Knockout punch is Bearcats'
DePaul guard LeVar Seals delivered the most painful blow of the day, but in the end it was Tony Bobbitt and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats who inflicted the most damaging shot.
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Daugherty: Bobbitt takes pain, dishes it out
The irrepressible Tony Bobbitt nearly became Tony Soprano and still he danced. Down the length of the court, cheek to cheek, with James White. You can't keep a hyper man down, even with a well-placed fist to his manhood.

XU's 4-for-4 makes history
DAYTON, Ohio - Lionel Chalmers hugged anyone in sight, and there were plenty of Xavier fans to hug.
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UK able to make all the right moves
ATLANTA - Tubby Smith and Gerald Fitch stayed behind a moment as Kentucky broke from its locker room for Saturday's game. The coach had pulled Fitch from the starting lineup, and he readied an explanation for his senior guard.
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Area teams hope to land on higher ground
Today is selection day for Cincinnati, Xavier and Kentucky. The NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced at 6 p.m., letting the area teams know where they fit into the 65-team field.
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Eagles show why team's ranked No. 1
FAIRBORN - Princeton's hopes of a potential all-Greater Cincinnati state final ran into a buzzsaw named Chaminade-Julienne on Saturday.
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Haynes aces first big pitching test
SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Jimmy Haynes has taken the mound countless times in his life. But Saturday was different.
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Visits and offers, but no action yet
And on the 11th day, they rested. Maybe.

Chesley: Bengals are just 'bullying'
Accusing the Cincinnati Bengals of using "bullying tactics," attorney Stan Chesley Saturday defended the county's decision to join a taxpayer's anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League and Cincinnati's home team.

Forget salary; age might be key number
Age matters in the NFL. Corey Dillon and Troy Vincent are two primary examples of how the market works differently for some players once they reach 30.

Law wants to leave Pats, calls team's offer an 'insult'
BOSTON - Patriots cornerback Ty Law wants to leave the team after playing a key role in the team's drive toward a Super Bowl championship.

Kelly: Nasty, but pain just hurts
Norm Charlton wanted to live a pain-free life. Doing that has meant giving up hopes of a major-league comeback.
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Norton in fight for spot on staff
SARASOTA, Fla. - Of the 13 pitchers in the thick of the race for spots on the Reds' Opening Day roster, 12 have been effective this spring.

Fantasy baseball: Unproven rookies still worth a look
Hey, kid. Yeah, you. Come on over here. Let me see the shoulder. Hmph. OK, let's see you in the cage. Good.

Maroth's many sleepless nights
LAKELAND, Fla. - After becoming the first pitcher to lose 20 games in a season in more than two decades, Mike Maroth often woke up in the middle of the night during the offseason.

Is Benson on the way out?
BRADENTON, Fla. - Kris Benson doesn't expect to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates past the end of spring training.

Williams' wish to be frozen alongside dad
INVERNESS, Fla. - John Henry Williams, son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams, wants his body frozen and kept alongside his father's corpse.

Big 10: Harris shoots; Badgers rebound
INDIANAPOLIS - Devin Harris didn't let his team's poor shooting affect him.

Big 12: Mouton's 3-pointers spur Longhorns to title game
DALLAS - Brandon Mouton hit a 3-pointer that stretched Texas' lead and ran back on defense with his arms up.

Big East: Connecticut claims sixth league title
NEW YORK - Ben Gordon made it his Big East Tournament.

MAC: Western Michigan wins title, NCAA berth
CLEVELAND - Mike Williams scored 28 points and picked the perfect time to make his first career 3-pointer, leading Western Michigan to its first Mid-American Conference Tournament title with a 77-66 win over Kent State on Saturday.

Pac-10: Cardinal avenge their lone defeat
LOS ANGELES - Stanford got its momentum back against the team that took it away.

Tate lifts unlikely Florida A&M in MEAC tourney
RICHMOND, Va. - Tony Tate made the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament championship his best game at Florida A&M and gave a preview of what that the Rattlers will bring to the NCAA Tournament.

Quakers in D-III Final Four
CRESTVIEW HILLS - The Wilmington women's basketball team advanced to its first NCAA Division III Final Four Saturday night after defeating Puget Sound 63-60 for the sectional title.

Women: Oklahoma beats No. 2 Texas
DALLAS - Dionnah Jackson scored 21 points and Maria Villarroel added 19 to help Oklahoma beat second-ranked Texas 66-47 on Saturday night in the Big 12 tournament title game.

NBA: Rockets halt Memphis
HOUSTON - Jim Jackson scored 20 points and hit a crucial running jumper with 50 seconds to play as the Houston Rockets won their fifth straight game, 88-80 over Memphis on Saturday night to snap the Grizzlies' seven-game win streak.

Groeschen: Norwood building athletic program
Steve Moeller was known as an ace recruiter for Bob Huggins' early University of Cincinnati basketball teams. His persuasive powers helped lure future NBA players Nick Van Exel and Corie Blount, stars of UC's 1992 Final Four team.

Ernst: Try this all-region tourney team
You know that scene before the first game in Hoosiers? The one where Norman Dale straightens his tie, takes a deep breath, says "welcome to Indiana basketball," and then walks out on the floor?

CovCath's Listerman finally makes Sweet 16
Following Covington Catholic's 56-42 win over Boone County in the Ninth Region finals at Holmes on Saturday night, CovCath coach Mike Listerman, a high school basketball lifer, learned one sweet lesson.

Lancers heading to Sweet 16
If La Salle adopts a motto heading into regionals, it very well could be "no fear, no worries."

Sycamore pulls upset over Princeton
Close losses in the regular season have evolved into close victories in the postseason for Sycamore. The result has landed the Aviators into the Division I regional tournament for the first time in its school history.

Big Blue gets D-1 title
The Hamilton Big Blue won the Division I district championship 54-40 on Saturday at Xavier University by defeating the Oak Hills Highlanders for the third time this year.

Amazons' 1st loss comes at high cost
VANDALIA - Madeira's dream of a state championship and undefeated season ended Saturday at Vandalia Butler High School as the Amazons lost 41-36 to Jonathan Alder (25-1) in a Division III regional final.

Royals ousted; streak snapped
CUYAHOGA FALLS - Courtney Davidson scored 26 points, including nine on three 3-pointers during a 15-0 run in the third quarter, to lead Youngstown Ursuline to a 65-52 victory over South Euclid Regina in a Division III regional final Saturday.

Teen finds groove as skater, excels on international stage
At 8 years old, Jordan Brauninger was stunned and disappointed to learn he had been cut from his club hockey team. Now he wonders if it was meant to be.
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A quick chat with ... Digger Phelps
As the NCAA Tournament gets going, the V Foundation for Cancer Research is sponsoring a fund-raising program that will name the most memorable moment in college basketball history. Former Notre Dame coach and current ESPN analyst Digger Phelps is one of the event's promoters.

Area swimmers going national
Jacque Fessel didn't know how good she had it until two days after February's Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Athens, Ga.

This week's poll question
Question - Which was bigger: Xavier's wins against the University of Cincinnati when the Bearcats were ranked No. 1; or the Muskies' win Thursday against No. 1 Saint Joseph's?

Long shot pulls upset in Fla. Derby
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Another New York bred is taking aim at the Kentucky Derby.

Inman gives Petty team nudge in right direction
HAMPTON, Ga. - With the team he helped build struggling, Richard Petty went to a longtime employee - and family member - for help. Cousin Dale Inman answered the call.

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