SPORTS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2003
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UC opens NCAA tourney today
A defensive ethic remains the Bearcats' best hope for success as they begin play in their 12th straight NCAA Tournament against Gonzaga.

XU can make its point twice
Xavier has something most teams want come March, something that has given the last three national champions an edge over the competition.

Less parking near ballpark
Reds fans, bring your walking shoes. Although there is roughly the same amount of downtown parking available, some of the spaces aren't as close as at Cinergy Field.
How to get to the ballpark

Tell us what you think of the new ballpark
Just in time for the opening of Great American Ball Park, the Enquirer is putting together an official Ballpark Review Team, and we need your help.

Larkin helping groom Lopez
Because Barry Larkin cares about the position he inherited from Dave Concepcion more than 15 years ago, be assured Felipe Lopez will be ready when his time comes.

High school sports report
Complete coverage of Ohio and Kentucky basketball, and other winter prep sports in the Tristate.
Reading confident at state
Ohio Boys Tournament Schedule
Lebron first 3-time Mr. Basketball
Ohio Mr. Basketball List
'LeBron Show' at state tourney
Ohio tourney won't stop for war
Brookhaven defends title without coach
St. Henry loses heartbreaker
Sweet Sixteen Schedule
Other Sweet Sixteen Games
Thursday's sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS
No.1 Kentucky suffocates opponents
It seems a distant memory now that those "SuffoCat" T-shirts are in vogue. But in early January, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith told his team it was the worst defensive group he had ever coached.


Sun shines brightest on Wildcats basketball
On Friday, Bob Wiggins of Falmouth, Ky., will attend his 856th Kentucky basketball game of the last 860.
Review of Kentucky's title seasons

Sweet redemption for Kentucky's Smith
If some in Blue Nation are still suspicious of Tubby Smith, mnost have joined the the growing chants of "Tub-bee, Tub-bee." In a scandal-stained season for college basketball at schools as diverse as Georgia, St. Bonaventure and Villanova, Smith is a shoo-in for national coach of the year.

UC BEARCATS
UC Notebook: Bobbitt worries about cousin in war
SALT LAKE CITY - UC guard Tony Bobbitt said he has a cousin, Solomon Green, who's in the Marines and serving somewhere in the Middle East. "It's crazy. It's scary," Bobbitt said. I just pray to the Lord that he comes back. That's all I want."

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
Fairfield grad calls shots for women's telecasts
For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, all 63 women's games will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2 from March 22 to April 8.


All 63 women's games on TV
Watching your favorite women's basketball team play in this year's NCAA Tournament is as easy as flipping on the TV.

MORE TOURNAMENT COVERAGE
Vermont out of the snow into the fire
SALT LAKE CITY - Getting to the NCAA tournament was an unprecedented triumph for Vermont. Getting to Salt Lake City was almost as tough.


Duke in unusual territory
SALT LAKE CITY - After drawing five straight No. 1 seeds, Duke is in unfamiliar territory this year in the NCAA tournament.
Howard grows into leader Wake Forest needed
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - When Skip Prosser was hired at Wake Forest, he asked forward Josh Howard to drive him around and show him the sights.
No. 2 seed Kansas feels slighted
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kansas thought it deserved to be a No. 1 seed. Perhaps the Jayhawks should feel lucky they're a No. 2.
Texas on guard against upset
AUSTIN, Texas - Early exits are nothing new for Texas.
ESPN, CBS reach deal on tourney
ESPN has reached an agreement to televise any NCAA Tournament coverage that CBS would pre-empt today and Friday because of coverage of the U.S.-Iraq conflict.
Ohio St. loses in NIT
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack knew what awaited him and his Georgia Tech teammates at halftime Wednesday night. Coach Paul Hewitt would soon be praising Ohio State and admonishing the Yellow Jackets.
Other NIT Games
ST. LOUIS - Rick Rickert and Maurice Hargrow scored 15 points apiece for Minnesota in a 62-52 win over Saint Louis in the National Invitation Tournament Wednesday night.

BASEBALL
Tragedy still haunts Indians
A real estate agent's sign marks the entrance to a dirt path leading to the ranch Tim Crews built overlooking a Florida lake. It's just as it was March 22, 1993, when a relaxing day of laughter, friendship and family turned to horror.
Baseball Notebook: Yanks get Trammell from SD
Spring Training Games
Spring Training Standings

NBA
NBA Games: War adds douse of reality
Karl Malone was in the locker room at halftime when President Bush announced that the United States had begun attacking Iraq. A few minutes later, the Jazz-Suns game resumed.

GOLF
Tiger, Els renew rivalry
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are rivals again, even if the world's two best golfers haven't made eye contact. That will change this week in the Bay Hill Invitational.

NFL
NFL Notebook: Frerotte joins Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Former Bengals quarterback Gus Frerotte agreed to terms Wednesday with Minnesota, ending the Vikings' search for a veteran backup to Daunte Culpepper.


NFL settles on overtime proposal
NEW YORK - The NFL has chosen one proposal for changing its overtime rule: allowing each team at least one possession if a game is tied after regulation.

OHIO HIGH SCHOOLS
Reading confident at state
All week, Reading coach Rich Bensman has let his players bask in the fun of being an Ohio Final Four basketball team. Behind it all, Bensman's carefully laid plans are taking shape.
Ohio Boys Tournament Schedule


Lebron first 3-time Mr. Basketball
Having his every move publicized and personal life scrutinized did not stop LeBron James from becoming Ohio's most honored high school basketball player.
Ohio Mr. Basketball List

'LeBron Show' at state tourney
By the numbers, the 81st annual boys state basketball tournament breaks down like this: 16 teams, 12 games, four championships, one LeBron James.
Brookhaven defends title without coach
The Brookhaven Bearcats have been without coach Bruce Howard since January, when an illness struck him down on the court after a game.
Ohio tourney won't stop for war
The boys state basketball tournament will be played as planned this week unless the government orders such events to be canceled because of war in Iraq, the Ohio High School Athletic Association said.

KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOLS
St. Henry loses heartbreaker
Nathan Myrick made his fifth steal with 2.5 seconds left as No. 1 Mason County beat No. 8 St. Henry 59-57 in the first round of the Boys Sweet 16.
Other Sweet Sixteen Games
Sweet Sixteen schedule


WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
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?
Reds Q&A

PAUL DAUGHERTY COLUMN
Blackburn changing Bengals' tune
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: 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.


SPECIAL COVERAGE
Local golf news and course guide
Where high school stars are going to college
Implosion bids goodbye to Cinergy
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Buckeyes national champs
Kentucky Speedway coverage
2002 Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results