SPORTS NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2004
Bullpen lets another 'W' get away
When the Reds needed their closer to be flawless and efficient - with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning Friday - Danny Graves instead gave up two key hits that led to a 7-5 loss at Great American Ball Park.
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Casey feeling good at plate after stint on disabled list
Pena coming into his own
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Wolf-Kronauge repeat; Molonys get revenge
With both teams facing elimination at 5-2 in the second set of Friday's Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan doubles championships, Angela (Farley) Wilson and Keri Preng jokingly bet Cedric Kauffmann and Brian Nester, playing a court over, about who could stay alive the longest.

Antitrust lawsuit against Bengals could reverberate across NFL
A favorable court decision for county officials fighting the Cincinnati Bengals about the costs of building and operating the team's stadium could have implications across the NFL.
George meeting with agent, mulling Titans' offer

Ohio Am: Youngest champ in event's history
Fifteen-year-old Kelsey Lindenschmidt became the youngest golfer to win the Women's Ohio Amateur Championship in its 81-year history Friday afternoon at Terrace Park Country Club.

Martin trade the obstacle in Nets' quest to contend
The New Jersey Nets acknowledge they went from a championship contender to the middle of the pack in making a business decision to trade Kenyon Martin to Denver.
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BRITISH OPEN GOLF
Unheralded American leads diverse Open field
TROON, Scotland - The international flags that line the 18th grandstands can be spotted from every direction here. Players use them to gauge the wind. Spectators use them to navigate their way back to the clubhouse. On a clear afternoon like Friday's they cut a striking figure against a blue sky. Yet it takes a British Open like this one to remind us why they're really there.


Curtis done in early; Flesch just makes cut
TROON, Scotland - Hardly anyone knew Ben Curtis when he won the British Open a year ago. And few noticed his early exit Friday from Royal Troon.

Defending champion misses cut
TROON, Scotland - A half-empty grandstand, a smattering of applause, and then, after tapping in for par, an exasperated wave. Just like that for Ben Curtis, it was over.

Andrews two shots off Giant Eagle lead
VIENNA, Ohio - Gloria Park had 10 birdies in a 6-under 66 and held a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic at Squaw Creek Country Club.

OLYMPICS
Hurdler pulls out with injury
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Hurdler Larry Wade withdrew from the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Friday because of an arm injury, a spokeswoman for the sport's national governing body said.


Jones leaps back into Olympics - or not
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Marion Jones is going to Athens. Or not, if the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency comes up with the goods on her in its continuing inquisition, which is what the probe feels like to her.
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TOUR DE FRANCE
Armstrong climbs toward sixth Tour title
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BASEBALL
SABR cuts through baseball's statistics
A half-dozen posters sit propped up in the lobby of the Westin Hotel with headings such as "breakdown of a plate appearance" and "decomposition of batting average" and the mathematical complexity of a calculus exam.


Johnson's agent denies trade rumors
PHOENIX - Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks have never discussed a trade, said the pitcher's agent, who Friday questioned reports that the team is shopping Johnson around.

MRI shows no damage to Prior's elbow
CHICAGO - Mark Prior has irritation in the lining around the bone of his elbow but there is no structural damage in the ligament or nerve, tests showed Friday.

Thomas out eight weeks with broken foot
OAKLAND, Calif. - Chicago White Sox designated hitter Frank Thomas is expected to miss eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.

Delgado won't waive no-trade clause
BC-BBA--Blue Jays-Delgado, 3rd Ld-Writethru,

NL: Brewers rally to defeat Cubs
CHICAGO - Mark Prior has irritation in the lining around the bone of his elbow, but there is no structural damage in the ligament or nerve, tests showed Friday.

AL: Tigers match win total from last year
DETROIT - Mike Maroth pitched a one-hitter, Ivan Rodriguez had a two-run double in a five-run fifth and host Detroit matched its win total from last season with an 8-0 victory over the New York Yankees Friday night.


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