Sunday, September 21, 2003

Page Two power rankings



By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. Alex Zanardi. Zanardi, who lost both legs in a crash two years ago, plans to drive at Monza, Italy, next month. He'll drive in a special car during the FIA European Touring Car championships.

2. Neil Parry. He played on the San Jose State punt return team Thursday night, two years after an infection in his broken leg forced doctors to amputate his leg below the knee. He took the field with a prosthetic leg.

3. The Reds. They persevere, despite having, what, 12 players out with "ouchy" hamstrings?

4. Bill Laimbeer and Cheryl Ford. The former Bad Boy Piston led his Detroit Shock to the WNBA title. One of his players, Cheryl Ford, earned the ring in her first season in the pros, outdoing the old man - Karl Malone - who hasn't won a title in 18 years.

5. Gene Upshaw. The head of the NFL's players union strongly suggested Ohio State's Maurice Clarett remain in college. "I'm concerned about (him) physically being prepared to play," Upshaw said. "I would have loved to play against a guy who was 18. I probably could have whipped him."

Thumbs down

1. College football in the South. A tape surfaced last week in which former Auburn coach Terry Bowden said boosters funneled thousands of dollars to players when he began coaching there in 1992. Bowden said boosters paid players $12,000 to $15,000 to sign. Imagine that.

2. Bob Arum. The boxing promoter was none too pleased when his meal ticket, Oscar De La Hoya, lost a unanimous decision to Sugar Shane Mosley last weekend. Arum went so far as to say, "I'll never be a party to this again," suggesting he'd retire. God forbid they'd have a fight without all the sleazy trimmings.

3. Miami Heat. The team, faced with yearly losses of $30 million, is cutting costs by having employees agree to as much as a 10 percent cut in their salaries, including coach Pat Riley ($500,000). Hmm. Maybe if they didn't have some $111 million tied up for the next four seasons in Eddie Jones and Brian Grant, the traveling secretary wouldn't have to take a pay cut.

4. WUSA. Nothing against the league, which folded last week, but the loop's president's whining about lack of sponsorship was pretty weak. "If we only had six or seven CEOs in America that had stepped forward in the past year . . ." And it's their responsibility why?

5. Injurygate. Denver coach Mike Shanahan won't be fined for giving misleading reports on quarterback Jake Plummer's injury during Sunday's game with the Chargers. Shanahan said Plummer had a concussion.




BENGALS / NFL
Coaches continue old rivalry
Daugherty: Braham, Porter epitomize real NFL gamers
The Edge: Steelers Week brings many subplots to town
Curnutte: NFL insider | Power Rankings
Transcript of Friday's chat with Mark Curnutte

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
UC 30, Temple 24, 3OT
OSU 24, BGSU 17 | OSU Notebook
Miami 41, Colorado State 21
Kentucky 34, Indiana 17
Louisville 42, UTEP 14
Top 25: Ducks stop Perry, Michigan
Quarterback corner
How the Top 25 fared; Scores

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS
Xavier's Sato garners attention
Cincinnati St. soccer gives dreams new life

PREP SPORTS
Beechwood 26, CovCath 7
Newport CC 44, Holy Cross 21
Lakota West coach leaves legacy of laughter
Some soccer parents behave very badly
St. X honors swim history
Saturday's prep sports results

REDS / BASEBALL
Reds 2, Phillies 0
Take our poll on Great American Ball Park
Larkin, Reds on verge of talks
Reds Q&A with John Fay
Reds chatter
MLB power rankings
NL: Marlins slip by Phillies in wild card race
AL: M's stop A's, chase Sox

SOCCER
World Cup fans get their game on
Otani's hat trick sends Japan over Argentina
St. Ursula's Mitts keeps busy

MOTOR SPORTS
New caution rule has drivers' full support
Jarrett thrilled to be racing with son

HORSE RACING
Private Horde wins Marfa at Turfway

SUNDAY ENQUIRER: PAGE TWO
Page Two power rankings

ON THE AIR
Sports on TV, radio