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It's Elder vs. St. Xavier, Colerain vs. Hamilton, Princeton vs. Lakota East and Conner vs. Dixie Heights in tonight's big games. Click here for a complete preview.
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Losing Dillon could be gain
Punter Kyle Richardson made it to town just in time to be in the Bengals' team picture Wednesday.
Notebook: Bye week has Bengals thinking long weekend
Class of 2004 boasts quality RBs

Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Sammy Sosa called it a stroke of luck. But it was more like the stroke of a slugger primed to lead his team deep into the postseason.
Notebook: Prokopec helps Reds fill out 40-man roster

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

Daugherty: Play some ball, save some lives
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: A ball hit onto the second-floor porch of Donald Grasso's house was a home run. It gave new meaning to the term "short porch."

RB Eddington waits in wings for Bearcats
Derrick Eddington doesn't claim to be another Richard Hall. In fact, he says he enjoys watching Hall run as much as anyone, even though that puts Eddington, Hall's backup, on the sideline.

Sports today on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.
All-star now odd man out
MIAMI - He has dreamed about this moment. Through the big leagues and the little leagues. Through the all-star games and the trade rumors and the broken hand and the cancer.
Playoff notebook: Ramirez swings at Ruth's history
NEW YORK - The Boston outfielder went to New York, taking his powerful bat with him. Once he arrived at Yankee Stadium, his hitting got even better.
St. X's back against the wall
St. Xavier's football season of spectacular highs and numbing lows finds the Bombers in a must-win situation tonight, when archrival Elder visits.

Playoff outlook: Mason, La Salle enter picture
Mason and La Salle thrust themselves into the Ohio Division I football playoff picture with upset victories last week, according to Harbin computer expert Steve Shuck.
Top Ohio games at a glance
Our Ohio picks
Top 10 outlook
More Player of the Year candidates

No. 1 Conner craves N.Ky. respect
The last time Conner won a Kentucky state football title was 1983. That was also the last time the Cougars found themselves as the top-ranked team in Northern Kentucky, until this week.
Top N.Ky. games at a glance
Our N.Ky. picks

St. Ursula holds off Ursuline
It's hard enough to compete against St. Ursula in volleyball. And it's virtually impossible when the Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the country, are playing before a home sellout crowd on Senior Night.

Beechwood can't snap Pandas' tourney streak
Notre Dame won a 24th consecutive district tournament title Thursday night.

Two singles players reach state
Cincinnati-area teams will be well-represented at next week's state tennis tournament.
CovCath 9 off state golf lead
The Covington Catholic golf team, last year's second-place finisher at the Kentucky state tournament, put itself within striking distance after the opening round of this year's two-round event.

Jaguars punter axed - literally
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars punter Chris Hanson needed surgery to close up a gash on his right, non-kicking leg Thursday after he miscalibrated while using an ax to hack at the massive tree stump that coach Jack Del Rio placed in the locker room.
Ohio native won over by Fighting Irish aura
With his offense struggling under Carlyle Holiday, Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham turned to freshman Brady Quinn against Purdue two weeks ago. The reviews were mixed. The Irish, who did not play last week, lost 23-10, but Quinn completed 29 of 59 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown. He also was intercepted four times.
Economics could force UT-OU to new venue
For college football fans in Texas and Oklahoma, it's practically a doomsday scenario: The Cotton Bowl sitting empty on the second Saturday of October.
South Carolina 27, Kentucky 21
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Daccus Turman had three short touchdown runs and South Carolina survived Kentucky's fourth-quarter rally to win its fourth straight game over the Wildcats, 27-21 on Thursday night.
Sorenstam's big day put on hold by rain
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Annika Sorenstam at least got her birthday cake.
Mutombo bound for Knicks
NEW YORK - Dikembe Mutombo signed a multiyear contract with the New York Knicks on Thursday, two days after he accepted a buyout and was waived by the New Jersey Nets.
Pittsburgh rookie will start in opener
PITTSBURGH - Rookie goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their season opener tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.
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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