High school

A little over five minutes after they caused a gasp at the finish line, Edison Leffler and Sunny Gunn remained in dismay. The seniors from Preston and Pocatello, respectively, were not but a few strides from the funnel where the late finishers were coming through. Two of the best 4A runners …

Idaho State University

There is a formula to upsets in college football. Limit turnovers, control the clock and underdogs give themselves a shot at winning. Idaho State did that on Saturday – almost to perfection – and still managed to lose by 18 to eighth-ranked Montana State.

At a football game earlier this season, the Idaho State women’s basketball team waltzed out to midfield of Holt Arena and were announced, one-by-one, to Bengals’ fans. The Big Sky champions had just received their rings and now received what was absent throughout their magical season: applause.

Idaho State’s defense collapsed. The eyes of the Bengals’ front seven were fixated in the Portland State backfield. They saw the handoff to Malik Walker. They saw Walker’s pitch to receiver Beau Kelly. Then they saw Kelly’s pitch back to quarterback Davis Alexander.

POCATELLO – Perhaps change is easier to grasp when it’s linear. Steady improvements make sense. Sudden shifts do not. And when those deviations come, it’s natural to want to point to one person, one event, one thing as the ignition. Something had to set off the chain reaction.

Prep Stars

Editor’s Note: Prep Stars in College is a weekly glance at former southeast Idaho high school athletes who are now competing at the college level. If we’re missing anyone, let us know at sports@journalnet.com.

ISJ Sports Stars

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Being a starting quarterback in the NFL is supposed to be hard — but it appears nobody told Pocatello’s Taysom Hill, who helped the New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons 21-16 on Sunday to run his record to 3-0 as a starter in the NFL.

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Longtime coach and ultra-runner extraordinaire Ty Draney is this year’s keynote speaker for the Idaho State Journal’s Sports Stars awards banquet in Pocatello. Draney is a native of Auburn, Wyoming, and attended Idaho State University and Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho).

National

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HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers knew there was a “less than 1%” chance that he would be able to pitch in the World Series for the Houston Astros because of a forearm strain. The right-hander waited as long as possible, and didn't beat those odds.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed more of the unsettled lawsuits filed by men who say Ohio State University failed to stop sexual abuse decades ago by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Monday the state can move forward with scheduled lethal injections for five death row inmates, including Julius Jones, whose case has drawn international attention and who is scheduled to die on Nov. 28.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Way up in the Oakland Hills, Gary Payton is hollering good-naturedly as if he's still on the court during his days as a dynamic point guard with the Seattle SuperSonics, this time instructing his Lincoln University assistant coaches exactly where to stand for a group p…