SPORTS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2002
Reds 4, Dodgers 0
        The first-place Reds got their first shutout of the year and now have a 2 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh. Joey Hamilton went 7 1/3 innings, equaling the longest outing of the year by a Red.
Reds box, runs

QB battle begins anew
        Gus Frerotte, known for head-butting a padded concrete wall after scoring a touchdown for Washington in 1997, will be the Bengals' next candidate trying to secure the quarterback job.

Local favorites running in Derby
        The road to the roses runs straight through the Tristate, as three local favorites head to the 128th Kentucky Derby's starting gate carrying more than just their jockeys.

Flying Pig runner carries POW-MIA banner
        There are close to 6,900 runners registered for the fourth Flying Pig Marathon, which takes place Sunday. But even in the mass of humanity moving through the streets of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, it should be easy to spot Mike Bowen.
Flying Pig schedule
Complete coverage

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.

TIM SULLIVAN COLUMN
SULLIVAN: Bengals seek 'Frerari' in used-car lot
        Gus Frerotte improves the Bengals the way three mint juleps improve the fourth. Once your taste buds have been numbed, you can swallow almost anything.

BENGALS
Young safeties make Wiliams expandable
        Committing to young safeties, the Bengals terminated the contract of 10-year veteran Darryl Williams on Wednesday.

REDS
Williamson ready to defend teammates
        LOS ANGELES — Scott Williamson has had enough. He has seen Sean Casey and Austin Kearns take pitches off the head. He's ready to do something about it.

Kearns battered after beaning
        Bob Boone said Austin Kearns looked good, but he was comparing Kearns to Rocky Balboa. Kearns was not in the lineup Wednesday night after being hit on the bill of his helmet by a pitch Tuesday.

Miller pushing LaRue for starter's job
        LOS ANGELES — Corky Miller is no longer a once-a-week catcher. That was about all he could expect when he was called up to take Kelly Stinnett's spot on the roster while Stinnett's on the disabled list because of a sore elbow. But Miller made the most of his opportunity.

Reds Notebook: Shaw talks back on
        LOS ANGELES — The Reds have re-entered the Jeff Shaw talks. Reds general manager Jim Bowden called Joe Bick, Shaw's agent, on Sunday and told Bick the Reds were still interested in Shaw.

Dodgers blanked for fifth time
        LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers were shut out for the fifth time, the most in the majors, in their 4-0 loss to the Reds Wednesday night. They were shut out eight times all of last season.

LATE BASEBALL
Rockies 6, Pirates 0
        DENVER — Denny Neagle gave the Rockies their fifth straight victory, limiting Pittsburgh to three hits in eight innings.

Padres 4, Cubs 3
        The Padres overcame two homers by Sammy Sosa to send the Cubs to their fifth consecutive loss.

Mets 7, Diamondbacks 1
        PHOENIX — Steve Trachsel pitched into the seventh inning, and Jeromy Burnitz hit a three-run homer as the Mets won their sixth in a row.

White Sox 9, Mariners 2
        CHICAGO — After four rain delays totaling 2 hours, 3 minutes, Chicago earned an eight-inning victory behind homers from Royce Clayton and Carlos Lee.

KENTUCKY DERBY
Baffert steals show at Derby draw
        LOUISVILLE — Bob Baffert insisted four weeks ago he would still attend the Kentucky Derby despite the lack of an entrant. He somehow wound up with a work load.

Derby Notebook: Stevens upgrades ride with Johannesburg
        LOUISVILLE — When he woke up Wednesday morning, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens didn't know which Kentucky Derby horse he would ride.

GOLF
Nike clubs won't turn you into Tiger
        Stan Bickel knows he will have customers drop by Golf Galaxy and inquire about Nike's new line of clubs. And in some cases, recognizing Tigermania in their eyes, the PGA teaching pro will politely direct them to another manufacturer.

Golf Course Spotlight: Snow Hill
        Henry Ford once, reportedly, slept there. Walter Hagen once played there. Now the general public can tee it up at history-rich Snow Hill Country Club, which this year went from private to semi-private.

Golf Tip: Irons best chipping choice for most amateurs
        Jim Thorpe, who played on the PGA Tour from 1976-98 and last week won the Countrywide Tradition, a Senior Tour major, talks about chipping.

HIGH SCHOOLS
Cincinnati high school highlights
        The Ross softball team won its 16th consecutive Fort Ancient Valley Conference softball championship Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over Goshen.
Wednesday results: Cincinnati | Northern Ky.

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

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