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Sports Headlines for Saturday, July 17, 1999
R E D S B A S E B A L L
Larkin may help pay for grass
Larkin said over the All-Star break that he'd be much more likely to re-sign with the Reds if the team replaced the artificial turf at Cinergy Field with natural grass.
Reds play it safe with Casey's foot
Sean Casey was in the Reds' lineup Friday night until manager Jack McKeon saw Casey walk. One look at the limp, and McKeon inserted Hal Morris at first base and in the third spot in the batting order.
Notebook: Young gets start and hits
Dmitri Young was in right field Friday night, making only his second start since June 30. Manager Jack McKeon said over the All-Star break that he thought Young was ready to break out and start hitting like he did last year.
St. X grad makes major-league return
Just mention Chris Sexton's name, and Aaron Boone has a story.
ASTROS 2, TIGERS 1
HOUSTON Craig Biggio's two-out single in the ninth moved Houston back into first place in the NL Central.
Minor-league umps may walk out, too
NEW YORK The minor leagues vowed Friday to keep playing even if their umpires go on strike.
S O C C E R
Cincinnati jumps on soccer train
A committee of local political, corporate and sports leaders are exploring the idea of attempting to bring a professional women's soccer team to town.
X A V I E R
Xavier meets Louisville in Alaska
Xavier's will play Louisville on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 (9:30 p.m. EST) in the first-round of the Great Alaska Shootout, with the winner meeting the winner of Kansas-Georgia on Nov. 26.
Logan assists in U.S. wins
Cincinnati Bearcats point guard Steve Logan scored nine points for the U.S. junior national team in a 92-87 victory over Greece Friday in the second preliminary-round game of the World Junior Championships at Almada, Portugal.
D R E A T E A M
Payton leads USA over Canada
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico In one of the closer games the United States has played with an NBA roster, the Americans beat Canada 94-60 Thursday in the first round of their Olympic qualifying tournament.
M E T T E N N I S
Topalo gets rematch in Met semis
After losing to Jeff Wolf in doubles on Thursday, Robert Topalo knows today's semifinal singles match won't be easy.
Met tennis results, schedule
M I A M I
Harvard considers Miami hockey coach
Miami University coach Mark Mazzoleni withdrew his name as a candidate for the vacant Harvard job, but that wasn't the end of it.
S P O R T S S P E C I A L S
Girls find new heroes
More are looking to female athletes for roles, goals as women's sports take an unprecedented step up into the public spotlight.
Women athletes sell, companies finding
Flying Pig Marathon
Kenyans dominate marathon running, so it figured that a Kenyan would win Cincinnati's first Flying Pig Marathon. But it was a hometown runner who brought home the bacon in the women's division. Check out our special coverage, including complete results and a photo gallery.
First bid to lure Olympics one year away
The people hoping to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to Cincinnati have a year to submit their first bid. The Enquirer looks at early plans for staging the Olympics here and some of the problems that must be overcome in the next year.
Regional plan boosts supply of venues
Cincinnati 2012 venues plan
Biggest challenge: Big sports need big locations
Convention center expansion might help
Gay rights issue could be an obstacle
Mass transit is a missing piece
Riverboats would increase hotel space
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