STARS
Sunday
-Jon Lester and Mike Lowell, Red Sox. Lester pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Lowell doubled and homered to lead Boston to a 4-3 win over Colorado and a sweep of the World Series.

CROWNED
Co. left little room for drama with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4. After trailing 3-1 to Cleveland in the AL championship series, the Red Sox won seven straight games and won their seventh World Series crown. Lester, undergoing chemotherapy at this time last year for cancer, pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Jonathan Papelbon closed with his third save of the Series. Lowell won the MVP award.

A-FREE AGENT
the contract, of which $21.3 million was to be covered by payments from the Texas Rangers to the Yankees. New York had said it would not attempt to re-sign A-Rod if he opted out.

A GREAT RUN WASTED
The wild-card Rockies, who won a remarkable 21 of 22 games to get this far, were a mere afterthought by the end. Bullied by Boston, Colorado was outscored 29-10 in the World Series by the Red Sox, who made them look nothing like the team that won an incredible 21 of 22 just to get here. The Rockies ended the Series with a .223 average.

RISING TO THE OCCASION
World Series MVP Mike Lowell hit .400 (6-for-15), scored six runs and drove in four. Lowell homered, doubled, and scored twice in the decisive Game 4. He is now eligible to become a free agent.

TWO-BAGGERS
The Red Sox finished with 18 doubles, one off the Series record by the 1946 Cardinals and 1910 Philadelphia Athletics.

PERFECT
Terry Francona is now 8-0 in the World Series, the best start to a Series managerial career in major league history.

SPEAKING
``It doesn't get old.'' - Boston manager Terry Francona after the Red Sox swept to their second World Series title in four seasons, beating Colorado 4-3 on Sunday night.

SEASONS
Oct. 29
1931 - Lefty Grove, winner of 31 games for the Philadelphia A's, was named the American League MVP.
1942 - Branch Rickey, the architect of the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system, resigned as the team's vice president. Rickey was named president of the Dodgers on Nov. 1.
1979 - Willie Mays severed all ties to Major League Baseball after signing a contract with the Bally Corporation, which is involved with legalized gambling in Atlantic City, N.J.
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