Sunday, March 21, 2004

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By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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The Bengals

They made a real-live legitimate offer for a real-live legitimate free agent in Warren Sapp. Didn't they?

Tiger Woods

He's going to participate in four days of military training at Fort Bragg April 16 before hosting a golf clinic for soldiers and their kids. Why do we think Woods, whose father was a Green Beret in the Vietnam War, would be good at that, too?

Gerry Faust

The engineer of the mighty Moeller football program in the 70s has been elected to the National High School Hall of Fame.

NCAA Cinderallas

Manhattan and Nevada with their stunners, and UTEP, BYU, Southern Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth, Air Force, East Tennessee State, Eastern Washington, Northern Iowa and Western Michigan with their game efforts. The mid-majors rule.

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The one-time greats

Where are you UCLA, St. John's, Georgetown and Indiana?

Allen Iverson

Exhibit A for who would ever want to be an NBA coach. Iverson decided he wouldn't play when coach Chris Ford told him he would come off the bench against the Pistons last week. The Sixers lost 85-69, further harming their playoff chances. Nice team effort.

Curt Schilling

There isn't a better guy in baseball than the Red Sox starter. But it seemed pretty silly when he said he and fellow players would be more than willing to submit to steroid testing as long as Major League Baseball owners had no role in the administering of tests. What, did he think Bud Selig would bring him the cup?

The Reds

Seems the staff has hit that dead-arm period. But never fear, by the end of the week they'll be back in that rag-arm period.

MND wins state title with national upset
Rams run out of surprise wins
Leininger named Indiana Miss Basketball
Youngstown Ursuline, Minster capture titles
Big Blue back at state for first time in 50 years
Brookhaven returns favor
After hot start, Devils fall short
CovCath runs out of clock
Brock shoots Dragons to title
Groeschen: Season has been one for the ages
Ernst: Maysville 'Punk' Sweet 16 legend
Prep sports results, schedules

Bengals stunned Sapp-less
'We want a lease that's fair'
Curnutte: Buffalo fit the bill for CB Vincent
Steelers keep Logan for reworked secondary

Kearns eager to play the field
Inside Reds camp
Acevedo endures rough outing
Kelly: Benevolent Devil Rays want McGriff to be seen
Fantasy BB: Lesser-known players make for key picks
Astros court postseason success
Molitor not intimidated with tasks as hitting coach
Relieving is Riske's business

Illini view Bearcats as bullies
Daugherty: With no guards, UC has no chance
Huggins doesn't use Tourney failures to motivate his team
Johnson's comeback miracle in the making
XU seeks new 2nd-round tune
Matta looks for more from Muskie rookies
Fired-up Blazers ready to put heat on Kentucky
Air back in sails of Redick, Blue Devils
Defending champs nearly lose grip
Demon Deacons, frosh Paul hold off upstart Manhattan
No. 2 Gonzaga gets what comes around
Connecticut coach departs game early
NCAA men's tournament at a glance
Wilmington wills its way to first title
Ohio State holds off West Virginia, will play BC
Other women's regional games
NCAA women's tournament at a glance

Sinister G's Lane's End victory muddles Derby

XU grad finds place at the table
What's up with that?
A quick chat with ... Julie Isphording
Bolten, Hewitt headed to NCAAs
Local women push teams toward hoops glory
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