The Cincinnati Enquirer
Thursday, September 21, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 264
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The Reds went out with a whimper, losing 4-2 to the San Francisco Giants. The Reds' fate was sealed before the game ended as St. Louis clinched the Central Division with a 11-6 victory over Houston.
Complete Reds coverage at Cincinnati.com/reds

LOCAL BOXER BEATEN
Dante Craig became the first U.S. fighter to lose Thursday. 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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PREP FOOTBALL REPORT
About 35,000 people saw Elder knock off Highlands in the first prep game at Paul Brown Stadium Saturday. Many got in free when ticket booths couldn't handle the huge walkup and police opened the gates. Click here for coverage of all of the weekend's games.

RESULTS OF OUR OLYMPICS TV SURVEY
With TV ratings down, we asked for your thoughts on NBC's coverage. We should wash your mouse out with soap.
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Sports Headlines for  Thursday, September 21, 2000

Bonds serves HR bat to McEnroe
        SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds was in the on-deck circle when he spotted John McEnroe in a front-row seat. An avid tennis fan, Bonds teased McEnroe about his old habit of shattering rackets in anger.

Mudville nine now belong to Reds
        The Reds are now linked to baseball lore.

Arbitration could break the bank
        SAN FRANCISCO — With 12 players eligible for salary arbitration, the Reds' offseason promises to be almost as active — and just as competitive — as the regular season.

Injured should return Friday
        SAN FRANCISCO - Manager Jack McKeon said center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. (left hamstring), Casey (right hamstring) and Stynes (back) should be ready to return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against Houston at Cinergy Field, following today's scheduled off-day.

Smith wants harder practices
        Second-year quarterback Akili Smith hinted Wednesday that the Bengals are practicing like they play -- not well.

SULLIVAN: Bengals fans: Why do you take it?
        I pledge allegiance to the Cincinnati Bengals and to the owner some folks can't stand. One franchise and one family: indivisible, intractable, unaccountable, unashamed.

Dillon: Few yards or answers
        Running back Corey Dillon is off to the kind of start he couldn't have expected. He has 73 yards rushing on 29 carries and no touchdowns.

Braham's absence may be extended
        Starting center Rich Braham will miss the Baltimore game and possibly several more after he was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Lewis free, still great
        Since he was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl and led the league in tackles for a second time, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis stood trial on murder charges and became the unwitting poster boy in the NFL's campaign against violent off-field behavior.

DAUGHERTY: 5th Olympics for 'Mother T'
        SYDNEY, Australia — Her fifth Olympics seems like her first. The only difference is the size of the ice bags on her knees. At 36, Teresa Edwards is still an Olympian because nothing can replace the high she gets from playing basketball at the Games. Also, because she still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up.

XU shooter finishes 35th
        SYDNEY, Australia — Xavier University sophomore Thrine Kane finished 35th Wednesday in women's three-position rifle shooting.

Ewing traded to Sonics in four-team deal
        Patrick Ewing's 15-year career with the Knicks ended Wednesday night when New York sent him to Seattle in a four-team, 12-player trade also involving the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix.

High School Highlights
        McAuley has dominated Seton in soccer the past several years, but the Saints turned the tables on their Girls Greater Catholic League rival Wednesday.
Ohio results | N. Kentucky results

S P E C I A L S

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.

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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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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