SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004
O'Brien looking to turn it around
Dan O'Brien has been on the job as Reds general manager for 3½ months and the average Reds fan has probably barely noticed.

Locked in, if not loaded
For a team expected to finish well down in baseball's second division, the Reds don't have a lot of question marks going into spring training.
Here's the drill: It's back to basics
You'll know it's a good spring if ...
You'll know it's a bad spring if ...
Five Reds on the spot
Five young Reds to watch

Bengals seeking skill off field, too
For Marvin Lewis, the greatest value of the annual NFL scouting combine is not the results of the physical tests and drills performed by draft-eligible college players.
Rude reception awaits Clarett

Cage's confidence music to surging Muskies' ears
Justin Cage did not know it until the game was over, but he had a somewhat distinguished fan evaluating him during Saturday's game between Xavier and Massachusetts at Cintas Center.

UC looks for a shot in the arm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - UC forward Eric Hicks says the Bearcats' confidence hasn't been shaken, that they just need to improve their execution and everything will be fine.
Daugherty: Prosser finds self at home
Huggins ailing but expected to coach

The Tourney race is on
Greater Cincinnati college basketball fans are used to seeing a crowded schedule come NCAA Tournament time.

This week's poll question
Question: How do you feel about the Reds' recent hire of Steve Stewart as Joe Nuxhall's replacement in the radio booth?

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BASEBALL
Bronx bombshell in works
After a tumultuous offseason, the New York Yankees, baseball's premier franchise, are on the verge of opening spring training with the blockbuster move of bringing Alex Rodriguez, the game's premier player, to the Bronx.


A-Rod to Yankees makes perfect $ense
Turn a deaf ear to the Pittsburghs and Kansas Citys screaming bloody murder over this union of embarrassing contract and embarrassing payroll. Alex Rodriguez-to-the-Yankees, ladies and gentlemen, is good for baseball.
Preseason power rankings

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Smith fumes as Bulldogs jump Wildcats
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Kentucky basketball team flinched Saturday against Georgia, leading to an unflinching rip job from its coach.


Shields' home finale a classic
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - A lot of people didn't want to see Ken Shields' coaching tenure at Regents Hall end. Saturday, it turned out fate didn't seem to be a big fan of the idea either.

Top 25: Stanford, St. Joe's still unbeaten
BERKELEY, Calif. - Rob Little scored 16 points to lead No. 2 Stanford to its school-record 21st straight victory, 69-58 over archrival California on Saturday night.

Brock powers NKU women
Jessica Brock scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds Saturday as Northern Kentucky University defeated Lewis University 65-58 in Regents Hall.

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Brackets offer great potential
La Salle will visit Moeller on Friday in their highly anticipated Greater Catholic League South basketball rematch. An even juicier scenario could see the two area powers meet in the Division I boys' state final next month.


Ernst: No rest for weary Clippers
At 4:42 Thursday morning there were three cars in the parking lot outside Scott High School's swimming pool - coaches' cars. At 4:44 there were 18. The sudden rush of traffic was the result of swimmers - swimmers with one minute to change and get in the water.

CHCA, Landmark win titles
Senior Kristen Humphrey scored 13 points to lead Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy to a 53-30 victory over Seven Hills to earn the Miami Valley Conference Scarlet division title Saturday night.

Kennedy leads Walton to win
Senior guard Kasey Kennedy scored 20 points, surpassing 1,000 for her career, to lead Walton-Verona to a 51-31 victory over Williamstown Saturday.

Swimming: Lions leave competition in their wake
Ursuline took a good first step toward its fourth state title in five years with a strong showing at Saturday's Division I sectional at Keating Natatorium.

Wrestling: Fairfield back on top
Fairfield is back. The Indians placed all 14 wrestlers in the top six to capture their first sectional title since 2000 Saturday night at Fairfield High School. The title is the 13th for the program.

Gymnastics: Anderson captures team championship
Anderson scored 138.95 points and won the Cincinnati City Gymnastics Championships team title Saturday against eight other schools.

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Good Sports: Talented family making quite a racket
After a long week of school and work, John, Bunnie, John Jr. and Matt Allare look forward to a standing Sunday tennis date at The Club at Harper's Point in Maineville.


What's up with that? Odds and ends in the news
NBC's broadcast of the first week of the Arena Football League season drew the sport's highest television ratings yet for the network and beat the NHL All-Star Game on rival ABC by 17 percent.
Planning ahead
All thumbs

A quick chat with ... Jerry Jones
Retired Mariemont pharmacist Jerry Jones is in his 27th year of publishing The Drugstore List NFL draft guide.

Comeys have made squash a family affair
When their family joined a local recreation club in 1990, Francie and Preston Comey were thrilled about spending their summers in an outdoor swimming pool.

DAYTONA 500
Daytona victory eluding Little E
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. already hears the whispers. Will he ever win the Daytona 500?


Top stories not limited to race's winning driver
The president's coming. Ben Affleck will tell drivers to start their engines, and Whoopi Goldberg will help get the field going.

Why I hate NASCAR
They say the Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of racing. I'll take the Super Bowl instead.

Why I love NASCAR
It's a visceral thing. The unique sound of a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car at full song, especially on the massive 2.5-mile speedway at Daytona, where even the sound of one car can shake your eardrums, let alone the scream of all 43.

NBA
Pacers' Jones wins dunk contest despite miss
LOS ANGELES - LeBron James pulled off the best move of All-Star Saturday - leaving early.


Nona Gaye sings national anthem with late father
LOS ANGELES - Nona Gaye gave one of the most impressive performances at All-Star weekend - and she did it with a little help from her late father.

GOLF
Daly turns back clock to 1995
SAN DIEGO - Fans lining the 18th fairway gasped and cheered when John Daly launched a 2-iron over the water and right at the flag Saturday in the Buick Invitational. The roar shook Torrey Pines like a Navy fighter jet when he holed the eagle putt, giving him a 4-under 68 and his first 54-hole lead in 10 years on the PGA Tour.


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