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ALCS Game 3: New York 4, Boston 3
A historic pitching matchup was distracted Saturday by an ugly fourth inning, but Roger Clemens and the Yankees ultimately prevailed in the ALCS Game 3.
NLCS Game 4: Cubs 8, Marlins 3
Popeye takes on Pedro

Palmer's time remains a mystery
Jon Kitna knows the day will come when Carson Palmer replaces him as the Bengals' starting quarterback.

Buying into fantasy football
BUSINESS: With more than 13 million people playing the game of fantasy football, businesses are looking to cash in on this growing phenomenon.

UAB 31, UC 14
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It would be easy to blame Cincinnati's 31-14 loss to UAB on Gino Guidugli's knee and Richard Hall's head, but that would be selling short both UAB and Cincinnati.

No. 23 Wisconsin 17, No. 3 Ohio St. 10
MADISON, Wis. - Lee Evans was in danger of being shut out by Chris Gamble's blanket coverage and linebacker Robert Reynolds' dirty play that sidelined Wisconsin's starting quarterback.
Buckeyes fans watch winning streak end

Miami 59, Buffalo 3
Fourth-year junior quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's four touchdown passes Saturday led the RedHawks to a blowout over Buffalo.
QB is making mark in MAC

As good as it gets
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: I have to find a place for the picture. There is so much else to do: the training rides, the proper nutrition, Advil for a barking knee. What you learn at age 46, when you are attempting to ride a bicycle for 108 miles, is that you aren't 26. Pain is a much bigger part of your life.

The readers speak
One week ago today, this page asked you to log onto and vote on a list of dramatic finishes involving local teams. We also encouraged you to nominate your favorites.
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

Prep football fever
Elder is still king of the GCL. Colerain, Princeton, Conner and Wyoming were other winners in Friday night's big games. Check out our complete coverage, including photo galleries.
Scores, how poll teams fared

Sports today on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

Cubs, Marlins break NLCS homer record
MIAMI - Aramis Ramirez's two home runs Saturday night were the 15th and 16th of the NL championship series between the Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins, who set a record for most homers in an NLCS.

Popeye takes on Pedro
BOSTON - It was at once comic and ugly, Popeye vs. Pedro in a brawl that epitomized the heat of the game.

Playoff notebook
BOSTON - Boston police are investigating a fight between two Yankees and a Fenway Park worker who was cheering for the Red Sox in the New York bullpen during the AL championship series Saturday night.

Frerotte's on fire, still heads to bench
In three starts last season for the Bengals, Gus Frerotte completed 51.8 percent of his passes for one touchdown and five interceptions. His passer rating was 46.9.
Curnutte's NFL power rankings

No. 1 Oklahoma 65, No. 11 Texas 13
DALLAS - The Oklahoma Sooners have the drill down pat. They stomp rival Texas, send the Sooner Schooner circling the Cotton Bowl turf, then gather around the 20-yard line for a team photo with the scoreboard in the background.

No. 2 Miami 22, No. 5 Florida St. 14
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - This was supposed to be a statement game and that's exactly what it was. The Miami Hurricanes made a statement. The Florida State Seminoles took notes.

Notre Dame 20, No. 15 Pittsburgh 14
PITTSBURGH - None of the great runners in Notre Dame's past - George Gipp, Paul Hornung, Ricky Watters, Jerome Bettis, Allen Pinkett - ever did what Julius Jones did against Pittsburgh.

Northwestern 37, Indiana 31 (OT)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Northwestern coach Randy Walker had a nasty sense of deja vu at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Roundup of other Top 25 games
BLACKSBURG, Va. - DeAngelo Hall scored on 58- and 60-yard punt returns in the first quarter and ran 24 yards with a reverse for another touchdown as No. 4 Virginia Tech routed Syracuse 51-7.
Scores, how Top 25 fared

Small colleges: Mt. St. Joe thumps Manchester 28-6
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - Mike Dane (Little Miami) threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Mount St. Joseph beat Manchester 28-6 Saturday.

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

ACC expansion: Boston College targeted again
RALEIGH, N.C. - Atlantic Coast Conference chancellors and presidents will hold a teleconference Sunday amid reports they are ready to invite Boston College to be the league's 12th team.

Clarett's attorney: Court should protect tailback
COLUMBUS - Maurice Clarett's attorney said the misdemeanor criminal case against the suspended Ohio State running back prompted him to ask a federal judge block the use of information from the university.

Former locals ready to start NBA careers
College basketball practice still is a week away, but a couple of former area college players are already on the court in their first season in the NBA.

New looks await as practices open
More than six months have passed since Syracuse cut down the nets in New Orleans and brought to a close another season of college basketball.

Athletes at the mercy of injuries
For most athletes, high school is as good as it gets. And when there's a season-ending injury to a key player, particularly a senior, the psychological toll can be devastating.

Pupils await Shields' next move
There were plenty of things Ken Shields could have bragged about at the press conference announcing this season would be his last on the Northern Kentucky basketball sidelines.

Covington Catholic 34, South Oldham 12
Covington Catholic kept its post-season hopes alive with a defeat of South Oldham 34-12 Saturday at Wooten Field.

2nd-round 64 sends Hillsboro's Balser to Div. II title
COLUMBUS - Hillsboro's Drew Balser fired a 64 Saturday on Ohio State's Gray Course, giving him a two-day total of 134 and the Division II state title.

NewCath captures district championship
Newport Central Catholic and Highlands had met twice this season in volleyball, with the Thoroughbreds earning three-game victories both times.

Ursuline's Rentschler repeats as champ
DAYTON - Catherine Rentschler knew it wouldn't be easy. "Last year, a lot of the top Division I singles players played doubles," said Rentschler, an Ursuline senior. "So I knew districts would be tougher this year."

Powerful Denison's deep with Cincinnati players
First, they were just a blip on the men's soccer radar. Before this season, Denison University's glory days were imbedded in a 1978 school-best record (14-2) and one 1980s conference title. The program made two NCAA Tournament appearances, in 1978 and 1979 and hasn't been back since.

Americans finish on high note
CARSON, Calif. - Led by veterans Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tiffeny Milbrett, the United States won the World Cup's third-place game 3-1 over Canada Saturday.

Blue Jackets surprise woeful Rangers 5-0
COLUMBUS - It was a bright new beginning for the Columbus Blue Jackets - and another awful night for the New York Rangers.

Appleby atop Vegas by one
Stuart Appleby made three straight birdies on the back nine and shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Steve Flesch after the fourth round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Stewart chases down win
CONCORD, N.C. - Tony Stewart passed Flyin' Ryan Newman, the dominant star of recent NASCAR runs, in the closing miles to win Saturday night's UAW-GM 500 Winston Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Biffle sets mark with Busch win
CONCORD, N.C. - Greg Biffle won the rain-postponed Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday with the season's largest margin of victory.

Tracy remains on pole for Mexico Grand Prix
MEXICO CITY - Rookie Tiago Monteiro topped the second day of qualifying for today's Mexico Grand Prix to join polesitter Paul Tracy on the front row of the race.

IRL's finale may be its best
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Indy Racing League season is down to this: five drivers within 30 points of each other in a one-race, wheel-to-wheel shootout for the championship.

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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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
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