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Buy Photo MND guard Gabbie Marshall attempts a three point shot.,Westerville South Notes: Mount Notre Dame lands at No. 3 as my top local squad in Division I.,Berlin Hiland Notes: Purcell Marian is 11-1 with its only loss coming to Dayton Carroll, which is in my top 5 for Division II.,Cincinnati Country Day Notes: Cincinnati Country Day squeaks into the No. 10 slot as they occupy the top spot in the Miami Valley Conference’s Scarlet division.,AP Poll The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, win-loss record and total points: DIVISION I 1. read more

After beating the Ravens 23-17 on Sunday in Baltimore, the L.A. Chargers earned themselves a trip to Foxboro for a playoff game next week.,OFFENSE: 11th, 372.6 yards per game

SCORING: T-6th, 26.8 points per game read more

The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.,The win for the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and Prescott after losing a divisional game in their playoff debut as first-year stars two years ago.,Dallas' defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.,Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.,After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis' 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.

In their first season in Indianapolis, head coach Frank Reich, left, and offensive coordinator and Jamestown native Nick Sirianni have guided the Colts into the playoffs.,Father Fran, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, coached Southwestern High School from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s; brother Mike is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College where he has compiled one of the best winning percentages in the NCAA; and brother Jay coached Southwestern to a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2009.,Once the youngest Sirianni arrived at the University of Mount Union, he played for Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 11 national championships in his career.,Upon his graduation, Sirianni began his climb up the coaching ranks with stops at Mount Union, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Kansas Chiefs and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Reich’s staff in Indianapolis last February.,“One of the reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is because of the successful coaches I’ve been around, starting with growing up in a coach’s house, learning how to coach with my brothers, and then, obviously, playing for the most successful coach in NCAA football history in Larry Kehres,” he told The Post-Journal last October.

In "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," Daniel Pink explained motivation's different forms: extrinsic and intrinsic.,Imagine you have three business priorities this year: expanding your team, developing a social-media marketing strategy and overhauling an important product feature.,Tasks are best offloaded to someone else when you can redirect that time, focus or energy to high-level activities only you can carry out.,“Once I remembered that my motivation is rooted in genuine curiosity and my tasks are in complete alignment with who I am and want to be,” Piver wrote, “my office suddenly seemed like a playground rather than a labor camp.”,Focus on what matters, create systems to support your mission, and motivation soon will fall into step alongside you.

(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Cindy Boren Reporter covering sports, with an emphasis on politics and national stories

Des Bieler Sports reporter covering national topics, including fantasy football, as well as supporting coverage of D.C.-area teams read more

Beginning next week, TV customers on Verizon FiOS and Charter’s Spectrum service could be hit by widespread channel blackouts after the companies’ contracts with major programming giants expire.,Verizon’s 4.5 million TV customers could lose access to ESPN, Freeform and the Disney Channel and other networks belonging to Disney, as well as ABC affiliates based in Philadelphia and New York, on Dec. 31.,The contract fight between Verizon and Disney has spilled out into the public this week, with both companies sending out messages to customers notifying them who will be to blame if a new deal isn’t signed by the deadline.,Verizon began delivering emails to customers on Wednesday accusing Disney of trying to jack up its prices for content, as well as attempting to force Verizon TV subscribers to pay for an additional channel devoted to regional sports, the ACC Network.,NFL playoffs could also become harder to access for Spectrum customers as a result of its dispute with Tribune, according to a company spokesman, because Tribune operates CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates in various markets.

In the last month the team announced the hiring of Dennis te Kloese as general manager, re-signed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the richest contract in MLS history and welcomed back popular Brazilian midfielder Juninho.Now comes the hiring of Schelotto, which ends a nearly four-month coaching search that began when the Galaxy fired Sigi Schmid in September with six games left in the regular season.In 2 seasons at Boca Juniors, Schelotto, 45, led the team to two Argentine Primera Division titles.,He had long talked of returning to MLS as a coach and when it became obvious he wouldnt be asked back by Boca, his name was mentioned repeatedly in reference to managerial vacancies in Atlanta and Columbus and well as with the Galaxy.Earlier this month, the Galaxy appeared close to signing Caleb Porter, who led Portland to the 2015 MLS Cup, as it new coach with Porter joining Te Kloese, team president Chris Klein and Dan Beckerman, CEO of Galaxy parent company AEG, courtside at a Lakers game.,That deal blew up days later, however, partly because the Galaxy refused to agree to Porters request for a three-year contract.Te Kloese immediately turned his attention to Schelotto, whom the Galaxy had been talking to since early fall.When Schelotto joins the Galaxy for the opening of training camp in Carson in 3 weeks, he will become the teams fifth head coach in 26 months.,Schelottos hiring is something of a coup for Te Kloese, a former Chivas USA executive who came to the Galaxy from the Mexican soccer federation, where he was director of the national teams program.Since officially beginning his job with the Galaxy, Te Kloese re-signed the popular Juninho, who last played for Tijuana of Mexicos Liga MX, renegotiated new deals with midfielder Chris Pontius and defender Dave Romney and, most importantly, finalized a contract with Ibrahimovic that will pay him more than the league-record $7.167 million Orlando City gave Kaka in each of his four MLS seasons.,The Galaxy was 9-2-4 in games in which he scored a goal and 4-10-5 when he didnt.To fit Ibrahimovics new contract under the MLS salary cap, Te Kloese will have to create a designated-player spot by trading, releasing or restructuring the contract of one of the teams three current DPs.

Already in are NFC division winners Dallas (East), New Orleans (South), Chicago (North) and the Los Angeles Rams (West).,AFC divisions clinched belong to New England in the East and, well, nobody else.,New England, the only unbeaten team at home this year, would get the first seed with a victory and losses by the Chiefs and Chargers.,If the Texans fall at home to Jacksonville, the winner of the Colts at Titans game in Tennessee takes the AFC South, and the Texans become a wild card, joining either the Chiefs or Chargers.,The AFC division often looked at as the toughest has been the North, which, not surprisingly, has come down to Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh.