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Steelers 17, Bengals 10
By his count, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis came up with four or five key plays that meant the difference Sunday between a victory and a 17-10 loss to rival Pittsburgh.
Daugherty: Steelers kept game simple
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Festival, football merge

Reds 4, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA - They played with purpose. And by doing so in a critical weekend series for the Phillies, the Reds maybe learned a little about themselves.

UC defensive stats suffer
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats walked off the Nippert Stadium turf Saturday night with a swagger in their step despite their 30-24 triple-overtime victory over Temple.
MAC's attack leaves victims dazed
OSU moves up to No. 4; UC, Miami get votes

Hamm instrumental in U.S. team's first win
WASHINGTON - Mia Hamm showed why she is the biggest star in women's soccer, setting up three goals Sunday as the United States opened defense of its world championship with a 3-1 victory over Sweden.
Katia's two goals set tone for Brazil
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RB's injury cripples Bengals on offense
Is the wear and tear of six straight 1,000-yard seasons beginning to take its toll on Bengals running back Corey Dillon?

Offense: Signs of progress disappear
For about three and a half minutes Sunday, the Bengals' offense looked like the one that produced 416 yards a week earlier against the Oakland Raiders.

Notes: Johnson sits briefly, then makes impact
Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson did not start in the 17-10 loss to Pittsburgh because of a disciplinary reason, team officials said Sunday.
Good, bad & ugly

LB Porter feels he's born again
Joey Porter had gotten in bed at 9:30 Saturday night, but sleep was elusive. Three weeks after surviving a gunshot wound, he was back to football, and everything was different.

AFC: Texas natives help Chiefs beat Houston
HOUSTON - Dante Hall found nourishment off a trip to Mom's kitchen. Hall had a 73-yard punt return for a score in his return to Texas, and Priest Holmes had 156 total yards and two touchdowns to lead Kansas City to a 42-14 win and its first 3-0 start in seven years.

NFC: Seattle soars to 3-0 start
SEATTLE - Mike Holmgren shuffled to the podium in the interview room and tried to keep a straight face. "Never in doubt," he said, making everyone around him burst into laughter.

Hide the remote: it's Broncos-Raiders on Monday
DENVER - Arms will get stepped on, heads slapped and a few punches might get thrown. Hits will be late, questionable and possibly below the belt. Insults will be traded after almost every snap.

Testaverde now 8th on passing yards list
Vinny Testaverde started his third game for injured Jets quarterback Chad Pennington and moved into eighth place on the NFL career list with 40,300 yards passing. His 264 yards Sunday moved him past Johnny Unitas' 40,239. Joe Montana is seventh with 40,551.

Reds notes: Jennings joins Reds' rumor mill
PHILADELPHIA - The Reds may be keeping quiet about their search for a new general manager, but that hasn't slowed talk of possible candidates.

NL: Cubs close within half-game of Astros
The Chicago Cubs are just a half-game behind Houston in the NL Central with a week left in the regular season. Not bad for a team that hasn't finished first since 1989.

AL: Pedro is dominant in prime time
Pedro Martinez put the Boston Red Sox in prime position. Martinez pitched seven dominant innings and Boston boosted its playoff chances, beating the Cleveland Indians 2-0 on Sunday.

Newman tames Dover's Monster Mile yet again
DOVER, Del. - Ryan Newman overcame a flat tire that cost him two laps, then gambled on fuel and completed a sweep Sunday of the races at Dover International Speedway.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
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

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

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.
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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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