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TODAY’S TIPS • FOOTBALL: The Dark County Wolves semi-pro football team is looking for players. The team will hold tryouts at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Greenville High School’s practice field. For players that make the team, there is a $125 fee that covers uniforms and more, but that fee is waived if players bring a $250 sponsor. Players must have their own helmet and pads. For more information, call Dave at (937) 423-9444 or send an email to • WRESTLING: A new OHSAA Wrestling referee class will begin Oct. 21. It will be held at 6 p.m. at the Champaign County Library in Urbana. For more information, contact Jack Beard at (937) 925-1183 or by email at • COACHING SEARCH: Bethel High School is looking for a freshman boys basketball coach for the 2013-14 school year. Interested parties should contact Athletic Director Phil Rench at (937) 845-9430, ext. 3107. • SUBMIT-A-TIP: To submit an item to the Troy Daily News sports section, please contact Josh Brown at jbrown@civitasmedia. com or Colin Foster at

Lions rally, beat Browns CLEVELAND (AP) — The scoreboard was lopsided. The stat sheet looked worse. And after Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford and the rest of the Lions dragged themselves back to the locker room at halftime, there was only one thing to do. “Press the reset button,” wide receiver Kris Durham said. Starting fresh after being dominated by Cleveland in the first half, Stafford threw

three of his four touchdown passes after halftime, rallying Detroit to a 31-17 win over the Browns on Sunday. The Lions (4-2) outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half, sealing their win when Stafford hooked up with rookie tight end Joseph Fauria with 2:01 left. The 6-foot-7 Fauria caught three TD passes for the Lions, who played like a completely different team in the second half after leaving the field down

17-7 and looking listless, lifeless and destined for a second straight loss. “We weren’t playing our best,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said of his team’s first-half struggles. “The players knew it. We came out in the second half and started to hit on all cylinders.” The Browns (3-3) had their chances at a comeback end when quarterback Brandon Weeden’s baffling shovel pass with 4:36 left was intercepted

TODAY Girls Soccer Division I Sectional Troy at Fairborn (7 p.m.) Fairmont at Piqua (7 p.m.) Division II Sectional Milton-Union at Chaminade Julienne (7 p.m.) Division III Sectional Newton at Franklin Monroe (7 p.m.) Tri-County North at Bethel (7 p.m.) Volleyball Division I Sectional at Centerville Troy vs. Springfield (7 p.m.) Piqua vs. Northmont (8:30 p.m.)

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with 6:44 left in overtime to seal a 27-24 win over Buffalo on Sunday. Nugent rediscovered his aim after missing a 34-yard attempt wide right that would have put the Bengals up 27-10 late in the third quarter. And Dalton showed an ability to bounce back as well. Ending a two-game touchdown drought, Dalton silenced

It’s finally that time. Tournament time. This week, three more fall sports finally head into the postseason – cross country, soccer and volleyball – while two others, golf and tennis, have already wound down and ended. Coming to an end over the weekend in the process was Tippecanoe’s Lindsey Murray’s amazing high school career. More than 20 tournament wins, three trips to state, and it all ended with a state runner-up finish while helping four underclassmen get some experience at the highest level. In tennis, meanwhile, no Josh one was able to crack the Brown district tournament and get Sports to state. In fact, in Division I, Editor all four of the state qualifiers in both singles and doubles came from the Mason sectional, meaning the Dayton area was completely shut out by Cincinnati schools. It may be the toughest district tournament in any sport. And now that everyone in cross country got their league races out of the way Saturday – including league titles for Troy’s girls, both Tipp teams, MiltonUnion’s boys and Covington’s girls. But the final three races of the year are the ones that truly matter, because each one could be the last of the year if a team underperforms. Tippecanoe graduated a state champion in Sam Wharton in the offseason, but now Allison Sinning is looking for one of her own. And then there’s the more traditional postseason sports. Seeds, brackets, survive and advance, that kind of thing. Why not start off with a team that’s gone all the way the past two seasons? The Miami East Viking volleyball team already began its quest for a third straight Division III state title on Saturday. Unlike the last two years, though, they go in not as the favorite to win it all – and even got a No. 2 seed in their own sectional. They also have the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 teams in their half of the bracket, too, as everyone ran away from top seed Versailles this year. The most likely sectional final

