Sunday, April 25, 2004

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By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

The Bengals

The draft? Nah. What about that fashion show with the new uniforms? Now Bengal nation, flush with 8-8 excitement, will update those orange and black wardrobes. Chhaa-ching.

Those marathoners

It's Flying Pig time again. And congrats to those area runners who completed the Boston Marathon last week. (Including guitar-player extraordinaire, Rob Fetters, who completed his 24th marathon.)

Hubie Brown

What about a 70-year-old coach taking over an NBA team and winning coach of the year honors? For the love of Trader Jack.

The Xavier women's tennis team

The Musketeers went 21-4 during the regular season, the most victories in school history. They've reached the Atlantic 10 tournament finals two of the past three seasons.

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The Banana Phone callers

You're the greatest, Nux. We love you, Marty. Remember meeting me at the Quicky Mart? We should move Kearns to third. How about trading Dunn and Graves for Mark Prior? Why do they call it a pickle? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Eli Manning

The third in a line of fine Manning quarterbacks strong-armed the Chargers into trading him after they drafted him. How many championships have the Mannings won again?

The Celtics

The once-proud franchise is resorting to desperate measures to get back to the team's glory days. The front office is considering . . . adding a cheerleading squad!

Mike Danton

The St. Louis Blues forward was indicted on federal charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill his agent. Et tu, NHL?




BENGALS / NFL DRAFT
Bengals pick up their missing pieces
First pick Perry has all the tools
Team was impressed by instincts, smarts
Bengals get ton of talent in pick
Speed, versatility attract club
Johnson fits team's new mold of linebacker
Gold and black fits RedHawk
A day in the life of Ben
After tense hour, Giant victory for No. 1 pick
Three Buckeyes selected in first round
Tagliabue honors fallen hero

COLLEGE SPRING FOOTBALL
Dantonio sets new course
Bearcats are waiting for receivers to step up
Zwick holds slight advantage as starting QB
Pittman tosses helmet into Buckeyes' RB derby
UK spring game: QB Boyd continues to shine

HORSE RACING
Horse racing's dirty little secret
Adding to family's grief are the debts
'Jockey' moving but lacking in context

REDS / BASEBALL
Bad start, big finish for Reds
ONLINE EXTRA: Photos of Saturday's game
Freel is OK after beaning
Reds chatter
Kelly: Marlins managing Phillies
Time to ride out April hot streaks
Prior throws 50 pitches off mound
NL: Astros, Cubs keep pace
AL: Boston now 5-1 vs. Yanks
AAA: Toledo 6, Louisville 3

RUNNING
More runner-friendly course awaiting increased Pig field

PREP SPORTS
Confident Kings makes statement
Groeschen: Coach has Maupin on mind
Ernst: Kentucky high school insider
Prep sports results, schedules

BASKETBALL
Dow: Recruit Odia says visa the issue
NBA: Davis leads Hornets to take series lead

HOCKEY
Ducks take pivotal Game 3 with shutout
Marleau scores again as Sharks jump Avs

SUNDAY PAGE TWO
Thoman hopes summer schedule includes Olympics
What's up with that?
A quick chat with ... Mike Battaglia
Seton graduate Becca Brinker part of top-ranked Ohio State rowing team
This week's poll question
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