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Boyle routs Highlands
LOUISVILLE - Despite throwing the best the Bluebirds had at Boyle County, making a number of mid-game adjustments, it wasn't enough as the Rebels claimed a Kentucky record fifth straight state crown, 44-10.
Lots of talent returns for Highlands in '04

Winners get the spoils
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: When you're 6-feet-2, 310 pounds with a redwood neck and arms the size of truck tires, it's hard to be mistaken for, say, a grocery clerk. It's not as if Oliver Gibson could walk around town saying, "Hi, my name is Oliver. I'm a dancer."
Winning changes everything
Bengal believers don stripes again
Bengals-Ravens: The edge
What would a Bengals win mean?

New season, new goals for victorious Oak Hills
It's definitely a new year for Oak Hills boys basketball. The Highlanders, featuring a strong senior class, beat Roger Bacon 50-38 in the season opener Saturday night in the i-wireless Invitational Hoops Classic at UC's Shoemaker Center.

Big men remain questions
Three weeks into the season, the biggest question at Xavier University still revolves around its biggest players.
Women: Xavier 72, Central Michigan 35
Women: UC 62, Dayton 40

A vision for Cleveland
CLEVELAND - Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund has never seen LeBron James in action. Not those no-look passes. Not the soaring leaps to the basket. Not the sky-high dunks that have made him the most hyped rookie ever to play in the NBA.

MSJ's Patterson a blessing for Grace
Mount St. Joseph senior Virginia Grace knows what a difference a coach can make, because Melissia Patterson changed her life.
Page Two power rankings

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

Deer Park romps way to a 2-0 start
Senior Chad O'Reilly scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Saturday night, leading Deer Park to a 64-46 victory over Middletown Madison.

Winton Woods, CHCA run away with easy victories
Senior forward Deera Furr scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and senior center Alishia Glover blocked four shots for Winton Woods.

Groeschen: High school insider
America has caught on to the strength of Cincinnati prep sports, seemingly now more than ever.

Ernst: Ky. high school insider
LOUISVILLE - Some final football thoughts...

Will real players please stand up for Miley in '04?
Dave Miley managed the Reds in the final 57 games last season. But he had the real Reds for none of those 57.

Sources say A-Rod, Red Sox set to meet
Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry has scheduled a high-stakes meeting this week with Alex Rodriguez and his agent, Scott Boras, about restructuring the MVP shortstop's extravagant contract to clear the way for a trade involving Manny Ramirez.

Couch preparing for football away from Cleveland
CLEVELAND - Carrying No. 2 jerseys, bobblehead dolls and footballs, hundreds of chilly Browns fans stood in line outside a jewelry store earlier this week waiting to see quarterback Tim Couch.

It's rare for Bay teams to miss playoffs
Pity Bay Area NFL fans. Since the Raiders entered the NFL in the 1970 merger with the AFL, only three times in those 33 seasons did they or the 49ers fail to make the playoffs - 1978, '79 and '99.
Curnutte's NFL power rankings

K-State rocks No. 1 Oklahoma
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ell Roberson and Kansas State spoiled Oklahoma's undefeated season, creating chaos in the BCS that could still end up with the Sooners in the national title game.
Bowl games schedule

Miami RedHawks extend coach's contract
OXFORD - Miami University football coach Terry Hoeppner has agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2009, athletic director Brad Bates and MU president James Garland announced Saturday. "Miami University is proud to be known as the Cradle of Coaches," Garland said, "but that doesn't mean we want anyone robbing our cradle."

Mount Union wins 54th straight
ALLIANCE, Ohio - Zach Bruney threw four touchdown passes and Jesse Burghardt had two to lead Mount Union to a 56-10 victory over Wheaton on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs.

Ground game comes up big as Navy knocks Army to 0-13
PHILADELPHIA - Navy is heading to a bowl game. Army is facing an uncertain future.

Defense rescues UK's offense
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Fortunately for the Kentucky Wildcats, they played solid defense because their offense was awful.

Miami's offense is absent in defeat
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Ben Reed scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers in the second half, to lead Western Michigan to a 61-38 win Saturday over Miami.

Kansas not No. 1 for long
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Matt Lottich scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining, and No. 21 Stanford beat No. 1 Kansas 64-58 Saturday in the John Wooden Classic.

Lewin's last-minute basket sends NKU to win
KENOSHA, Wis. - Brian Lewin's basket with 27 seconds remaining gave Northern Kentucky University an 80-79 victory over Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday.

Sports digest
Vitali Klitschko did more than just batter Kirk Johnson to the canvas Saturday night in New York. He also staked his claim to another shot at the heavyweight championship.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Repeat it: Panthers are state champions
CANTON - Elder cemented its place among the great dynasties of Ohio prep football here Saturday night, as it beat Lakewood St. Edward 31-7 for its second consecutive Division I state title.
Daugherty: QB Florian can connect

O'Brien likes look of bullpen
Reds general manager Dan O'Brien is on the record as saying Danny Graves will be the Reds' closer next year.
Reds e-mail Q&A
Yanks prepare counter-punch

Top of the First
A new feature, Top of the First, debuts in today's Sports section. 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.
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College Basketball Preview
In our annual college basketball section, we look to the future and examine the state of our area teams.

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