TOP SPORTS NEWS
Xavier back on the bubble
The Musketeers suffered their worst loss at the worst possible time, falling 83-74 Thursday night to George Washington in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament and putting their NCAA tournament hopes on life support.
UC escapes first-round disaster
Miami upsets MAC favorite


Kitna not assured starting job
        The Bengals see the signing of Jon Kitna as a good fit that gives them a “proven NFL quarterback” but not necessarily the starter. That puts Akili Smith back into the picture.


Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon won boys district titles, and Boone County, Holmes and Campbell County advanced in the N.Ky. girls region tournament Thursday night. Get a preview of McNicholas' bid for a girls state tournament berth tonight, and boys region semifinals in N.Ky. Plus, scores and schedules.

TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Friday, March 09, 2001

Satterfield saves UC from disaster
        LOUISVILLE — The University of Cincinnati trailed by three points and was coming out of a timeout with 3:25 to go Thursday night when Steve Logan looked at teammate Kenny Satterfield and said: “In order for us to win, one of us is going to have to make a big play.”

SULLIVAN: Bearcats don't let guard down
        LOUISVILLE — Steve Logan is the Player of the Year. Kenny Satterfield is the Man of the Hour.

Best, worst of times for Logan
        LOUISVILLE — One day after being named Conference USA Player of the Year, UC's Steve Logan had his worst outing in two months.
Other Conference-USA games
Conference-USA pairings

DAUGHERTY: Xavier's wait will be torture
        PHILADELPHIA — You don't want 12 wrinkled men in rumpled suits sitting around an Indianapolis hotel room this weekend, covered in computer printouts, looking at your school's name and saying, “Hmmm.”

Muskies fail to get it to West
        PHILADELPHIA — Xavier's players and coaches spent the week talking about the importance of getting the ball to David West. Then they again failed to do so when it mattered.

Is Philly best place for A-10 tourney?
        PHILADELPHIA — Those who saw the sparse crowd in the Spectrum on the telecast of Wednesday night's Duquesne-George Washington game may wonder if the Atlantic 10 Tournament should shop for a new site.
Other Atlantic-10 games
Atlantic-10 pairings

Miami upsets MAC favorite
        CLEVELAND — You knew Miami was going to do it again when this happened:

Hunter's numbers mean trouble for RedHawks
        CLEVELAND — Miami was able to advance to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals by shutting down the MAC player of the year, David Webber, in a 65-56 victory over Central Michigan Thursday.

Other Mid-American games
        CLEVELAND — Anthony Jones made a layup with 10.3 seconds left and Ohio's Patrick Flomo blocked Terry Reynolds' shot just before the buzzer Thursday in a 64-63 quarterfinal win over Toledo.
Mid-American Conference pairings

Ohio State enters Big Ten tourney on a roll
        COLUMBUS — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Iowa's Steve Alford and Illinois' Bill Self already know this: There is no upside in playing Ohio State at this week's Big Ten tournament.
Big Ten pairings

Kentucky hopes to avoid upset
        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Both teams will be hoping history isn't repeated today when the University of Kentucky plays South Carolina in the Wildcats' opening game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Southeastern Conference pairings

NKU men advance in tourney
        OWENSBORO, Ky. — Craig Sanders scored 32 points Thursday night as Northern Kentucky defeated Grand Valley State 106-102 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament Great Lakes Regional at the Owensboro Sporstcenter.

Graves grows into leadership role
        SARASOTA, Fla. — This might stun Reds fans who wonder whether Danny Graves has had his first shave, but he's actually a time-tested veteran.

Ballpark passes wind test
        A tiny Great American Ball Park passed the test against a fan blowing into a wind tunnel. Construction managers say that means the real stadium will pass the test with real Reds fans when it opens in 2003.

Injury won't keep Young out long
        SARASOTA, Fla. — The Reds are fairly sure Dmitri Young's shoulder isn't seriously injured.

Larkin, Griffey return
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Barry Larkin, sidelined by a sore groin after homering in the exhibition opener against Cleveland, started at shortstop and played five innings.

Game report: Reds 8, Phillies 4
        The arms — Rob Bell displayed the command the Reds want to see from him, walking none and striking out six in four innings. Seth Etherton, a candidate for the starting rotation, pitched a perfect fifth inning in his spring debut.

RADEL: Bengals fumble; we pay again
        Suppose you were a Bengals fan. And suppose you were a sucker. But I repeat myself.

Stubblefield mulls hometown offer
        The Bengals will entertain Arizona defensive end Simeon Rice and Dallas wide receiver James McKnight today — their 11th and 12th free agent prospects since the market opened March 2.

Boys swimming all-star team
        Performance, coupled with leadership, are two of the ingredients considered when selecting a performer of the year. Max Leassner, a St. Xavier senior who won four gold medals at the state swimming meet, fits the description.

Girls swimming all-star team
        Some athletes are quiet by nature, preferring to let their actions do their talking. Ursuline senior Tami Ransom is such a performer.

McNicholas focused on state berth
        McNicholas coach Rob Heise said he probably would have been satisfied if he'd been able to guide the Rockets to their first-ever girls basketball district championship this season.

Purcell Marian on to regionals
        DAYTON — Purcell Marian didn't beat Dayton Colonel White Thursday night — the Cavaliers unraveled it.

Roger Bacon wins district title
        DAYTON — With almost seven minutes remaining, Josh Hausfeld sat on the end of the bench with ice on his right ankle. Frank Phillips, saddled with four fouls, was beside him. But because the Spartans' depth extends well beyond their two stars, they weren't in trouble Thursday.

Boone Co. 'survives' against NCC
        HEBRON — Nikki Molleson's offensive rebound, layup and free throw with 29.5 seconds left in the game let the Lady Rebels advance with a 39-36 win over Newport Central Catholic in Thursday's girls Ninth Region game at Conner.

Campbell County falls in 10th Region
        Sarah Gooding scored 19 points to advance to help Fleming County beat Campbell County 53-48 in the 10th Region.

Holmes wears down Calvary Christian
        HEBRON — Holmes junior guard Erica Hallman didn't look like she has been nursing an injured back, and sophomore Jonna Patterson didn't play like someone who hurt an ankle.

N.Ky. boys regional preview
        Coach Willie Schlarman thinks a lot about last season's 10th Region boys basketball semifinals. He can't help it.

Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Cincinnati boys basketball schedule
Cincinnati girls basketball schedule
N.Ky. boys basketball schedule
N.Ky. girls basketball schedule
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W E D N E S D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
Shifted seats kept private
Hamilton County construction managers and Bengals officials knew in 1997 that hundreds of fans were paying for seats in sections of Paul Brown Stadium that they would never sit in. But no one ever told the people selling seat licenses to the fans.

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