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Steelers' rushing attack missing
Proficiency in one area has only spotlighted a deficiency in another. That a capable group of young receivers and a former XFL quarterback have the Steelers atop the AFC in passing offense isn't the thrill it would seem to be in Pittsburgh.
Isolation Booth: Hardy vs. Zereoue
Keys to victory: Special teams
Notes: James good to go vs. Steelers
Transcript of Friday's chat with Mark Curnutte

Elder whips La Salle
The whispers were out there. Say, maybe Elder isn't quite as good as last year's Division I state champion football team. Maybe. But you couldn't prove it Friday night.
Complete coverage of Friday's prep football action

Girls soccer paves way to life goals
As soccer fans worldwide celebrate the start of the 2003 Women's World Cup tournament today in Columbus and Philadelphia, Cincinnati's female soccer players are reveling in their own limelight - from college recruiters who pinpoint Greater Cincinnati as one of the nation's top training grounds for collegiate talent.
As World Cup play opens, Americans antsy to begin

Fast start has UC in unfamiliar spot
A 3-0 start to a college football season might not seem like an overwhelming achievement, but at the University of Cincinnati, it hasn't been done in 18 years.

Larkin doubtful for rest of season
PHILADELPHIA - Reds fans probably have seen the last of veteran Barry Larkin on the field this season.
Phillies 7, Reds 3
Notes: Stinnett enjoying playoff race

Sports today on TV, radio
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Moeller 10, St. Xavier 9
St. Xavier's reopening turned into a battle of the backups, and while Bombers junior running back Matt Feldhaus had more impressive stats, it was Moeller junior quarterback Chris Reisert who made the difference.

Princeton 62, Sycamore 28
Senior quarterback Jarrell Williams accounted for all nine Princeton touchdowns, and the Vikings romped past Sycamore 62-28 Friday night.

McNicholas 44, Purcell Marian 36
Facing a challenge that could cost McNicholas the game - and possibly of its goals for the season - quarterback Zach Denton did whatever was necessary to win.

Your audible game: Kings 40, Little Miami 0
Kings quarterback Jesse Imes rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and passed for 87 yards and another TD in the first half to lead the Knights to a 40-0 win over Little Miami in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference matchup Friday at Galbreath Field.

Wyoming 54, Finneytown 8
Wyoming's Trey Tudor put on an offensive clinic Friday at Finneytown.

Mariemont 47, Reading 14
Reading hadn't lost a Cincinnati Hills League game since early in the 2001 season. But it didn't just rain on the Blue Devils' parade Friday night at Mariemont. It poured.

Colerain 55, Fairfield 7
Colerain stuck to its expolsive ground game, rushing the ball 47 times for 465 yards.

Alter 35, Roger Bacon 14
Kettering Alter ran roughshod over Roger Bacon Friday night, totaling 381 yards en route to a 35-14 victory over the Spartans, the No. 6 team in the Enquirer's Divisions II-VI area coaches' poll.

Friday's other Ohio games
David Joseph rushed for 133 yards to help Lakota East. The victory marks the first time that Lakota East has started 5-0 since their inaugural season in 1995.

Conner 24, Boone Co. 9
Twenty years of frustration poured on to the field at Boone County Friday night, as the Conner student body spilled out of the stands following an historic win.

Dixie Heights 15, Ryle 13
With 11 seconds remaining in the game, Dixie Heights' Phil Gerbus blocked a Ross Uminger field goal attempt and Eugene Hamblin recovered to preserve a 15-13 victory over division rival Ryle.

Ludlow 28, Bellevue 12
Unranked Ludlow upset No. 10 Bellevue 28-12 Friday night as Ludlow won its third straight game.

Friday's other Kentucky games
Undefeated Class 3A front-runner Boyle County handed Highlands, the No. 1 team in the Enquirer's coaches' poll, its first loss of the season, 22-21 Friday night at Boyle.

Quarterback leads win after father/coach dies
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Quarterback Wayne Campbell led Charlotte High School to a victory Friday night, just hours after his father, who was also an assistant coach with the team, died from effects of an aneurysm.
Cross country polls, honor rolls
Friday's other prep sports results
Today's schedule

Expectoration confrontation: Dolphins vs. Bills
MIAMI - Receiver Eric Moulds spat in cornerback Patrick Surtain's face last season, which did nothing to dampen the Buffalo Bills' rivalry with the Miami Dolphins.

NFL notebook
TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay receiver Keenan McCardell was fined $12,500 by the NFL for two illegal blocks, including one that sidelined Carolina lineman Kavika Pittman for the rest of the season.
Buckeyes vulnerable to an upset
COLUMBUS - A few months ago, suggesting that Ohio State might lose today to Bowling Green sounded silly. The defending national champion, returning its team nearly intact, would be playing at home against a Mid-American Conference team. It hasn't lost to a school currently in the MAC since falling to Akron 12-6 . . . in 1894.

Indiana will run; UK likely to throw
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After its success against Indiana State a week ago, Indiana might be tempted to run the ball even more against Kentucky on Saturday.

QB battle highlights MU's date with Rams
There aren't many colleges that have facilities named after a coach who's still on duty. The custom is to hold off at least until the coach retires.

UNLV 33, Hawaii 22
LAS VEGAS - Dominque Dorsey rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, and UNLV took advantage of six turnovers to defeat Hawaii 33-22 Friday night.
Today's Top 25 games

NL: Braves' Ortiz notches 20th win of season
ATLANTA - Russ Ortiz won his 20th game in style, pitching a three-hitter and driving in the only run as the Atlanta Braves defeated Florida 1-0 Friday night to bump the Marlins out of the lead in the NL wild-card race.

AL: Yanks' Soriano ties leadoff HR record
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alfonso Soriano tied a major-league record with his 12th leadoff homer of the season, sending Jose Contreras and the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-1 Friday night.

Major-league notebook
CLEVELAND - Billy Traber's rookie season is over, and most of his second season probably is, too.

A-10 poised for expansion
In the race to realign that has swept up college athletics this summer, the Atlantic 10 Conference, which includes Xavier University, has gone on the offensive and will seek to add two to four members once the Big East Conference announces its own expansion plan.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Raiders 23, Bengals 20
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Bengals would not claim a moral victory Sunday after the 23-20 loss to Oakland. But their performance in one of the league's most hostile environments against the reigning AFC champions suggests that these finally aren't the same old Bengals.
Bengals-Raiders stats

Potential evident in loss to AFC champs
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Asking for patience in the NFL is like asking for a diamond mine in your backyard. Extreme makeovers are so common and swift, the whole league should be set in Hollywood. When the Bengals ask for patience, it tries your patience.

UC 15, West Virginia 13
Gino Guidugli became UC's career leader in touchdown passes and Chet Ervin kicked three field goals in a big road victory.
Expanded duties a kick for special teams' Ervin

Another fantastic OSU finish
COLUMBUS - These were the same faces, sure, but these didn't look like the same Buckeyes. There was no palpable heartbeat, no soul. Then it all came back in a rush.
Buckeyes' backs trip yet again

Sophomore an army of one
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Bingo saved sports last time. The school levies came and went, seven in the late '80s and early '90s, losers all, and it became very obvious very quickly that if sports were to continue at Mt. Healthy High, sports would have to pay their own way.

Simple twists of fate
The most difficult decision in either man's young life began a journey that led them to the same destination. Meet the Bengals' Kelley Washington and the Reds' Adam Dunn.
Page Two power rankings
Xavier golf evolves into top program

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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