CINCINNATI (AP) - Teddy Bridgewater and the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals escaped from Cincinnati with a 31-24 overtime win over the Bearcats last night. Dominique Brown's 2-yard run provided the winning margin as Louisville captured the Keg of Nails. Cincinnati's Tony Miliano kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Bearcats couldn't match Louisville's touchdown to start the overtime period.
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's is the Division III Ohio state high school football champion again. The Irish shut out Trotwood-Madison 24-0 last night at a cold and rainy Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The swarming St. Vincent-St. Mary's defense forced five turnovers as the undefeated Irish stretched their win streak to 21 games. Trotwood averaged more than 40 points in winning its first four playoff games but had a difficult time against the Irish defense.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Richard Pack scored 15 points and Lamont Middleton added 14 as North Carolina A&T edged Wright State 62-59 last night. Wright State missed a layup and committed two turnovers in its last three possessions after North Carolina A&T took a lead in the final two minutes. Matt Vest led Wright State with 15 points.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been honored for bringing a national NASCAR race to the Ohio dirt track he owns. Stewart was awarded the 2013 Myers Brothers Award yesterday for July's Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. Stewart walked to the stage without the use of a cane, but needed assistance climbing the stairs. He missed the final 15 weeks of the season with a broken leg, but says he will be ready for the Daytona 500.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Saturday's Big Ten championship game could be a shot at redemption for Isaiah Lewis. He hopes to erase the memory of a blunder in the 2011 title game when No. 10 Michigan State faces No. 2 Ohio State. Lewis' penalty for running into the punter enabled Wisconsin to run out the clock in and negated a long return that could have changed the outcome.
DETROIT (AP) - Northern Illinois is trying not to look by Bowling Green. The No. 19 Huskies might have a hard time with that - if they win tonight's Mid-American Conference championship game they'll likely earn a second straight BCS bowl bid. Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey says the Falcons are probably better in all three phases of the game than any opponent his team has faced this season. But the Huskies and Heisman Trophy hopeful Jordan Lynch present a huge challenge. The quarterback has accounted for 4,212 yards and 43 touchdowns this season.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns quarterback Jason Campbell has been cleared to practice after sustaining a concussion. Campbell may be able to play Sunday against New England after being injured Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh. He was replaced by Brandon Weeden, who sustained a concussion during the loss to the Jaguars. Weeden has not yet been given permission to practice. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he was "encouraged" by Campbell's progress.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is one of a kind. He became the first player in NFL history to record consecutive 200-yard games last Sunday. In just 10 games he's recorded 1,249 yards receiving and is well on his way to setting the Browns' single-season record. The humble 22-year-old has emerged as an elite receiver and one of the league's rising young stars. Last week, Gordon capped his 261-yard performance with a 95-yard TD catch in which he broke a tackle and easily outran two Jacksonville defenders.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Derek MacKenzie off injured reserve yesterday after he missed five games with a strained back. The 32-year-old fourth-line center has two goals and an assist in 22 games with Columbus this season. He has the second-best faceoff percentage on the team (54.3).
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