The Cincinnati Enquirer
Tuesday, April 4, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 95
L O C A L
S P O R T S
B U S I N E S S
W E A T H E R
T R A F F I C
Today's Sports News
Opening Day
TONIGHT: OPENING DAY II
Opening Day is always about new beginnings, but Monday's was a false start. Relentless rain and uncertain footing forced the Reds and Milwaukee Brewers to disengage in the sixth inning of a 3-3 tie.
Complete coverage at reds.enquirer.com

march madness
Final Four Coverage: Men's Women's
img
SPARTANS GUT OUT A TITLE
It seems all of this college basketball season's defining moments have shown us the same picture: a player vital to his team's pursuit aching to reach his feet. This time, he got up.
Connecticut wins women's title

HUSKIES ROLL OVER VOLS, 71-52
Connecticut had too much talent, too much depth and too many quck hands. And now the Huskies have something else: a second women's NCAA Championship.

TALK BACK CINCINNATI
Cincinnati.Com is proud to offer our readers interactive forums for free and open communication. We hope you enjoy this service.
Headlines
For past stories, please see BackIssues or use our Search Engine.
National headlines from the AP, updated around the clock.

Sports Headlines for  Tuesday, April 04, 2000

Cleaves: 4 years well spent at MSU
        INDIANAPOLIS — He is one who has kept the promise. Come to school, play basketball. Get an education. Grow.

FINAL FOUR NOTES
        INDIANAPOLIS Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci grew up competing with and against one another in just about any sport that could fill the idle time in the tiny, Upper Peninsula town of Iron Mountain, Mich.

Junior's ovation: 'Awesome'
        Ken Griffey Jr. was surprised — pleasantly surprised. His father, Ken Sr., was touched enough that his eyes welled up.

Rain gets the victory
        Inspiration was as hard to find as sunshine Monday as the Reds and Milwaukee Brewers played a season opener that counted in the statistics but not in the standings.

Fans' excitement undampened
        ×by
        The large scoreboard at Cinergy was moved into right field, so construction crews can demolish a portion of the outfield stands after the season and begin building the new ballpark next door.

Neagle stays on usual pitching routine
        Monday's called Opening Day game changed the Reds' pitching plans, but it didn't change the pitchers' routines.

Surprise: It's Tucker that who homers first
        On an Opening Day of strange twists, one of the strangest was the man who hit the season's first home run.

An umpire's most difficult call: Rain
        One of the most difficult calls an umpire has to make is not the bang-bang play at first base, or the fair-foul signal on a line drive over the bag or the shoestring catch by an outfielder.

Brewers regroup after rocky start
        Steve Woodard was in trouble. Milwaukee's starting pitcher had just thrown six straight balls to start the game, then gave up an RBI double to Barry Larkin.

REDS NOTEBOOK
        Reds manager Jack McKeon dismissed the notion that Scott Sullivan, his first relief pitcher of the season, was a liability under Monday's unusual circumstances.

A little rain, a big parade
        Ten-year-old Matthew Tanner of Dayton, Ohio, couldn't tell you whether Monday's Findlay Market Parade was really the biggest and best of all the 82 that have been held.

Findlay Market flag tradition will endure, despite Opening Day whiff
        Tradition almost struck out on Opening Day. Before Monday's game was called because of rain, Findlay Market's merchants were left holding the flag.

Marge keeps low profile at Opener
        CINCINNATI — Marge Schott used to revel in Opening Day festivities. She doted on the pregame parade, roamed Cinergy Field with her St. Bernard and then watched the game from box seats next to the Cincinnati Reds' dugout.

Rain held down ticket prices, vendors say
        For the fourth straight year, three generations of Jones men from Fairfield attended Opening Day in Cincinnati.

Tight parking a boost for Metro
        Reds players weren't the only ones doing pre-game sprints on Opening Day: Thousands of fans, forced to park their cars in remote lots, dashed across the city to make the game's first pitch.

Reds marketing machine: new year, higher gear
        With one of the biggest draws in professional sports in Ken Griffey Jr. and a team coming off an exciting season, it'd be hard to criticize the Cincinnati Reds for just sitting back, opening the ticket gates and expecting a sellout of every home game.

Reds' suite sales open
        In less than a week, the Cincinnati Reds have collected a combined $1.175 million in deposits from 47 companies to reserve luxury boxes at the team's new ballpark, even though it won't be ready until 2003.

S P E C I A L S
Title renews NKU's dreams
Northern Kentucky University won a basketball game and so much more. Respect. Recognition. The right to dream new dreams.
NKU wins its first championship
NKU rally took a lot of heart
img

img
St. X lands state title
St. Xavier's 63-54 victory in the Division I state championship game gave the Bombers their first state basketball championship.

Mason girls win state title
The Mason girls basketball team beat Pickerington 36-25 in the Division I state championship game at Columbus.
img

img
Sparky will be Red forever
Although he won World Series in both cities and spent nearly two-thirds of his managerial career in Detroit, Sparky Anderson says he'll wear a Reds cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.
Sparky's election was slam dunk
Club celebrates for Sparky
McPhee waited 101 years

College football signings
Click below to go right to the story and list for your favorite team:
UCMiami Ohio State Kentucky
helmet

soccer
High school stars sign up
Check out the list of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Ky. athletes who signed with colleges last week. More coverage:
Girls reap soccer scholarships
Football recruits fill Division I

Newsmakers of the future
Want to know the future? Check out this list. We call it “21 to watch” — 21 rising stars in the fields of news, politics, business, arts and entertainment, food and sports for the 21st century.
21 to watch


50 Moments of magic
From the Big Red Machine to tiny Milan's miracle, Cincinnati's sports century is highlighted by these 50 moments.

Color the year Red
For Cincinnati sports fans, 1999 will be forever known as the year the Reds returned to prominence.
'99 In Review stories
year in review logo

MONDAY'S SPORTS STORIES

Sports News at the Wire
Today's headlines
Men's Final Four
Women's Final Four
Pro basketball
Baseball
Pro football
Carruth - Lewis
College football
Golf   Tennis
Hockey
Boxing  Soccer
Olympics
Auto racing
Horse racing
Track & field
Transactions
Click here for CINCINNATI.COM

ADVERTISING INFORMATION FOR ENQUIRER WEB SITES

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE NEWSLETTER