SPORTS NEWS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2001
Esiason grieves for friend lost in attack
        Boomer Esiason has so many friends, it's hard to say who's his best friend. But Timmy O'Brien was close.

Akili's fortunes fading
        Quietly last week, quarterback Akili Smith slipped to No.3 on the Bengals' depth chart.

Cubs 6, Reds 5
        Ninth-inning homers by Adam Dunn and Wilton Guerrero couldn't take the sting out of their 50th loss at Cinergy Field.

Prep football report
        Check out our preview of this weekend's games or go to your favorite school's page.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Miami has back to wall against UC
        A loss Saturday would mark the first time in the rivalry's 133-year history Miami would have lost three straight home games to UC.

UCLA tailback 'special' problem for Buckeyes
        COLUMBUS — As he prepares to face 14th-ranked UCLA on Saturday in the Rose Bowl, Ohio State senior free safety Donnie Nickey thinks the Bruins will be both predictable and unpredictable.

BENGALS
No sellout, no local TV
        This has become a familiar refrain.

Bengals plan show of patriotism
        The NFL will return this weekend with its games — including the Bengals' game Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium — wrapped in patriotic fervor.

NFL tightens security
        NEW YORK — Fans going to NFL games this weekend are being asked to arrive early, not plan to bring items into the stadium, and submit to much tighter security.

REDS-BASEBALL
Walker not worried as club hits road
        The Reds embarked Thursday on their first road trip since the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, but Todd Walker wasn't concerned about the team's security while traveling to Milwaukee.
Reds-Brewers scouting report

Bullpen duo gave Reds' bats a shot
        The Reds' five-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday wouldn't have added any drama if Chris Reitsma and Jared Fernandez hadn't held the Cubs at bay for the final four innings.

Cubs turn sights to wild card
        Seven games down, 17 games left. The Chicago Cubs know they've got a lot of ground to make up — and little time to do it — in order to win the NL Central.

Bonds hits No. 64, but Giants slipping
        SAN FRANCISCO — Even as the Giants were swept by the Astros, Barry Bonds wasn't worried about his team.

SPORTS SHORTS
Cavs-Nets tickets on sale Saturday
        Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday for the Oct.13 preseason NBA game featuring former Xavier standout Tyrone Hill and the Cleveland Cavaliers against the New Jersey Nets, with former UC Bearcat Kenyon Martin and former Musketeer Aaron Williams, at Cintas Center.

Ky. Speedway, Belterra extend ties
        Kentucky Speedway has extended its partnership with Belterra (Ind.) Casino Resort through 2004.

HIGH SCHOOLS
Ursuline faces challenge to top tennis ranking
        Ursuline has jumped to No.1 in the Enquirer's most recent girls tennis poll but could learn this weekend whether it will stay there.

Cincinnati high school results
Northern Ky. high school results
Ohio cross country polls

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Tristate golf guide
Kentucky Speedway coverageAuto racing coverage
Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati
Where high school stars are going to college
• High school: FootballBoys basketballGirls basketball
New look of Cinergy Field
Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results