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D'backs dethrone Yankees
        Go ahead and call it the greatest World Series ever. The ending surely was one of the best.
Sunday's box score

Bengals could make playoffs with 5-4 finish
A 5-4 finish would more likely than not put the Bengals in the playoffs. Since 1990, when the NFL expanded its playoffs to 12 teams, 59 percent of the teams that went 9-7 qualified for the postseason.

Xavier picked to win A-10 West
        PHILADELPHIA — The Xavier men's basketball team is picked to win the Atlantic 10 West Division in voting by the league's coaches and media, to be announced today at A-10 media day.

SULLIVAN: D'Backs have the last comeback
        PHOENIX — There was no air left to breathe. There were no fingernails left to bite. There was no place to be but the edge of one's seat. There is no way to say it except that it was extraordinary.

Schilling, Johnson share MVP
        PHOENIX — Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson are linked in history now: World Series champions and co-MVPs. Of course they go together. The Arizona Diamondbacks wouldn't have won without them.

D'Backs revel in classic victory
        PHOENIX — No comeback could be more unlikely, perhaps no World Series more dramatic.

O'Neill goes out with two hits
        PHOENIX — Paul O'Neill could only watch from the New York Yankees' dugout when the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to win Game 7 of the World Series on Sunday night.

Rivera finally blows one
        PHOENIX — Mariano Rivera on the mound in the ninth inning, protecting a one-run lead . There couldn't be a better situation for the New York Yankees.

Rookie manager aces his crash course
        PHOENIX — Bob Brenly went through a season's worth of erasers working on the last lineup card alone. He used up more lifelines and was second-guessed more times in the past week than a month's worth of contestants on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

Sanders benched for Game 7
        PHOENIX — It's not often that an everyday player coming off a four-hit game is benched for the most important game of the year. But that's what happened to Arizona's Reggie Sanders.

Jets 16, Saints 9
        NEW ORLEANS — The New York Jets were resilient, and their defense suddenly solid.

Cyclones 2, Richmond 1
        Matt Eldred and Glenn Crawford scored to lift the Cincinnati Cyclones past the Richmond Renegades 2-1 Sunday in the ECHL at Firstar Center.

Rochester 3, Mighty Ducks 2
        ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Milan Bartovic scored with one second left in overtime to give the Rochester Americans a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Sunday night in the AHL.

Doerger coaching McNicholas again
        Anyone who knows Jerry Doerger knows his life is basketball. The McNicholas boys coach returns from a one-year suspension today with thoughts of another comeback kid.

Turpin, St. Ursula focused on soccer titles
        Rankings and records mean nothing to John Basalyga, Turpin's 23-year veteran boys soccer coach. But when the Spartans were omitted from the final Division II state poll, which is complied by the coaches association, players took it as a slap in the face.
Boys schedule | Girls schedule

Volleyball trio underdogs at state
        Ursuline, St. Ursula and Roger Bacon have tall tasks at the state volleyball tournament at Wright State University this week.
State volleyball schedule

LaSalle's Bader defends cross country title
        COLUMBUS — Determination, tenacity and a relentless desire to go out a winner were the forces behind LaSalle senior Allen Bader's second consecutive DivisionI state cross country championship Saturday. (Results)

Turpin girls win state cross country
        COLUMBUS — The smallest Division I school proved to be the best Saturday in girls state cross country meet at Scioto Downs. (Results)

St. Ursula makes state soccer tourney
        All season long, St. Ursula soccer coach Steve Dorr has been telling his girls to use their heads. He wasn't surprised when they did just that — literally — in the team's 2-0 DivisionI regional final victory over Lakota West at West Carrollton.

Bacon girls lose soccer regional
        Michelle Sarmiento and Lindsey Becker scored, both after halftime, to lift Alter over Roger Bacon 2-0 in a Division II regional final at Hamilton.

Turpin boys reach state soccer tourney
        CLAYTON — The relentless assault by the Turpin boys soccer team started in the first minute and didn't stop until the final whistle.

St. X, Madeira lose in regional soccer
        Kevin Nugent scored an unassisted goal with 1:17 to play to advance Centerville to the Division I boys soccer state semifinals with a 2-1 victory over St.Xavier Saturday at Hopewell Elementary.

Kentucky boys cross country
        LEXINGTON — Bishop Brossart's boys cross country team saw coach Ray Kues coming toward them with a stern expression. But Kues had great news — a third straight Class A state title, a 71-113 victory over Christian Academy-Louisville at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Kentucky girls cross country
        LEXINGTON — Three Northern Kentucky girls cross country teams turned in good performances at Saturday's state meet, but not quite good enough to win.

Three make state volleyball tourney
        Roger Bacon returns to the Division II state tournament this week with the same team that finished second last year with one goal in mind: win two matches instead of one.

Ohio second-round pairings | Ohio first-round scores

Elder 38, Lebanon 13
        Elder, which twice has beaten the No. 1 football team in the state this year, will go for three after routing Lebanon 38-13 before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Elder's Pit on Saturday night.

Colerain 30, Hamilton 7
        Colerain, the No.1-ranked Division I high school football team in Greater Cincinnati and Ohio, first postseason step toward defending that ranking with a 30-7 victory over Greater Miami Conference rival Hamilton on Saturday night at Colerain.

