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46th straight victory good for state crown
Madeira secured its place in Ohio soccer history Friday, beating Gates Mills Hawken 3-1 at Columbus Crew Stadium to earn its second straight Division III state title.

Kings, Edgewood advance
Kings is back in the Division II regional football final, as the Knights routed Jackson 38-14 Friday night. They'll face Edgewood. Check our complete prep football playoff coverage.

Friends ponder Stenson death
A pair of wrap-around sunglasses hid his eyes, which were reddened from the sobbing. Stephen Smitherman stood beside Joe Valentine and Brian Shackelford, their shoulders slouched, on the third baseline during a moment of silence Friday at Scottsdale Stadium.

Fame ballot awaiting Rose
The Baseball Writers Association of America is literally waiting to hear from the commissioner's office on whether some sort of probationary reinstatement might be hammered out that would allow Pete Rose to be placed on the Hall of Fame ballot by Nov. 15.
Etherton waived, is free agent

Dillon doubtful; Johnson gets ready
Tailback Corey Dillon was downgraded Friday to doubtful and did not practice for the third consecutive day, all but ensuring he won't play Sunday against Houston.

UC can't look past Rhode Island
In August, this game loomed as a breather for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats as they geared up for their stretch run against TCU, Memphis and Louisville.

NKU men stop No. 22 Kennesaw
Mike Kelsey scored 19 points and Steve Purdon added 16 as Northern Kentucky University defeated Kennesaw State, ranked No. 22 in Division II, 78-65 Friday night in the Disney Tipoff Classic at Orlando, Fla.

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Kings 38, Jackson 14
HILLSBORO - Kings is back in the Division II regional football final, as the Knights routed Jackson 38-14 at Hillsboro High School Friday night.

Edgewood 28, Dayton Carroll 10
DAYTON - The Edgewood offense played well enough to win. The defense dominated.

Valley View 34, Wyoming 26
Wyoming's playoff run ended at the hands of a familiar foe Friday night at Mason as the Cowboys fell 34-26 to Valley View in a Division III game.

Louisville Trinity 49, Boone County 0
Louisville Trinity quarterback Brian Brohm passed for five touchdowns in the Class 4A game.

Shelby 20, Conner 15
Conner's perfect season unexpectedly ended Friday at the hands of Adam Strickland.

Ballard 28, Dixie Heights 14
Ballard running back Steve Chaney was ill leading up to his team's first-round Class 4A football game Friday night at Dixie Heights.

East Central 56, Columbus East 7
Senior running back Brad Noble turned in the second leading rushing performance in school history for East Central by rushing 17 times for 310 yards and four touchdowns in the Indiana playoff victory.

East Carter 45, Newport 6
The East Carter Raiders ousted the Newport Wildcats from the playoffs 45-6 Friday night.

Roundup of other Ky. playoff games
Senior running back Adam Peach rushed for 122 yards as Beechwood romped past Raceland 49-15 in a first-round Class A playoff game Friday night at Beechwood.

Playoff results, schedule

Volleyball final has familiar ring to it
DAYTON - It's an all-Cincinnati volleyball final - again. For the third straight year, Girls Greater Cincinnati League foes Ursuline and St. Ursula will decide the Division I state championship.

Pushed to brink, Bulldogs' hopes for title stay alive
DAYTON - Top-ranked St. Ursula survived a scare Friday in a Division I state volleyball semifinal at Wright State's Ervin J. Nutter Center, as opponent Toledo St. Ursula did what only one other team has this season: force the Bulldogs into three games.

Lions one step from repeat
DAYTON - The night before the Division I state semifinals, Ursuline volleyball coach Amie Meyer was worried - and potentially facing crosstown rival St. Ursula was the least of her concerns.

QB Carr still standing
As the rookie quarterback of an NFL expansion team, David Carr absorbed his share of the expected lumps last season.

Isolation Booth: Rudi vs. Sharper
Bengals running back Rudi Johnson is expected to make his third start Sunday against the Texans in place of injured Corey Dillon.

Bengals' keys to victory
The Bengals are ranked 23rd in rush defense. It's not a statistical aberration.

Chargers hope Flutie's their quarterback fix
SAN DIEGO - Still energetic at 41 and in his 19th season of pro football, Doug Flutie will start at quarterback for the punchless San Diego Chargers at home Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, replacing ineffective Drew Brees.

DBs' play is Buckeyes' key
COLUMBUS - Ohio State begins a stretch run against three ranked teams - Michigan State today, then Purdue and Michigan - all jockeying for the Big Ten lead, all with one league loss like the Buckeyes.
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SEC to use BCS rankings as tiebreaker
ATLANTA - The Southeastern Conference won't be embarrassing itself with a vote. If there's a three-way tie in the East, it will be broken the old-fashioned way - on the field.

Mazzilli is named Orioles manager
BALTIMORE - Lee Mazzilli was hired Friday to manage the Baltimore Orioles, joining a team he helped beat regularly as the New York Yankees' first-base coach.

Team USA fails to qualify for Athens
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Now here's a stunner: The defending champion U.S. baseball team will be at home next summer while countries like the Netherlands and Italy compete for an Olympic medal in Athens.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Rose: Back in the saddle?
During a lunch break between sessions of a hitting clinic at Champions Baseball Academy in Sharonville two weekends ago, Pete Rose warmed to the topic of possibly being a manager in the big leagues again - if he can get himself reinstated.

Look past the wins, find the wonder
Columnist Paul Daugherty says: He has coached 750 winning basketball games in 38 years. You'd never know it because, unless you're a Northern Kentucky lifer, you probably don't know him, which is too bad.

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