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a touchdown catch over Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin (21) in the first quarter of the NFL football game on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Second chances Bengals beat Bills 27-24 on Nugent’s OT field goal

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — No stranger to criticism, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was able to offer Mike Nugent some advice once it became apparent how costly the kicker’s missed field goal was. “I told him, ‘You’re going to kick a field goal to win the game,’” Dalton said when the Buffalo Bills scored to force overtime. “Just be ready.” Nugent delivered, hitting a 43-yarder

Ballot Breakdown: Stanford falls, SEC sets record By the Associated Press

It was shakeup Saturday in college football. The first preseason national championship contender has been upset. A couple more unbeatens are now among the beaten. Now that the season has reached the midway point, it seems the title chase has truly begun. The first shake-up of the season produced significant changes to The Associated Press college football poll Sunday. The top four teams remained unchanged: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No.

3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State. But Stanford, which had been top-five all season, lost 27-20 at Utah and dropped eight spots to No. 13. The Cardinal’s Pac-12 and national title hopes took a serious hit, though they’ll be able to get right back in the conversation next week by beating No. 9 UCLA at home. And there’s still that big game against Oregon on Nov. 7. The Cardinal have two problems: 1) Their rugged defense has been giving up big plays as both Washington and Utah have neutralized some of Stanford’s “Party

in the Backfield” defensive front by attacking the perimeter. 2) Quarterback Kevin Hogan hasn’t taken a the big step many expected after his promising redshirt freshman season. Hogan is a good quarterback in a world with many great ones. “This is a young quarterback that has a chance to be extremely good. So I don’t worry about his confidence,” Shaw said. “He’s going to bounce back.” The story behind the story is the Pac-12 has a lot of good teams and is the only league that can make a serious claim


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Tournament time here at last

TUESDAY Boys Soccer Division I Sectional West Carrollton at Piqua (7 p.m.) Volleyball Division III Sectional at Brookville Milton-Union vs. West Liberty-Salem (7:30 p.m.)

THURSDAY Girls Soccer Division I Sectional Springfield at Troy/Fairborn (7 p.m.) Piqua/Fairmont at Beavercreek (7 p.m.) Division II Sectional Milton-Union/Chaminade Julienne at Tippecanoe (7 p.m.) Division III Sectional Northeastern/Mechanicsburg at Troy Christian (7 p.m.) Newton/Franklin Monroe at West LibertySalem (7 p.m.) Triad at Lehman (7 p.m.) Anna/Botkins at Miami East (7 p.m.) Bethel/Tri-County North at Preble Shawnee (7 p.m) Volleyball Division II Sectional at Tecumseh Tippecanoe vs. Kenton Ridge/ Meadowdale (6 p.m.) Division III Sectional at Brookville Miami East vs. Northeastern (6 p.m.) Division IV Sectional at Tippecanoe Newton vs. Tri-County North (7:30 p.m.)

by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy. “It’s a bone-headed play,” Weeden said. Lions running back Reggie Bush finished with 135 total yards, 121 in the second half. At halftime, Bush had touched the ball just seven times. But Stafford went to the versatile back whenever he needed a big play and Bush, taking advantage of mismatches against slower Cleveland line-

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WEDNESDAY Boys Soccer Division I Sectional Middletown at Troy (7 p.m.) Division II Sectional Northwestern at Tippecanoe (7 p.m.) Division III Sectional Miami East at Troy Christian (7 p.m.) Brookville at Bethel (7 p.m.) Volleyball Division I Sectional at Centerville Troy/Springfield vs. Piqua/Northmont (7:30 p.m.) Division IV Sectional at Troy Bethel vs. Tri-Village (6 p.m.) Lehman vs. Troy Christian (7:30 p.m.) at Tippecanoe Bradford vs. Ansonia (7:30 p.m.) Cross Country Troy at Yellow Springs Invite (4:30 p.m.)


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to being the equal of the Southeastern Conference. Though Stanford’s tumble puts just a little more shine on what was already shaping up as maybe the biggest football game in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Florida State edged up a spot during its off week and will take a No. 5 ranking to Death Valley on Saturday for a top-five matchup against Clemson. The ACC has two top-five teams and three top-10 teams — Miami is No. 10 — for See BALLOT | 14

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