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SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2004
XU finally gets complete effort
This was the game Xavier University players knew they could play, but until Saturday they had not been disciplined enough to do it.
Myles' best weapon is experience

Maligned schedule suits UC
Their record is perfect and their confidence is sky-high as they prepare to begin Conference USA play on Wednesday at Tulane, but the University of Cincinnati Bearcats know there are plenty of skeptics who claim their No. 12 ranking and 9-0 record are the byproducts of a soft nonconference schedule.

No. 8 Kentucky 61, No. 9 North Carolina 56
LEXINGTON - In the battle of bluebloods, it was Gerald Fitch's 24-footer that won it for Kentucky, but it was Erik Daniels' out-maneuvering of North Carolina big man Sean May that made everything else on the floor possible.
Unlikely duo helps seal win

Fiesta farewell: 27 Bucks stop here
The Fiesta Bowl served as something of a sendoff party for Ohio State, as 27 players depart from a group that won 25 games over two seasons. With just nine starters coming back - eight fewer than returned from last season - it's tempting to term 2004 a transition period.
Sugar Bowl expected to be defensive battle
BCS mess overshadows Sugar Bowl

A breakthrough for Rose?
This will be a big week for Pete Rose. On Thursday, the former Reds great will release his new autobiography, My Prison Without Bars, in which it's expected he'll admit to betting on baseball games while managing the Reds.

Area stars waiting for college offers
Recruiting has long been a crap shoot. The desire to refine the process into a science is producing some hard-to-understand outcomes among this year's senior football standouts in Cincinnati.

We want your opinion
We want your feedback on John Nemo's weekly fantasy football column that ran during the season.

Sports today on TV, radio
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NFL PLAYOFFS
Retro Titans keep Super Bowl hopes alive
BALTIMORE - In times like this, you don't know whether to clap your hands or hold your nose. Remember the Tennessee Titans? Oh, yes. Those Titans.
Bittersweet ending for Modell


Panthers trounce Cowboys
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Long after Bill Parcells headed to the locker room for the final time this season, the Carolina Panthers returned to the field and ran a slow victory lap around Ericsson Stadium.

Two teams will reverse postseason struggles
INDIANAPOLIS - All the Colts wanted for Christmas was a second shot at Denver - and another chance to win in the playoffs.

Belichick landslide choice over Lewis as top coach
Bill Belichick owns three Super Bowl titles, and after leading the New England Patriots in his best coaching job, he was honored Saturday as the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year.

NFL insider: Playoff experience abounds
Of the 12 coaches who took teams into the playoffs, eight have taken teams to 12 Super Bowls.
Curnutte's NFL power rankings

Cardinal king for a day courtesy of Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The man who made the Packers' playoff berth possible, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Nathan Poole, got a hero's welcome Saturday when he arrived in Green Bay as the mayor's weekend guest.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 11 Louisville 91, Murray State 69
LOUISVILLE - The way Louisville forward Francisco Garcia was passing, his teammates knew to keep an eye on him.


Top 25: No. 2 Duke cruises
CLEMSON, S.C. - Daniel Ewing scored 19 points and J.J. Redick 17 to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his 600th win at Duke, a 73-54 victory Saturday over Clemson.

No. 3-ranked Hanover shoots past Thomas More 83-78
Clutch 3-point shooting, combined with poor free throw shooting by Thomas Moore, lifted the Hanover Panthers, the nation's third-ranked Division III men's team, past the Saints 83-78 Saturday at TMC.


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