National Sports Briefs

New York – The Florida Marlins won their 2nd World Series in their 11-year existence by beating the N.Y. Yankees four games to two.
The wild-card Marlins started the season 19-29, but rallied to the best record in baseball after May. In the postseason Florida stunned National League West champion San Francisco and came back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Chicago Cubs to reach the Fall Classic.
Josh Beckett was named World Series MVP after pitching a complete-game shutout. Manager Jack McKeon went with Beckett on just three days rest, a decision many experts disagreed with. But McKeon looked liked a genius with Beckett’s fastball hitting the mid-90’s and his breaking balls had devastating movement.
The Marlins first won the title in 1997, beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games.
Houston – Houston Rockets forward Eddie Griffin is being investigated by police, who were told he beat and shot a woman at his home.
Despite the reports, no warrant for his arrest is out. Houston police simply want a statement from Griffin who has yet to report to Rockets training camp and has been suspended by the team.
Joann Romero, 21, alleged in a call to police that Griffin hit her and shot at her. She also said she was treated for facial injuries at a Houston hospital.
“It’s his word against hers and we can’t find him,” said police spokesman Alvin Wright. “Nobody saw him do anything, there are no witnesses.”
Police found shell casings and blood inside Griffin’s home after a male identifying himself as Griffin said someone had broken into his house. When police arrived at the house Griffin was gone, but a relative of Griffin was there. She said she didn’t hear anything.
Griffin’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said he hasn’t spoken to the NBA player.
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College Football
Amherst, NY – Dallas Pelz’ four field goals lifted Buffalo over Ohio Oct. 25 to end the nation’s longest losing streak (in Division I-A). A late touchdown by P.J. Piskorik sealed the 26-17 comeback win for the Bulls.
Buffalo (1-8 overall, 1-4 Mid-American Conference) had lost 18 straight games, 13 consecutive in the MAC.
The longest losing streak in the nation now belongs to Army, who lost at Cincinnati 33-29 Oct. 25, raising their streak to ten games.