Sunday, February 29, 2004

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By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Joe Nuxhall: The Ol' Left-hander missed out on the Ford C. Frick award and won't be joining Marty in Baseball's Hall of Fame this year. But he's feeling well and ready to go. Come Thursday, we'll get to hear the legend trying to figure who No. 62 is for the Pirates!

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue: Still controversial after all these years, it got a Belpre, Ohio, sixth grader suspended from school for taking the issue to school. (Props to ESPN the Magazine's subtle jab - they had star swimmer Michael Phelps on the cover with the heading "The hottest thing in a swimsuit.)

The Pete Rose movie: ESPN is taking on the Hit King, just as it did Bear Bryant. But here's a question: How can you have a movie about a story that doesn't have an ending?

Mark Cuban: The Mavericks owner is creating his own reality show and putting up $1 million of his own money. Trouble is, what would a 40-something billionaire know about reality?

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Jamal Lewis: The Ravens running back should be assumed innocent of drug charges until proven guilty. Still, the NFL continues to give Playmakers a bad name.

Recruiting experts: Funny how great these recruits are before they ever get to college. Wasn't Robert Whaley going to play only one year at UC before going to the NBA?

The Yankees: Maybe we're reaching, but A-Rod and Jeter apparently really don't get along. And Bernie Williams is out six weeks after an appendectomy. A sign from above?

Jeff Kent: The Astros' resident knucklehead wondered why today's players were being scrutinized about steroids and players from the past aren't? "Babe Ruth didn't do steroids?" Kent asked. "How do you know . . . ?" Well, they weren't invented until the '50s.

Lewis is flexible in free-agent approach
Bengals' free agents
Daugherty: Benching Kitna's a bad move for Bengals
Bears may put Clarett on wish list
Preparing for draft now a full-time job

Nomad hoping he's finally found home
Reds e-mail Q&A
Cubs line up aces for Reds
Inside camp
Healthy Castro fits role like glove
Kelly: Garciaparra still reeling from offseason fiasco
Boone vows he'll return this season
'Special' baseball records clouded by suspicion
Cubs give Lee 3-year contract

Bearcats back on top in C-USA
Smaller rotation pays big dividends
Musketeers finally fall off tightrope, derailing hopes
NCAA hopes dealt blow
Kentucky, LSU heading in opposite directions
RedHawks hit pothole in quest for No. 3 seed
Top 25: Stanford, St. Joe's stay the course
Creager's 22 points lead NKU women

Groeschen: Freeman records remain mystery
Ernst: These guys on family plan
Taft lackluster in opening-round win
Landmark knocked off by Southeastern
Five sent to hospital after post-game brawl
Lakota East's Johnson, C-M's Thobaben win titles
Campbell Co. makes it look easy in winning title
Sr. Carothers guides Bombers to victory
Stowers, Long win 1-meter diving titles
Lakota West, Anderson headed for state

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XU tennis players near singles mark
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