Sunday, November 30, 2003

Top of the First


FYI for our readers: A note about changes in the Enquirer

Cincinnati Enquirer

A new feature, Top of the First, debuts in today's Sports section (see example below). It compiles short takes on the day's most interesting news, events and people. We hope it helps add variety to our front page, and that it's a useful guide to what's coming up.

In the weeks ahead, we'll be making changes to Sunday's Top of the 2nd page. Please let us know what you think.

Julie Engebrecht
Sports editor
(513) 786-8381
jengebrecht@enquirer.com

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Women's Shootout today at Xavier

Two of the last five games have gone into overtime. UC has won the last seven games. But it's at Xavier's house this year. The 26th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout will be decided at 1:30 p.m. today, and the winner has an entire year to brag. [story]

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BCS clouds lift

It remains a mystery who will play for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl, but a few issues were cleared up Saturday.

Georgia will play LSU for the Southeastern Conference championship and an automatic BCS berth, thanks in part to Florida's 38-34 loss to Florida State.

In the late game, Miami defeated Pittsburgh 28-14 to earn the Big East's automatic BCS bid. [story]

Nebraska fires coach Solich

Nebraska football coach Frank Solich was fired Saturday night after winning more than 75 percent of his games over six seasons but failing to keep the Cornhuskers as a national powerhouse.

Solich went 9-3 this season. His daughter, Cindy Dalton, confirmed the firing to KMTV in Omaha.

Solich's record for his six seasons was 58-19. [story]




PREP SPORTS
Repeat it: Panthers are state champions
Daugherty: QB Florian can connect
Edgewood positive after loss
Versailles, Columbus Grove win titles
Mount Notre Dame 50, McNicholas 37
Seton upsets No. 7 Oak Hills
Groeschen: High school insider
Ernst: Kentucky high school insider
Prep classifieds
Prep sports results

BENGALS / NFL GAME DAY
Bengals' tandem showing promise
Bengals-Steelers: The Edge
Realignment forces teams into quirky playoff spot
Curnutte's Power Rankings

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Bearcats hammer Coppin State
XU shows some life in loss
Debatable foul helped lift Hoosiers to victory
Women's Crosstown Shootout: XU young, but UC not naive
Lewin's 29 points pace NKU to victory
Top 25: Tar Heels escape upset bid

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Bowling Green gets its rematch
Victory not quite enough for Vols
Top 25: Georgia states its case
Scores, how the Top 25 fared
Solich fired as Nebraska coach
Bowl schedule
Quarterback corner

REDS / BASEBALL
O'Brien likes look of bullpen
Reds e-mail Q&A
Yanks prepare counter-punch

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Twin brothers boost UC soccer
Sports digest
Page Two power rankings
Top of the First
Sports on TV, radio