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World Series: Giants win third title in past five seasons

David J. Phillip | Associated Press

Madison Bumgarner prepares to hug catcher Buster Posey after the San Francisco Giants clinched their third World Series title in five years with a victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7. Bumgarner was named World Series MVP.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner punctuated one of the finest World Series performances in baseball history by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 last night.

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Ohio State Players Scout Illinois

Doran Grant, Adolphus Washington, Taylor Decker, and JT Barrett look ahead to Saturday's game against Illinois.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 0 Comments

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Ohio State notebook: Barrett says he's ready to play

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s left knee is in a heftier brace, but he made it clear yesterday after that practice he plans to play on Saturday night against Illinois at Ohio Stadium.

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Ohio State football: Barrett sets standard as first-year starter for Buckeyes

Jonathan Quilter | Dispatch

Since Art Schlichter started as a true freshman in 1978, J.T. Barrett, above, is the 10th Ohio State quarterback to start as a freshman or sophomore.

Urban Meyer wrote J.T. Barrett’s parents a note on Tuesday and enclosed a couple of DVDs of their son’s performance. Already, the Ohio State coach is gathering mementoes of this remarkable season for the redshirt freshman quarterback.

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Ohio State vs. Illinois: Illini QB proves doubters wrong

Mark Hoffman | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Illinois senior quarterback Reilly O'Toole will make his fourth start of the season on Saturday night against Ohio State.

Two years later, the sound of more than 100,000 fans in Ohio Stadium is a distinct memory for Reilly O’Toole. The Illinois senior quarterback can still hear the crowd’s roar from that November day in 2012, when Ohio State thrashed the Illini 55-22.

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NBA: LeBron, Cavaliers low-key on big expectations

Four years ago, LeBron James decisioned himself down to South Beach and joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in pursuit of the NBA championship he never won with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Shortly before their first season together, Bosh said what most were thinking about the Miami Heat.

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Michael Arace commentary: As injuries mount, Blue Jackets must hang in there

“Fix bayonets.” That is what former Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said five years ago when he was asked how his team was going to handle a rash of injuries.

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Soccer | Crew: Playoff format rewards strong effort at home

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Crew coach Gregg Berhalter of Saturday’s playoff game against the Revolution: “You want to go and play your home game and try to win the game.”

A rule change for Major League Soccer’s postseason has put even more importance on the Crew’s first playoff game in three years.

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Soccer: Crew adds Swedish midfielder who will join team next season

As the Major League Soccer playoffs are getting started, the Crew has added another piece for next season, announcing the signing of central midfielder Mohammed Saeid.

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Around the NFL: Bengals’ Burfict praised, sort of

Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith offered faint praise to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for not hitting him as hard as he could while Smith stood prone with a possible concussion after an interception on Sunday, but not before echoing the widely held NFL sentiment that Burfict is a dirty player.

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Around the NBA: Gasol sparkles; Bulls romp past Knicks

Bulls 104, Knicks 80: Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, Derrick Rose scored 13 points after missing most of the past two seasons, and the Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher’s first game as an NBA coach by beating host New York last night.

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