SPORTS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2004
Players wary when they sign
BRADENTON, Fla. - The young man with the rolled T-shirt sleeves, baggy shorts and white sneakers did not come for the nine-inning sunburn. Nor is he here to eat hot dogs and chase them with a cold draft beer.

Daugherty: Pepper's back in action
SARASOTA, Fla. - I've seen Pepper a few times, in grainy newsreels where Babe Ruth is mincing his way around the bases about 100 miles an hour and every player's hat looks like it comes with a propeller.
Encarnacion is opening eyes
GM, agent deny Griffey report
Inside Reds camp

Maxiell named second-team all-conference
University of Cincinnati forward Jason Maxiell was named second-team all-Conference USA on Monday. Maxiell, a 6-7 junior from Carrollton, Tex., is UC's leading scorer at 14.2 points per game and leading rebounder at 7.0 per game.
It's now or never for XU
Women: MU wants another shot at nemesis Kent State

Bearcats, Wildcats pad tourney resumes
Cincinnati and Kentucky are in. For them, this week's conference tournaments can only enhance - or hurt - their NCAA Tournament seeds.
Huggins miffed by No.3 seed
UK marches into SEC play on roll
ONLINE EXTRA: UK seniors go out in style
• Tournament previews: C-USAA-10SECMAC

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FOOTBALL
Bengals' free-agent focus turns offensive
After concentrating on defense at the start of free agency, the Bengals made moves on offense Monday.


Browns make offer to QB Garcia
BEREA, Ohio - Free-agent quarterback Jeff Garcia has been offered a contract by the Cleveland Browns, although Tim Couch hasn't been asked to turn in his orange helmet just yet.

PREP SPORTS
Prep storylines are abundant
Defending state champions Moeller (Division I) and Reading (Division III) are still alive in Ohio boys' basketball postseason play.
Prep sports results, schedules

BASEBALL
Web logs offer fans' look at baseball
Alex Belth works in the finance department of a Fortune 500 company in Manhattan and lives happily with his girlfriend at their new home in Riverdale, N.Y. He's also at the forefront of a new breed of baseball fans - the bloggers.


Sheffield could be lost for 2-3 months
TAMPA, Fla. - Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield could be sidelined up to three months because of an injured right thumb.

BASKETBALL
Smith's nudge gives UK boost from Azubuike
LEXINGTON - Quotes from two coaches succinctly summarize Kelenna Azubuike's basketball career.


St. Joseph's takes over No. 1 ranking
Coach Phil Martelli (above) and Saint Joseph's, the only undefeated team in Division I men's college basketball at 27-0, is No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the first time.

Ex-UC defensive star on the offensive in CBA
As a player at the University of Cincinnati, Immanuel McElroy didn't feel like he needed to shoot much. He was a defensive stalwart, named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in his senior year. Offense was more of an afterthought.

Strange new NBA can't feel the love
David Stern's pet slogan - "I love this game" - seems almost laughable now. Does anyone even like the NBA anymore?


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