SPORTS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2002
No stopping Reds' starters?
        If the big sticks and bullpen stay healthy, it all comes down to starting pitching. The Reds seek to avoid the May collapse that befell them after last year's 15-10 start.
Brown coming off DL to face Reds

Bengals offer deal to Frerotte
        The Bengals confirmed Monday that they have made an offer to Gus Frerotte, and the free agent quarterback is said to be impressed by the organization after last week's visit.
Bengals notes: Duffner, free-agent signee Ogbogu reunited

For Nets' Martin, defense never rests
        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No one is talking about Kenyon Martin's flagrant fouls any more.
Raptors hold off Pistons

Transplant patient survives, and runs to tell about it
        LOVELAND — For roughly five months, Greg Osterman laid in bed as his heart deteriorated. The blood flow to his brain slowed. His body and mind were not functioning as usual. He recalls telling his wife Carole, on Oct.25 1992: “I can't make it anymore. Call the ambulance.”

Elder beats LaSalle to clinch GCL South
        The Elder Panthers, ranked No.1 in the Enquirer's Division I baseball poll, clinched first place in the Greater Catholic League South with a 1-0 victory over LaSalle Monday.

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

Golf courses and news
        Check out our complete directory on Tristate golf courses and local golf coverage.

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

REDS / MLB
Reds-Dodgers series preview
        The first-place Reds visit Los Angeles and San Francisco on a six-game road trip beginning Tuesday night.

Reds notes: Casey, Graves on ESPN show
        Reds first baseman Sean Casey and closer Danny Graves will tape a segment of ESPN's “Unscripted with Chris Connelly” today at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim. The episode of the 5 p.m. weekday show likely will air next week.

Remarkable Rijo hasn't lost knack for winning
        CINCINNATI — Jose Rijo gets the sign, drops his head, twists his body and goes into the same deliberate motion that he used when he was the 1990 World Series MVP.

Crowds down 3.4 percent
        NEW YORK — Baseball's attendance drop accelerated during the fourth week of the season, leaving the sport's average 4.9 percent below last year.

Royals fire Muser
        Tony Muser became the fourth manager fired in the season's opening month when the Kansas City Royals dismissed him early Tuesday following another slow start.

Strawberry: Will prison help? We will see
        Eighteen months. Time enough to turn around a life, or further destroy it. We will see about the troubled celebrity on his umpteenth chance.

MLB: O's are hot
        BOSTON — Rodrigo Lopez shut Boston down for five innings, and Geronimo Gil and Melvin Mora homered to lead Baltimore past the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Monday night — the Orioles' eighth win in 10 games.

NFL NOTES
NFL notes: Vikings boot Anderson
        MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings decided against re-signing Pro Bowl kicker Gary Anderson, the NFL's career leading scorer, and signed Doug Brien to replace him Monday.

LOCAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Anaheim extends deal with Cincinnati Ducks
        The AHL Cincinnati Mighty Ducks announced Monday they have agreed to terms on a multi-year extension of their affiliation agreement with NHL Anaheim.

XU women sign recruits
        Karolina Piotrkiewicz, a 6-foot-3 center from France who averaged 23.6 points and 17 rebounds playing for a junior team in Calais, and Brittney Thomas, a 5-6 guard who averaged 18 points for Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia High and was second team all-state, signed with the women's basketball program.

KENTUCKY DERBY
Asmussen plays Kentucky Derby waiting game
        LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From his perch aboard a pony, Steve Asmussen accompanied Private Emblem through the early morning chill to the Churchill Downs track.

Derby: Spiral winner preps in solitude
        LOUISVILLE — Murray Johnson doesn't know why more Kentucky Derby trainers don't prepare their horses at Trackside, a one-time harness track about a 15-minute drive from Churchill Downs.

NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Capriati vs. King: Double-fault
        Two willful women, Billie Jean King and Jennifer Capriati, dug in and the losers were tennis fans and the U.S. Fed Cup team.

Colorado, Montreal advance
        MONTREAL — Yanic Perreault scored Montreal's second power-play goal of the game 39 seconds into the third period as the Canadiens beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 2-1 Monday night to win their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 4-2.

OSU's Tressel slaps suspension on LB
        COLUMBUS — Linebacker Marco Cooper was suspended from the Ohio State football team for the 2002 season and barred from campus Monday after he was arrested on felony charges of drug abuse and carrying a concealed weapon.
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:
The GameCelebrationPeopleStadiumParade

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
Kentucky Speedway coverage
2001 Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results