SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2003
Bottom of the 9th, but the big job's done
Two weeks and a day to go. Opening Day looms. Everybody wants to know: Will Great American Ball Park be ready in time?

Blackburn changing Bengals' tune
Columnist Paul Daugherty - Jon Kitna praised God for the extra $1.6 million he came upon two months ago, when the Bengals reversed field and awarded him his bonus. In this case, the Almighty looks like a petite woman with a law degree and a sense of public relations her dad never had.
Bengals Q&A

Kentucky thumps Auburn
NEW ORLEANS - All around them, there is chaos. The nation's elite are tripping. Seedings are scrambled. The Kentucky Wildcats shrug and continue swinging the sickle.
Daniels' scary fall gives fans pause
SEC: Mississippi State 76, LSU 61

UC confident bid will come
On the day before Selection Sunday last March, the UC Bearcats were downtown at U.S. Bank Arena hoisting the trophy they had won as champions of the Conference USA Tournament and waiting for what they were certain would be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Cincinnati.Com's full coverage of NCAA tournament

Good seeding likely for XU
Xavier didn't look very good in an Atlantic 10 semifinal loss to Temple Friday, but the Musketeers' chances for a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament still look strong.

Moeller turns Hamilton blue
FAIRBORN - It was supposed to be a good game. Instead, both teams were shocked by Moeller's 81-43 destruction of Hamilton in the Division I regional basketball final Saturday.
Spartans' repeat hopes fizzle

High school sports report
Complete coverage of Ohio and Kentucky basketball, and other winter prep sports in the Tristate.

This weekend's sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

REDS / BASEBALL
Injuries slow down RHP Wilson
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Paul Wilson's minor problems are becoming a major concern for the Reds.


Reds 6, Twins 1
Ryan Dempster pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Saturday.

Hamilton grateful, now a Cardinal
JUPITER, Fla. - For however long Joey Hamilton continues pitching, he'll remember the Reds believed in him.

Dempster keeps coming up aces
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ryan Dempster is proving how effective accentuating the positive can be.
Reds Q&A

Reality bites players bound for minors
SARASOTA, Fla. - Both Luke Hudson and Jose Guillen were surprised when the news came that they weren't in the Reds' immediate major league plans.

Cardinals expecting to be grand in Central
JUPITER, Fla. - Glancing across the Cardinals' spring training clubhouse, pitcher Matt Morris shakes his head.

Robinson: Minorities have a long way to go
VIERA, Fla. - The walls are bare except for a conspicuous framed poster that hangs not far from Frank Robinson's gaze.

Trammell asks Sparky for guidance
LAKELAND, Fla. - When he left Detroit after the 1995 season, Sparky Anderson figured he'd never wear a Tigers uniform again. Kirk Gibson thought otherwise.

A's say they won't re-sign Tejada
The Oakland Athletics have just about given up any hope of keeping Miguel Tejada beyond this season.

FOOTBALL
Douglas will make impact on Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Hugh Douglas was looking for a team, and Jacksonville was seeking impact players.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
This is how to win your office pool
Brace yourself for the madness of March, which begins bright and early Monday morning with the rush to the office Xerox to copy off brackets. If you want to win your office pool, here's a few NCAA Tournament do's and don'ts.


Teams can get Dance Card punched here
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Want a jump on who's headed to the NCAA tournament? Two university professors can help.
College basketball today

Atlantic 10: Dayton stops Temple
DAYTON - Without a star player or a tournament pedigree, the Flyers have to rely on their home court and togetherness to pull out games.

C-USA: Cardinals win first title
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville forward Luke Whitehead set a Conference USA tournament record with 37 rebounds, but none were as important as the last one.

Big 10: Illinois withstands Coverdale's heroics
CHICAGO - Brian Cook's mere presence means everything to Illinois. When the Big Ten player of the year spends time on the bench with foul trouble, as he did Saturday, the Illini suffer.

MAC: Central Michigan blows past Kent
CLEVELAND - Chris Kaman scored 25 points and T.J. Meerman added 16 as Central Michigan defeated Kent State 77-67 to win the Mid-American Conference championship Saturday night and earn its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1987.

