SPORTS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2002
In draft, Reds weigh talent vs. payroll
        Tonight begins what appears to be one of the Reds' biggest series of the year. But first will come perhaps their biggest decision of the year.
Teams scramble to find top players for draft
Pete Rose may get last Cinergy hurrah
Almanzar replacing Rijo

DAUGHERTY: A foundation of love
        It was the first party he'd ever missed. Some 500 University of Cincinnati athletes built a house, as part of the Habitat for Humanity project. Saturday, they dedicated it. This was a party of the human spirit. Nobody loved a party like John Sheffield, not ever.

Flesch secures berth in U.S. Open
        MAINEVILLE — Covington Catholic graduate Steve Flesch shot a course-record, 8-under-par 64 during Monday's morning round at the U.S. Open Championship sectional qualifier at TPC at River's Bend.

Injuries pain in Americans' side
        On May 26, 1926, Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance to create a public recreation commission, and in early January of 1927 the Cincinnati Recreation Commission launched its first programs.
Star forwards help Brazil rally past Turkey
World Cup TV schedule
World Cup coverage from Associated Press

Tourney site or bust
        Monday's announcement that Western & Southern Financial Group would be the new title sponsor for the tournament formerly known as the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati was just step one toward keeping the event here for years to come.
Youth tennis signups begin

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
        Complete local golf coverage and our directory of Tristate golf courses.

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


NFL
Teams cut big-name veterans
        The second phase of free agency began Monday as some of the most productive NFL players of the past decade were cut to create salary cap room.

REDS / MLB
Casey to make camp appearance
        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Cincinnati Reds' first baseman Sean Casey will make a June 14 appearance at the fifth annual FUNdamental Baseball Camp, which runs June 10-14 at Kings High School.

Kearns named Rookie of the Month
        Reds outfielder Austin Kearns' five homers and 17 RBI in May earned him National League Rookie of the Month accolades.
Reds-Cardinals series preview

Toledo 6, Louisville 0
        TOLEDO, Ohio — Brian Powell allowed only three hits in eight innings as the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Louisville Bats 6-0 Monday in the International League.

Beckett wants to lose tipoff
        MIAMI — So far this season, Florida Marlins right-hander Josh Beckett has developed four blisters on one finger and an apparent tendency to tip off his pitches.

Blue Jays fire manager Martinez, promote Tosca
        TORONTO — Buck Martinez, who was hired as Toronto Blue Jays manager without any coaching experience on the minor or major league level, was fired Monday in his second season.

Baseball Today
        STARS — Monday — Jose Cruz Jr., Blue Jays, hit two home runs and drove in four runs as Toronto defeated Tampa Bay 6-1.

NL roundup
        The Montreal Expos and Pittsburgh Pirates played with practice baseballs for more than four innings. Like a lot of things that happen at Olympic Stadium, nobody noticed.

AL roundup
        The Detroit Tigers' quick start against Pedro Martinez wouldn't have meant anything if not for Shane Halter's clutch hitting.

FRENCH OPEN
Agassi mounts furious rally
        PARIS — Andre Agassi had one thing that ran through his mind as he was down two sets to love in his fourth-round match Monday: “It can't get any worse.”

Agassi still has knack for comeback
        Andre Agassi is laying waste to the popular wisdom that getting married, having a child and, sin of all sins, playing past 30 spell doom for a tennis player.

NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Agency hopes to unify rules on drugs in sports
        MONTREAL — More than two years after its creation, the World Anti-Doping Agency is completing work on rules to combat performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

Baffert: War Emblem another War Admiral
        NEW YORK — Trainer Bob Baffert has two words when it comes to debating War Emblem's worthiness as a Triple Crown champion: War Admiral.

Hasek figures now it's his turn
        DETROIT — This Stanley Cup story line worked so well last year, it might be worth repeating.

Lakers: Not rested, but plenty tested
        LOS ANGELES — The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers took Monday off rather than begin preparations for the New Jersey Nets, and who can blame them? Most everyone believes the real NBA Finals ended Sunday when the Los Angeles Lakers beat Sacramento in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Tracy's team appeals second-place Indy 500 finish
        INDIANAPOLIS — All Barry Green wanted was clear evidence that Paul Tracy had not passed Helio Castroneves before a caution light appeared with less than two laps left in the Indianapolis 500.

PREP SPORTS
Preps schedule

        Roundup of baseball, softball and track playoff schedules for this week.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
What's not to love about JUNIOR?
        For all of Ken Griffey Jr.'s perceived shortcomings, there is one thing he is not: A phony.

Reds struck gold in '98 draft
The 1998 June draft already is shaping up as one of the best in Reds history. The organization grabbed outfielders Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn in Rounds 1 and 2 that year, even though they both were projected as high first-round picks.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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A run for the record
Tatyana Pozdnyakova set a new Flying Pig course record for the women's division while Cornelio Velasco won the overall marathon.
Results Photos Men's winner Women's winner
DAUGHERTY: Alone and happy at the end

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

Where high school stars are going to college
Kentucky Speedway coverage