SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2004
Bearcats roll, but it's no masterpiece
This was supposed to be little more than a routine chore the University of Cincinnati Bearcats had to complete before beginning to focus on next Wednesday's Conference USA showdown at Louisville.
Maxiell expected back soon after spraining ankle
Photos of Saturday's game

Valiant XU can't stop top Hawks
Xavier was not perfect, and Saturday the Musketeers nearly had to be if they were going to beat Delonte West and Jameer Nelson.
Daugherty: West one high-flying Hawk
Martelli rips XU fans for booing
Photos of Saturday's game

Georgia shocks No. 5 Kentucky
LEXINGTON - Tubby Smith spoke of a "psychological barrier of trying to maintain a level of excellence." Whatever. Kentucky had simply been bullied in its own backyard.
Time, turnovers cut for Hawkins
Photos of Saturday's game

Can Lopez become factor?
When spring training opens this year, shortstop Felipe Lopez will be well under the radar. That's by design.
Reds e-mail Q&A
Brock: Famers protective of Hall

Blue Devil vets step up in 2nd
READING - The three most experienced players back from last year's Division III state championship team are now the core of this year's Reading boys basketball squad.
Complete prep report

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
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.
Sports digest
Page Two power rankings

NFL PLAYOFFS
Eagles hope third time is the charm
The Eagles will play in their third consecutive NFC Championship, today against Carolina, though they can't stop the run.


Hot teams, chilly setting
FOXBORO, Mass. - Edgerrin James slashed off tackle on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 14 seconds left. Willie McGinest dumped him, and Peyton Manning slapped the turf at the RCA Dome in disgust.

All Eagles want is some R-E-S-P-E-C-T
PHILADELPHIA - Somehow, with a 13-4 record and on the verge of their third straight NFC championship game, the Philadelphia Eagles have convinced themselves they are not getting enough respect.

Can't get enough of these NFL playoffs
NEW YORK - Give us more! More! Add more wild cards if you have to. Do whatever is necessary to give us more playoffs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Minter happy to assist
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina defensive coordinator Rick Minter is glad to be back where football is king.


Fulmer out of bounds with defective detective work
Note to Phillip Fulmer: Get a hobby. Take up golf. Go fishing. Start a book club. Do something.

IU designates Randle El's No. 11 an 'honor jersey'
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 11 of former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El was designated as an "honor jersey" on Saturday and will be worn only by players who earn the right to that number.

Iowa's Russell is Hula MVP
WAILUKU, Hawaii - Iowa's Fred Russell said his trip to Hawaii was the best vacation he ever had. It showed Saturday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Lethargic Hawks fall apart
OXFORD - All Miami needed to move into a tie with idle Kent State for first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division Saturday was a win at Millett Hall against Ball State, a team the RedHawks had beaten 11 consecutive times in Oxford.


RedHawks welcome return of Horace
OXFORD - Western Hills High School graduate Danny Horace gave Miami quality minutes Saturday in his return after missing two games with a right ankle injury, but fitting him back into the lineup won't be easy, coach Charlie Coles said.

Top 25 games: UNC upsets No. 1 UConn
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Rashad McCants hit a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds to play to give No. 9 North Carolina an 86-83 victory over No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday.

Norse present Winstel with her 450th victory
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Connie Myers scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Norse women Saturday as the No. 22-ranked Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team posted a 74-59 victory over Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Division II.

Flyers top Fordham; Buckeyes slam Gophers
NEW YORK - Sean Finn scored 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting and led four scorers in double figures in Dayton's 75-56 victory over Fordham on Saturday.

BASEBALL
Selig will always have special spot for Brewers
No matter how diligent he was in removing himself from the daily operation of the Milwaukee Brewers, Bud Selig was perceived to have a conflict of interest as commissioner of baseball because of his ownership stake in the club.


Astros get an off-field boost from Clemens
HOUSTON - After coaxing Roger Clemens out of retirement, the Houston Astros had to add staff, telephone lines and personnel to sell tickets and field calls from excited fans.

PREP SPORTS
Indians rebound nicely from rout
Holy Cross, ranked No. 8 in the Enquirer coaches' poll, stepped it up a notch one night after a blowout loss to upset No. 4 Conner 57-45 in the Hack's Northern Kentucky Hoops Classic Saturday night.


Saturday's boys basketball games
Jarrell Williams scored the game-winning basket with two seconds left Saturday, lifting Princeton to a 62-60 Greater Miami Conference victory over Sycamore.

Saturday's Kentucky boys basketball games
Senior center Travis Rasso scored 34 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had nine blocks to lead Boone County to a comfortable 63-48 victory over Campbell County in the Hack Sports Northern Kentucky Classic at NKU Saturday.

Saturday's girls basketball games
Deseree Byrd scored a game-high 30 points Saturday to lead Taft to a 76-36 victory over Clark Montessori in a battle of unbeaten teams.

Saturday's Kentucky girls basketball games
A second-quarter Montgomery County run helped seal Brossart's fate as the Mustangs were defeated 56-40 Saturday night.

Groeschen: Preps insider
Hate to get all territorial here, but there were some glaring injustices last week in the first Associated Press state basketball polls of the season.

Ernst: Kentucky prep insider
The St. Henry boys basketball team has lost four straight games. During the skid, the Crusaders have averaged only 37 points. Still, come a week from tomorrow, all will be forgotten. It's All "A" Classic time, and until someone takes it from them, the Crusaders are state champs.

Swimming: Carothers helps St. X to 30-point lead
St. Xavier holds the lead over Centerville after one day of the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Classic, but a 22nd-straight win in their annual event isn't wrapped up just yet.

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Oh brother, can Esterkamp play
The minute she was old enough to play ball, Diana Esterkamp was summoned to the family basketball court by her older brothers Dave and Steve.


NBA: Miller's layup lifts Grizzlies past Sixers
PHILADELPHIA - Mike Miller hit a running layup with 36.6 seconds remaining to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 91-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

The Big Wiesy makes it look easy
HONOLULU - The consolation prize for 14-year-old Michelle Wie was bending over the back of a computer terminal to follow along as her father scrolled down the list of guys she beat at the Sony Open.


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