SPORTS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004
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Is March all that matters?

The NCAA Tournament is the crown jewel of sports championships. Prepare for all the March Madness action in our special preview of Xavier, UC and Kentucky teams.

Uphill climb puts XU at peak
Xavier coach Thad Matta and associate head coach Sean Miller knew in September that Xavier might struggle early this season.
RedHawks too much for Musketeers

Bobbitt good as his words
When Tony Bobbitt was told by reporters after the University of Cincinnati's 68-65 loss March 4 at DePaul that coach Bob Huggins said he wished he had left him in Cincinnati, Bobbitt paused for a second to think about his response.

Dillon airs his gripes on TV show
In his first public comments since season's end, on a television sports show, Corey Dillon said, "No, not at all," when asked if he would be in Cincinnati on Monday for the start of the team's offseason strength and conditioning program.

Thomas adds Ms. Basketball honor
Mount Notre Dame senior Mel Thomas was named Ohio Ms. Basketball on Wednesday, becoming the fourth Greater Cincinnati player to win the award.

Haynes fights his command
His first start in more than seven months felt as one might expect.
Yankees break out big boys to belittle Reds
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COLLEGE SPORTS
Seals must sit first tournament game
DePaul guard LeVar Seals will miss the team's NCAA Tournament opener today because of a punch he threw during the Conference USA championship game.
It's gonna be UK, bay-beeee
SARASOTA, Fla. - The name of Dick Vitale's autobiography is called Living A Dream.
Flores goes from big city to big time
Luis Flores has brought his game from the Big Apple to Tobacco Road.
After slam, Azubuike steps it up
LEXINGTON - One may wonder how Tubby Smith best motivates his Kentucky Wildcats.
Quinn keys Notre Dame win over Purdue
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame coach Mike Brey met with Chris Quinn before the game against Purdue on Wednesday night and showed him a highlight film of how he played when he started games aggressively.
Duke could be without hurting Duhon in opener
Chris Duhon took a jump shot and winced as he came back down to the floor. Such is life for a guard with a rib injury, one that could keep Duke's leader out of the lineup when the Blue Devils open the NCAA Tournament.
PREP SPORTS
Seniors power CovCath
The last time Covington Catholic went to the Sweet Sixteen, this year's group of seniors was in kindergarten. But that never stopped the six of them from discussing the possibilities of making a run at Rupp Arena.
Badin, MND eye titles
Mount Notre Dame and Badin will carry the banner for the proud Girls' Greater Cincinnati League this weekend at the 29th annual state basketball tournament in Columbus.
Greenfield McClain's postseason run stopped in regional semifinals
ATHENS, Ohio - What had been a dream season for the Greenfield McClain Tigers came to an end Wednesday night at the regional semifinals here.
Prep results, schedule

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