SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004
They all turned out to hail 'a great lady'
The sun shone one last time on Marge Schott. Schott's highly polished cherry casket was wheeled into the sanctuary of All Saints Catholic Church in Kenwood Saturday amid shafts of sunlight.
Bronson: Marge reflected best and worst of Cincinnati
Players show up to honor 'a good woman'
And a red-tailed hawk circled high over her gravesite
ONLINE EXTRAS:
Homily for Marge Schott
Funeral photo gallery
Memorial Section

Daugherty: Reds seem all-natural
SARASOTA, Fla. - On Friday morning, Sean Casey strolled through the Reds' clubhouse and grabbed a bottle of water from a refrigerator. He opened the bottle, pulled an eye-dropper from his pocket and squeezed a few drops of dark, green liquid into the water. Hmmm.
ONLINE EXTRA: Reds e-mail Q&A
Outfielder makes life a journey
Inside Reds camp
Recovering Cruz making progress

Bobbitt's big shot gives Bearcats share of title
Two days after UC basketball coach Bob Huggins said he wished he had left Tony Bobbitt home after he played poorly in a loss at DePaul, Huggins wouldn't have traded his flamboyant senior guard for anybody.
XU takes Temple's best punch

Good Sports: Trio train for the fight of their lives
The rules of engagement forbid eye-poking. There's no biting, no fish-hooking an opponent's jaw, no spine-striking, no head-butting and absolutely no finger-breaking.
What's up with that?
A quick chat with ... Chris McKee
Long shots suit Henderson
Planning ahead: Can't miss TV
All thumbs

Sports today on TV, radio
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Sports digest
This week's poll question
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BENGALS / NFL
Bengals retain Braham
Starting center Rich Braham has reached a contract agreement and will re-sign with the Bengals as early as Monday, a source close to the situation told the Enquirer on Saturday.


Monster trade ultimately may favor Redskins
It's time for one last look at the Champ Bailey-Clinton Portis trade.

Traded to Ravens, Owens seeks to become an Eagle
PHILADELPHIA - Even though he was traded to Baltimore, Terrell Owens still hopes to catch passes from Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia next season.

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Reading mourns Ramsey's death
Andy Ramsey was going to quarterback the Reading High School football team next season.


Ernst: Father, son may meet in final
When the Ninth Region boys' basketball tournament draw was finished Saturday morning at Holmes High School, one fact was undeniably glaring.

MND, C-J on collision course
Nationally ranked Mount Notre Dame and Dayton Chaminade-Julienne stayed on course Saturday for a colossal matchup in the Division I girls' state basketball final.

Turpin wins first sectional title since 1992
Turpin held off Wyoming 51-47 Saturday to claim its first Division II sectional title since 1992.

Chiodi's buzzer-beater downs Bluebirds
Senior Nicole Chiodi's jump shot at the buzzer gave the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds a thrilling 43-41 victory over the Highlands Bluebirds Saturday in the 36th District championship game at NewCath.

Badin girls upset Kenton Ridge
Badin rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit Saturday and upset top-seeded and previously undefeated Kenton Ridge 46-40 in a Division II girls' basketball district championship game at Vandalia Butler.

Wendeln puts on record FT show
Jessica Wendeln set a Kentucky state high school record by making 30 free throws, and Scott defeated Dixie 66-59 in overtime Saturday to win the 34th District Championship.

Div. I girls' playoffs roundup
Lesslee Cox had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Princeton to a 58-52 victory over Springfield North to win a Division I district championship Saturday at Mason.

Gymnastics: Badin senior excels
DUBLIN - It was her first and last year at state. Hamilton Badin senior Abby Leisge, a former club gymnast, made the most of her trip to the 32nd annual state gymnastics tournament Saturday at Dublin Coffman High School.

State hockey: Talawanda falls to St. Ed
COLUMBUS - Heavily favored Lakewood St. Edward defeated beat Talawanda 5-0 in a high school state semifinal hockey game Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

BASEBALL
Specter of drugs clouds the game
SARASOTA, Fla. - It is a curious star-shaped symbol. * The asterisk is simple to draw and easily found on computer keyboards everywhere.


A-Rod joins in Yankees-Red Sox fun today
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez comes to the Red Sox today - in the uniform of the Yankees.

BASKETBALL
Banks grabs Bearcats' attention
As the Memphis players walked off the court following the University of Cincinnati's win over the Tigers on Saturday, UC guard Tony Bobbitt caught up with Memphis freshman Sean Banks.


Chaney doesn't temper criticism
PHILADELPHIA - Temple coach John Chaney did not have much to say about the 31-point performance from senior guard David Hawkins Saturday against the Musketeers.

Flyers prevail in regular-season finale
PITTSBURGH - Ramod Marshall scored 33 points and made six 3-pointers to lead Dayton past Duquesne 73-69 Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Florida adds fuel to UK players
LEXINGTON - Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes has a good reason why he routinely watches the game film of last season's Florida game in Lexington - the memories are positive.

RedHawks gain 3rd seed
OXFORD - Miami's not the best offensive rebounding team in the Mid-American Conference, but when the RedHawks get boards, they make them count.

No. 5 Mississippi St. 82, Alabama 81 (OT)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Timmy Bowers had the swagger, Lawrence Roberts the muscle and No. 5 Mississippi State the poise and pluck.

Washington 75, No. 1 Stanford 62
SEATTLE - The Stanford Cardinal never got a chance to pull off another last-second victory.

Marquette 81, No. 25 Louisville 80
MILWAUKEE - Freshman Dameon Mason was thrust into the hero's role strictly by accident.

Top 25 roundup: Duke back on winning track
DURHAM, N.C. - Luol Deng ended his slump and Duke's home skid at one game.

Racers earn 5th NCAA berth in 8 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Adam Chiles hit a jumper with 3:43 left that put Murray State ahead for good, and the Racers beat Austin Peay 66-60 Saturday to win the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title and their 12th NCAA Tournament berth overall.

Xavier women bow out of Atlantic 10 Tournament
PHILADELPHIA - The Xavier women's basketball team lost a 20-point first-half lead before falling 55-48 to Temple on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals at Saint Joseph's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

NBA: Bryant could miss month with sprained shoulder
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Kobe Bryant could be sidelined up to a month with a sprained right shoulder, the same injury that kept the Lakers' star guard out for six games two months ago.

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Harvick wins wild Las Vegas race
LAS VEGAS - Kevin Harvick took advantage of Matt Kenseth's late-race misfortune to grab the lead, then held off hard-charging Kasey Kahne to win Saturday's Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


Parry wakes up in time to grab one-stroke lead
MIAMI - Craig Parry almost missed his tee time for the opening round of the Ford Championship at Doral. He hasn't missed much since. Parry shot a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday, moving to 13-under 203 and taking a one-shot lead over Gene Sauers (64) and Scott Verplank (65).


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