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Marlins end Cubs' Series dream
Given one final chance to beat the demons of their past, the Cubs couldn't get it done and the Marlins capped their stunning NLCS comeback with a 9-6 win in Game 7 Wednesday night.
Rodriguez finds redemption's sweet
Marlins happy to be spoilers
Wood blames himself: 'I choked'
Pedro vs. Clemens: Winner take all

Lewis debates Dillon's status
The decision on whether to activate Corey Dillon on Sunday is complex for coach Marvin Lewis.
Receiving corps could benefit from big boost

Miami Basketball Preview
The Miami RedHawks need something to get over the hump. Coach Charlie Coles isn't sure what it is, but he thinks he knows.

Field hockey has growth spurt
As the state-qualifying tournament begins in Dayton this week, coaches are on a mission to increase local participation and interest in the sport.
• Football chat today: Elder coach Doug Ramsey, noon to 12:30 p.m. at

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

DAUGHERTY: Fan deserves pity, not scorn
Steve Bartman is the 26-year-old Cubs fan who robbed Moises Alou of a foul flyout in the eighth inning Tuesday night. The incident sent the Cubbies' psyches spinning out of alignment and turned what should have been a World Series celebration into another evening of soul torture.

Rodriguez finds redemption's sweet
CHICAGO - Ivan Rodriguez sat home last winter, waiting for phone calls that never came. He was supposedly too old and too injury-prone for teams to risk the big money he wanted.

Boston's bats show some life in nick of time
NEW YORK - The resilient Boston Red Sox rallied just in time.
Prokopec rejects Reds' Triple-A offer
Right-hander Luke Prokopec rejected an outright assignment to the Reds farm system Wednesday, making him a free agent.

Receiving corps could benefit from big boost
Like tailback Corey Dillon, wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and linebacker Riall Johnson were listed Wednesday as questionable.

Plummer out, Beuerlein starts
DENVER - Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer will be sidelined about four weeks with a broken left foot.

Ohio State's Gamble loses glitz
COLUMBUS - Chris Gamble starred as a cornerback, receiver and kick returner last season and was named All-America and co-MVP of his team. That's what has made his virtual disappearance this season so puzzling.

Nance now Miami's top offensive threat
At one time, the approach would have been considered sacrilege at the school that helped mold Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler.
Marshall awaits C-USA invitation
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall is expecting an invitation to Conference USA, athletic director Bob Marcum said.

Injury can't stop NewCath's Smith
Newport Central Catholic's Mr. Everything finally had to take a rest last week.
Soccer tournament highlights
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Cross country polls

Bryant hearing comes to close
EAGLE, Colo. - Kobe Bryant's accuser showed up for her rape exam wearing panties containing another man's sperm, a startling discovery that defense lawyers called "compelling evidence" the NBA star is innocent.

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

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.

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

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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