The Cincinnati Enquirer
Saturday, August 19, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 231
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NEW STADIUM, NEW START
Akili Smith didn't mince words about tonight's opening of Paul Brown Stadium: "This is probably one of the biggest games in Bengals history."
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'PRETTY SWEET DEAL'
The Bengals have one of the most generous stadium leases in the NFL, an Enquirer analysis shows.

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Sports Headlines for  Saturday, August 19, 2000

Pirates 6, Reds 3
        Glaring as it was, Dante Bichette's eighth-inning fielding error in the Reds' 6-3 loss Friday night to the Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn't have blinded observers to the team's lingering problem: offense.

Top 3 draftees may go unsigned
        GM Jim Bowden says he doesn't expect to be able to sign the team's top 3 draft picks because attendance, though increased, will fall short of projections.

Larkin's next hit No. 2000
        Shortstop Barry Larkin downplayed the 2,000-hit milestone he'll soon reach.

Miami grad doing well with Pirates
        Scott Sauerbeck's second year in the big leagues started out a little rough. But things are going smoothly lately.

Xavier to open arena with Miami
        Miami University will be Xavier's first regular-season men's basketball opponent in the new 10,250-seat Cintas Center. The game is set for 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

Land's future in doubt after surgery
        Surgeon Angelo Colosimo said he “couldn't be happier” with the complicated knee operation he performed Friday on Cincinnati forward Eugene Land, but he is cautious about Land's future as a basketball player.

UC out of Parker derby
        The University of Cincinnati's pursuit of top prospect Jason Parker ended almost as quickly as it began.

White in good spot for Olympics
        Cincinnati's Morgan White moved into a better position for the Olympics, but teammate Alyssa Beckerman may have slipped out of contention Friday at the U.S. Gymnastics Trials.

Computer game challenges you to build cheaper stadium
        The Cincinnati Bengals play their first game in the new Paul Brown Stadium today. But one political candidate has already made a game out of the stadium itself. A computer game, that is.

SULLIVAN: Paul Brown missing from Paul Brown Stadium

        If architecture is in the details, Paul Brown Stadium is an unqualified triumph, a design concept dazzlingly realized.

Game important to Spikes
        Linebacker Takeo Spikes, the emotional leader of the defense, didn't practice Thursday and Friday because of a sore hip flexor, but he will play tonight in the Paul Brown Stadium opener against the Bears.

Bengal's life inspires TV movie
        Sirr Parker is trying to play in the NFL at cornerback, a position he hasn't played since high school.

Scott's bad check charge dropped
        A theft by deception charge against Bengals receiver Darnay Scott was dismissed Thursday in Boone District Court.

New sports station debuts Aug. 28
        The big change comes Monday, Aug.28. On that day, HOMER (WCKY-AM 1360) becomes 1360 HOMER The Sports Animal with a revamped lineup and a new network affiliation.

N.Ky. football report
        Daniel Morrison rushed for 244 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Simon Kenton over Woodford County 33-14 Friday night in Versailles.
Kentucky scores | Indiana scores | Other N.Ky. results

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S P E C I A L S
Thanks, come again
So many people came to the stadium open house - upwards of 100,000 - that Bengals and county officials are planning another.

Stadium almost wasn't
Battles over money, location and power threatened to send the Bengals to another city. Yet, each time, someone found a way out.

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Can Bengals, Scott recover?
Darnay Scott's season-ending broken leg left his teammates in shock and his career as a speedy wide receiver in jeopardy.

Huggins turns down Clippers
Explaining he wants “to finish what I started,” UC coach Bob Huggins said Monday night he rejected an offer to become head coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers.
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Hall of Fame Special
Four Reds legends went into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 23, making it one of the sweetest days in the rich history of baseball's first professional team. Check our special coverage.

Great American Ball Park
Carl Lindner's insurance company will pay about $75 million over 30 years for naming rights to the new Reds ballpark.
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UC's Kenyon Martin broke down in tears as he was selected first in the NBA draft by the Nets. DerMarr Johnson was picked sixth by the Hawks. Pete Mickeal was the 58th and last pick by the Mavs, then was traded to the Knicks.

Hail to the champions
Reds fans cheered their heroes from the Big Red Machine while the team honored their exiled star with a rose on third base.
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Just like pigs in slop
It'd be a stretch to say the second Flying Pig Marathon was no sweat, but cool weather, a new course and a plethora of painted pigs made it festive.
Complete race results
Winners stories: • Men'sWomen'sWheelchair

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


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