Martin Bormann, who was thought to have escaped the capital until his bones were unearthed during construction in 1972 in downtown Berlin. DNA tests in 1998 confirmed they were his.

Zuroff said that, if the information on Mueller does turn out to be true, it would be a “comforting thought” that Mueller — who attended the notorious 1942 Wannsee Conference in which plans were coordinated for the genocide of the European Jews — didn’t escape.

“This is the biggest fish that got away,” Zuroff said.

Still, if his final resting place is a Jewish cemetery, Zuroff said it would be “absolutely horrifying.”

“It’s the last place on earth where he should be buried,” said Zuroff. “If this is ever verified, they’d better move very quickly to make sure it doesn’t become a shrine for neo-Nazis.”

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AP Investigative Researcher Randy Herschaft contributed to this report from New York

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Red Sox win 6-1, 1st WS title at home since 1918

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell holds up the championship trophy after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell holds up the championship trophy after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz, left, waves with his son Kaz after being named the game MVP by Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz lifts Koji Uehara after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball’s World Series, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP) — More than an hour after the final out, players lingered on the field and fans stood by their seats, cheering, singing and applauding.

A celebration nearly a century in the making was unfolding at the old ballpark, 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.”

And the Red Sox didn’t even have to fly the trophy home. 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. 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 wasn’t the “Cowboy Up!” comeback charm of “The Idiots” from 2004, who swept St. Louis to end an 86-year title drought. There wasn’t that cool efficiency of the 2007 team that swept Colorado.

This time, they were Boston Strong — playing for a city shaken by tragedy.

“I don’t think we put Boston on our back. I think we jumped on their back,” Jonny Gomes said. “They wouldn’t let us quit.”

After a late-season collapse in 2011, the embarrassing revelations of a fried chicken-and-beer clubhouse culture that contributed to the ouster of manager Terry Francona, and the daily tumult of Bobby Valentine’s 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 movie’s 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 don’t 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 Wacha’s first pitch of the fourth into the right-center 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. It’s time to shine,” Victorino said.

All over New England, from Connecticut’s Housatonic River up to the Aroostook in Maine, Boston’s 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’s so electric in here,” Napoli 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 center-field grass as a constant reminder.

“It’s hard for me to put sports over a tragedy like that,” Lackey said, “but hopefully people that were affected by it can forget about it for a few hours at least.”

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 we’ve come from, reflecting back a year ago at this time, there’s been a lot that’s happened in 13 months.”

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 until Carlos Beltran’s RBI single in the seventh.

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 team’s struggles, reliever Trevor Rosenthal tripped while throwing a pitch to Ortiz in the eighth, balking Dustin Pedroia to second.

“They were some frustrated guys in there, but overall you can’t 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.”

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.

Gomes was looking forward to Saturday’s parade.

“It’s time,” he said, “to queue the duck boats.”

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. … Ortiz’s Game 5 bat is going to the Hall of Fame along with Uehara’s Series spikes, Ross’ Series jacket and Farrell’s Game 6 jacket. Gomes’ Game 4 home-run bat arrived in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Wednesday.

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Hawes leads late charge, 76ers stun Heat 114-110

Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams (1) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams (1) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) reacts to a foul call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s Chris Anderson (11) reaches for a rebound over Philadelphia 76ers’ Daniel Orton during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) passes the ball past Philadelphia 76ers’ Spencer Hawes (00) and Thaddeus Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers’ Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

(AP) — Michael Carter-Williams had Allen Iverson cheering from his suite and left LeBron James impressed.

Not a bad start for MCW.

It was an even better one for the Sixers.

Carter-Williams had a debut to remember, using 22 points, 12 assists, and nine steals to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat 114-110 on Wednesday night.

The rookie out of Syracuse nearly upstaged Iverson on a night Philly feted his spectacular career.

“You see what he can bring on a big stage,” 76ers rookie head coach Brett Brown said.

MCW was the MVP of the fourth quarter, picking up two more steals, harassing James in the lane, and sealing the win from the free-throw line.

Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and put the Sixers ahead for good with a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.

“Everything was clicking tonight,” Carter-Williams said. “If we can consistently play together, then we can be a good team.”

The guys in the locker room might be the only ones who think that.

As the NBA season tipped off, the over-under out of Las Vegas for total wins for the 76ers this year is 16.5, the lowest of any team in the league.

