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Saturday, August 14, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 227
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ATP'S FANTASTIC FOUR
The top four seeds, who also happen to be the top four players in the world, are all who remain for today's semifinals of the Great American Insurance ATP Championship.
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Sports Headlines for  Saturday, August 14, 1999

R E D S   B A S E B A L L
REDS 5, PHILLIES 4
        Cincinnati's victory, coupled with Houston's loss to the Pirates, moves the Reds back into first place for the first time since July 15.

Young's hit rewrites book
        The Philadelphia Phillies went by the book in the ninth inning Friday night. They brought in left-hander Billy Brewer to face Dmitri Young.

REDS NOTEBOOK
        Though rosters cannot be expanded beyond their current limits until Sept. 1, General Manager Jim Bowden already knows how he wants to supplement the Reds for the season's final month.

Phils' climb mirrors Reds'
        The Philadelphia Phillies have followed pretty much the same path to pennant contention as the the Reds. Like the Reds, the Phillies are built around good, young talent.

Reds, top draft pick close to deal
        Ty Howington, the top draft choice of the Reds, said he expects to sign with the club next week.

Merchandise sales match team's success
        Clyde Pridemore glanced around at a recent Cincinnati Reds game and noticed a new look. Not to Cinergy Field, which has had some painting done to it, but to the fans around him.

Reds open Web store
        After getting requests for merchandise from around the globe, the Cincinnati Reds have started a Web store to hawk the team's goods.

Pirates 6, Astros 5
        HOUSTON — Houston committed two errors in the 13th inning, allowing Brian Giles to score the winning run as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Astros 6-5 Friday night.

Giants 3, Mets 2
        SAN FRANCISCO — Russ Ortiz pitched seven strong innings and Rich Aurilia and Marvin Benard each homered as the San Francisco Giants, rebounding from a disastrous road trip, beat the New York Mets 3-2 Friday night.

B E N G A L S
Bengals take sense of urgency into preseason opener
        In his four NFL seasons, Brian DeMarco, a free-agent refugee from the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been a part of 38 victories. His new team, the Cincinnati Bengals, has won 39 games since their last playoff appearance in 1990.

Young talent lifts Bengals' secondary
        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — They aren't the SWAT Team yet. Right now, they're just Young Guns. But the Bengals are hoping rookie defensive backs Charles Fisher and Cory Hall and second-year man Artrell Hawkins can do for the franchise what Eric Thomas, David Fulcher and Lewis Billups did after they were taken in the 1986 and 1987 NFL drafts.

Smith negotiations stalled
        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The Bengals don't expect a deal with No. 1 draft pick Akili Smith this weekend, as the sides continue to read differently the contracts of the players picked immediately ahead and behind Smith.

Cost of signing Pickens, Dillon keeps rising
        The price for Carl Pickens and Corey Dillon keeps going up.

U C   F O O T B A L L
Turnovers key to UC turnaround
        They looked a lot more like an 0-0 team than 2-9. The black uniforms the Cincinnati Bearcats wore on the field Friday at Nippert Stadium were stained by nothing but their sweat from standing too long on the steaming turf. There were a lot of smiles.

M I A M I   B A S K E T B A L L
Miami adds point guard
        OXFORD — Matt Jameson, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Newport Beach, Calif., has committed to play for Miami University, coach Charlie Coles said Friday.

A T P   T E N N I S
World's top 4 in ATP semis
        The top four seeds, who also happen to be the top four players in the world, are all who remain for today's semifinals of the Great American Insurance ATP Championship.

Sampras-Agassi: love-love
        The glitz-and-glamour match of the Great American Insurance ATP Championship takes place at 2 p.m. today in a semifinal on Center Court.

Rafter, Kafelnikov playing their best

        But his Great American Insurance ATP semifinal foe, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, also has warmed with the weather. The Russian's recent run will net the No.1 ranking if he wins this tournament.

Sampras breaks Krajicek's hold over him
        MASON — The match turned in a matter of moments. It was 4-4. Pete Sampras had double-faulted for the third time in the game and was down a break point. But Richard Krajicek could not capitalize.

Chang a winner despite loss

        Patrick Rafter had beaten him 6-2, 6-1 in a 65-minute Great American Insurance ATP quarterfinal Friday night, and Chang was in need of an alibi. Friday the 13th? Bad hair day?

Kuerten: 'It wasn't my day'
        MASON — Gustavo Kuerten slammed his racket to the ground twice on his way to the net to shake hands with Andre Agassi.

ATP NOTEBOOK
        MASON — The world's top ranking is up for grabs this weekend.

ATP sees return of the Woodies
        For six years in men's doubles tennis, it was the Woodies and everyone else. That era is over, but with Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge advancing to the ATP Championship doubles semifinals today, the Woodies may be back.

Friday's ATP results

Today's ATP schedule

S P O R T S   S P E C I A L S
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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