Reds: Dunn's HR saves day
The script was pretty much the same. The four-run lead was gone. The St. Louis Cardinals were on another late-inning roll. Then Adam Dunn stepped up to the plate.
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The flags are small, 14 inches by 18 inches, hand-sewn by a tailor. Hours before his expedition, Matt Brennan, his wife, Susan, and their 5-year-old daughter, Madeline, flatten the material to affix letters and numbers. They spell the mountain's name, the year, and finally, the most important part.
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Annual favorites will try to extend dominance today
Intriguing subplots abound at today's singles title matches of the Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan championships at Lunken Playfield.

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After 10 dawn-to-dusk days, college basketball's July evaluation period reached its midpoint today. Coaches, who have crisscrossed the country in search of blue-chip recruits, now rest four days before finishing the month with 10 more furious days.
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Journey has made Pilgrim stronger
Mike Pilgrim keeps telling himself that everything works out for the best in the long run and that adversity will only make him stronger.

Jones reunited with his biggest critic - Shaq
MIAMI - Few NBA players who lead their team in scoring four years in a row have endured more criticism than Miami Heat guard Eddie Jones.

500 homers or 300 wins?
The All-Star Game last week was a celebration of the 20 players who have hit 500 or more career home runs.

Reds chatter
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig should intervene if the New York Yankees are able to trade for Arizona ace Randy Johnson simply because they can take on his salary.

Cardinals' Womack brings success
Tony Womack, who is hitting over .300 and batting leadoff and playing a fine second base, is a big reason why the St. Louis Cardinals are running away with the National League Central Division.

Scott Rolen: Halfway to Cooperstown?
CINCINNATI - A lukewarm breeze blew through Great American Ballpark, ruffling the white hair of Walt Jocketty, who seemed otherwise beyond ruffling. Jocketty is the general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, the runaway leaders in the National League Central.

Injuries never far from discussion
This week I feel more like a physician than a columnist, given all the "Will he stay healthy?" questions I'm logging. From Larry Walker to J.D. Drew and back, it's time to empty the inbox.

Workout encouraging for Chicago's Prior
CHICAGO - Mark Prior threw for about five minutes on a flat surface Saturday before the Chicago Cubs played the Milwaukee Brewers.

Devil Rays release 40-year-old McGriff
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Fred McGriff was cut Saturday by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, seven home runs short of 500.

NL: Maddux's 297th comes on shutout
CHICAGO - Greg Maddux must like July 17.

AL: Tejada goes 3-for-4 as O's defeat Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Miguel Tejada had three hits and an RBI on Saturday night, leading Rodrigo Lopez and the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

AAA: Louisville 4, Syracuse 2
LOUISVILLE - Matt Belisle pitched seven strong innings and Felipe Lopez drove in two runs to lead the Louisville Bats to a 4-2 win over Syracuse on Saturday night in the International League.

Unlikely Yank leads British
TROON, Scotland - This part he never even considered. Through all those years crossing the globe - a dozen or so immersed in a foreign land - Todd Hamilton never was one to try to distract himself with daydreams.

Mickelson's under-control style paying off
TROON, SCOTLAND - In the scoring summary passed out to the media at the British Open, one sheet lists the number of birdies, pars and bogeys for each player. Other scores are simply listed as "miracles" and "disasters."

Tiger back in majors title hunt
TROON, Scotland - The question was inevitable, one he had to expect. And yet when Tiger Woods was asked if his third round pairing with Adam Scott added any extra incentive at Royal Troon Saturday, the world's No. 1 shook his head and offered a solitary, "No."

James, Pate enter Kroger Classic
Former Ryder Cup captain Mark James, who became the first European to win a Champions Tour major last week at the Ford Senior Players Championship, has committed to play in the Kroger Classic Sept. 6-12 at the TPC at River's Bend in Maineville.

Clay upsets Pappas to win trials decathlon
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Move over Tom Pappas. The United States has another medal contender in the decathlon.

Expectations for Athens less than Olympian
One month before the Olympics, there are no reports this morning of new problems in Athens. But the day is young.

USADA on lookout for steroids
The group responsible for keeping America's Olympic team drug free could be easily confused with a police force this summer.

U.S. track team, hurt by doping, still a powerhouse
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - As the decathletes labored from one event to the next, and the sprinters ran their heats, the setting sun burnished the clouds over the stadium in brilliant hues of gold, silver and bronze against a blue-ribbon sky.
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