The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sunday, September 17, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 260
Today's Sports News
Thousands of fans got free admission to Saturday's high school football game between Highlands and Elder at Paul Brown Stadium as officials moved to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation. About 35,000 people showed up for the cross-river rivalry, and only a handful of ticket windows were open, leaving thousands in line at kickoff time. They were let in free after the kickoff was delayed half an hour. Elder won 21-14.
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A second straight shocker over the Top-10 Badgers? Impossible. Unthinkable. And in the end, just out of reach.
Ohio State 27, Miami 16Kentucky 41, Indiana 34

The soccer team tied China and the gymnastics team struggled Sunday. Check for Paul Daugherty's reports, coverage of the 12 Tristate athletes, and the latest news and results from Associated Press.
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Sports Headlines for  Sunday, September 17, 2000

Akili could learn from Brunell
        JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The quarterback is strong and mobile, capable of big plays from the pocket or on the run. All Akili Smith of the Cincinnati Bengals needs now is some experience, along with a good team around him. Like his opponent today, Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bengals already in danger in Week 2
        JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — NFL history isn't kind to 0-2 teams who want to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. And the Bengals are looking at 0-2 as they meet the Jaguars today.

Bengals know they can't let losses linger
        JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Pro athletes deal with defeat in different ways. The Bengals have had lots of experience..

Who's got the edge
        Enquirer Bengals beat reporter Mark Curnutte gives his analysis of how the Bengals and the Jaguars match up by position.
Bengals-Jaguars by the numbers | Players to watch

Reds 7, Brewers 3
        It's safe to say John Riedling has a unique outlook about his work schedule. “I don't want an offseason,” he said Saturday.

Kroger pulls Griffey cereal box
        A customer complaint about the cereal in a box of Wheaties caused Greater Cincinnati Kroger Co. stores to remove from their shelves all orange boxes with Ken Griffey Jr.'s picture.

Stynes not used to such a workout
        If Chris Stynes finishes this season with 400 at-bats — a reachable total, since he already has 346 — that would be only 60 fewer than he accumulated in his previous two seasons. So he can't be blamed if he feels fatigued.

DAUGHERTY: Thorpe as good as advertised
        SYDNEY — It was an epic race in an epic evening, the sort of occasion that makes you remember why we love our games so much. In the center of it all was a 17-year-old kid who once was allergic to chlorine.

U.S. baseball team saves face
        SYDNEY, Australia — There was no Kirk Gibson arm rake, no dramatic limp around the bases. The longest game in Olympic baseball history needed a finish, not a fist pump.

Craig wins for Dante Jr.
        SYDNEY, Australia — Dante Craig knows heartache, and he knows pain. He had to fight through both just to make the U.S. boxing team.

Disappointed women's gymnasts lower sights
        SYDNEY, Australia — The United States women's gymnastics team can forget about duplicating its gold-medal performance from Atlanta in 1996. After their first day's performance, they'll be lucky to medal at all.

NBC is missing the excitement

        I'm an Olympics guy. I love the Summer Games. I remember watching on a little portable black-and-white TV in friend's living room in 1968 when long jumper Bob Beamon made that incredible leap into history.

Ohio State 27, Miami 16
        COLUMBUS — Miami coach Terry Hoeppner firedone finger up in the air on the sideline, meaning to go for one on the point after touchdown. Mike Bath thought he was in for a touchdown. So did most of the record crowd of 96,721 at Ohio Stadium.

SULLIVAN: Buckeyes can't expect easy wins anymore
        COLUMBUS — Ohio State should pick on someone its own size. There's nothing to be gained from trouncing Miami, and there's a whole lot to be lost if the game turns out to be tight.

Miami WRs burn Buckeyes
        COLUMBUS — Miami wide receiver Ty Buxton grew up in Worthington, Ohio, just a few fly patterns from Ohio Stadium, so he was very happy to catch a touchdown pass Saturday.

Kentucky 41, Indiana 34
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky relied on its high-powered offense to rally from a 20-7 first-half deficit against rival Indiana.

Minter reconsiders safety strategy
        MADISON, Wis. — After losing a heartbreaking overtime decision Saturday, the undesirable luxury of hindsight reared its ugly head in UC coach Rick Minter's postgame comments.

Small college football
        CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — Thomsas More rushed for 186 yards Saturday to beat Hanover 38-37 in overtime.

Nelson leads Kroger after late surge
        MASON — Larry Nelson woke up the ghosts Saturday and fired a 64, birdieing four of the last five holes to take a one-stroke lead on Gil Morgan (69) going into today's final round of the Kroger Senior Classic.
Scores | Tee times

Kroger Classic notebook
        MASON — Larry Nelson said being in the lead by a stroke going into today's final round of the Kroger Senior Classic was a lot more than he had bargained for going into Saturday.

Captain Steve wins Kentucky Cup Classic
        FLORENCE — Captain Steve kept his comeback from the low point of a spotty horse racing career alive Saturday at Turfway Park.

Other Kentucky Cup races
        FLORENCE — Jockey Kent Desormeaux said Saturday he has answered for himself some questions he had about Caller One, the sprinter he has been chasing all year.

National League Insider
        The timing of this item is fascinating.Monday, the day after Indiana University fired Bob Knight, Philadelphia Phillies manager Terry Francona returned from a road trip and found a letter from the deposed men's basketball coach.

NFL Insider
        How the mighty have fallen. The quarterback controversy in San Francisco, where Joe Montana and Steve Young were the last two regulars, is between Jeff Garcia and Rick Mirer.

Auto Racing Insider
        Let's say that, on a whim, you might head over to the Formula One race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next Sunday (Sept. 24). If so, be advised that there are zero tickets remaining. That includes general admission.

High school insider
        The aggressive goal set by the Oak Hills golf team is within reach.

St. Ignatius 29, St. Xavier 10
        With last year's 50-33 loss to St. Xavier still fresh in the minds of Cleveland St. Ignatius' players, Ignatius handed the Bombers a 29-10 loss Saturday afternoon at St. Xavier High School.

Week 4 Football Notebook
        Losers. Doormats of the league. A sure victory. These things were said of the Glen Este football team over the years and were expected to apply to the 2000 season.

Elder-Highlands crowd overflows gates
        A miscalculation of the interest in Saturday's high school football game between Highlands and Elder at Paul Brown Stadium led to a lengthy delay of the game and, eventually, free admission for as many as 15,000 fans.

Elder 21, Highlands 14
        Highlands has been rated among the nation's top prep football teams. But its power and prestige has nothing on Elder.

Elder defense steps up in 2nd half
        Brent Grover offered no excuses. The 6-foot-4, 243 pound tight end/linebacker for Highlands had a tough time talking because of a vicious hit to the mouth he took when attempting to catch a pass that knocked the senior out of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Elder-Highlands notebook
        Doug Ramsey isn't known as an emotional person, but Elder's fourth-year coach was at his best during a pregame talk to his players before Saturday's game with Highlands.

Cincinnati high school results

N.Ky. high school results

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.
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img UC pulls upset again
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


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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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.
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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.

img UC stars dominate NBA draft
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.

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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