SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2004
Opening Day tickets long gone
Cincinnati Reds diehards snapped up 16,700 seats for Opening Day in 16 minutes Saturday, setting a club record.
Wagner's ready for more
Experience could give Valentin catching edge
A quick chat with ... Rick Stowe
ONLINE EXTRA: Reds e-mail Q&A

Bearcats exercise their survival skills
As far as University of Cincinnati guard Tony Bobbitt was concerned, the season was on the line Saturday.
Daugherty: Hicks' hustle saves UC
White scores high on defensive effort
ONLINE EXTRA: 10 photos of Saturday's game

Xavier: Chalmers hits clutch layup
For the second time this season, Xavier found itself with a large second-half lead against Atlantic 10 rival Dayton only to see the advantage crumble in a matter of minutes.
Sato praised for job guarding Dayton's top players

Lewis careful with QB decision
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is trying to reduce the impact of the announcement he's expected to make promoting Carson Palmer to starting quarterback.
Arizona on Dillon watch list

Mayo triple-double keeps NCH perfect
Freshman sensation O.J. Mayo ended the regular season with another triple-double Saturday night, helping North College Hill, Ohio's No. 1-ranked Division III team, finish the regular season 20-0.
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Milan 1954 remembered
As with all great stories, the story of The Miracle Men of Milan has not diminished in 50 years. Check out our special section of coverage.

This week's poll question
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TOP OF THE SECOND
It was a honeymoon off the beaten path for these newlyweds
Nothing says 'I love you' like a six-month, 2,172-mile hike through 14 states. Just ask newlyweds Mike and Melisa Sanwald.
What's up with that?
All thumbs


Purcell Marian graduate digs new role
University of Findlay volleyball player Scott Monroe went from a high-octane offensive star to a defensive cornerstone in less than 60 seconds.

Planning ahead: Can't-miss TV
Can Little E make it two in a row? After winning Daytona, Earnhardt Jr. will try to show he's a bona fide superstar by winning at "The Rock" - a track where his best finish is 13th in eight races.

NFL DRAFT COMBINE
To NFL experts, Roethlisberger has right stuff
INDIANAPOLIS - Thirteen victories, 37 touchdowns and 4,486 passing yards later, Ben Roethlisberger from Miami of Ohio is no longer a secret.


Issue still weighing on QB
INDIANAPOLIS - One number continues to overshadow the impressive numbers Jared Lorenzen put up as Kentucky quarterback. His weight.

BASEBALL
Arizona's Big Unit still thinking big
A couple of Diamondbacks rookies trying to make the majors this spring, Tim Olson and Chad Tracy, spent the offseason working out at Fischer Sports Physical Therapy and Conditioning in Phoenix. But the motivated youngsters could not outwork the old guy across the room: Randy Johnson.


Mondesi ready to join Pirates
SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. - Raul Mondesi said he's close to completing a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he's thankful for an opportunity to play in the majors this season.

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: State wants to pin down all-time stats
The topic arose when Finneytown called last week, saying Mark Hawkins was about to break the school boys' basketball scoring record.


Ernst: Real action to follow is on sidelines
You really gotta love high school basketball - the emotion, the showmanship, the sweat, the pull-your-hair-out tension.

Fairfield stuns 6th-ranked Winton Woods
Shatona Campbell scored 12 points Saturday to help Fairfield to a 37-36 upset victory over sixth-ranked Winton Woods in a Division I girls sectional game at Lakota East.

Ky.: Villa Madonna girls hang on to edge Heritage
Villa Madonna held off Heritage in the final minutes for a 35-34 girls basketball victory Saturday.

Wrestling: Crusaders roll, send 9 to state
Moeller, as expected, captured the Division I wrestling district team title at Fairfield Saturday night. The district title is the first since the Crusaders won it back-to-back in 2000 and 2001.

Ky. Wrestling: Camels take Sixth Region
After living up to preseason and midseason expectations, the Campbell County wrestling team seems to have a handle on the postseason variety as well.

Swimming: Beck, Krone top surprises of surprising day
Centerville knocked off Ursuline 347-288 to capture an unpredictable Southwest District meet Saturday at Miami University.

BASKETBALL
Despite injured hand, Fitch sparks UK to win
AUBURN, Ala. - Gerald Fitch's sore shooting hand bothered him the entire game, but not nearly as much as it pained Auburn.


MU takes advantage of foul downpour
OXFORD - Southwest Missouri State's foul trouble saved Miami. Referees called 32 fouls in 17 1/2 minutes in the second half.

Hoosiers can't stop Buckeyes' inside game
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - J.J. Sullinger hit a short baseline jumper with 17 seconds to play to lift Ohio State to a 59-56 win over Indiana on Saturday night, dealing the Hoosiers their fourth straight home loss.

Top 25: Stanford, St. Joe's still unbeaten
LOS ANGELES - Rob Little scored 18 points to lead No. 1 Stanford to a 73-60 victory over UCLA on Saturday, the Cardinal's school-record 23rd consecutive win.

MU women narrowly escape upset bid by CMU
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - A dramatic comeback in the final two minutes of regulation lifted Miami University's women's basketball team to an 81-77 overtime defeat of Central Michigan Saturday in the Rose Arena.

NBA: Frank still unbeaten as N.J. coach
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Former Cincinnati Bearcats star Kenyon Martin had 23 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocks, and New Jersey Nets tied the longest winning streak in the NBA this season - 13 - with a 97-84 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Hornets.

NASCAR
Rockingham field filled with slow competition
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - It was an opportunity too good to pass up, even for Joe Ruttman, a grandfather of six who hadn't raced in NASCAR's top series in almost 10 years.


McMurray capitalizes on drivers' distraction
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Jamie McMurray used the latest scrape between Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon to drive into the North Carolina Speedway record books.

GOLF
Weir widens Nissan lead to 5
LOS ANGELES - Mike Weir would seem to be the last guy at Riviera with something to prove.


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