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Prep football fever
Hughes, Colerain, Danville, Elder and Anderson were among Friday night's winners. See our in-depth prep football coverage and photo galleries at
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Injured athlete voted homecoming king
LAWRENCEBURG - The fighting Tigers crowned their quarterback homecoming king Friday while he lay miles away in a hospital bed with a brain injury so severe it could just as well have killed him on that same football field.

Huggins aims for biggest rebound
Bob Huggins is too busy to sit around musing about the heart attack that nearly claimed his life a year ago.
Friends worried: Will Bob make it?

Ohio St. 20, Northwestern 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No offense, but Ohio State's defense did it again. With linebacker A.J. Hawk leading the charge, the fourth-ranked Buckeyes limited Northwestern to 185 yards to win their 19th straight game, 20-0 today.
Florida 24, Kentucky 21

'Cats bracing for a dogfight
University of Cincinnati football coach Rick Minter was amused this week when he heard that the Miami student body president had invited Xavier students to drive to Oxford today to root against their common enemy - the UC Bearcats.
UC-MU telecast falls victim to labor strike in Oxford
OSU, more college football coverage

Battle of Ohio cooling down
The historical significance of "The Battle of Ohio" can't be denied. Paul Brown was the founder and first coach of both the Cleveland and Cincinnati franchises, which will meet Sunday for the 60th time.
Bengals' keys to victory
Isolation booth: Braham vs. Davis
• Notebooks: Dillon ready to run | NFL notes

Robinson touched by statue
Former Reds great Frank Robinson - moved by a ceremony honoring him and the unveiling of his statue in Crosley Terrace before Friday's game at Great American Ball Park - raised his right fist in a triumphant gesture at the end of his speech and declared: "You can come back home; I am home!"

Reds 4, Expos 2
Brian Reith pitched five shutout innings and Sean Casey and Russell Branyan each hit two-run homers to give the Reds a 4-2 win over the Montreal Expos today.
Friday's Game: Expos 5, Reds 1
Reds interview Minaya today for GM post
Notes: Reith gets to take starting shot

Expos 5, Reds 1
Sometimes, nice weather and a nice ballpark are enough. How else can you explain why a crowd of 28,870, including a walkup crowd of more than 5,650, would show up to watch the playing-out-the-string Reds face the going-nowhere Montreal Expos Friday at Great American Ball Park?
Reds interview Minaya today for GM post
Notes: Reith gets to take starting shot

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

Bucks' second season begins
COLUMBUS - Among the mystic qualities ascribed to Ohio State's 2002 championship season was the way its Big Ten schedule broke. Heavyweights Michigan and Penn State had to visit Ohio Stadium, while Iowa - which went 8-0 in the league - wasn't on the slate.

Gators hope freshman QB gets offense firing again
LEXINGTON - Can a freshman quarterback - even one as heralded as Chris Leak - be the answer for a struggling college football power like Florida?

Louisville's start more than luck to Petrino
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has made a habit of knocking on the round wooden table he sits at during his weekly news conferences.

Big off-field changes coming in college football
What is happening off the field in college football could turn out to be more intriguing than what transpires between the lines this season.

Notebook: Irish mum about starting QB
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Notre Dame is still trying to decide which quarterback to start today against Purdue. The Boilermakers' reaction: So what?
Top 25 games today

Hughes 12, Western Hills 7
The Hughes Big Red utilized an aggressive defense and big-play opportunities to hold off the Western Hills Mustangs 12-7 in a Southwest Ohio Public School matchup Friday at West Hi.

Colerain romps past L. West 51-0
Top-ranked Colerain overcame a slow start to run off a 51-0 victory over Lakota West in a Greater Miami Conference game at West Friday night.

Danville 26, Highlands 25
Highlands coach Dale Mueller said he couldn't remember the last time one of his teams gave up a punt return. He'll probably never forget this one.

Elder 49, Covington Catholic 21
The first meeting between Elder and Covington Catholic, a 49-21 Panthers victory, was over by the end of the first quarter.

Anderson 42, Glen Este 28
Anderson made it a little too close for coach Vince Suriano's liking. But the more Suriano thought about it, the more he enjoyed Friday night's 42-28 home win over tenacious Glen Este.

Beechwood 62, Ludlow 14
Ludlow came into its game against Beechwood on a three-game winning streak but saw its hopes for an upset in this week's "Call An Audible" game quickly fade.

Reading 28, Madeira 12
Reading returned to form Friday night with a 28-12 victory over Madeira after losing its first league game since early 2001 last week.

Clinton-Massie 25, Batavia 20
The game of the year in the Southern Buckeye Conference didn't have a fantastic finish. Clinton-Massie's Jake Lambert made sure of that.

Shroder Paideia 22, Aiken 18
Shroder Paideia scored all its points in the final 17 minutes, overcoming an 18-point deficit to defeat Aiken 22-18 on Friday night.

Your 'Audible': Kings 49, Norwood 43 (3 OT)
The legend of Jesse Imes is growing. Just ask anyone who attended Friday night's Kings-Norwood thriller. Imes lifted the Knights to a 49-43 triple overtime win, their fourth in a row, scoring all three of Kings' touchdowns in the extra periods.

Roundup: Ohio's other games
Adell Givens rushed for 98 yard on 25 carries and one touchdown to lead Hamilton to a 36-24 victory over Middletown in Greater Miami Conference game at Hamilton Friday night.

Roundup: Kentucky's other games
Miles Davis rushed 37 times for 270 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Boone County to a 42-7 victory over Simon Kenton.
Scores, how poll teams fared
Friday's results
Today's schedule

Family too busy for Clemens' finale
NEW YORK - The moment will pass without Roger Clemens' four sons witnessing it.

NL: Wild-card berth belongs to Marlins
MIAMI - With rainy weather, apathetic fans, unsettled ownership and losing records, the Florida Marlins provided comic relief in recent seasons. Look who's laughing now.

AL: Tigers edge closer to infamous mark
DETROIT - Michael Cuddyer hit the first pitch of the 11th inning into the left-field seats and the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 5-4 Friday, putting the Tigers one defeat from tying the modern record for losses.

Hamm's final World Cup shaping up to be her best
PHILADELPHIA - The very definition of greatness has been on display by women's soccer's greatest player. Mia Hamm has been nothing short of magnificent in the World Cup.

Americans excelling at set pieces in World Cup
PHILADELPHIA - There was a weakness in U.S. women's soccer, and coach April Heinrichs has been trying to cure it for years.

Sadler claims pole at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Elliott Sadler won his second career pole with a speed of 189.943 mph for Sunday's EA Sports 500.

Armour holds slim lead in Texas
SAN ANTONIO - Tommy Armour III capped a 62 with a birdie on the 18th hole Friday and held a one-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after the second round of the Texas Open.

Crafty Shaw attempts to repeat today at Turfway
Crafty Shaw, 5, finished third behind Perfect Drift and Congaree in the Kentucky Cup Classic two weeks ago and should be the one to beat today when he defends his title in the Grade III $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship.

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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