SPORTS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2004
Defense focuses on 3rd down
Marvin Lewis can look straight through the disappointing defensive performance of 2003 and pinpoint the biggest problem.
Photo gallery from training camp
Bengals e-mail Q&A
This week's poll: Predict the Bengals' record

Federer is frustrated again
If Roger Federer were going to lose sometime this summer, perhaps it should not be shocking that it occurred here.
Photos of Tuesday's action
Hrbaty downs No. 1 player - again
Down a set, Roddick finds game in time
Masters schedule, results

Woes continue for Reds
The change of scenery didn't shake the Reds out of their long tailspin.
Griffey getting back in Reds' lineup
Healthy team on horizon

Cardinals aim to go out on a high
Conference USA will look a lot different next year, but that doesn't mean much for this football season, league coaches said Tuesday.
RedHawks picked 2nd in MAC East
College football notebook

Top college hoops city? We're No. 1
Sorry, Raleigh-Durham and Lexington. You, too, Storrs, Conn., with your men's and women's national champions.

Games matter, but they could mean more
In nine days, thousands of athletes will parade into the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Forty-three of them are playing this week in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.
Italy surprises young U.S. with upset in Athens tuneup
Tristate Olympians
Olympics special section
Photo gallery: A look at local Olympians

Editorial: Congratulations to our local Olympians

Sports today on TV, radio
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Sports briefs
This week's poll question
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MASTERS TENNIS
Henman happy as spotlight goes past
MASON - Much of the tennis world's focus seems to be on Roger Federer and Andy Roddick these days, but for Tim Henman, a little time out of the media glare isn't such a bad thing.


Upstart Kiefer keeps winning
MASON - Nicolas Kiefer is unseeded, but he has been as hot as anyone on the ATP Tour this summer.

Family, success on court link coaches
MASON - Brothers-in-law Craig Boynton and Kelly Jones both left Cincinnati in the past year, but they're back this week with successful proteges.

NFL TRAINING CAMPS
Coaching staff heavy on defense
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Leslie Frazier, who has the title for Cincinnati, is one of three coaches who have experience as NFL defensive coordinators on the Bengals' staff.


Lewis set for long haul with new deal
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Steelers coach Bill Cowher, Marvin Lewis' first NFL boss, is beginning his 13th season as the league's longest-tenured head coach.

Even veterans have learning to do
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Kyle Richardson has 494 NFL punts. But even a pro with six years of experience needs coaching.
Meet the Bengals: Langston Moore

Steelers reach terms with Roethlisberger
LATROBE, Pa. - No Pittsburgh Steelers rookie has ever made as much money as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He didn't take long to start earning it.

Fit hip has RB Holmes feeling fine
RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Priest Holmes sat out Tuesday's practice with a hip problem. Those two words - "hip problem" - would have spread panic through the Kansas City Chiefs camp a year ago.

NFL notebook: Brown expects Oakland exit
NAPA, Calif. - Receiver Tim Brown told some of his Oakland teammates, including Jerry Rice, that he won't be playing for the Raiders this season.

BASEBALL
Detroit earning respect
DETROIT - When baseball teams made a trip to Detroit last season, they usually could count on a couple of wins.


Former voice of the Mets, 79, dies
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Murphy, who covered the New York Mets from the team's inception in 1962 until his retirement after last season, died Tuesday. He was 79.

Yankees look to fill hole at first by signing Olerud
NEW YORK - Recently released John Olerud signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving the team insurance at first base while Jason Giambi is treated for a benign tumor.

NL: Batista's slam tops Cards in 12
ST. LOUIS - Tony Batista hit a grand slam in the 12th inning after tying it with a two-run shot in the ninth, leading the Montreal Expos over the St. Louis Cardinals 10-6 Tuesday night.

AL: Boston's Schilling controls Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Curt Schilling pitched a six-hitter for his third complete game of the season, and Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Tuesday night.

AAA: Charlotte 9, Louisville 8
LOUISVILLE - Bobby Smith and Wilson Valdez homered to lead Charlotte to a 9-8 win over Louisville on Tuesday night in the International League.

NBA NOTEBOOK
Mavericks' Walker reportedly Hawks-bound in 4-player deal
ATLANTA - All-Star forward Antoine Walker is headed to the Atlanta Hawks in a four-player deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to media reports Tuesday.

MOTOR SPORTS
It's a bit less sport, a bit more showbiz
LONG POND, Pa. - Although it wasn't readily apparent at the time, NASCAR's decision in 1994 to join forces with Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the first significant step in transforming stock-car racing from a minor-league sport into a major-league entertainment industry.


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