The Cincinnati Enquirer
Saturday, September 16, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 259
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CINCY SWIMMER WINS GOLD
Erin Phenix and the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team won the gold medal Saturday. Check Cincinnati.com/olympics for Paul Daugherty's reports, coverage of the 12 Tristate athletes, and the latest news and results from Associated Press.
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Friday's big winners included Fairfield, Wyoming, Moeller and Boone County. Big losers included Purcell Marian, Ryle, Taylor and LaSalle. Get scores and stats, plus a special report on today's Elder-Highlands game at PB Stadium. And talk with other fans on our forum page.

FAN SUES BENGALS OVER SEASON TICKETS
A season-ticket holder sued the Bengals and Hamilton County on Friday because he received less expensive and more remote seats than the ones he claims he paid for in Paul Brown Stadium.
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Sports Headlines for  Saturday, September 16, 2000

SULLIVAN: Coslet's job on the line Sunday
        The Bengals' season is only one-sixteenth over, and already it seems almost pointless to proceed. Sunday's 24-7 stinker against Cleveland may well have been the worst loss the local 11 have ever experienced.

Punting bright spot for Bengals
        At least the Bengals' punt team was stellar last Sunday. Relatively speaking.

Rookie LB Spearman becomes starter
        The Bengals will start undrafted rookie Armegis Spearman at middle linebacker Sunday — there being no Jack Lamberts or Dick Butkuses on the waiver wire.

McGee's streak in jeopardy
        Tight end Tony McGee probably will play on a limited basis Sunday, but his streak of 104 straight starts may be in jeopardy.

Reds 6, Brewers 4
        Not long ago, Steve Parris was synonymous with the Reds' woes. Now, his name can be linked to much more respectable sources.

Larkin healing - too late
        In one of the season's final ironies, Barry Larkin said Friday that he's close to feeling well enough to play. But since the Reds are a season-high 11 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central, Larkin won't rush back.

Meeting ominous for McKeon
        In a somewhat unusual move, general manager Jim Bowden will meet with manager Jack McKeon and the coaching staff on Monday, Oct. 2, the day after the season ends.

Can UC lightning strike twice?
        They are clutch and opportunistic, as one might expect of a senior-laden team, and yet they are surprising, only because they are the University of Cincinnati football Bearcats.

Cincinnati swimmer wins gold medal
        SYDNEY, Australia — Cincinnatian Erin Phenix won a gold medal when her teammates in the 400-meter freestyle relay cruised to a world record in Saturday's finals.

Craig's comeback goes smoothly
        SYDNEY, Australia — Fighting for the first time in five months, Cincinnati's Dante Craig needed a little time to shake off the rust. But not much.

DAUGHERTY: Cerermonies remind us what could be
        SYDNEY, Australia — In a minute, we'll discuss the true meaning of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, which is to put on a show so weird, so campy, so entirely Out There, it resembles a hallucinogenic dream. But first, a question:

DAUGHERTY: Lasorda bleeding red, white and blue
        SYDNEY — Tommy Lasorda isn't bleeding blue anymore. He's added red and white. Red, white and blue. Or red, white and bull, depending on how seriously you want to take him.

Kroger leaderboard crowded
        MASON — There were no 58's Friday in the opening round of the Kroger Senior Classic. The wind blew and the planets realigned, as five 66s, including one by defending champion Gil Morgan, led the field.
Friday's scores | Today's tee times | Play of the Day


Kroger Notebook
        MASON — The beauty of this Senior PGA Tour is that it needs former big-name stars from the regular tour — like Lee Trevino and Hale Irwin, who are both here — to make it attractive to fans.

Cyclones, IHL struggle to survive
        In three years at the Firstar Center, the Cincinnati Cyclones have become a poster board for the financial problems of minor-league hockey.

Miami goes for biggest upset of all
        On the last page of the Miami University media guide, they list “Major Victories.” In less politically correct days, those were called “Tomahawk” victories.

UK's got to get a handle on Randle El
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Hal Mumme knows the key to stopping Indiana is slowing down multidimensional quarterback Antwaan Randle El.

Today's small college football preview

UK player will face trial Oct. 10
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jules Camara, a projected University of Kentucky basketball starter charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, will have a jury trial Oct. 10.

Rize could cause tizzy in Kentucky Cup Classic
        FLORENCE — Four of the six horses in today's $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park are established winners of Grade I stakes races.

Caller One dialed in on Sprint
        FLORENCE — Caller One won the Hansel Stakes by 10 lengths on Spiral Stakes Day in March at Turfway Park, and today he'll be back trying for more.

Highlands seeks respect vs. Elder
        The curiosity factor is the big draw tonight for the Elder-Highlands game. Not to see Paul Brown Stadium, but to see if Highlands is worthy of its hype, and if Northern Kentucky's brand of football matches up with Cincinnati's.
Past Ohio-Kentucky border battles

Fairfield 28, Lakota West 20
        Quarterback Brett Pogozalski put on an aerial display in the second half Friday, rallying Fairfield to a 28-20 victory over host Lakota West.

Henry Clay 28, Ryle 10
        UNION — Lexington Henry Clay sophomore Demetric Blackburn started on offense for the first time Friday, and the Ryle Raiders hope they never see him again.

Colorado guard to visit Xavier
        Jaison Williams, a 6-foot-3 guard from Aurora (Colo.) Hinkley, has scheduled an official visit to XU next weekend.

S P E C I A L S
Pall Bearer Stadium
Paul Brown must be turning over in his grave after the Bengals stunk up their new stadium in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Browns.
Photo galleryGame story

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With no time left on the clock, UC's Jason Mammarelli kicked a 47-yard field goal Saturday to shock No. 24 Syracuse (and a national TV audience) 12-10.
Ohio St. 27, Arizona 17Miami 34, E. Mich. 17UK 27, So. Fla. 9

Olympic romance
Local swimmers Erin Phenix and Nate Dusing are living a real-life Hollywood script as they prepare to compete in Sydney, Australia, beginning this week.
Golden road may be hard for area Olympians

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IRL puts on a great show
The Indy Racing League was an instant smash at Kentucky Speedway, with a big wreck on the second lap. There were surprise leaders and thrilling duels but also a predictable finish.

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Get the rundown on your favorite team - and all 95 teams in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky - at Enquirer.com/prepfootball.

Ky. Speedway sets pace
Kentucky Speedway has been setting attendance records in its first season and has a chance to establish an Indy Racing League milestone this weekend at the Bluegrass State's first Indy car race.

Griffey, Brennaman clash
Marty Brennaman and Ken Griffey Jr. had a blowup in the clubhouse, with Griffey taking offense at the broadcaster's criticism and Brennaman responding, "I was here before you and I'll be here after you."

Tristate sending 11 to Sydney
Dante Craig has 24 more nights to dream his golden dreams. Then it gets real for all 11 athletes with Cincinnati ties who are going to the Olympics.

Two gymnasts make Olympics
Morgan White won a berth on the six-member U.S. teams following the trials in Boston last weekend. Alyssa Beckerman will go as an alternate.

Opening night in photos
Check out a gallery of photos from Saturday night's first game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Complete Bengals coverage at Cincinnati.com/bengals

Stadium opens with bang
With a blast of fireworks and a jet-fighter flyby, Paul Brown Stadium, for years a political football and a symbol of riverfront revitalization, fulfilled its true purpose Saturday.

'Pretty sweet deal'
The Bengals have one of the most generous stadium leases in the NFL, an Enquirer analysis shows.

Thanks, come again
So many people came to the stadium open house - upwards of 100,000 - that Bengals and county officials are planning another.

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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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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