Gamble brings back success to Withrow
Chariots of Fire meets Friday Night Lights when Withrow hosts its first state football playoff game Friday night at the 85-year-old school on Madison Road in Hyde Park.
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Bearcats have new life
They can feel it now. Three weeks after the University of Cincinnati Bearcats were humiliated by Army, they have reached the point where they feel like they can play with anyone.

It's a fierce contest at point guard
Chadd Moore isn't ceding the starting point guard job to newcomer Jihad Muhammad without a fight.

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New sack stat looks like it's a keeper
The NFL loves numbers. Here's a relatively new statistic: sack differential.

Broncos should bounce back against Falcons
The Denver Broncos walked into a trap last Monday night in Cincinnati and figure to make amends Sunday at home against the Atlanta Falcons.

Computers revolutionizing NFL game preparation
INDIANAPOLIS - You want data? Diron Reynolds has data. At a glance, he can tell you what an Indianapolis Colts opponent has done over its past four games in any combination of down and distance.

NFL tight ends back in the game
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - More tight ends are being drafted, developed and paid well around the NFL these days.

Defense, special teams lead Bucks
COLUMBUS - As the final seconds burned off the clock, quarterbacks Michael Robinson and Zack Mills knelt on the Penn State sideline and commiserated over another disheartening loss.

Bulldogs run all over listless Wildcats
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State had no problem showing the same intensity it took to beat Florida last weekend.

QB Betts feeling more comfortable at the helm
OXFORD - National television has not been kind to Josh Betts this season. In Miami's game at Michigan on Sept. 4 on ABC, the RedHawks' fourth-year junior quarterback threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in a 43-10 loss.

Top 25 roundup
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Connor Barth kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game, giving North Carolina a shocking 31-28 upset of No. 4 Miami on Saturday night.

Unbeaten Mount St. Joe clinches HCAC title
Lakota West graduate Mike Lovell rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and undefeated and No. 25 Mount St. Joseph clinched the Heartland Conference title by rallying for a 25-13 victory over Bluffton in a Division III game Saturday.

Groeschen: National ratings are big business
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Ernst: Time for 2nd half football awards
Y'know that scene in Animal House? The one where Bluto says "NOTHING is over until WE decide it is," then runs out of the house by himself?

Kings clinches playoff berth
Kings clinched home field in the first round of the playoffs next week.

Finneytown, CCD slip into playoffs
Finneytown is in and so is Cincinnati Country Day.

West wins district 5th time in a row
Lakota West sailed right with the wind to a 1-0 win over La Salle and a fifth straight district championship Saturday afternoon at Hamilton's Garfield Stadium.

St. Ursula survives
FAIRBORN - Going up against St. Ursula, one of the best volleyball programs from the state's top conference, Walnut Hills earned respect but not the win Saturday, as the Bulldogs pulled out a 20-25, 29-27, 25-21, 25-20 battle to claim the Division I district title at Wright State's Nutter Center.

Lancers rise up, make state sixth time in row
TROY - After finishing third in the Division I district cross country meet Oct. 23, La Salle's streak of consecutive appearances at the state meet seemed destined to stop at five.

Scott wins in 2OT
If VH1 dedicated a Northern Kentucky soccer segment to its show, the Greatest Week Ever, John Strunk would certainly be a nominee for a feature.

St. Henry, Highlands bow out at state
FRANKFORT - Dreams of an area state volleyball title vanished Saturday as St. Henry lost in the semifinals and Highlands fell in the Elite Eight of the Kentucky High School State Volleyball Tournament at Frankfort Convention Center.

Cincinnati's first family of bowling
Some of the Hoinke children's earliest memories are of drinking Slush Puppies and watching Saturday morning cartoons at the bowling alley bar and their mother telling them to "Get your butt down there and bowl!"

What's up with that
NBA commissioner David Stern commented this week on Carmelo Anthony's recent scrapes with USA basketball coach Larry Brown and the law - a New York City nightclub scuffle and a marijuana citation.

Volleyball standouts on to bigger things
Kristen Rust's shin and knees hurt her so badly, she has had to limp or be carried off the volleyball court at times this season.

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