High School Basketball underway across the area with several early season tournaments taking place. First off the 56th annual Northwestern Invitational results from last night in girls action the Hosting Northwestern Lady eagles got by the lady tigers from higbee 64 to 52 and the Meadville lady eagles beat up on the Bucklin Lady Bulldogs 53 – 15. And in Boys action The meadville boys lit up the bosworth bulldogs 87-24 and Bucklin advanced passed higbee 71 to 62.

From the Glasgow tournament in boys action the Fayette Falcons defeated New Franklin handily by a score of 67 to 30

And in the Warsaw tournament in girls play Eldorado put it on the Lincoln Lady Cardinals 77-24.

And coming up in regular season play tonight on 101.3 FM The Grenade, both boys and girls action, as the Carrollton Trojans will play host to the Brookfield Bulldogs. The Girls game will tip off at 6 with the boys game to follow.

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The New Orleans Saints took advantage of a porous New York Giants defense to rack up 577 total yards in a 49-24 rout in the Superdome last night. That’s the second-most yards allowed in Giants history. Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes, two to rookie tight end Jimmy Graham and two to Lance Moore, while throwing for 363 yards. Brees also ran for a score.

The victory moves the 8-3 Saints one game ahead of Atlanta in the NFC South race. The 6-5 Giants fall a game back of Dallas in the NFC East race. The Giants are on a three-game losing streak that would rise to four unless they can beat defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay in the Meadowlands next weekend.

Florida Gator Head Coach Billy Donovan earned his 400th career coaching victory as the 10th-ranked Gators rode a 16-point halftime lead to a 96-70 win over Stetson.

In other top 25 basketball Sixth-ranked Louisville ran off its 14th straight victory at the KFC Yum! Center by beating Long Beach State 79-66. Chris Smith led the Cardinals with 18.

Jae Crowder scored a season-high 27 points to lead No. 16 Marquette past Jacksonville 88-56. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 11 of his 19 points in the first half for the Golden Eagles, who are 6-0.

Tu Holloway scored eight of his 24 points in overtime and No. 11 Xavier rallied from 10 down to beat 20th-ranked Vanderbilt 82-70. This was the first game against a ranked opponent for both Vanderbilt and Xavier, the five-time Atlantic 10 champ.

Joe Jackson scored 15 points, Chris Crawford added 14 and No. 22 Memphis overcame a lackluster first half to defeat Jackson State 70-45.

No. 24 Calfiornia beat McNeese State 73-57 for a 6-1 start under Mike Montgomery. Jorge Gutierrez scored a season-high 26 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.

Urban Meyer says if not for the coaching position at Ohio State, he would not have coached this year. Meyer, who won two national championships while at Florida, was introduced late Monday afternoon as the new coach of the Buckeyes. He takes over a program that has a glittering past but has also suffered through a difficult year of NCAA violations. Meyer resigned as Gators coach after last season, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family. He said at his introductory news conference that he’s feeling great.

Meyer will become one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, along with Alabama’s Nick Saban and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, and Texas’ Mack Brown. The school says he’ll receive a six-year contract that pays $4 million annually, plus another $2.4 million total in “retention payments.” The Buckeyes program is coming off several suspensions and the forced resignation of coach Jim Tressel (TREHS’-uhl). The Buckeyes completed a 6-6 season under interim Luke Fickell (FIH’-kuhl) with a 40-34 loss to rival Michigan on Saturday. Fickell will coach Ohio State in its bowl game and will be retained by Meyer as an assistant.