The Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, Sept. 24, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 268
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CAN REDS STAGE OCTOBER SURPRISE?
        While the Reds' quest for the playoffs appears destined to continue into next week, they already know what must happen if they're to wrest a postseason berth from Houston or New York.
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Sports Headlines for  Friday, September 24, 1999

Bowden allows Bell to interview with Colorado
        Buddy Bell, Reds director of player development, is expected to interview for the Colorado managerial vacancy shortly after the regular season ends.

Mets anything but chipper after sweep
        ATLANTA — If the New York Mets were casting ballots, Chipper Jones would probably be a unanimous MVP.

Reds in race
        Though the Reds have a potentially huge two-game series at Houston starting next Tuesday, they can't look past the four-game series beginning tonight against St. Louis

Scouting report: Cardinals at Reds
        First baseman Mark McGwire needs one home run to become only the third player to hit 400 homers in a calendar decade.

Hokies' defense outscores Tigers
        BLACKSBURG, Va. — Shyrone Stith, Ike Charlton and Corey Moore rescued No. 8 Virginia Tech from a great 57-minute show by Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter on Thursday night, lifting the Hokies to a tense 31-11 victory over the Tigers.

Norse attitude: 'We want to win, and we're willing to pay the price.'
        In athletics, Northern Kentucky University is no longer The Little School That Could.

Irwin the favorite in a strong field
        MASON — It doesn't take much to figure out the favorite for this year's Kroger Senior Classic, which starts today at The Golf Center at Kings Island.

Trevino not as competitive, just as entertaining
        MASON — He is talking non-stop, just like always. Lee Trevino banters with with the volunteers, the crowd, his playing partners, his caddie.

Boys soccer: Summit CD stakes claim as No. 1
        The matchup between Cincinnati's two best boys soccer teams was a mismatch Thursday.

Colerain unsettled at QB
        The guessing game will continue until tonight's kickoff at Fairfield Stadium.

Hanser scores twice as CovCath beats Boone Co.
        The Covington Catholic boys soccer team won a fourth consecutive game Thursday, rallying to defeat Boone County 4-3.

HIGH SCHOOLS
Digest of results, schedules.

Teen won't return touchdown ball to Couch
        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 13-year-old Nashville boy plans to keep the football used by Cleveland Browns quarterback Tim Couch on his first touchdown pass.

Grizzlies might move to St. Louis
        VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The NBA league meetings opened Thursday with the host city in shock, after the Vancouver Grizzlies were sold to an owner who could try to move the team to St. Louis.

Kentucky Cup looks to be a Cat fight
        FLORENCE — Topping last September's Kentucky Cup Classic for a thrilling horse race may be impossible, Turfway Park handicapper Mike Battaglia concedes. But he says Saturday's encore should be worthy.

Lapham's NFL exposure grows
        Dave Lapham's two-game gig with Fox has turned into five games.

Some umpires working to oust Phillips
        NEW YORK — Dissident umpires launched their campaign Thursday to oust union head Richie Phillips, saying they were starting to collect signatures to decertify the current union and start a new one.

Stiff challenges for Ryle, Dixie
        Dixie Heights' acid test comes tonight; Ryle sees its football season on the brink.

Success not as easy for Baiocchi
        MASON — Hugh Baiocchi, who emerged from a five-way playoff to win last year's Kroger Senior Classic, is concerned about his swing.

Bengals wary of Metcalf
        Carolina punt returner Eric Metcalf has the chance to torture his third generation of Bengals in Sunday's game. Consider the youthful Bengals are allowing an NFL-high 14.5 yards per punt return.

No snap decision after Blake throws
        Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake took about half his usual number of throws in practice on Thursday. But who will start Sunday in Carolina — Blake, nursing a sprained throwing shoulder, or rookie Akili Smith — remained up in the air.

PANTHERS SCOUTING REPORT Offense
        • Running back — Tim Biakabutuka — the elusive one — and Fred Lane — the churner — have been alternating quarters and doing a nice job of it at an NFL-best 5.1 yards per carry. But the Panthers have run it only 34 times. Ex-49er William Floyd is a solid fullback.

Series benefits both Bearcats, Buckeyes
        The moment he steps onto the Ohio Stadium field, Cincinnati Bearcats safety DeJuan Gossett admits he will “be like a little kid.” This is a genuine thrill for a college football player, to challenge Ohio State in one of the game's great venues.

UC-OSU: From the backyard to the Horseshoe
        COLUMBUS — It's not a homecoming, because the game is in Columbus. But to the Cincinnati-area football players now at Ohio State, Saturday's matchup with the University of Cincinnati is a little more special than the average non-conference matchup.

S P O R T S   S P E C I A L S
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW
        Get schedules and rosters on 98 Greater Cincinnati and N.Ky. teams, go up-close with Michael Munoz and other top players, and check out our All-Century team.

PETE'S PAIN: LIFE IN EXILE
        The Hit King, banned from baseball 10 years ago, still longs to return.

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.

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