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SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2003
Lewis brings a new style
The Bengals' new head coach is attentive to detail, he's interested in other people, he's in control but with a touch of humility. Today, Lewis' style goes on public display at Paul Brown Stadium as the Bengals play host to the Denver Broncos in both teams' regular-season opener.
Daugherty: Time for redemption has arrived
Dillon record motivates both Bengals, Broncos

Cardinals 13, Reds 6
ST. LOUIS - When you assemble a roster like the Reds have - a few minor-leaguers here, a Mexican League player there, a waiver pickup added - it's a disaster waiting to happen. Saturday, it did.
Notes: Shoulder problem bothers Graves

Clock starts now for trade evaluations
When the Reds began dismantling the 2003 team, the company line was they were doing it to build for the future. Will the plan work? That largely depends on how eight pitchers - ages 19 to 24 - perform over the next few years.
Reds chatterE-mail Q&A

Roger Bacon weathers Holy Cross bid at upset
Scott Pumpple accounted for all four Roger Bacon touchdowns - two by air, two on the ground - as the Spartans held off Holy Cross 28-21 at Bron Bacevich Stadium Saturday.
Complete prep football coverage

That rainy day feelin'
It took nearly two weeks, but Andy Roddick finally put a charge into the U.S. Open Saturday with his five-set semifinal win. Still, the tournament hasn't been a total waste, as Top of the Second's water-logged review proves.
Page Two power rankings

OSU survives serious scare from Aztecs
COLUMBUS - Last season, the Buckeyes made their magic, willing wins with such drama as to inspire talk of destiny. No one will dare lump Ohio State's narrow victory Saturday in with those heroics.
Geiger dismisses criticism
More college football coverage

Neighbors Morgan, Tewell say Amen
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Holes 14, 15 and 16 at the TPC at River's Bend were a mini-Amen Corner in the second round of the Kroger Classic Saturday.
Kroger scores, matchups

For Roddick fans, glass is half full
NEW YORK - Andy Roddick was on the brink Saturday. He'd exploded already at the referee, snapped at his U.S. Open semifinal opponent, David Nalbandian, and now, down two sets, was facing match point in the third-set tiebreak.
Henin-Hardenne topples Clijsters
U.S. Open tennis updates

Sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

BENGALS / NFL -- OPENING DAY
Bengals fans need to chart their way home
Fans heading downtown for the Bengals' season opener today may encounter detours on the way home.


Who will have better debut, Lewis or Plummer?
A breakdown of how the Bengals and Broncos compare position by position.
This & that

The NFL kicks off from the parking lot
This is why you have to like Paul Tagliabue: Operating on the theory it's never too early to head off potential problems, the NFL commish has ordered refs onto the field 50 minutes before games to watch out for unsportsmanlike behavior during warmups, and if needed, to assess penalties ranging from disqualification to 15 yards on the opening kick.

Curnutte: Around the NFL
Winning the opener does matter. Since the schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978 - not counting strike-abbreviated 1982 - teams starting 1-0 are more than twice as likely to make the playoffs.
Curnutte's Power Rankings

NFL Week One: Best bets
The Miami Dolphins are the greatest frontrunners in the NFL today. They've won their last 11 opening games and often appear to be the league's best team for the first half of the season.

BASEBALL
MLB power rankings
This week we'll take a look at teams' chances for the postseason. Seventeen clubs have at least a glimmer of hope:


Glavine satisfied being a Met
When Tom Glavine looks at the standings, he sees his old team headed for its 12th straight postseason berth and the team he considered signing with locked in a taut wild-card race.

NL: Giants maintain NL West lead
SAN FRANCISCO - Marquis Grissom drew a bases-loaded walk from Matt Mantei in the 11th inning to give the San Francisco Giants their sixth victory in seven games, 5-4 over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday.

AL: Boston tees off on Clemens, Yankees
NEW YORK - Not even when Babe Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox had they romped this way.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
UK, Lorenzen air it out, top Murray State
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The performance Kentucky gave on Saturday night was more than enough to beat NCAA Division I-AA opponent Murray State. The Wildcats know a similar effort probably won't be enough next Saturday.


Wake Forest stuns No. 14 Wolfpack
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Philip Rivers swears No. 14 North Carolina State wasn't looking past Wake Forest to a showdown at No. 2 Ohio State. Maybe not, but there had to be some sort of excuse after Wake Forest stunned the Wolfpack 38-24 on Saturday.

