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Red Sox: 'Series win for Boston'

BASEBALL: Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said a special connection struck between his players and the city of Boston helped them achieve their ultimate goal of a World Series title last night.

A team carefully patched together and dedicated to bouncing back from a last-place finish in 2012 bonded in an emotional partnership with a city on the mend after April's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"In a time of need, in response to a tragedy, I go back to our players understanding their place in this city," Farrell said after last night's 6-1 victory at Fenway Park clinched a 4-2 World Series triumph over the St Louis Cardinals.

"They get that there's, I think, a civil responsibility that we have wearing this uniform, particularly here in Boston."

Farrell said the spirit began to grow when players reached out to individuals who had suffered in the tragedy and made hospital visits to bring cheer and comfort to the hundreds of wounded.



FORMULA 1: Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has responded to new speculation about Ross Brawn's future as principal of the Formula One team by repeating his wish for him to stay.

Brawn's position has been open to conjecture since early in the year when Toto Wolff took over as Mercedes motorsport head and the team signed Paddy Lowe from McLaren in a senior executive position. Mercedes declined to comment on media reports that Brawn had now decided to leave after the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix next month, but Lauda spoke of "total rubbish".

"The situation is absolutely clear: I spoke to Ross a while ago and we agreed that he will come back to me after the final race of the season in Brazil to tell me whether he wants to stay or go," said Lauda.



CYCLING: Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, winner of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, said yesterday that he doped "more than 10 years ago".

"I have loved and lived this sport but more than a decade ago I chose the wrong path," said the Garmin-Sharp rider in a statement.

The statement came in response to allegations by Dane Michael Rasmussen who said earlier yesterday he taught Hesjedal how to take the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) in 2003.



TENNIS: World number one Rafael Nadal booked his place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris with a straight sets win over fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

Nadal, who is the top seed in the tournament, came through 7-5 7-5 in one hour 42 minutes to line up a meeting with Jerzy Janowicz.

Spain's third seed David Ferrer also progressed but he was taken to three sets by Lukas Rosol (6-0 2-6 6-3). Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, seeded fourth, saw off the challenge of Marin Cilic 6-4 7-6 (7/3).