Against the two-time defending champion Heat, no one in Philly cared.

James missed five of six shots in the fourth, losing the ball on one drive down the middle, then blowing a 6-footer on the next possession. Shane Battier missed all seven 3-pointers in the game and the Heat missed 10 straight shots in the fourth — after scoring a whopping 45 points in the third.

The Heat needed all those points to rally after the Sixers dominated from the opening tip. They made their first 11 shots and raced to leads of 19-0 and 26-4, putting the champs on their heels a night after they received their rings.

James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami.

Miami guard Dwyane Wade sat out to rest his sore knees. Coach Erik Spoelstra says he wanted to give Wade an extra day to recover with the Heat playing in consecutive nights. Wade scored 13 points for the Heat in their 107-95 win over Chicago on Tuesday.

Carter-Williams also hit four 3-pointers, had seven rebounds and his nine steals set an NBA first-game record.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to start your NBA career,” James said.

For most of the game, the Sixers played more like the team in the hunt for the championship, not one in full blown rebuilding mode. Iverson, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone were among the former Sixers on hand for opening night.

The Heat surely could have used Wade. Wade, though, had walked into locker room both knees wrapped in ice and an understanding it was too early in the season to push himself. He said it was “just being smart.”

“It was not pre-planned, it was something our trainers and coaches came to me with,” Wade said. “It’s early in the season, it’s just a precaution.”

James said Wade could take all the time he needed.

“If he needs to take the second game of the season, the 30th game, 50th game, 80th game, that’s the way it is,” James said.

After all, the Heat were a double-digit favorite to rout the Sixers, and expected to have little trouble against one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Not so fast.

Evan Turner scored 26 points and the Sixers dominated only hours after Iverson announced his retirement, ending a 14-year career.

Carter-Williams had a steal and dunk to open the game, Turner dunked over James, and Hawes tossed in a layup for a stunning 19-0 run to open the game. James finally banked in a shot with 7:07 left in the first to end Miami’s scoring drought.

The Sixers still led 29-11 even with a lineup that included Tony Wroten, Lavoy Allen and Daniel Orton on the court.

Who? Exactly.

“We’ve got a lot of pride, the guys that have been here and done it,” Hawes said.

The Heat, though, became the Heat and used a 14-0 run in the second quarter to pull to 51-49 at halftime.

James hit a 3 that made it a one-point game, and Udonis Haslem’s inside layup gave the Heat their first lead of the game, 60-59. Ray Allen hit all four 3-pointers in the quarter, James made three and the Heat shot a sizzling 10 of 13 from 3-point range in the third. They finished 16 of 22 (73 percent) from the floor overall and stretched the lead to 94-85.

“We’re a comfortable team, we always feel like we can win a game,” James said.

Just not this one.

Notes: The Heat didn’t land in Philadelphia until after 3 a.m. … Patti LaBelle and rapper Meek Mill were at the game. Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Villanova coach Jay Wright also attended the game. … The Sixers will retire Iverson’s No. 3 on March 1.

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Robert Drysdale not medically cleared to fight at UFC 167 after failed test

Jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale has been removed from the fight card of UFC 167 after testing positive for elevated testosterone in a Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) mandated out-of-competition drug test, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed to MMAFighting.com.

Drysdale tested out at a 19.4-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone level, well above the 6-to-1 limit allowable by the NSAC.

According to Kizer, Drysdale has not been medically cleared to compete due to the failed test. His license, however, was never denied, despite conflicting reports.

A decorated grappler owning both ADCC and Mundials gold, Drysdale (6-0) is undefeated thus far in his MMA career, having finished all six of his opponents via first-round submission. He was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Ednaldo Oliveira on August 3 at UFC 163, however a staph infection caused him to withdraw from the bout.

Drysdale was subsequently slated to meet Cody Donovan (8-3) on November 16 at UFC 167. Due to his failed drug test, UFC officials have tabbed Strikeforce veteran Gian Villante (10-4) as a replacement.

According to NSAC officials, Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir also underwent out-of-competition drug testing for UFC 167, the latter of which took place prior to Mir being pulled from the card. Both men passed all testing.

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/10/29/5045146/robert-drysdale-not-medically-cleared-to-fight-at-ufc-167-after
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