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SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2003
Niners at a loss about road woes
A week ago, the 49ers played in 58-degree weather in San Francisco and scored 50 points. Conditions today in Cincinnati will be far different in several ways.
Bengals-49ers: The edge

Mississippi State 82, Xavier 70
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Xavier has only itself to blame today after losing its third game in four outings Saturday night.

Fantastic Four carry Wildcats
DETROIT - Overcoming a world-record crowd of 78,129 Saturday that largely backed Michigan State, Kentucky showed it has no need for the advantage of the so-called "sixth man."
Obrzut starts to break out

No exposure, no big honor
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Where have you Ben? Sitting in the Barcalounger, probably, watching highlights. Listening to Mark May on ESPN chat up Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald like Larry was Jerry Rice's idol.
Oklahoma's White wins the Heisman
Mount Union's streak another record-breaker

Whyyyyy? Whyyyyy? 'To succeed in life'
BOISE, Idaho - Tonya Harding really, really wants to be a regular person.
EKU's Volpenhein fights through pain
Page Two power rankings

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

PREP SPORTS
Eagles' scorers wilt under Lancers' defensive pressure
After scouting Chaminade-Julienne a week ago, La Salle coach Dan Fleming couldn't have been more impressed.


Elder storms past Roger Bacon
Elder overcame three shaky quarters of basketball with an explosive fourth quarter rally to down Roger Bacon 60-47 in the fourth of five games at the GCL Garden Party at the Cincinnati Gardens Saturday.

Mount Notre Dame shows no fear against No. 9 Sacred Heart
Mount Notre Dame's opponent Saturday, two-time defending Kentucky state champ Sacred Heart, entered the game ranked No. 9 by USA Today, and was fresh off an upset of No. 1 Shelbyville (TN).

Taft holds off Withrow's fourth-quarter comeback 71-70
De'Andre Byrd stole an inbounds pass under Withrow's basket with two seconds remaining to clinch Taft's 71-70 victory over Withrow Saturday.

North College Hill girls rally for overtime victory
North College Hill rallied to defeat Cincinnati Country Day 27-24 in overtime Saturday, remaining unbeated in Miami Valley Conference play.
Kentucky boys games
Kentucky girls games

SUNDAY PREP COLUMNS
Groeschen: High school insider
Jerry Doerger still is upset with McNicholas and the Archiocese of Cincinnati. But make no mistake, he's also thrilled with his new job as boys basketball coach at Clermont Northeastern.


Ernst: Kentucky prep insider
Campbell County athletic director Joe Roberts couldn't believe it when he heard it. Mike Reitz, the man Roberts has put in charge of rebuilding the school's basketball program, is - gasp - 53 years old.

NFL
Women love fantasy football, too
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Five years ago, Karen Peterson Nalewanski of Rockford attended a holiday party where her husband, Lee, and another man were absorbed in a conversation about football. But Lee was stumped when the man asked him to name the quarterback for the New York Jets.


Photos during game aid sideline adjustments
DAVIE, Fla. - Morlon Greenwood has barely had time to take off his helmet, sit on the bench and grab a sip of Gatorade when they arrive - hot off the press, so to speak:

NFL job requirement: Playing with pain
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Why is it that Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry insists on playing with a cracked fibula in his right leg?

Rushing milestone primed for a tumble
Seven running backs are on the verge of rushing for at least 1,500 yards, which would better the record of four established in 1979 and 2002.
Curnutte's Power Rankings

Rookie ref keeping busy
You can debate the impacts of rookies Anquan Boldin and Domanick Davis in 2003. Boldin, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, and Davis, a running back for the Texans, are the front-runners for NFL Rookie of the Year. Boldin has a 1,000-yard season receiving, and Davis is closing in on one rushing.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Fuss-Cheatham on target for OSU
COLUMBUS - Brandon Fuss-Cheatham may have finally become an integral part of Ohio State's team on Saturday.


Top 25: L'Ville beats No. 1 Florida
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Francisco Garcia scored 21 points and Louisville beat No. 1 Florida 73-65 Saturday, Rick Pitino's 400th win as a college coach.
Scores; How the Top 25 fared

Indiana St. downs UC women 57-54
Erin Rhodes made a foul shot with the score tied and 58 seconds remaining to give Indiana State the lead, then grabbed the rebound off her own miss to clinch the Sycamores' 57-54 victory over Cincinnati Saturday at Terre Haute, Ind.

REDS / BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS
Bottom feeders waiting to eat
NEW ORLEANS - Judging from the offseason player moves, you would think that the National League Central standings were reversed last year.


Yankees complete deal with Brown
NEW ORLEANS - Stung three days ago when Andy Pettitte signed with the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees applied the salve late Saturday night when they finalized their deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Kevin Brown.

Braves give up arms for Drew
NEW ORLEANS - Needing run production and a right fielder, the Atlanta Braves were willing to part with pitching and take a chance on J.D. Drew.

OTHER SPORTS NEWS
Sports digest
Rafael Bejarano rode Ask the Lord to a head victory over Sonic West in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes in 27-degree temperatures and amid blowing snow Saturday at Turfway Park.


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
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.
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