Battle of Ohio: Entering Sunday’s NFL action, the Bengals and Browns were alone in first and second place in the AFC North for the first time since the division was formed in 2002. That’s also the last time the Browns swept state bragging rights. Cleveland won the first round 17-6 on Sept. 29. Both teams need this one. The Bengals look for a better effort after last week’s comeback fell short against the Ravens. The Browns are rested coming off their bye week as they look to continue their surprising pursuit of the playoffs. Cincinnati leads the series 42-38.
Playoff push: Sixteen high school teams from the Miami Valley survived the first round. The second step is the regional semifinals this Friday and Saturday. All games are at neutral sites. Wayne is the last area team standing in Division I. D-II offers some impressive matchups with Tippecanoe vs. Thurgood Marshall and Trotwood-Madison vs. Springfield Shawnee. The best small school games include Covington vs. Marion Local in D-VII.
In the running: The best high school seniors converge on Kettering’s Indian Riffle Park on Saturday for the Mid-East Cross Country Championships. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio will send 12 of their top high school seniors for the 27th running of the event, sponsored by Greater Dayton Track and Cross Country Officials Association and the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. The girls race starts at 11 a.m. and the boys race follows at 11:30.
An assist to Veterans’ Day: The Sinclair men’s basketball team hosts a team from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at 7:30 tonight. Admission is free. Among the highlights, Air Force recruits will participate in a swearing in ceremony as they take their oath of enlistment.
Raiders go to Washington: Wright State gets a great early-season test when the men’s basketball travels to D.C. to take on the Georgetown Hoyas. The Raiders, one of the youngest teams in the NCAA last season, opened up the 2013-14 campaign against Mount St. Joseph on Sunday evening. Georgetown, which boasts a trio of defensive-minded guards, lost to Oregon 82-75 on Friday in South Korea.