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Panthers chasing history
The Elder Panthers have a chance to chase football history in winning a second straight Ohio Division I title. To do that, they have to get through tonight's (7 p.m.) state semifinal against Dublin Scioto at Columbus Crew Stadium.

Edgewood 33, Brookhaven 13
Edgewood cruised into the Division II state championship football game with a dominant performance Friday night.
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On the line: Everything
Jim Tressel was asked this week if today's game against Michigan is the biggest he had coached at Ohio State. It's not. There was the little matter of a national championship game 10 months ago. It's easy to forget on days like this there is anything bigger than Ohio State-Michigan.
Carr, Navarre feel heat with streak at two losses
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Miami gets back to basics
Miami football coach Terry Hoeppner describes most Mid-American Conference games as being championship games. It's the coach's way of emphasizing the importance of avoiding slip-ups in the quest for a conference title.

Road trip will test Muskies' mettle
One of the quirks of Xavier University's schedule this season, and there are a few, is that the Musketeers go for more than a month without playing in Cintas Center.

Bengals' home finale against Browns sold out
The Bengals announced Friday that the home finale, Dec. 28 against the Browns, has sold out. It's the fourth sellout this year, and tickets for the 49ers game are going fast.
On a losing team again, Neal still shines

Sports today on TV, radio
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Beechwood 33, NewCath 22
NEWPORT - In a game that seemed almost certain to fall short of a month's worth of expectations, nothing could have been further from the truth - for about 24 minutes.

Roncalli 30, East Central 29 (OT)
ST. LEON, Ind. - Tim Sergi scored on a two-point conversion in overtime after an East Central roughing-the-kicker penalty prompted Indianapolis Roncalli to take the game-tying conversion off the scoreboard, and the Rebels beat the Trojans, 30-29, in a 4-A state semifinal game at East Central Friday night.
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Bowl unlikely; winning year still in reach
Sometime late Thursday night, when Southern Miss put the finishing touches on its defeat of previously unbeaten TCU, the University of Cincinnati football team saw its bowl hopes dwindle to practically nothing.

Bulldogs focused on beating Kentucky
ATHENS, Ga. - The last time will feel like old times at Georgia's Sanford Stadium today. Vince Dooley will be there. So will Herschel Walker.

USC has both UCLA, Buckeyes in its sights
LOS ANGELES - Sometime around the opening kickoff against UCLA today, the Southern California Trojans will sneak peeks at the scoreboard and hope to hear a roar from their fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
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TCU to forge ahead in wake of first loss
FORT WORTH, Texas - The phone calls offered little comfort for TCU coach Gary Patterson.

Isolation Booth: James vs. Boston
If Tory James can prevent David Boston from having a big day, the Bengals should effectively shut down San Diego's pass offense.

Bengals' keys to victory
Good teams, says Bengals coach Marvin Lewis - those deserving of playoff berths - win on the road down the stretch. If the Bengals want to punch their postseason ticket, a victory Sunday at San Diego would be a major step toward that goal. It is their first of three in a row away from home.

Lewis leans toward starting Dillon
Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday he would announce his decision Sunday on who will start at tailback, Rudi Johnson or Corey Dillon, for the Bengals against San Diego.

Spikes key to Bills' improved defense
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - When Buffalo Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes looks at the NFL standings, he can't help but feel like it's April and not November.

Suspended Gardener blasts Shanahan
Denver defensive tackle Daryl Gardener lashed out at coach Mike Shanahan on Friday, a day after being suspended for a game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Bearcats enter opener a work in progress
Some of the changes are obvious. There's a 6-foot-10 center who can score, more depth, and a slashing, athletic forward waiting in the wings.

Miami 71, Liberty 55
LYNCHBURG, VA. - Juby Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Danny Horace had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Miami of Ohio to a 71-55 season-opening victory over Liberty on Friday.

Kentucky 65, Winthrop 44
LEXINGTON - The coach knew what to expect. So in an attempt to simulate Kentucky's defensive pressure, Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall asked his offense to practice against six defenders prior to Friday's game against the No. 10-ranked Wildcats.

Northern Kentucky 88, Gannon 81
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Jesse Rupe scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Friday night as Northern Kentucky University advanced to the championship game of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic with a win over Gannon (Pa.) in Regents Hal.

No. 3 MSU shakes Bucknell
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Paul Davis scored 21 points and No. 3 Michigan State took advantage of atrocious foul shooting by Bucknell to pull away for a 64-52 victory Friday night.

Women: XU, UC winners
LOUISVILLE - Four Musketeers scored in double figures as the Xavier women's basketball team won its season opener for the fifth year in a row with a 72-64 victory at Louisville Friday night.

In Stenson case, some bizarre turns
Authorities are trying to piece together whether a jilted girlfriend and $11,182 in cash seized by federal drug agents in Missouri had any connection with the execution-style slaying of Reds player Dernell Stenson on a quiet Chandler, Ariz., street two weeks ago.

Cardinals trade Martinez to Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa native Tino Martinez was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Devil Rays on Friday for a minor-league pitching prospect.

Sports digest
The U.S. short-track speedskating team pulled out of next week's World Cup event in South Korea Friday after team member Apolo Anton Ohno received death threats via e-mail. Ohno won two medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, including a gold.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Elder 24, Colerain 23
Elder and Colerain football fans all left UC's Nippert Stadium in a mild state of shock Saturday night, each side numbed by the stunning conclusion of Elder's 24-23 regional final victory.
Daugherty: In defeat, men of Colerain deliver
Too many mistakes end up costing the Cardinals
Game photos   • Fan gallery 

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In our annual college basketball section, we look to the future and examine the state of our area teams.

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