SPORTS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2002
Griffey's outlook better; no surgery for now
        A day after being diagnosed with a potentially season-ending knee injury, Ken Griffey Jr. saw improvement and expressed his intention to return ahead of schedule.

Pirates 1, Reds 0
        PITTSBURGH — Elmer Dessens was so unaccustomed to having baserunners Monday that when the Pittsburgh Pirates put a runner in scoring position, Dessens was discombobulated.
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Local Derby hopeful scratched by injury
        It's a fragile thing, finding a horse that can win the Kentucky Derby for you. Jerry Bach thought he had one, but the dream died when he answered the phone Monday in his Mount Adams office.

High school sports section
        Check out our spring sports coverage, college signings, and top stories from basketball, football and other sports.

Sports events this week
        A schedule of area sporting events for the next seven days.

PAUL DAUGHERTY COLUMN
UC image takes another bottle to the head
        Why, after 13 winning seasons, is Bob Huggins' national image as closely aligned with sins as with wins?

BASKETBALL
UC looks for Little replacement
        Kareem Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound center from Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., is scheduled to make an official recruiting visit to the University of Cincinnati this weekend.

UC recruit passes eligiblity test
        Eric Hicks, one of the University of Cincinnati's much-anticipated basketball recruits, has achieved the necessary standardized college test score to be eligible as a freshman next fall.

Jeffries leaving Indiana for NBA
        BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jared Jeffries hoped he would get an opportunity to one day play in the NBA. On Monday, he made certain he'd get that chance.

REDS
Mateo will get chance while Griffey's out
        PITTSBURGH — The Reds figure they can't replace Ken Griffey Jr. with one player, so they won't try. What the Reds will try to do is spread the burden around.

Reds Notebook: Larkin should be back Wednesday
        PITTSBURGH — The Reds lineup for Monday's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates looked a lot like a 2001 lineup: No Ken Griffey Jr., no Barry Larkin.

Pirates on best start since 1983
        PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates don't resemble the team that lost 100 games last season, one that hasn't had a winning record in 10 years. That's what they were hoping.

HORSE RACING
Local jockey riding Oaks favorite
        A dominating victory in Saturday's Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland probably made Select Stable's Take Charge Lady the favorite in the May 3 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

HIGH SCHOOLS
Monday prep highlights
        The Ross softball team ended Little Miami pitcher Lauren Cook's streak of three consecutive no-hitters.
Cincinnati results N.Ky. results


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Icons: 5 men sacred to city
        You can quibble about whether Bob Huggins is bound for “icon status” in Cincinnati. But there is no disagreement among the Enquirer and the experts we consulted about this town's sports icons.
VOTE: Who do you think is a Cincinnati sports icon?

UC's bad reputation gets worse
        Enquirer columnist Tim Sullivan says: Donald Little is neither the rule nor the exception. He is neither typical of University of Cincinnati basketball nor completely out of its controversial character.

Ball in the family
        Cincinnati's Kerri Wachtel is the No. 2-ranked women's racquetball player in the world. The No. 35 player had something to do with that.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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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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

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
Tristate golf guide
Kentucky Speedway coverageAuto racing coverage
Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati
Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results