SPORTS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2002
Red-letter day for fans, Reds
        On a day of nostalgia for the not-so-ancient ghosts of the concrete bowl known as Riverfront Stadium and Cinergy Field, and a day when all you had to do was look over the outfield wall to peer into the Reds' future, 41,913 Reds fans gloried in a ninth-innning 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Opening Day photo galleries: Check out 40 photos from Monday's events:
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Maryland too strong for Indiana
        The Terrapins overpowered the Hoosiers with clawing defense and muscular purpose and won the national title.
NCAA Tournament Page

Bledsoe not counting out Bengals
        According to someone with personal knowledge of Drew Bledsoe's thinking and his situation, the veteran quarterback doesn't know any better than anyone else where he's headed. And he's not counting out Cincinnati.

Prep sports section
        Check out our spring sports previews and top stories in basketball, football and other sports.

Sports events this week
        A schedule of area sporting events for the next seven days.
REDS' OPENING DAY
Reds 5, Cubs 4
        Aaron Boone was thinking the ball would fall in for a single. Then he realized, with the bases loaded and one out, the Chicago Cubs outfielders would be playing him in.

Larkin 'was going all the way'
        From third base, Barry Larkin watched Aaron Boone send a fly ball to the outfield. Larkin knew what he had to do.

Peevish cow passes on parade
        The prospect of traveling behind a half-dozen high school marching bands in Monday's Findlay Market Parade proved to be more than Cincinnati's formerly fugitive cow could bear.

SULLIVAN: Little Ball yields big breaks
        Bob Boone has been harping on situational hitting. He has been imploring his Cincinnati Reds to go to the plate with a purpose and a plan, to advance baserunners through deliberate deeds rather than heedless hacks.

Walker says Opening Day hard - really
        For a guy who doesn't like Opening Day, the Reds' Todd Walker sure had a good one. How does 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles sound?

Dunn's first opener 'unbelievable'
        Adam Dunn is glad Barry Larkin wasn't sure exactly what time the Reds were supposed arrive at Cinergy Field for Opening Day.

Boone: Dunn will learn 1B
        Bob Boone said he hasn't seen Adam Dunn at first base long enough to be comfortable, but it won't affect how the manager uses him.

Hamilton gave Reds what they need
        Joey Hamilton's performance Monday was the kind the Reds want from their starting pitchers.

Welcome return for Stynes
        Something just didn't look right. Standing near his former spot on the Cinergy Field infield Monday was Chris Stynes.

Cubs' struggles don't worry Sosa
        Sammy Sosa wasn't overly concerned. It was just one loss in a 162-game season. He smiled. He joked. And he perhaps spoke for the Chicago Cubs after Monday's 5-4 Opening Day loss to the Reds when he said: “No panic.”

Reds box, runs
        How the runs scored in Monday's game between the Cubs and the Reds:

Reds make hit with vegetarians
        Of course, most of the big changes in the Reds' home ballpark will come next season. But at least one addition for this year has not gone unnoticed.

MEN'S NCAA BASKETBALL FINALS
Hoosiers couldn't get inside game they needed
        ATLANTA — With little inside help, Indiana needed a lot more than 3-point shooting against Maryland. The Hoosiers didn't get it.

This 'Hoosiers' didn't have happy ending
        ATLANTA — Magic, it turned out, had an expiration date. Wasn't this supposed to end the right way? Didn't this improbable, endlessly compelling story demand a final shot of Mike Davis and his miracle Hoosiers cutting down the Georgia Dome nets? Where was Hoosiers: The Sequel?

Dixon gives Terps key burst
        ATLANTA — For more than 20 minutes Monday, Juan Dixon was almost invisible. But when Maryland needed him most in the NCAA Tournament championship game, Dixon knocked down two of the biggest shots of the night against Indiana.

Maryland finally has its season to remember
        ATLANTA — This one makes up for all the heartaches, all the embarrassment, all the bitter losses in one maddening March after another.

Williams never quit shouting
        ATLANTA — He was shouting instructions until the very end. Maryland was ahead by a dozen points, there weren't five full ticks left on the clock and Indiana had the ball for one meaningless last possession. But Gary Williams wasn't taking any chances.

WOMEN'S NCAA BASKETBALL
NKU's Cottrell national player of year
        Northern Kentucky University's Michelle Cottrellhas been named Division II Bulletin's national player of the year for the second consecutive season.

HIGH SCHOOLS
Pitching, 'D' powers Hamilton
        It was Opening Day for Ohio prep baseball Monday, too. In this case, No.1-ranked Hamilton made it appear much like the closing days of 2001.

Cincinnati high school highlights
        Wyoming scored two runs in the third inning and four in the fourth with two outs on the way to an 8-5 victory Monday over Ross, the No.2 team in the Enquirer's Divisions II-IV area baseball coaches poll.
Cincinnati high school results

N.Ky. high school highlights
        Andy Cordell and Sean Ryan provided the offense, and Brian Quinn came through in a relief pitching role to give Covington Catholic a 9-7 victory over McNicholas in a baseball game Monday.
N.Ky. high school results

HOCKEY
Cyclones set playoff roster
        The Cyclones announced their roster for the East Coast Hockey League first-round playoff series against the Dayton Bombers, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Nutter Center.


SPECIAL COVERAGE
Cinergy Field: Kiss it goodbye
        Opening Day marked the beginning of the end for the stadium on the riverfront. Our special section takes you back to the special moments of the past 32 years and lets you vote for your favorite highlight.
Vote for your favorite moment in the ballpark

Huggins staying at UC
After a week of being pursued by his alma mater, Bob Huggins turned down an offer to become basketball coach at West Virginia.
DAUGHERTY: Huggins-UC was marriage worth saving
Decision wasn't about money
Players offered support, appreciation
Fans express surprise, relief

Familiar winners in Mini-Marathon
        Even after winning the fourth straight Cincinnati 15K Heart Mini-Marathon that he has competed in, John Sence insists it never gets old.
Results: Men's 15k | Women's 15k | Men's 5k | Women's 5k | Kids' 2k

Where high school stars are going to college
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Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati
Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results