Berlin thwarts Gators once again
MIAMI - Brock Berlin might have thought he hurt Florida when he left for Miami. Turns out, that was only the beginning of the pain.

Sooners hold off Tide's charge
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama was rolling, the crowd was in a frenzy and Oklahoma was about to punt.

Pickett rebounds against Hoosiers
SEATTLE - Cody Pickett threw two of his three touchdown passes to Reggie Williams as No. 22 Washington beat Indiana 38-13 Saturday.

Fighting Irish 'fortunate'
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The West Coast offense finally showed a spark just in time for No. 19 Notre Dame.

Boilermakers unable to make crucial plays
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Charles Sharon made the game-winning play. Josh Harris made a statement.

Top 25 roundup: Southern Cal fends off BYU
LOS ANGELES - Matt Leinart threw three touchdown passes as fourth-ranked Southern California built an early lead, then scored two late touchdowns to hold off Brigham Young 35-18 Saturday night.
Scores, how Top 25 fared

Small college roundup
WILMINGTON - Western Hills High School product Ricky Story scored four touchdowns and rushed for 213 yards to lead Mount St. Joseph to a 26-12 victory over Wilmington on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Mount St. Joseph rushed for a total of 254 yards, while Wilmington had only 95 yards rushing.

PREP SPORTS
Saturday's other prep football games
The Jacobs defense dominated Saturday in a 14-6 victory over Belmont in a Southwest Ohio Public League game in Dayton.


Football finals stay north
Keep the parkas handy. The Ohio state football finals probably will remain in the cold North, i.e., the Canton-Massillon area, through at least 2005.

Numbers shouldn't dictate athletes
Well, Northern Kentucky, the Brian Brohm circus has packed up and left town. Sorry, but that's it. Your chances of seeing another blue-chipper in these parts are about the same as seeing Jared Lorenzen in a yoga class. At least that's what the experts are saying.

New focus works for St. Ursula
The St. Ursula girls soccer team has been focusing lately on playing well in the first and last 10 minutes of each half, the times when the Bulldogs suffered the most damage in their 3-1 loss in last year's Division I state championship game.

McNick product finds place at UC
Maria Pongonis didn't know it, but her two-week spring stint in the Czech Republic was an impromptu initiation to a University of Cincinnati volleyball career.

MOTOR SPORTS
Newman survives late restarts; captures sixth win
RICHMOND, Va. - Ryan Newman dominated a late long run and then held on through three restarts - the last with four laps to go - and won Saturday night Richmond International Raceway.



SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Big dreams earn tough challenge
Sometimes the hardest part of realizing a long-held dream is letting that dream go. Called to manage the Reds on an interim basis through the end of the 2003 season after Bob Boone was fired, Dave Miley didn't gloat or wonder aloud why it took so long.

Elder run over at Ryle festival
UNION, Ky. - The Ryle Sports Festival turned into a nightmare once again for Elder.
Sorry, Elder, it's us, not you
For Ryle Festival, less is more

UC back had no breaks, but he was never broken
A picture of Tedric Harwell as an all-state football player hangs in Elkhart Central High School. Some photos represent nothing more than a kid who didn't make it out of the tough Indiana city. Tedric's photo, he uses as inspiration.

Moeller's Brackman mulls playing 2 sports in college
Moeller's Andrew Brackman entered this summer as a promising recruit for a host of mid-major schools, but he has emerged as more.
Longtime friends help NKU succeed
Page Two power rankings

FALL PREVIEW SECTIONS
Bengals season preview
After 12 dark, non-winning seasons, Cincinnati's moribund franchise and its fans hope new coach Marvin Lewis can turn it into gold. See our season preview.
Watch Channel's 9 preview online

2003 College Football Preview
Local college teams are strong, top rated and ready to play. Here is our in-depth guide to the 2003 season.
Nation's spotlite shines on area quarterbacks
UC's star search

2003 Prep Football Preview
High school football season kicks off Thursday night here in the Tristate. To get you ready for the action, here is our in-depth guide to the 2003 season.
Underwood holds his own
Highlands' Sester ready to direct march to state
Panthers cautiously thinking of repeat
Upcoming games


SPECIAL COVERAGE
Walk among baseball history
Johnny Bench tags 'Baseball As America,' an exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, as a way to rekindle love for the national pastime.
Bats Incredible! special section

Salute to prep champions
Greater Cincinnati high school sports teams captured 13 Ohio state titles and numerous individual championships over the last year. The Cincinnati Enquirer honors those athletes with a special "Salute to Champions."

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