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Prep football fever
Friday's winners included Colerain, Elder, Anderson, Reading, Kings, Jacobs, Wyoming, Mariemont, Conner and Dixie. Click here for a full report.

Ravens' air attack a token threat
Baltimore has the NFL's most unbalanced offense - it leads the league in rushing but ranks last in passing - entering Sunday's game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Buckeyes view Iowa as must win
COLUMBUS - There'll be a chill in the air today, and a whiff of desperation. Eighth-ranked Ohio State and ninth-ranked Iowa both have a Big Ten loss, and the loser of the matchup of the Big Ten's 2002 co-champions can bag hopes of a repeat title.

Yanks take nothing for granted
Joe Torre was a big Marlins fan on the eve of today's World Series opener, saying: "They got through the tough part. They beat two dynamite teams to get here. We can't assume we have any edge."

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

Williams, Bearcats ready for fresh starts
The UC Bearcats began preparations for a new season this morning at Midnight Madness with a cast of five new players they hope will eliminate the shortcomings that produced a disappointing 17-12 record last season.

Sato quietly becoming XU leader
Life does not revolve around basketball for Romain Sato. Then again, it does.
Excitement aplenty for Smith, UK
LEXINGTON - Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith really only has one agenda for Big Blue Madness, the traditional opening practice for his team.

Roethlisberger will test Ball State's DBs today
Four weeks ago, Miami coach Terry Hoeppner was wondering how his RedHawks would react to playing their first home game after opening with four on the road. He joked about putting his players on buses to simulate a road trip.

UK taking Ohio U seriously
LEXINGTON - The list of marquee victims of Mid-American Conference football teams this season is long, and Kentucky coach Rich Brooks doesn't want his team to join a group that includes Maryland, Alabama, Kansas State, Purdue and Iowa State.
More legal affairs for OSU vs. Clarett
COLUMBUS - Ohio State asked federal and state courts Friday to dismiss motions filed against the university by suspended tailback Maurice Clarett.

Dillon upgraded to probable
The Bengals upgraded the condition of tailback Corey Dillon to probable for Sunday's game against Baltimore.

Bengals' Keys to Victory
Hidden somewhat behind the larger-than-life personality of their defense and record-setting running game, the Baltimore Ravens will bring one of the NFL's top special teams groups into Sunday's game against the Bengals.
The Isolation Booth
If Bengals tailback Corey Dillon is limited or held out because of his groin strain, the personal battle between Chad Johnson and Chris McAlister will become more important Sunday.

McKeon: An old man and his team
NEW YORK - Jack McKeon's wife flew from the couple's home in North Carolina to Miami last month and joined her husband for the final homestand of the Florida Marlins' regular season, when they were immersed in a tight NL wild-card race.

Zimmer vents at Steinbrenner
NEW YORK - Yankees coach Don Zimmer directed a blistering verbal assault at team owner George Steinbrenner after New York's victory over Boston Thursday night.

Colerain 41, Oak Hills 7
Colerain, king of the running game, used a rare pass play to break Oak Hills' spirit Friday night.

Anderson 21, Loveland 9
Try as it might, the Loveland defense couldn't keep Anderson senior quarterback Kurt Shoemaker in check all night.
Mariemont 14, Taylor 0
Mariemont's Reed Peterson atoned for two fumbles with 134 rushing yards and a score as the Warriors overcame a sloppy performance.
Kings 38, Ross 13
Senior quarterback Jesse Imes passed for three touchdowns and ran for another TD in a battle of playoff hopefuls.
Jacobs 23, Shroder 7
Jacobs exploded for 15 points in the fourth quarter to break open a close game.
Other Ohio games
Senior quarterback Jarrell Williams accounted for six touchdowns, lifting Princeton to a 61-24 victory over Middletown.
Scores, how poll teams fared

Dixie Heights 35, Boone Co. 10
In a game between two of the top Class 4A football teams in Northern Kentucky, the hare was just too much for the tortoise.

Conner 50, Ryle 0
Conner made a case to keep its No. 1 ranking with a stout defense and a secret weapon - the kickoff coverage unit.
Other Kentucky Games
Holy Cross scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter en route to a 49-20 victory over Ludlow.

Frosh helps Ursuline lead state
Led by a 75 by freshman Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Ursuline is first with a 331 total, while Mount Notre Dame has a 332.

CHCA soph breezes to semis
Jillian Ducro isn't much of a morning person. So the five-hour rain delay at the Ohio Girls State Tennis Tournament Friday suited her just fine. CovCath wins district soccer title
Nick Barbour's goal in the second overtime period lifted Covington Catholic to a 2-1 victory over Holy Cross and the District 28 title Friday night.

Pete Rose gives hitting advice
Pete Rose will give a one-hour talk on hitting - half of it to youngsters, the other half of it to high school-age players - at Champions Baseball Academy, 510 E. Business Way.
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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