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Coaches continue old rivalry
For the seventh consecutive game against the Bengals, Steelers coach Bill Cowher will look across the field at a former assistant.
Daugherty: Braham, Porter epitomize real NFL gamers
The Edge: Steelers Week brings many subplots to town
Transcript of Friday's chat with Mark Curnutte

UC 30, Temple 24, 3OT
University of Cincinnati running back Richard Hall told himself to be patient. In a game of twists and turns, emotional ups and downs, he waited for the right moment.

OSU 24, BGSU 17
COLUMBUS - The Buckeyes are treating the post-game interview room like a psychiatrist's couch. The weekly Saturday appointment is a chance to bemoan their imperfections.
Ohio State notebook

Miami 41, Colorado State 21
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Ben Roethlisberger did his part, but it was the unexpected things that helped the Miami RedHawks to a convincing 41-21 victory Saturday over Colorado State.

World Cup fans get their game on
COLUMBUS - When Dan Howett found out Germany would be playing at Columbus Crew Stadium in the opening round of the 2003 Women's World Cup, he didn't waste any time snagging three tickets for himself and his two sons.
Otani's hat trick sends Japan over Argentina
St. Ursula's Mitts keeps busy

Reds 2, Phillies 0
PHILADELPHIA - Todd Van Poppel was just following orders. His 4-year-old daughter phoned before Saturday's game against the Phillies to tell dad she scored two goals in a soccer game. "Daddy, I did good," she said. "Now you go out and do good."

Beechwood 26, CovCath 7
Beechwood won the battle of Dixie Highway 26-7, beating a mistake-prone Covington Catholic squad in Park Hills.
Newport CC 44, Holy Cross 21

Lakota West coach leaves legacy of laughter
They came from near and far, all with their best Steve Cummins stories. Cummins, the Lakota West boys soccer coach who died Sept. 13 at age 50 , was remembered at his funeral last week as a great coach and a uniquely humorous individual. He knew when to be serious and when to smile, and had people laughing and crying at the same time last week.
Kentucky: Some soccer parents behave very badly

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Curnutte: NFL insider
Seattle has outscored opponents 65-10 in two victories, and defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes is getting the credit for fixing a unit that was ranked 28th in the league last year.
Curnutte's Power Rankings

Kentucky 34, Indiana 17
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kentucky showed Indiana how hard it is to stop a quarterback who's bigger than the guys trying to bring him down.

Louisville 42, UTEP 14
LOUISVILLE - Louisville fans have had nine months to get to know first-year coach Bobby Petrino. On Saturday, they got their first looks at many of the program's other new faces.

Quarterback corner
Tracking four of the region's top quarterbacks (their last game, season and career statistics).

Top 25: Ducks stop Perry, Michigan
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon's defense found a way to stop Chris Perry - and the rest of Michigan's lauded offense, too.
How the Top 25 fared; Scores

Xavier's Sato garners attention
Xavier guard Romain Sato keeps popping up on preseason All-America teams, none more impressive than this week when Athlon Sports college basketball magazine placed him on its first-team All-America team.

Cincinnati St. soccer gives dreams new life
When Zac Van Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1998, the Clermont Northeastern graduate never abandoned hopes of playing college soccer.

St. X honors swim history
Seventy-five years of St. Xavier swimming and diving success were recognized during a celebration Saturday night. The school's 25 state championships, four national titles and more than 200 high school All-Americans, many of whom were on hand, were honored.

Larkin, Reds on verge of talks
PHILADELPHIA - The Reds appear to be taking the initial steps toward negotiations with veteran shortstop Barry Larkin.

Reds Q&A with John Fay
Barry Larkin dominated the mail this week. Read on...
Reds chatter

MLB power rankings
This is our final look at the postseason matchups if the season were to end today.

NL: Marlins slip by Phillies in wild card race
ATLANTA - Miguel Cabrera homered in the 11th inning and the Florida Marlins took the NL wild-card lead with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

AL: M's stop A's, chase Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. - Ichiro Suzuki had four hits and drove in five runs, and Bret Boone added three hits and two RBIs as the Seattle Mariners beat the first-place Oakland Athletics for the second straight day, 9-3 on Saturday.

Private Horde wins Marfa at Turfway
Private Horde got a tap from rider Terry Thompson at the three-eighths pole and went on to win the $75,000 Marfa Stakes by a length.

New caution rule has drivers' full support
DOVER, Del. - The mad dash back to the flagstand under caution is just a NASCAR memory after more than a half-century, and Rusty Wallace is ecstatic about that.

Jarrett thrilled to be racing with son
Dale Jarrett is looking forward to next week, when he'll have the chance to race with his son - providing Jason qualifies for the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. But the father has a warning.

Page Two power rankings

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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