SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2004
Bearcats barely escape
HOUSTON - Jamaal Lucas provided the defense down the stretch and Jason Maxiell furnished the winning basket, but if it hadn't been for the work of reserve center Robert Whaley in the first half, neither would have been possible.
Hicks endures letdown after XU performance

Baby steps suit Xavier
Last place does not sit well with Xavier University. Not when the Musketeers have won the previous two Atlantic 10 Conference West Division titles.
Cage makes presence known as a starter

Good sports
Sizing up the past 12 years, Doug Spreen figured he had a pretty sweet career. The Terrace Park resident landed a job as a Cincinnati Reds trainer in 1992 and three years later became one of five sports medicine athletic trainers for the ATP Tour.
What's up with that?
A quick chat with ... Mike Mathis
Planning ahead: Can't-miss events

2004 payroll down $11M
Great American Ball Park, with all its luxury boxes and Diamond Club seats, meant only a one-year bump in the Reds' player payroll.

Johnson relishes all-star honor
Chad Johnson and Willie Anderson are the first pair of Bengals offensive teammates to play in the Pro Bowl since the 1995 season.
NFL insider: Pats have winning formula
Dubious honor remains enjoyable for coaches

La Salle gets nod as No. 1 D-I seed
When area Division I coaches determined the top teams in this year's sectional tournament brackets Saturday, two guiding forces shaped their decisions - respect and fear.

2000 Comets still stars in Mason
It has been four years since a group of girls rocked the town of Mason, but people still remember.
Princeton 70, Oak Hills 65 (OT)
Low-scoring tilt has Mustangs riding high

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Same script, same result prepare UK for postseason
LEXINGTON - For the South Carolina Gamecocks, this felt like a once-in-a-lifetime scenario: down a point with the ball in the final seconds at Rupp Arena. It was little wonder they nervously passed up a shot and then clanged one off the side of the backboard.
Big game still not enough for Hayes


RedHawks end recent trend of late losses
OXFORD - The pattern was disturbingly familiar to Miami coach Charlie Coles.
Coles puts on running shoes to fight cancer

Top 25: Stanford stays unbeaten
STANFORD, Calif. - Third-stringer Nick Robinson hit a running 3-pointer from about 35 feet at the buzzer, and second-ranked Stanford held off No. 12 Arizona 80-77 Saturday to stay undefeated.

Norse fall to streaking Rivermen on road
ST. LOUIS - Ronnie Banks and Jonathan Griffin combined for 31 points Saturday as the University of Missouri-St. Louis defeated Northern Kentucky University 82-62 at the Mark Twain Building.

BASEBALL
Busy offseason saw many catchers on the move
Where have all the catchers gone? To new teams, that's where.

PREP SPORTS
Ernst: All 'A' Classic has grown into a huge success
RICHMOND, Ky. - When Stan Steidel gets a chance, he likes to sneak up to the last row. There, perched high atop the 6,500-seat McBrayer Arena at Eastern Kentucky University, he can appreciate what his little tournament for the little guys has become.


Saturday boys basketball
St. Xavier, coming off an overtime loss to top-ranked La Salle, regrouped Saturday with a convincing 80-51 victory over No. 8 Withrow at Schmidt Fieldhouse.

Saturday girls basketball
McNicholas, ranked No. 2 in the Enquirer's Divisions II-IV coaches' poll, made seven of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to secure a 58-50 victory over Anderson Saturday.

Moeller wins GCL to stake claim to city crown
Moeller flexed its wrestling muscle at the Greater Catholic League meet Saturday afternoon at Elder High School. The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Division I coaches' poll and No. 3 in the state, had seven individual champions to claim its second straight league title and 11th since 1993.

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
TMC teammates look up to 'Grandma' Warner
Thomas More freshman basketball player Brooke Warner takes her pregame rituals seriously: First there are stretching and warmups, and then the crucial full-body ice-down. Warner hopes her caution will protect her muscles in the long run. Her teammates think she's 23 going on 70.


Singh shares lead at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - The sun-splashed scenery at Pebble Beach was never more spectacular. Vijay Singh made sure the golf was worth watching, too.

U.S. advances to Cup quarters against Sweden
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Moments after clinching a Davis Cup quarterfinal berth, twins Bob and Mike Bryan began a victory lap with a giant U.S. flag.


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