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McKeon: Reds were on track
CHICAGO - When someone from the Cincinnati media congratulated Jack McKeon on his postseason success Tuesday, he accepted with a quick thanks, then added: "We could have done this in Cincinnati if they would have left me alone."
Reds had chance to land Cabrera
Port plans to interview for Reds GM post this week

Team makes punting switch
Kyle Richardson might not bring the strongest punting leg to the Bengals, but he offers something as important - or more important - to the coaching staff.
Bengals Q&A with Mark Curnutte
Wind whines not just hot air

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

UC president vows vigilance in academics
UC's new president said Tuesday that she will be "very vigilant" in overseeing the school's athletic program, with an eye toward academic integrity and the off-field behavior of athletes.
• EDITORIAL PAGE: UC president charts new course

Shields will retire after this season
Northern Kentucky men's basketball coach Ken Shields, entering his 16th season at the helm of the Norse, announced Tuesday he will retire from his position at the end of the upcoming season.

Lowell's HR foils Cubs' comeback
CHICAGO - Whatever it was the Florida Marlins had against San Francisco - magic or the mystique of the underdog - they brought with them to Chicago.
Beckett calms down after rough first inning

With each OSU win, questions multiply
COLUMBUS - Ohio State's 19-game win streak by no means has been a scorched-earth tour. The last 12 victories have been by an average of 10 points. So all these Buckeyes seem to do well is win. Now, can they win it all?
Buckeyes' academic investigation expected to wrap up in 4-6 weeks

In a tradition-rich area, this year's talent shines
St. Ursula is the No. 1-ranked girls volleyball team in America, and the Bulldogs' top player has committed to five-time NCAA champion Stanford.
Highlands goalie grows into role
Prep golf tourneys under way this week

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

Rivalry: Yankees vs. Red Sox
NEW YORK - The sport's most intense, albeit lopsided rivalry, resumes under the national spotlight Wednesday night when the American League Championship opens at Yankee Stadium.

Clemens getting one more Fenway start
NEW YORK - Roger Clemens gets one more chance. One more chance to thrill. One more chance to throw the heat that has given so many people so many warm memories.

Yankees count heavily on Rivera to close the deal
NEW YORK - When the New York Yankees have their way, all that postseason pressure is left in the delicately thin fingers of one man's right hand. Mariano Rivera rarely disappoints.

Playoff notebook
Corey Patterson may be hurt, but the Chicago Cubs haven't forgotten what the outfielder did to help them get to the NL championship series.

Braves pitcher joins U.S. team
Atlanta Braves left-hander Horacio Ramirez was added to the U.S. roster, replacing the injured Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. The players started practice last week, but Ramirez won't join them until Monday. Manager Frank Robinson will name his final 24-man roster Oct. 24.

Collapse puzzles Gruden
TAMPA, Fla. - Jon Gruden is still trying to figure out what went wrong. When you are the coach of the defending Super Bowl champions and have one of the NFL's best defenses, you don't expect to blow a three-touchdown lead in the last four minutes of regulation and let an opponent drive 76 yards to kick the winning field goal in overtime.

College football notebook
INDIANA: After a 1-5 start to the season, coach Gerry DiNardo felt it was time for a little soul-searching, man to man.

3-point goal line moving back
The 3-point line in college basketball is about to be moved 9 inches farther from the basket beginning in the 2004-05 season. Barring unexpected dissent by the NCAA's two smallest divisions, the new line will be set at 20 feet, 6 inches.

Cleveland's James passes his first exhibition test
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - LeBron James' second assist was more impressive than his first basket. Making his professional debut in the Cleveland Cavaliers' first exhibition game, James was a better passer than scorer in a 100-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

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

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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