SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2004
Bengals pick up their missing pieces
Except for first-round pick Chris Perry, the Bengals didn't go after players with big names on the first day of the NFL draft on Saturday.
ONLINE EXTRA: Mark Curnutte's draft blog
R1: RB Chris Perry
R2: CB Keiwan Ratliff R2: FS Madieu Williams
R3: LB Caleb Miller R3: LB Landon Johnson
Live updates

Gold and black fits RedHawk
Ben Roethlisberger figures to look good in the gold and black of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A day in the life of Ben

Bad start, big finish for Reds
Dave Miley seemed to be sending a message when he went with the early hook on Jimmy Haynes. The fact that he won a game in the process was a nice bonus.
ONLINE EXTRA: Photos from Saturday's game
Freel OK after beaningReds chatter

ENQUIRER SPECIAL REPORT
Horse racing's dirty little secret
Shane Sellers paused outside the washroom stalls in the jockeys room of Churchill Downs racetrack. "I want you to understand, this is reality," he said.
Adding to family's grief are the debts
'Jockey' moving but lacking in context

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NFL DRAFT
After tense hour, Giant victory for No. 1 pick
NEW YORK - After a tense hour in which Eli Manning was a prospective law student, the NFL's first family of quarterbacks got what it wanted.


Three Buckeyes selected in first round
Will Smith is headed from the Buckeye State to the Bayou. Some of his former Ohio State teammates also are moving to favorable locations.

Tagliabue honors fallen hero
NEW YORK - Pat Tillman was praised at the NFL draft as a hero by commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who wore a black ribbon with Tillman's name on it and a Cardinals helmet pin with the No. 40 attached.

COLLEGE SPRING FOOTBALL
Dantonio sets new course
The first positive sign for University of Cincinnati football fans occurred on the first play from scrimmage.


Bearcats are waiting for receivers to step up
Spring practice is nearly over and University of Cincinnati coach Mark Dantonio is still waiting for several receivers to separate themselves from the pack.

Zwick holds slight advantage as starting QB
COLUMBUS - It was enlightening news to hear that when Ohio State's senior class held a "draft" last week to split the talent for the Buckeyes' annual spring game, Troy Smith was picked before fellow quarterback Justin Zwick.

Pittman tosses helmet into Buckeyes' RB derby
COLUMBUS - Ohio State's tailback competition got a little cloudier Saturday. Seniors Lydell Ross, Maurice Hall and Branden Joe were expected to vie for the job. Yet freshman-to-be Tony Pittman was the surprise star of the spring game Saturday, rushing for a game-high 105 yards on 21 carries for the winning Scarlet squad.

UK spring game: QB Boyd continues to shine
LEXINGTON - Shane Boyd had another strong performance at quarterback Saturday in the Blue-White scrimmage, the annual end of Kentucky's spring practice.

BASEBALL
Kelly: Marlins managing Phillies
The Marlins - picked by few to win the National League East let alone repeat as World Series champions this season - were the first team to 11 wins.


Time to ride out April hot streaks
What, you mean Henry Blanco isn't going to finish with 41 home runs and 135 RBI this season? Or that Barry Bonds won't stay on his current pace to finish with 100 homers and 200 RBI? Well, surely Roger Clemens will finish 37-0 with a 0.87 ERA. Right?

Prior throws 50 pitches off mound
CHICAGO - Mark Prior threw 50 pitches off the mound Saturday without problems and could pitch a simulated game as early as next week.

NL: Astros, Cubs keep pace
DENVER - Roger Clemens tied Gaylord Perry for 15th place with his 314th win, improving to 4-0 for the second straight season.

AL: Boston now 5-1 vs. Yanks
NEW YORK - Mark Bellhorn drove in Manny Ramirez in the 12th inning with Boston's third sacrifice fly, and the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 Saturday, improving to 5-1 this season against their bitter rival.

AAA: Toledo 6, Louisville 3
LOUISVILLE - Joe Vitello had two RBI doubles and the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Louisville Bats 6-3 in the International League on Saturday.

SUNDAY PAGE TWO
Thoman hopes summer schedule includes Olympics
Between graduating from Mariemont High School this spring and moving to the University of Arizona this summer, Nick Thoman has a little business to take care of in Long Beach, Calif.


A quick chat with ... Mike Battaglia
This year is a milestone for horse-racing guru and Edgewood, Ky., resident Mike Battaglia, who will be setting the Kentucky Derby's morning line for the 30th year.
What's up with that?
All thumbs

Seton graduate Becca Brinker part of top-ranked Ohio State rowing team
After getting lost on the way to the first team meeting, Becca Brinker assumed her future as an Ohio State rower was doomed and her prospects as a college athlete were over.

HOCKEY
Ducks take pivotal Game 3 with shutout
Playoff hockey returned to Cincinnati Gardens for the first time in three years Saturday, and Mighty Ducks center Tony Martensson made the occasion extra sweet.


Marleau scores again as Sharks jump Avs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Patrick Marleau scored his NHL-leading seventh goal of the postseason, and Jonathan Cheechoo ensured the victory with a between-the-legs goal in the San Jose Sharks' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.

BASKETBALL
Dow: Recruit Odia says visa the issue
Churchill Odia's public waffling between Xavier and Louisville has left his high school coach at Montrose (Md.) Christian frustrated because he has been removed from the recruiting process.


Davis leads Hornets to take series lead
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets used defense and inspired play by their injured All-Star guard to get back into their opening-round playoff series.

RUNNING
More runner-friendly course awaiting increased Pig field
There's no finer time for swine than next Sunday when the Flying Pig Marathon overruns Porkopolis, but there are a few big surprises in store for those awaiting the sixth annual hog-heaven extravaganza.

PREP SPORTS
Confident Kings makes statement
The Kings boys' tennis team established themselves as the team to beat in Division I with a strong showing in Saturday's Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Association tournament at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
Prep sports results, schedules


Groeschen: Coach has Maupin on mind
Matt Maupin was not a big star on the Glen Este football team. He just did his job, and did it well.

Ernst: Kentucky high school insider
It's two weeks before his team's season opener, and Beechwood baseball coach Bob Myerhoff is looking at a "renovated" field that looks more like a Sahara sandlot.

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Morgan stays atop Legends by stroke
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Gil Morgan had his 23rd straight round of par or better, shooting a 4-under 68 Saturday to maintain a one-stoke lead over Hale Irwin and Dave Barr at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.


This week's poll question
Question: Are you going to place a wager on the Kentucky Derby?


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