Sunday, February 15, 2004

Planning ahead



Today: Daytona 500

It looks as if it's finally Little E's time to win the Big One. Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he has the best car at Daytona International Speedway after rolling to a win in one of the Twin 125 qualifying races.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

TV: Ch. 5, 22

Monday: 1970 World Series

Get in the mood for baseball by watching a replay of the Reds and Orioles in the Fall Classic. Relive Brooks Robinson's stellar performance, if you can stomach it.

Time: 10 p.m.

TV: ESPN Classic

Tuesday: Florida at Georgia

On a very slow sports day, the Gators-Bulldogs basketball matchup is the pick of the litter and could have implications in the . See if Kentucky can extend its Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. v lead by way of a Florida loss in Athens.

Time: 9 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Wednesday: U.S. at Holland

World-class soccer in February. The U.S., 0-9-1 in Europe since '98, takes on one of Europe's perennial powers in a friendly. Both teams will be near full strength. Brilliant.

Time: 2:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Thursday: Kings at T'wolves

The NBA's Western Conference division leaders clash in a preview of a possible conference finals matchup. Their two previous meetings this season went to overtime, with the road team winning.

Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: TNT

Friday: La Salle at Moeller

The area's top-ranked Division I high school basketball teams in the city meet up in the game of the year. season. Try to cop a ticket somehow - the game is sold out - because it promises to be a classic.

Time: 8 p.m.

Saturday: Hoops heaven

Catch UC and XU in huge games, both in town. UC hosts Louisville for C-USA supremacy, and XU hosts rival Dayton. Both local teams are seeking payback for earlier routs.

UC: 1 p.m. (Ch. 19)

XU: 2 p.m. (FSN)




REDS SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW
O'Brien looking to turn it around
Here's the drill: It's back to basics
Locked in, if not loaded
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

MORE BASEBALL
Bronx bombshell in works
A-Rod to Yankees makes perfect $ense
Preseason power rankings

BENGALS / NFL
Bengals seeking skill off field, too
Rude reception awaits Clarett

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The Tourney race is on
Cage's confidence music to surging Muskies' ears
UC looks for a shot in the arm
Daugherty: Prosser finds self at home
Huggins ailing but expected to coach
Smith fumes as Bulldogs jump Wildcats
Top 25: Stanford, St. Joe's still unbeaten
Shields' home finale a classic
Brock powers NKU women

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Brackets offer great potential
Ernst: No rest for weary Clippers
CHCA, Landmark win titles
Kennedy leads Walton to win
Swimming: Lions leave competition in their wake
Wrestling: Fairfield back on top
Gymnastics: Anderson captures team championship
Prep sports results, schedules

PAGE TWO
Good Sports: Talented family making quite a racket
What's up with that? Odds and ends in the news
A quick chat with ... Jerry Jones
Planning ahead
All thumbs
Comeys have made squash a family affair

DAYTONA 500
Daytona victory eluding Little E
Top stories not limited to race's winning driver
Why I hate NASCAR
Why I love NASCAR

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Daly turns back clock to 1995
Pacers' Jones wins dunk contest despite miss
Nona Gaye sings national anthem with late father
Sports digest
Sports on TV, radio

THIS WEEK'S POLL QUESTION
How do you feel about Joe Nuxhall's replacement?