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Bengals have ground to a halt
Through Week 7, the Bengals are ranked No. 31 in rush offense at 73.8 yards a game. Only Arizona ranks behind them.
Monday Night Game: Chiefs 17, Raiders 10

Marlins give Reds' fans hope
The Marlins showed a team can go from hopeless to World Series pretty quickly.

Matta to test rebounders
Coaches are evaluating four true power forwards and three swingmen for the starting nod to replace All-American David West.

Prep playoff picture takes shape
St. Xavier, Princeton and Lebanon are on the bubble going into the final week of the football season.

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UC faces uphill road to bowl
Three straight losses have left the Bearcats staring at a difficult second-half schedule as they attempt to extend their bowl streak to four straight years.

Sooners open BCS poll at No.1
Oklahoma is in a familiar place - first in the initial Bowl Championship Series standings. The Sooners' task this year is to stay there.
Kentucky defense making strides
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks liberally praised the Wildcats' defense Monday and said he's mystified the offense continues to sputter at the start of games.

Chiefs 17, Raiders 10
OAKLAND, Calif. - The unbeaten Chiefs ended up holding on for dear life Monday night when a backup quarterback turned a potential shutout into a shootout.

Bengals Notebook: Alexander homecoming Sunday
Former Boone County High School star Shaun Alexander will play his first NFL game in Cincinnati Sunday, and he will have a lot of support in the stadium.
NFL Notebook: Pennington returns as backup
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Chad Pennington will make his return to the New York Jets Sunday, although not as the starter.

Reds GM likely to be named after WS
FORT LAUDERDALE - The fact the Reds did not name a general manager Monday probably means they won't do so until after the World Series.

Sunshine State a unique setting for Fall Classic
MIAMI - Karim Garcia was running a bit late to practice Monday when he jogged down a darkened corridor and headed onto the field at Pro Player Stadium. Suddenly, the New York Yankees outfielder jerked his head.
Yankees still payroll kings
MIAMI - When it comes to spending, the World Series is a mismatch.

Rape trial ordered for Bryant
EAGLE, Colo. - Kobe Bryant must stand trial on a charge of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old resort worker, a judge ruled Monday, clearing the way for a celebrity trial the likes of which hasn't been seen since O.J. Simpson.

Celtics deal Delk, Walker to Mavs
The Dallas Mavericks bulked up an already strong offense Monday, acquiring All-Star Antoine Walker from the Boston Celtics in a five-player trade.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Whaley wants to make up for past
Columnist Paul Daugherty says: Robert Whaley is UC's biggest risk-reward recruit since Dontonio Wingfield. We know how Wingfield turned out.
Hicks' dunks dazzle at madness

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.

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

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

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