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Marlins strike first
Maybe the Yankees are still suffering from their ALCS hangover. Or maybe the Marlins, who took Game 1 of the World Series, are as good as they've looked in October.
Box score and runs

Battle of the backs today
The top two single-game rushers in NFL history will square off at Paul Brown Stadium.
Who has the Edge: Bengals or Ravens?

Prep football fever
St. Xavier knocked off Ohio's top-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius and Moeller upset No. 8 Lakewood St. Edward Saturday. Check our full report of weekend games.

Ohio State 19, Iowa 10
COLUMBUS - It will be called an ugly Ohio State victory, although that term may now be redundant.

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

DAUGHERTY: Whaley wants to make up for his past
Robert Whaley is UC's biggest risk-reward recruit since Dontonio Wingfield. We know how Wingfield turned out.

Hicks' dunks dazzle at opening practice
The estimated crowd of 9,500 that showed up for UC's Midnight Madness was entertained by the slam dunk contest. But what really seemed to excite fans were a few words from Bob Huggins.
XU's Myles improves conditioning
Xavier center Anthony Myles admits he was out-hustled, outpaced and just didn't put up the same effort as Maryland's big men in last season's NCAA Tournament loss.

Miami 49, Ball State 3
MUNCIE, Ind. - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned in another efficient performance, and the Miami defense provided two scores Saturday as the RedHawks won their sixth straight game, 49-3 over Ball State.

Kentucky 35, Ohio U 14
LEXINGTON - Backup quarterback Shane Boyd threw one touchdown pass, caught one and rushed for two more as Kentucky beat Ohio 35-14 Saturday night.
OSU Notebook: Carter's hands now a safe place
COLUMBUS - Speed kills, but so do drops. And so it took until Drew Carter starting hanging onto the ball before Ohio State felt comfortable throwing to its fastest player.
Small College Football Roundup
Andy Wellendorf (Elder) scored on a 6-yard pass from Mike Dane (Little Miami), and Jeff Williams returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown as Mount St. Joseph beat Defiance 17-0 Saturday.

Rose talks hitting, not returning
Pete Rose was having a good time, back in his hometown Saturday, teaching baseball again.

Pierre gives Yankees fits
NEW YORK - It took less than a New York minute for Juan Pierre to give the Yankees fits. His burst of speed set up Florida's first-inning run, and his two-run single in the fifth was the difference as the Marlins beat New York 3-2 in Saturday night's World Series opener.
Soriano's slump slows down Yanks
NEW YORK - Like Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo at the top of the Florida Marlins lineup, the New York Yankees rely on leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano to get them going.
Yankees look sluggish
NEW YORK - Maybe the New York Yankees were still recovering from the AL championship series against the Boston Red Sox.
Boone carries over Reds' late-inning magic
NEW YORK - Aaron Boone's voice-message box was filled with family and friends congratulating him on his historic home run in the American League Championship Series.
McKeon cites '97 as his best work
NEW YORK - Jack McKeon is basking in the success of his third midseason turnaround job as a big-league manager.
Yankees spare no extravagance
NEW YORK - The World Series opened here with the traditional New York Yankees trappings Saturday night.

Smith chasing elusive record
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bruce Smith never got a formal opportunity to say farewell to his legion of fans in Buffalo when he was cut by the Bills three winters ago.

NFL Insider: Vick's recovery slower than expected
Michael Vick is recovering more slowly than expected, and at 1-5, the Falcons wouldn't appear to have reason to rush their star quarterback's return.

MND repeats as state golf champ
COLUMBUS - Despite trailing Ursuline Academy by one stroke heading into the final round of the state girls golf tournament, Mount Notre Dame made winning a second consecutive championship look easy.

Badin captures state doubles crown
COLUMBUS - Badin senior Kylee Wiegand started and ended her high school tennis career in identical fashion - as a state champion.
Cross country powers dominate district
The heavyweights of cross country squared off Saturday afternoon at the district meet at Voice of America Park in West Chester.
Volleyball, soccer highlights
Williamsburg recovered from a first-set loss to defeat previously unbeaten and top-seeded Summit Country Day 10-15, 15-12, 15-13 in a Division IV volleyball sectional final at Norwood.
3-point line change a very real possibility
The 3-point line in college basketball will be moved out 9 inches farther, to 20 feet, 6 inches, beginning with the 2004-05 season. The change hasn't reached high schools yet, but don't be surprised if that happens within a few seasons.

College Update: Soccer gives Burch vast new world
Since leading Turpin to state soccer championships in 2000 and 2001, former Mr. Soccer Ohio Marc Burch has taken his soccer skills all the way to Spain and played among the world's best.

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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