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It's a swing and a miss
Reds shortstop and captain Barry Larkin has ended his 18-year run with the team. The Cincinnati native rejected a $500,000+ contract offer, and also turned down the team's offer to hold a "Barry Larkin Day."
Daugherty: Nobody likes how this ended
Reactions to Larkin saga vary among fans
The good, the bad, the ugly
Captain's role was discussed
Larkin factoids

UC-Miami rivalry has special quality
As the fifth-oldest rivalry in Division I-A football, there's something inherently special about the annual game between the University of Cincinnati and Miami, which began in 1888 with a 0-0 tie.

Turf has Bengals seeing red
For the fourth consecutive season, players are criticizing Paul Brown Stadium's natural grass playing field.
Lewis defensive about mix-up on Pittsburgh's fake field goal

Leon resigns at Woodward
Jim Leon has resigned as Woodward High School boys basketball coach after one of the most successful careers in Cincinnati prep history.
Colerain, Wyoming remain atop polls
Loss doesn't hurt Highlands in poll

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

New GM is weeks away for Reds
John Allen, in the press conference ushering out Barry Larkin, said the press conference that will usher in a new general manager isn't far off.

Lefty Norton's goal is to finish strongly
For the next six games - three each at home against the Cubs and Expos - Phil Norton will try to outrun failure. To stay in stride and beat it to the season's finish line.
Reds vs. Cubs series preview

Baseball's intriguing stories are hiding deep in the stats
Here at the end of the baseball season, the numbers do not lie. Well, some might. In any case, every team has an eccentric statistic or two, in the way every family has an odd uncle.

Rise in homers leveling off
NEW YORK - Baseball's biggest sluggers look as if they've lost a little pop in their bats.

NL: Marlins extend wild-card lead
ATLANTA - Derrek Lee homered and had four RBI as the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Monday night to extend their NL wild-card lead.

AL: Devil Rays' arms down Blue Jays
TORONTO - Roy Halladay lost a chance at his 22nd win when he was ejected Monday night, and Rob Bell held the Toronto Blue Jays hitless for six innings in Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory.

Broncos 31, Raiders 10
DENVER - For one night, Jake Plummer - sore shoulder and all - outdid John Elway.

Fractured bone has Holcomb uncertain
BEREA, Ohio - Kelly Holcomb may have saved the Browns' season on Sunday at the expense of a portion of his own.
Clarett's attorney sits down with NFL
COLUMBUS - The attorney for suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett met with NFL executives Monday in Washington to discuss whether he will be able to enter the 2004 draft.

Ducks get ready for camp
AHL Cincinnati was assigned centers Keith Aucoin, Tony Martensson, Joel Perrault, Igor Pohanka and Nick Smith, right wings Pierre Parenteau and Cory Pecker, left wings Casey Hankinson and Chris Kunitz, defensemen Juha Alen, Chris Armstrong, Shane O'Brien and Todd Reirden, and goaltender Eddy Ferhi by NHL parent Anaheim.

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.
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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