SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2004
It's Reds' turn to rally
With Wily Mo Pena facing Kerry Wood in the ninth inning and the game on the line, the only question last year would have been whether it was going to be swinging or taking.
Photo gallery from Saturday's Reds game
Atmosphere charged at series' midway point
ONLINE EXTRA: Reds e-mail Q&A

Bengals' picks hard to predict
Whom the Bengals will take in the first round this year is difficult to figure. Coach Marvin Lewis has said the team will select the best player available and will not draft to fill a positional need.
Last three drafts have produced mixed bag

Xavier recruit mulling options
Xavier is still at the top of his list, but standout recruit Churchill Odia is rethinking his options for next season.

Rockets stake Gibson to 5-run lead, win semi
The McNicholas baseball team pounced on Milford for five first-inning runs Saturday and held on for a 5-3 win to advance to today's Beast of the East championship against Glen Este.
Rebels' offense finally shows up

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PREP SPORTS
Even after his death last year, Potter's contributions continue
To say Tom Potter has gotten as much done in death as he did in life would be an insult to the many hats he wore and the many hours he worked. But true to the man's spirit, the name Tom Potter continues to accomplish things in Northern Kentucky.


Moving DI, III finals to Canton necessary
Well, at least it won't be snowing. We think.
Prep sports results, schedules

BASEBALL
Closer finds role rewarding
CHICAGO - Saturday was the perfect example of why Danny Graves likes the closer's life.
Reds chatter


City of Angels? Anaheim's trying
Building brand loyalty takes time, and money. Angels owner Arturo Moreno so far has willingly invested both to extend the team's geographical reach and to fulfill his vision.

Fantasy insider: Finding gems at third base
Allow me to take a break from bemoaning tweaked hamstrings (Troy Glaus and J.D. Drew owners, you feel my pain) and spend this column taking a look across the diamond toward third base.

Hot corner
What more can you say about Barry Bonds? Love him or hate him, he just keeps knocking milestones into McCovey Cove. (And that same guy in the boat keeps catching them.)
MLB power rankings

NL: Rolen, Cards pound Estes
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals celebrated Mark McGwire's return with a few home runs.

AL: Schilling still owns New York
BOSTON - Curt Schilling jumped into the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry with some flair.

Boston not kind to new Yankees
BOSTON - Alex Rodriguez slammed down his helmet, pawed at the dirt and gave it a few good kicks.

AAA: Norfolk 9, Louisville 7
LOUISVILLE - Craig Brazell homered twice and the Norfolk Tides held off a late Louisville rally to beat the Bats 9-7 in the International League on Saturday.

FOOTBALL
Receivers expected to dominate draft
The 2004 draft will be remembered as the year of the wide receiver.


Keeping pick makes sense for Chargers
The $64,000 question is what will the Chargers do with the first overall pick in the draft Saturday?

Betts engineers Red's offensive explosion, 38-7
OXFORD - Miami's offense might not do as much in 2004 as it did in 2003. It might do more.

DT Rueff solidifies his starting position
OXFORD - Senior Will Rueff, a two-year starter at left defensive tackle, proved in Miami's annual spring game Saturday that he's ready to pick up the slack left by the graduation of ends Phil Smith and Will Stanley and of middle linebacker Terrell Jones.

Boyd shines in second UK scrimmage
LEXINGTON - Kentucky's offense made a strong showing Saturday in the team's second scrimmage of spring practice.

GOOD SPORTS / PAGE TWO
Prospective ump makes right call with career switch
He grew up a basketball star, but nothing could keep Joe Harris from his true love - baseball.
What's up with that?


Mullins-Hall grows by leaps and bounds
Vanderbilt track coach Lori Shepard couldn't understand what was ailing her new star hurdler.

A quick chat with ... Colleen Kane
If you thought sports reporters could only write about sports, then you haven't met Enquirer intern-turned-marathoner Colleen Kane.
This week's sports poll
All thumbs

HOCKEY
Teammates express shock at arrest
ST. LOUIS - A day after St. Louis forward Mike Danton was charged in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, his Blues teammates were still having trouble fathoming the news.


Philadelphia wins 3-1, ousts defending champ New Jersey
PHILADELPHIA - Danny Markov scored with 5:23 left, and the Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils with a 3-1 victory in Game 5 Saturday.

NBA
James to win rookie of the year award
LeBron James, the super-hyped phenom who went from high school to the pros and kept the Cleveland Cavaliers in playoff contention until late in the season, has beaten out Carmelo Anthony in voting for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.


Heated play inspires Pacers past Celtics
INDIANAPOLIS - With all the big names in the Indiana-Boston playoff series, seldom-used Brandon Hunter might have had the biggest impact in Game 1.


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