Joe Casale, awarded by one of his Troy football teammates some purple and gold beads normally associated with Mardi Gras, was positively giddy talking at the Syracuse Carrier Dome Sunday night about the Flying Horses' year-long quest to match the Class AA title the 2016 squad secured. This season's Troy team had just captured a 41-26 championship verdict over Lancaster. Two straight titles, and each season ended with a 13-0 record. And each season's exploits and culmination only added to the legacy of the best Section II large-school in the 25-year history of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association football tournament.
Highland Heights, Ky. Gary Clark had 14 points and seven rebounds, and No. 11 Cincinnati beat winless Alabama State 83-51 on Monday night. The Bearcats (7-0) play at No. 21 Xavier on Saturday. The Musketeers have won seven of the past 10 in the crosstown rivalry, although Cincinnati won on its home court last season. Facing a ranked team for the first time in five years, Alabama State (0-7) had 20 turnovers that led to 30 Cincinnati points. Branden Johnson led the Hornets with 10 points. Cincinnati won its 30th straight home game, a streak that spans two home courts. The Bearcats are playing this season at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University while their on-campus arena is renovated.
Detroit Brian Gibbons scored at 2:32 of overtime to lift New Jersey past Detroit 4-3 on Saturday night. The Devils squandered a 3-1 lead in the third period, but Gibbons was able to get his stick on a pass by Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen and took control of the puck in front of the Detroit net. He beat Jimmy Howard for the winner, his 11th goal of the season. David Booth scored twice for the Red Wings and Anthony Mantha started Detroit's third-period rally with his 11th goal of the season. Brian Boyle and Taylor Hall scored in the first period for New Jersey, and Nico Hischier added a goal in the third. New Jersey moved past Columbus into first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Seattle Matt Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score and the Atlanta Falcons held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 on Monday night. Atlanta stayed in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot thanks to its second straight victory and handed Seattle a second consecutive home loss. Ryan threw TDs to Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo, while Tevin Coleman added a one-yard TD run on Atlanta's opening possession. But it was Clayborn's fumble return that helped break open the game early in the second quarter and gave Atlanta a 21-7 lead. Seattle attempted a late rally down by 11 points.
Nassau, Bahamas Tiger Woods says he is on the "other side" of too many years relying on pain medication to cope with his back surgeries, which led to his arrest on a DUI charge six months ago that he attributed to a bad mix of prescription drugs. "I'm loving life now," he said Tuesday. Woods is making yet another return to competition this week at the Hero World Challenge, an 18-man event with no cut at Albany Golf Club. It's his first tournament in 10 months and his first time competing since fusion surgery in April, the fourth operation on his back. Early indications are that Woods is in a much better spot than when he returned a year ago in the Bahamas.
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Athlete of the Year: Izzy Lynch, Sr., Niskayuna In the final game of her illustrious high school career at Niskayuna, Izzy Lynch didn't score. But that hardly tells the whole story of a remarkable season that warranted a second consecutive Athlete of the Year nod by the Times Union for large-school girls' soccer. Lynch still was the catalyst of a team that came up one win shy of its third consecutive Class AA championship. She had 15 goals and nine assists, and the UConn commit even posted a pair of goals in a 2-1 win against defensively sound Bethlehem in the semifinals. This year's achievements were accomplished with a less experienced team, and defenses felt they could afford to hound her even more than previous years.
New York Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night. Porzingis scored 12 after halftime as the Knicks rebounded from consecutive losses without their top two scorers that had dropped them under .500. Porzingis came back from his sprained right ankle and illness, but Tim Hardaway Jr. has a stress injury in his lower left leg and has begun a treatment and rehabilitation plan. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Celtics 97, Mavericks 90: Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, and Jayson Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Boston slip past Dallas.
No time of year seems to fire up the tournament engines as Thanksgiving week, which offers bowlers of varying abilities the following competitions: 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at Green Island Type: Handicap doubles (80 percent of 220) Format: Three games Entry fee: $40/team First place: $300 guaranteed Contact: 518-273-2322 9 a.m. Thursday at Uncle Sam Type: Singles scratch and handicap (90 percent of 230) Format: Three games Entry fee: $30 ($25 if paid by Tuesday) First place: $300 for handicap, $200 scratch, based on 100 entries Contact: 518-271-7800 9:30 a.m.