St. Xavier 41, Northmont 6
        St.Xavier, ranked No.T2 in the Enquirer's coaches poll, turned in a nearly flawless performance to beat Clayton Northmont 41-6 in a first-round playoff game Saturday night. The Bombers will meet Princeton in the second round.

Princeton 56, Anderson 20

        Anderson was the favorite when the two teams met for another first-round playoff matchup Saturday, but the Redskins still felt compelled to make sure they wore the same combination. It didn't help as the Vikings, led by quarterback Mike Daniels, turned four interceptions into touchdowns on their way to a 56-20 victory at Anderson's Brown Stadium.

Dayton Carroll 18, Roger Bacon 13

        “They earned it, and they deserve to move on,” Roger Bacon coach Dan Starkey said. “Nobody has driven the ball on us like that this year. Give Dayton Carroll the credit.”

McNicholas 56, Mount Healthy 13
        After two weeks of creating doubts, McNicholas made its first-ever playoff win a no-doubter Friday night. Senior quarterback Bryan Cupito tied his own school record with six touchdown passes, leading the Rockets to a 56-13 victory over Mount Healthy in a Division II regional quarterfinal game at Turpin Spartan Stadium.

New Richmond 42, Ross 38
        They traded touchdown punches from the opening kickoff, but it was New Richmond which landed the final blow Friday, knocking Ross out of the opening round of the playoffs 42-38.

Piqua 21, Edgewood 0
        PIQUA — After watching its offense sputter for nearly three quarters, Piqua quickly scored three touchdowns to blank Edgewood 21-0 in a first-round playoff game at Alexander Stadium here.

Washington C.H. 39, Indian Hill 31
        WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — Five second-half turnovers proved to be the undoing of the Indian Hill Braves Friday in a Division III first-round playoff game at Gardner Park.

Wyoming 49, Jonathan Alder 21
        P.J. Pope wasted little time getting Wyoming on the board, busting loose for a 70-yard run on the first series as the Cowboys cruised to a 49-21 victory over Jonathan Alder in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.

Badin 23, Valley View 16
        GERMANTOWN — One of Greater Cincinnati's most storied running attacks instead went to the air early as Badin squeezed out a tough Division IV playoff win 23-16 on Valley View's home field Saturday.

Coldwater 54, Madeira 14
        Coldwater was leading 54-0 before Drew Cloran scored two touchdowns for Madeira.

North College Hill 41, Chillicothe Zane Trace 10
        Though game-day walk-throughs are common in the NBA, they're not standard practice for playoff football teams. But with North College Hill off school Friday, coach Bruce Baarendse had his players on the practice field at 9 a.m. for a 20-minute workout designed to help them shake off some cobwebs and get tuned up for their first playoff appearance.

Reading 39, Wheelersburg 31
        DeShawn Wynn shook off a leg injury and rushed for 326 yards and three touchdowns, leading Reading to a 39-31 victory at Wheelersburg in the Division V playoffs Friday night.

Covington 47, Williamsburg 14
        Two touchdowns into the Division VI football playoff game against Covington, Williamsburg coach Ken Osborne knew his team would have trouble mounting one of its trademark comeback bids. But he never expected the final score to be 47-14.

Kentucky second-round pairings | Kentucky first-round scores

Ballard 43, Dixie Heights 32
        Four Dixie Heights turnovers led to four Ballard scores and the Colonels blew a 26-17 third-quarter lead.

Beechwood 56, Berea 6
        Senior quarterback David Potter threw three passes, completed them all, and they all went for touchdowns Friday night as Beechwood routed Berea 56-6 in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.

Bellevue 27, Nicholas Co. 13
        T.J. Schmitz ran for a touchdown, returned a punt for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown Friday night, leading Bellevue to a 27-13 victory over Nicholas County in the first round of the Kentucky Class A football playoffs.

Covington Catholic 44, Harrison Co. 22
        The Colonels dominated the second half 27-0 and won on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

Highlands 49, Bourbon County 30
        Matt Gramstad led Highlands with 148 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns in a first-round Class AAA playoff win.

Holmes 24, Montgomery County 0

        Junior quarterback Brandent Englemon threw for one touchdown, and the defense forced five turnovers in the Bulldogs' 24-0 win at Holmes' Ellis Stadium.

Lloyd 46, East Carter 0
        Junior tailback Myrion Hopkins had 11 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead Lloyd to a first-round Class AA playoff victory.

Newport Central Catholic 56, Raceland 7
        Steve Everson led NewCath with 184 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns in a first-round Class A playoff victory.

Paris 37, Holy Cross 6
        Odell Cosby completed three passes, all for touchdowns, and rushed for another score to lead Paris over Holy Cross in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Shelby County 19, Boone County 17
        Shelby County scored the winning TD with 4:16 remaining in the Class AAAA opening-round playoff game.

Indiana playoff pairings | Indiana playoff scores

UC 45, Connecticut 28
        These are the kind of games that force a team with bowl aspirations to find a way to dig down and take care of business. That's what UC did Saturday, pulling away in the second half.
  • Miami 24, Bowling Green 21
  • Ohio State 31, Minnesota 28
  • Mississippi St. 17, Kentucky 14

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