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Bills 22, Bengals 16 (OT)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The attitude in the Bengals locker room after Sunday's 22-16 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills was decidedly feistier than three weeks ago.
Bengals-Bills stats
Daugherty column: Bengals crumble in clutch

Cubs oust Braves, ghosts
ATLANTA - Sammy Sosa sprinted across the outfield, high-fiving his teammates along the way. Thousands of Cubs fans sang "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" over and over. Mike Remlinger strolled toward home plate - a beer in one hand, a cigar in the other - and simply shook his head in disbelief.
Yankees 8, Twins 1
Red Sox 5, A's 4

No repeat: U.S. team ousted
PORTLAND, Ore. - Four years after Brandi Chastain ripped her jersey off in celebration, Mia Hamm pulled hers over her face to hide the tears.

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

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Burris said to be 'fine' after hit
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - With 4:26 left in the third quarter, the Bengals' 190-pound cornerback Jeff Burris sunk his right shoulder into the side of 242-pound Bills fullback Sam Gash, after Gash had caught a pass in the right flat. Gash bounced off the hit. Burris laid motionless on his back. They brought in the stretcher and the ambulance.

Spikes sees change, but still glad he left
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Takeo Spikes saw the difference in his former team Sunday. "Offensively, they are different," Spikes said after the Bills' 22-16 overtime victory.

Notes: Clemons keys strong D with 3 sacks
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bengals doubled their season sack total Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, and with three coming in the second half, they helped maintain a field-position edge.

AFC Game of the Week: Patriots 38, Titans 30
FOXBORO, Mass. - It was a dream come true for Mike Cloud - literally.

AFC roundup: Chiefs jump on Hall's back again
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - He cut left, then right, then stutter-stepped and actually ran backward toward the end zone.

NFC Game of the Week: Vikings 39, Falcons 26
ATLANTA - Gus Frerotte erased a very bad memory in his return to the Georgia Dome. A year ago, Frerotte started for the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, was benched after he failed to complete his first seven passes and watched the rest of a 30-3 loss from the bench.

NFC roundup: Packers stifle Seahawks
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers were more concerned about winning than who was coaching against them.

Interconference: Bears stun Raiders
CHICAGO - Tired of the same old boos in new Soldier Field, Kordell Stewart and the Chicago Bears found a way to appease their unhappy fans.

Pregame show offers apology for Limbaugh
ESPN's NFL pregame show returned Sunday with an apology - and without Rush Limbaugh - a week after the commentator's race-tinged comments about Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Bucs' D doesn't fear Manning, Colts
TAMPA, Fla. - The thought of facing an offense coming off a 55-point performance would make some defenses shudder. Not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rookie leads Marlins into NLCS games
MIAMI - The talented rookie's season began in Zebulon, N.C., with the Carolina Mudcats, and now he's headed for the NL championship series with the Florida Marlins.

Braves endure another postseason collapse
ATLANTA - The Chicago Cubs won a postseason series for the first time in nearly 100 years. For the Atlanta Braves, the conclusion was all too familiar. Another division title, another playoff failure.

Injury forces Hudson out after one inning
BOSTON - Pitching on three days' rest never seems to work out for Tim Hudson. Hudson left after one inning Sunday with a strained muscle in his left side and the Oakland Athletics wound up losing to Boston 5-4, evening their playoff series at 2-2.
Playoff schedule

Paterno putting on a brave face despite woes
Joe Paterno has seen better days. Penn State is 2-4, and it could get a lot worse with Purdue, Iowa and Ohio State dead ahead.

Oklahoma is nation's only dominant team
Teams have been hyped up and brought down in a matter of moments. Expected powerhouses have struggled to escape against overmatched opponents. In this topsy-turvy start to the college football season, about the only constant has been Oklahoma's dominance.

Poll stays steady heading into big weekend
The top six teams remained the same in the latest Associated Press college football poll heading into a weekend of big showdowns.

Woods' 5th win may be enough
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Tiger Woods is still the best in the world, and his fifth victory of the year Sunday at the American Express Championship might be enough for his peers to vote him best on the PGA Tour again.

Woman, 85, delights in making a hole in one
YORKTOWN, Ind. - Louise Harrold has been an avid golfer for more than three decades, but the 85-year-old grandmother is only now at the pinnacle of her game.

Thrashers player dies six days after wreck
ATLANTA - Atlanta Thrashers forward Dan Snyder died Sunday night, six days after he was involved in a horrific car crash with All-Star teammate Dany Heatley.

Vets get fresh starts, but future is uncertain
Dominik Hasek is back in the NHL for another season. How long he stays might not be up to him.

In NHL, old-timers play every night
Old-timers games once were a summertime ritual at major league parks. In the NHL, the geriatric set plays games that count every night.

Lady takes charge, wins Keeneland's Spinster
Odds-on favorite Take Charge Lady held off You by a head to repeat as winner of the Grade I Spinster Stakes Sunday at Keeneland and remain undefeated in five starts at the Lexington track.

Alleged misconduct has Newman fuming
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Ryan Newman's latest Winston Cup victory has opponents wondering how the No. 12 Dodge can go so far on a tank of gas.

Another scary moment for Sadler
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Elliott Sadler has had two scary moments in as many weeks. Sadler's car briefly burst into flames when his right front tire blew and he slid into the wall Sunday in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway.

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

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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