SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2004
Nomad hoping he's finally found home
SARASOTA, Fla. - Todd Van Poppel doesn't concern himself with what role the Reds have planned for him.
ONLINE EXTRA: Reds e-mail Q&A
Cubs line up aces for Reds
Inside camp
Notebook: Healthy Castro fits role like glove

Lewis is flexible in free-agent approach
Though NFL teams are more likely to address specific needs in free agency than in the draft, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis doesn't want to get so locked into a certain position that the team ends up with a lesser player.
Bengals' free agents
Daugherty: Benching Kitna's a bad move for Bengals

Bearcats back on top in C-USA
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After what happened Saturday, it's easy to envision University of Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins attempting to inspire a new group of players five years from now with a story about the time his 2003-04 team went to Charlotte and knocked off the 49ers to climb back into first place.
Smaller rotation pays big dividends

Musketeers finally fall off tightrope, derailing hopes
The warning signs that blinked for weeks were all but ignored and overshadowed by the winning. They indicated that Xavier University was not playing its best basketball despite its seven straight victories.
NCAA hopes dealt blow

Good sports: Wrestler driven by determination
Four months ago, Hillsboro eighth-grader Dustin Carter maneuvered into a sitting position, looked up at his first-ever wrestling opponent at a school meet and promptly forgot everything he'd learned.
What's up with that?

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PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Freeman records remain mystery
We put out the call last week to determine who are Cincinnati's all-time leading boys' and girls' basketball scorers. Responses included lots of great information and anecdotes.


Ernst: These guys on family plan
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Here come the screaming mothers and the five-van-deep downstate caravans.

Taft lackluster in opening-round win
Top-seeded Taft began its quest for the Division II state title Saturday with a 65-52 victory over a game Harmony team in the opening round of the sectional tournament at Anderson High School.

Landmark knocked off by Southeastern
Landmark Trinity saw its sensational season come to an end Saturday with a 56-54 overtime loss to Southeastern in a Division IV sectional championship game at Waynesville.

Five sent to hospital after post-game brawl
METROPOLIS, Ill. - A top high school basketball team was beaten in a game that ended in an on-court brawl among fans in which a coach was hit with a bottle and five people were treated at a hospital.

Lakota East's Johnson, C-M's Thobaben win titles
COLUMBUS - As the chants of "Tony, Tony!" rose up from a section of the crowd, Lakota East senior Tony Johnson got ready to do what he's done 28 times this season - only this pin was what he'd worked toward his entire high school career.

Campbell Co. makes it look easy in winning title
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Campbell County wrestling team got more than it needed, from more people than it needed, as it pulled away to win the school's third state team title.

Sr. Carothers guides Bombers to victory
CANTON - The St. Xavier boys led Columbus Upper Arlington by a single point going into Saturday's State Swimming & Diving Tournaments finale at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Stowers, Long win 1-meter diving titles
LEXINGTON - The team titles from the State Swimming and Diving Championships headed back to Louisville again this year.

Lakota West, Anderson headed for state
After winning the district meet last year, Lakota West took second at the Southwest Ohio District Gymnastics Championships Saturday but qualified for state for the third straight year.

FOOTBALL
Bears may put Clarett on wish list
The Chicago Bears are believed to be the team most interested in Maurice Clarett.


Preparing for draft now a full-time job
Ben Roethlisberger's evening trips to Taco Bell and McDonald's are a thing of the past, just like his classes and textbooks.

BASEBALL
Kelly: Garciaparra still reeling from offseason fiasco
JUPITER, Fla. - The Yankees got their third baseman, and the Rangers unloaded a burdensome contract.


Boone vows he'll return this season
There isn't a basketball game in the world worth $4.8 million.

'Special' baseball records clouded by suspicion
It is a trick these baseball players are foisting on us. Now you see us, now you see a lot less of us.

Cubs give Lee 3-year contract
MESA, Ariz. - Derrek Lee helped keep the Chicago Cubs out of the World Series last season. Now he's got a three-year contract to see if he can get them back in.

BASKETBALL
Kentucky, LSU heading in opposite directions
LEXINGTON - A lot can change in two weeks, as evidenced by the fortunes of LSU and Kentucky.


RedHawks hit pothole in quest for No. 3 seed
OXFORD - Miami stumbled Saturday in its quest for a first-round bye in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Top 25: Stanford, St. Joe's stay the course
STANFORD, Calif. - Josh Childress had 29 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks for No. 1 Stanford, which won its school-record 25th straight game Saturday and remained one of the two unbeatens in Division I.

Creager's 22 points lead NKU women
OWENSBORO, Ky. - Karyn Creager scored a career-high 22 points Saturday as the Northern Kentucky Norse women defeated Kentucky Wesleyan College 81-64 in the Owensboro Sportscenter.

Silas understands Baker's demons
Paul Silas considers himself a lucky man since most alcoholics never find a way to deal with their unquenchable desires.

Nets' Martin blocks it to 'em
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Kenyon Martin made an incredible last-minute block, catching a late shot by a driving Dwayne Wade to help the New Jersey Nets get back on track with 92-86 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday,

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Woods vs. Love in Match Play final
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Davis Love III survived an exhausting day of clutch shots and stunning conclusions Saturday, beating Darren Clarke in 21 holes to reach the finals of the Match Play Championship and earn another crack at Tiger Woods.


A quick chat with ... Scott Smith
Cincinnati native Scott Smith often drew comments on the golf course about the distance of his drives - so when he saw an ad in a magazine for a long drive competition, he entered it. It changed his life.

XU tennis players near singles mark
Nobody on the Xavier tennis team said it outright, but senior Kate Weightman heard through the grapevine that she was within reach of the school career singles record for victories.
All thumbs
Planning ahead


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