SPORTS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2004
Blazers turn tables on slumping Bearcats
Alabama-Birmingham breezed past the University of Cincinnati, 80-69, Wednesday night before a Bartow Arena record crowd of 9,312.

Salary cap could cut CB pool
The list of free agent cornerbacks this year looks like a who's-who at the position.
Minority hiring on agenda for Lewis, Tagliabue
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An optimistic Griffey ready for fresh start
Ken Griffey Jr. isn't on top of baseball's list of best players anymore. Three years of seemingly endless injuries will do that.
Lopez eager for a fresh start

Finn makes most of shot
Dedrick Finn could have been upset two weeks ago when Xavier coach Thad Matta removed him from the starting lineup. But he came off the bench to lead Xavier to a 78-68 win at La Salle Wednesday.

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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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PREP SPORTS
Two advance to state as St. X aims for title defense
St. Xavier moved a step closer to winning its fourth straight state swimming and diving championship with a strong performance in Wednesday's 1-meter diving competition at the Southwest Ohio District meet at Miami University in Oxford.
Top-ranked Cougars take care of business
Mount Notre Dame began its postseason Wednesday in the same dominating fashion it has played all season.
Rogers' 3 stuns No.2 Broncos
Sydney Rogers took an inbounds pass the length of the floor and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Purcell Marian a 64-63 upset of No. 2-seeded Western Brown in a Division II sectional game at Mason Wednesday.
BASEBALL
Documents cast shadows on game
SAN FRANCISCO - The federal agent who spent a summer afternoon tracking a Chevy Tahoe with license plate "W8 GURU" followed it first to a nutritional supplements lab, then to a ballpark.
Rodriguez deal has Henry crying for cap
BOSTON - Red Sox owner John Henry thinks a salary cap could be good for baseball after watching the rival Yankees trade for Alex Rodriguez - a deal his own franchise could not complete.
Maddux no novelty act in Chicago
MESA, Ariz. - Bringing his career full circle, Greg Maddux is back home with the Chicago Cubs.
COLLEGE SPORTS
Colonials pull within a game of Flyers
WASHINGTON - T.J. Thompson's driving layup with 1.2 seconds to play lifted George Washington to a 66-64 win over Dayton and tightened up the race in the Atlantic 10 West.
Mason tip-in winner for MU
OXFORD - Chet Mason has built a reputation as one of the nation's top rebounding guards, but he barely touched the biggest rebound of his career.
Hot-shooting Auburn topples Louisiana State
BATON ROUGE, La. - Ian Young scored 21 points and Marco Killingsworth added 20 against the Southeastern Conference's best defense and Auburn beat No.24 LSU 80-68 Wednesday night.
Wildcats get long-awaited SEC laugher
LEXINGTON - After two months waiting to exhale, Kentucky caught its breath Wednesday. Trying to regroup after a miserable loss at Georgia and the advent of 6 a.m. practices, the Wildcats were able to rest easy via their 73-56 beating of Arkansas.
Miami women stay on roll in MAC play
Cindi Merrill shot 10-of-19 from the floor and scored a game-high 23 points as Miami defeated Ohio 82-74 Wednesday night, improving to 17-6 overall and 11-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
Clemson clouds ACC title chase
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson ended No. 13 North Carolina State's five-game winning streak - and possibly the Wolfpack's bid for an Atlantic Coast Conference title - with a 60-55 victory Wednesday night.
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