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Miami 42, UC 37
The fumbled punt in the closing seconds was the final blow, but it wasn't Thaddeus Lewis' fumble that gave Miami its third straight win over UC and the right to keep the victory bell for one more year.
Daugherty: Ben fits perfectly at Miami
Brandt's big day hurts UC
Notes: UC's Hall dismisses numbers in loss

New ballpark delivers more hits than misses
Never mind the losing season on the field. Hundreds of thousands of people came to Great American Ball Park in its opening year anyway. They stomped the concourses and ate the sausages, and in the end, proclaimed Great American a fine place to enjoy Cincinnati Reds baseball.
Reds Hall of Fame, and more, to come
Results from our online ballpark survey
Fan comments from our online ballpark survey
Enquirer editorial: The Reds factor
Lowest stat of all was attendance

It's the rivalry that withered
Their personal rivalry was supposed to be the one that energized the renewed rivalry between their teams. But the "Battle of Ohio" subplot pitting Tim Couch against Akili Smith at quarterback never materialized.
The Edge: Browns have momentum, confidence and Couch
Bengals-Browns highlights & disappointments

Larkin not a lock for Hall
Barry Larkin will have a tough, but perhaps not impossible, road to the Baseball Hall of Fame judging from the comments of 14 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Reds 4, Expos 2

No. 4 Ohio State 20, Northwestern 0
COLUMBUS - At 5:20 p.m. Saturday, a couple walked through a vacant Ohio Stadium and lay their baby at midfield to snap pictures. The infant's movements mimicked the Buckeyes offense on display hours earlier.
OSU notes: McMullen earns new respect as backup

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
Predict the winners'Call An Audible'

Sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

RB Holmes hoping for happy homecoming
Priest Holmes goes home this weekend to Baltimore, where he spent his first four seasons with the Ravens and lost his job to Jamal Lewis.
Curnutte's NFL power rankings

Retooling the Reds: Budget will dictate roster
When the Reds pack up their belongings and head home after today's season finale, it's a safe bet many of them will never set foot in the Reds clubhouse again.
Reds chatter
Grading the trades
Reds Q&A with John Fay

Reds notebook
Even though the Reds have improved their chances of having a decent starting rotation next year with all the mid-summer trades, there's always room for one more guy to elbow his way in.

Cubs sweep way to NL Central title
CHICAGO - The taste of victory was so sweet, Sammy Sosa wanted to share it with his loyal followers in the right-field bleachers.
Playoff schedule

No. 25 Florida 24, Kentucky 21
LEXINGTON - Even Florida's wins aren't coming easy these days. Johnny Lamar's 35-yard interception return set up Ron Carthon's 1-yard touchdown run with 3:15 remaining as the 25th-ranked Gators rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Kentucky 24-21.

Top 25 roundup
BERKELEY, Calif. - Tyler Fredrickson made a 38-yard field goal to end a third crazy overtime as California upset No. 3 Southern California 34-31 Saturday.
Scores, how top 25 fared

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

Kalamazoo thumps Mount St. Joseph 21-7; TMC defeated
Bryan Gnyp threw two touchdown passes, including one for 39 yards to Jeff Green in the fourth quarter, to lead Kalamazoo to a 21-7 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

Memphis, UC to keep rivalry
The University of Cincinnati's anticipated move to the Big East Conference in 2005 is loaded with positive implications for the Bearcats, but even progress sometimes comes with a down side.

Bainum proving to be Capital gain in Div. III
Prolific tailback Jason Bainum left Williamsburg High School in 2001 with 17 Ohio state football records, a Capital University future and zero delusions of grandeur.

Walnut still green, but growing
Walnut Hills suddenly has become a force on Cincinnati's Division I girls volleyball scene, despite a roster composed of sophomores and freshmen.

Coaches stay mum on injuries
Not a single injury has occurred on the football fields of Northern Kentucky this fall. Just ask the coaches.

Newport Central Catholic 42, Dayton 0
Newport Central Catholic, one of the best 1A teams in the Commonwealth, did nothing to soil its reputation with a 42-0 drubbing of Dayton at Newport Stadium.

Mount Healthy 47, Woodward 6
Mount Healthy spoiled Woodward's homecoming, improving to 5-1 with a 47-6 rout of the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon.
Saturday's results

Politics, mystery envelop Americans' next match
COLUMBUS - Hamm. Foudy. Lilly. Fawcett. Scurry. The United States' biggest stars are playing up to their reputations in the Women's World Cup, reinforcing their status as the team to beat.

Set pieces becoming second nature for U.S.
PHILADELPHIA - There was a weakness in U.S. women's soccer, and coach April Heinrichs has been trying to cure it for years. It looks like she has, because the Americans have been sensational on set pieces in the World Cup.

Norway dominates South Korea 7-1
FOXBORO, Mass. - Norway advanced to the Women's World Cup quarterfinals with a 7-1 rout of South Korea on Saturday, getting two goals each from Dagny Mellgren and Linda Ormen.

Points are OK with Newman
TALLADEGA, Ala. - This year, Ryan Newman has won seven races to Matt Kenseth's one, but Kenseth and three other drivers are ahead of Newman in the standings.

U.S. Grand Prix pole goes to Raikkonen
INDIANAPOLIS - Kimi Raikkonen might not have to win the U.S. Grand Prix to remain in the chase for the Formula One championship.

Crafty Shaw repeats victory at Turfway
Crafty Shaw found the right track and right distance Saturday in winning the $100,000 Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship for the second straight year.

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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