SPORTS NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2004
Huggins: Find a bright side
After the 13th-ranked Bearcats absorbed a 91-85 loss to 20th-ranked Wake Forest, UC coach Bob Huggins wondered where all the doom and gloom about his team had come from.
Daugherty: Coaching volcano inactive - for now
No answer for Wake's Paul leaves Bearcats dismantled

Walther saves Crusaders with 8 points in stretch
Ever since La Salle knocked off defending Division I state champion Moeller last month, this coming Friday's season-ending rematch has been the "Game of the Year." St. Xavier's Johnny Wolf almost ripped the luster right off of it.

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.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Miami lives, dies by the shot
Miami's shooting can break hearts. Last Saturday, Toledo's defense had the RedHawks staring at the final second of the 35-second shot clock, only to see sophomore William Hatcher hit a 3-pointer that gave Miami a 59-57 lead with 1:14 left. Miami went on to win the Mid-American Conference battle.


Women: Lancaster's layup lifts Miami over Broncos
OXFORD - Kim Lancaster's three-point play with four seconds remaining capped a 6-0 Miami run in the final two minutes to boost the RedHawks past Western Michigan 68-65 in a battle of Mid-American Conference women's division leaders Sunday at Millett Hall.

Top 25: Wolfpack stuns No. 1 Duke
RALEIGH, N.C. - Marcus Melvin scored 18 points and Julius Hodge made two clutch free throws with 7 seconds left to lead No. 21 North Carolina State to a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Duke on Sunday night, snapping the Blue Devils' 18-game winning streak.

NBA
Hoops with hoopla at NBA All-Star game
LOS ANGELES - Singing "Happy Birthday" to Bill Russell, celebrating his 70th at courtside, brought a sweet touch to the NBA All-Star game.


Knicks trade Van Horn in 3-team deal
LOS ANGELES - Isiah Thomas made another move Sunday in his transformation of the New York Knicks, trading Keith Van Horn to the Milwaukee Bucks and acquiring Tim Thomas in a three-way deal that also involved Atlanta.

PGA - BUICK INVITATIONAL
Playoff victory brings mercurial Daly to tears
SAN DIEGO - John Daly buried his face in his hands and cried, a winner again thanks to a shot that epitomizes his turbulent career.

DAYTONA 500
'Little E' gets help from above
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn't driving alone. Daddy came along for the ride.


Stewart used to 2nd place
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart has long considered Dale Earnhardt Jr. his partner at Daytona. If only there was a place for partners in Victory Lane.

Two-time champ's day ends in heap of metal
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Unbendingly patient, aggressive only when he had to be, nobody mastered the devilish details of the Daytona 500 better than Michael Waltrip over the past three years.

Wimmer one rookie who hardly fades away
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A rookie with a revoked driver's license was the lone bright spot for a new class touted to be one of the best in recent years.

BASEBALL
Rodriguez deal close at hand
NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez is one step away from playing for the New York Yankees.


It's back to the shadows for Red Sox
BOSTON - Even after adding Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke to a roster that was five outs from the 2003 World Series, the Boston Red Sox had no illusions about the balance of power in the AL East.


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