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Bleak Bengals days are left behind
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - At age 65, having just lost his first head-coaching job, Dick LeBeau was ready to retire.
Krumrie brings intensity, passion to Buffalo
The Edge: Bledsoe, Bills obstacles to a Bengals win streak

Less is plenty for A's, Twins
When Reds chief operating officer John Allen said this week that one of the main criteria for hiring the next Reds general manager would be to find the person who can find "baseball players," he was speaking in code.
Five ways things went wrong
Five steps Reds should take
Savvy GM candidates will ask these questions
Reds Q&A with John Fay

Let Junior move on
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: The Junior-to-Seattle rumors have begun again, as faithful as yellow leaves in October.

Southern Miss 22, UC 20
The University of Cincinnati defense couldn't have played much better. But the Bearcats were held scoreless in the second half and fell to Southern Miss, 22-20, Saturday night before 24,522 fans at Nippert Stadium.

Miami 45, Akron 20
OXFORD - RedHawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw two TDs and ran for two others, as the 'Hawks went on to beat the Akron Zips 45-20 before 20,157 in their Mid-American Conference opener Saturday at Yager Stadium.
Career day at WR for ex-QB Busing

Marlins beat Giants, win series 3-1
MIAMI - J.T. Snow drilled Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez and Ugueth Urbina piled on. This wasn't a football play that transpired inside a packed pro stadium, but rather the final play of a National League Division Series that provided just about everything, including a surprise victory.
Braves 6, Cubs 4
Yankees 3, Twins 1
Red Sox 3, Athletics 1 (11)

What do you think?
What are the most dramatic finishes of all time in Cincinnati sports history? Take our poll.

This weekend's sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

Broncos' Plummer has been on a roll
Since the Denver Broncos left Cincinnati with a 30-10 victory, quarterback Jake Plummer has been close to perfect.

Injured Holcomb can't haunt Steelers
PITTSBURGH - No, that breeze blowing across Lake Erie wasn't a sigh of relief emanating from Pittsburgh because Kelly Holcomb won't start at quarterback Sunday night for Cleveland.
NFL power rankings

No. 13 Texas 24, No. 16 Kansas State 20
AUSTIN, Texas - Enough talk about Texas being soft. The 13th-ranked Longhorns showed they can gut out a big win - and with a freshman leading the way.

No. 23 Iowa 30, No. 9 Michigan 27
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Bob Sanders slammed his helmet to the ground with just more than a minute to play. It was a happy slam. The kind of slam when you beat the once-mighty Michigan football team.

Navy 28, Air Force 25
LANDOVER, Md. - It was a payback six years in the making. And now, after shocking previously unbeaten Air Force 28-25 Saturday, resurgent Navy is poised to win the coveted Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the first time in 22 years.

No. 17 Northern Illinois 30, Ohio 23, OT
DEKALB, Ill. - P.J. Fleck caught a tying 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:42 remaining and set up quarterback Josh Haldi's 1-yard score in overtime as No. 17 Northern Illinois survived a scare to beat Ohio 30-23 Saturday.

Top 25: A Manning finally wins in Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Ron Zook and Florida endured another harsh blow, this time from Mississippi and Eli Manning, who finally got his family into the win column at The Swamp.
Scores, how the Top 25 fared

MSJ wins Heartland opener 17-13
Ricky Story ran for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 3:21 left, as Mount St. Joseph beat Franklin 17-13 Saturday. Story rushed 23 times for 99 yards for Mount St. Joseph (3-1, 1-0 Heartland Conference), including a 24-yard fourth-quarter run that put the Lions ahead 17-13.

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

State, national polls include local flavor
Chip Dobson's Taylor girls cross country team won the Division II state championship last season and, ranked No. 1 again with almost the entire team back, might very well repeat.

Awards abound for stellar performances
Well, the first half of my first Kentucky football season has come and gone. There were last-second wins, blowouts, memorable plays and forgettable plays.

Dayton Belmont topples Taft
Andre Ross rushed for touchdowns of 6 and 34 yards in the fourth quarter as Dayton Belmont defeated Taft 26-12 in a Southwest Ohio Public League game.

Holy Cross 54, Dayton 0
Five different players scored for Holy Cross as the Indians steamrolled Dayton 54-0 at Holmes in Covington.

Kings takes 'Father Rudy' title
Behind a first-place showing from Tony Matheus, Kings topped a watered-down field to win Elder's "Father Rudy" Invitational at Rapid Run Park Saturday.
Saturday's results

It ain't over till it's over
For broadcaster Jim McKay, who has traveled the world reporting sports history and won 13 Emmys in the process, there is one rite of summer that he enjoys more than anything else.

TMC women's soccer has come long way
Natalie Gardner never expected Thomas More College to be a women's soccer power, not during her four-year career, anyway.

Trusted UC trainer packs his bags for Marquette
University of Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins will be without one of his most trusted staff members when practice begins Oct. 18.
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

Perfect Soul rallies at Keeneland
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fast-closing Perfect Soul passed four horses in the stretch and finished 3/4 of a length ahead of Honor in War to win Saturday's featured Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

Semifinal finality: Germany is next
PORTLAND, Ore. - Joy Fawcett knows everything she needs to about Germany. The United States co-captain predicts the Germans will be a difficult opponent in Sunday's semifinals of the Women's World Cup.

Woods' lead dwindles to 2
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Considering all that went wrong for Tiger Woods in the American Express Championship, he had no trouble finding the good news Saturday.

Toney too much for aging Holyfield
LAS VEGAS - Evander Holyfield was a warrior to the end. Now he has to convince himself that this really was the end.

For Gordon, there's no place like Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jeff Gordon welcomes the return to a track where he has done so well. He also understands it will count for little today when he goes for a bit of NASCAR history.

NASCAR notebook: Rumors concerning retirement swirl
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Winston Cup garage is rife with rumors about Bill Elliott's possible retirement, but Elliott himself says it's still too early to announce his plans for 2004 and beyond.

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

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."

Flying Pig Marathon coverage, searchable results database
Local golf news and course guide
Where high school stars are going to college
Explore Great American Ball Park
Implosion bids goodbye to Cinergy
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Buckeyes national champs
Kentucky Speedway coverage