Big East: Pitt wins title
NEW YORK - Brandin Knight was up until 2 a.m. receiving treatment on his injured ankle. He got up early Saturday morning for more. He had to be ready for Pittsburgh's third Big East championship game in as many years.

Top 25: Missouri exacts revenge on No. 4 Kansas
DALLAS - Missouri finally is back in the Big 12 championship game, leaving little doubt about its chance to make the NCAA Tournament.
Tournaments at a glance
Cincinnati.Com's full coverage of NCAA tournament

PREP SPORTS
Regina easily wins fourth straight title
COLUMBUS - The red rings under Pat Diulus' eyes were proof his South Euclid Regina team had just accomplished something special.


Prep Insider: State titles on the line
Roger Bacon won't be back to defend its championship, but the Cincinnati area this week still could add to its list of boys state basketball titles.

GOLF
Love in control at Honda
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Davis Love III is considered the top player in the Honda Classic field. He showed why Saturday.


Greater depth on PGA Tour astounds veterans
MIAMI - Jonathan Byrd was 1-under par through two rounds at Doral and not sure he would be around for the weekend. Two days later, he tied for fifth and cashed a check for $182,500.

NBA
Hawks' bench packs powerful 1-2 punch
ATLANTA - Dominique Wilkins, the "Human Highlight Film" during his playing days, sat on the Atlanta Hawks' bench before a recent game, his 6-foot-7 frame sprawled across two chairs.


Kemp overcame demons to salvage career
ORLANDO, Fla. - Shawn Kemp has been to hell and back and somehow lived to tell about it. Now, he knows deep down that he is one of the lucky ones.

Stackhouse may test the market
Jerry Stackhouse has a $14 million decision to make by mid-June, and it sounds as though he's ready to give up that much guaranteed money in order to test the free agent market this summer.

Wizards turn up defensive heat to douse Miami
WASHINGTON - Jerry Stackhouse scored 37 points, and the Washington Wizards rediscovered defense in the second half to gain control of a close game and beat the Miami Heat 89-82 Saturday night.

HOCKEY
AHL Ducks set playoff roster
The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks released their 22-man roster for the AHL Calder Cup playoffs.

HORSE RACING
Empire Maker takes Florida Derby by record margin
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Bobby Frankel has his real Kentucky Derby horse now. The Hall of Fame trainer boasted long and loud that Empire Maker was the best 3-year-old in his barn, and the bay colt lived up to the billing with a record-setting romp in the Florida Derby on Saturday.

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Baseball: Xavier overcomes its early struggles
Xavier baseball coach John Morrey likes the resilience his team has shown early this season. It's what necessitated the resilience that he's not thrilled about.


Back by popular demand
Illegal payments, academic fraud, point shaving, free cars, hot tubs, samurai swords? Recent incidents in college basketball at Georgia, Fresno State, St. Bonaventure and Villanova have focused attention on all kinds of scandals.
Enquirer Page Two Power rankings

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Marvin Lewis, introduced Jan. 14 as the ninth Bengals head coach, promised to bring a blue-collar work ethic and discipline to a struggling team and organization.
Tell us what you think about the hiring of Marvin Lewis
DAUGHERTY: Lewis a winner on two fronts
Ex-Bengals embrace new coach
Civil rights leaders applaud decision
Bengals players in Lewis' corner
New coach only first step toward change, fans say
Lewis coaching highlights
Video from WCPO


Buckeyes national champs
We've collected all the stories and photos from our coverage of the Ohio State Buckeyes' national championship in one Web section. More than 25 stories, a photo gallery, even full-color PDF replicas of the Enquirer's front page and sports page on game day.

Implosion bids goodbye to era
More than 32 years of Cincinnati history came crashing down as Cinergy Field fell upon itself like a crumbling sand castle.
See the implosion:
Quicktime Interactive VR
Animation from Enquirer photos
Video from WCPO
• Galleries: Implosion | Crowd | Aerial shots | Views from Kentucky

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